The Craftsmen Guild Holiday Show is scheduled for next weekend; Reading Theater Project will stage “mixed MESSages” [Spotlight] – Reading eagle

The Reading-Berks Crafts Guild will be holding its 71st annual Jury Holiday Fine Arts and Crafts Festival on Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and next Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at
O’Pake Fieldhouse at Kutztown University, South Campus Drive, Kutztown.

Guild members will share their stories with holiday shoppers as they browse everything from wearable items to pottery, photography, baskets, woodworking, furniture, folk art and metal work.

The Acoustic Road Show will return with music and the student gallery will once again feature emerging artists.

There will be door prizes every hour, a scavenger hunt and the first 50 customers who walk through the doors each day will receive a special gift.

Admission is $ 6, children 12 and under are admitted free. Proceeds benefit the educational programs of the Reading-Berks Chapter of the Pennsylvania Craftsmen’s Guild.

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The Reading Theater Project “Mixed MESSages” poster.


The Reading Theater Project has announced the company‘s next production, a collage of several plays and solo performances titled “Mixed MESSages,” which will be presented November 18-20 at 8 p.m. and November 21 at 2 p.m. at the WCR Center. for the Arts, 140 N. Fifth St.

Tickets for all performances are chargeable, with a recommended price of $ 20 per person. Proof of vaccination and masks are compulsory for all.

The themes for this production were developed by creative artists associated with the Reading Theater Project. After several brainstorming sessions, local playwrights submitted scripts, all related to the idea of ​​mess or mixed messages. The production features local performers and playwrights.

“How do you know who to trust, what to believe, where is the truth? ‘Mixed MESSages’
explores these questions through realistic scenes, absurd musical numbers and all the rest, ”said Vicki Haller Graff, artistic director. “As the world wakes up, many of us are asking these questions. Asking through theater helps us to work together.

Artists involved on and off stage include Craig Dodge, Brad Gale, Kath Godwin, Erick Goldsmith, Joel Richard Gori, Graff, Emily Hannon, Chris Heslop, David A. Nice, Nadia Pochan, Adam Richter, Arielle Ridley, Sean Sassaman, Jessica C Warchal-King and Amy Young.

The production is funded by the Berks County Community Foundation. For more information, visit


The Reading Choral Society, under the direction of Dr. Graham Bier, will present the first concert of its 146th season next Sunday at 4 p.m. at the George Baer Chapel, 45 S. Sixth St.

RCS will take audiences on a musical cultural tour around the world with songs from Australia, China, Syria, Canada, Puerto Rico, France, Africa, Georgia and more.

Reading Choral Society will also perform two pieces commissioned during this concert: “Dispirited Walls” by Isaac Duquette and “Dreams and Dreams” by John Conahan.

RCS will be accompanied by Mary Bishop on piano, Barbara Lanza on violin and Reade McCardell as Narrator. The solos will be sung by the RCS Chamber Choir, section leaders (Elizabeth Bromley, Jarrod Miller and Rod Nevin), conductor teacher (Zachary Chan) and choir members.

Tickets are $ 15 in advance on, $ 20 at the door, and $ 10 for students.


The Know Your Symphony Lecture Series, a continuing education service of Penn State College of Arts and Architecture in cooperation with the Reading Symphony Orchestra League, continues November 10 at 7:30 p.m. at The Highlands, 2000 Cambridge Ave., Wyomissing. The speaker will be David Gross, Executive Director of the Reading Symphony Orchestra.


The strings of the Gabriel Chamber Ensemble.

The Gabriel Chamber Ensemble continues its 32nd season with an exciting upcoming concert that features masterpieces of chamber music for strings and guitar as well as live flamenco dances, as well as a world premiere by the famous guitarist and composer, Rusty Banks. The concert will take place on November 7 at 3 p.m. at the Lutheran Church in Jerusalem, 252 Dock St., Schuylkill Haven.

The ensemble will perform a string quartet by Mozart (String Quartet K. 590), the Bridge Lament for Two violas, the Guitar Concerto in D by Vivaldi and the world premiere of Ritornello for Guitar and Strings by Rusty Banks. The GCE will then be joined by flamenco dancer Evita Conti and will conclude the concert with Boccherini’s Fandango Guitar Quintet No.4 and Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango.

The concert features the GCE Strings – Simon Maurer, violin; Dana Allaband, violin; Agnès Mauer, viola; and Gerall Heiser, cello – as well as guest artists Rusty Banks, guitar, and Evita Conti, dancer. Anthony Cecere will also make an appearance on French horn.

Tickets at the door cost $ 20 for adults and $ 15 for seniors. Children and students with ID are admitted free of charge.

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Museum celebration

The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles will hold A Mighty Museum Celebration on November 6 starting at 11 a.m.

The day will begin with the unveiling of the new facade, the result of several months of work. The new facade improves the appearance of the museum, adds to the visitor experience and provides better protection for the many vehicles on display inside the main exhibition gallery.

Following the unveiling and remarks, a special welcome tent for members will be set up to thank the members who have supported the museum over the past years.

The museum will also be showcasing one of its most recent additions to the collection at this event: a 1930 Dodge truck modified and used by world-famous strongman The Mighty Atom.

The day ends with a neighborhood party open to the community from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. with entertainment for all ages.

To dance

The Berks Ballet Theater is gearing up for its next performances of “The Nutcracker”, scheduled for December 18-19, with the return of the Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party on November 14 at 11 am and 2 pm in room 420 of the GoggleWorks Center of the Arts, 201 Washington St.

Participants in the event will be entitled to a packed lunch, desserts provided by businesses and volunteers from the region, a meeting with the actors of “The Nutcracker”, a live preview and a story hour. with the guest of honor, the Sugar Plum fairy herself, Ellie Folga.

Tickets are mandatory and can be purchased at

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