fact that the Phillies are the reigning National League Champions isn’t
the only – or even the best – reason to follow Major League Baseball
this season. No, MLB is a whole new ballgame in 2023.
poohbahs who run the sport have finally heard the complaints that the
games are both too long and too slow, and in response they’ve
uncharacteristically swung into action with a number of rather drastic
rule changes, the most significant of which is the implementation of a
“pitch clock”, which mandates that no more than 15 seconds may elapse
between pitches (20 with a runner on base).
these new rules amount to a true game-changer. Whether you’re a
dedicated fan, a casual fan, or no fan at all, it promises to be a
fascinating watch, a new game ushered in with all the newness of Spring.
CCRA News and Events
CCRA Public Zoning Committee Meeting
On Tuesday, March 28, CCRA held its monthly zoning meeting. You can view the meeting on our Youtube page. To see the report, visit here.
The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 25.
CCRA Public Community Meeting re: 19th & Chestnut
Thursday, March 30, at 7 pm, CCRA is holding a public meeting, via
Zoom, regarding the proposed tower to be constructed over the CVS at
19th & Chestnut. The plans will be shown and discussed by the
project architects and the public will have a chance to ask
questions. To register, click 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 Chestnut
St JewelerWilliam Schwartz Distinctive Jewelry.
All That Glitters is at William Schwartz
but a big-box chain store, William Schwartz Distinctive Jewelry is
truly distinctive in that they offer an unusually wide selection of both
unique and custom pieces, and their personal, on-site repairs are done
right the first time with very quick turnaround. (If you disbelieve,
check out the raves on Yelp.)
what could be better, you ask? They offer a 10% discount to CCRA
members. So do please stop by at 1831 Chestnut and say hello to Russell
at William Schwartz Distinctive Jewelry!
Clean, Safe and Green
Gardening in March? Yes, You Can!
past seasons can tell us, Spring could be hit-or-miss in March. Wet
soils and frost warnings will remind you that your garden is still under
limitations (the last frost/freeze date is April 17). However, this
still shouldn’t stop you from getting started. Here are some options:
Plant hardy annuals such as pansies.
Wait until the soil dries some and warms up before planting, such as dahlias and gladiolus.
Once the danger of frost has gone, plant perennial vegetables and fruits.
If you have rosebushes, prune them before the buds break.
Plant trees and shrubs as soon as you can work the soil.
you are a new container gardener, now is the time to grow from seeds.
You can grow strawberries, herbs, and lots of veggies. Make sure you
have enough light.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Museums Celebrate Women’s History Year-Round
the end of the month of March, Women’s History Month may be winding
down, but the museums around town provide a year-round opportunity to
learn about and celebrate the many important roles played by women
throughout our history. From Betsy Ross to women’s suffrage to the new
exhibit at the Barnes, our many museums tell the tales. Consider the
being Philly, there’s no shortage of eateries to choose from when it
comes to enjoying an Easter Brunch-time celebration. Many establishments
feature Easter-specific specials. You can taste the details here, or here.
Get in the Swing at Maja Park
to our friends at Logan Square Neighborhood Association, we learned
that Leon Jordan Sr. and the Renaissance will perform every Saturday in
April from 12 – 1:30 p.m. Each week they will be joined by a different
featured soloist. Be sure to bring your own blanket and chair, a picnic,
and enjoy spring on the Parkway.
Performances are sponsored by the Parkway Council @pkwycouncilphl and supported by The Recording Industry’s Music Performance Trust Fund. Luckily, 5 Sats in April!
The Speakeasy Experience Lives at Hop Sing Laundromat
You push the button at the unmarked gate at 1029 Race St, and you wait to be let in.
inside you provide photo ID and proof-of-vax (originals only) while the
rules are explained: limit 4 people per party, no cellphones, no
photo-taking, no flip-flops, sandals, shorts. But after that you’re in
for an upscale-cocktail treat at the dimly-lit establishment that was
raved about in the pages of Esquire and Conde Nast Traveler. More here.
Author Talk at the Philadelphia City Institute Library: Jennifer Lin - Beethoven in Beijing, April 4, 2023 5:30 p.m.
Author Jennifer Lin will present her book Beethoven in Beijing;
a photo-rich oral history of the boundary-breaking series of concerts
the Philadelphia orchestra performed in China during a time when Western
music was banned in the communist nation.
1973, Western music was banned in the People’s Republic of China, but
in a remarkable breakthrough cultural exchange, the Philadelphia
Orchestra conducted a tour of closed-off China, becoming the first
American orchestra to visit the communist nation. A companion volume to
the film of the same name, Beethoven in Beijing
shows how this 1973 tour came at the dawn of a resurgence of interest
in classical music in China—now a vital source of revenue for touring
Copies of the book will be available for purchase. This event is free, in-person and open to the public.
Think You Know Philly? Think Again.
all great cities, in Philly you never really get to “do it all”. There
are always surprises and unknowns. Lucky for you, we’ve found a list. So
whether you’re looking to entertain yourself, family or friends, begin
your search here.
Behind Boathouse Row: The Stories
Row is one of the true jewels of Philadelphia – it’s even been featured
on Sixers’ jerseys – but as well-known and beloved as the Row is, the
stories behind it remain relatively unknown. But not to worry, as the
Head of Schuylkill Regatta has “Story Hour”, and the next one is
tonight! It starts at 7, and is via Zoom. Register here.
R.I.P. Richard Kiniry
The Philadelphia Ethical Society invites you to join us in celebrating the life of its Leader Emeritus, Richard Kiniry, who passed away on December 18, 2019.
program will be held in person in the PES Auditorium at the Ethical
Society, 1906 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103, at 2 pm,
Saturday, April 15, 2023. Details can be found 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.