Monday, September 15, 2014
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POSTED: Monday, September 15, 2014, 3:00 AM
Underground Arts hosts a performance from Brooklyn's The Drums tonight. (Photo via Facebook)

Today is serious business. Seriously fun.

For Monday Night Football: Every Monday night during football season at Independence Beer Garden (100 S. Independence Mall West) enjoy craft beer and crabs while watching the game. The deal starts at 11 a.m.

For warmth: An afternoon program on the history of Amish quilts starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Mercer Museum (84 S. Pine St., Doylestown). The presentation starts with sweets and a talk from Janneken Smucker, Assistant Professor of History, West Chester Chester University.

POSTED: Sunday, September 14, 2014, 3:00 AM
The Mt. Airy Village Fair highlights the trades and talents of the community. (Photo via Facebook)

Take a deep breath and go free.

For collectors: Over 50 stamp and coin dealers will share their goods at the Stamp and Coin Show at Aetna Fire Hall (400 Ogletown Rd., Newark) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For a fair: Residents of Mt. Airy and beyond will flock to Greene St. and Carpenter Lane West, otherwise known as “Mt. Airy Village” for a day of hands-on learning. The Mt. Airy Village Fair invites the community to teach others various tricks and trades from beer brewing to yo-yo. Other activities include a pet pageant, pie eating contest, circus activities and music. Get there between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

POSTED: Saturday, September 13, 2014, 3:00 AM
Make prints with the family today at Second State Press. (Photo via Brownstone PR)

Doing fun stuff is all the rage.

For an obstacle course: Test your strength at the Civilian Military Combine: A four mile obstacle course race that begins with a five-minute work out involving kettle bell swings, burpees and box jumps. Registration opens at 8 a.m. at Delaware County Veteran’s Memorial (4599 West Chester Pike) with multiple waves of runners beginning the run throughout the day.

For historical fashion: Nestled on Independence Mall at 6th St. between Market and Chestnut St. today’s Craft Phila art show features one-of-a-kind jewelry and accessories from independent artists. The first day of the two-day affair is today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

POSTED: Friday, September 12, 2014, 1:44 PM
The Mexican Independence Festival on the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, Sunday, September 16, 2013 in Philadelphia. (Photo by (Douglas Bovitt)

Over the next month, Philadelphia lights up with the sights, sounds and flavors of Latino culture for National Hispanic Heritage Month. Beginning officially on Monday, Sept. 15 (the day before Mexico’s Independence Day), the festivities continue into October.

Things get started a day early on Sunday, Sept. 14 at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing (Chestnut Street and Columbus Boulevard) with a fiesta in honor of Mexican Independence. From 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., get your fill on authentic cuisine (including the Best Taco in the Delaware Valley contest!), mariachi bands, dancers and crafts.

Work up an appetite for worldly cuisine and music on Sunday, Sept. 14 as Puerto Rican singer Rosa Diaz performs for two hours at Reading Terminal Market’s (1200 Arch St.) Center Court seating area starting at noon.

POSTED: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 4:09 PM
Purchase handcrafted material by a variety of local vendors (photo by Bethany Pocceschi)

Between Greenfest, Honey Fest, and the Mushroom Fest, our weekend planners were pretty booked last week. On Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday Sept. 14, take a trip toward Doylestown and get a taste of the neighborhood’s culture and local vendors, ranging in variety, from quilts to pizza. From over 200 artist pieces, live music, and delicious pierogies, the 23rd Annual Doylestown Arts Festival will keep you and your friends/family entertained all weekend long.

Starting at 10 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, hundreds of vendors line up along State, Main, West Oakland and Hamilton Streets in Doylestown, offering a large variety of entertainment and over 160 vendor tents, keeping your eyes glued to the wealth of items up for purchase.

A few vendors worth looking at are:

POSTED: Thursday, September 11, 2014, 1:57 PM
The Atlantic City Seafood Festival is this weekend (Photo courtesy of Beau Ridge Photography)

Weekenders, here we go! Another two days of freedom call for some world-class entertainment. Get ready to lose your mind — in a good way, I promise.

Majestic steeds gallop and leap to victory during the Devon Fall Classic and Festival, running from Thursday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 14. See also: A fall festival with music, food and fashion vendors for the non-equestrian crowds. Gates for all days open at 8 a.m. at the Devon Horse Show Grounds (23 Dorset Rd., Devon).

Real-deal cowboys and cowgirls hold on for dear life — and in hopes of beating the competition — on the backs of romping bulls and broncos during the Liberty Pro Rodeo, with gates at 6 p.m. and showtime at 7:30 p.m. from Thursday, Sept. 11 through Saturday, Sept. 13, and 12:30 p.m. gates and 2 p.m. showtime on Sunday, Sept. 14. It all goes down at the Lu Lu Shrine Center (5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting). 

POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 4:34 PM
Learn about America's history during Constitution Day (photo courtesy of the National Constitution Center)

In the month of September, three single words were made famous 227 years ago, and those words were not: “When is dinner,” “I love you,” or “do your homework.” Those three words were “We the People.”

Since 2004, Sept. 17 has been observed as Constitution Day, and the National Constitution Center in Old City (525 Arch St.) is opening its doors for free that day to offer a little history lesson on the day made important by our Founding Fathers. During this eventful celebration, the center will be full of historical exhibits but also will entertain visitors with hands-on activities and workshops where you can learn calligraphy skills and more. Special activities scheduled to take place during the day are as follows.

Starting bright and early at 8:30 a.m., visitors are encouraged to take the Preamble Challenge on the front lawn of the National Constitution Center to test their skills on the introduction of the Constitution. After the brain is tested and awakened, a special flag-rising will have the stars and stripes flying high in the sky as the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution — members of a national society dedicated to patriotism — partake in the activities.

POSTED: Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 1:54 PM
"Dancing Tulips" by Nicholas Longenecker. (Photo courtesy of Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center)

As things calm down following a wild summer, let’s kick it indoors and check out the latest and greatest in the galleries and museums for September.

Art for a cause. This exhibit at the Bridgette Mayer Gallery (709 Walnut St.) features work up for exhibition and purchase to benefit BalletX Dance Company. The work is up for grabs until Friday, Oct. 3 Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

On view now until Sunday, Oct. 26, impactful press images from the Civil Rights Movement are on display at the Mercer Museum (84 S. Pine St., Doylestown). The traveling exhibit, “For All the World to See” examines the media’s role in the movement. Stop in Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Sunday noon to 5 p.m.

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