Newsletter for Saturday, August 8
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Philly, where reading is for the cool kids; photo via @urban_crumbs on Instagram
SOUTH PHILLY SINKHOLE SWALLOWS TRASH TRUCK: WHY IT, AND 1,800 OTHERS, KEEP OPENING IN PHILLY
A garbage truck fell through my street last week. A full wheel cracked right through on its way through the 500 block of Mountain Street, and it sounded like an explosion. Then, the timeless South Philly sounds of arguing, from the recycling truck’s crew. The rest of the day turned into a bizarre limbo, with the whole street gathered around the beached vehicle. Of course, the Philadelphia Streets Department came and pushed the truck out. The next day, the gaping hole was filled with gravel and sand. We had lived through a sinkhole, a sign of the aging infrastructure of Philadelphia.
NBC’S SKYFORCE 10 ONCE CAUSED A SUSPECT TO SURRENDER: STORIES FROM 1,000 FEET ABOVE PHILLY NEWS
Philadelphia becomes a lot smaller when you’re flying in a helicopter at 125 mph, 1,000 feet in the air. You see the Comcast tower on face-to-face level and look down on the Billy Penn statue. The Benajmin Franklin Bridge starts looks like an item in a toy set. Phil Norton, Frank Cochrane, Daniel Kent and Jeremy Haas see Philadelphia like this every day. Norton and Cochrane are pilots for the NBC 10’s SkyForce 10 helicopter, and Haas and Kent are cameramen. Billy Penn flew with them and heard first-hand stories about what it’s like to cover what we see from above on the news, like fires, major car accidents, police chases and the recent Amtrak 188 crash.
DAY-TRIPPING KENNETT SQUARE: LONGWOOD GARDENS, VINEYARDS AND AVOCADO ICE CREAM
It’s not all mushrooms here. Yes, Kennett Square carries with pride the distinction of being the mushroom capital of the world, but it offers so much more for Philadelphians wanting to make the trip out to this artsy Chester County town. Head down for restaurants that rival Philadelphia in quality, plus Longwood Gardens, vineyards, art and more. Our guide to how to get there and what to do in Kennett Square.
ON THE CALENDAR
When a venue is bold enough to use the Twitter handle "@ILoveThatPlace" and no one complains, you know it must have something going for it. Find out what's up with this popular Delco farm during the annual peach fest, which brings the opportunity to pick (and snack on) fresh fuzzy stone fruit accompanied by family-friendly games and live music.
Where: Linvilla Orchards at 137 W. Knowlton Rd, Media
When: August 8, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free admission, pay-as-you-go peaches
Organizers promise this year's installation of the annual celebration of creepy crawly creatures has events and activities that show "the grosser features of insects." There's bug yoga, bug walks, a Roach Race 500 and, of course, a chance to treat bugs culinarily — that is, to eat them.
Where: Academy of Natural Sciences
When: August 8, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. to August 9, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Regular admission ($17.95 adults, $13.95 kids)
A backpack giveaway, live music and chance to get to know local community leaders are the selling points of this family-friendly festival focused on the health and safety of the far West Philly neighborhoods. Food and drink will be available and a steady stream of performances will take over the main stage.
Where: 60th Street at Market and Arch streets
When: August 8, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Following a successful event at Dilworth Park outside City Hall, internationally renowned artist Meg Saligman is hosting a second public art installation inspired by of Mary, Undoer of Knots, Pope Francis' favorite artwork. People are invited to write anonymous statements on strips of cloth that will become a temporary "grotto" to stay up through the end of September. There will be live music and dancing to go along.
Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art (steps) at 2600 Ben Franklin Pkwy.
When: August 8, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Happy hour on a Saturday is definitely a thing, and it's made even better at Marc Vetri's North Broad birreria this weekend with special guest Katie Parla. The author and sommelier is an expert on all things Rome (more relevant than usual right now). She'll be chatting up a storm while special Roman-style pizza and Italian craft beer are on special.
Where: Alla Spina at 1410 Mt. Vernon St.
When: August 8, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go