Boris wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving.
This week, I started watching the new Netflix series The Haunting of Hill House. I read the book when I was barely into my teens and it made quite an impression on me. Later on, I saw a film adaptation, The Haunting, which is one of the scariest movies I have ever seen. Black and white and not a bit of gore or violence in it. I wasn’t as fond of the remake which seemed formulaic, and more funny than scary.
South Philadelphia has some haunted history too, although you won’t find a lot of information on tourist sites. Serial killer H.H. Holmes met his demise at Moyamensing Prison which is now the site of the Acme Market at 10th and Reed Streets. I don’t know whether he wanders the store after it closes for the night, nor do I want to know.
On the brighter side, South Philadelphians take any occasion as an excuse to decorate their front windows and Halloween is no exception. From pumpkin painting festivals to pots of chrysanthemums sprouting up in curbside planters, South Philly is ablaze with the colors of Autumn this time of year- just in time for Halloween. Here are some pictures.
The fireworks got rained out last night but we still had a good time at The Sparkle Lounge where I watched lightning bugs dance on the lawn and eased the pain of a gimpy knee with a potent Sangria
Here is a film of the fireworks from a few years back. Enjoy and have a happy Fourth of July.
Here’s hoping you find whatever it is you’re looking for this Spring!
It’s holiday time and if you are trolling the Internet, it is probably to do last minute shopping or find recipes. If you want to take a break, I invite you to have a look at some pictures I took on a tour of three of the Fairmont Park Mansions.
A couple of years ago, Liberty Place hosted a delightful holiday exhibit of the Fairmount Park Mansions interpreted in gingerbread. If you would like to read about the exhibit, click here. And if you want to compare the gingerbread mansions with the real mansions, click on the links below.
Learn more about the Fairmont Park Mansions here.
What else could provide a better example of the bounty and abundance that we should all be so thankful for this Thanksgiving and every other day of the year? Reading Terminal Market. Here are some pictures of the hustle and bustle on the day before the turkey lands.
If you come to Philadelphia to do Holiday Shopping this year, be sure to check out the Franklin Flea. They’ve set up on the first floor of the old Strawbridge and Clothier store at 8th and Market and the vendors offer a great selection of eclectic funk.
Six Saturdays, 10am – 5pm
Nov. 15, 22, 29
Dec. 6, 13, 20
Shopping under the chandeliers
Vintage belts and look at those Coach bags
If you can’t come in person, most of the ever changing selection of vendors sell on line
For more information on the Franklin Flea Holiday Market press here.
But wait! There’s more. If you’re in town during the week, check out Christmas Village (also open on weekends) which pops up in Love Park every year after Thanksgiving and stays open until the last Sunday in December. You can go ice skating at Dilworth Park after you’ve finished shopping.
I decided to make felted flying Birdie holiday ornaments this year for Toni, Terri and Sarah. Why birds? I like birds.
Roving, Fiber and Feathers
Ms. Bluebird nearly complete
I like to needle felt with a leather glove on my left hand. I stab myself less often.
Carding the roving to blend colors for Ms. Pink
Ms. Pink takes a break after completion
Yet more carding and color mixing for Ms. Green
Ms. Green with her pins still in; I glued and felted in the feathers and embellishments.
As I was making the Birdies, I realized that the glamorous Ms. Pink bore a slight resemblance to Toni. Bluebirds have a special meaning for Sarah who also loves glitter. (Ms. Bluebird took a dip in the glitter when I wasn’t looking and Ms. Pink made a hat for her.) Ms. Green wanted a skull charm necklace so she would look good with Terri. I did not have one, but she let Ms. Bluebird and Ms. Pink do her hair like Terri’s, complete with red bangs. Ms Green thought she looked Sqwaksome!
I left the Birdies resting on their communal perch. They are now in their new homes.