From the Hay Creek Festival committee
September is upon us, and that means it’s time for the Hay Creek Festival held at Historic Joanna Furnace. Now, in its 39th year, this popular southern Berks County historic festival is an authentic traditional technology, arts and crafts event. At the same time, it also gives visitors an opportunity to enjoy the timeless entertainment, the kind which is suitable for the entire family.
This entertaining event, taking place Sept. 11, 12 and 13, is packed full of live-on-stage performers and programs. All are designed to delight the young, the young in heart and all those in between.
Beginning on Friday to satisfy your kids (or your inner kid), all ages will be delighted by Marian Gehman and Friends and her interactive ventriloquist show. Randini the Remarkable will thrill the audiences with his juggling. He will begin with balls, rings and clubs and then quickly advance to working with cigar boxes, Chinese yo-yos, flower sticks, spinning balls, contact “crystal” balls, spinning plates and more.
These performers will be followed on stage by the folk songs of Damion Drego and the folk songs and ballads of Karen Ludwig. Winding up the day at 4 p.m., Hay Creek Valley’s own Randy and Josie Brendle will take to the stage.
Headliner Steven Courtney will begin his two-day appearance starting at 3 p.m. on Saturday and again at 2 p.m. on Sunday. His award-winning children’s and family-centered programs are sure to please all ages. Also appearing on Saturday are folk singer/songwriter Matt Miskie and a creative technical juggler with an intense theatrical flair, Chris Ivey. On stage for two shows at 12 p.m and 2 p.m., the Celtic Martins will make everyone smile. This talented family of musicians brings new energy to the Celtic music and dance scene. They feature Irish and American fiddle tunes along with a collection of Irish step dance routines.
On Sunday morning, visitors are invited to worship at the annual Hay Creek Festival worship service at 8:30 a.m. This year’s worship will be led by High Point Baptist Chapel from Geigertown.
The on-stage programming begins at 11 a.m. when Cousin Jake and Friends take to the stage with their blend of acoustic, bluegrass, gospel and country music. At 12 p.m., Keith Brintzenhoff will tickle the audience’s collective funny bone with his brand of uproarious humor mixed with American and Pennsylvania German folk music.
At 3 p.m., festival-goers will enjoy the unique sound of Maggie Spike. Maggie Spike’s music draws from diverse musical styles including acoustic pop, psych folk, Celtic, reggae, jazz, Americana and world rhythms.
Between the sets, be sure to visit the other areas of the Hay Creek Festival like the early American craftsmen, Home Crafts Market Place, food court, engine and technology area, military areas and historic complex. At 1 p.m. on all three days, the Hay Creek Antique Car and Tractor Parade will enthrall everyone as all these classic vehicles pass through directly in front of the stage.
Family-friendly admission prices
Admission is $10 for adults, $2 for children ages six to 12 and free for children five and under. Admission price includes entertainment and free shuttle buses from and returning to the parking area. Parking for the Hay Creek Festival is free on the large easy-access lot between the Joanna Furnace site and Morgantown Turnpike interchange.
The Hay Creek Festival is held at Historic Joanna Furnace, three miles north of Morgantown off PA Route 10. For the safety of visitors, all are encouraged to park safely on the easy-access lot one-and-a-half miles south of the festival grounds off Route 10 and not along the state highway.
Main Festival events occur 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. all three days. For more general festival information and for Friday’s Student Day registration forms, visit www.haycreek.org.
From the Hay Creek Festival committee