Monday, January 28, 2013

Hair Do's and Don'ts

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Actually, this guy isn't so good and his hair reflects the crazy....

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It's ok honey, Lisa G. and Lisa D. will take care of you.

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Yeah, good luck unseeing THAT! Ha!

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Sunday, January 27, 2013

This Week in Mayfair (01/27/13)

It's almost February. Where they hell did January go? Not that I'm complaining because after this week's cryostasis level temperatures I find myself looking forward to summer already and I HATE the heat.

Meanwhile my Russian neighbors are enjoying the weather and laughing at what a huge ***** I am.

Ve are taking boat out on Delaware to comink? 

So we're a little less than a week away from finding out if the weather reporting rodent, (not Adam Joseph. Jeez...c'mon!) Punxatawney Phil, will be bringing us the false hope news that spring won't be here sooner than it needs to be.

 I don't want to FEEL myself freezing to death.

Featured Beers for 2013 Groundhog Day:

  • Dogfish Head 2011 Black and Red
  • Flying Fish Exit 16 Wild Rice IPA (gravity-pour firkin)
  • Founders Backwoods Bastard (sixtel) followed by Petrus 2011 Aged Ale (30 liter)
  • Manayunk Grand Cru (Flanders Red) - the only one to leave the brewpub this year
  • something special from Philly Brewing
  • Russian River 2011 Supplication (sixtel) followed by Russian River 2011 Temptation (sixtel)
  • Sierra Nevada 2011 Exportation (our last one!)
  • Sly Fox JB Coffee Porter
  • Stoudts Blood Orange APA (gravity-pour firkin)
  • Troegs Dreamweaver
  • Troegs Perpetual IPA (gravity-pour firkin)
  • Victory Swing Session Saision
  • Yards Belgian Black (sixtel), followed by Yards Bourbon Love Stout (stout)
    Like that menu? Tempting isn't it? Where can you partake in such fine brews while celebrating the imminent demise/resurgence of  Old Man Winter? The Grey Lodge Pub's "Groundhog Day Hawaiian Shirt Beer Breakfast and Lucky Cat Beer Prognostication" event on Saturday, 02/02/13 starting at 7am. No need to make an excuse or illness up for work in order to miss this one! It's a SATURDAY...which also means you have recovery time on Sunday. You won't have to crawl out of your cozy hole to see YOUR shadow till about 9:00am on Monday. Unless of course you "accidentally" texted pics of your "groundhog" to your boss on Saturday. You know what? Just leave your phone at home...

    Stupid Americans...vee don't need a groundhog to tell us when winter will end. It never ends....

    Meanwhile in Sweden...Bork Bork Bork!!

    This has nothing to do with the story, I just found it amusing and laughing makes me feel less cold. There's just so many layers to this picture...I keep finding new hilarious things each time I look at it....

    Meanwhile at K & A. Dicks or condoms on the ground? Riddle me that....

    Monday, January 21, 2013

    Mayfair Arts Initiative and Civic Association Meeting

    Do you like these shirts? Want to be one of the first to own one? They will be for sale this Wedensday at the The Mayfair Civic Association meeting. Come and get 'em! There are women's sizes too! Just in time for St. Paddy's Day!

    Mayfair Civic Association Meeting
    Wednesday, January 23, 2013 at 7pm at the Mayfair Community Center (2990 St. Vincent St. 19149).
    Click the link for this month's meeting agenda.

    Mayfair Civic Association

    Did you miss last week's Third Thursday at Headquarters? Don't miss the next one because it was a GREAT time. Here are some pics! There's a lot of talent in this area so come out and see it.

    Here are some photos courtesy of local photographer, John Leong.

    Headquarters owner Bill Becker (left)

    Bill Becker of Headquarters will also be starting to hold child and adult art classes at Headquarters during the week. Visit the Mayfair Arts Initiative Facebook page for more info about pricing, registration and classes that will be offered or email him at

    Mayfair Arts Initiative

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    This Week in Mayfair (01/21/13)

    I'm officially sick. And so is my husband and so are my kids. Which means I get to be sick and take care of all of them while trying to recover myself. This mainly consists of me laying on the couch power napping, only getting up long enough to switch to the next On Demand cartoon show that the kids want to watch while pumping them full of juice. Call me Florence Nightingale.

    I come from a long line of healers. My great-grandmother was a great believer in the restorative powers of blackberry brandy.  Headache? Blackberry brandy. Nosebleed? Blackberry brandy? Protruding broken bone? Blackberry brandy. Ah, the good old days where alcoholism/drug addiction was socially acceptable mainly because you were constantly in a state of "recovery".

    My mother is a nurse which means when we were growing up my siblings and I had to either be bleeding from they eyes, foaming at the mouth, or have a dangling limb that she herself couldn't reattach with the medical bag in the trunk of the car or a stapler.

    "Mom! Judy shoved a stick into Marianne's eye!"
    "Well, tell her to stop crying, come here and I'll pull it out. Get me the blackberry brandy and a shot glass too while you're at it."

    In other sick news around Mayfair (the good kind of sick, not the germy, flu-infested kind.) See how I did that? Huh? Huh? Queen of transition.  

    Did you ever want to go to one of America's 100 Best Beer Bars according to Draft Magazine and assumed they're probably all in Albuquerque? (I don't have the coin to travel right now!) I mean, let's think about many bars are on Frankford Avenue alone? Probably close to a million (alright half a million). In all of Philadelphia? Add like 200 more. In all of 'MERICA? Close to 3 million at least. So 3 million divided by 100 is like 3% right? Math isn't my strong suit and I kind of forget where I was going with this but anyway, Mayfair's very own Grey Lodge Pub was named to this prestigious list for 2013.
    Here's what Draft Magazine had to say about Scoat's GLP: "This northeast Philly blue-collar bar feels like the same lodge granddad would have escaped to for a few rounds of lager with his war buddies. The laid-back atmosphere and friendly banter remains, but the Lodge’s strict keg-rotating policy and emphasis on fresh regional craft is certainly 21st century."

    You can read the rest of the winners here but honestly, who needs to knowing that you have one right in your backyard? Draft Magazine 100 Best Beer Bars in America 2013

    See what all the hype is about this week at Quizzo on Wednesday starting at 8pm upstairs. Next week, Scoats and crew are gearing up for their famous Groundhog Day Hawaiian Shirt Beer Breakfast and Lucky Cat Beer Prognostication. Lucky you, it happens to fall on a Saturday which means weekend madness will ensue. 

    Prepare or die.


    Sunday, January 13, 2013

    Mayfair Art Initiative's Third Thursday at Headquarters

    I know nothing about art.

    Seriously. I don't.

    The only thing I do know is that I like certain art and I love certain artists. I adore Edward Hopper, Fairfield Porter, Andrew Wyeth, and Henri Rousseau. Why? No idea. I know little to nothing about their personal lives or their training. I just love looking at their work. Something catches me; a color, a subject, the composition, technique, and sometimes even a feeling.
    Fairfield Porter, "Screen Porch"

    I think I can count on one hand where I've been physically moved or overwhelmed by a piece of art:

    1. Autumn Rhythm by Jackson Pollack (MET in NYC)
    2. The Ghost Clock by Wendell Castle (Renwick Museum in Washington D.C)
    Clock covered in a sheet? Nope. Carved entirely from one piece of wood. AMAZING.

    3. Unknown pair of paintings by an unknown artist on display at the Dale Chihuly art gallery in Seattle. They were $7000 for the pair and I could not walk away from them. I never found out who the artist was and I’ve regretted it ever since. If I ever see them again I WILL buy them.

    Yup. Three times.

    Those were the three times where if I had copious amounts of cash on hand I would have immediately plunked it down gladly and gleefully.

    I love art. I love the ability of people to see a blank object or canvas and make it into something beautiful and interesting. I'm always in awe of people who work a certain medium (wood, glass, clay and paint) and create something inspiring. I myself am a dabbler. I paint occasionally when the mood strikes me and I've done a couple of stained glass pieces. I'm pretty good at looking at something and copying it and there have only been a few times where I've actually created a painting wholly from inside of me and even fewer of those wind up actually being displayed. I'm my own worst critic.
    Henri Rousseau, "Carnival Evening"

    Art is subjective to most people. You either like something or you don't. However, most artists are trying to express something to you; impart some form of creativity and feeling. For most of them, it's a passion. Few artists actually make a living doing what they truly enjoy as an outlet. So in all of the chaos of their lives and going about the business of being students, parents, spouses, children, etc. they take the time to create.  Sometimes for an audience, but more often for themselves, because it's a part of them.

    Edward Hopper, "Summer Evening"

    Now many people like to say that Northeast Philly is a black hole of artistic expression. Granted, we aren't covered in wall-to-wall galleries like many of the hip neighborhoods but that doesn't mean we don't have our share of creative people living within our geographic boundaries  I personally have met many people of all ages, sexes and walks of life who consider themselves artists or artisans. Lots of times it comes up in casual conversation; "Oh, I weave baskets, paint, do photography, sculpture, etc."  Sometimes they may think they are the "only one" out there doing what they are doing.

    Andrew Wyeth, "Turkey Pond"

    This Thursday, one of our MBA members and the chairman of the recently created Mayfair Art Initiative, Bill Becker, owner of Headquarters (7213 Frankford Ave.) will be hosting the first Third Thursday in Mayfair. It's going to be an informal gathering of local Northeast Philadelphia artists, photographers, painters,artisans and crafters displaying and discussing their medium, techniques, inspiration and hopefully showcasing some of their work. 

    We know you're out there and we want to see what you do in your not-so-spare time. If you're willing to share, we want to see what you're working on or have worked on in the past. If you don't want to share at this point but at least want to take a look at what others are doing please make sure to come out for this unique event!! Even if your version of creative expression is repainting the walls in your house whenever the mood strikes you or making food sculptures out of your kid's peanut butter and jelly sandwiches...we WANT to meet you!

    More information is available at the Facebook Event invitation. Mayfair Art Initiative's Third Thursday at Headquarters

    Tuesday, January 8, 2013


    Do you know what this is?

    Mason jar right? You're grandmom or maybe even your mom probably used it for canning her summer tomatoes or to hold pencils right? WRONG. Nowadays it's something even more important and fascinating. Observe.

    It's actually what I like to call hipster bait.

    Other things that are hipster bait:
    Ugly sweaters and PBR.

    Huge glasses and mustaches.

    Fashion sense.
     I don't really get what my thing with hipsters is because I find them both repugnant and fascinating at times. I mean I like PBR, scarves, and I'm obsessed with Zooey Deschanel's hair but I have no issue luring them all into a coffee shop and Jim Jones-ing the whole batch of organic, fair-trade, slow-brewed, hand-ground, Ethiopian Dark Roast.

    Drink up Tallulah. Drink up....
     I have a point. I promise.

    Do you want your own Mason jar to drink from? Of course you do!!

    On Friday, January 11 from 6pm – 9pm The Grey Lodge Pub will be hosing Rogue Brewery who will be giving out some special Rogue Mason Jar glassware while supplies last. 

    While you're there you can sip from Rogue's special line of beers made from the bounty of their farms; Chatoe Rogue. Scoats will have on tap Chatoe Rogue Wet Hop, Chatoe Rogue Dirtoir Black Lager, Chatoe Rogue Single Malt Ale, Chatoe Rogue Orgesmic Ale, Chatoe Rogue Roggenbier Rye, and  Chatoe Rogue Mead.  Chatoe Rogue Pumpkin will be in bottles which you can then pour in your Mason Jar!! There will also be some random fun GLP games. Scoats put the call out asking for one of those Farm "Speak and Says" know the ones that make animal sounds? I, of course have one because of my kids, and will be lending him mine. 

    Friday night farming.

    Tonight is also the meeting of the Lucky 13 Homebrew club starting at 7:30 pm and Quizzo is Wednesday at 8pm!!

    One more potshot at hipsters:

    Friday, January 4, 2013

    This Weekend at the GLP

    So you have no plans for tonight and Saturday right?

    The Grey Lodge Pub has you covered.
    Tonight, Friday, January 4, 2013 from 6pm – 9pm Scoats and crew are hosting the Feast of the Epiphany.   Inspired to throw this after Chef Dave's well received Day of the Dead tacos, a couple of their customers of Puerto Rican descent suggested they do Puerto Rican food for the Epiphany. Just so you know because you're a heathen,  The Epiphany is the Feast of the Three Kings, also known as Little Christmas and the 12th day of Christmas. It is celebrated on January 6th every year but since Fridays work best for the GLP, they made themselves gods and decreed that it be held on Friday instead. Chef Dave will  cook up a bunch of Puerto Rican food and the beer will be gift and king themed. Ephiphany Draft Beer List, Bruery Five Golden Rings, Port Gift of the Magi, Starr Hill The Gift, Victory Mad King's Weisse, and Victory Storm King round out the beer selection. 

    On Saturday (01/05/13) from 8am to 6pm, the GLP is honoring noted noir author (and Philly native), David Goodis ( with a "Retreat To Goodisville 2013"; an all day event!

    The "Retreat to Goodisville" is an annual bus tour the follows the life of David Goodis. The folks from the GLP will be visiting local sites mentioned in Goodis' 'Of Tender Sin' (OTS) this year. OTS is Goodis' seventh novel and his second paperback original novel. Get a copy and read it ahead of time. Share your favorite passage aboard the Retreat To Goodisville Bus. Get on board starting at The Grey Lodge 6235 Frankford Avenue Northeast Philadelphia 215-856-3591  Copies of Goodis' book can be purchased from Amazon (OTS), Barnes & Noble (OTS), Alibris (OTS) ,Bookfinder (OTS), and AbeBooks (OTS).

    For more info visit here: