On October8 the National Liberty Museum hosted their 23rd Annual Gala and Glass Auction, honoring artist, ceramicist, social activist, poet and educator Roberto Lugo. The event featured a keynote presentation by John Dixon Hunt, Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at University of Pennsylvania, an expert on garden history and theory.
The National Liberty Museum’s mission: Through a compelling lineup of programs and exhibitions, the National Liberty Museum illuminates both the strength and fragility of liberty—as well as the inspirational stories of people whose positive actions protect and expand the boundaries of freedom for all.
2022 has been a year of transformation and change, the Museum has welcomed a new CEO, leadership team, and even a new front door cover they tell me.
Funds raised at the even will support their school programs, including the Young Heroes Outreach Program, which empower young people to be civic leaders, working responsibly together to drive positive change, and putting their empathy into action.
Building upon the vision of founder Irv Borowsky and his family, the National Liberty Museum continues to reexamine liberty through a contemporary understanding of historic foundations. The National Liberty Museum is the culmination of the life’s work of Irvin Borowsky, a proud lifelong Philadelphian, distinguished publisher, art collector, and philanthropist.
“We who are fortunate enough to live in the land of liberty must protect it, preserve it, and guard it for future generations.”
—Founder Irvin Borowsky, at the National Liberty Museum’s opening ceremony on January 12, 2000
Sheldon and Penny Bernick, I’ve been to their house and have seen their incredible glass collection. Of course my first question when I saw my neighbors collection was how do they dust, they told me carefully.
The photos are from last weeks Armory Oktoberfest, but the info is about tomorrows Oktoberfest at Brauhaus Schmitz on South Street, as well as South Street Fest, and nearby Philly Thrift Block Party.
If you missed last weeks epicness at the Armory (these photos are from that event), you can still catch the vibe of Oktoberfest on South Street on Saturday, at Brauhaus Schmitz. They’ll be partying in the street, on the sidewalk and inside.
For the 14th year in a row (2020 doesn’t count), South Street Oktoberfest will be held on the 700 block of South Street. This year, it will anchor the South Street Fall Festival! With 10 different German beers available on draft, a wealth of German food, live Oompah music by Die Heimatklänge, German dancing by the United German Hungarians, flower crowns,
Liter Lift, games and more, it is one of the fall’s most exciting food-and-drink events and a do-not-miss celebration for beer lovers! This event is family friendly and free to attend (pay as you go) Young or Old, there is something for everyone at this event! … but if you want more of an exclusive pass – the VIP Experience is for you! VIP PASSES are $120 include: Entrance to our Brauer Bund Bierhall, a special buffet from 12pm-6pm, Liter mug, 7 Bier/Merchandise Tokens, 2022 Oktoberfest Tee Shirt, Haus Swag, and private bathrooms (no porta potties!) – VIP PASSES are limited and must be purchased in advance!
The festival is an all day street fest complete with family fun, live music, face painting, delicious schnaps and the very best German food and Bier anywhere in the city! They’ll be tenting the street and have seating for 1000 people!
The Brauhaus Schmitz party is part of the greater experience of South Street. The South Street Headhouse District’s South Street Fest is happening as well. On Saturday, October 15, 2022 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. festival goers can enjoy international food and drinks, handmade crafts, and iconic eclectic vendors, plus plenty of new experiences and festivities. This event, spanning South Street from 2nd to 8th streets.
NEARBY: Philly AIDS Thrift 17th Anniversary Block Party will take place at the 700 blocks of S. 5th Street and E. Passyunk Avenue (between Bainbridge St. and Monroe St.) (PS I was one of the first volunteers at the Philly AIDS Thrift, when it opened 25 years ago.) on Saturday, October 15, 2022, with the streets opening at 12:00pm and closing at 6:00pm. The celebration will include live music, food trucks, celebrity dunk tank, carnival games, craft/vintage vendors, pie-eating contest, face painting, and dancing in the street! Look for Peabody Award-winning radio host and producer at WXPN, DJ Robert Drake – who will be spinning tunes all day for everyone dancing in the streets. Live performances by: Lilith: Circus Sideshow Act – You will be wowed by her performances with fire breathing and more! Performing at 1:30PM. Philly AIDS Thrift will also be hosting its 3rd Annual Pie Eating Contest, emceed by CBS 3’s Jim Donovan.
The contest is open to everyone; however, spots are limited. In partnership with MANNA, the berry pies will be graciously provided by the wonderful organization, in correlation to their annual fundraiser, Pie In The Sky, which began on October 1st. The contest starts at 2:30PM. MOBBLUZ – Philly’s own hard-working musicians will be delivering such a soul-grabbing, hard-hitting, Jazz and Boom-Bap experience. Performing at 4PM. Plus food trucks, artists and vendors, and a Celebrity Dunk Tank with WXPN’s Raina Douris, the host of the podcast “Conservations From The World Café”, WXPN’s John Stanley, the host of the podcast “John’s Dollar Bin” and drink-slinger at “Ray’s Happy Birthday Bar”, and Stefanie Jolles from Philly’s Premier Punk Rock N Roll Shop, Crash Bang Boom. You will also be able to have the chance to dunk the fabulous staff and volunteers of Philly AIDS Thrift.
Kick-off Party – Opening Celebration and Fundraiser (Oct 12)The festival kicks off with a celebration at Cherry Street Pier on Oct 12th. Join an array of designers, makers and enthusiasts and mingle some of the city’s top design talent. Get the first live look at all of the interactive design installations created by a variety of seasoned and emerging designers. Cheers to celebrating Philadelphia as a design city! Get tickets here.
Children spend only 20% of their waking time in school, and learning today occurs in and out of the classroom. What are we doing with the other 80% Explore projects that inspire us to reimagine our city and public spaces as playful learning opportunities for everyone, but especially children.
Join us for a panel discussion lead by CFI Workspace featuring local artists, researchers, business owners, and Maharam Textiles, discussing textile innovation artistically & industrially and how to apply both to business.
What life is like when the world isn’t designed for you and what designers, and people, can do to be more inclusive. Take part in a series of immersive activities to understand how some people experience the world and learn more about what frog is doing to design a more inclusive future.
Friends of the Rail Park presents Area in Focus walking tours, highlighting each section of the Rail Park Vision and the sites’ potential to become a public space connecting Philadelphians to nature and each other.
The DesignPhiladelphia Kids Fest is a weekend and festival experience bringing architecture and design to our youngest visitors and their caretakers through fun and creative activities at the Cherry Street Pier. This year’s Kids Fest is sponsored by VisitPhiladelphia.
Poth will open up our common area to the Public and feature an installation focusing on the history and design of the building as well as the process to develop this adaptive reuse project. This will be coupled with an outdoor block party with local music, food, and other vendors from Brewerytown.
Come celebrate the return of excitement for Frankford Pause Park as we unveil designs for this up-and-coming community space during DesignPhiladelphia’s 2022 Festival, accompanying an evening of food trucks and performances.
We are inviting architects, interior designers, builders and professionals to see a very unique space showcasing exceptional companies and their products which were created by their ferocious, creative young designers.
Come through Lapstone and Hammer to experience a collection of pieces that experiment with the art of living. Inspired by architecture, philly life, and the places we call home, Paradise Gray captures these three elements through a unique perspective, translating them into a slate of art and lifestyle products.
Earlier this week, the much anticipated Arthaus hosted their grand opening for guests, builders, VIPS and residents. It did not disappoint. The 47-story development with 108 residences, is located along the famed Avenue of the Arts directly across the street from the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
The Grand Opening celebration continues this weekend at Arthaus 12 – 5 (Sat. and Sun.). The public is invited to tour Philadelphia’s hottest new luxury address from top to bottom. What will you see? Stunning panoramic city views from the 42nd floor | Sumptuously decorated penthouse by interior designer @jimmydelaurentis | Five other decorated residences | Two full floors of indoor + outdoor resort amenities that make every day feel like vacation.
Saturday was a beautiful day. Not only was the weather a 10, but the Avenue of the Arts was a buzz with activity, especially on the Kimmel Cultural Campus and inside the Kimmel Center.
The Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Philadelphia Orchestra kick off Philadelphia’s robust arts and cultural season with Philadelphia Fall Arts Fest, a day of FREE festival-style performances, the chance to interact with more than 50 arts organizations from across the region, and $20 tickets to a selection of over 100 events!
The opening night of OTELLO and the start of FESTIVAL O22 at Opera Philadelphia on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 23rd , 2022!
Opening Night Celebration of Philadelphia Orchestra with Yannick Nézet-Séguin Conductor Lang Lang Piano , BalletXChristine Cox Artistic Director is September 28.
Though in-person programming is at the forefront of the Orchestra’s season, Digital Stage concerts will continue, featuring seven pre-recorded performances and audience favorites from last season. Highlights include a performance from the Orchestra’s 2022 Bravo! Vail Music Festival residency, and the recent Musikfest Berlin concert from the 2022 European Festivals Tour. Each performance will begin with a premiere, streaming in real time for viewers. Following the premiere, the online concert video will be available for ticket holders to watch on demand for one week. A complete listing of each Digital Stage program is included below and more details are available at www.philorch.org/digitalstage.
Kimmel Cultural Campus and The Philadelphia Orchestra are excited to welcome the Philadelphia community to kick off the 2022-23 season. “We are eager to once again bring thousands of arts and entertainment lovers, uniting the Philadelphia community as a sequel to the 2021’s Arts Launch.“
The Avenue of the Arts was on hand to discuss all the exciting happenings on Broad Street; Home to one the most vibrant and successful performing arts, residential, educational, commercial, and tourist destinations in the United States.
I think we all love attending Broadway on Broad Street at the Kimmel Center. RAISES HAND VERY HIGH FOR The Tina Turner Musical!! Check out the rest of the schedule HERE
Stay tuned for the Center City Districts – Dinner and a Show specials, launching soon. And follow the Kimmel Cultural Campus site for info on all the shows, events and special evenings happening !!
I headed over yesterday to see for myself, and sure enough there is a sign on the window saying “Closed Permanently”
They were always packed so I was surprised they closed this spot. I see the named key chains were popular.
If they have indeed closed, someone needs to jump on this beauty of event space.
In spring 2022, the Association for Public Art (aPA) temporarily removed Mark di Suvero’s Iroquois sculpture from Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway for major conservation restoration. Acquired and installed by aPA in 2007 thanks to the generous support of the late David Pincus, the red-orange I-beam sculpture was in need of a thorough paint job after 15 years of being exposed to the elements, which left the surface faded, chipped, and worn. This week the Iroquois returns with a fresh, brighter look as part of a PA’s 150th anniversary.
I’ve been so busy, I haven’t had a chance to photograph the latest movie filming in Philly, thank you to my readers for your tips:
“Audrey’s Children“, a biopic about the incredible true story of Dr. Audrey Evans, co-founder of the original Ronald McDonald House in Philadelphia in 1974!
For an entire week it filmed only a few blocks from my house. On Sunday it filmed around City Hall. I hear it’s soon going inside buildings to get “hospital scenes.”
“In 1970 when nearly all children with cancer die, an unconventional and brilliant oncologist breaks all the rules in an effort to revolutionize treatment methods and to provide housing and support to families of sick children,” reads the film’s IMDb page
Philly girl Jen Su celebrated her birthday month with a debut in September’s Philadelphia Style Magazine, a red carpet appearance at the MTV VMAs, and a party at The Capital Grille in King of Prussia organized by friends last week.
Su, who was on the red carpet at last night’s 2022 MTV Video Music Awards at the Prudential Center in Newark, has been on the forefront of celebrity news and interviews, in her work as a style and entertainment reporter for the Sunday Times and SABC3 Expresso Morning Show in South Africa. At last night’s ceremony, hosted by LL Cool J, Nicki Minaj and Jack Harlow, Su wore a black patent latex dress by Ayumi Perry adorned with silver chain couture and oversized tassels by Philly designer Sue Moerder Skull Art. “What’s amazing is that these chains are crafted from recycled basketball hoops, dog leashes, and other materials. I loved the edginess of the outfit and it was perfect for the VMA red carpet.”
Last week at a party at The Capital Grille in King of Prussia Su celebrated her birthday, her feature in Philadelphia Style Magazine, and the return of “red carpet” events in our area as well as nationally.
Fabulous females celebrated Jen Su at The Capital Grille included newly-crowned Mrs. Classic Universe Jennifer Lynn Robinson; Philly Style reporter and philanthropist Allison Weiss Brady; CEO of Embellish Beauty Marcia Williams; TV host Nicolette Brycki; Philly Socialite Melissa Leonard and daughter Madison Leonard; CEO of The Judge Group Marty Judge; real estate personality Donna Coghlan; celebrity stylist Ayumi Perry; TV producer Antoine Johnson; and television host Paul Rimar, of The Ri Show debuting on September 11th on the CW in Philadelphia.
Born in the Philadelphia suburbs of Jenkintown as Jennifer Tsou, Su graduated from Abington Senior High School, the University of Pennsylvania, and was a Rotary Scholar and Paul Harris Fellow. After graduation, she embarked on a 30-year career abroad, as a professional singer in Taiwan, a television news anchor in Bangkok, Hong Kong, South Africa, and fashion news personality in Shanghai, China.
In addition to her entertainment work with South Africa, Su has been a fashion and style commentator for Fox 29’s Good Day Philadelphia. She has also been on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia Film Society, helping to promote education and outreach to diverse communities through film and the arts – with the upcoming Philadelphia Film Festival from October 20-30.
On Halloween of 2017, Su’s then 13 year-old son Michael fell ill suddenly with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia T-Cell. “Michael became pale, started vomiting, and a terrible dark rash, known as petechiae, developed on his legs.” After the shocking cancer diagnosis, she airlifted her son to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
“He was incredibly ill and he was rushed to the pediatric ICU when we got to CHOP,” she explained. “With the clock ticking down, I left with the clothes on my back and we departed with a medical team from International SOS overnight. I’m truly grateful to Dr. Stephen Hunger (Head of Oncology, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia) for saving my son’s life.”
Her son, who also spent eight months in a wheelchair due to Avascular Necrosis, has finally begun walking again and is in remission after years of chemotherapy and treatment. “September 25th is the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Parkway Run and Walk, and Michael has been an Ambassador for the hospital. I applaud all the kids who have organized teams to raise funds for CHOP.”
Congratulations Jen Su on all your accomplishments, philanthropy and future endeavors. Philadelphia is lucky to have you back!! Plus I love see all you do in the celebrity world and all the world red carpet.
Hello my people. Summer is swiftly going by….but what a great summer. I had the best summer with friends, family and so much fun. A lot of dancing, and hamburgers. A few events. Not as many, but September I’m booked nearly every day, and October is getting booked. We’re ready to return to the new normal. And I have new partnerships, sponsored posts and advertisers which keeps me a float.
I haven’t done an awesome job at keeping up with the blog, sorry. I know I keep saying that. I was surprised I didn’t focus more on my 15th Anniversary of the blog, which was last month. Normally I do a big splashy re cap of the times, but it’s new to me to figure out a balance between work and fun.
Yesterday in the news there was a big story about Quietly Quitting, which isn’t about quitting, just cutting back. Maybe I was doing that a little. I still was posting these events on CBSPhilly, Metro Philly, Tribune and my SM platforms, but not doing such a good job here. With events coming back, I will have more long form content to share here. I’m excited to get back to work… the work of sharing.
This was the Philadelphia Zoo Summer Ale Festival, which I have been photographing for the past decade. It’s always a fun time. A record number of folks attending. It was a warm night, but there were no complaints. People are so happy to be out and about again.
What’s interesting on this side of the pandemic, is the presence of influencers, or what has become a better known definition – Content Creator. Once maligned by a few, Content Creators like Josh Eats Philly, Bran Flaks, Philly Publicists (Kory Aversa, who covers more than just his clients, which is kinda interesting) Cass in The City etcs, who have carved out a nice niche, following where people/peers devour their content to see what’s new, hot, next to do, eat or experience. I LOVE IT. Cause that’s what this blog was about, before SM came about. On this side of the pandemic, they are the new media.
The Philadelphia Zoo has so much to offer, the Ale Fest, The Philadelphia Zoo Gala, Boo at the Zoo in just a few weeks, now you can feed the giraffes contact them for info. Best wishes to my long time friend Dana Lombardo, on her new adventure. She was the Director of Marketing for a decade, and before that worked at Cashman & Assocs. She’s left the zoo and moved to warmer environs. I’ll miss her.
Thanks so much for your support, especially over the last 15 years. I really appreciate it. HughE
The 13th Annual 2nd Street Festival will pop-up and take over Northern Liberties on Sunday, August 7, 2022, from 12:00pm Noon to 9:00pm. This year the event will extend to the largest footprint in the event’s history, along N. 2nd Street from Spring Garden extending all the way to Girard clocking in at more than three-quarters of a mile long.
The all-ages celebration includes restaurants, food trucks, beer gardens, family fun, live music, artists, pop-up shops and entertainment. Street food and summertime sips will be available from a giant list of 50+ restaurants, bars, breweries and food trucks, including 15 outdoor beer and cocktail gardens. Get ready to dance in the street with live music and DJs on two main stages, plus throughout the festival, with Moonroof, Bougie and the Beasts, Bickel Brothers Band, Mobbluz, Koser, M11son, Dell-P, Solar Circuit, Upholstery, Plush in the Box, Gretchen Emery Band, Venn Sung, Dirty Soap Band, Reggae Thunder, Last Generation on Film and Swing That Cat, plus DJ MostHated, DJ Eric, DJ Frosty, DJ Xtina and Rebel Foster, DJ Nate G. and Uptown Eddie.
“2nd Street Festival is back and bigger than ever in Northern Liberties,” said Ann Lastuvka of Virginia Belle Events, the Executive Producer for 2nd St Festival. “One of Philadelphia’s largest and greatest summer traditions returns with the largest footprint in our history, plus tons of new programs and vendors this year. We have been working for months and months to bring back this beloved event and we can’t wait to see everyone back on N. 2nd Street this summer!”
“When we started this festival, we just wanted to celebrate our neighborhood and have fun doing it. It’s amazing how much interest it draws now and how much life it brings to 2nd Street,” said Oron Daskal, co-founder of the festival and owner of North Bowl and South Bowl. “The event is important to bring attention to our neighborhood, but it also raises money for our neighborhood organizations for the services they provide for our residents and businesses.”
LIVE MUSIC AND DJS
2nd Street Festival will bring the region’s local music scene back to life with two dozen acts on two main stages, plus areas throughout the festival.
Germantown Stage sponsored by Piazza Alta
12:00pm – Moonroof 1:00pm – Bougie & the Beasts 2:00pm – Bickel Brothers Band 3:00pm – Mobbluz 4:00pm – Koser 5:00pm – M11son 6:00pm – Dell-P 7:30pm – Solar Circuit
DJ’ed by DJ Xtina and Rebel Foster
The festival is free to attend, and pay-as-you-go for food and drink. Bring the kiddos and the pups, as this event is fully family friendly! More information about the festival, with registration for art vendors, can be found at www.2ndstfestival.org. Thanks to generous support from Penn Treaty Special Services District for their support of this event. Stay up-to-date with festival news on Facebook or Instagram.
SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES
For some vendors, this is their first major time back on the road and at this type of festival since the pandemic. The event will support our region’s thriving food truck, mobile food vendor economy and live music scene that was devastating to the industry, all while showcasing the red-hot food neighborhood of Northern Liberties.
Founded in 2008 by Northern Liberties business owners, Owen Kamihira of El Camino Real, William Reed of Standard Tap and Oron Daskal of North Bowl, the 2nd St Festival was established with the goal of bringing people to Northern Liberties in a fun and engaging way.
In addition to drawing visitors into the neighborhood, 2nd St Festival also raises money to support programming for two established neighborhood civic organizations, The Northern Liberties Business Improvement District and the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association.
For more information, visit www.2ndstfestival.org and follow @2ndstfestival. See you Sunday… bring your smile, and sunscreen.
The big news for Rivers Casino in July, is an appearance by Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge and the “We Are Family” Tour will echo through Philadelphia as she performs the band’s global anthem at Rivers Casino Philadelphia alongside a full band on Friday, Sept. 2, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for The Event Center concert start at $29 and went on sale today. (TICKETS)
The “We Are Family” tour is part of the upcoming entertainment at Rivers Casino, which is scheduled as follows:
7/30: Ed Bassmaster
8/11: George Benson
8/20: Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright
8/26: Gloria Gaynor
9/2: Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge and the “We Are Family” Tour
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July Jackpot Sweepstakes — Every day in July, any Rush Rewards member who hits a jackpot valued at $1,200 or higher will earn one entry in the July Jackpot Sweepstakes. On Sunday, July 31, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., five winners in each drawing will be randomly selected to win $1,000 in cash.
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Young at Heart — On Wednesdays in July, all Rush Rewards members ages 50 and older can swipe into a Rush Rewards kiosk and win free swag or Free Play.
Young at Heart: Jack’s Bar + Grill — Young at heart members ages 50 and older will receive unlimited soup and salad at Jack’s Bar + Grill on Wednesdays in July for $9.99.
Jack’s Bar + Grill — Jack’s is open every day at 4 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with the bar staying open until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Guests can enjoy live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to midnight.
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