What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Monday, December 31, 2012

Comedy Appreciation Night Rings in the New Years at PJ Ryans

This Thursday night, PJ Ryan's Pub will be hosting a Comedy Appreciation Night showcasing local and national comedians.

PHILADELPHIA AREA COMICS CONVENE TO BRING IN NEW YEAR!

Continuing in the tradition of hubs outside of comedy meccas such as Los Angeles and New York, the Philadelphia comedy scene continues to grow and gain national recognition. On January 3, 2013, nationally recognized comedian Chris Coccia brings together some of the areas best talent - from award winning, recognized comics such as Chris Rich to up and coming talents like LaTice – both of whom have been on The View.

“We have been growing the talent scene right here in Phoenixville by showcasing Comedy Nights the first Thursday of every month at PJ Ryan’s Pub. Our Comedy Appreciation Night on January 3 is going to be awesome – we have some of the funniest comics around joining us like John Kensil, Chip Chantry and Vince Valentine – just to name a few,” explains Coccia. “It’s exciting to see the momentum these shows have had both for the audience and the comics. We’re looking forward to a really fun evening.”

This year’s Comedy Appreciation Night at PJ Ryan's Pub features recognized local and national talent including host Chris Coccia, Chip Chantry, Chris Rich, LaTice, Marc Kaye, John Kensil, Jared Bilsky, Andy Nolan and Vince Valentine.

The laughs begin Thursday, January 3, 2013 at 8:00 P.M. You can find more information about this event at www.facebook.com/PJRyansComedy.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Oldies Dance This Saturday Night

This Saturday, December 29th, the Polish American Citizens Club will be hosting an Oldies Dance featuring the music of Shake, Rattle & Soul. The concert, which will be from 8-11pm, will feature hits from the 50s, 60s and 70s and the cover charge is just $5.

The Polish American Citizens Club is located at 328 High Street.

Shake, Rattle & Soul

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Local Business Spotlight: Well Living Thrift Store

Well Living Thrift Store is a family owned and operated thrift store located at 1228 Egypt Rd in Oaks. From their website:

We opened November 1st, 2012. Our goal is not to be another store in your neighborhood but we want to be connected to you personally. We want to know you by name, by face and become friends! If you have any questions you can email us, or even call us ANYTIME! We even listed our personal cellphone number for you to reach for any reason!

Currently we hold thousands of items in areas of Men and Women's Apparels, shoes, books, accessories, furnatures, gym equipments, Movies, dvds, cds, electronics, home equipments, antiques, artworks, collectables... there are just so much to list down I just have not enough time!

Between now and December 29th, Well Living will be holding a 50% off sale on everyting in the store. Hours are 10am-7pm Monday through Friday and 10am-6pm on Saturdays (they are closed on Sundays). For more information, visit them online at welllivingthrift.com or give them a call at (484)392-7032.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SCA Hosting Annual Holiday Luminaria This Saturday Night

The Schuylkill Canal Association will be hosting its annual Holiday Luminaria this Saturday, December 15th, from 6-9pm.
Come see the most spectacular light show of the holiday season, hundreds of luminary candles lining the towpath up to the house.

As if stepping back in time to a Dickens’ holiday scene, come inside to enjoy the beautifully decorated house, sing along with the joyful music played by Meadowlark and visit with Santa Claus between 6:30 & 7:30 PM with your little ones.

Partake in holiday treats and hot cider and join in with SCA as we toast our friends with best wishes for a safe and happy holiday season.

New to the Luminaria this year will be luminary bags, pre-assembled and ready to take home. These bags will be offered for a minimal donation of $1.00/bag; $5.00/6 bags. A SCA volunteer will be stationed outside the Locktenders House for those who wish to take advantage of this offer.

The Luminaria is cancelled only if there is a steady downpour of rain. The magnificent light display is even more mystical if there is a slight drizzle, misty fog or a few inches of snow truly creating a beautiful holiday scene.

All are welcome, a donation of $1 or more will be gladly accepted. Ample parking is available at Lock 60.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Holiday Ladies Night Out on Main Street

This Thursday, from 6-9pm, women are invited downtown for another Main Street Ladies Night Out:

It's time for another Main Street LNO! This time it's Holla-day Style!
Thursday December 13 from 6pm -9pm
All of your favorite Main Street businesses will open their doors, bottles of wine, and their discount bins for a night of shopping, eating, drinking and fun!
Also, we will be giving out "Wish Lists" that you can fill out in each shop, then pass along to your guy (we all know they need help!)

Also, to give those guys a leg up, we are hosting a Main Street Guy's Shopping Night on December 20! We'll give them beer, chips, free gift wrapping, free advice, and we'll play nothing but Led Zep, Motley Crue and Guns N Roses to make sure they're comfortable! Tell all your friends husbands! 6pm-9pm

For more info check out the facebook event page or call LuLu Boutique at 610-933-1852

Visit the Camphill Kimberton Craft Shop for Holiday Gifts

Gabrielle Beratan works at her tabletop loom in Camphill Kimberton’s weavery.
The Camphill Village Kimberton Hills Craft Shop is a unique and wonderful place to do your holiday shopping. The shop features a wide range of one-of-a-kind items including woven, knitted and felted handmade crafts. Many items are made from recycled materials and all are handcrafted in the village workshops.

Other items available include teas and culinary herbs, grown in Camphill Kimberton’s Biodynamic Herb Garden; Stella Natura planting calendars; greeting cards; pottery and yarn.

The craft shop, located in the Kepler Building, is open Monday – Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. After shopping, stop by the Camphill Café for lunch, located just a short walk from the shop. The café offers organic, homemade soups, sandwiches, entrees and desserts and is open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Gift certificates are available and you may also shop online at their Etsy store. To see samples of items for sale in the craft shop, visit their Facebook page.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Chester County's Wyebrook Farm Offering One-of-a-kind Gift for the Holidays

This holiday season, farmer Dean Carlson is pleased to offer Farmer’s Gift Baskets of his fresh, humanely raised Beef, Pork and Poultry from Wyebrook Farm (150 Wyebrook Road, 610-942-7481). Featured in The Philadelphia Inquirer’s annual gift guide, Farmer’s Gift Baskets are $75 for seven pounds of assorted fresh and cured meats from the farm, packed in a thermal bag and available for pick-up at the farm itself, as well as every Tuesday throughout December from downtown’s Green Aisle Grocery (1618 East Passyunk Avenue, 215-465-1411) and Cook (253 South 20th Street, 215-735-2665).

Guests who are interested in purchasing a Farmer’s Gift Basket, either as the foundation for an entire holiday season’s worth of meals or as a thoughtful and unusual gift for cooks and food lovers, should email info@wyebrookfarm.com for more information. Customers can also view Wyebrook’s complete product and price list on their website and then order their meats from info@wyebrookfarm.com.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Firebird Festival Returns this Saturday

Phoenixville's Ninth Annual Firebird Festival will be held this Saturday, December 8th. The town wide celebration kicks off at 3:30 with several local businesses opening their doors for various Firebird themed events and culminates with the buring of the Phoenix at 8pm. Last year's event drew an estimated 6000 people and this year, with the new more convenient location of the firebird, promises to be even larger.

For more information, including a complete schedule of events, visit firebirdfestival.com.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Complimentary Lunch N Learn Event: “How to Transform Your Website into a Sales Machine” on Thursday, December 13th

Small business owners and leaders in and around the Steel City are invited to attend a FREE event Thursday, December 13th from 12:00-1:00pm at the Royal Bank America building (808 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville). Carolyn Frith of Carolyn Frith Marketing will present “How to Transform Your Website into a Sales Machine.” In a lively, interactive session you’ll gain actionable information to kick-start your online marketing. This includes how to get found on the web, engage visitors on your website, capture leads, and nurture and convert those leads into clients. Hosted by Royal Bank America and Wealthmark Financial Services, this event is just one of the popular monthly Small Business Series which continues throughout the year. Free light lunch, learning and networking! RSVP by calling 610.933.1195 or by going to http://phx-es2.eventbrite.com/?rank=1. Wealthmark Financial Services, LLC, 808 Valley Forge Rd, Ste 104, Phoenixville, PA 19460, 610.400.1111. Securities & Advisory Services offered through Commonwealth Financial Network, member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser.

Edgar Allan Poe Comes Alive at Phoenixville Public Library

Scott Craig Jones is Edgar Allan Poe in a one-man show to be presented at Phoenixville Public Library on Thursday, December 6 from 7:00 to 8:30 PM. Poe reminisces about his life – and death – and performs eight of his masterworks, including The Tell-Tale Heart, The Raven, and The Masque of the Red Death.

This event is sponsored by the Friends of the Phoenixville Public Library and 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, December 03, 2012

Kiwanis Club's Annual Holiday Parade Being Held This Friday

K-Kids from Barkley Elementary School assemble to march in the 2011 parade
The Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville will be holding its annual Holiday Parade in Phoenixville on “First Friday”, December 7, 2012 beginning at 7:00 PM. The parade route has been changed from prior years. This year’s parade will begin at the Justice Building on Bridge Street and continue on Bridge Street ending at Starr Street.

Santa Claus will arrive with the help of the Phoenixville Area High School Marching Band. The parade line-up also includes a Mummers string band, several floats from area civic and service groups. Area fire companies participate with decorated fire engines as they compete for the “Best Decorated Fire Engine” award. Approximately 25 children’s characters will also be in the parade.

The annual Phoenixville Christmas Tree lighting ceremony will take place at approximately 8:30 at the corner of Bridge and Main Streets. Afterwards, Santa will move to his house located at the Kiwanis Children’s Plaza on Bridge Street.

Friday, November 30, 2012

East Pikeland Elementary Hosting Annual Holiday Shoppe Tomorrow

Tomorrow (Dec. 1) from 10-2, East Pikeland Elementary will be hosting their annual Holiday Shoppe. Featured will be over 20 vendors selling various crafts, a bake sale and a basket raffle featuring an American Girl Doll, an electric scooter and more. In addition, kids will be able to take part in a Secret Workshoppe and there will be food for the whole family.

East Pikeland Elementary is located at 1191 Hares Hill Road.

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Iron Works Church Hosting “Saints and Skeptics” Debate on December 13th

Iron Works Church and the Bertrand Russell Society have partnered to host “Saints and Skeptics”, a moderated debate and open forum on faith and skepticism, taking place on December 13th at 6:30pm at Franklin Commons.

The evening will include an unscripted debate between two scholars, followed by an open forum where the audience may ask questions of the presenters. Carl Trueman of Westminster Seminary will represent Historic Christianity as espoused by Saint Augustine and Chad Trainer of the Bertrand Russell Society will represent skepticism/atheism as espoused by Philosopher Bertrand Russell.

Tickets are on sale now and are discounted to $12 if purchased before November 30th. To purchase tickets or to find more information, visit the Saints and Skeptics website. Ticket price includes complimentary wine and cheese.

Speaking in Shinos - An Exhibition of Wood Fired Ceramic Work

Historic Yellow Springs, Chester Springs, PA is pleased to announce SPEAKING IN SHINOS, a group exhibition featuring VITRA5. This unique ceramic exhibit runs from November 30th-December 15th, 2012 with an opening reception on Friday, November 30, 2012 from 7 to 10 pm. The public is cordially invited to attend in the First Floor Galleries of the Lincoln Building, 1685 Art School Rd. Gallery hours are Monday-Friday 10am-4pm, Saturday noon-4pm.

SPEAKING IN SHINOS is the second annual show for the group VITRA5 that 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 2.5 years. This year VITRA5 wants to show the beauty in the Shino glaze family and explore how Shinos respond in the mysterious atmosphere of the wood kiln. Using the common language of the Shino glaze each ceramic artist brings their own voice with surface decoration, incorporation of other cone 10 glazes and carving techniques. This rugged wood fire process, the warmth of the Shino glazes and each "voice" of the potter is captured in a video presentation.

Simon Youth Foundation seeks applicants for $1 million in scholarships

For a twelfth straight year, Simon Youth Foundation, a national nonprofit that provides educational opportunities for at-risk high school students, will award a college scholarship to one student from every community that is home to a Simon property.

Simon Youth Foundation Community Scholarships are awarded through the Simon Youth Scholarships program and in partnership with local Simon properties. The application period is open from Thursday, November 8, 2012, to Friday, January 11, 2013.

Locally, students can pick up a copy of a scholarship application at the Simon Guest Services Center at Philadelphia Premium Outlets. Applications also can be downloaded at the SYF website or http://www.syf.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/SMS-2013-application.pdf

Any student who will be graduating in the class of 2013 and lives within 50 miles of a Simon property is eligible. The program will award a one-time scholarship of up to $1,400 to students who plan to enroll in an accredited college, university, vocational or technical school.

In addition, an “Award of Excellence” will be given to the top candidate from among the scholarship winners that represent each of the nationwide Premium Outlets® locations. That student will win a $2,500 scholarship that is renewable for up to three years.

Friday, November 23, 2012

Louie's Foundation Beef and Beer Benefit

On Thursday, December 6th, come out to Spring Hollow Golf Club in support of a great cause. Louie's Foundation, whose goal it is to help critically ill children and their families by providing funding and advocacy to improve their quality of life while at home or in the hospital, is hosting a beef and beer from 6-10pm. In addition, there will be a silent auction, 50/50 raffle and live music. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online at http://www.eventbee.com/event?eid=995958305 or by stopping into the proshop at Spring Hollow. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit chronically ill children in our community and their families and Child Life Programs at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Shop to Beat MS: A Benefit for Walk MS at the Devon Horse Show

Hors d’oeuvres, live music and holiday shopping will all be in store for those attending a charitable fundraiser in Radnor next month. On December 5, the National MS Society will be partnering with the 333 Belrose Bar and Grill to host a kick-off event for Walk MS at the grounds of the Devon Horse Show.

“We are proud to be partnering with the MS Society to host this event. We are committed to supporting those living with MS on the Main Line,” says Kelly Finch, Manager and Events Coordinator at 333 Belrose, which has a reputation for its commitment to community involvement in the Radnor Area.

Amongst the vendors who will be present for “Shop to Beat MS” will be the trendy trunk show vendor Stella and Dot, and the cupcake truck Dia Dolce. Guests who attend the event will enjoy valet parking, a variety of hors d’oeuvres, desserts and wine and a silent auction while they shop. There will also be a performance from singer-songwriter Seamus McGroary. Guests will also have the chance sign up to walk or volunteer for Walk MS 2013.

Walk MS manager Melissa Hersh views the event as an opportunity to bring communities in the Main Line together. “We are always looking to recruit more members of the MS Movement; we thought our partnership with the Belrose would be the perfect opportunity to get the word out about our inaugural year partnering with the Devon Horse Show.” Walk MS at the Devon Horse Show will take place on Sunday, May 5, 2013.

“Shop to Beat MS” will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 333 Belrose Bar and Grill located at 333 Belrose Lane, Radnor, PA 19087. Tickets will be $25 at the door. A portion of the proceeds will go to funding programs and services, research, and treatments for the more than 14,000 people living in the Greater Delaware Valley with MS. To RSVP for the event, email adrienne.webb@nmss.org or call 215-271-1500.

For more information about the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s Walk MS at the Devon Horse Show, visit www.walk4ms.org or www.devonhorseshow.net.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Phoenixville Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

Karen Johns has organized a group of volunteers collecting money and supplies to assist those effected by Hurricane Sandy. The group has opened an account with Phoenixville Federal Savings and Loan and has created a Facebook group which you can visit at facebook.com/groups/479046235452003.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Phoenixville Jaycees Hosting 3rd Annual Burn Off The Bird 5k Saturday, Nov. 24

Thanksgiving is a time for eating, often times much more than we should. We all know how hard it can be to pass up that second piece of pumpkin pie or extra helping of stuffing. The Phoenixville Jaycees can help you take care of some of those extra calories with their third annual Burn Off the Bird 5k and 1-mile Fun Walk on Saturday, Nov. 24. starting 9 a.m. at Stepping Stone Education Center, 475 Grant Street, Phoenixville.

Pre-registration for the race is available through active.com and guarantees a long sleeve Dri-Fit shirt. Race day registration is $30 and shirts will be available while supplies last.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Complimentary Lunch N Learn Event: QuickBooks Kickstart on Thursday, November 15th

Small business owners and leaders in and around the Steel City are invited to attend a free event Thursday, November 15th from 12:00 PM -1:00 PM at the Royal Bank America building (808 Valley Forge Road, Phoenixville). Local CPA Dave Ashworth will present useful and valuable ideas about utilizing QuickBooks for your accounting needs. This complimentary lunch event should prove to be of importance to small business owners in this lively interactive session designed to provide attendees with actionable information. Hosted by Royal Bank America and Wealthmark Financial Services, this event serves as a continuation to a larger Small Business Series with events to be held throughout the winter on a variety of topics of interest to business owners.This event is free and open to the public. A light lunch will be offered and attendees can RSVP by calling 610.933.1195.

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Phoenixville Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort

Reader Maureen posted this on our Facebook page:

New Jersey residents are in desperate need following the devastation of many shore communities and are in need our immediate help.

The process of returning life to normal may take a very long time but together we can help our neighbors by donating items, distributing flyers about this effort, volunteering at the collection center when it opens, and help to make a positive impact on many lives. We have received a list of needed items. Please see below.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012, 7 p.m. we will meet at the Episcopal House, 601 Center Street, Phoenixville, to collect any immediate donations and to organize volunteers to drop flyers, staff a collection center, and deliver supplies to New Jersey. Please make plans to attend!

Manny DeMutis has graciously offered a collection site for donations next door to Generations which is across from Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust at 115 Main Street, Phoenixville. The center will be open later this week. Look for signs for hours of operation.

A bank account, "Phoenixville Hurricane Sandy Relief Effort", has been opened at Phoenixville Federal Bank and Trust.

Thank you!

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Donation list not limited to these items:

Bottled water, non-perishible snacks, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, all toiletries, feminine sanitary products, shampoo, conditioner, baby products, formula, diapers, wipes, hand sanitizers, toilet paper, cleaning supplies, warm socks, gloves, blankets, pillows, pet supplies, dog and cat food, portable storage bins, batteries, candles, etc.

Dr. Chaim Peri to Discuss “Instilling Values in Your Children” at Montgomery School

On Thursday, November 8, Montgomery School and ESF Camps will host Dr. Chaim Peri, the director and chief educator at Yemin Orde in Israel for 27 years, to discuss “Instilling Values in your Children: Complementing Intuition with Method.” This event is free and open to the public.

Yemin Orde is home, at any give time, to some 500 at-risk, disadvantaged, immigrant children and teenagers from more than 20 countries throughout the world. More than 55 percent of those living and studying at Yemin Orde today are immigrants from Ethiopia, some 30 percent from the Former Soviet Union (FSU) and others are from Latin America, Europe and some Israeli-born children from deprived backgrounds. All the children are from the lowest end of the socio-economic scale and have suffered one form of trauma or another in their young lives, including abandonment, separation and worse. The village serves as both a home and school environment and is dedicated to giving youngsters the highest-possible level of care and education, cultivating their self-esteem and building leadership qualities through innovative outreach programs.

Under the leadership of Dr. Peri, Yemin Orde developed unique methodologies which he will share during the event, including how to:

  • Empower children to believe in themselves and their innate abilities
  • Help children develop the academic and social skills needed to succeed in school and later life
  • Encourage children to become leaders in their own right
  • Teach children to know the comfort and joy of aiding others.

TOSDV Presents Holiday Extravaganza

The Theatre Organ Society of the Delaware Valley presents its Holiday Extravaganza. This program includes Laurel and Hardy’s comedy “Big Business,” with Wayne Zimmerman providing live accompaniment on the TOSDV Wurlitzer Opus 585, 3-manual, 24 rank theatre pipe organ. A concert by guest organist Joe Pantano, and music to celebrate the season (Late Fall/Winter, Christmas, Chanukah, New Years, etc.) will complete the program.

This fun afternoon, quickly becoming a highly anticipated annual event, will take place Sunday, December 9, 2012, 3 PM, at the Colonial Theatre, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville, PA. Tickets, $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under, will be available at the door. Note that the Colonial assesses a $1.50 fee on all tickets.

Come and join us for our last theatre pipe organ program for the 2011-12 season and ring out the old year (a little early), TOSDV-style.

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Skylight Coworking Hosting Grand Opening Celebration This Friday

A couple of weeks ago we introduced to you Skylight Coworking, the new collaborative office environment located at 214 Bridge Street. While they have been open for the past few weeks, tomorrow will be their official Grand Opening. Beginning at 2pm, the celebration will give you the chance to speak with founder Shannon Coghlan Reiss about the advantages of coworking and how you can benefit from this up-and-coming professional movement. You will also get to enjoy the paintings of Elisabeth Olver, Skylight's resident artist, whose original renderings will be in constant rotation on their walls to encourage creativity, entrepreneurialism, and accomplishment. The ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 2:14 and light snacks and beverages will be available.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Trick or Treating to be held as scheduled tomorrow night

Earlier today, Mayor Scoda announced that trick or treating would be held as scheduled tomorrow night from 6-8pm.

Read more here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Pints and Pearls for the Cure

This Thursday night from 7-9pm, join several local businesses at PJ Ryan's for 'Pints and Pearls for the Cure'. The event is being hosted by Premier Designs, Pampered Chef Rodan & Fields, Little House Candles, 31 Gifts and more and features free appetizers and $4 wine and cocktails. Proceeds will go to the Susan G Komen Foundation.

Friday, October 19, 2012

Introducing 'Authentic Improv'

Do you enjoy expressing yourself and creating in the moment? Experience Authentic Improv for self-empowerment and personal transformation. Authentic Improv uses personal stories and vivid imaginations to serve as a basis for drama and creativity. Improvisation helps you to learn to think on your feet and release inhibitions. The group meets on Monday evenings from 7:30-9pm. Come and join them for fun and self-discovery!

Call (910) 232-5019 or (610) 917-8751 or visit www.meetup.com/Authentic-Improv/ for more information.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Local Business Spotlight: Skylight Coworking

Skylight Coworking is a collaborative office environment offering low cost, shared desk and office space to members and drop ins. Rates start at just $25 for the occasional drop in coworker, with a mid-price point of $175 per month for part time members and $275 per month for full time members, and a premier price point of $325 per month for 24/7 key holders.

Skylight Coworking provides comfortable shared desk space, Wi-Fi Internet access, an open office environment, a semi-private conference room, kitchenette, rest room facilities, and above all else a friendly, collaborative, professional atmosphere amongst members. It is also available for events, jellies, and meet-ups.

The term “Coworking” was first coined in the United States 7 years ago and has become increasingly popular in both the U.S. and abroad. Coworking provides the opportunity for freelancers, virtual employees, small business owners, and other work-from-home types to build a collaborative community of professionals and a comfortable work space away from the traditional home office. Coworking attracts web developers, programmers, graphic designers, writers and editors, technology professionals, artists, Internet marketers, and other such creative professionals and freelancers who often find themselves in coffee shops or libraries in an effort to increase their productivity and stimulate social interaction.

Skylight Coworking chose Phoenixville as its headquarters location because of the bustling revitalization of the borough’s downtown district, as well as its proximity to Philadelphia and the Western Suburbs. Bridge Street and Main Street in Phoenixville are both lined with many new, up-and-coming businesses, including restaurants, shops, galleries, artist studios, cafes, pubs, and salons. The area will provide a cool and contemporary backdrop for professionals who choose to spend time working and interacting at Skylight Coworking.

Skylight Coworking opened at 214 Bridge Street in Phoenixville, PA with a soft launch on October 15 and is holding their Grand Opening Event on November 2.

To learn more about Skylight Coworking, please call them at 484-802-2638 or visit them online at www.skylightcoworking.com.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

New River of Revolutions Interpretive Center to Celebrate Grand Opening

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area will celebrate the grand opening of the brand new River of Revolutions Interpretive Center, which tells the history of the Schuylkill River region through the American, Industrial and Environmental Revolutions.

WHEN: 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, October 22, 2012

WHERE: Schuylkill River Heritage Area offices, 140 College Drive, Pottstown, PA.

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

  • Congressman Jim Gerlach, U.S. House of Representatives, PA-6th District
  • John Giordano, Deputy Secretary , PA Dept. of Conservation and Natural Resources
  • Karen Stout, President, Montgomery County Community College
  • Kurt Zwikl , Executive Director, Schuylkill River Heritage Area

WHAT: The River of Revolutions Interpretive Center is a new visitor center for the Schuylkill River Region, located in the Schuylkill River Heritage Area headquarters. It features interactive exhibits, family friendly displays and educational videos that highlight the region’s significant heritage. Maps and brochures connect visitors to recreational and tourist opportunities throughout the five-county (Schuylkill, Berks, Montgomery, Chester and Philadelphia ) Heritage Area.

The new interpretive center will one day be part of the planned Schuylkill River Academic and Heritage Center , which is being developed through a unique partnership between Montgomery County Community College and the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. That project involves renovating a currently unused portion of the MCCC-owned 140 College Drive building, where the Heritage Area offices are housed. When finished, the building will contain classrooms and a state-of-the-art laboratory that will support the College’s Environmental Science degree program and allow for joint programming between the Heritage Area focusing on recreation and river education. The River of Revolutions Interpretive Center is the latest addition to the Academic and Heritage Center . Over the past several years the college has renovated a parking lot that will serve the center and completed infrastructure improvements to the building.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Renaissance Academy Haunted House 2012

Over the next two weekends, the Renaissance Academy will be hosting their annual haunted house. This year's Industrial Accident Dead Zone 2012 will be held at Franklin Commons this Friday and Saturday (the 19th and 20th) and again next Friday and Saturday (the 26th and 27th).

More from their website:

This chilling event, which has been an area favorite since 2006, includes trained live actors, special effects, and well designed sets. There will be a variety of food and beverages available for purchase, as well as glow sticks and temporary tattoos. *Sorry no chicken refunds … So be prepared for a screaming good time!'

FREE Crafts & Activities for the Little Ghosts and Ghouls
Saturday, October 20th and Saturday, October 27th at 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
This area is all treats (and no tricks) including a Halloween-themed children's movie, face-painting, crafts, games, and more.
(Small Donations Appreciated)

Flash Mob Performance of “Thriller” prior to the event start time!
Interested in dancing in the flash mob? Please Contact Haunt@rak12.org.

Tickets are $10 at the door or $8 if bought in advance. For more information or to buy tickets, visit their Haunted House website.


Sunday, October 14, 2012

Halloween Parade this Tuesday

The Borough's annual Halloween Parade will be held this Tuesday beginning at 7pm. The parade will start on the 300 block of Bridge Street and make its way east, finishing in front of Iron Hill. Click here for the route map.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Manifest Your Destiny Expo to be held this Weekend

How do you live? How do you take care of your body? Do you love to explore different ideas and cultures? How exciting is your spiritual life? Your practice? Do you dance and love music? Do you love healthy, yummy food?

There is an empowering event coming to Kimberton , Pennsylvania that will open the doors to love, light, and exploration. With live music, healers, amazing food vendors and ongoing opportunities to participate in experiential workshops and hear some of the areas most interesting and forward thinking leaders talk about what’s going on in the worlds of energy, health, spirituality, and even the paranormal.

Throughout the two days, there will be over 50 vendors and artisans including jewelry, hooping Yoga, drumming, services, gems and other products to enrich your journey. See: Eagle Skyfire, Crystal Forests, Healing Your Way, Lisa Montgomery, Kimberly Uhl, Barbara Richter, Debbie Quinn, Anna Swora Astrology, Dr. John Amoroso, H.Antoinette Janiec - ShesMyChiropractor.com, Cherie Lyons - Akashick Records, Isabelle Moll Metaphysical, Universal Ministries, Jean Animal Communicator, Britgit Leuders Iridology , Gerrie Chakramama Energy Work and Fare Trade Jewelry, Vishala Holistic Healing Spa ,A light Touch and more.

Come on out to the Kimberton Fire Hall and take a deeper look into your life, come together with people of different beliefs, and share in the experience of honoring all our neighbors and how each one pulls in Spirit. Meet like-hearted souls from all walks of life.

Free Tax Prep Seminar to be held next Thursday

Are you a small business or individual who needs help with year-end tax preparations? Well, you are in luck. On Thursday, October 18th, Royal Bank America and Wealthmark Financial Services are hosting a free Tax Prep Seminar from 12-1:15pm as part of their Lunch and Learn series. This will be an interactive event led by local Certified Public Accountant Christi Bender. Light lunch and refreshments will be served.

The seminar will be held at the Royal Bank America office at 808 Valley Forge Road in Phoenixville. Please call 610-933-1995 for more information or click here to register.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Jaycees Present Movie in the Park this Friday night

This Friday, October 12th, the Phoenixville Jaycees will be hosting Movie in the Park. This free event will be held at Reeves Park beginning at 7pm and will feature Wallace and Grommit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit. For more information, click the image below.


The Pub at Wegmans to Celebrate Oktoberfest with Live Music, Craft Beer and German-inspired Dishes

From Thursday, October 11 through Sunday, October 14, the three regional locations of The Pub at Wegmans will host festive Oktoberfest celebrations. Guests can enjoy affordable Oktoberfest beers, German-inspired dishes and live music at Wegmans’ Malvern, PA (50 Foundry Way, 484-913-9660), King of Prussia, PA (1 Village Drive, 484-690-3560) and Collegeville, PA (600 Commerce Drive, 484-902-1560) store locations.

“Our Oktoberfest celebration is a lively way to experience The Pub for the first time or a great reason to come back for another friendly meal with us,” says Kathy Haines, director of Wegmans in-store restaurants and Market Cafes.

The Oktoberfest Menu will include: Becks Beer & Cheese Dip; Bratwurst Sandwich, served with sauerkraut and potato salad; Wiener Schnitzel, served with braised cabbage and potato salad; and Pumpkin Cheesecake. Dishes will range in price from $3 to $9. Oktoberfest drink specials will include: Victory Festbier, a seductively smooth medium-bodied amber ale; Becks Oktoberfest, a classic German pilsner with a sweet, full-bodied taste, caramel color and a rich, full head; Erdinger Oktoberfest, a wheat beer with banana and clove notes; and Long Trail Pumpkin Ale, a slightly sweet seasonal treat artfully brewed with pumpkins, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Beers are $4 to $4.50.

The Pub will also host live music from The O’Such German Band. Performances will be held on Thursday, October 11 at Malvern from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.; Friday, October 12 at King of Prussia from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m.; and Saturday, October 13 at Collegeville from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m.

Led by their executive chefs and inspired by the incomparably fresh ingredients sold on-site in the store, The Pub at Wegmans serves an inspired array of dishes that go beyond typical pub standards. The restaurants offer cocktails, wine available by the bottle or glass and an extensive selection of craft beers, including Pub Pale Ale, made by local favorite Sly Fox Brewery and only available at The Pub at Wegmans.
The Pub at Wegmans is located at the in-store Market Cafe and features a welcoming atmosphere with glowing mahogany and rich colors inspired by traditional English pubs, where guests are encouraged to relax with family or friends over a pint or a bite. The casual ambience includes a large, wrap-around bar and a comfortable dining room. For outdoor dining, there is also a sweeping patio with plentiful seating. The Pub at Wegmans is even spacious enough to be perfect for parties, business functions and other private events.

For more information about Oktoberfest or The Pub at Wegmans, please call any of the three locations, visit www.wegmans.com/thepub and follow them on Twitter (@WegmansPub).

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Renowned Author and Adolescent Medicine Specialist Dr. Ken Ginsburg to Speak at Montgomery School

On Tuesday, October 2, Montgomery School is hosting Dr. Ken Ginsburg, a pediatrician specializing in Adolescent Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to give an overview of the Seven C’s Model of Resilience. This event is free and open to the public.

Dr. Ginsburg will share communication strategies that position parents to be unwavering positive forces in their children’s lives. Parents will leave the session better prepared to:

  • Build confidence in their children
  • Notice and reinforce their children’s competence
  • Foster the vital connection between parents and children
  • Develop character and a sense of contribution in their children
  • Develop those critical coping strategies that will help their children thrive (and avoid risky behaviors!) even through difficult times
  • Help their children and teens gain control by learning that the privileges they earn are linked to the responsibility they demonstrate.

In addition to his position at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D. is also an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He serves as Director of Health Services at Covenant House Pennsylvania, an agency that serves Philadelphia’s homeless and marginalized youth. Dr. Ginsburg lectures widely to national and international parent and professional audiences. His most recent books are Building Resilience in Children and Teens: Giving Kids Roots and Wings and Letting Go with Love and Confidence: Raising Responsible, Self-Sufficient Teens.

Event Details:
Dr. Ken Ginsburg
Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at 7:00 PM
Bell Hall, Montgomery School, 1141 Kimberton Road, Chester Springs PA 19425
Free and open to the public, no reservations required
Refreshments available at 6:45 PM

Iron Hill Sending Summer Out In Style This Thursday And Friday

On Thursday, September 20, the second-to-last day of summer, Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant (130 East Bridge Street, 610-983-9333) will bid the season a fond farewell with their Smokin’ Summer Send-Off. With a special menu of smoked foods and beers, evocative of classic summer barbecues, the event will take place from 5 p.m. until 10 p.m. and again on Friday, September 21.

“As we gear up for fall – with cooler weather, heartier foods and fuller-flavored beers,” says Head Brewer Tim Stumpf. “This menu features the richness of fall’s food and drink, as well as the best of the summer.”

Featured beers, available on a pay-as-you-go basis, will include: Rauchbier, a Bamburg, Germany-style amber lager made with beechwood-smoked malt for a distinct smoked character in both aroma and flavor; Rauchweizenbock, a Bamburg, Germany-style dark, strong wheat ale brewed with just a touch of smoked malt, adding complexity and depth to a subtly fruit-y and chocolate-y beer; Smokin’ Brunette, a sweet, lightly chocolate malt-tasting beer with subtle fruit and spice from Belgian yeast and moderate cherrywood smoke character; and Smokin’ Blonde, a Belgian-style blonde ale with biscuit-like character and a subtle sweet smoke flavor from the use of smoked malts.

Featured dishes, all created especially to pair with the smoked beers, will include: Sweet Corn Soup with bacon-corn relish and chile oil; House-Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Toasts with red onion, capers and baby arugula on whole grain bread; Beer-Braised Pork Belly with caramelized fennel, onions, roasted beet puree and braising jus; Chile-Dusted North Atlantic Salmon with drunken pinto beans and chorizo, pineapple salsa and chipotle-honey glaze; and Smoked Cream Cheese Tart, puff pastry with almond crumb topping and fresh berries. Dishes range in price from $4.50 to $22.95.

Friday, September 14, 2012

2012 TASTE Philadelphia Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits

Presented by Gourmet Shows, The 2012 TASTE Philadelphia Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits will undoubtedly quench your thirst and satisfy all your hunger cravings. The event is being held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks from October 12th-14th, 2012. Don’t miss your chance to sample all of the best restaurant foods and wine vendors. There will be over 200 stations to choose from!

This year, cooking demonstrations will be led by, Bravo’s “Real Housewives of New York City” and “Bethenny Ever After”, star Bethenny Frankel on Sunday, October 14th. As the star of her new daytime talk show on Fox, “Bethenny,” creator of Skinnygirl Margarita and Skinnygirl Sangria, and author of bestselling books, Naturally Thin, The Skinny Dish, and A Place of Yes, Bethenny will exhibit all of her secrets for mixing the most tasteful yet slimming cocktails and preparing the most delicious, guilt-free foods.

In addition, the festival boasts an impressive lineup of celebrity chefs including Frank Benowitz, Rocky Fino, Michael Giletto, Darryl Harmon, Geoff Johnson, Ralph Mazzochi, Jennifer Mueller, Michael Scipione, and Barry Sexton. Emmy award-winning comedian and chef Mark DeCarlo will be giving a free cooking demonstration and rewarding one lucky audience member with a $10,000 Grand Prize for an all-inclusive vacation to the Caribbean!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Pepperoncini Presents Five Course Chocolate and Spirit Pairing

Beginning at 7:30 on Thursday, September 20th Pepperoncini Phoenixville (184 Bridge Street; 484-924-8429) will present a Five Course Chocolate and Spirit Tasting. Imagine a sip of fine rum paired with a creamy chocolate which presents notes of buttery vanilla goodness. Or a Tennessee whiskey matched with a tropical chocolate that brings the natural honey flavor forward. We call that perfectly balanced. Guests will savor a variety of fine chocolates provided by Bridge Street Chocolates, paired with premium spirits; rum, whiskey, port and more from Capital Spirits. The cost is $32 per person and includes hors d'oeuvres, tax and gratuity. Tickets must be purchased in advance at Pepperoncini (484.924.8429) or Bridge Street Chocolates (610.935.8100). Seating is limited.

The event will be hosted by Gail Warner, owner and chocolatier of Bridge Street Chocolates. Warner will be on hand to present each pairing and answer any questions. Located in historic Phoenixville, Bridge Street Chocolates believes that quality chocolate is a necessary luxury. Gail opened the quaint little shop in December 2012. She only selects the finest variety of Belgium chocolates to create distinct flavor combinations.

Iron Works Church Hosting 'Under Open Skies' Concert This Saturday

Iron Works Church will be hosting a free concert this Saturday evening. The concert, which will be held at Reeves Park beginning at 6pm, will feature performances by musical guests Jillian Miller, Florida Wayne, and local sensation Emjay. In addition to live music, there will be a moon bounce for the kids, free snacks, and plenty of open space for all to enjoy.

Friday, September 07, 2012

This Fall, Enjoy Fresh Maryland Crabs Outside on the Patio at Wegmans

Through October, diners craving fresh Maryland crabs need only to visit their local Wegmans, in Malvern, PA (50 Foundry Way, 484-913-9660), King of Prussia, PA (1 Village Drive, 484-690-3560) and Collegeville, PA (600 Commerce Drive, 484-902-1560), for their fun, seasonal Crab Fest. Working with Maryland’s Harris Crab House, the stores will offer fresh live and steamed blue crabs outside on the patio; guests can pre-order crabs to take home or stay and enjoy the festive atmosphere.

“We’ve always been committed to sourcing the finest fresh, local food for our guests – and Harris’ blue crabs are taken from the water, put into their truck and literally driven right to our door, where we steam them and pour them out on picnic tables for Crab Fest,” says Kathy Haines, director of Wegmans in-store restaurants and Market-Cafes. “We’re bringing the best of the Chesapeake Bay inland and offering the tastiest, freshest crabs available.”

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Kimberton Lions Club 5K Covered Bridge Run/Walk to be held September 29th

On Saturday, September 29, 2012 over 150 racers, walkers and kids will participate in the Fourteenth Annual Kimberton Run. This 5K Run/Walk and 1/2 mile Kid's Run will again take place on a perfect day for running in lovely East Pikeland Township in Chester County, PA.

This is a great run or walk through the beautiful countryside of East Pikeland including over an historical covered bridge.

Be sure to stay after the race for the awarding of trophies and the drawing for many great door prizes.

For more information or to register, visit them at kimbertonrun.com.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Third Annual Phoenixville Blues Festival Set For September 8th

For the third year in a row, the Steel City Blues Society will present the free, daylong Phoenixville Blues Festival in Reeves Park, Phoenixville, PA on Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 12pm to 10pm.

The family-friendly day of free blues music performed by ten regional bands and musicians will take place rain or shine, and will again feature many local food and specialty vendors. The festival founder, Jim DiGuiseppe, indicated that this year there will be all new bands, a common festival trait. The lineup includes a variety of Blues genres and two bands from Nashville Tennessee. The Bart Walker Band features Bart Walker on lead guitar, recent winner of the best guitarist award at the International Blues Festival in Memphis.

This year will feature many special events including a Blues Idol competition, with the audience determining the winner. The will also be a “corn-hole” tournament for interested competitors, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the festival.

Festival proceeds will benefit the Give the Gift of Music Foundation, the nonprofit organization that assists underprivileged children in the Phoenixville area with access to music lessons, instruments, and after school music programs. In addition, the Phoenixville Area Community Services (PACS) will be collecting canned goods. Though not required, attendees are encouraged to provide canned goods as their “admission” to this free event.

Camphill Challenge Returns Sunday, October 14th

Sign up today to take the Challenge! The Camphill Challenge bicycle ride is being held on Sunday, October 14, 2012. The event begins and ends at the Kimberton Waldorf School and offers 50, 25, and 10 miles routes as well as a one mile family fun ride to Beaver Farm where children can visit the farm animals. Proceeds benefit Camphill Soltane, Camphill Special School and Camphill Village Kimberton Hills: life sharing communities for children, youth, and adults with special needs. Rider amenities include: well stocked water stations with refreshments, SAG support, T-shirt, picnic lunch and musical entertainment. Many affordable sponsorship opportunities are available. On-line registration is open now open at http://www.camphillchallenge.org/ or for additional information please contact Bernadette Kovaleski at bernadette@camphillkimberton.org or 610.935.8660.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Opening of Children's Library Delayed

The Phoenixille Public Library’s renovation is progressing and it is set to reopen its doors to the Adult Library on Tuesday, September 4. However, the reopening of the Children’s Library will take place on Monday September 24.

Over the last week it became clear that existing floor downstairs had deteriorated to an extent that requires removal of the existing tiles. This was not in the original scope of the project but is being addressed. The Children’s Library will open on September 24 to allot time to perform all of the requisite work necessary.

“All in all, the project has run very smoothly; we do not want to put carpet on a floor that is in disrepair,” said Susan Mostek, Interim Director.

Mostek also stated that she is excited for the public to see the progress that has occurred during the temporary closure.

“It is a very exciting time for us. We appreciate everyone’s patience and look forward to serving them with a vastly improved facility."

Schuylkill River Trail Bike Tour Series will Feature Unique Combination of Cycling and History

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is introducing a new multi-year series of bike rides that will feature a unique combination of cycling and history.

All events benefit the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, and are intended to raise awareness of the Schuylkill River Trail and the region’s fascinating history. The Schuylkill River Trail Bike Tour Series will debut this fall with the Rails and River Towns Ride, which will take place on September 22 along the Pottstown to Birdsboro section of the trail.

The Rails and River Towns Ride will include a presentation on the history of the Pennsylvania Railroad, upon whose right-of-way the trail is partly built. Participants can opt to take a guided walking tour of Birdsboro or a tour of Historic Morlatton Village’s four 18th Century buildings. Three ride options are available totaling 20, 18 and 9 miles.

The Rails and River Towns Ride will be the first of three annual rides in the new bike tour series. Also being planned is a 2013 Cycles and Cemeteries Ride that will take participants along the trail from Norristown to East Falls, with stops at two cemeteries where Civil War generals are buried - Montgomery County Cemetery and Laurel Hill Cemetery .

The final ride planned is the 2014 National Parks of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Ride, which will feature a two-day ride that will take cyclists to three national parks: Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Valley Forge National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Art Show Celebrating the Schuylkill River Region Opens August 29

Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Best of Show, Dawn at Valley Forge, by Cathy Grygiel.
The Ninth Annual Scenes of the Schuylkill River Heritage Area Art Show will open to the public on August 29 featuring 76 original works that celebrate the Schuylkill River region through art.

Sponsored by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, in partnership with Montgomery County Community College, the juried exhibit will hang through October 19 at the college’s West Campus Gallery at 16 West High St. in Pottstown.

The public is invited to attend an opening reception on Wednesday September 19 from 5-7 p.m., featuring refreshments and live music.

This year’s show includes a total of 76 original paintings, drawings and photographs by regional artists. All works were carefully selected by juror Ross Mitchell, executive director of the Violette de Mazia Foundation, in Wayne . Scenes of flowing water, historic sites, woodlands, stone barns and rural landscapes are among the many subjects depicted.

Friday, August 03, 2012

Gustafer Yellowgold Coming to the Colonial August 21st

Groovy Gustafer Yellowgold is a small, yellow, cone-headed fellow, who came to Earth from the Sun and has a knack for finding himself neck-deep in absurd situations as he explores his new life in the Minnesota woods. Illustrator/songwriter/musician Morgan Taylor developed the “musical moving book” Gustafer Yellowgold experience as equal parts pop rock concert and animated storybook.

Gustafer Yellowgold’s Show is a multi-media performance of live music, animated illustrations and storytelling. With its unique crossover appeal, the show has been the wild-card opening act for Wilco and The Polyphonic Spree. Gustafer has appeared off-Broadway in his own productions of Gustafer Yellowgold’s Mellow Sensation and Gustafer Yellowgold’s Infinity Sock. In addition to touring nationally to arts centers, children’s museums, theaters and music venues, Gustafer has ventured abroad for performances in the U.K and even Korea!

About the performance:
Gustafer Yellowgold's Show

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012 10:30 AM
The Colonial Theatre
227 Bridge Street
Phoenixville, PA 19460

(610) 917-1228
http://thecolonialtheatre.com/2012/events/gustafer-yellowgold-2012/

Price: $8.50

Recommended For: Ages 3-10

Celebrate the newest DVD/CD "Gustafer Yellowgold's Year In The Day"

3rd Annual Green Earth Festival Being Held Tomorrow

Phoenixville is going greener at the 3rd annual Green Earth Festival on the Schuylkill River Trail on August 4 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 Alley to the Foundry. The event features exhibitors, food, music, and children’s entertainment. The festival will host exhibitors that specialize in eco-friendly products, renewable energy, earth-friendly services, environmental/trails/recycling 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.

The Festival will feature Green Vehicles including electric, hybrid and biodiesel autos. Come down and see the newest green cars from Ford, General Motors and the Smart Car. The Green Team has collected info from other manufacturers for you education to compare the cost and environmental impact of these exciting new vehicles.

Friday, July 27, 2012

Jeffrey Gaines CD Release show at Steel City on August 11th

“Live In Europe”, the new CD from Jeffrey Gaines, was recorded during his 25-city tour of Europe with Joe Jackson in the autumn of 2010. The CD features Gaines’ classics and fan favorites, including the hit ballad “Beyond the Beginning” and the powerful anthem “Headmasters of Mine.” Gaines’ fans have long asked for a solo-acoustic CD, and he delivers just that with these previously unheard performances. A standout track, “Five Years” captures a stirring interpretation of David Bowie’s opening song on “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.” Gaines will play several east-coast dates throughout the summer to support his new "Live In Europe" release.

"Live In Europe" was released in stores on on June 26th and is currently available at amazon.com. You can hear record in its entirety at soundcloud.com.

Firebird Theatre Presents The Wizard Of Oz

It’s not often that area residents have the opportunity to see a live musical on the historic stage of the Colonial Theatre, but this weekend offers just that chance!

This is the second year that The Firebird Theatre has teamed up with the Colonial Theatre for its summer productions, which this year are The Wizard of Oz and The Trouble in Oz. Both productions feature children and teens from many schools in the area who have spent the last few months learning about staging a musical, from blocking to costuming to orchestration.

Janet Hoehl, founder and president of the non-profit Firebird explains, “Community theatre is a great venue for children to learn how to stand up in front of a group, make eye contact and speak out! Theatre offers many intangible benefits for children: it teaches self-confidence, public speaking, the value of commitment and dedication, the opportunity to practice working in groups, to name a few.” She has dedicated the better part of her summer to producing and managing Firebird’s activities.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Baseball Committee Receives Grant To Fund Feasibility Review

The Phoenixville Baseball Committee today announced that they have received a $12,500 grant from the Phoenixville Community Health Foundation to fund a financial feasibility review. The review, which will be conducted by the Chester County Economic Development Council (CCEDC) is expected to be completed by December 2012.

For more, visit the Baseball Committee website.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Chesco Pops Concert to Benefit Phoenixville Public Library

The Chesco Pops, in partnership with the Phoenixville Public Library, will perform in concert at Phoenixville Area High School on Thursday, July 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Titled Lights . . . Camera . . . Music! Melodies and Memories from Movies and TV, the program features medleys from American in Paris, James Bond, Oklahoma and Titanic, theme music from Chariots of Fire, Magnificent Seven, Peter Gunn, Pink Panther and Superman, and renowned Broadway songs and duets sung by Amanda Noce, soprano and Greg Kasander, baritone.

The Pops brings together 65 of Chester County’s finest instrumental players. Since its founding in 2005, it has presented 40 concerts in more than a dozen county venues. It is under the direction of WCU Professor Emeritus, Jacques Voois, who will retire as the Pops’ principal conductor following the series.

For its summer series, the Pops is partnering with local community non-profits. Concertgoers will enjoy the show and also support the ongoing activities of the Phoenixville Public Library. A percentage of ticket revenues will be donated to the Library.

Tickets will be available online at www.chescopops.org and at the door. Prices are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors; $5 for students and free to children 12 and under.

For more information, including locations and driving directions, please visit the orchestra’s website, www.chescopops.org, or call 610-701-5701.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Local Photographer Raising Money for New Coffee Table Book

Local photographer Vince LoGreco has set out to create a new coffee table book featuring black and white images from the Schuylkill River valley between Conshohocken and Reading, Phoenixville and the Valley Forge area included. To help pay for the costs associated with publishing his work, Vince has created a Kickstarter campaign in which you can donate to the project.

For more information on his goals for the book and to make a donation please visit http://www.blueberryarts.com/project/.

Camphill Kimberton’s Hootenanny set for July 14

Visitors enjoy live music at the annual Hootenanny, a summer festival to benefit Camphill Village Kimberton Hills. 
Camphill Kimberton’s Hootenanny, a festival of local music and food, will be held July 14 from 3-10 p.m. at 1601 Pughtown Road, Kimberton, Pa.

Musicians scheduled to perform on the solar-paneled hay wagon stage include: Mostly Maybe, Dirk Quinn, Perseverance Jazz Band, and Big Bad Wolf. Jim Crater of Recycling Services will be helping to provide solar power.

The Hootenanny has been organized to celebrate the joy of local culture. In addition to the music, there will be games, face painting, hay rides and folk dancing. Local, organic food will be available for purchase. Bring your own reusable place settings and flatware to receive a discount on your food purchase. Children will have the chance to spot cows, chickens, sheep and more on the working dairy and vegetable farm.

The admission fee is $10, $8 in advance. Children 10 and under are free. Advance tickets can be purchased by contacting bernadette@camphillkimberton.org or 610-935-8660. Attendees may bring their own blankets or lawn chairs.

Proceeds from the Hootenanny will go to Camphill Kimberton, a dynamic farming and handcrafting community that includes adults with developmental disabilities. This non-profit organization has provided meaningful work and a supportive environment since it was founded in 1972. Located on 432 acres of farm, gardens and woodlands in Chester County, Camphill Kimberton is also a local center for culture and a model for sound ecological living.

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is located at 1601 Pughtown Road, Kimberton, Pa. Please use Google Maps for directions as most GPS systems do not recognize their address.

Visit www.camphillkimberton.org to learn more.

Friday, July 06, 2012

July Thorugh September at the Colonial Theatre

Plenty to see and do this Summer at The Colonial Theatre.

CONCERTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS


BlobFest
$5-10
Jul 13–15

The Colonial Theatre's 13th Annual Blobfest is a kitschy, family-friendly event saluting the 1958 classic sci-fi movie The Blob, filmed in and around Phoenixville, PA including inside the Colonial Theatre. For complete schedule and ticket information visit www.TheColonialTheatre.com.

Harry Potter Marathon
Tickets: $10 - $20 per day.
Sat, Aug 4, 10:00 am
Sun, Aug 5, 1:45 pm

Eight films. Two days. One boy wizard. Join us for our annual summer marathon – this year it’s all eight Harry Potter films spread out over two days. On Day 1 (Sat, Aug 4) we’ll show the first five films, and on Day 2 (Sun, Aug 5) we’ll show films 6-8. Costumes are strongly encouraged!

Local Business Spotlight: Rob Vadino Painting

Do you have dirty siding? Is your deck faded and gray? Does your interior or exterior paint need a refresher? Rob Vadino can help. Based in Phoenixville, Rob can assist with interior/exterior painting, power washing and deck staining and he uses only eco and pet friendly products.

For more information, give him a call at 484-535-1006 or email him at robertvadino@hotmail.com.

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Phoenixville Criterium Being Held This Saturday

On Saturday, June 30th, the Chesco Grand Prix comes to town with their Phoenixville Criterium.

From chescograndprix.com:

2012 marks the launch of this high quality series of criteriums (spectator-friendly competitive cycling events) and cycling road races in towns, villages and the rural countryside of Chester County, Pennsylvania. Each event will feature exciting races for amateurs, elite women and professionals, mostly held on downtown circuits of one mile or less. Designed to bring people into town on a summer evening, the entertaining 4 to 5 hour criteriums will include music, professional announcing, celebrity appearances, youth races and more. Chester County horse country will be the backdrop for the Chesco Time Trial, Road Race and July 4th Holiday Barbeque. The Chesco Grand Prix will be an annual week-long festival that celebrates cycling, showcases Chester County and promotes the National Velodrome being planned for Coatesville.

The Phoenixville event, the third of the series, begins at 2pm with the professionals beginning their race at 6:10. The races begin on the 200 block of Bridge Street, making their way down to Main Street before heading north to Vanderslice, west back Gay Street, north to High Street, back south on Main to Church, west again to Gay Street and back to Bridge to complete the 1.3 mile circuit. Roads will be closed throughout the area as a result beginning at around noon.

More Information:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Fireworks Returing to Friendship Field on the 4th

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Karen Johns, Phoenixville will once again host a fireworks display to celebrate the 4th of July. From today's Phoenixville Patch:

Michael Maurice O'Shaughnessy has the Golden Gate Bridge. Gustave Eiffel, the Eiffel Tower.

Karen Johns has the Phoenixville Fourth of July Fireworks Show.

For the second-consecutive year since the borough pulled funding, the former council member has raised the $14,000 necessary to finance the annual pyrotechnic spectacle the downtown has hosted since 1999. Though it hasn’t always been easy–the 2012 show wasn’t clinched until Johns was presented with a $2,500 check by Susquehanna Bank during the June 12 meeting of the borough council–Johns has ensured the tradition lives on.

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Phoenixville's Annual Fourth of July Fireworks event will be held on Wednesday July 04, 2012 at Friendship Field, located at the corner of Fillmore Street and Franklin Avenue, from 9 p.m. to 9:15. Visitors may park in the lot behind the reservior at Reservior Park, Franklin Commons, or the Santa Anna Club and at the Bethel Baptist Church on Fairview Street. Refreshments will be available, but alcohol, drugs, and pets are not permitted.

Thanks to Karen for all of her hard work!

Monday, June 18, 2012

Canal Day This Sunday

This Sunday, June 24th, the Schuylkill Canal Association will be hosting its 30th annual Canal Day celebration. The event, being held from 9am-4pm, features live music, a river trail run, horseshoe tournament, 5 mile canoe/kayak race and the ever popular Canal Jousting.

For more information, visit the SCA's Canal Day page.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Raymond the Amish Comic Coming to PJ Ryan's Next Thursday

On Thursday, June 21st, Raymond the Amish Comic will be performing live as part of PJ Ryan's Thursday Night Comedy Series. Tickets are only $10.00 to see Raymond in this very intimate setting. Email: pjscomedy@gmail.com to make reservations.

Visit Raymond's YouTube page for some sample of his show.

CVKH Offering Special Camphill Café Menu and Garden Tour to Commemorate "Pollinator Week"



This month join Camphill Village Kimberton Hills in celebrating National Pollinator Week: June 18-24, 2012. This week is intended to create awareness about pollinators and their importance to the environment and to the food supply.

Pollinating animals, including bees, birds, butterflies, bats, beetles and others, are vital to our delicate ecosystem, supporting terrestrial wildlife, providing healthy watershed, and more. The work of pollinators ensures full harvests of crops and contributes to healthy plants everywhere.

Foods grown in Pennsylvania that need honeybees (more than other pollinators) are very diverse and include apples, berries, broccoli, cucumbers, peaches and watermelon.

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Kimberton Community Block Party On July 7

The quiet atmosphere of rural downtown Kimberton, Pa., will change dramatically on July 7, as live bands, including the Llama Dalis, Tin Bird Choir and Mostly Maybe, take the stage during the first annual Kimberton Community Block Party. The free event will also include a beginner’s square dance called by WXPN Radio Host Keith Brand, food, beer and beverages for sale, and children’s activities. The event will be held from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. across from Kimberton Whole Foods at 2140 Kimberton Rd., Kimberton, PA 19442.

Presented by the Kimberton Village Business Association (KVBA), sponsored by Kimberton Whole Foods, and produced by Seven Stars Music and Arts, the block party is the kickoff event of the new Kimberton Summer Arts Series, which will feature live theater and music events throughout the summer.

Fun Shopping for Last Minute Father's Day Gifts

Still looking for a gift for dad this Father's Day? Well, if he is a golfer, Beauty Art, Antiques & Gifts gallery in Newtown Square has the answer. Paul MacWilliams, an artist affiliated with Beauty Art, Antiques & Gifts gallery, also paints golf course paintings for an outfit that prints and produces prints. Over the past 5 years, MacWilliams has accumulated 4 dozen or more "Sketch Paintings." These are done from a photograph supplied by the course's pro. Once approved, a final, larger, more detailed painting is done for the club. Then limited edition prints are sold to members.

Paul has teamed up with Beauty to sell these 11 x 14 sketch paintings. They are all in Beauty gallery and would be of interest to golfers who have played the various clubs, or those who just appreciate a scenic golf vista. With Father's Day on June 17, this would make a unique and artful gift.

Beauty is located at 3857 Providence Rd., Suite 200, Newtown Square, PA 19073. For more information, give them a call at 610-353-4569.

Friday, June 08, 2012

Local Singer-Songwriter Cliff Hillis Performing at Steel City next Friday

Cliff Hillis is known for putting the “power” into “power pop.” The Phoenixville, PA-based singer and songwriter will celebrate the release of his new album Dream Good with these June shows in Phoenixville, PA, Wilmington, DE and Easton, MD. All will feature his full band The Forward Thinkers (unless otherwise noted):

  • Friday, June 15: CD Release Show at Steel City Coffeehouse, 203 Bridge St Phoenixville, PA 19460 (610-933-4043). Special guest Scot Sax opens with a solo set starting at 8pm. Tickets: $10 adv/$12 day of show.
  • Sunday, June 17: CD Release Show at Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats, 320 Rehoboth Avenue, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971 (302-226-2739). CD listening party at 8pm; two shows starting at 9pm. Free.
  • Thursday, June 28: World Cafe Live at The Queen (upstairs), 500 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801 (302-994-1400). 8pm. Tickets and special guest: TBA
  • Friday, June 29: Night Cat, 5 Goldsborough Street, Easton, MD 21601 (410-690-4544). Solo set opening for Jim Boggia at 8pm. Tickets: $15.
The new album’s title comes from one of its songs, but Hillis happily points out that “Dream Good” is also #20 on Woody Guthrie’s list of New Years Resolutions from 1943. It’s Hillis’ third release on San Francisco label TallBoy Records. Hillis, who also produced Dream Good, describes its sound as “Wilco meets Fountains of Wayne,” and fully representative of his finely-honed pop/rock sensibility.

Party on the Patio Every Friday this Summer at the Columbia

Every Friday this summer, the Columbia Bar and Grille will be hosting a Party on the Patio. The party goes from 5-9pm with Resident DJ beginning at 6pm and happy hour prices until 7. In addition, you can enter to win your own Party on the Patio if you bring four or more friends with you and fill out a ballot.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Video featuring Valor owner Jay Fata and the story behind the business

Local videographer Matt Mahoney, creative force behind InkWater Pictures recently did a piece on Jay Fata and his reason for starting Valor Men's Grooming Lounge. It gives a great behind the scenes look into what drives Jay and is well worth the watch whether you are a regular customer of Valor or someone considering a new place to get your hair cut.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Local Business Spotlight: SugarCrazed Cakery

SugarCrazed Cakery, owned by Kristy Chmelewski, started in 2010, at the end of a long, *SUGAR-CRAZED* pregnancy. Intrigued by cake design, Kristy was tempted to give it a try. Her first cake was completed for a friend's daughter's birthday party - the Hannah Montana cake. Realizing she may have a bit of a talent for cake design, Kristy enrolled in a few courses and started offering to bake for friends and family.

All cakes are made from scratch. You can choose from a range of cake and icing flavors, and all fondant is handmade and hand-colored. We never use rolled or premade fondant, and everything is created fresh. Cakes are never frozen - everything is made upon order placement.

Currently a bake-at-home business, Kristy lives in Phoenixville and will deliver to any of the surrounding areas. For more information, please email her at kristy@sugarcrazed.com, or visit her site at sugarcrazed.com or on Facebook. When you have your dream cake in mind, Kristy wants to help you make it a reality!

Monday, May 07, 2012

Mother's Day at the Columbia

This Sunday, treat mom to either brunch or dinner (or both!) at the Columbia Bar & Grille:

Mothers Day Brunch Buffet served from 11 am to 3pm. $26.95 per adult.
Mothers Day Dinner from 4pm to 9pm with a Special Ala Carte Dinner Menu.
Reservations are still being accepted, 610-983-0300

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Pepperoncini Offering Special Brunch and Dinner Menus for Mother's Day

Italians like to celebrate everything in grandeur, and Mother's Day is no exception. Join the Mother's Day celebration on Sunday, May 13th at Pepperoncini (184 Bridge Street; 484-924-8429) where chef/owners Paul DiBona and Tommy DeFruscio are cooking up an Italian brunch (11:00am - 3:00pm) and dinner (3:00pm - 9:00pm) to thank Moms for all of the love they give everyday. Buona festa delle madri!

CVKH Offering Sankanac CSA Shares

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills announces that shares are available for Sankanac CSA’s 2012 season.

Part of Camphill Village Kimberton Hills in Kimberton Pa., Sankanac CSA is a 15-acre biodynamic garden.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) has become a popular way for consumers to buy local, seasonal food directly from a farmer. Typically a farmer offers a certain number of "shares" to the public which includes a set amount of vegetables or other farm products, based on the harvest. Participants purchase a share and in return receive seasonal produce each week throughout the farming season.

The gardens of Sankanac CSA, which are organic and biodynamically farmed, are harvested each week, and shareholders can pick up their produce either on Tuesdays or Fridays for 24 weeks. There are also U-pick crops, including flowers and berries.

Members can choose to purchase either a full or partial share depending on their personal needs. A full share is designed to feed a family of about four; a partial share to feed a couple, or a veggie-loving individual. The cost for a full share is $750 and a partial is $430.

Sankanac CSA grows a diverse seasonal mix of vegetables, flowers, herbs, and berries and also tends a small herd of mixed livestock (sheep, goats, donkeys). The head gardener, Todd Newlin, and his wife, Mary, oversee this enterprise with a crew of over 10 gardeners (including individuals with special needs, apprentices, service volunteers, and interns).

The crew is deeply committed to the use of biodynamic methods, which allows them to strengthen the fragile ecosystem as well as provide food of the highest quality to our local community. Activities in the CSA include plant propagation, greenhouse management, pruning, crop cultivation, harvesting, tractor and equipment operation and maintenance, irrigation, livestock management, composting, and making/using the biodynamic preparations.

The group warmly welcomes new members, and does have available shares for the upcoming season. Please email SankanacCSA@gmail.com for more information or to request a share.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Beaucoup Blue Returns to Steel City May 12th

On Saturday, May 12th, the father son duo of David and Adrian Mowry, better known as Beaucoup Blue, returns to Steel City Coffeehouse for an 8pm show.

For those of you unfamiliar with their music, here is a brief description from the Steel City site:

Beaucoup Blue is the Americana Philadelphia based duo of David and Adrian Mowry. Father and son have been performing their roots based music nationally and internationally as a duo, quartet and on occasion quintet. Bridging many gaps in American music, their soulful traditional and contemporary styles mesh into an innovative and authentic sound. Although blues is a staple in their repertoire, they base their love in music from Folk, Soul, R&B, Jazz, Country and Bluegrass. All these interests and influences come out in their original song-writing in a unique way. A handsome range of instruments like six and twelve string guitars, slide guitar, round neck resonator guitar, combined with two soulful voices, encompasses a rich and honest feel, noticeably influenced by familial ties

I've had the pleasure of seeing them perform several times over the past couple of years and they truly put on a great show.

For more information and for tickets, please visit http://www.steelcitycoffeehouse.com/index.php/events/artists/1736.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

REIKI Level One Class by Willowsilk

On Sunday, May 6th, Willowsilk will be offering a REIKI Level One Class. The class, which is being held from 12-6pm, will cover the following topics:
  • Meaning and Origin of Reiki
  • Principles of Reiki
  • What is an attunement?
  • Reiki One attunement
  • Chakra Overview
  • How to give a complete Reiki Session (pictures and diagram included)
  • Self-Treatment Guide (Pictures and diagram included)
  • Other uses of Reiki

Fee for the class, which is limited to three students, is $150. For more information, please visit the Willowsilk website at willowsilk.com or call 484-614-8894.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

April through June at the Colonial

Plenty to see and do this Spring at The Colonial Theatre.

CONCERTS AND SPECIAL EVENTS


TEDxPhoenixvilleSalons
$5
Tue, Apr 17 @ 7PM - Tue, May 15 @ 7PM - Tue, Jun 19 @ 7PM

As we gear up for our third annual live TEDxPhoenixville event on Oct 6, we’d like to share some of our favorite TEDTalks with you. Join us each month for a different program of compelling and inspiring talks. Each evening’s program will consist of pre-recorded TEDTalks plus one live performance. The salons will continue once per month thru August and will take place in the theatre's third floor screening room. Seating is limited to 50 people.

POINT ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS TWO FUNNY PHILLY GUYS
$25 - $30
Sat, Apr 28 @ 8:00 pm

Listeners to Sports Radio WIP are no strangers to these two funny Philly guys. On themorning show, Joe Conklin, the man of “a thousand” voices, does uncanny impressions of Harry Kalas and Charles Barkley, to Bill Clinton and Ed Rendell. Big Daddy Graham, who hosts the overnight shift, originally started out as a musical comedian opening for rock shows, now focuses on what he calls observational comedy, telling stories about living in Philadelphia. Ticket prices do not include the $2 per ticket Restoration Fee or the $1.50 per ticket Service Fee.

"Perpetual Motion" Starts April 26 at Beauty Gallery in Edgmont

"Walking in the Rain, 36 x 72"
Painter Chris Niedland will be the featured artist at Beauty Gallery in Edgmont, with an Artist Reception scheduled for Thursday April 26, 2012 from 4 to 8 p.m. Beauty's exhibit of Niedland's new abstract paintings is titled "Perpetual Motion" and runs through June 10. The paintings feature exuberant colors and energetic patterns that engage the viewer.

Born in Media, PA, in 1966, Niedland lives in Wayne, PA. He is a self-taught artist and began painting professionally in 1991 while employed as an architect. Late in 2003, he left architecture to pursue painting full-time.

His painting style evolved out of an initial experiment in "automatic" painting, originally inspired by the "automatic" writings of the surrealist André Breton. Niedland's paintings are "automatic" in that he approaches each canvas without preconception as to how it should look when finished. He paints quickly, without revision, working from his subconscious, improvising like a jazz musician does with music.

Niedland has exhibited in numerous solo art shows at cafes and hotels in the Philadelphia area and on DuPont Circle in Washington, DC. More than 200 Niedland paintings reside in private and corporate collections throughout the United States and in Belgium, Canada, England, France, Greece, Italy, Jamaica, Mexico, Poland, Puerto Rico, and Spain.

Works by many local artists are available at Beauty: functional art glass by Robin Flynn (Newtown Square), paintings by Patricia O'Halloran (Haverford), Kenzig Design Lamps (Merion Station), and paintings by Deann Mills (Wynnewood).

For more information, contact gallery owner Paula Jackson @ 610-353-4569 or Paula@BeautyArtGallery.com. Location: 3857 Providence Rd, Newtown Square, PA 19073. Or visit www.beautyartgallery.net or www.facebook.com/BeautyArtGallery.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Rep. Kampf Hosting Career-Seekers Workshop

On Thursday, April 19th, State Representative Warren Kampf is hosting a Career-Seekers Workshop for unemployed, under employed and for those looking to change career.s This free event, which will be held from 5-8pm at Franklin Commons (400 Franklin Ave) will feature interview techniques, tips on how to make your resume stand out, a valuable skills inventory and help with navigating PA employment resources. In addition, select employers will be on site with job opportunities for qualified candidates.

To register, please call 610-251-2876. Registration ends tomorrow (April 14th).

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Local Business Spotlight: Valor Men’s Grooming

Jay Fata established Valor Men’s Grooming lounge (27 S Main St.) in December of 2011. Valor is the brainchild of Eufora’s Hero for Men educational and business philosophies. Our concept is to provide technical excellence through a combination of old school barbering and modern day trend cutting.

The shop is stocked with cold beer, 6 plasma televisions and a lounge area. Our cigar lounge, located outside in the rear of the building, is the perfect place for a cigar and a beer.

So if you are looking for a great haircut, a cold beer and a great place to hang out or kick back on a leather couch, call us today at 610-933-1511 to set up an appointment or just walk in and relax. Appointments can also be made online at valormensgrooming.com.

Monday, April 09, 2012

Pepperoncini's Italian Wine Dinner Series Continues

On Tuesday, April 10th and the second Tuesday of each month, Pepperoncini (184 Bridge Street; 484-924-8429) will continue their Italian Wine Dinner Series. Each wine dinner will focus on a different region of Italy and will be hosted by David Greenstein from The Wine Merchant.

"This month, we will focus on the Piedmont region. I love to do this region for it's grape and stylistic diversity," explains The Wine Merchant's David Greenstein. "You have sparkling, sweet frizzante, juicy red and whites and very bold and tannic red wines."

At 7:00pm on Tuesday, April 10th premium Barolo and Piedmont wines will be paired with Chef Paul DiBona's classic 5-course Italian menu. The cost is $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Call 484-924-8429 for reservations. A limited number of seats are available for these private dinners.

Uffizi’s ‘Offering of the Angels’ Comes to Michener Art Museum in Doylestown

Beginning April 21st, the Michener Art Museum in Doylestown will provide art lovers with the chance to view a selection of 45 paintings and tapestries from the famed Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. The works from the Uffizi, which until this tour have never left Europe, embody the diversity, stylistic evolution, scale and technical mastery of art from Italy and Northern Europe over nearly 400 years, and represent a survey of European art at an important moment in its history. The exhibit features works by such Renaissance and Baroque masters as Sandro Botticelli, Il Parmigianino, Lorenzo Monaco, Il Guercino and Cristofano Allori.

The gallery will be on display from April 21st through August 10th, 2012. The museum’s hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free for members and children under six years of age. Non-member admission is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors $11 for college students with valid ID and $7.50 for children ages six through 18. Adult group tours are available for $12 per person. For more information, visit www.michenerartmuseum.org or call 215-340-9800. The museum is located at 38 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA.

Friday, March 30, 2012

Schuylkill River Shad Festival Returns April 28th

Courtesy of Bob Hakun, local Pottstown artist and first place winner of the SRHA’s Schuylkill River Art Show, 2009
The various organizations involved with promoting the industrial history and heritage of the Schuylkill River in the greater Phoenixville area will be once again working together to present the 2nd annual Schuylkill River Shad Festival, scheduled for Saturday, April 28, 2012, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at two locations in Mont Clare and Phoenixville, PA.

The Schuylkill Canal Association, the Phoenix Iron Canal & Trails Association, the Historical Society of the Phoenixville Area, the Phoenixville Green Team and Chester County Parks invite the general public to participate in the festival that will include history, education, recreation and overall fun on both sides of the Schuylkill River in the Phoenixville area.

The festival will highlight the historic significance of the role the American Shad fishery played in the growth of the river communities up and down the Schuylkill River during our nation’s infancy. It will also celebrate the return of the American Shad, thanks to improvements within our river over the past 50-plus years. The removal of hazardous breached dams and the repair and construction of fish ladders on the remaining dams, including the passage built onto the Black Rock Dam completed by Exelon Generation in cooperation with Chester County Parks, has re-established the migratory route for the historic return of the American Shad as far north as Reading, PA.

The Schuylkill River Shad Festival, partly sponsored by Exelon Generation, will be happening simultaneously at two specific sites throughout the day:
  • Lock 60 on the Schuylkill Canal in Mont Clare PA (Montgomery County)
  • Black Rock Sanctuary and the Black Rock Dam Fish Ladder in Phoenixville (Chester County.)

Also included will be a hike starting at the Foundry Building, Main St, Phoenixville to the Cromby Station Trail Head of the Schuylkill River Trail and an organized bike ride taking advantage of the Bike Schuylkill, a free bicycle sharing program operated out of the Phoenix Cycle Shop, Bridge St, Phoenixville. Details of these activities are listed below.