Are you a Pumpkin carving King or Queen? Do you just love carving pumpkins? Want to show off your skills? Then take a “stab” at the Philly Pumpkin Pageant brought to you by Ghost Tours of Philadelphia. Submit photos of your carved, painted or decorated pumpkins for a chance to win, 2 tickets, to any scheduled Ghost Tour of Philadelphia!
Carve or paint a festive, frightening jack-o-lantern. Then e-mail a photo of the fabulous pumpkin to firstname.lastname@example.org or upload here. Last day to submit is October 30th. Include your name, the name of your jack-o-lantern, your phone number, and email address. Philly Happening will post the photos as they come in and readers will have the chance to vote for their favorites. The pumpkin with the most votes, by 10pm on October 30th, will win 2 free passes to Ghost Tours of Philadelphia and a special secret prize! The runner-up will also win 2 free passes to Ghost Tours of Philadelphia.
Whether you’re an ardent movie enthusiast or a just a casual filmgoer, the 2012 Philadelphia Film Festival offers a great cinematic experience for everyone. Now in its 21st season, the festival celebrates independent filmmaking from directors across the world. Festivities kick off on October 18th with an opening night screening of “Silver Linings Playbook.” This drama/comedy is directed by David O. Russell (The Fighter, Three Kings), and stars Philadelphia’s own talented heartthrob, Bradley Cooper.
In addition to the hottest new films, the festival also features several oldies but goodies as part of its “From The Vaults” program. “Signs,” the 2002 sci-fi blockbuster set in Bucks County, PA and starring Mel Gibson, will show at The Prince Music Theater on Friday, October 26. Don’t miss out on this special screening where the film’s highly acclaimed director, M. Night Shyamalan, will be in attendance! Also featured this season are horror classics such as “Poltergeist” (1982) and “The Shining” (1980), just in time for Halloween.
The festival’s “Greater Filmadelphia” series features the work from some of Philadelphia’s finest filmmakers. This diverse program showcases documentaries, such as “The Missing Piece: The Truth About the Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa,” as well as feature length films including “Detonator,” a gritty crime drama shot completely on location in Philly.
To learn more about the 2012 season of the Philadelphia Film Festival, click here to visit the PFF homepage.
The whole town is talking about Night Kitchen Bakery’s Presidential Straw Poll. The bakery is making blue shortbread cookies for Obama, and red ones for Romney! If you missed the news on Zagat or Foobooz be sure to look out for the story in the Philadelphia Business Journal next week. Even though Mitt Romney seems to be gaining in the polls, Obama is winning by a landside in Chestnut Hill. Last week’s tallies following the debate had Romney at 124 cookies sold compared to Obama’s 807. We look forward to seeing how these upcoming Presidential debates effect the sales. Stay tuned to www.nightkitchenbakery.com for up-to-date results. Amy Edelman and her staff of professional pastry artisans are creating delectable edibles daily at the bakery, located at 7725 Germantown Avenue. If you happen to be hosting an election watch party, call Night Kitchen Bakery at 215) 248-9235.
Martin Luther King, Jr. once said that, “everything that is done in the world is done by hope.” For those who are living with HIV/ AIDS, hope is what keeps them going. Help keep their hope alive by participating in the AIDS Walk / Run Philly!
The event will be a 12K walk and a 5K run. There is a registration fee of $50, but participants are encouraged to reach out to sponsors and raise more money for our friends, family, and neighbors. You can register as an individual or form a team of five or more walkers, runners, or volunteers.
Every nine and a half minutes, someone in the United States is infected with HIV. In the Delaware Valley alone, over 30,000 people are living with HIV/ AIDS. Philadelphia’s infection rate is five times more than the national average. Your participation in the walk on October 21st will help raise awareness and provide funding for health care services and other life-saving programs!
The Philadelphia Aids Walk is also looking for volunteers to help make this event successful, and is always accepting donations! For more information on this event or to register to participate check out: aidswalkphilly.org or aidsrunphilly.org. You can also tweet about this event by hash-tagging #whyiwalk.
The arrival of autumn means the arrival of apple picking season at Linvilla Orchards! Apple picking is a healthy, delicious, and fun activity for friends and families of all ages. However, before you begin your apple-picking adventure, it’s helpful to learn about the unique varieties of apples you will find in the Linvilla fields.
If you’re searching for an apple that’s big enough to split between you and a friend, go for a Mutsu apple. The sharp, honey flavored taste of this apple makes it ideal for cooking or making fresh apple juice. The Macoun apple, which originated in New York during the 1920s, has a sweet aroma and tender flesh that pairs well with cheese or as a topping on salads. The Jonagold apple has a distinct acidity that makes its flavor succulently tart yet lusciously sweet.
The Northern Spy apple, with its red and green exterior, is as unique on the outside as it is delicious on the inside. This apple is among the most popular varieties and is often the key ingredient to baking scrumptious apple pies. Although not as traditionally tasty or sweet as the northern spy apple, the Idared apple, which originates from Idaho, has an impressive storage live potential of six months.
If your mouth is watering and your interest is piqued, visit the Linvilla Orchards website to learn more about their apple picking tours. For a comprehensive guide of all the apple varieties, click here.