March activities in the community present as much variety as the weather

We’ve already had our first planning meeting for this year’s Mt. Airy Farmers Market, & that must mean that Spring’s on the way! The market will open at the start of strawberry season in mid-May, and will once again feature local, seasonal produce and related items. Look for the market at William Allen Plaza at the Lutheran Theological Seminary, every Tuesday from 3-7 PM. We’re hoping to increase the number of shoppers at the market this year. (Your feedback is welcome; e-mail to   State Representative Cherelle Parker will be holding a Town Meeting on Thursday evening, March 10th, from 7-9 PM in the Brossman Building at Lutheran Theological Seminary. This is an opportunity to meet Rep. Parker, ask questions, and voice concerns about issues in the 200th legislative district. There will also be representatives from government agencies (federal, state and local) and other public entities, who will be able to provide information about the services they provide. For more info about the Town Hall, contact Rep. Parker’s office at 215-242-7300. 

We’re entering primary election season, and there will be opportunities to meet the candidates for the 8th City Council District seat before the May 17th vote.        On March 30th, there will be an 8th City Council District Candidates’ Night at the Joseph Coleman Northwest Regional Library, sponsored by the Chew & Belfield Neighbors Club. The program starts at 6:30 PM, & includes a question-and-answer session. Additional events are being planned, and will be announced as they are scheduled. Check our website calendar (; we try to add events as the information comes in. 

For many local non-profit organizations, Spring fundraisers are in the spotlight. Brossman Building (LTSP) will be the scene of a benefit for the Lutheran Settlement House on Friday, 3/18th from 7:30 till 11. This highly-regarded social service organization, (which is not connected with LTSP), has been providing assistance (adult education/employment, domestic violence prevention, senior services and homeless services) for over 100 years. Tickets are $25 (also available at the door). Live music will be provided by the Groove Daemons. A silent auction and house tour at the Cloisters on Saturday 3/19th will benefitMt. Airy Learning Tree’s “Make This Our Home” Campaign. The event runs from 7-11 PM in this beautifully restored historic mansion. Tickets are $60; $100 includes a pre-auction champagne reception at 6:00, and a house tour. For more info, call M.A.L.T. AT 215-843-6333. Chestnut Hill Rotary will host a Chili Cook-Off on Sunday 3/27th from 2–6 PM(also at Brossman). For $10 (kids under 5 are free), all-you-can-eat chili from local chefs and micro-brewery beer samples. Taste and vote for your favorite chili in Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill.  Proceeds will benefit several important projects: a scholarship fund at Germantown High School; the “Fresh Artists” program for local schools; and an orphanage in Guyana. 

Many houses in our neighborhood are old, if not historic. On Saturday 3/26th, the 2011 Old House Fair will take place at Germantown Friends School (31 W. Coulter St.) from 9 – 5. The $10 admission gives attendees access to exhibits, workshops, demonstrations and consultations by experts and specialists in many areas. For info, call 215-546-1146, x-7, or go to   

AND, PLEASE SAVE THE DATE FOR EMAN’S FUNDRAISER ON MAY 14TH! At this year’s Saturday Night dance party, we’ll “Swing Into Spring”…. Details soon! 

Crocuses are popping up everywhere! Enjoy!