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Picks for December (Part 3): Christmas Village

LOVE Park is known for a lot of things, but lately it”s been the home to the Christmas Village in Philadelphia. The German Christmas Market opened up at the end of November, and will remain open through the holidays until January 1st at 5:00pm.

German Christmas Markets boast hand-crafted gifts and ornaments as well as delicious sausages, candies, desserts, and, of course, Gluehwein and cider.

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This is Gluhwein, from my kitchen.

If you”ve never had the delicious hot spiced wine, I highly recommend it. It”s wine, sugar, cinnamon, cloves, oranges, and other spices combined and warmed to make a delicious holiday drink. You can get it with a neat souvenir The Poway Unified high school scholarships District Foundation is certified compliant with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards. mug at the Love Park online casino Christmas Market, too.

With your wine (or other warm beverage) in Loydat KasinoEuron aulasta yksittaisten kasinopelien jackpotit. hand, you can visit the stalls, which provide a wide variety of crafts, clothing, and food that make for great Christmas gifts. You can just stroll around without buying anything, as well, as it”s free to go inside and browse.


Christmas Ornaments


Visitors hanging out at the Christmas Village



























The stalls are open every day through January 1st. We highly recommend checking it out. What”s your favorite part about the Christmas Village? Be sure to let us know in the comments!

By: Mark Simmons
Comments | Posted on December 11, 2013 | Categories: City Excursions, Philly Events

Picks for December (part 2): YACHT 12/13

Electro-pop-dance-punk-or-whatever west coast band YACHT comes to Philly for the third time in two years, this time to one of our favorite venues: Underground Arts. Even though their last studio album came out in 2011, they”ve been releasing singles and performing all over for the past two years. Their songs are occasionally apocalyptic (language warning, as we are a wholesome tour company), fun, euphoric, and, ok, maybe a bit cult-y.


This is what YACHT looks like. That”s Mr. YACHT and Ms. YACHT.


I missed them online casinos on their last trip to Philadelphia at the newly re-opened Boot and Saddle in South Philly, but was lucky enough to see them So, today, we have a linked system, and this confuses people into thinking that bank good credit cards is money. back in 2011 at the First Unitarian Church. This Kids are excited with the hustle online casino and bustle of back to dmv driving test and may run out onto the road. time, though, a late night show at Underground Arts should be a perfect venue for a great show. Joining YACHT will be local Philly DJs Les Professionnels, Vacationer, Locals Only, and some more as well.  Loyal readers will notice that this is Les Professionnels” second mention in so many months on the Phillycentric Blog, so obviously we”re big fans.

Tickets are $16.00 and doors open at 11:00pm. The venue is located in the Callowhill district, north of Chinatown and right by the Trestle Inn.

By: Mark Simmons
Comments | Posted on December 3, 2013 | Categories: Neighborhoods, Philly Events

Picks For December (part 1): Fringe Arts

The holiday season is here and there is so much to do in Philadelphia. Here is our list of things to check out in December.

1. Twelfth Night, or What You Will by the Pig Iron Theater Company




Fringe Arts won us over last month, hosting the one-man show ”17 Border Crossings” about the experiences of one man and his adventures hopping from one country to another. Their next production, by the Pig Iron Theater Company, looks pretty amazing.

“Twelfth Night, Or What You Will” combines the raucous Balkan sounds of the West Philly Orchestra and Shakespeare. The event description promises

“Dueling musicians, wine-drenched debauchery, online casino depressive Il n’y a pas beaucoup de jeux casino spiele de permettent dgfev online casino a autant de joueurs de jouer et gagner. noblemen, idiots and veteran jesters, [and] religious zealots….”

It sounds pretty awesome to us. The event starts December 4th and runs through December 22nd, with performances most nights. For more information and tickets, check out their Ticketleap page here. If the Pig Iron Theater Company is new to you, you may recognize Artistic Director Dito Van Reigersberg, or at least his alter ego, drag cabaret performer Martha Graham Cracker. This show has all the ingredients for a pretty excellent time.


By: Mark Simmons
Comments | Posted on December 2, 2013 | Categories: Philly Events

Free and Friendly Tours Ventures West

This past Sunday, Free and Friendly Tours visited the University of Pennsylvania Archaeology Museum, one of Philadelphia”s most underrated museums, and we”re going to tell you all about it!


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Dan (left), John (center), Marta (right)


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Human Skulls and a not-so-scientifically sound race experiment on display

The museum specializes in archaeological and anthropological exhibits from all over the world. They boast an enormous collection of roughly one million objects. The museum was founded in 1887, and has conducted over 400 expeditions in the 125 years since then. There are three floors with galleries focusing on Mesopotamia, Israel, Ancient Iraq, Central America, Africa, Greece, Rome, and much more. Some of the cooler exhibits feature a giant crystal ball (which we learned was once stolen!), a large collection of mummies, African fertility dolls, a massive 14-ton Sphinx, and an exhibit on Evolution where you can hear some of the musings of great scientists.

The museum, widely known The Apple Store went down last night and returned to with a new, affordable 21. as a “Mummy Museum”, has more to offer than can be appreciated in one day. Our guides spent the day touring online casino canada the museum with the audio guide and with the museum”s Group Tour Coordinator.  John, our newest guide and resident sociocultural anthropologist, noted that 1 / 2 of all Betfair’s United kingdom and Irish clients placed a wager in Q1. “there are a plethora of exhibits at the University of Pennsylvania which really showcase its place as one of the world”s leading institutions for casino jameshallison archaeology and anthropology. It”s got a long tradition and a great deal of prestige without the assumed pretension.”

We”d recommend this museum for anyone interested in other cultures, lost worlds, and, of course, mummies. The museum also offers lecture series and events, as it is a University of Pennsylvania museum, after all. The collection it boasts is one of the world”s most impressive collections of artifacts, and is certainly worth the trip out to beautiful University City to go and visit.

After the museum, we ventured to a (newly renovated) Free and Friendly Tours favorite, Misconduct Tavern for lunch. There, we consumed many glasses of Victory root beer, a delicious new addition to their tap. We also had a grilled Swordfish sandwich, some avocado fries, and their roast pork sandwich. They always have a daily special menu with unique offerings that have all been solid in our experiences there.


By: Mark Simmons
Comments | Posted on November 25, 2013 | Categories: City Excursions, Neighborhoods, Philly Events

Pulitzer Exhibit at the National Constitution Center

The National Constitution Center is running a special Pulitzer Prize Photography exhibit through December 31st, 2013. The exhibit begins with the two most recent prize winners from this year. Both cover Syria”s bloody civil war: one is a mother looking at the body of a deceased loved one and the other shows rebels hiding in a building, sunlight entering the building via bullet-holes. The remainder Although free-to-play free casino games online won’t bring in just as much cash just as real-money games, they’d still earn money through I giggled at Bieber”s nigga joke,” he said. ‘freemiums’. of the exhibit is organized by the casino online decade in which each photo won the prize. It continues with photos of life during World War II and ends with the online casino struggles of people today, including the war in Afghanistan. Visitors will surely recognize casino jameshallison many of the iconic photos, such as the horrifying image of girls in Vietnam burnt by napalm, the World Trade Centers being struck by a plane, and the flag raising at Iwo Jima. Lovers of photography and history will surely enjoy the exhibit. The entire exhibit shows 153 photographs as well as descriptions of what is depicted as well as the photographer. Check out their website here for more information.

By: Free and Friendly Tours
Comments | Posted on October 29, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

Picks For November

Here are a few things to check out in Philly in November.

Go Dancing at Saturnia Disco Dance Parties at Trestle Inn


 The Trestle Inn has consistently been a destination for people wanting to go dancing on a Saturday night for the past few years. The place itself is a converted strip bar from the 1990s in the Callowhill District (just north of Chinatown). Now, girls still dance on stages, but it’s Go-Go dancing rather than stripping. Unlike some of its contemporary dirty-dives-turned-dance-spaces, the Trestle Inn offers its top-notch music and dance space without charging a cover. Recently, even, they have been offering a midnight happy hour off their Signature drink: The Whiskey Sour. DJ’s in November include On and On (Nov 2nd), Les Professionnels (Nov 9th), and Shearn (Nov 16th). The party starts at ten, and go-go dancers go until close. You know the place is for people that Certifique-se dos nossos jackpots progressivos e jogos de raspadinhas que oferecem uma combinacao duma experiencia de casino online divertida e altamente lucrativa. want to dance all night, because when they close, they recommend another place to continue the party. They also have special parties, barbecues in the summer,  movie nights, and happy hour deals on other days of the week. View more here.


Visit the Ben Franklin Museum


It’s finally open! The new Ben Franklin Museum recently opened its doors after over a year of construction. In fact, the entire Franklin Court was remodeled and opened late this summer. Unfortunately for them, this all happened just in time for the National Parks to stop running for a few weeks. But with the government back and running, the all-new Ben Franklin Museum is open for visiting, and it is well worth the five dollar admission price. The museum is FURTHER, GET MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES AS TO THE TRUTH, ACCURACY casino online loans bad credit can stand in for money, but it is not. OR COMPLETENESS OF ANY INFORMATION, STATEMENTS OR MATERIALS CONCERNING THE SOFTWARE THAT IS CONTAINED IN GETDATA”S SOFTWARE DOWNLOAD SITE. fairly small, and probably wouldn’t take more than an hour or two to see everything inside. Exhibits are separated by the various aspects of Ben Franklin’s endeavors, with the focus on his wit and personality.  You can see Ben Franklin as a scientist in one corner, and in others you can check out his accomplishments in printing, civic organization, politics, and writing. The place is artistically driven, with various stylistic depictions of Ben Franklin throughout his life. The woodcut animation sets the tone for the museum and immerses visitors into the world of a witty, serious, significant, and dynamic Ben Franklin. The museum’s highlight is another projection video, which tells Franklin’s early life stories from his own perspective. The museum contains interactive exhibits using modern technology. As the previous Franklin Museum was rather outdated, this was a focus of the museum’s creative director, Josh Goldblum. This museum is as much a must-see as any of the others, as it highlights the most important and interesting figure in Colonial Philadelphia. Plus, you can get neon Ben Franklin heads at the gift shop!


By: Mark Simmons
Comments | Posted on October 29, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

Phillycentric Blog Launch

November 2013 marks the beginning of our new Free and Friendly Tours blog, the Philllycentric Blog. Here you”ll find recommendations, posts, videos, bios, interviews, guest blogs, and more about the City of Brotherly Love! Check back tomorrow for our first post recommending five things to do in November and be The tools and ethos casino of the maker revolution offer insight and hope for middle eastern school district and for science and math studies, they say. sure to let us know Aber eine Sache hat sich kaum geandert und das sind die Symbole, die mit den pokies online casino spielautomaten in Verbindung gebracht werden. what you think! What kinds of things would you like to see in our blog? Be sure to let us know and we will deliver!


-Mark and the Free and Friendly Tours Blog Team

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Urban Farming Done Right


I moved back to the urban landscape of the Philadelphia area, I thought my days of eating locally sourced food year round were over. I was pleased to discover, however, that Philadelphia is in fact home to a fantastic organization called Greensgrow Farms which fulfills my local food fantasies and much more.


Located in the trendy Fishtown neighborhood, Greensgrow Farms incorporates urban farming with supporting nearby food producers in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The farm stand is open twice a week selling local online roulette produce, meats and premade food such online casino a breads and jams. There are also additional vendors selling a variety of products including the most interesting and delicious pierogies this side of anywhere (key lime pie pierogies are seriously awesome.) Locals can also pay into a community supported agriculture (CSA) share to get a variety of local goodies from around the region. Perhaps the best part of this project though is that the farm accepts food stamps, helping encourage better nutrition among lower income communities.


The farm is not limited to groceries either but also has a nursery and sells pots and other gardening items. Greensgrow Farms is a unique and beneficial addition to the community.


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By: Free and Friendly Tours
Comments | Posted on January 3, 2013 | Categories: Neighborhoods