September 20-22: Church preservation workshop | Transit apps hackathon | Camp Crescent | Manayunk Streat Food Festival | PHS Fall Garden Festival | Spring Garden architectural tour

Happy Friday Eyes on the Street! Here is what’s happening this weekend.

LEARN: Philadelphia Churches: Plight and Potential

Saturday, September 20 – Sunday, September 21. 9am – 5pm. Upper Gallery, Meyerson Hall, University of Pennsylvania, 210 South 34th Street. Penn Preservationists are hosting a two-day workshop focusing on the visual and social anchors churches provide to neighborhoods as well as the special challenges and opportunities these buildings present. These issues are even more pressing as congregations dwindle, reinvestment flows unevenly to the outer “ring” of inner cities and some churches are left dilapidated. Friday the workshop will be organized around issues, case studies and strategies, followed by a hands-on community service workday Saturday. Free, but registration is required. 

HACK: Apps for Philly Transit Hackathon

Friday, September 20 6:30pm – 9pm; Saturday, September 21, 9am – Sunday, September 22, 5:30pm. 3rd Ward Philadelphia. 1227 N. 4th Street. Philadelphia’s transportation leaders and interested citizens will work together this weekend to brainstorm, design and prototype uses of open data relating to transportation in the city. The event is open to everyone – from tech professionals to lawyers, teachers, marketers, journalists and more. The hackathon will kick off with a free brainstorming reception on Friday, followed by two days dedicated to hacking Saturday and Sunday. Cost: $10.

BUILD: Camp Crescent Festival of Making, Building and Exploring

Friday, September 20 at 6pm – Sunday, September 22. Grays Ferry Crescent Trail Park. Camp Crescent is a weekend-long festival of making, building and exploring for all ages at the Grays Ferry Crescent. The festival will allow community members and park visitors to investigate and celebrate the rich history and vibrant natural assets of the park by building cardboard models of the forts, buildings and development that shaped the Schuykill River and Philadelphia’s history. Complimentary activities will included a skateboarding competition, flag design competition, birdhouse building, and a make-your-own-robotic-firefly activity. Free. 

EAT: Manayunk Streat Food Festival

Saturday, September 21, 11am – 5pm. Main Street, Manayunk. Philly’s favorite food trucks will line Main Street for Manayunk’s fall Streat Food Festival. Visitors are encouraged to walk the length of Main Street and try everything from ice cream to Asian delicacies. Farmers markets and gourmet food vendors will set up shop in two of Main Street Manayunk’s parking lots, and retailers will participate by offering seasonal treats and sidewalk sales. 

FEST: PHS Fall Garden Festival 

Saturday, September 21, 10am – 7pm. The Navy Yard, South Broad Street. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will bring a day of shopping, gardening demos, local food and beer and live entertainment to The Navy Yard this weekend during the annual PHS Fall Garden Festival. With harvest contests and other kid-friendly events and a happy hour starting at 4pm, the day-long event is sure to have something for guests of all ages. Free admission and parking.

TOUR: Architectural Walking Tour, Spring Garden

Sunday, September 22. 2pm-4pm. Jack’s Firehouse, 2130 Fairmount Ave. Let the Preservation Alliance guide you on a walking tour through this early city suburb, developed in the 19th center and originally home to merchants, workers and even prisoners. Participants will experience the diversity of late Victorian homes and view the world-renowned Eastern State Penitentiary, built in the 1820s. Cost: Adults $10, Students $8, Children 10 and under free, Preservation Alliance Members $5. 


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