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what is everyone doing for the 4th of july weekend?

the nateva camping and music festival starts today in oxford, maine with artists including furthur, the flaming lips, she & him, passion pit and grizzly bear – sounds like a great time. and if you’re in philly, the annual free concert on the parkway takes place on sunday night.

we’re out at noon today and i’m heading to the beach!!! can’t wait…i’ll be posting throughout the weekend so don’t worry! :)

till then… these photos by christopher ferguson really capture what this weekend is all about.







rocky mountain high

anyone heading to the telluride bluegrass festival this weekend? i wish i was…there are a couple of bands playing that i really like, and it looks so beautiful and relaxing there – it definitely seems to draw a really laid back, hippie crowd.  colorado is one of the few states in the US i’ve never been to, and i really want to change that very soon…

among the bands playing are alison krauss, yonder mountain string band, bela fleck, edward sharpe and mumford and sons!







there are some really cool old school photos on the website too.

valley green

on the outskirts of philadelphia, past manayunk and mount airy, you’ll find the wissahickon valley of fairmount park and a hidden wonderland known as valley green. the sound of traffic and horns are replaced by birds and trickling water and its hard to believe you’re still technically in the city. this scenic little valley is one of my favorite spots to go for a day of hiking, relaxing, and escaping when i’m feeling a little drained by the hustle and bustle of living downtown. sometimes you just need to get back in touch with nature.

sxsw update

good morning and happy friday!

i heard from our fp girls down in austin and they’re having an amazing time already at sxsw – they told me about a couple of events taking place this weekend that they’re really excited about:

austin carniville started yesterday and runs through saturday, with a lineup of several great bands including major lazer and the walkmen – plus there will be rides, games, food and more. mmm funnel cake…

carniville is at the mexican american cultural center, 600 river st. in austin.

another event that our girls are attending is taking place tonight at the galaxy room. this showcase includes a handful of great bands such as the antlers, local natives, and the band they’re most excited about – an horse (pictured above). more info here.

so what is everyone doing this weekend? any exciting plans?


what is your favorite holiday tradition?

i used to love going to the christmas tree farm when i was little…it was one of my favorite things about the holiday season.  i have vivid memories of riding around on the tractors and getting yelled at for jumping on and off the wagon while it was moving.

something you can do this weekend wherever you are…tomorrow just happens to be look for an evergreen day! so if you haven’t already done so, head on out to a tree farm where you can pick one out and cut it down yourself…

fishtown holiday walk

if you’re looking for something to do in philly tonight, head on over to fishtown, where they’re having a holiday walk this evening from 6-9pm!  over 25 local businesses are participating and they’ve all got specials going on…there will be live music, art exhibits, food and drink, holiday shopping specials and more.  a couple of things that sound particularly cool are a craft fair at the rocket cat cafe (2001 frankford) and a new vintage boutique called two percent to glory (1817 frankford) that is opening up this evening, prior to their grand opening.

here’s a list of participating businesses:

for more info, click here.