Legendary Locals of Pottstown available for pre-order!

I am so excited to announce that the Legendary Locals of Pottstown is now available for pre-orders at Barnes & Noble, Amazon, and Arcadia Books. It will be released Oct. 14, 2013.

Arcadia Publishing, the largest publisher of local history books in the country was great to work with. They came across this blog about a year ago and asked if I’d be interested in profiling “legendary locals,” broadly defined, and things just took off from there.

This was an incredibly cool project. The photographer, Ed Berger, and I met so many amazing Pottstown people, who I can’t thank enough for taking the time to share their stories. This is my first book, so I have to keep pinching myself to make sure this is really happening.

I will keep you updated as book signings/events are held this fall so that the community can hear some of the stories of the people in the book and to get the book into your hands.

 

La Cage Aux Folles now playing at Steel River!

Reserve your table at the hottest club in town!

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

Music and Lyrics by Jerry Herman; Book by Harvey Fierstein

Open Now! Thursdays thru Sundays

June 6 – 23

Parental Guidance suggested for comedic sexual references

Please note – children under 4 will not be admitted to the performance

Best known as the feature film, The Birdcage,

starring Robin Williams and Nathan

Lane!

STEEL RIVER PLAYHOUSE

245 E. High Street

Pottstown, PA 19464

610-970-1199

www.steelriver.org

 

PHOTO LINK: http://www.steelriver.org/current-season/2142-2/la-cage-photos/

CAST

 Robb Hutter – Georges

Kirk Lawrence – Albin

David Landstrom – Jean-Michel

Adam Newborn – Jacob

Josephine Patane – Anne

Jennifer Dinan – Jacqueline

Brent Adams – Edouard Dindon

Sharon Sigal – Marie Dindon

Hal Holzer – Francis

LES CAGELLES

Zach Reynolds – Chantel

Robb Russ – Monique

Brett Kenna – Dermah

James Barkesdale – Hanna

Troy Cooper – Mercedes

Denise Mann – Angelique

Will Scantling – Phaedra

Taylor Helmers – Nicole

ST. TROPEZ TOWNSPEOPLE

Burt Merriam – M. Renaud

Sharon Brown Ruegsegger – Mme. Renaud

Kendal Conrad – Babette

Charles Delaney – Hercule

Sean Hafer – Etienne/Tobarro

Taylor Helmers – Colette

AJ Sermarini – Young Renaud

Randy Miller – Fisherman

Drew Carr – Fisherman

Sponsored by Exelon Generation

LA CAGE AUX FOLLES

Music and lyrics by Jerry Herman; book by Harvey Fierstein

Thursday

7:30 pm

June 6, 13 & 20

Friday

8:00 pm

June 7*, 14 & 21

Saturday

8:00 pm

June 8, 15 & 22

Sunday

3:00 pm

June 9, 16 & 23

Special Events

*Annual Gala – Friday, June 7th (6:00 pm, before the show)

Talk-back with cast & crew – Sundays, June 9th & 16th following the show

Tickets (show only; see Gala info below)

ADULT: $26 (Thurs $23)

SENIOR (65+): $23 (Thurs $20)

STUDENT/CHILD: $17 (Thurs $15)

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

 

 

Pottstown YMCA holds YOGA IN THE YARD

Pottstown YMCA at  724 N. Adams Street will hold “Yoga in the Yard” on Tuesday, June 11, from 6-7 pm.

Their staff will guide you in an experience of yoga that connects mind, body & spirit, leaving you feeling peaceful, relaxed and wonderful. Come enjoy the fresh air, positive energy and get a complete mind/body workout.  Wear comfortable clothes and bring water and your mat.

This event is open to the community. Cost is $10 to non-YMCA facility members.  For more information contact Lynn at 610.323.7300 ext. 10 or go to www.philaymca.org.

 

 

St. Al’s to hold community carnival June 25th-29th

This just in from St. Al’s… The carnival is open to the public, and advanced purchases of ALL DAY passes are discounted 25%. The passes are good for any one day during the event.

Join us for the return of the Saint Aloysius Feast Day Community Carnival!

Our carnival features fun rides and games for all ages, including the “Kiddie Korner,” complete with games, face painting and prizes.

There will also be homemade foods; pierogies, halupkies, meatballs, pulled pork, sausage with peppers and onions along with chicken fingers, burgers, hot dogs, crab fries, snow cones, cotton candy and waffles & ice cream! Adults can relax in the Beer Garden while listening to live music. Bring your family and fill your belly with carnival delights, take a whirl on our rides, play to win some prizes, and join the community in 5 nights of summer fun at the greatest carnival in the area!

Saint Aloysius Feast Day Community Carnival runs June 25th through the 29th, 6pm to 10 pm (3pm-10pm on Saturday) on the grounds of the former Saint Pius X High School, 844 N. Keim Street, Pottstown.

For questions, discounted ride bracelets, sponsorship inquiries or more, contact Saint Aloysius Parish Office at 610-326-5877, Remick@saintaloysius.net or kbrady@saintaloysius.net. See you at the Carnival!

Steel River Playhouse to hold gala honoring Bentleys of VideoRay

Area businesses and community members are invited to celebrate another sensational season of educational and performance programming at Steel River Playhouse, during their Annual Gala on Friday, June 7th at 6:00 pm.

This year’s honorees are Susan and Scott Bentley, philanthropists and principal owners of VideoRay, recently relocated to Pottstown as part of the renaissance of this historic downtown. The celebration also includes recognition of Deborah Stimson-Snow, Steel River’s Artistic Director and recipient of the 2013 Advocacy for Equal Opportunity Award from the PA Human Rights Commission.

Gala highlights include live music, prizes, and delectable treats from Clique Vodka, Lindt Chocolate, Sly Fox Brewery, Sakura Asian Cuisine, Chocolates on Bridge Street, McDougall’s Victory Cakes, Angry Monkey Bakery, Java’s Brewin’, Olde Gold Tavern, Penny’s Pizelle’s, Copperfield’s, Cutillo’s, Baird’s Catering, Moyer’s, Bellewood Golf Club, Grumpy’s, Enzo’s, Positively Pasta Plus, iCreate Café, and Turtle Creek Golf Course, among many other participating restaurants and caterers.

Attendees can choose to attend the Gala only, or pair the Gala with that evening’s performance of the well-loved Broadway hit musical, La Cage aux Folles (curtain 8:00 pm). The story of La Cage is probably most familiar to audiences as the feature film comedy, The Birdcage, starring Robin Williams and Nathan Lane. With popular, hummable melodies by composer Jerry Herman (Hello Dolly, Mame), this Broadway hit wraps contemporary themes in a funny and engaging plot, timeless love songs, and big chorus numbers. The evening concludes outside on the Playhouse plaza, with a building light show and joyful reprise of the La Cage finale with cast, crew and community.

La Cage aux Folles is being sponsored by Exelon. Sponsors for the Annual Gala include Sager & Sager Associates, The Hankin Group, Jackson Cross Partners, Maillie LLP, Andrew J. Monastra, PC, The Hill School, Keller Williams Realty, Main Line Financial Advisors, Neurosurgical Care, O’Donnell Weiss & Mattei, PC, Penn Liberty Bank, Wolf, Baldwin & Associates, PC, Bentley Systems, Inc., David G. Garner, Esquire, Diamond Credit Union, Down to Earth Landscaping, Express Data Systems, Frees Insurance, HMK Insurance, Independence Planning Group, Susan Storb and Michael Horn, Potty Queen, Pottstown Dance Theater, Royal Medical Supply, State Farm – Ricco Insurance, Tri-County Toyota, and Yergey, Daylor, Allebach, Sheffey and Picardi. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Mary Beth Kerekes, Development Director, at marybeth@steelriver.org or 610.970.1199.

Gala and La Cage aux Folles tickets are available at www.steelriver.org or by contacting subscriber@steelriver.org or by calling 610.970.1199. Tickets are $75 for Gala paired with La Cage, or $50 for the Gala only. La Cage aux Folles runs for three weekends, June 6th through 23rd with performances on Thursdays at 7:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 pm, and Sundays at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $15 to $26, with special cabaret seating at $68 for a table for 2 (includes complimentary beverages and snacks). Steel River Playhouse is located at 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464, www.steelriver.org.

About Steel River Playhouse

Steel River Playhouse, a nonprofit 501(c) (3) charitable education and performance facility, is a key component of the revitalization of downtown Historic Pottstown. Steel River 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, Steel River Playhouse produces more than 90 performances and hosts more than 10,000 people as audiences, students, artists, donors and volunteers from the region and beyond.  www.steelriver.org, 610-970-1199.

Limerick nuclear power plant to hold siren test today at 2 pm

Residents in the 10-mile emergency planning zone around Exelon’s Limerick Generating Station will hear a full sound siren test as Exelon conducts a test of its emergency siren system today, Monday, June 3rd at 2 pm.

The full sound test is performed on the first Monday in June and December as part of Exelon’s comprehensive Emergency Preparedness program.  A shorter, lower pitch test is performed monthly.

Residents may contact the counties at the following numbers if they have concerns:  Berks County (610) 374-4800; Chester County (610) 344-5000; Montgomery County (610) 631-6530.

The warning sirens are one of several methods used by county emergency management authorities to provide notification of emergencies. Individual counties may activate the sirens to warn the surrounding community of events such as fires, floods, tornados, hazardous material releases, or nuclear energy plant events. The sirens are not a signal to evacuate. In an actual emergency, residents should tune to one of the county Emergency Alert System radio or television stations for further information.  Residents should refer to the “emergency” section of their telephone books for further information or visit the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency web site, www.pema.state.pa.us.

 

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