It has just occurred to me that I only have 24 days left in Philadelphia. While I have been thinking about it for a very long time, the actual decision to move happened so quickly. It still all seems pretty surreal. In honor of my time here, I am going to list 24 things I enjoy/will miss about Philly, in no particular order:
- Mural Arts Program. Hands down some of the best murals are here in this city. My faves include the Love Letters series.
- Longwood Gardens. Even my Jewish side is a sucker for their Christmas display.
- The Roots. Duh. I mean, I can listen to them anywhere. But their picnic only happens here.
- The Magic Gardens. It’s the first place I send anyone visiting me. And seeing Isaiah Zagar working in his studio (and getting a kiss on the cheek afterwards) was definitely a highlight of my time here.
- Sabrina’s Cafe. Brunch is heavenly. If you can get a seat.
- Painted Bride Arts Center. Awesome spot, innovative programming.
- Young Scholars Charter School. My three years working there have changed me.
- One Shot Coffee. Not only great espresso drinks and brunch foods, but my fave hangout/office/meeting spot.
- Sculpere Studio. I will miss my dear friend (the owner) as well as the classes and space. It’s just a lovely place to be.
- Zahav. I’ve actually only been once but. Oh. My. Goodness.
- My dentist. I know, crazytown. But like, I actually enjoy going. And I really enjoy talking books with the dental hygienist.
- Walking along boathouse row. I don’t do it often enough, but it is lovely.
- The Philly Pigeon. I’ve been attending this poetry slam every first Friday for some time now. I will most definitely go through withdrawals without the delightful co-hosts, awesome features, and mostly good poetry in my life on a monthly basis.
- Rennie Harris Puremovement. I haven’t gotten to experience classes or performances as much as I would like, but Philadelphia certainly is lucky to be able to claim this great artist.
- Cantina Dos Segundos. Particularly their happy hour margarita specials.
- Duke & Winston. I would wear the shirt I own everyday if it was socially acceptable.
- Koresh Dance Company. Graceful, athletic, beautiful work.
- Crane Arts. (And Crane Arts Old School.) As the site of my first event for ReSourceArts, it will always hold a special place in my heart. It’s also just a really freaking cool place to be.
- Talula’s Table & Talula’s Garden. A.Maz.Ing. food. Let me repeat. A.Maz.Ing.
- My apartment. It kind of rocks.
- Frankford Hall. Outdoor seating even in winter, Jenga, and ping pong. Need I say more?
- Philadelphia Museum of Art. This really is a great museum.
- The wonderful artists I have had the opportunity to work with. Thank goodness we don’t use horse & buggy travel anymore, so we will be able to work together again soon. In this city, or perhaps a different one.
- The incredible friends I have made. Thank goodness for facebook. And texting.
- The gritty beauty. Many times it’s hard to appreciate, but there really is something picture-worthy about a lot of this city, even the rougher edges.
I already added one for good luck above – seems I got a bit carried away (I didn’t even realize it until after I published the post!) But, I need to make an amendment and add one more:
The Divine Lorraine Hotel. Since seeing this incredible gem of a building, it has been a dream of mine to turn it into the hub of ReSourceArts – a community arts center with full performance, rehearsal, classes, and ‘anything else creative we can think up’ capabilities. There are a lot of other people that share my sentiments for revitalization of this landmark. This building has quite a past, and I can only hope it has an incredible future ahead.
I am certain I have left some important ones off the list. This is not meant to be exhaustive. Just a way to remember some of the good times before I depart.
Here’s to another day of creativity…