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Want to know what's happening in Philly this weekend? Scroll on down and check it out!  

Back from the All-Star Break, the Phillies are hoping to sweep the San Diego Padres in a three-game series this weekend!

 Parks on Tap - Philly's pop-up beer garden is heading to Burholme Park in Northeast Philadelphia this weekend

The Oval+ - This weekend, the pop-up park opens on the Ben Franklin Parkway, and features food trucks, games, a beer garden, an 800 sf misting garden, and so much more!

  Cirque du Soleil: VOLTA - Although a little bit outside of the city, Cirque du Soleil's newest production features stunning acrobatics, with reminder to blaze your own trail. Head out to the Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks to check it out!

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Even though it was named Curbed’s “Neighborhood of the Year”, Germantown by far is one of Philly’s best kept secrets- offering a little bit of what everyone is looking for when it comes to looking for a new place to call home. This quiet neighborhood in the northwest corridor of Philadelphia offers tree lined streets and plenty of space to enjoy nature such as the Wissahickon Valley Park or the Awbury Arboretum, but also includes tremendously easy access to SEPTA’s regional rail lines, ensuring any trip neighborhood residents want to make into Center City will be a breeze.

 

(photo courtesy of classictowns.org)

While you may want to take trips into Center City, that’s not to say there is a lack of things to do in Germantown itself. The

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We wanted to thank Fitler Club Founder and CEO David Gutstadt for dedicating the time to speak with us and share more about the lifestyle club coming to Philadelphia!

Being the owner and creator of the Fitler Club, what do you imagine seeing when you walk through the club when it’s members are enjoying all the amenities & what conversations do you foresee overhearing as you walk through?

I imagine seeing a diverse community of Philadelphia's leaders and influencers coming together to work, socialize and play - and enjoying all the various areas of the club while socializing, working out or conducting business.     How did you decide on the space at 2400 Market Street?
As soon as I walked into the building, I knew it was Fitler…
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We all know her and love her, especially if you live in Old City, where you are constantly passing by her home and seeing reenactors portraying her, however, was Betsy Ross the first to sew the American Flag for our country? 

Some would like to say yes however she was never credited with this work during her lifetime. She did sew the flag in 1776, however, there is no official documentation to confirm she was responsible for creating the very first flag. It is said that the uncle of Ross's husband recommended her for the job as a favor, and through her connections with Washington and Robert Morris (who were fellow worshippers at the same church), she could have had a part in the curation of the first flag. There is a receipt paid to her by the

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  As you can see in the picture...good ole' William Penn has surpassed in height many times over the recent years, but up until 1987 he remained as the tallest building in Philadelphia. Anlong-held 'gentlemen's agreement' ensured the no Philly building would surpass his hat at 548 feet, however, in the late 1900's the developers of One Liberty Place took over the title at 945 feet. Over the years both structures have been matched and exceeded in height allowing for the unique skyline we have today. We can almost guarantee in a few years it will look completely different from how was view it today!   Interested in receiving more Philly trivia in your inbox each month, plus real estate market news & more? Register to receive our monthly…
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  With only a week until the "Unofficial" Start to Summer hopefully you've got your plans in order! If not...here's a full list of everything happening from Philly to the Shore!   Celebrating Memorial Day in Philadelphia:  Fireworks, Pop-Up Beer Gardens & more...Philly has a jam pack weekend of activities for everyone this Memorial Day! Beginning this time next week, the Blue Cross Blue Shield RiverRink will open for the summer. The RiverRink is home to an outdoor roller rink, carnival rides & a mini-golf course. There's enough to keep the kids busy while you enjoy a nice cold one while relaxing in the outdoor lawn chairs! If you're more into the adults-only scene, Penn's Landing is offering, for the first time, Waterfront Day. Beginning on…
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Wayne HotelThere's loads of history in the Main Line's suburban communities, but Wayne is the only suburb that is itself a historic landmark: its core residential and business districts are all National Register Historic Districts, and the Wayne Hotel, above, is a National Historic Landmark.

The first development to take place in what is now Wayne was "Louella," a subdivision begun in the mid-19th century by a banker named J. Henry Askin. Intended as a community of homes for the well-to-do, Askin got no further than building his own home and a few others before he ran into financial difficulties.

In 1880, banker Anthony J. Drexel and newspaper publisher George Childs together purchased Askin's 293-acre tract plus several adjacent parcels and began construction

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Radnor High School in 1893. The original building in Wayne no longer exists; the current high school in Radnor is larger and has more and better facilities.

Radnor Township is as old as Pennsylvania itself: it was settled in 1681 by Welsh Quakers, who Pennsylvania's founder, William Penn, granted a large tract of land where they could worship freely and ultimately govern themselves. Their goal of a separate county never materialized, and their numbers shrank over the decades after they established themselves in the "Welsh Tract," but their legacy lives on in the Welsh names of several Main Line communities, including Radnor, and six of the eleven townships that lie in the Welsh Tract  - Radnor, Haverford, Upper and Lower Merion, Willistown, Tredyffrin,

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St. Thomas of Villanova ChurchAs Villanova the community takes its name from Villanova University, it should come as no surprise that the community's most prominent landmark is St. Thomas of Villanova Church on the Villanova campus.

Villanova's history is tied up with the history of the university that gives the community its name, but the origins of Radnor Township, within which Villanova University lies, stretch back to the founding of Pennsylvania in 1682.

Radnor, whose first European settlers hailed from Radnorshire in Wales, is part of the "Welsh Tract" (aka the "Welsh Barony") that William Penn granted to Welsh Quakers seeking to exercise their religion freely. For its first 150 years of existence, the area around present-day Villanova was divided into large farmsteads and

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Joseph Sinnott Mansion, "Rathalla," the Joseph Sinnott Mansion, today houses Rosemont College.

Rosemont, like the rest of the Welsh Barony, received its first English (or rather Welsh) settlers in 1682-83, and a bit of the community's 18th-century history survives. But its most distinctive landmarks, including one of the Main Line's few distinctively working-class neighborhoods, are products of the 19th century.

Let's start with that working-class community, whitch we've mentioned in earlier posts in this series. Garrett Hill's first European settlers arrived there in 1682 as they did in the rest of the Welsh Tract, but for most of its early history it was known as James Hill, after those first settlers (David James and his family), then as Methodist Hill, after the

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