Newsletter for Saturday, September 12
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Now that Pope Francis has been added to the mural outside Dirty Franks at 13th and Pine, the rest of the Franks are getting a touch-up in advance of his visit; photo via @amygordon on Instagram
PEEING IN SINKS, FIGHTS IN THE STANDS, A FLARE GUN(!): THE AWFUL ANTICS THAT BIRTHED EAGLES COURT AT THE VET, AND WHY IT WENT AWAY
An Eagles game against the 49ers in 1997 introduced Philadelphia to a level of collective chaos never before seen at Veterans Stadium, and that’s saying something. In addition to approximately 60 fights, including one where a mob shattered the ankle of a guy who’d dared ti wear a Giants jacket, someone fired a flare gun across the stadium. By the time the Eagles played their next home game, the powers that be — then-mayor Ed Rendell, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie, then-councilman Jim Kenney and now-disgraced-by-porny-emails former Pa. Supreme Court judge Seamus McCaffery — had come up with Eagles Court.
WOMEN WHO GROW CANNABIS MEET IN PHILLY, TALK SHOP: ‘LOOK, THIS IS LEGIT’
Don’t call it marijuana. Don’t call it weed. And definitely don’t call it pot. The preferred term among those who cultivate the crop is cannabis, and that distinction is one of the ways its industry leaders are trying to get the world to think about (oh, hell) weed in a different way. Here in Philly, those leaders were 25 women (and a few men dotted in) who gathered to join a new networking group called Women Grow, an organization empowering women to get into the cannabis growing and business development industry.
COLLEGEFEST 2015: HEAD TO DILWORTH SATURDAY FOR LAWN GAMES, GELATO AND FREE MUSEUM ADMISSIONS
Now that Labor Day has passed, school is back. It’s official. Goodbye Jersey Shore, hello library. Some good news then: Campus Philly is providing a way to celebrate the transition into the fall semester with its annual CollegeFest on Saturday. From 10 AM to 4 PM, an expected 5,000 college students will descend on Dilworth Park for food, music, and free entry to nearby museums. Billy Penn will be there too. Come visit us, and we’ll help you create your own emoji. Here are all the details.
ON THE CALENDAR
Less than an hour south of Philly is Kennett Square, the undisputed Mushroom Capital of the World (portobellos were invented there). The town's 30th annual celebration promises to be have more mushroom fun and deliciousness than ever — we're talking musroom cook-offs, mushroom art, mushroom photos, magic shows, live music and more. Get fungi.
Where: Kennett Square at North Union & East State streets
When: September 12, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. to September 13, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
This celebration of bee ambrosia is back for a sixth year. Saturday's events include a honey marketplace where you can sample honey products including mead and honey beer, talks on how to extract honey, a home-brewing with honey presentation and a bee bearding demonstration. The fest continues on Sunday at Bartram's Garden.
Where: Wyck Historic House at 6026 Germantown Ave.
When: September 12, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Before we get to Halloween, it's time for sausage season. Join the Newbold Community Dev Corp at a block party focused on the meaty links, with food, beer and moon bounce for the kids. Advance beer tix are available, otherwise it's all pay as you go.
Where: West Passyunk Avenue at Broad Street
When: September 12, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Bingo's more fun when you don't take it seriously, and this monthly series does it with all the camp and drag-queen distraction it deserves. Call for a ticket and try your best to fill your card while enjoy the Rocky Horror theme, live music and winning prizes. Bonus: you'll be helping raise money for local HIV/AIDS services.
Where: Gershman Y at 401 S. Broad St. 19147
When: September 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $25-$30
Like bicycles and everything they represent? Like them enough to spend your Saturday night talking about them? The 5th Square is hosting Chris Bruntlett of Vancouver-based transportation consulting firm Modacity, who'll show six short films, followed by a few insights from Bicycle Coalition's Randy LoBasso. Pizza and drinks will be plentiful.
Where: Firth & Wilson Transport Cycle at 1105 Frankford Ave.
When: September 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: $5