Tuesday, September 2, 2014

9th ANNUAL GREENFEST PHILLY RETURNS WITH 100+ EXHIBITORS, FOOD, BEER GARDEN, FAMILY FUN, SHOPPING, ECO ADVENTURES AND NEW SURPRISES


Clean Air Council’s 9th Annual Greenfest Philly returns to Headhouse Square (2nd and South Streets) this Sunday, September 7, 2014 from 10:00am to 4:00pm. This is the region's largest envionrmental festivals and I will be there shooting - look for me!

This year the fun is back and bigger than ever with live music, free demos, an outdoor beer garden, organic food and drinks, handmade and green shopping, MOM’s Organic Market Kids’ Corner, a twenty-five foot rock wall, and even edible bugs. 
 

It is free to get in or you can buy a VIP “Green Cards” at www.greenfestphilly.org for $30 that includes food and drink discounts, a free t-shirt, and eco-friendly swag. For more information, visit the website, call 215-567-4004, and follow @greenfestphilly on Twitter.

There's tons to do - here's my top picks!



GREEN ADVENTURES

* Purchase one of a kind handmade art and crafts from eco-artisans such as Beaucycled upcycled jewelry and accessories, and Urban Textile Works prints.
* Enjoy a tasty surprise as you sample edible bugs including crickets on crackers and chocolate brownies made with flour made from ground bugs.

* Enjoy a rest and recharge station with refurbished chairs and furniture, free iced tea, coffee and solar powered chargers.

* Pamper yourself with chair massage and natural organic treatments from Eviama Life Green Spa and Boutique, the region’s green designed and operated all natural spa in the city.
* Win exciting prizes like a Trek bike from Philadelphia Insurance Companies to make commuting greener AND more fun.
* Become educated and take action on critical environmental issues from leading advocacy groups.
* Leave your ‘wheels’ with the complimentary bike valet courtesy of Philadelphia Insurance Companies.
* Clean out your closets and bring your clothing, accessories, toys, books and more to the Philly Swap at Greenfest Philly.  Bring gently used clothing, toys and books for free entry into the swap area, or make a $5 donation (includes a free Philly Swap bag). Upon entry in the swap, you are free to roam and take what you’d like.





FAMILY FUN IN MOM’S Organic Market Kids’ Corner

* Healthy Snacks from MOM’s Organic Market – Kids and parents are welcome to stop by MOM’s Organic Market’s booth for free samples and healthy snacks. Kids can also pick up their FREE Greenfest t-shirts (free to the first 200 children).

* Kids Play with Clay from 10:00am to 2:00pm - The Clay Studio will be hosting a group-sculpt in the MOM’s Organic Market Kids’ Corner. Kids will be invited to sculpt small objects with traditional clay materials and put them together, creating a large group sculpture.

* Frisbee Spin Art from 10:00am to 4:00pm - Always a Greenfest favorite, Tall Pines Day Camp will be helping kids to create colorful and exciting spin art on Frisbees.

* Kid’s Yoga, time TBA - Yoga Garden will be leading a yoga class just for kids! Creative thinking, flexibility, better health, inner focus, greater concentration, improved social skills and physical strength are just some of the benefits of yoga for kids. Through interactive games and exercises, kids learn yoga postures, breathing techniques and lots more! And it’s all just plain fun!

* Rock Climb from 10:00am to 4:00pm - Kids and adults can catch climbing fever and try their hand at scaling a 25 foot rock wall.


BEER GARDEN

Victory Brewing Company will be providing the beer for the Greenfest Philly Sustainably Brewed Beer Garden. Since opening the brewery in February 1996, Victory has emphasized environmental responsibility. As part of the brewing process Victory recycles the nearly 25,000 pounds of spent grain is generated every 24 hours through an an arrangement with a local farmer who takes this brewing by-product and feeds it to his farm animals.

FOOD

Sample delicious, healthy, local and organic food from popular food trucks and local eateries.

* Farm Truck 
* Kung Fu Hoagies
* Little Baby's 
* Lil’ Pop Shop
* Local 215
* SoomFoods
* ACME Markets
* Bonjour Creperie
* Cobblestone Krautery
* The Twisted Tail


LIVE MUSIC

Local music is more sustainable than music that has to be shipped thousands of miles to your ears. In the Greenfest Philly spirit, Earth Jam 2014 features 4 of the most exciting emerging bands Philly has to offer. Music runs 11:00am to 3:30pm.

* West Philadelphia Orchestra
* Ron Gallo
* Pine Barons
* No Stranger


Greenfest Philly is presented by Clean Air Council, with support from MOM's Organic Market, Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY), PGW EnergySense, SCA, Waste Management, Zip Car, Amtrak, Aversa PR & Events, Enterprise Car Share, door door organics, Sustainable
Business Network, South Street Headhouse District, ConsolidatedSolar.net and AVRS.  

Since its launch in 2006, Greenfest Philly has been a model for producing sustainable events. The festival demonstrates its commitment to reducing environmental impact by sourcing power from two large solar powered generators, recycling and composting over 80% of waste, and providing attendees with water bottle refill stations and a complimentary bike valet. All festival exhibitors are evaluated by Clean Air Council to ensure they are providing services, information, or goods that are sustainable.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Meet-Up- Flash Mob Watergun Fight At Eakins Oval Photos

In these waning days of summer, I'm playing catch up with events photographed for PCC. If we get to next Friday and you're event doesn't pop up I apologize as the Fall 2014 Social Season begins and I must start anew with social party photos. Sorry I don't send photos out, as we are a one man shop. Thanks. HughE

 Thanks to Mike Toub for photographing this for PCC as I was on assignment. (I even got him a lanyard with his name now.)























 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Made in America Concert Parking, Public Transportation and Road Closures PS Don't Even Think of Driving New Parkway. PSS Diner en Blanc got nothing on this mess.

Made in America Concert
Parking, Public Transportation and Road Closures
Road Closures
To accommodate the venue construction and two-day festival, a process of gradual road closures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in key sections of the Fairmount neighborhood will begin today, with street closings increasing each day. The full set of closures are scheduled to be implemented by 10 A.M. on Friday, August 29. The full extent of these closures will be in place until Tuesday, September 2.
Delays can be expected and motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate routes, and allow for extra driving time in the areas near these festivities before and during Labor Day weekend. Please refrain from double-parking, which creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.
There are three phases of road closures associated with the construction of the Festival site that are in effect, now through Tuesday, September 2nd. A detailed list of closures is below:
Phase1:
Wednesday, August 27th: Two lanes in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum will be closed, beginning at 5:00 A.M. These lanes will not re-open until the removal of the staging and equipment following the final concert, or by Tuesday morning. The festivities will end by 11:00 P.M. on Sunday, August 31st.
Phase2:
Thursday, August 28th: The inner lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway (the inbound and outbound lanes), from 22nd Street to Eakins Oval, will be closed until Tuesday, September 2nd.
Phase3:
Friday, August 29th: Due to the closure of the inner lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic for Friday morning rush hour headed inbound (to Center City) from Spring Garden Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive must exit Eakins Oval on the 24th Street ramp. Traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drive must exit the Drive at Fairmount Avenue.
The full extent of road closures around the Festival site will begin at 10:00 A.M and will remain through the duration of the event. A complete list of road closures and ‘no parking’ restrictions follows:
Road Closures:
- The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, beginning at 20th Street extending through Eakins Oval and behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art
- 21stStreet between Winter & Spring Garden Streets
- 22ndStreet between Winter & Fairmount Streets
- 23rdStreet between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Fairmount Avenue
- 24thStreet between Fairmount & Pennsylvania Avenues
- 25thStreet between Fairmount & Pennsylvania Avenues
- Spring Garden Street between 20th & 31st Streets, including the Spring Garden Street tunnel
- KellyDrive between 23rd Street & Fairmount Avenue
- Martin Luther King Drive between the Falls Bridge & the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
-Pennsylvania Avenue between Hamilton & Fairmount Avenues
- 2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue between the Whole Foods store & 21st Street (the eastern half of the block from the Whole Foods market to 20th Street will remain open to allow access to the store)
- ParkTowne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets
- I-676 Westbound off-ramp at 22nd Street (the I-676 Eastbound off-ramp at 23rd Street will be open)
Noparking at these locations:
- Pennsylvania Avenue between 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue (south side of street)
-Winter Street between 20th & 22nd Streets (both sides of street)
- 20thStreet between Vine Street & Callowhill Street (east side of street)
- 21st Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Race Street (both sides of street)
- 22ndStreet between Winter & Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)
- ParkTowne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (both sides of street)
Public Transportation and Paid Parking
Due to Made in America event preparations, SEPTA Bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, and 43 will be detoured around the festival area, beginning at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, August 29 through early-morning on Monday, September 2. Specific route detours are posted on the System Status Page at www.septa.org
Extra late-night service also will be available on SEPTA’s Regional Rail Lines on Saturday and Sunday Nights departing Center City. Suburban and 30th Street Stations are in closest walking distance to the festival. Special schedules are posted in stations and online at http://septa.org/events/pdf/2014-08-made-in-america-rr-service.pdf
Festival participants also can use the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines. Train service will operate for 24 hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, replacing the usual Nite Owl Bus Service. Trains operate every 20 minutes, between midnight and 5:00 A.M., with additional frequencies before and after those times. Race-Vine and City Hall stations on the Broad Street Line and 15th Street Station on the Market Frankford Line provide easy walking access to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Additional information regarding late-night subway service is available at http://www.septa.org/service/all-night.html
For more information on SEPTA and NJTransit routes and schedules during Labor Day weekend, visit www.septa.orgor call 215-580-7800, and www.njtransit.org or call 973-275-5555.
PHLASH transportation is an inexpensive way to visit key attractions in Center City ($2 per ride or $5 all-day) and the Parkway vicinity. The PHLASH bus will operate Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31, with stops at 20 locations, from Penn’s Landing to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Find PHLASH on the go, with live updates at RidePhillyPHLASH.com and visit www.phillyphlash.com for aschedule and route details.
If driving is necessary, commercial off-street parking lots and garages conveniently are located on or near the Parkway. Contact individual facilities in advance for rates and availability, or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s website at www.philapark.org for a list of parking options. Budweiser Made in America is not affiliated with these parking facilities.

#woofwoofwednesday Philly Pet's on Social Media

Hope you aren't burned out after National Dog Day yesterday, here's #woofwoofwendnesday PCC favorite pets as seen on Social Media




 











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Steve Mason's bulldog, George Mason doing ALS ice bucket challenge was a good one