Spring is in full swing, and what better way to celebrate the season of life than to help West Passyunk get some new life of its own?
On Thursday, the West Passyunk Neighbors Association is hosting a fundraiser at Miss Rachel’s Pantry (itself a fairly new addition to the neighborhood) for the neighborhood Greening Project, which aims to plant ornamental grasses and other greenery along sections of the newly rebuilt West Passyunk Avenue corridor.
The project, funded by the Newbold Community Development Corporation through member contributions and donations from area businesses, will mean planters of Russian sage sprouts and small shrubs installed along 16th street behind the Melrose Diner (above) and two other locations west of the intersection.
Planting will continue throughout the year, with a concurrent tree-planting project, undertaken by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department, scheduled to begin in the fall.
Tim Lidiak, the Newbold CDC’s president, says the project is part of a larger initiative to attract business to this section of the city. The CDC has recruited a professional horticulturalist (read: plant scientist) to help with the logistics of getting the plants in the ground. The CDC is also dealing with the city’s Streets Department to discuss maintenance and care in the long-term. If all goes according to plan, the plantings will be fully mature in three years.
In the meantime, head down to Miss Rachel’s to throw your own eco-friendly ideas (and a few dollars) into the mix, all while enjoying the Pantry’s vegan tapas, beers and top-shelf margaritas.
It doesn’t hurt that the place is cute as a button.
Check the official invitation for more info (note that you will have to RSVP):
Where: Miss Rachel’s Pantry 1732 W Passyunk
When: May 2, 6:30 – 9 p.m.
Cost: $35/pp, payable at the event
What you get: Tapas style menu, buffet setting, byob (however, there will also be some freely available), $1 raffle, coupon book from local businesses and a really great time!!
Why: Proceeds will benefit landscaping and beautification efforts along W Passyunk Ave