Legendary Locals Launch Party Set for Tomorrow

The Legendary Locals book launch party will take place Sunday, October 20th from 1-4 pm at Grumpy’s Sandwiches (137 E. High Street, Pottstown, PA 19464).

Come on out, meet authors Sue Repko and Ed Berger, and get a copy of the book! Legendary Locals of Pottstown features the people who have contributed – and continue to contribute – to the life of our community in ways large and small.

Book talks and signings are also scheduled for:

Sunday, Nov. 3rd, 1-3 pm, Pottstown Regional Public Library, 500 E. High Street, Pottstown.

Wednesday, Nov. 6th, 7 pm, Schuylkill River Greenway Association, 140 College Drive, Pottstown.

The book costs $21.99 and is also available at these local retailers: Grumpy’s Sandwiches, Coles Tobacco, Pottstown Roller Mills, and Professional Pharmacy

Check out Legendary Locals of Pottstown on Facebook for updates.


Pottstown’s Schuylkill River Festival this Saturday!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis year’s Schuylkill Riverfest takes place on Saturday, Oct 12, 2013 from noon until 6pm at Riverfront Park (140 College Drive in Pottstown).

Learn to Kayak along the river between 12 and 4:30 where kayaks and equipment will be available for a low cost ($15/half hour) through the day. Take a kayak tour at 4:30: Take a 2-mile paddle trip to Tow Path Park – shuttle & equipment is available at a small cost of $35. You can register the day of or go to    https://www.facebook.com/TakeItOutdoorsAG   or  takeitoutdoorsag@gmail.com or 610-656-3969 (first come basis).

Historic River Walks at 1:00pm AND 4:00pm –  presented by the staff of Pottsgrove Manor.

Artists and Crafters will be present to display their creative arts and local music will be heard throughout the day!

Join in for the First Annual “ARTICLE EVENT” in which we provide your pallet (a bike and recycled materials) and YOU provide the creativity! Please contact Sheila Dugan for more information at 610-323-5400 – We will have a Peoples Choice award given to the most creative bike – $200!

Magician-Illusionist Kyle & Kelly will entertain at 5pm and then move into the downtown at Steel River Playhouse where they will wow the adults as they await the curtain call for “Spring Awakening” – (This musical is suggested for 15 years and older – adult content) – OR after a lovely dinner at the local restaurants (where more local music will be performed) – join ARTFusion19464 for their show “We Were Soldiers” between 6pm and 8pm in the downtown.

Live music throughout the streets and art throughout the restaurants! Come see what’s happening in Pottstown! OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Other Activities include Belly Dance demonstrations, Reiki, Palm Reading, Card Reading, A Drum Circle, (bring your drum and join in), Yoga Demonstrations and Martial Arts, Minute Massages, and more . Food vendors and A Beer Garden will also be available for everyone to enjoy this fun day!

Children’s Activities will include Pony Rides ($) and a Petting Zoo from 12:30 to 4:30, Crafts and Face Painting from 12:00 to 6:00 pm brought to you by ArtFusion19464, and at 5:00 pm enjoy the Magical Illusions of Kyle and Kelly. Rainbow the Clown will be present all day long to have balloon sculptures and face painting as well.

Help send The Pottstown High School AP Gov. and AP Calc. students  to Greece! They will be selling baked goods to help them raise funds for this fabulous opportunity.

Don’t forget from 6 to 8pm the fun continues in the downtown! Join our restaurants for some fabulous food and end at ARTFusion19464 for their “We were Soldiers” Display – stories about Vietnam from Veterans of the war. ALSO Steel River Playhouse is having their Musical “Spring Awakening” (adult themed) starting at 8pm. Kyle & Kelly – Illusionists will be in the lobby between 6:30 and 7:30 to entertain you while you enjoy the atmosphere of the theater. Grumpy’s will be having live music by Michael Kropp, local musician playing classic acoustic pop-rock as well as a complimentary light hors-d’œuvre spread. Visit the Brick House for their nightly specials and enjoy their newest menu items. West End Alley is now open at 105 High St. Juan Carlos welcomes Russell Ferrara and Acoustic Duo “Lights Out” will be playing along the street in the downtown between 6pm and 8pm.

Join Pottstown as it shows you the arts and fine dining available throughout the downtown! 


Grumpy’s menu for the week

Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches is at 137 E. High Street in the heart of Pottstown. Their hours are 8 am – 6 pm, Tuesday Saturday. Eat in or take out by calling 610- 323-1232. They will be closed for vacation from Aug. 24th until after Labor Day!

This week’s specials include some yummy homemade dessert, veggies from the Community Gardens and more!


Soup: Turkey Noodle
Salad: Chef Salad
Sandwich: Grilled Cheddar & Bacon Sandwich
Sides: Grammy Baked Beans and Home style Potato
Dessert: Homemade Peach Cobbler / Muffins – Chocolate Banana Walnut


Soup:  Fresh Tomato Bisque
Salad: Cobb Salad
Sandwich: Irvanish  and Black bean Burger
Sides Tuscany Bean Salad, Grilled Veggie Salad
Dessert: ?


Soup: Maryland Crab Soup
Salad:Southwest Roast beef salad
Sandwich:Corned Beef and BBQ Meatloaf
Sides: Fresh Homemade Mashed Potatoes Roasted Beets
Dessert:Fresh Fruit


Soup: Shrimp Corn  Chowder
Salad:Fresh Fruit with homemade vanilla yogurt with granola
Sandwich: Crab Cake and the Dagwood
Sides:Mac and cheese, Orzo and Sundried Tomato Salad
Dessert: ?

SATURDAY –  Closed for Vacation be back after Labor Day! Enjoy your week everyone!

Girl Scouts collecting school uniforms in Pottstown on behalf of Cluster

A local Pottstown Girl Scout Troop is collecting new or used clothing that can be used as student uniforms in the Pottstown School District, such as white, light blue, or navy polo shirts, turtlenecks, certain sweaters and sweatshirts and navy blue or khaki pants, shorts, skirts, or skorts. All sizes.

All uniforms will be donated to the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities to help children in Pottstown. Victoria Bumstead, who is the Volunteer Coordinator for the Cluster has indicated that uniforms are a huge need for their organization to support children in our community.

For more information about Pottstown’s uniforms, policies, and assistance programs, click here.

The Girl Scouts have drop-off sites at the following locations:

Grumpy’s Sandwich Shop at 137 East High Street

Rich Ranieri’s MAB paints at 218 E. High Street

Mike’s Brick Oven Pizza at 601 N. Charlotte St.

The YMCA at Wilson and North Adams Streets

Pottstown School District Administration Building at 230 Beech Street

and the North End Swim Club.

Please help spread the word!!

Grumpy’s and PHS Culinary Arts students to unveil new sandwich today!

Stop by Grumpy’s Hand-Carved Sandwich Shop at 137 East High Street anytime after 11 am TODAY, when the festivities will get underway to unveil a new sandwich created by the Pottstown High School winners of the Chopped competition.

The winning team of Hannah Irvin and Alyssa Vanish, shown here with Sheila and Gene Dugan, will be on hand with their classmates to celebrate and promote the culinary arts program at the high school.

Wednesday is still veggie day at Grumpy’s! Here’s the menu for today:

SOUPS: fava bean soup / chicken orzo
SANDWICH: roasted pepper and fresh mozzerella wrap
THE IRVANISH SPECIAL: Presented today for the first time!
SIDES: freeken salad, blackeyepeas with barley salad

Come out and meet the talented students of PHS Culinary Arts!



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!

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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. 




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:

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

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

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

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


Gallery School & Pottstown Regional Public Library team up for Beef ‘n Beer fundraiser

Join us on 

Saturday, August 11

from 6-9pm


A joint fundraiser benefiting the non-profit Gallery School  

and the Pottstown Regional Public Library

Great music from DJ Pete LaRosa

Win amazing door prizes 

Try your luck with a 50/50 raffle

Food by Grumpy’s:  Hot roast beef sandwiches  * green salad  * pasta salad w/ sundried tomato dressing  *  black bean & barley salad  *  vegetarian wraps

Sly Fox beer, water, and soda

Homemade desserts 

$20 per person

Or stop by 254 E. High St!
Tickets are also available at the Library.

Check out Grumpy’s Weekly Specials! Wednesday is Vegetarian Day!

300 E. High Street (Inside the Farmers’ Market) – 610-323-1232

Wednesday: Vegetarian Day
Soup: Pasta Fagoli & Cream of Asparagus
Sandwich: Vegetable Wrap / Asian Chicken Salad Wrap
Sides: Mediterranean Farra

Thursday: BREAKFAST IS SERVED at 8:30
Soup: Mushroom Broth Soup / NE Clam Chowder
Sandwiches: Meatloaf and Corn beef
Sides: Mashed Potatoes, Sauteed Green Beans w/ Carrots

Friday: BREAKFAST IS SERVED! starting at 8:30
Soup: Mushroom,Crab Bisque/ Turkey & Rice Soup
Sandwich: The Dagwood; Egg Salad
Sides: Mac and Cheese and Stewed Tomatoes & Blueberry Bread Pudding

Menu TBA
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Area food drive picking up speed

The “Fill the Media Lab” food pantry drive being conducted by The Mercury, The Sanatoga Post, other Post newspapers, and area bloggers who are part of The Mercury’s Town Square, is kicking into high gear. New businesses keep coming forward to offer their location as a drop-off point for donations of food and laundry detergent.

Residential and commercial real estate attorney Andrew Monastra has joined the local fight against hunger by offering his office at 740 E. High Street in Pottstown as a drop-off location between the hours of 8:30 am – 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Food collected there, as well as at Grumpy’s Handcarved Sandwiches (in the Farmers’ Market), is going to the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities. During the first week of the food drive, Grumpy’s collected 117 food items and 15 bottles of laundry detergent.* Grumpy’s is also making a matching donation for everything they collect.

Andrew Monastra’s office is down near the post office in Pottstown; it’s that beautiful Grand Review Building. Andrew is always finding a new way to support the efforts of area non-profits. His Heartland Abstract title company makes a donation from each real estate transaction to either MOSAIC Community Land Trust, The Gallery School of Pottstown, or The Carousel. Please consider contacting Andrew Monastra for your next real estate transaction!

In other “Fill the Media Lab” news, The Sanatoga Post reported today that Zuber Realty (2117 E. High Street) has become the latest donation drop-off spot in Lower Pottsgrove Township, joining Pottsgrove High School (1345 Kauffman Rd.) and Chesmont Storage (1500 Industrial Hwy.)

* I’ve got a photo of the food collected, but I’m having “technical difficulties” with my camera. 😦 Will post photos as soon as I can!

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