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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.



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

2018 East Passyunk Avenue Tree Lighting

On Thursday, November 29 from 5 to 7 p.m. the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) and Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC) will host the annual tree lighting party at the Singing Fountain, Tasker St. and East Passyunk Avenue. The event is free and families are welcome.
The celebration will include live music, carolers, holiday treats from Avenue businesses, shopping, and a visit from Santa Claus.

The 2017 tree at the Singing Fountain. Photo courtesy East Passyunk BID.

“We’re very excited to have CBS 3 joining to us to emcee the event once again,” said Adam Leiter, executive director of EPABID, “along with our neighborhood youth from Alphabet Academy and the Andrew Jackson School’s HOME Band to ring in the season with festive performances. Meteorologist Lauren Casey will collect unwrapped toys for the Toy Fest holiday toy drive sponsored by CBS 3 and CW Philly 57.”
After the party, revelers can strut down the Avenue with the Pennsport String Band for extended shopping hours as the Deck the Ave campaign kicks off with shopping, sales, and other festivities which will run through December.
“The tree lighting began in 2011 as a way to celebrate with the neighborhood in partnership with PARC, EPABID, East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Passyunk Square Civic Association,” said Leiter. “Originally it brought the neighborhood together around a decorated “tree” version of the Singing Fountain, though this will be the second year we will decorate a live tree at the fountain area.”
According to Bryan Fenstermaker, executive director of PARC, this year’s tree will be a 16-foot Frasier Fir born-and-raised in North Carolina. Urban Jungle at 1526 East Passyunk will deliver the tree on November 21. PARC hires John McClenny of Yes Dear! to install the lights and decorations in the days leading up to the event.
“The transition from the tree over the Singing Fountain to the stand-alone live tree has received positive feedback,” says Fenstermaker. “It’s a welcome change for our diligent cleaning crew. The old tree left lots of needles inside the fountain and caused the potential for drainage issues in the spring. It’s now much easier to keep the fountain clean during the holiday season.”
Fenstermaker says he’s gained experience in maintaining an outdoor tree in the past years. “At home you don’t have to tether ornaments to the tree, or keep dogs from using it as a bathroom post. In the wild it’s one thing, but we don’t want it to happen at this gathering spot.”
You can donate $10 to the CBS 3 and CW 57 Philly Toy Fest toy drive by texting JOY to 41444. EPABID and PARC would also like to thank their sponsor, Univest.

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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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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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