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"Urban Legisode: Eastern State Penitentiary" explains Eastern State Penitentiary, a reform idea that is now best known in Philadelphia for being a great landmark for telling your friends how to find the local restaurants and for the annual Halloween Terror Behind the Walls.
(There also used to be a Bastille Day party that involved throwing Tastykakes at onlookers but that's at least temporarily gone.)

Urban Legisode: Eastern State Penitentiary

From Scary Stories to Tell on the Pod

The Circus Festival Is No Place For Benchwarmers

August 2019, we visited the bi-annual AYCO Festival. In moves every time, and this time it was in San Diego. I thought I'd write a straight travel article. This is how it turned out.

Representatives from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts included (from left) coach Karen Ladd, Gretta Maguire, Mara Sell, coach Adam Woolley, Jonas Sell, Isa Kennedy, Bronyn Mazlo, and parent Shana Kennedy.

WALT MAGUIRE Representatives from the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts included (from left) coach Karen Ladd, Gretta Maguire, Mara Sell, coach Adam Woolley, Jonas Sell, Isa Kennedy, Bronyn Mazlo, and parent Shana Kennedy.

Running Away to the Circus, by Walt Maguire.
Philadelphia Inquirer, 10/4/19 (online) 10/6/19 (print)

The 2016 festival attracted over 45,000 people. There was enough parking for about 45 people, so this was a bit awkward. There's a new plan for 2017.

The 7th Annual Harry Potter Festival returns to Chestnut Hill, PA, on October 21, 2017, from 11 am to 4 pm.

Hermione, 2012

Quidditch Tournament at Chestnut Hill College
9 am - 4 pm

Festival, Chestnut Hill
11 am - 4 pm

Shuttle buses and police checkpoints for Harry Potter Festival

The 2016 festival attracted over 45,000 people. There was enough parking for  about 45 people, so this was a bit awkward. There's a new plan for 2017.

There's also a bit of festivity on Friday night (the 20th) in Chestnut Hill.

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