SANATOGA PA – Weekend activities for Sanatogans (and anyone else!), Jan. 16-18, 2009:
Friday, Jan. 16
A used book sale sponsored by the Friends of the Pottstown Public Library will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the library’s lower level, 500 High St., Pottstown. The sale will be repeated Saturday from9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with a bag sale that day beginning at noon.
Saturday, Jan. 17
Ironmasters who worked along the Schuylkill River during the 1700s actively supported the Revolutionary cause against England by supplying cannons, arms and munitions. Learn more in “Pennsylvania’s Ironmasters During the Revolution,” a free lecture by Potts family historian and early Pennsylvania iron industry researcher Dan Graham. Graham’s talk and discussion on ironmasters and the vital role they played be presented at 1 p.m. at Pottsgrove Manor, 100 W. King St., Pottstown PA. Seating is limited; reservations are suggested. For more information, call 610-326-4014 or email PottsgroveManor@montcopa.org.
See model freight and passenger car trains rumbling across 700 feet of track, over high trestle bridges, through towns, around mountains and through tunnels along the right of way from Reading to Philadelphia. It’s all part of the free annual model railroad open house hosted by the Schuylkill Valley Model Railroad Club from 1-4 p.m. at its headquarters, 400 S. Main St. (in the rear of the building), Phoenixville PA. The open house is held during the same hours on Sunday, too, and ends next weekend, Jan. 24-25.
President-elect Barack Obama will be in Philadelphia, the first city on his whistle-stop train tour to Washington DC, as he heads for the presidential inauguration. He follows in the footsteps of Abraham Lincoln, who made a Philadelphia appearance on his tour in 1861. Obama’s train leaves at 10 a.m. from 30th Street Station, and all tickets to that free event have already been distributed. Sorry. At the National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St., where Obama delivered his memorable speech on race last March, an exhibition celebrates the contributions of Africans and African-Americans over nearly 500 years through artifacts, narration, music, art and video. Admission is charged for entrance to the center; the exhibit is free.
Sunday, Jan. 18
Free ice skating for residents of the Pottsgrove School District will be offered from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the indoor ice rink at The Hill School, 717 E. High St. All skaters must wear a hat. No skate rentals or sharpening will be available. Skaters and visitors are asked to enter the rink from the school’s Beech Street parking lots. The event is sponsored by the Pottsgrove Recreation Board.