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DIY Art Corner: Make a Mason Jar Winter Wonderland Lantern!

With just basic supplies, you can make Christmas candle jars that look amazing when illuminated at night. 

One of the things I love most about handmade items is their uniqueness.  No one else will have exactly the same piece… even if they follow the exact same instructions. This is definitely one of those projects!

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Bowman to Broadway

A citizen artist from the neighborhood aims for Broadway but never forgets where she’s from.


From St. Bridget’s at age 5 to the Kimmel Center, Allison Boyle has followed her singing talent to bigger challenges and performance spaces (anyone remember the national anthem before last year’s Notre Dame/Temple game? That was Allison and her sister Jess bringing down the house). She’s now planning her biggest move yet — relocating to New York City to pursue her Broadway dream — while reflecting on how she got here, where she’s from, and what it means.

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Fish Story, Wish Story

An East Falls fairy tale for our friends at Frequency Tattoo, and all our neighborhood’s cyclists & art lovers. 

Gather ‘round, kids, here’s a story about a wizard, a woodsman, and a fish who all met one day in a village by a river and a creek and a big green forest. The fish was the first one who spoke,

“Good sir!” he called to the woodsman on his way to work one morning, “If you help remove these plastic six-pack rings wrapped around me, I will grant you a wish.”

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Update: The Knotted Grotto

A new life for thousands of prayers from East Falls and around the world.

When Pope Francis visited Philadelphia in 2015, two East Falls artists — Dan & Stephanie Ostrov on Stanton Street — were part of the team creating an ambitious public art installation for the occasion, a key part of which was fabricated right here in the neighborhood.

“The Knotted Grotto” was a one-story open globe structure anchoring dramatic swoops of fluttering ribbons – each one a hand-written prayer collected from all over the world. More than 60,000 were tied to & around the structure. It was at once peaceful, poignant and powerful. Thousands visited the Knotted Grotto at Sts Peter & Paul Basilica, including the Holy Father, who blessed it.

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DIY Art Corner: Rainbows for Fall

Who says fall has to be orange and black? This kids’ art project brings together a rainbow of colors to enliven your home thru the season.

I love bright and colorful. There is something that is so happy about being reminded of rainbows. Maybe it’s the inner child wanting to find that pot of gold at the end or maybe it’s just that I dig colors.

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Something Haunted This Way Comes

An abandoned and mysterious mental asylum drives the plot of Al Cassidy’s first novel, Freeing Linhurst, a detective story set in a small Pennsylvania town. 

What’s the story behind the story? EFL had a few questions for Al…

Why the young adult genre?

While the theme of a mental institution seems like a potentially uninteresting storyline for young people, I wanted to capture the feeling of being a teenager — coming of age and really starting to understand the realities of the world. Remember the first time you realized that adults don’t actually know ev-er-y-thing?? That’s partly what the characters are going through here.

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Sips About to Get Real

Taste the difference a little TLC makes for fine wine.  

You hear it so often from people back from a European vacation it’s cliché: “The wine over there is So. Much. Better.” Same deal with the Napa Valley. You just have to go there to appreciate the wine at its source.

Or! You can buy the wine there and then transport it home in a climate-controlled container (monitoring temperatures the whole way, to be sure). Store it in your fridge until you’re ready to drink it.

Sound like a hassle? Really, all you have to do is drive 20 minutes to Pennsauken NJ…

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Oh Deer

A new mural at the corner of Ridge & Calumet honors our neighborhood wildlife, with a nod to the home team.

You must’ve seen the new art overlooking our business corridor.  A deer and a fawn at the corner of Ridge and Calumet — and they’re apparently Phillies fans!

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Designing Woman

This is why we *can* have nice things! Thanks to one local artist’s mad InDesign skills, East Falls’ community paper shines. 

Until 8 months ago, East Falls Local’s monthly newspaper layout was an uneven, random affair. At different times, we’d employ a traditional format or magazine spreads and some editions kinda looked like comic books. Sometimes in the same issue.

“You were all over the place, “ Stephanie Ostrov reminded us when we sat down for a brunch interview on Murphy’s patio. “I could see what you were doing online, but in print you were still looking for your voice.”

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ART ALERT: Friends of Barnes

55 reasons to love local art! Thanks to an East Falls collector following in Albert Barnes’ footsteps.

OMG, guys. Turns out, East Falls is sitting on what may be the biggest collection of art by friends & associates of Dr. Albert C Barnes. And thanks to George Anderson, these spectacular paintings are making the rounds at various neighborhood events this year.

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