Meet FoCP’s New Officers & Directors for 2017

2016-boardFRIENDS OF CLARK PARK elected its annual Officers & Directors on Oct. 25 at its public Membership Meeting at Griffith Hall on USciences campus.

Elected to new office or continuing from last year’s election, 18 Officers & Directors will guide West Philadelphia’s premier regional park until October 2017. We rounded up 14 of them after the meeting & here they are, R-L:

Kevin Kearney, Tony West, Fran Byers & Chip Natarajan, Directors; Frank Chance, Secretary; Barbara Nolan, Vice President; Mary Anne Lucey, Milan Marvelous & Darryl Stovall, Directors; Lisa McDonald Hanes, President; & Don Webster, Ari Kessler, Jean Marie Kouassi, Samir Thaker & Kevin Roche, Directors.

P.S.: Those who missed the photo-op are still very much part of the park team!

Holy Night – but Not Silent in Clark Park…

carols 14-1Clark 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.
carols 14-2
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.

–Tony West

Holiday Shopping for Clark Park Swag

612-04-5383If 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.

knit capsKnow 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!

Trash Solutions for Clark Park – We Can Do It!

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 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:

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:

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

‘High Noon’ at sunset, with ‘Broken Cameras’

Summer movie nights in Clark Park are a wrap this weekend. So keep an open date for FREE MOVIES on the west bank of the Bowl at 7:30, when it grows dark.
High Noon
Saturday’s headliner is one of the handful of black-&-white Westerns that became iconic films: Fred Zinneman’s High Noon, starring Gary Cooper. Watch it & you’ll see why that is. A gripping, cynical portrayal of when public opinion turns cowardly, leaving an honorable retired lawman to be stalked by an ex-convict he had once captured, long years ago. Its cinematography is drop-dead gorgeous.

This film comes to us from the archives of Jim Kietzman, who comes from an old West Philly family. Kietzman is the leading collector of classic movies in University City.

This show is sponsored by Friends of Clark Park.

Friday kicks off the weekend with 5 Broken Windows, shown by Philadelphia International Action Center to conclude its summer film series. It’s a documentary about a Palestinian videographer who starts documenting Israeli land grabs around his village.

The weather looks fair for both nights. Temperatures will drop into the 60s, so dress accordingly. Bring a blanket & a cooler, bring children & friends, but be respectful of others & watch the show like ladies & gentlemen.

–Tony West
FoCP Large Events Committee Chair

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

Fresh New Fashions! Cool Raffle Items at the Party!

612-04-5383A huge shipment of merchandise just came in! We have a dozen new choices of FRIENDS OF CLARK PARK t-shirts … including our first-ever dog t-shirts. They’ll be on sale in the park tomorrow from 10 am-2pm at the Farmers’ Market to the fabulous Party in the Park, which runs 4-8 pm. It’ll be a perfect spring day to pick up some swag.

FRIENDS OF CLARK PARK’s raffle features gift certificates & items from two dozen West Philly merchants. Six winners will haul home $150 in value each if they hold a winning $1 ticket!

So it’s not just about joining & supporting your neighborhood’s favorite park … or the local musicians … or the food trucks … or the company of your sweet & crazy neighbors … or the kegs of Dock Street beer. You can also take fun stuff home with you.

Everything you give supports Clark Park.

‘Party in the Park’ Is Open to All – but Free Beer for Joiners

The whole purpose of Friends of Clark Park’s PARTY IN THE PARK is to help the whole community celebrate West Philly’s sacred green soul. That’s why it’s free!

But we still want you to join Philadelphia’s strongest park-support group. The money we give helps keep this park special.

That goes for you too, roommates & housemates! If there are at least 2 of you living at the same address, you qualify for a Household Membership (2 votes for $25 dues). That’s only $12.50 per person….

AND if your Household joins FoCP at PARTY IN THE PARK, that’s 2 of you who get a free Dock Street beer, with the next beers @$3. Membership has its privileges. Beer for nonmembers is $5.

So do the right thing by Clark Park next Saturday evening, 4-8pm! Show up & join up. Bring your roomies, recruit your homies, support the park, sample the brew, hang out with your family, meet the neighbors, enjoy a spring evening & have a good time. Surely everybody you know should become a Friend of Clark Park….

Volunteers needed for the Party in the Park

History will be made in Clark Park on Saturday, May 18, 2013, from 4 to 8pm.

That’s when Friends of Clark Park will host its “Party in the Park,” as part of Philadelphia’s citywide Spring into Your Park observance. It’ll be a free party for everyone in the community, young and old, with beer served for the first time in Clark Park. With food and music, games and camaraderie, we’ll promote the wellbeing of West Philly’s belovèd green “town commons” together.

We need volunteers to make this neighborhood celebration fly! Any Friends of Clark Park who can contribute in the following areas, we welcome your participation in this fun event.

Advance work: graphic designers, sponsors, raffle-prize donors.

Event-day work: licensed bartender, decoration setup crew, security staff, acoustic musicians, membership-table workers. The more, the merrier!

You can respond publicly to this post, or contact privately, to discuss how you can help. But time’s a-wasting! We lovers of Clark Park need to put our team together now for our spring kickoff gala.