Clark Park lovers joined tonight in one of the oldest park traditions: Christmas caroling by the shed, on top of which a glittering Christmas tree is mounted. As dusk fell, it shone over three score merry carolers of all ages.
Skill was unimportant; just singing together as a community mattered.
A row of bagged candles lit the walk from Chester Ave. to the shed. Everyone got a candle and a songbook when they arrived.
Carolers ran through a hitlist that ran from the Middle Ages to 1950. Most are well known by ear to all who show up.
To wrap it up, nine brave voices worked their way through Handel’s Alleluia Chorus. Scores were provided but otherwise the volunteers were on their own. The chorus was strong this year.
Then everybody broke for hot cider and catching up. It’s a great, quick, fun way to meet your neighbors.
The Chinese Community Church did a great job spreading the mountain of specialized mulch under the trees besides the Farmers’ Market this morning! This high-grade material will help protect the soil that FRIENDS OF CLARK PARK has just treated with an aeration process, to reduce compacting by severe overuse alongside the Farmers’ Market.
There’s more mulching to be done Sunday morning, though – beside the totlot. It would be wonderful if a few people could volunteer for a couple of hours’ work to help restore and protect this other popular spot. Meet at 9am at the shed, or head over to the totlot.
And don’t forget the annual Christmas caroling at sunset!
Hark the Herald Angels Sing … in CLARK PARK at the annual Tree Lighting & Carol Sing on Sunday, Dec. 14 at 5 pm at the Community Christmas Tree near 45th & Regent St., atop the shed.
This wonderful, longstanding event draws 75 people each year as a hushed winter night falls. We sing traditional favorites (lyrics provided). At the end, a few venturous souls try to sing the Alleluia Chorus; it’s both charming & funny.
Hot-cider refreshments come thanks to the Friends of Clark Park.
If you’re planning gifts for family members, friends or neighbors, the FRIENDS OF CLARK PARK Membership Table at the Saturday Farmers’ Market is ready to help make people happy — and help the park at the same time!
Our popular t-shirts come in 9 different sizes and 3 different designs. They’re a nice buy at $12 standard ($10 junior). We also have women’s fitted scoopneck tees and tanktops at $18
If you know a young person who is not yet big enough for a t-shirt — then our onesies, which come in 6mo, 12mo, 18mo and 24mo sizes, are gifts that will be used. At $13.
Winter weather is upon us and Clark Park is a 4-season park. Outdoor lovers will appreciate our toasty zippered hoodies with full back design at $2 (medium and large sizes available). Our snug knit caps fit all heads and come in 3 vibrant colors.
Know any little dogs (up to 16 pounds)? They too get cold on winter walks and will enjoy a Clark Park doggie tee.
Clark Park natural canvas totebags at $12 are great for market shoppers — and make a great way to “wrap” other presents! If you’re looking for stocking-stuffers and chachkes, our Little Nell mugs ($5) are great for hot cocoa; frisbees are only $2 and keychains $1.
And a precious gift — to yourself as well as to others — is a Friends of Clark Park membership. Give the park itself this holiday season! It will be enjoyed year-round. Families $25/yr, Individuals $20, Students & Seniors $10.
Our park volunteers will be staffing the table tomorrow from 10 am to 2 pm, and every Saturday for the first 3 Saturdays of December. See you in the park!
by Ann Dixon
There are so many of us enjoying the park in these glorious summer months that it gets filled with trash very quickly. It takes effort to keep it looking clean. Thomas is a seasonal employee working for the Parks and Recreation Dept. You’ll see him hard at work on weekday mornings, bagging trash and doing other tasks. Both the University City District and the City pick up those trash bags once a week. The UCD also picks up recycling once a week. Despite all this, on busy weekends trash bins are often overflowing.
Jessica Plummer is ready to clean up the park tomorrow morning, Saturday, Oct. 4. Can you pitch in for an hour & help her?
Jessica Plummer moved to West Philly at the beginning of August. One morning she was running by the park and noticed broken bottles in the play ground. She didn’t have time to pick them up, but didn’t forget them.
A friend told her about the Friends of Clark Park. A few days after bringing up the issue at an FOCP meeting, Jessica volunteered in the park with Doug Naphas (President of FOCP) and two of her friends. They removed full trashbags from cans and put in clean liners. A couple of weeks later, she was back at it again, working with her friend Ben Crescenzo.
Jessica graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in public health in May and now works for the Food Trust as an executive assistant, helping with event planning and many other tasks. She says, “I love how communal the park is. There are so many babies and families, open space for everyone to enjoy…. Volunteers really connect people to their community.” Her parents instilled the values of volunteering, asking questions and finding solutions to problems.
She is available many weekends to deal with trash and would love some company! The next organized cleanup will be Saturday, October 4th, from 11 am – noon. Meet at 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue.
If you want to help on other dates, e-mail Jessica: email@example.com
This summer Clark Park has been chosen as the location for the Awesome Fest, a seven week outdoor movie series that will run from June 26th – August 14th. In collaboration with University City District and the Friends of Clark Park, the Awesome Fest will present seven movies on the theme of rock n’ roll. Please note all films have been selected and curated by the Awesome Fest. Some may not be suitable for young folks.
For the second straight year, Renewal Presbyterian Church will hold an Easter Egg Hunt in Clark Park this Saturday, 11 am-1 pm. It will be set up at 43rd & Chester, alongside the totlot and the older kids’ playground. Ages 1-8 are welcome.
They will organize a raffle giveaway with gifts from local merchants. There will be crafts and other fun. It’s a rain-or-shine event! (This is the park, after all.)
Participants must sign up at the beginning. For further information, reach out to the church: (267) 564-5105 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two artifacts dating from the Civil War military Satterlee General Hospital have been found in Clark Park. They were turned up in the soil of the volleyball pitch by accident after a heavy rain several years ago, before the reconstruction of the North Park (“A” Park), by veteran volleyballer Jim Matson, who has kept them to this day.
Matson has researched the two objects. He says one is a Civil War-period rifle bullet. The other is a button from a uniform of a unit of German sharpshooters that was recruited by the United States Army.
The volleyball pitch lies either just inside the SW corner of Satterlee, or just outside it, on or beside Baltimore Pike. The pike was the main access road to Satterlee. It ran alongside the west bank of Mill Creek’s meadow at that point.
The Gettysburg Stone nearby is a monument to Satterlee, which treated all the wounded of the Army of the Potomac, from Bull Run to Appomattox.
With the sun finally shining, Clark Park Youth Soccer got off to a delayed but enthusiastic start for the Spring season. The teams in all age groups are completely full and registration is now closed. If you would like to be added to the mailing list for the Fall season (starting up in late September), please email email@example.com.
The rain may have kept us off the soccer field, but it was still a very busy day — more than 160 children are now registered for the spring season of Clark Park Youth Soccer! Our youngest and oldest teams are filled up, but we do still have space for some 6 to 8 year olds — email firstname.lastname@example.org about registration.
Many thanks to all who helped with registration — Melanie Bartlett (and the delightful Basma!), Elaine Hughes, Debra Wood, Juelle Love, Molly Sarbaugh, Ed Sarbaugh, and Bill Moriarty. Now all we need is some sun . . .