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Hometown Christmas Parade

The parade started 40 years ago as a dream of the Spaar family.  This tradition is still carried today and continually for the past 15 years with the family.  Over the years the event has been partnered with others in the community.

The day includes a parade down Main St. (Rte 29) through the boroughs of Red Hill, Pennsburg and East Greenville. The parade begins at 1:00 pm and includes NO motorized vehicles. There are many beautiful horses, llamas, sled dogs, etc. And of course, Santa, who ends the parade then hosts individual visits with children at Santa Land at St Mark’s Church, 81 Main St., Pennsburg. Santa Land contains many activities itself for children. The Upper Perk Community Life Center, 104 Main St, East Greenville, will host a craft bazaar with an amazing array of unique items for holiday gift-giving. And many local merchants will also have something special happening in their locations that day.

If you are interested in entering the parade and coming alongside the Spaar family and Love Upper Perk please contact the Spaars at  No motorized vehicles are permitted in the parade except the police cruiser that leads and the manure truck at the end!

This parade does not happen without the support of local businesses and community members.  Please consider sponsoring this 40 year family and community tradition.  Send your donations directly to:

Thomas Spaar
Hometown Christmas Parade
7290 Orthaus Road
Hereford, PA 18056

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UPDATE: Volunteers and funding for the Fireworks

UPDATE: Volunteers and funding for the Fireworks

This past year Love Upper Perk has taken over the management of the 4th of July festivities in New Goshenhoppen Park.  This event is a highlight for many families in during the summer. A chance to get some great food, listen to music, and enjoy a wonderful fireworks show.  All rallying together with friends, family, and neighbors.  This past year we estimated at least 8000 people watched the fireworks shine in the night sky. In 2015 we had the fireman’s battle, local churches provide food and two different musical performances, one being the Red Hill Band, all leading up to the fireworks.  It was a wonderful time for all that attended.  For 2016 we  NEED volunteers to be a part of the various committees that we have surrounding that day.  We need folks to assist in parking, organizing events in the park, overseeing the food vendors.  We are at a point if we don’t have people to run the activities we cannot have a time of fireworks.    If you want to come and be a part of this amazing event on July 4th 2016 please contact Scott Roth (  We are at the point of stopping the fireworks all together if we don’t have the volunteers to do the event.   Events like this do not happen without people getting behind it.  

If you would like to donate please click here for our GoFundMe page.

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Opening December weekend is packed!


This year the month of December is starting out with HUGE events!

Friday Night @ 6pm on the 4th is the Ugly Sweater Christmas Show at the Upper Perk Community Life Center
Event details are on Facebook.  Cost is $5 at the door and the bands playing are all local favorites: Headlinging is Awaking Mercury with Heal the Night, Eunoia, and Founders.

Saturday Night the 5th you have two awesome music options:
Christmas in the Valley: Sixth Annual Christmas in the Valley Community Christmas Concert. Join local praise and worship teams, the Valley Chorale and special guest Mary Beth Clymer for an evening of Christmas music at Upper Perk High School auditorium. Doors open at 6pm and concert starts at 630pm. FREE admission, but canned food and cash donations accepted for the Open Link. Join us for this wonderful community event.

At the Upper Perk Community Life Center will be a dance party going on hosted by the Alternative Brew and United YAM.  Head over for this night of clean solid fun!  Doors open at 7pm and close at 1am. Great time for all! FREE admission!

Sunday the 6th is the Hometown Christmas Parade and Santa Land starting at 1pm!
Come out for the 15th year of fun for the whole family.  This is one of the only non-motorized parades in the country!  Animals and people walk Main Street and bring in the Christmas Holiday with Santa!  Fun events are listed on the 2015 Hometown Christmas Event Schedule (PDF)  Businesses and organizations get together at St Marks and the Community Center to create a festive and great event for your family!  Live nativity that you can pet, food, crafts, and vendors in the Community Center.

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Halloween Parade October 23th 2016



It is that time of year again for the Halloween parade!  We are excited to be announcing that it will be on Sunday October 25th and the rain date is Tuesday October 27th.  We are excited to have a new and improved Judges’ Stand right at the Upper Perk Community Life Center.   Get ready for a great night of fun and excitement!

The Upper Perkiomen Valley Halloween parade is an annual event that generates tons of excitement in the community. Feature over 50 organizations, businesses and individual participates the parade drawls over 10,000 community members along the 4 mile stretch. The parade route marches down Main St. (Rte 29) through the boroughs of Red Hill, Pennsburg and East Greenville (about a 4-mile length).


It takes many people to make the parade happen.  This year we are asking for a few volunteers to help with making this great event happen.  Here is a list of who we need:

  • Starters – People that help line up a section of the parade and get them started.  This is an easy job if your group is already walking the parade.
  • No Parking Sign hangers – The Saturday before the parade we need to hang up the no parking signs, it goes fairly quickly.
  • No Parking Sign removers – Folks walk behind the parade and remove the No Parking Signs
  • Collectors – We need a few people at the beginning and the end to collect donations on the walk.


If you are wanting to participate in the parade please see the below registration form and regulations.

2015 Halloween parade registration form

2015 Halloween parade regulations

If you have any questions please send an email to

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Spotlight on the Upper Perkiomen Valley Library

A family enjoys making their Bat Mobiles.

Do you know about all the great services provided by The Upper Perkiomen Valley Library in Red Hill?   With your library card you not only get traditional print books to read, but also free downloadable eBooks, audio books, and digital magazines.  As a branch of the Montgomery Country-Norristown Public Library they have thousands of titles in their digital collection.  Through the website at you can use valuable subscriptions for free, anytime.  Learn one of 60 languages on the Mango database, watch movies in foreign languages, have picture books read to your children, even ask a librarian a reference question 24/7, all from the comfort of your home.  If you don’t have a working computer at home, your library card also gets you use of public computers including free internet access at the library.  You may also access free wi-fi using your own device.  Friendly staff will assist you.

Families, definitely get your child to the library to check things out!  Has your child visited the Discovery Science Room?  In addition to several live animals you will find microscopes, building toys, circuit kits, games and experiments.  Your family could easily spend hours exploring the math and science themed toys together.  While you are at the library be sure to check the calendar of programs.  Story times, family shows, and classes such as Drama, Crazy 8’s, and Lego are offered regularly to help your child grow.  The annual summer reading club is a great way to occupy your children over the summer.  This year’s theme is superheroes.  The library will offer free mini-camps, fun reading incentives, and regular family events.  Are you children too young to read?  Then sign up at the library for the “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten” initiative.  It is never too early to start your child on the path to reading and a lifetime of learning and entertainment.  The library has a regular story and music time for infants every Monday at 10am.  Preschool children will enjoy the Tuesday at 10:30am story times.  Drop by with your child.  All ages will enjoy our new passes to the Academy of Natural Sciences and The Elmwood Park Zoo.  Check them out and get your family in for free!

Adults, the fun isn’t over just because you’re grown up!  Join one of several regular library groups including Scrabble, bridge, Socrates Café (discussion), book club, and Stitch Niche.  Check the calendar for special events such a history lectures, craft nights, and concerts.  In March there will be a Microsoft Word class and in April a Zentangle art program.  It’s amazing how much they have going on over there!  Call the library at 215-679-2020 for details.



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Holiday Events in Upper Perk Valley


It’s the most wonderful time of year, and there are plenty of FREE, family-oriented events to help celebrate the season!

Christmas in the Valley: Enjoy an evening of Christmas music at the Fifth annual Christmas in the Valley on Saturday, December 6 from 6:30 to 8:30 pm at the Upper Perkiomen High School auditorium. Bring your family and friends for a night packed full of special music and favorite carols. There is no cost for admission, but food and monetary donations will be collected to support The Open Link.

Hometown Christmas Parade: Share in a very special Upper Perk Valley tradition this holiday season. The Hometown Christmas Parade, December 7th at 1pm,  is one of the largest of all animal parades in Pennsylvania. Kids of all ages will enjoy the best of an old-fashioned Christmas parade with an up close view of horses, llamas, sled dogs, and hundreds more animals participating. Many will be decorated in their finest Christmas attire. Following Santa’s arrival at the end of the parade, he will visit with children at Santa Land at St. Mark’s Church, 81 Main St., Pennsburg. Santa Land contains plenty of activities for children. The Upper Perk Community Life Center, 104 Main St, East Greenville, will host a craft bazaar with an amazing array of unique items for holiday gift-giving. And many local merchants will also have something special happening in their locations that day  For more information on the days events head to

And there is so much more to see and do…The Upper Perkiomen Valley Chamber of Commerce will host an Ugly Christmas Sweater Happy Hour for local business leaders on Thursday, Dec. 4 at 5 pm at Pizza Como/PC Pub. On Saturday, Dec. 6 from 9 am to 3 pm, Marlborough Elementary School will host a holiday bazaar. Kids can enjoy a free holiday puppet show at the Upper Perkiomen Valley Library on Dec. 11 at 7 pm. There will be free photos with Santa at the Upper Perk YMCA  on Dec. 13 from 9 am to 12 pm. Upper Perkiomen High School’s Choir will perform a winter concert on Sunday, December 21 at 8 pm at the high school. See a full listing of local events on our calendar.

Though December is packed with baking, decorating, shopping, and…well, more shopping, don’t forget to enjoy the spirit of the Christmas season. Spend some quality time with family and friends at an event close to home this holiday.

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