East Passyunk Avenue Pairs Creativity and Commerce in DesignPhiladelphia Festival

East Passyunk Avenue celebrates its thriving creative economy with a day of workshops, tours, special events and promotions to coincide with DesignPhiladelphia and monthly Second Saturday festivities on Saturday, October 13, 2012.
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Oct. 10, 2012 - PRLog -- East Passyunk Avenue has been designated as one of three design districts in the eighth annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival.   East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District (EPABID) celebrates its thriving creative economy with a day of workshops, tours, special events and promotions to coincide with monthly Second Saturday festivities on Saturday, October 13, 2012.  Highlights include a performance by the Quaker City Mummer String Band, design your own guitar activity, Mummer costume design contest for kids, art openings, home and garden tours, and a scavenger hunt.  

All activities are free (unless noted) and will run from 11:00am to 10:00pm at various locations along and around the commercial corridor. For the full list of East Passyunk’s Second Saturday and DesignPhiladelphia events, visit the event tab on www.visiteastpassyunk.com.

East Passyunk Avenue offerings for DesignPhiladelphia include the following events and activities:

Big Ideas, Small Space: 2600 Groceries in 260 Square Feet
11:00am - 8:00pm
Space is tight in South Philly, and Green Aisle Grocery (1618 EPA), carved out of a Passyunk rowhome, is designed to maximize every square inch. Owners Adam and Andrew Erace, with Chef Becca O'Brien, have launched a new local-fruit jam line out of the 260 square-foot space. Stop by for a sample of peach hibiscus, blueberry cardamom or other inventive flavors. FREE.

Green Wall Design  
4:00pm - 5:30pm
Why is a green wall such a unique design method for interior and exterior design? Urban Jungle (1526 EPA) presents a demonstration about the intricacies of green wall design. They will show you how to design, prepare, and build a living green wall in your home or business. FREE.

Music + Design
11:00am - 9:00pm
Join us for a day of all things music at Kings Music (1828 EPA)! Record and design your own personal CD and custom design your own guitar. The Quaker City Mummer String Band will perform outside from 1:00pm - 2:30pm. During the show, kids (up to 15 years old) can enter a design the most imaginative mummers contest. First place prize is four music lessons or $50 in accessories. FREE.

Jewelry Repair and Restoration
12:00pm - 5:00pm
Stop by to watch a true jewelry craftsman creating and restoring jewelry items at Sermania Jewelry (1719 EPA). Become informed about how family heirlooms can be repaired and enhanced to be worn again by the next generation. Learn how an old worn ring can be recycled and enjoyed for years to come. Complimentary inspection and cleaning of one item per customer will be offered. FREE.

Men of Craft
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Nice Things... Handmade (1731 EPA) hosts an art opening featuring local male crafters...Men of Craft! FREE.

Simple Reupholstering Workshop
6:00pm - 7:00pm
Grab that old dining chair and join Era*Atomica (1726 EPA) for a quick and easy hands-on demo on how to bring new life to an old seat. FREE.

South Philly in South Philly
6:00pm - 10:00pm
Fringe Salon (1728 EPA) hosts an art opening featuring Avalon Clare, an artist and illustrator from Colorado, has lived In Philly for the past eight years. Through this collection of digital drawings, Clare introduces East Passyunk Avenue - her favorite part of the city - celebrating its people and places: the baristas, waitresses, hairdressers, and residents who have made it the interesting and eclectic street that has captured her imagination. FREE.

Neighborhood DesignPhiladelphia events will include:

Annual Home Tour
12:00pm - 4:00pm
Passyunk Square Civic Association's Annual Home Tour will feature up to ten unique homes in the Passyunk Square District. Participants receive a map for the self-guided walking tour, plus free pizza, drink ticket and admission to a wrap-up party at the South Philly Bar and Grill (1235 EPA). Tickets are $20. Info: www.passyunksquare.org/about/hometour

Community Garden Design
10:00am - 11:00am
Passyunk Square Civic Association hosts a guided tour of some of the unique features of Harry O's Passyunk Gardens (Wharton and Passyunk Ave), including the green roof, tall raised beds and flower wall. Following the tour participants will learn about starting a community garden. FREE. Info: www.passyunksquare.ticketleap.com/community-garden-design

Sustainable Streets Scavenger Hunt
11:00am - 3:30pm
From green streets to complete streets, the City of Philadelphia is re-imagining how its streets should be designed. Join The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities and the Philadelphia Water Department for a Sustainable Streets Scavenger Hunt. Participants will be able to explore some of Philadelphia’s most innovative street design features from those that reduce storm-water overflow to those that protect High scoring teams will be eligible to win prizes, including a bicycle rack and a rain barrel at a wrap-up happy hour at Los Caballitos (1651 EPA) at 3:30pm. Meet between 11:00am - 12:00pm at Columbus Square Recreation Center (1200 Wharton). Free and open to the public. Info: www.phillywatersheds.org/scavengerhunt

Urban Design Walking Tour: South Philadelphia
11:00am - 12:30pm
Have you ever wondered about how your neighborhood was put together? What does architecture and public space tell us about the cultural, economic, and natural history of a place? Through the lens of urban design, we'll explore the physical development of South Philadelphia through a guided walking tour that starts at Capitolo Playground (9th and Federal). Highlights include the Italian Market and East Passyunk Avenue. Sketch pads welcome. Tickets are $15. Info: www.passyunksquare.ticketleap.com/urban-design-walking-tour-south-philadelphia/

Design-related Second Saturday festivities on East Passyunk will include:

B2 Cafe (1500 EPA) will host a reception for the opening of Countdown to (En)Danger, an art show with pieces that express the artists own interpretation of endangered species and the continued risks of extinction. Stop by between 6:00pm - 9:00pm. Proceeds benefit World Wildlife Fund. FREE.

Chhaya (1823 EPA) shows off its seasonal design skills with new fall menu offerings. Illustrations from Grant Yuhre (www.grantyuhre.com) will also be on exhibit until the end of October.

FUEL (1917 EPA) celebrates fall with $2 Pumpkin Latte all day, plus free Mimosa's with Brunch.

Lucidi Salon & Jewelry (1814 EPA) will focus on the art of hair design by offering discounted cuts all day: $5 off men's cuts (originally $20), $5 off women's cuts (originally $30) + $15 blow outs (originally $20).

Ms. Goody Cupcake (1838 EPA) debuts fall themed flavors with a special on cupcake minis. Enjoy a dozen mixed with Pumpkin Latte, Fall Harvest and Candy Corn for only $6.00. Pumpkin Latte cake shakes will be discounted to $5.00. Free cake design consultations will be available.

Metro Men’s Clothing (1615 EPA) celebrates their third anniversary and arrivals of fall men’s sweaters, jackets, shirts and shoes.  Raise a glass to this award-winning men’s clothing store with a champagne tasting from 1:00pm to 9:00pm.  

East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District is home to over 150 independently-owned shops and restaurants, offering an excellent opportunity to stretch your legs and take a stroll up the Avenue.  For more information and directions, like East Passyunk Avenue on Facebook, follow @epassyunkave on Twitter, pin East Passyunk Avenue on Pinterest or visit www.visiteastpassyunk.com.

About DesignPhiladelphia Festival
The eight annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival, in partnership with The University of the Arts, will place a spotlight on Philadelphia’s rich design history and creative industries at work, Wednesday, October 10 through Sunday, October 14, 2012. The citywide Festival will feature five days of non-stop programming championing design, showcasing the work of more than 400 designers and creative thinkers in over 120 public events.
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