When organizers of this week’s three-day book festival began the planning process, they had big dreams.
Greg Welsh, president of the Chestnut Hill Business Association and a self-proclaimed “C-SPAN junkie” (that’s a channel dedicated to books for those who’ve never tuned in), told me that he believed the Chestnut Hill Book Festival could be the kind of event that would easily eclipse the Free Library’s book festival and quite possibly be one of the better festivals in the country.
The 4th of July began as it always does in Chestnut Hill with a parade of some 100 children in red, white and blue strollers, wagons and bicycles. Above: James Zornick of Ambler captured another 1st-place prize for his wagon-turned-helicopter.
John Mariani, famed food/restaurant critic for Esquire magazine, once warned his readers to avoid at all cost any restaurant that uses the words “Ye Olde” in its name. Otherwise, he said, you’ll probably wind up ordering dishes like “Liberty burgers” or “Poor Richard’s tuna melt”that taste more like cardboard than food. More
This weekend, Chestnut Hill will embark on an exciting new enterprise: a three-day book festival.
This ambitious undertaking, the first of what organizers hope will be an annual event, will kick off this Friday with a reception at Valley Green Bank before it fills the Avenue with more than 70 authors who will read from their works, sign books for sale and participate in panels on everything from local history to mystery novels. In addition, would-be writers, amateurs and pros can participate in workshops and poetry slams through the weekend. MorE
10 Year Old best friends team up to fight multiple sclerosis Jeason Greene II, 10, and his best friend Justin Anderson celebrated Justin’s 10th birthday by kicking off their Helping Hands Week Fundraiser at the Troller Car Diner in Mt. Airy on Monday, July 6. This event runs through Sunday, July 12 and 15 percent of the purchase is donated to the National MS Society. The two friends are teaming up again to ride in the MS 150 City to Shore Bike Ride sponsored by the National MS Society.