What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

November Lineup at Deuces Wild Comedy Club

Come out to Deuces Wild Comedy Club, located in the Valley Forge Casino, every Thursday night for great local and national stand-up acts. Coming up in November:

11/7: Kick-off Thursday featuring Pete Michaels, Chipps Cooney and Mike Bocchetti
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11/14: Chris Monty
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11/21: Mike Lemon Casting Showcase
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11/28: Thanksgiving Night with Maddog Mattern and Anthony DeVito
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Tickets are only $10 if you buy them from one of the links above and enter promo code LOCAL.



Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Quest Diagnostics, Quest for a Cure is Hosting Two Craft Fair Events in November

Quest Diagnostics is hosting two craft fairs in November to benefit Quest for a Cure, their program to help raise money for the American Cancer Society.

Craft Fair - Shop for a Cause!
Saturday November 16, 2013
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Green Tree Church of the Brethren
1078 Egypt Road, Oaks PA 19456
Come join us for a great day of Holiday shopping! There will be a unique showcase of crafts, gifts, baked goods, food, raffles, holiday décor and lots more!! Vendors Wanted! Call 610-454-4419 for further info.

Craft Fair - Holiday Bazaar!
Saturday November 23, 2013
10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Grace Lutheran Church
6th & Main Streets, Royersford PA 19468
Please join us for a fun day of Holiday Shopping! There will be handmade crafts, gifts, holiday décor, baked goods, food, raffles and lots lots more!! Vendors Wanted! Call 610-454-4257 for further info.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Jingle Fest to Benefit Local Families Battling Cancer

On Saturday, December 7th, local non-profit Horse Power for Life is hosting Jingle Fest to benefit local families battling cancer. This dog friendly event will be held rain or shine at the Kimberton Fire Company's flex building from 11am-4pm and will feature live music, face painting, holiday crafts, a moon bounce and much more. Santa will even be in attendance and kids will be able to get their picture taken with him.

Cost is $10.00 per person, $5.00 for children under 12-yrs-old and children under 2 free. Admission includes lunch (hotdog, chips, apple & bottled water). All participants will receive pink horse shoe magnet and all dogs receive pink bandana. All dogs must be on leash and owners responsible for cleaning up after their dog.

For more information, please visit horsepowerforlife.org.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Halloween Parade to be held next Tuesday

Phoenixville's annual Halloween Parade returns next Tuesday, October 22nd. The parade, which runs the 100-300 blocks of Bridge Street, begins at 7pm w/ a costume contest at 6. For more information including parade route and how to sign up to be a part, please visit the Borough website.


Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Schuylkill Canal Association to Host Fall Music Fundraiser this Saturday

The Schuylkill Canal Association (SCA) has a full day of activities planned for Saturday, October 19th, so get your friends together and head on over.

Starting with an organized clean-up at 9 a.m., the day will continue with a guided BYOB (bring your own boat) paddle of “the loop” at 2 p.m. To cap things off, the SCA has once again assembled a brilliant lineup of musical talent for its Folk ‘n Fall fundraiser, which runs from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. at St. Michael’s Park on Jacobs Street in Mont Clare, Pa. Tickets are $25 and includes music and a meal (roasted pig with sides or vegetarian lasagna with a vegetable medley). Children 14 years of age and younger get in FREE!

Musical acts include The Mighty Manatees, DVD MUSICK, Holt 45 and Ted the Fiddler.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Phoenixville Zombie Run and Fun Day Being Held November 2nd

The Phoenixville Zombie Run will be held on Saturday, November 2nd 2013, at Reeves Park in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. Runner check-in begins at 8:00 AM, and the first stage of the run begins promptly at 9:00am.

There are 3 stages of the run - a 5K Traditional Run, a 1K Walk & Fun Run, and a 5K “Survivor Run”...complete with a horde of Zombies who will be trying to catch the "survivors"!

A portion of the money raised through the Phoenixville Zombie Run will be donated directly to PACS (Phoenixville Area Community Services) to help support their mission of empowering people in the Phoenixville area to achieve self-sufficiency.

While the run is taking place outside of Reeves Park...

The Phoenixville Zombie Fun Day will be held on Saturday, November 2nd, from 9:00am – 12:00pm, within Reeves Park. It offers games and activities for family members of all ages, including: a 24' rock climbing wall, inflatable moon bouncers, "make your own" kids crafts, learning about wilderness survival skills, first aid and emergency preparedness, spin art, candy making, a Zombie themed costume contest, comics, T-shirts, music, food vendors...and more! The Fun Day portion of this event is FREE, and there is no need to pre-register to attend the Fun Day within Reeves Park.

In addition to the money raised in support of PACS, the Phoenixville Zombie Run and Fun Day will also be holding a canned food drive on the day of the event, with the support of local Cub Scout Packs and Boy Scout Troops, to collect canned food and goods for the local Scouting for Food drive.

All who attend the run or the fun day are asked to please bring a minimum of one non-perishable food item to contribute to the food drive.

The holidays are a time of great need for food and additional support for organizations like PACS, and the Phoenixville Zombie Run & Fun Day is proud to support local efforts to strengthen the community of Phoenixville.

To sign up for the race, please visit phoenixville.ticketleap.com/zombierun. For more information, visit the Phoenixville Zombie Run page on Facebook.

Thursday, October 03, 2013

The Colonial Theatre to feature Mark Kendall’s La Camioneta October 5-10

Follow Your Nose Films is proud to present the U.S. national tour of La Camioneta, the acclaimed debut feature by Mark Kendall, “a name to watch” (Variety). Hailed as “an upbeat story of resilience, regeneration and artistic imagination” by the New York Times’ Stephen Holden, the surprising and unique documentary film traces the migration and transformative journey of a decommissioned American school bus to the streets of Guatemala.

After successful theatrical engagements in New York City and Los Angeles, the film will travel across the U.S. in a national tour playing in over 40 North American cities, including some additional theatrical engagements at The Screen in Santa Fe, Big Picture Cinema in Toronto and the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. The film opens for a one-week exclusive run on Saturday, October 5 at the Colonial Theater in Phoenixville, Pennsylvania.

Every day dozens of decommissioned school buses leave the United States on a southward migration that carries them to Guatemala, where they are repaired, repainted, and resurrected as the brightly-colored camionetas that bring the vast majority of Guatemalans to work each day. Since 2006, nearly 1,000 camioneta drivers and fare-collectors have been murdered for either refusing or being unable to pay the extortion money demanded by local Guatemalan gangs.

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket Visits the Colonial Theatre October 19th

On Saturday, October 19th, David Uosikkinen (famed drummer of The Hooters) brings his In the Pocket project to the Colonial Theatre. Press release below:

PHOENIXVILLE, PA - (September 20, 2013) - Fresh off their rockin' performance at the Philadelphia Folk Festival (where they were joined onstage by Todd Rundgren and closed Saturday's show), David Uosikkinen's In The Pocket returns to The Colonial Theatre in Phoenixville, PA (227 Bridge Street; 610-917-1228). On Saturday, October 19th In The Pocket will celebrate the release of their new single and video short, I Saw The Light, originally recorded by Todd Rundgren in 1972. Showtime is 8pm. Tickets are $19.50 - $34.50 and are available at thecolonialtheatre.com.

In The Pocket's live show is a rock n' roll revue with a revolving cast of Philadelphia's most celebrated musicians. I Saw The Light features Phoenixville's own Cliff Hillis on lead vocals and guitar, The Hooters' Fran Smith, Jr on bass; from Smash Palace Steve Butler on guitar and Wally Smith on keyboards; and of course The Hooters' David Uosikkinen on drums.

You can view the video teaser by Steve Acito of BlueWire Media here: http://songsinthepocket.org/songs/i-saw-the-light/. You can hear I Saw The Light here: https://soundcloud.com/songsinthepocket/i-saw-the-light. Fans can download I Saw The Light and all eights songs at songsinthepocket.org. MP3 and WAV files are available upon request.

"I Saw The Light is the second song I chose by Todd Rundgren (Open My Eyes was the first). For me, Todd is a Philadelphia icon and one of the most important musical forces to come out of Philly," explains drummer David Uosikkinen. "Cliff Hillis was the natural choice to cover this track. Cliff has molded himself as a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and engineer, very much like Todd Rundgren. He has those same power-pop sensibilities that I loved in Todd's earlier work."

The show at the Colonial Theater will include players from all eight songs: All My Mondays, Open My Eyes, You Can't Sit Down, Soon You'll Be Gone, Change Reaction, Disco Inferno, I Ain't Searchin' and I Saw The Light.

Huge Weekend on Tap

This weekend promises a little something for everyone (and a lot for those adventurous souls). Things kick off on Friday night with the final First Friday of the season. October is Fire Safety Awareness Month and to celebrate the 200 block of Bridge Street will be closed so that local fire departments can showcase their trucks and help educate everyone of fire safety. In addition, local businesses will be kicking off the second annual Paint the Town Pink campaign, raising money for the Phoenixville Healthcare Access Foundation who in turn will fund free mammograms for Phoenixville area residents, and For Pete’s Sake, a foundation which provides “respite vacations” for those with cancer and their families. For more on the Paint the Town Pink campaign and additional events that will be held over the month of October, please see the Pottstown Mercury article.

Saturday sees even more to do, with TEDxPhoenixville returning to the Colonial Theatre, the first ever Phoenixville Food Festival and the ever popular Oktoberfest Pub Crawl.

With temperatures expected to be in the low to mid-80s, there's no excuse not to get out and experience some of the great things Phoenixville has to offer this weekend!

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Bridge and Main Streets to be closed next week

Councilman Gautreau posted this on the facebook earlier today:

Notice from Phoenixville borough manager:

At our Streetscape construction meeting this morning, PennDOT, the contractor, and staff agreed that the best course of action for the intersection at Main Street and Bridge Street is to close it entirely on October 8 and 9. The grade changes needed to balance that intersection based on the new construction does not provide a safe vehicle environment. In addition, they have to install a new stormwater inlet, a new manhole and make the connections about ten feet down in the middle of Bridge. These dates may be pushed to October 9 and 10 due to possible inclement weather. The intent is for the intersection to remain closed the entire time. The goal always remains to open as soon as possible.

Essentially Bridge Street will be closed to non-local traffic between Starr Street and Gay Street. Main Street will be closed between Church Street and Mill Street.

We are notifying residents and businesses in the affected area and will be posting the electronic signs at Bridge and Starr and at Nutt and Bridge. We also expect signs to be posted at the intersection in advance of the closure.