Home for the Holidays – With 2 Dozen Neighbors (& More!)

Last night was East Passyunk Avenue’s annual tree-lighting ceremony,  and over two dozen South Philadelphia neighbors,  shop owners and dogs smiled down from our windows in what has become our annual holiday salute to the neighborhood.

So,  if you’re dining or playing near the restaurant-packed  “Singing Fountain”  between now and New Year’s Day,  check out our well-decked windows at East Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street….

17_12_01 1 Linn Street 2017 CM_9017We’ll keep the lights on for you ’til 2 a.m. each night.

DECK  THE  WALLS

As you may know,  it all started when we sat at our third-floor kitchen window,  waving to neighbors who couldn’t see us.

“Maybe we should put life-sized photos of ourselves in the windows to let people know we’re here,”  Kate joked.   “Then we wouldn’t feel like we’re spying on them.”

Within seconds,  it morphed into something better.

“Wow – what if we took photos of the neighbors and  put them in the windows, too?   We could do it for the holidays!”

17_12_01 2 Passyunk Windows DC_5259Greetings from East Passyunk Avenue

And so,  15 months after moving to South Philadelphia,  we found ourselves explaining to people we barely knew why we wanted to take their photos.

Fortunately,  South Philadelphians have a sense of humor – even if they did roll their eyes after we left.

That first year,  we signed up 26 neighbors,  4 dogs and a baby.  The baby has moved on, but – this being Passyunk Avenue – our dog population has grown.

17_12_01 3 Dog WindowsLucia,  Barney (twice),  Maizy,  Milli,  Bella and Amelie show off some favorite humans.

It was only then that we realized we’d have to wash our 27 windows….and light them at night….and put timers on the lights….and find an affordable way to print the photos.  (Tip:  The large plastic lawn signs at Staples are perfect,  but wait for a sale.)

15_11_23-3-dave-christopher_0027Dave shows off his best side while lifting Fernando and Barney into a window.

And after worrying that it’d be a total bust,  we wound up on the front page of the Philadelphia Inquirer on Christmas eve and a family tradition was born.

THE  HOLIDAY  TOUR  STARTS  HERE!

So,  if you’re anywhere near South Philadelphia this season,  give us a visit – and don’t miss these three truly fabulous displays:

  • 1600 block of South 13th Street,  between Tasker & Morris (2 blocks from us)

15_12_09-02-miracle-on-south-13th_9828Click here to read our 2015 blog post about the annual  “Miracle on 13th Street”.   (And,  yes,  they add many new delights each year!)

  • 2700 block of Smedley Street,  between 16th & 17 and Moyamensing & Oregon

2015_12_28-2-smedley-cm_0763The 2700 block of Smedley Street is always a traffic-stopper.   Click here to read our 2015 blog post about it and Colorado Street.

  • 2700 block of Colorado Street,  between 17th & 18 and Moyamensing & Oregon

2015_12_28-6-colorado-cm_0797Santa beckons from the 2700 block of Colorado Street.

And leave time to explore the whole area between Oregon,  Moyamensing,  16th & 18th Streets,  where you’ll literally find hundreds of homes and front windows festooned for the holidays,  each grander than the last.

Happy holidays and we’ll see you in February,  with a great new Dumpster Diver house and studio tour!

Kate & Dave

 

Happy Holidays….We’ll See You Soon!

Merry Christmas,  Hanukkah,  Kwanzaa,  and/or New Year’s to all — and welcome to everyone who recently subscribed to our blog.

SO,  HEY – WHERE  DID  WE  GO?

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After batting out a record number of blog posts and photos during our pre-election window campaign,  we decided to take a holiday break to drag out the old Christmas tree,  whip up a spectacular Christmas feast (okay,  so we actually ordered it pre-cooked from Wegman’s – we know our limits!),  and play in our art studio.

DON’T  MISS THOSE  HOLIDAY  LIGHTS

We’ll be back in late January,  but don’t miss South Philadelphia’s great holiday light shows if you haven’t toured them already — next week’s weather will be perfect for strolling…

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Holiday Windows Are Back – & Don’t Miss These Other South Philly Displays!

They’re back!  This evening,  we lit our 27 holiday windows with portraits of the many great neighbors,  shop owners,  and dogs  (lots of dogs…)  we’ve met since moving to South Philadelphia in 2012.

So,  if you’re dining or playing near the  “Singing Fountain”  between now and New Year’s Day,  we hope you’ll check out our windows at East Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street.

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Our first holiday display in December, 2013.

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South Philly Celebrity Windows Are Up!

Bobby Rydell,  Fabian,  Al Martino,  Buddy Greco….Ed Hurst,  Cozy Morley,  Len Barry….Phil Jaye,  Guy Marks,  Al Fisher and Lou Marks….Joey Giardello,  the Day Brothers….

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(“Wildwood Days” and East Passyunk nights: It must be Bobby Rydell…)

Fifty years ago,  you couldn’t walk down a South Philadelphia street – or enter a club – without encountering one or several of them.

And now,  for the month of January,  they’ll be smiling back down on the neighborhood.

16_01_04 2 Al Martino & Fabian_3710(Native sons Al Martino & Fabian Forte)

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Light Up Your Life on Smedley & Colorado Streets

The gifts have been opened and the leftover turkey is  (thankfully!)  gone,  but there’s still plenty of holiday magic in Philadelphia…

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(The 2700 block of Smedley Street in South Philadelphia is a stroller’s delight.)

In earlier posts,  we told you about South Philadelphia’s  Miracle on 13th Street  between Morris and Tasker Streets and  our own neighborhood window display  at E. Passyunk Avenue and Tasker.

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Take a photo tour – then visit “The Miracle on South 13th Street”

They call it Philadelphia’s  “Miracle on South 13th Street”  and – when you see our website photo tour – we know you’ll agree….

15_12_09 Miracle on South 13th_3045(The view up South 13th Street, looking north between Morris and Tasker Streets.)

Every year –  from the Saturday after Thanksgiving,  until the first week of January –  the 1600 block of South 13th Street is transformed into a holiday wonderland that’s touted as one of the best places in town for Christmas lights.  Continue reading

Neighborhood Holiday Windows Are Up!

They’re back!  On Sunday,  we lit our 27 holiday windows with portraits of the many great neighbors,  shop owners, and dogs  (lots of dogs…)  we’ve met since moving to South Philadelphia in 2012.

So,  if you’re dining or playing near the  “Singing Fountain”  between now and New Year’s Day,  we hope you’ll check out our windows at East Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street.

15_11_23 1 Tasker Street Windows(Our first holiday window display in December, 2013.)
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