What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

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.