Thank you everyone for a busy and wonderful holiday vending season. We have one more (small) fair today in our neighborhood then we’re taking a well deserved break for Christmas and New Years. I meant to post this thank you from GO WEST! last week. Well, here it is now! I still have Christmas sewing to do for L and our niece (I know cutting it close), and will be happy to sit and relax on Christmas Eve with our family and my new favorite winter cocktail, eggnog & Snap.
Wishing you much laughter and light for the rest of this year and into the next. Remember…
We’re getting so excited for this weekend. Our holiday Fest is almost here and we’ve been so busy making and promoting, not to mention doing that for all the other fairs this season! This one is our baby though, and feels really special. It’s our 3rd year of having a holiday fair at The Rotunda. The first was Second Saturdays (anyone remember that?) then we transformed into GO WEST! They’ve all been really fun and busy, with great local vendors and a terrific crowd. I hope for nothing less this year, once again we have an awesome line up of vendors, many who have been there from the start, and some very first timers too. We also have food (and coffee) from Black Orchid, treats & pops from the Lil Pop Shop and ice cream from the debuting West Philly company Weckerleys!
Check out our pintrest page for a sneak peek at some of the wares that will be there. Also the complete listing of the vendors is here on our blog. I can’t wait to see everyone there and am anticipating a busy and fun filled day! There will be handmade holiday gifts for pretty much everyone.
Here’s a little sneak peek at what I’ve been up to… I’ve only made a few, so come early! Can’t wait to see you there!
GO WEST! Craft Fest December 15th, 11-4pm
The Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street
Don’t forget to “like” GO WEST! Craft Fest’s fb page
Wow, we’ve been busy! What with marking spaces, putting fliers around, last minute details and spreading the internet word not to mention talking it up to anyone who’ll listen, we’ve been doing a lot mostly with L by our side (she talks it up too!). Did I say sewing up a storm and cutting and polishing?
We’re terribly excited though and think you should be too! This Fest promises to be the biggest one yet, with wonderful performers, an awesome array of vendors, possible jugglers and definitely a free face painter. GO WEST’s blog can tell you all about it and will give you links to all of our talented vendors. Our pintrest can give you a little sample of what you’ll find too. We’re trying to put out positive thoughts about the weather and think of sun, sun, sun or at least not rainy clouds… We hope you’ll come join us and if the rain date does have to happen we’ll post it up right away. But it won’t, and this coming Saturday is shaping up to be a wonderful day to be in The Woodlands vending and shopping and hanging out! Don’t forget your picnic blanket…
We’re getting ready for our first fair of the season, which just happens to be the Fest the we organize. GO WEST! started last April when Emily Dorn from VIX Emporium and I got our heads together and decided we needed a venue for our local West Philly folks. There are many wonderful fairs in Philadelphia, but none in our neighborhood and if you know anything about West Philly you know we like to keep it close! Our initial Fest was in Cedar Park across the street from VIX and for the winter we chose the Rotunda, a hop, skip and a jump away. We chose a diverse section of local vendors with unique, affordable, handmade products.
This April 14th we’re so excited to have it at The Woodlands, a historic mansion & cemetery from 11-5pm. The space where Fest will be is easily viewable from the road and the 40th St trolley hub. It’s a lovely large lawn dotted with flowering trees. The cemetery is in view across the path and the Hamilton Manson is up the hill. We are huge cemetery buffs, and this one is really very beautiful, the right mix of grand and humble. I could go on about cemetery’s like this one in Copenhagen where everyone goes to picnic, or the one in Apalachicola where some of my family’s buried, covered with Spanish moss, or last my childhood favorite attached to Abington Meeting where I grew up. We’d look at all the old names on the low graves, all alike and feel sad about the babies. Sometimes if I was there toward evening I’d run along the path getting more and more freaked out till I was past the bushes on the edge. But usually it was a peaceful spot to go and think and dream. But I digress…
This Saturday is promising to be full of fun! A complete vendor list is on our blog, and in addition to all the talented diverse selection of vendors we have vegetarian sandwiches from Black Orchid Food, and entertainment, Jay Sand of All Around This World Music will be performing for your & my children’s delight at 1pm. Sour Mash, olde timey favorites will be playing also, and Tangle will present tinycircus, an aerialist extravaganza at 3pm, not to mention wandering jugglers performing throughout the day! Vendors will include different types of jewelry, paper goods & home goods, terrariums & aeriums, fashionable clothing for kids (ahem) and adults, soap, beauty products & candles, toys & dolls, and the Woodlands own honey & CSA information, the A is for apiary 😉
We’re looking forward to a good turnout and lovely warm weather! Hope to see and talk to you all in person there!