School's been back in session for a few weeks, the weather's feeling Fall-ish, & neighborhood activities are in full swing. But, first...........
Are you registered to vote? Do you know someone who's not registered? The deadline for registering to vote in the Presidential election on November 8th is October 11th. If you can't find a place to register in person,online voter registration is easy, & only takes a few minutes. Visit: www.votespa.com
The Presidential race is getting almost all the press --- no need for me to tell you about that. Or to emphasize how very important your vote will be this year! There are other important races, among them: one PA seat in the US Senate, the entire US House of Representatives, PA Attorney General & other "row offices", & a ballot question about raising the retirement age for PA Supreme Court justices from 70 to 75. We'll be caught in a whirlwind of political ads on TV, radio, & print & online news sources for another few weeks.
Coming Up: With the Battle of Germantown reenactment having happened today,Cliveden of the National Trust & Historic Germantown are bustling with interesting things to see & do. And there are more coming up. On October 22nd, Cliveden will host "Mid-Century Modern" from 3:00-8:00. You can see the historic kitchens, check out pop-up shops, play board games, & more. Starting at 5:00, the event takes on a more adult tone, with cocktails & refreshments. Admission is $5 to the pop-up shops, $35 for the cocktail party (during which those shops will remain open). For more info about Cliveden, go to www.cliveden.org. To find out about activities throughout Historic Germantown, visit www.freedomsbackyard.com
It's harvest time, & Awbury Arboretum (901 E. Washington Lane entrance) is hosting its annual HarvestFest on October 8th, from 11:00 till 3:00. Lots of free family fun --- music, cider-pressing, kids' activities, a hayride. Also, there'll be pumpkins for sale. Awbury is also forming its Teen Leadership Corps (TLC), which introduces teens to urban agriculture, the culinary arts & entrepreneurship. For info: https://tlcawburyarboretum.wordpress.com For a calendar of other activities & events at the Arboretum, visit www.awbury.org
Interested in live theater? There are 2 wonderful venues right here in Mt. Airy. Quintessence Theatre has been presenting modern productions of classic plays at the Sedgwick Theater to rave reviews. Visit: www.quintessencetheatre.org for schedules, ticket info, etc. Allens Lane Theater has always been a reliable venue for productions ranging from off-Broadway musicals to modern experimental works. Details at www.allenslane.org While visiting the website, check out the classes & workshops, too.
Would you rather be a participant than "just" an audience member? An exciting new program's coming to the community. The Germantown Poetry Project will be partnering with the Network for New Music, the Joseph Coleman Regional Library (Greene & Chelten), & prominent local composers, musicians & poets, offering Fall workshops where teen/adult participants create the poetry to be used in 4 new chamber pieces that will premiere in 2017. This collaborative project is funded by the William Penn Foundation as part of their "New Audiences/New Places" initiative, & promises to be very exciting! Demo workshops will take place at the Library on Tuesday 10/4th at 4 PM, & Sunday 10/9th at 3 PM. For info: www.networkfornewmusic.org/gpp
A Furry Special Afternoon! Attention, canine companion people! EMAN's 4th annual "Paws on the Pavement" Community Dog Walk will take place on Sunday, October 30th, from 1:00 till 3:00. (Don't worry, Eagles fans --- the game's at night.) We'll gather on the parking lot of the Mt. Airy Animal Hospital (114 E. Mt. Airy Ave.), & take a stroll through the 'hood. Those extraordinary Search & Rescue dogs will be doing a demonstration again this year --- always a high point of the event. We'll have an expert on dog adoptions & other info providers, coloring activities for little humans, & hot dogs & beverages for purchase. Costumes (on both humans & canines) are welcome! A walk through a lovely neighborhood in the brisk Fall air will be beneficial for both species! So, come on out & meet other dog people! (You don't need to have a dog to have a good time......) A donation of at least $1 a dog is requested. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Companion Animal Alliance of Baton Rouge, LA, which is helping pets displaced by the terrible flooding there in August. For more info: DoggieWalkToday@aol.com Many thanks to our wonderful & generous community partners, Mt. Airy Animal Hospital & Queenie's Pets --- & congrats to Adina Silberstein on the 10th anniversary of Queenie's!
EMAN's gearing up for our 2nd annual "A Toast to Mt. Airy" celebration on Saturday evening, November 5th, from 7 till 10 PM Food from neighborhood restaurants & caterers....... an open wine & beer bar.......... music........... a great way to spend the Saturday night before the election! We'll be celebrating our 50th Anniversary, & acknowledging the organizations that received the 2016 EMAN Community Fund grants. Tickets are available at the event website: www.atoasttomountairy.com This celebration would not be possible without support from our generous sponsors:
The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia
Little Jimmie's Bakery/Cafe
Elfant Wissahickon REALTORS
Trolley Car Diner
Weavers Way Co-op
Loretta Witt, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Fox & Roach Realtors
Brian Madalion, State Farm Insurance
Ross & McCrea, LLP
If that list contains names you've seen before, it's because those businesses are so consistently supportive of neighborhood organizations & events. We urge you to show them that you appreciate that generosity by patronizing them!
Why Join EMAN? For 50 years, we've been in place to serve the community in a variety of ways. We are the Registered Community Organization (RCO) for the area, handling zoning & land use issues. We organize large community meetings when issues arise. We work closely with the 14th Police District, the D.A.'s office & elected officials, serving as a link with residents & businesses, to try to prevent problems, & to deal with problems that occur. For example, just during the last month, we've helped residents get rid of a huge, ugly, (illegal) "We Buy Houses" sign that suddenly appeared on a lawn; we've assisted a resident whose sidewalk has become a hang-out for drug users/dealers; we've been working with Mt. Airy USA (MAUSA) to apply for a grant that would bring improvements to the southern half of our neighborhood; we've been at community meetings held by both residents & our partner organizations; we were part of a tour of Mt. Airy that was part of a U.S. Federal Reserve conference; we've been involved in the planning process that will transform the empty lawn next to Lovett Library into a vital, exciting public space. Together with WMAN & MAUSA, we've formed the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition, to help bring resources into our neighborhood public elementary schools. When we can't be of direct service, we are able to make referrals to individuals & organizations that can be helpful. You can become a paid EMAN member at our website: www.eastmountairy.org, using PayPal. Or, if you'd rather pay by check, you can send us an e-mail, & we'll be happy to send you a form.
The next regular EMAN Community/Board Meeting will take place on Monday evening, October 10th, at 7:30. (Please note that it has been postponed from our regular first Monday of the month because of Rosh Hashanah.) We have a new location: The Mt. Airy Works/Immigrant Innovation Hub building, at 6700 Germantown Ave. (That's at the corner of Westview, & is across the Avenue from the SEPTA depot.)
Best wishes to our Jewish friends & neighbors for a sweet, healthy, peaceful New Year!