Archive for May, 2008

Photo of the Day: Safecracker

Photo of the Day:

I couldn’t resist this wonderful capture by Brooklyn Bridge: read the gravestone carefully!



see the original on Flickr

Free iced coffee while you wait. And wait.

Yesterday was quite the day for a rail commuter. Dunkin’ Donuts had their free iced coffee promotion, and the timing was perfect. While some franchise locations struggled with lines down the block, the location in the regional rail corridor at 30th street station had it down. They prepared several iced coffees in advance, of both the black and cream and sugar variety. When customers came up for their freebie the staff asked “Cream sugar?” and were met with their cup of choice immediately. Nary a line formed, not even during the evening rush.

Meanwhile, the regional rail lines themselves struggled with major signal problems. All of the trains were delayed, platforms were packed, and once riders were on their trains they were further delayed with stop signals. Commuters might have been very cranky. Dunkin Donuts to the rescue! Free plastic cups of caffeinated goodness kept the grouchies away. Everyone sucked away on their orange and purple straws, building a nice caffeine buzz to help stave off irritation at being stuck in the middle of their ride home. Again.

Even I joined in the fun, which was especially interesting as I never drink coffee. I zipped around the apartment until nearly 10 before realizing I’d yet to eat dinner and came very closing to missing Lost. In the meantime, though, I installed a networking card in an old computer, set up airport wireless, made a chart of potential garden perennials, and researched half of the bathroom contents on the Skin Deep database.

Slightly more productive than I previously was.

Where my Philly stitches at?

Do all you knitters and crocheters out in Philly-land know about Ravelry? This site combines the best resource of patterns and yarns with all the fun of social networking. Tag your projects, tag your yarns, tag your forum posts.

While Ravelry is still technically in beta, the wait list for sign-ups is short, so withing a couple weeks you’ll be just as addicted as the rest of us.

You can join the Metblogs group or one of the many other Philadelphia based groups.

25 (well, almost) Things to Do This Weekend!

This MUST be one of the top weekends for planning outdoor events in Philadelphia. I mean, there are tons of things I want to attend, and I hope I can get to half of them.

Friday is National Bike to Work Day. Dust it off! Nutter gives out free coffee and bagels: 7:30 – 9:30 a.m., while supplies last.

Saturday, I’m getting up early, because of the day’s lineup. First off, there’s a flea market at Gloria Dei Church (Old Swede’s, at Columbus & Christian), from 8-3. Behind the brick walls lies one of the area’s oldest churches and cemeteries. You can get a tour of the church, hear the Mummer’s Choir at noon, indulge in some chili, hot dogs, and, of course, soft pretzels. “The Best Fleas at the Oldest Church”

Another Flea Market: 10th & South, 9-5.

Next up – The Italian Market Festival. You should know where this is: south 9th Street. (Saturday & Sunday, 10-5). I went last year, and was surprised at the diverse performances of dancers, singers, etc. There are all types of arts & crafts, foods, and wares in general being sold on the street. Tasty!

I wish I could be 3 places at once. (more…)

I love the lines of the wires and the orange tones in ‘Philly Sunrise”, by Jason Rafferty.

Philly Sunrise

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EPXtravaganza! – Spring Fair, Flea Market & Family Fun Day on 5/10, 10am-3pm

Please come out to the EPXtravaganza and support the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Town Watch! The mummers will be there, live entertainment, fire trucks will be on premises for tours, food, plant sale A LOT OF GREAT DEALS!

What? Spring Fair, Flea Market & Family Fun Day!
When? May 10th, 10 AM to 3 PM, Rain or Shine
Where? Neumann-Goretti High School (Enter off of 11th Street, south of Moore Street)


Interested in joining our Flea Market? Please read the following information. Your signature on the registration form indicates that you read this information and agree to abide by all guidelines. Thank you.


Each space measures 8×13 (a standard-sized parking space).
Spaces are assigned on a first-come first-served basis as registration forms are received.
Bring your own blanket and/or tables and chairs; we provide the space only.


You may set-up your space between 9 AM and 10:00 AM on Saturday, May 10th. You will not be able to enter the site earlier. Set-up should be completed before we open the doors to the public at 10:00 AM. Remeber to bring your own blanket and/or tables and chairs. To provide shade you may wish to bring an umbrella or small tent.


Vehicles are allowed in the market area during set-up ONLY. No parking is provided. Vehicles must be removed from the market area by 10:00 AM. You are responsible for parking your vehicle OFF-SITE from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM


$10 per space for individuals/family
$40 per space for businesses


The event will happen RAIN or SHINE; we’ll move into the school’s gymnasium if it’s raining out.
Sorry, no refunds due to uncooperative weather or any other suboptimal condition.
Do not bring and/or sell these items:

Weapons or weapon accessories
Live animals
Fireworks, explosives or other hazardous materials
Stolen products
Prescriptions or illegal drugs
These items are not welcome at the EPXtravaganza, for sale or otherwise. Please use your judgement and do not bring illegal items or anything that requires a license to sell. We’re a community organization and kids will be in attendance, please respect this.


To reserve a space (or spaces), please mail the Flea Market Registration form with a check or money order payable to “East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association and Town Watch” to:

EPX Flea Market
1117 Emily Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148

Deadline Extension: Registration forms must be received by 6pm, Thursday, May 8th at 1117 Emily Street

Email questions tol

Thanks for supporting EPX and the EPXtravaganza!

More farmer’s markets opening this week

Here’s a great list from yet another food/farm/produce/local food movement website: Farm To City. Not sure why the just re-opened Headhouse Market is not there, but that’s on Sundays from 10-2. If you’re lucky, the openings of these markets might feature cute boys in bands, like Headhouse did. Go outside!

If you know of other markets, please add in your comments!

Pennsyvlania Hospital garden

The beautifully landscaped grounds of Pennsylvania Hospital are in full bloom. The wisteria is especially lovely. Although the gates on Spruce Street are usually closed, you can come in the entrance on 8th Street (you’ll see a sign for the secondhand shop); enter and make a left into the garden.

come sit in the garden<>

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