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Firebird Festival Rises From the Ashes

Once cancelled by the organizers, Phoenixville's Firebird Festival is back on at a new location.

The 2013 Firebird Festival will happen after all. (Patch file)
The 2013 Firebird Festival will happen after all. (Patch file)
The 2013 Phoenixville Firebird Festival will go on after all.

A plan for the Festival won unanimous approval by the Borough Council Tuesday night. The vote comes after months of work by the private, volunteer festival organizers to find a new home for what will be the Festival's tenth anniversary this year.

The Festival as approved by council will be held on Saturday, December 14th at Friendship Field. The Festival had to move from Bridge Street due to fire concerns.

The first Firebird Festival, which features the burning of a giant wooden Phoenix, was held on the site that is now home of the new Borough Hall.
Lisa Longo September 11, 2013 at 06:57 AM
Excellent news and kudos to Council for working to find a site that would be safe and safeguard this important community event.
Caren Meehan Kolter September 11, 2013 at 07:10 AM
I thought the first one was behind Molly's or somewhere down there.
S.walsh September 11, 2013 at 07:27 AM
where is friendship field?
larry sinister September 11, 2013 at 09:46 AM
the gov't panders to stinky plebs. let them burn their pallets on private property and beat their drums somewhere else. not the government's job to organize festivals.
Sean Halloran September 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM
Thanks to the council for approving the use of Friendship Field!!
Muffins September 11, 2013 at 11:17 AM
The first Firebird festival was held at the lot behind Molly's. Friendship Field is up near the Franklin Commons, Fillmore and Franklin St., near Reservoir Park on the North Side. That is where the fireworks were held July 4th. Larry, fyi, 'government,' or in this case, Council, does not organize functions in the Borough. There are usually committees who do this. However, the Council does approve venues for various functions. While Phoenixville downtown has always had parking issues, the Firebird Festival does bring in a lot of revenue to help keep our town alive, as in 'rising from the ashes.' Happy to hear Council approved the Festival for this year.
Mr. Phoenixville September 11, 2013 at 03:34 PM
Most Excellent
Realist September 11, 2013 at 06:16 PM
Nice of you to delete my post. I guess you can't take a critique Bob.
harryfinster September 12, 2013 at 12:12 AM
yes phoenixville doesnt seem to be able to accept criticism or satire very well ,must have an inferiority complex
Average Citizen September 12, 2013 at 12:00 PM
Having it in the new location will hurt the Bridge Street businesses a bit but it's better than canceling something that draws people to town. I still personally have no interest in it but I am glad the power that be saw that canceling an event that brings outside dollars to town is just stupid.
maggie girl September 15, 2013 at 12:03 PM
It is nice that the festival is still going to be held. However it is a shame to build something so beautiful and then to see it burned. By the way there are also a lot of houses up by friendship field so there is still fire danger.
Richard September 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM
Sad that a useless festival can be quickly saved, yet the partial build of the fire station at the same location has remained the same for roughly 4 years. Well done borough council, well done.
Realist September 17, 2013 at 08:16 AM
The Fire departments consolidated. And the fire station property site has been for sale for years. There have been several proposals for the site including senior housing and low income housing. Neither have happened because of variances needed.
Richard September 17, 2013 at 10:41 AM
So, activity without results is what? Failure. Enjoy the income from taxes though, I'm sure something will work out.

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