What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Help Save the St. John’s United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden and Labyrinth

I received the following in an email recently:

In the last week, both the President of the United States (through Serve.gov) and the First Lady (at the White House Garden Harvest Party) have strongly encouraged community gardens as providers of fresh produce to neighbors in need and as engines of creating healthier communities.

Besides planting her own organic garden at the White House, the First Lady has been advocating, when asked, for the preservation of specific community gardens throughout the United States.

With this in mind, the folks at the Community Garden have started a petition that will be sent to Mrs. Obama in the hope that she may be able to step in and help to preserve the garden. If you're interested, here is what you need to do:
Please return the letter by July 21st.

Some notes from the email:
  • For maximum impact, each person in a family should fill out and submit their own letter. Be sure to add a few words in the bottom text box about what the garden and labyrinth mean to you personally.
  • Politicians want to know your name and where you live. If you don’t want to fill out all the blanks, just include your Name, Signature, Zip Code (under Address) and a few words about what the garden and labyrinth mean to you.
  • Please forward this letter anywhere you like. The more letters we submit to the First Lady, the more attention we will receive from her office!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Becca's Restaurant replaces Twin Bays Cafe

Twin Bays Cafe has recently been replaced by Becca's Restaurant. From their website:

Becca’s is open beginning June 3rd for dinners Wednesday through Saturday starting at 5:30pm; for lunch on Saturday from 11:30am until 2:00pm; and for brunch on Sunday from 10:00am until 2:00pm.


Becca's is located at 19 South Whitehorse Rd, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

Thanks to forum members wealthfinder and kris10cap for the info!

422 Plan Open House Recap

What's the 422? has a good recap of this week's 422 Plan Open Houses. From their report:

A preliminary plan from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission calls for extending SEPTA’s R6 regional train through this region, as well as improving the highway’s driveability.
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R6 extension

Based on feedback from a pair of public meetings in February, public support for availing passenger rail service beyond Norristown was positive, said Jerry Coyne, manager of transportation studies for DVRPC.

The current price tag is $500 million, according to figures presented Wednesday.

Day Trips to the Pennsylvania Rennaisance Fair

Those of you who may be looking for day trip ideas need look no further than the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire which is hosting events throughout the summer.

  • Celtic Fling & Highland Games: June 26 & 27, 11 am - 10 pm
  • Celtic Fling Friday Night concert: June 26
  • Backyard BBQ Bash: July 3
  • Backyard BBQ Bash: July 10
  • Backyard BBQ Bash: July 17
  • Backyard BBQ Bash: July 24
  • Easter Seals Summer in Paradise Benefit Concert: Saturday, July 18
  • Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire: Weekends + Labor Day Monday - August 6 - October 25, 11 am to 8 pm
  • Friday Knights at the Improv: Fridays at 7 pm, August 14-September 11

View more details about each eventThose of you who may be looking for day trip ideas need look no further than the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire which is hosting events throughout the summer.

Celtic Fling & Highland Games:
June 26 & 27, 11 am – 10 pm
For one weekend in late June each year, Lancaster County’s Amish Country becomes the Celtic Capital of the United States as 100s of musicians, dancers, craftsmen, Scottish clans, Irish societies and rugged athletes from across North America and Europe gather for the Celtic Fling & Highland Games on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. The Faire’s 35 acres will be covered in kilts, cabers, official Scottish athletic competitions, officially sanctioned Irish Dance competitions, Highland Dance demonstrations, border collie sheepherding, and Celtic crafts, food and music. Each festival day features over 50 musical sets, competitions and demonstrations. Visit www.parenfaire.com for tickets and more information.

Celtic Fling Friday Night concert:
June 26, 2009
Kick-off the Celtic Fling & Highland Games on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire with a triple dose of Celtic rock at the Friday Night Concert, June 26. Everyone’s favorite “Titanic” steerage band, Gaelic Storm, blows into town for their second Celtic Fling appearance, while Fling favorites Ceann and Scythian get the evening started. Throughout the evening, fabulous foods and brews are available at the Swashbuckler Brew Pub. The gates open at 5:00 pm.

Backyard BBQ Bash:
July 3
Lancaster County’s Mount Hope Estate & Winery will celebrate the height of the summer season with its Backyard BBQ Bash July 3, 10, 17 & 24. Benefitting the Central PA Food Bank, the BBQ Bash will feature a wide variety of toe-tapping local music, fantastic food, Swashbuckler ales and Mount Hope wines Friday nights in July. The BBQ Bash will kick off July 3 with Shots McGee opening for headliner The Green Onions. Shots McGee, central Pa’s only Irish and Classic Rock party band, covers the best artists in Classic Rock including Tom Petty, The Rolling Stones, Sublime and Jimi Hendrix. The Green Onions takes a contemporary approach to the roots of American music creating their own cohesive signature sound. Admission is $7, bring canned food and receive a $2 voucher. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Backyard BBQ Bash:
July 10
Lancaster County’s Mount Hope Estate & Winery will celebrate the height of the summer season with its Backyard BBQ Bash July 3, 10, 17 & 24. Benefitting the Central PA Food Bank, the BBQ Bash will feature a wide variety of toe-tapping local music, fantastic food, Swashbuckler ales and Mount Hope wines Friday nights in July. The July 10 concert will feature Lancaster’s own Vinegar Creek Constituency and Slimfit. Vinegar Creek Constituency, in addition to their upbeat bluegrass music, plays rockabilly, classic country and even a few punk rock songs to mix things up. Headliner Slimfit combines fringe country music with a devil-may-care attitude that attracts fans of every kind. Admission is $7, bring canned food and receive a $2 voucher. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Backyard BBQ Bash:
July 17
Lancaster County’s Mount Hope Estate & Winery will celebrate the height of the summer season with its Backyard BBQ Bash July 3, 10, 17, and 24. Benefitting the Central PA Food Bank, the BBQ Bash will feature a wide variety of toe-tapping local music, fantastic food, Swashbuckler ales and Mount Hope wines Friday nights in July. Kingsfoil will open the July 17 concert for the headliner the Mark DeRose Band. Kingsfoil is a rock quartet who finds inspiration for their original songs in Coldplay, Ben Folds and Radiohead for their energetic live performances. The Mark DeRose Band blends introspective lyrics with heartfelt acoustic rock influenced by musical legends such as James Taylor and Dave Matthews bringing a distinctive sound that has been challenging listeners and entertaining high-energy crowds for nearly a decade. Admission is $7, bring canned food and receive a $2 voucher. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Backyard BBQ Bash:
July 24
Lancaster County’s Mount Hope Estate & Winery will celebrate the height of the summer season with its Backyard BBQ Bash July 3, 10, 17, and 24. Benefitting the Central PA Food Bank, the BBQ Bash will feature a wide variety of toe-tapping local music, fantastic food, Swashbuckler ales and Mount Hope wines Friday nights in July. The BBQ Bash will wrap up July 24 with Scott McKenna opening for The Kenton Shelly Band. Scott McKenna combines acoustic guitar and dynamic vocals with the outstanding talents of electric violinist Nyke Van Wyk making this duo one of the region’s most exciting young acts. The Kenton Shelley Band has been playing the Northeastern United States since early 2002. This talented quartet has more than earned their status as one of the premier bands to come out of the region in quite some time with their energetic and passion-filled live performances. Admission is $7, bring canned food and receive a $2 voucher. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Easter Seals Summer in Paradise Benefit Concert:
July 18
Take a break this summer for a little piece of paradise Saturday, July 18, at Summer In Paradise 2009 on the grounds of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. Indulge in tropical tunes, cool brews, and delicious foods from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. so cruise on down and park the boat, buggy, or car at the Fairegrounds for one of the largest tropical rock band concerts in Central PA. Three of the region’s top tropical rock bands will take concertgoers on a musical journey to a tropical island. The concert features The CalypsoNuts, Tall Paul & Crawdaddy, and Tropical Soul. All proceeds from the concert admissions benefit the Easter Seals Central Pennsylvania chapter. Visit www.essummerinparadise.com for tickets and more info.

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire:
Weekends + Labor Monday August 6 – October 25, 11 am to 8 pm
Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, invites you to live the excitement and adventure of Her annual Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire of jousting Knights and royal delights. Thirty-five acres of mirth and merriment await as hundreds of colorfully-costumed characters breathe life into an authentic recreation of a 16th century English Village complete with dozens upon dozens of authentic Tudor buildings. Musical performances, magic acts, fire-breathing stunts, puppet shows, Shakespearean plays and comical mud beggars are just a few of the many shows, over 90 stage shows daily, unfolding on 12 stages. Enjoy period foods, micro-brewed ales and sweet wines from 23 Royal Kitchens or shop from scores of Renaissance merchants.

Friday Knights at the Improv:
Fridays at 7 pm, August 14-September 11, 2009
Mark your calendars for Friday Knights at the Improv where crazy, daredevil Improv comedy is taken to the extreme! A rotating cast of professional actors showcase their improvisational skills in a wacky, comedic romp where suggestions from the audience create the plot line for a never-seen-before performance. The evening is filled with improv games and skits made popular by Drew Carey’s “Whose Line Is It Anyway?” designed to stretch the minds, bodies and funny bones of both player and audience member alike. The action is fast, furious and always fun. Beverages will be available for purchase and complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served before and between performances. *This show is not appropriate for children under the age of 18. Anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Borough of Phoenixville water customers may experience extended periods of no water tonight

From the Borough website:

ALERT!!

Due to a recent water main break, the Borough Water Department is repairing a main water line TONIGHT June 25, 2009. Borough of Phoenixville water customers may experience extended periods of no water, or low pressure between the times of 9:00 PM and 4:00 AM. We apologize for any inconvenience during this time but the repair is essential to providing quality water service.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Kimberton Waldorf School Hosting Benefit Concert This Saturday

On Saturday, June 27th, Kimberton Waldorf School is hosting a benefit concert for their Middle School Atrium Restoration Fund. The concert begins at 7pm and features headliners The Llama Dalis. Tickets are $10 per person or $35 for the entire family.

The Kimberton Waldorf School is located at 410 West Seven Stars Road, Phoenixville, PA. Click here for more information on the Atrium Restoration Fund.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

"Wines from Spain" Wine Tasting at The Fenix this Thursday

On Thursday, June 25th, the Fenix will be hosting "Wines from Spain", hosted by Hudson Austin from Wine Merchant, Inc. The tasting starts at 7pm and features five Spanish wines and a selection of Tapas from The Fenix menu. Cost is $20 per person.

101 Bridge Closed?

Several commentors in a previous post have mentioned the possible closing of 101 Bridge. Does anyone have any official info?

Update 6/25/09: The 101 website indicates that it will be rebranded as a Baxter's.

Friday, June 19, 2009

Phoenixville Criterium Bike Race To Be Held This Weekend

On Saturday, June 20th, Phoenixillve's north side will play host to the Phoenixville Criterium bike race. The race features categories for everyone from beginning racers to seasoned professionals. Racing begins at 8 in the morning and runs until 4 in the afternoon, with the professional race set to take place promptly at 1. The race will also feature a free race for children between the ages of 2 and 10 at noon. Children must wear helmets.

The race takes place in front of Franklin Commons on Franklin Ave, Fillmore Ave, South St. and Grant St. Please note that on June 20 these roads will be closed from 7 am to 5pm.

The race was organized by Phoenixville High School junior Charles Hanlon. Click here to read more about the race.

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Church in the Park

On Sunday evenings from June 14th through July 19th, Reeves Park Bandshell will be hosting Church in the Park, "an outdoor, casual series of church services."

Each week, starting at 6pm, Church in the Park will feature passionate music (from a live band), bible teaching, and an open forum for audience members to interact with the speaker. Church in the Park also offers free refreshments and a craft table for children. All are invited to attend!

For more information, please visit www.thechurchinthepark.org.

July Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library to feature "Duel"

The next Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library is Thursday, July 9 at 7:00 PM. “Duel” (1971, rated PG, running time 90 min.) will be shown. Dennis Weaver stars in Steven Spielberg’s first notable film, a truly scary made-for-TV exercise in paranoia. A traveling businessman is menaced on the highway by a huge diesel truck. Although he can never see the psychopathic truck driver, he soon realizes that this guy is out to kill him. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. Those who stay for an informal discussion following the screening may suggest a forthcoming movie. For more information, call 610-933-3013, Ext. 32. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue in Phoenixville.

DVRPC to Present 422 Plan Recommendations at Open Houses

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), in conjunction with PennDOT, SEPTA, and Montgomery, Chester, and Berks counties, is hosting two open houses to present findings of the US 422 Corridor Master Plan.

This is an opportunity for the public to comment on preliminary recommendations, including smart growth initiatives and land use strategies; highway and transit improvements, including the R6 Extension; and an implementation plan. "Stations" with maps and renderings will be on display, and staff will be available to answer questions. For more information about the Master Plan visit www.422corridor.com.

WHO:

  • DVRPC, McCormick Taylor, PennDOT, SEPTA, the counties, and others
  • Representatives from the US Route 422 Corridor Coalition
  • Residents, community groups, stakeholders and local businesses

WHEN & WHERE:
Two open houses with identical agendas will be held between 6:30 and 9:00 p.m. on the following dates and locations. An hour-long presentation and Q&A will start at 7:00 p.m. each evening. The public is invited to attend at anytime during the designated meeting hours.

JUNE 23, 2009
Pottstown Middle School cafeteria, 600 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown, PA 19464

JUNE 24, 2009
Spring-Ford Senior High School cafeteria, 350 S. Lewis Road, Royersford, PA 19468
Please enter through door #8.

DETAILS:
US 422 is one of the fastest growing suburban expressway corridors in the Philadelphia region, and an integral part of the interregional highway network. The Master Plan is intended to serve as a comprehensive approach to planning for sustainable transportation and land use conditions within the 25-mile-long corridor. Traditional transportation projects, community and land use planning practices, intermodal facilities/park-and-ride lots, and land preservation activities comprise the strategic improvement program.

ABOUT DVRPC:
The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission is dedicated to uniting the region’s elected officials, planning professionals and the public with the common vision of making a great region even greater. Shaping the way we live, work and play, DVRPC builds consensus on improving transportation, promoting smart growth, protecting the environment, and enhancing the economy. We serve a diverse region of nine counties: Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania; and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Mercer in New Jersey. DVRPC is the official metropolitan planning organization for the Greater Philadelphia Region - leading the way to a better future. DVRPC fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

New Poetry Book Group to Meet at Wolfgang Books

Poetry readers are invited to join the new Poetry Book group to discuss Rainer Maria Rilke’s collection Book of Hours on Thursday, June 18th at 7 PM. The group will continue to meet the third Thursday of the month and is free, open to the public, and welcoming of all levels of poetry readers, from the novice to the expert as well as the "just curious".

Wolfgang Books is located on the second floor at 237 Bridge Street in Phoenixville and on the web at http://www.wolfgangbooks.com/.

Phoenixville’s 4th of July celebration to feature the Philadelphia Area Idiotarod

Phoenixville’s Fourth of July celebration will feature a new race component with the addition of the Philadelphia Area Idiotarod. The Idiotarod is a take off on the 1,000 mile Iditarod dog sled race.

The Idiotarod features shopping carts sometimes modified for the team. Four “idiot” team members are tied to the cart, run along side of the cart and a “musher” guides the cart from the back. The race will have no course. There will be a number of stations located through the south side where the teams will be required to check-in. There will be special judges located in the race area who may disqualify teams that do not maintain continual shopping cart connection throughout the race. The team that completes the course in the best time without being disqualified or missing a station is the winner. The original race was run in San Francisco in 1994 and races are run in New York, Phoenix, Seattle and Toronto.

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Phoenixville’s Fourth of July celebration will feature a new race component with the addition of the Philadelphia Area Idiotarod. The Idiotarod is a take off on the 1,000 mile Iditarod dog sled race.

The Idiotarod features shopping carts sometimes modified for the team. Four “idiot” team members are tied to the cart, run along side of the cart and a “musher” guides the cart from the back. The race will have no course. There will be a number of stations located through the south side where the teams will be required to check-in. There will be special judges located in the race area who may disqualify teams that do not maintain continual shopping cart connection throughout the race. The team that completes the course in the best time without being disqualified or missing a station is the winner. The original race was run in San Francisco in 1994 and races are run in New York, Phoenix, Seattle and Toronto.

The committee will instruct the teams to stay on sidewalks as much as possible to avoid conflict with traffic. “All teams will not be going in the same direction so there should not be an over crowding problem on the sidewalks except maybe in the beginning. It should thin out pretty quickly as teams take different routs to their check in stations”, stated Barry Cassidy, race official.

Race official Kim Cooley will be accepting applications at the Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce office located at 171 Bridge Street, in Phoenixville. “The race is open to anyone wanting to participate. People from outside the community are welcome to participate. There is an entry fee of $100.00 and the winning team will get half the money, the other half goes into the race promotion fund to ensure the race is well promoted in the future.”

The winners name will be engraved on a trophy, and a number of single year awards will be given out, which will be determined later.

The committee is seeking not only contestants to run in the race, but also residents to host a check in station in front of their home or business. There is also a need for race officials to help administer the race. Race Official Kim Colley will take phone inquiries and requests for credentials at 610-933-3070.

After the start of the race at 2 PM there will be live entertainment on the Main Stage area in the parking lot at Main and Bridge. As a fund raiser for the Main Street program there will be a beverage station in the Main and Bridge Parking lot. The bands Stone Groove and the Reluctants will play from 2 PM until 6 PM.

Fireworks are scheduled for Friday the 3rd for First Friday and will the committee will use the 4th 5th as a rain date.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Rep. Paul Drucker Hosting Green Energy Fair at Franklin Commons

Received this from reader Victor:

Join state Rep. Paul Drucker at his Green Energy Fair

I will host a Green Energy Fair from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday, June 18 at Franklin Commons Building, 400 Franklin Ave. in Phoenixville.

Come out to learn about "green" building, how to reduce your energy costs and much more!

Participants will include The Sierra Club, ESS Energy Products, Philadelphia Lighting Maintenance, Alternative Energy Inc., Green and Save, Prudential Realtors, Earth Rising Homes, Solardelphia, Earthmart, Yum & Bum Organic Baby Products, and many more!

Please contact me with questions about my Green Energy Fair, or any state related matter.

Phoenixville Public Library Introduces Gaming Night

Starting July 26th, board game fans will get to take on new opponents at the Phoenixville Public Library.

It will be fun and games for adults at Phoenixville Public Library this summer. Adults 18 and over are invited to our free Open Gaming Nights on Thursdays July 16, July 23, August 20, and August 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. You can choose from our selection of board games or bring your own, and you can try out our new Wii gaming system. Bring a friend or make some new ones. Light snacks will be served. For more information, contact Mark Pinto at 610-933-3013 x32 or mpinto@ccls.org. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue in Phoenixville, PA.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Elder Care Workshop to be held in Kimberton July 10-11

Altair Cohousing, in conjunction with local nurses in the Phoenixville–Kimberton area of Chester County, presents a forum to explore community initiatives where elders and others dependent on care can live a meaningful life.

Public Lecture: 8pm, Friday, July 10th

"Exploring New Forms of Living in Old Age – A Cultural Task for our Community" - with Armgard Brunotte and Petra Wandelt from southern Germany.

The phrase "a home for the meaningful ordering of life in old age" is not only a beautiful one, but it also presents a great challenge: to find meaning – and also hope. Armgard and Petra will introduce the current state of elder living and the cultural challenge it presents to our community. They will describe an assisted living community which they founded several years ago near Bodensee , Germany , for elder- and hospice-care using an innovative and successful financial model. This lecture is open to the public. Donations are welcome.


Workshop: 8:30 am – 5 pm, Saturday, July 11th
Guided by a panel of experts from elder care communities in the United States and Europe , we will explore the difficult questions that aging poses to our communities.
  • How can we keep our independence and self-determination as we become older or need support in our daily lives?
  • What do we seek to accomplish during this later phase of the life cycle?
  • What amenities would be useful in the later stages of life?
  • What financial models would best support the desired community?

The panel will also present a variety of options to address these questions, Senior Cohousing among them.

Armgard Brunotte is currently working as a nurse in palliative care in Germany . Petra Wandelt is a consultant in organizational development and works with housing projects for the elderly. Armgard and Petra are co-founders of Wohnstaette Haus Rengold, an assisted living home for the elderly in southern Germany .

The registration fee of $55 (if paid by July 3rd / $65 thereafter) includes refreshments, lunch, and dinner at the close of the workshop. (Scholarships available.)


Both events are being held at at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills – Rose Hall, 1601 Pughtown Rd , Kimberton , PA

Contact Margo Ketchum at mketchum@verizon.net or 610-608-9281 for more information.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

New Restaurant Opens in old Tyler James/Jesters

Word on the street (thanks Laura) is that the former Tyler James/Jesters location is now 'Bistro on Bridge'. The food is described as a mixture of Mediterranean and Italian although it reportedly leans more towards pub fare. Laura also tells me that the nightclub on the second floor will reopen on Friday night as Club 212.

If anyone has stopped in, please let us know what you think.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Summer Street Music Festival Kicks Off This Weekend

The Summer Street Music Festival kicks off on Friday night along with the rest of the First Friday festivities. This year, the music festival will not only bring live music to the downtown area on Friday nights but also on Saturday afternoons. As in past years, music will start at 6pm on Friday nights with the main act taking the stage at 7:30. On Saturday's, the music will start at 2pm.

For a list of performers, visit mainstreetphoenixville.org.

Monday, June 01, 2009

Iron Town Productions and Molly Maguires present the 2nd Annual Blob Ball

Steel City Coffee House will once again be presenting a Blob Ball, held immediately following the running out reenactment at the Colonial Theatre. The ball is on July 10th and starts at 9pm.

Join us at Molly Maguires for the 2nd Annual Blob Ball, featuring the Rivers Rockabilly Trio. This event is the kick off party to the popular BlobFest Weekend at the Colonial Theatre. Dress up in your 50's best, join the running out reenactment at the Colonial Theatre and then run on over to Molly Maguires 3rd floor for an unforgetable 50's style party. Prizes will be awarded for best 50's outfit (male and female), best scary movie costume, best celebrity impersonator, and best dancers. Molly's will provide a thematic menu of delicious drinks. So put on your poodle skirts and saddle shoes (ladies) and get out your bowling shirt and penny loafers (gentleman)and celebrate all things 1950's with us.

Tickets are available online at Steel City Coffee House, or in person at Steel City Coffee House.

Steel City Coffee House reveals First Friday's $5 Special!

Steel City Coffee House announces that every First Friday (except June 12th) they will be offering $5 sandwiches from 5 PM- 9 PM. Any sandwich offered on the menu (ranging from $6.25-$8.95) will be only $5 during that time. Steel City also offers a childrens menu ranging from $2.99-$4.99.

In addition, they will be offering a free concert on Friday, June 19th, featuring Ursa Major at 9:00 PM. Bring your family and enjoy a night out without damaging your wallet.

Station Bistro Hosting Another Authentic Crawfish Boil

The BAYOU and the BBQ II
Kimberton’s Station Bistro Stages Another Authentic Crawfish Boil on June 14, 2009
Craig and Nancy Miller know a good thing when they see it. 450 pounds of crawfish and scores of happy customers later, May 17th's Crawfish Boil at The Station Bistro was a lot of fun and a spicy success. So, while good crawfish are still available in season, the Millers are doing it again! Cajun in Kimberton!

This time around, diners will have a choice of getting All-You-Can-Eat crawfish, savory jambalaya, cool, creamy coleslaw and a beverage for $33.95; OR a full helping of the Station Bistro's famous, smoked-on-site baby-back ribs, french fries, coleslaw, and a beverage for $27.95. There will be some Victory and Yuengling beers for tasting, but since the Station Bistro is a BYOB, Craig Miller suggests diners also bring a few good beers to pair with his down-home Cajun feast; ones that definitely can stand up to the bold flavors you'll taste.”

Miller and wife Nancy have been doing crawfish boils in their backyard for years, sharing their passion for Louisiana cooking with family and friends. When the Millers had the opportunity to work in New Orleans, they found themselves exploring every aspect of New Orleans cuisine and eating where the locals ate. “We loved the jambalaya and red beans and rice at Masparo's,” says Miller, “the etoufee at Copeland's and Emeril Legasse's gumbo when he was the chef at Commander's Palace. And when I make those dishes, I'm staying true to their great recipes. But most of all Nancy and I really got into crawfish. We could easily down five pounds of crawfish each with some good beers at a local bar.”

And now both serious and casual Cajun food lovers will have one more chance to get down „n dirty with some mudbugs on June 14.

“We have the crawfish flown in fresh from Louisiana that day,” Nancy Miller points out, “and we use an authentic seasoning blend to flavor the boil. It's the real deal.”

The Station Bistro’s 2nd Annual Crawfish Boil II starts at 12:00pm on Sunday June 14, 2009.

The cost is $ 33.95 for the All-You-Can-Eat Crawfish OR $27.95 for the BBQ Rib Dinner.

RSVP's requested to help with ordering, can be made at (610)933-1147 or via the restaurant's e-mail link at www.stationbistro.com.

EXCELLENT STORY, PHOTO, VIDEO AND COOKING SEGMENT OPPORTUNITIES. For additional information and to schedule an interview, visit or photo shoot, contact Nancy Miller at (610)933-1147.

New Session of Tai Chi in Reeves Park

Activate Phoenixville Area is once again offering 'Pay-as-you-go' tai chi classes at Reeves Clark. Classes are $5 per person per class and are presented by White Eagle Martial Arts.

THREE sessions to choose from:

Saturdays (May 23 - July 25) 9:00-10:00 AM - Beginner
or 10:00-11:00am - Intermediate

or Wednesdays 6:00-7:00pm (May 20 - July 22)

* new students will be accepted through the third class


Location: Reeves Park - 2nd Ave. side between the baseball field & the bandshell. Be sure to wear comfortable clothes.

Rain location:St. John's UCC - 315 Gay Street