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Volume 18: Issue 29 6/21/19
Giving Back is a Walk in the Park
No matter what the season, I always opt to cut through Rittenhouse Square to get where I’m going. Maybe it’s that I used to hang out there when I was a kid and of course I worked on the Square for 17 years and lived on the Square for 15 as well. Plus there’s the dogs, the flowers, the kids at the Goat, the 21st Century hippies and street performers…maybe all of that. It’s just great people watching. To me, Rittenhouse Square Park is central to this amazing city and nothing makes me happier than supporting the entities that are responsible for the park’s upkeep each passing year. This year I literally could not decide whether to sponsor The Little Friends Festival,The Ball on the Squareor the new Young Friends Soirée on the Square, so I decided to through my hat in the fountain for all three.
All of these events are spearheaded by Friends of Rittenhouse Square which is a non-profit organization that funds and oversees a bevy of programs needed to keep this awesome landmark going. For me, it’s easy to support causes such as this. Rittenhouse Square is for all Philadelphians and tourists alike. Not just for the residents who live on the Square. Did you know that
this organization provides landscaping, tree care, grass seeding, statue restoration, bench upkeep, maintenance staff, sidewalk sweeping and repair, a dedicated park ranger (I didn’t know that), excess seasonal trash removal, holiday lights, etc.? Monies raised also go towards helping preserve the park against ongoing weatherization and vandalism (Boo!)
And a big thanks to City Block Team’s Peter Sterling Watson this week. He is on the Soiree planning committee and a true community advocate and do-gooder (also involved with Special Olympics among other stellar organizations). He exemplifies the true spirit of giving back and paying it forward. And he is a great agent as well. I’m really proud of him.
For years, local philanthropy has been super important to me and the culture of my team. It makes me feel good to do my part for the park as well as help other very worthy local community charities and causes all over Philly.
Above Image: Painting by Joe Barker; 20″ x 27″ Art on Canvas. Available at the
Gallery at the Corner of 21st and Chestnut Streets.
The Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, Philadelphia Family Pride, and the Mt. Airy Art Garage are the driving forces behind Philly Family Pride Picnic & Arts Festival which is a free event taking place on 6/22/19 from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. at Lovett Library Park – 6945 Germantown Ave. Expect fun for the entire family including fine art, music, food, and informational booths which provide services and support to local LGBTQ families.
Celebrate Solstice at Penn Museum
It’s called CultureFEST! and it kicks off tomorrow. Your little ones can make and take their own flower crowns. Other activities include a little outdoor yoga as well as drum circles. After 5 pm, expect live soul music, a healing bazaar, and more. Info about tickets and timing of activities throughout the day and evening here. Be sure to check out Ancient Egypt: From Discovery to Display. It’s an awesome exhibition where you can pretend your an archaeologist. 3260 South Street.
A five-day tasty bash kicks off tonight 5-9 pm with summer-grilled food, pop-up beer garden, and family-friendly games and contests and activities. Celebrate the first day of summer with your favorites hot off the grill and relax and unwind and let tracks by DJ Montone take you into the weekend.
Photo: Center City District
Ben Franklin would have really loved this event. It’s happening Thursday, 6/27/19, and it’s hosted by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA. I have to say I really like this event because it brings together local entrepreneurs, community builders, and advocates as well as investors and techies. It’s the 2019 PHL Innovation Picnic at the Navy Yard – all about, food, drinks, games, and networking with really fun and truly interesting and passionate people. Details here.
Spotlight Property of the Week
4200 Pine Street #108A – with on-site parking
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4 Bed | 3.5 Bath | $1,075,000
A stunning fully renovated residence with on-site PARKING. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. Large finished lower level. Magnificent covered private patio. Significant original character. Large open spaces. The perfect location in the Penn-Alexander CATCHMENT, this home was crafted from the historically important mansion, designed by Horace Trumbauer, the architect of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, among many other noteworthy buildings. High ceilings; a roaring wood-burning fireplace (three fireplaces total); brilliant woodwork and plasterwork; big and bright, open living, dining, and kitchen with original French doors to the covered outdoor space. Second-floor master suite with dressing room, windows on three exposures.
Just two blocks to Clark Park and its fabulous Farmers’ Market, Clarksville, Green Line, and the Penn-Alexander Catchment School. Easy walk to Milk & Honey, Baltimore Avenue’s Restaurant Row, Renata’s, Honest Tom’s, Local 44 and the Bottle Shop, Pop Shop, CVS, and so many coffee shops, restaurants, shopping, and a movie theater. Close to HUP, CHOP, Penn, Drexel, University of the Sciences. 12 minutes to Rittenhouse Square by car or bike and plenty of convenient transit options.
A new season signals the need for a little home maintenance. Whether it’s home right here in Philly or at the shore, these tips apply. Here’s a great checklist from HGTV.
Just a quick reminder that I’m always humbled by and appreciative of your referrals. If you have a friend or family member that is in need of expert real estate representation, please send them my way. Be assured, I will do my best to exceed their expectations! Thanks for taking the time to read this issue of Around the Block. See you next week.
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