We 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.
Professor 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!
RSVP Today for Afternoon Tea on the 18th!
Sunday, August 18th,
from 2:00-4:00pm at the home of
Madeline Elwell, 720 W. Sedgwick Street
Missing Smith traditions? Come join us on the 18th of August for an afternoon tea with your fellow Philadelphia Smithies! Bring your favorite tea or snack, and we will share about our week (or month or year!). There will also be games! Accessible by bus and train, and lots of on street parking. Friendly old dog on site!
RSVP to email@example.com or 267-495-7976
UPDATE: The event is on!! See you there 🌕
The Smith College Club of Philadelphia invites you to Full Moon Rowboating at Bartram’s Garden Community Boathouse on Thursday July 18th at 7:00 pm. Go for a row in a boat built by Philly youth, enjoy refreshments, DJ, special percussion performance by Drum Like a Lady.
Location: 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. Philadelphia, PA 19143 follow signs for the boathouse
Time: Thursday July 18th at 7:00pm
Event is free! Guest and kids are welcome!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join the Philly Smith Club for Smith Movie Night on Monday February 18th at 6:30 at the Ritz Theater at the Bourse. This year’s film will be the critically acclaimed Roma directed by Alfonso Cuarón.
The Bourse Market is located at 111 S Independence Mall E, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Adult movie tickets are $10.25 and senior tickets are $7.25. Please let the club know if cost is prohibitive; assistance is available.
RSVP to email@example.com and meet outside the Ritz theater at 6:30 p.m. on the 18th. Optional movie discussion to follow in the Bourse food court!
Philly area Smithies!
Join the Smith Club on Monday, January 21st for the Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service. This is the 24th year for the largest King Day event in the nation and this year the Philly Smith Club will partner with the Hawthorne Cultural Center to clean and decorate this community agency.
Volunteering will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Center at 1200 Carpenter Street. Space is limited so please RSVP today at firstname.lastname@example.org join the team!
All Philly-area Smithies and their families are invited to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s Tree-Lighting Ceremony at 5:30 on Wednesday Nov 21st. The free event takes place on the East Terrace at 6:00 followed by pay-what-you-wish admission at the PMA. The Tree-Lighting Celebration includes festive treats and music by York Street Hustle leading up to the 6:00 p.m. countdown. Warm (and adult) beverages and a live choir continue the celebration inside.
The Smith Club will meet at 5:30 at the Rocky Steps at the “Prometheus Strangling the Vulture” sculpture by Jacques Lipchitz.
Email your RSVP to email@example.com for the contact number or just come on by on the 21st!
Happy Fall, Smithies
Thank you to all the Philly Smithies who have already donated to the the student initiated rebuild of the Kensington High School library!
The Philly Smith Club is still collecting books for Kensington High this month including:
– Young Adult Novels
– Graphic Novels
– Comic Books
– 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!
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a drop off or pick up.
Learn more about the Kensington High School Library project here:
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!
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
- Comic Books
- 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 email@example.com 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