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Last-Minute Food Gift Guide

By Catherine Murray

‘Tis the season for merriment and last minute shopping! To make your holiday gift giving extra tasty — and very South Philly, swing by one of these beloved establishments.  


Artisan Boulanger Patissier

Courtesy Artisan Boulanger Patissier/Facebook

Want to impress your family visiting from out of town? Pick up chocolate croissants or raspberry mousse from this long treasured South Philly bakery. The artful and decadent treats made here will make your celebrations a little sweeter.

Address: 1218 Mifflin Street

Hours: Open daily 7 am – 5 pm and Sunday 8 am – 4 pm. Closed Mondays.

Price: Varies upon item


Brewery ARS

Courtesy Brewery ARS/ Facebook

If you haven’t been to ARS yet, now is the perfect time to go. These South Philly brothers brew some seriously good stuff. To celebrate their second anniversary, ARS just released bottles of its bourbon aged imperial stout – the perfect stocking stuffer for the beer lover in your life. While supplies last, ARS also has cans available of mouth-pleasing salty caramel stout. Want even more beer? Grab a  growler of one of their eight delicious beers on tap.

Address: 1927-1929 W. Passyunk Ave.

Hours: Wednesday & Thursday 5 – 10 pm ,
Friday 12 – 11 pm, Saturday 12 – 11 pm, Sunday 1 – 8 pm, Closed Mondays & Tuesdays

Price: Growlers range from $16 – $20 and $7 – $12 for the glass, Bottles go for $22 while supply lasts

 


Essen

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Hanukkah has passed (and we’re sorry we didn’t post this guide in time for it!) but thankfully the treats at Essen, a Jewish bakery on the East Passyunk Avenue, are available all year round. Grab a babka – coffee cake layered with chocolate and pastry – to take to your soon-to-be-delighted host. You’ll definitely get invited back next year.

Address: 1437 E. Passyunk Ave.

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 8 am – 5 pm, Sunday 8 am – 3 pm, Closed Mondays

Price: Chocolate Babka, $13, other loaves and treats vary


Photo by Coleman Yunger

Hale and True Cider Co.

Husband and wife duo Kerry and Risa McKenzie opened Hale and True this spring, and the accolades keep rolling in. The hard cider made on-site is so flavorful and crisp that it will ruin all other ciders for you. Choose one of the five distinct flavors on tap for a growler. To make the holidays more festive, Hale and True is offering 15% off growlers and fills on Sunday, December 23rd and Sunday, December 30th. The Season, an off-dry cider fermented with cranberries and a hint of maple syrup, is the perfect addition to any winter gathering. (Disclaimer: the author works at Hale + True but still stands by this recommendation wholeheartedly!)

Address: 613 S. 7th Street

Hours: Wednesday & Thursdays, 5 – 11 pm, Friday 5 – 12 pm, Sat, 12 pm – 12 am, Sunday, 12 pm – 10 pm, Closed Monday & Tuesday

Price: $22 for 64 oz. growler fill, $10 for the glass 


Occasionette

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A delightful staple on the Avenue for unique, thoughtful, and gorgeous presents for everyone in the family. To make your celebrations feel a bit Old World, pick up a jar of mulling spices. Sipping mulled wine by your fire or Christmas tree will feel just right.

Address: 1825 E. Passyunk Ave.

Hours: Open daily 11 am – 8 pm, Sundays 11 am – 6 pm

Price: $8 – $12 depending on size


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Primal Supply Meats

For the meat lover in your life, shop online or swing by Primal Supply Meats, one of the newer darlings on the Avenue. Purchase a one-time Butcher’s Club Package of meats and sausages, a butchery class, or a gift certificate. Primal Meats sources from local farmers who are raising their animals humanely and managing their land sustainably.

Address: 1538 E. Passyunk Ave.

Hours: Open weekdays 12 – 8 pm and weekends 10 am – 6 pm, Closed Tuesdays

Price: Small butchers package $44, Butchery Class, $125


South Philly Food Co-op

Courtesy South Philly Food Co-op/Facebook

The community-owned grocery store at 2031 S. Juniper is getting closer and closer to opening its doors. The co-op will be a community gathering point, offer tastings and food education, and will carry a wide selection of local, natural, and organic foods and household items. It’s going to be the real deal. A co-op doesn’t have big corporate backing – it literally takes years of hard work of dedicated volunteers and community members working together to make this happen. Give the gift of member-ownership this holiday season to the South Philly (or Center City!) friend or foodie in your life.

Address: 2031 S. Juniper Street (opening in 2019)

Price: $200 for equity ownership, can be paid in installments

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Events Roundup 12-14-18

Compiled by Josephine Cardillo


Saturday, December 15


Punk Rock Flea Market

When: Saturday & Sunday, December 15 & 16, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Bok, 1901 S 9th St.
Details:  $5 to enter, good for the entire weekend. For more info, visit the their website.


Made at Bok Holiday Market
An uber-local shopping experience featuring one-of-a-kind items from the Bok Studios. Get your gift wrapped for a suggested donation – gift wrap proceeds will go to Toys for Tots. Thirsty or hungry? Try Bok’s own South Philly Smokhaus, Irwins, Two Persons coffee, and Machine Shop Boulangerie!

When: Saturday, December 15, 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Bok, 821 Dudley St. (rear entrance)
Details:
 Free entry. See the list of vendors at their Facebook event.


Inflatable Snow Globe Photos
Take some memorable photos inside the East Passyunk Avenue BID’s giant inflatable snow globe! Afterwards, continue up the avenue for some holiday shopping.

When: Saturday, December 15, 11 am – 4 pm
Where: East Passyunk Gateway, intersection of Broad Street, East Passyunk Avenue, and McKean Street.
More info: Event details available at visiteastpassyunk.com


Running of the Santas MegaFest
Get ready to run Santa-style. Philly’s biggest Santa party, featuring over 10,000 Santas.

When: Saturday, December 15, 10 am–11:30 pm
Where: Xfinity Live & Field House, 821 Dudley St. (rear entrance)
Details:
 See their website.


Sunday, December 16


Punk Rock Flea Market

When: Saturday & Sunday, December 15 & 16, 10 am – 5 pm
Where: Bok, 1901 S 9th St.
Details:  $5 to enter, good for the entire weekend. For more info, visit the their website.


Holiday Story Times
Perfect for families with young children or anyone who is young at heart.

When: Sunday, December 16, 11 am
Where: A Novel Idea on Passyunk at 1726 East Passyunk
More info: See the Facebook event.


Can You Händel It? Pop Up Choir on East Passyunk
Pop-Up Choir of George Frideric Handel’s Messiah Part 2 Hallelujah Chorus on East Passyunk Avenue. Add your voice and let the music move you – or simply come and watch as a spectator.

When: Sunday Dec. 16th, 2 pm – 3 pm
Where: Singing Fountain at Tasker St. and East Passyunk Ave.
Details:  Performing in the original key of D major. Bring your own sheet music, or use one of the provided copies. Conducted by Justin Gonzalez. More details, and a link to download the music here.


Monday, December 17


Hawthorne Neighborhood Christmas Party
Food, fun, and toys. Children up to 12 years of age will receive a gift by signing up in advance.

When: Monday, December 17, 6 – 8 pm
Where: 1200 Carpenter St.
Details:  Call 215.685.1848 to register your child.


Tuesday, December 18


Caroling at Dickinson Square
Food, fun, and toys. Children up to 12 years of age will receive a gift by signing up in advance.

When: Tuesday, December 18, 6:30 – 8 pm
Where: Parson Building – Dickinson Square, Tasker St. & Moyamensing Ave.
Details: See the Facebook event.


Toddler Time: A Very Swedish Christmas
Toddlers and families will get into the holiday spirt by learning about fun Swedish holiday traditions such as St. Lucia Day, Pepparkakor, and Jultomte.

When: Tuesday, December 18, 10:30 – 11:30 am
Where: American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave.
Details: $5/child.  More info on the museum’s website.



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East Passyunk Deck the Ave – A Month of Merrymaking!
Festivities will include the East Passyunk Pop Up Choir, Photos with Santa, Snow Globe Photos, Typewriter Letters to Santa, 8th Annual Ornament Show, Holiday Story Time, Holiday Mummers, Free Parking Saturdays, Holiday QOTA LGBTQ Happy Hour – and more. 

When: Assorted days & times
Where: East Passyunk Ave. from Broad to Wharton St.
Details: Visit their Facebook events page.

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Events Roundup 12-05-18

“A Night of Carols” – Christmas Concert

When: Thursday, December 6, 7 pm
Where: St Edmond’s Church, 2130 S 21st St.
Details:  See the Facebook event.


An Original Play by Gianna Lozzi Wolf: The Eighth Fish of Christmas
Presented by Raw Street Productions.

When: Friday, December 7 through Sunday, December 9, assorted times
Where: Connie’s Ric Rac, 1132 South 9th Street
Details: Read more about it, see dates & times, and purchase tickets here.


Saturday, December 8


Army-Navy Game
If you’re lucky, tickets to this epic match might still be available here.

When: Saturday, December 8
Where: Lincoln Financial Field
More info:  See the official webpage. And, while you’re at it, read how the game moves one reporter to tears each year. 


Southeast by Southeast Holiday Sale & Toy Drive
Multicultural sale featuring an assortment of global crafts and textiles made by Philadelphians from all over the world. Directly benefits Philadelphia’s immigrant and refugee artists and entrepreneurs. Toy drive – bring a wrapped and labeled holiday gift under $25 for refugee children in Philadelphia.

When: Saturday, December 8, 11 am – 3 pm
Where: Bok, 821 Dudley St.
More info: 
Cash-preferred. Proceeds go directly to the vendors. Sponsored by the Porch Light program and Southeast by Southeast. See the web page or Facebook event.


Brunch with Santa

When: Saturday, December 8, 11 am – 4 pm
Where: Mummers Museum, 1100 South Second St.
Tickets: 
Tickets: adults/$12, children/$10. Call 215.336.3050. Facebook event.


Handmade at Fleisher Art Memorial
Indoor holiday craft market plus DIY gift-making.

When: Saturday, December 8, 11 am – 5 pm
Where: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.
More info:  Free admission, limited free parking. See the Facebook event.


13th Annual South Philly Handmade Brigade – open studio & sale
This shopping event features affordable and original artwork & gifts by local artists. Glass, ceramics, jewelry, clothing, housewares, and more. Meet the artists in their studios and enjoy snacks and drinks, too.

When: Saturday, December 8, 11 am – 6 pm
Where: 1241 Carpenter Street
More info: 
See the Facebook event.


Typewriter Letters to Santa
Children of all ages are welcome to type a letter to Saint Nick on decorated stationary using one of Philly Typewriter’s vintage machines. Take your letter home to mail to the North Pole or bring it to one of East Passyunk Avenue’s Photos with Santa events.

When: Saturday, December 8, 1 – 4 pm
Where: Philly Typewriter, 1439 East Passyunk Ave.
More info:  See the Facebook event.


Holiday Story Times
Perfect for families with young children or anyone who is young at heart.

When: Saturday, December 8, 3 pm
Where: EPABID Office at 1904 East Passyunk
More info: Featuring the South Philly Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia. See the Facebook event.


Sunday, December 9


Holiday Story Times
Perfect for families with young children or anyone who is young at heart.

When: Sunday, December 9, 11 am
Where: A Novel Idea on Passyunk at 1726 East Passyunk
More info: See the Facebook event.


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Marconi Plaza – Christmas Tree Lighting
Enjoy caroling and hot chocolate with your neighbors.

When: Saturday, December 10, 7:30 pm
Where: Marconi Plaza, west side of Broad Street at Oregon Ave.
More info: See the Facebook event.


Dinner With Santa at Penrose Diner
5th annual Dinner with Santa feature treats for the kids and a free picture with the man in red.

When: Wednesday December 12, 5-8 pm
Where: Penrose Diner, 2016 Penrose Ave
More info: See the Facebook event.


Italian Movie Afternoon featuring “Benvenuto Presidente!”

When: Friday, December 14, Noon
Where: Fumo Family Library, 2437 South Broad St.
More info: See the Free Library’s website.



All Month

East Passyunk Deck the Ave – A Month of Merrymaking!
Festivities will include the East Passyunk Pop Up Choir, Photos with Santa, Snow Globe Photos, Typewriter Letters to Santa, 8th Annual Ornament Show, Holiday Story Time, Holiday Mummers, Free Parking Saturdays, Holiday QOTA LGBTQ Happy Hour – and more. 

When: Assorted days & times
Where: East Passyunk Ave. from Broad to Wharton St.
Details: Visit their Facebook events page.

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Events Roundup 11-30-18

Carolers at the Singing Fountain, 2017.

Gold Star Park Clean-up
It’s your last chance to rake leaves!

When: Saturday, December 1, 10 am – 12 pm
Where: Gold Star Park, 625 Wharton St.
Details:  See the Facebook event.


Holiday Craft Bazaar and Visit with Santa Claus
Join the Friends of the Donatucci Library for a visit with Santa, enjoy some cookies, and shop for local hand-made crafts.

When: Saturday, December 1, 12 – 3 pm
Where: Thomas F. Donatucci Sr. Library, 1935 Shunk St.
More details: See the Facebook event.


Typewriter Letters to Santa
Children of all ages are welcome to type a letter to Saint Nick on decorated stationary using one of Philly Typewriter’s vintage machines. Take your letter home to mail to the North Pole or bring it to one of East Passyunk Avenue’s Photos With Santa events.

When: Saturday, December 1, 1 – 4 pm
Where: Philly Typewriter, 1439 East Passyunk Ave.
Details:  See the Facebook event.


Holiday Story Times
Reading and book signing by author/illustrator Greg Pizzoli

When: Sunday, December 2, 10:30 am
Where:  Tildie’s Toy Box, 1829 East Passyunk
Details:  See the Facebook event.


Gold Star Park Winter Lights Celebration
Kids’ art activity and celebration of lights.

When: Sunday, December 2, 4 pm
Where: Gold Star Park, 625 Wharton St.
Details:  See the Facebook event.


Winter Wonderland – South Street Headhouse Tree Lighting
Santa Claus will arrive on a firetruck, greet children, and collect their wish lists. Music, treats, and gift shopping will also be part of the event. CBS3 meteorologist Chelsea Ingram will help Santa count down to the official lighting of the tree at 5:00pm.

When: Sunday, December 2, 4 – 6 pm
Where: Historic Headhouse Shambles, 200 Lombard Street
Details: FREE. See their Facebook event.


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

When: Monday, December 3, 3 – 7 pm
Where: Xfinity Live, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Tickets: Purchase tickets on their website.


Hanukkah Service in Headhouse Square
The lighting of the menorah led by Rabbi Yochonon Goldman of B’nai Abraham.

When: Monday, December 3, gather at 4:30 pm, ceremony at 5 pm
Where: Headhouse Square Fountain, 400 S 2nd St. (at Lombard)
Details: Check out their Facebook event.


Pyramid of Lights in Cianfrani Park – a Bella Vista tradition!
Come out and meet Santa, hear live music, and enjoy free hot chocolate provided by Guppy’s.

When: Tuesday,December 4, 6:30 – 7:30 pm (weather-permitting)
Where: Eighth and Fitzwater
Details: See the Facebook event.


NICE Friendraiser at Sidecar
Join Neighbors Investing in Childs Elementary (NICE) for pizza, apps, and drinks. Half the proceeds benefit NICE.

When: Thursday, December 6, 5:30-8pm
Where: The Sidecar Bar & Grille, 2201 Christian Street
Details: Tickets $20. More info on their Facebook page.



All Month

East Passyunk Deck the Ave – A Month of Merrymaking!
Festivities will include the East Passyunk Pop Up Choir, Photos with Santa, Snow Globe Photos, Typewriter Letters to Santa, 8th Annual Ornament Show, Holiday Story Time, Holiday Mummers, Free Parking Saturdays, Holiday QOTA LGBTQ Happy Hour – and more. 

When: Assorted days & times
Where: East Passyunk Ave. from Broad to Wharton St.
Details: Visit their Facebook events page.

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Free expert advice on fixing & improving your row house

The Association for Preservation Technology Delaware Valley Chapter is offering a free, two-day symposium on the Philadelphia row house this Friday and Saturday. The event promises to help homeowners learn how to maintain and repair their row house, and make them more energy efficient.

Topics will include:

  • Repairing and underpinning foundation walls
  • Wall stabilization and repair
  • How to insulate masonry walls
  • Ventilation and HVAC
  • Wood window repair and replacement
  • Flashing and roofing systems
  • Chimney repair best practices

Representatives from the Historic Commission and L&I will also be present to discuss permitting, inspecting, and getting repairs and alterations approved by the City.

The 2018 Row House Symposium is FREE, but registration is required. Please register here.

Schedule
Friday, November 16, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday, November 17, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Location
Friday: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St.
Saturday: Materials Conservation Co., 1714 N Mascher St.

For more information: https://www.apt-dvc.org/aptdvc-events/2018/11/16/row-house-symposium

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Events Roundup 11-07-18

Dickinson Square – Love Your Park Day volunteer event
Help out raking leaves, picking up litter, cleaning flower beds. Light refreshments served. Children welcome.

When: Saturday, 11/10, 9 am – 2 pm
Where:
1600 East Moyamensing
More info: https://loveyourpark.org/


Passyunk Square Civic Association Home Tour
Self-guided ticketed event showcasing homes throughout the Passyunk Square neighborhood. Followed by happy hour at Triangle Tavern, 11th and Reed Streets.

When: Saturday, 11/10, Noon – 4 pm
Where:
Same-day tickets available for $25 at B-2 Coffee Shop, 1500 East Passyunk.
More info & tickets in advance: Buy $20 tickets in advance online at: https://passyunksquare.ticketleap.com/2018-psca-home-tour/details


St. Monica School – Beef and Beer Night with “The Business”
Enjoy an evening with the hottest band in South Philly, The Business, for a great cause! All proceeds raised will fund the Windows2020 project, to provide new windows for the school.

When: Saturday, 11/10, 7 pm
Where:  2500 South 16th Street
Tickets: $45 via: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/beef-beer-with-the-business-tickets-48515465062


Philadelphia Wing Festival
The 2nd annual Philadelphia Wing Festival is back! A fun-filled family day featuring wing themed activities & madness! 

When: Saturday, 11/10, Noon – 6 pm
Where: 2300 Arena, 2300 S. Swanson Street
Tickets: http://www.upcomingevents.com/e/philadelphia-wing-festival-35926/


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

When: Sunday, 11/11, 3 – 7 pm
Where: Xfinity Live, 1100 Pattison Avenue
Tickets: http://www.upcomingevents.com/e/eagles-vs-cowboys-green-legion-home-game-tailgate-35285/?ref=ucen1030185



Weekly Events

Programs at the Free Library branches
Each week the Free Library branches in South Philly offer a wide variety of educational and fun events for children and adults. Options include storytime, play groups, yoga, knitting, English classes, health fairs, computer help, and much more.

Where: Find a branch near you
When: View Upcoming Events under each site’s location information, or browse the calendar.


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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