Historic Strawberry Mansion presents: JEFFERSON DAVIS TAKES PHILADELPHIA
Thursday, 11 October; 6:00 p.m.
2450 Strawberry Mansion Drive, Philadelphia
A book talk with author S. Tyson Gardner
The North won the Civil War, but it took a Jefferson Davis to reunite the nation. It’s 1876, the last days of postwar Reconstruction in the South, when a nineteen-year-old artistic prodigy from Georgia, with a troublesome name, heads to Yankee Philadelphia and the country’s first World’s Fair. A call for artists to participate in the Fair’s art exhibit, the largest in the nation, sends Thomas J. on his way. A hilarious coming-of-age story follows, with a cast of illustrious characters and more than a few mishaps and amusing encounters. Ultimately, Jefferson Davis takes Philadelphia in this madcap fictional romp, where anything can happen – and very nearly does – in this historical farce.
Free and open to the public. Reservations not required.
Refreshments will be served.
Join POP on Sunday, September 23 from 1 – 3 pm for an installment of our new Community Gleaning Education Series – featuring community teachers presenting on lesser known fruits and herbs of the orchards.
At Fikira Bakery, fermentation rises breads and also makes medicine. Fikira’s cauldron-keeper, Ailbhe Pascal, will teach you how to make a flu-fighting tonic using POP’s citrus, trifoliate orange. Known as “fire cider,” this tonic is spicy-sweet and knocks the sniffles away. It will take a month to ferment, so please have a jar to bring the magic home.
We invite you to experience our newly-renovated event space on Sunday, September 9 from 1 – 4 pm.
Join us for an afternoon filled with food, drink, and a vendor showcase highlighting florals, decor, stationery, photography and more. RSVP for up to four guests and enjoy the grounds while learning more about this stunning venue!
For generations, the grounds of the Historic Strawberry Mansion have been enjoyed by members of the surrounding community as a quiet escape in Fairmount Park, so close yet worlds away from the noise and bustle of Philadelphia.
Because the backyard is so hidden from the street view, it feels like magic walking through the house and into this stunning tree-lined yard. Plan a luxurious outdoor celebration (up to 250 people) on the expansive rear grounds where guests may mingle on the full-length brick terrace overlooking a beautiful Azalea path that winds around the perimeter of the property.
Birchtree Catering is a small, woman-owned business and the exclusive caterer for Historic Strawberry Mansion, and they’ve partnered with Open Aire Affairs to handle the venue management, construction of a standing tent, and all other rental amenities, making this a fully streamlined, all-weather venue in one of the most charming spaces in Philadelphia.
Tickets are $12. Click here to purchase.
The 10th annual Strawberry Festival on Saturday, June 9th, from noon – 2 pm features food and fun for the whole family! Enjoy orchard tours, free tours of the Mansion, crafts and games, a plant sale, an open-hive beekeeping demonstration, honey tastings, and more!
Philadelphia Orchestra FREE Neighborhood Chamber Concert
The Philadelphia Orchestra and the Historic Strawberry Mansion invite you to a FREE Neighborhood Chamber Concert on Sunday, May 6. The concert, featuring a wind quintet and string quartet of musicians from The Philadelphia Orchestra, will begin at 3:00 p.m. Come early for family-friendly activities beginning at 1:30 and complimentary lunch beginning at 2:00 p.m.!
This concert is FREE, but RSVPs are encouraged at www.philorch.org/freeconcerts.
The Free Neighborhood Chamber Concert Series supports the Orchestra’s HEAR initiative and its continued work to reach deeper into the communities of Philadelphia.
Join us at Historic Strawberry Mansion on Saturday, March 10th from 1pm-3pm, for a talk with author Angela P. Dodson about her book Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Fought For Freedom at The Ballot Box.
Named one of the Philadelphia Inquirer’s best nonfiction books of 2017, the novel discusses the impact of women in politics and government in an accessible and conversational way. Come learn about the history and context of women’s suffrage during Women’s History Month!
Visit Historic Strawberry Mansion to hear a special reading of “As Fast As Words Could Fly” by author Pamela M. Tuck in celebration of Black History Month. Guests will receive a copy of the book and can if have it signed by Pamela M. Tuck after the reading. Stick around for a free guided tour of Historic Strawberry Mansion after the reading.
Tour festively decorated Laurel Hill, Woodford, and Historic Strawberry Mansion on November 30 during this exclusive tour lit softly by candlelight, evoking the past in a unique and lovely way. Friendly and knowledgeable guides share the rich and interesting history of Fairmount Park and the life of the residents who called each of these magnificent buildings home. The tour concludes with assorted hors-d’oeuvres and desserts at Historic Strawberry Mansion. Transportation to each house is included on a private trolley car. Pick up is at Lloyd Hall (1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130) at 5:30 pm.
Tickets are $49.95 and can be purchased here.
Grab a blanket or chairs and head out to the Mansion on July 30th for live music, activities for kids and tasty strawberry inspired ice cream samples from Franklin Fountain with additional ice cream selections for purchase.
Lounge in our beautiful backyard and listen to live music from talented local performers. Smith Memorial Playground and Strawberry Mansion Learning Center will be onsite with fun activities for kids. Enjoy free tours of Historic Strawberry Mansion and our nearby orchard from the Philadelphia Orchard Project.
Entry is only $5! Children 5 and under free with an accompanying adult.
The Committee of 1926 is issuing an RFP to select an Exclusive Caterer to provide event planning and catering at Historic Strawberry Mansion. The Committee requests proposals from all individuals and firms that would like to manage and operate event planning and catering services at the Mansion. By entering into an agreement for Event Planning and Catering, the Committee intends to encourage the scheduling of more events at the Mansion offering such services, to increase the use of the Mansion, and to generate additional interest in the Mansion and additional revenue for the support of the Committee’s mission.