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Steel City Coffee House Is Celebrating Its 8th Anniversary With An Open House

On Friday, November 6, 2009 from 6-9 pm, Steel City Coffee House will be celebrating its 8th Anniversary.
Steel City Coffee House Hosts Open House
Cornerstone business celebrates 8th Anniversary

Steel City Coffee House will celebrate its 8th Anniversary on Friday, November 6, 2009 from 6-9 pm with an open house. The open house will feature free music provided by local artists and special deals on food, beverages, and holiday gift cards. To encourage people to come out to this event they are giving away a free “perfect pot” of coffee to the first 50 people who arrive at 6:00 pm.

Founded in 2002, the coffeehouse has been credited with being a major part in the revitalization of Phoenixville. In the last eight years Steel City Coffee House has developed into one of the best loved small music venues in the Philadelphia region, on par with the likes of the Tin Angel and The Point (no longer in business). While supporting local artists and bands, Steel City has found a niche in presenti…

Route 252 Bridge Over Turnpike Reopens

PennDOT is on a roll, after opening the Gay Street Bridge some five months ahead of schedule, they followed up by reopening the bridge on Valley Forge Rd. that crosses over the turnpike.

From 422improvements.com:
KING OF PRUSSIA, PA. (OCT. 26, 2009) — The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced the opening of the newly reconstructed Valley Forge Road Bridge (Route 252) today – weeks ahead of schedule.

The bridge crosses the Turnpike at milepost 324.3, 1.6 miles west of the Valley Forge Interchange (Exit #326). Allan A. Myers, a Company of American Infrastructure, was awarded the $4.8 million contract to rebuild the bridge in January with the anticipated opening in mid-November.

The new bridge features a stone architectural treatment and includes two 12-foot travel lanes and 8-foot shoulders. It will accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists who use the bridge to access Valley Forge National Park. The area adjacent to the bridge has been landscaped with two rain gardens.

The Valley Forg…

Majolica Adds Additional Demo Days

In early September, Majolica's Chef Andrew Deery began hosting demo days in which he shares his knowledge, techniques and favorite recipes. Due to success of the first two demos, he has added additional dates for the remaining classes. New dates are listed below:

11/24/09: FISH

12/22/09: SAUCES

01/19/10: HORS D'OEUVRES

02/23/10: CHICKEN

03/23/10: FRESH PASTA

For more information or to sign up, visit the Majolica website.

PACS Hosting Empty Bowls Dinner Event on Friday, November 13th

As part of its Holidays from Hunger program, Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) will hold an Empty Bowls Dinner Event at Artisans Gallery & Café 236 Bridge Street, Phoenixville, on Friday, November 13, 2009, from 5 to 8 pm.

Begun in Michigan in 1990 by a group of students who were looking for a project to help support a food drive in their community, The Empty Bowls Project has spread throughout the world including our Phoenixville Community.

This year, local artists and students, (including some from Phoenixville High School, many other schools, and day camps) are creating the ceramic bowls. This project is also being supported by donations from many Phoenixville merchants, restaurants and community volunteers.

You can help eliminate hunger in the greater Phoenixville community by purchasing a ticket for $20. Come to Artisans Cafe on November 13th and start by selecting a handcrafted bowl.

Then, hop into the soup line for a simple meal of soup and bread. You keep the…

Phoenixville Weight Loss Challenge Starts October 26th

Phoenixville Weight Loss Challenge Starting October 26th!

Who: Anyone interested in losing weight, having a fun competition and possibly being the Biggest LOSER?

Why: I just paid out over $273 this week to the four winners of the last Weight Loss Challenge. Everyone who finished the class LOST WEIGHT!!!!!!

When: Challenge Starts MONDAY October 26th: 7PM. Meets once a week and ends December 14th.

Where: Stone Education Center 400 Franklin Ave. Phoenixville, 19460

Call Heather Craig: 610-283-9368 to pre-register, space is filling up.

I want to help more people lose weight and get healthy!

New Postcard Book Brings Phoenixville History to Life

Local Phoenixville author Vincent Martino Jr. has a new book coming out on October 26th. Around Phoenixville (no relation to this blog) is the latest in the popular Postcard History series from Arcadia Publishing, featuring over 200 vintage postcards from Phoenixville's past.
Around Phoenixville depicts the people, places and events that have shaped the community’s rich history and heritage, with images of such landmarks as the Phoenix Hotel, the West End Fire Company, and the construction of the Gay Street Bridge.

It is the author’s hope “that this book will enlighten future generations, while fostering a fond remembrance for the past in people of all ages.”

Highlights of Around Phoenixville:
Includes the Phoenix Iron Company, the silk mill and the Byrne Knitting MillFeatures the small town of Phoenixville’s multifaceted industrious pastExplains the steady growth of Phoenixville through an influx of European immigrants drawn to the area by the promise of workShows many cultural in…

Philadelphia Premium Outlets Hosting Halloween Event 10/30/09

On Friday, October 30th from 4-7pm, Philadelphia Premium Outlets is hosting a Halloween party:
Children of all ages are invited to Trick-or-Treat at Philadelphia Premium Outlets; participating stores will provide candy and treats, while supplies last. Costume Contest will be held near the Food Court at 6:30pm, and live entertainment will be provided compliments of the Kimmel Center's Broadway performers. Winners will be eligible for stores prizes as well as Family Four Packs of tickets to Kimmel Center’s productions including Wicked.

Halloween Parade Being Held Tomorrow Night

On Tuesday, October 20th, the annual Phoenixville Halloween Parade will once again make its way through downtown. The parade starts at 7pm at Borough Hall, winding its way through Church, Main and Bridge Streets, coming to an end at the Family Dollar. See the parade route here.

Local Business Spotlight: Franklin Commons

Franklin Commons , on the north side of town, is a very un-common place! We are an education center from Pre-School to Grad School , we have after school programs, WIFI throughout the building and a great meeting place for all types of events from business to family... we can hold over 1000 guests!

In additition to the education offerings, Franklin Commons is also home to Franklin Bistro which is open to the public 7-7 Mon-Thurs and 7-2:30 on Friday. Food by Cornucopia is homemade, healthy and priced just right!!

Franklin Commons wants to be the place you think of to start or end your local parades!

For more information, contact Teri Eide at 610-983-4632 ext. 346 or by email at teide@franklincommons.net.

Franklin Commons is located at 400 Franklin Ave. and can be found on the web at www.franklincommons.net.

New Parents' Night Out Service from Phoenix Karate

Parents' Night Out - In-Town Babysitting at Phoenix Karate on Saturdays

Phoenixville, PA, October 16, 2009 - Remember when Saturday night was your big night out? Well you can bring it back -- even if you do have kids -- with Phoenix Karate's new Parents' Night Out.

Every Saturday, Phoenix Karate's Master Neil Phelan will open up his dojo to children (ages 3 and up). Parents can book their kids in for a night of games, movies and fun, while the grown-ups have their night out.

"I just want people to be able to come down to Phoenixville and eat in our restaurants and enjoy our town on a Saturday night without having to worry about their kids," says Neil.

"We'll definitely be using this service," said Julie Duffy, mother of two children who take classes at Phoenix Karate. "Neil's great with kids. They'll probably have more fun than we will!"

About Phoenix Karate's Parents' Night Out

Where: Master Phelan's Phoenix Kara…

Phoenixville Democratic Committee Fundraiser on October 24th

On Saturday, October 24th, the Phoenixville Democratic Committee is hosting a beef and beer fundraiser. The event is being held from 7-11pm at the Phoenixville VFW, 200 Starr Street. The fundraiser will give residents a chance to meet the Democratic candidates up for election this November. Ticket prices are $30 and can be purchased at the door.

For more information, contact Marifran Manzo-Ritchie at 484-680-1213 or by email at mmanzo@phoenixvilledems.org.

Guitarist John Lilley live in Phoenixville, PA on Nov. 14

On Saturday, November 14th, local guitarist John Lilley will be performing two shows at Steel City Coffee House. Showtimes are at 7pm and 10pm and tickets are $15 in advance or $18 on the day of show.

About John Lilley
John Lilley, one of the Philadelphia area’s most popular and well-known guitarists, will release a CD of his own music, Lucky Kinda Guy (www.johnlilley.com), on October 6, 2009. For the first time in his career, Lilley is stepping up to the mic as front man and band leader.

Best known as guitarist for The Hooters, Lilley has been performing with them throughout Europe this summer, playing for festival crowds topping 100,000. Back on his home turf, he’s looking forward to sharing his purely homegrown music with an intimate audience.

Lucky Kinda Guy was primarily recorded and produced in Lilley’s West Chester studio over the past three years in between the Hooters’ international touring commitments. “I’d barely get unpacked from the road before I’d fire up the studio and …

Pfizer To Keep Wyeth's Collegeville Plant Open

KYW 1060 indicates that despite the merger, Pfizer plans to keep the former Wyeth plant in Collegeville open, saving thousands of jobs in the process.
As the merger was completed on Wednesday, some layoffs were still possible due to consolidation -- but not the 4,000 that would have come if Pfizer had decided to close the Upper Providence plant and relocate operations elsewhere
Read the full article here.

Local Business Spotlight: Eternal Image Tattoo

Eternal Image Tattoo, Phoenixville's only Tattoo shop is under new ownership. Now family owned and operated, we strive to provide our customers with not only a wonderful piece of art, but also a fun and interesting experience. Come check out our new renovations, customers will enjoy our 2 private tattoo rooms and piercing room, 3 additional open tattoo stations, our store front and jewelry displays. We have thousands of tattoos to choose from and we can custom design anything you can dream up.

Ryan, Scott and Lou Grondin are the new owners of Eternal Image and are working hard to change the stereotypical reputations that most tattoo shops have by providing a fun safe environment for people of all legal ages and establishing friendships with the many customers who return to Eternal Image for quality work time after time. We're proud to be a new local business in a growing Phoenixville.

Eternal Image Tatoo is located at 427 Schuylkill Rd, Phoenixville. For more information, gi…

Get SCARED! at the Phoenixville Public Library

Strange lights in the Friends’ of the Library book room. Reports of disembodied footsteps in the attic. A ghostly little girl who runs back and forth, playfully, through the sensor beam in the Children’s Library...

Are these tales fact or fiction? You be the judge.

Join the cast and crew of SCARED! as they take you on a virtual tour of the Phoenixville Public Library after dark when ghosts are said to roam. Following a 46-minute screening of the show, the floor will be open to questions about all things paranormal and then – the grand finale.

Team up with the crew of SCARED! as they guide you through your own paranormal investigation of the library! Take notes, use some of their ghost hunting equipment and compare your findings with the experts.

Don’t miss the incredible opportunity to work alongside the pros in the world of ghost hunting! SCARED! at the Phoenixville Library begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 24. Seating is limited for this one-time event so purchase your ticket…

Phoenixville's 2nd annual Bark For Life To Be Held on October 24, 2009

Phoenixville's 2nd annual Bark For Life will be held on October 24, 2009 in Reeves Park. Registration begins at 12pm, blessing of the animals at 1pm and the walk begins around 1:15pm. There will also be a Doggie Halloween Costume Contest at 2pm!

All money raised will go to the American Cancer Society. Contact Shelley at 610-420-1608 for information or registration forms!

Also, on October 12 from 4-9pm at Petrucci's Ice Cream-Water Ice, there will be a Kick-Off Celebration:

For those of you that haven’t heard, we are trying some new things this year to keep everyone’s interest. Our Kick-Off Celebration is coming up very shortly. It will be held on Monday, October 12, on -the “Pink Patio” at Petrucci’s Ice Cream-Water Ice from 4:00-9:00 p.m. You can register your team for the Relay, sign up for the Bark For Life, purchase Luminaria, or just come out to get ice cream. Mr. and Mrs. Colarusso are donating 50% of the sales from the evening back to this year’s Relay, so come out…

Forge Theatre To Present "1776" Beginning Next Month

Forge Theatre in Phoenixville is proud to present “1776,” the award-winning musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. This Broadway hit is a light-hearted look at our founding fathers as they grapple with independence from Britain. Book by Peter Stone; music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards, produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International. Performances are Nov. 6, 7, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21, and Dec. 3, 4, 5 at 8pm; a matinee is Nov. 15 at 2pm. Reservations: 610-935-1920. Visit Forge online at www.forgetheatre.org.

Upcoming Runs/Walks in Phoenixville

Need an excuse to run? Local groups will be offering you two chances to do so over the next two months, and you can help some great causes in the process.

23rd Annual Citizen Advocacy Phoenixville Fun Run - Saturday, October 24
The annual 5k, 10k run and 1 mile Fun Run returns to Reeves Park. The Fun Run starts at 8am with the 5 and 10k runs beginning at 8:30. For more information, visit www.phoenixvillerun.com

Phoenixville Jaycees 1st Annual 'Burn off the Bird' 5k Run & 1 mile Fun Walk - Saturday, November 28
Always feel guilty about how much you eat on Thanksgiving? This is the run for you. The race, which will be held at the Civic Center, starts at 9am and a portion of all proceeds will be dedicated to the revitalization of Reeve's Park. In addition to the race, there will also be a vendor fair which begins at 8am. For more information, visit www.phoenixvillejaycees.org.

Wolfgang Books Hosting Two Book Signings On October 17th

On Saturday, October 17th, Wolfgang Books will be hosting two book signing by local authors.

Terminal Mind author David Walton - 3pm
Local author and Philip K. Dick Award-Winning author David Walton will be on hand to discuss and sign copies of Terminal Mind.

Ghosthunting Pennsylvania author Rosemary Ellen Guiley - 7pm
Rosemary Ellen Guiley, Ph.D. is an expert on paranormal, visionary, and spiritual topics. She has written over 30 books on a wide range of subjects, from angels to zombies and everything in between. We are happy to welcome her to discuss and sign copies of her recently released Ghosthunting Pennsylvania.

For more information, including additional upcoming events, please visit the Wolfgang Books website.

Relay For Life of Phoenixville Kickoff Celebration Being Held Monday, October 12

The Relay For Life of Phoenixville Kickoff Celebration will be held from 4-9pm on Monday, October 12th.
"Relay For Life of Phoenixville Kickoff Celebration!"
PHOENIXVILLE -- Philadelphia changes the lights on Liberty 1 and Liberty 2 to honor those fighting it. NFL players wear pink cleats and gloves to support those enduring it. Everybody has had some kind of contact with it and it can affect anyone.

It is cancer, and Phoenixville is fighting the battle to cure it.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so when you think pink… THINK PINK! Join us on the Pink Patio at Petrucci’s Ice Cream and Water Ice, Nutt Road in Phoenixville, as we kick off Relay For Life of Phoenixville on Monday, October 12, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Enjoy music of Lew Seeders and stock up on your favorite treats before Petrucci’s closes for the season. No coupons are necessary! Petrucci’s owners John and Mary Colarusso will donate 50% of the sales during Kickoff to Relay!

Plus, register your team, register a…

Phoenixville Public Library Hosting "The Enduring Poe: The Genius and the Woe"

On Monday, October 26th, beginning at 7pm, Phoenixville Public Library will host Peter Krok, Humanities Director of the Manayunk Art Center in Philadelphia, and his presentation “The Enduring Poe: The Genius and the Woe”.
Edgar Allan Poe is one of America’s greatest, most innovative, and most versatile writers, and in some ways one of the first modern writers. Poe’s themes of death, decay, terror and loss are eternal, and that is why his stories -- and his life -- have captivated the imagination of generations. Poe’s life was full of sadness. He seemed to remain the orphan that he was. The three most important women of his life – his mother, his foster mother, and his wife -- all died of tuberculosis. He struggled to make a living, and when he found the right job, he couldn't keep it. Join us for Peter Krok’s presentation as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Poe’s birth.
This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Phoenixville Public Library, and is free and open to the …

More Details On Opening Of Gay Street Bridge

Its been confirmed that the Gay St. Bridge will reopen on Friday, October 16th. From an email I received:
We’ve confirmed with PennDOT that the opening of the Gay Street Bridge will be at 11:00 on Friday, October 16. PennDOT is in the process of sending invitations to all of the elected officials at all levels. It is my understanding that Les Toaso who is the District Executive for District 6 will be the MC for the ceremonies.

We are working with PennDOT to pull all of the logistics together. At this time we are planning to have the ribbon cutting at the center of the bridge. We are looking to have dignitaries and guests to gather at both ends of the bridge. At the designated time the procession will come from both ends and meet in the middle for the ceremonies and ribbon cutting.

We are working on everything from entertainment to classic cars. The biggest thing is getting the word out so that we have as large an audience as possible. As we get more information we will cont…

Sexual Liberation and Sexual Repression: A Sexual Ethics Conversation

On Thursday, October 15th, the Trappe Tavern is hosting "Sexual Liberation and Sexual Repression: A Sexual Ethics Conversation" as a part of their Tavern Talks series:
Join us as we welcome Rev. Dr. Beverly Dale. Christian Association of UPenn

"Sexual Liberation and Sexual Repression: A Sexual Ethics Conversation" Featuring Ms. Virginia, a female character from "An Irreverent Journey from Eggbeaters to Vibrators" Discontented with her safe and familiar husband and lack of sexual experience, Ms. Virginia sets out on the road to sexual discovery. Will she find sexual liberation? Is it ethical? You decide.

Find out more about Rev Dr Beverly Dale at her webpage http://passionworks.upennca.org/pw_home/

This Event is sponsored by St. Luke’s Trappe United Church of Christ, Ursinus College, and the PA SE Conference, United Church of Christ.
The event is free and begins at 7pm. The Trappe Tavern is located at
416 Main Street, Trappe, PA.

The Little Farm Players Proudly Present Godspell

Local community theatre company, the Little Farm Players, will be presenting Godspell next weekend at St. Matthews United Methodist Church in Valley Forge. About the show:
GODSPELL is a jubilant celebration of the Gospel as told by St. Matthew, using a variety of fun theatrical traditions: vaudeville, pantomime, soft shoe, clowning, and magic to tell well known stories and parables of the Bible. One of the biggest off-Broadway and Broadway successes of all time, Godspell features a sparkling, seminal score by Stephen Schwartz, and boasts a string of recognizable songs, led by the international hit, "Day By Day."

As the cast of actor-clowns makes it way through "Prepare Ye The Way Of The Lord," "Save The People," "Learn Your Lessons Well," "Bless The Lord, "All For The Best," "All Good Gifts," "Turn Back, O Man" and "By My Side," audience members get to see the parables of Jesus Christ come humanly an…