STORY WRITTEN BY EVAN BRANDT
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POTTSTOWN >> Pottstown is planning a multi-part celebration for its 200th anniversary. The first of its stand-alone celebrations, called “Bicentennial Community Days,” will be held in Memorial Park this Saturday.
All activities will take place on “the island” at the northeast corner of Memorial park.
These are a series of outdoor gatherings in the parks from noon to 8 p.m. with live music, food, beverages, crafts, and family fun.
There is no fee to attend.
Each event will feature headline performers, wandering performers for children, locally-sponsored family-friendly activities, local food vendors, a Sly Fox Biergarten benefitting the Pottstown Carousel and more.
Saturday’s schedule is packed full of activities, including the first musical performance from 1 to 3 p.m. by country music singer-songwriter Kendal Conrad, a Pottstown native.
At the same time, strolling “Magical Illusions by Kyle and Kelly” will occur, thanks to a sponsorship by Dolbey-Jamison Optical.
A “bounce house” for the younger set, sponsored by JS productions, will be available in the park from 12 to 4 p.m. for those under 12.
From 3:30 to 7:30, a Sly Fox Beer Biergarten will be open, benefitting the Carousel at Pottstown.
That’s about the same time the Ches-Mont Jubilaires, a community barbershop group, will perform.
At 5 p.m., the rock band Hillbilly Shakespeare will take the stage and play until 7:30 p.m.
Throughout the day, residents can make free use of the Bicentennial Photo Booth, sponsored by J & K Foam Applications; and Pottstown’s own roller derby team, The Roller Derby Rockstars, will present “Can you beat a rock star?”
Since the beginning of the year, all of the borough’s annual events have had a Bicentennial element to them, including the Pottstown Historical Society’s historical walking tour on Wednesday, June 17 from 6 to 8 p.m. (Meet at the parking lot behind Zion’s United Church of Christ and Emmanuel Lutheran Church on North Hanover Street.)
Bicentennial Community Days are also planned for July 18th in Riverfront Park and on Aug. 15 in Memorial Park.