Mark your calendars for the 2012, Ambler Arts Festival! Saturday, June 16, 11am – 7pm you are invited to spend the day in downtown Ambler taking in local, hand crafted art, great music, food and shopping. This fabulous event is not to be missed!
As we get closer to the festival the site will be updated with more information, including featured artists, musicians, and more! If you are an artist interested in exhibiting you’ll find everything you need here. We look forward to seeing you in June!
In case you’ve missed the buzz, there is a group of people working to bring a food co-op to Ambler. If you’re an Amblerite, I don’t need to tell you the impact that this would have on our community; if you’re not, let’s just say, it would be HUGE! Since the closing of the Acme 3 years ago, Ambler has been without a grocery store. There’s no disputing the fact that Acme was not the cream of the crop, but it was there, and there were so many in town who depended on it. Although it was an emergency kind of place for me, I was saddened to hear of it’s closing. Had it been replaced by another grocery store I would have been dancing in the street, but for a reason I still don’t understand, yet another pharmacy was needed.
As I’m sure you’ve heard, it seems as though we are getting a Bottom Dollar grocery store in town, which has been met with mixed reviews. Regardless of whether it comes or not, an Ambler Food Co-op would be invaluable. If you’re not familiar with the concept of a co-op, it’s a typically a non-profit, member owned and operated business. The members (those who shop there) pay a very small membership fee and commit to work for the co-op in some capacity, usually about 2 hours per month. This enables the overhead to remain as low as possible and provide high quality product at a lower price, being involved in the community is an added benefit.
The coalition behind the Ambler Co-op is having it’s first meeting, Wednesday, January 25, 7pm at the SAAC center, located at 45 Forest Avenue in Ambler. I strongly encourage you to attend; the more people at the meeting, the greater the chance that this will become a reality! Please pass this information along to those who may be interested, “like” the Ambler Food Co-op facebook page to receive updates and post/distribute the flyer (to the right) if you’re able. I hope there is a great turnout at the meeting, this is an incredible opportunity for our town!
If you’d like more information, email [email protected].
Our first Restaurant Week this past July was such a huge success that we’ve decided to do a winter edition! Mark your calendar for the third week in January; Monday, 1/16 through Sunday, 1 /22 (keep in mind some restaurants are not open 7 days a week, check website for details). Keep up with www.AmblerRestaurantWeek.com for updates as we get closer, including menus and possibly more restaurants!If you are on facebook, RSVP to the event here!
Thanks to Martin Slamon for creating our flyer, he rocks!!!
The title of this post was going to be “On the first day of Ambler’s Holiday Window Display Contest the Merchants Created To Be…” (hopefully you’ve read this in tempo to the tune of The Twelve Days of Christmas), but I thought that could quickly get out of hand as I would need to continue the theme in every post for the next few weeks. Clearly, I reconsidered, although I still like the idea…
True to form, I was out photographing the window displays on November 30. I will share all of the participants here and I expect to hear which one you like best, so don’t be shy!
Our first (and totally awesome) contestant is Deck’s Hardware:
Their theme is “Remembering Christmas in the 1950’s” According to facebook friend who seems to be in the know, Bud Henkels, all items in the window are form the 50’s, including post-war Lionel operating train layout. There are also a few pictures of Deck’s at Christmas from the 50’s, some of the items in the window today are also in the old photos!
Annual Holiday Parade, 1pm, parade route is from Lindenwold to Spring Garden. Come to town early and take the kids (big kids too) to the Amber Theater to see Elf at 11am. Also, many shops will be offering tasty treats like eggnog and hot chocolate as well as great specials and gift ideas!
One Stop Shopping Event, all day and evening throughout town. Shops will be offering incredible deals and many will have snacks and refreshments, some even a little bubbly (champagne and chocolates at Sew Vintage)!
Santa By Train and Christmas Tree Lighting, 7pm, Ambler Train Station.
Holiday Sing-A-long with the Ambler Symphony, 6:30pm, Ambler Theater. The sing-a-long is following by a screening of Miracle on 34th Street, the original, of course.
Join the Ambler Choral Society for caroling, 2pm, meet in front of the Ambler Theater.
Winner of the Holiday Window Display Contest announced, 6pm, Borough Hall.
Ambler Luminary and visit from Santa! Santa will visit local streets and neighborhoods, not by reindeer and sleigh, but by our very own Wissahickon Fire Company, residents luminaries will lead the way!
True to form there is a lot going on this time of year, and Ambler is no exception to the rule! Due to an unbelievably early snowfall, our first ever Monster Mash was moved from Halloween weekend to this past Saturday, November 5. I got some great video of the dances which I hope to share with you, as soon as I solve the case of the missing file…. In the mean time you can see the photos here.
We still have plenty ahead of us in the month of November, so mark your calendars!
Now- Nov 18
Several Ambler businesses are collecting non-perishable food items for the Mattie Dixon Community Cupboard in time for Thanksgiving . They are particularly in need of stuffing, instant potatoes, biscuit mix and the following canned items: corn, green beans, yams, peas, turkey gravy, cream of mushroom soup, cranberry sauce, and french fried onions. Please drop food off at any of the following businesses:
Pure Spa– Offering a 10% discount off of a gift card purchase or any regular priced service with a donation by Nov 18!
Head down to Bar 31 for “Gamers Give Back” a Beef & Beer benefiting Child’s Play Charity. Child’s Play is an organization that helps supply hospitals and therapy facilities with age appropriate videos, books, and games to give kids a positive outlet during what is usually a very trying time. The B&B is $20 for all you can eat and drink from 2-5pm, there will also be raffles, a 50/50 drawing and a WII tournament. All proceeds benefit Child’s Play Charity at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
Nov 19- Dec 10
Dress For Success! In These Shoes will be collecting gently used, interview appropriate shoes to help women in need get properly suited up in style for job interviews. In These Shoes took part in this important event last year, let’s help make it a tradition and as successful this year as it was last!
Small Business Saturday! After you do the “Black Friday” thing at the mall (if you dare), come spend Saturday in Ambler and support our local businesses! Ambler has been hand selected as a featured Small Town for American Express’ Small Business Saturday event (apparently one of the higher ups grew up in Ambler and thought it would be a great fit). Their slogan is “If millions of Americans shop small, it will be huge” which is so true, I hope it happens. There will be tons of specials and great deals at many of the stores in town, stay tuned here for an updated list. And if shopping locally isn’t gratifying enough, AMEX is giving a $25 statement credit to card members who register their card and use it at a locally owned, independent small business (of course there’s fine print).
Sure, kids may not love to shop (or you may feel the same about having them with you while you shop) but Ambler’s got that covered! You can drop off the kids at Mermaid Art Studio or Ambler Flower Shop to do crafts while you shop (pre-registration required). Make sure you pick them up by 2:00 and head down to Trax, Santa will be in the parking lot for an hour and Trax will be passing out their signature hot chocolate.
Last, but not least, November 30th marks the start of the Holiday Window Display Contest. If you don’t recall my mission last year (to post a photo each day from each window), you may not know how much I love this contest; it’s so nice to see everyone’s efforts to make our town sparkle! Be sure to spend some time in town enjoying the decorated windows, and keep in mind, I am going to want to know who your favorite is! In keeping with tradition, I will post a photo from each window leading up to selection of the winner on December 20th.
Sure, pun intended, but this is no laughing matter. Ambler’s newest restaurant, Rosey’s BBQ, is stepping up to help its neighbors in the wake of recent flooding. As I’m sure you know, Ambler was hit extremely hard in recent weeks, first by Hurricane Irene and then much more so by Tropical Storm Lee. The water damage struck residents and businesses alike, and in most cases neither had flood insurance. The community immediately came together to help, Ron Curtis of Final Touch Hair Salon lead the charge and collected clothes, food and monetary donations, he even delivered pizzas to those who lost almost everything.
Chad Rosenthal, owner of Rosey’s BBQ, says he “feels compelled to do something to help his neighbors, many of whom have become customers since the grand opening in July.” In an effort to do just that Chad has created a wonderful fundraising opportunity with “BBQ For The Borough.” Chad has pledged to donate 10% of all his Ambler restaurant’s sales between October 1 and 15 to help the Ambler Borough recover from flood damage caused by the storms. Better yet, on October 1st (Ambler’s 20th annual Oktoberfest) Rosey’s will double the donation!
“Whether you enjoy our sweet, smoky ribs, BBQ chicken, pulled pork, beef brisket, smoked turkey or Southern style side dishes, you’ll contribute to helping Ambler recover from this unfortunate natural disaster,” said Rosenthal.
It’s that time of year again! Join us on Saturday, October 1st for Ambler’s one and only Oktoberfest, always a good time!
Saturday is going to be a beautiful day for Ambler’s first Art Stroll! Here is a list of participating artists and their location in town for the stroll. The Stroll is from 11-5pm and most restaurants have extended their restaurant week specials through Saturday night, hope to see you there!
Michael Heffernan- Handcraft furniture, cutting boards
Finn McCool’s parking lot
Tim Weiser- Pen and ink, watercolor and acrylic
Rose Manteghian- Jewelry, small sculpture, greeting cards and more
Michael Moore- Oil paintings, watercolor, charcoal and graphite drawings
Pamela Martin- Fine Art Photography
Monique Kendikian-Sarkessian- Paintings
Ara Zeibarian- Abstract Geometry Painting
Thom Iannacci- Jewelry
Laney’s Kids Boutique
Anthony Casasanto- Oil and pastel paintings
Vanessa Sychak- Oil painting and Ink on cloth
Paul Mitchell School
Melissa Nucera- Fine Art prints and jewelry
Karen Frank- Acrylic paintings on canvas and mixed media
Lina Y Minicucci- Oil paintings
Elizabeth Rozsa- Photography
Lynnette Shelley- Fine Art, originals and prints
Marnita Kidd-Love- Acrylic paintings
Ambler Flower Shop
Elizabeth Snowdon- Watercolor
Tina Antonucci- Acrylic, pencil
Free Shop & Salon Envy
Judith Greenleaf Finore- Oils, acrylics and watercolor
Kathleen Sheehan- Oil paintings, wood cuts, mixed media
Mike Muir- Large canvas oil paintings
Carolyn Powers- Embroidered tapestries
Tonya Bhagwat- Mixed media
No Bare Walls Framing
Judy Miller- Photography
Ambler Theater or Ambler Flower Shop
Information is subject to change.
Grab your pooch and join the Dog Days Parade, Saturday, August 6 at 10:00am. The parade kicks off at Ambler Savings Bank and heads through town down Butler Avenue and ends on North Main Street where there will be judging and awards! Register below and have a blast 🙂