Newsletter for Sunday, June 21
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Happy Father’s Day from a Philadelphia mural; photo via @phillymurals on Instagram.
THE BILLY PENN PHILADELPHIA WATER ICE FINDER
On a hot steamy day or a humid summer night, few things hit the spot better than a cool cup of water ice. It’s sweet, but not overly sugary. Frozen, but easily slurped. Often made with real fruit but still more brightly colored than a bag of jelly beans. And the best part — you won’t find it anywhere but Philadelphia. Here are 16 spots to get your water ice fix.
THE SCHUYLKILL SOJOURN: REAL RAPIDS, SORE SHOULDERS, CATERED COLESLAW
The Schuylkill River has rapids? The Schuylkill River has rapids. Raising awareness about the waterway and its many features is one of the driving factors behind the Schuylkill Sojourn, the annual 7-day, 112-mile guided journey that sees more than 100 paddlers make the trip down the waterway from Schuylkill Haven to Philadelphia, but it’s also all about having fun.
ON THE CALENDAR
NATIONAL CEVICHE DAY
When made-up food holidays come with deep discounts on great dishes, bring them on. National Ceviche Day actually isn’t until this weekend, but Cuba Libre is getting the party started early. Daily 5-7 PM happy hour at the Old City restaurant will feature three ceviches for just $5 each, all week long. Since the regular prices range from $12 to $14, that’s a pretty good deal.
When: 5-7 PM, Monday-Friday, June 22-26
Where: Cuba Libre, 10 S. 2nd St.
How Much: $5 per ceviche (cocktails are $4-$5)
TCHAIKOVSKY WITH FIREWORKS
For a few days each June and July, the Philadelphia Orchestra takes up residency at the Mann Center. Their return to Fairmount Park’s open air concert stage starts this week with a selection of Tchaikovsky favorites and finishes with the famous 1812 Overture, complete with a fireworks finale. The concert takes place rain or shine.
When: Doors 6 PM, showtime 8 PM, Tuesday, June 23
Where: Mann Center, 5201 Parkside Ave.
How Much: $20-$35 (tickets)
TAKE A DIP IN PHILLY PUBLIC POOLS
Although there are several places you could get in a swim even before the public pools opened, this week is the week they all come online. There are 75 of them — more than just about any other major U.S. city — and they open on a rolling schedule. It’s been helpfully outlined at phillypublicpools.com, run by Mica Root, who works at of one of the pools. She also notes more lifeguards are needed, if you’re water-savvy and looking for a summer job.
When: All week (see schedule)
How Much: Free
BALTIMORE AVENUE DOLLAR STROLL
The popular West Philly street fair returns for a night of $1 deals along the avenue. Look for dollar scoops of Little Baby’s Ice Cream, dollar beer from Dock Street, dollar Ethiopian cheesesteaks from Gojjo and dollar samosas from Samosa Deb, along with tons of other buck-a-treat specials. Along with the food and drink there’ll be live music, jugglers and Polynesian dancers along the sidewalk.
When: 5:30-8:30 PM, Thursday, June 25
Where: Baltimore Ave. between 43rd & 51st Sts.
How Much: Pay as you go
TALL SHIPS FESTIVAL
The largest sailing event in North American comes to the Delaware River this weekend, temporarily adding the masts of more than a dozen of the world’s most impressive sailboats to the Philadelphia skyline. You can get a pass for an onboard tour or pony up a bit more and actually set sail. There are also free activities set for the waterfront itself, like sword fighting, knot tying classes and cannon demos. Plus, let us not forget — the world’s largest rubber duck.
When: Thursday, June 25 to Sunday, June 28
Where: Independence Seaport Museum (and surrounding area), 211 S. Columbus Blvd.
How Much: Day-passes start at $15.99; multi-day at $24.99 (tickets here)