Valentine’s Dance This Sunday, Feb. 12!

Design by Lorraine Dunn


A message from our guest blogger Diana…

Valentine’s Day weekend is the celebration of love for some, and the cause of lament for others.  I’m not talking about that special sense of loathing shoppers and singletons suddenly find for chocolate, chalky hearts and all things pink.  It’s a time of year that we remember that even though love and commitment know no gender, not all couples are allowed to marry.

As we come closer to the day where all couples may wed, at Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) we celebrate all couples’ right to wed on February 12, National Freedom to Marry Day.  MAAG’s Valentine’s Day Dance Party begins at 4 pm and ends at 8.  $10 at the door and the musical stylings of DJ Lucky 7 will keep you dancing all night long.  Come for the dancing, stay for the fun.  All proceeds go to MAAG’s building fund.  Say “I do” to MAAG’s Valentine’s Dance Party!

And come delight in the fabulous Valentine’s cake created for us by Little Jimmie’s Bakery where the baked goods make us swoon.

Help Develop the Theme for the Germantown Mural…Join Us Jan. 14 at the Artmaking Workshop

Photo by Steve Weinik

If you’ve been reading our blog, then you’re aware the MuralArts Program has begun the process for the Germantown mural at 310 W. Chelten Ave. We invite you to share your vision for this mural—whether you create a drawing, bring a photo, share some historical information, bring a sample of your artwork, or bring something special to share with MuralArts. What does Germantown mean to you? For me, I have a vision of the Germantown High School Stained Glass Project students being represented on the wall—their work, their photos, their victories. And I have a funny feeling they just may be there.

Our next community artmaking workshop will be this Saturday, Jan. 14, at 5534 Pulaski, from 10am – 2pm. No you don’t have to stay for four hours. Stop by, make your contribution, hang with your neighbors and artists. Please come, bring your families, your neighbors. For those of you who are teachers, bring your students. All ages—the only requirement is spirit and enthusiasm, no artistic experience required! Just art materials, tables to draw and create, and high energy.

Spread the word; don’t miss this opportunity to create something so very special.

Celebrate National Freedom to Marry Day At Our Valentine’s Dance!

Design by Lorraine Dunn

Sunday, Feb. 12 , 4-8 pm
11 West Mt. Airy Ave. (19119)
$10 at the door


And we’re inviting YOU! MAAG is celebrating community and diversity in the Northwest with an LGBTQ (and allies) dance party that’s open to everyone. So, the buzz has begun, and we’re answering the most important things you need to know:


1. DJ Lucky 7 will keep you dancing. She just finished spinning at the Trestle and you just
might know her. Rumor has it we may have some other guest DJs.
2. Fashion statements—YO! informal or whatever mood suits you.
3. Hours—it’s a tea dance. 4-8 pm so you have no excuse.
4. Parking—Sunday on Germantown Ave. is free parking. Or park at the lot adjoining Fitlife. Or
park in the lot at Valley Green Bank. We’ll have folks at the door to help direct you.


Come celebrate with us. Dance your hearts away, buy 50/50 raffles, support the kissing booth,
and celebrate marriage equality for all.



Countdown to the Holidays at the Mt. Airy Art Garage

Doris Grey

We’re getting ready for the Holidays in a BIG kind of way! And that means welcoming you with open arms to come in out of the cold and celebrate with us. During the first three Saturdays and Sundays in December starting Dec. 3 and ending Dec. 18, from 10am to 5pm at 11 W. Mt. Airy Avenue, Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG) will open its doors and offer you a diverse selection of fine art and handcrafts created by artists from Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill.

Our Holiday Art Market Extravaganza is busting loose! Over 30 local Northwest visual artists and handcrafters have created a variety of unique, one-of-a kind gifts. Here’s just a small sampling of what you’ll find—fine art, handmade leather goods, photography, crocheted and original children’s clothing, clay tile and pottery, jewelry, stained glass art, woodworking, sculpture, you name it.  And our gallery will be stocked to the brim with work from our Mt. Airy Art Garage artists, 110 members and growing. Since we’ll be rotating artwork in the gallery, and different artists will join us each weekend, you’ll have new treasures to choose from every weekend.

Did we mention food and music? Yes, all local musicians from the Northwest. You just might even find your neighbor or plumber playing. Dance the afternoons away with Saint Mad, Not My Dogg, Chana Rothman, Art Miron, Tim Laborie, Richard Redding, David Cantor, and all the friends they bring to play with them! Music and art—you can’t find a better combo. Admission is free and open to the entire family. What a way to spend the holidays!

So, stop by 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue to browse the unique display of original artwork and enjoy the holiday festivities. We’ve decorated just for you! After all, supporting local artists (in the community you already love) surely beats going to the mall.

For more information, call 215.242.5074 or visit

Arleen Olshan

Kevin Bennett




Countdown To The Hard Hat Ball!


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We’re in high gear getting ready for this Saturday, Sept. 17 at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave. So let’s cut to the chase and give you a flavor of what you can expect this Saturday:


  • Doors open at 6:30 for the pre-gala reception. $40 includes the concert, some lovely libations (breweries and vineyards have been busy), and desserts (a special surprise from Maureen Gregory Catering!)
  • Concert starts at 7:30 pm. Adults $25, kids under 12 $5.
  • Sharon Katz has told me they are having some very special, well-known guest musicians. I’m sworn to secrecy. You’ll just have to find out for yourself.
  • Parking—our friends at Valley Green Bank gave the green light for you to park in their lot at 7226 Germantown Ave.
  • Area restaurants are offering a 15% discount if you go there before or after the concert—places like Wine Thief Bistro (food only), Earth, Bread, and Brewery (food only), Mi Puebla, Trolley Car Diner, and more. The complete list is at Just mention our name and the Ball!

Artful hard hats by Ellen Benson, video and camera crews, photography by Alix Passage, members of  MAAG, and more! Best of all, come see how far we’ve come and share in the dream. After all, it’s YOUR community center for visual and performing artists.

Neither Rain Nor Snow…

Stopped the Mt. Airy Art Garage From It’s Grand Opening Over 225 people stopped into the Mt. Airy Art Garage, a community-based artist cooperative, on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 542 W. Carpenter Lane. Although snowy and damp, families and friends met to enjoy and purchase unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays— custom leatherwork, jewelers, mixed media and fiber artists, sculptors, photographers, painters, winter “art garb” and a host of other fine art and handcrafts. High Point Café, the Night Kitchen, Baker Street, and Weavers Way donated mouthwatering cakes, coffee, and treats to nourish the palate and warm everyone up. Live music fed the soul—Slippery Slope led a full-scale, foot-stomping, swaying “hootenanny,” Richard Dreuding warmed spirits with beautiful acoustic guitar, while the violin playing of Elizabeth Shaak and Hollis Payor put smiles on everyone.

What’s next? Come check us out this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 12 and 13 from 10 am – 6 pm at 542 West Carpenter Lane—more delicious food from our sponsors in the Northwest (Bredenbecks and Mi Puebla, for starters), music from Terri Rambo and others. And, best of all, each weekend will feature all new artists from the Northwest! Visit us, shop, and share in the Holiday spirit. Admission is free and open to the public. And mark your calendars for Dec. 19 and 20, same time, same place! Join in our Holiday vision—meet the artists, buy wonderful things, watch us blossom and grow. Come to the Art Market! Friend us on Facebook, or visit us at