Recently, a friend and I were talking about ancestry -- mostly because she was amazed that my son of the freckles, pale skin and red curly hair has not a drop of Irish blood in him. If you're interested in the ancestry of your family the Orwigsburg Historical Society, 109 E. Mifflin Street is the perfect place to start. They're holding a free genealogy and property research workshop on Thursday, September 21 at 7 p.m. Come learn from Berks County recorder of deeds, Fred Sheeler. When the weather gets cooler (will it ever?) wandering around dusty records rooms and libraries could be a perfect hobby. And how cool would it be to 'unveil' the family history at Thanksgiving for all your loved ones?
With a tone normally reserved for funerals, my husband solemnly announced this morning that this Friday was the autumn equinox, first day of fall and (sad drumroll) the date when days start getting shorter and nights so much longer. Before you know it, each morning I'll awaken to a pitch black room and stumble around flipping light switches in an attempt to make waking up easier. Boo hoo.
But Jersey Farms and Stone Mountain Wine Cellars in Friedensburg isn't fighting autumn -- instead they're celebrating it! Join them on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the vineyard. They'll be a tent but bring your chair -- and if this weather holds up your sunblock and hat. There will complimentary tastings and you can purchase bread, cheese and -- my favorite -- sangria. There will also be music from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Leighann & Company on Saturday and Diaspora on Sunday.