we’re coming up on Memorial Day Weekend, aka the official unofficial
Start of Summer. It’s an excellent time to slow down, chill out and get
away for awhile.
City’s been through a lot of late, so it wouldn’t be the worst thing in
the world to see other places, think other thoughts, explore other
attitudes and latitudes, all in the name of coming back with a fresh and
renewed perspective toward what the Fall will bring.
CCRA News and Events
CCRA This Week Schedule Change
the summer, we will again be making some changes to the distribution
schedule for our newsletter. Starting today, we are publishing bi-weekly
until at least after Labor Day. Moving to a bi-weekly schedule will
allow us to put even more care and attention into each summer
newsletter, and take our well deserved vacations.
Community Events in the Fitler Area
BFF partner, Trinity Memorial Church, is offering an old-styled
community based sidewalk sale and meditation classes (small fee). We
hope you find peace and your treasure….maybe they’re the same?
Here’s two flyers to guide you down whichever path you choose…..
CCRA Public Zoning Committee Meeting
CCRA held its zoning committee meeting on Tuesday, May 23. If you missed it, you can watch it on our Youtube Channel. To view the report, go here. The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 27.
The Passing of A Neighborhood Leader
CCRA sends its condolences to the friends and family of Lenore Millhollen, who passed recently. Lenore was a co-founder of the Preservation Coalition, which merged into the Preservation Alliance in 1996. She was also a board
member of Friends of Fitler Square Park and a past president of CCRA.
Our thoughts and prayers are with those who loved her. We all benefited
from her passion for community.
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 feature new
Merchant PartnerSandcastle Fun Co!
New Merchant Partner Sandcastle Fun Co. Brings the Fun!
you seen the groups of young children in Rittenhouse Square being led
in music and games by enthusiastic teachers and wonder what that
was? Wonder no more, as that was none other than our newest Merchant
Partner, theSandcastle Fun Co.!
Fun Co. is a dynamic collective of performing artists – many with BFA’s
from the University of the Arts -- providing educational and
entertaining programs for children from infancy through six years
old. Their innovative classes – outdoors in the Square and indoors at
the Ethical Society -- create fun and educational experiences that
inspire young minds to learn, grow, and create unforgettable memories.
They even offer fabulous customizable birthday party packages for
children and families to enjoy.
for CCRA members: After taking a free demo class, any CCRA member who
presents proof of membership will receive 15% off their first purchase
of a bundle of classes and will be eligible for 10% off their birthday
party or private event!
So whether the little ones in your life are children, grandchildren or beyond, letSandcastle Fun Co. bring the fun to YOU!
Clean, Safe and Green
Friday Eves at Rodin’s Garden Bar
for a unique and relaxing way to spend a summer’s eve in the city? Look
no further than the outdoor pop-up garden bar at the Rodin Museum
on the Parkway. It’s open Fridays evenings from May 26 through August
25 and offers refreshing drinks and light bites amongst the fountain and
on a craft beer or a refreshing cocktail as you take in the beauty of
the garden and the museum's stunning architecture. If you’re brave
enough to pass through the Gates of Hell, you’ll find heaven…and a bathroom, inside the museum (pay as you wish).
Downward Facing Dog....with your Dog?
anything be better than yoga outdoors, donation-based, and on the
Schuylkill Banks? Yeah….you can bring your kid or your dog! Here’s what
they’re tellin’ us:
Yoga on the Banksclasses
are accessible to all levels of students – even if this is your very
first yoga class! Bring a friend, bring your child, even bring your
well-behaved dog. Because we practice outside in the warmer months, we
suggest you bring your own mat or towel to practice on, sunglasses and
sunscreen, and water bottle. There is a free public water fountain on
site, and a public restroom. Class sizes are limited, and registration is required for all classes.In the event of rain, class will be cancelled (announced on Facebookand Instagramat least one hour before class time) and donations will be refunded promptly.
Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
Yup…the second Sunday in June is approaching. Which means it’s time for the ODUNDE festival. Right here….around the corner. It’s
known throughout the world as one of the original models for
African-American festivals, hosting many internationally
renowned African and Caribbean performers, dignitaries, folk artists and
cultural leaders.You’ll enjoy live entertainment on two stages and over 100 arts, crafts, and food vendors. ODUNDE has become a national model for African and Caribbean cultural street festivals.
Hop into the excitement at 23rd and South Street,
or multiple places east of 23rd, along the South Street corridor. Free!
We all talk
about providing meaningful opportunities to youth as a way to reduce
poverty and crime in Philadelphia. Here's an opportunity to act upon it.
If the below social justice mentorship interests you, let Travisknow and we can answer your questions or connect you.
The 9th Police
District, working with Philadelphia Youth Network, is sponsoring a
six-week paid summer internship program for at-risk youth ages 12 to 24.
The program is designed to provide meaningful exposure to potential
careers. And the interns will be paid through the Philadelphia Youth Network so there is no financial commitment needed from the sponsoring business or organization.
You can help make this program a success!
Can you provide a meaningful internship opportunity? Do you know others who could provide this opportunity?
Community News and Events
TONIGHT - 5/25 - Stories and Bach’s music at Society Hill area Hill-Physick House
Ever been to the Hill-Physick House at 321 S. 4th Street? It’s
a stunning 18th-century mansion, located in the heart of Society Hill.
See the house, stay to listen to stories and hear music by Bach in this
beautiful home. Geoffrey Burgess will present readings from his novel
based on the life of a musician who worked closely with Johann Sebastian
Bach, accompanied by music for oboe and harpsichord played by Geoffery
with Leon Schelhase. Click here for more information.
Reforming Philadelphia? How the Past Can Guide Us
Ok…you live in the city, you vote, you pay your taxes, right? Things should get better, then, right? On June 6, at 5:30 pm, come kvetch with author Richardson Dilworth (no, that mayor has passed… but must be his son… or grandson??).
Right down the street at the City Institute (our library on Rittenhouse Square), you can hear this author of Reforming Philadelphia
talk about the ‘rage and fury’ of insurgents trying to reform this city
for the last 350 years. Does it all ‘signify nothing’? No! Some
actually created new purposes for the city or reshaped it.
away with a new framework for understanding the evolving relationship
between national politics and local, city politics. And a signed book,
if you care to. Free event. No registration required.
Celebrate Memorial Day Here, and Here, and Here
you’re headed down the shore, great; have a blast. If not, then have a
blast in the City. Which won’t be hard to do, because you’ve got
First off, at the waterfront there’s the Memorial Day Weekend Dance Party and Fireworks starting 10 on Saturday (details here). Then
there’s free admission at the National Constitution Center Saturday
through Monday, which takes a closer look at famous memorials and
monuments, and uncovers the complexities of how a nation remembers
From Saturday through Mondays at the Betsy Ross House there’s “Once
Upon a Nation”, where Historic Philadelphia, Inc. shares stories and
secrets from America's past through its award-winning “Once Upon A
Nation” storytelling program (details here).
Make Some Magic at the Garden
If you have been to Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Gardenon
South Street, you want to go back for this event. If you haven’t yet
been captivated, be prepared to be awed. Here’s a chance to spend
Twilight in the Garden, hang out with friends, enjoy lively and
enthralling performances, and explore your own creativity with artistic
activities. This monthly event is happening every fourth Friday in
May-October from 7:00 -10:00, starting May 26. It’s BYOBBS (Bring your
own booze, blanket and snacks) Low chairs permitted, as well. The Magic
Had Enough of Modern Times? Escape to the Renaissance Faire
Contemporary life got you down? Too much, too fast, too 24/7? Hankering for a simpler time?
all been there, and now you can go there in the form of Philly Faire,
the three-day, holiday-weekend-long Renaissance Fair at Fort
Mifflin. There’s food, there’s drink, there’s live music and yes,
there’s ax-throwing and fire-eating. Doesn’t get much more analog than those last two, now does it? Harken back for details here.