When we dreamed up our anti-angst, South Philadelphia window project this summer, we knew this election season was going to get rough.
Click here to learn more about the upbeat artists in our lighted windows at E. Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street – and our quest to photograph hundreds more smiling Philadelphians.
But we had no idea how ugly it was going to get….
Go away! I’ll be out on Nov. 9….of, uhm, 2020.
NO RETREAT, BABY….
But it’s hard to abandon all hope when you can still find such goodness right outside your studio door.
So we are especially happy today to share more photos taken during last Saturday’s East Passyunk Fall Fest — along with another group of artists we’d like to introduce….
When we opened our South Philadelphia studio on Saturday, over 130 people poured in to add their upbeat images to our anti-election-stress, flip-the-script photo campaign….
Click here to learn about those reassuring artists and musicians in our windows – and the hundreds of other Philadelphians we’re photographing for our blog.
THERE’S SOMETHING STRANGE IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
Given that the East Passyunk Avenue Fall Fest was in full swing Saturday, it’s no surprise that the crowd included a mad mix of superheroes, frogs, princesses and one extremely large chicken.
So to celebrate Halloween, we’re featuring all our costumed players and their parents today.
And, yes, even the bear and the chicken got along this weekend – which makes us think there’s an over-sized metaphor there for this high-stress election season….
Over the past several posts, we’ve told you about our new South Philadelphia window display, a do-it-yourself remedy for the pre-election blues….
Twenty-eight smiling artists light up our windows at E. Passyunk & Tasker to remind you that the apocalypse isn’t quite here yet.
And, yes, regular readers of our Unexpected Philadelphia blog and website might recognize a few familiar faces…..
Say, haven’t I wandered through your living room?
Sometimes the anger and angst on the national stage makes it impossible to see the goodness on your own corner.
That’s why we gathered over two dozen Philadelphia artists, writers, performers and musicians, and asked them to pose for our windows holding upbeat signs with words like create, collaborate, envision and – yes – VOTE….
Click here to learn more about our pre-election window display on the corner E. Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street.
You can see it just across from South Philadelphia’s “Singing Fountain” through election week.
WE CAN WORK IT OUT
That’s also why today – and several more times until the election – we’ll share photos here of scores more optimistic Philadelphians holding these same signs.
And, yes, they really are out there by the thousands – even though it’s sometimes hard to see them through the haze of the evening news….
“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.” Colette
After four years of postponing outside repairs on our South Philadelphia home, we finally decided to bite the proverbial paintbrush.
Not because the building desperately needed painting, but because our metal bump-out windows had so many leaks that birds were nesting inside….
“Besides, I am so over this green and tan color scheme….”
SHOW ME THE MONEY
So this summer, we dug into our piggy bank and hired Mexcon, the cheerful, talented, and very popular local cooperative that has helped us with everything from kitchen cabinets to sidewalk repair…
Heaven bless those Mexcon guys, who spent endless days in the 90-degree heat sanding and repairing our vintage bay windows
When we moved to increasingly trendy East Passyunk Avenue four years ago, we were delighted by the great classic shops still in the mix: The King of Jeans. Frankie’s on the Avenue. Tom’s Prime Meats.
Then, one by one, they disappeared.
“DON’T IT ALWAYS SEEM TO GO….”
Still, one of our favorite storefronts – A Man’s Image – remained, its eye-catching sign visible a block away. And, oh, those windows, lovingly updated for every occasion….
(Windows decorated for Valentine’s Day 2016, top and bottom left, and an “everyday” sale window from fall, 2015.)
That’s why we mourned when the “Going Out of Business” signs appeared in March.
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.
(Our first holiday window display in December, 2013.)