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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Weekend Primer – a bevy of flea markets west of Broad, and a whole lotta other stuff to do.

Each week we strive to provide you with a comprehensive list of weekend activities in South Philly.  Did we miss your event?  Do you have an upcoming event you’d like us to post? Please email us at events@passyunkpost.com and we’ll be happy to add it.

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Assorted dates & times. Love Your Park WeekCity-wide park cleanup events, including many in South Philadelphia. Check out your volunteer options at loveyourpark.org

 

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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Old School Spotlight: Frangelli’s Bakery

We enjoy bringing you news about the latest restaurants and retail “opening soon” across South Philly.  In “Old School Spotlight” we take a look at a business that’s been around a while but is still vibrant and ready to serve you.  


The Franolli. Photo by Frangelli’s.

Frangelli’s Bakery owner John Colosi is rightfully proud of all his delicious pastries.  Sometimes, though, a parent has a favorite child or two. Colosi’s favorites include his bakery’s old style Philadelphia cheesecake and another, more unique creation…the “Franolli.”  The name of this doughnut, filled with sweetened ricotta cheese and chocolate chip, is a portmanteau of the words Frangelli’s and cannoli. The tasty treat was created by chance in 2012 when John dipped a piece of doughnut in some cannoli filling and loved the combination.  It’s become a fan favorite and even prompted Steve Harvey to do a little dance after trying one on his show.

Frangelli’s was established in 1947 and moved to its current location in the 1990s.  “I grew up at 9th and Jackson across the street from the original Frangelli’s and I’ve been eating these baked goods my whole life,” said Colosi, an affable fellow in his early forties. Colosi bought the bakery eight years ago, after the original owner’s son retired. In addition to being the owner, he’s also the principal baker. His sister Stacy Colosi Gatto is one of his helpers. Continue Reading →

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Free Comic Book Day!

What began as a way for retailers to revive interest in comic books has since turned into an annual, worldwide event. Free Comic Book Day is typically held on the first Saturday of May. The East Passyunk Community Center Advisory Council’s 3rd annual Free Comic Book Day will be held this Saturday, May 12th from 11am to 1pm.

Co-sponsored by Alphabet Academy and Brave New Worlds Comics, the Center uses the comic book give-away to focus on reading.  “Our primary intention was to use comic book day to promote literacy. We ask parents to stay and read the comic to their children, or if the parents aren’t fluent in English, that the children read to them,” said Joseph F. Marino, the Advisory Council’s President.

The first 100 children will receive a free comic book of their choice. A variety of free comic books will be distributed including LEGO, Barbie, Archie, Casper, and assorted superheroes.

Children will also have the opportunity to transform into their favorite comic book character at the face painting station and have their photo taken with special guest, Wolverine.

“I really like comic books,” Nathan Dean, an after-school student at East Passyunk Community Center said, “I’m really excited to see everything that will be there.”

East Passyunk Community Center is located at 1025 Mifflin Street.

 

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Not their first (Rolling) Rodeo…

The Rolling Rodeo returns to the playground of Southwark Elementary School, 9th and Mifflin streets, Saturday, May 12th, from 10am to 12pm. Children under 12 years old from surrounding neighborhoods are invited to bring “anything with wheels” (and their parents or a guardian) to this family-friendly event. The Rodeo is produced by the Friends of Southwark, part of the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association Education Committee which helps support the school.

Last year, children descended on the school yard on bicycles, scooters, roller skates, and in wagons. Organizers expect the same mix of wheeled conveyances this year, but they’ve collaborated with new partners to expand the event. Children can decorate their rides, race through a road-safety obstacle course, and participate in other games. As Friends of Southwark chair Nichole Girgenti explained: “The event provides a safe space for children to ride and race, while learning the rules of the road and participating in helmet and bike checks.”

In addition to the learning component, “The 2017 Rolling Rodeo was successful as a welcoming and inclusive event for all of our South Philadelphia neighbors,” Girgenti explained, “This is due in large part to the driving force behind the event, David Krill.” Krill, a neighbor of the school and Friends of Southwark member, conceived and found funding for the event.

A scene from the 2017 Rolling Rodeo.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Vikings have invaded historic Fort Mifflin!

By Laura Cella and Meghan Walter

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye! Head to historic Fort Mifflin this weekend to join the lords, ladies, pirates and Vikings (yes, Vikings) at this year’s Philadelphia Renaissance Faire. Upon entering, the “townsfolk,” dressed in period garb, will greet you with a caution to “Watch out for the dragons!” flying overhead. They’re referring to the planes taking off intermittently from nearby Philadelphia International Airport. Though loud, they will not eat you.  

As seen as the Philadelphia Renaissance Faire.

There’s no lack of entertainment here, with two stages offering a wide variety of shows including magic, comedy, music and belly dancing.  Not to be missed: “Shakespeare Approves!” This one-man-show incorporates multiple audience members to perform fun versions of Shakespearean classics – all while keeping the audience roaring with laughter.  

There’s action off the stage too. We witnessed an impromptu sword fight and participated in whip-cracking lessons from the Whipsy Rover.  Note: cracking a bull-whip is a lot harder than it looks! Continue Reading →

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News round-up

PlanPhilly reports that another Target may be coming to South Philly. The proposed development, at 5th and Bainbridge streets in Queen Village, calls for a seven-story mixed-use building anchored by a store “with a big red bull’s eye.”  While the prospective plans will please some, we’ll be sad if this handsome little building bites the dust.

Will a red bullseye soon mark this site? Northeast corner, East Passyunk and Bainbridge.   Google Maps.

 

 

 

The construction underway at Guerin Recreation Center, 16th and Jackson Streets, is part of the Philadelphia Water Department’s Green City, Clean Waters program, reports the South Philly Review. Two underground storage basins are being installed beneath the site to collect storm runoff diverted from the center and surrounding streets.  The area above the basins will be planted with grass when complete.

The self-piloting drone of the future is under development in South Philadelphia, reports 6abc. The drone is being developed by Exyn Technologies, 2118 Washington Avenue, and a team from the University of Pennsylvania. The group hopes the drone can be used to explore disaster zones, inaccessible areas, underground mines, and underwater.

6abc also highlighted three new “spots for Southern cooking,” two of which are South Philly-based.  Acadia, 824 S. 8th Street and Mike’s BBQ, 1703 S. 11th St. are both featured in the piece.  The channel also praised Mike’s BBQ in a separate piece on sandwiches.

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