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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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What's Happening in:  All over South Philly 

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
1600 East Moyamensing
More info:

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
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:

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:

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

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

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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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

Mosaic Mural Dedicated at Kirkbride School

By Tim Gibbon for the Passyunk Post

On Tuesday, June 5th students, teachers, project partners, and community members gathered at Eliza Kirkbride School, 1501 South 7th Street, for the dedication of the new mosaic mural that now adorns the front of their school. Kirkbride students worked with COSACOSA art at large, Inc. to produce the mural, titled “Philadelphia: Love & Liberty.” COSACOSA is a non-profit organization that engages people of differing backgrounds to work together toward a common goal through participatory art-making.

The new mosaic mural at Kirkbride. Photo by Ellie Seif.

The artwork celebrates both Philadelphia’s role in the founding of the nation and the hopes of its youth. Students investigated connections among the ideals expressed in our nation’s founding documents and immigrant stories from their families, their school, and their neighborhood. Kirkbride students represent more than 30 different ethnicities, and many are new immigrants. The ceremony coincided with the national celebration of Immigrant Heritage Month.

Kirkbride student artists. Photo by Tim Gibbon.

The ceremony featured remarks principal Rebecca Julien and teachers Catherine Memmolo and Peter Metcalfe. Praising the student’s work, COSACOSA Director Kimberly Niemela said, “In the mural, a rainbow bridge of understanding runs across the entire city.”

Sabrya Ross, an 8th grade student at Kirkbride who worked on the mural, noted that “Love and freedom are very important because there’s a lot of separation and hate in the world. We should all try to come together to make it better.” Fellow 8th-grader Guosheng Chen added, “When we are united together as one community, we can achieve any goal.”

Sabrya Ross, an 8th grade student at Kirkbride gives her remarks. Photo by Ellie Seif.

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

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What's Happening in:  Passyunk Square 

PSCA Art Auction – now featuring even more local artists

The Passyunk Square Civic Association (PSCA) will hold its 7th annual Art Auction from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. tonight at Saint Maron’s Maronite Catholic Church, 10th and Ellsworth Street.  You’ll receive a discount if you purchase tickets in advance here before noon today.

The auction will feature sculpture, prints, photography and paintings from more than 40 South Philly artists. “The event showcases the really creative people, acclaimed creative people, who live right in our neighborhood,” said Sarah Anton, PSCA President.  Anton pointed out one difference with this year’s show, “There are even more local artists thanks to the efforts of David Guinn and Theresa Rose.”

Guinn and Rose both live in the neighborhood and participated in past auctions after seeing PSCA’s annual call for artists.  Rose, who co-chairs the event with Sanaz Hojreh, described an epiphany she and David had at last years’ auction, “We noticed that some artists who we knew lived in the area were missing from the event.”  After speaking with PSCA, “we began reaching out to artists down the street, in the neighborhood, and nearby. Some didn’t know about the auction but were happy to be part of it,” said Rose.

The event benefits PSCA’s on-going efforts and local elementary schools.  Artwork by students from the Andrew Jackson, Christopher Columbus Charter, Kirkbride, & Vare-Washington Schools will be for sale. The proceeds from sales of this art will directly benefit the schools.

Anton praised the generosity of the local artists and area businesses who make the event possible, “It’s a great evening and a wonderful way to help the civic association while celebrating our neighborhood and its creativity.”

Complimentary snacks and drinks will be included and music provided. In addition to the auction, there will be artwork for sale and raffles for local store and restaurant gift certificates and other items.

If you’re an artist in the area and would like to be part of next year’s show, contact

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