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Pottstown Ride for the River 2016

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Ride for the River 2016

September 24, 2016

Ride the Schuylkill River Trail then Enjoy a Free Music Festival!

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Prefer to register by mail? Download a mail-in registration form here

Ride along the Schuylkill River Trail while benefitting the trail! Cyclists ride from Pottstown to Reading and back (shorter route available), along the trail. The ride begins and ends at Sly Fox Brewery’s annual Can Jam Festival in Pottstown, so after the ride participants can kick back and relax at the festival with great food, Sly Fox beer and eight hours of free music. All proceeds benefit the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, which works with partners to build, maintain and promote the Schuylkill River Trail.

  • 16 & 40 mile Ride Options
  • Well-marked route with ride support
  • Complimentary festival food and beer purchases
  • Snacks and water at rest stops
  • Eight hours of free, live music after the ride

Ride begins and ends at Sly Fox Brewery, located at 331 Circle of Progress Dr., Pottstown, PA 19464.

See Ride for the River FAQs

40 mile ride (9 a.m. start time): Pottstown to Reading Riverfront Park and back along the Schuylkill River Trail with a short on-road section to and from the brewery.

16-mile ride (10 a.m. start time): Union Township Recreation Area and back along the Schuylkill River Trailwith a short on-road section to and from the brewery.

Cost for both rides is $40 per person; after September 1st, 2016 cost is $45. Price includes one food and one drink ticket ($10 value) good for one meal and one 16 ounce beer or other drink at Sly Fox Can Jam Festival. Full SAG support is available throughout the ride, and snacks and water will be provided at rest stops. Participants can purchase additional food and drink tickets at a discounted price when registering. A commemorative Ride for the River performance T-shirt is available for purchase. T-shirts must be pre-ordered by Sept. 8. No day of registrations.

About Ride for the River

Ride for the River is designed to allow cyclists to explore the Schuylkill River Trail while supporting the Schuylkill River Heritage Area, which operates and maintains the trail in Berks and Schuylkill Counties and works to improve the entire trail. All rides begin and end at Sly Fox’s popular Can Jam Festival located at 331 Circle of Progress Dr., in Pottstown. Both the 16- and 40-mile options take place primarily along the flat, crushed stone Schuylkill River Trail, with about five miles of on-road riding between the festival and the trail. The on-road section has some hills.

About Can Jam Festival

Sly Fox Brewing Company’s CAN JAM Music Festival is curated to feature rising regional independent talent, authentic and original, just like Sly Fox beers! A free day of amazing music in the beautiful pastures adjoining the brewery, accentuated by one of the largest KanJam® tournaments on the planet.

The Can Jam Music Festival celebrates Sly Fox Brewing Company’s role as an early adopter, evangelist and promoter of cans—the hottest packaging trend in the craft brewing industry. Learn more about Can Jam.



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How build a Tiny Home for under $6K

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I think this would be a great idea for a get away home up in the mountains or at the beach. Find a cheap piece of land to get away to that won’t kill your budget.


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Who wouldn’t want to live a debt free life… Check out this awesome mortgage free small house that you can make over a weekend for the price of a luxury vacation in Mexico or Disneyland!

This article will show you how one couple built their very own mortgage-free small house for $5,900 and how you might be able to do the same using reclaimed materials that are inexpensive and many times completely free. All it takes is your dedication and labor.

This is a great way to get debt free and actually enjoy life again. This is not for everyone but if you are wanting to get off the grid this is for you, and remember the price will obviously go up or down depending on how resourceful you are at finding and buying your materials…


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14 Small Towns Near Philly You Need to Visit Right

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There’s so much to see and do in Philly, but we get it: Sometimes you just need to get away. So good thing there are plenty of charming small towns scattered within two hours of this city that make for easy day trips or overnight stays.

Fancy feasting on delicious baked Amish goods? Head to Lancaster. Want to be wowed by incredible architecture? Definitely make a trip to the historic borough of Bryn Athyn. No matter where you choose to visit, these small towns all offer much to see, eat, and do.

1 Ardmore

Fun fact: This small town on the Main Line featured the first suburb location of Strawbridge and Clothier department store. Today, Ardmore features big box stores plus smaller, eclectic shops along the town’s main street of Lancaster Avenue. It’s also home to Tired Hands Brewing Company and the independently-owned Ardmore Music Hall, which has featured big acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers.


2 Bryn Athyn

Come here for the history, stay for the architecture. This National Historic Landmark was established as a religious community in the late 19th century and is now home to architecturally significant estates and churches like John Pitcairn’s Beuax-Arts mansion Cairnwood and the stunning Bryn Athyn Cathedral.


3 Collingswood, NJ

The sole town in New Jersey on this list is Collingswood, a cute borough of Camden County. Up until 2015 this was a dry town, given its Quaker roots. Today, it has a mix of historic homes and a great retail and arts district along Haddon Avenue, which was once named one of the 10 Great Streets by the American Planning Association.


4 Downingtown

Downingtown has made a name for itself as a charming small town in recent years, much in part thanks to it being Victory Brewing Company’s home base. But even smaller retailers have set up shop here, such as Pyknic, and there are lots of antique shops to get lost in all day, too.


5 Lancaster

Welcome to Amish country. Lancaster is an incredibly scenic county in Pennsylvania that features a large Amish population in the surrounding countryside. Spend a day feasting on tasty Amish baked goods on the outskirts or enjoying the burgeoning restaurant scene downtown. Or, simply drive through the farm country—there’s a high likelihood you’ll get stuck behind a horse buggy. Kids might also enjoy a day playing at the theme park Dutch Wonderland.


6 Chadds Ford

This beautiful town just 25 miles west of Philadelphia is a mix of rolling hills dotted with wineries and historic sites like the Brandywine Battlefield. Don’t miss a stroll along the picturesque Brandywine River or a trip to the


7 Kennett Square

Hope you like mushrooms, because this town reeks of it. Kennett Square has earned the name Mushroom Capital of the World for the massive amount of ‘shrooms it produces each week. But besides the good food, it’s also home the always gorgeous Longwood Gardens.


8 Media

This Delaware County town dates back to the late 17th century during the William Penn era. So like Collingswood, NJ, it has strong Quaker roots. That may explain its friendly atmosphere and plethora of community events like Dining Under the Stars. Media Theater is also known to put on some great community theater shows featuring the likes of resident and comedian Wanda Sykes.

9 Doylestown

This town is about 27 miles from Philadelphia and is known for being home to multiple works of Henry Chapman Mercer, including the epic Mercer Museum. But there are also opportunities to really enjoy the small-town vibe at the County Theatre, or wander among the corn fields where M. Night Shyamalan filmed the movie Signs.

10 New Hope

New Hope has become a hot spot for artists and creatives—Travel & Leisure once named it one of the coolest suburbs to visit. In addition to the eclectic shops and galleries, there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy a walk along the Delaware Canal Towpath or meander through the Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve.



11 Phoenixville

This borough was originally settled in 1732 and called Manavon. During its heyday it was an industrial iron and steel mill boomtown. Today, it’s experienced a renaissance and is home to quirky festivals like Blobfest. Why? The marquee of the Colonial Theater was featured in the hit movie the Blob .

12 West Chester

This cute town is in the heart of the Brandywine Valley. It was established in 1712 and is now has a popular restaurant, retail, and arts scene. In addition to its historic homes, the National Register of Historic Places district also features an impressive amount of Greek Revival architecture.


13 Greenville, Delaware

If you’re in Kennett Square you might as well make the short drive across the PA border to Greenville, Delaware. This small town is home to the epic Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library, once the home of the DuPont’s, the family behind the chemical engineering giant. If the beautiful mansion isn’t enough, there are 60 acres of gardens to stroll through.


14 Bethlehem

If you find yourself in the Lehigh Valley, head over to Bethlehem, a Moravian community in 1741. Home to the former Bethlehem Steel Corp.—which produced the steel for the Golden Gate Bridge—, it’s now the Steel Stacks, a popular music venue and baseball stadium.



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Otters in the Schuylkill River.

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Otters Populations Growing In The Schuylkill River: Report
There are otters in the Schuylkill River. And their numbers are greater than they were before.

Otters Populations Growing In The Schuylkill River: Report






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