New York Times Travel section featured our Germantown Avenue shopping/dining

I hope everyone has enjoyed the little respite from that suffocating heat & humidity of last week as much as I did! I think it’s almost over, though……..sigh………… As you’ve probably heard or seen, the New York Times Travel section featured our Germantown Avenue shopping/dining area on Sunday, June 5th, as a “destination”. It was great to see our community recognized in such a positive light nationally. I want to let you know about another upcoming New York Times article (originally scheduled to run on the 16th, but postponed --- check the “Home” section in Thursday editions) that highlights the neighborhood. More specifically, it highlights an East Mt. Airy resident & EMAN member --- Margie Ruddick. Margie is an internationally renowned landscape architect who has created a natural environment on her “front lawn”. (I live across the street, so I get to watch Margie’s garden as it grows and changes with the seasons.) Award-winning Times gardening columnist Anne Raver visited last weekend. She shares Margie’s passion for integrating landscape design with ecology, so I’m expecting more very positive coverage of our neighborhood. (Maybe we can convince the Times that they need a Mt. Airy Bureau!)

Upcoming events

Everyone’s invited to the Juneteenth Festival this weekend on the 6300-6400 blocks of Germantown Avenue. Co-sponsored by Historic Germantown and the Germantown Avenue Business Alliance, this festival will feature exhibits, crafts, storytellers and other entertainment, and a marketplace. Juneteenth celebrates the end of slavery in the U.S., and the holiday emphasizes education and achievement. Festival activities start at 11:00 AM on Saturday; more info at www.freedomsbackyard.comor 215-844-1683.

Next month, a “Moonlight Movies” series comes to the garden at Lovett Memorial Library. Six family-friendly films will be shown on six Friday evenings (see our website calendar for specific titles and dates ). Bring a blanket or folding chair; seating starts at 8:00 and the movies start at 8:30. These movies are co-sponsored by the Free Library, Trolley Car Diner and Mt. Airy USA. There will be refreshments for sale by Trolley Car; 15% of the proceeds will go to the Library as part of the Diner’s “Helping Hands” program.

Plans are underway for a “Night Market” in Mt. Airy on August 4th. Philly’s Night Markets, originated by the Food Trust, are based on similar events that have been part of Asian culture for years. Vendors will be selling prepared foods and fresh local produce, and of course, our local restaurants and shops will be featured. There will be live music and an exciting festival atmosphere. Co-produced by the Food Trust and Mt. Airy USA, this event will take place on Germantown Avenue between Sedgwick & Mt. Airy. Night Markets in other parts of the city have been extremely successful, and have drawn hundreds of people from all parts of the region. (The Food Network was at a recent Night Market in University City!) This will be an enormous boost to our shopping area, and a fun event for residents of all ages. So, mark your calendars for August 4th, from 6 till 10 PM!

Continuing events in the neighborhood:

If it’s Tuesday, it must be Mt. Airy Farmers Market day. Every Tuesday from 3 till 7, you can find local, responsibly-grown, seasonal produce on the William Allens Plaza at the Lutheran Theological Seminary. The Market also offers local honey and related goodies. The Market’s starting small this year, and can only grow with neighborhood support --- we hope you’ll visit.

On Sundays from 10 till 4, the High Point Café at the Allens Lane train station is the site of a Sunday market and street fair. Offerings include local produce and crafts from area artists.Be sure to check the calendar on our website for more community events; we list them as we find out about them.

SEPTA has alerted us about continuing work along the Chestnut Hill East line, between Wayne Junction and Chestnut Hill East stations. Track replacement, signal work, and brush cutting will necessitate a track outage this weekend, from Friday night at midnight through Monday at 5:00 AM. Shuttle bus service will be provided. Questions can be directed to Lucille Songhai at 215-580-8168 or

Property crimes in Northwest Philly are a continuing concern. The 14thPolice District offers a special service to residents: Officer Hall, the District’s crime prevention specialist, will come to your home to do a safety assessment. She’ll alert you to problems and suggest improvements. (She also performs these assessments for whole blocks.)If you’re interested, contact Officer Hall at 215-685-2148 to schedule an appointment.

EMAN’S ANNUAL MEETING/ELECTIONS WILL TAKE PLACE AT7:00 PM ON TUESDAY, JUNE 28TH, IN HAGAN AMPHITHEATER ON THE CAMPUS OF THE LUTHERAN THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY. The Annual Meeting is open to the community, and is an opportunity to meet the incoming Board officers. (The slate is unopposed.) We are excited that our new President will be Rev. Aisha Brooks-Lytle, Pastor of Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church, whose energy is amazing and whose commitment to our diverse neighborhood is remarkable. This will also be an opportunity to thank outgoing President Dan Muroff, whose dedication to our organization and to the entire community has helped EMAN in so many ways. That phrase about going “above and beyond the call of duty” is trite and overused, I know --- but in this case, it’s absolutely true. Our special guest speaker will be Cindy Bass, who will talk about her goals as our next 8th District Councilperson. She will also take questions from the audience. If you haven’t already met Cindy in and around the neighborhood, the Annual Meeting will be particularly interesting for you. And if you’re wondering who will be this year’s recipient of the Edgar Baker Award for outstanding service to the community, join us and find out!

I hope to see many of you at some of the upcoming events in the neighborhood.