Relay for Life and Bark for Life events on tap for spring

Grace Lutheran Church in Pottstown is having a spring craft show to benefit their Relay for Life team. Here are the details:

Craft Show & Bake Sale
Saturday, March 24, 2012
from 9am – 2pm at
Grace Lutheran Church
660 N. Charlotte Street
Pottstown, PA 19464
*Bake sale and food proceeds to benefit Relay for Life*

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tara by email ( or by phone at 610-326-2682.

I know I don’t usually post events from outside of Pottstown, but at least in this case, I’m making an exception for the Relay and American Cancer Society events.

Kristin Quigley, Publicity Co-Chair Relay For Life of Boyertown (610-845-7575) sends along news of these upcoming events:

Dining for a Cure: Thursday, March 22, 2012 from 4:30-8pm at the Pit Stop, 961 North Reading Ave, Boyertown, PA 19512

10% of the evenings sales will go towards the Relay For Life of Boyertown. When you, your friends, neighbors, etc., enter the restaurant, mention your team or your favorite team’s name and a portion of the donations will be credited to that team.  Chances will be sold to win a Longaberger basket.  There will also be 50/50 drawings throughout the evening.

All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast: Saturday, March 31, 2012 from 7-11am at the Main Street Pub, 505 Main Street, Bally, PA 19503

Come enjoy our All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast Buffet including Pancakes (Tradition, Banana, Chocolate Chip), Gluten-free Pancakes, Sausage Patties, Scrapple, Grilled Sticky Buns, Juices, Milks, Coffee, Tea and Hot Chocolate.

Cost – $8.00 adults, Children under 12 and Cancer Survivors $5.00, under 5 FREE.


American Cancer Society Bark for Life

Bunny Trails & Puppy Tails is back!!

Calling All Canines! Hop over to Coventry Animal Hospital

Saturday, March 24th from 1-4pm

Dog photos with the Easter Bunny!

 $10 ACS Donation; Two or More Dogs in the Same Photo- $15

We are gearing up for Super Bark Weekend. Please join us on April 14th as we gather at Limerick Community Park for Pottstown’s 6th annual American Cancer Society BARK FOR LIFE. Registration for this event begins at 8:30am. Opening Ceremonies will be at 10:00am, followed by a 1 mile walk. Plan to stay after the walk for lots of fun and activities- games and contests for dogs, games for children, food, family pictures, caricatures, canine massages and so much more!

We are collecting items- food, treats, towels, blankets & other necessities- for local rescues & shelters in attendance on April 14th! Please bring an item to fill our doghouse! Let’s help our fellow canines!

Super Bark Weekend continues on Sunday, April 15th. Schutzhund Olympics will be held at Pet Food Direct in Harleysville from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. Please come to the Upper Bucks Schutzhund Club’s 3rd Annual Schutzhund Olympics. Your dog does not have to be an experienced Schutzhund dog to attend this fun event, so come on out to compete or come watch some high level dogs compete. Contact Cheryl J. Moriarity- for more information or to request an entry form

For more information on ACS Bark For Life: contact Sue or Angie


  Sue & Charlie (woof!) Dudek  or  610-608-6240
                               Bark For Life 

The ACS is the Official Sponsor of Birthdays!

Join us for the 2012 Bark For Life…each Pup gets us closer to a world with MORE BIRTHDAYS!


What do today’s Happy Hour, Food Drive & DECA all have in common?

The answer is simple: bringing people together.

Today’s Happy Hour is from 5-7 pm at Rich Ranieri’s Flooring and Carpeting at 218 E. High Street. Check out what this 30-year-old business has to offer in the way of quality flooring and paints! But before you head out the door, or while you’re on the way over, please consider picking up a jar of peanut butter, a can of tuna, a box of cereal, a canned good, or a bottle of laundry detergent for the “Fill the Media Lab” food drive, spearheaded by The Mercury, and being supported by the entire region. There will be a collection box at the Happy Hour for your items. Let’s make a decent showing!

Now, you might be wondering: What does this have to do with DECA? You might also be wondering: What the heck is DECA?? Evan Brandt’s blog post this morning at his awesome blog, Digital Notebook, will give you that answer. Lindsey Havyer, a Pottstown High School student, placed 6th in the 61st Annual State Career Development Conference held recently in Hershey. Her winning project was a community service project, where she organized a group of students to clean up downtown Pottstown on weekends between May and July 2011. Her strong finish earned her a chance to compete at the national competition in Utah this spring. But she needs $1200 to get there. She’s already cutting costs by traveling with a team from Pottsgrove.

Because Lindsey brought her classmates together in service to their town, the Pottstown Downtown District Authority (PDIDA) is taking up a collection from the downtown merchants so they can give back, not only to Lindsey, but to future students who focus their efforts on the downtown. PDIDA would like to establish an annual scholarship that recognizes those students.

What does this have to do with today’s Happy Hour? Because I got an awesome deal on the food for today’s event from Craig and Susan Bolinger of The Ice House, Positively Pottstown will be donating the difference to PDIDA to support Lindsey, who must raise her travel funds by March 28th. Donations can also be sent to the PDIDA Office at 17 N Hanover St. There’s no time to waste!

So… in addition to collecting food items for the food drive, we’ll also take donations for Lindsey Havyer’s travel fund. 

Thanks to everyone in advance for coming together to support each other and what’s best about our community. All of this, by the way, is a perfect example of the spirit of the Buy Local philosophy of our very own local radio station, WBZH, The Buzz, 1370 AM. More on that in an upcoming post… stay tuned!

* From Evan’s Digital Notebook: “If in the midst of this, you’ve been asking yourself, “just what the heck is DECA anyway?” You’re not alone.

It is apparently an acronym for  Distributive Education Clubs of America, although finding that information on the organization’s web site proved nigh impossible (thank you Google).”

Thank you, Evan!


FREE faculty music recital this Sunday evening at Tri-PAC


If you’re a music lover with eclectic tastes, we know where you should be at 7 PM on Sunday, March 18 – the Tri-County Performing Arts Center at 245 E. High Street in Pottstown!  That’s when the teachers who offer private lessons year-round at the Tri-PAC hold their annual Faculty Recital.  It’s a high-quality musical potluck, and admission is FREE (but of course donations are welcome).  Opera, Pop, Classical, Jazz, and instrumentals all are on tap.  Laugh, sigh, clap and be enthralled with the virtuosity!   It’s all in the intimate Newberry Loft setting, so arrive early – there is limited unreserved seating. 

Lillian Hellman’s Toys in the Attic now showing at Tri-PAC

Please check out the Tri-PAC‘s press release below regarding their current show, Toys in the Attic, written by Lillian Hellman. (Photos courtesy of Tri-PAC.)

We just observed International Women’s Day on March 8.  On that day, Lillian Hellman’s exquisitely written drama, Toys in the Attic, opened at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center is located at 245 E. High Street in Pottstown.  Many readers perhaps haven’t heard of this award-winner (New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best Play).  That could be because Toys isn’t performed often (it really challenges actors).  Or maybe it’s because Hellman has been described as “America’s most significant woman playwright of the twentieth century.”  What if, instead, Hellman were described as one of America’s most significant playwrights, period?  Would we be seeing more of her plays more often?

Critics debate whether Hellman should be considered in the same breath as Arthur Miller or Tennessee Williams.  Also debated is the position of Toys in the Attic in the Hellman universe.  Many critics consider it her best.  When it was revived by New York’s Pearl Theater in 2007, its director, Austin Pendleton, who knew Hellman, described Toys to The New York Times as his favorite among her plays, comparing it to Chekhov. “It’s the most personal, very mysterious and very charged. And it has some of the most extraordinary language I’ve ever heard onstage,” Pendleton said.

The Little Foxes, considered Hellman’s most popular play, was performed 410 times in its original Broadway run.  Through 1960-1961, Toys in the Attic, originally starring Jason Robards, Maureen Stapleton, Anne Revere and Irene Worth, played 456 times.  Reviews at the time reflected diversity of opinion.  Two legendary reviewers:

“…not the greatest play in the world, it is head and shoulders above the level of the season, and it provides opportunities for some extraordinary acting.”  Brooks Atkinson, The New York Times

Toys in the Attic binds us to it, with a cold, serpentine grace that is born of a clear head, a level eye, and a fierce respect for the unchanging color of the precisely used word.”  Walter Kerr, The New York Herald Tribune

The cast for this production includes Andrea Frassoni (Carrie), Leena Devlin (Anna), John Jerbasi (Julian), Elise D’Alleva (Lily), Deborah Snow (Albertine), Jabbar Wright (Gus), Lee Leagiton (Henry), Philip Seader (Taxi Driver and Delivery Man), Carl Durr (Delivery Man).

Performances at the Tri-PAC run Thursdays at 7:30 PM, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 PM, and Sundays 3 PM through March 25th.  Ticket prices range from $13 to $21 depending on showtime and age.  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.  PARENTAL GUIDANCE IS SUGGESTED FOR THIS SHOW.

There is plenty of excitement ahead, with “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.

Soroptimists of Pottstown bring Ceili Rain to Sunnybrook for St. Patrick’s Day

Are your St. Patrick’s Day plans still up in the air? The Soroptimist International of Pottstown is presenting an Irish Extravaganza this Saturday, March 17th at Sunnybrook Ballroom beginning at 7 pm. The evening will feature dancing, dancers, a 50/50, music, and food as well as the sounds of Ceili Rain. Their website describes their music as: “an original, innovative blend of pop-rock music with a dash of Celtic/Irish flavor and a subtle, but sincere, uplifting/joyful message.”

 If you’re wondering how to pronounce their name and what it means, this is also from their website: “Ceili” is pronounced Kay-lee, and it means “party,” specifically with music, dancing and merriment. It’s also a Latin form of the word for “heaven.” Put together with “Rain,” it is a “downpour of heavenly partiness.” You gotta love that!

(Photo from Ceili Rain website.)

Details: All are welcome!! Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 North Sunnybrook Rd. Pottstown, PA 19464. Ticket Price: 25.00 For Tickets or Information Call: Butsy McElroy (610) 323-3230 Tickets also available at: Warrick Jewelers, 251 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464 (610) 323-4493 Bookkeeping Services LLC, 228 E. High St. Suite 200, Pottstown, PA 19464 (610) 323-3230

Computer glitches and catching up

It’s been kinda hard to blog lately. My laptop is in the shop for an overhaul after a virus put some major systems in a closed and impenetrable loop. (I’m typing this on a netbook, squinting at the screen, trying to keep my fingers from tripping over each other.) The good news is that it’s on the mend and I should be re-united with it before the end of the day.

On top of that, though, I’ve been inundated with requests to post the news of community groups, local businesses, churches, nonprofits, and arts organizations. There is so much good news and fun stuff to do around here that I am actually being overwhelmed by it; I’m just one person doing this in my “spare” time, while juggling several other activities and life itself. Of course, all the good news is not a bad thing! Except that it is frustrating not getting the info out in a timely way. This morning I sent out a post about a Motown Review on March 24th and then was notified by a reader that it had been cancelled. I don’t ever want to create confusion for the readers of Positively Pottstown!

I will now try to pull a “Roy”* and get a lot of info out in the next hour or so. I may never be  truly “caught up,” but I’m going to give it a try! Thanks for hanging in there.

* This is my shout-out to Roy Keeler of Roy’s Rants and Progress Pennsylvania. He often sends out his blog posts in a flurry; he just keeps pumping the information out there.

Arts scene in downtown Pottstown this weekend

The arts scene in downtown Pottstown is blossoming, and you’ve got your pick this weekend.

Get your tickets now for Toys in the Attic at the Tri-County Performing Arts Center at 245 High Street. The show opened last night and will run Thursdays through Sundays until March 25th.  Toys in the Attic is an award-winning drama from the brilliant and tempestuous Lillian Hellman.  Written in 1960, it unfolds like it’s today with explorations of greed, envy, economic struggle, deceit and so many skeletons in the closet. This is a chance to see a live performance where the actors say one thing, mean something else, and yet make the difference clear to the audience. Toys in the Attic will play in the Tri-PAC’s black box theater; to add even more intensity, it istaged in-the-round, practically bringing the audience into the living room of this family. For tickets, visit  Or call 610.970.1199. Student, Senior discounts available. Groups welcome and there are discounts for 10 or more tickets.  Need help arranging your group visit?  Give them a call!

Local and international pop artist James Enders has got a spring exhibition, Once Upon a Time, at Juan Carlos Fine Mexican Cuisine this Saturday at 6 pm. Enjoy free food and drinks, check out the work of this local artist, see and be seen! Juan Carlos is at 235 East High Street, just a few doors away from the TriPAC. Why not check out James’ show before going to see Toys in the Attic?

Also downtown on Saturday night is the opening reception for photographer Karl McWherter‘s exhibit at MOSAIC Community Land Trust‘s gallery at 10 S. Hanover Street. This reception coincides with MOSAIC’s Open Mic from 7-11 pm. Stop by to meet Karl and check out his haunting images, splashed with color, of an abandoned school in Philadelphia. Also, if you’re a writer, poet, musician, singer, juggler or whatever, come perform for friends. I’ll be there to read from my memoir-in-progress. Participants have up to 20 minutes to do their thing. The last event drew 40 people. This is your chance to take center stage!

This Sunday, March 11 at 4 pm you can hear CANTATICA, a professional chamber ensemble that is the artist in residence at Emmanuel Lutheran church at 150 N. Hanover Street in Pottstown. On March 11th they will be presenting CABARET SONGS: CLASSICAL AND CLASSIC.,  TICKETS are available at the door. They are $12 Adults – $10 Seniors – $8 Students


For INFORMTATION/RESERVATIONS email or  call 484-951-5113


Gallery School needs your online vote!

Dear friends,

The Gallery School of Pottstown and The Pottstown Memorial Regional Cancer Center, a division of Fox Chase Cancer Center, have applied for a grant from the LiveStrong Foundation to expand their Healing Arts program. THEY NEED YOUR VOTE TO GET THE FUNDS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

The Gallery School has teamed up with The Pottstown Memorial Regional Cancer Center to offer a Healing Arts Program that uses different art forms, group discussions, and creative workshops to help patients explore the person they want to be or used to be in the context of their cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. The Artist in Residence program will expand on what is currently being offered and would improve patient perception of their own well-being. But they need your vote. It’s easy to do.

Online voting began on March 7th and runs through March 23rd. Just as the Pottstown area kicks cancer’s butt in fundraising for Relay for Life, let’s rally for this Healing Arts Program, lead the way, and click away. That’s all it takes – a few clicks – to cast your vote.

Here’s the link:

Please don’t hesitate to forward this to spread the word, and thank you in advance for supporting the healing power of the arts for those who are battling cancer in our community.

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