Se­cret Pro­hi­bi­tion party com­ing to the bor­ough

Daily Local News (West Chester, PA) - - LOCAL NEWS - By Eric Devlin ede­vlin@21st-cen­tu­ry­media.com @Eric_Devlin on Twit­ter

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

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