Newsletter for Saturday, December 19
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Peace on Earth, a simple plea via unfinished street art; photo via @linewalkier215 on Instagram
KENNEY HAS HARSH WORDS FOR EAGLES: ‘NOT COMMUNITY-COMMITTED’
Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has previously expressed that he’s not so hot on the new stadium Temple is planning, which has also been met from strong pushback from North Philly residents. On Friday, he indicated his disappointment with another player in the saga: The Philadelphia Eagles, whose doubling of rent for Lincoln Financial Field (from $1 million to $2 million) is what made it appealing for Temple to consider building a new stadium in the first place. “[The Eagles] are not…as community-committed as the Phillies, Flyers, and Sixers are,” he told an audience at the Community College of Philadelphia.
SPLIT DECISION FOR KATHRYN KNOTT; MOST JURORS WANTED MORE
A Philadelphia jury has convicted Kathryn Knott of simple assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and one count of conspiracy in the case that became widely known as the Center City gay bashing. But she was acquitted on two counts of aggravated assault. Assistant District Attorney Michael Barry said the victims in the case were satisfied with the split outcome, but many of the jurors indicated they were not, saying that all but two of the 12 had fought for additional guilty verdicts. “We wanted to do so much more,” said one juror after the trial.
WHY MAYFAIR TURNS INTO A ‘CLARK GRISWOLD EXTRAVAGANZA’ OF CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
It’s really about bragging rights. And a lawn sign. Maybe a few small prizes. But mostly bragging rights. Come nightfall, some 150 homes and businesses Northeast Philadelphia’s Mayfair sparkle, twinkle and shine this week as part of the neighborhood’s biggest-yet Christmas Decoration Contest. The three best-decorated homes and businesses learn who gets to claim those bragging rights this Monday, and the competition is heated.
ON THE CALENDAR
Finally it's cold enough to really enjoy your ugly Christmas sweaters! Pull one on and head to the Fishtown taco haven, where bartender Phoebe Esmon and friends will be slinging enough booze to appreciate the day's high fashion.
Where: Loco Pez at 2401 E. Norris St. 19125
When: December 19, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Last year, the gift drive organized by Women Against Abuse and the tiny Police Station next to South Street's Whole Foods went viral on social media, netting over 1,000 donated toys. The last day to give to the second annual push is this Sunday, December 20.
Where: South Street Police Mini-Station at 905 South St. 19147
When: December 19, 2015 at 12:00 a.m. to December 20, 2015 at 12:00 a.m.
How much: Donated gifts
A special edition of Philly's famous Punk Rock Flea Market takes over the shipping container-interiors surrounding RiverRink Winterfest for two days this weekend. Perfect for picking up presents while getting in a little ice skating fun.
Where: RiverRink Winterfest at 101 S. Columbus Blvd. 19147
When: December 19, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Christmas Village in Love Park is going to the dogs for a couple hours each afternoon this weekend. PAWS will be there with adorable pups up for adoption, so stop by to see if you want to bring home more than gifts.
Where: Christmas Village, Love Park at 16th and JFK 19103
When: December 19, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Get your wooden spoons working hard and whip up a batch of holiday cookies to bring to Sancho Pistola's on Monday night. Pop them in a tin (up to three kinds) and put them up against your peers after enjoying a special Taco Exchange menu in collab with brand new bar Martha. Judging at 11 pm.
Where: Sancho Pistola's at 19 W. Girard Ave. 19125
When: December 21, 2015 at 9:00 p.m.
How much: Tin of cookies