Pastorius Concert Review- West Philly Orchestra
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What fun music!  Although we only caught the first set of the West Philadelphia Orchestra at last night’s Pastorius Park concert, we all really enjoyed hearing them.  The band’s cast of characters were all casually dressed, looking like they could have jumped out of the audience, but they were definitely ON once they started playing. […]

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This weekend… brought to you by the letter P.
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Friday night 7/22: Penguins: An extremely hot, but dry (what else is new?) night for the second week of the Mt. Airy Moonlight Movies series flick, The March of the Penguins.  If you’ve seen it, you know how stunning and moving this wordless documentary is.  If you haven’t seen it, I promise you don’t even […]

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do you let your child roam?
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With the recent tragedy of Leiby Kletzy, even considering letting your child out of your sight seems grossly irresponsible. I try to remember that putting my child in a car is a far more dangerous decision, but it’s tough to reconcile when faced with such a horrific event. To have a child so senselessly taken […]

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Extreme Makeover: GAP Edition
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  I couldn’t resist the opportunity to use such a cheesy title.  Many of you noticed last week that the site was down for several days. My apologies, but it was all for a very good reason.  The amazing Zoe at A Quick Study  worked tirelessly to revamp and upgrade the website.  The result?  Come and […]

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This Weekend… movies!
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Well, we’ve pretty much covered the in-theater movies you might be waiting in line to see this weekend here and here.  (For shorter lines, I’d go with the bear).  But as always, there’s more to do in and around the Northwest: As repayment for last weekend’s forced cancellation, tonight is going to be a BEAUTIFUL […]

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Kids Review Winnie-the-Pooh
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July 15 is not only about Potter.  There’s another flick that litrati children on the more G-rated end of the spectrum are eager to see.  My two preschoolers and I were treated to a sneak preview of the new Winnie-the-Pooh movie (tickets were free, but the opinions are entirely our own… no honey was exchanged […]

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The Kroc Center in Philadelphia: Rates and Review
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Wow.  Just wow.  The place is off-the-hook, first-rate, state of the art, just amazingly impressive.  At least for me it was.  As someone who grew up in suburban YMCA’s, this was like suddenly being in prime time.  A beautiful facility. The Salvation Army Kroc center is very conveniently located for GAP area families.  From Chestnut […]

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Two Great Options
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  This week, go psychedellic with Cheers Elephant!  I’ll admit, I am nowhere cool enough to know this band, but with a name like that, they’ve GOT to be cool.  7:30pm on July 13.  Pastorius Park.  Bring your own cooling system! And the Chestnut Hill Library will host an entertaining talk for kids of all […]

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Pastorius Meeting-Monday July 11 @ 7pm
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Please join us Monday night for a meeting of people hoping to create a people and dog-friendly park culture in Pastorius Park.  The story behind the meeting can be found here.  Anyone interested in brainstorming a solution where the park can be used by ALL community members is welcome to attend: Date: Monday July 11Time: 7pmPlace: Pastorius […]

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And even MORE this weekend… 7/9-7/10
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So we covered the kids-eye-view for the Chestnut Hill Book Festival this weekend here.  Lots of great authors, illustrators and events! But there’s more going on this weekend in Germantown and Mt. Airy… as you wish… Tonight one of the all-time greatest movies, The Princess Bride, plays outside at the Lovett Library Garden in Mt. […]

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Kids’ Guide to the Chestnut Hill Book Festival
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This weekend marks the 3rd annual Chestnut Hill Book Festival, and with the success of the previous two, I’m sure this event will be around for many more years.  This is a showcase event for The Hill, bringing nationally acclaimed authors and illustrators to the Avenue. These authors and illustrators are locally grown (or stationed), […]

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Two great choices for tonight…
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The Quakertown Band will be hitting the stage at Pastorius Park tonight at 7:30pm.  This community band has a very rich history, dating back to 1877 (with different members, of course).  Bring your picnic basket and blanket, and be prepared for overtures, Broadway and movie show tunes, big band, swing, and Dixieland music. If for some reason, […]

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The 4th of July Sparkles in Chestnut Hill
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Thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Chestnut Hill Bocce Club, the 4th of July in Chestnut Hill was a sparkling success!  As per tradition, the day’s events started out with a flag ceremony.  After the crowd pledged their allegiance, volunteers started lining up the groups for the parade and decorating contest. the Heiress (who […]

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More on the weekend… downtown edition.
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Come on, you know part of the reason you decided to live in this area was its proximity to downtown.  A really great reason, but one that only works if you actually GO downtown!  Check out the listing of the remaining programs from the Welcome America! lineup: http://www.welcomeamerica.com/category/events/ Saturday July 2 Go 4th & Learn […]

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How to Enjoy the Weekend- Locally

Chestnut Hill 4th of July Celebration! This year marks the 95th annual Fourth of July parade and Celebration in Chestnut Hill.  Families gather at the intersection of Devon Street and Hartwell Lane for a recitation and flag raising at 9:00 a.m., followed by children parading down Hartwell Lane to the Water Tower Center (a nice […]

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