July 15, 2016
Yes, mason jars make great glasses and charming vases, but here are other clever ways to use them on a picnic. 1. Cocktail shaker. 2. Cheese dome. 3. Blanket weight. 4. Firefly catcher. 5. Candy jar. 6. Layered salad. 7. Lantern. 8. First aid kit holder. 9. Compost collector. 10. Beer pong glass.
July 15, 2016 |
People picnic for all sorts of reasons - to enjoy the view, to save money at a concert or amusement park, to let their kids roam free on a nice day. Rarely, however, do people unearth their melamine plates from storage because they actually think they'll get a better meal out of it. In most cases, picnic food - soggy sandwiches, overly mayo-ed salads, bruised fruit - is mediocre at best. That's a shame because picnics can be aesthetically pleasing, wholly enticing feasts worthy of their grassy settings.
June 6, 2016 |
It was an action-packed ninth annual Roots Picnic at the Festival Pier on Saturday. Shortly after the show kicked off at noon, Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson, drummer for the Philadelphia hip-hop and Tonight Show house band, made news by announcing that the Picnic will be adding a New York date this fall. On Facebook, he teased New Yorkers that the until-now Philly-only fest will be coming to "a park near you. " (No specifics yet.) About an hour later, another surprise: During a set by 15-year-old singer and fashionista Willow Smith, her rapper-actor father, Will, came onstage and performed "Summertime," a signature of his DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince days.
June 4, 2016
The summer music season in Philadelphia starts this weekend with the Roots Picnic. But that's just the beginning. We've rounded up the best of what to see this weekend. Besides those and other shows highlighted below, there are many other worthy dates as well: Chris Malcarney's Tom Waits tribute Saturday at Ruba Club features an all-star local band with a horn and string section. PhilaMOCA hosts start-up local DIY punk bands Friday and Saturday for the First Time's the Charm benefit . A Radio 104.5 Summer Block Party takes over the Festival Pier on Sunday with the Head and the Heart headlining.
March 26, 2016
ISSUE | PUBLIC HOUSING This wasn't a picnic The Blumberg implosion certainly brought about mixed emotions ("Blumberg towers come tumbling down, raising memories of horror and home," Sunday). I gasped at the utter irony of two worlds on display: the huddled former inhabitants of the housing project standing in a desolate parking lot wrapped in blankets, and the cheery Philadelphia Housing Authority celebration, complete with a heated tent and refreshments. PHA still doesn't get it: These are the people they serve.
September 28, 2015 |
Pope Francis did not accept an invitation to Saturday's "LGBT Family Papal Picnic" in Philadelphia, but his words still rang out there. Educator Margie Winters, who drew national attention in July after she was fired by Waldron Mercy Academy in Merion for being in a same-sex marriage, quoted the pontiff's speech at the White House on Wednesday. There, Francis told President Obama that Catholics are committed "to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination.
September 16, 2015 |
Though only three public-demonstration permits have been requested for the weekend Pope Francis comes to town, another kind of demonstration is in the works, and he's invited. About 100 LGBT Catholics and their families from around the globe are planning a "papal picnic" here to celebrate their faith and call for inclusion in the church. The organizers are a Massachusetts-based nationwide Catholic LGBT coalition known as Equally Blessed. The picnic guest list includes Margie Winters, the teacher fired by a private Catholic school in Merion over her same-sex marriage; Mark Segal, publisher of the Philadelphia Gay News; and Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney.
August 20, 2015 |
The location is a secret. The people are prepared. On a summer evening, they descend as a pristine crowd. It's dîner en blanc , a Parisian concept that brings together thousands annually to eat a picnic dinner in a public place, fashioned entirely in white. It's a secret until it happens, and when it's over, the diners pack up and disperse, leaving no trace behind. It could be called fine dining flash-mob style, and the trend has been picked up around the world, from Haiti to Australia, and across the United States, from New York to Albuquerque.
July 10, 2015 |
LAST WEEK, The New York Times tackled the quandary of outdoor wine drinking. Specifically: How does one enjoy a fine vintage on a picnic without the proper glassware? Indeed. For starters, everyone knows it's impossible to balance a crystal Champagne flute on a cashmere blanket. Never mind those pesky bugs swarming that 2005 magnum of Saint Emilion Grand Cru. But the big question on the south lawn at the summer estate is: Cabernet goblets or claret chalices? Oh, pooh! The servants simply cannot be trusted with the Waterford decanter - not after that disastrous outing in the Hamptons when Jeeves nearly knocked it over with a croquet mallet.
June 1, 2015 |
Long before they became late-night TV stars with Jimmy Fallon or were enshrined in the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame - which happened Thursday - the Roots tasted mainstream success with "You Got Me," a 1999 hit whose chorus was sung by a then-hugely popular neo-soul singer named Erykah Badu. On Saturday night at the ninth annual Roots Picnic at a sold-out Festival Pier, the Philly hip-hop heroes - who were introduced by Mayor Nutter - were reunited with Texas soul woman Badu, who jointly headlined the all-day event.