August 29, 2014
B UZZ: Hey, Marnie, I'm glad I ran into you. We have our family reunion barbecue every Labor Day in Fairmount Park, and this year I'm supposed to bring the wine. Any suggestions? Marnie: Sure thing, Buzz. I recommend sticking to chilled, lightweight wines when the occasion involves drinking in broad daylight. This goes double for warm weather, so steer away from the heavier reds. Think white or pink, and bring a cooler. Buzz: Oh, I never leave home without a cooler.
August 16, 2014 |
Help kick off the 40th season of the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center and celebrate the 10th anniversary of the teen flick Mean Girls with Emmy award-winner Tina Fey in person. Screening begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Fey, who graduated from Upper Darby High School in 1988, wrote the screenplay and starred in Mean Girls , loosely based on her experience as a student. She was also an active participant in the school's Summer Stage program. The screening will be followed by a question-and-answer session with Fey. Summer Stage is one of the longest-running children's theater programs in the nation.
August 10, 2014 |
My father considered himself a Don Juan, although it's questionable if he really was that much of one, since he was married to my mother for almost 35 years and to his third wife for 30 more. But, like the literary Don Juan, my father also redeemed himself from the grave. He died four years ago and I find myself appreciating his most endearing traits. For example, I love to travel and I know it's because when I was a little girl growing up in Madrid, I treasured going with my dad on his Vespa motorcycle to some historic Spanish towns: Toledo, Segovia, Ávila, Salamanca.
July 3, 2014
B UZZ: Hey Marnie, what kind of red should I get for our July Fourth block party? Someone said malbec is good with burgers. What do you think? Marnie: Don't get me wrong, Buzz - I love malbec, and Argentine wines are getting lots of love as the World Cup has all eyes on South America. Call me old-fashioned, but I think there's no better occasion than Independence Day for celebrating with American wine. Style-wise, merlot is perfect for barbecues, beaches and backyards.
June 3, 2014 |
Halfway through his set at the Festival Pier on Saturday night, after trading verses with Black Thought of the Roots on "Nuthin' But a G Thang," Snoop Dogg said a few words. "I'd like to thank the Roots for inviting me to be part of this prestigious event," said the lanky California rapper, resplendent in a red throwback Phillies cardigan that matched the knit cap worn by Roots drummer Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson. "It's the seventh year, right? Lucky seven for me. " And lucky, too, for attendees of this year's Roots Picnic, the now-traditional start to the summer concert season.
June 2, 2014 |
Philadelphia dropped a beach - and the beat - on Festival Pier on Saturday for the seventh annual Roots Picnic. The pier, blanketed in sand, with a boardwalk running between two riverfront stages and the smell of marijuana and suntan lotion in the air, drew more than 6,000 for the sold-out show. The concert, along with a Friday show, kicked off the summer music season at the river. While many enjoyed the beach feel (complete with Calypso band and man-made sand dunes along the Delaware)
January 31, 2014 |
A scenic ribbon of green was created along the Cooper River in 2000 to improve the view for travelers heading to the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. The lush expanse of meadows and woods supplanted the strip of go-go bars, gas stations, and rooms-by-the-hour motels on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard's south side. Built by the Delaware River Port Authority 13 years ago with breathtaking speed (then-Gov. Christie Whitman saw to that), this lovely place is still fenced in, blocked off, and locked up. But thanks mainly to the good work of grassroots groups, nonprofit organizations, and the Camden County Municipal Utilities Authority, the barriers may come down soon.
September 11, 2013 |
Jean Davidson and the Ridley Township Democrats say they just wanted to have a picnic. Turns out that the Delaware County municipality has an ordinance that prohibits the use of parks by "profit-making organizations or for any religious or political purpose. " The Democrats' request to hold the picnic was denied. Now, the American Civil Liberties Union has written to township officials challenging the constitutionality of the decision. The township is using the ordinance "to suppress political opposition," said David Landau, Delaware County Democratic chairman.
August 23, 2013 |
THEY SAY life's a picnic. It can be if you heed our advice and fill up that basket, toss in a favorite quilt or vintage throw and head for the outdoors. Picnicking is a great way to relax, nosh on some terrific eats and enjoy a sun-filled afternoon lunch or early dinner. Picnics can be about the food, the venue, the company - or all three. With that notion in mind, here are some tips to help plan the perfect picnic. Unless you're planning for a crowd, there is no need to spend days cooking.
August 16, 2013 |
Q: My husband and I were one of those couples. In each other's hip pockets. We did everything together. We cooked together, cleaned together and even shopped together. He worked from home and I didn't work. We made love every day. That job disappeared, and we had a rough patch financially. Now he has found a fantastic job. Tons of money and I should be grateful. I am not. He is gone 10 to 12 hours a day. He loves his new job, and I fill my day doing alone everything we did together.