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.
February 16, 2003 |
Enough, already. But snow this winter persists - with a major winter storm expected to hit late today. And this one will take some digging, with at least 8 and as many as 16 inches predicted. A little more than an inch of snow fell yesterday on the Philadelphia region. Forecasters at the National Weather Service say 8 to 12 beginning today. Accuweather predicts between 8 and 16. "From late Sunday into Monday it's going to be a mess," said Jim Eberwine, a Weather Service meteorologist based in Mount Holly.
November 10, 2002 |
Katy Winters would arrive at work early at the Philadelphia Zoo so she could sketch the animals and watch their interactions with zookeepers. She saw the gazelles "dancing," she recalled, and held two squalling baby bears. She would pet the velvety nose of a camel and stroke the neck of a big tortoise. "Nature is my source of inspiration," said Winters, 50, who moved from the zoo's graphic-arts department to a career as a freelance illustrator and etcher. Her detailed illustrations and etchings include wildlife, birds and botanicals - some inspired by the abundant blooms in her own garden.
January 6, 2002 |
Forty years ago, young physician Robert Maro plunked the first plastic Santa on the lawn of his corner rowhouse at 29th and Reed Streets in South Philadelphia. One move across the river and thousands of visitors later, he carefully removed a menagerie of almost 200 carolers, reindeer and snowmen from his sprawling yard in Cherry Hill for the final time yesterday. Maro's wonderland, for decades a regional institution, was given to more than 100 people who spent the 12th day of Christmas in line to collect his treasures.