Wednesday, December 21, 2016

2016 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest WINNERS!

Here it is Mayfair - The moment that you've all been waiting for!

The 2016 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest was an unbelievable success with over 140 entries this year. What was really cool to see this year was how neighbors "upped their game" because of this Contest and added even more lights and decorations to their homes, and how many NEW entries that we had this year. It was all VERY cool to see and every year Mayfair continues to shine a little brighter!

I'm so glad that we decided to split the Contest up into 3 Categories this year and added a separate Row Home Category. Several Row Homes owners really do go all out decorating their homes however they only have so much room to work with. Giving them their own Category was the right thing to do, and it was a huge success!

The competition was once again extremely fierce which made judging the nominations very difficult. We don't do a "1st, 2nd or 3rd" in the Contest, we simply award the Top 3 in each Category. 

With that being said, here are the WINNERS of the Mayfair Civic Association's 
2016 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest! 

The WINNERS in the Row Home Category are:
(in alphabetical order)

• 3439 Chippendale
• 3513 Shelmire
• 2808 Rawle

The WINNERS in the Singles / Corners & Twins Category are
(in alphabetical order)

• 7411 Brous
• 8151 Brous
• 7930 Lister

The WINNERS in the Business Category are:
(in alphabetical order)

• 3530 Cottman - Bellalisa Hair Studio
• 7341 Frankford - Berkshire Hathaway
• 7332 Frankford - Torresdale Flowers

Congratulations to you all!

Tonight beginning at around 7:30pm we will be delivering prizes generously donated by our Mayfair Business Association Members and the coveted "2016 Mayfair Christmas decoration Contest Winner" lawn signs to the Top 3 in each Category

A very special Thank You to our Mayfair Business Association Members who were extremely generous with their prizes this year!

They are (in alphabetical order)

• The Ashburner Inn
• Aztec Signs
• Bellalisa Hair Studios
• Cottman Beverages
• Deer Meadows Home Health Care
• The Grey Lodge Pub
• The Inkwell 215 Custom Tattoo Studio
• Infinity Jewlers
• The Perzel Insurance Agency
• Philly Pretzel Factory
• Pub36
• Sharon Owens State Farm
• Torresdale Flowers

Please take a moment to stop by and thank them for what they do for you, for your family, and for your community!

This contest has been a huge success for Mayfair! 

It started out only four years ago, but it has already become a family tradition for many. If you haven't done so already, take a moment to check out our Google Map with all of the entries in the Contest, grab the family, and take a ride around Mayfair - It really is beautiful!

There are several people to thank starting with the reporters and their editors who covered our Contest, especially Bill Kenny and Tom Waring of the Northeast Times, the Mayfair Business Association Members who donated the prizes, Luka of the Mayfair CDC for creating our beautiful lawn signs printed by Aztec Signs, our 12 Judges who spent a countless amount of hours driving around Mayfair and scoring the 140+ entries, The Ashburner Inn for driving our Judges around in their bus, but most importantly, I'd like to thank the neighbors in Mayfair who went above and beyond this year while decorating their homes. 

Without you, this contest would not exist! 

Working together as a community, we have proven that Mayfair is indeed, A Great Place to Visit, and an Awesome Place to Live!

Merry Christmas Mayfair!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

TONIGHT in Mayfair!


TONIGHT in Mayfair beginning at 7pm, several of the judges in the Mayfair Civic Association's "2016 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest" will be boarding the Ashburner Inn bus, and will begin touring Mayfair and scoring this year's entries.

• If your home has been nominated, please make sure that your address is clearly visible from the street, and that your decorations remain lit until 11pm

• With almost 150 nominations in the Contest, it will take a while to score each entry and the judge's scores may or may not be influenced with milk, cookies, or miscellaneous other beverages or treats.

• On Tuesday December 20th, the Top 10 in each category will be announced, and on Wednesday December 21st, our Winners will be announced. Later that evening, Contest Officials will be delivering the one of the kind "2016 Mayfair Decoration Contest Winner" lawn signs, along with prizes generously donated by our Mayfair Business Association Members.

Prizes for both the "2016 Mayfair Halloween Decoration Contest" and the "2016 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest" have been generously donated by (in alphabetical order):

  • The Ashburner Inn
  • Aztec Signs
  • Bellalisa Hair Studio
  • The Grey Lodge Pub
  • Cottman Beverages
  • Deer Meadows Home Health Care
  • The Inkwell 215 Custom Tattoo Studio
  • Infinity Jewelers
  • The Perzel Insurance Agency
  • Pub36
  • Sharon Owens State Farm
  • Torresdale Flowers

Please show them your support, and please thank them for everything that they do for you, for your family, and for your community.

Shop Mayfair!

Thursday, December 08, 2016

2016 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Google Map

Here it is folks - The 2016 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest Google Map!

Just like last year, we have over 100 entries so far, and just like last year, the competition is fierce!

I drove around last night to check out some of the entries and as expected, last years winners have stepped up their game, and now that we have added a separate Row Home category, several row homes have stepped it up as well!

The deadline to enter the Contest is 12:00 noon on Wednesday December 14th. You can nominate your home or a neighbors home or business on the Mayfair Civic Association Facebook page, or send an email to

Starting on the 14th and throughout the week, keeping with the "12 Days of Christmas" theme, 12 Judges will cruise around Mayfair and give each home a score from 1-12 with 12 being the best.

The Top 10 will be announced on December 20th, and the WINNERS will be announced and prizes will be delivered on the 21st

Keep the entries coming Mayfair - Have FUN!

Monday, November 28, 2016

2016 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest

Tis the Season  - It's time for the Mayfair Civic Association's "2016 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest"!
Working in conjunction with the Mayfair Business Association and the Mayfair Business Improvement District, the Mayfair Civic Association will be giving away prizes and the coveted "2016 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest Winner" lawn signs created by Aztec Signs to the Best Decorated Homes and Businesses in Mayfair.

Now pay attention because we've switched things up a bit this year!

In the past we've given awards to the Top 3 Best Decorated Homes in Mayfair, however it seemed as though corners, singles, and twin homes seemed to have a slight advantage since they had more real estate to work with. As a result, we have decided to break the Contest up into 3 Categories this year.

• Category 1 - Top 3 Best Decorated Corners, Singles or Twin Homes in Mayfair
• Category 2 - Top 3 Best Decorated Rowhomes in Mayfair
• Category 3 - Top 3 Best Decorated Businesses in Mayfair

This Contest is open to all residents and businesses of Mayfair who either currently are, or hopefully soon will become Mayfair Civic Association Members in the future.
How it works
  • Starting on Thanksgiving Day, you can nominate your home, or a neighbor's home that you feel best captures the Spirit of Christmas. 

  • Nominations can be submitted via Facebook on the Mayfair Civic Association Facebook page, or you can email the nomination to

  • Nominations will be added to our "2016 Mayfair Christmas Decoration Contest Google Map" so that everyone can grab the kids and some hot chocolate and take a tour of Mayfair to see the beautiful entries for themselves. The Map will be posted shortly after the entries begin to come in, and it will updated daily on Facebook as well as the website.

  • As a courtesy to our surrounding neighbors who live outside of the Mayfair Civic Association boarders and are ineligible to win the contest, we will be more than happy to include your home on the Contest Map so that visitors to Mayfair can stop by and enjoy your decorations as well.

  • In keeping with the Twelve Days of Christmas theme, each entry will be scored by our Judges on a 1-12 scale with a 1 being the equivalent of a window cling, and a 12 being the equivalent of a Clark Griswold full blown Christmas extravaganza!  

  • Dress up the outside of your home with all things Christmas, and throughout the week of December 14th - 20th, our Judges will be cruising around looking for the Best Decorated homes and businesses in Mayfair! 

  • On Wednesday December 21st, our Contest winners will be announced, and prizes generously donated by our Mayfair Business Association Members will be delivered that evening to the 6 homes and 3 businesses in Mayfair that best capture the Spirit of Christmas!

The Rules
1. All entries must reside within the Mayfair Civic Association boundaries (found on

2.  All addresses and displays must be clearly visible from the street! (If your address isn't easily visible from the street, your home may be overlooked by our judges)

3. All nominations must include an address including the street name. Also, please indicate if your nomination is a Single, Twin, Corner, Row, or Business

4.  Since the Judges have several homes to score, all entries MUST remain lit until 11pm

5.  The DEADLINE to submit a nomination for the contest is at 12:00 noon on Wednesday December 21st


This contest is a team effort, and without the hard work of the Mayfair Civic Association, the Mayfair Business Association, the Mayfair Business Improvement District, and our neighbors in Mayfair who go all out during the Christmas Season, it would not be possible - PROPS to you all! Together we can ensure that Mayfair continues to be a great place to visit, and an awesome place to live!


To join the Mayfair Civic Association, please visit

To join the Mayfair Business Association, please visit 
Donny Smith
Mayfair Civic Association

"Mayfair - 
 An Awesome Place to Live!"

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Halloween Spooktacular


To Whom it May Concern,

It's the 5th Birthday Celebration for the Mayfair Memorial Playground (next to Lincoln High School) and we are throwing a HUGE party; Our 5th Annual Halloween Birthday Spooktacular Fundraiser on Saturday, October 29, 2016 (rain date October 30th) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sponsors must arrive by 10 a.m.!  This year it will be a Trunk-or-Treat event.  Sponsors will wear costumes, decorate their car trunks and give out candy to the children.

The Halloween Spooktacular is not just a birthday celebration; it's also one of our major fundraisers. We are a volunteer organization who relies entirely on generous donations. We pride ourselves on trying to be as self-sufficient as possible and continue to raise money to add additional equipment and maintain our playground. We have more projects in the works, which is why we are looking for sponsors to participate in our Trunk-or-Treat event. You can participate as a sponsor for $50 and you can pass out information about your business or organization to our parents, as long as you provide candy for the children who attend and "Trunk-or-Treat.”  You must bring your car decorated for Halloween, candy and supplies.  In the past, we typically draw in about 500 -700 people. You are free to provide any kind of approved handouts, political materials, organizational or promotional information and provide candy for our participants. This is a great way to get the word out about your organization, business, or cause and we would be honored to host you.

The Mayfair Memorial Playground Friends Committee was organized in April 2008, in respon
se to our neighborhood playground being closed and dismantled due to safety concerns.  We raised funds for close to three years, them in the Spring of 2011, we learned that our dreams were going to come true; we were chosen by KaBOOM!, a national non-profit dedicated to finding funding partners who help with building playgrounds. Our playground was sponsored by GIANT Food Stores and several hundred volunteers helped build our playground on October 27, 2011. Since then, because of fundraisers and supporters like you, we have been able to install exercise equipment, a seven foot fence surrounding the property, two new signs, with one being the Badge of Honor sign honoring our Fallen Heroes. Our own website, which happily accepts online donations and we officially became a non-profit tax exempt organization.  Please stay up to date on the latest news on our website and our Facebook page “Mayfair Memorial Playground.”


There is a deadline of Friday, October 21, 2016 for sponsorship. Please return the attached application and your minimum payment of $50 per space

If payment is not received by October 21, 2016, your new payment will be $75.00.  Please make checks payable to "Mayfair Memorial Playground Friends" and send them to:

Mayfair Memorial Playground Friends

c/o Dana Lambie

8000 Rowland Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19136


Please let us know if you have any questions regarding this matter.



Dana Lambie


Mayfair Memorial Playground Friends

215-779-1693 or

Please fill out this page and send in with your payment! Don’t forget to make a copy for your records.  

Thank you

Yes! I would love to be a sponsor at the Mayfair Memorial Playground 5th Annual Halloween Trunk-or-Treat Spooktacular Fundraiser! 


What is a Trunk-or-Treat????

It is a fun event, where you wear costumes and decorate your car trunk and fill it with candy. 

The children can go car-to-car to get treats. 


I understand that I can pass out approved promotional materials, business cards and information, but I MUST PROVIDE CANDY for approximately 500 - 700 children for the Trunk-or-Treat portion of the event and be set up by 10 a.m. I understand my payment must be received by 10/21/16, otherwise the price will go up to $75.  No one will be allowed to set up without payment made!


Name of Organization/Business/Candidate: _________________________________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________

Contact Person: ________________________________________________________________

Phone Number: ________________________________________________________________

Email: _______________________________________________________________________


Type of Promotional Material (Circle all that apply)


Business cardsBusiness fliersPromotional MaterialsMagnetsStickersPolitical Materials/Candidate Information 


Other (please specify):_______________________


Please make a copy of this form to keep for your records. We are a non-profit and tax exempt organization, our EIN is 47-2441391.


Thank You for your donation and we look forward to seeing you on October 29, 2016, with your car (trunk), supplies and treats for the kids.  You must be set up and ready to go one hour before the event begins; 10:00 a.m.




Instructions for our Sponsors:

Thank you so much for agreeing to host a Trunk-or-Treat at our 5th Annual Mayfair Memorial Playground Spooktacular Fundraiser! Like our Easter Egg Hunt, this will be a great neighborhood event and we are so grateful for your support. All proceeds raised via the sponsorship and during this great family event will go towards our ongoing efforts to maintain the playground and for our last pieces of equipment to be installed in the very near future.

This year we are changing the event from a Trick or Treat to a Trunk-or-Treat.  Instead of worrying about tables, sponsors will use their back of their cars to give out treats.  Simply decide on a theme for your trunk, decorate it, wear a costume to go with it and give out treats to the kids and approved information to the parents.  Below is some information for the day of the Spooktacular that hopefully will answer any questions you may have.

Rules for participation:

· Since you will be arriving by car you will be given a spot to pull into behind the playground.  You must arrive by 10 a.m. to park your car. We cannot have sponsors arriving once the event begins because it will not be safe to have cars moving around with all the little children excited for the event.  If you wish, you can bring a canopy or covering in the event of inclement weather, but this is not required.
· We ask that you provide Halloween candy for approximately 500 - 700 children.  They will have bags given to them at the entrance or will bring their own. 
· You can hand out fliers, pamphlets, business cards, magnets, anything pertaining to your business, candidate, or organization to the people who attend.  You may also put signs or banners for your business or candidate ONLY on or around your table or canopy.  We will not allow any signs or banners placed on any of the premises, other than your immediate area.
· We ask that you decorate the trunk of your car in a Halloween theme. You do not have to go crazy with this, but if you want to go all out, please feel free! It just makes the event more fun and colorful for everyone attending. 
· Please feel free to wear costumes, but nothing too scary! This event is mostly attended by kids under 10.



General Information - Saturday, October 29, 2016 (rain date Oct. 30th)

Time:  11 a.m. to 1 p.m. We ask that all sponsors please arrive, at the latest, by 10 a.m. to give yourselves adequate time to be placed and to set up. Spots will be assigned on a first come, first serve basis.

Location: Mayfair Memorial Playground (next to Lincoln High School) Intersection of Ryan Ave and Vista Street. 

Set-up area: In the parking lot directly adjacent to the playground and next to the pool. 

Additional Parking: Mainly street parking. Lincoln High School does have a lot, but if there is an event happening at the school, it may be full. 



Contact information for the day of the event: 

Dana Lambie 215-779-1693

Mia Hylan 215-888-1243

Melinda Mulvenna 215-964-3635