September 19, 2016 |
Cade Antonucci's 35-yard field goal in overtime completed the upset for visiting Holy Spirit, ranked 22nd in South Jersey by the Inquirer, over No. 3 St. Joseph, 17-14, in a West Jersey League Independence football matchup Saturday. Jada Byers opened the scoring with a 67-yard fumble recovery return for the Wildcats to give his team its only lead of the afternoon. The Spartans relied on touchowns by Justin Figueroa (2-yard run) and James Marcheski (4-yard pass from Mike Costabile)
September 5, 2016 |
Philly's artisan spirit scene continues to steam along with another worthy new player. Red Brick Craft Distillery opened to the public in January in a rehabbed former widget factory in Kensington. But its more creative and aged spirits are only just debuting this fall. Among them is an impressive (albeit still young) small-barrel malt whiskey made from Pennsylvania grain (plus a dash of Massachusetts chocolate malt for dark intrigue). I'm also looking forward to the October release of From the Woods, a unique spirit distilled from mead that's vividly steeped with local birch wood.
August 27, 2016
East Falls design-maker Lostine taps into back-to-school nostalgia with its Public Chair. Created in late 2015, the piece mimics "the chair we all grew up with - but sophisticated, so you could use them at your dining table or your desk," said Lostine owner Natalie Page. The bentwood seat and back are classic classroom, whereas the powder-coated metal frame, tweaked color combinations, and 31.5-inch height are definitively grown-up. (At $435, so is the price.) Page, also the founder of Bucks County Dry Goods, has the chair's parts made and assembled in Lancaster County and shipped to the Philadelphia studio she shares with husband Robert True Ogden, the lighting-design-builder.
August 7, 2016 |
Adapted from a recent online discussion. Question: My husband's sister "Beth" fancies herself a psychic of sorts who can communicate with the beyond. A few months ago, we were eating dinner when she began talking about a spirit with me. I honestly had no idea who she was talking about, and told her that, as I had no deceased relatives or friends who fit her description. Beth became very upset, claiming she was overwhelmed with what the spirit was trying to tell her. She was so upset she ran from the room to lie in a dark room and compose herself.
August 6, 2016
By B.G. Kelley Green is gold at the 2016 Olympic Games. Green as in money. NBC has sold more than $1.1 billion in TV and digital advertising. It's easy to see why: The network started promoting the 31st Games a year in advance Is that what the Olympics are about? Money? It often seems that way, doesn't it? Just another money-producing package of the monolithic sports-entertainment industry, built to cash in on pricey television contracts, off-the-charts advertising revenue, corporate sponsorship, athlete endorsements, and logo-saturated sports apparel and equipment - all delivering billions of dollars to such institutions as the International and U.S. Olympic Committees; FIFA, the governing body of soccer; major college and professional teams; high-profile athletes; and corporations and their shareholders.
July 26, 2016 |
Noël Coward's Blithe Spirit is farce with an edge of darkness, a 1941 confection that suggested to wartime Londoners both the enduring bonds between the dead and the living and the trials of matrimony. Even then, the play was something of a throwback, evoking the Victorian fascination with séances and communication with the spirit world. In the Pennsylvania Shakespeare Company's sturdy revival, the writer Charles Condomine (Ian Merrill Peakes), a stand-in for Coward, doesn't at first take any of this seriously: He's just trying to learn enough jargon and "tricks of the trade" to lend authenticity to his latest novel, about a homicidal medium.
July 23, 2016 |
Spirit Airlines said Thursday that it will begin daily nonstop flights from Philadelphia to Orlando, beginning Oct. 7. Spirit now flies nonstop from Philadelphia International Airport to eight cities: Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Chicago, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. "Spirit's new non-stop service to Orlando will provide a travel option that our budget-conscious travelers will appreciate," said...
July 17, 2016 |
Between its big amaro collection and its building's history as a whiskey rectifier, I expected the cocktails at Wm. Mulherin's Sons to be more broodingly brown-spirited than they are. But beverage manager Michael Haggerty manages to fuse both the restaurant's Italian spirit and its whiskey roots into one elegant drink that's also crystal clear. And potently deceptive. That's because the Fiore Bianco has plenty of whiskey - but it's white rye from Social Still in Bethlehem, blended with Arneis grappa, a dash of Benedictine and Carpano's white vermouth.
June 1, 2016 |
OCEAN CITY - Two picture perfect beach days at the New Jersey Shore this Memorial Day weekend, followed by a rainy, foggy close to the unofficial start of the summer season on Monday, drove home the point for Anna Palmieri: For beach town businesses such as hers, which depend on the brief tourist season to be in the black for the year, it's all about the weather. Palmieri has for 22 years owned Litterers, an Ocean City boardwalk institution that's been around since 1918 selling fruit juices, salads, and pizza.
May 19, 2016 |
Everybody's a critic. Each of us walks into a museum and says, "I like that!" or "You call that art?" Albert C. Barnes would approve. Barnes (1872-1951) feuded with the art establishment of his day and disliked most art historians and academic aestheticians. It was the unschooled lover of art he welcomed to his great art collection grounds in Lower Merion. His principal interest, he wrote in 1920, was education, first for himself, "then for those less fortunate ones around me, then in the education of the public.