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Midday Cafes Set to Kick Off on Friday, June 1

May 18, 2018 • by Reading Downtown Improvement District
MidDay Cafe in Reading

Reading, Pa. – Free live musical performances and lots of lunchtime fun will once again be served up during the Reading Downtown Improvement District’s MidDay Cafés in center city Reading. The series will kick off on Friday, June 1 at 11:30 a.m. with the return of the World War II military motorcade in the 500 block of Penn Street.

The motorcade is tied to the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s 28th annual World War II Weekend on June 1, 2, and 3 at Reading Airport in Bern Township. As part of the festivities, a live performance will be presented by the famed Ringgold Band, which will belt out big band and patriotic tunes.

The June 1 Café, as well as seven others scheduled on select Wednesdays starting at 11:30 a.m. throughout the summer, will include tasty lunchtime fare for sale by several food vendors. Dishing out crowd favorites will be Callowhill Café, Chapman’s Deli, and Mi Casa Su Casa.

The MidDay Cafés are produced by the Reading Downtown Improvement District.

Here is the schedule for the other Cafés:

 Wednesday, June 13, Charlie Wanyo performing at the County Services Center plaza, 633 Court St. Wednesday, June 27, Me & Paul performing at the State Office Building plaza, between 6th and 7th Streets on Penn. Wednesday, July 11, Flores del Campo performing at the Penn Square Center plaza at 6th and Penn Streets. Wednesday, July 25, Katie Scarlette performing on Penn Square at the northeast corner of Fifth and Penn Streets. Wednesday, August 8, Alex Allegra performing at the County Services Center plaza. Wednesday, August 22, Scotti Mann performing at the State Office Building plaza. Wednesday, September 5, Ken Gehret performing at the Penn Square Center plaza.

Major sponsors of the Cafés include: Utilities Employees Credit Union, Enersys, Abilities in Motion, Streetplus, and County of Berks.

Site sponsors include: Sodomsky & Nigrini Law Offices; Herbein + Company, Inc.; Destination Realty; Kozloff Stoudt Attorneys; Greater Reading Chamber Alliance; and Berks County Bar Association.

In the event of rain, check the Reading Downtown Improvement District’s website at to see if the Café has been relocated or postponed.

About the Reading Downtown Improvement District

The Reading Downtown Improvement District is focused on creating a vital, productive and commercially active environment in downtown Reading. DID provides cleaning, security, and marketing services for a specially designated commercial district in the city, and also sponsors several events and activities throughout the year, including MidDay Cafes, Reading Holiday Parade, Downtown Alive free outdoor concert series, and Reading Fire + Ice Fest. DID continually strives to make downtown Reading a cleaner, safer and more inviting place to live, work and visit.

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