Archive for April, 2011

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Celebrate the Royal Wedding in Philadelphia

royal-wedding_countdown2_110426_nv_nwsPeople all over the world are captivated by the thought of young Prince William marrying Kate Middleton and wait with great anticipation. If you want to be part of the pomp and pageantry but can’t afford a transcontinental flight, here are some of Philadelphia and surrounding areas best places to watch the event this April 29 at 5:30 a.m., and don’t forget your top hat and tiara.

Swann Lounge and Cafe
1 Logan Square Philadelphia, PA 19103
4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
An Afternoon Tea for children, with a taped broadcast of the wedding and such British confections as Sponge Marzipan Cake, Brandy Snap Sugar Baskets, Lemon Meringue tarts, chocolate éclairs and homemade scones, served with lemon curd, jam and Devon Cream.

Dark Horse
421 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147
No grand to-do here, in particular, for the wedding, but you can still settle into one of their six cozy rooms and enjoy a pint of Boddingtons or perhaps a Strongbow, and a basket of fish and chips, or full English Breakfast, if you get the day started early enough.

The British Chip Shop
146 Kings Highway East, Haddonfield, NJ 08033
The British Chip Shop will be airing the royal wedding live, as well as offering some distinctly British dishes for your enjoyment. Their menu features a crab and watercress salad for $10, Beef Wellington for $19, and strawberry and cream sponge cake for $7. You can purchase these a la carte, or you can select the three-course meal for $30. On Friday, the British Chip Shop will be opening up bright and early at 6 a.m. for the royal wedding.

Parx Casino
2999 Street Road, Bensalem, PA 19020
The Parx Casino will also be celebrating the nuptials of Prince William and Catherine Middleton. This event is a bit different than the rest, though. The Parx Casino celebration features Prince William and Kate Middleton impersonators. Expect lots of fanfare, including trumpeters, vow renewals between couples, and much more.

Merion Cricket Club
325 Montgomery Ave, Haverford, PA 19041
The Merion Cricket Club is expected to be a highly popular location for this Friday’s royal wedding celebration. The Merion Cricket Club will act as the venue for the British Officers Club’s celebration of the royal wedding. This event begins at 5 a.m. and will feature a large breakfast, sparkling wine, and a live broadcast of the royal wedding. In order to attend this event, you will need an invitation and RSVP card. If you wish to attend, you can email the British Officers Club at

The Rittenhouse Hotel
210 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Enjoy a special Royal Wedding English Breakfast, which amounts to eggs, crumpets, grilled tomatoes, bacon, sausage and other such delights. Expect to find jars of Marmite as well, but be sure you know what you’re getting yourself into before you open one.

Union Jacks Pub Manayunk
4801 Umbria Street Philadelphia, PA 19127
This Brit-themed pub in Manayunk has a solid array of draught taps, including Troeggs, Spaten and Special Brew, with an ever-changing list. And, apparently, a wide assortment of wings, if you want to put something else in your gullet besides brew.


Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Dash Down Broad Street at the 32nd Annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run

a-view-of-broad-street-runLace up those sneakers and pound the pavement at the 32nd annual Blue Cross Broad Street Run. On May 1st, 30,000 people will run the fastest 10-mile course in the country. The run will begin at 8:30 a.m. The run will start at Central High School athletic field at Broad street and Somerville avenue and will finish inside the Philadelphia Navy Yard.

Along the course there will be first-aid stations, port-a-potties, water stations, and more to keep runners cool and comfortable. This event is full of entertainment such as music groups, high school bands, cheerleading squads, and much more to keep the whole family entertained and motivated. This year, everyone will recieve a commerative medal at the end of the finish line.

A new record has been broken and the run has reached its capacity at 30,000 runners in less than a week and registration is now closed. For more information visit Blue Cross Broad Street Run.

Our very own Bonnie Hopwood, a realtor here at Re/Max Access, will be running the race on Sunday. GO BONNIE!! We’ll be cheering for you!


Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Philadelphia, a City of Murals, is About to Outdo Itself

dancer3How Philly Moves will provide a visually stunning gateway at the Philadelphia International Airport via a 50,000-square-foot mural incorporating the photographic work and design of artist Jacques-Jean “JJ” Tiziou – scheduled for completion in July 2011.

Yesterday began the installation of “How Philly Moves“, a community-based public art project on the parking garage at the Philadelphia International Airport facing I-95.

The city and the Mural Arts Program have high hopes for the project, as outlined in a press release:

“How Philly Moves, a project produced in cooperation with the City of Philadelphia Office of Transportation and Utilities, will transform the garage into a memorable ‘gateway’ for travelers and visitors to the region, adding spectacular beauty and color to the airport’s landscape and enlivening the travel experience of millions”

The hopes are well justified, judging from the stunning photos. The sky’s the limit for this mural, considering the pictures are only from day one.

The mural approaches 50,000 square feet, making it the largest square-footage project ever undertaken by the Mural Arts Program.


Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

3 Bedroom Home for Sale in East Torresdale, Philadelphia

9507 Torresdale Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19114

5873828Beautiful home in desirable East Torresdale Neighborhood

Hardwood floors throughout with custom rugs as shown. All windows have been upgraded. Bow window in living room has operating sections. Living room has beautiful brick fireplace. Dining room currently holds full set of dining furniture and beautiful chandelier. Eat in kitchen with cherry stained cabinets, stove, dishwasher and ceiling fan. Bedrooms located next to three piece hall bath. Attic partially floored with pull down steps.

Lower level – Extremely large basement under most of first floor. Great storage with bar area. (Wet bar does not have drain plumbing.) Newer partial bath with stall shower. Basement will make fantastic family room and has space and area for summer kitchen. Laundry facilities and utility sink in same area. Exit to outside thru “Bilco style Storm Doors. French drain with sump installed in recent years. Large property with two car garage (with remote) and outside custom storage shed. Security system.

For more details contact:

Bob Wombwell


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Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Help Bring Mumford & Sons to Philly for Explosion Victim

224373_198236460214346_194800340557958_439481_8026235_nSome of you may not have known Mark Keeley personally, but his story will remain ingrained in the minds of Philadelphians forever.

The 19-year-old was a casuality of the Philadelphia Gas Works explosion in Northeast Philadelphia on January 18, 2011.

On July 27, the PGW worker would have celebrated his 20th birthday — and to pay tribute to the life of a man cut much too short, friends and family have started a Facebook page to try and get Mark’s favorite band, Mumford & Sons, to play a special tribute concert on his birthday.

They’re asking for your help in urging the band to come to Philadelphia this summer. In fact, friends and family even held a rally to help get the word out.

All you have to do to “like” the page.


Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

North Third Restaurant, Northern Liberties Teams up with Yards Brewery for a Beer Dinner

north-third-240uwNorthern Liberties’ popular corner spot North Third Restaurant is joining forces with Yards Brewery for a special beer dinner, this Wednesday, April 27.

The dinner, three courses for $30, is a come-at-your-leisure style meal, offered any time from 6 to 11 p.m.

The menu is as follows:

  • Mussels and Yards IPA with Chicken Sage Sausage
  • Veal and Yards Saison Carbonnade with Muenster Puff Pastry Top
  • • S’mores “Pop Tart” with a Yards Porter drizzle

 Philadelphia Pale Ale will also be served as a greeting beer.

Reservations are not necessary but recommended; call (215) 413-3666.

North Third and Yards Brewery Dinner
When: Wednesday, April 27, 6-11 p.m.
Where: 3rd & Brown Streets
Cost: $30
More info:


Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Happy National Pretzel Day! Free Soft Pretzels @ Philly Pretzel Factory

philly-pretzel_1In honor of National Pretzel Day, Philly Pretzel Factory is handing out free soft pretzels today at its more than 100 locations.

Sixty are in Pennsylvania, 38 in New Jersey, with a handful in Delaware, and one or two in five other states. Locations can be found at

No purchase necessary, the company says.

National Pretzel Day was first declared by Congress in 1983 at the urging of U.S. Rep. Robert Walker, a Pennsylvania Republican. Gov. Ed Rendell revived the idea in 2003.

Seeing as Philadelphia is home to the original soft pretzel thanks to the Pennsylvania Dutch, there is an abundance of ways to celebrate today!


Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Flyers Lunchtime Pep Rally Today at The Reading Terminal Market, 12-12:30

flyers1As anticipation mounts for the decisive Game Seven of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Flyers and the Buffalo Sabres (TONIGHT at 7:30 p.m. in South Philadelphia), the Flyers Street Team will “Flyer Up” the lunchtime crowd by leading “Let’s Go Flyers” chants and giving away free T-shirts and cheer cards.

Flyers Pep Rally
Where: Reading Terminal, 12th and Arch Streets
When: TODAY, noon to 12:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
More info:



Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

“Cocktails for Cancer” in Northern Liberties

At the Piazza in Northern Liberties, it’s common to run into Bern Fiscus, who is one of those people, the second you meet them, that strikes you as a genuinely nice guy. You can read more of Bern’s story and battle with cancer at, or you can come meet him yourself at Cocktails for Cancer on Thursday and help him raise money for treatment. So please help if you can, and to Bern, we wish you luck and strength.


Originally posted on The Somers Blog


Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Change is Coming to I-95

9-09_trolley-1-1024x831How will it affect you? Find out the project details and how it will change your commute and improve Girard Avenue for those that use it.

On Tuesday, May 3rd, PennDOT will be holding the first of two community workshop meetings to discuss the next phases of the I-95 Girard Avenue interchange project. The second will be Tuesday, May 17th, same place and time – please plan on attending both since they will build off each other. Project team members will present opportunities for neighbors to have a hand in the design of spaces under and next to the highway. For more info, please contact Marian Hull at 215-940-9270              215-940-9270       or

Tuesday, May 3rd 7-9pm
Skybox at 2424 Studios (2424 E. York Street)

[image via NKCDC]

Originally posted on The Somers Blog