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Hawthornes hosting final outdoor block party of 2017 Saturday

Photo provided by Hawthornes Beer Cafe

By Bill Gelman

When it comes to block parties, the team at Hawthornes Beer Cafe, 738 S. 11th St., knows how to throw them. On Saturday (Nov. 4), South 11th Street between Fitzwater and Catherine will be closed for the Bella Vista-based establishment’s Second Annual Great Cider and Beer Festival taking place from noon to 8 p.m., rain or shine. The event will showcase more than 50 seasonal beers, new and favorite ciders, barrel-aged rarities and wine selections ($5 each).

Blue Point Pumpkin Ale, Ace Pumpkin Cider, Evil Genius Trick or Treat Chocolate Pumpkin, Forgotten Boardwalk Funnel Cake, Woodchuck Fall Harvest, Lancaster Pumpkin, Down East Pumpkin Blend Cider and Austin Eastciders Dry Hopped Cider are a handful of the selections that will be available for purchase.

“With the crisp, cool air just around the corner it’s time to celebrate with a block party. Enjoy our constantly evolving selection of beers, ciders and wines — and come out and find yourself a new seasonal favorite,” Hawthornes owner Chris Fetfatzes said. “We also have a great lineup of fall comfort food favorites from our favorite food truck partners. Come on down to South Philly for one final outdoor block party before the weather changes.”

Attendees should come hungry as there will be meatballs, tater tots, sweets, roast beef, barbecue offerings and tacos available for purchase. Mama’s Meatballs, Creme Brolee, EL Tlaloc, Milk & Sugar, Nick’s Roast Beef, PaperMill, Sum Pig, Surf & Turf, The Tot Cart along with Waffles & Wedges will be onsite to provide delicious pairings to suds and ciders.

Like previous events at Hawthornes, there will be a kids’ zone with inflatable slides, face painting, giant bubble wand, other bubble fun, chalk fun, bean bag toss, and more. A giant Velcro wall, for children and adults, is a new addition to the party.

The John McNutt Trio will perform from noon to 3 p.m., playing what is described as “classic, no-frills, straight forward rock and roll.” Disk jockey Christophonic is back to spin all the favorites from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Mass Folk Commons, known for their folk, punk, bluegrass and Celtic, will close out the festival from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Guests will be required to show valid I.D. upon FREE entry at 11th and Fitzwater and receive a wristband. The beer sales are handled exclusively at the entrance where the guest will purchase any number of drink tickets for $5 each, no minimum, no limit. Guests can redeem each ticket at any of the beer stations.

Admission is free. Food and drink is pay-as-you-go (cash only). Dogs are welcome, too.

For more information, call 215–627–3012, or visit facebook.com/events/500159637012356.

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