unexpectedly, the Phillies A) made the playoffs, B) swept St. Louis,
and C) took one of two in Atlanta against the defending champs. Talk
about playing with house money.
Now what? October Baseball *in town*: Games 3 and 4, Friday and Saturday at Citizens Bank!
Also unexpectedly, there remains now exactly *one* undefeated team in the NFL.
Who Dat? E-A-G-L-E-S!
wait! There’s more! It’s Dallas Week! Yep, it’s the beloved 4-1 Cowboys
vs. the 5-0 Eagles here, at the Linc, on Sunday Night Football!
speaking of undefeated, not for nothing but the first-place
Philadelphia Union (that’s soccer) finished the regular season in
record-breaking style, going undefeated in *all 17* home games. That
(BTW: Could it possibly be a coincidence that the “Rocky” musical is currently in preview? Come on.)
It’s nuts, we know.
Even the most negative, pessimistic Philly sports fan – and there are countless nominees for that sobriquet – has to be smiling.
So by all means, get out there and treat this thing as the Halley’s Comet moment that it truly is:
CCRA News and Events
Clarification re Philadelphia Orchestra/Kimmel Center Campus Member Discounts
In the October 6 edition of CCRA This Week
the Merchant Partner section highlighted the newest CCRA Merchant
Partner: The Philadelphia Orchestra and The Kimmel Center Campus.
article included Member discount promo codes and links for both the
Orchestra and the Kimmel Campus. We apologize for any confusion as the
discount details provided to us had not been updated.
is the “small print” for both the Orchestra and the Kimmel Center
Campus. We apologize for any confusion or inconvenience this may have
caused. Please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or
Only listed programs
in the link are eligible for the discount. Per-ticket and per-order fees
will apply. Offer not valid for previously purchased tickets. All sales
are final. No refunds, exchanges, or exchanges. Orchestra box and Tier 1
box seats are excluded from the discount offer. All programs, artists,
prices, fee, discounts are subject to change.
Valid on select price
levels and performances. This includes Platinum Parquet, Parquet
Center, Platinum Box, Loge, Balcony Box and Balcony Loge for Broadway
performances. Per-ticket and per-order fees will apply. Offer not valid
on previously purchased tickets. All sales are final. No refunds,
exchanges, or cancellations. Offer ends June 30, 2023.
Members’ “Meet & Greet” Happy Hour
join us for a “Thank You!” at Di Bruno’s Alimentari Restaurant on 1730
Chestnut Street. It's our way of giving you a big “MWAH!” for being
skinny: It's on Tuesday, November 1, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. “Meet &
Greet” with fellow CCRA members and enjoy complimentary food and wine.
This Happy Hour is limited to the first 50 members who respond. Don’t
delay! See you there!
Proof of vaccination is required. Please take a rapid COVID test the night before.
Public Meeting Regarding 14-30 S. 21st Street
Monday, October 24, 6-7 pm via Zoom
Parkway Corporation plans to construct a new 390,000 square-foot
residential high-rise at the corner of 21st and Ludlow Streets. The
project is “by right” under the Philadelphia zoning code. However, the
public will have input on the project as part of the Philadelphia City
Planning Civic Design Review process.
to that public meeting, Parkway Corporation would like to present the
project to the CCRA membership. You do not have to be a member to
attend: the intent is to gather input from the neighborhood. The
architects for the project, Erdy McHenry Architecture, will present the
plans, renderings, space program, and project details in a brief
presentation. After the presentation there will be a question-and-answer
Low-to-Moderate Income Single-Occupant Housing Now Renting at the Laurel
part of the negotiations with the Southern Land Company, CCRA insisted
that low-to-moderate income housing be included in order to gain our
support. And included it now is, as studio apartments are currently
being rented by Southern Land in what is called Ronan Flats at 1904
It’s all part of the historic rehab on Sansom where
the legacy facades were removed and then restored (also at CCRA’s
insistence). Details on Ronan Flats here.
We are pleased to welcome the renewed buildings (and the residents who will occupy them) to the neighborhood.
CCD’s Paul Levy to be Honored for Over 30 Years’ Work
not pleasant to contemplate what Center City life would be like were it
not for Paul Levy’s 30+ years of work at the helm of the Center City
District. Center City was a much different place back when he started,
and not in a good way.
that end, Paul and his efforts will be feted on November 16 by the
American Jewish Committee when he will receive the prestigious AJC Civic
You may use the RSVP form, which includes information about the various levels of support and return it by email here, or you can place your reservations by phone at 215-665-2300.
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 feature Rittenhouse
stalwartBakeshop on 20th.
Could it be the smell of the baking of pastries such as scones, muffins, sticky buns, chocolate babkas, fudge brownies, and cookies as they’re pulled from the ovens?
it be the made-to-order breakfast sandwiches, the hand-sliced smoked
salmon and avocado toast served on your choice of artisanal English
muffins, croissants or wraps?
Center City residents aren’t stupid; the Bakeshop is packed for a reason.
Why not see for yourself? And while you’re there, mention CCRA and you’ll get an extra little goodie to accompany the treat you just purchased.
Clean, Safe and Green
There’s No Place Like Home
has taken more than Dorothy’s ruby slippers to create a neighborhood as
beautiful and charming as Rittenhouse Square. Want to make all the
suburban munchkins in your life jealous of your life over the rainbow? Follow this yellow brick road to
view a tantalizing video about how fabulous life is here in Center City
West. They hardly missed a thing (except they conveniently left out the
street people, trash and overhead helicopters)!
If you didn’t live here already, you’d wanna take the next hot air balloon here (hold the helicopter).
Car-Free, not Care-Free
Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia is hosting an inaugural 20-mile
Car-Free City Bike Ride on Saturday, October 15. Unlike the infamous
Naked Bike Ride, you can bring the kids to ride in this one!
route starts and ends by the Art Museum and highlights some of the
city’s most notable sites. Although the route may be car-free, the ride
Check herefor registration. To prepare to live “car-free” in Center City on Saturday, check here to see which roads near you will be closed, and when.
Plant Lovers Give and Take
(and those of us with one or two drooping houseplants), behold! Expand
your relationship with Mother Nature by sharing extra plants, plant
cuttings, or any garden-related items (i.e., books, tools, vegetables
from your garden, etc.).
come to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Plant Swap Garden
Party. Swap your plants for a new look for your home, and meet other
plant enthusiasts. It’s a one-for-one exchange: if you bring five items,
you'll go home with five new “treasures.” They will have plant experts
on hand to help identify unknown plants and wine available for purchase
(for you; not for your new plant), which you can “baby” when you get
home (with water, we hope)!
PAFA Show Includes Women Artists, LGBTQIA+ Artists, and Artists of Color
With more than 100 of the most acclaimed and iconic pieces in American art on display, Making American Artists: Stories from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 1776–1976 takes you on a journey across time, medium, and identity.
exhibition offers new narratives in American art history, embracing
stories about women artists, LGBTQIA+ artists, and artists of
color. Details here.
Moving Ahead in Africatown
The first major projects tied to the creation of Philadelphia's Africatown are set to begin.
term ‘Africatown’ refers to a neighborhood in Southwest Philly that's
been in the works for more than 14 years. It would give a name to an
area long established as a destination for African immigrants
(specifically from Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria).
African Cultural Alliance of North America (ACANA), the nonprofit
leading the Africatown effort, is expected to start work on its new
headquarters on the 5400 block of Chester Avenue in November. Details here.
… Another Man’s Treasure
No, it’s not trash in your closet just because you haven’t worn it in the last six winters. It’s someone else’s treasure!
is your chance to help your Philly neighbors, make room in your closet,
and know you’ve helped someone who’s in a jam. Drop off your “extras”
at the Open Hearts Cafe located at the Church of the Holy Trinity,
Help them feed and clothe hundreds every Tuesday and Sunday at 4:30 pm. Open your heart here.
Community News and Events
Yes, you live in a city where art matters; not all is beer and baseball! Well, maybe this year art will take second place!
between games, take advantage of Open Studios Tours: the largest tour
of personal and professional artist studios and creative workspaces in
the region and one of the premier open studio tour events in the
of the city have their own special open tours weekend and ours is THIS
WEEKEND. Naudain Art Collaborative and Ed Bronstein are several of our
local studios participating this weekend. For details on where to poke
your head in, and when, open this doorfirst.
Halloween in the ‘Hood
invited to the Friends of Fitler Square Park annual Halloween Fun Fest
on October 29, from 3-5 pm. They’ll have games, crafts, and a costume
parade for kids. For the adults, there will be a raffle of services and
prizes from local businesses like Fitler Club, Cotoletta, Pub &
Kitchen, and many more!
The High Holidays are over and it’s time to dance… to eclectic Klezmer music infused with influences from the Middle East, Eastern Europe, Brazil, Ireland, India, and the American songbook.
to Parkway Projects and the Philadelphia Holocaust Remembrance
Foundation, enjoy free outdoor music by sax player and band leader Ken
Ulansey, featuring singer and guitarist Phyllis Chapellat as well Dave
Posmontier on piano, Stan Slotter on trumpet, and Jimmy Parker on tuba.
I mention that Ulansey also plays the pennywhistle? What’s that, you
may ask? It was invented in 1843 in England and, you guessed it, sold
for a penny!
Details here. Seating is not provided; bring a blanket or chair to enjoy this outdoor event.
Eager For a Horror Film?
Head to the Mütter Museum at 19 S. 22nd Street on Sunday, October 16 to see the iconic silent horror film Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages
- with a live score from Not-So-Silent-Cinema! This 1922 Swedish
horror-documentary masterpiece explores witchcraft, demonology,
Satanism, and the persecution of women in the Middle Ages. The film will
be paired with a brief introductory lecture exploring the links between
medicine and the occult.
Mütter Museum admission is included in this ticket price & the
museum will be open from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Museum members get a 20%
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm. Enjoy the museum. Beer, wine, and snacks available to purchase.
6:40 pm - 9 pm. Film screening and musical performance
Check out these frightening stills from the film here!
NEW DATE For South Street Fest
DATE for South Street Fest: (spanning 2nd Street to 8th Street) has
been rescheduled for Saturday, October 15, 11 am to 5 pm. It was
postponed because of inclement weather during Hurricane Ian. More
details can be found here.
Phila Film Fest Ready for its Close-up
The 31st Philadelphia Film Festival comes into view Oct. 19 and fades out Oct. 30.
year the Festival will showcase more than 130 feature length and short
films. The line-up includes the World premieres of two films, North
American premieres of two films and the United States premieres of five
films. Pass the popcorn and the details here.
Meet Your Brewer?
Pennsylvania Horticultural Society presents, “Meet the Brewers,” a
series where you'll meet and get to know local brewers and taste your
way through a selection of your favorite beer and cider!
Wednesday, October 19, 5-7 pm, you can follow the route of the beloved
apple to its sacred place on our fall table - especially when
heated! Enjoy a cozy autumn night in Drexel’s Gateway Garden and give
thanks to Johnny Appleseed as you sip away. Details 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.