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 By Sandra Friedman

Harpfest 2009

Memorial Day Weekend – the kickoff to summer, famed for beach trips and getaway weekends. The city of Philadelphia clears out a little bit, as people jump at the chance to get away and enjoy the start of the warm weather. Members of the Performing Arts Tradition of Philadelphia decided to offer an alternative activity […]

 By Chris Zakorchemny

Kensington: The Last Brewery in the Neighborhood

Kensington: The Last Brewery in the Neighborhood

Philadelphia has long been an esteemed beer city dating back to the colonial times. Taverns and pubs were meeting places for revolutionaries. The tradition of immigrants finding community in pub life continued throughout the industrial boom – and not just in Brewerytown. In the late 1800s, there were over 100 breweries in the Kensington section […]

 By Bonnie Dugan

Port Richmond: Does a Pink Tank Create Beauty?

Port Richmond: Does a Pink Tank Create Beauty?

A  pink tank sits in the middle of a green grass lot located between Susquehanna and Norris Street, along Frankford Avenue.  It was originally created for the annual Kinetic Sculpture Derby, an event that the Kensington and surrounding areas look forward to each year.  This particular device is a six-man, powered-operated machine that stands out […]

 By Meggan Kole

PAWS: Speaking for Those Who Can’t Speak for Themselves

PAWS: Speaking for Those Who Can’t Speak for Themselves

Through donations and volunteers, the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) rescue aims to save as many unwanted animals as possible.  When the SPCA cannot hold anymore stray or abandoned animals, PAWS steps in and houses the often very sick and very old animals in order to save them from being killed. A few lookers popped […]

 By Rebecca Howe

Ultimate Frisbee Builds Muscles and Community

Ultimate Frisbee Builds Muscles and Community

The Philadelphia Area Disc Alliance (PADA) Memorial Day Hat Tournament starts at 10 a.m. Monday morning. On PADA time, however, that means things will generally get going by around 11 a.m. All are invited and every skill level is welcome. Once today’s volunteer organizers suspect that the bulk of people who will show up have—today […]

 By Angela Barber

Fairmount: Park’s Woodland Treasure

Fairmount: Park’s Woodland Treasure

The Wissahickon Valley Park is one of Philadelphia’s largest municipal parks. Known to locals simply as “the Wissahickon,” this park is among 63 regional and neighborhood parks that make up Philadelphia’s countywide park system known as Fairmount Park. Located northwest of Center City in the Chestnut Hill and Manayunk neighborhoods, this gem of a park […]

 By Tiffany Wilson

Fishtown: Black Doll Show

Fishtown: Black Doll Show
 By Aimee Otis

Northeast: Franklin Mills Mall Losing Sales, Stores

Northeast: Franklin Mills Mall Losing Sales, Stores

Norma Lodase has been working at the Kenneth Cole store in Franklin Mills Mall for about a year and has noticed quite a difference in the number of customers who have been coming in and out of the store. Although this mall in Philadelphia is still considered a tourist spot as one of the largest […]

 By Matt La Padula, Keith Bellomo and Nicole Kelly

Olney: Soccer and Culture at Cafe Liz

Olney: Soccer and Culture at Cafe Liz

Bellies up to the bar and cold beers in front of them, brothers Victor and Louis Martins cannot agree. Outside, Philadelphia’s first heat wave of the summer is as good a reason as any to hide out at the local watering hole, but the pair is not here to escape the sun. On the other […]

 By Keith Bellomo, Matt La Padula and Nicole Kelly

Olney: Little Portugal

Olney: Little Portugal

Some residents call the Olney section of Philadelphia “one big melting pot.” The Portuguese may make up a smaller part of the culture in Olney—only 2 percent of the European population in Philadelphia—but this little population left a huge impact. Center City Philadelphia isn’t the only place you can look to find a nice, cultured […]