Monday, December 22, 2014

POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 2:09 PM
Skaters on the River Rink stop and watch the New Year's Eve fireworks over the Delaware River. The early fireworks show at Penn's Landing is a family event. ( MICHAEL BRYANT / Staff Photographer )

Lauded as one of the biggest party holidays of the year, New Year’s Eve is also the perfect opportunity for kids and families to get in on a little celebratory action. Get ready to welcome in 2015 in style with the whole brood on Wednesday, Dec. 31.

With musicians performing throughout the day in various locations of Longwood Gardens (1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square), this horticultural getaway will be the perfect finale to a great year. Fountain shows will run every hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and every five minutes from 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. See the center’s holiday displays and revel in the festive sights one more time. 

Betsy’s our bestie. That’s why we’re celebrating the First Lady of Flags’ birthday at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Eve at the Betsy Ross House (239 Arch St.). With treats from City Tavern and tons of kid-friendly activities, this party is sure to be happening. 

POSTED: Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 3:00 AM
2014 Company of Walnut Street Theatre for Kids’ production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. (Photo by Mark Garvin)

Have yourself a merry little Tuesday.

For a tale of Christmas’ past: Join Scrooge on a musical journey from heartless holiday-hater to warm and cheery lover of life at the Walnut Street Theatre (825 Walnut St.) for their 10:30 a.m. production of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.”

For a workshop: Parents know there are few things better than a gift from the heart. But how about your kid’s hands? During this two-hour class starting at 4 p.m., children ages 9 to 12 will learn how to make necklaces with wire, chain and beads at the Wayne Art Center (413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne, Pa.).

POSTED: Monday, December 15, 2014, 1:54 PM
Grey Lodge Pub hosts a traditional Festivus event on Sunday. (Photo by Joshua Mellman)

It’s a Festivus for the rest of us. Do the holidays the Seinfeld way. 

A traditional Festivus gathering will take place on Sunday, Dec. 21 at Grey Lodge Pub (6235 Frankford Ave.), where they’ll be pulling out all the stops: Festivus pole, Airing of Grievances, meatloaf dinner and more. From 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., the bar will challenge attendees with Feats of Strength — both physical and mental — like holding out the “Big Mug o’ Pennies” and arm wrestling. Though, if you’re into making your own rules, original Feats of Strength are more than acceptable. Throughout the night, an open-mic style Airing of Grievances will be happening, Seinfeld trivia will go down, and special holiday songs will be performed, like “Frothy the Snowman” and “I Saw Daddy Punching Santa Claus.” The night’s draft list includes Troegs Mad Elf, Sly Fox Christmas, Manayunk Festivus, Evil Genius Naughty or Nice and others.

A Christmas Eve jam session at Kung Fu Necktie (1250 N. Front St.) featuring JAH People, West Philadelphia Orchestra, Circadian Rhythms and more, dubbed the First Annual Festivus, will bring the groove-loving Philly community together on Wednesday, Dec. 24 for an 8 p.m. show.

POSTED: Monday, December 15, 2014, 10:42 AM
Eric & Ryan Berley for Smithsonian (photo by Chris Crisman courtesy of Neff Associates)

Before pigging out on candy canes, cookies and egg nog next week, use this week to experience the wonderful food and drink happenings taking place in Philadelphia.

Those clothes bundled up in your dresser are mad at you because you haven’t worn them in months. Why don’t you do them a favor and give them to someone who will wear them? On Wednesday, Dec. 17, True Voice Media and East River Bank collaborate with nonprofit organizations Cradles to Crayons and Northeast Treatment Centers to host the first Holiday Social that features a clothing drive, benefiting deserving children in Philadelphia, that will be performed as a fashion show. Get this: The event is free and the clothes you donate will be a part of the fashion show. Sweet, right? With an RSVP you not only get to brighten less fortunate families' hearts this year, but you also get to enjoy complimentary food and drinks from Primos Hoagies, Brauhaus Schmitz, The Boiler Room, and more. The event starts at 6 p.m. and takes place at the Neighborhood House (20 N. American St.)

If you’ve had any of the Art in the Age spirits in the past, you know that all four styles pair well with almost every season of the year, and on Thursday, Dec. 18th at Standard Tap (901 N. 2nd St.), discover what mixes are best for winter during Art in the Age Night. Beginning at 6 p.m. and running through 10 p.m., enjoy four specially selected cocktails priced at $6 apiece as well as some AITA food items such as Root sticky buns, and a Snap dish. A portion of the proceeds benefit American Farmland Trust, an organization who strikes to protect farms across the country.

POSTED: Monday, December 15, 2014, 3:00 AM
Into free movies? The Sellersville Theater is showing "A Christmas Story" tonight. (Photo via Facebook)

Wake up, have fun, repeat.

For history: One of the original copies of the Bill of Rights will be unveiled today at the National Constitution Center (525 Arch St.). In celebration, the museum is throwing Bill of Rights Day Book Festival, beginning at 9:30 a.m. with four historical discussions. In addition, other family-friendly activities like a Bill of Rights game show, history of the Bill of Rights and more. The museum is open until 5 p.m. (or until 7 p.m. for teachers).

For community arts: The Philadelphia Orchestra welcome local amateur musicians to perform with them for a holiday “SingIn,” beginning at 6 p.m. at the Grace Baptist Church of Germantown (25 W. Johnson St.). Sign up, show up between 5:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. and be prepared to sing holiday tunes like “Joy to the World,” “Jingle Bells” and more. Or just come for a good time!

POSTED: Sunday, December 14, 2014, 3:00 AM
Greensgrow Holiday Bazaar (courtesy image)

If you weren’t counting down to the holidays already, you will be now.

For brunch: From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the man of the month — Santa Claus — comes to greet brunchers at the Twisted Tail (509 S. 2nd St.) for pictures. Menu offerings include domestic artisanal cheese, biscuits and gravy, chicken and sweet potato waffle, veggie burger and more.

For local finds: The final day of Greensgrow Farms’ (2501 E. Cumberland St.) Holiday Bazaar, featuring local vendors like Duc Tank Pottery, Enriched Macaroni Products and Earthwise Naturals, runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. today. This is also the perfect opportunity to scoop up your holiday plants!

POSTED: Saturday, December 13, 2014, 3:00 AM
Tea is served at Glen Foerd Mansion today. (Photo via Facebook)

This is cool. Very cool.

For a spot of tea: Pinkies out! Its time for tea at Glen Foerd Mansion (5001 Grant Ave.) hosts an adults-only traditional tea set to holiday music performed on the mansion’s antique Steinway. Very classy. Tea runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For families: Second Saturdays at Second State Press (1400 N. American St.) have become a running feature since September, welcoming families for free art projects. This month, kids six and older and their parents can use printmaking techniques to create personalized cards and envelopes from noon to 2 p.m.

POSTED: Friday, December 12, 2014, 12:56 PM
Filed Under: Music & Nightlife

Gift-giving this holiday season isn’t all about glossy, packaged and new items. Sometimes you need to add a splash of punk into your generosity. This weekend’s holiday edition of R5 Production’s Punk Rock Flea Market is sure to be the one-stop shop for jewelry, art, apparel — the list goes on and on.

Held at the Punk Rock Flea Market Dome (461 N. 9th St.) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both Saturday, Dec. 13 and Sunday, Dec. 14, the flea market will be stacked with over 500 vendors — and a different roster of sellers each day, too.

And not only will you be stocking up on the raddest gifts (or personal treasures), your $3 entry fee (good for both days) will help go towards R5’s donation to SKATEISTAN, a nonprofit encouraging safe entertainment — primarily skateboarding — to kids — mainly young girls — in Afghanistan, Cambodia and South Africa.

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