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Celebrate 20 years of Tacony history this Saturday

Or­gan­izers be­lieve the an­nu­al Ta­cony His­tory Day fest­iv­it­ies are spe­cial every year, but es­pe­cially this year.

On Sat­urday, the neigh­bor­hood will cel­eb­rate the 20th an­niversary of the event and is proud of the mile­stone.

“We’re really ex­cited to make it to twenty,” said Louis M. Iatarola, chair­man of the cel­eb­ra­tion. “We’re glad to be able to keep the tra­di­tion go­ing. It’s a nice tra­di­tion to up­hold. The neigh­bor­hood seems to ap­pre­ci­ate it.”

Iatarola is a board mem­ber of the His­tor­ic­al So­ci­ety of Ta­cony and zon­ing com­mit­tee chair­man of the Ta­cony Civic As­so­ci­ation. Both or­gan­iz­a­tions co-spon­sor the event.

A parade will start at 11 a.m. at Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue and Heller­man Street. Par­ti­cipants will in­clude mil­it­ary col­or guards, Mum­mers and the Fath­er Judge High School March­ing Band. U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-13th dist.) will be the grand mar­shal.

The route will travel north on Tor­res­dale Av­en­ue, then west on Prin­ceton Av­en­ue and south on Cot­tage Street to Dis­ston Street, where the fest­iv­al will run from noon to 4 p.m.

“We’ve got it back to its ori­gin­al route,” Iatarola said of the parade. “It looks like it’s shap­ing up as one of our big­ger ones.”

The fest­iv­al, on the grounds of Dis­ston Re­cre­ation Cen­ter, will mix his­tory and fun.

“It’s right in the middle of the neigh­bor­hood,” Iatarola said.

There will be his­tor­ic­al and cul­tur­al ex­hib­its, live mu­sic by the band 7G3, a disc jockey, dan­cers, sand art, games, con­tests, a 50-50 draw­ing and chil­dren’s amuse­ment rides, sponsored by the Ma­jor Artery Re­vital­iz­a­tion Com­mit­tee (MARC).

One high­light every year is a pie-eat­ing con­test. Hae­gele’s Bakery will donate lem­on me­ringue pies.

The food court will be high­lighted by vendors such as Sweet Lucy’s Smoke House and South Phil­adelphia’s Mamma Maria.

Iatarola said the fest­iv­al is just one of sev­er­al ex­cit­ing things hap­pen­ing in the com­munity.

The Pre­ser­va­tion Al­li­ance of Great­er Phil­adelphia provided a grant for the neigh­bor­hood to work to­ward a pro­posed Dis­ston His­tor­ic Dis­trict.

In the next couple of weeks, 15 his­tor­ic plaques will be in­stalled out­side houses in the neigh­bor­hood. The plaques will de­pict when the home was built and who oc­cu­pied the dwell­ing, and homeown­ers will be giv­en a chain of title and a short nar­rat­ive about the his­tory of the house.

In ad­di­tion, the Ta­cony Com­munity De­vel­op­ment Cor­por­a­tion is try­ing to re­vive the Ta­cony Busi­ness As­so­ci­ation.

Iatarola said His­tory Day is a way for res­id­ents to cel­eb­rate what the neigh­bor­hood of­fers.

“We’re proud of our com­munity, and it’s go­ing to stay that way,” he said.

Res­id­ents of all North­east neigh­bor­hoods are wel­come to at­tend.

“People come from all over the North­east,” Iatarola said. “We’re hop­ing for good weath­er, ob­vi­ously.”

In oth­er neigh­bor­hood news, rock sing­er Tommy Con­well has been a vic­tim of poor weath­er in the last few weeks.

Con­well will be in con­cert on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m., at Dis­ston Re­cre­ation Cen­ter. He had been sched­uled to en­ter­tain on Aug. 25 and Sept. 8, but poor weath­er forced him to post­pone the con­cert.

At 6:30 p.m., a five-piece band called the Civic Minded Fools will open up for Con­well. Iatarola is the drum­mer for the band, which will play sev­en rock cov­er tunes.

For more in­form­a­tion on His­tory Day, call the hot­line at 215-338-8790. ••

Re­port­er Tom War­ing can be reached at 215-354-3034 or twar­ing@bsmphilly.com

You can reach at twaring@bsmphilly.com.

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