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2nd Mayfair May Fair & 1st Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run Press Release

Mayfair Business Association

Contact: Lisa Greco FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Phone: 215-327-4756

Festivities Kick-Off At 7:30AM at Ryan and Sackett Sts.
On Saturday May 16th, 2009

The Mayfair Business Association is excited to announce its Second annual “May Fair” festival along Frankford Ave and its First annual “Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run”. Association President Mike “Scoats” Scotese, owner of the Grey Lodge, is extremely happy with the success of this event and looks forward for many to come home to Mayfair and for our neighbors to celebrate our rich history and civic pride. Scotese said, “I am proud at how the neighborhood has rallied around this endeavor and am already excited to see the growth for next year. I want to thank the members of the Business association that have worked tirelessly to make this possible, they truly are the backbone of this community and without them we would have nothing to celebrate. I’d also like to thank the Mayfair CDC for their never ending commitment to this community and to the Mayfair Civic Association and our countless numbers of sponsors and finally to our men in Blue, in whose honor we launch the first annual Fallen Heroes Run.”

We will start by celebrating Mayfair via our Fallen Heroes Run and Walk. All proceeds from this race will go to the Heroes Thrill Show which benefits the education of the survivors of Police and Fire that were lost in the line of duty. This year our association will celebrate the life of our very own Officer Gary Skerski whose life was tragically cut short just three short years ago. He will be missed and we will make this year’s donation in his name and will honor his legacy with a plaque to his family. The race will kick-off at 8:30AM at Ryan and Sackett Sts where we will have a bagpiper and a vocalist before the many participants compete in our first ever 5K run which is organized by the Northeast Roadrunners.

The Second Annual May Fair will commence with the award presentation to the winners of the 5K followed by sidewalk sales, face paintings, fire engines, music, prizes, free giveaways, and a day long scavenger hunt with the opportunity to win Five Hundred ($500) Dollars in Mayfair shopping. Free parking along Frankford Avenue will be provided by the Philadelphia parking Authority from 10AM to 4PM.

These events are helping highlight an exciting year for Mayfair and are just another reason that Mayfair is a great place to live, work and play.

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Devon Theater for the Performing Arts

Our friends in Mayfair have managed to turn a run down porno theater into a performing arts showcase.  They deserve our support and encouragement.

Come take center stage and be part of the fun as the Devon Theater opens its doors on March 28th with the hit musical comedy, “Nunsense!”

Nunsense begins when the Little Sisters of Hoboken discover that their cook, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned 52 of the sisters, and they are in dire need of funds for the burials. The sisters decide that the best way to raise the money is to put on a variety show, so they take over the school auditorium, which is currently set up for the eighth grade production of “Grease.” Here we meet Reverend Mother Regina, a former circus performer; Sister Mary Hubert, the Mistress of Novices; a streetwise nun from Brooklyn named Sister Robert Anne; Sister Mary Leo, a novice who is a wannabe ballerina; and the delightfully wacky Sister Mary Amnesia, the nun who lost her memory when a crucifix fell on her head. Featuring star turns, tap and ballet dancing, an audience quiz, and comic surprises, this show has become an international phenomenon. With more than 5000 productions worldwide, it has been translated into 21 languages.

Performance Dates/Times/Tickets

Performance Dates: Thursday – Saturday Nights + Saturday & Sunday Matinees:
3/28/09 – 4/19/09

Thursday Nights: 7:00 PM Curtain Time

Friday & Saturday Nights: 8:00 PM Curtain Time

Saturday & Sunday Matinees: 2:00 PM Curtain Time

Prices: $25.00 Matinee / $35.00 Evening / $30.00 Group & Devon Theater Members

To Purchase Tickets: or call 215-338-6300.

Devon Theater for the Performing Arts
6333 Frankford Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19135-3033
215-338-6300 office
215-338-6302 fax

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Dr. Harry C. Silcox and Jack McCarthy in their “Living in the past” column in the Northeast Times this week talk about the history of Mayfair.  It’s an interesting story and you can read it here.

A few years ago, I stumbled over this video about Mayfair.  It’s interesting to see now with the passage of time.  After you read the article, come back and go to this link and play the video.