First Baptist Church

The First Baptist Church of Pottstown is fully inclusive, community friendly and mission-based.

They are affiliated with American Baptist Churches, USA

Senior Pastor: Rev. Dr. Marvin Marsh

Associate Pastor for Member Support: Rev. Mary Etta Mest

First Baptist Church
301 E. King Street (at intersection with Charlotte Street)
Pottstown, PA 19464
Phone: 610-326-2273

Peter Pan, Garden Tours and more in Pottstown this weekend

Peter Pan, A Musical Adventure continues at the Tri-County Peforming Arts Center! It runs Thursday through Sundays up until June 19. TriPAc is located at 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. This is a new version of Peter Pan and TriPaC is hosting the U. S. Premier. NY critics will be here to check it out. You’ll want to see it first, before it moves to Broadway! Go to to order tickets online. Prices are always discounted for students and seniors.

The Pottstown Roller Derby Rockstars will be at Tornetta’s  washing cars and raising money on Saturday from 9-1!  Stop by and get your car washed and help our hometown girls get their track! 

 Pottsgrove Manor is holding a special program this Sunday June 12 at 1:00pm In the lecture and demonstration, “Vinegar: When Good Alcohol Goes Bad,” Pottsgrove Manor’s historic site supervisor will talk about the many different types of vinegar, how they were made, and the ways in which they were used in 18th century households. Different types of vinegar will be on display, as well as colonial foods made with vinegar. Pottsgrover Manor, home of John Potts, colonial ironmaster and founder of Pottstown, is located at 100 W. King Street near the intersection of King and Route 100. A donation of $2 per person is suggested. Go to their website at

 This is the final weekend for The Pottstown Art Show, presented by the Pottstown Area Artists Guild and The Hill School Center for the Arts. The show is be at the Hill’s Boyer Gallery until June 12. See the Artists Guild website at www. for more details.

The Pottstown Area Garden Club’s annual Garden Tour is this Saturday, June 11th beginning at 10am.  Gardeners in Pottstown, Pottsgrove, Limerick and the surrounding areas will open their gardens up to the public.  Tickets are available at Gwendolynn’s Salon and Spa in Limerick and the Tri-County Area Chamber of Commerce. 


Not a garden club photo-just my own climbing roses

The friends of Edgewood Cemetery are hosting a volunteer day to get some work done at this historic site.  Come out and help with landscaping, cleaning up and more.  Visit their facebook page for more info. 


Keeping cool in the pool in Pottstown this summer

Even though the calendar says it’s still early June, the thermometer is pushing up toward and beyond the temperatures we normally see in August.  If you’ve already got a pool membership, then you know the crowds look like midsummer too.  Other years at the pool, the only brave souls to enter the water this early were the swim team kids and then they would often have to bundle up after getting out of the water, but not this year. 

As part of our Summer Guide to fun in Pottstown, we are going to start with the area pools, so you can dive right into keeping cool this year. 

Private Pool Clubs

When I was a kid, we belonged to “the pool.”  My mom packed our lunches, wrapping sandwiches and soda cans in tin foil to keep them cooler and made me wear zinc oxide on my (very Irish) nose.  We spent long days at the pool, and my dad would come after work in his suit, change his clothes and swim with us till it was dark. 

Our family now has a similar routine, though my husband doesn’t have to wear a suit to work.  The memories I had as a kid at the pool, I am passing along to my own kids, and I am glad for it-even if I don’t wrap anything in tin foil. 

Here’s the rundown of what’s available in Pottstown:

North End Swimming Club

901 North Adams Street

North End has been a Pottstown staple for families since 1960 and it’s been my own family’s summer hangout for several years.  It’s the quintessential pool club and has a great family atmosphere.  With a large main pool that offers both a diving board and a slide, plus a baby pool, it’s big enough that it rarely feels crowded, but small enough that the kids can run around and play and still be in sight. 

Memberships are available.  Bond: $400  Family dues:  $340 

splashing down the slide at North End

Hillside Aquatic Club

134 West Moyer Road

Hillside Aquatic, tucked away off Gilbertsville Road on West Moyer Road, offers families a large pool with diving board and a baby pool, as well as a pavilion and basketball courts.  It’s also got that old fashioned pool club feel.  If you were a pool kid growing up, you will get that same feeling at Hillside. 

Memberships are available.  Application fee :$200 Family dues: $395

Laurelwood Swim Club

801 Union Avenue, North Coventry

Another option for Pottstown families, and one that is especially popular with those in the 19465 zip code is Laurelwood Swim Club.  With the Laurel Locks farm in the background, this pool club has a rural feel to it, even though it’s almost steps from the Coventry Mall (which could be a real bonus if you like to shop, too). 

Memberships are available.  Bond:  $500 Family Dues: $425 

This year, Laurelwood is also offering a trial membership for one year-pay just the dues and no bond. 


If you’ve got a membership to just the Pottstown Y, you can upgrade to get one that includes all the pools attached to the Freedom Valley YMCA conglomerate.  That will give you the Baker Park pool in Phoenixville, the gigantic water park-type pool at Spring Valley and the pool in Pennsburg.  Check out their website or stop in at the Pottstown branch for more information. 

Public Pools

If going to the pool everyday isn’t your idea of summer fun, then it’s worth it to check out these local pools that allow day visitors. 

Boyertown Community Pool

The centerpiece of Boyertown Community Park, the pool offers recreation for residents of the borough and beyond. Membership information and rates for visiting the pool are available from the Boyertown YMCA.  You can reach them at 610-369-9622

Hickory Park Pool

New Hanover Township purchased the Hickory Park campground back in 2009 and wasted no time converting the acreage into a family fun destination.  With a great playground, plenty of picnic space and a pool, this is  a great place to spend the day (day passes to the pool run $5 for adults and $4 for kids) or sign up for season passes at an affordable rate of just over $200.  For more information, visit the New Hanover Township Website

West Pottsgove Township is also keeping busy, working to modernize and open the old Colonial Swim Club.  Keep an eye on their website for opening dates and rates for both residents of the township and visitors. 

Of course, if it’s just a quick cool down you are looking for, don’t forget about the Fountain of Youth spray park in Memorial Park along Manatawny Road.  There are sprinklers in all shapes and sizes and you can drop in for a quick shower, or pack a lunch and explore the park before or after you get wet. 

There are plenty of stay-cool ideas in town this summer-be sure to check them out!

The Milkman serves up light lunches and pretty cakes

There’s a new “OPEN” sign on the corner of North Charlotte and Oak Streets in the north end of town, and it’s worth stopping in for lunch to check it out. 

The Milkman Lunch Company opened quietly this spring, but they are gearing up for their grand opening  and are open Monday to Friday from 9am to 2pm serving a variety of fresh sandwiches and, oh yeah-the CUPCAKES are delicious! 

Owner Chris Longeway Milkman Lunch Company

The business started out as primarily a bakery, offering wedding and birthday cakes, along with cupcakes in assorted flavors and then owner Chris Longeway and Pastry Chef Sam Rhame decided to open a luncheonette on the sunny corner in the north end.  The shop has a nostalgic vibe and with sandwiches priced at just $5, you can’t go wrong with a lunch from the Milkman. 

They offer simple, but delicious fare, and they make it easy to have your sandwich your own way-the menu is actually an order form.  You can build your lunch from the ground up-starting with an assortment of breads, then meat or tuna and add something expected like tomato or get a little gourmet with grilled asparagus or kalamata olive tapenade. 

Stop in this week and keep an eye out for their grand opening.  Longeway was also spotted this weekend at the Tri-Pac’s opening of Peter Pan, cupcakes in tow. 

Here’s the lowdown:

The Milkman Lunch Company

451 North Charlotte Street

484-300-4488 (call for cake appointments) or email

Serving lunch Monday to Friday, 9-2

Grand Opening coming soon!

Pottstown Relay for Life 2011

Relay for Life 2011 is all cleaned up by now and plans are underway already for next year’s event (though I hope the planners take at least a few days to revel in their success).  It was a beautiful day, both for the weather and for the spirit evident in walkers, teams and visitor. 

Here are just a few scenes from the day:

Teams enter the track at Pottsgrove High School


Pottstown Roller Derby Team walks for relay
remembering why we walk










thousands of luminaries light the night


Pottstown calendar highlights for the coming week

Peter Pan, A Musical Adventure has opened at Tri-County Peforming Arts Center. I saw the preview performance last night, and it is just spectacular! Children will be enchanted by the flying characters; P.J. Schweizer, who plays Peter Pan, is spot-on and full of mischievous energy througout; and Maddie Aicher, who plays Wendy, has got just the most angelic voice I’ve heard in a long time. The show runs Thursday through Sundays up until June 19. TriPAc is located at 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. This is a new version of Peter Pan and TriPaC is hosting the U. S. Premier. NY critics will be here to check it out. If it moves to Broadway, you’ll be able to say you saw it first… in Pottstown, PA! There’s be an opening night reception tonight, Friday, June 3rd.  Go to to order tickets online. Prices are always discounted for students and seniors.

 Tonight is also the opening of The Pottstown Art Show, presented by the Pottstown Area Artists Guild and The Hill School Center for the Arts. The show will be at the Hill’s Boyer Gallery until June 12. This is PAAG’s first juried show, which will raise funds for scholarships for local students who will pursue the arts in college. The PAAG is in its 51st year. See the Artists Guild website at www. for more details.

Get a great deal on used books at the Pottstown Regional Public Library‘s Back Door Book Sale today and tomorrow! The library is at 500 E. High Street; the phone number is (610) 970-6551.

This weekend brings the American Cancer Society’s annual Relay for Life to Pottsgrove High School.  Pottstown’s relay for Life teams raise more money than any other area in Pennsylvania and is one of the top performers in the world, last year raising more than $729,000 to fight cancer. The opening ceremony is at 10 am on Saturday, followed by the Survivor and Caregiver Walk. There are other ceremonies in the evening. See Rosemary Keane’s blog post from earlier today for more details.

For the children of Pottstown, a new and exciting event is being held this Saturday from 12-3 in the new Chestnut Street Park at the corner of Chestnut and Washington Streets. It’s called Science in the Park and it promises fun hands-on activities that will get your kids learning new concepts and maybe even wanting to grow up to be a scientist or engineer!  There will be demonstrations on Kitchen Chemistry, Slime and polymers, rocks and minerals and chemical reactions.  A huge shout-out to Pottstown resident Anna Johnson for bringing this wonderful idea to life! More info can be found at

The professional chamber ensemble CANTATICA will return to Emmanuel Lutheran Church,150 North Hanover Street, Pottstown for the final concert of its 2010-2011 concert season on Sunday, June 5, at 4:00 PM. The program, I Hear America Singing: A Celebration of the American Spirit, will feature solo voices, chamber choir and instruments (clarinet, violin, cello, bass and piano) performing early American hymns, Shaker songs, Afro-American spirituals, Appalachian folk songs and fiddle tunes, contemporary classical settings of Civil War texts, and classic jazz. Admission to I Hear America Singing: A Celebration of the American Spirit is $14 Adults, $12 Seniors, and $6 Students. Tickets may be purchased by email at, by telephone at 484-951-5113 and at the door.  

Finally, next Thursday, June 9th Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County is holding a Homeownership Orientation Session from 6:30 PM — 8:30 PM at 450 High Street  in the Sidney Pollack Building across the street from the Pottstown Library. For more info, call Jean Ford, Family Services Coordinator at Habitat for Humanity 610-278-7710.

Pottstown Relay for Life 2011

Well, the whole town is looking purple this weekend and it’s for a great cause.  The Pottstown Relay for Life benefitting the American Cancer Society gets underway in just about 24 hours and continues for another 24 hours-from 10 am Saturday to 10am Sunday. 

This year’s event, held at Pottsgrove High School, has over 2,000 registered participants who are raising money (over $400,00 so far) for the American Cancer Society.  126 teams are signed up and will walk the track continuously from tomorrow morning, into the night and finally ending on Sunday morning. 

The Mercury has posted a great calendar of events going on both on the track and in the tents this weekend, but here are some of the highlights:

  • The opening ceremonies are set to begin at 10am and the hour finishes up with cancer survivors taking the first lap around the track to begin the relay. 
  • The main tent will be the spot for fun activities throughout the day, and there are movies at night for people who are signed up to walk the night shift.  Included in these are Zumba, karate, a cake contest and Yoga with Barbara Kosciewicz from High Street Yoga. 
  • Luminaries will be for sale all day and then lit from 8-9pm to line the track with light. 

Individual teams will be selling food and relay items as well as running games in their tents so there is plenty to do and you don’t have to be signed up on a team to come out and enjoy this inspiring and emotional fundraising event.  If you would like to register to walk, you can check in at the main tent on Saturday.  Only registered walkers and volunteers will be allowed in the track area overnight and kids must be with an adult during that time. 

Relay tent at Paint the Town Purple

Pottstown’s Relay for Life has been the #1 Relay in Pennsylvania for the last 2 years and ranks 5th in the world.  This event is what our community is about-everyone working together for a good cause.  All the small efforts of individuals combine with larger sponsors getting invested in Relay means great results for the American Cancer Society and for Pottstown. 

Check out the new Pottstown Relay Perspective blog for more stories of hope and inspiration and make plans to bring the family over to the high school to help raise money to cure cancer. 


Peter Pan previews tonight at TriPAC


 The U.S. Premiere of a new version of Peter Pan, A Musical Adventure previews tonight, June 2,  at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 E. High Street, Pottstown.

Sir James Barrie’s timeless tale of the boy who never grew up is reborn as a spectacular musical by Britain’s Drewe & Stiles with favorite friends Tinker Bell, Wendy, John, Michael, the Lost Boys, Tiger Lilly, and of course, Captain Hook and his band of Pirates!  

The cast includes PJ Schweizer, Madison Aicher, Rebecca Shoemaker, Joe Cieresi, AJ Giruzzi, Connor Kirk, Jason Burke, William Bell, Isabella Rota-Talarico, Emma Russek, Sam Pettine, Josiah Swensen, David Helmer, Ben Williams, AJ Sermarini, Charlie Harrison, Ben Fried, Marc Sherfield, Michael Kiesling, Matt Kiesling, Harrison Stengle, Cletus Stell, Maggie Swahl, Sami Kolb, Taylor Helmers, Patrick Shepherd, Carly Fried, Carrie Thorwarth, Karissa Smith, Sara Helmers, Philip Seader, Adele Morello, Jordan Popky, Lynn Cooper, Madison Devlin, and Al Ulozas.

Here’s what others are saying about Peter Pan: “[A] winner for both adults and children…a truly magical world come to life before our eyes.”– Reviews “The tunes escalate the magic…and makes the already brilliant JM Barrie story all the more sublime.”– Yorkshire Evening Post.

Peter Pan, A Musical Adventure runs June 2-19. It’s the U.S. Premiere of the new version from the creative team behind the Broadway blockbuster, Mary Poppins. Tickets are on sale now at  Ticket prices for Thursday performances are $13 for children 12 and under, $17 for students and seniors (65+), and $19 for adults.  Ticket prices for Friday, Saturday and Sunday shows are $15 for children 12 and under, $21 for students and seniors, and $23 for adults.  Groups of 10 or more receive $2 off per ticket when purchased in a single transaction.  Advance ticket sales have been brisk, so get your tickets now! 


Village Productions (the Tri-County Performing Arts Center) is a dynamic non-profit performing arts organization founded in 2001 to make the arts highly accessible to all in the community. Established and led by dedicated team of performing artists, arts educators, business leaders, and area residents, Village Productions seeks to strengthen community, inspire creative exploration, educate, and entertain, through the presentation of quality performing arts events and educational opportunities geared toward a diverse audience. More information is available at

Scenes from Kenilworth Park

Positively!Pottstown thanks Jim Lovely of Kenilworth for sending in these photos of wildlife in Kenilworth Park. We featured Kenilworth Park in last fall’s Parks & Recreation series for the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation. Rosemary Keane and I are steadily recording the blog series for WPAZ 1370 AM so they can re-broadcast the information whenever they get a chance; keep an ear open for “Paths, Parks & Playgrounds: Your Guide to Outdoor Recreation.”  We appreciate Jim’s contribution to keeping the area’s incredible outdoor resources in the spotlight!


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