Farmer's Market 10th Anniversary Celebration on October 4th
On October 4, 2008, The Clark Park Farmers’ Market will be celebrating its 10th Anniversary with a festival and a free concert. The event will be held in Park A of Clark Park, and will run from 10:00am to 4:00pm.
The event will include music, special vendors and recognition of the many farmers, shoppers and community members who have been paramount in the success of the market’s 10 year run. The West Philadelphia Orchestra, Imhotep African Dance and Drum Ensemble and Happy Accident will all be featured at the “3rd Annual Farmers Rock Show” taking place throughout the course of the day. The event will also feature the acoustic music of Kenny & Jerry and Banjo Busker Steve, plus the University Arts League arts & craft table and some local live art performances.
“It’s been exciting to see the farmers’ market at Clark Park grow so much over the last 10 years. The neighborhood’s support for the market is so strong that it’s open year-round,” said Yael Lehmann, executive director of The Food Trust. “You can find farm fresh produce at great prices, and we even accept debit, credit cards and food stamp cards.”
The Clark Park Farmers’ Market began as a joint project between The Food Trust and the University City District. “At the time,” said Paul Steinke, who was president of the UCD in 1998, “the idea of a farmers’ market selling local, fresh food in a city park was a very new idea for Philadelphia.” The market opened in 1998 and, in doing so, came one step closer to their mission: to ensure that everyone has access to affordable, nutritious food. To accomplish this mission, The Food Trust ensures that customers on the Food Stamp Program, single mothers on the WIC program and senior citizens on the state’s Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) can access the market’s fresh, local produce. All of The Food Trust’s markets accept food stamps and the FMNP vouchers that are delivered every year. The Food Trust supplements the market with nutrition education, offering the customers healthy recipes to take home along with the fresh and local ingredients from the market.
From its very beginning, the Clark Park market has had the support of the city and of the neighboring local businesses and organizations, including The Friends of Clark Park. It has become a weekly event in the lives of the neighbors, friends, families, chefs, artists and musicians in this West Philadelphia neighborhood. In its 10th year, the Clark Park Farmers’ Market is the second largest farmers’ market in Philadelphia and is now open year round every Saturday.
Come out on October 4th to celebrate the market’s 10th anniversary!
September 11, 2008
Festival of Hope on October 19: Lutheran Settlement House's Family Festival to Raise Awarenss of Domestic Violence
Sunday, October 19, 2008 1pm to 4pm
The Festival of Hope will feature a press conference, followed by performances by percussionists Marcy Francis and Jann Jeffries, courtesy of The Arts & Spirituality Center. Choirs from local churches will also perform. In addition, Ronald McDonald® will perform courtesy of Cheryl and Frank Franco, our local McDonald’s® owner/operators!
Adults, kids, and families will get to meet and greet with Chio from Wired 96.5 FM’s Chio in The Morning Show. Chio will be distributing giveaways, prizes, and much more, from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. The Festival of Hope offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy, including carnival games, face paintings, moonbounce, massages, hand treatments, arts and crfats, community resources, outdoor yoga (for a donation of $5), raffles, food, and more!
And we've been working hard, too. We've finished creating the videos of the July 16th General Membership Meeting, where the Park A Revitalization Plan was presented to the neighborhood and discussed. We've also incorporated some of the images from the architects' presentation. You can view these videos online by clicking in the windows below.
Part 1: Introduction by Jonathan Snyder; Outline by Matt Grubel; Goals and Constraints by Lisa Haines
Part 2: Paths and the Plaza by Bryan Haines
Parts 3 and 4: Question and Answer Period
News: July 17
The General Membership Meeting on July 16 was well-attended for a summer meeting. We got a quick preview of Shakespeare in Clark Park's As You Like It, a discussion of a recycling proposal from the Boy Scouts, and architects Lisa and Brian Haines presented the current thinking on the Park A Revitalization Project. We've videotaped the meeting, and we'll have it up on Google Video in the next few weeks, so people who couldn't attend can see how the project's going.
Every so often, we add some publically-accessible videos that showcase our park to our Video page. Today (July 8), we've added several, including a short documentary on urban Farmer's Markets, where two of our own-- FoCP President Frank Chance, billed as "market volunteer," and farmer Gina Humphreys-- get some face time.
from Spiral Q Puppet Theater writes: "We are joining forces with University City Arts League this summer to present a summer camp. What is your favorite 6-12 year-old doing this July? Sign them up for Spiral Q's PARADE CAMP, An Animal Adventure! This summer camp will feature field trips to exciting destinations such as the Philadelphia Zoo and Clark Park! Sessions run July 7-August 1 at the UCity Arts League.
July 7-August 1, at UCAL
Spiral Q Puppet Theater and University City Arts League present "Parade Camp: an Animal Adventure". Sign up your favorite 6-12 year-old for a summer adventure that combines animals and art near Clark Park! Scholarships and discounts available.
Wednesday July 9, 6:30 PM at the Clark Park Dog Bowl
What does Peoplehood mean to you and your community? Join Spiral Q to dream up this year's big event.
Friday, August 1: Parade Camp Finale
Don't miss Spiral Q and UCAL's Parade Camp Finale Parade, which will step through Clark Park at 2PM on August 1.
Saturday, October 18th
Come to Clark Park for the ninth annual Peoplehood parade!
Standing Committee Chair Assignments
Fran Byers DATABASE
Brian Siano FUNDRAISING
Molly Roth GARDENING
Erin Engelstad LARGE EVENTS
Jonathan Snyder MAINTENANCE
Lew Mellman MEETINGS
Jonathan Snyder MEMBERSHIP
NOMINATIONS & ELECTIONS
Erin Englestadt OUTREACH
Sharrieff Ali PLANNING
Matt Grubel PUBLICITY
Nicole Gaddis, Pete Malandra SAFETY
Darryl Stovall SPECIAL PROGRAMS
Fran Byers TREES
Chris Leswing YOUTH SOCCER
WEBSITE and NEWSLETTER
*Ann Dixon PARLIAMENTARIAN
Frank Chance STORY TIME
*Cynthia Roberts FESTIVAL COORDINATING COMMITTEE Erin Engelstad, *Bob Behr,
*Allen Diggs, Tony West
* = Not an FOCP officer, but a member
Saturdays, 10 am to 2 pm May through Thanksgiving
Saturdays, 10 am to 1 pm all other Saturdays
Thursdays, 3 pm to 7 pm June through Thanksgiving
Meetings and Events
Saturday, August 30: Strand Family Party
2:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Saturday, Sept 6: Uhuru Solidarity Flea Market 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday, Sept 13: Woodland Avenue Reunion (Amplified Sound)
7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Wednesday, September 17: FoCP Board Meeting
Saturday, Sept 20: Music and Arts Festival (Amplified Sound)
11:00 am to 8:00 pm
Saturday, Sept. 27: Youth Soccer Begins
Saturday, October 4: Bark in the Park
Saturday, October 4: Farmer's Market 10th Anniversary
Saturday, Oct 11: Uhuru Solidarity Flea Market 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wednesday, October 15: FoCP General Membership Meeting
Sunday, Oct. 19: Lutheran Settlement House's Festival of Hope 1pm to 4pm
Saturday, November 08: Veterans Day Commemoration
Monday, November 17: FoCP Board Orientation, Board Meeting
Monday, November 17: Tree Planting
Wednesday, November 19: FoCP Board Meeting
Wednesday, December 17: FoCP Board Meeting
In 2008, the Uhuru Solidarity Movement will be running a monthly Flea
Market from April to October. The scheduled dates are: April 12, May 3, June 14, July 12, August 9, September 6, October 11,. 9
a.m. to 5 p.m. (Rain dates are usually the day after.) For further information,
phone 215-387-0919 or email .
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