June 19, 2011 |
The Hershey School, whose recent land acquisitions include a golf course and a roadside attraction called Pumpkin World, now has designs on acquiring the world's largest chocolate factory for redevelopment into condos, retail stores, a retirement community, and a boutique hotel. The ambitious project would beautify the bucolic central Pennsylvania town of Hershey but also would divert tens of millions of dollars, perhaps more than $100 million, away from the school's core mission of educating poor U.S. children.
January 12, 2010 |
Federal safety officials fined a Camden chocolate plant $39,000 yesterday for safety violations following the death of a factory worker who fell into a vat of chocolate last summer. Inspectors from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration cited Moorestown-based Lyons & Sons Inc. and Cocoa Services L.P. for failing to install railings above the tanks or post signs warning workers of potential hazards. "It is absolutely imperative these companies rectify these violations to prevent other workplace tragedies from occurring," OSHA director Paula Dixon-Roderick said in a prepared statement.
March 18, 1991 |
The Buddy Bar . . . A half-ounce chunk of pure chocolate that would make the finickiest of taste buds do backflips. Wrapped in foil and costing only a penny, it was one of the biggest bargains of the day. Buddy was conceived, molded, produced, and packed in an old brick building in Bridesburg. In the beginning, some people - like Uncle Meyer - said Buddy would be a flop. Like its namesake, however, the Buddy Bar enjoyed a long, healthy and profitable life. Bernhard "Buddy" Blumenthal - candy man extraordinaire - will be 80 in July.
February 15, 2002 |
Grab your Golden Ticket, stock up on Everlasting Gobstoppers and head for the Prince Music Theater, where, this weekend, the Oompa-Loompas will be oompa-loompa-ing around in that strange and sugary kid movie classic, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Adapted from the Roald Dahl book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - about a small band of brats on a magical mystery tour of a candy plant - the 1972 film stars Gene Wilder as the reclusive confection-meister with the secret recipes, and a secret agenda that boy-hero Charlie is the beneficiary of. The sets are wild, the songs are silly, and the whole thing can be interpreted as (1)
April 17, 2009 |
Grab your headsets and join the revolution tonight at the Liberty Lights Show. Experience the American Revolution - as it happened, where it happened - through state-of-the-art technology on this tour. Take a journey through Independence National Historical Park as the story of America's history is told through hand-painted images that illuminate the buildings where the events actually took place more than 230 years ago. The history, which is recounted with the aid of five-story projections, is accompanied by a moving musical score by musicians of the Philadelphia Orchestra composed specifically for the show.
April 8, 1987 |
This is the busiest season of the year at The Chocolate Factory, in Kensington, but I managed to squeeze into the outlet store last Saturday to find: A famous local brand name of miniature Easter eggs, made on the premises (20 in a box, total of 12 ounces), $2.19. Choice of coconut or butter cream with dark chocolate coating; peanut butter with milk chocolate coating. The factory's own hand-decorated coconut cream Easter eggs, dark chocolate coating, $1.19 for an eight-ouncer; $1.79 for a one-pound egg. Two, five and 10-pound eggs also available.
June 20, 2016 |
Steven Spielberg's The BFG , which debuted last month at Cannes and comes to theaters July 1, is an appropriately big adaptation of a characteristically strange Roald Dahl story, first published in 1982, about an orphan girl (played by the very-Dahlish sounding Ruby Barnhill) scooped up and taken away in the dead of night by a big friendly giant. The towering BFG takes the diminutive SLG (scared little girl?) clear across England to the land of giants, where she becomes less scared, and he becomes more open to the notions of friendship, feelings, and the benevolent power of the British monarchy.
August 11, 2012
Mel Stuart, 83, an award-winning documentarian who also directed Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory , died of cancer Thursday at his home in Los Angeles, his daughter, Madeline Stuart, said. Mr. Stuart's documentaries include The Making of the President 1960 , for which he won an Emmy, as well as subsequent explorations of the 1964 and 1968 campaigns. Other programs were The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and the Oscar-nominated Four Days in November . His groundbreaking 1973 film Wattstax focused on the Wattstax music festival of the previous year and Los Angeles' Watts community in the aftermath of the 1965 riots.
July 5, 2011 |
It has been interesting to see soul's kinky king R. Kelly going for something more traditional with his recent recording, Love Letter . Packaged like a classic '60s album with musical nods to the past, Love Letter is the least salacious of all of Kelly's winning efforts. It's a showcase for his voice at its most silken and his songwriting at its catchiest. Sunday's sold-out Love Letter Tour gig at the Mann, with Marsha Ambrosius and Keyshia Cole, seemed to promise old-fashioned goodness.
September 23, 2015 |
Call her Miss Ross, and do it quickly. At the Mann Center on Sunday night, legendary diva Diana Ross - the rare figure for whom neither word is an exaggeration - breezed through a selection of hits in barely an hour and a quarter, leaving ample time for cocktails before it was time to relieve the baby-sitter. Ross' set, part of her In the Name of Love tour, featured numerous costume changes that further cut into the ex-Supreme's time on stage. Taking the stage in what might have been an aquamarine shower curtain, she changed colors like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 's Violet Beauregarde, always bringing along a matching hand fan. Although signs at the entrance warned of strobe lights and "haze effects," the evening's technical flourishes were minimal, but when you've got Diana Ross wrapped in tulle, what more do you need?