March 7, 2016 |
Slim, hyper-focused Martha King stood on top of a log in a clearing on her family's wooded Chadds Ford property, raised a razor-sharp ax high above her head, and, with a two-handed grip, slammed it down into the wood inches from her feet. Then she did it again, and again, sending chips flying everywhere, until she split the log cleanly - and grinned. At 26, King is one of a small group of lumberjills who chop, saw, and chain-saw at rural, male-dominated lumberjack competitions.
March 5, 2016
Claude Giroux and Shayne Gostisbehere took their early snubs from the World Cup of Hockey in stride, pointing out they can still be added. But some of their Flyers teammates took offense at their omissions - Giroux from Team Canada, Gostisbehere from Team North America. Teams picked their first 16 players Wednesday, and they will announce seven additions June 1. "The two of them both deserve to be playing in that tournament, no matter what," right winger Wayne Simmonds said before Thursday's game.
March 4, 2016 |
There has always been a lot for locals to love about our city's culinary soul. But as the city and its restaurants are landing on "best of" lists nationwide, it's clear the rest of the food world is sharing the love, with two Top Chef winners running restaurants here and local chefs regularly honored by the James Beard Awards. There are a lot of things driving Philadelphia's food scene forward, but one unlikely contributing force is Drexel University's Center for Hospitality & Sports Management.
March 4, 2016 |
Five Flyers were named Wednesday to teams that will compete in the World Cup of Hockey. But captain Claude Giroux, who has more points than any NHL player over the last five seasons, was not one of them. Giroux, a center who is one of the NHL's best in the faceoff circle, was bypassed by Team Canada, though he could still be named when seven other players are added on June 1. "I'm not going to worry about it too much," Giroux said. ". . . It's something I can't really control.
March 2, 2016 |
Captain America is coming to Wizard World Philadelphia this June, and he's bringing the Falcon with him. And Agent Carter. And Howard Stark. Not to mention Bucky, Brock Rumlow and Dr. Abraham Erskine. Oh, yeah. And Thor and Loki. In what's shaping up already to be the biggest Wizard Philly ever, Wizard is announcing today that Chris Evans , Chris Hemsworth , Tom Hiddleston , Anthony Mackie , Hayley Atwell , Dominic Cooper , Stanley Tucci , Sebastian Stan and Frank Grillo will take over the Pennsylvania Convention Center on the weekend of June 4-5. Wizard says all are scheduled to appear on both days, except Hiddleston (Saturday only)
February 27, 2016 |
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia has been morphing from a standard-repertoire ensemble into something that widely embraces the 21st century. One manifestation of that is a series of Intersect concerts at World Cafe Live curated, hosted, and otherwise dominated by charismatic singer/songwriter Andrew Lipke. At the second of those concerts Wednesday, Lipke was aided by a quartet drawn from the Chamber Orchestra. Though rarely seen without a guitar, Lipke has passionate insights into many things classical.
February 26, 2016
By Michael Zimmerman Perhaps you have a vivid moment of embarrassment in your life that you carry with you as I do. I was away at overnight camp, and with a dance coming up, I felt egged on to ask a girl to go with me. I chose Suzy, a girl I knew from home. But instead of extending an invitation, there I was on the dirt path outside her cabin issuing a threat that was inappropriate and utterly out of character for me: "You'd better be willing to go to the dance with me and no one else.
February 25, 2016 |
The dented mess kit of a soldier from Roxborough who fought in a bloody battle in Normandy came home Tuesday, 72 years after it was lost on French soil. About 40 relatives of Hudson Leroy Funk, including great-grandchildren and his 95-year-old brother, hugged and proudly passed the mess kit around a kitchen table in Medford after hearing how a World War II memorabilia collector had found it last fall, using a metal detector. Funk, who lost his legs later, in a battle in Luxembourg in November 1944, had carved his initials - HLF - into the metal container.
February 22, 2016 |
I met Acel Moore the first day I arrived on the job as a summer intern at The Inquirer, straight out of North Philly and my senior year at Temple University in May of 1972. They were paying interns in those days, which was a good thing. At that time in life I couldn't afford to work full time for experience or prestige. I needed a paycheck. I was 22, with a wife and 7-month-old son, and we were living in a one-bedroom apartment in Manayunk. Top of the world, Ma! Metro editor Bob Greenberg introduced me to Acel and other reporters and editors as we walked around the newsroom that first day. Acel was an Army veteran who had started at the paper in 1962 as a "copy boy" - he hated that term - and worked his way up to police reporter in 1968.
February 22, 2016 |
A bowl with brilliant turquoises and purples rests on a table near the entrance to Marilyn Phister's 1895 two-story twin home in Chestnut Hill. In some ways, that gift from friends spawned an entire rethinking of the color palette and vibe in Phister's home, one she purchased in 1990 after living in Fairmount and East Falls. These days, she lives in a world of light and color, with a sense of "Wow!" around every corner. Everything seems meant for the space it occupies, from contemporary pieces to startling accessories and a surprise mix of styles.