Phoenixville ablaze for the 2012 Firebird Festival
November 30, 2012 by Sarah
Every year, the city of Phoenixville erects a giant phoenix sculpture and sets it afire. This is a celebration of the mythical phoenix bird which would burst into flames only to be reborn again and again. The Firebird Festival draws visitors from all over, including nearby Royersford, to witness the burning and to enjoy the entertainment which surrounds it. It is all about to happen again this December.
The festival will feature performances from a number of musical guests, belly dancing displays, buskers, Morris dancers, fire eaters, food vendors, clay bird workshops, Storytelling Irma, and a couple of craft shows. There will definitely be something to appeal to almost everyone.
The main event, though, is the setting fire of the phoenix sculpture downtown. The sculpture is designed by a different artist each year. Visitors can purchase a Firebird bobblehead to take home or to give to a friend or family member as a unique gift. The two craft shows taking place will be the Windrose Studio craft market and the Crafts Bazaar. No doubt there will be items for sale that would appeal to the fussy person on everyone’s gift list.
Local printing companies may have helped to advertise this popular annual event, which will take place in front of the Foundry Building and other venues throughout Phoenixville on December 9. The phoenix statue will be set on fire at 8:00 pm. This is a free event, although the organizers are suggesting a donation of $3.