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150 Years Since The 13th Amendment Passed: Historic Philadelphia's African-American Experience Is More Moving Than Ever
Philadelphia reveals undertold chapters in the nation’s history, including the challenges, injustices, accomplishments and contributions of Africans and African-Americans during the United States’ early years. This year, the National Constitution Center commemorates the 150th anniversary of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery (the original document is on display) and the beginning of the Reconstruction Era.
Visitors to America’s “Most Historic Square Mile” can discover the more complete story of African-Americans at these moving sites:
Museums & Attractions:
- The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve,
Vegan Paradise: Philly Leads The Way For Meatless Eating And Sustainable Living
Ever since Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby’s nationally lauded restaurant Vedge opened in 2011, Philadelphia has been a true destination for vegans with standards. Many of the region’s most popular vegan eateries are direct descendants of Landau and Jacoby’s kitchens. The scene continues to bubble over with great ideas, interesting concepts, excellent locally made products and an ongoing mission to make the lifestyle actually livable.
Here are just a few of Philadelphia’s vegan treasures:
Fine Plant-Based Dining:
- A forerunner to today’s hip vegan joints, Blue Sage Vegetarian Grille cooks up plant-forward fare in Bucks County. While many dishes have
Philadelphia And The Countryside® Calendar Of Events
Through October 4, 2015
ALL MY SONS. This Tony Award®-winning drama by Arthur Miller comes to the People’s Light & Theatre, telling the story of the Keller family’s loss, betrayal and secret romance. (610) 644-3500, peopleslight.org
Through October 4, 2015
THE ART OF THE BRICK. Art and science come together at The Franklin Institute during this special exhibition that features 70 toy sculptures
Philadelphia's Art Scene Showcases Creativity & Innovation
Art connoisseurs will find lots to love in Philadelphia’s art scene, with dozens of exhibitions packing the calendar from now through 2016. These shows offer museumgoers many opportunities to reflect on the works of great masters or discover exciting new talent on the brink of a breakthrough.
Here’s a look at some must-see exhibitions coming up through 2016:
Philadelphia Museum of Art:
2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org:
- Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life features oil paintings and watercolors from the early 19th to the mid-20th centuries. The unusual match-up of masterpieces
Bucks County: Bristol
Founded in 1681, the town of Bristol, Pennsylvania boasts a long and proud history. Located on the banks of the Delaware River, Bristol served an important role in both the Revolutionary and Civil wars, and at one time it was a major textile-milling center. The old-world influence still exists today, as evidenced by the town’s many antique shops, historic mansions and significant landmarks.
Along the riverfront, several statues pay tribute to such icons as Christopher Columbus and Harriet Tubman. Two other important figures for the town: textile-milling tycoon Joseph R. Grundy and his sister and library advocate Margaret
Montgomery County: Jenkintown
One of the oldest boroughs in Montgomery County, Jenkintown brims with historical interest and secret finds. In this residential community, visitors find National Landmarks, an active art scene and shops and restaurants.
Settled by William Jenkins in 1697, Jenkintown was incorporated in 1874. Among the quirkier holdovers from older days are the two fire companies founded in the 19th century. Both continue to serve the half-mile area today. Like many of the suburbs that surround Philadelphia, Jenkintown had its first heyday in the 19th and 20th centuries. A downtown revival in the 2000s, with the renovation of the
Montgomery County: Skippack
Quaint to its floorboards, Skippack embraces its historic appeal. Amid the covered bridge and old-fashioned lampposts, however, visitors find stylish gift stores and galleries and buzzing restaurants and bars that speak to a modern-day audience. With a mixture of European charm and hippie ease, this shopping-centric town has evolved through the years to become a popular tourist destination.
Skippack’s origins date back to 1683, when German settlers overran Germantown and moved by boat up the Perkiomen Creek to a place where the shallow water prohibited farther travel. There they stayed and named the land “Schippach.” In 1795, Jacob
T.G.I.O. (Thank Goodness It's October) In Philadelphia
October in Philadelphia delivers a feast of festivals that focus on art, design, autumn and family fun.
The aesthetically inclined can indulge in The Philadelphia Collection, DesignPhiladelphia and two weekends of Philadelphia Open Studio Tours. Wizards and muggles will rub elbows at the magical Harry Potter Festival, while scream queens and kings can get their scare on at Eastern State Penitentiary’s lauded Terror Behind the Walls and Laurel Hill Cemetery’s True Tales from the Tomb. Even the city’s beloved culinary invention gets its very own salute in the first-ever Philadelphia Cheesesteak Festival.
Here are the highlights of five October weekends...
15 Reasons To Come Back To Philadelphia After The Pope
After Pope Francis thrilled visitors in Philadelphia, the city is still brimming with energy and excitement. Now it’s the jam-packed, something-for-everybody event calendar that has people buzzing.
The unfortunate few who have never tried a cheesesteak can join locals as they nibble and nosh their way through the first-ever Cheesesteak Festival. The opening of the new One Liberty Observation Deck will inspire the photographer in everyone who views the city from 57 floors high. The returns of the exciting Army-Navy Game and the spectacular Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts bring in the sports and art crowds. Another reason to...
Festivals, Events & Exhibitions For LGBT Travelers To Philadelphia This Fall & Winter
A welcoming and diverse destination that celebrates its LGBT pride every day, Philadelphia offers a range of cultural and social events perfect for gay and lesbian travelers this fall. Highlights: OutFest, the world’s largest National Coming Out Day festival; The RRazz Room at the Prince Theater, a series featuring renowned cabaret talent; and Opera on the Mall’s presentation of La Traviata. As the temperatures cool down, the Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus and the storied Mummers Parade usher in the holiday season and the New Year.
LGBT Festivals & Celebrations:
- Philadelphia’s official LGBT community center, the William Way LGBT
Philadelphia's Best Vantage Points
- South Street Bridge: Skyline view from west, over the Schuylkill River and Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk. South Street near 26th Street
- Belmont Plateau: Skyline view from 10 minutes west of Center City. Take Schuylkill Expressway west to Montgomery Avenue and turn right onto Belmont Avenue. This shot only works during clear weather.
- Top of the Tower: Dramatic skyline view from inside 51-story building and balcony access for 360-degree view. Potential fee depending on how much staff time is involved to fulfill request. 1717 Arch Street, (215) 567-8787, topofthetower.com
- City Hall Observation Deck: At the top of City
Philadelphia's Food Scene Catches Francis Fever
The crowds who gather in Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families and the much-anticipated visit by Pope Francis will find sustenance more delectable than loaves and fishes. Inspired by this once-in-a-generation event, many of the city’s restaurateurs, brewers and purveyors are offering specially created dishes and items to honor the Holy Father, his Argentinian heritage and his Italian roots. Pilgrims can savor the humorously named Pope-Hat Pasta, nibble on cross-shaped Philly soft pretzels and wash them down with a pint of refreshing YOPO (You Only Pope Once) ale.
Here are some spots serving up victuals in the Vatican spirit:...
Best Way To Experience Pope Francis' Visit To Philadelphia? Stay In A Hotel.
With Pope Francis’ visit and the Francis Festival just two weeks away (September 26 and 27), Philadelphia is ready to welcome locals and visitors to enjoy this once-in-a-generation event. To experience it in the most comfortable and convenient way possible, city officials and hospitality leaders are encouraging everyone to book a long weekend stay in a Center City hotel. As an added benefit and to encourage return visitation, those checking into city hotels on Friday or Saturday will receive two free tickets to the One Liberty Observation Deck, opening in November. Hotels are bookable at visitphilly.com.
(Note: The city...
Look Toward Heaven: Pope Billboards Build Excitement For Papal Visit
Four area billboards featuring larger-than-life images of Pope Francis welcome the pope and pilgrims to Philadelphia for World Meeting of Families (WMOF) and the papal visit. The creative ads are part of VISIT PHILADELPHIA’s With Love, Philadelphia XOXO® campaign.
“This is an uplifting time for Philadelphia, and we want to celebrate that in our campaign,” said Meryl Levitz, president and CEO of VISIT PHILADELPHIA. “People will be telling their children about Pope Francis’ visit to Philadelphia for years to come; this is an historic event, and it deserves to be showcased.”
Billboard Lines & Locations:
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Destination Resource Guide For Media
For a downloadable and printable PDF of this guide, click here.
WELCOME TO PHILADELPHIA!
Dear Media Friend,
Welcome to the City of Brotherly Love for the World Meeting of Families!
During the week ahead, we know you have many stories to file, and we hope this primarily Center City-focused guide will assist you in covering and enjoying the destination itself. We also hope you will take some time to explore our beloved region on your own. In this small but information-packed guide, we give you the scoop on:
- Our city’s founding and layout
- Must-do suggestions for families and first-timers
14 Top Spots For Philadelphia Souvenirs
Miniature Liberty Bell? Check. Postcard of Independence Hall? Got it. But for friends with edgy tastes or relatives with a liking for luxury, there are plenty of unusual and stylish Philadelphia souvenirs—sassy T-shirts, home décor, jewelry and even culinary treats—at shops around the city.
Here are 14 top spots for Philly souvenirs:
- No need to leave one’s heart in Philadelphia when the Lagos Heart of Philadelphia charm lets visitors bring Philly home. The locally based jewelry designer incorporated architectural details from four of the city’s landmarks—City Hall, Independence Hall, Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Pennsylvania Academy
Passion For The Pie: Philly's Pizza Secrets Revealed
Philadelphia’s pizzerias are ready for Pope Francis with a special pie crafted just for him and pizza boxes with his likeness on the outside. The city’s pizza cred doesn’t stop with his holiness. Philly is home to a pizza museum, artisan pizza trucks and, according to Bon Appétit, America’s very best pizza. And since it’s Philadelphia, many of the pie purveyors embrace unusual techniques and quirky “rules” that make each pizza experience different.
When Pope Francis comes to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in September, he could achieve his much-reported wish of grabbing his favorite meal. Pizzeria Vetri,...
Montgomery County: Ardmore
As the largest and most diverse town on the ritzy Main Line stretch of suburbs, Ardmore has a distinctly double character: It’s residential yet urban, independent yet central, historic yet forward-facing. Even the community itself straddles two counties (Ardmore is seated in Montgomery County, while South Ardmore is in Delaware County). Add to that some of the area’s best shopping, dining and nightlife, and visiting Ardmore is a multidimensional experience.
Once known as Athensville, the town was rechristened “Ardmore” by the Pennsylvania Railroad in 1873. The railroad also lent the town its transportation hub, and gave the “Main
Hispanic Heritage Month In Philadelphia Brings A Feast Of Fiestas
Visitors don’t have to dig deep to find lots to do during Hispanic Heritage Month festivities (September 15-October 15). Festivities are on tap for the groundbreaking of El Corazon Cultural Center, Taller Puertorriqueño’s long-awaited community arts center. Plus, revelers can catch the party spirit at Penn’s Landing’s Mexican Independence Day Festival and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. For event updates, follow @PhillyTeAma on Twitter for all of Philly’s Hispanic Heritage Month happenings.
Parties, Parades & Festivals:
- It’s all Mexico, all day—food, music, dancing and crafts—during the annual Mexican Independence Day Festival at Penn’s Landing.
Philadelphia's Literary Legacy Makes For A Novel Visit
Literary roots run deep in Philadelphia, a city that has inspired countless authors and continues to nurture their legacies. Throughout the region, lovers of literature can connect with such classic authors as Poe, Whitman and Michener in the places where they lived, worked and created some of their most celebrated works. And with so many libraries, book collections and indie bookstores, literature lovers can delve deeper into the collected works of these and other favorite authors.
Of special note, 2015 marks the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. To mark the sesquicentennial, The Rosenbach of the Free...