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Newbold’s South Philly Sausage Fest Was Hotter Than Ever This Year

The weather is getting cooler, ok it’s supposed to be getting cooler, and the fall festivals are heating up. Last week were two major festivals – GreenFest on South Street last Sunday and The Sausage Fest on Passyunk above Broad Street last Saturday, September 10. I covered them both.

 

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Mother Nature was anything but kind to us last Saturday as the temperatures hovered near 100F, but that didn’t stop the hundreds of sausage fans that turned out to enjoy delicious links, music, mingling and learn about the different community organizations that were on hand.

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The Newbold Community Development Corporation (CDC) South Philly SausageFest is a food and craft beer festival raising funds for the Newbold CDC’s Street Cleaning Program. This was the 2nd Annual event, and it’s sponsored by AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care, 1444 W Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia (Which I have been to several times over the past 3 years for aches and pains, and they’re quick and easy.)

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Tim Lidiak, President of NCDC and Jess Gould, Co-chair of South Philly SausageFest

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William Lindsay, Diana Zaccagnini and Michael Strauss reppin’ Mike’s BBQ. You know Tap Michael as one of the co-owners of Taproom on 19th in the Girard Estate neighborhood.

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Who were also on hand to rep their sausage sandwich with Jeff Gimbel, Sal Aversa (no relationship to Kory Aversa, Aversa Pr who was handling the publicity for Sausage Fest), and Peter Fry.

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The Volunteer Lounge, a lot of these folks also volunteer for their neighborhood organizations which all border each other.
Paul Knese, East Point Breeze Neighborhood, Paul Rossi, Girard Estate Neighbors Association, Stacey French, Newbold Civic Association, Jimmy Marshina, WPNA, and LuAnn Goodnoce, WPNA

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Vince Leuzzi, Bobby Powers of Mark Cement Contractors with Kory Warfield, who’s dad works at Mark’s

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Philadelphia author & reporter Thom Nickels, with Steve Laberty and Tom Hawthorn

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Christy Bracken-Vasquez, Carol De Fries, Vice President NCDC and Chad Colby

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 Tricia Pinto , Carmen Kelly and Leslie Baechler of Vegan Commissary

 

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Grubhouse

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Shibe Vintage Sports

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Miranda Neill, Vicky Neill, Tom Staunton and Shrea Roundtree

 

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Newbold CDC is four city blocks wide and seven blocks long. It is bounded by Tasker Street to the north and Wolf Street to the south, Broad Street to the east, and 18th Street to the west.

Philadelphia

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE RINGS IN HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH PREVIEW ON THANKSGIVING

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE RINGS IN HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH PREVIEW ON THANKSGIVING, CONCERT ON FRI NOV 28 AND GRAND OPENING CEREMONY ON SAT NOV 29

WHAT:
Opening Weekend for Christmas Village in Philadelphia: Presented by NRG

WHERE:
Philadelphia’s LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard)

HOURS: 
Thursday, November 27 preview 9:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, November 28 preview 11:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, November 29 official opening 11:00am to 8:00pm 

EVENTS THIS WEEKEND: 

Black Friday Holiday Jams Concert (Fri Nov 28, Noon to 1:00pm) – Christmas Village kicks off a new Friday lunch series with Good Girl, Jacqueline Constance and Jay Marie. Future dates: 
* Dec 5 – Walt Anderson, Felicia Punzo and others
* Dec 12 – BridgeSet Sound
* Dec 19 – Gin Canaries

Grand Opening Ceremony (Sat Nov 29, 4:00pm to 5:00pm) – Sing-a-long to holiday selections by the Father Judge Pep Band, Clearview Regional High School Choir and other entertainers. The original Christkind from Nuremberg will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage from 76 Carriages. She will then officially open the market by reciting her traditional prologue and rings in the official lighting ceremony of the Christmas Village Fountain (not the tree), presented by NRG Home. She will then do her traditional walk of the market. 

WHO:
Thousand of neighbors, visitors and tourists will flock to the opening weekend of Christmas Village. This season, over 550,000 are expected to visit between Thanksgiving Day and December 28, 2104.

VISUALS: 

* Christkind will light Christmas Village Fountain and walk the village (Saturday)
* Santa will take photos with children (All weekend)
* Live music
* Twinkling lights and decorations throughout LOVE Park
* LOVE Park Tree and LOVE Statue
* International and local shopping in 65+ decorated booths
* Food and mulled wine served
* Wish Wall for Make-a-Wish Foundation

MEDIA CHECK-IN POINT: 
We would appreciate it if you could confirm coverage by emailing kory@aversapr.com or calling 215-840-9216.  Aversa PR will have a check-in point for the Grand Opening at the information
booth located to the right of the stage (as you face City Hall). 

Thank you for considering for your weekend holiday coverage!

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ABOUT CHRISTMAS VILLAGE 

The Christmas Village will again transform Philadelphia’s LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market, open daily between Thanksgiving and Sunday, December 28, 2014. Shop for high-quality, international and local gifts and decorations. Enjoy holiday sights and sounds with thousand of twinkling lights, the LOVE ParkChristmas Tree, live music, children’s activities and photos with Santa Claus. Warm up with a glass of warm mulled wine or hot cocoa while enjoying European and American food and drink. Admission is free, with food, drink and shopping pay as you go. Now in its seventh year, the village has grown into one of the region’s most unique and charming holiday attractions. It expects to attract more than 550,000 people in 2014. Sixty-five international and local merchants and artists are busy preparing high-quality gifts that will be sold in decorated tents and wooden houses that will pop-up throughout Center City’s famous LOVE Park. With toys, apparel, jewelry, decorations, homegoods, artwork and more, there will be something for everyone on Santa’s list.

ABOUT SPONSOR

NRG Home empowers residential energy customers with a new way to think about, buy and use energy. Innovative, exclusive energy products give customers unprecedented choice and control through customized electricity plans with unique rewards and access to emerging energy technology solutions. NRG Home is part of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 250 company that serves almost three million retail customers across the country. NRG Energy creates value through reliable and efficient conventional power generation, while driving innovation in solar and renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric energy solutions.

CONTACTS:

Kory Aversa                                                                              
CEO/President  
Aversa PR & Events                                                                            
215-840-9216     
kory@aversapr.com
@koryaversa @aversapr   

Timo Kargus
Project Manager
German American Marketing, Inc.
215-391-3017
kargus@philachristmas.com
@philachristmas

(Press Release)