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Aug. 19, 2020

Rediscover Philadelphia

Get excited: Another full week of fun happenings and goings-on awaits in Greater Philadelphia.

More than a dozen drive-in movies and concerts fill the calendar this week at spots like The Navy Yard, The Mann Center and outside Citizens Bank Park. Numerous other socially distant outdoor activities, including yoga on Cira GreenZumba outside The Bourse Food Hall and more, are also on deck.

At Philly’s attractions, guests can enjoy a final look at Marie Cuttoli’s impressive tapestries at the Barnes Foundation, rediscover the now-open Betsy Ross House and take in a new 19th Amendment-themed exhibit at The Clay Studio that opens on Tuesday.

And the BlackStar Film Festival  the world’s premier celebration of Black, Brown and Indigenous film and video artists — returns for 2020 with a week of virtual screenings.

While you’re out and about this week and weekend, don’t forget your maskMasks are required in the five-county region in all indoor public spaces, as well as any outdoor space where social distancing isn’t possible. (The Phillie Phanatic sets a good example.) Read more on staying safe from the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Lastly, it’s a great week to connect, disconnect, reconnect or just escape to a Philly hotel. Book the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package and get free hotel parking, which makes exploring the city even easier.

Read our guide of things to do in Greater Philadelphia this week and weekend below.

 

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Don’t miss your last chance to see Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray at the Barnes Foundation

Marvel at the fascinating story behind the female entrepreneur who transformed iconic modern artists’ work into tapestry at the Marie Cuttoli: The Modern Thread from Miró to Man Ray exhibition, which closes on Sunday at the Barnes Foundation. Cuttoli, a modern-art pioneer, helped revive the French tapestry industry by commissioning famous artists like Man Ray, Joan Miró and Picasso to design pieces that were woven into tapestries. These works, alongside paintings and drawings, are on display in the museum’s Roberts Gallery.

When:Marie Cuttoli: Closes Sunday, August 23 
Where:Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway 
Cost:Advanced tickets highly recommended: $25, adults; $23, seniors; $5, college students and youth 13-18; free, children 12 and under

WWW.BARNESFOUNDATION.ORG 

Celebrate female empowerment with 100 Years, 100 Women at The Clay Studio

The Clay Studio in Old City celebrates the 100-year anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment — which granted a select group of American women the right to vote — with the opening of 100 Years, 100 Women. For the exhibition, The Clay Studio asked 50 artists to each choose two women who embody the spirit of female empowerment, and honor them by making a modern-day commemorative plate. Check out the exhibition, then shop for handmade ceramics and gifts.

When:Opens Tuesday, August 18 
Where:The Clay Studio, 139 N. 2nd StreetCost:Free

WWW.THECLAYSTUDIO.ORG 

Binge on the all-virtual BlackStar Film Festival

The BlackStar Film Festival — known as “the Black Sundance” — goes all-virtual for 2020. The week-long fest gives viewers a chance to tune in to more than 80 films — from documentaries to short films — from Black, Brown and Indigenous film and video artists, as well as virtual live events, panels and parties. Standout films this year include Unapologetic, a documentary about the Movement for Black Lives in Chicago; Daughters Of, a feature film about the critical importance of self-care and healing for Black women, and Legendary: 30 Years of Philly Ballroom, a short documentary about Philly’s LGBTQ ballroom scene. Event highlights include an opening night party with DJ Jazzy Jeff, as well as a daily morning show hosted by Maori Holmes (the fest’s artistic director), DJ Rich Medina and Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter. See the full schedule and buy a day pass for only $5!

When: August 20-26 
Where:All virtual for 2020 
Cost:$5, day pass; $100, festival pass

WWW.BLACKSTARFEST.ORG 

Catch up with America’s most famous flag maker at the now-open Betsy Ross House

Did she or didn’t she sew the first American flag? Find out more at The Betsy Ross House, now welcoming back guests at the historic seamstresses’ former Old City residence. Masked guests take a self-guided tour; explore her upholstery shop, parlor and bedroom; and talk to Betsy herself about her role in the American Revolution and her fascinating work and life.

When:Tuesdays to Sundays, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 
Where:Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street 
Cost:Advance tickets recommended: $5, adults; $4, children, seniors and students

WWW.HISTORICPHILADELPHIA.ORG 

Settle in for retro fun at a drive-in movie or concert

People on a car watch a drive-in moviePHOTO COURTESY CINEMA POP UPS

Retro drive-in experiences abound this week, with more than a dozen films and concerts on deck in Greater Philadelphia. Highlights include Night Catches Us (Monday) at The Navy Yard, part of the Philadelphia Film Society’s new (and free with RSVP) Force in Focus: the Black Experience on Film programming; three outdoor screenings (Friday, Saturday and Sunday) as part of the BlackStar Film Festival that help kick off The Philly Drive-In, a new six-week experience at The Mann Center; and live performances from Pigeons Playing Ping Pong (Friday) and The Front Bottoms (Sunday) at Citizens Bank Park as part of Live-In Drive-In. Get the scoop on more drive-ins in our roundup on visitphilly.com.

Where:Various locations, including outside Citizens Bank Park, 1 Citizens Bank Way 

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Pull up a seat for outdoor dining and drinking at the region’s bars and restaurants

Catch some rays (or shade) at bars and restaurants throughout the region that are offering outdoor dining. Some spots to consider this week: The Italian Market’s Alma del Mar, made famous on season five of Queer Eye, offers outdoor seating on its patio; West Philly’s Dahlak dishes out delicious Ethiopian and Eritrean food in its outdoor space behind the restaurant; and Garden Restaurant at the Barnes Foundation, serving weekends-only open-to-the-public brunch outside the Benajmin Franklin Parkway attraction. Find more spots in our recently updated guides to beer gardensrooftop bars and restaurants and pop-up bars and restaurants in the region.

Where:Various locations, including Dahlak, 4708 Baltimore Avenue 

Take a socially distant exercise class or relax in one of Philly’s outdoor spaces

Make the most of the fine late-summer weather at a number of outdoor events this week. Consider sunset yoga with skyline views on West Philly’s Cira Green (Monday); paddling in a swan or dragon boat on the Delaware River with the Independence Seaport Museum (Wednesday) and Bootcamp at The Bourse, offering a high-intensity Zumba class for $10 (Saturday). Or just spend time in some of the city’s outdoor spaces: Relax on the large swings at The Rail Park, or contemplate and remember at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s Horwitz-Wasserman Holocaust Memorial Plaza, site of the nation’s first public Holocaust monument.

Where:Various locations, including Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard 

Discover (or rediscover) Greater Philadelphia on a curated road trip

A family gets in a car with the Philadelphia skyline in the backgroundPHOTO BY VISIT PHILADELPHIA

Hit the road this week with one of these great curated road-trip itineraries in hand. Depending on which route you choose, you might meet Elmo (Sesame Place), wave at an alpaca (Little Lost Creek Alpacas), play laser tag (Arnold’s Family Fun Center), go kayaking (Peace Valley Park) and more. Happy travels!

Where:Various locations, including Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve, 1635 River Road, New Hope 
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Aug. 11, 2020

Uplift

"Grieving is hard and no one should have to do it alone" 

Uplift Center for Grieving Children (formerly The Center for Grieving Children) was founded in 1995 by the Bereavement Program at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children and incorporated as an independent nonprofit in 2000. Our main office is located in East Falls. Uplift is supported through individual donations, public and private grants, government funding, and corporate sponsorships.

Uplift offers peer support groups for children and teens in grades K-12th who have experienced the death of someone significant in their lives. Peer support and a caring adult presence help to reduce the feelings of isolation and loneliness that children often experience after death. 

Uplift has multiple locations around the city of Philadelphia. Creative activities and games allow children to express their thoughts and feelings about death. All groups are divided by age and developmental level to best tailor our support programs. Uplift also offers caregiver groups at the same time to provide support for adults raising a grieving child.

For more information or to Donate  Click Here

 

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July 30, 2020

Open House

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441 Wallace Street, Philadelphia PA 

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July 23, 2020

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July 15, 2020

Virtual Home Buying and Selling

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July 14, 2020

Just Listed

 

255 PINE STREET

Meticulous and thoughtful updates have transported the property into the modern-day while holding onto its enchanting historical charm. Enter the stately home and you are greeted with 12 ft. trey ceilings, an abundance of natural light, a beautiful marble-surround wood burning fireplace, and rich wide plank pine floors. The 20 ft. wide corner property allows for a spacious open floor plan and windows on 3 sides promising abundant light

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1326-42 SPRUCE STREET #1106

Beautifully updated One Bedroom / Two Bathroom high-rise condo at Center City One. This move-in ready condo offers a customized layout unique to the building, with an open concept kitchen and the second bathroom.

 

411 WALLACE  STREET 

Stunning home for sale with 3-bedrooms, 2.5-bathrooms, an oversized garage, rooftop deck, and a 6-year tax abatement located in a luxury Northern Liberties townhouse community. With over 2600 Sq./Ft under roof of expansive living space, this upgraded modern home includes a fully finished basement, Trex decking on the rooftop with a spectacular view of the Center City skyline.

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301 RACE ST #409

Here is your opportunity to live in one of the most sought after neighborhoods of Philadelphia. This spacious 1 bedroom is located in Old City surrounded by art galleries, shops, cafes, and amazing restaurants. The WireWorks Building stands timeless with its red brick exterior and is continuously upgraded to suite the needs of residents.

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July 10, 2020

New Vacation Plans

10 Socially Distant Getaways to Replace Your Canceled Vacation Plans

These out-of-the-way inns and boutique accommodations are big on fresh air, low on guest count, and within a few hours' drive of Philly.

 

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Ledges Hotel is one of several nearby socially distant getaways to try. Photograph courtesy Ledges Hotel

Check out these out-of-the-way inns and boutique accommodations for your next getaway.

Ledges Hotel

Hawley
Distance from Philly: 2.5 hours

The Poconos were on the verge of a renaissance before the pandemic hit. At this 20-room hotel set right against a waterfall, you’ll have easy access to the best of the region: outdoor fun galore at Lake Wallenpaupack and the Lackawaxen River, plus the main street of nearby Honesdale, the current center of small-town cool in Northeastern PA. Whether it’s IRL or online, shop at Gather, and be sure to grab food from Native, a modern American restaurant run by former Barbuzzo staffers. From $168 per night; ledgeshotel.com.

 

Tiny Estates

Elizabethtown
Distance from Philly: 1.5 hours

If you’ve spent quarantine bingeing Tiny House Nation (just us?), try out downsizing for real at this campground-style resort near Lancaster. Available in a variety of sizes and styles from a variety of builders, the 35 rentable abodes all come equipped with contactless check-in, wi-fi and — praise be — working plumbing. On the property, you’ll enjoy fishing ponds, fire pits and yard games aplenty. You can also bring bikes and hit the nearby Conewago Recreation Trail. From $75 per night; tiny-estates.com.

 

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Inside a tiny home at Tiny Estates. Photograph courtesy Tiny Estates.

 

 

Tusculum Farm

Gaithersburg, MD
Distance from Philly: 2.25 hours

Love Beach Plum Farm but want to avoid crowded Cape May? Book a stay at this B&B-style compound where your crew can hike, fish, ride bikes, and hang with alpacas without leaving the 500-acre property. (While communal breakfast is on hold, each party is supplied with a generous welcome basket.) The only real reason to venture out is the craft brewery scene: Waredaca, Brookeville Beer Farm and Elder Pine all sit less than five miles away. From $1,500 per night per group (eight-person maximum); tusculumfarm.com.

Inn at Perry Cabin

St. Michaels, MD
Distance from Philly: 2 hours

For fun on the water, this 78-room stunner, currently booking seven days a week at reduced capacity, offers sailing and yacht excursions on its own private inlet of the Chesapeake. (If the white columns look familiar, it’s because they were the backdrop for when Owen Wilson met Rachel McAdams in Wedding Crashers.) While you’re there, the locally sourced crabcakes are a must — and best enjoyed at sunset in the back lawn’s many Adirondack chairs. Additional activities include tennis and golf. From $595 per night; innatperrycabin.com.

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Tusculum Farm. Photograph by Heather Rob.

The Shawnee Inn

Smithfield Township
Distance from Philly: 2 hours

This may go down as the year of coronavirus, but it’s also the year environmental org American Rivers declared the Delaware the best river in the country (something we, of course, have known all along). Take full advantage while limiting space sharing with Shawnee’s waterside and island glamping tents; you can roll right out of a real bed to guided hikes, private archery sessions, a private campfire, and rentable croquet and bocce ball. From $99 per night; shawneeinn.com.

Bedford Post

Bedford, NY
Distance from Philly: 2.5 hours

Co-owned by Richard Gere (yes, that Richard Gere), this luxe eight-bedroom property has all the trappings of a celeb’s country estate — claw-foot tubs, bedroom fireplaces, Frette linens, a lap pool — plus a sun-drenched yoga loft. (Bedford is spacing room reservations by one day to allow for extra cleaning.) Though the on-site restaurants won’t reopen until state restrictions lift, the Inn at Pound Ridge by Jean-Georges Vongerichten — head chef at Philly’s posh new Four Seasons — is offering Seamless just up the road. From $575 per night; bedfordpostinn.com.

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Oysters at The Inn at Perry Cabin. Photograph courtesy The Inn at Perry Cabin

River House at Odette’s

New Hope
Distance from Philly: 45 minutes

Coronavirus pushed the opening of this 36-room property from spring to midsummer, but you’ll be well taken care of when it starts welcoming visitors. (The hospitality group behind Shore resort the Reeds at Shelter Haven is also responsible for this one.) Close enough for a one-night getaway, Odette’s will offer farm-to-table cuisine sourced right in Bucks and strong whiskey cocktails to loosen you up for sing-alongs in the piano bar. Sober up with a peaceful riverfront walk before heading home the next morning. From $289 per night; riverhousenewhope.com.

Lokal A-Frame Cabin

Maurice River Township
Distance from Philly: 1 hour

The most secluded option in Lokal’s “invisible service” empire, this three-bedroom cabin comes pre-stocked with toiletries and Rival Bros. coffee and sleeps a CDC-approved total of eight. Get groceries on the way out of town, then settle in for a low-key weekend of Green Egg grilling, Jacuzzi hangs, and movie marathons on the giant projector screen. (Books and board games have been removed for health purposes.) It’s like all the good parts of quarantine but with a beautiful woodsy backdrop. From $310 per night; staylokal.com.

Hasbrouck House

Stone Ridge, NY
Distance from Philly: 3 hours

Located in the central Hudson Valley, this stylish 25-room inn is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the nearby towns of Kingston, Rhinebeck and Hudson. Rather commune with nature? Hit the trails (Hasbrouck sits on 50 acres of lush greenery), book a private yoga session on the patio, hang by the pool, or head to nearby Minnewaska State Park or Mohonk Preserve. (Hasbrouck guests are granted free access to both.) From $245 per night; hasbrouckhouseny.com.

Goodstone Inn

Middleburg, VA
Distance from Philly: 3.25 hours

Main Liners bummed by the cancellation of this year’s in-person Devon Horse Show should plan their next escape in the rolling hills of Virginia hunt country. Distance is easy to come by at the Southern-style Goodstone Inn, where 18 rooms are spread over six cottages on 265 bucolic acres. (Goodstone is booking just one party per cottage as an extra precaution.) Want to ride? The Salamander equestrian center is just 10 minutes south. From $650 per night; goodstone.com.

 

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March 2, 2020

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