Newsletter for Saturday, December 12
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
Dawn before the Army-Navy game — who knew the Linc could look so picturesque?; photo via @collegegameday, which is broadcasting from Philly for the second time this year
ATTACKERS IN GAY-BASHING TRIAL ‘ALL LEFT’ THE SCENE AFTER ASSAULT
Prosecutors have yet to present definitive, physical evidence that alleged gay basher Kathryn Knott actually threw a punch. But they have been able to show that the group of young adults had an evident disregard for the condition of the two men who were beat in front of them. A portion of them are caught on camera walking away casually from the scene where a man lay on the sidewalk bleeding from his face — they were heading to Tir Na Nog to continue drinking.
PROTESTERS CRASH TRUMP’S RITZY PA SOCIETY LUNCHEON
At the Plaza Hotel in NYC yesterday, more than a hundred people surrounded the main entrance in anticipation of Donald Trump, who was arriving to speak at a fundraiser for Keystone State Republicans in town for the Pennsylvania Society. After slipping in unnoticed, Trump got about 20 minutes into his speech before an unexpected interruption — the voices of crashing protesters. “I’m very upset at what I see is creeping fascism,” said one protester after the ruckus.
IT’S ALMOST CHRISTMAS, AND IT’S BALMY! HERE’S WHY
Since Thanksgiving, Philadelphia has entered a state of meteorologic bliss that has made our city’s weather comparable to Southern California. This weekend it gets better. The highs are supposed to top 60 every day. We asked National Weather Service meteorologist Sarah Johnson what the heck is going on — and will it last?
ON THE CALENDAR
Make ornaments, take a selfie with Santa, meet a Christmas pirate and see the ships in Philly's port all lit up for the holidays. It's the Independent Seaport Museum's annual Parade of Lights.
Where: Independence Seaport Museum at 211 S. Columbus Blvd. 19106
When: December 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
How much: Free activities with museum admission
Take advantage of the warm weather to check out live ice sculpture carvings all along the Avenue. Pick up presents, get free gift wrapping, participate in a scavenger hunt and then hit up a dozen bars and restaurants during a cocktail crawl.
Where: East Passyunk Avenue at 1904 E. Passyunk Ave. 19148
When: December 12, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. to December 13, 2015 at 2:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Old City's Victoria Freehouse is whipping up batches of real English gingerbread and gingerbread people and hosting an all-day bake sale to benefit The Food Trust. Stay for a pint of Hardywood Gingerbread Stout while you're there.
Where: The Victoria Freehouse at 10 S. Front St.
When: December 12, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
How much: Whole gingerbread $15; slice $5; person $2.50
More than 100 local artists, crafters and makers of unique holiday gifts will gather for this annual fair. (Many vendors accept credit cards, but bringing cash isn't a bad bet.)
Where: The Rotunda at 4014 Walnut St. 19104
When: December 13, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
Philadelphia Water and the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary are looking for a spokesdog, and one special cutie from Fishtown or Washington Square West will win the title. Head to NoLibs to cheer on 20 dogs as they aim to become the canine face for clean (and poop-free!) waterways.
Where: Zoom Room Dog Training at 180 W. Girard Ave. 19123
When: December 13, 2015 at 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
How much: Free