The Phoenix Reporter & Item (http://www.phoenixvillenews.com)

Music and Market Festival brings tunes to Main Street


By Heather Tyrrell, For Century 21st Media

Monday, September 23, 2013

In early October, borough residents won’t have to go far to hear some live bands.
The seventh annual Music and Market Festival will be held rain or shine from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 5. Main Street will be blocked off between Hall and New streets.
Originally, the Spring City Revitalization Committee organized the event for the first five years.
Spring City Borough Councilman Gene Sweeney said last year he found out the committee wasn’t able to organize the festival so he and a few business owners in town helped take over the planning.
This year Sweeney, Tom Henderson, Lynn Allen of Lynn’s Beauty Shop and L. and W. Group helped with the planning of the festival.
“The best thing (about the festival) is that it highlights our community” as a place where growth and revitalization can happen, Sweeney said.
“This is a great place to live,” he added.
According to Sweeney, attendees will be able to see the finished streetscape program which includes streetlights and new sidewalks.
Six musical acts will be performing along the street during the day. Sweeney said there will be bands as well as soloists.
Sweeney’s own band, Alligator Blues Band, will be one of the acts. Other acts include Craig Moore, Welter, Ted the Fiddler, 13 Mourar and Electrified.
Henderson, a manager at George’s Music, is in charge of the band line-up for the festival, Sweeney said.
New on the music slate for this festival is an open stage at Chaplin’s. Chaplin’s will host Bluegrass Jam from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Open Mic from 12 to 3 p.m. and Open Jam from 3 to 4 p.m.
Jimmy Valerio, the vice president of the Liberty Steam Fire Co., will serve as the emcee for the festival.
Attendees can stop by food vendors that are local and from out of town. Craft vendors will also be selling items at the festival.
The Spring-Ford Diner will hold a pie and dessert raffle, Sweeney said.
Other community organizations, such as the Spring City Public Library, will be selling baked goods.
There will also be face painting for children.
Sweeney said he is hoping for a good turnout and weather for this year’s event. Last year the event was held on the same day as Spring-Ford’s Homecoming.
He said there is still time for any businesses or vendors interested in participating, and they can e-mail him at sweeneyspringcity@gmail.com.
“In the future, we will be looking for more volunteers and ideas to expand the festival,” Sweeney said. “The more the merrier.”
For more information, visit the festival’s page on Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpringCityFestival.
Band schedule:
10:00-10:45- Craig Moore
11:00-11:45- Alligator Blues Band
12:00-12:45- Welter
1:00- 1:45- Ted The Fiddler
2:00-2:45- 13 Mourar
3:00-3:45- Electrified
Chaplin’s schedule:
Bluegrass Jam 10:00 - 12:00
Open Mic 12:00 - 3:00
Open Jam 3:00 - 4:00