The weather last Saturday turned out to be pretty nice so I walked the Avenue as I often do to see what is going on down there. I had to go down to get a picture of the Le-Truck II restaurant exterior. I admire anybody who will hang up a 4 foot tall crab on the front of their business. On the way back, I found the 2nd Saturday Festival going on at Paul and Frankford. That is the former location of the Rivera Restaurant where I spent more than a few Saturday mornings breakfasting.
I met Angela who is a graphic artist (also does oils). She had some of her creations for sale. You can also check her out at her web site here. She says her graphics are Urban and I can identify with that. They were bold and colorful and reasonably priced.
Also selling custom jewelry was Audrey Taylor. I’m not an expert in that area but her creations looked good to me.
Since I was out I went down to 2nd Baptist to get some more pictures of the second Community Paint day. There were a lot of people painting and quite a few were not from Frankford. I met Javese Phelps-Washington who is the mother of Chris Spence. Chris was the young man murdered one night at the T&T bar at Margaret and Hawthorne.
Cesar Viveros, the artist designing the murals, selected different images that will portray Frankford. One of those images depicts a young man in a football uniform bearing the number 45. That was Chris Spence’ number and when I walked into the room, his mother and sister were painting that panel of the mural.
The last Second Saturday Festival of the season happened on October 8th. The location was that little green space on the corner of Paul and Frankford Avenue. I got there about 1PM and there was a nice crowd of people walking in and out. It was a beautiful day and with the greenery it was hard to remember that you were still on Frankford Avenue.
This event grew progressively over the Summer and attracted a following. I met some of the same folks Saturday as I had seen previously. The vendors must be doing OK if they came back again. The CDC will be soliciting your comments on what you would like to see for next season.
Below are some pictures. Click on the picture to enlarge it. Now we can look forward to next year.
Saturday was one of those days we were waiting for after all the rain and then the chill of the past few weeks. It was also a busy day in Frankford with more events than I could hope to cover.
So first I stopped by the flea market sponsored by the parents of Mastery Charter School Smedley Elementary at Wissinoming Park. It was a beautiful morning and I found quite a few folks looking at the goods even that early.
Next stop was the Smedley building which is under construction of the new classrooms. The 15th District PDAC and the 15th District police officers were putting on a time for the kids. There was a great crowd of kids, parents, cops and PDAC folks there. If you look closely you will see Captain Bachmayer himself.
We at the Frankford CDC would normally post a wrap up of this past weekend’s Second Saturday arts festival, but unfortunately the weather interfered with our event this time around. Even though it ended up being a beautiful day, our artists and performers were understandably concerned about the threat of rain and how that may have damaged their work. We are going full steam ahead with our October 8th Second Saturday fest, and will be posting more details in the coming days. Rest assured we are going to end our season with a bang – you won’t want to miss out on it, we promise! As always, Michelle Feldman is available to answer all of your questions. Give her a call at 215-743-6580 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org. She’d love to hear from you!