There are plenty of family-friendly events happening in downtown Narberth this weekend, so come out and enjoy the beautiful Spring weather, and join your friends and neighbors for some fun. While you are in town, make sure to patronize your favorite shops and establishments. It's our support for each other that makes Narberth a special place, and our businesses need a little more love than usual as the road construction has added challenges to their usual routines. So shop, eat, and have fun this weekend! If you ever need details about a Narberth meeting, event or activity, keep this calendar bookmarked on your computer. Here's the mobile-friendly calendar for your phone.
On Friday night, the Mayor's Movie Night comes outside, to downtown Narberth. Grab a burger and a beer (in a to-go cup) and bring the family down to the corner of Forrest and Haverford Ave (Cadence Fitness property) for a movie at dusk. Tonight's film is "The Book of Life" . The Lunchbox food truck will be there with kid friendly food for sale.
Saturday at 4pm, we have a special treat from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. At their Narberth Avenue studio "on the hill" they will have family-friendly live performance by advanced students. Classical and contemporary pieces. $10 admission - all proceeds benefit the nonprofit PA Academy of Ballet Society.
Finish off the weekend with the first of this year's Narberth Music & Art Festivals. Join your friends and neighbors for an afternoon of fun in downtown Narberth. The Music and Arts Fest runs from 2pm to 7pm on Sunday, May 21. It is a family event on Haverford Avenue featuring street food, drinks, and free live music all day. Artists Alley is right next door on Forrest Ave from Noon to 6pm.
Time for my annual post:
In honor of grilling season, here are the top ten reasons to buy your grill from Ricklin's Hardware:
1. They carry everyone’s favorite Weber grills at the SAME PRICE as the big box stores. (I bought the Weber Spirit SP-320);
2. They assemble and deliver your new grill at no extra charge;
3. They haul away your old grill at no extra charge;
4. Their customer service is the best. The moment you walk in the store, a helpful and knowledgable team member is ready to assist you;
5. Ricklin's has been serving our community just over 100 years;
6. Over those 100 years, they have supported hundreds of events, fundraisers and local organizations - a shining example of a business community partner;
7. When you spend your money in a locally owned business, those dollars stay in this community;
8. Your support keeps them in business so they are there when you need them;
9. Owner Jed Riddell knows you could shop anywhere, so he actually sends you a personal thank-you note for choosing to buy your grill at Ricklin’s; and
10. Jed and his team are great people, and truly appreciate your business.
You know that gas line replacement project that was in South Narberth a few months ago, and has been recently working its way down Haverford Ave? Well it's about to hit downtown Narberth, and will be bringing parking restrictions and traffic detours to Haverford Avenue most weekdays for the better part of the next month. (It begins on Narberth Ave, "on the hill" and will close the bridge for a couple of days.)
Now your first instinct might be to avoid the whole area - but that's the opposite of what we need to do. We all need to make a concerted effort to spend even more of our shopping dollars than usual in Narberth this month. This is one of those times when we need to actually walk the walk - if we really want to support local business, it's challenging times like this when they need each of us to put our money where our mouth is.
Local businesses can't compete with big national chains on things like price, parking, selection, and hours of operation. Small independent stores only survive despite those disadvantages because we make an extra effort to keep them in business. We do it because these independently owned shops offer other things that we value - personal service and attention, expert advice and assistance, and the convenience of being right in the neighborhood. And as good community partners, they return the favor, supporting our leagues, schools, events and organizations. This month they will need us even more.
So let's make this happen - the traffic detours and parking restrictions will make it harder for others to patronize our downtown, but those of us who call this our downtown can fill that gap. Buy that new grill at Ricklin's (for all the reasons I mention here); get gifts for all your occasions at Sweet Mabel, Character Development, Swan Dancewear, Narberth Bookshop, Fuzion, Spots, Danny's Guitars, Twice as Nice (and all your other favorites), eat more meals at your favorite establishments, stop at American Family Market on the way home from work, and so on. Think about what stores you really love, and help them weather this challenge!
How do you keep track of what's going on, in and around the Borough?
The official Borough website
The Business Association website, with a business directory and a comprehensive calendar that combines the Borough calendar with all the Narberth events and activities.
Civic Association website with info about important issues affecting residents, and NCA events.
Narberth Flash emails
Go to narberthpa.gov/narberth-flash/ to get on the Borough email list for important and emergency resident announcements
Facebook Page: Narberth Borough
News from the Borough office.
Facebook Page: Narberth Online (@NarberthOnline on Twitter)
Updates on Narberth news, with extra focus on the Narberth Business Association member activities and events
Facebook Group: Narberth
If you would like to add a member to this group, or to any group you are part of, it's a pretty simple procedure. Go to the home page for the Facebook group, (for this group, it is https://www.facebook.com/groups/NarberthGroup/, and locate the link that says "add members". This lets you add anyone who is a Facebook friend. In a closed group, the admin of the group will approve the add before it is official. That's it.
Facebook Group: Narberth Community Network
The two Narberth-themed Facebook groups have some crossover, but the "Narberth" group focuses mostly on news and events, while the NCN typically has more detailed issue discussion.
The Narberth Civic Association presents:
Council Candidates Forum
Monday, May 8th; 7pm – 10pm
Narberth Borough Hall
The Primary Election is May 16th! Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Narberth Civic Association's "Meet the Candidates" events! Candidates will be given an opportunity to give short opening and closing speeches. In between, the candidates will field a series of prepared questions, and will be asked to answer extemporaneous questions from members of the public in attendance. Both events will be presented live on the Civic's facebook page for those unable to attend in person.
Deadline to submit questions for the candidates is 4pm. Send via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or into the dropbox at Ricklin's, New Horizons or the library.
Thank you to Mayoral Candidates Andrea Deutsch and Bob Wegbreit, and Council candidates Aaron Muderick, Cyndi Reed Rickards, Deborah Holljes Lonsdorf, Jim Nixon, Kimberly Neff & Michelle Paninopoulos for your participation and for your commitment to Narberth governance!
At 11am this morning, the Dance Xpress dancers begin their annual performance at station circle. If the rain holds off, They will be immediately followed by a performance from the Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet.
Join a Narberth tradition that's been enjoyed for decades, and support all your favorite downtown businesses.
Browse the sidewalk displays of the downtown shops, find all the original NarbART art with this year's "Beach" theme, enjoy the live outdoor music, or just enjoy a bite and a beverage with your Narberth friends and neighbors.
Don't miss the classic hot dog stand or the dance performances in Station Circle!
See all the details on the Sidewalk Festival page.