Friday, September 19, 2014

Riverfest, Egyptian Fest, and Scads of Other Events

Photo of Riverfest, 2013
Sorry I've been away from the Diary most of the week. Been fighting germs, and I'm determined to be over it by tomorrow so I can go to Riverfest and other events in N-Town (the Egyptian Festival looks awesome).

I'm not going say my usual spiel about checking the TNP and Municipal Calendars, because it's becoming obvious to me that our community groups aren't using them much anymore. Then you all complain if several events are scheduled at the same time. Lately I've had to rely on just happening to see Facebook posts about events or receiving emails from other people who track Norristown's events. If I miss reporting your event, it's because I knew nothing about it and that's not my fault. USE THE COMMUNITY CALENDARS, both for posting your event and for checking to see what's already scheduled BEFORE you schedule yours. If no one comes to your events, it's no one's fault but your own..

Today has been designated as Montgomery County Pledge Day as part of AT&T’s It Can Wait Distracted Driving Campaign. Community members, workplace staff, school faculties and students are encouraged to “Paint Montgomery County Blue” by wearing blue on September 19th to show support for safe driving. Take a picture dressed in blue and email the photo to to be shared on MCHD’s website and social media pages.  The Montgomery County Commissioners and the Montgomery County Health Department urge all residents to take the pledge to NOT TO TEXT AND DRIVE.

Saturday, 9 to 11 am, Norristown Hospitality Center will host Lift a Life 5K and 1 mile walk at Norristown Farm Park. Fee $20-$30. Family friendly event for runners and walkers alike. The notice says to register at but that link doesn't seem to work, so call Denise Hall, 610-275-4585.
Also on Saturday, Delta Academy school for girls will do a presentation at Montco OIC (1101 Arch) from 10 am to noon. They serve middle school females grades 6-8 or ages 11-14. Parents/Guardians please plan to attend with your daughter.

Saturday, from 11 am to at least 4 pm, come to the 2nd annual RIVERFEST at Riverfront Park (where Haws Avenue ends at the river), presented by the Dragon Boat Club. Admission FREE. Music, food vendors, Kids' activities. Try a canoe, outrigger, paddle boat or dragon boat.

After Riverfest, head over to the 41st Annual Egyptian Festival, noon to 8 pm, or go Sunday from noon to 6 pm. St. George Coptic Orthodox Church (411 DeKalb St).  FREE admission. Music, food, culture and artwork. For more info, call 610-272-7615.

After a full day at other activities, you can kick back Saturday night at A Founder's Day Celebration, presented by Norristown NAACP at the Carver Center (249 E. Jacoby St.) from 8:30 pm to 12:30 a.m. Bring your own food and beverage and be prepared for an evening of history, mixing, mingling, dancing, shopping, raffles, and auction. Donation of $25.00. For more info, call Pat Augustus Gilbert, 610-476-1198.

Sunday, 10 am to 2 pm, the Historical Society of Montgomery County (Dekalb and Roberts) presents "Death & Dying In Victorian Times." Learn about the elaborate funeral customs of the late 1800's. Exhibits and presentations include Coffin Making, Stone Cutting, Mourning Clothing, Embalming and more! Admission: $8.00 per person, ages 13 and up includes all exhibits and presentations. Questions: Karen Wolfe, 610-272-0297.

Monday from 5:30-7:30 pm is the CTC National Family Day Celebration Dinner at Gotwals Elementary School, 1 East Oak St. A FREE dinner will be served along with family-focused games and activities. All families are welcome.

Tuesday night at 7 pm, Zoning Board Hearings at Municipal Hall. The agenda can be read at

Tuesday morning from 8:30-9:30, Norristown Business Association invites you and a friend to the Association’s breakfast meeting at the Stony Creek Office Center 151 West Marshall Street, Building #2. Please RSVP at:

Tuesday night from 6:30-7:30 pm, Montgomery County-Norristown Public Library presents Garden Tips & Tricks. Master Gardener Kathy Klein will give tips for recycling in your garden.

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