Effort Underway to Raise Firebird Festival from Ashes

The public is invited to bring ideas to a meeting Tuesday to find a new location.

A grassroots effort is underway to raise the Firebird Festival from the ashes. (Patch file photo)
A grassroots effort is underway to raise the Firebird Festival from the ashes. (Patch file photo)
Early last week the organizer of the Firebird Festival announced he was canceling the event due to problems with finding a location to safely burn the big wooden bird.

The announcement sparked festival lovers to rally behind the event.  A groundswell seems to be forming, including a Facebook page dubbed Citizens for the Phoenixville Firebird Festival.

According to the group's Facebook page the issue of saving the Festival will be a subject of discussion Tuesday night at 6pm during the Phoenixville Borough Council Parks and Recreation Committee meeting.  The meeting takes place in the Borough Council Chambers on the third floor of the new Phoenxville Municipal Building at 351 Bridge Street.  The building is on the original site of the first years of the Firebird Festival.

An announcement on the page reads: "Discussion will take place during the Parks & Rec committee meeting at 6pm on 9/10 just before the Council meeting. You will know more if you can spare an hour to go listen to this meeting."  The Borough Council's monthly meeting is scheduled to being at 7 p.m. in the same room.

Related Patch Stories Provide Background on Recent Years' Saga:

2011 The Bird Burns Tonight

2012 Festival Finds New Home

2012 Firebird Festival Gets Bobblehead

2013 Firebird Festival Goes up in Smoke

2013 Cancelled Festival May Be on Again
Ryan Miller September 09, 2013 at 10:37 AM
I will be out of town unable to attend the meeting. I did have a few Ideas to help keep the event alive. As I understand finding a location with insurability is a significant challenge. I am not certain of the requirements but I would envision safety of people, officials, and property to be major concerns. I do believe we have a significant body of water, with small islands which could support the necessary buffer. This could also be tied to a community event to beautify the riverside.
Average Citizen September 09, 2013 at 12:40 PM
I actually stopped going to this thing years ago because it was so crowded and frankly if you have seen one giant bionfire, you have seen them all. That said, why in the world would they want to cancel something that actually brings people to town to spend money? Something deeper is at work here...some sort of local clown show political BS if I had to guess. Phoenixville would be so muhc better off if the lifers went away and let the new people handle things.
harryfinster September 10, 2013 at 12:49 AM
who in their right mind would move to phoenixville ?


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