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Port Richmond school gets a library after years of planning

Port Richmond’s Liguori Academy high school cut the ribbon last week on its “Boundless Knowledge Library,” funded by community donations.

Liguori also doesn’t yet have a librarian, so for now it’s operating on the honor system, Asha Prihar reports — but students are already reading more.

Bluecoat gin is sold, but local distillery is making big moves

Bluecoat gin, the signature product of Pa.’s first post-Prohibition distillery, is no longer locally owned. It was sold to a Kentucky-based whiskey maker.

  • The brand’s Philly roots will never go away, noted Bluecoat co-creator Rob Cassell, who helped rewrite Pennsylvania liquor laws and open the floodgates for the commonwealth’s 140-plus craft distilleries.

Now he could again shift the landscape, Ian Mikrut reports for BP, acquiring a Bucks County boozemaker in a bid to become a regional powerhouse.

March On: The Fight for Pride

New podcast by Billy Penn reporter Michaela Winberg
Out now: Trailer | Next up: Episode 1, May 26

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MAYOR WATCH

Mayor Kenney joins Sen. Casey on Boathouse Row to announce details about new federal funding for the Schuylkill River in Philadelphia (10 a.m.).

ON THE CALENDAR

Bands supporting Billy Penn: We’re emceeing a music show at The Fire, the woman-owned indie music venue and bar on Girard Avenue. Come hang at our table as you check out local bands with sounds ranging from blues-rock to surf-goth. Tickets are $15, and a portion of sales benefit BP’s journalism. (8 p.m. to midnight, Wednesday, June 1)

? Refresh your mixology skills with Art in the Age’s “Spring Spritz” cocktail workshop in Old City. Tickets include a hands-on demo where you’ll make two drinks to enjoy. (7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24)

? The Northern Liberties Night Market takes over North 2nd Street with dozens of food trucks, vendors, cafes, live music, and street performers. (5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, May 26)