We recommend doing each and every one of these things this week:
From Foobooz: Sip N Glo is celebrating its first birthday by giving away 12 ounce juices today. ... Sip N Glo’s giveaway goes to 4 p.m., which is convenient because that’s when Häagen-Dazs’ free cone day kicks off. So it would be possible to pardon the pun, double-dip on free stuff on South Street today. Get to Sip N Glo at 932 South Street and then stroll down to Häagen-Dazs at 242 South Street before 8 p.m. for your free ice cream.
Get ready to figure out whodunit in a murder mystery at the Franklin Institute. Complete with staff members dressed as characters from the classic board game Clue, visitors will have to use their wits to quickly cross off weapons and rooms from their sheets to find the killer. Along the way participants will learn how real detectives use footprints, fingerprints, and analyze blood splatter to solve crimes. Tuesday, May 13th, 6:30 p.m., The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street.
From Foobooz: This Wednesday, May 14th, La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount will be hosting its next whole animal barbecue. It will be a whole lamb being cooked in the back courtyard in La Calaca’ Caja China. The barbecue is $29 per person and includes Lima beans, esquites (Mexican street corn) salsa verde and corn tortillas. See the menu here.
From Be Well Philly: City Sports Philly is teaming up with Flywheel Wednesday night for a free indoor cycling class at the Center City studio. The 60-minute class is at 7:45 p.m. and space is limited, because there are a limited number of bikes (duh). Cycling shoes and water are provided, and City Sports will be handing out discount coupons for swag at its store, too. Sign up is happening over at Eventbrite. Have at it.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art may be trying to bring back an old-timey tradition with its’ free snuff box designing day. Inspired by artifacts in the Museum, these boxes were originally used as ornate containers for tobacco. Free with regular admission, you and your family can create your own tobacco transporters. Wednesday, May 14th, 5:50 p.m., Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Historic Philadelphia (HP) is hosting its sixth annual day of fundraising in Franklin Square this Thursday. All donations will be going to HP’s efforts to promote Franklin Square as a “welcoming green space” in the heart of Philly. At $200 a ticket, donors will be treated to cocktails, auctions, a dinner and dancing in a festival-like atmosphere. Thursday, May 15th, 5:30 p.m., Franklin Square, 200 North 6th Street.
Bring your appetite this Thursday for a street food festival of epic proportions. Over 85 local food trucks and vendors will make this the biggest Night Market yet, along with ticket raffles and a photo booth put on by the Arden Theater Company. Johnny Showcase and the Lefty Lucy Cabaret will perform all night as you discover new and exciting foodsAmerica’s most historic square mile has to offer. Thursday, May 15th, 6 p.m., 3rd and Arch streets.
The Barefoot Artist is a locally produced documentary concerning Chinese-born Philadelphia-raised artist Lily Yeh. The film will focus on Yeh’s passionate work with poverty stricken and at-risk communities across the globe, and how she blurs the line between social work and art. Both Lily and the Philadelphia-born directors will be in the audience for a Q&A session after the show. Thursday, May 15th, 7:30 p.m., Pereleman Theater, 300 South Broad Street.
Time to putt-putt at Franklin Square.
In what is a tell-tale sign that spring is just around the corner, Franklin Square has announced that it will open for the season this Friday, March 1, at 10 a.m.
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Yesterday was a harrowing rush hour for commuters heading back to New Jersey. A PATCO train was evacuated after passengers smelled smoke, leaving hundreds of people stranded at the abandoned Franklin Square station just after 5 p.m. Monday. Officials say a short in the motor caused the smoke, though no train cars actually filled with smoke.
The train’s operator was treated with oxygen and taken to the hospital. Passengers were evacuated to another train that picked up the route. Per Action News, some decided to climb out of the Franklin Square station instead and get rides home.
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Franklin Square’s nightly light show continues through New Year’s Eve. A food tent serves fresh funnel cake, battered and fried oreos, chicken tenders, fries and hot chocolate. But that’s not all, like last month, a rotating cast of Philadelphia food trucks will be offering nightly snacks and treats from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. daily.
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Food trucks have arrived at Franklin Square. Now through New Year’s Eve, food trucks will offer warm bites for visitors checking out the new Franklin Square Electrical Spectacle: A Holiday Light Show. The light show occurs every thirty minutes from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Two different shows will alternate throughout the evening.
In addition to the light show, the carousel will be running and playing holiday songs. Even the mini-golf will be open, with warming stations along the course.
November food truck schedule »
Rendering of Franklin Square Capital Partners’ new building at the Navy Yard courtesy the Navy Yard.
Franklin Square Capital Partners, which Forbes named 13th most promising company in America this year, is yet another business to sign on to the Navy Yard’s sprawling business paradise. The (fingers crossed) LEED Gold-certified project “will be centered around an extensive five-acre public park offering numerous recreational amenities,” said Bill Hankowsky of Liberty Property Trust in a public statement.
Like other corporate HQs at the Navy Yard, Franklin Square’s new digs won’t be average, run-of-the-mill offices as we know them traditionally. Taking a page from Glaxo SmithKline’s unconventional book, Franklin Square is aiming for a “workplace of the future” approach.
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Yesterday’s free water ice is one sure sign of spring. Another is the reopening of SquareBurger in Franklin Square. Stephen Starr’s food stand is back for a seventh season.
Starting this Saturday, SquareBurger will once again be cooking up burgers and dogs while mixing up delicious Cake Shakes made with Tastykakes Butterscotch Krimpets.
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Can you believe that this is the fourth season for Starr Restaurant’s SquareBurger in Franklin Square? The burger stand will once again be featuring burgers, hot dogs, french fries and the delicious Cake Shake with Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets.
The popular Shake-of-the-Month will continue andApril’s Shake-of-the-Month is Orange Creamsicle.
SquareBurger opens tomorrow at noon in conjunction with the official kick off with Franklin Square’s sixth season.
SquareBurger [Franklin Square]
It’s a comprehensive comparison of New York’s/Danny Meyer’s Shake Shack and Philadelphia’s/Stephen Starr’s SquareBurger on Always Hungry NY.
AlwaysInvestigating: Burger Square-Off, Phily vs. New York [Always Hungry NY via The Illadelph]
Stephen Starr’s SquareBurger is taking center stage at Franklin Square today. The anticipated burger will sell for under $5 and will not be square but will be served on a Martin’s potato roll.
Also among the menu highlights are the Philly Dog, a kosher hot dog wrapped in salami and topped with pickle, onion, cherry peppers, plum tomatoes and mustard. Philadelphia’s Tastykakes serve as the inspiration for a couple of treats.Â The Cake Shake is made with a variety of Tastykakes and vanilla ice cream. The Â butterscotch sundae features Butterscotch Krimpet and Heath Bar crumbles.
Hours are 11 to 8pm through Labor Day with shorter hours to Halloween.
First Bite of Starr’s SquareBurger, Opening Today [Grub Street]
Menu for Stephen Starr’s SquareBurger [Meal Ticket]
Restaurant M returns today at the Morris House on S 8th Street. The restaurant will use a small dining room in the Morris House Hotel and the wonderful outdoor space of the garden. The menu will feature simple plates from Pascual Cancelliere whoÂ is is also working to open his own place, 943 in the Italian Market.
The hours are a bit odd, Sundays through Thursdays as the garden is often used for weddings.
M is to open Monday [The Insider]