What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

Phoenixville Named One of Philadelphia Magazine's '10 Awesome Neighborhoods to Call Home'

In its March issue, Philadelphia Magazine features '10 Awesome Neighborhoods to Call Home' and Phoenixville made the list! View the article here.

Thanks to reader Brian for the link.

Agnostics Anonymous Hosting Meetings at Wolfgang Books

Agnostics Anonymous exists to promote an open and friendly environment for frank and respectful dialogue on questions regarding, among other things, human knowledge, morality and life's purpose. AgAnon strives to be a place where an honest and thoughtful exchange occurs among a gathering of friends who are committed to authentic inquiry. Dogmatic skeptics, absolute relativists and wily cynics are always welcome.

Meetings are held from 7-8:30pm on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month at Wolfgang Books, 237 Bridge St., Phoenixville, PA.

For more information, visit ag-anon.com.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Local Business Spotlight: Wasko's

Wasko’s, located at 223 Gay Street, is one of Phoenixville’s best kept secrets. Off of the beaten path of Bridge Street, this small sandwich shop is becoming well known, and deservedly so, for their roast pork sandwiches, pierogies and kielbasy. They also serve up delicious prime rib sandwiches along with more standard hoagies.

Wasko’s is owned and run by Jim Wasko, a Mont Clare native, who opened the restaurant a little over two years ago. At the time, Jim had little experience as a cook but felt this was his life’s calling and has been learning ever since. A quick glance at Yelp shows that he is a quick study.

Wasko’s is open every day but Sunday, from 11-6pm Monday-Thursday and Saturday and 11-7pm on Friday. Their phone number is 610-933-6720.

For more information including their full menu, visit waskoscatering.com.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Banff Mountain Film Festival Being Held March 5th and 6th

The Banff Mountain Film Festival will be making another visit to Phoenixville on March 5th and 6th, 2010. The event, which previously had been held at the Colonial, is moving to a new, bigger location at Valley Forge Christian College. The festival is once again being hosted by the Philadelphia Rock Gym with a portion of the proceeds going to benefit the Schuylkill Canal Association.

For more information and for tickets, please visit the Banff 2010 site at PhilaRockGym.com

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Pre-Saint Patrick's Day Pub Crawl To Be Held On March 13th

From Downtown Phoenixville News:

The pre-Saint Patrick's Day pub crawl will be held on March 13th 1-5.

There will be breweries at the participating pubs are as follows:

Bistro On Bridge - Heavy Seas, Rogue, Brooklyn Brewery
The Pickering Creek Inn - Founders, Weyerbacher, Cigar City
Molly Maguire's - Victory, Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale
Epicurean - Ithaca, Lagunitas, Spring House
Iron Hill - Iron Hill Beer
Sly Fox - Sly Fox Beer
Baxter's 101 Bridge - Stoudts Brewery
PJ Ryans - Longtrail, One more to be named shortly

Monday, February 22, 2010

Hipster Home Needs Your Help

From the Hipster Home email list:

Hipster Home will be featured on the TV Show FYI Philadelphia (ABC 6) and we need customers in the store to help with the shoot. This is your big shot to get discovered........... well, OK, but at the very least you can be on a TV show and help a local business. Tomorrow only (Tuesday 2/23/10) (UPDATE: Shoot will be held on Thursday 2/25/10) at around 12 noon we will be offering a 30% discount on any non-sale items (excludes Gus and Geneva). Not a bad deal huh? We think it's pretty awesome. So if you've been thinking about stopping into Hipster, for any reason, then this is a great opportunity to save some big bucks. Don't miss out!

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills Hosting Benefit Concert Featuring The Casa De Venezuela Music Ensemble

KIMBERTON, Pa. --- Two Pennsylvania registered non-profit organizations, Veniños - Venezuelan Children In Need - and Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, are working together on a spring fundraiser to benefit the missions of both organizations.

On Sunday, March 21, 2010 , they will co-host a concert in Rose Hall at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, located at 1601 Pughtown Road , Kimberton , Pa.

The concert’s program will feature Venezuelan folk music performed by the popular Casa De Venezuela Music Ensemble, accompanied by their vivacious dance group. Also performing will be the talented a cappella groups the Hilltones and the Hilltrebles from The Hill School, Pottstown.

The concert will start at 2 p.m. A ticketed reception will follow and provide the opportunity to meet with and talk to the artists. Latin American inspired refreshments will be served.

Tickets are available in advance from Camphill Village Kimberton Hills. For more information call 610-935-0300 ex. 12 or e-mail bernadette@camphillkimberton.org. Cost is $10 for students and senior citizens, $15 for general admission, and $25 for concert & reception.

On display that afternoon will be an exhibit of Venezuelan-inspired paintings by local artist, Mary Jo Kimball Hopton. Her paintings will be available to view at www.veninos.org, and on Facebook during March 2010. Additionally, Chester County scenes captured in painting by Tim Swartz, in prints by Anne Keen, and in photos by Red Hammer will be on display and also available for purchase.

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills’ mission is to create a living and working community where everyone, especially those with special needs can discover and development their full potential. 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.

Veniños - Venezuelan Children in Need is a USA and UK registered charity, dedicated to improving the lives of street and shanty town children in urban Venezuela . It has no religious or political affiliation. The funds raised by Veniños are used to support projects run by well- respected non-governmental organizations operating in Venezuela.

For more information:

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Phoenixville Youth Babe Ruth League holding signups this Sunday and next

The Phoenixville Youth Babe Ruth League will be holding signups the next two Sundays, February 21st and 28th.

Phoenixville Youth Babe Ruth League (PYBRL)
Sign-Ups for T-Ball, Baseball, and Softball

Ages 5 - 12

This Sunday, Feb 21 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Also Sunday Feb 28 and Mar 6, 1 - 4 PM

The Field House at Vic Marosek Park/PECO Fields
1101 Jefferson St.
Phoenixville, PA

First Time Players must bring a birth certificate.
All Players must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

For further information call 610-933-1177 or email: pybrlhn@aol.com

Monday, February 15, 2010

Valley Forge Fire Company Holding Annual Soup Sale This Weekend

On Saturday, February 20th, the Valley Forge Fire Company is hosting their annual Soup Sale. The event, which runs from 11-2, features homemade soups made by their auxillary volunteers. For more information and to preorder, please visit their site at www.valleyforgefireco.com.

Help a local help three worthy groups

Kristen Caperila, local independent education consultant for Usborne Books, is helping raise money for three local groups:

  • Stepping Stone Education Center - Preparing pre-schoolers for life...One step at a time! Click on Fundraising and shop the Usborne link to help them earn 15% on all sales.
  • Buried With Dignity - This incredible organization's goal is to provide memorial stones for children in the Greater Philadelphia area whose families cannot afford them, so every child can be "buried with dignity". Visit their website and look for the Usborne Books link at the bottom of the home page, 10% of all sales placed through that link go to this wonderful organization. While visiting their site you can also make a donation directly to BWD!
  • Renaissance Academy Charter School - Click here to help the Renaissance Academy's Family School Organization. 15% of all sales will go to the FSO.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Local Preschool to Host Family Fun Fair On Saturday, February 20th

Stepping Stone Education Center, 400 Franklin Ave. Suite 250, Phoenixville, invites the community to a Family Fun Fair on Saturday, February 20th, 2010, from 10AM to 2PM. The fair will feature hands-on science demonstrations by High Touch-High Tech®. There will also be a silent auction, games, crafts, face painting, hoagies and pizza. For more information please call 610-933-7710.

Stepping Stone Education Center offers full time childcare from 6 weeks to 6 year olds with a variety of preschool classes and kindergarten enrichment. Additional information regarding the school can be found at www.SteppingStoneEducation.org or calling 610-933-7710.

High Touch-High Tech® offers unique programs designed to stimulate the imagination and curiosity of children in the sciences. More information regarding High Touch-High Tech® is at www.hightouch-hightech.com.

Monday, February 08, 2010

Forge Theatre Presents "The Importance of Being Earnest"

Christopher Latzke (left) as Algernon, and Kristin Krikorian (right) as Cecily in Forge Theatre’s “The Importance of Being Earnest”
Beginning February 26th, the Forge Theatre will be presenting Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest".
What happens when two pretty young girls both fall in love with men they believe to be named Ernest? Will they learn that a rose by any other name still smells as sweet?

Forge Theatre in Phoenixville presents "The Importance of Being Earnest" by Oscar Wilde. This delightfully witty, light-hearted romp through high society follows the antics of two bachelors trying to win their ladies’ hearts by earnestly pretending to be Ernest.

Performances of this frothy comedy are February 26 and 27 at 8pm; March 7 at 2pm; March 5 ,6, 11, 12 and 13 at 8pm at Forge Theater, 241 First Avenue, Phoenixville. Tickets are $12 (ages 18 and under, $10). For reservations, call 610-935-1920. Further information: http://ForgeTheatre.org/.

The cast includes: Steve Carrasco, David Cashell, John Corr, Nancy Dolan, Spencer Gates, Gay Hoyle, Kristen Krikorian, Chris Latzke and Heather Reese. (See below for hometown information.*)

Forge Theater
241 First Avenue
Phoenixville, PA 19453

Reservations: 610-935-1920.

Info: http://www.ForgeTheatre.org/.

*Home town information for the cast:

Steve Carrasco - Spring City, David Cashell - Springfield, John Corr - Phoenixville, Nancy Dolan - Pottstown, Spencer Gates - Paoli, Gay Hoyle - Phoenixville, Kristen Krikorian - Sounderton, Chris Latzke - Philadelphia, Heather Reese - Pottstown

Friday, February 05, 2010

Two Upcoming Events to Help Support Mom's House of Greater Philadelphia

Mom's House, a free daycare for single parents attending school full time, is having two fundraisers in the next month.

February 16, 2010 - Iron Hill Give 20% Fundraiser. On that night, Iron Hill will donate 20% of all food purchases to Mom's House. Patrons will need to bring a coupon to Iron Hill which can downloaded here.

March 21, 2010 - Miles for Moms 5k and family fun run. Information for this will be available on their site shortly.

Monday, February 01, 2010

The Handcrafted Cookie Company Raising Money For Mom's House

Each quarter, The Hand Crafted Cookie Company chooses a local organization whose work they believe is important to make a donation to. For the first quarter of 2010, they have chosen Mom's House on Church St. They will make a donation of 5% of all sales, up to $500, plus whatever amount their customers donate during that time. Last quarter, they raised $536 for PACS and, the quarter before, $594 for Citizen Advocacy of Chester County. They have set a goal of at least $600 for this quarter. So stop in, have some great cookies and help a good cause in the process!

PACS’ Annual Murder Mystery Comedy Dinner Show and Auction To Be Held Friday, March 26th

Tickets are Available Now for PACS’ Annual Murder Mystery Comedy Dinner Show and Auction

What could be more fun than a special evening of laughter, drama and mystery??

Make plans now to attend the 3rd Annual Murder Mystery dinner show to benefit Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) slated for Friday, March 26.  You will be treated to an enjoyable evening of food and entertainment, where you take part in solving the "crime."

"Theatre of Horror," performed by actors from Phoenixville’s Forge Theatre, is set in a dinner to announce the new schedule for "Style Theatre Company," a repertory theater group which has seen better days.  Unfortunately, at this celebration someone is murdered!  There will be mystery, drama and lots of laughs!  During the investigation, audience members participate by questioning suspects, examining clues and figuring out motives.  And whoever solves the crime wins a prize!

Ticket price is $75 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, sit down dinner with a choice of chicken, fish or vegetarian meals, non-alcoholic beverages and the show.  A cash bar will be available.

PACS will also host a silent auction of exciting theme baskets.  One basket includes a weekend getaway.  Another popular basket features tickets to a Penn State football game, tailgate lunch and other theme extras.  Whether you enjoy improving your golf score, dining out in Phoenixville, a little pampering or fun for the kids – you’ll find a basket to bid on that is perfect for you!

Please buy your tickets now to reserve your seats for Friday, March 26, 2010 at RiverCrest Golf Club and Preserve, 100 Golf Club Drive, Phoenixville, PA.  The "celebration" begins at 6:00 p.m.

Proceeds benefit PACS’ charitable mission – connecting Phoenixville area residents with community resources and emergency assistance.

For information and tickets, contact PACS at 610-933-1105 or development@pacsphx.org.