Mantua Family Day full of fun and focus

Saturday's festival in West Philadelphia will feature carnival rides, horseback riding, clowns, moon bouncing, and games, and a focus on supporting community and youth.
Saturday's festival in West Philadelphia will feature carnival rides, horseback riding, clowns, moon bouncing, and games, and a focus on supporting community and youth. (Mantua Community Improvement Center)

Festival highlight is old-school hip-hop concert.

Posted: August 26, 2011

On Saturday, old-school hip-hop legends, entertainers, and community leaders will gather in West Philadelphia for Mantua Community Improvement Center's seventh annual Mantua Family Day, focusing on improving the lives of neighbors, bringing the community together, and pledging to support youth.

The free event also will promote nutrition awareness and celebrate the launch of a youth academy. Seven hours of activities begin at noon near 34th Street and Mantua Avenue, including a hip-hop legends concert, carnival, horseback riding, clowns, moon bouncing, and games. Kids can have their faces painted and vendors will sell festival fare.

On the festival's main stage from noon to 4, Fourth Wall Arts Salon will present a performance by local artists, musicians, dancers, and poets. Representatives from the University of Pennsylvania will distribute nutrition information. The event will launch the Rick Young Youth Development Academy to provide teenagers with personal, professional, and academic enrichment activities while teaching entrepreneurial and business skills.

Festivities will be hosted by Drexel University professor and Fox 29 television contributor "Dr. Chuck" Williams, rap legend and now music producer Kwamé (who will also perform), and WRNB-FM (107.9) radio personality DC Todd. The hip-hop concert begins at 4 p.m., featuring Slick Rick, Chubb Rock, and Naughty by Nature. Artists and community members will take a pledge to support young people in their homes, communities, and schools.

Mantua Community Improvement Center is a nonprofit organization founded by Rick Young in 2000 to help maintain a healthy, safe, and clean community. The organization seeks to facilitate inclusive neighborhood change ranging from employing local people to instilling pride in homeownership through maintenance and daily street cleanings.

Seventh annual Mantua Family Day Festival, noon to 7 p.m. Saturday near 34th Street and Mantua Avenue. Rain date is Sunday. Admission: Free. Information: 215-382-6242 or

Korean folk games

Won Community Service Center and Won Buddhism of Philadelphia will present their 15th annual Korean Folk Games Festival for Children on Sunday at John Russell Field in Elkins Park.

The free event features family games and activities including a percussion workshop, marble games, Korean archery, arrow throwing, shoe kicking, and a tug-of-war competition. The first 300 kids will receive a free sun visor. Children can make masks and have their faces painted, and visitors can try foods such as stir-fried rice cakes, barbecue beef, and seaweed rolls. There will be performances of a traditional Korean wedding ceremony, and Irish dance - yes, Irish - led by the Timoney Dancers. The festival is scheduled 1 to 5 p.m., rain or shine, with food available for purchase.

Korean Folk Games Festival for Children, 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday at John Russell Field, 7420 Penrose Ave., Elkins Park. Admittance, activities, and games are free. Information: 215-884-8443 or visit

Seafarers Weekend

Maritime culture and the history of the Jersey Cape are featured Saturday and Sunday at Historic Cold Spring Village's Seafarers Weekend.

From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., the event will feature pirates, music, demonstrations, and performances. At noon and 3 p.m. both days, the Valhalla's Pirates will act out fight scenes. There will be face-painting, and Captain Black and his friends will meet guests, take photos, and tell sea stories. Historical interpreters will be dressed in attire reflecting the pirate era. Village buildings will be open and visitors can see demonstrations, trades, and crafts from early years including wood and duck decoy carving. The Friends of Historic Cold Spring Village will have a traditional South Jersey corn roast at the village pavilion. Highlights include a 2 p.m. Saturday pirate music performance by the Sea Dogs, a traveling marine touch tank from the Wetlands Institute, demonstrations from the Cape May Maritime Museum, and more.

Seafarers Weekend, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Historic Cold Spring Village, 720 Rt. 9 South (three miles north of Victorian Cape May and four miles south of Rio Grande), Cape May. Admission; $10, $8 for ages 3 to 12, free under 3. Information: 609-898-2300 or

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