During the last weekend of April, I traveled with my kids to Greenville, South Carolina. One of my dearest friends moved there two years ago from her cozy little home in Narberth, in search of Southern hospitality, a slower pace and green pastures (literally).
Downtown Greenville is charming. There are beautiful waterfalls, walking paths galore, streets lined with huge, old, leafy trees and more ice cream shops than I could count. Many of the restaurants boast outdoor seating and open store fronts and the sounds of music both live and radioed filter out onto the sidewalks.
May is Arthritis Awareness Month
There are more than 100 types of arthritis affecting the joints of millions of Americans. Roughly a quarter of North Americans have some degree of arthritis making it the leading cause of work disability. While there are many factors that contribute to is development, autoimmune-mediated inflammation has become a major factor. As a result, foundational nutritional support has never been more critical. Our GI tract makes up roughly 70-80% of our immune function and it pays dividends to keep it healthy and flourishing.
Consumption of fermented foods has recently been shown in several studies to contribute to microbiome diversity and therefore enhanced immune function. Probiotics, in a potency of 100 billion organisms per serving has also been shown to favorably alter our genes to downregulate inflammatory signaling. Vitamin D, also known as cholecalciferol, plays a major role in repairing gut lining and modulating immune function.
A newer product, called SBI (serum bovine immunoglobulins) has shown to repair mucosal lining in the gut, decreasing inflammatory signaling, and has even been shown to bind Covid toxins. As a compounding pharmacist, I am called on frequently to make low dose Naltrexone for patients for a variety of autoimmune-related conditions, pain, & inflammation. It is best to discuss this option with a physician that is knowledgeable about this therapy. Remember when thinking about arthritis, don’t just reach for good old glucosamine & chondroitin!
Michael Briggs, PharmD, CNC, ICCT serves as COO of Lionville Natural Pharmacy and has been published in The Professional Guide to Complementary & Alternative Therapies, Complementary and Alternative Medicine for Older Adults. The Nursing Drug Handbook Series, and Pharmacotherapy. Learn more at lionrx.com.
SPRING FESTS & FAIRS
Festival of the Peony
Through Tuesday, May 31
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Styers Peonies, Chadds Ford
Take in the splendor of 25 acres of over 55,000 peonies. Choose to drive-thru, walk-thru or both. Details
Saturday, May 21
12:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Reeves Park, Phoenixville
It’s all the fun of a fair – food, live music, games, rides, a beer garden and more! Wristbands required. Details
Spring Festival at Downingtown Vintage
Saturday, May 21
10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
68 W. Lancaster Ave., Downingtown
Food trucks, vendors, and entertainment. Details
West Chester Porchfest
Saturday, May 21, 1:00 PM
West Chester Borough
Enjoy live music played from the beautiful porches of historic West Chester. Details
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair
Sunday, May 26 – Sunday, June
Devon Horse Show and Country Fair, Devon
Aside from the Grand Prix main event, there will be vendors to shop, festival concessions to eat, stables to tour, and horses and riders to meet! Details
The Wayne Music Festival returns to downtown Wayne on Saturday June 11th from 2pm to 10:30pm.
Admission is FREE and all-ages, this year includes Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band, Jade Bird, Tommy Conwell, Yellowman (reggae legend from Jamaica), Jamie McLean Band, Rugby Road, Jeffrey Gaines, Springbrooke, Stella Ruze, The 29ers, Kick and the Hug, The Billy Walton Band, Valentina Sounds, Jared Feinman, Wallis, The Tonics, fireworks and More!!!
The event benefits the Music is Love Foundation which produces musical events and festivals to help raise awareness and money for children’s medical causes. Please consider a donation here waynemusicfestival.com/donate.
The event features over 75 street vendors and restaurants and is an incredible day of music, food and giving back on the Main Line!
For more information, visit waynemusicfestival.com
FUN FOOD & DRINK
Ardmore Restaurant Week
Through Sunday, May 22
Three-course prix fixe menus from $20 – $40 (plus drink specials!). Details
Craft & Mercantile
Friday, May 20
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Eagleview Town Center, Exton
Eat, drink and enjoy live music (The Cheddar Boys) while enjoying a curated night market featuring local makers and artisans. Free to attend. Details
Summer Pop-Up Biergarten
Thursday, May 26
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Historic Sugartown, Malvern
BYO chairs and picnic blankets (and your pup if you’d like!) and eat and drink the night away to the sounds of Shake Down, a biergarten favorite. Details
Baby Goat, Cow & Bunny Happy Hour BYOB!
Friday, May 27 & Saturday, May 28
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Rose Bridge Farm, Dresher
Cuddle a baby cow, bunny or goat fireside with your favorite (BYOB) beverage. Aged 13 and older. Details
Saturday, May 21
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Jenkins Arboretum and Gardens, Devon
Kick off the spring season with a colorful, delightful evening full of fresh blooms, music, and munchies. Details
LITTLER ONES FUN
Party in the Playground
Saturday, May 21, 5:30 PM
Smith Memorial Park & Playground, Philadelphia
Enjoy games, music, dancing, food, prizes and more. Details
The Little Circus on The Square
Saturday, May 21st
2:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Suburban Square, Ardmore
Featuring aerial fabric, trapeze, juggling and tight wire acts. Details
Saturday, May 21 – Sunday, May 22
Elmwood Park Zoo, Norristown
The campout includes a pizza dinner, a breakfast in the morning, a flashlight tour of zoo, campfire and more (including zoo admission for the next day). Details
7th Annual HOP Party
Sunday, June 5
Levante Stables, Chester Springs & West Chester Taproom
Keep an eye out for more details about the 7th Annual Helping Other People party benefiting the Chester County FoodBank! Details
Turks Head Music Festival
Sunday, June 5th
12:00PM – 7:00PM
Everhart Park, West Chester
Join in a day dedicated to celebrating local music. Two stages will feature seven local bands and there will be over 40 vendors selling art, food and crafts. Free to attend. Details
Chester County Pride Fest 2022
Saturday, June 11
12:00 – 5:00 PM
Bridge Street, Phoenixville
Music, food, entertainment vendors, games and more. After the festival, visit participating restaurants and shops (designated by rainbow balloons) for special discounts by mentioning PRIDE. Free to attend. Details
Ambler Arts & Music Fest
Friday, June 17, 6:00 PM
Saturday, June 18, 11:00 AM – 11:00 PM
Two days of free live musical performances, original artwork and hand-crafted items from artists around the region. Details
Philly Balloon & Music Festival
Friday, July 1 – Monday, July 4
Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds
It’s all the fun, food and drink of a summer festival with the awesome addition of dozens of hot air balloons dotting the summer night sky! Details
At Mathnasium we are changing lives through math!
All students were harmed by covid. We will help build their confidence in math and beyond. Learning centers in Paoli, West Chester and Glen Mills
RCA provides evidence-based treatment led by an expert, caring team of medical professionals who will help you begin, and maintain, a life in recovery.
The Spring Market is in full swing. As a trusted, experienced, local realtor, I can guide you through the process.
Call me if you are considering buying or selling.
Onstage through June 12!
This music-infused world premiere spotlights Bayard Rustin: trailblazing activist, West Chester local, and chief organizer of the 1963 March on Washington.
At Cathedral Village – a life plan community – you can expect a supportive community of new friends, hobbies and more.
Learn More Today!
Stay In The Loop!
Plenty of new places to eat and explore … READ NOW!
MainLine Neighbors has been delivering local information to the community for over 15 years.
Interested in sponsoring a our newsletter? Email us!