Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Titanic Exhibit has Sailed into The Franklin Institute

The City of Brotherly Love is known for their many museums that host fabulous exhibits and attractions. However, they change rapidly so when a new exhibit comes to town we Philadelphians need to take advantage of them! Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition has sailed in to the Franklin Institute on November 10th and will be docked until April 7th. Being that it is the 100th year anniversary of when the ships sinking, this is a very special time for the exhibit to be showcased. In case you aren’t familiar with the 1912 story of the Titanic, was thought to be the “unsinkable ship” however, on it’s very first voyage it hit an iceberg at 11:40 p.m. In all 328 bodies were found dead, many of them, however, were left to the sea. The final resting place of the epic ship is in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean at 13,000 feet. Divers have been able to recover small parts of the ship. There are 300 legendary artifacts being showcased that were collected from the ships debris field. If you want to get a sense of what life must have been like during the 1912’s and what this ship looked like in its glory days then you must visit this exhibit! I know I’ll be there. And with admission starting at eight dollars, with discounted prices for groups up to 25% off, there really is no reason to miss out on this exciting attraction.  

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Donating for Days

 “IT’S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!” Well, the holidays are meant to be. It’s when you go manic to get that ‘oh so perfect gift’ for your children, lover, friend, or even sister-in-law that drives you crazy. However, let’s take a breath from all the “Whobilation” (a term all you Grinch fans should know) and look around to see how commercialized the holidays became. Everywhere you turn there are endless streams of commercials on TV, ads in magazines and billboards, showing which stores have the best deals for Christmas. Researchers estimated that the average American family will spend $271 on Christmas gifts per child this year. But you know, there are other ways to “spread holiday cheer for all to hear” as Buddy the Elf would say.

There are so many ways to give back, whether you give your time or give donations, you will help spread the holiday cheer in The City of Brotherly Love. Helping children get holiday spirit is such an amazing gift and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is an excellent place to volunteer or to make donations. Philabundance is a great organization where you can hand deliver food to people in need. The Hunger Relief Center and Community Food Center are also extension programs of Philabundance, where you can further help those in need. The Lombard Soup Kitchen, in Philadelphia, needs many volunteers to cook meals for those at local shelters. Also, Habitat for Humanity has volunteers help build homes for those who are less fortunate. After the devastating Hurricane Sandy, that ravaged the Northeast, rebuilding is key for families during this holiday season. With support and involvement in the community, you can experience joy while filling others with hope!