In our last two posts, we told you about our uplifting new holiday windows, featuring 27 South Philadelphia Essential Workers (click here to read more about the project). We also introduced you to a dozen of our glowing subjects (meet them here).
Today, we’ll introduce you to the remaining 15 local heroes lighting up East Passyunk Avenue’s popular “Singing Fountain” plaza.
MEET OUR LOCAL HEROES (PART 2)
Some you undoubtedly know from local restaurants and shops….
Others are in the public service sector….
Read on to meet them all….
GROCERY & RETAIL SHOPS
WHICH BRINGS US TO…..
Of course, there’s one more vital link in our neighborhood’s Essential Worker chain and that’s, well…the rest of us.
AND, YES, THERE’S MORE….
Needless to say, our holiday windows barely scratch the surface of the thousands of selfless Philadelphians who have put themselves on the line for us this year in both medical and non-medical roles….
….or the many beloved service and restaurant people who continue to lose their livelihoods due to the pandemic.
We owe them all a debt of gratitude and honor this season.
In our last post, we told you about our new and inspiring South Philadelphia holiday windows, featuring 27 non-medical Essential Workers who are courageously risking their health for us in this COVID-19 world – everyone from local pharmacy and grocery employees, to restaurant staff, to sanitation workers.
You’ll find them smiling from our windows through January 10 on the corner of East Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street, across from the iconic “Singing Fountain”.
Starting today, and continuing in our next post, we’ll introduce you to these South Philly heroes who daily put themselves on the line. Some you can’t miss as they roll down the avenue…
Others, like Adam Leiter, executive director of the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, are working miracles behind the scenes. Adam’s keeping local businesses apprised of COVID-19 regulations and opportunities — and promoting a wide variety of socially distanced events for Avenue fans. (Click here for the latest list.)
I’VE JUST SEEN A FACE…
So read on to meet the first dozen Essential Workers whose images appear in our 2020 holiday windows….
STREETS DEPARTMENT SANITATION DIVISION
FIRE & POLICE DEPARTMENTS
PASSYUNK AVENUE OPERATIONS
TO BE CONTINUED….
In our next post, we’ll profile the remaining 15 Essential Workers who are gracing our holiday windows. In the meantime, please do your part to help them and the many other courageous souls who are selflessly helping us: Pull up those masks!
Kate & Dave (Click here to meet more of our South Philly heroes)
Several years ago, we started an improbable (even to us) holiday tradition by filling our 27 windows with lighted photos of South Philadelphia neighbors and merchants.
And this being South Philly, everyone brought their dogs – lots and lots of dogs….
THE NEW NOT-SO-NORMAL
This spring, COVID-19 tore a hole in the familiar workings of our East Passyunk neighborhood. But while we safely cocooned at home, we couldn’t stop thinking about the Essential Workers who courageously kept us going.
Some – like grocery and pharmacy staff, sanitation and utility workers, bus and delivery drivers, mail carriers and firefighters – put their health on the line simply by showing up for work.
Others – at restaurants, salons and gyms – took major financial hits by closing their doors for months or opening them at limited capacity. Heather Garden was only days away from the grand opening of her second Halo Hair salon when pandemic restrictions shuttered salons throughout the state.
A NEW BRAND OF HEROES
This summer, we decided to photograph a cross-section of South Philly’s non-medical heroes. Some – including bike officer Jim, CVS manager Eric, and Acme manager Dean – we’d already met.
Others – like our local trash collection crew and SEPTA drivers – had kept our lives humming for years, even if we didn’t know their names.
LIGHTS, CAMERA, MASKS!
And, yes, we went out of our way to keep them safe, photographing them from afar and having them remove their masks only for the seconds it took to snap their smiling faces.
On Thanksgiving eve, we proudly lit their photos in our annual holiday windows….
CHECK OUT OUR HOLIDAY HEROES
Need some inspiration? You can visit our holiday heroes at East Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street, across from South Philadelphia’s “Singing Fountain”. They’ll be smiling there through January 10, lit daily from 4:30 pm ’til 2:30 a.m.
As always, we’ve posted a sign on our corner door telling you who everyone is – and how they spend their spare time (everything from deejaying to shoe collecting!) when they’re not working for all of us.
….OR MEET THEM VIRTUALLY HERE
Can’t visit in person? Check out our next two blog posts to read about all 27 of our glowing window subjects.
In the meantime, tie on those masks, stand 6 feet apart, and wash those hands for 20 seconds when you get back home. We want to see you (and them!) around the fountain for many holidays to come.
Kate & Dave (Click here to see our next Essential Worker blog post!)