Newsletter for Sunday, October 11
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
So what is this cloud billboard selling, anyway?; photo via the prolific and always impressive @streetsdept on Instagram
THE INCREDIBLE FAIRMOUNT WATER WORKS: EXPLOSIONS, MARK TWAIN AND THE LONG-LOST PHILADEPHIA AQUARIUM
When it first opened, in 1815, the banks of the Schuylkill River were home to the nation’s most ambitious public water plant. Its river-powered pumps sent millions of gallons up the nearby hill to a giant reservoir that served the city, while its buildings were topped with gazebos and fountains that made formed one of the young nation’s most compelling public parks — written about by everyone from Charles Dickens to Mark Twain. The story gets even more interesting when the mills stopped churning water in 1909: The below-ground rooms were turned into one of the world’s largest aquariums. Here’s the incredible story of the Fairmount Water Works, from 200 years ago to today.
POPE IN PHILLY HOTEL TAKE: UP TO 180 PERCENT RATE HIKE LED TO PROFIT ON FEWER ROOMS
It was just a few weeks before Pope Francis visited Philadelphia when people started to worry. Hotels still had a third of their rooms available for rent for the weekend, and a frenzy involving ticketed Papal events was leading to room cancellations. But just a few days before the Pontiff touched down in Philly, a curious number emerged. Hotels reported they were about 90 percent full. And though rooms were actually less full on Friday and Saturday than they were on the same weekend last year, the hotels in the city still fared generally well for the visit.
BILLY PENN PLAYLIST: ‘STELLAR’ DISCOVERY OF WATER ICE ON PLUTO, WEST PHILLY ASKS BRIAN SIMS ‘WHO IS IT’?
Philly state Rep. Brian Sims announced he would challenge Chaka Fattah for his U.S. congressional seat and on campus at the Community College of Philadelphia, a gun scare caught the attention of many Philadelphians. Also, more porny emails. Billy Penn recaps these stories and more with 8 songs to remember this week’s news.
ON THE CALENDAR
Food, art, clothing and more will be on display during Old City's second annual festival. More than 100 vendors are participating, and the history-filled neighborhood will also host pop-up street performances, a kid's zone and a design showcase.
Where: Old City at 3rd & Arch streets
When: October 11, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
How much: Free / Pay as you go
If you're gonna go pumpkin, you might as well go all the way. Hit up City Tap House in UCity for the 5th annual Pumpkin Smash, with more than 35 pumpkin beers on tap and a giant pumpkin turned into a cask.
Where: City Tap House at 3925 Walnut St.
When: October 11, 2015 at 12:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
PlanPhilly's Ashley Hahn is moderating a discussion that will likely be much more lively than the official event description makes it seem. Did you like the open streets during the pope visit? Hate them? What's does the future hold for biking and public transit? How about Uber? RSVP is requested as space is limited (but the room isn't all that small, so if you're interested, go).
Where: Philadelphia Center for Architecture at 1218 Arch St.
When: October 11, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Mural Arts is hosting a tribute at the in-progress mural featuring the likeness of Gloria Casarez, Philadelphia's first director of LGBT affairs, who died from cancer in 2014. The celebration is part of OutFest Philadelphia 2015, the largest National Coming Out Day in the world.
Where: 12th Street Gym at 204 S. 12th St.
When: October 11, 2015 at 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: Free
We're nearing the end of Michael Nutter's eight years in office, so no matter what, things are about to change around here. Who's going to be leading the way, and what do they stand for? Head over to the WHYY studios or catch the discussion via livestream and listen to candidates Jim Kenney and Melissa Murray-Bailey debate. Doors open at 6.
Where: WHYY at 150 N. 6th St.
When: October 12, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
How much: Free