Meandering with MikeK in Powelton Village

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Meandering with Mike K in Powelton Village

Powelton Village was built on land that was held by two families: the Powel family and the Bingham-Baring family. The first houses were built in the Italianate style beginning in 1859-’60. Over the subsequent 50 years houses were built in Powelton in every important style of Victorian architecture. Because of this architectural diversity and its social history, Powelton Village was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985.
So we will group up at Saxbys Coffee on 34th just north of 34th St subway stop. This is heart of Drexel’s north of market st. campus, so students will be all over. Then we will head out north to Powelton Ave. Lots of new high rise dorms on the way. On the left side Frat House row.

On Powelton Ave, big Victorian mansions. On the way to Drexel Park to catch the center city skyline views. Amazing how close it feels.

On Hamilton corner there is a nice mural. Then left at Spring Garden. Technically this is start of Mantua neighborhood but its a main artery, so many important building along the way to Lancaster Ave. A large church converted to apartments. And the Cloisters. A whole block of Victorian row homes.

Round the corner and down Lancaster Ave to Baring St. This where the stately homes are. More big churches. Then down 34th to Powelton again then 36th to Lancaster Ave.
Then we end up at Savas Restaurant, 3505 Lancaster Ave. They have a nice bar inside and an outside patio. Pizza, salads, hoagies etc.

All and all an easy walk, level ground and shade trees a plenty. Get your Victorian house fix with some modern high-rises for good measure.

$10 paid at beginning at walk.

See you at 1:00.

Meandering with MikeK in Tacony

You don’t have to be a Photo League member to come on my Photo Walks.

Meandering with Mike K in Tacony

Time to start up the meanders again.

Weather should be sunny and 62 degrees.

Lets meet at Larndner’s Point at the foot of Leverick St. There is free parking here and at the end of Devereaux St.

It’s Earth Day and the DRCC and other organizations will be having an event here dedicating an extended river trail and fun events for kids.

The trail is nice and views of river and bridge outstanding. In honor of Earth Day this would be a good time to explore nature photography. If the group is up for it I suggest we hop in one or two cars and ride over to Palmyra Cove Nature Park. Its free and quite extensive with frog ponds, egrets, birding stations, lagoons etc.

A good time to bring a long lens. There is a nature center building with exhibits.

Alternatively there is a linear park just north along Keystone St and then we could go to explore the Tacony Historic District. This was the neighborhood the Henry Disston developed for his workers. Housing, culture and recreation. The main street was Longshore Ave. Between there and Princeton Ave for several blocks are tons of historic houses and buildings.

So come on out for a beautiful spring day and get your nature fix (and blossom shots). See you there!

$10  paid at event start.

For a history of Tacony backgrounder check out this youtube video.

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!! 

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)