What's happening in and around Phoenixville, 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.

New Sweden Playing Steel City on April 14th

Wilmington, Delaware based New Sweden, on tour in support of their first full-length album, The Mountain, will play an intimate performance Saturday, April 14th at Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, PA. Opening will be The Dave Spencer Trio, house band at Steel City. The all-ages show, which begins at 8pm, is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Reserved Seating is also available for $17 or Reserved Seating w/ Dinner Entrée for $23.

Showcased at the 2011 NON-COMMvention alongside artists like Ben Harper, Bright Eyes, and The Head and The Heart, New Sweden's unique flavor of Americana, Folk and Indie Rock had people talking with WXPN's Program Director, Dan Reed, hailing them a "major discovery". The 5-piece outfit recognized for their energetic live performances mold their sound using a blend of traditional folk instruments (viola, banjo, acoustic guitar, mandolin, pump organ, bass, percussion) with a distinctly modern twist. The lyrics are sincere and powerful – sure to speak to any listener willing to lend an ear. Their refreshing sound has led them to numerous titles in the area including recently being named “Best Delaware Band” in the Tri State Indie Music Awards and champions of the 2011 Beta Hi-Fi Music Fest at World Café Live (Philadelphia).

The Mountain, released this past summer to a nearly sold out crowd at Wilmington’s World Café Live at the Queen, is the much anticipated follow up to the band’s 5-track EP released early in the year, Lover’s Lane. This album marks New Sweden’s first collaboration with Grammy Award-winning Sound Engineer Nick DiDia, known for his work with Bruce Springsteen, Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and Martin Sexton, among others. All ten tracks on the independent release, plus a digital bonus track, can be streamed at NewSwedenMusic.com.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Aaron Wood Playing Steel City This Wednesday

This Wednesday, blues rock artist Aaron Wood comes to town, headlining a concert at Steel City. From his press release:

Aaron Wood Rocks Out with The Ends

Blues infused "rock n' roll troubadour, (Dan Reed, WXPN-FM)” Aaron Wood announces a collaborative tour with funk-rock band, The Ends. Wood typically tours as a solo or duo, however teaming up with The Ends allows fans to see Wood’s music performed with a full band and greater depth. They will also play original songs by The Ends.

"His voice is not only incredibly solid, forceful and wise, but contains a powerful amount of soul (usually only heard in funk, gospel, R&B and of course, soul) that seems to come effortlessly," comments Bold Life Magazine about Wood.

Wood, also known by fans as “Woody”, is an Asheville, NC resident and native of the Piedmont of North Carolina. Aaron Wood grew up steeped in the traditions of blues and folk music of North Carolina. Wood performs at music festivals locally and across the country including Jazzfest, Bonnaroo and Charlotte BBQ and Blues. He recorded his latest record, a self-titled release with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, raising just under $10,000 from his fans. Throughout his career, Wood shared the stage with a diverse list of musicians, many of whom helped shape the music of today, such as Jimmy Martin, Leon Russel, R.L. Burnside, Warren Haynes and Carlos Santana. As the winner of CMT’s 2006 television show, Big Break, he performed with Sara Evans. He is also a former member of the Blue Rags, a band signed to Sub Pop Records.

Blurt Magazine refers to Wood as, “a strong contender for the busiest and most prolific musician in North Carolina.”

The Ends are an original rock band who combine multiple genres of music to create a unique experience at every show. The Ends' vast catalog of originals and covers is a wide variety of musical influences, from jazz to punk and country to funk. Their music is best described as groovy, American rock with an incredibly unique twist. Members of The Ends currently reside in Burlington, NC.

The concert starts at 7:30pm and tickets can be purchased at the door for $5.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Phoenixville Green Team's Monthly Forum This Wednesday

For March, the Phoenixville Green Team is featuring three gardening presentations during their March forum.

The New American Garden

Donald Pell - Owner, Donald Pell Gardens
The New American Garden, New Perennials Movement, New Wave Planting, the Four‐Season Garden, call it what you will, it's new methodology based on old ideas. These innovative and exciting nature herbaceous plants are coming to our local landscape gardens. Donald will discuss new natural garden designs and the new (and old varieties) that can create needed habitat in your garden for birds, bees and butterflies.

Phoenixville Community Gardens

Jessica Sanchez and the Seventh Wonder
Seventh Wonder is a volunteer group committed to working toward a better world. Their newest project is developing a community garden in the Boro of Phoenixville. Come out and hear about this startup garden’s progress, and see if you are interested in being a part of this first year effort.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Seventh‐Wonder/166754526729868

FOOD FOR ALL – Building local gardens to feed the hungry

Free garden start‐up funding for 50% share of yield
Laureen Blood

“Food for All” is a project of Triskeles that invites your organization to become part of a network committed to helping alleviate the growing hunger and poverty in our area. We will install beautiful raised garden beds at no cost to your organization. We will train you to plant and care for them through the first growing season, in exchange for a commitment from you to tend the beds and donate half of the produce to those in need.

Monthly forums are held on the 3rd floor of Molly Maguire's beginning at 7pm. Note, this venue is not ADA-compliant.

Phoenixville Town Watch Announces Spring Community Cleanups Days

PHOENIXVILLE TOWN WATCH PARTNERS WITH AREA GROUPS FOR SPRING COMMUNITY CLEAN-UP DAYS

Clear skies and warm air mark spring’s arrival in Phoenixville; so too will the perennial act of sprucing up the town. In mythology, April is the month of Aphrodite, the goddess of beauty, and in keeping with that theme, the Phoenixville Town Watch will be cleaning up, with the public’s help.

Phoenixville Town Watch is excited to announce Spring Community Cleanups Days will take place on Wednesday, April 18th and Saturday, April 28th and is encouraging area residents to get involved. Picking up trash, sweeping sidewalks, and raking debris from the curbside areas may require some sweat equity, but it’s well worth the effort. These projects will not only improve the landscape of Phoenixville, they will create a great foundation for working together moving forward.

Many local organizations will also be joining together for this worthy event, including the Phoenixville Business Association (PABA), the Phoenixville Green Team, the Valley Forge Christian College, the Phoenixville Girl Scouts, and the Borough of Phoenixville.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Grace Valley Fellowship Hosting Annual "Eggstravaganza" Event on April 1

On Sunday, April 1st, Grace Valley Fellowship is having their annual "Eggstravaganza" event from 1-2pm. This event includes moonbounces, face painting, crafts, snacks, pictures with the Easter bunny and of course an egg hunt. All activities are free!

Grace Valley Fellowship is located at the National Christian Conference Center, 1485 Valley Forge Rd, Valley Forge, PA 19481. For more information, please visit http://www.gvfonline.org/#/eggstravaganza/4549856483.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Phoenixville Fitness Professional Accepts Mentorship with the owners of a Top 10 Gym in America!

Do you have anywhere between 5, 10, 25 or more pounds of fat to lose, but can't seem to find an easy way to do it? Did you notice that it says fat, not weight! Well the answer is here! Jen Brango, owner of Only Results Fitness and Great Valley Adventure Boot Camp, have been studying alongside some of the best minds in fitness to help each client achieve the fat loss results they desire. According to Jen Brango, “Anyone can lose weight through fad diets or supposed miracle pills, however, these methods do not change your body inside and out. The key to improving your health is changing your body composition which can only be achieved by changing your lifestyle with a customized approach for each individual. One size fits all programs do not work to achieve permanent results.”

The programs at Only Results were designed to allow you to keep your muscle mass and only lose fat. Are your workouts and diet not leading to a leaner, stronger body? In an effort to bring cutting edge physical fitness and fat loss programs to the Delaware Valley, Only Results Fitness applied for and were accepted into a yearlong mentorship with Rachel and Alwyn Cosgrove, owners of Results Fitness in Santa Clarita, CA. You see, Rachel and Alwyn are two of the most in-demand and exciting coaches, writers and speakers in the fitness industry today and their facility is consistently ranked as One of the Top 10 Gyms in America. If you read Men’s Health, Women’s Health or countless other publications chances are you have read articles written by them and you may have even done one of their workouts at the gym.

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills presents Noah and the Flood and Everyman

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills presents Noah and the Flood and Everyman, two musical productions on one stage, from March 24-25, 2012.

The musical Noah and the Flood was written by Eugene Schwartz with music by Lawrence Rosenthal. Schwartz wrote the play for his third grade class. When a third grade teacher in California started to work with it, Lawrence Rosenthal, who had a child in that class, was inspired to write music to it.

Thursday, March 08, 2012

Thursday Night Comedy at PJ Ryan's Pub

Looking for something to do on Thursday nights? PJ Ryan's Pub has you covered. Every Thursday, from 8-11pm, PJ's presents Thursday Night Comedy. Generally headlined by nationally known stand up Chris Coccia, these events feature a rotating cast of some of the 'best and brightest comedic talent in the Philadelphia area'. There is a $10 cover charge, for more information follow them on facebook at www.facebook.com/PJRyansComedy.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

LuLu Boutique & Gifterie Celebrating Year 1 This Saturday

LuLu Boutique & Gifterie will be celebrating its first anniversary this Saturday:

LuLu Boutique & Gifterie is having a 1 year anniversary bash! LuLu is proud to be a part of Phoenixville for a year now and would like to invite everyone to the shop this Saturday, March 10th from 12-5pm for discounts and chit-chat. At 7pm the real party starts with The Thrifty Discount DJs. All are welcome to our dance party, if there's room on the dance floor!

Additional information can be found at their Facebook event page.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Pennsylvania Library Association Asking For Your Help

Received this last week:

Good afternoon, library advocates.

As we head into busy season for the next state budget, the Pennsylvania Library Association asks that you be in touch with your state legislators and the Governor to urge their support for level funding for library services next year.

We recognize that it has been a difficult few years for our nation’s economy and for Pennsylvanians in need of work. No group understands this better than our libraries whose staff and volunteers have done their level best—even in the face of reduced budgets—to meet the increasing need for services, especially for people searching and applying for work or job training. Just consider, between 2006 and 2010, increased demand for library services showed:
  • Library visits, up 4%
  • Number of books and DVDs lent, up 6%
  • Attendance at library programs, up 9%
  • Computer searches in library databases, up 50%
  • Number of items shared among libraries, up 58%
  • Number of digital items opened and examined, up 72%
  • Number of reference questions answered via “Ask Here PA,” up over 400%

This year, we do not seek full restoration of funding, even though the case for restoration is strong. We recognize that the effects of recession persist in PA and that the state budget is out of balance. At the same time, having lost more than 35% of state support since just 2008, librarians and library workers (those still working and those who were laid off) have already shared fully in the fiscal pain of this recession.

Today we simply ask that the consequences of the funding losses since 2008 not be worsened by an additional 5% loss. Instead we respectfully request that library funding be maintained at 2011-12 levels so that libraries can strive yet again to meet increased demand and continue to provide the best quality services possible despite funding that has already been cut more than 35%.

Please visit http://www.capwiz.com/ala/pa/home/ for more information and a sample email message that you can edit and send to your state senator and state representative, and to the Governor as well. We know that we can make a big difference when we join together in a common mission and message.

We trust that better days lie ahead. We hope and expect that a time for repairing the state’s support for libraries will come, and that libraries can and will play a vital role in moving PA Forward.

Thank you for your great support for libraries and for your help in spreading the word and contacting your elected officials. Stay tuned for more information and updates in the weeks ahead.

Camphill Kimberton celebrates AmeriCorps Week with a Community Volunteer Day

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills will celebrate AmeriCorps Week - Saturday, March 10 through Sunday, March 18, 2012 - with a volunteer work day set for Sunday, March 18 from noon to 4 p.m.

This is a great opportunity to learn more about Camphill Kimberton and AmeriCorps while giving back to your community. Come experience a day of work on this 432-acre biodynamic farm and help with invasive species removal, estate work and orchard maintenance.

AmeriCorps offers opportunities for adults of all ages and backgrounds to serve through a network of partnerships with local and national nonprofit groups. AmeriCorps week recognizes the commitment of AmeriCorps members and alums by highlighting the extraordinary impact they make across our nation every day. Each year, Camphill Kimberton is host to approximately 20-25 young adults who receive a year-long intensive, hands-on experience living and working in this community that includes adults with developmental disabilities. Of this group, half are AmeriCorps participants.

Volunteers are asked to bring their own lunch and shovels, gloves and trowels, if able. Some amazing snacks - made at Camphill Kimberton - will be served. If attending, please RSVP to shaylyn.decker@gmail.com. Volunteers should meet at Rose Hall at noon. Work will happen rain or shine.

Camphill Village Kimberton Hills is located at 1601 Pughtown Road, Kimberton, Pa. Follow signs for Rose Hall, located at the top of the hill on Camphill Drive.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Great Valley YMCA Offering March Madness Promotion

During the month of March, the Great Valley YMCA is offering a March Madness Promotion in which prospective members are invited to use the Y for free every Friday. The Great Valley Y is a regional branch of the YMCA of the Upper Main Line and is located at 10-20 Liberty Blvd, Malvern, PA. To take advantage of this special promotion, please give them a call at 610-644-6575 and mention the coupon code YGVMM.

Friday, March 02, 2012

New Novella by Local Author Jonathan David Morris

"Versus Nurture," the new novella from Phoenixville author Jonathan David Morris, is out now! Chris and Karen Ransom are just a couple of kids when they first meet in college in the days leading up to the war in Iraq. Still together nine years later, they unexpectedly receive the biggest news of their lives -- but before they can so much as sit back and consider it, they find themselves facing what may well be the biggest decision in history. "Versus Nurture" is available for Kindles, Nooks, and Kindle and Nook apps everywhere.