The Spring holidays have ushered in Spring weather

We hope your holidays were filled with warmth & love, & that the messages Passover & Easter deliver were inspirational for you & your families……………..  

Mt. Airy Day is almost here!

Saturday, May 3rd, from 11 till 5:00

6400 block Germantown Avenue

(Rain date May 4th)

            This annual festival has been a neighborhood favorite for decades. Lots of activities, interesting vendors, kids’ games & great food are offered on the beautiful grounds of Cliveden of the National Trust. You can purchase a variety of items ranging from plants to clothing to jewelry to household goods to books & more. Neighborhood nonprofits & businesses will be providing information about their services; artists will be offering their works for sale.

            The event is huge, drawing thousands of people from Mt. Airy & beyond, & would not happen without the work of many volunteers.And we still need a lot of help! There are many tasks, & you can work where you’re most comfortable, at the event, or before, or after. This is a fun way for high school students to get those needed community service hours.

            Help is especially needed with setting up & cleaning up. To sign up for a slot, go to the website & click on the “volunteer info” tab:  You can choose your task & your time slot.

       NEW THIS YEAR: You can receive Weavers Way Co-op work hours for working at MAD! (Info on the co-op work calendar.) Thank you, Weavers Way.

       The event could not happen without the generous community businesses & organizations that sponsor Mt. Airy Day: Cliveden of the National Trust, Electrical Wizardry, the Philadelphia Federal Credit Union, Mt. Airy Animal Hospital, Mt. Airy USA, Chestnut Hill Hospital, Weavers Way Co-op, the Miquon School, Generation 3 Electric, & Valley Green Bank.

Yes, there are other things happening in the neighborhood………..

            State Representative Cherelle Parker will hold her annual22nd Ward Town Hall this Thursday evening (4/24th) from 7-9, in the Brossman Center on the Lutheran Theological Seminary Campus (7301 Germantown Ave.). Rep. Parker will address community & legislative concerns. This event also offers the opportunity for constituents to connect with 25 city, state, federal & nonprofit agencies, to learn about resources & services they provide.

            The Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration(Stenton & Gorgas) is hosting Jazz Vespers this Spring. The May 18thperformers will be the Philadelphia Clef Club Senior Youth Ensemble. On June 15th, a jazz tap trio will be featured. There’s a $10 donation requested; light refreshments will be served after the performances. For details: or 215-910-2404.

            Awbury Arboretum is offering several Spring activities. This Friday night is Astronomy Night at the Francis Cope House (1 Awbury Rd.). There will be a professional astronomer & a “fancy” telescope, & you’re welcome to bring your own telescope as well. This program is part of Philadelphia Science Week. For more info, please

            Earth Day & Arbor Day will be celebrated in one event at the Awbury Agricultural Village (1011 E. Washington Lane) on Sunday, April 27th. There will be tree-planting, a plant sale, games & crafts. The event is free, & there will be food available to purchase. The event will be cancelled in case of inclement weather.

            And mark your calendars for Awbury’s Spring Flea Market on May 17th from 10 till 2. If you’re interested in being a vendor, call 215-849-2855, ext. 21. Vendor table fees will help support Awbury’s education & outreach programs.

            Awbury Arboretum has been free & open to the public for almost a century. Stop by & visit if you’ve never been there; it’s a neighborhood treasure!

            “No Place Like Home”, a weeklong series of workshops, aims to provide information & resources that will help people ages 55+ maintain their finances, housing, etc. Topics will include reverse mortgages, selling your home, insurance & wills.

             Mt. Airy USA, Elfant Wissahickon Realtors, Center in the Park & My Way are co-sponsoring the series. The workshops will take place from May 10th – 17th, with locations rotating among the sponsors.


            If you’re trying to think of something special to do for your mom this Mothers Day, there’s a local option. The Brossman Center (LTSP Campus) will be having a Mothers Day Brunch on May 11th. There will be 2 seatings (at 11:30 & 1t 1:30), offering a salad station, eggs, classic brunch entrees and assorted desserts. Pre-paid reservations are required; adults $23; 12 & under $12; under 3 free.

            To get more info or to reserve a spot for your family, call 215-248-7339.

Some interesting & potentially great news...........Greg & Cynthia at Walk A Crooked Mile Books (in the Mt. Airy Train Station)  have just let us know that someone has expressed interest in buying the bookstore & keeping it open! They intend to continue the community activities as well.

This means the 40% off "going out of business" sale will end in about a week, so hurry over! It also means they might need neighborhood support soon, as the potential new owners make lease arrangements with SEPTA. If the community's help is needed with support petitions or letters, we'll let you know.

WACM's free Spring Concert series starts this Friday evening. For a schedule & details, visit or call 215-242-0854.

            Do you check EMAN’s web calendar? Do you enjoy receiving our EMAN e-newsletters? Are you a member of East Mt. Airy Neighbors? There’s a connection there …………… the organization relies on memberships to help fund our activities, including our website & electronic communications.

          You can join at any time of year. Go to our website (, click on “join”, & use PayPal. Or e-mail us at & we’ll send you a membership form. Or get the necessary info from the website & mail a check (EMAN ~ 7301 Germantown Ave. ~ Phila. PA 19119).

          Are you interested in becoming more involved with your community organization? There are several openings for new Board members. If you’re interested, please come to our next EMAN Community/Board Meeting, on May 6th at 7:30, in the EMAN Office, so we can get to know each other. We’re in the basement of the Wiedemann Building on the Lutheran Seminary Campus (7301 Germantown Ave., across from the WaWa).

See you at Mt. Airy Day!