What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Reeves Park Video

Mark Fink, who did the video of the Gay Street Bridge construction project, emailed me a link to one he did of Reeves Park. See it below.



Thanks Mark.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Upcoming Events

Last Thursday I stopped in to say hello to Barry Cassidy. While there, I picked up a flyer highlighting events that are coming up in the next several months. Some of the highlights that have been mentioned previously include the Celtic Street Fair on May 10th, the Summer Music Series and BlobFest.

In addition to these, June's First Friday will kick off Dollar Days, a two day sale by downtown merchants. The sale runs from 10am-8pm on Friday, June 6th and then again from 10am-5pm on Saturday, June 7th.

Two weeks later, to celebrate the start of Summer, a Festival of Summer Solstice will be held downtown. Finally, on August 29th there will be a Marine Night.

In addition to all of these events, the summer months will feature the opening of several new restaurants in town as well as some new retail stores. Stay tuned for more information.

Sunday, April 27, 2008

Gay Street Bridge Pictures

An anonymous poster posted a link a YouTube video by Mark Fink of the progress that is being made with the Gay Street Bridge. The video is below:

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Dogwood Festival Taking Place May 12-17


The 57th Dogwood Festival begins on Monday, May 12th. As it has in the past, Reeves Park will play host to the week long festival with carnival rides, live music and food and game vendors open to the public each night. The festival parade is being held on Saturday, May 17th starting at 1pm.

For more information, please visit the Phoenixville Jaycees website.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Activate Phoenixville Area Hosting Two Events in May

Active Phoenixville Area will be hosting two events in May that are free to the public.

The first is on Wednesday, May 21st.
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H.I.P. Kids
Come learn about this exciting, effective program for children ages 8 and up who are at risk of becoming, or who are, overweight or obese. This 12-week Health Intervention Program meets twice a week and is led by certified exercise specialists and a registered dietician.

Presented by: Freedom Valley YMCA, Phoenixville Branch

Wednesday - May 21, 2008 7:00 PM

Phoenixville Public Library – FREE
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The second event is taking place on Thursday, May 29th
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What's On Your Plate
Nutrition for Body and Soul
Cara Graver HHC, AADP

EATING HEALTHY ON A BUDGET
An interactive talk about the true cost of what's on the table and how to eat foods that taste great, are more nutritious, and don't cost an arm and a leg.

Thursday - May 29, 2008 7:00 PM
Phoenixville Public Library
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Both events are free however you must register ahead of time. All those in attendance will receive a free pedometer. For more information or to register, please contact Tina Trager at 610-917-9890 or by email at ActivatePVille@pasd.com.

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Parking info for Sly Fox Bock Fest & Goat Race

Happened across the Sly Fox website today and decided to take a look at the News/Events section to see if they had any more information on their upcoming Bock Fest and Goat Race. Those of you who plan to attend (and I'd recommend it to anyone who is a fan of Sly Fox, german food and/or a generally good time) should make note of the following:

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OFF-SITE PARKING ARRANGED FOR 2008 BOCK FEST & GOAT RACE
In an effort to ease crowded conditions and traffic issues on Rt. 113 in front of Pikeland Village Square, and also to be fair to merchants in the Maple Lawn Shopping Center on the other side of that road, Sly Fox Brewing has arranged for off-site parking for all attendees at the 2008 Bock Festival and Goat Race on Sunday, May 4.

There will be short-term parking allowed at Pikeland Village Square for customers of other businesses which are open, but anyone coming to Sly Fox will be directed to the Fairgrounds.

The parking area is located at the Kimberton Fire Company Fairgrounds, roughly one mile west of Pikeland Village Square on Rt. 113. Shuttle buses will run throughout the day between there and the pub, starting at 10:30am. The last bus back to the parking area will leave Sly Fox Phoenixville at 6pm, and anyone wishing to stay can then move his car up to the pub. There will be a $2 donation to the Kimberton Fire Company required for those taking advantage of the parking and buses.

"We want to be good citizens and this arrangement helps us do that, plus it has the added benefit of freeing up more space in front of and around the pub for the day's activities," said co-owner and Phoenixville manager Pete Giannopoulos. "In the past, once we used up all our parking spaces, our customers were parking across the street and filling up that lot as well, which wasn't fair to either the stores over there or the local residents who wanted to use them. Not only that, but with this event getting bigger and bigger every year, we'd have had to find an off-site parking facility in any case. This solves our problem and also allows us to help support the local fire company, which is an important resource for our community."
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UPDATE! Just received an email from their mailing list which includes the following additional info:

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There have been some improvements made this year to accommodate the ever-growing attendance. Food and beer sales locations will be reconfigured and expanded to cut down on the wait in lines. The quantity of special logo-ed glasses (Helles this year) offered for sale has been doubled from 2007. There will be eight porta-potties (two last year).
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They have also created a website for this year's event that has some time wasters available for those of you who are reading this at work.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Former President Clinton to Speak at PAHS Today

Former President Bill Clinton will be giving a speech at the Phoenixville Area High School this afternoon. Depending on where you go for your information, the speech is set to begin at either 12:45 or 1:15. According to blogger Karen Johns, who indicates a 12:45 start time, tickets are not available and seating will be first come, first served. The Phoenix, which indicates a 1:15 start time, does not mention anything about admittance.

My advice, for those who wish to attend, would be to go over no later than 12.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Summer Music Series Schedule

Barry Cassidy updated his blog with this year's Summer Music Series Molly Maguire’s
Summer Street Music Series schedule. Below are the details:

June 6 Mason Porter - Blue Grass
June 13 Octavia & the Earthblood Blues Band
June 20 Dirk Quinn Band - Rock
June 27 Beatnik Brown - Rock
July 4 Evening with Elvis featuring Tony Newell
July 11 Paul Michaels Blues Recruits
July 18 MILAGRO , Santana Tribute
July 25 Hidden Treasure – Jazz band
August 1 Beaucoup Blue -Blues
August 8 Mystic Rebel - Reggae
August 15 Deb Callahan Band
August 22 Soft Parade – Doors Tribute
August 29 Black Dog – Led Zeppelin Tribute
September 5 Splinter Sunlight – Grateful Dead Tribute

Due to the closing of the Gay Street Bridge, this year's concerts will be held in the parking lot at the corner of Bridge and Main Street's.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Coming Soon: Marly's Restaurant

Reader Samantha wrote in to tell me about a new restaurant she and two partners are opening in May. The restaurant, Marly's, will be located at 108 Bridge St. and is described as "...a BYO with an upscale eclectic American Continental menu by owner/Chef Michael Favacchia."

Stay tuned for more information including an official opening date. Best of luck to Samantha and co.!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Free Tai Chi Class on April 29th

On Tuesday, April 29th, staring at 7pm, Active Phoenixville Area will be hosting a free Tai Chi class at the Phoenixville Public Library. The class is being presented by White Eagle Martial Arts.

Activate Phoenixville Area coordinator Tina Trager sent me the following:

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TAI CHI
Learn the benefits! Try it out!
An easy to learn form of exercise,
that is fun and requires no expensive equipment or gym membership.

Presented by: White Eagle Martial Arts

Tuesday - April 29, 2008
7:00 PM
Phoenixville Public Library – FREE
Wear comfortable clothes.
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For more information, please contact Tina at Activatepville@pasd.com.

About Activate Phoenixville Area:
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Everyone is encouraged to get started towards a healthy lifestyle by simply walking. To support residents in this effort, Activate Phoenixville Area will provide each individual who registers a free pedometer. You may e-mail the Activate Phoenixville Coordinator, Tina Trager, at Activatepville@pasd.com to request your free pedometer. She also welcomes ideas from you for programs/activities/events that support you in leading a healthy life!
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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Spring has arrived, what better time to plant a tree(s)?


Reader SoloFloyd (aka Randy to the outside world) wrote to inform me of two upcoming events which are certainly worth a mention. Well, to be exact, its one event and one series of events which kicked off this past weekend.

The first is a 'Tree Block Party' being held on the 200 block of Church St on Saturday, April 12th. The party, which is being hosted by both the residents of Church St as well as the Shade Tree Commission will feature the planting of some 40 trees along both sides of Church as well as an appearance by none other than Smokey the Bear.

The second is a series of events aimed at cleaning Pickering Preserve as well as planting 29 new trees on the property. The first of these events was held last Sunday and they will continue every Sunday throughout the month of April. These events are held from 1-3pm.

With these events in mind, and the hope for more in the future, Randy has started a blog, Phoenixville Environmental Volunteerism Blog, that he intends to use to promote similar activities. He has also agreed to keep the Events section of this site updated with these events. Be sure to check out both places for upcoming events!

For more information, see Randy's blog or the following articles from The Phoenix.

Tree Block Party on Church St.
Pickering Preserve Article

'Run For Dana Marie' Scheduled For April 27th

On April 27th, the 9th Annual 'Run For Dana Marie' will be held at Phoenixville Area High School. The run benefits the Dana Marie Carr Memorial Fund which was setup in the memory of Dana Marie Carr.

From the PASD website
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The Run For Dana Marie honors the memory of Dana Marie Carr, a beloved second grader at Schuylkill Elementary School, who died in a tragic automobile accident in 1999. Dana Marie's heart was set on becoming a teacher; the Dana Marie Carr Memorial Fund awards scholarships to two Phoenixville Area High School students who demonstrate the same potential that Dana Marie showed in her short life.

Thank you for sharing in her memory.
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Planned for the 27th is a 5k Race/Walk and a Family Fun 1 mile race. Registration begins at 11:30 with the Family Fun race starting at 1 and the 5k beginning at 1:30.

For more information, including a registration form and contact information, please see the Phoenxiville Area School District website.

Event Listings

Over the past couple of months I have started giving interested parties access to the Events Calendar on Bridge and Main. To date, I have only granted access to those people who emailed me. This has allowed me to give it a sort of trial run and, so far, it seems to be going well. With that in mind, I'd like to open this up to any business or group in town that holds events that are open to the public. If you are interested, send me an email to tips@bridgeandmain.com with a description of the types of events you plan to add. Assuming you are a good fit, I will send you an invite and you can begin adding events!

Thanks.

Jim