Newsletter for Saturday, June 27
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The historic SCOTUS marriage equality ruling sparked celebrations across Philadelphia and the U.S.; photo via @spollere on Instagram
BEHIND THE SEPTA ARREST OF A MAN HOLDING HIS YOUNG DAUGHTER
SEPTA transit police have launched an internal affairs investigation after a swarm of officers pushed a 20-year-old man who was holding his young daughter off a Market-Frankford Line train and arrested him on the platform Thursday. “I’m concerned about the entire episode,” SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel said Friday. “We can’t endanger the lives of little kids over a fare evasion. That’s unacceptable.” Here’s video of the incident, and how things have played out so far.
DAY-TRIPPING RINGING ROCKS PARK: BOULDERS, WATERFALL & (MAYBE) ALIENS
Outdoorsy activities are hard to come by in Philadelphia. There are only so many times you can bike along the Schuylkill River or explore Fairmount Park. Ringing Rocks Park to the rescue. This Bucks County park gets its name from an impressive, 7-acre rock formation (How did it get there? Scientists aren’t sure.) It’s not too far outside the city limits, and features hiking, impressive rocks and a decent-sized waterfall. Here’s how to get there and what to do when you arrive.
BILLY PENN PLAYLIST: FROM CITY HALL LIGHTNING STRIKES TO WORLD-FAMOUS PIZZA
It’s summertime, so why not take a Roman holiday? That’s what Mayor Michael Nutter did. And while he was gone, his city fell apart. Not really, but there was a giant storm on Tuesday, and Billy Penn himself took a hit. Plus, booze debates are holding up the state budget and the Catholic Church will allow gay people to see the Pope while he’s here — as long as they don’t lobby for acceptance. On the upside, Pizzeria Beddia was named best in the country. All this and more in the #BillyPennPlaylist.
ON THE CALENDAR
COLLEEEN AT FRINGEARTS
World-renowned Philly producer and DJ King Britt hosts and opens a show by this French dubtronica artist at the new performance venue on the Delaware riverfront. If you like original electronic music with soul, this is a concert for you — Colleen (née Cécile Schott) is known for taking acoustic instruments and layering them on one another for modern music with depth and grit. Plus, the theater is brand new, even though it’s in a 100-plus-year-old historic building.
When: 8 PM, Saturday, June 27
Where: FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard
How Much: $15 (tickets here)
LUNCH AT TRIANGLE TAVERN
Weekend lunch kicks off at this retro revamp of a South Philly favorite with a menu of specials like French toast (both vegan and traditional), Taylor ham and egg sandos and spaghetti carbonara (it’s got an egg on it, so yeah, it’s perfect for brunch). Also look for dishes like red or white mussels, wings and hot roast beef, plus a pretty great lineup of booze, including draft beer, multiple Negronis and spiked water ice.
When: 11 AM onward, Saturdays & Sundays
Where: Triangle Tavern, 1338 S. 10th Street
How Much: Pay as you go
PHILLY STYLE BAGEL INDIEGOGO PARTY
Not Montreal style, not New York style — these guys make *Philly* style bagels, and they’re damn good. You might know them from their Sunday pop-ups at Pizzeria Beddia, but now Collin Shapiro and Jonathon Zilber are opening a Fishtown shop of their own. They’re celebrating the end of their Montague Hearth oven crowdfunding campaign with a party — although you can still donate. Pony up a Hamilton (won’t be able to say that for long) and you’ll get to hit the batting cages, drink Yards beer, listen to live music and, of course, eat tons of great bagels.
When: 5 – 8 PM, Sunday, June 28
Where: Everybody Hits Philadelphia, 529 W. Girard Avenue
How Much: $10 (includes food & drink)
WAWA WELCOME AMERICA COMMUNITY DAY
The week-long Wawa Welcome America celebration gets going this weekend (#phillyownsthe4th, yo), and new to the lineup is a Community Day — this year, an organized cleanup and revitalization of the Samuel Recreation Center in Port Richmond. The location was chosen to help thank the neighborhood for its kind response to both rescuers and victims in the aftermath of the Amtrak tragedy. Swing through to lend a hand painting benches, planting and generally cleaning things up.
When: Noon – 4 PM, Sunday, June 28
Where: Samuel Recreation Center, 3539 Gaul Street
How Much: Free
COLD BREW COFFEE ICE CREAM FLOATS
The West Philly ice cream wizards at Weckerly’s have teamed up with Fitler Square’s Rival Bros. to host a one-time offering that combines frozen sweet cream with fizzy iced coffee. A glass of thick, refreshing, cold-brewed coffee on nitro tap (think Guinness) will be topped with a scoop of either apricot-toasted oat or chocolate malted-sour cherry ice cream for an entirely new twist on an ice cream float.
When: 11 AM – 3 PM, Sunday, June 28
Where: Rival Bros Coffee Bar, 2400 Lombard Street
How Much: $5 per float