What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

New Year's Eve


Below is a list of things going on around town on New Year's Eve. If you know of something going on in town, please add it to the comments area and I will update the list. Thanks and Happy New Year!
  • Club 212 - New Year's Eve Party from 9-2. General Admission price of $55 includes five hour open bar, champagne toast at Midnight, hors d’ oeuvres and party favors. VIP and dinner packages also available. Click here for more info
  • Majolica - Majolica will be open on the 31st, serving a limited a la carte menu, with special offerings and treats. Service begins at 6:00, and we are accepting reservations on the half hour until 9:30! Click here for more info

Monday, December 28, 2009

Activate Phoenixville Area Offering Free Tai Chi Demo on January 9th

Start the year off right by attending a free Tai Chi demo at the Phoenixville Library on Saturday, January 9th. The demo starts at 10am and is being offered by Activate Phoenixville Area.

As space is limited, it is being asked that you please pre-register by email at activatepville@pasd.com or by phone at 610-917-9890 ext. 25.

Friday, December 11, 2009

A review of 'Around Phoenixville' and a chance to meet the author

A couple of months ago, I mentioned the publishing of a new Postcard Book, Around Phoenixville.  The publisher, Arcadia Publishing, was kind enough to send me a copy for my review and I am very glad they did.  As a relative new comer to Phoenixville, my wife and I moved here a little over four years ago, I found the pictures to be a great way to see into the past of our town.  What I enjoyed most about the book was that it did not just focus on the history of the Phoenix Iron Company but rather gave a glimpse of the entire area, including photos from nearby Charlestown and Mont Clare.  Its pretty amazing how similar our town is today, something that played a large part in my families decision to move here and something that I think a lot of fellow residents take a lot of pride in.  I'd highly recommend Around Phoenixville to anyone who has even a passing interest in the history of our town.

For those of you who are interested, Wolfgang Books is hosting a book signing with the author of Around Phoenixville, Vincent Martino, Jr. on Saturday, December 12th, beginning at 3pm.  Mr Martino will be on hand to discuss and sign copies of his book.

Around Phoenixville, $21.99, Arcadia Publishing. Available at local retailers, online bookstores (link to Amazon on the right) or through Arcardia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or 888-313-2665.

Forge Theatre Presents "The Mystery of Irma Vep"

Lord Edgar takes a new wife after his first wife meets her untimely demise in the jaws of a werewolf. But ... is his first wife really dead? What’s the secret known only to the one-legged butler? And who is Irma Vep anyway? The Mystery of Irma Vep by Charles Ludlam, a deliciously funny tribute to Gothic melodrama, opens January 8 at Forge Theatre in Phoenixville. The script bristles with horror-movie themes and boasts a large cast of quirky characters. But here's the twist: all the characters are played by two actors, who race through a breathtaking stampede of costume changes to bring the story to life. Performances are January 8, 9, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 at 8pm; January 17 at 2pm; at Forge Theater, 241 First Avenue, Phoenixville. Tickets are $12; ages 18 and under, $10. For reservations, call 610-935-1920. For more information, http://forgetheatre.org/.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Schuylkill Canal Association Holiday Luminara Being Held December 12th

Holiday Luminaria

Saturday, December 12th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM, at the Locktender’s House, Lock 60 on the Schuylkill Canal, Mont Clare.

Come see the most spectacular light show of the holiday season, hundreds of luminary candles lining the towpath up to the house.

Enjoy the joyful music played by Meadowlark and visit with Santa Claus between 6:30 & 7:30 PM with your little ones.

Partake in holiday treats and hot cider and join in with SCA and our program sponsors; the Fitzwater Station and PECO Energy, as we toast our friends with best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

The Luminaria is canceled only if there is a steady downpour of rain; a misting drizzle, fog or even a few inches of snow create an even more beautiful atmosphere to the magnificent light display.

Monday, December 07, 2009

Holiday Celebrations with Cheese At Yellow Springs Farm - December 12 and 19

December 5, 12, 19—three Saturdays for you to pick from
10 am to 4 pm each day
Please visit us, and taste our goat milk cheeses.
Cheeses make great gifts—gift certificates for cheeses, and for native plants both for sale, too.

1165 Yellow Springs Road
Chester Springs, PA 19425
610.827.2014
catherine@yellowspringsfarm.com
www.yellowspringsfarm.com

Yellow Springs Farm proudly offers both fresh and aged Artisanal Goat Cheeses. The most important part of our cheeses is the exceptionally good milk our goats produce. We breed and raise Nu­bian goats, with occasional genetic crosses, carefully selected for their naturally nutrient rich milk. Our herd browses pasture, cleans up invasive plant species in the wood­land, and basks in the sun. Our goats also eat local hay, and organic grains.

Al and Catherine Renzi make Yellow Springs Farm cheeses using age-old processes borrowed from both French and Italian traditions. Our original interpreta­tion of these recipes, and inclusion of farm-raised herbs, nuts, and honey make many unique Yellow Springs Farm Goat Cheeses. Each small batch is handmade, and never includes preservatives or anything artificial.

We offer both fresh, pasteurized milk cheeses, and exclusive raw milk cheeses aged 60 days or more. We love to select palette-pleasing trends to pair with local, fresh foods. There is always a new cheese to try. Please ask for tasting and cheese pairing notes so that you can enjoy all the good flavors of Yellow Springs Farm.

Local Business Spotlight: Country Charm Furnishings

Popular Downtown Country Store Announces Change of Ownership
Custom-made furniture and accent pieces for holiday gift-giving

On Sunday November 29th, Country Charm Furnishings in downtown Phoenixville said goodbye to Nancy Munro, founder and co-owner of the unique country furniture and design store located at 28 S. Main Street. Fellow owner, Stephanie Wenitsky, who threw a going away party for her business partner, will be taking over as the sole proprietor. Nancy and Stephanie became partners in May of 2009, after Nancy had been open at the Phoenixville location since October 2008. According to Wenitsky, recent changes in her partner’s life initiated the change in ownership.

Wenitsky and Munro met through Craigslist while Wenitsky was looking for a country-style sofa table. She discovered Nancy’s country furniture business, which was then called Nancy’s Country Furniture. At the same time, Wenitsky had a small home-based business selling country décor. After months of talking, they decided to combine their efforts and chose to remain in the Phoenixville location as Country Charm Furnishings. “I am originally from Philadelphia, and Phoenixville’s history and culture remind me of neighborhoods like Germantown and Manayunk,” states Wenitsky. “I couldn’t think of a better place than Phoenixville to have my store, and I hope to be open here for many years!”

Country Charm Furnishings is not just another home décor or country store. One of the most unique features of the store is that it offers custom-made furniture, including pieces as large as farm tables, hutches, jelly cabinets and coffee tables and as small as clocks, mirrors, shelves and bread boxes. The plethora of charming Victorian homes and quaint townhomes in the Phoenixville area create a demand for quality, hand-made country furniture pieces.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Sixth Annual Firebird Festival to be held Saturday, December 12th

Phoenixville's Sixth Annual Firebird Festival is being held on Saturday, December 12th. The event has become a day long celebration with activities kicking off around town beginning as early as 2:30pm. The actual lighting of the bird will begin at 8pm.

For a complete schedule of events, visit www.firebirdfestival.com/textfiles/schedule.htm.

Rock & Roll After School Hosting Rock & Roll Winter Camp

Rock & Roll After School is offering a Rock & Roll Winter Camp from December 28th thru January 1st. The camp is open to all, no experience necessary. For more information, see their camp page at www.rockandrollafterschool.com/camp.html.

Come check out The Thrifty Discount DJs at Hipster Home on First Friday, Dec. 4

For the 12/4 First Friday, Hipster Home will feature The Thrifty Discount DJs in their display window. It's another hip night of Blanko Dave and The Altoona Kid spinning retro lounge, pop, go-go, soul, psych, garage, country, and easy listening tunes for your shopping pleasure. And it’s 98% thrift store vinyl, feturing hip holiday stuff thrown in the mix this go-round! Music will go from 7:00 PM until whenever. Catch a clip from October here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h__C5-h0nT0.