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High Fashion in the Falls

Jovan O’Connor‘s designs shine at iconic Alden Park. Photography by Captured by Caity.

Alden Park’s a historic location that never gets old. With its rose-colored towers, Art Deco pool, and sprawling, landscaped grounds, it’s like something out of a movie or Vogue.

And the perfect backdrop for Jovan O’Connor’s special occasion designs!

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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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Groove Day, Sunshine

Life at Alden Park was especially sweet last July when Spun Sugar filled the landscape with yummy jams that made hearts soar high as the towers.

Hot “Miami Days” were made for chill tunes by the water. Sun’s on your shoulders and you’re feeling fine.

Spun Sugar had our perfect soundtrack for Alden Park‘s pool party and food fest — a funk-reggae, jazzy-rock fusion that’s its own groovy party in your ears. Our friend Colin Carroll (composer/lead vocals/etc) has been making music all his life, and now finally with Spun Sugar he’s found his voice as an artist and his joy as a performer.

He was right, people were moving! “Yes, you will dance, sway, rock, and shimmy,” Colin assured us before the event. He also shared some of his favorite Spun Sugar songs, along with insights from his conscious choice to live creatively.

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Havana Eat It All

One of the best things about Miami is the Cuban food! An addictive mix of Spanish, African, and Caribbean cuisines — fresh & flavorful, yet homey. Marvin Graaf’s “Miami Nights” menu hits all the highlights this July 22nd. With Jess’s magical tropical concoctions…

Alden Park’s “Miami Days & Nights” party is actually two parties on one day — with two entirely different food situations. Daytime offers a mini local food fest, with small bites from neighborhood restaurants & caterers. Then when the sun goes down, a Cuban feast comes out before us!

Marvin Graaf and his wife Jess (the duo behind Falls Taproom) have a whole menu of tempting party foods along with fruity drinks to keep the good vibes going:

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Just for Laughs

Live! Stand-up comedy showcase at Trolley Car Cafe — emceed by our favorite Stanton Street artist-slash-comedian. 

Most Fallsers remember Dan Ostrov as the local artist/fabricator on the Knotted Grotto installation for Pope Francis’ visit in 2016. Or maybe you recall how he & his wife Stephanie — who designs our printed newspaper, btw — created a pop-up playground for Falls Flea last year? He’s also a regular at East Falls Glassworks but in a completely different track altogether, Dan’s an emerging stand-up comic.

He’s also buds with some of the city’s best known stand-ups, and now he’s bringing them to East Falls for one great night of live entertainment at Trolley Car Cafe.

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Rolling Back the Years

Vintage cars are more than classic lines and colors — they’re dreams, they’re memories, and connections to a grand American history we can all take part of, thanks to passionate preservationists next door.

The fastest way to get my younger brother to cry, growing up, was to mess with his Hot Wheels cars. Seems every week he had different favorite he was going to buy when he grew up.  Apparently, his plan was also to fry its brakes & tires, judging by the noises he made driving it across arms, tables, shoes: “Vrrrrr- vrrrrroooom… errrrrRRRT!!”

His obsession fascinated me, as did a bright blue car with an open top and fancy white seats where a really tiny Barbie might fit.  “Mustang!” he’d correct me, snatching it back. Ever since, I’ve been a sucker for the classic 60’s – early 70’s body. And convertible? Fuggetaboutit.

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Miami Days and Nights at Alden Park

WEATHER CANCELLATION! Due to high winds & lightning, Alden Park’s management decided to cancel Miami Nights. We’re sorry and we hope to reschedule soon.

After an amazing $70+ million restoration, historic Alden Park’s ready to party this weekend!

CHECK IN NOW for the most epic party to hit East Falls in forevaaaaah!

For the first time ever, this local architectural wonderland opens its doors to the public for a full day of sunning, swimming & exploring the grounds and towers with family-friendly local vendors & attractions.

After dark, the spectacular Art Deco indoor pool lights up — the retractable roof rolls back — for an Adult Swim under the stars, in a setting that Sandy Smith of PhillyMag.com called “without a doubt the most photogenic apartment buildings in the city.”  Cuban food, music, dancing, and more.

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Brews Under the Bridges

Beer, food, music, and vendors under the Twin Bridges every third Thursday from now thru September. 

Successful launch of East Falls’ new beer garden by the river. Thanks everyone for coming out for music, tacos, local vendors and beer of course.

We’ve got lots of pics plus great quotes from neighbors, businesses, and community leaders for our recap (on the way) — meanwhile, more video clips from the first spin of this monthly event.

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Mo’ Mustache, Mo’ Money

This Fallser’s getting furrier for the month of “Movember,” raising funds and awareness for Men’s Health Issues.  Let’s get him to his goal! 

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In his training as a volunteer firefighter in Colorado, John Cardenas was taught to rise to his best when people are having perhaps their worst day ever. But who saves the rescuers? “Our training does not prepare us to cope with the emotions after the fact,” he told us. So he’s growing a mustache this month for suicide prevention and mental health.

Cause it’s “Movember,” baby!

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Run For Their Lives

Blood cancer affects thousands of Philadelphians a year — including a Murphy’s regular now facing his second battle. This year’s Murphy Mile raised $1800 for patient support & awareness with a guerrilla-style sprint thru the neighborhood. 

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In a blink, it was over. A one-mile run through East Falls, set for 11 AM last Sunday.

Steve and I scrambled right over after the Pack Walk, only to find Mike Murphy outside, pulling down the tent. “You just missed it, everyone’s inside eating now.”

Wait, what? “Yep, great turnout,” he told us, “We had 30 – 40 people, I’m hoping we raised $1500 for Carve 4 Cancer.” Talk about an efficient fundraiser. And what a blast too!

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