Briefs: September 13, 2022

Yo’ South Philly Phestival on Sunday

The Yo’ South Philly Phestival Live!, a partnership of Live! Casino Hotel and Philadelphia and local neighborhood associations, will take place on Sept. 18 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the Stella Maris School Yard at 10th and Bigler streets.

The event includes a lineup of favorite local bands and performers, local vendors, food trucks and a Kids Zone.

“We are thrilled to partner with our South Philadelphia neighborhood associations to sponsor this year’s Yo’ South Philly Phestival LIVE!,” said Joe Billhimer, general manager, Live! Casino & Hotel Philadelphia. “Before opening in the heart of the Stadium District, Live! Philadelphia promised to be a supportive, active member of this community, and a good neighbor to the families that call South Philly home. Being able to provide local residents and families with a day filled with music, food and fun is exactly what we had in mind when we made that promise.”

The festival will feature food, games, music and fun for the entire family, including an expanded Kids Zone, complete with a castle bounce, a giant slide, a train ride and play area. The older set can enjoy a mechanical bull and a mechanical Meltdown Jump O’rama. 

Admission to the festival and parking is free. Rain or shine event.

Neighborhood Summit on Sept. 16-17

A South Philly neighborhood summit will be held on Sept. 16-17 for celebrations, discussions and work sessions that will focus on implementing neighborhood plans.

Hosted by SEAMAAC, along with Friends of Mifflin Square Park, Greater Philadelphia Community Alliance, Cambodian Association of Greater Philadelphia and Karen Community of Philadelphia, the 2022 South Philly Neighborhood Summit is for all residents living between 4th and 9th Streets, from Mifflin Street to Oregon Avenue.

On Sept. 16, from 5 to 7 p.m., a Neighborhood Storytelling & Performance will be held in Mifflin Square Park at 6th and Ritner streets, featuring residents sharing their stories of growing up around the park and how they became active in the community.

On Sept. 17, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., a series of public conversations and work sessions at Snyder Avenue Congregational Church, 300 Snyder Ave., will focus on how neighborhood organizations and residents can work together to implement the recommendations of Our Plan for Our Neighborhood: Community Plan for South Philadelphia between 4th and 9th Streets, Mifflin Street to Oregon Avenue. The plan was completed between 2020 and 2022 by coalition organizations supported by HECTOR urban design, and includes recommendations for Building Resident Power; A Safe, Clean & Healthy Environment; Houses & Apartments; Business & Shopping; Parks & Community Institutions; and Getting Around.

Residents are requested to register in order to attend by visiting, calling 347-719-1488 or emailing The event is free and masks are required. Refreshments will be served. Learn more about this and other events and initiatives at

Frank Sinatra lecture at Mario Lanza Museum 

The Mario Lanza Institute will present a one-hour lecture presentation on Frank Sinatra at the Mario Lanza Museum, 1214 Reed St., on Sept. 17 at 2 p.m.

Entitled “Frank Sinatra ~ A Celebration,” MLI President Bill Ronayne will speak about the life and career of Frank Sinatra and present the legendary song stylist in clips from his films and television appearances.
Admission for the Frank Sinatra ~ A Celebration lecture presentation is $20 per person and includes light refreshments. Seating is limited and on a first-come first-paid basis. Street parking is available. For more information, call 215-238-9691. Checks should be made out to Mario Lanza Institute and mailed to Mario Lanza Institute, 1214 Reed St., Philadelphia, PA 19147.

Flea market, sausage festival

A giant vintage flea market will be part of the South Philly Sausage Festival, set for Saturday, Sept. 17, along West Passyunk Avenue, from Broad Street to 16th Street.

There will be more than 100 vendors at the flea market, which will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Proceeds benefit the Newbold Community Development Corporation.

The sausage festival will go from noon to 7 p.m.

For information, visit

LoMo Fall Flea Market on Oct. 15

The Lower Moyamensing Civic Association will host a Fall Flea Market on Oct. 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Vendor spaces will be set up along the highly trafficked area on Broad Street between Snyder Avenue & Jackson Street (street-side in front of South Philadelphia High School). Past flea markets have featured over 60 vendors and 1,600 shoppers. Event proceeds benefit the civic association and the neighbors it serves. Neighborhood residents, professional vendors, crafters, and artists are all welcome to apply for tables. Vendor spaces are $25 and registration is at Musicians also wanted. For more information, email or call 267-544-9597.

Remember POW-MIA

The Philadelphia Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Front and Spruce streets, will host a National POW-MIA Recognition Day observance on Friday, Sept. 16, at noon.

The annual name reading is set for Saturday, Oct. 22, at noon. Volunteers are needed to read one of (or part of) the 34 panels that honor the 648 Philadelphians killed in the Vietnam War.

Check the PVVM Facebook page for information on mobile wall displays in October and November. 

Council to finally meet in person

City Council is finally returning to in-person meetings, starting Sept. 22.

Council has met remotely or virtually throughout the pandemic.

Mask wearing will be recommended.

Council President Darrell Clarke said, out of “continuing public health concerns,” all committee hearings will remain virtual, for the time being. 

Activities at Academy of Natural Sciences

The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is hosting several current and upcoming exhibits.

Sea Change is running indefinitely.

The River Feeds Back, going through Oct. 30, is an immersive sound installation created by artists Annea Lockwood and Liz Phillips. The exhibit brings visitors into the deep sonic environment of the Schuylkill River watershed through recordings and a layered sound map that captures glimpses of the river system including the life of aquatic insects, eels, fish and swirling currents.

Ocean Bound will run through Jan. 15, 2023.

South Phila. HS class of ‘68 reunion

The South Philadelphia High School Class of 1968 will hold its 55th reunion on Saturday, Oct. 21, 2023, from noon to 4 p.m. at the Waterfall Room, 2015 S. Water St. Tickets cost $60 and include buffet dinner and open bar. For tickets and more information, call Arleen Liberi [609-922-2419], Maria Leati [856-287-3734] or Stephen Michielli [267-252-2740]. 

Upcoming cruise

The Bristol Cultural and Historical Foundation is sponsoring a fully escorted Holy Lands & Aegean Majesty cruise that will sail Oct. 6-17, 2023, featuring 10 ports-of-call. Rates, including airfare, range from $4,198 to $7,998 per person, double occupancy. Call 215-788-9408 for information and reservations. 

Cruise the Mediterranean

Norwegian Cruise Line will host a Mediterranean cruise from Rome to Venice on Oct. 10-19, 2023. The trip is all inclusive with round-trip airfare, a beverage package, all meals, three specialty dinners, taxes, transfers and all gratuities. The cost for a balcony sea view cabin is $3,511 per person. For more information, contact Fillmore Travel’s Kevin Fries at 215-498-8294 or