Editor's note: Below is a synopsis of this past weekend, a busy one, in Narberth.
Tell us in the comments about your experience in the borough this past weekend.
Narberth publicist Ed Ridgway of Ridgway Consulting:
The Spring Sidewalk Festival in Narberth this past weekend was really a collection of events scheduled for one big weekend. It included a Sidewalk sale, First Friday, circus performances, and a Music & Arts Festival. The weekend also kicked off a month long celebration of Art, called NarbART Guitar month.
Narberth’s First Fridays had a quiet winter, but the combination of the Sidewalk Festival and NarbART Guitar month seemed to have really perked things up. Couples and families enjoyed the mild weather and Guitar art featured in storefront windows in over twenty different businesses for the month of May. There was live music in seven different locations throughout the evening, from Homemade Sandwich Shop at the west end of the downtown to Sweet Mabel on Narberth Ave. On Forrest Ave, a crowd gathered to watch Dan Gold lead a bluegrass band on the steps of his store, Danny’s Guitar Shop. Every restaurant had music and a good crowd.
The Sidewalk Sale was very popular on Saturday, with people exploring the town to see the Guitar art and hunt for curbside bargains. Dancexpress packed Station Circle for their late morning performance, and the circus tent filled three times for Saturday shows down in the park. Shoppers who needed a break had a number of options for street food, and their children were entertained by games and the free moonbounce from the Narberth Business Association on Forrest Avenue.
On Sunday it seemed like all of Narberth and half of Lower Merion hit Haverford Avenue for the Music & Arts Fest. This Festival, sponsored by the Borough, McShea’s and The Greeks, raises money for Philabundance three times a year. This Spring 2012 Music Festival added the “Art” component for the first time, with almost twenty artists and artisans in tents on Forrest Ave.
Tracy Tumolo, owner of Sweet Mabel:
First Friday is a celebration of community so in an effort to get more businesses involved Beth Warren from our studio designated May as NarbArt Guitar month and asked merchants to decorate and display custom guitars. We were thrilled to see so many amazing guitars pop up in shop windows and Narberth’s First Friday finally evolve into what we have always envisioned, a lively downtown with art, doors open late and music everywhere. We hope the momentum continues!
We're thrilled to see guitars in so many shop windows in Narberth -- over 20 last time we counted! We had a blast putting this together with our neighbors. And we had one of our liveliest town-wide First Friday celebrations in a while.
Teresa Decker, manager of McShea's:
What used to be the Narberth Music Fest has now become The Narberth Music & Arts Fest. The addition of Artist's Alley, a collection of local artists and artisans on Forrest Avenue, has elevated an already great event to a whole other level. Sunday was a beautiful day of art and music and community in Narberth, we saw the biggest turn out of 9 years at this festival, and the positive energy and fun of the day was infectious. everyone had a great time, and we look forward to growing the arts segment of the festival with each and every festival. If you missed it, your next opportunity is at the Summer Music & Arts Festival on Sunday June 24th.
it was an AWESOME day! cant wait for the next one!