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October 20, 2014

Morris Arboretum Of The University Of Pennsylvania Ranks As One Of The 5 Best U.S. Gardens To Visit This Fall

Morris Arboretum

Morris Arboretum is a stunning Chestnut Hill horticultural destination — and one of the top places to view fall foliage in the entire country. (Photo by Paul Meyer for Morris Arboretum)

Across the Philadelphia region, a visible canopy of gorgeous yellows, oranges and reds signals the arrival of the fall foliage season.

In fact, the next two weeks — October 20 through 31 — ought to bring on the peak of fall’s colors.

With our tree-filled landscape, there are tons of places where taking in the beauty of the season is a cinch. Few destinations, though, celebrate trees like Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, a 92-acre Victorian-style arboretum in Chestnut Hill.

In a new list published by Travel Pulse, our city’s lovely Morris Arboretum tops the list of the 5 Best U.S. Gardens To Visit This Fall.

Truly, it’s easy to understand the ranking. The arboretum is highly accessible, with its proximity to Center City and its well-maintained paved paths, and home to thousands of rare and lovely woody plants, including many of Philadelphia’s oldest, rarest and largest trees.

Fall is absolutely the perfect time to visit Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill.

For many more picks of perfect places to view fall foliage in Philadelphia and the countryside regions, check out Our Guide To Viewing Fall Foliage In The Philadelphia Region.

5 Best U.S. Gardens To Visit This Fall [Travel Pulse]

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October 20, 2014

East Passyunk Avenue’s Witch Craft Beer Crawl Returns To 13 Bars Throughout The Neighborhood, This Wednesday, October 22

Pub on Passyunk East

This Wednesday, October 22, the Witch Craft Beer Crawl returns to 13 bars in East Passyunk, including The Pub on Passyunk East.
(Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)

Calling all witches and warlocks! East Passyunk Avenue’s Witch Craft Beer Crawl returns this Wednesday, October 22 to take over 13 bars throughout the bustling neighborhood.

At the annual Witch Craft Beer Crawl, a ticket fee of $6.66 gets you a witch hat, $3 craft beer at 13 participating bars and a witch craft stamp card to win raffle prizes.

From 5:30 to 9:30 p.m., enjoy $3 craft brews from breweries like Victory Brewing Company and plenty of ghoulish fun. Participating bars include Cantina los Caballitos, Pub on Passyunk East, The Bottle Shop, Stateside, Garage and Stogie Joe’s.

The full list of participating bars, and a bar crawl map, is available below.

Fill your witch craft card with stamps every time you buy beer or food from the participating locations. Those who receive five or more stamps will be entered to win a gift certificate prize worth $325.

Be sure to don a costume, prizes will also be awarded for the best witch costume and the most original costume — so dress in your Halloween best.

Tickets, which cost $6.66, are available online. Registration will take place at Garage from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Witch Craft Beer Crawl
When: Wednesday, October 22, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
Where: Participating bars and restaurants
Cost: $6.66 plus $3 per beer
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October 20, 2014

Lantern Theater Company Presents A Four-Day Festival To Explore The Many Facets of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia, October 23-26

Lantern Theater Company

Lantern Theater Company celebrates Tom Stoppard with the In Arcadia Festival, alongside a production of Arcadia itself. (Photo by Mark Garvin)

Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia packs in in so many rich ideas and thoughts — ranging from science to sex – that there are entire study guides devoted to dissecting the acclaimed play’s themes and meanings.

Now running on the St. Stephen’s Theater stage, Lantern Theater Company’s production of Stoppard’s masterpiece, Arcadia, serves as the season opener for the company, directed by the Lantern’s associate artistic director Kathryn MacMillan.

In the vein of explicating the work, Lantern also presents In Arcadia: Celebrating Tom Stoppard’s Masterpiece, a festival of Arcadia-themed panel discussions, performances and other events.

The program spotlights the enduring brilliance of Arcadia, which is considered one of the greatest plays of the late-20th century, with events ranging from free lectures and talkbacks to a high tea and special performances.

Kicking off on Thursday, October 23 and running through Sunday, October 26, each weekend performance of the show is augmented with pre- and post-performance happenings.

Before the shows catch Arcadia in Objects: An Introduction to the Play, a pre-show lecture that uses props from the play to delve into the concepts Stoppard explores, including chaos theory, scholarly investigation, mathematics and music.

Immediately following the weekend performances, cast members join patrons for informal conversations about Arcadia in the Lantern Pub. The Pub provides complimentary wine and beer and some questions to consider — patrons are encouraged to provide their impressions and insights.

A number of special events populate the festival calendar, too. On Saturday, October 25 at 11:30 a.m., join in Arcadia in the Garden: A Tour of the Picturesque, the Romantic, and the Tree of Knowledge. Get a taste of Britain, at a high tea with sandwiches and desserts, while enjoying a lively talk led by Widener professor Dr. Janine Utell.

After the tea, remain for the keynote lecture: At the Heart of Tom Stoppard: Why Arcadia Endures, a scholarly panel discussion covering many facets of the play.

For a complete schedule of events and tickets, check here.

In Arcadia: Celebrating Tom Stoppard’s Masterpiece
When: October 23-36
Where: St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow Street
Cost: Varies by program
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When: Through November 9
Where: St. Stephen’s Theater, 923 Ludlow Street
Cost: $30-$39
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October 20, 2014

Bistro St. Tropez Introduces Year-Round Restaurant Week Deals With A Permanent $35 Three-Course Dinner Menu

Bistro St. Tropez

Now you can dine on a $35 three-course meal in view of 30th Street Station year-round at Bistro St. Tropez. (Courtesy Bistro St. Tropez)

French-inspired cuisine comes paired with enchanting views of the Schuylkill River, Cira Centre and 30th Street Station at Center City’s Bistro St. Tropez, located on the fourth floor of the Marketplace Design Center on Market Street.

Now, those views come with the option of a year-round dining deal.

Given the popularity of Restaurant Week’s value-laden prix-fixe meals, Bistro St. Tropez sees no reason to limit a special degustation menu to twice a year when the classic French eatery can make it available all year round.

So the deal (three courses for $35, excluding tax and gratuity, plus $18 for an optional wine pairing with each course) remains the same, but Chef Patrice Rames has reconfigured the offerings to allow for seasonal flavors and his culinary whimsy.

The current lineup for mid-fall includes a first-course choice of house salad; housemade pate; creamy wild mushroom soup; or smoked bluefish brandade.

As for the main courses, choices range from diver scallops with asparagus, roasted eggplant caviar and grapefruit and lemon fondue to a fire-grilled hanger steak with braised French lentils, spinach, string beans, mushrooms and garlic-herb butter.

Dessert could be something along the lines of chocolate mousse cake with crème anglaise.

Viva la Restaurant Week!

Degustation Restaurant Week Menu
When: Now
Where: 2400 Market Street, 4th floor (Marketplace Design Center)
Cost: $35 for three courses, excluding tax and gratuity; $18 more for optional wine pairing
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October 17, 2014

Coming Attraction: Century 21, A High-End Discount Retailer, Will Open Its First Philadelphia Store On Tuesday, October 28

Century 21

Exciting news, shoppers! Century 21, a high-end discount retailer, will open its first Philadelphia outpost on Tuesday, October 28.
(Image courtesy Century 21)

UPDATE: As of Thursday, October 23, Century 21 Department Store is now open on Market Street. For more, click here.

Calling all deal hunters.

Opening its first Philadelphia store on Tuesday, October 28, Century 21 will soon bring designer duds at a major discount (up to 65 percent off!) to shoppers at The Gallery.

A 100,000-square-foot department store, the Philadelphia outpost of Century 21 is not only the store’s first Philadelphia location, but also its first store outside of the New York region.

For those who’ve never shopped the New York stores, Century 21 deals in fashionable men’s, women’s and children’s clothing, shoes and accessories, as well as items for the home, beauty products, handbags and more. The best part? All of the merchandise is deeply discounted.

Before the store officially opens, diehard shoppers are invited to join Century 21′s C21Status members for a first opportunity to shop the designer brands. Century 21 opens for C21Status members a little early — from October 23 through 26. Click here to join C21Status.

The opening of Century 21 at 801 Market Street is the first step in a project to redevelop The Gallery and fill it with higher-end retailers; like-minded retailers are expected by Center City developers to join Century 21 in the coming years.

For now, mark those calendars for the store opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, October 28. The first 300 guests will receive free signature tote bags and mystery gift cards amounting up to $1,000. That’s reason enough to slip out of work for a shopping trip!

Get a sneak peek at the goods to come by visiting Century 21′s online store.

And for more Philadelphia retail news, check out The Ten Hottest Retail Openings Coming To Philadelphia This Fall.

Century 21
When: Opening Tuesday, October 28
Where: 801 Market Street
Cost: Pay as you go
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Century 21

Fashionable deals arrive at The Gallery as Century 21, a high-end discount retailer, opens its doors on October 28.
(Image courtesy Century 21)

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October 17, 2014

The New 15,000-Square-Foot Rittenhouse Spa & Club — Hair By Paul Labrecque Is Now Open, Completing The Rittenhouse’s Expansive Enhancements

The Rittenhouse

The Rittenhouse is now home to a gorgeous new space housing a spa, salon, barber shop, wellness facilities and offering super-luxe services. (Photo courtesy The Rittenhouse)

One of Philadelphia’s most luxurious properties, The Rittenhouse consistently receives praise from the likes of AAA, Conde Nast and Travel and Leisure for its superlative service and luxe amenities.

Now, with the culmination of a multi-million dollar enhancement and renovation, those accolades are sure to keep on flowing in.

Punctuating the completion of the four-year process, the hotel debuted the gorgeous new The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labrecque this fall.

The new spa and salon serves as a final complement to The Rittenhouse’s other recent additions and improvements, including its overall rebranding, refreshed guest rooms and event spaces, the Park Suites, as well as the revamped tea service at Mary Cassatt Tea Room and the posh new Library Bar.

The expansive 15,000-square-foot spa, salon, barber shop, health club and retail facility is furnished with all of the facilities, services and trimmings to make the space a lifestyle destination that’s currently unequaled in Philadelphia.

Though this city certainly can claim its fair share of superior spas, The Rittenhouse’s new urban retreat offers up incredibly spacious facilities and unique-to-Philadelphia details like exclusive services (HydraFacial, anyone?), a room specifically designed for couples and a Spa Suite that can accommodate groups of up to eight.

Philadelphia-based BLT Architects, also known for its work on the Cira Centre and The Union League, is responsible for the design of the fully outfitted spa and club, which in total is made up of 10 treatment rooms (eight regular, the couples suite and the Spa Suite), a spa lounge, a full fitness facility, and locker rooms with steam, sauna and an indoor pool.

Adjacent to the spa, Hair by Paul Labrecque and The Barber Shop brings stylist and salon owner Paul Labrecque to open his first location outside of New York City. With 10 chairs in the salon and barber shop and six manicure/pedicure stations, the salon offers a full range of services — everything from cuts, color and hair repair treatments to custom make-up and nails services, as well as men’s services like hot foam straight-edge razor shaves.

Treatments are available daily from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. (post-work massage!), and for a complete menu of services and more on the spa and salon, check here.

Reservations are recommended for spa and salon services, but walk-ins are welcome, too. To book appointments at the spa, salon or barbershop, call 215-790-2500.

Now Open: The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labrecque
When: Open daily, 5 a.m.-10 p.m.; Treatments, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Where: The Rittenhouse, 210 West Rittenhouse Square
Cost: Prices vary with service
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The large couples room at the new Rittenhouse Spa provides able space for a twosome to relax and receive side-by-side spa services. (Photo courtesy The Rittenhouse)

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October 17, 2014

The Philly Mart Alfresco Artisan Market Opens At Venice Island Performing Arts Center And Recreation Park This Saturday, October 18

Venice Island

Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood has a new waterfront community destination at Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center, and this weekend, the space hosts The Philly Mart open-air artisan market. (Photo courtesy Philadelphia Water Department)

This weekend, the brand-new performing arts and recreation center in Manayunk — Venice Island — delivers on the promise of great amusement with Saturday’s debut of The Philly Mart, a new monthly open-air market.

Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center opened its grounds and doors to the public just last weekend, welcoming the public to explore the gleaming new 250-seat indoor theater, outdoor amphitheater and play areas for the very first time.

Developed in partnership with the Philadelphia Water Department, the City of Philadelphia Parks and Recreation department and the Manayunk Development Corporation, the massive $45 million project is situated just off of Main Street in Manayunk on a piece of land located between the Manayunk Canal and Schuylkill River.

This Saturday, October 18, the center’s spacious grounds welcome The Philly Mart, a curated outdoor artisan market, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

With more than 60 vendors in the lineup, shoppers should find a wide range of original art, handmade craft items, clothing, vintage and antiques, photography, jewelry, housewares and more.

For a complete list of vendors, check right here.

And mark those calendars now for the November edition of The Philly Mart on Saturday, November 8. Plus, stay tuned for winter indoor market dates.

Happy shopping!

The Philly Mart at Venice Island
When: Saturday, October 18, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Venice Island Performing Arts Center & Recreation Park, 1 Rector Street, Manayunk
Cost: Pay as you go
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October 17, 2014

Weekend Picks: Harry Potter Festival, Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival, Dilworth Park OctoberFest, Thirstoberfest, Terror Behind The Walls, Clover Market, Final Days Of PHS Pop-Up And More


Happy Weekend! The next few days are full of happenings, from the Harry Potter Festival and Clover Market to Oktoberfest at Dilworth Park and Reading Terminal’s Harvest Festival. (Photo by M. Edlow for Visit Philadelphia)

Here comes another big weekend, Philadelphia. Fall festivals fill practically every neighborhood in the city and countryside Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The blockbuster Harry Potter Festival hits Chestnut Hill this weekend — Friday and Saturday — and turns the neighborhood into Diagon Alley complete with a Potter Pub Crawl, a quidditch match, sorting hat demonstration, magic classes and plenty of butter beer to boot. Check out our guide to the festival.

On Saturday, don’t miss the annual Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival which brings hay rides, corn stalks, a beer garden and more to Filbert Street. A few blocks from the harvest festival, the new Dilworth Park celebrates fall with an OctoberFest celebration complete with yet another beer garden, live music, performers, local vendors and more.

On Sunday, Clover Market makes arrives in Chestnut Hill, promising shopping nearly 100 high-end vendors peddling antiques, art, vintage and handmade goods.

It’s also closing weekend for the PHS Pop-Up Garden, so be sure to grab some friends and make the most of the final weekend of the garden’s season — plus the weather forecast for the weekend is looking pretty perfect for a day at a beer garden.

Read on for our guide to this weekend.

Friday, October 17

Top Pick: Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill (Fri, Sat)

Top Pick: Friday Nights at The Barnes Foundation

Top Pick: PHeaSt at The Navy Yard

Top Pick: Philadelphia Film Festival (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Top Pick: DesignPhiladelphiaClosing Day!

Art After 5 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Straw Maze at the Woodmere Art Museum

Grooves in the Groves at Dilworth Park (Fri, Sat)

Philly DJ Mural Block Party

Hung Liu: Prints and Tapestries at La Salle University Art Museum

Lairs of Self in Everyday Life at Crane Arts Ice Box

3rd Annual Sculpture Exhibit by Heidi Bleacher at Stadler-Kahn (Fri, Sat, Sun) — Opening Day!

Stone Crabs at Del Frisco’s (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Patrick Kelly: Runway of Love and Gerlan Jeans ♥ Patrick Kelly at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat, Sun)

South Street Headhouse District’s Fourth Friday

Breast Cancer Charity Pairing Dinner at Barren Hill Tavern & Brewery (Fri, Sat)

9 to 5: The Musical at the Walnut Street Theatre (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Sixpoint Showcase at Johnny Brenda’s

V. Shayne Frederick at Art Sanctuary’s Sanctuary LIVE

Diwali Dinner Dance Party at Tashan

Full Circle: Works on Paper by Richard Pousette-Dart at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fri, Sat Sun)

Philadelphia Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits at the Valley Forge Casino Resort

Pumpkin Playground at Longwood Gardens (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Chasing Dreams: Baseball And Becoming American at the National Museum of American Jewish History (Fri, Sat, Sun)

Harry Potter Festival

Drumroll, please! The annual Harry Potter Festival is upon us. All weekend long, Chestnut Hill turns into a scene from Harry Potter. (Photo courtesy Chestnut Hill Business Association)

Saturday, October 18

Top Pick: Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill (Fri, Sat)

Top Pick: OktoberFestivus at Franklin Square

Top Pick: Thirstoberfest at Memphis Taproom

Top Pick: OctoberFest at Dilworth Park

Top Pick: Reading Terminal Market Harvest Festival

Free Yoga at Race Street Pier at 9:30 a.m. (Sat, Sun)

Historic Bristol Day

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October 17, 2014

Awbury Arboretum In Historic Germantown Hosts A Fall Harvest Fest And Flea Market This Saturday, October 18

Awbury Arboretum

Awbury Arboretum hosts a fall festival this Saturday, October 18 with hayrides, a flea market and more. (Photo courtesy Awbury Arboretum)

Head beyond Center City this weekend to visit the lovely Awbury Arboretum, the largest remaining pocket of open space in historic Germantown.

This Saturday, October 18, Awbury welcomes visitors to its 55-acre oasis for a day-long Fall Harvest Fest and Flea Market.

The family-friendly festival kicks off at 10 a.m., and continues through 3 p.m. with activities including hay rides, pumpkin painting, make-and-take crafts, cider pressing and farm tours.

In addition to the fall fun, visitors can browse the flea market and white elephant sale for vintage goods, furniture, art, housewares and more.

Don’t stop with the festival, though. This weekend ought to provide ideal conditions for fall foliage viewing, and well-maintained trails weave through Awbury’s landscaped grounds, with open meadows, ponds, woods and rolling hills.

Awbury Arboretum Fall Harvest Fest and Flea Market
When: Saturday, October 18, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Where: Education Center at the Awbury Agricultural Village, 1011 E. Washington Lane
Cost: Free
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October 17, 2014

Historic Bristol Day Returns Under A Delaware River Theme With Exhibits, Tours, A Regatta, Music And More, Saturday, October 18


This Saturday, October 18 is Historic Bristol Day, celebrate the town’s history with home tours, exhibits, games and more.
(Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Celebrate Bristol at its annual Historic Bristol Day, which hits the Bucks County town this Saturday, October 18.

This year, the Delaware River takes the spotlight as the festival centers around the river’s impact on Bristol and the Delaware River’s important role in history. Bristol’s waterfront location made it an important transportation hub and a key town in industrial developments.

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., travel back to Bristol’s historic past with home tours, an exhibition at Grundy Library, a colonial-era cooking demonstration, horse drawn carriage rides and more.

While at the festival, make your way to a car show at Snyder-Girotti School, enjoy river-related activities, groove to live music at the gazebo at Lions Park, watch a sailboat regatta and more. Make your way behind the theater for a variety of festival food, too.

The festivities will take place all throughout downtown Bristol. For the full rundown of events, times and locations, click here.

Festival tickets are required. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children in advance, and $12 for adults and $6 for children on the day of the event. Tickets are available in advance at Mignoni Jewlelry, Bristol Borough Tax Office, Mill Street Pharmacy, Great ID’s by Anne and Grundy Library.

Day-of tickets will be sold at the corner of Radcliffe and Market streets.

Historic Bristol Day
When: Saturday, October 18, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Throughout Downtown Bristol
Cost: In Advance, $10 for adults, $5 for children; At the Door, $12 for adults, $6 for children
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