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.

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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.

Pottstown’s Schuylkill River Festival this Saturday!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis year’s Schuylkill Riverfest takes place on Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 from noon until 6pm at Riverfront Park (140 College Drive in Pottstown).

Learn to Kayak along the river between 12 and 4:30 where kayaks and equipment will be available for a low cost ($15/half hour) through the day. Take a kayak tour at 4:30: Take a 2-mile paddle trip to Tow Path Park – shuttle & equipment is available at a small cost of $35. You can register the day of or go to    https://www.facebook.com/TakeItOutdoorsAG   or  takeitoutdoorsag@gmail.com or 610-656-3969 (first come basis).

Historic River Walks at 1:00pm AND 4:00pm –  presented by the staff of Pottsgrove Manor.

Artists and Crafters will be present to display their creative arts and local music will be heard throughout the day!

Join in for the First Annual “ARTICLE EVENT” in which we provide your pallet (a bike and recycled materials) and YOU provide the creativity! Please contact Sheila Dugan for more information at 610-323-5400 – We will have a Peoples Choice award given to the most creative bike – $200!

Magician-Illusionist Kyle & Kelly will entertain at 5pm and then move into the downtown at Steel River Playhouse where they will wow the adults as they await the curtain call for “Spring Awakening” – (This musical is suggested for 15 years and older – adult content) – OR after a lovely dinner at the local restaurants (where more local music will be performed) – join ARTFusion19464 for their show “We Were Soldiers” between 6pm and 8pm in the downtown.

Live music throughout the streets and art throughout the restaurants! Come see what’s happening in Pottstown! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Other Activities include Belly Dance demonstrations, Reiki, Palm Reading, Card Reading, A Drum Circle, (bring your drum and join in), Yoga Demonstrations and Martial Arts, Minute Massages, and more . Food vendors and A Beer Garden will also be available for everyone to enjoy this fun day!

Children’s Activities will include Pony Rides ($) and a Petting Zoo from 12:30 to 4:30, Crafts and Face Painting from 12:00 to 6:00 pm brought to you by ArtFusion19464, and at 5:00 pm enjoy the Magical Illusions of Kyle and Kelly. Rainbow the Clown will be present all day long to have balloon sculptures and face painting as well.

Help send The Pottstown High School AP Gov. and AP Calc. students  to Greece! They will be selling baked goods to help them raise funds for this fabulous opportunity.

Don’t forget from 6 to 8pm the fun continues in the downtown! Join our restaurants for some fabulous food and end at ARTFusion19464 for their “We were Soldiers” Display – stories about Vietnam from Veterans of the war. ALSO Steel River Playhouse is having their Musical “Spring Awakening” (adult themed) starting at 8pm. Kyle & Kelly – Illusionists will be in the lobby between 6:30 and 7:30 to entertain you while you enjoy the atmosphere of the theater. Grumpy’s will be having live music by Michael Kropp, local musician playing classic acoustic pop-rock as well as a complimentary light hors-d’œuvre spread. Visit the Brick House for their nightly specials and enjoy their newest menu items. West End Alley is now open at 105 High St. Juan Carlos welcomes Russell Ferrara and Acoustic Duo “Lights Out” will be playing along the street in the downtown between 6pm and 8pm.

Join Pottstown as it shows you the arts and fine dining available throughout the downtown! 


Hope Rocks benefit at Norco Fire Hall this Saturday

Lauren and John Fritz and friends are holding a benefit to raise funds for home renovations related to their sons, who both suffer from Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. More info is available at www.hoperocks.info.  There is also a facebook page and blog at Hope Rocks for Jake and Ryan.

Jake and Ryan (ages 10 and 6) have a form of MD called Duchenne with no cure and little treatment.  Their family is working with a local non-profit, Happy 2 be Home, to raise funds to modify their home for the kids.

The Hope Rocks for Jake and Ryan Benefit will be Saturday, October 12th, 7-11 pm at the Norco Fire Hall Banquet Room.  The night will include a BBQ dinner by Moyer’s Catering, live music by Andy & Company, and a Silent Auction with many wonderful items,  Tickets are $30.  All proceeds go to Happy 2 be Home, and will help them to create an accessible home for Jake and Ryan.


Carousel of Flavor underway in Pottstown now thru 4 pm!



Date : Sunday, Sept. 22, 2013 from noon to 4 p.m.

100 Block of High Street, Pottstown in front of Borough Hall


Expanded wine and beer garden this year!

Over 6,000 attended last year. Featuring live bands, crafters and entertainment for children of all ages.

The Carousel at Pottstown and Carousel of Flavor website.

Duo to play guitar and Native American flute tonight at Juan Carlos

juancarlos2Guitarist Russell Ferrara and flutist David Rose will join musical forces for diners tonight at Juan Carlos Fine Mexican restaurant at 235 East High Street in downtown Pottstown. Check them out here. Russ has been a regular at Juan Carlos, which serves up fresh, inventive dishes from Latin America. The music begins at 6 pm.

Juan Carlos is a BYOB, that provides margarita set-ups, so bring your own tequila! They take cash/check only. Reservations are available at 484-624-4931. Come out for incredible music while enjoying a meal from one of Pottstown’s most talented chefs, Ron Garza.


Rotary trip to Phillies this Thursday – tix still available!

Join The Pottstown Rotary Club for an evening of fun with the Rotary Strike Out Hunger Night at the Philadelphia Phillies, Thursday, August 22nd 4:00 pm. Meet at Klein Transportation in Douglassville. One price includes ticket, transportation, hoagies with all the trimmings, beer, wine, soda. Bring canned goods if you can. Contact Len Giesler at lengieseler@pottstowninsurance.com or 610-323-2201. Only a few tickets left!






Or 610-323-2201

Grumpy’s menu for the week

Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches is at 137 E. High Street in the heart of Pottstown. Their hours are 8 am – 6 pm, Tuesday Saturday. Eat in or take out by calling 610- 323-1232. They will be closed for vacation from Aug. 24th until after Labor Day!

This week’s specials include some yummy homemade dessert, veggies from the Community Gardens and more!


Soup: Turkey Noodle
Salad: Chef Salad
Sandwich: Grilled Cheddar & Bacon Sandwich
Sides: Grammy Baked Beans and Home style Potato
Dessert: Homemade Peach Cobbler / Muffins – Chocolate Banana Walnut


Soup:  Fresh Tomato Bisque
Salad: Cobb Salad
Sandwich: Irvanish  and Black bean Burger
Sides Tuscany Bean Salad, Grilled Veggie Salad
Dessert: ?


Soup: Maryland Crab Soup
Salad:Southwest Roast beef salad
Sandwich:Corned Beef and BBQ Meatloaf
Sides: Fresh Homemade Mashed Potatoes Roasted Beets
Dessert:Fresh Fruit


Soup: Shrimp Corn  Chowder
Salad:Fresh Fruit with homemade vanilla yogurt with granola
Sandwich: Crab Cake and the Dagwood
Sides:Mac and cheese, Orzo and Sundried Tomato Salad
Dessert: ?

SATURDAY –  Closed for Vacation be back after Labor Day! Enjoy your week everyone!

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