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.

Gift of Life

woodland2woodland1Mummers perform countless acts of kindness and rarely do they get attention for it.  Woodland String Band has held its 6th annual American Red Cross blood drive at Anderson Hall, its clubhouse in South Philadelphia.  Check out Jim Wolfinger and Scott Greco “laying down on the job.”  That is, giving the gift of life.  Below, that’s me with Mike Dingler, at-large Director with Woodland, and that’s Scott  on the table behind us.  Lots of folks stopped by, including some runners who took part in an unrelated event earlier that morning.  Thank you, Woodland!  woodland3