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Thursday, March 20, 2014

2014 MAYFAIR FAMILY FUN, FESTIVALS AND FARMERS MARKET LINE-UP

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:            Mia Hylan                    
Phone:              267-538-4668
Email:               mayfaircivicassociation@yahoo.com
Web:                www.mayfaircivicassociation.com
MAYFAIR CIVIC ASSOCIATION , MAYFAIR BUSINESS ASSOCIATION AND THE MAYFAIR COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ANNOUNCE THE OFFICAL "2014 FAMILY FUN, FESTIVALS AND FARMERS MARKET LINE-UP"

The Mayfair CDC in conjunction with the Mayfair Civic Association and the Mayfair Business Association are proud to announce the official “2014 Mayfair Fun, Festivals and Farmers Market Line-up”

Mayfair Memorial Playground Easter Egg Hunt
On Saturday, April 12 from 11am to 1pm (Rain Date Sunday, 04/13/14 from 1pm to 3pm) , the Friends of Mayfair Memorial Playground will hold their 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt. The Easter Egg Hunt includes a fantastic Bake Sale, games, prizes, an appearance by the Easter Bunny and much, much more. "We're trying to mix things up a little more this year and include some activities we haven't had in the past to keep it fresh. More details will be announced once we finalize everything. We're so close to our goal of completing the playground and not only is this is one of our major fundraisers, it's a great family friendly, community event." says Chairwoman Dana Lambie. "With last year's installation of a 7-foot locking fence by Northeast Fence and Iron Works and our new adult exercise equipment courtesy of a grant via KaBOOM! we are really motivated to get the last piece of toddler equipment and the safety surfacing in." Vice-Chairwoman Mia Hylan states. "In addition to the Easter Egg Hunt, we'll be participating in the Philly Spring Clean-up on Saturday, April 5, 2014 and we're also hoping to hold a couple of demonstrations in the spring and early summer with a local personal trainer for anyone interested in learning how to best utilize the equipment while their children are playing. You can visit our Facebook page at "Rebuild Mayfair Memorial Playground (At Lincoln High School" for all the latest information. There's always great stuff going on at the playground!"


Mayfair May Fair and Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run
Mayfair officially kicks off summer 2014 with the 5th annual Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Starting at 8am, the Mayfair Fallen Heroes Run has undergone a few changes to the race route this year. Chairman of the Mayfair CDC and one of the run organizer, Joe DeFelice says “This year we are honoring Fire Captain John Taylor.We’ve moved the run up to include a portion of Frankford Avenue, our main business thoroughfare along with some residential streets. It’s a bit of an uphill run along Frankford Avenue too, which makes it a little bit of a challenge and we’re hoping returning runners and new runners will enjoy the change of scenery from past years."  Run organizer and owner of Torresdale Flowers, Antoniette Montgomery states, "We’ll continue the run around the Pennypack Park loop but incorporating these different elements really gives you a taste of the neighborhood of Mayfair; busy business corridor, residential streets and then the very close natural setting of the park.” "There is also a new logo designed by Mayfair resident and graphic designer, Michael Ennis. "The t-shirts are always a hot commodity and this year’s is great. You need to register online by May 10, 2014 to guarantee yourself a t-shirt.” says Lisa Greco, co-organizer and owner of BellaLisa Hair Studios. "We're really looking forward to having more runners participate so we can raise even more money for the Heroes Thrill Show, as in years past."

On that same day, Saturday May 17, 2014 starting at 12pm, is the Mayfair Business Association sponsored, Mayfair May Fair. Organizers Donny Smith, president of the Mayfair Civic Association, Mike "Scoats" Scotese, president of the Mayfair Business Association and owner of the Grey Lodge Pub, and Lisa Greco, MBA Treasurer have been working hard with the planning. States Greco, "Last year we closed off the portion of the Avenue between Ryan and Bleigh which worked out really well. We had a huge stage with live music, artisans and crafters, a showcase of MBA members, face painting, balloon animals and local schools and organizations like Lincoln High School's Horticulture Department." Smith adds, "The Original Soft Pretzel Factory also holds their Customer Appreciate Day with huge inflatable's, contests, and giveaways on the same day so it really is a great kid-friendly event, too." "It's great to have people walking the Avenue and seeing the great things the Mayfair Business community has to offer along with information booths and fun family activities." states Scoats, "It's growing every year as we add more and more. It's becoming a can't miss event."

Mayfair Farmers Markets and Third Thursdays
Returning for its second season is the Mayfair Farmers Market sponsored by Republic Bank and the Mayfair Community Development Corporation and Allegheny Iron and Metal Co., Inc.. "We've changed things up a bit from last year based on a customer survey and feedback from our vendors and we're excited to see what happens. The biggest demand they had was consistency with the market dates and we agreed with their assessment." states organizer and Executive Director of the MCDC, Mia Hylan. "The market will now be held on a weekly basis, every Sunday from 10am to 2pm at the intersection of Ryan Avenue and Frankford Avenue. "Our opening day will be Sunday, May 4, 2014 and continue going until October 26, 2014." Co-organizer Joe DeFelice adds, "We've pushed the time back, as requested and made it a little bit later in the day to accommodate sports and church schedules." New to the market is also a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share program via MFM market regular, Grateful Acres Veggie Farm, who supplies many Fishtown restaurants with their produce. "CSA participants will get a box of produce harvested fresh from the farm that day. Registration was taken during the winter via Grateful Acres and neighbors are really looking forward to it." states Hylan. "We've also confirmed that Julie and Dom Stern of Terra Innovations will be returning for this year and are adding more vendors daily. You can join our "Mayfair Farmers Market" page on Facebook for all the latest information leading up to opening day."

The Mayfair CDC has also decided to expand into a block party/street festival on every third Thursday of the month from May to October from 5pm to 9pm.  Hylan states, "Third Thursday's will be a little larger than the MFM with more artisans, crafters, live music, entertainment and we'll also be incorporating a small part of the Farmers Market into it as well for those who can't make Sunday." "We're working on partnering with Mike and Mark Capriotti of Capriotti's Brothers Produce who are interested in setting up a farm stand at our Third Thursday events and we're working with Robert Rifkin of Undrgrnd Donuts to include several food trucks throughout the spring, summer and fall." DeFelice adds. Donny Smith states, "We're hoping for a big neighborhood turnout since it's a weeknight and people are often looking for events to do with their families, the weather will be nicer and we want to celebrate the fact that the community of Mayfair continues to be a great place to visit, and an awesome place to live!."