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Good news for South Philly Co-op, plus a couple secret garden pics

Everybody’s favorite potential food co-op, the South Philly Co-op, hit a milestone this weekend when it signed up its 300th member at the second annual garden tour.

The event – which sold 111 tickets at $20 to $25 a pop, not a bad haul – featured 24 home and community gardens all over South Philly, and they all looked a lot nicer than the crumbling concrete slab that makes up the back yard of Passyunk Post world headquarters.

Why doesn’t our back yard look like that? Oh yeah, hard work (from Co-op’s Facebook page)

The 300-member mark is impressive, but it’s still short of the 600 members needed to be able to sign a lease. According to Plan Philly:

At 250 members, the co-op was able to create a real estate committee. At 400 members the organization will begin to secure funding, and at 600 members the co-op will be able to sign a lease.

Check out a ton of photos on the Co-op’s Facebook page. And click here for more info on how to become a member. It’s $200, but you can pay in installments, so what’s the hold-up?

Veddy nice, Facebook again
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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

2nd Saturday gets G-rated

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The East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District has been drawing art aficionados, curious passersby and wine freeloaders to 2nd Saturday for years, but now the BID is skewing a little younger with its latest initiative.

A family-friendly, early incarnation of 2nd Saturday begins tomorrow, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., according to a news release:

Philadelphia’s “it place” for grownup dining, drinks, fashion and fun jumps into fall with a kid-friendly version of the popular “Second Saturday” series. Families are invited to enjoy back to school shopping, live entertainment, public tours, craft activities, family meals and free prizes! Many activities are discounted or free.

Prizes, huh? More than 20 avenue businesses are participating with food specials, games, live music, apple painting, discounts, deals and other little enticements. For the full list of offerings, go to the event’s Facebook page.

No need to worry, childless adults and parents who want to get a cheap buzz on. The regular 2nd Saturday is still going on later, so drop the kids off at Nana’s house and get some free Narragansett beer at the Bottle Shop.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Yoga theater? Fringe show comes to Wake Up

The annual Live Arts/Philly Fringe festival begins this weekend, and it always promises to bring an eclectic mix of performances at dozens of venues across the city, some of them pretty unconventional. This weekend’s show at Wake Up Yoga at 1839 E. Passyunk Ave is no exception. At least the woman putting on the show is a yoga instructor, so it makes some sense.

Michal Waldfogel, via wellphl.com

The show “Crossing Imaginary Lines: a musical yoga journey by Michal Waldfogel” is Saturday at 4 p.m.

It takes a sense of adventure, of wonder, and of humor to begin Crossing Imaginary Lines. Join your travel guide, singer/songwriter and yoga teacher Michal Waldfogel, for an evening of live acoustic music that explores and dissolves limitations in the body and in the life. No yoga experience needed.

If you miss it, there are shows Sept. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Studio 34, 4522 Baltimore Ave., and Sept 22 at 7pm at Blue Banyan, 7153 Sprague St. (Mt. Airy)

In other South Philly theater news (who knew there’d ever be any), Theater Exile at 13th and Reed launched a deal of a subscription series: four shows for as little as $45. Not bad. Previews for their Fringe show, “The Edge of Our Bodies,” start Thursday.

Here’s a preview of what you might get at Crossing Lines:

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Concert/membership drive for South Philly Co-op

Have some free time tomorrow night? The South Philly Co-op and Gold Star Park is hosting a concert/pot-luck dinner at 7 p.m.

On August 15, come out and enjoy the last days of summer with the music of East Coastamite, a good-time, get-down, instrumental four-piece preaching the word of 60s-inspired, soul, surf, and organ jazz. Course there will be food too–the Co-op is celebrating with a a potluck. Bring your favorite dish made with at least one local ingredient to share and don’t forget to BYOB(lanket). Event begins at 7pm at Gold Star Park on Wharton between 6th and 7th.

Sign up to become a member-owner that night and you’ll receive $15 in gift cards for the Farm to City farmers markets. And if that’s not enough of an incentive, the first 40 people who stop by our table will get a free Little Baby’s ice cream sandwich.

Here’s the Facebook invite.

Events like this make the Co-op that much closer to reality. When we checked in with them a couple weeks back, 280 people had become member-owners and a newly formed real-estate committee was beginning to meet to explore location options. That’s a lot of progress on something that will be huge for the neighborhood.
Also, make sure to plan for the Co-op’s fall garden tour fundraiser. For $20 in advance or $25 on the day of, you can get into 20 hidden South Philly gems. That goes down on a Saturday (Sept. 8). Plus there’s an after-party at the Cantina with 20 percent off drinks.
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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Car show pics and quips, plus one grouch

So, the biggest event of the year in the neighborhood comes around, and of course, we couldn’t make it thanks to a persnickety series of unfortunate events.

On the avenue, via Matt DiGennaro on Instagram

That means we’ll have to let everyone else tell you about it. Thankfully, there are some pretty good photographers out there and a few of them can turn a phrase, so here goes – your 60 second summary of the East Passyunk Avenue Car Show and Craft Festival.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Hot rod heaven, circus performers

The Car Show and Street Festival returns to EPA for the seventh year on Sunday, July 29 from noon to 5, and this time the party looks bigger than ever. The EPA Business Improvement District, which puts on the show, expects more than 140 classic and tricked-out cars, spread out over the blocks between Broad and Dickinson.

Car show last year, thanks to EPBID

We’ve been to the show before, and the cars are pretty cool, but the best part is the food, the booze and the scene. That all promises to be even better this year too. There will be live music on every block with stages in front of Le Virtu, El Zarape, Mamma Maria, Stogies Joes and Birra and a DJ most of the day at the fountain (for the schedule and more info…). An expanded roster of food trucks will line the street and the restaurants will open up to the sidewalk serving food and drinks. The Bang! Boom! CRAFT! show, sponsored by our very own Nice Things Handmade at 1731 EPA, will bring dozens of vendors to the fountain.
The biggest improvement over last year? Circus performers from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts.

Then if you’re just getting going when they’re closing up shop at 5, head to Stogies Joe’s and the party outside keeps rolling till 9.

It’s a big change from the car show’s paltry beginning, when lonely clusters of people would shuffle the wide, empty gulf between vendor tables. People would take to the old Phillyblog to complain that the BID shouldn’t even stage events like these because hardly anyone showed up. Actually, it was only two years ago that the event was labeled the “DooWop Car Show and Street Festival,” no doubt catering more to some of our grayer neighbors. Kudos to Renee at the BID for sticking through it all.

Also, the car show is nominated for the best local event by PHL17’s hot list contest, which could use your support, by the way…click

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