Mummers to the rescue again this weekend in South Philadelphia.  Woodland String Band held its annual  American Red Cross Blood Drive at Anderson Hall.  The band has been doing this for years. 

Amy Saves a Life

The need for blood can be acute in the Philadelphia region.  Woodland members give their time on a beautiful Saturday to save lives.   For example, Amy Dingler stepped up to the plate and gave an arm. 

Loomis Leads

Tom Loomis provided the leadership. Okay, he brought the doughnuts. 

A couple of blocks away at Burke Playground, Megan West, Jen Cohen and friends held the first annual “Save the Mummers and Mutts” event.  The folks at TreeTops Animal Rescue have been finding homes for puppies neglected in the South.  Laurie, Beth and Andrea deserve thanks for their great efforts to help the pooches.

It was a riot watching the dogs.  They were given a free run during the event inside the rink.  It was like watching the “Puppy Bowl,” you know that event that runs the day of the Super Bowl.

You can fund out more about the ongoing effort by checking out  The dogs do not bark with a southern accent.

Also on hand while I was there, members of the Quaker City String Band.  QC provided the sound track for the festive afternoon of people and puppies.

QC Present & Future

Speaking of champions, it was interesting to see the results of the Phillies poll I posted last week.  The question was which team most fits the description “Golden Era,” the 1950, 1980 or 2010 Phils?  With about 3-quarters of the vote, the current teams wins.  The 1950 Phillies edged the 1980 Phils for second.

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?