Mark your calendars. This spring, the town of Reading marks its 375th anniversary in grand style. The massive celebration spans two weeks from May 31st to June 15th. Here are just the highlights:

Friday, May 31 – Opening Night

Illumination and ceremonies on the Common
Entertainment at various venues downtown, throughout the evening

Saturday, June 1 – Concert for Reading

William Endslow will produce a concert featuring the Reading Symphony Orchestra, the Reading Community Singers, and music from various RMHS groups, at the high school performing arts center.

Friday, June 7 – Tavern at the Tavern

Parker Tavern returns to its roots with period music and libations.

Saturday, June 8

Our Town, Your Story – Reading Public Library
PorchFest – Music throughout the town on porches, decks, yards, and driveways. Old-Time Baseball – 19th century vintage base ball game at Washington Park Clubhouse at the Tavern – Family friendly baseball-themed refreshments and entertainment at Parker Tavern.
Revelry at the Tavern – An evening of cocktails, music, and entertainment.

Wednesday, June 12

Reading Rotary Taste of Metro North at the Field house

Saturday, June 15 – Reading Day

Friends & Family Day – The Lions Club’s annual town celebration

Dog Parade – Sign up your licensed dog to take part in this unique procession.

Scavenger Hunt – App-driven game sponsored by the Reading Co-operative Bank Reading Recreation/YMCA events

Fireworks, Reading Community Concert Band, sponsored by FORR

Running throughout the celebration:

Paint the Town – Town-wide art show sponsored by the Council on Aging
If This House Could Talk – Every dwelling has a story. Walk around town and read all the signs in front of your neighbors’ houses and local businesses. Or better yet, join in the fun and tell us about your abode.

Scavenger Hunt – App-driven game sponsored by the Reading Cooperative Bank

Reading Public Library Turns 150

Also, watch for the new history book, called Images of America: Reading, by Everett and Ginny Blodgett. Release date is May 13 at 7 pm at RCTV Studios.