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21st Ward Theater Company Presents 3 Short Plays September 17 and 18

The 21st Ward Theater Company is a brand new company performing plays in Gorgas Park in the Roxborough / Manayunk section of Philadelphia.

This weekend they will perform 3 short plays in Gorgas Park. Performances are Saturday, September 17th at 6pm and Sunday, September 18th at 2pm.

The Rainbow

Two strangers meet for a picnic — sans their mutual friend — using a certain book to find each other. Together, they try to figure out what might still be possible.

The Rainbow premiered at the American Globe Theatre and was later named as a finalist for the Actors Theatre of Louisville’s 2012 Heideman Award. It is anthologized in The Best American Short Plays: 2012-2013 published by Applause.

Hidden in this Picture

It’s the potential Academy Award-winning shot – will that still be the case when cows wander into the frame?

Hidden in This Picture is by Aaron Sorkin, the writer who brought you The West Wing, Jobs, Sports Night, and Newsroom.

Potato Salad

Celeste has a million things happening at once, the last thing she needed was for SEPTA to stop running.

Potato Salad is a new piece devised and written by company members.

9/11 Memorial and Concert

This Sunday marks the 15th year since the horrific attacks on the United States by terrorists.  In Gorgas Park, there will be a Candlelight Vigil and a Special Concert dedicated to the many Americans who lost their lives on that Fateful Day.

6pm – Candlelight Prayer Vigil at the World War 1 Monument hosted by the 21st Ward Veterans Association.  Our Police and Fire Departments will also be honored.

7:15pm – Hooligans Irish Band Concert.

Note:  Since 2001 – on September 11th a
Memorial Service and a Concert has been held in Gorgas Park.  The purpose has been two-fold.

One- we remember the innocent victims who were killed on that day in New York City, in Washington and in a field in Pennsylvania.  Those who died so needlessly live in our memories today.   We do not forget.

Second – hosting a concert is an affirmation of the American Spirit.  We celebrate in Gorgas Park as free men and women our rights and freedoms. We endure as strong as ever as a nation since the attacks in 2001.

Please come together with us in Gorgas Park this Sunday September 11th, 2016.

Music and a movie Tuesday, 8/16

Thunderbus, pushing the boundaries of folk rock and bluegrass play this Tuesday before the movie at 6:45pm. The Rock Garden band will play a few songs too.

Come for the music and stay for the movie- Indiana Jones Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Last minute weather cancellations or postponements will be posted on our facebook page.

Events heating up at Gorgas Park 

This Thursday night August 11th Friends of Gorgas Park welcomes back Ben Arnold, one of the best singer-songwriters in the area. Ben always draws a big crowd and puts on a fantastic show.
Zydeco A-Go-Go has been rescheduled for this Sunday August 14th from 4-6pm. A perennial favorite in Roxborough, this will be Zydeco’s first afternoon show at Gorgas. So look forward to a picnic atmosphere with the the usual refreshments people enjoy so much. Come early and enjoy the the cool refreshing summer breezes at Gorgas where free natural air-conditioning always blows and soothes.
Next Tuesday, August 16th at Dusk, our 2nd movie will be shown – the wonderfully entertaining Raiders of the Lost Ark.
NOTEWORTHY: Friends of Gorgas Park will be selling some home-grown merchandise at our remaining shows.

Friends of Gorgas Park T-Shirts, Water Bottles and Magnets are now available. Support your beautiful park and pick up an item or 2 soon.

Hospitalized Veterans Tribute Saturday, July 30


The Phillie Phanatic & Phillies Great Garry Maddox Honor Veterans at 8th Annual Tribute July 30. Gorgas Park 6300 Ridge Avenue, Ridge Ave. Roxborough.  10am till 2pm


Mark your calendars for Saturday July 30, 2016 (10 am to 2 pm) and join the community for the 8th annual Hospitalized Veterans Tribute at Gorgas Park.  Plan to arrive prior to 10 am so you can line the WALK of HONOR as the Veterans from the Coatesville VA Medical Center arrive with motorcycle escort provided by Warriors’ WatchAmerican Legion Riders, and the Philadelphia Police Department.  Extend your hand and offer your personal THANKS to these veterans who have done so much for our country.

Come when you can, leave when you must.  This a family friendly event so bring the children and grandchildren out for a wonderful experience.  Bring family and friends and lawn chairs or blankets.  There will be FREE entertainment.  Enjoy food and beverages that will be available for purchase throughout the day or bring a picnic lunch.  This community event is sponsored by the 21st Ward Veterans Association, Prism Engineering, Merion Concert Band, Friends of Gorgas Park, Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), and Penn Medicine, and the Zamorski Family.

Enjoy a fantastic concert by the Merion Concert Band followed by performances from members of The Savoy Company and Old Academy Players.  Walk around and admire the classic cars from the past that will be on display courtesy of the Roxborough Ridge Runners Car Club.  Meet some of the motorcycle riders and look at their bikes. Learn about the great service that Warriors’ Watch provides to our returning Veterans.

Come out and say thanks to our Veterans and police officers who keep us safe in our community.  Visit civic organizations and others that provide services to our community.  There will be a van provided by the VA to provide information and assist Veterans with concerns about the VA benefits.  Dogs and their handlers form Therapy Dogs International (TDI) will be present and share the many benefits of therapy dogs.  Learn about the election process and see how voting machines work.

Keep alert!  Two Phillies baseball greats will make special appearances.  Phillies Center Fielder Garry Maddox, himself a Vietnam Veteran, will share his experiences and offer stories of hope and inspiration.  Children of all ages will be greeted by a large friendly Green Creature — AKA the PHILLIE PHANATIC — who has entertained millions of Phillies fans as he roams around beautiful Gorgas Park.

Participants/Supporters (List is still growing!) include: 21st Ward Fourth of July Association, Church of St. Alban Episcopal, Mark Lally, Henry Houston American Legion, Leverington Presbyterian Church, Local Boy Scout Troops, Local Girl Scout Troops, Marchiano’s Bakery, Philadelphia Bible Society, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Andorra, Stanley’s True Value, Hardware, Acme Markets, Five Below, Brown’s ShopRite, Clare McIllvaine Mundy Funeral Home, Fitzpatrick Funeral Home, Koller Funeral Home, Herr Foods, Coca-Cola corporation, Pepsi Corporation, TastyKake, and Tasty Twisters, Mark Lally RIBS and others.

If your group, organization, or nonprofit would be interested in setting up a table to distribute information or promote your organization, please contact Bruce F. Hoffman, President, 21st Ward Veterans Association [267-304-5787;].  Thank a Veteran today as well as Saturday, July 30, 2016.

Go to: or to read more info.2016 Veterans Tribute Flyer w Phanatic Rev B

Action Packed Summer Weekend at Gorgas Park Starts Thursday, July 28

Gorgas Park Actioned-Packed Summer Weekend & More!

Thursday Night August 28th   Zydeco A Go Go is BACK in TOWN.  FUN, FESTIVE MUSIC, Water Ice, Refreshements and Cool Gorgas Breezes.
Saturday July 30th   10am to 3pm Veterans Tribute featuring Merion Concert Band, Savoy Company, Great Food, Philly Phanatic and Much More.  DON”T MISS IT.   Honor our Hospitalized Vets who have done so much for us all.  IT’S THEIR SPECIAL DAY.
Sunday July 31st    1-5pm.  ELVIS Returns to Gorgas Park featuring JEFF KRICK as the Fabulous 60’s and 70’s Elvis.  Plus Young Jeffrey Krick as the fabulous 50’s King of Rock.   TAVERN ON RIDGE IS GRILLING Burgers and Hot Dogs in the park.  Water Ice from Hog’s Island on 7700 Ridge is Scooped.  Join us for a Pic-nicing.  A Fun, Delicious Sunday in the Park!
Tuesday August 2nd – KIDS CONCERT & MOVIE, National Town Watch Night, and AmeriKick Karate Demonstration.  Family, and Community fun at its best.  The PLANTS KIDS GROUP IS BACK!!!   Followed by Movie INSIDE OUT.   5TH DISTRICT POLICE and Soft Pretzels.   Gorgas Park fresh-popped POPCORN, WATER ICE, COOL DRINKS, CANDY and More.   SEE YOU AT THE PARK.
Police arrive early.  Concert at 7.  Movie at Dusk under the Stars.