Thursday, January 21, 2016

April Fest - Save the Date

Saturday, April 30th will be the next Go West! Craft Fest at The Woodlands, with a rain date of the 31st. We'll open vendor applications in early February. Have a happy winter and vendors check back here in a few weeks. 

Thanks! 

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Check List for Go West! on Sunday

Sunday is almost here and we cannot wait!  We're so excited to be using the amazing sanctuary space at The Rotunda as well and the back space that we know and love and  outside. There will be 100+ vendors selling a huge variety of handmade goods, really something for everyone!
Some helpful hints:


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!

Coming In - There are two entrances this year. In the front on Walnut St the doors will be wide open (with beautiful wreaths designed by Snapdragon Flowers) to the beautiful and not much seen historic Sanctuary filled with vendors. The side door (that's normally used) along the pathway to Locust will also be open and the original space will be filled with vendors as well. There is a fun loop to make to check out everyone.  

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 - While there's considerably more room than in years past,  it'll still make your life easier with the littles and shopping if you wear them. There's plenty of stroller parking outside.

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 Weckerly's Ice Cream and The Lil Pop Shop  you won't go away hungry. 

Your Camera - The Sanctuary space is really breathtaking and you might just want to snap some pics or a selfie or two with your purchases. Don't forget to tag #gowestcraftfest over on Instagram; we love to repost our favorites! 

We can't wait to see you all there! Stop by Emily from VIX Emporium and Wilder from As the Crow Flies & Co's tables, both in the Sanctuary to say Hi. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Vendor List

Sunday is coming up and we couldn't be more excited. The is the vendor list is here and to the right. Check out a pictorial view on Pinterest and all the vendor sneak peeks on Instagram. Following us on Facebook and Instagram is a great idea, it'll give you up to date info on all our new activity.

Follow As the Crow Flies & Co's board Holiday 2015 Go West! Craft Fest on Pinterest.

We're in full on Fest mode right now and hope to see you all there! Don't forget to tell you friends, with 100+ vendors in the beautiful Rotunda sanctuary and performance spaces there is really something for everyone on your list and for you too!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Vendor List Coming Soon!

Card by Black Heart Letterpress
Thank you to all the wonderfully talented vendors who applied for the Holiday Fest. We wish we could have chosen everyone! We had the largest number of applications for any Go West! event yet; it's so gratifying to see how widely the word has spread in only a few years.

We're excited to have a much bigger space this year in order to accommodate a larger group, almost triple the number of last year's vendors. This holiday season we'll have the gorgeous sanctuary space as well as the performance space we previously occupied. We'll have a lot more room for shoppers (we know it was cramped before) and more than 100 vendors in all, so be prepared for a great selection of handmade gifts to discover. There really will be something for everyone.

We'll be sharing our vendor list soon, so stay tuned!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

FINAL DAYS to Apply for the Holiday Fest



If you're thinking of applying for December 13's Fest, get on it! Friday the 6th is the FINAL day that applications will be open. Find all the details and the vendor application here. We'll reply to all vendors about their acceptance status on Monday the 9th.

Please note, if you applied, please add "go west craft fest at g mail dot com" (correct punctuation, no spaces) to your email contacts list, or check your Spam folder regularly. We do send emails to multiple addresses, and we wouldn't want you to miss our message.

Also, extra special thanks to GWCF vendor Sarah Ryan of Sarah Draws Things for this year's event poster! Find her lovely prints, cards and ornaments, and works by many, many more artists, crafters and makers at the Rotunda, December 13.


Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Apply Now for the *Holiday* Fest

Applications for Go West Craft Fest's Holiday event are now open. Vendors can apply now to participate in this year's Fest, happening Sunday, December 13 from 10-4 at the Rotunda, 4014 Walnut Street in West Philadelphia. Click here for the vendor application.



We are thrilled to announce that this year, we intend to occupy not only the Rotunda's main room, but also the Sanctuary, a historic church with a majestic domed ceiling, 80 feet in diameter. The city required us to file particular paperwork to use this "soaring architectural treasure" due to its unrestored condition. The wheels are in motion, and with any luck, we can use this grand, sunlit space to host more than double the number of vendors as in previous years.

Looking forward to checking out all the vendor applications for what will be our biggest Holiday Fest yet!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Only 1 week away...

Go West Craft Fest is coming up soon... Saturday's the day! Join us at The Woodlands on September 19 from 11-5.

Find unique treasures by local makers -- like jewelry, ceramics, art, prints, stationery, home wares, children's items, bags, candles, soaps and more. Check out the complete vendor list here, and follow @gowestcraftfest on Instagram for sneak peeks of all the Fest-ive finds. 

Entertainment schedule:
11:00 The Green Tambourine, young students from the Baltimore Avenue music school show their stuff
12:00 Taupe, West Philly's premiere "yacht rock" cover band
1:00 Brady And The BearAmericana Roots music, with elements of bluegrass and the essence of pure folk
2:00 Red Hot Ramblersauthentic Prohibition Era 1920s jazz ensemble
3:00 tinycircus, a family-friendly mix of aerial acrobatics, hoop dance, clowning, and knock-knock jokes by Tangle Movement Arts
4:15 Shakey Lyman, blues legend

Food by Taco Angeleno, Black Orchid vegetarian, Weckerly's Ice Cream, Lil' Pop Shop, and Satellite Cafe.

Children's craft activities by 34th Woodland Rangers scout troop, and University City Arts League.

Free face painting for kids by Naja Meeks.


Explore the historic 18th century Hamilton Mansion, and learn about its newly restored Cryptoporticus. Decades before the Woodlands was a cemetery, it was the estate of botanist William Hamilton, grandson of prominent Philadelphia lawyer Andrew Hamilton, who originally acquired the property.

We hope to see you next Saturday* for another fabulous Fest! 

*In case of rain, the event will be moved to Sunday. If that happens, we'll update this blog, the VIX Emporium newsletter (sign up on the left side of the VIX home page), and our social media outlets (Facebook and Instagram) by 7am Saturday.