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Secret Santa

For the 4th Christmas in a row, we’re going door-to-door caroling with the neighborhood. This year we’re spreading maximum cheer with a musical mystery guest who’s the holiday’s biggest fan.

Meet Johnny Chobani – the man, the myth, the mistletoe! An alias, of course, because — like Saint Nick — Johnny’s an undercover dude. We’re coaxing him into the limelight, though, to accompany EFL readers with St. Bridget’s Teen Choir, Metro Presby, and St James School when we sing thru the neighborhood Monday December 18th.

He’s also leading this week’s warm-up/singalong at St. James the Less Church Tuesday December 5th (7pm – 8pm). Cause he’s a radiant beacon of holiday spirit! May this festive Fallser’s answers to our Christmas Questions bring you yuletide joy.

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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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Covers at the Castle

You probably know these non-siblings from the best live music venues around town: The Grape Room, McGillicuddy’s, Bourbon Blue, Dawson Street Pub to name a few. Catch them playing all our rock/pop favorites at East Falls Oktoberfest

TRUE STORY: The Duke Brothers are not really brothers. They’ve really only known each other since 2011 — and within a year they were performing as a duo.

No relation, though. They took their name from the grumpy old villains in “Trading Places,” a 1983 Eddie Murphy/Dan Ackkroyd movie that both Joe Holz (vocalist) and Andrew Geigert (guitar) were big fans of — especially the Duke Brothers, who were so funny & so horrible simultaneously.  Plus, “It’s a Philly-based movie, and we’re a Philly band,” Andrew explained.

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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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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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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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Playing by Heart

Local musician makes connections with patients that go beyond words.

Spirituality and music have always played large roles in Lynn Wetherbee’s life. Her love affair with the harp began when she was 10 years old and a spiritual calling later in life made her an interfaith hospital chaplain.

It’s only when she began her career at Visiting Nurses Association on Henry Avenue as a therapeutic musician that she realized how powerful the combination of her ministry and her musical talents could be in providing spiritual comfort to the sick.

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Brothers from Another Litter: Django and Homer

A musical hound and a blind cat make it a full house for two recently engaged locals.

Daniel Cullen grew up without pets and his fiancée Crystal Fritz, Ph.D., lived on a farm where there were many animals. Now the newly engaged couple, East Falls residents since 2014, share their home with Django, a cheerful 7 year-old Springer Spaniel-Beagle mix and Homer, a 3 year-old, sweet, gray, blind tabby.

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His Music is Da Balm

Music can soothe your troubled spirit and heal an injured heart. Local landlord/hip-hop artist Noah Accorsi’s album “Every Day Counts” reminds us that happiness is a choice we make — not just for our own well-being but to make the world a better place.  (PS: free music!)

 

Funny how a simple story can stick with you, and help steer your choices and decisions. While there’s no shortage of critics who sniff down their nose at Richard Bach’s 70’s classic, a quick google of “Jonathan Livingston Seagull” leads to pages of people who credit this book for life-changing insights & dreams of new possibilities.

In fact, first-year* Fallser Noah Accorsi — aka “Sir Noah Lot” (!) — used seagull imagery from the book’s cover on his last album as a nod to its positive themes that helped him deal with a year of personal/professional loss and pain.   (*he also lived here 2008-2012 as a student at PhillyU.)

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