6 08, 2020

The Reading Fairgrounds in Muhlenberg Township

2020-08-06T12:27:04-04:00August 6th, 2020|Entertainment-Recreation, Planes-Trains-Automobiles|0 Comments

On April 20, 1915, two adjoining tracts of land in Muhlenberg Township, totaling 54 acres, were purchased for $20,750 for the site of the Reading Fairgrounds. Several subsequent purchases increased the area to approximately 78 acres. The site was ideal since it was [...]

21 05, 2020

Reading City Park Kiddie Kastle

2020-09-08T04:37:16-04:00May 21st, 2020|Entertainment-Recreation, Nature & Outdoors|0 Comments

For three decades, one of the city’s most popular and interesting attractions was the yellow-brick play castle in City park, situated on the north side of Washington Street, above 11th. The Reading City Park Kiddie Kastle was the brainchild of former city [...]

19 05, 2020

Park and Garden Entertainment Era of Reading, PA

2020-05-19T15:57:08-04:00May 19th, 2020|Entertainment-Recreation, Nature & Outdoors|0 Comments

As early as 1850, most of the outdoor entertainments were in parks shaded by huge trees with a thick covering of tan bark on the ground. Variety acts with pioneer gymnasts and acrobats, orchestra and band concerts, and choral organizations entertained enthusiastic gatherings [...]

18 05, 2020

Pendora Park – The Great White City

2020-05-18T19:16:23-04:00May 18th, 2020|Entertainment-Recreation|0 Comments

On July 25th, 1907, Pendora Park, a commercial amusement park in East Reading formally opened to the public. People gathered from all sections of the city. The crowd was estimated at between 18,000 and 20,000. Every trolley car headed for East Reading was [...]

16 05, 2020

Reading/Berks Drive-in Theaters: A History

2020-05-22T00:57:12-04:00May 16th, 2020|Entertainment-Recreation, Theaters-Drive-Ins|0 Comments

Drive-in theaters were hugely popular after World War II and, on special summer occasions featured all-night shows. Among its advantages was the fact that older adults with children could take care of their infant while watching a movie, while youth found drive-ins ideal [...]

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