January 16, 2011 |
I dropped by Darby Township last week with a business proposition for winter-weary residents: I would personally guard their shoveled-out parking spaces from vultures, thieves, and the cops. For now, consider this a one-woman operation. Should demand exceed my free time, I'll round up others to stand sentry while Granny runs to Wawa. We'd work for coffee and tips, I figure, dramatically undercutting the $300 to $1,000 fines that Darby homeowners face under a new ordinance attacking the time-tested practice of setting out plastic patio chairs to mark a minivan's turf.
November 26, 2010 |
While Thanksgiving's history, Santa can still relax. 'Cause Dan Hicks has his back. The laid back, vintage swing-styled jazz folkster with the equally flip flair at humor is giving the Claus clan extra reasons to be ho-ho-ho-ing on his new album set "Crazy for Christmas. " And that music's sure to be featured, too, in Hicks' shows tomorrow at Appel Farm Arts and Music Center and next Friday at the Sellersville Theater. Dig how the dude's only half-mad and half-glad that "Somebody Stole My Santa Claus Suit" (and even the pillow off his bed, hmmm)
September 24, 2010 |
Marks set in Seattle Thursday's Mariners-Blue Jays matchup was exceptional for the achievements of two men: Jose Bautista of the Jays and the Mariners' Ichiro Suzuki. Bautista banged his major-league-leading 50th home run, becoming the the 26th player in history to reach the 50-home-run mark in a season, and the first since Prince Fielder (50) and Alex Rodriguez (54) did it in 2007. Suzuki got a single and a double to become the first player in history with 10 consecutive 200-hit seasons.
December 24, 2009 |
It's seemingly the same story each year when the regular season materializes in the final 2 weeks of December. For all the practices and scrimmages teams try to fit in between Thanksgiving and opening night, there is just something that can only be gained by playing regular-season games. Add in the fact that many programs have players that are coming off the fall season and not only can a lot be learned before the New Year, but in many ways it's the time of the season a coach can get the best grip on the makeup of his team.
December 18, 2009
IT LOOKED LIKE a perfect plan. Spend tomorrow finishing your holiday shopping. Then, Sunday, you can hit the Linc parking lots early, do some hearty tailgating, then amble without guilt to your seat and enjoy the soaring, high-scoring, Eagles and DeSean "Long-Gone" Jackson putting on another show in space. Well, into every perfect last weekend to shop a few snowflakes must fall - or a few hundred trillion. The Philadelphia region and most of the Middle Atlantic states are on the cusp of one of the biggest pre-Christmas storms in local weather history.
January 19, 2008 |
"COLD ENOUGH for ya?" Most winters, when people ask me that question, I roll my eyes to indicate my level of misery. Sometimes, if I'm feeling dramatic, I might even shiver a little. Normally, the other person shivers, too. Then we each walk happily away after completing that strange winter ritual. In recent years, my attitude toward winter has changed. Perhaps it's because I was born in December - and I've finally begun to embrace my winter roots. Maybe it's because winters have been a bit warmer than they were when I was growing up. Or maybe winter isn't as bad as it's cracked up to be. Oh. sure, I understand why people hate winter.
December 13, 2007 |
Few holiday traditions capture the magic of the Christmas season like walking or driving through a nighttime wonderland of trees adorned with twinkling lights in all shapes and colors. Perhaps this is one reason why a Longwood Gardens Christmas draws a quarter of a million visitors every year, and thousands of people drive through the winter wonderland light show at Herr Foods in Nottingham. At Longwood Gardens, 75 horticulturists and arborists spend 5,000 hours between Labor Day and Thanksgiving installing more than a half-million outdoor lights on 88 trees and 24 specialty displays.
December 9, 2007 |
A window-design contest for art students will help give the Gallery at Market East its seasonal look this month. The contest, known as "Windows to a Winter Wonderland," features four seasonally themed window designs produced by students at the Art Institute of Philadelphia. Shoppers can vote on which design they think is best at the Gallery's visitor center or its Web site, www.galleryatmarketeast.com. A winner will be announced in late January. "We wanted to do something that would tie into the city's desire to make Center City a festive environment," Maureen Brady, marketing director for the Gallery, said yesterday.
January 23, 2004 |
Kori Newkirk's installation at the Fabric Workshop and Museum enchanted me from the moment I entered it, not so much for its dense and enigmatic symbolism but for the way it generates a luminous atmosphere. Newkirk has transformed a sixth-floor gallery into an all-white winter wonderland that features, incongruously, a large (white) fiberglass shark. The installation combines that sculpture and several other shark images - one an encaustic wall inlay, another an ominous circle of dorsal fins rising from the floor - with references to winter.
February 20, 2003
WHOEVER wrote the song "Let it Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow" obviously didn't have 50 feet of driveway and 35 feet of sidewalk to shovel! Ugh! Rick Bauer, Bellmawr, N.J. First, SUVs and their owners are demonized by idiots who say they are supplying the terrorists with money for weapons. Then, with the blizzard, we heard the city put out a call to SUV owners to help nurses and doctors get to the hospitals. Isn't that ironic? Those same terrible, awful SUVs being called upon for help.