German Village Gazette

Merion Village Festival combines block party, crafts fair


The Merion Village Festival, which combines two popular neighborhood events, will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6 at Moeller Park.

The gala, which merges the neighborhood's annual block party and Crafters, an artisan market, is a way to promote neighborhood pride and support local businesses.

"We have a full lineup of local bands that will be playing throughout the day," said Sarah Roell, co-chairwoman of the event. "We hope that everyone is able to stop in, do a little shopping with the artists and crafters who will be set up, grab some lunch from the food trucks and enjoy some great music."

More than a dozen vendors will be offering jewelry, hand-crafted wood items, hand-sewn pieces and other merchandise.

"Come browse the items and maybe you'll find the perfect gift for that 'hard to shop for' person or, even better, for yourself," Roell said.

Several nonprofits also will be handing out information at the event, including the Merion Village Association, which will benefit from a raffle. Raffle items include gift certificates from Lowe's, Home Depot, Ace Hardware and Archive, a custom-framing business and gallery with locations in Merion Village and the Short North. MadLab Theatre and Gallery also will be providing show tickets. Raffle tickets are $1 apiece or $5 for six.

Unlike in past years, there is no potluck this year, Roell said. It was too difficult to coordinate, so local food trucks, including the Explorers Club, plus Juergen's Bakery, will be on hand for event patrons.

Moeller Park is between Hanford Street and Frebis Avenue, east of Bruck Street and west of Eighth Street.