Party ReduX Showcase hosts Happy Hour this Friday!

The Party ReduX hosts Positively Pottstown Happy Hour

Host: Jeffery Jackson Enterprises, Inc.

When: Friday, March 22 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM

Where: The Party ReduX Showcase, 205 E. High Street Pottstown, PA 19464
Jeffery Jackson Enterprises, Inc. welcomes us once again to

The Party ReduX Showcase

for a great

Buy All-American Red-White-Blue networking event!

Food by Baird Catering

Music by the Virtual DJ

Adult drink mixology by Deez LLC

See what Jeffery Jackson Enterprises can do for YOUR next party!

RSVP to positivelypottstown@gmail.com NOW!

Check out opening night NY Deli-style Reception at Steel River TONIGHT!

At the official opening of Neil Simon’s Lost in Yonkers at Steel River Playhouse this Friday, stars will align. Limerick native Lisa Waltz, a member of Steel River’s Board of Directors, and her family’s Limerick-based Waltz Golf Farm and Turtle Creek Golf Course, are sponsoring the New York-deli-style Opening Night Reception.

Lisa’s busy schedule as an stage, film and television actor keeps her from attending.  However, Lost in Yonkers Director, and Lisa’s Broadway co-star and friend, Brian Drillinger, will be signing autographs at the Reception and all four performances this weekend.   Performances start with the Thursday, March 7, 7:30PM preview.

Lisa and Brian were on Broadway together in Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs, and again joined forces for the National Tour, and the feature film version. In fact, it was Lisa who first introduced Brian, her LA neighbor, to Steel River Playhouse to direct Almost, Maine. By the way, 30 lucky audience members will win free passes to miniature golf or Steel River T-shirts.  Lost in Yonkers will be performed Thursdays through Sundays from March 7-24.  More information and tickets at http://www.steelriver.org or call 610.970-1199.

Planning Information

Steel River is located at 245 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464. Visit http://www.steelriver.org or call 610.970.1199.

Lost in Yonkers will be performed Thursdays through Sundays from March 7-24

  • Thursdays, March 7, 14 and 21 at 7:30PM
  • Fridays, March 8, 15, 22 at 8:00PM
  • Saturdays, March 9, 16, 23 at 8:00PM
  • Sundays, March 10, 17, 24 at 3:00PM

Ticket prices

  • Thursdays – $20-$15
  • Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays – $23-$17
  • Groups of 10 or more – $3 off per ticket
  • Buy online or at box office – same price

Special Events

Friday, March 7th – Opening Night Reception with the cast and crew!

Sunday, March 10 – Talkback with the cast and crew – an opportunity for audience members to ask questions and discuss the play.

About Brian Drillinger, Director

Brian played “Stan” in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs on Broadway, in the feature film, and in the National Tour, and in the National Tour of Broadway Bound.  He originated the role of Jason Posner in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play Wit at South Coast Repertory (also Seattle Repertory and the Alley Theatre in Houston), among many other regional lead acting credits.  Television credits include: The Agency, Wings, Life Goes On, Reasonable Doubts, and General Hospital. Brian starred opposite Sally Kirkland in the indie feature Starry Night, and Janeane Garofalo in I Shot a Man in Vegas.

Brian co-wrote, produced and stars in the feature film version of How to Go Out on a Date in Queens, for which he won Best Supporting Actor at the LA Indie Awards 2006. The film also stars Jason Alexander, Kimberly Williams, Rob Estes, Ron Perlman and Esai Morales.  Recently, he produced and stars in Hello Herman, which premiered at the 2012 Hollywood Film Festival.

Brian is a founder and the Creative Director of Edgemar Center for the Arts in Santa Monica, CA, home of the Acting Studio at Edgemar (formerly the Larry Moss Studio). He teaches classes in scene study, cold reading, voice, on-camera, voice, and accent reduction. As a visiting artist he has taught classes in voice and scene study in Melbourne, AU and for Steel River. Judy Kerr lists him as a “Recommended Acting Coach” in the industry guidebook, Acting Is Everything.

He directed the first Edgemar benefit event that was hosted by Jason Alexander and included  Hilary Swank, Michael Clarke Duncan, Sally Kellerman, Chad Lowe and many others.  Also at Edgemar, Brian directed The House of Yes, Chip Chop and It Must be Him. Other directing credits include Almost, Maine for the Steel River Playhouse in PA and at the Gasworks Theatre in Melbourne, AU, and The Dreamer Examines his Pillow at The Complex in Los Angeles, CA.

About Steel River Playhouse

Formerly Tri-County Performing Arts Center (Tri-PAC), Steel River Playhouse, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable education and performance facility that 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 throughout the region.  It offers 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, study guides, and other audience engagement initiatives. For further information, visit http://www.steelriver.org, or call 610-970-1199.

 

Celtic concert tonight at Pottstown Library

CHARLIE ZAHM In Concert at the Pottstown Regional Public Library TONIGHT!

Celtic Concert And Refreshments * Start your St. Patrick’s Day festivities now!

Charlie Zahm is one of the most sought-after Celtic singers on the East Coast!

Friday, March 8th, 2013 7:00 PM

Photo from CharlieZahm.com
Photo from CharlieZahm.com

$12.00 —Adult
$8.00 —ages 5-14
Free -under 5

Tickets available at the door.
Pottstown Regional Public Library
500 E. High Street
Pottstown, PA 19464

For more information: 610-970-6551

Pottstown’s “Purveyors of Wow”

You’ve probably seen those massive video displays at concerts, sporting events, and other large-scale events.

Did you know that Upstage Video, with offices in California and Colorado, is also located in Pottstown? They have recently expanded and acquired over 27,000 square feet at 212 Shoemaker Road. Check out the news, brought to you by Pottstown Area Industrial Development, Inc., otherwise known as PAID.

Keep up the good work, Steve Bamford, PAID’s Executive Director!

 

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)

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.

YWCA literacy campaign continues with “Some Children’s Books I Want to Talk About”

Some Children’s Books I Want to Talk About

As the Pottstown YWCA’s literacy campaign winds to a close this Tuesday, I urge my readers and friends to show their support by visiting this link. There you will be asked to provide your email address in order for the YWCA to get $1 from an anonymous donor. Your email address will not be used by the Y or anyone! While you’re at the link, please check the box that says you heard about this campaign from Positively Pottstown. The last day to show your support is this Tuesday, December 11th, so please do it now! I thank you, the YWCA thanks you, and all the folks who benefit from their literacy education, from infants through seniors, will thank you, too. Now, let’s take a moment to talk about some wonderful, must-have children’s books…

Photo from Powells.com
Photo from Powells.com

With the holiday season upon us – which means it’s time to buy books – perhaps you are wondering what to get for a child of your own, or your first grandchild, or all those nieces and nephews, or even the newborn of one of your co-workers. Today I’m in the mood to reminisce about some of the classics that my family simply loved during the early years. We started reading to our sons pretty much immediately – well, probably as soon as they could hold their heads up at a couple months old and the fog from the netherworld of childbirth itself had started to clear.

Early on, we used to keep all the books – mostly board books, the ones made of sturdy cardboard with just a picture on each page – in a basket. Our oldest son is famous in our family for getting himself settled on the couch in the family room, clutching his teddy, pointing to the basket and commanding his uncle, who had come to babysit, to “Read!” They’d proceed to go through the entire basket. And then they’d do it again. This basket included Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt, which is a “touch and feel” book because it’s got surfaces that an infant and toddler can touch to learn about how soft a bunny is or how scratchy daddy’s beard is.

The power of Pat the Bunny lies in how the story, such as it is, puts words to how these things feel. Like so many early childhood books, Pat the Bunny exposes children to the concept that everything around us has been named, and these names can be experienced by the sound of a parent’s voice, a picture that goes along with it, and those symbols and lines and shapes that are next to the picture – what we hope they will one day recognize as words, the very words their parent or grandparent or sibling has been saying all along. Board books and “touch and feel” books can be the foundation for literacy for the littlest people. Pat the Bunny was first published in 1940 and has sold more than 6 million copies. There’s now a whole series of Pat the Bunny books.

Photo from LittleOneBooks.com
Photo from LittleOneBooks.com

Another beloved classic is Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. It’s the perfect bedtime story. The whole message and tone of it, and the accompanying pictures, are intended to settle everyone down, as the bunny narrator slowly says goodnight to the moon and everything in the room. It’s one of the sweetest stories ever told. It was written in 1949 and it, too, is still going strong.

Photo from LittleOneBooks.com
Photo from LittleOneBooks.com

Speaking of the moon, you might want to consider a copy of Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, for ages 5+. It’s about a girl and her dad, who go out on a snowy night to see if they can spot an owl. This is another great bedtime book because it’s quiet and poetic. (How could you spot an owl otherwise?) Here’s an unforgettable quote: “Somewhere behind us a train whistle blew, long and low, like a sad, sad song.” Okay, this is making me cry… I once heard the aforementioned son whispering those words to himself in the tub when he was just a toddler, and I knew then that he was taking everything in; a child’s mind is a kind of sponge.

Moving on in years, another sweet series by Arnold Lobel involves two best friends named Frog and Toad, who have adventures and share things and show what friendship is all about. There is a gentleness to both their natures that is a healthy antidote to the “real” world. Be sure to start out with Frog and Toad Are Friends. The books are billed as early readers, but this is also a great series to read aloud to younger children who are able to sit still a little longer and are ready for a longer story.

Photo from Powells.com
Photo from Powells.com

Well, I could go on and on and on. There are so many fantastic books out there and, I’m sure, some fantastic children in your life who you’d love to share them with. This holiday season, consider checking out your local book store, talking to the sales people, putting together a little library, and bringing the joy and wonder of stories and language to a child near you.

And please, please plug your email address in at this link to ensure the Pottstown YWCA’s literacy program gets one more dollar from their anonymous donor and many more folks in our region will get the chance to learn to read and write. Thank you.

YWCA literacy campaign continues with “Some Children’s Books I Want to Talk About”

Some Children’s Books I Want to Talk About

As the Pottstown YWCA’s literacy campaign winds to a close this Tuesday, I urge my readers and friends to show their support by visiting this link. There you will be asked to provide your email address in order for the YWCA to get $1 from an anonymous donor. Your email address will not be used by the Y or anyone!  While you’re at the link, please check the box that says you heard about this campaign from Positively Pottstown. The last day to show your support is this Tuesday, December 11th, so please do it now! I thank you, the YWCA thanks you, and all the folks who benefit from their literacy education, from infants through seniors, will thank you, too. Now, let’s take a moment to talk about some wonderful, must-have children’s books…

Photo from Powells.com
Photo from Powells.com

With the holiday season upon us – which means it’s time to buy books – perhaps you are wondering what to get for a child of your own, or your first grandchild, or all those nieces and nephews, or even the newborn of one of your co-workers.  Today I’m in the mood to reminisce about some of the classics that my family simply loved during the early years. We started reading to our sons pretty much immediately – well, probably as soon as they could hold their heads up at a couple months old and the fog from the netherworld of childbirth itself had started to clear.

Early on, we used to keep all the books – mostly board books, the ones made of sturdy cardboard with just a picture on each page – in a basket. Our oldest son is famous in our family for getting himself settled on the couch in the family room, clutching his teddy, pointing to the basket and commanding his uncle, who had come to babysit, to “Read!” They’d proceed to go through the entire basket. And then they’d do it again. This basket included Pat the Bunny by Dorothy Kunhardt, which is a “touch and feel” book because it’s got surfaces that an infant and toddler can touch to learn about how soft a bunny is or how scratchy daddy’s beard is.

The power of Pat the Bunny lies in how the story, such as it is, puts words to how these things feel. Like so many early childhood books, Pat the Bunny exposes children to the concept that everything around us has been named, and these names can be experienced by the sound of a parent’s voice, a picture that goes along with it, and those symbols and lines and shapes that are next to the picture – what we hope they will one day recognize as words, the very words their parent or grandparent or sibling has been saying all along. Board books and “touch and feel” books can be the foundation for literacy for the littlest people. Pat the Bunny was first published in 1940 and has sold more than 6 million copies. There’s now a whole series of Pat the Bunny books.

Photo from LittleOneBooks.com
Photo from LittleOneBooks.com

Another beloved classic is Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. It’s the perfect bedtime story. The whole message and tone of it, and the accompanying pictures, are intended to settle everyone down, as the bunny narrator slowly says goodnight to the moon and everything in the room. It’s one of the sweetest stories ever told. It was written in 1949 and it, too, is still going strong.

Photo from LittleOneBooks.com
Photo from LittleOneBooks.com

Speaking of the moon, you might want to consider a copy of Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, for ages 5+. It’s about a girl and her dad, who go out on a snowy night to see if they can spot an owl. This is another great bedtime book because it’s quiet and poetic. (How could you spot an owl otherwise?) Here’s an unforgettable quote: “Somewhere behind us a train whistle blew, long and low, like a sad, sad song.” Okay, this is making me cry… I once heard the aforementioned son whispering those words to himself in the tub when he was just a toddler, and I knew then that he was taking everything in; a child’s mind is a kind of sponge.  (This sponge business isn’t all daisies and sunshine, though. Shortly thereafter I heard him, once again in the tub, repeating the invectives I had hurled at the broken vacuum cleaner earlier in the day. Mommy had to clean up her potty-mouth after that.)

Moving on in years, another sweet series by Arnold Lobel involves two best friends named Frog and Toad, who have adventures and share things and show what friendship is all about. There is a gentleness to both their natures that is a healthy antidote to the “real” world. Be sure to start out with Frog and Toad Are Friends. The books are billed as early readers, but this is also a great series to read aloud to younger children who are able to sit still a little longer and are ready for a longer story.

Photo from Powells.com
Photo from Powells.com

Well, I could go on and on and on. There are so many fantastic books out there and, I’m sure, some fantastic children in your life who you’d love to share them with. This holiday season, consider checking  out your local book store, talking to the sales people, putting together a little library, and bringing the joy and wonder of stories and language to a child near you.

And please, please plug your email address in at this link to ensure the Pottstown YWCA’s literacy program gets one more dollar from their anonymous donor and many more folks in our region will get the chance to learn to read and write. Thank you.

Lots of holiday activities for the family in downtown Pottstown from 4-8pm TODAY!

Oh, the weather outside may be frightful but there’s a full slate of holiday fun in downtown Pottstown today from 4-8 pm. These and similar activities will also be taking place next Friday and Saturday, December 14 & 15.

Check out the Pottstown Downtown Improvement Authority website here for all the details!

SANTA’S VILLAGE is open with Santa, kids’ crafts, reindeer food-making & coloring contest. Location: 139 E. High Street (TANGO MARKETING)
Photos with Santa ($7)
Music
Horse-drawn wagon/wagonette rides from 5-7 pm ($7)
Story Time at The Babysitter’s Clubhouse (333 HIGH ST), every hour starting at 4:30 and last story at 7:30pm
FREE Trolley Rides from 4:30-8PM
DISCOUNTED BABYSITTING at The Babysitter’s Clubhouse at 133 E HIGH ST
Contact: The Sitter’s Clubhouse – by phone 610.326.7600 – by email thesittersclubhouse@gmail.com
ROASTED CHESTNUTS AND MORE from Empire Hook & Ladder Fire Company (300 block of E. High Street.)

Come out for some good, old-fashioned family holiday fun!

Historic House Tours set for this Sunday afternoon in Pottstown

I don’t know how my mom and I are going to get to all these houses on Sunday, but we’re going to do our darnedest to make it happen.

The Historic Pottstown Neighborhood Association presents its Historic Pottstown by Candlelight tour tomorrow, December 9th from 1-6 pm. This tour has been organized in a big way, once again, by Sue & Bill Krause, some of Pottstown’s long-standing, extraordinary volunteers.

Tickets/brochures can be purchased ahead of time TODAY for $12 at Carter’s Locksmith Shop, 127 N. Hanover St., or Pottstown Florist at 300 High St. Otherwise, it will cost you $13 on the day of the tour TOMORROW and then you can only purchase a ticket at Carter’s.

DETAILS: There is a trolley to take you around to most of these buildings. When you get your ticket, you can get the full scoop. Note that there is a Victorian Tea held by the Doe Club at the Elks Lodge #814 at 61 E. High Street from noon-2pm only. Refreshments and lavatories are at Zion’s United Church of Christ at 100 N. Hanover St. (built in 1796). There will be a Live Nativity on the lawn next to Emmanuel Lutheran from 2:30-4:30, weather permitting.

Twenty – 20! – buildings are on this year’s tour. I’ve scanned part of the brochure (see below) so you can check out the buildings and descriptions here. (See above. You MUST have a ticket/brochure to enter any of these buildings tomorrow afternoon!) There are plenty of newcomers… just a few… the Alumni Chapel and Memorial Hall at the Hill School; The Highland House, recently purchased by Wyndcroft School; the former Dr. Porter house at 344 E. High Street; a home on Queen Street in the East End with original woodwork and hardwood floors, representing the beauty of so much of Pottstown’s brick twin housing stock and many, many more. And if that’s not enough, don’t forget about Pottstgrove Manor, the historic home of the founder of our dear town, John Potts…

According to the estimable Evan Brandt in this Mercury article, “From 2 to 8 p.m., Pottsgrove Manor’s annual “Twelfth Night” tours, which continue until Jan. 6, will be transformed into a “Pottsgrove Manor by Candlelight” tour at the historic residence, 100 King St.

A donation of $2 is suggested for this event.

For this one-night-only event, costumed interpreters will portray colonial guests of John Potts, the ironmaster who founded Pottstown and built his mansion in 1752.

As visitors make their way through the house, they will hear the strains of music played on historical instruments, see English country dancing, catch a whiff of the delicious smells in the kitchen as historical cook, Deborah Peterson, prepares a colonial feast, play traditional tavern games, and enjoy the beauty of the mansion lit by candlelight and bedecked with greenery.

Next door to the mansion, in the Miller’s House, young visitors can make free colonial crafts to take home, and complimentary seasonal refreshments of hot spiced cider and cookies will be served.

Outside in the manor’s courtyard, visitors will be able to warm themselves by a bonfire (weather permitting) and enjoy historic carols sung by the Colonial Revelers singing group between 2 and 4 p.m.

Visitors are asked to park at the Carousel at Pottstown building, 30 West King Street; a shuttle will transport visitors to and from Pottsgrove Manor throughout the event. Handicapped parking is available in the museum’s parking lot.”

 

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