Fall Festival Pick: 50 Reasons Go to Greenfest Philly on South Street

Clean Air Council’s Greenfest Philly presented by Toyota Hybrids returns to South Street on Sunday, September 11th 2016 with more eco fun than ever before! The full day of free family fun has something for everyone, with live music, free cooking demos, an outdoor beer garden, organic food and drinks, handmade and green shopping, MOM’s Organic Market Kids’ Corner, a twenty-five foot rock wall, and even edible bugs. Here’s our top 50 reasons Greenfest Philly is our top pick for the start of fall festival season. 

1) Join a biker gang. Be a part of Go Philly Go and Kiddical Mass’ organized bike ride from Fitler Square.

2) Feel what it’s like to drive a hybrid. Head to the Toyota Hybrids on-site showroom to test drive the new 2017 Prius Prime before it’s even available to the public.

3) Rock Climb from 10:00am to 4:00pm – Kids and adults can catch climbing fever and try their hand at scaling a 25 foot rock wall.

4) Do you sun salutations in the sun at outdoor yoga with Three Queens Yoga led by Adriana Akintobi from 10:00am to 11:00am at 2nd and South streets stage.

5) Try a green colored eye shadow that is actually green. Shop for eco-friendly fashion, beauty, and home goods – including Neal’s Organic Yard Remedies body products and Philadelphia Independents locally crafted one-of-a-kind gifts.

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6) Prove that everything old is new again and purchase upcycled jewelry handmade art and crafts from eco-artisans such as Beaucycled and Modern Hex. Shop for eco-friendly fashion, beauty, and home goods – including Neal’s Organic Yard Remedies body products and Philadelphia Independents locally crafted one-of-a-kind gifts.

7) Stop by the Beer Garden and enjoy sustainably brewed beer from Weyerbacher brewery.

8) Leave your ‘wheels’ with the complimentary bike valet courtesy of Philadelphia Insurance Companies.

9) Clean out your closets and bring your clothing, accessories, toys, books and more to the Philly Swap at Greenfest Philly.  Bring gently used clothing, toys and books for free entry into the swap area, or make a $5 donation (includes a free Philly Swap bag). Upon entry in the swap, you are free to roam and take what you’d like. Philly AIDS Thrift will be on hand with item from their store to get the swap started.

10) Enjoy a rest and recharge station with refurbished chairs and furniture, free iced tea, coffee and solar powered chargers.

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11) Release your inner artist and try your hand at painting with the gang from A Taste of Artistry.

12) Pretend you are on an episode of Top Chef, while watching live vegan and vegetarian cooking demos from some of Philadelphia’s top restaurants like Revolution Taco, P’unk Burger and Miss Rachel’s Pantry.

13) Conquer your fears while sampling edible bugs from Bug Yum including crickets on crackers and chocolate brownies made with flour made from ground bugs.

14) Showcase your green thumb and make an upcycled succulent arrangement to display in your home with Beaucycled or seed bombs to plant in your garden with Green Philly.

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MUSIC (11:00am to 2:30pm) Local music is more sustainable than music that has to be shipped thousands of miles to your ears.

15) Little Strike – “Little Strike” is the alias of Middle Eastern-born but now Philadelphia based musician Tamar Dart. Her Indie Electronic Pop sound will surely get you moving.

16) The Mysteries –  If you’re a fan of The Doors, you’ll love the psychedelic sounds of The Mysteries. Let their bluesy guitar rhythms transport you to an era of peace and love.

17) Ceramic Animal –  The guitar heavy sounds of Ceramic Animal may remind you of iconic acts like Pink Floyd but don’t be fooled. These Bucks County natives are not afraid to give psychedelic rock a new spin.

18) Ill Fated Natives – It may be hard to put Ill Fated Strangers into a category since their sound is a blend of blues, rock, and smooth jazz but the Philadelphia based group will have you swaying to their tribal rhythms in no time.

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FOOD AND DRINK

Sample delicious, healthy, local and organic food from popular food trucks and local eateries.

19) Nomad Pizza

20) Weckerley’s Ice Cream

21) Kung Fu Hoagies

22) Mompop’s

23) Soy Cafe

24) Follow Your Heart

25) The Twisted Tail

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FAMILY FUN

MOM’S Organic Market Kids’ Corner will feature fun for all ages!

26) MOM’s Organic Market’s booth will have free samples and healthy snacks. Show kids that good for you food can also taste good.

27) Let the kids give arts and crafts a spin –while making pinwheels with the gang from Mom’s Clean Air Force.

28) Meet your new best friend and share a kiss at New Leash on Life’s Puppy Kissing Booth. Help a dog find a fur-ever home.

29) Kid’s Yoga, Yoga Friends will be leading a yoga class just for kids! Creative thinking, flexibility, better health, inner focus, greater concentration, improved social skills and physical strength are just some of the benefits of yoga for kids. Through interactive games and exercises, kids learn yoga postures, breathing techniques and lots more! And it’s all just plain fun!

30) Head on down to Climate City, to learn about the local impacts of climate change and learn from CUSP, a network of local organizations who engage the public on climate change issueswhat you can do to change things.

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ECO ARTISANS AND SHOPPING

Purchase one of a kind handmade art and crafts from eco-artisans. Shop for farm fresh produce at Headhouse Square Farmers’ Market, featuring dozens of vendors featuring fruit, veggies, artisanal cheese, baked goods, chocolates and more. Shop for eco-friendly fashion, beauty, and home goods.

31) ACRE Replacement Windows – Home and garden

32) Baby Bat Beauty – Health and beauty

33) Beaucycled – Eco artistan

34) Bennett Compost – Home and garden

35) Blue Conservations – Home and garden

36) Eviama Life Green Spa & Boutique – Health and beauty

37) Philly Aids Thrift – Clothing and accessories

38) Yoga Friends – Health and beauty

39) Tintco Window Tinting – Home and garden

40) Urban Work Textiles – Eco artistan

41) Yoga Living – Health and beauty

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Become educated and take action on critical environmental issues from leading advocacy groups.

42) NextGen Climate

43) Clean Air Council

44) 350 Philadelphia

45) The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia

46) Eastern Service Workers

47) The Franklin Institute

48) Penn Environment

49) Sierra Club

50) US Forest Service

Admission is free.Go to www.greenfestphilly.org or more information, you can also call 215-567-4004, and follow @greenfestphilly on Twitter. Look for our lives tweets from the event at @phillylovesfun. See you this weekend!

Ultimate Summer Cookout Heats Up Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons

Ultimate-Cookout-SQ-1The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons (1001 N 2nd St) celebrates a new chapter with The Ultimate Summer Cookout in Northern Liberties on Sunday, August 21, 2016 from 12:00pm to 5:00pm. Get ready for the grand finale of summer with a brand new, all-day, backyard party featuring summer eats and sips, live music, DJs, sand pits, lawn games, hand-made shopping, end-of-summer sales and more. Plus, look for surprises in the water and up in the air with a slip n slide, water slide and zip line. All ages are welcome for this family friendly event. Twenty-one and up to drink, with identification only. Admission is free, with food and drink pay as you go. Rain or shine. For information, call 267-246-0618 or visit http://www.theschmidtscommons.com.

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The Ultimate Summer Cookout aims to be a new annual tradition where neighbors and visitors can come together to celebrate the end of summer in the city. The party is part of the new events schedule, managed by the property’s first full-time events coordinator, designed to celebrate our vibrant community of local residents and business owners. This summer, the Schmidt’s Commons also announced new tenants including WeWork and debuted a renovated courtyard featuring modular furniture.

Sample the best flavors of the Piazza and Liberties Walk with outside food and drink from Apricot Stone, Crabby Cafe & Sports Bar, Bar Ferdinand, El Camino Real Philadelphia, Gunners Run, Samwich NoLibs and Wahlburgers Philly (just opened). Plus, look for tasty treats from food trucks Johnny Bravo’s Seafood, Sweet Lavender and D’Emilio’s Old World Ice Treats.

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Menu highlights will include:

* Samwich by Suppa – Exclusive for this event – Monster Brisket Samwich featuring house smoked brisket, mac n cheese, jalapeño slaw, peach SoCo bbq sauce, Hudson Bread’s onion brioche roll. (Photo available)
* Wahlburgers – Invincible Burger – 1/2 lb beef burger, caramelized onions, bacon, provolone, balsamic glazes, pretzel bun. (Photo available)
* Apricot Stone – Grilled chicken and lamb kebabs on grill. (Photo available)
* Bar Ferdinand and El Camino Real – Seasonal selections including Watermelon Lemonade and Tropical Rum Punch.
* Sweet Lavender – Lavender infused cupcakes, pastry and lemonade.

Food and drink can be enjoyed on brand new seating installed this month in the center of the courtyard. Additional outside seating will be available outside Crabby Cafe & Sports Bar, Bar Ferdinand, El Camino Real Philadelphia and Gunners Run.

Get your groove on with music from the West Philadelphia Orchestra, plus DJs from Creep Records Store. Vendors from around the city will offer hand-made and unique items. ThePiazza and Liberties Walk retailers will be open for end-of-summer sales and specials.

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Bring your bathing suit and beat the heat in the 30 foot water slide and 30 foott slip ‘n slide. Take to the air as you enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Piazza on a 40 foot high zip line that spans 200 feet across. This will be the first time a zip line has been installed in the Piazza – giving you the very best view of the action all around you.

The Ultimate Summer Cookout joins Salsa Night and Movies Under the Stars as part of new programming from the Schmidt’s Commons’ new Events and Programming Coordinator Krystal Souvanlasy. Souvanlasy brings many years of experience in event coordination, community engagement, graphic design and neighborhood development. She was part of the team that developed and coordinated South Street Spring Festival, which now annually attracts over 55,000 people to South Street and Headhouse Square every spring.
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The Ultimate Summer Cookout is free and open to the public. Families are invited and the event is all ages. Rain or shine. Food and drink is pay as you go. For information, call 267-246-0618 or visit http://www.theschmidtscommons.com.

Photos: Diner en Blanc Philadelphia at Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Diner en Blanc Philadelphia revealed its biggest surprise yet when it popped up in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art for an evening of food, music, art and friendship. On Thursday, August 18, 2016, the Parisian pop-up picnic made a surprise appearance with 5,000 guests all wearing white attire. Guests met at locations around the city and had no idea where the night would take them. Within an hour they filed, one by one, onto Benjamin Franklin Parkway as dinner “as an artform” unfolded like a painting appearing on canvas. This was the largest number of event participants, in honor of the events 5th edition.

The night featured live entertainment including a roving French circus from Philadelphia School of Circus Arts and Airplay Entertainment, live tunes from Hot Club Philly, The Soul of Philly featuring Tiffany Jones, DJ Sean Smoove and Mad Beatz drumline.

Guests brought their food, or enjoyed delicious morsels from 33rd Street Hospitality Catering, Luke Palladino Catering or Reading Terminal Market.

Over 35,000 people added their name to the wait list for a chance to attend the event – which moves to a new secret location every year. Here’s some of our favorite memories of the night. Enjoy!

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Paris comes to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as event comes full circle from Logan Circle in 2012 to around Eakins Oval in 2016.

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Beautiful blooms and masterpieces await the press in the media area.

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Diner en Blanc  International sponsor Apothic prepares their place setting.

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Philadelphia never looked so stunning from the top of the Art Museum steps.

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Even the Donkeys from the Democratic National Convention got in the spirit of the event.

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Guests learn the surprise location for the night!

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Guests met at departure points around the city and arrived by the hundreds onto the Parkway.

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Philadelphia School of Circus Arts and Airplay Entertainment brought the circus en blanc.

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Diners enjoyed stunning views of both the city and the Art Museum.

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5,000 guests begin setting up their tables in rows perfectly mapped out before the event ever begins.

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The waving of napkins signifies the end of set-up and the start of dinner.

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Dinner is served as 5,000 guests enjoy delicious eats from their picnic baskets.

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As the sun sets the glow of candles begins to fill these famous steps. If only Rocky were around to join us for dinner!

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After dinner, guests took to the street for the city’s largest open-air dance party.

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Now that is one way to light up the dance floor!

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Sparklers light up the night as 5,000 points of light unfolded across the Parkway.

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Rocky impersonator ran up the steps to the lighting of the sparklers on top.

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Diner en Blanc is organized in Philadelphia by Kayli Moran and Natanya DiBona. Public relations provided by Kory Aversa from Aversa PR (middle).

Congrats to co-hosts and the entire planning team – as well as the dozens of volunteers. We already have started the guessing game for next year’s event. Where will they go for year 6? Only time will tell!

Hillary Clinton Gets Own Ice Cream Sandwich in Philadelphia for DNC

Revolution Taco throws their name onto the ballot for Philadelphia’s best DNC-themed food during the upcoming convention with an ice cream sandwich partnership with Weckerly’s Ice Cream.

Coalition building is the hallmark of any good political convention. With the Democratic National Convention taking over Philadelphia this month, two unlikely names will collaborate for the greater good of the delegates during the hottest time of the year. Cool down? Like a little heat? This choice offers a politically correct alternative for everyone!

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As a nod to the DNC, and the Democratic nominee, Revolution Taco (2015 Walnut St) and Weckerly’s Ice Cream will partner on the Donkey Kick, the ultimate ice cream sandwich with a spicy kick inspired by Hillary Clinton’s love of chocolate, brownies and heat!

The Donkey Kick will feature Revolution Taco’s homemade salted chocolate fudge brownies (from Chef Michael Sultan), surrounded by chipotle cinnamon spiced chocolate ice cream, sandwiched between two house-made cinnamon cookies. The special summer treat will go on sale at Revolution Taco starting Friday July 22, 2016 through Sunday, July 31, 2016 – or while supplies last. The Donkey Kick will be $5.00 when you mention #DNCDeals

This will mark the first time Revolution Taco has collaborated with another local business – but it certainly won’t be the last! Watch for other collaborations coming later this election, er fall, season. #DNCDeals

19th Century Ann Bartram Carr Garden Opens to Public at Bartram’s Garden

Visit Bartram’s Garden (5400 Lindbergh Blvd.) this summer to see a new feature: the Ann Bartram Carr Garden, the only 19th-century flower garden in Philadelphia. The Ann Bartram Carr Garden is the result of a transformative $2.7-million project and marks the first major garden restoration at Bartram’s Garden in nearly a century. Bartram’s Garden, including the new Ann Bartram Carr Garden, is free to those who wish to explore on their own from dawn to dusk. Bartram’s Garden is open year-round, with the exception of City-observed holidays.

The Ann Bartram Carr Garden creates a welcoming new entrance as Bartram’s Garden takes its place as a premier river destination in the city. The arrival of the Bartram’s Mile trail, a project led by the City of Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation and the Schuylkill River Development Corporation, and the Garden’s growing presence as a destination for the Southwest Philadelphia community, provides more than 50,000 Philadelphians with access to nature and recreation each year.

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ABOUT THE ANN BARTRAM CARR GARDEN

Located to the west of the historic 1731 John Bartram House, the Ann Bartram Carr Garden was established as an exhibition garden by Ann and her husband, Colonel Robert Carr. It was also the first public green space at Bartram’s Garden, showcasing fashionable exotics that the Carrs imported from Asia as well as Ann’s own hybrid dahlias and camellias. In the new garden, visitors will also be able to enjoy latticed cross vine and passionflower, boxwood-edged beds, roses, peonies, nicotiana, and bright bedding annuals to provide color all summer long.

Says Bartram’s Garden Executive Director Maitreyi Roy, “To me, Ann Bartram Carr remains important because she opened Bartram’s Garden up to the general public and spread the importance of horticulture and open spaces—ideals that are still dear to us 200 years later. She was also one of the first women to run a gardening business in our young nation, carrying on until 1850. Ann taught her visitors and customers about the need for beautiful plants and open spaces in their lives, paralleling a time when heavy industry was blossoming in the Philadelphia area.”

“This new garden reconnects us to the Bartram spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation,” adds Maitreyi (pronounced my-tray). “It further complements recent improvements to the National Historic Landmark Bartram House, which received a new roof, geothermal climate control systems, and historic features this past winter.”

To celebrate the opening of the Ann Bartram Carr Garden, new guided tours of the house and garden will highlight critical conservation work as well the Bartram’s Mile project that will eventually connect Bartram’s Garden with the Schuylkill River Trail and revolutionize access between Southwest Philadelphia and Center City. Tours are offered Thursdays through Sundays from noon to 4 pm until December.

Financial assistance provided by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Honorable Tom Wolf; City of Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation; Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority; Philadelphia Department of Commerce; Pennsylvania Coastal Zone Management Program; Dorrance H. Hamilton; The McLean Contributionship; Jane G. Pepper; and anonymous donors.

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ABOUT BARTRAM’S GARDEN: WHAT WILL YOU SEE?

Bartram’s Garden is a 45-acre National Historic Landmark, operated by the John Bartram Association in cooperation with Philadelphia Parks and Recreation. It is a destination and an outdoor classroom, living laboratory, and membership organization for ever-expanding audiences—over 50,000 visitors each year and counting. We invite you to come here to learn, connect, celebrate, and discover a shared, greener future.

Bartram’s Garden offers hands-on activities for all ages, children’s classes, urban farming and community gardening, and family recreation. We have a calendar filled with community celebrations and special events, from outdoor movies and concerts to horticulture lessons and paddling on the river. There are so many things to see and do at Bartram’s Garden. Your passports are curiosity and a passion for nature and fun.

The John Bartram Association’s mission is to protect and enhance the landmark Bartram’s Garden and House; advance the Bartram legacy of discovery, gardening, and art; and inspire audiences of all ages to care for the natural world.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BARTRAM FAMILY

John Bartram (1699-1777) was a third-generation Pennsylvania Quaker, born in nearby Darby and imbued with a curiosity and reverence for nature, as well as a passion for scientific inquiry. Bartram purchased 102 acres from Swedish settlers in 1728, and systematically began gathering the most varied collection of North American plants in the world.

His travels—by boat, on horseback, and on foot—took him to New England, as far south as Florida, and west to Lake Ontario. He collected seeds and plant specimens, and established a trans-Atlantic hub of plant exploration through his exchanges with London merchant Peter Collinson. In 1765, Bartram was appointed as “Royal Botanist” by England’s king, George III.

Following in his father’s footsteps, William Bartram (1739-1823) continued to explore and discover native American plants. An important naturalist, artist, and author in his own right, William traveled the American South from 1773 to 1776 under the patronage of Dr. John Fothergill. William’s landmark book, Travels, first published in 1791, found an eager audience in Europeans seeking more information about the untamed American landscapes. His drawings and meticulous observations about people and plants made Travels an instant classic of naturalist literature.

From 1810 onward, Ann Bartram Carr (1779-1858), a daughter of John Bartram, Jr., continued the family garden. Ann was educated by her uncle William and inherited his skill for illustration and the family passion for plants. With her husband, Colonel Robert Carr (1778-1866), the international trade in seeds and plants continued.

During the Carr era, the garden was enlarged and, at its peak, featured ten greenhouses and a collection of over 1,400 native plant species and as many as 1,000 exotics. Financial difficulties led to the sale of the family garden by the Carrs in 1850. The property was purchased by industrial Andrew Eastwick and preserved it, until the City of Philadelphia took over the property and the nonprofit John Bartram Association was formed in 1893—a partnership that thrives to this day.

VISITOR INFORMATION

Bartram’s Garden welcomes everyone to explore, connect to nature, participate in programs, celebrate personal journeys, relax, reflect, and experience something new.

The grounds are free and open to the public year-round, dawn to dusk, except on City-observed holidays. Please call 215-729-5281 with questions.

The garden is accessible by the #36 trolley. Parking is free and bicycle racks are also available. Detailed driving directions are available here, or type “5400 Lindbergh Boulevard Philadelphia” into your GPS.

During warmer weather, you can also take a Schuylkill River cruise to Bartram’s Garden, to and from Center City, aboard Patriot Harbor Lines, LLC. Click here for ticket information.

For a more in-depth experience, guided tours are offered Thursday through Sunday of both the National Historic Landmark Bartram House and Garden. Click here for our guided tour schedule.

When you arrive, make the Welcome Center your first stop to pick up a map and purchase your guided tour tickets. Refreshments, souvenirs, plants and Bartram books are also available for purchase at the Welcome Center.

GENERAL INFORMATION

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Phone: 215-729-5281www.bartramsgarden.org

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Diner en Blanc Philadelphia Returns for 5th Year on Thursday, August 18, 2016

From global phenomenon to highly sought-after “secret,” Dîner en Blanc returns to Philadelphia on Thursday, August 18, 2016 for an unforgettable evening filled with food, wine, fashion, culture and music. In honor of the event’s fifth year, the très chic picnic will expand to 5,000 guests in 2016, tying New York City as the largest in America. Dressed in white from head to toe, attendees will celebrate and re-purpose an unexpected public space that is revealed only moments before the event begins. Past locations have included Logan Circle, JFK Bridge, Avenue of the Arts and The Navy Yard. Where will Diner en Blanc Philadelphia pop-up in 2016? Stay tuned for the biggest secret of the summer!

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Part mystery tour, part pop-up feast and part je ne sais quoi, Dîner en Blanc is a magical evening that celebrates and re-purposes public space. Bystanders will witness groups of guests all dressed in white gathering at specific rallying points all across the city. Guided by volunteers, these groups will then converge on a unique and unexpected setting, travelling by foot, bus and/or public transportation. Guests will bring their own gourmet feast, table, chairs and table setting. Over the course of the evening, they will eat and celebrate amid music, entertainment and dancing.

The evening is filled with visually breathtaking moments including the waving of a cloth napkin to mark the beginning of the dinner and the lighting of sparklers to let guests know they are now free to mingle and dance. When at the end of the evening the trumpet sounds, guests pack up all of their belongings, pick up all their litter and head back into the night, leaving behind no sign of their elegant revelry.

Diner en Blanc was brought to Philadelphia by co-hosts Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran. Each year they coordinate the event with a team of volunteers which this year will top 160 (including the annual planning team, table leaders and on-site event support). Past surprise locations for Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia have included 2012’s Logan Circle, 2013’s JFK Bridge, 2014’s Avenue of the Arts and 2015’s The Navy Yards, Marine Parade Grounds. The event has grown from 1,200 in 2012, to 2,550 in 2013, to 3,500 in 2014, and 4,500 in 2015. For 2016, DiBona and Moran have big plans for the biggest year yet, with 5,000 guests.

“This year’s 5th Annivesary Dîner en Blanc will celebrate Philadelphia and the Parisian roots of the event, while offering a bit of nostalgia with entertainment and other elements that participants have enjoyed in the last four years,” said co-host Natanya DiBona. “The first year it was critical that in one aerial shot someone could look at it and instantly recognize Philadelphia.  With Logan Circle not only were we able to show off a 360 degree view of some of the most beloved cultural institutions in Philadelphia, but we were able to have a nod to the french heritage of our event with a spot that was designed by a french architect on the ‘Champs Elysee of America.’ In the years since, we have picked locations that show off spaces in new and unexpected ways while highlighting their history and significance to the City of Philadelphia and reflecting the growth and development of the city. What’s in store for this milestone year? Our lips are sealed!”

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Potential guests interested in attending the 2016 event for the first time can sign up on the waiting list at philadelphia.dinerenblanc.info/register. The final day to add yourself to the waiting list in time for the 2016 lottery is July 11, 2016 at 11:59PM. As of today, more than 3,000 interested parties have added themselves to the waiting list since last year’s event. The full registration schedule is as follows:

** Phase 1 (starts July 5, 2016) – Registration opens for last year’s registered members

** Phase 2 (starts July 12, 2016) – Registration opens for friends sponsored by Phase 1 members

** Lottery/Phase 3 (starts July 14, 2016) – Lottery software selects names from waiting list in random order; new participants selected by lottery can register using a code they are emailed within 36 hours; after 36 hours the code will expire and other names will be selected by the software

“The lottery system gives all wait list members in Phase 3 an equal chance to secure a registration slot,” added DiBona.

In order to maintain the uniqueness of the event, as well as staying true to the long-standing traditions, guests must observe the following:

** Guests must dress from all in elegant and stylish white.

** Table settings must be white.

** Guests should meet at their assigned departure location and be escorted to the final destination by Dîner en Blanc volunteers.

** Guests should be prepared to attend the event rain or shine.

** All guests must leave the event location and neighorbood as clean as when they arrived. Guests are required to leave with their belongings, including leftovers and litter.

Guests must bring:

** A table, two white chairs, a white tablecloth, stemware and dinnerware.

** A picnic basket with fine food and drink. Food should be brought in reusable and/or recycled containers.

** Champagne or wine (optional).

A catered picnic option, which can be picked up at the site, will be also available for those who do not wish to pack their own. Guests wishing to do so must reserve online through Dîner en Blanc website during the initial ticket registration. This year’s official caterers are 33rd Street Hospitality Catering, Reading Terminal Market and Luke Palladino Catering. Apothic Wines is proud to be the official wine sponsor of the 2016 US Diner en Blanc series, including Philadelphia.

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For full details on the event’s rules and regulations, please visit the official website: philadelphia.dinerenblanc.info/about. To keep up to date on event announcements, follow Diner en Blanc –  Philadelphia on Facebook, dinerenblancphl on Instagram and @debphl on Twitter (hashtags #DEBPHL16 #dinerenblanc).

For all official videos of Dîner en Blanc around the world, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/DinerEnBlanc.

DINER EN BLANC PHILADELPHIA

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia debuted in the City of Brotherly Love on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Co-hosts Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran worked with a six person volunteer planning team from April to August to make the first event happen. 30 Table hosts and on-site volunteers led 1,300 guests to the surprise location, Swann Fountain at Logan Circle.

Four events later, Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia grew to 4,500 attendees, the second largest in the US and the fourth largest in the world. 130 volunteers were necessary to bring participants to the 2015 location, the Marine Parade Grounds at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Guests traveled by a variety methods including by foot, subway and 50 chartered buses.

While Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia has been the recipient of “best foodie event” and “best pop-up” awards from publications such as Philadelphia Magazine and Main Line Today, the event’s greatest distinction is having the highest guest return rate of all the DEB events in the United States. The 2016 team is passionate about the experience they create for our guests and they look forward to delivering another great event in the summer of 2016.

ABOUT DÎNER EN BLANC

Launched in Paris in 1988 by François Pasquier and a handful of friends, Le Dîner en Blanc has become a worldwide epicurean phenomenon. Dîner en Blanc- Paris now attracts nearly 15,000 people each year. What was a “friends and word-of-mouth only” event has grown into an international sensation celebrated on five continents. While the technology behind the event may have changed over the years, the principles fueling this fantastic event have not: guests continue to gather at a secret location for the sole purpose of sharing a gourmet meal with good friends in one of their city’s most beautiful public spaces.  Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Dîner en Blanc International is responsible for developing this secret posh picnic in over 50 cities in more than 20 countries around the world. Each event is headed by passionate local organizers who fell in love with the concept and wanted to bring it to their city, giving this rendezvous a local flair.

ABOUT APOTHIC

Embrace the intrigue of the unexpected.  Apothic® White, the official wine of Dîner en Blanc, blends Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Grigio to create a refreshing, medium-bodied wine with flavors of peach and apricot, that leads to a crisp, balanced finish.  Named from the 13th century European Apotheca, where wine was blended and stored, the wines of Apothic fuse Old World intrigue with modern sophistication.  Our winemaker, Debbie Juergenson, crafts unique, captivating blends that create layers of complexity.  Taste a White with Darker Motives and revel in the intrigue of Dîner en Blanc.

32 Old City Restaurants Tempt Our Tastebuds in Old City Eats

On Wednesdays we sip, but on Thursdays get ready to eat, Philly!

Old City District showcases its thriving dining scene with the debut of the largest restaurant program in at least 20+ years. Old City Eats debuts June 16 and runs every Thursday through August 25, 2016 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm. Thirty-two participating restaurants and bars will offer a selection of small plates for half off, plus five dollar drink specials, off-menu dishes, seasonal cocktails and even chef collaborations. The full list of participating top philadelphia restaurants, along with their menus, is found at oldcitydistrict.org/dine/oldcityeats.

Old City Eats will spotlight the best of Old City and historic Philadelphia’s culinary scene, that now includes over 80 restaurants, bars, coffee shops and other eateries. From ever popular mainstays like Buddakan, Amada and Continental, to notable newcomers like The Olde Bar, The Little Lion and Common Wealth Old City, to neighborhood corner bars like Eulogy Belgian Tavern, Nick’s Bar & Grille and Sassafras, to constant trendsetters like Fork, High Street on Market and Han Dynasty, to summer destinations like Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti, Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar and Keating’s Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen, Old City Eats feature food, cocktails and atmospheres that that will appeal to every taste.

Offerings are designed to appeal to neighborhood locals, to business people looking to enjoy sips with their co-workers, and to visiting tourists exploring America’s most historic square mile.

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“Our focus for Old City Eats is spotlighting the neighborhood’s impressive and evolving list of dining options,” said Old City District Executive Director Job Itzkowitz. “With 32 restaurants and bars participating, there’s something to appeal to every palette, including Szechuan, Thai, Afghani, Italian, Cuban, British and other global cuisines. We have as diverse of a culinary scene as anywhere in the city! Whether you visit an old favorite or experience something new, Old City Eats will take you on a culinary journey that will last all summer long.”

Old City Eats makes its debut at the 32 restaurants listed below every Thursday, from 5:00pm to 8:00pm, through August 25, 2016. All will offer two or more half-priced appetizers and at least one specially priced five dollar beverage. During the summer, restaurants are encouraged to offer off-menu specials and specialty seasonal cocktails. Old City District is also working with restaurants on chef collaborations that will pop-up in July and August.

Participating Restaurants:

Amada
217 Chestnut Street
http://philadelphia.amadarestaurant.com/
Appetizers: Lomo Embuchado, Piquellos Rellenos
Drink: Red & White Sangria

Bierstube German Tavern
206 Market Street
http://www.mybierstube.com/
Appetizers: Belgian Frietjes and pretzels bites
Drink: TBD

Buddakan
325 Chestnut Street
http://www.buddakan.com/
Appetizers: Edamame Dumplings, Cantonese Spring Rolls
Drink: House Sake

Common Wealth Old City
319 Market Street
https://www.facebook.com/4FathersColonialGastro/
Appetizers: $1 Buck a Shuck Oysters, $5 Mussel Pots
Drink: a $2 beer (their choice week to week) and a $4 drink special

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Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar
138 Market Street
http://www.continentalmartinibar.com/
Appetizers: Hummus and Pita, Steamed Chicken Dumpling
Drink: Old Fashioned

Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar
10 S. 2nd Street
http://www.cubalibrerestaurant.com/en/philadelphia/
Appetizers: Empanadas, Chicharrones
Drink: Cuba Libre

DiNardo’s Famous Seafood
312 Race Street
http://www.dinardos.com/home
Appetizers: Mussels Fra Diablo, Clams in White Sauce, Mozzarella Sticks n Jalapeno Popper Sampler
Drink: Seasonal Sangria

Eulogy Belgian Tavern
136 Chestnut Street
http://www.eulogybar.com/
Appetizers: Belgian Frietjes and pretzels bites
Drink: TBD

Farmicia Food & Tonics
15 S. 3rd Street
http://farmiciarestaurant.com/
Appetizers: Pork Belly appetizer (spicy charred asparagus, seared pork belly confit, sweet rhubarb, dijon) and meatballs (plum tomato sauce, basil pesto, sauteed watercress)
Drink: Farmicia Punch

Fork
306 Market Street
Appetizers at the bar: Artic char crudo (chile, lime, peanut), pork and crab arancini (crab fat aioli)
Drink at the bar: Rotates each month, starts in June with sparkling wine

The Gaslight
120 Market Street
http://www.thegaslightphilly.com/
Appetizers: Chef’s daily taco, pickled veggies, fresh baked soft pretzel bites, crispy chicken nuggets, cornbread, cheese fries, single patty Gaslight burger
Drink: $5 Old Fashioned, two $5 house cocktails, $3 drafts

Han Dynasty
123 Chestnut Street
http://handynasty.net/oldcity/
Appetizers: Dan Dan Noodles, Spicy Crispy Cucumbers
Drink: Gin Smash (Gin, Grenadine, Lemon and Lime Juice, Grapefruit Juice, Simple Syrup, Top with tonic)

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High Street on Market
308 Market Street
Appetizer: Hummus, daily breads and spreads
Drink: Rotates each month, starts in June with sparkling wine

JJ Bootleggers
35 S. 2nd Street
Appetizer: White Lightenin’ Wings, Mashed Potato Balls
Drink: Moonshine Sangria

Jasmine Rice
224 Market Street
http://jasminericephilly.com/
Appetizers: Crispy Spring Rolls, Thai Basil Meatballs, Spicy Whisky Wings
Drink: N/A BYO

Kabul Restaurant
106 Chestnut Street
http://www.kabulafghancuisine.com/
Appetizers: TBD
Drink: TBD

Keating’s Rope & Anchor Bar + Kitchen
201 S. Columbus Boulevard
Appetizers: Cheesesteak Landing Eggrolls, Urban Fried Calamari
Drink: Classic Red Sailor Sangria

La Famiglia Ristorante
8 S. Front Street
http://www.lafamiglia.com/
Appetizers at the bar: Gamberi con fava, Paccheri alla Scarpariello
Drink at the bar: Prosecco, Pinot Grigio Wine, Pinor Noir Wine

La Peg
140 N. Columbus Boulevard
http://lapegbrasserie.com/
Appetizers: Cheese kurds with marinana, Tomato salad with basil oil and sheep’s milk cheese
Drink: “The Esprit” (vodka, ginger, lime, curacao)

The Little Lion
243 Chestnut Street
https://thelittlelionphilly.com/
Appetizers: Fried Green Tomatoes (Bacon Tomato Jam, Buttermilk Ranch, Pimento Cheese), BBQ Chicken Thigh Sliders (Sour Slaw, Potato Rolls, Bread & Butter Pickles)
Drink: Raspberry Sangria (Red Wine, Raspberry Shrub, Apricot Brandy), plus other specials that will vary by the week
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Lucha Cartel
207 Chestnut Street
http://www.luchacartel.com/
Appetizers: Chicken, shrimp or mushroom empanada, queso fundido
Drink: House margarita, sangria

National Mechanics
22 S. 3rd Street
http://www.nationalmechanics.com/
Appetizers: Plantain chips and guacamole, and TBD
Drinks: Cocktails with house-infused liquors

Nick’s Bar & Grille
16 S. 2nd Street
http://nicksroastbeefbarandgrille.com/
Appetizers: Pulled Pork Nachos, Bacon Wrapped Shrimp with Cherry Pepper Aioli
Drink: Rowhouse Spirits Gin CocktailOld City Eats, Old City District, Nick's Bar Grille, Nick's Roast Beef
The Olde Bar
125 Walnut Street
http://theoldebar.com/
Appetizers: Fried Oysters & Oysters Belmont
Drink: Jockey Club Shrub

Panorama
14 N. Front Street
http://www.pennsviewhotel.com/panorama
Appetizers: 50% off all regular price appetizers
Drink: Select red or white wine

The Plough & the Stars
123 Chestnut Street
http://ploughstars.com/
Appetizers:
Drink: Old City Ice Tea

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti
212 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor
http://www.positanocoast.net/
Appetizers at the bar: Focaccia Calda (Tuscan style bread, heirloom tomatoes, ricotta, mozzarella), Quinoa Salad (Edamame, corn, cherry tomatoes, baby arugula, sherry vinaigrette)
Drink: The Kensington – Stateside Vodka, Muddled Blackberries, Agave, Fresh Lemon

Prime Stache
110 Chestnut Street
http://www.primestache.com/
Appetizers at the bar: Macaroni & cheese with or without pork belly; Edemame Ravioli, Cheesesteak eggrolls, friend green tomatoes
Drink: Long Island, Well drinks

Revolution House
200 Market Street
http://www.revolutionhouse.com/
Appetizers: Pork shank dry rub; house-made slaw / Firecracker shrimp
Drink: Local drafts from local breweries

Sassafras
48 S. 2nd Street
http://sassafrasbar.com/
Appetizers: Fried pickles, Sassafras wings
Drink: TBD

Silence Dogood’s Tavern
216 Market Street
http://silencedogoodstavern.com/
Appetizers: 6 Different Tater Tot Options: Plain, Whiz, Whiz & Bacon, BBQ Chicken, Spicy, Pizza
Drink: Market Street Margarita

The Victoria Freehouse
10 S. Front Street
http://www.victoriaphilly.com/
Appetizers: ½ priced pub snacks (Bacon Wrapped Dates, Scotch Egg, Pickled Beetroot Deviled Eggs, Welsh Rarebit, Sausage Roll, Curried Cheese Chips) and Buck-a-shuck oysters
Drink: $5 select drafts, $5 house wine
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Old City Eats dining options may be updated during the summer by participating restaurants. Please check Old City’s website, as well as with the participating restaurant, for any changes.

“Old City is home to more than just iconic attractions, we also have 80+ restaurants that continue to be a destination all on their own,” added Itzkowitz. “Restaurateurs such as Ellen Yin and Jose Garces have doubled-down on Old City, opening new restaurants (High St. on Market and The Olde Bar) to complement their longer-term hits (Fork and Amada). We have also seen a recent influx of new restaurants, such as The Gaslight and Little Lion, as well as gastropubs like Common Wealth Old City and Victoria Freehouse. We’re proud that Old City continues to be a premier Philadelphia dining destination.”

For a list of activities and attractions to pair with Old City Eats, visit oldcity.org, follow @oldcitydistrict on Twitter and Like Old City District on Facebook.

ABOUT OLD CITY DISTRICT

The Old City District is a special services district, managed by a board of directors drawn from area commercial property owners, business people and residents.  Located in the most historic square mile of the United States, Old City is a unique blend of historic influence and modern lifestyles. Old City has reinvented itself from foundries, factories and warehouse spaces into the residential, retail, dining and cultural destination of the city with art galleries, restaurants, and upscale retail boutiques and historic tours. http://www.oldcitydistrict.org.

Philadelphia Brings on Laughs with Natasha Leggero and Josh Piven

Philadelphia laughs its way into summer with two comedy shows featuring a Comedy Central all-star and a New York Times best-seller. First up, author and playwright Josh Piven (Worst Case Scenario Handbook) presents the world premiere of his craft-brewed comedy Muddled at Drexel URBN Annex from June 16-26, 2016. Then, the laughs keep rolling as Comedy Central’s Natasha Leggero headlines July 4th weekend at Valley Forge Casino Resort on Saturday, July 2, 2016. Details for both shows are below.

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MUDDLED

New York Times best-selling humorist Josh Piven brings his unique brand of comedy to Philadelphia with the world premiere of Muddled, A Stage Comedy, from June 16 through June 26 at Drexel URBN Annex (3501 Market St). Penned by the author of The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook and directed by William Steinberger, Muddled gives theater audiences a best-case scenario for what happens when a group of hot-headed headbangers meet the home-grown hipsters of Brooklyn. In this craft brewed comedy, Piven trades navigating alligator pits for navigating mosh pits, and surviving frostbite for surviving the frosty bite of a quick-witted hipster. Muddled is Piven’s second play, following 2013’s hit No Reservations.

Previews begin on Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17, and opening night is Saturday, June 18 at 8:00pm. The show runs through Sunday, June 26. Tickets are available now for $30 at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/254659

After being fired from Facebook for some drunken twerking at Mark Zuckerberg’s wedding, Andy decides he’s done with social media, for good. He throws his savings into Library, a 1920s-style cocktail lounge in Brooklyn, with a no cell phone policy.   Late one night, Tricky Nicky Slick Andy’s long-lost father and former drummer for the 80s hair-band Black Widow  appears, claiming he wants to make amends with Andy and Tina, Andy’s mother, who waitresses at the bar. Nicky embarks on a business plan to turn the wainscoted, bookcase-lined supper club into an 80s-style Miami Vice-inspired nightmare…but something else is afoot.

Muddled is a broad comedic take on the journey from the iconic 80s to modern times. This world premiere production explores the good, bad, ugly and the funny occurrences that happen when we can’t let go of the past, but rely on the past to build the future. The show also touches on themes of our over dependence on social media, and the popular growing trend of exclusive social media-free zones.  Are headbangers and hipsters really that different? Can a bar be successful if you can’t tweet, facebook or yelp about it? What happens when phones are away and people are forced to talk to each other? You be the judge!

“In this hyper-sharing culture, privacy is a quaint notion, or something that belongs to the realm of the Edward Snowdens of the world”, says playwright Josh Piven, “The play in some ways compares two cultures that are both me-centric (hipsters on the one hand and the me-decade on the other) but also looks, in a humorous way, about what life was like before…you know, before it became like it is. When private stuff was PRIVATE.”

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NATASHA LEGGERO

Celebrated actress, writer and comedian Natasha Leggero will headline 4th of July weekend festivities at Valley Forge Casino Resort. Leggero will bring her stand-up comedy show to King of Prussia on Saturday, July 2, 2016 during the on-going series Valley Forge Music Fair. The timing couldn’t be better for Philadelphia fans, as Leggero is currently in the new comedy Dice! (by Andrew Dice Clay) on Showtime, and her show Another Period starts a third season on Comedy Central on June 15th. Her performance will take place in The Venue at Valley Forge Casino Resort (1160 First Avenue) at 9:00pm. Doors open at 8:00pm. Event is standing room with regular tickets at $45 and VIP tickets for $80. Tickets are on sale now on Ticketmaster, or visit www.vfcasino.com.

Leggero’s appearance is part of the extended holiday weekend of festivities at Valley Forge Casino Resort in honor of July 4th and Independence Day. Valley Beach Poolside Club will officially extend hours to seven days a week that weekend. On Friday, July 1st, look for a special holiday weekend poolside party with DJ and drink specials. On Saturday, July 2nd, look for The FM Band to perform on the poolside stage at 9:00pm. On Sunday, July 3rd and Monday, July 4th, look for poolside music, games, extended hours and special events. That weekend through Labor Day, Valley Beach Poolside Club will open Monday through Thursday, 11:00am to 7:00pm, Friday 11:00am to 1:00am, Saturday, 10:00am to 1:00am, and Sunday, 10:00am to 8:00pm. Admission to Valley Beach is $10 for a day pass, or season memberships are available. Must be 21 or older to visit Valley Beach and to purchase a membership.

Natasha Leggero is an accomplished actress, writer, and stand-up comedian whose garnered attention across film, television and the web. Leggero created, wrote, produced and will star in the upcoming Comedy Central sitcom, Another Period.  Set in 1902 as an American period sitcom and spoof on modern day reality shows, Another Period explores the debaucherous life of Newport, RI’s socialites the Bellacourt’s, focusing on fame-hungry sisters Lillian (Leggero) and Beatrice (Riki Lindhome). The series will premiere on June 23, running for 10 weeks and is produced by Ben Stiller’s Red Hour.

Stemming from her breakout appearance on the Comedy Central Roast of James Franco, Natasha was recently lauded as the stand out roaster on the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, which aired on March 30, 2015. The actress has also recently appeared in an episode for NBC’s Marry Me and the hit show Modern Family in the episode “Fight or Flight.”

On the big screen, Leggero starred in two comedy films including Neighbors alongside Seth Rogen, as well as Let’s Be Cops opposite Jake Johnson and Damon Wayans, Jr. She also had a role in the 2009 romantic comedy He’s Just Not That Into You. In 2012, the actress was featured in the Emmy® nominated web series, Burning Love. Produced by Ben Stiller, the scripted series parodies the popular reality television shows The Bachelor and The Bachelorette.

Leggero has built her body of work with numerous roles on prominent television series including NBC’s Community, FX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Arrested Development, Comedy Central’s Reno 911 and Drunk History, ABC’s Suburgatory, the sketch comedy Key and Peele, Comedy Bang! Bang! Chelsea Lately, and The Tonight Show, among many others. In addition, Leggero’s voice can be heard on multiple animated series such as Comedy Central’s Ugly Americans and Brickleberry, The Life and Times of Tim on HBO, as well as Aqua Teen Hunger Force and China, IL for the Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim.

TICKETS

Tickets are on sale for both shows – for Muddled click here, for Natasha click here.

Diner en Blanc Returns to Philadelphia for 5th Year

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia returns this summer to celebrate its fifth edition with an unforgettable evening filled with elegance, food, art and music. The secret picnic in white will take over an undisclosed public space whose location is revealed only minutes prior to arrival. The date, number of registrations and registration lottery details will be announced next week at the official Dîner en Blanc preview party on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Reading Terminal Market. Reading Terminal Market joins the catering lineup for the main event, along with 33rd Street Hospitality Catering (new for 2016) and Luke Palladino Catering. During the preview event, guests will sample cuisine from all three catering outfits, vote on tables themed around “Celebrating Philadelphia: A City of Firsts”, reconnect with old friends, and meet organizers/volunteers.  The preview is free, but registration is required at bit.ly/debphl16preview.

The wait list is now officially open for this year’s Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia, an impromptu picnic that has grown into a global phenomenon that celebrates public space and “dinner as an artform.”

“This year’s Dîner en Blanc will celebrate Philadelphia and the Parisian roots of the event, while offering a bit of nostalgia with entertainment and other elements that participants have enjoyed in the last four years,” said co-host Natanya DiBona.

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Interested parties can visit the website (http://philadelphia.dinerenblanc.info/register) and add their name to the event’s wait list. The wait list does not guarantee a spot to Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia. It does ensure that wait list members will be notified when slots for the event go on sale in early summer through a lottery system. Past registered members of Dîner en Blanc automatically will receive notice of registration going on sale through a lottery system, that debuted in 2015.

In preparation for the grand affair, co-hosts Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran will throw a special preview party for past attendees and potential guests on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm. The free party will move to an exciting new location inside Reading Terminal Market (enter through 12th and Filbert door). Given the significance of the location – it is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market – DiBona and Moran chose a table decorating theme that celebrates the many notable achievements of our great city:  “Celebrating Philadelphia: A City of Firsts.”  Table displays will include interpretations of the following “firsts::

– World Heritage Site in the United States
– Public Library
– Botanical Garden and Flower Show
– Newspaper / Political Cartoon /Magazine
– Zoo
– Art Museum and Art School
– Theatre / Play / Grand Opera
– Children’s Hospital / Women’s Hospital/ Medical School
– Army / Navy / Marines
– Circus / Merry-go-round
– First Flavors: Peanut Chews, Bubble Gum, Tasty Kakes, Ice Cream, Carbonated Beverages, Girl Scout Cookies, Candy Corn and more!
– Oddity Inventions: Slinkys, Pencils with Erasers, Escalators, Skee-ball, Bifocals, Crayons

Tables will be judged on use of white, execution of theme, creative use of props, complexity, and originality.  A grand prize winner, and people’s choice winner, will be selected by local judges with experience in art, design, entertainment and hospitality.

The table display contest is just one of several features of the annual Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia Preview Party, which brings together DEB event organizers, volunteers, past patrons and new participants.  It is the kick-off to a celebration of the city of Philadelphia that extends beyond one evening in August. It will also feature sampling from our catering partners – returning partner Luke Palladino Catering, and new partners Reading Terminal Market and 33rd Street Hospitality Catering (owners of Revolution Taco, Taco Mondo, Say Cheese Philly, Street Food Philly). Touché Accessories will be selling an array of elegant white accessories including hats, fascinators and gloves.

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The preview party is free and open to those 21 years old and older. Registration is required by visiting: bit.ly/debphl16preview.

Dîner en Blanc was brought to Philadelphia by co-hosts Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran in 2012, where the picnic debuted in Logan Circle. Since its debut, Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia has spotlighted and repurposed public spaces around the city, ranging from the JKF Bridge, to the Avenue of the Arts, to the Philadelphia Navy Yard. The event has grown from 1,300 participants in 2012 to 4,500 in 2015.

“The first year it was critical that in one aerial photo of the event someone could instantly recognize Philadelphia,” added DiBona. “With Logan Circle not only were we able to show off a 360 degree view of some of the most beloved cultural institutions in Philadelphia, but we had a nod to the French heritage of our event with a spot that was designed by a French architect on the ‘Champs Elysee of America.’  In the years since, we have picked locations that show off the spaces in new and unexpected ways while highlighting their history and significance to the City of Philadelphia”

Sign-up for the Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia wait list by visiting http://philadelphia.dinerenblanc.info/register.

Connect with organizers by following Dîner en Blanc-  Philadelphia on Facebook, @Dînerenblancphl on Instagram and @debphl on Twitter.

Hashtags: #DEBPHL16 #dinerenblanc

Apothic Wine is proud to be the official wine partner of the 2016 U.S. Diner en Blanc series.

ABOUT DÎNER EN BLANC– PHILADELPHIA
Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia debuted in the City of Brotherly Love on Thursday, August 23, 2012. Co-hosts Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran worked with a six person volunteer planning team from April to August to make the first event happen. 30 Table hosts and on-site volunteers led 1,300 guests to the surprise location, Swann Fountain at Logan Circle.

Four events later, Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia grew to 4,500 attendees, the second largest in the US and the fourth largest in the world. 130 volunteers were necessary to bring participants to the 2015 location, the Marine Parade Grounds at Philadelphia Navy Yard. Guests traveled by a variety methods including by foot, subway and 50 chartered buses.

While Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia has been the recipient of “best foodie event” and “best pop-up” awards from publications such as PhiladelphiaMagazine and Main Line Today, the event’s greatest distinction is having the highest guest return rate of all the DEB events in the United States. The 2016 team is passionate about the experience they create for our guests and they look forward to delivering another great event in the summer of 2016.

New Dance Works Hatch with Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre

Birds on a Wire Dance Theatre presents HATCH, a mini-festival of world premiere dance works by Philadelphia’s emerging choreographers, from Thursday, June 9 to Saturday, June 11, 2016, at The Performance Garage (1515 Brandywine Street). All shows are 8:00pm, with doors opening at 7:00pm.

HATCH provides a glimpse into the latest trends in contemporary dance by presenting live performance from up-and-coming choreographers- Lora Allen, Belle Alvarez, Marie Brown, Mawiyah Dowd, Corey Melancon, Katie Moore, Nandini Sikand, and Donia Salem. With a diversity of style and background, each choreographer has developed bold material, breeding a wild mixed bill of short, refined works. Covering relevant topics such as immigration and social justice as well as featuring a rock-infused head-banging session and the kind of dance party you have in your room when no one is watching, HATCH has something for everyone. The evening features over thirty emerging dancers, choreographers, and designers. Performances are at the horse stable-turned automobile garage-turned Performance Garage in the Spring Garden district.


Join us for the art, or on Saturday night (June 11), join us for the art AND the party! The HATCH reception includes beer, wine, and non-alcoholic beverages along with snacks and appetizers at which hungry little birds can peck.

HATCH is one of several programs Birds on a Wire has established to align their mission to create opportunities for artists, particularly emerging artists, to grow, develop, and contribute to the cultural landscape in the greater Philadelphia region.

Each egg produced from HATCH is the result of an eight-month development program which includes design consulting and a support group to provide a nurturing environment to exchange ideas on the creative process. Originally conceived as a shared bill to consolidate new audiences in 2013, Birds on a Wire has expanded the goals of the HATCH program to provide additional development support prior to the final production. This structure allows the artists to create the work they want without many of the logistical and financial burdens of self-producing in addition to a creating a team of artists to work and learn from one another. Each choreographer receives production support, including access to a professional lighting grid and sound equipment, technicians to run the equipment, and professional video recordings of their live work. The goal? Professional and well-produced productions that allow each individual choreographer to present their best work as well as instill new knowledge about lighting, costume, and sound design to better contribute to the growth of each individual’s creative practice.

PERFORMANCES
Thursday June 9 at 8pm
Friday June 10 at 8pm
Saturday June 11 at 8pm with a reception following

LOCATION
The Performance Garage
1515 Brandywine Street
Philadelphia, PA 19130

TICKETS
$20 General Admission, $30 General Admission Plus Reception at:
https://www.artful.ly/birds-on-a-wire-dance-theatre