Newsletter for Saturday, September 10
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Ben Franklin Bridge is the perfect lead-in to the Philly skyline at sunset (Instagram via @cruicej)
WHAT MEDICAL MARIJUANA MEANS FOR PHILLY
It could be years before patients can buy medical marijuana in Philadelphia, but City Council is trying to get a jump on understanding what Pennsylvania’s new cannabis law means for the city. On Friday, they heard expert testimony on the murky timeline, the stop-gap “safe haven” certificate, pricing concerns (it ain’t cheap) and how it could help stem the opiod epidemic.
ALLEN IVERSON GETS HOF HONORS ALONG WITH SHAQ AND YAO MING
Pound-for-pound, Allen Iverson was the toughest, and arguably the best, player in the NBA for more than a decade. Alongside what was one of the greatest classes ever, he was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame Friday night. He gave a gut-wrenchingly personal speech that was vintage AI, thanking many people (including Philly fans) and drawing huge cheers.
13 BYOB DEALS FOR CENTER CITY RESTAURANT WEEK
In Center City Philadelphia, as long as there’s no pope, September means Restaurant Week. This year it runs Sept. 11-16 and 18-23, with a three-course dinner offered at 100+ spots for $35 per person. If you want to get the best bang for your buck, hit up a BYOB. Here’s a list of all the places you can do that this year, and why you might want to.
ON THE CALENDAR
Around 45 minutes from Philly is the "Mushroom Capital of the World," and this is its star weekend. The streets of Kennett will be filled with food vendors, activities, farm stands and entertainers. It's a carnival of fun for anyone who enjoys 'shrooms.
Where: Kennett Square Borough at 101 South Union St., Kennett Square 19348
When: September 10, 2016 at 10:00 p.m. to September 11, 2016 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free / pay as you go
Neighborhood Bike Works is celebrating 20 years of helping get kids on bicycles and with cake, ice cream sandwiches from Weckerly's, races and raffles. Bring a bike to donate in return for the fun.
Where: Neighborhood Bike Works at 3939 Lancaster Ave. 19104
When: September 10, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
How much: Free (bring a bike!)
Zakke is a 9-piece band from DC, and they're up in Philly to play an explosive mix of funk, ska, disco and rock. Expect to dance a lot and meet some new people. Some drinks will be provided but feel free to BYO.
Where: West Philly house at 4826 Hazel Ave. 19143
When: September 10, 2016 at 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
How much: $10 at the door
Headhouse Square will be taken over by environmentally friendly everything, from vegan demos to vendors selling new ways to fix up your house. Before all that gets going, center yourself with a free yoga sesh.
Where: Headhouse Square at 2nd and Lombard streets, 19147
When: September 12, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
How much: Free
Now in its 7th year, this festival of all things bee finishes at Bartram's Garden with a day of activities. There's honey extraction and mead-making demos, talks and then an after-party at 3 p.m. with Art in the Age cocktails and Little Baby's Ice Cream
Where: Bartram's Garden at 5400 Lindbergh Blvd. 19143
When: September 11, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Fest is free; After-party is $15