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Set a Flight Pattern to see “Fly Eagles Fly” at the Fringe Arts Festival

Tribe of Fools soars to higher theatrical heights with an Eagles-themed FringeArts show.

By Joseph Myers

Until February 4, when the Philadelphia Eagles used their talons and talents to defeat the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LII, holding allegiance to the Birds had mostly meant dealing with disappointment. Now that the gridiron group holds championship distinction, the city has collectively found itself captivated and even adopting atypical athletic swagger. South Philly-heavy performance collective Tribe of Fools chose to capture that joy through “Fly Eagles Fly,” a runaway favorite in this year’s FringeArts Festival.

Action shot from “Fly Eagles Fly.”Credit: Plate 3 Photography

“It’s so interesting, especially in Philadelphia, how sports can affect so many individuals’ demeanors and dispositions,” artistic director Terry Brennan, who is also co-directing the 90-minute look at fandom and friendship, said before a recent performance. “When we look back to seven months ago, that’s where we got that rare example of just how good it can feel to go from being in the hunt to being the best of the best.”

“Fly Eagles Fly” performers (left to right) Nathan Alford-Tate, Janice Rowland, Taiwo Sokan, Jacinta Yelland, Kyle Yackoski. Credit: Plate 3 Photography

The West Passyunk resident and his peers are presenting the office-situated comedy through September 22 at Center City’s Louis Bluver Theatre at the Drake. Touching on the depth of personal interactions, social matters, self-knowledge and concern for others—all frequent Tribe of Fools themes—the plot follows the riveting 2017 campaign that culminated in the title game upset over the vaunted Patriots, whose quarterback ends up as a character dubbed “evil, imaginary Tom Brady” in the show. Continue Reading →

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FDR Park: Master Plan, Survey, and Call for Artists

Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park, also known as F.D.R. Park and “The Lakes,” has provided a green oasis for  South Philly since the early 1900s. The park’s popularity, years of active use, flooding, and major projects like the construction of Sports Complex and I-95 have taken their toll on the park. Now, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, in partnership with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, is preparing a master plan for the 348-acre park – and they’re seeking your input. They’ve also just released a call for artists for a temporary environmental art installation.

The Overlook on Edgewood Lake, FDR Park. Courtesy of the Farimount Park Conservancy.


Not What It Used to Be

First named League Island Park, the park’s original plan was created by famed landscape designers, the Olmsted Brothers. When it opened in 1921 the park stretched from 11th Street to 20th Street. In 1926 the portion of the park east of Broad Street was redeveloped into Municipal Stadium, now the site of the Wells Fargo Center. Additional acreage was lost to the construction of Interstate 95. According to the park’s nomination to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places:

Over the years F.D.R. Park lost approximately 32 acres of parkland, including a running track, a picnic shelter with fireplace, several heavily used picnic areas, a soccer field, a volleyball court, a children’s playground, the Melville Memorial and 649 mature trees.

Running track? Volleyball court? Soccer field? More trees? Yes, please!

The original League Island Park plan by the Olmsted Brothers, 1913. The area on the right is now the site of the Sports Complex. I-95 runs through the site roughly along the area at the bottom labeled “right of way.” Courtesy of Free Library of Philadelphia, Map Collection


Master Plan: Your Input Wanted

According to the Fairmount Park Conservancy, “the goal of the master plan is to revitalize the park, restoring it back to its original intent as an urban oasis for people as well as plants and animals, and create a shared vision for the park’s future.” Part of this process involves collecting extensive community input. A public meeting was held in June and an online survey was created.

Public meeting participants. Courtesy Fairmount Park Conservancy.


Call for Artists

This Fall, the Conservancy is seeking an artist or team of artists to create an outdoor environmental art installation or interactive experience. The goal is to “invite visitors and community members to engage with the relationship between FDR Park and climate change.” Artists may submit ideas for participatory projects, installations, sculpture, and multi-disciplinary interventions that engage FDR Park users.

Suggested locations for the art installation (outlined in red).

The project must be installed or activated by Friday, October 19, 2018. A stipend of $4,000 will be allocated for the artist/artist team. This commission is part of the Arts and Culture Program at the Conservancy, supported by grants from CUSP at The Franklin Institute and William Penn Foundation.


F.D.R. Park Action Items:

Take the FDR Park user survey to let the Conservancy know your thoughts on the future of FDR Park.

Apply to the call for artists.

Learn more about the master planning process.

Read more about FDR Park’s history.

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South Philly Food Co-op Is Alive & Well — and Busy As Ever

Note from the Editor:  a reader informed us that she’d heard the Food Co-op’s new store was being replaced by a deli. “Say it ain’t so!” she implored us. Well, we’re happy to report that it’s “Fake News: South Philly Edition”… 

By Carolyn Huckabay, Board of Directors, South Philly Food Co-op

The South Philly Food Co-op is as busy as ever this summer, from ushering in new board members, hosting community events, and building major momentum in their Capital Campaign.

In June, we told you about the Co-op’s “Kitchen Crawl: A Traveling Cocktail Party” — a progressive happy hour that took attendees on a tour of five South Philly homes and gardens. The tour ended with a sneak peek at their future location at 2031 S. Juniper St. The event was a great success, raising thousands of dollars toward the capital campaign, adding some new member-owners, and sharing a tour of the space.

Visitors receive a tour of the Food Co-op’s future space at 2031 S. Juniper St.

To build the store, the Co-op hired Philadelphia-based small business owner Buckminster Green as general contractor. Phase 1 of construction began this spring, and included framing out the store. This will allow the landlord to complete their agreed-upon improvements, including electrical and HVAC installation and distribution. Be on the lookout for the storefront which will be installed later this summer, thanks to the City of Philadelphia’s Storefront Improvement Program.

Kitchen Crawl participants on tour. Photo courtesy Food Co-op.

Buckminster Green will begin Phase 2 as soon as the Co-op reaches their Capital Campaign goals, and support from member-owners and the South Philly community at large has never been stronger. As of today, the Co-op has raised nearly $200,000 in member loans, and they’re 919 member-owners strong. With an overall fundraising goal of just over $1 million, there’s still work to do, so they need everyone’s help — dare we say cooperation — to keep up the momentum and bring in the funds needed to break ground!

Next Thursday, August 2, the Co-op will host a happy hour at Pistolas Del Sur, with drink specials and proceeds benefiting the Co-op. Come join the celeberartion and get all your questions answered.

If you’d like to get involved by becoming a member-owner, making a loan, or volunteering, please email general@southphillyfoodcoop.org. Or join the mailing list to receive the latest news from the Co-op!

 

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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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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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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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