December 7: Holiday Reception & Community Tree Lighting Ceremony
Community members gathered in the Recreation Building in Carsonia Park for hot chocolate, coffee and cookies.
Under the lights of the park pavilion, we joined together in singing songs of the season as the beautiful spruce tree growing by the lake was lit. A special visit from Santa topped of the evening!
The Antietam Valley Community Partnership collected over 100 gifts, and distributed those gifts for students identified by Mount Penn, St. Catherine’s of Siena, and Jacksonwald Elementary Schools.
Pictured in this photo (from the left) are Mr. Lee Pace, AVCP Vice President; Mrs. Amy Flannery, Mt. Penn Elementary Principal; Mrs. Michelle Boyle, AVCP Secretary; and Mrs. Maryann Weiser, Administrative Assistant at St. Catherine’s, along with some of the gifts collected.
October 6: Historical Society of Berks County: 4 Centuries in Berks Historic House Tour
Featuring Neighborhoods: Mt Penn, Hampden Heights, and Alsace Township
View video of Executive Director Sime Bertolet discussing this year’s tour: http://www.berkshistory.org/events/4cent2012/
September 15: 2nd Annual Community Yard Sale
On September 15, we held our second annual Antietam Valley Community Yard Sale from 7 a.m. – noon, including a central market at Carsonia Park that morning.
The Antietam Valley Community Partnership hosted a second Free Outdoor Movie Night at the A-Field in Mount Penn.
The Lorax was the move selection, viewers brought chairs and blankets for a fun night under the stores. Concessions were available.
June 2, 2012: Free Movie Night
The Antietam Valley Community Partnership hosted a Free Outdoor Movie Night at the A-Field in Mount Penn. Kung Fu Panda was shown at 6:45 pm, followed by Twilight at 8:20 pm. Concessions were available.
This event was sponsored through the generosity of Customer’s Bank and the Mount Penn Elementary School Parent Teacher League. Other supporters include the Antietam School District; the Exeter Township Parks and Recreation Department; Central Berks Police Department, Dairy Queen of Kenhorst and Exeter; Redner’s Markets; and other local organizations.
March 20, 2012: Arias in the Antietam Valley
150 guests enjoyed a magical evening of Italian food and unforgettable music at Anthony’s Trattoria (900 Byram Street) on Tuesday evening, March 20th. Professional operatic singers from the Philadelphia area performed arias & Broadway selections while diners enjoy a traditional four-course Italian meal.
PERFORMERS: Tommy DeHorney III – Tenor, Paul Corujo – Baritone, Karina Sweeny – Mezzo-Soprano, Suzanne Gerace – Soprano, and Bryan Umberto Hoyos – Tenor
A special thanks to the Antietam High School National Honor Society students who volunteered with parking for the event!
December 9, 2011: Tree Lighting
Beginning with cookies and hot chocolate in the Antietam Valley Recreation Center, over 200 families walked together along a luminary-lit path in Carsonia Park while singing carols to celebrate the season. The Stony Creek Chorale sang in the gazebo before gatherers were greeted by Santa who was delivered on a fire truck. The evening culminated with a ceremonious lighting of an outdoor evergreen tree.
September 11, 2011: 9/11 Memorial Service
Coordinated efforts by uniformed men and women, the Antietam School District and community members of the Antietam Valley produced a moving tribute to the tragedy of 9/11. The International Association of Fire Chief’s recommended ceremony was followed with participation from local fire, police and emergency personnel.
September 11, 2011: Concert in Carsonia Park
The Ringgold Band performed lively arrangements for a pleased audience who attended the concert in Carsonia Park. As one of America’s first community bands, their performance served as a perfect finale to a weekend of community fellowship.
September 10, 2011: Community Yard Sale and Block Party
Over 300 families participated in a community-wide yard sale event. Spanning from the edges of Lower Alsace Township to the streets of Mt. Penn, residents set up shop and joined together to make the morning a successful and fun day for neighbors and visitors alike.
September 10, 2011: Block Party
Presented in partnership with the Mt. Penn Business Association, the Block Party transformed 25th Street into an area of activity and entertainment for the entire family. Local restaurants featured their fare, local businesses had demonstrations and various community and school organizations provided volunteer support for games and activities.