Events Wed, 20 Sep 2017 15:30:15 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Orkney Park Benefit Brunch At Standard Tap – Sat, Sept 23 Mon, 18 Sep 2017 17:43:20 +0000 11am- 3pm at  901 n 2nd st, Phila, Pa 19123

Friends of Orkney Park LLC has partnered with our generous friends at the Standard Tap to host a fundraising brunch. 20% of all food sales will benefit ongoing initiatives for Orkney Park!

Your going out for Brunch anyway, avoid the wait at that other place! Instead, meet your friends at Standard Tap!


​Don’t miss the fun! ​We’ll all be there, ​​and the food
is delcious!

To get involved, please contact us:
Sara Hirschler, Tony Hochstetler, Donald Phillips
Janet Finegar,  Liz Long-Reed, Leslie Kaufman
Danielle Scheffey, Lisa Solis,
267.250.5084 (Donald)

Puppet Making and Performances in the Park through September… Fri, 01 Sep 2017 15:54:58 +0000
Company Aiello is offering workshops in puppet-making from recycled materials. Things we would otherwise throw away every day are given new life as whimsical characters. Participants are provided newspaper, tape, and an assortment of other found objects with which to build their own bizarre figures.
This event is fun for the whole family. We’ll bring the materials, you bring your imaginations!

Workshops — Sundays, September 3rd, 10th, and 17th from 10:30-12:30

Performances — Weds, Thurs, and Fri, Sept 20th, 21st, and 22nd at 6pm

All events are pay what you can.
Note: There are some picnic tables at the park, but participants may want to bring a blanket or chair to sit, just in case.
Follow the event on Facebook

About Puppet Theater/Teatro d’Immaginazione

Angelo Aiello, an inventive puppeteer, storyteller, director, and teacher of creative theater, began his journey as a burattinaio in the commedia dell’arte tradition in 2001. He has participated in festivals both in Italy and abroad (France, Belgium, Austria, Israel, Poland). In 2007, he participated in “La ci darem la mano”, a show dedicated to Mozart’s Don Giovanni, under the direction of Roberto De Simone. In September of 2013, he was selected to participate in the World Puppet Carnival’s International Festival in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he performed his original work “Spazzolino and the Rubbish City”.
Traditional Burattini Scenes:
Drawing from the traditional repertoire of glove puppet theater (Pulcinella, Fagiolino, Punch, etc.) and using the history of commedia dell’arte as a canvas, old stories are reimagined in a contemporary light. Out of this theatrical tradition, Angelo has created an original character named Spazzolino. He’s a rascal and prankster who can’t help but save the day, a wooden-headed hero to the people who embodies a mischievous joie di vivre. He wants only two things: a mountain of beans to eat and justice for everyone. With a good heart and a good fork, he can get himself out of (almost) any situation.


Northern Liberties Co-Ed Road Biking Group – Join up! Fri, 01 Sep 2017 17:19:49 +0000 Patricia & Kathryn just started a Northern Liberties Co-Ed Road Biking group with
Sunday rides.

We are a group that is doing weekly co-ed road biking rides starting and ending in
Northern Liberties.

We’re looking for people interested in leading rides as well as participating.

We are not a slow group, nor are we terribly fast. All speeds are welcome to join but bikers should be able to sustain at least a 25-30 miles on the saddle.

Sunday morning [at 9 am – weather permitting] is dedicated to our weekly bike ride leaving from N 2nd St [in front of Wildey St @ Schmidt’s Commons]. Usually brunch and small talk after the effort!

Join us on Facebook!


Music Monkey Jungle – New Schedule: WEDNESDAYS & Thursdays at the Community Center – Starting back up on Sept 6 Mon, 29 Aug 2016 05:00:35 +0000 Babies! Toddlers! Little Monkeys!
Monkey Jungle

Music Monkey Jungle – 10:00 to 10:30am

Wednesdays — The Music Monkey Jungle Sing Along is a 30 minute high energy, interactive, rockin’ good time for little music monkeys. Children and adults will sing, dance, laugh, play, move, imagine and create through the presentation of original MMJ songs, dances and games. We’ll focus on melody, unison, range, dynamics, tempo, call & response through the use of mini maracas and wrist ribbons. You and your little music monkey(s) are bound to have a rockin’ good time. The Sing Along is drop-in only, $10 per child at the door and babies under 6 months are free.
Thursdays —The Music Monkey Jungle Jam is a 30 minute interactive performance for music monkeys who love to rock, roll, move, groove, bounce, bop and jam. Children and adults will have a rockin’ good time through the presentation of Music Monkey Jungle original songs, dances and games, with the added greatness of drums and mini maracas. The MMJ Jam is best suited for children between the ages of 5 months to 5 years.
$10 per child
Whether we’re performing Music Monkey Jungle Drummers or The Music Monkey Jungle Sing Along, we know you’ll have a rockin’ good time! To know exactly what’s performed, please visit our Facebook page.
The Music Monkey Jungle Member Card is available for purchase at The Children’s Boutique, Momo’s Treehouse or Primp & Play and will be accepted in all 6 MMJ performance locations.
$85 for 10 performances, no expiration and a Music Monkey Jungle CD.
For more information, please call Lori at 732.687.8134
or write to

Adult Figure Drawing at the Community Center – Thursday Nights! Fri, 14 Oct 2016 05:00:46 +0000 IMG_7173 small

From 6:30 to 9:30 adult figure drawing sessions
will be held on most Thursday nights at the
NLNA Community Center (700 N. 3rd Street)
$10 walk-in fee pays the model.
Drop in for an hour or three!
Bring your own supplies…
with questions, or join us on Facebook.

Drawing is a lifetime practice!

FALL 2017

September 7 — Julia Crachiolo

September 14 —Sarah Gawricki

September 21 — Taylor Seals

September 28 — MALE / TBD

October 5 — Lizzie Hessek

October 12 — Gina Murdock

October 19 — CANCELLED (come out instead for the NLNA Meet n Greet!)

October 26 — Joseph Purna!!!!


The Community Center is wheelchair accessible.



Liberty Lands Farmers & Craft Market – Saturdays at Liberty Lands Mon, 27 Feb 2017 19:35:55 +0000 The Liberty Lands Farmers Market is starting up again – and it’s expanding!

Every Saturday starting April 8, 9am-3pm, Liberty Lands (3rd St side).

Fifteen vendors and growing, including:
•    J & J FARM (fresh organic produce )
•    Ninja Goat Fat Coffee (butter coffee)
•    Grounds & Hounds Coffee
•    Bright Yellow Creamery (homemade ice cream)
•    Lady Grey Tea (tea, biscuits & more )
•    Who Dog Knits (human apparel made by local rescuer)
•    Greyhound Angels Adoption
•    Lady Bug Designs (women’s jewelry )
•    …and more!

Additional vendors welcome, $10/space. Contact Paul Hubert,


Schedule of Family Fun at Penn Treaty Park… Tue, 23 May 2017 15:10:41 +0000 Check out these events happening all summer long at Penn Treaty Park…


Ongoing – Rec Center Events Tue, 30 Aug 2016 06:00:43 +0000
rec-center-kidsNorthern Liberties Rec Center
321 Fairmount Street 19123
Free Improv and many other activities are happening at our neighborhood recreation center at 321 Fairmount Ave. Numerous great activities for kids and adults.
Check out their Facebook page for the latest
NLArts Gala Dinner in the Park – Thur, Aug 31 – Get Tickets Now! Mon, 24 Jul 2017 19:21:46 +0000 The culmination of this year’s Dinner Party themed
NLArts Camp aims to bring together families
to meet and break bread.

All are welcome!

Save The Date
Thursday, August 31

6:00 to 8:00pm

$40 Per Family
Get Tickets Now!

(dinner service starts at 6:30pm)

A Dinner Party event inspired by Judy Chicago

NLArts turned 10 this year, and we want to celebrate in a huge way!
Join us August 31st for a community dinner at Liberty Lands.

Your ticket will include photobooth, a full dinner, drinks, and dessert!

Campers will work hard this August to make individual plates, napkins, and silverwear.
NLArts campers will perform and help throughout the night!
Make new friends, look at some art, and maybe even take some home!

$40 per family Get your tickets here!
All proceeds will go to NLArts campers and programming!

Schedule of Events

5:30 to 6:00 Check in, have a drink and view our auction!

6:00 – Performance

6:30 – Dinner

7:00 to 8:30 Tutorials by Humane Society, Photobooth, Drinks, and Auction!

7:30 – Dessert

8:30 – Closing Remarks



2nd Street Festival – This Sunday! – Aug 6th Wed, 12 Jul 2017 17:00:16 +0000 The 9th Annual 2nd Street Festival
is Sunday
, August 6th 2017 from
noon till 10 p.m.

We’re closing off North 2nd between Germantown and Green Streets, here in Northern Liberties and filling the entire street with beer gardens, workshops, art, food,  and other merchandise vendors. Find out more HERE.

Be sure to support the NLNA by visiting our tent and procuring a refreshing Yards Brew or five!

Or… volunteer to help out in exchange for
NLNA Beverage Tickets!

We need help with traffic during festival set-up. We also need help setting up,
staffing and breaking down the NLNA tent. Sign up HERE!


Shakespeare Comes to Liberty Lands! Wed, 14 Jun 2017 21:00:57 +0000 A Midsummer Night’s Dream
June 15 – July 1
Admission is Free!
6/15 thru 6/18 at 6:30pm
6/22 thru 6/24 at 6:30pm
6/25 at 3:00pm
6/29 thru 7/1 at 6:30pm
Run Time is 90 minutes
For more information follow us on Facebook – The Word Players
Orkney Park Summer Solstice Fundraiser – Wed, June 21 Sat, 17 Jun 2017 17:37:08 +0000 Help rescue
Northern Liberties’
last unsecured
green space!
6pm at 871 Orkney Street
(Enter at the Lawrence Street Playground next to 852 N Lawrence Street)
Rain Date: June 28th
Join us for a lovely evening with neighbors and friends in support
of the Orkney Park Project and to celebrate the first day of summer!
Enjoy live music, delicious refreshments and appetizers generously donated
and sponsored by local restaurants, bars and businesses
RSVP not required but appreciated: email
or check in via our Facebook Page for the event.
$20-40 suggested donation.
Kids and dogs attend for free.
Additional donations are very welcome!
Get your tickets in advance here:
All proceeds benefit Friends of Orkney Park Inc,
a 501(c)(3) dedicated to preserving this last wilderness
of Northern Liberties.

Thanks in advance to:
North Bowl and Oron Daskal
Saint Benjamin Brewing Company
Urban Village Brewing Company
Callahan Ward Companies
ACME Markets
Little Baby’s Ice Cream
Majestic Wine & Spirits USA, LLC.
Vinedrea Wines
N. 3rd Restaurant
The Blind Pig
Moore Brothers Wine Company
Spuntino of Philly
Standard Tap
The Kettle Black

… and more generous businesses being added!
About the Orkney Park Project:
Orkney Park is Northern Liberties’ last true wilderness! The project consists of community members coming together with the common goal of preserving this neighborhood gem. Orkney Park is a wild life habitat, a bird sanctuary, a nature preserve, a gathering place for friends and family, and so much more!
Follow us on Instagram: @orkneyparkproject
Northern Liberties Community Garden Tour – Sat, June 17 Mon, 15 May 2017 14:55:21 +0000 10am-2pm
(rain date June 18)

Wanna see some
of the best secret retreats in Philadelphia?

Walk the Northern Liberties Loop, a self-guided tour of Spooky Garden, Seedy Acres, Orkney Park, Orianna Hill Community Garden,
Liberty Lands Park & Community Garden, and The Bodine School Yard Garden. 

Part of a city-wide celebration of community gardens & organized by the Neighborhood Gardens Trust, this tour features a wide variety of approaches to urban greening in a 1-mile, family friendly loop. 

All of our gardens will have tours & activities!

Two of the gardens contain playgrounds!

Spooky Garden will host a BBQ beginning at noon!

It’s a wonderful opportunity to see a diverse collection of innovative approaches to urban greening, from a community-owned park built on a former brown fields site, to a miniature urban forest, to a storm water garden at a public school.

Parking will be available for out-of-neighborhood visitors in the Bodine HS parking lot.  

Here’s the NoLibs route:
















City Planter  814 N. 4th St – Refreshments
Orianna Hill  900 N. Orianna St
Liberty Lands  961 N. 3rd St
Bodine High School  1101 N. 4th St – Free Parking
Spooky Garden  1116 N. 4th St through to 1015 N. Leithgow St
Seedy Acres  912 N. Leithgow St
Orkney Park  867 N. Orkney St

More info available at: 
Neighborhood Meet n’ Greet – Thurs, June 15 Thu, 01 Jun 2017 15:20:50 +0000
6 to 8pm at the NL Community Center,
3rd & Fairmount

Share food, beer and wine with neighbors, and meet the new NLNA Board of Directors.

Come hang out as guest of the NLNA

RSVP not required, but why not check in at the event’s Facebook page? See you there!

NoLibs Music Festival & Flea Market – Sat, Jun 3 Thu, 11 May 2017 02:07:13 +0000 Liberty Lands Park
(Third & Wildey)
Benefits go to NLNA general fund which supports Clean Streets, the Community Center, and of course
Liberty Lands!
We need a few good men and women
to help with set-up and tear-down
of the stage!
CLICK here to volunteer…
Get a FREE Souvenir Bottomless
Beer Cup for your help!
Thank you!
Flea market 9am until you drop!! (Load-in: get there early!
Fee $20 BYOtable)
Food and Beer Cups
from Noon on…
Music starts at 4…. Lasts till 10

The Line Up:

4:00 – School of Rock

5:00 – The Hoppin’ John Orchestra

6:00 – After Dinner Mints

7:00 – Broken Arrow

8:00 – Michael Simons

9:00 – St. James & The Apostles

Spread the word via our Facebook Event!

Festival info: Donald Phillips
Flea Market info: Kathy Vissar:

Sanctuary City: What Does It Mean? – Wed, May 31 Tue, 30 May 2017 19:12:14 +0000 What is a Sanctuary City?
Why is Philadelphia a Sanctuary City,
and what does it mean for the City’s
relationship with the federal government?

Join us at 7pm at the NL Community Center (3rd & Fairmount) for a discussion with Miriam Enriquez, Director of Philadelphia’s Office of Immigrant Affairs, and Joanna Otero-Cruz, Deputy Managing Director.

Also, cast your vote in the NLNA board election!

Hear from candidates running for Vice President, Secretary, and five at-large NLNA board of directors seats.

Candidate statements and more info at this NLNA web page. See you there!


NLArts Faculty 10th Anniversary Art Exhibit – Fri, May 5 Wed, 03 May 2017 16:51:38 +0000

Join NLArts in celebrating their awesome teaching artists!

10th Anniversary Faculty Exhibition
Opening Reception

Friday May 5, 2017 5-7 PM

Two locations:
Northern Liberties Community Center & 700 N. Third Street and
Higher Grounds Coffee 631 North Third Street (Philly 19123)

May 5, 2017 from 5 to 7pm

13 Artists!

Pat Aluiso,Lily Brown, Rae Burns, Claudia Bokulich, Max Budnick, Mathew Carrieri,
Briget Folick, Jared Gruenwald, Mike Storm, Katrina Mansfield, Mackenzie McAlpin,
Natasha Mell-Taylor, and Steve Teare.

Sign Up Now – Citywide Cleanup – Sat, April 8 Wed, 08 Mar 2017 17:56:46 +0000 Saturday April 8 is the 10th Annual City of Philadelphia’s Spring Cleanup – Sign up now to clean up your block!

Registration is easy at this City web page.

NOTE: We’re asking everyone to name their cleanup event starting with “NLNA” so others will easily be able to find it in the online listing.

For example: “NLNA – 800 block N. 5th St Cleanup.”

You can request free tools and supplies – and then your friends and neighbors can sign up for your event at the same web page.

Have questions or need help? Contact NLNA Quality of Life Coordinator Lara Kelly, or call the NLNA office at 215-627-6562.

Winterfest 2017 at North Bowl – Sun, Feb 12 Sun, 08 Jan 2017 23:02:43 +0000 Beat that cabin fever
with a family day out!

Join neighbors at this annual event, hosted by North Bowl.

Tickets include bowling, food, wine, beer,
and soda.
Plus Fabulous Raffles
for Some Pretty Cool stuff!
Buy Discount Advance Tickets below!
Adults $15 (Advance Ticket Form Below)
Adults $20 (at the door)
Seniors $10
Kids $10 (13 to 17 year olds)
Free for kids under 12

All proceeds benefit NLNA

Online ticketing is now closed.

NLArts Benefit Brunch hosted by Standard Tap – Sat, Feb 25 Wed, 08 Feb 2017 15:38:46 +0000

The Standard Tap will donate %25 from your brunch bill to NLArts
on Saturday, Feb 25 from 11am to 1pm

Three ways to lock in this donation…

1) Call (215) 238-0630 and mention NLArts when you make a reservation.

2) Print out this LINK and show it to your server (no reservation necessary)

3) Show your server this LINK on your phone (no reservation necessary)

That’s it! Bon Appetit and Thank You!