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!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Getting ready and Save the Date!

Mark your calendars and save the date for our Holiday Craft Fest SUNDAY, December 14 at The Rotunda. Applications will be up in the coming weeks for the Holiday Fest so crafters, check back.

Before that though, we're getting ready for a fabulous Fall Go West! Craft Fest in just over 2 weeks. We have so many amazing vendors, great music and of course what could be better than hanging out at The Woodlands for the day!


Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fall Vendor list is here!

Fall is coming up soon and we're getting pretty excited about the change of seasons and Go West! Craft Fest on Saturday, Sept 13th. We have a great group of 100 vendors this fall, lots of new folks along with all your old favorites. Check them out on the Vendor List. Of course there will be live entertainment for kids and adults, kids crafts and delicious food.

Like our facebook page for news and updates and tell all your friends about it there too on the invite.


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Apply Now For the September Show!

Vendors may apply now through July 25 for the Fall 2014 Go West Craft Fest, September 13, 11-5 at the Woodlands, 40th & Woodland in West Philadelphia. We are looking forward to our 6th outdoor show at the Woodlands, featuring original local crafts, food from local eateries, children's activities, and live music.

Click here for more information & the vendor application.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Thank you!

We couldn't have asked for a better day at our Spring Fest. Pictures from the event are here (with a few more to come)  and on our facebook page, feel free to use them. A huge thanks to all of our amazing vendors, artists and musicians who made the day fabulous. Thanks also to The Woodlands for being the perfect host and to GRID Magazine for the wonderful article about the show.  The vendor list will continue to stay up throughout the summer and most vendors have websites and online shops.

We're just finalizing a date for our Fall Fest. Vendor will be able to apply mid July.  We're excited for a little summer break, and will see you back in the Fall!