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Phoenixville Firebird Festival on December 8th
 
  by: Hailey - Collegeville, PA
started: 12/01/12 3:43 pm | updated: 12/01/12 3:43 pm
 
Just because Thanksgiving is over doesn't mean you have to forget about giant cooked birds! On December 8th, Phoenixville will play host to the 9th Annual Phoenixville Firebird Festival. The festival started when the Arts and Entertainment Committee created the idea as a way to celebrate the rebirth of Phoenixville after the town that had been in decline after the steel mill closed. In recent years Phoenixville has seen a lot of growth with an influx of artists, shops, and restaurants. The main highlight of the festival is a wooden phoenix structure being lit and turned into a giant bonfire. The first bird was only 11 feet high. The original festival only had 400 attendees, which is rather small compared to last year’s attendance of 12,000 people. This year’s bird will be 30 ft tall and took 20 days to build. Each bird is lit by a torch carried in the parade.

This year’s Firebird festival begins at 4pm with a craft bazaar down at the Firebird site behind Molly McGuire’s. There will be events along Bridge Street at various shops and restaurants. 98 performers will be playing on the street and at the Colonial Theatre, Steel City Café, Diving Cat Studio Gallery, and at the Firebird site on the main stage. All events go on until 8pm when the lighting of the bird will take place. iRadioPhilly will be live broadcasting acts from the mainstage for those unable to attend. The festival organizers are asking that attendees contribute a $3 donation to help pay for festival expenses. All are invited to attend, even if unable to donate. A full schedule of events can be found at: http://www.firebirdfestival.com/schedule.htm.

 
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