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Stuff To Do This Weekend

SANATOGA PA – Weekend activities for Sanatogans (and anyone else!), May 1-3, 2009:

Big band sounds in Boyertown.

Big band sounds in Boyertown.

Friday, May 1

The Mike Vax Big Band, featuring alumni from the Stan Kenton Orchestra, will play in concert at 7:30 p.m. at Boyertown Area High School, 120 N. Monroe St., Boyertown PA. The concert, sponsored by the Boyertown Area Music League, represents the band’s first East Coast appearance in eight years. Tickets are available by calling 610-473-3527.

Saturday, May 2

A yard sale and auction fund-raiser conducted by Cedarville United Methodist Church will begin at 8 a.m. at the church, 1092 Laurelwood Rd., Pottstown PA. The yard sale continues until noon; the auction begins at 12:30 p.m.  Light lunch and snacks will be available for purchase. Persons interested in operating a table at the yard sale can set up beginning at 7:30 a.m. and sell until noon; the cost is $10. For more information, call sale volunteer Linda Knox at 610-326-4185.

A similar fund-raising yard sale, this one to benefit the Lower Pottsgrove Historical Society, runs from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the society’s Sanatoga Chapel headquarters, 2341 E. High St., Sanatoga PA.

Pottsgrove Manor’s annual Colonial May Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on its grounds, 100 W. King St., giving today’s Pottstown residents a glimpse back into their revolutionary past.

The Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority will hold its monthly First Saturday events from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on High Street in downtown Pottstown PA. This month features:

  • the Pottstown Health Club doing free exercise, and the Massage Academy doing free yoga, both at Smith Plaza Park (SMP), 10 a.m.;
  • Riverfront Park clean-up, starting at 10 a.m.;
  • the Pottstown Car Club classic car show from 4-9 p.m.; and throughout the day music and live entertainment,
  • Preservation Pottstown doing a “bike toss” at the old Slack Shack lot,
  • the Pottstown Library doing a workshop to teach people how to use the libraries, at Smith Family Plaza;
  • an open house reception for paper show artists hosted at the Gallery on High, and
  • demonstrator Bruce Tatem.

Trees – which provide shade, remove air pollutants, reduce storm water runoff, and offer fun and natural beauty – must be planted properly to live long and healthy lives. Learn proper tree planting and preparations from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. during a program at Pavilion 2 in Warwick Park, 191 County Park Rd., Knauertown PA. Ongoing maintenance, and making the right tree choices will be covered by instructor and Consulting Tree Biologist John A. Keslick Jr. For more information or to register, call John Spencer at 610-469-1916.

Revolutionary War re-enactors will recreate an encampment from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Valley Forge National Historical Park, Valley Forge PA, to observe the 231st anniversary of America’s early, pivotal alliance with France in 1778. Visitors can enter the free encampment at Conway’s Brigade (off Route 23), and speak with living historians – officers and enlisted men, women and children – about their experiences at Valley Forge and what the French Alliance meant to the American Revolution. At the park’s Welcome Center, children will be able to create tri-corner hats and French flags. The event also will be held Sunday at the same times. For more information, call 610-783-1077.

Sunday, May 3

Learn basic fishing skills like knot tying, casting, baiting a hook – and taking a fish off one – during a family fishing program from 9 a.m. to Noon at in the lower parking area at Warwick County Park, 191 County Park Rd., Knauertown PA. The only catch? Adults must be accompanied by a child. Participants will have the opportunity to fish without the need of a fishing license, and all equipment is provided. The program is sponsored and taught by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission. For more information or to register, call John Spencer at 610-469-1916.

Archeologists, local historians and re-enactors of black history will be on hand to greet visitors from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Pine Forge History Day at the Rutter Mansion on Pine Forge Road in Pine Forge PA. Established in 1716, Pine Forge claims to be the first iron forge in Pennsylvania. Admission is free. Live entertainment is scheduled, and food will be available. The event is sponsored by the Pine Forge Historical Society. For more information, call 610-367-7881.

A polka festival returns from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. to Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., Sanatoga PA, featuring three bands. Lenny Golmulka and Chicago Push, the Polka Family, and Janet and John O’Such are scheduled to play. Food service wil be available. Tickets cost $15 in advance and $17 at the door. For more information, call 484-624-5186.

A women’s “Opportuni-Tea,” an informal tea service at which a distinguished panel of local women will discuss seizing opportunities to make a mark in life, will be held from 1-4 p.m. at Cutillo’s Restaurant, 2688 E. High St., Sanatoga PA. Tickets cost $20 per person. For more information, or to reserve a seat, call the YWCA Tri-County Area at 610-323-1888.

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