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.
This Saturday we kick off the holiday shopping season at the Farmers’ Market, 10am-2pm. Friends of Clark Park merchandise makes a special gift for people who love this neighborhood – AND supports the park as well! We have 10 different items to choose, including winterwear: our zippered hoodies @$42 & toasty knit caps @$15.
Peoplehood is this Sunday - parade line-up at noon at 50th and Walnut – parade step off at 1 ending at Clark Park with a small puppet pageant around 2:15. All are welcome to join in or watch!
Brian Siano receently found a ring of bike keys near a tree in the south end of the Bowl. The key ring has three bike keys and three store-discount-tags. If you think this is yours, send Brian an email at email@example.com and describe the three tags.
On Monday, October 21st at 7:00pm in Lecture Hall A in Griffith Hall at the University of the Sciences (S.43rd St. between Chester Ave. and Woodland Ave.), the Friends of Clark Park will once again hold their board elections. This is a very important meeting for members, as we choose our leadership and make crucial decisions that will impact the future of the park. This year, President Erin Engelstad will step down to make room for the new guard. Douglas Naphas runs unopposed for the position of president. Doug has been deeply involved in the Friends of Clark Park since 2010. He has shown incredible dedication to the group and represents us each week at theFoCP merchandise table at the Saturday Farmers’ Market. He most recently served as Secretary and has provided the board with his immaculate record keeping skills. Joining Doug on the ballot and also running unopposed for the role of vice president will be Chip Natarajan. Chip has also served on the board since 2010. He is a dedicated board ambassador of the park who has served our community well with his willing and helpful spirit. Frank Chance, a stalwart of the board who possesses a remarkably vast institutional knowledge, will run for the role of secretary. We will once again elect our beloved Bill Moriarty as treasurer. We need all members to attend in order for our elections to be successful! Please join us and have your voice heard by voting for our new leadership.
If you like “Capture the Flag”, the game played with foam swords & shields every Saturday, you’ll love SCA!
On Monday, Oct. 14, Clark Park will host an evening of training for mock battles in various styles of fighting that would have been used in the Middle Ages.
This gathering 7-8:30pm of the local chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism (www.sca.org) brings together regional history enthusiasts from the Philadelphia area and members of the public are welcome to watch and get information to join us at future practices.
The SCA is an international not-for-profit organization devoted to bringing the Middle Ages and Renaissance to life through research and reenactment, and employing their knowledge of history to enrich their lives and the lives of others. With over 50,000 participants worldwide, it is one of largest living-history societies in the world.
SCA combat is an attempt to portray armored foot combat. The weapons are rattan, a bamboo-like material that has balance and handling properties like a sword but not the lethal effect. It weighs about the same as a real sword but has spring to absorb blow force. In the Middle Ages, wooden swords were used for training, which helped to prevent injury. SCA members use rattan for the same reason.
SCA fighting is not staged or choreographed. All fights are “live” and the outcome of a list or battle is never predetermined.
Combatants of all types follow a system of rules and extensive training that permit a realistic and energetic sport while maintaining a sterling safety record. Fighters are on their honor to call their blows, meaning they must admit whether the blow received would have wounded or incapacitated them had it been a “real” weapon.
For more information on this event, go to http://www.bhakail.eastkingdom.org
For further information, including where to find your local SCA chapter, how to join, and events happening in your area, please see www.sca.org.
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Saturday, October 5 – 2 pm – Bark in the Park – in Clark “B” Park at 43rd and Chester Ave., near the bowl. More than 25 doggie contests, meet the vet, buy chances for a package of doggie goodies. Fun for dogs and their human friends. All are welcome.
Be sure to come and check out the 1st Philadelphia Pétanque Tournament, this Saturday at the Central Plaza in North Park. Player registration is full but spectators are very welcome. The action begins at 10am and will go throughout the day until late-afternoon/early-evening. See you out there !
UPDATE: After a very successful kick-off day, we still have space in all age groups except 5-6. If you would like to sign up a child who is 6.5 to 11 years old, please email email@example.com, or come to the bowl-area of Clark Park on Saturday, October 5th at 10:00.
The Fall season of Clark Park Soccer starts up on Saturday, September 28th. Sign-in, t-shirt pick up and walk-in registration will begin at 10:00 in Rosenberger Hall (43rd Street side of the Park, near the basketball courts). For more information about Clark Park Youth Soccer, please see our Soccer page at http://www.friendsofclarkpark.org/?page_id=58.
Uplifting song as well as locally-sourced food will be coming to the Clark Park Farmers’ Market this Saturday, Sep. 27.
The choir of the Indian Creek Mennonite Church of York County will return at the invitation of the Christophel family to perform a cappella gospel hymns from its tradition. They will gather in the Dickens Circle at 11:00 am.