What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Fireworks, Idiotarod Planned For July 4th

On Sunday, July 4th, Phoenixville will once again be hosting a fireworks display as well as the 2nd Annual Philadelphia Idiotarod.

The Fourth of July celebration in Phoenixville will get underway at 4 p.m. on the 4th with the second running of the Philadelphia Idiotarod, a shopping cart race that runs through the streets of Phoenixville

Music will get underway at the main stage at 4 p.m. with the Deb Callahan band playing from 4 to 6 p.m.

The Bands continue at 6 p.m. LG and the Road Dogs playing between the Columbia Hotel and Iron Hill Brewery on the 100 block of Bridge Street and jazz band Hidden Treasure playing at the Kiwanis children's plaza on the 200 block of Bridge Street.

At 7 30 p.m. the headline act will be the Left Edge who will play until Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.

The unit block of North Main Street (Main Street From Bridge to High Street) will be closed to traffic at 7 p.m. to allow for people to set up chairs and watch the fireworks. The fireworks will start promptly at 9:45 p.m. with July 5 as the rain date.

The Idiotarod shopping cart race is still seeking race contestants. Race information and application forms can be secured by calling the Phoenixville Chamber of Commerce at 610-933-3070.

Source: The Phoenix

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Local Chef One of 24 Competing in National Competition

Phoenixville resident, personal chef and owner of The Comfort Gourmet, Stephanie McKeon Krzywanski, has been selected as one of 24 chefs nationwide to participate in the Sears Chef Challenge. Krzywanski, originally from West Chester , Pa. , is competing in the Washington D.C. market. The first round of this three-round culinary competition began on May 5th with in-store demonstrations.

The first round winner is determined by online voting, which begins on June 26th and continues through July 10th via www.searschefchallenge.com. Anyone can vote once a day during that two-week period. Online voters also have a chance to win an entire suite of Kenmore appliances.

The Sears Chef Challenge grand prize is a complete kitchen renovation valued at over $35,000, plus an additional $20,000 donation to the winning Chef’s charity of choice. Krzywanski has chosen to partner with Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, a farming and handcrafting community, located in Kimberton, that encourages individuals, especially those with special needs, to discover and fulfill their greatest developmental and creative potential. More information about Camphill Kimberton can be found at: www.camphillkimberton.org.

Stephanie McKeon Krzywanski founded The Comfort Gourmet in 2008 after 12 years of working as an award-winning meeting and event manager. With the hard work and intense travel schedule that comes along with meeting management, Krzywanski was provided a unique opportunity to travel both domestically and internationally and sample the culinary delights of chefs from around the globe. Being exposed to such talent helped Krzywanski hone her skills to become the accomplished chef she is today.

The Comfort Gourmet specializes in in-home culinary needs such as weekly meal preparations, dinner parties, food and wine pairings and cooking instruction. For more information on the Sears Chef Challenge and to vote, visit www.searschefchallenge.com. For more information on Chef Stephanie Krzywanski, visit www.yourcomfortgourmet.com.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Church in the Park Comes To Reeves Park This Weekend

Starting on Sunday, June 20th, Reeves Park will host 'Church in the Park':

Do you have Obstacles to Faith?

Church in the Park is a casual series of church services held outdoors in beautiful Reeves Park of Phoenixville. We welcome people from all religious backgrounds to come, listen, interact, object, or just hang out with us as we discuss some of the common obstacles (intellectual, experiential, etc.) people encounter as they consider the claims of Christianity. Services will feature music, activities for children, refreshments, and a Q/A time after the service where guests can interact with the speaker. Church in the Park will take place Sunday evenings at 6pm from June 20th through July 18th at Reeves Park. July 4th will feature a free concert instead of the usual church service.

For more information, please call (484) 393-4845 or e-mail info@thechurchintehpark.org.

Is this the mystery baseball team?

Last week I posted an article in which Barry Cassidy indicated he has had discussions with a minor league baseball team about relocating to Phoenixville. This weekend, I did a little research on Wikipedia and came up with the following as the likely team, the Batavia Muckdogs. The Muckdogs, who play in the New York-Penn League (Short-Season Single A), play in one of that league's smallest venues, holding only 2600 people or about 2000 less than the stadium being proposed for Phoenixville. The Muckdogs were a former Phillies affiliate but are now part of the St. Louis Cardinals organization.

According to reports (1, 2, 3) on thecardinalnationblog.com, the Muckdogs have been having serious financial difficulties for the past few years, making them the a likely candidate for a move.

It remains to be seen if a team will be coming to Phoenixville at all, but, if it does happen, the Muckdogs are my guess as to who it will be.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Barry Cassidy Stepping Down On September 3rd

Barry Cassidy posted on his Facebook page today that he will be ending his tenure as Main Street manager on Friday, September 3rd.

due to lack of funding i will end my tenure in the 'ville on september 3rd (first friday). i have enjoyed my time here but if they can not pay me i can not stay. no money no me. pretty plain and simple. cuts in funding to the cdc from a number of sources have made it difficult for me to pay the bills. I want to thank everyone for their well wishes.

Local Business Spotlight: W3GiftCards

Local Start-up Provides Neighborhood Businesses with a Platform to Offer Online Gift Cards

Small businesses looking to expand their customer reach via the Web now have the perfect tool to do so -- W3GiftCards.com. It is a web-based platform that allows local businesses to sell gift cards instantly online directly from their own websites. “Our service was designed to be easy to use and easy to integrate with our merchants’ websites”, says Brad Oyler founder and Chief Technology Officer of W3GiftCards. “We wanted to provide a way for local businesses to generate exposure and revenue online, without having to hire an expensive web-design company or marketing firm.”

W3GiftCards is an end-to-end, turn-key solution, with a simple sign-up process and user-friendly account management features. Each merchant is issued a link to their individual gift card page, which they can incorporate into their current website however they choose. Visitors to their website can then purchase gift cards on the spot and email them to their friends and family instantly. Merchants can manage their account through a simple web portal where they can easily track payouts, and review card balances.

W3GiftCards is easily accessible via mobile smart phones, so merchants can quickly redeem gift cards without a computer. They also provide a Facebook application that can be added to the merchant’s Facebook profile or Fan Page. “Your [Facebook] fans can experience a fully customizable gift card ordering process including personalized messages and a choice of several gift card designs”, says Brad Simek, Chief Marketing Officer of W3GiftCards. “This is a perfect way to engage your Social Network and monetize your online marketing efforts.”

To sum it up, W3GiftCards has created a “must-have” solution for any small business looking to generate revenue beyond their brick and mortar storefront. For a limited time, W3GiftCards is offering free account sign-up and no monthly fees or long-term commitments.

For more information and to sign up visit www.w3giftcards.com or contact sales@w3giftcards.com with any questions.

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Minor League Baseball Team May Be Interested In Phoenixville

From Downtown Phoenixville News:

An existing baseball team has reached out to Phoenixville CDC Director Barry Cassidy and stated that they are looking for a new home. Cassidy said in an exclusive interview with the DPN "I met with them for about 3 hours talking about the benefit of locating in Phoenixville and although they expressed interest, it was hard to read them" he said

The team looking for a place to build a stadium. The stadium will seat about 4500 people and would be constructed as a multi-purpose stadium to enable concerts and other sporting events.

"This fits nicely into the arts and entertainment economic development strategy" Cassidy concluded.

Sunday, June 06, 2010

Rock & Roll After School 1st Anniversary Party

On Tuesday, June 15th, Rock & Roll After School will be hosting their 1st Anniversary Party:

Rock & Roll After School 1st Anniversary Party!
Date: Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Time: 5:30pm - 8:00pm
Location: 400 Franklin Av. Phoenixville, PA 19460

Come on out, bring interested families, and celebrate our 1st year! We'll have lots of food, lots of drinks for both adults & kids and a big, fat cake!

Many of our students, not in the Band Program will be showcasing what they're learning in lessons. Some of our younger students have prepared some really great performances and want to show them off.

We're really proud of what we've accomplished in the past year so stop by and let's celebrate!

Sunstone Studios and Lighthouse Lounge Hosting Craft Show on June 18th

On Friday, June 18th, Sunstone Studios and Lighthouse Lounge will be hosting a craft fair:

Join us for a fun and friendly evening of crafts!

Friday, June 18th from 6:00-8:30

All artists & crafters 16 and older are welcome. Whether you knit, sew, draw, collage, bead, sculpt, or anything else - we'd love to see you at the Craft Party!

Please bring a current project to work on as we chat and share ideas.

Please be sure to RSVP here or email me so we know how many are coming.

Cost: Just $1! Please bring a dollar to go toward the use of this comfortable space.

Details and RSVP: http://www.meetup.com/Etsy-Craft-Party/5832/

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Steel City Reading Series Continues on Saturday With Special Guest Emily St. John Mandel

The third installment of the Steel City Reading Series will take place on Saturday:

On Saturday, June 5 at 3 pm, Wolfgang Books and Steel City Coffee House will welcome Emily St. John Mandel to Phoenixville. Emily has just released The Singer's Gun, the Number One Indie Next Pick for May (you may recognize the bookseller who supplied the accompanying quote). Her debut novel, Last Night in Montreal, was one of Wolfgang Books’ favorite books of 2009, and The Singer's Gun is an excellent sophomore effort - no jinx here. Emily is one of the most exciting young writers working today, and should be a great fit for the Steel City Reading Series. Copies of both The Singer's Gun and Last Night in Montreal are in stock now at Wolfgang Books and will be for sale at the event, as well.

The format of the event will be: an interview conducted by Jason, the owner of Wolfgang Books, a reading by the author, audience question and answers, and concluding with a book signing. Books will be for sale at the event and are in stock now at Wolfgang Books.

Forge Theatre Presents "Company"

Beginning June 4th, Forge Theatre, 241 First Avenue, will be presenting Company:
You’re a 35-year-old bachelor with three girlfriends, and all your married friends are pressuring you to get married. What do you do? Forge Theatre in Phoenixville is proud to present Company -- Stephen Sondheim’s Tony-award-winning musical comedy. Company is a series of quirky, touching and hilarious vignettes about Bobby, his friends, his girlfriends, and his fear of commitment. This bittersweet, clever musical explores love, fear and longing, and the simple joy of being alive.

As one of musical theater’s most noted composers/lyricists, Sondheim’s work is featured in musicals including Sweeney Todd, West Side Story, Sunday in the Park with George and A Little Night Music. Company, which has earned 17 Tony Awards. includes some of Sondheim’s most brilliant songs, including "Getting Married Today", "The Ladies Who Lunch" and "Being Alive."

Forge Theatre is at 241 First Avenue in Phoenixville. Performances are June 4, 5, 11, 12, 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 at 8pm; and June 13 at 2pm. Tickets are $15; students $12. For more information, call 610-688-6483 or visit http://ForgeTheatre.org.

Company is directed by Dru Ullery, and the cast includes Cassy Pressimone Beckowski, Deb Braak, Steve Carrasco, Michelle English, Jason Gagliardi, Andrea Hartman, Laura McWater, Michele Miller, Kate Nice, James Scotland IV, Renee Schulz, Steve Schulz, Brian Schwartz and Larry Wilson.

Meadow Brook Golf Club Hosting Junior Golf Programs This Summer

This summer, Meadow Brook Golf Club will be offering Junior Golf programs for children ages 11-16.
2010 PHOENIXVILLE AREA JUNIOR GOLF PROGRAM
Record snowfall this winter, but Spring is just around the corner. The program has gotten much smaller the last several years so we ask your help in encouraging new families to join.

Registration forms can be downloaded from the http://meadowbrookgc.com website using the program tab on the home page. The form must be signed by a parent or guardian and then mailed.

The clinics at Meadow Brook Golf Club and Fore Seasons Driving Range will be conducted by Mr. Harry Hammond and his staff. Please be sure to check the schedule for each week’s location. Play dates will be at Meadow Brook Golf Club. The 6 and 9 hole players are asked to pay a greens fee to the club. The 11-13 age fee is $3.00 each play day and the 14-16 year old fee is $6.00.

As always, we appreciate all juniors to be properly dressed. This would include appropriate shorts or slacks and preferably shirts with collars. We must be courteous to other golfers as well as the staff of Meadow Brook and Fore Seasons in the clubhouse, parking lots, and on the course or driving range.

Once again we thank those parents who volunteered last year and would like to take the time to express our appreciation and hope to see you again. New volunteers are always welcome especially on the play dates. Please introduce yourself to the committee and let them know you are available to help.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Sly Fox Brewing's Brian O'Reilly Part of Select Group Being Featured In Next Week's 'Philly Beer Week'

FIVE PHILADELPHIA BREWING STARS CREATE SPECIAL BREW FOR PHILLY BEER WEEK
The Third Annual Philly Beer Week, June 4-13, will mark its opening event, and many thereafter, with the pouring of BS1, created by an all-star quintet of local brewers as the "official" beer of PBW. The first keg will be tapped by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter at the Opening Tap ceremonies at the Independence Visitors Center in Olde City at 7:30pm on Friday, June 4.

The brewing group, which calls themselves Brotherly Suds, consists of Stoudt Brewing's Brett Kintzer, Victory Brewing's Bill Covaleski, Yards Brewing's Tom Kehoe, Troegs Brewing's John Trogner and Sly Fox Brewing's Brian O'Reilly. They came together at the Sly Fox Brewery in Royersford on May 7 to design and make a hoppy 6% ESB brewed with the Ballantine yeast strain and hopped with Cascade, Centennial, East Kent Goldings, Nugget and Simcoe varieties. Hops were added three times during the boil and then the beer was dry-hopped with Nugget and Centennial. Five malts were used: British Maris Otter, British Pale, German Pale, German Caramel, British Crystal and German Roast.

"Brett and Tom formulated the grist, John and Bill selected the hops and I and the brewing staff contributed the brewing process," said O'Reilly, who also does another PBW beer every year with William Reed of The Standard Tap (this year it will be cask-conditioned Standard Porter). "Brian does a longer boil than any of the rest of us so that affects when and how we hop," noted Covaleski. "It's a synergy of all our brewing expertise and experience."

"The idea is that Brotherly Suds will be a group brew for every PBW from here on out," said Kehoe, with one of us dropping out and a new brewer coming on board." O'Reilly said that he'd like to see a brewpub involved in the 2011 brew.

Following its release on June 4, BS1 will be poured at other events throughout the ten-day celebration, starting with being featured at Sly Fox Brewhouse & Eatery in Phoenixville the next day during the Second Annual Phoenixville Pub Crawl.