Upcoming events for Legendary Locals of Pottstown


There are a couple of book talks/signings coming up in the next week for the Legendary Locals of Pottstown book, co-authored by photographer Ed Berger and me. Come out to meet some Legendary Locals, learn more about the history of Pottstown through its legends, and how we put this book together. BOOKS WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE ($21.99) Look forward to seeing you!

The first event is at the Pottstown Regional Public Library at 500 E. High Street this Sunday, from 1-3 pm. The library is opening just for us!

Then, next Wednesday, November 6th at 7 pm, there is a talk/signing at the Schuylkill River Greenway Association at 140 College Drive in Pottstown. This is a really cool former PECO substation that is used by the Greenway and owned by Montgomery County Community College, and they’ve got a fabulous permanent exhibit about the history of the Schuylkill River. You can learn about Pottstown’s people and the river all in one fell swoop.

Finally, thank you to Joe Zlomek of The Sanatoga Post and The Pottstown Post for publicizing the latter event!

Sue Repko

Latest news from Steel River Playhouse

Starts Friday – Two Weekends Only!

ACCOMPLICE (comedy-thriller)

By Rupert Holmes, creator of The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Director – Taylor Darden


November 1st – 10th

Contains mature themes, sexual content, and adult language

Smart, witty, sexy, and inventive, Accomplice begins as a conventional thriller set in an English country house, but keeps the audience guessing at every turn. An unscrupulous wife and her lover plan to murder her stuffy husband. Or so it seems … But who is really the next victim, and who is planning their demise? And which person is the “Accomplice”? Charming, suspenseful and highly entertaining, Accomplice won the highly coveted Edgar Award (the “Oscar” of Crime) from the Mystery Writers of America, and the Dramalogue Award for Best Play!

Our Cast!

The Accomplice cast features Paul Dake (last seen as Van Helsing in Steel River’s Dracula), Steel River “regular” Andrea Frassoni (the hilarious Aunt Gert in Lost in Yonkers, Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible,Mother in A Christmas Story, and Carrie Berniers in Toys in the Attic), Shawneen Rowe (Bella in Lost in Yonkers), and Anthony Marsala (Mike in Wait Until Dark). Mr. Dake and Ms. Rowe appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity Association.

 ACCOMPLICE (comedy-thriller)

Contains mature themes, sexual content, and adult language


8:00 pm

Nov 1 & 8


8:00 pm

Nov 2 & 9


3:00 pm

Nov 3 & 10


ADULT: $19

SENIOR (65+): $17


Group Discounts and Reception Rooms Available!

Contact subscriber@steelriver.org

Or call Velva at 610.970.1199

August: Osage County, The Piano Lesson, Pinocchio


Auditions in November!

Steel River is holding auditions for the following productions. Audition times will be posted soon on our website, but you can get information directly.

Contact CASTING@STEELRIVER.ORG and ask for audition information!


PINOCCHIO (musical by Susan Bardsley and Lani Brockman)

Director – Jay Gilman

Tuesday, November 12th (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

Thursday, November 14th (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

Possible additional date if needed: Saturday, November 16th (2:00 – 6:00 pm)

Casting Needs

1 male or female, age 10 – 30 (Pinocchio)

1 male, age 30+ (Geppetto)

1 female, age 16 – 30 (Blue Fairy)

1 male or female any age (Fox/Cat)

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY (comedy/drama by Tracy Letts)

Director – Daniel Student

Sunday, November 17th (1:00 – 6:00 pm)*

Wednesday, November 20th (7:00 – 10:00 pm)

Thursday, November 21st (6:00 – 9:00 pm)

Possible additional date if needed: Saturday, November 24th (11:00 – 4:00 pm)

Casting Needs

6 males, age 25 – 65

6 females, age 18 – 65

1 girl, looks age 14

THE PIANO LESSON by August Wilson

Director – MJ Harris

Saturday, November 2nd (10:00 am – 2:00 pm)

Sunday, November 3rd (1:00 pm – 5:00 pm)

Possible additional date if needed: Saturday, November 9th (10:00 – 2:00 pm)

Casting Needs

5 African American men, age 25 – 60

2 African American women, age 25 – 40

1 African American girl, age 10 – 14


Contact casting@steelriver.org for information about auditions and to schedule an appointment.

Pottstown Rotary 5th Annual Performing Arts Competition!


Entry Form Due November 1st!

Competition finals – November 23rd at Steel River Playhouse

The Rotary Club of Pottstown is seeking students in grades 9 through 12 to participate in this special talent competition, to be held on November 23, 2013, at Steel River Playhouse. Students can choose from four (4) different performance categories:

Pop/Broadway Vocal

Classical/Operatic Vocal



$750 scholarship to the winner in each category!

Entry is free.

For an application and the performing guidelines, please visit


Save the Date!


Saturday, Nov 16th – 7:00 pm

Sunday, Nov 17th – 3:00 pm

Adam and Eve. Sonny and Cher. Richard and Liz. The names immediately conjure an image, a feeling, a memory. Who better to remind us of love, romance, and scandal than Steel River Playhouse’s Senior Education students in their ever-popular Senior Follies presentation! Our sassy seniors present a variety of tunes and skits in this Education Department presentation. The intimate Newberry Loft is the setting, and these performances often sell out, so get your tickets early. The cast includes Marian Wray, Earl Boehmer, Rosemarie Kidon, Mason Craig, Bonnie Heath, Joanne Arnold, Ellie Brown, Laura Cohn, Norman Cohn, Joyce Foster, Mary Jimick, Patricia Ann Rhoads, and Robert Roebuck.  The production is facilitated by Steve Reazor, Margaret Curry and Deborah Stimson-Snow. It’s always a fun time for all!



7:00 pm

Nov 16


3:00 pm

Nov 17


ADULT: $12

SENIOR (65+): $10


Need help? Contact boxoffice@steelriver.org


Sure to be a Sell-out!


Thursdays through Sundays

Dec 5 – 22

Music by Jeanine Tesori; book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire

Based on the DreamWorks Animation Motion Picture and the book by William Steig;

Directed by Deborah Stimson-Snow; Music Directed by Richard Lewis

Recommended for all audiences. Please note – children under 4 will not be admitted to the theater.

The hilarious and irrepressibly charming story of everyone’s favorite ogre. In a faraway kingdom turned upside down, things get ugly when an unseemly ogre – not a handsome prince – shows up to rescue a feisty princess. Add a donkey who won’t stop talking, a vertically challenged bad guy with a “short” temper, a cookie with an attitude, and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you’ve got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there’s one on hand – Shrek!


SHREK THE MUSICAL (family musical)

Contact boxoffice@steelriver.org NOW to reserve your tickets early!


7:30 pm

Dec 5 (Public Preview)

Dec 12 & 19


8:00 pm

Dec 6 (Opening Night)

Dec 13 & 20


8:00 pm

Dec 7, 14 & 21


3:00 pm

Dec 8, 15 & 22

Special Events

Opening Weekend Special Events

Get your tickets for opening weekend and enjoy special events, cast photos and talk-backs, giveaways,

and our 5th Anniversary Birthday Party!

Other Special Events

Talk-backs with the cast and crew – Dec 8 & 15


ADULT: $27 (Thurs $24)

SENIOR (65+): $24 (Thurs $21)

STUDENT/CHILD: $17 (Thurs $15)

Group Discounts and Reception Rooms Available!

Contact subscriber@steelriver.org

Or call Velva at 610.970.1199


245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464


Talk on colonial iron industry this Saturday at Pottsgrove Manor

From the folks at Pottsgrove Manor…

Pottsgrove Manor will host a lecture by historian Dan Graham on the colonial iron industry this Saturday, Nov. 2, at 1 p.m. Graham has conducted extensive research on early ironworks in Pennsylvania and on the Potts and Rutter families. His talk will focus on the development and implementation of the Potts family’s colonial-era iron production and distribution system.

He will discuss the evolution of their multi-forge, multi-furnace organization and how the expansion of their iron distribution practices kept up with industry demands, making Thomas Potts and his son, John Potts, some of the most successful ironmasters of their day.

There is a suggested donation of $2 per person for the program.

After the lecture, tours of John Potts’ manor house and the museum’s current exhibit, “Forging a Lifestyle: Ironworking with the Potts Family,” will be offered. 

This will be one of the last opportunities to see the exhibit, which will close on Nov. 3.

“Forging a Lifestyle” can also be viewed during a guided tour of Pottsgrove Manor during regular museum hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tours are given on the hour. The last tour of the day begins at 3 p.m. The site is closed Mondays and major holidays. Groups of ten or more should pre-register by calling 610-326-4014.

Pottsgrove Manor is located at 100 West King Street near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422, in Pottstown. Pottsgrove Manor is operated by Montgomery County under the direction of the Parks, Trails, & Historic Sites Division of the Assets and Infrastructure Department.

For more information, call 610-326-4014, or visit the website at www.montcopa.org/pottsgrovemanor.

Racine: New BYOB restaurant open in Pottstown

This comes from PAID of Pottstown…


New BYOB in Downtown Pottstown

Racine, a contemporary American restaurant that takes its inspiration from local farms and producers, opened for dinner Tuesday, October 29 at 232 King Street.

Chef/Owner Greg Vassos uses local, organic, ethical and natural ingredients whenever and as much as possible, presenting them in a whimsical way. Known for his contemporary French and American creations, he has remarkable skill executing delightful farm-to-fork dishes inspired by many cuisines and dictated only by his passion for fresh ingredients.

Greg is an accomplished chef. In the span of nearly two decades, he worked in kitchens on four continents alongside some of the world’s most respected chefs including Sergi Arola of Arola, Bruno Menard of the Dining Room, and Eric Ripert of Lebernardin. Greg was Chef de Cuisine at The Brasserie by Dean Max in the Cayman Islands where he was inspired by the art of French cuisine and began to implement various modern and unconventional techniques. It was during his time at The Brasserie that Greg was invited to cook alongside a team of chefs at the James Beard House in New York City. His second invitation to The Beard House came during his time as Chef of five-diamond restaurant L’Escalier at The Breakers in Palm Beach, Florida. This time he was invited as Featured Chef.

Racine is open 5pm – 10pm Tuesday through Saturday. Call 610-326-7400 for directions or reservations.  Visit www.restaurantracine.com to learn more about Racine.

For more information and the latest news about economic development in Pottstown, PA, visit www.paidinc.org, follow PAID on Twitter and like us on Facebook.

Jazz Nite III at ArtFusion this Saturday

From ArtFusion 19464… another jazz night and When We Were Soldiers: Personal Stories of Our Vietnam Veterans is still there through Nov. 9th. 
Jazz Nite III Saturday, 11/2 from 7-10pm

ArtFusion and Cheapniteout Productions are proud to present Jazz Nite III.  This event is a fundraiser for our non-profit community art school.

The High St. Swing Co. is back for another night of fantastic jazz, from be-bop to classic. The music lasts from 7-10pm on Saturday, November 2. Refreshments will be available for purchase, and the event is BYOB for those over 21.

Tickets are $10 (cash only please) and can be purchased in advance at ArtFusion during regular business hours: Tuesday-Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday from 10am-3pm.

This event sells out every time, so we recommend purchasing your tickets
as soon as possible!

The night of the event we do ask that you arrive 15 minutes before curtain time. Please park in the large lot behind our building and come in through our back door. (For detailed directions please call 610-326-2506 or email us.)


ArtFusion 19464
254 E. High St.


$10 each

ArtFusion 19464

ArtFusion is a federal charitable 501(c)3 non-profit community art school and gallery. Our  mission is enrich the lives of the residents in the greater Pottstown area through the visual arts, regardless of ethnicity and economic situations. Our goal is to spark creativity, build self-confidence and develop community bonds through education, mentoring and community service.

For more information on ArtFusion, our current gallery exhibit,
and our great classes, please visit our website.

Last 2 nights for TEMPLE OF TERROR: 20 N. Franklin Street, Pottstown

This Temple of Terror is supposed to be amazing! I’m hoping to get there tonight. Check it out on Facebook here.

Here’s some info from The Mercury:

Temple of Terror

The newest haunted attraction is the Temple of Terror at the Stichter Lodge No. 254, F & AM Masonic Lodge on Franklin Street in Pottstown. The haunted attraction takes advantage of the trappings of the Mason’s lodge.

The event’s back story, which can be read on the Temple of Terror website, revolves around the legend of a Civil War soldier who returns to Pottstown only to discover his wife Penelope has been unfaithful. He goes on a murderous rampage, killing the families of the men with whom Penelope has slept, and then murders his own family. The site of these horrors is said to be the parcel on which the Masons’ lodge was later built.

The Temple of Terror will be open today (Oct. 13), Oct. 18, 19 and Oct. 25 and 26 from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $15.

Kelley McRae at coffee house concert tonight

This comes from First United Methodist Church…
First United Methodist Church of Pottstown (414 E. High St.) will be hosting its Fifth Coffee House Concert of the year on Friday, October 25th at 7 pm. The concert will feature the singer-songwriter Kelley McRae and her husband Matt.  Kelley is a gifted songwriter, vocalist and musician, with a gift for lyrics and a great voice.  You can read more about Kelly and listen to some of her at her website: kelleymcrae.com.  Join us for some wonderful music, good coffee, and tasty desserts!
In the last 2 years and a half years, the Kelley McRae duo has played over 300 shows coast to coast and traveled over 75,000 miles in their VW van. Along the way Kelley encountered the people and places that inspired the songs on her new album, BRIGHTER THAN THE BLUES. Kelley’s brand of heartfelt Americana has found impressive fans: Paste Magazine gave her four stars, and WNYC’s ‘Soundcheck’ named her performance one of the years best.
Kelley performs as an acoustic duo with her husband Matt, and they have performed at such venues as The Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, The Red Clay Theatre in Atlanta, and The Living Room in NYC. Previously residing in NYC, the duo is currently writing and recording new material in a cabin in the Nantahala Forest of North Carolina.

Pottstown CARES initiative to be underway shortly…

Pottstown CARES: Part Two

 The second part of the CARES project will be a clean-up day TODAY, Friday, October 25 in a targeted area of Pottstown, from High Street north to Beech Street, and Hanover Street east to Edgewood Street.  All 505 Hill School students as well as Hill faculty and staff; 50 Pottstown High School students and numerous faculty members; and many Borough workers and officials will be dispersed to weed, pick up trash, and complete other “spruce up” tasks in public spaces in the core downtown area during this day of service that precedes National Make a Difference Day (October 26).  A team of volunteers also will work to beautify Edgewood Cemetery.

The CARES organizers estimate that a total of 700 students and adults will be contributing to the clean-up during the morning of October 25.

Last summer Borough residents were encouraged through a Mercury article and the Borough website to shares suggestions and requests for specific homeowner projects that might be tackled by the volunteers, in addition to general street and sidewalk clean-up.

The massive volunteer crew will assemble under Hill’s former hockey rink roof at 8:30 a.m. to receive instructions. Pre-organized teams then will disperse to their designated project areas until about 12:30 p.m., when they will return to Hill for a picnic lunch prepared by Sodexo, Hill’s food service provider.  Sodexo is generously donating the meals for all school district and borough volunteers as well as Hill students and personnel.

 After lunch, a celebratory group photo of all participants will be taken on Hill’s campus. 

 In addition, as part of the October 25 clean-up day, the Pottstown School District is running a blood drive from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the high school. Individuals interested in making a donation at the Pottstown High School on October 25 may send an email to Pottstown faculty member Mark Agnew at magnew@pottstownsd.org or call him at 610-970-6707.

Hill’s fine woodworking class students are painting new planks for a park bench to donate for one of the MOSAIC community gardens. A team of volunteers is expected to help build new compost bins for the garden at 423 Chestnut Street. Also, Hill School art students and faculty will be canvassing neighbors to ask for input on the design of a public, downtown Pottstown mural they would like to create in partnership with Pottstown High School art students.

Numerous organizations have contributed funding, tools, supplies, or other support to the CARES project.  In addition to equipment being shared by each of the three entities involved – from rakes to a public address system – the United Way has generously donated $1,000 toward tool procurement in addition to loaning tools through their tool share program.  Home Depot made a greatly appreciated cash donation to the project as well. CARES project organizers wish to give special thanks to the Pottstown Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department for their support.

Individuals who would like to donate work gloves, trash or leaf bags, or tools for this and future projects may take their items to Borough Hall at 100 E. High Street.

 Borough Manager Mark Flanders emphasized that Pottstown CARES is not intended to be a once and done affair, but a starting point that builds momentum for additional efforts that increase residents’ pride in Pottstown.

“It is my hope that this is the beginning of something bigger, and that, as time goes on, Pottstown CARES is a way of life for the residents of Pottstown – rather than a scheduled event,” Flanders noted.

Hill Headmaster Zack Lehman arranged for all 505 Hill students as well as faculty and staff to participate in the October 25 clean-up day.  He said he is excited about the synergy occurring between Hill, the Pottstown School District, and the Borough – and he is passionate about Hill’s involvement in the community.

“Hill was happy to provide the space for the community education event and to serve as the rallying point for the clean-up project,” Lehman said. “I see these CARES initiatives as the first of many cooperative projects.  Hill contributes to Pottstown in many ways, from our existing, highly engaged student community service program, to enthusiastic support of local businesses. We are eager to demonstrate our commitment to the town that has been Hill’s home for 163 years, and very happy to do so with our CARES partners.”

“Pottstown CARES provides community stakeholders with the opportunity to send the clear and inspirational message that, when working together, we are more effective in our actions,” said Dr. Jeff Sparagana, Pottstown superintendent.

“Together, we are Pottstown,” Sparagana said.

Legendary Locals Launch Party Set for Tomorrow

The Legendary Locals book launch party will take place Sunday, October 20th from 1-4 pm at Grumpy’s Sandwiches (137 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464).

Come on out, meet authors Sue Repko and Ed Berger, and get a copy of the book! Legendary Locals of Pottstown features the people who have contributed – and continue to contribute – to the life of our community in ways large and small.

Book talks and signings are also scheduled for:

Sunday, Nov. 3rd, 1-3 pm, Pottstown Regional Public Library, 500 E. High Street, Pottstown.

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 7 pm, Schuylkill River Greenway Association, 140 College Drive, Pottstown.

The book costs $21.99 and is also available at these local retailers: Grumpy’s Sandwiches, Coles Tobacco, Pottstown Roller Mills, and Professional Pharmacy

Check out Legendary Locals of Pottstown on Facebook for updates.


Boro, School District, and Hill School team up for Pottstown CARES 10/19 & 10/25


Borough, Pottstown School District, and The Hill School

Combine Resources and Volunteers for

Two Pottstown CARES Events

Residents invited to free community resource and activities fair on October 19; 700 volunteers to embark on Pottstown clean-up set for October 25


POTTSTOWN, PA –Volunteers from the Borough of Pottstown, The Hill School, and the Pottstown School District will combine forces to demonstrate their care for our hometown in several tangible ways in a two-part, two-day event, with separate components planned for Saturday, October 19 and Friday, October 25.

This joint CARES (Community, Awareness, Responsibility, Empowerment, and Sustainability) endeavor was conceived last spring during conversations between Borough Manager Mark Flanders, Pottstown School Superintendent Jeff Sparagana, and Hill School Headmaster Zachary Lehman.  The three leaders envisioned a collaborative project that would help to “spruce up” a designated area in the core of Pottstown while also boosting community pride and awareness about Pottstown resources.  A small committee of representatives from these three key Pottstown entities began meeting late last spring; they sought feedback at a community forum held at the Ricketts Center in late June; and they have been meeting regularly since that time to manage myriad details for the project.

The first part of the CARES project will be a community education and activities day on Saturday, October 19.  (Please read below about the second CARES event on Friday, October 25.)  This free information fair on October 19 will occur rain or shine from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at The Hill School, under the former outdoor hockey rink located off Beech Street near Hill’s Center For The Arts.  Attendees may park in the Center For The Arts parking lot. The GPS address for this location is 860 Beech Street.

This October 19 community day will allow nonprofits and other Pottstown-focused, helpful organizations — ranging from arts and recreational organizations to the Bloodmobile, Reduxtech e-waste recyclers, and other service providers — to share free materials about their programs and talk with Pottstown residents.

A variety of free children’s activities will be available through the YMCA and other organizations, and the Masons will be doing child identification fingerprinting.   

Numerous local food vendors will be on hand selling various refreshments, from French fries to vegetarian foods.  Free, gently used office supplies also will be available at a “Get Organized Pottstown” station.

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities will be accepting donations of food, clothing, and other essentials near the Center For The Arts parking lot in Hill’s old rink. Greatly needed items include: Canned soups and stews; canned prepared pasta; canned fruit; oatmeal; personal hygiene items; small bottles of  laundry detergent; cleaning supplies; socks; underwear; and coats.

In addition, the Chester County Pet Food Pantry will be accepting donations of pet foods, and Forgotten Cats will be represented.

An e-waste collector will be on hand to accept any old items that had electricity running through them.  The e-waste collection truck will be located in the Center For The Arts parking lot.

 The Miller-Keystone Blood Center Bloodmobile will take walk-in blood donations.  Registration for walk-in donations will be located in the lobby of Hill’s Center For The Arts.  People who would like to sign up in advance to donate blood on October 19 at The Hill may contact Jason Coady, a Hill teacher who is coordinating this effort, by emailing him at jcoady@thehill.org.  Also, CVS will provide a flu shot clinic from 12 to 2 p.m.; people interested in getting a flu shot should bring their insurance card if they have one.

A voter registration table will be set up and individuals will be there to help people with this process.

As part of the day’s activities, The Hill will provide two free screenings of an inspirational, multiple award-winning film about “the power of one” demonstrated by nine individuals on six continents, all of whom are working to make their communities a better place.  The film “Opening Our Eyes” (PG-13, www.openingoureyes.net) will be shown in The Hill School Center For The Arts at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in the Green Room, located off the CFTA lobby.

Also, The Hill invites individuals to take a free, self-guided “Art Walk” architectural tour of Hill’s historic campus.   Interested guests should look for the Art Walk registration table under the rink roof, where they will be provided with a brochure and map of the tour sites as well as an Art Walk visitor badge.  All tours must begin by 3 p.m.

Additional organizations that have registered so far (as of October 10) to participate in the CARES information-sharing event include: Community Connections; Community First Development Corp., Inc; Children and Youth Services; the Colebrookdale Railroad; Genesis Housing Corporation; the Greater Pottstown Tennis Association; Habitat for Humanity of Montgomery County; the Montgomery County Health Department;  the Pottstown Borough, including the Codes Department; Pottstown Carousel; the Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority; the Pottstown Fourth of July Committee; the Pottstown High School Key Club; Pottsgrove Manor; Pottstown Memorial Medical Center; Pottstown MOSAIC; the Pottstown Office of Family Services of Montgomery County; Richard J. Ricketts Community Center/Olivet Boys and Girls Club; Sunnybrook Foundation; the United Way; the World War II Dance Committee; and the YMCA and YWCA.

Participating organizations are asked to complete registration and set up between 10 and 11 a.m. on October 19.    They should enter the site from the Center For The Arts parking lot off Beech Street.

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