History/Culture

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Mummers to Change Parade Route

Will the mummers change their march? A timeless Philadelphia tradition may shake things up this year in an attempt to bring the people back. The spectator population for the Annual Mummer’s Parade has slowly declined year after year, and many Mummers want to try to change the parade route to make it more appealing to […]

Go For a Merry-Go-Round!

Go For a Merry-Go-Round!

Friday, July 25th is National Carousel Day and Franklin Square in Center City is celebrating with Buy-one-get-one-free tickets for the Parx Liberty Carousel.  Carousel tickets are only $3 for riders 2 years and up.   Here’s some interesting Carousel history from Carousel News and Trader: National Carousel (Merry-Go-Round) Day July 25th. One of the hundreds of little […]

Pennsylvania Dutch Festival Returns!

Pennsylvania Dutch Festival Returns!

Celebrate the traditions, foods and crafts of the Pennsylvania Dutch at the 25th annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival at the Reading Terminal Market. The three-​day festival will take place in the Market’s Center Court seating area and will feature handmade crafts and traditional foods. On Saturday, the festival also moves outdoors on Arch Street to create a country […]

Starter Mom Mother’s Day Thank You Throwback

Starter Mom Mother’s Day Thank You Throwback

by Nicole Loughan Starter Mom Nicole Loughan with her mother Kathy Tirrell, 1981 Our mom’s had it tough. The other day I came across an article called “If 70s moms had blogs.” It is filled with old visions of parenting that included mass smoking and Formica countertops, but my mother-in-law assures me it was not all Bon […]

Starter Mom: Protecting My Princess

Starter Mom: Protecting My Princess

by Nicole Loughan The anti-princess brigade is out in full force. Recently, a school advertising to girls to be their own knight in shining armor received rave reviews from feminists and won a lot of shares on social media. The ads featured glass slippers with lines like, “you are not a princess.” I don’t mind […]

What’s OPEN and CLOSED During the Shutdown?

What’s OPEN and CLOSED During the Shutdown?

With Tuesday’s big Government Shut-down you may be wondering what IS and IS NOT open in Philadelphia, one of the most historical cities in the country. We won’t begin to comment on the politics of it all, but we would like residents and visitors to Philadelphia to be as inconvenienced and disappointed as little as […]

Ticket Giveaway!

Ticket Giveaway!

Summer may be winding down to an end, but summer happenings don’t have to! We are giving away tickets to the Franklin Institutes SPY: The Secret World of Espionage Exhibit, available now through October 6th.    In SPY: The Secret World of Espionage, learn the importance of intelligence gathering and discover how real men and women […]

The Starter Mom: Facebook’s Faceless Moms?

The Starter Mom: Facebook’s Faceless Moms?

by Nicole Loughan Does it reflect poorly on a woman if she opts to put a picture of her child’s face–instead of her own–as her profile picture on Facebook? Reader’s Digest published an article earlier this year in a section called, Argument Starter. The article was “Facebook’s Missing Moms” and boy did it start a few arguments. […]

PhillyHappened On This Day…

PhillyHappened On This Day…

July 1, 1874 The Philadelphia Zoo, a Philly landmark, opened it’s doors as America’s first zoo on this day in 1874.  Originally chartered in 1859 as the Zoological Society of Philadelphia, the zoo’s core purpose is to oversee “the purchase and collection of living wild and other animals for the purpose of public exhibition” and “for […]

Paint a Healthy City

Paint a Healthy City

What do free food, paint, and music have in common? They’ll all be available this month at the Porch Light Program’s “Painting a Healthy City” events! Where public art and public health collide, Painting a Healthy City promotes health and wellbeing across Philadelphia. Stop by to enjoy some food and entertainment; contribute to one of […]