Philadelphia Through The Lens

Exhibition Runs Wed., Jan. 14 through Friday, Feb. 20. Opening Reception Friday, Jan. 16 @ 6 pm

Picture the collision of people, landscapes, and architecture that give Philadelphia

its unique essence—the hustle and bustle, the tranquility, community, isolation.

Capture the heartbeat of Philadelphia through the photographer’s eye.

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Abandoned Mt. Pleasant Garage on Lincoln Drive by Sheppard Williams

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Chinese New Year 2 by Dan Ravasio

    The Mt. Airy Art Garage presents various local photographers who share their vision of Philadelphia including realistic imagery, abstraction, black & white, color, 35mm, digital and all options that the artists’ eye can imagine.

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Lost Language of Cranes by Robert Silverman

  Join us as we celebrate Philadelphia through the eyes of the following artists: Denise Allen, Poppy Rae Bass, Kevin Bennett, Nathalie Borozny, Bill Brookover, Frank Burd, William B. Hanson, Elfie Harris, James Hay, Judy Levy, Dan Ravasio, Robert Silverman, Patricia Cousins Smith, Nicki Toizer, Joe Vescovich, Andrew Walker, and Sheppard Williams.

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Tulips by Poppy Rae Bass

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Out by Nicki Toizer

 

The Swerve Returns & “Sap Is Rising” With Guest Host Susan Windle

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Sap Is Rising: with Poet Susan Windle
This month’s Swerve, will be hosted by Mt. Airy poet, performer, tree-hugger and people lover Susan Windle. Susan writes, “I love sharing poetry with people. I love to be with people who are sharing what has heart and meaning for us, so teaming up with my friends at the Mt. Airy Art Garage for this late winter gathering is a joy! I call this gathering “Sap is Rising” because the life that’s beginning in the trees is moving within us too, and when we come together in poetry and song, that life is strengthened and sweetened. So bring your tree poems, your February musings, your secret stirrings of spring, any writings that bring you closer to this particular moment in the turning of the year— your own words or the words of someone you admire—poetry or prose—whatever you’d like to share out loud.”

Just want to listen and take it all in? That’s fine too. Just come. As always, a soulful jazz backbeat will support and inspire our voices and please our ears, thanks to Tank Keitt and Charles Witherspoon on percussion, drums, and bass.

Just want to listen and take it all in? That’s fine too. Just come. Saturday, Feb. 7 @ 7 pm, 11 West Mt. Airy Ave. (19119). $5 admission. For more information call 215.242.5074.

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No flowers.
But each year in February
the sun
comes throbbing through
webs of bare branches,
touches my skin,
softens the path
where I walk
to the beat of dripping icicles
and the high flute
of the chickadee.
My womb aches—
opens.

I want your song
sung
through me.

— Susan Windle

Poet Susan Windle uses her craft to explore and share the wonders of everyday life, to strengthen community, and to challenge the forces of injustice within and without. Relishing the resonances between voices, she collaborates frequently with musicians, visual artists, spiritual leaders and activists. She writes poems for community choirs, for non-profit and progressive organizations, as well as for personal celebrations. Her most recent book, Through the Gates—A Practice for Counting the Omer, is a spiritual memoir and daily guide in letters and poems. Other books include Love Letters, Between the Doors, and Already Near You: Poetry in Concert, a compilation of poems performed with co-creator Ellen Ford Mason.

Open Call For Artists: Philadelphia Through The Lens

Deadline Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015

Open Call For Photographers“Philadelphia Through the Lens”

The Mt. Airy Art Garage is calling all photographers to share their vision of Philadelphia including realistic imagery, abstraction, black & white, color, 35mm, digital and all options that the artists’ eye can imagine. Picture the collision of people, landscapes, and architecture that give Philadelphia its unique essence—the hustle and bustle, the tranquility, community, isolation. Capture the heartbeat of this city through the photographers’ eye.

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“River Walk” by Michael Albany

MAAG has attracted numerous photographers, and this is our first opportunity to celebrate this art form. Both 2D & 3D are welcome. Maximum size 4′ x 4′, up to two submissions per application.

Participation includes a jurying fee of $10/per piece for MAAG members, $15/per piece for nonmembers. You may submit your fee via check (see application) or you may submit via PayPal below. All submissions are due Sunday, January 4, 2015. We will notify you of acceptance to the show by Wednesday, Jan. 7. Delivery will be January 10/11. The opening reception will be Friday, January 16.

You can download your application here. You may also download submission guidelines for the Mt Airy Art Garage here.

For more information contact us at info@mtairyartgarage.org or call 215.242.5074.

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Support Your Local Artists @ MAAGs 5th Annual Holiday Art Market

Dec. 6/7 and Dec. 20/21 from noon to 6 pm

ElizabethRosenbergWhat do you get when you have more than 40 local artists selling their unique original artwork, combined with live music, food, and holiday cheer for the entire family and free of charge?

JackieClifton2You get our 5th Annual Holiday Art Market Extravaganza at the Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG). You’re bound to be searching for that perfect gift for someone special (such as ceramics by Jackie Clifton on the right and painting by Elizabeth Rosenberg on the left)—and what better place to find it than at MAAG, a creative center for emerging and professional artists in Northwest Philadelphia. On Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 6/7 and Dec. 20/21, from noon – 6 PM, MAAG will be hosting this not to be missed weekend of art and celebration.

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(c) Lee Muslin

MAAG will open its doors and offer the community a diverse selection of fine art and handcrafts created by local Northwest artists ranging from emerging artists to those who have exhibited at the Smithsonian.

Participating artists include:

Kevin Bennett, Sheila and Debbie Brown, Peter Bruckner, Tina Bruckner, Jackie Clifton, Suzanne Clune, James Hay, Andrea Abrams Herbert, Tom Herbert, Shari Johnson, Sharon Kenny, Gail Lloyd, Lee Muslin, MAAG Quilt Club, Arleen Olshan, Roberto Rashid, Alfredo Ratinoff, Helene Richardson, Kathy Robinson, Liz Rosenberg, Edward Sargent, Patricia Cousins Smith, Sara Steele, Laurel Schwass-Drew, Nettie Scott, Nicki Toizer, and Alex Worcester.

Artists will fill (to the brim) our 5,000 square foot gallery with one-of-a-kind items, for both adults and children, made by woodworkers, sculptors, painters, leather crafters, jewelers, fiber artists and weavers, photographers, ceramic and glass artists, and more. Plus with free admission, food and drink, as well as live music from local favorites Art Miron, Sad Patrick and Bethlehem, Andy Trackman and Gaille Hunter, Sarah Napolitan, Gene and Michel Chieffo, Gerry Whelan, Music In The Moment Improv Ensemble, and other guests, there’s bound to be something to please every name on your list.

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Collage by Edward Sargent

So, stop in at 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue. Bring your family. All are welcome to browse the unique display of original artwork and enjoy the holiday festivities. 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 www.mtairyartgarage.org.

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Graphic tee’s and scarves by Laurel Schwass Drew

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hand-painted batik by Kathy Robinson

 

Nov. 1st is Edgar Allan Poe-try Night

Join Us For The Halloween Edition of

The Swerve…

Where Poetry and Jazz Intersect

November 1st Is Edgar Allan Poe-try Night!

 

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Bring your favorite Poe-m by Edgar Allan

(Or another favorite 19th Century author)

and/or

Bring something of your very own

Inspired by Poe or other author of the Victorian era.

As usual, backbeats inspired by Tank and Spoon.

 Come in costume…if you dare!

November 1st, 2014

Mt. Airy Art Garage

7 – 9 pm

A mere $5 at the door.

11 West Mt Airy Avenue

Philadelphia, PA (19119)

215.242.5074

Fall Classes @ MAAG! Treat Yourself!

New York Beauty Quilt Technique Class | Sarah Bond

2 Sessions — Saturdays, October 25 & November 22, 2014

2 pm — 6 pm

Class fee $65

bond157_010ProvenceBeautyThis is a workshop style class designed for advanced beginners and beyond. This is a great technique for creating those perfect points every time. We’ll start the class with a basic, simple New York Beauty block and we’ll walk you through the basics of paper piecing. We’ll continue on to variations including flying geese, multiple sets of points and triangles, and long points with narrow outlines. You can try all the variations or just stick with the ones you like. We’ll provide new pattern sets at each class. During the last class, we’ll experiment with placement of the blocks so you can see how the different sets and arrangements of the blocks can create the contemporary or traditional quilt that is perfect for you.

It is not necessary to have all your fabric for the first class. You can add in fabrics as you go as the colors and textures start to develop together in your quilt.

Download your enrollment form here.

Sign me up for the NY Beauty Quilt class!

$65.00 Add to cart

 

Drawing Workshop | Robert Finch

2 Sessions — Sunday, October 26 & Sunday, November 2

2 pm – 5 pm

Class Fee $60

drawing by Robert FinchWe will learn to draw using multiple mediums, i.e. pencil, charcoal, crayon and pastels. Any medium can be used to express just how you feel. There are no rules to drawing and no right or wrong way, only your way. The purpose of this workshop is for you to become familiar with the traditions of good drawing. We believe that anyone can draw, with one major proviso— you have to really want to. You can learn when you let go of your inhibitions. There is no end to the possibilities. This workshop will consist of both still life setups and posing the human figure. The medium is open, however, we believe the student should choose one that they are most comfortable with. Students 16 and older are welcome. Open to all levels.

Robert Finch, a modern day master of the art of drawing, will act as the catalyst in your personal journey of discovery. Drawings by Robert Finch are in many public and private collections, including the Potsdam Museum in New York, and, in Philadelphia, the Free Library and the Pennsylvania Law School.

Download your enrollment form here.

Sign me up for the Drawing Workshop!

$60.00 Add to cart

 

Beginners Collage Workshop | Edward Sargeant

1 Class — Saturday, November 8

1 pm – 5 pm

Class Fee $40

020_WebEver wonder how collage is made? What methods are used? What materials are best to use? Come join Edward Sargeant, professional collage artist, and learn methods, share ideas and make your own piece at this workshop. You can bring your own board (size doesn’t matter) and some raw materials such as old magazines, damaged books, photos, fabric, thin tracing paper and construction paper and any other stuff on paper. Don’t forget your scissors, mat knife, and glue. Workshops can go wherever the participants take it. So let’s start a collaging adventure.

Board can include wooden craft boards, prepared artist’s canvas or other favorite flat board you feel comfortable with. We will provide all other materials and tools.

Collage can tell a story, make a statement, or provide a memory to share. So think about your subject that you want to make a statement about and let’s make it happen.

Download your enrollment form here.

Sign me up for the Collage Workshop!

$40.00 Add to cart

 

Everyone Deserves Origami | Yulan Mimmy San

1 Class — November 15

1 pm – 3 pm

$30 plus $5 materials fee

Dance of the Light-hearted Parasols, mixed media paper, by Yulan Mimmy SanOrigami is the art of paper folding — transforming paper into an endless array of friendly objects both practical and charming. Endlessly fascinating, origami offers a bit of magic. Imagine a single sheet of paper, folding and folding, transforming bit by bit into a bunny or bird or maybe a frog, even an elephant or a heart. The possibilities are endless. Origami promotes creative thinking and imagination, enhances visual awareness, develops manual dexterity and hand-eye coordination, improves memory skills, and builds self-esteem through personal accomplishment. No previous experience is necessary. This workshop is for novices to experts who want to develop new skills and experiences.

Mimmy is an experienced professional artist and teacher who has worked with all ages to learn and enjoy the art of Origami.

Download your enrollment form here.

Sign me up for the Origami Workshop!

$35.00 Add to cart

Open Call for Artists — MAAG Juried Holiday Art Market

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Saturday/Sunday, Dec. 6-7 and Sat./Sun. Dec. 20-21. 

It’s getting close to the Holiday Art Market at MAAG. And if you know MAAG, you know we can really host quite a bash at our Annual Holiday Art Market. We’re talking fine art, handcraft, live music, food, and a wonderful time for all.

ArtMarketAll artists are invited to submit your work for sale at our Holiday Shows. There will be two separate shows Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 20-21, 2014, Saturday, noon — 6 pm & Sunday, noon — 5 pm. All work must be your own original work. Anything you submit must reflect what has been juried (no add-ons). You can access MAAG guidelines for submission here.

The cost for each weekend table is $100 for two days.  We are also offering wall space in the gallery (members only). Not a member yet? Now could be a great time to join!

Special for MAAG members only! Now is the time to display a wall in the Solomon Levy Gallery at MAAG. We are offering ½ walls to show and promote your work. Any member artists displaying their work on the walls may also participate at the December 6-7 Art Market show at no additional charge. The artists retain 100% of their sales when selling during the Art Markets.2000-01-01 00.01.52

We’re planning on throwing one heck of a holiday bash! Join us, join the artists, join MAAG.

Download your application here.

 

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Synco-Poetic Jazzetry…The Swerve

October 4, 7 pm @ 11 West Mt Airy Ave. First Saturday of every month!

Jazz that speaks to poetry and back…

performer080214_1000x644We’ve changed our name, we’ve changed our feel. We’re now a combo of live jazz and poetry (open mic). That’s right, open mic, for all you emerging and published poets. And some jazz backbeat to inspire…percussion, drums, and bass thanks to Tank Keitt and Charles Witherspoon.

Did we say the poetry is over the top? Well, it is. Did we say that some folks wrote their inspiration sitting at the table last month listening to others? Well, they did. Did we say we’re on to something really special? Well, we are.

2014-08-02-20.06.36You’re the ones who make it happen. Bring a friend, bring your words, bring it on. $5 @ Door.

Susan DiPronioGuest poet this month is Susan DiPronio. Susan lives in Philadelphia and founded Pink Hanger Presents — a project dedicated to giving voice to the unique life experiences of women, transgender and genderqueer individuals. Susan’s poetry recently appeared in Sinister Wisdom, Corset Magazine, The Avocet, Defenestration and Spillway Literary Journal. Her memoir “Laurel” was included in the memoir chapbook from First Person Arts and her personal essay: “Damaged: A journey of healing from sexual assault” is included in the book “The Survivors Project: Telling the Truth About Life After Sexual Abuse.” Susan was a 2013 recipient of The Transformation Award from the Leeway Foundation. www.pinkhangerpresents.com and  www.susandipronio.com

MAAG Is A Destination Point for POST!

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Sat., October 11, Noon – 6 pm & Sunday, October 12, Noon – 5 pm @ 11 West Mt Airy Ave.

Ever wonder what we do at the Mt. Airy Art Garage? With art lovers hitting the streets of Philadelphia for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of visual artists at work in their environments, Philadelphia Open Studio Tours (POST) @ MAAG is bound to be a feast for the senses. Among the various locations hosting the tour, the Mt. Airy Art Garage will be a special destination point (also the primary Northwest distribution site) on October 11 and 12, Saturday, noon till 6 pm, and Sunday, noon till 5 pm.

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Handmade leathercraft by Arleen Olshan

In its completely refurbished 5,200 square foot garage, located at 11 West Mt. Airy Avenue, MAAG will open our resident artists’ studio doors (you’ll see work like Vita Tew’s “Remembrance,” left), as well as provide you with the most up-to-date festival information about participating artists and venue locations in the Northwest. The rest of our space will also feature MAAG member artists. Here, you’ll find a variety of mediums including painting, sculpture, glass, jewelry, photography, woodwork, leather goods, handcrafts, and more.

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(c) Sharon Kenny

Artists participating in POST@MAAG include: Shernise Allen, Sarah Bond, Bill Brookover, Elizabeth Castiglione, Sharon Kenny, Jim Hay, Maisha Jackson, Marla Kachin, Lee Muslin, Arleen Olshan, Laurel Schwass-Drew, Michelle Sherman, Sara Steele, Vita Tew, and Susan Windle.

So, be sure to stop by and see why MAAG is both proud and excited to be included among one of the premier open studio tour events in the country. More importantly, come out and engage with Philadelphia’s art community, be inspired, and support your local artists – after all, it’s free and there’s bound to be something for everyone!

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Pink Window by Bill Bookover

For more information, call 215.242.5074.

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(c) Sara Steele

 

We’re Pulling Out All The Stops For Our 5th Anniversary Celebration!

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Saturday, September 20, 6 pm

Who would have ever believed it? A vision to create an Arts Hub where artists in Germantown, Mt. Airy, and Chestnut Hill could come out of isolation, meet each other, create opportunities, be inclusive, build community. A place where truthful content and genuine stories would unfold to build vision. An Arts Hub where people would feel acknowledged and received. Well, it’s happening at the Mt. Airy Art Garage (MAAG), and this is only the beginning…

We’re celebrating a huge 5-year milestone on Sat., Sept. 20, 6 pm at 11 West Mt. Airy Ave.! We believe, if you love the arts, you’ll have the time of your life. We invite you to join us for a glorious celebration while supporting MAAGs programming and growth.

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Ready to kick it up with John Colgan-Davis, Rich Curtis, Mike O’Rourke, Carl Snyder, AC Steel, and Arlyn Wolters? Oh yeah!

DANCE your heart out with musicians from the Dukes of Destiny… as in John Colgan-Davis, Rich Curtis, Mike O’Rourke, Carl Snyder, AC Steel and Arlyn Wolters!

EAT/DRINK to your heart’s delight with catered food from local businesses and wineries.

INDULGE your love for fine art and handcraft by bidding on work donated by MAAG artists to our Silent Auction. Preview all artwork while you “Sip and Stroll” at the Street Fare, Thursday, September 18th from 6-10 pm. Be sure to stop by MAAG for a special, free sneak peek. To see the growing list of work donated by MAAG artists, view the Artists Page HERE.

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Ceramic created and donated by Lou Ann Merkle

ENVISION gifts certificates all related to dining and the arts! Think dinner and museum memberships, theatre tickets, music performances, classes, and more. For a full and growing list of participating donors, see below.

In short, FEED YOUR CREATIVE SOUL! This amazing evening costs a mere $30 in advance/ $35 at the door.

For more information call 215.242.5074. Join us for this special celebration.

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Want to know more? We said it was going to be a night focusing on the arts. So feast your eyes below on the initial list of donors!

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Photography created and donated by Ellie Seif

List of Donors (and more is coming in daily!)

All Bidding starts at 30% below value. 

Arts 

1812 Productions — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $80

Act II Playhouse — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $80

Ambler Theater — 4 passes to the Ambler Theater — Value = $40

Anna Crusis Choir —  2 Season Passes — Value = $100

Annenberg Center for the Arts — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice —  Value = $100

Arden Theater — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $100

Ballet X — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $70

Caleb Meyer Studio — Original Handblown Glass — Value = $170

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Silk and batik created and donated by Kathy Robinson

Caleb Meyer Studio — Original Handblown Glass — Value = $145

Crossing Choir — 2 Tickets to each of 3 performances — Value = $200

Custom Picture Framers of Glenside — Gift Certificate for Framing — Value = $50

Dovetail Artisans — Gift Certificate — Value = $20

Eastern State Penitentiary — 6 Tour Tickets — Value = $84

Fabric Workshop — Family Membership + “An Industrious Art”—fabric and print book  — Value = $85

First Person Arts  — 2, 6-pack entry cards —  Value = $120

FringeArts  — 2 memberships  — Value = $100

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Abstract art created and donated by Lee Muslin

Gravers Lane Gallery  — Original Handblown Glass  — Value = $170

Grounds for Sculpture  — 4 guest passes  — Value = $48

Handcraft Workshop  — Beginner’s Sewing Class  — Value = $50

Institute of Contemporary Art — Family Membership — Value = $100

Interact Theatre — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice  — Value = $7

Keswick Theatre — 2 Tickets to Jad Abumrad, Host of RadioLab — Value = $75

Lantern Theatre — 2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $83

Mann Center for the Performing Arts — 2 VIP tickets to orchestral performance + parking pass + access to VIP Donor Terrace and Garden — Value = $165

Morris Arboretum  — 4 Passes  — Value = $68

National Museum of  Jewish History — Dual Membership  — Value = $72

Opera Philadelphia  —  2 Tickets to the East Coast Premier of “Oscar”…The Life of Oscar Wilde  —  Value= $300

Pennsylvania Academy Of Fine Arts  — Family Membership  —  Value = $80

Philadelphia Folksong Society  — 2 Philadelphia Folk Festival Passes  —  Value =$312

Philadelphia Museum of Art  — 4 General Admissions —Value = $80

Philadelphia Orchestra — 2 Orchestra Level Seats — Value = $170

Philadelphia Theatre Co. —  2 Tickets to a Show of Your Choice — Value = $118

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Penscape created and donated by Andrew Walker

Piffaro Renaissance Band — 2 Season Subscriptions + CD + Book — Value = $180

Please Touch Museum — 4 Passes — Value = $68

Profiles Studio — 2 Professional Photos of Your Artwork — Value = $100

Quintessence Theatre Group —  2 Opening Night Season Tickets + Meet The Cast After-Parties — Value = $380

Stagecrafters Theater — 2 Season Passes — Value = $130

Woodmere — 2 Family Memberships  — Value = $70 per family membership

 

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Catering

(More Still Coming!)

Far Hills Winery

Herschels East Side Deli

Jyoti

Little Jimmies

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Photography created and donated by Charles Edwards

New Kings Deli

Night Kitchen

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Totos

Trader Joe’s

Weavers Way

 

Dining Certificates

All Bidding starts at 30% below value. 

(More Still Coming!)

Bacio Italian Restaurante — $50

Brunos — $60

Dimeo’s — $25

Earth, Bread, and Brewery — $75

Iron Hill Brewery — $25

McMennamins — $50

Mi Puebla Restaurant — $25

Stephen Starr Restaurants — Il Pittore — $200

Tavern on The Hill — $25

Trevi — $20

Trolley Car Diner — $100

Yu Hsiang Garden — $25

 

You won’t want to miss this celebration! Buy your tickets now and save! 

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