Friday, May 9, 2014

FOOD, Music, Carnival, and a Clean Car

Another busy weekend, plus events coming up later that you should plan for now. They're calling for summer-like weather. And remember, Sunday's Mom's Day. Take her to a Norristown restaurant, to the Zoo's carnival, bring her flowers from a Norristown flower shop or greenhouse, and buy her tickets to the upcoming play at Theatre Horizon. Pick her up in a car newly washed by NASD students. See below.

The Dragon Boat Club and Norristown Business Association are partnering to sponsor a Community Flea Market on May 24-25 from 8 am to 3 pm at Airy and Dekalb Sts. If you're interested in being a vendor, the cost per space is $20 for one day and $30 for both days. Reserve your space NOW by email . Details will be forthcoming.

There are 3 days left on Restaurant Week. Remember, the participating restaurants are Almaz Cafe, Banh Mi Bar, Casa Bonita, Crispy & Juicy, Diva's Kitchen, Jus' Java, and Taqueria La Michoacana. They all have Friday and Saturday hours. The latter 3 have Sunday hours. For a complete listing of discounts and hours, go to Restaurant Week's Facebook page. You don't have to sign in to Facebook to see the information.
Elmwood Park Zoo's Season Kickoff Carnival is still on tonight, 5-10 pm, Saturday, noon to 10 pm, and Sunday, noon to 5 pm. Rides, games, food and fun right in the Zoo's parking lot. Admission to the carnival is FREE and separate from Zoo admission. Tickets for rides and games may be purchased at the carnival. The Zoo will be open its regularly scheduled hours of 10 am to 5 pm.

Tonight is another Family Feud Game Night: The reigning champions of the Norristown Council will take on the Norristown Men of Excellence. 7 pm at Caffe Galileo (317 Swede). The trash talk started at the Arts Hill Fest last week. Come out and see who will emerge victorious.

Saturday, 11 am - 2 pm, Car Wash at Stewart Middle School to benefit the Music Boosters. If I find out cost, I'll update this entry. Get a clean car and help keep music in our schools.

At 4 pm, Saturday, The Norristown Chorale will present its spring concert, "The Music's Always There" at Victory Church, 2650 Audubon Rd, Audubon. FREE admission--good-will offering accepted.

Saturday night from 8:30 to 1 am is Comedy Night @TheCarver, featuring Norristown's Own Comedians, NASIR, Stan Tannell. Tickets $10. Carver Center, 249 East Jacoby St.

Tuesday at 7 pm, Planning Commission Meeting at Municipal Hall. No agenda yet.

Also Tuesday at 7 pm, INTRODUCTION TO GENEALOGY presented by Genealogist Rose Brown at The Historical Society of Montgomery County (1654 DeKalb Street). This begins a 4-week workshop for beginners, each Tuesday through June 3. $7.50 member/$10 non-member non-refundable materials fee. Seating is limited. For information or to reserve a space, cal: 610-272-0297 or email

Wednesday from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Library (Swede and Powell), the Montgomery County Health Department will have certified child car seat technicians who'll inspect child safety seats. Participants are educated on the proper way to install a car seat in their car, and to ensure their child is properly restrained in the car seat. Car seat checks are by appointment only. Call 610-278-5119 to make an appointment

On Thursday, May 15th, at 7:30 pm, HITCHCOCK'S THE 39 STEPS opens at Theatre Horizon with a "Pay What You Can" Preview. (They'd really appreciate at least a $10 donation). The play is described as "...a fast-paced whodunit...packed with nonstop laughs, over 150 zany characters (played by a ridiculously talented cast of 4), handcuffs, missing fingers and some good old-fashioned romance!" Discounted previews ($20-22) will continue on Friday (16th) and Saturday (17th) at 8 pm, and Sunday (18th) at 2 pm. The show will run through June 8th. And remember, Norristown residents can get FREE tickets through the PNC Norristown Neighbor Program. Email or call 610-283-2230 for information. Or reserve regular seats online at

Remember to check the calendar links to the right of this blog for more events.


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  2. Good luck to the Dragon Boat Club and NBA with the flea market/yard sale to be held on May 24 and 25 at the top of Norristown Arts Hill. While we support all things that are for the good of Norristown, Norristown Arts Council, through its mission, is working to maintain Norristown Arts Hill as an area for the promotion of the Arts, Arts-Related Businesses and development. We purposefully do not create a flea market/yard sale atmosphere in the promotion of the Arts nor in production of the Norristown Arts Hill Festival and do not wish for this event to be confused as part of the goals, mission and efforts of Norristown Arts Council. Perhaps future communication and inclusion regarding events involving the Hill will allow Norristown Arts Council to help in the design of such events so as to maintain the mission and goals set for Norristown Arts Hill. We are; however, pleased to learn that NBA and the Dragon Boat Club have recognized Norristown Arts Hill as a desirable location for the flea market/yard sale and wish the best for a successful and profitable event.

    1. After speaking to various members of the community, including one other member of the Arts Council, and members of the Dragon Boat Club and Business Assn at the Family Feud event last night, I thought a few comments should be passed on.
      First, no one there, including me, thought that the Arts Hill District goes past Airy St on Dekalb. There are certainly no arts venues past Theatre Horizon. The parking lot across Airy isn't considered to be part of the Arts Hill District by anyone who attended last night.
      2nd, everyone was in agreement that getting people to come out for downtown events is paramount in promoting the notion that our downtown is a safe, enjoyable environment. None of the attendees to the Arts Hill Fest seemed to feel unsafe. No one at Family Feud last night did. The flea market is another way to bring activity to the area and show everyone that Norristown is a great place to visit. Everyone felt that the more events that take place downtown, the better, as long as they're family-friendly.
      I personally am confused as to what a "flea market/yard sale atmosphere" is. As a musician and writer, I consider myself a member of our arts community. I've sold my books and sung at flea markets and church bazaars. I have artwork in my home that I've discovered at flea markets. In many places in the US, flea markets or swap meets are considered artsy and trendy. I'll have a vendor table at Norristown's flea market to sell my books and maybe some crafts and homegrown herbs, and I encourage other artists in our community to do the same. We should take advantage of every opportunity to show the world what a creative town we have (not to mention that I understand the need for artists to take every opportunity to hawk their wares and bring in some income).

  3. The Norristown Arts Hill District runs north and south from Lafayette to Chestnut on DeKalb and east and west from Green to Swede on Main. Good luck to the Dragon Boat Club and NBA with the flea market/yard sale to be held on May 24 and 25 at the top of Norristown Arts Hill.