Memorial Day Weekend

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Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and serves as a special time we can honor the men and women of the military, both past and present. How will you celebrate this weekend? Here are some ideas to get you started:

1. Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest 

Opens Friday, May 27, 2016

For a second year, the area will transform into a warm-weather haunt with an outdoor roller rink and — new this year — a nine-hole mini-golf course and urban beach lounge.

2. Memorial Day Weekend at the National Constitution Center

May 28-30, 2016

Throughout the weekend visitors can participate in flag ceremonies when the museum opens and closes each day, enjoy a family-friendly concert, themed crafts, a thank-a-vet letter station, giant flag folding lessons and much more. Free admission on Monday, May 30.

3. Philly POPS Memorial Day Salute

Saturday, May 28, 2016
The Philly POPS will perform Philly’s first major Memorial Day concert this year at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets range from $15 to $25 for most, but free tickets are available for military members and first-responders.

4. Independence National Historical Park

May 28-30, 2016
Independence National Historical Park will be honoring the nation’s veterans throughout Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy special tours, history lessons and more.

5. Franklin Flea at Reading Terminal Market

Saturday, May 28, 2016
Browse handmade and vintage items from dozens of vendors at Franklin Flea. The expansive outdoor market is known for a wide array of vintage goods, handcrafted items, jewelry, artisanal food, furniture and much more.

6. Service at Laurel Hill Cemetery

Sunday, May 29, 2016
In 1868, Laurel Hill Cemetery was the site of the first Memorial Day Observance in Philadelphia. This year, the cemetery is honoring its past with a Decoration Day Service with the General Meade Society. Guests are invited to gather around the General George Gordon Meade’s burial site for a service that honors all fallen veterans with wreath-laying, speeches and more.

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9th St Italian Market Festival

A South Philly favorite returns this weekend! Stop by the 9th Street Italian Market Festival – the nation’s oldest outdoor market.

Bring the entire family to experience the Annual Procession of Saints, and to enjoy the Live Entertainment, Family Events, Crafts, Food, Food and more Food.

Check out the official event website for details and photos of last years festivities!2150198_orig


Tips to Brighten and Lighten Your Home

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Brighten up your space for spring with these simple tips.

1. Let The Sun Shine In. Swap those heavy, dark drapes for a light, sheer fabric. If your room gets a lot of sun, opt for light colors that won’t fade. The most recommended lightweight fabrics for panels are cotton, linen, and silk blends because they tend to hang well.

2. Use the Right White Paint OK, so maybe white paint is a no-brainer for perking up gloomy interiors, but picking the right white? Easier said than done. To make sure you’re picking the right shade of white, check out this list of favorite white paint colors chosen by top interior designers.

3. Opt For Open Shelving Open shelves can add depth to a small room, and feel less heavy than dark cabinets. If you’re going to try this look, make sure to edit glassware, decorative accessories, or anything else that will be on display. Baskets can be a great way of adding storage without visual clutter.

4. Add a Mirror Mirrors can visually expand a room and also reflect light, making any space feel bigger and brighter.


Weekend Events

Screen Shot 2016-05-12 at 1.17.30 PMHere are some fun ideas for an outing this weekend – all located nearby in our beautiful city!

Spruce Street Harbor Park – I’m sure you’ve heard of this place by now!  The beloved pop-up park will continue to invite visitors to lounge on its signature hammocks, enjoy food on its floating restaurant, cool off with drafts from the beer garden and hang out and play games – ping pong, shuffleboard and more – along its waterfront boardwalk. Read more here.

Pennsylvania Guild Fine Craft Fair at Rittenhouse Square – brings more than 150 artists from across the nation to the sidewalks of Rittenhouse Square for its sixth year in a row. The three-day juried fair showcases unique pieces that range from ceramics and furniture to jewelry and clothing. You’ll also find a new, emerging artist section set-up in the center of the show, as well as on-going and free, hands-on activities.  May 13, 14 & 15, 2016. Fri & Sat // 11-7pm. Sun // 11-5pm. more

Chinese Lantern Festival Through June 12, 2016
As part of the celebration of Franklin Square’s 10th birthday, Historic Philadelphia is lighting up the landmark park with the first-ever Chinese Lantern Festival to occur in the Northeast United States. The square at 6th & Race streets is glowing with 25 illuminated lanterns, handcrafted giant flowers, a three-story pagoda and a 200-foot-long Chinese dragon. Nightly performances will also take place. read more

Opening of Creative Africa Exhibition Creative Africa brings an expansive display of works from visionary artists all throughout Africa to the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building through a series of five special exhibitions. From contemporary photography and fashion to architecture and centuries-old sculpture, museum-goers can explore a wide range of mediums from a variety of time periods.



South Street Spring Festival

Check out the South Street Spring Festival this Saturday, taking place between Front and 8th streets. The fantastic outdoor celebration is a pedestrian paradise of food, music and family-friendly fun. Coinciding with the South Street Spring Festival, Maifest brings a bevy of German beers to try at Brauhaus Schmitz as well as traditional music and authentic dancers who gather around the city’s largest maypole.

Saturday May 7th, 11AM-8PM, Free Admission! South-Street-Spring-Festival-2-780uw-780x480