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Dog Day Afternoon — National Dog Show is back! |Nov 11, 2013

She once honed her skills on a softball field. Not anymore. Most weekends will find 13-year-old Berkeley Thompson dressed in conservative blazer and skirt, hair pulled back, scooting around a ring with her Viszla, Paisley, at an American Kennel Club conformation show.

Pumpkin Fest brings fun activities to downtown Phoenixville |Nov 1, 2013

On Oct. 27, members of the community of Phoenixville celebrated the fall season with the borough’s second Pumpkin Festival. Hosted by RISE, which is an organization made up of Phoenixville area churches, the event and its many activities took place all afternoon along Main Street, as well as in the parking lot of Bridge and Main Streets.

Pennypacker Mills begins Holiday Tours Nov. 26 |Oct 29, 2013

Schwenksville, PA – From a vintage-inspired Christmas tree to exquisite room displays, Christmas at the Pennypackers’ is a feast for the eyes.

Peter Pan On Stage in Trappe |Oct 24, 2013

Family Stages returns to Trappe in November with James Barrie’s classic tale of youthful joy and adventure, Peter Pan. Performances are set for Sunday, November 10 at 2:00 PM and Monday, November 11 at 10:00 AM.

A Stitch in Time: A Brief History of American Quilts |Oct 21, 2013

One of the world’s most collected antiques is also one of the coziest. As winter comes on full steam ahead, all of us are seeking to cuddle up with a hot cup of tea under a warm quilt. Happily, Americans are preserving our quilting heritage.

‘Pennhurst Asylum’ returns for 5th season |Oct 18, 2013

Those looking for an epic fright at a haunted location look no further than Spring City - Pennhurst has opened its gates for its 5th annual Halloween season.

‘Spooky Towne’ to feature Grammy-nominated author and musician |Oct 15, 2013

Towne Book Center and Café in Collegeville will host the always popular “Spooky Towne” on Saturday, October 26 at 7 pm, when author and musician Paul Evans Pedersen Jr. will perform stories and songs from his book “The Legendary Pine Barrens: New Tales from Old Haunts”.

Skippack Village’s Winetober Fest benefit celebrates wine, food, dogs and giving |Oct 8, 2013

People have been raising their wine glasses to celebrate time-honored traditions since long before ancient Greek and Roman philosophers scribed their insights. Some might suggest that whenever we sip our favorite Chianti, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Riesling, Rosé or Bordeaux, we’re indulging in the fruitfulness of the present while simultaneously reflecting on fragments of history.

Organizations benefit from Bacon Bros. show |Oct 7, 2013

The Bacon Brothers and their band returned to the Colonial Theatre on the evening of Sept. 28 to play their 4th fundraiser concert event. Members of the community enjoyed a lively show and supported two great causes by attending the evening’s festivities.

Phamous Phil’s to star on TV’s Food Network |Sep 30, 2013

For those of you who noticed the numerous trucks and vans in the parking lot of Phamous Phil’s BBQ throughout last week, here’s the scoop – Phamous Phil’s is going prime time – at least for short bit. The Collegeville restaurant was selected as the featured restaurant for an episode of a new Food Network television show called ‘Restaurant Divided’.

Lower Providence celebrates Community Fall Festival on Oct. 5 |Sep 27, 2013

Lower Providence Township is hosting its Community Fall Festival on Oct. 5 that you won’t want to miss. The 26th annual Community Fall Festival, held at the township complex (100 Parklane Drive, Eagleville) will feature many different things and have something for everyone.

Music and Market Festival brings tunes to Main Street |Sep 25, 2013

In early October, borough residents won’t have to go far to hear some live bands.

Scenes from Taste of Spring-Ford: Ram Country Fair |Sep 25, 2013

On Sunday, Sept. 22, the 4th annual Taste of Spring-Ford took place on the grounds of the Spring-Ford 9th Grade Center. The event, which is a fundraiser for Spring-Ford High School Football, was themed “Ram Country Fair’as it was help outdoors for the first time in its history.

Spring-Ford Boys Soccer to Host Fundraiser |Sep 25, 2013

The Spring-Ford Boys Soccer Team will host it’s annual “Night Under the Lights” Mini Camp Fundraiser on Sunday, Sept. 29.

Scarecrow Festival returns to Skippack |Sep 16, 2013

A duo of small businesses is once again teaming up to hold their fourth Scarecrow Festival in Skippack Village on Sept. 21 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The two shops, Heart’s Desire and Floral & Hardy, are located across the street from one another and often combine efforts to hold special events.

4th annual Blues Fest sets new attendance record |Sep 13, 2013

Music fans from throughout the region came to Reeves Park on Saturday Sept. 7 to enjoy a full day of live music at Phoenixville’s fourth annual Blues Festival. Dozens of musicians took to the stage from noon until 10 p.

Playcrafters’ ‘God of Carnage’ full of heated steel |Sep 9, 2013

We all know not to judge a book (or play) by its cover. But in Playcrafters’ September production of French playwright Yasmina Reza’s multi-award-winning, “God of Carnage,” one might assume the costume design involves some kind of steel armor for the characters; the title evokes nothing less than a swelling stage of swords, spears, breastplates and chariots.

Save The Date – Kiwanis Community Day |Sep 9, 2013

Mark your calendars now for Saturday, October 5. On that day the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville is sponsoring their annual Community Day and Chicken Barbecue. This annual event is held in Reeves Park and features many vendors selling flea market items, baked goods, seasonal items and food.

Mother Goose to entertain children at Pennypacker Mills |Sep 9, 2013

On Sept. 28, Pennypacker Mills will host ‘Meet Mother Goose’, a special theatrical performance featuring the talents of Blue Bell resident Carol Spacht, who performs as historical characters (including Betsy Ross and Martha Washington) for thousands of people in Philadelphia and the surrounding area, and has a degree in theatre along with extensive experience performing for children.

Trappe Community Day celebrates 10th anniversary on Sept. 14 at Water Works Park |Sep 5, 2013

Does history repeat itself, or do stories just get better over time? A walk down Trappe’s 300-year-old historic district any sunny Saturday might divulge the answer, but only a party at the park —the 10th Annual Trappe Community Day at Water Works Park, Saturday, Sept.

Spring-Ford SNAP to host Battle of the Bands fundraiser |Sep 5, 2013

Spring-Ford SNAP (Students Need an Alternate Party), the group of community members who team with the Spring Ford Education Foundation to provide a safe post-prom event for Spring-Ford students, is hosting the Spring-Ford LIVE! Battle of the Bands on Friday, October 11 in order to help raise funds for this year’s post-prom event.

Retro Con celebrates old school cool |Aug 28, 2013

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Spring City art show proves beauty is not just skin deep |Aug 13, 2013

SPRING CITY – At a tattoo parlor, one is used to taking in the designs of body art, but Studio 135 Tattoo and Art Gallery recently held an exhbit to show that beauty is not just skin deep.

Cars will shine in the “Dog Days” of summer |Aug 13, 2013

UPPER MERION — A Dog and pony show is all well and good, but what could be better than a dog and car show?

Brothers advance in movie-making with live action film shot at Pennypacker Mills |Aug 8, 2013

SCHWENKSVILLE — Two Union soldiers fought around a burned out campfire near two white canvas tents erected in the tall grass at the edge of some dense woods. One staggered backward, droped his rifle and fell to the ground.

Montco woman pens mock trial mystery, crime dramas |Aug 4, 2013

NORRISTOWN —As a pregnant Gertrude Fox lay bleeding from multiple gunshot wounds on a sidewalk outside a Lansdale home, she repeatedly pleaded with police, “Please save my baby.”

Steel City Coffee House August Shows |Jul 29, 2013

Steel City Coffee House has announced the following shows for August

2013 Kimberton Fair Queen crowned |Jul 23, 2013

Alexis ‘Lexi’ Keil was crowned as the 2013 Kimberton Fair Queen during the fair’s opening ceremonies on Monday, July 22. Keil is the daughter of John and Vicki Keil of Royersford.

Kimberton Fair ready for its 85th run |Jul 22, 2013

There can’t be too many annual events in Chester County that can top the Kimberton Community Fair when it comes to longevity. The fair, which runs from July 22-27, is celebrating its 85th anniversary in 2013.

Collegeville barber shop doubles as a music club |Jul 18, 2013

Steve Krauss, owner of the barbershop-by-day, music-venue-by-night American Barber Co., runs a barber shop unlike any other.

BlobFest 2013 - photos & videos of a fun-filled weekend |Jul 15, 2013

By all accounts BlobFest 2013 was a smashing success. The rain could not stop Friday’s acclaimed ‘Run Out’, a great crowd turned out for Saturday’s street festival, and Sunday’s double feature at the Colonial Theater started off with a fun and informative Q&A with Keith Almoney, who played Danny in the Blob.

PHOTOS: ‘Run Out’ opens Phoenixville BlobFest |Jul 13, 2013

Screaming fans came running out of the Colonial Theatre into the rain Friday night to open the annual Phoenixville BlobFest, an annual festival celebrating the movie The Blob that was filmed in Phoenixville in 1958.

‘The Blob’ returns to Phoenixville for the annual far-out family festival |Jul 12, 2013

When most people hear the Blob is coming they would run away — but not in Phoenixville, where they not only run to see the Blob, but they also celebrate it!

Pennypacker Mills Presents In The Good Old Summertime |Jul 9, 2013

Schwenksville, PA– Bring the family for a day of free fun Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 11:00am to 3:00pm as Pennypacker Mills celebrates all the old-fashioned outdoor activities that were enjoyed during days of summer one hundred years ago!

BLOBFEST is nearly upon us! |Jul 9, 2013

PHOENIXVILLE – Science fiction fans with a fondness for the gooey mess that became “The Blob” -- a B movie that also marked the debut of actor Steve McQueen -- will celebrate the iconic flick this weekend.

Gettysburg 150th visitors come from across the nation |Jul 3, 2013

GETTYSBURG — They come here from all across America.

Pennypacker Mills offers hands-on fun in 1900s History Center |Jul 1, 2013

“Explore, Engage & Interact” experiences for families are promised at the Pennypacker Mills Historic Site’s 1900s History Center.

‘Duck Dynasty’ filming commercial at Barkley Elementary |Jul 1, 2013

PHOENIXVILLE — Local residents watching A&E may recognize a building used in some “Duck Dynasty” commercials running this fall.

31st Canal Day celebrated in Mont Clare |Jul 1, 2013

The 31st annual Canal Day was held on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Lock 60 and St. Mike’s Park in Mont Clare. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the Schuylkill Canal Association – the organization which promotes stewardship and preservation of the Schuylkill Canal and the three-mile area known as Schuylkill Canal Park.

Battle Scars: Phoenixville’s unique part in the Battle of Gettysburg |Jun 25, 2013

Phoenixville figures into the Battle of Gettysburg in a very unique way. The Phoenix Iron Company manufactured the 3-inch ordnance rifles used by the Union Army at Gettysburg, July 1-3, 1863.

14th BlobFest Coming in July |Jun 14, 2013

PHOENIXVILLE, PA –The Colonial Theatre’s 14th annual BlobFest, “Bug Out BlobFest!,” will take place July 12th through 14th at the theatre in Phoenixville, PA. BlobFest is a kitschy, family-friendly event saluting the 1958 classic sci-fi movie The Blob which was filmed in and around Phoenixville.

Two re-enactments give Gettysburg 150th a new skirmish |Jun 10, 2013

This summer, the Battle of Gettysburg will happen twice.

Trio of local musicians to perform in The Stars of Tomorrow |May 30, 2013

Winners of the Tri-County Concerts Association’s 71st Annual Youth Festival auditions will appear in recital on Sunday, June 9, at 2 p.m. at the Science Center Theater, Montgomery County Community College, Blue Bell, PA 19422.

Royersford native competes on History Channel’s ‘Top Shot All-Star’ |May 29, 2013

When Peter Palma was growing up, his father didn’t approve of guns so he didn’t begin learning to shoot until a friend’s father took him hunting when he was 12 years old.

Junior weekend starts latest Devon Horse Show |May 28, 2013

EASTTOWN — The 117th edition of the Devon Horse Show began its 11-day run Thursday with junior weekend.

Spring-Ford Community Theater takes a spin on Shakespeare |May 16, 2013

Spring-Ford Community Theater’s 2013 Capstone Production of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare - abridged”will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on May 16 and 18 at the Spring-Ford 8th Grade Center.

‘The Office’ finale: Build these paper figures from your favorite paper company |May 14, 2013

Download a printable paper cutout of Angela, Dwight, Stanley, Michael, Pam or Jim (or the whole gang), grab some scissors and tape, then make your colleagues jealous with the finished product!

Skippack Village to host Continental Car Show |May 14, 2013

SKIPPACK —Skippack Village will host its annual Continental Car Show on June 2 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4044 Skippack Pike.

Sly Fox goat races set for Cinco De Mayo |May 3, 2013

PHOENIXVILLE — Instead of celebrating with tequila, thousands of area residents expect to celebrate this Cinco De Mayo drinking bock-style beer and watching goats race along a concrete parking lot.