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Next week in Frankford

  • Plant Sale
    When-Sat, May 9, 11am – 4pm
    Where-in front of the library, 4634 Frankford Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19124-5804 (map)
    Description-The Frankford Garden club will be selling plants May 9th in front of the library 11 am – 4 pm. Great looking hanging baskets, flats of annuals for both shade and sun and 4″ pots of geraniums, sweet potato vine and others. The sale benefits the garden club so please come on by and check them out. The library is doing their book sale at the same time.
  • “Globe Dye Works: Layers”, Opening Reception with the Artists
    When-Sat, May 9, 5pm – 9pm
    Where-Globe Dye Works, 4500 Worth St. Philadelphia, pa 19124 (map)
    Description-Curated by Philadelphia artist Veronica Scarpellino, “Globe Dye Works: Layers” will bring together 13 artists to celebrate the transition of the Globe Dye Works building into its next incarnation. Artist Maria Anasazi, a recent Philadelphia transplant from Greece, will headline the exhibit with delicate sculptures created from antique and discarded books. Anasazi is a prolific artist who has shown her work extensively across the country and has received numerous awards and accolades. Anasazi will be joined in the main gallery by other established artists Steven Earl Weber, Kiki Gaffney, courtesy of Pentimenti Gallery and Pete Checchia. Together their artwork will pay homage to the past as it meets the present, in unison with the space around them. The exhibition continues upstairs in two other exhibit rooms, featuring the works of Candace Karch and Joshua Erb, Romy Scheroder, Ron Johnson, Justin Coffin, Deb Imler and Allen Spencer, James Oliver and Peter Stanfield. Also on exhibit will be works by Guy Stanley Philoche, a NY painter, courtesy of James Oliver Gallery. Globe Dye Works has been remade to support art studios, craftsman studios, offices and stores. Public spaces within will serve as areas to exhibit art, communicate with fellow tenants, and give residents an opportunity to collaborate. Spaces vary in size, from 500 sq. ft. to 3000 sq. ft., giving residents a flexibility in scope that is rare. Join the partners of Globe Dye Works and Philadelphia Brewing Company in this celebration
  • Dedication of the bench in honor of Gary Skerski
    When-Tue, May 12, 11am – 12pm
    Where– Levick Street, Philadelphia, PA (map)
    Description-THERE WILL BE A DEDICATION OF THE BENCH THAT THE P.D..A..C BOUGHT IN HONOR OF FALLEN OFFICER GARY SKERSKI. COFFEE AND DONUTS TO BE SERVED.
  • Historical Society of Frankford program – Remembering Abraham Lincoln
    When-Tue, May 12, 7:30pm – 9:00pm
    Where-1507 Orthodox St., Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description-The Historical Society of Frankford presents an exhibit and lecture commemorating the bicentennial of the birth of Abraham Lincoln in 1809. The exhibit draws on the Society’s extensive collection of Lincoln related books, photographs, original documents, and artifacts to tell in brief the story of the rail splitter from Illinois. The exhibit will open to the public on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 7:30 pm at the Historical Society of Frankford located at 1507 Orthodox Street , Philadelphia , PA. Members are free, $5 suggested donation for non members. Anthony Waskie will present the Lecture entitled Lincoln, Philadelphia, and the Civil War. Dr. Waskie, an Assistant Professor at Temple University, has written and lectured widely on the Civil War and is very active in Civil War history, research and preservation. He is a specialist on the life and career of Gen. George G. Meade whom he portrays in a “first person” style living-history performance. Active with the Philadelphia Consortium for Civil War History, he is part of the group seeking to promote the Civil War History of the city; and the foundation of the new Civil War & Underground Railroad Museum of Philadelphia, for which he serves on the Advisory Board. He is a charter member of the Philadelphia Civil War History Consortium. He was elected to membership in the Union League of Philadelphia in 2003. He is an active participant and founding member in the “Civil War & Emancipation Studies program” at Temple University , a part of CHAT (Center for the Humanities at Temple ).
  • 15th District 3rd Annual community Day
    When-Sat, May 16, 10am – 2pm
    Where-Lincoln High School, 7400 Rowland Ave. Phila. PA. (map)
    Description-15th District Phila. Police Dept. along with 15th District Advisory Council Sponsored by City Council Maria Sanchez and State Senator Tina Tartaglione Rain date may 17th
  • Frankford Friends School Hosts Annual Spring Fair for the Community
    When-Sat, May 16, 10am – 3pm
    Where-Frankford Friends School, 1500 Orthodox Street, Philadelphia , PA 19124 (map)
    Description-Frankford Friends School (FFS) will host its Annual Spring Fair for the community on Saturday, May 16, 2009 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm at FFS, 1500 Orthodox Street , Philadelphia , PA 19124 . The day of the event will be filled with fun activities, carnival games, a petting zoo, snacks and new this year the Alumni Café. Don’t miss this exciting event! Come out and enjoy the festivities, tell a friend! FFS has been at its current historic location for over 175 years! FFS provides quality, affordable Quaker-based education for grades Pre-K through 8th grade. For more information on the school or the Spring Fair, check out our website at www.frankfordfriendsschool.org.
  • Gun Buy Back
    When-Sat, May 16, 10am – 12pm
    Where-TACONY BAPTIST CHURCH, Disston Street, Philadelphia, PA (map)
    Description-GUN BUY BACK TO BE HELD AT TACONY BAPTIST CHURCH FROM 10:00AM TILL 12 NOON.
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Next Week in Frankford

  • Tacony civic Association Flea Market
    When-Sat, May 2, 8am – 4pm
    Where-Disston Park – Keystone and Disston Streets, Phila. PA (map)
    Description-Event: Tacony Civic “FLEA MARKET” “Get RID to the junk without having to SHIP IT” What: Flea Market Host: Tacony Civic Association Start Time: Saturday, May 2 at 8:00am End Time: Saturday, May 2 at 4:00pm Where: Disston Park
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House
    When-Sun, May 3, 12pm – 5pm
    Where-4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description-Presentation at 1:30 PM: United Daughters of the Confederacy and their Mission Betty Mastin, UDC, Phila Chapter
  • Frankford Civic Association Meeting
    When-Thu, May 7, 7pm – 8pm
    Where-Frankford Hospital – 2nd floor conference room (map)
  • 2nd Annual National Day of Prayer
    When-Thu, May 7, 7:30pm – 8:30pm
    Where-ORTHODOX & TACKAWANNA STREETS, (LOT WITH THE BLACK WALNUT TREE) (map)
    Description-JOIN THE FRANKFORD COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION OF PRAYING RESIDENTS MAKE POSITIVE CHANGES IN OUR COMMUNITY LET’S SET THE MARKER HIGH ABOVE LAST YEAR’S EXPECTATIONS SUPPORT COMMUNITY EFFORTS TO PROSPER COME PRAY FOR OTHERS FELLOWSHIP & WITNESS THE BALLOON RELEASING CELEBRATION
  • “Globe Dye Works: Layers”, Opening Reception with the Artists
    When-Sat, May 9, 5pm – 9pm
    Where-Globe Dye Works, 4500 Worth St. Philadelphia, pa 19124 (map)
    Description-Curated by Philadelphia artist Veronica Scarpellino, “Globe Dye Works: Layers” will bring together 13 artists to celebrate the transition of the Globe Dye Works building into its next incarnation. Artist Maria Anasazi, a recent Philadelphia transplant from Greece, will headline the exhibit with delicate sculptures created from antique and discarded books. Anasazi is a prolific artist who has shown her work extensively across the country and has received numerous awards and accolades. Anasazi will be joined in the main gallery by other established artists Steven Earl Weber, Kiki Gaffney, courtesy of Pentimenti Gallery, NY artists Guy Stanley Philoche, courtesy of James Oliver Gallery, and Pete Checchia. Together their artwork will pay homage to the past as it meets the present, in unison with the space around them.
    The exhibition continues upstairs in two other exhibit rooms, featuring the works of Candace Karch and Joshua Erb, Romy Scheroder, Ron Johnson, Justin Coffin, Deb Imler and Allen Spencer, James Oliver and Peter Stanfield.   Globe Dye Works has been remade to support art studios, craftsman studios, offices and stores. Public spaces within will serve as areas to exhibit art, communicate with fellow tenants, and give residents an opportunity to collaborate. Spaces vary in size, from 500 sq. ft. to 3000 sq. ft., giving residents a flexibility in scope that is rare. Join the partners of Globe Dye Works and Philadelphia Brewing Company in this celebration
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Next Week in Frankford

  • Frankford Garden Club MeetingNext Week In Frankford
    When-Tue, April 28, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
    Where-house next to FGM on 1500 block of Orthodox Street (map)
    Description-We will hold our April meeting on Tuesday April 28, 2009, at 6:30 in the house next to FGM on 1500 block of Orthodox Street. I’m sorry I don’t have the exact address. Bring something to share from your garden, a beautiful flower, some herbs, or stories of your garden success! All welcome. Come and join us.
  • Tacony civic Association Flea Market
    When-Sat, May 2, 8am – 4pm
    Where-Disston Park – Keystone and Disston Streets, Phila. PA (map)
    Description-Event: Tacony Civic “FLEA MARKET” “Get RID to the junk without having to SHIP IT” What: Flea Market Host: Tacony Civic Association Start Time: Saturday, May 2 at 8:00am End Time: Saturday, May 2 at 4:00pm Where: Disston Park
  • Grand Army of the Republic Museum Open House
    When-Sun, May 3, 12pm – 5pm
    Where-4278 Griscom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19124 (map)
    Description-Presentation at 1:30 PM: United Daughters of the Confederacy and their Mission Betty Mastin, UDC, Phila Chapter
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Grand Army of the Republic Museum

img_2541editThe Grand Army of the Republic Museum was in the news today again.  It’s an interesting issue regarding the Lincoln relic owned by the museum.   They have been asked to have the blood stained fabric that was part of the pillow case that cradled the dying president’s head after the assassination DNA tested for evidence of a rare genetic syndrome.  The board of directors will make a decision in early May.  It’s interesting to note that Lincoln’s surviving son was known to be adamant in his desire to let his father rest  in peace after the attempt to steal his body in 1876.  One can speculate that his feelings on this matter would extend to DNA testing as well.

We are at the eve of the 144th anniversary of Lincoln’s assassination and by coincidence I have been reading, for the last four months, “A Team of Rivals” by Doris Kearns Goodwin.  I confess, this is the first Lincoln book I have read and it has been facinating.  I had some vague ideas about the civil war (war between the states) but really did not pay a lot of attention to the overall picture of what was going on in the country at the time.  This book brings it all together and let’s you walk away with your own conclusions.  I have added this to our Amazon bookstore page and it’s worth the price of the paperback edition.

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Grand Army of the Republic Ruan House

In the Bulletin Friday was a nice story by Tom Nickels about the Ruan House which he titled “Inside the Grand Army of the Republic Museumimg_2541editand an editor headlined “Memorial to Civil War Oddities”.  I know Tom would not have used that phrase.  But for those who do not know about this unique place in Frankford, it is a good introduction.  From this picture that I took today, the structure itself has never looked better.  You can find their web site on our Frankford Resources page or go to it directly via this link.