For Ed

EdSmith1Look at these great pictures of Ed Smith.  He’s a leader and a Mummer among Mummers.  EdSmith3 Now, an exciting and great time will take place Saturday night at EOM for Ed and his family.

Ed, the Captain of O’Malley NYA, has been recovering from a brain abscess.  This has necessitated him being out of work since October.

EdSmith2Friends are raising funds to help with the bills and they are providing you with a great party in which to do that.EdSmith4

It’s all taking place, Saturday, February 7th, from 8 to 12 p.m. at the Edward O’Malley Athletic Association on Moore Street.  The cost is 25 dollars. Food, a DJ and draft beer come with admission.  But, more importantly, Ed gets a chance to see that people care about him.

EdSmith5 Thanks to Kelly, John, Tommy, Darlene and John, Marci and Chris for being there for Ed.

O’Malley is Ed and Ed is O’Malley.  Besides, he’s got smith in his name, so he’s got to be good. :)

Here’s to you, Ed.EdSmith6

2016 “Order of Enjoyment!”

IMG_6035The 2016 Order of March for the String Bands in the SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade is set. The bands drew their starting positions tonight in the annual random drawing at the Mummers Museum in South Philadelphia.

Here is the order for January 1, 2016.

1. Trilby
2. Polish American
3. Fralinger
4. Quaker City
5. Avalon
6. Pennsport
7. Uptown
8. Aqua
9. South Philadelphia
10.Greater Kensington
11.Greater Overbrook
12.Woodland
13. Hegeman
14.Durning
15.Duffy
16.Broomall
17. Ferko

The Winners of the Viewers’ Choice Awards!

It’s the people poll and the people have now spoken. The viewers of the 2015 SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade have chosen the best String Band and best Fancy Brigade performing on New Year’s Day, 2015.

STRING BAND!

QuakerCity2mummers-photo-2015-25The big junkyard dog should get an extra treat tonight. The number 1 String Band is Quaker City String Band with its theme “One Man’s Trash is This Band’s Treasure.”

Congratulations to club President Harry Brown, Jr. and to Captain Jimmy Good. QuakerCitymummers-photo-2015-32

Quaker’s excellent music, busy scrap yard, great performance by Captain Good, interesting mirror effect, and of course, the big hug of Scraps the dog at the end, wowed the audience.

Polish American String Band came in second in the Viewers’ Choice voting.   Fralinger String Band, which won the official judging on New Year’s Day, finished in the top five in the poll.

FANCY BRIGADE!

shooting-stars-fancy-brigade-2015-mummers-parade-photos-0987The number 1 Fancy Brigade in the Viewers’ Choice poll: Bill McIntyre’s Shooting Stars and its theme, “The Mysterious Island” shooting-stars-fancy-brigade-2015-mummers-parade-photos-1047with its big green spider, plant people, amazing full but fluid costumes, well executed choreography and a big scary bird finished first in the poll.

The Stars finished 2nd in the official judging on New Year’s Day, but first in the eyes of the viewers.  Congratulations to Bill McIntyre’s Shooting Stars Captain Michael Adams and President Brian Smith.

South Philly Vikings, which took first in the official judging, finishes 2nd in the VC poll.

SugarHouse Casino General Manager Wendy Hamilton and PHL17 Senior Vice-President and GM Vince Giannini tonight at the casino in Fishtown announced the results of the voting which involved many thousands of votes cast.

Fancy Brigade Serenade 2015

SPVJan2015A fun time was had by all at 11th and Moore in South Philadelphia Saturday night as Mummers filed by and filled the sidewalks paying respects to the 2015 SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade Fancy Brigade Champion South Philly Vikings.  Congratulations to Captain Pete D’Amato and all in SPV.PeteSPVJan2015

 

It was great seeing and hearing Ferko, Polish American, Woodland, Quaker City, Fralinger, Saturnalian, the Stars, Satin Slipper,SpartansJan2015SPVserenade the Spartans(thanks for the pic, ladies!), and more in a warm moment among the competitors of New Year’s Day.

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And, Jessica Tursi, of the Vikings, came on over to me and let me know the newest Soup Day champ already has a plan for this December’s competition at the Mummers Museum.  So, soup chefs, it’s never to early to warm that stove.

Beware the effect of Mummers TV! …or This Kid’s Gone Adorably Mum Crazy

Perhaps MummersTV should come with a warning label.  Mummers fans living in the Philadelphia area know that for weeks PHL17 has been airing old Mummers Parades and recently added the 2015 SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade to the on-air rotation. Well, thanks to mom Heather Lucas-Wolfinger we now have visual evidence of what that does to impressionable minds.

Check out this video of young James Wolfinger, Jr., armed with homemade costume and toy saxophone, as he watches the parade and repeatedly, watches his Dad perform with the 1st Prize winning Fralinger String Band.

So this is how it all can begin…

 

 

Viewer’s Choice Finalists Announced

MUMMERS_ROWThe finalists in the 2015 SugarHouse Casino/PHL17 Viewer’s Choice Poll have been announced and SugarHouse is also planning on handing out thousands of dollars to some lucky Mummers clubs Tuesday night, January 20th, at 6:30 p.m.!  Here’s what we know.

 

The 5 finalists in the Fancy Brigades are, in alphabetical order:

Avenuers

Bill McIntyre’s Shooting Stars

Satin Slipper

South Philly Vikings

Spartans

The 5 finalists in the String Band Division are, in alphabetical order:

Fralinger

Hegeman

Polish American

Quaker City

South Philadelphia

Sugar House 2011The winner of each of the two divisions will be announced Tuesday evening, January 20th, at SugarHouse.

Each will receive the big Viewer’s Choice trophy and a check from SugarHouse for $1,000.

In addition, each of three lucky “mother” clubs across the 5 divisions will be the recipient of $1,000.  To be eligible for those 3 drawings of $1,ooo, a club member has to show up at the Casino and report in at The Refinery area.  Say what club you are with.  The winning clubs will be drawn during the announcement ceremony.

So, the people’s voice will be heard Tuesday night and a total of $5,000 will be handed out to Mummers clubs.  It’s going to be a good night.  Mummers are asked to arrive at 6:30.  Make sure you check in and let them know what club you represent.

Good luck to the finalists and thanks to all Mummers for a great parade.

 

 

Eat and drink for Joey

Joey Weissinger_1076In yet another example of Mummers being there when someone is in need, Riverfront New Year’s Association is holding a fundraising event this Saturday night, January 10th.
Stop by the club and enjoy food, drink and good times and help raise funds for Joey Weissinger.
Everybody’s welcome.  Joey is in need of a kidney transplant and this will help with a lot of costs.   Have fun and help Joey and his family, this Saturday night.The charge  is 25 dollars to enter between 7 and 11.
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