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Modern Family A couple’s quest for the right furniture sets the table for their own business Finding the perfect pieces for their tiny apartment was proving a formidable task. So Damon Harvey and his partner Anthony Hochstetler, NextFab members since 2012, decided to build furniture that worked in their Old City dwelling. “Everything we’ve designed and built has come out of knowing what we’ve wanted and figuring out a way to make that happen,” says Damon. The results of the duo, who have no formal training, are stunning examples of modernist beauty. Their most ambitious piece is a wall unit work station for two. It has fold down desks, computer cabinets, book shelves and space for a tchotchke or two. “My design sense is influenced by a desire for order, functionality and beauty. I’m sure by now that sounds so cliché, but my math says you add any two of those together and you get the third,” says Harvey. Harvey and Hochstetler moved out of their apartment, and now have a 1600 sq. ft. house with furniture they’ve built for themselves. They’re laying the foundation for a business they hope to create. Damon muses on NextFab, “Of course there are a lot of new co-working spaces in Philadelphia and more opening all the time but NextFab is unique in our city. As far as I’ve experienced, there are only two seeming limitations: one’s work ethic and one’s imagination.”
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I’M WITH HER Wonder Woman has been unleashed on the world at a perfect time A breezy summer it is not. The mood of our politically bifurcated country continues to be tense and dark. We’re watching the wartime bonds we forged with our European allies fray, and our democracy feels fragile. And now the U.S. has made a cynical show of abandoning the Paris Climate Accord, at exactly the moment that fighting climate change matters most. Can anything save us? Enter Wonder Woman. When we first see her in the new movie, our would-be heroine is quietly working in an antiquities office at the Louvre, examining a picture of her past heroism. “I used to want to save the world, this beautiful place,” we hear the voiceover say. “But the closer you get, the more you see the great darkness within.” Is it possible that our heroine has resistance fatigue and has given up the fight? A dose of fight and truth telling are exactly what we’re craving now, and in the subsequent scenes on Themyscira, the protected island home of the Amazons, we get a triple treat: principled valor, a peek of what is possible when we live in harmony with our environment and a full-frontal view of the behavior of empowered women. We also see the darkness within a commercial blockbuster: the movie fails on multiple counts when it comes to its portrayals of black women (the mammy, the brute, the sage), and it would have been easy to do better. But collectively, the sight of the ferocious minds and spirits of these women on a paradisal, man-free island—all solidly middle-aged specimens of physical and intellectual prowess—blows the incredibly low bar of the Bechdel test out of the clear blue water. For me, just remembering what is possible in a messy world is a breath of fresh air, and the movie hints several times at our current environmental predicament. When Wonder Woman first leaves her beautiful island home, the first place she sees is the British Isles, specifically the port of London, dressed in shadows and soot: The movie is set in the dark heart of the first World War, where chemical weapons leech their way out
of a sociopathic doctor’s mind and the ever-strengthening industrial revolution does its best to belch black smoke into the air. “Welcome to jolly London!” says her male boatmate, a charming American spy. “It’s hideous,” she deadpans, holding in her mind the image of the blue-green utopia she’s just left while she ponders the bleak house she’s about to enter. This is Wonder Woman’s origin story, but it is also ours—a place in time when we were becoming addicted to fossil fuels, playing with chemicals without a sense of consequence and putting ourselves on a collision course with climate change. Finding a way to bring the light of her old home into the darkness of her current world proves challenging. She’s outraged that the generals don’t fight alongside the soldiers at the front—introduced as a seen-not-heard secretary, she finally erupts at their cowardice as they sit in an insulated and well-appointed room, deciding whether other people live or die. She, of course, takes off for the trenches. She continues to be pummeled with the brutality of the front and must eventually face her own crisis of conscience: Is the world—are humans—even worth saving? Should that even be her job? The work of the Wonder Woman movie is, in part, finding a way for a dispirited demigod named Diana to reconcile her ideals with reality, find her place in the fight and keep going; while none of us may have been sculpted in clay and brought to life by Zeus to help protect the world, it’s strangely easy to relate to wondering what our own work should be right now, and what power we have as individuals. It won’t be for everyone, but for me the movie is much-needed inspiration and a reminder that, in the end, it’s up to each of us (not just the most powerful) to find where we fit into the project of halting our descent into destruction—and to choose love over hate.
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4. take off to the woods Some of us just aren’t water people, and prefer the cool shade of the woods to a trip down the shore. If you’d rather camp than kayak, we’ve got three places just an hour outside the city where you can find some respite. Some of them also offer access to the water, just in case you’re traveling with someone who just has to get their H2O fix. See Page 14.
1. it’s time to weed again!
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Even if you don’t have a garden plot, you probably have a walkway or patio that could use some attention. Don’t let the grass go to seed, or you’ll never keep up!
The XPoNential Music Fest is at the end of the month, July 28 to 30 at the Camden Waterfront. And save the date for the BlackStar Film Festival: It’s Aug. 3 to 6.
Adding one or two higher-cost perennials to your collection each year means lower annual cost. Consider shopping now for something that will bloom and give you fall color.
5. head to the oval If your kids are ready to expend some energy outside, you’ll all have fun on the Parkway’s Eakins Oval, where 8 acres of green space offer games for kids, with a beer garden to boot. Opens July 20.
6. keep up with your harvest
It’s a true privilege to have a spot in a community garden (or any place to grow food), especially if you can afford to buy fresh produce. So make a commitment: No tomato left behind! If you find yourself unable to keep up with the food you’ve harvested, surprise your co-workers or give a treat to a neighbor. A neglected plot is a sad sight!
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perfect place for fireworks No one celebrates the Fourth like Philly. The biggest display will be on the Parkway at 10 p.m. on July Fourth for the Welcome America concert. But Penn’s Landing also offers two viewings, on June 30 and July 1, both at 9:30 p.m.
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new veggies in the ground Gardening isn’t a “one-and-done” proposition. Now that July has rolled around, it’s time to find some room in your plot for kale, carrots, beets and chard.
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COUNCILMAN SQUILLA DELAYS CONTROVERSIAL ZONING BILL Councilman Mark Squilla, 1st District, announced June 12 that he would delay consideration of a bill he introduced regarding the Central Delaware Zoning Overlay. Urbanist PAC 5th Square’s petition to withdraw the bill garnered over 500 signatures after it was announced that the bill would increase the maximum allowed building height along the Delaware River Waterfront. It could also create a new height bonus for making “through connections” to the waterfront via quasi-public driveways and other passages run through private developments.
FOSSIL FUEL INDUSTRY CONTINUES TO INFLUENCE STATE ASSEMBLY Legislation that would reduce protections to streams under which coal companies seek to mine passed in the state Senate 3217 on June 6. Senate Bill 624, introduced by Senate President Pro Tempore Joseph Scarnati, would directly affect a pending case before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board relating to Consol Energy’s longwall mining activity in and near Greene County’s Ryerson Station State Park. Rep. Greg Vitali, D-Delaware/Montgom8
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ery, said Scarnati introduced S.B. 624 on April 13, two weeks after receiving a $5,000 contribution from Consol. The Ryerson State Park case was brought three years ago by the Center for Coalfield Justice and Pennsylvania Sierra Club. A hearing was held in August 2016, and a decision from the state Environmental Hearing Board is expected soon. “Confidence in government erodes when special-interest groups contribute to elected officials who in turn advance legislation favorable to those contributors,” Vitali said. The bill is now with the House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee, and Vitali said he urges Gov. Tom Wolf to veto S.B. 624 should it reach his desk. In addition, Vitali’s office announced that the natural gas industry spent $1.4 million lobbying the Pennsylvania General Assembly during the first quarter of this year. Chesapeake Energy led in lobbying expenditures with $211,602. The latest figures, based on quarterly lobbying reports from 43 gas companies in Pennsylvania, bring the total in natural-gas lobbying spent since 2007 to more than $64 million. Pennsylvania is one of 10 states that does not limit gifts from lobbyists, and it is the only major gas-producing state in the country without a severance tax on extracting nonrenewable resources from a jurisdiction. According to the state Depart-
On June 20, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned a lower court’s decision and ruled that in allowing the leasing of public land to private natural gas companies for hydraulic fracturing—and not directing profits to conservation efforts—it did not comply with its constitutional duty to Pennsylvanians. According to watchdog group PennFuture, subsequent leasing options would need to be accompanied by “an assessment of the public interest.” George Jugovic Jr., PennFuture's president of legal affairs, said, “The ruling is monumental for not only public lands, but for the citizens of Pennsylvania. The court has made clear the constitution’s promise to protect the environment will be upheld.”
NEXTFAB OPENS DELAWARE OUTFIT Philly-based makerspace NextFab launched its third facility on June 14, a 10,000-square-foot space located in downtown Wilmington, Delaware. Gov. John Carney and Mayor Mike Purzycki spoke at the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “Delaware’s economy will be increasingly driven by entrepreneurship and innovation,” said Gov. Carney. “We should invest in innovation, help connect small businesses and entrepreneurs with available resources, and make sure Delawareans have the technical skills necessary to succeed in our new economy.” NextFab members are able to access equipment, software, training and consultants for personal and professional projects in fields such as engineering, arts, business and science. The Wilmington location features coworking space, a classroom, wood shop, electronics lab, and digital fabrication tools such as laser cutters, 3-D printers and computer-controlled routing.
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PHILLY A WINNER IN KNIGHT CITIES CHALLENGE Philadelphia received $338,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Cities Challenge, a grant awarded to 33 cities to improve services to residents. The award to the city will fund a project titled the PHL Participatory Design Lab, spearheaded by the Office of Open Data and Digital Transformation and the Mayor’s Office of Policy, Legislation and Intergovernmental Affairs. The idea for the lab project was selected from a pool of 4,500 applications and is the largest Knight Cities Challenge award given this year. The grant will allow the city to hire fellows from the complementary fields of service design and behavioral economics, who will work with residents and city staff. “Residents need to be part of creating the type of cities where they want to live,” C said Patrick Morgan, Knight Foundation program director for Philadelphia. “In thisM spirit, the PHL Participatory Design LabY will tap into the preferences of the people,CM advancing greater civic engagement and MY creating lessons in city-building.” CY
PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION ADVOCATE KILLED BY CAR
Longtime public transportation advocate Peter Javsicas was killed on June 13 when a car rammed into a sidewalk newsstand outside of Suburban Station. He was 76. Mayor Kenney, in a statement, said, “Peter devoted his life to improving all forms of transportation for Philadelphia and the region, and so his death from this crash is all the more wrenching to those that know him. My administration, through its Vision Zero initiative, remains committed to preventing all traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2030.”
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Our Moment is Now Standing up for Philly’s environmental rights in the age of Trump by larry krasner
hen people think about a “district attorney” they often think of someone who prosecutes crimes against people and property, and hopefully of someone who protects the rights of crime survivors and the accused alike. I also believe, as a candidate for district attorney, that it should be the DA’s job to use the law to treat substance abuse and mental illness as a public health crisis rather than a crime, and to punish illegal business practices. In addition—and this may be something you haven’t heard from a local DA candidate before—I believe it’s also critical to use the office to protect our environment. All of these issues are interconnected, much like an ecosystem. When we fail to seek justice in one, the rest suffer. This is why prosecutors must approach equal justice in a holistic manner. If elected, I plan to protect the environment and pursue environmental justice for the people of Philadelphia—especially for our children. Children in Philadelphia, especially those children living in poverty, suffer from environmentally based and preventable diseases such as asthma, caused by exposure to lead 10
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in paint and in water and the harmful effects of polluted soil and groundwater. In 2015 alone, 2,700 children here tested positive for harmful levels of lead. We suffer from lead exposure at twice the national average, according to a groundbreaking Philadelphia Inquirer report last year. Symptoms often include lower than average IQs and pronounced learning and behavioral difficulties. These setbacks are nothing short of shameful, particularly while our city struggles to adequately address dangerously underfunded public education systems. Childhood asthma continues to plague our city, too. A 2016 Clean Air Task Force study estimated that thousands of children suffer from persistent asthmatic episodes due in no small part to ground-level smog created by gas and oil companies. The report concluded that this pollution over the years has created “500,000 days of school missed, nearly 2,000 asthma-related emergency room visits, over 600 respiratory-related hospital admissions, and over 1.5 million restricted activity days.” Illegal dumping of toxic materials by firms and their failure to remediate pollut-
ed sites are persistent problems throughout the city as well. The activities of these companies often contaminate our soil and water supply while proper cleanups are frequently left to the taxpayers. Philadelphians know that there are certain outlying areas of the city still used for industrial purposes. But many fewer know that some of these toxic sites are right in the middle of more centrally located and heavily populated neighborhoods. Residents deserve to have this vital information regarding many of these sites at their disposal. I suspect you would agree that transparency is the keystone to trust between the public and their elected officials. When companies are found to be poisoning neighborhoods—no matter where they are—we must not only give the public good information, but also aggressively prosecute them and hold them accountable. It’s time to move past giving polluters a “slap on the wrist.” These injustices disproportionately impact our poorest communities and people of color, and feed the vicious cycle of inequity, poverty and lack of opportunity that ultimately impacts the safety of all. New IL LUSTRATIO N BY KAIL E Y WHI TMA N
programs such as Solarize Philly may be able to provide jobs for communities and reduce pollution. Others, such as Rebuild and Philadelphia Water’s green stormwater infrastructure initiative, Green City, Clean Waters, will also create employment while improving our city’s infrastructure and Nurturing the public spaces. Restored parks and recrecuriosity, creativity ation centers can have a positive impact on and intellect of our the safety of communities. Ultimately, we youngest friends. can and must work to hold polluters accountable while restoring our communities for future generations. The Trump administration’s assault on the environment—including the unconscionable decision to gut the Environmental NEW! MAIN CAMPUS CENTER CITY Protection Agency and, most recently, to FALL Germantown The Curtis Center withdraw our country from the Paris Cli2017 31 W. Coulter St. 6th & Walnut Sts. mate Accord—makes it absolutely vital that municipalities fill this lack of enforcement and challenge the administration’s wanton disregard for clean air, water and soil, all 215-951-2345 | firstname.lastname@example.org of which are fundamental human rights. These erosions of federal protections WWW.GERMANTOWNFRIENDS.ORG/ECP make all Philadelphians more vulnerable to environmental crimes and must be addressed through local solutions and GFS ECP Ad for Grid July 2017.indd 1 6/8/2017 5:21:28 PM enforcement. There are, in fact, tools that previous administrations in Philadelphia have had at their disposal to hold both large and small companies accountable, but have not used them. As a local prosecutor, I can—and will—utilize the Solid Waste Management Act, the Clean Streams Law and the Air Pollution Control Act to ensure that our environment is safe and that repeat offenders especially are subject to aggressive prosecution. These tools, when used appropriately, can begin to restore environmental justice to communities most impacted by malfeasance. I recognize that crimes against the environment not only threaten public This summer take advantage of the fresh produce, health, but violate our civil rights, too. I meats, dairy, seafood, spices & baked goods that look forward to building coalitions with community advocates and other local and The Market has to offer. state partners, such as Pennsylvania’s atBest time for Locals to shop: 8 am – 11 am & 4 pm – 6 pm torney general, to fearlessly tackle these Diverse. Charming. Inspiring. Delicious. urgent challenges.
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The Keys to the Future Switching to renewables isn’t enough to save us. We must slow down—and change our values. by jerry silberman
Editor’s note: This is Part Four of a series that concludes this month.
n the last three columns we have outlined the dynamics of energy use in our society. We know that the release of huge quantities of solar energy stored in carbon compounds (what we usually refer to as fossil fuels) in a very short time (geologically speaking) has overwhelmed the global ecosystem’s ability to neutralize the effects. It’s triggering a spiral of global warming, and we do not yet know the extent of the consequences. But we do know some of them. Ice shelves are melting and seas are rising. Temperatures are rising and global weather patterns are changing. Human health is deteriorating as water and air become contaminated. And we are entering into a period of accelerated extinction events that will itself have unforeseen and possibly dire consequences for our own species. This should be enough for us to jettison our reliance on the finite resources of fossilized fuels, even before the increased cost of exploiting them shuts the mines and wells down for good. But we carry on. The population and technology explosion of the past three centuries was enabled by the fossil fuel bonus. We had plenty of warnings over the most recent century that 12
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we should develop the knowledge and technology to preserve some of these gains after fossil fuels are no longer available. Yet we have, as a society, taken precious few steps in that direction. We choose to ignore that renewable technologies that have begun to be competitive in the last few years, including solar and wind, rely significantly on the fossil fuel bonus. Many of us also choose to believe the current high-tech lifestyles of countries such as the U.S., France, Germany, Japan and the like are sustainable—and can be extended to the rest of the planet—if we only convert to these “renewable” electricity sources, employ some basic conservation and efficiency techniques and make a few other minor changes and adjustments. This appeal is also intended to allay the concerns about inequity, largely on behalf of those enjoying the privileges of the fossil-fuel-era bonus. There is only one problem: It’s completely impossible in the real world. It ignores the critical principle of return on energy invested, which tells us that we are working at an energy deficit. Aside from the math that we’re ignoring, it’s interesting to note that the fossil fuel bo-
nus has not made humanity any happier. Significant evidence shows that people are much less happy than before the fossil fuel subsidy sped up our lives and disconnected us from both the work that actually enables us to live and the people who should be our support community. I believe that if we can dial back the addiction to fossil-fueled speed, we would be much happier, and probably healthier. But here we are, embedded in a system designed for and valuing above all else perpetual growth, profit and consumption. These values became dominant only very recently in human history and are best exemplified by the industry literally driving the U.S. economy for nearly a century—the automobile. There is little in our poisoned air, fractured communities, delusions of individual power and control, and incredibly wasteful land use patterns that is not connected with these machines. Yet our visions of the future rarely question their continued presence, or our entitlement to instant, extensive, machine-powered mobility. We rarely see any analysis of the extent of the negative impact of the automobile on our society as a whole. Nor do most people realize that 100 years into the automobile IL LUSTRATIO N BY ABAYO M I LOUARD-MOORE
age we spend more money, more time and more resources getting to work and traveling to accomplish basic life tasks than at any time in history. How do we revamp the value structure of a whole society? An intellectual understanding of the problem will not change behavior. Only building real alternatives can do that, and that requires collective power, united communities insisting that resources be redirected to provide alternatives. Taking serious steps to limit automobiles in the city so that fast, frequent, affordable public transit could meet the needs of those who can’t rely on their feet and bicycles is one example of building an alternative. Declaring that agriculture is the highest and best use of land, protecting existing urban gardens and farms and promoting more in currently unused spaces (including large tracts in many of our parks) is another. Taxing energy and resource use progressively (or adjusting the rate structure in the case of our municipal gas works and water department) beyond an established per capita standard for individuals and businesses—an incentive that always works—is another part of it. There is no technological silver bullet. There will be changes, and we need to think big. The real solutions are neither practical nor realistic within the value frame of those who hold power in society today. It’s time to start looking for our keys where we lost them, not under the (temporary) circle of bright light provided by the fossil fuel bonus of our very recent history. Jerry Silberman is a retired union organizer who now devotes his time to negotiating a resilient future for all of us.
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Three spots to relax in the woods (and get a dash of history, too) by lauren johnson
s summer sets in, ditch the hot pavement and check out these three camping destinations to slow down and reconnect with nature. Though each is just an hour away, you’ll feel as if you’re miles from city stress.
FOR THE KIDS: 4265 Atlantic Ave., Wall Township, N.J. Pack up the family for a wilderness adventure with a historic twist. This park features several campsite options and multiuse trails accessible from the main parking area, as well as an additional 800 acres at the southern end of the park to roam and explore. After journeying through the wilderness, cool off in the Manasquan River, which flows through the park and provides ample opportunities for splashing, swim14
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ming and canoeing. The park also includes historic Allaire Village, a once-thriving 19th-century community that produced pig and cast iron; it’s since been preserved to function as a living history museum. Families can experience a working blacksmith shop, a general store where you can purchase old-fashioned candy and handmade souvenirs, and a bakery to sample fresh, homemade treats. Folks in period costumes roam the grounds and gladly chat about what life was like during that time. There is also an antique steam train that loops around the park, further helping you take it all in.
FOR THE GROWN-UPS: 843 Park Road, Elverson, Pa. For the more serious outdoor enthusiast, French Creek State Park has it all. The property is part of America’s industrial history, as it was once the site of Hopewell Furnace, an iron manufacturer in the late 1700s that used the local timber to produce coal to fuel its facility. The federal government claimed the property in the 1930s as part of a national effort to create “recreation demonstration areas,” and it remains a protected historic site today. The 7,730-acre park has much to offer, including a cornucopia of forests, fields and lakes that are home to some rare animals and plants. Be sure to bring your binoculars, as the park has been desigP HOTO BY B RENT ERB
French Creek State Park is just one of the many places to camp within 100 miles of Philadelphia
nated by the National Audubon Society as an “important bird area” and “important mammal area,” and it serves as a vital stop for migrating species. Don’t forget to call ahead for reservations! There are more than 35 miles of trails, all of which are marked with trail blazes indicating their varying degrees of difficulty. Campers can either choose to stay in one of the park’s 200 wooded campsites or spend the night in their choice of cottage, cabin or yurt. Ten miles away, you can visit Daniel Boone’s homestead, owned by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.
FOR EVERYONE: 31 Batsto Road, Hammonton, N.J. Situated in the heart of New Jersey’s Pinelands National Reserve, Wharton State
Forest, at 120,000 acres, is the largest continuous land tract within the New Jersey park system. The state forest includes a major section of the 50-mile-long Batona Trail. Aside from ample hiking and scenic vistas, visitors can enjoy the waterfront of their choice, including the Batsto, Mullica, Wading and Oswego rivers, or enjoy picnicking at the Atsion Lake recreation area. Campers can choose from nine campsites or rent a rustic cabin. For a change of scenery, visitors can make their way to Batsto Village, a nationally recognized historic site that was once a major iron-mining town in the late 1700s inhabited by workers and their families. The village sits within the park’s property and includes restored original structures, such as the 19th-century ore boat, charcoal kiln, icehouse, blacksmith, gristmill and general store, all of which help take you back in time. J ULY 20 17
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The owners of Trail Creek Outfitters, Ed Camelli and Brian Havertine, at their store in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania
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This family owned Philadelphia outdoor company in Center City is for those of you who like your camping wet—as in, the middle of the river wet. Multiday and weekly kayak rentals are available if you know you’re heading to a site where you’ll be able to paddle, but aren’t ready to commit to your own gear. (We know you’ve already got your bike hung up in the living room, so it’s understandable that there isn’t room for a boat.) In addition to renting kayaks for your camping trip, you can also take one of their kayak tours to get a look at the city from a different perspective: The company is committed to connecting Philadelphia to its waterways and getting people outside, no matter their experience level. 16
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The whole family will find camping supplies and clothing at this Wayne, Pennsylvania, store whose motto is, “If you’re going out there, get in here!” Since 2008, it’s been outfitting people for casual camping and more serious treks. If you have gently used equipment that you no longer need, the store keeps a recycle bin so that it can be redistributed to folks who need a little help getting their gear together, and Out There Outfitters regularly partners with national and local environmental organizations. The company has helped plant 150 trees at the Riverbend Environmental Education Center and raised funds for local land trusts, and it supports many local scholastic fundraisers.
In addition to being a one-stop for getting you geared up for your big outing, Trail Creek Outfitters in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, prides itself on building community. This year, it celebrated 10 years of partnering with the Land Conservancy for Southern Chester County on the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, and it works to obtain grant money from big national brands to help support local conservation causes. The company also organizes five trail runs yearly that raise money for environmental advocacy. That’s all in addition to the money it donates to causes ranging from animal rights to empowering disabled individuals who want to get outdoors to supporting at-risk youth. P HOTO BY J O HN TO D D KAN E FO R HO NEYGROW
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Hidden River Outfitters is Philadelphiaâ€™s premier paddle sport outfitter offering guided kayak and paddle board tours, rentals and lessons.
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HOW TO WIN AT YOUR WEDDING
by emily kovach
t’s one of those tired clichés that actually comes true in real life: the engaged couple, frazzled and exhausted, looking over the list of wedding to-dos, bemoaning the fact that they didn’t just elope and be done with it. There are questions that all couples in the throes of wedding planning ask the universe while poring over the guest list for the 10th time, or comparing venue rental rates: Who made these rules? And: Does it have to be this way? If an appointment at City Hall or a secret-destination wedding-for-two is your thing, by all means, go forth and avoid the prescribed wedding stress. But, for those who like the idea of a more traditional wedding, or will agree to one to appease their families, there really are so many details to consider and keep track of that being driven to the point of madness is 100 percent normal. Add to that the goals of pulling off an environmentally friendly and locally sourced wedding, and it might all just feel impossible. We get it. Here’s what we suggest: Snuggle up with your boo, crack a cold, fizzy beverage and flip through these pages to get Grid’s take on the best people, places and things to make planning a green wedding in Philly feasible and—with any luck—fun.
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CLOTHING CONUNDRUM Find the right threads to say ‘I Do’
Cultured Couture owner Erik Honesty (center) models one of the suits available at his shop in Fishtown
f the thought of walking into a David’s Bridal makes you want to break out in hives, fear not. There are so many other ways to seek out the article of clothing that feels just right for your wedding day. If that is a more traditional white dress or black tux, consider shopping for a vintage or gently used version, which comes at a serious discount to you and is a bit kinder to the planet. ¶ And if a white dress or black tux is the furthest thing from what you want to step out in on your wedding day, or you’re seeking that one special detail or accessory, Philadelphia has no shortage of vintage shops and boutiques, which carry a rotating stock of incredible clothes and are staffed by enthusiastic and patient clerks who want to help you find exactly what you’re looking for.
native Ayasa Afi designs gorgeous, highend wedding gowns that are anything but standard issue. Lace, clean lines and luxe fabrics can be found in all of Afi’s ultra-modern bridal silhouettes. If a white gown isn’t your thing, her other collections offer chic, creative options for the fashion-forward set who want to make a statement.
JANICE MARTIN COUTURE
Yes, wedding gowns and suits off the rack can be tailored and tweaked, but nothing will ever fit like a custom piece of clothing. Located in Ardmore, Janice Martin Couture brings over 25 years of experience to wedding couples who desire truly unique clothing for their wedding day. Natural fibers can be used for “green” gowns, and other custom-designed fabrics, often with hand-finished details such as beading and 20
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painted designs, are sourced from small ateliers. Found an amazing vintage gown that needs some restoration? Janice Martin also specializes in restoring and reinventing heirloom gowns, so if you’re planning to repurpose a relative’s dress, Martin will make it work.
AYASA AFI A graduate of Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts who comes from a line of seamstresses, Philly
If finely curated vintage menswear is what you’re after, stop at this unassuming storefront on 7th and Girard for a chat with owner Erik Honesty. Racks of dapper vestments await the intrepid shopper who firmly believes “they don’t make them like they used to.” The accessories game here is strong as well, with ties and tie clips, belts, pocket squares and shoes from coveted designers such as Hermés, Ralph Lauren and Louis Vuitton.
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A modern take on the traditional white gown from designer Ayasa Afi, stylist Meeka Johnson, hair stylist Kia Sterling and makeup artist T. Patrick Williams
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FLOWER FRENZY Upping the beauty quotient for your big day
A bouquet of local wildflowers from Wild Stems
esides food, there is one other wedding detail that is practically universal, making an appearance at even the most low-key backyard weddings or far-flung-destination nuptials: flowers. Whether in the form of bouquets, garlands, boutonnières, scattered petals or table arrangements, the colors, aromas and shapes of flowers signify romance and abundance. This wedding tradition may have some murky roots (to mask the smell of the couple in predeodorant days, for example), but these days, flowers are a lovely way to spiff up the scene and wink at fertility. ¶ There are countless florists around town, but what separates the good ones from the great? We think an excellent place to start is with florists who prioritize sustainable practices, as the flower industry is generally rife with problems, ranging from rampant pesticide use to child labor. Luckily, there are plenty of responsible, eco-minded florists to help you choose the perfect wedding blooms.
VAULT + VINE (FALLS FLOWERS) This East Falls flower shop (formerly Falls Flowers) is currently rebranding, changing its name to Vault + Vine, as well as moving from its old location on Conrad Street to an upgraded space at 3507 Midvale Ave., which will include a florist, café, greenhouse and locally focused gift shop, all under one lovely roof. From the start, owner Peicha Chang has made sustainability a focus that goes way 22
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beyond the flowers, all of which are locally sourced or organically certified. Nearly everything from ribbons to waxed paper is recycled or composted, and the company bears the honor of being a certified B Corporation.
WILD STEMS Based in Fishtown, this husband-andwife-owned florist is completely eventsbased. Designer Amy Bruck scours the area, building relationships with local
farmers and nurseries, in search of the most stunning flowers and plants she can find. Vale Bruck brings a different set of skills to the table—formerly a large-scale art-installation technician, he helps clients dream up dramatic ways to use flowers in their event spaces that go way beyond traditional bouquets or table arrangements.
LOVE’N FRESH FLOWERS From an unbelievable urban flower farm in Roxborough, Jennie Love of Love’n Fresh Flowers grows nearly all of the blooms for her wedding clients. Sticking to the offerings of each season, Love’n Fresh’s floral services are guided by its design philosophy, which includes a devotion to locally grown flowers, an avoidance of the fussy and stuffy, and the belief that “flowers are living poetry.” Wedding options range from prix fixe packages, where couples trust Love’n Fresh to choose the specific colors and flowers in their floral décor, to à la carte and bulk botanicals, as well as full-service packages. P HOTO BY E M ILY W RE N P HOTOGRA PHY
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RING TOSS Ethical choices for vintage and custom-made rings
A custom engagement ring and wedding band from Concrete Polish
ou know what they say: If you like it, then you should’ve put a (ethically sourced, conflict-free, locally made or vintage if possible) ring on it. But where to find such a ring? If you’ve got a family heirloom on deck, that’s great, but otherwise, it’s time to explore some other options. The shops lining Jewelers’ Row can surely help you choose a big old diamond, but if you’re after something different, it can be hard to know where to look. Philly has no shortage of funky, casual-jewelry designers, but this occasion calls for something extremely special. ¶ Though you may be tempted to scour online auctions or Etsy for wedding rings, we urge you to keep it local. Seeing and trying on a ring in person before committing to buy it (and, you know, wear it for the rest of your natural life) is really important. Whether you’re looking for minimalist and modern, ornate and Victorian, or something truly one-of-a-kind, there are some superb resources in the city to help you find the exact right ring.
BARIO NEAL For a brand-new ring, you needn’t look further than this chic company’s showroom and workshop on 6th and Bainbridge. Bario Neal’s diverse line of handmade, wedding-ready rings ranges from simple gold bands to sleek gemstone-studded bands, to more classic solitaire diamond designs. It also has some stunning, art-forward options with asymmetrical gemstone clusters, dramatic enamel accents and unique metal patterns. All of the metal that’s not 26
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reclaimed is Fairmined certified, meaning they’re extracted by small-scale, responsible miners. Bario Neal only uses traceable gemstones and is committed to responsible labor along all steps of the supply chain.
CONCRETE POLISH This local jewelry designer has made an impression on Philly’s stylish set with edgy, bold pieces that make a statement. Cool, craggy metal shapes, larger crystals and gemstones, and strong shapes, like wolves
and eyes, are what you’ll find in Concrete Polish’s current collection. Though some of these rings might make for an unconventional engagement or wedding ring, for the person with a definitive sense of style, they could be perfect. Designer Angela Monaco is committed to sustainable practices, from sourcing reclaimed metals to reducing the carbon footprint of her studio.
HALLOWEEN Don’t let the name fool you: This is an allyear-round funhouse full of jewelry where you’ll be sure to find a beautiful antique ring that’s still a bargain. You can also bring the experienced designers old gold or gems to be reborn into new-to-you rings. It’s tucked away behind a nondescript, residential-looking door on Pine Street. Opening up the door, the huge open space makes you feel like you may have just gone wand shopping in Diagon Alley, but don’t worry, you’re still very much in Philly: You can walk down the block to grab a beer at Dirty Franks after you’ve made your choice. P HOTO BY CHRISTINA BLA KE
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SPIN THE WEATHER VANE Taking the worry out of an outside affair
The historic Cope House and an outside tent option at Awbury Arboretum
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e’ve all seen the photos on social media: the couple standing atop a grassy hill, backlit with golden-hour sunlight, slightly windswept and flush with love. To be sure, an outdoor wedding can be a romantic scene... if everything goes exactly according to plan. The trouble is that rain, excessive heat, strong wind—and even mosquitoes—can put a serious damper on an alfresco wedding. Then, there’s the question of restrooms (do you really want to spend money on a porta-potty?), accommodations for older guests, and so on and so forth, until the idea of a boring hotel or a good old-fashioned fire hall doesn’t sound so bad. ¶ Before you throw in the towel on dreams of an outdoor wedding, check out these three venues that split the difference on the indoor/outdoor debate. Each of them is also steeped in Philadelphia history, and will make for some gorgeous and iconic photos.
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AWBURY ARBORETUM Tucked away in charming Germantown, Awbury Arboretum is home to 55 acres of meadows, wetlands and, of course, thousands of mature trees, including river oaks, sycamores and sugar maples. Every season here promises a stunning back-
drop, whether that’s the cherry blossoms of spring, the abundant green of summer or the burnished leaves of fall. The historic Cope House on the property can accommodate up to 60 guests for an indoor wedding, and outdoor events may still make use of the home’s gracious porch, kitchen, bathrooms and lawn.
TREES AND STARS UNDER THE GREENHOUSE ROOF: FAIRMOUNT PARK HORTICULTURE CENTER In a corner of Fairmount Park so verdant it’s hard to believe you’re still in city limits, the Horticulture Center is a seriously in-demand wedding venue in Philly. The space seamlessly blends the in- and outdoors, assuring that whatever the weather, guests will enjoy dinner and dancing surrounded by lush greenery and twinkly lights. The main indoor event space is in the center’s airy greenhouse, constructed almost fully of glass, letting in that glowy natural light even if it’s rainy. If the weather is fine, aspects of the event can be held outdoors, and guests are free to explore the surrounding gardens, fountains and fields.
AN OUTDOOR FEEL IN CENTER CITY: COLONIAL DAMES SOCIETY In 1891, a group of Philadelphia women founded the Colonial Dames Society of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania to honor the colonial history of the country. Though their beautiful headquarters at 16th and Latimer streets in Rittenhouse Square is no longer used for meetings, the incredibly preserved (but still air-conditioned!) home can fit up to 120 guests in its period-correct upstairs ballroom. During cocktail hour or reception reveling, guests can also enjoy the highlight of the house: the sprawling outdoor gardens, designed in the 1920s by Marian Coffin, one of the first female landscape architects.
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FOLLOW THE FOOD The best bites for your big day
A blood orange salad with poppy seed dijonnaise dressing and crispy shallot from Birchtree Catering
f all the things worth splurging on at your wedding, put food at the top of the list. Whether you want a casual family or buffet-style dinner, a more formal service or a refreshingly unconventional setup—maybe a favorite food truck?—every guest at your wedding will expect something to nibble and sip. It once was standard for wedding venues to offer only one approved caterer, and couples were stuck with whatever style of fare that company provided. Thankfully, that’s changing, as venues realize how important customization and personalization is to modern couples. Our city’s vibrant dining scene offers a bevy of fantastic options, no matter your taste, diet or budget. 30
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VEGAN VITTLES: MISS RACHEL’S PANTRY
You simply can’t go wrong with the local, beautiful, delicious food from Birchtree Catering. For nearly 10 years, this woman-owned company has been knocking wedding and party food out of the park and has received a ton of recognition for its work both from wedding resources such as The Knot and review-based sites such as Yelp. From their kitchen in the Globe Dye Works, the team sources from farms and local markets, working with the best of each season’s offerings, and they compost and recycle waste in their facility, as well as at events. Call Birchtree, and you can call it a (delicious) day.
Soggy vegetable napoleons are so 10 years ago. These days, vegan and vegetarian couples expect and deserve the same level of creative, tasty and crowd-pleasing (because you know some guests will be skeptical) options that their omnivorous counterparts enjoy at their receptions. Rachel Klein and her team at Miss Rachel’s Pantry have vegan wedding fare down to a very delicious science, including snappy little hors d’oeuvres (try the hearts of palm mini crab cakes) and hearty, savory entrées, including roasted black garlic seitan with fresh herbs. P HOTO BY B RITTN E Y RAIN E P HOTOGRA PHY
FOR THE BUDGET DIY SET: LOCAL 215 FOOD TRUCK Thanks to the easy mobility of food trucks, no longer are remote or kitchenless venues off-limits for couples who want to host their reception in the same place as their ceremony. The Local 215 food truck is an especially great option for this purpose, as the fourwheeled wonder is actually outfitted with a fully equipped kitchen inside it. (Many trucks prepare the food in a commissary kitchen and simply reheat and plate in the truck.) Bonus: The food is made from ingredients sourced from small, local farms. J ULY 20 17
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FIT TO BE TIED Stay strong for the walk down the aisle
SWEAT FITNESS This small chain of local fitness centers offers programs called “Sweat for the Dress” and “Tighten for the Tux,” which are two-month packages of 24, 30-minute, personal training sessions. These are not one-size-fits-all sessions; trainers work with each client’s specific needs and goals to achieve the desired results. You pay the same whether you’re an existing member or not, and all eight Sweat locations run this special throughout the year.
PLOOME If you want your workout to do double duty, Ploome should be your go-to. Every class at Ploome helps support REQ.1, a sister nonprofit that “empowers victims of violence to transcend trauma and heal through movement and art,” something that’s intensely personal for founder Christina M. Stolz, an assault survivor. Her community-driven fitness boutique specializes in pilates, though the class schedule at the Northern Liberties-based studio ranges from stability-ball core work to high-intensity interval training to a session called “Rage Against the Machine.” It offers a monthly, unlimited class membership that doesn’t require a contract, so you can hit it hard for just a few months before your wedding day.
BONES FITNESS Hector Bones works with a private client at Bones Fitness
our wedding day is an occasion where you’ll see people from all different facets of your life. For maximum confidence and comfort, feeling good—in heart, body and mind—is paramount. For many of us, feeling good is inextricably linked to looking good, and while we’re not advocating any kind of drastic body “makeovers,” if there ever was a time to focus on your fitness and wellness regimen, the few months leading up to a wedding might be it. After all, feeling good isn’t about the number on the scale; it’s about standing tall and proud, feeling strong and self-assured. ¶ Local gyms and fitness centers offer different packages designed to help the wedding-bound create realistic goals and see them through. Paired with a clean, mindful diet, these programs can help you feel your best, banish stress about fitting into the dress or suit on the big day, and empower you to rock the thousands of photos you’ll be posing for at your wedding. 32
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If going to a typical gym just isn’t for you but fitness is where you want to spend your wedding dough, a personal trainer might be a better call. Bones Fitness in Rittenhouse is a membership-free personal training gym that pairs a certified fitness trainer to your exact goals and needs. Due to popular demand, Bones has developed a special wedding-prep regimen: “Final Fitting Fitness.” This five-week intensive program includes one evaluation and goalsetting session, five weeks of hourlong, one-on-one training sessions, and nutritional guidance and exercise homework. P HOTO BY J E F F RE Y HOLDER
Your memories donâ€™t have to go to waste. Local glass artisans recycle your wedding day bottles into timeless keepsakes.
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92 acres of towering trees, colorful gardens, and sweeping vistas create the perfect backdrop for your outdoor wedding. www.morrisarboretum.org 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118
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A Well-Buttered Machine A new wholesale boulangerie makes French-inspired pastries by emily kovach
The cinnamon and cardamom pecan morning bun from wholesale bakery Machine Shop
t’s a sunny Friday morning in South Philadelphia, and the wide ground floor of the hulking Bok Building, formerly Edward W. Bok Technical High School, is eerily quiet. A ride in the creaky elevator to the fourth floor reveals a different scene: Though many of the large rental spaces on this level are vacant, there is a chatty group of folks congregating in the corner. Gathered around a charming display of pastries, breads and a large yellow Igloo beverage dispenser labeled “Energy Drank” (cold-brewed Elixr coffee), they use the honor system, leaving cash and helping themselves to goodies such as “everything” seed knots stuffed with goat cream cheese and gooey cookies studded with hunks of chocolate. It’s one of Machine Shop Boulangerie’s pop-up bake sales, luring the other tenants of Bok with the wafting smells of fresh-baked deliciousness. 34
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Machine Shop is a new wholesale bakery owned and operated by Emily Riddell and Katie Lynch, two industry pros in their early 30s who met through a mutual friend while both working as bakers for local culinary legend Georges Perrier. The duo had been scheming individually for years on how to break away from working for other restaurants and bakeries—and strike out on their own. Lynch says the decision to become small-business owners came over time. “I worked for a lot of people, opening a lot of places… Sometimes you can’t help but think, ‘If I’m going to work this hard, I’m going to do it for myself.’” Since meeting in 2011, she and Riddell had developed a mutual respect for each other and decided to partner up last year. Riddell was contemplating a move back to her home state of California, but she first called Lynch in
February 2016 to discuss the idea of starting a bakery together. “We went to Chinatown and ate some noodles, drank some beers, hashed some things out, and by the end of the meal we cheersed to opening a new bakery!” Riddell remembers. They signed a lease at the Bok Building in January, loving the open, airy room that’s now their home, as well as the communal nature of the building. Their fellow fourth-floor neighbors include photographer Stevie Chris, who took a series of “pastry portraits” for them, and across the hall is woodworker and furniture maker Brian Christopher, who created a beautiful Machine Shop pastry display box. “Every time we think about what we need, there’s someone here who can do it!” Riddell says. P HOTO BY STEV IECHRIS P HOTOGRA PHY
After the build-out, they stocked the space with used equipment and their personal collections of baking tools, and after licensing and inspection in mid-April, they sent their first order out to Elixr Coffee Roasters on May 8. Their other current wholesale customers include both locations of ReAnimator Coffee, Menagerie Coffee, Res Ipsa and Alchemy in Northern Liberties. They chose to pursue a wholesale model primarily to avoid having to raise as much startup capital as they would have needed for a retail space, and to be able to have unrelenting daily oversight of the operation, a feat that is much harder to accomplish in a retail setting. To maintain that level of control, they’re committed to starting small and slow. Lynch brings bread experience to the table, while Riddell is trained in pastry. Together, they name quality as their No. 1 focus. “We like things made well,” Lynch says. “We’re French-inspired, but we use Pennsylvania or East Coast grains, and [use] organic products when we can.” Seasonal produce is a source of inspiration as well—savory danishes and strawberry pastries on their bake-sale table are made with items from their CSA. “I’m from Philly,” Riddell says, “and I’m not going to use pineapples. I want to make things that are unique to this place as possible.” J ULY 20 17 G R I DP HI L LY.COM
On the Rise
Three Philly bakeries making cool moves by emily kovach
from college in 2012, he started working at Kensington's beloved Pizza Brain. In the summer of 2016, Gutter was making pizzas in his parents’ new backyard wood-fired oven and posting photos of the finished pies on Instagram. “I sold a few as a quasijoke, but the next week I had more people asking!” Gutter says. “Soon, the weather got chilly and I couldn’t cook outside anymore, but I was kind of obsessed with IG followers and didn’t want to stop!” That’s when he decided to pursue the square pie format, because they can be made in any oven. “I like to cook all styles of pizza,” he notes, “but right now people really seem to like the fried cheese and spongy dough of these squares.” Gutter is taking off the month of July to go on a solo tour of some national parks, but he’ll be back in August! Just keep an eye on the ’gram.
A pop-up pizza creation from @Pizza_Gutt
Since the spring of 2016, residents of South Philly have enjoyed the many sweets, treats and baked goods created by Chef Tova du Plessis at her “little Jewish bakery.” At Essen Bakery on Passyunk Avenue and Dickinson Street, signature loaves of fluffy challah bread, sticky-sweet chocolate halva babka and flaky pastries, as well as simple sandwiches and toasts, have become an indispensable part of the thriving food scene in the Passyunk Square neighborhood. As one customer enthuses on Yelp, “The fact that I can walk 20 seconds to get to Essen helps me get out of bed in the morning.” Locals aren’t the only ones who’ve taken note of du Plessis’ way with butter and dough. Earlier this year, she was nominated for the 2017 Outstanding Baker Award by the James Beard Foundation. Though she didn’t win the award (she did make it to the semifinalist round), the nod was still a huge recognition of Essen’s quality and 36
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creativity, and counts as one more feather in Philadelphia’s cap as a rising food city in America.
Daniel Gutter, aka @Pizza_Gutt, runs “Instagram’s first pizza shop.” Confused? Here’s how it works: Every few weeks, Gutter posts a menu for an upcoming pop-up appearance at a friend’s café or restaurant—say Win/ Win Coffee Bar or Martha—to sell a limited number of his signature, nostalgia-laden pan pizzas. Philadelphians can lay claim to one of these 10-inch square pies by following a link in his profile to a time-slot reservation website. On the day of the pop-up, they pick up their pizza at the specified location, perhaps a simple tomato pie with greens and roasted garlic vinaigrette, or maybe the decadent Uncle Gutt topped with mozzarella, sauce, pepperoni and fried onions. Gutter began making pizza at age 14 in a mom-and-pop shop. After graduating
If you’ve ever had a pillowy and perfectly chewy Philly muffin from Philly Bread, you’ve already experienced the results of founder Pete Merzbacher and his team’s exceptional sourcing and dedication to their craft. Their grains come directly from farmers and they coax the most flavor possible out of them with methods like fresh milling and the addition of ingredients such as mild sourdough and roasted barley. From its headquarters in Olney, Philly Bread produces those lovely muffins, as well as bagels, baguettes, burger buns, Pullman loaves and a line of heritage breads. Though it’s not hard to find Philly Bread products on local grocers’ shelves, aspiring home bakers can also sign up for “breaducation” classes to absorb some professional wisdom. Some of the classes coming up in August (and later in the fall) include a sourdough class, where participants will learn the steps to develop their own sourdough starter; a homemaker workshop covering some of the most common missteps in home-baking adventures; a home-baking equipment class that will explore how to use common kitchen items to bake bread; and a milling 101 session that will uncover the magic of using a hand-cranked mill. They’ll also do a masterclass for intermediate bakers; students are encouraged to bring their own bread project. Find class dates at phillybread.com in late July. P HOTO BY E RIC STA NC HA K
Reaching for the Ring
Gold Rings Tortillas is making handmade, Pa.-sourced corn tortillas in Philly
Jam and Ashley Murray
am and Ashley Murray are avid home cooks who love to make things from scratch. When they moved to Philly from Brooklyn last year, they began to miss the handmade corn tortillas they “were really in love with,” as Jam says, that they’d been able to buy in their old neighborhood. After searching for something comparable in Fishtown, where they reside, the couple began to make tortillas themselves. They started small, making batches of 70 tortillas at a time from their home kitchen, based off of classic Mexican recipes. Now, they make closer to 300 per batch. They source non-GMO yellow dent corn meal from Castle Valley Mill in Doylestown. The corn itself comes from Meadowbrook Farm, also in Bucks County.
Jam says he would classify their tortilla style as “definitively Pennsylvanian.” “While I’ve spent hours and hours honing my craft, I am neither a tortilla master nor do I come from a Mexican heritage,” he notes. “Rather, I’m a very meticulous taco fiend who is zealous about food origins and sourcing... so, I think ‘Pennsylvania-style tortillas’ fits the bill.” For now, slinging tortillas is just a side gig for Jam and Ashley. Jam works as a manager at Riverwards Produce in Fishtown (currently the only retail outlet where Gold Rings Tortillas are available for sale) and Ashley is a web developer. However, Jam reports that the young company will soon be scaling up its operation, with hopes to expand distribution to more markets and grocers across Philadelphia.
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Try a no-cook tomato sauce straight from your own harvest by anna herman
ackyard and farm-stand tomatoes are finally here. Local farmers—and we backyard gardeners—choose varieties to grow based on flavor rather than ability to transport. We also grow varying sizes, shapes and colors with unusual provenances. With names like “mortgage lifter,” “little fairy,” “sweet 100” or “green zebra,” the stories behind the crop are often as interesting as the taste. These vine-ripened globes grown locally can be picked at peak flavor and texture—and should never be refrigerated. Little orange sungolds to eat out of hand, multicolored orbs for simple salad, a nice firm slicer for sandwiches. A good tomato needs only a bit of
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flakey Maldon salt to yield its juices and fragrant flesh. Come late August, we can put up quarts of well-cooked plum-style tomatoes into sauce for winter meals—but early summer tomatoes need no cooking to bring out their best. A bit of basil and garlic is never wrong. (Nor bread, nor pasta!) My favorite make-quick tomato dish— with many variations on a theme—is nocook tomato sauce tossed with warm noodles or toasted bread. Enjoy it at the table with a glass of rosé, or while sitting on a blanket under a tree in the park. Or, just forget the pasta and eat the perfectly seasoned chopped tomatoes out of a bowl with a spoon!
• NO-COOK TOMATO SAUCE • 5-6 medium tomatoes will yield approximately 2 cups of sauce 1. Core and coarsely chop tomatoes, reserving all juice. Add some sea salt, lots of black pepper and at least one clove of crushed garlic. 2. Add some finely chopped fresh basil or mint and toss with a generous glug of fruity olive oil. Let sit for 15 minutes to 1 hour for the juices to release and mingle with the herbs and spices. Taste for a balance of flavors and adjust as needed. 3. Approximately 2 generous cups of this flavorful sauce will nicely coat a pound of al dente linguine, fettuccine or bow ties, so toss away.
Variations: • A healthy sprinkling of grated Parmesan or tender, soft, fresh mozzarella would make this dish a little heartier. • A few blanched green beans, and/or some toasted pine or walnuts will turn this from a side dish into a one-dish meal. • This fresh tomato sauce is equally good tossed with toasted cubed bread, chopped cucumber and minced red onion.
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A Summer Salute to Celery An unsung workhorse of the kitchen gets its close-up by brian ricci
elery is often overlooked in favor of more extroverted vegetables. (I’m looking at you, candy-striped beets!) We tend to associate celery with a crunchy, bland flavor, whose greatest purpose may be to act as a vehicle for peanut butter and raisins. No more. Local celery from growers such as Two Gander Farm have been growing celery for its intense flavor. Look for it in your local markets and give it the close-up that it so richly deserves.
ROASTED CELERY WITH TARATOR Serves: 2 to 4 as a shared appetizer
• 3½ ounce baguette, crust removed • 3½ ounces whole milk • 5½ ounces blanched almonds • 1 garlic clove • 3 ounces extra virgin olive oil • 1 ounce lemon juice (about 1 lemon) • Salt and pepper to taste
1. Soak your bread in the milk for 30 minutes. 2. Purée the bread/milk mixture with the almonds and garlic. 3. Add the olive oil and lemon juice. 4. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper. You can also loosen the consistency with water. 5. Chill your tarator once you have finished it.
• 6 stalks celery • 5 ounces extra virgin olive oil • 1/2 bunch Italian parsley, washed and roughly chopped • Flaky sea salt and black pepper to taste
1. Set your oven to 400 F. 2. Wash your celery and cut it on an angle (bias) about 1½ inches long. 3. Toss with sea salt, black pepper and olive oil. 4. Place onto a baking tray and into the oven. You want them to caramelize slightly but retain a bit of firmness and texture. About 8 to 10 minutes should suffice. 5. When they come out, toss them with the tarator sauce or place them in a serving bowl and drizzle tarator over, then top with chopped parsley and serve immediately.
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EVENT S On July 23, Mt. Cuba Center will host its family friendly educational event Summer Splash!
J uly 3 Philadelphia’s Historic District Block Party This event returns for a third year with a lineup of events celebrating the United States’ independence, which includes a Main Street Americana block party. constitutioncenter.org WHEN: Noon to 7 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch St.
Franklin Square Summer Movie Series: ‘Sing’ Bring a blanket to the Great Lawn at Franklin Square for a screening of the computer animated musical comedy “Sing.” Games
and pre-show activities will begin at 7 p.m., and the feature will be shown at 8:30 p.m. historicphiladelphia.org WHEN: 7 to 11 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets
J uly 5 Rethink: Sustainable Solutions for the Earth and I Connection An evening of sustainability analysis with Devamrita Swami, Yale University graduate, author and monk of more than 45 years. This event delves into the sustainability issue through a variety of lenses—seeking, at its core, the essence of the movement and what it could mean for humanity at large. mantraphilly.com WHEN: 6 to 10 p.m. COST: $10 WHERE: 312 E. Girard Ave.
J uly 7 First Fridays in the Garden at The Highlands Walk the gardens, enjoy the grounds, bring a picnic if you like or just relax. This 2-acre walled garden includes perennial beds, a parterre garden and boxwood-lined pathways. highlandshistorical.org WHEN: 5 to 8 p.m. COST: Nonmembers $5; free for HHS members WHERE: The Highlands, 7001 Sheaff Lane, Fort Washington, Pa.
Friday Nights: Buyepongo Enjoy a riotous mashup of influences fusing hip-hop, punk, funk and jazz into a blend of styles from across the Latin American diaspora. philamuseum.org WHEN: 5 to 8:45 p.m. COST: Free with admission WHERE: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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EVENT S Betsy Ross House First Friday Movies: ‘The Giant Claw’
Native Plants & Permaculture Design
25th Annual Haddonfield Crafts and Fine Art Festival
Vintage horror movies will be presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Film Society. Admission includes a tour of the Betsy Ross House, pre-show activities, Quizzo and a screening in the courtyard. Moviegoers are welcome to bring food and wine.
Explore permaculture design and native plant restoration with botanist Jared Rosenbaum—of Wild Ridge Plants—and permaculture practitioner/designer Johann Rinkens—of Fields Without Fences. This event is hosted by Wild Ridge Plants, which specializes in edible and medicinal species, as well as ecological restoration plants.
Artisans will exhibit a wide range of arts and crafts, including ceramics, glass, jewelry, wood, fiber, metal, paper, drawings, paintings, photography and wearable art.
historicphiladelphia.org WHEN: 5 to 10 p.m. COST: $5 WHERE: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch St.
Composition: A Crash Course in Outdoor Photography This intermediate photography course focuses on key design and composition tips to help create interest and structure in an image. Basic compositional elements will be covered. Please bring your own camera. schuylkillcenter.org WHEN: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. COST: $45 to $60 WHERE: Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
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WHEN: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Kings Highway and Tanner Street, Haddonfield, N.J.
wildridgeplants.com WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. COST: $50 WHERE: 170 Mountain Road, Alpha, N.J.
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World Refugee Day Join the Nationalities Service Center and other refugee-serving agencies in welcoming refugees to the Philadelphia community. The event will feature performances, activities and food truck fare. nscphila.org WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Courtyard of City Hall 1401 John F. Kennedy Boulevard
J uly 9 Aromatherapy in the Garden Immerse yourself in the scents of summer and discover how fragrant plants can enhance a person’s well-being. Instructor Susan Bara will teach participants how to craft a scented body oil dream pillow using native and non-native plants. mtcubacenter.org WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. COST: $25 WHERE: Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, Del.
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Food as Medicine
TLC Community Farm Dinner Fundraiser
Leaf Casting in Concrete
Find out how to give your body what it really needs and dig into the role diet plays in health. Gather nutrition tips, expand your culinary vocabulary, explore new approaches to cooking and get inspired to experiment. Free takeaways and tastings included. weaversway.coop WHEN: 7 to 8:30 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Weavers Way Co-op, 8424 Germantown Ave.
Join Awbury Arboretum for a low-key, family style picnic prepared and served by the Teen Leadership Corps, and help provide Northwest Philadelphia youth the opportunity to learn about food, farming, community engagement and small business. Vegetables, herbs, eggs (and maybe chicken) will be freshly harvested from Awbury’s 1-acre farm. awbury.org
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WHEN: 6 to 9 p.m. COST: Sliding scale from $20 to $75 WHERE: Awbury Arboretum Agricultural Village, 901 E. Washington Lane
Beginning Birding for Kids
Seed Circle Library Open
The Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association and the Whitemarsh Foundation at Dixon Meadows Preserve present a kid-focused beginning birding program. In a series of three sessions, kids will learn what makes a bird a bird and how to identify species through games and activities. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Ages 6 to 12. wvwa.org
Pick up some seeds for your garden. There will be knowledgeable people on hand to answer questions relating to gardening and care for your seeds. gmofreenj.com
WHEN: 6:30 to 8 p.m. COST: $0–$30 WHERE: 548 Flourtown Road, Lafayette Hill, Pa.
RAW: Philadelphia = Fashion + Music + Art + Performances More than 60 artists showcase film, fashion, music, art, performance, hair styling, makeup artistry, photography, accessories and more. rawartists.org WHEN: 7 to 11:30 p.m. COST: $22 to $30 WHERE: Trocadero Theatre, 1003 Arch St.
WHEN: 7 to 8 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Collingswood Public Library, 771 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, N.J.
J uly 14–23 Philadelphia Podcast Festival The fifth annual festival showcases Philadelphia podcasters recording live episodes, many of which are free to attend. This year’s event also welcomes six popular podcasts from outside the Philly area, for a total of 62 live podcast recordings at nine venues in 10 days. phillypodfest.com
Learn how to turn a live leaf into stone and add year-round interest to that perfect nook in your garden during this two-hour workshop. The concrete leaves can be used as birdbaths, steppingstones or even wall art. morrisarboretum.org WHEN: 10 a.m. to noon COST: $50 WHERE: Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Ave.
Good Libations Market Visitors can taste a variety of hard ciders at Greensgrow Farms the third Saturday of each month through October. The farmstand and CSA pickup is joined this month by Ploughman Farm Cider, Commonwealth Cider and Kurant Cider. greensgrow.org WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Greensgrow Farms, 2501 E. Cumberland St.
History Lab: Communities and the Future Hear about a local town where residents are divided about their community’s future; then take a crack at predicting the future of a mystery neighborhood. This afternoon of lively activities and robust conversation will enable the audience to see themselves, their community and the future in a new light. chemheritage.org WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St.
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Concert in the Pines with Jane Carver
Kidchella Music Festival 2017
Access to Science: Opening the Doors to Autism
Schuylkill Center’s Pine Grove hosts Jane Carver, performing original compositions and traditional folk melodies for accordion and voice. schuylkillcenter.org
Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse’s fourth annual fest includes a Youth Arts Zone and live music on the 6.5-acre playground, featuring six acclaimed children’s music artists. smithplayground.ticketleap.com
WHEN: 6 to 8 p.m. COST: $20 WHERE: The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
WHEN: 4 to 7:30 p.m. COST: Members $5; nonmembers $10 WHERE: Smith Memorial Playground & Playhouse, 3500 Reservoir Drive
Green Challenge Film Festival: ‘Inhabit’
Friday Nights: Shea Rose
The documentary “Inhabit” provides an intimate look at permaculture practices ranging from rural, suburban and urban landscapes. Please register at: brownpapertickets.com/event/2913715.
WHEN: 9 to 11 a.m. COST: Pay what you wish WHERE: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
This Boston-based singer/songwriter explores topics of identity, transformation and self-acceptance. philamuseum.org WHEN: 5 to 8:45 p.m. COST: Free with admission WHERE: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Free Compost Day Weavers Way Co-op will give away rich compost from its farm at Saul High School. Please bring your own bucket: Two bags or buckets per household. Coffee and doughnuts provided. weaversway.coop WHEN: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: 217 E. Butler Ave., Ambler, Pa.
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WHEN: 6:30 to 9 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Collingswood Community Center, 30 W. Collings Ave., Collingswood, N.J.
Children on the autism spectrum and their families are invited to experience the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University before the museum opens to the general public. ansp.org
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J uly 23 Summer Splash! Enjoy a day of engaging and educational activities about how nature captures, stores and uses water. The first 100 families to visit will receive a free native plant to take home. mtcubacenter.org WHEN: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. COST: Adults $10; children $5; free for season-pass holders WHERE: Mt. Cuba Center, 3120 Barley Mill Road, Hockessin, Del.
August 3 2017 New Gravity Housing Conference The reality of climate change will fundamentally alter the way buildings are designed, built and operated in the coming decades. This two-day conference from the Delaware Valley Green Building Council will explore the tools, techniques and practices that the building community is using to address this challenge. dvgbc.org
what night would be complete without a campfire and s’mores? schuylkillcenter.org WHEN: 8 to 10 p.m. COST: $10 WHERE: The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road
August 12 Jazz on the Ave Music Fest This free, outdoor event features a Kids’ Zone, health and wellness screenings, vendors and live music on two stages.
Learn to Garden with Native Plants: All About Water
WHEN: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. COST: $100 WHERE: Temple University, Science Education and Research Center, 1801 North Broad St.
What are native plants and why do they matter? Why are invasive plants an issue? This is the first in a series of two workshops about gardening with native plants, which will focus on water and introduce participants to the hydrologic cycle.
History Lab: Fiction and the Future
Stars & S’mores
Learn what imagined future worlds in science fiction can tell us about our present-day hopes and fears, and stretch your creative muscles with a few writing prompts. This afternoon of activities and conversation will enable you to see yourself, your community—and the future—a bit differently. chemheritage.org
weaversway.coop WHEN: 3 to 5 p.m. COST: $10 donation WHERE: Weavers Way Mercantile, 542 Carpenter Lane
The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education hosts an exploration of the summer’s most spectacular meteor shower, the Perseids. Telescopes, star maps and laser pointers will be provided to find constellations, planets and stars. And, of course,
jazzontheavephilly.com WHEN: Noon to 8:30 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Broad Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue
WHEN: 1 to 3 p.m. COST: Free WHERE: Chemical Heritage Foundation, 315 Chestnut St.
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Beauty in Every Moment After a friend’s death, still loving the outdoors in wind or rain, beauty or pain essay by mike sparks
ost of my friends refer to me as an adventurist, but I don’t think of myself that way—I just love to be outdoors. My three most common modes of transportation are biking, running and motorcycling, and I’m happy whether the sun is on my face or my cheeks are wet with rain, snow or sleet. There is a story of John Muir climbing into the high pines in the Sierras during a storm so he “could feel what the trees feel.” Yeah—I can dig it. I’ve gone to Tanzania and climbed Kilimanjaro. I’ve climbed Mount Washington in the summer and in the winter. I’ve paddled my inflatable kayak from Philadelphia to Baltimore, ridden my bicycle from Washington, D.C., to Pittsburgh and hiked my kayak 6 miles up the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey just to paddle on Sunfish Pond. On a mid-March weekend in 2015, I was hiking and camping with two friends on the Appalachian Trail in western Maryland. It was later in the winter season than we would have liked, but we did get some sleet that Friday night that forced us into the 48
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shelter for the evening. We joked about how at least we got “a little bit of winter,” despite the weekend’s above-average temperatures. For the next two days, we happily hiked along a little section of the Appalachian Trail. We prepared dinner at a backpackers’ campsite along the trail on Saturday night, where we were visited by a goat we dubbed the Western Maryland Mountain Goat. We finally hiked back to the shelter just in time to swap trail stories around the campfire, and boasted with pride at being the only ones to have spotted him. Though the camp was cramped that night, we all had a great time. As we were preparing to hike out that Sunday morning, winter kicked in again and a strong gust of wind brought down a dead tree near the shelter. As the tree fell, it hit and instantly killed my friend Jason. It was an unexpected and radically life-changing moment. I think about Jason every day. But this singular experience hasn’t kept me from loving the outdoors. No way.
Our friends, my family and Jason’s family wouldn’t want it that way. He is in nature now. That sun, rain, snow or sleet on my face—that wind in my hair—is my friend. I cherish every moment of this life that I still have, indoors and out—but outdoors maybe even a little more. I listen to the birds sing and appreciate it. I listen to children laugh and appreciate it. I even listen to the wind blow through the trees and appreciate it. And I try to be as kind and friendly as I can—you never know who most needs that kindness. If you come across me on any trail, you are going to get “Hello! How are you? Have a good day!” Without even knowing it, you, too, are now my friend. I’m often asked what I’m going to do next. My answer? Whatever it is, it will be outside. Like others who have come before me and some who will come after, the outdoors have broken me. But they’ve healed me, too. Mike Sparks is an outdoor enthusiast who lives in Philadelphia. IL LUSTRATIO N BY RUO F EI ZHA NG
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The road ahead One Penn alumnus paves the way for connectivity
Jesse Buerk Master of Environmental Studies ’08, University of Pennsylvania To read more about Jesse’s local initiatives, visit www.upenn.edu/grid
“There is an amazing confluence of smart, dedicated people in the Philadelphia area who want to do good work for the environment—and I’m thrilled my job is a part of that,” shares Jesse Buerk (Master of Environmental Studies ’08), Senior Capital Program Coordinator for the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC). He explains, “My department plays a big role in making our regions more multi-modal and encouraging multiple modes of transportation.” Jesse’s work ranges from large-scale projects like the expansion of I-95 to helping pedestrians have better access to train lines across nine counties in the Philadelphia region. “Transportation generates enormous amounts of emissions that could be avoided. If communities are better connected, we can also lower the rate of land development.”
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