Making the pitch for a regional sports facility in Montgomery County at a Feb. 16 news conference at Center Ice in Oaks were (left to right) Chris Branscome, CEO, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer; Andy Carl, sports sales manager, Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board; Jennifer Shipman, director of sales, DoubleTree by Hilton Philadelphia/Valley Forge; LIsa Karl, vice president of sales and strategic partnerships, VFTCB; Mark Shepard, King of Prussia Fire Department, and Mike Bowman, president and CEO, VFTCB. | Photo: Sandy Smith
For an investment of just under $50 million plus a modest annual operating subsidy, Montgomery County hotels and restaurants could see $100 million or more pour into their coffers within five years if a new multi-sport tournament-ready playing facility is built in the county.
To get the ball rolling towards that goal, the Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board held a kickoff news conference last Thursday (February 16th) at Oaks Center Ice to mark the formal start of raising funds and soliciting proposals for a Valley Forge Sports facility. Read more »
Good news, cyclists, runners and flat-out trail lovers of Philly: The new Sullivan’s Bridge, a 14-foot-wide, 602-foot-long bike-and-pedestrian bridge that crosses the Schuylkill, connecting the Schuylkill River Trail by Betzwood Park to the trails of Valley Forge National Historical Park, opens tomorrow.
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The editors of Thrillist managed to get their White Dogs confused when they ran their ranking of Wayne with a photo of the West Philly original. Here’s a picture of the White Dog Cafe in Wayne.
The Philadelphia region happens to be unusually well endowed with cool suburbs that boast walkable Main Streets, interesting shops and great places to eat—great Millennial bait, in short. We could rattle off a litany of them—and will now: Ardmore. Bryn Mawr. Collingswood. Conshohocken. Doylestown. Glenside. Jenkintown. Haddonfield (though it skews older). Media. Merchantville. Others, such as Burlington, Lansdowne and Upper Darby, are loaded with potential, some of it even being realized.
But what’s the coolest of them all? According to the folks at Thrillist, the bible for Millennials seeking advice on what’s hot, what’s fun and how to drop what money they have on stuff, that distinction belongs to Wayne. Read more »
Opening Halloween weekend, The Vault below-ground bar and music venue adds another new entertainment amenity to the updated Valley Forge Casino Hotel. Bands of all genres will perform in what used to be a country-rock bar, and managers have totally revamped the food and drink menu.
The marketing team is calling it a speakeasy, with black-and-white movies showing and cocktails and light fare reflecting the Prohibition era. HOWEVER. Nothing about the rough-hewn wooden walls, the artfully presented hummus platter or the Smasher muddled drinks says speakeasy. Which doesn’t mean it’s not going to be a fun bar. It’s just not the kind of place you want to don your best flapper dress.
What it does offer is a lot of space, a stage, a dance floor, two bars, 40 bar stools and 60 seats, a VIP area, canned craft beers and tasty modern bites. Particularly notable are the bacon wrapped goat cheese dates, which you order, along with all of the other food, at a side counter. The VIP area has table service.
The Vault will open Fridays 8 pm to 2 am (except the 3rd Friday of the month – 10 pm to 2 am) and Saturdays 8 pm to 2 am. A DJ spins on Fridays and local bands play on Saturdays. Eventually there may be live comedy, burlesque and male revue. Expect to pay a $10 cover on Saturdays after 10 pm.
The Vault [Valley Forge Casino]
Valley Forge Casino CMO Jennifer Galle and Luke Palladino | Photo via VFCR
Luke Palladino, who has a history with casino restaurants is adding another LP Steak at Valley Forge Casino Resort to his portfolio. The upscale steakhouse will open this October at the King of Prussia casino. The restaurant will be an upscale steakhouse with seating for up to 205 people in the main dining room plus 25 seats at the bar, 30 seats in the lounge area, and two private dining rooms.
LP Steak will replace Pacific Prime in the Valley Forge Casino, and will join other new features of the casino including the recently opened Valley Beach Poolside Club and the relaunch of the Valley Forge Music Fair.
LP Steak joins the Luke Palladino Hospitality Group, which also includes Palladino’s on Passyunk and Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking in Linwood, New Jersey.
LP Steak at Valley Forge Casino Resort [Foobooz]
You guys, this could quite possibly be the most scenic bike ride you ever take, like, ever: On September 20th and 21st, the Pedaling Through Our National Parks Bike Ride will take on over 60-miles of trails throughout three national parks around Philly—the Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site, Valley Forge National Historical Park and Independence National Historical Park. Just think of all the Instagram gold to be had!
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That sinkhole in Valley Forge Park yesterday? Yeah, it resulted in 5 million gallons of sewage spilling into Valley Creek — a tributary of the Schuylkill.
Spare your jokes at how anyone would be able to tell in the Schuylkill. KYW 1060’s Brad Segall talked to a state environmental official:
State conservation officer Bob Bonney says the environmental impact may not be known for some time.
“Right now, the immediate impact — we’re fortunate that this time of the year it’s cold,” he tells KYW Newsradio. “There’s high oxygen levels in the water, still, and we have not observed any dead fish. And that’s our main concern.”
We’ll know eventually! Great. The reason this impacts us: Philly gets its drinking water from the Delaware and Schuylkill. (And, y’know, general environmental concerns.) The water main break — which was blamed on unfixed aging infrastructure — spilled sewage into Valley Creek for hours; crews are continuing repair work.
A giant sinkhole has opened up at Route 252 and Yellow Springs Road at Valley Forge Park. Um, avoid the area?
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Jeopardy! contestants are among the smartest people on television. And, once qualifying for Jeopardy! — something I failed to do — these incredibly smart people study beforehand and brush up on weaknesses.
But, despite recently being named Pennsylvania’s River of the Year for consecutive years, the Schuylkill River remains a mystery to these very smart people. The Jeopardy! Clue Crew did a whole round from Valley Forge on Monday night, and one clue was a triple-stumper.
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