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June 28, 2019

Things to do in Philly During Fourth of July

When it comes the birthplace of America, there are almost too many events to choose from! If you're not sure what to do during America's birthday, don't worry, we have a list of events we think you'll love to attend during Independence Day: 

Summer Beer Garden at the Mütter Museum: Philly is kicking off Independence Day celebrations the day before, and what better way to celebrate Independence Day Eve (can we make that a thing? We're making it a thing) with some drinks at the Mütter Museum! Drinks are pay as you go and full museum access is included with each ticket. 

POPS on Independence at Independence Hall:Grab your friends, family, some blankets & bug spray and head on over to Independence Mall on the 3rd for a free concert featuring songs that will get you into the patriotic spirit. 

Parks on Tap at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden: Starting on the 3rd and continuing to the 7th, the Parks on Tap event in Fairmount offers a variety of fun events including a free yoga class and other family friendly activities and programming in honor of the traditional Japanese festival Tanabata.

Trails on Tap at Valley Forge National Historical Park: For those who are looking for some fun in Montgomery County during the holiday, Trails on Tap is heading to the Betzwood Pinic Trailhead in Valley Forge National Historical Park form the 3rd to the 7th. 

America's Birthday Party at Independence Visitor Center: Did somebody say cake? We sure did! The Independence Visitor Center will be celebrating America's birthday from 9am-2pm with a 5 tier cake decorated on-site by Termini Brothers Bakery, along with 2,500 cupcakes arranged in the shape of the American flag! 

July 4th Celebration of Freedom Ceremony & Independence Day Parade: If you would rather stay outside on the 4th, from 10am-12:30pm the front of Independence Hall will be buzzing with excitement with a reading of the Declaration of Independence, music from the Philly POPS Big Band, special guests and more! Following the ceremony, join the gang in a parade through the streets of the Historic District for the Salute to America Independence Day Parade. 

Party on the Parkway: From noon to 7pm on the 4th, Ben Franklin Parkway will be absolutely jam packed with events, food vendors, live music and even a zip line above the crowds and over the Parkway! There will also be a special kids zone in Aviator Park, offering live storytelling, as well as arts and crafts for kiddos of all ages. 

 

 

June 28, 2019

Philly Trivia: How Many Times is the Liberty Bell Tapped on the Fourth of July?

If you said B, you're right on the money! The bell is tapped thirteen times to represent the original 13 colonies. 

Posted in History, Old City
May 30, 2019

Philly Trivia: What Philly Green Space is Considered the Largest Landscaped Garden in the World?

If you said Fairmount Park, you're right! At 9,200 acres, it is considered the largest landscaped garden in the world. 

Posted in Philly News
May 30, 2019

Top Things to Do in Philly in June

The weather is warming up, the sun is shining and things are happening all throughout Philly during June! With the help of Visit Philly, here are our top picks for events and happenings during this summer month: 

 

Philly Beer Week, May 31st-June 9th: Philadelphia is hands down one of the best cities to drink beer in- no, really, the city has been called "the best beer drinking city in America". Living up to its name, Philly has a 10 day beer festival to celebrate its beer culture- including everyone from small home brewers to nationally known beer makers- with events all throughout the city for a beer enthusiast to partake in. 

 

Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, June 6th: This semi-annual event is back! Be sure to stroll up and down West Philly's Baltimore Avenue to take advantage of a variety of $1 deals that will be offered. Some businesses that are down with offering some dollar deals this year include VIX Emporium, Dock Street Cannery, Loco Pez, Little Baby's Ice Cream and more! 

 

PrideDay LGBT Parade & Festival, June 7th-9th: Philly has been celebrating pride for over 30 years, and its 31st event is no different, with live music, vendors, DJ's, food and a parade from the Gayborhood to Penn's Landing.  

 

Odunde Festival, June 9th: The largest African American street festival on the East Coast is in its 44th year, happening at 23rd and South Streets and taking up the entire block, in celebration of the start of the Yoruba New Year. The Saturday festivities including music, dance and vendors to enjoy. 

 

Night Market Festival in Overbook, June 20th: Everyone's favorite pop up food truck festival is headed to West Philadelphia on Thursday, June 20th! Centered around 63rd Street and Lancaster Avenue, head on down to experience the outdoor beer gardens, food trucks & other mobile vendors, as well as live performances scheduled.  

 

Manayunk Arts Festival, June 22nd-23rd: Artists from around the country meet in this lovely part of the city to show off their works during the area's largest outdoor juried arts festival. Walk the length of Main Street while checking out a wide variety of jewelry, ceramics, woodworks, sculptures and more! 

 

Wawa Welcome America Festival, June 29th-July 4th: Kick off the founding of our nation with everyone's favorite hoagie provider. The Wawa Welcome America festival is 6 says of concerts, fireworks, free museum admissions and more!  

Posted in Philly News
May 1, 2019

Philly Trivia: Which Philly Building had Running Water & Indoor Plumbing Before the White House?

If you said B, you're right! While we now consider Eastern State Penitentiary as a historic (and kind of spooky) place, it  was once considered ahead of its time, with running water and indoor plumbing before the White House! 

April 30, 2019

Things to Do in Philly During Memorial Day Weekend

The unofficial start of summer is around the corner- if you're looking to avoid the shore, but unsure about what's happening in the city, we've got you covered with a list of fun events happening in the area courtesy of Visit Philly

 

Parks on Tap at FDR Park- Parks on Tap is in full swing! From May 23rd to the 28th, stop by Broad Street and Pattison Avenue for some brews and bites while taking in the fresh air!

 

Devon Horse Show and County Fair- Known as one of the oldest and largest of its kind in the country, the Devon Horse Show and County Fair will take place from May 24th to June 3rd. This event offers horse lovers and avid equestrians the opportunity to take in different exhibitions and an old fashioned fair that the whole family will love. 

 

Philly Tango Fest- The Annual Philly Tango fest returns from the 24th to the 27th, to continue its reign as one of the biggest tango events in the nation- stop by as tango teachers and performers get participants inspired to get their groove on, or try out one of the many workshops intended for a wide range of skill levels. Vendors will also be on site for anyone looking to sport some new tango shoes or clothing.  

 

Spruce Street Harbor ParkSpruce Street Harbor Park is back for its 6th season, bringing all its beloved features, such as the colorful lounging hammocks, fabulous floating restaurant, beer garden and outdoor games for everyone to enjoy!

 

Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and the Midway- The holiday weekend is perfect for stopping by the Waterfront- take a ride on the 60 ft tall Ferris wheel, play some games at the arcade or take a spin around the outdoor roller rink. There's plenty of things for everyone to enjoy!  

Posted in Philly News
March 29, 2019

Philly Trivia: Approximately How Many Murals Does Philly Have?

If you guessed D, you're right! The city is estimated to have 2,000 murals and is often cited as having more public art than any other city in the country! 

Posted in History, Philly News
March 29, 2019

Top Events in Philly During April

While there is ALWAYS something to do in Philly, here are our top picks for April! 

 

Philly Wine Week: April 1 - April 7

It's Wine Time all week in the city as restaurants, wine bars and event spaces come together during the first week of April to offer events such as wine quizzo, wine and cheese tastings, a wine week barbecue and much more! 

Philly Celebrates Jazz: April 1 - April 30

Most may not realize it, but Philadelphia has one of the most active live jazz communities in the country. All month long the city will be celebrating with Philly Celebrates Jazz, which will includes live performances, special talks, film screenings, workshops and more. The marquee event, the Center City Jazz Festival (April 27th) will be a full day of affordable performances at locations such as TIME and Chris' Jazz Cafe. 

Mariah Carey at the Met Philadelphia: April 3 

The songstress will be making her way to the new Met Philadelphia on April 3rd. Be sure to take a look at the gorgeous new venue as you treat yourself to a good dose of nostalgia, as Carey will be performing her hit songs from the 90's and early 2000s, in addition to songs from her new album, Caution. 

Philadelphia Fine Art Fair at the 23rd Street Armory: April 4 - April 7 

Join the Philadelphia Fine Art Fair in its inaugural event! The gallery-focused event will feature artworks from 35 galleries and 300 artists. The fair aims to provide guests with a curated experience featuring contemporary works at a range of price points. 

Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia: April 6 - April 14 

If there isn't a cherry blossom festival, is it really even Spring? of course not! While there are citywide cultural celebrations all this week, be sure to take a trek over to the Shofuso Japenese House and Garden in Fairmount Park on Sunday to participate in the classic Sakura Sunday celebration. 

 

March 28, 2019

10 Tips to Make Your Home More Environmentally Friendly

 

It's something we should think about doing all year round, but with Earth Day just a few days away, now is as good of a time as ever to start making some changes to your home that are a little more earth friendly. Here are our top 10 tips to make your home more environmentally friendly: 

1. Change to LED Lights

LED bulbs have been gaining popularity over the years, and it's easy to understand why: they use less energy, and they last longer than your average light bulb. A few more years and the traditional incandescent bulb will go the way of the cassette tape and the floppy disk: get a jump on this eco-friendly trend now and change the bulbs in your favorite light fixtures. 

2. Buy second hand and donate 

Hey, we all love updating our decor, but before you jump in the car to head to Ikea, think about buying second hand furniture. Thrifting is always a fun weekend adventure, or if you are more into the digital life, Craigslist has been a pretty solid option in addition to plenty of local Facebook groups where users can let one another know when a chair or other piece of decor is no longer sparking joy. 

3. Consider Composting

Less trash in the can means less in the landfill, so give composting a try. If you are unsure how to get started, the EPA has a page on the basics of composting that you can check out. One of the main benefits to composting is the fertilizer it provides for your lawn: but if you lack a yard and/or a green thumb, don't worry! There are services in the city that will pick up your composting scraps, like Bennett Compost!  

4. Low VOC paints 

We all know the familiar smell of a fresh coat of paint- turns out that familiar scent is from volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. These VOCs are actually detrimental to the environment, but also to humans, as exposure to VOCs can lead to symptoms such as "skin irritation, nose and throat discomfort, headaches, allergic skin reaction, difficulty in breathing, labored breathing, nausea, and fatigue."

Do yourself and the environment a favor: if you are thinking your house needs a fresh coat of paint, look for a Low to No VOC paint. Large hardware stores such as Lowe's or Home Depot have these paints in multiple colors, so check them out! 

5. Fix gaps around windows and doors 

Do the environment-and your wallet!- a favor by fixing gaps in your windows and doors. Through the reduction of energy consumption by your heating or AC, you can help the environment and lower your utility bills: sounds like a win-win to us! 

6. Fix leaky faucets and toilets

According to the EPA, a leaky faucet dripping at the rate of one drip per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons a year- so this is a small fix that has a big impact in the long run! 

7. Install low flow showerheads and toilets 

Speaking of small changes having a big impact, did you know that installing a low flow showerhead can save an average family up to 2,900 gallons of water a year, which is enough energy to power a home for 13 days? Amazing! 

8. Ditch Paper Towels 

While paper towels may be convenient in the moment, their overall impact on the environment is less than appealing. Consider using dishtowels instead- bonus if you use some old t shirts and other clothing items as rags for cleaning and other household chores! 

9. Purchase Air Purifying Plants 

It's not pretty to think about, but the places that you live and work can be making you sick. Stagnant indoor environments allow pollutants to build up and stick around in greater amounts than we should be breathing in, and can even can cause "sick building syndrome," which shows up as headaches, dizziness, nausea, and eye, ear, and nose irritation. 

Purchasing a couple of air purifying plants will not only add a lovely pop of foliage in your space, but will also help purify the air that you are breathing in day after day. For a full list of plants that can help "clear the air" (literally!), check out this article from HGTV! Our favorite plant is the Peace Lily, in case you were wondering. 

10. Unplug Appliances When Not in Use

You might not know it, but an appliance that is "off" but plugged in will still use energy when in standby mode. While you don't have to get too crazy with unplugging ALL your appliances (like the fridge- keep that plugged in!) other smaller appliances can be unplugged, helping the planet and your energy bill. 

 

With just a few changes in your shopping habits and daily routine you can live a more eco-friendly life at home! 

Posted in Real Estate Tips
March 1, 2019

What Philly Hospital was the First in the US?

If you guessed C, then you're right! Pennsylvania Hospital was the first hospital of our nation, originally opening its doors on Market Street in 1752. It remained a standalone hospital for over two centuries before merging with the University of Pennsylvania Health Care system in 1997. 

 

Posted in History, Old City