The fate of the nation is saved, and it's all thanks to a group of Philly schoolkids. Well, not the entire nation, exactly, but the historic re-enactment that commemorates an important moment in the Revolutionary War. History buffs have gathered every Christmas Day since the '50s to play out George Washington's famous Delaware River crossing, but this year the water level was just too low. Enter Philadelphia Waterborne, a nonprofit that visits schools to teach students to build rowboats. The org donated six of its kid-built skiffs, which have a much flatter bottom and can handle the crossing just fine.
MatzoBall, the party held annually on Dec. 24 in cities around the nation, claims it's the top spot for "young Jewish hormone-driven singles" to find a significant other. Could that be true? Quite possibly, yes. We talked to a bunch of Philadelphians who actually met their spouses at the Philly edition of the Christmas Eve event. Here are their real-life stories.
City Council is ending 2017 with a bang. It just passed a bill that would forgive parking ticket debt, and let anyone with outstanding tickets from pre-2013 settle up for just $50 if they haven’t had a violation since. Sounds like a dream for anyone who DGAF about parking signs, fire hydrants, bike lanes and pedestrian access. But this is bad news for schools. Read why, and check out the best parking tweets from this week.
On the Calendar
This is the last weekend to drop off a new toy or children's book at this historic prison museum. They'll be wrapped and given as gifts to local children with incarcerated parents. (One in 28 American kids has a parent behind bars.) Bonus: You'll get BOGO admission to ESP for your kindness.
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary at 2027 Fairmount Ave., 19130
When: December 23, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to December 24, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: A new toy or book
CNN commentator and activist Marc Lamont Hill's Germantown bookstore and cafe is up and running and hosting events. This one will see presenter Maisha Sullivan-Ongoza lead people through the history, principles, and mission of the seven day festival that celebrates African and African American culture and history.
Where: Uncle Bobbie's Coffee & Books at 5445 Germantown Ave., 19144
When: December 23, 2017 at 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
How much: Free; seating is limited
If you're looking for a distraction after last-minute gift shopping or a place to take visiting family, catch a live ice carving demo in Old City. You can watch sculptures appear out of blocks of frozen water right before your eyes.
Where: Franklin Square at 200 N. 6th St.
When: December 23, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free
Mr. Claus will make his annual appearance at the ice rink in this Oxford Circle rec center. Admission is free and skate rentals are $3.
Where: Tarken Ice Rink at 6220 Frontenac St., 19111
When: December 24, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
How much: Free admission, free Santa, $3 skates
If you're not doing the family thing on Christmas Eve, head out on the town to Varga Bar's annual party. Expect lots of rare beers and discounts on others, plus special snacks like fried PB&J and Mickey Mouse pancakes.
Where: Varga Bar at 941 Spruce St., 19107
When: December 24, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to December 25, 2017 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go