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! 

 

Harris Family Ministries to hold annual Stop the Drugs, Stop the Violence Crusade

STOP THE DRUGS, STOP THE VIOLENCE CRUSADE

Living Water Outreach Worship Center

Riverfront Park

140 College Drive

Pottstown, PA 19464

Saturday, July 27, 2013

12pm – 4pm

 Free food!

Lots of fun & family entertainment!

 Teen Challenge Philadelphia will perform!

Resources will be available for all who attend.

Harris Family Ministries, Inc.

P.O. Box 3001

Stowe, PA 19464

(610) 764 – 4984

gharris@harrisfamilyministries.org

http://www.harrisfamilyminstries.org

Courtesy of Harris Family Ministries
Courtesy of Harris Family Ministries

Eagle Scout project culminates in flag raising ceremony this Saturday

Photo courtesy Neil Fuerman

Eagle Scout candidate Nathan Fuerman invites the public to join him for a short ceremony this Saturday, Dec. 1st from 10-11 am at the three flag poles located at Riverfront Park, College Drive, Pottstown, PA. Some of you may recall when Nate appeared at a Happy Hour last year at Rich Ranieri’s Paint & Carpet store to raise funds and talk about his project, which benefits the Pottstown Parks & Recreation Foundation. Now the flag poles are ready for action. Looks awesome, Nate!

The ceremony will include:

  • Singing of the National Anthem
  • Thank you from Nathan Fuerman
  • Comments from Eileen Schlegel, Director of Pottstown Parks & Rec
  • Raising the American Flag – Troop 129, Emmanuel Lutheran Church
  • Raising the Pennsylvania Flag – Local Pottstown vets
  • Raising the Borough Flag – Air Force Jr. ROTC, Pottstown High School
  • Cosing Prayer – Pastor Scott Major

All are welcome; hot chocolate and coffee will be served.

 

Schuylkill River Heritage Area plans bike & history tours

The Schuylkill River Heritage Area is offering a Rails and River Towns Ride on the Schuylkill River Trail on Saturday, September 22nd. Mark your calendars and register online or get your registration form in now if you want to take part.

Support the Schuylkill River Heritage Area with a round-trip bike ride along the Schuylkill River Trail from Pottstown to Birdsboro that includes a presentation about the railroad upon whose right-of-way the trail is built, with optional visits to three villages along the route.

This is the first ride in the Schuylkill River Trail Bike Tour Series, a new multi-year series being organized by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area. Each event will feature a unique combination of biking and history. This year cyclists will learn about the history of the Pennsylvania Railroad. For more info. from the Heritage Area website, click here.

There are three ride options, so there’s something for every rider:

• 18-mile, round-trip ride from the Schuylkill River Heritage Area headquarters in Pottstown to Birdsboro, where participants will take a 45-minute guided walking tour of historic Birdsboro.
• 20-mile Pottstown to Birdsboro ride, with a loop trail in Union Township and no walking tour.
• 9-mile round-trip ride with guided tour of Historic Morlatton Village’s four 18th century buildings.

DETAILS

140 College Drive

DATE: September 22, 2012;check-in begins at 7:30am.Welcome and Pennsylvania Railroad presentation begin at 8:30, rides start at 9:00. Rain date Sunday September 23.

CHECK-IN LOCATION: 140 College Drive, Pottstown, PA 19464

COST: $25 per person (ages 16 and up), $20 members, $15 children 11-15, children 10 & under free. Refreshments included! Register by Sept. 5 to get free T-shirt!

4th annual Stop the Drugs/Stop the Violence Crusade to be held this Saturday

This press release contains updated information about this Saturday’s event.

Harris Family Ministries
Stop the Drugs Stop the Violence: “Love can Build a Bridge”

The fourth annual Stop the Drugs Stop the Violence Crusade will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, July 28 at Riverfront Park in Pottstown. The theme of this year’s campaign, conducted by The Harris Family Ministries, Inc., is “Love Can Build a Bridge.” The love of Jesus Christ can help those suffering from violence and addictions and unite the entire community. Crusade sponsors are Mt. Herman Missionary Church, Bethel AME Community Church and the Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority.

This free event is open to the public. All church groups, community groups, businesses and individuals interested in the fight against drugs and violence are invited to attend and network.

In addition to free food, beverages and entertainment, there will be plenty of resource information available for attendees to take. Representatives of various organizations will be on hand for any questions people may have.
This year’s program participants include panelists Dr. Rocio Nell, Executive Director of Montgomery County Emergency services; Dr. Reed Lindley, Pottstown School District Superintendent; Rev. Joseph Bishop of Victory Outreach International; Heather Levandoski, Assistant District Attorney of Montgomery County narcotics Unit; and Richard Dodridge, Executive Director of Philadelphia Teen Challenge, who will also be the keynote speaker.

Music will be provided by the 40-voice First Baptist Church of Indian Trail, NC choir, directed by Jonathan Schallmo; the Victory Outreach International band and choir; and the 20-voice Teen Challenge combined Men’s & Women’s choir, directed by Sister Sherry. Face painting and other arts and crafts will be available to entertain the whole family.

Information tables will be hosted by: Debbie Tellis – Pure Love Works; Andrea Primus-YWCA Tri-County Area; Tri-County Network (TCN); Richard Dodridge-Teen Challenge; Dr. Rocio Nell- Montgomery County Emergency Services; Victory Outreach International- Brother Joseph Bishop; Heather Levandoski- Montgomery County District Attorney’s office; Gail Cooper- Pottstown School District; Cecily Nixon-Hearts of Harmony; Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department; and Sheila Dugan- Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority; Guardian Angels Youth Division; Laura Washington-Community L.E.A.N (Loving exercise and appropriate nutrition).

Other sponsors are Jeffery Jackson Enterprises, Inc.; The Hill School; Coles Tobacco; McDonald’s High Street; Ink & Essence; Wegmans of Collegeville; Giant of Pottstown; Empire Hook & Ladder Fire Company; D & C Short Landscaping; Grumpy’s and SBX Entertainment.

Anyone looking to volunteer or donate goods or services, especially signage and food items is invited to call 610-323-8718 or e-mail gharris@harrisfamilyministries.org or you can visit our website at http://www.harrisfamilyministries.org and click the PayPal link for cash donations. All donations are tax deductible.

Riverfront Park is located on College Drive across the street from Montgomery County Community College’s West campus.

Save the Date! Schuylkill River Sojourn June 2-8!

Save the Date!

14th Annual Schuylkill River Sojourn

June 2-8, 2012  

2011 Sojourners
The 2012 Sojourn Theme is  Recreation in the Schuylkill River Heritage Area 

The Schuylkill River Sojourn is a 7-day, 112-mile guided paddle from Schuylkill Haven to Boathouse Row in Philadelphia that is organized annually by the Schuylkill River Heritage Area.  Participants can register for one day or the entire week. The first three days fill up quickly, so it is important to register early  once registration opens in April.

Photo: 2011 Courtesy Dan Creighton

Plunge into New Year and the Schuylkill River on January 1st

Pottstown’s very own Polar Bear Plunge will take place tomorrow morning at 10:30 am on the banks of the Schuylkill River in Riverfront Park. Participating polar bears – humans in varying states of undress – must sign a waiver ahead of time.

All of the New Year festivities, which are sponsored by the Borough Parks & Recreation Department, begin at 9 a.m. with registration for the Polar Bear swimmers. At the same time, all visitors can participate in a card game that involves swapping cards with other visitors and getting to meet new people.

At 10 a.m., the National Anthem will be sung and the crowd will hear a few words from Mayor Bonnie Heath. The Christmas Tree Toss will begin and the bonfire will be lit by the Philadelphia Steam Fire Company. There may be a new event added, such as a fruit cake toss. Then, at 10:30 a.m., the swimmers will descend into the Schuylkill’s waters. Afterwards, they can dry off and warm up by the bonfire and purchase hot dogs and sauerkraut, which is supposed to bring good fortune in the coming year.

Weather.com is calling for partly cloudy skies and a high of 53 degrees. The river waters will definitely be colder than that. If you’re up for a bracing way to start off 2012 and want to be part of a community event that keeps getting bigger and better, get out to Riverfront Park tomorrow morning!

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

Schuylkill River Festival happens once a year… this Saturday!

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!
Vendor applications still being accepted.—Application

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!
Food Vendor applications still being accepted.—Application

Platinum Level Sponsors

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

Many Exciting Sponsorship Opportunities Available! Contact 610-718-1847 for details.

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