Book Talk


Edward W. Duffy will be speaking on his new book, Philadelphia Celebrates: Three Great Anniversaries – 1876-1926-1976

When: Sun, September 24, 1pm – 2pm

Where: Ryerss Museum & Library, 7370 Central Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19111, USA

The book will be available at the talk and can be found on Amazon. It is described as follows:

How do you celebrate a national commitment to equality, liberty, and tolerance in the middle of political upheaval, riots, and a national draft? What can we learn about the character of a city by studying how its representatives plan such a celebration?

These are the questions that drive Edward Duffy’ s book, Philadelphia Celebrates: Three Great Anniversaries 1876, 1926, 1976. A remarkable account of the Centennial, Sesquicentennial, and Bicentennial celebrations of the American Declaration of Independence, Philadelphia Celebrates lays bare the motivations behind the planning and execution of these celebrations. Far more than just a history, this book is, above all, a portrait of the people who made these celebrations possible: the rebels, the crooks, the advocates, and the citizens forgotten in the shadow of politicians egos.

Celebrate National Hot Dog Month

Blue Grotto's photo.

JUL14, 2017


Member Joel Spivak continues to commemorate National Hot Dog Month in various places around the city. He will be grilling and handing out franks to celebrate the grand “reopening” of the The Blue Grotto, an arts and event venue on Lancaster Avenue. Joel has long studied and promoted  this area of the city, in the shadow of Drexel and the University of Pennsylvania. The Blue Grotto gallery of found objects and light is an artistic expression of dedicated members of the Dumpster Divers of Philadelphia, now in their 25th year. 

We will be grilling dogs from 6p until they’re all gone!

There will also be a jazz concert at the CEC as a kickoff to the Lancaster Ave Jazz Festival which will be Saturday 7/15.

Come enjoy a hot dog, some jazz, great people, and the bluest room you can imagine!