Thursday, May 15, 2014

Interpretive Art at Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

1020 South St., Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 733-0390
Inscribed at the entrance of Philadelphia’s Magic Garden are these words - ‘I built this sanctuary to be inhabited by my ideas & my fantasies’ - and it truly says it all about what the Philadelphia Magic Gardens is all about. PMG, in short, is a visionary work of art, a place where the world is given an insight into the Isaiah Zigar’s unique imagination. For a small admission fee, visitors will get the chance to view Zagar’s largest artwork which creeps along Philadelphia’s South Street.
Amongst other works of art, it includes:-
  • mosaic walls, doors and folk statues
  • hand-made tiles
  • thousands of mirrors
  • bicycle wheels
  • colorful glass bottles
  • decoration made out of everyday items
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Franklin D. Roosevelt Park

Previously known as League Island Park, the Franklin D. Roosevelt Park is a beautiful park that has been specially designed to be aesthetically pleasing. Located along the Delaware River in South Philadelphia, this park offers scenic landscaped areas for walking, and picnic and recreation areas for bus charter visitors.

Birding at the Park

If you are an avid birder, then you really should put Franklin D. Roosevelt Park in your list of must-visits. This park is one of the best places to observe birds in Philadelphia due to the diversity of its habitats, including areas such as wetlands and waterways. The most commonly found type of birds at this park are waterfowl, and there are even more species for coach bus visitors to discover during migration season.
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Exploring Old City Philadelphia

As America’s most historic square mile, Old City Philadelphia is home to many historic sites, galleries, museums, bars and restaurants that would make any bus charter visitor wish they had more time to visit all the places it has to offer. Some of the attractions are of walking distance between each other, but to get an all round experience in Philadelphia, it would be easier to rent a coach bus to take you around instead of going through the hassle of parking or getting lost.
Two areas in Old City Philadelphia that you should explore, whether to see historic sites, or to enjoy attractions and activities are:
  • Penn’s Landing
  • Independence National Historic Park and Visitor’s Center
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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Indoor and Outdoor Christmas Celebration in Philadelphia

Winter is around the corner and while your home’s fireplace might be beckoning you, there are many other places and events that you can attend and charter bus Philadelphia visit that can put not just warmth into your body but into your heart as well.
This holiday season is the perfect reason to head over to Blue Cross Riverfront as they are hosting their very first large-scale waterfront winterfest. The event is set to receive more than four hundred people and an eye-popping warming tent, beer garden and an extensive menu from renowned chef George Sabatino. The setting will be at a refurbished shipping containers and we think it is going to be great fun for everyone. So, it is perhaps time to lace up your ice skates during your charter bus Philadelphia tour and get ready to celebrate winter fun with your family and friends at the Olympic-sized man-made ice rink at Penn’s Landing waterfront.
What you can anticipate further would be the breathtaking views over Delaware River and Benjamin Franklin Bridge.
From November 29th right down to January 5th, 2014, when the dust have settled, the skating rink is open everyday from 11am right down to 12.30am. So, you have plenty of time to celebrate with not just your family and friends but with residents and charter bus Philadelphia tourists who will be heading over for a fun time of their own.
Don’t worry if you do not know how to skate because there are skating lessons available every Sunday. The instructors need to be booked ahead of time so, give the rink management a call to find out if they have a time slot for you.
If outdoor is not your thing, we will have you know that Macy Center City is set to light up your life this Christmas and New Year with Macy’s Christmas Light Show and Wanamaker Organ Concert.
Who is going to be there when Santa opens up his goodie bags? The man is going to be with thousands of kids and parents, Santarinas and who can forget the lively reindeers. Macy’s been holding this traditional practice and event for nearly as long as it has been around and the communities around the mall are keen to participate and be a part of the whole charter bus Philadelphia festivity.
The amazing light show featuring more than a hundred thousand LED lights have always been talk of the town. The same can be said by the energy-efficient lights used to make up Macy’s Magic Christmas Tree - it uses approximately thirty four thousand five hundred LED lights.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Get Ready For The Thanksgiving of Your Lifetime

One of the best ways to see and experience what the locals do and experience is to mindlessly delve into one of their parades and local festivals. And this is when you get to see the very traditional and realistic side to Philly. One of the oldest and most traditional local event in Philly would be the Thanksgiving Parade. The parade is a much looked-forward-to annual event and happens right around the end of the year. Be sure to do an internet search before heading over to experience the Thanksgiving Parade because the time and date varies every single year. The parade has been carried out since the early 1920s and ever since then, they have not looked back and for the foreign tourists who usually visit during autumn, this is something that they have come to expect.
During the autumn months, although the same can be said for other cities in and around the country, festivals is everywhere. Not only are people coming to Philadelphia for the Thanksgiving Parade but they are also coming in for Christmas and the end of the year celebration. There will be food, drinks, music, dance, enormous floats, colorful balloons and a huge lineup of local and international entertainers heading for the stage. The locals performers find themselves in incredible limelight as foreigners are here too.
These festivals are usually attended by foreigners in charter bus Philadelphia vehicles, tour buses, party buses, mini buses and other coach charter simply because it is so much more convenient than to drive themselves around. And besides, finding a parking spot is almost impossible at these events. People will struggle just to get INTO the festival, much less trying to find decent parking near to the location. Photographers also love the Thanksgiving Parade as it serves as a colorful, fun and festive stage for awesome photographs against a wonderful backdrop in terms of a melting pot of culture, people, race, religion and ethnicity.
Kids love these wonderful festivals too because parents will revel in the opportunity to get the kids to see large life-like Elmo, Cookie Monster, Scooby Doo, The Lorax....just to name a few. These characters will help kids define their Thanksgiving Festival Parade experience.

Some entertainers are coming and chipping in for free as a form of exposure therefore, you can expect a very colorful and fun event during the parade. If you are currently looking around for a fun and inexpensive charter bus in Philadelphia, please do not hesitate to pick up the phone and dial our customer service number. We look forward to serving you in the very near future.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Fireman’s Hall, Philadelphia

When we were younger, we all had different types of ambitions – and perhaps some of us even had the dream and ambition of becoming a fireman when we grow up. But, just how many of us would actually see this dream or ambition become a reality? Maybe not for many of us, but that should not prevent us from chartering a PA bus and dropping by the Fireman’s Hall at 149 N. Second, Philadelphia, to visit the museum to learn about the life of a fireman.

When you are visiting the Fireman’s Hall Museum, you don’t have to worry about finding the place, as the chartered PA rental bus driver knows the place very well. It is located in a restored firehouse, right in the heart of Philadelphia’s historic Old City district and is also said to be one of the country’s first fire museums. The unique thing about this museum is that they have “real” firemen on duty to share with you about firefighting and the kinds of tools they would use during their course of work. The Fireman’s Hall Museum works at preserving the ongoing history of firefighting in PA through their collection and preservation of the artifacts and tools used as well as educating and encouraging the public on fire prevention practices.

The Fireman’s Hall Museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and major holidays, while they are open from 10am till 4.30pm on Tuesdays to Saturdays. They are also open from 10am till 9pm on the first Friday of each month. As you step down from the PA charter bus, and enter into the museum, you will be asked to log yourself into a logbook as if you are a visitor coming to visit an actual fire house that is in operation. After that, you are in for an amazing tour in the museum with an actual fireman on duty, who will be more than glad to answer your questions and give you a demonstration of the old alarm system. There are also antique fire trucks and steamers that are being exhibited in the apparatus room, while you will find more interactive displays on the top floor of the museum. While the Fireman’s Hall does not have an entrance fee or ticket charges for visitors, they do depend on donations from the public in order to maintain the place, so do consider giving a donation before you hop on the PA chartered bus to head home.

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Dream Garden Glass Mosaic

To those who do not have the knowledge of the history behind the Dream Garden Glass Mosaic, it may seem as if it is just another astonishing one but still, just another piece of art that someone came up with. A mosaic of a beautiful garden. To Philadelphia charter bus rental tourists who are more informed and art lovers who have read up about the history of the Dream Garden Mosaic, it is a historical one and it ought to be protected. In fact, there was a time when a Las Vegas casino owner named Steve Wynn bought the beautiful mosaic up and fully intended to bring the mosaic painting to his casino but a furor was raised by some local historians and art lovers. The objections saw them raising more than $3.5 million from the Pew Charitable Trusts to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in an effort to stop Wynn from moving the piece of work from the Curtis Publishing Company’s building lobby. Was their bid successful? Indeed, it was because it received a lot of love and support from art and history lovers who knew the history of the 15’ by 49’ artwork.

The artwork is the brainchild of Maxwell Parrish who lived well and ripe till 1966. Parrish is a beloved American painter and illustrator who is distinctively known for his idealistic and neo-classical pieces of work. He also worked a lot with saturated hues which makes his artwork stands out all the more. But Maxwell Parrish wasn’t the one who actually excuted the Dream was commissioned out to Louis Comfort Tiffany who is the owner of the renowned Tiffany Studios.

While Parrish is known for his unique outlook and imagination, Louis Tiffany was an artist and designer who was more known for his talent in working with decorative arts and stained glass, in particular. He was a man who made bold moves in the Aesthetic Movements and perhaps, some might associate him with Art Nouveau. Unlike Parrish, Tiffany is well-rounded and exceptionally friendly with big names in the art world like Candace Wheeler, Samuel Colman and Lockwood de Forest.

According to sources who knew the two artists, they shared a tumultous relationship at best and because of their differing styles and outlook about the end-result but the most important thing for art lovers is that it got done and the creativity and imagination that went into the final end-product was astonishing all the same. It had Parrish’s creative imagery and Tiffany’s amazing attention to detail.

There are no words to describe the artwork really but once you have viewed it with your own eyes, all other paintings and mosaic work is going to pale in comparison. The problem for some of our Philadelphia charter bus rental customers was finding the entrance to the building where the artwork is housed and timing. Timing - because it is a commercial building, it is not open during the weekends and your charter bus rental visit would have to be during working hours.

And despite all of that, this painting is most definitely worth the trouble, even if it is just a glimpse that you caught.