911 Community First Responder Recognition Ceremony • September 2016

A grateful community for a non-denominational outdoor memorial service was held at the Antietam Valley Recreational Community Center.

Antietam Valley Community Partnership, alongside Pennside Presbyterian Church, Trinity United Church of Christ, Faith Lutheran Church and Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church partnered to commemorate the lives of those lost on 9/11 and to celebrate the extraordinary and selfless First Responders of the Antietam Valley who include Central Berks Regional Police, Mount Penn Volunteer Fire Company, Lower Alsace Township Fire Department and Lower Alsace Ambulance.

Immediately following the Service was a special performance by the Hamilton Celtic Pipes and Drums,  generously underwritten by the local the Antietam Valley business, OneHappyPillow. Immediately following the bagpipe presentation was a performance by the 20-piece Let’s Dance Orchestra, generously underwritten by Republic Services, the event’s Premier Sponsor.

9/11 Memorial Ceremony • September 2011

Coordinated efforts by uniformed men and women, the Antietam School District and community members of the Antietam Valley produced a moving tribute to the tragedy of 9/11.  The International Association of Fire Chief’s recommended ceremony was followed with participation from local fire, police and emergency personnel.

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Antietam Valley 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run – April 2015, 2016

The 2nd Annual Antietam Valley 5K and 1 mile Fun Run was held on Saturday, April 30.

Arias in the Antietam Valley • March/April 2013/2014

At the 1st annual Arias event, over 150 guests enjoyed a magical evening of Italian food and unforgettable music at Anthony’s Trattoria in Pennside. Our second Arias was held at Stokesay Castle, and the third again at Anthony’s Trattoria.

Patrons enjoyed a magical evening of delicious food and unforgettable music. Professional operatic singers from the Philadelphia performed arias during the meal. Our third event featured local soprano Meghan Dewald. A native of Exeter Township, Meghan recently completed her Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance and Literature.

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Carsonia Craft Beer & Wine Amusement • October 2015

Beginning in 2015 – the exciting new Carsonia Craft Beer & Wine Amusement, where breweries and beer enthusiasts came together for an afternoon of tasting and fun!

A fantastic turnout of community members, families and friend were on hand for the inaugural event.

Community Dinner: Golumpkis and Chili – 2014/2015/2016

Our crazy fun community members hosted another fantastic all-you-can-eat dinner event on March 6, 2016  in the Antietam High School Cafeteria. Tickets were available at the door for a $10 donation for eat-in or take-out.

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Community Yard Sale and Flea Market • September 2011/2012/2013/2014/2015/2016

Community Yard Sale events were held from 7:00 a.m – noon, including a central market at Carsonia Park that morning with concessions available for purchase.

The 6th Annual Community Yard Sale (September 17, 2016) included a central market at Carsonia Park that morning with concessions available for purchase.

There is no cost to be part of the yard sale, but participants are requested to make a donation to AVCP to help cover advertising expenses.

Concert in the Park • May 2015

Our first Concert in the Park…featuring the Let’s Dance Orchestra…One Swinging Big Band was held on Sunday, May 24th from 2:00 to 4:00 to kick off the Memorial Day weekend. This free event was sponsored the Antietam Valley Community Partnership.

Later that evening, we enjoyed the local band, 3 on the Tree from 6-8 inside the grounds of Antietam Pool.

The weather was perfect and many residents gathered to enjoy both events.

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Historic Trolley Tours • Fall 2013/2014/2015

Thanks to all who joined us for an old-fashioned trolley tour of the Mount Penn and Lower Alsace area with Mount Penn Historian, Pete Heizman (2015),  Paul Druzba, Neversink Mountain Historian (2014) and Corrie Crupi (2013).

Three separate tours were held at 11 am, 12:30 and 2:00 pm, showcasing many historical scenes and structures throughout the beautiful Antietam Valley.

Movie Nights at the A-Field • Summer 2012/2013/2014/2015/2016

2016 Movie nights this year included Inside Out, Goonies and Minions.

Movie nights were held for community members at the A-field, with viewers bringing chairs and blankets for fun nights under the stars.

Made possible by: Antietam Valley Community Partnership – Mount Penn Parent-Teacher League – Antietam School District – Exeter Township Parks & Recreation – Dairy Queen of Exeter and Kenhorst – Redner’s Market – Weikel Sportswear

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Street Fair in Stony Creek

The 2016 Street Fair was held on July 18th, on Friedensburg Road from Antietam Road to Melrose Avenue. Highlights included food, games, crafts, vendors, games fro kids, rescue dogs, pony rides, a pulled pork contest, music and much more. A great time was had by all!

Summer Playground Program • June – August, 2013/2014/2015/2016

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

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Tree Lighting In the Park  • December 2011/2012/2013/2014/2015

Our 5th Annual Tree Lighting in the Park was held on December 5, 2015…a toasty warm Rec Center where folks could mingle, listen to the children’s chorus perform, sip hot chocolate and nibble on cookies, and get to know each other even better. Many gifts were collected for families in need, and will be distributed by our local elementary and primary school staff.

Santa made a grand entrance as only he can, welcomed by cheering kids and adults, who broke into song as he approached the spruce tree. With a flick of the wrist, the tree burst into full holiday splendor, and another cheer arose from the crowd.

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Reading Royals and AVCP • March 2015

AVCP and the Reading Royals, our beloved local hockey team! Community members enjoyed two games for the price of one – the Battle of the Badges game: Reading Police Department versus the Reading Fire Department; followed by the  Reading Royals taking on the Toledo Walleyes. What a great day for hockey fans!