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Boyertown’s Coming Out of Hibernation event welcomes spring

Thousands flooded to Philadelphia Avenue for Building a Better Boyertown’s annual Coming Out of Hibernation event to welcome spring on Saturday, April 20.

“Our very first Coming out of Hibernation was 2004. So this is our 20th year,” said Krista Gross, Building a Better Boyertown Event Planner.

The  Boyertown Alumni Band and KooKoo the Magician kicked off the event and followed by a Wake the Bear ceremony.

The Boyertown Alumni Band performs at Boyertown's Coming Out of Hibernation event on Philadelphia Avenue on April 20. (Jesi Yost - For MediaNews Group)
The Boyertown Alumni Band performs at Boyertown’s Coming Out of Hibernation event on Philadelphia Avenue on April 20. (Jesi Yost – For MediaNews Group)

This was just the second year the nonprofit’s bear mascot Bearianne — named to honor the late mayor Marianne Deery who was one of BaBB’s founders — was woken up during the annual spring event.

After emerging from her winter slumber, Building a Better Boyertown's mascot Bearianne gives high fives during Boyertown's Coming Out of Hibernation event on Philadelphia Avenue on April 20. (Jesi Yost - For MediaNews Group)
After emerging from her winter slumber, Building a Better Boyertown’s mascot Bearianne gives high fives during Boyertown’s Coming Out of Hibernation event on Philadelphia Avenue on April 20. (Jesi Yost – For MediaNews Group)

Boyertown Mayor Lori Carnes led the crowd surrounding Bearianne’s tent in a chant of “Wake up Bearianne!” and along with an alarm clock buzzer and the help of Main Street Manager Ellen Martignetti, the bear emerged from her slumber to cheers from the audience.

Bearianne strolled down Philadelphia Avenue, giving high fives and posing for photos.

Expanded Event

The event has grown to around 100 vendors — 30 more than last year.

“Last year we had to turn away vendors so this year we asked the township if we could expand down Philadelphia Avenue and they suggested going down a side street, Chestnut,” said Ellen Martignetti, Building a Better Boyertown Main Street Manager.

Friends and family enjoy the nice weather at Boyertown's Coming Out Of Hibernation event: Tammy Shock, Rowan Panfile, 4; Delaney Panfile, 7; Ronnie Shock, Raelynn Krause, 4; Connor Krause, 3; and Samantha Alexander. (Jesi Yost - For MediaNews Group)
Friends and family enjoy the nice weather at Boyertown’s Coming Out Of Hibernation event: Tammy Shock, Rowan Panfile, 4; Delaney Panfile, 7; Ronnie Shock, Raelynn Krause, 4; Connor Krause, 3; and Samantha Alexander. (Jesi Yost – For MediaNews Group)

Coming Out Of Hibernation not only included an expansion down South Chestnut Street, the six food trucks and food vendors were set up in the Town Center Parking Lot.

Popular at Boyertown’s Chillin’ On Main Street, Little Entrepreneur Alley offered a section for youth crafters ages 15 old and younger including original drawings, homemade bracelets, sewn scrunchies, paintings, wildflowers and more.

Carly Gruber, 9, grew wildflowers from seeds and sold them in her hand decorated flower pots at the Little Entrepreneur Ally section of Boyertown's Coming Out of Hibernation event on Philadelphia Avenue on April 20. (Jesi Yost - For MediaNews Group)
Carly Gruber, 9, grew wildflowers from seeds and sold them in her hand decorated flower pots at the Little Entrepreneur Ally section of Boyertown’s Coming Out of Hibernation event on Philadelphia Avenue on April 20. (Jesi Yost – For MediaNews Group)

Carly Gruber, 9, grew wildflowers and sold them in her hand-decorated flower pots. Gruber started the wildflower seeds two months ago and used paint markers to decorate 43 pots.

MJ Burnell, 14, partnered with her 11 cats to create unique paintings on wood ornaments and other materials.

New This Year

Fluffy EnRoute Petting Zoo brought several animals for visitors to bet and cuddle: a micro-mini Scottish Highland cow named Fletcher, a pair of four-week-old pygmy goats named Oreo and Oliver, a one-year-old pig named Gilbert and a big white bunny called Pearl.

London Mason, 9, from Bechtelsville poses with Fletcher, a micro-mini Scottish Highland cow, from Fluffy en Route, a traveling petting zoo at Boyertown's Coming Out of Hibernation event on Philadelphia Avenue on April 20. (Jesi Yost - For MediaNews Group)
London Mason, 9, from Bechtelsville poses with Fletcher, a micro-mini Scottish Highland cow, from Fluffy en Route, a traveling petting zoo at Boyertown’s Coming Out of Hibernation event on Philadelphia Avenue on April 20. (Jesi Yost – For MediaNews Group)

Now fully grown at almost a year old, Fletcher weighs 250 pounds and only has bottom teeth. Fletcher’s horns are covered with pool noodles for protection.

“This is my first time petting a cow,” said London Mason, 9, from Bechtelsville. “It felt like a bunch of clouds.”

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Bloomin’ Balloons Décor and More set up a Bubble House — a transparent, inflatable dome filled with 100 balloons flowing and floating around inside.

After taking a turn inside of the Bubble House, Nicholas Muzopappa, 8, said, “It was pretty fun.  It felt like a greenhouse with a lot of hot air. It got warm.”

Generally held on the third Saturday in April, Healthy Kids Day is the Y’s national event to promote kids’ health and well-being. This year the Boyertown YMCA brought their Healthy Kids Day activities to the Coming Out Of Hibernation event: hula hoops, an obstacle course, moon bounce and Gaga Ball.

“We thought we’d get a lot more of the community involved if we were at this big event,” said Michelle McKeown, a Boyertown YMCA fitness director. “Healthy Kids Day is just to give the community a chance to interact with us. To see what our programs are and just come out and have a really good time.”

Bayada Hospice, Boyertown set up a table and helped kids make thumbprint keychains.

“Thumbprints are a legacy project that we do a lot with patients,” said Caitlyn Williams, Bayada Hospice volunteer coordinator. “It’s nice because thumbprints are a really low-energy project, but it creates a really lasting memory for families. So, even if the patient is close to the end of life, they can still participate and still really capture that memory for people.”


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