The second annual Philly F/M Festival culls hordes of independent films and live music, emphasizing the interplay of the two media. Thursday night hosts the event's kick-off party as Philadelphia Slick douses the crowd with waves of toe-tapping beats and games of Simon Says. The neighborhood's lights dim on Friday as the film screenings begin at 7 p.m. with Sound It Out, a phonetically precise documentary that chronicles the last vinyl record shop in Teesside, England. Meet Me on South Street, The Story of JC Dobbs (September 24 at 6:30 p.m.) delves into Philadelphia's artistic subculture and underground crocheting scene from the 1970s to 1996 through the lens of one of its signature and now defunct musical establishments.
For one day in early December, more than 50 craft breweries will converge at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center for Valley Forge Beer Festival. Spread across two sessions, the Festival will feature more than 100 beers ready for sampling and critiquing, including special brews from Victory Brewing, Sam Adams, Sly Fox Brewing Company, and Magic Hat. As if that weren't enough to make you feel warm inside, the Festival proudly supports and donates a portion of the proceeds to the Committee to Benefit the Children, a Philadelphia charity that provides treatment and support to children with cancer, leukemia, and blood disorders.
Run by Anna Maria Florio, the daughter of Italian immigrants, La Cucina at the Market imparts vital culinary arts to its students in intimate, informative classes. Students plunge their hands into the world of handmade pasta in Making Handmade Pasta: Easy as 1, 2, 3, which runs through the art and science of noodle and sauce. In classes of up to 15 people, pupils knead, roll, and slice pasta dough to infuse homemade Italian entrees with a personal touch. Nascent noodle artists acquire the art of lengthy fettuccine and broad pappardelle, and afterward pastacrafters will be able to construct an edible sculpture of a penguin in formalwear using bowtie-mimicking farfalle.
Sands Bethlehem Event Center was constructed only in 2011, and its striking charcoal-colored box still has the sheen of a piece of just-released technology. The space was designed so that no seat would be more than 137 feet or 20 Shaquille O�__
Along the slopes of Blue Mountain in Little Gap Valley, Blue Mountain Resort treats visitors to a wealth of year-round activities for all ages, including some of the most thrilling skiing in Pennsylvania. Visitors can fasten on skis and snowboards to tackle dozens of snowy trails of any difficulty, including a 1,082 ft. vertical?the highest one in the state, in the winter or just go for a lift ride during the off season and take in the breathtaking views of the Poconos.
In warmer months, more than a dozen downhill biking trails and three disc golf courses await guests. The stunning mountain scenery also forms the perfect backdrop for frolicking in the woodsy wilderness during seasonal events such as Oktoberfest, the PA Blues Festival, or Blue's Brew Fest. Regardless of season, the Slopeside Pub and Grill can line up a burger and a cold beer for any peckish adventurer or yeti-in-disguise.