Sakura Sunday Cherry Blosssom Festival 2017

Held at Horticultural Hall in Fairmount Park.

Lets meet up around 10:30 at the food court just in front of the hall entrance.

Looks to be sunny and 63 degrees. This is a not to be missed event. three stages, cosplay, origami, calligraphy, prettiest dog in pink contest, music, food, and lots of cherry trees in bloom. A photographer’s dream.

Celebrate traditional and contemporary Japan under the cherry blossoms in Fairmount Park. Sakura Sunday is an all-day celebration of all things Japanese, from live music, dance, and martial arts performances to fashion shows, arts and crafts, and much more.

Sakura Sunday features three performing stages, dozens of vendors, crafts and activities for the whole family. In 2017 Admission includes tours at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden and shuttle buses to 30th Street Station.

Children 12 & under are admitted free. All tickets are for 13 & up. Sakura Sunday is a rain or shine event. $12 in advance, $15 day of event.

Olney Neighborhood Spring Clean-Up Documentary Opportunity!

Please join us for an hour or two or three on North 5th Street in Olney on Saturday April 8th as we take some street and candid portraits of the residents of Olney! 

Free t-shirts and lunch  for all PPL and clean-up volunteers!  

The North 5th Street area in Olney is a vibrant commercial corridor with many unique independently owned shops and a wide variety of restaurants! 

We have been  invited by the North Fifth Street Revitalization Project to help document the beautification of North 5th Street! . Meetup is at their office around 9:30AM but you could also come anytime and float up and down the street, taking photos of the clean-up volunteers.  There are many photo opportunities on North 5th Street to take photos that day!  (Between Chew and Grange on the west side of North 5th Street)

The local girl scouts will be cleaning up Fisher Park and all scouts, guardians  and adult volunteers have signed releases for the photos.  Fisher Park is a 23 acre oasis with gardens and trails that should be beautiful this time of year. It is located at 600 W. Spencer Street in Olney, below Godfrey. 

There are also opportunities at the railroad bridge at 5th & Sommerville, where volunteers will be painting “We Love Olney” signs to brighten up that area. 

PHOTO-OPP STATION MAIN ACTIVITY:   It would be great to have  the most help at 11:30AM for an hour!  This will take place in front of the North 5th Street Revitalization Project office: 5738 North 5th Street.  

From 11:30AM to 12:30PM there will be fun activities for the kids and lunch will be served!  There will be a backdrop for a photo-opp station where they asked us to take photos of the kids and adults with fun props, flowers and signs, which they will provide.  If you have a tripod it would be very helpful for this hour but if not, you can still help us take photos.  

The staff at North Fifth Street Revitalization Project asked us if we could  upload some of the photos before we leave (if possible!) so they could use right away on Facebook. If you are able to do that, you may choose to shoot in jpeg and/or take some cell photos or just edit at home and send a dropbox link to them as soon as you can.

Thank you very much and hope to see you on Saturday April 8th!! 

St Patrick’s Day Parade – A Philly Tradition

The St Patrick’s Day Parade in Philadelphia has been a tradition since 1771. This year’s parade features a new route from JFK Boulevard to Penns Landing and promised to be a great time.

We will meet at the staging area prior to the 11:45 AM start, and the parade route around City Hall.

Here is a link to the Parade’s web site:

PPL Monthly Meetup – At Culture Works 1315 Walnut st

Our regularly scheduled meetup that takes place on the 2nd Friday evening of each month. 

All members are highly encouraged to attend, as this is where we set direction and make announcements about upcoming activities and classes.

The monthly meeting is a great opportunity to catch up on PPL accomplishments and upcoming events …… PLUS …….. see the work of fellow PPL’ers and / or share your work, get questions answered, network and socialize.

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Exhibition – Live Philly Jazz Vol. 2

In celebration of Philadelphia Jazz Appreciation Month, Art In City Hall – Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy presents a photography exhibition by local artists whose works capture the spirit of jazz during live performances, and subtle behind-the-scenes creative moments.  Featured photography depict the rhythms, sounds, energy, and intricacies of jazz music in various formats, including digital photography.

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Participating Photographers:

Steven Berry
Rachel Bliss
Blinky Comix
Gerald Cyrus
David  Dzubinski
Annarita Gentile
Melissa Gilstrap
Alan Jackman
Leandre Jackson
Alonzo Jennings
Rob Lybeck
Jeff Lynch
Bill May
Brian Mengini
Jacob Miller
Sarah Watkins Nathan
Emmanuel Ohemeng
Melissa Teasley (nissi)