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Getting Psyched for Fourth of July In Skippack

July 4th in Skippack for 2016
Fourth of July 2016 falls on a Monday. The Fourth of July parade begins at 11:00 a.m. and travels down Skippack Pike (Route 73), thru the heart of Skippack Village. BBQ at Parc Bistro at 3 p.m., and fireworks start at dusk in Palmer Park, near Skippack Elementary School, with parking areas off of Heckler Road and Creamery Road.

I love Fourth of July in Skippack.

I love watching people line up along the parade route, the anticipation of fun in a small town, the beautifully restored antique cars as they roll down Skippack Pike, the optimistic music of marching bands, floats sponsored by local shops and organizations, mummers in their peacock colors, fire engines blasting their sirens and firefighters spraying the crowd with cooling water, the excitement and laughter of children.

I love fireworks at dusk in Palmer Park.

I love it all.

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A Carnival Blooms In Skippack

The 2016 Skippack Village Carnival takes place Wednesday, June 1 thru Sunday, June 5. On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, the carnival starts at 6 pm and closes around 10 pm (may stay open later if busy). On Saturday and Sunday, the carnival runs from 3 pm to 10 pm or later if busy. The address is 4059 Skippack Pike.

Carnivals, old-time amusement parks and the circus of yesteryear hold an endless fascination for me. Thankfully, each year Skippack Village brings a real carnival almost to my doorstep. The bright lights, the colorful signs, and classic rides like the merry-go-round and ferris wheel, indeed the whole carnival atmosphere, are as refreshing as a glass of ice-cold, freshly-squeezed lemonade on a scorching summer afternoon.

What is it about a carnival that is so refreshing?

Most entertainment in the 21st century, even for children, is branded and backed by multi-million dollar marketing campaigns. Children of all ages now tell jokes tinged with bitter irony and sarcasm. Fun and laughter have become disengaged from innocence.

Suddenly, a carnival rolls into town. In the atmosphere of the carnival midway, I wipe the jaded residue of our times from my eyes, ears and tongue. I see colorful lights. I hear the joyful notes of the band organ. I taste the sweetness of cotton candy. I feel the power of clean, good old-fashioned fun to restore the soul.

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Skippack Carnival 2016

First Friday 2017: A Great Night in Skippack

Mark your calendar for First Fridays 2017: May 5, June 2, July 7, August 4, September 1,  October 6, and November 3. Live entertainment starts around 6 pm and continues until 9 pm. This monthly event features:

  • Live music
  • Art exhibits
  • The beautiful restaurants, galleries, and shops of Skippack Village
  • Ample, free parking

Just come to town.

Barbara Schang last year performing at First Friday in Skippack Village. This year there will be a renewed emphasis on live music at First Fridays. Barbara is also the owner and operator of Schang-Hai Gallerie in Creamery, PA, which is close to Skippack Village and well worth a visit.

Barbara Schang last year performing at First Friday in Skippack Village, as part of the band Vintage Cool. Barbara is also the owner and operator of Schang-Hai Gallerie in Creamery, PA, which is close to Skippack Village and well worth a visit.

Live Music and Art

Visitors to First Friday in Skippack enjoying works by local artists. Artwork will be a focus of First Fridays in 2015.

Visitors to First Friday in Skippack enjoying works by local artists.

First Fridays in Skippack offers an opportunity for people to get away from their routine and enjoy entertainment, the village, and a chance to spend time together. There are live musical performances and exhibits by local artists, which take place in porches, patios, and restaurants throughout the village. While you are in the village, consider taking in a performance at our outstanding community theater, Playcrafters of Skippack.

The Skippack Factor

Magician and juggler Al Angello has been a mainstay of Skippack First Fridays and will return in 2015.

Magician and juggler Al Angello has been a mainstay of Skippack First Fridays.

It’s true that some other nearby towns offer First Fridays as well. Skippack First Fridays are unique because they include the pleasures that our village offers year round:

  • eclectic, boutique shopping with all locally-owned businesses
  • delectable dining with both informal and upscale options
  • a variety of personal and professional services including salons and spas, computer repair, custom framing, and more
The tempter: Joe from Euro Delights offers amazing dessert samples to passers by at Skippack First Friday.

The tempter: Joe from Euro Delights offers irresistible dessert samples to passers by at Skippack First Friday.

All First Friday activity takes place in the beautiful setting of Skippack Village, with its elagantly restored buildings, many dating back to the nineteenth century; open spaces; and emphasis on local ownership and individual identity. You do not want to miss First Friday in this extraordinary community.

Skippack Village offers visitors the best of many worlds — Victorian charm; a great European gourmet bakery called Euro Delights; a great pizza place; small town friendliness; quality theater; a vital local music scene; and much more. Join us and celebrate the remarkable diversity of dining, culture, entertainment, and art that thrives in Skippack Village.

Contact Info and More

Please note:

  • Live entertainment begins at 6 pm
  • If you want to visit to your favorite Skippack shop as part of your First Friday experience, be aware that individual business hours vary. We recommend calling or going online to check their hours before your arrive.
  • For general information about First Friday, call Art at the Wooden Duck Shop at 610-584-0124 or Butch at the Southwest Trading Post at 610-584-2774.

Check out these pics and videos from First Fridays past.

Autumn and Other Skippack Seasons

Upcoming Events

First Friday

Skippack Days

Winetober Fest

International Car Show

Skippack all year round, yes. But fall is my favorite time.

The Rest of the Year

Skippack Fall

Where are the songs of Spring? Ay, where are they? Think not of them, thou hast thy music too,–

True, I love the giddiness of spring, when Skippack Village reawakens, and people start to reappear in numbers along the sidewalks and in the Cabana Bar. Youthful expectation fills the air; the unexpressed potential of months ahead.

Summer days are warm and relaxed, more easygoing. Perfect for dining outside and an occasional escape into one of our beautiful, air-conditioned shops, each individually owned and run and a special world unto itself.

November ends and December brings the holiday shopping season, decorations, lights, and boisterous gatherings at our restaurants and pubs: The festive flicker of a candle before the quiet of late winter.

And yes, I welcome the rest that comes in January and February.

Skippack Autumn

IMG_8702But fall is special: it is Skippack in her prime, elegantly dressed in rich red and orange, confident with experience of past seasons, but still retaining her youthful energy. Her appetite for activity is still in full force: She is now a seasoned hostess, undiminished by the passage of time.

And how is this autumn energy expressed? Fall is the busiest season on the events calendar. There is the first fall First Friday on Oct 2. First Fridays have been consistently excellent this year, so you don’t want to miss this kick off event in the month of October.

To see the full beauty of Skippack autumn, go inside our shops. This is a Halloween display from Pennsylvania Traditions.

To see the full beauty of Skippack autumn, go inside our shops. This is a Halloween display from Pennsylvania Traditions.

Quick upon the heels of First Friday is Skippack’s most well-known and well-attended event, Skippack Days, a two-day craft, shopping, and entertainment extravaganza. Skippack at its liveliest, with crowded sidewalks and exhibit after exhibit of crafts, household items, jewelry, and gifts.

The following week is Winetober, our popular wine festival. And the next week is the International Car show. This is no ordinary car show. Classic and antique automobiles shine like jewels set against the green velvet beauty of Skippack Village. It is an event not to be missed. A powerful display of the potential for elegance and sophistication in small town life.

And there is always more. Don’t overlook our community theater. Also here you find the incredible potential for sophistication in a small town. And if you want peak into Skippack’s past, checkout events of the Skippack Historical Society’s Annual Banquet, which takes place in November.

So much depth to this village. Who can know her? Who can know her?

See for Yourself: The Beauty of Skippack in Autumn

Living History in Skippack: Our Legacy Comes to Life

You say want a revolution? Well, come to Skippack and find out what a real revolution looks like — a hopeful revolution, when we were a young country and ran after freedom and liberty, when our freedom meant everything.

The Skippack Historical society holds its living history celebration, the Revolutionary Encampment in Skippack, on Saturday, September 24, and Sunday, Sept 25 (these are the dates for 2016). The hours:

  • Saturday — 10 am to 5 pm
  • Sunday — 11 am to 4 pm

The living history event is in honor of the encampment of George Washington and 10,000 Continental troops in the Skippack area in 1777.

Location

The living history event takes place at Evansburg Road and Skippack Pike, the location of the IndenHofen Farmstead, a property maintained by the Skippack Historical Society, across the street from the Skippack branch of the US Post Office (3801 Skippack Pike).

Continental Army Drills and Demonstrations

On Saturday, the 1st New Jersey Regiment will be marching, firing muskets, hanging out in their tents, and demonstrating campsite activities. On Sunday, the PA Rifle Regiment will join them.

Colonial-era Celebs

On Sunday, George Washington and Betsy Ross will make an appearance.

Colonial One Room School House

Skippack Living History On both Saturday and Sunday at 2:15 p.m, the one room school house opens its doors, with the charming but strict colonial schoolmarm Miss Hawkesworth ready to steal the show. Don’t miss this awesome lesson which touches on many aspects of history, education, and life. It takes place inside the barn.

Demonstrations

  • On both days: demonstrations on the work and life of an itinerant cooper, open hearth cooking, rug braiding, apple butter making, Indian artifacts,  colonial artifacts,  and old time corn shelling. 
  • On Saturday: colonial games for children and quilting.
  • On Sunday: basket making.

Tours

On both Saturday and Sunday, tours of the historic IndenHofen House, built around 1712, and barn.

Speakers

  • On Saturday at noon Mark Blystone will speak on Foraging for Supplies while at Valley Forge.
  • On Sunday, at  12:15 p.m., Doug Shupinsky will speak on Effects on Residents during the Revolutionary War.

Music

On Sunday, there will be a dulcimer concert. 

Multimedia

To get a taste of the action, watch this video:

First Fridays 2015: The Music is Awesome

The quality of music at First Fridays in Skippack is outstanding. Each month, visitors enjoy a first-class musical journey as they walk down Skippack Village’s Main Street, encountering sweet sounds from a diverse array of talented musical performers.

This amazing gathering of musical talent is largely thanks to Scott Nethery, who is a project manager in the automated identification and package logistics industry, bass player for the band The SuperNaturals, and the husband of Schang-Hai Gallerie owner Barbara Schang.

Finding Talent

Roberto de Matthaeis plays original compositons, both his own style of South American music and jazz.

Roberto de Matthaeis plays original compositons, both his own style of South American music and jazz.

I asked Scott how he found all these great musicians.

“Being a musician myself I already know a lot of talented people in the local area. But I’ve had great luck finding peformers at the some of the local open mics. For instance, this Friday’s headlining act is Mr. Fuzzy and The Barbarian, they run their own open mic at The American Barber Company in Collegeville. It’s half barber shop, half music hall; a very unique place.

“Other performers such Anthony Rotelle (pictured at the top of the page, a fine singer and songwriter from nearby Worcester) and Roberto de Matthaeis (who plays original compositions on guitar, keyboard, and percussion) I’ve found at DiVinci’s In Collegeville and The Whitpain Tavern’s open mics. Both places draw outstanding talents from the local area.”

Looking Ahead

Musician Chris Seasholtz will perform during First Friday in July as part of a live art and music event at the TL Roth Studio Gallery. Chris is shown here performing at the gallery, which features the artwork of Terry Roth.

Musician Chris Seasholtz will perform during First Friday in July as part of a live art and music event at the TL Roth Studio Gallery. Chris is shown here performing at the gallery, which features the artwork of Terry Roth.

This upcoming First Friday, July 3, the headliners will be Mr Fuzzy and The Barbarians, who play mix of Blue Grass and Country. Also on the bill is Kendal Conrad, a singer and songwriter who has performed with country star Keith Urban and at our fine community theater Playcrafters of Skippack. Roberto de Matthaeis performs original compositions, both his own style of South American music and jazz.

In addition, as part of First Friday, artist Terry Roth will be doing a live painting performance in conjunction with musician Chris Seasholtz playing live acoustic rock music. This special, live art and music event will take place at the TL Roth Studio Gallery at 4010 Skippack Pike. For information, call 571-331-0167.

Catherine Offner, owner and music educator at Catherine’s Music Studio will be the headliner for First Friday in August.

In the video below, check out the beautiful South American sounds of Roberto de Matthaeis AKA Just Beto, a new arrival on the Skippack First Friday scene.

Getting Psyched for Fourth of July In Skippack

I love Fourth of July in Skippack.

I love watching people line up along the parade route, the anticipation of fun in a small town, the beautifully restored antique cars as they roll down Skippack Pike, the optimistic music of marching bands, floats sponsored by local shops and organizations, mummers in their peacock colors, fire engines blasting their sirens and firefighters spraying the crowd with cooling water, the excitement and laughter of children.

I love fireworks at dusk in Palmer Park.

I love it all …

Fourth of July, 2015, falls on a Saturday. The Fourth of July parade begins at 11:00 a.m. and travels down Skippack Pike (Route 73), thru the heart of Skippack Village. BBQ at Parc Bistro at 3 p.m., and fireworks sart at dusk in Palmer Park, near Skippack Elementary School, with parking areas off of Heckler Road and Creamery Road.

Uncork the Fun: Skippack’s Winter Wine Festival

When the cold winter temperatures set in, and everyone gathers around the fireplace, there is nothing more soothing to the soul than a glass of fine wine. Now you can celebrate the glory of wine in the winter season at the Skippack Winter Wine Festival.

The Skippack Winter Wine Festival will take place Saturday, January 17. If weather conditions are not favorable, an alternate Date, January 24, has been set. The festival will begin at 12 pm and end at 5 pm. Guests will enjoy a wide range of wine and food samples. This is an indoor Event: Designated Skippack shops will host a wonderful variety of wineries and food vendors.

Tara the owner of the Village Wine Cellar in Skippack is the organizer and hostess for the Skippack Winer Wine Festival.

Tara, the owner of the Village Wine Cellar in Skippack, is the organizer and hostess for the Skippack Winer Wine Festival.

Where’s the Wine?

The Winter Wine Festival takes place at designated venues throughout Skippack Village, where you will find booths where wineries provide samples, food vendors, and entertainment.

Best of Skippack Venues

Other Venues

  • Accent On The Rocks LLC
  • After5 Gifts
  • Grand Fromage

Wineries

Wineries represented at this year’s event include:

Food

Wine and food, of course, go hand and hand.  A variety of foods will be available to sample with your wine. Check out the fare from:

A sign leading to Boyd's Cardinal Hollow Winery in Skippack, one of the venues for the winter wine festival.

A sign leading to Boyd’s Cardinal Hollow Winery in Skippack, one of the venues for the Winter Wine Festival.

Event Details

Tickets

Regular Tickets to the festival cost $20 per person in advance and $25 at the door. VIP Tickets cost $25 per person in advance, $30 at the door, and come with a Collectable Wine Glass. Tickets can be purchased online.

Phone Number

For answers to any questions, please call 610-584-1155. If interested in purchasing group tickets, please call this number as well.

Parking

Parking is available at the lot which serves the Wooden Duck at 4033 Skippack Pike. Walk right across the street to After 5 Gifts check-in area. There is no charge for parking. Other nearby lots are available throughout Skippack Village.

Taxi

Taxi Service to Winter Wine Festival is available from Homestead Taxi in Lansdale; call (215) 855-9006.

Check In

When you arrive at Winter Wine Festival, please check in at After5 Gifts, 4038 Skippack Pike. You must show valid photo I.D at the door to be admitted and to receive a wristband, which is required to participate in the festival. You will also receive information on venues throughout Skippack Village for the festival.

Guidelines

  • You must be 21 or older to attend this event. No children, toddlers, infants, or strollers are permitted. No exceptions will be made to this rule under any circumstances.
  • You must have a wristband to be in the Festival Areas. If you do not have one, you will be asked to get a wristband
  • You are responsible for bringing valid photo identification: driver’s license or passport. Failure to bring proper identification will result in denial of entry to Winetober Fest and money will not be refunded.

Enjoy

Relaxed, festive, fun, and sophisticated: Skippack wine festivals are proving themselves as a great way to enjoy our town. The clinking of wine glasses can help cement existing friendships and help spark new adventures. Cheers, Salud, L’chaim — It’s time for the Winter Wine Festival.

Holidays 2014: Think Small, Think Meaningful, Think Skippack

Small Business Saturday, which takes place on November 29, has special meaning in Skippack. Skippack Village is at its core a town of small, individually-owned and run businesses. This is our day, our day in the holiday shopping season.

Already holiday decorations are starting to appear. Our Village takes on a special glow during the holiday season; quite literally when the village Christmas tree lights up (the Friday evening before Small Business Saturday) and on illuminaire nights when streets are lit by candles and lights. Our main street has the magic of a picture book come to life. A visit during this special time of year will not only enable you to find some great gifts for friends, family, or even yourself, it will awaken the holiday spirit within you.

Inspiration for home and hospitality: Christmas tree inside Urban Fusion

Inspiration for home and hospitality: Christmas tree inside UrbanFusion

But the holiday spirit that is almost tangible during the shopping season is not just about the physical beauty of our town. It is just that, a spirit. For it is the very nature of Skippack that makes a visit here extra special during the holidays.

The more the holiday season is mass marketed, the less likely it is to meaningful. It is better to focus on Small Business Saturday, than on Black Friday. There is nothing beautiful or gentle or loving about a stampede at the Walmart on the dawn of Black Friday.

Come to Skippack for Small Business Saturday: Skippack offers us a way to rescue the spirit of Christmas shopping from the tyranny of large crowds, dangerous parking lots, and cold, anonymous buying and selling. A town of individually-owned shops and restaurants; every holiday-time transaction takes place at a human and individual level. Usually, it is the shop owner who will welcome you at the door, who has carefully selected the merchandise you see on display and lovingly decorated their shop for the holidays. Your experience here is as much about the people you meet as the things you buy.

Big box stores, dot-coms, mail order houses, and malls may offer convenience, but I have never found them a great source of inspiration. Skippack inspires me. With individual ownership of our stores comes individual creativity. The holiday displays, decorations, and atmosphere at each shop in Skippack Village are unique. If you are not sure what to get for some of the people on your list, come to Skippack for some holiday shopping ideas.

A mom and pop store: Butch and Beth Kaelin, owners of the Southwest Trading Post in Skippack, get ready for Small Business Saturday

A mom and pop store: Butch and Beth Kaelin, owners of the Southwest Trading Post in Skippack, get ready for Small Business Saturday

The holiday experience is no single thing. It is a time of varied emotions, and we approach this season not as faces in a crowd, but as individuals, with our own special qualities. A gift from Skippack is more likely to have that personal touch that makes it special for both the giver and the receiver. Consider this partial list.

Skippack Holiday Shopping List

And much, much more.

Art and Jane Berger, co-owners of The Wooden Duck shop in Skippack, along with Sophie, show support for Small Business Saturday

Art and Jane Berger, co-owners of The Wooden Duck shop in Skippack, along with Sophie, show support for Small Business Saturday

But whatever items are on your list, I hope you will take time to absorb the warmth and glow of the holiday atmosphere in Skippack. Take in the sights and sounds. Make holiday shopping a joyful part of the total holiday experience. Take a moment to pause and reflect on the beauty of our main street, and the warmth added by decorations and light. Let the peace of our town fill you. Stop to chat with one of our shop owners. Perhaps you will stay for a beer or a cup of coffee.

Shopping for Christmas or Hanukkah should not be a stampede at Walmart, it should be a fun, leisurely walk in a village like Skippack. Take it all in. Peace. Holiday time in Skippack.

Merry Christmas
Happy Hanukkah

—from the Best of Skippack team,
Michael Shaw, the Skippack Blogger
Brad DeForest, Website Design

Thanksgiving 2014: Grateful in Skippack, for Skippack

Thanksgiving is a great holiday: It encourages us to partake not only in a festive meal, but also in a state of gratitude. Gratitude is one of the most psychologically healthy mental states available to us. It forces us to turn away from complaints, whining, grumpiness, and anger. We think about what we have, instead of envying others and regretting what we didn’t get.

For what are you grateful? Ask me, and I will tell you I am grateful for Skippack. Each time I take the right turn on Skippack Pike and walk into Skippack Village I give thanks.

Thanksgiving Display at the Wooden Duck

Thanksgiving display at the Wooden Duck Shop in Skippack

I am grateful because, no matter what stress or disappointment I may be facing, walking into Skippack Village, I am reminded that the world is a beautiful place. I am sorry for people, especially children, who live in blighted areas or bland suburbs, who do not get this daily reminder. No matter how many visits I make into town, I am always a bit surprised each time I see how beautiful Skippack really is. The village landscape never grows old.

I pass by our local shops, starting with An Enchanted Florist, soon I see beautiful Floral & Hardy, that iconic Skippack shop. Before long I see the signs for Merle Norman and Tom’s Help Desk; I think of their dedicated shop owners, Jean Curtis and Tom Merrick, and the great conversations I have had with them. I am grateful for the thriving and lively village, grateful for the friends I’ve made and the good experiences I’ve had living here. Grateful to the community of business owners that work hard to build up and maintain our unique village. Grateful to the musicians who come here to perform. Grateful to restaurants, such as wonderful Euro Delights, for the good meals and the servers who bring my food and hot coffee.

Thanksgiving Salt and Pepper Shakers from Le Butler's Pantry

Thanksgiving salt and pepper shakers from Le Butler’s Pantry in Skippack

The more basic my gratitude, the better off I am. If I can remember to grateful for the color of the sky as the afternoon turns into evening and the beautiful trees along our main street then it is indeed a good day.

I am grateful to organizations like the Skippack Historical Society and our community theater Playcrafters of Skippack for strengthening our cultural life. Grateful for the members of the all-volunteer Skippack Fire Company who help keep us safe. Grateful for good schools which help make our town a great place for families to live.

Fall wreath at Pennsylvania Traditions

Fall wreath at Pennsylvania Traditions, a great Skippack shop

Walking along, I find still more reasons to be grateful. If, for example, I pass a storefront with scaffolding, I remember to be grateful the restoration of buildings, which keeps the village fresh and bright. This time of year, I become grateful for the multiple lights that decorate storefronts and shine against the night sky, making Skippack seem much more hospitable as nights get colder.

The month of November takes us to Thanksgiving and from there to the holiday season. the day after Thanksgiving, Friday, November 28, is the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Skippack; people gather in town, carolers entertain, and Santa Claus makes his yearly visit. Festivities start at 6 pm.

shopsmall in SkippackThe next day, Saturday, November 29, is Small Business Saturday, a day dedicated to celebrating the contributions of small businesses all over America. This is a special day for Skippack Village, a town comprised of small “mom-and-pop” businesses, and a special opportunity for us to express our gratitude for the contributions of our local business owners to creating and maintaining the unique character of our town.

Feeling gratitude is one thing. But how to translate those feelings into action? My plan is to make Skippack part of my holiday season. Shop here, dine here, share a toast with friends here. After all, the best way to say “thank you” to Skippack is to enjoy Skippack.

Happy Thanksgiving from the Best of Skippack

Written by Michael Shaw, the Skippack Blogger
www.iLoveSkippack.com

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