Caroling in the Park – December 15th

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.  

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SCA Fighter Practice at Clark Park

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.
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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.
–Joseph McKay, knightmarshal@bhakail.eastkingdom.org

Clark Park Equinox Festival Is On!

On Saturday, Sep. 21 over 40 vendors and 9 bands will gather to celebrate the community supported Clark Park Fall Equinox Festival. The Festival happens on the Saturday closest to the Summer solstice and Fall equinox annually.

Since 1970, the Clark Park Music & Arts Festival has been a neighborhood tradition. They are a forum for residents to meet their neighbors and benefit from the artistic wealth of Philadelphia. Responding to the needs of a changing community, the Festival has grown in scope. Today the Festival includes children’s face painting, arts and crafts vending, a greater diversity of music performances and a chance for nonprofit organizations to reach out to the neighborhood.

Each year the Clark Park festival focuses on the incredible local music scene. This year’s musical performance include Philly’s 7-piece rock band Southworks, The Fleeting Ends, The Districts, Jackie Paper, The Deadeyes, Seismic Thrust, Black Stars, THATAFS, and Thee, Idea Men. Come out and enjoy the free music, art and vendors.

The festival starts at noon and will continue till sundown. Free!

For more information on Clark Park Music & Arts Festival, please visit: http://www.facebook.com/clarkparkfest

–Joshua M. Craft
Music Director
Clark Park Music & Arts Festival

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, Sept. 6, 7, and 8

1451536In the town of Sleepy Hollow, there are many tall tales of ghosts. Curio brings the unforgettable legend of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman to Clark Park in a new adaptation that combines spellbinding storytelling with live music, sound effects, and a real campfire to create a night of thrills and chills for the entire family.  Kids, feel free to bring the grownups! And a blanket, chair and snacks!

FREE to the public in West Philly’s Clark Park
September 6, 7, 8 at 7:30pm

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
By Washington Irving
Adapted by Josh Hitchens
Directed by Cara Blouin
September 6, 7, 8 at 7:30pm
– FREE in Clark Park

Chaplin Arrives in Clark Park on August 30!

On August 30, at 7 p.m. Clark Park will be host to a screening of Charlie Chaplin’s classic film Modern Times.

The film was simultaneously Chaplin’s first film with sound, and the last for his iconic “Little Tramp” character. In the Great Depression, Chaplin does battle with the machines of modern industry, is chased by police, goes to prison, teams up with Paulette Goddard, finds odd jobs in hard times, and even sings at the end.

Clark park MODERN TIMES poster-page-001_1So come on out and enjoy one of the greatest comedies ever made!

Modern Times at Wikipedia