Saturday, April 27, 2013

Living Fountain - PIFA Festival

Philadelphia Institute of Fine Arts (PIFA) Festival took over Broad St (aka Avenue of the Arts).

My favorite street performer was the "living fountain". Accompanied by classical music, she slowly and gracefully posed with the fountains of water.

Naturally the street was full of entertainment like acrobats, musicians, costumed actors, Rockin Robot, animated dinosaurs and amusement rides.

City Hall - Cherry Tree

While walking to the PIFA festival we passed through the courtyard of City Hall.

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Reading Museum - Cherry Blossoms

The Reading Museum arboretum in spring is loaded with flora.

At least six varieties of wildflowers were growing in the grass along the path's from the Stone House to the Museum. The rock garden and stone planter had plenty of colorful spring flowers too.

The museum and planetarium have a nice collection of cherry trees too which were full of blooms.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Sakura Festival - Tamagawa University

The Horticultural Center in Fairmount Park is the destination for the Sakura or Cherry Blossom Festival.

Ideally, the hundreds of cherry and magnolia trees will be in bloom making the setting surreal and spectacular.

With the blossoms at peak and temps in the 60's, people swarmed the venue for a taste of Japanese culture and entertainment.

I believe the festival crowds exceeded all expectations, especially for food vendors, which were literally running out by mid afternoon. (Note to self, bring extra water and a picnic lunch next year.)

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Ott's Exotic Plants - Schwenksville, PA

This was a random find on the way to Skippack, PA. I was so impressed with the retro-architecture, inside landscaping, and endless varieties of colorful flowers and plants.

A must see for any green thumb and flower admirer.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Artist Pallet (Lancaster)

I love seeing the work spaces of artist's. It's kind of like peeking behind the curtain at the creative process.

Some of the galleries in Lancaster are actually the workspace of the artist as well. This artist happened to be painting while she was tending her gallery.

Lancaster offers a broad variety of artists, making it a very popular destination for art enthusiasts on monthly First Friday's and their seasonal weekend ArtWalks.