LIMERICK PA – Kids can dine with the most popular guy of the season, and help those less fortunate than themselves too, during a Breakfast With Santa event scheduled for Saturday (Dec. 4, 2010) from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the food court of the Philadelphia Premium Outlets, West Lightcap Road, Limerick PA.

Breakfast awaits at the outlets.

The meal and Santa-accompanied fun is being combined with a collection of Toys For Tots, the holiday gifts-for-children program conducted by the United States Marines. Donations of new unwrapped toys, books, and games will be accepted at the site, to be delivered by Marines during the holiday season to community children in need.

After he’s had his fill, from 9:30 a.m. to noon, Santa can be found strolling the outlet center and greeting visitors there. Other Santa strolls, according to Keri A. Branch, Philadelphia Premium’s assistant general manager, are scheduled for Dec. 12 (Sunday) and Dec. 18 (Saturday), both from noon to 4 p.m.

The outlets will be echoing with music as well, Branch said. Like Santa, Victorian-dressed holiday carolers will roam the center to provide song, music and entertainment this Sunday (Dec. 5), next Saturday (Dec. 11), and Dec. 19 (Sunday), all from noon to 3 p.m.

For more information, call 610-495-9000.

WORCESTER PA – Lighted candles will cast their glow across the Peter Wentz Farmstead on Saturday (Dec. 4, 2010) from 2-8 p.m., during an annual holiday tour of the Montgomery County historic site, 2100 Shearer Rd., Worcester PA, that’s open to the public.

Lanterns light the way on a tour of the Peter Wentz Farmstead.

Visitors can experience a traditional Pennsylvania German seasonal celebration, including music, craft demonstrations, and a visit from Belsnickel (Pennsylvania German for St. Nicholas in furs). A $2 donation of per person is suggested.

Children of all ages can meet Belsnickel from 3-6 p.m. to find out if they made the “good list” or not. At dusk, candles will light the way through the restored site, and throughout the house 18th century tunes will be heard as played on various instruments by local musician, Mark Carroll.

Volunteers portraying Gen. George Washington and some of his troops will offer stories of their “recent” travels throughout the area and their busy preparations for winter encampments. Craftspeople will demonstrate skills, and in the summer kitchen 18th century seasonal food and drink will be prepared on the hearth.

For more information, call the farmstead at 610-584-5104.

Photo from the Peter Wentz Farmstead

Leann Pettit.

PHOENIXVILLE PA – If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to ride in one of those hot air balloons often seen drifting above Limerick (PA) Township early on a calm morning, Leann Petit wants you to wonder no more.

Petit is the editor of The (Phoenixville PA) Phoenix newspaper, and an accomplished cook and traveler too. She and friends took off last week (Nov. 18, 2010) with the U.S. Hot Air Balloon Team, a company that conducts flights from locations in Montgomery, Chester and Berks (PA) counties. They glided across and above Limerick, enjoying the sunrise and passing by the Exelon Nuclear cooling towers.

Photo from BetterThanATravelGuide.com

POTTSTOWN PA – Only the first 45 seconds of this more than 12-minute flight video has relevance to Limerick (PA) Township and Pottstown PA area residents, but think of it as a starting point to your own personal game of “WazzThat?”

A traveler from New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport, flying to San Francisco CA, shot a video through his cabin window earlier this fall as the jet on which he was a passenger followed the Schuylkill River for awhile and flew over Limerick, Pottstown, Birdsboro, Reading, Palmyra, and Harrisburg PA, and beyond. The piece was posted last Tuesday (Nov. 16, 2010) on YouTube.

Planes stacked up on a take-off runway at JFK Airport in New York.

To play the game watch the video, stopping it every few seconds. Find a landmark that probably is familiar from ground level but might not seem so in an aerial view, and answer the question, “what’s that?”

Send The Post an e-mail and tell us what you found.

Photo from Panoramio.com

LIMERICK PA — Gateway Employment Resources, which has its offices on Ridge Pike in Limerick PA, will hold a fund-raising “Night at the Races” on Nov. 5 (2010; Friday) from 6-10 p.m. in the Loft At Limerick Golf Club, 675 N. Lewis Rd., Limerick.

A buffet dinner, music, horse races, silent auction, and 50-50 raffle are included. Tickets cost $30. For more information, call Tina Cooper at 610-489-9699 Ext. 115.

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A footbridge in the sanctuary.

PHOENIXVILLE PA – Explore the meadows and wetlands of Black Rock Sanctuary, 1059 Black Rock Rd., Phoenixville PA, as an experienced guide points out the first signs of several birds’ fall migration during a program scheduled for Nov. 20 (2010; Saturday) from 8-10 a.m. at the sanctuary off PA Route 113 between the Schuylkill River and Winding River Boulevard.

The sanctuary represents a unique site along the birds’ Atlantic Flyway, according to Chester County Parks spokeswoman Vicki L. Rhine. During the walk visitors may see migrating warblers, vireos, orioles, and tanagers. Instructor Vincent Smith, a naturalist in Valley Forge and Audubon, will lead the group and discuss inhabitants of the wetland and meadow areas.

The program is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required. Registration forms can be downloaded from the county parks website, here, or can be completed by calling the park at 610-469-1916.

Photo from Black Rock Sanctuary

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Boom! Sizzle. Wow ...

PHOENIXVILLE PA – A free fireworks show, open to the public, will begin Friday (Oct. 22) at 9:30 p.m. at Valley Forge Christian College, 1401 Charlestown Rd., Phoenixville PA, as part of the college’s 2010 Homecoming and Family Weekend.

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