Tuesday, September 23, 2014
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POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 4:32 PM
With a guiding hand from mother Melissa, Avery Vadnais navigates the fountains on Thursday at the newly opened Dilworth Park. One-third of the park is unfinished, due to be completed by Thanksgiving. (Jessica Griffin/Staff Photographer)

The long: The once-sketchy west side of City Hall was never a place where you'd want to hear, "Take my pants off." Alas, on the warm day my 2 1/2-year-old visited the redesigned space - featuring a block's worth of randomly gushing 4-foot fountains - he couldn't help himself. He had to run through the water. Pants were in his way.

The short: Without big trees or plantings, it's still more plaza than park.

The fountains: Spout for at least another month, according to Center City District. Mid-November, they become an ice-skating rink.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:18 PM
Enjoy the outdoors during the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education's Day-off camp series (photo courtesy of the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education)

School is back in session, great for the parents, but not so much for the children. With class keeping the kids indoors (for the most part) and darkness at 5 p.m. slowly approaching, there’s really no time to get the children outdoors for activities besides weekends. This September through mid-November, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education (8480 Hagy’s Mill Road) is offering interactive outdoor camping events through their upcoming series — Day-Off Camp. Have your children put down those dolls and video-game controllers on their precious days off and play outside with nature during these fun events.

Starting on Thursday, Sept. 25 the Day-Off Camp series begins its first event, a Hawk Mountain Field Trip,  where kids will discover the season’s first migration of bald eagles, hawks, and falcons in the sky. Binoculars are provided, but hiking shoes are recommended for this adventure.

Get experimental on Friday, Sept. 26 as kids can become mad scientists throughout the day and create the entertaining and kids-friendly experiment, Oobleck. After the quirky creation, kids will take their experiments and shoot them into the sky with custom-made rockets.  

POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 11:52 AM
"The Barber of Seville" opens on Sept. 26 at the Academy of Music. Catch it for free at Independence National Historical Park on Sept. 27. (Photo by Michael Spewak courtesy of Opera Philadelphia)

Figaro! Figaro! Figaro!

To celebrate the opening of Opera Philadelphia’s 2014-2015 season, the 40th anniversary at that, a free, outdoor live-broadcast presentation of Rossini’s iconic “The Barber of Seville” will hit the giant HD screen at Independence National Historical Park (Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th Streets) on Saturday, Sept. 27.

The Barber of Seville” plays at the Academy of Music (Broad and Locust Streets) at 8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26, 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 28, 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 8 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3 and 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 5, but if you’d rather skip the confines of a theater, register for your free tickets now.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 9:48 AM
It's officially fall. That means pumpkin picking, hayrides and more. (iStock Photo)

Happy fall! We made it through the heat and humidity of summer and now it’s time to take in the sights (nothing better than leaves changing colors) and sounds (of Halloween terror?) of autumn. These events should get you warmed up.

After last weekend’s scarecrow festival at Peddler’s Village (Routes 202 and 263, Lahaska), you’re likely in the mood for some more festive bodies of hay. Play a part in determining who takes home the title in a number of categories (which would be Peddler's Village: We are everything but ordinary, Traditional/Whirligig, Extraordinary Contemporary, KidsOnly!, Quite The Character, and Group Crow) for their Scarecrow Competition and Display, running now until Sunday, Oct. 26. Peddler’s Village is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

We didn’t start the fire. But someone in Manayunk did. Celebrate the start of the season with a community bonfire at Canal View Park (4430 Main St.) where 12 lit pontoons will float down the canal at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 26. Throw your “wishing sticks” into the flames, check out some live animals, and see dance performances.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 3:00 AM
Cozy up and catch an outdoor movie screening in Dilworth Park tonight. (Photo via Facebook)

The seasons may be changing, but the fun never does.

For local greenery: It’s officially fall, time to spruce up your backyard. Plants native to our area are for sale at Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve (1635 River Rd., New Hope) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today — from their garden to yours.

For open-air fashion: 21 South Street Headhouse District boutiques and salons will show men’s and women’s styles on the runway at Historic Headhouse Square (2nd and Pine Sts.) for Fashion Under the Shambles, starting at 6 p.m. Reality TV fan? “America’s Next Top Model” finalist Cory Wade Hindorff will serve as master of ceremonies.

POSTED: Monday, September 22, 2014, 2:19 PM
Manayunk's StrEAT festival returns this Sunday. ((Photo courtesy of Manayunk Development Corporation))

We hope you’re not too worn out from this past weekend’s festivals because it’s still not over.

From a whiskey festival to Manayunk’s popular street-palooza, Philly folks have the word "festive" on the tips of their tongues.

Check out these five food events bursting with flavor.

POSTED: Monday, September 22, 2014, 12:42 PM
A selection of books from Bloof Books, a presenter and vendor at the first small press poetry and art fair, Philalalia. (Photo via Facebook)

Living in a do-it-yourself world has opened a lot of doors for smaller, independent artists in many disciplines to produce their work on their own terms. For three days this week, Philalalia, the first small press poetry and art fair, holds fairs, workshops and live readings to demonstrate the local arts culture beginning Thursday, Sept. 25.

Staying in tune with the small press atmosphere, a one-hour workshop, starting at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 25, on how to make paper will be held at the event’s primary location: Tyler School of Art (2001 N. 13th St.) at Temple University. (The workshop will also take place on Friday, Sept. 26 at 11 a.m. and Saturday, Sept. 27 at 1:30 p.m.)

Also on Thursday, Sept. 25, the weekend’s opening reception will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. with readings featuring Philadelphia Youth Poet Laureate Soledad Alfaro-Allah, Poet Laureate Frank Sherlock, and poet and essayist Rachel Blau DuPlessis held in Temple Contemporary — in the school of art.

POSTED: Friday, September 19, 2014, 5:32 PM
Bartender Alyssa Wegner pours a tall Aylinger Brau Wiesse at Brauhaus Schmitz. (Eric Mencher/Staff file photo)

Say goodbye to the summer shandys and step away from the wheat beers – fall beer festivals are about to take over your local event calendar. Grab a planner and take note these fun beer-themed events celebrating all things autumn.

Perch Pub Oktoberfest, Washington Square West - Sept. 20

You’re not going to find Pumpkin brews at this Oktoberfest celebration. Victory Brewing Company takes over the taps at Perch Pub for an evening of signature ales like Victory Mad King’s Weiss and Oktoberfest seasonal beers like Victory Festbier. Want some seasonal swag? Brewery reps will be handing out prizes as well as limited edition stein glasses.

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