This year’s Fishtown Shadfest is bringing together groups in the community to raise funds toward one lofty goal –erecting a $200,000 statue of Lenni Lenape Chief Tamanend, who entered into a treaty of peace with William Penn on the grounds of Penn Treaty Park.
The annual Shadfest, now in its fourth year, is organized by the Friends of Penn Treaty Park. It will be held at the park at Columbia and Delaware avenues from noon until six p.m. on April 28.
“That’s where Pennsylvania really started,” said Vice President of the Friends of Penn Treaty Park Barbara Morehead. She also mentioned that it was officially named a historic site by the City of Philadelphia on March 9.
The Friends of Penn Treaty group has long sought a tribute statue to Tamanend on these grounds. In the past, the group had hoped to move a statue of Chief Tamanend from the intersection of Front and Market streets in Old City to Penn Treaty Park. That move would have been incredibly expensive, and the statue was designed for the Old City location. Morehead said the group wants to commission a new statue.
“Shadfest will hopefully be a big success. It’s a nice advertisement for the park,” said Morehead, who said that the group’s hope is to have 5,000 people in attendance this year.
At the event, the park will be filled with tables full of exhibits, activities and crafts, as well as an essay contest for children and the new addition of food vendors along Beach Street.
All proceeds will go toward the creation of a new statue of the Native American leader that will reside within the park.
To help contribute to the cause, the Kenzinger Beer Challenge is also returning to Shadfest this year. The Challenge is sponsored by a partnership between the Philadelphia Brewing Company and the Fishtown Beer Runners, said Beer Runners founder David April.
The run originally started out as a competitive 5k and was appropriately titled the “Shad Run.” When some challenges arose due to construction of Sugar House Casino, the organizers of the run switched things up.
“The sidewalks were torn up and you couldn’t run on them,” said April. “We decided we’d do this fun run rather than a competitive run with timing and all that.”
Now in its third year, the run is gearing up and spots are still available for anyone who wants to join in (see registration information below).
Last year, April said there were 145 participants, and this year he’s hoping for more.
While Kenzinger is the title sponsor of the challenge, April said that the Philadelphia Brewing Company goes above and beyond in its support for the run by providing t-shirts for all the volunteers.
The run, which is set up like a scavenger hunt, will include four or five stops- usually breweries and bars significant to brewing history in Fishtown and Kensington.
According to April, some of this year’s sites will be Steven Starr’s Frankford Hall in Fishtown, the Philadelphia Brewing Company brewery site in Kensington, the future site of Star’s Think Beer, Drink Beer columnist Tim Patton’s St. Benjamin’s Brewing Company and more.
The partnership between the brewery and the runners makes for an interesting run and a fun-filled day, but there is one goal in mind.
“We just do it to help Penn Treaty Park,” April said.
If you’re going:
Celebrate Fishtown at the fourth-anual Shadfest on Saturday April 28 from noon to 6 p.m.
The fest raises money for the Friends of Penn Treaty Park, a community organization dedicated to preserving and enhancing the beauty and usefulness of historic Penn Treaty Park.
Back by popular demand is the the Kenzinger Challenge Run, a three-mile non-competitive run.
The run begins at noon, online registration (through April 27) is $20 + a $2 fee ($1 of which TicketLeap will be donating back to Friends of Penn Treaty Park). On-site registration (day of) is $25 and will open at 11 a.m. Check-in is at the Shadfest Info Tent at the front of the park.
The first 100 participants will receive a T-shirt.
The rain date is April 29.
For more information, visit www.fishtownshadfest.net