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It’s Apple Season in Boyertown- and it’s time for Pickfest! This year will be hosted by the Merchants of Boyertown. Come out and experience agriculture, music, food, arts and history that are alive and well here in Boyertown today.  Special events will be spread about town all weekend – featuring over 12 musical acts across more than 7 venues including eateries, artisan galleries, and specialty shoppes. The whole event will be surrounded with local breweries, cideries, wineries, and spirits.

Celebrating its 11th year,  Pickfest has grown from a small gathering in the Frecon’s Orchard to a town-wide festival. “As the festival grew in size, so did the need to expand it, and what a better way to expand it than to bring it into the heart of our town and include all of our comrades who celebrate this time of the year with their own artisanal contributions!” notes Hank Frecon of Frecon Farms and one of the creators of Pickfest.

There will be some of the previous attributes, like Frecon’s U-Pick and Orchard Stage. And who can forget the old GMC flatbed truck – the icon of Pickfest – anchoring in the Rail Yard Stage on Saturday featuring some top regional acts like Tin Bird Choir and the Pickfest Host Band, the infamous Manatawny Creek Ramblers.  For a view of the many more top notch acts this year go to

In addition to the legacy stage, look forward to new stages and venues and a host of other activities happening in and around town including:

  • Bee-A-Palooza at Peppermint Stick Candy Store (Oct.13-15)
  • Wine Tasting at Twin Turrets (Oct. 13)
  • Loading Dock Stage at Taylor Backes (Oct. 13)
  • Late night music at Durango’s (Oct 13)
  • Ghost Walk at Boyertown Secrets & Collectibles (Oct. 13)
  • Secret Valley Train Rides at the Colebrookdale Railroad (Oct. 13-15)
  • The Other Farms evening acts on their brand new stage (Oct 14)
  • Pop-up Art Sale for Cancer Support at Studio B (Oct.14-15)
  • Crystal Stage at Spirit Holistic Center (Oct. 14)
  • Orchard Stage at Frecon Farms (Oct. 14-15)
  • Studio Stage at Dancing Tree Creations (Oct. 15)

For more events, information and times, please visit

Admission is complimentary to this year’s Pickfest* – and all food and beverages will be pay-as-you-go!

*Admission to the official Pickfest stage area is complimentary – some area activities require reservations and/or additional fees. Please check for more information.

Attendees are encouraged to spend the night and lodge with the Twin Turrets, Bear Creek Resort, and other B&Bs local to the area.  

For Information and more contact Rolling Barrel Events:

Rolling Barrel Events is a full service event planning and management firm that helps individuals and organizations create memorable experiences that focus on local beer, wine, and food. For more information, visit  

Thursday, 05 October 2017 22:08

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Thursday, 05 October 2017 21:59


Pumpkinfest "rolls" into Boyertown, Friday, October 27th at 5 p.m. Join us for the Fourth Friday Art Walk, pumpkin carving and decorating.  A lighting ceremony will take place at 7 p.m.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 22:45

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Building a Better Boyertown (BBB) hosts community events. With the permission of the Borough of Boyertown, BBB’s Pumpkinfest will be on October 28, 2017.

This event takes place in the storefronts of downtown businesses, as well as on Philadelphia Avenue. Businesses are encouraged to have pumpkin themed specials, and to embrace the theme in decorating their storefronts. There will be a pumpkin lighting ceremony at 7 pm on October 28. The event is free to the public. On October 27, during the monthly Art Walk in Boyertown, there will be carving stations set up at participating businesses. These stations will be opportunities for the public to help decorate for Pumpkinfest, whether that be carving a pumpkin or painting one.

If your business is interested in sponsoring a carving station for this event, it is the responsibility of the business to provide personnel to help with carving and painting of the pumpkins. This also includes setting up and tearing down the carving/painting area. If your business chooses to sponsor the station but does not wish to have a carving/painting area, your business may donate that location to a civic group of your choice.

If you have any questions or would like to participate in sponsoring this event, please contact the Pumpkinfest Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Checks and registration forms should be mailed or dropped off to the Building a Better Boyertown office located at 3 East Philadelphia Avenue, Boyertown, PA 19512.

Thursday, 21 September 2017 22:36

Scarecrow Fun!

Help us get Boyertown in the fall spirit! Sponsor a scarecrow for $25.00! Scarecrows will be placed on posts starting at the intersection of Philadelphia and Reading Ave. Each scarecrow will be accompanied by cornstalks and a sign stating who sponsored the scarecrow. Scarecrows will be set up the first week of October until October 29th. The proceeds of the sponsorship will go towards the upcoming event Pumpkin Fest! Download the form today!

Thursday, 21 September 2017 22:32

September Events at Chestnut Knoll

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Dancing Tree Creations Artisans Gallery & Studio is proud to name Rachel Bodnar as their next Budding Artist. An opening reception, with light refreshments and the opportunity to meet other local artists, will be held during September’s Fourth Friday Boyertown Art Walk occurring Friday, September 22, 2017, from 5pm to 8pm. The Budding Artist Program provides school-aged artists an opportunity to join over 200 local and national artisans in exhibiting and selling their crafts for a three-month period of time with all proceeds going to the Budding Artist.
Bodnar, a senior at Boyertown Area Senior High, is the Gallery’s twelfth Budding Artist; her work will be available through December 2017.

For Bodnar, creating art was always a hobby; but once she began high school and started to take art more seriously, it became much more. Until then, painting was only what she did when she was spontaneously inspired; now it is a driving force with inspiration harvested from everyday life.
Her first high school drawing class, taught by Mr. Dareneau, was nothing like she expected. Like most people who get to this level, she expected strict rules on her artistic process that would result in a photo-realistic masterpiece. Instead, what she received was helpful advice tailored to her creativity and encouragement to foster her own style. Instead of creating a photocopy of an existing object (which she can also now do, thanks to the teachings of Mr. Dareneau), she learned to create her own art.

Painting intensified her new-found love of creating. Bodnar credits Mrs. Pamela Hendrix, a Boyertown High School Painting and Mixed Media teacher, with helping her understand the feeling behind art, the passion that moves a brush across a canvas. By giving her students the explicit freedom to create whatever they found inspiring or intriguing, Hendrix helped Bodnar discover the hunger she had for painting, “While drawing, to me, has always been about precision and grit,” Bodnar states, “painting has become a children’s story book, ripe with imagination and color.”
Bodnar’s future with art remains a blank canvas. Not only is she interested in any and all forms of creation and capturing beauty, she is still trying to translate this love into a college and career plan. The Savannah College of Art and Design has always been in her sights, but so have many other schools. Working for a company like Disney has always interested her because of their dedication to detail and creativity. “Maybe I will end up there someday,” Bodnar said, “working on a creative team and dreaming up ideas for people of all ages to squeal and laugh over, tear up or sing along to; but I know that my future lies in my imagination, and the only thing that can catch up to that is my art.”

“We hope you’ll be able to join Rachel at her reception to encourage her further and learn more about this talented budding artist’s imagination,” said Lyn Camella-Rich, co-owner of Dancing Tree Creations.

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