Annual Home Show runs tonight thru Sunday at Sunnybrook

Here are all the details from the Building Industries Exchange website:

The annual Home Show is a three-day expo sponsored by the Building Industries Exchange (NARI-BIE) of Pottstown and Vicinity, Inc. and produced through volunteer efforts of NARI-BIE members.

The Show offers drawings, prizes, demonstrations, and an all-under-one-roof opportunity for visitors to collect home improvement and building information from local professionals.  Admission is $5 at the gate; children 16 and under are free.

Adult attendees will receive a ballot to nominate their choice of exhibit for “Best in Show”. First, second, and third place ribbons will be awarded based on the final vote tally.

2013 Schedule of Events

The 2013 NARI-BIE Pottstown Home Show will be held March 1-3, 2013 at Sunnybrook Ballroom and Grounds. For a map and directions to Sunnybrook, please click here.

Friday, March 1

  • 5:00 PM – Show opens to the public
  • 6:30 PM – Seminar:  Understanding the EPA Lead Paint Law – Presented by Gehman Design Remodeling
  • 7:30 PM – Seminar:  Maintain Your Expensive Blacktop Investment at Home, Work, or Social Property – Presented by Chem Seal
  • 9:00 PM – Show closes

Saturday, March 2

Sunday, March 3

  • 11:00 AM – Show opens to the public
  • 12:00 PM – Shred Event Begins (maximum:  2 file boxes; must purchase show ticket)
  • 12:30 PM – Seminar:  Go Green and Save Green – Presented by Halo Energy, LLC
  • 1:30 PM – Seminar:  Weatherize your Home’s Air Leaks with a Thermal Imaging Camera – Presented by Oehlert Bros., Inc.
  • 3:00 PM – Shred Event Ends (maximum 2 file boxes; must purchase show ticket)
  • 5:00 PM – Show closes

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!

 

Montco Commissioners Give-and-Take with Pottstown Residents

This past Monday night Montgomery County Commissioners and the higher-ups in several County agencies were on hand at Montgomery County Community College in Pottstown to talk about what they’ve done since taking office and to answer questions and hear residents’ concerns.

Evan Brandt’s article in yesterday’s Mercury provides a nice summary. Public employee pensions, the state of Route 422, the potential for gerrymandering, the ongoing challenges of revitalization, the concentration of social services and the people they serve, and the effects of the concentration of housing vouchers in Pottstown were all up for discussion. The Commissioners were well-prepared and promised to provide follow-up information to numerous citizens.

One of the brightest moments of the meeting came when Shanae Roberts, the President of the West Campus student body announced the figures for the amount of community service provided by the College over the past four years. It was encouraging to see a young person at the meeting, participating in the give-and-take of democracy! Ms. Roberts reported the following:

Between 2008-2012, MCCC has reached out to the community with 3,695 volunteers putting in more than 33,700 hours with 117 partnering opportunities. This amounted to over $100,529 in monetary donations. In 2012 the College had the highest number of volunteers to date with over 918 volunteers contributing 15,500 hours of service to 28 partner organizations, including the Norristown Police Athletic League, Olivet Boys and Girls Club, Miller Keystone & American Red Cross Blood Drives, and Project Linues. An estimated $38,300 in monetary donations was raised.

Not only is the West Campus proving to be an important revitalization partner as it rehabilitates and re-uses historic buildings in town, but there is also a strong culture of developing and sustaining connections in the community. Thanks to MCCC for hosting this meeting, which had a very strong turnout, perhaps an indication of a new core constituency that believes in a better Pottstown and is impatient for change.

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.”

 

Celebrate National Small Business Day & “Buy Local” this Saturday!

Did you know that shopping at small, local businesses keeps more of your money circulating in the local economy and helps keep those businesses in business? Every purchase means something to those entrepreneurs. Plus, it’s nice just getting to know the folks who have invested in your town for many years or have taken a chance starting a new business more recently.  The holidays are a perfect time to show that you care about sustaining the economic health of your own community by BUYING LOCAL. Below are a few ways you can “Buy Local,” have some fun, and feel part of a growing community of intentional shoppers.

1) This Saturday is National Small Business Day, and there will be a Cash Mob unfolding in downtown Pottstown. Here’s how you can take part…

VISIT  the Pottstown Visitor Center located at 17 N. Hanover Street, before you begin your downtown shopping, any time from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

PICK UP your “Shop Local” cash mob sticker, a map of the Downtown Pottstown Shopping District and detailed instructions on how to play the “Where In The World is Captain Buy Local and Small Biz” game while you shop throughout downtown Pottstown. (Yes, there is actually a superhero called Caption Buy Local and his sidekick Small Biz. Hey, this is Pottstown, and we have superheroes.)

PICK UP special offers and holiday treats that will be offered to Cash Mob participants throughout the day by various merchants.

RETURN your game entry with the approximate amount of money spent by you and your family during the Cash Mob to either the Visitor Center office, or Grumpy’s Hand-Carved Sandwiches, 137 E. High Street, when you are finished with your Cash Mob shopping. The BUY LOCAL organizers want to tally how much is spent in the downtown this Saturday. Remember, the School District spent $55,000 this past spring with their BUY LOCAL challenge; these efforts literally pay off for our merchants!

ArtFusion 19464

2) The Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority is running a holiday 5 for $25 Raffle. This is another way to Buy Local, only you can win some big bucks for yourself. Here’s how this works:

BUY a $25 Raffle Ticket at the Visitors’ Center at 17 N. Hanover Street or at Cole’s Tobacc0 or call  Sheila at 610-323-5400 c/ 484-948-6061

SPEND $25 at each of 4 different, participating downtown merchants who are listed on the ticket.

SAVE your receipts.

BRING YOUR RECEIPTS AND TICKET to the Visitors’ Center, Cole’s or Grumpy’s or a participating merchant when you are done shopping. You have until December 22nd at 5 pm to do your shopping and turn in your ticket & receipts!

  • All money collected from this raffle will be used to support the Hometown Holiday Events 2012.
  • ONLY 300 Raffles will be sold. Last sale date is December 22 at 12pm.
  • 1st prize is $2,000; 2nd prize is $1,000; 3rd prizes will include merchandise & gift cards.
  • The drawing for prizes will be held at The New Visitors’ Center at 17 N Hanover St. at 7pm, December 22, 2012. You do not have to be present to win. 

 

 

 

Pottsown’s Hanover Square opens new model home this weekend!

Stop by Hanover Square this Saturday, November 17th for a ribbon-cutting

and to see their new model home from 11 am-6 pm.

Hanover Square is at the corner of S. Hanover Street and South Street.

This is a GREAT housing option for those who want a well-priced, new home in Pottstown – within walking distance of the community college, Steel River Playhouse, ArtFusion 19464, and lots of great restaurants!

And mark your calendar now for the next Positively!Pottstown Happy Hour at Hanover Square’s Model Home on THURSDAY, December 13 from 5-7 pm.

Let’s continue to welcome Cornell Homes to the neighborhood!

MOSAIC open mic is back!

HAPPY FALL!

The open mic is back on Saturday October 6th, from 7-11 pm at MOSAIC Community Land Trust gallery at 10 S. Hanover Street in the heart of Pottstown!

Musicians, Poets, Comedians, you name it! Come and get your 15 minutes (or three songs) worth of fame!

(I’ll be there reading something or other.)

Check it out on Facebook here.

Contact Alan Jensen-Sellers at 267-244-3195 with any questions.

This event is BYOB.

Suggested donation to help support the MOSAIC Community Land Trust is $5.00.

MOSAIC CLT has a mission to increase home ownership in Pottstown,

to improve healthy living through community gardens,

and to support the arts.

Grumpy’s Butternut Squash soup wins first prize at Carousel of Flavor; get some tomorrow!

Grumpy’s butternut squash soup won FIRST Prize at the Carousel of Flavor, Pottstown’s outstanding culinary festival that drew thousands to downtown Pottstown this past Sunday. (Speaking of food, more than 1,500 hot dogs were distributed at Pottstown Airport Day, another feather in Pottstown’s cap!) Grumpy’s is at 137 E. High Street, across from Borough Hall. Stop by or call in your order to 610-323-1232. Here’s what’s on tap at Grumpy’s this week:

TUESDAY
SOUPS: Split Pea w/ Ham & Roasted Pepper and Chicken Veloati
SANDWICHES: Pepper Crusted Eye Round w/ Caramelized onion mayo
SIDES: Greek Pasta Salad
Dessert: Sticky Bun Bread Pudding

WEDNESDAY: VEGETARIAN DAY
SOUP: Carousel WINNER! Butternut Squash & Turkey Noodle
SANDWICH: Grilled Mediterranian Wrap
SIDES: Tabbulli w/ White Beans – Trio of chili crusted potatoes

THURSDAY
SOUP:Crab Bisque & White Bean & Spinach
SANDWICH: Meatloaf / Corned Beef
SIDES: Mashed Potatoes / Roasted Beets

FRIDAY
SOUP: NE Clam Chowder – Turkey & Rice
SANDWICH: The Dagwwod / Chicken Italiano Wrap
SIDES: Mac n Cheese – Tomato / Red Onion Salad w/ Blue Cheese

SATURDAY: TBA

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