Gearing up for a fantastic First Saturday in Pottstown on May 5th!

The first First Saturday of 2012 is shaping up to be an interactive arts and cultural extravaganza thanks to the ingenuity and effort of Daniel Dilliplane. Daniel has organized a day filled with local folks, performers, and artists sharing their hobbies, crafts, and skills FOR FREE with the public. Check out the Facebook page for Pottstown Interactive Art Picnic and check out he flyer below to see all the activities taking place all day long, in addition to the traditional May Fair at Pottsgrove Manor, Paint the Town Purple, and the Classic Car Show. There’s stuff to do all day long in Pottstown on May 5th so mark your calendar now!

Another First Saturday on tap!

If you’re in town for the holiday weekend, be sure to cruise over to Smith Family Plaza this Saturday from 10am – 2pm for the final First Saturday of the season, brought to you by the Pottstown Arts & Cultural Alliance.

10-11 am: Pottstown Dance Theatre – Hip-Hop performance
11am-12pm: High Street Music – Jazz
12-2 pm: Music by acoustic roots rocker Dina Hall

Men in Spikes fundraiser

Men: there’s still time to find two friends who will race in spikes to raise money for your favorite charity. The race starts at 1 pm.

Here’s how it works:
Pay a $200 entry fee, or get in touch with Mike Holliday at regarding possible sponsorship.
Bring your own spikes or choose from the assortment at Smith Plaza.
Teeter and totter your heart out.
Cross the finish line.
It’s winner-take-all. If your team wins, you get all the proceeds donated to your favorite charity.

There will also be a 50/50 raffle going on. Tickets are $1, and purchasers get to cast a vote for their favorite team. The raffle proceeds will be split between the charity of the favorite team and the winning team’s charity. If you’re confused, don’t worry about it — all proceeds go to good causes! So… who will survive Men in Spikes?? Tune in for the action at Smith Plaza tomorrow!

Another fun First Saturday!

This past weekend, another First Saturday (brought to you by the Pottstown Arts & Cultural Alliance) brought the downtown to life with music, community-building and classic cars.


This was the first time I set up a table, and I sure was grateful to get an iced mocha from Churchill and to get a spot under a canopy from Erica Hornburg-Cooper from The Gallery School. When kids stopped by to do art projects, they usually grabbed a bottle of bubbles and a Positively!Pottstown re-usable bag from my table.

It seemed like lots of people were getting great book bargains from the Pottstown Public Library sale. As they kept making their way to my table, it became obvious that I should just turn my bags over to the folks at the library so people could put their books directly into them there! Since the 4th of July, 250 Positively!Pottstown bags have infiltrated the community, bringing day-glo orange cheeriness to shopping carts throughout the region. Can a world dominated by positivity be far behind??

Another cool thing about hanging out at Smith Family Plaza on First Saturday is that the world comes to you, bringing ideas for future blog posts. I met Louis Rieger of High Street Music. And Ross Landy of WPAZ Preservation Association. And when lunchtime rolled around, my mom brought a delicious and filling sandwich from Grumpy’s, who will be featured in an article later this week.

Rounding out the music for the day was “Maggie Spike,” the duo of Eric and Peggy Gernerd. These Berks County natives play a very enjoyable, foot-tapping mix of acoustic folk, rock, jazz and reggae that has you humming along in no time.

Maggie Spike and Mike Holliday (courtesy of Maggie Spike)

And, finally, since I really had to get home, I could only glimpse the beginning of the Pottstown Classics Car Club Nostalgia Night and make plans to spend some more time there next month. The next First Saturday, which will be the final one for 2010, will take place on September 4th – hope to see you then!

Things to do this weekend

Lots going on for the first weekend in August!

Just added:
Friday, August 6 at 7:30pm

FIRST SATURDAY at Smith Plaza in downtown Pottstown
10 am-2 pm
Music, art, vendors
10 am: Pottstown Dance Theatre- African Dance
11 am: High Street Music Showcase
Noon: Maggie Spike

I’ll be there giving away Positively!Pottstown re-usable bags and bubbles for the kids, while supplies last. Stop by and say “hello!”

Gallery on High
254 E. High Street
Reception on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 3-5 pm. Free & open to the public. Exhibit runs until Aug. 13.

John Hain and the Mango Summers Band
Riverfront Park
College Drive, Pottstown, PA
Sunday, Aug. 8
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

100 W. King Street
Sundays, Aug. 8, 15, 22, 29 from 1-4 pm
Costumed interpreters will live life the Colonial way with activities such as needlework, gunsmithing, butter churning, tape-loom weaving and more. Visitors can watch , learn & join in! Bring the kids! Call to find out which activity is slated for this Sunday. See a photos & more details at the Sanatoga Post.

First Saturday Festivities!

Car Art
Thanks to Tom Carroll of Preservation Pottstown for the hot-off-the-press photos!

Here are a few glimpses of today’s First Saturday festivities at Smith Plaza, where the first annual PottsMUTTster dog show was held. I don’t have details on the winners in the many categories, or the grand winner, who will appear in the 4th of July parade… stay tuned!
Erica & friend

Sharing a cone with man's best friend!

Unlikely pair?
Warren & a contender

Pottstown’s Weekend – lots going on!

Please check out the calendar page at Positively!Pottstown for a line-up of happenings starting tonight and moving through the weekend. Dance the week’s frustrations away at Sunnybrook tonight… tomorrow morning, get up early, grab your work gloves and a trowel and take part in a community garden project at Washington & Chestnut Sts…. grab a cool drink and a bite to eat for the volunteers… head over to Smith Plaza, kick off your sweaty socks, literally slap some paint on an old car (trust me, it feels so right) and catch some music at the First Saturday Celebration… head home to shower… give in to the urge to skip cooking for one night and go back into town for dinner… go see Ragtime at Tri-PAC… wake up on Sunday energized after the awesome day you had the day before… stop by Memorial Park at 1 pm to see an interesting tradition in the burning of retired flags… It’s only 2 pm on Sunday afternoon, and there’s still plenty of time to do whatever you thought you were going to do before you got caught up in living in the moment…

I’ll be tending to stuff like this across the river here, but just might get to the matinee of Ragtime on Sunday afternoon. Have a great weekend!

First Saturday!

I went to my first FIRST SATURDAY yesterday, and it was a lot of fun!

I was there in the morning with the kids in my Pottstown Influential Leaders of Tomorrow writing class. Check us out in a photo in today’s Mercury!

The music and entertainment was excellent, although I would have to say that my students and I probably had the most fun adding our own special touches to the painting of the ’48 Buick, which will eventually become a piece of sculpture somewhere in town.

Car Art!

I also went back in the afternoon with my mom after a delicious lunch at Churchill’s across the street. Already looking forward to the upcoming First Saturdays on June 5, August 7 and September 4!


Wow. I had the sense that there was plenty going on, but until I tried to put together a calendar, I didn’t realize just how much.

Maintaining a calendar & putting in all the links is – um – kind of a lot of work. I don’t know if I have the stamina for it… but WAIT!

The Pottstown Arts & Cultural Alliance is going to be unveiling its new website in the very near future, and they’re going to have a calendar, so maybe the calendar here can just serve as a temporary clearinghouse until the PACA page comes along? For now, here you go…

April 22-25A Night of David Ives One-Acts
Location: Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 E. High Street
Times & Tickets:
Friday, Apr. 23 – 8:00 pm
Saturday, Apr. 24 – 8:00 pm
Sunday, Apr. 25 – 3:00 pm
ADULT: Thurs $15; Fri, Sat & Sun $17
STUDENT/SENIOR(65+): Thurs $13; Fri, Sat, Sun $15
CHILD (12 & under): Thurs $11; Fri, Sat & Sun $13
$2 off per ticket for groups of 10 or more!

April 23 – DJ Bruce Miller, dance to sounds of 50s, 60s, 70s
Location: Sunnybrook Ballroom, Colonial Room
Time: 8-11pm, doors open 7:45 pm
Cover: $5
Age: Over 21

April 24Rian Wallace 4th Annual Goals Over Obstacles Football Clinic
Location: PHS Grigg Memorial Field, 750 N. Washington St.
Time: 10 am – 4 pm
Cost: Free

April 24Wondabubba and the Big Splash
Location: Tri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 E. High Street
Time: 11 am and 3 pm
Tickets: ADULT: $8, Children: $5, Senior/Student: $8
Age: Recommended for grades K-3

April 24Singer Songwriter Showcase
Location: Churchill Artisan Baker & Chocolatier, 137 High Street
Time: Every Saturday, see schedule & performers here

April 25Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Co. Fundraiser
Location: Limerick Bowl
Time: 2-4 pm
Cover: $15 (includes shoes, ball, raffle ticket)

April 30-May 8YWCA Women’s Festival of the Arts
Location: The Gallery on High, 254 E. High St.
Opening Reception: 6-8pm, Friday, April 30

April 30Emily’s Toy Box
Location: The Brick House, 152 E High Street
Time:10 p.m.

May 1Pottstown’s First Saturday
Location: Smith Family Plaza, 100 High Street
Time: 10 am – 2 pm

Children’s activities, vendors, flea market, live entertainment
10-11– SwingKat swing & salsa demonstration
11-12 – High Street Music Showcase
12-2 – Gene Galligan

Be a part of “Car-Art” and help paint a 1949 Buick!

Compete in “Project Art-cycle” alone or bring a team. Register for this event by April 28th. You bring art supplies. On May 1st, you’ll be given a kit of recycled materials to use in your sculpture, plus an optional bonus item. Work from 10am-1pm, then let the judges do their job! Register at

May 2 – Polka Gala featuring the Polka Family Band and Ray Jay & the Carousels
Location: Sunnybrook Ballroom
Time: noon-8 pm
Cover: $15 in advance; $20 at the door

May 2 Sunday in the Park Music Series featuring Neighbor Poem
Location: Riverfront Park amphitheater, College Drive, Pottstown
Time: 2-4 pm
Cover: Free.

May 2Kinnara Choral Ensemble
Location: Emmanuel Lutheran Church
Time: 7:30 pm
Cover: Free. (A free-will offering will be collected.)

May 5Wine After Five Celebrates Cinco de Mayo
Location: Gallery School, 254 E. High St.
Time: 6:30 pm
Cover: $45, fundraiser. Must purchase tix before April 30.

May 8Otherwise-Poetry at Churchill’s featuring Jules Gibbs & Bruce Smith
Location: Churchill Artisan Baker & Chocolatier
137 High Street
Time: 7 pm
Host: Glenn McLaughlin (featured readings followed by open mic)

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