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Although it originated in Christendom as a day to commemorate the death of either of two Christian martyrs named Valentine, it wasn’t until the 14th century that Valentine’s Day began to assume its familiar romantic connection. more
The soon-to-retire WIP personality and Chestnut Hill resident just assumes things will always go wrong: “I'm by nature negative and nervous.” But he's picking the Eagles. more
A scrappy group of young preservationists has reached an agreement to buy and start restoring Lynnewood Hall, the 110-room Gilded Age mansion in Elkins Park. more
Jill S. Markovitz is a woman on a mission: To make art accessible to children and adults in ways that did not exist before.  more
Most people take dance classes for a fun cardio workout and a great way to expand their social horizons.  But scientists say they offer even more benefits. more
Phoebe Murer, who is on the autism spectrum, had lots of dreams growing up, and nothing could really discourage her love of life. more
The year starts at Woodmere with a feeling of gratitude as we reflect on the accomplishments of 2022. more
For three years, the Philadelphia Lullaby Project has been pairing parents with songwriters to write original lullabies for their babies. more
Rich Weisenbach recently wrote a memoir. Naturally, I was curious as to why a minister would write his first book at age 81. So I gave him a call.  more
Since the 1600s, the English have been ringing bells, some as big as the Liberty Bell. You are invited to an introduction to ringing. more
As families around the world lit candles last week to observe Kwanzaa, one Philadelphia nonprofit carried out a mission to incorporate the holiday’s principles into its work in 2023. more
There was a time when Russell Thompkins, Jr., who grew up in North Philadelphia but has lived in Mt. Airy for 50 years, could hardly walk around the Chestnut Hill area without one of his fans waving or asking for an autograph. more
Jewish families throughout northwest Philadelphia are celebrating Hanukkah this week. One holiday staple that’s found on every table is Challah. more
A listing of local Christmas services. more
Maybe you made your list and checked it twice – only to discover that someone fell through the cracks. Not to worry. Chestnut Hill’s shopkeepers have you covered. more
From the mauve colors of the 1980s to the grays that started around 2010, from the fussy furnishings of 1985 to the clean lines of 2022, there are always new “rules” to follow. more
Milk and cookies may be fine for Santa, but the rest of us deserve something stronger to take the edge off all that shopping, gift wrapping and wondering what the cat did with the tinsel. more
For more than 30 years, organizers hosted a holiday craft show every December at the Water Tower Recreation Center, connecting dozens of artisans from the Philadelphia area with shoppers. Now it's coming back. more
let Birdwatch catch up on your home maintenance while you spend your time catching up with friends and family. more
Northwest Philadelphia has a long history of supporting its artists and craftsmen, especially during this season of giving and gifting. Our community is enriched by their presence. more
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