CCRA’s Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday, September 29th,
at the Freire School Auditorium, at 2027 Chestnut, at 7 pm. In addition
to electing new Directors, we will have an exciting keynote speaker and
announce a significant new initiative in our efforts to seek Justice,
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Center City West. Refreshments will
be catered by 12th Street Caterers, who wowed us with their food at the
75th Anniversary Gala. Please mark your calendars and join us. Be sure
to sign up for upcoming issues of CCRA This Week.
is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dr. Vivian
Seltzer. Vivian passed away on Saturday, August 20. She was a longtime
CCRA member as well as a CCRA President. She is survived by her
husband, William Seltzer, and her three children. The staff and board
send our deepest condolences to the family. You can read her obituary
and write your condolences here.
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It’s an eternal mystery as to why summer seems endless when you’re a kid but goes by like that! when you’re an adult.
But the end of summer it is, and before long it’ll be warm days, cool nights and back-to-school.
And back, quite possibly, to the playoffs for the Phillies for the first time since (gulp) 2011.
Believe it; October baseball could be a thing here.
And the Eagles? Our Birds are widely considered to have had the NFL’s best off-season.
Say hello to A.J. Brown, Jordan Davis and Temple’s own Haasan Reddick, among others.
So what’s your favorite Sports Bar?
Tell us. We’d like to know.
CCRA News and Events
CCRA & CCBA: Perfect Together
and the Center City Business Association (CCBA) share more than a set
of initials; together we share a deep passion to see our city
revitalized in the wake of the pandemic, and we look forward to many
joint collaborations (think Diversity, Equity & Inclusion) to
benefit both our members and the community at large.
who and what is the CCBA? In short, it serves as a chamber of commerce
for all businesses located in or doing business in Center City. It is
known for its signature series of seminars and panel discussions
(detailshere), which CCRA members can attend for a reduced rate.
Details on the Center City Business Association at their websitehere.
The Grass Turns Blue Tonight at Fitler Square
Are you a hipbilly urbanite? Tonight’s your night!
out to Fitler Square, 6:30-8:30 pm and bring your blanket, friends,
kids and dogs to listen to a bluegrass concert with The Lewis Brothers,
sponsored, of course, by CCRA. This concert (free of charge)
The Lewis Brothers have shared the stage with greats like Dailey and Vincent, J.D.Crowe and the New South and have played at the Philadelphia Folk Festival(which is this weekend, folkies, in Schwenksville).
Office Closed for Summer Break – part 2
give our staff member a break and in observance of the Labor Day
holiday, CCRA is closed from Monday, August 29, and will reopen on
Tuesday, Sept 6. Any messages received will be returned starting on
Tuesday. There will be limited editions of CCRA This Week during this period.
Zoning Meeting Canceled
CCRA Zoning Committee has canceled its meeting on August 23 as there
are no hearings that are ready for presentation. The next meeting will
be on Tuesday, September 27.
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
‘Branzino’ is Italian for… Delicious.
week we spotlight a member of the CCRA Merchant Partner ‘Deals &
Discount’ Program, which helps local Mom and Pop businesses get back on
their post-pandemic feet by providing
complimentary valuable advertising and exposure by encouraging support
from CCRA’s highly-engaged (and growing) membership. This week we
feature the Rittenhouse BYOBBranzino.
Located in the heart of Rittenhouse on 17th below Locust, CCRA Merchant PartnerBranzino
offers sumptuous modern Italian cuisine in an expansive Center City
townhouse that features a lovely private garden in the outdoor patio out
back. The BYOB’s food is flavorful and exquisitely presented by the
warm and accommodating staff. And, as a CCRA Merchant Partner, Branzino
offers 10% off for both indoor and outdoor garden dining and pickup for
orders directly telephoned into the restaurant.
(Note: The discount does not apply to third-party delivery services.)
10% off and a BYOB? What are you waiting for?
Clean, Safe and Green
Peace for More than a Day
Peace Day Phillypromotes and encourages programs related to personal, local and/or global peace, on and around the United Nations International Day of Peace(“Peace Day”), which is on SEPTEMBER 21. Our good neighbor, The Ethical Society,is playing host to a number of events. One that captured our eye is laugh-out-loud Mission: Joy,
a documentary focused on the unique relationship between His Holiness
the Dalai Lama and the late Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Filmed at the Dalai
Lama’s residence in Dharamsala, the film invites viewers to join these
luminaries behind the scenes as they recount stories from their lives,
each having lived through periods of incredible difficulty and strife.
you one of the many new e-bike owners? Are you one of the many
pedestrians who are a bit scared when they fly by you on Philly’s
walking trails? Speak up…..now’s the time. Read PA’s Dept. of
Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) draft policy on the use of e-bikes on bike trails found in state parks and forests that are managed by DCNR.
The Philadelphia Bicycle Coalition has analyzed and commented upon these proposed new policies; read their comments here. The Coalition invites you to submit some or all of their pre-written comments to amplify their voice. Pedal over to here to add your own comments and/or read and submit theirs.
Take Back the Streets
At least for one day – Saturday, October 15, some major Philly streets will belong to pedestrians and cyclists again.
Grab the clan and take a car-free bike ride through historic Philadelphia. This ride’s for everyone, three and up. Pedal along 20
car-free miles filled with Philly’s historical sites, beautiful views,
local music and photo-op stops. The reward for your healthy lifestyle? A
post-ride festival by the iconic steps of the Philadelphia Museum of
Art, with music, food trucks, fun-filled activities, and giveaways.
Tickets are available now, here.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
The AAMP Moves to Center Stage
Hot off the Press: The African American Museum in Philadelphia
(AAMP) will relocate to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as part of the
redevelopment of 1801 Vine and 1901 Wood Streets. AAMP is the first
institution built by a major United States city to house and interpret
the life and work of African Americans.
Four development teams have been selectedfor
the opportunity to reimagine the site. Seems like a win/win and
everybody’s happy. This unique museum deserves to be featured along with
our other great museums on the future Parkway. But why wait years to
see it? On Sat. 9/24, you can visit the exhibitions at the museum AND
stop by Franklin Square where the museum plays host to a lineup of local and visiting musicians, griots, lyricists, community leaders, teaching artists, and more. March herefor details.
Community News and Events
The Ball of Them All at Rittenhouse
You most certainly want to Save the Date for this one!
It’s the Ball on the Square, a spectacular, upscale party with a unique combination of ambiance, entertainment and society.
a culinary and spirits tasting experience like no other, set for
September 14 under the stars in Rittenhouse Square. Put on by our pals
at Friends of Rittenhouse Square, proceeds will support the operations
and maintenance of Rittenhouse Square, and a portion of the proceeds
this year will be donated to Project Home.
40,000 square feet. 55 rooms and large-scale installations.
Over 100 artists.
like another world, right? Well, close. It’s “Otherworld”, an
immersive, interactive, 3-D art experience coming to Philadelphia this
For the likes of this, only seeing is believing; trip overhere.
Celebrate Fall with Restaurant Week
Autumn will soon be upon us, and what better way to ring it in than to partake of Center City District Restaurant Week?
details: 9/12-9/24. Prix-fixe pricing at more than 60 participating
locations, including three-course dinners for $40 per person, and select
lunches for $25 per person.
this year: “Dinner and a Show,” a brand-new promotion that offers
discounted tickets to some of the city’s most beloved arts and culture
venues. Bring your appetitehere.
Whiskey River Ain’t Gonna Run Dry at Whiskey Fest
A Whiskey and Fine Spirits Festival, at Lincoln Financial Field no less? Are we dreaming?
Nope, it’s for real. On Thursday, October 13 Philadelphia
magazine hosts what it’s calling the “ultimate tasting event”, and who
are we to disagree when we’re talking over 250 premium distilled spirits
including whiskey, scotch, vodka, gin, rum, tequila, cordials and
Plus over 40 wines to taste and bites from Philly’s favorite restaurants. Cheershere.
Fringe Benefits: Festival Starts Sept. 8
If extreme times call for extreme measures, what better times than these to make a few dates with the Fringe Festival?
is Philadelphia’s home for contemporary, outside-the-box performances
that often defy expectations, and it all starts Sept. 8. Get your Fringe
Take the Kids to the Revolution
Over Labor Day weekend admission to the American Revolutionary Museum is free for kids aged 12 and under.
the rest of us Revolutionary War buffs, you can see Washington’s
original tent he slept in (did he sleep everywhere?), learn about how
critical France was in our success, and see the research-based artwork of nationally renowned historical artist Don Troiani.
You’ll experience costumed living history interpreters, discovery carts, pop-up talks and hands-on crafts, all detailed here.
And….it’s air conditioned!
Art in the Park
you're new to Center City West, you know the excitement of taking a
stroll around Rittenhouse Square during one of their spectacular art
shows. Having passed the test of time, this exhibition boasts 95 years
of supporting artists and our local community, with visitors aplenty.
Carve out space on your calendar from Sept. 16-19 to gawk at the art,
the prices, chat with the artists and hopefully, find that special piece
you just can’t live without.
checked this out last year, and it was a magical afternoon, so this
year head to The Kimmel on Sept. 17th for a diverse sampling of FREE,
live performances from its world-renowned resident companies: a sampling
of what’s in store for us in this year’s season.
get the down low from other local arts organizations about their own
programs for the upcoming season. Details and registration here.
Would you please support our local merchants and save money too? These local merchants will provide a deal or discount to any member who shows a current CCRA membership card and personal identification.