Newsletter for Tuesday, Dec. 1
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
This wreath over Rittenhouse Square shows Christmas is growing near; photo via @alexisnocito on Instagram.
CALLS MOUNT FOR STATE GOP TO DISINVITE TRUMP FROM PA SOCIETY EVENT
Donald Trump is speaking to Pennsylvania Republicans in a few weeks. More than a few Pennsylvanians would rather he not. The statewide Republican party is drawing fire because the national party’s presidential frontrunner, Donald Trump, will provide lunchtime remarks a PA Society event on Dec. 11 at the swanky Park Plaza Hotel in New York. Tickets for the Commonwealth Club luncheon are apparently starting at $1,000 a pop and you can snag a table for a cool ten grand. Democrats are upset, as is the Harrisburg Patriot-News. The state GOP, taking a page from The Donald, is unrepentant.
SAXBYS CEO ON THE PLEASE TOUCH BANKRUPTCY, AND HIS OWN
The word “bankruptcy” does sounds scary. But according to Nick Bayer, CEO of Saxbys Coffee, it’s not always a bad thing. As he writes in his first guest column for Billy Penn, it can be the best thing that can happen to a company. Why? “It’s the best thing that happened to my company, Saxbys Coffee, back in 2009. It gave us the opportunity to do more with less (now one of our company’s core values) and rebuild our brand into something we all believe in.” And it can help the Please Touch museum, too, Bayer says.
The winless Sixers take on Bryant's also-awful Lakers at the Wells Fargo Center; tickets, right now, are $60. (That's still 3x the cost of an average Sixers ticket this season.)
Where: The Wells Fargo Center at 3601 S Broad Street
When: December 1, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
How much: $60 and up
BILLY PENN LIKES
COOKIE BRACKET, ROUND 2
Holidays are all about tradition, and that love of classics showed in your votes for during the first round of the the Billy Penn Ultimate Philly Holiday Cookie Bracket. In most categories, old favorites prevailed, whether they were seeded at the high end (does any cookie stand a chance at knocking off the juggernaut that is Termini Bros. cannoli?) or low end of their field (oh yes, Oteri’s butter cookies rocked Tastykake’s butt). In a few cases, however, hip new hotness won out — Brigantessa and Little Bird, we’re looking at you. Now we’re back with Round 2.
PROCRASTINATOR’S GUIDE: LIVE XMAS TREES NEAR PHILLY
The Christmas tree can be your house’s symbol for the holiday. That’s how it worked for the Griswolds — at least until a squirrel sent everything crashing down — and how it can work for you if you drive out to the countryside and find the perfect tree to chop down. And now that Thanksgiving has come and gone most Christmas tree farms have opened for business or increased their hours. So it’s tree time. Here are 11 places near Philadelphia where you can find your own Christmas tree and chop it down yourself.