Passyunk Square Civic Association is holding their annual home tour this October. If you live in the Passyunk Area (between Broad and 6th, Washington and Tasker) you can participate in their house tour. Do you just love your humble abode? Would you like to show off your interior design skills? On Saturday October 12th you can open your doors to neighbors and community members to inspire and engage them on design and architectural ideas. Meet your neighbors and socialize as they ‘ooo and aww’ over your eye for design. This event will be from 12-4pm. Participants must buy a ticket. If you would like to submit your home for a open house tour, send a brief description of your home and a couple photographs to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for submission is September 6th. What a fun way to meet and greet while you gain inspiration!
Monthly Archives: August 2013
This weekend marks the last official weekend of summer. With that, Labor day activities will be popping up all weekend long. The PHS Pop-Up Garden is celebrating this weekend with refreshing cocktails and scrumptious sides from Garces Group. On Monday, Labor Day, the Pop-Up will have extended hours from noon-10pm.
The Pop-Up Garden hasn’t slowed down yet! On September 12th, join them from 5-8pm for a Pop-Up Party. Buying a ticket for $15 can get you two drink tickets and endless guacamole from Chipotle. You can purchase tickets in advance and if you happen to be a PHS Young Friends Member, your evening just got a little sweeter as you can attend for free.
This weekend is packed with food, music and activities. Made in America Festival is back on the Ben Franklin Parkway with a stellar line-up for Saturday and Sunday. Nearly 30 artists will preform this weekend. Buy tickets now so you aren’t waisting your time in line! Saturday through Monday you can enjoy Cannstatter 141 Annual Volksfest offering performances, rides, raffles and crafts. This event is for all ages and admission is only $6. If jazz is more your style, be sure to stop over at Penn’s Landing on Friday for some smooth tunes by Jonathan Bulter at 7:30pm.
Spice it up with the 5th Annual BigBite Philly Wing King Competition at Fleisher Art Memorial on Saturday from 5-10pm. Judges from the Philly food scene will taste and sample entries for the best Wings. Being held in the yard of Fleisher Art Memorial, there will be an assortment of flavors and beverages provided by Narragansett Brewing Company. This event will be donating a portion of their proceeds to children and youth programs at Fleisher Art Memorial. For $15 a ticket you can enjoy wings, music and even a couple free drinks!
So what are your senses calling for this weekend? Music, food, drinks and art. Some of the many Philly favorites!
This week you can enjoy Movie Night at Shot Tower. On Wednesday August 21st from 8:15-11pm bring your blankets and chairs to enjoy the Hotel Transylvania (A family flick starring Adam Sandler and Selena Gomez). Refreshments and free admission are just some of the perks.
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Shot Tower Park in Queen Village is a historic landmark in Philadelphia. Back in the early 1800’s Shot Tower was built by local plumbers who revolutionized and manufactured musket balls. Originally built to manufacture hunting shots, by the War of 1812, the tower was producing ammunition which continued to be manufactured for the Civil War. The tower was no longer manufacturing by the early 1900’s but now remains a recreation center and city playground for local neighborhoods.
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Movies can also be viewed on certain Fridays in Hawthorne Park until September 27th. They begin at 7:30pm and invite the whole family as they offer activities for all ages until dusk. This coming Friday, August 23rd, the favorite Philly flick ‘Rocky’ will be showing. Also, catch a few showings at Penn’s Landing before summer ends!
After movies in the park, Headhouse Farmers Market is on Saturday (10am-2pm) followed by the Queen Village Book Club on Sunday. This club will meet at 7pm at Old Swedes Church. This meeting will discuss the novel The Dinner by Herman Koch. From family movie nights, to farm fresh produce enjoy the summer sunshine while it lasts.
New to market in Queen Village, a single family row home. Located at 135 Fitzwater, three bedrooms, one bath offering exposed brick, glass walls, wood burning fire place, patio/garden area and more. A spacious layout with updated appliances. A quaint part of Queen Village with tree lined streets and walking distance restaurants, this single family is listed at $575,000. Open house will be held August 22nd at 7pm.
Just a few blocks south in Pennsport, a four story, single family has been recently listed. Listed at over half a million, this three bedroom, two and a half bath, 2,700+ square foot single family offers a roof deck, patio/den, updated appliances and a garage. At 129 Ellsworth, this property has had only two owners previously and conveniently located walking blocks from Society Hill, Headhouse Square and Queen Village. While a leisure cab ride would tap your wallet at under $10 to most center city attractions and restaurants.
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If you’re looking for something a little larger and closer to Center City, Bella Vista has a single family, three bedroom, three bath available at 727 S. Jessup Street. State of the art appliances, garage, roof deck (with city skyline views), hardwood floors, granite counter tops, walk in closets and more sure make this property quite appealing at a listing price of $715,000. Built in 2006, this deluxe property includes a finished basement and gas fireplace for all entertaining and family needs. Within walking distance of several churches, schools, parks and famous Philadelphia restaurants (including the forever battling cheesesteaks; Pats and Geno’s).
One you may want to keep your eye on if you are in the buying market. Originally refused by the zoning committee for not providing the required open area space in the front and rear, this issue was revised and re-presented on Tuesday August 13th. This proposal is for a single family home at 735 S. Darien Street, approximately 30 feet high, with bay windows and a roof deck offering 2nd and 3rd floor access. Volpe, the builder of this project, has also constructed close to a dozen other homes in Bella Vista. This project is estimated to take 2-3 months to complete. This new dwelling was supported by the surrounding neighbors and will be presented to the ZBA next month.
- Demand For Single-family Rental Homes Is On The Rise – How Should We Respond? (urbantimes.co)
- Displaced Bella Vista Seniors Must Wait 3 More Weeks (newhavenindependent.org)
- Bella Vista, Avoca Hit Hard by Flooding (5newsonline.com)
PHS Pop Up Gardens bring environmental and community awareness together. These pop up gardens serve as a meeting ground for locals, visitors, gardeners, beer lovers and all walks of life. This Friday enjoy an afternoon of musical tunes starting at 11am with Philadelphia based band, Ensemble Novo. Starting at 1pm you won’t want to miss the jazz and musical performance “Broadway on Broad” featuring mezzo soprano Alexandra Clint.
On Sunday, wind down with “Natural Craft-a pop up jewelry garden”. Presented by UArts students and alumni, this display will be available all day long with the option to purchase. Inspired by nature, these jewelry pieces are to create awareness of jewelry as an art form. This is the third annual pop-up garden in Philadelphia. This public landscape brings horticulture and the arts together. Offering a variety of drink specials and small plates, this garden will be open through October. Events are frequent at the Pop-Up Garden so be sure to check their calendar.
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Inspired by the Pop-Up beauty, head over to Dickinson Square Park this Saturday, August 17th. They are holding a one hour long clean up. Racking, weeding and trimming are some activities you may participate in. From 9-10am help your neighbors make this park clean and safe. Can’t make it this time? Head out on Saturday August 24th, same time, same location.
- Pop-up gardens: the solution to a lack of your own space? (thenaturalmetropolitan.com)
- Pop up Gardens “Pop-up” Throughout the City (phl17.com)
- How To Plant An Urban Garden (proplants.com)
The month of August signals one thing for kids; summer is ending. This phrase ‘Back to School’ means more than just backpacks and books. Clean up days are held to involve the neighborhood in cleaning our local schools. This year McCall Elementary School in Society Hill will hold two clean up days before the start of school on September 9th. Monday August 19th (12-4:30pm and/or 5:30-9pm) and Tuesday August 27th (8am-12pm and/or 12:30-5pm and/or 5:30-9pm). Efforts will include light cleaning, outdoor gardening, floor refurbishing and more. Lunch and/or dinner will be provided for volunteers who participate all day. This is a great way to meet your neighbors and help kids stay healthy and safe.
The neighborhood may change but the issues remain the same. Funding for our schools has been a hot topic over the years. Especially the talk this year of budget cuts again. East Passyunk Crossing has created a committee of community members and parents to focus on supporting Southwark Elementary School through various projects like tutoring, fundraising and providing school supplies. They have implemented a campaign in order to raise funds for these kids. The EPX Back2School Campaign is urging our city to help these kids start their school year with a full backpack of supplies. Donating $10 gives a child crayons and markers. Donating $30 fills their backpack with all the supplies needed while $50 gives two school uniforms. 100% of these proceeds will go towards supplies and uniforms needed for children at Southwark Elementary School.
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- Back to School: How to tackle the new school year on a budget (mintofloridablog.com)
- Back to school stress hits parents, too (miamiherald.com)
- Back To School: Bowling For Backpacks (ksfm.cbslocal.com)
Philadelphia is considered to be a ‘dog friendly’ city. With many establishments of retail, cafes and hotels allowing your furry friend access inside. Numerous pet supply and doggie salons can be found in our neighborhoods. So why not treat a mans best friend to an hour we all seem to look forward to; Happy Hour.. or in this case I am talking about Yappy Hour.
Join New Wave Cafe in Queen Village tonight (August 13th) for their 5th Yappy Hour. From 5:30-7:30pm bring your leashed four legged friends and enjoy happy hour dog themed specials, treats and more.
Since we love our dogs so much, its no surprise that we have focused committees for our dogs in order to provide the most fulfilling and pet friendly neighborhoods. QVK9 is Queen Village’s Dog Committee, comprised of local pet owners and any animal lover who is an advocate for dog health and happiness. Yappy Hour was introduced by QVK9’s. You can support QVK9’s by joining in their Scoop The Poop Campaign. After two years of planning, this campaign is finally launching to actively keeping our streets and sidewalks clean of dog waste.
This past weekend QVK9’s were hard at work installing containers specifically placed at high dog traffic areas offering a bag holder with bags for dog waste only. Word is you can sponsor a container, while assuming the responsibility of emptying it regularly. There are about five locations already installed close to Front and South street areas. An additional five should be popping up by this weekend. Here’s a map that qvna.org provided showing us just where to find these dog waste stations.
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- Future Of Queen Village Playground Includes Look At Buried Black History (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)
- Canine Community Reporter Barks the News from a Dog’s Perspective (prweb.com)
- Spokane summertime activities for you and your dog (lifeasgizmo.wordpress.com)
In Bella Vista: The Zoning Board has approved the construction of 25 single-family townhouses at 8th and Montrose. Each home will be approximately 1,900-2,100 square feet. Parking included! There will be 25 off street parking spaces surrounded by the development. This space was occupied by a 7-UP bottling plant (who knew?!) and a dingy awning covered garage. Let’s hope these town homes prove to be just as crisp and clean!
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