Newsletter for Saturday, July 25
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
It’s hard to tell all the way up on top of City Hall — check out how big Billy Penn’s head really is; photo via @historicalpa on Instagram.
LEGAL PING PONG: JUDGE SAYS POINT BREEZE POP-UP CAN REOPEN (AGAIN)
The Point Breeze Pop-Up garden will re-open for business this weekend after more than a week of being shut down. On Friday afternoon, PBPU owner John Longacre filed an emergency petition asking municipal Judge Nina Padilla to reinstate the emergency injunction that had allowed the beer garden to reopen after the first time it was shut down (yes, this did all happen before). The development is just the latest volley in a ping-pong battle waged by the Philadelphia Department of Licenses and Inspections.
DAY-TRIPPING PENNSBURY MANOR: CHECK OUT BILLY PENN’S SUMMER HOME
Big fan of Billy Penn (you know, the actual dude)? Even if you’re not, the area where his summer home once sat north of Philadelphia is a gem along the Delaware River and a great fit for a day trip. Pennsbury Manor is 43 acres of land complete with a recreated estate from the 17th century, and guided tours are offered of the area. Expect Colonial-era re-enactors, exhibits and opportunities to learn more about Quakers and their daily life hundreds of years ago. Here’s all you need to know about how to get there and what to do.
BILLY PENN PLAYLIST: FROM THE POPE FRANCIS ‘SHUT DOWN’ TO SHADY’S VERSION OF ‘AARON’S PARTY’
Doesn’t it feel like the pope visit is coming up next week with all the details we just learned? The Beach Boys “Shut Down” is a good way to sum it up, just like Rihanna’s “BBHMM” is a kinda spot-on assessment of the situation with Philadelphia property tax delinquents (who owe $523 million). Then there was SEPTA’s papal pass fail — there were lots of songs we could’ve used for this one. Get the last week of news in musical form with the #BillyPennPlaylist.
ON THE CALENDAR
Hidden behind Opa and right next to McGillin's, the Drury Beer Garden is the definition of an urban hideaway in the middle of the city. Celebrate three years of back-alley beers, games and food with a free spit roast — chef Bobby Saritsoglou will be cooking a whole pig and organic chickens throughout the afternoon.
Where: Drury Beer Garden at 1311 Sansom Street (behind Opa - entrance also on Drury Street)
When: July 25, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The green space behind the Walnut West Free Library will become a circus of sorts for this annual summer fest, with trapeze artists, juggling, fire dancers, puppets and balloon artists providing family-friendly fun throughout the summer evening. Live music will set the mood, and there's free Ben & Jerry's ice cream and Philly Pretzels, while supplies last.
Where: 40th St. Field at 40th & Walnut streets
When: July 25, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Whether you're looking to stretch your muscles, bust a move or waltz across the dance floor, this is the day to get off your butt and do it. As part of National Dance Day, eight different Philly dance studios are offering free classes all day. Check out the schedule, pull on some dancewear and get shaking.
Where: Various dance studios throughout Philly
When: July 25, 2015 at 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free during the day; some evening classes are $5
Scope out dozens of unique antique cars at this annual block party along East Passyunk avenue. When you get jealous your whip isn't as slick, drown your envy in Mexican hot dogs from Cantina los Caballitos, dim sum from Bing Bing and tons of other outdoor food and drink from the restaurants along the Ave. Special note: chef Sam Jacobson will be previewing meat pies from his forthcoming English bakery, Stargazy.
Where: East Passyunk Avenue
When: July 26, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free with pay-as-you-go food & drink
When is it OK to bring your young daughter to a beer bar? When it's hosting a special session designed to help teach new dads how to do their little girls' hair and trim their nails. "I just can't get the ponytail thing right," said Pistola's co-owner Joe Gunn one day, and so here we are. A $10 ticket includes a pint of Great Lakes beer and useful beauty lessons.
Where: Jose Pistola's at 263 S. 15th St.
When: July 26, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
How much: $10