Secret Prohibition party coming to the borough
PHOENIXVILLE >> Somewhere in or around the borough this weekend, community members decked out in 1920s regalia will dance the night away to the sound of jazz music. But mum’s the word. Only those in the know will be able to attend this speakeasy style event.
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and the Schuylkill River Towns Program will host the first ever Phoenixville Prohibition party this Saturday from 6-11 p.m. The party celebrates a season of programs that connected people with nature. The cost is $20 per person. To register, visit www. srtp.ticketleap.com/phoenixvilleprohibition.
The location of the all ages event is secret: those who register will select a location to meet a group leader, who will then lead them to the party site. The three meeting places are Renaissance Park at Bridge and Main streets, Customers Bank at Bridge and Starr streets and at Lock 60 in Mont Clare.
Attendees are invited to bring picnic baskets of food and cutlery to the party, though tables and
chairs will be available. The Conshohocken Brewing Co. is donating beer to the event which will be free to participants. Jazz music will accompany the night’s festivities, and participants are encouraged to dress up in outfits inspired by the 1920s.
“I’m very excited about it,” said Lizzie Hessek, program manager for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s southeast regional office. “I’m looking forward to being in this place at night. It’s not a time people are usually there. There’s a magic about it.”
The party is inspired by the Diner en Blanc events in cities around the world, including Philadelphia, where guests dressed in white will gather together to dine but won’t know the location of the event until just before it starts.
“People come to meeting points and are led to a secret location to celebrate public spaces in the community we don’t think about or aren’t using them in these ways,” she said.
The Schuylkill River Towns community action team thought a similar event would be a great way to highlight a public space in and around Phoenixville, she said. The hope is for the event to be successful enough to hold the event in a new location every year.
The Schuylkill River Towns Program is an initiative to get folks living along
“People come to meeting points and are led to a secret location to celebrate public spaces in the community we don’t think about or aren’t using them in these ways.”
the river and the Schuylkill River Trail to begin to use these resources. Additionally, for those who already use the trail, the program encourages them to head into the different towns along the river and experience the great things they have to offer, Hessek said.
“It’s to help them understand the gems they’re passing through,” she said. “It’s a cross promotion. That’s what this program is all about.”
The Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s southeast office has played a large role in connecting the 750 miles of trails into a circuit trail network. So far 450 miles have already been built.
For more information about Schuylkill River Towns program, visit www. SchuylkillRiverTowns. com or at https:// www.facebook.com/ Schuylkillrivertowns.
— Lizzie Hessek, program manager for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council’s southeast regional office