PAST EVENTS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 18, 2014

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Thanks to all who joined us for an old-fashioned trolley tour of the Mount Penn and Lower Alsace area with Paul Druzba, Neversink Mountain Historian.

Three separate tours were held at 11 am, 12:30 and 2:00 pm, leaving from the Reading Liederkranz and showcasing many historical scenes and structures throughout the beautiful Antietam Valley.

WEDNESDAY, MAY 28, 2014

Thank you to the folks who attended the AVCP Community Leadership Breakfast at Stokesay Castle on May 28. Invited local leaders of our community were greeted by AVCP members Jay Worrall, Michelle Boyle, Sharon Mast, Jim Pace, Ann Sellers, Jenny Weikel, Lee Pace, and Margaret Saylor. A delicious breakfast buffet preluded a series of short presentations.

AVCP brought together local leaders of our community to exchange ideas and inspire others to become involved and invested in the neighborhoods we call home. Our extended business community weighed in on their thoughts for an immediate call to action via the online Leadership Breakfast survey. Momentum to achieve the mission and goals of our AVCP group is growing.

Thanks go out to Chad Johnson of Customers Bank for sponsoring our event; Jack Gulati, Stokesay Castle for his support and inspiring message; Rep Mark Rozzi for his continued commitment to our community, and AVCP VP Lee Pace for reminding us all of the power and strength of a community coming together.

AVCP President Jay Worrall shared the results of our survey with the attendees, as well as a general overview of the AVCP and our mission for those not yet familiar with the scope of our work. This presentation is provided here for your review.

Again, a huge thanks to all who made our Leadership Breakfast an informative and inspiring morning.

>> Download a copy of the morning’s presentation.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

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A magical evening of delicious food and unforgettable music was had by all at the 3rd annual Arias in the Antietam Valley at Anthony’s Trattoria. Exeter’s own Meghan Dewald performed arias as well as selections from the great American songbook while guests enjoyed their meals.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

tree132Our 3rd annual Holiday Reception & Community Tree Lighting Ceremony was held on Saturday, December 7th at Carsonia Park, Byram Street, Pennside

Unopened, wrapped gifts were collected for children in need.

Families gathered in the Recreation Building for hot chocolate, coffee and cookies.  Under the lights of the park gazebo, adults and children joined together in singing songs of the season as the beautiful spruce tree was lit.  A certain jolly elf joined the celebration!

View photos from this exciting event!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

On September 14th, our 3rd annual Antietam Valley Community Yard Sale was held included a central market at Carsonia Park.

Thanks to the Antietam Valley community for making this event a huge success!


Saturday, October 19, 2013

An old-fashioned Trolley Tour of the area was offered as part of the Lower Alsace Township Quasquicentennial celebration.  Three separate sold-out tours, followed by a delicious lunch at the Knight’s Pub, showcased many historical scenes and structures throughout the beautiful Antietam Valley.


August 17: 3rd Free Movie Night at the A-Field

carsCars was the move selection, viewers brought chairs and blankets for a fun night under the stores.  Concessions were available.

Free movies at the A-Field are made possible by:

Antietam Valley Community Partnership – Mount Penn Parent-Teacher League – Antietam School District – Exeter Township Parks & Recreation – Dairy Queen of Exeter and Kenhorst – Redner’s Market – Weikel Sportswear

Suggestions for movies are welcomed. Email them to us at info@antietamvalley.org

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Thursday, April 25, 2013
Arias in the Antietam Valley

The 2nd annual “Arias in the Antietam Valley” was held at Stokesay Castle on April 25th.

Patrons enjoyed a magical evening of delicious food and unforgettable music. Professional operatic singers from the Philadelphia performed arias during the meal.

All proceeds benefited the AVCP.

View photos from this exciting event!

December 7, 2012: 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!

gifts2012The 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.

View photos from our holiday celebration!

October 6, 2012: 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, 2012: 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.

August 18, 2012: 2nd Free Movie Night at the A-Field

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.

View photos from this fun event!

June 2, 2012:  Free Movie Night

panda_twilightThe 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

Read an Reading Eagle article and view photos from this event.

View more photos from the evening.

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.

Read an article about this event from the Reading Eagle.

View photos of volunteers decorating the tree and pavilion at Carsonia park.

View photos from the tree lighting ceremony.

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.

View photos from the memorial service.

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.