|The bridge in Memorial Park was destroyed by the July 11, 2019 storm.|
Tropical Storm Isaias dumped several inches of water on the Tri-County Area, and Manatawny Creek responded the way streams do, by putting water where no one wanted it.
Photos by Evan Brandt
Isaias's floodwaters in Memorial Park last month.
And in Memorial Park.
Like last year's storm, which wiped out the relatively new (and higher) bridge over the creek, connecting the rest of the park to the spray park and playground on "the island," Isaias's floodwaters swept through Pottstown dog park, and across its baseball fields.
Perhaps its a good thing the borough has not yet managed to replace the bridge, as it probably would have been washed out again, as columnist Tom Hylton wrote last week.
Manatawny Creek, swollen by Tropical Storm Isaias,
nearly overtopped the King Street bridge.
Except, that now it is.
And, it's you they want to laugh.
Wednesday night borough council unanimously granted permission for the department to hold a comedy night in Memorial Park on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m.
Normally council's permission would not be required, but the event is "adults only," and the department wanted people to be able to bring some booze along to get them laughing.
This is no random boozy laugh-fest. It's a fund-raiser to help pay for park repairs. It's being undertaken by Soul Joel's Comedy Club and Lounge.
|Damage to the bark park in Memorial Park in 2019.|
Only 200 people will be allowed to the ticketed event, and six-foot circles will be painted in the park, so people can come in, park their lawn chairs inside the circle with a cooler, and not have to keep getting up to go to the beer tent, standing in line and increasing the change of community spread of the airborne virus.
The size of the coolers will be limited to 20 quarts, so people don't too happy with their laughter.
Memorial Park ballfields have been damaged by
floodwaters for two straight years.
Comedy fans must wear masks until they get to their circles, and must bring their own lawn-chair seating or picnic blankets. "When individuals leave their spots, they will be required to wear masks until they return to their seats," according to Lenhart.
"We think it can be done, and we think it can be done safely," said Keller.