Newsletter for June 6, 2015
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
It’s worth pausing to look up when walking through Rittenhouse. Photo via @_jbird_ on Instagram.
WHY POINT BREEZE RESIDENTS ARE FIGHTING A POP-UP BEER GARDEN
Close to 150 people packed a small room on the second floor of the Greater Bethlehem Temple Church on Thursday night, on the 2300-block of Tasker Street in Point Breeze. The topic at hand: The Point Breeze Pop-Up. General sentiment expressed by the crowd: Shut it down. Point Breeze has been a neighborhood in flux recently, and the meeting brought that divide to a head. Here’s what went down.
DAY-TRIPPING REHOBOTH BEACH
Though it has less than 1,500 yearlong residents, Delaware’s Rehoboth Beach boasts some of the cleanest beaches, best restaurants and most shopping of the shores in our area. While you may get more out of your trip to this quaint seaside town if you stay for a few days, you can make a day trip here to the (free) beaches work — if you travel smart. Here’s how to do it.
BILLY PENN PLAYLIST: FROM DRONES TO POLITICS TO BROKE ORI
A drone fell from the sky on Sunday at a Phillies game. Political candidate Ori Feibush says his bank account has fallen to new levels of low. And a PAC is hoping U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah will have finally fallen out of favor. Billy Penn recaps these stories and more, paired with music, in the #BillyPennPlaylist.
ON THE CALENDAR
PRISON FOOD WEEKEND AT EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY
When inmates in U.S. prisons misbehave, they can be punished by being forced to get all their nourishment from a substance called Nutraloaf. A dense, bland loaf made mostly from grains, beans and bread crumbs, the “food product” is controversial — should food really be a disciplinary tool? Clarify your thoughts on the matter by visiting the historic prison on Fairmount and sampling Nutraloaf recipes from five states. Tastes are included with regular museum admission — just be sure you firm up plans to get brunch afterwards.
When: 11 AM-4:30 PM, Saturday-Sunday, June 6-7
Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2024 Fairmount Ave.
How Much: $14 (tickets here)
SAVE $100 ON KING OF PRUSSIA BEACH TAGS
Instead of battling shore traffic this summer, you could ostensibly head the opposite direction. King of Prussia’s Valley Forge Casino Resort just open a new 20,000-sq.-ft. poolside beach club. Yes, it’s next to a mall and a casino, but the complex does actually have a sandy beach, private cabanas, an entertainment stage and an open-air bar. Beach tags usually go for $10 per day or $100 per season, but during the launch phase, you can score a season pass for free.
When: 11 AM-midnight, Saturday, June 6 and 11 AM-11 PM, Sunday, June 7
How Much: Free access, with pay-as-you-go food and drink (register here)
If you’ve ever wished there were better apps to help navigate Philadelphia, this is your chance to take action. Code for Philly is hosting a weekend-long session to jumpstart new projects that address transportation or civic engagement in the city. The event is not just for programmers — designers, marketers, data wizards and just plain interested newbies are also welcome. Registration fee includes breakfast, coffee, lunch and dinner, and a chance to sleep over as you hack your way through your brilliant new code.
When: 9 AM, Saturday, June 6 to 5 PM, Sunday, June 7
Where: SEPTA building, 1234 Market St., 2nd Fl. (mezzanine)
How Much: $10 (register here)
FREE BEER SPA TREATMENT & BRUNCH
Malted barley is a wonderful thing — a) it’s the main ingredient of beer, and b) turns out it also makes a great exfoliating scrub. Eviama Spa owner Penny Ordway is so excited about her new “Bee Beerly” treatment that she’s hosting a Philly Beer Week “Last Sip” brunch at her Midtown Village boutique. RSVP and then stop in to check it out and be treated to complimentary mini-spa services, drinks and food from P’unk Burger and U-Bahn.
When: 11 AM-1 PM, Sunday, June 7
Where: Eviama Life Green Spa and Boutique, 109 S. 13th St.
How Much: Free; RSVP required by calling 215-545-3344
PHILLY STYLE BAGELS POP-UP
Friends and baking whizzes Collin Shapiro and Jonathon Zilber developed a bagel that’s boiled in Yards IPA — it’s not only delicious, it’s also totally unique and totally Philly. They don’t yet have a storefront for their product, though they’re working on opening one (help make it a reality by donating to their Indiegogo campaign). What they do already have is a friend in Joe Beddia, who occasionally lets them take over the oven at his Fishtown pizzeria. Beer-boiled bagels: the perfect way start the last day of Philly Beer Week.
When: 9 AM-sellout, Sunday, June 7
Where: Pizzeria Beddia, 115 E. Girard Ave.
How Much: Pay as you go