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Upcoming Events: Make Music Upper Perk celebrates the first full day of summer with song

The 12th annual Make Music Upper Perk will feature 90 musical acts at 21 venues throughout the Upper Perkiomen Valley, rain or shine, on Friday, June 21.

Always held on the same day every year around the world, folks from the community and beyond will be coming together to celebrate the first full day of summer with song.

Musicians will range in age from single digits to nonagenarians.  They hail from the immediate area and beyond, including the Lehigh Valley, Philadelphia and central Pennsylvania. Some are novices, some are seasoned, but all are enthusiastic.  Often there are even some musicians from out of state participating, and this year is no exception.

As part of the international movement  Fete de la Musique, Make Music Upper Perk meets the people where they are.  More than 20 venues in five towns will be hosting musicians including shops, libraries, museums, eateries, and community organizations.  The first notes drop at 9 a.m., and the final ones fade away around 10 p.m.

All events throughout the day are free and open to the public.  Feel free to bring chairs and blankets for outdoor venues.

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Hopewell Furnace

In preparation for summer, the Friends of Hopewell Furnace will host Chester County Park Ranger Jay Erb as he discusses the local eastern coyote (Canis latrans) population on Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m.

His presentation will highlight the theories around the coyote population’s origin, natural history and biology, interactions with humans, and more.  The free program will be held in Hopewell Furnace Visitor Center Theatre, 2 Mark Bird Lane, Elverson.

Erb is a lifelong resident of Chester County and a strong believer in the benefits of our public lands. A Chester County Park Ranger, he serves as a leader of the Iron and Steel Partnership, a volunteer collier at Hopewell Furnace and deputy chair of the North Coventry Township Parks & Recreation Commission.

Stahl’s Pottery Festival

For 37 years, Stahl’s Pottery has been celebrating the art of Pennsylvania German redware at the pottery site, 6826 Corning Road, Zionsville.

The 37th annual summer Stahl’s Pottery Festival, held 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. rain or shine on June 15, features tours of the site, sale of contemporary pottery, and food. Admission is $5 per person; under 18 free and parking is free.

Learn about the production of redware pottery as carried out by Charles Stahl and his descendants, Thomas, Isaac, and Russell Stahl.  Tour the clay storage room and the workroom where the potters labored from 1934 to 1956.  See the round, stone, beehive, wood-fired kiln where pieces were fired.  Inside the house museum discover unique pieces of Stahl’s Pottery as well as family furnishings and traditions.

View and purchase work by 32 potters — hats, T-shirts, books, and an assortment of redware ornaments, including a new ornament for 2024. Turning on the wheel and raku firing will be demonstrated throughout the day, and there will be a drawing to win a piece of handmade pottery.

Visit the Thomas and Alice Stahl house to view a collection of redware pottery made on the site by Thomas, Isaac, and Russell Stahl.

In 1987, descendants of Thomas Stahl purchased the Stahl’s Pottery site and formed a non-profit organization, Stahl’s Pottery Preservation Society Inc., and have been holding an annual pottery festival ever since. The goal of the Society is to preserve the historic site known as Stahl’s Pottery and to educate visitors about the art of Pennsylvania German redware pottery.

All funds raised at the Festival are used for the preservation and interpretation of the site.

Visit for more information and directions.  For questions about the festival call 484-306-3868.

Source: Berkshire mont

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