‘Under the Shady Old Tree’ Summer Reading and Arts Program


Summer Reading and Arts program this Summer in Vernon Park, in partnership with the Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Philadelphia Regional Library and made possible by the Fairmount Park Conservancy. Children (of all ages) and their caregivers are invited to cool off ‘Under the Shady Old Tree’ this summer. Guest readers will read aloud, along with arts & activities based on a specific theme each week.

Friday, July 13 | 3-4:30 p.m. | theme: The environment (with Friends of the Wissahickon)

Friday, July 27 | 3-4:30 p.m. | featuring “Treasure Box” by local author

Friday, August 10 | 3-4:30 p.m. | featuring: “Love for a Lion” by local author Sarah Greene

Friday, August 24 | 3-4:30 p.m. | theme: peacefulness, mindfulness

Friends of Vernon Park is seeking slightly used children’s books to distribute at these story times so that our young friends and neighbors can add to/start their own libraries. Attendees are welcome to bring a book to swap, but it is not required—we will have plenty to share.

If you have well loved children’s books in good condition that you would like to donate, please contact info@friendsofvernonpark.org.

In case of bad weather, we will meet at the library in the Children’s department.



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POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER! New Date: June 9, 2018 Spring Love Your Park

Welcome back, sun! The #LOVEYOURPARK cleanup & planting event in Vernon Park has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 9 (yes, same day as the elected officials’ rescheduled Community Day!). We’ll be working in the park from 9am-12pm, come on out for any time you can join us!

Sign up at https://loveyourpark.org/eve…/vernon-park-spring-service-day


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Philly Spring Cleanup

Join us April 7 in Vernon Park for the Annual Philly Spring Cleanup! Details here:


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Happy New Year!


Happy New Year from Friends of Vernon Park! As we look forward to the year ahead with our wonderful community in Vernon Park and all around Germantown, we invite you to check out our FOVP_2017_AnnualReport_web. Thanks to everyone who joined us at an event, volunteered at a clean up, played on the playground and enjoyed the ‘Emerald of Germantown’, Vernon Park. See you in 2018!

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New Date! 10/21/2017 Fall Community Bazaar & Flea Market in Vernon Park

Join us for our 2017 Fall Bazaar on (new date) Saturday, October 21, 2017. Meet neighbors, learn about community organizations, enjoy great finds for great deals and the beauty of autumn in Vernon Park. A diverse array of over 75 vendors will be selling all kinds of treasures, providing vital community information and offering arts & advocacy based activities all in one spot—the “Emerald of Germantown”, Vernon Park!

Please share with friends, neighbors, social media networks and local organizations—we truly appreciate your support for building strong community in our public spaces!


Vendor registration is now closed. See you Saturday, October 21 in Vernon Park!





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Just Announced: Monument Lab in Vernon Park Fall 2017

Mural Arts’ Monument Lab invites you “to join a citywide conversation about history, memory, and our collective future.”

Friends of Vernon Park is proud to share that Vernon Park will be the site for 2 installations by 2 exceptional artists, Karyn Olivier and Jamel Shabazz.



See details here:

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Super Saturday July 1 in Vernon Park!

Kick off July right with these great happenings in Vernon Park!

Saturday, July 1

Complete Schedule:

  • 9-10 am: Saturday Morning Yoga Series with Kate (all ages and levels) begins! Donations welcomed and will benefit Vernon Park. Join us every Saturday (weather permitting) from 9-10 am in the Park.

  • Starting at 6pm: Wawa Welcome America brings fun, games, community information and First Person Arts Storytelling as part of Philadelphia’s Performances in Public Spaces Grant

  • Starting at 8pm: The #One Germantown Film Series from Germantown Special Services District continues with partner Wawa Welcome Americato bring Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to Vernon Park. Bring your own chair or blanket and favorite snacks.

All partners will be working together and with the 14th District to ensure a safe and enjoyable environment for all.

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Coming this Summer!

Stay cool this Summer, with a book under the Shady Old Tree! Look for the big tree by the flagpole on the Greene St. side of the Park, we will be joined by Joseph E. Coleman Library’s Childrens Librarians, Artists, Musicians and more for storytelling, music, arts, crafts and and fun for kids of all ages. Made possible by a grant from the Fairmount Parks Conservancy. First story circle is Friday, July 7 from 3-4:30 p.m. Please spread the word!
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