This evening is feeling an awful lot like the weekend thanks to parties at bars and museums, a festive Christmas tree lighting and holiday shopping night in East Passyunk and much more.
East Passyunk Avenue turns into a Christmas wonderland with its annual tree lighting celebration at the Singing Fountain and a brand-new event, Deck the Avenue, which offers guests extended hours, sales and free seasonal treats at shops along the avenue.
Tonight also marks the 80th anniversary of Repeal Day, the day that marked the end of Prohibition — alcohol was once again readily available for the public’s imbibing pleasure. Raise a glass to Repeal Day at numerous parties at bars all around the city — think classic cocktails and extended happy hour specials.
• Repeal Day at Prohibition Taproom: Sip Art in the Age cocktails at Prohibition Taproom’s Repeal Day party. Pair your sips with sweet and savory bites all while toasting to the end of Repeal Day. What better place to celebrate the holiday than at a bar named Prohibition Taproom?
On the first Friday of every month, art-loving Philadelphians pour into the streets for festive art crawls, gallery receptions and artsy nightlife events all across town.
This month, the holiday season gives the already-jubilant evening a particularly merry vibe, with many museums, galleries and neighborhoods kicking up the creativity on First Friday events — from a blowout at The Barnes Foundation and a Hanukkah celebration at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, all the way to an art-filled pop-up shop in Fishtown and a s’mores roast in Graduate Hospital.
Our picks for December’s First Friday, below.
• Holiday Market First Friday at Art in the Age: In Old City, stop in at Art in the Age for a seasonal shopping fete. A slew of awesome independent makers will be on-hand, including Peg & Awl, Norman Porter Denim, Three Potato Four, Pilot & Captain, The Reclaimed and W&P Design. For the entire month of December customers can shop the best artisan-made gifts at the boutique, too.
Join us in celebrating Prohibition Repeal Day at the Prohibition Taproom this Thursday evening.
Enjoy Art in the Age cocktails and spirited dishes (savory & sweet) on this joyous occasion!
Since our travel plans for Thanksgiving were cancelled due to the weather, Meredith and I found ourselves with an unexpected free weekend and thus, an opportunity for another Map & Menu day trip! So when the people at the Tamworth Lyceum reached out to us about visiting their shop, we did a little research about the store and the area, and felt that it would be the perfect fit for a Saturday drive. It’s rare that Meredith and I take a trip, however short, that doesn’t revolve around food in some way, but the opportunity to visit the Swift River with Orvis and get some holiday shopping done at the same time felt like the perfect way to spend the day.
The Tamworth Lyceum isn’t exactly what you’d expect to find in a small rural New England town like Tamworth. Its branding, aesthetic, and highly curated selection of foods and wares seem fit for a shop in Brooklyn, but after watching numerous people come filtering in to grab a coffee, running into friends, and staying to chat for awhile, you realize that it’s less about the products they carry and more about the community space they’ve created. Don’t get us wrong, the selection of American-made home goods, outdoor gear, and specialty foods (many sourced locally) are more than worth the trip (as evidenced by the bags in our living room), it’s just that you could fit right in with nothing more than a cup of coffee and some time to kill.