Calendar of Events

Send events to The Kutztown Area Patriot at 12 South Fourth St., Hamburg, Pa., 19526; fax: 610-562-4644; e-mail:


Mondays 10 a.m. Preschool Story Time: For ages 3-5. Stories, songs, and a simple craft.

Mondays 11 a.m. Toddler Time: For ages 0-3. Stories, songs and fingerplays.

Tuesdays 11:15 a.m. Story Rider Storytime: For ages 2-5. Stories, songs, and a simple craft.


Thursdays 10 a.m. Toddler Time: For ages 0-3. Stories, songs and fingerplays.

KNITTING GROUP. Meets 2nd and 4th Thursdays 10 a.m. to noon. Share your projects or learn to knit. The group welcomes beginners to experts. Kutztown Community Library 610-683-5820.

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP- Meets on the 4th Tuesday of the month at 6:30 to 8 p.m. Regularly scheduled gathering of family, friends or caregivers of persons with Alzheimer’s disease to provide emotional, educational and social support. Kutztown Community Library. 610-683-5820.


1st Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at The Lutheran Home at Topton, 1 S. Home Ave., Topton, Reinert Bldg, Multi-purpose room. Contact: Sally Rothenberger, 610-682-1404.

4th Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library, 70 Bieber Alley, Kutztown. Contact: Janet Yost, 610-683-5820.

ALLENTOWN AREA SWING DANCE SOCIETY. Weekly Tuesday dances at Fearless Fire Co. Starlight Ballroom, 1221 S. Front St., Allentown.

Lehigh Valley Beekeepers Association “INTRODUCTION TO BEEKEEPING.” 7 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesdays, Feb. 5, 19 and March 5, 19. All classes, as well as planned field trips to the club apiary for hands on experience, will be at Lehigh Carbon Community College, 4525 Education Park Drive, Schnecksville. Building and classroom information provided to registrants prior to the first class. There is a fee for classes, which cover basic bee biology; equipment; setting up hive and adding bees; a typical year in the life of a beekeeper; honey bee pests and treatment options, small group workshops. Instructors will be Association beekeepers including some of whom are Certified Master Beekeepers. Register at, contact Steve Finke, LVBA President at or call 610-737-7676. Class size is limited.

Leo Club Accepting Donations

Kutztown Area High School Leo Club accepting donations for its Charity Book Sale, including any gently-used or new book, high-end or specialty magazine, DVD, VHS, cassette, record, CD, video game or related equipment (tape boxes, record players, etc.) to sell. NO National Geographics, Encyclopedias or computer software. All donations may be dropped off at the high school office. For large donation, contact ahead of time for arrangements. Questions, contact Leo Club Advisor and Language Arts Instructor Josh Chambers at KAHS 610-683-7346. Their 9th annual Charity Book and Media Sale on Saturday, April 26, in the High School cafeteria from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the American Cancer Society and the 2014 Relay for Life.

Berks County Genealogical Society offers GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH FOR THE BEGINNER, a series of classes to help you discover your roots. All classes will be held on Mondays 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the library, Room 413 in the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. Charge per class. Bring a notebook. Feb. 3 –Getting Started, Feb. 10 – Using Our Library, Feb. 17 – Using Local Resources, Feb. 24 – Using the Internet and Seating limited, registration required. Call the Berks County Genealogical Society at 610-921-4970.

Feb. 1

HAM DINNER, 4 to 7 p.m. at St. Paul’s U.C.C., 5 West Arch St., Fleetwood. Dinner consists of ham, potato filling, green beans, corn, pepper cabbage, applesauce, roll & butter, dessert and beverage. Purchase advance tickets by calling 610-944-7300 or 484-955-2679 until Jan. 26. Purchase tickets at the door. Children age 3 and under free. No take outs! Wheelchair accessible.

INDOOR COMMUNITY YARD SALE & CRAFT FAIR. 8 a.m. to noon, Fleetwood Community Center, 110 W. Arch St., Fleetwood. Cafe will be open with food, snacks, drinks. More info @

Feb. 4

Teen Advisory Board: 3:30 p.m. at Kutztown Community Library. For ages 13 and up. First meeting. This is your library. Come talk about what you would like to see the library offer teens. Snacks will be provided. Ages 13 and up.

Preschool Storyriders. 10:15 to 11 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Perfect pets stories, songs, giggles & games for ages 2 - 5.

Baby LapSit Storytime. 10:30 to 11 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. For babies from birth to 18 months and their adult companions. Stories, rhymes and songs.

Toddler Time. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library. For 18 to 36 months, short stories, songs and rhymes with movement.

Stitch and Chat. 2 to 3 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Bring your current project and stitch with us.

Feb. 5

Preschool Storytime. 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. Themed stories, rhymes, songs and a craft, bring an adult to assist .

Toddler Time. 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Brandywine Community Library. For 18 to 36 month, short stories, songs and rhymes with movement.

Feb. 8

Storytime with Miss Jenny. 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Brandywine Community Library. For school aged children and older preschoolers, listen to stories from your favorite authors and do a craft too. Today’s author, Lois Ehlert.

Feb. 9

Berks Youth Chorus first pops concert, A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES, at 4 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9, at Schaeffer Auditorium, Kutztown University. Featured music includes songs from movie classics and today’s popular soundtracks, such as The Sound of Music, Finian’s Rainbow, Hairspray, Amadeus, Cats, and The Prince of Egypt. The chorus is pulling out all the stops with choreographed performances by more than 100 singers in four ensembles: Training Chorus, Choristers, Chorale, and MasterSingers. Audience encouraged to come dressed as favorite movie character. Tickets purchased in advance by calling 610-898-7664 or, as available, at the door.

Feb. 14

ALF BASHORE on Mountain Dulcimer and Mandolin performs Blues, Celtic, Traditional and Folk. Kutztown Folk Music Society concert at 8 p.m. at St. John’s UCC, 257 W. Walnut St., Kutztown. Donation at the door. Memberships available. For more information, visit

SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FAIR, Kutztown Middle School, 6 to 8 p.m. Activities, demonstrations, 5th grade projects, music, food for purchase. Free admission.

Feb. 15

Visit the 8 wineries of the Berks County Wine Trail during their annual “CHOCOLATE & WINE PAIRING EVENT WEEKEND.” From noon to 5 p.m. both Saturday Feb. 15 and Sunday Feb. 16, visitors will enjoy sweet and chewy pairings of chocolatey confections paired with featured wines of the region. Eight different, unique pairings of wine with chocolate (one pairing at each winery) will be the weekend’s showcase. This event is free, no reservations or tickets required. This event is self-guided. The complete menu of wine & chocolate pairings will be posted on the wine trail’s website, The wineries participating in this event are:

Bashore & Stoudt Winery (Shartlesville)

Blair Vineyards (Kutztown)

Calvaresi Winery (Bernville)

Clover Hill Vineyards (Robesoia)

Kog Hill Winery (Morgantown)

Long Trout Winery (Auburn)

Manatawny Creek Winery (Douglassville)

Pinnacle Ridge Winery (Kutztown)

For more information about the wine trail, maps & directions, please visit:

Kutztown Folk Music Society Prepares for 2014 Shows

The Kuztown Folk Music Society hosts monthly concerts at Saint John’s UCC, Kutztown, at 8 p.m. and request a donation upon entry. They will take place in the church’s main sanctuary.

Concert Event List:

Alf Bashore- February 14, 2014

Making a joyful noise! Mountain Dulcimer and Mandolin are his primary instruments. Alf is a multi-instrumentalist from the Danville area. He specializes in acoustic instrumental music in a variety of styles including Blues, Celtic, Traditional and Folk. Alf performs at area coffee shops, festivals, fairs and flea markets.

Josee Vachon- March 14, 2014

Born in Quebec and raised in Maine, Josee Vachon has been sharing her Franco-American upbringing for over 25 years through traditional and contemporary folksongs from Quebec and Acadia and through her own compositions. Ms. Vachon has 12 solo recordings to her credit, and continues to perform and record the music that best represents her love of Franco-American culture.

Scott Marshall & the Hillbilly Souls- April 11, 2014

Singer, Songwriter and Recording Artist Scott Marshall hails from the Greater Lehigh Valley, in Southeastern Appalachia Pennsylvania. Whether headlining or supporting a national act, Scott & Co., deliver on every level. His ability to connect with an audience as a songwriter and as an entertainer, commands your attention. From start to finish he captivates and will keep you coming back for more.

Saul Broudy- May 9th, 2014

Saul’s career spans almost 20 years of performance in virtually every major folk music venue in the US, Canada, and many European countries. He is a veteran performer on the folk scene, singing country, blues, bluegrass and other traditional and contemporary forms of grassroots American music, accompanying himself on acoustic harmonica and guitar. Saul’s performances are known for his stunning harmonica playing & he’s been a harmonica sideman on 19 albums to date.