Philly Love Notes Gift Guide

Hello friends and Philly-lovers, Time for the first Philly Love Letters Gift Guide! With some help from you, I put together a completely non-comprehensive list of amazing things being done right here in the city (or right outside). This only scratches the surface of the cool stuff being made here. There are always tons of great markets and small businesses to support (like Amalgam Comics, Philadelphia Independents, Yowie, and Omoi Zakka). And of course, one of the best gifts of all -- donating money, time, Read more

Giving Back 2017

Oh this year. Time to buckle down and do what I can to give back. Like last year, I'll be donating all of the profits from the map sales to local nonprofits from Thanksgiving through Giving Tuesday. That means that your purchase of a map will help to support all of the following organizations: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Marian Anderson Historical Society, SEAMAAC, Red Paw Relief and Students Run Philly Style (more about the nonprofits below). Last year we raised Read more

#whyilovephillyarts Launches

It's official, the first #whyilovephillyarts, featuring Sean Martorana, is now live! Check out the prints below and purchase one of the 30 limited edition prints online. This is the first collaboration that aims to build a body of Philly-specific art across a variety of mediums for people to purchase with 100% of the profits going to the artist (along with a full commissions and licensing Read more

Melody Kramer

Love Note #73: Want a magical Philadelphia evening? Head over to the bocce court in Bella Vista. You might just find Melody Kramer there

Melody Kramer
Favorite Spot: Bocce court at 10th and carpenter
Neighborhood: Bella vista

Address: 10th and carpenter

I am: An almost med student (at Temple University) slash ex-public radio producer (at fresh air) who loves running, photography and exploring the city
Years in Philly: City proper: 10 years total (baby, college, now.) burbs: 14 years. Other: 4 years.
Current Neighborhood: Center city via west philadelphia

My love note: I first discovered bocce through my college roommate Jackie, who grew up in south Philadelphia in a large, loud, bocce-loving family. She brought a glow-in-the-dark bocce set with her to school and we used to whittle away evenings throwing the balls around a field at 39th and Locust. College ended. Jackie moved. I moved. I moved back. I missed bocce.
Enter the court at 10th and carpenter. A perfectly manicured, regulation-sized bocce court, complete with nearby benches for heckling and nearby Chickie’s (for the best vegetarian hoagies on the planet). In the morning, retired men share stories and catch up over games. In the evenings, a motley crowd gathers — hipsters, local Vietnamese shop owners, families wandering through the tiny pocket park.

I recently spent an evening by the bocce courts listening to a violinist, catching fireflies, drinking furtive sips of wine, singing and — of course — playing bocce. It was a quintessential, magical Philadelphia evening.

Posted on by Emma Fried-Cassorla in Queen Village / Bella Vista 1 Comment