It’s how I see every Mummers gathering and so it was this past weekend when I attended 3 events, the Wench Brigade Association Banquet, as well as Golden Sunrise Fancy Club’s 50th Anniversary Banquet, and the annual
Philadelphia Mummers String Band Association Banquet and Awards Ceremony.
Congratulations to the Lucas family and all involved with Golden Sunrise, continuing the Fancy tradition that brings beauty to Broad Street each New Year’s Day.
Congratulations to Cara Liom’s Jimmy Daniels, O’Malley’s Ed Smith, “Monk” Bryson of the Bryson Brigade, Stanley Visack, Jr., of Riverfront, “Chily” McQuilkin of Joey Howlett, Jr., Saints entering the Wench’s Hall of Fame and Brian Giffear being named the Pirates’ 2010 Man of the Year. It was great seeing ”Monk” doing so much better.
Congratulations to Fralinger String Band and Captain Thomas D’Amore, honored at the PMSBA gathering at the Union League for their First Prize finishes on New Year’s Day. I served as Master of Ceremonies for the awards. Aqua String Band won for most creative and most improved string band. Some great Mummers were also inducted into the String Band Association Hall of Fame.
As is tradition, current Hall of Famers come up front and welcome the new inductees. (For the record, though he may one day be admitted, the Durning Duck was not inducted. In his dreams he was there. No truth to the rumor that was looking for assistance from one of the attorneys in the room.) The real inductees? Joe Leso and Joe Bujonowski, both of Polish American SB, were inducted. Also entering, the great choreographer, designer, and all around witty fellow, Dennis Quaile. Two good guys, Donald Reeves and Al Koenig, were inducted into the Old Timers Hall of Fame. There was one other person admitted to the Hall of Fame and for only the second time in String Band history, the person inducted was not a past or current member of a club. Congressman Bob Brady was inducted for his years of support for the Mummers and the New Year’s Day Parade.
Vice-President and General Manager of myphl17 Vince Giannini presented the Viewers Choice Award to Polish American Sring Band. The Union League honored the band, too.