Newsletter for Saturday, July 11
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Break time at The Oval: It’s not easy to paint a 25,000-square-foot mural; photo via @phillynightowl on Instagram.
JUDGE: L&I WAS TOO HARSH, POINT BREEZE POP-UP GARDEN CAN REOPEN
After being shut down earlier this week, the Point Breeze Pop-Up beer garden is back in business. Immediately after receiving the July 8 cease and desist order the Department of Licenses and Inspections, owner John Longacre filed suit in municipal court. The case was heard on Friday, and Longacre emerged victorious, with the judge saying L&I had restricted Longacre’s access to due process, that the cease and desist order was far too harsh for a business entity with no code violations. The open-air beer garden will be open regular hours on Saturday, and for the foreseeable future.
PHOTOS: FISHTOWN’S ST. LAURENTIUS CHURCH WINS HISTORIC DESIGNATION
Fishtown’s St. Laurentius church just landed a spot on Philadelphia’s historic register. The building at 1600-1608 E. Berks St. will remain standing for now, despite plans by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to demolish it. Fishtown’s St. Laurentius church just landed a spot on Philadelphia’s historic register. The building at 1600-1608 E. Berks St. will remain standing for now, despite plans by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to demolish it. For now, the parishioners of St. Laurentius are elated.
DAY-TRIPPING BUCKS COUNTY: NEW HOPE FOR SHOPPING, DOYLESTOWN FOR CASTLES
Looking to get out of the city for the weekend? Look no further than the county to the north, where rolling hills and small towns can actually feature a cool array of attractions and options to get away for the day. Start your day in Doylestown and check out the castles that sit in southeastern PA, because… castles. See an art museum while you’re there, and then swing over to New Hope, the locally-legendary art-heavy small town with great shopping, dining and bar options. Here’s how to plan your trip to Bucks.
PHILLY DONUT SHOPS, WE HAVE YOUR BACK: NO ARIANA GRANDE-ING, PLEASE
Philly purveyors of donuts and other fine prepared foods: If you fear that donut-lickers might descend on your establishment, we understand. And we have a solution for you. Pop star Ariana Grande was caught licking donuts on Tuesday in a California establishment. Then, Grande was caught on video saying, “What the fuck is that? I hate Americans. I hate America,” in response to being offered a fresh tray of donuts. Grande will be performing at the Wells Fargo Center on July 29, and yo stop a similar incident from happening in our city, we’ve created this poster for you to use.
ON THE CALENDAR
BASTILLE DAY BLOCK PARTY
When your neighborhood is home to a modern ruin that looks like a castle, the only sane thing to do it pretend it is one. Philly’s annual re-enactment of the storming of the Bastille goes down just like it did in Paris — except that when Marie Antoinette (aka London Grill’s Terry Berch McNalley) shouts “Let them eat cake!” she actually tosses out free Tastykakes to the assembled crowd. The Bearded Ladies’ take part in the show, and the performance is followed by a party in the street with music by the West Philadelphia Orchestra and plenty of food and drink.
When: 5:30 PM–midnight, Saturday, July 11
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue
How Much: Free/Pay as you go
34TH ANNUAL HISPANIC FIESTA
Join more than 15,000 people at the region’s largest showcase of Latino history and culture, celebrated with food, fun and entertainment. Try eats from nearly every Latin American country, browse arts and crafts, watch a fierce dance competition and shake it to live music at the two-day fest hosted by Concillo, the Council of Spanish Speaking Organizations of Philadelphia.
When: 2–8 PM, Saturday–Sunday, July 11–12
Where: Penn’s Landing, Columbus Boulevard at Walnut Street
How Much: Free/Pay as you go
MID-ATLANTIC CHEESEMONGER THROWDOWN
Meet local cheesemakers and watch Whole Foods cheesemongers compete to create the best pairings at this epic cheese-off. Free cheese and free beer from Yards and Great Lakes mean it’s hard to refuse, but this event has two other things going for it. One, it takes place on the roof of the South Street Whole Foods, which offers a great and unusual view. Two: For each person who attends (21+ only, please), the grocery chain is donating $1 to nonprofit Fair Food Philadelphia.
When: 2–5 PM, Saturday, July 11
Where: Whole Foods South Street, 929 South Street
How Much: Free
COLD BREW COFFEE, SERVED FROM A TRIKE
A team of cycling baristas from HubBub Coffee will debut new coffee trikes that convert into pop-up coffee bars dispensing cold brew on draft with a #HubBubTrikeTrek across Philadelphia. Follow along on Twitter and Instagram and catch up to one of them near Rittenhouse Square, along South Street and in Unversity City to try a free sample. In future weeks, the trikes will be posting up outside Yards brewery every Saturday and visiting a different neighborhood for “Cold-Brewsday” every second and fourth Tuesday. It’s a full-circle return for HubBub owner Drew Crockett, who started his business by launching one of Philly’s very first modern food (coffee) trucks.
When: 11 AM–noon, Sunday, July 12
How Much: Free
COMMON GROUNDS MARKETPLACE GRAND OPENING
A new outdoor market launches this weekend, and it’s about much more than just fresh fruits and vegetables (though there are plenty of those). The Foot Trust partnered with Rodeph Shalom synagogue to turn the weekly event into a community meeting place with book swaps, line dancing, bike demos, food trucks, cooking demos and even tours of nearby urban farms.
When: Noon–4 PM, Sunday, July 12
Where: Broad & Mt. Vernon streets
How Much: Pay as you go