EPX will be holding a public meeting on Tuesday, April 21st at 7PM in the Neumann-Goretti Cafeteria with Councilman Squilla, representatives from Parks and Recreation, and representatives of Tolentine Community Center to discuss the future of the Tolentine site (1025 Mifflin St) and greater public access and neighborhood involvement. Please come to this meeting with your best ideas to enhance public access (e.g., dog park, community garden, playground, etc.) to provide direction for this important publicly-owned site.
East Passyunk Crossing, Newbold Neighbors and Passyunk Square Civic Association are working together to host a yard tree giveaway this spring. Pre-register now for up to TWO free trees to plant in a yard on private property in Philadelphia. Choose between a variety of species – including fruit trees. Walk-in participants will be accepted at the end of each event while supplies last.
May 16, 10am-noon
9th and Wharton Entrance
The Whole Shebang is a new South Philly creative hub that offers classes, workshops and studio rental. Class offerings will represent a wide range of artmaking, from movement practices to herbalism to interdisciplinary arts. Shebang is co-founded by dance artist Meg Foley and visual artist Carmichael Jones and is home to Foley’s dance think tank moving parts and to private artist studios. A goal of The Whole Shebang is to employ teachers who are also artists to help keep the vibrant artistic community of Philadelphia fertile.
Classes currently offered include an African Movement Diaspora Series, Barre Fitness, Anti-Absolutist Yoga, Developmental Movement and much much more. We will also be hosting a range of international dance artists to teach/create in our space. Their works will be presented in a series of three performances during the spring, so keep your eyes peeled for more details about that!
It’s true that you didn’t have to come from South Philadelphia or be an ethnic Italian to win Sunday’s first-ever Red Gravy Cook-off, sponsored by the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association. But there’s no doubt those qualities helped give contestants an edge.
South Philadelphia Italians were making and enjoying red gravy well before anyone came up with the name “East Passyunk Crossing” for the neighborhood around 10th and Morris. So, even if they do occasionally spike their gravies with a secret ingredient or two, they hold firm to the belief that “red gravy has to taste a certain way,” explained Mark Squilla, the local councilman and South Philadelphia native who served as one of the competition judges.
The cook-off, attended by more than 80 people, brought a wide cross-section of East Passyunk residents to the cafeteria at Neumann Goretti High School to sample seven variations of the traditional gravy. There were newcomers sporting Buffalo plaid and significant facial hair, but also plenty folks who have eaten red gravy every Sunday of their lives.