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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing :  Passyunk Square 

East Passyunk getting into the fall spirit with Witch CRAFT crawl, Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday

Passyunk Avenue will be busy this week with all kinds of autumnal activities, including Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday and the popular Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl.

You can get goofy like these folks last year. Pic via PhillyLovesFun

You can get goofy like these folks last year. Pic via PhillyLovesFun

For a mere $6.66, you can participate in the Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl on Wednesday, Oct. 23 to try $3 craft beers at 14 Passyunk Avenue bars and enter for a chance to win prizes.

Participants will  receive a witch hat and a stamp card for the contest. Get stamps by buying food and drinks, and once you get five, you can enter a chance to win gift certificates to participating bars and restaurants.  Prizes will also be given for the best dressed witch or for having the most original costume.

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

10-unit apartment building proposed for site of old Jehovah’s Witness hall

UPDATE: The developer agreed in November to eight apartments in the existing two stories, no parking, and alley improvements. Check the Passyunk Square civic’s zoning committee update here for a little more info.

A three-story apartment building has been proposed for 1235-37 Federal St., currently the site of a Jehovah’s Witness hall.

Both of these buildings would come down

Both of these buildings would come down

The plan was presented earlier this month to the Passyunk Square Civic Association zoning committee meeting, where neighbors heard that the developer would add a third floor to the existing two-story properties. Ten apartments (nine two-bedrooms and a one-bedroom unit) were proposed for the structure.

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What's Happening in:  Newbold :  Point Breeze 

Drink beer with your Newbold Neighbors this weekend

This design will be on your pint glass if you go

This design will be on your pint glass if you go

A fact of life, courtesy of the Passyunk Post: The best way to lubricate the wheels of neighborly socializing is with alcohol. So, what better way to meet the fine folks in Newbold and Point Breeze than with food and drink, served in the comfort of neighborhood homes?

The Newbold Neighbors Association will be hosting its annual Beer Tour on Saturday Oct. 26,  starting at 5 p.m.

During the, um, “living room crawl,” participating homeowners within the civic’s boundaries (Broad to 18th, Washington to Passyunk) will open their abodes to the tour, serving up a variety of entrees and desserts to pair with seasonal beers. It’s two brews per house and about an hour per visit is the general distribution.

You can check out the stellar beer list here, which includes this writer’s personal favorite brew from Philadelphia Brewing Company, the Joe Coffee Porter, and the crazy-strong Sixpoint Bengali Tiger (it’ll make you roar.)

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What's Happening in:  Bella Vista :  Graduate Hospital :  Passyunk Square 

To-Do List: Blocktoberfest; new Exile show; 215 Festival; PHEAST & more

Blocktoberfest 2012, via South Street West's Facebook page

Blocktoberfest 2012, via South Street West’s Facebook page

  • Blocktoberfest, a massive celebration of beer, will be between Broad and 18th Streets for its fifth year in a row, noon to 8 p.m. Craft breweries from all over the country, food and live music. As if that’s not enough, this year’s pumpkin beer station will expand into a Pumpkin Beer Express Zone for pumpkin beverage fans. For those who are curious, the event is nonprofit, with beer proceeds going to a variety of neighborhood initiatives addressing education, green space and public safety.

All weekend

  • The 215 Festival is taking over East Passyunk Oct. 17 through Oct. 20. For readers who missed our post on the event, the festival will feature spoken, written and visualized word performances and workshops. For a full event schedule, visit the website here. Philebrity is also giving East Passyunk Avenue a bookstore for the day. The pop-up bookshop by Spiral Bookcase it will be selling books written by 215 Fest-featured authors at the Singing Fountain on Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Want to win FREE tickets to Theatre Exile’s production called “Cock”? You can enter to win free tickets by signing up for our weekly newsletter. The show opened with previews on Oct. 17 and runs through Nov. 10. The play follows the journey of John, who’s trying to find out what he wants out of life when he falls in love with a woman after taking a break from his boyfriend.
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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

SoPhilly Spotlight: Backyard Buddha edition

For this week’s SoPhilly Spotlight, we bring you a precious Queen Village home whose zen-like back yard is as tranquil as you can get smack dab in the middle of the city.

915 S. Fairhill9

Located on a tiny street at 915 S. Fairhill St., this renovated house has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms in 1,500 square feet. It’s going for $349,000.

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