West Reading Avenues Summer 2024

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Arts, Shopping & Entertainment On and Off Penn AVENUESWR / WYO / RDG Summer 2024
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visitwestreading.org 1 The opinions expressed in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual. All rights reserved. No portion of this publication may be reproduced electronically or in print without the express written permission of the publisher. Find Us On: ADVERTISING Alicia@HoffPubs.com 610.685.0914 ext. 210 HoffPubs.com AVE NEWS 4 What’s New On and Off Penn COMMUNITY 7 GoggleWorks Welcomes New Artistic and Development Directors 9 National Artists Join GoggleWorks for their Residency Program to Live and Work in Reading 10 Let’s Talk About...Gary Witmoyer 12 Get to Know Reading Symphony’s New Executive Director David Whitehill 14 In Nature’s Studio 16 Iconic Buildings – Wm H. Diller Jewelers EVENTS 18 Plein Air 2024 Canvassing Berks 20 30th Annual Art on the Avenue 22 Al Fresco is the Way to Go this Summer! 24 Must-Attend Events Spread the Word: #WestRdgAve Cover and Table of Contents Photography: Anthony Matz, berkscountyviews@gmail.com
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Where Do I Begin?

There’s always something happening along the Penn Corridor, Berks County’s arts and entertainment hub. Looking for new, relocated or re-imagined businesses offering professional services, unique gifts and personal items, health and fitness alternatives, or eating, drinking, arts, culture and entertainment? Read more about our newest group of entrepreneurial efforts in What’s New On & Off Penn.

Maybe you’re ready to roll into summer fun and just looking for some great ideas for events and activities. Certainly, you should mark your calendar for Art on the Avenue, and Plein Air 2024, two of Berks County’s largest community events, coming together on Penn Avenue in West Reading on Saturday, June 15, 2024. Lots of food, fun and entertainment. But don’t forget about other exciting programs and events happening throughout the summer at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts, the Reading Public Museum, the Miller Center for the Arts, Santander and Santander Performing Arts Center. See more in our pages and Events.

Of course, any visit to the Penn Corridor intersects with outstanding food, drink and entertainment available at nearly 100 establishments stretching from Wyomissing to City Park in Reading. And if you’re in search of that great indoor/outdoor al fresco experience along the Avenues, see our 34 local eateries and artisan shops on page 23.

May you have a wonderful summer.

See you on the Avenues…

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Celebrate Summer with a trip along the Penn Corridor to experience what’s new and pay a visit to your old favorites. Our merchants and services have something to offer everyone, on and off Penn!

Martin Family Orthodontics

Martin Family Orthodontics, formerly Barrer & White Orthodontics, recently announced the changeover to passersby with new signage mounted in March at their West Reading office. They will continue over 70 years of serving area communities.

311 Penn Avenue, West Reading 610-376-3956



University and Berks Community Health Center

Plans were announced to create a state-ofthe-art community health center at the former American House property at 345 Penn Street as an addition to Alvernia’s CollegeTowne campus.

The new Berks Community Health Center (BCHS) will offer mental health services, nutrition and wellness education, financial literacy education, social services assistance, and “warm hand-off referrals” in addition to the usual primary care services.

Alvernia students in health care science and social services programs will have increased learning opportunities at the new location which will serve over 2,000 unduplicated individuals in its first year of operation.

Although BCHC already has four service locations in Reading, the downtown district is identified as a highneed area and along with Alvernia, BCHC is working to secure funds for the necessary renovations with plans to open the new Health Center next spring.

DeLune Gems

Berks Community Health Center

President and CEO Mary Kargbo and Alvernia University President Glynis A. Fitzgerald, Ph.D., hold a rendering for the new community-based health center at the former American House.

DeLune Gems moved to 544 Penn from their previous location of 607 Penn Avenue. Stop in and see their new location and check out their wide assortment of sustainable, high-quality clothing, both fine and permanent jewelry, accessories, and gifts.

544 Penn Avenue, West Reading 724-815-6621


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Origen Hair Studio

Origen Hair Studio moved to 430 Penn Avenue from their previous location at 520 Penn. The woman-owned salon outgrew its previous space and will now be able to offer parking for clients.

430 Penn Avenue, West Reading 610-927-6761


Psychic on Penn & Mystical Gifts

Accurate and insightful readings are given to help customers tap into their intuition and make better life decisions. Multiple types of readings are available.

508 Penn Avenue, West Reading 610-914-6040


Berks County Trust Company Food Court

The first food court in Reading’s central business district held its grand opening on April 23rd in the historic Berks County Trust Company building (most recently known as Meridian Bank), a Shuman Development Group project. Varied options include The Pulse Café, Clean Plates, Fresh and Hot, Sizzling Island, Donut Lover’s Boom, Brasilian Sweets & Treats, Sunset Mexican Ice Cream, The Spot, and Smokies Tobacco Shop.

35 North 6th Street, Reading

Sugar Shack Candy Bar

Adding to its nearby location in Reading, Sugar Shack opened another storefront on Penn Avenue to serve shoppers a wide variety of candy and other sweet treats.

609 Penn Avenue, West Reading 610-743-3934


The new martial arts studio emphasizes top notch instruction and exceptional service with the goal of helping students at all skill levels to improve their sense of well-being and gain the benefits of becoming part of a team.

547 Penn Avenue, West Reading (behind Legacy Cigar Lounge and Superior Oxygen) 484-755-9588



uncorkd, previously known as winedown, is a destination for everyone who enjoys wine, whiskey, and good food, with a frequently changing menu created with products from around the world.

622 Penn Avenue, West Reading 610-373-4907


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The Block Wyomissing Square, Hill Avenue & Park Road, Wyomissing


A new lifestyle retail center and outdoor promenade developed by Brickstone Realty and built by D&B Construction opened this spring. Come visit the new shops opened and conveniently located right off Penn Avenue in Wyomissing.


Vintner’s Table, a Folino Estate Winery wine and tapas bar, will occupy the space formerly housing ViVA and later Brickstone’s. 945 Hill Avenue, Suite 100

Folino Estate Winery will also bring the Andrea Folino Boutique and Sangria Bar to Wyomissing. 945 Hill Avenue, Suite 100

Café Folino will round out the Folino Estate Winery eating options in Wyomissing with exceptional coffee, breakfast, and lunch.

951 Hill Avenue, Suite 3

Club Pilates Wyomissing has options for Pilates classes no matter what a client’s age or fitness level.

951 Hill Avenue, Suite 10

Kinya Ramen has locations up and down the East Coast. The ramen and sushi bar uses real gold flakes to top its specialty cocktails.

951 Hill Avenue, Suite #2

Pet Health Urgent Care - Wyomissing gives walk-in veterinary services which bridges the gap between a regular veterinarian and the chaos of an emergency room.

945 Hill Avenue, Suite 500

Primo Hoagies will open its first Berks County location at The Block, joining Café Folino and Vinter’s Table on the first floor of 100 Park. 945 Hill Avenue, Suite 275

Sola Salon is a salon studio business which provides private salon studio spaces to beauty professionals.

945 Hill Avenue, Suite 400

Shear Envy is located inside Sola Salon and gives quality nail and hair services. 945 Hill Avenue, Suite 400, Studio 32

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GoggleWorks Welcomes New Artistic and Development Directors

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is proud to announce the hiring of Devyn Briggs as the new Artistic Director and Rachael Romig as the new Development Director. These strategic appointments come at a time of expansive growth and innovation at GoggleWorks, signaling a dynamic future for the arts center.

Briggs studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art where she earned a BFA in Ceramics and a Master of Professional Studies in the Business of Art and Design. In addition to cultivating a professional artistic practice, she has worked in fine art collection management, creative start-ups, community and public art, non-profit management, and higher education. Most recently, Briggs served as the Adult Programs Manager at the Allentown Art Museum and as an adjunct professor at Northampton Community College. Committed to furthering equity and access to the arts in the Lehigh Valley, Briggs has served on several committees including the CACLV Campaign for Racial and Ethnic Justice, Southside Arts District Design Committee, Juneteenth Lehigh Valley, and the African American Business Leaders Council.

“I’ve been incredibly blessed to join the GoggleWorks team as Artistic Director. I get to work with an outstanding group of expert artists and administrators to dream up an exciting schedule of classes and exhibitions that highlight diverse mediums and artists,” said Briggs, “We’re currently expanding our maker studio offerings to include new spaces, equipment, mediums, and class offerings. We’re also embarking on several new community partnerships and initiatives that further connect our work at GoggleWorks with the broader Reading and Berks County communities.”

Adds Devyn Briggs (left) and Rachael Romig (right) to the growing leadership team.

Romig was most recently the Senior Director of Business Development, Special Programs, Events & Annual Giving at the Greater Reading Chamber Alliance, where she focused on relationship building, strategic program development, events, and fundraising. One of her main focuses and areas of growth with GRCA was the Women2Women program with the mission to develop women leaders in Berks County. She is also on the Board of Directors with Safe Berks and owns “Just Breathe. Weddings & Events,” a wedding and event planning company.

“What is happening at GoggleWorks is something everyone needs to know about. I am excited to not only increase visibility of all the work that is taking place, but also share the stories of the people who work here – the people who are making it all happen,” said Romig. “GoggleWorks is now driving a huge community impact effort, a city block wide, and could never do it alone. This growth marks a time for support to come in different ways – corporate or individual - all to be a part of creating something fantastic in the city, ensuring access to art for everyone, of all ages. I look forward to building upon current and creating new relationships to continue the growth of this amazing organization with proof that everyone has the creative spirit in them – you just have to find where your passion lies.”

Levi Landis, Executive Director of GoggleWorks, expressed his excitement about the new additions: “Adding Devyn Briggs and Rachael Romig to our leadership team at GoggleWorks marks a significant sign of growth and alignment with our enduring team values of being hungry, humble, smart, and curious. I am thrilled to work alongside them to fulfill our mission.”

With these new appointments, GoggleWorks continues its commitment to enriching the community through the arts and ensuring broad access to artistic experiences.

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National Artists Join GoggleWorks for their Residency Program to Live and Work in Reading

GoggleWorks Center for the Arts is excited to welcome three national artists participating in their 2024 Summer Artist-inResidency program: Jessi Moore, Josué Morales Urbina, and Hannah Duggan. The residency program spans 10-weeks beginning in June, when the artists will take up residence near the art center in downtown Reading and work in its many studios to collaborate, experiment, and expand their artistic boundaries.

Jessi Moore

Moore’s work as a glass maker has led her to exhibit and teach across the United States. She is currently an instructor for NYU at UrbanGlass and was recently a resident artist at Haystack Mountain School of Craft. Moore has lectured on mold blown glass for the Getty and pate de verre processes at The Glass Art Society Conference. She has taught at internationally recognized institutions such as The Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Penland School of Craft.

Josué Morales Urbina

Hailing from Guatemala City and shaped by a transient upbringing across the United States, Josué Morales Urbina delves into the intricacies of transcultural displacement. His installations weave together an eclectic array of materials, from commonplace items like drinking straws and coffee beans to unexpected elements such as toasted white bread and honey. Urbina has participated in solo and group exhibitions in New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, and Texas, alongside artist-in-residency programs at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, the Vermont Studio Center, Centrum, and Woodstock Byrdcliffe Guild. Holding a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at San Antonio, Morales Urbina’s artistic trajectory continues to captivate viewers with its exploration of cultural hybridity and the universal quest for a sense of home.

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Hannah Duggan

Hannah’s practice utilizes ceramics and painting to examine digital culture, media, and her personal reflections as a viewer. Within her work, she considers the mental impact of growing up with the internet. Duggan received her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Georgia and her MFA in Studio Art from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. She currently teaches painting and drawing at Central Michigan University. She has been featured in multiple art publications including Create! Magazine and Friend of the Artist, and has shown in numerous museums and galleries throughout the United States. She has attended multiple artist residencies including Chautauqua School of Art and most recently The Banff Centre.

GoggleWorks’ summer residents are provided housing, living and travel stipends, materials, personal studio space, and access to GoggleWorks’ 16 communal studios to complete a project or body of work. The residency culminates with an exhibition to highlight and celebrate the success of the work completed over the 10-week period.

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Gary Witmoyer, Witmoyer’s Automotive

Our community anchors are truly The Talk of the Town! In this issue, we celebrate a dedicated small business owner and welcome a new leader in the arts.

Let’s talk with Gary Witmoyer, owner of Witmoyer’s Automotive on Highland Avenue in West Reading, an entrepreneur following his dream while providing a service for people who live, visit, and work in the community.

Avenues: Where did you grow up and where do you live now?

Gary: I grew up in the West Lawn area. I currently own a home in West Lawn where I live with my wife and two kids.

Avenues: When did you open your shop and how many employees do you have?

Gary: Witmoyer’s Automotive was established in July of 2011 in a small one-bay garage with a single lift in Shillington. Since then, we have moved from the outskirts of Reading to Wyomissing and now West Reading. In 2022, we purchased our current garage from my uncle when he decided to retire. We currently have four employees with over 100 years of combined experience.

Avenues: What is special about Witmoyer’s?

Gary: Witmoyer’s Automotive is special for many reasons. The current garage Witmoyer’s owns is the same garage where I spent my childhood learning to fix cars with my father and uncle. I started hanging out in the garage at around four or five years old. My dream was one day to own the current garage where we now run our business.

Avenues: How did you decide on auto service as your career and what’s your educational background?

Gary: I grew up with many role models being mechanics. The automotive field came as second nature to me. In high school I went to Berks Career and Technology Center for automotive technology and in my senior year of high school I did the CO-OP program with Schoellkopf Service Center. I worked at Schoellkopf Service Center from April of 2007 until I went out on my own in 2011.

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Avenues: Would you advise middle or high school students to consider technical school and the automotive field?

Gary: I highly recommend trade school due to the shortage of automotive technicians/mechanics.

Avenues: What led you to become a business owner?

Gary: I always had a dream of owning my own auto repair shop since I was a kid.

Avenues: What aspects of West Reading make it a great choice for your business?

Gary: West Reading is a great choice because of the highway convenience and the variety of shops on the avenue. The location provides many options for our customers while their car is in our care.

Avenues: Are there any spots along the Penn corridor that are your favorites for food and drinks?

Gary: There are many to choose from. My wife and I enjoy strolling along the Avenue to try new eating and drinking spots.

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Get to Know Reading Symphony’s new Executive Director David Whitehill

I have received awards as an arts and culture leader and have more than twenty years of experience spanning Orange County, California, Bangor, Maine, Asheville, North Carolina, and Canton, Ohio. Most recently I served in Canton as president and CEO of ArtsinStark and the Cultural Center for the Arts. I am deeply passionate about advancing arts education and leveraging arts as a catalyst for community development.

Warsaw, and New York philharmonic orchestras and artists like Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Drummers of Burundi, and Linda Ronstadt. I am a former board member of the League of American Orchestras and was named one of the Top 30 Professionals of the Performing Arts by Musical America in 2019.

Q & A: Get to Know David Whitehill!

Q: What are your thoughts on the future of classical music?

A: Classical music, while timeless, must adapt to remain relevant in our rapidly changing world. Classical music organizations must prioritize accessibility by welcoming new audiences and offering diverse programming that reflects the communities they serve. Collaboration across disciplines and embracing new formats will ensure classical music continues to resonate with audiences as demographics shift and tastes evolve.

Q: How does music benefit students?

A: The Reading Symphony’s Youth Orchestras and Orchestra Zone programs play a vital role in nurturing creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration among students. These programs enrich lives and benefit our community by providing students with opportunities to develop essential life skills while fostering a deeper appreciation for music.

Q: What music do you enjoy?

A: I enjoy a mix of genres—from Wyclef Jean’s eclectic “Carnival” album to classical masterpieces like Beethoven and Mahler symphonies. I’ve recently been obsessed with Beyoncé’s newest country-infused album, “Cowboy Carter.”

Prior to my role at ArtsinStark, I served as executive director of the Asheville Symphony, where I implemented groundbreaking programs such as Asheville Amadeus and Ideasound, collaborating with renowned artists Emanuel Ax, Midori, and Boyz ll Men, the legendary R&B vocal group. Before that, I led the Bangor Symphony Orchestra, and earned recognition as one of the state’s top young business and community leaders from the Portland Press Herald newspaper.

My music career has been diverse and includes roles with organizations such as the Pacific Symphony, Laguna Beach Music Festival, and the Philharmonic Society, where I worked with distinguished orchestras including the London, Israel,

Q: How have you been enjoying Berks County?

A: I’m diving into West Reading’s Penn Avenue and getting creative at GoggleWorks Center for the Arts. I have already attended lots of concerts, from the Berks Jazz Fest, Friends of Chamber Music, to Ringgold Band. Plus, I am enjoying some minor-league sports action—I just snagged a 36-game season pass for the Reading Royals!

Q: How about favorite foods?

A: Lobster from my Maine days is a treat, but nothing beats a classic bagel and lox on weekends.

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Q: Any impactful books you’ve read?

A: 1,000 Nights at the Opera by Rudolf Bing fueled my passion for arts administration. The Art of Possibility by Rosamund and Benjamin Zander inspires me professionally, while Thoreau’s Walden Pond provides personal inspiration.

Q: What is your vision for the Reading Symphony Orchestra?

A: I envision an orchestra deeply connected to its community, representing diverse voices and interests, further establishing the RSO as a dynamic, inclusive cultural organization that enriches lives.

Q: Final thoughts?

A: I’m looking forward to bringing a healthy amount of energy and enthusiasm to the Reading Symphony Orchestra.

Let’s connect over coffee—I want to hear your Berks County stories! Reach me at (610) 373-6208 or dwhitehill@readingsymphony.org.

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In Nature’s Studio

Live Performance in the Reading Public Museum Arboretum

Reading Theater Project and JCWK Dance Lab work together to present new work outdoors

The Reading Theater Project and JCWK Dance Lab are thrilled to announce the 2024 In Nature’s Studio, an outdoor performance event at the Reading Public Museum Arboretum, 500 Museum Road, Reading, Pennsylvania. The performance will take place Sunday, July 21, 2024, from 4:00pm to 5:30pm, and is free to attend, thanks to grant and sponsorship support from the Reading Musical Foundation and the United Way. More information can be found at: readingtheaterproject.org.

The park already has a wheelchair-accessible path with a route that takes about 10-15 minutes to walk. The audience, rather than sitting and watching, walks and stops to see the micro performances stationed along the path, with each performance lasting about five minutes. All performances use pieces of art and exhibits from the Reading Public Museum as inspiration and are appropriate for all audiences. The audience can choose to wander on their own or follow a guided path (which ensures they will see all performances).

“In Nature’s Studio flips a typical theater experience, stationing the performers outside and in one place while the audience moves from piece to piece. It’s welcoming to all,” says Vicki Haller Graff, Artistic Director of the Reading Theater Project. “We’ve had an audience of all ages, and even dogs, deer, and geese!”

There is no cost to attend, though donations are welcome to support the work of local performing artists.

The Reading Theater Project is a locally-focused, professional theater company, based in Greater Reading/Berks County, PA. We value collaboration and creative challenges and believe theater is an inclusive experience that can reveal our shared human condition. www.readingtheaterproject.org

JCWK Dance Lab combines education/outreach, physical dance practice, and performance to investigate the ways that dance can be a vehicle for non-violent, positive social change. JCWK Dance Lab works to create Joy, Connection, and Wellness through Kinesthetic stories in Berks County and the surrounding communities. www.jcwkdancelab.org

The Reading Public Museum is a dynamic center of lifelong learning and discovery that educates, enlightens, and engages current and future generations through the collection, preservation, and interpretation of objects of art, science, and civilization. www.readingpublicmuseum.org

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Wm H. Diller Jewelers

If buildings could talk, the Wm H. Diller Jewelers building would tell the story of small business owners over the decades eventually finding the perfect place for a jewelry store. And it’s right on the corner of West Reading’s 6th and Penn Avenues.

Owners and Reading natives Cindy and John Lis, along with their son, Erik, continue the century of service to the community in what Cindy calls “a true mom and pop shop.”

In 1914, William C. Diller opened a jewelry shop in the busy city of Reading, finding 42 Schuylkill Avenue to be just the right spot to attract customers to his store. Today, this continuing history of the Diller business makes it the oldest jewelry store in Berks County.

William H. Diller, the next generation of Dillers, moved the store to the 500 block of Penn Avenue.

Early on, the Ruth Estate was located on the northwest corner of 6th and Penn in West Reading at the landmark location which anyone strolling or driving along Penn Avenue today would recognize as the current Wm H. Diller Jewelers building.

In what was previously a toy store where Cindy Lis visited as a first grader to pick toys for good report cards, Wm H. Diller Jewelers found its final home at 601 Penn Avenue on November 11, 1954.

When the Dillers retired in the early 1970s, Richard Schaeffer and Carl Madeira purchased Wm H. Diller Jewelers, after previously owning Schemmer Jewelers on North 9th Street in Reading.

Cindy and John purchased the store in 2003, after owning Sun Downer Jewelry for 27 years, just down Penn Avenue.

The 2000-square-foot Diller showroom still retained some of the elements of the original store, including velvet flocked wallpaper and the open cabinetry which has now found a new home as display shelving in the Saylor House at 605 Penn.

The Ruth Estate was originally at the corner of 6th and Penn in West Reading.

Bringing Wm H. Diller Jewelers into the modern day meant a total gut and remodel with all new lighting, displays, and finishes, making it both a contemporary place for today’s shoppers and a valued piece of Berks County history.

“Our customers become our friends,” Cindy said. “And it’s the repeat customers and the ambiance of a main street.”

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6th and Penn Avenue in 2024
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June 8-15, 2024

Now in its ninth year, Plein Air West Reading has become one of the region’s largest, most important fine art events. From June 8-14, 2024, thirty top artists from 9 states will cover Berks County, seeking to capture its beauty, character and heritage on canvas. On Saturday, June 15, the exhibit will open to the public at the centerpiece of Art on the Avenue.

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2024 Artists

Lissa Abrams Stevenson, MD

Bruno Baran Nottingham, MD

Beth Bathe Lancaster, PA

Ed Bell Philadelphia, PA

Melissa Carroll Lancaster, PA

Nanci Charpentier Baton Rouge, LA

Lori Cusick Dallas, TX

Kimberly Engle Upper Marlboro, MD

Lina Ferrara Boiling Springs, PA

David Finnell Charlottesville, VA

Calina Franzosa Alexandria, VA

Tarryl Gabel Poughkeepsie, NY

Paul Gallo Middletown, PA

Marita Hines Marietta, PA

Fred Jackson King of Prussia, PA

Charlene Jobe Reading, PA

Jane Knighton Glenwood, MD

Jim Laurino Litchfield, CT

Denise McDaniel Columbus, NJ

Barbara Morcerf Lords Valley, PA

Frances Parzanese Reading, PA

Keith Rentschler Reading, PA

Al Richards West Chester, PA

Tom Richie Baltimore, MD

Russell Slocum Wyomissing, PA

Aaron Thompson Reading, PA

Gloria Urban Port Charlotte, FL

Karen Weber St. Lawrence, PA

Steven White Birdsboro, PA

Valentina Yannotti Geneva, NY

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Saturday, June 15th, 2024 • 11am - 7pm

West Reading will host its 30th annual Art on the Avenue, Berks County’s premiere art and music festival, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., June 15, along Penn Avenue. The event, sponsored by Customers Bank, is rain or shine and showcases the work of local and regional artists, crafters, vendors, West Reading businesses, musicians, and other talents.

The entire festival, spanning four pedestrian friendly blocks and boasting upwards of 200 vendors, is free and open to the public. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.

Prior to the opening at 11 a.m., Safe Berks (formerly Berks Women in Crisis) will hold its “Walk for No More” against domestic violence, which begins at the 700 block and will continue east on Penn Avenue to the 400 block.

Reading City Church located on the southeast corner of 7th and Penn Avenue will sponsor a free Kid’s Zone.

During the week of Art on the Avenue, 30 artists from across the country will spend time capturing the beauty and character of West Reading and Berks County on canvas. Their best work will be unveiled on Saturday across from the Art Plus Gallery at 603 Penn Avenue.

Photography: Anthony Matz, berkscountyviews@gmail.com



Shaw Davis & The Black Ties

Dirk Quinn Band

Therapy Barn

Soul Miner Union

Noah Gibney Trio

Violet Coup


Peter Errich Band

Muddy Ruckus

Patric Donato Dipped

Bella Jailene

Maggie Marre and more!

Art on the Avenue is hosted by West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation (WRCRF), a non-profit organization.

Visit visitwestreading.com/art-on-the-avenue

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Al Fresco is the Way to Go this Summer!

Over the last few years, al fresco dining was the safe choice for a meal or drinks away from home. The silver lining to those years is that we re-discovered the joy in combining fresh air, amazing food and beverages, and spending time with friends and family.

Both across the country and on and off Penn, you can see the expansion of restaurants and retail into the sidewalks with bistro tables and outdoor displays, or full-fledged outdoor eating areas.

aAccording to Dave Owens, owner of Overhead Door Co. of Reading, “With an uptick in bars and restaurants looking to bring the outdoors in, local venues have learned their businesses benefit from being able fill more tables by using outdoor seating while creating al fresco seating for every patron.”

“More restaurant owners are now choosing products that can open or close off access to usable outdoor spaces and seating with glass and aluminum partitions that are easy to use,” Dave said. “We’ve installed glass and aluminum sectional doors on winery pavilions which open for outdoor space in the summer, while providing secure indoor tastings for all weather conditions.”

If you’re looking for opportunities to get fresh air as you sample the dining and drink options in the area, you’ll be happy to find choices from breakfast to snacks to dinner, plus all the beverages from coffee to beer, wine, and cocktails!

How about breakfast or coffee before you hit the shops or head to work? Dosie Dough on Penn Avenue in Wyomissing has outdoor tables with a view of Penn so you can fuel up with café cooking in a community atmosphere.

And if you’re ending your day in Wyomissing, Telia Perfect Greek brings you Greek cuisine with a modern twist and the perfect combination of food, love, and life outdoors with an indooroutdoor dining experience.

Always a top pick in West Reading, 3rd and Spruce Drafthaus has outdoor bar seating and al fresco tables for everyone craving music, friends, and everything you expect from an American pub.

Just up Penn in Reading, diners can find a casual lunch or an elegant fresh air meal at the DoubleTree by Hilton Reading’s Cheers American Bistro before a show or for a quick work break.

Beer lovers will want to hit the great outdoors at Saucony Creek Franklin Station Brewpub for the best in local beer, unique pub food, and the unique atmosphere of a restored 1930’s train station with a patio.

No matter what you choose, businesses along the Penn Corridor are happy to celebrate all things summer and bring you their best in food, drinks, entertainment, and fresh air!

22 Avenues Summer 2024 OUTDOOR DINING

Al Fresco Dining Spots

Visit websites or call in advance for dining hours and options.

3rd& Spruce Drafthaus www.3rdandsprucedrafthaus.com

Aladdin Restaurant www.aladdinreading.com

American Diner

B2 Bistro + Bar www.b2bistro.com

Barley Mow www.barleymowbeer.com

Beer Wall on Penn www.beerwallpa.com

Building 24 Kitchen & Bar workswyomissing.com/building-24

Simply Bold Café www.simplyboldcafe.com

Café Folino www.cafefolino.com

Chatty Monks Pub www. chattymonks.com

Cheers American Bistro at DoubleTree www.cheersamericanbistro.com

Cherry’s Jamaican Delight www.facebook.com/ Cherrysjamaicandelight

Comalli Taqueria www. comallitacos.com

Dosie Dough www. dosiedough.com

GNA Ristorante www. gnaristorante.com

Farmhouse Kitchen www.thefarmhouse-kitchen.com

Fresh Breakfast/Lunch www. freshbreakfastlunch.com

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La Abuela Mexican Restaurant www.laabuelapa.com

Legacy Cigar Lounge www.legacycigarpa.com

Let’s Taco Bout It www.letstacoboutit.net

Michelangelo’s of West Reading www.michelangelosofwestreading.com

Nonno Alby’s www. nonnoalbyswoodfire.com

Say Cheese! Restaurant www.saycheese-restaurant.com

Saucony Street Franklin Street Station www. sauconybeer.com/reading-page/ Sly Fox at Wyomissing –Taphouse at the Knitting Mills www.slyfoxbeer.com/wyomissing

Muddy Creek Soap Company

Taste of Crepes www. facebook.com/TasteOfCrepes

Takkii Ramen www.takkiiramen.com

Telia–Perfect. Greek. www. teliagreek.com

Tony’s of West Reading www.tonysofwestreading.com

Uncorkd www.uncorkd-westreading.com

Vintner’s Table www.vintners-table.com

West Reading Motor Club www.westreadingmotorclub.com

West Reading Tavern www.westreadingtavern.com

*May not include all available spaces.



Celebrate Summer and head out to the fantastic events, programs, and exhibits you’ll find along the Penn Corridor.


June 1

Modern Visions: A Century of Master Prints Exhibit

Featuring over thirty iconic prints by modern masters, drawn entirely from the museum’s collection.

Through September 2

Reading Public Museum 500 Museum Park Road, Reading

The Amazing Castle Exhibit Travel back in time to a medieval village, dress as lords, ladies, and villagers, and learn about their lives.

Through September 8

Reading Public Museum

500 Museum Park Road, Reading

Celebrating the Year of the Dragon, 2024, Exhibit Explore dragon art from the east to the west.

Through September 8

Reading Public Museum

500 Museum Park Road, Reading

“Spring Buds” Art Exhibit

The Friends of Art Plus Gallery showcase diverse talents in a Spring exhibit.

Through June 15

Art Plus Gallery

604 Penn Avenue, West Reading

“Expect the Unexpected” Vegetables misbehaving? What to expect in painter Crystal Domino’s imaginative show. Through June 30 Say Cheese!

600 Penn Avenue, Wyomissing

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The Summer Show

All-member show in the main gallery. Through June 30

Art Plus Gallery

604 Penn Avenue, West Reading

Floral Fireworks

Lori Calabrese, Marilyn Fox, Trudy Moore, Amy Schade, Donna Unger’s flair for floral. Through July 7

YR Club

1029 Thrush Road, Wyomissing

June 8

9th Annual Plein Air

West Reading

Thirty artists from nine states descend into Berks County to compete for over $5,000 in prizes for the best “en plein air” paintings, building to a grand show on June 15th as part of Art on the Avenue.

June 9

Culture Shock

Presents Glow Up

2:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. shows Miller Center For the Arts 4 North Second Street, Reading

Summer Concert Series – Wyomissing Band

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. (rain date June 10th)

Wyomissing Borough Hall 22 Reading Boulevard, Wyomissing

June 14

Plein Air West Reading 2024: Patrons Preview & Awards

Unveiling of the entries in the week-long, county-wide plein painting competition. 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. (Invitation only. For tickets email info@ artplusgallerypa.com) Olympian Ballroom, 603 Penn Ave., West Reading

2nd Friday on the Avenue

Celebrate and recognize our locally owned shops and restaurants.

Live music from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 6th and Penn Avenue, West Reading

June 15

West Reading Community -Wide Yard Sale – Rain or Shine

7:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at individually hosted yard sales.

Art on the Avenue

The 30th Annual Art on the Avenue family festival will showcase the work of local and regional artists, crafters, vendors, West Reading businesses, and musicians. For more information, go to www.visitwestreading.com

11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (rain or shine) 600 Penn Avenue, Wyomissing

Plein Air West Reading 2024 Exhibit opens to the public as a centerpiece of Art on the Avenue in front of the Olympian Ballroom. 11:00 to 7:00 p.m. 603 Penn Avenue, West Reading

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$50 non-member)

Berks History Center

940 Centre Avenue, Reading

June 20

Soil + Stage Open Mic Night 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Goggleworks Gardens

247 Walnut Street, Reading

June 21

Kinky Boots, The Musical Multiple times, June 21st through 30th

Genesius Theatre

153 North 10th Street, Reading

Reception for “Plein Air West Reading 2024,” Extended Exhibit

Reception open to the public and show runs June 18-30 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Art Plus Gallery

604 Penn Avenue, Wyomissing

June 28

Disney Moana Jr. by Reading Community Players

7:00 p.m. and June 29th at 3:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

The Miller Center for the Arts at RACC

4 North 2nd Street, Reading

Week of July 4, 2024

Dedicate a US Flag at the Wyomissing Stone House

500 Museum Park Road, Reading


July 2

“Summer Refreshed”

(Shared reception with Jane deGruchy’s featured exhibit)

July 12, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Exhibit through Aug 31

Art Plus Gallery

604 Penn Avenue, West Reading

Moonlight Swim and Fireworks sponsored by ROG 8:00 p.m. (rain date July 7)

Wyomissing Pool 901 Evans Avenue, Wyomissing

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July 4

Wyomissing Independence Day Parade and Celebration Come and celebrate America’s birthday. The parade proceeds through the heart of Wyomissing, with floats, marching bands, and local organizations in celebration. The parade finishes at the Stone House, where the Wyomissing Band will perform. The festivities will continue with activities like the annual pie-eating competition and the Rubber Ducky Regatta to support the Wyomissing Public Library. 10:00 a.m. (rain date July 5th) Wyomissing Boulevard and Cleveland Avenue, Wyomissing, parade formation

July 12

“Meet Me in the Garden” Reception Watercolorist Jane deGruchy paints fruit, flowers, and garden visitors. Reception open to the public. Show runs July 2 through July 31 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Art Plus Gallery 604 Penn Avenue, West Reading

2nd Friday on the Avenue

Celebrate and recognize our locally owned shops and restaurants.

Live music from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 6th and Penn Avenue, West Reading

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July 20

Bulls, Bands & Barrels – This ain’t your grandpappy’s rodeo!

6:00 p.m.

Santander Arena

700 Penn Street, Reading

Postmodern Jukebox

– The Ten Tour

8:00 p.m.

Santander Performing Arts Center

136 North 6th Street, Reading

July 27

Egg Basket Workshop

9:00 a.m. (ages ten and over)

Berks History Center 940 Centre Avenue, Reading


August 1

Geek-Out? – First Thursday

Comedy Series

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

The Boscov Theater

201 Washington Street, Reading

August 9

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

August 9th through 18th, multiple times

Genesius Theatre

153 North 10th Street, Reading

2nd Friday on the Avenue

Live music from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. 6th and Penn Avenue, West Reading

“Crushin’ It in Glass” Reception Marie Stalnecker’s original 3-D artwork, with no two pieces alike.

Through August 31

Art Plus Gallery 604 Penn Avenue, West Reading

August 11

Breast Cancer Support Services 9th Annual Pink Passion for Fashion Show

11:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. (silent auction, DJ, large raffle prize, $75 for plated meal, RSVP by 7/26) www.bcssberks.org

DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton Reading 701 Penn Street, Reading

28 Avenues Summer 2024 Floyd Final Fridays

August 17

Movies in the Park

8:00 to 10:00 p.m.

Happy Hollow Playground

1100 Wayne Avenue, Wyomissing

August 29

Los Temerarios, Hasta Siempre

8:00 p.m.

Santander Arena

700 Penn Street, Reading

Mark your calendar for this upcoming event!

September 12

Reading’s 2nd Fête en Blanc hosted by Turnberry Construction Group Attendees at the “Party in White” will enjoy entertainment, dining, and fellowship while supporting Habitat for Humanity of Berks County. 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Reading Public Museum

500 Museum Park Road, Reading

West Reading Farmers Market

500 Block of Penn Avenue and 6th Avenue


Art Plus Gallery artplusgallerypa.com

Santander Events Santander-arena.com

Miller Center for the Arts millercenter.racc.edu

Reading Public Museum readingpublicmuseum.org

Reading Community Players www.readingcommplayers.com

GoggleWorks goggleworks.org

Genesius Theatre genesiusdifference.org

Yocum Institute for Arts Education www.yocuminstitute.org

Berks History Center www.berkshistory.org

May through December, Sundays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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