Choose & cut your own Christmas tree at Pine Hill Farm

Photo courtesy of Pine Hill Tree Farm
Photo courtesy of Pine Hill Tree Farm

Christmas tree season is upon us, and Pine Hill Choose-N-Cut Christmas Tree Farm on Sheep Hill Road in North Coventry has a bumper crop of trees ready in the fields.  The basic price is still $25 – as has been the case for over 20 years.  They  do have some larger and more perfect specimens individually priced higher.  But they still have loads of trees at $25.

You can do all that at the Pine Hill Choose-N-Cut Christmas Tree Farm on Sheep Hill Road in North Coventry. Pine Hill has been run by the Sally and Dick Heylmun family for 50 years. And for the past 21 years, they have  held their prices steady at $25 a tree.

Pine Hill is just 2 miles from downtown Pottstown, yet has that full country atmosphere.  Mrs. Heylmun still mows around the trees, shears them, and generally oversees the care of the farm, keeping the place like a lawn.  Having raised 5 boys on a teacher’s pay, the Heylmuns know what it costs to raise a family, and they have refused to raise prices.

The Pine Hill website provides nice photos and descriptions of the various trees and their needles, so you can decide ahead of time what kind of tree you’re interested in.

Eagle Scout project culminates in flag raising ceremony this Saturday

Photo courtesy Neil Fuerman

Eagle Scout candidate Nathan Fuerman invites the public to join him for a short ceremony this Saturday, Dec. 1st from 10-11 am at the three flag poles located at Riverfront Park, College Drive, Pottstown, PA. Some of you may recall when Nate appeared at a Happy Hour last year at Rich Ranieri’s Paint & Carpet store to raise funds and talk about his project, which benefits the Pottstown Parks & Recreation Foundation. Now the flag poles are ready for action. Looks awesome, Nate!

The ceremony will include:

  • Singing of the National Anthem
  • Thank you from Nathan Fuerman
  • Comments from Eileen Schlegel, Director of Pottstown Parks & Rec
  • Raising the American Flag – Troop 129, Emmanuel Lutheran Church
  • Raising the Pennsylvania Flag – Local Pottstown vets
  • Raising the Borough Flag – Air Force Jr. ROTC, Pottstown High School
  • Cosing Prayer – Pastor Scott Major

All are welcome; hot chocolate and coffee will be served.

 

Dec. 9th Zumba Master Class to benefit Pottstown Olivet Boys & Girls Club

SAVE THE DATE!

On Sunday, December 9th from 1-3 pm, Remi and Star are hosting a Charity Zumba Master class at The Ballroom on High to benefit Pottstown youth! The 2-hour Zumba party that day will benefit the Olivet Boys and Girls Club, Pottstown Chapter.

PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR FRIENDS ABOUT THIS ZUMBATHON CHARITY EVENT! CHECK OUT THEIR FACEBOOK PAGE!
Remi and Star believe in giving back to the community that has supported a Salsa and Zumba program for 4 years. This is why this Zumbathon charity event is so important for them – because they feel they are contributing to the future of their town. They are making a difference and so can you.Doors open at 12:30 pm. Zumba class will be from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. You can dance as much or as little as you like. You do not have to dance the entire event.

Tickets sold in class $15 in advance/$20 at the door. If you cannot attend, but would like to make a donation, please contact Star or Remi.The Olivet Boys & Girls Club programs address Pottstown’s most pressing youth issues, each one focusing on teaching youth the skills they need to succeed in life. They fall under five main areas: Character and Leadership Development; the Arts; Education and Career Development; Sports, Fitness and Recreation; and Health and Life Skills.

Through their programs, they are helping to empower the youth of Pottstown to make positive choices in their lives and resist negative influences. Check out what they have to offer: http://www.olivetbgc.org/programs.htm

IF YOU WOULD LIKE ADVANCED ZUMBATHON TICKETS, SEE REMI OR STAR AT ANY OF THEIR ZUMBA CLASSES AT THE BALLROOM ON HIGH. Same goes for donating a door prize to this event. CLASSES ARE MONDAYS AT 6 PM, THURSDAYS AT 7 PM, AND SATURDAYS AT 10 AM.

75% of your ticket fee is donated to Olivet Boys and Girls Club.

Donations of any amount will be happily accepted too. For now, help spread the word!

Last chance to see historic art exhibit at ArtFusion 19464!

JANET BRAUN REINITZ by Charlotta Janssen

The historic Threads of a Story art exhibit at ArtFusion 19464 will end this Saturday, October 27th at 3pm. Hundreds of Pottstown area school children and visitors of all ages have witnessed these portraits of the Freedom Riders from 1961 and the Bus Boycotters from 1956 during the Civil Rights era.

From ArtFusion’s website: “This show features the work of Charlotta Janssen, who was inspired from mug shots of famous–and not famous–people arrested during the civil rights movement of the 50s and 60s, demanding desegregation and equal rights for all.  Ms. Janssen appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on May 4, 2011, showcasing her work, during Oprah’s tribute to the Freedom Riders.  Her work is displayed and collected nationally and internationally. For more information on this show, please click here.”

ArtFusion 19464 Hours

Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm
Closed Sunday and Monday

Location

254 E. High St.
Pottstown, PA 19464

Phone

610.326.2506

Email

info@artfusion19464.org

See Phillie Phanatic in Pottstown’s Halloween parade tonight!

According to The Mercury, the Phillie Phanatic will be at tonight’s Halloween Parade, which begins at 7 pm at Goodwill Fire Company and ends at Borough Hall. (Goodwill is at 714 E. High Street.)

Other entertainment includes the Boyertown Alumni Band and  the Pottstown and Pottsgrove middle and high school marching bands.

Everyone in the Pottstown region is invited to come out, watch, and participate in this SPOOKTACULAR hometown event!

Volunteers wanted on Saturday for Eagle Scout project in Coventry Woods; community bonfire to follow

 

Courtesy of Mauree Kai

This Saturday, October 20th from 10am-4 pm, Eagle Scout candidate Austin Tanay is running another work weekend at Coventry Woods in North Coventry Township. He is a Life Scout in Troop 95 and working on attaining the highest rank in scouting – that of Eagle. His project involves creating a rustic tent camping site at Coventry Woods, North Coventry Township, for group camping. A couple years ago I visited and wrote about Coventry Woods for a parks and recreation series for the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation. This is an absolutely lovely part of our region!

The project is quite large in scope, including demolition of 5 old buildings in a specific area of Coventry Woods (1954 St. Peter’s Road, Pottstown), clearing out  a lot of overgrown brush, cutting down close to three dozen dead trees, opening up an eight foot wide trail into the campsite, removing large rocks out of the walking path, building a campfire ring, building benches to go around the campfire ring, and erecting a flag pole. The site will be available for non-profit groups like scouts and churches in the area.

Austin is recycling any materials that are recyclable, cutting up the wood from the structures to be used in a big bonfire at Coventry Woods this weekend, following the work day at around 4 pm. He is also cutting up the downed trees for firewood to be sold, salvaging reusable materials from the cabins, and properly disposing of all trash from the demolition that cannot be reused in any way.

Courtesy of Mauree Kai

He has already held three work weekends and accomplished a lot thanks to the support of volunteers, but he still has more work to be done. The work this weekend will include demolishing the fifth and last building, breaking down all the material for proper disposal or recycling, leveling off the site, cutting up and transporting the wood from the structure to the location of the bonfire. His goal is to get the last building completely demolished and disposed of so he can build the fire ring and benches Saturday afternoon.

The cost of the firewood is $75.00 per load/cord. The logs are cut into 3-4 foot lengths. They just need to be split. The proceeds will help fund the Eagle project. If you are interested in purchasing wood,  call Mauree Kai @ 610-970-0951 prior to coming for pick up.

The workday will start at 10:00 AM on Saturday. All are invited to participate and they can come later since the project will be going on into the afternoon, wrapping up around three o’clock.

*Volunteers need to bring their own tools. For this Saturday, crow bars, hammers, sledge hammers are needed. Work gloves are a must. A few wheelbarrows would come in handy also if people have a way to transport them.*

There is plenty of parking available. Anyone coming to help out can park at the lodge and look for the sign at the entrance of the trail head into the project (1954 St. Peter’s Road, Pottstown). This is what the entrance looks like.

Photo by Sue Repko

Book Signing at ArtFusion 19464 this Saturday

 MOSAIC Community Land Trust and ArtFusion 19464 have teamed up to host Ralph E. Godbolt, author of Kickin’ the Ballistics:  Reflections on the Hip Hop Generation, Poverty and Power. He will speak this Saturday night at ArtFusion, formerly the Gallery on High. 

Author Ralph Godbolt will discuss his book and the realities of urban violence, the high school drop out crisis, misogyny, the war on drugs, sexual orientation and the Hip Hop Generation in the aftermath of the American Civil Rights Movement. “He takes aim at generations of harsh public policies, unequal access to opportunity and discriminatory practices that has led to a generational cycle of poverty, violence, addiction, under education and unemployment in America’s urban centers by using Hip Hop culture and rap music as a means to communicate the deep despair, but enduring faith of young urban Americans.”

The book signing and talk will take place this Saturday, October 20th, 7– 9 PM at 254 E. High St., Pottstown, Pa. Light refreshments will Be Served.  A portion of the proceeds from each book sold will be donated to both  MOSAIC and ArtFusion.

MCCC To Host Program on Sexual Assault Awareness & Prevention

This comes to us from Montgomery County Community College

In partnership with the Montgomery County Sexual Assault Task Force, Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) will screen “Speak Out and Stand Up,” a 25-minute video and program about the serious topic of sexual assault. A discussion panel, comprised of law enforcement, probation, parole and health and victim advocates, will follow the video.

The program will take place this Thursday, Oct. 11 from 12:45-2 p.m. at MCCC’s West Campus, South Hall Community Room, 101 College Drive, Pottstown. The program is free and open to the public.

Hosted by “Twilight” actress Kristen Stewart, “Speak Out and Stand Up” will raise dialogue about sexual assault as a community issue. The docudrama includes diverse student voices and experts in the field of sexual assault. Dramatized scenes highlight the impact of sexual assault on the victim, as well as the important roles of friends and bystanders.

The program is part of a collaborative effort among the following organizations: Montgomery County Adult Probation and Parole Department, Montgomery County Juvenile Probation Department, Pottstown and Whitpain Township Police departments, Victim Services of Montgomery County, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office, Resources for Human Development, Magellan Health Services, and Montgomery County Community College.

For more information, call MCCC’s Director of Health & Wellness at 215-641-6606 or Office of Public Safety at 215-641-6604.

Comedy classic, BLITHE SPIRIT, opens October 11 at Steel River Playhouse

Blithe Spirit, one of Sir Noel Coward’s enduring comedy classics, opens at the Steel River Playhouse this Thursday, October 11.

This oft-revived smash comedy hit of London, Broadway and stages everywhere asks, “What happens when your late first wife comes back as a ghost and your second wife isn’t happy with the spooky, meddling houseguest?” 

In Coward’s Blithe Spirit, gentleman and writer, Charles Condomine gets himself into this pickle when, as research for his next book, The Unseen, he dismissively arranges for a séance by a local medium.  When the ghost of his first wife nevertheless appears, alternately and desperately, he tries to make peace, “Why can’t we all get along?,” or to return things to the way they were.  Coward and his characters are forthright, frank and witty.  As a result, audiences revel in the unintended consequences and surprises unleashed as relationship  secrets take center stage.

While Blithe Spirit is very funny and lighthearted,  Coward had a serious intent while writing it.  A great celebrity in his day as an actor, playwright, songwriter and style-maker, Coward also was a patriot, helping Great Britain during some of its darkest wartime hours in 1941.  He wrote Blithe Spirit and got it produced quickly to lift the spirits of his countrymen.  It delighted audiences throughout the war, especially soldiers about to ship out.  Coward’s great wit, his writing, and his Shakespearean sense for tormenting his characters make his work as funny and appealing today as it was in wartime Great Britain.

Blithe Spirit will be performed Thursdays (October 11, 18, 25 at 7:30PM), Fridays (October 12, 19, 26 at 8PM), Saturdays (October 13, 20, 27 at 8PM) and Sundays (October 14, 21, 28 at 3PM) on the Main Stage.  Special Event: Sunday, October 14 – Talkback with the director and cast.   Tickets range from $17-$23.  More information and a ticketing link are available at www.steelriver.org or by calling 610.970.1199.

 

About Steel River Playhouse

Formerly Tri-County Performing Arts Center (Tri-PAC), Steel River Playhouse 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 www.steelriver.org, or call 610-970-1199.

Happy Hour this Friday at FASTSIGNS with Boneyard Joe’s BBQ!

Everyone in the Pottstown region is invited to every Positively!Pottstown Happy Hour. This is a fun, low-key networking and social opportunity to make connections. Except for one month off in the summers, they have been held monthly since October of 2010. We typically get about 40-50 people at each event. Besides featuring the work of local businesses, non-profits and restaurants, these mixers have led to some wonderful collaborations and partnerships in the arts, real estate, business, healthy living, non-profits, you name it.

Join us at FASTSIGNS of Pottstown at 180 Shoemaker Road for this month’s Happy Hour!

Friday, October 5th from 5-7 pm

Bill Wellen and his staff are opening their doors for fun, networking, and a demonstration of just how they pull off their sign-making magic.

Food by Boneyard Joe’s, House of Great Sandwiches & BBQ!

Suggested donation of $5, as always.

RSVP to positivelypottstown@gmail.com

Hope to see you there!

FASTSIGNS of Pottstown

180 Shoemaker Road, Pottstown, PA 19464

The Positively Pottstown Happy Hour…since 2010

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