Our annual community festival is how we know Spring is really here……..EMAN & WMAN have been working together to present this family-friendly event for over 40 years, and it grows every year.

          There will be 2 performance stages with live entertainment, 150 vendor tables (selling things, providing info about programs and organizations and businesses), food trucks and tables selling everything from tacos to pizza to Central American & Native American foods (and YES, funnel cakes are back!), lots of kids’ activities, (including the Zoo on Wheels and the very popular Moon Bounce and ponies).

        Mt. Airy Day is a celebration of so much that’s important to our diverse and unique neighborhood.  We hope you’ll join us there!

Many thanks to the sponsors who help make this event possible:

                Cliveden of the National Trust,

         Chestnut Hill Hospital, Electrical Wizardry,

        Mt. Airy Animal Hospital, Valley Green Bank,

             Philadelphia Federal Credit Union,

             Weavers Way, the Miquon School,

                Metro PCS, Bowman Properties,

       and Larry Daniels/Edward Jones Investments.



            If you really meant to volunteer to help with the event, but just didn’t get around to it, help will still be needed on Saturday. Our biggest need is from 4 till 6:30 PM. Lots of clean-up tasks, ranging from light to heavy, lots of nice people helping. Just show up and look for a member of the MAD committee (wearing maroon t-shirts with “Staff” on the back).


AND………EMAN will be rolling out our latest neighborhood project at the event --- a Mt. Airy Community Cookbook! We’ll be collecting recipes through the Summer, and the cookbook will be available in time for the November-December holidays.

Our community is so diverse, multi-cultural, multi-generational and talented…….we figure we’ll get some dynamite recipes, and that this will be a cookbook worth having! But you certainly don’t have to live in Mt. Airy to submit a recipe.

Recipe forms and instructions for submitting recipes online will be available at Mt. Airy Day, and will be on our website shortly after.




You can help a good neighbor with a great project! Yvonne Haskins has a wonderful vision for a “pocket park” and garden at the old SEPTA trolley turnaround, next to the Mermaid Bar on the 6700 block of Germantown Ave. With help from Hollie Malamud-Price (Mt. Airy BID) and SEPTA, Yvonne is creating a beautiful space in this neglected spot, which she is calling “Trolley Park”.

 Yvonne is seeking donations of plants, preferably those that thrive in shade to part sun. She’ll even arrange to pick them up. It’s a good time to divide perennials……….perhaps you’d like to contribute to this effort. You can contact her at




You might also be interested in the many programs offered byFriends of the Wissahickon (FOW). On May 15th at 6 PM, Ruth Pfeffer will speak about “Birds of the Wissahickon” at Valley Green Inn. (There’ll be a related birding hike on May 18th.)

To register for these events, contact Sarah Marley at 215-247-0417, ext. 109, or  For a complete listing of FOW activities and events, go to




Do you ever purchase products that have “Labels for Education” or “Box Tops for Education” on them? And, because you don’t know what else to do with them, you just pop them into the bin with the rest of your recycling?

In an effort to do whatever little thing we can to support local schools, EMAN will be collecting these labels and distributing them to schools that participate in these programs. You can send them to us (EMAN ~ 7301 Germantown Ave. ~  Phila. PA 19119), bring them to our office or to an event, e-mail us ( with other collection ideas. We’ll also have a collection box at our table at Mt. Airy Day.


We’re still optimistic about the new Mt. Airy Schools Initiative (EMAN, WMAN, MAUSA) becoming an Educational Improvement Organization that’s able to redirect a percentage of certain business/corporate State taxes into our local public elementary schools. If you’re a business owner and are interested in supporting this effort, please contact Abby Thaker at MAUSA ( for details.


And congratulations to the staff and students of Houston School! They are the recipients of a 3-year literacy grant from theChildren’s Literacy Initiative (LCI). The program will start this Fall, and will set up model classrooms in grades K through 3. As Houston teachers and LCI support staff identify the best teaching strategies, they’ll share the information with other schools in the area.




Now that warmer weather’s back, so are Walk A Crooked MileBookstore’s Mt. Airy Train Station yard sales, on the 2nd Saturday of each month, from 9 till 1. If you want a table or any additional information, call Greg and Cynthia at 215-242-0854, or e-mail




There are lots of events coming up this month in the neighborhood……….check our website calendar ( and visit ; we try to update information regularly.



The next regular EMAN Community/Board meeting will take place at the EMAN Office (on the campus of the Lutheran Theological Seminary) at 7:30 PM, on Tuesday, May 7th. The public is always welcome to attend.


Your membership is always welcome, too! You can join using PayPal at our website ( Or print out a form and mail it to us, if you’re more comfortable sending a check or money order.


We hope to see you at Mt. Airy Day!