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!