January 22, 2015 |

Top 5 Events: Winter, Indoors & Out


The cold has arrived, and winter has taken over the city. But that doesn’t mean that fun events have stopped–there are thing to do both inside and outside in this week’s Top 5 Events. Whether it’s inside an extensive and gorgeous conservatory, or outside in an equally-impressive maze of Christmas trees, you can fight the cold or embrace it with this week’s events.

The Ultimate Recycled Maze at Linvilla Orchards
When: Now until March 1st, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: Linvilla Orchards, 137 W Knowlton Rd., Media Cost: $5

Do you wonder what happens to Christmas trees that aren’t bought? Think you’ve got a good sense of direction? Enjoy an exciting (and green!) way to re-purpose unsold Christmas trees. Thousands of trees are collected and arranged to create an extensive, winding maze at Linvilla Orchards. The design takes anywhere from 20 minutes to a half hour to finish, depending on how well you can navigate it. This is a fun opportunity for you to get outside with your friends, and enjoy the trees before they are recycled into chips. If it’s cold, warm up by playing some mini golf, or head into the café. Here’s some maze appreciation to get you in the spirit.

Penn Humanities Forum: “Mother of George” Screening 
When: January 21st, 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Where: The Ibrahim Theater at International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia Cost: Free!

Expand your cultural understanding by attending the screening of Mother of George,  a 2013 Nigerian film that explores the lives of a Nigerian couple living in Brooklyn. Their inability to conceive a child is a misfortune that shakes their family and leads them to make a life-changing decision. The film captures the vibrant life of these two people; its imagery was so noteworthy that cinematographer Bradford Young , who also recently worked on the Academy-Award-nominated Selma, received Sundance 2013’s Cinematography Award: U.S. Dramatic for his work on the film. Following the screening, Bradford Young will conduct a Q&A session with the audience. Best of all: this event is free!

Longwood Orchid Show
When: January 24th through March 29th, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Where: Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square Cost: $10

Winter has settled in Philly, but it’s still balmy at Longwood Gardens. The 4-acre Conservatory is warmed to support the nearly 5,000 colorful orchids that surround the space. The flowers hang from baskets, are crafted into elegant arrangements, and wind around structures throughout the extravaganza. The horticulturists have created their largest-ever basket orchids and an oncidium waterfall. Also, a walk through the orchid meadow is a great way to relax and unwind. So while the trees remain bare outside, head indoors for this awesome display that celebrates the vibrancy of the beautiful plants!

Clover Market: Winter Market
When: January 24th & 25th, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Where: 23rd St. Armory, 22 S. 23rd Street, Philadelphia Cost: Pay as you go

The Clover Market is always a great place to find something unique, whether it’s a forgotten antique or a detailed craft. Over 100 vendors will display their original art, antiques and collectibles, vintage clothing, jewelry, and more. From innovative art to little treasures, there’s something for everyone at this colorful market. You can also grab some food from the lineup of food trucks that will be there. This market is a great chance to pick up something to decorate your dorm or apartment, or to just peruse the awesome vintage goods that will be on display!

Philadelphia Museum of Art Pay-What-You-Wish 
When: January 28, 5:00 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. Where: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia Cost: Pay what you wish

Campus Philly’s Open Arts is offering ticket vouchers for a pay-what-you-wish Wednesday night at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. You can enjoy the exciting and interactive collections, or even tap into your creative side or play some games. Join workshops on drawing or creating origami, stretch into yoga poses in the galleries, or browse the work of regional artists, musicians, and cultural organizations. This is a great way to experience the numerous artistic ventures that the museum offers, and you can do it with your friends and set the price that you want to pay.


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