This was our second annual family outing to experience Jack’s Pumpkin Glow Philadelphia. 5,000 Carved Pumpkins/Fumpkins This 3rd annual Halloween spectacle in Fairmount Park (near the Mann Center) features 5,000 carved, lighted pumpkins. We were blown away last year by the dazzling pumpkin displays and prefer family-friendly Halloween celebrations. We’ve done our share of creepy […]

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On a blustery October weekend, we trekked from the 2 street station to explore  Cherry Street Pier.  This latest Delaware River waterfront renovation  is next to Race Street Pier and Fringe Arts. The Pier offers close-up, wraparound views of Ben Franklin Bridge.  The $5 million transformation of the 55,000 sq. foot Pier has much to offer. There […]

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On July 14, 2018, I ambled behind hundreds of sweaty revelers down Fairmount to celebrate the last Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary. For the past 24 years, the historic prison has co-hosted a Bastille Day show and after-party with their neighbor, the London Grill.  It began as a lively intimate restaurant party each July 14. […]

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On a brutally cold January evening, we trekked out to Fringe Arts  by Penns Landing to join a unique audience participation event: Theater SKAM’s Fashion Machine. As devoted Project Runway fans, we were intrigued to see how kids could create a whole new outfit in just an hour. It always took 1-2 days and maximum drama for adult Runway […]

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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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It was a frigid winter night in Old City: perfect weather for a cozy evening of crafting with my daughter at a United by Blue workshop. We had visited UB’s  flagship store on 2nd Street previously to shop. We admire the integrity of their designs and their bold environmental pledge– to remove a pound of trash for every product […]

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A visit to The Expressive Hand pottery studio was the perfect birthday gift from my daughter. It’s a cozy “paint your own” walk-in storefront on South 9th street. We donned our boots, trooped over on a blustery winter weeknight and had the place to ourselves. The staff was friendly and the vibe was low key which I appreciated. […]

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