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July 17, 2014

Gunners Run At The Piazza At Schmidt’s Debuts A New Chef, New Menu And New Friday Specials This Summer

Gunnars Run

Gunnars Run in Northern Liberties welcomes a brand-new chef to helm the kitchen at the casual American spot. (Photo by Dallyn Pavey)

Four years in, Northern Liberties pub Gunners Run is getting a re-do.

New chef and general manager Tim Bennett (formerly of Marmont) has retooled the menu at the Piazza-bordering hangout in an appealing American/European/Southern blend with plenty of vegan and vegetarian options.

At the eating level, that means fried pickles with house remoulade or buttermilk ranch dip, seitan wings, pan bagna sandwiches stuffed with grilled mahi mahi and olives and baked meatloaf with port wine demi glace.

On Friday nights the menu will focus on shareable entrees such as half-kilo or kilo servings of mussels in a rainbow of accents (the 10 different selection include Russian, Latin, Southwest) and buckets of Nashville style hot fried chicken, along with pitchers of Troegs Sunshine Pils and margaritas. The sharing menu is available from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Later on in the weekend, brunch time brings new offerings, too: a Bad Luck omelet with applewood bacon, cheddar house barbecue sauce and fried shallots; biscuit and gravy with homefries; and a vegan scramble with tofu and “chorizo.”

What’s not changed an iota? The outdoor courtyard seating, access to the Piazza’s stadium size TV and live entertainment and the generally good time vibe.

New Chef and Menu at Gunners Run
When: Daily
Where: 1001 N. 2nd Street
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.gunnersrun.com

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July 17, 2014

Old City Launches Its First-Ever Restaurant Week With Dining Deals At More Than 25 Neighborhood Restaurants, July 20-27

Old City Philadelphia

Old City launches its very first Restaurant Week this summer with deals July 20-27 at more than 25 neighborhood eateries, including Continental Old City. (Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia)

Seeking a sweet summer dining deal? No sweat.

The first-ever Old City Restaurant Week kicks off eight days of bargains this Sunday, July 20.

Running July 20-27, the debut year of this Old City District dining event includes deals on meals at 28 neighborhood restaurants.

Starting this weekend, diners can score a three-course lunch or dinner for $15, $25 or $35, depending on the restaurant.

With a stellar lineup of both casual and high-end eateries, choices run the gamut from a three-course $35 dinner at High Street on Market, Amada or Farmacia to a $25 dinner at 4 Fathers Philadelphia or Continental Restaurant & Martini Bar, to $15 lunch at Rosa Blanca or Revolution House. And that’s just a handful of the offerings.

Plus, restaurant week participants should look out for the specially crafted “Cobblestone” ice cream for dessert. Made by The Franklin Fountain, the chocolate, peanut butter swirl and pretzel confection will be available at many participating restaurants.

As for drinks, the folks from Great Lakes Brewing and Southern Wine & Spirits have jumped in to offer participating restaurants deals on select beer, wine and spirits.

Plus, the fashionable ladies from the Smak Parlour Fashion Truck will pop up along the streets of Old City throughout the week.

Capitalizing on the momentum of a huge Night Market Philadelphia in Old City this past May, the district continues to draw diners to the area with this week-long event, and will follow-up its first restaurant week with its first Old City Fest, coming up on October 12.

For the complete lineup of participating restaurants and menus, check right here.

Remember, reservations are a must for any restaurant week dining, so book that table now. Making a weekend of the Friday night deal? Check here for deals on hotels.

Make your reservations now!

Old City Restaurant Week
When: July 20-27
Where: Multiple Old City restaurants
Cost: $15, $25 or $35
More info: www.oldcitydistrict.org

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July 17, 2014

The Kennett Square Sidewalk Sale Returns With Deals At A Variety Of Downtown Shops, July 19-20

The shops of Kennett Square swing open their doors to deal-seekers for its annual sidewalk sale, July 19-20. (Image courtesy Historic Kennett Square)

The shops of Kennett Square swing open their doors to deal-seekers for its annual sidewalk sale, July 19-20. (Image courtesy Historic Kennett Square)

Get shopping in Kennett Square as it hosts its deal-centric Sidewalk Sale, this weekend July 19 and 20.

All weekend, local businesses of all sort — children’s toy stores, clothing stores, jewelry shops, galleries, coffee shops and more — open their doors to deal-seekers.

Visit Kennett Square Jewelers for a 50-percent sale on pearls, 30-percent sale on silver, 20-percent sale on gold and more. Head to The Growing Tree Toy Shop for a 50-percent off deal on certain toys.

Also stock up on food and drinks as a number of speciality stores dish out deals on local wine, beer, mushrooms (since Kennett Square is the world’s mushroom capital) and more.

The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 19 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on July 20.

For those looking to explore Kennett Square during the Sidewalk Sale, check out Visit Philly’s full guide to the restaurants, shops and attractions of Kennett Squre.

Bonus: Parking in Kennett Square garages is free on Saturdays.

Kennett Square Sidewalk Sale
When: July 19-20
Where: State Street in Kennett Square
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.historickennettsquare.com

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July 16, 2014

Our Complete Guide To The Oval, The Awesome Pop-Up Public Park On The Parkway Launching Its Summer Season July 16-August 17, With A Beer Garden, Food Trucks, Art Installation And More

(Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Last year, The Oval popped up on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway with a beach-themed placemaking installation. In 2014, The Oval' summer season runs July 16 through August 17 with a whimsical installation by artist Candy Coated, a beer garden and full calendar of events. (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway is a Philadelphia cultural mecca — an epicenter of art museums, educational institutions and public spaces.

This summer, there’s yet another reason to proceed to the Parkway: The Oval summer season has returned for 2014.

After an awesome run in 2013, the open-air public space at Eakins Oval has once again transformed an island of asphalt and surrounding lawns at 24th Street and the Parkway into an eight-acre public space devoted to summertime fun — this year with a brand-new theme and even more programming.

Open July 16 through August 17, The Oval will host tons of activities 10 hours a day Wednesday through Sunday, including free live entertainment, family-friendly programming, a lineup of food trucks and (wait for it!) a beer garden.

Also elevating the park-going experience this year, the Association for Public Art commissioned renowned local artist and designer Candy Coated to create a site-specific installation, Magic Carpet, to thematically connect the entire eight acres.

Read on for more on Magic Carpet and The Oval.

The Layout

Located within easy walking distance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, Academy of Natural Sciences, the Free Library, the Rodin Museum and Sister Cities Park, The Oval is situated in what was a surface lot in front of the Museum of Art.

An eight-acre open-air urban oasis, the painted-over parking lot and surrounding grassy areas is a super pedestrian-friendly public space, welcoming visitors to summertime-themed areas with features like tables and chairs, brightly colored sails and, yes, public restrooms.

A huge array of free activities and interactive events are scheduled both day and night, and The Oval will be open Wednesday through Sunday. From Wednesday to Friday, park hours are 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from noon to 7 p.m. (weather permitting).

The Oval

The Oval, the temporary outdoor oasis on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, welcomes some of the city’s best food trucks daily and a pop-up beer garden Wednesday through Saturday! (Photo by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia)

Beer Garden & Food Trucks

Plan on coming hungry and thirsty to hang out at The Oval.

Beer Garden: Wednesday through Saturday, the Beer Garden at The Oval pours local brews in a shady grove. Built with repurposed park artifacts, including man hole covers, reclaimed bluestone, granite benches and bollards, and tree grates, The Oval’s beer garden is a breezy getaway under the trees.

Try your hand at lawn games including Trac Ball, Cornhole, and Kubbspel, a traditional Viking game of skill.

Look forward to a variety of craft beer options including 21st Amendment Watermelon Wheat, Harpoon Summer Ale, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Yuengling and an exclusive Yards draft.

Food Trucks: A daily lineup of food trucks (generally three savory, one sweet) will be dishing street food each day The Oval is open. Coordinated by Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, who also bring food trucks to Love Park, look for trucks like Reuben on Rye, Braz BQ, Surf n’ Turf, Mama’s Meatballs, Guerrilla Ultima, Foolish Waffles, and Lil’ Pop Shop.

Food trucks will serve up eats at The Oval all day, but hours do vary. Generally, trucks roll through on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. On Saturdays, trucks serve from noon to 7 p.m.

The company of trucks varies daily, and is subject to change. Check here for a complete calendar of the food trucks at The Oval.

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July 16, 2014

Tonight Picks: The Oval’s Summer Season Kicks Off, Summer Concert At The Penn Museum, Free Admission To The Franklin Institute, Movie Screening At NMAJH, Opening Of Fergie’s Beer Garden And More

The Oval kicks off its month-long summer season with a grand kickoff tonight complete with an alfresco beer garden, fare from food trucks, backyard games, first views of an awesome art installation and more.

This evening, The Oval, the popular pop-up park on Benjamin Franklin Parkway opens for summer 2014 and brings with it a new-and-improved beer garden and a one-of-a-kind art installation by Candy Coated.

Raise a hat (or glass) to the downtown hangout as it ushers in night one with an alfresco beer garden complete with a ton of brews, including the Fairmount Pale Ale by Yards Brewing Company, which was made specially for The Oval.

Mere steps from the festivities at The Oval, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts its weekly indoor beer garden and pay-what-you-wish Wednesday and the Franklin Institute opens its doors for no cost at all.

Summer concerts reign around town tonight, too as the Penn Museum and Pastorius Park in Chestnut Hill continue their alfresco concert summer tradition.

Our top picks for tonight, below. (more…)

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July 16, 2014

Innovation In The Park Brings Cool Science And Technology Talks To Liberty Lands Park This Thursday, July 17

Innovation in the Park

The first Innovation in the Park event arrives at Liberty Lands Park this Thursday, July 17, thanks to Technical.ly Philly, N3rd Street and AT&T. (Image courtesy Technical.ly Philly)

Philadelphia’s ever-developing tech scene can claim some awesomely brainy people, places and spaces.

This Thursday, July 17, some of the city’s brightest minds take their science and technology specialties out of the labs and beyond the keyboards for the first Innovation in the Park event, presented by AT&T.

Kicking off at 3:30 p.m., hosts Technical.ly Philly, N3rd Street and AT&T invite folks to break out the lawn chairs and blankets and head to Liberty Lands Park in Northern Liberties to hear from a cast of talented local characters.

At 4 p.m., emcees Juliana Reyes of Technical.ly and Adam Teterus of Indy Hall will bring a range of speakers from the local science and technology community to the outdoor stage.

The lineup includes such speakers as artist Sam Cusumano of Data Garden, who makes music from apples and plants via biodata; forensic archaeologist Kimberlee Sue Moranm who will create blood splatter and then explain its analyzation; and The Franklin Institute’s Chief Bioscientist Jayatri Das, who will start her talk about science and the community off with a big bang.

Plus, a lineup of local food and beverage vendors will peddle goods on-site.

Bring cash for pay-as-you-go eats from Whimsicle, Calling Card Confections, Made in the Shade Lemonade, Vita CoCo, Poi Dog and Kung Fu Hoagies.

Innovation in the Park is free to attend and advanced RSVP encouraged.

For more information on all the speakers and to RSVP, check here.

Innovation in the Park presented by AT&T
When: Thursday, July 17, 3:30-6 p.m. (Rain date, Thursday, July 24)
Where: Liberty Lands Park, N. 3rd and Poplar streets
Cost: Free
More info: www.technical.ly/philly

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July 16, 2014

Grays Ferry Crescent Hosts Free Outdoor Movie Screenings All Summer Long, Beginning This Thursday, July 17

Grays Ferry Crescent celebrates summer with free outdoor movie screenings on three Thursday evenings this summer, beginning tomorrow, July 17. (Photo courtesy Schuylkill Banks)

Grays Ferry Crescent celebrates summer with free outdoor movie screenings on three Thursday evenings this summer, beginning tomorrow, July 17. (Photo courtesy Schuylkill Banks)

Grays Ferry Crescent, located at the Schuylkill Banks by Wharton Street, opens up to movie-goers for its first outdoor movie night of the season which falls on this Thursday, July 17.

Tomorrow night, enjoy a free alfresco screening of Back to the Future which is set to begin at dusk, which is roughly 8:15 p.m.

Beyond this week, The Karate Kid fills the screen on Thursday, August 14 and Despicable Me 2 is slated for Thursday, August 28 (due to an earlier rain cancellation). All films begin at dusk.

Admission to all outdoor films is completely free. Look forward to free snacks, drinks and a free raffle, courtesy of Philadelphia Runner, at each screening, too. Guests are encouraged to bring a picnic dinner as well.

In the case of inclement weather, movies will be cancelled. Check the Schuylkill Banks’ homepage for cancellation information (and rain dates!).

Grays Ferry Crescent Movies
When: Thursdays, July 17, August 15, August 28; Films begin at dusk
Where: Grays Ferry Crescent Esplanade, Schuylkill River by Wharton Street
Cost: Free
More info: www.schuylkillbanks.org
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July 16, 2014

The National Museum Of American Jewish History Hosts Classics And Crackerjacks: Summer Cinema Series, Wednesdays Through July 30

National Museum of American Jewish History

The National Museum of American Jewish History invites guests in for pay-what-you-wish admission and a baseball-themed movie series every Wednesday this month. (Photo by Jeff Goldberg/Esto for Ennead Architects)

While summertime baseball plays on, the National Museum of American Jewish History celebrates America’s favorite pastime with both a special exhibition and a classic-film series.

Now open, Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American offers the first large-scale look at the role baseball has played in the lives and cultures of many American minority groups.

With more than 130 objects, interactive elements and amazing photography, Chasing Dreams highlights the contributions of not only game-changing players but also the fans, owners, promoters and others who had influence on the evolution of the game.

Beyond the excellent exhibit, though, the museum hosts a score of special events and related programming, including a weekly film series Wednesdays through July 30.

Running in conjunction with the museum’s Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday program, Classics and Crackerjacks: Summer Cinema invites lovers of the game to the museum to see baseball classics, documentaries and family films.

Each Wednesday through July 30 at 7 p.m., a movie rolls at the museum with welcoming remarks from The Philadelphia Inquirer film critic Carrie Rickey, baseball-themed giveaways and more.

Tonight, Wednesday, July 16, see the classic Bull Durham. Next week, A League of Their Own is up to bat, followed by Field of Dreams to wrap the series on Wednesday, July 30.

The entire museum, including all of the galleries of the permanent exhibition and the special exhibition are open from 5 to 8 p.m. for pay-what-you-wish admission and the baseball-themed film is an additional $5.

For more on the films and tickets, check here.

C’mon, get in the game.

Classics and Crackerjacks: Summer Cinema
When: Wednesdays through July 30, 7 p.m.
Where: National Museum of American Jewish History, 101 S. Independence Mall East
Cost: Museum admission, pay-what-you-wish; Movie, $5
More info: www.chasingdreams.nmajh.org

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July 16, 2014

Visit Tyler Arboretum For Fun In The Tree Tops During Its Annual Tree House Festival, This Sunday, July 20

This Sunday, July 20, Tyler Arboretum hosts its annual tree house festival celebrating its one-of-a-kind tree houses, animals and more. (Photo by Larry Albee for Tyler Arboretum)

This Sunday, July 20, Tyler Arboretum hosts its annual tree house festival celebrating its one-of-a-kind tree houses, animals and more. (Photo by Larry Albee for Tyler Arboretum)

Tyler Arboretum celebrates trees and wildlife at its annual Tree House Festival this Sunday, July 20.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., children and adults alike are invited out for lessons about animals that call trees home, tree climbing, tree exploration and more.

During the festival, watch a live show featuring falcons, hawks and other birds as a seasoned trainer from Baywing’s Falconry teaches guests about the animals.

Plus, the fest makes for a great opportunity to explore Tyler Arboretum’s 10 one-of-a-kind tree houses along its Totally Terrific Treehouses route which winds throughout the grounds.

More adventurous guests are invited to climb the Arboretum’s trees with the help of a harness and ropes. Get hands on and create tree-inspired crafts and learn tips and tricks about making your very own tree house.

Pizza from the on-site Pizza Wagon rounds out the fest. Access to the Tree House Festival is included in the price of admission.

Tree House Festival at Tyler Arboretum
When: Sunday, July 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Tyler Arboretum, 515 Painter Road, Media
Cost: Included with admission; Members, Free; Adults, $11; Seniors, $9; Youth (ages 3-15), $7; Children under 3, Free
More info:  www.tylerarboretum.org

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July 16, 2014

Franklin Flea Takes It Outside With A Summer Market On The Grounds Of The McCall School At 7th And Delancey Streets This Saturday, July 19

Franklin Flea

The super-popular Franklin Flea takes its curated selection of apparel and goods outside to set up at McCall School on Saturday, July 19 and Saturday, August 16. (Photo courtesy Franklin Flea)

Heads up, treasure hunters.

The marvelous Philadelphia-centric Franklin Flea market returns this weekend to set up shop alfresco in the McCall School’s yard on 7th Street in Society Hill.

After a booming winter and spring season housed indoors at the historic Strawbridge’s Building at 8th and Market streets, the highly curated flea market continues its run with two market days this summer on Saturday, July 19 and Saturday, August 16.

The charming schoolyard of the General Gorge A. McCall Elementary and Middle School on 7th Street between Spruce and Pine streets will make a great setting for the summertime flea, providing plenty of room for 50 vendors to peddle high-end and handmade wares.

As with the indoor market, shoppers can look forward to an ever-changing lineup of super high-quality vendors peddling a finely tuned selection of fine antiques and vintage clothing to handmade decorative arts and up-cycled furniture.

No shopper will go hungry, either, with the market hosting a select group of food purveyors including Luke’s Lobster, Hocks N Coqs, Lil’ Pop Shop and Milk + Sugar.

Those with wee ones in tow will love the on-site playground and live music curated by Bridgeset Sound will keep everyone grooving throughout the day.

See below for a look at select vendors popping up this Saturday, July 19.

Happy treasure hunting!

Franklin Flea: Summer Market
When: Saturday, July 19th and Saturday, August 16th; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: McCall Schoolyard, 325 S. 7th Street (between Spruce & Pine Streets)
Cost: Pay as you go
More info: www.franklinflea.com
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