Newsletter for Saturday, October 31
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The Manayunk Bridge has reopened — and it’s for cyclists and pedestrians only; photo via @chuckseye on Instagram
INQUIRER, DAILY NEWS TO MERGE: WHAT IT MEANS FOR ITS READERS
There are big changes ahead at the Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com. Publisher Terry Egger addressed the staffs of the publications today, at the end of his first month in the job. He’s seeking some $5 million in savings over the next three years. To do that, he wants to merge them. He’ll get there through layoffs, both in the Newspaper Guild and management. What’s that mean? For readers, it may not be easy to tell.
HOW PHILLY AND PENNSYLVANIA GREW TO DOMINATE THE CANDY INDUSTRY
Thanks to Philadelphia’s role as a main port in the sugar trade, the city was an early incubator for confectioners. The industry grew fast, from around 20 pioneers in the early 1800s to more than 130 stores in 1917, when the Chamber of Commerce distributed an “educational pamphlet” on the importance of the businesses to the city’s economy. A surprising number of those companies are still around today — here’s a list of some of the most-recognizable.
12 CHILLING PHILLY TALES OF MISCHIEF, CRIME AND WOE FOR HALLOWEEN
Over the years, scores of people have committed crimes on or around Halloween, when weird things are just bound to happen. And many of the misdeeds are worse than last year’s notorious Halloween crime — the woman stealing people’s decorations in South Philly. Crimes committed in the Philadelphia area related to Halloween range from an organized mob hit to a murder by a woman dressed as a bunny to the night that some 70 fires were set in Camden. Here are 12 Halloween crimes to remember.
ON THE CALENDAR
For all you early folks who want to get a jump on this gorgeous Halloween Saturday: Independence Beer Garden is opening early at 9 AM on this, its last day of the season. What's the big deal? Just ESPN GameDay broadcasting from half a block away in advance of the Temple-Notre Dame game.
Where: Independence Beer Garden at 200 S. Independence Mall (btwn Chestnut & Market)
When: October 31, 2015 at 9:00 a.m.
How much: Pay as you go
South Street's new Halloween event is called PumpkinFest, and there's activities to please both kids and adults. Live music will play, food and beer will be sold, circus performers will flip and horses will draw hay-filled wagons around. Plus face painting and trick-or-treating for the little ones, of course.
Where: Headhouse Square at 2nd & Lombard streets
When: October 31, 2015 from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: Free
There are tons of Halloween parties all over the city, but you might want to make a stop at this Fishtown bar — it'll be transformed into Mos Eisley Cantina from Star Wars. If you're wearing a costume in the same theme, you'll get a free pint of beer.
Where: Sancho Pistola's at 19 W. Girard Ave.
When: October 31, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.
How much: Pay as you go
What does a conversation about "the slippages between theater and play" even consist of? Visit the Institute of Contemporary Art and get a free cup of coffee while you find out from Penn grad students who will "investigate the possibilities of existing in the urban realm."
Where: Institute of Contemporary Art at 118 S. 36th St.
When: November 1, 2015 at 2:00 p.m.
How much: Free
Manayunk mainstay the Dawson Street Pub is hosting a chili cook-off to support the Dude Hates Cancer charity bowling tournament (which in turn benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society). A $10 bracelet gets you all the chili you can handle and the right to vote for the best.
Where: Dawson Street Pub at 100 Dawson St.
When: November 1, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
How much: $10