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More than Just Green Space: Center City Park Events

friends smiling and walking arm in arm

Craving some fun outdoor events this summer?

The Granary Apartments are close to all of the Center City Parks, which means you can easily attend the many exciting events at each of them. Center City Parks consist of four parks: Dilworth, Sister Cities, John F. Collins, and Cret. The closest to your Philadelphia apartment is Dilworth Park, but the others are only a short distance away. Here are some Center City Parks events you don’t want to miss:

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A Day on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

There are few apartments in Philly that are surrounded by as much art and culture as The Granary. Logan Square is a dream neighborhood to be close to – it’s chock full of gorgeous architecture, beautiful museums, and is the home of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which was designed in the 1900s and still has the breathtaking historical statues to prove it.

Speaking of Rocky, remember that scene where he runs up the steps of the Philly Art Museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway? There’s a reason Rocky liked to hang out there so much. Now, here are the keys (extra points if you pictured Ben Franklin with the kite experiment) to a perfect day on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway:

 A Day on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway

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Philly Magic Gardens

Philly Magic Gardens

Philly’s South Street neighborhood wasn’t always as vibrant as it is now – in fact, it would have ceased to exist as we know it in the 60s if it wasn’t for Julia and Isaiah Zagar. In the late 1960s, this duo took it upon themselves to shake things up for good by buying and revitalizing the broken-down buildings in the area. Isaiah and Julia Zagar had a huge impact, and much of what you see today is due to their efforts.

In particular, Isaiah’s creative and wonderfully intricate mosaics cover many walls in the area – the Philly Magic Gardens (1020 South Street) are brimming with glittering mirrors, gleaming green bottles, and handmade tiles. Zagar’s art is so impactful that his son recently made a film about it – but the best part is that the art keeps growing, and mosaics are continually being added. A trip to South Street to spend a day in the Magic Gardens should be at the top of your weekend list.

Why? The Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) self-proclaimed mission is to “[Inspire] creativity and community engagement by educating the public about folk, mosaic, and visionary art.” That’s definitely something they succeed in – and you reap the benefits. There are myriad ways to get involved here, from community events to workshops, including:

Twilight in the Gardens

Once a month, PMG stays open past usual hours. The result? A magical evening best spent with friends (and making new ones). It’s the most original way to unwind from work. Whether you’re creating calming crafts or participating in a scavenger hunt, all of the week’s worries will melt away. It’s BYOBBS, which means you’ll need to bring your own booze, blanket, and snacks – but if you forget your booze, they have wine available for purchase. Buy your ticket in advance, as they sell out fast!

Art/Gage

Art/Gage is all about filling the community with art and artistic projects. Get involved with events like their Spring Festival, and watch neighbors and friends come together for some amazing projects (ever wanted to make your own comic book or create art with spaghetti?) that will increase goodwill and artistic powers.

Mosaic Workshops

Zagar himself hosts these monthly workshops, where you get to pretend you’re a genius artist. In the span of a workshop, “participants work on a mosaic mural from conception to completion and learn the art of breaking tile, cutting mirror, gluing tile and grouting.” If that sounds like something you’d enjoy, sign up as soon as you can. This is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

There’s nothing like being a 15-minute drive to the PMG – and when you live at The Granary, it’s entirely possible! Check out PMG’s Instagram today, and see more details below.

Special Guided Tours

Saturdays and Sundays at NOON and 4:00 PM

Adults $10

*Tour prices include general admission to PMG

  • Date Night Tours

 

Self-Guided Tours

$7 for adults

$5 for Students with ID, Military & Seniors

 

Location/Hours

1020 South Street

Spring/Summer Hours (April – October)*

Sunday – Thursday: 11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Friday and Saturday: 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Image: Flickr

Learn Forever Near The Granary – Nearby Educational Institutions For All Ages

Yellow and white jellyfish at Philadelphia's Adventure Aquarium

Living in Philadelphia means that like it or not, you’re surrounded by some of the most historic locations in the entire country. Even if you’re done with school, there’s no end to the educational opportunities in and around the City of Brotherly Love – and you don’t have to look very far to find them!

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Neighborhood Events Near You: A Look at Logan Square’s Spring Roster

St. Patrick's Day Parade

So you’re spending spring in a plush pad in the City of Brotherly Love. Lucky you! The 2015 calendar is already overflowing with events of all kinds for Philly apartment dwellers, particularly those residing in or near Logan Square. With a warmer season already underway, here are the highlighted festivals and events near your apartment in Philadelphia.

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Escape the City for the Day or Maybe Even the Weekend With a Trip to Lums Pond

Philadelphia is such an exciting place to live. The sparkling city lights and myriad of shops just outside your door are guaranteed to keep you busy but escaping from the city into a rural setting where trees and foliage surround you is an excellent way to revitalize the spirit. If you’d like to pack a bag and head out for the day or even the weekend to be at one with nature, we have a trip just across the state line that’s guaranteed to put you in a different state of mind.

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Philadelphia’s Flea Market Scene for 2014

No matter how many shopping malls are constructed, no matter how many shiny new displays dangle in the department store windows, a true Philadelphian simply can’t resist the lure of the infamous flea market. An outdoor thrift shop stockpiled to the brim with hidden gems, unbelievably priced wares and various random odds and ends is just too good to pass on and with the city weather finally thawing for good, strolling through an outdoor market is a magnificent idea. In order to help you rediscover your bargain hunting, sunshine loving side, we at the Granary Apartments have compiled a short but sweet list of flea markets headed your way in the upcoming months.

Granary Flea MarketsImage: Flickr

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The Rodin Museum: More Proof That Philly’s Museum District is the Place to See in the City

Granary Apartments residents should feel proud to be a part of the thriving local museum district. There are so many worlds of wonder to explore and most of them are walking distance from your strategically located abode. The Rodin Museum, just moments from your home, boasts a wide array of exciting exhibits featuring floral masterpieces, architectural marvels and so much more. A trip to the Rodin Museum is a great adventure to add to the summer calendar and with the Rodin Museum standing firmly between the Philadelphia Free Library and the Philadelphia Museum of Art, one adventure could easily turn into three or more.

The Rodin MuseumImage: Flickr

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Residents Can Now Spend a Day in Pompeii, Courtesy of the Franklin Institute

Convenient location is the key to living luxuriously, and your Granary Apartments home is located right in the heart of Philadelphia’s bustling museum district. Adventure-seeking city dwellers can take a few steps outside and travel to many different worlds beyond the city limits. These worlds consist of dinosaurs, butterflies, and most recently, Pompeii. Here are the highlights of the Franklin Institute’s latest exhibit, along with a tour of this magnificent museum which has held its own through centuries of hardship and managed to inspire future scientists by paying tribute to the scientific history of the nation and the world.

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The Jersey Boys Come Home for the Holidays

The most anticipated musical in the Philadelphia area is returning to the Forrest Theatre for the second time this year. Granary Apartments residents are sure to feel right at home with a ticket to this heart warming show which features four local musicians who struggle to top the charts. The musical is based on the story of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.

Philly.com | The "Jersey Boys" performing at the Forrest Theatre: (from left) Brandon Andrus, Brad Weinstock, Jason Kappus and Colby Foytik. Photo by Joan Marcus. Continue reading