Friday, January 23, 2015

Applications are now OPEN for the Spring Fest!

The time has come... vendors may apply now for the Spring show, to be held Saturday, April 25 at The Woodlands, 40th & Woodland in West Philadelphia. It's our 7th (!) Fest at the wonderful Woodlands, featuring local art & craft, live music, acrobatic performances by the TinyCircus, and food by local eateries. We are looking forward to checking out all of your creations, so please apply now!

And in case you haven't seen it, here's a really nice article about our lovely venue, published recently in the Philadelphia Inquirer. We are so happy to help raise awareness about "this amazing place that nobody knows about", as Woodlands director Jessica Baumert puts it.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Checklist for SUNDAY'S GO WEST! Craft Fest

Sunday is almost here and we can't wait! Everyone is so excited for what will be an excellent day of local, handmade shopping. So far the weather looks nice and sunny so plan to shop both indoor and outdoor vendors, For this holiday event we've really tried to have a little something handmade for everyone on your list.

Don't forget to bring your:

Tokens - The Rotunda is a short walk from the L, the 40th St trolley hub and on the 21 and 42 bus line. If you are going by car there's metered parking on Walnut St, and a pay Parking Garage across. Free parking can be a little tricky in that neighborhood, but not impossible!

Cash - While many of our vendors accept credit cards, not all do. Did you know when you pay by credit card to a small business they're losing valuable dollars per transaction to a huge credit card company...? We're happy to take your cards, but we like cash much, much better!

Your Holiday Shopping List - We bet you won't go away empty handed!

A Babywearing Device - Last year people were glad they did! It's easy to park your stroller outside though. 

Friends -  chances are you'll run into someone you know, but it's nice to bring some friends along and make a day of it!

Your Sweet Tooth - With sweets and gift items from Weckerleys Ice Cream and The Lil Pop Shop  you won't go away hungry. 

Just like last year we'll have select vendors outside and upstairs in the balcony. More shopping for you and the chance to see the space in a different light.

Can't wait to see you all there! Stop by Emily from VIX Emporium and Wilder from As the Crow Flies & Co's tables, right as you walk in to say Hi.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Mark Your Calendars, SUNDAY, December 14th!

Our vendor confirmations have gone out and the vendor list for Go West's Holiday Fest at the Rotunda will be up in the next week is here! Thank you to everyone who applied! We're excited to have an amazing group, many West Philly locals.

Now mark your calendars for SUNDAY, December 14th! 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Save the Date - Sunday, December 14 ~holiday edition~

Applications are open for the
GO WEST! Craft Fest  
~Holiday Edition~
at The Rotunda
From 11-5 
 SUNDAY, December 14th
Shop for fabulous holiday gifts made by our very own Philly artists and crafters. Mark your calendars and stay tuned!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Thank You!!

Though it's never ideal to reschedule an event at the last minute, moving the Craft Fest to the Rain Date turned out to be a wonderful idea! Saturday was wet and miserable while Sunday brought perfect sunshine and balmy breezes, along with a great crowd of attendees. Thanks so much to everyone participtated, played music, shopped or just enjoyed that lovely day at the Woodlands with us! We can't wait to do it again in the Spring!

In the meantime, the Holiday edition of Go West! Craft Fest is returning to the Rotunda on SUNDAY, December 14th. Vendor applications will open very soon so stay tuned!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Postponed till Sunday!

We have postponed the Fest until tomorrow, Sunday due to rainy situations. Come join us same time 11-5, tomorrow Sunday, Sept 14th! The weather promises to be beautiful, hope to see you at The Woodlands.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Checklist for GO WEST! Craft Fest

We are getting so excited for this Saturday's Go West Craft Fest at the Woodlands! Over 120 local vendors will be there to show their creative work, plus great food and music in one of Philadelphia's most naturally beautiful and historic sites. The weather for Saturday look ok so far but we will update here Saturday morning if we must use our rain date for Sunday.

Here are some tips to make the most of your visit...
  • SEPTA tokens. The Fest is right across from the 40th Street trolley portal, served by the 12, 13, 34 and 36 trolleys. Hop on any westbound "Green Line" subway/surface car from Center City (EXCEPT the 10) and arrive in minutes. There will be once again NO visitor parking inside The Woodlands however plenty of parking on the street and surrounding neighborhood. This makes for an enjoyable family friendly atmosphere for all.
  • Comfortable shoes. While the Fest is conveniently close to the entrance, visitors may choose to explore farther into the 54-acre grounds. Featuring the Hamilton Mansion, a grand example of 18th century neoclassical architecture.William Hamilton, an avid botanist, collected and planted dozens of various trees on the estate, many of which are now some of our nation's oldest and largest specimens, thriving among the monuments for over 30 thousand eternal Philadelphians. Stroll the winding paths and see for yourself. There will be tours of the landscape, check in with The Woodlands table at the front entrance.
  • Your Gift List. Our talented vendors make a huge variety of products, like jewelry, clothing, accessories, fine art, cards, toys, candles, teas and more. Keep in mind your loved ones' birthdays, weddings, and of course it's never too early to start Holiday Shopping. Your unique GO WEST! gift will be fondly remembered because it was made with love and care by a local artisan.
  • A Tote Bag, to carry all of your new-found treasures. If you forget, several vendors offer unique eco-friendly shopping bags, like these
  • Cash. Although some of our vendors do accept credit cards, not all do and there is a good chance that the irresistible treasure you discovered may not be seen again (even at VIX).  Also did you know when you pay by credit card to a small business they’re losing valuable dollars per transaction to a huge credit card company? We’re happy to take  your cards, but we like cash much better. The closest ATM is at Mill Creek Tavern, 4200 Chester Avenue.
  • A Blanket for a Picnic Lunch . The Woodlands is a perfect place for a picnic, Black Orchid will have vegan sandwiches and mac & cheese for the kids, Taco Angeleno will have all manner of Mexican style tacos, Aksum will feature middle eastern goodies & The Satellite CafĂ© will be there for all of your coffee needs.  
  • Your Sweet Tooth, with gourmet popsicles from the Lil Pop Shop and Weckerleys Ice Cream it will be hard not to resist something, not to mention vegan treats from The Satellite Cafe!
  • Children, who will have tons of fun singing and playing music with  Ann from the Green Tambourine. They'll be mesmerized by fancy juggling tricks and hula hoopers and do free arts and crafts courtesy of the UC Arts League & The Philly Free School
  • Sunscreen & a Jacket. Weather forecasts are looking promising but a little uncertain, so be ready for anything the springtime might bring. If the morning is clear, the show will go on!
  • A Spooky or Fall Themed Book, for the All Hallow's Read book drive, you'll get a different one back if come to the book hunt on October 26th.
  • Your senses of curiosity, creativity and wonder, and enough time to experience the day. Here's the musical line up:                                                                                                                      
12 pm: The Green Tambourine - children's musical instruction 
1 pm: Julian Root & friends - traditional roots/bluegrass/Americana 
2 pm: Silverton - uncompromisingly positive folk rock 
3 pm: All Around This World - international children's music with Jay Sand 
4 pm: Shakey Lyman - blues legend
With a little luck regarding the weather, Saturday promises to be a great day to GO WEST. We hope to see you there!