Mister Softee at the Boyertown Museum, Berks County

Jingles and Chimes—Mister Softee at the Boyertown Museum! Les Waas died in 2016 at age 94.  Who is Les Waas, you may ask?  You may not have heard his name, but you’ve more than likely heard his work.  He wrote the Mister Softee jingle. Waas wrote the song in 1960,...

Maple Sugar Magic in Berks County, PA

By Cindy RossIt’s 10:30 AM in early March and the earth is beginning to warm up. At this time of the year, it means the maple sap has begun to rise. There’s something different about a morning when the sap is going to flow. The air feels different, softer. The birds...

Pig Stomach & Other Berks County Foodways

Pig Stomach & Other Berks County Foodways By Berks History Center Vicky Heffner, Education Curator at the Berks History Center, has fond memories associated with pig stomach. In her family, it’s a tradition to make pig stomach every year on her father’s birthday....

PA Americana Farms strut their stuff at PA Farm Show

PA Americana Farms show their stuff at Pennsylvania Farm Show By Bryan Hay Like most people, I can’t help but feel a tinge of sadness with the passing of the holidays, but the Pennsylvania Farm Show always inspires another surge of anticipation and helps extend the...

A Different Kind of Thanksgiving

A Different Kind of Thanksgiving Celebration By Cindy Ross I steady the tray of warm cornbread as I walk across the orchard in the November twilight. The 22-foot canvas tipi looms in front of me, beautifully lit up from the glowing fire inside. Native American flute...

Historic Hamburg in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region

by Bryan Hay Classic mountain towns dot the nation’s landscape — Estes Park, Colorado, Lake George, New York, Gatlinburg, Tennesse. Count Hamburg, at the foothills of the Appalachians in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region among them. As I stood looking north along...