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ROYERSFORD PA – The Open Door Ministry’s Youth Mentoring Program will be the beneficiary of a silent auction of more than 50 different themed gift baskets being sold in a fund-raiser Saturday (Nov. 20, 2010) from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ministry’s offices, 350 Main St., Royersford PA.

Each themed basket is filled with gifts – spa items, gourmet cookbooks and food, movies and popcorn, crafts and jewelry, toys, and more – to please a wide range of ages, interests, and tastes, Open Door Executive Director Laurie Faust reports.

The baskets have already been prepared and are currently on display at The Open Door. Bids are being accepted in person for all baskets. The auction will end promptly at 3 p.m., and all winners will be notified by phone.

For more information, call 610-948-4818.

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PHOENIXVILLE PA – The day-long annual Community Day sponsored Saturday (Oct. 2, 2010) by the Kiwanis Club of Phoenixville at the borough’s Reeves Park was another success, attracting hundreds of people to enjoy ready-to-go chicken barbecue dinners grilled and packaged by club members (above), and lots of bargains offered by vendors and area organizations whose booths lined the park’s asphalt paths (below).

A young and energetic rock band (below) named “Never Look Back,” consisting of Phoenixville area musicians, were among those providing entertainment to visitors. “They’re loud,” one woman complained, but high school youths who filled benches positioned in front of the park stage didn’t seem to mind. The group played songs their peers were sure to enjoy but also performed a throw-back tune or two, including the late 1960s standard “Different Drum,” made popular by Linda Ronstadt and the Stone Ponys.

And if the aroma of chicken weren’t enough to make them hungry, guests could choose to dine on hot dogs, hamburgers or other sandwiches as well (above).

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What's behind this door at Wentz, which features an original lock?

WORCESTER PA –  Nooks and crannies found within the original Peter Wentz Farmstead will be open to the public for exploration Saturday (Oct. 2, 2010) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., when volunteers and members of the museum’s staff offer a series of behind-the scenes tours at the property, 2100 Shearer Rd., Worcester PA.

The tours present an opportunity to peek into the farmstead’s attic, basement, and everywhere in between, said museum educator Kimberly Boice.  Guides will explain elements of the Georgian architecture of the house, and some of the more recently reconstructed out-buildings.  A discussion of the ongoing restoration of the property will also include a look at clues used to determine the original appearance of a structure.

“This tour will allow a closer look at some of the architectural details of the house and infrequently exhibited objects in the collection,” added Site Supervisor Dianne Cram.

The tour involves tight, winding stairways and confined spaces, so visitors are asked to wear flat, comfortable shoes and plan to get a little dirty.  The program is best suited for people age 12 and older.  Space is limited, and advance reservations are requested. For more in formation or to make a reservation, call 610-584-5104.

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WORCESTER PA – As leaves begin to fall and cold weather creeps in, it’s time to think about preserving food for the long winter ahead.  The Peter Wentz Farmstead, 2100 Shearer Rd., Worcester PA, will offer demonstrations Saturday (Sept. 25, 2010) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on historic methods of preserving early fall harvests.

Without refrigerators and supermarkets, people of the past had to find other ways to make fresh food last as long as possible. Participants in Worcester can experience the busy activities of autumnal food preservation and preparation typical on a farm of the late 18th through early 19th centuries.

The program highlights drying fruits and vegetables that would have been used throughout the winter season, when such items were not readily available. Farmers will press apples into cider using tools and machinery typical of earlier centuries.

A guided tour of the farm’s house will include information on how a colonial household readied for the cooler seasons ahead. Volunteers will also demonstrate the task of processing flax fibers in preparation for spinning and weaving done later in the season.

The program “gives visitors the opportunity to learn more about the seasonality of work on an 18th century farm,” according to museum educator Kimberly Boice.

An admission donation of $2 per person is suggested. For more information call 610-584-5104.

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SKIPPACK PA – The thespians of Playcrafters Theater, Store Road, Skippack PA, will present the Robert Harling play “Steel Magnolias” at 8 p.m. nightly beginning Thursday (Sept. 23, 2010) and continuing through Sunday (Sept. 26), in addition to a Sunday matinee at 3 p.m.

The play depicts the lives of characters Truvy, Shelby, and the rest of the gossipy southern girls in a small-town beauty parlor. Tickets cost $15 each and are available by calling the theater box office at 610-584-4005, or online here.

Other performances are scheduled for Oct. 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9, also at 8 p.m.

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COLLEGEVILLE PA – The 11th annual Fringe Festival at Ursinus College, which features professional theater companies that have just appeared in the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, as well as student and faculty performances, kicks off Wednesday (Sept. 22, 2010) and runs through Saturday (Sept. 25), primarily in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center on the Main Street, Collegeville PA, campus.

All performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call the Kaleidoscope box office at 610-409-3795.

Topping the festival’s bill, the college public relations department reports, is the Nevermore Theater Project’s stage production of Edgar Allan Poe’s “Tell-Tale Heart.” Also being promoted is the Waitstaff Sketch Comedy Troupe, which will present its new show, “The Real Housewives of South Philly.”

The various acts – for many of which performance times and campus locations vary r have yet to be announced – “make up a fun, unpredictable festival of creative, original theater performances,” according to the college.

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OAKS PA – Upper Providence (PA) Township’s annual community day, sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department, is scheduled Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Black Rock Park, Black Rock Road, Oaks PA. The event is free and open to the public.

Among its features are two vendor areas, one at which local crafters or home business will sell their wares and a second as a Business Expo for local merchants and companies.For more information, e-mail PandR@uprov-montco.org.

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