<![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 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:14:12 -0400 Mon, 01 Sep 2014 07:14:12 -0400 NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Fans Get Patriotic for Made in America]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 19:35:00 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/180*120/MIA+eaksins+oval+swings.JPG Thousands of fans descended on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the Budweiser Made in America Festival.

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<![CDATA[Labor Day Fun at Franklin Square]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:21:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007988152_1200x675_323804227548.jpg Historic Franklin Square is offering family fun for the holiday weekend.]]> <![CDATA[Facebook Yard Sales: 'Shopping From Home']]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 11:28:44 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/219*120/yard-sale.jpg

Stockpiling unwanted items somewhere in your house, putting a price sticker on everything, getting the word out there and haggling over a glass vase you think is worth the $5 tag you thoughtfully priced it as.

Many know this as the hassle of a yard sale. Sometimes yard sales can be very profitable and families manage to get rid of things they don’t use anymore. Often times though yard sales can be tiring and the profit doesn't match the time put into organizing the event. This is why Facebook yard sales have become so appealing.

Erin Angiolillo-Smith, the administrator for a Downingtown yard sale group says it’s “shopping from home.” She explained with most Facebook yard sales you take a picture of the item you want to sell, post it with an asking price on the site and you can essentially “forget about it” until you get a notification that someone is "interested."

You can even post the items to Facebook from your smartphone.

As a stay-at-home mom this allows her as well as other women and men to make money on the side without the stress that comes with a traditional yard sale.

Since Smith took over the site last winter there has been significant growth. When she first joined there were around 3,000 members. Now, there are nearly 11,000 members and the site gets between 75 to 100 new requests each day that she and the other site administrator screen on a regular basis.

Some Facebook users that frequent these sites have even turned the online groups into a hobby by buying any old furniture pieces that are posted, fixing them up and then re-selling them on the site.

Other popular items include baby toys and kids’ clothes, some sites even being strictly devoted to these kinds of products.

Tim Sweeney, a site administrator of a Lansdale yard sale group on the other hand was tired of seeing all the baby clothes and strollers posted on other groups.

In May he created a site for men’s items only and today the group has more than 650 members.

Sweeney says women are allowed to be members of the group too but all the items posted have to be considered “manly.”

“If you post high heels we’re going to take it off.”

People will often sell fishing equipment, cars and engines of any kind.

Members of this site as well as other yard sale groups can also post “ISO” which means that they are “in search of” something whether it be a lawn mower or a picnic table. Potential buyers can now specify what they’re looking for and wait to see if anyone is willing to sell.

People can belong to multiple yard sale groups but it’s important to keep in mind that most are based on location. Most of the sites have the location right in the group name being either a town or encompassing multiple counties.

It’s helpful to read a site’s description before requesting to join. This way you can be clear on how exchanges are coordinated. In most groups the buyer assumes the responsibility of picking up the item they are purchasing.

Many times the seller may agree to leave the item on their porch called a “PPU” or “porch pick-up” and determine a spot such as under the doormat to leave the payment.

These details though are usually kept private through Facebook message.

Sometimes the seller will agree to meet the buyer half-way at a shopping center parking lot or similar location.

It’s rare for a seller to be willing to drop off the item they are selling to the buyer’s house. However, quite a few members of the yard sale group “People Helping People” do just that.

What makes this site truly unique is that members only post items they are willing to donate to people in need.

Marlo Davis started the group with the motto that “we can’t help everyone but everyone can help someone.”

She admitted the generosity of others has amazed her.

“It’s not me, it’s them.”

Davis said the site has new members every day and she’s constantly answering Facebook messages and requests with the help of two other administrators.

She explained that this site is a lot different than donating to Good Will because people get to see the individual that they are helping and the site like many other yard sale sites has become a community of people.

To ensure people are getting some kind of help that they need one of the site rules is that members are only allowed to claim one free item per day.

"People Helping People" also takes advantage of “ISO” posts and Davis said most people are able to find what they need. One young woman was able to get free dishes for her new apartment.

Now the site is going one step further by organizing challenges to help as many people as possible.

The "Grocery Challenge" posted on the site was prompted because many members were posting “ISOs” for food items.

Some are willing to bring families in need to the grocery store and help them pay for meals.

Others are doing what is being done on all yard sale sites by looking at what you have but don’t use and thinking that maybe someone else would use, want or need this more.

Whether you belong to one of these groups or a similar one know that it’s best practice to use common courtesy.

Occasionally sales fall through or someone that commented on a post showing initial interest may change their mind.

One safeguard against this is that other people who are interested in the item will comment "next" signifying that they are "next in line" if the sale doesn't go through.

The administrators themselves also have the ability to remove people from the group if they see a recurring pattern with certain group members.

All of the administrators are volunteers and the only profit they make is if they post their own item to sell. The rules they put in place are to ensure a comfortable and safe group environment for everyone.

If there's an item you want to sell or a whole closet worth of things you no longer use, there's no need to wait for the annual community yard sale, all you have to do is log onto Facebook.

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<![CDATA[Time Lapse of Day 1 of Made in America]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 21:29:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/217*120/MAde+in+America+Timelapse.JPG See what it looked like as Kanye West and others took the stage along the Ben Franklin Parkway.

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<![CDATA[Beachgoers Turned Away After Beach Reaches Capacity]]> Sat, 30 Aug 2014 12:53:41 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/215*120/heat-santa-cruz-6-30-ksbw.jpg

The Labor Day Weekend crush of guests led to a Jersey Shore beach turning away beachgoers by midday Saturday.

Park management closed the gates at Island Beach State Park around noon.

Park officials told NBC10 that they were forced to close the gates of after all 1,800 parking spaces at the Ocean County beach became occupied. At that point, management considers the beach to be at full capacity.

On the public beach’s website, park management warns of potential closures warning for people to get to the beach early – the gates opened at 7 a.m. Saturday.

“This is a fairly common occurrence during summer weekends and holidays so be sure to plan accordingly,” reads the website.

The beach charges $10 for New Jersey residents and $20 for other visitors per car during the Labor Day Weekend.

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<![CDATA[Philly Taco Makes 'Outrageous' Food List]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 11:46:29 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*160/fb6e20f82c7011e3b7ba22000aaa21618.jpg

Ever had a Philly taco? It's when you get a cheesesteak and then roll it up into a giant slice of pizza.

The creation is getting national attention from a CityPass list of outrageous foods around the country.

Now, there's not a place (that we know of) who will actually make the whole thing for you.

But this bizarre Frankenfood seems to be the brainchild of a few inebriated who patron South Street.



Philly.com's Michael Klein points out how it works. First, you go to Jim's Steaks and get a cheesesteak. Then you trudge a block down South to Lorenzo's pizza. Once there, order a jumbo plain slice.

Take the tapered end of the pizza, wrap it inside the steak, then roll and viola! you have the epitome of drunk food in your hands.


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<![CDATA[Cards Against Humanity Creator Designs New Card Game]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 08:10:11 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Wild-West.jpg

One of the creators of Cards Against Humanity has come up with a new card game.

Chicagoan Max Temkin and a team of six other designers, have started a Kickstarter fundraising page hoping to fund the release of a new card game called Slap .45.

The Wild West card game intends to capture the feeling of a Western shootout, the game’s creators said.

Players group into teams and use the cards, which act as guns and events,  to “duel."

“Slap .45 is an old Western-themed duel game with a slap mechanic,” Temkin said in a video on the campaign page. “It’s crazy intense fun and it’s one of those games that everyone can learn in like 30 seconds and it escalates so quickly into this really competitive experience.”

The campaign, which still has 20 days left, has already raised nearly triple the original goal of $18,850.

Temkin also runs Chicago design firm Maxistentialism, where fellow Slap .45 creator and Chicagoan Ade Hogue works as a graphic designer.

The game was created by Baltimore-based Gnarwhal Studios, the same studio that created Humans vs. Zombies, dubbed the largest game of tag in the world.

It is available with a $35 pledge to the Kickstarter campaign, which runs through Sept. 17.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[Strut Your Mutt]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 13:24:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/313*120/PAWS+Walk.jpg

Make a pawsitive difference in the lives of Philly’s homeless, abandoned and unwanted animals this fall. Join dog lovers from all over the Delaware Valley and beyond for a tail-wagging dog walk and festival at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. You don’t even have to own a doggie to have a howling good time... Rent one for a day or adopt a new best friend at the festival!

The festival kicks off with a 1.5 mile walk around the Yard and continues through the day with live music, food trucks, giveaways, raffles and oodles of fun activities for pooches and the whole family:

  • Dog agility and lure courses
  • Costume and talent contests
  • Paw prints and painting
  • "Ask the Vet" and "Ask the Trainer" vendors
  • Microchipping and basic grooming services
  • Pet portrait photography
  • Reiki energy treatments
  • Pet adoption services

You’ll fetch all this dog-gone good fun for just $25 (free for ages 12 and under) and all the proceeds go to PAWS. Advance registration gets you your very own fundraising webpage so you can ask family, friends and colleagues to help support your efforts on behalf of Philadelphia's homeless animals. Top fundraisers will fetch some bark-worthy prizes, like a 5 day/4 night stay in Cancun, Mexico, a two-hour photo shoot, a Kindle Fire HD and Super Box Flyers tickets.

For more information, including sponsorship and vending opportunities, visit PawsMuttStrut.org or call 215.298.9680

PAWS Dog Walk and Festival

  • Saturday, October 11, 2014
  • 11 a.m. (Check-in begins at 9)
  • Philadelphia Navy Yard
  • 4747 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19112

Insider Tips

Check out a video of last year’s festival, after the jump!

Single? This event could be a great opportunity to meet the animal lover of your dreams!

About PAWS

PAWS is Philadelphia's largest no-kill shelter, and is dedicated to saving the city's homeless, abandoned, and unwanted animals. Through its adoption locations, special events and foster care network, PAWS finds loving homes for thousands of pets each year. PAWS also operates two high-volume, low-cost spay/neuter and wellness clinics serving pet owners who cannot afford basic veterinary care, and rescue organizations that need affordable services to carry out their lifesaving work. These facilities serve more than 16,000 animals per year and play a critical role in achieving their mission to reduce, and ultimately eliminate, unnecessary killing of Philadelphia's animals.

Photo Credit: Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)]]>
PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL]]> <![CDATA[Spruce Street Harbor Park's Season Extended ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:39:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/harbor_park_20140624_1416690791.jpg

The Delaware River Waterfront Corp. has extended the Spruce Street Harbor Park’s season through Sept. 28, because of the overwhelming response it’s received during its eight-week run.

"We thought the park would be popular, but had no idea just how popular it would be," said Thomas Corcoran, president of the DRWC.

An estimated 35,000 people per week came out to visit the park, with almost double the numbers on the Fourth of July weekend.

Read more about the pop-up park on PBJ.Com.

Photo Credit: Kimberly Paynter]]>
PHILADELPHIA BUSINESS JOURNAL]]> <![CDATA[Owners of Zahav to Debut New Eatery]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 15:39:48 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/name_zahav.jpg

On Sept. 2, Michael Solomonov and Steven Cook (the restaurateurs behind Zahav and Federal Donuts) will debut their newest venture, restaurant Abe Fisher on 1623 Sansom St.

The restaurant's opening comes on the heel of the recently launched Dizengoff, the 600-square-foot hummus restaurant right next door on 1625 Sansom St.

The 1,500-square-foot Abe Fisher will have a 50-seat dining room, a 10-seat full-service bar and kitchen counter seats with a view of the kitchen that will be available every night for walk-in guests.

Abe Fisher will be the "inverse" of Zahav, Cook told me earlier, and will offer food of the Jewish diaspora.

To read more about Abe Fisher's cuisine, go to PBJ.Com.

<![CDATA[Philly Beer Garden Happy Hour Series]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 22:25:37 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Beer-Tap-Generic.jpg

It’s not too late to enjoy the summer brew-haha at Philly's Beer Garden Happy Hour Series, but the clock's ticking. You’ve got just two more chances to hop in on the deal  at Independence Beer Garden (Aug. 22) and Morgan's Pier (Aug. 29).

Expect buzz-worthy people-watching, giveaways and cool deals on everything from light American fare to local craft beers from 4 – 7 p.m on select Fridays. Of course, don’t expect the party to end at 7. Both establishments stay open well into the evening.

Whether you're sipping a beer by the bell (drunk history, anyone?) or a cold one by the Ben Franklin, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more refreshing way to unwind after a long week of work.

Insider Tips

If you can’t make the Happy Hour Series, don't cry in your beer. You can continue to enjoy lunch, dinner and drinks at both open-air hangouts into the fall... Cheers to that!

Independence Beer Garden
100 South Independence Mall West
Philadelphia, PA 19106

The 30,000-square-foot outdoor area features 40 taps of regional and domestic craft beers, fire pits, games and American picnic fare from Top Chef alum Travis Masar.

Morgan’s Pier
221 North Columbus Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19123

Named after George C. Morgan, the very first person to cross the Ben Franklin Bridge, the Pier features a sizeable deck, spectacular views, foodie picnic fare from chef David Gilberg and stellar craft beers. After sundown, dance the night away to live or DJ-spun music.

<![CDATA[Spread Your Wings at Butterfly Festival]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:57:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Monarch+Butterflies.jpg Renee Chenault-Fattah interviews Amy Mawby, Director of Public Programs for Tyler Arboretum, about this weekend's Butterfly Festival.

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<![CDATA[4 Local Universities Are Most Polite Colleges: GrubHub]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 12:52:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/education+stock+diversity+college+students+happy+casual.jpg

Some say Philadelphians have a reputation for being, well, rude. We say we're honest. And GrubHub says a lot of our local college students are polite. 

Sounds good to us.

According to GrubHub, University of Pennylvania students are the most polite in the country. University of the Sciences came in third, Temple at No. 7 and Drexel University rounded out the top 10.

GrubHub, along with Spoon University, a food website for college students, looked at how many orders with special instructions were placed and the number of times that "please" or "thank you" was used.

The College of New Jersey in Ewing Township also made the top 10 coming in No. 5.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

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<![CDATA[New Philly Restaurant Ranks Top 10 in Nation]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 19:30:32 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*206/highstreetonmarket4.jpg

A new Philadelphia restaurant has been ranked in the top 10 “Best New Restaurants in America” by Bon Appétit magazine.  Owned by Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality Group, High Street on Market was ranked at #2 on “The Hot Ten 2014” list.

The restaurant, located at 308 Market St. in Philly's Old City neighborhood and took the prize based on its bread program.

Executive Chef Eli Kulp, who recently was named a "Best New Chef 2014" by Food & Wine Magazine, says High Street on Market is first and foremost a bakery.

“We are geared towards pushing the envelope of what bread can be without losing focus of what makes bread great,” Kulp says. “Bread influences the entire operation [of the restaurant].”

High Street on Market transitions throughout the day, shifting from a bakery at breakfast to a café at lunch to a sophisticated, yet casual dining environment at dinner, Kulp explained. The constant thread in this ever-changing restaurant is the bread created by Head Baker Alex Bois.

Traditional breakfast items, like pancakes and waffles, are nowhere to be seen, while sandwiches featuring local farm ingredients are High Street's morning headliner. The classic Danish is transformed into the “Red Eye Danish," a smokey ham-and-cheese-style Danish featuring smoked country ham, shaved cheese, and a “red eye” coffee gravy.

The lunch menu includes twists on classic Philadelphia favorites, such as a roast pork sandwich with fermented broccoli rabe.

“We do things a step or two left of mainstream,” Kulp says. “Our food is unique and slightly different than you’d anticipate.”

Charred bread scraps are collected throughout the day and then ground to form the base of the pasta, a technique originating from regions in Italy.

The evaluation of the restaurants on the lists is done anonymously by a team of food critics, according to Kulp. The restaurants are not aware that they are being judged until after the critics have already finished dining.

“It’s scary sometimes that they eat anonymously,” Kulp says. “But the fact that they do makes the ranking very special. The hard work of the entire staff every day is recognized.”

When the rankings were listed today, Kulp was so busy at the restaurant that he did not realize they had been announced.

“I was caught off guard…floored,” Kulp says. “After I calmed down a bit, I was thrilled. I am so thankful to the dedicated group of people working at High Street on Market.”

In addition to High Street on Market, another new Philly restaurant, Serpico, was among the 50 nominees in the running for the final top 10 list.

The fully "Hot Ten 2014" list can be found at BonAppétit.com.

Photo Credit: @HighStPhilly]]>
<![CDATA[First-Time Host Seth Meyers Preps for Emmys]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 14:10:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007910432_1200x675_320503363675.jpg The "Late Night" talk show host talks to Renee Chenault-Fattah about how is getting ready for the award show.]]> <![CDATA[Volunteers Pull Off Dueling Pop-Up Picnic]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:10:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/diner+en+noir.jpg

Foodies upset over the online registration process of Dîner en Blanc -- the all-white, fanciful pop-up picnic taking place at an undisclosed location Thursday – vowed less than five weeks ago to host their own event, Dîner en Noir, on the same evening. With promises of a celebration on par with the frost-colored affair yet distinguished by its charitable qualities, a team of volunteers pulled off their daunting mission.

"The passion of the team is what made this happen," said Chris Nowaczyk, who founded Dîner en Noir after DEB’s website malfunctioned when he tried to secure his tickets July 17. "You can’t teach passion. These people are go-getters."

One day after Nowacyzk’s frustration led to the creation of the darker-hued dinner, he pledged Dîner en Noir would differ from DEB by maintaining transparency about the number of seats available and the destination of ticket dollars, providing tables and chairs for the participants, and donating any profits from ticket sales to a nonprofit organization.

All these seemingly lofty goals were made about a month before Dîner en Noir’s intended date of Aug. 21, which was scheduled the same night as DEB because, as Nowacyzk puts it, there were thousands of people already planning to partake in a pop-up picnic.

“Permits, insurance, security, we had to do all of that,” Nowacyzk said.

And they did.

Nowacyzk credits several project managers, including Jennifer Castellanos-Graham, who volunteered their time.

"Their input is the reason why some of these small details worked out," he said.

Like DEB, Dîner en Noir will begin, rain or shine, at 7 p.m. at an outdoor Philadelphia location unknown to ticket holders until moments before it begins. Instead of head-to-toe white, Noir's attendees will wear black with a pop of red. Participants, who are 21-years-old or older, at each event are welcome to bring either two bottles of wine or a six-pack of beer.

About 3,500 people are set to attend DEB at a cost of $68.50 for two seats.

More than 300 people paid $50 for two spots at Noir’s inaugural fete, with about half the ticket cost going to charity, Nowacyzk explained.

"We are going to split it 50-50 with Philabundance and the event location, which is a nonprofit as well," explained Nowacyzk, who declined to share any other details about the setting.

DEB diners have two food options – bring their own or choose to purchase from two catering options. Noir mirrored that setup, although four different vendors were offered.

DJ Bruce and Craig Dash will be spinning records at DEB, among other yet-to-be-announced performers. The West Philly Orchestra and DJ Robert Drake, an on-air host at WXPN, will serenade Noir’s guests.

Noir is providing tables and chairs for approximately 60 people, Nowacyzk said.

The remaining guests can bring their own tables and chairs, which is how DEB operates. But buses from Philadelphia Sightseeing Tours will transport Noir’s diners from the four gathering spots, where they meet before a volunteer leads them to the surprise destination.

“We lessen the load by providing the bus,” he said.

Eliminating the walk also gave those who felt physically unable to attend DEB, like the elderly or disabled, the opportunity to join Noir, he added.

Uber, the ride sharing service, has partnered with both groups to provide discounted rides as well.

And the final key difference between the dueling pop-up picnics was the registration process, Nowacyzk said.

“When we first released the tickets, there were 380 people on our numbered queue that had signed up on our contact page,” he said. “It was really a first-come, first-serve, transparent registration process.”

DEB, on the other hand, “never said we have 100 tickets left and we sent out 10,000 email invites to buy,” he said.

Making details about Noir’s ticket availability and funds will continue with future picnics, since the group is completing a 501C3 registration, Nowacyzk said.

“We said we are going to be transparent,” he said. “We’ll have our book ready to divulge to the world what was spent and donated.”

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

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<![CDATA[Dîner en Sweatpants]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 17:04:24 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Sweatpants.jpg

Whatever your plans are for Thursday, August 21, consider breaking them. Seriously... Wouldn't you rather throw on your favorite sweatpants and join a snarky party in the park?

Expect a crowd of hungry people, live music and lots of cheeky fun. In fact, this is one Philly picnic where guests are discouraged from conducting themselves with decorum, etiquette and elegance.

If you’re so relaxed in your sweatpants that you don’t feel like preparing a meal, no worries! Food trucks will be on-site for the event and the Clark Park Farmers' Market will be happening ‘til 7 p.m.

Best part? The entire event is free! Register online and present your ticket at the picnic for a surprise gift!

Insider Tips

Sloppy food, blankets and sweatpants of any color are welcome (wink, wink).

Dîner en Sweatpants
Thursday, August 21 2014
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Clark Park at 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia


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<![CDATA[Tina Fey Returns to Upper Darby Theater]]> Sat, 16 Aug 2014 08:46:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/tina+fey+cropped.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 Saturday night for Tina Fey's return to Delaware County.

The "Saturday Night Live" alum will appear at the Upper Darby Summer Stage at 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., Drexel Hill tonight at 7:30 p.m.

"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.

<![CDATA[10 Questions: Chester County’s Michelangelo]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 05:20:49 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Neil+Carlin+WMOF+Painter.jpg

On the verge of unveiling his masterpiece, Chester County artist Neilson Carlin sat down to discuss his faith, his art and what it means to have his latest painting -- commissioned for the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia that Pope Francis is expected to attend -- displayed in Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Carlin, 44, talked to NBC10.com from his Kennett Square, Pennsylvania studio.

The married father of three, who recently became a Kung Fu black belt, became interested in art thanks to the work of a fellow Chester County native. And, born a Protestant, Carlin became drawn to the Catholic Church because of the religious iconography and art on display.

The next few weeks will be hectic as Carlin works around the clock to put the finishing touches on his masterpiece before it’s unveiling on Sept. 1. But for Carlin, a higher power is helping drive his technical hand to complete the months-long project.

What does it mean to have the great honor of painting the Holy Family for World Meeting of Families?

As a professional it’s an honor to be chosen and to be recognized for my technical skills but, more so, as a Catholic, it’s very humbling to have the opportunity to serve the Church at large. We’re all called as Catholics to bring our gifts to the altar and that usually turns out to be someone doing something at the parish level. But, I’m being asked to bring my gifts to bear for something that will certainly be visible to the entire Catholic community.

Certainly professionally it’s a high mark. To be specially sought out and chosen, clearly I’ve been doing this long enough and to such a degree that I’m recognized as having the ability to pull this off.

On your website you reference the great artists like Michelangelo and Caravaggio, are they inspiring on this project?

From a technical standpoint, yes. For the first two months of putting the thumbnail sketches together, trying to get the idea off the ground, I was looking at the image of how the Holy Family has been represented by other artists… Really it’s more moments of quiet prayer and contemplation to take it beyond that. So, it’s not a matter of just figuring how I’m going to organize the models but how am I going to hopefully organize everything that evokes the feeling I’m trying to create with this piece.

As an icon piece it’s meant to be something for prayer and contemplation. Hopefully, if designed properly, it’s going to bring someone to a state where the piece will draw them in ... it’s a lens to the beyond. It’s a lens of someone sitting in front of it to feel a closer sense of reverence. It’s through which someone feels closer to God.

How much has the WMOF painting changed and evolved?

Quite a bit. From sketch to the finished painting it takes me a long time to get all the elements out on the canvas -- to a point where it's approaching the vision I had in my head -- and then it's a matter of finishing. Almost like dominoes falling, once this is finished then everything gets finished and polished from there.

With a piece of this type of visibility... I wanted to make sure that I was not experimenting that I was very sure of the process going into it. That I made sure I could meet the deadline and come out with a piece that I felt like I left everything out on the field.

Do you feel like there is a higher calling behind your work?

Absolutely! I had a 10-year illustration career, which was perfectly successful, I was doing work in galleries, I teach, I was doing portrait commissions but in 2007 when I got my first big commission for the Church it became a conscious decision to devote the entirety of my career to doing work for the Church. It’s something that as a Catholic, it excites me to be able to serve Church but also the imagery obviously resonates with me or I would have no interest in doing it.

With this piece and with everything else, everything done for the Church, in one way or another, it has to point back to (Jesus) Christ as being the source of our life as Catholics.

It’s a prayer in meditation for me. Obviously I’m getting a commission to do work for someone else -- to do something that they (want) -- but each piece takes up a certain amount of time of my life and it has to be something that I’m invested in because I’m going to be thinking about it in the quiet of the studio day after day, hour after hour. I’m enthusiastic for doing work for the church because they are images that I believe in.

You grew up Protestant but wound up a Catholic painter, how did that transformation happen?

There are three transcendentals: the good, the beautiful and the true. I think it was the beautiful that actually drew me to the Church before I ever became a Catholic. Because all the work that inspired me post-college when I made that shift from thinking about doing comic books to doing more fine art, it was the work that has been done for the Church that inspired me the most. The calling certainly came because I was attending mass with my wife over a 10-year period before I became a Catholic but I think there were a number of factors including the beauty of the liturgy and the artwork that really started to draw me before I made the conscious decision to join the Church.

How did you get your start in art?

It was just something I was always enthusiastic about doing. When I went to college I had every intention of being a comic book illustrator. As a younger man I wasn’t really looking at art in the fine art aspect, I wanted to be drawing for comic books. The story lines as a child certainly excited me -- the art certainly excited me.

Do you recall where you first saw a piece of art that resonated with you?

It wasn’t at a church or a museum, the first piece that moved me as a child was (Chester County’s) Andrew Wyeth’s “Christina’s World.” I remember, as being either 6 or 7, seeing it and I remember asking my mother to get it, to get something -- a reproduction -- just get something that I could put in my room because it emotionally moved me to see the image.

I just happened to see it, it could have been someone else, but it just happened to be by the most famous, celebrated local artist.

How did growing up in Chester County impact your art?

Artistically having access to something like the Brandywine River Museum as a younger man was important. It’s one thing to be able to get into Philadelphia but that’s not as easy as going to the River Museum. Looking at another Wyeth, N.C. Wyeth -- the illustrator of illustrators -- that was very inspirational because the paintings were accessible in the sense that it wasn’t like going to the Philadelphia Art Museum and seeing these huge paintings, they were things that were done for books and they had a certain energy and life to them that were very exciting and reminded me of comic books.

How does your background and love of comics carry over to religious art?

It took me a long time to figure that out... I was working on a commission for seminary out in Minnesota and I was trying to get some costuming together because I doing a painting of Mother Teresa and I had one of the Spider-Man movies playing behind me... and it just kind of crossed me my mind that 'Hah! Spider-Man has nothing on Mother Teresa.' That’s what clicked though, I recognized that I set out to do costumed heroes and I ended up doing costumed heroes -- just a different type of hero.

I’ve been drawing and painting almost every single day since I can remember. The fact that it ended up that I became a Catholic and working for the Church I would still be painting regardless of what I was doing... It’s exciting to be doing paintings that I am both emotionally and spiritually invested in.

What advice would you give an inspiring artist?

The first you have to do is love it and then everything else is gravy. That doesn’t mean it’s going to be easy, it doesn’t mean that the finances are going to be easy, ever, but if you love it -- and those who know what I’m talking about know what I’m talking about -- it makes you feel a certain bliss. Just keep doing it and eventually the world will turn.

Carlin’s World Meeting of Families masterpiece will be displayed at next year’s event. Other examples of his work hang in the Our Lady of Guadalupe in Buckingham, Pa.; Saint Rocco’s in Avondale, Pa.; and an upcoming piece for Sacred Heart Church in Royersford, Pa.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com - Dan Stamm]]>
<![CDATA[VegFest Street and Food Festival]]> Sat, 23 Aug 2014 11:40:54 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/324*120/VegFest+Graphic.jpg

Whether you’re already a vegan, into nutrition or just want to learn about sustainable lifestyle choices, head to Bethlehem for the fourth annual VegFest Street and Foods Festival. It’s free!

Located on the South Bethlehem Greenway, this one-day party kicks off at 11:00 a.m on August 23. It’s estimated that 10,000 to 12,000 visitors from across the region will be there, making this one of the largest single-day festivals in Bethlehem’s history!

You’ll enjoy live music on two sound stages and a variety of free activities throughout the day including yoga, live cooking demonstrations, food tastings and a KidZone for the little tykes. Additional highlights include a farm market, health and wellness exhibits, eco-friendly vendors and educational presentations.

An impressive crop of speakers has been harvested to discuss the latest in nutrition, meditation, organic foods and other health-centric topics. Check out the complete festival schedule, after the jump!

Vegans, carnivores and all those in between are welcome. Just don’t forget your appetite! In addition to the free tastings, you’ll find smoothies, fresh juices and delicious vegan cuisine for purchase in the Food Court. (Can’t “beet” that!)

For directions, transportation, lodging information and more, visit the Downtown Bethlehem Association.

VegFest at South Bethlehem Greenway
August 23, 2014
11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
316 South New Street (corner of S. New St & Mechanic St), South Bethlehem.

Insider Tips

Participate in a free yoga class (all levels) on the Greenway at 10:00 a.m. and a Yoga Flash Mob from 1 -1:15 p.m. Rebel Pawn will distribute complimentary copies of their new CD at the festival (while supplies last).

Photo Credit: Christian Weber for Downtown Bethlehem Association]]>
<![CDATA[Sail Away to Newport]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:56:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*122/newport+coastline+cliff+walk_credit+Onne+van+der+Wal.jpg

If you have a travel bucket list, Newport, Rhode Island should be on it. It's far enough from Philly (272 miles) to "get away from it all," without sacrificing a chunk of your vacation time getting there and back. The breathtaking coastline and historic architecture alone are worth the trip, but toss in an endless sea of interesting attractions and activities and you have the perfect getaway!

Kick off your visit in style by boarding a beautifully restored, antique motorboat – the Rum Runner II – for a 75-minute scenic, sight-seeing cruise of Newport from the water.

Next, take a stroll down the Cliff Walk, Newport’s most celebrated attraction. The public-access walkway runs along the incredible shoreline behind many of Newport’s infamous, opulent mansions.

You’ll need reservations for the mansion tours, especially in the summer months when special events and exhibits are offered. This summer, the Doris Duke Rough Point Mansion features a “No Rules: Personal Style of Doris Duke” exhibit and the Rosecliff Mansion showcases men's and women’s “at home” apparel of the mid-19th century to 1950. For more information on where to go and when, download a mansion visitor’s guide.

If you're into live music, there are plenty of places to enjoy it around town. Don't miss a visit to the legendary Newport Blues Cafe, housed in a restored, 19th-century brownstone. In the summertime, catch the Newport Waterfront Concert Series, Newport Rocks the Fort events at Fort Adams or the annual Newport Jazz Festival, Newport Folk Festival and Newport Music Festival.

Sports and tennis fans will have a ball at the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum. Housed in the rambling, 19th century Newport Casino, the entire history of the sport is chronicled within its 18 galleries. The museum encompasses more than 20,000 square feet of interactive exhibits and memorabilia, many of which feature past and present tennis champions.

Know how to sail or want to learn? Check out Sail Newport, New England's largest public sailing center. Take a hike at the 325-acre Norman Bird Sanctuary in nearby Middletown. Or, pack a picnic, rent a bike and head over to Brenton Point State Park, where Narragansett Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean. The park has some of the most magnificent coastal views on the east coast! (You can also get there by car or shuttle).

After you’ve worked up an appetite, stop by Sweet Berry Farm for homemade soups and sandwiches, fresh-baked pies and coffee milk—a Rhode Island specialty. On Tuesday nights in July and August, the farm offers free concerts on the lawn. Bring blankets, chairs and a picnic or call ahead to reserve a prepared meal.

If you enjoy shopping and dining, Newport’s got you covered! A variety of interesting shops and galleries line Bellevue Avenue, Bannister’s Wharf and Brick Market Place. Mouthwatering cuisine and one-of- a-kind New England ambiance are offered at restaurants around the city, from cafes and clam shacks to five-star dining. Visit the Castle Hill Inn for stunning views of Newport Harbor and Narragansett Bay. In season, their Sunday brunch and jazz on the lawn (11:30 – 3) is a showstopper. Craft cocktails and award-winning cuisine are served on the Sunset Terrace until Thanksgiving.

Our suggestions only scratch the surface, so check out Discover Newport, for more ideas. Quahog.org offers interesting Rhode Island trivia, restaurant and attraction reviews. For parking, transportation and general information, visit the City of Newport, after the jump!

Insider Tips

The rooftop deck at the Vanderbilt Grace Hotel is open to the public for cocktails and offers the perfect spot to unwind and enjoy one of Newport’s star attractions – the sunset.

The Coyote Shuttle ($5 per person) will pick you up during the summer months at the Newport Visitors Center and take you to the Norman Bird Sanctuary, Sweet Berry Farm, the Newport National Golf Club and Newport Vineyards. Call 401-846-7090 for details.

Most tourists visit in the summer, but insiders know that Newport is a spectacular destination in any season. Hotel rates are seriously slashed in the autumn, winter and spring months and, unlike other coastal destinations, there's still plenty to see and do all year!

Photo Credit: Onne van der Wal]]>
<![CDATA[Neon Standoff at S Philly Cheesesteak Corner]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 07:06:45 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/212*120/Pats+Steaks+Cheesesteak.JPG

One of South Philadelphia’s neighboring cheesesteak icons in stepping up the rivalry by going neon for the first time and they want to make sure their closest competition can't miss the change.

Pat’s King of Steaks will erect a new sign at the corner of the steak shop at 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue. That’s the corner that faces Geno’s Steaks neon façade.

While Geno’s went bright years ago, the 84-year-old Pat’s has remained more subdued with light up signs but no neon.

That will all change when the new sign goes up Thursday. It will also mark the first time that a Pat's sign directly faces Geno's.

Pat’s owner Frank Olivieri explained to Philly.com why he is erecting the new sign.

"Just to make them a little crazy," he said, half-joking.

Photo Credit: NBC10.com]]>
<![CDATA[A Bacon & Beer Celebration in NJ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 12:19:39 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/bacon-generic1.jpg Bacon, beer and a good cause. This Thursday in Collingswood, you are invited to celebrate two favorites where all proceeds will benefit Crossroads Programs. NBC10's Renee Chenault-Fattah sits down with Michael Snyder to talk about the "Bacon & Beer Festival"]]> <![CDATA[Shark Week Comes to Life]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 17:30:10 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*122/Shark+Tunnel.jpg

Sink your teeth into Shark Week at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, New Jersey, where you'll experience the ultimate shark experience, up close and personal!

From rarely exhibited species (including the only hammerhead shark display in the country) to one-of-a-kind exhibits, you’ll find a jawsome experience awaiting you at what's been voted one of the top aquariums in the country. Highlights include a face-to-face, close-up view of more than 20 sharks on display. If you dare, you can touch one of six different species in an interactive exhibit and brave the suspended, 40-foot Shark Tunnel for a 180-degree view.

During Shark Week: LIVE (August 9 - 17, 2014), special programming events are added, like exclusive behind-the-scenes access, a 4-D movie about great white sharks ($3 admission) and opportunities to speak with experts about these fascinating, mysterious and often misunderstood creatures. Catch a rundown of all the fintastic programming scheduled during Shark Week:LIVE, after the jump!

Insider Tips

Download a free infographic to bone up on your shark knowledge and entertain the kids!

If you drive - A secure and monitored parking lot ($10) is conveniently located adjacent to the aquarium. Review driving directions and maps at AdventureAquarium.com.

Public transportation - Avoid lines, traffic and parking fees by purchasing the Shark Shuttle Ferry Combo Package. With your ticket, you’ll receive general admission to the aquarium, round trip shuttle transportation to and from Penn’s Landing Ferry Terminal (from pick-up locations around Philadelphia's historic district), and a round trip ticket aboard the Riverlink Ferry that will take you to the entrance of the aquarium. Combo tickets are $35 for adults and $28 for kids (ages two to 12). Check out the ferry and shuttle schedules at the click.

Adventure Aquarium
1 Riverside Drive
Camden, NJ 08103

Photo Credit: Adventure Aquarium]]>
<![CDATA[Robin Williams' Classic Shot Locally]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 07:11:14 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007826000_1200x675_317396547609.jpg The Robin Williams movie "Dead Poets Society" was shot close by in a Delaware school.]]> <![CDATA[Concert Raising Money for 5-Year-Old's Allergy Service Dog]]> Wed, 13 Aug 2014 14:06:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007841161_1200x675_317790275617.jpg Five-year-old Charlie from Newark, Delaware needs a dog to help with his allergic reactions. An Opera singer touched by his story is holding a concert to raise money for the expensive pet.]]> <![CDATA[Shark Week Live! at the Aquarium]]> Mon, 11 Aug 2014 12:32:18 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Shark-fin-generic.jpg Sharks are the focus of a week of fun at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden.]]> <![CDATA[Back to School Tech Gear: 10 Hot Gadgets for Students]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:27:20 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/thumb-tech.jpg From tablet convertibles to smart watches and battery charging phone cases, here's a list of top back to school electronics for the season. ]]> <![CDATA[Back to School Tech: Hot Electronic Gear for Students]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 08:27:19 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/thumb-tech.jpg

From smart watches to tablet convertibles and a Kindle to download your textbooks, here's what you should know about back to school gear now on the market.

For students going off to college, a laptop computer is a necessity, according to Jordan Crook, a reporter at TechCrunch.

"The best possible computer for a student would be a MacBook Air," Crook said. "It's just the most portable, light-weight thing you can carry around and it's powerful."

However, the latest gear hitting stores this season is an alternative to the everyday laptop — a tablet convertible.

"They call them convertible because they can either be a laptop or a tablet," said Sy Paulson, the general manager of a Manhattan Best Buy.

Tablet convertibles flip to let you "type as comfortably as you would on a traditional laptop."

Paulson recommends the Microsoft Surface, "because it is one of the most powerful and lightweight, and the battery lasts for a very long time."

When it comes to reading for either long-term or nightly assignments, Crook says you can't go wrong with a Kindle Paperwhite.

"It's a great thing for a student to get if you're going be doing a lot of reading. A lot of textbooks can download onto that,"she said. "It'll keep [them] all in one place."

The Kindle Paperwhite is the newest of the Kindle devices and is designed just for reading. The Kindle Fire also allows for using apps and watching TV shows.

For the tech-savvy student who might want to receive social media notifications without pulling out a smartphone in class, Crook recommends the Pebble Steel Smart Watch. The originator of the smart watch trend, Pebble's newest model, the Pebble Steel, beats out competitors with its iOs and Android compatibility, according to Crook.

Another tech-accessory-turned-fashion-statement is a good pair of noise-canceling headphones.

"If you want a home run back to school purchase idea for any student, you're going to go a long way if you pick up a pair of Beats or Bose noise canceling headphones," Paulson said.

But if a student wants their music to fill the room, Paulson recommends portable audio speakers that are battery powered and play through any device with a bluetooth interface.

Good speakers for a student on a study break could include GV Pulse speakers. "As you play it, it lights up, and if you turn the lights off in your dorm room you can make it look like a night club," Paulson explained.

Bluetooth has also allowed printers to go wireless. "You can stick the printer under the bed or in the closet on top of the mini fridge and print from your tablet or your phone or your computer," he said.


<![CDATA[AC, Wilmington Among 'Unfriendliest' Cities]]> Fri, 08 Aug 2014 07:52:36 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Atlantic+City+Boardwalk+AC+Generic.jpg

Grumpy. Hostile. Curmudgeonly. No one wants their hometown associated with these adjectives, but travelers have deemed that some nearby cities have an attitude problem.

A recent survey conducted by Conde Nast Traveler ranked two local cities among the Top 10 "unfriendliest" in the nation.

Fourth on the list of towns needing an attitude adjustment is Atlantic City. Reviewers noted the financial struggles the seaside vacation spot has faced in the last year had a negative effect on the atmosphere, and some visitors did not find the nightlife entirely enthralling. Although they were ranked fifth last year, reader comments included praise of the “historic boardwalk” and “the world famous beach.”

Wilmington, Delaware was named the ninth least-friendly city. According to the website, most voters traveled to Delaware’s largest city only for business, and few readers had a chance to explore Wilmington’s Riverfront, a collection of restaurants and attractions along the Brandywine and Christina Rivers. Although ninth is not exactly brag-worthy, the city can be happy it made an improvement from being ranked eighth last year.

For the second year in a row, the magazine asked its readers to rank cities by their friendliness. The Top 10 friendliest cities in the country are mostly in the south, while most of the least friendly cities are in the north east.

Charleston, S.C. topped the list of friendly cities while Newark, New Jersey was named the most unfriendly city in America.

Philadelphia didn't make either list.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

Photo Credit: AP]]>
<![CDATA[The National Veterans Wheelchair Games Come to Philly]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 12:26:05 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007791872_1200x675_316002883743.jpg The National Veterans Wheelchair Games are set to take place August 12-17 in Philadelphia. Former Navy Seal and National President of Paralyzed Veterans of America, Al Kovack Jr. sits down with NBC10's Renee Chenault-Fattah to talk about the upcoming event.]]> <![CDATA[Tour the Church of the Nativity]]> Sat, 09 Aug 2014 11:39:12 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/Church+of+Nativity+-lead+image.jpg During our trip to the Mideast, we were able to stop and visit the Church of the Nativity. It's one of the holiest places for Christians because it is where Jesus was born.

Photo Credit: Karen Araiza]]>
<![CDATA[Penn State Top School for Drinking Beer: Report]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 10:38:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/160*120/Plastic+Cup+Beer.jpg

Looking to drink beer, and plenty of it, in college? Then look no further then Penn State.

The Happy Valley university topped the Princeton Review’s list of schools for “Lots of Beer” in new lists released this week.

Penn State had Keystone State company on the list as Lehigh University in Bethlehem came in at No. 7 on the list and Bucknell in Lewisburg rounded out the Top 10. The University of Delaware represented the First State as the Newark school came in at No. 16.

All three of the Pennsylvania universities also landed on Princeton Review’s widely-talked about Top Party Schools list as Lehigh came in at No. 6, Penn State at No. 7 and Bucknell at No. 9. Syracuse University topped the “Party” list and Delaware came in at No. 20.

Penn State isn’t just good for partying. The university came in at No. 1 for Best Health Services, No. 2 for Best Career Services and No.4 for Students Pack the Stadiums. The university however also came in at No. 2 for schools without great financial aid. Lehigh also came in at No. 3 for strained relations with the local town and Bucknell came in at No.7 for having lots of Greek life.

Other local colleges to make Top 10 lists included Princeton (No. 3 for Great Financial Aid, No. 9 for Great Financial Aid and No. 10 for Students Study the Most); Bryn Mawr College (No. 6 for LGBT-Friendly Schools); Drexel (No. 5 for Least Beautiful Campus); Rutgers – New Brunswick Campus (No. 6 for Least Beautiful Campus); and Villanova (No. 5 for Election? What Election?, No. 6 for Little Race/Class Interaction and No. 7 for Their Students Love These Colleges).

Princeton Review tabulates the lists by interviewing thousands of students at 379 colleges around the country.

Copyright Associated Press / NBC 10 Philadelphia

Photo Credit: Getty Images]]>
<![CDATA[NJ Town Rethinks Music Fest After 42 Arrested]]> Tue, 05 Aug 2014 08:05:47 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/generic+caution+tape+vg.jpg

The future of an electronic dance music festival on a Jersey shore beach is in doubt after a weekend that included dozens of drug arrests and overdoses and a handful of fights.

Forty-two people were arrested and 34 people were treated for drug overdoses at the two-day Electric Adventure music festival in Seaside Heights.

Ocean County Prosecutor Joseph Coronato "is taking a hard look at the value of this type of event," according to spokesman Al Della Fave.

"It isn't something we're happy with," Della Fave said.

Mayor Bill Akers also says he will oppose a similar concert returning to Seaside Heights.

Authorities said they had planned in advance for the estimated 6,000 attendees but did not expect the level of drug use they found.

On its website, the festival said that the use of drugs was strictly forbidden, and organizers warned that concertgoers caught with illegal substances would be barred from future festivals.

One concertgoer, 21-year-old Paul Boci of Mount Laurel, New Jersey, said that his security patdown wasn't as thorough as he thought it should have been.

He said the mostly teenage crowd was "partying like adults."

"(They were) throwing up, drinking, getting hammered," he said.

This was the festival's first appearance in Seaside Heights, after two years at Six Flags in Jackson. 

Photo Credit: Valeria Gonzalez]]>
<![CDATA[500 performances, 14 Stages, 10 Days]]> Sat, 02 Aug 2014 00:54:34 -0400 http://media.nbcphiladelphia.com/images/213*120/WCAU_000000007745335_1200x675_314479683733.jpg NBC10's Doug Shimell is in Bethlehem where a big annual music event known as Musikfest is in full swing for the 31st year.]]>