Looks like great weather this weekend whether at the beach or in town. For those who did not get in to a beach house and are still thinking about it, shoot me an email as I know of some good options for you that I can share.
A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned watching a handful of college commencement speeches. One of which was Lewis Katz at Temple U who passed away in a plane crash this past week. I heard about Lewish ocassionally from my father over the years as they both attended Camden High School back in the 50s. So I have followed the news on his passing, even wathching the memorial service at TU this week which included Mayor Nutter, Gov Corbett and Rendell, Ed Snider, President Clinton, and others. Amazing how this man seemed to embrace the goodness in humans and was a wonderful philanthrapist. Certainly lessons for us all. I have included one article out of the many that were published and a quick video TU put together.. For anyone to pass and have this kind of legacy....really is a great story.
On to our sports news....I knew the Phillies would be mediocre but it seems we are barely that. I read this week that our offense has been the most inept since the 1950s with I believe eight shut outs already. Just like in most sports, it starts with the draft and we have been awful. And I this article reminded me who our back up QB is this season: Mark Sanchez says he's entering the prime of his career.
The world around is changing and it seems partially for the better. Congress is getting their act together on medical marijuana. And even in NJ they are potentially going to pass a bill that allows those terminally ill to pass with some diginity. I truly dislike that we treat our pets better when terminally ill than we do our humans.
One thing that thankfully has not changed all that much is the Manayunk bike race which was Sunday. They have changed the location of the start/end and the format but the spirit of day drinking lives on and as always, it is a day I highly recommend you attend next year.
Concerts - check out the scheduled at Camden, The Mann, Keswick, etc.... - lots of shows coming through Philly the summer.
As always, if you are curious about your home value, send me your address and I will send you back comparable home sales in your neighborhood and if you are thinking of buying/selling a home, I do ask that you consult with me. -Mark
SPONSOR: The Great Philadelphia Craft Beer Crawl
Saturday, June 7, 2014 - 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Announcing The Great Philadelphia Craft Beer Crawl in the Fairmount / Art Museum area with 14 amazing bars & restaurants. Beer samples & gardens, drink specials, dozens of craft beer options, and so much more!
SPONSOR: The Great Philadelphia Craft Beer Crawl
A) Sea Isle City casts off its rowdy younger days
B) Philadelphia Among Best Cities for Bicycle Commuters
C) Philadelphia hotels are best rated in the U.S.
D) New Penns Landing Dog Park
E) Philadelphia Gets a 3-Park Bench Rating on ParkScore
F) PennDOT begins four-year I-95 construction project
G) Historic Philadelphia Prison Opens Thought-Provoking Exhibit
I) Philadelphia Among Most LGBT-Friendly Cities
J) Philly Ranked 7th Best Vacation Spot for the Health Conscious
2) Roger Daltrey performing The Who Hits w s/g Joan Jett - A Concert For Teen Cancer America to benefit CHOP @ Kimmel, 7/28
Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, 6/06 at 10AM EST.
2) Play 'Galactikitties,' the First Game from Drexel's Entrepreneurial Game Studio
3) • The Oval,
Philadelphia’s new “Park on the Parkway”, will return to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for its second summer of outdoor fun featuring FREE programming, events, and activities for all ages from July 16 through August 17. A summer’s worth of fun for the entire family all in one place!
4) Rittenhouse Square Fine Arts Show
Rittenhouse Square’s bi-annual Fine Arts Show returns for its 83rd Spring Show, featuring more than 150 artists from across the country. Through Sun., June 8. 11am. Rittenhouse Square, 135 S. 18th St. 610.299.1343. rittenhousesquareart.com
5) Opening of the Your Brain exhibit :: June 14
Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street, 215.448.1200, FI.edu
6) Video Interlude: The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart Goes On Epic Rant Against Philadelphia And Philly Cheesesteaks (4 minute mark)
8) Now Open: Hippo Haven at the Adventure Aquarium, A New Exhibition Promising Prime Views
11) 2014 Craft Phila Show & Sale :: June 7-8
6th & Chestnut Streets CraftPhila.org
12) JUNE 8TH EVENTS
A) Chestnut Hill Book Festival
For the sixth year in a row, Chestnut Hill is transformed into a bibliophile’s dream. This year’s local author event features a kid’s zone of activities and a series of guest speakers. 11am. Free. 8426 Germantown Ave. 215.247.6696. chesnuthillpa.com
B) Odunde Festival
This celebration of African-Americans and those of African decent worldwide features an authentic outdoor African marketplace full of food, live music and dancing.10am. Free. 23rd and South sts. odundefestival.org
C) LGBT Parade and Festival
Penn’s Landing is the ending point of Philly’s LGBT Pride parade, and the host to six hours of food vendors, dancing, family fun and games. This year’s festival promises to be one to remember as our LGBT community celebrates the landmark ruling of Whitewood v. Wolf. Noon. $10-$15. Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing, 101 S. Columbus Blvd. delawareriverwaterfront.com
13) The Garces Foundation Summer Barbecue
Chef Jose Garces hosts this afternoon of food, family and cooking demonstrations at his Luna Farm in Bucks County. All proceeds benefit the Garces Foundation, devoted to providing Philadelphia’s immigrant communities with access to health care and education. Sat., June 7, 2pm. $60. Luna Farm, 39 Park Road, Ottsville. garcesfoundation.org
14) Great Chef's Event : June 10 :: 6 pm
15) ENTREPRENEUR FORUM: Design Thinking-An Innovative Approach to Strategic Planning in the Services Industr
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 :: 5:30 - 8:00 PM
Special Guest Speaker Natalie W. Nixon, PhD discusses
"Design Thinking- An Innovative Approach to Strategic Planning in the Services Industry
Today, problem-solving has become a commodity activity. The real added value is in framing the problem. In this talk Dr. Natalie Nixon explores why business today needs to incorporate creative processes to yield innovation by explaining what design thinking is, and how its application yields the most innovative insights. She includes cases and stories from the financial services sector and other services industries.
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia ::6th & Arch Streets Philadelphia, PA 19106
~Light food, wine and beer will be served~
16) StartupGrind PHL Welcomes Ned Moore, Clutch CoFounder/CEO @ Benjamin's Desk 6/11/14!
17) PAIRINGS ON THE PARKWAY
From June 5 through August 28 (excluding July 3), come to Sister Cities Park, from 5-8PM, for BYO Thursdays with live music from 5:30-7:30 pm. Take a seat at one of the tables inside or outside the cafe or bring a blanket and find a favorite spot under a tree or on the grass. Logan Square Café will feature a special summer grilling menu to complement the wine theme.
18) 30th Street Craft Market
The next 30th Street Craft Market is happening on Friday, June 13 on The Porch at 30th Street Station from 11-4. Find unique, locally made wares like jewelry, ceramics, prints, stationery, clothing, home accents, bath & body products, children's items and more.
Plus: Food trucks, the Smak Parlour Fashion truck and performances by the Give & Take Jugglers.
19) Get your veg on at the first annual Philly VegFest
20) Vendy Awards :: June 14th