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Date: 5/4/2012
Title: 19 Items (5-4-12) sponsored by PhillyTrips.com Preakness Trip 2012

Been a long time since I sent out a newsletter - January 14th to be exact.  I have just been swamped with work.  Working on my own projects, getting my Temple stuff all rented, helping out some of my realtor clients.  Add in ski season and a social life, and I just did not get around to getting this out each week.   For those interested, here is the most recent house I completed in Port Richmond.  BTW, I read this morning that mortgage rates are still historically the lowest they have ever been.

So, I have some old links in here that I thought were still worthy of highlighting.  Otherwise, same as always. 

Want to start with this....if you think you have it bad, this is the type of article that should make you thankful.

A few weeks ago, I went to an event at the Mask and Wig.  First time there and a great place.  If anyone is looking for a place to host a smaller wedding, this is definitely a place to consider.  http://www.maskandwig.org/

This article is already a month old but Philly is making national news for our daily killings.

And for those Philly sports fans, this NYC ad is pretty entertaining:  http://www.the700level.com/hockey-philadelphia-flyers/news/Ads-On-New-York-City-Train-Take-Jabs-at-?blockID=679834&feedID=8510

Did you know that most of us Philadelphians subsize PGW for a good portion of our fellow citizens?  It was news to me.

If you have a question what is wrong with city politics, read this article on our new sheriff. 

Winter is behind us but I still thought I would share.  Here is a snowmobiler being buried in an avalanche.  This is nothing compared to some others I have seen but worth sharing. 

Here is me being a little politcal.  Check out the info on Ben Franklin.  In particular, check his quote in #3.

Hope everyone who is running Broad Street has a good run. - Mark


Join PhillyTrips.com as we head to the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes on our 8th Annual Preakness horse race trip to Baltimore - This year, the superstars MAROON 5 and WIZ KHALIFA are performing LIVE on the main stage!  It's going to be a great day for sure!  This year, we have already reserved 3 buses and are expecting yet another amazing trip.

This trip is the perfect "get out of Philly" day trip.  If you are alone or have a group of 20 people (or more), everyone will have a blast.  Over the past few years, over 1000 people have come on this trip with us from the Philly/South Jersey area - join the numbers this year....  USE THE CODE ZPREAK10 to save $10 per person off your reservations!!!


1) 5th Annual Beer Fest at the Ballpark!

Welcome to Beer Fest at the Ballpark 2012 - you and your family, friends, and co-workers are all invited! Enjoy an incredible day at McFadden’s Ballpark sampling over 50 Different Beers from 30+ Craft Breweries all while listening to Live Band & DJ Music, indulging on Great Ballpark Food (yes, it’s included!). Last fall was just amazing - we have added more beers and a Mexican beer garden - all to create an incredible day of beers and fun for Cinco de Beero! Silent Auction and 50/50 Raffle for Great Prizes (100% of raffle proceeds to support charity). AND MUCH MORE! VIP Tickets (includes 2-hour private tasting & presentation from 2-4pm) and General Admission (3-7pm) tickets are available - do not wait to buy them as they are ALREADY selling VERY FAST! LIMITED VIP TICKETS AVAILABLE - they sold very quickly last year!    Some of the Breweries Present with Great Beers to be Sample:  Boxcar?? web? facebook Cottrell?? web? facebook Fishtail?? web? facebook Forest & Main Brewpub?? facebook Free Will?? web? facebook Great Lakes?? web? facebook Harlem Brewing? ? web? facebook Ithaca?? web? Lancaster?? web? facebook Philly Brewing?? web? facebook Prism?? web? facebook Stone?? web? facebook Triumph?? web? facebook Troegs?? web? facebook Victory?? web? facebook East Coast web GUINNESS web facebook Ballast Point web facebook Bavarian Barbarian web facebook Bottle Tree web facebook Boulder web facebook Frankziskaner web facebook Magners web facebook Mission Brewery web facebook Sprecher web facebook Tailgate Brewing web facebook Thomas Creek web facebook Williamsburg Alewerks web facebook

2) The Ultimate Networking Event  at Philly's Hottest New Restaurant Reserve

RESERVE Restaurant, Bar and Lounge - 123 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

At The Ultimate Networking Event you’ll meet CEO’s, Business Leaders and Decision makers from a variety of leading companies. You will learn and have opportunities to grow your business from some of the area’s top business networking professional’s.


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3) $6 PHL airport parking coupon: http://www.phillytrips.com/philadelphia-airport-parking-coupon.asp


A) Philadelphia International adding an airline

B) Sex poses surprisingly low risk to heart patients

C) Pennsylvania’s Top-Earning Public Employees. What does Mayor Nutter bring in this year? How much is Charles Ramsey paid after taking a $60,000 raise? How short do they fall of the state’s top-earner, Arlene Ackerman? Ugh. [Daily News]

D)The Big O: Exercise-Induced Orgasms Are Rea

E)  Philly #8:

F) Living Alone Linked to Greater Risk of Depression: Study

G) Gerard Casale, 71, cofounder of Philadelphia cycling event

H) PHL third worst airport 

I) When are medical marijuana users too high to drive?


Arrested Drunk Man Sings "Bohemian Rhapsody" In Its Entirety In Back Of Police Car

6) Live Music Begins in Collins Park
Grab your lunch and head to Collins Park every Tuesday and Thursday, now through September 27 for some music in a beautiful, serene setting right in the heart of Center City. Music runs Noon - 1:30pm weather permitting. Visit the site for a current list of performers.  John F. Collins Park, 1707 Chestnut Street, CenterCityPhila.org/life/collins_park.php


Get your game on with Philadelphia Sports Network's Summer Leagues. Sign up as an individual free agent, with a group of friends or with a team. All participants receive team shirts, league prizes and awesome league-sponsored bar specials. Leagues include: softball, dodgeball, kickball, flag football, men's basketball, women's basketball, volleyball, soccer, floor hockey and wallyball. Registration runs through May 22 and is first come, first serve.
Philadelphia Sports Network, 267.519.3987, PhiladelphiaSportsNetwork.com


A)5th Annual March of the Sombreros 2012: South Street District @ South Street

Saturday, May 5th
Celebrate Cinco de Mayo at the 2012 March of the Sombreros, Saturday May 5, from 8pm – 10pm. Enjoy specials at nine different bars around South Street, including Corona & Corona Light Specials all night. Sign Me Up

B) Artie Lange at Tower Theatre

C) Cinco de Manayunk - Philadelphia's Hottest Cinco de Mayo Celebration!

Every year, the Manayunk Brewery puts together a Cinco de Mayo celebration that is one of the biggest and best around - and this year will be the most impressive yet featuring a Pig Roast and multiple bands & DJs will rock the house all day long as everyone toasts to daytime drinking all in the name of Cinco de Mayo. This event includes:  2 drink tickets (good for a mixed drink or beer) A luscious pig-roast, chicken, and beef Mexican buffet (food available 2-6pm) 2 bands and a DJ playing all day long Radio station giveaways with contests & prizes (think limbo contest and more!) Tons of beads & Corona swag and more.  Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door (most like we will sell out in advance) - be sure to buy in advance to save a few bucks AND to be sure you get a ticket - there are limited tickets available on what will be the most popular event in Manayunk of the year. Sponsored by Corona, guests are invited to “”Follow the Lime”” on their way down to the Manayunk Brewery by looking for the HUGE 40-foot Corona bottle on top of the building (look for it around May 1 from the Schuylkill Expressway as you drive by!) PLEASE NOTE: Tickets are likely to sell out prior to the event since they are only $20. Under 21 years of age not admitted - Photo ID required. Rain or shine event. Tickets are nonrefundable.

D) http://www.actorfest.com/ :: Actorfest coming to Philly May 5th - NBC and MTV casting! 

E) Mad River: http://www.madrivermanayunk.com/event-detail.php?id=255

F) Philadelphia Wine Festival

9) Philly Sandwich Experiment: May 6th  :: http://thefoodexperiments.com/tour/philadelphia/

10) Willie Nelson & Family at Keswick :: http://www.keswicktheatre.com/?events=willie-nelson

11)  JOB OPPORTUNITY:  Walking tour Guides Wanted...

Looking for a part time job with a fairly flexible schedule?  Could you use an little extra pocket cash?  Are you a good story teller?  Would you enjoy a job where you get to be creative?

Are you outgoing?  Do you know the City of Philadelphia well?  Would you rather be outside than in an office during some of your day?

Please contact me if you are interested in learning more.   Josh@phillytrips.com


Historic Philadelphia Inc. invites you to its fun-filled fundraiser, “An Evening in Franklin Square,” presented by Parx Casino. Beginning at 5:30 PM on Thursday, May 10, cocktails and a silent auction will be followed by dinner, dancing, and a live auction to raise funds to preserve the historic locale, which is one of the original William Penn squares. Franklin Square has developed into a family-friendly amusement attraction, with a carousel, playground, fountain, mini golf, and of course, Stephen Starr’s Square Burger. The proceeds from “An Evening in Franklin Square” will benefit the conservation of this historic city treasure. For more information, please click here.

13)The Waterfront Patio Grand Opening @ SugarHouse Casino

Thursday, May 10th
We’re teaming up with SugarHouse to throw a serious Grand Opening Bash. Join us on the Waterfront Patio and in the Refinery and kick off the summer outdoor season at SugarHouse Casino. Sign Me Up

14) VIP Grand Opening Party - Johnny Utah's Country Rock Bar and Saloon

Johnny Utah's Country Rock Bar - 461 North 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Announcing the VIP Grand Opening of a Philly first - Johnny Utah’s Country Rock Bar and Saloon - and you & your friends are invited! From the rock / country music to the mechanical bull to the “”Adult Lemonade”” menu, everyone is in for a treat. Here’s what included:  Complimentary adult lemonade, tea, specialty drinks, and domestic beer from 6:30 - 8:30pm Complimentary butlered menu sampling Complimentary bull riding lessons 6:00 - 8:30pm Show us your stuff in the bull riding contest starting at 9:00pm - hosted by World Champion bull rider Hourly prizes and giveaways including future bar tabs, cotton candy towers, and cowboy boot beers & shots ½ priced Boot Beers, Boot Shots, cotton candy towers, and top shelf drinks from 6-9pm “”1st drink free”” coin on entry for use at a future date Doors open at 5pm - get there early to be the first ones in And More!!  Join us after work (or later that night) for an awesome, new experience here in Philly. You and your friends MUST RSVP to attend - it’s a requirement!! Stay well after the open for as things really start to heat up with the bull riding contest - and of course free admission ALL NIGHT LONG courtesy of UpcomingEvents.com. This social event is sure to please! Get on the list today - this event will go to capacity. Again, You absolutely NEED to rsvp for this event. If you do not, we cannot let you in. The guestlist will fill VERY quickly - do not miss out! SEE YOU THERE - invite a friend or co-worker that may not know about events like this.  About Johnny Utah’sJohnny Utah’s Country Rock Bar and Saloon, located in the Northern Liberties neighborhood, where the music’s always pumping and the drinks are flowing, will be home to Philly’s only mechanical bull. Johnny Utah’s Rock Bar and Saloon has redefined the “”urban cowboy”” experience throughour unique promotions and fun atmosphere. Cowgirls, Cowboys, and Rock Stars of all kinds are encouraged to come in and get wild.  Boasting 25 plasma TVs and projection screens; country, rock and party music; an authentic Southwestern menu featuring world famous hog wings, pulled pork sandwich marinated in chipotle sauce and Coca Cola, and the best homemade chili on the East coast; an impressive specialty drink menu including the Electric Cowboy and Bikini Bull Rider; and an enthusiastic and strikingly good looking staff, Johnny Utah’s promises to provide nothing less than a night of serious fun. This location is not for the weak at heart - but we know we will see you there. :)

15) chili peppers at Wells fargo    May 11th

16) A New Spot for the Calderwood Gallery
Calderwood Gallery has a new space on North Broad Street. A grand opening celebration will be held on May 11, from 6-9 pm. Stop by to see the new space and to check out their expanded inventory on display. RSVP to 215.546.5357.  Calderwood Gallery, 631 North Broad Street, 215.546.5357, CalderwoodGallery.com

17) Eastern State Penitentiary

Friday, May 11, 2012 - 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Reception for the 2012 Season


Eastern State Penitentiary hosts a changing series of artist installations and historic exhibits as part of the historic site’s ongoing programming. In 2012 there will be 11 artist installations on view during all public hours, including new installations by artists Lisa Bateman, Tyler Held, Ryan Legassicke, and Judith Schaechter. Join us for a chance to meet the artists and see the new work! Light refreshments served.

18)  9th Annual Art Star Craft Bazaar with Sneak Preview Event on the Race Street Pier

Mother’s Day Weekend, May 12th & 13th, 11-6pm
@ Penn’s Landing Great Plaza (on Columbus Blvd between Walnut & Chestnut Streets)
Free to Attend, RAIN OR SHINE

The Spring Art Star Craft Bazaar is an outdoor retail art/craft show that is organized & juried by Philadelphia’s Art Star Gallery & Boutique.  Over 150 local & national artists have been selected to set up shop & sell their wares at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, right along the Delaware River.  The event is being held on Mother’s Day weekend this year, so come to the show to pick out the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for mom or better yet, bring your mom to the show for a fun day on the waterfront!

Shoppers can expect high quality handmade goods that reflect the unique & often quirky aesthetic found at Art Star’s popular retail shop.  Art Star has carefully curated a diverse collection of artists that create anything & everything, including housewares, paper goods, dolls, prints, ceramics, clothing, accessories, paintings/drawings, sculpture, and many other one-of-a-kind curiosities.  All items have been handmade from a variety of mediums that include fabric, clay, glass, wood, paper & much more.

The event will also include Live Music by local Philly bands presented by Philebrity, as well as food by various vendors including vegan/vegetarian fare by local favorites A Full Plate Café, Soy Café & Sweetbox Cupcakes.

We have also assembled a group of family friendly, interactive art/craft demonstrations by The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym, The Clay Studio, NLArts, and the CandyCoated Center.

Art Star Gallery & Boutique will be presenting a Sneak Peek of the Art Star Craft Bazaar at the Race Street Pier on First Friday, May 4th from 6-9pm.  15-20 of their Philly based vendors will be set up and selling their wares.  Participating vendors will also be providing craft demonstrations and interactive projects in silkscreening, letterpress, cross stitch, bookbinding, jewelry making and more!  The event will also include live music.  Free to attend and open to all!  

Please visit our website www.artstarcraftbazaar.com for more detailed information, including a list of participating vendors, musicians, demonstration details & more

19) Riverdance at Kimmel

5/11 - 5/13











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