Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is expanding into South Philadelphia at the current site of the South Philadelphia branch of the Free Library at Broad and Morris Streets. The plan is a win for the neighborhood but it left out one key detail – what would become of the beloved wooden sculpture by Wharton Esherick entitled Rhythm #1 (1965) that resides in the library?

The EPX Board of Directors, lead by Co-Chair Joseph F. Marino, ensured the sculpture would be part of the new development for all to enjoy. After some persistent follow through with architect Seth Cohen and Free Library executive Joe Benford that included emails containing lines like “Please know that this is an EXTREMELY passionate issue for me and one that I will not let go of easily, if at all!” we received word today from Mr. Benford:

Dear Mr. Marino,

I have some very good news for you. Seth was able to figure out how to manipulate a portion of the ceiling in the new South Philadelphia Library so that the Esherick sculpture will return when the building is completed. The sculpture is now on the second floor of Parkway Central at 1901 Vine and will remain there until the new library opens.


Joe Benford
Chief, Neighborhood Library Services Division
Free Library of Philadelphia


Good work all around!

February 23-March 1
For their second annual restaurant week 24 of East Passyunk’s award-winning restaurants will offer a 3 course lunch and/or dinner for just $15, $25 or $35. This year’s participating restaurants are: Adobe Cafe, Birra, Cantina los Caballitos, Chiarella’s, Da Vinci, El Zarape, Fond, Izumi, Karina’s, Laurel, Le Virtu, Lucky 13, Mamma Maria Ristorante, Marra’s, Noir, Noord, Paradiso, Plenty, POPE, South Philly Bar & Grill, Stateside, Stogie Joe’s, Tre Scalini and Will.

Get hungry!

New this year: Follow #EPRW on Twitter for last minute and hard to get reservations, even on weekends.

For menus and reservations go to:


A huge thank you to everyone that came out last night for the EPX-Mas Tour of Lights! We had a big crowd filled with new faces and old.

And a big congratulations to our winners:

1st: 1724 S.10th St.
2nd: 1640 S.13th St.
3rd: 1548 East Passyunk Ave.

Photos coming soon!

Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl


Wednesday, October 23, 5:30-9:30pm
14 East Passyunk Bars & Restaurants
Witch CRAFT is back! Just $6.66 gets you access to more than 14 craft beers for just $3, a witch hat, and a stamp card to enter to win great raffle prizes including $350 in gift certificates from all of the participating bars and restaurants! This year they’re also adding a $140 GC package for the Best Dressed Witch and a prize for Most Original Costume. All 3 prizes come with a $25 Uber credit and new Uber users can get a free $20 credit with the code WitchCraftBeer13.

Registration will be held at Garage at EPA & Wharton from 5:30-7pm, stamp cards must be returned to Adobe by 9:30pm. You need 5 stamps to enter the raffle, collect stamps by purchasing craft beer, food, and other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages; maximum of 2 stamps per location. Any stamp over 5 is another chance to win.

Participating bars & restaurants: Adobe, Birra, The Bottle Shop, Cantina Los Caballitos, Garage, Le Virtu, Lucky 13, Noir, Paradiso, POPE, Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar, South Philly Bar & Grill, Stateside and Stogie Joe’s.

Be sure to stop by the Passyunk Garden at EPA & Wharton for some witches brew! All proceeds benefit EPABID’s cleaning and greening programs.
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For a full draft list go to the Facebook Event Page.


Fall Fest & Spooky Saturday

October 26, 11am-4pm
Singing Fountain
This event offers fun for the whole family! Bring the kids for a costume contest, trick or treating and activities like pumpkin decorating, art projects by the Young Rembrandts, free trick or treat bags courtesy of Aversa PR & Events for the first 500 kids, and a Ben FM dance party.

For the grown ups, there will be over 30 crafters organized by Nice Things Handmade, live music from 1-4pm, and great outdoor street food and fall adult beverages from Fond, Stateside, Noord, POPE, Stogie Joe’s, Mamma Maria, El Zarape, Tot Cart, Belle Cakery and Ms Goody Cupcake.

Costume Contest: Prizes will be given out for Funniest, Scariest and Most Original costumes; times are staggered by age group: 11am – ages 4 & under, 11:30am – ages 5 to 8, 12 noon – ages 9 to 12. Want to dress up Fido? Dogs are judged at 12:30pm and Doggie Style will have a treat station. Adoptable dogs and pigs will be on-site too!

After the costume contest parents can take the little ones trick or treating down the Avenue and keep the fun going at Mifflin Triangle with more Halloween Music from Ben FM and cider and treats courtesy of Acme Markets from 1:30-3:30pm.

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The Board of Directors of EPX invites you to attend the 21st Annual Alfonso Cavaliere Memorial Fund Concert, held on Sunday October 20, 2013 @ 4:00 pm in the auditorium of SS. John Neumann-Maria Goretti High School.

The concert Features the Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company and Orchestra. Tickets are available at the EPX General Membership meetings on October 1st. General Admission tickets are $15.00 and Senior Citizen tickets are $12.00.The concert benefits musician scholarships for local artists at the undergrad and graduate levels. EPX receives a small return on every ticket we sell.

So come discover this little hidden musical gem of South Philadelphia and listen to a lovely afternoon serenade of Light Opera, Broadway, Patriotic tunes and Neapolitan songs while supporting two very worthy causes!

To purchase tickets call Roger Bruno at (215) 336-3060


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