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Music and Food the Headliners at ‘First Friday’ in Glenside

Posted On Mar 07 2011
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Music and merchandise at Sweet Magnolia

With St. Patty’s Day just around the corner, it was easy to settle in to the music, the snacks and the general ambiance at Sweet Magnolia in Glenside Friday night. There were the requisite melancholy Irish folk songs as well as the hard-edge story of the legendary Molly Maguires set to music performed by Michael and Diana McCormack. The wine, cheese and other goodies made for a lovely Friday night in Glenside.

The store, on Easton Road off of Glenside Avenue, offers a mix of cards, gifts, antiques, and other household decorations.

Next up was another homey setting at The Dovetail Artisans, on Glenside Avenue, just east of Easton Road. Folks were milling around listening to live music, munching on snacks or browsing a wide selection of jewelry, pottery, clocks, boxes, art glass, woodwork and more.

Proprietor Elayne Aion with a customer at The Dovetail Artisans

The focus of the shop is the showcasing of local and other independent artists with obvious talent who may come up short when it comes to the prominence required for commercial success.

Then we headed to the “other side of the tracks” at Elcy’s Cafe at the Glenside train station. Normally open just til 3 p.m. during the week, on this First Friday things were hopping. Open tables were hot commodities, the music was pulsating and overall, the electricity was palpable. First Fridays apparently transforms Elcy’s from a java house for commuters to a serious hang-out.

The First Friday scene at Elcy's Cafe

Thankfully, though, it was still Glenside – no bouncers and an eclectic menu with modest prices.

“First Fridays” is the brainchild of the Downtown Glenside Merchants Association in conjunction with Cheltenham Township’s Main Street program. On every first Friday of the month, businesses extend hours, parking meters are rendered invisible and complementary music and food are abundant. Too bad every day can’t be a First Friday.

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