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Berks County Parks and Recreation Dept. Celebrates Grandparents' Day

By Nicole Matsago, For 21st Century Media

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

If you visit the National Grandparents’ Day web site, you’ll find out that Marian McQuade is the woman credited with the notion of this holiday, helping to get the first Grandparents’ Day celebrated in 1978 in order to “persuade grandchildren to tap the wisdom and heritage their grandparents could provide.”
The Berks County Heritage Center tapped into this idea and used Grandparents’ Day to encourage the celebration of heritage in more than one way.
On Sept. 8, Berks County Parks and Recreation department with the help of its Superintendent of Recreation, Becky Richards, hosted its second Grandparents’ Day Walk at the Heritage Center in Bern Township.
Cathy Wegener, Superintendent of Interpretive Services for Berks County Parks and Recreation, said that this event originated with the department “looking for programs and events for family to do together, to get children interested in what the park offers.”
Described on its web site as “a gentle walk around the grounds and along the Union Canal Towpath,” the Grandparents’ Day Walk was for all family members. Participants started at the Heritage Center to pick up their packet for the scavenger hunt. In their packet, participants received a map, an activity paper, and crayons.
Once they had their packet, participants then set off on a journey throughout the Union Canal Towpath, stopping at various places of interest and solving clues.
Volunteer Laura Weisser noted that this event was not only a good way to get people outside celebrating this day with their families, but also a way to help children “get to know the park and what we have at the park.”
Berks County Parks and Recreation will host a variety of events in September including Geocaching for Muggles on September 14th and the Late Summer Star Party on September 28th in Kaercher Creek . For more information about upcoming events, visit the Berks County Parks and Recreation Calendar of Events page on its web site.