It certainly has been a whirlwind few weeks, what with our great fund raiser at The Cantina (where we welcomed 6 new member-owners), our presentation at the Dickinson Narrows Civic Association (4 new member-owners) and last night’s appearance at Drexel University for the screening of Urban Roots (1 new member-owner… but we were all the way over at 31st and Market… that’s like traveling to Cleveland and having someone join the Co-op!) And by the way, I really do recommend that you see Urban Roots. I have it on DVD if you want to borrow it.
So our unofficial count as of yesterday, according to board member Cassie Plummer’s posting on Facebook, was 175 (plus 1 from last night, we’ll call it 176).
And we’re not slowing down.
Tonight we take a little break to kick back and celebrate the International Year of the Cooperative with the Philadelphia Area Cooperative Alliance, a newly formed group linking together many of the established and start-up co-ops in the area. The event will take place at Fergie’s Pub, upstairs, at 12th and Sansom starting at 6pm. Free appetizers. Cash bar. Great opportunity to see people you’ve met through the process of becoming a member or attending one of our previous events. I said we’ll be kicking back to celebrate but if you really want to make it a great night, bring that member-owner application and check for your equity that you’ve been holding onto for the last several weeks.
And, of course, on Sunday we invite you all (member-owners and not-yet-member-owners) to “Love Your Co-op” with Food Network challenge veteran and pastry chef Chad Durkin. Join us for chocolate, cheese and wine tasting as well as a demonstration by Chef Durkin. He’ll be demonstrating an easy to make at home dessert that you can replicate for your loved one on February 14th. In addition to the demonstration, you can enjoy complimentary chocolate, cheese, wine, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, and a chocolate fountain with fruit, pretzels, and pound cake! This is a ticketed event and there is an afternoon and an evening session. Space is limited and at just $12 per ticket ($7 for member-owners, free kids younger than 12) available tickets are going fast. Click here for more details including links to buying tickets online. Join the Co-op today and you can still get that discounted ticket price.
And we haven’t forgotten about your youngest member-owners. On Wednesday, February 29 from 5pm to 8pm, we’re hosting Kids Night at the Grindcore Coffee House (SE corner of 4th and Greenwich – between Dickinson and Tasker). Parents with young children are encouraged to attend to meet and greet with other co-op parents and kids. We’ll have fun crafts for the kids to create with and will be showing cartoons on a projector. Delicious coffee, teas, and treats are available in the coffee house (a member of our Shop South Philly Program) which specializes in vegan and sustainable practices.
Finally, block off Saturday, April 28th for our 2nd Anniversary Celebration at the Passyunk Gardens. We’ll have live music, raffles and an after-party at Devil’s Den. More details to follow. Just don’t plan anything else for 4-28, mmmkay? Because hopefully we’ll be celebrating our 250 Founding Members that day as well!