October 22, 2014 |
Marjorie L. Hill "was a great walker" around Haddonfield, Milissa Morrissey recalled. "You could see her a mile away, with one of her fashionable hats. " Morrissey, a longtime friend, spoke of "what joy she brought to people. " "She often had a Bastille Day party," though Ms. Hill didn't refer to any family background that would have given her reason to celebrate the French national holiday on July 14. "She just had that joie de vivre ," Morrissey said, which, she said, animated the parties that Ms. Hill threw at Christmastime, too. Ms. Hill, 66, a former corporate librarian, died of cancer on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Virtua Voorhees hospital.
July 15, 2014 |
French flags and biting satire flew over Philadelphia's Fairmount Avenue on Saturday, and thousands of Butterscotch Krimpets rained down from the ramparts of Eastern State Penitentiary. Several thousand people gathered in front of the historic prison to watch a brisk and fanciful musical retelling of the story of the French Revolution to celebrate Bastille Day - July 14, 1789 - which marked the beginning of the revolution that ended the reign of Louis XVI. "If the people have no bread, I say, 'Let them eat cake!
July 15, 2014 |
FRANCOPHILES can't always put their finger on it. Call it a certain je ne sais quoi , an undefinable yet unmistakable quality that makes all things French so enticing. Today's the 225th anniversary of the storming of the Bastille, which makes this a good time to get your French fix right here in Philadelphia, where we've loved all things French since 20-year-old Gen. Lafayette volunteered to fight on our side in the American Revolution. Let us count some ways. Forget that bowl of cherries, French painter Paul Cezanne might have said.
July 16, 2013 |
MONT VENTOUX, France - British rider Chris Froome showed why he remains the overwhelming Tour de France favorite by winning Sunday's grueling 15th stage up to Mont Ventoux to extend his lead over main rival Alberto Contador. Froome attacked about two-thirds of the way up the mammoth 13-mile Ventoux, and his acceleration was too much for two-time former champion Contador. The Spaniard dropped back and finished about 1 minute, 40 seconds behind. Colombian Nairo Quintana was second, 29 seconds behind as tens of thousands of people crammed the roadside on Bastille Day - France's National Day. The win means Froome made up the time he lost on Friday's sprint stage, when Contador caught him with a surprise attack.
July 15, 2013 |
It was the best of times; it was the silliest of times. It was the season of urban street festivals; it was the season of steamy weather and intermittent showers. It was the epoch of cancan dancers on Fairmount Avenue and people dressed as giant baguettes. It was the epoch of Marie Antoinette on the roof of Eastern State Penitentiary. It was the day, of course, when Fairmount's historic prison sponsors an "entirely accurate, historically anachronistic reenactment" of the storming of the Bastille, the event that launched the French Revolution in 1789.
July 13, 2013
Special Events American Sailing Tours Daily, 90-min. Delaware River tours on Chinese junk-rigged schooner. Informative History Sail, musical Tropical Sail or romantic Sunset Sail. American Sailing Tours - Pier 24, 401 N. Columbus Blvd. www.americansailingtours.com . $40-$50. Community Forum: Ready for the Next Time? Rethinking the Shore After Sandy Talk with others about preparing for the next superstorm. WHYY Technology Center, 150 N. 6th St.; Registration required: https://www.facebook.com/events/209641952519392/ . 7/15.
July 12, 2013
FAMILY Andrew Wyeth's Birthday Were he alive, this Chester County artist would be 96 today. The museum, rich in Wyeth family works, celebrates with free admission . Brandywine River Museum, 1 Hoffman's Mill Rd., Chadds Ford, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. today, free, 610-388-2700, brandywinemuseum.org. BLOB-Fest Quaint Phoenixville goes all-out in this yearly celebration of all things "The Blob. " The movie screens at the historic Colonial Theatre, and the local branch of Iron Hill Brewery gets in on the act with cherry beer, "BLOBster" bisque and a tinfoil hat contest.
June 28, 2013 |
* LIDIA CELEBRATES AMERICA: FREEDOM AND INDEPENDENCE. 10 p.m. tomorrow, WHYY12. LIDIA BASTIANICH knows how to party. In "Freedom and Independence," the latest installment of "Lidia Celebrates America," the chef, cookbook author and longtime PBS host brings viewers along for a trip that takes her from a Fourth of July naturalization ceremony at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello to the marking of Juneteenth - also known as Emancipation Day...
July 14, 2012 |
Tomorrow, on Bastille Day, Jessica Zuckerman will be singing "La Marseillaise," the French national anthem, to anyone who will listen. "Everyone agrees that I can't carry a tune. However, that has no influence on the volume or enthusiasm with which I sing. " Zuckerman is not French. She is a loyal American-born citizen who lives in Cherry Hill and loves her country. But the anniversary that memorializes the storming and fall of that French prison in 1789, marking the flash point of the French Revolution, does not go unnoticed by Zuckerman, a passionate Francophile.
July 12, 2012 |
University City Dining Days, a/k/a "3 courses, 3 prices," lets you sample your way around a booming dining scene for $15, $25 or $30 today through July 26. Get $7 parking at 38th or 40th and Walnut garages with restaurant validation. More at ucdiningdays.com . The Philadelphia Museum of Art, now hosting the "Craft Spoken Here" exhibit, looks at "Hostess Crafting" with farm-to-table dining pioneer Aimee Olexy, from 3-5 p.m. Saturday? in the Pearlman Building Gallery Cafe.