Events Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:43:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[Revolutionary Weekends at Woodford Mansions: Patriot and Loyalist Tours]]> June 30, 2017 10:00AM July 30, 2017 4:00PM

One home, one revolution, two sides!  Step back into the 1700s and hear the tales of those who lived in Woodford Mansion, a historic summer home in East Fairmount Park. Discover the story of the Patriot George Clymer, a signatory of both the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution, and learn about the Franks Family, who sided with the British during the British occupation of Philadelphia.

Visit this National Historic Landmark from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Fridays through Sundays in July for these special Patriot & Loyalist Tours. Experience how people lived during the American Revolution through the Naomi Wood Collection of period antiques and art which adorns every room of Woodford Mansion.

Don't miss this jewel of Philadelphia history, and discover how it helped shaped a city and a nation.

Tue, 20 Jun 2017 17:25:33 -0400
<![CDATA[Inside Out: Free Weekend at the Philadelphia Museum of Art]]> July 21, 2017 10:00AM July 23, 2017 5:00PM

Free admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art for residents of all past and present Inside Out communities all weekend long. Share your zip code at any Visitor Services desk to start exploring your Inside Out favorites and the rest of the collection.

More information on Inside Out here

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:20:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Public Art Bike Tour: Explore Philly’s Outdoor Sculpture]]> July 22, 2017 10:00AM 12:30PM

Working with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the Association for Public Art (aPA) bike tours are back! Enjoy a FREE public art bike ride exploring Pavilion in the Trees and the newly-installed Big Bling, both by artist Martin Puryear. Puryear's large-scale, temporary Big Bling and Fairmount Park hidden gem, Pavilion in the Trees (1993) were both brought to Philadelphia by aPA. The ride will also highlight other sculpture in West Fairmount Park and along Kelly Drive. 

Presented by the Association for Public Art and commissioned by Madison Square Park Conservancy, Big Bling is on view in Philadelphia June-November 2017. 


This bike tour is an approximately 10.5 mile loop, highlighting sculpture in West Fairmount Park and along Kelly Drive. The tour will begin and end at Iroquois Park at 24th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, near the Iroquois and Symbiosis sculptures.

Please bring a water bottle, a light snack, and helmet. If you do not bring your helmet, you will not be able to participate. These tours are recommended for urban cyclists with some experience riding on busy streets or in traffic. We will be traveling at a leisurely pace.

Our bike tours are free, but registration is required and space is limited!

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:49:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Preservation: Objects Registering the Past and Future]]> July 22, 2017 2:00PM 4:00PM

Join us in celebrating the collaborative exhibition, Preservation: Objects Registering the Past and Future, with a special event. This event will start with a series of artist talks held at The Clay Studio and will conclude with cocktails afterwards in the garden at the Physick House, located at 321 S. 4th Street.

In partnership with the Physick House and The Clay Studio, select artists will explore the potential intersections of historical preservation and contemporary art making. The exhibition will be on view in Philadelphia's Physick House, a federal style mansion built in 1786, as well as in the galleries at The Clay Studio. Exhibiting artists include Jane Irish, Jacintha Clark, Terri Frame, Roberto Lugo, Adam Ledford, Kevin Van Zanten, Jane Irish, Haviland/Coloagiovianni, and Syd Carpenter.

There will be a public reception on Saturday, July 22. This special event will start with artists talks at The Clay Studio from 2 to 4 pm, continue with a walking tour that stops at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, and concludes with cocktails  in the garden at the Physick House. 

The Concept of Preservation:

One if the compelling ironies of historical preservation is that caring for the physical objects in very particular ways also means continuing to the illusions those objects were designed to create.  Seeing things for what they are means seeing what they were pretending to be. See for example, the marble fireplaces surrounded by wallpaper made to look like drapery or the faux-marble wallpaper of the breakfast room designed to embody the characteristics of Egyptian stone. When we give tours of the property, we often ask visitors to make connections between out current standard of domestic material, forms, and amenity, and those of the time period represented by the Physick House mansion.  Sometimes we are in a position of helping to pretend that the house is what it used to be, and sometimes we are inevitably projecting our own ideas about how a house like this might have functioned as a social signifier. Historical properties thus not only preserve particular places but serve as records for wider patterns of taste, and inevitably, as indexes of how we have understood those patterns. The question, “What was this place,” becomes “what do we imagine that a place like this would have aspired be.”

By the same turn, how do we create new objects that echo the stories of the past? Contemporary artists exhibiting in Preservation are engaged in a conversation with the present and the past, making art that harnesses the power of both as states of being. 

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:31:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Vanishing Architecture: The Effect of Climate Change on the Developing World]]> July 22, 2017 4:00PM 5:00PM

Vanishing Architecture: the Impact of Climate Change on Indigenous Cultures and the Vernacular Architecture of Nepal, Tibet, Mongolia, Patagonia, & Small Island Developing States

Climate change does not recognize social, economic, or political borders. Its effects have become a tangible reality for many people around the world. Joshua Lessard, and his team, have traveled countless miles, and captured on-camera, the beauty and the danger of shifting architectural traditions. Through this lecture and discussion, he will explore several of these stories and discover how deeply intertwined our societies are with their environments.

About Joshua Lessard, Assoc. AIA
Exhibition/Architect Designer
Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Joshua has received several research grants focusing on the study of cultural heritage and environmental sustainability. He is a contributor to the expanded addition of the Encyclopedia of Vernacular Architecture of the World (Bloomsbury Publishing), the seminal work, edited by Paul Oliver, FRIBA. Joshua works at the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, and teaches architectural
history/theory at Drexel University. His recent design work for the PMAA has been included in USA Today's 2017 list of "the best museum exhibitions in the United States.

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 14:57:00 -0400
<![CDATA[The West Philadelphia Orchestra at the Walnut Street Library]]> July 22, 2017 6:00PM 7:30PM

Check out a special double headliner: Philadelphia-native and internationally renowned trombonist Dan Blacksberg brings an all-star klezmer band to the Summer Series for an evening of joyous music and dancing. Dan and his Hot Klezmers will bring a party with music drawn from klezmer's long history in Eastern Europe and in early 20th century America to the modern klezmer of today. Audiences of any age, and size can move their bodies and get their Ashkenzi groove on. Then the West Philadelphia Orchestra (WPO) will bring their mashup blend of Balkan brass traditions, American jazz, and global beats to the stage. With cutting brass, searing woodwinds and some of the tightest beats around, West Philadelphia Orchestra invites audiences to lose themselves in earthy sounds that shake, break and roll.

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 18:19:08 -0400
<![CDATA[Walking West Philadelphia Architecture Walking Tour]]> July 23, 2017 2:00PM 4:00PM

West Philly thinks it’s the best Philly. It was the city’s first sub-urban development in the 19th century made possible through the expansion of the electric trolley car system connecting it with center city. Join tour guide Jim Mundy for a walk through a variety of neighborhoods that represent some of the most diverse domestic and institutional architecture in the city. Start at The Woodlands, the first gentleman’s country estate with the prototype Federal mansion in America and end at Calvary Methodist Church with its wonderful Tiffany glass windows.

Meet on the front steps of the Woodlands Mansion (4000 Woodland Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104).

Purchase tickets online or go to the designated tour meeting place and pay your tour guide (cash or check payable to Preservation Alliance). The group size is limited to 20 people; people with tickets get priority. Please print tickets purchased online when possible. Tours run approximately 1.5 to 2 hours. Tours run rain or shine. Contact with any questions or call 215-546-1146.

$10 for Preservation Alliance members, $12 for students (must show ID), $15 for adults. Free for children 10 and under accompanied by an adult.

Tickets here

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 17:51:07 -0400
<![CDATA[Special Meeting of the Historical Commission]]> July 24, 2017 1:00PM 2:30PM

The Historical Commission will hold a Special Meeting to review the nomination of 23 W. Penn Street at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, 24 July 2017 on the 16th Floor of the Municipal Services Building at 1501 John F. Kennedy Boulevard.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 12:25:32 -0400
<![CDATA[South of South Neighborhood Association Happy Hour]]> July 24, 2017 5:00PM 7:00PM

Grab a drink with SOSNA! We'll be at the PHS Pop-Up Garden (1438 South St.) on Monday, July 24th to celebrate our neighborhood, share information about projects to make our neighborhood cleaner and greener, and hear your ideas all over house-made botanical cocktails and frozen margaritas.  RSVP today.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 14:43:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Historical Commission Architectural Committee Meeting]]> July 25, 2017 9:00AM 1:30PM

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 23:59:58 -0500
<![CDATA[Fishtown Safety Committee Meeting]]> July 25, 2017 6:30PM 7:30PM

Do you want to feel safe walking around Fishtown? The Safety Committee shares crime statistics and prevention tips, and focuses on creating clean, well-lit common spaces and safe roadways.

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:17:24 -0400
<![CDATA[A Panel Discussion on Lead in the River Wards]]> July 25, 2017 7:00PM 9:00PM

Learn and get questions answered about the lead issue impacting the children and adults living and working in the River Wards (Fishtown, Kensington). Local experts will discuss the health impact of lead exposure, efforts families can take to reduce and mitigate home and environmental exposure and findings of a recent study on lead in the River Wards soil. Register now; more details to follow:

Organized by Get the Lead OUT: Riverwards Philadelphia with support from Clean Water Action:

Get the Lead OUT: Riverwards Philadelphia is a group of and for concerned neighbors and citizens focusing on the soil-based lead issue in the Riverwards section of Philadelphia. This event is focused on education and support to help make our neighborhood the best it can be!

Clean Water Action is an organization of 1.2 million members working to empower people to take action to protect America's waters, build healthy communities and to make democracy work for all of us. For 36 years Clean Water Action has succeeded in winning some of the nation's most important environmental protections through grassroots organizing, expert policy research and political advocacy focused on holding elected officials accountable to the public.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:22:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Olde Richmond Civic Association Monthly Meeting]]> July 25, 2017 7:30PM 8:30PM

Meet with Olde Richmond Civic Association neighbors to discuss Port Richmond news, events & concerns.

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:20:00 -0400
<![CDATA[American Street Improvements: See What’s Next]]> July 26, 2017 4:00PM 7:00PM

The City of Philadelphia received federal funding to make improvements along American Street between Girard and Indiana Avenues. Residents and business owners along street came to several open house meetings and shared ideas about what they would like to see. The improvements are coming soon, and you are invited to see the new look and hear about plans for construction.

Light refreshments will be served, and Spanish speakers can ask team members for translation*.

American Street is served by the SEPTA Route 57 bus.

For more information on this project, please contact:

*Traducción en español será ofrecido. Consulte a un miembro del equipo para asistencia.

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 17:20:33 -0400
<![CDATA[The Historic Bartram's Mile: Walking Tour]]> July 26, 2017 5:00PM 8:00PM

This walking tour visits the newly restored mile of Schuylkill riverfront, along with historic parts of Bartram’s Garden, with wonderful views of the Schuylkill River and Center City in the distance. Join Bob Thomas, who also serves as Chair of the Philadelphia Historical Commission for an interpretive walk through the Garden to the historic buildings, the obscure Newkirk Monument, the orchards and urban farm, and the new 56th Street Plaza. An optional dinner with a discussion the extension of the Schuylkill River Trail, and projected improvements along the Lower Schuylkill follows at a café on the along the trolley ride back through West Philadelphia to Center City. 

SEPTA Directions: You may join the tour either on the SEPTA #36 trolley departing 5.07pm from the 13th and Market Streets Terminal, or points along the way, or when the trolley arrives at 51st St. and Grays Avenue at about 5.27pm. If joining us at 13th St, please arrive at least 10 minutes early. If taking the trolley, purchase pay your own fare as required by SEPTA.

Terrain and Difficulty: Park trails and walkways, and neighborhood streets. Moderate. About 3 miles with good surfaces.

Additional notes: Wear good walking shoes, and bring water and snacks to eat along the way. Either pre-register on-line in advance, or register at the beginning of the tour with cash/check.  Fee includes the cost of the walk, but not SEPTA fares and the concluding dinner.  Limited of 30 participants.

More info here

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:45:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Cherry Street Pier Launch and Open House]]> July 26, 2017 6:00PM 9:00PM

Please Join the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) for the Cherry Street Pier Launch and Open House.

DRWC is planning to transform the historic Municipal Pier 9 into the Cherry Street Pier, a mixed-use, multi-functional public space that will be a resource for Philadelphia’s creative community. The Pier will be an interactive creative commons open to all and will feature a market, studio and work spaces, food and beverage options, event and exhibition space, and a public park.

We want to hear what you think! Please stop by the Open House on Wednesday, July 26th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm at the Pier (located at 121 N Columbus Boulevard, just south of the Race Street Pier).

DRWC staff and the Cherry Street design team will be on hand to talk about goals for the project and listen to your ideas. The event will feature:

  • Live demonstrations from local artists
  • Free snacks and drinks from the Garces Group (Distrito), St. Benjamin Brewing, and Philadelphia Distilling
  • Music, entertainment, and more

Share this event on Facebook and Twitter and read more about the project at

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 14:37:13 -0400
<![CDATA[Curious Evenings: Dissection: A History of Pollution in Philadelphia's Rivers]]> July 26, 2017 6:00PM 8:00PM

At “Curious Evenings: Dissection”, the American Philosophical Society embraces the Peale family’s investigative and naturalist sides. Charles Willson Peale stressed the importance of maintaining a strong and healthy republic. Today, we can assert that maintaining safe ecosystems, especially along our rivers here in Philadelphia, adds to the health of a republic! The presentation will include an illustrated history of the pollution of the Schuylkill and the Delaware rivers, highlight common (mis)understandings of Philadelphia’s waterways, unveil the connection between the water’s quality and biodiversity, and create a narrative through dissection.

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 10:35:00 -0400
<![CDATA[South of South Neighborhood Association Board Meeting]]> July 26, 2017 7:00PM 9:00PM

The  SOSNA Board of Directors meets the last Wednesday of every month at 7 PM at the SOSNA Office, 1901 Christian Street.  Board meetings are open to the public, though the chairperson may call for a closed session at any time.

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:50:24 -0400
<![CDATA[Shakespeare in Clark Park: Coriolanus]]> July 26, 2017 7:00PM July 30, 2017 9:30PM

Rome is starving. Recovering from one war and bracing for another, the people turn to their hero: Coriolanus—a woman ready to lead not only her soldiers, but the state. Or is she? Can the unbending will of this soldier bow to the power of the people? Or will she go from decorated hero to enemy of the state? The people of Philadelphia transform into the riotous citizens of Rome alongside a cast of the city's finest actors as Shakespeare's greatest political tragedy of manipulation and revenge comes to life.

Barrymore award winner Charlotte Northeast leads this all-female cast of warrior women along with a Chorus of Philadelphians doing battle as the citizens of Rome.

Should the gods decide to send stormy weather, our rain location is:

Harold Prince Theater at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts

3680 Walnut Street

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, PA 19104

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:33:46 -0400
<![CDATA[SEPTA Board Meeting]]> July 27, 2017 3:00PM 4:00PM

Mon, 17 Jul 2017 16:39:43 -0400