STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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The third Haverford Spring Fest Music and Arts Festival returns to Brookline Boulevard May 1 in a day-long, all-ages neighborhood celebration expected to draw an estimated 10,000 people.
“When you get that many people … the people absorb the sound,” festival director Tom Kelly said of the addition of a “more robust” sound system. This year’s musical entertainment lineup features The Verve Pipe; nine-piece party band Chico’s Vibe; West Chester folk/bluegrass group Mason Porter; Philly indie band Cheerleader; jazz-blues-soul-gospel-rock blender Lisa Chavous and the Philadelphia Blues Messengers; and the Haverford High School Jazz Ensemble. Haverford Spring Fest will be streamed live on the iRadioPhilly app and www.iradiophilly.com.
In addition, the stage will now have a video board.
Also new is a 200-seat VIP area directly in front of the stage for super-fans of the performers. Access is available for a $10 donation, which includes fast access to the Kelly Music for Life Tiki Bar and early meet-and-greets.
In addition to the four giant slides in the Kids Fun Zone, there will be more attractions, such as a clown making balloon animals, demonstrations by the Haverford High School Robotics Club and a pitching cage with former Cincinnati Reds player (originally drafted by the Phillies) and Archbishop Carroll alum Mike Costanzo, who is now an insurance agent in the area. A $10 “play all day” additional donation is required per child. Age limits apply on some inflatables.
Isn’t there an admission fee?
A suggested $3 donation helps to support the festival and the beneficiaries. Haverford Spring Fest is produced by Kelly Music for Life, a nonprofit dedicated to improving lives and communities through music. In just the past year, proceeds from the previous Spring Fests, and other Kelly Music For Life events, have benefited the Haverford High School Jazz Residency Program, the New Avenue Foundation, Music Works, Friends of Haverford Trails, Haverford Township Dog Park, St. James United Church of Christ Food Pantry and Hope United Methodist Church Food Bank.
Besides this year’s designated beneficiaries, Kelly said, the festival will also help expand this year’s Haverford summer concert series. See more on that at www.kellymusicforlife.org.
What time is it?
Haverford Spring Fest runs noon to 7 p.m. Sunday, May 1.
Will there be there other places to drink besides the tiki bar?
The entire Spring Fest grounds will be a beer and wine garden. Of course you must be 21 to purchase and drink, and no outside beverages are allowed. There will be food and beverages from the various multi-cultural restaurants in Havertown and the surrounding area.
“Haverford Spring Fest will feature some wonderful Haverford Township cuisine at the event. Italian, Asian, Mexican and American fare provided by restaurateurs, such as J.D. McGillicuddy’s, Jano’s, P&S Ravioli, Sampan Inn, Kettle, Twenty Nine and more. Desserts and sweets will also be plentiful with Havertown’s Koffmeyer’s Ice Cream and Cookies as well as Krispy Kreme, Havertown and their delicious donuts,” Kelly said.
Aren’t there arts and crafts vendors too?
Yes. See the list at www.haverfordspringfest.com.