Thursday, September 5, 2019

CCRA Newsletter

Center City Residents' Association, 1900 Market St, FL 8, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Weekly E-Newsletter
News and Updates
A Very Special House Tour

I have some very exciting news about this year's house tour.  In previous years, this seasonal tour included several houses. This year, however, the "tour" will consist of one spectacular, recently renovated historic home on Rittenhouse Square -1914 Rittenhouse Square, the home of Jill and Bart Blatstein.  Famously known as the McIlhenney Mansion and vacant since 1986, the property was featured in a previous CCRA House Tour before the Blatsteins lovingly revived the house for modern living.   This exclusive tour, hosted by Jill and Bart Blatstein, will include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres and plenty of stories about the extensive renovation and construction that resulted in this magnificent private residence.  For more information, please see invitation below.
CCRA has never hosted an event of this nature.  In order to offer a chance to participate to all of our members, we are sponsoring a raffle for five of the 25 tickets.  Fifty raffle tickets, at $100 each, will be sold for these five tickets-so each entry has a 10 percent chance of winning.  Raffle tickets will be sold to the first 50 CCRA members who respond-so act now. For information about the raffle, please click here.
I view this special house tour as a once-in-a-lifetime event that will permit CCRA to reorganize our fundraising events in a way that makes more sense.  In the Spring of 2020, the CCRA will host a Home and Garden Tour comprised of several neighborhood homes and gardens.  And in the Fall of 2020, Casino Night will return to the Ethical Society. 
Please email with any questions or concerns. - Maggie Mund, President

Bike Lane Updates
We received some emails from members about the plans for the Spruce and Pine bike lanes and we hope this clarifies any questions or concerns. The only flexi-posts will be at the intersections to guide motorists into the correct lane.

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Community Events
Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show

Friday, September 13, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday, September 14, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 Sunday, September 15, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Artist of Convergence Mural on the AT&T Building Talks at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts

Tuesday, September 17, 6-7 PM
Points of View Speaker Series: Rebecca Rutstein
Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts
Rhoden Arts Center, Samuel M.V. Hamilton Building
128 North Broad Street, Philadelphia

Join the artist for a talk and toast to Convergence, her first public mural. Hear about Rutstein's interests in geology, microbiology and marine science; her passion for dialogue about environmental stewardship in the face of climate change, and how the Schuylkill landscape inspired Convergence. Rutstein's talk is part of PAFA programming related to their current exhibition on view: From the Schuylkill to the Hudson, Landscapes of the Early American Republic.

Free registration required at
Free Admission to Celebrate the Reopening of the North Entrance of the Art Museum!
On Wednesday, September 18, after more than 40 years, the Art Museum is reopening their historic Kelly Drive entrance and lobby, and they want to commemorate the occasion.  Visit on  September 18, for "Pay What You Wish," admission all day and experience their reimagined museum store, the new espresso bar, and the historic Vaulted Walkway - a jaw-dropping architectural gem! Enjoy a free croissant with your purchase of an espresso drink. Come early to hear remarks by Mayor Jim Kenney and schools Superintendent William R. Hite Jr. at 9:30 a.m., and music by trumpeter Arnetta Johnson. Doors open at 10.

Peace Day Events at the Ethical Society

Friday, Sept. 20, 6:00 to 6:45 p.m

In front of the Philadelphia Ethical Society on Rittenhouse Square. Come sing some songs of freedom and justice. Free and open to the public.

Friday, Sept. 20, 7:00 p.m.

Screening of the Film: "Before the Flood"  
Free and open to the public. Donations of $10 suggested to benefit and Peace Day Philly.  This 2016 documentary about climate change has been described by The Guardian as a "heartfelt, decent, educational" documentary about the most important issue of our time. 

Saturday, Sept 21, 11 am

Philly Peace Day and the United Nations Day of Peace
Philadelphia Ethical Society invites all to join together to observe the International Day of Peace. Music, special guests, global messages and the minute of silence at 12 noon (worldwide action in all time zones). 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., center of Rittenhouse Square.
Tai Chi at Markward Playground
Beginning Tuesday, 9/24.  Achieve a healthier mind, body and spirit by practicing this Chinese martial art.  To reserve a spot, click or tap here.

Enjoy a Riverboat Tour on the Schuylkill River on select Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June through October. One-hour Secrets of the Schuylkill Tours and three-hour Boat to Bartram's Garden Tours.
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.

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)
Home Helpers Philly, 1835 S. Broad St., Ste 2 (215-334-2600)
Good Karma Cafe, 331 S. 22nd St, (215-546-1479)
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)
Ursula Hobson Fine Art Framing, 1528 Waverly St (215.546.7889)
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