Newsletter for Wednesday, July 29
INSTAGRAM OF THE DAY
The sun breaking through clouds at Broad and Passyunk yesterday; photo via @mesworthy on Instagram.
GOOD LUCK WITH THAT: SEPTA TO SELL POPE PASSES VIA LOTTERY
Are you feeling lucky? It’s a key question, if you’re thinking about buying a SEPTA pass to ride the rails when Pope Francis visits next month. Last week, the transit authority tried to sell the special $10 passes on its site, which promptly crashed under the strain. So a week later, they’re working with local start-up TicketLeap. For 24 hours, starting at 12:01 a.m. Monday (just stay up late Sunday, high roller!), “everyone has the same chance of being selected, no matter what time you make your entry,” per Newsworks. More trains will be running during the weekend of the visit (September 26 and 27), with the MFL making way fewer stops; SEPTA also released an updated map showing those yesterday.
14 QUESTIONS ABOUT THE POPE’S VISIT
Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference yesterday to address concerns about papal security. But he didn’t say much, beyond “eventually we will have official information.” Let’s just say Philadelphians still have plenty of concerns. Now, Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia is two months away, and as you can guess people are talking about it. And they have questions! We rounded up some of the best we could find.
Complimentary tastings and draft specials from the Old Forge Brewing Company of Danville, part of the Spirit of Wednesday series featuring local breweries.
Where: The Trestle Inn at 339 N 11th Street
When: July 29, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
How much: Tasting is free; drafts are $3
BILLY PENN LIKES
INSIDE PHILLY’S ANCIENT HOUSE OF CORRECTION
It’s huge. It’s old. And it’s really, really hot. Officials in Philadelphia have discussed replacing the old, dilapidated House of Correction in Holmesburg for the last 20 years, but for whatever various reasons (usually money), it never happened. Now, Commissioner of Prisons Lou Giorla, who is retiring in January, is working with politicians to get the money the prisons need to build a whole new facility. And there are hangups.
THE PHILLY SOFT-SERVE ICE CREAM FINDER
Ah, soft-serve. Just wrapping your fingers around a blond, scratchy, paper-like cone topped with a fantastical swirl is enough to make you forget your worldly cares, if only for a moment. Soft serve has come a long way since the days of Mr. Softee, though. Flavors go far beyond the traditional territory demarcated by chocolate, vanilla, twist and dip into the realm of exotic, whimsical and even savory — although the classics still have their place. So here are 15 places in Philly to dip into a sweet cup or cone of fun.