Fall Festival and Pet Fair downtown this Saturday

Pottstown’s First Annual Pet Fair will take place downtown tomorrow, Saturday, September 24 from 9 AM to 2 PM. The Pet Fair will be located in Smith Family Plaza in front of Pottstown Borough Hall.

The Fall Festival will include a massive community yard sale, which is on from 8 am – noon so get up early and head downtown to catch the best deals and find that special something you never knew you needed!

Former soap opera star to speak, perform at First Presbyterian this Sunday

Acclaimed actor, Frank Runyeon, is scheduled to speak at First Presbyterian Church Pottstown during the Sunday School hour and worship on Sunday, September 25th. Perhaps best known for his many television roles, including his 7 year stint on As the World Turns, Runyeon is now a sought after speaker for churches, schools and groups of all denominations.

On Sunday Runyeon will give a presentation on “Hollywood and Faith: The struggle to live faithfully in the media age” at 9:15. During the 10:30 worship service, he will share his dramatic interpretation of the Sermon on the Mount. Both events are open to the public and free of charge, thanks to an anonymous donation to the church.

Runyeon is a native of our area and a graduate of The Hill School, Princeton University, and General Theological Seminary, and has won national praise for his work as a translator and performer of Biblical texts over the past 20 years. He has performed the gospel for hundreds of thousands of people in almost every state in America, earning rave reviews from critics, scholars, and church leaders of every denomination. Runyeon is regularly reviewed as “the best speaker we have ever heard” by students and faculty at private and public schools across the nation.

First Presbyterian Church of Pottstown is located at 750 North Evans Street, Pottstown and is handicapped accessible. More information about Sunday’s program and other church events can be found on the website: www.fpcpottstown.org or by calling the church office at 610-326-0620.

For more information on Frank Runyeon: www.runyeonproductions.com

HUGE shout-out to The Very Best!

Still the very best!

I was roaming High Street, looking for a wireless internet connection, and the folks from The Very Best graciously let me sit at the counter and get tapped in while they hustled to get their food and set-ups ready for the Carousel of Flavor. They’ll be there serving up their famous hot dogs and chili. Come out and support this Pottstown institution since 1921!

Thank you to owner Joe Miller and his fiancee Amy Shuster for getting me wired!

Pottstown Cluster holds annual banquet – buy tix this week!

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities will hold their second annual Banquet at the Sunnybrook Ballroom on Sunday evening, October 9 beginning at 5:30 PM.

Heather Kauffman, the Cluster’s caseworker, will give an up-close view of the hardships faced by thousands of struggling households in the Pottstown community.

In addition, an excellent dinner will be served by the staff at Sunnybrook and guests will be inspired by the voices of two children’s choruses (Coventry Christian Schools Chorus and Voices of Hope from Saint Aloysius School)  and an adult chorus under the direction of Teri Hoffman, accompanied by Dr. Myra Forrest.

George Bell, President of the Pottstown Cluster Board of Directors, promises that the evening will touch the hearts of all who attend.

Tickets for the dinner are $25 each and can be purchased by calling the Cluster office at 610-970-5995 or via credit card on the Cluster website atwww.pottstowncluster.org

Allan Altschull, Vice President of the Pottstown Cluster Board notes that the cost of the meal exceeds $25, but that there will be a “silent auction” and voluntary contribution envelopes that will hopefully more than offset the cost of the banquet.

The week of 9/19 is the last scheduled week for dinner ticket sales, so those interested in attending are asked to contact the Cluster as soon as possible.

Carousel of Flavor & Murder Mystery Theater in downtown Pottstown today!

The region’s premier food festival – Carousel of Flavor – is taking place from noon to 4 pm in downtown Pottstown today. Last year over 4,000 people attended.

Head over to the 100 block of High Street and Smith Plaza in front of Borough Hall for food from local restaurants and caterers. There will be an expanded wine and beer garden so you can get mellow while enjoying music from 3 live bands, crafters, great food, friends, this absolutely gorgeous fall weather and, yes, even a clown. I’m getting there early to get some of Grumpy’s chowder – I heard it was a huge hit last year. Here’s a sampling of some other vendors… Tornetta’s, Bause-Landry Catering, Craft Ale House of Limerick, The Pour House…

Keep the fun going on your day of rest and walk a couple blocks to 245 High Street by 3 pm for the start of TriPAC’s production of  A Brush with Death: The Flossing of Chester Basil. It runs this weekend only so this is your last chance to catch this murder mystery that’s sure to be an interactive adventure for the whole family!

2nd Annual Antique Appraisal to benefit Forgotten Cats, Inc.

2nd Annual Antique Appraisal Benefits: Forgotten Cats Inc, Pottstown Chapter Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 6 PM to 8 PM

At The Gallery on High 254 High Street • Pottstown PA Featured Auctioneer: Eileen Rhoads

$15 appraisal fee for one item and $5 for each additional item up to 
three items per individual. Enjoy an evening of wine and h’ordeuvres 
to benefit the spaying, neutering and finding comfortable homes for 
lonely cats in the Pottstown area!

For additional information please contact Bill Sharon at 610-310-0070.

Yoga in Manatawny Park on Sept. 17th – that’s this Saturday!

On Saturday, September 17, from 9:00am – 10:30am, High Street Yoga, in partnership with The Hill School, invites you to a free yoga session at Manatawny Park.

All levels are welcome, even those who have never tried yoga before. This yoga session will give participants a chance to gather together and share the experience of balance, exercise and quiet restfulness. “Yoga in the Park,” is an opportunity to connect with others and with the land under our feet.

See the “Yoga in the Park” Facebook page here.  Count me in!

Reception-hopping opportunity downtown this Friday!

The next Positively!Pottstown Happy Hour is happening this Friday night from 5-7 pm at the SCORE office in the New York Plaza building at 238-244 E. High Street in downtown Pottstown. Come out for casual networking, food by Bause-Landry Catering of Pottstown and complimentary beverages – all for just $5. Join SCORE as it celebrates 20 years in Pottstown, and you can also tour the first and second floors of this historic Pottstown landmark. Free parking is available at the rear of the building; the entrance is there too. RSVP to positivelypottstown@gmail.com ASAP.

Afterwards, head over to The Gallery on Highat 254 E. High Street for the opening of a brand new solo show – Fairy Tales Do Come True – by the artist DiGi. The reception there is running from 5-8 pm and it’s free and open to the public. Please RSVP by calling 610-326-2506.

DiGi’s show will run from September 16 through October 8, 2011. The show can also be viewed during the Gallery’s normal business hours: Tuesday through Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm. The Gallery is closed Sundays and Mondays.

DiGi has an eclectic and accomplished background in a variety of fields. She has a Bachelor of Science in Economics/Finance and has acquired many computer graphics and foreign language certificates. She was a member of the United States Army Reserve where she acted as a Russian interrogator. She currently works for Vertis Communications in computer graphics as a premedia specialist primarily working as a Photoshop retoucher and color corrections expert. She splits her spare time creating works of art and teaching Middle Eastern Dance at local high schools and the Freedom Valley YMCA.

She has traveled the United States, Europe and Russia extensively, providing much inspiration for her work. She enjoys working in mixed media, including watercolor, colored inks, colored pencil, Russian lacquer style art, bead embroidery, bead weaving and tapestries. Her works have won many Best of Show and First Place awards, including Grand Prize for her hand-painted ornaments at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington, D.C., where they were exhibited during the Christmas season. Her works have been featured in major periodicals such as Family Circle, Delaware Today, ArtSpeak, and many other local publications.

The Gallery School of Pottstown
@Gallery on High

254 E. High St.
Pottstown, PA 19464

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