Philly Love Notes Gift Guide

Hello friends and Philly-lovers, Time for the first Philly Love Letters Gift Guide! With some help from you, I put together a completely non-comprehensive list of amazing things being done right here in the city (or right outside). This only scratches the surface of the cool stuff being made here. There are always tons of great markets and small businesses to support (like Amalgam Comics, Philadelphia Independents, Yowie, and Omoi Zakka). And of course, one of the best gifts of all -- donating money, time, Read more

Giving Back 2017

Oh this year. Time to buckle down and do what I can to give back. Like last year, I'll be donating all of the profits from the map sales to local nonprofits from Thanksgiving through Giving Tuesday. That means that your purchase of a map will help to support all of the following organizations: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Marian Anderson Historical Society, SEAMAAC, Red Paw Relief and Students Run Philly Style (more about the nonprofits below). Last year we raised Read more

#whyilovephillyarts Launches

It's official, the first #whyilovephillyarts, featuring Sean Martorana, is now live! Check out the prints below and purchase one of the 30 limited edition prints online. This is the first collaboration that aims to build a body of Philly-specific art across a variety of mediums for people to purchase with 100% of the profits going to the artist (along with a full commissions and licensing Read more

Strawberry Mansion

Love Note #150: Eric Dolaway has fallen in love with the Boxers’ Trail in Fairmount Park

Eric Dolaway
Favorite Spot: The Boxers’ Trail
Neighborhood: Strawberry Mansion
Address: East Fairmount Park

I am: Small town kid, Philadelphia transplant by way of Baltimore, MD and Brooklyn, NY; Executive Director of Urban Blazers; semi-professional rock skipper. I run a non-profit organization that took a thousand kids hiking in 2012.
Years in Philly: 7
Current Home: Brewerytown

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(All photos from Urban Blazers)

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Love Note #44: Chip Chantry explains why you should put down your golf clubs and head straight to the disc golf course in Fairmount Park

Chip Chantry
Favorite Spot: Hole #13, Sedgley Woods Disc Golf Course
Neighborhood: Fairmount Park
Address: Reservoir Drive (33rd and Oxford Streets) Philadelphia, PA 19121


I am: A comedian/writer. If I could have dinner with any three people, it would be Hall, Oates, and an empty seat in case Oates wanted to bring somebody with him.
Years in Philly: 5 years in the city, the formative years in the burbs.
Current home: Fairmount



My love note: Why people play regular golf is beyond me. It’s expensive, boring, you have to dress
like you work at Vanguard, and you get sunburnt. But disc golf, especially at Sedgley, is a chance to play in the woods. Built in 1977, it’s one of the nation’s oldest functioning disc golf courses. I’m sure a lot of people don’t know about it, or could find it for that matter. That’s the beauty of it. You’re playing in the city, but you would never know it. You’re surrounded by nature, which is surrounded by a city, which is surrounded by a delicious candy-coating.


Hole #13 is my favorite because it’s deep in the woods. The tee and the hole are on opposite sides of a wooded valley, so your first throw is kind of a leap of faith- you just toss it, and hope it makes it to the other side. If it doesn’t, then you have to go for a bit more of a hike to find it. Which really isn’t bad thing, is it? It sure beats being on a regular golf course, in a foursome with your boss, a sleazy client, and some prick from sales who won’t shut up about how his dad met Jack Nichlaus in a men’s room once.

(My note: Go see Chip do his thing at Helium Comedy Club this coming Wed-Sat (15th-18th) and follow him @chipchantry)
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