SANATOGA PA – Weekend activities for Sanatogans (and anyone else!), May 8-10, 2009:
Friday, May 8
The world premiere of a new professional resident dance troupe at Pottstown’s Tri-County Performing Arts Center, the Melange Contemporary Dance Company, opens tonight and Saturday at 8 p.m., and for a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m., in the center, 245 E. High St. Melange features the talents of Artistic Director Michelle Jones Wurtz and a host of accomplished dancers. The company’s work encompasses a mix of modern, jazz, and other diverse dance and music styles. Tickets cost $17 for adults, $14 for seniors and students, and $12 for children. For more information, call 610-970-1199.
The musical group “Tanglefoot,” a band of story-telling songwriters from Canada, appears at 8:30 p.m. in the Steel City Coffeehouse, 203 Bridge St., Phoenixville PA. Tickets cost $25 in advance, or $28 at the door. Visit the Tanglefoot website for more information or to buy tickets.
Swing dancing with a live band, featuring Drew Nugent & Vince Giordano, will be presented by SwingKat Entertainment from 9 p.m. to midnight in the Ballroom On High, 310 High St., Pottstown PA. Tables and seating are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Admission is $12-$20.
Saturday, May 9
What’s being called the “East Coast Kitchen Knife Gathering,” an annual tail-gate get-together for cooks, chefs, and other collectors of knives used in the kitchen, has been scheduled for the day by UnConundrum Inc. at its premises, 646 Lenape Rd., Bechtelsville PA. It’s about 16 miles north of Sanatoga. The company, which listed the event on Yahoo’s Upcoming website, said the group will talk “about knives, the steel used, handles, cutting boards, coatings for knife handles and cutting boards, and knife storage ideas.” Author Chad Ward, a North Carolina cook who recently published the book “An Edge In The Kitchen,” will be available for book signings. There’s “no admission (fee), no parking fees,” UnConundrum said; “just bring your own drinks, chairs, and shade.”
The ninth annual 5-kilometer Chartwells Fun Run and Walk, which is a primary fund-raiser for the Pottsgrove School District Educational Foundation, will begin at 9 a.m. from the Pottsgrove High School stadium on Kauffman Road, preceded by registration between 8 and 8:45 a.m. Registration will be accepted on the morning of the race, at a cost of $20. For more information, call at Gary Derenzo at 610-326-6376.
The annual Warwick Outdoor Fest and Kid’s Trout Rodeo, hosted by Chester County’s Warwick County Park and featuring a variety of free hands-on recreational activities, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the park, 382 County Park Rd., Knauertown PA, south of Pottstown and 3.5 miles west of the intersection of Routes 100 and 23. Outdoor Fest activities include Nordic walking, a climbing wall, survival skills, children’s programs, exhibits and displays. The Coventryville Trout Club will hold its annual Kid’s Trout Rodeo along the banks of the French Creek. The Friends of Warwick Park organization will have food for purchase. The event will be held rain or shine. Admission is free, but parking costs $5 per car. For more information, call the park at 610-469-1916.
The Wicked Effects Car Club and the Pottstown Wal-Mart will conduct a “Fight for the Cure” classic and vintage car show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. outside the store, 233 Shoemaker Rd, Pottstown PA. The event benefits the Kids With Leukemia program at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The show is open to viewing by the public. For car owners who want to display their vehicles, admission is $5. For more information, call 610-587-4346.
The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Pottstown will conduct what it bills as a “Forget Me Not Walk” to raise funds for and public awareness of cancers specific to women from Noon to 2 p.m. starting at Smith Plaza at High and Hanover streets in downtown Pottstown, and then continuing though surrounding streets and neighborhoods. For more information or to register, call organizer Sharon Basile at 610-326-9382.
The Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, featuring guest conductor Jack Moore, will perform a spring pops concert during “A Night At The Pops” from 7 p.m. to midnight at Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., Sanatoga PA. The musical event includes Big Band numbers that Sunnybrook made famous, as well as light refreshments and live and silent auctions. Tickets are $25 per person, and are available at the doors, which will open at 7. For more information or tickets, call 610-327-3614.
Ballroom dancing featuring Waltz, Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango, West Coast Swing and East Coast Swing, with guest DJs, will be presented by SwingKat Entertainment from 8:30-11 p.m. in the Ballroom On High, 310 High St., Pottstown PA. Admission is $12.
Sunday, May 10
It’s Mother’s Day. Cook Mom some breakfast (don’t burn the toast!), buy her some flowers, play a game of Canasta with her (let her win, remember), and then take her out to dinner. It’s the least you can do.