Indicative of this time of year there is always a lot going on, and Ambler is no exception! Grab the family and some friends and head into town for some fun this week…
- Tuesday 12/14– Carolers will be at The Ambler Theater this evening welcoming theater goers.
- Wednesday 12/15– Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long at The Ambler Theater. Enjoy the beautiful sounds of The Ambler Symphony and have fun singing along, beginning at 6:00pm. Immediately following (@ 8:00pm) there will be a special screening of the original 1951 A Christmas Carol.
- Thursday 12/16– Be at the Ambler train station to greet Santa who will be arriving at 7:00pm. Stroll with Santa down Butler Avenue to Borough Hall and take part in the tree lighting.
- Tuesday 12/21– The highly anticipated winner of the holiday window display contest will be announced, 7:00pm at Borough Hall. See previous posts to view some of the contestants.
Have fun, stay warm and see you in Ambler!
Saturday is so jam-packed with fun events, I don’t even know where to begin! Let’s start with an early wake up call so you can be at The Ambler Theater by 9:00 am to enjoy fun-filled family activities. Saturday marks The Theater’s 2nd annual toy drive and fundraising event, Family Day at the Movies- A Celebration of Giving! There will be food, raffles, face painting, an appearance by The Eagles mascot Swoop and other special guests and YOUR CHOICE of one of two great family films, Monsters, Inc or Elf! The movies begin at 10:00 am so be sure to get there early to take part in the excitement. Better yet, admission is free with your donation of a new, unwrapped toy (valued at $10 or more, minimum 1 toy per family). All toys and proceeds donated will benefit The Arc of Philadelphia and Kisses for Kyle.
Don’t leave town yet, The Holiday Parade follows, beginning at 1:00 pm. Butler Avenue will be “afloat” with locals taking over in hopes of winning the coveted 1st place prize for best float. Juan Varlito from B102 will be announcing. In the event of rain the parade will held Sunday, December 5 at 1:00 pm.
While you’re in town be sure to visit Ambler’s shops and eateries! Today is the deadline for area business owners to finalize their storefront windows for the Holiday Display Contest, so take a stroll and check out their hard work. The contest winner will be announced Tuesday December 21st, in the mean time tell me who you think should win!
As always, see you in Ambler!
With Thanksgiving just hours away many are spending this evening preparing food, picking up last minute items or traveling to be with those near and dear. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday; a relaxing day filled with comforting food and family, and oddly enough followed by a day that I consider to be one of the most harried and stressful. I should rephrase that, I imagine to be one of the most harried and stressful. I’ve heard the stories of Black Friday, the deals, the steals, the crazed people, the ridiculously long lines, people sleeping outside of the mall… thankfully I have never felt the need to subject myself to such torment. I mean, can it be worth my sanity, I think not.
Believe it or not I do plan to venture out this year on such a dark day (pun intended). I do not plead temporary insanity, I plead for the local small business owner. Ambler has a myriad of wonderful shops and restaurants and many of them are offering “Black Friday” deals, not only Friday, but into the weekend as well. Here’s my top ten that you don’t want to miss:
Twisters Yoga– All retail (except yoga mats) is 10-40% off. Friday, Saturday & Sunday. My personal aside, Twisters rocks! They are actually providing (very limited) spinning and yoga classes on Thanksgiving for their seriously committed members (reservation only), talk about good business!
Chamaeleon Boutique– Receive coupon with every purchase awarding up to 50% off one item, Friday only. Hot chocolate w/ marshmallows will be served all day. On Saturday 20% off all handbags and Lindsay Phillips.
Laney’s Kids Boutique– 30-70% off all clothes and accessories Friday & Saturday.
After shopping in Ambler take your receipt from any Ambler business and receive 10% off your tab at Deli Delight & Cone Heads (they’ve got a lot more than ice cream)!
If you are looking for some good eats (that aren’t leftovers) and a good time be sure to check out:
- Sweet Bytes Cafe on Friday night for dinner and live entertainment.
- Shanachie Irish Pub for live music Friday & Saturday night starting at 9:00 pm.
- ?Bridget’s has drink specials all day Friday and live music beginning at 8:30 pm.
Happy Thanksgiving, see you in Ambler this weekend!
Almost everyday, and sometimes several times a day, I drive down Race Street and pass our humble library. It has looked so tired and sad the past few months, the only flash of color in the landscape was the yellow caution tape barring its front stairs. Unfortunately the library fell victim to one of the many snow storms this past winter, damage was done to the roof and extensive repairs were needed.
After closing its doors over six months ago the Ambler Library is close to being back in business. The library officially opens Monday, September 13 but they have planned a special grand re-opening celebration this coming Sunday, September 12 from 1 – 4 PM. There will be entertainment and refreshments so be sure to bring the kids! Miss Michelle aka the singing librarian will be there, there will be a magic show, a caricaturist will be sketching and a classical music performance will conclude the day. Area families and friends are encouraged to show up to enjoy the festivities and welcome back a good old friend.
The month of September also holds another exciting library associated surprise; many local vendors have graciously agreed to give discounts and deals for patrons who present their library card! This is only for the month of September, so be sure to take advantage of it. You can access the list of participating businesses here.
If you would like to make a donation to help The Ambler Library continue to provide education and enjoyment to our local residents you can find information here.
Be sure to check out the new autumn series at Ambler Theater, Jazz on Film, starting Wednesday November 4th. This great new series will explore the unique influence that Jazz has had in the movies. Expect to have your senses delighted by the likes of Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, and Duke Ellington.
The series kicks off November 4th at 7:30 pm with a film forum hosted by Dr. Ed Flanagan, Associate Professor of Jazz Studies at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music and Dance. Dr Flanagan’s talk will include video and audio clips showcasing important intersections of jazz and cinema. This forum will set the stage for the series and is a must for any music lover.
Anatomy of a Murder (1959) is the first of three dramatic films to enjoy. Jimmy Stewart is a small town Michigan lawyer who defends a soldier charged with murdering a man who allegedly raped his wife. This film’s score is by Duke Ellington (who also has a cameo) and also features Ben Gazzara, George C. Scott, and Lee Remick. Jimmy Stewart, Duke Ellington, need I say more? Catch this oldie but goodie November 11, 7:30 pm.
Next in line is Bird (1988). Forest Whitaker stars as Charlie “Bird” Parker, one of the all time jazz greats. This film is directed by Clint Eastwood who’s love of jazz comes through loud and clear in this portrayal of Parker’s brilliant, but tragic life. Parker’s actual recordings are digitally cleaned and recombined with contemporary sidemen on this unique soundtrack. You don’t want to miss this wonderful performance, November 18th, 7:30 pm.
Last in the series is Elevator to the Gallows (1958). An amazing improvisational score by the one and only, Miles Davis, is the backdrop for this French director’s debut on the big screen. This film is wonderfully alive as it mixes film noir with new wave sensibility. When a woman and her new lover conspire to murder her husband, their destinies are put in motion. This classic film features beautiful black and white cinematography and is subtitled. Be transported by this film November 25th, 7:30 pm.