What's happening in and around Phoenixville, PA.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Merry Christmas Phoenixville!

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Craft Distillery Set To Open And Start Pouring In Early February

Pottstown, PA - Decemberber 11, 2013 - Have you ever asked yourself, “What if ?” That’s exactly what founding partners John Giannopoulos, Jeff Vaughan, Paul Czachor, Al Matarazzo and Derek Menaldino asked themselves when they first discussed opening a craft distillery in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Fast forward twelve months from that casual conversation and Manatawny Still Works - the first craft, small-batch distillery in Montgomery County since 1969 - will be opening to the public in February, 2014.

The 7,500 square foot facility is located behind the Pottstown Municipal Airport in the Circle of Progress Industrial Park on the banks of Manatawny Creek.

Manatawny Still Works (MSW) has entered into a working relationship with their neighbor on the Circle, award-winning craft brewery Sly Fox Brewing Company. The brewery will be producing the wash - the first step in whiskey production - from their state-of-the-art brewhouse.

MSW distiller, Max Pfeffer, formerly lead brewer at Sly Fox Brewing Company, will run the day-to-day operations at the new distillery.

“To make great whiskey, you have to start with great beer,” says Pfeffer who is working on the installation of the company's new still. “By focusing on the best ingredients, you’ve got a head start on bottling great spirits.”

Pfeffer studied Chemical Engineering at Penn State University before completing the prestigious, Master Brewer Program at UC Davis in California. He honed his skills and furthered his passion with stops at Victory Brewing Company and Sly Fox before accepting responsibility of operating Manatawny Still Works’ brand new, Italian-made, 1,200 liter still from Barison Industry.

The barrels are stacked and awaiting the first batches to come off the stills. Even though you'll have to wait two years for the new distillery's signature spirit, Pennsylvania Whiskey, MSW will launch with an unaged white whiskey aptly named, Virgin Whiskey and a light rum called Sedition.

“There is a lot of history with liquor and spirits in Pennsylvania,” says Pfeffer. “Not only will we concentrate on the more traditional spirits like vodka, rum, and whiskey but we’ll do some seasonal small batches that will only be available in our tasting room at the distillery.”

Max isn’t revealing too many of his secret recipes but he says, “I’ve got a few things up my sleeve, so stop in, get a tour of our facilities and taste the difference.”

Friday, December 13, 2013

SCA Holiday Luminaria on tap Tomorrow

Looking for something a little more low key than the Firebird Festival (or something to do before heading up to watch it go up in flames)? The Schuylkill Canal Association has the answer. They are hosting their annual Holiday Luminaria from 6-9pm tomorrow night.
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.

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.

As an added feature this year, luminary bags will be available for a nominal donation to SCA on a per bag basis. The luminary bags will be ready-to-go for use at your home containing a pre-lit candle and sand. The suggested donation is $1.00 per bag / $5.00 for six.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Christmas Village at Westridge Opens this Weekend

The Annual Christmas Village at Westridge Estates opens this weekend. Started in 1990 by Brad Peck & his grandson Andy Bailey, this annual tradition includes over 160 lighted porcelain houses in a late 19th-century setting including a city, farmland, amusement park, ski mountain resort, New England country side and seaport and a Swiss village. The 300 square-foot display includes working trains and animation to thrill the Chrismas child in all of us. Admission is absolutely free and donations are NOT accepted!

This year, the Christmas Village will be open from 2-4pm on Saturdays and Sundays between December 14th and January 5th. It is located in the basement of the Westridge Farmhouse (office), 970 Township Line Road, Phoenixville, PA.

For more information, give Brad a call at (610)983-0129.

Friday, December 06, 2013

East Pikeland Elementary Holiday Shoppe Being Held Tomorrow

This Saturday, December 7th, stop out to East Pikeland Elemntary from 10am-2pm for their annual Holiday Shoppe. They will have vendor tables including Party Lite Candles, Thirty-One Gifts, Pampered Chef, Adorn Jewelry, Tupperware, Ernie’s Bird Houses and much more! Kids can also get in on the act at their Kids Holiday Gift Shop which provides an opportunity for children to buy holiday gifts for family and friends at a very affordable price! In addition, there will be a Basket Raffle and a Food & Bake Sale!

East Pikeland Elementary is located at 1191 Hares Hill Road.

Pet Food/Pet Supply Drive at Animal Medical Center in Trappe

Animal Medical Center, 25 West Third Ave, Trappe, is holding a Pet Food/Pet Supply Drive to benefit Red Paw Emergency Relief Team.

Red Paw is a non-profit organization that works in conjunction with the American Red Cross, SEPA Chapter and other public and private disaster relief, social service and animal welfare organizations to provide emergency transport, shelter and veterinary care to animals involved in residential fires and other disasters.

Through the month of December, AMC will be collecting pet food and pet supplies for Red Paw. Teaming up with AMC is the Ambler Savings Bank, W. Ridge Pike, Limerick where donations can also be dropped off.

Donations of the following items would be greatly appreciated! Canned and dry dog/cat food; kitten/puppy food; cat litter/litter scoops/litter boxes; cat carriers; blankets and towels; cat nip toys; kongs for dogs; pet treats dogs/cats; leashes and collars; flea treatment for dogs/cats.

For more information call 610-489-8982.

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

December 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:

12/5: Geno Bisconte
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12/12: Jeff "The Fat Rat Bastard" Pirrami
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12/19: Mike Lemon Casting Showcase
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12/26: Round Boy Jimmy Graham
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Tickets are only $10 if you buy them from one of the links above and enter promo code LOCAL.