POTTSTOWN – When friends at the previously abandoned historic Edgewood Cemetery planned to combine a yard cleanup with fundraising for an art fair, they weren’t sure if the creative touch would appeal to vendors or attendees.
However, it was such a success that the group planned another event for Saturday, October 23, with the clean-up starting at 9 a.m. and the art fair opening at 10 a.m. and until 3 p.m.
Edgewood Cemetery is located at 989 E. High St.
Applications from craft vendors are now open, and the group hopes to line up individuals as well as civic groups to help rake and plant.
The spring goal of the planners was not only to attract volunteers to help beautify the land and prepare it for the summer mowing season, but also to raise money for the Still Hungry Mowing Fund which covers annual fees ranging from $ 16,000 to $ 20,000 each year, depending on Mother Nature and the effect of weather on the grass.
“We wanted to bring more community members to the cemetery to see how beautiful it is and consider its potential as a truly park-like setting,” said Andrew Monastra, chairman of the Edgewood Small Council. “The idea of bringing art to the ‘park’ was intriguing. It is very difficult to fundraise for the upkeep of the cemetery, so we thought we would give this approach a try.
According to Art Fair president Bronwyn DeMaso, the very diverse 30 vendors who signed up for last April’s event – with items ranging from pottery and jewelry to paintings and fine leather and woodworking – said the cemetery art fair was “one of the most successful events they’ve had in terms of sales and display, and they immediately asked if Edgewood would be planning a similar event.”
As of September 15, 17 vendors have signed up quickly, with more inquiries every day, through social media and word of mouth, DeMaso said. She hopes this year’s art fair will be bigger than the spring event, especially with the holidays approaching.
Table spaces will be reserved for $ 40 per vendor, or $ 30 if the vendor donates an item for the fundraising raffle. Craftsmen must bring their own table and chairs. To register as a supplier, text or call DeMaso at 484-235-7875. At this time, payment is requested by check before the event. Checks may be made payable to Edgewood Historic Cemetery, c / o 740 E. High St., Pottstown, PA 19464.
Other raffle donations – in addition to those provided by participating vendors – are welcome. Email Cathy Skitko at [email protected] or 610-705-1017 to arrange a contribution.
Volunteers are encouraged to help with gardening and sweeping at the previously abandoned 12-acre site from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. – and to take a break to browse and purchase gifts, as well as participate in the raffle and raffle. 50-50. Rakes, gloves and other hand tools will be provided, but volunteers are encouraged to bring brush cutters or mowers if they can. A “Port-o-Potty” will be made available to participants.
The Friends of the Cemetery sincerely thank Little Italy, The Pourhouse and Jack Cassidy’s Irish Pub for providing lunches to the volunteers and participating vendors. Other restaurants and businesses are welcome to donate raffle gift cards, as each item will help raise funds to help maintain the grounds.
The organizers are also looking for musicians who would like to perform at the event. They can also contact Skitko.
“The care of this cemetery – which a few years ago was in very poor condition – must be supported by our community,” said Monastra. “We love to see Pathfinders, civic clubs and other groups come and help us, and we always welcome fundraising ideas and support from interested organizations. “
Hobart’s Run, the neighborhood revitalization effort funded by The Hill School, has announced it will donate $ 2,500 to Historic Edgewood Cemetery, with a pledge of an additional $ 2,500 when the cemetery raises $ 2,500 or more to equal the initial donation.
“Please help us spread the word to vendors as well as people who love fine arts and crafts, raffles and volunteering, so we can meet the generous Hobart’s Run challenge. and help keep the cemetery beautiful and respectful for all of Pottstown, ”DeMaso said.
The rainy date for the clean-up and art fair will be Saturday, October 30.
General donations can be made by sending a check to Edgewood Historic Cemetery c / o 740 E. High St., Pottstown, PA. Volunteers with questions should contact Edgewood President Andrew Monastra at 484-459-5412.