The Rothman Ice Rink at City Hall

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From now until February 26th, everyone can experience the transformation that Dilworth Park undergoes to become the local winter wonderland known as the Rothman Ice Rink.

Enjoy ice skating with friends under the glow of the city lights, and warm up in the Rothman Cabin located at the top of the rink with a delicious hot chocolate in the heated tent. Relax after an entertaining skate in front of the historic City Hall with seasonal cocktails, craft beers, and warm and delectable foods like poutine and chili, courtesy of Air Grille by Brûlée Catering.

City Hall is a quick 20 minute drive from Siena Place and you won’t find an attraction like this one for another year! Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 10 and under, and skate rentals are an additional $10.


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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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Second Saturday on East Passyunk!

 

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Kick off fall this weekend by attending Second Saturday on September 10th! Shop fall fashions, view art installations and sip on complimentary cocktails while strolling down East Passyunk.

Featured stores this month include:

Baum’s Dancewear

Baum’s Dancewear is a manufacturer, wholesale distributor and retailer of quality dance footwear, apparel, costumes and accessories. They offer the finest brands and most diverse collection of dance and performance products, at exceptional prices!

Visit the South Philadelphia location on Second Saturday to receive a the punch card! For every $20 you spend you get a punch, fill up your entire card and receive 15% off your next purchase.

Location: 1805 E Passyunk Ave
Hours: 10am-5pm

 

King’s Music

King’s Music in South Philadelphia has everything for your music needs. Visit them for music lessons, instrument repair, recording, and the best deals in the area on instrument purchases.

Guitar strings and guitar picks are buy one get one (of equal or lesser value).
Sign up for lessons on Saturday and receive $10 off a music lesson for any instrument!

Location: 1828 East Passyunk Avenue
Hours: 10am-6pm

 

N.R.S boutique

N.R.S Boutique has all one of a kind designs & vintage clothing and accessories.

This Saturday marks the beginning of the Fall sale. All items are 15% off and the will be 1/2 off sale racks!

Location: 1822 E Passyunk Ave.
Hours: 12pm-8pm

 

Occasionette

Occasionette is a curated gift shop on South Philly’s East Passyunk Avenue, boasting one of the city’s largest selections of independent cards and gifts.

The first 40 shoppers to spend $40 or more in the shop will receive a free tote bag filled with $25 worth of goods & gifts! Saturday only. Shop early to be sure to get your tote filled with free goodies with your purchase!

Location: 1825 E Passyunk Ave

Hours: 11am-8pm

To learn more visit: http://www.visiteastpassyunk.com/events/second-saturday.php


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East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival

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Start your engines for the 11th Annual East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival! The event takes place on Sunday, July 31, from 11am-4pm on East Passyunk Avenue between Broad and Dickinson Streets only a short drive from Siena Place.

Over 140 antique, show, classic and custom cars, trucks and motorcycles will line will line 5 blocks of East Passyunk Avenue. The festival will also feature live music & DJs on every block and the Bang! Boom! CRAFT! Show at the Fountain. Fantastic food & drink options include Italian fare from Mamma Maria Ristorante, an outdoor bar complete with Pizza from Marra’s, and limoncello snow cones from Birra. There will also be a variety of food trucks vending onsite. Kids will enjoy arts and crafts, games, face painting, high-wire performances, and a free moon bounce!

Don’t miss out on the cars, food, and fun at East Passyunk’s largest block party of the year!

For more information on the East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival visit:
http://www.visiteastpassyunk.com/events/car-show-and-street-festival.php

When: Sunday, July 31
11 a.m. – 4 p.m.
(Rain date is Sunday, August 7)

Cost: Free for attendees, $20 fee for participating cars


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Schuylkill Banks Free Outdoor Movie Nights

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Outdoor movie screenings are a classic part of summer entertainment! What could be more fun on a summer evening than watching a film beneath the stars with family and friends?

Beginning in June through August, a variety of movies will be shown on the Banks of the Schuylkill River, a short drive from Siena Place.

Showtime is at 8:30 p.m, but we recommend arriving early to find a good spot to sit, enjoy complimentary snacks and beverages, and enter a free raffle sponsored by Philadelphia Runner.

See the movie schedule below. There’s sure to be a screening to please every film buff!

Grays Ferry Crescent Movies:

  • June 23: “Space Jam”
  • July 21: “Inside Out”
  • “Star Wars: “The Force Awakens”

 Walnut Street Movies:

  • June 30 – “Dirty Dancing”
  • July 14 – “This is Spinal Tap”
  • July 28 – “Big Hero 6″
  • August 11 – “Creed”

Visit the event page for directions, more information and to check any cancellations due to weather.

 


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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


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Exciting Events In Philly This Week!

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Now that April is here, spring festivals and events are popping up everywhere! In Philadelphia, some crowd favorites in spring activities will be making an appearance this week, which ones will you go to?

1. Meat Week at Percy Street Barbecue is a big promotion that offers delicious smoked meats at a major discount. Percy Street Barbecue charges $45 a couple to build their own special and tasty barbecue meal. Couples can choose 3 meats from pork belly, to brisket to ribs to chicken and more. The meat is served with collard greens, burnt end beans, cole slaw, potato salad and potato rolls, yum! You don’t want to pass up this great deal for amazing food! Meat week is happening  from April 4th to 10th at Percy Street Barbecue, 900 South Street.

2. Attention all skaters, Philly Radness, an interactive pop up skatepark, is opening from today April 5th until May 22nd for everyone to skate along the projection-mapped, generative art sculpture. The sculpture will be complemented by a photo and video show created by Philadelphia-based skate videographer Chris Mulhern, to create a multimedia representation of skateboard culture in Philadelphia. Anyone can come watch and of course skate, if they you how. The exhibition is free and open to the public Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. An opening reception and skateboarding demonstration will be held on Thursday, April 7, from 5-7 p.m.

3. Nerd Nite at Frankford Hall is perfect if you’re looking for something educational to do. Tomorrow, Wednesday April 6th, local experts will talk about all kinds of interesting topics from superheroes to information about genetics from fruit flies. It’s just $5 per person and starts at 7:30 pm but is a very popular event, so doors open at 4 pm. Be sure to get there early and claim your spot at the show at Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue.

4. Philly Wine Week is happening until Sunday April 10th will awesome events all throughout the city of Philadelphia such as a wine and cheese showcase at the Convention Center, a barbecue at American Sardine Bar, a 10th birthday celebration at Vintage Wine Bar and Bistro and a power lunch at Lacroix. Participate in all the locations and events you want with delicious food and wine!

5. Philadelphia Orchestra’s Free PopUP Concert is presenting family friendly music for everyone to enjoy on Thursday April 7th at 6:30 pm. Pre-show activities begin with an interactive Conduct Us event at 5:30 pm and you must register for tickets in order to enter. Tickets are now available as of 10 am this morning, so get them before they’re gone! Address: Kimmel Center, 300 South Broad Street, Philadelphia.

All of these events are near Judd Builders’ gorgeous community, Siena Place. Don’t miss out on all of the fun events that go on in Philadelphia all year long, especially the ones during the spring and summer in the beautiful weather!

 

 

 


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Hot Spots for Authentic Philly Cheese Steaks

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Everyone’s familiar with the Philly cheese steak, they have a history, have become an icon and even a tourist draw for the City of Philadelphia. For those who are lucky enough to have unlimited access to the famous Philly cheese steaks as residents in the city, here are places that are the most highly recommended for the best cheese steaks:

1. Number one on the list from visitphilly.com is John’s Roast Pork. They serve the finest, most authentic cheese steaks, located in South Philly. This crowd favorites secret is a crisp seeded roll to add some crunch to the juicy cheese steak. John’s Roast Pork received a James Beard Award for America’s Classics thanks to their popular sandwiches. Don’t forget to try their signature roast pork sandwich with rubbed and roasted pork simmered in its own gravy along with provolone cheese and sauteed spinach (if you’d like). Address: 14 Snyder Avenue.

2. Tony Luke’s is another South Philadelphia favorite to order and pick up an authentic Philly cheese steak from the street side window. Nothing on their menu will disappoint you, and it is all worth trying to get the real and full Philly experience. Address: 39 E. Oregon Avenue.

3. Pat’s King of Steaks is an original Philadelphia cheese steak spot. They weren’t wrong in calling it Pat’s King of Steaks, for its founder, Pat Olivieri, invented the steak sandwich in 1930. The family owned store in Philly has grown a lot since then, with recognition all over the world drawing everyone to try a Philly cheese steak. Address: 9th Street & Passyunk Avenue.

4. Geno’s Steaks is located right across the street from Pat’s as their competitor for more than 4 decades. Both stores are open 24/7 to satisfy any random cheese steak craving you may have at any time. Geno’s has been keeping up, serving amazing cheese steaks to all its loyal customers. Address: 1219 S. 9th Street.

5. At Jim’s Steaks, it’s not uncommon for there to be a long line of people out the door waiting to taste one of their memorable sandwiches. Get there at a good time to make sure you actually get a hold of a quality Jim’s cheese steak. Address: 400 South Street.

 

Judd Builders’ community Siena Place is located at the heart of Philadelphia’s most famous cheese steak spots. It’s a great treat to enjoy with your family whenever you please to experience the true taste of Philadelphia. 

 

 

 

 


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Best Nightlife in Philadelphia

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Not only is Philadelphia always buzzing with people and things to d during the day, but there’s plenty of action going on at night too. From bowling to bars to music venues, there’s a lot to choose where to spend a night off. Here are some of Philadelphia’s Nightlife Winners:

1. People love North Bowl because it’s a great place to hangout with some friends, bowl and maybe have a drink if you wanted to. It’s a relaxing environment without all the loudness and chaos that some other nightlife spots in Philadelphia may have. It is the ultimate hangout with retro benches from bowling alleys in the 50’s, a bar and a glass surrounded area that oversees the lanes from the lounge.

2. Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant produces their own handcrafted beer along with delicious food served in a comfortable and friendly atmosphere. A great place for a fun night out with friends to try a few different drinks and a high quality meal.

3. Doobies Bar is a corner neighborhood dive bar that offers good drinks, food and fun games to play. They have 10 drafts, a late night menu, outdoor seating, as well as a different brewery sponsored quizzo game each week!

4. The best live music venue goes to The Legendary Dobbs. Located on South Street, it is one of the few Philadelphia clubs that has been preforming original music for 25 years. This is the perfect place to hangout and experience great music with friends or family.

5. The Fenix Bar was given the title of the best happy hour in 2014. This place has a very relaxing atmosphere with its plush chairs, booths and couches as well as a black lit bar that service cocktails with high quality ingredients.

Philadelphia’s best nightlife is all located near Judd Builder’s community Siena Place, where anyone has access to a great night out with friends or family!


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