So, it’s been a week since PARK(ing) Day in Germantown and I wanted to wait until the dust settled a bit before I updated those of you who follow this humble blog on how it went. Three words: It.Was.Amazing!
It was a hot day. God knows the sun was blazing down on us. It had to be about 85 degrees. I was running around, sweating and trying to stay hydrated and focused. We were jammed into a parking space on one of the busiest streets in Germantown. There was art, music, laughter, positive energy and good vibes. The food truck Birds of Paradise joined us later that day with delectable healthy eats (thank you Mia). 1115 West Chelten Avenue in Germantown was the place to be Friday, September 21st and I don’t think I would have wanted to be anywhere else that day.
Thank you to everyone who participated, volunteered, and/or came by to show their support. A big thank you goes out to those who gave of their time, input, positive energy, and talents. It was great to see so many familiar faces and meet so many new people.
To the artists, poets, musicians, spoken word artists, singers/songwriters and creatives who were showcased: Renny Molenaar, John Phillips, Jaz, Quincy Stallworth (thanks for coming through with the amp and the microphone!), DeLantz, Lenny Belasco, Dan Kennedy, Osiris Wildfire, AJ Flow and WordFlow, Bethlehem Roberson, Victoria Huggins Peurifoy “The Axiom”, Jewel Lloyd, Terri Lyons, Jay Knivez, Lina “Alliss” Baker, Karen Smith, Bert Tate, KennyArtNSoul, and those whose names I can’t recall right now due to advancing age (sorry about that), THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU for rocking the mic and bringing your unique brands of creativity to this space. Thank you for acknowledging the International Day of Peace and sharing your ideas and thoughts on how we can bring peace and non-violence to the space in which we live and/or work… We have to figure out a way to do this again real soon.
SN: If this isn’t evidence that Germantown is a supportive and generous community of and for artists, then I don’t know what to say to you. Perhaps someone else can make it more clear.
Thank you to all of the local media outlets that covered the event, including Newsworks, G-Town Radio, and PhiladelphiaNeighborhoods (can’t wait to see the video footage), for shining the spotlight on Germantown on what turned out to be a great day for Germantown.
Thank you to the Germantown Artist Roundtable (in particular Paula Paul, Susan Mangan, Allison Weiss, Dennis Barnebey, Andrea Powell, Terre Stidem and Lisa Hopkins for coming through in your own special ways) and the Germantown United CDC (especially Andy Trackman and Megan Fitzpatrick for your leadership) for entrusting me with organizing this parking space and for providing so much support and encouragement. It was a great opportunity and put a lot of my skills to the test in new ways. Also, thank you to the owners of Sun’s Discount Center for putting up with us for nearly 8 hours…
Congrats to all of the other Germantown partners who participated in PARK(ing) Day, including Historic Germantown, and the Streets Department’s Unlitter Us campaign. A united Germantown is a strong Germantown and can help to make a stronger Philadelphia.
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If I forgot to acknowledge something or someone, like I said, charge it to my advancing age. You know I got love for you.
Have a great weekend, and I’ll see you soon.
Peace and blessings,