#whyilovephilly Party 2013
Friday, December 6th, 6-9PM
Arden Theatre’s Hamilton Family Arts Center
62 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106
This year’s party is going to bigger and filled with more Philly-love than ever before. Think all-local food and drinks, photographers, music, gift bags, hand written Philly Love Notes, and an Instagram feed of your photos tagged #whyilovephilly_13. So come on out and join the party. Admission is free, though a donation to the Arden Theatre’s programming will get you food and drink tickets. It’s probably a good idea to register because tickets are selling out quickly.
Food and Beverage Sponsors:
Drinks: Victory Brewing Co, Yards Brewing Co, Round Guys Brewing, Philadelphia Distilling Co., High Street Coffee, Triumph Brewing Co, Philadelphia Brewing Co.
Food: Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Bierstube, Continental, Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse and Headhouse, Victoria Freehouse, Joe’s Steaks
Yesterday, my good friends Leigh Goldenberg (who’s helping to organize the #whyilovephilly party) and Aaron Bauman, along with one of Little Baby’s owners, Martin Brown, teamed up to make a new, Philly-centric flavor = Soft pretzel ice cream with Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets, a soft pretzel swirl, and Goldenberg Peanut Chews as a topping. The result will premiere at the #whyilovephilly party on Friday, but needless to say, the initial tastes were amazing.
1. Toasting the Philly soft pretzels and letting them soak overnight in the dairy base
OLD CITY TOUR GUIDE
I am: An interior designer, artist, lover of Philadelphia, and ever in the pursuit of happiness.
Years in Philly: 6
Current Home: Old City
The other week, I did something that totally terrified me. And by terrified, I mean the last time I tried to do it I ended up crying in a bathroom stall and not coming out till it was over. What was it? Giving a pubic presentation. When the guys behind Ignite Philly asked me to speak at Ignite 12, I only accepted because I had one drink too many at an inspiring Ignite 11. I was roped in, and anyway, there’s no better way of getting over a fear than confronting it head on — in front of 300 semi-drunk Philadelphians. Luckily I was talking about a subject I’m passionate about.
I gave a lightning five-minute talk about Philly Love Notes and the lessons learned from doing it. And they are as follows…
1. Do something that terrifies you (Ignite)
2. Be surprised (Beryl Belcher and Alison Dell)
3. Be open to new experiences (David Goodman and Holly Otterbein)
4. Appreciate your surroundings (Leah Kaufmann and Nathaniel Popkin)
5. Listen (Susanne Johnson and Emma Sicalowski)
6. Enjoy other people’s excitement (Matthew Sherman and Ralph Onesti)
7. Find your community (Timothy McKenna and Rudy Flesher)
8. Find someone who makes you laugh (Andrew-Lansie and Leigh-Aaron)
9. Find quiet (Zach Subar and Phil Jablon)
10. Learn someone’s history (Colleen Davis and Tom Petersen)
11. Document your own loves (Gate Lane and the Race Street Pier)
12. Take your friends out (Nick Goldberg and Dan Ueda)
12. Go out of your way (Jill Sybesma and Joel Mathis)
13. Eat liberally (Philly Phoodie and Polly Math)
14. Drink even more liberally (Tara Nurin, Nikki Volpicelli, Molly Eichel, Swabreen Bakr, Isabelle Heyward)
15. Fall in love (Shannon McDonald and Michelle Feldman)
16. Find your own spot (and if you do, submit a love note)
If you’re interested, the audio of my talk and all the others can be found on the Newsworks website.
Favorite Spot: The Historical Society of Pennsylvania
Neighborhood: Midtown Village
Address: 1300 Locust St. Philadelphia, PA 19107
I am: A Boston transplant, eager to fall in love with a new city.
Years in Philly: 10 months
Editor’s note: The interns of Campus Philly share their most loved Philly spots and experiences as students in the City of Brotherly Love.
Favorite Spot: 30th Street Station
Address: 30th Street and Market Street
Neighborhood: University City
I am: a Drexel University senior
Years in Philly: 5
Current Home: University City
Favorite Spot: 5th Street Tunnel
Address: Right north of 5th and Race
Neighborhood: Old City
I am: A shoulder-dancing, concert-going, olympic-weightlifting, museum/culture/design obsessed new Philadelphian. I am also half of The Philadelphia Public History Truck (check it out!)
Years in Philly: 2 + a bit
Current home: Bella Vista
Even before becoming the communications manager for the Delaware River Waterfront Corp (DRWC) I had a mild fixation with waterfronts and ships. I wrote my thesis on the Philadelphia port’s fumigation policies so that I could get close to the big cranes and watch the boats being unloaded. Since starting my job, I’ve become hyperaware of how cities use their waterfront. I spent this past weekend in New York City. On Sunday, we strolled through Brooklyn Bridge Park, the promenade, ate at Smorgasberg, and then took the East River Ferry from the park to 34th Street in Manhattan. I was blown away by the park: it’s amenities and uses, the number of people visiting, and the small touches that made it seem so special.
Last week, DRWC unveiled the preliminary design plans for a new Penn’s Landing Park. The timeline is long, and the money needed is enormous, but god do I hope that we can pull it off. Brooklyn Bridge Park was perfectly New York, and I would like to imagine that the future Penn’s Landing will be perfectly Philadelphia. How great would it be to walk down Market Street and finally see a waterfront worthy of our history and great city. A girl can dream (and be part of the organization that would build it), right?
Favorite Spot: Paine’s Skatepark
Neighborhood: Art Museum
I Am: A Philadelphian living with my wife and skateboard.
Years in Philly: 1 (Plus 2 in Camden, NJ)
Current Home: Point Breeze
I filled out this survey (see previous post). Curious to hear what you have to say.