Things to do in Philadelphia this weekend


Beer Garden, Food Trucks, & Entertainment
The Oval is now open! Philadelphia’s new “Park on the Parkway,” has free programming, events and activities for all ages. During operating hours, The Oval features interactive games, special events including live music, movie nights, performances and workshops as well as a rotating lineup of food trucks and a beautiful beer garden. Check out The Oval website to learn more.

Discounted Dining in the City
Beginning on Thursday, July 17 and running through Sunday, July 27, more than two dozen University City restaurants open their doors to serve discounted dinners for the annual University City event. At each participating restaurant, three-course feasts are dished for $15, $25 or $35 depending on the restaurant. Cocktails, wine and beer are available for an additional cost. Visit the University City Dining Days website.

Al Fresco Movie Night
This summer, Mt. Airy presents two-nights of free al fresco movie screenings all summer long. Every Friday and Saturday night from June 20 through August 16 — with the exception of Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5 — head to Mt. Airy for outdoor film screenings of all sort. The movie lineup includes October Sky, Men in Black, Pitch Perfect and Now You See Me. The full list of upcoming films is available here on the Go Mt. Airy website.


Upcycled Design for Your Home

Just because something is old, worn out, damaged, etc., does not mean it can’t be used for something else. So, rather than ending up in a landfill we’ve compiled a list of a few items that can be upcycled for your home and perhaps even enhance aesthetically (if you can get a little creative).


Old architectural items such as doors, can be used for several things. One of them being a new headboard for a bedroom set. It can give a room a very rustic look if the doors have peeling paint or an interesting color. Another idea for an old door – turn it into a table. It can become a coffee table or a dining room table if you have enough panels, and create a beautiful centerpiece for a room. Old window frames can be painted and used indoors on a plain wall by arranging it in different ways.

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Worn out clothing items and accessories can also become reused in different ways. An old pair of shoes can hold plants or herbs outside, or you can even try reusing old hats as planters. Plastic milk jugs also work great for watering plants. Old towels can be used as outdoor rags to clean a car, or clean your floors around the house.

If you try to find new uses for things, you’ll be helping create less of an impact on the environment, as well as give a new life and purpose to the item you’re thinking of throwing away.


Outdoor Entertaining for Summer

Memorial Day is this weekend, which means it’s time to start thinking about cookouts and outdoor entertaining for your home. Once you mow and clean your yard, get out the tiki torches and citronella candles to keep away bugs, and set up umbrellas or awnings with lawn chairs underneath to give guests a shaded area to sit and relax.

Make it fun! Set up a volleyball net, croquet, or Frisbee game for kids and parents to enjoy. Just make sure to keep it clear of the grill!

Cookouts are all about food and keeping your guests happy, so make sure you stock up on food and beverages that keep them satisfied. You can also try your hand at these recipes below for some homemade options.

Jack’s Guacamole
3 ripe avocados
2 tomatoes
1/2 cup red onion
2 limes, juiced
a few sprigs of fresh cilantro (coriander), chopped finely
dash or two of sea salt

Mash avocados with a fork. Mix all the ingredients together with a mortar and pestle, or in a large bowl, and serve with tortilla chips, or fresh veggies. Makes 4 servings.

Aunt Martha’s Potato Salad
1 bag of red potatoes
2 carrots (peeled)
2 celery stalks
1/2 cup red or white onion
1/2 cup of mayonaise
2 tbsp. mustard
2 tsp. salt
dash of freshly ground pepper
fresh dill (optional)

Boil potatoes for 25 minutes, or until soft. Chop up mirepoix (carrots, celery, and onions). Cut up potatoes when warm, leave skin on, and combine with mirepoix in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients, and refrigerate for 1 – 2 hours before serving. Makes 4 – 6 servings.

Have a great Memorial Day weekend, everyone!



Things to do in May

Customers buy fresh produce at the Italian Market.

Check out these amazing events for the month of May in Philly:

Spring Festivals & Events Galore
May is festival month in Philadelphia and we have a complete guide to more than 40 can’t-miss spring festivals happening around town this month. Start planning your weekends now. READ MORE…

Super Spring Saturday Alert
May 3
This Saturday, May 3, boasts more than a dozen major spring festivals and events, hence the name “Super Spring Saturday.” Consult our complete Super Spring Saturday guide to maximize the amount of festivities you can cover. READ MORE…

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival
May 3, 2014 | 12-6 p.m.
Of all the major festivals happening this weekend, the Rittenhouse Row Spring Fest is the big kahuna. More than 40 of the city’s best restaurants take over Walnut Street. Click here for our complete festival guide. READ MORE…

Italian Market Festival
May 17-18, 2014
The annual Italian Market Festival takes over 9th Street in South Philadelphia for two days every May and it’s a foodie paradise — don’t miss it. READ MORE…

3.2-Day Itinerary in Philadelphia
According to the U.S. Travel Association, the average American worker loses 3.2 vacation days each year. Take back your vacation with our new 3.2-Day Itinerary in Philadelphia. READ MORE…

Best Brunch Spots in Philadelphia
Mother’s Day is almost here. Treat the mom in your life to a mimosa and a spectacular meal at one of the best brunch spots in the city. READ MORE…


Philly Ranked Most Underrated City

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There’s more to Philly than you think. Like any city it has its good, and it has its “not so good,” but it has the best in terms having everything within reach. Unlike New York or LA, Philly is king of BYOBs (it has over 200), and it has something for everyone to enjoy – such as a great art scene, marathon running, music, great sports venues, and much more!

It was recently ranked the most underrated city in America by the Huffington Post. Click here to read the article.


The Bella Model is Back


The fabulous Bella model is back by popular demand at Siena Place, a luxurious, townhome community in Packer Park, South Philly’s premier neighborhood. This sweeping community of brand new brick townhomes offers urban living with the amenities and conveniences you’d find in a suburban neighborhood, such as driveways and plenty of green space. All residences feature attached or detached garages, spacious owner’s suites, outdoor balconies and decks, and large eat-in kitchens. This new home community is convenient to center city and offers six beautifully appointed home designs. Home prices start in the high $300,000s and offer lots of living space for the price!

The stunning Bella model offers 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and an attached one-car garage all in 2,896 square feet. The first floor features an open floor plan combining the dining room and living room areas, which is perfect for entertaining and daily living. The kitchen includes 42” high wall cabinets, spacious granite countertops for preparing food, and an attached breakfast area. Ascend to the second level, and you’ll find three bedrooms, one full Jack and Jill bathroom, and a convenient laundry room. The owner’s suite is on the third level and features a wet bar, 2 walk-in closets, a 12’ x 16’ deck, and a luxurious owner’s bath with double vanity sinks.

Siena Place is both efficient and low maintenance. All homes are Energy Star Certified and have energy efficient appliances, saving you money and assuring maximum comfort. You’ll also be able to spend more time enjoying your new home as snow removal (in common areas) and trash removal are included, making Siena Place a unique community in this part of the city.

Under Philadelphia’s 10-year tax abatement program, Siena Place is ideally located with respect to great Philadelphia sports & cultural facilities, restaurants, shopping, places of interest and attractions, museums, history, and more. The Packer Park area is a historical part of the city that is experiencing growth as new communities, restaurants and retail areas move into one of Philadelphia’s most desirable and established neighborhoods.

For further information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact John Kriza at (215) 339-5390, or e-mail Siena Place is open Monday, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday from 11-5 and Sunday from 12-5.

Siena Place is owned and managed by Penrose Park Associates. Based in Blue Bell, PA, Penrose Park Associates is a leading residential real estate developer and property management firm that has designed, built and currently manages a portfolio of retail and office properties consisting of more than 5,000 units. Throughout its rich and varied history, the company has earned a reputation for uncompromising quality, superior craftsmanship and unrivaled attention to detail.


Using Accent Colors in Your Decor

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In a room full of neutral tones the addition of an accent color can make any room come to life. When decorating, find one bright color you want to try – like tangerine. The goal is to use different shades of colors in this palette. This is called an analogous color scheme. Use dark orange, gold, or brown tones in pillows, or an area rug, and use the lighter, bright tangerine color in small quantities to give make everything pop. Use it in a wall painting, vase, lamp or lamp shade, etc.

A great rule of thumb to follow is the 60-30-10 ratio – 60% is the primary color (walls), 30% is the secondary color (furniture), and 10% is the accent color (small items). Don’t forget to use black. It will balance everything out, and give some weight to your design.


On the opposite side, if you want to use orange in a more subdued manor, try using a rust orange. This bedroom has a great balance of brown. black and neutral tones, while using a calming sage green as the secondary color. The accent color once again is paired with analogous tones from the color wheel, and plays off the orange tones in the carpet and nightstands, imparting a warm, inviting sanctuary for you to enjoy.



Adriana Model

The Adriana Model boasts 3 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, and 1 half bathroom, a detached garage, and 2,604 square feet of living space. The living room, dining room, and kitchen open up into one another, creating the perfect space for entertaining. The gourmet kitchen has a breakfast area, and plenty of energy efficient appliances.

Ascend to the second floor and you’ll find the spectacular owner’s, complete with a walk-in closet, sitting area, and balcony. The 6-piece en suite bathroom includes a a double bowl vanity, tub, shower, and linen closet.

If you’re looking to move soon, there is a quick delivery home now available. Check the quick delivery page to learn more or call (215) 339-5390.


The tall windows and continuous design flow creates an open, airy feeling throughout the living room, dining room, and kitchen areas, making it perfect for entertaining.



The gourmet kitchen has plenty of storage and counter space, and is equipped with energy efficient appliances.


The luxurious owner’s suite has a walk-in closet, and sitting area with an attached balcony.




Ask about the Fabulous Daniela Floor Plan

The spectacular Daniela model has it all – 4 bedrooms, 2 full and 1 half baths, a gourmet kitchen, and a convenient attached garage. This unique floorplan combines the dining and living areas, creating a spacious and airy environment which lends itself to entertaining. Upstairs, you’ll find the fabulous owner’s suite with breathtaking views of the city. It also features a spacious bedroom area, a luxurious en suite bathroom, and a cozy sitting area. It’s city living at its finest. To learn more about this model, visit the floorplans page.

Daniela Siena Place

If open space is what you desire, the Daniela model certainly has it. The dining room and living room open up to one another, while the windows let in plenty of light, creating an inviting, airy feeling throughout the space.

Whip up a delicious meal in this spacious, modern kitchen which has all the amenities you’ll need including extra food storage is available in the pantry. The open layout is also versatile to the cook – you can prepare food and still mingle with your guests at the countertop area. Siena Place offers upgrade packages including granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, giving your kitchen a more luxurious touch.

The gathering room can be transformed into a lounge area and/or bar area (see above), or an office. Whatever your preference, it’s the perfect area to either hang out with family and friends, or meet with clients.

The Daniela home features 4 bedrooms. You will be enticed by the 3rd floor owner’s suite, where you can take in beautiful views city from the adjacent balcony. There’s also a luxurious sitting area which is perfect for an office, or some cozy time watching t.v. or reading a book.

The five-piece, spa-like owner’s bathroom features a shower, jetted tub, and double vanities.