The Best Places to Watch the Superbowl in Philly

Varga bar

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At Varga the Superbowl will be on display on several televisions around the bar, but the real event for those at Varga is its annual Super Fowl wing cook-off. Their chef Mike Barnisan will be facing off against another nearby bar’s head chef, Doreen DeMarco, to see who can make the best game-day wings. The two will go head to head cooking up hot wings, non-american wings, and a wild card wing to be determined on Superbowl Sunday.

 

 

Dock Street Brewing Co.

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This West Philadelphia based bar is doing their patrons a true service by screening Puppy Bowl XIII. Start your Superbowl Sunday off watching adorable puppies play on a fake football field and enjoy wood-fired pizza and wings, along with hand-crafted beers. If you get hungry the kitchen will also be open until 9pm serving a variety of wings and buffalo chicken pizza.

 

Chickie’s and Pete’s

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Chickie’s and Pete’s is an essential staple in the Philadelphia sports fan’s life. It is at its core the quintessential sports bar. With an abundance of televisions playing the game, no matter where you sit you will have a good view to watch. From endless beer to the world famous Crabfries, if you’re looking to indulge yourself this Superbowl Sunday, Chickie’s and Pete’s is a must.


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The Mummers Parade 2017

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In Philly, the New Year’s party doesn’t stop after the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. In fact, some would say it doesn’t even get started until 9 a.m. on New Year’s Day, when 10,000 colorfully costumed Mummers line up to strut, sashay and pirouette their way down Broad Street.

Mummers are men and women of all ages who belong to more than 40 organized clubs that make up the parade participants. The clubs are split into five categories — Comics, Wench Brigades, Fancies, String Bands and Fancy Brigades — that function mainly to stage playful performances on New Year’s Day.

The parade begins at 9 a.m. and continues into the evening, ending approximately at 6 p.m. City Hall marks the starting point, with a judging station situated at 15th and Market streets.

Click Here to read about more things to do on New Year’s Day in Philadelphia. 

 


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Holiday Gift Guide 2016: Philly gift ideas

Below are local Philly gift ideas. Happy holiday shopping!

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1) South Fellini Philly-themed pins. Intent on showing off the “pretty and gritty” of South Philly, South Fellini’s Tony Trov and Johnny Zito opened their East Passyunk Avenue novelty shop this year for precisely this sort of occasion. Go for the pins –ideally the Wawa Jawn, but their newly released East Passyunk logo pins will also do just fine. ($12, SouthFellini.com or 1507 E. Passyunk Ave.)

2) Michael Malizia custom drawings. Wanting something a little more personal? Hoboken sketch artist Michael Malizia transforms memories – think: photos of a since-gone pet or a scene from a home video – into an artwork. This is one that, surely, will stick around for generations. ($650-plus, MyLifeStudioArt.com)

3) Yowie bottle opener. Most of us can agree that bottle openers aren’t the most sightly objects stocking our kitchen. Yowie, the online shop that operates out of the Italian Market, is offering a colorful Pat Kim bottle opener that promises to not “be banished into the utensil drawer.” Sold. ($36, ShopYowie.com)

4) Japanese-style apron. This open-back apron is made from reclaimed linens with customizable pockets. To boot, 25 percent of proceeds are forwarded to Urban Agriculture. Consider it a good starter gift for the family’s cook-in-training. ($88, TheKitchenGardenSeries.com)

5) Philadelphia tree ornament. If the tree’s looking devoid of Philly representation this year, this one’s a no-brainer as a stocking stuffer or bonus gift for mom or dad. Go with the AIA Design Center’s ornament, which packs in depictions of One Liberty Place, City Hall and the Liberty Bell. ($25, AIABookstore.com or 1218 Arch St.)


Read the original article for even more gift ideas!


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Decorating Your New Home For The Holidays

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Decorations are an essential part of getting in the holiday spirit! Here are some small tips to get creative with in order to make your new home look extra festive for this winter holiday season with little time and effort:

  1. Use any extra ornaments for an ornament display. Place sparkling and colorful ornaments on a cake stand around with leaves for a beautifully simple centerpiece or table decoration.
  2. Greenery will surely add a festive touch in your home, whether its along a staircase or even around a doorway. This will create a very inviting atmosphere in your home. The same thing can be done with lights!
  3. Decorate a small artificial white tree with holiday items. Candy canes, bows and mints will make a stunning display on any table.
  4. A festive chandelier-like decoration can be made from clustering ornaments, tying different colored bows on them and hanging them from the ceiling or door frame.
  5. With a simple touch of spray paint, a frosting look can be added to a wreath to transform it into a winter decoration. Put on gold or any other holiday colored leaves to add a pop of color.
  6. Filling a snifter with different kinds of shiny silver bells will add some sparkle to your dining room table.

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Crafts to Celebrate the End of Summer

 

Feeling bored on this rainy Thursday? Create one of these charming crafts celebrate the last days of summer!

Stenciled Nautical Decor

Stenciled nautical motifs onto inexpensive buckets, glasses, and even cloth napkins. All you need is a little craft paint, a brush, and stencils or stenciling tape.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clamshell Wreath

Pondering what to do with this year’s seashell collection? Create a summery wreath to hang on your front door!

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Striped Pillow Covers

Nothing says summer more than nautical stripes! These stylishly striped pillows say it all to your guests, “Sit back, relax, and enjoy the last days of summer.”

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Neighborhood Holiday Traditions

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Holidays are the perfect time to form traditions that let you enjoy some quality time with the ones you love. There are endless family traditions, but there are also some traditions to start with your neighbors and others in your community! Here are some activities to do with your neighborhood around the holidays to get involved:

1. Go caroling around your neighborhood. Grab the neighbors that live right next door and go around the rest of the area singing holiday songs. You’ll be surprised how fun it is and how good your group will sound together.

2. Walk door to door delivering holiday cookies. Set a date to make a batch of cookies or two with the neighbors in your community. You can either hand them out to others that live around you, or enjoy them with the people you made them with!

3. Check out the holiday lights in your area. Grab some friends in the area and carpool to visit brightly lit houses or drive through light shows.

4. Go sledding or ice skating. If you live by a good sledding hill, take a group sledding for the day or go to a nearby ice skating rink to take advantage of all the fun winter sports!

 

Holiday traditions with neighbors are a great way to stay in touch and spend time with your friends that live near you. Neighborhood traditions can be started in any community and are something unique to look forward to every year!


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Our Favorite Holiday Traditions

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The winter and holiday season is filled with exciting traditions to look forward to share with your friends and family each year. Here are some of our favorite holiday traditions from all different aspects including food, family, decorations and more!

Holiday Food:

1. Who doesn’t love warm holiday decorated cookies during the cold winter? Organize time to bake cookies with friends or family and pick your favorite holiday cookie recipe, there’s so many to choose from!

2. Bring out your creativity and add your own twist to a gingerbread house! You can buy kits with everything you need, plus any extra candy you love to add and bite off later, or you can even use gram crackers and icing to assemble it and challenge yourself a little more.

Family Activities: 

1. See a production of ‘The Nutcracker,’ ‘A Christmas Carol,’ or another holiday-themed show to get yourself in the holiday spirit!

2. Go caroling with your family members to spread the holiday cheer to neighbors and friends. The good thing about caroling is that you don’t need to be a great singer for your group to sound in tune and of course, it’s fun!

3. Go sledding, skiing, ice skating, or any other outdoor winter activity with your family. This is a great way to get outside, since a lot of people want to stay warm inside. There are plenty of outdoor winter activities that are too enjoyable to pass up.

Around the Home Traditions:

1. “Elf on the shelf” is a great tradition to start for your kids, and will keep them on their best behavior knowing that the elves are keeping an eye on them!

2. Purchase or make a new ornament each year. This is something to look forward to that will add to your sentimental collection every holiday.

3. There are endless holiday movies to choose from to watch with your family, snuggled up by the fire drinking hot chocolate. Any holiday movie is great quality time with family and a perfect tradition.

Holiday Gift Traditions:

1. Draw names from your immediate family and get a gift for only that person. You can set whatever limits you want and it’s a fun way for everyone to receive a gift!

2. Pick a family member or 2 to come along gift shopping with you. Set aside a full day to get it all done in one area, and have some fun while doing it.

 

There are many holiday traditions, some are very well known or common and some are very family specific that you make yourself. The holidays are a time to be with family and traditions build memories every year with them.


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Why Philadelphia is Perfect For the Winter and Holiday Season

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During the winter and holiday season, Center City Philadelphia becomes a winter wonderland filled with festive decorations, events and activities to be apart of! There are various reasons why Philadelphia is the place to be this time of year:

In December, Philadelphia is decorated with all sorts of colors, lights and decorations, making anywhere you go pleasantly beautiful. Rittenhouse Square’s holiday lights cast a cheerful shine on anyone nearby after it gets dark.

There are plenty of holiday shows to catch in the city during this season. In the Macy’s department store across from Philadelphia’s City Hall has a four story holiday sound and light show every two hours! Each show will feature the Wannamaker organ, which is known to be the largest playing pipe organ in the world with 28,677 pipes, wow!

Ice skating is always a fun winter activity to enjoy with friends and family. Head over to the Rothman Ice Rink set up in Dilworth Park in front of City Hall for a day or evening out gliding on the ice! And don’t worry, you are able to rent skates at the rink if you don’t have your own.

Let’s not forget about the traditional Philadelphia Mummers Parade on New Years Day. The parade is all day up Broad Street to City Hall from South Philadelphia with bands and costumed mummers. It’s a fun event to enjoy to start off the new year!

 

Judd Builder’s community Siena Place is located in South Philadelphia, just 17 minutes from Center City where you can enjoy all of these fun winter activities! Take your friends and family to see the winter wonderland of the beautiful city of Philadelphia and enjoy all of the festive and seasonal treats it has to offer.

 

 

 

 


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