Mt. Airy Learning Tree cancels weekend concert event

Mt. Airy Learning Tree’s Third Annual “Fall Concert in the Wissahickon” has been canceled. The outdoor event was scheduled for Oct. 20.

Judy Weinstein, director of special projects at MALT, said the possibility of rain on Saturday and concerns about attendance contributed to the decision, among other things.

“We were really sad to cancel, but thee there were many circumstances beyond our control and feel that it would be a better, vibrant, and fun-filled event for all if we do it in the spring,” said Weinstein.

MALT does not currently have a new date in mind.

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Little Big Thing, Road Show Relic, Sharon Katz and Wendy Quick of The Peace Train were slated to provide the music. The Boxcar Lilies, an Massachusetts-based trio that performs folk, bluegrass and country music was also going to perform.

Similar to previous editions, the concert would have included Fairmount Park as the back drop in an amphitheater-like backyard setting.

The event was created as a fundraiser for renovations at  MALT’s headquarters at 6601 Greene Street.

“We are looking forward to improving the look inside and a little bit outside [of the building] as well to make it energy efficient and more person efficient as an office space,” said Nicki Toizer, who noted that the event is similar to a block party or an event held at the Mann Center.

MALT hopes to make its bathrooms handicapped-accessible and its main office more energy efficient.  Improvements are also planned for the building’s backroom where some classes are held. They include:  soundproofing the space, painting it and installing new carpet.


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