More and more people are gearing up for spring and the impending summer months by spending more time outside. There are more outdoor events being advertised – farmer markets, community gatherings, and the ever popular, 1st Friday events. Taking part in these neighborhood events is a way to reconnect with neighbors, family, and friends, along with finding new events to attend and celebrate together. Enjoying the weather and walking around the Philadelphia suburbs is a great opportunity to take notice of newly opened specialty stores which went may have gone unnoticed during the winter cold, too. There will be a PERFECT chance to participate in an enjoyable event in the Philadelphia suburbs and spend a day out and about, all while supporting local businesses. The Cricket Avenue Craft and Brew Fest is kicking off this coming Saturday, April 28 in Ardmore at 2pm – 8 pm!
A principle of sustainability is the ability to enjoy what we have available to us now in the environment without jeopardizing it for future generations. That can translate into walking to destinations, as opposed to driving; purchase locally manufactured good, as opposed to having them shipped across the miles; encourage others to buy locally to support small businesses, as opposed to hitting up the retail chains that have killed many mom and pop joints. The Cricket Avenue Craft and Brew Fest is a great example of how to reduce one’s environmental footprint – Ardmore is a great township to walk or bike around and is a Septa Regional Rail stop. Many goods made by local Philadelphian artisans, brewers, and crafters will be featured at this year’s event. Some of the offerings at the Fest include yummy brews, delicious specialty menu items from the participating pubs, exciting live music, and a creative artsy area for the kiddies.
The sponsor’s of the event understand the important role community plays into sustainability and have made a point to include many established and newer businesses in the Fest. These businesses have relied on support from the community for years to keep their doors open. A section of Cricket Terrace will be close to local traffic for the event so people may mingle about with kids and/or dogs, whatever, and still be safe! The participating watering holes, Gillane’s Tavern, John Henry’s Pub, McCloskey’s Tavern (which has been a mainstay in Ardmore for 75+ years), and the new pub on the block and soon-to-open, Tired Hands Brewing Company, are contributing by offering a wide selection of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia brews at two beer gardens. A new local coffee shop, Green Bean Cafe, will be there offering a caffeine kick while Viking Pastry, another Ardmore staple of many years, will be providing the sweets. There will also be quite a few artisans from the area which will be displaying various handmade crafts, such as wood crafts, pottery, and jewelry. There will be an area for kids to enjoy as well which will offer kid-friendly activities, such as face-painting and a water balloon fighting area (weather permitting).
This Saturday, April 28 from 2pm – 8pm, make it a point to stop at the Cricket Avenue Craft and Brew Fest and see what’s hoppin’! Check out other local stores and help support sustainable, local businesses while in Ardmore, too. Without community support these and other privately owned, local establishments which have helped shape and define the Main Line would not be open today. And an event such as this encourages neighbors to come out, see the importance of community, and how their support can help keep the doors open for Philadelphian entrepreneurs. Just GETTING OUT is a wonderful way to sustainably support local businesses, meet some new faces, and help these events gain enough support and momentum to make them a reoccurring, successful and FUN event!