SHCA Save the Date: 60th Annual May Fair, Saturday May 12th, 12-6pm

Dear Neighbors,

Please save the date for the Spruce Hill Community Association 60th Annual May Fair in Clark Park, Saturday May 12th – 12-6pm. Note the new afternoon time!

For the first time this year, we are excited to welcome a beer garden hosted by Clarkville happening alongside our usual family friendly activities – live music, great food, bounce tent and obstacle course, and a raffle with baskets of amazing prizes donated by local merchants. The University City Garden Club will be holding its annual plant sale and vendors will offer a wide range of arts and crafts. Keep an eye out for updates in the coming weeks, including the launch of our online raffle ticket sales – coming soon!

In the meantime, we are hoping for your help in reaching out to vendors, local artisans, community groups and organizations seeking to do outreach and promotion at the Fair. We unfortunately do not have contact information for some of the vendors who previously participated. If you are a past vendor, or know a great vendor you would like to see join or return to the Fair, please pass this along! Space is limited and priority will be given to local community organizations and artisans. New this year, vendors are invited to request a table online – visit the SHCA website or follow this link: May Fair Table Order

We have received some questions about book donations – thanks to the overwhelming generosity of our neighborhood, the magnitude of the book sale has outgrown our capacity to transport the books and host the sale at the Fair. Yet, we know this is a favorite activity for many of our community members, so we will continue to gather books over the summer to host a Fall Book Sale and Open House at the Spruce Hill Center.

The May Fair is SHCA’s annual community event and fundraiser—your support of the Fair helps us support local schools/organizations including Penn Alexander School, Lea School, Parent Infant Center, St. Mary’s Nursery School, University City Arts League, Curio Theater, Crossroads Music, and others. We also sponsor popular neighborhood activities like the SHCA Halloween Tot Parade, Shakespeare in Clark Park, and more. We fund block grants to green streets in the neighborhood and to develop the Spruce Hill Bird Sanctuary.

Thank you for your ongoing support and hope to see you at the Fair!


SHCA President, on behalf of the SHCA May Fair Committee and Board


2018 May Fair, Sat, May 12

The annual May Fair is the association’s main fundraiser and a neighborhood tradition. It is held on the Saturday before Mother’s Day in Clark Park and the funds are used to support neighborhood schools, non-profit community organizations, and cultural events.

Spruce Hill’s 60th annual May Fair will take place on Saturday, May 12 this year in Clark Park 12-6pm with the exciting addition of a beer garden hosted by Clarkville! Our popular family friendly favorites will return including petting zoo and moon bounce, live music and delicious food, raffle drawing with tons of prizes contributed by local businesses, a plant sale, and lots of vendors with crafts, artwork and community-oriented services.

Vendors, artists and crafts people, community groups and organizations seeking to do outreach and promotion are invited to be part of the SHCA May Fair. Space is limited this year and priority will be given to local crafters and artisans, community groups and organizations doing outreach. The fair supplies vendors with tables and chairs for very reasonable prices: $30 for non-profits not selling, $40 for all others.

Get Involved

To request a table online click here.

Link to buy raffle tickets online will be posted soon!

For more information, leave a message at 215-349-7825 or send an email to [email protected]

2018 Events

The SHCA board meets at 7:30 pm, on the 2nd Tuesday of the month in 257 S. 45th St. The meetings are open to the public. Our 2018 Event calendar follows. Any changes will be announced on our Email list. ([email protected])

Tue January 9: Officer David Dager, Penn Police Community Response Officer

Tue February 13: Rebecca Womack, Fair Districts PA

Tue March 13: Glenn Bryan, Assistant VP Community Relations, University of Pennsylvania
Ed Datz, Executive Director of Real Estate
Maureen Rush, Vice President for Public Safety and Superintendent of Penn Police

Tue April 10: May Fair Organization Meeting
Guest Speaker: Dan Schupsky, Philadelphia Water Department
Soak It Up Adoption Program

Tue May 8: May Fair Organization Meeting

Sat May 12: May Fair

Tue June 12: Alan Garry
—Director of Public Safety and Community Services
—University City District

Tue Sep 11: Speaker & Topic TBA

Tue October 9: Jamie Vonn, Topic: Halloween Parade.

Wed October 31: Halloween Tot Parade: Assembly on 45th street between Baltimore and Larchwood will be from 4 to 4:30, the parade will start at 4:30, and proceed on the usual route to the finale on the 4200 block of ‘Little Osage’

Tue November 13: Annual Board Meeting, Location, Speakers, & Topic TBA

Annual Meeting: Tue Nov 14, 7: 00 pm Mayor Kenney to Speak About 4601 Market St


Spruce Hill Community Association Annual Meeting
Penn Alexander School Cafeteria
November 14, 2017, 7:00pm 1. President’s Welcome – Eric Santoro (7:00)
2. Approve October minutes
3. SHCA Overview – Eric Santoro (7:05 – 7:20)
4. Election of Board Members/ Officers – Jamie Vann, Nominating Committee (7:20-7:30)
5.Featured Speaker (7:30-8:00)

Hon. Jim Kenney, Mayor, City of Philadelphia

6. Featured Speaker (8:00-8:30)

Dr. Lucy Kerman, Sr. Vice Provost for University Community Partnerships, Drexel University

7. Members Open Discussion
8. Closing remarks -Monica Calkins
9. Adjournment – call 215-898-WALK (9255) for UCD walking escorts

Next scheduled board meeting: Tuesday January 9, 2018, 7:30 PM, at the Spruce Hill Center, 257 S 45th street. Board meetings are always open to the community.

Halloween Parade is Next Tuesday!!

One of our favorite family traditions, the annual SHCA Halloween Tot Parade is coming up on Tuesday Oct 31st! Families will gather at the corner of Baltimore Avenue and 45th Street after 4pm, outside Milk & Honey. The Parade will start at 4:30 sharp, and will weave along a few short blocks, ending on the 4200 block of Osage Ave, where cider and baked goods will be served by Lil Osage Neighbors.

Please see Halloween flyer and share with your neighbors, especially newcomers to the neighborhood who might not know about this special event.

Later on, be sure your trick-or-treating route includes the Spruce Hill Center, 257 S 45th St, where long time neighbor and SHCA board member Jackie Waiters will continue the enduring tradition of delighting trick-or-treaters with hand assembled goody bags.

Hope to see you and your spooky families on Halloween!

West Philly Businesses Needed to Host Spring Interns.

Hello Neighbors.
The Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania needs your help. We are seeking West Philadelphia businesses to host high school interns (March-May of 2018) from West Philadelphia and William L. Sayre High Schools on a journey to employment and higher education. The success of the program is dependent on the support of fantastic West Philadelphia residents like you. Below are answers to some questions you might have.

What curricula is presented to the high school students?
Interview skills (dress, questions, and professionalism) resume skills, self-advocacy and conflict resolution.

How many hours per week the high school students were on the job?
Student interned for 2-4 hours a week for 6-8 weeks.

What businesses participated?
What services did the students provide?

West Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
● Provided marketing assistance and help planning and carrying out events.
● Answered phone calls and worked with computers.
● Assisted with the maintenance and preservation of the Paul Robeson House.

Gwendolyn Bye Dance Studio Intern
● Sorted and organized costumes to be labeled or thrown away.
● Chronologically organized pictures, videos and files.
● Assisted with children’s program and two Sunday performances.

Lea Elementary School Intern
● Assisted lead-facilitator during after-school programming
● Helped answering phones, door and filling out sign-out sheets.
● Assisted with student sign-in, snack set up/clean up and greenway Grille.
● Sorted and hauled recycling bins.

Inn at Penn Intern
● Assisted with the cleaning and maintenance of hotel rooms.
● Worked alongside housekeeping staff to preserve the presentation of the hotel.
● Reported to supervisors and promptly respond to the housekeeping needs.

Interested businesses can sign up at:

Contact Rebecca Ackerman
Netter Center for Community Partnerships
Community Internship Coordinator
[email protected]

4601 Market Street

Dear Neighbors, . . . . . . . . . Fri,Aug 17, 2017

Today, we joined with the Boards of Directors of Garden Court Community Association and Walnut Hill Community Association and sent the attached letter to Mayor Kenney to voice our collective disappointment over the City’s recent decision to move the police headquarters redevelopment project from 46th and Market St in West Philadelphia to Center City. We also offer key points for the City to consider with the respect to the future of this property, including an opportunity for the community “to discuss in a public forum how we got where we are and where we can expect to go from here.”
With best regards,

The SHCA Board

Spruce Hill Community Association:
Email List: [email protected]

Read Mayor Kenny’s response letter: KennyLetter 4601Market

Night Market – Saturday July 1st

Party in the Park this Saturday 4-8!

This Saturday from 4-8 PM, the Friends of Clark Park are sponsoring their annual Party in the Park! Everyone is encouraged to come and join the festivities, including food, drink and music! And most importantly, it’s opportunity to support one of our neighborhood’s most cherished assets — Clark Park.

The SHCA Board will at the party to continuing our $1 book sale and sell more raffle tickets. Come on out and support us and help us recoup our May Fair losses. Raffle prizes include a commuter bike from Keswick, an Amazon Echo from University Pinball Family Fun Center, and numerous gift certificates to local retail and restaurant establishments.

If you can’t make it to the party and you still want a chance to win great prizes, you can buy tickets online until June 13th at 5pm

Looking forward to seeing you on Saturday!


We regret to inform you that due to the severe weather reports this weekend, the 2017 Spruce Hill Community Association May Fair has been CANCELED. This was an extremely difficult decision for us, as May Fair is our flagship annual event and our only fundraiser. The entire SHCA Board regrets that we are unable to host this wonderful annual tradition in 2017! 

While we are severely disappointed by this development, we do have several other exciting announcements. . . . 

Book Sale & Open House is on for Saturday

Our annual $1 book sale and Open House at the Spruce Hill Community Association Center at 257 South 45th Street will be help on Saturday May 13th from 10am to 4pm. 100s of new and used books of all genres will be available for $1 or less. Food and beverages will be served! Raffle tickets will be sold! EVERYONE IS ENCOURAGED TO COME BY!

May Fair Raffle Drawing postponed until Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll – June 15h

SHCA will have a table at the Baltimore Ave Dollar Stroll and will draw the prizes that evening. Tickets can still be purchased online at Raffle Page, and will be sold at the SHCA Center during the book sale. There are lots of great prizes from local merchants (and buying tickets helps offset our losses for having to cancel the Fair).

SHCA is hosting Night Market on June 29th!

SHCA is proud to announce that our neighborhood will be hosting the Night Market on June 29th, which will also be the first event of this year’s Welcome America Celebration. Our neighborhood will literally be on center stage, city-wide as Philadelphia gets ready to celebrate the 4th of July! The Night Market will be on Walnut St from 38th to 45th streets. More information to follow.