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in your community

West reading:

Revving up with nitro
bar opening and record
crowds at Art on the Ave.
By Mark Ratcliffe, Main Street Manager, West Reading Community Revitalization Foundation

We hope you had an opportunity to visit us for our
25th Annual Art on the Ave. This year we had the
largest number of vendors ever at close to 200 and saw
the largest crowd of visitors at nearly 20,000. This is
our oldest festival and one that has grown with the
help of many people along the way. Nancey Seghetti
and Dean Rohrbach were two of those people I would
like to acknowledge as they passed away this past year.

Nancey was one of the first creative shops on the Avenue. Her
dedication to Penn Avenue still shows on the mosaics found near her
studio by Allison Clothing Company on the 500 block. Nancey and
her sister Rita have made substantial contributions to our community
and I can't thank them enough.
For anyone who knew Dean, they understood he was his own
unique creative spirit. Dean conceived of and developed our Cherry
Street Mural Corridor. With the help of Mike Miller and the artists
of Berks Community Murals, we now have over 30 murals along
Cherry Street and are starting to look at Court Street to continue the
"Corridor." Along with Paint the Town Grants and other initiatives,
Dean has helped grow our community into the Arts and Entertainment
hub it is today. Next time you walk Cherry Street, look for the Signs
that say "Dean's Way" at each intersection. There truly was only one
way and that was Dean's Way.
Berks Community Murals will be leading a guided Mural Walk
on 2nd Friday in September from 5-7p.m. This is free and open to
the public. It will be the perfect occasion to stroll the Cherry Street
Mural Corridor and enjoy the music and festivities of West Reading's
2nd Friday until 8 p.m.!
Speaking of music and festivities, our Sunday Farmers' Market is in
full swing through November on the 500 block. We have a fresh new
mix of farmers and local producers this year. Enjoy outdoor dining,
live music, and the best produce around to get your week started.
Coming soon is our Fall Festival followed by Pumpkin Fest and
other Holiday happenings! It is also finally time to check out the
amazing renovated A-Z building, now known as the West Reading
Motor Club. This former Auto showroom has gone through an
extensive renovation. It is truly amazing what they have done. Their
2nd floor Nitro Bar is up and running, so put the pedal to the metal
and check them out today!

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