Saturday, April 22, 2023, from Noon to 6pm
Reading’s City Park at 11th and Washington Streets, Reading, Pennsylvania
This year’s Berks County Earth Day Festival will kick off at 11am with a tree planting ceremony emceed by Richard Polityka, that will include a Lenape Earth Blessing by Enx Eeden.
Prior to the Earth Day Festivities, from 8am to noon, there will be a City Wide Clean Up with many volunteers to help keep our city beautiful.
There will be a wide range of activities at this year’s event. New this year is a Stage B tent featuring Native American activities with Calling Songs; Stoney Boys; Turtle Moon Flutes; and performances by the duo of Barry Lee and Barbara Christy, the originators of Spirit Wing, a six-time Native American Music Award nominee. Additionally, there will be speakers on sustainability issues throughout the day in this tent.
We will have PA Bat Rescue from 1 to 1:30 and Red Creek Wildlife Rescue from 4 to 4:45 at Stage C (Marbles area).
On the Bandshell, we have a great schedule starting with Mark James from Noon to 1pm, Kim & Paul from Vuja De from 1 to 2:30, Livin’ in the Rhythm from 2:30 to 3 and 4 to 4:30, John King Dance Band from 3 to 4, and Golden Twine from 4:30 to 6pm.
We are having a car battery collection sponsored by East Penn Manufacturing, a Food Bank collection supported by Penske who will transport the collection on their electric powered truck from City Park to Helping Harvest Food Bank. Those who donate to the Food Bank will receive a seedling or plant while supplies last.
There will be a historical tour of Reading City Park lead by Richard Polityka of the Historical Society departing from the Information Booth at 2pm.
There will be children’s activities throughout the park.
Volunteers are still needed, and can email [email protected] and give cell phone, email, hours available, and any particular interest or skill they want to utilize.
Non-Profit Exhibitors include: Alvernia Holleran Center, Alvernia Foster Grandparent Program, Animal Rescue League, Berks County Conservation District, Berks County Democratic Committee, Berks County Democratic Women, Berks Astronomy Club, Berks Community Health Center, Berks Green Party, Berks Nature, Berks Stands Up, Cedar Hill Homestead, Centre Park Historic District, Children’s Home of Reading, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Cloth Option, Fair Districts, Friends of Nolde, Garden Club of Reading, Goggleworks, Governor Mifflin High School Environmental Club, The League of Women Voters of Berks County, LGBT Center of Reading, Mengel Natural History Society, My Gut Instinct, Pennsylvania DEP, Pennsylvania Department of Health, Pennsylvania Game Commission, Peace & Harmony House, Penn State Extension Master Gardeners and Master Watershed Programs, Reading Lead Hazard Center, Reading Library, Reading Pride Celebration, Reading Roller Derby, Reading Advancing Health Literacy Grant, Schuylkill River Greenways Association, Sierra Club Kittatinny, Third Act PA, Turtle Moon Native American Flute Circle, Two Spirits of PA, Village of Reading, We the People Citizens, Widoktadwen Center for Native Knowledge, YMCA South Mountain, and YWCA Tri-County Area.
For-Profit Exhibitors include: Bachman Roofing, East Penn Manufacturing, Giorgi Mushroom, Green Mountain Energy, JP Mascaro, Kimberton Whole Foods, Oak Street Health, and Solar Way Energy & Stokes, Spirit Wing Art & Music LLC.
Food Vendors include: Lio Colon, Devour Catering, Bapanada, and Tri-Boba Truck.