Groups To Rock Keim Music Fest Stages Sept. 30

OLEY PA – Music, history, and food awaits Sept. 30 (2017; Saturday) from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. during the second annual Keim Music Fest, a day-long event held outdoors at the Jacob Keim Farmstead, 101 Boyer Rd. (at top), to raise awareness and restoration funds for the property owned by the Historic Preservation Trust of Berks County.

The music fest will be presented on two stages. Scheduled to perform on the main stage are Rick Sky, Mike Holliday, Practical Saints, Rhythm Road, and Be. On the family stage will be Makin’ Music Gilbertsville, Dave Fry, Valley Music Together, Earth Rhythms, and Magician Matty Whipple.

Additional activities include Mike Holliday’s Acoustic Jammin’ Circle, Clay on Main Kids’ Crafts, and Daisy the Clown. An Earth Rhythms Drum Circle is planned from noon to 2 p.m., and a musician’s acoustic jam from 2:30-5:30 p.m.

The farmstead will be open for tours, and visitors can enjoy a rare look inside this historic home boasting excellent examples of 18th Century German-influenced architecture. Built in 1753, the home is a 2-1/2-story limestone structure with several walk-in fireplaces, large chimneys, and segmented arches over the exterior openings.

In January 2017, the Keim Homestead became Berks County’s third national historic landmark.

Admission is a $10-per-person suggested donation. Trust members and children age 10 and younger are free. Food, drink, and baked goods will be available for purchase. Guests are encouraged to bring instruments, lawn chairs, and blankets, as well as a non-perishable food item for the Oley Valley Food Pantry.

The trust is a non-profit organization that acquires, preserves, and maintains historically and architecturally significant properties in Berks County, and educates county residents and visitors about roles its sites played in Pennsylvania and American history.

Photo from the Historic Preservation Trust