10 Things You Never Knew About the Fairmount Park Mansions

Photos by Mark Garvin, James McClelland and Lynn Miller.

Photos by Mark Garvin, James McClelland and Lynn Miller.

A new book by James McClelland, executive director emeritus of the Philadelphia Art Alliance, and Lynn Miller, professor emeritus of political science at Temple University, landed on our desk recently with a resounding thud. City in a Park: A History of Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park System is a thick and terrific compendium of everything that’s in our city’s biggest green space and how it came to be. It includes fodder for a ton of future “Things You Never Knew” posts, but we’ll start with this one, chock-full of obscure facts about the lovely, historic Fairmount Park mansions, whose names are familiar but whose stories may not be. Special holiday note: The mansions “dress up” for Christmas and are open for tours; this year’s version, which begins on Thursday, has “The Twelve Days of Christmas” for its theme. You can visit six historic houses — Mount Pleasant, Lemon Hill, Strawberry Mansion, Cedar Grove, Woodford and Laurel Hill — for just $20 with a holiday pass. Read more »

Lemon Hill’s New Saturday-Morning Yoga Series Starts This Weekend

Yoga Mala at Lemon Hill | Photo via Facebook

Yoga Mala at Lemon Hill | Photo via Facebook

Hey runners, we’re thinking this is the perfect incentive to get you running hills every week: The Fairmount Park Conservancy is hosting a weekly yoga series on Lemon Hill every Saturday from June 27th through September 19th (except for July 4th), starting this weekend. Meaning: After you get your hills in, you can get your well-earned Savasana on. See? Incentive.

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Lemon Hill Shuts Its Doors

lemon-hill-bar-400Lemon Hill at 25th and Aspen Streets in Fairmount closed suddenly last night. The bar and restaurant from the Franklin Mortgage team came onto the scene back in early 2012 with Mitch Prensky in the kitchen. Prensky didn’t last too long and there always seemed to be movement in and out of the kitchen and management of the establishment.

General manager Aaron Siak posted the following on Facebook:

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“Cocktails for a Cause” at Lemon Hill This Evening

lemon-hill-dining-roomThis evening, from 9 p.m. to midnight, Lemon Hill is bringing in some bartending talent for a good cause. Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal of Emmanuelle, Michael Treffehn of Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. and Vince Stipo of Vernick Food & Drink and Lemon Hill’s Michelle Curtis will be pouring cocktails featuring Beefeater or Plymouth gin. The cocktails will be available for $8 and half of the proceeds will go to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

The “Cocktails for a Cause” tour will continue with three additional stops this spring.

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Holiday Hangover Dinner At Lemon Hill

lemon hillYes, the holidays are over. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that your tastes for those holiday foods are completely sated. For those of you who just didn’t get enough ham, sweet potatoes or lamb shank(???) during the holiday season, we have the perfect event for you.

On Tuesday, January 21, at Lemon Hill in Fairmount, chef Adam Zensinger (ex of Amada) is doing a dinner where he “reinterprets” holiday leftovers into chef-ly dishes which will be served family-style, at one communal table, along with paired wines. Seats for the event are $65 per person (plus tax and tip) and you can reserve yours by emailing info@lemonhillphilly. Dinner starts at 7pm and seating is limited, so check out the menu below and then make with the clickity-clickity to get your tickets.

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Halloween Special: A List of Spooky Places Near Philadelphia That Doesn’t Include Eastern State

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Photo of New Hope’s haunted Logan Inn by Laura Kicey

Halloween is just a day away and ‘scariest places’ lists have been appearing everywhere. The most mentioned site in the Philly area? Eastern State Penitentiary, course.

Although Eastern State has certainly earned the honor, we thought it best to bring lesser known, but just as equally spooky, ‘haunted’ locations to the foreground.

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Halloween at La Calaca Feliz and Lemon Hill


Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz and Lemon Hill are combining for a special Halloween night. Twenty dollars ($25 at the door) will give you all-you-can-eat Feliz margaritas, red or white sangria and Dos Equis drafts. There will also be passed dishes from La Calaca’s menu and creations from new executive chef MacGregor Mann.

Wear a costume and you’ll be entered in a raffle to win tickets for either a Sixers or Flyers game. There will be a Day of the Dead face painter on hand as well.  The La Calaca party runs from 10 p.m. to midnight. At that time everyone will be invited to head up to Lemon Hill for the after party.

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Lemon Hill Welcomes New Chef

lemon-hill-bar Photo by Jason Varney

Lemon Hill has a new chef and his name is (drum roll, please)… Adam Zensinger.  A native of North Jersey, Zensinger earned his chops at Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Philadelphia and becoming the chef de cuisine at Amada. Among the most interesting additions to the menu:

  • Farm egg- 6 and 1/2 minute egg, sea salt and bone marrow butter toast.
  • Diver scallops – celery root purée, sweet corn, peaches, radish
  • Duck confit flatbread – whole grain mustard bechamel, apples, cherries, arugula and Cabot cloth bound cheddar
  • Roasted half Amish chicken – cheddar biscuits, glazed baby carrots.

Check out Lemon Hill’s web site for the full menu.

Lemon Hill [Official Site]

More Details on Fairmount’s Night Market

Night Market benefited the Food Trust and was just one of things that made Philadelphia cool.

Last week we gave you the schedule of 2013 Night Markets. Today we have some more details on the Fairmount Night Market set for Thursday, May 16th. The event will run from 6 to 10 p.m. and will be centered around 22nd and Fairmount. More than 54 vendors have been confirmed, including Fairmount favorites like Alla Spina, Lemon Hill and Rembrandt’s. The restaurants will be joined as usual by food trucks including newcomers; the Tot Cart, Poi Dog and The Cow and The Curd.

Night Market Philadelphia [Official Site]

Tiki Pop-Up This Sunday at Lemon Hill


This Sunday, Lemon Hill is hosting a tiki pop-up. The Franklin’s Mike Treffehn and Aaron Siak are going to be at the Fairmount bar blending fresh pina coladas, daiquiris and more.

The fun runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m.

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