November Travel Coffeehouse

6 Nov

Hello hello!

We hope all is well with you! But whew, haven’t we been missing serving coffee and being a resting place for our neighbors. Construction is still on :/ But soon we will be unbarricaded!

Here is what the next few weeks looks like for Leotah’s Travel Coffeehouse (like the good ‘ol days) Hope to see you out! :)

11.06/ 11.13/ 11.20- Wednesday: Latte Hour at Pizza Brain & Little Babies! 1pm-5pm

@ Pizza Brain: 2313 Frankford Ave! 19125 Every Wednesday until we re-open Leotah’s Place!
We will be selling: Coffee, Tea, Lattes, Espresso, Coffee Beans, Bottle Drinks, and a little bit of Love

11.09- Saturday: Pilgrimages, Fall Art Exhibition @ Garage Mahal 6pm-12am

@Garage Mahal: 2026 North Hancock St. Philadelphia 19122
Featuring work by Becky Bailey, Sean Bolton, Luca Cusolito, Sean Richard Doyle, Paige Fetchen, REFIND, Ryan Foley, Travis and Dana Hanmar, Chris Hartshorne, Olivia Jones, Jenny Kanzler, A. D. Loveday, Katie Dillon Low, B. H. Mills, Maggie Mills, Peter Murray, Paul Portis.
We will be selling: Coffee, Tea, Lattes, Espresso, Coffee Beans, Bottle Drinks, Tasty Treats, and some new Spiked Assortments
@Garage Mahal: 2026 North Hancock St. Philadelphia 19122
Day 2!
We will be selling: Coffee, Tea, Lattes, Espresso, Coffee Beans, Bottle Drinks, Tasty Treats.

11.12- Tuesday:Kensington Community Food Co-op Marketplace! 6pm-8pm

@Circle of Hope Upstairs: 2007 Frankford Ave Philadelphia 19125
You dont have to be a member to shop! Come support this awesome co-op! Local and delicious food and great people! KCFC is always looking for new members & volunteers! Check out their facebook
We will be selling: Coffee, TeaCoffee Beans, Loose Leaf Tea, Bottle Drinks,

11.16- Saturday:Itamar Borochov Quintet at the Painted Bride 8pm

@Painted Bride Arts Center: 230 Vine Street Philadelphia 19106
$25 in advance, $30 day of show | Members $18.75/$22.50
Attention Students: This show is available for Student Rush

Presented in Partnership with the Israeli Consulate’s Israeli Jazz Festival

Itamar Borochov, acclaimed trumpeter of eclectic world jazz sensation Yemen Blues, takes the Bride’s stage with his ensemble for a night of music that will intoxicate adventurous jazz lovers. Raised in Jaffa and educated at Mannes College at the New School of Music in New York, Borochov’s jazz vision demonstrates a wide-ranging sense of Arab and Pan-African influences.

We will be selling: Coffee, TeaBottle Drinks, Tasty Treats
@Painted Bride Arts Center: 230 Vine Street Philadelphia 19106
Saturday, November 30 | 7 pm

Sunday, December 1 | 4 pm
General Admission: $20 in advance/ $25 day of show
Children 12 and under: $12 in advance/$15 day of show
*Bride Members Receive 20%

Join Philadelphia’s premier African dance company in a show stopping performance celebrating the roots of urban contemporary dance! Kulu Mèlé’s incomparable ensemble will be joined by 12 community dancers in a bold and gorgeous new work by Emmy-nominated choreographer Jeffrey Page.

We will be selling: Coffee, TeaBottle Drinks, Tasty Treats

Halloween: Reading, Irish Music, More 10/31

29 Oct

Instead of meeting at Leotahs @ Circle of Hope: 2007 Frankford Avenue this halloween…

Mariko Snook leads us in a Halloween-themed children’s book reading @ 600!

+The Edgar Allen Pogues perform traditional Irish music!
+Reflections on the dead by Jay Beck.

Free/Donations appreciated
Leotah’s Place will be providing Tea and Hot Cider
Feel free to drop in anytime between 600 and 900. And don’t forget to stop by Emerald Street Garden as well!

Store Currently Closed: Catering & Events up and running!

28 Oct

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we are open

15 Oct

i am sorry for all the heads up for the construction. things are taking longer than expected to get permits through the city.
in the meantime..

we are still open!! :)

October at Leotah’s Place…

7 Oct

At Leotah’s

10.9 Wednesday: Gil Scott Heron Music day

We will be playing Gil Scott Heron’s music all day! come by and listen while sipping a Gil Scott Heron Latte… (see at the bottom of the newsletter for more info!)

10.25 Friday: Friday Music Eve! Musicians 6:30pm-8pm

Laura Szklarski & Robyn Mello will be playing a lovely eve of music! come listen to our neighbors!
A great family event and sweet time to give some exposure to our many local musicians.
Stay tuned for more information. if you are interested in playing contact DJ at
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10.31 Thursday: Halloween Storytime for families 6:30-8pm

 Hosted by Talking Leaves Books, we will be reading some lovely, spooky, and fun! Great for both parents and children. Come in costume! there will be candy!

Other News

Attn: Leotah’s Place will be under construction some time in October/November. We are still awaiting more information. However, if we close for a period of time we will still be present selling goods with a food cart across coral on York St! stay tuned for more info on our website!

Leotah’s Welcomes Talking Leaves Books: A Used bookstore & Education Resource

Talking leaves has initiated a soft opening and books are now for sale! We are still taking book donations! there is a box available in the front room of Leotah’s Place and more literature to take home. This hopes to be a focal point and resource for all manner of skill shares, book clubs, and art projects.

if you want to get involved or donate books contact Stephen at Like Talking Leaves on FB new blog post!
Opening day TBA, stay tuned for a party!

In the Hood
10.05 Saturday: “A Night of Baseball Movie Magic”

presented by cineSPEAKeasy + Everybody Hits Philadelphia @
529 West Girard Ave., Philadelphia,

PRESENTING: “Sugar” (not-your-average baseball movie!)

From the directors of acclaimed indie drama, “Half-Nelson”, comes the incredibly story of Miguel “Sugar” Santos, a young Dominican baseball star and the trials and triumphs he encounters as he immigrates to the US, recruited to play for the minor leagues with dreams of reaching the majors. (2008…Run time: 114 min…en español y english…Rated R: language, brief sexuality, and drug use)
Doors at 9pm.
COME EARLY: $1/rounds in the batting cages!!
****$10 suggested donation at the door = 2 beers/non-alcoholic bevs + 2 Pizza_Brain slices****
Pizza Brain is whipping up a super-secret ballpark-inspired pie made just for this event!!

10.12 Saturday: Big Fall Clean Up with EKNA 10am

Join EKNA and other area civics for one of the biggest clean-ups of the year – with free BBQ at the Brewery for all volunteers!
Meet up at 10:00 am at Leotah’s Place. Clean-up locations to be determined – email with suggestions of blocks that could use some cleaning!

10.19 Saturday: Philadelphia Public History Truck 12pm-6pm

Storytelling Block Party on 1800 block of Huntingdon Street
Bring an object that helps you share your memories of East Kensington for a historically good time. Featuring Little Baby’s Ice Cream and more!
Want to schedule an oral history interview? Contact Erin: or 856.332.6202

10.21 Monday: General EKNA Meeting 6:30

@ the Philadelphia Brewing Company.
Social time 6:30 pm, meeting agenda at 7:00 pm.
Please see here for Minutes from previous meetings.

Last Month’s Poll
Who do you love and/or appreciate? Why?more available at Leotahs)
  • all of my children. they are my world
  • Janelle for always taking time to help me problem solve life delimmas, she’s the best!
  • Eric, because he always has a way to make my day:)
  • Gail Szczesniak
  • Brian! for his super genuine honesty!!
  • I love my mom and dad. They love me and accept the lunatic person i can be!
  • My mom! she is always there
  • Claire, because she brings light when she comes this way
This Month’s Poll
Share a story where you experienced the spirit world or supernatural event.

Listen to your Elders
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Gil Scott Heron: the revolution will not be televised

Gilbert “Gil” Scott-Heron (April 1, 1949 – May 27, 2011)was an American soul and jazz poet, musician, and author, known primarily for his work as a spoken word performer in the 1970s and ’80s.
His collaborative efforts with musician Brian Jackson featured a musical fusion of jazz, blues, and soul, as well as lyrical content concerning social and political issues of the time, delivered in both rapping and melismatic vocal styles by Scott-Heron. His own term for himself was “bluesologist”,which he defined as “a scientist who is concerned with the origin of the blues.”His music, most notably on Pieces of a Man and Winter in America in the early 1970s, influenced and helped engender later African-American music genres such as hip hop and neo soul.
“Whitey On The Moon”

A rat done bit my sister Nell
With Whitey on the moon
Her face and arms began to swell
And Whitey’s on the moon

I can’t pay no doctor bills
But Whitey’s on the moon
Ten years from now I’ll be paying still
While Whitey’s on the moon

You know, the man just upped my rent last night
Cause Whitey’s on the moon
No hot water, no toilets, no lights
But Whitey’s on the moon

I wonder why he’s uppin’ me?
Cause Whitey’s on the moon?
Well i was already given him fifty a week
And now Whitey’s on the moon

Taxes takin’ my whole damn check
The junkies make me a nervous wreck
The price of food is goin up
And if all that crap wasn’t enough
A rat done bit my sister nell
With Whitey on the moon

Her face and arms began to swell
And Whitey’s on the moon

With all that money i made last year
For Whitey on the moon
How come I ain’t got no money here?
Hmm, Whitey’s on the moon

You know I just about had my fill
Of Whitey on the moon
I think I’ll send these doctor bills
airmail special
(To Whitey on the moon)
Try our Gil Scott Heron Tea Latte: Chai, Mint, Cocoa