Sundays with Smithies Book Club Launch

Would you like to meet with other Smithies to discuss novels by diverse authors? Have you always wanted to join a Smith book club, but could not make weeknights work in your schimage (1) 2edule? Join the new Sundays with Smithies Book Club! We will be meeting each month on a Sunday afternoon to talk about that month’s book in a local café. Come to our inaugural meeting on November 17 where we will discuss A Tale for the Time Being, but Ruth Ozeki ’80 and figure out what to read in the coming months. ALL Smithies welcome! Let us know you’re coming by sending an email with your name/class year to Can’t come but still want to join? Email so we can let you know about upcoming dates and books. 

–Liz Borland ’97 and Brigid Barrett ‘05

First meeting: Sunday, November 17, 2019

Time: 3-5pm

Book: Ruth Ozeki’s A Tale for the Time Being

Location: Charterhouse Café and Gallery, 620 S. 9th street (between South and Bainbridge)

Note: Easy free parking nearby in the Whole Foods garage

Volunteer with fellow Smithies at Share Food Project

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Saturday November 2, 2019
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

2901 West Hunting Park Ave
Philadelphia, PA

Come do a service project with Smith Alums and their families! Share is a nonprofit organization which focuses on food distribution, education, and advocacy. Every month Share Food Project’s emergency relief programs bring food to over 600,000 low-income Philadelphia families. Last spring, the Smith College Club of Philadelphia helped out at Share and packed approximately 500 boxes of food that was distributed to low-income seniors. For more information about Share:

Volunteers should wear comfortable shoes and warm clothes. Do bring family members. Children are encouraged to attend to as long as their parents supervise them. Share has a large free parking lot and is near multiple Septa bus routes.

We are hoping to get a great turnout of Smith Alums and families!! To join us, please contact Pam Kim ’87 or 734-846-4397.

Apple Picking & Fall Festival

Join us for Apple Picking and Fall Festivalimage (1)

with Smithies and Friends!

October 26, 2019
2:00-4:00 p.m.

Linvilla Orchards
137 W Knowlton Rd
Media, PA 19063

The Smith College Club of Philadelphia invites you to pick apples and enjoy fall festivities at Linvilla Orchards. Linvilla has apple picking, a fall festival with food and games (corn mazes!), a petting zoo, pony rides, a playground, hayrides, and more. Board Member Carolyn Trench ’07 is hosting; find her by the entrance to Pumpkinland. Children and friends welcome, but sadly, Linvilla does not allow dogs. There is no fee to attend, just the cost of your own apples/pumpkins/donuts/funnelcake/game tickets, etc.

RSVP to Carolyn Trench ’07,, by October 25

Happy Hour Networking for Smithie Professionals- September 25th

Smithie Happy Hour Networking Event
Wednesday, Sept. 25th, 6:00-8:00 PM
The Smith College Club of Philadelphia is hosting a happy hour for Smithie professionals looking to meet other alumnae living in and around Philadelphia. Board Member Liz Mincer will be hosting and will have a sign indicating our group. There is no fee to attend, just the cost of your own food and/or drink. 
Location: Harper’s Garden
31 S. 18th Street
Philadelphia, PA
No need to RSVP, just show up!

Andrea Hairston: Fall Faculty Speaker

Andrea HairstonWe are excited to welcome our Fall Faculty Speaker: Andrea Hairston, Professor of Theatre, Professor of Africana Studies and class of ’74 to Philadelphia on October 5th at 2pm. Professor Hairston is the artistic director of Chrysalis Theatre and has created original productions with music, dance, and masks for over thirty-five years. In addition to writing plays, Professor Hairston has spoken and written extensively about Octavia Butler, theater and film, and pop culture.

unnamed.jpgProfessor Hairston will be discussing her novel Redwood and Wildfire and the research that went into the book. She will do a reading from the book and then be available to answer questions and lead a discussion on science fiction, Afro-futurism, and her current projects. There will also be time for chatting with fellow alums and feasting on tasty snacks and drinks.

Neighborhood House, 20 N American Street, Philadelphia

Bring friends or family and RSVP today to

Tickets are Pay What You Wish with a suggested price of $10 for members and $15 for non-members (wish you were a member?). Use the button below to pay, or pay at the door.


NOTE: We recommend reading Redwood and Wildfire in advance of the talk, but you’ll be able to follow along either way. We are excited to see you there!

Phillies Game

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We will attend our third annual Phillies Game on
Sunday, June 23rd at 1:05 pm
versus the Miami Marlins at Citizens Bank Park.

Tickets are approximately $30 and financial assistance is available.
Please RSVP at by Monday 6/17.

Guests and kids are welcome!

2019 Annual Meeting

Thursday, May 30 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Neighborhood House
20 N. American St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
The Smith College Club of Philadelphia is pleased to welcome journalist, author, and professor, Lori Tharps ’94 as the featured speaker for this year’s Annual Meeting.
The Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday, May 30th at 6:30 pm and includes:
  • Lori’s presentation: “How to Do Diversity with Intention and Joy,” an interactive talk that incorporates both her personal story and discussion about how we can all incorporate diversity in our lives.
  • A review of the club year
  • Club Board Elections (If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the SCCOP board, please email for more information!)
  • Socializing and networking with amazing local Smithies
Ticket Pricing: Admission for the Annual Meeting is Pay What You Wish (with a $25.00 suggested donation) online or at the door. Admission includes hors d’oeuvres, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages.RSVP: Please RSVP in advance by email at

Annual Newsletter: Please find the 2019 Annual Newsletter here for highlights and photos from the year as well as information on membership, current student outreach, and the Alumnae Admissions program.


Upcoming Service Project – come join us!

Photo from 2019 MLK day of service project at the Hawthorne Cultural Center

On Saturday, April 6th from 9am-12pm a group of Philly Smithies are going to volunteer at Share Food Program (2901 West Hunting Park Avenue Philadelphia). Share Food Program is a nonprofit organization that works to bring food to people in need throughout Philadelphia.  Share brings food to over 505 Philadelphia food pantries. Share services 5,000 low-income households by distributing below-retail price monthly food packages. Last year Share’s on-site Nice Roots Farm harvested 15,000 pounds of produce which were distributed to neighborhoods that do not have adequate access to fresh affordable produce.

We’re hoping to get a great turnout of Smith Alums. Family members are welcome. To join us, please contact Pam Kim ’87 at 


We want to hear from you! The Smith College Club of Philadelphia is conducting a survey to inform future club priorities and events. Please click the link below to access the survey. Thank you for your participation! 




Spring Faculty Speaker!


Sunday, March 10th 3:00-5:00 p.m. at Art Sanctuary

Ginetta Candelario

The Smith College Club of Philadelphia invites Philadelphia-area alumnae and their guests to our annual faculty speaker event! Professor Ginetta Candelario, Professor of Sociology and of Latin American & Latino/a Studies, will speak on Sunday, March 10th at 3:00 p.m. at Art Sanctuary (628 S. 16th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19146). Professor Candelario will present ‘From Pin Curls to Perms’ and her work on race and U.S. beauty culture.

You can also read about Professor Candelario’s current work as the Editor of Meridians: feminism, race, transnationalism in the Winter edition of the Alumnae Quarterly.

Admission for the Spring Faculty Speaker is Pay What You Wish (with a $10.00 suggested donation) via the PayPal Donate button on our Membership page or at the door. Your admission also includes tea, hors d’oeuvres, and desserts.

Please RSVP to (and let us know if you are a former student of Professor Candelario).

Happy Hour/Book Drive at Bud and Marilyn’s

For this month’s On the 18th we will enjoy a Fall Happy Hour at Bud & Marilyn’s in Center City. Bud & Marilyn’s is located at 1234 Locust St and come meet Liz ’97 any time between 5:30-7:30 (Liz will be there at 5 if you want to get there a little earlier). Stay as little or as long as you like!

Bud & Marilyn's

The Philly Smith Club is also collecting books this month for the student-initiated rebuild of the Kensington High School library. The Inquirer article on this phenomenal project lead by the Kensington High senior class can be found here.

They are especially looking for the following genres:

  • Young Adult Novels
  • Graphic Novels
  • Anime
  • Comic Books
  • Biographies
  • Dictionaries (Spanish, English, French, Chinese, etc.)
  • Technical (engineering, nursing, career books, etc.)
  • Music books

What was your favorite book in high school or a book you wished you had read in high school? Give it back to the city! Donations can be brought to the On the 18th happy hour or contact for more details.

The class has also created several amazon wish lists:

Library Wish List:

Mr. Cruz’s Engineering Class Wish List:

If you can’t make it but would still like to donate books, you can drop them off at the school or send them to:

Mr. Eric Cruz
Kensington High School – Room 316
2051 E Cumberland St
Philadelphia, PA 19125