The Pottstown Downtown Improvement District Authority (PDIDA) has moved in to their new space at 17 N Hanover St. Sheila Dugan the PDIDA Director wishes to “thank the volunteers who helped the office move, we are also on our way to becoming POTTSTOWNS VISITORS CENTER! As the boxes are unpacked, we are busy planning various events that we hope will bring people into the downtown and recognize the wonderful shop space and events we have here. This season we are working with the school district, other community organizations and merchants for the OPEN DOORS event on September 10. Stores will be open, fun things will be going on throughout the downtown and at the high school. It is the start of several events, that have many different organizations working together to PROVE Pottstown is a fun, safe place that many great people call home!
Super Sunday Events:
on September 18th the annual The Carousel of Flavors will return. Local eateries will dish up yummy bites to support the restoration of the Victorian Merry Ground they have been fundraising for, the last several years. (http://www.pottstowncarousel.org/events.htm ) Crafters and cooks alike who are interested in participating in this festival should call Jill Burbank at 610- 970-0624.
On September 24th A Pet Expo is underway for the 24thas well as a community yard sale – The Pottstown Arts Cultural Alliance and Bill Sharon from the Borough Codes Department are working on this great event. (http://www.pottstownarts.org)
On October 23rd the annual Halloween Adventure will be celebrated downtown. We will have Alpacas there for the children to pet, music, scarecrow making, face painting and more at beautiful Riverfront Park. (http://pottstown.org/departments-parks.htm)
November 27th is the kick off date to the Hometown Holidays Season. All through December family friendly events are being planned, which in years past have included: Christmas Bands and Sleigh Rides. In 2011 a group or an organization that would like to win $500 in the tree
decorating contest should contact the PDIDA Office at 610-323-5400 for details. Mrs. Dugan is also planning a “Vintage Holiday Theme” to help promote the Tri Pac’s December play “A Christmas Story”. (http://www.villageproductions.org/index.htm)
Mrs. Dugan also stated that as “we roll into December, we will be having Santa arrive on Dec. 2nd (starts at 630) down High Street to his Santa house where you can have photos taken. More activities will be going on throughout the various shops in town. On Saturday the 10th, we will have a spot for your pets to be photographed with Santa, as well as the regular Santa House photo opportunities for your family. Choirs are being scheduled to sing throughout town and other special activities which will be going on from noon to 6pm. We are also planning the second PDIDA Holiday Ball which was a popular success last year, and the date is Friday December 9th!” This fundraising event supports many community/family friendly events, the litter clean up program, and the marketing for our downtown area.
Want to help PDIDA? VOLUNTEER at the new Visitors Center/Office at 17 N Hanover St. PDIDA is hoping to have the center open from 10 to 2, and would love to have enough volunteers to be open every day of the week. The second thing you can do is go to www.fastsigns.com to VOTE for the PDIDA sign to win the $10k make-over. The entry is number 375. You do have to register, but click the bottom where it says view next 20 then you will get tour no 375. Click on it and press MORPHIT…it can be done once a day everyday by everyone. This would help us tremendously!!! Feel free to contact Sheila Dugan for further details on how you can help make downtown Pottstown a better place! Call 610-323-5400 to volunteer or buy tickets for upcoming holiday ball!