received wisdom has it that Center City in general and Rittenhouse
Square in particular is the bailiwick of those of a certain age, that
the younger cohort takes a hard pass.
you wouldn’t know it from the Ball in the Park fundraiser in the Square
Wednesday evening. The 20- and 30-somethings were everywhere, mingling
well with their elders, all dressed up with styles of their own.
It was both refreshing and heartening, and bodes well for both the Square and for Center City.
CCRA News and Events
Annual Meeting and Election of Directors
Thursday, September 29
CCRA’s Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday, September 29 at the Freire School Auditorium at 2027 Chestnut at 7pm.
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 provided by12th Street Catererswhowowed us with their food at the 75th Anniversary Gala. Mark your calendars and join us.
And, if you have yet to see Who We Are, check out this video
we shared at the Gala. Although we are always growing and changing, the
core values shown in the video still guide us, even after 75 years.
this is a members-only event, we are requesting all members register in
advance. Each member is permitted to bring one guest.
have been 386 homicides so far in 2022, a 3% increase from last year.
These numbers are unsettling. Despite the City’s (best?) efforts, things
are going in the wrong direction.
Register here to join CCRA’s Zoom with City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart and hear whether the City's approach to crime reduction is cost-efficient and effective. Ms.
Rhynhart will present her observations and the findings of the City
Controller’s office on tackling gun violence. At the conclusion, she
will entertain questions from CCRA members.
the Controller's office has no direct control over anti-violence
programs, it is in a key position to observe what is taking place, by
whom, to what effect, and whether our tax dollars are spent on
anti-violence programs that are efficient and effective. Details on her
observations here. The office’s interactive mapshowing what neighborhoods are most victimized by gun violence.
the Center City Business Association at the Academy of Music Ballroom
the morning of September 21 to hear personal stories of leadership,
challenges and triumphs from a panel of highly accomplished women
all part of the CCBA’s ongoing signature series of educational
seminars, panel discussions and social gatherings, all of which CCRA
members may attend for a reduced rate (Promo Code CCRA). Event details here.
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
Merchant Partner program is a true Win-Win: It provides smaller local
businesses with complimentary advertising and exposure while giving CCRA
members generous deals and discounts. This week we spotlight Merchant
PartnerEye Candy Vision.
The Eyes Have It at Eye Candy Vision.
do people look for in an eyeglass emporium? They want it all, of
course: Regular glasses, progressives, contact lenses, sunglasses. Great
Selection, great Style, great Service. How about an on-premises
Optician and Lab?
Eye Candy Vision
on S. 20th St. just off Rittenhouse has all that and more. Their
display window alone is to die for. (Disbelieve? Just ask Yelp.)
could be better? Well, how’s this: CCRA members receive a 20% discount.
(Discount cannot be combined with other sales, discounts or insurance
Clean, Safe and Green
How Does Your Garden Grow?
If you find yourself “quite contrary”, one surefire way to soothe the soul is to walk through the Schuylkill River Park Community Garden, which is managed by CCRA, and open to the public whenever a gardener is on site.
lovely working oasis situated at 25th and Spruce, the Garden has “grass
roots” beginnings, dating back to a group of CCRA pioneers and local
residents. It’s an inspirational story, especially for those of us with
occasional anarchist leanings. Luckily, they’ve preserved this
neighborhood success story in a video, which you can view here.
CCRA members have the opportunity to get a plot, although there is
currently a waiting list. To join the waiting list, please send an email
with your name, address and phone number to CCRA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's Time to Cross That Bridge
of the best bike rides out of town is back! As of 9/18, the City is
reopening the four bike bridges within the Wissahickon Park, the key one
being the connector bridge between the Wissahickon Transportation
Center and Forbidden Drive. Check it out here.
go up the Schuylkill River Trail to Ridge Ave and the transportation
hub. You’ll see the path on the right as you pass over the creek. You’ll
conquer hills, bridges, and more; If you don’t run out of steam, keep
going until you reach the Valley Green Inn where you can stop by for
lunch/brunch and feed the geese. Toss your bike on the bus when you
return to Ridge Ave. Then pat yourself on the back (and the City, too,
for getting these bridges back open).
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Celebrate Spanish Heritage Month
Starting this Weekend
the many wonderful things September brings is Spanish Heritage Month,
and one could do worse than celebrating at two events this Saturday: The
LatinX Fest in the afternoon at Wissinoming Park (details here), and the nighttime Who’s Who Gala at the IATSE Ballroom.
a “sanctuary city”, Philadelphia appeals to many immigrants, refugees
and new Americans. City life has flourished here from their cultural and
culinary infusion. This week, as part of Welcoming Week 2022, the city is acknowledging their contributions by presenting cross-cultural programs.
The goal? “By
encouraging dialogue and forging relationships between immigrants,
refugees, and U.S.-born citizens, this initiative builds common ground
in Philadelphia’s communities”, says the Office of Immigrant Affairs.
For ways to connect and welcome the stranger, travel here.
Locally, on 9/18 at 4pm, The Ethical Society
is sponsoring “Peace Day” with a benefit jazz band performance,
featuring the Larry McKenna Quartet. All proceeds benefit Philadelphia
organizations helping refugees. Go here to see if it’s your jam.
Community News and Events
“Lights… Camera… Philly Film Showcase!”
just any film festival, the Philly Film Showcase celebrates talented
up-and-coming local filmmakers every month when the Philly Film Showcase
turns the Philadelphia Film Screening Room into a venue for auteurs of
ages, levels, and backgrounds. And it’s FREE! Pass the popcorn and go here.
Disney Centennial Debuts at Franklin Institute
imagine what 100 years of the work of Walt Disney would be like…. Well,
you don’t have to imagine, because a touring exhibition celebrating 100
years of Disney will make its world premiere at the Franklin Institute
in February of next year. No fewer than ten themed galleries, with
stories, installations and history, will take visitors on a most
remarkable 100-year journey.
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.
Love It, Hate It or Meh: Pumpkin Spice Latte is Back. Here’s Where.
To some it’s a balm; to others a plague; still others wisely keep their own counsel.
Regardless, all can look at the calendar and agree: It’s Ba-a-a-a-ck.
To get one for your bad self and/or for one you love, check out latte locales here.
Booking: Rittenhouse Barnes & Noble to Re-shelve on Chestnut St.
bad news? The Barnes & Noble on Rittenhouse is going away. The good
news? It’s only moving a couple blocks down and couple blocks over, to a
smaller location at 17th and Chestnut. The move is the latest example
of post-pandemic retail reshuffling.
called “Penn Live Arts”, this West Philly treasure has not only changed
its focus away from the brick and mortar of its confines, but is now
embarking on creating a new performance space, turning its adjacent
Annenberg Plaza into a 3,100-square-foot theater. The price tag? Around
new “theater” will be a flexible space, made mostly of glass, so
performers can configure it to their needs, and is easily changed into
an alfresco environ. It will take a few years, but by the looks of
things, it’ll be worth it!
hoping this fine weather sticks around this weekend for the Rittenhouse
Square Fine Art Show. Happening Sept 16th -18th (Fri-Sun), Here’s a map
to help you find your favorite juried vendor. You’ll have your choice
of oils/acrylics, sculpture, mixed media and more. You can’t help but
get inspired by these 143 local and national artists.
the upcoming Rittenhouse Art Show, Charles Cushing, a Philadelphia
artist, well-known for his paintings of the city, will exhibit in Booth #
57, on West Rittenhouse Street across from the Rittenhouse Hotel. Be
sure to stop by.
about local history! This show came to life in 1928, when a handful of
local art students exhibited art on clotheslines in Rittenhouse Square.
The popularity of the “Clothesline Show” is still growing, and is now an
annual Philadelphia destination for tens of thousands of patrons who
appreciate and collect fine art, especially us locals who don’t have to
Road Trip: Fall Fest at the “Other” River
we just have to break the Center City West unofficial “rule” of not
crossing Broad Street (the Far East?). And the Spruce Harbor Park Fall
Festival this weekend tempts us to make the trek (bus routes 40, 12, 21,
42). Treat yourself to Fall Fest 2022 - a free musical weekend
experience incorporating DJ's, live music, market vendors and more! For
the kids, there’s pumpkin and face painting. For details, dance over tohere.
We All Need More Joy in our Lives
Register herefor a special screening of Mission Joy, a deeply moving and laugh out loud funny conversation about life and joy with the Dali Lama and the late Desmond Tutu.
There will be a short discussion afterwards.
Philadelphia Ethical Society. Friday, Sept 16 at 6:30 PM.
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.
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