COMMUNITY TABLE & SPECIAL EVENTS

If you are part of an Antietam Valley community group, non-profit organization, city, state or county agency, or city or market sponsored group or organization and are interested in having a presence at our market Community Table, download the application and complete. Applications may be mailed or submitted electronically.

COMMUNITY TABLE ARCHIVE

The following are examples of previous Community Table Presenters:

 ANTIETAM COMMUNITY THEATRE

Visit the Antietam Community Theatre in the community tent to find out how ACT is bringing the theatre to the Antietam Valley, including highlights from their upcoming production of “The Music Man!”

>> facebook: facebook.com/AntietamCommunityTheatre

BERKS CONSERVANCY: CONSERVANCY AND TRAIL DISPLAY

The Berks Conservancy’s vision for the Greater Reading Trail Partnership is that we can assist the County in implementing the County Greenway, Park and Recreation plan for the metro region of Berks County specifically “Greater Reading”.

>> website: www.berks-conservancy.org

BERKS COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Please welcome the Berks County Department of Veterans Affairs to market. Their mission is to administer a comprehensive array of benefit programs and provide assistance pertaining to claims for the veterans of Berks County and their dependent widows/widowers and orphans in the most expeditious and accountable manner as possible. Do you have questions? Stop by and they’ll help you get the answers you need. These benefits include those provided by federal, state, and local governments with claims pertaining to service connected compensation, non-service connected pension, burial allowances, vocational and rehabilitation training, insurance, tax exemptions, emergency assistance, paralyzed and blind veteran’s pension, specialized veteran’s license plates, flag holders and headstones.

BERKS QUILTERS GUILD

Berks Quilters Guild will be selling raffle tickets for a quilt entitled “Desert Reflections,” made by Guild members and on display at the market. The Guild exists to promote and educate the art of quilting. Members are able to attend programs, workshops and participate in community service projects such as making quilts for veterans, cancer patients, women’s shelters, food drives, and more. For information on becoming a member and about the Guild visit www.berksquiltersguild.org.

COOKING DEMONSTRATION WITH ANNMARIE CANTRELL

Looking for inspiration at our winter farmers’ market? Need some new meal ideas? Look no further, we can help you. Come join us at the Antietam Valley Farmers’ & Artists’ Market on Saturday, March 5, as we welcome Annmarie Cantrell and present our first Chef at the Market demonstration.

Annmarie Cantrell is a chef and wellness educator whose mission is to reconnect people to their intuition when it comes to truly nourishing themselves. She is a lover of REAL food simply prepared and enjoys teaching people how to make delicious meals from local, seasonal products.

Annmarie will be creating 3 quick dishes using all products available to you at market. The demonstration starts at 10:00 and will last approximately an hour, which will still give you plenty of time to shop the abundance of our winter market.

CLAY ON MAIN, OLEY

Join us in a make and take clay activity, create herb bouquets for kids, and work on a clay community sculpture.  www.clayonmain.org

FRIENDS OF THE EXETER COMMUNITY LIBRARY

The Friends of the Exeter Community Library will staff the Community Table with information about the summer reading program as well as other children’s programming. There will be two Friends at the table to answer questions and sell tickets for Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends.

The Friends again staffed the Community Table with information on adult programs at the Exeter Community Library, such as book club, the new computers, quilting, etc.  We also will promote Boscov’s Friends Helping Friends and our pancake breakfast at Dairy Queen in September.

GRIESEMER’S BEEKEEPING

The Antietam Valley Farmers’ and Artists’ Market invite you and your family to stop by our community table on Saturday, September 26th, where James will be bringing a variety of beekeeping equipment for show and tell. Check out pictures of what the inside of a beehive looks like and get to know your local beekeeper. And, don’t worry, honey will still be available as Christine manages the Griesemer Beekeeping stand in between crocheting blue ribbon winning items to sell as well”

HISTORIC CARSONIA PARK DAY

Join us for a great market day plus the chance to hear noted local historian Michelle Lynch, who will be presenting a digital slide show and speaking on “Recapturing the Thrills of Carsonia Park.” from 10-11am.

The program is part history of Carsonia Park, but also about the amusement devices that were there and what parks today have the same or similar vintage rides.

Michelle is the writer of the Floor Plans column on Wednesdays in Berks Country in the Reading Eagle and cohost of the Passing Scene on BCTV.

Visit the special Carsonia Park tent where folks can come to reminisce and share photos and stories; sit in an actual ride car, pick up free park maps and posters; and meet members of our Park committee who will be discussing the master plan for Carsonia Park going forward, and much more! Dave Keeler, who created the Carsonia Park poster for the 2013 Lower Alsace Quasquicentennial calendar, will be on hand to share copies of the poster and a map of amusement locations at the park.

Meet Vicki Rhodier and color one of her illustrated Carsonia Park pages from a published coloring book.

Also, on display will be an original car from the The Whip!

MUSIC AT THE MARKET

Makin’ Music Gilbertsville with Mr. Mike is part of the Makin’ Music Rockin’ Rhythms family, an award-winning music and movement enrichment program for preschoolers that has been loved by thousands of children and parents for over 20 years. Michael Kropp (aka “Mr. Mike”) hosts classes in Gilbertsville, Montgomery County and has been a fixture at area preschools, libraries, and other fun, family events for 10 years. Come to Mr. Mike’s show ready to clap, stomp, and dance to our upbeat tunes!

Michael Kropp is a solo singer/acoustic guitarist from Limerick, PA and has been performing at area bars, restaurants and private events for 18+ years. Michael performs a fun, upbeat mix of pop/rock classics from The Beatles, The Kinks, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Paul Simon, and many more favorites!

read more at www.michaelkropp.com
Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=maki%27%20music%20gilbertsville
Michael Kropp Fan Page: https://www.facebook.com/Michael-Kropp-Fan-Page-124176057628123/

NO NONSENSE NEUTERING

We are pleased to welcome back No Nonsense Neutering (NNN) to our market. Stop by their table to pick up a FREE goodie bag for your fur baby. Goodies bags will include homemade treats made with pumpkin and peanut butter for dogs or kitty treats made with tuna and whole wheat flour. Recipes will be included. And if the weather cooperates, the doggie pool will be back for our four legged market goers to cool off and play. No Nonsense Neutering (NNN) is a same-day, high quality, low-cost spay/neuter surgery clinic. Their mission is to provide affordable sterilization services to people who own cats and dogs. NNN devotes 60% of surgery time for free-roaming cats and provides affordable services to over 40 cat and dog rescues. No Nonsense Neutering began services in 2008. Cats and dogs fixed and vaccinated through 12.31.16 number over 72,000. NNN operates with licensed veterinarians and trained and experienced tech staff. NNN is a 501(C)3 non-profit and operates with an active, all volunteer Board of Directors.

OPPORTUNITY HOUSE DONATION TRUCK

As a special market community event, this Saturday we will host the Opportunity House Donation Truck. Stuck inside the house all weekend due to the blizzard of 2016? Put your free time to good use and gather up your unwanted and unused items to be donated to charity! Continuing with our New Year’s resolve to help you clean up your clutter, we have invited OppShop to market on Saturday, January 30th from 10:00 am to noon to take your donations.

OppShop’s truck will be on hand to take almost anything that you are ready to get rid of…EXCEPT mattresses/box springs (we take bed frames and headboards), cribs (and other children’s items subject to recalls), TVs, paint, and items that are too damaged to resell.

Opportunity House is a multi-service organization that improves the quality of life for children, families and adults who face various obstacles to independence and supports their efforts to achieve and maintain self-sufficiency and well-being.

A message from Opportunity House: Your donations to Opportunity House generate income to support our mission. We sell online and at our new thrift store, OppShop, located at 3045 North Fifth Street Highway in Muhlenburg Township (near Kmart). OppShop sells clothes and shoes for the entire family along with furniture, housewares, lines, jewelry and books. OppShop is open from 10-7 Monday through Saturday and from 12 -7 on Sunday. Donations may be dropped during these hours. Our truck will pick up donations of 100 pounds or more by a scheduled appointment. Please call 610-374-4696 for an appointment. All profits from these sales fund the mission of Opportunity House.

>> Please visit www.opphouse.org for more information.

PENN STATE MASTER GARDENERS OF BERKS COUNTY

Pollinators and Pollinator Garden Certification:
Learn how to make your home garden un-bee-lievably attractive to our pollinators! Chat with Master Gardeners and learn what to plant and how to maintain your pollinator garden. Become familiar with the steps to make your garden a Penn State Certified Pollinator Garden.

10 Skills Every Gardener Should Know

Backyard Composting
Penn State Master Gardeners of Berks County will again be at the market! Their ever popular “Ask a Master Gardener” program allow the public to interact with our MG’s and learn answers to their most puzzling garden and plants questions.

Seed exchange…we’re sowing the seeds of community.
Humans have been saving and exchanging seeds for over 12,000 years, meeting in huts, halls and markets. Please join us at the Antietam Farmers’ & Artists’ Market on Saturday, March 19th for a seed exchange. Also, we welcome back the Penn State Master Gardeners of Berks County who will be on hand to teach us about Jump-Starting the Vegetable Garden.

Think spring and bring your saved (and labeled) or store bought seeds and swap with neighbors. Don’t have any seeds to swap? We’ll have plenty to give away thanks to the generosity of Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and the Seed Savers Exchange.

>> website: extension.psu.edu/plants/master-gardener/counties/berks

PET MASSAGE DEMONSTRATION BY DEB POLUMBO CLAY

On Saturday, October 24th, come with or without your dog to learn massaging and healing techniques to sooth aching senior dog joints and calm restless puppy syndrome.

Deb Clay, the Antietam Farmers Market Manager, will lead the class beginning at 9:15.  She has received certificates in Pet Massage, Berks County Red Cross Pet First Aid and Third Degree Reiki Master of the Usui Reiki System of Natural Healing.  Chairs will be provided for smaller dogs who bring their humans but please feel free to bring a towel or blanket for larger dogs.  This class is free to the public and should last approximately 30 minutes.

SUMMER PLAYGROUND AT CARSONIA PARK

Learn about the Summer Playground Program at Carsonia Park! Applications and more information will be available at the Market Tent; stop by our playground to meet the camp counselors and get to know the staff.

A free program offered to children ages 7-12 who live in the Antietam Valley, the playground program starts June 15 and is provided jointly by the Borough of Mt. Penn and Lower Alsace Township with support from the Antietam Valley Community Partnership and Antietam Valley Recreation and Community Center.

>> Read more about the playground: www.antietamvalley.org/upcoming-events

WORM COMPOSTING WORKSHOP:
DANIELLE NUHFER – GROW YOUR OWN FREEDOM

Join Danielle to learn how to recycle your food and yard waste into a powerful, nutrient rich fertilizer using WORMS! This is a great alternative or addition to traditional composting methods. You will learn all about composting worms and how they can recycle their waste and how to set up and care for your own worm composting bin.

YOGA IN THE PARK FOR EVERYONE

Sue Siegrist, the new Director of Yoga and Meditation at the Spine and Wellness Center located on Perkiomen Avenue will be giving two FREE yoga classes this Saturday at the Antietam Valley Farmers and Artists Market. The first class will run from 8:15 to 9:00 a.m with a 2nd mid-morning class from 10:00 to 10:45 a.m. Classes will be weather dependent.

Both classes are considered “beginner” and are for all age groups, young and old. Don’t have a yoga mat but would still like to participate? Sue will be bringing extra mats and blankets in addition to chairs for anyone who would like to sit and stretch.

Come join Sue who will be at our market all morning to talk and answer your questions. And don’t miss her FREE raffle to win yoga classes!

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