Okay loves, it’s time to catch up on some of the event happenings and SS on the Scene coverage in Philly!
One thing that I absolutely adore about Philly is our obsession with good, affordable food and our love of food on the go aka FOOD TRUCKS!
While the South St. Night Market brought out foodies from around the tri-state area, the concept for the Night Market was actually inspired by Asia’s outdoor markets. The Food Trust has been celebrating “up-and-coming neighborhoods” and showcasing Philly’s delicious food, drink, arts and culture scene since 2010 when they held their first Night Market in East Passyunk. Since then, they’ve hosted over ten Night Markets, and welcomed over 100,000 attendees and more than 300 food vendors to neighborhoods across the city.
Restaurants vendors and food trucks filled South St. from 9th to Front streets–all eager to feed the masses. And “masses” is truly fitting because a thousands of people swarmed the popular corridor to indulge their taste buds and expand their waist lines.
After searching for parking for nearly 45 mins, I finally settled on a reasonably priced parking garage located a block or so from the festivities. I arrived on the scene sometime after 8:30 p.m.—which originally had me worried that I may have missed all of the action and even worse: the majority of the food.
* cue horror cry*
That worry soon dissipated as I fell in line with the flow of the crowd under a summer breeze, stepping aside at times as a colorfully, costume-dressed band troupe would walk the Night Market playing tune after tune. The smell of sizzling, seasoned food permeated the air as people stopped to take selfies with friends, gushed over the food they had just tried and plotted on the next truck or food tent on their mental hit list.
Strapped for cash and time (they stopped serving alcohol at 9 p.m.), my decision became ever intense to ensure that I picked one of the best food vendors on the strip. Alla Spina didn’t disappoint with their tasty burger and spiked punch (which they described as an Italian spike lemonade). Located right in the Fairmount section of the city at Broad and Mt. Vernon [1410 Mt Vernon St.], Alla Spina–which means “from the tap”–is known for their local brews and Italian beers, as well as their pub fare which includes house-made sausages, braised meats and oysters.
The South St. Night Market was totally worth the headache of finding parking. Not only did I get to enjoy the food I also got to meet up with friends and party a little at the surrounding establishments that remained open throughout the evening.
Anywho, get your tummy’s ready for the next Night Market which is set to take place October 5th in Chinatown. Click here for more details.
In the midst of the South St. Night Market, plenty of businesses and organizations with brick and mortar locations on the strip remained open for business. One organization was CRED Philly, located at 3rd and South, where “The Co-Production”, took place. Presented by the Sëla hip-hop collective, the event served as a special listening/gathering to present select beat-makers to a wide audience. Producers were welcomed to set-up their own laptops/devices with headphones in the rear lounge area, so that guests were provided the option to privately listen to their work.
A constant flow of Night Market and event attendees filled the intimate space as the production of various beats flooded the area, spilling out onto the street.
The featured producers and artists included:
▼ SELA | @selahiphop | www.selahiphop.bandcamp.com
▼ NEX MILLEN | @nexmillen | www.nexmillenmusic.com
▼ O da BEAT GOON | @odabeatgoon | www.soundcloud.com/odabeatgoon
▼ Klutch | @klutchmh | www.soundcloud.com/klvtxh/tracks
▼ ARCKA | @arckatron | www.arckatron.us
▼ JUICE | @aMbMjuice | www.soundcloud.com/ambmjuice
▼ Small Professor | @smallpro | www.smallprofessor.bandcamp.com
Now, you loves know I don’t consider myself a fashionista but I damn sure like to
look good and I love when other people who do too! Recently, 17…Days of Fashion kicked off their 2013 events with a media reception hosted by Executive Director, Anthony Henderson and Media Personality, Envy McKee. The event was held in association with Jaden’s Voice for Autism at Jollies Live on N. Broad Street.
Celebrity stylists, trendsetters, and surprise guests came out to support 17…Days of Fashion. Notable guests who attended the media reception were Sheinelle Jones of FOX 29 News, Praise 103.9 Media Personality Dezzie, the Founder and CEO of Jaden’s Voice Terri Matthews, actress and on-air personality Kharisma McIlwaine, Wardrobe Stylist and Executive Director of Philly Men’s Fashion Week Jamahal C. Boyd Sr, Philadelphia Daily News Columnist Jenice Armstrong, Heavyweight Boxer Bryant Jennings, Community Liaison Maxwell Brown, celebrity fashion stylist Fatiah
Rebbekkah, and R&B Singer Joe Love. In addition, they also had surprise celebrity guest, actor Chaz Shepherd of BET’s The Game.
The models for the media reception were were provided by Embacy Modeling Agency and were dressed, style and prepped by Chocolate City Studio.
Sponsors included: The Daily News, Fox 29, PHL 17, and Jaden’s Voice for Autism. of Philly’s key media, fashion, government, non-profit and business figures.
To check out the list of events, all designed to promote and support community, charity and couture, visit www.17daysoffashion.com.
I actually know how the heat in my car functions now–like HOW the car is able to provide me with heat.
That may not mean much to you, but it’s a step forward for me thanks to my recent visit to Girls Auto Clinic monthly workshop! I’m so glad I attended this workshop because as a woman, a mother and a car owner, I think it’s important to learn as much as I can [ok…more like want to] about the vehicle that’s responsible for our safety, our livelihood and general convenience. On top of all that, it’s an expensive ass investment on which I’d like to get a quality return. As of lately, it’s been giving me a few small issues which made me really want to attend the GAC workshop. There we learned about the various parts located under our hood, good car maintenance, early warning signs of some common car problems, and the importance and benefits of taking some of our car’s required care into our hands–before calling a mechanic. A lot of what Patrice touched on specifically with my car, tied into what my mechanic had told me…but she gave a few other suggestions and tips that I’m thankful for!
I highly suggest that any person unfamiliar with what the hell all of that crap is under the hood–and cars in general–attend the Girls Auto Clinic workshops. And gents don’t worry, you’re welcomed too. There was a gentleman there who apparently learned quite a bit and seemed to be thankful for so–just my personal observation.
Anywho, Patrice, thank you for having me and thank you for doing these workshops! I look forward to coming again!
Visit www.girlsautoclinic.com for more information.
First, I really love the Rising Sons organization. Their work, commitment and dedication, resourcefulness and impact in our city is invaluable.
Second, I had a blast at their annual family and community BBQ. Can you tell? 🙂
The event brought out various brands, businesses and organizational representatives that support Rising Son’s in empowering our communities, with special focus being given to our youth. Community members enjoyed BBQ, music, games, double dutch [yes, it’s worth mentioning on its own], thrift shopping, and a kiddie carnival complete with face painting and a pinata among other things.
Check out the photo gallery from the event courtesy of TechMethod Sol, Matthew Williams and Christine Bright. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming events from RS; I’ve included the flyers for two of them for your convenience.
Visit www.risingsons.org to stay updated on the latest happenings with the organization.
P.s:Rising Sons was recently featured on MiNDTV where the organization leader’s discussed their experience with students, especially when it comes to students feeling comfortable enough to speak up for themselves in school.
– Sincerely Syreeta