Celebrate Memorial Day in Reading

City Park, Reading

As many people look forward to the upcoming 3 day weekend, here is some of the best of what’s happening in the city of Reading over the holiday.

Kick off the weekend on Friday night at one of Reading’s best bars for music lovers. Local artists The Thorn Birds, La Overtoner, and Hillbilly Shakespeare will be playing together at Mike’s Tavern, 135 Exeter St. Each group will play an acoustic set, then all will join together for a jam at the end of the night. Music starts at 8pm.

cafe waldorfThen on Saturday night, head over to the historic Cafe Waldorf, 658 N 6th St, for another monthly installment of Vinyl Listening Night. Guests are invited to bring up to 3 records with 2 songs selected from each, and dj Nick Coldren will start spinning them around 8pm in the upstairs martini lounge. All genres of music are welcome, which typically leads to a pretty eclectic night. In honor of the Kentucky Derby, the bar will serve $5 mint juleps.

This Saturday also marks the 100th anniversary of Reading Public Museum, which, believe it or not, is technically within the city limits. To celebrate, the museum will showcase a gallery of paintings by Berks artists. The museum is closed on Memorial Day itself, but their hours on Saturday and Sunday are 11am-5pm. The exhibit runs through September 21.

And of course there is the original meaning of the holiday, a time to remember the tragic loss of those who died at war. A walk through City Park should offer plenty of opportunity for reflection, since the almost 49-acre park is filled with memorials for local soldiers who became victims of war. The Vietnam Memorial is perhaps the best known in the park, but there are also sites commemorating those lost in a number of other conflicts as well.

As always, these events are just our highlights. Feel free to comment with anything else going on in the city this weekend!

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