Portraits

Sometimes I find my interviewees randomly. A few weeks ago at the Mariposa Food Co-op, I was leaving the store and saw a small business card pinned to the bulletin board that caught my eye from an artist running a group called “Queer [as fuck] Artists Social Media.”

Any long time readers of this column know that I am a Christmas-loving atheist. Imagine my joy to find that there’s a huge holiday event happening this month.

The Woods Campground will host a special Christmas in July weekend July 19-21, and I had a chance to speak to Tom Schneider, a camp regular who took the Best Christmas Display award six times before retiring his crown. 

Most of us were taught as children how to behave in society, including how to share. AJ Hess took that lesson to heart into adulthood — and parlayed it into a lifestyle and a career.

Manager of the West Philadelphia Mariposa Food Co-op, Hess has worked in the cooperative business for almost 20 years. In addition, the gender-nonconforming parent has fostered multiple children.

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