Wanted to buy one of those commemorative pieces of the old LOVE Park basin, the keepsakes that were etched with the LOVE sculpture emblem and offered for $50 a pop? Sorry, you're out of luck. So were the more than 300 people who stood in line for more than two hours at Christmas Village Friday morning, eager to score one of the 250 granite blocks for themselves or for gifts. Because the city done goofed — and the sale was shut down at the last minute.
Still feeling a overly full? Even if you're not planning to get to the gym today, there's a solution. We got some post-holiday workout advice from Osayi Osunde, owner and founder of Fit Academy in Brewerytown. Here's a step-by-step guide to working off those extra holiday carbs without even leaving the house.
The weekend after Thanksgiving is officially the start of the holiday shopping season. You know this already, of course, because of the deluge of ads chasing you around as you watch TV or browse online. But there’s a way to embrace the spirit without succumbing to corporate commercialism: Shop local! Here's a roundup of some great places to start, including several neighborhoods hosting Small Business Saturday events.
One of the grand structures erected for Philadelphia's 1876 Centennial Exhibition was a huge botanical garden called Horticultural Hall. The Victorian-style building in West Fairmount park was, according to the Philly History Blog, the largest conservatory of its time. Yet by the first half of the 20th century, calls for its demolition began to proliferate. Cries that it was too expensive to maintain and that it posed a danger to visitors became common refrains. When Hurricane Hazel hit in 1954, that spelled the end. It was smashed to oblivion by wrecking balls the very next year.
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Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest kicks off this weekend. If you've been in previous years, you know about the fun that awaits — it's not just skating. There's a big pop-up market with food and snacks from Garces Group, Chickie's & Pete's and Franklin Fountain, heated cabins with fire pits, a Kids Lodge filled with arcade games and a giant holiday tree. If you haven't made it down, think Spruce Street Harbor Park, but the winter version. Open through 1 a.m. on Saturday and 11 p.m. Sunday.
Where: Blue Cross RiverRink at 101 S. Columbus Blvd.
When: November 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to November 26, 2017 at 11:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
The antidote to big family feasts is definitely whiskey for brunch. Both days this weekend, this Northern Liberties mainstay is showcasing brown spirits from local distillers, including Red Brick, Bluebird, Rowhouse Spirits, New Liberty, Dad's Hat, Cooper River and more. Tasting flights will be offered, and on Sunday many of the distillers will be there in person.
Where: Standard Tap at 901 N. 2nd St. 19123
When: November 25, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. to November 26, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
The South Philly block that's so crazy with its holiday light display it's known as a "miracle" is hosting a block party to kick off this year's extravaganza. Expect games and rides for both kids and adults, a DJ spinning holiday tunes, a photo booth and food trucks. (Santa is rumored to be making an appearance.)
Where: 1600 Block of South 13th Street at 1600 S. 13th St. 19148
When: November 25, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Live bodypainting, original music, poetry and comedy, dancing, fashion shows and artwork for sale come together at this semi-annual fest that takes over the diner-like club and restaurant on Spring Garden. There's also an open-mic signup if you get inspired to create.
Where: Silk City at 435 Spring Garden St. 19123
When: November 26, 2017 at 8:00 p.m. to November 27, 2017 at 1:00 a.m.
How much: $10