The second weekend in May finds Philadelphia playing host to the largest collegiate rowing event in the United States, the Dad Vail Regatta. Named for Harry Emerson “Dad” Vail, a famous college coach of yesteryear, the event has run continuously since 1934, with a respite for WWII. It attracts over 100 teams from the United [...]
Article by Wayne Beck and Photography by Henry Rowan
Treasure hunters often spend their lives searching for rare finds that may elude them forever. Yet sometimes treasures sit right in front of us and we remain completely unaware of their existence. A good example of this can be found in South Philadelphia. Normally, areas like Penns Landing, [...]
The Velodrome in Trexlertown is an absolute hoot. Even if you have never ridden a bike, this is a great place to spend a weekend evening as the facility is world class and the racing is as well. You can get right up to the wall of this 333 meter track or rest your weary [...]
It’s the biggest indoor agricultural event in the nation, but big doesn’t even begin to describe the Pennsylvania Farm Show. Try massive, huge, or gargantuan and you’ll get closer to being accurate. The multi-day show takes place every year in early January and covers 24 acres in eleven buildings of the Farm Show Complex and Expo Center [...]
The 2014 Penn Relays are scheduled for April 24-26, 2014
Get your tickets early!
Every April, the area surrounding the University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field turns into a swirling sea of amateur athletes and their supporters. Streets are closed, buses block those that are open, and only the foolish try to navigate the area by car. [...]
Looking for a really pleasant way to spend a couple of hours on Saturday afternoons in the summer? Give the Tinicum Park Polo Club a try! From mid-May through early October, polo ponies and their riders partake in the beauty of Tinicum Park and entertain spectators from all over the region. The setting, which is [...]
Uniquely Philadelphian, the Mummers put on a spectacle that is not to be missed. Every new Year’s Day upwards of 10,000 Mummers march from their haunts on Two Street (2nd Street to the rest of the world) and head up Broad Street to City Hall. As if the sheer size of the throng weren’t enough, [...]
If you don’t know it is there, driving past the Fonthill in Doylestown, Pa., becomes one of those double take moments in life. “What the ______ (fill it in with your own vernacular)” is a common reaction, for set amidst normal neighborhoods, on normal roads, is a 44 room reinforced concrete castle. Yes, that’s right, [...]
OK, I admit it. the County Theater in Doylestown is one of my all-time favorite places to go. In an age of garish megaplexes that seem to grow ever bigger and feature ever sillier films, the “County,” as it is affectionately known throughout the region, is a real step back in time.
When the County opened [...]
The town of Jim Thorpe, in Carbon County, is a living testament to the ability of Pennsylvanians to adapt creatively to change and adversity. Set squarely in the midst of the mountains that contained the rich anthracite fields in the eastern part of the state, Jim Thorpe began life as two towns, Mauch Chunk and [...]
It’s old, it’s noisy, and it’s crowded. Those may be words that an advertising professional would dread, but they define the simple reality of the Reading Terminal Market in the heart of Center City, Philadelphia. In fact, rather than being negatives, old, noisy, and crowded are the very attributes that make the Market such a good [...]
The rational me says that there are no such things as ghosts. The rational me also says that there is absolutely no way I am spending the night alone in Eastern State Penitentiary (ESP) because if any place is haunted, it is this old prison. Make no mistake about it, this place can be scary – even [...]
The Delaware Water Gap is an area of immense natural beauty and rich history so, of course, it was only natural that some brainiac came up with the bright idea to run Interstate 80 right thru the middle of it. This was followed by the equally brilliant idea to clutter Route 209 with tourist traps [...]
Sitting across the street from one another on the edge of some of Lancaster County’s most beautiful farmland, are The Railroad Museum of Pennsylvania and the Strasburg Railroad. Even if you aren’t a train enthusiast, it is hard not to be very impressed by this combination of static displays and rolling stock. Although it seems that [...]
Looking for a great place to eat lunch? Lilly’s is it! The sandwiches are great and so are the salads and so are the breads and so are the desserts. You get the point. This is the standard that my wife and I use when comparing all other restaurants of its type. So far none [...]
Twice a year, once in the early spring and again in late October or early November, the tranquil Tohickon Creek in Upper Bucks County is turned into a kayakers’ paradise. Water from Lake Nockamixon is released from the dam and creates Class 3 and 4 rapids that attract kayakers and canoeists from throughout the Northeast. [...]
Ricketts Glen is an exceptional state park located in Luzerne, Sullivan, and Columbia Counties. (Yes, it’s big – 13,050 acres worth of big!) Named for the Ricketts family, who sold the land that was to become the park to the state in the 1920’s, Ricketts Glen was approved as a national park in the 1930’s, [...]
To get here you don’t have to travel far. Sometimes it is as close as your backyard or in a neighbor’s garden or a in woods or meadow that you pass every day and all you have to do is look down.
More on this section is coming soon but right now we are focusing on [...]