Let’s all have a collective moment of Opening Day Zen as we wish the Phillies a stellar season. With a less than impressive standing last year (73-89, landing them in 5th place in NL East), the loss of a few familiar faces, and recent sharp comments from the likes of Hamels and J-Roll, we need to get our head back in the game. Today the Phillies are back at Citizens Bank Park to face off with the Red Sox for the home opener. We at M2P are all staying positive and believing that here in Philly, anything can happen… even World Series wins.
To kick things off, those outside at 2:13 p.m. can line up on 10th Street and cheer on our boys as they make their “Leadoff Walk” into the park. Pre-game anthems to be sung the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Men’s Chorale, as reps from all of the Armed Forces unfurl an enormous American flag. Hamels is expected to start, so for the time being we’ll forgive him for the less-than-positive remarks and for those annoying Red Sox rumors. Get tickets here.
Let’s Go, Phillies!
$11M will be donated by The William Penn Foundation and The Knight Foundation in order to breathe life into 5 of Philadelphia’s public parks. According to PhillyMag.com, the money will be divided by the Fairmount Park Conservancy to fund the following projects:
- $1M for Landscaping at Rail Park
- $6M towards the creation of Centennial Commons, a creative playground near the Please Touch Museum
- $250K to help kickstart Bartram’s Mile, which plans to convert publicly owned riverfront vacant land into public green space
- $1.75M to the Lovett Memorial Library in Mount Airy
- $1M for Audubon/Outward Bound program in the Discovery Center of East Fairmount Park
Philadelphia University of the Arts graduate Shelley Spector has a knack for taking things apart- furniture, clothing and vintage textiles to name a few- and beautifully reconstructing them into pieces of art. Spector infamously merges broken parts of many different mediums and merges them together into one cohesive object. Often keeping the concept of common household items like pencils, rows of magazine spines, and picture frames in mind, she coins her creations “could-be relics.”
This past Saturday, Philadelphia Museum of Art debuted a new exhibit by Spector titled Shelley Spector: Keep the Home Fires Burning; a new collection made up of recycled and scavenged materials. The sculptures, both suspended and free-standing, are displayed in the Joan Spain Gallery in the Perelman Building, and marks the first solo gallery by Spector. The exhibit will remain on display until September 27th.
More information here.