Ambler’s first Restaurant Week is getting a lot of press! Check out a few of the articles below, please share if you’ve come across others.
It’s hard to believe that July 4th is right around the corner; many say it marks the beginning of the end of summer, but I refuse to buy into that. There is still plenty of summer left and what better way to enjoy it than to take in a fabulous pyrotechnic display! Celebrate Independence Day at these Montco spots where you can bring a blanket and enjoy an evening of fireworks…
July 1 (rain date July 2), dusk
Wissahickon High School, 521 Houston Road, Ambler 19002
July 4, dusk
Abington Senior High School, 900 Highland Ave, Abington 19001
July 3, dusk
Sutcliffe Park, West 9th & Freedley Street, Conshohocken 19428
July 4, dusk
Eagleville Park at the Lower Provodence Township Complex, 100 Parklane Drive, Eagleville 19403
July 4, 9:30pm
Narberth Park, Chet Tyson Pavillion, 80 Windsor Ave, Narberth 19072
July 4, dusk
Memorial Park, 701 Farmington Ave, Pottstown 19464
July 4, dusk
Palmer Park, Between Heckler Rd & Creamery Rd, Skippack 19474
July 4 (rain date July 5), dusk
Heuser Park, W Beidler Rd & Geerdes Blvd, King of Prussia 19406
Thanks to Ambler friend and artist, Martin Slamon, for creating this awesome flyer! Check him out at http://digidigidigi.com/.
Registration for the Ambler Art Stroll is still open! Join us Saturday, July 16, 11-5pm in downtown Ambler for our first ever Art Stroll. Register here.
That seems to be the theme of next week’s event line up in Ambler. I’m not so sure that a Michael Jackson tune is all that appropriate for the soundtrack, but I’m always up for some MJ, who’s with me? Perhaps one of the bands playing in town can put an Irish spin on it. 😉
There will be a flurry of activity in town next week, and I don’t mean the kind that comes from the sky (although I do have fond memories of walking to Shanachie in snow up to our knees for their Irish breakfast a few years ago)! The fun kicks off at The Shanachie on St Patrick’s Day; Gerry and his crew will follow in their usual tradition opening at 9:00am to serve a traditional Irish breakfast and tickle our ears with great live music. [Please pardon the photo, imagine that there is a Guinness on the table.]
The music at Shanachie waits for no one on this festive day, live Irish music will rock the house from open to close. Will they be serving green beer? I don’t know but they will be serving good food, good drinks and as always great company so come join the fun!
I’m not yet aware of any Friday events, which is probably a good thing as some of you may need to recover from St Patty’s. Just don’t take too long to recover because Ambler Main Street has a great day of family fun planned for Saturday March 19th at The Ambler Spring Fling. The Fling is an all day event,11am – 4pm, that was borne of the desire for Spring and the opportunity to enjoy our charming downtown together as a community. The best way to start the day is to show up at Jo Jo’s Java Joint at 11:00 to pick up your game board and instructions for the scavenger hunt! Merchants town wide will be participating in the hunt and will be handing out stamps as the “hunters” make their way through town. The hunt will culminate at Cone Heads where game boards will be collected and a grand prize winner will be announced. There will be plenty of activities going on downtown throughout the day; face painting, live music, chair massages, kid’s games and raffles. Participating businesses and restaurants will also be offering specials during the event. It is sure to be a fun day so come out and be a part of the community!
If that isn’t enough, Act II Playhouse has an awesome evening planned for Sunday, March 20th! Dublin Comes to Ambler is a special event featuring Irish music, poetry, food and general mayhem (or so they say). Barleyjuice, a Pan-Celtic rock band from Philly, is headlining the evening; there will also be admired local Irish actors who will be doing poetry reading and storytelling. If this isn’t cool enough, Act II is offering this unique evening to the community for FREE! They are gladly accepting donations at the door which will help support the anticipated The Pride of Parnell Street (opening March 22nd). Be there no later than 6:30pm to take part in this special night.
Hope to see you in Ambler!
The scene at the Mercedes Benz showroom in Fort Washington this past Sunday was not what one would typically expect to find upon entering a car dealership. There were no cars, instead yoga mats to serve as transport for the day’s journey; not employees in suits, but instructors in tutus and costume jewelry; not customers, but barefoot men, women and children who all came together to raise funds and awareness for Living Beyond Breast Cancer.
This Inaugural Barefoot Ball was the kickoff event for Team Twisters in their effort to raise $20,000 for Living Beyond Breast Cancer. The event was a wonderful success, raising $6500! $2500 was donated by Mike Sloane, owner of Mercedes Benz Fort Washington and the remainder was donated by the 109 attendees!
It was truly an amazing sight to behold, dozens of caring individuals moving together in unison on sea of multi colored mats. Twisters’ staff of instructors was on hand for the event; four instructors lead the hour long class in tandem while the rest worked the room to offer adjustment and support when needed. The class culminated in a spectacular operatic performance by Natalie Levin, also an instructor at Twisters, dressed to the nines in a ball gown and full stage makeup, barefoot, of course. She performed a beautiful piece by Richard Strauss during shavasna, followed by an incredibly moving Orfeo and then spiced things up at the end with a piece from Carmen.
As mentioned earlier, this was a kickoff event; Team Twisters is still working hard to reach their goal of raising $20,000 by May 15th. May 15th marks the date of one of the world’s largest outdoor yoga classes, Yoga on the Steps, where hundreds of people will gather together on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum to raise funds for LBBC’s education and support programs. Team Twisters has several fun and exciting team building events lined up as they work their way towards Yoga on the Steps. Here’s a little sneak peek into the upcoming events:
- A bus painting party! The plan is to pimp Twisters ride (aka- a school bus that will take the team to Yoga on the Steps) and by pimp I mean paint the entire bus pink!
- Team Twisters Evening in Ambler, a benefit event at an Ambler restaurant featuring raffles and prizes.
- An outdoor yoga class.
- A wine tasting.
Some additional exciting news is that Team Twisters is still recruiting! You are encouraged to get involved , there are several different ways you can help: by joining the team and being a part of Yoga on the Steps, aiding in fundraising, getting involved on a deeper level by helping to plan future events, or by simply donating online. Hope to see you at Yoga on the Steps!
Valentine’s Day is now just one week away, have you made your plans yet?
We have several great restaurants in town, but the most romantic by far (in my opinion) is Trax Restaurant & Cafe. It is a cozy spot so you and your date are sure to be close in this charming restaurant set aglow by candlelight. As usual Chef Steve Waxman and his crew have quite menu planned for the evening, a 4 course prix fix which sounds absolutely heavenly. The star the evenings varied entrée selection is a Chateaubriand for two, due to the complexity of this dish you must order ahead of time when placing your reservation. If you are not able to spend Valentine’s Day with your special someone, Trax is also offering this special menu the Thursday, Friday and Saturday prior. Be sure to call for reservations before it’s too late!
If you miss the boat on getting a reservation at Trax you may want to try Dettera, they are also offering a 4 course prix fix menu. This menu is only available on Valentine’s Day although Dettera will feature Valentine’s inspired specials the preceding Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
It may seem obvious, but it’s true, women like to get flowers. I think it’s safe to assume that many men would be thrilled to receive flowers as well, perhaps they’d be a bit surprised too. Ambler Flower Shop will be working overtime to make sure your flowers are delivered on time and looking good! Don’t be concerned if you don’t know what to get, they are there to help. You can even go online to view different arrangements, this is my favorite (hint, hint).
I hope you are able to spend some time with the one you love and have a wonderful Valentine’s Day!
Sunday, February 13th is a wonderful opportunity for you to give of yourself and give to yourself all at the same time at the Inaugural Twisters Barefoot Ball. By attending you will be giving of yourself by supporting Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) and by nature of participating giving to yourself in the practice of yoga.
The Barefoot Ball is the official launch event for Team Twisters as they raise funds and awareness for LBBC which is a nonprofit organization that provides breast cancer education, outreach and support services to women and families affected by breast cancer. It will be an inspirational day including a group yoga class, an operatic performance by Twisters instructor Natalie Levin following shavasana, light snacks and a giveaway. Twisters staff will be on hand to take part in the day and help with instruction as needed. This event is for everyone of all skill levels, even those who have never practiced yoga before. The suggested donation is $25; the money raised at the Ball will be the foundation for Team Twisters ultimate goal of raising $20,000 for LBBC by Sunday, May 15th at Yoga on the Steps.
Yoga on the Steps is LBBC’s big event, held annually, to help raise money and awareness for the cause. Entering its ninth year, 1,000+ men, women and children will gather on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum to honor and support the nearly 200,000 women who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. This event brings together survivors of breast cancer, family and friends who have had loved ones diagnosed and caring individuals who want to do what they can to help. The basic all level, all ages, yoga class is held on the Art Museum steps set against the beautiful Philadelphia skyline. Jennifer Schelter, founder of Yoga Schelter in East Falls, will be instructing and Yvette Pecoraro, along with her group, will be providing live music during the class. A Healthy Living Expo will be held throughout the day as well.
Last year Team Twisters raised $10,000 for the Yoga on the Steps event, let’s take part and help them reach their goal of doubling that this year! There are many ways you can get involved:
- Attend the Barefoot Ball on Feb 13!
- Become a part of Team Twisters and join them for Yoga on the Steps in May!
- Donate to the cause!
- Spread the word!
The Barefoot Ball is Sunday, February 13, 1-2:30 (doors open at noon, yoga class begins promptly at 1pm) at Mercedes-Benz of Fort Washington. They have generously donated their showroom floor and will be clearing it for us to spread out our mats. You must register by Feb 6th and I would do it soon as space is limited and filling up quickly. Hope to see you there!
If you are familiar with Sweet Bytes Internet Cafe then you may be wondering what this Grand Re-Opening is all about. Yes, Sweet Bytes has been consistently pumping out delicious home cooked, comfort cuisine for several years now, but recently owners, Donna Mitchell and Lorraine Cuffey, have decided to take a new path. Their new venture, which officially kicks off February 1st, is Sweet Bytes Internet Cafe & Bakery. Yes, you heard me right, BAKERY! This is very exciting news as Ambler has been without a bakery for going on twenty years now. Locals undoubtedly remember Geotner’s Bakery on Butler Avenue, it was a sad day when they closed their doors. I’ve heard it said that a bakery is the heart of a small town, so it looks like we’re getting our heart back!
The initial focus will be on French and Italian pastries, cinnamon buns, cobblers, pies and Sweet Bytes’ signature cookies and cupcakes, all of which will be baked on premises. After measuring the response they will most likely add bagels, donuts and the like to the existing selection. During this transition Sweet Bytes will phase out dinner service and change their hours accordingly, they will still serve breakfast and lunch. For those of you who are in a panic right now, rest assured, Lorraine will still have her famous mac & cheese available. Sweet Bytes will be open Tuesday – Friday, 7am – 3pm, and serve an abridged hot breakfast, full lunch and a full line of baked goods. Saturday and Sunday they will serve their full breakfast menu, an abridged lunch and of course, all baked goods as well, 10am – 2pm.
As I mentioned, the new bakery officially opens February 1st, but do not miss the Grand Re-Opening on Saturday January 22, 9am – 2pm. This is your chance to taste the new baked treats for FREE! If you can’t make it to the grand re-opening be sure to stop in to Sweet Bytes soon; it is a quaint cafe with feel good food where you instantly feel right at home, Donna and Lorraine make sure of that!
28 N Main Street, Ambler
What are your plans to ring in the new year on Friday? Sure there are tons of parties in the city, and fireworks, but who wants to drive into the city on a night such as this and overpay by two to three times what you would spend any other night of the year? Not me, that’s for sure!
It’s a great time to take advantage of our own hometown and celebrate New Year’s Eve in Ambler. Ok, we can’t compete with the fireworks, but some of the local restaurants are giving city hot spots a run for their money! Here’s the lowdown on what Ambler has to offer this year.
Dettera Restaurant and Wine Bar is offering a New Year’s Eve 4 Course Prix Fixe Menu featuring chef Jeffery Power’s specialties and holiday creations. The cost is $50/person, plus an additional $15 wine flight pairing from 5:00 – 6:00pm, from 6:00 – 10:00 the cost of dinner is $60 and the accompanying wine flight is $20 (tax and gratuity are not included). After dinner there will be a DJ, dancing and a complimentary midnight champagne toast.
Trax Restaurant & Cafe is also featuring a 4 Course Prix Fixe Menu with an impressive assortment of delicious selections. If you have not been (shame on you!) Trax is a BYOB so you have the added benefit of not only drinking a wine of your choosing, but saving the hefty markup. The first seating is 4:30 – 6:30 pm at a cost of $50/person, followed by the second and final seating of the evening for $60/person.
Shanachie Irish Pub & Restaurant will be kicking off the new year with a special menu, music by The McKendry Brothers, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight. For those of you that want to avoid the crowds they are serving an early bird dinner at 4:00 pm.
Bridget’s Steakhouse is going low profile this year, which is a refreshing change for many. They will have a special menu featuring goodies that aren’t typically found on their standard menu, the usual good tunage and will be ringing in the new year old school by watching the ball drop and celebrating with a complimentary midnight champagne toast.
Happy New Year!