June 16, 2015 |
A DASH OF discontent accompanied the music, food and dancing at the 40th anniversary of the Odunde street festival on South Street yesterday. The festival, which hosted nearly 500,000 attendees, is an annual celebration of African-American culture and tradition. It was founded in 1975 by Lois Fernandez and Ruth Arthur, who based it on a celebration by the Yoruba people of Nigeria - who celebrated the coming of another year with offerings to Oshun, the goddess of the river. Colorful vendors lit up South Street from 21st to 23rd all day, as sellers peddled cotton candy and funnel cake alongside traditional African drums and gowns.
June 16, 2015 |
As the 40th Odunde Festival got underway Sunday in Center City, a steady stream of women admired the African clothing that Nana Maindoo-Yeboah was selling from her booth on South Street. One tried on a gold-colored gele, a piece of traditional Nigerian headgear, while others complimented Maindoo-Yeboah's cotton wax print dress, which flared below the hips. Maindoo-Yeboah left her corporate job 20 years ago to sell the clothing, often at festivals such as Odunde, which organizers say is the largest African American street festival in the country.
May 12, 2015 |
Gus Sarno still makes cakes in the basement of the South Philadelphia rowhouse his grandfather bought in 1904 and turned into Isgro Pastries. He still stacks cookies into boxes at the dining room table where his family ate supper 60 years ago when the doorbell to the shop wasn't ringing. Sarno still sells cannolis out of glass cases a few steps from his grandmother's original kitchen. The bakery at 1009 Christian St., in other words, has seen a lot come and go at the Italian Market - good times, bad times, so-so times.
May 4, 2015 |
A FISTFUL OF FREE comics, an earful of 40 live bands, a street full of 100 vendors, an eyeful of 27 artists, a mouthful of 30 eateries, a mugful of German beer and a pop-up lawn of family fun stuff may draw crowds of 30,000 to today's free South Street Spring Festival from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. "South Street is like the boardwalk of Philadelphia," said restaurateur Daniel Christensen, who co-owns Copabanana and Redwood bistro, and chairs the South Street...
July 19, 2013
Food Calendar Saturday, July 20 "Sidework Series II" art exhibition , at Metropolitan Gallery 250, featuring pieces from artists working at local restaurants such as Oyster House, Continental Midtown, Milk & Honey, and more. Viewing hours are Saturdays and Sundays through August 25th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. For information, blog.metropolitanbakery.com; Metropolitan Gallery 250, 250 S. 18th St. Wednesday, July 24 "Sip, Socialize and Serve" by ACHIEVEability , taking place from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Brauhaus Schmitz, following Center City Sips.
June 8, 2013 |
Oshunbumi Fernandez cannot remember a year without Odunde. Philadelphia's annual festival of African culture was founded by her mother, Lois Fernandez, in 1975. "I was strapped to my mother's back at the first Odunde," said Oshunbumi, better known as "Bumi," who has been the festival's chief executive officer since 2006. "Running Odunde, to me, is like breathing. " The Odunde festival - meaning "happy new year" in the Yoruba language of West Africa, predominantly Nigeria - will mark its 38th anniversary on Sunday by transforming a swath of South Philadelphia into a giant marketplace of Africana.
August 4, 2012 |
On any given night, Second Street in Northern Liberties is a bustling, lively scene. The young and tattooed dine alfresco at Cantina Dos Segundos. Beer nerds pop into the Foodery for a six-pack of hard-to-find-elsewhere brews. Couples stroll leisurely along Liberties Walk or in Liberty Lands Park. Masochists take in a Phillies game on the big screen at the Piazza at Schmidts. That wasn't always the case. William Reed, owner of Standard Tap, recalls a time before the neighborhood's still relatively recent renewal took hold.
June 11, 2012 |
The 37th annual Odunde Festival, Philadelphia's African American street party, drew to a close Sunday with estimates that as many as 500,000 had attended, providing an economic boost to more than 100 vendors along South Street in Grays Ferry. "We're more than just a festival, we're an economic driver," said Oshunbumi "Bumi" Fernandez, chief executive officer of Odunde, the educational and cultural organization that sponsors the event. Fernandez's mother, Lois, started the festival in the 1970s with Fernandez, then just a year old, in attendance strapped to her back.
July 15, 2011 |
Friday-Sunday Storm the Bastille Eastern State Penitentiary will host its annual Fairmount Bastille Day Festival this weekend, celebrating the 1789 event that marked the start of the French Revolution. On Friday and Sunday, participating Fairmount restaurants will have special offers for French food and drink. The penitentiary, at 2027 Fairmount Ave., will host a street festival from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday with music, a costume contest, a pet parade, and a fashion show. A reenactment of the storming of the Bastille will be at 5:30 p.m. Guests are invited to dress as French peasants and aristocrats.
April 28, 2011 |
At 1 p.m. Friday, cars, pedestrians, and bicyclists with any common sense will have to take a detour through the heart of Center City to make way for a 200-ton crane that will lumber onto Broad Street between Locust and Pine. Once the crane is in position, a chandelier-type contraption, recently shipped here from France, will be suspended from it. Then, at sundown, a troupe of 18 aerialists from Lyons will be lifted 100 feet into the air and, hanging from the chandelier, will practice their routine, playing twinkly music and spinning in circles.