Keep on Mummin!

The members of the Fancy Brigade Association and the members of the Wench Brigade Association each held their respective annual banquets this weekend and a pleasant time was guaranteed for all.

Jackie Bam Bam, the Alice Cooper of Mummery, rocked the Waterfall Room in South Philadelphia.  Jackie McCann and Captain Kenny Medeiros accepted the award for 1st Prize Fancy Club for Hog Island.  Honors were awarded in all the major categories judged on New Year’s Day.

However, the show stopper of the night was 4-year-old Danny Fundora, who took 1st Prize in the Juvenile Category for his “Captain Jack.”

Danny could very well be a future Captain.  He’s got the moves, (he’s a natural line dancer) and the attitude. Quite the scene-stealer, young Mr. Daniel is.

Deb & MattCongratulations also go to Debbie Glovacz and Chuck Erbenich who are now inducted into the Fancy Association Hall of Fame.  Debbie, seen above with husband, Matt, is a great person and also one of the hardest working people in Golden Sunrise N.Y.A. and at the Mummers Museum.  Chuck, for 20 years, since he first appeared as King Arthur, to his many years of service in Golden Sunrise, and to his helping all of Mummery through his work on the Museum Board, is also a vital member of the Mummers community.  He wears a hat well, too.

The fast-growing Wench Brigade Association was also partying and honoring in South Philadelphia at Nicole Renee Occasions.  Chalie McKenna  and the gang are always welcoming and I don’t know what a year would be like without a smack from Gootch.  Congratulations to O’Malley N.Y.A. and all the winners, and all the inductees into the Hall of Fame: George Stewart (that’s him with the good looking family), Jack McQuilkin, Mike McNulty, Hank Brown, John Walsh and last but not least to Mr. Eddie Szymborski, of Oregon.  Ed now holds the distinct honor of induction into 2 Halls of Fame, the Wench Brigade and the Fancy. 

Here are some more scenes from the Wench Brigade and Fancy Association Banquets, starting with “Pop” Bryson and ending with Christine, the great daughter of Ed Szymborski.

Jozef & the Amazing Technicolor Mumcoat

The 2012 SugarHouse Mummers Parade nears and pretty much folks know what their doing. Most of the work is finished. There are exceptions and you know who you are. One of the geniuses of the parade is a family. The Jozefowski family, of Golden Sunrise NYA. Mom, Ellie, Dad, Henrik, daughter, Alexandra, and brother, Jozef. Ellie has been parading since she was a little girl. Both she and Alexandra are Penn grads. Alexandra’s gone up the street, too. Henrik is from Poland and although he’s scheduled to be in the Captain’s presentation this year, he usually stays behind the scenes. He’s the builder. Jozef is the one with the imagination. The 22-year-old graduated from Temple in May and is beginning a career in the film industry. In the 2011 parade he won First Prize for his Mozart-inspired theme, “Symphonic Hazzard.” The display of his suit is in the Mummers Museum. This year he’s been working on a “Timekeeper” theme. I got to see it in production and it’s pretty cool. You can get a glimpse, too, tonight at 10pm on PHL17. Happy Mumming!

Jim Happold

Philadelphia has lost a dedicated Mummer. Mr. James Happold, a member of the Old Timers Hall of Fame, has passed away at the age of 88. Mr. Happold began marching up Broad Street in 1931, when Herbert Hoover was President of the United States and gasoline in today’s dollars was just 17 cents a gallon. Jim experienced a lot in life and gave much as a Mummer. “Hap” took part in the annual New Year’s Day happening for three-quarters of a century, before retiring. He not only carried on the tradition, but also enjoyed teaching younger Mummers how to entertain up Broad Street.  In 2006, he performed in the Handsome Trim category in “A Tribute to New Orleans” with Al Smida, who was strutting in his first Mummers parade.  Hap started out with the Wheeler Club, which became Golden Sunrise Fancy Club in 1960, and at the time of his passing was the oldest member of Golden Sunrise. In 2005, Jim dedicated his performance of “Neptune’s Rapture” in the King Jockey category to his wife Mary, who had recently passed away. The images you see in this story are from his performance “Under the Big Top” in 2004 and “Toyland” in 2002. It is comforting to know that every parade going forward and every smile brought out by a Mummer will always have a little of Jim Happold in it. My condolences to Jim’s family, to Palma and John Lucas and all in Golden Sunrise.