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Meetings are held at 7:00 P.M. at the Ephrata Public Library, 550 S. Reading Road, Ephrata unless otherwise stated. Open free to the public.

(In case of inclement weather, Society programs will follow the Ephrata School District closing schedule.)


June 28, Annual Picnic

This year's members-only picnic will be held at the Ephrata Township Park. For those interested, there will be a description and tour of the park, the newest in this area, following the meal. Details will appear in the newsletter.


July 26, Field Trip

This year's field trip will be a visit to three 18th century buildings in Berks County. Details will appear in the newsletter.   SOLD OUT


August 23, The Shady Maple Story

Marvin Weaver, founder and chairman of the Shady Maple Companies, will tell the story of how a quaint little business grew into the largest smorgasbord in the country. Over one million people are fed each year at Shady Maple. His is a story of vision, hard work and great faith.


September 27, No Meeting

Join us on the front lawn of the Society's headquarters to view the Ephrata Fair parade and enjoy hot dogs at the Society's food stand.


October 14, Our 60th Anniversary Dinner

To be held at Lily's on Main. Details will appear in the newsletter.


October 25, Judging World Figure Skating

In light of the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics, Joan Gruber will relate her experience as a figure skater, starting at age 10, to a world-traveling judge of major skating events. Joan balances her life and domestic duties with the spirituality and passion of skating.

November 22, No Meeting     Happy Thanksgiving!

December 27, No Meeting     Merry Christmas!