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November 2015


Thanksgiving at MANNA with Mayor and Lisa Nutter, Jim Kenney, DA Seth Williams and other notables

Every year I cover the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and I had fully anticipated covering it again this year. First I was going to photograph the operations at MANNA, where for years they’ve prepared a delicious meal for their clients and 3 friends for the holiday.

 Years gone by I always wanted to go, but I couldn’t imagine getting up so early and leaving the house. I do wake up early to work, sometimes I go to bed as the sun rises too. Anyway…

 this year was the year I set out to do it. It was a lovely walk to their 23rd and Ranstead Sts,

through the Thanksgiving Day Parade preparations as parade goers were already marking their territory.

 2323 Ranstead St.
 Marilyn Russell, BenFM was on hand
 The menu
 giving instructions to the youngest of volunteers

 The packing station
 you get a pie, you get a pie, you get a pied

 Ed Neilson, State Representative
 Sergio Panu

 DA Seth Williams and his two girls on the right
Sue Daugherty, RD, LDN – Chief Executive Officer, MANNA welcomes the guests as DA Seth Williams, Mayor Elect Jim Kenney, Rob Saxon, Director of External Affairs – MANNA and Tony Frick,  Chair of MANNA’s Board of Directors.
 Marilyn Russell and Frannie Murphy

 Mayor Nutter and First Lady Lisa Nutter

Rep. Dwight Evans carries dinners to volunteers cars. What a great morning. 
After Cyber Monday comes Help us spread the word about the largest worldwide day of giving. ,

Details: Christmas Village Opening Ceremony Saturday November 28 at 3PM; Black Friday Concert at NOON

Saturday is the big day! Christmas Village will be officially opening for the
2015 season! 

The team, along with all the awesome vendors can’t wait to
see you guys there. Enjoy your Thanksgiving with friends and family then
head over to get started on some Christmas shopping and holiday fun! — at LOVE Park. You can stop by today, for the continuing of the preview party. At Noon there’s a concert, kicking off Friday concert series for the month of December. 

BLACK FRIDAY (Friday, November 27)

Shop small and shop
international with gifts for everyone on your list from around the
world. Geno’s Steaks invites you to head out of the office for the
return of the “Friday Holiday Jams at Christmas Village”
every Friday (Black Friday through Dec 18, 2015) from 12:00pm to
1:00pm. The concert series kicks off with the ladies from Good Girl on
Black Friday. Future dates include:

* December 4 – Tower Hill School
* December 11 – MPrynt
* December 18 – The Gin Canaries

OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY (Saturday, November 28, 2015, 3pm)

to holiday selections by the Camden Catholic High School Band and
Clearview Regional High School Choir.  The original Christkind from
Nuremberg will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage from 76 Carriages. She
will then officially open the market by reciting her traditional
prologue. She will then do her traditional walk of the market.

3:00 –3:25pm  
Live Music on Stage
Catholic High School Band starts walking through the market to pick up
Christkind & guests – Christkind will arrive on horse-drawn carriage
by 76 Carriage Co

3:30 – 3:35pm
Christkind & guests with Camden Catholic High School Band walk in                    

3:35 – 3:40pm
Introduction of the speakers

3:40 – 3:45pm  
Speaker – Thomas Bauer, President of Christmas Village

3:50 – 3:55pm  
Speaker – Heather Farber – NRG Home

3:55 – 4:05pm
gives traditional prologue & officially opens the market, Clearview
High School Choir will support prologue with German “Stille Nacht”

4:05 – 4:30pm  
Clearview High School Choir sings onstage

4:05 –  5:15pm    
Official Photo Shoot with the Christkind and guests in front of LOVE Sign!

4:15 – 5:00pm
Christkind is doing the market walk with basket full of candy


Thanksgiving Day Parade Map, Info and Fun Facts

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I send you warm wishes and thoughts through out the year. Thinking of you, and your family this year, hoping you are enjoying life, and finding joy and happiness in yourself, family and friends. Have a safe, and happy day.

From the 6ABC Press Release:

Through the City of Philadelphia, beginning at 20th and JFK Boulevard,  turning LEFT on 16th Street. The parade continues northwest along the historic Parkway to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Start your Thanksgiving Day with  Philadelphia’s #1 family tradition—ONLY on 6abc! The 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving   Day Parade, now in the 96th year and going strong, kicks off Thursday November 26  8:30am with a half hour preview show followed by three hours of parade action! Action   News’ Rick Williams and Cecily Tynan will co-host the broadcast, with Adam Joseph, Karen   Rogers and Alicia Vitarelli LIVE along the parade route.   Good Morning America’s meteorologist, Rob Marciano, is making his 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts   Thanksgiving Day Parade debut. In addition to being featured in the parade, Rob Marciano   will provide live hits during Good Morning America starting at 7am.  

Also new this year, will be our Honorary Grand Marshal, Olympic Gold Medalist and World   Cup MVP Carli Lloyd. Joining the 2015 star-studded line up will be five-time Grammy Award   winning artist Dionne Warwick along with her son Damon, the “Queen of Scream” from “So   You Think You Can Dance?” Mary Murphy, and the Red Land Little League U.S. World   The 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is known for having ‘something for   everyone’ with 16 giant balloons, 10 festive balloons, 17 floats, 14 marching bands from   across our nation, 34 performances as well as fan favorites from music, stage and screen.  Music performances include, American Idol Season 13 winner Caleb Johnson, double- platinum celebrated artist, Al B Sure presented by Old School 100.3, local favorite, Lauren   Hart and actress and singer, Tichina Arnold. Additional entertainment will include, Jerry  Blavat, USO Show Troupe, Maria from of The Sound of Music, the cast from Pippin, Disney characters including Elsa.

Additional appearances include the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders and The  Philadelphia Soulmates. Also appearing, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2016, Allie   Nault, Miss New Jersey, Miss Delaware, Miss Pennsylvania, Miss New Jersey’s   Outstanding Teen, Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding   Teen, the students from the Creative and Performing Arts High School, The Parade Youth   Choir and the All-Star Tap Dance Team.

Family Fun at the A.C. Moore Parade Zone OVAL / Eakins Oval 8:30AM-12NOON

During our preshow, viewers will be given a chance to win gift cards valued at $500 from  A.C. Moore. Then at 9:00AM, Thursday, November 26, 2015 and ending approximately   12:00PM, Thursday, November 26, 2015, viewers of the parade will be given a chance to  win more great prizes just for watching the parade.   We’ll be giving viewers a keyword to text into our special number 55678 or email during the parade. We will draw random winners each time to win   fabulous prizes including: A Cinderella themed Disney Charm Bracelet from PANDORA,   courtesy of KING OF PRUSSIA, CHERRY HILL, and QUAKER BRIDGE MALL   PANDORA STORES, valued at one thousand dollars, a year’s supply of coffee from   Dunkin’ Donuts, 10 tickets to the Eagles/Redskins game on December 26th plus a tailgate   courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts, and our GRAND PRIZE will be a trip for 6 to Florida. This will   include round trip air transportation, hotel accommodations at Loews Miami Beach and a   $500 Visa gift card for ground transportation, courtesy of

Along with enjoying the parade festivities, families are encouraged to help support the 6abc  Dunkin’ Donuts Holiday Food Drive by bringing a can of food to the parade for collection by   the Boy Scouts along the parade route.

Complete details on the 6abc Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade can be found at the station’s website,


Red from Fraggle Rock

Strawberry Shortcake



My Little Pony

Scooby Doo

Mr. Rodgers

The Grinch

Garfield Santa

Mr. Potato Head Fireman

Tasmanian Devil

Daniel Tiger

Gift Boxes

Thomas the Tank

Snow Globe

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Bubbles the Goldfish