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“Spice” Things Up at the Singing Fountain this Thursday

Wannabe a Spice Girl? East Passyunk Pop-up Choir Gives You the Chance.

The general public is invited to channel their best Scary Spice, Sporty Spice, Baby Spice, Ginger Spice and Posh Spice at the Spice Girls Pop-Up Choir this Thursday, June 21, 2018 during Make Music Day. The event will take place from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Singing Fountain (intersection of 11th Street and East Passyunk Ave.).  This free event is hosted by the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, South Fellini and Make Music Philadelphia.

Photo courtesy of www.facebook.com/SpiceGirlsNews/

Participants will engage in a brief rehearsal led by local singer-songwriter and certified music therapist Carolyn Thorn, followed by a public performance and recording of the night. No experience is necessary – just a love of singing. Participation is free and open to all ages.

The pop-up choir is organized as part of Make Music Day, an international musical celebration with concerts on streets, sidewalks and parks in cities around the world.

“Make Music Day is a worldwide event on the summer solstice to celebrate music,” said South Fellini co-founder and East Passyunk business owner Tony Trov, “Philadelphia will be full of events all day that invite the public to come out, learn to sing, and have a good time. We’re gonna teach everyone the Spice Girls’ ‘Wannabe.’

Trov said that the event is inspired by a successful community pop-up choir held on East Passyunk Ave. during the 2017 Christmas season. “The area around the Singing Fountain was completely full with over 80 people. The response was so great we wanted to do it again. We just felt like the time was right to plan this over Make Music Day,” explained Trov, “We have over 200 signed up…on Facebook – we can’t wait to see what the response will be.”

The Singing Fountain is located at East Passyunk Ave., 11th and Tasker streets.

Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, Make Music Day is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries. Different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

For more information and to RSVP for the Pop-up Choir, please visit the event’s Facebook page.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Tropical-Floral Jawn Coming to East Passyunk Avenue

New Shop Brings Dart Frogs, Exotic Plants, and Stunning Floral Design Together Under One Roof

“Floral Fauna,” a combination of two nature-centric shops, will open soon at 1724 East Passyunk Avenue, the former Avenue Cheese Shop.  The new store, which promises “exotic pets, house plants, fresh flowers and so much more,” is the brainchild of long-time friends Franco Franchina, Chris Urban, and Marianna Coppola.  The trio decided to create a shared space to host their already-established businesses: Creations by Coppola, specializing in floral and event design; and ILLExotics, featuring tropical fauna and flora.

Franco Franchina (left) and Chris Urban set up a display case at the new shop.

Chris and Franco, who are also life partners, will present some very unique fauna: exotic reptiles and amphibians not usually seen outside of zoos. As Chris stresses, “This is not your typical pet shop.”  If their website is any indication, the options will be colorful conversation pieces:  chameleons, dart frogs, scorpions, and much more.

Franco worked with exotics from a young age, but his “obsession…was always with plants and reptiles.”  He parlayed his hobby into a Biology degree with a concentration in horticulture and herpetology (reptiles and amphibians) from Stockton University in New Jersey.  

Chris studied at Philadelphia’s University of the Arts and traveled the world as a performance artist.  After meeting Franco, he developed a passion for “dart frogs and tree frogs – and creating the naturalistic vivaria for each species…”  Vivaria are enclosures, like aquariums and terrariums, prepared to create semi-natural conditions for pets. The shop will feature BioActive habitats which create miniature ecosystems for the reptiles. They’ll also feature plants like orchids, succulents and cacti which will thrive in a rowhome setting.

The other flora in the shop will be curated under the artistic eye of Marianna Coppola. Coppola promises fresh flowers available daily.  She’ll also provide floral design and event services.  And, if we’re lucky, she’ll distribute another “flower bomb” or two.

Marianna Coppola at work. Photo courtesy of CreationsbyCoppola.com

Coppola moved to Philadelphia from Monte de Procida on Italy’s Amalfi Coast in 2004 to work at Ristorante Positano Coast. At the restaurant she created designs with floral and citrus, “that would immerse guests in an experience that was beyond the plate.” She received a degree from the Flower School of New York and trained with some of New York’s most renowned floral artists. In 2014 she established Creations by Coppola, characterized on its website as, “rustic to refined, modern floral artistry.”

Coppola has also created public art installations featuring flowers.  The first, which she referred to as a “Flower Bomb,” appeared overnight last October on a light pole outside Barcelona Restaurant. Another installation appeared last December at 10th & Spring Garden.

Marianna Coppola with her “Flower Bomb” installation outside Barcelona Restaurant. Fall 2017. Photo courtesy of CreationsbyCoppola.com.

Coppola notes that, with the addition of her new shared shop, East Passyunk Avenue is one-stop place for brides and wedding planners: “a bride can get her gown, shoes, have her hair and makeup done, and now you can get your flowers – all within walking distance of each other!”

Besides establishing a successful business, Floral-Fauna’s owners share another common goal: educating their customers – with an emphasis on outreach to local schools and other organizations. One event is already in the works: this summer, the East Passyunk Community Center will send student campers to a reptile tutorial at the shop.

The shop also envisions evening BYOB terrarium-making and floral arranging classes for adults. These will be more intimate, one-on-one lessons, with class size limited to 10 to 12.

The shop’s grand opening will be late June, with a friends-and-family-only soft opening mid-month.

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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

Upcoming Events: Celebrate Odunde, Rosé, and more.

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, 6/8/18

  • All dayAlex’s Lemonade Stand, Beneficial Bank, 1901 East Passyunk Avenue. Take a stand against childhood cancer in your community. Join thousands of supporters around the country by buying a glass of lemonade!

Saturday, 6/9/18

Olmsted Overlook at FDR Park

Sunday, 6/10/18

  • 10 am to 8 pm, Odunde Festival, 23rd and South.  Enjoy one of the largest and most longstanding African-American street festivals in the nation. The enormous festival, which began in 1975, takes over a dozen-block radius in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood, gathering hundreds of vendors from around the world.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Not one, but TWO festivals on East Passyunk this weekend!

East Passyunk Avenue will host a double-dose of summertime fun this weekend with two festivals set for Sunday, June 3rd: Craft Beer Day and the Italian National Day Festival.

East Passyunk Avenue kicks off Philly Beer Week at 11:00am Sunday with Craft Beer Day, featuring 13 hours of craft beer events. 13 award-winning restaurants, bars, and retailers will present opportunities to meet the brewers, try new craft beers, and enjoy beer-infused and inspired foods.

East Passyunk Avenue businesses offering specials include Bing Bing Dim Sum, Brigantessa, Cantina Los Cabalittos, Garage Passyunk, LaScala’s Birra, Le Virtu, Lucky 13 Pub, Manatawny Still Works, Noir, Pistolas Del Sur, P.O.P.E. (Pub on Passyunk East), Stogie Joe’s Tavern, and The Bottle Shop.  Check out the special offers here.


Italian National Day Festival, “La Festa Della Repubblica” will feature a full day of live music, Italian draft and bottled beer specials, outdoor food vendors, kids’ activities and a spaghetti eating contest. Continue Reading →

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Photo round-up: the “it was a jam-packed weekend” edition.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Progress Report: East Passyunk Avenue Intersection Improvement Project

Fresh cement at 12th and Morris Streets as part of the East Passyunk Avenue Intersection Improvement Project.

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