What’s Going On This Weekend In Berks County?

If you’re looking for something to do in Berks County this weekend, we highly recommend checking out one of the following:

Hawk Mountain

Visit Hawk Mountain in Kempton, PA. They are currently hosting a Spring Migration Watch where you can spot and identify northbound hawks. Or, if trees are more your thing, attend the Learn Your Trees walk in honor of Arbor day on April 28, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. For more information visit www.HawkMountain.org. To see footage from our autumn visit to Hawk Mountain, click here.

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Hear some great music! There are two local acts we recommend–they’re on the same night, though, so you can only choose one!

Maggie Spike is playing April 27, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the Pleasantville Inn in Oley, PA. For more information, visit their website at www.MaggieSpike.com. For a quick glimpse of their talent, click here.

Haley Sheeler is also playing April 27, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at City Espresso in Reading, PA. You can read more about Haley on her website, www.HaleySheeler.com and you can hear her thoughts about her most recent CD, as well as a sampling of her music by clicking here.

Berks County Wine Trail

It’s the Berks County Wine Trail’s Third Anniversary–visit one of the wineries to say Happy Wine-niversary and receive a discount on some local wine! For more information visit www.BerksCountyWinetrail.com. And to hear from a few of the wine makers, check out our interviews with them from last year’s wine festival in Jim Thorpe, PA.

Janelle Wolfe Interview in High Definition – 1280×720

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We’re testing out the new publishing platform called Zudeo as a way of publishing some of our video in high definition. Our interview with Comcast Tonight host Janelle Wolfe is now available in high definition via the clickable image above. We orginally published the interview in 400×225 Quicktime format. The Zudeo version is in 1280×720 Quicktime format. To our knowledge, this could very well be the first high definition content eminating from Reading, PA itself.

For those interested in the technical details, the clip was shot on the Sony HVR-A1U HDV camera, edited using Final Cut Express HD software on a Mac G5, and compressed using the H.264 codec.

In order to view the high definition clip, you’ll need Quicktime running on a computer with a monitor capable of 720 lines of horizontal resolution. If you don’t have the Zudeo client already, you’ll need to download that as well. You’ll probably also need at least 1GB of RAM.

Viewed on a 23″ Apple Cinema HD monitor in our editing studio, the colors and clarity in this clip are jaw-dropping. Of course, the shoot benefitted from the excellent set lighting in the Comcast Tonight studio. A tripod or steadier hand could have helped, but hey – it was an impromptu inteview that followed our appearance on Comcast Tonight! If anything, it underscores the importance of attention to detail when publishing in a high definition format.

We realize that not all of you will be able to take advantage of the high definition format immediately, but soon enough many of you will. In any event, our primary publishing mode will continue to be the highly accessible 400×225 Quicktime format you’ve come to enjoy. Some of you may already own a high definition video camera, and this will give you a sense of what you might be able to do with your camera should you decide to push the envelope a bit and publish in high definition on the web.

In the coming weeks and months, we’ll be presenting Berks.TV content via a number of high resolution-capable platforms like Zudeo alongside our standard Quicktime 400×225 format. We look forward to hearing your feedback on these experiments as we move forward.

Happy Thanksgiving from Berks.TV – And News About Haley’s New CD!

Here’s wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving! We’ll resume regular posting on November 27 as we gear up for a new video series or two.

Meanwhile, we thought you’d enjoy seeing an earlier segment with Berks County, PA based singer-songwriter Haley Sheeler. There’s a launch party for her new CD “Walkin’ West” next Sunday, December 3, from 6-8 p.m. at City Espresso in Reading, PA. See you there!

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(Click image above to view video.)

Congratulations, September Mailing List Drawing Winners!

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A big congratulations to Thomas G., winner of September’s giveaway, the latest CD called “Passenger Station” from Oley-based singer/songwriter duo Maggie Spike.

And a very belated congratulations to August’s winners of the latest Kris Kehr and Julie Edlow CD entitled “Live:” Cindy K., Jill M., and Joe R. You might want to note that Julie has launched a new band called the Julie Edlow Quartet. They’re playing at the Brass Lantern this Friday night, October 6. Look for us before the show – we have a quick interview with Julie about the new quartet!

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For those of you not on our list to receive a weekly email update, now’s a great time to sign up. This month we’ll give away a signed copy of PostSecret: Extraordinary Confessions from Ordinary Lives, a collection of postcard confessions compiled by PostSecret.com founder Frank Warren.

Welcome to Berks.TV

Welcome to Berks.TV.

We’re busy preparing to get this site off the ground. We invite you to check back around July 1 or subscribe to the RSS feed for updated information about the launch.

Meanwhile, we continue to look for stories of human interest to share in this space. If you have something to share–something unusual, forward-thinking, or compelling about life in or around Berks County, please drop us a note at berks [dot] tv [at] gmail [dot] com.