Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Welcome to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 2012

Whether you think of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as “Philly”, “City of Brotherly Love”, home of the Philly Cheesesteak sandwich, or some other nickname, think of Philadelphia as the 2012 home of the American Needlepoint Guild (ANG) Seminar and “A JOURNEY WITH NEEDLEART – From the past to the future” (www.NeedleartJourney.org) .

August 2012 will be a special time in Philadelphia. From August 3-31 ANG and the Philadelphia Art Alliance (PAA) will work together to bring needlepoint from the past, present, and future to gallery visitors. At the PAA gallery, 251 South 18th Street, you will be enthralled by a wonderful display of historic samplers, contemporary samplers, and originals for auction.

As a visitor to Philadelphia, you will want to take a cursory trip on the official website of Philadelphia, http://www.visitphilly.com . The city is a bustling, thriving location beckoning to one and all. If you wish to hear your Philly information, tune in on hotels, restaurants, and Philadelphia happenings from KYW Newsradio reporters to HearPhilly!, an online radio station - a first-of-its-kind endeavor produced in partnership with CBS Radio station KYW Newsradio. Up-to-the-minute segments are updated regularly with trip-planning tips and inside scoops on what to do and where to go (http://www.visitphilly.com/hear-philly/) .

Stepping into the main attractions of Philadelphia puts you in touch with the history of our country, names that you have read about, and a movie that is unforgettable. Below is a short list of ten of the top attractions:
  1. Franklin Square
  2. Philadelphia Museum of Art
  3. Valley Forge National Historical Park
  4. The Liberty Bell Center
  5. National Constitution Center
  6. Longwood Gardens
  7. Independence Hall
  8. The Franklin Institute
  9. The Barnes Foundation
  10. The Rocky Statue

You most probably have read about Philadelphia’s part in the history of the US, but you might not be aware of the many authors who have brought a touch of Philadelphia to their writing. These are merely a few of those authors:
  • Benjamin Franklin.  Poor Richard’s Almanack. He was an important figure in American letters. Not only was he the editor and publisher of The Pennsylvania Gazette, but he also wrote essays, articles, pamphlets, satires, and speeches throughout his life.
  • Edgar Allen Poe.Although he was born in Boston to a Virginian family and lived in cities throughout the East Coast, Poe wrote many of his most memorable works in Philadelphia, including "Tell Tale Heart" and "The Fall of the House of Usher." His influence on American short stories is immeasurable.
  • James A. Michener. Although dismissed by literary luminary Ernest Hemingway as "that gifted Philadelphia writer," James Michener never used eastern Pennsylvania as a backdrop to one of his epic bio-geographies. The closest he came was in this novelistic history of one of Philly's favorite summer playgrounds.
  • Lisa Scottoline. Native Philadelphia mystery writer Lisa Scottoline, after earning a B.A. in English at the University of Pennsylvania, she went on to practice law and later write many legal mysteries. Scottoline continues to live and work in Philadelphia. Furthermore, she uses Philadelphia as the backdrop for most of her books.

If you find yourself humming a good tune when you think of Philadelphia, perhaps one of the following that mentions Philly would be a good choice:

Whether you think of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as "Philly", "The City of Brotherly Love", home of the Philly Cheesesteak, or some other nickname, think of Philadelphia as the 2012 home of hte American Needlepoint Guild, (ANG), Seminar and "A JOURNEY WITH NEEDLEART - From the past to the future". (www.needleartjourney.org)

  • Boyz to Men   -  Motown Philly
  • Will Smith  -  Summertime
  • Survivor  -  Eye of the Tiger
  • Bruce Springsteen  -  Streets of Philadelphia
  • Elton John  -  Philadelphia Freedom
  • Martha Reeves  -  Dancing in the Streets
  • Lifehouse  -  Midnight In Philadelphia
  • Hall and Oates  -  Fall in Philadelphia
  • James Taylor   -  Sailing To Philadelphia
  • Flatt And Scruggs  -  Philadelphia Lawyer
  • Neil Young  -  Philadelphia
  • Mark Knopfler  -  Sailing to Philadelphia

Who wants to travel, read, and sing about Philadelphia on an empty stomach??? No one! If you wish to taste the best food that Philly has, then you must go to the Dining Guide (http://philadelphia.diningguide.com/dl1dt.htm ) to see the summary list of the 361 Downtown Philadelphia restaurants. Look over the amazing list of delicious possibilities, and you will add another good reason to be in Philadelphia in August.