Schuylkill River Festival now underway – don’t miss it!

Schuylkill River Festival

Saturday, October 8, 2011
11 AM to 4 PM

Come to the Park for a day filled with music, art, food, and educational experiences.

Join us for Free, Family Experience
5th Annual Schuylkill River Festival
Riverfront Park and College Drive
Montgomery County Community College
Pottstown, PA 19464

Open House

Visit the College Exhibit and learn about programs and opportunities at the Montgomery County Community College.

Children’s Activities

Moon bounce, crafts, horse and carriage rides, wildlife exhibits and more!

Music Festival

Live Music on the Downey Amphitheatre stage from 11 AM to 4 PM. Bring a chair or blanket and enjoy the show!

Arts and Crafts

  • View and purchase wares from great local and regional artists
  • View the “Scenes of the Schuylkill” Art show in the gallery at MCCC North Hall
  • Vendor applications still being accepted.—Application

Recreational Opportunities in the Park

  • Bike
  • Fish
  • Kayak or Canoe
  • Geocache

Community Information

Learn about opportunities and services offered right in your community!

Educational Opportunities

  • Native American Dancing and Displays
  • Cultural Exhibits from Various Groups
  • Environmental Conservation and Preservation Displays and Information

Food, Food, and More Food!!!

A great variety of sandwiches, desserts and more!

Platinum Level Sponsors

  • The Borough of Pottstown
  • Exelon Energy
  • Montgomery County Community College
  • Pottstown Mercury

Juan Carlos specials for today – check them out!

 This appeared in my inbox last night… it all sounds SO good! Juan Carlos is at 235 E. High Street, at the corner of Penn and High. (I added the photo.)

Hola amigos,

Our specials for Friday October 7, 2011

*Appetizer-  Cilantro jalapeno hummus served with mediterranean flat bread (2 servings)- $6.00

*Main course (1)-  Broiled Tilapia lightly spiced with our authentic spices and topped with a sauté of rajas poblano pepper (mild), green bell pepper, red bell pepper and spanish onions. Served with our freshly made rice, black bean soup and peco de gillo- $14.89

*Main course (2)- Chicken enchiladas topped with our very  popular chipotle cream sauce. Served with our freshly made rice, black bean soup, and peco de gillo- $10.79

*Dessert- Coconut lime Tres leches topped with whipped cream, sprinkled coconut and lime peel (2 servings)- $5.00

Hope  to see you soon…..

Reservations via email at or by phone at 484-624-4931

HUGE shout-out to The Very Best!

Still the very best!

I was roaming High Street, looking for a wireless internet connection, and the folks from The Very Best graciously let me sit at the counter and get tapped in while they hustled to get their food and set-ups ready for the Carousel of Flavor. They’ll be there serving up their famous hot dogs and chili. Come out and support this Pottstown institution since 1921!

Thank you to owner Joe Miller and his fiancee Amy Shuster for getting me wired!

Pottstown Cluster holds annual banquet – buy tix this week!

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities will hold their second annual Banquet at the Sunnybrook Ballroom on Sunday evening, October 9 beginning at 5:30 PM.

Heather Kauffman, the Cluster’s caseworker, will give an up-close view of the hardships faced by thousands of struggling households in the Pottstown community.

In addition, an excellent dinner will be served by the staff at Sunnybrook and guests will be inspired by the voices of two children’s choruses (Coventry Christian Schools Chorus and Voices of Hope from Saint Aloysius School)  and an adult chorus under the direction of Teri Hoffman, accompanied by Dr. Myra Forrest.

George Bell, President of the Pottstown Cluster Board of Directors, promises that the evening will touch the hearts of all who attend.

Tickets for the dinner are $25 each and can be purchased by calling the Cluster office at 610-970-5995 or via credit card on the Cluster website

Allan Altschull, Vice President of the Pottstown Cluster Board notes that the cost of the meal exceeds $25, but that there will be a “silent auction” and voluntary contribution envelopes that will hopefully more than offset the cost of the banquet.

The week of 9/19 is the last scheduled week for dinner ticket sales, so those interested in attending are asked to contact the Cluster as soon as possible.

Pottstown’s 2nd Annual Open Doors set for Saturday, Sept. 10th


Penn Street skateboarders

 Pottstown will literally open its doors to the community this Saturday, September 10th for a cornucopia of commemorations, demonstrations, displays, games, trolley rides, give-aways and more.

Come to downtown Pottstown for events from 11 am – 2 pm. The opening ceremony will feature the Pottstown Middle School Jazz Band at Smith Plaza at 11 am.

Afterwards, you can stroll around town and stop in at the Public Library, Tri-PAC, The Gallery on High, Pottsgrove Manor, The Carousel, Pottstown Karate Club, High Street Music, Farmers’ Market, Genesis Housing, MOSAIC Community Land Trust, PDIDA and the Hill School Art Gallery, to name just a few. There are all the restaurants and merchants too!

Then… Go to Pottstown High School from 2-5pm for more activities, food and fun. There will be over 30 organizational informational tables, displays of police, fire and military equipment, free entertainment, free food, a display of classic cars.

At 7 pm, the varsity football team will take on Pennwood (admission will be charged.)

Check out a more detailed, tentative schedule recently posted by And you can also find out about all the activities by checking out The Mercury’s new Open Doors blog. Last year’s Open Doors was a remarkably positive day for the entire community, and that spirit carried over to many events throughout the past year. Thanks to the many, many volunteers – being led by John Armato and Erika Hornburg-Cooper – who make this day possible.

Summer Food Program offered by Seventh-Day Adventist Church

The Seventh-Day Adventist Church of Pottstown is sponsoring a Summer Food Service Program as part of their community outreach. They are providing lunch for children ages 18 and younger on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays through August 27th. 

The lunches are served at the Chestnut Street Park, at the corner of Chestnut and N. Washington Streets from noon until 1:00 pm, each Tuesday, Thursday, and SaturdayAny young person who lives in Pottstown Borough is eligible; there’s no need to sign up! Just show up at the park! This program is run through the PA Department of Education and is funded by the USDA

“I am very grateful to have a couple of area businesses assist our church in keeping within the budget allowed for the program,” said Carolyn D. Hetrick, MSHN. She is the Health and Wellness Coordinator for the Seventh-Day Adventist Church, which is located at 1134 N. Charlotte Street in the North End.

Specifically, Mickey Barron, manager for the Pizza Hut in the Upland Square Shopping Center, is generously donating pizzas  for the Thursday lunches. Also, Christopher Longeway and Sam Rhame of the Milkman Lunch Co. and Cake Shoppe on N. Charlotte Street are graciously discounting the cost of their service to help with the Saturday lunches.

For more information regarding this program, check out the USDA website at: 

Ticket deadline tomorrow for Gallery School/Library Fundraiser

 Ticket Deadline for Fundraiser

The deadline to purchase your tickets for the Books and Brushes, Beef and Beer fundraiser is this Saturday, August 6. The proceeds benefit the Gallery School of Pottstown as well as the Pottstown Regional Public Library.  Tickets are only $20 and include great food, music and a fun night out. You can buy your ticket in person at the Gallery School (254 E. High St.), the Library (500 E. High St.), or online at  Please call 610-326-2506 with any questions.

Do you feel lucky? Every guest has a chance to win one of these great door prizes!

(1) Philips 10.4″ LCD Digital Photoframe (valued at $170)

(2) collectible leather-bound books

(3) gift certificates for bike tune-ups from Tri-County Bicycles (valued at $49 each)

(2) $50 gift certificates for Frecon Orchards (from the Pottstown Health & Wellness Foundation)

(1) $50 gift certificate from Weak Knee Home Brew

(1) $20 Wawa gift card

(1) $20 gift certificate to Achin’ Back Garden Shop

(2) $10 gift certificates to the Book Nook (the library’s used book store & coffee shop)

(1) Margarita Gift Basket

(1) Reader’s Gift Basket

(2) tickets for a performance of Pippin from Village Productions

. . . and more! We are still adding even more great door prizes.

Draft Heritage Action Plan to be discussed by Council tomorrow night

 On Wednesday, August 3rd, Borough Council will be discussing the Draft Heritage Action Plan (HAP) at the Committee of the Whole Meeting at 7 pm at Borough Hall.

Tom Carroll and I will give a brief presentation – 10 minutes – about the Draft (HAP). The Borough undertook the creation of a HAP this past spring with a grant from the Schuylkill River Greenway Association & the William Penn Foundation. The process sought input from a wide range of history, arts, culture, business and educational partners and citizens. We also got advice from Peter Johnston & Associates, planning consultants out of Easton, Maryland, who created a Schuylkill River Heritage Towns & Tours Toolkit for grant recipients to use.

The ideas behind Pottstown creating a Heritage Action Plan are to:

(1)  identify existing heritage & Schuylkill River Trail-related resources, such as historic walking tours, Pottsgrove Manor, the bike shop, arts organizations and restaurants;

(2)  let Trail users, residents and other visitors know what resources there are and where they’re located through good signs and trail markers;

(3)  get Schuylkill River Trail users from Riverfront Park and into the downtown, where the Trail can be extended down High Street through the use of the existing bike lanes, and further extend the Trail to a new terminus at Pollock Park;

(4)  help generate more foot/bike traffic for downtown merchants; 

(5)  get the Borough, business owners, and arts, historical, recreational, educational and wellness organizations working together around marketing Pottstown as a heritage destination.

One of the key words above is “Action.” There’s $25,000 available now from the Greenway/William Penn Foundation to implement some of the prioritized projects in Pottstown’s Draft HAP. Click on COMPONENT RANKING RESULTS to see the complete list of projects. These are some tangible activities that could help get people into town and give the downtown & PDIDA a leg up in marketing Pottstown as a Heritage Town.

Four projects were identified as appropriate for the next round of implementation funding from the Greenway (the $25K mentioned above.) They are:

#6 – Trail Connection: Riverfront Park to High Street & High Street to Pollock Park
#18 – Pottstown Comprehensive Brochure (to go into kiosks, Chamber of Commerce, businesses)
#28 – 3 Informational Kiosks at Riverfront Park, Pollock Park, Downtown
#36 – Trail Friendly Decal for participating businesses who offer water, rest rooms or discounts to Trail users

 These projects were chosen from the list of 42 projects based on:
• making a visible impact;
• being able to be completed within the scope of the available funds ($25K);
• being able to be completed by May 2012;
• and being compatible with the Heritage Towns & Tours major initiatives:
– destination creation and marketing;
– creating a Trail Town identity and a sense of place;
– and improving or creating on-ground connections between trails and communities.

The HAP can be used as a supporting document to go after more grant money to implement other projects listed in the plan. In a time of dwindling resources, there is still money in PA for conservation, trail connections and the like.

Residents and downtown business and property owners are encouraged to come out tomorrow night to hear more about the HAP and see what’s proposed for implementation.

Library and Gallery on High team up for fundraiser

The Gallery School of Pottstown and the Pottstown Regional Public Library are holding a joint fundraiser on Saturday, August 13 from 6-9 pm at the Ballroom on High. The Books and Brushes, Beef and Beer event will feature local food and businesses and benefit the programs and ongoing operations of the community art school and the library.

The theme for this event is “local.” Popular Pottstown restaurant Grumpy’s will be catering. The Ballroom, at 310 E. High St. next to The Farmers’ Market, is also the home to SwingKat Entertainment. Pottstown’s own radio station WPAZ will be creating the soundtrack for the event, so bring your dancing shoes!

Tickets are only $20 and include hot roast beef sandwiches, pasta and veggie salads, beer and soft drinks, and homemade desserts. There will also be vegetarian wrap sandwiches available. Guests can purchase their tickets online at, or in person at the School at 254 E. High St. or the Library at 500 E. High St.

The Gallery School of Pottstown is a 501c3 non-profit community art school and gallery. The School offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages. The goal of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence. The Gallery on High hosts rotating shows featuring local artists. The Gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items.

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