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The Dog (Wash) Days of Summer Are Here

Manatawny Tasting Room Hosting Dog Wash Benefit for Morris Animal Refuge – this Saturday

Manatawny Still Works, Mid-Atlantic Craft Distillery

Has the recent heat left your canine companion a little stinky? Then bring ’em to Manatawny Still Works Craft Spirits Shop & Tasting Room, 1603 East Passyunk Avenue, this Saturday, July 7 from noon to 4 p.m. for a bath! For $20 your pup will be pampered and 100% of the proceeds will benefit the Morris Animal Refuge located at 1242 Lombard Street.

Manatawny, which opened on East Passyunk Avenue in 2017, has a history of holding animal rescue-related fundraisers. The charitable work began in 2014 after owner and master distiller Max Pfeffer rescued a pit bull he named Piper. To help other dogs like Piper, the company created The Piper Project, through which a portion of proceeds from the sale of their Three Bitches Wheat Vodka benefit rescue organizations.

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This is the company’s first time doing a dog wash event. Manatawny’s marketing director Kira Carpov said “it’s a perfect fit for East Passyunk Avenue since this is an extremely dog-friendly area with dog friendly restaurants and bars.”

Art Etchells, Manatawny’s manager in Philadelphia explained that the company approached Morris Animal Refuge about the partnership, “Morris will provide volunteers to help wash dogs and Manatawny is doing everything else!”

Dogs will be washed and rinsed in kiddie pools right outside the establishment. Amelie’s Bark Shop, the pet boutique located at 1544 East Passyunk Avenue, will donate the shampoo. 100% of the profits from the dog wash will go directly to Morris Animal Shelter.

If you’d like to help but don’t have a dog, or your dog is bath-averse, Manatawny has created two additional “spirited” ways to benefit Morris Animal Rescue:

  • On Saturday, between noon and 11 p.m., sales of a specialty vodka cocktail will benefit Morris.
  • Profits from the sales of bottled vodka in July will be dedicated to the organization.

Cheers!

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Lost in South Philly

New developments in South Philly have recently resulted in the loss of some historic and artistic fabric.

Mario Lanza’s childhood home at 636 Christian Street is currently being demolished, reports Nick Vadala in this piece at philly.com.  Lanza, the South Philly-raised opera singer and movie star, spent his early years at the house. According to the article:

The two-floor rowhome, along with several other adjacent properties, will be replaced with two 43-foot-tall buildings that will share a gated driveway, according to proposed construction plans.

Lanza’s home is located around the corner from the Institute and Museum that bears his name which we wrote about last week.

636 Christian Street. Google Maps.

Hidden City has more information about the state historic marker at the Lanza home, as well a marker outside the home of another notable South Philadelphia artist, Frank Gasparro.  Gasparro’s birthplace at 727 Carpenter Street was raised last summer. As the piece points out, the historic markers, “…provide zero legal protection to historic structures in Philadelphia.”

“Markers are dedicated to honor people, places and events,” said Sean Adkins, Digital Director of the PHMC.  “The history of the subjects of the two historical markers in question, a significant musician and a significant artist, is unchanged by the demolition of the buildings where the markers are located.”

Frank Gasparro house, 727 Carpenter (on right) before demolition. Google Maps.

Gasparro house site. Google Maps.

Across South Philly, the soon-to-be-lost “Dream in Flight” mural on Point Breeze Avenue near Dickinson was featured in a recent piece on the BillyPenn blog about murals disappearing due to new construction.

Mural Arts Executive Director Jane Golden estimates around three murals per year are covered up by development. The problem isn’t new — but it’s only gotten worse as the pace of construction has spiked.

“We do our work against a backdrop of the city evolving,” Golden told Billy Penn. “Cities are fluid and dynamic and always moving. Nothing stays the same.”

Dream in Flight mural, Point Breeze Avenue & Dickinson St. Google Maps.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Events Round-Up

Compiled by Josephine Cardillo

If you have an event you’d like us to include on our weekly events round-up, please send us an email at events@passyunkpost.com 

Friday, June 29

Saturday, June 30

  • 10 a.m. (earlier in hot weather) – Gardening at South Philly High. Dedicated groups work in both gardens. For more info, email lomo@gmail.com.
  • 2 p.m. Super Saturday Matinee: CrazyForSwayze – Tall Tale at South Street Cinema, 327 South Street. Pop-up cinema “brings classic films, cult favorite and campy cinema to Philadelphia’s boulevard of entertainment.”
  • 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. Kitchen Crawl: A Traveling Cocktail Party. Traveling dinner party, offering samples and sips of Philly’s local food scene at homes of South Philly Food Co-op member-owners. Benefits South Philly Food Co-op. Check-in at 2031 South Juniper Street, $30-$40. Read more here.
  • 8 p.m. CrazyForSwayze- Steel Dawn at South Street Cinema, 327 South Street. Pop-up cinema “brings classic films, cult favorite and campy cinema to Philadelphia’s boulevard of entertainment.”

All Weekend

  • 10 a.m. World Cup screening parties continue on Saturday and Sunday, June 30 & July 1, at Bardascino Park, 10th and Carpenter streets.
  • 12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.  The Italian Market Project, is a 90-minute interactive adventure for audiences of eight to 10 people.  Learn about the past, present and future of the Market while enjoying snacks, beverages and puzzles. Five shows a weekend, now extended through July 15. Find more information here.

Monday, 7/2/18

Tuesday, 7/3/18

  • 2 p.m. Teen CornerFumo Family Library, 2437 South Broad Street. Each Tuesday Teens can participate in a different activity and win prizes. This week: create a stop motion animation 30 second commercial with the library’s iPads.
  • 2 p.m. Teen Gardening Club, Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave. Teens, help spruce up Whitman’s yard with flowers, plants, and other natural fauna! Please wear closed-toe shoes. For ages 12-19.

Thursday, 7/5/18

  • 10 a.m. Construction ClubFumo Family Library, 2437 South Broad Street. Children aged eight and younger, accompanied by a caregiver, are invited to join us as we build with wooden blocks, magnetic tiles, Lincoln Logs, Mega Bloks, and more, with people, animals, and vehicles to inhabit their creations!
  • 10:30 a.m. Movers and Shakers StorytimeSouth Philadelphia Library, 1700 South Broad Street. Dance, listen, and sing along in this active storytime for independent movers.
  • 2 p.m. Jetsetter ThursdaysThomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library, 1935 Shunk Street. Get your passport stamped without leaving the library! We will set off to discover a new country each Thursday. Discover the food, music, language, culture and wildlife of faraway places.
  • 4 p.m. CrafternoonWhitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave. A new story and craft every week. For children and families. Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, 7/6/18

  • 10:30 a.m. Coffee & Coloring, Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Ave. Color away your stress and enjoy a beverage with other community members. All coloring supplies, tea, and coffee will be provided.
  • 2:30 p.m. Family Flicks | Ratatouille, Fumo Family Library, 2437 South Broad Street. Each Friday (except the second Friday of the month) the Fumo branch shows a different family-friendly film . They serve popcorn. Bring your own beverage.

All summer long…

Note: some on-going events may not be held due to the July 4th holiday.  Be sure to check individual schedules.

Tuesdays

  • 5:30 p.m. Woofstock Concert Series at Seger Park, 10th and Lombard streets. Weekly concert series welcomes dog owners and community members alike. Enjoy live music and dinner and drinks from local food trucks.  Through August 28.  Hosted by the members of Seger Dog Park. Next concert: July 10th.
  • 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. Free Evening Yoga, Palumbo Park, 723 Catharine Street. Offered Tuesdays in July and August at Palumbo Park,  6:15-7:15 pm. Next Yoga: July 10th.

Tuesday – Sunday

  • Visit the Pippi Longstocking Gallery at the American Swedish Historical Museum to introduce you child to the beloved children’s book character. This dedicated gallery brings to life the whimsical world of iconic Swedish author Astrid Lindgren with exhibits and a museum scavenger hunt. The museum is located in FDR Park, at Broad and Pattison Ave.

Wednesdays

  • 3 pm to 7 pm. Fountain Farmers’ Market at the “Singing Fountain,” East Passyunk Avenue at Tasker. Hosted by Farm to City, this market offers a variety of locally-grown, fresh produce every week.

Thursdays

  • 7:30 p.m.  Summer Mummers Concert Series. Mummers Museum, 1100 South 2nd Street. Thursday evenings from May through September, the Mummers Museum, holds a free outdoor string band concert under the stars. Bring your family, some lawn chairs, and sit back and enjoy the music. Refreshments served at 7:30 p.m., concert begins at 8:00 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held indoors. Note: no concert July 7th.
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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Progressive Happy Hour / Home & Garden Tour to Benefit South Philly Food Co-op – This Saturday!

by Carolyn Huckabay for the Passyunk Post

Looking for a new local happy hour spot? How about five in one afternoon? That’s what you’ll find this Saturday, June 30 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m at Kitchen Crawl: A Traveling Cocktail PartyHosted by the South Philly Food Co-op, the event is part progressive happy hour, part South Philly homes-and-gardens tour, and part sneak peek at the future home of South Philly’s only member-owned-and-operated grocery store.

Kitchen Crawlers will start their journey at 2031 S. Juniper St., where the Co-op will open as soon as its Capital Campaign fundraising goal is met. After check-in, guests will receive a map of the libation destinations which include some of South Philly’s coolest rowhomes. All homes are owned by Co-op member-owners and will be well-stocked with special snacks and sips.

On the menu:

  • Summery cocktails from Thirsty Soul, the new cocktail bar and comfort food spot opening this summer at 16th and West Passyunk
  • Savory pickled snacks and refreshing fermented beverages from fermentation expert/Co-op member Amanda Feifer O’Brien of Phickle
  • White, red and pepperoni pizza from LaScala’s Birra on East Passyunk Avenue
  • Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread (aka sesame seed’s answer to Nutella)  from the globally-inspired, sister-owned, Philly-based tahini company Soom
  • Vegan gazpacho shooters from local chef/Co-op member Laura Frangiosa
  • Locally made wine from Nuthouse Wines
  • Savory bites from Home Appetit, a local food-delivery company
  • Sweet treats from Essen Bakery
  • Fair-trade coffee from the worker-owned co-op Equal Exchange
  • Beer from Pistolas Del Sur, located just around the corner from the Co-op

Attendees can also score some amazing raffle prizes from Primal Supply MeatsBing Bing Dim SumMighty Bread, and South Bowl, Home Appetit, Equal Exchange, and Phickle.

Plans for the Food Co-op’s store on display, November 2017. Photo courtesy South Philly Food Co-op.

All sip stops are within a half-mile of the Co-op, and each ticket also includes a tour of the space, which was recently framed out by local contractor Buckminster Green (pro tip: Follow their Instagram account for tons of home renovation inspiration). To learn more about the Co-op’s two-phase construction plan, check out their June 2018 newsletter.

Tickets are available to Co-op members for $30 and $40 for general admission, All proceeds go directly to the Co-op’s Capital Campaign.

Food Co-op leaders at the announcement of their store location, November 2017. Courtesy South Philly Food Co-op.

The South Philly Food Co-op is a community of 916 South Philadelphia member-owner households (and counting!) working together to open a grocery store that uses food as a force for good. The store will be located at 2031 S. Juniper St., steps from three commercial corridors — Passyunk Avenue, Snyder Avenue and Broad Street — and just one block from SEPTA’s Broad Street Line. The Co-op is in the midst of a Capital Campaign to raise $1 million in order to open, stock and staff the store. You can help by becoming a member-owner or making a member loan pledge.

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Passyunk Square :  South Broad Street 

Mario Lanza Institute & Museum Fundraiser to Benefit New Home in Passyunk Square

The Institute lost their lease in Bella Vista but hope to “Keep The Dream Alive” and remain in South Philly

You may have heard that the Mario Lanza Institute and Museum lost their lease at their current home, 712 Montrose Street. We’ve just learned the Institute plans to relocate to a new space in Passyunk Square. On Tuesday, June 26th, you can help the Institute with their relocation expenses by making a purchase at Pizzeria Pesto, 1925 S. Broad St. On that day, 10% of all proceeds (dine-in, take-out & delivery) will benefit the Institute’s Capital Campaign.

1206 Reed Street, future home of the Mario Lanza Institute & Museum. Google Maps

The Institute’s current leased space, in a former convent adjacent to St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Church, is being sold to a developer. They hope to relocate to space at 1206 Reed Street, opposite Columbus Square. The building, owned by Pete Bilotti of Alexstone, a granite and marble company, requires some renovations to accommodate the Institute’s offices and museum. The museum’s collection consists of movie posters, lobby cards, photos, costumes, and a terra cotta bust of Lanza.

Mario Lanza. Photo courtesy Mario Lanza Institute.

Mario Lanza was a South Philly success story. Born Alfredo Arnold Cocozza on January 31, 1921, he lived at 636 Christian Street and 2040 Mercy Street. Lanza, who took his grandmother’s name as he rose to fame, began his professional singing career at age 16. After a 1947 concert at the Hollywood Bowl, he was signed to act for MGM. This catapulted him to fame as a film star. At the time of his death in 1959 he was called “the most famous tenor in the world”.
Lanza dreamed of establishing a scholarship program to help young vocal students. The non-profit Mario Lanza Institute, incorporated in 1962, helped fulfill this dream. The Institute has awarded more than 200 scholarships to talented, young singers aspiring to achieve professional vocal careers. The scholarships have benefited students attending music programs across the country, including Philadelphia’s Academy of Vocal Arts and Curtis Institute, and Juilliard in New York City.

The Pizzeria Pesto/Alexstone fundraiser will help the Institute continue their philanthropic work and provide a fourth South Philly-based site for their office and museum.

The museum was officially established in 1975 at Nick Petrella’s Record Shop, 1414 Snyder Ave., when a modest Lanza display located at the back of the shop was expanded. The museum hoped, in part, to capture the large crowds expected for the Bicentennial. In 1986 Petrella closed his record shop and the museum moved to the third floor of Settlement Music School, 416 Queen Street. Lanza had attended Settlement as a child. For many years the Institute’s scholarships exclusively benefitted students at the school. In 2002 the Museum dedicated their soon-to-be-former space at 712 Montrose.

For more information, visit the Institute’s website, or contact them at mariolanzainstitute@verizon.net or 215-238-9691. You can also donate via Facebook here. The Mario Lanza Institute is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. All contributions are deductible to the extent permitted by law.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Events Round-Up

Compiled by Josephine Cardillo

If you have an event you’d like us to include on our weekly events round-up, please send us an email at events@passyunkpost.com 

Friday, 6/22/18

Saturday & Sunday, 6/22 & 6/23/18

  • 10 a.m. World Cup screening parties continue on Saturday and Sunday, June 23-24, at Bardascino Park, 10th and Carpenter streets.
  • 12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m.  The Italian Market Project, is a 90-minute interactive adventure for audiences of eight to 10 people.  Learn about the past, present and future of the Market while enjoying snacks, beverages and puzzles. Five shows a weekend through July 1. Find more information here.

Monday, 6/25/18

  • 12:30 p.m.  Mindfulness Meditation | Chair YogaFumo Family Library, 2437 South Broad Street. Ground your mind and body with Mindfulness Meditation and Chair Yoga. Spend a peaceful half-hour with a guided meditation. Chair yoga is a twist on traditional yoga, making it accessible for any age. This program is for adults. Newcomers welcome!
  • 2 p.m. Game Time MondaysThomas F. Donatucci, Sr. Library,
    1935 Shunk Street (20th & Shunk Sts.). Discover a new game on Mondays, tabletop and lawn games in the library garden (weather permitting).
  • 4 p.m. Meatless MondaysSouth Philadelphia Library, 1700 South Broad Street (Broad & Morris Sts.) Join Chef Char Nolan for an all-ages vegan cooking class! All levels of experience welcome.
  • 6:00 p.m.  Healthy Mondays | Jams & Summer Salsas. Fumo Family Library. 2437 South Broad Street. Chef Dolores will demonstrate how to take advantage of the seasonal fresh bounty using summer fruits & vegetables to create mouthwatering Jams and Salsa in this cooking workshop.
  • 6:30 p.m.  Spinning YarnsFumo Family Library, 2437 South Broad Street.For those who knit and crochet, bring your latest project and enjoy a relaxing, low-key evening of crafting at the library.  All fiber arts are welcome. This program is intended for adults.
  • 1:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. ESL Conversation GroupCharles Santore Library  932 South 7th Street (7th & Carpenter Sts.). This group is a great way to practice speaking everyday English. ALL are welcome.
  • 6:30 p.m.  YogaYoga with a certified instructor. Join whether you’re new to yoga or a seasoned practitioner.

Tuesday, 6/26/18

  • 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Woofstock Concert Series at Seger Park, 10th and Lombard streets. Weekly concert series welcomes dog owners and community members alike. This week: music by Aaron Parnell Brown and food trucks.
  • 7 pm.  KidFest: Firetruck Night. Mario Lanza Park hosts KidsFest on four consecutive Tuesdays in June at the park, 235 Queen Street. (mid-200 block between Catharine and Queen streets). This week: bring your bathing suits as the fire truck sprays the group!

Wednesday, 6/27/18

  • 10 a.m.  Jams! in the Park @ Dickinson Square. Hosted  by Charles Santore Library  at Dickinson Square. Meet us in Dickinson Square park for stories, music, and a sensory activity.
  • 12 p.m. E-Gadget HelpSouth Philadelphia Library, 1700 South Broad Street (Broad & Morris Sts.) Bring your phone, tablet or laptop for troubleshooting. Learn to download free eBooks, movies& magazines.
  • 3 p.m. Around the World with the Geography Lady!   Charles Santore Library  932 South 7th Street (7th & Carpenter Sts.). Travel around the world while staying right here in the library! Take a chance to learn about different places and different cultures with Miss Alycia, the Geography Lady.
  • 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Happy Hour at Anastasi’s. Anastasi Seafood. 1101 South 9th Street. What better way to enjoy the ever-warming weather than spending time with friends outside? Fresh seafood and delicious drinks at great happy hour prices.
  • 6:30 p.m. You Can’t Kill a PoetSouth Philadelphia Library, 1700 South Broad Street (Broad & Morris Sts.). An evening of LGBTQ writers and poets sharing their work. If you are interested in reading at this event, contact Boston Gordon at bostn.gordon@gmail.com.
  • 7 p.m.  The 1940s Cabaret at Hawthorne Park, 12th & Catharine streets. Presented by Rev Theatre Company. A happy, heady hit parade of musical nostalgia aimed straight for your heart, based on the 1940’s sensational song stylings and best-selling recordings of Bing Crosby and the Andrews Sisters, and featuring such enduring, endearing classics as Bei Mir Bist Du Schon, Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree, Mairzy Doats and Accent-Chu-Ate The Positive. Free!

REV Theatre Company presents The 1940s Cabaret. Photo courtesy of www.revtheatrecompany.org.

Thursday, 6/28/18

  • 2 p.m. Jetsetter Tuesdays.  Get your passport stamped without leaving the library! We will set off to discover a new country each Thursday. Discover the food, music, language, culture and wildlife of faraway places.
  • 4 p.m. CrafternoonWhitman Library, 200 Snyder Avenue (2nd St. & Snyder Ave.) Join us for a new story and craft every week. For children and families. Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult.

Friday, 6/29/18

  • 10:30 p.m. Coffee & ColoringWhitman Library, 200 Snyder Avenue (2nd St. & Snyder Ave.). Color away your stress and enjoy a beverage with other community members. All coloring supplies, tea, and coffee will be provided.
  • 3 p.m. Build It!  Whitman Library, 200 Snyder Avenue (2nd St. & Snyder Ave.). Build with LEGOs, MagnaTiles, and more. Children under seven must be accompanied by an adult.

All summer long

  • Tuesday – Sunday. Visit the Pippi Longstocking Gallery at the American Swedish Historical Museum to introduce you child to the beloved children’s book character. This dedicated gallery brings to life the whimsical world of iconic Swedish author Astrid Lindgren with exhibits and a museum scavenger hunt. The museum is located in FDR Park, at Broad and Pattison Ave.
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