<![CDATA[NBC 10 Philadelphia - Dining, shopping and nightlife]]> Copyright 2014 http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/entertainment/the-scene http://media.nbcbayarea.com/designimages/NBC10_40x125.png NBC 10 Philadelphia http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com en-us Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:44:18 -0400 Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:44:18 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Tina Fey to Appear at Upper Darby Theater]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 01:18:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tina_fey2.jpg

"I want to go to there."

One of the catch phrases coined by "30 Rock" character Liz Lemon is likely to be muttered by comedy fans across the Delaware Valley after learning Tina Fey is returning to Delaware County in just a few weeks.

The "Saturday Night Live" alum will appear at the Upper Darby Summer Stage at 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill Aug. 16, according to a news release from the local theater.

"Before the Emmy Award-winning actress, comedian, producer and writer became a household name, Tina Fey acted, directed, ushered and worked in the box office at Upper Darby Summer Stage," said Harry Dietzler, the theater's executive director.

Her appearance will kick-off Upper Darby Summer Stage's 40th season and serve as a fundraiser.

Ticket prices range from $40 to $100 for the event, which will include a 10th anniversary screening of "Mean Girls."

After the movie, another Summer Stage alum, TV Guide Magazine's Damian Holbrook, will lead a question-and-answer session with Fey.

Funds raised for the event will go towards the purchase of a new sound system for the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, according to Dietzler.

Fey, who grew up in Upper Darby Township and attended Upper Darby High School before she rose to fame, drew attention to her hometown earlier this year when she shared pizza from Pica's on the "Tonight Show."

Anyone interested in attending Fey's homecoming at the Upper Darby Summer Stage can purchase tickets online or by calling the box office at 610-622-1189.

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<![CDATA[Zoo Gets Fruit From Flipped Truck]]> Fri, 01 Aug 2014 05:16:22 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/elephant8.jpg

Talk about not letting roadkill go to waste.

The elephants, giraffes and bears at the Oakland Zoo got to nosh on African jackfruit and bananas Wednesday thanks to a overturned big rig that dumped 60,000 pounds of fruit in Livermore near the Altamont Pass earlier in the week.



"The elephants loved it," Brian Deering, president of the nonprofit F.A.I.R. Foundation, told NBC Bay Area. He masterminded the transfer – taking the lightly squished fruit from the side of Interstate Highway 580 and getting about 15,000 pounds of it to the animals at the zoo.



About 35,000 pounds fed humans at the Alameda County Food Bank, and the rest was too badly bruised to be eaten.



The truck is owned by All Seasons Produce in Oakland, which grows fruit in Mexico. Deering knows the owners, who contacted him after the truck tipped early Monday morning to say they didn't want the food to go to waste. He also knows the owners of Save Tow, who schlepped the tropical fruit to the zoo.

Deering's agency, which has roots in Sunnyvale but now is headquarted in Elk Grove, is a nonprofit that connects families in custody battles with material goods, such as cars, dishwashers, computers and food.



Zoo spokeswoman Nicky Mora said there is enough donated fruit for the elephants and bears to dine on all week.



Photo Credit: Erin Harrison/Oakland Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Last Chance for Free Tix to 'The Voice' Star's AC Show]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 06:25:06 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/oklahoma_show_P3.jpg

One of music’s biggest stars is set to rock for free Atlantic City today and you can still get in on the fun.

Country star Blake Shelton will play the free concert along the beach between Caesar’s Pier (Arkansas Avenue) and Central Pier (St. James Place).

Organizers hope the concert by the star of NBC’s The Voice and Sunday's show by fellow country superstars Lady Antebellum helps boost the struggling Atlantic City economy hit hard by recent casino closings by bringing thousands of fans to the Jersey Shore resort.

"We are hoping we are going to have a lot of business," said boardwalk shop owner Mohammad Ascher.

Shelton is expected to hit the stage until 6 p.m. but fans will already be allowed into the ticketed area starting at 10 a.m.

That’s right, the event might be free but that doesn’t mean you don’t need a ticket. About 60,000 tickets were already distributed. Fans looking to still get their hands on one can head to the Farley Plaza along the Atlantic City Expressway Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. as several hundred tickets are distributed.

Once those tickets are gone, they are gone. If you can't grab a ticket you can try to listen to the show by standing along the Atlantic City Boardwalk.

Organizers expect Shelton to hit the stage around 6 p.m. Opening act Dan & Shay are expected to begin playing around 4 p.m.



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<![CDATA[Nomadic Busking Poet Showcased In Film]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 14:34:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007722039_1200x675_313578563515.jpg NBC10's Vai Sikahema sat down with director Barrett Rudich and Pennsylvania native Abagail Mott about their film "A Place Of Truth," documenting Abagail as a nomadic and talented busking poet. The film will be screened at the New Hope Film Festival Wednesday night at 6:30.]]> <![CDATA[Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:39:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/307*120/Tuckerton+Seaport.jpg

Located on 40 acres in the heart of historic Tuckerton, Jew Jersey, the Tuckerton Seaport brings the Jersey Shore’s unique maritime traditions to life through demonstrations and workshops, (decoy carving, boat building, basket weaving, quilting) art exhibits, tours, hands-on activities and special events.

You’ll also find a boardwalk, nature trail, mini golf course, the Tucker’s Island Lighthouse (featuring privateer and pirate exhibits) and much more, sure to delight visitors of all ages!

After all your exploring, tame your appetite at the Seaport’s Shorty's Restaurant, open daily for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Upcoming Events

“Truck”erton Food Truck & Brew Fest
August 16th, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Seaport will host a dozen gourmet food trucks from all over the region to satisfy every taste bud. Choose from fresh sandwiches and salads to fried alligator legs and everything in between. Wash it all down in the craft beer garden, where Pinelands Brewery, River Horse Brewing Company and Three Beards Beer will all have their best brews on tap. Valenzano Winery will offer local wines by the glass or bottle and live music (Dan Brown Duo, Shady Street Show Band and Billy Walton) will be provided throughout the day to keep your toes tapping! For more information, visit TuckertonSeaport.org.

Friday Night Concerts - Bring your lawn chair and enjoy free concerts every Friday night, all summer long!

Pickin’ on the Porch – Pick, play, sing along, share stories or just enjoy the acoustic bluegrass/country/old time jam session offered on the first Sunday of each month from noon to five in the Hunting Shanty. $5 admission for non-members.

You’ll find an impressive array of special events happening all year long at the Seaport. Check out a detailed schedule, after the jump!

Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum
Open Daily Year Round 10am-5pm
120 West Main Street
PO Box 52
Tuckerton, NJ 08087
609-296-8868

If You Go

The Tuckerton Seaport is located along the Tuckerton Creek, at Exit 58 on the Garden State Parkway, just 30 miles north of Atlantic City. Admission: Adults, $8; Seniors, $6; Children (ages 5-12), $5; Seaport members, seniors and children under age 5 enter for free.
 



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<![CDATA[Saddle Up for Cowtown Rodeo]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:25:50 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/161*120/Cowtown+Rodeo.jpg

Just a few miles from the Delaware Memorial Bridge in Pilesgrove, New Jersey, you'll find modern-day cowboys and cowgirls competing at what's hailed the oldest weekly professional rodeo in the United States. Cowtown Rodeo marks its 60th impressive season this year, with special events happening all summer long. This is the real deal folks, and you can catch the wild west experience every Saturday night from May through September. Seven traditional rodeo events are featured, including bull riding, bareback bronc riding, saddle bronc riding, steer wrestling, girls barrel racing, team roping and tie down roping, attracting contestants from all across the country. With all the hootin’ and hollerin, there’s a pretty darn good chance you’ll forget you're in Jersey!

If You Go

You'll find Cowtown Rodeo on Route 40 (Harding Highway) in Pilesgrove, just eight miles east of the Delaware Memorial Bridge. From the NJ Turnpike (Exit 1) and Route 295 (Exit 4), follow signs for Route 40 East and look for the giant roadside cowboy (cool photo opp) at the entrance. Refreshments are available on the grounds and parking is free (bonus). Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children (ages three to 12). The rodeo starts at 7:30 every Saturday, rain or shine. Gates open at 6:00 p.m.

Frequently asked questions are answered on their website. And if you're still not convinced that Cowtown's worth the trip, check out the history, sights and sounds on video, after the jump!

Insider Tips

About that Cowboy - The kitschy-cool, 20-foot tall fiberglass dude that greets you at the entrance has been a part of South Jersey's quirky roadside history for more than 30 years. He's what's called a "muffler man", originally manufactured in the 1960s and 1970s by International Fiberglass in Venice, California.

Make a day of it - Poke around the Cowtown Flea and Farmer’s Market on the rodeo grounds every Saturday (Tuesdays too), from  8 a.m. to 4 p.m. where you can score everything from fresh meats, produce, livestock, new and vintage goods, handbags and tools (really).

Cowtown Rodeo
780 Harding Highway (Route 40)
Pilesgrove, NJ 08098
(856) 769-3200



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<![CDATA[Introducing the Donut Cheesesteak Burger]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 09:39:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PYT-Burger.jpg

From the “Doh! Nut” to the “Firebird Chicken Sriracha,” PYT is known for its tasty and quirky burgers. But the popular Northern Liberties restaurant, which made its debut in 2009, may have finally “topped” itself with its latest creation, the Donut Cheesesteak Burger.

“We already have a donut burger on our menu,” said PYT owner Tommy Up. “We were looking for some flavors to balance out the sweetness of the burger and we decided to do it cheesesteak style. It’s a perfect balance of your essential flavors.”

The burger, which made its official debut Tuesday, consists of a split and grilled glazed donut, cheddar cheese, beef patty, and a Philly cheesesteak with cheese wiz on top.

“Somehow it works together really well,” Up said.

While it hasn’t even been out for a full day yet, the burger has already garnered plenty of attention.

“Customers have been coming in and ordering it all day,” Up said. “We got a lot of feedback. I have a feeling this burger has got some legs on it.”

Not all feedback has been positive however. While PYT burgers have never been known for their nutritional value, some have said that the newest addition has crossed the line when it comes to unhealthiness.

“Every time we come out with something that’s pretty extraordinary we get a lot of comments from people online about how unhealthy it is,” Up said. “But I know those are the burgers that’ll do really well when we get extreme reactions.”

In response to the health critics, Up says that just like anything else, eating a PYT burger should be done in moderation.

“Personally, for a guy who runs a burger joint, I eat very healthy 90% of the time,” he said. “The 10% of the time I want the craziest thing I can eat.”

Up credits his executive chef Kim Malcolm, as well as an unorthodox creative process with helping him come up with the eye-popping recipes.

“We’re open to suggestions from everyone who works here and our customers,” Up said. “At the end of the day the best idea wins. I have a really talented chef who’s been with us since day one. We’ll come up with an idea or concept or we’ll see something. Then I might say, ‘this donut will look really good on a cheesesteak. Kim you’ve got to make this happen!’”

Up admits however that his latest burger will be a hard one to beat.

“Honestly, I don’t think we can top every burger that we come out with,” he said. “Sometimes the answer is in the air. At some point we’ll figure out how to top it and that’ll be the next burger we come out with.”
 



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<![CDATA[XPoNential Music Festival]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:54:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Festival_Crowd_PhotoBy_Joe-DelTufo.jpg

Music fans unite! The three-day XPoNential Music Festival kicks off this Friday, just over the bridge from Philly on the gorgeous Camden waterfront. With our picturesque Philadelphia skyline as a backdrop (if you’ve never seen the view of Philly from Camden, you don’t know what you’re missing), the festival transforms tree-lined Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center into an oasis of musical goodness. Once you park and enter the gates, it's an easy walk between the stages at Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Center for performances through the weekend.

For those new to the area, WXPN is a non-commercial, member-supported, public radio service of the University of Pennsylvania. The station is passionately dedicated to supporting the music of artists you typically won’t hear on other stations, and this festival is your chance to see many of them perform live, all in one place.

The festival celebrates its 21st year this summer, with an impressive lineup of big names, local acts and emerging artists. Here's the schedule, so you can plan accordingly:

Friday Night at Wiggins Park (Gates open at 5 p.m.)

River Stage

Lucius — 6:45-7:25 p.m.
Hold Steady — 8:10-9 p.m.
Rodrigo y Gabriela — 9:55-11:25 p.m.

Marina Stage

Viv and the Revival — 5:30-6:00 p.m.
Marian Hill — 6:10-6:40 p.m.
Houndmouth — 7:30-8:05 p.m.
James Cotton — 9:05-9:50 p.m.

Saturday Afternoon at Wiggins Park (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

River Stage


Commonwealth Choir — 12:30-1 p.m.
Hurray for the Riff Raff — 1:40-2:20 p.m.
Strand of Oaks - 3:05 p.m. - 3:50 p.m.
C.J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band — 4:40-5:25 p.m.
Ingrid Michaelson — 6:20-7:20 p.m.

Marina Stage


Our Griffins — noon-12:30 p.m.
Caitlin Rose — 1:05-1:35 p.m.
Marah — 2:25-3 p.m.
Jeremy Messersmith — 3:55-4:35 p.m.
Dave Hause — 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Saturday Night at the Susquehanna Bank Center (Gates open at 7 p.m.)

Main Stage


Dawes — 7:30-8 p.m.
Jenny Lewis — 8:30-9:15 p.m.
Ryan Adams — 9:45-11:15 p.m.

Sunday Afternoon at Wiggins Park (Gates open at 11:30 a.m.)

River Stage


The Lawsuits — 12:30-1 p.m.
J. Roddy Walston & the Business — 1:40-2:15 p.m.
Old 97s — 3-3:40 p.m.
Lake Street Dive — 4:30-5:15 p.m.
Trigger Hippy — 6:05-7 p.m.

Marina Stage


Ginger Coyle — noon-12:30 p.m.
Bear's Den — 1:05-1:35 p.m.
Nicole Atkins — 2:20-2:55 p.m.
Diego Garcia — 3:45-4:25 p.m.
Man Man — 5:20-6:00 p.m.

Sunday Night at the Susquehanna Bank Center (Gates open at 7 p.m.)

Main Stage


The Districts — 7:15-7:45 p.m.
Band of Horses — 8:15-9:30 p.m.
Beck — 10-11:30 p.m.

Insider Tips

What to Expect - A friendly, mellow and laid-back environment. If you're a member of the station, you'll get to enjoy a members-only tent where you can meet and greet some of the artists. A variety of food and beer will be available for purchase.

Tickets - Advance purchase is available online, or you can pick them at the World Cafe Live box offices in University City or Wilmington. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

Parking and Directions - Because other events are happening this weekend on the Camden waterfront, public transportation is highly recommended. For all your need-to-know info, check out WXPN’s FAQS after the jump.

What to bring – Blankets or low-back chairs, water and/or non-alcoholic beverages, personal snacks, sunscreen and the kids! Free face painting, games, activities and more will be available in the Kid’s Corner Children's Garden, a dedicated area where kids can run around, make new friends and just be kids!

XPoNential Music Festival
Wiggins Park, 1 Riverside Drive, Camden, NJ 08103

 

 



Photo Credit: Joe DelTufo]]>
<![CDATA[Down on the Farm]]> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 22:53:27 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Down+on+the+Farm.jpg

Milking cows, feeding chickens and learning about farm life is an experience awaiting you, about 60 miles or so from the city. More than 30 of Lancaster County's working farms have opened their doors as B&Bs, providing a unique experience for the whole family.

Spend a night or a weekend learning about life on a working farm. You'll have the option to parrticipate in age-appropriate activities like gathering eggs for breakfast, feeding the animals, assisting with the morning milking and more.

When it’s time to sit down for breakfast, bring your appetite! Homemade breads and muffins, eggs, bacon, breads and fruit are the norm. Later, you may find yourself on a hayride through the countryside, touring the farm, feeding the horses or just relaxing on the porch or in a backyard hammock with a good book. The choice is yours.

Whether you’re looking for adventure, education or a brand new perspective close to home, Pennsylvania Dutch Country may be just the escape you're looking for!

Learn more about Lancaster County Farm Stays, after the jump!
 


 

 

 



Photo Credit: www.padutchcountry.com / Coy Butler ]]>
<![CDATA[Dine, Buy a Blue Dress at Lewinsky's on Clinton]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 12:35:53 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/203*120/Lewinskys+on+Clinton.JPG

Lewinsky’s on Clinton.

No, “Bubba” hasn’t reignited his love affair with the former White House intern, but there’s a brand new Delaware City restaurant named after the scandal-ridden tryst.

“We’re on Clinton Street,” said restaurant partner John Buchheit. “I wanted something easy to remember, something that sticks with you.  And it goes together:  Lewinsky and Clinton.”

Buchheit’s new upscale gastropub is just the latest addition to Clinton Street’s tongue-in-cheek eateries.

The former mayor, along with long-time business partner, Dale Slotter, also lay claim to Crabby Dick’s, a crab joint with an interesting menu, and Buster Nutts, a 140-seat pub.

And as if owning three restaurants, a hotel, a bakery and a few other businesses isn’t enough, Buchheit is also into selling merchandise at his cleverly-named establishments.

We’re not talking T-shirts and hoodies, although you can get those at Lewinsky’s, Crabby’s and Buster’s, we’re talking dresses. More specifically, blue dresses.

Yep, that’s right, Lewinsky’s is marketing blue dresses, a sort of tribute to its namesake, Monica Lewinsky, whose infamous blue dress played an integral role in the uncovering of her “sexual relations” with President Clinton.

So far, residents are embracing the name – and the dress code.

“I was surprised at how many female customers came in wearing blue dresses,” Buchheit said.

Lewinsky’s on Clinton is open daily, although their hours vary. The menu they’re offering through August is temporary. The permanent menu, will launch in August when the restaurant celebrates its official opening, is a mix of Old World European mixed with modern American flavors, said Buchheit.

No matter how good the menu is, you can bet this won't be a campaign stop next time Hillary's in town...
 

 



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<![CDATA[Baby Orangutan Finds Loving Surrogate Mom]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:43:23 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Kecil-2+%287-14-14%29.jpg

A 6 month old orangutan that was rejected by its mother and again by a surrogate, has found someone to raise him. 

Kecil, a 6-month-old orangutan, has been bonding for nearly a month with his surrogate mom, Maggie, at the Brookfield Zoo in the suburbs of Chicago.

Kecil never received much attention from his birth mother Yasmin or first surrogate mother, MJ. 

"Although it has been only a short time and we have a long road ahead of us, we are extremely optimistic due to Kecil and Maggie's progress so far," said Jay Petersen, curator of primates and carnivores for the Chicago Zoological Society. "Maggie is an easy going and gentle orangutan. The two have been together since Kecil's arrival, and Maggie has provided care and attention that he needs to receive from an orangutan."

Kecil was born January 11 at Ohio'sToledo Zoo. Though Yasmin cared for her previous offspring, she didn't not warm up to Kecil after suffering a difficult birth.

MJ, the first surrogate mother Kecil was introduced to at Milwaukee County Zoo, responded positively to Kecil in the beginning but didn't bond as well as the animal care staff hoped to see.

Since it is important to have orangutans raised by other orangutans, the animal care staff at the Milwaukee County Zoo wanted to try another surrogate -- Maggie at Brookfield Zoo. It may be months before Kecil and Maggie will be on display for guests, because the staff want the two to develop their relationship.

"Kecil seems calm and adaptable to the changing situations in his young life," Petersen said. "The moves don't seem to have fazed him at all. We're hoping that Brookfield Zoo will be his last move for a while."



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<![CDATA[The Sunset Idea House]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:10:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/sunsetideahousela23.jpg

Sunset magazine is famous for its devotion to Western living, the pleasures of the outdoors, and easy, soft-skies style.

And, of course, for that much-drooled-over, goodie-packed, techno-wonderful Idea House which pops up in the Bay Area's own Menlo Park each year.

We're not saying that a lot of magazine-reading types around Southern California might deal with bouts of Menlo Park Envy...

Wait. We're totally saying that.

Of course, domestic-devoted readers from all quarters are invited to see the dream home, but there's some journeying involved, a good six hours from Southern California. But envy no more, local Idea House fans: LA now has its first.

The Los Angeles Sunset Idea House will throw open its artfully designed doors for six weekends in a row, beginning on Friday, Aug. 1. Make that long weekends, as opening days are Friday through Sunday. And tickets? They're 18 bucks. You'll want to get yours, too, soon. Sooner than sooner than later, to put a fine point on it.

East Manhattan Beach is the location, Louie Tomaro of Manhattan Beach is the architect, and LA's DISC Interiors is behind the home's look, which is described as "eclectic, warm, modern" and the epitome of gracious-but-not-too-serious SoCal domesticity.

Some Scandinavian design elements are ever-present in the modern space, which clocks in at 4,500 feet (break that down into four bedrooms and five-and-a-half baths). The home also gives a nod to "downtown's emerging restaurant scene." Downtown is home to DISC, so there's a handy connection right there.

Look for drought-tolerant greenery dotting the home's exterior, and multiple touches that speak of SoCaliana and la vida LA. An outdoor kitchen? An edible garden? The all-important swimming pool? Yes times three.

If you're going to build a dream house with local roots, a pool is your build-out square one, one imagines.

Still feeling Menlo Park Envy? Sure, and that's okay. Sunset magazine and the Palo Alto-adjacent nook have been home-cozy partners for years. But things are looking brighter for longtime fans of the magazine who live around or near LA and would love to get their own peek of future, Western-swanky homes to come.

Bay Area, we're still buds, but SoCal is now feeling the casual-cool casa love, Sunset-style, too.



Photo Credit: Sunset Idea House]]>
<![CDATA[Cute Black-Footed Kittens Born at the Philadelphia Zoo]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:15:17 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/black+kitten+philadelphia+zoo+11.jpg

A trio of small and mighty black-footed kittens are now on display at the Philadelphia Zoo.

Rhaegal, Viseron, and Drogon were the very first black-footed cats born at the Zoo.

The black-footed kittens are a species of wild cat and their native habitats range from Angola, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.

They are known as the smallest cats in world and typically weigh no more than 4 lbs.

The siblings were born in April to eight-year-old parents, Ascari and Aza.

The tiny kitties feast on a commercial raw meat fix, but they love snacks like crickets and spiders too.   Although they aren’t great climbers like the traditional cat, they act as skilled diggers when searching for insects.

These charming felines can be found in the Carnivore Kingdom section of the zoo.

 

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<![CDATA[Michelle Obama Style Guide]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 09:38:09 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/edt452929052.jpg The first lady proves she's first in fashion.

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<![CDATA[Rapper Sued After Allegedly Slapping Woman at Philly Concert]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:38:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Coachella+2014+Friday+April+11+Artist+Photo+%2843%29.jpg

Harlem-born Rapper A$AP Rocky, a.k.a. Rakim Mayers, is being sued after he allegedly slapped a woman during last year's Made in America festival in Philadelphia.

And apparently, this isn't the first time he's raised his hand to a woman after a performance.

Montgomery County residence Lisamarie Wade filed suit against A$AP Rocky last week claiming that he slapped her in the face, knocking her to the ground, as he walked through the crowd at the Made in America festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway last September.

Wade says she suffers from migraines, muscle spasms and various other injuries, including a bruised ego, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit also names Live Nation and 15 other members of Rocky's entourage.

Wade is seeking at least $75,000 in damages.

Last year's incident is the second in which Rocky is accused of slapping a woman. That alleged assault was caught on camera.

A YouTube video of the "F&*^%$# Problems" rapper apparently slapping a female fan after she tapped him on the head and blew him a kiss as he made his way through the crowd at his concert in Sydney, Australia went viral in June 2013.

The video has since been removed from YouTube.

Rocky was arrested in July 2012 for his part in the violent beating of a man in New York and again later that year for allegedly beating up two men who took a picture of him, according to Rolling Stone Magazine.

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<![CDATA[Sundance Winner 'I Origins' Opens in Philly]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 13:37:01 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/198*120/michael+pitt.PNG We get a closer look into, "I Origins," the summer film that explores scientific mysteries through the origin of the eye. The film's star Michael Pitts, and writer/director Mike Cahill, sit down in our studios with NBC10's Renee Chenault Fattah to discuss the Sundance Film Festival winner. "I Origins" will be at The Ritz Five Theater in Philadelphia starting Friday.]]> <![CDATA[Dîner en Blanc Upsets Foodies; New Event Launched]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:14:30 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/Diner+en+Blanc+Philly.JPG

The whimsical, pop-up picnic – Dîner en Blanc – intends to bring a community together over a shared meal. But an error-filled registration process frustrated hundreds hoping to attend, created a divide among Philly foodies and spurred a group to create their own soiree – Diner en Noir.

“I wanted it to change, so I decided to be the change I wanted to see,” said Chris Nowaczyk. The full-time cancer researcher founded Diner en Noir moments after spending 45 minutes trying to buy tickets for Dîner en Blanc (DEB) Thursday. 

DEB, which began in Paris more than 25 years ago, is a well-organized yet seemingly impromptu dinner party where diners dress only in white clothing and eat at tables topped with white cloths. The public outdoor location remains a secret until only minutes before the Aug. 21 meal begins. 

This year, one ticket to DEB Philadelphia cost $68.50 and got the buyer two seats.

A presale opportunity was offered exclusively to about half of the 2,500 people who dined along JFK Boulevard last year. Those returning attendees also can sponsor a friend, who then was invited to buy two slots in a second presale round.

In a third and final phase of ticket sales, anyone who had added their name to a “waiting list” was invited via email to log on to DEB Philadelphia's site at 10:30 a.m. Thursday to try for the unfilled seats.

But thousands of people were greeted with an error message as they tried to purchase their seats -- aggravating Nowaczyk, who was also upset organizers did not disclose the number of remaining spots.

“We filled to capacity as 10,000 people tried to register simultaneously,” Aymeric Pasquier and Sandy Safi, co-founders of Dîner en Blanc International, wrote in a Facebook message. “Consequently, our system became temporarily unavailable. Rather than posting a message informing you that we reached maximum capacity of guests, our server posted an ‘error message.’”

Yet Nowacyzk says this isn’t the first time DEB Philadelphia’s website malfunctioned. “Every year, it’s the same issue,” he said.

Natanya DiBona, who voluntarily co-hosts the event with Kayli Moran, said her team is just as upset over the technical glitch, which has not occurred for DEBs elsewhere in the world as interest in our area grew faster than in other cities.

“Last year we were assured by International that this would not happen to us again,” DiBona said. “I’m in no way going to defend this software system. It is international’s and we were forced to use it.”

She and Moran personally reached out to 300 people by phone or email yesterday to address their complaints.

And she insists the technology will be changed before registration begins next year.

Along with an upgraded system online, Nowaczyk wants more transparency from the organizers.

“They didn’t say there are 1,000 seats left and we sent out 10,000 emails,” Nowaczyk said.

DiBona, however, stands by the structure.

“It gives everyone the opportunity to log in and do it,” said DiBona, who started planning the event with her co-host last fall.

Diner en Noir will take a different approach by letting people know how many seats remain as they get purchased. "The process of getting signed up shouldn't end in tears or anger," Nowaczyk said.

DiBona welcomes another community-oriented, food-based event to Philadelphia, but says the frustration of those who feel “excluded” from the all-white affair – as Diner en Noir describes itself on its Facebook page – is unfounded.

“If it is a concert, or a sporting event, there is a limited amount of tickets and limited time [to buy],”she said.

Adding more seats isn't doable, as the space dictates capacity, she said.

Each year, DiBona and Moran work to find a public space that can accommodate more people than the year prior. The inaugural event in 2012 had 1,300 guests. The following year, 2,500 people took part. Next month, 3,500 people will dine at the surprise location.

“I do not want to compromise the experience for people by getting too large too quickly,” said DiBona, who along with nine other volunteers, spent thousands of hours over the past four months organizing the secretive celebration.

Nowacyzk partnered with 14 others to organize an alternative, which they plan to hold on the same night as DEB Philadelphia.

Despite the overlap, Nowaczyk says Diner en Noir is not meant as a protest.

“It should be flattering,” he said. Still in early stages, Diner en Noir will be part Night Market and part Dîner en Blanc, he said.

Ticket prices, which are not yet set, will cover operating costs and a donation for an organization that works with the hungry.

Participants can bring their own food, as they often do at DEB, or they can purchase food from a vendor. Tables and chairs will be provided; DEB guests bring their own.

“It will be more accessible for people,” Nowaczyk said.

He acknowledges that the time constraints make it difficult to guarantee Diner en Noir will occur Aug. 21, but says they have already taken steps to ensure it will occur before this winter.

“There were changes people wanted to make,” he said. “We intend to do what the people want.”


Contact Alison Burdo at 610.668.5635, alison.burdo@nbcuni.com or follow @NewsBurd on Twitter.



Photo Credit: mesworthy/Instagram]]>
<![CDATA[How to Kill Time at Airports]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:03:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/roof-garden-sunset1.jpg At a loss for how to kill time during a long layover or a flight delay? Check out the best, weirdest ways to waste time at an airport.]]> <![CDATA[Doo Wop Museum and Architectural Tour]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:15:40 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Doo+Wop+Preservation+League.jpg

Just a day trip away, you'll find the country’s largest concentration of preserved, mid-century commercial architecture in the Wildwoods, the southernmost island off the coast of New Jersey.

During the 1950’s, colorful, flamboyant motels sprung up on the island when household income, leisure time and optimism were at an all-time high. Most American families owned an automobile for the very first time and a new interstate highway system made driving vacations more appealing. Rock ‘n Roll, automobiles with fins and futuristic features, the Space Age, plastics and vibrant colors all became part of the American experience and significantly influenced architecture throughout the country.

Known as "Googie" on the West Coast and "Modern" or "Populuxe" elsewhere, "Doo Wop" architecture (named after the music style popular during the 1950s and early 1960s) consists of commercial buildings (mostly motels) built from 1955 to 1970 that contain the now-classic elements of space-age-style architecture.

In an effort to make the Wildwoods a convenient and desirable destination, motels were built throughout the four towns that make up the island - Wildwood, West Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and North Wildwood. Colorful, cheerful neon signs beckoned to travelers, and the more glaring they were, the better. Motel exterior colors were vibrant and straight lines were replaced by space age curves and off-kilter angles. Names ranged from exotic and glamorous (The Tahiti and Kona Kai), to kitschy (The Lollipop) and space age (Starlux). Roof lines were evocative of spaceships, rocket ships or flying saucers and plastic palm trees swayed over popular kidney-or-horseshoe-shaped pools.

The Wildwoods were the place to be. Brochures boasted of beautiful beaches, a bustling boardwalk and top musical entertainment. Did you know that Chubby Checker introduced the world to “The Twist” and Bill Haley and His Comets debuted “Rock Around the Clock” right here?

Cruise on Down

Learn all about the “doo-wop” era of American culture at the Doo Wop Experience Museum, located directly across from the Convention Center between Burk and Montgomery Avenues. Brimming with cool artifacts, fascinating history and bright neon lights, the museum is a celebration of architecture, design, music, pop culture and everything else that made the Wildwoods famous in its heyday of the 1950s and 1960s. Outside, a "neon garden" exhibits restored neon signs that were rescued from classic Wildwood landmarks that are sadly, no longer with us.

Don’t miss your chance to see the 50 or so motels that are still in business today. Take a self-guided tour or sign up for one of the guided trolley tours that run every Tuesday and Thursday night through the summer. For more information, visit the Doo Wop Preservation League.

Insider Tips

Tour - From June 17 through September 4, 2014, 90-minute trolley tours depart from the museum on Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8 p.m. Tickets ($12 adults, $6 children) go on sale one hour in advance.

Museum – Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. Hours are Tuesdays/Thursdays, 4 to 9 p.m., Wednesdays/Fridays, 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays/Sundays, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Hungry? The Wildwoods are also home to a number of classic style eateries, typical of the 1950s and 1960s. Examples include Cool Scoops, the Doo Wop Diner, the Star Diner and the Marvis Diner. All feature classic diner food, retro décor, jukeboxes and poodle-skirt-clad waitresses!

Doo Wop Experience Museum
4500 Ocean Avenue, Wildwood NJ 08260
609-523-1958


 



Photo Credit: Doo Wop Preservation League]]>
<![CDATA[The Turkey Hill Experience]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 06:03:13 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/Turkey+Hill+Experience+Entryway.jpg

Whether you’re looking for educational fun or kid-friendly entertainment on a rainy day, consider a visit to The Turkey Hill Experience in York County's Columbia. Here, you’ll get to taste and experience all things made by the family-owned dairy company, including their signature ice cream and iced tea!

Although not an actual factory, the Experience is located just six miles from the Turkey Hill dairy farm, inside an historic, three-story factory building that once housed the Ashley & Bailey Silk Mill. Today, you’ll find an interesting activity center that combines the history of the company, antiques, interactive exhibits designed to duplicate a factory experience, free samples, a yummy tasting lab and a cafe’ featuring homemade Pennsylvania Dutch specialties.

The young ones will especially enjoy the experience. They’ll learn about the mechanics and processes of making ice cream while enjoying interactive activities like climbing inside a 20th-century milk truck "milking" a life-size fiberglass cow that squirts water from its plastic udders and even star in their own TV commercial. Other kid-friendly activities include sliding boards and a ball pit. Exhibits and photographs throughout the building feature Lancaster County's rich agricultural history.

If you include the Taste Lab in your visit (extra cost), you’ll be guided through the creation of your very own ice cream flavor and gobbling it all up when you’re done!

National Ice Cream Day

Although July is National Ice Cream Month, July 20th is National Ice Cream Day. To celebrate, all paid admission visitors get to spin a special prize wheel to win “Callie Cash”, redeemable in the gift shop.

The Inside Scoop

Time Factor - Allow one-to-two hours for the Experience and another hour for the Taste Lab. Ticket prices vary, depending on your age, military status and whether or not you include the Taste Lab (advance reservations recommended) in your visit. Get the detailed skinny after the jump.

Free Samples - Even if you skip the Taste Lab, all ticket-holders have access to the freebie sample counter, where a dozen or so different ice cream flavors are offered with free refills. Sweet!

If You Go - Be sure and take a walk or ride around this sweet, Susquehanna River town. Columbia is brimming with other attractions, shops and restaurants.

The Turkey Hill Experience
308 Linden Street, Columbia, PA 17512
888-986-8784

 



Photo Credit: The Turkey Hill Experience]]>
<![CDATA[Cutest Baby Contest in Philly]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 11:04:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/02242011+generic-baby.jpg

Everybody loves adorable babies -- and everybody loves arguing over whose baby is the cutest. Now, there is a contest that let's people vote for the cutest babies in the area while helping children.

The Most Photogenic Baby Contest will be in Philadelphia this weekend to benefit the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

Parents can enter their children by paying the $35 entry fee and filling out the entry form on the America's Most Photogenic Babies website. With the entry fee children up to 5 years old are eligible to be entered in any of the four categories -- Most Beautiful, Most Comical, Most Stylish, and Most Precious. Other categories may be entered for an additional entry fee.

Photographers will take pictures of the children on Saturday and Sunday at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at the King of Prussia Mall from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Those photos will then be judged by a panel of modeling professionals.

Your online entry reserves a spot for you at any time on Saturday.

All of the proceeds from the contest go straight to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

“Some of those include the Child Life department, social work, education and music and art therapy," 
CHOP's Assistant Director Lisa Rabbit said.

Winners will be announced August 19.

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<![CDATA[One-Man Musical in Philly]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:04:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/216*120/herringbone+one+man+musical.PNG NBC10's Renee Chenault-Fattah sits down with Ben Dibble of "Herringbone," the one-man musical in which Ben plays a total of ten characters. No need to go to Broadway! "Herringbone" will be at the Off-Broad Street Theatre in Philadelphia until July 27.]]> <![CDATA[Ron Swanson Statue in Philly?]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 17:24:33 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Swanson+and+Forrest.jpg

The rarest jewel of Philadelphia may not be the ‘Rocky’ Statue anymore. Or you might say it now has a contender.

How about a statue of actor Nick Offerman, a.k.a. Ron Swanson?

Well, the statue at the Walnut Street Theatre isn’t actually of the “Parks and Recreation” star, but of a famous Philadelphia actor that bears a strange resemblance to him.

The statue of Edwin Forrest adorns one of the main rooms of the Walnut Street Theatre. Communications manager Amy Rodgers says it was made in the 1860s.

Though the statue has been at the theatre for some time, somebody posted a picture of it on the popular website Reddit, with the blurb, "I found a majestic marble sculpture of Ron Swanson at the Walnut Street Theatre in Philly."  From there, the Ron Swanson statue story took off, popping up on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sites. 

Forrest made his debut at the Walnut Street Theatre when he was 14 years old, and is viewed as some critics as one of the greatest actors of the era. He was also connected to two major scandals. One, which involved a dispute with an English actor incited a riot in New York City where the militia was called out and 22 people were killed. A few years later, Forrest made headlines when he sued his wife for adultery. He lost but couldn't move on. He appealed that decision for nearly two decades and spent most of the rest of his life alone in his grand home.

Offerman hasn’t been to the theatre to see his doppelganger, but Rodgers hopes that he’ll come by to check it out.



Photo Credit: NuclearSalad.com & Amy Rodgers]]>
<![CDATA[Philly Hot Dog Cook-Off ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:23:26 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Hot-Dog-Generic.jpg

This weekend, 20 of Philly’s favorite restaurants and food trucks compete in the Dog Days of Summer Cook-off under the shambles at historic Headhouse Square, and you're invited!

Be sure and come hungry.... You'll want to try all the mouth-watering, homemade hot dog and sausage creations and vote for your favorites. A panel of judges comprised of media, chefs and celebrities will award three prizes to the top grill masters, including a first-place prize of $1,000.

In addition to the professional competition, amateur contestants will compete in a “Topping Contest” with toppings inspired by something they LOVE about Philadelphia.

Professional Particpants include:

• Alla Spina
• Bistro Romano
• Brauhaus Schmitz
• BrazBQ
• Bridget Foy’s
• Cavanaugh’s
• Cherry Bomb Bus
• Chewy’s
• Copabanana
• Headhouse Oyster & Crab Co.
• Hot Diggity!
• Industry Bar
• Lucky’s Last Chance
• MisConduct Tavern
• Noir
• Rex 1516
• Serrano Restaurant
• Society Hill Society
• Tap Room on 19th
• Twisted Tail

To wash down the yummy dogs, Mom Pops, Victory Brewing and 5 O'Clock Brew will be on-hand with ice cold beverages. Live music will be provided by Black Stars.

The Meat of the Matter

Hot dogs aren’t the only thing on the menu however. Attendees will be able to enjoy beers by Victory Brewing and 5 O'Clock Brew and natural, fruity pops by Mom Pops. There will also be live music by Black Stars and plenty of summer fun. - See more at: http://philly.thedrinknation.com/articles/read/13093-3rd-Annual-Dog-Days-of-Summer-Cook-Off-Returns-to-the-Shambles-July-19#sthash.e8Uh54bg.dpuf

A limited number of VIP passes are available for $30 and include early admission, VIP gift and 20 food/drink tickets. General admission is free, with food/drink tickets costing 4/$10 and 15/$30.

Funds raised will support the South Street Headhouse District’s preservation of the historic Headhouse Square Shambles (New Market), America’s oldest surviving Colonial-era marketplace. Built before the Revolution in 1745, its design mimics the many market structures of rural England.

Insider Tips

Headhouse Square is located on the 400 block of South 2nd Street between Lombard and Pine. VIP tickets must be purchased in advance, while general admission tickets are available at the event. Consider purchasing pay-as-you-go food and drink tickets in advance to avoid delays.

The Dog Days of Summer Cook-off
The Shambles at Headhouse Square, Philadelphia
Saturday, July 19

Noon to 4:00 p.m.

 



Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[11 Unsung and Underrated Parks]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 16:48:46 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/205*120/bpHistoryPond-post-Kaskey.jpg

Looking for a new place to unwind this summer?

Curbed Philly mapped out 11 parks they consider unsung and underrated -- not necessarily the top tourist spots or picture spots in Philly, but maybe some of them should be?

The list includes hidden treasures like the Bio Pond on UPenn's campus.

Some of the other parks deemed worth your while this summer include:

Tacony Creek Park, Liberty Lands Park, Malcolm X Park and the Heinz Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum.

Curbed Philly, which focuses on development and neighborhood trends, mapped out the parks as part of its Outdoors Week project which ramps up to a vote for the city's best dog park. You can check out the full list of parks on their website.

 



Photo Credit: www.bio.upenn.edu]]>
<![CDATA["World's Largest Thermometer" Renovated, Relit ]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 11:18:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/baker+thermometer+159270675.jpg

A giant thermometer rising from the Southern California desert is once again a beacon for tourists headed to and from Las Vegas.

The roadside attraction off Interstate 15 in Baker was relit Thursday after a top-to-bottom renovation.

The July 10 date is significant: it was on the same day in 1913 that the hottest official temperature on Earth was recorded in Death Valley.

Willis Herron built the thermometer to a height of 134 feet to match that record.

Herron's widow, Barbara, says it made her sad to see the Baker landmark -- billed as the "World's Largest Thermometer" -- fall into disrepair in recent years.

Her family took it over again, aiming to make its 5,000 light bulbs glow once more -- although they've now been replaced with energy-saving LEDs.
 



Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Stores Offer Free Slurpees, Sandwiches and Discounted Doughnuts]]> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 10:25:38 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/slurpeeEDIT.jpg

Who doesn't like free food?

7-11, Chick-fil-A and Krispy Kreme are offering deals on free snacks, drinks, sandwiches and more. Here are the three you should know about for Friday.

1.Oh Thank Heaven...For Free Slurpees!

Friday is July 11 (or 7-11), and 7-Eleven is giving out free small Slurpees to celebrate. Swing by any 7-Eleven from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. to grab a free drink while supplies last.

But that's not all. If you download the 7-Eleven app you can enjoy new freebies every day until July 19. Some highlights include Twinkies, Big Gulps and M&M's.

(Psst... If you miss 7-Eleven day on Friday you can use your app to get a free Slurpee on the 19th!)

2. Cow Appreciation Day

Love Chick-fil-A's "Eat Mor Chikin" campaign? Now you can be a part of it! Dress like a cow and show up to any Chick-fil-A restaurant on July 11 to receive a free meal.

If you are feeling shy about your love of cows, you can dress in partial cow attire and still receive a free entree.

Don't know where to find a cow costume?

Fear not, Chick-fil-A has you covered.

Download and print off a cow costume here.

3. Happy Birthday Krispy Kreme

Most people celebrate their birthday with cake and ice cream, but Krispy Kreme obviously prefers doughnuts!

The chain turns 77 on July 11, and to celebrate they'll give you a dozen glazed doughnuts for .77 cents with your purchase of any dozen doughnuts.



Photo Credit: 7-Eleven]]>
<![CDATA[Tix for Free Concert Available Friday]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:21:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/oklahoma_show_P3.jpg More tickets for Atlantic City's two free beach concerts will be available starting tomorrow at 3 p.m. online at Ticketmaster.com. Blake Shelton will the first of the two concerts on July 31 followed by Lady Antebellum on August 3.

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[Meet the "Hot Cop" of San Francisco]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:04:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WMAQ_000000007943279_1200x675_301085251837.jpg Sick of hearing about the "Fine Felon?" Chris Kohrs just may be the most popular officer in the San Francisco police department, but he also may be helping improve the department's relationship with the city's LGBT community. NBC Bay Area's Nannette Miranda reports.]]> <![CDATA[Four Great Vacation Gadgets]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 11:53:25 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WRC_0000000007112570_1200x675_300616259834.jpg News4 Consumer Reporter Erika Gonzalez suggests four gadgets worth taking with you on vacation.]]> <![CDATA["Punkin Chunkin" Headed to Dover Speedway]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 12:37:21 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Pumpkin+Competition.jpg

The World Championship Punkin Chunkin Association (WCPCA) is officially moving its location to grounds owned by Dover International Speedway for its nationally renowned pumpkin throwing competition, scheduled for October 24-26.

After two trips to the location the team was extremely pleased and the deal was approved 72-5 last week.

Punkin Chunkin Association president John Huber said the group began their search for alternate locations when they were notified that the previous event host, Dale Wheatley of Wheatley Farms, would no longer host the event on his land.

Wheatley's decision stems from a 2011 lawsuit in which a pumpkin spotter claims he seriously injured his spine when he hit a bump on his ATV and it rolled over him. He is now suing the farm and the Punkin Chunkin Association for over four million dollars.

"WCPCA leadership opened discussion with Dover International Speedway to look at the feasibility of using the Speedway property to host our annual event. The DIS leadership team has been very helpful in evaluating this location for use and has offered it to us provided it meets our needs and both parties can meet on terms and conditions," he said last April.

The Dover International Speedway is a 750-acre complex that has served as the host of many NASCAR events, as well as several other large events, including the annual Firefly Music Festival.

Although it’s a big push due to the close timeframe his team is already in full swing. Hosting the event on a farm lead to creating parking areas, providing restrooms, lighting, etc. but the amenities currently provided by the new location will make it a lot easier on the staff to prepare for the event.

Delaware Tourism officials say the fall tradition attracts more than 100,000 visitors from around the world each year, and reels in millions of dollars in annual revenue for the state, and for local businesses. In 2013, the event drew $100,000 in ticket sales.

The money raised during the event is used towards community scholarships and charities.

As of Today, 107 days remain before the big event.
 



Photo Credit: NBC10.com]]>
<![CDATA[WATCH: Hell's Kitchen Punch Puts Man in Hospital]]> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:33:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/punch+hells+kitchen.jpg
Police are looking for a man who punched another man in the face so hard that he fell to the ground, smacked his head on the pavement and had to be hospitalized with a serious head injury. 
 
The suspect ran off after the Tuesday evening attack in Hell's Kitchen, near West 55th Street and Ninth Avenue. Police say the victim had been walking a dog prior to the assault; they say the suspect stepped over the dog on a street corner and the victim may have been offended, which started an argument.
 
Police released surveillance video (above) that shows the suspect talking to the victim, then suddenly punching him in the face and running away.
 
The victim is listed in critical condition at a hospital. 
 
Anyone with information about the suspect or the assault is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.


Photo Credit: Handout]]>
<![CDATA[Spice Up Your Summer Learning (or Your Kid's)]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 19:08:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Literacy+Center+Cooking.jpg

Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library is not only home to more than 7 million books, it now hosts the nation’s first Culinary Literacy Center. 

According to Elizabeth Fitzgerald, the library's Culinary Literacy Specialist, the center's purpose is to combat low literacy rates and to teach both children and adults about healthy eating, reading, and math. 
 
"We’re trying to teach literacy skills through cooking,” she said. “And we’re working with a number of organizations in the city to achieve that end.”
The Culinary Literacy Center is working with Center for Literacy and the Penn State Extension to create an 8-week curriculum that would spice up learning for participants.
 
“We thought it was a good opportunity to give people something more hands on,” Fitzgerald said. “It’s easier to learn things when you’re doing them. We also wanted to support nutrition and healthy initiatives.” 
Last month, the center kicked off a variety of programs designed for different audiences and age groups. Some are more cooking based, some are more focused on reading and math. 
 
“We’re doing some ‘educainment’ cooking classes and a lot of programs with kids,” she said. “We’re in the middle of ‘Summer Thyme Kids,’ where small groups of children come in once a week for 4 weeks for a hands on cooking class.”
A few of the cooking programs help teach people English.  
 
“We’re also doing programs with the Garces Foundation, who work with restaurant workers that are learning English,” Fitzgerald said. “Their mission and our mission with regards to literacy are really aligned. It’s like an English language conversation group, but also a job training program as well.”


Photo Credit: Free Library of Philadelphia]]>
<![CDATA[Wildest Food Crazes: Pizza Hut's Cookie]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 10:40:47 -0400 Click here for more. ]]> Click here for more. ]]> http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/PizzaHutCookie.jpg Cronuts, cupcakes and frozen s'mores are just some of the recent food trends that have swept the culinary world.

Photo Credit: Pizza Hut]]>
<![CDATA[Lisa Scottoline, Francesca Serritella Talk New Book]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 04:11:35 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007516494_1200x675_298587203898.jpg Author Lisa Scottoline and her co-author daughter Francesca Serritella talk about their new book "Have a Nice Guilt Trip" and working together. More on where you can find Lisa Scottoline this week.]]>