What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Local Business Spotlight: Creative Capital Wealth Management Group

Creative Capital Wealth Management Group is a comprehensive wealth management firm committed to helping clients work toward their long-term financial goals. Their customized programs are designed to clients acquire, preserve, and transfer wealth by delivering a high level of personalized service and experience. . But don't just take their word for it, lots of others are talking about them too:

  • Featured in Philadelphia Magazine as a two year 5 Star Wealth Advisor*
  • Featured in Philadelphia Business Journal as a NABCAP Top Advisor*
  • Featured small business in Chester County Life magazine
  • NFL Players Association Registered Player Financial Advisor (one of only 270)

Frederick Hubler Jr., President of Creative Capital Wealth Management Group, was recently name one of Main Line Today's Top Financial Advisors for 2012.


*Five Star Wealth Managers do not pay a fee to be included in the research of the final list. The overall survey score reflects an average of all respondents and may not be representative of any one client's evaluation. – The NABCAP Premier Advisor designation is awarded after a comprehensive questionnaire is submitted and it is reviewed and evaluated based on a proprietary system. The information is objectively verified for accuracy and consistency and reviewed versus a long list of peers.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas Phoenixville!

Wishing all of our readers a very Merry Christmas.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Live Nativity this Sunday

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.

This years Live Nativity will be Sunday, December 18th at 6pm in Reeves Park.

Friday, December 09, 2011

Holiday Programs at Grace Valley Fellowship

Grace Valley Fellowship, which meets at the National Christian Conference Center (1485 Valley Forge Road), will be offering two special holiday programs.

The Promise: The Epic Story of an Ancient Hope featuring the Elegance String Quartet
Join us at 10:30am on Sunday, December 18th as we celebrate Christmas with carols and a story of hope for every person. The Promise traces God’s first word of hope to humanity across the pages of history, unfolding the hope of Christmas found in a child lying in a manger. The narration will be accompanied with dramatic visuals and music from special guests, The Elegant Quartet. We also have a fun, age-appropriate program available for your kids.

Christmas Eve Service 5:30 pm
This is a fun, family-friendly service designed to help busy families experience the joy, mystery, and hope of Christmas. You will get a chance to catch your breath and remember what Christmas is all about. Your kids will get some goodies & a chance to hear the Christmas story. We invite you make this part of your family’s Christmas.

Ladies Night Out December 12th

On Monday, December 12th, several local businesses are coming together to sponsor Ladies Night Out:
Bridge St. Chocolates, Charmed Spirits, Lush Consignment Boutique, Best Friends, Lulu's, Country Charm, LEO wedding decor, K&M trends, Jewelry by Megan and many more of your favorite local stores and vendors will be at Ladies Night Out!

Ladies Night Out is hosted by the Columbia Bar and Grille on Monday, December 12th from 6:30 to 9p.m.

With a $20 admission fee, you will receive a cocktail of your choice, an appetizer buffet, and a chance to shop at all the wonderful stores under one roof.
So come on by with your girlfriends! This will be a fun filled evening!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Iron Works Church Hosting Neighborhood Cookie Decorating Party This Sunday

Join Iron Works Church for this year's Neighborhood Cookie Decorating Party!

They’ll have everything you need to decorate yummy holiday cookies and meet some of your neighbors. Drop in any time from 2-5pm on December 11th at the Franklin Commons Bistro (400 Franklin Ave). In addition, they will have pizza at 5:30pm and neighborhood caroling at 6pm. All are welcome, and the event is 100% free of charge.

For more information, please visit www.ironworkschurch.org.

Phoenix #1 Fire Station Hosting Holiday Craft Show This Saturday

The Phoenix #1 Fire Station is having a Holiday Craft Show on Saturday December 10th from 10am to 5pm. The firehouse is located at 177 Church Street. If you are interested in being a vendor or would like additional information, please contact LouAnn Allen
at 610-716-7031.

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Pepperoncini Offering Feast of the Seven Fishes and New Year's Eve Menus

The Feast of the Seven Fishes is an Italian Christmas tradition that Pepperoncini (184 Bridge Street, Phoenixville; 484-924-8429) celebrates every Christmas Eve. This wonderful feast (see menu below) will be offered to take home and be shared with family and friends. Whatever your background may be, celebrate this tradition from Pepperoncini's home to yours. Pick up is available from 11:00am - 5:00pm on Christmas Eve. Call now to place your order in Phoenixville 484-924-8429 or Conshohocken 610-941-7783.

Celebrate New Year's Eve old-school with a traditional Italian feast at Pepperoncini. Chef's Paul DiBona and Tommy DeFruscio have created an a la carte menu (see below) that will not disappoint. Dinner will be served from 5:00pm - 10:00pm with open seating. At midnight, guests can enjoy complimentary champagne and a light buffet. And in the tradition of "out with the old and in with the new," Pepperoncini will smash dinner plates once the ball drops! Call to reserve your table now in Phoenixville 484-924-8429 or Conshohocken 610-941-7783.

In the spirit of the holiday season, purchase a Pepperoncini gift card for a friend and receive a gift card valued at 20% of the purchase price for you. Minimum purchase of $25 required.

Upcoming Events at Congregation B'nai Jacob

Congregation B'nai Jacob is hosting several events over the next few months.

  • December 9, February 24, and March 23 - Join CBJ for a special kid-friendly family Shabbat service, followed by a buffet-style dinner. Services start at 6:30pm and are free of charge.
  • Hanukkah Class December 18th - Are you the parent of preschoolers who want to learn more about the Festival of Lights? Join CBJ for a parent/child Hanukkah class filled with crafts, stories, and songs. 9:00-10:30am. Cost is $10. Please RSVP to the synagogue office (cbjoffice@verizon.net)
  • Women's Spirituality Group December 18th - Come mingle with Jewish women of all ages and discuss issues of faith. Explore different ways to tap into our spiritual selves. 7-9pm. Bring a candle and small snack to share (dairy/parve).
  • January 8 'Fiddler on the Roof' - In honor of the synagogue's 100th year celebration, Congregation B'nai Jacob is sponsoring a special screening of the classic "Fiddler on the Roof" at the historic Colonial Theater in Phoenixville on Sunday, January 8, 2012 @2PM. Come enjoy the story and music we all know and love, the way it was meant to be seen -- on the big screen. Tickets are $8.00 for adults, $6.00 for students and seniors and $5.00 for children. Directions to the theater are at http://www.thecolonialtheatre.com

Unless otherwise noted, the above events will be held at Congregation B'nai Jacob which is located at the corner of Starr and Manavon Streets. For more information, visit them at congbj.org or give them a call at 610-933-5550.

Friday, December 02, 2011

St Ann's Prep Hosting Toy Drive This Sunday

St. Ann 4th-6th grade PREP students and Second Chance Toys, an organization that rescues and recycles unwanted toys for needy children, have teamed up to celebrate the “season of giving” by collecting your clean, gently used plastic toys and donating them to organizations that serve children in need.

When: Sunday, December 4th
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 pm (please join us for an Advent Service at 4pm)
Where: St. Ann Chapel, 602 Main St, Phoenixville PA
What: PLASTIC TOYS, CLEAN, NO MISSING PARTS, BATTERIES WORK

*Clean out the toy closet this holiday season and make room for new ones!
*Help keep these non-biodegradeable toys out of our landfills!
*Give your children the opportunity to learn about the importance of giving!

Toys will be delivered courtesy of 1-800-GOT-JUNK.

Thanks from St. Ann PREP program and Second Chance Toys for providing a gift of happiness this holiday season and for doing your share to save the environment.

Thursday, December 01, 2011

SCA Hosting Annual Holiday Luminaria on December 10th

On Saturday, December 10, the Schuylkill Canal Association will be hosting their annual Holiday Luminaria.
SCA invites you to the Holiday Luminaria, Saturday, December 10, 2011

Celebrate the holidays with the Schuylkill Canal Association as we invite you to join us for the Holiday Luminaria, on Saturday, December 10th, 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM. This magnificent holiday light show will be held along the Schuylkill Canal up to Lock 60 and the Locktender’s House in Mont Clare, PA, just across the river from Phoenixville.

See one of the most beautiful sights of the season as you observe the hundreds of luminary candles reflecting on the canal waterway. Towpath Road is lined with candles from the Mont Clare Bridge / Rt. 29, all the way to Lock 60 and surrounding the Locktender’s House. Beginning at dusk, the candles are lit for a spectacular display. If there is a mist or light snowfall the scene is even more beautiful.

The Locktender’s House; built in 1836, is decorated beautifully for the holidays with natural greens and ribbons under soft light throughout the house. Meadowlark, a husband and wife duo playing their fiddle and mandolin, strum soft holiday music inside the house for all to enjoy. And our special guest, Santa Claus, will come for a visit by way of a Mont Clare Fire Truck at 6:30 PM to visit with the children, hand out goodie bags and to spread some holiday cheer.

All are welcome to visit and partake in the festivities of the evening. Holiday treats and beverages will be shared with all as we toast our friends with best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

Come to enjoy the entire evening or just to see the beautiful candle light reflect along the canal and towpath. Ample parking is available at Lock 60, candles will light the way to the Locktender’s House and two handicapped spaces are available at the house.

No admission fee is charged however a $1 or more in donations will be gladly accepted. Only a steady downpour of rain cancels the event. The site address is: Lock 60 on the Schuylkill Canal, 400 Towpath Road, Mont Clare, PA 19453. For more information and directions, please call SCA at 610-917-0021, via email at info@schuylkillcanal.com, or visit the web at www.schuylkillcanal.org.

East Pikeland Elementary Hosting Home & School Holiday Shoppe This Saturday

This Saturday, from 10am-2pm, East Pikeland Elementary School, 1191 Hares Hill Road, will be hosting a Home & School Holiday Shoppe. There will be over 30 vendors & crafters, food for purchase and gift baskets up for raffle. Bring the children because Santa will be there too!

Parade, Tree Lighting on tap for First Friday

December's First Friday will feature the annual Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting. The parade begins at 7pm (click here for parade route) with the tree lighting ceremony at 8.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Kiwanis Annual ‘Cereal with Santa’ This Saturday

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville will holds its annual “Cereal with Santa” this Saturday morning (December 3rd) at the Phoenix Hook & Ladder No. 1 Firehouse on Church Street in Phoenixville. From 8am to noon, children and their parents can join Santa Claus for a breakfast featuring a variety of cereals and toppings. In addition to Santa Claus, several other “special guests” will be there. Face-painting and other children’s activities will also be part of the morning. Admission is $5 payable at the door.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Panel Discussion and Book Signing with Authors of "Chester County Fiction" at Phoenixville Public Library

Phoenixville Public Library offers you the opportunity to support local writers and pick up some perfect last-minute gifts for the readers on your list. The Library will present a panel discussion and book signing by the authors of the new story anthology, Chester County Fiction, on Monday, December 19 at 7:00 PM. Jason Hafer, owner of Phoenixville’s former Wolfgang Books, will moderate the discussion.

Chester County Fiction is a collection of 16 stories from 13 authors who live and work in Chester County. The stories explore our common history and shared bonds. They are stories about people in transition, struggling to find their place and peace in their communities -- tales of love, loss, violence and heartbreak.

Chester County Fiction has received rave reviews since its release. Radio show host Steve Brodsky of WCHE called Chester County Fiction a “really important, interesting, and enjoyable collection” and referred to "Baptism", the short story by Phoenixville's own Robb Cadigan, as “world-class fiction.”

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 610-933-3013 x32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

Innovations Hair Salon Hosting a Beauty, Bags and Beads Party

On Monday, December 12th, Innovations Hair Salon is inviting ladies to a BEAUTY (Arbonne), BAGS (31) & BEADS (Stella & Dot) party! What more could a girl want?! This festive holiday event is from 6:30-8pm and will feature light refreshments, drawings for hair care products gift basket, a free haircut and more.

Innovations Hair Salon is located at 538 Nutt Road. For more information, please call 610-935-3595.

Lovely Events & Occasions Hosting Grand Opening This Friday

Heather Pasko, owner of LEO (Lovely Events & Occasions), is opening her 2nd boutique style event planning/design firm in Phoenixville, and are pleased to announce their Grand Opening on Friday, December 2nd, 2011. Her 1st gallery was such a success in Berks County, that with-in a two year span she has now opening her second. Whether you are looking for a special cake, caterers, party venues, spa services, special lighting, photographers, or invitations, the talented and experienced team can address all facets of your event planning and help you create an unforgettable event in a stress-free and organized manner.

“I wanted to put a face to event planning” said Heather, “where anyone could walk in to my shop and find what they were looking for. Our goal is to make the planning process and design process of any event easy and enjoyable experience”.

Heather has been planning events for over 10 years and has been empowering couples to make educated choices. Although she specializes in wedding planning, Heather also plans corporate and private parties, as well as events for non-profits. Along with design services, Lovely Events & Occasions will host many parties and special events throughout the year. Parties may feature experts on everything from fashion, beauty and jewelry, to hosting charity events or showcasing local artists and interior designers. For more info visit us at www.lovelyeventsandoccasions.com.

Grand Opening details

Friday, December 2nd, 2011 from 6 pm to 9pm at their new store front at 4 Gay Street. There will be live music, food, and giveaways.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Lush Consignment Boutique Holding Small Business Saturday Sale

Come into Lush Consignment Boutique, 164 Bridge St., to take advantage of the Small Business Saturday event. Enjoy 25% off your entire purchase on Saturday, November 26th.

Meadow Brook Golf Club Offering Free Rounds of Golf with Gift Certificate Purchase

Meadow Brook Golf Club, 1416 State Road, has a Small Business Saturday special tomorrow. For every $100 gift certificate purchased receive two free rounds of golf. For more information, visit them at meadowbrookgc.com.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Camphill Kimberton Wins 2011 Community Greening Award


The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society honored Camphill Village Kimberton Hills as a community greening champion at a recent award ceremony in Philadelphia.

The Community Greening Award recognizes individuals, garden clubs, civic associations, businesses and community groups who have created and maintained public green spaces that enhance their communities.

Judges evaluated the sites in July and August based on plant variety, design, use of space, and horticultural practices. Sixty winners were chosen from entries throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Camphill Village Kimberton Hills was honored for their sustainable gardening and land use practices.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Upcoming Events at the Columbia Bar & Grille

The Columbia Bar & Grille has a number of events planned between now and the end of the year:

Thanksgiving Eve: Wednesday the 23rd, join them upstairs with the cool jazz sounds of Hidden Treasure, from 7pm to 11pm. Enjoy meeting friends and family at the Columbia for a kick off of the holiday season.

Thanksgiving Day: Reservations are still being accepted for their Buffet Brunch served from 11 am to 3pm, featuring all of your Holiday favorites. $26.95 per adult, children 12 and under $12.95. Or join them for a Special Ala Carte Dinner served from 5pm to 9pm.

November 26th: join them for Piano Bar Upstairs from 7pm to 11pm featuring Dale McCauley. Drink & Dinner specials all night long.

Brunch with Santa, Saturday, December 10th: From 11 am to 2pm featuring a child friendly buffet. Each child will visit Mrs. Claus’s Gift Shoppe to select a Christmas Present for their parents. At 1 pm the Guest of Honor, Santa arrives to share the Holidays with their guests. Reservations are requested. Adults, $17.95, Children under 12, $10.95, Children 5 and under complimentary! For reservations please call 610-983-0300 or for online reservations visit www.columbiabarandgrille.com.

Christmas Eve Dinner: Join them for a special Holiday Ala Carte Dinner.

New Years Eve at the Columbia: Gala begins at 8pm featuring a 1 hour open bar and Hor D’ouvres, followed by a 4 course dinner. Dance the night away with Dale and Company. At 12 midnight enjoy a champagne toast and dessert buffet. $160 per couple.

Holiday Gift Certificates on Sale. Purchase up to $100 in gift certificates and receive an additional $20. Gift certificate. Offer expires on 12/23 and gift certificates must be redeemed by 02/21/12

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Family Fun and Dinosaur Fest Coming to Greater Philly Expo Center November 25-27

The Greater Philly Expo Center will be hosting the Family Fun and Dinosaur Fest from November 25-27th. The festival, which features the Burning Tree Mastodon & dozens of other Dinosaurs, will be held from 12-8pm on Friday the 25th, 10am-8pm on Saturday the 26th and 10am-6pm on Sunday the 27th.

They're Back!!!! ......65 million years ago the Dinosaur roamed the land, now they are back in a city near you!

Come out and see the Burning Tree Mastodon and dozens of other life like replica dinosaurs.

Touch them and there are even a few you can get your picture taken with while you sit on them, There is no other Festival around that will get you this close to the Dinosaurs!

There will be other fun activities to do at each show. The Cold River Mining Experience is a hit at all the festivals. Kids can pan for gems and dig for fossils!

Children can also experience the Moon bounces, Petting Zoo's, Ride the Ponies, play the carnival games...all kinds of fun for kids, parents and grandparents of all ages!!

For more information and to order tickets, visit fffest.com. AAA members can also get discounted admission today at their Member Deals website.

Monday, November 14, 2011

El Burrito Opens

El Burrito, the Mexican restaurant located at 180 Bridge St (formerly Irish Joe's), opened this past weekend. Good luck to the new owners!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Phoenixville Green Team Seeking Volunteers to Help Clean Up the French Creek Stream

The Phoenixville Green Team will be cleaning the French Creek Stream tomorrow morning and is looking for volunteers to help them with their effort. If interested, you are asked to meet at either the Foundry building or the Farmer's Market at 10am. The clean up will last until approximately 2pm at which point refreshments will be served for a job well done.

For more information, please contact Carrie Makoid at cmthirteen@yahoo.com/484-356-6036 or

Jessica Sanchez Jessica.sanchez@7thwonder.org/610-574-0786.

Happy Veterans Day

Thanks to all of those who have served our great country, happy Veterans Day!


Wednesday, November 09, 2011

OneNineFourSixZero.com Re-launches as Phoenixville "Deal" Site

OneNineFourSixZero.com, a local news and review website, has re-launched as a "deal" site designed for people and merchants who live and work in the Phoenixville area. The goal of the site is to serve the local community and those interested in experiencing the great variety of restaurants, shops and services that Phoenixville has to offer.

For their very first campaign, OneNineFourSixZero.com is partnering with Eleanor's Kitchen (6 South Main Street - Phoenixville, PA 19460 - 610.935.3663) to offer "$10 of Take-Out Comfort Food for $5". According to their campaign copy, Eleanor's is "THE place in Phoenixville for take-out specialty burgers, sandwiches, and other awesome creations."

As a local company founded by Phoenixville residents, OneNineFourSixZero.com aims to keep money in the Phoenixville community while helping local businesses bring more customers through their doors. OneNineFourSixZero.com promotes community business development by providing local businesses with better profit percentages than the leading "deal" sites. They are also donating a portion of monthly sales to the Phoenixville Area Business Association (PABA).

PABA is completely comprised of and operated by local business owners and leaders of various non-profit organizations who have a vested interest in the development of Phoenixville and care about the community. In it's current state, PABA focuses on continually improving the economic climate in and around the Borough of Phoenixville through the collaborative efforts of all owner-members with proactive marketing, consumer education and community events.

Visit http://www.oneninefoursixzero.com for more details.

Valley Forge Beer Fest to be held December 10th


The first ever Valley Forge Beer Festival will be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center on Saturday, December 10th. Featuring 50 brewers and over 100 beers, the festival will also feature special demonstrations and entertaining talks led by industry leaders.

There are two sessions to choose from:
Afternoon (Session One):
12:30pm - 4:00pm (doors open at 12:00 pm)
$40 online in advance ($60 at the door on event day if still available) Designated Driver: $10

Evening (Session Two):
5:30pm - 9:00pm (doors open at 5:00 pm)
$40 online in advance ($60 at the door on event day if still available) Designated Driver: $10

For more information, visit valleyforgebeerfest.com.

Election Resutls

Results of yesterday's election are in and Democrats have claimed four of the five open Borough Council Seats. Unofficial results from Phoenixville Patch:

North Ward
Republican Christopher Bauers 303 votes, 54.4 percent
Democrat Carol Stinson 254 votes, 45.6 percent

Middle Ward
Democrat Jennifer Mayo 280 votes, 62.5 percent
Republican Marc Reber 167 votes, 37.28 percent
Write-in 1 vote, 0.22 percent

East Ward
Democrat Michael Speck 251 votes, 53.86 percent
Republican Brady Appleman 215 votes, 46.14 percent

West Ward
Democrat James Kovaleski 215 votes, 53.22 percent
Republican Kendrick Buckwalter 188 votes, 46.53 percent

Middle Ward, 2-year Unexpired Term
Democrat Kyle Guie 259 votes, 59.95 percent
Republican Marc Reber 171 votes, 39.58 percent
Write-in 2 votes, 0.46 percent

For complete coverage of yesterday election visit Phoenixville Patch.

Monday, November 07, 2011

Sock Drive Being Held 11/19 at Phoenixville Famers Market


On Saturday, November 19th, Christy Baxter will be at the Phoenixville Farmers Market collecting socks for the homeless.
Do you have a sock drawer at home? The homeless don’t!

Think about it. When your clothes wear out you probably donate them to a good cause. What about your socks? They are probably so worn that they get trashed. Homeless rarely get donations of new socks.

How often do you change your socks? Imagine having to wear them 24/7 until then are completely threadbare? What would that be like? You probably would have blisters, open sores, infections or worse. Gangrene may develop; that can lead to amputation. Not good.

Many put plastic bags over their sock to keep out moisture and cold, but they also keep the foot damp, causing minor to major health complications.

How many homeless? According to HUD (2009): New York 47,434. Philly 5,798. DC 5,907. They are in a city near you.

Moose, homeless in San Antonio, says he gets jackets and shirts at a distribution place, but never socks.

Andreá who runs a facility in NYC said the number one thing her clients ask for are clean socks.

Who knew socks were so important, so vital…and yet, so scarce.

Sunday, November 06, 2011

Borough Election Info

With elections being held on Tuesday, several sites are providing information on local candidates.

Occupy Phoenixville has a good breakdown of the candidates in each ward along with those running for the School Board. It also has links to the candidate profiles that Phoenixville Patch did.

The Phoenixville Republican Committee has a more in depth look at the various Republican candidates running for office.

Friday, November 04, 2011

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills presents Alash Ensemble


Alash Ensemble, masters of Tuvan throat singing, will present a concert at Camphill Village Kimberton Hills on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m. Be there as this captivating musical ensemble brings the ancient art of throat signing to the Rose Hall stage. This is a rare opportunity to see musicians of this caliber in the intimate setting of the acoustically-ideal Rose Hall.

Alash are masters of Tuvan throat singing, a remarkable technique for singing multiple pitches at the same time. Tuvan throat singers can produce two or three, sometimes even four pitches simultaneously. The effect has been compared to that of a bagpipe. The singer starts with a low drone. Then, by subtle manipulations of his vocal tract and keen listening, he breaks up the sound, amplifying one or more overtones enough so that they can be heard as additional pitches while the drone continues at a lower volume. Despite what the term might suggest, throat singing does not strain the singer's throat.

Masters of traditional Tuvan instruments as well as the art of throat singing, Alash are deeply committed to traditional Tuvan music and culture. At the same time, they are fans of western music. Believing that traditional music must constantly evolve, the musicians subtly infuse their songs with western elements, creating their own unique style that is fresh and new, yet true to their Tuvan musical heritage.

Upcoming Events at Phoenixville Public Library

The Phoenixville Public Library will be hosting several events over the next month.

November Movie Night
Thursday, November 10 @ 7pm

Seen any good movies lately? You will at the next Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library. On Thursday, November 10 at 7:00 PM, we will screen “A Night at the Opera” (1935, not rated, running time 91 min.), next in our countdown of the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Movies”. The Marx Brothers get mixed up with grand opera and reach epic anarchic heights in one of their best films. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Underground Railroad in the Phoenixville Area Lecture
Monday, November 21 @ 7pm

Learn about the Underground Railroad in the Phoenixville area during the years preceding the Civil War in a free lecture to be given Monday, November 21 at 7:00 PM at Phoenixville Public Library. Jack Ertell, Board President of the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area, will be the speaker. His slide presentation will highlight some of the people and places active in the Underground Railroad in Phoenixville and northern Chester County.

Jack Ertell is an Adjunct Instructor of History at the Chester County campus of Delaware County Community College. He taught for many years at Phoenixville Area High School.

The Fall Speakers & Events Series is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Phoenixville Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required.

All Things Primitive Hosting Christmas Open House This Weekend

All Things Primitive, located at 25 S Main St (across the street from Brown's Cow), is having their Annual Open House Sat, Nov 5th and 6th. They will have many handcrafted items, gift drawings and refreshments. The open house will be held from 10-5 on Saturday and from 12-5 on Sunday.

November & December Events at the Colonial

The Colonial Theatre has a great schedule on tap this November and December. The Bacon Brothers return for their annual Bringing Back the Bacons concert; Craig Shoemaker brings his world renowned standup routine; movies for the entire family and a December full of holiday cheer including a visit from Santa; there is truly something for everyone.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Phoenixville VFW Post 1564 Hosting Two Events in November

Phoenixville Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1564 (Ettinger - Powers - Campbell Post) is hosting two events this month.

On Sunday, November 6th in celebration of Veterans Day. There will be a church service from 10:45-11:45am at St. John’s UCC, 315 Gay Street. After the service, a special ceremony honoring our Veterans will be held from 12-12:30 at Reeves Park. The VFW will then be hosting a luncheon beginning at 1pm at their banquet hall, located at 200 Starr Street.

On Saturday, November 19th, Post 1564 will be presenting a Veteran’s Benefits Seminar beginning at 9am. V.F.W. Service Officers , Veteran’s Affairs Representatives and Disabled American Veterans will conduct presentations and will be available to answer questions and assist in filing of claims. All area veterans are encouraged to attend this free seminar which will be held at 200 Starr Street.

Rumor: New Mexican Restaurant Coming to former Irish Joe's Location

Received a tip that Irish Joe's old location, 180 Bridge Street, is set to become a Mexican restaurant. It is unrelated to the restaurant going in at 101 Bridge. More info as I get it. Thanks to Douglas for the heads up.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Halloween Part 2 at the Columbia Bar & Grille Tonight

Due to the snow on Saturday, the Columbia Bar & Grille has decided to host a second Costume Party tonight from 7-11pm.

Join us for a spooky good time Upstairs at the Columbia.

Our DJ will be spinning your favorite tunes, drink and food specials all night long.

Prizes Galore! Spooktacular time for all!

No Cover and No Minimum.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Frank's Sports Bar and Grill Hosting Concert/Costume Party this Saturday

Frank's Sports Bar and Grill, 1193 Valley Forge Rd, is hosting local bands A life in Reverse, Naked Sun and Shot into the Sun this Saturday beginning at 9pm as a part of their Halloween Costume Contest Spectacular.

Halloween Disco Party Upstairs at the Columbia This Satuday

Come out to the Columbia Bar & Grille on Saturday Night for their Halloween Disco Party. Things get started at 8pm and will feature a costume contest, a DJ taking your requests along with drink and small plate specials all night long. No Cover or Minimum.

Pumpkin Fest Moved to Sunday

Due to tomorrow's weather forecast, the Phoenixville Pumpkin Fest has been moved to Sunday. It will still be held from 2-7pm.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Last weekend of Phoenixville Ghost Tours

Downtown Phoenixville offers one last chance to get ghostly this season!

This Friday and Saturday nights are the last two outings for Ghost Tours of Phoenixville. Reservations can be made at (215) 237-1166.

Great for a girls’ night fright, a different kind of date, or a family outing, the 90-minute walking tour covers the most haunted borough in Pennsylvania. You’ll experience the history – and mystery – of Phoenixville’s local ghosts.

Meet-up is at the Pickering Creek Inn, 37 Bridge Street. Tours leave at 8pm. Adults are $11; children $7. Website is ghosttoursofphoenixville.com.

Your local ghosts and spirits can’t wait to see you! Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Phoenixville Healthcare Access Foundation Receives IMPACT Award

PHILADELPHIA (October 2011) – GlaxoSmithKline, one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, has announced that the Phoenixville Healthcare Access Foundation is one of its GlaxoSmithKline 15th Annual IMPACT Award recipients in the Philadelphia area. The Chester County nonprofit will receive $40,000 for having a significant impact on its community by providing access to proactive and effective healthcare services. A ceremony will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2011 at GlaxoSmithKline in Philadelphia to honor the organization.

“The recipients of the GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Award inspire us to keep dedicating ourselves to making the world a better place, especially in these challenging times,” said Mary Linda Andrews, GlaxoSmithKline Director of Community Partnerships. “The individuals behind these organizations are healthcare advocates, change agents and passionate community supporters working to build stronger and healthier and communities.”

Founded in 2005, the Phoenixville Healthcare Access Foundation (PHCAF). Specifically, PHCAF assists uninsured and under-insured, lower-income residents of the community with obtaining dental, vision and prescription services.

PHCAF follows a community provider network model, partnering with a network of local physicians to provide care in their offices to Phoenixville-area residents at a discounted fee. These providers are committed to giving back to their communities and offering residents a place to turn for key aspects of their healthcare. PHCAF currently works with these providers to offer dental, vision, prescription, emergency orthopedic and mammogram programs.

PHCAF also collaborates with other local community organizations and has become a trusted resource in helping to meet the health needs of community residents. It serves as a safety net and fills the gaps of other insurance benefit programs, allowing participants to focus on all aspects related to their health. PHCAF and its program offerings are truly a part of a community effort and without the participation of the local community providers, physicians and pharmacies, these programs would not exist. To learn more about the organization, go to www.phcafoundation.org.

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Taste - Phoenixville Having Grand Opening Celebration This Friday and Saturday

TASTE - Sand Castle Winery's Gourmet Experience in Phoenixville is having its Grand Opening. Come out on Friday, October 28th from 5-9pm or Saturday, October 29th from 12-7pm and experience Taste's wine, food, olive oil and balsamic vinegar. While there, listen to live music and celebrate the opening of this unique store.

About Taste::
Taste is a unique concept for Pennsylvania’s Wine Stores. We offer our clients distinctive wines from Sand Castle Winery and the freshest selection of Extra Virgin Olive Oils in the United States. With currently over thirty fresh Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars for tasting, we offer you the best Oils from artisans and small batch producers worldwide, including oils that have taken Silver, Gold and Best of Show medals. Our Extra Virgin Olive Oils and Balsamic Vinegars make excellent gifts for food-lovers and health-conscious friends and family members.

Taste is located at 236 Bridge Street. For more information, give them a call at 484-924-9530 or visit them online at sandcastlewinery.com.

Monday, October 24, 2011

VFCC's Curtain Call Presents If the Apron Fits

Valley Forge Christian College's Curtain Call drama club will be presenting If The Apron Fits at 7pm on November 4th, 5th and 6th. The production, which will be held at VFCC's Krempels Theater, 1401 Charlestown Road, is described as:

Hilarity ensues when one particular father, husband and head of house, decides to take on the role of house wife while his wife is away. What could possibly be simpler, right? Unfortunately for this father, everything that could go wrong, does go wrong!!!

Tickets are $5 for general admission and $3 for students, seniors and children.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Village of Eland Hosting Annual Fall Festival on October 22

This Saturday, October 22nd, The Shoppes at the Village of Eland will be hosting their annual Fall Festival.

Come join us for Food and Fun for the Whole Family!

The Shoppes at The Village of Eland on Route 113 in Phoenixville will be hosting their Annual Fall Festival on October 22, 2011 from 12 noon to 5 pm.

The festival will feature:
  • Live Music by the Falco Jazz Quartet with Special Guests and the Ken Battista Band
  • Pumpkin Painting
  • Wagon Rides
  • Bake Sale
  • Sidewalk Sale
  • Juggler
  • Balloon Artist
  • Stilt Walker
  • Barbeque and other food provided by our Shoppe Owners

For more information, please call 610-935-0906.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Phoenixville Pumpkin Fest To Be Held October 29th


UPDATE: The Pumpkin Fest has been moved to Sunday, October 30th.

The first ever Phoenixville Pumpkin Fest will be coming to Reeves Park on Saturday, October 29th Sunday, October 30th. The event, which will be from 2-7pm, is being hosted by Iron Works Church and promises fun for the whole family. The festival will feature:
  • Pumpkin Painting (great for children!)
  • A LARGE Pumpkin Moon Bounce
  • A Pumpkin Carving Demonstration Table
  • Free pumpkin carving kits (while supplies last)
  • Face painting
  • Games, prizes, and a free raffle

The highlights of the event will be a timed Pumpkin Carving Contest and the Pumpkin Derby. Prizes will be awarded for both contests, all of which have been supplied by local businesses who will also be doing the judging for the pumpkin carving contest.

For more information, including contest rules and a list of sponsors and prizes, please visit phoenixvillepumpkinfest.com or click on the image of the flyer on the right.

Kiwanis Club Halloween Party To Be Held October 29th

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville will hold their annual Halloween Party at the Colonial Theater on Saturday, October 29, 2011 at 1 PM. The free event is for the children of Phoenixville. Children are asked to come dressing in their Halloween costumes.

The event will feature a Halloween Parade of costumes across the stage, special guests, and a showing of the children’s film “Fraggle Rock.” Children attending will receive a bag of Halloween Treats at the end of the party. The event will run from 1 to 3 PM. Children must be accompanied by a parent or other adult.

Raven Hill Playing Chaplin's On October 28th

Local bluegrass band Raven Hill is playing at Chaplin's Music Cafe, 66 N. Main St. in Spring City on Friday Oct. 28th at 8pm. From the Raven Hill website:

Raven Hill is a traditional bluegrass band with roots in the rolling hills of southeastern Pennsylvania. Named after a place in Charlestown Twp. where a local jam brought several pickers together, the group eventually moved down the township line to the French Creek area of Pikeland. The band began playing out in early 2001 at regional public events with a simple goal - - to have fun playing the family-friendly bluegrass country music we enjoy so much

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and can be bought now at chaplinsmusiccafe.com.

St Michael's Fall Festival This Sunday

This Sunday, October 16th, St. Michael's Byzantine Catholic Church in Mont Clare is hosting their first Fall Festival. The event, which will be held at St. Michael's Grove on Jacobs Street from 1-7pm, will feature live music by the band Zoot Suit, polka dancing, pumpkin decorating and crafts for kids, raffles, vendors, authentic Slavic food and much more. Parking on site is free.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Party in Pink Zumbathon

Kimberly Haslip, who runs Zumba Classes with Kim, will be hosting a 'Party in Pink Zumbathon' to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. The event will be held from 10am-12pm on Saturday, October 29th at the Phoenixville Civic Center, 123 Main Street. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and 75% of all proceeds will go the Susan G. Komen foundation.

For more information, visit Zumba Classes with Kim on facebook or email Kimberly at kihaslip@gmail.com.

"Countdown to Christmas" Craft Class at Phoenixville Public Library

Join craft instructor Linda SantaMaria on Tuesday, October 18 from 7:00 to 8:45 PM at Phoenixville Public Library for the next “Countdown to Christmas” craft class for adults and get a jump start on your Christmas gift-giving. Attendees will make a Christmas booklet-journal with four greeting cards inside. Non-Christmas journal kits will be available, too. Cost is $15.00 per person, payable in cash at the door. Photos of the projects are attached to this e-mail. Reservations required; cancellations appreciated.

For more information or to reserve a seat, call 610-933-3013 x32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

Upcoming Events at Philadelphia Premium Outlets

During the month of October, the Philadelphia Premium Outlets will be hosting their Pink Event.

Philadelphia Premium Outlets® and Susan G. Komen for the Cure® are teaming up to support breast cancer awareness, research, and treatment programs in our community. During the month of October, visit the on-site Information Center to donate $10 to support the cause and receive 25% off one item from select stores including Brooks Brothers, Calvin Klein, DKNY, Elie Tahari, Joe’s Jeans, Kenneth Cole, Michael Kors, Polo Ralph Lauren and more. Donations will be accepted on-site only via cash or credit, with all proceeds benefitting Komen Philadelphia.
Visit our Sales & Events page for details.

During the month of October 2011, shoppers can visit participating Premium Outlet Centers® to make $10 donations to Susan G. Komen for the Cure and receive a discount card, while supplies last. Donations will be accepted via cash or credit at on-site Information Centers. 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 $100,000.

Also in October, the Outlets will be hosting a Halloween Spooktacular & Costume Contest:
Halloween Spooktacular featuring Trick-or-Treating & Costume Contest
Fri, Oct 28 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.

Friday, October 07, 2011

LuLu Boutique Raising Money for Trey Love Tonight

This Friday is First Friday in Phoenixville and LuLu will be having some extra special events going on! Starting at 5:30pm, LuLu will be having a pumpkin & face painting extravaganza to benefit Phoenixville's very own Trey Love. For five bucks your little one (or yourself!) will get their very own pumpkin to paint with as many colors as they wish, OR, a full face painting by LuLu's exclusive face painter Joan! Pick one, pick both, either way it helps out a great cause!

LuLu is located at 10 S. Main Street. Visit them on facebook at www.facebook.com/luluboutiqueandgifterie.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Historic Yellow Springs Hosting Art Event Beginning October 14th

Historic Yellow Springs, Chester Springs, PA is pleased to announce Reaching 2350°: a kiln load of pots, a group exhibition featuring Vitra 5. This unique ceramic exhibit runs from October 14th-November 5th, 2011 with an opening reception on Friday, October 14, 2011 from 7 to 10 pm. The public is cordially invited to attend in the Second Floor Galleries of the Lincoln Building, 1685 Art School Rd. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 9am-4pm, Saturday noon-4pm.

Reaching 2350°: a kiln load of pots is an inaugural show for the group Vitra 5 which includes Heidi Brett, Karen Ewerth, Jessica Greet, Jackie Henisee and Wendy Vedder. A collective fascination with wood firing has been their focus over the last eighteen months. The mysterious atmosphere, combined with the risk of the process, and the pursuit of distinct work that would best fire in a wood kiln, led to the concept of exhibiting every piece from one kiln load. This exhibit expresses the totality of the unique cups, bowls, jars, vessels, mugs, plates, and pears marked by the flames and ash as the glazes melt, reaching the temperature of 2350°. This rugged process, unique to wood firing, is captured in a time lapse video presentation.

The wood kiln at Historic Yellow Springs has fired the art of many ceramists over 23 years. Gallery space is devoted to the pottery of other skilled craftsmen, who will be joining Vitra 5 in displaying the distinctive voice of the wood fired work. It is the vision of Historic Yellow Springs to rebuild the wood kiln and the proceeds from these generously donated pots will support the fundraising efforts.

For more information, visit yellowsprings.org.

October Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library

Seen any good movies lately? You will at the next Movie Night at Phoenixville Public Library. On Thursday, October 13 at 6:45 PM, we will show “Platoon” (1986, rated R, running time 120 min.) on the big screen in the Community Education Room. The film is next in our countdown of the American Film Institute’s “100 Greatest Movies”. Considered by many to by the most realistic portrayal of the Vietnam War on film, the movie is based on director Oliver Stone’s own GI experiences in the war. Charlie Sheen, Willem Dafoe, Tom Berenger, and Forest Whitaker star. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, call 610-933-3013, Ext. 32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue in Phoenixville, PA.

Free Employment Workshop Scheduled for Phoenixville Public Library

A free 12 Steps Toward EmploymentTM workshop to aid Chester County’s unemployed and underemployed, including recent college students, in seeking, obtaining and retaining suitable employment will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, October 6, at the Phoenixville Public Library, 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville.

The session is one of an ongoing series of workshops that are part of the Road to Employment initiative established by the Chester County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) to focus on many often-missed steps in undertaking a successful job search, from the time one learns or decides he or she will be seeking employment through the first few months of a new job, a time when persons often become unemployed again for a variety of reasons.

Required registration information for limited available seats at individual workshops, additional job-seeking tools, additional workshops as they are scheduled, and downloadable fliers that can be posted or forwarded to individuals in need, may be obtained at www.chesco.org/JobSeekerToolkit.

Additional information on this initiative is available from Casey Jones, workshop presenter, at bps461@msn.com or (610) 707-1494.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Annual Kiwanis Community Day Tomorrow

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville will hold their annual Community Day this Saturday, October 1st from 8 AM to 3 PM in Reeves Park. The event will include a Flea Market with more than 80 groups WHO will have items on sale or will have information about their organizations and programs. Along with the flea market, entertainment will be provided in the bandshell beginning at 11 AM with a gymnastics demonstration by members of the “Aerials” a local gymnastics club. Musical entertainment will be provided later in the day.

This year’s theme of Community Day is “Advancing Academics & Music Education” as the Kiwanis have partnered with the PAHS Band and the ‘Destinations with Directions’ student organization. All profits from Community Day will benefit these organizations and Kiwanis community programs.

As a part of Community Day, the Kiwanis Club will be selling their famous Chicken Barbecue Dinners using their famous secret recipe. The full dinners, which include a half chicken, will be available after 11 AM for the cost of only $10. The Kiwanis Club will be set up in the gazebo adjacent to the bandshell where tickets may be purchased.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Ghost Tours of Phoenixville

For a fun and different kind of night, take a ghostly tour of Phoenixville.

Experience the history – and mystery – of the most haunted borough in Pennsylvania. A 90-minute walking tour is like a paranormal party!

The tour leaves at 8 pm on every Friday and Saturday night in October 2011.

Meet-up is at the Pickering Creek Inn, 37 Bridge Street, downtown Phoenixville. $11 for adults, $7 for kids 10 and under. Reservations are recommended, call: (215) 237-1166.

Great for Girls’ Night Out, a romantic (and different!) date, small group fun.

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

Friday, September 23, 2011

Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce Hosting Annual Charity Event

On Friday, October 28, the Phoenixville Regional Chamber of Commerce will be hosting A Sweet Evening Under the Stars, their annual charity event. This year's event will be held at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve, 100 Golf Club Drive, Phoenixville, PA.

A Sweet Evening Under the Stars: Our Annual Charity Event

Friday, October 28, 2011 6:00pm - 10:30pm
RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve
100 Golf Club Drive
Phoenixville, PA 19460

The Chamber is very excited and pleased to open up our RSVP for our Annual Charity Event!

Please join us for a Sweet Evening Under the Stars at RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve on Friday, October 28th. This event helps to celebrate the amazing non-profits in the area. The evening will include a delicious meal, great live music, a wonderful cocktail hour, a silent auction as well as a live auction, a raffle and more! We look forward to seeing you there! Call the Chamber Office at 610-933-3070 for more information!

RSVP is now available! You may RSVP and pay by credit card over the phone.

Pricing: $75 per ticket, or $650 for a table of ten. Sponsorships available.

Oktoberfest Pub Crawl Coming October 8th


On Saturday, October 8th, downtown Phoenixville will host the Oktoberfest Pub Crawl.
The bars included are Bistro on Bridge, Franco Ristorante, PJ Ryans, Columbia, Mollys, Pickering & Pepperoncini Sotto. It's an indoor event that starts at 12 and goes until 8 (or however late everyone wants to party).

Each bar will be decorated much like Drinko de Mayo but in an Oktoberfest fashion. They'll be offering selections from Sam Adams and special menu items such as brats, pretzels, etc

For more information, please visit PhoenixvillePubCrawl.com.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Phoenixville's First "Give Back to the Community Day" to be held this Saturday

This Saturday, September 24, from 4 pm to 7 pm, come out to the basketball courts at Valley Forge Christian College for the first "Give Back to the Community Day".

When Phoenixville community activist Mike Ellis recently noticed that Phoenixville has never had a "Give Back to the Community Day", it set off a chain of events that will culminate in this weekend's Giveback event that has a focus on the kids.

Ellis and professional basketball player Tai Crutchfield will be at the courts to give a free basketball clinic to those 11 and older. Ellis and Crutchfield worked with Dolly Winston this summer as coaches for the Phoenixville Area Positive Alternatives league. A bond was formed and plans to continue teaching the local youth move forward with this event.

Ellis feels Phoenixville can become a major basketball training ground for kids with events like this. "We have the talented teachers and coaches. I'm arranging sponsorships to make these programs available for free to the kids. It's a win for everybody."

Ellis admits this event was planned quickly. "Tai has a busy travel schedule in October so we put this together really fast. If we get a big turnout, maybe we can have another event."

If you'd like to attend, please do so as it's a free event. If you'd like to bring something to share with the community as part of your giveback, all products and services are welcome. For more information, please call Mike Ellis at 610-917-0587.

Renaissance Academy Haunted House - Industrial Accident Dead Zone!

This October, the Renaissance Academy will be hosting a haunted house in Franklin Commons.

Come experience a frighteningly good time! There will be activities for kids of all ages including the main event, our Haunted House – sorry, no “chicken” refunds, so enter at your own risk! Craft & Activities Area for younger ghosts and ghouls (donations appreciated).

The haunted house will be open to the public on October 14th, 15th, 21st & 22nd from 6-9pm. Tickets are $10 at the door, $8 in advance (available at www.rak12.org) and all proceeds support the RA New Campus and Fine Arts Department.

For more information, email them at Haunt@rak12.org.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Phoenixville Area Entrepreneur Expo Being Held October 8th

The Phoenixville Area Entrepreneur Expo is coming to Franklin Commons on Saturday, October 8, 2011 from 12-5pm Plans for the day include guest speakers, a panel of entrepreneurs, networking opportunities, children’s activities, door prizes and a helping of entrepreneur-related advice and news. In addition, State Senator Andy Dinniman will be presenting the award to Phoenixville's Favorite Entrepreneur/Business at 1pm.

The event is open to the public and tickets are $5. For more information, visit http://www.paeexpo.com/.

Regional Italian Wine Dinners at Pepperoncini Sotto

Beginning Monday, October 3rd Pepperoncini Sotto Restaurant & Bar (184 Bridge Street; 484-924-8429) will feature a series of Italian wine dinners throughout the month. Each wine dinner will focus on a different region of Italy and be hosted by David Greenstein from The Wine Merchant. The wines will be paired with Chef Paul DiBona's classic Italian 5-course menu. The cost is $49 per person (plus tax and gratuity). Each dinner begins with a Prosecco toast at 6:30pm.

Monday, October 3rd will feature Italy's Northern region and the wines of Venice, Trentino and Piedmont. Monday, October 17th will focus on the Central region and wines from Lazio, Tuscany and Umbria. Monday, October 24th highlights wine from Italy's Southern region and includes Campania, Sicily, Calabria and Puglia. Call 484-924-8429 for reservations. A limited number of seats are available for these private dinners.

Friday, September 16, 2011

SCA Hosting Annual Folk ‘n Fall Music Festival on October 1

The Schuylkill Canal Association presents the Folk ’N Fall Music Festival to celebrate the river, canal and its greenway on Saturday, October 1, 4 PM to 10 PM at St. Michael’s Park, Mont Clare, PA. A combination of music, kayak tours, kid’s games and the unique Frisbee game of KAN JAM sponsored by Sly Fox Brewery will entertain all who participate. Rain or shine.

This annual fundraiser is to support the stewardship of the Schuylkill Canal Park and Lock 60. The entire park has been left battered and with debris strewn all over the area that needs to be cleaned up after the recent Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee extreme weather events. Your support will go a long way in getting the park back to its pre-storm condition for all to enjoy, especially for those who enjoy paddling.

Speaking of paddling; join in with the guided canoe and kayak loop of the Schuylkill Canal and River starting at 2 PM. Bring your own boat and take part in the free, 2-hour paddle before the music festival starting and ending at Lock 60 in Mont Clare, PA. 

Between 4 PM and 10 PM, the fun moves to St. Michael’s Park and Pavilion, adjacent to the Lock 60, where the sweet sounds of Tin Bird Choir, Dan Frantz, and local legend, Ted The Fiddler, will be heard. At 7 PM Echo takes the stage followed by upcoming performer, Casey Alvarez. A master jam session caps the evening’s festivities.

The Sly Fox Brewery will be coordinating the KAN JAM tournament, free to all willing participants (donations will be accepted for SCA.) This exciting 2 person team sport with a Frisbee and modified trash can is a cross between skeet ball and flying horseshoes. Signup starts at 4 PM and the tournament begins at 5 PM. More info on the game KAN JAM can be found at www.kanjam.com or www.slyfoxbeer.com .

Admission to the Folk ‘N Fall Music Festival at St. Michael’s Park, the end of Jacobs St, Mont Clare, is $12 at the gate or tickets can be purchased online at www.schuylkillcanal.org. Kids 12 and under are free. 

This is an event for all ages where kids can enjoy games such as bean bag throw, ladder toss, arts and crafts and sack races. Food, beverages and Sly Fox brew will be available for purchase throughout the evening. Rain or shine.

For more information, to volunteer (we need you), or to sign up your KAN JAM team, contact SCA at 610-917-0021, info@schuylkillcanal.com or go to www.schuylkillcanal.org.

Neill Hartley Performs "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" at Phoenixville Public Library

Neill Hartley is Ichabod Crane in his one-man, interactive adaptation of Washington Irving’s classic horror tale, “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, on Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 PM at Phoenixville Public Library. See Ichabod dancing with his students, leading the congregation in song, and dancing with his love. Then follow him on his fateful journey home as he meets the Headless Horseman and disappears forever! The performance is suitable for ages 6 and up, and is free and open to the public.

The Fall Speakers & Events Series is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Phoenixville Public Library. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, e-mail mpinto@ccls.org or call 610-933-3013 x32. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fall Foliage Family Fun Walk at Black Rock Sanctuary

On Saturday, November 5th, Activate Phoenixville Area will be hosting its Fall Foliage Family Fun Walk at Black Rock Sanctuary. The walk will be held from 8:30-10:30am and will feature the following:

  • Enjoy delicious, fresh, free, fall snacks
  • Free Face painting for children of all ages
  • Walk the beautiful 3/4 mile trail with members of your community
  • Enjoy the gorgeous changing leaves during the FREE walk
For directions to the Sanctuary, click here. Black Rock Sanctuary is 119 acres of wetlands, woodlands, and meadows. It is part of an air highway for migrating birds, while attracting waterfowl, diverse plants and animals

Second Annual TEDxPhoenixville Coming to Colonial Theatre September 24th

The Colonial Theatre, a cultural landmark in the revitalized steel town of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, will host a truly unique gathering later this month. TEDxPhoenixville, scheduled for Saturday, September 24, 2011 from 10am – 3pm, will feature a variety of lively speakers, compelling performers and an inspiring exchange of ideas with an engaged audience. Tickets are $20 - $30 and include a catered buffet lunch.Tickets can be purchased at www.TEDxPhoenixville.com.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com.

About TEDx

TEDx was created in the spirit of TED's mission, "ideas worth spreading." The program is designed to give communities, organizations and individuals the opportunity to stimulate dialogue through TED-like experiences at the local level. At TEDxevents, a screening of TEDTalks videos -- or a combination of live presenters and TEDTalks videos -- sparks deep conversation and connections. TEDx events are fully planned, coordinated and funded independently.

About TEDxPhoenixville

In the northwestern suburbs of one of the country's arts and culture epicenters is a community forged by a colorful history and poised for a promising future.Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, thirty miles from Philadelphia (reachable by automobile, kayak or bicycle), is a thriving community full of individuals interested in learning, growing, evolving. It’s the perfect place for spreading positive ideas!

TEDxPhoenixville, the first TEDx event in the region, celebrates the creative, innovative and inspiring work happening right here and all around the world. Our objective is to present thought-provoking ideas via an annual day-long event featuring compelling speakers and performers. A review of the 2010 event, Joy Ride, can be found at www.TEDxPhoenixville.com.

The organizing committee has playfully labeled this year’s conference MindBlender, reflecting their interest in exploring how the brain and the mind work via the arts, science and technology; and how a lively mixture of ideas and people can lead to inspiration and innovation.

Speakers and performers for the second annual TEDxPhoenixville event include:

Monday, September 12, 2011

Local Legislators to Host Route 422 Forum on Sept. 13

From Representative Kampf's website:

COLLEGEVILLE – State Reps. Warren Kampf (R-Montgomery/Chester), Marcy Toepel (R-Montgomery), Mike Vereb (R-Montgomery) and Tom Quigley (R-Montgomery) encourage their constituents to attend a public forum to discuss a proposal to toll Route 422. The event will take place on Tuesday evening, Sept. 13, at Pope John Paul II High School.

In June, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) unveiled a proposal to levy a toll on Route 422. This event provides a public forum for those residents who would be impacted by any proposed tolls to voice their opinions and ask questions.

Friday, September 09, 2011

2nd Annual Chow & Tunes Fundraiser to be held October 16th

On Sunday, October 16, 2011 from 3-6PM, Spirit Fire Farm will be hosting its 2nd Annual Chow & Tunes Fundraiser at Rock & Roll After School in the Franklin Commons located at 400 Franklin Avenue in Phoenixville, PA.

Come join us for a night of fun to help Spirit Fire Farm kick start programming in 2012! Enjoy food from area businesses and restaurants, listen to fabulous music from local bands and musicians, enter the raffles and silent auction, play fooseball, pinball, and other games at this wonderful venue.

This year’s musicians include: Hillary Wallace and Meg Kelly (more to be announced shortly).

Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 at the door (tickets include dinner, drinks, and 1 door prize entry).

For more information or to purchase tickets online (via Events page): www.spiritfirefarm.org

New Phoenixville Weight Loss Challenge Begins September 12th

The next weight loss challenge starts NEXT Monday September 12th - runs 7 weeks till Octiber 24th. Fun competition. Weekly prizes. Biggest "losers"split the pot of money at the end of the challenge. Only $30 to register. Visit www.Smallersize.com to register online and for more details.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Congregation B'nai Jacob Hosting Two Events To Celebrate Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur

In time for the Jewish High Holidays -- Rosh Hashanah (New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), Congregation B'nai Jacob is hosting two events that are open to the public. Both will be held on Sunday, September 25.

9-10:30 AM: Parent/Child class on Rosh Hashanah. Join us for music, stories and a craft designed for preschoolers and their parents. $10 for non-members, $7 for members

10 AM - 12 PM: Who doesn't need a good laugh these days? Join us as "The Laughing Maggidah (storyteller)" Irene Chaya Doniger presents stories, psalms, and jokes to get us in the mood for a happy and healthy new year. All are welcome, free.

Congregation B'nai Jacob, Starr and Manavon Streets, 610-933-5550, www.congbj.org.

Kiwanis Community Day To Be Held October 1

The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville will hold its annual Community Day in Reeves Park on Saturday, October 1st from 8 AM to 3 PM. The day will feature of a large flea market made of many groups and organizations in the Phoenixville community offering information about their activities and sales of food, collectibles and household items.

The Kiwanis Club will again offer a Chicken BBQ Dinner for $10. Tickets are being sold in advance by members of the club as well as this year’s Kiwanis Partners. The theme for this year’s Community Day is “Advancing Academics & Music Education for PAHS Students”. The Kiwanis Club is partnering with the PAHS Band and with the Destinations with directions Student Organization. All profits from Community Day will benefit these school organizations as well as the many community programs provided by the Kiwanis Club in the Phoenixville Community.

Individuals or groups interested in securing table space for the Flea Market should call Mike Speck at 610-933-5499. The general chairman of the event is Jack Ertell. For additional information call 610-948-1278.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Filmmaker Josh Fox Coming To Franklin Commons To Screen And Discuss His Film Gasland

GaslandAward-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary film “Gasland” and filmmaker Josh Fox comes to Franklin Commons September 7th at 6:00 pm. Exploring the urgent issue of the dangers of hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), the event will feature discussion between Fox, state legislators, and the public, as well as a screening of the film.

Fracking is a means of natural gas extraction that involves millions of gallons of water, sand, and undisclosed chemicals being injected under high pressure into the ground. 80-100 tons of chemicals are used per frack and scientists have identified known carcinogens, such as Benzene, among these substances.

The evening begins at 6:00 pm with an hour of dinner and drinks (BYOB). Seating is limited and tickets may be ordered now via email to lisa@consultcts.com. Your $35 donation purchases a ticket for the entire evening's events.

Starting at 7:00 pm, Fox and state legislators will be invited to take part in a panel discussion, followed by a Q&A, and then a screening of “Gasland.” Reservations for this portion are also limited and tickets may be purchased for a donation of $10.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Protecting Our Waters, a Philadelphia-based grassroots alliance committed to protecting the Delaware River Basin, the state of Pennsylvania, and our region from unconventional gas drilling and other threats to our drinking water, environment, and public health.

Franklin Commons is located at 400 Franklin Ave, Phoenixville, PA 19460.

Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area Hosting Two New Events in September

This September, the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area will be hosting two events.

Military Timeline - September 10

Location: 204 Church Street, Phoenixville PA 19460
Sponsor: The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area
Time: 10 AM to 3 PM
Contact: 610-935-7646

The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area will sponsor its second Military Timeline on Saturday, September 10th from 10 AM to 3 PM. What's a military timeline? It's a living history program featuring military re-enactors dressed in historical garb who interact with the public to explain the time period they are depicting and explain their uniforms, equipment and weapons. This free event will be held on the lawn of the Historical Society. Coordinated by Ryan Conroy, re-enactors will cover from the Revolutionary War to the modern era. Also present will be speakers who will give special talks at 11 AM, 1 PM and 2 PM under a tent on the lawn. The Museum will be open during the same hours and features a special exhibit on Phoenixville and the Civil War.


Historical Society Annual Banquet - September 21

Featured Speakers: The Tuskegee Airmen
Location: Spring Hollow Golf Club, 3350 Schuylkill Rd., Spring City, PA 19475
Sponsor: The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area
Time: 6 PM
Contact: 610-935-7646

The Tuskegee Airmen were the first African American military aviators in the United States armed forces. The American military and federal government were racially segregated during WWII. The Tuskegee Airmen were subject to racial discrimination, both within and outside the Armed Forces. Despite these adversities, they trained and flew with distinction. The story of these brave patriots needs to be told, and the rare opportunity to hear this story as told by one of the original Airmen, is available for anyone who lives history. The Historical Society banquet will be held at Spring Hollow Golf Club at 6:00 PM on September 21st, 2011. The cost for the talk is $40 and includes choice of dinner entrée. Please contact The Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area at 610-935-7646 or email hspa@verizon.net for an invitation. Reservations must be received by September 14th.

Author of New Book on Richie Ashburn to Speak at Phoenixville Public Library

Bruce Mowday, co-author of the new book, Richie Ashburn – Why the Hall Not?: The Amazing Journey to Cooperstown, will speak at Phoenixville Public Library on Monday, September 19 at 7:00 PM. Richie Ashburn has been called the “most beloved athlete” in Philadelphia history. In their book, Bruce Mowday and Jim Donahue tell the uplifting, true story of Ashburn’s kindness to a young fan who later returns the favor to help the star athlete get into the Hall of Fame.

A former sportswriter, local author Mowday has written more than a dozen books on local history. Copies of his new book will be available to purchase and have signed.

The Fall Speakers & Events Series is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Phoenixville Public Library.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 610-933-3013 x32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

From Everest to Antarctica Adventure Film Fest at the Colonial 10/1/11

On Saturday, October 1, 2011 the Colonial Theatre will host From Everest to Antarctica, a cinematic journey from the heroic age of exploration to the present day. Four documentary films featuring legendary explorers such as Shackleton, Hillary and Tenzing will be presented by Everest summiteer Paul Deegan. Joining Paul by video link from the UK will be expedition leader Felicity Aston. Felicity will be discussing her latest film, Call of the White, which tells the story of eight women from seven countries – some of whom had never seen snow – who attempted to ski to the South Pole in 2009. Call of the White will receive its US premiere at this event. Tickets start at $10. They can be purchased via www.phoenixvilleadventure.com or by calling 610.917.1228.

College Planning Workshop at Phoenixville Public Library

If you or someone you know has a student who will attend college in the next few years, or even next year, you are invited to attend a free one-hour “College Planning Workshop” at Phoenixville Public Library on Thursday, September 1 at 7:00 PM. David Kay of Advanced College Planning Solutions will be the speaker. Attendees will learn: specific keys to potentially save tens of thousands of dollars on a 4-year college education; how to accurately compare schools, public vs. private; and how to structure your finances to minimize out-of-pocket costs and maximize financial aid. Specific college saving strategies will be reviewed for parents of high schoolers in any grade level.

The Fall Speakers & Events Series is sponsored in part by the Friends of the Phoenixville Public Library. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 610-933-3013 x32 or e-mail mpinto@ccls.org. Phoenixville Public Library is located at 183 Second Avenue, Phoenixville, PA.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Forge Theatre Celebrates 50 Years of Community Theatre in Phoenixville

Forge Theatre's 2011-2012 season celebrates fifty years of providing quality, year-round live theatrical entertainment to the Phoenixville community. Located at 241 First Avenue in Phoenixville, Forge offers a repertory of six productions a year. Forge's ongoing mission is to enrich and entertain the community by providing a superior theatre experience. Each show in the upcoming 50th anniversary season, which begins September 2011 and runs through June of 2012, was performed at Forge Theatre during the past five decades and interesting anecdotes about each show and its director are available on the Forge Theatre website, www.forgetheatre.org.

The 50th Anniversary Season opens with "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest" in September, followed by the musical "Cabaret" which runs November 4 through December 3. January of 2012 will feature "Don't Drink The Water" with "On Golden Pond" coming in March. April's production will be "The Heiress", and the final production of the 50th Anniversary Season will feature the musical "The Mystery of Edwin Drood" in June.

Major renovations are underway to the historic Forge Theatre building in preparation for the 50th season. There will also be a gala celebration held September 30 and October 1 for past and present members, season ticket holders, and donors to the building fund project.

Many Broadway and television stars got their start at Forge Theatre and have sent congratulatory messages to the theatre family. A video presentation featuring those who have gone on "From Forge to Fame" will be featured at the 50th Gala Celebration.

Season tickets are available for the entire season and individual show tickets may be purchased either by telephoning 610-935-1920 or from the Forge Theatre website. Information on show dates, times, pricing and audition information is available on Forge Theatre's website www.forgetheatre.org.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Beach Party Theme for Tonight's First Friday

Hard to believe its already August but that means another First Friday! Tonight there will be a Beach Party theme to the festivities and there will be the usual special events at shops and restaurants throughout town. In addition, live music on the Main Stage will be provided by 52nd Street, a Billy Joel cover band. So come out, enjoy the great weather and support the downtown!

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Annual Camphill Cycling Event to Benefit Children and Adults with Special Needs Being Held Sunday, October 16th

Camphill communities in Chester County will host the fifth annual Camphill Challenge cycling event on Sunday, October 16. Camphill Special School , Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, and Camphill Soltane provide life sharing and educational opportunities for children, youth, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Three Camphill communities in Chester County will benefit from the Camphill Challenge, set for October 16. Camphill Village Kimberton Hills, Camphill Soltane and Camphill Special School provide life sharing and educational opportunities for children and adults with special needs.
In just five years the Challenge has grown from twelve cyclists to over 300. The bike ride begins and ends at Kimberton Waldorf School in Kimberton this year and offers 50, 25, and 10-mile courses for all ages and ability levels. A special Family Fun Ride will take riders to Beaver Farm, a working farm with livestock that is part of Camphill Special School .

Cyclists will travel through Chester County during peak autumn foliage with beautiful views of horse farms, historic homes, and covered bridges. A picnic and live music will round out the day.

Proceeds of the Camphill Challenge benefit the three Camphill communities in Chester County . For more information about the Camphill Challenge, to register for the ride, or become a sponsor, contact Bernadette Kovaleski at 610-935-8660, Bernadette@camphillkimberton.org or visit camphillchallenge.org. For more information on Camphill Kimberton, visit www.camphillkimberton.org.

August & September Films and Special Events at the Colonial

The Colonial Theatre has something for everyone during the months of August and September. Featured films starring Elizabeth Taylor and Robert Altman, cult classics like Jaws, the Children's Summer Series and several other special events, including the return of TEDxPhoenixville, means they surely have something for everyone.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Phoenixville Steel Site gets conditional use approval from Phoenixville Borough Council

From the Phoenix Steel Site blog:

Phoenixville Borough Council Borough Council gave unanimous approval to the proposed downtown development in project, which when complete, will bring new retail development to the downtown. The Council approved by a 7-0 vote, with Dana Dugan not in attendance, to approve the development which features 80,000 square feet of retail, 275 apartments and 30,000 square feet of office space.

The two hour meeting had the council members questioning how the development would mesh into the downtown. Concerns were voiced as how the development would impact the fire safety of the borough, the way finding program and the street music program. The development was also praised by developers as a progressive attempt on behalf of the borough to spur development at the abandoned Phoenix Steel site property.

Developer Manny DeMutis and attorney Michael B. Murray presented the plan and praised the boroughs efforts to make the project happen by offering a LERTA tax abatement project. "The LERTA was a big deal when it came to planning the project" he said, "In the days of very competitive financing arrangements the borough took a big step by saying you are open for business by offering the LERTA" he added.

The project calls for a new street to be constructed along the French Creek which will be bound by Ashland and Main Streets, the project will fill the 400 linear foot gap on the north side of Bridge Street between 101 Bridge and the Phoenix Cycle Shop. "This will complete the streetscape on the 100 block of Bridge Street. We are replicating the Iron Hill development which we completed in 2006 with historically sensitive infill development." DeMutis said.

The project will differ from others as the residential component will be rental and the commercial units will be for sale. "We will be offering the retail units for sale to ensure that many of the retailers will be able to purchase the retail space and remain part of the Phoenixville community for years to come", DeMutis stated. "We will be seeking to locate and organic food market with perhaps a direct farm to shelve retail connection by utilizing partnerships with some of the local farmers. We will attempt to fill the gaps that are located in the downtown mix.", he concluded.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Local Business Spotlight: Passion for Fitness

Passion for Fitness - A Lifestyle, Not a Program

Passion for Fitness, located at 139 Nutt Road in the heart of Phoenixville, offers full service, personalized fitness training. Three key components are at the core of owner Joe Ransom's high success rate with clients throughout the Chester County area: weight training, nutrition, and cardiovascular exercise, with an equal emphasis on all three.

What sets Passion for Fitness apart from other gyms? Attention to their clients. “We give each client a specific, structured plan tailored to their personal goals,” says Joe, “We stay right behind them all the way with positive encouragement and practical advice. We never sign clients up and leave them to do it themselves. We consistently reevaluate their plan and push them to stay on track.” Joe and his team of highly qualified trainers, who work side by side with each client at every work-out, have helped clients lose 150 to 200 pounds in some cases, as
well as successfully helped clients lose that last ten, difficult pounds and change the entire look of their body. Whatever your fitness goal - whether it's weight loss, wanting to get fit, or simply wanting to be healthy – Passion for Fitness has the strength to make it happen.

Passion for Fitness
139 Nutt Road
Phoenixville, PA 19460
www.Passion-For-Fitness.com
second location also in Exton, PA

Monday, August 01, 2011

Tomorrow Night is National Night Out

From The Phoenix this weekend:

Phoenixville will be one of 15,500 communities to participate in National Night Out on Aug. 2.

The national event was started in 1984 and has grown throughout the years, according to NNO’s website, www.nationalnightout.org.

According to NNO, the purpose of the event is “to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs, strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.”

In Phoenixville, community members can choose from three locations for NNO.

Town Watch is coordinating two of the NNO events. One will be held at Andre Thornton Park and the other is at Reeves Park. The Town Watch’s NNO will be held from 7 to 9 p.m.

Royal Bank America is hosting its NNO event from 6 to 9 p.m. at its Phoenixville location, 808 Valley Forge Road.

Town Watch President Michael Hill said there will be a grill pit at Andre Thornton Park. Food will be available from Bridgeside Deli and Grille. Alexsolre Mobile DJ will be playing some tunes.

Attendees can meet officers from the Phoenixville Police Department at both of the parks. Children can get their faces painted during NNO. The State Farm Safety Bear will also be in attendance.

Source: The Phoenix

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Idiotarod Postponed Until September

The 2011 Philadelphia Area Idiotarod, originally scheduled for August 13th, has been postponed until September (exact date TBD). We will post the make up date once it's been announced.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Phoenixville Green Earth Festival to be held Saturday, August 6th

Phoenixville is going green at the second annual Green Earth Festival on the Schuylkill River Trail on August 6 from 9AM – 2PM. The festival will celebrate area businesses and service groups that are working to make Phoenixville a sustainable community. Organized by the Phoenixville Green Team, in association with the Farmer’s Market, the market and festival will stretch along the creek side trail from Taylor Ave to the Foundry.

The event features exhibitors, food, music, children’s entertainment and a Speaker Forum. Our first GoodGreenWorks project invites everyone to bring good clothing and shoes to the Clothing Swap and Shoe Drop. Participation art projects will encourage everyone to craft several public art creations with clay and chalk.

The festival will host exhibitors that specialize in eco-friendly products, renewable energy, earth-friendly services, environmental advocacy, and organizations that are making a difference by protecting the environment and building a sustainable and maintainable local economy. Exhibitor spaces are still available.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Kimberton Fair Begins Today

The 83rd Annual Kimberton Fair begins today.

It’s that time of year again for a longtime summer tradition: The Kimberton Fair is coming to town from July 25 to 30 at the Kimberton Volunteer Fire Co. fairgrounds, off of Route 113. (Use 752 Pike Springs Road, Phoenixville, if using GPS.)

In its 83rd year, the fair will offer a plethora of activities including viewing livestock, home arts, an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic, rides and contests.

Contests this year include old fashioned log sawing, pie eating and the Baby Contest.

Returning this year is Hogway Speedway’s racing pigs. A fireworks display will be shown at 10 p.m. on Friday, July 29.

And of course, the famous doughnuts will be sold.

Kimberton Fair Secretary Karen Dobson said money raised during the volunteer-run fair is used for next year’s event and the rest is donated to the Kimberton Volunteer Fire Co.

Read the full article at The Phoenix or visit kimbertonfair.org for more information.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

O'Grady's Hosting Pirates and Princesses Party To Benefit Gabby Vogel Tomorrow

Tomorrow, July 25th, O'Grady's Family Restaurant, 273 Schuylkill Road, will be donating a portion of all proceeds to the Get Well Gabby fund. From 4-9pm, they will also be hosting a Pirates and Princesses party:

Children can come dressed as a princess or a pirate to the party. During the time of the event, a buffet including crab cakes, roast beef, pasta with Alfredo sauce, macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, vegetables, fresh fruit, puddings, two homemade soups, entire salad and bread bar and more will be offered. For each buffet meal purchased, extra funds will be donated to Get Well Gabby, Vontor said. Characters including Captain Hook, Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty will also be appearing at the party.

A basket raffle will be held. Games will be offered throughout the day.

All of the proceeds from the raffle and games will benefit Get Well Gabby, Vontor said.

Some of the baskets being raffled feature toolboxes, Eagles and Phillies gear, kids' toys and wine. Only those who are 21 and older can win the baskets that contain wine.

For more information, see the article in today's Phoenix.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Manifest Your Destiny Expo to be held October 15-16

This October 15th and 16th, Manifest Your Destiny is hosting a Holistic and Healing Expo at Kimberton Fire Company, 61 Firehouse Lane, Phoenixville, PA.
On October 15th and 16th in Kimberton, PA our planning team is hosting a Holistic Fair that we would like for you to be a part of. The theme of our event is “Manifest Your Destiny” and it is our mission to bring like minded community together and also introduce Holistic and Metaphysical products and practices to the general public. Because our panel consists of practitioners and healers, we understand the importance of creating a relaxed environment that provides unique opportunities for all participants to manifest their destiny by receiving the highest level of care for Mind Body and Spirit.

We are focusing on raising the vibration in our community so that we As a community are empowered to live our life purpose. This event will be huge and advertising has already begun. We have magazine advertisements, a facebook page, a website and more. As healing practitioners and Metaphysical teachers we understand that our thoughts create the reality we live. Let us put our positive thoughts together and make this October event an unforgettable one. This event is the first of a series designed to change lives and transform our world. We would love for you to be a part of this event and we look forward to hearing from you.

For more information, visit their website at manifestyourdestiny.us.