World-renowned pianist in free concert at Emmanuel Lutheran Sunday

Elena Ulyanova will play piano masterpieces tomorrow, Sunday, October 23rd at 4pm at Emmanuel Lutheran Church as part of its Music at Emmanuel Series. 

Hailed by the Moscow Conservatory as one of its most gifted musicians, Ukrainian pianist Elena Ulyanova is described as possessing “great virtuosity, brilliant artistic temperament, unique interpretive expression and a rich sound pallet.”   From her early piano studies with her mother, she has gone on to be a prize winner in numerous national and international piano competitions.

Ms. Ulyanova has performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America and has released two critically acclaimed CDs, the second of which features Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto #2 with the Russian Philharmonic Orchestra.  This concert is free with a reception to follow! Not to be missed!

Emmanuel Lutheran Church is located at 150 N. Hanover Street in the heart of Pottstown. For more info go to

Local dance company performs classic Nutcracker based on original

I guess it’s not too early to get your tickets for The Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company’s holiday production of The Nutcracker. Attention: Educational groups, senior centers and scout troops – scroll down for info on discounted tickets for your organization!

The Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company will be performing a brand “new to the area” “Nutcracker” this year to celebrate its 40th Anniversary. Two former principal dancers from the Kirov Ballet, Andrei Ustinov and Elena Martinson, will be setting choreography on the Company based on the original work by Marius Petipa (originally performed at the Kirov in 1892).

The performances will take place at the Hill School Center for the Arts in Pottstown on Saturday Dec. 3rd at 7:30pm, as well as on Sunday Dec. 4th at 2pm. Also, there will be specially priced matinees for school and senior citizen groups on Friday, Dec. 2. Artistic Director, Michelle Jones Wurtz, will be assisting the ballet masters and will be joining the cast for a special cameo appearance.

The Company performs a “Nutcracker” annually but this year there will be many changes to what people have become accustomed to in the area. For more information, visit, or call the Company at 484-941-0683. This is a holiday tradition not to be missed!

Order your tickets today!!
Tickets: $20.00 for adults, $15.00 for students/seniors, 20% off for groups of 10 or more (Use the discount code “Group” when ordering online.)
Discount tickets available for the following: 
We are offering our special pricing for Educational Groups and Senior Centers for two performances on Friday December 2, 2011. Please find information below:
School Groups and Home School Groups:
Please visit our website for $6 seating information and reservation form for our two school performances on Friday December 2, 2011.
Activity Directors/Active Senior and Assisted Living Centers:
Please visit our website for $6 seating information and reservation form for our two performances on Friday December 2, 2011.
Attention Girl and Boy Scouts:
We are again offering our $6 seating Tech Rehearsal Viewing on Thursday evening December 1, 2011. Please visit our webstie for your troops reservation and information form.
Nutcracker Story Reading: Free!!
Join us for a Nutcracker story reading at All That Jazz on Sun. Nov. 20, 2011 at 1:00pm. Meet some of the characters from the Nutcracker, have your photo taken with them and enjoy hearing the story of the Nutcracker read aloud! All That Jazz is located at 50 W. 3rd Ave., Collegeville, PA 19426. We hope you can join us for this afternoon of Nutcracker fun!
Sponsor and Advertising Opportunities:
Please consider supporting SVRDC by sponsoring us or advertising with us for the Nutcracker! Forms can be found on our website (under Dancer Information, under Forms) and are due by Nov. 5, 2011. Thank you for your support!!
Nutcracker T-shirts and DVD’s:
Nutcracker t-shirts are available to be purchased for $30.00 per shirt. An image of this years t-shirt is attached. All t-shirt orders are due byOct. 19, 2011. Please indicate number of shirts and sizes desired when ordering. Nutcracker DVD’s are available to be purchased for $10.00 per DVD. Please indicate number of DVD’s desired and for which shows when ordering. Thank you!
More Information:
For more information please visit our website,, or contact us at 484-941-0683 or
Thank you and we hope to see you all at our upcoming performances!
-Schuylkill Valley Regional Dance Company

Emmanuel Lutheran presents outstanding choral, classical music

After promoting the Emmanuel Lutheran Music Series for the past year, I attended one of their concerts for the first time yesterday. All I can say is, “WOW!”

I will admit right here that I did not take to choral and classical music when I was growing up like my two musically-talented older sisters. I guess I just wanted choir practice to end so I could get into the next kickball or baseball game at the Franklin School playground. That being said, I’m pretty sure my musical appreciation IQ reached a new high yesterday while in the presence of some incredibly talented singers and musicians from The Hill School, The Bel Canto Children’s Chorus and Cantatica, the ensemble-in-residence for the 2011-2012 season at Emmanuel. The program featured “Music of the Celtic Isles,” and every piece was stunning – from solemn to achingly beautiful to Riverdance-inspiring.

Below is the schedule for the rest of the season, along with links. Mark calendars and make a point to get there. Emmanuel – under the creative leadership of Andrew Meade, head of Music Ministry – is bringing some world-class talent to town and showcasing homegrown talent, too.

Please note that there are actually two series: Emmanuel’s Music Series and Cantatica’s series. The Emmanuel Series is generally free; admission is charged for the Cantatica events.  See you there!

Emmanuel Lutheran is located at 150 N. Hanover Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

For a brochure of Emmanuel’s music series, click here.

For more info on Cantatica, visit


(all concerts held on Sunday)

ELENA ULYANOVA, Piano Masterpieces –  Oct. 23, 4 pm, Free

READING CHORAL SOCIETY, Celebration of Light – Dec. 11, 4 pm, Free

MATTHEW LEWIS, Pipe Dreams (organ) – Feb. 26, 2012, Free

MEGAN DURHAM, Mystery of the Song (mezzo-soprano) – Mar. 25, 2012, 4 pm, Free

WESTMINSTER KANTOREI – April 29, 2012, 4 pm, Free


AN AMERICAN THANKSGIVING – Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2011, 7:30 PM

 GUEST ARTIST:  The Coventry Singers

CABARET SONGS, A Special Gala Fundraising Event – Sunday, March 11, 2012, 4 PM

 FEATURING: Toni Marie Palmertree, Soprano 

JOYFUL, JAZZY AND JEWISH! – Sunday, May 27, 2012, 4 PM

FEATURING: Klezmer Band


$12 Adults – $10 Seniors – $8 Students

Tickets available at the door.



“Music of the Celtic Isles” concert at Emmanuel today

OOPS! Please note that there is an admission fee for today’s concert at Emmanuel Lutheran. I apologize for the error.


$12 Adults – $10 Seniors – $8 Students

Tickets available at the door.





In addition to its regular music series, Emmanuel Lutheran now has an ensemble-in-residence – Cantatica – which will offer even more outstanding music in the heart of Pottstown.

Come meet and hear Cantatica for yourself as they present “Music of the Celtic Isles” this afternoon at 4 pm. The concert is free and open to the public, giving area residents the chance to also experience this beautiful, historic church. Emmanuel Lutheran is located at 150 N. Hanover Street, Pottstown, PA 19464.

For more info on Cantatica, visit

For a brochure of Emmanuel’s music series, click here.

Fall Festival and Pet Fair downtown this Saturday

Pottstown’s First Annual Pet Fair will take place downtown tomorrow, Saturday, September 24 from 9 AM to 2 PM. The Pet Fair will be located in Smith Family Plaza in front of Pottstown Borough Hall.

The Fall Festival will include a massive community yard sale, which is on from 8 am – noon so get up early and head downtown to catch the best deals and find that special something you never knew you needed!

Carousel of Flavor & Murder Mystery Theater in downtown Pottstown today!

The region’s premier food festival – Carousel of Flavor – is taking place from noon to 4 pm in downtown Pottstown today. Last year over 4,000 people attended.

Head over to the 100 block of High Street and Smith Plaza in front of Borough Hall for food from local restaurants and caterers. There will be an expanded wine and beer garden so you can get mellow while enjoying music from 3 live bands, crafters, great food, friends, this absolutely gorgeous fall weather and, yes, even a clown. I’m getting there early to get some of Grumpy’s chowder – I heard it was a huge hit last year. Here’s a sampling of some other vendors… Tornetta’s, Bause-Landry Catering, Craft Ale House of Limerick, The Pour House…

Keep the fun going on your day of rest and walk a couple blocks to 245 High Street by 3 pm for the start of TriPAC’s production of  A Brush with Death: The Flossing of Chester Basil. It runs this weekend only so this is your last chance to catch this murder mystery that’s sure to be an interactive adventure for the whole family!

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.

WILLIE WONKA JR. comes to the Tri-PAC

Do you love chocolate?  Who doesn’t love a summertime treat?  Nobody can resist the temptation of WILLIE WONKA JR. at theTri-County Performing Arts Center, 245 E. High Street, Pottstown.  Get your tickets now – there are only three performances, Saturday August 13th at 7:00 PM and Sunday, August 14th at 3:00 PM or 7:00 PM.  Tickets for these special performances by Summer Camp students are only $8.00!

Bring the whole family to the Tri-PAC Performing Arts Summer Camp’s production of WILLY WONKA, JR.  It’s a delightful, updated musical version of Roald Dahl’s timeless children’s novel, CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY! Augustus eats and eats. Veruca yells and yells. Violet chews and chews. And Mike Teavee? Well, he learns everything on the … you know what! Then there’s Charlie Bucket who learns to “Think Positive.” These are the five Golden Ticket winners who get a lifetime supply of glorious chocolate from candy creator Willy Wonka AND a tour of his mysterious and fantastic factory. But do all the kids stay until the end of the tour? Come to the Tri-PAC and find out!

The cast includes Aidan Quigley, Aslan Berbaum, Mike Styer, Lindsay Lohr, Brad Heinzinger, Tim Turner, Anna Lavelle, Sebastian Coates, Cassie Wells, Taylor Ruffo, Rikki Etter, Emi Aungst, Kendall Bowden, JT Clark, Olivia Zitkus, Sarah Bauer, Wyeth Casperite, Rachel Julian, Kyraen Bittner, Madison Kershner, Jordan Hicks, Julia Maenza, Cassandra Marks, Hannah Paczkowski, Amanda Murray, Nathan Bunyon, Tiana Gallagher, Lauren Bergen, Madison Wingert, Lauren Dougherty, and Annie Stockmal.  The Stage Director for this production is  Lisa Uliasz with Music Director, Richard Oberholtzer.

Lyrics and music are by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley.  The show was adapted for the stage by Leslie Bricusse and Timothy A. McDonald.  It is based on the book “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” by Roald Dahl, and presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Tickets are available online at www.tripac.orgTickets will be sold at the door if space is available.  For full information check, or call the theater at 610-970-1199.  You will also find full information on the website about the upcoming 2011 – 2012 season.


Village Productions (the Tri-County Performing Arts Center) is a dynamic non-profit performing arts organization founded in 2001 to make the arts highly accessible to all in the community. Established and led by dedicated team of performing artists, arts educators, business leaders, and area residents, Village Productions seeks to strengthen community, inspire creative exploration, educate, and entertain, through the presentation of quality performing arts events and educational opportunities geared toward a diverse audience. More information is available at

Native American flutes, guitar & percussion at Juan Carlos tonight

Guitarist Russ Ferrara will appear at Juan Carlos Fine Mexican Cuisine this Thursday with guests, Jan Seiden and Nelson Rios, in an evening of original music for Native American Flutes, Guitar and Percussion. They will perform for diners from 6:30-9 pm.

Juan Carlos is located at 235 East High Street in downtown Pottstown; their number is 484-624-4931. Juan Carlos is a BYOB restaurant, drink set-ups are available, and reservations are requested.

U.S. Army Reserve’s 78th Army Band to play at Sanatoga Park this Wednesday night

This Wednesday, July 13th, at 7pm, the 78th Army Band out of Fort Dix, New Jersey will make an appearance at the band shell at Sanatoga Park. They are appearing as part of the Lower Pottsgrove’s summer concert series, sponsored by Exelon Nuclear. Check out Joe Zlomek’s story in the Sanatoga Post.

Joe also wrote via email: “To my knowledge, this is the first time in many years a military band unit has played an outdoor concert anywhere near Pottstown, and the first time in several years a unit has played in the greater Pottstown area at all.” They will be playing in much larger cities and towns this week, including Baltimore and Philadelphia, so this is a fantastic opportunity, so close to home, to hear our service men and women perform and to acknowledge their musical talent and commitment.

We featured Sanatoga Park in our Parks & Rec Series last fall for the Pottstown Area Health & Wellness Foundation; you can see photos here. The band shell and lawn overlooking the water provide a scenic setting for the community to come together and share a musical experience.  So, gather up the family, throw a blanket or some lawn chairs into the trunk, and head over to Sanatoga Park this Wednesday night!



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