Sensory overload doesn?t begin to describe Philadelphia?s Magic Gardens. A seemingly boundless compilation of colors, textures, and shapes, the labyrinthine mosaic creation spans 3,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor space. The masterpiece originated in the brain of Isaiah Zagar, a Philadelphia native who grew up in New York. During his third year of art school, he stumbled upon Clarence Schmidt?s folk-art-inspired installations?assemblages of found objects and recycled materials?and the young artist?s view of the art world changed. ?I didn't know that I was looking at art,? Zagar reflects in his mission statement. Self-admittedly, Zagar has been somewhat ?copying? Schmidt?s dynamic, free-flowing style ever since.
The years after art school brought Zagar an onslaught of new opportunities. He spent time as an artist in China and India, joined the Peace Corps with his wife Julia, settled in Peru for three years, and even tried his hand at ceramics in Wisconsin. In the ?60s, he and Julia returned to his birthplace?specifically, the waning South Street neighborhood. Isaiah quickly leapt into action, renovating dilapidated buildings and often adding mosaics to formerly barren walls. Eventually, Isaiah?s imagination outgrew their projects, and in 1994 he began constructing a new piece in a vacant lot near his studio?the project would become Philadelphia?s Magic Gardens.
Isaiah spent 14 precious years, which he should have applied to Y2K preparations, scooping out tunnels, erecting multitiered walls, and splashing the entire space in colorful tile. The finished product stretches across half a block of South Street; the outside enclosure shimmering with vibrant tiles, the inside housing folk art, colored glass bottles, and countless sparkling mirrors. Now a nonprofit organization, Philadelphia?s Magic Gardens invites visitors to enjoy its visual candy with guided or self-guided tours.
With a stay at The Westin Convention Center Pittsburgh, you'll be centrally located in Pittsburgh, steps from David L Lawrence Convention Center and minutes from Senator John Heinz Regional History Centre. This 4-star hotel is within close proximity of Benedum Center and Cabaret at Theatre Square.
Make yourself at home in one of the 616 air-conditioned guestrooms. Your pillowtop bed comes with triple sheeting and down blankets. Complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access is available to keep you connected. Bathrooms have makeup/shaving mirrors and complimentary toiletries.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Enjoy a range of recreational amenities, including a health club, an indoor pool, and a sauna. Additional amenities include wireless Internet access (surcharge), a concierge desk, and babysitting/childcare.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service. At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and limo/town car service. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a ballroom, banquet facilities, and exhibit space. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite.
Holiday Inn Allentown Center City is centrally located in Allentown, walking distance from Soldiers and Sailors Monument and close to Allentown Symphony Hall. This hotel is within close proximity of Art Allentown Museum and Trout Hall.
Make yourself at home in one of the 244 air-conditioned rooms featuring CD players. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and cable programming is available for your entertainment. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and hair dryers.
Rec, Spa, Premium Amenities
Take advantage of recreation opportunities including an indoor pool and a 24-hour fitness facility. Additional amenities include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and an arcade/game room.
Satisfy your appetite at the hotel's restaurant, which serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, or stay in and take advantage of room service (during limited hours). At the end of the day, relax with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Business, Other Amenities
Featured amenities include a 24-hour business center, a computer station, and business services. Planning an event in Allentown? This hotel has 10,000 square feet (929 square meters) of space consisting of conference/meeting rooms, small meeting rooms, and a ballroom. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite, and additional parking (subject to charges) can be found nearby.
Living up to the acronym of their name, R & R makes diners feel at home with comforting barbeque. From overstuffed pulled pork sandwiches to subtly sweet baked beans, each dish embodies the words "rest and relaxation." Guests can enjoy these plates and more from the window of R & R's flagship food truck, or right in their restaurant.
Dreams take flight in the most literal of ways at New Horizons Aviation, where professional pilots introduce guests to the experience of flight first-hand. Based in Reading Regional Airport, the flight school relies on a comprehensive instructional program known as Flight Training 101, which unites rigorous training with a flexible approach. The program?s innovative progress tracking system measures students? skills as they advance through basic tasks such as taxiing the plane along the runway and taking off. In addition to flight instruction, New Horizons Aviation offers aircraft rental, aerial photography, and a pilot shop stocked with essential parts and accessories.
Originally from Kiev, Ukraine, Black Forest Deli’s mother-daughter team of owners has been bringing Eastern Europe’s vast culinary traditions to Bethlehem since 2003, earning a nod from Bethlehem Patch readers as one of the area’s best eateries. As Russian music plays in the background, they serve up a menu of homemade borscht, pierogies, and halupkis (stuffed cabbage rolls), as well as delectable sides including macaroni salad. Those seeking more customary Western tastes can grab an italian sub or the arzunian panini filled with turkey, avocado, tomatoes, cheese, spinach, and honey mustard. The deli can also supply its specialty dishes to large events such as weddings, birthday parties, or chain-gang reunions.