Palms Solutions, The African Diaspora Global Initiative in collaboration with the Friends of Clark Park (FOCP) and the Mayor’s Commission on African & Caribbean Immigrant Affairs, is hosting the kick off of its annual “West Philly African & Caribbean Multicultural Festival (Westpac Fest)” event on October 17th, 2015, featuring Ethiopia and Mali. The celebration is an opportunity to experience Philadelphia’s vibrant and growing African and Caribbean immigrant population.
The goal of WestPac Fest is to break down the cultural and ethnic barriers among communities in West Philly, promote a friendly, and welcoming environment for people of all backgrounds, and together build a place where diversity is recognized and valued.
This year‘s celebration is a tribute to the late Ms. Frances P. Aulston, President and CEO of the West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance and the Paul Robeson House. Among other great achievements, “Ms. Aulston was instrumental in bringing about the preservation of the last residence of Paul Robeson, a legendary artist, scholar, athlete, activist, and humanitarian”.
Join the celebration on Saturday, October 17th from 2 to 6 pm, in Clark Park (North Park “Plaza”)!
Pope Francis has not yet responded to the invitation by FRIENDS OF CLARK PARK to visit the Farmers’ Market this Saturday, but we remain hopeful.
Even if the Pope does not make it, though, the Food Trust Farmers’ Market will still be running from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday as usual. And it will be considerably less crowded than Center City. So come on out, pick up your produce and treats, and enjoy the weather.
How the beergarden works; if you are a new or renewing member who reups at the party, your first Dock Street beer is free; $3 thereafter. Nonmembers’ beer is $5. So you don’t have to join to enjoy!
Membership levels: Patron = $50 (2 votes/tickets), Household = $25 (2 votes/tickets), Individuals = $20, Student/Senior/Limited Income = $10.
Celebrate Philadelphia arts at the Clark Park Summer Music & Arts Festival this Saturday, June 21 at Clark Park (43rd and Chester Ave.)
One of Philadelphia’s oldest community events returns for its 44th annual celebration on Saturday, Jun. 21, 2014 at Clark Park beside the Bowl. The Clark Park Festival displays and celebrates the talents of the community, while uniting businesses, artists, and local residents.
Dating back to 1970, over 40 vendors and 10 bands gather twice a year providing free entertainment to the public for the sake of charity and commerce. This year we are proud to announce our first kid zone. We have a zip line, giant slide, bouncy house, face painting and more kid activities. Come out to see all of our amazing craft vendors and non profits.
The concert begins at noon with Rock to the Future, Fishtown’s non profit that provides free music education to Philly’s underserved youth. Their house band will kick off the festival with a set of contemporary and classic cover songs. Performers this year include electro-dance duo City Rain, Former Belle, lead singer of local folk band Toy Soldiers Ron Gallo, indie rockers Commonwealth Choir, Portland Senator, looping violinist Brian Fitzy, Lovers League, Lazy Susan, Family Vacation, and On the Cooling Board.
Time: 12 noon – Sundown.
For more information and updates please visit: http://www.facebook.com/clarkparkfest
Director: Joshua Craft
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.
Nicole 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.
“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 https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/253630313/reactions-through-spaces-an-interaction 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.
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.
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.
Shhh! 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.
Large Events Committee Chair