December 27, 2015
Snow boots on the ground Pennsylvania . Bundle up and head to Moraine State Park for an annual celebration, with snowshoeing, ice skating, hiking, dog-sledding demos, cross-country skiing, chili cook-off. Winterfest , Portersville, Jan. 16. Sawdust special Maryland . Interested in fine woodworking and woodturning projects? This show has tool exhibitors, woodturning seminars for all experience levels, and demos by clubs and guilds. At the Maryland State Fairgrounds Cow Palace.
May 4, 2015 |
Frank Olivo, the Santa Claus who got pelted with snowballs at the Eagles game that winter day in 1968, died Thursday, April 30, at Kindred Hospital Philadelphia-Havertown. Mr. Olivo, 66, of Glenolden, had battled heart disease, diabetes, and other ailments for 25 years, and had been seriously ill since mid-January. A South Philadelphia native, Mr. Olivo, known as "Frankie," was a barber, worked for years in the casino industry in Atlantic City, sold cars, and was in the mortgage business.
December 7, 2013 |
You expect a lot from a Brian Sanders production: exquisite beauty, slapstick humor, and gasp-inducing feats of derring-do. And Snowball , Sanders' latest, delivers on all counts. In fact, for this viewer, Snowball delivers a little too much. The plot is ostensibly about an evil urban landlady (Christine Morano) who is ultimately defeated through the transformative power of love, imagination, and really good dancing. There are a lot of marvelous elements in Snowball - the intense hip-hop number in Act I, the gorgeous love duets between Ann-Marie Gover and Tommy Schimmel, and the running gag about Morano's footwear, ever higher, sparkling platforms with killer stiletto heels that she eventually trades in for a pair of spangled stilts, atop which she still manages to dance.
December 23, 2012 |
'D ear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus. Other friends say there is a Santa Claus and bad Eagles fans hit him with snowballs. Papa says, 'If you see it in SportsWeek , it's so.' Please tell me the truth. Is there a Santa Claus and did Eagles fans hurt Santa?" Virginia O'Hanlon Fifth and Shunk South Philadelphia Virginia, your little friends are peddling half-truths. Eagles fans did pelt Santa, but they aren't bad people. Your pals are brainwashed by urban legend, fueled by the mindless chatter of national sports announcers and sports writers piling on Eagles fans as if they were Satan's green-garbed disciples, assaulting St. Nick without provocation.
December 19, 2012 |
WITH DEC. 25 a week away, it's time to ask: Any shot at a White Christmas? The answer for Pennsylvania, according to weather.com, seems to be: Yes, no, and maybe. And even that may be optimistic. According to the website's White Christmas map, snow is "likely" early next week in the western half of the state, "possible" along a band from Harrisburg to Scranton, and "not likely" in Philadelphia, its immediate suburbs, New Jersey, Delaware and Eastern Maryland. But even in Pittsburgh and State College, there's no more than a 20 percent chance of snow on Christmas or the day before, according to weather.com's own extended forecasts.
January 1, 2012 |
To appreciate the genesis of the Winter Classic and how an NHL game between the Flyers and New York Rangers is going to be played in a South Philadelphia baseball stadium Monday afternoon, one needs to go back to Nov. 22, 2003. That's when more than 57,000 frozen fans attended the Heritage Classic in Edmonton, Alberta, where the first regular-season outdoor NHL game was held. The Montreal Canadiens defeated the hometown Oilers, 4-3, in temperatures that dropped below zero. "Walking out there for the first time was pretty amazing," Edmonton forward Shawn Horcoff said after the game.
June 29, 2011 |
AFTER ALL THE HYPE about how Phillies and Red Sox diehards would be at each others' throats during last night's game, Broad Street Billy was shocked to find peace - even love - breaking out all over the ballpark. Carla Trinca-Conley (Jacoby Ellsbury jersey), of Buffalo, N.Y., and Taylor Brauns (Roy Halladay jersey), of Doylestown, met as University of Pittsburgh students during the Phils' final out in last year's National League Championship Series, when Trinca-Conley noticed "that he was about to cry," and told him so. Brauns couldn't say why he found this strangely attractive.
March 31, 2011 |
The ever-changing forecast suggests it could be "play ball" on Friday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park, and, no, Philadelphia is not likely to see enough wet snow to make snowballs in the morning. Ignore an online map of projected snow totals, meteorologist Kristin Kline of the National Weather Service said this morning. It called for an inch of snow in Philadelphia, and two to three in Montgomery and Bucks Counties. "That's actually an old map, but for some reason the new map didn't make it to the web page," she said.
January 9, 2011 |
The Big Ed farewell tour continues Sunday night when he fillets and flambes Lesley Stahl on 60 Minutes . After the veteran journalist questions the Slot King's adamant support of gambling, an enraged Gov. Rendell explodes with bared incisors and a chop of his hand. "You're simpletons. You're idiots if you don't get that. " Those are fighting words. They also make buzzworthy television. By sheer coincidence, Rendell signed recently with the William Morris Agency and is looking for a post-gubernatorial commentator job. Correction: a nonfootball commentator job. Rendell is the only sitting governor with a weekly postgame TV gig. The Rendell 60 Minutes interview, taped in August, went viral when CBS released it Friday.