Riverfest Returns To Pottstown’s Riverfront Park

POTTSTOWN, PA — In addition to the Halloween-themed Temple of Terror, Halloween Parade and Monster Dash 5K, another crucial element of the borough’s growing October-long slate of activities is the resurrection of Riverfest.

Scheduled this year for Oct. 12, from noon to 6 p.m. along the Schuylkill River and from 6 to 8 p.m. in downtown Pottstown, the list of things to do during this special day is truly dizzying.

Read more: http://www.pottsmerc.com/general-news/20131006/riverfest-returns-to-pottstowns-riverfront-park

24th Annual PA Apple ‘N Cheese Festival This Weekend In Bradford County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Bradford County

Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Bradford County (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Saturday, October 5th, 2013  10am-6pm

Sunday, October 6th, 2013  10am-5pm 

Juried Crafts • Fine Arts & Photography Show • Quilts
Weaving Demo • Hand-blown Glass • Blacksmith Demo
Chainsaw Carving • Wine & Cheese Tasting
• Continuous Free Entertainment • Wood Turning
Apple Butter Making • Children’s Activities • Cider Pressing
Apple & Cheese Desserts • Apple Displays •Broom Making Demonstration 

 • 40 Palate Pleasing Food Vendors •

Festival Admission

Adults – $5.00

Children 13 – 18 – $3.00

Directions: http://www.paapplecheese.com/directions/index.html

Children 12 and Under – Free

Broadway Cabaret – Lyric Fest On September 14th At Steel River Playhouse

Cabaret-Poster-smallA great evening out for only $29!  For tickets click  http://www.steelriver.org/current-season/2013-14_cabaret/ or contact the box office at 610-970-1199.

Corbett Proposes Overhaul To State Liquor Control System

English: Interior of a Super Sheetz in Altoona...

English: Interior of a Super Sheetz in Altoona, PA. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The private businesses that would get the chance to sell beer, wine and liquor under Gov. Tom Corbett‘s proposed overhaul of the state liquor control system had mixed reactions to the proposal.

Eric White, spokesman for the Berks-based Redner’s Warehouse Markets, which also runs the Redner’s Quick Shoppes convenience stores, said the chain almost certainly would have to get into the beer business just to stay competitive with its rivals.

Lou Sheetz, executive vice president of the family-owned Sheetz chain based in Altoona, said the company loves the idea, is excited about it and believes consumers will be, too.

“We have been proponents of adult beverage sales reform in this state for a long time,” he said.

Read more:  http://readingeagle.com/article.aspx?id=447580

First Annual Open House At Hodge Podge Unique Boutique In Boyertown

Friday, November 23rd at 11:00 am until Saturday, November 24th at 4:00 pm

The fun begins on Black Friday with Door Prizes and Specials all day.  Then, come wind down with us and share your Shopping Stories in a relaxing, no pressure atmosphere at our monthly Fourth Friday Event.  You’ll enjoy a complimentary glass of wine or iced tea along with a selection of fine cheeses – just what you’ll need to melt away the stress of the Big Box stores.

The festivities continue on Small Business Saturday! From 10:00 am until noon, meet Nadia Beck, designer and owner of the Grey Button clothing line.  Enjoy free coffee, tea and sweets as you get to know Nadia and the ins & outs of the fashion biz!  The new look of Avon arrives at noon until 3:00 pm.  If you haven’t seen what Avon’s been up to lately, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.  Avon offers so many gifts – truly something for everyone – that you can sit and shop while you snack on lite refreshments.  Door Prizes and Deals throughout the day!

Three door prizes will be awarded per day.  Need not be present to win.As Always, No Purchase Necessary.

Hodge Podge is located at 12 N. Reading Avenue, in downtown Boyertown, PA.

 

The Ninth Annual Carousel Of Flavor Restaurant Festival

Date:  Sunday, Sept 30, 2012 from noon to 4 p.m.

Where:  100 Block of High Street, Pottstown (in front of Borough Hall)

Expanded wine and beer garden this year!  Over 4,000 attended last year.  Featuring live bands, crafters and a clown for children of all ages.

The Ninth Annual Carousel Of Flavor Restaurant Festival – Pottstown

Date : Sunday, Sept 30, 2012 from noon to 4 p.m.

100 Block of High Street, Pottstown in front of Borough Hall

Expanded wine and beer garden this year! Over 4,000 attended last year.  Featuring live bands, crafters and a clown for children of all ages.

If you have any questions regarding the Carousel of Flavor, please contact the Chairpersons:

Jill Burbank (610) 970-0624 or email CarouselofFlavor@hotmail.com

For access to forms, click here: http://www.pottstowncarousel.org/events.htm

Streets Closing In Preparation For Celebrate Lancaster

The 14th annual Celebrate Lancaster kicks off this morning with the opening of about two dozen food stands and the closure of North Prince Street from Penn Square to Lancaster Square.

Thousands of people are expected to pack the streets throughout the day to sample the local fare and dance to the sounds of bluegrass, Latino music, R&B and rock ‘n’ roll.

The event will culminate with a large fireworks display that begins at 10 p.m.

Admission is free.

Read more: http://lancasteronline.com/article/local/674460_Streets-closing-in-preparation-for–Celebrate-Lancaster.html#ixzz1yXDvEhq3

Philly Wine Bar Owner Bubbly Over Debut

English: Bottle of wine.

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Trying to corner London Grill owner Terry Berch McNally on Thursday night at her new Paris Wine Bar was akin to nabbing a butterfly out in the field with a net.  She was just here.  No, she’s over there. But could you expect anything else on her first debut in a couple of decades?

Paris Wine Bar, on Fairmount Avenue up from the Philadelphia Art Museum, was packed much of Thursday night, if nothing else sending staff often scurrying to get more clean wine classes.  Its opening in Philly was significant for two reasons: It was selling PA wines only, and they were being poured “on draught.”

Winemakers from Allegro, Galen Glen, Manatawny Creek and Pinnacle Ridge dined and probably would have signed autographs if anyone knew them.

Read more: http://blog.pennlive.com/wine/2012/02/post_118.html

Big Crowd At Carousel Of Flavor In Downtown Pottstown

A large crowd gathered in downtown Pottstown this afternoon, under sunny skies, for the 8th Annual Carousel of Flavor.  The food was amazing.  Kudos to festival organizers for another successful event.  Pottstown shone brightly today!

Here are some pictures:

Bethlehem ArtWalk, Saturday, August 27th

The Downtown Bethlehem Association (DBA), a council of the Greater Lehigh Valley Chamber of Commerce (GLVCC), will feature over 100 artists and musicians lining the sidewalks of Main St. & Broad St. 2011 season of ArtWalks, which will take place on the last Saturday of May June, July and August from 4-9pm!

For children, the Main St. Commons will become KIDS’ CORNER from 4-7pm with a Hershey Park family-pack give-away, and Broad St will host a stage named Prolifick Place outside of the Bank of America building that will featured more vendors and music varieties!

To read all about it, click here:

http://www.downtownbethlehemassociation.com/Bethlehem_s_ArtWalk__.html

Wegman’s Tells PLCB To Remove Their Wine Kiosks

All is not peachy on the automated wine kiosk front.  The PLCB has placed wine vending machines around the state, in various locations.  This was done to help sell more wine and to offer customers a more convenient place, besides the dreaded Wine & Spirits store, to purchase their vino.

Wegmans asked the PLCB to remove all 10 kiosks from their stores in the next 30 days citing too many customer complaints and malfunctioning equipment.  Wegmans said in some cases the problems were harmful to their business.  The kiosk pilot program started about one year ago.

But have no fear…it looks like Wally World is lining up to stick some wine machines in their stores as soon as this summer.  Can you imagine the Walmart photos these will generate??  I cringe in anticipation!

Unusual Summer Weather Creates Wine Lovers Dream

A green wine grape.

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2010 will go down in history as an unusual weather year; record snow fall and a very early, hot and dry summer.  The hot, dry weather, coupled with just the right amount of rain, has produced one of the highest quality grape harvests in many years.  Smaller, sweeter grapes were produced, in bountiful quantities, which make the best tasting wines.

This is good news for Pennsylvania which is one of the largest grape producing and wine making states in the U.S.  This bumper crop of superb grapes will allow Pennsylvania producers to financially benefit from the fruits of their labor in these troubling economic times.  Wine, grapes and grape juice contributed $2.35 BILLION dollars to Pennsylvania’s economy in 2007!  A record harvest like this will substantially increase this figure!

Carousel Of Flavor Colossal Success!!

A large crowd of people packed into downtown Pottstown this afternoon for the 7th Annual Carousel of Flavor.  High Street was closed between Hanover and York Streets and the crowd spilled over into Smith Plaza.  About a dozen local restaurants and a dozen local crafters lined High Street for festival goers to patronize.  The sound of live music filled the air as well. 

Pottstown Borough Manager, Jason Bobst was manning the beer tent, Pottstown Mayor Bonnie Heath was meeting and greeting and Steve Toroney, Council President was enjoying the sights and smells.  I also saw some school board members and former school board members in the large crowd supporting a glorious day in Pottstown!

Here are some pictures of Pottstown at its best for your enjoyment.

2010 Carousel Of Flavor Slated For September 26th

Carousel of Flavor
7th Annual Culinary Festival
Sunday Sept 26th, 2010
1200-4pm

Live Music, craft vendors and art on display, 

Come out and experience many of the area’s greatest restaurants and a chance to sample the best food the region has to offer. There will also be a Beer Garden and Wine Tasting.

Proceeds benefit the Carousel at Pottstown

For more information: http://www.carouselatpottstown.org or

Pennsylvania Is A Wine And Grape Producing Powerhouse

This is a very interesting set of facts that I stumbled upon while doing my usual internet surfing for stories.

Many people know that Erie County is a big grape and wine-producing area.  What you may not realize is where the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania stacks up out of the 50 states for wine and grape production.

This data is for 2007 but is the latest available information on this subject:

Pennsylvania is the 3rd largest juice grape producing state.  Who knew?

Pennsylvania is the 7th largest wine-producing state!

Pennsylvania had 114 wineries in 2007, up from 104 wineries 2005.

Wine, grapes and grape juice contributed $2.35 BILLION dollars to Pennsylvania’s economy in 2007!

So do your part to help the state’s economy and drink some delicious Pennsylvania wine :)