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Port Richmond to celebrate Second Saturdays

A new neigh­bor­hood-wide free event will kick off next week. 

At the Port Rich­mond Com­munity Group meet­ing on Ju­ly 25, neigh­bor­hood res­id­ents Bill Ma­son and Matt Pizzola of­fi­cially an­nounced the date of the first Port Rich­mond “Second Sat­urday” event: Sat­urday, Aug. 10, from 5 to 9 p.m., on Rich­mond Street between Al­legheny Av­en­ue and E. Clear­field Street.

The free event, sponsored by Sweets & Treats, 3138 Rich­mond St., is meant to be Port Rich­mond’s own ver­sion of the pop­u­lar city­wide “First Fri­day” event, and will fea­ture live mu­sic from De­pend­ent and This Duo, a clas­sic car show — if you have a clas­sic car you’d like to show off, email portrich­mond­phl@gmail.com — and food from Port Rich­mond’s own The Tot Cart, Gigi & Big R, the Kami food truck and Krak­us Mar­ket.

Donna’s Bar will provide a Pol­ish beer gardent, and oth­er beer will be provided by Har­poon Brew­ery and Phil­adelphia Brew­ing Com­pany.

Oth­ers par­ti­cip­at­ing in­clude: Port Rich­mond Books, Breath­ing Room Yoga Stu­dio, Grandma’s Candle Castle, Kash­er Kreations, Trophy Bikes and more.

“I was tired of go­ing to NoLibs or Fishtown for stuff to do on the week­ends,” Pizzola said at the PRCG meet­ing, when asked why he and Ma­son teamed up to help cre­ate the event. “We want to stay here to have fun.” 

In a joint state­ment, Ma­son, Pizzola and Sweets & Treats own­er Wayne Bul­lock said: 

“For far too long, Rich­mond Street has been ig­nored and neg­lected, with talk of its glory days be­ing a thing of the past, but times are chan­ging, and a move­ment is slowly un­der­way! A new burst of en­ergy has come along, with a hand­ful of di­verse shops open­ing up, and older busi­nesses up­dat­ing,” it said.

“For years,” it con­tin­ued, “Loc­al res­id­ents have talked of Rich­mond Street be­com­ing ‘Main Street’ again; and that idea is slowly be­ing real­ized. Join us as we try and in­cor­por­ate Second Sat­urday in­to a reg­u­lar Rich­mond Street event for the en­tire com­munity, not only to help main­tain its growth, but spark its re­viv­al!”

Find more in­form­a­tion at portrich­mond­phl.org, and fol­low on Twit­ter:@portrich­mond­phl

You can reach at mjamison@bsmphilly.com.

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