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POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 2:32 PM
Laurel Hill was lit up for last year's Soul Crawl held in October. (Photo Credit: Mark Aksoy via Facebook)

Cemeteries have always been a place of mourning where you go to remember and grieve for your loved ones. They are usually a solemn place where you carefully walk around the tombstones trying not to disturb the dead. The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery, however, believe that cemeteries are as much for the living as for the dead and that by bringing the past to life we celebrate life as much as we honor the dead. From 5K runs to picnics, they show that despite our grief, life must always go on. There will be no tiptoeing in this grave site. Laughter, music, and all types of fun are encouraged.

Founded in 1836 and considered a National Historic Landmark, East Falls' Laurel Hill Cemetery is the resting place to many important historic figures, and some of them were known for their handsome visages and built physiques as well. In the tour, Hotties of Laurel Hill: Dead, Gone & Extremely Handsome, on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 6:30 p.m., you can hear stories about heartthrobs of bygone eras including Civil War soldiers and Victorian inventors.

If you prefer visiting cemeteries in the daylight hours, at 10 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 22, you can get a colorful overview of the cemetery’s history during  Laurel Hill: The Hot Spots & Storied Plots. Learn more about the important role it plays in history and in the local community.

POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 2:06 PM
The Spirit of Philadelphia holds a number of cruises throughout the remainder of the summer. (Photo via Devine and Partners)

Sometimes things on land just fall a bit … flat. That’s why we’re hitting the high seas, so to speak, for the remainder of the summer. I hope you’ve got your sea legs; it’s time to kick it like high-class cruisers. Swim trunks and flippy-floppies not required.

Summer happy hours in Atlantic City are best spent oceanside. Every evening at 6 p.m. until Sunday, Sept. 14, see the marinas and back bays of Atlantic City while sipping on your favorite beverages. You’ll set sail from the Historic Gardner’s Basin.

The next two Wednesdays, Aug. 20 and Aug. 27, sip on selected wines on a one-hour cruise departing from Dravo Dock in Wilmington, Del. Take your pick from one of the three sail times each night: 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 10:57 AM
Dining area with the Ben Franklin Bridge in background at Morgan's Pier. ( DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer )

From shaking up drinks to fashion and food, this week’s food events are certainly ones to pay attention to. Satisfy your taste buds with these five food events.

Taste the flavor of the Pacific on Thursday, Aug. 21 as Morgan’s Pier and Chef David Gilberg host a Luau buffet featuring the original menu and a special selection of whole roasted pigs in a vanilla rum sauce, chicken satays, and other tropical-flavored bites and special cocktails from 6 p.m. through 10 p.m. The event is $20.

Calling all fashion-eat-stas: Stilettos meet cuisine as Top Chef winner Nick Elmi and other local chefs from the area cook up some special plates at Front and Palmer streets for the first ever Cooking Up Couture event on Friday, Aug. 22. Starting at 7 p.m. through 10 p.m., guests can taste local dishes and quench their thirst on cocktails while enjoying everything flashy this year in fashion. Tickets start at $75 and proceeds go towards Philabundance.

POSTED: Monday, August 18, 2014, 3:00 AM
Monarch butterflies in a holding cage are readied for release. (Ed Hille / Staff Photographer)

Are you ready for this?

For a winged affair: Butterflies in all stages of development are flitting, flying and transforming right before your eyes in the Butterfly House at the Tyler Arboretum in Media, Pa. You can swing by between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. today.

For jazzy divas: DivaNation, a group of Philadelphia-based female jazz vocalists, show off their range at the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Central Branch today at 7 p.m. This is their final public showcase before their performances at Drexel’s Mandell Theatre on September 12 and 13.

POSTED: Sunday, August 17, 2014, 3:00 AM
"Possible Memoir Titles," a musical and comedic cabaret starring Caroline Dooner is tonight. (Photo via Caroline Dooner)

Brunch and things to do go hand in hand.

For innovators: A temporary exhibit at the Franklin Institute explores various inventions that changed history, from the wheel to the Internet. The Logan Square museum is open from 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For a demonstration: In case you’re ever transported back to the 17th century, this open hearth cooking class at Pennsbury Manor demonstrates culinary techniques unique to cooking in the brick fireplace. The class runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in Morrisville, Pa.

POSTED: Saturday, August 16, 2014, 3:00 AM
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 04: Comedian Jim Gaffigan attends an evening of top chefs and headlining comedians to help cure Scleroderma at Carolines on November 4, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Andrew H. Walker/Getty Images for Scleroderma Research Foundation)

Shopping, toy cars, food — today is full of the best that life can offer.

For a blowout sale: Need another foam finger to add to the collection? How about a new Flyers jersey? Score discounts of up to 90% off at the Wells Fargo Center’s Summer Blowout Sale, featuring Phillies, Flyers and 76ers apparel from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For a road race: Kids can bring their favorite Matchbox and Hot Wheels cars to race on the Mercer Museum’s toy car race track from noon until 3 p.m. in Doylestown, Pa.  

POSTED: Friday, August 15, 2014, 3:41 PM
WetLand is a live-in art installation on Penn's Landing by Mary Mattingly (left) commissioned for the 2014 Fringe Festival. Part art, part floating home, and very much a conversation starter about our environmental future, the semi-self-contained habitat docked just south of the Independence Seaport Museum will open for public tours and events Friday through Sept. 21. RON CORTES / Staff Photographer

With this year’s Fringe Festival only weeks away, the city is preparing for some of the most innovative pieces around. One of this year’s Presented Fringe Festival works, “WetLand,” a Delaware-river bound ecosystem and an interactive, public performance space (on which artist Mary Mattingly will live) opens to the public Friday, Aug. 15.

Until Sunday, Sept. 21, the habitat, located next to the Independent Seaport Museum, will host a number of events, performances and other artists, so grab your life vests — it’s time to go riverside.

The installation’s opening reception takes place Friday, Aug. 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. where you’ll be able to sample locally grown food produced on “WetLand” itself. How’s that for sustainability? In addition, Penns Woods Vineyards will supply drinks from their pop-up wine bar.

POSTED: Friday, August 15, 2014, 2:12 PM
Biking on the Boardwalk in Wildwood, where a scenic bike route runs nearly the entire length of the 5-mile island, beginning in Wildwood Crest. ( TOM GRALISH / Staff Photographer )

With only two weeks until Labor Day Weekend, a couple thoughts can pop up in one’s head. For one thing, it’s an extra day off from work, but other thoughts that could run through your mind is, “wow I haven’t been down the shore yet, and oops, summer’s almost over!” Take advantage of this upcoming weekend with a couple events happening down the shore. You may even come back with a memory from it tattooed on your skin.

Beginning at 12 p.m. on Friday, August 15 inked-up folks, and the potentially tatted bunch can sink up knowledge in everything body modification during the Wildwood Tattoo Beach Bash at the Wildwoods Convention Center. Running through Sunday, August 17, guests can see world-class artwork, enjoy a death-defying Lucky Daredevil Thrill show, and can meet the Titano Strongman, a one-of-a-kind performance you won’t forget. The convention opens at 11 a.m. Saturday and Sunday.

“Say a little prayer” with Dionne Warwick on Friday, August 15 at the Revel Casino’s Oviation Hall as this five-time Grammy award winning diva graces our presence on stage for a night of hits your parents sung to you, and you sung out loud in your car.

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