Hooray! Guided Trail Runs in West Fairmount Park Return This Spring

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

We’re trying our hardest to forget all about this long, cold, dreary winter. (Yes, yes, despite all the snow predicted for tomorrow.) So we’re thrilled when we get to post things that get us amped for springtime, sunshine and warmer weather.

Today, it’s this bit of news: The Fairmount Park Conservancy is bringing back its popular guided trail-running series this spring — the series has been on a winter hiatus since late fall — with six upcoming runs now on the roster beginning March 14th. Read more »

Ice Queen Sculptor Creates a Poseidon in Logan Square

The snow may be on its way out, but Don Harrison, the man responsible for that stunning Shiva the Ice Queen sculpture in Fairmount Park last week, has found enough ice to complete another gorgeous sculpture at the Swann Fountain in Logan Square. This time he’s carved out Greek god Poseidon, riding on a wave and carrying his three-prong spear—the whole nine yards. Here are some snapshots he shared on his Facebook page:

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10 Holiday Attractions You Must See In Philly



Do This: First-Ever Jingle Jog Around the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

And the holiday runs just keep on comin’, folks: December 6th, Fairmount Park Conservancy is hosting the first-ever jingle jog, an 8.2-mile run through Fairmount park, with pit stops at a slew of the park’s historic houses, including Strawberry Mansion, Woodford Mansion and more. Pretty neat, huh?

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Philly Historic Homes Get the Gingerbread Treatment at Shops at Liberty Place

For the fourth year in a row, the Fairmount Park Holiday Gingerbread House Display is ringing in the holiday season with gingerbread abodes. Local chefs have handcrafted 11 beautiful gingerbread mansions representing historic locations from all over the area. James Rodebaugh of Brûlée Catering, Chef Peter Scarola of R2L, and Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality all contributed works. The display is free and open to the public Monday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday noon-6 p.m., until November 21st at the Shops at Liberty Place.



The display (shown in the slideshow above) is a preview of the Historic Houses of Fairmount Park Holiday Tours. Visit six mansions from the 18th and 19th centuries all decked out for the holidays in grand style starting Wednesday, December 3rd. Admission to each house is $5 per person. Guided trolley tours and group tours are also available. For more information, click here.

Run Secret Trails in West Fairmount Park With New Guided Trail Runs

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

Photo via Fairmount Park Conservancy

The Fairmount Park Conservancy just launched a new trail running series to showcase often overlooked—but gorgeous—running trails in West Fairmount Park.

“Our intention is to expose runners to these incredible trails because they are SO much fun to run on and also to ease some congestion on the Kelly Drive trail, which seems to get more crowded every week,” wrote Conservancy’s Sara Hirschler in an email.

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9 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day Weekend in Philly

Can’t make it to the shore this holiday weekend? Philadelphia’s got you covered. Here, we round up seven Memorial Day Weekend events to keep your mind off the fact that you’re not splashing in the sea. 



Fairmount Park Conservancy 7th Annual Centennial Celebration

From left: Chris Matthews, MSNBC, Kathryn Ott Lovell, Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor of the Department of Parks and Recreation, and Mayor Michael Nutter.

From left: Chris Matthews, MSNBC, Kathryn Ott Lovell, Michael DiBerardinis, Deputy Mayor of the Department of Parks and Recreation, and Mayor Michael Nutter.

Thursday night at the Horticultural Center, the Fairmount Park Conservancy hosted its 7th Annual Centennial Celebration, and it attracted a record number of guests (475) as well as raising 45% more money than last year. There was a lively cocktail hour in the greenhouse, where we all enjoyed bright sunshine after 48 hours of record-breaking rain. Then everyone was ushered into a large tent to begin the dinner and a program.

The Conservancy honored three people this year including the President & CEO of Brandywine Realty Trust, Gerald Sweeney, City Council President Darrell Clarke, and Patricia Kind who was named John K. Binswanger Park Champion. Mrs. Kind wasn’t in attendance so her oldest daughter, Laura Kind McKenna, accepted on her behalf. The emcee for the evening was MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who grew up in nearby Hunting Park and recalled childhood memories of playing in the park.

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