What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Friday, August 23, 2013

PAHS Junior Class Fundraiser

Phoenixville Area High School's Junior Class is holding a fundraiser to help them pay for Prom. Between now and the end of October, you can visit Flower Power Fundraising to purchase flowers with 50% of the proceeds going to the Junior Class.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Camphill Challenge Returns October 20th

The 7th Annual Camphill Challenge will be held on Sunday, October 20th.

From their website:
It is sure to be another great day of cycling on October 20 as our 7th annual Camphill Challenge bike ride rolls off! We are pleased to announce that we are adding a 100 mile route this year.

As always, routes will feature the famed fall foliage of Chester County, as well as the area's hilly terrain, horse farms, historic homes, covered bridges, and tours of the Camphill Communities in Chester County. 50, 25, 10, and 2 mile routes will be offered in addition to our new 100 mile route.

Kimberton Waldorf School (410 West Seven Stars Road, Phoenixville, PA 19460) will be our gracious hosts again this year and we expect quite a crowd of cyclists.

Proceeds of the Camphill Challenge benefit Camphill Special School, Camphill Soltane, and Camphill Village Kimberton Hills: life sharing communities for children, youth, and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

For more information or to sign up, visit camphillchallenge.org.

Young Local Athlete Qualifies for World Triathalon Competition

Owen J. Roberts High School Sophomore, Maddie Matarazzo, 16, is a real competitor. She's been riding, running and swimming competitively since an early age and is now giving a lot of older athletes a run for their money!

It wasn't long ago that young Maddie started competing in regional competitions but she's rapidly advanced in the sport and is competing nationally now with an international triathlon coming up next year.

On August 10 Maddie competed in the USAT National Triathlon Championships in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The prestigious USAT race, an Olympic-Distance National Championship, is an Olympic-distance event of 51.5 total kilometers. The race featured a 1,500-meter swim, 40-kilometer bike and 10-kilometer run. The Olympic-distance race is acclaimed for featuring one the nation’s top age group fields and serves as a qualifier for Team USA.

In the substantial field of athletes, Maddie came in 7th place in the 19 and under category. With an impressive total time of 2:31:01, Maddie swam 1,500 meters in 21:36, cycled 40 kilometers in 1:12:44 and ran her 10K in 53:02.

This performance qualified Maddie for the ITU World Championships in Edmonton, Canada in 2014. The ITU World Championships will be televised and broadcast online.

As she competes in more and more completive triathlons, Maddie is ready and set to go!

Monday, August 19, 2013

DCCC Campus Opens at Technical College High School

Delaware County Community College recently announced they will be offering classes at the Pickering Campus of Technical College High School.

From the Phoenix:

Phoenixville residents looking for a close to home educational opportunity can now take advantage of the resources of Delaware County Community College (DCCC) in the borough. DCCC’s newest branch campus has opened at the Technical College High School, Pickering Campus at 1580 Charlestown Road in Phoenixville, and the college is currently registering students for its inaugural semester which begins in September.

The first semester begins on Sept. 3 and will offer late afternoon and evening classes held Mondays through Thursdays for credit and non-credit/certification courses. The campus is currently open for walk-in advising and registration Mondays through Thursdays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., now through Aug. 28, and then from 10 a. m - 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday, starting September 3.

Read the full article.

For a list of classes available this fall, visit dccc.edu.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Check out the Coco Butter Band at this Friday's Summer Music Series event

This Friday night, stop by the Children's Plaza to check out Phoenixville's own Coco Butter Band. The Coco Butter Band is an original 2-man blues/funk/soul band based out of Phoenixville who perform all over the Philadelphia and surrounding areas. The band features Liam Bouterre on keyboards/vocals and his brother Nate "Coco" Maskeri on drums/vocals. After years of playing as "musicians for hire" in various bands, in April of 2013 Liam and Coco decided to form their own band with Liam playing bass lines and soloing on the organ and Coco holding down the groove, all while singing. They are currently in the process of taking over the Philly original music scene playing many popular music venues, local festivals, and bars. Their talent and infectious groove was noticed by internationally touring blues/rock band, Trampled Under Foot (TUF), who invited them to open for their CD release party in Kansas City for 1,200 fans and to sit in with them at The House of Blues in Chicago. Coco Butter Band's goal is to continue to write great music for great people.

For more, including links to some of their songs, visit their profile on ReverbNation.

Friday, August 02, 2013

Iron Hill Celebrates National IPA Day

On Friday, August 2, beginning at 5 p.m., celebrate National IPA Day with Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant. IPA Day is officially celebrated on Thursday, August 1, but Iron Hill decided to extend the party into Friday to kick-off the weekend. The group will pour a different house-brewed IPA at each of their nine award-winning locations.

“As American craft brewers, the IPA is a style very near and dear to us – because craft brewing in the country really took off when beer lovers discovered that there was more to beer than light pilsners and set out to investigate fuller flavored styles, many of them beginning with IPAs,” says Director of Brewing Operations Mark Edelson.

Each location will pour a different IPA created by each Iron Hill brewer to celebrate IPA Day:

  • at Phoenixville, PA, Simcoe IPA, an American IPA brewed with Simcoe hops for a distinct pinecone-like aroma and medium body.
  • at Chestnut Hill, PA, Hop Addict IPA, a west coast style IPA brewed with a variety of hops including, Cascade, Centennial, Amarillo, Columbus and Citra, which impart flavors and aromas of citrus and tropical fruits.
  • at Lancaster, PA, Hop Stinger, a golden American IPA loaded with citrus-y hops for flavor and aroma, and brewed with 60 pounds of local honey.
  • at Maple Shade, NJ, G-Day IPA, an IPA hopped exclusively with New Zealand hops.
  • at Media, PA, Ultimate Warrior American IPA, American style IPA brewed with Warrior hops for bittering and Columbus, Chinook and Centennial for flavor and aroma.
  • at Newark, DE, Dela Where? IPA, deep golden medium bodied ale with pronounced hop bitterness, which gives way to a bouquet of citrusy American hop flavor and aroma.
  • at North Wales, PA, Summertime IPA, golden in color, medium bodied with an intense crisp citrus flavor and dry finish.
  • at West Chester, PA, Intergalactic IPA, A light-bodied, single hopped American IPA loaded with flavors and aromas of mango, pineapple, passion fruit, tangerine and grapefruit.
  • at Wilmington, DE, Yippee-Ki-PA, an American IPA with a robust hop flavor and an aroma of citrus and pine, and Hans Gruber, a Bohemian-style pilsner with a combination of American hops and classic Saaz hops.