All Aboard! Carl Person – Delaware Valley Hi Railers – O-Gauge Trains in Reading, PA

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I have many great childhood holiday memories of pulling out my old HO train set with its grey and red Santa Fe engine and laying down some track on a piece of 4×8 plywood in the basement. From simple makeshift setups to elaborate layouts decked out for the holidays, model trains have to be one of the great all-time holiday traditions in the US.

Turns out that the model train community has some pretty serious practitioners. We caught up with Carl Person of Delaware Valley Hi Railers, a group of model train enthusiasts who had a HUGE 28×60 O-gauge setup at the recent Great Train Expo in Reading, PA.

Check out this video to learn more about their enormous setup, the work of the Hi Railers, and some ideas about how to get started if you’re new to the hobby. While you’re at it, take a spin over to their website where they’ve posted a bunch of photos and video.

Here’s wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

–Dan

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Christy Jefferson-Part 2

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In this second part of our interview with Christy Jefferson (part 1 was posted on May 22), you’ll enjoy another one of Christy’s songs, you’ll hear how she and another local musician, Jolene, got out of a speeding ticket on the way to Nashville, and you’ll also hear about Christy’s plans for the future. (Click image above to view the video interview.)

Christy is scheduled to return to Berties Inn, Saturday night, June 16 at 7 p.m.

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Delaware Valley Hi Railers in High Definition

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A special Thursday treat for you – the Delaware Valley Hi Railers video in high definition. It’s a big file, but well worth the download. The high resolution 1280×720 format gives you a better opportunity to appreciate all the attention to detail in the ‘Railers enormous three-rail O-gauge setup at the Great Train Expo in Reading, PA last month. I’ve watched this video a dozen times, and every time I discover something new. (We originally published this clip in 400×225 a few weeks ago.)

It’s especially appropriate that we post this high definition version, as we met some Hi Railers who shoot in high def as well. (We had a nice chat about that.) Here’s sending a big shout out to all the Hi Railers, and best wishes as they prepare for their next big setup.

NOTE TO READERS: If you’re into the high def thing, check out this interview with Janelle Wolfe shot on the Comcast Tonight set.

–Dan

Christy Jefferson, Singer/Songwriter

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Doylestown, PA based singer-songwriter Christy Jefferson is no stranger to Berks County. She is a 2002 graduate of Kutztown University, has performed with another favorite local musician, Jolene, and frequenty performs in various venues around the county, including a recent gig at Berties Inn in Exeter Township.

Christy sat down with us prior to her performance at Berties and explained her background in music and described her musical style and inspirations.

Watch Berks.TV for another segment featuring Christy where she tells us her plans for the future, describes what it was like opening for Kansas, and even reveals how Joni Mitchell got her out of a speeding ticket.

Christy is scheduled to return to Berties Inn on June 16. For more information about Christy, visit her website at www.ChristyJefferson.com.

Bye Bye Blackbird – Shaffer, Zeplin, Wren

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A few weeks ago we posted a segment with Charlie Schaffer and Carl Zeplin and another one featuring Bonnie Wren. The same night we interviewed these three local musicians, the three of them teamed up for a rendition of “Bye, Bye Blackbird.”

Enjoy!

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Volunteer Opportunities at the Humane Society of Berks County, PA

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With a little post-production support from official Berks.TV mascots, Humane Society of Berks County executive director Karel Minor talks in detail about volunteer opportunities with the Society. We talked to Karel at the recent Art for Arf’s Sake fundraiser at the GoggleWorks in Reading, PA.

Gretchen, Ginger, and Dittery say, “Now leave your computers, humans, and go volunteer with the Society!”

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Want to learn more about volunteering in Berks County? Check out our other videos highlighting volunteer opportunities in the Berks County / Reading, PA area.

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Steven White – Berks County Artist – Part 1

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In this first part of our interview with the Berks County, PA based watercolorist, Steven White talks about his background, how he transitioned from an earlier life as an automotive technician to doing watercolors, and some of his sources of inspiration.

He also talks about the striking wintertime watercolor of Birdsboro, PA seen in this video.

In an upcoming segment, Stephen talks about his involvement in teaching the art of watercolors.

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Great Places to Ride Motorcycles in Berks County – Part One

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Sport, touring, or cruising? Loud pipes, or soft? No matter who you are, or where your preferences lie, eventually everyone should explore the scenery and history of Berks County – like one of its many covered bridges – on two wheels.

Check out the first in a multi-part series on great places to ride your motorcycle in Berks County.

Pagoda and Duryea Hill Climbs 2007

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We missed this year’s SCCA sanctioned Duryea Hillclimb, held last weekend in Reading, PA, but caught part of the earlier and shorter Pagoda Hill Climb in June. (Carl Oswald and his 1990 Mazda Miata, #481, pictured above, raced in that one.) Check out the full results from the Pagoda race.

Racers from all over the region gather for these two races – favorites among the hill climb community. Last year we talked a few area racers, including Skip Levengood and others.

Our Best Project Yet

Things have been a bit slow here at the Berks.TV office this summer, but for a very good reason.

On June 28, 2007, we welcomed our first child into the family.

Say hello to our son, Charlie!

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Charlie is a very special baby with a unique story, one we hope to soon tell here on Berks.TV. We, of course, plan to post a video segment all about it.

So we apologize if you’ve been looking for more posts from us and haven’t found them–we plan to return to a more regular posting schedule once we figure out what Charlie has planned for his schedule!

(If you are not on our mailing list and would like to be added, please email us at editor@berks.tv. We’ll resume our regular newsletter emails soon!).

Miss Maggie–Children’s Performer

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Berks.TV has previously featured the music of the talented husband & wife duo Eric and Peggy Gernerd, a.k.a. Maggie Spike (see here, here and here).

The “Maggie” of Maggie Spike also performs for children around the county as “Miss Maggie.” We recently filmed a portion of her performance at the Exeter Public library. Click the image above to view the video.

If you’re looking for a unique activity for your young children (ages 3-7) this summer, take them to one of Miss Maggie’s shows! To see her schedule, visit her website at www.MaggieSpike.com and click “Gigs.”

BerksConnections

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If you’re looking for a unique volunteer opportunity, consider volunteering with BerksConnections, an agency that “connects people who need help with people who care.” BerksConnections’ programs and services aim to serve inmates from Berks County prisons, as well as their families.

We recently sat down with program director Christine Reichardt, and she explained the mission of the agency and the types of volunteer opportunities available.

To find out more about volunteering, contact Christine or Robin at 610-478-6920.

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Blues City Blues Band in High Definition

Here’s a link to the high definition version of the segment we did with Blues City Blues Band. (If you haven’t watched a high definition video on this site before, you’ll be prompted to download a small application.)

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If you have trouble getting this high definition version, you can always watch the original Quicktime version.