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Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Near AC (Not LBI like Google Says)

Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Near Atlantic City (Not LBI like Google Says)

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Whenever time allots, and I’m near AC, I like to stop at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Located about 20 minutes outside
of AC, off of Route 9, is a tranquil wildlife refuge filled with beautiful birds, sea creatures and other wildlife. It’s an affordable $4 a car, but we like to donate a little more as it’s such a gem.

There are look outs over the marsh plus an 8 mile gravel looped road with pull offs for you to enjoy.
You can see the AC skyline in the distance.


Bring bug spray, as the green heads are happy to see you. We were there on a particularly windy day which saved us
It’s a great place to go and take the kids to enjoy nature and view wildlife in their natural habitat. It’s also a great rainy day activity if you just take the drive without doing any of the hiking trails.
Skimmer looking for dinnerHe was joined by a friend

This guy is struggling to keep his dinner from getting away mid air

Scavenger seagull trying to get lunch out of an Osprey nest.


I spotted a few monarch butterflies.
September is their migrating month and you will see thousands in a day pass this way
Check out the wildlife calendar for migrating wild life

We have a lot of wildlife preserves near Philly as well, so do a google search, gra

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South Street Celebrates The Holidays

South Street Lights Up Headhouse Sq For the Holidays with a Train Display

What a whirlwind of tree lightings and holiday happenings in and around Philly this weekend. One of my favorites is the South Street Headhouse Square celebration, with it’s mini parade down the famed street with Santa riding on top of a firetruck to 2nd & Lombard where they lit the tree.

The Boy Scouts led the parade, which kicked off at 430pm at 6th and South Streets


Santa made his way down South Street on Ladder 11

This girl wins the week. After Santa waved at her she jumped up and down so much her hat and “beard” flew off


Santa brought his elf, who happens to be his niece. It was the first time she rode with him. She did a great job.
Bridget Hoy walked the parade as Rudolph.


NIIC the Singing Dog The Music Dog of Philly , although I thought he was a cat or fox, thoughts?


I support the Salvation Army, and when I saw this bucket was dedicated to helping Puerto Rico & the US Virgin Islands I was really happy
We need to keep Puerto Rico and the Islands in our prayers, and help them anyway we can. I can’t imagine what it is like to live without everyday creature comforts.
Hey readers, thanks for your support

The line for Santa was seriously long, and everyone waited patiently.
Santa and Mike Harris, Executive Director South Street


Bex from CBS3 and Today’s 96.5 emceed the event. She solved a mystery and told the crowd Bex was a nickname for Rebecca.
For last night only local train enthusiasts brought their hobby to the Headhouse to the delight of everyone.


Merry Christmas and head down to South Street’s Headhouse and check out their beautiful Christmas Tree. It’s a great historic photo opp as well, especially in the snow. Perhaps next Saturday as some are predicting a snow storm coming up the coast.

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Deck The Hall at City Hall Holiday Sights Plus Show Times

 Deck The Hall at City Hall Holiday Sights Plus Show Times

Last night was the premiere of the Deck the Hall Light Show Presented by Independence Blue Cross, a dramatic light show, synchronized with music and projected onto the West Market Street portal of City Hall. Deck

 

Before the countdown to the kick off there was a small ceremony where speakers included

Deck Center City District President and CEO Paul R. Levy, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Independence Blue Cross President Executive Vice President and Chairman and CEO of AmeriHealth Caritas Paul A. Tufano, Esq., and 6abc President and General Manager Bernie Prazenica.


Shows will be presented during the evenings through January 1, every hour on the half-hour from Sunday to Thursday and more frequently on Friday and Saturday evenings. Weekdays (Sunday-Thursday) 5:30pm 6:30pm 7:30pm 8:30pm Weekends (Friday-Saturday) 5:30pm 6:00pm 6:30pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 8:00pm 8:30pm 9:00pm 9:30pm

Afterwards there was a party for the sponsors which included Independence Blue Cross in partnership with Center City District and 6abc,

Sheila Hess, City Representative and friends from Independence Blue Cross
oh heat lamps next to the ice skating rink

Just learning to skate, you can rent one of those penguins on the right for $10 an hour. They have nearly a dozen.
I’m going to need one. I saw adults use them as well. There’s no embarrassment especially cause they’re so cute
The City Hall Courtyard Merry Go Round is back
The amazing maze is back again, and thankfully it’s not completely surrounded by the white tents that hold the shops. You can gaze into it in case you don’t want to navigate the maze.

The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market opened last week. The stores featured are all based in the Philadelphia area, whereas the stores across the street at the Christmas Village (see white tent in center across the street at Love Park, that is where CV is and it opens on Thanksgiving) are from around the world. Open daily through Jan 1, 2018 (CV closes on Christmas Eve), Sun thru Thurs 11am to 7PM, and Friday and Sat 11AM to 8PM Closed on Christmas Say. Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve the shops close at 5PM

On the North Side of City Hall is where the Christmas Tree is this year. It looks amazing. Last night they were testing the lights and the colorful base. I’m so excited for the festivities officially lighting the tree on Black Friday at 5PM.
Craft Hall, a new venue by FCM opening in Northern Liberties in the fall of 2018, will be offering food and beverage service as a “pop-up restaurant” from Nov. 24 to Dec. 23 at City Hall at North Broad Street alongside the Philly Holiday Tree. The Craft Hall Pop-Up Restaurant, in partnership with Lost Bread Co. Bakery and Barefoot Wines, will include a beautifully decorated heated tent with indoor seating for over 100 people as well as tables outside the tent next to the tree.

The Deck the Halls lights at City Hall are a perfect compliment to the other light shows around town. Don’t forget to check out the Macy’s Christmas Light Show in the  Grand Court and the Comcast Light Show.

Macy’s Light Show  runs from the Friday after Thanksgiving through December 31.
Showtimes: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm. The Store is closed Christmas Day. (In the past, on occasion, additional unscheduled shows have been presented when the Store became too congested. Good times for viewing are Monday through Thursday.)

Comcast Light Show Times
Daily at the top of each hour, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (excluding weekdays at 5 p.m.) through December 31 and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day