St. Peters Bakery (at top) was among many places to see and be seen Saturday
ST. PETERS PA – Folk and rock music rang out for six hours Saturday (Aug. 5, 2017) across the main street in historic St. Peters Village, seven miles southwest of Pottstown, and thousands of people ate, drank, and thronged its Victorian-styled shops during a free “conservation landscape event” organized by the non-profit Schuylkill Highlands Partnership and the Natural Lands Trust.
Children laughed and played in hammocks, explored activity stations, and scouted for water critters. Families enjoyed organized nature and “adventure” walks, and learned about native birds and organic agriculture. Merchants (above) showed off their wares, and some reported a high-sales day for everything from essential oils to recycled home goods to original art.
Thanks to several food trucks, local restaurants, and Pottstown’s Sly Fox Brewing Company (above), there also were plenty of tasty dishes to buy and beers to savor. Meanwhile, six different musical acts – including Tin Bird Choir (below) performed live to entertain the constantly moving crowd.
Tiny St. Peter’s is a throw-back to what some might call a more refined era. Created in the 1880s as a company town to serve employees of a granite quarry there, the village center on St. Peters Road is lined with small, ornately decorated homes, only slightly larger merchant stores, and a restored and highly reviewed bed and breakfast inn, and nearby bakery.
It parallels French Creek, and its small boulder-strewn pools, trails, and forest scenery. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 2003, St. Peters has over the years had its ups-and-downs as a popular tourist destination but regained its luster with the economy booming and developers building modern housing just north of the village.
The Schuylkill Highlands conservation region, which includes most of western Montgomery County as well as portions of Chester, Berks, Bucks, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties, is foreseen by the state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the trust as an area “set for considerable growth over the next twenty years.”
Summerfest was touted as a way to re-introduce the highlands’ beauty in St. Peters to its neighbors. Merchants and speakers alike publicly credited the organization’s executive director, Carol De Wolf, her staff, and those at the trust for their advance planning in making the day run so smoothly.
Photos by The Post Publications