Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Courtesy of Phoenixville Patch staff and readers, a collection of photos and videos of the ninth annual burning of the bird.
Thousands gathered across the street from the Foundry on Saturday night for the ninth annual Phoenixville Firebird Festival. Though there was a surfeit of activities across the borough in the run-up to the main event, here is a collection of photos and videos—from Phoenixville Patch readers and staff—that captured the sighs and sounds of the lighting of the titular bird. Until next year…
Saturday, December 8, 2012
A rundown of the who, what, where, when, why and how of the ninth annual burning of the bird.
The ninth annual Firebird Festival will be held on Saturday at the event’s new (old) 3 North Main Street site. While the burning of the bird kicks off at 8 p.m., below is all the information you need to know—from parking to performers—to make this year’s event great. A host of Phoenixville businesses will be participating in the Firebird Festival with their own Phoenix-oriented events. Steel City, the Phoenix Village Art Center, Skylight Coworking, Phoenix Karate Center, Diving Cat Studio, Soltane Breads and Spreads, A Warming Center, Colonial Theatre, and Steel Eagle Antiques each have events scheduled starting in the afternoon and stretching up to the moment they light the thing. Check out the festival’s website here for a full list of …
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Event organizer Henrik Stubbe Teglbjaerg needs help in a handful of areas.
With the Firebird Festival less than a week away, event organizer Henrik Stubbe Teglbjaerg is looking for volunteers to ensure the annual burning of the bird goes off without a hitch. Teglbjaerg told Patch he is asking for assistance in a handful of areas. Prospective volunteers can contact Teglbjaerg via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. He will be meeting with volunteers on the third floor of Molly MaGuires on December 4 at 6:30 p.m. to organize the organizers. He encourages those interested in lending a hand to contact him before this meeting.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
A borough resident has manufactured 500 limited edition Phoenixville Firebird figurines.
Clint Weiler, a Phoenixville-based PR man, started making bobblehead dolls a few years ago. “They’re music related dolls, not really well known people,” he said, explaining, when prodded, that the collection is comprised primarily of obscure (to this writer, at least) punk rockers like GG Allin and rocker Johnny Winter. “It’s underground stuff,” Weiler added. And this year the Washington Avenue resident has rolled out a bobblehead of a figure who’s inspired a similarly narrow but passionate following: the Phoenixville Firebird. To celebrate the ninth annual festival, Weiler has manufactured 500 collectible dolls, each a miniaturized replica of the bird the borough will burn on December 8. Weiler is selling the dolls online at …
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Construction should be finished in two more weekends of work.
With the Firebird Festival fast approaching, progress on the eponymous bird has sped up in recent weeks. According to the festival’s Facebook page, the Phoenix will likely be finished in two more weekends of work. The reason, festival organizers wrote in a recent post, that the 2012 iteration of the Phoenix has taken longer to construct than past years' is that its design is more complex: This bird is so much more complex than our previous years, so it is taking longer time to build ~ she is worth it ~ she looks good. The wings will be a third longer, and when feathered ~wow. December 8 can’t come soon enough.
Sunday, September 30, 2012
Before you burn the Phoenix, you have to build it.
Construction efforts just began earlier this month, but already Phoenixville's Phoenix is rounding into form. The event has a new site this year (well, technically, an old one), and co-director Charles Segal told Patch last month he expects its growth to continue. “We’re expecting, and this is just an estimate, upwards of 16,000 people,” Segal said, adding that last year the event drew somewhere between 11,000 and 13,000. In the Firebird’s inaugural burning, just 800 attended.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The ninth annual Burning of the Phoenix will be held at the site of the first.
Call it a homecoming. After the groundbreaking of the new borough hall effectively evicted the Firebird Festival from its old Bridge Street home, and then the next location the event’s organizers tabbed fell through, the firebird folks finally settled on a new space for the ninth annual Burning of the Phoenix: the site of the first. On December 8, the Firebird Festival will be held on Main Street, right across from Mill Street, the event’s organizers decided. Firebird co-director Charles Segal says the location will provide more space for the fast-growing festival. “We’re expecting, and this is just an estimate, upwards of 16,000 people,” Segal told Patch, adding that last year the event drew somewhere between 11,000 and 13,000. In the …
Thursday, December 1, 2011
The ninth annual festival takes place on Saturday. Add your best photos and videos of the "Burning of the Phoenix" here.