Newsletter for Saturday, December 5
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
NUTTER AIDE LAUGHS OFF ANONYMOUS SLAM FROM KENNEY CAMP
Whatever faults our electoral system has, it’s always impressive how American democracy works to facilitate the seamless transfer of power. That doesn’t mean transitions are without tension, though, and a bit of hostility was exposed in a Daily News article yesterday. The item says Mayor Nutter is lobbying Mayor-elect Jim Kenney for a job for Desiree Peterkin Bell, and includes a harsh anonymous slam against the communications chief’s handling of…communications. Peterkin Bell’s response? “It made me chuckle.”
THE WAR ON CHRISTMAS IN PHILLY: FROM QUAKER DISDAIN TO KOP’S DYSTOPIAN SANTALAND
Don’t believe in the War on Christmas? Well, good for you. You’re sane. But remember this about Pennsylvania: It is often insane. And as such, it has been a place where Christmas has been attacked and then met with opposition from people who love it with great fervor. Here are six examples of how Christmas has been both Pennsylvania’s passion and caused controversy for the last 300 years.
7 TRAFFIC AND PARKING APPS FOR GETTING AROUND PHILADELPHIA
One of the most roundly hated agencies in Philadelphia has unveiled an app that’s intended to make one of the worst parts about driving in the city easier — thanks, PPA! Yes, now you can use an app to pay for parking through the Parking Authority and while it’s not perfect, it at least exists. We took a look at all the *official* apps you can download to make navigating both parking and traffic in the city easier if you’re a driver.
ON THE CALENDAR
If you're yearning to put out a gorgeous hand-crafted holiday table display this year, stop by this all-day session offering tips from pro designers. There's also a cheese board session (and tasting) at 1 PM led by Tenaya Darlington (aka Madame Fromage) and a candle-making demo at 3 PM.
Where: The Clay Studio at 137-139 N. Second St. 19106
When: December 5, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free
The PSCPA is opening a brand new center in Fishtown, and the animal shelter is hosting a party to introduce itself to the neighborhood. There's a Quizzo tournament with food and drinks, or just bring the kids for a scavenger hunt, face painting and ice cream from Little Baby's.
Where: PSPCA Fishtown Center at 1546 Frankford Ave. 19125
When: December 5, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free / $5 suggested donation
It's worth crossing the river to find unique and original beer geek gifts at this one-time pop-up market curated by the folks from NJ's Beer for Babes. Admission is free, shopping as your budget allows, and fueling sips of beer for a few bucks.
Where: Flying Fish Brewing Co. at 900 Kennedy Blvd., Somerdale, NJ 08083
When: December 6, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free admission / Pay as you go
December 6 marks 150 years since the United States came to its senses and officially abolished slavery by ratifying the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Mayor Nutter will perform a public reading of the document at 2 PM as part of an afternoon of activities.
Where: National Constitution Center at 525 Arch St. 19106
When: December 6, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Get a jump on holiday parties and start celebrating great winter beers with a deal of a dinner (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) at this Midtown Village modern Mexican. Three courses will be paired with Mad Elf, Sierra Nevada Celebration and Allagash Dubbel — good luck walking home. Reservations are strongly suggested.
Where: Lolita at 106 S. 13th St. 19107
When: December 6, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. to December 8, 2015 at 10:00 p.m.
How much: $38 per person