Thursday, October 2, 2014
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POSTED: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 10:56 AM

It’s October already – where did summer go? 

For us fall fanatics, it’s no bother! This cooler season welcomes day-time hayrides, pumpkin picking, and apple cider sipping. But, When the moon rises October brings out the spookiness!

From haunted prisons, insane asylums, and frightening farms, the Philadelphia region has plenty of places to scare and delight thrill seekers of all types.

POSTED: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 9:28 AM
Fabulous friends at the 2013 Beauty Ball. (Alexander John Ortiz)

Thursday, Oct. 2

Kick LGBT History month off right today at City Hall when community leaders join elected officials to raise the rainbow pride flag over City Hall. Every year, the event spotlights great community partners, achievements, and rallies attendees to work on new community initiatives. This year, groups to be celebrated are the Mazzoni Center, GALAEI, Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, and the Greater Philadelphia Flag Football League. The event will take place at 1:00 pm at the flagpoles located at the northeast corner of City Hall (1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.) Once raised, the rainbow pride flag will fly high for the entire month of LGBT History Month.

Friday, Oct. 3

POSTED: Thursday, October 2, 2014, 3:00 AM
Market Night held its final summer event in Mt. Airy , Thursday night, with wall to wall people partaking ing the food and festivities from the 6800 to 7200 block of Germantown Avenue. Here, a crowd lines up at at Taqueria's Los Taquitos de Puebla tent. ( ED HILLE / Staff Photographer ) (Ed Hille / Staff Photographer)

Try to keep yourself composed.

For lunch: Get to High Street on Market (308 Market St.) between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. for a special lunch menu featuring gluten free pasta dishes from Chef Mark Ladner’s pop-up dining experience, Pasta Flyer.

For a lesson: Kimono not required. Learn the art of the cultural Japanese dance at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden (Horticultural and Lansdowne Dr.) from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 2:21 PM
Donald Martiny, Syriac, 47 x 53 inches, polymer and dispersed pigment on aluminum, 2014. (Photo courtesy of Pentimenti Gallery)

Hey, look at that — it’s October! Keeping with longstanding tradition here, we’ll be out and about celebrating First Friday. If you’re thinking along the same lines, here’s where you’ll find some exciting happenings on Friday, Oct. 3.

It’s Friday, you can wine a little. Sommelier Candace Ryan will be discussing French wines at the American Philosophical Society Museum (104 S. 5th St.) to discuss the choice sips of Thomas Jefferson. Talks and tastings are at 5:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m.

Kick it constitutionally with after-hours access to the Constitution Center (525 Arch St.) from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Take advantage of the complimentary bites and discounted admission to the “Slavery at Jefferson’s Monticello” exhibit.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:54 AM
MANCHESTER, TN - JUNE 12: Artist Cloud Nothings at the 2014 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 12, 2014 in Manchester, Tennessee. (Photo by Jason Merritt (Getty Images)

Picks for the first week of October!

Wednesday, October 1: Lykke Li

Swedish singer Lykke Li has one of those voices in pop — strong, moody, and able to draw you in with a single murmur or turn of phase. The daughter of a musician and photographer, Li has art in her blood, and claims she pursued music because “she just had to,” standing up suddenly on bar stools (at venues where she wasn’t on the bill) — and belting out tunes for unsuspecting audiences. (“I got booed out several times,” she admits.) Yet the young songstress continued, and after years of perseverance slowly rose to the ranks of indie elite, thanks to a sensual performance style and gorgeous ballads that put the focus on her stunning voice. She now boasts three records, including this year’s I Never Learn, a sparse break-up record that somehow never feels like it’s dragging you down, but instead pulls you into a dark and intriguing fantasy. She stuns this Wednesday at Union Transfer; come rid your demons in the most beautiful way we can think of.

POSTED: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:00 AM
Terror Behind the Walls, America’s largest haunted house, is located inside the massive castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. (Jeff Fusco / Eastern State Penitentiary)

Nothing says Halloween in Philadelphia quite like a visit to Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls. Six spooky attractions lead you through this historic (and potentially haunted) prison that will fill you with the conflicting emotions of fear and delight.

We don’t want you to miss out one of America’s top haunted attractions, so we’re giving you a chance to win a pair of VIP Tickets. This unique excursion includes a guided flashlight tour of the prison and priority access to all of the haunted attractions (no lines!).

So, how do you enter for a chance to win?

POSTED: Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 3:00 AM
Jonathan Beyer is Figaro in "The Barber of Seville." (STEVEN M. FALK / Staff Photographer)

Happy October!

For a garden party: Bartram’s Garden (54th Street and Lindbergh Blvd.) hosts an evening cocktail party in their flower garden from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. with an auction, ferry rides and more. Wear your garden attire — that means no heels, ladies.

For a community fundraiser: An activist, a cop, a student and an entrepreneur, who all used skateboarding as a platform to impact communities, will be honored at Paine’s Park (Schuylkill River Trail, Philadelphia to Valley Forge) tonight during a fundraiser for Franklin's Paine Skatepark Fund. Street Level will also feature skating demos, live music, art, a silent auction and food and runs from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 11:34 AM
The Schuylkill Banks boardwalk, which extends the river trail from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge, is slated to open in October. Photo taken September 26, 2014. (Daily News Staff / Randi Fair)

The time has come: The Schuylkill River Trail extension, running over the Schuylkill River between Locust and South streets will officially open on Thursday, Oct. 2. Eagerly awaiting runners, walkers and cyclists will revel in the 2,000-foot addition to the path, another part of the plan to connect Pottsville and Southwest Philadelphia via trail.

Prior to the boardwalk’s opening, get the opportunity to be one of the first to set foot on the trail at a 5K fun run/half-mile walk on Wednesday, Oct. 1. Starting at 6:30 p.m., runners and walkers will hit the boardwalk and then run along the trail back to Walnut St. for a post-race celebration featuring Shake Shack and Philadelphia Brewing Co. goodies. Check in starts at 5:30 p.m. at the South St. Bridge stairs (2800 South St.) for the rain-or-shine athletic affair (which has unfortunately sold out, but there’s no saying that you can’t cheer on your fellow community runners!).

The river walkway officially opens on Thursday, Oct. 2 with opening statements from Mayor Michael Nutter, Deputy Mayor Rina Cutler, SRDC Chairman Gerard Sweeney, FHWA Engineer George Fleagle, PennDOT Assistant District Executive Chuck Davies, and City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Following the ribbon-cutting, a festive promenade will parade down the boardwalk, beginning at Locust Street.

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