#whyilovephilly Party UPDATE

Fear not attendees, it looks like the rain will blow over in time for the party to happen tomorrow. If for some reason mother nature tries to screw with us, we'll make a last minute rain call, pushing it back to July 3, because really, no one wants to watch concerts or drink for 4 hours in the rain. Some notes for the party: 1. Bring cash. Your first drink is on us, but after that, two out of three bars will Read more

Everything one could desire at the Schuylkill Banks

Nanci George Favorite Spot: Schuylkill Banks (behind the Art Museum) Neighborhood: Art Museum I Am: A nurse and yoga teacher who loves Philly's fountains, sculptures, and murals. For more of Nanci's writing, see Benches Where Angels Sit Years in Philly: 10 Current Home: Wynnefield Heights, West Philly My Love Note Dear Schuylkill Banks, You have everything I so desire. Riding my bike down Kelly Drive, I arrive at your side with glimpses of center city, the river, and the Art Museum. It's busy but peaceful. I can Read more

The next #whyilovephilly ice cream flavor!

Introducing the next #whyilovephilly flavor ice cream from Little Baby's! Each year Martin and I make a new flavor for the #whyilovephilly party (tickets HERE). Last year it was Philly soft pretzel ice cream with a soft pretzel swirl, Butterscotch Krimpets and topped with Goldenberg's Peanut Chews. This year we've done a Philly-themed strawberry shortcake, and as always, there will be free samples at the party. Poundcake (vanilla and chocolate) from Stock's Bakery in Kensington Strawberries from Greensgrow Farm Mint from Little Baby's Read more

Devil’s Pool

Love Note #68: Vincent Alleva Jr. — Some beers, his dog, and Devil’s Pool in Wissahickon Park

Vincent Alleva Jr.
Favorite Spot: The Wissahickon Creek and Devil’s Pool
Neighborhood: Northwest – Valley Green which is situated between Roxborough, Chestnut Hill, West Mt. Airy and Germantown

I am: A third generation Philadelphian. I live, work, and play in Philly. I have lived in many neighborhoods in the city including Kingsessing, Parkside, Fairmont, Lower Moyamensing, and Pennsport. I blog about the South Philadelphia community on a facebook group page called South Silly. I’ve worked for the Painters and allied trades union of Philadelphia for 8 years. I currently work at the Barbary in Fishtown. On my spare time I enjoy spinning music, riding my bike throughout the city and walking my dog to the plethora of parks in and around my neighborhood.
Years in Philly: On and of for 14 years.
Current Home: Pennsport

My love note: In ’93 my family moved out of Southwest Philly to South Jersey where I grew up, in the suburbs. That gave me the opportunity to become a boy scout and spend plenty of time camping and playing in the woods. As I grew older, the allure of moving back to the city became a daily commute. 

Upon moving my adult self back to the city, I longed for the hot summer days spent in the woods by creeks and rivers. To me, there is nothing like getting the dog ready, filling a backpack with some beers, and heading to the woods with some buddies to go cliff jumping and swimming in the Wissahickon. Relaxing, fun, and adventurous. 

Meeting other people out there and watching dare devils doing back flips some 15-20 feet above the water with perfect execution and thundering splash is most definitely entertaining. Catch it during the week when its not so busy with a few close friends and you’ll have yourself a wonderful time. The surroundings can almost bring you back in time. This is why I love the Wissahickon Creek and Devils Pool.
(Top and third photo by Vincent)
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