The Gallery on High is collecting recyclables for spring art show!

In preparation for their spring recycled art show, The Gallery on High is collecting recyclables. Here’s what they’re looking for:

Sunday newspaper coupon inserts (can be expired)
Gallon and half gallon plastic milk jugs
Plastic liquid laundry detergent bottles 
2 liter plastic soda bottles
Plastic shopping bags (colored bags preferred, i.e. blue, yellow, green)
Soda can and soup can pop tabs
Paper towel and toilet paper tubes
Old board games, especially Scrabble (missing pieces OK)
Old/broken/unwanted jewelry
Old t-shirts (all colors and sizes) 

You can drop off these items during their regular business hours: Tues-Friday from 10am to 4:30pm and Saturday from 10am to 3pm.

*Please make sure each item is rinsed and cleaned of its original contents. 

Thank you!


“Love Letters,” a play and benefit for Pottstown Elks

When the news of this play came through, I pulled my copy off the shelf and re-read it, and it is such a delight and tragic at the same time. There are two characters – Melissa and Andy – and the entire course of their relationship is told in letters that they write to one another over the years, beginning in childhood. The letters are meant to be read from one character to the other, and the set is simple. This is an excellent choice by John and Nancy Dolan for Valentine’s Day! Why not plan to make a date night of it and support the Elks at the same time?
Love Letters
John and Nancy Dolan
to benefit
61 High Street
Saturday  –  February 11, 2012  –  8:00 p.m.  –  $22.00
Reservations:  610-326-3258
Complimentary coffee and dessert at Intermission
 Produced by special arrangement with
Dramitists Play Service, Inc. 

Great Classes Scheduled to Start at The Gallery School in February

The Gallery School of Pottstown has some great classes scheduled to start at the beginning of February – that’s next week! (Where is time flying to??)

Check out the details below on the classes. Students can register online at, over the phone at 610-326-2506, or in person at 254 E. High St. Remember classes must meet minimum enrollments in order to run. Don’t miss out—register today!

CRAFTY KIDS (ages 7-12) with Julie Tonnessen
Students will explore the three-dimensional and crafty arts in this fun 12 week class. We will work with a wide variety of mediums including mosaics, glass fusing, paper crafting, beads and more. Minimum 4 students. All supplies included. WINTER/SPRING SESSION begins Wednesday, February 1 and runs from 4:30-6pm for 12 weeks.  $150 (members), $165 (non-members).

DRAW & PAINT STUDIO with Mary Ellen Christ
Beginner through advanced students will work in various media to develop their skills in drawing and painting. Each week students will work from various studio still-life arrangements. Students are encouraged to apply different painting techniques ranging from short studies to a finished painting. Students will need to bring their own supplies. Supplies can also be purchased the first day of class. WINTER/SPRING SESSION begins February 7. Class runs Tuesdays from 9:30am-noon for 10 weeks.  $150 (members), $170 (non-members).

Students will learn the basics of wedging, centering, raising and shaping as well as slab-rolling and hand-building. Students will receive individual instruction based on their skill level. This class is limited to 10 students. Cost includes: 25lb bag of white clay, 1 bisque firing and 1 glaze firing, and all glazes. WINTER/SPRING SESSION begins February 4. Class runs Saturdays from 1-3pm for 8 weeks  $180 (member), $200 (non-member).

MOSAICS with Amy Bruckner
Learn the indirect method of creating beautiful mosaics with vitreous glass.  Make an 8 inch by 10 inch mosaic suitable for framing in a standard size frame.  This class is good for beginners and for those with some experience as well. There is a $10 materials fee, payable to your instructor at the first class.  On class days that run from 10am-3pm, we will take a  half hour lunch break. Minimum 4 students. WINTER/SPRING SESSION  Class runs Saturday, February 11 and 18 from 10am-3pm and Saturday, February 25 from 10am-1pm. $110 + supply fee (member), $120 + supply fee (non-member).

Students will learn the basics of making fused glass jewelry. We will make three dichroic glass pendants using three different fusing processes. This is a great class for jewelry makers who want to enhance their design with one-of-a-kind pendants. It is also a great introduction to the fun world of fused glass. There is a $40 fee for supplies and firing, payable to the instructor. WINTER/SPRING SESSION Thursday, February 16 from 6-9pm. $55 + supply fee (member), $60 + supply fee (non-member).

 The Gallery School of Pottstown

@ Gallery on High

254 E High Street

Pottstown PA 19464


Where creativity is sparked, self-confidence built and friendships made


Juan Carlos dinner specials and don’t forget Sunday brunch!

This weekend Juan Carlos is featuring some truly special dishes in addition to their regular menu. Also, don’t forget that Juan Carlos is open for Sunday Brunch between 9am and 1pm! Juan Carlos is a BYOB restaurant located at 235 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. Their number is 484/624-4931. Visit them on the web at



*Fried calamari a la Mexicana – lightly fried calamari served with a traditional ranchero sauce (mild to spicy), lime wedges and pico de gallo. $12-

*Chorizo Quesadilla– A large flour tortilla stuffed with chorizo, grilled peppers, pico de gallo and mixed Mexican cheeses. $11-


*Fideo de Diablo Brazilian sausage and grilled Mexican shrimp served with an extra virgin olive oil, fresh tomato, spicy Spanish paprika, red pepper flakes, capers, olives and feta cheese; served over pasta.  $18-  (Please advise server on “Heat” preference.)

*Jalisco Style Broiled Flounder– Lightly spiced broiled flounder topped with our traditional tomatillo sauce, cilantro, lime wedge and pico de gallo.  Served with rice, Cuban style beans and corn tortillas. $16  (Typically this style of fish is eaten in a taco).

SCORE to offer Social Media workshops in March

Pottstown SCORE is currently accepting registrations for its timely workshop series, “Using Social Media to Make Your Business Grow.”  This workshop series will be held at the Tri-County Area Chamber of Commerce Conference Center, 152 E. High Street, Suite 360, Pottstown from 7-9:30 pm on four consecutive Monday evenings in March. Registration begins at 6:45 pm.

Attendees will learn that Social Media is a lot more than Facebook pages and a few Tweets. It’s about understanding the total marketing conversion strategy; the psychological hot buttons of different demographics; how to take on the challenge of integrating social media into an overall marketing strategy; and how to measure its effectiveness.

The workshop series, presented by SCORE, “Counselors to America’s Business” is not only for those who are currently in business, but also for any interested individual who would like to better understand how to use social media more effectively.

The following experts in the field of social media technology and marketing will be presenting the workshops:  Jeff Kofsky, President of Higher Vision Coaching and Consulting; Brian Dainis, President of Curotec, LLC, a web design, marketing and SEO company; Joy Sorrentino, a prominent social media consultant and blogger; Drew Griffin, Founder of Mojo Digital companies, LLC which delivers value through social media, video and mobile marketing; and David Yunghans, the regional development director for Constant Contact.

The workshop sessions are as follows:

March 5—The Secrets of Effective Internet Marketing

March 12—The Power of Social Media

March 19—MobileMarketing

March 26—eMail and Social Media—Are They Married Yet?

The price of each individual workshop is $40, and there is a special package price of $140 for the entire 4 sessions.  Additionally, there is a 50% discount for another person from the same company attending.  Since this is such a timely topic, it is anticipated that classes will fill up early.  To guarantee a seat, please pre-register online at or phone the SCORE office at 610-327-2673.

The SCORE workshop instructors welcome your questions and are anxious to help you get started on a successful social media marketing strategy which will grow your business.



Goldilocks and the Down Home Bears at Tri-PAC this weekend only!

Some bears hibernate for the winter, but not the bears at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 E. High Street, Pottstown!  They’re singin’ and dancin’ in the foot-stomping musical GOLDILOCKS AND THE DOWN HOME BEARS!  There are only three performances of this musical, Saturday January 28th and Sunday January 29th, so get your tickets now while there is still time!

Come down to the holler to meet Goldie (Goldilocks) who is just about to celebrate the birthday that will make her a teenager. And what does she do? She runs away from her home and her strict parents, only to find the country cottage of the most fun lovin’, partyin’ three bears you ever did see.  A down home musical for the entire family (especially for ages 5 – 12), GOLDILOCKS AND THE DOWNHOME BEARS celebrates family and friendships, and the joys and challenges of growing up for both kids AND parents!

The book and music was written by Neal and Karen Newman.  The cast includes Maddie Aicher, Joseph Ciresi, Rachel Julian, Lindsay Lohr, Deedee Mann, Allen Puy, AJ Sermarini, Jordan Shoemaker, Rebecca Shoemaker, Eric Thompson, and Paulina Wozniak.

This production is available for school groups and organizations at the Tri-PAC or off-site from February through May.  It is a great way to bring a fun, educational offering to your school or club.  Contact Education Director Steve Reazor at for more information on how take advantage of this show.

There will matinee performances on Saturday, January 28th at 11 AM and 3 PM, and again on Sunday, January 29th at 3 PM only.  Tickets are $17 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $13 for children 12 and under.  Tickets may be purchased at, or at the door the night of the show if available.  As always, there are discounts for groups of 10 or more.  Check our website, or call the theater at 610-970-1199 for more information.

There is plenty of excitement ahead, with “Ain’t Misbehavin”, “Toys In The Attic”, “Farragut North”, performances by the Melange Contemporary Dance Company and the Senior Follies, all leading up to our June musical “Hairspray”.  There’s something for everyone at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center!

Village Productions is a dynamic performing arts organization founded in 2001 by a dedicated team of performing artists, arts educators, and area residents who dreamed of creating new and highly accessible performing arts opportunities for the community.  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.  You may contact Village Productions through their website at, or by telephone at 610-970-1199.

PDIDA holding meeting tonight for downtown merchants – please attend, if you can!

AGENDA for Merchant Meeting

January 24, 2012

6 pm

Borough Hall

INTRODUCTION – Sheila Dugan PDIDA Chairman

Board Members – Steve Bamford – Council Members – Jason Bobst – Each Merchant – Visitors

Sheila Dugan – Recap 2011

  • Board Reorganization
  • Super Sundays – Small successes – change of day was suggested
  • Hometown Holidays – Small but profitable – Ads – Stores staying OPEN – Flash Mob Shoppers
  • Goals for 2012 – Bigger Events / Not necessarily More Events That will bring people downtown

*Meeting with Jason , Parks N Rec, PACA, Carousel to join in this mission

  • Cleaner Downtown
  • Targeting New Businesses for the Downtown
  • More Marketing of the Downtown as well as Events

*All of this requires help – Please join in the efforts!

Susan Storb – Financials

  • We have reduced administrative costs by more than 50%
  • More Assessment revenues for Events and Marketing
  • Timely Payments are important – there are still a couple of outstanding invoices for the coloring book

Andrew Monastra – Façade Loans and Assessment Payments

Cindy Brower – Events / Committees Formed

Motorcycles – Gospel Riders – April 28th looking for Rain date on 29th – A Sunday

Creating a yearly calendar of events – We need your ideas

Car Shows


John Armato  – Communications

Monthly PDIDA Corner – both in the Mercury and On Line

Ben Moscia – Clean Up – Our Responsability

County Community Service People

Snow Removal

Littering Laws

 Merchant Discussion

What are your issues and concerns?

What are your suggestions going forward?

How would you like to get involved?

Mosaic Community Land Trust holding Open Mic tomorrow night

Mosaic Community Land Trust is holding an Open Mic Night tomorrow, Saturday, January 21 from 7-11 pm at their office and gallery at 10 South Hanover Street, Pottstown, PA.

I expect to be reading a memoir/essay that involves Funky Lil Kitchen, Princess Di, a dust rag, and the first love of my life. Oh, yes. I will do it. Come watch the magic unfold or, better yet, sign up to pull off your own magic.

If you’re planning to perform music, read, or recite poetry, please arrive at 6:30 pm to register. Each performer will have 20 minutes. Any questions, contact Alan Sellers at 267-244-3195 or


Open Hearth Dessert Demonstration at Pottsgrove Manor this Saturday – Yum!

This Saturday, January 21st from 11:00am to 3:00pm at Pottsgrove Manor, visitors can see what’s cooking in the colonial kitchen with the program “A Distillation of Desserts.”

This open-hearth cooking demonstration will feature Pottsgrove Manor’s historic cooks preparing authentic 18th century recipes for sweets and treats made with a variety of libations. This program wraps up the exhibit “Spirituous Liquors and Healthful Distillations: Alcohol in Colonial America.” Visitors can take a tour of the exhibit during their visit; this will be one of the last opportunities to see the exhibit before it closes on January 29th.

Regular museum hours are: Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. & Sunday, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Tours are given on the hour; last tour of the day begins as 3:00 p.m. Groups of 10 or more should pre-register by calling 610.326.4014.

Pottsgrove Manor, home of John Potts, colonial ironmaster and founder of Pottstown, is located at 100 West King Street near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania.  Pottsgrove Manor is operated by Montgomery County under the direction of the Parks and Heritage Services Department.

For more information and a full calendar of events, visit them on the web at

Pottstown middle school student starts career as sports announcer

Here’s a great story showing how PCTV and Pottstown School District are teaming up to provide career guidance and real-world  experience for Pottstown students.

For Immediate Release

Contact: John J. Armato, CAA, Director of Community Relations, 610-323-6274, cell #484-256-7491 or


Pottstown Middle School Student Starts Career as Sports Announcer

Kyle Hendley, an eighth grade student at Pottstown Middle School, is well on his way to starting a career as a TV sports announcer.  He recently completed a semester internship in the Pottstown Middle School Career Shadowing Program.  He was partnered with PCTV Sports Announcer and Pottstown Middle School teacher Mr. Bernie Gallagher.  Kyle has expressed an interest in perhaps becoming a TV sports broadcaster.  He was able to be in the TV booth for many local football games.  He learned the ins and outs of broadcasting with Mr. Gallagher.  Some of his responsibilities included gathering statistics, assisting with the slow-motioned instant replays, and reverse angle camera shots.

Mr. Gallagher observed that “Kyle did a fabulous job helping with our crew and brought positive energy to our weekly TV shows.  He is a natural, the quintessential sports fan!”

“I think that I learned a great deal through the Career Shadowing Program and it certainly opened my eyes to what goes on behind the scenes of a TV production,” explained Hendley.

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