December 13, 2014 |
Philadelphia and the poinsettia go back almost 200 years, but the relationship has never been exclusive. It involves a raft of iconic names and institutions in this city's lengthy horticultural history: Bartram's Garden, Col. Robert Carr, Robert Buist Sr., J. Liddon Pennock Jr., and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. PHS has mounted a small exhibition showcasing the popular "Christmas plant," in all its local connectivity, through Dec. 19 in the society's newly refurbished library.
April 19, 2014 |
John Bartram was known for the wooden boxes he filled with botanical goodies from the New World and shipped off to wealthy customers in England and beyond. Though long gone from marketplace and memory, those utilitarian boxes and their quirky contents - plants, seeds, and "curiosities" such as birds' nests and live turtles - supported the 18th-century botanist's influential research and plant nursery. Now, they serve as artistic inspiration for an unusual exhibition called Bartram's Boxes Remix , a collaboration between Bartram's Garden in Southwest Philadelphia and the Center for Art in Wood in Old City.
November 3, 2013 |
A SMALL BUS brimming with the John Bartram football team pulled into Abraham Lincoln at 2:50 p.m. for a 3 p.m. non-league kickoff. After Bartram's bus arrived in Southwest Philadelphia 50 minutes late, traffic made the cross-city trip unbearable, and the players were in desperate need of some relief. Upon exiting the vehicle at Lincoln, nearly a dozen Bartram players headed for the bushes atop a hill behind the visitor's sideline to find said relief. "That bus ride was, like, an hour," Bartram junior Makai Sheed said with a sheepish grin.
April 16, 2013 |
Philadelphia's Hidden River is going to become a lot easier to see starting on Mother's Day, when boat tours return to the Schuylkill. The cruises, run by a company new to the river, Patriot Harbor Lines, begin May 12 and will leave from 24th and Walnut Streets for three-hour cruises that include a two-hour stop at Bartram's Garden, the historic jewel in Southwest Philadelphia. Tickets are $30, which includes the $10 admission to visit the home of famed naturalist John Bartram.
February 5, 2013 |
Bartram under scrutiny for extra game THE PIAA allows its basketball teams to play 22 teams, not counting playoffs. The Public League begins postseason action Tuesday and John Bartram's record is 11-12. Hmmmm . . . Bartram traveled to Williamsport for game No. 23, which was played Saturday. The result, a 71-58 win for Williamsport, was not reported to the service that provides box scores/info to the Daily News and Inquirer, and that town's local paper listed Bartram's postgame record as 11-11 in the next day's edition.
February 1, 2013 |
HAKEEM BAXTER is the classic South Philly guard. Aside from being quick, strong, aggressive and versatile, the 6-1, 180-pound senior wing is the kind of player who'd cut out your heart and then enjoy stomping on it. One "problem" with this setup . . . Baxter doesn't live in South Philly. He hails from North Philly, on Woodstock Street near 20th and Diamond, and if he were not attending Philadelphia Electrical & Technology Charter, which is located in Center City and plays its basketball games near 2nd and Moore, in South Philly, his school would be Roberts Vaux.
October 15, 2012 |
PUBLIC LEAGUE football has experienced the worst kind of replay - a game-ending brawl. Messy incident No. 1 occurred Oct. 5, when visiting Southern's 32-8 Public League Class AAAA Silver win over Olney Charter was halted with 7:50 remaining in the fourth quarter. Take Two took place Saturday at Gratz' Marcus Foster Memorial Stadium, as Overbrook met John Bartram in a AAA game. This disturbing blowup happened with 2:05 left in the third quarter and referee Tom McClain, following Bill Hall's lead at Olney, sent everyone home.
June 22, 2012
Top Regional Attractions Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University 1900 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy.; 215-299-1000. www.ansp.org . The Academy at 200: The Nature of Discovery. Birds of a Feather Behind the Scenes Tour. $7.50. $15; $13 seniors, students, military, children 3-12; free for children under 3. 10 am-4:30 pm Mon.-Fri., 10 am-5 pm Sat.-Sun.. African American Museum 701 Arch St.; 215-574-0380. www.aampmuseum.org . $10; $8 seniors, students and children.
March 12, 2012 |
GERALD EVARISTE is well familiar with overcoming basketball disappointment. After all, he missed his entire sophomore season. So, on Saturday at Southern High, after his first attempt at giving John Bartram a late-game lead in the first round of the PIAA Class AAAA state playoffs did not quite go fabulously, did you think he was going to shrink or vanish? No way! Evariste is a 6-5, 195-pound junior center and his second-chance bucket with 14 seconds remaining enabled the Braves to edge Central Dauphin East, 48-47.