We share your hope that we’ve seen the last of the snow this year…………..although I do think the purple crocuses look even more beautiful surrounded by a light snow……….
Hard to believe, but Mt. Airy Day is just a month away! OnSaturday, May 3rd, from 11 till 5, the beautiful Cliveden of the National Trust on the 6400 block of Germantown Avenue (& Upsala, across the Avenue), will host our 44th annual festival.
Mt. Airy Day draws thousands of people from the neighborhood & beyond. “Food, Fellowship & Fun” has been the event’s slogan for more than 40 years. There’ll be vendors selling a variety of items, local nonprofits eager to tell you about the services they provide, and live entertainment on both our main stage & a smaller acoustic venue on the grounds. And this year, we’ll have Doug Henderson of WDASas our MC!
As always, a variety of food trucks will be selling assorted delights for you to sample, & free valet bike parking will be available to our cycling friends.
The kids’ games, rides & arts-&-crafts activities are always a hit with our younger guests; the Moon Bounce, Balloon Blaster & the ponies will be back this year.
It’s a wonderful way to connect (or re-connect) with neighbors & friends!
But, to bring this very popular festival to our community, we need help. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED! Lots of volunteers! There are a variety of tasks, & this year we’re trying to make it easier to sign up to help. Of course, you can still call to offer help; the Volunteer Hotline number is 215-621-6193. Or you can use our new online sign-up. Go towww.mtairyday.org, select “Volunteer”, & choose the task & time slot you want. This is a good way to get community service hours, so if you know a high school student who needs to do that, send her/him to the website.
We’d like to thank the generous local businesses & organizations who are helping make Mt. Airy Day possible: Cliveden of the National Trust, Electrical Wizardry, Mt. Airy Animal Hospital, the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, the Miquon School, Weavers Way Co-op, Mt. Airy USA, Generation 3 Electric, & Valley Green Bank. We’ll include any additional sponsors in our next newsletter.
Several other interesting activities & special events are coming up in the next couple of weeks:
April 5th is Philly Spring Clean-up Day, & there are 2 work sites here in Mt. Airy.
The Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club (CBNC) & Awbury Arboretum are working together to clean up Chew Avenue, in the area of Duval & Haines Streets. Work will take place from 9:00 till 2:00. Gloves & equipment will be provided, although contributions are welcome. Volunteers will meet at Awbury’s Cope House (1 Awbury Road; enter the Arboretum on Chew Ave, just south of Washington Lane.) Visit www.awbury.org for specifics.
The Mt. Airy BID will be mulching the street trees along Germantown Ave. There are lots of trees, so lots of help is needed. Volunteers will meet at the new Trolley Car Park at the SEPTA Depot (6741 Germantown Ave.), for the dedication of this lovely new spot at 9 AM., & then fan out along the Avenue. For more info & to sign up to help, go to http://mtairybid.com/bid-services/volunteering
And don’t miss the Mt.Airy Brunch Sessions on April 5th & 6th, from 10:30 till 3:00!!
Several of our great local dining spots will be offering special $16 brunch menus, featuring a starter, a main course, a side dish & coffee or tea. This is expected to be a popular event, so reservations are suggested. You can access the special menus for all the restaurants at www.GoMtAiry.com
The participating restaurants are: Avenida, Earth Bread + Brewery, Geechee Girl Rice Café, Goat Hollow, Little Jimmies, Jyoti & the Trolley Car Diner.
After our long, harsh Winter many people are directing their attention to clean-up, fix-up projects, & help’s available in the neighborhood.
Mt. Airy USA will be offering a free Home Improvement & Energy Workshop on April 5th from 10:00 till 1:00 at the MAUSA Office (6703 Germantown Ave., Suite 200). Learn about affordable home improvement loans, low-cost do-it-yourself repairs, & energy efficiency improvements. Contact Cheryl Ingram at MAUSA to reserve a spot: 215-844-6021, ext.200 or go to www.mtairyusa.org. (Although there is no charge to attend, donations to MAUSA will be graciously accepted!)
Along the same lines, PGW is offering a discount on home energy audits. The regular fee for this is $500, but the Energy Sense Home Rebates program cuts that fee to $150. If improvements are suggested & you have them done through this program, you may qualify for special financing &/or rebates up to $3,500. For more info, visit www.PGWHomeRebates.com, or call 855-PGW-SOLVES. A representative will be available at MAUSA’s workshop, as well.
We add events & activities to our website calendar as we hear about them, so check the calendar page from time to time!
This e-newsletter & other EMAN projects are only possible with the support of the community. We offer rolling memberships, so you can join EMAN at any time of year. Visit our website to join using PayPal. Or get the info about membership levels, etc., from the website & send your information & a check to :
7301 Germantown Ave.
Phila. PA 19119
The next EMAN Community/Board meeting will be on April 1st at the EMAN Office. The Board meets in executive session at 7:00, & we open the meeting to the community at 7:30. If you’re interested in being more involved with neighborhood projects, come out to a meeting & meet like-minded residents ………… we’d love to meet you! The office is located in the basement of the Wiedemann Bldg. on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary (address above).
See you around the neighborhood!