Neighbors and friends gathered at St. Monica’s Lanes on Friday, June 12th to kick off EPX Civic’s bowling night fundraiser, featuring unlimited bowling, air hockey, and plenty of food and beer to incite competitive spirits and a night of fun.
The night served as the first of the upcoming summer socials, which work to bring EPX neighbors together to enjoy the neighborhood and to raise money for community outreach, charitable giving, and neighborhood beautification efforts.
Check out what attendees had to say about why they decided to come out and what they love about EPX—and be sure to attend our next summer social.
“There’s a lot of pizza shops!” – Matthew D.
(Special thanks to local shops Birra, Francoluigi’s, City Pizza, NY Italian Style Bakery, and Triangle Tavern for their catering!)
“I’m from South Philly but for the last five years I’ve been living in the East Passyunk neighborhood. I came out tonight because I’m very happy to have such an active and vibrant neighbor association. It’s great being around people who enjoy being where they live.” – Christopher Santenello [SP]
“I just joined the Beautification Subcommittee and it’s great. What I love about my neighborhood is the food places—especially Francoluigi’s—and the neighbors.” – Hannah Chatterjee
“Tonight, I hope a lot of people show up and have a good time. I kind of hope I win something on the raffle. We have a couple of meet-and-greets coming up but summer is typically a time for relaxing so that’s why our summer socials are purely about fun.” – Lee Tharps (right)
“I’ve lived in the neighborhood for forty years. I was one of the cofounders of EPX when we started about eight or nine years ago. I love the changes that are occurring—the young coming in and the old staying… it’s a great mix.” – Millie Ruffino
“My husband is the Chair of the Beautification Committee so I am here to support him and the civic association. What I love the most about living here is the awesome community.” – Whitney Simone (far right)
“What I like about this neighborhood is Southwark School. It’s very convenient and everything’s right here.” – Trish Downey
Ultimately, EPX is more than just boundaries in South Philly—it’s a community filled with dedicated members (and pizza lovers!). Come out and support the next event and interact on a more meaningful level with your neighborhood.
Check out this story on Philly.com.
Click on a Google map of East Passyunk Crossing, a South Philadelphia neighborhood a few blocks from the explosive restaurant and retail scene of East Passyunk Avenue. Then zoom in on the territory bounded by Broad and 11th, Tasker and McKean Streets.
You’re looking at one hot real-estate micromarket. Arguably, the hottest of all the spots south of Center City now jumping off the sale-price charts, as documented by local Realtors and residents, Philadelphia transaction records, and a database of city property information available at philly.com/prop.
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.
What a successful event! Thanks to all who attended, contributed gravy and supplies and helped in any way.
The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote up a nice little piece about the day:
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.
And all had strong opinions.