Fireflies experience

On a balmy Saturday evening in early October, Wes and I headed to Philadelphia’s Sister Cities Park  in Center City see Cai Cuo-Quong’s Fireflies Experience. Cai is an internationally renowned artist who was commissioned by the Association for Public Art (aPA) to create an engaging public work to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Ben […]

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Heritage Walk and Fells Point

For a unique outdoorsy day trip or weekend getaway, how about a drive to Baltimore to explore the Heritage Walk and Fells Point? It’s an easy, two hour ride from Philadelphia to the Inner Harbor. First, fortify yourself with iconic local cuisine. We headed to Phillips Seafood on the waterfront for lobster rolls, crab cakes and fries doused with seafood seasoning. […]

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Light City

As soon as I saw the dazzling TV ad for Light City, I headed online to make plans for a family road trip to experience Baltimore’s free festival of light, music and innovation.  This is the Light City Festival’s second year. It features a week long celebration in early April of outdoor art and performances around the city and beyond. The festival […]

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park

We spent a fun, frenzied afternoon racing around Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park  at our first official Adult Easter Egg Hunt. The Park, known to locals as The Lakes, deserves its reputation as a hidden gem in South Philadelphia. It’s accessible by car (with free parking ) or a short walk from the AT&T Septa station. The grounds are open 24/7. […]

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sakura sunday

 Fairmount Park’s Cherry Blossom festival on Sakura Sunday has become our annual rite of spring. It was gloriously warm for mid-April with 1,000 cherry trees lush with blooms. The event price is reasonable: it includes live music and dance, Japan House admission, fashion shows, hands-on culture demonstrations and rampant cosplay. Prettiest in Pink We headed straight to one of our favorite events, […]

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best of the chefs

As a regular WHYY volunteer, I had the honor of helping behind the scenes at the March 28, 2017 Best of the Chefs Fusion Edition fundraiser.  We welcomed 300 enthusiastic foodies to a delicious local street food fest. Attendees sampled and rated appetizers, entrees and desserts well as drinks from a dozen restaurants and caterers. The haymakers cocktail drew a […]

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travel and adventure show

Philadelphia’s annual Travel and Adventure Show is a great spring outing. For a small admission price, you can glean advice from savvy travelers, sample global cuisine and explore bucket list destinations. I was lured to the 2017 show at the Convention Center by the list of celebrity speakers. There were talks by Rick Steves and the authors of Atlas […]

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Flower Show Insiders Guide

There is no better cure for the winter blahs than the immersive sensory experience that is the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show. Where else can you be transported to Lanikai Beach or Buckingham Palace just by riding an escalator? 2017 will mark my seventh annual show visit. Here’s my Flower Show Insiders Guide, to help you navigate this huge Convention Center event. Miniature Settings Arrive as early […]

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