I was lucky enough that a friend had an extra ticket to “The Meal: Act xxxiv” an amazing art installation developed by The Mural Arts Foundation with artists Lucy and Jorge Orta. The art was itself a meal staged for 900 people, with the aim of bringing people together to discuss heirloom foods and to eat a delicious meal of heirloom vegetables! The event was supposed to be held on Independence Mall, but due to the government shutdown it had to be moved to the Thomas Paine plaza in center city. At the end, everyone got to take home a plate designed by the artists!
9th street is home to the Italian Market, many Mexican-owned businesses, some famous cheesesteak restaurants, and Southwark School, where I work. Last Sunday, it was also the location of a huge party to celebrate Mexican Independence Day and Latino Heritage Month. There was music, dancing, food and speeches from community members. Puentes won an award for working in the community. Here you can see a video of the award ceremony and also a photo!
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Last weekend, some of the Hav House Crew headed to the Rally for the Rail Park, an outdoor fundraiser for the Rail Park! The Rail Park would transform one of Philly’s old train lines into a park. (You can read more about it at therailpark.org). The event, held on the rail at 12th and Noble, featured live music, food trucks, and information about the park! And a truly amazing blueberry cheesecake cupcake.
As one of Southwark Public School’s community partners, Puentes Hacia El Futuro headed to Southwark for the first day of school. The new principal formed a coalition of volunteers called “Team Dragon” to help make sure things ran smoothly, especially in the face of budget cuts and a shortage of administrators. We spent the morning registering students who came to Southwark from schools that had closed and getting the kids situated in their new classes. You can read about it here on the front page of the South Philly Review, and read a quote from Puentes! (You can also see me in the picture on the second page…)
Read it up close here: Team Dragon in the News – Sept 2013 – South P
The City of Brotherly Love: Philadelphia. The City with the Liberty Bell. The City where the Declaration of Independence was signed. Philadelphia consists of many important historical moments of the United States.
This summer, the National Constitution Center is having a special 1968 exhibition. It is very well organized and interactive. I highly recommend it even to non-history scholars like me! I enjoyed it thoroughly and spent a good 2 hours looking through the exhibits. Bring your student I.D. and you will receive a student discount!
The women of Haverford House tagged along with our own Hannah Michelle to join in a favorite past time of hers–swing dancing. We attended a one hour lesson before trying out our fresh moves at the “social dance” hour. The event was sponsored by LAB (Lindy and Blues), a local not for profit that sponsors multiple weekly dances throughout the city, including this one in Rittenhosue Square. Pictured here, Hannah Michelle teaches us some basic steps before our lesson.
Here is our summer newsletter! I feel so lucky to have been involved in all these amazing activities.
(Here is a link if you want to see it bigger)
Bridget is the queen of city activities! She knows all about what’s happening in Philly. And I like to be her sidekick and tag along.
This time, we went to Story Slam with our Philly Fellow friend Annie Reading. You pay a small fee of 5 dollars (it may have been 10dollars, but I forget because the show was so worth it!). You can put your name into a basket if you are feeling story-ful and brave enough! The moderator of the event pulls a name out of the basket and when your name is selected, you go up on the stage and tell your story for 5minutes! The audience laughs, and cries with you. But the best part of it all is getting an applause at the end and walking down the stage feeling everyone in the room now shares a piece of your life with you.
I didn’t have enough courage to tell a story this night but I definitely want to next time I go. Stay tuned for that date!
For our August group activity, we all attended the Night Market, an amazing event in which over 80 food trucks lined South Street! Musicians and performances also lined the packed streets. Ironically, the Night Market was not a good event to go to if you were hungry, as it was nearly impossible to decide on just one food truck, and after you did, the lines were really long. However, I managed to eat a sandwich entitled the “Benito Juarez” that came on a biscuit, as well as some “chicken in waffles” in which pieces of chicken were mixed with the waffle batter– needless to say, they were worth the wait!
It seems that the Haverford House group activities are quickly adopting a food theme, and I can’t complain! Stay tuned for our adventures next month!