NEWS AND EVENTS:  Activities

For Hopkinson House residents

IMG_20150519_101928_151EXERCISE WITH BYRON FINKByronFink

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
This long-standing class is for strength, balance, and more.



If you are looking to diversify your workout, increase morale, AND have fun, then come join our workout program with a certified personal trainer, Chloe Tennekon. Not only will you be working with others who share similar goals, but you’ll get to experience the motivation and originality that comes with working with a trainer.  November-December schedule 

Classes are open to Hopkinson House residents and take place in the Solarium.  First class is complimentary. Questions?  Contact Pat Ma, #HH316, 


Washington Square Citizens’ League is a nonpartisan, not-for-profit educational organization dedicated to motivating Hopkinson House residents to become engaged in the political and social processes of the day. Founded in 1996, Washington Square Citizens’ League offers an array of activities, including informative programs and regular meetings organized around interest groups. Annual dues for membership are $10 per person or $20 per couple. The membership year is July 1 –  June 30. WSCL Membership Form. Please contact Enny Cramer, Nelly Childress, or Susan Tomita for more information.

SpeakerMicWSCL Evening Speaker Series

Monthly evening programs in the Hopkinson House Solarium feature local movers and shakers, who have included Governor Ed Rendell, Philadelphia Inquirer columnists, government officials, and political candidates. Events offer the opportunity to meet-and-greet over refreshments before the program and Q&As. All Hopkinson House residents and their guests are welcome. 

  • Monday, November 20, 7:30 p.m. Featured speaker is Jake Blumgart, PlanPhilly’s planning, development, and housing reporter. PlanPhilly is a project of WHYY News and was created in 2006 as a project of PennPraxis. (Refreshments at 7:00 p.m.)

discussionWSCL Afternoon Discussion Group

Topical discussion sessions take place every other Monday, starting at 2:30 p.m., in the Hopkinson House Upper Solarium. Knowledgeable Hopkinson House residents lead the discussions and provide printed reading material. Participation in individual sessions or a series is free for WSCL members. If you plan to attend any of the fallowing Fall 2017 sessions, please contact Curt Johnson at .

  • November 13, 2:30 p.m.  Process and Issues of Replacing a Sitting President. Discussion Leader: To be determined
  • November 27, 2:30 p.m.  Status of a College Education (history, recent trends, current issues). Discussion Leader:  To be determined
  • December 11, 2:30 p.m.  Pakistan–History Including Relationship with India and Afghanistan. Discussion Leader:  To be determined

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Sessions are held every four to eight weeks on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. for about an hour in Apt. 2803. Books selected for forthcoming meetings are:

  • December 3 – The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton

reel2WSCL Reel Discussion Group

Film-goers meet monthly to discuss a critically acclaimed film with social and/or political themes of interest to members. The Sunday sessions begin at 5:00 p.m. in the Hopkinson House Solarium, led by Victoria Kirkham. Group members receive a ballot on the Tuesday before the meeting, and the group’s selected film is announced by Friday morning. To be added to the distribution list, contact Larry Meehan at Meetings will resume in January 2018.

theaterWSCL Theater Discussion Group

Join the Theater Group’s re-boot as we experiment with more outings and participation. Discussions take place in the upper Solarium.

  • Saturday, November 18, 7:30 p.m., By the Bog of Cats, Irish Heritage Theatre at the Walnut Street Studio 5
  • Thursday, November 30, 7:30 p.m., Discussion of By the Bog of Cats (Irish Heritage Theatre), Blood Wedding (Wilma Theater), and other recent plays