Monday, December 22, 2014

POSTED: Monday, December 22, 2014, 11:19 AM
Watch soccer matches and enjoy British pub food at The Victoria Freehouse (photo courtesy of the Victoria Freehouse)

You’re probably not finished Christmas shopping, but who cares? Take a break from the shopping lines and experience these great food events happening this week.

Scotch always tastes better in the winter. Learn a little history lesson on Monday, Dec. 22 at Good King Tavern (614 S. 7th St.) during a scotch tasting featuring Glenfiddich (15 year, 18 year, retro). The tasting is priced at $30 and includes a tasting, a chat with an ambassador, and complimentary charcuterie with cheese. The event has two seatings: 8 p.m. or 10 p.m.

Celebrate the final days of Hanukkah with seasonal suds from He’brew Beer Company on Tuesday, Dec. 23 at Devil’s Den (1148 South 11th Street). Beginning at 7 p.m. enjoy craft selections from the company such as Barrel Aged Rejewvanator, Funky Jewbalation 14, Jewbalation Reborn, and Hop Manna.

POSTED: Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:00 AM
While it's in the spirit, take a holiday tour of Glencairn Museum. (Photo via Facebook)

Who’s off work and/or school this week?

For an adventure: An active journey through a 2,000 square foot holiday cottage eventually leads families to Santa at the Cherry Hill Mall (2000 Rt. 38, Cherry Hill, N.J.) — one of only eight locations that houses Adventure To Santa. The 15-minute activity must be booked in advance prior to your visit. They’re taking reservations from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

For holiday cheer: Visit the Fonthill Museum (E. Court St. and Route 313, Doylestown, Pa.) between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. and see the castle in its holiday best with decorated trees and Victorian ornaments.

POSTED: Sunday, December 21, 2014, 3:00 AM
Mummers know a thing or two about their inner, and outer, feathers. Here, Golden Crown captain Rob Runowski on January 1, 2014. ( ED HILLE / Staff Photographer )

Happy first day of winter!

For a win-win: After a 10:30 a.m. yoga session at Chadds Ford Winery (632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, Pa.), roll up those mats and sip on regional wines. It doesn’t get better.

For a preview: Before New Year’s Mummers Parade, see four mummers in costume, jamming out to holiday tunes at 1 p.m. at Market at the Fareway  (8229 Germantown Ave.).

POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2014, 4:40 PM

NYE is a funny beast. There are so many ways it can go wrong and so few ways it can go right. Having experienced pretty much all of the “bad” types of New Years, I can safely say: it’s best when there’s music involved. Here are our top picks for live music this NYE, $150 cover not required.

POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2014, 1:14 PM
Wednesday January 1, 2014,The 2014 Mummers Fest and Fancy Brigade Finale at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Here, The Downtowners captain Frankie Devito performs. ( (Ed Hille / Staff Photographer)

If your Mummers excitement cannot be contained by just one day — or you fear your New Year’s Eve festivities might keep you from heading out for the parade — a special preview sneak peek of the costumes, dancing and spectacle comes to the Pennsylvania Convention Center (1101 Arch St.) for four days leading up to the big parade.

MummersFest, running Sunday, Dec. 28 through Wednesday, Dec. 31, offers family-friendly activities and displays all in honor of the Mummers.

Of the available entertainment, a 50-minute tour of in-progress floats, struts and props, including insightful stories and quick Mummers Strut lessons, is available.

POSTED: Friday, December 19, 2014, 12:56 PM
Partygoers at NSFW at Medusa Lounge. (Photo by Alexander John Ortiz)

Christmas is almost here. The holidays can be filled with frantic family get togethers, stressful shopping sprees and hair pulling decorating binges. Here are the seven best distractions from the craziness, from classy cabarets to raunchy dance parties to get you in the holiday and of course, gay yuletide spirit.

Holidays on Ice

Holidays on Ice, a hilarious collection of holiday short stories by David Sedaris, will be performed this weekend at The Society Hill Playhouse (507 S. 8th St.). Directed by Stan Heleva and featuring actors Michelle Pauls and Peter Zielinski, the night promises to be full of Sedaris’s politically incorrect wit and absurd humor.

POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 3:06 PM
The final holiday edition of the Franklin Flea takes place this Saturday. (Photo via Facebook)

Take a break from your last-minute shopping and enjoy one of the final weekends of 2014.

For over a month, different combinations of local independent shops have taken over a pop-up space at the Voorhees Town Center (2120 Voorhees Town Center) for a weekend. The final installment of Shop Up-Pop Up comes from chocolate vendor The Chocolate Clinic and local printmaker exit343design, selling wall art, T-shirts, stationery and totes. Shop away from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 19, 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 20 and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 21.

Comedy. Celebs. Audience interaction. That’s pretty much all you need to know about “Hang On With Aaron Nevins,” a comedy talk show, featuring celebrity conversations, laced with laughs and a chance for audience members to chime in whenever they feel the urge. This Friday, Dec. 19’s show at the Adrienne Theater (2030 Sansom St.) features guests Justin Guarini (“American Idol” and “Wicked”) and Jon Wurster (“The Best Show” on WFMU and drummer for Superchunk, The Mountain Goats and more). The show starts at 8 p.m.

POSTED: Thursday, December 18, 2014, 11:27 AM
New Year's Eve in the Piazza featured five parties in one as thousands of people gathered to ring in 2013. (AL FOR / Philly.com)

Ring in, sing in, dance in, or do whatever you please on New Year’s Eve, Wednesday, Dec. 31, but at least make sure you have a plan on where you are going. Here are some spots to consider if you are leaving your house to welcome the year 2015.

You’re cordially invited to experience the taste of a lifetime at Alla Spina (1410 Mount Vernon St.) this New Year’s Eve. Why is it the taste of a lifetime? Because beginning at 8 p.m. Marc Vetri’s Italian gastropub transforms into Club Vetri for a night of tastings, celebrations, and entertainment. With admission, guests will get signature tastes from Vetri restaurants such as Lo Spiedo, Amis, Vetri, Osteria, Pizzeria Vetri, and, of course, the host — Alla Spina.

The Piazza (1001 North 2nd St.) party (as stated previously) has not been cancelled; it has been taken over by different organizers. Beginning at 8 p.m. the Northern Liberties landmark transforms into one of the biggest New Year’s Eve party venues and offers multiple admission options. General admission gets you a five-hour open bar with live music from DJs Sat-One, S3ti, and Mark Eteson. If you want the ultimate NYE experience you can choose the VIP admission which gets you a six-hour open bar, a VIP host to accommodate your needs, sofa seating, food, top shelf seating and more. 

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