Join us for the annual presentation of a Philadelphia tradition, Holiday Stew!
“Holiday Stew” is a tribute to Philadelphia’s exciting multi-cultural Holiday traditions. As our major focus, we zero in on Northeast Philadelphia. Celebrate Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, the Mummers Parade, Holiday music, enjoy some seasonal recipes and more. We also rejoice with the Eagles at their snowy 1948 championship game!
Moviehouse Productions first brought Holiday Stew to life in 2008, through the inspiration of Northeast Philadelphia’s Rhawnhurst “NORC”. NORC stands for “Naturally Occurring Retirement Community “. Rhawnhurst NORC serves several zip codes, helping older people of diverse backgrounds to age gracefully in their own homes. Holiday Stew has played live to enthusiastic audiences for many years. It is hoped this video version will bring the joy of Philadelphia Holiday celebrations to even greater audiences.
Please share with your family, friends and colleagues. Happy Holidays!
Let’s tune in the adventures of Joel Spivak, who lived in Philly’s West Oak Lane neighborhood from the mid 1940’s until 1960. Joel was quite an urban explorer. He remains so to this day. In fact, long ago Spivak adopted Cole Porter’s “Don’t Fence Me In” as his anthem. Joel’s an architect, artist and author and he’s also contributing mightily to the revival of South Street. Spivak’s working on a history of that vaunted thoroughfare. Joel is a published authority on trains and trolleys and is the founder of Philly’s National Hot Dog Month.
Moviehouse Productions presents a blockbuster twin bill, “Two from the Nostalgia Cabinet”. Part One is a tribute to Russ Columbo: Camden, New Jersey’s charismatic crooner of the 1920’s and early ‘30’s. Columbo ‘s life and career were tragically snuffed out at a young age. Part Two ,“Famous Lasts”, features notable final moments from Philadelphia and the national scene. Guest appearances are featured from President Lyndon Johnson, Thomas Edison, George Gershwin, Rosa Parks, the Beatles, Doc Severinsen, Johnny Carson, Astronaut Eugene Cernan, Elvis Presley, and Paul Robeson. Included is a remembrance of the last Phillies game at Connie Mack Stadium.
In the midst of a searing heatwave, MOVIEHOUSE PRODUCTIONS provides relief by sharing tales of Philadelphia’s “phorgotten” water towers. Not only were these towers key for commerce, but they were familiar neighborhood landmarks as well. They pumped the fluid of life to our homes and industries. Special tribute is paid to the great Chestnut Hill water tower.
Miniature golf was the first huge recreational fad of the Great Depression. The “Jolly Mon”, which opened in 1934 as the “South Seas”, was part of the “wave” which allowed the struggling masses to live out their country club fantasies. Jolly Mon was a prominent Roosevelt Boulevard landmark. Its appeal continued for decades.
Saint John Neumann established the Beneficial Savings Fund Society as a safe haven for Philadelphia immigrants to save their money. WSFS absorbed Beneficial in 2019, but the old Beneficial buildings remain as an important part of the fabric of the city.
Janet Gaynor was born in Philly’s Germantown neighborhood in 1906. She was the first star in a succession of “A Star is Born” films. Ms. Gaynor was first to win the “Best Actress” Academy Award in 1928. She became a painter of beautiful “still lifes” in her later years.
Burt describes his “wonder years” growing up in West Philadelphia, 1940-1955, including his great days at West Philadelphia High School. The popular song “All the Things You Are” wafts over and through his memories.