June 24, 2013 |
Manayunk's Main Street hummed with the buzz of countless conversations Saturday afternoon, but without the amplified booms of vendors hawking wares or shouting revelers. The place was overrun by invaders - chatty, friendly invaders. Thousands of visitors and hundreds of artists laid siege to Main Street for the first day of the 24th annual Manayunk Arts Festival this weekend. Throw in the sun beating down overhead, and there was an almost peaceful air Saturday afternoon as the crowds flowed past vendors who waited to show off their work: paintings, sculptures, jewelry.
June 4, 2013 |
It was a study in contrasting race-day styles. Cyclists beat back fatigue and burning muscles pedaling up the steep hill called the Manayunk Wall during the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic on Sunday. At the same time, Bob Brogno felt no pain at all as he hopped on his pal's motorized beer cooler and guided it down that very incline. Asked why he was riding the 50-quart ice chest - complete with steering and disc brakes - Brogno, a 24-year-old Roxborough construction worker, sipped his beer with a flourish, then asked philosophically, "Why would I not?"
June 4, 2013 |
ANDREW NEUBAUER spent much of yesterday's Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic lurking behind bushes near the top of the Manayunk Wall, suddenly thrusting his life-size, stuffed-toy rottweiler, Rowdy, at unsuspecting passers-by and growling. "Rowdy went to York College with me," he said. "Found him at a yard sale freshman year. We've been together ever since. My friends and I tailgate with him at Phillies games. He stands on the roof of the car and parties. You know PETA would get after me if I left him in the car. " Neubauer interrupted the interview to growl while thrusting Rowdy at Adriana Bellode, who jumped and grabbed the arm of her friend Lilliam Ribeiro.
June 2, 2013 |
A few months ago, it looked as if the metal barriers to line Lyceum Avenue in Manayunk weren't going to be ordered and there would be no need for the signs urging spectators to refrain from disorderly conduct. Some parts of the Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic - a race renamed, redesigned, and reorganized to run Sunday after its predecessor was canceled for a lack of funding - have stayed the same. The course still has the grueling Manayunk Wall, still attracts world-class cyclists, and still has Manayunkers bracing for rowdy crowds.
May 31, 2013 |
It's still cycling, but the name has changed, and so have the course and the scheduling for the inaugural Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic, which takes place Sunday. What is unlikely to change is the enthusiasm of the Philadelphia cycling community, and organizers said they hope that more than 100,000 spectators will see at least part of the 120-mile men's race and 60-mile women's race. The 12-mile course winds through Roxborough and East Falls, heading down Kelly Drive along the Schuylkill to Strawberry Mansion and Lemon Hill before returning to Manayunk along Main Street.
May 17, 2013
P AULA HIAN IS a Manayunk-based fashion designer who splits time between Philly and France, where she makes her own line of knitwear for women. The sole owner of Paula Hian Designs rolls out her 2013 holiday collection for buyers next week in New York City. Hian, who grew up in Penn Valley and lives in Wayne, won an international competition in Paris for fashion students, and the winning dress is on permanent display in the Louvre. Q: What inspired you to become a fashion designer?
May 10, 2013 |
SO WHY DID Mikel Martinson play in yesterday's U.S. Open local qualifier at Paoli's Waynesborough Country Club, when there were 110 other sites he could have chosen? Well . . . "My two roommates, they live in Leesburg, Va.," said Martinson, who's from Throckmorton, a small town near Lubbock, Texas, and now lives 8 months a year in Charlotte, N.C., while he plays the eGolf professional mini tour. "They're doing the one in Maryland [Worthington Manor Golf Club in Urbana], and it's actually full.
May 2, 2013 |
Heidi Tirjan's schedule was packed. There were visits to a new bakery and a soon-to-open bookshop in Bryn Mawr, then off to Philadelphia to drop in on a couple of chic Northern Liberties retailers she thought should launch outlets in Lower Merion. She also found time to revel in a luscious victory: persuading the owners of the highly regarded Philadelphia restaurant Melograno to open another eatery on the Main Line. After years of wooing, Rosemarie Tran and Gianluca Demontis had succumbed to Tirjan's blandishments and their own desire, and are putting the finishing touches on Fraschetta, a restaurant they are opening near the Bryn Mawr Film Institute.
April 9, 2013
P AT FEENEY, 60, of Warrington, Bucks County, has owned Main Street Music in Manayunk since 1991. It's one of the few independent record stores still left in the city and the first official sponsor of WXPN's "Album of the Week. " Q: Most people download music from the Internet. How have you managed to stay in business? A: It's been rough, I'm not gonna lie. I think it's the allegiance of our customers. They'll see something online but they'll still wait until they come in and buy it from us. If it wasn't for them we probably would have closed years ago. Q: Who's the typical patron?
March 28, 2013 |
The 2013 Parx Casino Philly Cycling Classic will start and end at the Manayunk "Wall" but skip the Art Museum and Benjamin Franklin Parkway in favor of a more compact course. But at least the June 2 race will actually happen, surviving a threat to its existence when previous organizers could not find a corporate sponsor. U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and other civic leaders organized to save the event, recruiting Parx Casino and New Penn Financial as sponsors. The race, famed for its leg-burning ascents up Manayunk's hills, will end atop Lyceum Avenue, part of the climb known as the Wall, which organizers hope will provide dramatic finishes for the crowd.