What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Third Annual Blob Ball to be held Friday, July 9th

The third annual Blob Ball will be held at Club 212 on Friday, July 9th, beginning shortly after the 'Running Out' reenactment at the Colonial:
Iron Town Productions, The Rivers Rockabilly Trio put on the favorite ball of the year, Blob Ball! The 3rd Annual Blob Ball will be held at Club 212 right around the time of the "running out" reenactment at the Colonial Theatre. Blob Ball will feature The Rivers Rockabilly Trio playing all the hits from the 1950s, dancing (swing), and contests. Participants can win prizes for Best 50s Dress (male & female), Best 50s Celebrity Impersonator, Best 50s Scary Movie Character, and Best Dancers. Last year this event sold out and we had to turn over 70 people away. This year we have much more space, but are expecting hundreds of people.

Tickets are $10 adv. and $12 at the door (if not sold out).

We have special VIP tickets for $15. VIP tickets get premiere seating (leather couches, love seats and coffee tables) window access for viewing the "running out" reenactment and waitress service. VIP seating will be right next to the dance floor and band.

For more information, check out our Blob Ball facebook page.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

School District News

Several announcements regarding the school district from the past couple of weeks.

Phoenixville Area School District names new superintendent
The Phoenixville Area School Board Monday night announced the nomination of Dr. Alan D. Fegley as superintendent of schools effective July 1.

The board voted to hire Fegley to a five-year contract with an annual salary starting at $205,000.

Board president Paul Slaninka opened Thursday evening's board meeting with the announcement.

"I have some good news this evening as we have hired a new superintendent," Slaninka proclaimed.

Slaninka said that Fegley comes from the Haddonfield School District in New Jersey, and said that Haddonfield is regarded as the top school district in South Jersey as well as one of the top districts in the entire state.

Fegley has spent 18 years in Haddonfield as a principal, assistant superintendent and superintendent. He holds a bachelor of arts in elementary education from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor of science in organizational management from Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania.

Read the full article here at The Phoenix

Phoenixville school board OKs 2.54% tax increase in budget plan
The Phoenixville Area School Board passed the 2010-11 school budget with a tax increase of 2.54 percent during their board meeting Thursday night.

The increase will translate to $89 for the average property owner, board members said.

Board President Paul Slaninka voiced his displeasure of another tax increase for the community.

"I will not be voting for this," Slaninka said. "In these economic times, any kind of budget increase is hard for me. Something else has to be sacrificed. There are too many people out of work.

Read the full article at The Phoenix

Phoenixville axes early language programs
The Phoenixville Area School District board bid adieu to the world language program as well as the first-grade class of Spanish Immersion following a vote during a lengthy board meeting Thursday evening.

Despite listening to more than two hours of support for both programs, the board voted to eliminate them following a recommendation from the school's administration.

At the April 12 board meeting, acting Superintendent Barbara Burke-Stevenson said she'd like to eliminate the Spanish Immersion program at Schuylkill Elementary, beginning with first grade, and the world language program at the elementary level.

Burke-Stevenson told the board that evening, "We are facing cuts due to fiscal responsibilities. These are some difficult decisons."

On Thursday, during the curriculum discussion at the meeting, board member Jan Potts said the elimination of the world language program would save $150,000 in next year's school budget. She also said that there are staffing issues involved with the Spanish Immersion program.

Read the full article at The Phoenix

Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area Hosting Two Events

The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area will be hosting two events over the next two months:

Slide show and lecture by Ron Sloto, author of the book "The Mines and Minerals of Chester County, Pennsylvania" presents mining in our local area.
June 16th: 7:00 PM at Phoenixville Federal Bank & Trust Conference Center, 564 Nutt Rd.

Event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments are served.


Walking Tour - The Churches of North Phoenixville
July 29th: Tours start at 5:30pm, last tour is at 7:00pm. Tour starts at Holy Trinity Church, 219 Dayton Street

Stroll through three of the spectacular churches on the north side of town. . The tour is free but you must have reservations. Call 1-877-442-2476 for reservations.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Montgomery County AOH Irish Festival to be held June 4-6

The annual AOH Irish Festival will be held over the weekend of June 4th-6th:
Mont Clare, the little village out side of Phonexville, will come alive with Irish Music on June 4th , 5th and 6th on the picnic grounds of Saint Michael.

This event organized by the AOH Notre Dame Division will have three days of music, vendors, food and beverages. A great line up of entertainmenttt kicks off with a Ceili on Friday night with Tom Mchugh with Jim and Kevin McGillian. On Saturday gates open at 11:00 and Oliver McElone hits the stage at 12 noon followed by the very upbeat tunes of the Bogside Rouges and Wildwoods Irish Weekends favorite Paddy's Well.

Sunday morning will begin with an outdoor Mass with the Reverend Andrew McCormick and vocalist Sara Agnew. At 12 noon the music starts up again with the Misty Isle who are getting back together for this festival and to finish off the festival will be Celtic Spirit.

Over the weekend there will be Irish Dancers and Irish Thunder Pipes and Drums.

The festival will be rain or shine because of the pavilion that will also protect you from the sun. Bring a chair just in case and the cost in small. $5.00 for Friday and $7.00 for Saturday or Sunday.

All proceeds will go toward AOH charities that help support the community and those in need.

For more info and directions, visit the log onto the AOH Notre Dame Division web site at www.aohnd1.com

Second Steel City Reading Series Event Taking Place on Saturday

Robin Black, author of the recently published short story collection If I Loved You, I Would Tell You This, will visit Phoenixville on Saturday, May 22nd for the second installment of the Steel City Reading Series. The event begins at 3 pm at Steel City Coffee House, and is a collaboration between Steel City and Wolfgang Books. The event will begin with an author interview conducted by Jason from Wolfgang Books after which Black will read from her work. At the conclusion of the reading there will be time for audience questions, after which Black will sign copies of her book which will be for sale at the event and are in stock now at Wolfgang Books at 20% off.

Black’s short stories have been published in some of the most prestigious literary journals in the country, and the book is already being translated as foreign publishers see the strength of Black’s work. Her stories have received rave reviews across the board, and her perspectives on writing and publishing will also be discussed at the event.

Though the event begins at 3 pm, it is requested that you arrive a little early to grab a drink and get a good seat.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Yellow Springs Farm Native Plant Sale and Open House

This Saturday and Sunday, May 22nd and 23rd, Yellow Springs Farm will be hosting a Native Plant Sale and Open House.

When: Saturday/Sunday May 22-23 2010,10am - 4pm | rain or shine

Where: Yellow Springs Farm Native Plant Nursery, 1165 Yellow Springs Road, Chester Springs, PA 19425, (P) 610-827-2014 |(F) 610-482-9311 | www.yellowspringsfarm.com

Description:
Join us for our Spring 2010 Open House. Our event features over 200 species of native plants, artisanal goat cheese tasting, and unveiling of a new Earth Art sculpture by artist Rhoda Kahler.

Shop the native plant sale, view demonstration gardens around the Farm, and get free, expert advice on plant selection for your property.

See the 2010 crop of newborn goat kids, and taste varieties of our farmstead, artisanal goat milk cheeses. Cheeses will also be for sale.

Participate in the design on our very large tree sculpture with artist Rhoda Kahler. Learn about hypertufa and mosaics as the Tree is given finishing touches after over two years of creative work.

Used Book Sale Benefiting Relay for Life

On Saturday, May 22nd, stop by St Ann's Griffin Hall for a used book sale to benefit Relay for Life:

Saturday May 22, 2010 9am-1pm
St Ann's Griffin Hall
248 3rd Ave
Phoenixville, PA 1946
over 3,000 books for sale
mostly hardback books
cost 2 for $1

PABA Presents 'Wine & Dine' Night on Wednesday, June 16

On Wednesday, June 16th, the Phoenixville Area Business Association is sponsoring a 'Wine & Dine Night':

The Phoenixville Area Business Association presents "Wine & Dine" - a night of great food and wine. Participants start at the all new Brick Oven Bread & Cheese Shoppe (138 Bridge Street) were they will sample a selection of artisan breads and cheeses paired with samples of wines from Chaddsford Winery.

The next stop will be one of the top rated BYO's in Chester County, Marly's BYO (106 Bridge Street) where they will enjoy a 3-course tasting menu handpicked by Chef Michael Favacchia. Participants will receive a gift bag filled with special offers from PABA member businesses.

Tickets are $55 and available in advance only, deadline to purchase is Monday, June 14th. Tickets can be purchased in person at Steel City Coffee House or Fashionista's Salon. Tickets can also be purchased online here. A discount of 5% applies to ticket purchases of 6 or more, please contact Jane M. Tucker 484-686-7792 for discounted tickets.

*Ticket price includes water, soda, iced tea and/or coffee to accompany the meal at Marly's. Ticket price does not include gratuity. Chaddsford Winery can presell bottles of wine to be picked up at the beginning of the tour and enjoyed at Marly's BYO. Click here to preorder wine for this tour.

Sitter Speed Dating Night at Marley's

Premier Sitter Services is organizing an event at Marly's at 108 Bridge on June 8th from 6-8

One evening ~ Four minute interviews ~ The One!

Forget posting flyers, emailing & meeting strangers at your home. Premier Sitter Services is a parent~sitter liaison service. Join us at our Sitter Event, bringing a room full of parents together with experienced, available sitters (and nannies*) Parents receive a Sitter Directory with resumes, contact info and availability of each sitter. We do NOT pre-interview, background-check, employ or pay sitters... that's all up to you, the parents!

*Look for our special nanny events!

www.premiersitterservices.com

Friday, May 14, 2010

Yoga at Kadillac Tattoo

Beginning Friday, June 4th, Kadillac Tattoo in Spring City will be hosting Yoga Classes every Friday night.

YOGA at KADILLAC TATTOO

Vinyasa Flow – Creative posture sequences that connect the breath with movement to strengthen the mind, body, and soul. All Levels Welcome

7-8:15pm $10

484-802-0284 to sign-up

Lindsay Ouellette is a yoga instructor and dance artist in Philadelphia, PA. She discovered yoga while living in her hometown in Connecticut. After several years of practice she completed the 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Lindsay likes to integrate the Kripalu philosophy of the mind, body, and spirit connection within her practice to create an overall improved well-being. She teaches in Philadelphia where she now resides. Lindsay also received her BFA in Modern Dance Performance from University of the Arts

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Schuylkill Canal Association Hosting Two Events This Sunday

On Sunday, May 16th, the Schuylkill Canal Association will be holding two events:

SCA Wildflower Walk
Join us for the Wildflower Walk on Sunday, May 16th, starting at 1 – 1:15 PM at Lock 60 in Mont Clare. Wear sturdy shoes to hike along the trails along the river’s edge and the ravine trails as an expert guide, Steve Wright, points out the wildflowers growing on the hillside. Afterwards come into the Locktender’s House for some light refreshments and a brief tour.


Port Providence Paddle Guided 5-Mile Loop Paddle
Beginning no later than 1:15 PM starting at the Fitzwater Station in Port Providence. Paddle upstream in the canal to Lock 60, get out of the canal and come over to the Locktender’s House for a brief tour and some light refreshments. Put your boat in the River and paddle 2.5-miles downstream to the portage, portage back to the canal and end your paddle at the Fitzwater Station. John Pearson will be your guide for the afternoon; he can provide you with some of the interesting stories and sights and scenes along the river and canal.

Bring along your own boat, with all the necessary safety equipment, or rent one from the Port Providence Paddle, all safety equipment included. If you do rent – remember 20% of the rental fee will be donated back to the Schuylkill Canal Association.

For directions and or more information contact SCA at 610-917-0021 or info@schuylkillcanal.com, or visit the Port Providence Paddle at www.canoeandkayak.biz or call 610-935-2750 to reserve your boat.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Old Fashioned Street Fair & Rummage Sale Being Held Saturday, May 15th

On Saturday, May 15th, St. Peter's Church is holding an old-fashioned street fair and rummage sale from 10am-4pm. The fair will benefit the church's mission to El Salvador this July. Great items for sale: furniture, decorative goods, clothing, books, jewelry & more. Enjoy live music, arts & crafts for kids and adults, ping pong, food & bevvies, chair massage and the wonderful opportunity to meet friends old and new! The fair will be held along Prospect Street and Church Alley so stop by before or after the Dogwood Parade. Raindate is May 16.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Rock & Roll After School Hosting 'Girls Rock Slumber Party' this Friday, May 14th

On Friday, May 14th, Rock & Roll After School is hosting a 'Girls Rock Slumber Party'

GIRLS ROCK SLUMBER PARTY-
Girls Rock Philly and Rock & Roll After School


When:
Friday, May 14, 2010 5:00pm until Saturday, May 15th

Where:
Rock & Roll After School
400 Franklin Ave
Phoenixville, PA 19460
(610) 983-4650

Cost:
$40.00

What/Why:
Who's invited?
- All girl rockers and their friends! Ages 7-17.

What will we do?
- Party of course! Come eat pizza, watch movies about women in rock, have mini-instrument lessons and workshops, and prep for a performance for family and friends on Saturday.

The party starts at 5:00 pm Friday, May 14th and ends the following day at the conclusion of the Family Performance that begins at 12:00 pm Saturday, May 15th.

Station Bistro Hosting Annual Crawfish Boil On Sunday, May 23rd

After the success of last year's Crawfish Boil, the Station Bistro has decided to do it again:

Annual Crawfish Boil
Sunday May 23rd

Only One this year!!!!
  • All You Can Eat Crawfish
  • Served with two sides and a beverage
  • BYO your favorites...
For those non-Crawfish Lovers
  • a Full Rack-of-Ribs dinner
  • Also served with two sides & a beverage
  • (ribs are not All you Can Eat)

Please call for pre-order / RSVP, so we know how much you can chow down! Promise it will be less than $40 / person for the all you can eat crawfish $30 / person for the rib dinner.

For more information or to RSVP call 610-933-1147 or visit www.stationbistro.com.

Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Co. Auxiliary Beef & Beer To Be Held Saturday, May 22nd

On Saturday, May 22nd, the Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Co. will be hosting a Beef & Beer fundraiser:

Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Co.
Auxiliary Beef & Beer

Saturday May 22nd, 2010 (Rain or Shine)

4 – 8 pm @ the Grove
Main Station, 630 Valley Park Road, Valley Forge, PA 19481

Music, Kids Jumpy Castle & Bean Bag Toss

Horseshoe Tournament
$10 donation per team, prize for winners
Register by 4:30 pm day of
*weather permitting

Donation for Tickets:
$20 in advance (online / social room)
$25 at the door
$10 ages 5-15 (under 5 eat for free)

Donation includes food and beer · cash bar for mixed drinks

Order Tickets Online @ www.ValleyForgeFireCo.com

White Horse Road Bridge Construction Project To Begin May 17th

Starting on May 17th, the bridge on White Horse Rd. between Pothouse and Creek Rds. will be demolished with a new bridge scheduled to be completed by June, 2011. For more information including detour routes, see the PDF on the Phoenixville Area School District website.

Friday, May 07, 2010

Soul Centered Health Opens in Franklin Commons

Coming soon to Franklin Commons, Soul Centered Health

Grand Opening -- Soul Centered Health Now Offers Hypnosis and Reiki in Phoenixville
May is Mental Health Awareness Month and Soul Centered Health will be opening at the Franklin Commons this month in Phoenixville. Soul Centered Health champions Mental Health as one of the keys to overall health and wellness. The business supports clients with mental, physical, and emotional concerns using Mind Body techniques including Hypnotherapy and Reiki.

Phoenixville, PA, May 05, 2010 --(PR.com)-- Soul Centered Health is launching a new Office in Phoenixville. Area Residents will now have the services of SE PA's self titled "Life Change Expert." at their disposal to help them help themselves. Eleanor Fineran who is a Certified Hypnotherapist and Reiki Master, uses these Mind-Body healing techniques to tackle a variety of problems such as Stress Management, Smoking Cessation, Weight Management, and get relief from chronic problems such as fears and pain.

Soul Centered Health will have an office located at Franklin Commons, 400 Franklin Avenue Phoenixville, PA 19460. To Celebrate the Grand Opening--Soul Centered Health is sponsoring a Free Workshop--open to the Public as a Memorial Day Celebration. The Workshop is geared to those who have lost a loved one and need a little assistance getting back on track. In this uplifting free class, participants will learn to recognize the stages of grief, and how to to know when and how to get help. The event will be held Thursday May 27 at 6 pm at the Conference Room at Franklin Commons. Registration will be required as lite refreshments will be served. Seating is limited so sign up early.

For more information call 610-680-8476 or visit www.soulcenteredhealth.com

Thursday, May 06, 2010

2010 Dogwood Festival to be held May 10-15, Dunk Tank volunteers needed

The annual Dogwood Festival will be taking place the week of May 10-15th. During the week, the festival will be open from 6-10pm and on Saturday it will go from 12-10pm with the Dogwood Parade set to begin at 1pm.
Food, games, activities, entertainment and more!!!! Fun for the entire family. Prince and Princess will be declared on Wed, 5/12. Come out and meet the 2010 Dogwood Queen, Hannah Weicheld!

Ride ticket prices:
1 ticket - $1.25
20 tickets - $20.00
56 tickets - $56.00
Monday and Wednesday Family Night - $20.00 per wristband

Dogwood Festival Dunk Tank- volunteers needed
The Dogwood Festival is just around the corner, May 10th to the 15th. Rides, games, food, and fun will be filling Reeves Park.

This year, the Phoenixville Jaycees will be running a dunk tank everyday of the festival and we are looking for leaders of the community to "dunk." The funds raised will help us continue to put on great events such as the Burn Off the Bird 5k, Date Auction, and Community Cleanups all of which allow us to give back to the community.

We are looking for people to get a little bit wet from Monday May 10th to Friday May 14th from 6pm until 9pm and on Saturday May 15th from 4pm until 9pm.

If you are available, please contact me at jenniferandre@comcast.net with what date(s) and time(s) you can participate.

For more information about the Dogwood Festival, please visit the Phoenixville Jaycees website or send them an email at phoenixvillejaycee@gmail.com.

Tuesday, May 04, 2010

Volunteers needed for this weekend's Relay for Life

The annual Phoenixville Relay for Life kicks off at 6pm on Friday night and the organizers are looking for volunteers:

It's May 7th to May 8th at Phoenixville Area High School. Begins at 6pm on Friday and ends at 1 pm on Saturday.

We are looking for volunteers to help as little or as much as possible! Contact Shelley at Shelley_WCU@hotmail.com to volunteer.

Luminaria ceremony begins at 9pm on Friday night. Activites and entertainment for kids and adults the whole time! Bingo, Quizzo, themed laps, moon bounce, frozen t shirt contest, ice cream social (10pm Fri-Petrucci's). Special laps to honor survivors and caregivers!