What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Kiwanis Chicken BBQ To Benefit Destinations Program

On Saturday, October 4th, Phoenixville Kiwanis will be holding a Chicken BBQ to benefit Destinations With Direction, a program at the Phoenixville Area High School that gives students with high academic potential the opportunity to explore their dream – attending college.

Karin Williams sent in the following:
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Kiwanis Chicken BBQ To Benefit Destinations Program

We all have dreams. Some dream of starring on Broadway, some dream of walking on the moon and some have the simpler dream that some day they will be able to attend college.

The Destinations With Direction Program at the Phoenixville Area High School gives students with high academic potential the opportunity to explore that dream – attending college.

Not only does the Destinations program, developed by PAHS Assistant Principals Craig Parkinson and Amber Gentile, put students on the right path for their future by promoting academic achievement and a sense of self-worth, it puts them on the bus for a three-day college tour to prove to them that yes, they can further their education.

In order to help these students, who otherwise would not have the opportunity to attend college, the Destinations program needs your help! Proceeds from this year’s Kiwanis Chicken BBQ – a delicious meal of chicken with all the fixins – which will be held during Community Day in Reeves Park on October 4, will go to Destinations. Tickets are $9 each and can be purchased by contacting

Mr. Parkinson at
parkinsonc@pasd.com
484.927.5120
Or
Larry Gubanich at
610.724.4905
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PAHS Class of '88 Reunion Planned

Reader Laura wrote in looking for fellow Phoenixville Area High School Class of 1988 graduates. Says Laura:

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ATTENTION PHOENIXVILLE AREA HIGH SCHOOL CLASS OF 1988!
Save the Date!
The 20th year Reunion will be held on Friday, November 28, 2008 at the Columbia Station on Bridge Street in Phoenixville.
Time: 6:30pm-11:30pm

Please visit www.pahs1988.com for more info and send us your address so we can invite you!
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MyFoxPhilly Hot List Award Winners

Updated 9/29 with full results
Fox Philadelphia has started to post the winners of their annual Hot List awards and, once again, Phoenixville is well represented.

Hipster Home - 1st Place Best Housewares
Wolfgang Books - 1st Place Best Bookstore
The Columbia Bar and Grille - 1st Place Best Romantic Restaurant
Black Lab Bistro - 1st Place Best New American Restaurant
Prestige Chocolates - 2nd Place Best Chocolate
One 2 One Productions - 2nd Place Best DJ
The Colonial Theatre - 3rd Place Best Indie Theater
Ramondo's Cheese - 3rd Place Best Cheese Shop
Spiedie Bistro, Inc. - 3rd Place Best Sandwich Shop
Molly Maguire's - 4th Place Best Irish Pub
Inspiration to Movement, Inc. - 5th Place Best Pilates Studio


To see the full list, see MyFoxPhilly's Hot List Awards site.

Congrats to all of the businesses above!

Friday, September 26, 2008

Fireworks last weekend (9/20)?

A reader emailed me earlier this week asking about a firework display that he saw over the north side of town last Saturday night. He, like myself, had not heard anything about this either before or after in The Phoenix. I was wondering if anyone out there could shed some light on the performance.

Thanks.

Thursday, September 25, 2008

James Deoria Memorial Chess Park to be Dedicated in Reeves Park

Reader Kris wrote in to tell about a new addition to Reeves Park:

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The James Deoria Memorial Chess Park will be dedicated in Reeves Park on the Second Avenue side in Phoenixville on Saturday, October 11, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. Please join us to celebrate the life of Jim Deoria Sr and his dream of making the game of chess accesible to everyone.

This chess park was made a reality by the graduates of the Phoenixville Community Health Leadership Academy.
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Thanks Kris.

Harvest Market Fair On October 4th

On Saturday, October 4th, get out and enjoy the fall weather by attending the Harvest Market Fair in nearby Audubon. The fair is being held from 10am-4pm at Mill Grove, 1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, PA 19403. Says reader Melissa about the event:

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Our annual fall festival is a fun-filled day for the entire family with demonstrations of apple cider pressing, crafts, scarecrow making, creating gourd bird houses, storytelling, and more! Vendors selling local produce, native plants, organic baked goods, and more. Refreshments available for purchase as well as cider, apple butter, and more. This festival as well as museum admission is FREE.

For more information, call 610-666-5593.
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Phoenixville High School Class of '73 Reunion Planned for this Weekend

The Phoenixville High School Class of 1973 will be celebrating their 35 Year Reunion this weekend. On Friday, September 27th there will be a pub crawl & scavenger hunt from 5-12 on Bridge St and on Sunday, the 28th, there will be a BBQ at St Mike's Field (Mont Clare) from 1-6. Walk-in's are welcome. Call Sally at 267-968-0765 for more info.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Camphill Café Grand Opening features Casa de Venezuela

Camphill Cafe, at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, will be celebrating their Grand Re-opening on Sunday, October 19th. Reader Bernadette wrote in to describe the event:

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On Sunday, October 19, 2008, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills will celebrate the grand reopening of the Camphill Café with a concert and reception featuring Ensemble Casa de Venezuela, the Delaware Valley ’s premier Venezuelan musicians.

The concert begins at 2 p.m. in Rose Hall. Following the concert, guests will have the opportunity to meet the ensemble at a reception in the newly renovated Camphill Café. The reception is sponsored by Kimberton Whole Foods.

The café’s renovations include an expanded seating area, including an outdoor terrace, and sustainable building elements including geothermal heating and cooling, Solatubes, and Silestone countertops. Camphill architect Joan Allen partnered with Carnevale Eustis Architects, Inc., on the design and construction documents.

The Camphill Café, which in addition to serving locally-grown, organic food, provides vocational education and training for adults with developmental disabilities. Village residents with disabilities who work there enjoy interacting with customers, and learn valuable skills of customer service by working in a restaurant environment.

Ensemble Casa de Venezuela will share the roots and love for Venezuelan music, folklore and traditions.

Ticket prices are $20 for concert only; $35 for concert and reception. Seating and reception tickets are limited. To purchase tickets, contact Bernadette@camphillkimberton.org or 610-935-0300 ext. 12.
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Hipster Home Joins the Blogosphere

Dave Friday, owner of Hipster Home, has started a blog for the store. Says David about the blog:

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The blog is about the store and the product lines we offer. I started it to keep people up to date on the new products we introduce and what they can look forward to in the future. I also wanted an effective interactive medium to educate my consumers about our products and so customers had a voice to express their thoughts or information regarding the store.
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The blog can be seen at hipsterhome.blogspot.com.

Stay tuned for more info on Hipster Home and some other local business coming later today.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Phoenixville Area Time Bank's Dance And Silent Auction Moved To New Location

The Phoenixville Area Time Bank's 3rd Annual "It's About Time" Dance and Silent Auction has been moved from the South Main Street Cafe to the Moose Lodge at 920 Township Line Rd. For reasons unknown, the South Main Street Cafe has closed its doors, seemingly forever, necessitating the move.

Click here to read more about the event
The Phoenixville Area Time Bank's 3rd Annual "It's About Time" Dance and Silent Auction has been moved from the South Main Street Cafe to the Moose Lodge at 920 Township Line Rd. For reasons unknown, the South Main Street Cafe has closed its doors, seemingly forever, necessitating the move.

Margo Ketchum from the Time Bank sent me the following describing the event:

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World Class Musicians Perform at Local Dance Party

For the third year in a row, “Chico Huff and Friends,” a trio of internationally-acclaimed performers and recording artists, will be providing the music at the Annual Dance Party and Silent Auction for the Phoenixville Area Time Bank (PATB), to be held Saturday, October 11 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 920 Township Line Road , Phoenix ville.

“I was blown away by the music at our first dance two years ago,” said an enthusiastic PATB member at last year’s dance. “I just wasn’t expecting this quality and variety of dance music in my hometown at a function of our fledgling non-profit organization. I wouldn’t have missed this for the world!”

They may be local residents, but all the musicians have far-reaching recognition. Chico Huff has performed on electric bass in recordings with James Taylor, David Crosby of Crosby , Stills, and Nash, and with Jefferson Starship. He also accompanied Carley Simon on a movie soundtrack. Having performed throughout Europe as well as in Japan and Morocco , Huff does frequent tours with the Celtic ensemble Solas and other Irish groups. Closer to home, he has CD’s with artists Susan Werner and Liz Longley. Dave Cullen, winner of a Grammy for “Best Pop Instrumental Recording,” has performed throughout North America for classical guitar societies, jazz festivals, and performing arts series. His recordings on the acoustic guitar have been featured on NPR stations across America . Paul Jost, vocalist, drummer, and composer, can be heard nationally, performing jingles he has composed for Johnson & Johnson, American Air lin es, Nissan, Anheiser Bush, Subway, and Dow Chemical.

Besides dancing and socializing, attendees at the October 11 event will be able to enjoy food, soft drinks, as well as a cash bar, and can participate in a Silent Auction, bidding on an array of attractive items, services, and unique offers contributed by local merchants and professionals, as well as members and friends of Phoenix ville Area Time Bank, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.

Tickets for the PATB Dance Party and Fundraiser ($25 in advance, $30 at the door) can be obtained by visiting www.pa-timebank.com, or by cal lin g 610-608-9281. The Phoenixville Area Time Bank, now in its fifth year, is part of a world-wide social-change movement that builds community through members sharing their skills and services in exchange for Time Dollars. Each Time Dollar represents an hour of service. Typical services include: rides to the airport, gardening, pet care, household construction, food exchanges, and computer help. For more details visit the time bank website (listed above) or call 610-608-9281.
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Free Yoga Demo On September 29th

Activate Phoenixville Area is hosting a free yoga demo on Monday, September 29th.

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FREE YOGA DEMO
Learn how to use the practice of yoga to bring stillness, strength and vitality to the body and mind.

Presented by:
Jason Coffman, Certified Yoga Instructor

Monday – Sept. 29, 2008
7:30 PM (if rain, event will be rescheduled)
Location: Reeve’s Park - 2nd Ave side between the baseball field and band shell.

Wear comfortable clothes & bring a yoga/exercise mat or beach towel.

Please pre-register by email activatepville@pasd.com or phone 610-917-9890 ext. 25
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Bomb Threat at Phoenixville High School

Update 11:40am. Good news, the police have swept the entire school and students and faculty have been cleared to return to the building.

This morning, a bomb threat was called into Phoenixville High School. From the PASD website:

9:43, 19 Sept 2008-Emergency Situation At High School
Earlier today an anonymous person called the High School office and posed a bomb threat. All of the HS students were immediately evacuated and relocated to the Middle School. The police have been notified and are currently on site. Trained canines will sweep the building in the next hour. Our first priority is the safety of our students and staff. Please do not come to the High School to pick up your student as the traffic may interfere in the police investigation. Again, the students are safe. I will update every hour to inform you of the progress of this situation.

UPDATE 10:45, 19 Sept 2008-Emergency Situation At High School Update 1
The police canines have swept the stadium stands and the field house. They are proceeding to the High School Building. Again, all of the students and staff are safe. We are waiting for further instruction and information from the police officers on site.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

10th Annual Kimberton 5K Run Scheduled for September 27th

The 10th Annual Kimberton 5K Run/Walk is being held on Saturday, September 27th. The run, which benefits the Lions Club of Kimberton, PA starts at 9am with a 1/2 mile Kids' Fun Run starting at 10.

If you register before Sept. 22nd the cost is $13 for the 5K and $6 for the fun run. Both prices include a free t-shirt. You can register the day of the run (cutoff time is 8:45) for $15 and $8 respectively.

For more information and to register, please visit kimbertonrun.com.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Reminder, Pasta 4 PACS Being Held Next Monday, September 15th

A quick reminder that Phoenixville Area Community Services is holding a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser next Monday, September 15th. For more information, see my original post.

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Phoenixville Area Time Bank hosting its 3rd Annual "It's About Time" Dance and Silent Auction

Reader Margo K. wrote in to tell me about an event the Phoenixville Area Time Bank is hosting on October 11th.

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"It's About Time" to Dance the Night Away

The Phoenixville Area Time Bank will hold its 3rd Annual "It's About Time" Dance and Silent Auction on Saturday, October 11 from 7 to 11 p.m. This year's event will be at the newly opened South Main Street Cafe, 119 S Main (and Hall) St, in the heart of downtown Phoenixville.

Chico Huff and Friends, a trio of internationally acclaimed musicians, will offer the evening's entertainment. BYOB, food, and soft drinks will be provided.

The annual silent auction will offer a variety of desirable items, including donations and gift certificates from area stores and restaurants, fine artwork, and handmade crafts.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For ticket purchase information or silent auction donations, call 610-608-9281 or email timedollar@verizon.net.

Proceeds from this event will benefit the Phoenix ville Area Time Bank, a local non-profit 501(c)(3) group that builds community through members sharing their skills and services in exchange for Time Dollars. Each Time Dollar represents an hour of service. Typical services include: rides to the airport, gardening, pet care, handyman services, food exchanges, and computer help. For more details, visit the organization’s website at http://www.pa-timebank.com.
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Sunday, September 07, 2008

Activate Phoenixville Area Presents Tai Chi In The Park

Activate Phoenixville Area will be offering 'Tai Chi in the Park' through the end of October.

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TAI CHI In the Park

Join other residents for a “pay-as-you-go” one-hour class ($5 per person per class).

Presented by White Eagle Martial Arts

Instructor: Tammy

Two sessions to choose from:

Saturdays 9:00 AM (Sept. 6 - Oct 25)
or Wednesdays 6:30pm (Sept 10 – Oct 29)
* new students will be accepted through Sept. 24th

Location: Reeves Park – Starr Street side between 2nd and 3rd
Rain location: St. John’s UCC – 315 Gay Street

Wear comfortable clothes.
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Comments

As of today, I am going to start deleting any comment that contains name calling or other offensive content, regardless of the validity of the rest of the comment. I am pretty disappointed, although not surprised, that it has come to this but it is what it is. The purpose of this site is to keep people informed about what is going on in and around town, not to provide a place for people to vent their frustrations with life. I encourage everyone to voice their opinion and I will continue to allow anyone to post anything they want, just use a bit of decorum while doing so.

Thanks.

Jim

Friday, September 05, 2008

Jaycees Organizing Second Date Auction

Following the success of their last date auction in February, the Phoenixville Jaycees are in the process of organizing another one that will be held at Tyler James’ Pub on Oct. 18 and will be recruiting participants during First Friday festivities this weekend.

Just like last time, some of the money raised will go to a good cause. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Phoenixville Hospital Cancer Center in honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

The event is scheduled to start at 9 p.m. and while there is no cover charge, donations will be accepted. There will also be live entertainment.

If you are interested in participating, please send an e-mail to jayceesdateauction@yahoo.com.

Local Business Spotlight: Iron Town Productions

Anyone who has been downtown knows of the Steel City Coffee House. More than a coffee shop, Steel City is one of the better places in the Philadelphia area to see live music, bringing in bands from around the country. Well, the owners have decided to parlay that experience into a new company. Says Jane Tucker of their new venture:

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Iron Town Productions (www.irontownproductions.com) is a full-service booking and event production company. We provide first-class artist booking, sound production, event management and promotional services. Iron Town Productions staff has booked and produced over six-hundred events, including musical concerts (our specialty), benefits, grand openings, seminars, book signings, comedy acts, plays, birthday parties, bridal showers, graduation parties, theme parties, receptions, and weddings. See our website for all services and contact us through our contact page.
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Iron Town Productions is located at 203 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460 (Steel City). They can be contacted at info@irontownproductions.com or by phone at 484-686-7792. For more information, please visit their website at www.irontownproductions.com.

Best of luck to Jane and the rest of the Iron Town Productions employees!

Summer Music Series Comes To An End This Evening

September's First Friday marks the end of what has been considered another very successful Summer Music Series. As they have in the past, Splintered Sunlight will headline the series' final evening, bringing to Phoenixville a chance to enjoy the music of the Grateful Dead. Elsewhere throughout the downtown, ten other groups will be performing from 6-8pm.

For more on tonight's festivities, see yesterday's article in The Phoenix.

Thursday, September 04, 2008

Flower Power Music Festival Scheduled for October 26th

The New Century Bank Flower Power Music Festival will occur at The Colonial Theatre in downtown Phoenixville on Sunday, October 26, 2008 at 8:00 PM. This festival will feature folk jam bands Hoots & Hellmouth, Old School Freight Train, Tin Bird Choir and master fiddler Matt Brown will be performing.

This event is a fundraiser for the Phoenixville Area Business Association's (PABA) Street Beautifcation Fund (providing flowers and seasonal decor on the streets of downtown Phoenixville). Tickets range between $15-$25-depending on seating choice. Tickets are available at Steel City Coffee House and online at www.steelcitycoffeehouse.com.

In conjunction with the Music Festival is a scooter raffle. PABA will be raffling off a brand new 2008 Roketa Carpi 150 cc scooter, red in color ($1259.00 value). The scooter will be raffled off during the concert. 2nd place is a "Dining in Phoenixville" basket containing gift certificates for area restaurants. 3rd place is a "Shopping in Phoenixville" basket containing gift certificates to various retailers. Scooter raffle tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20.00 and can be obtained at many PABA member businesses, like . . . Steel City Coffee House, Diving Cat Studios, Artisan's Gallery and Cafe, Earth Mart, Hipster Home, Wolfgang Books, Creep Industries, Franco Ristorante, Ellie's Choice, Fashionista's, Spiedies Bistro, Phoenixville Federal Bank and Jaworski's Music.

Steel City Coffee House Hosting a Wine & Cheese Tasting on Sept. 26th

On Friday, September 26th at 7:30 PM, Steel City Coffee House will be hosting a Wine & Cheese Tasting. This event is to support and raise funds for the Citizen Advocacy Group of Chester County, located here in Phoenixville. Citizen Advocacy is a non-profit organization that helps initiate one-to-one relationships between people in the community who have disabilities and their neighbors. The night will feature wine's from Chaddsford Winery and artisan cheese's, a talk about wine and cheese pairings, and music by Trevor Gordon Hall. Tickets are limited and are $25.00 each. There will be a silent auction as well. Tickets can be purchased at www.steelcitycoffeehouse.com, at Steel City Coffee House, or from Moira Mumma or Alica Warner with Citizen Advocacy Group by calling 610-933-1299.

Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Phoenix Ferris Wheel Coming Home

A ferris wheel, built in the late 19th century by the Phoenix Steel Company, is coming back to Phoenixville. The wheel, which was a part of the Asbury Park boardwalk until the late 1980s, has been in disrepair since the late 90s but was recently purchased by Barbara Cohen and the Schuylkill River Heritage Center. The wheel was bought for $50,000, with half of that paid up front and the rest to be paid for over the next 18 months. According to an article in last week's Inquirer, it will cost another $100,000 to fully restore it. Even after the restoration, it will not be usable as an amusement ride, but rather will be a monument to the former steel mill. No word on where the funding will come from.

Sources:
The Phoenix
The Inquirer

Thanks to blusapphire_10 for the tip.