A Little About the Founder
Hi! My name is Annie Cushing, and I am a resident of the Fairmount area of Philadelphia. I moved to the Fairmount area in February 2016 from Cherry Hill, NJ, to be close to the river and the city. I’ve wanted to live in the city since I was a kid living on a farm in NJ. While my kids were young I settled in the ‘burbs, but I come alive when I see a skyline. So I finally took the plunge and moved here.
You might be wondering, Okay, the city I get, but the river? What’s that about?
To answer that, I’ll have to rewind the clock a to few months before the move.
I was in a fun, kickin’ Zumba class, and the instructor (and my now great friend, Mari Riccobene) announced that she and another woman in the class were organizing a community dragon boat team. I had never heard of dragon boating, so I turned to YouTube that evening. It looked really fun and like a great opportunity to build deeper friendships with my Zumba friends. And I knew anything Mari was involved with was going to be supes high energy! 🙂
Within a couple months the coach who was working with our little team challenged me to consider joining a competitive women’s team. I did and was hooked! I would drive along the Schuylkill River Trail on the way to our indoor paddle pool practices and daydream of the day I’d actually get out on real water. My plan had always been to move to NYC when I became an empty nester, but I found myself increasingly tethered to Philadelphia.
So I struck a compromise with myself: I’d give Philly a try for a couple years and decide from there. But since moving to Fairmount, I’ve really fallen in love with the area.
So Why the Site?
The Discover Fairmount site was my response to always seeing cool events being set up for in my neighborhood and never knowing what was going on. Thanksgiving day 2016 was the tipping point for me. I was bicycling with my daughter and partner in crime, Destinee, and saw a mass of people by the art museum. So we wandered over that way to see what was going on and got there just in time to see the last band wrap up in the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade. #fail
Later in the bike ride we discovered a whole section of our favorite bike path (that runs along the Schuylkill River) by going behind the art museum toward downtown. As we rode along, I saw things I’ve never seen before: a skate park, a boardwalk, an entrance to 30th Street Station, etc. Then we enjoyed the most amazing all-you-can-eat Thanksgiving dinner I’ve ever had at the London Grill.
When I got home from dinner I bought the domain. I hate to ever waste money (except on shoes, my budget-free zone), so I knew this would putting skin in the game. And GoDaddy raised the stakes with a good ol’ punch in the arm.
So I worked all night, outlining the site. I decided that this area is just too fascinating to and rich in history to not have its own site.
So you can say this site is the product of an insatiable curiosity. I hope — whether you are visiting here or a resident of Fairmount — you will find value in the many adventures Fairmount Park and the Fairmount neighborhood have to offer!
My Day Job
When I’m not playing on this site and conjuring up new ideas to add to it, I’m deep in data for my day job at Annielytics.com. Yes, my tagline is that I make data sexy.
This site is an opportunity for me to give my right brain a chance to get out and play in the fresh air and sunshine from time to time. 🙂