Meet and connect with Philly based author and playwright, Jacqueline “Jackie” Goldfinger, and discover what makes Philadelphia, her Philadelphia.
Name: Jacqueline “Jackie” Goldfinger
Occupation: Independent Theatre Artist, Performing Arts Advocate.
Born and raised or imported to Philly? Imported to Philly. We are growing roots here.
Favorite restaurant in Philly? Lunch at Franny Lou’s Porch in Kensington has tasty locally grown food and a great atmosphere. Also, Greenstreet Coffee in Washington West, at the corner of 11th and Spruce keeps me fully caffeinated which helps when working and raising kids at the same time.
Best place to shop in Philly (food, clothes, gifts, jewelry, etc). Select one? Local PHL Market in Center City has art, home decor, and more created by local artists and designers.
What is your one favorite “best kept secret” about Philly? Something that you and only a few others know about but everyone should… Neighborhood and Free Fringes. Audiences from around the region flock to the larger international FringeArts Festival which is great, but my favorite shows (music, dance, theatre, etc) are always produced at the lower-key Neighborhood Fringe Festival and Free Fringe which are run around the same time. Check them out and join us for shows this fall.
What makes Philly your Philly? The teachers and small business owners. My kids love McCall (our public school). No matter what is going on, the teachers are always giving our kids the emotional and educational support they need. This is no small feat and their willingness to come through paired with our local businesses’ willingness to support them (special shout out to Mr. Joseph at South St. Business Center) made us decide to buy a house and put down roots here. A community that loves with such an enormous heart is where we want to be, and where we want our kids to grow up.
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Images: Kathryn Raines, Plate3 Photography