Spring forward in Mt. Airy

SURE SIGNS OF SPRING

Your phones will probably take care of themselves, but you’ll want to turn those coffee makers and cuckoo clocks ahead by hand come Sunday morning. To celebrate the later sunrise and longer days, Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting will kick off their spring Skyspace openings with a 6:26am session, an approximately five-minute walk from Cresheim Creek, Mt. Airy’s northwestern border. It’s worth noting that Trolley Car Diner is a six-minute walk back and will be open come sunrise when the show’s over.Skyspace at CHFM: 20 E. Mermaid Lane.

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Doggos for Wage Change

Speaking of TCD, you probably remember the January story in the Inquirer about TCD’s pledge to pay its employees more than the minimum wage. The paper follows that story up with one today (photo at right from the story by the inimitable David Maialetti) profiling Queenie’s Pets and previewing the inaugural meeting of Wage Change, a new organization of business owners with a commitment to pay their employees a living wage. Wage Change invites all employers to Trolley Car Cafe (the one in East Falls) TONIGHT at 6 for a discussion with Councilman At-Large Allan Domb about the importance of small business in the city. See the event page HERE, and support the initiative by supporting the participating businesses listed HERE.Queenie’s Pets, 7174 Germantown Ave.
Trolley Car Cafe, 3269 S. Ferry Rd.

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Vote Local and Often

Another sure sign of spring in Philadelphia is the arrival of the Philadelphia Flower Show. Queenie’s is one of three local businesses, along with The Frosted Fox Cake Shop and Weavers Way Co-op, helping rep the Show—and compete in the Bloom Philly Festival leading up to the Show. In Bloom, businesses decorate their storefronts in the theme of the Flower Show, “Holland: Flowering the World” in this year’s case. TODAY is the last day for voting, so head over HERE and HERE, and cast your ballot for Mt. Airy’s best flowery storefronts.Frosted Fox, 6511 Germantown Ave.
Weavers Way, 559 Carpenter Lane & 8424 Germantown Ave.

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Spring into Shakespeare

The Bard makes his return to the historic Sedgwick Theatre with Love’s Labor’s Lost, opening next Wednesday the 15th. Quintessence Theatre Group will perform the Shakespeare comedy in March and April in rotating repertory with John Ford’s The Broken Heart. Learn more and buy tickets HERE.Meanwhile over at the Allens Lane Arts Center, performances of An Adult Evening with Shel Silverstein are underway and continue through March 19th. Grab a bottle of wine, pack a picnic, and get a babysitter because this performance is for grown-ups only. Check out Phindie’s review of the performance HERE, and grab tix over HERE.

Sedgwick Theatre, 7137 Germantown Ave.
Allens Lane Arts Center, 601 W. Allens Lane.

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Make yer own art

If you missed your chance to go full Patrick Swayze & Demi Moore for Valentine’s Day, you’re in luck. Fridays this spring are couples nights at Six Senses Clay Studio. It’s $60 per pair – bring your partner, or your best friend, or your mom – for an evening of meditative printing, white-line partner-prints, and duo-pottery (the Ghost scene, two to a wheel!). And Saturdays are for the whole family, with ArtParty family workshops at noon. Peep the deets HERE.As the temperatures continue to rise, you’ll also be dusting off your spring clothes, so you’ll probably want to patch up those holes and tears. Handcraft Workshop has a whole series of sewing options (including for beginners and open sews) coming down the line for the spring. Check them out HERE.

Six Senses, 20 E. Mt. Airy Ave.
Handcraft Workshop, 7224 Germantown Ave.

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CAMA: vernal vibes

Spring into warmer climes and a healthier you with a visit to CAMA, Community Acupuncture of Mt. Airy. Take $10 off your first visit to CAMA for acupuncture. Call Elise at 215-266-5757 to take advantage of this offer.Also, save the date: Saturday, May 20th. Elise and CAMA are spearheading the first ever Mt. Airy Holistic Health Fair, which will bring practitioners from all over the Northwest together for an afternoon of chakras on the avenue.

CAMA, 6782 Germantown Avenue.

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There’s a Gala coming

Have we mentioned the Go Mt. Airy Gala? Mt. Airy USA’s annual event, our biggest fundraiser and a rootin’ tootin’ hoot to boot, is coming Saturday, April 1st. As usual we’ll honor our brightest and most inspiring Community Champions (one of which, the People’s Choice, is chosen by you), we’ll eat and drink a taste of Mt. Airy, and we’ll have a silent auction with dozens of items from museum passes to a weekend in Jackson Hole. And this year, we’ll keep the bar open till midnight as we boogie down to the American Routes sounds of Mt. Airy’s own Not My Dogg.Have a drink, have a great time, and help us do what we do. Buy tickets HERE.

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Shop local and Happy Spring!
– The Mt. Airy USA team