Thursday, April 10, 2014

The GRID Guide to Go West! Craft Fest

The wonderful folks at GRID magazine have done a wonderful job on the show guide! Thanks so much to them and to all of the advertisers who helped make it possible, and to all of the show participants. The print version hits the streets on April 17, but here is a sneak peek at the digital edition. See you at the Fest!

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Spring Vendor List is Up!

We are getting ready for the biggest Go West Craft Fest ever! The vendor list is up! We have around 120 of the Philly region's finest independent makers joining us at The Woodlands, May 3 from 11-5. There will also be delicious local food and frozen treats, craft projects for kids, metal forging demonstrations, live music for the whole family, acrobats and a juggler - all free and open to the public. Whew! Check out the complete list to see what's in store this Spring.

Also, there's still time to take part in GRID magazine's 16-page spread set for next month, dedicated to Go West Craft Fest and its participants. The special insert will contain a map of where everything is, a complete listing of vendors, feature stories on selected participants, and a look at what's going on at the Woodlands. It's not too late to add your message to this special one-time edition of GRID, Philly's sustainability guide. Click here to learn more.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Spring is coming -- Be an Early Bird!

Spring is coming. Really, truly it is. Even if we get more snow (of all things) this weekend, spring is inevitable. I am SO ready, how about you?

This photo of bird tracks in the snow was taken this week at The Woodlands. Perhaps a robin made them.

In just a few more weeks, things like this will be happening in the same spot.

I don't see any snow at all in that picture. Those are actual Philadelphian children, without a single parka, muffler or mitten, frolicking in a verdant green field, with pink cherry blossoms under their feet. Bare feet! That looks like fun. They are having fun at Go West Craft Fest 2012! It's Spring!

Go West will be happening there again on May 3. The grass will be green, children will be frolicking, craft vendors will be vending crafts, food vendors will be selling delicious food and ICE CREAM! That you will want to eat while spending time outdoors! And acrobats! And live music! And it will be spring. I promise.

We hope that lots of people come out to West Philly for these springtime festivities. We are getting some great help spreading the word about it. In fact, the wonderful GRID Magazine is doing a huge feature about the Fest in their May issue. It's a 16-page insert, a complete guide to the Fest, with listings of all the vendors and performers, some highlighted Fest participants, and other projects at the Woodlands. We are immensely grateful for this opportunity to share Go West Craft Fest with GRID's 25,000 readers all over the region, who are passionate about supporting small, local businesses and independent makers.

If you have a local business or organization, please consider placing an ad in GRID's guide to Go West Craft Fest. If you know one who'd be perfect for it, please let them know. Early birds get a special rate until March 14. Here are all the details.

We can't wait for it to be Spring, but were getting ready! Stay tuned for the complete list of vendors, over 120 this time...

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Applications are now closed for GWCF on May 3rd. 

Thank you to all the amazing vendors who have applied! We are very honored and humbled by how what started as a handful of vendors in the triangle in front of The Satellite Cafe has grown into such a large, engaging West Philly event. This is the largest number of applications that we have received so far and now have some very hard work and choices ahead of us. One thing is for sure, handmade is alive and well in the Philadelphia area!

Friday, January 24, 2014

APPLY NOW for May 3's Go West Craft Fest, and a Special Partnership with GRID

The wait is over... Vendors may apply now to participate in this Spring's Go West Craft Fest, Saturday, May 3 (rain date May 4) returning for the 5th time to the wonderful Woodlands, 40th & Woodland in West Philly. The event features local crafts of all descriptions, like jewelry, accessories, ceramics, prints, clothing, stationery, soaps and more. There's also live music (confirmed so far are the Spinning Leaves and children's musician Jay Sand), food by local eateries (including Baltimore Avenue's Taco Angeleno), and aerial/acrobatic performances by Tangle's Tinycircus. The festival is open to the public and free to attend.

The last day to apply is February 19, which seems so early for a May show, but here's why...

... we are happy to announce a special partnership with GRID magazine, which focuses on sustainability issues and initiatives in and around Philadelphia. GRID is including a special 16-page Go West insert in their May issue (released on April 17) all about the festival, its participants, and the Woodlands. We need to get our planning done far ahead of time for their publication deadlines, which is why we are doing this so early in the year.

With a circulation of 25,000 throughout the region as well as the online edition, this is an amazing opportunity to get the word out about this event and bring new traffic to our neighborhood. It is also a great advertising opportunity for local businesses and organizations. We hope you will support this worthy publication. Please click here for more information about advertising.

This event wouldn't be what is is without the huge swell of community support we have come to know. If you've ever been a vendor or performer at one of our Fests, or if you've come out to shop or just take in the scene, Thank you! We hope to see you again in May.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Save the Date - Spring Craft Fest!

Thanks to everyone who came out our holiday Fest. It was a terrific turnout on a chilly day. We're planning ahead to Spring and have our dates finalized at The Woodlands for Saturday, May 3rd.
Tinycircus will be back performing aerialist feats, along with other local favorites!

We'll be putting the vendor application up at the end of January, so check back then to apply.

Look forward to seeing you on May 3rd!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

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. 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!

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 from Weckerleys Ice Cream and Black Orchid Foods serving up veggie snacks, lunch and handmade organic extracts 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.