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First Friday's in Phoenixville

Phoenixville has a cultural event on the first Friday of every month on Bridge Street in the downtown area.

The small shops and antique stores are open which makes a great opportunity to see some great art at the Phoenixville Art Center, or go see a movie at the Colonial Theater after having dinner at the Black Lab Cafe across the street.

Some of my favorite shops are Artisan's Cafe, selling art and also doubles as a cute coffee shop, The Bread and Cheese store next to Iron Hill sells fabulous organic whole grain breads, and delicious cheeses; Brown's Cow has delicious hand served ice cream; Best Friends sells modern styled clothing items; Diving Cat Studio has fabulous jewelry; And there's a lot more that I haven't even mentioned! Come and see what everyone's raving about :)

Outside along the street are several independent musicians playing their instruments and singing out to the passerbys. It's quite endearing. Perfect for a date night! Make sure you make reservations, it can get really busy on these nights!

Afterwards, don't forget to stop by one of the fantastic bars to grab a drink. Iron Hill, Molly Maguires, Fenix lounge, Bistro on Bridge, etc. are all great places to go!

Address: Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA

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  • Updated Nov 11, 2010
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Swiss Pines

Swiss Pines is a private Japanese garden and wildlife preserve with flowers, statuary, nature trail, streams and ponds located on the north side of Charlestown Road between the village and Hollow Road. Beautiful and tranquil Swiss Pines was designed and created by the late Mr. Arnold Bartschi and is open to the public through the efforts of Henriette Bumeder. A totally private facility, Swiss Pines does not benefit from any public monies or public grants or tax relief.

Due to the nature of the terrain, Swiss Pines is only open if the ground is fairly dry. The gardens are open Wednesday through Friday from 10 AM to 3 PM, and on Saturday from 9 AM to 3 PM, from the 2nd Wednesday in May until the end of November. The gardens are closed Sundays through Tuesdays, holidays and during wet or inclement weather.

Swiss Pines cannot accommodate bus tours. Groups may not exceed 15 visitors, and must visit by appointment only. A $5.00 donation per visitor is charged for groups visiting the gardens, and should be paid in advance.

Address: R.D.1 Box 127 Charlestown Road Malvern, PA 19355

Directions: Take Bridge Street ,which becomes Charlestown Road, toward Malvern.There will be a small parking area on the right. Sometimes this area is roped off. that means the park is closed. If open, Park here. Cross the street to enter the gardens.

Other Contact: Swisspines2@cs.com

Phone: (610) 935-8795

Website: http://www.charlestown.org/ct-org/ct-sp/swisspine01.asp

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  • Written Nov 11, 2010
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Outdoor Activities

1. The canal in Phoenixville is a great place to go for a walk or mountain bike ride. Starting at the bridge crossing the Schuylkill river, directly across from Produce Junction, you can follow this road along the canal to a lock. Here is where the trail head starts. This trail continues all of the way out to a farm where you can get onto Rt. 113 and circle back onto the road and come back the opposite way starting where the boat dock is. Since they built the boat dock, getting back onto the trail is tricky, and requires crossing the rocks and carrying your bike. This trail will have you end up at the Railroad, where you can follow back to the bridge and work your way back to where you started. This trip takes about 45 minutes to complete the loop. Worst case scenario, follow the trail only to the farm, turn around and take the trail all of the way back to where you started...

2. There are also boat rentals nearby, at Fitzwater Station (turn right at produce junction) to rent a kayak or paddle boat. Call the Fitzwater Station for pricing.

3. There is a beautiful park located at the Valley Forge Christian Academy that has a paved path going around it. This path is approximately 3 miles long.

Address: The canal, and the valley forge christian academy

Directions: Canal: Rt 29 in Mont Clare

Valley Forge Christian Academy: Charlestown Road

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  • Written Nov 11, 2010
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The Colonial Theater - Phoenixville
The Colonial Theater

Have you ever seen 'The Blob'?

Remember that scene where the people run screaming from a movie theater?

That's the Colonial Theater.

Other than putting Phoenixville on the map of the silver screen, The Colonial Theater also hosts screenings of hard to find limited small billing movies.

The insides of the Colonial do need some work, but they are in the process of renovating the art deco interior to reflect the condition it was in when originally constructed. Recently they puchased a new Marquis for the outside, and brand new (more comfy) seating for the inside.

I love going there once a week to see the feature film. It's a great gem in our little town.

Address: Bridge Street, Phoenixville, PA

Directions: Look for the big Marquis on Bridge Street! You can't miss it!

Phone: 610-917-0223

Website: http://www.thecolonialtheater.com/

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  • Written May 26, 2004
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