What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Friday, July 31, 2009

Chester County Mid-Summer Restaurant Week Being Held August 2-9

For those of you looking for an excuse to treat yourselves to dinner at some of the nicer restaurants in Chester County without needing to break the bank, next week is your chance. The Chester County Mid-Summer Restaurant Week takes place from Sunday, August 2nd through Sunday, August 9th. From the website:

Restaurant Week is here! This is your chance to discover new restaurants and enjoy all your favorites at a special flat price with special 3-course dinner menus for $30.09 at the BEST Chester County restaurants. What's more, when you order from any participating restaurant's special "Restaurant Week" menu you will also receive a FREE
$10 Restaurant Gift Certificate that's valid at ANY participating restaurant for an entire month after the event!
...
There are no tickets or passes required for Restaurant Week. Simply show up and dine at as many restaurants as you like all week long. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling the restaurants directly. Special $30.09 menu includes 3 courses at each restaurant. Tax, gratuity, and drinks are not included.


For more information, including the list of participating restaurants, see the Restaurant Week website.

The Station Bistro has also sent me their menu for the week.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Pickering Creek Inn for sale

Happened upon a listing for the Pickering Creek Inn building which is apparently up for sale. Asking price is $1.7M.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Celebrate the Opening of Disney's G Force @ REG/UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 & IMAX

From Regal Entertainment Group Promotions Coordinator Cameron Gray:

To celebrate the release of G-Force in Disney Digital 3D on July 24th, the REG/UA King of Prussia Stadium 16 & IMAX is holding activities for families all weekend long! Be sure to sign up for or show your Regal Crown Club Card for a chance to win a Melting Pot gift certificate! While enjoying a variety of fun games, check out cool information and meet some new furry friends courtesy of Paws 2 Learn on Sunday, 7/26! We are also collecting supplies, such as aspen bedding, small animal food, & small animal cages to aid Paws 2 Learn in their rescue efforts. Call 610-337-0282 for showtimes or more information. Visit us at 300 Goddard Blvd. King of Prussia, PA 19406!

Disney's G-Force Official Site

2009 MyFOXPhilly Hot List Awards

Fox 29 is once again holding a MyFoxPhilly's Hot List Award contest in which you can vote on your favorite businesses in the Delaware Valley. Phoenixville is once again well represented, with numerous businesses being nominated. They are, with the category they are nominated for in italics (click on the name to be taken to the voting page):


Steel City Coffee House
Best Coffee Shop
Hipster Home
Best Housewares
The Colonial Theatre
Best Indie Theater
Molly Maguires
Best Irish Pub
Wolfgang Books
Best Bookstore
Black Lab Bistro
Best New American
Columbia Bar and Grille
Best Romantic Restaurant
Sly Fox Brewery
Best Brewpub
Majolica
Best New American
Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant
Best Brewpub
Great Valley Adventure Boot Camp
Best Gym
ocean earth wind fire
Best Yoga Studio
Forge Theatre
Best Theatre Group
Robert Ryan Catering
Best Caterers
Eliza's Bakery
Best Cakes
The Kimberton Inn
Best Romantic Restaurant
Griffin's Gallery
Best Art Gallery
Salon Fiber
Best Hair Salon
Earth Mart
Best Housewares
One 2 One Productions
Best DJ
Inspiration to Movement, Inc.
Best Pilates Studio

Voting will remain open until September 11th so take a moment to vote for your favorite Phoenixville businesses!

RIP John Messina

Former Council president John Messina passed away last night. It was reported on Watching Phoenixville last week that he had been hospitalized. No word on the cause of death.

My condolences to the Messina family.

Introducing Yard Sales

I have had some requests over the past year or so to post yard sales here. While I didn't think it would be a good fit for this site, I have decided to start a new page on Bridge and Main where people can promote their yard sales. Visit the site here, it can also be found in The Area section above.

If you want to promote a yard sale, please email me with the following information: Date, time (from-to), address and details. In the next couple of days I will have a form up on that page so that you can fill it out yourself but for now email is the way to go.

Thanks.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Phoenixville nominated to be a classic

From last week's Pottstown Mercury:

Borough Manager E. Gene Krack told Borough Council Tuesday that Phoenixville is a classic.

Well, maybe not quite yet, but at least it's on the short list.

Krack informed the council that the borough has been nominated to be a part of the Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia Program. Krack said Phoenixville would become one of 30 Classic Towns in the program.

"I think this is a big deal," Krack said. "It is limited to 30 towns a year, and we are within the top 20. The county commissioners and those who nominated us believe we are a classic town. I think we raised the bar with what's going on here with entertainment, restaurants and events. We are a nice, walkable community."

The program, developed by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, provides individual municipalities and neighborhoods as great places to live, work and play, with the tools they need to launch their own marketing campaigns. The program also helps create a marketing strategy to promote positive images of the region's classic communities and neighborhoods.

One of the criteria for becoming a Classic Town is that it has to be a walkable community, with rich history and a unique identity, with political or business leadership working to strengthen that identity.

Other Classic Towns in the surrounding area include Ambler, Bristol, Lansdowne, Media, West Chester and Manayunk.

Phoenixville will be featured along with those other towns on the Classic Towns Web site with links and information provided to the community.


Read the full article here.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Forge Theatre Presenting Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

The Forge Theatre Summer Youth Drama Program is proud to present:

CHARLIE AND THE GREAT GLASS ELEVATOR

Roald Dahl’s Fantasy Adventure for Children -- the Sequel to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Performances will be at Forge Theater, 241-243 First Avenue, Phoenixville, PA. All tickets are $8.00. For information and reservations, call 610-935-1920.

Performance dates and times:

Thurs July 30 -- 7 pm
Fri July 31 -- 7 pm
Sat. August 1 – two performances: 2pm and 7 pm
Sun August 2 -- 2pm

Monday, July 20, 2009

Progressive Dinner to Feature Four Local Businesses

On Thursday, September 17, 2009, the Phoenixville Area Business Association (PABA) will host a Progressive Dinner featuring four local businesses.

The Phoenixville Area Business Association (PABA) just recently opened ticket sales for their newest Progressive Dinner featuring four PABA member establishments all in easy walking distance in downtown Phoenixville. The dinner, scheduled for Thursday September 17, 2009 will include a four course menu starting with the aperitif at The Fenix (Phoenixville’s first and only upscale martini bar), followed by the appetizer course at the all new Bistro on Bridge (212 Bridge Street). The entrée will be served at the newly reopened Baxter’s @ 101 (formerly 101 Bridge) and will be served with a complimentary glass of wine. The final course will include an assortment of desserts at Artisan’s Gallery & Café.

The event is the third such dining event organized by PABA, with the last being a very successful Historic Inns of Phoenixville Dinner and Tour featuring the Pickering Creek Inn and Columbia Bar & Grille on May 12, 2009. “Our goal is to host one restaurant type event in Phoenixville per quarter,” reported Jane Tucker, current president of the association, “The events have been well-received and we are looking to sell out this event.” The events are designed to promote local businesses and the Phoenixville area as a destination point for both residents and visitors.

Tickets for the event are available for sale on the business association’s website at www.DISCOVERPHOENIXVILLE.com. Tickets can also be purchased in person at Steel City Coffee House or Fashionista’s Salon. Tickets are $49 per person and include all four courses. The ticket price does not include alcoholic drinks (other than the aperitif and one glass of wine with dinner) or gratuities. Non-alcoholic beverages such as coffee, tea, soda, and water are available at all locations at no cost. A menu featuring offerings from each establishment will be available online. Each participant will receive a Discover Phoenixville! Gift Bag containing gift items, coupons and offers from PABA member businesses. Group ticket purchases of 6 or more will be discounted, please contact Jane M. Tucker at 484-686-7792 to purchase group tickets.


For more information, please see DiscoverPhoenixville.com.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Rock and Roll After School Hosting Free Concert, Battle of the Bands

Rock & Roll After School, which recently opened in Franklin Commons, is hosting three events over the next two weeks. The first is their ribbon cutting ceremony, which will be held from 5-7:30pm on Thursday, the 23rd. Then, on Friday the 24th, they will be hosting a FREE concert featuring IKE & Jealousy Curve. The concert, which is being sponsored by WMMR-FM, starts at 7pm. Finally, of Friday, July 31, they will be hosting Round 1 of their Teen Battle of the Bands.

For more information, please call 610-983-4650 or visit rockandrollafterschool.com.

About Rock & Roll After School
A new brand of music school where students, ages 8 - 18 learn the values of hard work and teamwork while having fun building their own rock band. Unlike traditional music lessons, Rock & Roll After School is formatted more as a club where students come to socialize and practice with other students in addition to their own lessons and performances.

Students receive weekly 45 minute private music lessons on the rock instrument of the their choice. Instruction is offered in guitar, bass, keyboards, drums, DJing and voice. Students are also taught overall musicianship and music theory including songwriting and performance workshops.

Students can also perform in concerts scheduled throughout the year. Performances include a range of well known rock standards as well as current popular music selected by the students. Original works created by Rock & Roll After School students are featured in each performance.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

August Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library

The next Movie Night at Phoenixville Library is Thursday, August 13 at 7:00 PM. “The United States of Leland” (2003, rated R, running time 108 min.) will be shown. After 15-year-old Leland (Ryan Gosling) commits a chilling crime, he is sent to juvenile hall where he meets Pearl (Don Cheadle), a teacher and aspiring writer who dreams of making Leland's story into a book. As Pearl digs deeper into Leland's life and the people caught up in it, he uncovers Leland's disturbing motive. The tables soon turn when the enigmatic teen forces Pearl to examine his own morally questionable behavior.

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.

Phoenixville Jaycees Hosting Beef and Beer August 8

From the Phoenixville Jaycees blog:

Up next on our agenda is a beef and beer fundraiser at the Polish Club in Phoenixville on Saturday, Aug. 8 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature live music from The Tragics, a local rock band comprised of bass guitarist and singer Chris Bailey, guitar player and singer Adam Karros, drummer Ant Arra and keyboardist and saxophone player Mike Hoffman.

I've been listening to these guys for a while and even coached one when he played ice hockey in high school (you know who you are!). Needless to say these guys are awesome and we really appreciate them coming out to do this for us.

In addition to The Tragics, there will be 50/50s and raffles for prizes such as tickets to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Jaycees, who will in turn find some way to put that money back into the community.

Tickets for the event are $25 and will get you roast beef (obviously), side salads, beer, desserts, soda and water. Tickets are available at Wolfgang Books, 237 Bridge Street, 2nd Floor and Foresta's Market or by contacting the Jaycess at phoenixvillejaycees@gmail.com.

Hope to see you there!!!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Yoga at Mill Grove

From the people over at Mill Grove:

Join us at the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove to wind down your day with Green Yoga in our new Pavilion. Practiced yoga instructors from Phoenixville's Ocean Earth Wind Fire will be leading sessions. Mondays, July 27 to August 31, 2009, from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. Pre-registration required by July 22. Contact Sue, starzwell@audubon.org, 610-666-5593 x101 to register. Cost: $90 ($15/session). Address is 1201 Pawlings Road, Audubon, PA.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Help a fellow Phoenixvillian raise money for a good cause

Phoenixville resident Neil Sproul is participating in the first ever Brita Climate Ride in late September and is asking for donations. About the ride:

Brita Climate Ride 2009 is the first multi-day bicycle ride where your pedal strokes help raise money and awareness for meaningful climate change and renewable energy legislation! This transformative event is ideal for anyone who believes that change is possible and that America can take the lead in a green economy.

September 26–30th, 2009, the Climate Riders will pedal 300 miles from New York City to the nation’s Capitol in Washington D.C. in five days, departing from the heart of Manhattan and then meandering along country roads through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. On the fifth day, riders will cycle past the iconic Washington Monument to arrive near the marble steps of the Capitol building. Here we will celebrate the riders’ amazing accomplishment and valuable contribution to the advancement of climate change education and renewable energy policies.


If you are interested in making a donation, please visit Neil's team page at http://my.e2rm.com/TeamPage.aspx?teamID=113200&LangPref=en-US.

2009 BlobFest Schedule of Events

The Blob comes to PhoenixvilleThe 10th Annual BlobFest kicks off tomorrow night and it promises to be bigger and better than ever. Below is the schedule of events with links to more information.

Friday, July 10th


Saturday, July 11th
Sunday July 12th

Molly Maguires Pub to host the 2nd Annual Blob Ball

Another year has come and gone and Phoenixville residents thought they had rid themselves of The Blob, that pesky red bloated ball of goo that sent hundreds of actors running out of the Colonial Theatre back in the 1957 filming of The Blob, starring Steve McQueen (his first leading role- released in 1958). Phoenixville is gearing up for another crazy celebration of The Blob, science fiction, and all things 1950's. The weekend long event will feature the annual "running out" reenactment on Friday night, followed by the Blob Ball, a 1950's themed ball featuring The Rivers Rockabilly Trio, a specialty menu of delightful drinks, and alot of dancing. (see more on Blob Ball below). On Saturday the 200 block of Bridge Street will be shut down for a street fair, including appearances by The Neanderthals, a tin foil hat contest and a scary movie costume contest. Every year this event grows with approximately 6,000 people attending last year.

Iron Town Productions and Molly Maguires Irish Restaurant and Pub in Phoenixville have teamed up to produce the 2nd Annual Blob Ball. Last year, the event was held at Tyler James Pub and was a huge hit, drawing from the crowd that comes to Phoenixville, PA every year to participate in the Colonial Theatre’s BlobFest. The Blob Ball received national coverage by AMC and the Boston Globe last year. Music will be provided by The Rivers Rockabilly Trio, one of the areas hottest Rockabilly bands, featuring the hits of the 1950’s. The night will feature dancing, a thematic menu of drinks, and contests. Prizes will be awarded for Best 50’s Dress (male & female), Best 50’s Celebrity Costume, Best Scary Movie Costume, and Best Dancers. Blob Ball will start right after the “running out” reenactment at the Colonial Theatre (around 9 PM) and will continue until midnight.

This event is the kick-off party for BlobFest weekend. “Last year, Stu Fredericks (The Rivers Rockabilly Trio) and I, started this event because there was a void in the activities after the “running out” reenactment at the Colonial Theatre”, states Jane Tucker of Iron Town Productions. “Since people are already out and dressed in their 50’s best for the “running out”, this gives them a place to go and celebrate all things 1950’s.”

Tickets for the 2nd Annual Blob Ball are $12 in advance and $15 on the date of the event. Space is limited and it is anticipated that this event will sell out in advance of the date. Tickets are available in person at Steel City Coffee House or online at www.steelcitycoffeehouse.com, click on Events.

For more information on Blob Ball, visit http://steelcitycoffee.stores.yahoo.net/stcipr2ndanb.html.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Girls on the Run is in need of volunteer coaches!

Girls on the Run is coming to a school near you and we need Coaches!

  • Girls on the Run is a 12 week character building fitness program for girls ages 8-11 that uses the power of running to help prepare them for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The program focuses on building self-esteem and improving emotional and physical health. Along the way, the girls train together to run or walk in a 5K! The program meets immediately after school, two times per week.
  • Coaches do not have to be elite runners. They just have to be women over the age of 18 who maintain a healthy lifestyle and are committed to improving the lives of girls!
  • Coaches must attend one 6-hour GOTR training session and a 2-hour CPR certification if not already certified, both are free of charge.
  • All curriculum and materials are supplied and coaches are provided with a support network and tips along the way.
  • Coaching Girls on the Run is an extremely rewarding experience. It is amazing to see the transformation that occurs in the girls’ self esteem and ability.
  • Schools where coaches are needed for this Fall: Barkley Elementary, East Pikeland Elementary, Schuylkill Elementary, and Holy Family.


If you are interested in volunteering or have questions, please contact Tina Trager at 610-917-9890 ext. 25 or by email at activatepville@pasd.com.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Author & Career Counselor Andrea Grannum-Mosley at Phoenixville Public Library

Phoenixville Public Library presents its next Author Night on Thursday, July 30 at 7:00 PM. Andrea Grannum-Mosley will distill advice from her recently published book, The Pink Slip: Human Resources Secrets for the Displaced Worker. A graduate of CUNY-Brooklyn College, Ms. Grannum-Mosley has a decade of experience as a career counselor and over 15 years experience as a Human Resources Director in the retail and manufacturing industries. Her book covers the most reoccurring or overlooked points of focus for individuals in career transition resulting from downsizing, termination, or career change. She touches upon resume enhancers, cover letters, networking dos and don’ts, key interviewing techniques, and dress code etiquette.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, stop by the Reference Desk at the Library, call 610-933-3013, Ext. 32, or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue in Phoenixville, PA.

Exploring New Forms of Living in Old Age – A Cultural Task for our Community

From the Camphill Village Kimberton Hills email list:

Exploring New Forms of Living in Old Age – A Cultural Task for our Community
A Public Lecture by Armgard Brunotte and Petra Wandelt from Southern Germany
Friday, July 10th at 8 pm
Rose Hall, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, 1601 Pughtown Road, Kimberton, PA
Contributions are welcome at the door.

Friday night’s presentation in Kimberton by Armgard and Petra will start with a proverb pointing to the very essence of this conference and workshop — the notion that aging does not have to be burdensome or dreadful, as viewed by many, but can be pleasant, satisfactory, and rewarding. We can enjoy our lives and feel connected, useful, needed, and happy during the later stages of life. This is a cultural task for our community.

Petra will give an overview of today’s elder situation in Germany with respect to the holistic approach of community living. Armgard will further explain this through story-telling and examples from her daily experience as a nurse in palliative care, and she will lead us to a deeper understanding of our humanity in old age.

What are their experiences from the model community Haus Rengold, which Petra and Armgard developed in Germany? How did it all come together? Why is community living, giving and receiving, the very essence of humanity — why is this of such importance when we grow older?

Petra will provide insights into the spatial structure, as well as practical aspects, financial and social, of Haus Rengold community.

This will set the tone for our work together on Saturday, July 11, 8:30 am to 5 pm, where we will introduce concepts and models for our cultural task and explore solutions. For information on cost and registration for the workshop, please contact Margo Ketchum: mketchum@verizon.net or 610-608-9281.

Thursday, July 02, 2009

2009 July 4th Weekend Schedule

This year's July 4th celebrations will start a day early to coincide with First Friday and the Summer Street Music Festival. The music festival will kick off at 6pm tomorrow night with headliner The Left Edge taking the main stage at 7:30. At around 8pm, the 100 block of Bridge Street will close so that people can position themselves for the fireworks display which is set to start at approximately 9pm 9:45pm (see below).

On Saturday, the music festival, as usual, kicks off at 2pm. At the same time, the first annual Phoenixville Idiotarod will begin.

Rain date for the fireworks in Sunday, July 5th. For the first time in three years, it does not appear rain will be an issue but, as its also First Friday, one never knows.

7/3/09 Update Barry Cassidy just posted the following on Facebook

Fireworks tonight at 9 45 downtown phonexville...music starts at 6...main stage at 7:30 have a really good cover band playing tonight...the left edge...closing down the 100 block of bridge at 8 people can get their chairs set after the street closes. fireworks happen on steel property best place to see is Iron Hill bar window, 3rd floor at Molly's and the back of the Pickering Creek Inn (patio area)

Baxter's to open tonight in former 101 Bridge space

Rumor has it that Baxter's will be opening tonight (7/2) in the old 101 Bridge space. 101 Bridge was run by the owners of the other Baxter's locations and thus I'd imagine the transition will be pretty smooth.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Come check out Joanna1 Jewelry this First Friday, July 3rd

Come check out Joanna1 Jewelry this First Friday, July 3rd, on Bridge Street, starting @ 5:30PM, across from the Main Stage, corner of Bridge & Main. From the Joanna1 website:

Joanna1 is the product of many years of education, hard work & life experience. Building upon an eclectic art-based background in illustration, computer art and art instruction, I have designed and created a unique line of jewelry. My interest in making usable, wearable art led me to explore the use of precious metal clay as a medium.

Working primarily with silver PMC I produced a line of jewelry that is high quality yet casual. My work is inspired by our natural environment as well as human spirituality. In a fast-paced age where so much is mass produced, I want to stress the value in the sanctity of the original. Each piece of jewelry is designed and hand-crafted by me, so no two pieces are identical. I let what I would like to wear dictate my designs. I extend my love for the art-making process to others through my jewelry.

My goal is to get the message out that one must do what they love and love what they do. Inner peace comes from within...but why not start with an inspiring piece of jewelry?