Newsletter for Saturday, August 22
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Say a fond farewell to The Oval this weekend (next up: Made in America, followed by Pope Francis); photo via @julia_gulia.png on Instagram
CITY CONTROLLER BLASTS NUTTER’S POPE VISIT HANDLING IN LETTER TO BUSINESSES; MAYOR’S AIDES PUSH BACK
Philadelphia City Controller Alan Butkovitz apparently is not satisfied with how Mayor Michael Nutter is handling communications with Philadelphia businesses in connection to Pope Francis’ visit during the World Meeting of Families. He sent local businesses in the “security perimeter” a letter asking them to fill out an online survey — a letter that suggests “statements from the Nutter Administration lack adequate transparency,” and have created “an untenable air of uncertainty.” Butkovitz also promised to send around a second survey after the papal visit to find out if expectations were met. Meanwhile, Mayor Nutter’s director of communications told Billy Penn that “The tone of letter is disturbing and extremely disappointing.” Read the full letter and response from the mayor’s office here.
SETH WILLIAMS’ PAC: KATHLEEN KANE LEAKED THAT FBI PROBE STORY TO THE INQUIRER
The Political Action Committee for Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says embattled Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane is behind a story linking him to an FBI and IRS probe. In a statement emailed to press late Friday, the Friends of Seth Williams PAC noted the front-page Inquirer bombshell about the probe was written by Chris Brennan, the former Daily News reporter who handled the leak at the center of Kane’s criminal charges. So, is there a connection?
DAY-TRIPPING WILMINGTON: FIND ART, GARDENS AND SHOPPING
Wilmington is one of the bigger cities that’s super accessible from Philly via public transportation, and it’s worth a day trip if you want to check out what northern Delaware has to offer. From the art museum to the hundreds of acres of gardens to the downtown shopping district, Wilmington has plenty to offer in the way of entertainment. Also, important: It’s where Joe Biden lives. Here’s how to plan your Wilmington day trip.
ON THE CALENDAR
Dozens of vendors selling everything from clothes to baked goods to chairs to jewelry will be set up in this West Philly park at one of six annual flea markets hosted by this civil rights-driven used furniture and collectibles store. The event is also billed as a "health festival" and includes group dance exercise and live music.
Where: Clark Park at 4398 Chester Ave.
When: August 22, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free / pay as you go
This Chester County town is hopping these days, and there's an easy way to check it all out. If you visit all the local distilleries, breweries and wineries in one day — Bluebird Distilling, Stable 12 Brewery, Black Walnut Winery, Iron Hill Brewery and the Barrel by A'Dello Vineyard — and get your 'passport' stamped at each one, you'll get bragging rights and a cool tee.
Where: Phoenixville at All over town
When: August 22, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
If you're into vino and slick rides, you're gonna want to snag yourself a vehicle (and designated driver?) for the day and head down to this familly-run Delco winery, where live music and craft vendors will be setting up shop around a dozens of classic, cool and antique cars.
Where: Penns Woods Winery at 124 Beaver Valley Rd.
When: August 22, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: $16 ($10 for DD)
Get your Slavic folk on and eat all the pierogies and sauerkraut you can handle at this Montco fest celebrating Ukranian heritage with food, drink and entertainment. Expect talented dancers in traditional garb, music and lots to imbibe.
Where: Ukrainian American Sport Center at Lower State & County Line roads, Horsham
When: August 23, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free / pay as you go