Weitzenkorn’s “Buy 1 Get 1 Free” Sale runs today through Feb. 2nd

I apologize for being kind of quiet these days. I’m working on a book called “Legendary Locals of Pottstown, PA” for Arcadia Publishing, and my deadline is looming… But I just had to share this news about Weitzenkorn’s “Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sale.”

Marc Weitzenkorn. (Photo by Ed Berger.)
Marc Weitzenkorn. (Photo by Ed Berger.)

Weitzenkorn’s is a fine menswear store with a Big & Tall section at 145 E. High Street in downtown Pottstown. It’s been there since 1864. That’s when Abraham Lincoln was president. Run by the same family. They know their stuff. They can help fit you, or help you pick the right fit for whoever you’re shopping for. They are, quite simply, a real class act. And they are most certainly Legendary Locals.

A deal like this can’t be beat: Buy one item and get any other item of equal or lesser value for free. It doesn’t have to be two of the same item. So get over there on your lunch break or take off work early to see what they’ve got and snatch up some really fine duds for you or the special man – or men! – in your life.


Monday 9:30-7:00
Tue,Wed,Thur 9:30-5:30
Friday 9:30-9:00
Saturday 9:30-5:30



Free Money Management Classes Offered in Pottstown

Are You Making the Most of Your Money?

Free Classes Offered in Pottstown

When you were in high school, there were classes in History, English, Math and Science but they never covered how to maximize your resources. What are the best ways to budget and to reduce your debts? Learn how to improve your credit scores. Learn about saving for a car, apartment or buying a home. Learn what they never covered and make the most of your money.

Genesis Housing Corporation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit community development corporation, will hold FREE classes on Tuesday evenings, January 29th, February 5th and March 5th from 7:00 to 9:00 PM, at the Mosaic Community Land Trusts Offices, 10 South Hanover Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

The classes are designed to help to:

· Understand Credit — Information on credit scores, improving your scores, re-establishing credit, dealing with debt. Class participants can obtain a free credit report with scores from the three major credit reporting services (Tuesday, January 29, 2013).

· Money Management – Information on preparing realistic budgets that are more than just monthly bills, prioritizing spending in tough times and understanding how current spending impacts your future financial options (Tuesday, February 5, 2013).

· Home Buying Basics — Information the home buying process — finding a realtor, home inspections, Agreements of Sale, mortgages and first-time homebuyer grant programs (Tuesday, March 5, 2013).

Nikki Holcroft, an award winning and certified housing counselor, will teach the classes. Ms. Holcroft has more than twenty-five years experience working as a housing counselor, mortgage banker and community lender. Ms. Holcroft has worked with Genesis Housing Corporation since 2001 and teaches monthly classes on credit, money management and the home buying process. Ms. Holcroft also provides individual housing counseling sessions to help clients achieve their financial goals. Ms. Holcroft has worked with families to restructure their mortgages, avoid foreclosures and reduce their debts.

Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling Genesis Housing Corporation at 610-275-4357 or online at www.genesishousing.org.

The Pottstown classes are funded, in part, by Montgomery County. Additional funding was provided by National Penn Bank.

Genesis Housing Corporation’s housing counseling programs provide free classes and individual counseling helping over 5,800 clients. Monthly classes focus on topics not taught in regular school including understanding credit, credit repair, money management, saving plans, grant programs and understanding the home buying process including selecting a realtor and finding the best mortgage.

Since 1994, Genesis Housing Corporation has served Montgomery County as a 501(c)(3) non-profit community development corporation and is dedicated to the development of affordable housing and educating consumers on housing and financial issues. Genesis Housing Corporation has been certified as a FannieMae Counseling Agency and is approved by PA Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for housing counseling. Genesis Housing Corporation is also an approved agency for many programs including the Montgomery County First-time Home Buyers Program and the Norristown First-time Home Buyers Program.

In addition, Genesis Housing Corporation has developed affordable housing by rehabilitating vacant homes and by building new homes for income eligible homebuyers. Renovated homes are currently available in Norristown and Pottstown. Genesis Housing Corporation also renovates existing owner-occupied homes for eligible families for the Montgomery County Homeowner Rehab Program and the Pottstown Homeowner Rehab Program.

For more information on Genesis Housing Corporation programs, please call 610-275-4357 or visit our web site at http://www.genesishousing.org.

Visit us on Facebook (www.facebook/GenesisHousing)

Emperor’s New Clothes at Steel River this weekend only!

Please scroll all the way down for news of other shows and classes available at Steel River Playhouse, 254 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA.

This Weekend Only – All Matinees!


Saturday, January 19th – 11:00 am & 3:00 pm

Sunday, January 20th – 3:00 pm

This season’s Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA) production is Emperor’sNew Clothes, the witty, whimsical musical rendition of the classic Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, winner of the 2011 National Children’s Theatre Festival Competition. TYA productions are shorter-duration and age-appropriate for elementary school students, but fun for everyone!

Special note for teachers and administrators considering special school-day performances to be scheduled Jan through May: contactwarren@steelriver.org for your complimentary ticket to a public performance Jan 19th or 20th.


Saturday, Jan 19th

11:00 am

3:00 pm

Sunday, Jan 20th

3:00 pm


ADULT: $17

SENIOR (65+): $15


$3 off per ticket for groups of 10 or more!



A Beautiful Play!

INTIMATE APPAREL (award winning play by Lynn Nottage)

Two Weekends Only – February 1st thru 10th

Fridays through Sundays

Directed by Alana Campbell Is there a more apt metaphor for our own dreams and fantasies than intimate apparel? Esther is an illiterate African American seamstress in the early 1900’s New York who enjoys an unusual window into the lives of her clients. While creating exquisite lingerie for socialites and prostitutes alike, she is privy to their most private wishes and disappointments. As Esther observes for one client, “What she got, you want, and what you got, she want.” Esther, however, also must consider her own dreams for love, marriage and a better life. An award-winning period piece which premiered in 2003, the play is full of engaging historical and cultural detail, strong storytelling, and Esther’s inspiring search for love and fulfillment.

INTIMATE APPAREL (play by Lynn Nottage)


Feb 1 & 8

8:00 pm


Feb 2 & 9

8:00 pm


Feb 3 & 10

3:00 pm


ADULT: $19

SENIOR (65+): $17


$3 off per ticket for groups of 10 or more!


It’s Not too Late!


Group Classes

Acting, Comedy Improv, Getting Ready to Sing, Character in Song, and more!

Performance Troupes – Intermission Players, Act I Players and more!

Private Lessons

Voice, Piano, Acting, Guitar, Flute, Trumpet

Audition and Monologue Coaching

For more information, email Steve Reazor, Education Director

steve@steelriver.org or call 610.970.1199

Save the Date – Feb 16!


Saturday February 16th

Bring your sweetheart to this special cabaret presentation with this premiere Philadelphia-based vocal group, featuring Pottstown’s very own Maggie Moliterno Riker–

Includes yummy refreshments.

Save the date – more info coming soon!


245 E. High Street

Pottstown, PA 19464



Soup Bowl Fundraiser Returns to ArtFusion for a Second Year

ArtFusion will be holding a great beat-the-winter-chill fundraiser on Saturday, January 26 from 11am-1pm at their High St. location. The Soup Bowl fundraiser debuted last year and is back due to poplar demand. Lunch includes all you can eat soup, bread, beverages and homemade desserts. Guests can choose their favorite soup—or sample them all. In response to requests from last year’s event, this year soup enthusiasts can also purchase a recipe book so they can make their favorite soups at home.

As a “thank you,” supporters will take home a handcrafted ceramic bowl created by local volunteers of all ages. Each bowl was created though the combined creativity of two different volunteers. One created the ceramic bowl and one decorated it with a one-of-a-kind glaze design.

Tickets are only $15 and all proceeds benefit the local non-profit community art center. Tickets can be purchased online at artfusion19464.org, or at their 254 E. High St. location during regular business hours. There are a limited number of tickets available for this event. ArtFusion request that those interested in attending purchase their tickets in advance.

January 26 will also mark the beginning of an eyeglass collection campaign for the Vietnam Veterans Chapter 565 and the Second Brigade MC Chapter G – PA. There is a great need for magnifiers/cheater eyeglasses in all strengths. Glasses do not need to be new but ArtFusion does ask that they be in good shape (not scratched or broken). The donated glasses will be given directly to veterans. After the fundraiser, eyeglasses can be dropped off at ArtFusion during normal business hours through February 28.

ArtFusion 19464 is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art center located at 254 E. High St. in downtown Pottstown. The school offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages. The goal of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence. ArtFusion’s gallery hosts rotating shows featuring local artists. The gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.

Art show opens at Hill School tonight; Artists Guild meeting next Tuesday

The Hill School will open a new exhibit in their Boyer Gallery today, Friday, Jan. 11, featuring paintings by Roe Murray of West Chester.  The opening reception will be held this evening  from 7 to 9 p.m. The exhibit will run through February 22. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The Boyer Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.More information is available at their website.

Roe Murray is a talented painter and art teacher who resides in nearby West Chester, Pa. Ms. Murray received a degree in art education from Moore College of Art, and has completed graduate courses at Tyler School of Art and Arcadia University; she also holds a teaching certification from Immaculata College. She continues to hone her craft by studying with some of the region’s most prominent artists. You can view some of her work at www.roemurray.com.

This coming Tuesday, January 15th at 7 pm, the Pottstown Area Artists Guild will hold its next meeting. Pottstown area clay artist, Lisa Muller will be presenter this month. Lisa does vibrant hand-cast tiles, murals, as well as hand-built, sculptural pieces. If you’re not familiar with Lisa’s work, there are wonderful pictures on her website http://www.lisamullerstudio.com.

PAAG holds monthly meetings on the third Tuesday of every month at The Hill School Center For The Arts at Beech and Sheridan Streets in Pottstown. The Board meeting is at 6:30 pm and the General meeting is at 7 pm and is free and open to the public.

N-Crowd Brings Improv Comedy to Steel River Playhouse

Comedy is best shared, because laughter is contagious.

N Crowd are short-form improv comedy specialists.  This form really engages audiences who provide ideas throughout the show.  The comedians work audience contributions into on-the-spot sketches.  Bring your friends and help create a great audience!

About N Crowd

Named Best Comedy Club in 2008 and 2010 by City Voters Hot List, N Crowd’s troupe, founded in 2005, performs every Friday at its Philadelphia club.  It has entertained more than 400 audiences in the region, including  three previous shows at Steel River Playhouse and  appearances at Philadelphia Improv Festival, North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, and yearly at the Philly Fringe Festival.  At its weekly shows, and Steel River, N Crowd produces about 80 minutes of completely unscripted comedy.   Every show is different. 

Photo courtesy of Steel River Playhouse
Photo courtesy of Steel River Playhouse

Planning Information
There is one show only!  N Crowd will perform at Steel River Playhouse on Saturday, January 12 at 8PM.  For tickets, http://www.steelriver.org/.

For more information, http://www.phillyncrowd.com. 

 Single Ticket Prices      

Adult  – $17

Senior (65+) – $15

Student/Child – $13

  • Groups of      10 or more – $3 off per ticket
  • Buy online or at box office – same price

One night only, Saturday, January 12, 8PM!

 About Steel River Playhouse

Formerly Tri-County Performing Arts Center (Tri-PAC), Steel River Playhouse, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, seeks to strengthen community, inspire creative exploration, educate, and entertain, through the presentation of quality performing arts events and education for diverse audiences.  Each year, the Steel River Playhouse produces more than 90 performances and hosts more than 10,000 people as audiences, students, artists, donors and volunteers from throughout the region. We offer performance opportunities through open auditions; theater technical training; acting, voice, and instrumental lessons; classes and workshops for all ages; summer camp programs; and educational outreach including scholarships, artists in the classroom, traveling children’s shows, and other initiatives. For further information, visit http://www.steelriver.org/, or call 610-970-1199.


Deadline for Hill School Student Philanthropy Council is Thursday, Jan. 10

This comes to us from The Hill School… or you can go directly to their link here.

The Hill School has been accepting applications from Pottstown-area nonprofit organizations for its Student Philanthropy Council (SPC) grant program since early December. Interested organizations may download and submit a Request for Proposal. View and print a PDF of the Request for Proposal here. Completed applications must be submitted by Thursday, January 10, 2013.

The Student Philanthropy Council, first launched in October 2008, was created by Charles A. Frank, III, Hill School Class of ’59 and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, and his wife, Betty. The Franks donated $35,000 to The Hill School to establish this program which allows Hill students to learn about the value and processes of philanthropy. In addition, the program provides funding to Pottstown nonprofit organizations with strategic initiatives focused on enhancing the health and overall wellness of area families and communities. Each year, students will award approximately three to five grants that will total $10,000.

Last year, representatives of the SPC presented a total of $10,000, divided into four grants, to local organizations and projects working toward an education-related goal. The 2012 recipients were Developmental Enterprises Corporation: $2,500; Pottstown YMCA: $2,000; Pottstown Area Police Athletic League: $2,500; and KenCrest Center’s Seeds of Purpose Program: $3,000. 

MOSAIC Community Garden to celebrate installation of locally-crafted pergola tomorrow

The MOSAIC Community Land Trust invites everyone to a celebration of the community garden in winter and the installation of a beautiful, artistically-designed and built pergola that will support the wisteria vine, planted beside the walkway to the garden beds. The event will take place at noon tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 5th at the garden at 423 Chestnut Street.

The pergola is designed and built by Ryan Procsal, a Pottstown resident, designer and craftsman. MOSAIC is excited to feature Ryan’s creative talent and skills in the community garden and honored to call him “neighbor.” Ryan’s website: http://www.madebyprox.com/

The ceremonial celebration of the winter gardens will be led by Jodi McCarty and Lorraine Kat Morris of the Enlightened Path Holistic Center, 1494 N. Charlotte St. Ste#11.

Warm spiced cider and hot chocolate on tap!

Laughter, Love, Peace, Joy and Healthy Food in 2013!

This project/program was made possible through a grant from the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation.

The Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation’s mission is to enhance the health and wellness of area residents, providing education, funding and programs that motivate people to adopt healthy lifestyles. Visit www.pottstownfoundation.org for more information about the Foundation. Discover Pottstown area’s online community at:

www.missionhealthyliving.org to learn and share great information on how to lead a healthier life. You can also follow Mission Healthy Living on Facebook and Twitter.

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