SPRING TWP., Pa. - With record-setting heat on an early-October day in Berks County, it may be hard to think about Christmas. That is, unless you're a county parks and rec employee.
Organizers of the parks department's annual "Holiday Lights at Gring's Mill" announced Wednesday that preparations for the month-long program in Spring Township are already underway.
The festivities will get underway December 5, when Erich Cawalla & Friends, featuring Jenifer Kinder and Cliff Starkey, perform for opening-night visitors.
"Holiday Lights at Gring's Mill," with this year's theme being "Wintry Woodland Christmas," will take place Thursday through Sunday, from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., through December 29.
Live music will be performed each night from 6:30 until 8:30 on the upper level of the barn. (See schedule below)
Children can go downstairs to visit with Santa and take a stroll across the bridge to check out the model train display inside the former generation station.
Free holiday craft workshops for children and their families will be offered on December 8 and 15 from 1 until 4 p.m.
A $5 per-car parking donation is requested at the park's entrance off Tulpehocken Road.
The full entertainment schedule is as follows:
Thursday, December 5: Erich Cawalla & Friends, featuring Jenifer Kinder & Cliff Starkey
Friday, December 6: Reading Choral Society's chamber ensemble
Saturday, December 7: Mt. Laurel Brass and live reindeer
Sunday, December 8: Polished Brass
Thursday, December 12: Old-time Christmas songs & instruments with Keith Brintzenhoff (shows at 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.), and ice sculpting demonstrations
Friday, December 13: Berks Holiday Tubadors
Saturday, December 14: Beverly McDevitt and live reindeer
Sunday, December 15: Brass Menagerie
Thursday, December 19: "Celtic Seasonings" with Ken Gehret & Irish Mist and ice sculpting demonstrations
Friday, December 20: The Williams Duo
Saturday, December 21: The Magic of Daniel Clemente (shows at 6:30 & 7:30 p.m.)
Sunday, December 22: Crow Hill
Thursday, December 26: Harp & Soul
Friday, December 27: Stephanie Grace
Saturday, December 28: Harrisburg Mandolin Ensemble
Sunday, December 29: Little Lehigh Band