• Watch a video, above, of last year’s (2009) re-enactment of “The Blob” run-out scene from The Colonial Theater in Phoenixville. The borough’s BlobFest returns this weekend; see below.

SANATOGA PA – Activities for western Montgomery County residents (and anyone else!) from July 9-11, 2010:

Friday, July 9

Youths between the ages of 8 and 13 who are interested in creating pottery may be interested in a “Ceramics Safari Camp” scheduled for Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Montgomery County 4-H Center, Route 113, Creamery PA, a mile south of Route 73 near Skippack PA. Participants will explore a variety of painting techniques, learn basic ceramics, and decorate personal projects. The cost is $32 per person. Campers must provide their own lunches. Enrollment is limited; reservations are suggested. For more information, call 610-489-4315.

A ground-breaking ceremony for the new 120-bed community living center to be built at the Southeastern Pennsylvania Veterans Center has been scheduled for Friday at 10 a.m. at the center, 1 Veterans Dr., Spring City PA. the event is free and open to the public. The state’s adjutant general, Maj. Gen. Jessica L. Wright, will preside during the ceremony.

The Moms Club of New Hanover (PA) Township will meet Friday, and on the second Friday of each month, at 10 a.m. at the New Hanover Lutheran Church in Gilbertsville. Those interested in membership or attending a meeting can call 484-300-6466.

The North Coventry Fire Company’s annual fair continues this weekend at the fire company grounds on Route 724 near Route 100 in Pottstown PA. On Friday the fair opens at 6 p.m., and features a “Turkey Hill Road Show with Turkey Hilda” from 6-11 p.m. A ride special will be offered Saturday, with one price for all amusement rides, from 3-10:30 p.m., and a fireworks display will close the fair Saturday night at 10:30.

BlobFest, the annual re-enactment in Phoenixville of events surrounding “The Blob,” the horror movie starring Steve McQueen that was filmed there decades ago, gets under way Friday at 7 p.m. when the doors open at The Colonial Theater, 227 Bridge St., Phoenixville PA. The night’s events include:

  • A live stage show hosted by Dr. Frank N. Stone and Ghoul-A-Go-Go;
  • A special guest, “Stella, the Maneater from Manayunk;”
  • Presentation of the Shorty Award contest winners;
  • Screenings of the Shorty Award winning films; and
  • A re-enactment of the now-famous “running from the theater” scene in The Blob (at about 9 p.m.).

After the revelry, visitors are encouraged to attend the third annual Blob Ball. The Colonial box office opens 30 minutes before show time. Tickets cost $7, and are subject to a $1 per ticket service fee.

  • Watch a video, above, of a performance by a Sunnybrook Blues Festival headliner, the Pennsylvania blues band “Midnight Shift.” The festival’s inaugural runs begins Saturday; see below.

Saturday, July 10

The Phoenixville Farmers Market, located beneath the Gay Street bridge, Phoenixville PA, now runs weekly on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through November.  The market can be reached from Taylors Alley.

The Skippack Farmers Market, located on the south side of Route 73, just east of its intersection with Route 113, Skippack PA, now runs weekly on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September.

Collector Greg LeVan brings his unusual collection of antique, miniature tractors Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. to the Boyertown Farmers Market, located at 100 S. Walnut St., Boyertown PA. LeVan’s “little guys” are exact replicas of their larger versions.  Although these tractors are too valuable to be played with, Levan also is bringing one kids can ride on. The market runs weekly through Oct. 30, and are held rain or shine. It occupies the parking lot of The Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles, two blocks south of the intersection of Routes 562 and 73.

In what it hopes will become an annual affair that – as with big band tunes and polkas – creates another musical niche for itself, the Sunnybrook Foundation has scheduled its first Blues Festival on Saturday in Sunnybrook Ballroom, 50 Sunnybrook Rd., Pottstown PA. The day-long event will feature 10 different bands performing both inside the ballroom and outside in its pavilion. Ticket prices were announced as $25 per person in advance, and $30 at the door, with food and refreshments sold on site. For more information, call the Sunnybrook box office at 484-624-5186.

A special history-oriented walking tour of Pottstown – between Pottsgrove Manor, 100 W. King St., Pottstown PA, and Riverfront Park on the Schuylkill River – will be offered Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by the staff of the manor. Along the route, a guide will discuss the history and importance of the river and Manatawny Creek to the  business of the John Potts, a colonial ironmaster and founder of Pottstown, and his family. Tickets cost $15 per person. Advance registration is required; for information or reservations call 610-326-4014.

Also, North Coventry Fire Company annual fair, 3-10:30 p.m. See Friday’s listing.

John and Janet O'Such

Sunday, July 11

BlobFest weekend concludes Sunday (July 11) with another screening of the movie and of the Shorty contest winners, followed by a panel discussion. It starts at 2 p.m. in The Colonial, with ticket costs between $6 and $10. Also Sunday, maps will be available for a self-guided “retro tour” of Phoenixville.

The Lower Pottsgrove (PA) Township Parks and Recreation Department continues its series of summer concerts Sunday (July 11, 2010) at 6 p.m. with a show by O’Such Rhythm and Music at the Sanatoga Park band shell, 100 S. Sanatoga Rd., Pottstown PA. The concerts are sponsored by Exelon Nuclear. In case of inclement weather, the show will be automatically re-scheduled to Monday at 7 p.m. Weather cancellation notices will be posted Sundays after 4 p.m. at the township website.

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