December 4th At The Union Transfer A Fundraiser For The Rail Park

December 4th At The Union Transfer A Fundraiser For The Rail Park

So many wonderful events in a great year for the Rail Park! The 12.4 Fundraiser at Union Transfer was a wonderful culminating moment in a year of progress and pleasure in the making of the Rail Park. The evening featured a sell out cocktail party hosted by WXPN’s Michaela Majoun highlighting an extraordinary fashion show curated by Melissa D’Agostino and featuring her work and the clothing of ever-talented Bela Shehu with presentations by Commonwealth Proper and Arcadia and Bus Stop boutiques. The fashion show was preceded by a screening of Good Motion Project’s short film: “Be a Friend of the Rail Park”, which enthralled the audience with aerial images of the rail park site and interviews with the likes of Mayor Nutter and former governor Ed Rendell.  New Sound Brass warmed up the evening with their soulful sounds and Lux Arati performed fan dancing indoors and fire dancing outside to greet attendees as they entered the performance venue. The Walkmen headlined a great evening of music featuring their collaboration with the Sun Ra Arkestra who also performed in an exhilarating set by Spank Rock. Birdie Busch opened the evening with a house rocking performance and was followed by the ethereal sounds of Sharon Van Etten featuring Adam Granduciel, Mary Lattimore and Jeff Zeigler. The event netted what amounts to the most successful fundraiser to date and over 700 people ponied up the ticket price with all proceeds benefitting Phase One of the Rail Park. Earlier in the year, Paul Levy announced that he had the capital funds in sight to break ground on Phase One in 2014. The Rail Park has traction!   Looking back there were so many wonderful moments in 2013. There was an April fundraiser that I hosted at CITYSPACE featuring an intimate fashion show, the Rally for the Rail Park that exceeded expectations with 500 people attending a September block party adjacent to the Phase One site with music, dance, and a pig roast provided by 13th Street Kitchens of Prohibition Tap Room fame. In October the Rail Park was all in with DesignPhiladelphia featuring the DP Closing Party at CITYSPACE where conceptual drawings by OLIN and others were presented. Earlier that week scores of people attended a Rail Park site tour guided by historian Patrick Grassi.  October and November were also highlighted by Friends of the Rail Park board member Sarah McEneaney’s exhibition of viaduct based paintings at Locks Gallery culminating a panel discussion of the state of the Rail Park including Paul Levy, Phase One landscape designer Bryan Hanes, councilmen Mark Squilla, and Sarah herself. The event was packed and for many of us it was standing room only!   2013 will be remembered as the year the Rail Park started building critical mass and with public awareness on the rise, sorely need funds starting to enter the picture, and once conceptual designs shovel ready for reality, 2014, is destined to become The Year of the Rail Park. Be part of it! Show your support on the donate page of Happy Rail Park New Year!

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Dated: January 21st 2014
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