- Grand Gala Unveiling of ‘Old Baldy’
When – Sun, September 26, 12pm – 4pmWhere – Grand Army of the Republic Civil War Museum & Library, 4278 Griscom St. Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)Description – Grand Gala Unveiling of ‘Old Baldy’ General Meade’s Famed Warhorse Returns Home to Post #1 Ceremony at 1:30pm Refreshments & Beverages Tours & Talks Parking at St Joachim’s R.C. Church lot on Griscom St. Please R.S.V.P. to: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 215-289-6484
- Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group
When – Thu, September 30, 5:30pm – 7:30pmWhere – Aria Helath, Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)Description – The ultimate goal is to create a process that enhances the community’s ability to solve issues surrounding truancy, domestic violence, child safety and substance abuse.
- Unlitter Us Rally and Fair
When – Fri, October 1, 11:30am – 12:00pmWhere – outside of Holiday Thriftway (5147 Frankford Avenue) (map)
- Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House
When – Sun, October 3, 12pm – 5pmWhere – 4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)Description – Presentation at 1:30 PM: “Civil War Spies and Guerillas” Dr Sid Copel
- Friends of Overington Park
When – Tue, October 5, 7pm – 8pmWhere – CORA Neuman Center at 1000 Orthodox Street (map)Description – Come out and discuss our park and what we an do to make it a safe and pleasant place for everyone.
- Frankford Civic Association Meeting
When – Thu, October 7, 7pm – 8pmWhere – 2nd floor conference room, Aria Health, 4900 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
- Pasta Dinner
When – Sun, October 10, 12pm – 4pmWhere – St. Joachim Roman Catholic Church 1527 Church Street Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)Description – St. Joachim’s is having a Pasta Dinner on Sunday, October 10 from 12PM to 4PM. Dinners include: Pasta, meatballs or sausage, salad, rolls & butter, desserts and coffee, tea or iced tea. All this for $10 for adults, $6 for children 6-12 and free for children 5 and under. Take out is also available!
- Historical Society of Frankford program
When – Tue, October 12, 7:30pm – 9:00pmWhere – 1507 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)Description – BREWERIES of FRANKFORD, KENSINGTON & BRIDESBURG Rich Wagner Master Brewers Association of the Americas www.pabreweryhistorians.tripod.com PHILADELPHIA BREWING COMPANY OKTOBERFEST LIBATIONS Raise one up for these three industrial River Wards, where breweries quenched the thirst of thousands of workers and shipped beer throughout the world. Schmidt’s and Gretz were two of the last breweries to close, while those of John Fritsch and John Grauch in Frankford never made it past prohibition. Rich Wagner has been studying the history of this area’s brewing industry and has researched brewing from colonial times to today’s craft brewing industry.
- Frankford Community Garden Maintenance Meetup
When – Thu, October 14, 6pm – 8pmWhere – Corner of Oxford Ave. and Foulkrod St. (map)Description – Gather together with your friends and neighbors to maintain and improve this garden spot in Frankford.
- Northeast Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
When – Sun, October 17, 1pm – 2pmWhere – Holy Family University – 9801 Frankford Avenue (map)Description – NORTHEAST HALL of FAME Holy Family University – 9801 Frankford Avenue Inductees: Benjamin Rush, Robert Purvis, Butch Ballard, Sister Mary Scullion, Special People in the NE (SPIN) . Tickets $25.00 available from Holy Family University.
- Northwood Civic Association Meeting
When – Tue, October 19, 7pm – 8pmWhere – St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street. (map)
As opposed to years past, the Frankford Festival of 2009 resembled a bit of the old country fair. The setting in Overington Park (Leiper St. and Orthodox St.) belied its proximity to the urban scene only a few hundred yards away. It kind of wisked you back to a simpler time when things were, hmmm, quieter.
The festival opened at 11 AM with music by “Second Hand Change”. While the band played, the kids really enjoyed the petting zoo and the moon bounce. I took a walk around to see who all was represented. You can see the pictures from my walk around at our slide show on Flickr by following this link.
At noon, the contestants for the Northeast Philly Idol competition began performing. There were a total of five young folks, all very talented: Raquel Alt, 16; Amber Barnes, 14; Sean Bradley, 19; Ciara DeSautel, 17 and Olive Paidge, 20. The winner of the competition was Ciara DeSautel.
The remainder of the afternoon was filled with music and good times. Music by The Red Alert Band the Butch Ballard Tribute Trio.
We have been doing a little Frankford history every week or so. When I found this video on Youtube, it reminded me that we see history every day. So for those who have not seen this remarkable guy do his thing, here he is.