Awesome Fest Outdoor Movie Series Coming to Clark Park this Summer!

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.




‘Tales of the Turtle’ Bring Storytelling to Clark Park

Come out for a fun family event this Saturday as librarians from 5 West Philly Free Library branches bring a special spring storytime to the Turtle in the North (“A”) Park from 12 noon to 2 pm. Expect lots of stories, rhymes & frolicsome activities.

The Turtle was saved from destruction by FRIENDS OF CLARK PARK when the old totlot was moved south of Chester Ave. It remains a magnet for young & old alike — but especially for the young. Stories have long been told around the Turtle.

For more information, contact the Kingsessing Library at (215) 685-2690.

Dancing into Spring: Park Performances This Saturday

online1Nicole Marie Gauthier will present her latest dance project, “Reactions Through Spaces: An Interaction”, April 5 at 12:00 noon, 1:00 pm, and 3:30 pm, in the Central Plaza of Clark Park, 44th & Baltimore.

“Reactions Through Spaces: An Interaction” features the choreography of Nicole Gauthier performed by dancers Paige Gilson, Taylor Grace, Chelsey Hamilton, Ashley Kelly, and Magda Pearl Ostrov. Drawing inspiration from the beauty and history of Clark Park, Gauthier celebrates the arrival of Spring through her joyous, airy movement and whimsical musical selections.

As a site-specific dance, “Reactions Through Spaces: An Interactions” invites the community to come experience the performance and help celebrate Philadelphia’s hidden gem, Clark Park.

The program is divided into three sections, each offering insight into man’s relationship to himself, to others, and to nature. A focal point in Clark Park is the historical Charles Dickens statue. To honor the author’s memory, sections of the performance utilize inspiring quotations and brief poetry selections as music for the performers.

The choreographer Gauthier is a veteran of the fall Peoplehood puppet parade and pageant.
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“Reactions Through Spaces: An Interaction” is a short dance piece, totaling 20 minutes in length. Its purpose is to give the audience a sense of inspiring joy as they move along their day while encapsulating the magnificence of the Park.

The event is free and open to the public as a part of the Friends of Clark Park events-sponsorship program. To sponsor the event, visit to pledge a donation on the event’s Kickstarter page. On-sight donations will also be accepted. All proceeds will go directly to the performers, and to the continuation of this project.

Classic Comedy Films Come to Clark Park

laurel & hardyShhh! Don’t tell anybody – but Laurel & Hardy, Buster Keaton & more legendary filmic fools will come alive this coming Saturday, Aug 24. That’s when Friends of Clark Park will open neighborhood archivist JIM KEITZMAN’S amazing collection for a public peek in the park.

The show will start at sundown. Gather on the bank of the Bowl just above the Shed.

It’s free for all. No strings attached. Outdoor summer evenings are passing fast, so make sure to enjoy a glamorous movie night out in the park, under the stars..

Any questions? Call (215) 921-2247 & we’ll get back to you.

–Tony West
Large Events Committee Chair

Pianos to return to Clark Park in June!

We are delighted that Heart & Soul: The University City Public Piano Project, will return to Clark Park from June 7 – 15th. This year, the interactive public art project from the University City District will occur only in Clark Park, featuring four distinct, artist-decorated pianos placed throughout the park. Passersby are invited to play the pianos to their hearts content, whether they are practiced maestro or a casual novice. Last year, the University City District project featured eight decorated pianos at various places around the neighborhood. Clark Park’s piano in the central plaza was painted by Katie Holeman with a motif of lively and lush plants adorning a charming and secretive door to another world. The project was a fantastic success, and Clark Park’s piano was rarely, if ever, without a player or two. This year we are thrilled to be the selected site for all four pianos and we invite everyone to stop by to tickle the ivories!

Clark Park, late August early evening

cicadas rasp and sing
unreasonably cool breeze
stirs the leaves

young lady sits
on a park bench,
then jumps up
animated, giggling
as her lover appears

even the ponderous
black dog, sweaty jowls
slowly raises his head
sniffs the air
like a dying man

as the dark comes
so too do the crickets
harbingers of autumn

— Ross Bender

Our thanks to our local “poet laureate”, Ross Bender, for allowing us to share this! Enjoy more of Mr. Bender’s work at