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.
November 20, 2014 |
On Oct. 28, five days after the Central Bucks School District canceled C.B. West's football season and suspended the program's coaching staff in the wake of hazing allegations, head coach Brian Hensel released a public statement that was at once apologetic and defiant. "The notion that my coaching staff fostered a culture whereby lack of supervision and hazing was an ongoing norm is not just unfair, but patently false," Hensel wrote. He later added: "It is also my sincere hope that the investigation will reveal that this alleged hazing was a one-time, isolated incident.
October 30, 2014 |
Hours before a Central Bucks school board meeting where parents will undoubtedly demand to know more about alleged hazing at a family football picnic, the Central Bucks West head football coach said Tuesday he hopes it was a "one-time, isolated incident" and that the players are "inherently good young men. " In a statement released by his attorney, coach Brian Hensel said the Aug. 16 hazing - which has been described as players groping the private...
October 30, 2014 |
Hundreds of supporters of the Central Bucks High School West football team went to a public school board meeting Tuesday night to express their dissatisfaction with last week's announcement that administrators had canceled the rest of the season amid allegations of hazing. In measured yet passionate cadences, a dozen community members - including parents, a student, a recent alum, and an assistant coach - took turns addressing members of the Central Bucks school board, saying their decision had been made hastily, affected students beyond those on the team, or was an overreaction.
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.