You don’t need us to recap the year 2022 – you were there. But as always with the future, in 2023, there is reason to hope.
Reason to hope that this year’s Mayor’s race will produce a leader with both vision and ambition.
Reason to hope that the Eagles, Sixers, Phillies and Union continue their winning ways, and that the Flyers soon join them.
reason to hope that maybe, just maybe, our political climate will
moderate, that we’ve had enough of crazy, and that the opposing sides
will now choose to engage one another rather than to demonize and
how does this work? We’re keepin’ it simple. Bring your own dish and
drinks to share with others (for 6?). Beer, wine and other spirits
welcome! Dinner plates, cups and silverware will be provided. Break
bread with your neighbors and make some new acquaintances. Live music by
for other fun/hang-out things to do in the neighborhood? Try Drawing
Botanicals, Tai Chi, Group Coaching Sessions for new ideas along with
Kids’ Creating Comic Books, Knitting Circle, and pre-K art class. For
more info, join in the fun here.
For the Love of Grace Wicks
GoFundMe campaign is in support of Judy Wicks, a long-standing CCRA
member, restaurateur, community activist and Fitler Square resident.
Judy founded the iconic White Dog Café in 1983 and pioneered the "farm
to table" movement in Philadelphia. She moved to Fitler Square in 2010
to “be part of a real community”. Judy has presented at CCRA annual
meetings and CCRA used her house as a solar-powered “demonstration”
house in the 2016 House Tour.
Here are the facts and the needs:
daughter Grace, was struck by West Nile Virus, leaving her
brain-damaged, partially paralyzed, and reliant on round-the-clock care.
Judy has moved in with Grace as her caregiver. The goal is to provide
Grace and Judy with most of what they need to support Grace’s recovery
and her living expenses until the fall of 2023. So far, the campaign has
raised over $135,000. For details or to contribute GoFundhere.
Office Closure and Garbage Collection
observance of the Dr. Martin Luther King Holiday, CCRA is closed on
Monday, January 16. The office will reopen on Tuesday, January 17.
In addition, no trash will be collected on Monday, January 16. Collection will resume on Tuesday, January 17.
CCRA MERCHANT PARTNER SPOTLIGHT
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 Center
City photography emporium PhotoLounge.
Got Pix? PhotoLounge is the Photo Go-To
In a world where image is often everything, you can’t take a chance when you’ve got critical photos to print. That’s wherePhotoLounge comes in.
independent small business since 1997, PhotoLounge believes in its soul
that prints should be beautiful, affordable, easy to make, easy to get
and long-lasting, and they back that up every day with superior service
and knowledgeable, courteous staff.
name it, they do it: digital prints, reprints and enlargements,
archiving, fine art printing and Giclee, film processing, design and
print photo books, professional head shots, passport photos and
more. The store itself is an eyeful, and worth the trip alone.
So go where the pros go:PhotoLounge at 130 S. 17th. And BTW: CCRA members enjoy 10% off excluding other sales or discounted items.
Clean, Safe and Green
is an admirable goal, but one not easily met. So we’re here to help,
thanks to our friends at The Philadelphia Citizen. From cleaning
products retailers to clothing designers and baby supply companies, here’s a guide to Philly-based businesses that can help everyone live more sustainably.
PROWL at the Free WinTOUR
Scavenger Hunt in Fairmount Park!
up and brave the cold weather for Fairmount Park’s annual, FREE,
all-ages scavenger hunt to explore the park’s 2,050 acres of trails,
natural lands, historic landmarks, and public art this winter. Fun
challenges and hilarious photo opportunities abound during this
six-week, self-guided Scavenger Hunt. Participants who complete the fun
and sometimes quirky “missions” will compete for the chance to win
prizes. Details here: Sat. Jan. 14–Sun. Feb. 26
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Reading Room Honors Paul Robeson’s Wife
As a bass-baritone
concert artist, actor, lawyer, and human rights activist, Paul Robeson
was a larger-than-life character, which makes it easy to overlook his
very accomplished wife, Eslanda Cardozo Goode Robeson.
The December opening of a reading room at the Paul Robeson House and Museum in West Philadelphiahopes to change that.
Robeson gave up a career in medicine to manage her husband’s stage,
concert, and film career; she later earned a doctorate in anthropology
and wrote two books. She also acted in Jericho (1937), Big Fella (1937), and Borderline (1930).
The Eslanda Robeson Reading Room will serve as a space for research and digitizing the family’s collection. For more on this remarkable woman and on the Reading Room, go here.
So Many Ways to Get Involved in
MLK Day of Service January 16th…
National Constitution Center’s MLK Day of Service is FREE, and includes
the Reading of King’s iconic “I Have a Dream Speech,” Story Corner, an
Arts & Crafts Activity Table, and a Family Concert featuring songs
of the civil rights era. A full schedule of their online and on-site
programming for MLK Day, including links to register, is available here.
from January 14-16, to emulate Dr. King’s spirit of service, the NCC is
sponsoring a School Supplies Drive for the School District of
Philadelphia, as part of Global Citizen’s Greater Philadelphia Martin
Luther King Day of Service. To see what’s needed and how to donate,
You can also click here to choose from the many other service opportunities for MLK Day.
The Good News: You can run without a mask and not have to wave your Vax card this year.
Bad News: They changed the date to April 30, much to the chagrin of
their loyal fan base of runners, who actually do have lives beyond this
race and were planning for the usual first week in May date. Why the
change? Don’t ask!
If the finish line is your goal, start pacing yourself now. The lottery to win the right to run (yes, a lot of people suffer from “runners high”) can be submitted after Feb.1st here.
Penn Museum Revamps Eastern Mediterranean Gallery
a new look at an old, old world. The Penn Museum has renovated and
reimagined its Eastern Mediterranean Gallery. It’s now a 2,000 sq-ft
multisensory gallery featuring 400 artifacts from the Museum’s own
excavations through the Eastern Mediterranean, and a whole lot more. Dig
through the details here.
It’s Restaurant Week(s)
you live in Center City, you know that a week’s not long enough for us
to jockey so many luscious meals at restaurants within walking distance
of our digs. So Center City District (CCD) made Restaurant Week 10 days
long. A perfect excuse to end that silly “dieting” New Year resolution,
sometime during the “week” of Jan 15-28.
know the drill - Make your reservation asap, BYOBs are especially
revered, leave room for dessert. Check out your local options here.
“Burger Brawl” Sounds Like a Food Fight, but It’s Not
the battle for Philly’s best burger also raises money for Philadelphia
schools and youth programs you know you’re onto something good, and that
is most certainly the case with 2023’s Burger Brawl, to be held Sunday,
Feb. 5 at Xfinity Live.
in 2011 by the owners of Rittenhouse eatery Rouge, the Brawl attracts
over 60 of the area’s leading chefs to compete for Best of Burger.
There’s the Brawl, but first there’s the Crawl. Take
the entire month of January 2023 to crawl your way into all
participating restaurants to taste their competing burgers. After you
have tasted all you can, download the Let’s Rallie app to vote and help
find the top 10 burgers in Philadelphia. Juicy 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.