- Indoor Flea Market/Christmas Bazaar – Sat, December 7, 9am – 2pm, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – Christmas will be here before you know it. Come join the fun! We have 6 foot tables available for rent for only $15.00! Bring the kids for Breakfast with Santa, only $3.00 for kids and $5.00 for adults! Try your luck; we will be raffling off several gift cards and items to help with your shopping! Space is limited; please contact Karen at 215-831-2926 by November 29, 2013 for table rentals or with any questions.
- Christmas Bazaar -Sat, December 7, 10am – 4pm, Second Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St. – Massage table, homemade baked goods, candles, food, fun and fellowship. Vendor tables $10 call 215-533-6222 for further information.
- Live Nativity Pageant -Sat, December 7, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Ave. and Pratt St.
- Services at St. James – Sat, December 7, St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Ave. and Pratt St.- Saturdays Prayer Service at 6:00 pm, Sundays Traditional Service at 9:00 am, Sundays Contemporary Service at 10:30 am
- Annual Trip to Longwood Gardens – Sat, December 7, 2:00pm – 8:30pm, Departs from Wissinoming Park, Cheltenham Ave Parking lot – The bus will depart from Longwood Gardens at 7:00 PM to return to Wissinoming at 8:30. Ticket Prices: $15 for Frankford Garden Club Members $25 for General Public – Contact Janet Bernstein (267) 982-9620 or Johnnie Mae Parker (215-537-0145) for more information.
- Services at St. James -Sat, December 7, 6pm – 7pm, St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Ave. and Pratt St.- Saturdays at 6:00 pm: Prayer Service Sundays at 9:00 am: Traditional Service Sundays at 10:30 am: Contemporary Service
- Live Nativity Pageant -Sun, December 8, 5:30pm – 7:00pm, St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Ave. and Pratt St.
- Holiday Craft Workshop -Mon, December 9, 10am – 11am, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – Come make some beautiful Holiday decorations for your home and tree. Cost $1.00
- Movie Matinee -Mon, December 9, 12:30pm – 3:00pm, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – You pick it, we play it! Popcorn and beverages served. Free of charge
- Wreath-making workshop -Tue, December 10, 3pm – 4pm, Frankford Branch of the Free Library, 4634 Frankford Ave.- Make a festive wreath to decorate your home for the holidays. Workshop is free and all materials are provided – please preregister so we have enough to go around. Instructor Pamela Thomas has conducted many workshops, on a variety of topics for other organizations.T
o preregister: call 215-685-1473 or email baxterb@freelib rary.org
- Historical Society of Frankford program – Tue, December 10, 7:30pm – 9:00pm, 1507 Orthodox St. – FIGHTING FIRE IN FRANKFORD – Philadelphia’s Fireman’s Hall Museum – Jack Wright View some of the Society’s Library and Museum collections of fire fighting artifacts from Frankford’s long-gone volunteer fire companies (first in 1793). Fire historian Jack Wright will introduce the Fireman’s Hall Museum collections, located in a 1902 firehouse at 2nd/Arch.
- Neighborhood Advisory Committee Meeting -Thu, December 12, 7pm – 8pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St.
- Verizon Bingo -Fri, December 13, 12:45pm – 2:00pm, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave.- Great prizes to win! 50 cents per card.
- Beef ‘n Beer Fundraiser for St. Joachim Vatican Appeal -Fri, December 13, 7pm – 11pm, Philadelphia Ballroom, 2029 Hornig Rd. – Tickets $30 for further information contact: Pat Smiley 215-537-0659, Pete Specos 267-738-3103 or Florence Stanowski 215-680-3930
- Drama Presentation “A Season of Love” -Fri, December 13, 7pm – 10pm, Second Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow St. – Free will offering. (also o 12/14 at 6PM)
- Services at St. James -Sat, December 14, 6pm – 7pm, St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Ave. and Pratt St.- Saturdays at 6:00 pm: Prayer Service Sundays at 9:00 am: Traditional Service Sundays at 10:30 am: Contemporary Service
- Fundraiser Luncheon -Sun, December 15, 12:00pm – 1:30pm, St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Ave. and Pratt St.
- Presentation of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” -Sun, December 15, 1:30pm – 3:00pm, St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Ave. and Pratt St. (again at 8:30PM)
- Community Candlelight Service -Sun, December 15, 7:30pm – 8:30pm, St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Ave. and Pratt St.
- Northwood Civic Association Meeting -Tue, December 17, 7pm – 8pm, St. James Lutheran Church, at Castor Avenue and Pratt Street.
- Dance Movement Therapy Class -Wed, December 18, 10am – 11am, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave.- Come join this hot new program! Free of charge
- PSA 1 Meeting -Thu, December 19, 7pm – 8pm, Aria Hospital, 4900 Frankford Ave.
- Cookology -Fri, December 20, 10am – 11am, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – A certified Dietitian will be whipping up some delicious, nutritious treats for all to sample! A very popular, free of charge event.
- Services at St. James – Sat, December 21, St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Ave. and Pratt St. – Saturdays Prayer Service at 6:00 pm, Sundays Traditional Service at 9:00 am, Sundays Contemporary Service at 10:30 am
- Movie Matinee -Mon, December 23, 12:30pm – 3:00pm, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – You pick it, we play it! Popcorn and beverages served. Free of charge
- Frankford Garden Club – Mon, December 23, 6:30pm – 7:30pm, Wissinoming Park Playground
- Traditional Service -Tue, December 24, 5:30pm – 6:30pm, St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Ave. and Pratt St.
- Contemporary Festival Family Service -Tue, December 24, 7:30pm – 8:30pm, St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Ave. and Pratt St.
- Basketball Tournament -Dec 26 – 27, 2013, Northeast Frankford Boys and Girls Club, 1709 Kinsey St.- State Representative James Clay Jr. and the Concerned Citizens for a Better Frankford will sponsor a Basketball Tournament to be held on December 26-27, 2013 for 9-12, & 13-15 Boys and Girls. Call 215 251 0380 to register.
- Northeast Philadelphia EPIC Stakeholders Group – Thu, December 26, 5:30pm – 7:30pm, 2nd Baptist Church, 1801 Meadow Street
- Services at St. James – Sat, December 28, St. James Lutheran Church, Castor Ave. and Pratt St. – Saturdays Prayer Service at 6:00 pm, Sundays Traditional Service at 9:00 am, Sundays Contemporary Service at 10:30 am
- Senior Breakfast-Tue, December 31, 8am – 10am, Aria Health, Frankford – 2nd floor cafeteria – Aria will provide our community seniors with monthly, insightful tips and information on issues that are directly affecting you and your health. Breakfast will be provided free of charge. To reserve your seat call 1-877-808-2742 and then press 2.
- Come celebrate your birthday! -Tue, December 31, 11:45am – 12:45pm, Peter Bressi Northeast Senior Center 4744 Frankford Ave. – Join us for cake, ice cream, lunch, and live entertainment! Free of charge
We had to find a new system for our TextBlast system at the end of October. The old system stopped working.
We moved all of our users to telefio.com. It is an improvement in several ways. It lets us schedule a notice in advance which we could not do with the old system. It also lets us send something out from a mobile phone. So if I get a last minute notice and need to send it out while we’re out of the office, it can go.
The one problem we have is that the new system needs to know your cell phone provider. If you subscribe from your cell phone, it automatically gets that information. For the users previously subscribed, we did the best job we could in identifying what carrier you are using.
If you signed up for TextBlast in the past and have not received a message this week, Please email your cell phone number and carrier (Verizon, AT&T, Cricket etc.) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will update the records manually and send you a test message.
If you have not signed up for TextBlast and would like to, just text the word JOIN to email@example.com. That will put you back into our system.
It was only a half century ago that teenaged Gene Perri sat on the stone wall on Leiper Street that surrounds Overington Park and first met Marion Ridge. He says he was cleaning his shoe which must have made quite an impression on Marion. They have now been married 47 years.
They thought it might be interesting to return to the place they first met on the 50th anniversary of that day. They had some concerns, having not been back to Frankford in quite a long time but they decided to go for it and walked into Overington Park on Saturday, September 28th.
They happened to come on one of the best days of the year for the Park. The Art Under the Trees event sponsored by the Friends of Overington Park brought out a great crowd of families and the weather was beautiful.
Their Frankford roots go back generations. Gene’s family had a candy store at Penn and Sellers. Marion’s grandfather owned one of the first Unity-Frankford grocery stores on Arrott Street. They now have two grown children, Dawn and Gene Jr. and four grandchildren; Jessica, Michael, Eric and Samantha.
It was good to have them back in the neighborhood. Anyone who recognizes them and would like to get back in touch, contact the Gazette and we’ll pass on your information.
BIRDS: Frankford’s Feathered Friends Tony Croasdale, Northeast Philadelphia Birder
OCTOBER 12th BIRD WALK (9:00am)
As a follow-up to his October 8th program and display on birds at the Historical Society of Frankford, local birder Tony Croasdale is conducting a Bird Walk for members and friends.
All are invited to join Mr Croasdale for a Bird Walk on Saturday, October 12th (rain date Sunday, October 13th) a 9:00am on the 100-acre campus of Friends Hospital (4641 Roosevelt Blvd).
For more information about the tour contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY of FRANKFORD: 213-743-6030
It all started with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC). I attended all of the meetings last year during the planning process for the Lower Northeast District Plan, a component of Philadelphia2035. The first thing I noticed was that Ian Litwin, the head planner, was actually saying good things about Frankford. The emphasis was on the strengths of the community and seeing Frankford through new eyes gave me hope that something might come of it.
After the plan was adopted, an application was made to Artplace for a grant to begin implementing some of the concepts. The grant came through and we are now about to see some results. Destination Frankford will create a vibrant public space in Womrath Park, artfully designed signage and street furniture, a storefront dedicated to local artists, and an arts-focused marketing campaign.
The project will increase exposure to Frankford’s growing arts scene, add vibrancy to Frankford’s commercial corridor, and attract new artists, businesses, and residents to Frankford.
It sound ambitious and it is but remarkably it is a reality. We are proud to be partners in this project and will be working on stories that highlight the arts, artists and artisans in Frankford.
You can read all about it on the Destination Frankford web site at this link.