The MUMMERS New Years Day Parade and Show-Ponderings on Philadelphia

The Power and Glory of Rome

The Power and Glory of Rome

Rome Wasn't built in a day!

Rome Wasn't built in a day!

Colorful Confetti!

Colorful Confetti!

look at the ferris wheel, it moves!

look at the ferris wheel, it moves!

Creepy Carnival

Creepy Carnival

The red ants emerge from the ant hill

The red ants emerge from the ant hill

Ant hill opens

Ant hill opens

Buggie Wonderland

Buggie Wonderland

Valley of the T-Rex-lost world

Valley of the T-Rex-lost world

Valley of the T-Rex-Primal Power

Valley of the T-Rex-Primal Power

High energy dancing

High energy dancing

"Look into the Crystal ball for your future""Gypsies of the World"
Posing with one of the club captains

Posing with one of the club captains

The Philadelphia Mummers New Years Celebration begins in the end of December with the Mummers Fest, from December 27 to 31,2008.

The annual Mummers parade is on January 1st each year.
The Mummers Fest takes place each year at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. There is a “Behind the Scenes” tour called Backstage Pass. For fifty minutes you get a behind the scenes private tour with a Brigade Captain of one of the dozens of clubs. During the tour,the Captain shares stories of parading and performing.
The NEW YEARS DAY PARADE:
The first official Mummers parade was in 1901 on January 1st.
The parade starts in the Am with the Comics, the Philly version of clowns in colorful outfits, dancing to the recording of “Golden Slippers “.Some names of Comic clubs include the Goodtimers, the Happy Tappers, Southside Shooters NYA, and Liberty.
The STRING BANDS:
Next come the String Bands with names such as South Philadelphia, Over Brook, Irish American String band, and Fralinger each club creating a new theme each year and wearing elaborate feathered costumes costing tens of thousands of dollars to make and weighing well over 100 pounds. Each club chooses songs, and props to go with their theme.
FANCY COSTUME DIVISION:
Following next is the Fancy Costume Division with club names of Adelphia, Golden Sunrise, Hog Island and Oregon. They strut in elaborate costumes to the sound of music provided by their live band.
THE FANCY BRIGADES:
My favorite part, the Fancy Brigades, a larger presentation within the Fancies. The Brigades were moved indoors in the 1990’s as a ticketed 5:oo pm show due to larger props that were vulnerable to the winter wind ,rain and snow. In 2001, a 1200 noon show was added. For the noon show, be sure to arrive early, at 11:30 am for your chance to take photos with performers on the show floor before the Fancy Brigade show. Get in step with the Giant Mummers Strut, join the fun, Don’t be bashful.
My photos are from January 1, 2008, performance of the Fancy Brigades in the Philadelphia Convention Center in Pennsylvania.
Philly Mummers

Dominick The Donkey

In the spirit of my Italian-themed title blog, I bring to you an “Italian” Christmas song. Light-hearted and fun with a happy sounding music.I wish everyone a Blessed Christmas.

A Christmas Decorating Experience

Lights,camera, action

Lights,camera, action

See the figures in the left corner

See the figures in the left corner

At my parents house, there are boxes and boxes of ornaments, little used now that a full-size tree is no longer put up. Down in the basement, there are Christmas houses, a large plastic Santa face, sporting a Merry Christmas greeting that we used to put on the front door window, a collection of long-legged elves that my mother hung along her three small windows in her front door’s interior one year using those little silver ornament hangers hooked to the wooden edge, Santa and Mrs. Claus ceramic taper candle holder’s , old-fashioned ornamnents…. the santa face, icicles of shiny blue and sliver, many blue themed, a variety of tree toppers, angels, silver stars. We still have some handmade ornaments with sequins and beads that my sister and I made together with my mother when we were in our teens. (Featured in my blog under Holiday Home and Share) These were from a kit sold at a now closed home supply store, Rickles.

the pink of perfection

the pink of perfection

"Pretty in pink"

"Pretty in pink"

Antique santa puppet

Antique santa puppet


I thought I’d share this day along with photos with you out there in blogland.

Earlier this week, I spent time at my Mom’s house putting up a Christmas tree. She wasn’t home when I got there. That involved going to the basement and figuring out which one she used last year. I brought up a small one and wrapped the lights on and when she got home from senior lunch, she said there was a slightly bigger one that holds more ornaments; these are tabletop size. Until this year she did the decorating herself and would tell me to put my tree up yet; but that’s not happening this year. I put the lights on and a variety of ornaments; there are many more in boxes, that used to go on the big tree.
I love the christmas houses and churches , from when I was a kid, the kind you put a string of bulb lights, one bulb for the back of each house makes it look like lights are on in the houses through the color cellophane little windows in the front. There’s are white steepled church, too. All of these used to be placed under the “big” tree as a village of sorts; over the years we added a just the right size shiny sliver tree or two, Still have the original white under the tree skirt embedded with seemingly glistening sparkles. Do they sell these anywhere these days? In later years, my dad bought a plastic train set and we added that too, to the perimeter of the village.
Instead, I brought up three painted wooden snowmen and set them in a little “snowman theme ” basket and next to our “kiddy” christmas cups, one santa and one rudolf(pictured). The manger that was used since I was a kid is sitting on a popcorn can last time I was there. I found a few extra manger “characters”, two camels, two wiseman, one jesus, no mary to go with, and when I went back down I found a donkey and added him to the scene. Didn’t find the sheep.
For my house, I brought home one of the little tabletop trees and put it on the stairs landing. I decorated it with small flat wooden ornaments that my sister and I had sort of decoupaged way back when. These came with preprinted images for front and back of each wooden ornament; a group of Victorian carolers,two Victorian men playing instruments, a snowman, a jack-in-the box, a wreath, an old-fashioned santa claus with children, a candy cane are what I found. Some are stuck together, put those aside. There are many more in other boxes in the basement. A sring of lights, too and a few other small ornaments. Perhaps, we’ll put up my Victorian tree. It’s all in the attic. I put two large green and white striped candy canes by our sidewalk close to the door. A large very long crocheted stocking green and red and white is hanging on the front door, found in the basement with the other decorations.

Ta -daahh.....

Ta -daahh.....


Blue-light special

Blue-light special

Christmas Light Displays

This one is a Christmas Light display set to the music of Amazing Grace.

Please turn on the volume for your computer to hear it.

Here’s another cool light display.

Friday Fill-ins

Fill in the lyrics with the correct ones…. or ones of your own.

Have fun with it.  Don’t worry if you don’t know them, you can do one silly and one serious.

As featured in fridayfillins.blogspot.com

1. Said the night wind to the little lamb, _____.
2. The first Noel, the angel did say, _____.
3. _____, Over the hills and everywhere.
4. It came upon the midnight clear, _____.
5. _____, Let your heart be light.
6. And the thing that will make them ring is the carol that you sing _____.
7. And as for the weekend, tonight I’m looking forward to _____, tomorrow my plans include _____ and Sunday, I want to _____!

Talerine Beef Casserole

Talerine Beef Casserole Talerine is Italian word for Tagliarini-
ribbon-like pasta noodle

The spices and tomatoes

The spices and tomatoes

This is for dinner!

This is for dinner!

Ingredients:
12 ounce bag egg noodles
1 medium white onion, peeled and chopped
1 bell pepper, seeded, ribs removed, chopped fine
3 minced clove of garlic
Olive oil for sauteing ( olive oil has a high burning point-so watch it)
1 1/2 poinds ground round beef ( I substitue ground turkey, it’s leaner, hence healthier)
pinch salt
4 ounces mushrooms, slice
1 28 ounce can tomatoes
1 1/2 cups frozen corn (can use canned corn or creamed corn)
1 15 oz can of pitted black olives, strained and chopped
1 pound cheddar cheese, grated
Method:
1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees and bring a large pot of salted water to a boil for the egg noodles.
2. Heat the 2 Tbsp of oil on medium high heat in a large, heavy bottomed pot. Add the onions and green bell pepper and saute until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a minute more. Add the tomatoes, breaking them up with your fingers or a knife, if you are using whole canned tomatoes. Bring to a simmer and let cook for 10 minutes. Lower the heat to warm.
3.     In a separate skillet, heat to medium-high. Add a couple of tablespoons of oil  to the pan and brown the meat, working in batches. Break up about half of the ground beef into the pan. Do not stir, but let it cook for a minute, or two until brown.  Sprinkle a little salt over the meat while cooking.  Once brown on one side, stir the meat a little to get the sides browned.  Once the meat is thoroughly browned, use a slotted spoon to remove the meat from the pan and put it in with the tomatoes, onions, and gren bell peppers. Brown the second batch of ground beef the same way.
4. Using the same pan that you had used for browning the beef, saute the mushrooms in the remaining oil and beef drippings. Once browned, add the mushrooms to the beef and tomato mixture.
5. While the mushrooms are cooking, add the egg noodle pasta to the boiling water. Cook as directed., about 4-5 min.(or according to Egg Noodle package directions).  Strain when cooked, but still a little firm (al dente).
6. Add egg noodles, corn, chopped olives, and about 2/3 of the cheese to the large pot of beef and tomato mixture. Gently mix in.
7. Transfer mixture to a large casserole dish, or to two casserole dishes if you don’t have one that is large enough. Sprinkle remaining cheeese on top of casserole(s). Place in the oven for 30 minutes (can go as long as an hour.
Serves 8
Delicious. Egg nodles cook up faster than regular pasta, and are fortifed.
I have for couple days. Sometimes, I omit the green peppers, and onions
Can be made without the green peppers and onions.
When using ground turkey, I add Italian Seasoning, basil, oregano or a mixture of these to add more flavor. Ground turkey need a boost for flavor, but is healthier for you.
From Simplyrecipes.com

Watery Wednesday

Welcome to this week’s Watery Wednesday!

Dorset, Vermont        

Dorset Marble Quarry is the oldest Marble Quarry in the United States of America.

This is  my first photo for Watery Wednesday.

Marble Quarry, Dorset Vermont

Marble Quarry, Dorset Vermont

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