The time is drawing near – GO WEST! Craft Fest is this weekend! It’s Saturday April 14, 11-5 at The Woodlands, 40th & Woodland, with a rain date of Sunday the 15th. If you’re not familiar with the Woodlands, it’s an amazing place, a historic cemetery, mansion and 54-acre green space, truly one of West Philly’s sweetest spots. The Fest will be on the lawn near the entrance, set apart from the actual cemetery.
Find unique, handcrafted wares like jewelry, ceramics, clothing, accessories, home accents, edibles, knitted & crocheted items, cards & paper goods, all-natural soaps & bodycare, terrariums, teas, toys and more, all made locally by fifty of Philly’s finest artisans, many of whom live right here in the neighborhood.
Plus: live entertainment! Old-timey bluegrass favorites Sour Mash will perform in the afternoon (time TBA). Jay Sand of All Around This World will do an interactive kids’ set of music from many nations at 1 pm. TinyCircus by Tangle will trapeze among the trees at 3 pm, and there will be random acts of juggling throughout the day.
Visitors may stroll the 54-acre grounds of the Woodlands and tour the 18th century neoclassical mansion, once home to botanist William Hamilton (grandson of Andrew Hamilton, the original “Philadelphia lawyer”). He collected and planted hundreds of trees on the Hamilton estate, and those that have survived the years are now some of our nation’s oldest living specimens. The Woodlands is also the eternal resting place of over 30,000 Philadelphians, including such notable figures as architect Paul Philippe Cret (1876-1945), financier Francis Martin Drexel (1792-1863), artist Thomas Eakins (1844-1916), abolitionist Mary Grew (1813-96), and surgeon Samuel Gross (1805-84).
All the details can be found at gowestcraftfest.blogspot.com.
We hope to see you there on the 14th. Weather reports are promising so far, so here’s hoping for a fine day of fun!