String Band Music Under the Stars with the Mummers in the Summer!

Mummers String Band at Mummers Museum

'Family Fun and the Mummers Strut with the Mummers String Bands'  The Mummers in Philadelphia is a long standing tradition in which the History of the Mummers date back to the mid 1800's. The first official parade was held January 1, 1901. Imagine that! Many Philadelphians look forward to the Mummers Parade which takes place on New Year's Day. If you wanted more Mummery, there was the Show of Shows, which use to take place near the end of February every year. But that has been cancelled … [Read more...]

9th Street Italian Market Festival in South Philly

9th Street Italian Market Festival in South Philly

'Authentic Italian Culture in South Philadelphia' Food, Food and more Food! The Italian Market is the nation's oldest continuously operating outdoor market. The city's biggest block party will take place on May 20 and 21, which runs along South 9th Street, from Fitzwater to Federal Streets. The festival will go live from 11 am to 6 pm on both days. Just like St. Patrick's Day, when everyone is Irish for a day, this festival is when everyone becomes Italian for the 2-day weekend event in … [Read more...]

Sports Bars in Philadelphia for March Madness

Sports bars in Philadelphia - March Madness

'March Madness in Philadelphia' Who doesn't love March. You have spring fast approaching, St. Patrick's Day, American Red Cross month, Women's History month and of course, there is March Madness. The 2017 NCAA Basketball Tournament kicks off March 14 and 15 with a few play in games. Then the real excitement takes place March 16 and ends on April 3 with the National Championship game at the University of Phoenix stadium. This is the time of year that many businesses actually dislike this … [Read more...]

9th Street Italian Market

9th Street Italian Market

'Authentic Italian Neighborhood Open-Air Market' The Italian Market is a cook's dream! It's the oldest and largest working outdoor market in the United States which began in the mid-to-late 1880's. The market, which is open 7 days a week, runs along approximately ten city blocks of Ninth Street in South Philadelphia, between Wharton and Fitzwater Streets. The heart of the market is the area of 9th Street between Christian Street and Washington Avenue. There are many grocery shops, … [Read more...]

The Mummers Parade – A Long Standing Philly Tradition

Mummers Parade - Hegeman String Band of 2013

'Mummers Strutting Up Broad Street - A Long Standing Philly Tradition'   Hey Philadelphia, are you ready to strut! The Mummers Parade, which is a New Year’s Day tradition, returns for its 117th year. Nothing like seeing and hearing a String Band performing live in the Mummers Parade which is a one-of-a-kind experience. What is a Mummer? Mummers are men and women of all ages, some as young as 12 years old or as old as 70, who belong to clubs that make up the organization called … [Read more...]

Celebrating Marines Birthday At Cookie’s Tavern In South Philly!!

Marines Birthday Celebration At Cookie's Tavern in South Philly

'241st Marine Corps Birthday Celebration' On November 10, 1775, the Continential Marines were established by the Second Continental Congress. Research indicates that the birthplace of the Corps, as the first place where Marines enlisted, was Tun Tavern in Philadelphia! In 1781, the Tun Tavern burned down. Its former structure stood at a location now occupied by Interstate 95, where it passes Penn's Landing. A commemorative marker on the east side of Front Street indicates the site, across … [Read more...]

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival

East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival

'South Philly Fun With Cars and Food'  Hey car and food lovers! Car mania time! It's the 12th Annual East Passyunk Car Show and Street Festival, July 30, that stretches 5 blocks on East Passyunk Avenue from Broad to Dickinson Streets. Get ready to check out over 140 antique cars, vintage cars, classic cars, muscle cars, custom cars, trucks and motorcycles. Prizes will be awarded at 3:30 pm for such categories as best ’50s custom, top 5 motorcycles, best low rider, best of show car and a … [Read more...]

The Hegeman String Band – Mummers in Philadelphia -Part 1

The Hegeman String Band - Mummers Club - Mummers in Philadelphia - Mummers Parade

 The Hegeman String Band - Mummers in Philadelphia The Mummers Parade in Philadelphia is right around the corner, with ten days to go. I want to introduce you to the Hegeman String Band, in which I was allowed to do an exclusive interview with them these past two weeks. (fyi - This article was originally written in December 2011. Each String Band is a little different, but it gives you a glimpse of what goes on behind the scenes.) History of the Hegeman String Band There is a lot of history … [Read more...]

Philly Beer Week 2014 Cheat Sheet

Philly Beer Week

'Beer Enthusiasts - Start Your Engines' It's that time of year again when Philadelphians get excited about Philly Beer Week. Not only those from the city or the surrounding area, but those who specifically come to this week long event for a specific reason from far away. Did you know that Philly Beer Week is the largest beer celebration of its kind in the United States. All of this would make perfect sense since Philadelphia has been recognized as one of the World’s Best Cities for … [Read more...]

Cohen Hardware Celebrating 100 Years!

Cohen & Co Hardware in Philadelphia

'Cohen Hardware - Family Tradition, Community & Customer Service' How many of you can count on one hand the number of businesses that have been around for 100 years in Philadelphia, let alone a family owned business. Welcome Cohen Co & Hardware reaching the Centennial mark, celebrating 100 years of business! As one of the first hardware stores in the city, Cohen & Co. Hardware started as B. Cohen Hardware back in 1913 at 911 South Street in Philadelphia, originally owned by … [Read more...]