Wednesday, August 27, 2014
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POSTED: Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 3:00 AM
Happy hour at the graffiti bar at Sampan on July 16, 2013. ( CHARLES FOX / Staff Photographer )

Let’s hit the town.

For an orchard affair: Young children can pick apples and hear an apple-themed story at Weavers Way Orchard in Morgantown, Pa. at 9:45 a.m.

For a finale: Farewell, summer. Today is the chance you have to take advantage of Center City Sips, a seasonal happy hour taking place at numerous Center City bars and restaurants from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:07 PM
Looking at "Pitcher and Plate with Pears." "The World is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne" runs to Sept. 22 at The Barnes Foundation. ( MICHAEL S. WIRTZ / Staff Photographer )

We’ve all been there: The physical demands of a wild holiday weekend leave you weary by the time the actual holiday rolls around. With Made in America and countless parties hitting the scene this weekend, you might need a day to unwind before heading back to the office. For a more laid-back approach to Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1, step into any one of these museums that’ll be open for the holiday.

Monday is the final day to check out The Academy of Natural Sciences’ feathered exhibit “Birds of Paradise,” featuring exotic rain forest birds from New Guinea. The Logan Square museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and also has exhibits about bugs, dinosaurs and dioramas.

Camden, N.J.’s Adventure Aquarium’s doors are open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Their Hippo Haven exhibit gives visitors a chance to get some face time with the aquarium’s two hippos. Watch them chow down as biologists shed some knowledge during feeding sessions: 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 2:05 PM
The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to the Urban Saloon. (Courtesy of the Urban Saloon)

The last long weekend of the summer is coming, but why wait until Friday at 5 p.m. to start the festivities? Urban Saloon in Fairmount is kicking off the Labor Day Weekend on Thursday, Aug. 28 with a street festival. Between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m., as part of the Made In America festivities, the Budweiser Clydesdales will be stopping by the saloon for a visit. Come meet these gentle beasts and enjoy $3.50 beer specials and plenty of entertainment. The Eagles game will be on big screens both inside and outside.

Clydesdales are draft horses originating in Scotland that are known now primarily as show horses or used to pull fancy carriages. Their height and the unique “feathering” around the hooves make these gentle beasts a sight to see. The Budweiser Clydesdales travel the country 10 months of the year visiting different events, pulling a early 1900s beer wagon. Although you won’t be able to ride in the wagon, you will be able to get up close to the horses. Keep your eyes out for their riding companions, the dalmatians, as well.

Other family fun activities include a DJ and a PAWS adoption tent, where there will be some furry friends looking to be adopted. For all you fashionistas, you can even shop for glam fall fashions from the Smak Parlour Fashion Truck. Alex’s Lemonade Stand will also be there and as a thank you for donations to fight childhood cancer, they will be giving out cotton candy to the first 175 kids.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 3:00 AM
The Mummers will hit the Ocean City boardwalk today for the last time this summer. (Photo via Facebook)

Turn off your alarm clock. It’s time to do things.

For an uproar: Remember the Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival that came into town a few weeks ago? Say hello to its sister event, the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, also sponsored by the energy drink, held at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, N.J. today. The lineup of metal and hardcore bands include Godsmack, Seether, Skillet, Buckcherry, Pop Evil and Escape the Fate, to name a few. Doors open at 2 p.m.

For a tail-wagging time: Today's National Dog Day and children can read with therapy dogs (and cats and even rabbits) for an hour at the Parkesburg Library in Parkesburg, Pa, starting at 5:30 p.m.

POSTED: Monday, August 25, 2014, 2:55 PM
Small blue chrysanthemums are a fall staple in many gardens. (istock)

Although summer is coming to the end, kids are heading back to school, and jacket weather will soon be upon us, it doesn’t mean that it is time to put your garden implements away. There are still plenty of plants and vegetables that can still be planted and garden prep to do to protect your landscape during the winter. So pull on those gloves and grab your trowel because here are some upcoming events and workshops to help your green thumb get a little greener.

On Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., the Delaware Center for Horticulture is hosting a free gardening and plant health presentation which will include time for a Q& A and plant diagnostic. This Ask the Expert session will be held at the DCH Urban Farm in Wilmington, Del.

If you are still a gardening newbie, then you might want to head over to Bartram’s Garden in West Philadelphia on Wednesday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Gain the confidence you need to grow your own garden at this free Grow It Yourself Workshop presented by the Community Farm and Food Resource Center. The theme of this session is “It’s Fall, What Can I Grow Now?” To register, please e-mail

POSTED: Monday, August 25, 2014, 1:57 PM
The Allentown Fair runs from Tuesday, Aug. 26 through Monday, Sept. 1. (Photo via Allentown Fair)

Whether you’ve begun your Labor Day vacation a little early or are eagerly awaiting summer’s last hoorah, the Allentown Fair brings the perfect mix of A-list performances and festival favorites like 4-H judging and carnival rides to the Allentown Fairgrounds from Tuesday, Aug. 26 through Monday, Sept. 1.

Let’s get into the nitty gritty of all there is to do and see during the seven-day extravaganza.


POSTED: Monday, August 25, 2014, 12:26 PM
Bartenders (left to right) Sara Arment, Colin OÕNeil and Al Sotack mix drinks at Franklin Mortgage. ( DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer ) (David M Warren / Philadelphia In)

All throughout this week, the city of Philadelphia and its surrounding areas have events that certainly run a broad range for all food and drink cravings. Whether you fancy the distinct flavor of juniper berries, want a little exotic flavor from the great outback, or just want a quick meal while you play outside, this week will be a great one for your stomach urges.

You can have all the liquor bottles in the world but that doesn’t mean you can create a decent cocktail. On Monday, Aug. 25 at 7 p.m., the folks over at the Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. in Center City are showing the ways of a balanced cocktail featuring a workshop about the spirit derived from juniper berries, gin. The class cost is $130 per person and will have guests walking out with a better understanding and seasonal trends of this spirit.

Up in Conshohocken, chef/owner Chip Roman and chef de cuisine Yianni Arhontoulis are bringing the flavor from Down Under to Blackfish Restaurant on Tuesday, Aug. 26 as they host an Aussie Black Truffle dinner. Beginning at 5:30 p.m. guests will taste dishes such as duck and truffle roulettes, and an albacore and truffle ballotine, just to name a few. Dinner is $65 and is BYOB.

POSTED: Friday, August 22, 2014, 1:11 PM
Five Dollar Comedy Week is organized by Kate Banford and Aaron Nevins. (Photo via Kate Banford)

We’re all about a bargain here, and what better bang for your buck is a comedy festival featuring over 30 performances for a mere $5 a show?

Five Dollar Comedy Week runs from Monday, Aug. 25 through Sunday, Aug. 31 at Queen Village’s Shubin Theatre with entertainment beginning at 7 p.m. each night (however, daily workshops begin at 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday). The shows are all produced independently and feature over 150 local performers. And we so dig homegrown talent.

The week begins with no shortage of theatrics as performers and attendees meet at Rittenhouse Park at 6 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 25 for an Olympic-style run to Shubin Theatre for a torch-lighting ceremony followed by a 7 p.m. show about cooking, “Cookblock.”

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