Registration for the Spring season of Clark Park Youth Soccer has (optimistically) begun — yes, we need to believe that at some point the snow will be gone!
Clark Park Youth Soccer is a recreational program for children ages 5 to 11, sponsored by Friends of Clark Park for more than 15 years. Our Spring season will begin on March 29th and run through May 17th.
More information about the program and registration forms are available on our Youth Soccer page.
The Spruce Hill Community Association’s public meeting on the proposed 4224 Baltimore Ave. development has been postponed owing to inclement weather. It had been scheduled for Monday evening, Mar. 3.
The new date will be announced soon. But since the venue host, USciences, is on break this coming week, rescheduling may take a while. SHCA will keep FoCP posted and FoCP will keep you posted.
Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine is Shakespeare in Clark Park’s next performance. Shakespeare in Clark Park has been producing professional Shakespeare productions outdoors in West Philadelphia every summer for the past eight years. This free, outdoor theatrical production will feature a cast of one hundred Philadelphians will be involved in creating massive outdoor battle scenes as part of a a full production of Shakespeare’s Henry IV.
Henry IV: Your Prince and Mine
by William Shakespeare
Presented by Shakespeare in Clark Park
July 30th – August 3rd, 2014
We’re looking for people who:
- are interested in getting to know a hundred new friends in their community
- are looking for a fun way to get in shape over the summer
- are interested in theater, Shakespeare, or getting stabbed with an invisible sword
- love Clark Park and the neighborhoods around it
- no performance experience necessary!
In order to recruit these participants, we are holding two sessions on April 5th – 6th at Christ Church Neighborhood House (20 N. American Street, near 2nd
and Market.) Interested participants can sign up for a try-out spot on our website - www.teamsunshineperformance.com.
In honor of the famous statue of novelist Charles Dickens that has graced Clark Park since 1901, the Friends of Clark Park is hosting a birthday bash to honor the author. The annual Charles Dickens Birthday Party is one of West Philadelphia’s most unique and entertaining events. This year, we’ll celebrate the novelist’s 202nd birthday with dramatic readings, music, and tasty treats. The party will commence at 2 p.m. on Sunday, February 2, in Griffith Hall of the University of the Sciences, 43rd and Kingsessing, across the street from Clark Park. Admission is free.
Curio Theatre’s Josh Hitchens will perform scenes from Hard Times. Actors Ceil Mann and Larry Beck will read selections from David Copperfield and Nicholas Nickleby, and local writer and Dickens ambassador Edward G. Pettit will treat the audience to a Dickens ghost story. They’ll be joined on stage by guest readers from the community with selections from Great Expectations and other novels. The program will conclude with a performance by the Kingsessing Morris Men, prize winners at the 2014 Mummers Parade, who will offer a sampling of English morris dancing. The festivities will end with the traditional walk to the Dickens statue where we will all sing “Happy Birthday!”
Dickens was a literary superstar when the neighborhoods of West Philadelphia were developed with new housing, schools, and parks. The bronze Dickens was installed in ClarkPark in 1901 and for over a century it was the only Dickens statue in the world, due to the novelist’s request that no memorials or statues were to be erected in his honor. West Philadelphians meet annually on or near his birthday to commemorate the statue’s special role in their neighborhood’s history and in literary history.
Everyone is invited to attend—but please come early. The program begins at 2 p.m. sharp and concludes about an hour and a half later.
Local author Bradley Peniston posts a lengthy and detailed article about Clarence Clark, who– among many other things Bradley describes– provided the land and name for our park.
This is an essential read for anyone who loves West Philly and Clark Park.
Bradley’s article at his website, navybook.com.
Bradley’s article as it was crossposted to Hidden City Philadelphia.
Come out to the Friends of Clark Park membership meeting at Griffith Hall at the University of the Sciences on 43rd St. between Woodland Ave. and Chester Ave. today, Wednesday, Jan. 15th at 7:00pm. We will feature the organizers of the Awesome Fest, a movie night series that is interested in coming to Clark Park this spring/summer. We will also discuss maintenance and gardening projects and upcoming opportunities to get involved.
Tomorrow, Saturday the 21st, the FRIENDS OF CLARK PARK Membership Table will be open as usual at the Farmers’ Market. You can pick up a gift item there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. We have something for everybody — t-shirts in 9 different sizes and 4 different designs; women’s-cut tanktops & scoopneck tees; even doggie tees! (for up to 16-lb fellers). In winterwear, our zippered hoodies are still available in Medium & Large while our snug knit caps are one-size-fits-all. Looking for stocking-stuffers? We have mugs, key chains & frisbees.
Last Sunday, Dec 15 at sunset, Friends of Clark Park lit the Christmas tree atop the shed in the Middle Park. And we sang our hearts out,caroling as we have for generations in W Phila. Former FoCP Presidents Fran Byers & Frank Innes make this happen year after year.
Clark Park, along with neighboring Woodland Cemetery, provides artistic inspiration for our community year-round, but seems to be an especially magical inspiration when dusted with snow!
Visit Scott Gleeson Blue’s beautiful winter meditation, Snowbound.
You are invited to one of the oldest traditions of Clark Park:
Sunday, December 15 – 5:00 pm - Christmas caroling by candlelight in Clark Park, in “B” park near 45th & Regent St. The Friends of Clark Park invite you to come raise your voice with your neighbors in singing traditional Christmas carols around the community tree. Refreshments will be served afterwards. For information, call 215-222-2255.