What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Rapps Dam Road Bridge To Be Closed in January

East Pikeland Township has announced on their website that the covered bridge on Rapps Dam Road will be closed at some point during January for repairs by PennDOT.

The township has just been notified by PennDOT that the reconstruction project for the Rapps Dam Road Covered Bridge will begin in JANUARY. The exact date for road closure has not yet been announced, but detour signs will be posted two weeks in advance.

The project, which includes rebuilding the steel structure and removing and replacing portions of the roof, siding and decking, is not expected to be completed until November, 2011.

The bridge was originally constructed in 1866 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. The project will extend the life of the structure while maintaining its historic significance.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays



Wishing everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

Soroptimists of Phoenixville Hosting Dinner To Support Change Purse

A woman's purse can be a lifesaver. Really.

Local women can shop for new purses and/or donate gently used-purses to help victims of human trafficking at the next Soroptimist Club of Phoenixville dinner meeting, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011 at Franklin Commons, 400 Franklin St.

Club members and guests will learn more about the issue human trafficking, particularly in the Philadelphia region and how Change Purse, a grassroots organization, uses purses to save women and children from modern-day slavery.

“It’s estimated 100,000 to 300,000 children in the United States are at risk for sex trafficking each year,” said Change Purse co-founder Krista Dollman, of Harrisburg.

Change Purse collects and sells donated purses to help rescued sex slavery victims, usually girls under 18 in the United States. Founded by three stay-at-home mothers, Change Purse works to create awareness about domestic human trafficking.
“This is a really important issue to Soroptimists; it really ties into what we do and what we care about,” club president Patti Woodson said. Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.
Women interested in attending this event to learn about the issue, donate/purchase purses or check out the club are invited to come as guests. Cost is $15 and includes dinner: Chicken Primavera with Penne Pasta, tossed salad, rolls & butter, beverages (soda, coffee, water, tea) and dessert.

To RSVP by Dec. 30, contact Sylvia Dana Atkinson at 610-350-6701 or sylviadana@kinson.us. Include your full name and phone number in your message.

For more information on Change Purse, visit their website at changepurse.org. To stay up to date on these and other events, become a fan of the Soroptimists on Facebook.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Forge Theatre opens film noir musical comedy, Adrift in Macao beginning January 7th

Why Are They Waiting?

Everyone who comes to Macao seems to be waiting. What are they waiting for? They don’t really know. And as they wait, strange things begin to happen...

Join the sultry nightclub singers, trench-coated villains and other exotic underworld characters who inhabit the world of Adrift in Macao. A hilarious, irreverant musical comedy set in the steamy, shadowy world of 1950’s film-noir, this witty parody takes you deep into the mysterious tropics where anything can happen -- and usually does.

Forge Theatre in Phoenixville is proud to present Adrift in Macao, a zany, wise-cracking musical comedy written by award-winning playwright, Christopher Durang, with music by Peter Melnick.

Steve Shulz directs. The cast includes Diana Gagliardi, Gary Bullock, Bob Goretski, Leigh Ann Brienza, Russ White, Dru Ullery and Allie Greet.

Performances of Adrift in Macao are January 7, 8, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22 at 8pm and January 16 at 2pm. Closes January 22. Adults $15, Students $12.
Forge Theatre, now in its 49th year, is at 241 First Avenue in Phoenixville. For tickets and information, call 610-935-1920 or visit http://ForgeTheatre.org.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Taxes set to increase 9.9% in 2011

Last night, Borough Council approved the 2011 budget which will see a 9.9% increase in property taxes. Council was split 4-4 on the vote with Mayor Scoda breaking the tie in favor of the budget's approval. In addition to the property tax increase, all Phoenixville residents 18 and older will be subject to an additional $10 per person per capita tax.

Good news in all of this is that the threat by some council members to eliminate two police officers from the force was not acted on. In order to keep these positions, cuts were made elsewhere including the elimination of five Borough paid positions. The annual July 4th fireworks display will also come to an end.

Voting for: Evans, Handwerk, Speck, Reber and Scoda (tiebreaker)
Voting against: Buckwalter, Dugan, Gautreau and Kirkner

The Phoenix has full coverage, including video, of last night's meeting.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Thai L’Elephant Now Open At The Corner Of Bridge And Gay Streets

Thai L’Elephant has opened their new location at 301 Bridge St., the former location of La Crêperie Café Bis. Originally opened in 2007 in the shopping center behind O'Gradys, Thai L'Elephant brings Zagat Rated Thai cuisine to downtown Phoenixville and is a great addition to the already vibrant restaurant scene on Bridge Street. Good luck to them in their new location!

For more information, visit their website at thailelephant.com.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Photos from the Firebird Festival

Reader Michael Heinz sent in some pictures he took of last weekends Firebird Festival.


Visit Michael's blog at heinztrucking.com for the full gallery.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Kiwanis Hosting Cereal With Santa On Saturday

This Saturday, December 18th, join the Phoenixville Kiwanis for Cereal with Santa.

Children and Parents join Santa Clause for cereal and fun and games. Pictures with Santa. Letter writing to Santa. Letters to Soldiers. Face Painting and Coloring Sheets. Special "Friends" of Santa as guests. TICKETS ARE $5- available at National Penn Bank, 702 Main Street in Phoenixville, by calling 610-933-9575 or at the door.

The event is from 8am-12pm and will be held at the Phoenix Hook & Ladder Company No. 1 station, 177 Church Street.

Jim Hanft Playing Steel City This Saturday as Part of Cold As Elf Tour

On Saturday, December 18th, singer/songwriter Jim Hanft will be performing at Steel City Coffee House as part of the Cold As Elf Tour. Recently off of a Scandinavian tour in support of his new album, "Weddings Or Funerals," Jim will be hitting the road with fellow songwriters, Jake Hill (Boston) & Will Knox (NYC). The show is a part of a northeast tour celebrating the holiday's. The complete info for the show is:

COLD AS ELF TOUR
Jim Hanft w/ Samantha Yonack
Jake Hill
Will Knox
Steel City Coffee House
Saturday, Dec. 18th :: 8:30pm
203 Bridge St. Phoenixville, PA
PreSale Tix: https://www.ticketturtle.com/index.php?ticketing=steel

Click here to watch a video of Jim performing live on Swedish National TV.

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Phoenixville Area Middle School Advances to Finals of B101's Christmas Choir Competition

From The Mercury:

PHOENIXVILLE — The Phoenixville Area Middle School sixth grade chorus has moved into the final round of B101's Christmas Choir Competition.

The choir is competing in Division 1 for student musicians in grades K to 6. It is directed by Amy Darby.

The choir recorded a version of "Jingle Bells" that was played for the competition on 101.1 WBEB FM and which will be played during the morning radio show on Thursday starting at 7 a.m.

For the choir to win, listeners must log onto www.B101radio.com and vote for the Phoenixville chorus. Voters must first sign up using a valid e-mail address before voting. One vote is allowed daily for each registered e-mail address.

If the choir wins its division, it will receive $5,000 for the school's music program. The winning choirs from each division will perform with Peter Nero and the Philly Pops on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia.

Tune in tomorrow to hear the choir's entry. To vote for them, click here starting tomorrow.

Monday, December 06, 2010

Upcoming Events at the French Quarter Bistro

The French Quarter Bistro has a number of events on tap this week:

DOCK STREET BREWERY BEER DINNER
THIS THURSDAY December 9th 7-9PM
Join us as our award-winning food is paired with Philadelphia's own DOCK STREET Brewery's delicious beer! Come rub elbows with some of the most adventurous brewers in the region! Please call ahead for tickets. Reservations HIGHLY recommended. (610) 792 7292

MENU:
Appetizer: Grilled lollipop lamb chops with a creole mustard dipping sauce // paired with Dock Street Hop Garden DIPA 9% ABV
Salad: Smoked salmon, arugula, onions and tomatos tossed in a raspberry champaigne vinagrette // paired with Dock Street Royal Bohiem Pils 5% ABV
Entree: Blackened alligator and crawfish etoufee // paired with Dock Street Prisoner of Hell 10% ABV
Dessert: Chocolate espresso peanut butter candy cake // paired with Dock Street satellite Espresso Stout $5.5% ABV

Friday, December 03, 2010

Firebird Festival to be held Saturday, December 11th

Phoenixville's Seventh Annual Firebird Festival will take place next Saturday, December 11th, and promises to be bigger than ever. The festivities kick off at 4pm with events being held throughout town and culminate with the lighting of the bird at 8pm by the Justice Center on the 300 block of Bridge Street.

For a complete schedule of events as well as pictures from previous years and a history of the event, visit firebirdfestival.com.

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Holiday Musings At The Commons

On Friday, December 17th, The Food Muse and Franklin Commons will be hosting a shared Holiday Party:

This year Small Businesses looking for a Fun, Festive and Affordable Holiday Party will find what they need at the newly restored Franklin Commons in Phoenixville.

Looking for a way to help local businesses celebrate in this challenging economy, Linda Ross, Owner of The Food Muse Catering and Teri Eide, Public Relations Director for Franklin Commons came up with the idea to provide a shared Holiday Party... a solution that let’s everyone know they are appreciated but does not break the budget. The cost is just $50 (tax and service are included) per person. The shared Holiday Party is also open to the General Public for the same all inclusive price – Neighbors, Family and Friends can partake!

Welcoming Stationary Hors D’oeuvres, A Delicious Dinner Buffet, Decadent Godiva Mocha Fudge Fondue, Coffee and Tea, Non-alcoholic Beverage Station, Holiday Tunes and Dance Music Provided by Epic Events and Entertainment, Large Dance Area in a Gorgeous Candle Lit Loft Style Setting all topped off with a Budget Friendly BYOB Policy!

The event will be held on Dec 17th, 2010 from 6pm – 10pm. Seating is limited. Please Call Linda @ The Food Muse to Make Your Reservation and Get Inspired!

Linda Ross, The Food Muse
Office: 610-326-8501 Cell: 484-620-6852
Email: linda@thefoodmuse.com
Website: www.thefoodmuse.com

Event Address: Franklin Commons, Franklin Hall, 400 Franklin Ave. Phoenixville, PA 19460

Visit thefoodmuse.com for more information and dinner menu.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Visit the Camphill Kimberton Craft Shop for Holiday Shopping

Charlene Roth displays one of her specialty crafts - a hand-woven wool rug.  Items for sale in the Craft Shop are made in workshops at Camphill Kimberton.
The Camphill Village Kimberton Hills Craft Shop is a unique and wonderful place to do your holiday shopping. The shop features a wide range of one-of-a-kind items including woven, knitted and felted handmade crafts. Many items are made from recycled materials and are handcrafted by adults with developmental disabilities.

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is located at 1601 Pughtown Road , Kimberton , Pa. The craft shop, located in the Kepler Building , is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After shopping, stop by the Camphill Café for lunch, located just a short walk from the shop. The café offers organic, homemade soups, sandwiches, entrees and desserts and is open Wednesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The mission at Camphill Kimberton is to encourage individuals, especially those with special needs, to discover and fulfill their greatest developmental and creative potential within a farming and handcrafting community. In valuing persons of all abilities, Kimberton Hills seeks to foster a living and working environment that is sustainable, productive and beautiful. Residents and volunteers uniquely contribute to the community through meaningful vocations such as gardening, dairy farming, and working in the café, bakery and craft workshops. As the community cares for one another, it also nurtures and improves the land by practicing biodynamic and organic agriculture and raising environmental awareness.

Gift certificates to the shop are also available. For more information about Camphill Kimberton, visit www.camphillkimberton.org. To see samples of items for sale in the craft shop, visit our Facebook page.

Phoenixville Jaycees Hosting Annual Live Nativity on December 19th

For more than 20 years the Phoenixville Jaycees have organized a live nativity at Reeves Park featuring a reading of the nativity story from the reigning Dogwood Queen, carols sung by a local chorus and volunteer actors. The public is encouraged to come and read along, sing along, and participate in this joyous event!

This years Nativity will be held on December 19th beginning at 6pm. The event is free to the public.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Local Business Spotlight: Passion for Fitness

Passion for Fitness is a personal fitness training service for men, women, and children. Our fully equipped fitness studio is located in Phoenixville, PA and Exton, PA. We also offer private in-home personal training for the Main Line Metropolitan area.

Our company exemplifies excellence and integrity and we cater to each of our clients' fitness needs. We are passionate about fitness and we are passionate about people. We care about our clients, their lifestyles, and their health. One of our most important goals is to bring families closer together by incorporating fitness into their daily lives.

We pride ourselves in mastering the "right" exercise techniques and sharing those techniques with our clients. Our fitness instructions and guidance on proper form help our clients obtain their desired objectives while preventing injury.

Passion for Fitness motivates and encourages clients to love fitness. Our ultimate goal is to see our clients achieve a consistent healthy lifestyle. By utilizing proper exercise techniques, including cardiovascular exercise, and creating tailored nutrition plans, Passion for Fitness encourages and assists clients along the path towards achieving their goals. Inevitably, our clients will experience
  • The joy that comes with working out and seeing results, including weight loss
  • A healthy lifestyle change
  • Increased energy
  • Increased confidence
  • Positive feedback from doctors caring for those with health concerns
These lifestyle transformations are so dynamic in their impact that Passion for Fitness clients keep coming back for more! The first step towards experiencing a positive, life-affirming transformation is just a phone call...

Our Phoenixville studio is located at 139 Nutt Rd. For more information, give us a call at 484-921-5115 or visit our website at passion-for-fitness.com.

Monday, November 29, 2010

PABA Hosting Holiday Scavenger Hunt This Weekend

From discoverphoenixville.com:
Have fun while you do you holiday shopping and support locally-owned and operated businesses!

The Phoenixville Area Business Association is sponsoring a downtown Phoenxville Holiday Scavenger Hunt from Friday, Deccember 3rd at 5 PM- Saturday, December 4th at 5 PM. Participants can pick up a Scavenger Hunt postcard at any of the following businesses starting Friday,December 3rd at 5:00 PM. The postcard will have 10 photos of items in the 10 participating retail or service locations. Go to each location, correctly match the photo with the location. Meanwhile, particpants in the hunt will get a 15% discount onselect merchandise in the business by showing you postcard.

Completed postcards must be dropped off at Gould Frame at 4 Gay Street by Saturday, December 4th at 5 PM to be entered in a drawing for PABA Bucks to be spent at any PABA member business.
1st Place- $125 PABA Bucks
2nd Place- $75 PABA Bucks
3rd Place- $50 PABA Bucks

Participating Businesses:
All Things Primitive 25 S. Main Street
Country Charm Furnishings 28 S. Main Street
Ellie's Choice 211 Bridge Street
Fashionista's Salon 219 Bridge Street
Generations 113 Main Street
Gould Frame 4 Gay Street
House of Flowers 27 S. Main Street
Jaworski's Music Centre 175 Bridge Street
The Potomac Bead Company 167 Bridge Street

Yellow Springs Farm Hosting 'Holiday Celebrations with Cheese'

On Saturday, December December 4th, 11th and 18th, Yellow Springs Farm will be hosting Holiday Celebrations with Cheese. The events will be held at the Yellow Springs Farm Native Plant Nursery, 1165 Yellow Springs Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425, from 11am-4pm and will feature the following:

  • Visit our goats, sample some cheese
  • Our new product introductions for the holidays include Goat Milk Caramel, Goat Cheese Truffles and Goat Milk Soap! Please stop by for a taste!!
  • Get a short tour of our cheese making facility
  • Pre-order cheese platters for parties, meetings and special events, $45 and up
  • Gift packaging and Gift Certificates are available
  • "Down to Earth" Ceramics by local artist Nancy Buck
  • Easy ordering online and by phone
For more information, give them a call at 610-827-2014.

Holiday Events at Philadelphia Premium Outlets

Philadelphia Premium Outlets are hosting a number of events to get you into the holiday spirit:

Breakfast with Santa featuring Toys for Tots
Sat, Dec 4: 8:30am - 9:30am
Join us for a fun filled morning and delicious breakfast with Santa from 8:30-9:30am in the Food Court. Santa will then stroll the center until 12:30pm. Bring your camera for this great photo opportunity. Toys for Tots will also be on-site collecting new unwrapped toys, books, and games to be delivered, by Marines, this holiday season to less fortunate children in our community.

Holiday Entertainment - Strolling Victorian Holiday Carolers
Sun, Dec 5: Noon - 3:00pm
Sat, Dec 11: Noon - 3:00pm
Sun, Dec 19: Noon - 3:00pm
Enjoy strolling carolers dressed in Victorian costumes performing holiday favorites throughout the courtyards.

Strolling Santa
Sun, Dec 12: Noon - 4pm
Sat, Dec 18: Noon - 4pm
Santa strolls the center greeting children. Bring your cameras.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Shop Downtown This Saturday!

Not that you should need a reason to patronize shops in town, but, if you do, this Saturday is a great reason to. American Express has started something they call Small Business Saturday in an effort to promote the small businesses that make towns like ours so great. As an incentive to get out and shop, American Express card holders will receive a $25 statement credit when you spend $25 or more at a participating small businesses.

The Phoenixville Area Business Association is getting in on the act as well by providing free parking all day in ALL lots. Streets will still have the 2 hour limit enforced.

Schuylkill Canal Association Hosting Annual Holiday Luminaria On Saturday, December 11th

On Saturday, December 11th, the Schuylkill Canal Association will be hosting their annual Holiday Luminaria.

The Schuylkill Canal Association invites you to the

Holiday Luminaria

Saturday, December 11th, 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.

As if stepping back in time to a Dickens’ holiday scene, come inside to enjoy the beautifully decorated house, sing along with 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 as we toast our friends with best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

The Luminaria is cancelled only if there is a steady downpour of rain.

The magnificent light display is even more mystical if there is a slight drizzle, misty fog or a few inches of snow truly creating a beautiful holiday scene.

All are welcome, a donation of $1 or more will be gladly accepted.

Ample parking is available at Lock 60.

For all the details / directions: www.schuylkillcanal.org or 610-917-0021.

Philadlephia Premium Outlets Having After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness

From Philadelphia Premium Outlets:

After-Thanksgiving Weekend Sale featuring Midnight Madness
Fri, Nov 26 – Sun, Nov 28

Don't miss the biggest sale of the year. Enjoy exceptional holiday savings and extended shopping hours, plus, experience Midnight Madness as most stores open their doors at midnight right after Thanksgiving. Many stores are opening earlier and there will be live entertainment all weekend long. Click here for sale info.

Extended Shopping Hours
Fri, Nov 26: Midnight-10pm
Sat, Nov 27: 8am-10pm
Sun, Nov 28: 8am-9pm

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

4th Annual Kiwanis Christmas Parade to be held Friday, December 3rd

The Phoenixville Kiwanis Club is proud to announce their 4th annual Christmas Parade is set for First Friday, December 3, 2010 at 7pm. The parade will line up on the 100 block of Church Street and traverse the 100, 200 300 block of Bridge St. ending at the Dollar Store.

The parade, heralding the arrival of Santa and the holiday season, will feature the Phoenixville Phantom Marching Band and area fire companies competing in a competition of their vehicles decorated for the season. Santa is bringing some of his most favorite friends. Santa’s guests include the Mouses (Mick & Minnie) and of course Donald Duck and Goofy. Also making their way down the parade route will be Elmo, Barney, The Cat in the Hat, Winnie the Pooh, Cinderella, Snow White and other favorites. Joining them will be a cast of holiday favorites including Frosty the Snowman, Gingerbread Man, Several of Santa’s elves and even the dastardly Grinch.

Santa will light Phoenixville’s Christmas tree and make his way to Phoenixville’s
Santa house at the Kiwanis Children’s Plaza where he can be visited on the weekends before Christmas.

The Kiwanis urge everyone to bring a canned good or non-perishable food item to put a float for PACS. Also bring your camera or cell phone camera to take pictures of you children with their favorite characters!

Jaycees Hosting 10th Annual Candelight Holiday Tour on Saturday, December 4th

On Saturday, December 4th, the Phoenixville Jaycees will be hosting their 10th Annual Candlelight Holiday Tour. The tour features beautifully decorated homes, houses of worship, adaptive re-use, music and refreshments. Tickets for the event, which will run from 3-7pm, are $15 in advance or $20 on the day of the tour.

Click here for more information, including where to purchase tickets.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sly Fox Hosting Throwing Anniversary Party on Friday, December 10th

Celebrating a decade and a half of local craftiness:
SLY FOX BREWING COMMEMORATES LONGEVITY WITH AN EVENT TO REMEMBER

Phoenixville, Pennsylvania-- When Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery, Phoenixville’s first brewpub and the longest surviving brewpub in the Philadelphia area, celebrates its 15th anniversary with an all-day fete on Friday, December 10, it will do so in the company of two other area businesses also recognized for their efforts to promote buying, dining and drinking local.

ANNIVERSARY PARTY
Sly Fox Brewhouse and Eatery’s day-long celebration will kick off at 10:00 am with a special Brewmaster’s Breakfast prepared by guest chef Andrew Deery of the popular Phoenixville BYO, Majolica. One of the many special features of that meal will be the first-ever pouring of a new Sly Fox beer, Majolica Blend Coffee Porter, a creative production in which the beer will be infused with a special coffee blend roasted by Steve Polignano of Kimberton Coffee Roasters for Majolica. The breakfast will be a ticketed event with limited seating.

“Sly Fox has taken great pride in its hand-crafted beers since the doors first opened in December 1995,” says award-winning brewmaster Brian O’Reilly, “and it seemed a perfect match to involve two other small, local companies which have the same standards and dedication to quality (as Sly Fox) into our anniversary party. I’ve worked with Andrew before when we did a beer dinner at Majolica which sold out in a matter of hours and I’ve certainly had my share of Kimberton’s coffees, including the Majolica Blend which Steve makes especially for Andrew.”

Friday, November 12, 2010

Wolfgang Books Presents 'An Afternoon with Mark SaFranko'

As part of its Writers at Bridge and Main Reading Series, Wolfgang Books will be presenting 'An Afternoon with Mark SaFranko' on Saturday, November 13th.

An Afternoon with Mark SaFranko
Author of Hating Olivia
Saturday, November 13th @ 3 pm
Presented By Wolfgang Books & Hosted By Steel City Coffeehouse

Well known in England and France, the U.S. publication of Hating Olivia should raise Mark SaFranko's profile considerably. In the tradition of Bukowski, Henry Miller and Fante, SaFranko has written a powerhouse of a novel bursting with obsession, pain and darkness. Up to this point, SaFranko has been considered an underground writer in his homeland, but that's about to change. Here's a little about the book:

Max Zajack's life is cheap rooms, dead-end jobs, and suicidal fantasies until he meets the alluring and mysterious Olivia Aphrodite, and everything goes to hell. hating olivia

Max is a struggling musician and wannabe writer. His life is in a rut until one night, while playing a gig at a local club, he gazes out into the crowd and sees Olivia. Before long, they are sharing a bed and host of dark vices that begin to consume them. Their love turns toxic, sending them spiraling downward toward the inevitable. Violently romantic, viscerally honest, Hating Olivia is the story of two loners whose obsessive love brings them to the edge of destruction.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

'Building a Sustainable Kimberton Community' Public Forum Scheduled for November 20th

On Saturday, November 20th, Camphill Kimberton Hills Village will be hosting a public forum title 'Building a Sustainable Kimberton Community'.

Building a Sustainable Kimberton Community
Public Forum -- November 20, 2010

10 am to 3 pm, Camphill Kimberton Hills Village
Pughtown Road, Kimberton

A continuing series for public input to improve and preserve Kimberton Village.

For anyone interested in planning the revitalization of Kimberton, exploring green businesses and housing, and helping build a vision.

Come learn the basics of sustainable community, discover models for green living, and participate in designing the best home town anywhere.

Agenda includes an introduction to the Walkable Kimberton project, LEED checklists for sustainable communities and new buildings, Cohousing basics, and an interactive session imagining common spaces in a proposed housing project.

Suggested Donation $10 plus lunch

For more information, call 610-220-6172

2nd Anual Burn off the Bird 5k Scheduled for November 27th

On Saturday, November 27th, the Phoenixville Jaycees will once again be hosting the 'Burn off the Bird 5k Run and 1 mile fun walk'. The run starts at 9am (registration and vendor fair at 8am) and will begin at Franklin Commons, 400 Franklin Avenue. Proceeds from the race will help support the Phoenixville Parks and Recreation Department.

For those with little ones, Stepping Stone Education Center will be providing free childcare during the race.

Click on the image to the right for the 5k route. For more information and to sign up, visit burnoffthebird.info.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Phoenixville Hospital Offering Two Tobacco Free Support Group Meetings

On Monday, November 22nd, and Monday, January 24th, Phoenixville Hospital will be hosting free support group meetings for those trying to quit smoking. Meetings are free to the public and will be held at 7pm in the hospital cafeteria.

  • Nov. 22: Turkey Not Tobacco
  • Jan. 24: T'ai Chi Qigong for Wellness - Presented by Debi Dunn, Holistic Health
For more information or to register, please call 610-983-1288.

Friday, November 05, 2010

Phoenixville Public Library Presents 'The Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania' Talk

A free talk, “The Lincoln Highway in Pennsylvania”, will be presented at Phoenixville Public Library on Thursday, November 18 at 7:00 PM. Melinda Higgins Crawford, Commonwealth Speaker for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and Executive Director of Preservation Pennsylvania, will be the speaker.

Opening in 1913, the Lincoln Highway was America’s first coast to coast highway, connecting Times Square to San Francisco. The Lincoln Highway was a marketing concept cooked up by automobile manufacturers who wanted to sell more cars and car parts. Some of the road’s most famous landmarks were located in Pennsylvania. The Lincoln Highway still is in use today and roughly follows Route 30 in Pennsylvania from east to west. Melinda Crawford’s interactive presentation includes old postcards and photographs and contemporary photography showing original alignments of the road, roadside markers, and attractions.

November Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library

The next Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library, Thursday, November 11 at 7:00 PM, will feature “Pulp Fiction” (1994, rated R, running time 154 min.), next in our countdown of the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Movies”. John Travolta and Samuel L. Jackson lead an offbeat cast in Quentin Tarantino’s stylish crime trilogy depicting a day in the life of a criminal community. Inspired by Black Mask magazine, the film is a clever, almost gleeful look at everyday life on the fringes of mainstream society. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 610-933-3013, Ext. 32. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue in Phoenixville.

Open Gaming Night at Phoenixville Public Library

Adults 18 and over are invited to unwind and make new friends at Phoenixville Public Library’s “Open Gaming Night for Adults”, held on the second Tuesday of each month from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. Participants may choose from the Library’s selection of board or Wii games, or may bring their own. Bring a snack to share; beverages will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call Chris Knupp at 610-805-4603. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

All Things Primitive Hosting Their 2nd Annual Christmas Open House This Weekend

On Saturday, November 6th and Sunday, November 7th, All Things Primitive (25 S. Main St) will be hosting their 2nd Annual Christmas Open House:

All Things Primitive, at 25 S Main St, is having their 2nd Annual Christmas Open House on Saturday, Nov 6th and Sunday, Nov 7th. There will be refreshments and a drawing for some great prizes. We have many gifts for under $20 and also under $10. Gift certificates are available. Also, for the New Year, we have contracted with a builder to build special furniture pieces for us to sell. This builder's work has appeared on the cover of Country Sampler several times, so you know that it is special.

HSPA Presents "Tunes Through Time: Phoenixville's Musical Scrapbook"

The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area will be opening it's new exhibit, "Tunes Through Time: Phoenixville's Musical Scrapbook" on November 5 in conjunction with First Friday. Stop by between 7 and 9 pm and enjoy music by the "Colonial Revelers" who will be performing live and in costume from the Colonial era. More information can be found on the Society's web page http://hspa-pa.org/.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Phoenixville Hospital Offering Freedom From Smoking Program

Want to quit smoking? Phoenixville Hospital can help. Beginning November 4th, the hospital will be offering the American Lung Association’s Freedom From Smoking® program. The program, which consists of eight weekly sessions, is free to the public and includes free nicotine replacement therapy.

Two options are offered: Thursday nights at the Phoenixville Hospital Cafeteria from 7-8:30pm and Wednesday afternoons at the Phoenixville Hospital Annex from 4-5:30pm.

Upcoming start dates for each option as follows:

  • Thursday: November 4, January 6, March 3 and May 5
  • Wednesday: February 2, April 6 and June 1

Program schedule:
Session IOrientation
Thinking About Quitting
Session VWinning Strategies
Session IIOn The Road To FreedomSession VIThe New You
Session IIIWanting To QuitSession VIIStaying Free
Session IVQuit NightSession VIIIRelapse Prevention
Graduation

For more information, or to register, call 610-983-1288.

Celebrate '1st Saturday' at the Columbia Bar & Grille

This Saturday, November 6th, the Columbia Bar & Grille is ringing in the holiday season with 'Supper Club Upstairs at the Columbia Bar & Grille'.
Supper Club Upstairs at the Columbia Bar & Grille - Saturday November 6th from 7-11 pm

Enjoy Dinner and Dancing with the Steve K & Company Band.

We are bringing back the Classics on our new Dinner Menu!

Dance the night away and kick off the holiday Season!

Reservations are Requested

www.columbiabarandgrille.com or please call 610-983-0300

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Vote

With so many state and federal elections effecting our area, its important that you take a few minutes today and vote!  Click here for a map of polling places by ward.

Monday, November 01, 2010

French Quarter Bistro Hosting Lew Bryson, Author of 'Pennsylvania Breweries', on Wednesday

On Wednesday, November 3rd, the French Quarter Bistro and the Spring City Library are presenting An Evening with Lew Bryson, Author of "PENNSYLVANIA BREWERIES"
Wednesday November 3, 2010
7:00 PM @ The French Quarter Bistro
215 Main Street
Royersford, PA

Enjoy a delicious beer* while Lew Bryson discusses his latest book and all the wonderful beer tasting opportunities available in Pennsylvannia. Books will be available for purchase and signing. The French Quarter Bistro will have plenty of local beers on draft and in bottle. Tasting Flights will be available for purchase at the bar.

*Must be 21 and present valid ID.

RESERVATIONS REQUESTED
for reservations please call the library, 610.948.4130 or email nmccourt@ccls.org

Meet the Candidates: Manan Trivedi for Congress - 6th District

The following was sent in by Trivedi for Congress:

Election Day is this Tuesday, and everyone should get out and make their voices heard. Manan Trivedi is the Democrat running for Congress in the 6th District (which covers Phoenixville) against incumbent Congressman Jim Gerlach.

Trivedi is an Iraq War Veteran and primary care doctor who was born and raised just over in Berks County, where he and his wife are now raising their newborn daughter, Sonia. To read his full bio click here: http://www.trivediforcongress.com/about/

When asked why he is running for Congress, this is what he said: "Washington isn’t listening, and I share your frustration with it. I’ll fight to bring jobs back -- by giving tax cuts to small businesses, ending tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas, and investing in clean energy manufacturing and infrastructure jobs. We can’t change Washington until we change who we send down there." To read about the issues he cares most about, click here: http://www.trivediforcongress.com/issues/


He's been in Phoenixville plenty, including talking about Social Security (http://www.phoenixvillenews.com/articles/2010/08/14/news/srv0000009092129.txt), bringing the train back to Phoenixville (http://www.phoenixvillenews.com/articles/2010/10/21/news/doc4cc0a7b284854169467194.txt), and just this past Friday at a rally with Governor Ed Rendell.

Finally, check out this quick video of Manan: http://trivediforcongress.com/newsroom/view_news.php?id=375.

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Around Phoenixville will be happy to post profiles of any candidate running for office in our area. Please email us at info@bridgeandmain.com for more info.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Route 23 will be down to one lane next Monday and Tuesday

Next Monday and Tuesday (Nov. 1st and 2nd), PennDOT will close one lane of Route 23 between Route 252 and White Horse Road. The lane will be closed from 9am to 3pm while PennDOT installs raised pavement markers.

For more information, including other roads in the area that will be having similar closures, see The Phoenix.

PACS hosting 4th Annual Empty Bowls event on November 12

Please join PACS for a simple meal of soup and bread - and help fight hunger in our community.

On Friday, November 12, local artists will again champion the hungry in our community with Phoenixville area's 4th annual Empty Bowls event.

Select a hand crafted bowl specially created by professional and student potters, enjoy a simple meal of soup and bread and keep your bowl as a reminder of the need to end hunger locally and globally!

Empty Bowls
will be held at the new Artisans Gallery & Café at 234 Bridge Street in Phoenixville. Tickets are $20 per person. You may dine in or take out.

All proceeds benefit the charitable mission of Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) which provides emergency food as well as heat, utility and rent/mortgage assistance to community residents who are struggling financially.
For more information or to purchase tickets, contact PACS at 610-933-1105 or development@pacsphx.org.

For online ticket purchases using your credit card, follow this link to complete online registration: http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=gbmg69dab&oeidk=a07e30xd9k25c02d0c0.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Governor Rendell, Manan Trivedi will be in town tomorrow night

Governor Ed Rendell is breaking out his campaign bus and putting it back on the road. The Governor has scheduled 3 rallies with Manan Trivedi in the 6th district. The Phoenixville stop is Friday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the Phoenixville Municipal Parking Lot at Bridge and Main.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kiwanis Club Hosting Free Childrens Halloween Party on Saturday

From The Phoenix:

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville will hold their annual Halloween Party on Saturday, October 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge Street, Phoenixville.

Children should come dressed in costume for this FREE EVENT which begins with a Halloween parade across the stage of the Colonial Theatre at 1:30 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Doors open at 1 p.m.

After the Parade, adults and children will get to see a screening of the Halloween Classic- "It's the great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" featuring Snoopy and all the Peanuts characters.

What Halloween Party would be complete without a little treat? Members of the Kiwanis Club will be on hand to pass out goodies at the end of the performance. This is a FREE EVENT for the children of the Phoenixville area.

Phoenixville Council approves parking authority disbandment, future uncertain

Todays' Phoenix reports that last night Borough Council voted unanimously to approve the Phoenixville Parking Authority's resolution to disband. The PPA will continue to enforce parking regulations through November 6th at which point the Phoenixville Police Department "could issue tickets in the lots – whether or not that’s going to happen has not been decided."

[Borough Manager Jean] Krack urged everyone to check the Borough website, www.phoenixville.org, for the most up-to-date information on the downtown parking situation. Residents should see information on the website in the next couple of days.

Read the full article here.

Phenixville Area Time Bank Hostings its 5th Annual 'Its About Time' Halloween Bash on Saturday

On Saturday, October 30th, the Phoenixville Area Time Bank will be hosting its 5th Annual "It's About Time" Halloween Bash. The party runs from 7-11pm and will be held at Franklin Commons.

The party will feature live music by “The National Bird”, costume contests, a photo booth, silent auction, raffles and prizes, delicious food catered by Annmarie Cantrell of Cucina Verde, beverages and BYOB.

The silent auction has had over 75 contributions from local businesses, see the list here.

Tickets are $30 at the door and can be purchased online in advance for $25.

Questions? Call 610-608-9281 -or- e-mail timedollar@verizon.net.

Fall Festival at Shoppes of Village at Eland This Saturday

On Saturday, October 30th, the Shoppes of Village at Eland will be hosting a Fall Festival. The festival is from 12-5pm and will feature live music, a juggler, stilt walker, food, pumpkin painting for kids, coloring contest for kids, wagon rides and much more.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

School District to borrow $26.6M to help fund new Middle School, turf field

From The Phoenix:

PHOENIXVILLE — The Phoenixville Area School Board Thursday night unanimously authorized the borrowing of $26.6 million for capital projects.

The bond resolution will finance various projects within the district, including designing, constructing, furnishing and equipping a new Phoenixville Middle School and administrative office.

The funds will also go toward providing turf for the football stadium, as well as financing the costs and expenses related to the issuance of the bonds.

Read the full article here.

Drumming & Belly Dancing This Thursday Night at The Soul Center

On Thursday, October 28th, The Soul Center will be presenting Belly Dancers in addition to their regularly scheduled drum circle. Says Michael Evans, host of the monthly drum circle:

The monthly drum circle I hold at The Soul Center on the last Thursday of each month will have some special guests this month - a talented group of belly dancers will be joining us to move and dance as we play. Folks are invited to come and play along, or simply listen and watch if they prefer.

October 28th
7:00PM - 9:00PM
The Soul Center
550 Kimberton Road (Rte 113), Suite 1
Phoenxiville, PA 19460
www.thesoulcenter.com

For more infomation contact Michael Evans at 610-952-5441 or via email at mrmevans@gmail.com.

Event is free although donations are accepted to help in offsetting the cost of hosting this event.

For more information, visit thesoulcenter.com/news/drumming-belly-dancing-at-the-soul-center

Columbia Bar and Grille Hosting Halloween Costume Party

On Saturday, October 30th, the Columbia Bar and Grille will be hosting their first annual Halloween Costume Party. The party begins at 8pm and features prizes for best costumes, a one hour open bar, and music by DJ Express. Price is $30. Click the image below for additional information.

Philadelphia Premium Hosting Halloween Spooktacular Featuring Trick-or-Treating & Costume Contest

On Friday, October 29th, the Philadelphia Premium Outlets are hosting a Halloween Spooktacular Featuring Trick-or-Treating & Costume Contest:

Halloween Spooktacular featuring Trick-or-Treating & Costume Contest
Fri, Oct 29 from 5pm-7pm

Children of all ages are invited to Trick-or-Treat at participating stores, and don't forget to enter our Costume Contest for great prizes.

Registration will be held near the Food Court from 5pm-6:30pm with winners announced at 7pm. Prizes provided by Famous Footwear Outlet, Lindt Chocolate, Maidenform, Nike and more.

For more information on upcoming sales and events please visit us online at www.premiumoutlets.com/philadelphia.

Phoenixville Parking Authority Votes to Disband

Yesterday, the Phoenixville Parking Authority voted to disband, citing 'its what's best for the borough as a whole'. Borough Council now must vote to approve the resolution. It is likely this will happen at tonight's council meetng.

See The Phoenix for the rest of the article and a video of last nights announcement.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Wolfgang Books Presents 'An Afternoon with Lindsay Hunter and Christian Tebordo'

On Saturday, October 23rd, Wolfgang Books will be presenting 'An Afternoon with Lindsay Hunter and Christian Tebordo'.

An Afternoon with Lindsay Hunter and Christian Tebordo
authors of Daddy's and The Awful Possibilities
Both from Featherproof Books
Saturday, October 23 @ 3 pm
A Wolfgang Books Event @ Steel City Coffeehouse

Writers at Bridge and Main continues on October 23rd with Lindsay Hunter and Christian TeBordo, both recently published by Featherproof Books, one of the hottest (and edgiest) independent publishers around. Lindsay and Christian have both garnered excellent reputations for their provocative fiction in addition to their on stage readings. Here's a little bit more about them...

LINDSAY HUNTER received her MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of hunterChicago in 2007. She is the co-founder and co-host of Quickies!, a Chicago reading series that showcases very short prose. In 2008, Quickies! was featured in Time Out Chicago's Best of 2008 as well as NewCity's Top 5 New Recurring Reading Series. Her work has been published in McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Nerve, MAKE, Smokelong Quarterly, Thieves Jargon, elimae, Hobart, Night Train, Cricket Online Review, Fiction at Work, Somnambulist Quarterly, among other places. Her story "Unpreparing" was named a notable of 2008 by StorySouth. Her stories "Tuesday" and "Finding There" were listed in Wigleaf 's Top Very Short Fictions, 2009 and 2010. She received an honorable mention for Glimmer Train's 2008 Very Short Fiction Award contest. She is currently working on a novel. DADDY's is her first book.

CHRISTIAN TEBORDO has published three novels: The Conviction and Subsequent tebordoLife of Savior Neck, Better Ways of Being Dead and We Go Liquid. The Awful Possibilities is his first collection of short fiction. He lives in Philadelphia and, according to George Saunders, he "shows that it is possible to be, simultaneously, a wise old soul and a crazed young terror."

We hope you can make it on Saturday!

Forge Theatre Presents Doubt Beginning November 5th

Starring in Forge Theatre's production of Doubt are Andrea Daniels (L) as Sister James and Sherry Snyder (R) as Sister Aloysius.
Did He or Didn’t He? Forge Theatre Presents Doubt

Forge Theatre in Phoenixville continues its season with one of the most critically-acclaimed plays of the last decade -- John Patrick Shanley's Doubt: A Parable. This fast-moving, suspenseful drama opens November 5 and runs weekends until November 20.

Set in a 1964 Bronx Catholic school, the drama centers around the hard-edged principal, Sister Aloysius, who, after learning about a friendship between Father Flynn and a young boy in the school, decides to take matters into her own hands. Acting on her suspicions, Sister Aloysius is convinced that Father Flynn will be blindly protected by the church hierarchy, and decides to take him down herself. What follows is a bristling confrontation between the fiercely protective nun and the priest who feels that she has overstepped her authority.

The Forge cast for Doubt includes Sherry Snyder as Sister Aloysius, Eric Jarrell as Father Flynn, Andrea Daniels as Sister James, and Tia Allen as Mrs. Muller. Cindy Schneider is directing.

Performances are November 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, and 20 at 8pm; November 14 at 2pm. There will be a talkback with the director and cast immediately following the Sunday, November 14th performance.

Tickets are $12, student tickets are $10. Forge Theatre, now in its 49th year, is located at 241 First Avenue in Phoenixville. For more information, visit http://ForgeTheatre.org or call 610-935-1920.

Doubt won the Tony for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, as well as the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, the Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle, Drama League, Lortel and Obie Awards for Best Play.

Thursday, October 21, 2010

French Quarter Bistro Hosting Chili Cookoff

On Saturday, October 23rd, French Quarter Bistro will be hosting their first annual Great Chili Debate. The event will feature chili from a number of local restaurants and proceeds will go to Rep Drucker's Reelection fund:

Join us THIS SATURDAY, October 23rd @ 1pm for the 1st annual GREAT CHILI DEBATE! Have fun, eat good chili, vote for who you think has the best chili, and meet State Representative Paul Drucker! Proceeds to Rep Drucker's Reelection fund.

The contenders so far are:
The French Quarter Bistro
Chiccarines
Gallaghers Country Tavern
The Railroad Street Bar and Grill
Daddy Mims Creole BYOB

For more information, call 610-792-7292.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Philadelphia Premium Outlets Pink Event

On Saturday, October 23rd and Sunday, October 24th, Philadelphia Premium Outlets is hosting a Pink event:

During the month of October, text "PINK" to 90999* to donate $10 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and enjoy a rewarding day of shopping. Register in the courtyard directly outside of the Food Court, on Saturday, October 23 and Sunday, October 24 from opening to 6 PM and show the donation receipt on your phone to receive a special savings card filled with discounts from select stores, refreshments and more. Plus, enter for the chance to win fabulous prizes**.

The Susan G. Komen for the Cure® promise is to save lives and end breast cancer forever by empowering people, ensuring quality care for all and energizing science to find the cures. For more information please visit www.komen.org or call 1-877-GO KOMEN.

During the month of October, shoppers can make $10 donations to Susan G. Komen for the Cure® by texting "PINK" to 90999*. Show your receipt at a participating Premium Outlet Center during the on-site Premium Outlets Pink Event and receive a discount card, while supplies last. On-site donations to Komen via cash or check will also be accepted. In connection with this national fundraising initiative benefiting Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Premium Outlets is proud to support Komen and, with the help of generous customers, will guarantee a contribution of at least $40,000.

*Message & Data rates apply. See mgive.com/a for details. Depending on phone service carrier, $10 donations can be made up to four times during the month of October. Text donations valid for U.S. phone carriers only.

**No purchase necessary. Click here for official Rules & Regulations.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Public Hearing To Discuss Marcellus Shale Drilling To Be Held in Phoenixville Tomorrow Morning

On Wednesday, October 20th, Rep. Paul Drucker will be co-chairing a public hearing to discuss environmental issues and opportunities related to Marcellus Shale gas drilling in Pennsylvania. The hearing will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the Schuylkill Township Building Meeting Room, 111 Valley Park Road. Drucker will co-chair the hearing with committee Chairman Mike Sturla, D-Lancaster.

Those testifying will include Jan Jarrett, president and CEO of Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future; Peter Goodman, spokesperson for Trout Unlimited; and Lynda Farrell, spokesperson for The Save Group.

No RSVPs are required for this free public hearing. For more details on the hearing, contact Drucker's office at 610-688-5691.

A complete schedule of events can be found here.

Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band at Phoenixville Public Library

Phoenixville Public Library presents a one man show, “Sherlock Holmes and the Speckled Band”, starring Neill Hartley, on Monday, November 15 at 7:00 PM. Neill Hartley is Sherlock Holmes in a thrilling version of the short story by Arthur Conan Doyle. See Sherlock Holmes in his study working out the mystery with Dr. Watson. Then follow him to an old mansion where he must stop a killer from committing another horrible crime.

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

Upcoming Events for Debi Dunn - The Heart of Healing

Debi Dunn, founder of The Heart of Healing, is hosting two new events over the next month:

Qi, Tea, and Creativity workshop with Lynne Miller and Debi Dunn
When: Sat, October 23, 12:30pm – 4:30pm
Where: Creative Healing Arts Studio, Phoenixville, PA (map)

Join us and explore five energy healing tools for self-expression and optimal wellness!

Fall is in the air and is a time of seasonal transition. It's the perfect time to fall back and tune into your inner Qi (energy).

This workshop features a variety of healing therapies:
  • Experience Qi Dancing with Debi and feel the flow.
  • Learn to play an instrument that is tuned together with everyone else's instrument. It'll be music to your ears!
  • Enhance your vibrational level using healing sounds.
  • Elevate and innovate with a special art project.
  • Quiet your mind/body/spirit with a relaxing closing meditation.

What are you waiting for? Sign up today and prepare to be amazed and energized! Dress casually and comfortably and bring a friend and share the light!

Contact Debi's email or call 484-431-1270 for additional information. Workshop is limited to 15 people, registration fee is $45, click here to register (click Other for Workshop options) to pay via PayPal.

Friday, October 15, 2010

PAHS Class of 1961 Looking for Classmates for 50th Class Reunion

The 50th Reunion Committee is attempting to locate the following 6 members of the Phoenixville Area High School Class of 1961. These members should be in the age range of 66/67.

  • Mildred Bunch Coll
  • Jannie Mohr
  • Emilie D. Rosenbaum Gauss
  • Jo Ann Stout
  • Pete Todd
  • Richard F. Vogel
If any family members or relatives can assist us in locating these classmates, please call or email, Sharon Kocsi Gubanich, 610-935-1383 or email Sharon@PAHS1961.com.

New Events Rentals Collaboration Launches in Phoenixville

New Events Rentals Collaboration Launches in Phoenixville

Two unique facilities under one roof are featured


PHOENIXVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA (OCTOBER 13, 2010): A new program to heighten awareness of Phoenixville’s Franklin Commons and tenant Rock & Roll After School has been launched to highlight these unique facilities’ suitability for rental events, especially “parties that really rock” in “a most un-common place.” An open house was held last night at Franklin Commons to showcase the 225,000-sq-ft mixed-use educational, corporate and event facility and the 5,850-sq-ft Rock & Roll After School to event planners, chambers and visitors bureaus, approved caterers and related professionals.

Wolfgang Books Presents 'An Afternoon with Jessica Francis Kane'

The Writers at Bridge and Main Reading Series from Wolfgang Books and Steel City Coffee House conjessica francis kanetinues on October 16th with Jessica Francis Kane, author of The Report. Join us for an interview with Jessica, a reading, and a question and answer session. Copies of the book will be for sale at the event and are in stock now at Wolfgang Books. The program will begin at 3 pm, though we suggest that you arrive a little early to pick up a drink or snack and grab a good seat. As always, the event is free and open to the pubic.

The Report has received a tremendous amount of advance praise and has already received nominations for several awards. Here are a few words from Jessica about her novel:

"The story centers around a night in March 1943 when nearly two hundred people died seeking shelter from what seemed to be another air raid in East London. In all cases, death was by asphyxiation; there were no broken bones.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Help Support Operation F.O.C.U.S. Tonigth at Petrucci's

Tonight, between 6 and 9pm, Petrucci's Ice Cream and Water Ice will be donating a portion of all sales to Operation F.O.C.U.S. (For Our Children's Uncompromised Safety). In addition to great ice cream, guests will be treated to live music by the band A World Once Silent as well as performances by singer/guitar player Mary Sinnott and guitar player Patrick McGinnis. There will also be raffle tickets for sale for a number of wonderful prizes.

Operation F.O.C.U.S. provides a safe environment for Phoenixville High School students following the spring prom. Come out and help a great cause!

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Halloween Parade Scheduled For October 19th

The annual Phoenixville Halloween Parade is scheduled for 7pm on Tuesday, October 19th. The parade begins at Borough Hall. If you are interested in participating in the parade, click here to download an application.

Additionally, on Saturday, October 23rd, beginning at 3pm, there will be a Halloween Dog Festival and Parade at the corner of Reeves Park and Main Street

Concert to Benefit Phoenixville Area Community Services

On Sunday, October 17th, Phoenixville Area High School student Stephen Kenyon will be performing a concert at St. John's Lutheran Church, 355 St. John's Circle, Phoenixville, PA. The concert will benefit Phoenixville Area Community Services.

Stephen Kenyon, a student at Phoenixville Area High School, is a gifted pianist. As his Senior Project, Stephen will offer a concert to benefit PACS. He will be joined by a few of his talented friends.

The concert will be held at 4 pm on Sunday, October 17 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Phoenixville. You are also invited to a reception immediately following the event.

There are no tickets - just a free will offering that will be matched by Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. All proceeds benefit PACS. Non-perishable food items for the emergency pantry will also be collected at the door.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Neumann University Hosting Continuing Education Info Session on October 19th


Neumann University has been educating adults since 1974.
Neumann Launches Continuing Education Classes in Phoenixville

Neumann University will host an information session on October 19 to present its expanded menu of continuing education classes for adults in the Phoenixville area. The session will run from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Franklin Commons, 400 Franklin Avenue, just six blocks north of the Gay Street Bridge in Phoenixville. Instructors will be on hand to explain the classes and answer questions.

Offerings include classes for personal enrichment, professional development and money-saving skills. There are computer education classes in Social Networking, Google Apps, Internet Safety and Computer Forensics as well as a special Computer Basics course for senior citizens. Professional development classes include Networking, Medical Terminology, Medical Billing, and CLE/CPE classes for attorneys and accountants.

A series of For Ladies Only Home Repair classes cover topics such as Energy Savings, Caulk and Grout, Potty Talk and Safe at Home.

Planned for 2011 are ACT 48 classes for teachers as well as courses entitled Multiple Intelligences, Character Education, Wellness, and Intergenerational Wisdom.

Area adults are also invited to attend a free seminar that night at 6:30 p.m. Dr. Leonard DiPaul, a member of the Neumann University faculty and executive director of Pastoral and Theological Studies, will present "Making Your Life Better, For Free."

To learn more about the information session, contact Carol Giampietro, director of Neumann’s Phoenixville site, at info-pxv@neumann.edu or 484-832-0523.

Neumann has been educating adult learners since 1974 and has been offering courses in Phoenixville since 2007. Through its main campus in Aston, Delaware County, Neumann offers undergraduate degree programs for adults in a classroom setting, completely online, or as a mix of online and classroom instruction. In the field of graduate studies, Neumann offers master’s degrees in Education, Nursing, Pastoral Care and Counseling, Sport Management, and Strategic Leadership.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Upcomign Events at the Phoenixville Public Library

Below are some of the upcoming events being hosted by the Phoenixville Public Library:

October Movie Night
The next Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library, Thursday, October 14 at 7:00 PM, will feature “The Last Picture Show” (1971, rated R, running time 126 min.), next in our countdown of the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Movies”. Jeff Bridges, Timothy Bottoms, and Cybill Shepherd star in Peter Bogdanovich’s nostalgic farewell to an innocent age, based on Larry McMurtry’s novel. Loss of innocence, disillusionment, and confusion are played out against the backdrop of a 1950s Texas town about to close its cinema. The film is stunningly photographed in black and white. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 610-933-3013, Ext. 32.

Financial Myths Workshop
Some of the most common myths about investing, retirement, insurance, and estate planning are countered in a free talk, “15 Financial Myths”, to be held at Phoenixville Public Library on Monday, October 18 at 7:00 PM. Frederick E. Hubler, Jr., President of Phoenixville’s Creative Capital Wealth Management Group, will be the speaker. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 610-933-3013, Ext. 32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Phoenixville Weight Loss Challenge begins Monday Ocotber 4th

Heather Craig is again hosting the Phoenixville Weight Loss Challenge:

Want to lose weight in a fun group competition?
The next Phoenixville Weight Loss Challenge begins Monday Ocotber 4th.
Only $35 for the 10 week class.
Cash prizes to the biggest LOSERS!!
Call 610-283-9368 to register - space is limited.

Artisans Gallery & Cafe Holding Grand Re-Opening Celebration During October's First Friday

On Friday, October 1st, Artisans Gallery & Cafe will celebrate its grand re-opening:

GRAND RE OPENING - FRIST FRIDAY OCT 1ST 2010

The Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a Grand Re Opening ceremony at Artisans on First Friday Oct 1st 2010, Artisans will also be conducting a Pottery “throwing demo” conducted by local artist on the street in front of Artisans. Please stop by and enjoy the “demo”

First Friday to Feature Oktoberfest Celebration

October's First Friday will feature an Oktoberfest celebration. Barry Cassidy described the events as follows:

Iron Hill, Bistro on Bridge, PJ Ryan's and Mollys will all be on the street as the 100 and 200 blocks of bridge are closed for this festive event. German music, Oktoberfest beer and good German food will be served up to those attending this important First Friday. Michele from Irish Joes is thinking of having a german food extravaganza possibly but nothing set in stone. Looks like the new artisans cafe will also have something outside. Tents will abound at this rain or shine event.

Visit the Facebook event page for more information.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

3rd Annual Bark for Life being held this Sunday

The 3rd Annual Bark for Life will be held on Sunday, October 3rd.

The American Cancer Society Bark For Life is a noncompetitive walk event for dogs and their owners to raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society's fight against cancer. By supporting Bark For Life, you help the American Cancer Society save lives, and that helps us move closer to our ultimate goal of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. So bring your best canine friend and join us for a fun-filled day starting with a walk, and then continuing with contests, and games.

If you would like to participate, sign up on our Bark For Life Website or fill out a Registration Form and mail it in. Save money by signing up in advance for only $10. At the event, registration will cost $15.

Fall Foliage Family Fun Walk Scheduled for November 6th

On Saturday, November 6th, Activate Phoenixville Area is hosting a Fall Foliage Family Fun Walk at Black Rock Sanctuary. Registration starts at 8:30am and is free to the public.

Visit the Activate Phoenixville Area blog for more information.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Rockin' for a Cure - Curing MS One Song at a Time at Rock & Roll After School

Rockin' for a Cure is an all ages event featuring three of Philly's most promising up and coming bands, HONOR, Phantasm and Rivers Monroe. Net proceeds raised at the event will be donated directly to the National MS Society, Greater Delaware Valley Chapter.

Rockin' for a cure will be held on December 4, 2010 at Rock and Roll After School, a unique venue located at 400 Franklin Avenue in Phoenixville, PA.

Rockin' for a Cure will feature live music, free food, raffles, door prizes and more! This is an event you will not want to miss!

We hope to raise at least $10,000 for the cause - curing Multiple Sclerosis - and will raise that and more with your help!

About the Bands
HONOR, Phantasm and Rivers Monroe are not going to be "local" for long - soon, they will be "big time" and heard on every radio station in America - seize this opportunity to hear them in an intimate setting, which is a memory you will cherish for a lifetime.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Baseball in West Chester far from a done deal

Yesterday, I mentioned that it appeared West Chester was on the verge of announcing it would soon be home to a new baseball team. Today, it seems this was a bit of an overstatement by the group trying to bring the team into the area. 6 ABC reports:

It was expected on Monday that stadium backers would announce they had a "gentleman's agreement" with the Phillies to put a minor league franchise here. However, a Phillies spokesperson threw cold water on that today saying that was "An overstatement about what was discussed."

Howie Bedell, a consultant for the stadium group, backed off the agreement claim, instead saying "If we are able to put all of the elements together they would be interested in putting a ball club here."

Bedell, a former major leaguer with ties to the Phils farm league, admits there are still many unfinished elements to turn this acreage into a stadium - not the least of which is $20 million in taxpayer money from Harrisburg. Also, they still need actual control of the land. Still, he remains upbeat.

Today's Daily Local has this to say:
“It is my understanding that if we are able to put all of the elements together, (the Phillies) would be interested in putting a ballclub here,” said Bedell, who stressed that the incoming club would be responsible for maintenance of the new facility.

“There was a statement made, directly, that if indeed we are ready now, that they would be there. And the Phillies would be a good fit. It would be good for them and good for us.”

Bedell called the Wyeth site, now owned by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals, “the last 30 acres in West Chester.” He also said that the Turk’s Head Alliance has had meetings with Pfizer and that they are cooperating 100 percent.

“We have until the end of December to get this done,” he said.

The fate of this project may be known in about three months, but everything is very much up in the air right now.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Baseball Team Going to West Chester

The Mercury is reporting today that the long rumored baseball team that is coming to Chester County will end up in West Chester, not Phoenixville.

WEST CHESTER — First proposed years ago, championed by an impressive group of local civic leaders and bolstered by a feasibility study, a minor league baseball stadium to be built in West Chester is apparently inching ever closer to becoming a reality.

The Turk's Head Stadium Alliance (THSA) is meeting today at 10 a.m. to announce that a verbal agreement has been reached for a site, and that a Class A affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies will be the main tenant.

"The Phillies will bring a team here if we can build a stadium," confirmed Jerry Schneider, who is one of a dozen or so members of the THSA.

It is still in the early stages of a very complex issue involving many entities, and no contracts have been signed. But according to Schneider, the Phillies are hoping to have a team begin the 2013 baseball season in a new 4,000-5,000 seat venue located on the former Wyeth Labratories site at South Bolmar and East Nields streets. The 30 acre plot is currently owned by Pfizer Pharmaceuticals.

The Phoenixville Steel Site was one of three finalists for the stadium, the other being the former Cedar Hollow quarry in East Whiteland. An anonymous source indicates that the Phillies' Williamsport Crosscutters affiliate will be the team coming to West Chester.

Read the full article here

All Things Primitive Moves to 25 S Main Street

All Things Primitive has completed their move from 26 Gay St to 25 S Main St. Owner Barb Jarrett writes:

We will be re-opening on Friday Sept 24th at 5:00 pm. Come visit us and pick up a Fall Goodie or Everyday item. We have plenty to choose from, and we are so looking forward to seeing you there!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Artisans Gallery & Cafe in new space

Artisans Gallery & Cafe has a new location. On Saturday, September 18th, they opened up their new space at 234 Bridge Street.

Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust’s 6th Annual Historic House Tour to be held Saturday, September 25th

6th ANNUAL HISTORIC HOUSE TOUR SET FOR SEPTEMBER 25
Trust’s 2010 Tour Features Berwyn and Strafford Historic Homes

Old houses tell wonderful stories, and the houses of Tredyffrin and Easttown Townships have many tales to tell. On Saturday, September 25, 2010, the Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust’s 6th Annual Historic House Tour will open doors to community’s past. This year’s tour will spotlight Berwyn and Strafford neighborhoods by opening the doors to eight private homes; three homes in Easttown Township and five homes in Tredyffrin Township. Featured houses span 18th, 19th and 20th centuries and offer visitors an opportunity to experience Chester County history through original, restored and historically significant homes.

“We are excited about the 2010 Historic House Tour,” Pattye Benson, President of Tredyffrin Historic Preservation Trust said. “This is a wonderful opportunity for historic Berwyn and Strafford neighborhoods to showcase their diverse architectural heritage and for homeowners to show visitors how their historic homes blend with modern lives. The House Tour has become one of the Trust’s most anticipated annual events and we are grateful to our generous homeowners who open the doors to their extraordinary homes. If you love history and architecture, you will not want to miss this year’s tour.”

Friday, September 17, 2010

48th Annual Phoenixville InterService Club Dinner to be held Tuesday, October 5th

On Tuesday, October 5th, Service Club Members, guests and Past Recipients of the Ambassador Award are cordially invited to attend the 48th Annual Phoenixville InterService Club Dinner. The event is being hosted by the Phoenixville Jaycees and begin at 6pm at Franklin Hall in Franklin Commons, 400 Franklin Avenue.

Schedule of events:

  • 6:00 p.m. – Social Hour (Wine, Beer, Hors D'oeuvres provided)
  • 7:00 p.m. – Dinner (Cost - $36 per person, includes beer, wine & soda). Menu can be found at www.interserviceclub.org.

In addition to food and beverage, entertainment will be provided by John Valerio Music and there will also be raffles for cash prizes, basket of cheer and more!

Deadline to register is Monday, September 20th. Click here to download a registration form.

TEDx is coming to Phoenixville on September 25th

On Saturday, September 25th, The Colonial Theatre is hosting the inaugural TEDxPhoenixville from 10am-3pm.
TEDx is coming to Phoenixville
Landmark Colonial Theatre will become epicenter of ideas


09.09.2010 – The Colonial Theatre, a cultural landmark in the revitalized steel town of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, is going to be the epicenter for a unique collection of people and an exciting exchange of ideas later this month. TEDxPhoenixville, scheduled for Saturday, September 25, 2010, will feature a variety of lively speakers, compelling performers and an interactive exchange with an engaged audience.

TEDx is an independently organized TED event that enables local communities and groups like the Association for the Colonial Theatre to organize, design and host their own independent, TED-like events. TED is a small nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design.

At the regional TEDx events, unique talks given by live speakers combine with TEDTalks videos to spark deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis.

The theme of TEDxPhoenixville is Joy Ride and the organizing committee has invited individuals with diverse disciplines and backgrounds to speak during the engaging, day-long event. As a metaphor for life, the ride theme allows open interpretation to an interesting format of speakers and performers that include adventurers, inventors, virtuosos and entrepreneurs, A diverse collection of individuals whose common denominator is attacking their passion with joy.

Franklin Commons Hosting Open House on Tuesday, October 12th

On Tuesday, October 12th, Franklin Commons will be hosting an open house from 5-9pm. The open house will showcase the special events and amenities offered by Rock & Roll After School, the area’s most innovative after-school music program and band camps for kids as well as highlighting the various other things that Franklin Commons has to offer.

Click on the image to the right for a flyer which has more information about what you can expect at the event.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills Presents Astral Artistic Classical Music Concert on September 23rd

On Thursday, September 23rd, Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is presenting a free classical music concert beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Camphill Village Kimberton Hills presents a free classical music concert on Thursday, September 23 at 7:30 p.m.

Astral Artistic Services, an organization that guides and promotes the nation’s most extraordinary emerging classical musicians, will offer an evening of music in Kimberton Hills’ Rose Hall featuring The Jasper String Quartet.

Hailed as “sonically delightful and expressively compelling” and “polished, engaged and in tune with one another,” the Jasper String Quartet’s unity comes from its belief in the timeless and lifelong pursuit of music’s depth and meaning. The concert will feature the music of Haydn and Beethoven.

Astral Artists is a non-profit organization whose mission is to discover the most promising classical musicians residing in the United States , assist their early professional career development and present their world-class artistry to the community through concerts and outreach programs. Camphill Kimberton is pleased to once again host these gifted musicians.

There is no charge for the concert, but donations are accepted.

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is located at 1601 Pughtown Road, Kimberton, PA. For more information, visit them at camphillkimberton.org.

Singer/Songwriter Suzie Brown Coming to Steel City on Friday, October 15th

On Friday, October 15th, Philadelphia area native Suzie Brown will be performing at Steel City Coffee House.

Recently named Best of Philly 2010 for music talent by Philadelphia Magazine, Brown is a practicing cardiologist who set aside a promising research career to pursue her love of music. She has enjoyed an exceedingly quick rise to popularity, given that she started writing songs just two years ago. Within a few months of playing her first show in the fall of 2008, Brown sold out Philadelphia’s storied Tin Angel and opened for Livingston Taylor. By February, she was warming up crowds for Lyle Lovett, and by summer, she was playing for packed houses at New York City’s Rockwood Music Hall and Boston’s Johnny D’s and Club Passim.

While media outlets have seized on her unusual bio, audiences and promoters have focused squarely on Brown’s music. The easy familiarity of her songs harkens back to Carole King’s folk-pop creations, while the yearning sweetness in her voice recalls the down-home intimacy of Patty Griffin. Brown’s songwriting is remarkably mature, embodying the best traditions of Nashville-style songwriting with subtle progressions and memorable turns of phrase.

Brown recently released her debut recording, entitled Side Streets, to a sell-out crowd at the Tin Angel. The record has enjoyed regular airplay on numerous local and regional radio stations, and was featured as the local ‘pick of the day’ and as one of the year’s best local releases by Philadelphia’s WXPN.

For more information on Suzie Brown and her music, visit suziebrownsongs.com.

Her latest album, Side Streets, can be purchased here.

Monday, September 13, 2010

History of Jazz Lecture at Phoenixville Public Library on Thursday, October 7th

On Thursday, October 7 at 7:00pm, the Phoenixville Public Library will be presenting WRTI-FM jazz host Jeff Duperon and his presentation of “The History of Jazz: From Early New Orleans to the Modern Era”.

WRTI-FM jazz host Jeff Duperon will present “The History of Jazz: From Early New Orleans to the Modern Era” on Thursday, October 7 at 7:00 PM at Phoenixville Public Library.

The music called jazz was born sometime around 1895 in New Orleans. It combined elements of ragtime, marching band music, and blues. What differentiated jazz from these earlier styles was the widespread use of improvisation, often by more than one player at a time. The spontaneous music created captured a joy and sense of adventure that was an exciting and radical departure from the music of the time. This lecture will explore the origins of jazz and discuss the numerous eras of jazz including swing, big band, be-bop, hard bop, acid jazz (aka soul jazz), and the modern era. The lecture will also include musical sound bites of artists who have contributed to the only original art form created in the United States.

Born and raised in New Orleans, Jeff Duperon graduated from Tulane University. He then moved to Philadelphia and immediately became involved in the local jazz scene. In addition to his radio show, Jeff has developed a jazz studies program that is used to teach fourth and fifth graders at Bluford Elementary School in West Philadelphia.

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

Phoenixville Public Library Offering Monthly Social Networking Workshops

From the Phoenixville Public Library:

Learn how to use Facebook, LinkedIn, MySpace, and Twitter for personal life and business in a free workshop to be held on the fourth Friday of the month from 1:00 to 2:00 PM at Phoenixville Public Library. Ernie Tidball will be the presenter. In this workshop, attendees will learn how to connect with business professionals, friends, acquaintances, and colleagues using social networking sites. The workshop will also include discussion of the pros and cons of social networking while covering the step-by-step of how to set up profiles, connect and build business relationships, and even promote a business, properly and safely.

Ernie Tidball currently works as a Senior IT Audit Consultant for Susquehanna Bancshares and has been teaching computer courses for two decades.

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

Councilman Senley Resigns

From Watching Phoenixville:

Councilman Jeff Senley tendered his resignation Saturday September 11th. Council will meet on Tuesday the 14th at which time they will vote as to whether or not to accept Mr. Senley's resignation.

Thursday, September 09, 2010

Forge Theatre Presents “Spelling Bee” Musical

Beginning September 10th, the Forge Theatre will be presenting Spelling Bee:

Can you spell H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S? Forge Theatre in Phoenixville is proud to present the Broadway smash hit musical, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. The Tony Award-winning show tells the story of six kids in the throes of puberty, overseen by adults who barely managed to escape childhood themselves.

A high-spirited tale of overachievers’ angst, the production chronicles the experience of adolescent outsiders vying for the spelling championship of a lifetime. Four volunteer audience spellers will be featured at every performance, guaranteeing a unique experience for everyone.

The show runs September 10, 11, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 30; October 1, 2 at 8pm; and September 19 at 2pm at Forge Theatre, 241 First Avenue in Phoenixville. For reservations and information, visit Forge online at http://ForgeTheatre.org. Tickets are $12-15.

The show is directed by Dru Ullery and the cast includes Sue Murphy, Leigh Brienza, Bob Goretski, Christa Wisneski, Jason Kramer, James Scotland IV, Paul Bigas, Mia M’Buy and Steve Schulz.