This post--with pictures!--originally ran in the September 2012 Cedar Park Neighbors newsletter. Didn't receive a newsletter? Consider becoming a member of Cedar Park Neighbors by clicking here. GO WEST! Craft Fest features over 50 of the Philly region's most inventive vendors of original arts & crafts, plus live music, food and family-friendly fun. It's all at the Woodlands in West Philly, 40th & Woodland (across from the main trolley portal) on Saturday, September 29 (rain date September 30).
Find a multitude of local wares handmade with care: original artworks, cards, prints, hand-constructed and upcycled clothing, screenprinted tees, ceramics, home goods, jewelry, accessories, cozy knitwear, natural bath & body products, candles, toys, edibles and more. Keep your holiday shopping list in mind, as a handmade gift is not only unique and special, but also supports local, independent small business.
There's live entertainment too! Four amazing acts will perform for your diversion.
Noon: Perseverance Jazz Band, swinging NOLA-style standards 1pm: the Citywide Specials, authentic bluegrass that's finger-pickin' good 2pm: Jay Sand of "All Around This World" engaging world music for kids and their families 3pm: Tinycircus, aerial flights of fancy presented by Tangle Movement Arts
There's also a handful of food vendors for your physical nourishment, including Black Orchid's vegan specialties and West Philly's own award-winning Lil' Pop Shop for dessert! We are looking to accept one or two more food trucks or vendors for lunch/brunch main courses, preferably those that emphasize local, sustainable and responsibly sourced ingredients, presented in a skillful and original way.
The Fest's location, the Woodlands Cemetery, Mansion & Historic Landscape, is one of West Philly's sweetest spots. A true urban oasis, its 54 wooded acres are home to an 18th century neoclassical mansion (open for tours), a community garden, historically significant trees and an apiary, as well as over 30,000 eternal Philadelphians since 1840. The Fest will be near the main entrance, just inside the fence along Woodland Avenue.
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