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Enjoy the Weather and Head to a Spring Festival

Have Some Fun This Spring Season

Once the sun comes out and the temperatures go up, it’s hard not to want to spend all your time outside. This year, why not enjoy the weather by heading to a spring festival? Whether you live near Philadelphia, Wilmington, DE, or in South Jersey, there are plenty of festivals to attend. Here are some that our HVAC service company found:


Spring at Longwood Gardens

Longwood Gardens features premier indoor and outdoor plants and is highlighting spring flowers such wisteria, tulips, dogwoods, snapdragons, azaleas, columbines, and bluebells through May 26th.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

On May 20th, the annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival will attract more than 50,000 people and take over six blocks of Walnut Street with upscale food, arts, fashion, and entertainment of the boutique neighborhood.

Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival

During the annual Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival on May 7th, hundreds of craftspeople, entertainers, merchants, and food vendors will set up shop on Germantown Avenue to display home and gardening products and ideas.

Art Star Craft Bizaar

Head down to Penn’s Landing May 13th and 14th to be part of the 14th annual craft bazaar that features handmade housewares, art, clothing, paper goods, jewelry, and more. You’ll also find music, food, and art demonstrations throughout the area.

Roots Picnic

During a day-long Penn’s Landing music festival on June 3rd, Philadelphia’s Grammy-winning hip hop band The Roots will bring together a variety of artists from many different music genres.

South Jersey

Wheaton Arts Eco Fair

Head to Millville on May 2nd for a festival focused on being environmentally friendly. Visitors will find products and solutions from businesses and organizations that can help them “go green,” along with crafts, activities, and live animal exhibits.

Spring Camp Jam in the Pines

During the weekend of May 18th-21st, the farmlands in Buena will turn into a camping and music festival. You’ll find wooded campgrounds with full hook-ups, a bath house, laundry facility, playground, and camp store along with mini-golf, arts, and crafts.


The community of Smithville will be hosting a festival May 20th-21st that features more than 100 crafters, an international food court, a carousel, music, kids’ activities, antique arcade, paddleboats, and more.

Boardwalk Craft Show

Located right on the famous Wildwood boardwalk, the annual craft show will take place May 27th-28th and feature a wide array of craft exhibits among the popular food vendors, rides, games, and beaches.


Day in Old New Castle

Each year, people gather in New Castle for the oldest home and garden tour in the U.S. This year, the tour will take place May 20th and will feature historical walking visits to homes and gardens that date back to the 18th century.

16 Mile Taphouse Beer Event

On the 16th of every month, 16 Miles Taphouse hosts an event centered around their beer and food. On May 16th, the Taphouse will be choosing one of their beers and infusing it several different ways for an unique dinner experience.

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Green Star: Philadelphia in Top Ten Bikeable US Cities

In late December, the City of Philadelphia was named the 9th most bikeable city in the US, and the most bikeable city with a population over 1 million people. This is a great achievement, and shows the progress of several initiatives sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and the Utilities and Streets Department. The city also received a grant from the US Department of Transportation to help fill gaps in the region’s biking and walking trail networks.

You can read the full article from the Philadelphia Greenworks project here.

Keep up the good work, Philly!

Green Star: Citibank & CitiBike

We’ve caught another big company being good to the planet! Even better, it’s a big bank, and we all know how difficult it’s been to scare up good news about that industry for quite awhile.

Citibank announced plans earlier this month to partner with New York City and establish the nation’s largest bike share system at no cost to taxpayers. Members will pay an annual fee of $96 for access to 10,000 bicycles distributed at 600 locations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, most of them near transit points such as subway stations. Hopefully the program will be a success and expand throughout the city! I’ll check it out and report back next time I head up to the city for a show.

Bikes and bike shares are a great way to reduce reliance on cars for short trips. Bike shares very popular in Europe already, and are growing fast around the US. One city that’s lagging way behind is, unfortunately, our own Philadelphia – although I have seen them popping up in suburban cities. The idea has been brought up for years, and there’s an organized group trying to bring it to Philly. Visit to learn more about their efforts.

Mayor Nutter, if you’re listening – you know how much people in Philadelphia hate losing to New York? Well, they just beat us again. Better do something about that!

It’s not easy being green, but it’s better than being left behind.

– Shanna

The Allergy Season That Never Left

I don’t know about you, but I feel like this winter both spoiled and cheated us. I’m really OK with not having to scrape a foot of ice and snow off my windshield before dawn every morning. Washing the car, outdoors, in a light sweatshirt on New Year’s Day was pretty cool. On the other hand, I’ve never had to take my asthma medications past November. This year has been the worst that I can remember for all those irritants that leave me wheezing and sneezing, and I’m sure I’m not the only one!

 So, when Mother Nature decides not to help out with a big deep freeze, what then? Well, that’s when we want to turn our homes into little oases of easy breathing. And it just so happens that I know some folks who can make that happen.

 Did you know…

 A Home & Duct Performance Test can thoroughly evaluate your home’s comfort systems, and pinpoint the precise causes of problems. Whether your home has too much or too little humidity, hot or cold spots, a damp basement, or polluted air, the experts at Oliver can locate the problem and offer solutions to correct it. And if your utility bills are high (and whose aren’t these days?), the Oliver experts can make suggestions to correct that too.

 Once a Home & Duct Performance Test has been completed, and you have decided on a course of action, Oliver technicians are available to assist with heating, air conditioning, humidifiers, dehumidifiers, duct cleaning, plumbing, electrical services, and new installations. And with accreditation from the Better Business Bureau, and multiple Angie’s List Super Service Awards under their toolbelts, you can be sure that you’re getting the best of the best in whole-house service from Oliver Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, & Electrical.

 It’s what we do. And we’d love to show you how we can help in your home. So give us a call today at 1-800-522-4884.

Happy Friday everyone!

– Shanna

Welcome to the Oliver blog!

Hi, and welcome to the official blog for Oliver Heating, Cooling, Plumbing, and Electrical! My name is Shanna and I will be your main blogger, although from time to time a few friends will be joining the conversation. The Oliver blog is here to let you know a little more about who we are and what we do.

So who are we and what do we do? Excellent question! We are a heating, cooling,plumbing, and electrical contractor serving the greater Philadelphia area, and we’ve been around for over 40 years now. Our business is based on the Golden Rule, which is our commitment to provide products and services for our customers that we would want for our own homes.

As our blog grows, we’ll be bringing you information that we hope will help make your home a more comfortable place. Of course we will be introducing you to our products and services, and letting you know about special offers for our customers, both new and loyal to the Oliver family. And beyond that, we have lots of ideas that you can use whether you’re in our service area or all the way across the country.

Thanks for checking us out, I’ll be back with your first home comfort tip in a couple of days!