PHOENIXVILLE Fire­bird Fes­ti­val set for Satur­day

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The Phoenixville Fire­bird Fes­ti­val is set to make its an­nual re­turn this week­end.

PHOENIXVLLE >> The Phoenixville Fire­bird Fes­ti­val is set to make its an­nual re­turn this week­end.

Be­gin­ning in Septem­ber, vol­un­teers be­gan con­struct­ing the gi­ant wooden myth­i­cal bird in prepa­ra­tion for this week­end’s fes­tiv­i­ties. This week, vol­un­teers are put­ting the fin­ish­ing touches on the work of art be­fore the cel­e­bra­tory burn­ing dur­ing what will be the 15th year of the an­nual fes­ti­val.

The fes­ti­val started in 2004 as a way for Phoenixville to cel­e­brate arts and cul­ture in the com­mu­nity and once again, on Dec. 8, crowds will gather at Vet­er­ans Field, 192 Mowere Rd., to par­take in the unique tra­di­tion that keeps bring­ing peo­ple back.

“Our first year we had about 150 peo­ple and it grew over the years to now 20,000 peo­ple, chang­ing it from a par­tic­i­pa­tory to a spec­ta­tor event, yet there is still a tremen­dous pride of our fes­ti­val, that gets many in­volved,” reads the Fire­bird Fes­ti­val web­site. “The fes­ti­val al­lows for mul­ti­ple cre­ative con­tri­bu­tions, which is a goal of ours. We cel­e­brate our hu­man cre­ativ­ity, and what we are ca­pa­ble of.”

But there’s more to the event than just the burn­ing it­self.

The day fea­tures a down­town pub crawl from 12-6 p.m. that will in­clude most down­town pubs. Through­out the area there will also be street per­form­ers and mu­si­cians with a pro­ces­sion fea­tur­ing drums and the Fire­bird Dance En­sem­ble at 6:30 p.m. The pro­ces­sion will head up the bike path from the Foundry build­ing to the burn site.

At the site, fam­ily

friendly ac­tiv­i­ties will be­gin at 4 p.m. and will in­clude bounc­ing cas­tles, smaller scale phoenix burn­ings and per­form­ers.

The of­fi­cial light­ing of the phoenix will take place at 8 p.m.

For more in­for­ma­tion about sched­ules and events re­lated to the Fire­bird Fes­ti­val visit fire­bird­fes­ti­val.com.

BARRY TAGLIEBER — DIG­I­TAL FIRST ME­DIA

Vol­un­teers put to­gether the last bits of the wooden phoenix set up for Satur­day’s Fire­bird Fes­ti­val in Phoenixville.

The an­nual Phoenixville Fire­bird Fes­ti­val is set for Satur­day at Vet­er­ans Field. Vol­un­teers have been work­ing over the last few months put­ting to­gether the gi­ant wooden phoenix that will be set ablaze Satur­day night.

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