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Beer Gardens a Go-Go

Beer’s back in the Falls this year — big-time!  The huge success of Wissahickon Brewing Company’s grand opening last April has kicked off a whole series of pop-up beer gardens, including a mid-summer pool party in Art Deco grandeur. 

Last fall, some neighbors were doubtful that Wissahickon Brewing Company’s proposed “tasting room” on Schoolhouse would attract any new business to the area outside of rowdy college students.  Famous last words from the zoning meeting: “Who goes out for craft beer when they’ve got kids at home?”  Ummm… everyone?

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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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SHOP LOCAL — Save a Life

Buy a print, help save a beloved pet who inspired local talent Jay McClellan to embrace love and art in his life.  (PURCHASE HERE)

Oh no, not Honey!  🙁

This rescue hound from Arkansas pretty much rescued her owner when he needed a lift during hard times. Now, Coulter Street artist Jay McClellan scrambles to return the favor…

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From East Falls With Love

Lovelights are here!  Now in its 18th year, the February tradition at McMichael Park celebrates loves of all kinds with Lovelight messages. Watch for the tree lighting on the evening of Feb. 14th when a tree will glow for all your loved ones. 

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Shine On, Fallsers!

What’s that soft rosy glow in McMichael Park? Why it’s the Love Lights tree, shining for loved ones, near and far. Friends of McMichael’s Alexis Franklin sheds more light on this 18-year-old East Falls tradition.

Love makes the world go ’round but it also helps keep McMichael Park beautiful. Since 1999, Friends of McMichael have been lighting up a tree in the park every Valentine’s Day, as a special tribute to love in East Falls. Because there’s THAT much heart here, y’all!

Even better: for every $5 donation, Friends of McMichael will broadcast your message of love on local social media — and of course, East Falls Local will be printing these up in February’s edition. 

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TROLLEY CAR CAFE: Donate Coats for Neighbors in Need

Trolley Car Cafe seeks new or gently-used coats of all kinds for infants, children, teens, and adults for its annual coat drive, now in full swing.


Got an extra coat you never wear? Kids outgrow their snow suits? Local shelters desperately need cold-weather gear for neighborhood families this winter.

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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! 


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. 


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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Ringstetten: The Recap

If you missed out on East Falls’ Oktoberfest, no worries — Caity MacLeod’s candid, personal pics bring this party to life! The first Castle on Tap slid us back in time, showcased a future brewery, & brought us a big step closer public river access in East Falls.


Congratulations, East Falls! Castle on Tap far exceeded EFDC’s fundraising projections, pulling in $3,000 towards a boat launch. “That’ll pay for engineer studies needed for the next stage of the design,” Gina Snyder explained, and help keep the ball moving on this project.

Financially, Castle on Tap was a huge success. As a party — we had a blast but can’t wait to tweak the plan for next year!

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Bagging Hunger on Fox Street

Firefighters, politicians, and a local newscasting icon team up to fight hunger.


Orien Reid learned early how hunger could affect her neighbors. Growing up in Atlanta, her mother invited a co-worker to the house every holiday for dinner. It wasn’t long before Reid asked her mom a perfectly natural kid question – “doesn’t Mr. Wooten have a family of his own?” Her mother told her “not everybody was as lucky as we are to have a family so we’re going to be his family.”

It was this act of kindness that Reid credits as the beginning of her fight against hunger. “My mother had a big heart and that simple lesson in generosity stills sticks with me today.”

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