Comes the news that the Wawa at 19th and Market is closing for good due to increases in in-store criminal activity.
Why is this notable? Because to our knowledge it’s the first such closing within the footprint of CCRA’s catchment area.
is (was) the go-to convenience store for us and for many residents,
workers and visitors. But of late the vibe there has changed. Recently
we watched as a young man stuffed a goodly number of ice-cream treats
into his backpack and blithely walked out the door, right past the
cashier. In broad daylight.
As a friend asked: What can be done?
multiple full-time security guards would certainly help, but would
likely prove cost-prohibitive. Logic and common sense dictate that some
highly visible arrests and convictions would send a clear message, but
in the current climate we’re not holding our breath.
for now we’re in the market for a replacement go-to market, as likely
are the perpetrators who will soon need a new store to rob.
CCRA News and Events
Update on Philadelphia Orchestra/Kimmel Center Discount Ticketing
was reported last week, there are known problems with the discount
ticketing system at the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Kimmel Center
Campus which have been acknowledged by the Kimmel and which they assure
us they are endeavoring to rectify.
We will advise ASAP of any change in status. For now, best practice remains buyer beware.
“Meet & Greet” with fellow CCRA members and enjoy complimentary
food and wine. This Happy Hour is limited to the first 50 members who
respond. See you there! Register here.
Kindly take a rapid COVID test before attending.
Reminder: Public Meeting Re 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. It 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.
After the presentation (plans, rederings, etc.,) there will be a
Q&A. For more details, go here.
Merchant Partner program is a true Win-Win: It provides local
businesses with complimentary advertising and exposure while giving CCRA
members generous deals and discounts. This week we spotlight our
brandy-new Merchant Partner, theLoews Philadelphia Hotel, at 12th and Market Sts.
Everyone Who Knows Goes… to the Loews
to an architectural landmark and Philadelphia Savings Fund Society
(PSFS) building, the Four-Diamond Loews Philadelphia Hotel is a true
classic and one of the nation’s first modern skyscrapers, all within
walking distance of Reading Terminal Market, Independence Hall,
Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Barnes Foundation.
But it’s more than just drop-dead gorgeous. At
Loews Hotels, the community is as much a part of their family as their
team members. It’s beyond mere camaraderie – we’re talking friendship,
familiarity, goodwill and kindness, one local business helping one
another, all of which translates to a wonderful experience for their
yes, there’s more: As a CCRA member, you are eligible for up to a 20%
discount not only for yourself, but for family as well…pretty sweet!
(Discount is subject to availability at time of booking.)
So what are you (and your friends) waiting for? Gohere, then GO!
Clean, Safe and Green
Vote For Your Favorite Tree at Schuylkill River Park
Love Your Park Day (November 12), the Schuylkill River Park is
celebrating being awarded Level I Arboretum status by planting a new
sensory garden between the playground and the multi-surface court. The
sensory garden will feature trees and shrubs that “thrill the senses”
(scent, sight, touch, sound, and taste).
by Tuesday, November 1, to tell them which tree you’d most like to see
included in the garden. Shown are stunning autumn Sassafras leaves
for the Arboretum has been generously provided by Heirloom Market and
Center City Residents' Association. Heirloom provided the initial
funding, allowing the park trees to be evaluated and mapped. CCRA has
provided additional funding for plant material, classroom supplies,
signage, and tree care.
Chill Can Kill…Your Plants
like we forget, from year to year, when we’re supposed to bring in our
potted plants for the winter. Now would be good. Chill is in the air and
when night-time temps fall below 60°,
it’s time to bring out your sweaters and bring in your plants. Of
course, it depends on the breed and outside conditions, so bundle up and
put your shovel in herefor the dirt on this one.
Friday Night Fright Ride
see things that go bump in the night, meet up with fellow cyclists at
the “Rocky Steps” this Friday night (10/21) at 8 pm, to ride in the dark
to Mount Moriah Cemetery. Where? The
dead don’t post on Facebook, so you’ll have to see this abandoned
graveyard for yourself. It’s the final resting place for many people of
note in the history and culture of the Philadelphia area. And it’s been
lovingly upgraded by a “Friends of” group, who can answer your questions
about particular graves, and not get spooked. But you might! Dig here for details.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Volunteer Cooks Needed at Wintershelter
at Trinity Memorial
is a small shelter for homeless men located in the basement of Trinity
Memorial Church at 22nd and Spruce where volunteers cook and serve
dinner to about 20 men in the Shelter every night from November through
Wintershelter has lost several cooks for a variety of reasons and is
actively seeking replacements. Cooks can be flexible when they make the
food, and bring it over, labeled for the night it is to be served. For
more info, please contact Terry Hirshorn here. For more about Trinity Memorial and its mission, visit here.
Pride and Prejudice
No–this is not a book talk, or the latest Jane Austen movie. It’s modern-day pride and prejudice that
brings this discussion to the fore at the African American Museum at
7th and Arch. Darcy and Elizabeth had it easy compared to being gay AND
black/brown in much of America. On Oct. 21st you’re invited to listen,
learn and engage in a candid discussion as a distinguished panel
explores the intersections and implications of being Black, Brown, and
LGBTQ+. Open doors here.
Don’t Cry….buy a Pie!
is no time to shed a tear for those in need. Fight the greed and feed
the need. Here. Now. And Manna makes it easy, safe and simple to help.
You buy a pie from them; they use your gift to buy food, cook and
deliver Thanksgiving and other meals to people with acute nutritional
risk from a critical illness such as cancer, chronic kidney disease,
HIV/AIDS and more.
get to eat the pie, with grace, at your own Thanksgiving dinner.
Sumptuous choices- think Apple, Berry, Sweet Potato, Pumpkin, Pecan,
Gluten-Free Blueberry, or their new CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER PIE!
Delivery is the Tuesday before turkey day, right here at the 23rd Street
Think it’s Pie in the Sky? Yes! Gobble it up here.
Gone, but not Forgotten
de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, blends Mexican beliefs and
traditions with Catholic rituals from All Saints’/Souls’ Day. With roots
dating back 3,000 years to pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, Día de los
Muertos is observed not only across Latin America and in Latinx
communities worldwide, but right here in Philly, on Penn’s campus.
(offerings to the dead) are at the center of this celebration of life
and death, and the hope is for the dead to join in the festivities.
They’ll be food, music, dance presentations, and a contest to choose the
best handmade alter.
Dead-Heads are all invited to join the living at Penn Museumon Oct. 29th, 10am-4pm. Free with admission. Shiver over toherefor info.
Help LeCount Count!
Square Neighborhood Association has started a GoFundMe campaign to
honor Caroline LeCount, Philadelphia’s “Rosa Parks” by placing a
headstone on her unmarked grave. This further supports their efforts to
change Taney Street’s name to LeCount Street, to memorialize her role as
an educator and activist. For details about this effort, or to
contribute, go here.
TONIGHT….at the Gray’s Ferry Triangle listen to the sounds of Avi
Wisnia, an award-winning singer/songwriter, who’s inspired by 1950’s
west-coast jazz, acoustic American folk, Brazilian bossa nova and
contemporary piano pop.
This is the last of the Triangle’s outdoor season. The
music series is sponsored by Grace Tavern, The Igloo & South of
South Neighborhood Association. For details in how to Dangle at the
Triangle, saunter over to here.
Lights, Camera…. Popcorn! The Philly Film Fest is Here!
31st Philadelphia Film Festival has rolled into town! Opening last
night and running through Oct. 30, this year’s iteration includes the
world premieres of two films, North American premieres of two films and
the United States premieres of five films.
Screenings will be held at all PFS venues (Philadelphia Film Center, PFS Bourse Theater, and the newly acquired PFS East).
‘free jazz’ in the sense of absence of chords or time, and there’s
‘free jazz’ in the sense of absence of a cover charge, the latter of
which is the case every third Friday with the Aaron Parnell Brown Jazz
Duo at the Library Bar at the Rittenhouse Hotel.
may be here, but Old Man Winter isn’t far behind, which means the happy
return of all of Dilworth Park’s popular winter attractions come
Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink will again offer skating seven days per
week, the Greenfield Lawn will host reindeer topiaries in the
Wintergarden, and the West facade of historic City Hall will once again
be illuminated by the Deck the Hall Light Show presented by Independence
Blue Cross with support from 6abc. The Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin and
the Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market will round out the park’s
seasonal transformation. For more information, visit here.
Hot Off the Press
that we’ve all recovered from Oktoberfest, it’s time to switch to that
lovely fall alternative…..apple cider. Follow the apple’s journey from
orchard to bottle; then the tastings begins. On Sunday 10/30, hit up
Bells Vista and enjoy the open-air cideries lined up along 7th Street
between Bainbridge and South for the “Carnival of Thirsty Souls.”
Naturally, it will be a Philly-style event, replete with food trucks,
music, and a catwalk costume contest. If you want to party from 12-6pm,
drink it in here.
Snuggle up to Modigliani
From October 16 through January 29 The Barnes Museum is hosting a special exhibition, Modigliani Up Close.
This is an opportunity for viewers to not only see his paintings,
sculptures and drawings, but to learn, through the lens of cutting edge
scientific research how this celebrated and famous artist of the 20th
Century composed and produced his iconic art.
show, with nearly 50 works, was organized by a team of curators and
conservators with input from colleagues around the world, and affords a
unique approach to how Modigliani developed the striking characteristics
of his style. It’s fitting, on the 100th Anniversary of Barnes, to
welcome this exhibition, for Dr. Barnes played a vital role in
Modigliani’s success. Dr. Barnes's collection at the museum, includes 12
paintings, a sculpture and three works on paper, which is considered to
be one of the most significant Modigliani collections in the world.
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.