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PENNSYLVANIA

News
Bedford
Bethlehem
Capitol Region
Chadds Ford
Chalk Hill
Delaware Water Gap
Fairfield
Farmington
Gettysburg
Kutztown
Lackawanna County
Lancaster County
Mount Bethel
Northhampton County
Philadelphia
Pittsburg
Pocono Mountains
Skytop
Valley Forge

NEWS (Cities and Towns Follow After the News)

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Unveils Exceptional Summer Golf Getaways

Historic Philadelphia Gears up for Another Revolutionary SummerI --
New Museum, New Hotel & New Concert Make The Original City A Must This Summer

Check Out the Events at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

African-American History Thrives in Philadelphia -- The Unique, Compelling Story Of Early African-Americans, As Told Throughout Philadelphia

Blockbuster Exhibition of Works by Andrew Wyeth at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

Philadelphia's The Rittenhouse Hotel's Ultra-Luxe Diamond Package

Reasons Biking in Philadelphia Is On A Roll

World's Only Ben Franklin Museum Has Opened in Philadelphia

The Inn at Mount Pocono Has Been Completely Renovated and its golf courses have won awards.

What's New in Gettysburg? Plenty!

Where to Eat? Legal's Seafood Restaurant, King of Prussia Mall

BEDFORD

Where to Stay

Bedford Springs Resort

In 1796, Dr. John Anderson discovered the medicinal curative powers of the Bedford Springs. The elite of Colonial America immediately began to congregate at the “springs” which necessitated the opening of the first hotel rooms in 1805. From then on through the 1970’s the Bedford Springs Hotel was one of the preeminent destination resorts in this region of the country. The property is a convenient two-hour drive from Washington, D.C., Baltimore, and Pittsburgh. Over 10 million people live within this two hour drive market.

Among some of the letters already received by the resort was from a couple that spent their honeymoon at the Bedford Springs Hotel in 1952 as a gift of CBS Television. The couple had been married on the television show, Bride & Groom, and last year renewed their vows on The Early Show.

With a rich and storied heritage, Bedford Springs was a favored retreat for U.S. Presidents, numerous diplomats and politicians, the United States military, captains of industry and high society. The hotel’s keepsake mementos were circulated by well-heeled guests and traveled the mails and rails spreading word about the destination’s fine lodging and the curative powers its seven surrounding natural springs.

The resort is also seeking memorabilia of any kind, including ledgers, especially water bottle ledgers because Bedford Springs was known for bottled, healing spring water. The created Bedford Springs Historical Society also wants to find old photographs, documents, books, brochures, newspapers and maps; Bedford Springs Hotel stationary, envelopes and postcards; furniture, paintings, dishes and silverware, water bottles, menus, napkins and table linens.

Bedford Springs Resort welcomes information regarding earlier guests up through the hotel’s closing in 1989.

Please contact the property directly at (814) 623-8100 or email Todd Gillespie at tgillespie@benchmarkmanagement.com .

BETHLEHEM

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CAPITAL REGION

Thinking about vacationing in Pennsylvania’s Capital Region? Wise choice, because encompassing the serene beauty of the countryside and mountains, the quaint appeal of small-town America and the pizzazz of city life all in one, this region offers one of the most varied selections of recreation and attractions in the Northeast.

Contact 1-800-995-0969 for a free 64-page Visitors’ Guide offered by Pennsylvania’s Capital Region Visitors Bureau for descriptions of this diverse region, lists of attractions, accommodations and events, plus a map highlighting nature centers, state parks and camping areas, hiking and equestrian trails; lakes and rivers for boating and fishing; outlook/natural attractions marked as excellent photographic opportunities, covered bridges; public swimming spots; and areas designated for hang gliding.

Nestled among the rolling hills of Pennsylvania, the Cumberland, Susquehanna, and Lebanon Valleys of the Capital Region are also within an hour’s drive of Lancaster, home of the Pennsylvania Dutch and Amish; and Gettysburg, site of one of America’s largest Civil War battlefields.  Nature enthusiasts can take one of 16 trails including the Appalachian and Tuscarora which cross the area, fly fish some of the nation’s best limestone trout streams, or indulge in the many wonders of the Susquehanna River where canoe and kayak trips are available. Theme park lovers will love Hersheypark, billed as ‘the cleanest and greenest theme park in America,’ with 110-beautifully landscaped acres, nine roller coasters, and six drenching water rides. Here, too, is Zooamerica North American Wildlife Park, an 11-acre walk-though zoo home to over 200 animals representing five regions of north American and a new American crocodile exhibit. Of course, Chocolate World is fantastic - offering a free simulated chocolate making tour and the Northeast’s only immersive, three-dimensional musical adventure, the new Hershey’s Really Big 3D Show.

If you golf, pack your clubs and reserve time on the region’s picturesque championship courses, or pitch and putt with the whole family. Catch a professional baseball game at City Island in the middle of the Susquehanna River, take a river cruise, use City Island’s batting cages, arcade, mini water golf, take a train ride circling the island, or go roller blading or for a stroll with a view of the river, the Harrisburg skyline, and mountains beyond. The list goes on and on and on.

For more information and a free visitors' guide, call 1-800-995-0969 or check web site www.pacapitalregions.com.

CHADDS FORD

Blockbuster Exhibition of Works by Andrew Wyeth Opens in June at the Brandywine River Museum of Art

The Brandywine River Museum of Art in Chadds Ford, PA is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Andrew Wyeth’s birth by mounting a landmark exhibit of the artist’s works. More than one hundred of his finest paintings and works on paper, gathered from both public museums and private collections, will be on display in the museum from June 24 through September 17, 2017. 

Co-curated by the Brandywine River Museum of Art and the Seattle Art Museum, Andrew Wyeth: In Retrospect is the first in-depth, chronological exhibition of Wyeth’s career since the 1970’s. It is a testament to Andrew Wyeth’s prodigious output and is also intended to provide a basis for reevaluating his career and understanding how he perceived the world around him.

Andrew Wyeth (1917-2009) enjoyed enormous popular approval during his career, but was frequently chided by art critics for his conservative realism. He was inspired by the lives, houses and personal belongings around him, particularly the German immigrants who settled in nearby Kuerner Farm, and painted innumerable portraits of them and views in and around their home and farm. Instead of depicting nature with photographic accuracy, Wyeth used his paintings to convey emotions that were difficult to put into words. A focus on death and loss, the use of places and objects to serve as stand-ins for people, an intense and unsentimental scrutiny of nature and often a stark lack of color characterize his work.

The museum is housed in a restored 19th-century gristmill overlooking the Brandywine River. It features an impressive collection of American Art including works by three generations of the Wyeth family and is open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Guided tours of Andrew Wyeth’s Studio, Kuerner Farm and N.C. Wyeth’s Home and Studio are offered seasonally from April through mid-November.

A series of special events will complement the exhibition including the official dedication on July 12th at the museum of the U.S. Postal Service’s pane of stamps commemorating twelve of Andrew Wyeth’s most famous works.

CHALK HILL

Kentuck Knob

Frank Lloyd Wright’s magnificent architecture can be enjoyed during the winter months at Kentuck Knob while snow clings to the fieldstone walls and sheets of the copper roof. The woods and sculpture park are stark and hushed, the crowds of summer are gone, and the house and grounds are incredibly beautiful and serene. The views are even more spectacular through bare trees. Weather permitting, join a guided tour, bring your cross country skis for a delightful way of touring the grounds and sculpture park located six miles north of Route 40 at Chalk Hill, Pennsylvania.                   

For more information, hours and fees, call 724-329-1901 for reservations between 10 am and 4 p.m.                                                  

DELAWARE WATER GAP

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FAIRFIELD

Where to Stay

Willow Pond Farm -- With high gas prices the farm offers a great “stay-cation”

Willow Pond Farm, at 145 Tract Road, Fairfield, is a certified organic farm located just outside of Gettysburg. The farm offers a delightful getaway for the day for families, couples, friends, and anyone with an interest in gardening, herbs, and specifically lavender. Speakers discuss growing lavender, cooking with herbs, aromatherapy and more. Vendors offer garden-related gifts, pottery, jewelry, carved and turned wood, baskets, photographic prints, dried flower wreathes, and festive table linens. Willow Pond Farm shop offers farm products, lavender goods and plants for sale.

Live music and picnic fare make the festival an enjoyable day outside. Participants can tour the gardens, sit in on lectures, take workshops or just stroll the lavender fields. The Kids Korner offers activities for younger attendees. Photographers are welcome to take pictures of the gardens. Information and a schedule can be found at www.palavenderfestival.com.

FARMINGTON

Where to Stay

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort

Nemacolin is one of North America's premier luxury resort destinations. Situated on nearly 2,000 acres in Farmington, Pennsylvania, Nemacolin features 320 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses and private upscale homes. The resort offers championship golf, including the Pete Dye-designed Mystic Rock golf course. In July, the property will open Shepherd’s Rock, its second Dye-designed signature course. Outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy the Shooting Academy; Wildlife Academy that features everything from safari tours to dog sledding; Adventure Center, complete with zip lines and climbing wall; and Jeep Off-Road Driving Academy.

Guests can test their luck at our Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin, featuring approximately 600 slots and 28 table games. Nemacolin also boasts an internationally acclaimed spa collection and 15 restaurants and lounges, including Lautrec, a Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond restaurant experience. For meetings and events, Nemacolin's 32,000 square feet of conference space includes three ballrooms, a lecture hall and 25 meeting rooms. Gambling problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Unveils Exceptional Summer Golf Getaways

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – the acclaimed luxury resort in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania – unveils an array of exceptional golf vacation packages available for memorable getaways this summer.

A recent recipient of the coveted “Editors’ Choice Award” from Golf Digest in the “Best Golf Resorts in the Americas” category, Nemacolin boasts two exceptional layouts designed by World Golf Hall of Fame architect Pete Dye – Mystic Rock and Shepherd’s Rock, which will open to the public on July 12. The resort also offers 320 luxurious guestrooms, suites, townhouses and private upscale homes, world-class amenities, and five-star dining.

The resort’s “Double Dose of Dye Two Night” package is available beginning July 12 and starts at $595 double occupancy, per night. Guests enjoy two nights’ luxury accommodations, and a round of golf each on Mystic Rock and Shepherd’s Rock. The “Double Dose of Dye One Night” starts at $875 double occupancy and is highlighted by overnight luxury accommodations and a round each on Mystic Rock and Shepherd’s Rock.

Nemacolin’s “Stay-and-Play Golf Package” begins at $629 double occupancy, per night and features a round of golf on Mystic Rock or Shepherd’s Rock and overnight luxury accommodations.

All three packages above are based on double occupancy and available through the end of golf season. The offers additionally include cart and forecaddie fees, as well as locker room and range usage before play. A two-night minimum stay may be required over weekend or holiday dates, and seven-day advance reservations are required.

“Our summer stay-and-play packages are ideal for golfers to be among the first to play the dramatic new Shepherd’s Rock course,” says Mike Jones, director of golf and recreation. “When combined with our acclaimed Mystic Rock layout and world-class accommodations and resort amenities, Nemacolin offers golf vacations few destinations can match.”

In addition to two extraordinary courses, the Nemacolin Golf Academy offers an array of game improvement programming with Golf Digest “Top 100 Teacher” PGA Professional Eric Johnson, including: individual lessons, TrackMan® Golf Radar Solution, SAM Putt Lab, V1 Video System, BodiTracks, one-, two- and three-day golf schools, and one of the leading club-fitting centers on the East Coast. A commitment to growing the game also abounds, with numerous junior and family golf options.

A $35 resort fee (per room, per day) is required on all vacation golf packages, and includes valet parking, on-property shuttle service, fitness center access (not inclusive of wet areas), wireless internet, local and toll-free calls; outdoor pool access, in-room coffee or designated complimentary coffee areas, newspaper, art tours, Fallingbrook Mini Golf and hiking trails access.

For more information: please contact web site www.nemacolin.com, or call 866.399.6957.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Announces New Additions to Golf Team

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – the acclaimed luxury resort in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania – announces Justin Collins as its new head golf professional and Ben Ulevich as the new golf course superintendent. Collins comes to Nemacolin from the exclusive Pete Dye Golf Club in West Virginia where he was the head golf professional for five years. Previously, he was the assistant golf professional at Ohio’s Scioto Country Club as well as positions at exclusive private clubs in Ohio and Florida. A three-year co-captain of the men’s golf team at The Ohio State University, Collins is a leadership advisory staff member for Titleist.

Ulevich joins the Nemacolin team after a successful tenure as the golf course superintendent at Out Door Country Club in Pennsylvania. Ulevich was also the golf course superintendent at The Greenbrier Resort and Oglebay Resort and Conference Center, both in West Virginia. A graduate of West Liberty State College and Penn State University, Ulevich is a member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the Central Pennsylvania Golf Course Superintendents Association.

Considered the top public course in Pennsylvania, Nemacolin’s Mystic Rock is a Pete Dye design sitting majestically atop the Alleghany Mountains. A former host of the PGA TOUR’s 84 Lumber Classic, it is ranked No. 40 in Golfweek’s “Best Resort Courses” list for 2017 and in the top-60 in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.”

Upping its ante significantly in the golf world, Nemacolin is set to open its second Pete Dye-design creation this July, Shepherd’s Rock. Poised to be a perfect companion to Mystic Rock, the 7,151-yard course will offer extraordinary golf in a spectacular setting. The rolling bucolic terrain is ideal to fully utilize Dye’s brilliant imagination in fashioning a routing sure to draw raves from both media and guests. The layout is expected to rival the highest-rated courses in the country.

Additionally, the resort’s Nemacolin Golf Academy offers an array of game improvement programming including: individual lessons, TrackMan® ball flight and V-1 Video swing analysis, one- and three-day golf schools, and one of the leading clubfitting centers on the East Coast. A commitment to growing the game also abounds, with numerous junior and family golf options.

Nemacolin also recently unveiled golf packages that include luxurious accommodations and spectacular golf on both Mystic Rock and Shepherd’s Rock. A slate of golf memberships for 2017 includes the ultra-exclusive Founders Club Membership and Full Golf Membership, designed for individuals and families.

For more information: www.nemacolin.com, 866.399.6957.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Announces Exclusive Golf Membership Includes Celebrated Mystic Rock, Highly-Anticipated New Shepherd’s Rock Courses

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – the acclaimed luxury resort in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania – announces a slate of exclusive golf memberships showcasing its celebrated Mystic Rock and much-anticipated new Shepherd’s Rock golf courses.

Mystic Rock recently skyrocketed 19 spots to No. 40 in Golfweek’s “Best Resort Courses” list for 2017. The former site of the PGA TOUR’s 84 Lumber Classic, the layout is ranked No. 60 in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses.” The resort’s second Pete Dye-designed creation, Shepherd’s Rock, will open in July 2017 and is poised to be a perfect companion to Mystic Rock.

Designed for individuals and families, the Full Golf Membership features unlimited greens fees on Mystic Rock and Shepherd’s Rock, unlimited use of practice facilities including the Nemacolin Golf Academy practice areas, 60-day advanced reservations, full locker room access and $20 cart fees (caddie fees are additional). It also includes preferred access to Nemacolin Member signature events and clinics, complimentary USGA handicap, discounted member guest rates, unlimited use of the resort’s tennis facility and member rates at the Nemacolin Field Club.

The Full Golf Membership annual rates are $5,400 for individuals and $6,600 for families with no member assessments and no minimum spend requirements. Family membership includes a legally married spouse and any children 23 years of age or younger. Taxes are additional.

The resort’s ultra-exclusive Founders Club Membership has all the attributes of the Full Golf Membership along with astonishing extras including four complimentary nights’ accommodations in the Nemacolin Woodlands Resort Presidential Suite per year (based on availability), up to 21 room nights per year at 50% off best available rate (based on availability), two annual complimentary round trip airport shuttle rides from Pittsburgh International Airport, complimentary full set of golf clubs with a Founders Club Member logoed golf bag and much more.

Nemacolin is also offering its National Affiliate Member Program, Corporate Partner Program and Weekday Golf Membership. In addition to exceptional golf, members enjoy numerous exclusive benefits and discounts for the property’s superlative spa and wellness facilities, award-winning dining, over 70 adventure amenities and luxurious accommodations options. For more information, contact Tom Smith at 724.329.6250 or email t.smith@nemacolin.com.

“Our array of incomparable memberships offers the unique privilege to enjoy the many amenities of one of the elite golf destinations in the world,” says Mike Jones, director of golf and recreation. “When Shepherd’s Rock opens next year, few resorts anywhere will offer 36 holes of this caliber.”

For more information: www.nemacolin.com, 866.399.6957.

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort’s Mystic Rock Soars to No. 40 in Golfweek’s ‘Best Resort Courses’

Nemacolin Woodlands Resort – the acclaimed luxury resort in the Laurel Highlands of southwestern Pennsylvania – announces its Pete Dye-designed Mystic Rock layout skyrocketed to No. 40 in Golfweek’s “Best Resort Courses” list for 2017.

Mystic Rock soared 19 spots from its No. 59 position in last year’s rankings. The former site of the PGA TOUR’s 84 Lumber Classic, the layout is also the highest ranked resort course in Pennsylvania. Additionally ranked No. 60 in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Courses,” Mystic Rock spans acres of scenic highlands, offering players championship golf in a spectacular setting.

The resort recently announced that its second Dye-designed creation, Shepherd’s Rock, will open in July 2017. The layout is also expected to rival the highest-rated courses in the country and be a perfect companion to Mystic Rock giving Nemacolin 36 holes of extraordinary golf. The resort also features the Nemacolin Golf Academy offering an array of game improvement programming including: individual lessons, TrackMan® ball flight and V-1 Video swing analysis, one- and three-day golf schools, and one of the leading club-fitting centers on the East Coast. A commitment to growing the game also abounds, with numerous junior and family golf options.

Earlier this year, Nemacolin added two of the top names in the golf industry to its staff. Mike Jones, director of golf and recreation, comes to Nemacolin from Hawaii’s Kapalua Resort, one of the top golf resorts in the world. Director of instruction Eric Johnson, one GOLF Magazine’s “Top 100 teachers in America,” arrived at Nemacolin just days after his former course, Oakmont Country Club, hosted the U.S. Open.

For more information: www.nemacolin.com, 866.399.6957.

GETTYSBURG

What to See & Do

Historic Gettysburg named an American icon. New National Geographic book details places, events and festivals

Award-winning author Gary McKechnie has featured Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in his latest book, “USA 101: A Guide to America’s Iconic Places, Events and Festivals.” In the book published by National Geographic, McKechnie eloquently describes Gettysburg’s rich history of July 1863, as tens of thousands of Union and Confederate troops converged on the small, but thriving, Pennsylvania town. He also writes how that bloody battle led to the dedication four months later and Lincoln’s immortal Gettysburg Address.

He includes visits to the Gettysburg National Military Park, the Museum and Visitor Center, the various tours offered in Gettysburg, the Gettysburg Hotel and the David Wills House. He also mentions the stores, restaurants and pubs in Downtown Gettysburg. Other iconic places featured in USA 101 include Valley Forge, Plymouth Rock, Times-Square, the Kentucky Derby, Graceland, Gateway Arch, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone National Park.

Civil War Trails focuses on untold stories

Pennsylvania has unveiled a new Civil War Trails experience to tell the story of the Civil War from a northern state’s perspective and to share the experiences of participants who did not wear a uniform. “We are stepping off of the battlefield to tell the untold stories of citizens and the communities who were forever changed by the Civil War,” said Mickey Rowley, the Department of Community and Economic Development’s deputy secretary of tourism. “In doing this, we are fulfilling our responsibility to present Pennsylvania’s rich Civil War heritage in an easy and accessible way for future generations to explore.”

The Pennsylvania Civil War Trails program educates people about the women and children under siege; African-American contributions in the defense of the state; and the endurance of ordinary citizens during a time of great unrest. The stories are told through 40 new “story stops,” which are living history presentations, and at more than 25 historic sites in and between communities of Gettysburg, York, Hanover, Chambersburg, Carlisle, Harrisburg, and Wrightsville. “By following the trails throughout the Dutch Country Roads region, visitors will finally get to hear the stories that have been passed on from generation to generation,” Rowley said. “In addition to a greater understanding of the effect the Civil War had on the people of Pennsylvania, visitors will see a different side of the communities embroiled in the conflict.”

Ghosts of Gettysburg voted No. 1 Ghost Tour in the World

Ghosts of Gettysburg has been voted the “No. 1 Ghost Tour in the World” by the readers of HauntedAmericaTours.com. Ghosts of Gettysburg is owned and operated by well-known ghost investigator, author, and historian, Mark Nesbitt. HauntedAmericaTours.com averages more than 2 million hits per month. The rankings are determined through votes by visitors to its website. Gettysburg topped a list of renowned ghost tours from around the world.

Mark Nesbitt is a former National Park Service Ranger/Historian. He started his own research and writing company in 1977 and a year later he began writing books, including “If the South Won Gettysburg.” Nesbitt took his first tour through the dark streets of Gettysburg and to sites on the old Pennsylvania College campus in 1994.

Visitors to Gettysburg National Military Park send messages to American troops

Visitors to Gettysburg National Military Park now have the opportunity to send messages to members of the United States Armed Forces, thanks to a partnership between the Gettysburg Foundation, Lockheed Martin and Operation Homefront. Visitors to the Museum and Visitor Center at Gettysburg National Military Park are encouraged to write their messages to the troops on special Operation Homefront postcards. The Foundation will forward completed postcards to Operation Homefront, which will forward the postcards to service members. Operation Homefront is a nonprofit organization that provides emergency assistance and morale to American troops, to the families they leave behind and to wounded warriors when they return home.

Historic Farnsworth House Inn in Gettysburg announces new unique Dinner Theatre experience

The Historic Farnsworth House Inn is known for their critically acclaimed period fare and candlelight ghost stories. Now, the historic inn will combine their culinary and theatrical arts as they present their Vacant Chair Dinner Theatre. In 19th century America, mourning the dead was a daily part of life. Both family customs and etiquette rules of the time dictated how one would mourn. Even the dinner following the funeral was part of the ritual. The audience will first enter a room prepared for an 1863 wake, complete with casket and décor that will portray the mourning customs of the time period. The Pennsylvania Dutch themed dinner will include such selections as Lancaster County Ham, Sauerkraut & Finely Chopped Pork and their signature Game Pie. A period-dressed actor will host the evening nd perform Civil War-era songs intermittently mixed with the history and rituals of mourning. One of these songs, “The Vacant Chair,” was written to honor a fallen soldier, creating a vacant chair at the dinner table. Following the dinner, the audience will descend the stairs into the cellar of the Farnsworth House for dramatically portrayed ghost stories.

History Comes to Life at American Civil War Museum

Location: American Civil War Museum, 297 Steinwehr Avenue, Gettysburg, PA 17325

 The American Civil War Museum not only gives visitors a glimpse at one of the most pivotal events in American history, it allows visitors to become a part of history. Visitors are welcomed to actively learn by strolling through the camp, viewing drills and demonstrations, and engaging in conversation with historians.

Each weekend, a different living history group is contracted to appear at the museum.  Programming and presentations will vary depending on the scheduled unit. The goal is to have visitors experience both soldier and civilian life during the Civil War-era first-hand.  Witness the trial and tribulations of war, camp life, and the burdens of civilian life in a war-ravaged land. Visitors will walk away with a better understanding and concept of life 145 years ago.

For more information, visit the American Civil War Museum web site at www.GettysburgMuseum.com. A detailed listing of participating units and scheduled appearances can be found on the Living History link.

KUTZTOWN

What to See & Do

NOTE:

This is one of the best festivals I've attended in years. Not only is it entertaining, but it's educational for all ages! Plan on having lunch here and stay for dinner. The food is great, too!

To give you an idea of what to expect ......

The Kutztown Festival is the oldest, continuing folklife festival in America. It is one of the largest too, and draws well over 150,000 visitors -- Don't worry. There's lots of room for everyone!. In addition, it is one of the most celebrated festivals in the nation. Among many honors, the festival has been twice selected as one of America’s Top 100 events by the American Bus Association, and was named by the Washington Post as one of three “must see” festivals in the region.

Location: Kutztown Fairgrounds * Kutztown, PA
Address: 225 N. White Oak St, Kutztown, PA 19530
Hours: 9 a.m-6 p.m.
Daily Admission:
• Adult: $14.00
• Senior citizens (55 & older): $13.00, Juniors 13-17 $5; children (12 & under) Free
(NOTE): If you go to website www.kutztownfestival.com, you'll find discount coupons for $3 off the admission.

ADA approved and wheelchair accessible. Wheelchairs are available for free, and scooters are available for rent at the office.
Pets are welcome on a leash.
FREE PARKING
For More Information or to request a FREE brochure, call toll free at 888-674-6136 or check web site www.kutztownfestival.com.

Nothing tops the good old-fashion summer fun to be found at the Kutztown Folk Festival! This family-oriented festival celebrates Pennsylvania Dutch folklife, and is the oldest, continuing folklife festival in America.

The Festival has again been selected as one of America’s Top Shows by the ABA, was named as a “Must See” festival by the Washington Post, and listed as one of the Nation’s Top Festivals by USA Today Magazine.

Featured at this festival are demonstrations of traditional crafts by 200 juried American craftsmen, folklore demonstrations, historical reenactments, antiques, and traditional music, dancing and entertainment running non-stop on six stages. Visit the largest Quilt Sale in the Nation, featuring over 2,000 American made quilts. Children experience traditional, hands-on enjoyment in exciting new ways. Noah’s World animal park, hay mazes, do-it-yourself mural paintings, rides, and their own children’s stage make this Festival a time to remember as a wonderful family experience for your kids. And last but certainly not least - the best Pennsylvania Dutch food to be had anywhere!

Food

The Pennsylvania Germans are famous for their culinary creations and some of the best are served at the festival. From one end of the festival grounds to the other, there seems to be no end to the ham and chicken dinners, home-made soups, chicken pot pie, corn fritters, funnel cakes, shoo-fly pie, strawberry shortcake, and apple dumplings. The famous Pennsylvania Dutch ox roast has been a festival tradition for decades.

Thousands of hungry visitors sit down for a leisurely meal at the dining hall sponsored by one of the local churches. The all-you-can-eat fare features some of the best basic Pennsylvania Dutch cooking, all served family-style. Then, there is bread fresh from the Festival’s real 19th century outdoor bread oven, and home-made apple butter that is brought in fresh daily. It’s all scrumptious and plentiful. Kids are not forgotten, either. Kinner Eck (children’s corner) offers food just for them – pizza, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and hot dogs, to name a few items. 

To learn the secrets of traditional home cooking, visitors stop by the Festival’s summer kitchen. Meals at the summer kitchen are created from generations-old Pennsylvania Dutch recipes and cooked on an authentic, turn-of-the-century wood fired stove and other old-fashioned appliances. The summer kitchen is where everyone gets truly authoritative answers to their questions on all aspects of Pennsylvania Dutch food and cooking.
Before leaving for home, visitors often stop by the farmers’ market and butcher’s shop for Pennsylvania Dutch take-home delicacies such as hams, smoked sausages, cheeses, homemade pies, fruit and nut breads.

LACKAWANNA COUNTY

Spring and Summer Activities Around Every Corner in Northeast Pennsylvania

Spring is an ideal time to shake off the winter blues by exploring Lackawanna County, a hidden gem of a rejuvenating getaway packed with extraordinary activities. Situated just two hours from Philadelphia and New York City, the area offers culturally rich experiences and festive seasonal events.

'Lackawanna County is buzzing with exciting experiences for visitors to enjoy this spring' shared Susan Estler, executive director of Lackawanna County Visitors Bureau. 'From trolley and train excursions to the annual craft beer festival, there is something fun for everyone.'

All are invited to enjoy the many happenings in Lackawanna County this spring:

Outdoor Adventures at Lackawanna County Parks
What better place to experience beautiful spring weather than with an exhilarating adventure in the park? Lackawanna County's four county parks offer various terrains, rivers, lakes and attractions for hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking, fishing and exploring. McDade Park, Merli-Sarnoski Park, Aylesworth Park and Covington Park make Northeast Pennsylvania the perfect natural playground for outdoor lovers. For more information, please call 570-963-6764 or visit www.lackawannacounty.org.

Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour
Visitors are invited to journey 300 feet beneath Earth‚s surface to tour a restored anthracite coal mine dating back to 1860. During this authentic experience guided by a miner, guests will discover how local miners worked tirelessly to fuel the nation's economy during the Industrial Revolution. Visitors can also stop by the Anthracite Heritage Museum to explore the lives and homes of these mining families. For more information please call 570-963-6463 or visit www.lackawannacounty.org.

Electric City Trolley Excursions
The Electric City Trolley Excursion season begsn Thursday, April 28. Visitors are invited to climb aboard an authentic 1926 or 1932 antique trolley for a five and a half mile trip over Roaring Brook through the Crown Avenue Tunnel - at 4747 feet long, it‚s one of the longest interurban tunnels ever built˜and along the original 'Laurel Line' up to PNC Field on Montage Mountain. During the operating season, the trolley excursion departs from the main passenger platform of the Steamtown National Historic Site. Trips run at 10:30 AM, 12:00 Noon, 1:30 PM and 3:00 PM Thursday through Sunday.

Steamtown National Historic Site
The Steamtown National Historic Site is the only National Park solely dedicated to the history of steam railroading. The site showcases steam locomotives, restored cabooses, freight cars and passenger coaches dating from the early 20th century. The 52-acre site boasts an active Locomotive Repair Shop and Roundhouse with an operational turntable, and a museum complex that includes a Visitor Center, history and technology museums, and a 250-seat HD Surround-Sound theater. Throughout the year, visitors are welcome to enjoy the Park film, 'Steel and Steam,' take in the sites and observe the masterful restoration of classic rolling stock, representative of America‚s industrial past. For more information please call 570-340-5200 or visit www.nps.gov/stea.

Complete this historic adventure by touring the Electric City Trolley Museum. The collection provides a representative picture of the electric railway history of eastern Pennsylvania, from the Philadelphia region to Northeast Pennsylvania. For more information, please call 570-963-6590 or visit www.visitnepa.org.

Lackawanna County Convention and Visitors Bureau
Located in Northeast Pennsylvania just west of the Poconos, Lackawanna County is named for the scenic river which flows through it. The county, along with its largest city, Scranton, saw rapid growth at the turn of the 20th century by manufacturing coal during the growth of steel production. However, more recently, the area's economy has diversified due to the globalization of the steel industry; the county preserves its cultural mix with various heritage festivals as well as outdoor activities. The county is perfect driving distance from surrounding areas and great for weekend activities you can‚t find anywhere else. Lackawanna County is part of the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Hazleton Metropolitan Statistical Area.

LANCASTER COUNTY

About Lancaster County

Lancaster County is a wonderful blend of urban style and rural splendor, and the PA Dutch Convention & Visitors Bureau is dedicated to promoting its many rich cultures, from the Amish to the arts. Travelers can take in the vibrant downtown city life – featuring galleries, great dining, specialty shops, and live music – or explore some of the surrounding towns and villages to get a sampling of the heritage, food, craftsmanship, and hands-on activities for which Lancaster is famous. For more information go to web site www.discoverlancasterpa.com.  Lancaster is also part of Pennsylvania’s Dutch Country Roads region, a true vacation destination where country meets city and the past lives side-by-side with the present.Everyone loves those remarkable moments during the holidays when the spirit of the season feels so real, you can literally touch it. This year, treat yourself to some of those moments during a Lancaster County Christmas.

With its Pennsylvania German heritage, the Lancaster area is home to many American yuletide traditions, like the beginnings of decorated Christmas trees, and encompasses all our seasonal activity and shopping ideas in one place, to make it easier for folks to plan and enjoy a holiday getaway here in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country.

Lancaster County is a wonderful blend of urban style and rural splendor, and the PA Dutch CVB promotes its many rich cultures, from the Amish to the arts. Travelers can take in our vibrant downtown city life – with galleries, great dining, specialty shops, and live music – or explore surrounding towns & villages to get a sampling of the heritage, food, craftsmanship, and hands-on activities for which Lancaster is famous. Visit at www.discoverlancasterpa.com. 

What to See & Do

New Ale Trail and more means autumn is awesome in Lancaster County

Turning leaves and harvest bounty make it a great time to take pleasure in the sights and delights of fall in Lancaster County, with leaf-peeping at gorgeous foliage, roadside stands, autumn and Halloween events, pumpkin picking, and covered bridges at their most picturesque.

One of the best ways to experience it all is by traveling along the new Lancaster County Ale Trail. With a brewing history that earned it the nickname of “Little Munich of America,” it’s only natural that Lancaster County has continued its tradition for fine hand-crafted brews and unique venues in which to savor them. From Adamstown to Manheim and Mount Joy to Downtown Lancaster, be sure to stop in for a pint or two, as well as fun fall events like Oktoberfest at Stoudt’s or FirkinFest at Annie Bailey’s.

With such varied stops around the county, the Ale Trail is also a natural gateway for exploring the classic hometown feel of many towns and villages, from Ephrata and Mount Joy to the river towns of Columbia and Marietta.

Widely known as Antiques Capital USA, Adamstown features a treasure trove of “finds” at great prices amid the stands of literally thousands of dealers like those at 50-year-old Shupp’s Grove, as well as good local eats and cozy lodging. The foodie attractions and creative shops have made it one of the National Trust’s Dozen Distinctive Destinations, while a picture-postcard village square and loads of family-friendly activities added to its five railroading properties make Strasburg more than just a train lover’s paradise.

Of course, all around Lancaster County this time of year, you can enjoy the colorful activity of harvest and Halloween season, from the ol’ fashioned fun of town fairs and the Happy Hauntings at Dutch Wonderland amusement park to Landis Valley Village’s Harvest Days and the Amazing Maize Maze and other fall farm fun at Cherry Crest Adventure Farm.

Autumn is also a perfect time to find yourself in awe, in stitches, or in song as many of the theaters and performance venues kick off their 2012-13 seasons. The Fulton Theatre in Downtown Lancaster is celebrating its 160th anniversary with original productions of many all-time favorites, while just down the street, the Ware Center enters its second year with a packed schedule of music, art, dance, poetry, and more. Lancaster County is a wonderful blend of urban style and rural splendor with many rich cultures, from the Amish to the arts. Travelers can take in our vibrant downtown city life – with galleries, great dining, specialty shops, and live music – or explore surrounding towns and villages to get a sampling of the heritage, food, craftsmanship, and hands-on activities for which Lancaster is famous. Visit at www.discoverlancasterpa.com.

Turkey Hill Experience Highlighting Ice Cream Making Process in Lancaster County

The Mid-Atlantic's newest visitor destination – the Turkey Hill Experience -- has opened. In Pennsylvania's popular destination of Lancaster County, the Experience highlights the ice cream making process and history of one of the nation's top dairies. The Dairy anticipates it will attract more than 250,000 visitors a year.

The Columbia,-based Turkey Hill Experience features 26,000 square feet of interactive exhibits created in partnership with Boston Productions Incorporated, a cafe, and retail space. Nine large interactive exhibit areas will allow visitors to learn more about Turkey Hill's history, Lancaster County's rich agricultural heritage, and how the Dairy's top-selling ice cream and iced tea flavors are selected and created. Visitors will also have the chance to participate in such exhibits as how to make your own ice cream commercial, naming your own ice cream flavors, and what your favorite tea flavor says about your personality.

In keeping with the Dairy's strong commitment to preserving Lancaster County farmland and cultural traditions, the Turkey Hill Experience is housed in what was once the Ashley & Bailey Silk Mill at 301 Linden Street in Columbia, which had been vacant for more than 25 years.

For more information, visit turkeyhillexperience.com or call 1-888-9TOUR-TH.

Lancaster County's Latest Map & Overnight Getaway Guide now available

Vacationing in Lancaster County is full of memorable experiences, from staying at a working farm in the Amish countryside to exploring the art galleries and funky retro shops of historic Downtown Lancaster.  And just-released is the 2015 Map and Overnight Getaway Guide -- the perfect (and FREE) tool for planning your visit to the heart of PA Dutch Country, from lodging, dining, and shopping information to ideas for must-see attractions.

The guide’s lively new travel journal entries focus on some of the unique experiences Lancaster County has to offer, while each venue in the guide is listed with simple coordinates that make it easy to find in the relevant section of the enclosed map.  New this year, yellow-highlighted keywords throughout the guide lead you to detailed information about these featured properties just by entering them in the Search box on our website. And check out the sample list of events to help in timing your trip, because there’s always something going on in Lancaster.

Order your FREE copy of the 2015 Lancaster County Map and Overnight Getaway Guide today by visiting www.padutchcountry.com or calling 1-800-PA-DUTCH.  Copies are also available at various locations throughout Lancaster County and at Pennsylvania welcome centers. And don’t forget about the free and friendly travel assistance from the staff at our two Visitors Centers, too.

Where to Stay

Lancaster visitors get exclusive savings and exceptional lodging with new Authentic Passport Program

With the rising demand for value-added vacations, the Authentic Bed and Breakfast Association of Lancaster County has created the Authentic Passport Program, a joint marketing initiative that teams the association’s B&Bs with area tourism partners to offer visitors exclusive savings.

Guests benefit from the passports in two ways: a $50 discount on their fifth stay at an Authentic B&B, and exclusive discounts at participating Lancaster-area restaurants, attractions, and shops.

The two-tier program affords guests an opportunity to acquire a passport by staying at one of the bed and breakfasts participating in this program. With the passport, visitors receive a list of coupons, which are good for three years, detailing the area merchants offering exclusive savings for the Authentic guest. Each time visitors return to Lancaster to stay at an Authentic Bed and Breakfast, they have their passport stamped. On the fifth visit, they receive a $50 discount on their stay.

Authentic Bed and Breakfasts of Lancaster County is the largest B&B association in the county, whose members offer a unique lodging alternative. With more than twenty years of experience, the association continues to provide personalized service and superb amenities to suit every guest’s needs.

To find out more information about the Passport program, check web site www.authenticbandb.com.

MOUNT BETHEL

Where to Stay

Sun Inn and Stonehenge Vineyard in Mount Bethel Offers Comfort in Hard Times at an Affordable Price

Situated on 350 acres of preserved, working farmland, and nestled between the lush Delaware River Valley and mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania, lies one man’s vision for the perfect retreat designed for our time. Inspired by Tuscany’s agritourism concept, the Howard family, developer of New York’s  Chelsea Star Hotel  will open the Chelsea Sun Inn and Stonehenge Vineyard in Old Stone Church,  Mount Bethel, Pennsylvania, just in time for the holidays.

Less than two hours from New York City and Philadelphia, Northeastern Pennsylvania affords the Howard’s and the management team from The Chelsea Star, the opportunity to offer their guests luxury within reason, to provide comfort in hard times. The team once again understands the traveler’s need. They have created a luxurious romantic get away,  an extraordinary experience, with an affordable price tag. 

Fireplace grace several of the suites, luxury linens and whirlpool tubs provide the soothing amenities. Vinotheraphy spa services, employing the healing properties of the grape promote well-being and relaxation.  Steeped in charm the bed and breakfast also offers state of the art technology and flat screen televisions in each accommodation. 

Visitors from New York may recognize the carving from the Plaza Hotel installed over the fireplace or the original rich wood paneling of Broadway’s Lamb Theater warming the entrance and great room of the Inn.  Hike or ride horseback through the vineyard and farm or jump in the car to explore one of America’s scenic by ways winding 17 miles through beautiful Northampton County, the Delaware River Valley Scenic Byway passes by preserved farmland, historic landmarks, countryside views, and some of the oldest towns in the region. The historic Martin’s Creek Ferry is on route along with the federally designated "Wild and Scenic" Delaware River

The Chelsea Sun Inn offers guests a quiet romantic weekend, or choose from  downhill and cross country skiing packages, holiday shopping excursions to historic Bethlehem’s Christkindlmarkt or outlet shopping. Guests can choose to cut their Christmas tree from the tree farm just minutes from the front door of the Inn or simply settle in for a long winters nap.The Chelsea Sun Inn is finishing touches on the construction and offering special rates on a limited number of rooms prior to the grand opening. A luxurious king size room is $199 for the month of December.

Visittwww.chelseasun.com for details, and for reservations call (917) 743 – 4647.

NORTHHAMPTON COUNTY

What to See & Do

Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary

The 200-acre Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary and Wilderness Trust sits on the slopes of Bougher Hill above the Delaware River in Northampton County near Riegelsville. Except for the area around the preserve office and four small meadows at the top of the hill, the preserve is entirely forested, displaying a variety of forest types, from oak-dominated forest on the north-facing slope to a mixed oak-sweet birch-tuliptree forest on the south-facing slope.

History

Antonio and Mary Guererro bought the property in a series of purchases from 1944 though 1969. In 1969, they established the Mariton Wildlife Sanctuary and Wilderness Trust. (The name came from fusing their first names together, Mary + Tony = Mar-i-ton.) Natural Lands Trust has managed the property for the Mariton Trust since 1992.

Highlights

The understory in the forests at Mariton is remarkably healthy, suggesting a lower density of white-tailed deer than in other sites on southeastern Pennsylvania. Disturbances to the forest, like a blow-down that occurred several years ago or cutting under powerlines, create sections of younger forest that are ideal habitat for ruffed grouse. On the east side of the property, steep cliffs drop off to the Delaware River, providing a dramatic overlook to the companion cliffs on the New Jersey side. The Bank Barn has been renovated to serve as an education center, and hosts 2 week-long nature camps in the summer, as well as educational programming throughout the year.

Facilities

The Preserve is open from sunrise to sunset.
• Nature Center with natural history collection, library, and A/V equipment
• Indoor bathrooms (2)
• Approximately 5 miles of walking trails
• Wildlife viewing blind
• Information kiosk
• Interpretive signs along trails
• Benches with interesting views along trails
• Parking lot for 19 cars

Things to Do

Through Mid-June: Search for woodland wildflowers along the trails; watch bird migrations, especially the neo-tropical migrants.
June to August: Enjoy the blooming wildflowers in the meadows and the variety of butterfly species present on the preserve throughout the summmer.
September to October:Come see the changing colors of both tree leaves and meadow plants.
Winter Months: Cross-country ski and snowshoe on the trails; Look for animal tracks in the snow.

Rules and Regulations

During your visit, please observe the following rules:
• Please sign the guest book
• Trails are open sunrise to sunset
• Please stay on the trails
• Please enjoy the beauty of the plants and wildlife, but leave them for others to enjoy.
• Please keep your pets on a leash at all times; please clean up after your pets

Location: Williams Township, Northampton County, Pennsylvania
200 Acres

For more information contact Tim Burris, Preserve Manager, 240 Sunnyside Rd., Easton, PA 18042; 610-258-6574
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PHILADELPHIA

Where to Stay

The Rittenhouse

Located at 210 West Rittenhouse Square, The Rittenhouse is an independent luxury hotel that has received the prestigious Five Diamond award for 25 consecutive years. This distinguished landmark hotel is a member of Leading Hotels of the World and considered Philadelphia’s most desired address. Opened in 1989, The Rittenhouse is ideally situated on Philadelphia's famed Rittenhouse Square, within walking distance to the heart of the business district and premier shopping corridor. Additionally, the hotel affords easy access to the Philadelphia Convention Center and all of the City's numerous arts, cultural, dining and entertainment venues. For more information, visit rittenhousehotel.com.

The Rittenhouse Hotel's Ultra-Luxe Diamond Package

The Rittenhouse has announced their newest package in celebration of receiving the prestigious AAA Five Diamond honor for the 25th consecutive year. Extravagant accommodations in one of their Park Suites, a private dinner at fine dining restaurant Lacroix’s Chef’s Table, a day of over-the-top treatments in and a custom piece of diamond jewelry from fine jewelry designer Egan Day are just a few of the extraordinary experiences that embody The Rittenhouse Diamond Package, which starts at $10,000.

The Rittenhouse Diamond Package can be custom designed to suit two, four or six individuals. From a couple looking for the ultimate indulgent getaway to a family celebrating a special event, The Rittenhouse can accommodate any group’s wishes.
The Rittenhouse Diamond Package includes the following, per twosome:
-- Luxury accommodations in a Park Suite -- The Rittenhouse’s newest premier suites, complete with the backdrop of
-- Philadelphia’s iconic Rittenhouse Square -- Round trip Jaguar chauffeur airport or train station transfer
-- Arrangements made through the concierge -- Private in-suite reception
-- Champagne, caviar and oysters
-- Meet and greet with Lacroix’s Executive Chef Jon Cichon -- Chef’s Table Dinner at Lacroix
-- Six courses prepared by Chef Cichon with wine pairings by advanced sommelier and wine director, Justin Timsit
-- Night Cap in the Courtyard or Library Bar with master mixologist, Papi Hurtado o Two carefully-selected rare spirits o Petit Fours o Cigars
-- Champagne brunch for two at Lacroix ? The Rittenhouse Spa & Club – Hair by Paul Labrecque
-- Rose Diamond Natura Bisse Skin Treatment for Two -more-
-- 60 minute Rittenhouse couple’s massage --Blowout for her o Indulgent Hot Shave for him -- Natura Bisse Diamond Skincare line takeaway gift – five full-sized items
? Diamond Extreme Cream -- Diamond Extreme Eye Cream -- Rich Luxury Cleanse -- Diamond Glowing Mask-- Diamond White Oil Free Brilliant Sun Protection
-- Truefitt & Hill Edwardian Collection Shave Set Gift -- 1805 Luxury shaving soap in wooden bowl -- 1805 aftershave balm
-- Custom Diamond Egan Day Jewelry Gift -- Onsite consultation with head designer Kate Egan to create a piece of diamond jewelry worth up to $2,500 -- Package starts at $10,000
-- Two Guests: $10,000 o Four Guests: $20,000 o Six Guests: $30,000

The Rittenhouse is located at 210 West Rittenhouse Square. For more information about this package, other promotions or additional information please visit rittenhousehotel.com. To book The Rittenhouse Diamond Package please call Matt Nelson, director of rooms at 215.790.2567 or James Markowicz, director of guest services at 215.546.9000.

What to See & Do

Historic Philadelphia Gears up for Another Revolutionary SummerI --
New Museum, New Hotel & New Concert Make The Original City A Must This Summer

The just-opened Museum of the American Revolution brings the United States‚ war for independence into today‚s consciousness, using rarely seen relics, the original George Washington Headquarters Tent, dozens of arms, uniforms, artifacts, documents and historical vignettes of ordinary Americans to tell the extraordinary story of the nation‚s founding. But the new museum isn‚t the only reason to visit Philadelphia's Historic District this summer. The Historic District consists of the Old City, Society Hill and Delaware River Waterfront neighborhoods, extending from the Delaware River to 7th Street and Vine Street to Lombard Street.

The District's summer lineup of must-do events includes a street art display (Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition), a free performance about the Iraqi refugee experience (Radio Silence), a 200-foot-long silk dragon (Chinese Lantern Festival), an LGBT glass art exhibition (Transparency) and the country‚s best Fourth of July celebration (Wawa Welcome America!). A new boutique hotel (Lokal Hotel) provides the perfect spot to take it all in.

In order to enjoy all there is to do in and beyond Philadelphia's Historic District, it's best to stay over by booking the popular Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, whichincludes free hotel parking and extra perks that make it easier for visitors to get around once they arrive too. It's bookable now at visitphilly.com/overnight.

Revolution: Museum, Art & Annual Celebration:

Museum of the American Revolution -- The drama unfolds exhibit by exhibit at this brand-new attraction. Three blocks from Independence Hall -- the command center for the Revolution˜this high-tech exploration into U.S. history reveals the strategic wins, crushing losses and the personal and world-altering consequences of the war for We the People. 101 S. 3rd Street, (215) 253-6731, amrevmuseum.org
Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition – Thirteen local artists take on the idea of revolution to create 13 works at 13 sites throughout the Historic District. Curated by Conrad Benner, founder and author of groundbreaking photo blog streetsdept.com, the indoor and outdoor art exhibit features works by artists Karina Puente, Shawn Theodore, Tiayrra Bradley, Kid Hazo and other cutting-edge challengers of the status quo. May 25-July 4, 2017. streetsdept.com, www.visitphilly.com/
Wawa Welcome America! --The best place to celebrate America‚s birthday? Its birthplace. Six days and nights of parades, concerts, fireworks and new this year a living Liberty Bell bring out the red, white and blue in everyone. The entire city gets in on the action, but the Historic District is the main location for the patriotic fun. June 29-July 4, 2017. welcomeamerica.com

Cultural Reflections:

Chinese Lantern Festival – They're silk, illuminated and big. Led by the 200-foot-long dragon, 29 sculptures take over Franklin Square for the second year of this popular festival, which also features Chinese dancers, acrobats and crafts and a popular beer garden. May 9-June 11, 2017. 6th & Race Streets, (215) 629-4026, phillychineselanternfestival.org
PECO Multicultural FestivalSaturdays and Sundays throughout the summer, cultural celebrations take over the Great Plaza at Penn‚s Landing. People come for food, music, crafts and flavors of diverse cultures during the Irish American Festival, Hispanic Fiesta, Islamic Heritage Festival and other ethnic showcases. Selected weekends, June 4-September 17, 2017. 101 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com
Radio Silence -- Mural Arts Philadelphia and artist Michael Rakowitz kick off a 10-episode radio broadcast with a free, live production on Independence Mall. Through narrative, poetry and music, Radio Silence presents the dreams, memories and lives of Iraqi people living in America as refugees˜with Independence Hall as a backdrop. July 29, 2017. 6th & Chestnut Streets, (215) 685-0750, muralarts.org

Must-See Exhibitions:

American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition --Theoften-mocked Eighteenth Amendment gets the exhibition treatment at the National Constitution Center. Hands-on activities and interesting artifacts (think moonshine-brewing tools and anti-alcohol propaganda) trace the Prohibition story from the Temperance movement that caused it to Roaring Twenties that resulted from it to the eventual constitutional repeal that finally got rid of it. Through July 16, 2017. 525 Arch Street, (215) 409-6700,prohibition.constitutioncenter.org
1917: How One Year Changed the World -- A century ago, three events shifted the course of history: the United States‚ entry into World War I, Russia's Bolshevik Revolution and Great Britain's Balfour Declaration, indicating support for a Jewish homeland in Palestine. Through the perspective of Jewish-Americans, the National Museum of American Jewish History uncovers how one year shaped U.S. global status and led to our country‚s lowest-ever immigration quotas. Through July 16, 2017. 101 S. Independence Mall East, (215) 923-3811, nmajh.org/1917
Philadelphia Rowing: Breaking Barriers -- With two rivers bordering Center City, Philadelphia possesses a rich rowing history. This Independence Seaport Museum exhibit follows the sport‚s development˜such as the inclusion of different classes, genders and races˜and spotlights its heroes with items from the museum‚s collection, Boathouse Row and rowing enthusiasts. Through October 9, 2017. 211 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-8655, phillyseaport.org/breakingbarriers
Transparency: An LGBTQ+ Glass Art Exhibition -- Kicking off during Pride month, this exhibition at the National Liberty Museum marks the first-ever museum show of glass works created entirely by LGBT artists. The pieces explore various themes, including identity and freedom. June 2-August 6, 2017. 321 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-2800, libertymuseum.org
Things Fall Apart -- Toys lose their plasticity; damaged paintings get carefully restored and housewares that break and get fixed reveal ideas, emotions and science behind decay at the always-free Chemical Heritage Foundation. An app-guided neighborhood walking tour and decay-themed works from local artists round out the exhibit. June 17, 2017-February 2, 2018. 315 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-2222, chemheritage.org

Summertime Favorites:

Spruce Street Harbor Park -- Hammocks, colorful lights, patio games, food and beer and an above-water, netted suspension lounge make Spruce Street Harbor Park one of Philadelphia's most-loved destinations in the warm weather. Those who really want to get on the water can rent kayaks, canoes and foot-pedal swan boats. May 12-October 1, 2017. Columbus Boulevard & Spruce Street, (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com
Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest -- A few blocks away from Spruce Street Harbor Park, Summerfest draws a crowd with its roller rink, play and lounge areas, mini-golf, a lodge, food and drinks and spectacular view of the Ben Franklin Bridge. May 26-September 4, 2017.
101 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 922-2FUN, delawareriverwaterfront.com
Pride Day LGBT Parade and Festival -- Each June, the Philadelphia‚s LGBT Pride Month bash begins with a march from the Gayborhood through the Historic District to Penn‚s Landing on the Delaware River waterfront. There, the party takes off with food, drinks, activities and live music. June 18, 2017. Start: 13th & Locust Streets; end: 101 S. Columbus Boulevard; (215) 875-9288, phillygaypride.org
Historic Philadelphia Tours, Stories and Activities -- America's most historic square mile gets even more meaningful and fun in the summer thanks to programs like Independence After Hours, an evening walking tour; the Tippler's Tour, a guided Colonial pub crawl; and free Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches, where professional storytellers tell visitors 3-to-5-minute (true) stories at 13 benches around the District. Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. historicphiladelphia.org

Seasonal Music:

HoagieNation Festival -- One of Philadelphia‚s great contributions to the planet, Hall & Oates show their city the love with a concert and festival on Memorial Day weekend. At Penn's Landing's Festival Pier, the Hall of Famers will make their fans‚ dreams come true (ooh-ooh) by taking the stage, along with Tears For Fears, Philadelphia's G. Love & Special Sauce, Philadelphia‚s Son Little, Vivian Green and others. May 29, 2017. Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street, livenation.com
Roots Picnic -- Yet another legendary Philly band, The Roots put on their 10th annual summertime blowout at Penn‚s Landing's Festival Pier. This year's lineup features Pharrell, Solange, Lil Wayne, Kimbra and many others -- including The Roots, of course. June 3, 2017. Columbus Boulevard & Spring Garden Street, rootspicnic.com/philly

New Hotel:

Lokal Hotel -- A perfect combination of a modern boutique hotel, this new Old City operation has six one- and two-bedroom, apartment-style units and beautiful design. Lokal's 'invisible service' model means that guests count on customized concierge guidance without a front desk.
139 N. 3rd Street, (267) 702-4345,staylokal.com

Programs, Events & Happenings:

In addition to the brand-new Museum of the American Revolution, visitors are invited to explore new and enhanced events and programming as well:

Enhanced Programming: Historic Philadelphia, Inc. will continue its schedule of enhanced programming in summer 2017 to help bring history to life throughout Independence National Historical Park. They'll add new stories to the repertoire at 13 storytelling benches; put on its popular puppet show; and host colonial crafting and gaming, meet-and-greets with History Makers and other activities.

Revolutionary Art Exhibit: Curated by Conrad Benner, founder and author of photo blog streetsdept.com, Revolutionary: A Pop-Up Street Art Exhibition features 13 works at 13 sites throughout the Historic District. When conceptualizing their works, local artists, including Kid Hazo, Michelle Angela Ortiz, Shawn Theodore and Yasmine Mustafa and Monica O, are being asked to consider what the Revolution means to them. The free exhibit will be on display indoors and outdoors from May 24 through July 4.
District-wide Celebrations: VISIT PHILADELPHIA will host four district-wide celebrations throughout the year to engage visitors and show off the area‚s plentiful offerings. First up: the Historic District Block Party on July 3. Part of Wawa Welcome America!, the event features live performances, games and food and retail vendors. Additional celebrations will follow in fall, winter and spring. Dates to be determined.

Maps, Guides & Passes:

Printed Maps & Guides: The Historic District will once again be featured in 225,000 copies of the Where magazine map distributed at 48 hotels, the Independence Visitor Center (IVC) and attractions in 2017. The special 10-panel section features a new illustrative map that visitors can use to plan their days and nights, along with itineraries for first-time visitors, American Revolution buffs and families.
Historic District Passes: There will be two discounted passes available for the 2017 season. The Historic District Pass gives purchasers one-time admission to the National Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House and Christ Church Burial Ground, along with two days of rides on the PHLASH Downtown Loop. The pass is $18 for adults ($13 savings) and $13 for children ($10 savings). The Museum Edition Pass˜new this year˜includes admission to the National Museum of American Jewish History, African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Philadelphia History Museum. The pass is $23 for adults (a $13 savings) and $17 for children (a $10 savings). Both passes are on sale at the Independence Visitor Center or at VISITPHILLY-HQ/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Windows/Temporary%20Internet%20Files/Content.Outlook/ZCZIOXDF/visitphilly.com/historic>visitphilly.com/historic through December 30, 2017.

Between Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends, visitors can engage with costumed history makers, hear stories of the real people of independence and take part in colonial reenactments. And every day of the year, they can tour, shop, dine and drink in the area just like the founding fathers and mothers once did. For more information about all there is to see and do in Philadelphia‚s Historic District, go to visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com.

Notorious Work of Modern Art -- Marcel Duchamp and the Fountain Scandal

One hundred years ago, Duchamp’s Fountain turned the art world upside down. Was it art? A hoax? Join us as we celebrate the centennial of the provocative and influential work that changed the course of modern art. Learn the story of Fountain, with period photographs, publications, and more of the artist’s readymades from our unrivaled Duchamp collection.

Phulkari: The Embroidered Textiles of Punjab from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection -- Through July 9

Discover the exquisite beauty and cultural significance of the Punjabi embroidery tradition that continues to inspire South Asian fashion designers today.

LOCATION: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway/ Philadelphia, PA 19101

For more information on the exhibitions and programs listed here, including generous donors and organizers, please visit philamuseum.org.

African-American History Thrives in Philadelphia -- The Unique, Compelling Story Of Early African-Americans, As Told Throughout Philadelphia

The National Constitution Center --

which houses an extremely rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln, and Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church, the mother church of the nation's first black denomination, are just two of the dozens of sites to experience African American history in the Philadelphia region.

Just as U.S. history is African-American history, Philadelphia history is African-American history. The nation's birthplace and first World Heritage City is home to the founding church of the African Methodist Episcopal denomination (201-year-old Mother Bethel A.M.E.) and the country's first major museum devoted to black American history (African American Museum in Philadelphia).Landmarks in Philadelphia's Historic District, from the Liberty Bell to street-side Historical Markers, tell of the successes, struggles and contributions of African-Americans through the centuries. Beyond the original city, Philadelphia's vibrant neighborhoods offer glimpses into the pasts of African-American whose impacts live on today (Marian Anderson Residence, Paul Robeson House).

These Philadelphia museums, landmarks, churches and other sites are rich in African-American history.

Museums:

The African American Museum in Philadelphia, founded in 1976, is the first institution built by a major U.S. city to preserve, interpret and exhibit the heritage and culture of African-Americans. Now celebrating its 40th year, the museum takes a fresh, bold look at the roles of African-Americans in the founding of the nation through the core exhibit Audacious Freedom. Other exhibitions and programs reveal the history, stories and cultures of those of African descent throughout the African diaspora. 701 Arch Street, (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org

At Independence Seaport Museum, Tides of Freedom: African Presence on the Delaware River uses the city's eastern river to uncover the African experience in Philadelphia, including enslavement, emancipation, Jim Crow and Civil Rights. Guest curated by Dr. Tukufu Zuberi, a University of Pennsylvania professor, the exhibit tells a 300-year-old story that unfolds through artifacts from the museum's own collection and compelling first-person accounts. Penn's Landing, 211 S. Columbus Boulevard, (215) 413-8655, phillyseaport.org

The National Constitution Center houses an extremely rare copy of the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln. The order that declared enslaved persons in rebellious areas of the South free is permanently on display in the Civil War alcove, which examines the turning-point year of 1863. Through self-guided tours and interactive programs, the museum also illustrates the contributions of notable African-Americans; delves into pivotal Supreme Court cases such as Dred Scott v. Sanford and Brown v. Board of Education; and explores the amendments that established rights for all citizens. A more recent highlight: the original, signed copy of Barack Obama's 'A More Perfect Union' speech, delivered onsite during his 2008 presidential campaign. 525 Arch Street, (215) 409-6700, constitutioncenter.org

The National Liberty Museum presents the enduring story of liberty, both in history and today. The Heroes From Around the World gallery spotlights notable people from all walks of life and time periods who protected and advanced freedom--including well-known figures such as Nelson Mandela and lesser-known people like Gail Gibson, a New Orleans nurse whose bravery helped save lives during Hurricane Katrina. The Live Like A Hero gallery showcases teachers, students, police officers, firefighters and other ordinary citizens who use their voices and talents to advocate for positive change, and the gallery includes a special section on students‚ ideas about freedom after watching the film Selma. 321 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-2800, libertymuseum.org

Historic Sites & Attractions:

Throughout Philadelphia--and the entire state, in fact--Historical Markers capture the stories of people, places and events that shaped our country. The blue signs act as mini-history lessons, including: First Protest Against Slavery (5109 Germantown Avenue), where a group of German Quakers wrote a protest against slavery in 1688; Free African Society (6th & Lombard Streets), an organization that fostered identity, leadership and unity among black people; James Forten (336 Lombard Street), a wealthy sailmaker who employed multi-racial craftsmen and championed reform causes; Octavius V. Catto (812 South Street), an African-American educator, Union army major and political organizer who was assassinated in 1871 while urging African-Americans to vote; Pennsylvania Abolition Society (Front Street between Walnut & Chestnut Streets), the first American abolition society; Philadelphia Female Anti-Slavery Society (5th & Arch Streets), organized by Quaker abolitionist Lucretia Mott; W. E. B. Du Bois (6th & Rodman Streets), an activist, author and co-founder of the NAACP; and William Still (244 S. 12th Street), an Underground Railroad agent. The Johnson House Historic Site, part of the Colonial Germantown Historic District, attained National Historic Landmark recognition for its role in the Underground Railroad. Tours offer visitors an opportunity to learn about the injustices of slavery and the people who risked their lives for others‚ freedom. 6306 Germantown Avenue, (215) 438-1768, johnsonhouse.org

Inside the Liberty Bell Center, visitors uncover the connection between the Liberty Bell and African-American history. Videos and interactive displays explain how the abolitionist movement adopted the icon of freedom based on the inscribed quote from Leviticus˜'Proclaim liberty throughout all the land unto all the inhabitants thereof'˜--as a symbol of its anti-slavery activities. Beginning in the late 1800s, the Liberty Bell traveled around the country to expositions to help heal the divisions of the Civil War. It reminded Americans of earlier days when they worked together for independence. 5th & Market Streets, (215) 965-2305, nps.gov/inde

An understated façade houses the three-story home of opera singer, humanitarian and civil rights icon Marian Anderson. The Marian Anderson Residence Museum, listed National Register of Historic Places, reveals the life and work of the first African-American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. People can tour the house every day except Sunday. 762 S. Martin Street, (215) 779-4219, marianandersonhistoricalsociety.weebly.com

Located in West Philadelphia, the Paul Robeson House served as the residence for the esteemed human rights activist, scholar, attorney, actor, football player and singer during the last decade of his life. Tours give visitors a chance to hear songs he recorded, learn about Robeson's politics and discover his life of accomplishments--including his family's 18th-century roots in Philadelphia. 4951 Walnut Street, (215) 747-4675, paulrobesonhouse.org

At The Presidents House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation, visitors see structural fragments of the home where Presidents Washington and Adams lived during their terms and where the first president kept nine enslaved Africans. The open-air Independence National Historical Park site, located just steps from the Liberty Bell Center, invites people to learn about the events that transpired through illustrated glass panels and video re-enactments, and then partake in silent reflection. 6th & Market Streets, (215) 965-2305, nps.gov/inde

People of all ages can perch on free Once Upon A Nation's Storytelling Benches at 13 locations around Philadelphia's Historic District. Professional storytellers regale their audiences with tales of the well-known and not-so-well-known people who shaped America‚s history. Benches are open from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Maps of the bench locations are available at the Independence Visitor Center. 6th & Market Streets, (215) 629-4026, historicphiladelphia.org

Churches:

With Benjamin Franklin, Betsy Ross and George Washington among its worshippers, Christ Church made history by ordaining Absalom Jones as the country's first African-American priest (Episcopalian), baptizing 25% of the free and enslaved African-Americans in Philadelphia over a 20-year period and helping to establish a school to educate slaves. Tours of the National Park Service-affiliated church, a National Historic Landmark, occur throughout the day. 20 N. American Street, (215) 922-1695, christchurchphila.org

Founded by Bishop Richard Allen with the first church building dedicated in 1794, Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal (A.M.E.) Church sits on the oldest parcel of land continuously owned by African-Americans, and is the 'Mother' church of the nation's first black denomination. Today, Mother Bethel comprises three institutions under one roof: church, museum and archive. The congregation worships weekly. The museum houses the tomb of Bishop Richard Allen and artifacts dating back to the 1600s. Reservations encouraged for the daily museum tour. 419 S. 6th Street, (215) 925-0616 motherbethel.org

Prior to the establishment of local African-American churches, St. George's United Methodist Church welcomed black worshippers and licensed Richard Allen and Absalom Jones as the first African-American Methodist lay preachers. A dispute over segregated seating policies led to a walkout and the creation of African Episcopal Church of St. Thomas and Mother Bethel A.M.E. Church. St. George‚s continues to work on amends for previous racial injustices. Portraits, items of worship, manuscripts and artifacts from the church‚s early years are on display in the original building, classroom and museum, open Tuesday through Friday, with Saturday tours by appointment and Sunday services. 235 N. 4th Street, (215) 925-7788, historicstgeorges.org

Art & Theater:

Mural Arts Philadelphia has an African American Iconic Images Collection Trolley Tour in its repertoire, available for private bookings.During the two-hour experience, visitors discover the people and stories depicted on the larger-than-life artworks that adorn the city's buildings and walls. (215) 925-3633, muralarts.org

The Clef Club formed in 1966 through the efforts of Philadelphia‚s African-American musicians union, Union Local No. 274 of the American Federation of Musicians. With notable members including John Coltrane and Dizzy Gillespie, the social club played a significant role in the advancement of jazz in Philadelphia and the world. In 1978, it expanded its mission to include jazz performance, instruction and preservation, becoming the nation‚s first facility constructed specifically as a jazz institution. Today, people enjoy concerts in the 240-seat performance space. 738 S. Broad Street, (215) 893-9912, clefclubofjazz.org

As one of the nation's most honored black professional theater companies, New Freedom Theatre has staged productions from celebrated African-American playwrights such as James Baldwin, Ossie Davis, Charles Fuller, Ntozake Shange, August Wilson and Leroi Jones. Its alumni include Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men. 1346 N. Broad Street, (888) 802-8998, freedomtheatre.org

Built in 1919, the Royal Theater served the city‚s African-American community by bringing performers such as Cab Calloway, Pearl Baily and Billie Holiday to Philadelphia. Listed in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, it also screened double features and films starring African-American actors, including Philadelphia‚s Paul Robeson. Though it closed in 1970 and is currently slated to be developed into residences, its façade--painted with a vibrant mural showcasing performers Fats Waller and Bessie Smith--celebrates its heyday. 1524 South Street

Sculptures:

In 1927, African-American Pennsylvania legislator Samuel Beecher Hart proposed a memorial that became All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors. Sculptor J. Otto Schweizer depicted African-American officers and enlisted men surrounded by American eagles and the allegorical figure of Justice, clutching symbols of Honor and Reward. Initially installed in Fairmount Park, it later found its home near Logan Circle on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Sculptor Stephen Layne spent eight months creating the clay model for the Smokin‚ Joe Frazier memorial statue. He wanted to perfectly capture the moment when the Philly native dropped Muhammed Ali with a left hook in 15th round of 'The Fight of the Century.' The 11-foot-tall, 1,800-pound bronze sculpture stands in the heart of South Philadelphia‚s sports area outside XFINITY Live! 1100 Pattison Avenue

African-American Facts About Philadelphia:

Julian Abele became the first African-American architect to design a major museum in the United States when he laid plans for the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The first African-American graduate of the University of Pennsylvania School of Architecture, Abele also designed the Free Library of Philadelphia.

Known as the 'Black Capital of Anti-Slavery' in the 1800s, Philadelphia was a hub for groups such as the Philadelphia Anti-Slavery Society and the Pennsylvania Underground Railroad, whose president and leaders resided in the city.
W. E. B. Du Bois‚ The Philadelphia Negro serves as sociological survey of the African-Americans living in the city's Seventh Ward. The mural Mapping Courage, painted on the firehouse at 601 South Street, memorializes Du Bois‚ book, the Seventh Ward and the local Engine #11 fire station, which was founded in 1871 and served as the city's unofficial African-American firehouse until the fire department desegregated in 1952.
Established in 1884, The Philadelphia Tribune holds the distinction as the country's oldest daily newspaper serving the African-American community. phillytrib.com

With 13,000 titles and 1,000 graphics and illustrations, The Library Company of Philadelphia's African Americana Collection contains one of the most comprehensive collections by and about African-Americans. Books, pamphlets, newspapers and periodicals ranging from the mid-16th to early 20th centuries provide in-depth documentation of African-American life in the country over the course of 400 years. 1314 Locust Street, (215) 546-3181, librarycompany.org

Albert C. Barnes possessed foresight as one of the first people in America to consider African objects as art. The pieces he collected between 1922 and 1924 became a central theme in the collection at the Barnes Foundation, and he displayed the pieces along with works by Renoir and Cézanne. A man known for his belief in social justice through education, he was both interested and involved in the Harlem Renaissance. 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® is our name and our mission. As the region's official tourism marketing agency, we build Greater Philadelphia's image, drive visitation and boost the economy.

On Greater Philadelphia'‚s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

National Museum of American Jewish History

The National Museum of American Jewish History opened the doors to its new home, NMAJH has hosted 15 special exhibitions and hundreds of public and educational programs; welcomed more than a half a million visitors; granted free or reduced admission to nearly 40,000 students; seen the Museum's Chasing Dreams: Baseball and Becoming American exhibition travel to 12 venues across the country; and acquired more than 5,000 new objects.

The Museum has taken a fresh look at its core exhibition˜which tells the story of more than 360 years of Jewish life in America˜and has introduced a number of new acquisitions and behind-the-scenes stories. Never-before displayed objects and new insights into existing ones allow visitors to experience the stories they may have seen before, but in deeper and different ways. The highlights offer a behind-the-scenes look into the Museum's collection, invite visitors to share they own stories, and use contemporary connections that encourage visitors to consider how the American spirit of courage and determination, aspiration and hard work, and leadership and service continues to inspire our lives today. Highlights of these'interventions' to the core exhibition are as follows:

·          'Sunny Day, Chasing the Clouds Away' - What does Sesame Street and a World War II uniform have in common? Newton N. Minow, former chairman of the FCC. Minow, whose uniform is newly on view, enlisted in 1944 at the age of 17. While in the army, he helped build the first telephone lines between India and China, but is best known for a different moment in his service to the nation as chairman of the FCC during the Kennedy administration. Famously calling television 'a vast wasteland' in his first speech, his insistence that broadcasters serve the public interest above commercial gain led to the creation of PBS and a family favorite, Sesame Street.

·         Former refugees pay it forward - Europe is experiencing the largest influx of migrants in nearly a century--most arriving from the Middle East and North Africa. Their arrival, while not without controversy, has inspired numerous acts of kindness and support. Visitors to the Museum can listen to two interviews with two Hungarian Holocaust survivors, who explain why they felt compelled to help because of their experiences 70 years ago.

·         Women in the Military - Now, when visitors are introduced to Corporal Eva Davidson, one of 300 women to enlist in the United States Marine Corps after the Secretary of the Navy began permitting it in 1918, they will also learn about the first women to graduate from the United States Army Ranger School in 2015 and the Pentagon‚s recent announcement that women will now be considered for all combat positions.

·         Cross-cultural connections - The Livro de Embazar las linguas Ingelza I Yudish booklet (Book for Learning the English and Yiddish languages), now on view in the core exhibition, belonged to Cali and Vitali Sadacca, who emigrated from Constantinople (now Istanbul) in 1910, and spoke Judeo-Spanish (also called Ladino). The booklet helped them and other Ladino-speaking Jewish immigrants communicate with their English and Yiddish speaking neighbors. It also helped them adjust to life in America during a wave of mass migration that saw an influx of immigrants primarily from Eastern Europe. Visitors are given Yiddish and Ladino phrases to try out with their friends and families.

·         Where are you from? Fun vanen kumstu? - Visitors can mark their hometown on a map of the United States that contains Yiddish state and city names beside their English counterparts. If visiting from another country, visitors are prompted to choose an American city they hope to see.

·         Classroom memories- Rebecca Gratz, pioneering educator, humanitarian, and social activist who established the first Hebrew Sunday school in America, has always been a fundamental part of the exhibition. Now, visitors can share a lesson that has stayed with them from their own school days in an album next to the Gratz exhibit.

·         Phone a Friend - Many objects throughout the Museum were donated by Rabbi Peter Schweitzer, including a hotel room phone from The Concord resort in upstate New York. Now visitors can dial 0 on the phone to hear Rabbi Schweitzer tell the behind-the-scenes story about building his collection.

The National Museum of American Jewish History, located on historic Independence Mall in Philadelphia, brings to life the 360-year history of Jews in America.  Tracing the stories of how Jewish immigrants became Jewish Americans, the Museum invites visitors of all backgrounds to share their own stories and reflect on how their histories and identities shape and are shaped by the American experience. An open door for all, NMAJH honors the past and contributes to a better future by sharing the power of imagination and ideas, culture and community, leadership and service, in ways that turn inspiration into action.

The National Museum of American Jewish History is located at 101 South Independence Mall East at the corner of Fifth and Market Streets in Philadelphia. Museum hours are Tuesday to Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10:00 am - 5:30 pm. NMAJH is closed most Mondays, including federal holidays and some Jewish holidays. Museum admission is $12.00 for adults, $11.00 for senior citizens and youth, free for children 12 and under, Museum Members, and active military with ID.  For more information, visit NMAJH.org or call 215.923.3811.

Reasons Biking in Philadelphia Is On A Roll

The sound of ringing bicycle bells is constant in Philadelphia, where a grid layout, mostly flat terrain and 435 miles of bike lanes make it ideal for cyclists, whether they prefer mountain bikes, fixed-gears or classic cruisers.

Spokes-People

As much as Philadelphia's ample sights and diverse terrain make it inherently bikeable, a few organizations are to thank for getting more and more people riding. Founded in 1972, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is the region's biggest cheerleader for safe cycling. In addition to educating Philadelphians about the environmental, health and economic effects of bike riding, the organization advocates for better opportunities and conditions--they've helped to create numerous new bike lanes and trails in the past half-decade alone. Seeing bicycles as excellent vehicles for personal growth, Neighborhood Bike Works focuses on helping young people and those with low-income backgrounds engage in their communities and green spaces by riding bikes they repair themselves. Programs include summer camps, group rides and classes for children and adults and its flagship Earn-A-Bike. 'Moving in the right direction' is the motto at Gearing Up, which helps women in transition--from abuse, addiction and incarceration--incorporate bike riding into their lives. Women track their milestones, participate in group rides and 'graduate' by earning refurbished bikes to call their own.

With all this riding around town, the CyclePhilly allows riders to record their routes and compare them with other users. Data from the app is shared with city planners who use it to prioritize the region‚s bike infrastructure improvements. Keeping tabs on the Philly biking world is SPOKE Magazine, a new publication chronicling the city's ever-growing cycling culture, infrastructure and community.

Pedaling To The Masses

Simple tasks often are compared to riding a bike, but Philadelphia‚s array of biking classes and group rides mean cycling can be as basic or challenging as riders choose.

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia proves it's never too late to try something new with its Adult Learn-to-Ride class, covering the basics of pedaling, steering and stopping.
The Bicycle Club of Philadelphia's free weekly rides range from slow, beginner-friendly trips to brisk, 50-plus-mile rides. With themes like 'Tropical Paradise' and 'Neon,' Philly Bike Party is a monthly series of nighttime rides featuring dancing, games, costumes and an outrageously fun time.Howling is encouraged during the monthly Philadelphia Full Moon Bike Ride, a nighttime jaunt with plenty of moonlight to illuminate a new route each time. Take Your Time Bicycle Rides specializes in socializing and slower paces. Its 'Ladies Only' ride, coordinated with the Bicycle Coalition's Women Bike PHL program, takes place every other month.
The pace picks up at shop Breakaway Bikes and Fitness, housing a Training Center that features classes and one-on-one coaching aimed at improving racing techniques and times. Its weekly Shake Shack Ride is a beginner-focused, 40-mile ride that ends, joyfully, with shakes and drinks at Shake Shack.The younger set loves Kidical Mass, a monthly bike ride with adults supervising their little riders--on big-kid bikes, since training wheels are discouraged--on a new route each month. Neighborhood Bike WorksRide Club is a four-part, after-school group ride for kids 8--18.
Switching gears: People's inner bike mechanics come out during Neighborhood Bike Works‚ four-week Adult Bike Repair Class, where fixing flats and adjusting brakes become as easy as riding a bike.

Shop Around

An unexpected perk of biking through Philadelphia: With so many bike shops around the city, it‚s a great way to window shop or pop in for a tune-up, new gear or a fresh set of wheels. In the particularly active cycling community of West Philadelphia, Firehouse Bicycles advertises its selection of new and used bikes with a funky, colorful sign and bike sculpture on Baltimore Avenue, while Keswick Cycle pairs its original location in Glenside with a sprawling outpost near the University of Pennsylvania's campus. Neighborhood Bike Works operates the nearby and beloved Bike Church, where an all-volunteer staff offers inexpensive used bikes and helps cyclists fix their own bikes, free of charge. Repairs are the specialty at Fairmount's Philadelphia Bikesmith, where mechanics get raves for both their know-how and patience. In the same 'hood' Fairmount Bicycles stocks such a large selection of sporty and city bikes that it extends to the sidewalk. Bicycle Therapy in the Graduate Hospital neighborhood is ideal for repairs between rides on the nearby Schuylkill River Trail; Breakaway Bikes and Fitness near Rittenhouse Square is both a sleek showcase for bicycles and a training center for cyclists; fixed-gear and European-style bikes share space at the colorful Bicycle Revolutions in Queen Village; and Bell's Bike Shop in the East Passyunk neighborhood makes excellent repairs, builds custom bikes and holds the designation of being the sole seller of PUBLIC bikes in Philadelphia. Across town, Fishtown's aptly named Bicycle Stable (building once served as a stable for police horses) provides new and refurbished bikes and bicycle services, while Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles caters to urban cyclists with a collection of city and cargo bikes, meant for riding around town and hauling gear, groceries, Christmas trees˜whatever needs transporting.
Riders within city limits and well beyond count on R.E.Load to tote their stuff; the messenger, roll-top and hip bags pack the brand's Northern Liberties store.

Life In The Fast Lane

Thanks to Philadelphia's grid-like system of streets, designed by founder William Penn, the city is easy to navigate. And thanks to Philadelphia's 435 miles of bike lanes, it's safe to navigate, too. In Center City, bike lanes run east on Pine Street, west on Spruce Street, north on 22nd Street and south on 10th Street. Bike lanes also run on either side of Benjamin Franklin Parkway, making it easy to ride to big-name destinations such as the Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
West Philadelphia, home to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University, makes biking to class˜and the neighborhood's many coffee shops and restaurants safe with lanes on Walnut,Spruce and Market Streets and Baltimore and Woodland Avenues. Other major bike lanes in Philadelphia include Fairmount,Torresdale and Kensington Avenues north of Center City; Washington and Oregon Avenues to the south; and Columbus Boulevard at the city'‚s eastern edge, making biking along Philadelphia's waterfront equally safe and scenic.

Happy Trails

With two riverfronts and one of the country's largest urban parks, the country's fifth-largest city makes it easy for urban cyclists to hit the trail--hundreds of miles of trails, in fact. Opened in 2013, the Delaware River Trail connects riders to Philadelphia's waterfront, where they can take in views of the Ben Franklin Bridge and New Jersey in the distance. Once completed, the trail will stretch six miles. In Northeast Philly, the Delaware River connects to Pennypack Trail, offering a challenging singletrack network and a paved bike path along Pennypack Creek. Hugging both sides of the Schuylkill River, Fairmount Park encompasses some of the city' most popular bike trails: Cobbs Creek Trail, featuring a lovely footbridge and plenty of shade (read: perfect for hotter months); the short-but-sweet Bartram's Garden Trail, with a meadow that‚s especially beautiful in summer; the paved, family-friendly Centennial 5K Route, which passes Please Touch Museum and Shofuso Japanese House and Garden; the winding singletracks and seemingly endless loops of Belmont Plateau; and Boxers‚ Trail, once frequented by boxer Joe Frazier.

The newest bikers‚ delight in Philadelphia is the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk; starting at South Street, this four-block paved path angles over the river and connects to the 26-mile Schuylkill River Trail. Between Center City and the trail's end at Valley Forge, the Schuylkill River Trail connects to the leafy Kelly Drive-West River Drive Loop, the eight-mile East Falls Loop and the Manayunk Towpath that runs parallel to Manayunk's shopping and dining destinations. Farther west, a variety of bike paths and terrains populate Wissahickon Valley Park, whose most popular trail is the off-the-beaten-path Forbidden Drive; no kind of bike is forbidden, though mountain bikes are strongly encouraged.

Off-Road Riding

Philadelphia's bucolic countryside offers near-endless trail-riding possibilities. For bikers looking for something even more off the beaten path, a few off-road opportunities excite. The Philly Pumptrack in Fairmount Park is a dirt track geared for BMX bikes, with X Games-style ramps, rolls and sharp curves. With both beginner and advanced tracks, the Pumptrack is kid-friendly and always monitored by volunteers. The walkways along the Benjamin Franklin Bridge have gained popularity among cyclists, who enjoy the 1.5-mile ride to Camden-not to mention to spectacular view of Philadelphia'‚s skyline on the way back. Pros and amateurs alike are gearing up for the proposed velodrome, currently titled Project 250. The building would feature a 250-meter, Olympic-size track intended for both public use and international cycling races.

Touring The Town

Organized bike tours take the guesswork out of sightseeing. The Philly Bike Tour Co. operates a trio of three-hour tours: the greatest-hits Classic City Tour, the sculpture-focused Art Is All Around Us Tour and the leafy Fairmount Park Tour. Philadelphia Bike Tours offers another guided option, with a three-hour ride covering popular and lesser-known landmarks between the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers-with a snack included. DIYers love the self-guided tours from Wheel Fun Rentals, with detailed maps guiding the way through either Center City or Fairmount Park. The Association for Public Art's Outdoor Sculpture Bike Map, which includes more than 30 public works and six scenic views, strengthens legs and opens minds as it winds around the Schuylkill River and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Created in collaboration with the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, the self-guided tour (four-mile or 10-mile routes) includes stops featured in the Museum Without Walls˙AUDIO program, so cyclists can hear three- to four-minute segments about the sculptures on their phone or via an app.

Wheels To Go

While Indego is meant for short trips, those looking for a longer ride are in luck--bike rentals are available all over the city. No matter where visitors roam in Philly, they can rent bikes for an hour or more from Wheel Fun Rentals, with locations at Lloyd Hall on Boathouse Row, at Capriccio at Café Cret along the Ben Franklin Parkway and at the Independence Visitor Center on Independence Mall. Brewerytown Bicycles sits along Girard Avenue in the Brewerytown neighborhood, just a quick ride to the Philadelphia Zoo, Kelly Drive or anywhere in Fairmount Park; mountain and fat bikes are available for daily rentals or several days. Brewerytown's sister store is Fairmount Bicycles, located just north of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; the fleet includes sporty and city-friendly options and Big Dummies--perfect for toting kids or shopping bags. Farther east toward Northern Liberties, urban-cycling specialist Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles provides city and cargo bikes for an hour, four hours or a full day.

More Bells And Whistles: 13 Philly Biking Facts

1. Philadelphia is the #1 big city in the country for bike commuters per capita, at 2.3%. (Source: Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, U.S. Census Bureau)

2. South Philly and Center City are among the top 25 neighborhoods in the country for commuting by bike. (Source: Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, U.S. Census Bureau)

3. With Indego, Philadelphia becomes the first U.S. city to offer a bike-share program that doesn‚t require credit cards. This makes bikes more accessible to a broader range of riders, including those from low-income backgrounds.

4. Between 2015 and 2020, the Indego program is projected to increase annual ridership in Philadelphia 500%, from 500,000 to 2.5 million.

5. Among the reasons Temple Universityreceived the honor of a 'Bike-Friendly University' by The League of American Cyclists: The school offers more than 1,700 bicycle parking spaces, free courses on urban bike safety and an on-campus bike mechanic.

6. The internationally renowned Fuji Bikes, launched in Japan in 1899, now calls its North Philadelphia headquarters home, and its bikes are staples in shops across the city.

7. North Bowland South Bowl, the ultra-popular bowling alleys in Northern Liberties and South Philadelphia, respectively, offer free shoe rentals to those who roll in with a bike helmet.

8. More than 100 artists--from Philadelphia to the Netherlands--submitted creative takes on bike racks for a 2014 contest held by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. The top 10 designs were installed at Boathouse Row, City Hall and elsewhere in the city.

9. Hotel Palomar and Hotel Monaco, Philadelphia's two Kimpton properties, offer complimentary PUBLIC bikes for their guests. The Palomar'‚s Pedal for Perks program encourages bike riding by offering perks, such as room upgrades and glasses of wine, based on guests‚ total mileage.

10. Simon Firth, the owner of Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles, is the only certified Brooks saddle (seat) repairperson in the United States.

11. For those riders who want to keep up with their friends or improve their hill rides, Philly Electric Wheels in Philadelphia‚s Mt. Airy neighborhood rents and sells electric-assist bikes.

12. Old-school elbow grease and new-wave innovation collide at Bilenky Cycle Works, custom-creators of tandem bikes and other quirky rides that can run around $10,000.

13. One rider who doesn‚t mind the workout: Philadelphia Eagles linebacker and fan favorite Connor Barwin, who is often seen riding his bike to games at Lincoln Financial Field.

VISIT PHILADELPHIA® makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.

On Greater Philadelphia‚s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

Philly Region Festivals Celebrate Art, Music, Mushrooms & More

With just the turn of the ignition key and within less than an hour, visitors to Philadelphia can explore the region's quaint towns and charming settings. And what better way to discover them than with the homegrown festivals and events that celebrate their distinct personalities. Some festivities are quirky--think tens of thousands of folks coming together to pay tribute to the mushroom. Others honor the culinary talents of their hometown chefs or the creative handiwork of local artisans. While still others harken back to the town's proud role in American history. Whatever the topic or the time of year, local festivals are a great way to get to know the Towns of the Philadelphia Countryside.

World's Only Ben Franklin Museum

The Benjamin Franklin Museum opened in Philadelphia on Saturday, August 24, 2014, and now visitors can delve into all aspects of Franklin’s life, from his role as statesman and diplomat to his life as a private citizen, inventor, philosopher and more. Built next to the site where Franklin actually lived in the mid 1700s, the underground museum was originally built for the 1976 Bicentennial celebration. Now, after undergoing a major transformation, the revitalized site will feature personal artifacts, computer animations and interactive displays. It is the only museum in the world dedicated to the life, times and legacy of this extraordinary Founding Father. Museum fee is $5 for adults and $2 for children.

Throughout Philadelphia, visitors can follow Benjamin Franklin’s legacy at the places he worked (Independence Hall), the institutions he founded (American Philosophical Society), the attractions named after him (The Franklin Institute) and in the public art he inspired (Bolt of Lightning...A Memorial to Benjamin Franklin).

The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases business and promotes the region’s vitality.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art

About the Museum

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is among the largest museums in the United States, with a collection of more than 227,000 works of art and more than 200 galleries presenting painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography, decorative arts, textiles, and architectural settings from Asia, Europe, Latin America, and the United States. Its facilities include its landmark Main Building on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Perelman Building, located nearby on Pennsylvania Avenue, the Rodin Museum on the 2200 block of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and two 18th-century houses in Fairmount Park, Mount Pleasant and Cedar Grove. The Museum offers a wide variety of activities for public audiences, including special exhibitions, programs for children and families, lectures, concerts and films.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art is Philadelphia's art museum. It is a landmark building. A world-renowned collection. A place that welcomes everyone. The museum brings the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. People are connected with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. The museum is committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.

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Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Philadelphia, PA 19101

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Events

First Major Art Museum Exhibition Dedicated to World-Renowned Photographer Michael Nichols

This summer, the Philadelphia Museum of Art will present the first major exhibition—Wild: Michael Nichols—of the work of one of the world’s leading photographers. Keenly interested in the conservation of wildlife habitat, Nichols has collaborated with scientists on groundbreaking projects about great apes, elephants, and big cats, as well as the landscapes of Africa’s Congo Basin and the American West. In this in-depth survey, his photographs will be presented along with paintings, sculpture, and other media selected from the Museum’s collection to demonstrate the enduring importance of the wild—those parts of our world that remain untouched by humankind—as a subject for artists across time, offering a unique context in which to understand and appreciate Nichols’s remarkable work. The exhibition coincides with the first biography about the artist, A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Photographer Michael Nichols, authored by exhibition co-curator Melissa Harris and published by Aperture.

Timothy Rub, The George D. Widener Director and CEO, said: “We are delighted to share Michael Nichols’s photography with our audiences and to bring his extraordinary images of animals in the wild and their habitats into a provocative dialogue with works from our collection. It will invite our visitors to consider how artists have understood the ancient and complex relationship between man and nature, and how they have represented the idea of the ‘wild’ throughout the history of art.”

Nichols has always approached the photographing of his subjects with great imagination, using innovative camera trap work and other technology in service of his goal: to photograph the wild without disturbing it, a strategy he calls “not being there.” However he captures his subjects, Nichols insists on being transparent about his methods so that viewers may understand the process.

Wild will be organized around two themes that have preoccupied Nichols throughout his career and that form the titles for two of his book projects, Brutal Kinship (1999) and The Last Place on Earth (2005). Brutal Kinship explored the relationship between humans and chimpanzees documenting chimps in captivity, in sanctuaries, and in the wild. Nichols and primatologist Jane Goodall argued that our complex dealings with chimps offer a framework for understanding our interactions with wild animals and places. In The Last Place on Earth, Nichols documented scientist Mike Fay’s trek across the Congo Basin—the largest untouched area on the planet—recording its rich biodiversity. An image of surfing hippos in Gabon from The Last Place on Earth was included in Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential Images of All Time” and will be among the photographs on view.

Wild will extend into other spaces throughout the Museum, and into the Great Stair Hall, where visitors will encounter Nichols’s groundbreaking images of a coastal redwood and a giant sequoia. Reproduced on 60-foot banners—the largest prints the artist has yet made—they constitute portraits of these monumental trees as extraordinary entities.

Related programs

Public lectures by Michael Nichols and by renowned primatologist Jane Goodall, with whom Nichols collaborated on Brutal Kinship, are scheduled on June 25 and September 16, respectively.

Also in conjunction with Wild, Art Splash, the Museum’s popular family program presented by PNC Arts Alive, will take place from June 27 through September 4 and will offer kids and their grown-ups dynamic activities related to nature. Art Splash will explore themes from the exhibition via in-gallery explorations, hands-on workshops, guided tours, performances, and family festivals.

Location

Dorrance Galleries and Great Stair Hall

About Michael Nichols

Michael “Nick” Nichols (born 1952), is an award-winning photographer whose work has taken him to the most remote corners of the world. He became a staff photographer for National Geographic magazine in 1996 and was named editor-at-large in January 2008. From 1982 to 1995, Nichols was a member of Magnum Photos, the prestigious cooperative founded by Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa.

Nichols has photographed regularly for National Geographic magazine, most recently “The Short Happy Life of a Serengeti Lion” (August 2013), breaking new ground in photographing the king of beasts using infrared, a robot-controlled mini-tank for eye-level views, and a tiny, camera-carrying electric helicopter. This story was featured at the 2013 LOOK3 Festival of the Photograph and at the 2013 Visa Pour l’Image Festival in Perpignan, France. The December 2012 cover story of National Geographic magazine, “The World’s Largest Trees,” featured a five-page foldout of a giant sequoia built from 126 images. Nichols made the image of the 247-foot-tall, 3,200-year-old tree during a California blizzard. This built on the technique he used in “Redwoods: The Super Trees” (NGM October 2009), for which he devised innovative rigging techniques to create an 84-image composite of the 300-foot-tall, 1,500-year-old tree.

Nichols recently returned from Yellowstone where he and his wife, Reba Peck, embedded themselves in the national park for 18 months for an entire issue of National Geographic magazine that was published in spring 2016. It was his last photo essay with the publication.

About A Wild Life: A Visual Biography of Photographer Michael Nichols

The first full-length biography by art photography editor, Melissa Harris, tells the story of the world’s most renowned photojournalist in the wild. A Wild Life charts Michael Nichols’s development from a fraught childhood growing up in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, through his hippie youth, his experiences as a member of the world-famous Magnum Photos cooperative, the evolution of his environmental calling and sensibility, and the great adventure photo stories of his life, first for GEO and Rolling Stone, and then for the past decades, for National Geographic.

For additional information, contact the Communications Department of the Philadelphia Museum of Art phone at 215-684-7860, by fax at 215-235-0050, or by e-mail at pressroom@philamuseum.org. The Philadelphia Museum of Art is located on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street. For general information, call (215) 763-8100.

South Asian Art - Shahzia Sikander
Disruption as Rapture

The South Asian galleries have reopened to the public. Among the highlights: a captivating and colorful digital animation by contemporary artist Shahzia Sikander. Inspired by an Indian manuscript from 1743, her work brings the magical illustrations to life in an intricate Persian architectural space.

In the Galleries
Designing Japan
On View

Much of Japanese art reveals the maker’s sheer sense of delight in form, surface, and pattern. In this installation, explore how Japanese artists create beautifully crafted objects through their inventive use of materials such as bamboo, lacquer, wood, clay, metal, and fiber.

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For more information on the exhibitions and programs listed here, including generous donors and organizers, please visit philamuseum.org.

Breaking Ground: Printmaking in the US, 1940-1960

This exhibition presents some of the most highly experimental prints that convey the breadth and vitality of artistic innovation in the United States during the period. Embracing the ways in which American artists brought the practice of printmaking to new heights, the selection ranges from color prints published by the Works Progress Administration (1935-43) to the technically advanced prints produced at independent workshops in the late 1950s and early 1960s, highlighting work that unites technical craft with creative expression. Unparalleled examples of craftsmanship by Anni Albers, Harry Bertoia, Mary Callery, Antonio Frasconi, Stanley William Hayter, Sue Fuller, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg will be on view.

A key influence on printmaking in the United States was the British printmaker Stanley William Hayter, who moved his print workshop Atelier 17 from Paris to New York at the outset of World War II. In the communal atmosphere of independent print workshops, both emerging and established artists often worked side by side. A selection of prints by Hayter and others who studied in his workshop, including Sue Fuller, Seong Moy, and Alice Trumbull Mason, convey the broad scope of his impact on the American art scene. Hayter’s surrealist visual vocabulary was adopted by his workshop’s student alumni, including Mauricio Lasansky and Gabor Peterdi, who would go on to open workshops at universities. Striking examples of their groundbreaking achievements are represented in the exhibition.

The figurative bronze Study for Acrobats (1953) by Mary Callery, who is primarily known for her abstract sculptural works, is juxtaposed with her multicolor screenprint Sons of Morning (c. 1957) to spotlight the intersection of printmaking and craft and to demonstrate her dynamic engagement with different media. Other works featured include ceramics by Rex Mason, and by Mary and Edwin Scheier, as well as a multilayered printed textile by Henry and Eleanor Kluck.

Among the vivid examples of color lithography and screenprinting are Russell T. Limbach’s Blues Singer (1938) and Hyman Warsager’s industrial cityscape titled Along the Harlem River (c. 1938). As these artists borrowed techniques that originated in commercial industry, others explored entirely new modes of printmaking by layering together processes like etching, engraving, woodcut, or screenprinting in various combinations. Harry Sternberg’s Blast Furnace #1 (1937-43) shows the artist’s first experiment combining screenprint and aquatint.

Prints created by Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg at Universal Limited Art Editions (ULAE) in the 1960s are included as examples by major young talents who worked with master printmakers. On view will be Rauschenberg’s widely acclaimed Accident (1963), a monumental work that he decided to print after discovering a fissure in the lithographic stone, thus incorporating an “accident” into the work.

The exhibition is organized by Eleanore Neumann, The Suzanne Andrée Curatorial Fellow in Prints, Drawings and Photographs, with John W. Ittmann, The Kathy and Ted Fernberger Curator of Prints, and includes works drawn from the Museum’s collections. Neumann said: “These masterful prints present strong affinities with developments in other media to shed light on an exceptionally creative moment in American art. It is fascinating to explore this rich period through remarkable examples acquired by the Museum, enabling us to convey a timeline of how printmaking evolved in America, and contributed to developments by artists working in other media.”

Location
Berman Gallery, main building

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AFRICAN-AMERICAN ART IN PHILLY-- Special Exhibitions Join The City's Permanent African & African-American Art Collections

In addition to the Philadelphia Museum of Art's special exhibition Represent: 200 Years of African American Art, featuring dozens of works from its collections, art lovers can take in the Brandywine Museum of Art's landmark exhibition Horace Pippin: The Way I See It. Adding to the trove of artistic treasures is As We See It: Selected Works from the Petrucci Family Foundation Collection, coming to the African American Museum in Philadelphia, along with shows at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and the Woodmere Art Museum.

After touring these special exhibitions, visitors can discover the array of African and African-American art in the permanent collections at many institutions around town. Here‚s a look at the exhibits and museums worth exploring this year especially:

Permanent Collections:
African Art:

Dr. Albert Barnes‚ interest in African art dates back to the early 1920s when he acquired traditional African masks and sculptures from the Dan and possibly Kulango societies of Côte d‚Ivoire, as well as from Guinea and northeast Liberia. Visitors can see these works, which he describes as 'the purest expression of the three-dimensional form, at the Barnes Foundation. Home to a remarkable collection of paintings from the masters of modern art, the Barnes Foundation''s significant collection of African art is displayed in remarkable ensembles that show how the likes of Picasso and Modigliani were influenced by the stylistic and symbolic forms in African art. The Barnes Foundation also holds important works by American artists, including Horace Pippin. 20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (866) 849-7056, barnesfoundation.org

The Penn Museum, or University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, boasts an extensive collection of African art and artifacts such as masks, sculptures, instruments, famed Benin bronzes, embroidered garments and jewelry. Visitors can also marvel at a wide range of other materials from throughout the continent, which are on permanent display in the African and Ancient Egyptian galleries. 3260 South Street, (215) 898-4000, penn.museum

African-American Art:

In addition to special exhibitions, The African American Museum in Philadelphia houses and frequently displays a large collection of paintings, photographs, prints, drawings, sculptures and mixed-media works that chronicle and dramatically tell the story of the black Diaspora.
701 Arch Street, (215) 574-0380, aampmuseum.org

Prominent African-American architect Julian Abele is credited with the design of the east façade of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but visitors can see works by other African-Americans inside the building as well. Three not-to-be-missed treasures: Miss T by Barkley Hendricks, Storage Jar by David Drake and Mr. Prejudice by Horace Pippin. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

At the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, the nation‚s first fine arts school and museum and the first in the world to exhibit works by an African-American artist, visitors can view major works by Nick Cave, Kehinde Wiley, Whitfield Lovell, Mickalene Thomas, Jacob Lawrence, Horace Pippin and others on permanent display throughout the galleries. 118 N. Broad Street, (215) 972-7600, pafa.org

For more than 42 years, the Brandywine Workshop has been a national force in the development and understanding of American printmaking as a fine-art form. The organization has sponsored more than 350 visiting artists‚ residencies from 35 states and 15 countries, in addition to ethnically diverse artists from around the region. Guests can peruse and purchase more than 600 prints and lithographs from artists-in-residence past and present, including Sam Gilliam, Jacob Landau, Jules Olitski, Betye Sarr and Moe Brooker. 728 S. Broad Street, (215) 546-3675, brandywineworkshop.com

Located in historic Chestnut Hill, Woodmere Art Museum celebrates the work of Philadelphia artists, including the city's many great African-American talents. The museum recently acquired works by Charles Jay, Humbert Howard, Charles Searles, Sterling Shaw, Ron Tarver, Claude Clark, Paul F. Keene Jr. and James Brantley, and it regularly displays works by Allan R. Freelon, Dox Thrash, Raymond Steth, Louis Baynard Sloan, David Clyde Driskell and Moe Brooker.
9201 Germantown Avenue, (215) 247-0476, woodmereartmuseum.org

The With Art Philadelphia® collaborative is a first-of-its-kind partnership to position Philadelphia among the world's great art destinations and to increase visitation to the region from around the world. The groups contributing financial and other resources to the campaign are: the City of Philadelphia, VISIT PHILADELPHIA˙, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Penn Museum (University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology), Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Philadelphia International Airport, Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, The Lenfest Foundation, William Penn Foundation, Knight Foundation, Arts & Business Council of Greater Philadelphia, PNC and PECO.

For more information about travel to Philadelphia, visit visitphilly.com or uwishunu.com, where you can build itineraries; search event calendars; see photos and videos; view interactive maps; sign up for newsletters; listen to HearPhilly, an online radio station about what to see and do in the region; book hotel reservations and more. Or, call the Independence Visitor Center, located in Historic Philadelphia, at
(800) 537-7676.

The Surrealists: Works from the Collection

Philadelphia Museum of Art
Perelman Building
Special Exhibitions Gallery

The Surrealists: Works from the Collection showcases Museum highlights from one of the most influential art movements of the twentieth century. Surveying the period during which Surrealism flourished—from the mid-1920s to the late 1940s in Europe and the United States—this exhibition will begin by examining the movement’s Parisian origins and trace its development over time as its methods and goals were embraced by a broad international avant-garde. Reflecting a deep fascination with psychoanalysis and dreams as well as myth and fantasy, the work of the Surrealists explored the use of chance and spontaneity to access the unconscious, defined new ways of making art, and tested the boundaries of social acceptability.

Here's a look at some of the Philadelphia region galleries that celebrate beauty inside and out:

When there isn't a festival, concert or film series in the 27-acre Sculpture Park at the Abington Art Center, visitors can claim a quiet bench under the Katasura trees to contemplate the 24 environmentally themed semi-permanent and temporary sculptures by artists such as Ursula von Rydingsvard, Knox Cummin, Christopher Manzione, Alison Stigor and Jay Walker. Indoors visitors can see as many as six exhibitions a year featuring works by regional and national artists. 515 Meetinghouse Road, Jenkintown, (215) 887-4882, abingtonartcenter.org

Although much of the art once housed in the Barnes Foundation has moved to a new facility on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the extensive arboretum and horticultural programs established by Dr. Barnes‚ wife Laura at the Merion mansion will remain open to the public. Check out the showcase of trees that bloom with 3,000 species/varieties, along with other fragrant plants and flowers. The Barnes‚ campus in Center City will also preserve the horticultural legacy of Laura Barnes. Outside the building that will show off the famed collection of Renoirs, Matisses, Monets and Cézannes, will sit four acres of landscaped lawns, trees, a public park, a fountain, contemplative walkways and ample seating. A courtyard outside the cafeteria will invite patrons to dine alfresco, while an internal garden will encourage visitors to imagine they are strolling directly into the garden landscapes they're admiring on the walls. 300 N. Latch,s Lane, Merion,
(610) 667-0290; 20th Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, barnesfoundation.org

Just one glimpse of the Virginia bluebells, Cardinal flowers, holly and bayberry bushes that border the Brandywine River Museum -- originally a 19th-century gristmill -- makes it easy to understand why the landscape has been the muse for many Brandywine Valley artists. The museum is internationally known for its unparalleled collection of works by three generations of Wyeths and its fine collection of American illustration, still life and landscape painting. Throughout the year, the wildflower and native plant gardens, which were dedicated by Lady Bird Johnson, are the site of special museum events, festivals, fairs and an annual plant sale that features seeds cultivated on the grounds. U.S. Route 1, Chadds Ford, (610) 388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org

The James A. Michener Art Museum has opened the Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion, a 2,700-square-foot indoor and outdoor space designed by architects Kieran Timberlake. The new space will allow multiple museum programs--from jazz nights to lectures and private events--to function simultaneously within an elegant, all-glass structure that extends into the Patricia Pfundt Sculpture Garden. The museum has five permanent and three changing galleries to accommodate 15 annual exhibitions and a 2,500-piece permanent collection, all of which capture the essence of the county‚s rolling terrain. 138 S. Pine Street, (215) 340-9800, Doylestown, michenerartmuseum.org

The Philadelphia Museum of Art's collections, which include more than 225,000 pieces, are considered among the world's best. And as the unofficial gateway to Fairmount Park, the Art Museum entices visitors to explore the natural art just beyond its walls. In September 2009, the museum unveiled its new bi-level sculpture garden, which, with its gentle combination of hard-scaped terraces, lawns, flora and water features, showcases a collection of permanent and rotating sculptures that overlook Fairmount Park, the Schuylkill River, the four-acre Azalea Garden and the grand neo-classical Water Works Restaurant and Lounge. Several loaned sculptures by Isamo Noguchi were featured in the initial installation for the developing garden, which now also includes large-scale works by Claes Oldenburg and Sol Le Witt. 26th Street &
the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, 'philamuseum.org

Jules Mastbaum, the movie-theater magnate and well known philanthropist who envisioned the Rodin Museum, had an eye for elegance. He hired French architects Paul Cret and Jacques Gréber to create this jewel box of a museum with intimate settings perfect for contemplating his 123-piece collection of Rodin's works, the largest outside of Paris. A recent facelift has restored the front garden's reflecting pool and the tapestry of Japanese Ilex, shrubs and colorful flowers, some dating back to the 1920s. And now a team is at work on renovating the interior of the museum, which will be unveiled in spring 20102. 22nd Street & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 568-6026, rodinmuseum.org

The Second Bank of the United States has a first-rate collection of historic portraits˜approximately 200 in all. Within this Parthenon-like structure, Founding Fathers, early leaders, explorers and others who made their mark on history are immortalized in classic portraits, many painted by Charles Wilson Peale. Just steps away are several gardens where visitors can ponder the significance of the subjects‚ accomplishments. Accented by native plants and trees, the Signers‚ Garden commemorates the early citizens who declared independence. The 18th-century Garden replicates the formal English gardens of the day, with geometrically patterned raised flower beds, walking paths, a pergola and a fruit orchard. And the Rose and Magnolia Gardens are secluded, colorful and fragrant refuges in the heart of Independence National Historical Park. Chestnut Street between 4th & 5th Streets, (215) 597-8787, nps.gov/inde

With more than 90,000 objects and a 60-acre garden set on a 1,000-acre country estate, Winterthur is a favorite for fans of Americana, with textiles, paintings and prints, furniture, ceramics and other objects dating from 1630. Nature enthusiasts are drawn to the woodlands, waterways and meadows abloom with hundreds of species, including six-acres of azaleas. Past the Reflecting Pool and Sycamore Hill, lilacs and princess trees stand beside deutzias and cherry red weigelas. If the kids get antsy, a short trip across the Troll Bridge leads to the Faeirie Cottage in the Enchanted Woods. 5105 Kennett Pike, Winterthur, Delaware, (800) 448-3883, winterthur.org

In the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, the Woodmere Art Museum tells the story of Philadelphia‚s art and artists, including N.C. Wyeth, Benjamin West, Violet Oakley, Edna Andrade and Daniel Garber, as well as new and emerging contemporary artists. The 19th-century stone Victorian mansion sits on six acres of sprawling manicured lawns that include a treasure trove of sculptures fashioned by Philadelphia-area artists. New on the grounds is a Children.s Garden that contains fanciful wooden creatures like birds, butterflies and a giant bird‚s nest nestled within the flowerbeds.
9201 Germantown Avenue, (215) 247-0476, woodmereartmuseum.org

For more information about travel to Philadelphia, visit visitphilly.com or uwishunu.com, where you can build itineraries; search event calendars; see photos and videos; view interactive maps; sign up for newsletters; listen to HearPhilly, an online radio station about what to see and do in the region; book hotel reservations and more. Or, call the Independence Visitor Center, located in Historic Philadelphia, at (800) 537-7676

National Canal Museum

The National Canal Museum’s new home at the Emrick Center in Hugh Moore Park features award winning, hands on educational exhibits that tell the story of this region’s rich industrial history, visitors can ride the famous mule-drawn canal boat and enjoy the natural beauty of Hugh Moore Park.  The Museum is uniquely poised to describe Easton and the Lehigh Valley’s pivotal role at the center of Pennsylvania’s energy transportation network – the anthracite canals – and their role in America’s industrial development, which was born here in a confluence of canals, natural resources and human energy and ingenuity.

For more information on Canal Days, please visit www.canals.org

Where to Eat

Philly Restaurants -- New Taverns, Creative Tacos & Comfort Food Lead The Season In Dining

There's no slowing down for Philly restaurants, even in the dog days of summer. This season, the options for excellent local eating continue to expand in all neighborhoods and at all price points. Popping this summer: a new Center City outpost for Marc Vetri's eponymous pizzeria (Pizzeria Vetri), a farm-to-table fast foodery (Farmer's Keep), a South Indian bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot (Imli Indian Kitchen), a classic dinner club reboot (Vesper)and a fusion taqueria (Revolution Taco).

Here are a few more restaurants to add to the must-try list:

Easygoing Eats & Comforting Cooking:

The Awesome Grilled Cheese (with basil oil and tomato cream dipping sauce), chicken meatballs Florentine and veal breast hoagie with shaved fennel thyme slaw are just a few examples of Pennsport shop 1st Ward Sandwich's high-level comfort food. 100 Morris Street, (215) 551-8000, #!1stwardphilly.com
The Loft District welcomes a new neighborhood hang with a classic tavern feel. Brick & Mortar offers chic but easygoing fare like hoisin hangar steak, buckwheat linguine with kale pesto and sticky toffee muffins, along with house cocktails like the Blinker (rye, grapefruit juice, raspberry syrup) and an interesting list of draft beers. 315 N. 12th Street, (215) 923-1596, brickandmortarphilly.com

The healthy fast casual trend surges on, but Center City newcomer Farmer's Keep's mission is manifold. In addition to light, fresh meals such as build-your-own salads, the offerings also include seasonal cocktails and health-inspiring activities such as a running club and yoga breakfasts. 10 S. 20th Street, (215) 309-2928, farmerskeep.com

Every neighborhood needs solid brunch, lunch and dinner options. Pennsport gets all three with Fourth and Cross, where the farm-to-table menu focuses on simple, accessible eats like pancakes, burgers and an oyster po‚boy, plus a six-layer chocolate cake that is baked on the premises. 1527 S. 4th Street, (215) 551-5200, fourthandcross.com

Opening any minute, Scratch Biscuits promises down-home food that just might be better than mama's. Gluten-free and regular biscuits supply the foundation for breakfast sandwiches (Pennsylvania Dutchman: homemade sausage, apple butter, grilled onion and cheddar), lunch sandwiches (Kentucky Klassic: Benton‚s country ham, house pickles and pimento cheese) and sweet biscuit puddings (Fluffernutter; Nutella). 1306 Chestnut Street, (267) 930-3727, eatscratchbiscuits.com

It's a brilliant concept: Pairing the region's best craft beers with a celebrated barbecue truck‚s eats. Located in a former warehouse in Bridesburg, Smokey Pint brings together beers from Yards, Philadelphia Brewing, Stoudt's, Victory and others with the Oink and Moo BBQ Truck‚s pulled pork sliders, chicken tacos and ribs. All are available to enjoy onsite or to go. 2549 Orthodox Street, (267) 343-4266, smokeypint.com

The down-to-earth cooking at Port Richmond's Mercer Café always satisfies, and now a second location in the Navy Yard brings those easygoing banana pancakes, creamed chip beef, turkey clubs and crab quesadillas (plus Taconelli‚s pizza) to a different audience. 4920 S. 15th Street, (267) 457-5585, mercercafephilly.com

No such thing as too much of a good thing, and Pizzeria Vetr's new Rittenhouse Square branch proves the point. The original location‚s char-freckled crusts are replicated here, with the same delicious toppings (Tonno: Sicilian tuna, onion, peperoncino; Salsiccia: fennel sausage, roasted fennel), along with the same inventive salads, creamy soft serve ice cream and bottled cocktails. 1615 Chancellor Street, (215) 763-3760, pizzeriavetri.com

The owner of Grey Lodge Pub and Hop Angel Brauhaus teams up with Troy Everwine for a third Northeast Philly venture. SawTown Tavern reinvents an historic bar, boasting custom-crafted house beers; hearty, scratch-made brunch and lunch eats such as biscuits and sausage gravy and French toast; and pub fare, including barbecue pork skewers brought in from neighboring Pasiano's. 4717-19 Princeton Avenue, (215) 332-1699, sawtown.com

A legendary restaurant opens its third location: White Dog Café's sustainability focused cooking prevails in a new Haverford outpost, with local artisan cheese plates, Kennett Square mushroom soup and Jersey scallops served with pea shoots and jalapeño sweet corn cream. Desserts like strawberry and cream bread pudding, serious cocktails and local beers round out the offerings. 379 Lancaster Avenue, Haverford Square, Haverford, (610) 896-4556, whitedog.com

Notable Potables:

The hotly anticipated Guild Hall Brewing Co. has finally tapped its kegs in Jenkintown. Meanwhile, the kitchen turns out colcannon tater tots, the Aberdeen burger (salami, fried egg and garlic aioli) and mains like honey-roasted pork with garlic spinach, plus sweets like berry cobblers and beer milkshakes. 208 York Road, Jenkintown, (267) 287-8698, guildhallbrewing.com

A revival of a classic Philly private dining club, Vesper brings the lush mid-century era back to Center City, replete with live music, dancing and a speakeasy behind a secret bookcase door. The menu features a raw bar, filet with shallot tarte tatin and seasonal vegetarian pot pie, along with classic cocktails and wines by the glass. 223 S. Sydenham Street, (267) 930-3813, vesperphilly.com

The Kennett Square location of Victory Brewing Company, Victory at Magnolia makes a rotating selection of beer produced on the premises available. There‚s also a small menu of beer absorbers: sautéed PEI mussels, burgers and Carolina pork sandwiches. 650 W. Cypress Street, Kennett Square, (484) 730-1870, victorybeer.com

An International Affair:

The homemade corn tortillas at Dos Tacos encase fillings like the Phat Pig (bacon, braised and crispy pork belly, radish and pico de gallo), The Frenchman (herb-braised chicken with truffle lime vinaigrette and foie gras) and Ta-Korea (flank steak, kimchi and pickled cucumber). Late night hours accommodate bar-goers‚ cravings for all of the above. 120 S. 15th Street, (215) 567-8226, dostacos.rocks

Queen Village gets a taste of coconut curry with the arrival of Imli Indian Kitchen, an airy BYOB focusing on the flavors of South India. The aromatic fare includes medhu vada (lentil donuts with chutney), avial (vegetables with mango, coconut and cashew paste) and meen molee (grilled striped bass with condensed coconut milk, shallot and urad dal). 769 E. Passyunk Avenue, (267) 858-4277, imliphilly.com

Coming Soon:

Chef Peter McAndrews (Modo Mio, Paesano's) turns out some of the city's most inventive Italian food, and a Fishtown shack will soon become Heffe, his first foray into tacos˜albeit with Italian and Mediterranean influences. Frankford Avenue & Marlborough Street

Chef Scott Schroeder's creativity knows no limits and soon, with the opening of Hungry Pigeon on Fabric Row, he'll add an all-day café with dinner service to his restaurant portfolio 743 S. 4th Street, hungrypiegeonphilly.com

The only thing missing from the city's vast taco scene? A great vegan option. Nicole Marquis of HipCityVeg will remedy that issue with the opening of JoséJosé in Rittenhouse Square, two doors from her flagship fast food restaurant. 133 S. 18th Street
A former Momofuku Ko chef will helm SouthGate, a Korean pub on the site of the beloved Tangier bar that promises enticing eats like Korean fried chicken and bulgogi burgers. 1801 Lombard Street

Great news for Queen Village: The new owners of Southwark, Chris d‚Ambro and Marina De Oliveira, are preparing to open Restaurant Ambra next door, with an Italian wine bar concept.

Three popular food trucks--Street Food Philly, Say Cheese and Taco Mondo--join forces to open the forthcoming Revolution Taco, a BYOB with counter service and seating for 30. The menu could include smoked mushrooms or Korean fried chicken tacos and burritos, as well as bacon and cheese empanadas.2015 Walnut Street

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PITTSBURG

What to See & Do

Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Homeschoolers

Carnegie Museum of Natural History offers a variety of programs for homeschoolers. These classes enhance inquiry skills and deepen your child’s interest in science and their world. Academic standards for school-aged programs can be found on web site www.CarnegieMNH.org/doe/programs/homeschool.htm.

Events At Four Winds Gallery

In celebration of Charles King’s book Born of Fire: The Life and Pottery of Margaret Tafoya  and the exhibit of the same name at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Four Winds Gallery, 5512 Walnut Street, Pittsburgh, will exhibit additional clay masterworks by Tafoya and her family. Kiowa jeweler Keri Ataumbi will also show her latest jewelry designs. 

About Four Winds Gallery:

Established in 1974, Four Winds Gallery offers exceptional Southwestern Native American material. The Gallery's pieces encompass the finest historic items to works by today's most innovative contemporary artists such as Cody Sanderson and Shawn Bluejacket. The collection includes jewelry, pottery, weaving, sculpture, paintings, prints, folk art and photographs.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., and Mondays between July 4 and the Monday before Labor Day, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and President’s Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission to both Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History is $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, $11 for children ages 3–18 and full-time students with ID, and free to children under 3 and Carnegie Museums members. Convenient visitor parking is available in the museum’s six-level garage at Forbes Avenue and S. Craig Street. For more information, please visit www.carnegiemnh.org or call (412) 622-3131.

The King of the Dinosaurs at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History Final Phase of Dinosaurs in Their Time

 Carnegie Museum of Natural History has completed Dinosaurs in Their Time and the return of one of its most famous dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex, with the opening of the exhibit’s second and final phase. In order to accommodate the expected crowds, the museum will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The first phase of Dinosaurs in Their Time—the premier dinosaur exhibit in the world to immerse visitors in the environments in which dinosaurs lived, surrounded by scientifically accurate re-creations of the Earth’s Triassic, Jurassic, and Cretaceous Periods—opened to the public in November 2007. The June opening of the final phase will complete the three-year, $36 million project that renovated and expanded the museum’s former Dinosaur Hall and now features the third largest collection of real mounted dinosaurs in the country. 

T. rex returns to the museum, but is not alone. In one of the most dramatic paleontological displays ever constructed, Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s original T. rex is joined by a second T. rex, with the two frozen in a confrontation over the remains of an Edmontosaurus. This new display not only reflects the most current scientific thinking on Tyrannosaurus but also conveys its historical and cultural significance as one of the world’s most popular and thrilling dinosaurs.

The museum’s Tyrannosaurus rex has been part of the collection since 1941when it was purchased from American Museum of Natural History for $7,000. This T. rex  has the unique distinction of being the holotype, or name-bearing specimen, of its species. This means that the museum’s skeleton is the original specimen by which the species is and forever will be defined. By definition, when other potential T. rex specimens are discovered, they must first be compared to the skeleton at Carnegie Museum of Natural History to ensure that they actually pertain to this species. In short, the museum’s mounted skeleton of Tyrannosaurus rex is the world’s first specimen of the world’s most famous dinosaur.

In addition to the two “battling” Tyrannosaurus skeletons, the exhibit also features important parts of other real T. rex specimens: the real lower jaw of a third adult T. rex specimen that has been tucked away in the museum’s fossil collection for over a century and a cast of the snout of a very rare baby T. rex. The museum also exhibits in the entrance hallway near the Natural History store, a mounted cast skeleton of the teenage Tyrannosaurus “Jane.” Add to these another cast adult skeleton of T. rex displayed at Pittsburgh International Airport, and the Steel City becomes one of the world’s greatest destinations for fans of this iconic dinosaur.

About Dinosaurs in Their Time

Dinosaurs in Their Time is the first permanent exhibit in the world to feature scientifically accurate, immersive, and detailed reconstructions of environments spanning the breadth of the Mesozoic Era—the Age of Dinosaurs, from 251 million years ago to 66 million years ago—arranged in chronological order and filled with actively and accurately posed real fossil specimens. 

Phase One opened in November 2007, featuring reconstructed land environments from the Triassic, Jurassic, and Early Cretaceous periods, as well as a marine ecosystem from the Late Cretaceous. Phase Two completes the exhibit by recreating a terrestrial habitat from near the end of the Age of Dinosaurs, the Late Cretaceous.

Phase Two adds six mounted dinosaur skeletons to Dinosaurs in Their Time, bringing the total number of dinosaurs on display in the 18,600 square foot exhibit to 19. The former Dinosaur Hall covered 5,000 square feet and featured 10 dinosaur skeletons in classic, but scientifically obsolete poses.

Just as in Phase One, visitors will notice that the dinosaurs in Phase Two have undergone dramatic changes. In 2005, Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s original T. rex skeleton was dismantled and its bones transported to Phil Fraley Productions’ studio in Paterson, New Jersey where they were cleaned, restored, and re-mounted on a new, custom-fabricated steel armature.

The Tyrannosaurus has been repositioned in a dynamic new, scientifically accurate pose that strongly contrasts the upright, kangaroo-like position in which it stood for over six decades. Now its back is held nearly horizontal, its tail elevated and curved to its left, and its jaws frozen in mid-roar, guarding a carcass of the plant-eating dinosaur Edmontosaurus.

Another Phase Two newcomer is Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s mounted skeleton of Triceratops. Previously, the museum had exhibited only its real fossil skull of this celebrated three-horned plant-eater. Earlier this year, however, the museum obtained a skeletal cast of a Triceratops body in order to transform its isolated skull into an engaging mounted skeleton.

Phase Two also features an enormous wall mural that depicts the environment of the Hell Creek Formation, immersing the visitor in the lush flora and fascinating fauna of this habitat. The mural, completed by Walters and Kissinger, a Philadelphia-based art and graphic design firm known for their recreations of Mesozoic life, contains a Pachycephalosaurus, a herd of four Edmontosaurus, two Triceratops, an oviraptorosaur, an extinct turtle, the archaic bird Avisaurus, the badger-sized marsupial mammal Didelphodon, and a variety of plants—including a diversity of early flowers.

In addition to its recreation of the Hell Creek ecosystem and its dinosaurs, Phase Two also features a rotating exhibit entitled “Fossil Frontiers.” This exhibit will highlight cutting-edge paleontological research conducted by Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s staff. It debuts with a display on research by two vertebrate paleontologists, curator Dr. David Berman and collection manager Amy Henrici, on 300 million-year-old amphibians and reptiles from fossil quarries in Germany. 

A final feature of Phase Two of Dinosaurs in Their Time is an exhibit on the evolution of the spectacular ceratopsians, or horned dinosaurs. After colonizing North America at least 100 million years ago, ceratopsians diversified, producing dozens of species that sport an amazing variety of skull shapes. This exhibit showcases cast skulls of four horned dinosaurs (Torosaurus, Zuniceratops, Pachyrhinosaurus, and a new species from Utah), the last three of which will be new additions to the museum.

Impact of Dinosaurs in Their Time

Since the opening of Phase One of Dinosaurs in Their Time in November 2007, Carnegie Museum of Natural History has welcomed thousands of visitors and new members. The following is a brief sketch of how admissions and memberships have increased after the opening of the first phase of the exhibit:

When the new T. rex display opens, the museum will have capacity for nearly 1,000 visitors per hour through Dinosaurs in Their Time. Because of the extra capacity, advance timed tickets will not be required.

Carnegie Museum of Natural History, one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sundays from noon to 5 p.m., and Mondays between July 4 and the Monday before Labor Day, the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and President’s Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $15 for adults, $12 for senior citizens, $11 for children ages 3–18 and full-time students with ID, and free to children under 3 and Carnegie Museums members. Convenient visitor parking is available in the museum’s six-level garage at Forbes Avenue and S. Craig Street. For more information, please visit www.carnegiemnh.org or call (412) 622-3131.

History of the Collection

Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s spectacular fossil collection is largely credited to Andrew Carnegie’s fascination with dinosaurs, which inspired him to finance paleontological digs in several western states for more than two decades.

In late 1898, while in his New York apartment, Carnegie read an article in the New York Journal and Advertiser announcing the “Most Colossal Animal Ever on Earth Just Found Out West!” The accompanying illustration showed a gigantic, stylized, long-necked sauropod dinosaur standing on its hind legs and peering into the uppermost window of the New York Metropolitan Life building.

Struck by this amazing discovery, Carnegie ripped the article from the newspaper and jotted a hurried note to Carnegie Museum director William J. Holland that read, “Dear Chancellor, Buy this for Pittsburgh.” Carnegie immediately sent the note and article off to Holland, along with a check for $10,000. Financed by Carnegie, Holland assembled an expert team of fossil hunters and sent them west to find a dinosaur.

In July 1899, Carnegie’s team started work in Sheep Creek, Wyoming—about 30 miles from where the “Colossal Creature” had originally been found. The Sheep Creek area featured outcrops of the Morrison Formation—a distinctive sequence of Late Jurassic-aged sedimentary rocks that is found in the western United States and Canada. The Morrison is most fertile source of dinosaur fossils in North America.

On July 4, 1899, Carnegie’s team hit pay dirt, discovering the first bones of what would prove to be one of the most complete sauropod dinosaurs ever discovered. It was soon clear that the find was exactly what Carnegie wanted for Pittsburgh. Dubbed Diplodocus carnegii in Carnegie’s honor, the skeleton measured 84 feet long. At the time, it was the longest animal known to have ever walked the Earth.

By the early 1900s, Carnegie’s paleontologists were shipping trainloads of spectacular fossils back to Pittsburgh from quarries in Wyoming, Colorado, Montana, Nebraska, and, most notably, Utah. There, museum paleontologist Earl Douglass discovered an extraordinary dinosaur quarry in rocks of the Morrison Formation exposed on the state’s northeastern edge. That quarry, still the greatest Jurassic dinosaur site ever discovered, is known today as Dinosaur National Monument. Among other specimens, it produced the museum’s mounted skeletons of Camarasaurus lentus, Allosaurus fragilis, Dryosaurus altus, Stegosaurus armatus, Camptosaurus sp., and Apatosaurus louisae. Ultimately, approximately 20 mountable skeletons belonging to 10 different dinosaur species were discovered there, as well as many isolated bones and partial skeletons. More than 700,000 pounds of fossils were shipped to Pittsburgh from Douglass’ site. TCarnegie Museum of Natural History’s Dinosaurs in Their Time o allow visitors to bypass lines at the admissions desk, the museum offers advance ticket sales online at www.carnegieonline.org/cmnh/.

POCONO MOUNTAINS

Where to Stay

The Inn at Pocono Manor

The Inn at Pocono Resort blends a century of hospitality with the demands of 21st Century travelers. Lovingly referred to as the “The Grand Lady of the Mountains” and a National Registry of Historic Places property, The Inn at Pocono Manor opened in 1902 as a country retreat for Philadelphia Quakers. Today it is the oldest continuously running Resort in the Poconos and one of the oldest in North America.

The Inn’s main lodge and event space were comprehensively renovated in 2011, restoring turn-of-the-last century charm to the historic facilities and integrating state-of-the-art technology expected by today’s travelers. The all-season resort boasts 237 beautiful guestrooms, and 25,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space that can accommodate up to 500 guests. The Exchange at Pocono Manor restaurant features superb dining with an eclectic flair. The Old Lamplighter Lounge serves specialty beverages and pub fare throughout the day.

Complete recreational amenities are available at The Inn at Pocono Manor, including signature golf, horseback riding, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, the luxurious Laurel Spa, fishing, clay shooting, cross country skiing, and more. Striking views of the Pocono Mountains are visible from all sides of the resort’s main building. Complimentary wireless Internet is available throughout. The Inn at Pocono Manor features two 18-hole signature golf courses, including the East Course dating to 1912, with its first nine holes designed by Donald Ross and second nine by William Flynn, and has been host to golf legends like Sam Snead, Arnold Palmer and Jerry Barber. In 1959, the West Course opened its first nine designed by George Fazio. Throughout the years it has remained a favorite with long ball hitters.

A destination within the Poconos for over a century, the 3000-acre Inn at Pocono Manor is minutes away from Crossings Premium Outlets, Camelbeach Water Park, Camelback Ski Mountain, and the Mt. Airy Casino. The AAA three diamond-rated Resort is within two hours of New York City, New Jersey and Philadelphia.  www.poconomanor.com

What to See & Do

Do you play golf? Or shoot? Maybe fish? Then the Inn at Mount Pocono Is The Right Place!

You'll love the TWO 18-hole golf courses, the Pro Shop and Driving Range, the Golf School & Lessons with PGA Instructor, Club Rentals, the Nineteenth Hole Restaurant & Bar -- and the East Course that celebrated 100 Years in 2012.

The Manor Sports Club ---- located on five square miles of beautiful mountain scenery, crystal clear streams and abundant wildlife, has numerous fun activities and features Fly Fishing, Bicycling, Sporting Clays, Pond Fishing, a BB Range and Archery. Winter activities include Ice Fishing, Ice Skating, Cross Country Skiing and Snow Shoeing. There's also a Full Service Fitness Center with Nautilus Equipment, Tennis, Racquetball, Spin, Exercise Classes, an Outdoor Pool, Hiking trails lead through the natural beauty of this special area, and to a magnificent secluded spot surrounding by three where you can sit, picnic and listen and observe a gorgeous waterfall, play volleyball, shuffle board, and bocce ball.

There's more, too, including horseback riding, carriage rides, riding lessons, special Fall events - including Haunted Hay Rides and Pumpkin Pickin' - plus snowmobiling and dogsledding.The historic Inn at Mount Pocono and its award-winning golf coursesess room. For the kids, there's a play room with ping pong, foosball and childrens' toys.

Rentals include bicycles (bikes & helmets included along with bike maps with trails marked; BB Guns (including BBs and targets), archery (includes targets, bows, arrows); 5 Stand; Sporting clays (includes course and clays); Gun rental (shell prices based on market); Fishing Equipment and stream pass (rod rental and bait); Golf Cart Rental; Instructor is available for the above; Golf Cart Tour (30-45 minute tour to stream, waterfalls, pumphouse, lake, verbal history overview, and more); Cross Country Skiing; Ice Skating; Snowshoeing.

Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday thru Saturday and 9 am. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Hours vary based on the season, large parties, etc.

More About the Inn at Mount Pocono

The Inn at Pocono Manor Has Completed its Major Renovation of Historic Circa 1902 Lodge

The Inn at Pocono Manor  has completed its $5 million renovation of the historic resort’s main lodge, which originally opened 110 years ago. Renovations included comprehensive new floor, wall and window treatments for the building’s large and original upper and lower lobbies, event and meeting rooms, the historic restaurant, the resort’s popular Lamplighter Lounge, and all 190 main lodge guestrooms.

Lisa Green, general manager, said she is very pleassed that the renovation was quite successful. "Our goal was to remain true to The Inn’s 110 year heritage of hospitality. A century ago, this was a resort where guests could get away from the city, reconnect with nature and their loved ones, and renew. We think we’ve restored that sense of nature and serenity, and now have a main lodge that complements this with comfort and beauty, and which is true to the period in which it opened.”

With the completion of the renovation program, the main lodge at The Inn at Pocono Manor has been aesthetically unified. Rich new furnishings and lighting fixtures that restore the character, luster and charm of the late Victorian Era are set against a color palette of soft green, blue and deep burgundy hues. Massive fieldstone fireplaces in both lobbies and in the restaurant were reopened after being closed off decades ago, once again welcoming guests with the warm glow of the hearth. 

Probably the most dramatic space immerging from the renovation is the historic and vast dining room that was added to the lodge in the 1920s. During the renovation, original hardwood flooring was rediscovered and restored. Massive columns that define the room were transformed from monochromatic megaliths into brilliant gold sentries, welcoming guests and beckoning them into the breathtakingly beautiful space with glorious mountain views. As hotel dining rooms of that period were imposing by their size, the room was softened with yards and yards of rich fabric draperies drawn to each column to suggest space and yet intimacy. The room’s large stone fireplace was restored and reopened. 

Multiple historic photographs telling the story of the Inn’s century of hospitality have been matted & framed, and placed in public areas of property as well as in guestrooms. “This is one of the most commented on aspects of the renovation,” continued Ms. Green. “Our guests are so enjoying seeing the resort’s history come alive through the photographs that have been incorporated into our new décor.”

To celebrate the completion of the renovation and to highlight the immense artistic talent in the Poconos, The Inn hosted an art competition recently, and the three winning artworks were purchased by the resort and installed in the main lodge.

The late Victorian interior design theme was carried through each of the main lodge’s 190 guestrooms and baths as well, utilizing dramatic new furniture beautifully milled and finished to suggest circa 1902.  Guest baths were enhanced with period-style lighting fixtures and paver tile wall finishes typical of luxury bathrooms of the era. Rich new linens accessorize both the guestrooms and baths.

In keeping with the historically-focused year at The Inn at Pocono Manor, the property celebrated the Centennial of its East Course in the summer of 2012. The unique Classic Era course, with design contributions by both Donald Ross and William Flynn, is balanced by the resort’s West Course, which was designed by George Fazio as a modern complement to the East Course's classic-era routing and style.

For more information and for reservations, contact 800-233-8150 / 570-839-7111, or visit www.poconomanor.com.
For details on the Manor Sports Club call 570-839-3908.

Mount Airy Casino Resort Embraces the New Addition

The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau (PMVB) has announced the debut of table games in the four-county region today. The area's only casino, Mount Airy Casino Resort, welcomed the arrival with a ribbon cutting ceremony to introduce 74 varied table games. The Pocono Mountains forecast a wave of curious guests from the surrounding regions, as well as the local community, to come experience the region‚s latest attraction.

On the main gaming floor, players planning to gamble at Mount Airy Casino Resort can now play 46 table games including craps, roulette, blackjack and poker. The resort also opened a new Poker Room which offers 'Let it Ride', three-card, seven-card stud, Texas Hold'em, Omaha, Pai Gow and standard poker. An additional Asian-themed room holds the remaining 17 tables with baccarat, Pai Gow tiles, poker and blackjack. Staffers in this room are fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin, as well as 12 other dialects.

When the re-invented Mount Airy Casino Resort opened their doors in 2007, table games were in their hopeful future. On April 7, 2010, the Pennsylvania Gaming Board approved the petition, which also gave way to move forward with plans for the resort in the upcoming year including 200 more hotel rooms, expansions to their conference facilities, several new businesses, a possible second hotel and concert arena. The 188-room resort is the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania‚s only casino hotel currently in operation.

About the Pocono Mountains
With 2,400 square miles encompassing Pennsylvania's Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne counties, the Pocono Mountains region is home to rolling mountain terrain, breathtakingly beautiful waterfalls, thriving woodlands and 170 miles of winding rivers. Winters offer guests the opportunity to ski, snowboard, snow tube and even snowshoe their way through snowy wonderlands encompassing over 163 ski trails, while summers also cater to the active traveler allowing exploration of 261miles of hiking and biking trails, over 35 golf courses, whitewater rafting, boating, fishing and open access to nine state and two national parks.

Any time of year is a good time to visit the Pocono Mountains, located within driving distance of most major East Coast cities. This region teeming with history offers year-round cultural tours and art exhibitions, abundant antiquing and brand-name shopping and a full calendar of festivals showcasing the heritage, music and food of the Pocono Mountains. Even the most discerning traveler will find comfortable accommodations in the Pocono Mountains, which offers an eclectic mix of resorts, distinctive properties and quaint, country inns and bed and breakfasts.

Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at www.800poconos.com or by phone at 800-POCONOS (800-762-6667). Follow PoconoTourism>@PoconoTourism on Twitter to stay current with up-to-date information. Established in 1934, the Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is a private, non-profit, membership organization. The Pocono Mountains Visitors Bureau is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne in northeastern Pennsylvania. 

2017 Pocono Mountains “Skiing Guide and Map”

Now available free of charge by calling 800-POCONOS (800-762-6667) or by ordering online from web site www.800poconos.com. The brochure is a one-stop source for planning a ski and stay trip to the Pocono Mountains.

The “Skiing Guide and Map” gives descriptions of seven major ski areas and one resort tubing park in the region including Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center, Big Boulder Ski Area, Blue Mountain Ski Area, Camelback, Jack Frost Mountain, Shawnee Mountain, Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain and Fernwood Hotel & Resort Winter Fun Center. There are listings for accommodations, attractions and restaurants, so visitors can make the most of their trip to the Pocono Mountains.  A map pinpointing the ski areas and resort tubing park is also included.

The guide provides information on the region’s premier ski, ride and stay web site featuring comprehensive ski-related information.  Site visitors can view special ski & stay packages as well as ski conditions at web site www.poconoski.com.

Comprehensive Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at web site www.800poconos.com or by phone at 800-POCONOS (800-762-6667).  The Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau, Inc. is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Pocono Mountains’ Ski Areas

From upgrades and new facilities to technologically advanced grooming equipment, fully-stocked rental shops and better trails, the Pocono Mountains’ ski areas are offering winter visitors a new and thrilling winter recreational experience.  The following list gives visitors an insight to what is new at Pocono Mountains’ ski areas for the 2006-07 season:

Alpine Mountain Ski & Ride Center -

in Analomink, has gone through major upgrades for this winter season. Upgrades included adding state of the art tower mounted snow guns, maximizing snowmaking capabilities and producing outstanding snow. Alpine’s rental shop has been re-stocked and upgraded with the latest equipment from Élan, Salomon and Vans. Snowboarders’ Haven has again been improved to include two additional terrain parks. The new design, along with new grooming equipment, Alpine’s 400’ long redesigned and reshaped Half-Pipe is now a snowboarder’s delight. The new freestyle terrain parks have added rails, boxes and a whole selection of challenges. Along with Rainbow Rails, Kink Rail, Battleship Rail, a gnarly 15’ long single Barrel C-Rail and custom boxes from 6-12 feet will provide riders with awesome tricks and runs.

Blue Mountain Ski Area, in Palmerton -

will be making history in the Pocono Mountains as the first ski area with a new high speed detachable Six Passenger Lift that has replaced the Challenge Chair. Other new features include a 2,400 foot addition to the Valley Lodge offering more seating and a larger parking lot. The upper portion of Sidewinder Park has been widened for the installation of new snowmaking, as well as on nearby Tut’s Lane. A new Piston Bully Park Groomer has been purchased to continue shaping a mountain with terrain for all abilities and grooming with the largest grooming fleet in the area.  In the rental shops, 800 pairs of Salomon and Head skis were added. In addition, Blue Mountain purchased 600 pairs of new ski boots plus 1,000 pairs of Flow snowboard bindings for the Valley Lodge. When entering both lodges, visitors will notice many improvements, including high speed wireless Internet access. Combined improvements total over five million dollars in upgrades throughout the mountain.

Camelback, in Tannersville -

is continuing its commitment to its terrain parks and Half-Pipe. The ski area is participating in the Burton Progression Park Program, requiring both a learning and an advanced park. The Laurel Glade Park has been re-configured as a learning park and Rhododendron Glen has been widened by over 70 feet to accommodate new rails and features in the advanced park. To accompany the terrain park improvements is the Zaugg Groomer – sure to keep the Half-Pipes competition ready. Also new for this winter is the introduction of the Explorer Card and Junior Nights Only Pass.

Jack Frost Mountain, in Blakeslee and Big Boulder Ski Area -

in Lake Harmony, (JFBB) offer new features for this winter season including 150 SMI guns, nine pumps between both ski areas, five terrain parks with 30 new box and rail features, as well as the Pisten Bully Edge and 10,000 feet of new snowmaking pipe. A 600 foot conveyor lift, 400 new single tubes and 2.25 hour sessions, give snow tubing a new edge. Improvements allow for each tuber to have their own tube. Both main lodges have been designated as smoke-free and equipped with free wireless Internet service. In addition, new rental equipment has been purchased for the newest rental system from Head/Tyrolia and the strap-in binding system from Rossignol Snowboards. Also new this year, JFBB offers debit cards that can be used to purchase everything from snopasses to food and retail items, which also make great gifts. Both mountains will feature a variety of midweek specials including Military Appreciation Week, Family Night, Civil Service Mondays, College Days, Ladies Night, Learn to Ski Days, Midnight Madness and much more.

Shawnee Mountain, in Shawnee on Delaware -

features the New SKIwee Bowl Teaching Area, an exclusive contoured teaching terrain featuring two 70’ carpet lifts, colorful teaching aides, permanent fencing and automated snowmaking. Complementing Shawnee’s huge 3000’ Bushkill Super Park, the new Incubator Terrain Park offers beginner/novice skill level rails, boxes and snow features. The terrain park serves as a learning area for those riders and skiers not yet at a comfortable skill level to challenge the Bushkill Park. Shawnee’s Pocono Plunge Snow Tubing Park added a limited number of two person snow tubes able to accommodate one adult and one small child in the same snow tube. Totally replacing paper gift certificates and eliminating the need to carry cash, the new prepaid debit cards will be accepted at all Shawnee Mountain points of sale, including ticketing, lessons, food and beverage stations and the Shawnee Ski Shop.

Ski Big Bear at Masthope Mountain -

in Lackawaxen, introduces its brand new lodge with restaurant, food court and bar. In addition, a new magic carpet lift has been added to the beginner hill. Other improvements include new rental equipment and additional snowmaking guns.

Snow lovers can call the Pocono Mountains’ 24-hour snow info hotline at 570-421-5565 or go online to web site www.poconoski.com for information on ski areas, ski & stay packages, ski conditions, snowboarding, snow tubing and cross-country skiing. Comprehensive Pocono Mountains visitor information is available online at web site www.800poconos.com or by phone at 800-POCONOS (800-762-6667).  The Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau, Inc. is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Comprehensive Pocono Mountains visitor information is available by calling 800-762-6667 or online at web site www.800poconos.com.  The Pocono Mountains Vacation Bureau, Inc. is the official destination marketing organization for the four counties of Carbon, Monroe, Pike and Wayne in northeastern Pennsylvania.

SKYTOP

Skytop Lodge earns a hole in one: Northeast Golf readers name course “Best Golf and Spa Resort” and “Best Overall Course”

Adding to the honors Skytop Lodge has received — including a four-and-a-half star rating from Golf Digest — the readers of The Best of Northeast Golf just named the golf course on the grounds one of the “Best Golf Course and Spa” and a “Best Overall Course. More than 1.2 million golfers participated in the survey of every golf course in the region, from Vermont to New Jersey.

Imagine playing a round on an 18-hole championship course rated among the finest in the country in the bucolic setting of the Pocono Mountains. Our course from the back tees measures 6,656 yards with a slope rating of 133, and forward tees 5,789, and is sloped at a 122 rating. “Skytop continues to have the highest rated golf course in Pennsylvania and there have been numerous improvements,” said Ed Mayotte, president and general manager of Skytop Lodge. He pointed to the landscaped green on hole 8 and Brian Boyle’s golf school as highlights to the golfing experience at Skytop.

Customer service is also a priority, something that sets Skytop apart from other course, said PGA head golf professional Brian Boyle. “I think it’s the entire golf experience, from the course to the high standard of service that keeps people coming back,” Boyle said. “We’ve stood the test of time.”

Located at the top of a mountain in Pennsylvania’s Poconos, Skytop Lodge is barely 100 miles from New York and Philadelphia, but to any visitor it seems worlds away. From the first sight of the 5,500-acre estate, when it reveals itself at the end of a winding country road, Skytop takes guests to a world less complicated, reminiscent of the genteel era when it was built. With 5,200 acres of preserved land and countless amenities that make the most of the natural surroundings, the resort has been an escape for consecutive generations of families, as well as a refuge for businesses seeking the optimal environment for productive meetings and corporate retreats.

A Skytop Golf Getaway includes all golf and greens fees, including a shared golf cart for 18 holes, per night stay. This package also includes golf club storage, three meals per day with lunch at the Golf Deli if you prefer. Boyle also offers golf schools for all levels in two-day courses, and hour-long clinics for adults and juniors.

The 18-hole championship course was designed by the first president of the Professional Golfers’ Association, Robert White.

Skytop Lodge is located at One Skytop, Skytop, PA. Call 800.345.7759 for reservations or visit www.skytop.com.

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Where to Eat in Pennyslvania

Legal's Seafood

This is a huge, uniquely decorated restaurant with plenty of space between tables. My partner and I had to make a reservation because this restaurant is well-known, although it opened at the King of Prussia Mall in April 2007. Surprisingly, in less than two minutes we were shown to our table (thanks to the reservation), and one minute later a friendly server appeared. He asked if we wanted drinks and, when we ordered regular (sink) water, he didn't push for expensive alcoholic drinks as other restaurants often do. The water was brought within a couple of minutes, together with delicious rolls.

We waited about 10 minutes for dinner and it was delicious, starting with the New England Clam Chowder. I had 'fried' salmon that was not only something different, but very tasty, while my partner ordered baked jumbo shrimp stuffed with real crab meat. He loved his as well. The portions are so huge we didn't have space for dessert. Maybe next time.

About Legal's:

In 1950 George Berkowiz opened his fish market next to his father's grocery store in Maine. Since then, the "Legal" name has been synonymous with quality and freshness. The market was named after his father Harry's "Legal Cash Market" where customers were given "Legal Stamps" with their purchases. In 1968, the Berkowitz family opoened thir first seafood restaurant right next to the fish market. it was set up with picnic tables where people ate family style. The fish was simply prepared, either fried or broiled and served on apper plates. Word spread quicky and the success of this restaurant crystallized the family philosophy that they are first a fish company that is in the restaurant business.

Now under the leadership of Roger Berkowitz, George's son, Legal operates 30 family-owned restaurants, a mail order business and a grocery products division.

The Pennsylvania Legal's is located at the King of Prussia Mall behind Macy's.

Legal's lobsters and seafood can be shipped anywhere in the continental U.S.A. Shop on-line, by phone or while in the restaurant, ask your server for a catalog. For more information, call 1-800-EAT-FISH or check web site www.legalseafoods.com.


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