Well, friends, it’s been 10 months since we posted the Philly Fitness Bucket List, our handpicked compendium of the 25 things every local fitness enthusiast needs to do at least once. So it’s time for a status check: How many items have you managed to check off? (You can go ahead and tell us in the comments.)
While we’re certainly smitten with all 25 to-dos, we’re particularly jazzed today about #17, the Schuylkill River Sojourn. See, the just-posted video, below — part of WHYY’s Keystone Crossroads series on urban waterfronts — documents the seven-day, 112-mile kayaking journey from Schuylkill Haven to Boathouse Row in a speedy three-minute reel. And the kayak-mounted camera aaallllmost makes you feel like you were there. Read more »
Photo via Schuylkill River National & State Heritage Area
Don’t miss this chance to check off #17 on our Philly Fitness Bucket List: Registration for the 2015 Schuylkill River Sojourn kicked off this week, so now’s your opportunity to secure a spot. Read more »
We’re so over winter–especially after the latest storm that transformed the city into one enormous ice skating rink. While the shoveling, salting and slipping have certainly worn out their collective welcome (and clumpy boots, too!), there’s no denying one thing: winter is damn beautiful.
That’s especially true when it’s enjoyed from the confines of your warm home or even the office. Because it’s too dangerous to venture out onto the frozen Schuylkill River (for most of us, cough Brad Maule cough), drone enthusiast Rocco Avallone did us all a gigantic solid and captured the serene scenes from high above (and even up close to) our city’s Hidden River. It’s quite magical.
Fit, smiling couples throw Frisbees to chocolate labs as rescued pit bulls romp around with St. Bernard puppies. Runners stop on the bridge overhead to watch the action, cheering for the nimble German shepherd fielding tennis ball pop-flies. Read more »
Celebrate All Hallow's Eve in the 'yunk this weekend, with tons of spooktastic fun for adults and kids alike. This evening, Halloweekend kicks off with a family-friendly movie night. Then, look forward to an all-day halloween celebration on Saturday, with a flea and farmers market, costume parades for kids and pups, live music, pumpkin carving contests, a zombie thriller dance off, and a bonfire along the canal come sundown. For a full schedule of activities, click here. Friday, October 24th-Saturday, October 25th, Manayunk.
If you're searching for a live music fix tonight, catch Sylvan Esso, a duo from Durham, North Carolina that mixes folk sounds with electro-pop. They are mellow enough for winding down after a long week, yet upbeat enough for a Friday night gig. Preview their sound here. Tickets can be purchased online. Friday, October 24th, 8 p.m., $15-17, Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden Street.
From Foobooz: Tonight, Garage Philly will be doing some of that most elusive of cuisines: Filipino food. And it’ll be the crew from Poi Dog working the indoor food truck and serving all that fine Fillipino grub. Poi Dog will be whipping up a full menu, complete with bibingka and curry rice made with fancy Green Aisle ingredients. The Filipino food will be available from 6:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. Find the full menu and more details here.
Incase you missed it in our halloween happenings roundup, this weekend is East Passyunk's Fall Fest and Spooky Saturday. Guests can look forward to dozens of craft vendors, live music, drinks and popular street eats. Dress up your little ones (and furry friends!) for the costume contest, while they enjoy pumpkin painting, arts and crafts, and trick-or-treating down the avenue. The festival is free and open to the public. Saturday, October 25th, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., East Passyunk.
The fall-themed fun continues at Headhouse Square Shambles this Saturday. Look forward to shopping with the PHAIR Fall Bazaar, food vendors, circus performers, pumpkin decorating, live music, hayrides, storytelling, face painting, and more. Plus, adult beverages for the over 21 crowd. Saturday, October 25th, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., Headhouse Square Shambles, 2nd Street between Pine & Lombard.
November is right around the corner, so you best get your Octoberfest fill while you still can. Head to Dilworth Park this Saturday for some all-day fall fun, featuring a beer garden, a variety of vendors, art installations, over-sized board games, and live music from Illstyle, DJ Statik & Mathew Law of The Illvibe Collective, and Son Little. If you're bringing the little ones, there will be face painting, pumpkin painting, and button making. Saturday, October 25th, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., Dilworth Park, Broad & Market Streets.
Watch expert carvers put classic jack-o-lanterns to shame this weekend at PumpkinFest 2014, a world-class pumpkin carving competition and day-long fall fest. Check out the impressive artistry displayed in the pumpkin gallery and nosh at the food truck pavilion while the littles enjoy pony rides, a Radio Disney show, an outdoor movie, and more. The family-friendly one price admission is only $20 per carload, so squeeze in! Saturday, October 25th, 2 p.m., $20 per carload, Moravian Tile Works, Doylestown, PA.
From Be Well Philly: The Bark in the Park Walk happens annually, but this is the first year the event has thrown a 5K in the mix, and it looks like it’s going to be a blast. The all-day festivities will kick-off Saturday at 9:15 a.m. with a yoga class taught by Kate Halligan of Awaken Massage and Yoga. Then human runners and dog runners alike will take to the streets for the 5K portion of the day, which will be followed by a post-race fall festival: think food trucks, a DJ, dog contests galore, and more. More details here.
Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Philly's most creative spaces this weekend. Philadelphia Open Studip Tours (POST) allows art aficionados to explore the studios of local talented artists that specialize in a wide array of mediums. Chat with the artists, purchase artwork, and get a rare glance into their private spaces at studios across Center City East, including Kensington, Fishtown, Northern Liberties, Old City, and Queen Village. For a full list of participating studios and galleries, and more information about POST, click here. Saturday, October 25th-Sunday, October 26th, various locations.
Hundreds of athletes are heading to Philly this weekend for this two-day event. The 2.5 mile race includes 75 college crews, twice as many high school crews, and elite rowers from around the world. Food, drink, and souvenirs will be stationed by the "Playing Angels" statue. The best part? You can enjoy the races for free from wherever you have a good view. Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th, various times, Kelly Drive. - Aubrey Nagle
From Be Well Philly: Sunday, October 26th, Philly Dance Fitness is hosting a Pop Divas Dance Workshop, where you will experience, and I quote, “90 minutes of nonstop hip-shaking, body-rolling, chest-popping cardio dance routines” to the tunes of everyone’s favorite pop divas like Beyoncé, Lada Gaga, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and more. The workshop will run from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Philly Dance Fitness South Street location, and it will cost you $25. More details here.
Join hilarious host Hillary Rea and other comedians while they embrace the Halloween spirit in all its gory glory. Tell Me A Story promises an afternoon of humorous (and perhaps slightly bloody) anecdotes and true, comedic tales, all based around the theme "guts." Laughter guaranteed. Tickets can be purchased online, and include admission to the The Mutter Museum, so arrive early to explore. Sunday, October 26th, 3 p.m., 16+, $10-15, The Mutter Museum, 19 S. 22nd Street.
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Philadelphia Runner, Shake Shack and the Schuylkill River Development Corporation are teaming up for a Schuylkill River clean up and group run this weekend, and are offering a free drink and swag at Shake Shack as your reward.
Carl Dranoff was present at yesterday’s Urban Land Institute meeting, where real estate professionals gathered to address current and future plans for the flourishing Schuylkill River area connecting Center City and University City.
The Dranoff Properties president held up Boston’s MIT as an example of a higher education campus with a significant private sector (thanks to their research facility) and encouraged something akin to this in Philadelphia. From NewsWorks:
“He [Dranoff] pointed out that Philly needs to attract new jobs and research facilities and new start-ups, instead of just shifting around the current players.
“Up to now we’ve attracted too few new jobs. I hope that changes,” he said. “But new exciting plans, more modern facilities — that will attract new companies. And I hope that begets new housing and new retail.”
Our friend HughE Dillon sends us these pics of Oliver and Jenny from Love Story a lovely couple walking onto the frozen Schuylkill River this week—right next to parts that, given then apparent presence of standing water instead of ice (though that might just be ice without snow on it) suggests the support might’ve been a little thin. Did they get great pics? Yes. We’re just glad neither one of them drowned.