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Events Round-up 10-19-18

Win Wing Fest tickets, explore FDR, carve pumpkins, and much more in the week ahead!

Philadelphia Wing Fest Ticket Raid
Come out to Sprint Wireless, 200 Oregon Avenue, for a chance to win tickets to this year’s Philadelphia Wing Festival on Saturday, 11/10.

When: Friday, October 19, 4:30-6:30 pm
200 Oregon Avenue
More info: Visit the Ticket Raid page

East Point Breeze Neighbors’ 12th Annual Happy Hour Home Tour
Hop from home to home while sampling food from South Philly restaurants, sipping ciders and beer from local breweries, and meeting neighbors. 

When: Saturday, October 20, 5 pm
 The first house location will be emailed to all attendees
More info: See the event page and purchase tickets.

FDR Park Exploration Day
– One-of-a-kind art installation “Carved in Water” by Karen Donnelly
– Guided walks by Let’s Go Outdoors on the hour at 12, 1, and 2pm
– Environmental educational programming for all ages.

When: Saturday, October 20, 11 am-3 pm
Lawn area between American Swedish Historical Museum and FDR boathouse
More info: Visit the event page.

Eagles vs. Panthers Green Legion Home Team Tailgate
– One of the best home tailgates in South Philly before every Eagles home game
– All you can eat tailgate menu
– Drink specials
– No line or cover to access Xfinity Live! after the game

When: Sunday, October 21, 8am – noon
Xfinity Live! (1100 Pattison Avenue)
More info: Visit the event page to purchase tickets.

Pumpkin Carving with Bella Vista Neighbors
Pumpkin carving returns to Fleisher’s Sanctuary for a festive celebration with friends, neighbors, and cool jack-o-lanterns. Large pumpkins, tools, and artistic guidance to help you create your masterpiece will be provided and refreshments will be served. 

When: Wednesday, October 24, 6-8 pm
Fleisher Art Memorial, 705 Catharine Street
More info: Visit the event page to register.

Annual Witchcraft Beer Crawl
Look for surprises on the Avenue, costume contests, food specials. Proceeds benefit EPABID’s cleaning and greening programs.

When: Wednesday, October 24, 5:30-9:30 pm
Registration at Garage, 1231 East Passyunk Avenue.
More info: Visit the event page.  Purchase tickets here.

Weekly Events

Singing Fountain – Farmers’ Market
Come and get your fresh, local-grown produce, Amish goods, among other delectable.

Where: East Passyunk Avenue at Tasker Street
When: Every Wednesday, 3-6 pm through mid-November

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Property of the Week: 1023 Morris Street

There are thousands of homes for sale in South Philly. Our “Property of the Week” features one worth checking out…

Live in the lap of luxury in South Philly! This newly renovated home in East Passyunk Crossing is ideally located within walking distance to East Passyunk Avenue’s shops and some of the top restaurants in the country. The home is also close to public transportation.

General details
This home was designed for comfort, with an emphasis on sustainability. Green features include VOC-free paint, energy efficient windows, hot water heater, and HVAC system. The house’s systems are brand new, including the plumbing and 100 amp electrical service.

In addition to great natural light, you’ll find hardwood flooring throughout, beautiful finishing details around the doors and windows, and decorative baseboards and crown molding in the living room. The home also features a new roof and Ring doorbell system.

The state of the art kitchen boasts stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, and ample cabinet space. French doors lead from the kitchen to a back patio area that’s lovely for entertaining.

Second floor
The second floor contains three bedroom suites — with plenty of closet space in the master bedroom. Three and a half baths with beautiful tile and granite countertops are supplied by all-new plumbing.

The second floor front bedroom has a Juliette balcony which provides unique curbside appeal.

Lower level
There’s additional storage area in the fully-finished lower level, complete with an antique wine press!

A 10 year tax abatement has been submitted for this property. Sellers are offering a $4,000 credit to outfit closets & glass shower doors.
For more information, please contact:

Ilene Wilder, Realtor
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services

215-893-9800 office
215-514-0449 cell


Stephanie Sultanov Graham


Fox & Roach Realtors
1818 Rittenhouse Square
Philadelphia, PA 19103

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Events Round-up 10-12-18: Fall is finally here edition.

Festivals, flea markets, honky tonk, mums, meatballs, homemade wine – and more!

Fleisher Art Memorial Kids’ Pumpkin Painting
Pumpkin carving returns to Fleisher’s Sanctuary for a festive celebration with friends, neighbors, and cool jack-o’-lanterns. Large pumpkins, tools, and artistic guidance to help you create your masterpiece will be provided and refreshments will be served. This event is sponsored by the Bella Vista Neighbors Association (BVNA) and is made possible by a grant from the Philadelphia Activities Fund.

Where: 419 Catharine Street
When: Friday, October 12, 4 pm – 6 pm
More info: Learn more and register at

Hootenanny at the Headhouse
Get your boots ready to scoot, with Philadelphia’s HonkyTonk Sweetheart, Hurricane Hoss and the Perfect Storm for a night of country swing under the historic Headhouse Shambles. Music, dancing, savory cider, craft beers. 

When: Friday, October 12, 7 pm – 9 pm
Headhouse Shambles – 2nd & Lombard Streets
Cost: Free event.
More info: Learn more at the South Street Headhouse Distrcit website.

Antique and Vintage Flea Market & Second Saturday Sidewalk Sale
Three events in one: the Antique and Vintage Flea Market, Sidewalk Sale and Second Saturday. Shop from East Passyunk merchants and visiting flea market vendors, enjoy live music, and food.

When: Saturday, October 13, 8 am – 4 pm
Flea market takes place in the parking lot, East Passyunk and Morris
More info: Visit the East Passyunk Avenue bid’s event page.

Capitolo Flea Market
Flea market with live entertainment by local artists and musicians. This twice yearly event is a fundraiser for Capitolo Park, put on by friends of the park.

When: Saturday, October 13, 9 am – 3 pm
 Capitolo Park, 9th & Federal Streets
More info: Visit the Flea Market’s event page.

9th annual Mums and Mutts Fall Festival
Sponsored by Morris Animal Refuge. Enjoy blessing of animals, food, drinks, kids’ zone, Mummers.

When: Saturday, October 13, 11 am – 4 pm
Burke Playground, 200 Snyder Avenue
More info: Visit Morris Animal Refuge’s event page.

South Philly Meatball Contest
Come and enjoy free meatballs – included the controversial vegan meatball.

When: Saturday, October 13, 5 pm – 8 pm
Where: Taproom on 19th,
 2400 South 19th Street
Cost: Free event.

Columbus Square – Outdoor Movie Night
See Disney’s Coco under the stars.

When: Saturday, October 13, 7 pm
1200 Wharton Street
Cost: Free event.
More info: Learn more about the free movie nights.

Vendemmia Festival
Annual festival celebrating wine and the Italian homemade wine-making tradition.

When: Sunday, October 14
Stephen Girard Park, 2101 West Shunk Street
Cost: $55 per ticket
More info: Learn more and purchase tickets at the Vendemmia Foundation website.

Weekly Events

Singing Fountain – Farmers’ Market
Come and get your fresh, local-grown produce, Amish goods, among other delectable.

Where: East Passyunk Avenue at Tasker Street
When: Every Wednesday, 3-6 pm through mid-November

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar Turns 80!

By Sandy Smith for the Passyunk Post

Happy birthday!

That’s how patrons who walk into Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar have been greeted for decades.  And why not? It’s somebody’s birthday somewhere every day.

On Saturday, October 6, the birthday was the bar’s own. And from 3:30 in the afternoon on into the night, regulars and friends from all over came to say “Happy Birthday” to the legendary establishment at East Passyunk Avenue and Federal Street.

Lou Anne Capozzoli, daughter of owner Lou and member of the third generation of Capozzolis involved with the bar, explained how the bar got its name.

“Ray was my grandfather,” she said. “When he owned it, and people came into the bar, instead of saying ‘Hello,’ he’d say ‘Happy birthday.’”

Lou himself is more likely to crack jokes when patrons enter, but the tradition continues: whenever the bartender rings a bell behind the bar, everyone in it shouts out “Happy birthday!”

“The bell rings maybe 10 times a day, easy,” said Lou, who grew up with the bar.

“My father bought it in 1938,” he said. “I was born in 1939, and we moved here in 1940.”

Over the seven years after Prohibition ended in 1933, the bar had had three different owners. It’s remained in the Capozzoli family ever since, and Lou does his level best to run the bar as his father did.

Owner Lou Capozzoli at the 80th birthday celebration. Photo: Sandy Smith.

Which means everyone’s welcome. “Everybody came here. Jewish people, Italian people, black people – my father was friends with everybody,” he said. “He was one of the nicest people you ever met. He treated everybody equally.

“And I teach my son in the same way: ‘If someone comes in and shakes your hand, say Happy Birthday to them.’”

Vintage photo shows Lou (back row, left), and Ray (back row, center, with glasses). Photo courtesy Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar.

Lou’s son Anthony, who was behind the bar at the party, didn’t have time or room to shake hands that afternoon, for the bar was packed to the gills with well-wishers who came out to have a good time and listen to live music. Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  Newbold 

Halo there, Thirsty Soul

The “Pope Chair.”  Courtesy Darren Fava

New Watering Hole on West Passyunk Offers All-day Brunch, Clever Cocktails, and Live Music.

By Mark Ferrante for the Passyunk Post

“We’re all about comfort and spirits.  The comfort and spirits that we serve, and the comfort and spirits of those we serve,” says Timothy Lidiak about The Thirsty Soul, open since August at 1551 West Passyunk Avenue (northeast corner of West Passyunk Avenue and 16th Street) in Newbold. The church-themed restaurant is a joint-venture of Lidiak and fellow owners Billy Hines, and Adrienne Markey-Salvatore. Hines serves as general manager. Executive chef Barbara Romeo, previously at West Passyunk’s now-closed Grubhouse, has crafted a comfort food-filled, New Orleans-meets-South Philly all-day brunch menu.

Lidiak, a South Philly resident since 1999, also serves as president of the Newbold Community Development Corporation. He says the restaurant will provide “delicious comfort food and craft cocktails at an affordable price structure suited for our South Philly neighborhood.” More ambitiously, the restaurant hopes to  “jump start the economic growth and commercial revitalization of West Passyunk Avenue and provide job opportunities to neighborhood residents.”

The confessional. 

The fun, church-themed decor includes pew seating, a stained glass bar top, low lighting, and candles. A red-curtained confessional booth, located to the right of the main entrance, allows passage from the main dining area to a speakeasy-like space fittingly called the Red Room. This room features comfortable chairs, low lighting, a fireplace, and tables. Live music performances take place here.

The outdoor seating area, installed this past week along West Passyunk Avenue , will feature large sidewalk planters and landscaping when complete. Lidiak says it’s the restaurant’s “Garden of Eatin’” theme.

Red Room – live music lounge. Photo courtesy Thirsty Soul.

Stained glass bar top. Photo courtesy Darren Fava.

Southern-meets-South Philly
The Thirsty Soul’s menu features Southern- and New Orleans-inspired brunch items served fourteen hours per day (11 am – 1 am), seven days a week.

Appetizers include fried green tomatoes, catfish beignets, bacon jam-topped deviled eggs, and hot strawberry wings.

Hot strawberry wings. Photo courtesy Thirsty Soul.

Sandwich offerings include a “smashed burger” and a selection of “yo’ boys” with choices ranging from fried shrimp, catfish, and BBQ pork, to vegan-friendly green tomatoes or cauliflower.

BBQ Pork Yo’Boy. Photo courtesy Mark Ferrante.

Heartier plates like jambalaya mac and cheese, BBQ shrimp and grits, chicken and waffles with sausage gravy, and Eggs Benedict with BBQ pork fill out the menu – and will more than fill you up.

Jambalaya Mac & Cheese. Photo courtesy Darren Fava.

Fried chicken & waffles. Photo courtesy Meghan Walter.

Cornbread, BBQ pulled pork, Eggs Benedict. Photo courtesy Thirsty Soul.

The drink menu offers unique craft cocktails. There’s a refreshing take on the Singapore Sling and a maple-infused bourbon “Saint.” Need a pick-me-up? Try the Perk-A-Tory, featuring La Colombe coffee and coconut water spiked with spiced rum.

Brunch n’ punch! Photo courtesy Thirsty Soul.

Are your dining companions are up for a common cup? Then invite them to experience a Jezebel punchbowl for the table – a vodka is infused with blueberry and basil. Craft beers on tap, dozens of can beer selections, and canned wine round-out the options.

Bar interior. Photo courtesy Darren Fava.

In addition to hosting live music, the Red Room will be available for special events and private gatherings. There’s also talk of a Gatsby-themed event to ring in the New Year.

Thirsty Soul is open 11 am – 2 am. Food served until 1 am. For more information, visit


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What's Happening in:  Graduate Hospital 

Property of the Week: 2610 Catharine Street

There are thousands of homes for sale in South Philly. Our “Property of the Week” features one worth checking out…

Welcome to 2610 Catharine Street…perhaps your future home.

This beautiful, new three-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath rehab with third-story addition in Graduate Hospital boasts 1,700 square feet, including the basement.

Conveniently located just minutes from the South Street bridge, I-76, 1-95, major bridges, PHL International Airport, CHOP’s Roberts Center, University City including Drexel and Penn, Center City, and so much more. The home is in the Chester A. Arthur School catchment area. Live in the heart of it all!

Upon walking up to the property you will find beautiful gray stucco and a modern/sleek metal dark gray exterior on the third floor. Entering through the large metal door with long glass window, you will find a completely renovated and modern new home.

Throughout the house, you will find beautiful 5″ x 3/4″ thick oak hardwood floors (except in the basement and bathrooms). The first floor boosts exposed brick walls and a nice-sized open floor plan with living room, dining room, and kitchen. The first floor is flooded with natural light.

The kitchen features granite countertops and plenty of cabinet space with soft-close doors and drawers. The large granite island with stainless steel sink and garbage disposal is a great place for entertaining and seating. All stainless steel appliances including a LG French door refrigerator with bottom freezer; LG gas range with hood; LG dishwasher with QuadWash; and an LG microwave. There’s also a gorgeous tile back splash.

Off of the dining room through the French doors is a perfect outdoor space with flower bed.

The basement is partially finished with a powder room and all mechanical systems. Great for a rec room. There is a small unfinished crawlspace in the rear of the basement and a source of egress.

Second floor
On the second floor, you will find two nice-sized bedrooms with closets. The front bedroom has a walk-in closet and lots of natural light. The laundry room has a Samsung high efficiency front-loading washer with steam and a Samsung gas dryer with steam.

A beautiful three-piece ceramic tile bathroom with tub/shower is also found on this floor.

Third floor – master suite
The third floor is the master suite with walk-in closet and bathroom. There is an additional den/office with balcony overlooking the yard. There’s a walk-in closet with built-in rod and shelf. The beautiful master bath features a double sink and a stunning tiled walk-in shower with glass door. Simply perfect. Don’t overlook this beautiful and unique home on a quiet side street. Come check it out for yourself!


Michael Giangiordano II
Century 21 Forrester Real Estate
1608 E. Passyunk Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19148




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