The organization talked about it during a meeting Tuesday.
There has sometimes been talk, however, about moving the festival elsewhere. Board Secretary Hertis Smithey said he's been talking to several business owners along the Avenue—such as people from Geechee Girl Rice Cafe, Earth Bread & Brewery, McMenamin's and Food For All—and some have said they'd like to see the event moved north toward Mt. Airy's primary business district.
"The merchants feel they should get a shot at this influx of people," Smithey said.
He said the neighborhood "got practice at putting together an event like this" during August's Night Market. Then, hordes of people came to a closed-down Germantown Avenue to eat and drink as the sun set.
Members said they were potentially open to the idea but said that could require extra costs. There might need to be an increased police presence, which is expensive, and the neighborhood organization now has a good relationship with Cliveden, which it doesn't necessarily want to sabotage.
"You're also changing the flavor of it," board member Janet Amato said. "It's no picnic on the grass anymore."
Board member Dan Muroff said the event could potentially be held at the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, which might be accommodating to that. But Amato said there are other restrictions on that campus.
Ken Weinstein, who was at the meeting and owns Trolley Car Diner, said he has spoken to several business owners about the idea.
"It would be a very popular idea to bring 5,000 to 10,000 people to Germantown Avenue," he said.
Ultimately, board member Dave Bell said, people need to think about the purpose of Mt. Airy Day and about what they're trying to do by holding the event. That, he said, should be the basis for any decision made.
Board members will discuss the issue at future meetings.