Thursday, May 2, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Center City Residents' Association, 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
It's almost time! 

Well, we are week out from our Casino Night fundraiser with Governor Edward G. Rendell and I sincerely hope you are planning to attend. Thanks to all who sent in your memories of the times when Governor Rendell was our mayor. He did a lot for the City, and I will be highlighting two special BIG IDEAS he had that really transformed our neighborhood. Here's a few hints:
I know the idea of a Casino Night may be daunting. I myself have never played craps or roulette. But I look forward to learning, as the friendly croupiers will be teaching as they go. And there's a silent auction, food from DiBruno Bros, Veda and El Rey, a martini bar, wine and soft drinks. All we need is YOU to make it a party!  Click or tap here to get your ticket today! 

I know this may be repetitive, but just in case you've forgotten:

Fabulous Raffle prizes at Casino Night.
May 9,  Ethical Society,  Rittenhouse Square, 6-10pm


A Night at the Four Seasons at the Comcast Center with $200 gift certificate for Dinner at Jean George.


Talking Eagles with Governor Rendell and Ray Didinger. Lunch at XIX at the Bellevue. Date TBD

We also have many fabulous raffle prizes and auction items. Click or tap here  to see the growing list. 

So, what are you waiting for? Buy your ticket  NOW.

We would like to thank our Sponsors:  Lead:  William Penn House; Platinum:  Southern Land - The Laurel and Starr Restaurants; Gold:  AT&T;  Crumpet the Movie; Bronze:  Boyds Philadelphia, City Fitness, Pod Hotel,  Schlesinger's, Robin Apartments; In-Kind:  Philadelphia Ethical Society, Di Bruno Bros., Starr Restaurants, Veda, Little Red Fish

CCRA Annual Meeting, Wednesday, May 22, 7pm, Academy of Vocal Arts, 1920 Spruce St

Finally, one more CCRA event in May - our Annual Meeting with Rebecca Rhynhart! May 22, 7 PM at the Academy of Vocal Arts. Meet our current board and staff, vote for new Board and Executive Committee elections, hear what Rebecca Rhynhart thinks about being Controller after 18 months in office, and celebrate the beginning of summer with old and new friends.  Light refreshments and wine will be served afterwards.

Anyone interested in helping organize and publicize this event, please contact the office.  CCRA's all volunteer board is pretty taxed with "Casino Night." 
Some Spring Things

It's spring, it's time to celebrate! In addition to our Casino Night, there are a number of other galas in the area.   These include:

Ladybug Release Party at Schuylkill River Park Community Garden, 25th & Spruce, Sat, May 11, 11am, Rain* or Shine
 *Check email for last minute cancellation in the event of a thunderstorm.
Drinks and snacks will be served. Please bring a healthy snack or dessert to share. RSVP required to Katie Tremont by Mon, 5/6. 

 Event sponsored and food provided by

This is a popular annual event to welcome and introduce children to the garden. There is typically a brief activity, ladybugs are released, and snacks are enjoyed by all. The following volunteer opportunities are available:
  • Provide healthy snacks and/or desserts
  • Help supervise activities
If you are interested in helping with either of these tasks or have any additional ideas or services you would like to contribute to the event, please contact Event Chair Katie Tremont at
There are also a number of volunteer opportunities in the neighborhood. They include:
Library needs volunteers with 
muscle power to help with book sale 

Friends of Philadelphia City Institute Library on Rittenhouse Square needs muscle power to lift bags of books out of storage and place them on tables on Thursday, May 16 from 4:00 6:00 p.m. and on Friday, May 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 pm. More muscle power is needed to put leftover books in bags at the end of the book sale on Saturday, May 17 at 3:00 p.m.  Please contact Pat McGovern Gorchovwith date and time when you can help. Thank you! The book sale will be held Friday, May 17 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Both Friends of Rittenhouse Square and Friends of Schuylkill River Park are looking for volunteers on May 11 for Love your Park Neighborhood Cleanup.  Click or tap here  to learn more and sign up.

Finally, three neighborhood events worth celebrating

Fitler Square Spring Fair, 23rd and Pine Sts.
Friday May 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 10 a..m. to 4 p.m.
Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair
Rittenhouse Square
Friday, May 10, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, May 12, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, 18th and Walnut Sts
Saturday, May 18 at noon

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Community Events
Annual Rittenhouse Flower Market

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society presents the annual Rittenhouse Flower Market, in Rittenhouse Square, on Saturday, May 4 and Sunday May 5, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The 41st Society Hill Open House & Garden Tour, 
Sunday, May 19, 2019, 1 TO 5 PM
If you have never experienced the Society Hill Open House & Garden Tour, this is a good year to start. You will see first hand the interiors of up to eight private homes, most with gardens, plus several large additional gardens.
This is a self-guided tour so wear your most comfortable shoes. The properties are located in all parts of the neighborhood. House sizes vary from large to smaller ones; the interiors range from period to the most contemporary. Come and see for yourself! Each year, we have an all new collection of properties, so if you went last year, it's all different this year.

Tickets are now on sale.
Advance ticket purchase is suggested and available through these ticket options:
-   Online-VISA, and MC are accepted. 
-   Email - SHCA administrator 
                                      -   Phone-SHCA 215-629-1288
                                      -   At the door on the tour day-- Old Pine
                                         Community Center, 401 Lombard St.
 Ticket cost:
$35 Per ticket purchased in advance.
$40 per ticket at the door on the tour day.
Groups of 10 or more-price on request. Email or call Matt DeJulio, see above.
Students--$20 per ticket at the door only with student ID.
For more information about neighborhood events, check out CCRA's Community Events Calendar
Useful Links

CCRA Merchant Member Discount Program
Support our local merchants and save money too. These local merchants will provide a discount (described here) to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.

Home Helpers Philly, 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
Jason Matthew Salon, 1735 Chestnut St, 2nd Fl (215-665-8030)
Koresh Dance Company, 2002 Rittenhouse Sq St. (267-687-1769)
Nature's Gallery Florist, 2124 Walnut St (215-563-5554)
NextMove Dance - Get $10 off  Dance Performances with your CCRA Membership.  Members use  promo code SAVE10.
Philly Foodworks - Use the code "CCRA" when signing up for home delivery and receive a $20 discount on delivery charges.
Photo Lounge 1909 Chestnut Street (267-322-6651)
Twenty-Two Gallery, 236 S. 22nd St, (215-772-1911)
Raven Lounge, 1718 Sansom St. (215-840-3577)
Rim's Dry Cleaners & Tailors,2203 South St. (215-546-1889)
Rittenhouse Hardware, 2001 Pine St. (215-735-6311)
Suga Restaurant, 1720 Sansom St. (215-717-8968)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)
Astral Artists - Use promo code "CCRA" to receive a $10 flat rate on all tickets to their concerts.
Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St, (uses separate card, see info here)
Dom's Shoe Repair, 203 S. 20th St (215-972-0098)
East West Acupuncture, 419 S. 19th St (415-758-1057)
Eye Candy Vision, 218 S. 20th St (215-568-3937)
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