As they say, what a difference a day makes. Much warmer and the sun was around. We were actually getting hot sitting in Center Court watching semi-final matches. The big drawback today was MUD, MUD, MUD. We endured, despite the mud :). Great time!
The Pottstown Rumble is a great event. It showcases what’s best about Pottstown. It’s well run, people behave themselves, the police were visible, more food than you can shake a stick at (I was told by a player how awesome that is). Usually the players have to get their own food or maybe there are hot dogs. They felt this was a big plus. Especially healthy Vegan cuisine courtesy of iCreate Cafe to keep those athletes in tip-top shape!
The Rumble is a great four day event that pumps a lot of money into the local economy and spreads good will about Pottstown. Can’t put a price tag on good publicity!
Kudos to the Pottstown Parks and Recreation Department for taking great care of one of the best assets in town, Memorial Park!
It was a soggy day but hundreds of volleyball players and spectators jammed into Memorial Park, Pottstown. The weather tomorrow is supposed to be much better so hopefully it will be a brighter day and no rain! This was the third day of the Rumble. Saturday and Sunday are the two biggest days of competition.
Saturday, June 27th, 9 am to 1 pm
Copper, aluminum, brass, steel and more.
No fee, all donations appreciated
(Please drop off only during recycling hours)
will be cancelled Saturday in case of rain. Come Sunday instead!
Anytime between 10am and 3pm
We can use your help trail blazing!
Library Storytime and Nature Hike – Rocks are Lively
Monday, June 29th 11am to 12:30pm
All Ages Donation: $5
The Pottstown Library and the Althouse Arboretum will team up for this special program. Leslie Stillings, Director of Youth Services, will be our guest storytime reader. Afterwards, children will enjoy a short hike, guided by our staff, where they will climb rocks, explore the boulder field, and try their hand at “rock” experiments! You can register here
We’re celebrating INTERNATIONAL MUD DAY this TUESDAY!
Free! You are sure to get messy on this day! Come anytime. Several activities will be set up for kids who like to get muddy. Build a castle in the wet sand or try out our mud walk! Warning to Parents: Be prepared for the ride home!
Valley Vivaldi is the Pennsylvania Sinfonia Orchestra’s popular summer series of delightful chamber music concerts. In a visually beautiful and acoustically proper setting, an ensemble of nine accomplished musicians performs Baroque music with various combinations of instruments. The result is intimate, welcoming and uplifting. Meet and converse with the musicians and fellow patrons at the post-concert reception.
at 7:30 pm
1245 W. Hamilton Street, Allentown, PA
Telemann- Trio sonata in d minor for violin and recorder, TWV 42: d10
Bach- Trio sonata in G for two violins and cello
Vivaldi- Chamber concerto in g minor for recorder, oboe, violin and cello, RV 107
Albinoni- Violin Concerto in A
Simon Maurer, violin
Inna Eyzerovich, violin
Stephani Bell, violin
Agnès Maurer, viola
Elizabeth Mendoza, cello
Nancy Merriam, bass
Rainer Beckmann, recorder
Cheryl Bishkoff, oboe
Allan Birney, harpsichord
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The Pottstown Rumble is a 4-day fun-filled event – Thursday June 25 to Sunday, June 28, 2015. Along with amazing competition at all levels of the tournament, the Rumble offers plenty of other activities: food, music, and fun. The Rumble starts off Thursday with the Dream in Gold Clinic hosted by 3-time Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May with her Father Butch May – 1964 Olympian. Other instructors include high level volleyball players and coaches. Friday brings our Pottstown Rumble Juniors Grass Doubles Tournament ages 18 and under. Saturday morning starts off with a bang with a beefed up fireworks show as over 2,000 players eagerly wait to start their day. Saturday afternoon brings Women’s Pro Finals to center court while the Men’s Pro division wraps up Sunday afternoon competing for the $5,000 first place price. There will be gourmet food, clothing vendors, an on-site massage therapist, and high-energy music throughout the weekend!! All visitors welcome!!
All registrations are first come first serve! You will be notified prior to registering if you are NOT at the main field. Anyone registering after June 21 will be charged a late fee of $20 per entry, this includes walk-on’s if space is available. Walk-on’s will most certainly be playing on satellite fields.
For more information, check out their website: https://pottstownrumble.com/
A rock classic by Queen to take our minds off the tragedy in Charleston for 5 minutes
|Lehigh Valley arts and cultural organizations will be welcoming patrons with intellectual, sensory and physical disabilities as a result of the effort of the Lehigh Valley Arts Council (LVAC) and the Lehigh Valley Partnership for a Disability Friendly Community (Partnership).
They will host an “Arts & Access” reception on July 24, 2015, to launch the yearlong plan to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through the lens of the arts. The event will be held 4:30-6 p.m. at the Good Shepherd Health & Technology Center, 850 S. 5th St., Allentown. It is open to the public, particularly to anyone with a disability.
“Access to the arts is more than just building a ramp,” said Randall Forte, LVAC Executive Director. “To be truly accessible to those with disabilities, performing and visual arts groups need to make important changes in the way they have always done things.”
With the guidance of VSA PA, LVAC has developed staff training and promotional programs to help local arts organizations learn how to remove the barriers that prevent people with disabilities from enjoying their offerings. More than 30 arts organizations have already agreed to move toward greater inclusion and make accommodations for people with disabilities.
Workshops will continue this year on implementing open captioning and audio description for people with vision and hearing loss. Open Captioning provides the audience with an electronic text display to the side of the stage, displaying lyrics, dialogue, and sound effects in real time. Audio Description is a form of audio-visual translation, using natural pauses to insert narrative that translates the visual image into an audible form. Patrons use headsets to hear the audio description.
Together, the arts council and partnership hope to accomplish the following goals:
For more information, visit ArtsandAccess.org
Addressing a need
The 2012 U.S. Census estimated that more than 12 percent of the Valley’s non-institutionalized population lives with some kind of disability. That’s a potential arts audience of about 81,000 people. “Arts groups should realize that in the community with disabilities there is an untapped market for performing and visual arts,” said Forte.
Members of the Lehigh Valley Partnership for a Disability Friendly Community, a coalition of organizations that serve the diverse disabled community, asked the LVAC to involve arts groups in addressing this issue. To date, more than thirty arts and cultural organizations have agreed to participate, including ArtsQuest, Allentown Art Museum, Lehigh University Art Galleries, Muhlenberg College Theatre & Dance, Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, SATORI, and Williams Center for the Arts.
Arts & Access is already responsible for important changes in the way the arts are presented. For example, this fall the Lehigh University Art Galleries will debut a tactile description program in their teaching gallery, which uses technology to create a three-dimensional relief of a portion of the image for the person to explore through touch. Many local service providers, such as Lehigh Valley Center for Independent Living and the Center for Vision Loss, are offering customer service training free-of-charge. For instance, the staff at Center for Vison Loss will work with ushers and box office personnel on how to interact with a person with vision loss. In addition to providing them audio-description, theatres may offer a pre-show sensory tour, where patrons arrive early, meet cast members and handle props and costume accessories.
The LVAC can connect presenters with affordable professionals who do American Sign Language interpreting, audio describing, and open captioning for live events and exhibitions. The council also offers audio-describer training and equipment for organizations who wish to train their in-house personnel. In addition, participants may apply to the council for a Greater Inclusion Grant, a matching grant for up to $300, to help fund a new initiative that meets the approved criteria.
The Americans for Disabilities Act, passed on July 26, 1990, prohibits discrimination against the disabled. It set in motion a frenzy of activity designed to prevent discrimination against those who have difficulty navigating modern life, particularly in employment, transportation, and public buildings. But the act did not specifically address the facilities used by the arts such as theaters, galleries, and auditoriums. http://www.ada.gov/cguide.htm#anchor62335
L.V. Partnership for a Disability Friendly Community is a diverse network of more than 75 people and agencies in the Lehigh Valley united in the goal to improve the lives of people with disabilities. Their vision is to be a catalyst for change in making the Valley a disability-friendly community which is inclusive, accessible, and welcoming. http://disabilityfriendlylv.com/
The Lehigh Valley Arts Council acts as both advocate and catalyst to create new gateways, and bring people together to find solutions that advance greater arts participation. It promotes the arts, supports the development of artists, assists arts organizations, facilitates communication among its constituencies, and conducts research to measure the economic impact of the region’s cultural industry. http://www.lvartscouncil.org/
VSA ARTS in Pennsylvania shares its knowledge of inclusive arts education across Pennsylvania and works with artists with disabilities to develop professional careers.
Schedule for July 24 Launch Party
Free, wheelchair accessible parking is available in the Good Shepherd parking deck across from the Health & Technology Center on South 5th St.; it is connected to the center via a bridge on level three.
A Partial List of Arts Organizations participating in Arts & Access
Allentown Art Museum in collaboration with Via of the Lehigh Valley and artist Jill Odegaard
Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre
Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival
Raker Lecture Series
SATORI in collaboration painter William Christine at the Colonial Intermediate Unit #21
Williams Center for the Arts/ Lafayette College
The Celtic Cultural Alliance, host of the Celtic Classic Highland Games & Festival, has set out to create one of the largest beer tastings in the Lehigh Valley (over 61 breweries participating).
Lehigh Valley HopsFest will happen on June 13th on the Celtic Classic competition field (Main & Lehigh Sts., Bethlehem). This fundraiser has been created to help us grow our mission of promoting and preserving the Celtic culture.
Click the link for more information and to buy tickets: http://www.celticfest.org/lv_hopsfest
Allentown, PA —This summer, Doppelskope Theatre Company bring its energetic puppetry, lively music, and interactive theatrical spirit — along with a little bit of magic — to the stories of the Brothers Grimm. Doppelskope’s world premiere children’s musical “Grimm!” will open June 17 at the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre.
“This piece of theater is very playful and present, drawing upon the whole company of everyone involved,” says director Ora Fruchter, who co-wrote the musical with her Doppelskope partner, Christopher Sheer. “It’s really about imagination and getting the audience to imagine along with us.”
The hour-long performance plays June 17 through July 25, Wednesday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and Saturday at 10 a.m. It is recommended for ages four and up. Audience members can stay after the show to meet the cast, and then for a free 45-minute activity workshop, featuring storytelling, movement, and crafts with the workshop team and members of the cast.
“Grimm!” offers classic fairy tales as they’ve never been told before. Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm use their Story Machine to capture daydreams and make them into fairytales, but everything goes awry when the machine breaks, releasing colorful, fuzzy stories into the world. It’s up to the audience to help the brothers rescue the stories and keep them from unraveling.
Meanwhile, Charlotte, a young girl with a wild imagination, is on her own quest to save her father from the Blue Glowing Madness. She travels through the storybook landscapes of the Grimm Brothers’ classic fairy tales, including Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood and Rumpelstiltskin.
The play emphasizes the importance of active, creative play, as well as the fun of storytelling of all sorts — encouraging families to engage in creating, recording, retelling and performing their own stories.
“Grimm!” features a script by Christopher Scheer and Ora Fruchter — the members of the Doppelskope theatre company — with music by Toby Singer and lyrics by Fruchter. The trio also collaborated to create last year’s successful world-premiere children’s musical “Gruff!” for Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre. Both shows rely heavily on audience participation, inviting the children in attendance to join in creating the story.
“What we really want is to engage the audience in the storytelling process — to tell the story not just to the audience but with them,” Scheer says. “We can go so much further if we all agree to imagine together. Let’s all collaborate together and collectively create the illusion that we’re in outer space or we’re in a fairy tale realm.”
This year for the first time, Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre presents free activity workshops after every performance. The workshops are designed to encourage children to explore their own family stories in a series of energetic hands-on activities that will get kids up on their feet, thinking, playing and expressing themselves. Members of the cast will join MSMT’s Workshop Team of experienced theater and movement teachers in leading storytelling, movement, and crafts. The Grimm Workshops are sponsored by Embassy Bank, Enterprise Car Rental and Highmark Blue Shield.
Participation in the Grimm Workshops is limited to allow for small group sizes, and advance registration is recommended. Parents can register their children online at http://www.muhlenberg.edu/grimm, or call the workshop team at 484-664-3695. Groups may inquire with the workshop team about bringing the workshop on-site.
“Grimm!” will be presented in two sensory-friendly performances for children with autism spectrum disorders and other sensory processing challenges. At these performances, sound levels are reduced, and startling sounds are avoided; lights remain on at a low level during performance, and strobes and other flashy lights are omitted; patrons are free to talk or leave their seats during the show; and attendance is limited. Social stories will be available in advance from the MSMT website, and the theater staff and cast will receive special training in meeting the needs of patrons with autism and sensory issues. Sensory-friendly performances will be offered Tuesday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, July 18 at 1 p.m. Tickets and information about these performances are available at http://www.muhlenberg.edu/grimm or at 484-664-3087.
“Grimm!” runs June 17 through July 25. Performances are Wednesday through Friday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m, and Saturday at 10 a.m. only. All tickets to “Grimm!” are $10 for June performances and $12 for July performances. Tickets and information for all of the Muhlenberg Summer Music Theatre productions are available at www.muhlenberg.edu/SMT or 484-664-3333.
Elizabethtown, PA – Lackawanna Sky comes off the road to perform on Saturday, June 20 at 10:00am for the Third Saturday Open Air Market on Main Street in Ephrata, PA. The performance is sponsored by the Ephrata Merchants Association. The performance is free and open to the public.
Spirit Wind Records recording artists Lackawanna Sky, David Rose, Native American flutes, and Russell Ferrara, classical and synthesizer driven guitars performs a unique blend of original, Indie-Classical instrumental music weaving Native American and classical influences with Latin American and African rhythms and Scots Irish, American Folk and Flamenco flourishes. Rose also performs New Age flute and double flute solos and Ferrara from his classical repertoire as well as his selection of garage band instrumentals arranged for classical guitar.
Lackawanna Sky returns to PA on June 15 following a week of performing and teaching in the Lake Lanier region of Northwest Georgia. The duo performs regularly in the Susquehanna Valley region with upcoming performances at the 1719 Hans Herr House Museum in Willow Street and at the Kipona and Spirit of Oneness Festivals in Harrisburg.
The mission of the Ephrata Merchants Association is to promote the identity and the awareness of the Ephrata business district through advertising, promotions, and special community toward the goal of working together to satisfy their customer markets and to continually enhance the vitality of each member business and the community as a whole.
Another great First Friday in Lancaster City. The day appeared to possibly be “iffy” weather wise but despite some ominous looking clouds at one point in the afternoon, the sky cleared in the early evening and the sun came back out.
There were a bevy of food trucks on the plaza next to the Hotel Lancaster. Musicians lined the streets. The pianos are back and we didn’t pass one that somebody was playing. We even heard some very good jazz being played in Lancaster Square. People from many cultures mingled and enjoyed the entertainment, shopping, eating and warmer weather. The Lancaster Police Department was present along with the Ambassadors ensuring everyone behaved themselves. There was even a break dancing competition going on next to the food trucks that drew a very large crowd.
We also checked out the new pop up pocket park on Prince Street before the First Friday throng arrived. What a nice thing for tourists and city residents, alike. A coffee company and an ice cream vendor (selling Carmen & David’s ice cream) have set up shop here. The park makes use of a parking lot which eventually will be a boutique hotel. The asphalt was been painted, trees and flowers and seating were added. There was even a television crew there from Blue Ridge Cable TV who were filming and interviewing the vendors. Many people were checking this out. When we went by much later in the day it was very full! People were really liking the space!
Lancaster is such a great example of what revitalization can do for a downtown. Up until the 90’s there was no reason go to downtown (other than Central Market). Now, it’s full of shops and restaurants. There are always people on the streets taking advantage of all downtown has to offer. There is nothing better than spending time in a vibrant city!
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This is the weekend when York looks like the set for “American Graffiti.”
The 42nd Annual Street Rod Nationals East is at the York Expo Center, but the street rods have been spotted all around town this week, from diners to hotels, they’ll be downtown for the street rod parade at noon Friday.
York Dispatch photographers Dawn J. Sagert and Bill Kalina found some early birds here on Thursday, a sampling of the 4,000 customized street rods to be found at the show.
Show website: http://www.nsra-usa.com/Events/
WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, PA — A new study reveals that Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza contributed $62.6 million to the economy in 2013, and expansion of the concourse is expected to pump in an additional $7 million this year.
The Northeastern Pennsylvania Alliance was contracted by the Luzerne County Convention Center Authority, the governing body of the arena, in May 2014 to conduct the study on behalf of the authority. The NEPA Alliance released the study Thursday.
The economic impact analysis considers three things:
The overall impact of the operations of the arena, which includes the impact from visitors traveling from outside the impact region (farther than 15 miles).
Wine Me Up Festival
If you like wine, tapas and music.. you’re going to love our must-attend, premier event!
Red, White & Blush
Calling all wine-lovers and cheer-givers! Celebrate with us and sample a variety of vino at our 2-day, Wine Me Up Festival atop PA’s highest vertical. Plus, an exclusive Preview Night on Friday if you can’t wait for the weekend!
Friday, June 5 – Preview Night 7pm to 10pm outside in the Summit Courtyard – limited to 100 guests
- $150 for 2 guests includes the following:
- Featuring 4 Local Vineyards with exclusive tastings
- Butlered Hors D’oeuvres and 6-course Tapas Dinner
- Meet the Winemakers and Live Entertainment – Brain Axander Music
- A VIP Goody Bag and Complimentary Valet Parking!
- SALE FOR VIP TICKETS ENDS JUNE 3RD AT MIDNIGHT
Saturday, June 6 and Sunday, June 7 – Festival 12pm to 5pm each day outside on the Summit Terrace
- $45 per person (per day) includes the following:
- Featuring fine wine from Pennsylvania Vineyards – see confirmed list below
- 20 Specialty Vendors with rare wares
- Butlered Tapas and Live Entertainment
- A Commemorative Wine Glass for sampling!
- RATES INCREASE FRIDAY AT MIDNIGHT
Click link for website, more info and/or to buy tickets: https://www.skibluemt.com/upcoming-events/wine-me-up/
SLS Hotels puts its chicly designed, lavishly appointed lodgings in the U.S. cities most associated with luxury travel and youthful, free-spending abandon: Beverly Hills. South Beach. Las Vegas.
Philadelphia is now on that elite list.
After years of planning, work is set to begin in the fall on the 152-guest-room SLS Lux Philadelphia Hotel & Residences. It will rise 47 stories a few blocks south of City Hall and could open as soon as spring 2018.
The California-based hotel chain, part of hospitality mogul Sam Nazarian’s SBE Entertainment Group, is betting on Philadelphia’s budding sophistication as a shopping, dining, and sightseeing destination as it targets moneyed visitors seeking less-staid alternatives to the city’s existing stock of high-end accommodations.
Pottstown, PA – ArtFusion 19464 is proud to announce the return of one of their most popular fundraisers. Jazz Nite returns on Saturday, June 27. Guests will enjoy an amazing concert by The Jazz 5 Pack in ArtFusion’s beautiful main gallery. The music will play from 7-9:30pm. Light refreshments will be available for purchase, and the event is BYOB for those over 21.
The Jazz 5 Pack is comprised of musicians from the Philadelphia, Lancaster, and Reading areas. Trumpeter Rob Diener and trombonist John Loos form the front line and co-lead the group. The rhythm section includes pianist John Clionsky, Ryan Leaver on bass and Paul Gallello on drums.
Tickets are $12 and can be purchased online at artfusion19464.org, or at ArtFusion’s 254 E. High St. location during regular business hours: Tuesday-Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday from 10am-3pm. As this event has sold out in the past, they do recommend purchasing tickets as soon as possible. On the night of the performance, visitors are asked to use ArtFusion’s back entrance and arrive at least 15 minutes before curtain time. If you need specific directions, please call them at 610-326-2506 or email email@example.com.
The Jazz 5 Pack performs many of the beautiful and timeless melodies from the Great American Songbook, as well as bebop from the 1940s. The music of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Rogers and Hart, Miles Davis, Benny Golson, Duke Ellington and many other prolific composers from this exciting era are staples of The Jazz 5 Pack’s repertoire. Whatever is being performed, the emphasis is always on traditional jazz harmonies and improvisation.
The Jazz 5 Pack has been together for the past two years and collectively, the members have performed together in many other groups for the better part of the last decade. They have performed concerts at The Miller Center for the Arts in Reading, PA to benefit the Reading School district music department, and was very well received at The Reading Planetarium Jazz Under the Stars Series.
ArtFusion 19464 is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art center located at 254 E. High St. in downtown Pottstown. The school offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages. The goal of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence. ArtFusion’s gallery hosts rotating shows featuring local artists. The gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.