Mt. Airy Day is just around the corner, this Saturday, May 5th (rain date May 6th). For more than 40 years, EMAN and WMAN have been working together to bring the entire community out to celebrate a day of “Food, Fellowship and Fun”. There’ll be live music by local performers and other entertainment, as well as a DJ………. some new and exciting (and healthier) food choices..........activities and games for kids..........new and returning vendors……….information about neighborhood businesses and nonprofit community organizations..........and much more!Raffle tickets will still be available. (The top 2 prizes are Phillies tickets in the Mayor’s Box, and there’s a Philadelphia Zoo package, too.) Volunteers from several community organizations (including EMAN, WMAN and MALT) have been working hard for months to bring this event to the neighborhood. And local businesses have given generous sponsorships to help cover expenses. We hope you’ll be among the thousands of people who attend!
The amount of graffiti around the neighborhood is increasing at an alarming rate. If you see this vandalism happening, call 911 immediately. Do not attempt to photograph the crime unless you are at a safe distance. Photos would help catch the vandals, but neither the 14th Police District nor the community organizations want you to risk personal harm.To report new graffiti, call 311 or go towww.phila.gov/antigraffiti/removalform.html (You’ll be asked to provide the exact location.) Kelly O’Day, an EMAN member who is very concerned about this problem, is interested in establishing a Mt. Airy task force to work on this issue. EMAN, WMAN, MAUSA and the Mt. Airy BID have been asked to participate. If you’re interested, e-mail us at email@example.com we’ll send your contact info along.
Marilyn Cohen, my counterpart at WMAN, has passed along some very disturbing news. There have been incidents of threats directed at some lesbian/gay/bisexual/ transgender neighbors. EMAN sees this threat to some neighbors as a threat to ALL neighbors, and stands strongly against stereotyping and hate in Mt. Airy --- and everywhere. Some residents on the “west side” have begun displaying rainbow flags and stickers as a show of solidarity with those who are being targeted. We are all invited to join in and do the same.
Want entertainment? Mt. Airy’s got it!
On Friday, May 11th, the Mt. Airy Art Garage (11 W. Mt. Airy Ave.) will present an evening of cabaret starring Michael Richard Kelly, a highly-regarded performer on the cabaret circuit. Tickets are $40. Go towww.mtairyartgarage.org for details. Fans of a certain public radio program will surely be interested in the upcoming “Mt. Airy Home Companion”, which will happen on Sunday May 27th at the Allens Lane Art Center. This radio-style variety show will be hosted by Jim Harris and will feature popular local peformers, like Saint Mad and Neal Phillips. Tickets are $15. For more info, visitwww.saintmad.com Quintessence Theatre’s new production, The Seagull by Chekhov, opens next week. Performances begin on Wednesday, May 9th at 7 PM, with the “official” opening night on Saturday the 12th at 8 PM. For performance and ticket info, go to www.QuintessenceTheatre.org If modern plays are more to your liking, Allens Lane Theater (at the Allens Lane Art Center) will be presenting David Lindsay-Abaire’s zany comedy, Wonder of the World. Opening night is Friday, May 4th, and the play runs through May 19th. Performances are starting to sell out, so make your reservations soon. Go to www.allenslane.org for details.
Looking for some fun volunteer work? The Mt. Airy Business Improvement District (BID) will again be planting those pretty hanging baskets we all appreciated so much last year. If you like to garden and want to help make the Avenue bloom, there’ll be 2 opportunities:Thursday May 10th from 1 till 5, and Friday May 11th from 9 till 5. Contact Hollie at the BID – 215-844-6490 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Historic Germantown is having a variety of interesting activities and events this month. There are too many to list here, but they range from an Old Rose Symposium, to walking tours, to a composting workshop. For a listing of events, visit www.freedomsbackyard.com
Other Neighborhood News:
We hope you were among the happy visitors to the new “Final-ly Friday”event last week. Despite the less-than-Springlike weather, it was a great evening, organized by the new Business Association of Mt. Airy (BAM) under the auspices of Mt. Airy USA (MAUSA). Congratulations to everyone involved --- your hard work paid off! Be sure to visit BAM’s new website, (www.gomtairy.com) for comprehensive information about all sorts of community activities, organizations and events!
The Sedgwick Station has been selected as one of the Water Department’s “Green Streets” projects, as part of the city-wide Green City, Clean Waters program. This program involves green stormwater infrastructure projects as well as beautification through plantings of street trees. For more info about the program, visitwww.phillywatersheds.org/ltcpu
SAVE THE DATE! EMAN’s annual fundraiser will happen on Saturday, June 23rd, from 7:30 till 11:30. This year’s party will take place at The Gathering Place (6755-57 Germantown Ave.), and will include a buffet dinner and open bar as well as music and dancing. Desserts will be catered by the extremely popular (for good reasons!) Little Jimmie’s Bakery Café. The Gathering Place has several lovely rooms, so if you’re not into dancing, you can socialize in a comfy lounge or in the rear patio space.Details will be up on our website soon (www.eastmountairy.org), or you can e-mail us for info: email@example.com
Our Special Thanks………… To neighborhood business owner and very generous community memberKen Weinstein! He has donated a wonderful copy machine to EMAN. Ours broke a few months ago, and we were stuck with a machine that was too old to be worth expensive repairs, and another one that sort-of works some of the time………………We could not afford to purchase a new copier. (We were sad.) This gift will make a big difference in how well we function, and the EMAN Board and staff are very grateful to Ken, for the copier and for his continuing support for community organizations.
ANNOUNCEMENT OF ANNUAL MEETING/ELECTIONS: EMAN’s Annual Meeting/Elections will take place on Tuesday, June 5that 7 PM. We’ll be meeting at Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church(Germantown & Mt. Pleasant Aves.). The public is, as always, welcome to attend, but only paid EMAN members may vote. Our guest speaker will be announced soon. These meetings are a good place to meet the people who volunteer as members of our Board of Directors, to hear about the past year’s activities and plans for the upcoming year, and to think about becoming more involved in your community.
We look forward to seeing you at one of the upcoming neighborhood events!