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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: --- 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 p

PAHS Class of '88 Reunion Planned

Reader Laura wrote in looking for fellow Phoenixville Area High School Class of 1988 graduates. Says Laura: --- 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 for more info and send us your address so we can invite you! ---

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!

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.

James Deoria Memorial Chess Park to be Dedicated in Reeves Park

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

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.

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: --- 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 addi

Hipster Home Joins the Blogosphere

Dave Friday, owner of Hipster Home , has started a blog for the store. Says David about the blog: --- 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. --- The blog can be seen at . Stay tuned for more info on Hipster Home and some other local business coming later today.

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: --- 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 th

Free Yoga Demo On September 29th

Activate Phoenixville Area is hosting a free yoga demo on Monday, September 29th. --- 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 or phone 610-917-9890 ext. 25 ---

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 hou

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 .

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. --- "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 . Proceeds from this event will ben

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. --- 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. ---


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

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 .

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: --- Iron Town Productions ( ) 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. --- Iron Town Productions is located at 203 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460 (Ste

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 .

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 . 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 &quo

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 , at Steel City Coffee House, or from Moira Mumma or Alica Warner with Citizen Advocacy Group by calling 610-933-1299.

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.