Block party in Kimberton kicks off summer arts series

Llama Dalis

KIMBERTON — Enjoy music, dancing and other entertainment at the Kimberton Block Party.

The Kimberton Block Party will be held from 4 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, July 7, across from Kimberton Whole Foods at 2140 Kimberton Road, Kimberton. The event is presented by the Kimberton Village Business Association and sponsored by Kimberton Whole Foods. An organization, Seven Stars Music and Arts, is producing the free block party.

Three local live bands, Llama Dalis, Tin Bird Choir and Mostly Maybe, will perform at the event. Llama Dalis’ sound is described as “rock folk.” Tin Bird Choir has been described as an alternative folk band and Mostly Maybe is “folk rock.”

Feel like dancing? WXPN radio host Keith Brand, a Phoenixville native, will call a beginner’s square dance.

“The immediate goal of the block party is to bring fun and energy into the heart of Kimberton, and to showcase the town’s unique character,” said Dave Biddison, a member of the KVBA and a Seven Stars producer, in an event press release.

“The main thing we wanted to do with our entertainment roster is showcase the incredible talent we have here in our backyard,” said Trish Keegan, Biddison’s wife and a producer with Seven Stars Music and Arts. Biddison plays drums for the Llama Dalis. Biddison, Keegan and Brand have hosted the annual Seven Stars Music and Arts festivals in the past.

Llama Dalis and Mostly Maybe are based in the Phoenixville area. Tin Based Choir is based in Chester County, Keegan said.

“What was really important to Terry Brett, owner of Kimberton Whole Foods, was to choose local bands for the event,” Keegan said. “Kimberton Whole Foods is all about supporting local people.”

Along with presenting local bands, local food will be sold at the block party.

Keegan is really excited about the square dancing element of the event.

“We want to get people up and moving,” she said.

In addition to offering area residents entertainment, the event is also being held to raise awareness for the association’s vision of “Walkable Kimberton.”

Walkable Kimberton not only brings people together for local events, but also is about making the town “more pedestrian friendly,” according to the website, www.walkablekimberton.org.

The association and East Pikeland Township are working together on various ways to meet the goals of making Kimberton a walkable community.

According to the Walkable Kimberton website, the first part of the plan is creating a plaza between Kimberton Whole Foods and vacant area across from the store. The plaza would provide “outdoor seating.”

The block party kicks off the Kimberton Summer Arts Series. “Love’s Labour Lost,” a Shakespeare in the Park live performance, will be held on July 19 at Kimberton Community Park. Chamber music will be offered at the Kimberton Inn on Aug. 2 and Aug. 23.

For more information about the bands, visit www.llamadalis.com, www.tinbirdchoir.com and www.reverbnation.com/mostlymaybe.