Trinity Reformed Church shines light on hunger

Trinity Reformed Church of the United Church of Christ in Pottstown recently collected 859 items of food, weighing in at 862 pounds for the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities. Groups within the church held a friendly competition to see who could collect the most food. It was part of the United Church of Christ’s national campaign Mission: 1 which brings attention to hunger locally and globally. Members of the congregation also collected money for national and global food programs and wrote letters to Congress.

For more information about Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ and their programs, contact:
Rev. Lisa Martin
Trinity Reformed United Church of Christ
60 N. Hanover St.
Pottstown, PA 19464
610-326-2243

It’s nutroll time again at Holy Trinity!

It’s that deliciously special time of year for nutroll, poppyseed roll, and apricot roll! The Slovak American Women’s Guild at Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church in Pottstown’s South End is rolling out the dough, spreading the filling and baking up a storm in the church basement as I type this. I had a chance to try my hand in the kitchen yesterday and am looking forward to joining in more fully next year. The sweet and flaky outcome is surpassed only by the quiet camaraderie in the kitchen. Thank you to Bonnie Stankunas and the other women who welcomed me into the fold!

Here are the details on the sale: It’s this Sunday, November 20th before and after 10 a.m. Mass. Sales start at 9 a.m. and will go until the start of Mass, and then pick up again around 10:45. These rolls are all handmade; there’s just 300 of them, so get there early to purchase yours — a wonderful holiday treat at just $10 per roll. Yum!

Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church is located on South Street between Franklin and Evans Streets.

Meet Byers’ Choice Artist Joyce Byers Sunday at MCCC Gallery in Pottstown

 A heartwarming holiday exhibit that features handmade Christmas Carolers designed by Joyce Byers of Byers’ Choice Ltd., the internationally-known collectible figurine business located in Chalfont, has opened in Montgomery County Community College‘s North Hall Art Gallery, 16 High St., Pottstown.

A “Meet the Artist” afternoon reception with Byers is planned for tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. Christmas Caroler figures are displayed throughout the gallery in vignettes that include Victorian themes as well as telling the story of Scrooge and The Twelve Days of Christmas. Each unique figure is created with an upturned face – mouth open in song.

The exhibit, “Handcrafting Christmas Tradition In Our Community,” continues through Dec. 16 during regular gallery hours, Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The gallery is closed weekends, except for Nov. 13. Both the exhibit and receptions are free and open to the public.

For more information about the exhibit, call Montgomery County Community College Galleries Director Holly Cairns at 215-619-7349.

MOSAIC Community Land Trust reception this Saturday

Please join the MOSAIC Community Land Trust for a FREE reception this Saturday, November 12 from 7-9 pm as they thank their Community Garden volunteers and welcome guests to their office and gallery located at 10 South Hanover Street, Pottstown, Pennsylvania, across from the Brick House restaurant.

Exhibiting artists are Raun Kercher and Lev Ritvalsky. 

MOSAIC will also be unveiling its new logo, which was designed by Raun.

For more information on MOSAIC Community Land Trust, please visit and subscribe to the blog here or become a friend on Facebook. Pottstown is on the brink of revitalization, and MOSAIC is a part of that. You can learn about other events, how to get involved, and follow the development of the community garden at 423 Chestnut Street by getting connected.

Raun Kercher

“Raun Kercher’s artwork covers a history of American music from the genres of both American Blues and Jazz. The artwork tells a history while capturing emotions expressed in music.”

Read a previous review of Raun Kercher’s Exhibition here, or visit his website

Let Ritvalsky
“My art, regardless of the medium I’m using, is simply an end result of whatever happiness runs from my brain through my hands to my tools each day that I work. This talent brings great energy to my life and I am honored to have it. My art isn’t about making a statement, unless that statement is to bring a smile to someone when they see my work.”

RSVP now for Friday happy hour!

The next Positively!Pottstown Happy Hour is taking place this Friday, Nov. 11 from 5-7 pm at the Milkman Lunch Co. & Cake Shoppe at 451 N. Charlotte Street. Our hosts are owners Sam Rhame and Chris Longeway.

In case you haven’t been to their shoppe or had one of their melt-in-your-mouth delectable cupcakes, these guys are putting Pottstown on the map for their gorgeous artistry with fondant. Plus they have cheery messages on the blackboard outside their shoppe every day. They are spreading love, happiness and inner peace through cake, which – if you think about it – could do a lot for world peace, too. 

Join us this Friday afternoon and see for yourself!

RSVP to positivelypottstown@gmail.com

LointerHOME’s latest restoration: 426 King Street, Pottstown

 Last week I was thrilled to attend LointerHOME‘s open house at 426 King Street to see how Amanda and Cristian DeSeta have returned this stunning Victorian to its original grandeur and added the  modern amenities that today’s homebuyers are looking for. Like their previous Pottstown projects on King Street and at 467 Farmington Avenue, they have once again used quality craftsmanship and an attention to detail that brings out the best of the old and new.

Here are the particulars: 111 years young, almost 4000 sq ft, 4 bedrooms, 2 full, 2 powder baths, original hardwood floors and all new appliances, with an asking price of $168,512. The sellers are offering 3% seller’s assist, paying closing costs, a 1-year home warranty, and inspections to be completed before an offer is made – all this to allow a stress-free purchase.

Work has already begun on 424 King Street, where the DeSetas will locate their headquarters. LointerHOME has ongoing restoration projects in Florida and California.

If you would like more information or to schedule a visit to 426 King Street, contact the listing agent, Lori Vanderbilt at Coldwell Banker Hearthside.

Lori Vanderbilt
lorivanderbilt@aol.com
direct: 610.489.7700
cell: 484.889.6234

The beautiful photos here were taken by Betsy Barron Fine Photography.

Party at the library on a Saturday night? Strange, but true!

Are your Saturday evening plans still up in the air? Come out and enjoy “Wines of the Southern Hemisphere” in a fundraiser taking place tonight, November 5th from 6:30-9 pm at the Pottstown Regional Public Library at 500 E. High Street. Tickets are $40 per person.

Not only will you be helping the library to continue its comprehensive programming for children, teens and adults, but you’ll get to learn more about wines from Dean and Lisa Foster of Vintage Connections. There will be food by chef Jerry DeLena and music by classical guitarist Dillon Taylor.

As a reader and a writer, I think stories and story-telling are fundamental to who we are as human beings, how we try to make sense of the world. On the most basic level, this is what public libraries are all about – making our history and stories accessible to all, letting us hear all the voices that have something to say.

I hope to see you there!

500 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464

610 970 6551; ppl.mclinc.org

Squeeze in a visit to a park before the sun goes down!

Monacacy Hill Rec Area

It is an absolutely gorgeous day! If you’re reading this, you’re missing an incredible opportunity to enjoy one of the area’s many fabulous parks, playgrounds and trails before the next hurricane or snowstorm hits!

Please visit our Parks & Rec page to see where all the parks are in Pottstown and the surrounding area.

Last fall, Rosemary Keane and I visited all of them and blogged about them for the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation. We found so many gems, and trust that you and your family have, too. These pages have gotten lots of hits over the past year, and we encourage you to keep checking them out and discovering the great outdoor resources that our section of southeastern Pennsylvania has to offer.

PAID hires Steven Bamford as executive director

Earlier today an article in The Mercury‘s online business section announced the hiring of Steven Bamford by PAID, Inc. to serve as the first executive director of the revamped economic development entity responsible for Pottstown’s revitalization. Roy’s Rants writes that Mr. Bamford’s first day will be November 10th. Mr. Bamford brings more than 20 years of economic development experience to the position. There is much work to be done, and it’s a relief and very welcome news to hear that Pottstown has got someone with his credentials working on its behalf.  Welcome aboard!

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