Area ticket purveyor TicketLeap hosted their inaugural Create! Philadelphia event on the evening of November 7 at the Arden Theatre in Old City. In his opening remarks TicketLeap CEO Tim Raybould described TicketLeap’s philosophy as emphasizing, “events over things.”
“We’ve spent so much time helping others create events,” said Tim, “that I thought it was about time that we created an event of our own.”
The main theme of Create! Philadelphia was of course creation and each of the evening’s three speakers had created big things. First up was Scott Schroeder, culinary mastermind behind The South Philadelphia Tap Room and American Sardine Bar. He talked about his start as a teenager peeling beans in the kitchens of Detroit and learning the trade of cooking.
“I never really considered myself an artist,” said Scott before showing the crowd slides of some of his more creative dishes.
“I swear I wasn’t on marijuana when I came up with this,” he’d say before advancing to another picture of an artfully arranged dish made out of seemingly incongruous ingredients. Scott might not consider himself an artist but the slides suggested otherwise.
Next came Thaddeus Squire of Hidden City Philadelphia. Thaddeus started young as well. He described his younger self as a “vigilante preservationist.” He recounted tales of urban exploration that culminated in the Hidden City Festival earlier this year. The festival brought together many disciplines in what Thaddeus called, “adaptive reuse.” Artists and creative collectives took over and re imagined some of the city’s lost architectural gems to create 10 distinct artistic installations. Not one to rest on his laurels, Thaddeus is also the founder of Cultureworks, a nonprofit that provides logistical support to the greater Philadelphia cultural community.
The last of the speakers was Tom Kehoe, founder of the Yards Brewing Company. Yards sprung out of the desire to emulate the dark, full flavored beers and ales that were popular in England. The name Yards was an homage to this tradition. Tom and his friends named their fledgling dorm room brewery after Scotland Yard since that was the most British sounding thing they could think of at the time. As Yards grew they moved out of the dormitory and into a Manayunk boxing gymnasium. Despite its humble beginnings Yards has grown to become part of the bedrock of the Philadelphia brewing industry.
“What we don’t finish [drinking],” said Tom, “We sell to everyone else.”
Fortunately for the rest of us Yards Brewing Company has significantly increased their capacity over the last two decades. There is plenty of beer left for Tom to sell.
All of the speakers at Create! started while young and Lucy Stone was no different. Lucy’s an electric guitar wielding singer/songwriter in her final year at Drexel University pursuing her Bachelor of Science in the Music Industry. Lucy and her band closed out the event with a live performance.
When asked about expressing her creativity through music, Lucy said, ”I really settled on music when I think I realized that it helped me and made me feel the best about the way that I was expressing my thoughts and feelings and emotions.” Earlier this year Lucy and her bandmates were on tour with Rusted Root. They’ll be opening for Rusted Root again on November 14 when they perform at the Ardmore Music Hall.
Once Lucy and her band finished everyone was invited to enjoy some Yards Brewery beers and engage with the speakers. I caught up with Tim Raybould during the meet and greet and asked if he thought his turn at putting on an event had been a success and if they’d do it again next year.
“Yeah, I’d say it was a success. Would I do it again next year? I’d have to sleep on it.”
He quickly reconsidered and added, “Yeah, we’ll do it again next year.”