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 2014 River of the Year Events 2014 River of the Year Events
February 26, 2014 - December 31, 2014
The Schuylkill River has been named the Pennsylvania 2014 River of the Year! We've compiled a list of events happening throughout the year, up and down the river, in celebration of this statewide honor. This list will be updated regularly, so check back often!
2014 River of the Year
 Holiday Tours at Pottsgrove Manor Holiday Tours at Pottsgrove Manor
November 28, 2014 - January 11, 2015
Enjoy a guided tour of ironmaster John Potts’ elegant 1752 Georgian manor house, decorated with greenery for Yuletide. Learn about traditional English celebrations of Twelfth Night and how they differed from modern Christmas celebrations. Tours available during regular museum hours.
Perkiomen Valley Kid Friendly Activities
  Santa Steam Train Rides
November 29, 2014 - December 14, 2014
Take a ride with Santa on a steam locomotive on Saturday November 29th and Sunday December 14. Trains depart from the Minersville station at 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. and travel to West Cressona. Tickets available at the Minersville Borough Hall.
Coal Country Kid Friendly Activities Add
  Executive Director Search
December 1, 2014 - January 5, 2015
Executive Director Kurt Zwikl is planning to retire in June and the board is seeking a new chief executive to lead the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.
 Holiday Tours of the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park Holiday Tours of the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park
December 3, 2014 - January 1, 2015
The Fairmount Park House Holiday tours are a cherished Philadelphia tradition. This year will feature six of the park’s treasured charms – Laurel Hill, Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant, Strawberry Mansion, Cedar Grove and Woodford Mansion – festively decorated to highlight these architectural masterpieces.
Philadelphia Driving & Walking Tours
 Gring's Mill Recreation Area Holiday Lights Gring's Mill Recreation Area Holiday Lights
December 5-28, 2014
Wednesday through Sunday 6:00-9:00 p.m. Walk through the illuminated park and see light displays and decorations. Sit in the upper level of the barn by the fireplace and enjoy lively entertainment.
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 Night Before Christmas Train Night Before Christmas Train
December 12-20, 2014
7 p.m. Take a magical train ride through the cold, deep Secret Valley night while enjoying a cozy warm coach. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas and snuggle in for a reading of the Night Before Christmas. Hot chocolate, cookies, and Christmas carols will be available. Two-hour round trip departing and arriving to Boyertown. Friday and Saturday Evenings, December 5 – December 20, 7:00 PM. See official website for tickets.
Perkiomen Valley Kid Friendly Activities
 Reading Centre Park Christmas House Tour Reading Centre Park Christmas House Tour
December 14, 2014
Noon to 5 p.m. On Sunday, December 14th, home owners and neighborhood organizations will open their doors to the public to display gorgeous Victorian architecture and beautiful Christmas decor that can only be found in Centre Park. Take a self-guided tour through several of the most beautiful Victorian properties in the historic district. Each property has a unique owner that has decorated their home impeccably for the holidays. These homes feature incredible architecture, ornate woodwork and decorative stained glass combined with the owner’s unique décor.
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 Annual March In of the Continental Army Commemoration Annual March In of the Continental Army Commemoration
December 19, 2014
On December 19, 1777 General George Washington's Continental Army "marched in" to Valley Forge to set up winter quarters. This annual event commemorates their arrival and determination to persevere.
Perkiomen Valley
  Gen. Meade Birthday Celebration
December 31, 2014
12 p.m. Mark the 199th anniversary of the birth of General George G. Meade, commander of the Union Army at Gettysburg. A parade of Civil War re-enactors and participants will advance to Meade’s final resting place. A 21-gun salute and champagne toast will cap off the program at graveside, and will be followed by a reception in the Cemetery Gatehouse. Free; $10 donation suggested.