Golden Age?/Golden Rule

As we begin fall and enjoy the success of the Philadelphia Phillies and what may be looked back on as the Golden Age of Phillies baseball, there are many events in the works  to help Mummers clubs and other needy causes.  But before I get to them,  it is worth asking if this is the Golden Age of Phillies baseball.  There were  the 1950-era teams, including Robin Roberts and Richie Ashburn.  There were the late 1970’s and early 1980’s teams, including Steve Carlton, Mike Schmidt, and Pete Rose, along with Manny, Garry, the Bull, Larry and the rest.   And then there is this remarkable team.  Imagine being a 7 to 12-year- old kid today and all that you know about the Phillies is, “We’re number 1, baby!”   It’s quite a time, but still those other teams were awesome.  So, I’ve included a poll at the bottom of this post.  Check it out.  Vote.

As for the events, let’s begin with Woodland String Band’s annual American Red Cross Blood Drive.  Woodland members step up for this every year. if you can give blood, head on down to Anderson Hall at the Woodland String Band Clubhouse on 3rd Street, just up from Snyder.   Also, the same day, take a couple of blocks walk and head over to Burke Playground at 2nd and Jackson to Save the Mummers and Mutts.  The first annual event helps savethemummers and helps animals in neeed of rescue.  The event begins at Noon and runs until 4.  You might even see a dog you’d like to adopt.  Mummers clubs have lots of fundraisers in the weeks ahead. Support them if you can to keep the tradition thriving.  Among them, Greater Overbrook String band has its costume fundraiser on Friday night, October 8th. Clevemore’s going “Big Ticket” Sunday night the 10th.  Durning has its social in Riverton on October 16th.  Duffy String band also has its Captain’s night the same night.  The Hog’s have their fall fling also on that date.  There are three other events I’d like to give quick mention to:  The Gloucester County Autism Walk takes place October 2 at Riverwinds Community Center in West Deptford.  I know some folks at Quaker City are involved in this.  There is also on October 9th, the Walk Like MADD event at the Philadelphia Zoo. I am emceeing again.  Form a team or come out on your own to help prevent drunk driving and walk around the zoo!  Registration is at 8:30 a.m.  And then on October 23rd, you might want to drop by Casey’s on Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill, always a fun thing to do.  This time it’s a great MDA cause raising money to support the Philadelphia Powerplay, the hockey league.  And, remember, tickets for the fabulous Fancy Brigade Finale and MummersFest go on sale  starting October 1st!

 Now, the poll.  Are we in the Golden Age of Phillies Baseball?

Still Summer for Mummers

Mummers kept summer alive on a perfect September day near 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenue in North Wildwood.
String Bands marched up a parade watchers-lined street  spreading the joy of strutting.
Mummers from several divisions were in the Wildwoods this weekend.   It’s a tradition that is new by Mummers standards.  Hog Island Fancy Club, for example, marked its 20th year in Wildwood in the weekend after Labor Day.  While much of the weekend is Mummers celebrating privately in homes, motels and in taverns, there has developed for many years a public string band celebration lasting a couple of hours.  Bands play. Captains strut with adults and kids.  It’s part the fun of the Wildwoods, part semi-private party, part hanging on to summer and all Mummers.  The crowd was fabulous. 
They clapped and sang and lined the sidewalks and filled the taverns and restaurants along the parade route.  Animals loved it, too.
Quaker City, Durning, Hegeman, Greater Kensington, Woodland, Avalon, South Philadelphia, Ferko, Fralinger and Duffy played  “When You’re Smiling” and other Mum staples and really it just all felt like  a perfect afternoon.
It was a day you didn’t want to end. 

Here are some more of the images captured on a beautiful day in North Wildwood.


MDA Rocks Labor Day!

Another successful and emotional Labor Day weekend has come and gone with the annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon on myphl17.  The wonderful folks of the Philadelphia region contributed $2.28 million dollars to help find treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases, pay for support services and MDA Camp.    Tim Furlong, Lori Wilson, Byron Scott and Aditi Roy joined me for the big event live from the Courtyard Marriott in Center City, Philadelphia.  The Mummers were representing, too. We heard from Uptown String Band, for example, and Francis Walsh, of Aqua, even manned the phones.  The Telethon has been a Labor Day feature for 45 years and the millions raised has not only through support services improved the lives of those living with any of more than 40 neuromuscular diseases, but has also developed treatments that are improving the quality of life and potential for overcoming the effects of the diseases.  The road to cures is being travelled. Volunteers included the great people of Lowe’s who have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.  The Harley Davidson owners and dealers are always stepping up to the plate, as are the members of the International Association of Firefighters in locals throughout the region, including Philadelphia, Upper Darby, Reading and Evesham.  For folks with diseases such as ALS, Duchenne and Limb Girdle, MDA is hope.  Thanks to all the staff and volunteers and to all the contributors who are the workers making the hope a reality.  Special thanks go to the MDA families, the children and adults living with these diseases who take the time to inspire the rest of us to do the right thing.

Things that begin with M

As summer draws to a close, the kids are back in school and the Phils begin their stretch run to glory, MDA and Mummers are also in the forefront.  String Bands prepare to head down the shore to North Wildwood on September 11.  Check it all out around 4pm or so at 2nd and Olde New Jersey Avenue.  And, word has come that all is set for the fabulous Fancy Brigade Finale and MummersFest.  There will be 2 shows, one at Noon, the other at 5 p.m. in Hall B of the Pennsylvania Convention Center on 1/1/11.  Some 2500 performers in 10 clubs.  Before that, from the 28th to the 31st of December, MummersFest, the behind the scenes look at the upcoming finale will take place.   There is another M to tell you about and it’s upon us as our summer unofficially ends.  The annual Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon takes place Sunday night through Labor Day Monday on myphl17. 

Harley Rides at MDA Summer Camp

Please Join me, Lori Wilson, Aditi Roy, Tim Furlong and Byron Scott as we ask for support to help fight neuromuscular diseases.  I can tell you without reservation that I have seen the joy the free camp brings to the kids, I have seen the groundbreaking medicine as it enters the body of a young person living with a disease and I  tell you the support is worth it.