November! Where has the year gone? Before long, free time will be consumed with holiday shopping, events, and preparations. Our advice? Take the next few weeks to get outside, relax, and do what you enjoy. If nothing comes to mind, you know we have plenty of suggestions. As usual, we’ve compiled a list of the top five things to do this weekend in Pennsylvania’s Americana Region. It’s diverse, fun, and just a sampling of all there is to do this first weekend of November throughout Reading and Berk County.
November Spotlight Night
5:30 – 7:30 pm
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
GoggleWorks’ November Spotlight Night sets the tone for a great weekend. Spend the evening immersed in the arts as you preview new exhibitions, hear artist talks, visit studios, and watch live demonstrations of various craft techniques. Admission and parking are free and complimentary light fare is served.
Autism Friendly Train
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
All Aboard! Colebrookdale Railroad invites individuals with autism and their families to experience a train ride with little or no distress or anxiety. Head to the station early to avoid lines, long waits, and to become familiar with the train, its staff and surroundings. By all means bring light and sound sensitivity devices like sunglasses, sound-canceling earphones, and earplugs. Items that provide comfort in new situations are also recommended. This excursion is for all to enjoy.
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles
Who doesn’t love a slice of pie with a hot cup of coffee, especially when served at 1938 prices? This weekend, Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles is holding one of its ever-popular Diner Days. It’s your opportunity to grab a counter seat or booth in the vintage Reading Diner, located in the Museum, for a 25¢ slice of pie and 5¢ cup of coffee! Regular museum admission rates apply.
November 4 & 5
68th Annual Juried Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Festival
Saturday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sunday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Kutztown University O’Pake Fieldhouse
The Juried Holiday Fine Arts & Crafts Festival may have holiday in its name but the annual show features far more than seasonal items. In fact, people travel from far and wide to see and purchase the handcrafted traditional and contemporary work. It’s exactly what you would expect from this caliber of juried craftsmen and artists. Featured this year are traditional wood turnings, braided and penny rugs, local art forms like scherenschnitte – paper cuttings, folk art and theorem paintings, and more. Come see for yourself.
Allentown & Auburn Railroad
End your busy weekend by the light of the full moon. Relax, sit back, and enjoy the night sky with this one-hour excursion.
Ride prices: Ages 12+: $12 Ages 65+: $10 Ages 3-11: $6 Ages 2 & Under: $.01