Giant Hot Air Balloon to Appear at Reading375 Celebration

It’s a bird; it’s a plane; it’s a giant, seven-story-tall hot-air balloon!

The red, white and blue RE/MAX hot air balloon, 70 feet tall and representing the worldwide RE/MAX network’s “Above the Crowd!®” philosophy of service, will tether (weather permitting) at the Birch Meadow Elementary School, 27 Arthur B Lord Dr., Reading, on Saturday, June 15 from 6 – 8 p.m.

The RE/MAX Balloon visit is sponsored by RE/MAX Encore, as part of the Reading375 anniversary celebration.

RE/MAX has the world’s largest fleet of hot air balloons, scheduling appearances at community events, office openings, and educational activities across the globe. The most recognized symbol in real estate, and one of the Top 10 most instantly recognized corporate logos in the world, the hot air balloon is symbolic of superior service, and the freedom RE/MAX Encore agents have in developing their own business.

“We’re encouraging kids to bring their parents, and parents to bring their cameras,” Smith continued. “The balloon pilot is a skilled aviator but is also a great entertainer and educator. He’ll gather the kids around to demonstrate the mechanisms that launch and navigate the balloon, as well as a brief history of mankind’s progress in achieving powered flight.”

For more information on the balloon appearance, or for questions on residential, commercial or investment real estate, contact Karen Gately Herrick, RE/MAX Encore at 781-640-7070. For more information about Reading375 events, visit Reading375.comThe RE/MAX franchise network is a global real estate system with nearly 7,000 independently owned offices engaging over 100,000 member sales associates who lead the industry in professional designations, experience, and production while providing real estate services in residential, commercial, referral, relocation, and asset management. Local community involvement is important to RE/MAX members who participate in thousands of local charitable causes and have raised more than $85 million for Children’s Miracle Network. RE/MAX is also a major sponsor of the Komen Race for the Cure

Trivia Night THIS FRIDAY to Support Reading 375!

Join your neighbors and friends THIS FRIDAY for a night of fun, laughter, and trivia to support Reading 375!  

The Reading 375 Steering Committee is excited to announce our LAST Trivia Night fundraiser, before gearing up to celebrate Reading’s 375th anniversary this spring. Please join us THIS FRIDAY, March 8at 7 PM at RCTV Studios (557 Main St., Reading). Tickets are $20, or $120 for a table of six. If you are not part of a team, we’ll assign you to a table. Light snacks will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own snacks or dinner to enjoy during the night.

Space is limited, so please purchase your tickets in advance here:

Reading 375 is a non-profit, volunteer-driven organization whose goal is to bring our community together to celebrate Reading’s 375th anniversary in 2019. Events will occur over a two-week period, from May 31 – June 15, and will include local artists and musicians, architecture unique to Reading, and fun community gatherings. The Reading 375 Steering Committee hopes to create a town-wide celebration of Reading’s rich history and exciting future. To learn more and stay informed, like and follow Reading 375 on Facebook ( and check out our website at

Reading 375th Celebration Plans Presented to Select Board

Members of Reading 375 – Laura Gemme, Philip Rushworth, Alan Foulds, Amanda Foulds, Lucia Corbett, and Shanna Cahalane

The Reading 375th Celebration committee presented its preliminary plans to the Select Board at the board’s meeting on May 29. Committee Chair Philip Rushworth reported that arrangments are being made for a two-week celebration from May 31-June 15 of 2019 and will include a gala opening event, a porch fest, and an expanded Friends and Family Day with fireworks to end the two-week period. “If you were here for the 350th, you remember it.” Rushworth stated, “We want this celebration to be like that.” The committee is working with groups in town such as the library, the YMCA, the Lions Club, and the Pleasant Street Center to prepare more events for the two-week celebration. A “365 Days to the 375th” meeting at RCTV this Thursday, May 31 is scheduled for anyone interested in helping plan the event. Rushworth also informed the board about a Trivia Night on June 8 at 7:00 pm at RCTV that will raise money for the celebration. More information about Reading’s 375th birthday celebration can be located at

The Select Board voted 5-0 to approve a waiver for the 375th Celebration committee to hold a “Night Before the Fourth” event at Memorial Park on July 3, from 6:00 pm to 10:30 pm. The park normally closes at 10:00 pm. The event will include live music and will culminate in a movie shown on a giant screen in the park. The event is free to the public. “Wilmington does fireworks on the second and Wakefield on the fourth; this gives Reading an event on the third,” Rushworth concluded.