Gala will help raise money for mu­ral

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The Schuylkill River Her­itage Cen­ter will host its 8th an­nual Her­itage Award Cel­e­bra­tion on Tues­day, Oct. 17, from 6 to 9 p.m. at The Foundry to raise money to re­place the for­mer mu­ral at Re­nais­sance Park.

On April 28, the Schuylkill River Her­itage Cen­ter took own­er­ship of the Re­nais­sance Park prop­erty.

As part of the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s pub­lic fundrais­ing ini­tia­tive to bring back the Phoenixville Mu­ral, mem­bers of the board set up a ta­ble at the park every First Fri­day this summer. At the Au­gust First Fri­day a young man stopped by our ta­ble and said, “What hap­pened to the mu­ral? I re­mem­ber when I was in 4th grade you took our class on a walk­ing tour and told us about the im­ages on the mu­ral.”

He was told the in­te­rior wall of a build­ing that was once at this corner was crum­bling and the mu­ral had to be taken down in or­der to struc­turally re­pair the wall.

He then said, “Please bring back the mu­ral. I love it.” Then he put a do­na­tion into the cash box on the ta­ble.

As this anec­dote con­veys, the mu­ral has res­onated with peo­ple of all ages over the years, ac­cord­ing to Bar­bara Co­hen. This year the mu­seum is “Cele- brat­ing the Mu­ral” and is hon­or­ing Meg Salig­man and Michael Webb for their out­stand­ing artistry in cre­at­ing the mu­ral.

The pub­lic is in­vited to at­tend this spe­cial event.

Din­ner, live mu­sic and a spe­cial Silent Auc­tion of mu­ral mem­o­ra­bilia and Phoenixville ar­ti­facts will be fea­tured. The cost per per­son is $75.

Those who would like to come and cel­e­brate can send a check to: Schuylkill River Her­itage Cen­ter, P.O. Box 427, Phoenixville, PA 19460. They can also go to the SRHC web site: phoenixville­foundry.org and sup­port our mis­sion by pay­ing via PayPal.

The Her­itage Cel­e­bra­tion would not be pos­si­ble with­out the sup­port of spon­sors. They in­clude: Aqua Amer­ica, Beau­sang, Butera, Co­hen & Bren­nan, At­tor­neys at Law, Colo­nial Gar­dens, Events That En­ter­tain, Frank & An­drea Giar­dina, Gil­more & As­so­ciates, Hankin Phoenixville Foundry Part­ners, Stock & Eleanor Il­loway, Longview Prop­erty Group, Miller De­sign­works, James & Joan Moore, PECO, Phoenixville Fed­eral Bank & Trust, Phoenixville Hospi­tal, Queen of Hearts Ca­ter­ing, SEI In­vest­ments, and Sly Fox Brew­ing Com­pany.

The pro­ceeds from this event will help the Her­itage Cen­ter to fund the 40’ x 80’ dig­i­tal recre­ation of the mu­ral, based on photography dating from1994, when the orig­i­nal mu­ral was painted.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

The mu­ral in down­town Phoenixville’s Re­nais­sance Park as it ap­peared in 2007.

SUB­MIT­TED PHOTO

Jaime Lynch, Avi Gan­guly, Emily Cas­sidy, and Mark Rodgers. In the fore­ground are El­lie and Isaac Lynch, who also helped clear the weeds at Re­nais­sance Park.

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