September always feels so fresh and new

Schools are back in session, the air is cooling, & activities are popping up all over Northwest Philly.             The season got off to an exciting start last Thursday night with “Street Fare”. Thousands of residents & visitors packed Germantown Ave. to stroll, listen to live music, & eat, eat, eat! Congratulations to our partners at Mt. Airy USA for another successful event!

            I hope you’ve seen some of the press coverage of the new computer lab at Emlen School. It was the first big project undertaken by the Mt. Airy Schools Coalition (EMAN, MAUSA, WMAN), & we had support from some extraordinarily generous community members. The ribbon-cutting ceremony, attended by community leaders, elected officials, & the Emlen School family, was on Friday, September 5th. The MASC, with the leadership of Abby Thaker from MAUSA, has been meeting stakeholders at all of our local public elementary schools. Priorities are being set, & working groups are starting to form at each of the schools.

            The Emlen project was a wonderful way to start!

            You can see a video with highlights of the September 5thribbon-cutting event at

            ArtReach has just launched an exciting new initiative. Admission to 17 museums & cultural sites will only be $2 for PA ACCESS/EBT cardholders! The eclectic group of participating institutions features the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Barnes, the Academy of Natural Sciences, the National Constitution Center, the African-American Museum, the National Museum of American Jewish History, Morris Arboretum & 10 other sites --- surely something for every taste. Please pass this info along to friends & neighbors. For details, contact Melissa Roderman at ArtReach ( or 215-568-2115, x.6)

            Cliveden of the National Trust is looking for volunteers for the October 4th reenactments of the Battle of Germantown. 2 shifts are available (9:30 – 1:30 or 1:30 – 5:30). The annual Revolutionary Germantown Festival draws big crowds, & community help would be greatly appreciated. E-mail to for more info, & visit Historic Germantown’s website ( for details about all the exciting events at the festival (And whether you're able to help or not, you'll enjoy the festival.)

Both of our local theater groups are starting their 2014-15 seasons soon.

            Allens Lane Theater, (at the Allens Lane Art Center on Allens Lane at McCallum), kicks off its season of contemporary plays onSeptember 26th with Quake, a comedy by Malanie Marnich.  The theater space opens 45 minutes before each play, so you can enjoy a meal or snack. Tickets/reservations for this production or the whole season are available at ALAC’s website (

            Quintessence Theatre begins its 5th season in the Sedgwick Theater (7137 Germantown Ave.) with As You Like It  (opens 10/4th) & Richard II  (opens 10/18th) in rotating repertory. Quintessence has won accolades from critics & theater-goers for its fresh, innovative productions of timeless classics. (And founder/artistic director Alexander Burns will be directing Macbeth  at the Arden Theater in the Spring. Soon, we’ll be saying, “We knew him back when………….”) Tickets, reservations, info about the season’s

Save the Date(s)!

EMAN has some fun events coming up…………….

       Sunday, 10/19th, 1-3 PM: “Paws on the Pavement” Community Dog Walk. Been to a doggie party lately? This will be a great afternoon for pets & their people. We’ll meet on the parking lot of the Mt. Airy Animal Hospital, our generous partner for this event. Besides the walk around the neighborhood, there’ll be excitement back at MAAH --- pet-related vendors, discounted pet photography, art activities & face painting for kids (thank you, Community Art Collective!), & my personal favorite --- a demonstration by the folks who train police/fire search & rescue dogs. These dogs are amazing, & so well trained that last year, one of our guests asked a trainer if they'd work with small children; they politely declined.

       On Thursday, 11/6th, 6:30-8:30: “Cookin’ With WHO?”, our popular chefs’ competition, will be presented in partnership withAwbury Arboretum & the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia. Local persons of note will serve favorite dishes & compete for your votes to win the “Mt Airy Platinum Spatula” & “People’s Choice” award.

            EMAN’s fabulous guest chefs this year will be Larry Daniels(EMAN’s Board President), David Young (Executive Director of Cliveden of the National Trust), & Laura Siena (former ED of WMAN, Weavers Way Board member, amazing community volunteer & activist).

            You can visit the event website to get tickets or to sponsor a chef toward their goal of winning the Platinum Spatula.

            Last year’s food-shortage issue has been resolved, so no worries about that. Tickets/reservations will be $50 in advance, $60 at the door, with proceeds supporting our 3 organizations. More info at :

Other neighborhood events:

            “Northwest’s Got Talent Senior Showcase” will take place at the Finley Rec Center (7701 Mansfield St.), sponsored by State Rep. Cherelle Parker, this Saturday, (9/27th), from 1:00 till 3:00.  Aside from performances by some of our many talented seniors, there will be representatives from various organizations that provide programs & resources for seniors. And lunch will be provided! For details, contact Rep. Parker’s office (215-242-7300).

            As part of its 150th Anniversary Celebration, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is having a special reception to honor outgoing President Rev. Dr. Phil Krey for his 25 years of service to the Seminary & to the community. The event on October 16th (2-3:30) is free & the public is invited, but registration is required. To register, go to

            Our friends at WMAN will be hosting another Blocktoberfestthis year on October 11th. Registration for this 5K run/2K walk is $25, ($30 after 10/5th). The event will start & finish at the Allens Lane Art Center. Packet pick-up is from 7-7:45 AM; the race starts at 8. To get details & to register, visit WMAN’s website,

            “Harvest on Henry”, a festival presented by Weavers Way Farms & Saul Agricultural High School, will take place on October 18th (rain date is the 19th), from 1 till 5, at Saul (7100 Henry Ave.). There’ll be lots of family fun, live music, food trucks & more. For more info about the event, or about being a sponsor/exhibitor, or call 215-843-2350, x.118

          Are you an EMAN member? While we serve the whole community regardless of membership status, your support allows us to continue to do that. You can join at our website (, or we’ll send you a paper form if you prefer.

          The community is always invited to join us at our monthly Community/Board meetings. A calendar of dates (generally the 1stMonday evening of the month) can be found on our website. We meet in Lovett Library’s community room at 7:30. Our next meeting will be on October 6th. Come meet neighbors, ask questions, propose activities, raise issues.

Our best wishes to our Jewish friends for a sweet, happy, healthy New Year!

Hope to see you out in the ‘hood!