Monthly Archives: August 2013

Home Tours in Passyunk Square

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 hometour@passyunk.org. Deadline for submission is September 6th. What a fun way to meet and greet while you gain inspiration!

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Labor Day Weekend Activities

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.

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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.

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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!

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Columbus Square Park Now.. and Three Years from Now.

Back in March, Passyunk Square Civic Association received a grant for design services towards Columbus Square Park (13th and Reed). The design services will be a pro-bono project from Community Design Collaborative who’s mission is ‘Strengthening Neighbors Through Design’. This non-profit has worked on several Philadelphia based projects including McCall Elementary School, SOAKITUP! and several more. At that time plans were established to renovate the park. Although the big question remained, would the playing field be part of this new plan?

Columbus Square Park Advisory Council and the Department of Parks and Rec. have met yet once again. After several discussions with designers, don’t expect the final plan anytime soon. One thing has been decided on, the playing field will stay. Woohoo! Talks of making the field smaller were mentioned, but again these plans have a long road ahead.

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(Looking through the entrance gates at 13th and Wharton)

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(Seating area outside of fenced in playing field. Some of these benches have been painted over recently.)

Some improvements are in need for Columbus Square Park because right now this park seems to be used and abused. Included in some of the initial plans are to enlarge the dog-park area and resurface with dog friendly synthetic grass. Added seating around the park as well as refurbishing the play-ground surface area eliminating the cracked tiles and making this safe for children. A water feature as well as shade veils have also been mentioned in this renovation. While these plans are still being smoothed out, the Community Design Collaborative hopes to have them complete by October.

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(…others need some lovin’)

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(Inside the playground area you can see many of these tiles lifting and splitting.)


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(Some have even caved in…)

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(Fenced in dog park area looking South. Not a very ‘paw friendly’ surface.)

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(‘The Roundhouse’, pretty run down if you ask us. Talks of a concession stand or arts center have been heard. Of course all contingent on the cost.)

Neighbors in this Passyunk Square community voiced and emailed their enforcement for these renovations. All of which felt that improving this park will keep kids out of trouble and create a better neighborhood community. Once these design plans are complete the fundraising begins which is estimated to take about one year.

So, Columbus Square Park, we look forward to seeing your new and improved green in about 3 years.

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Hotel Transylvania

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.

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Recent Residential Listings

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.

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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).

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Proposed Single Family in Bella Vista

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.

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Pop-Up Activities This Weekend

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.

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