The last time I wrote the first newsletter of the new year was in 2018, and I packed it full of inspo and advice. I suggested places to jumpstart your exercise routine, tips to save money (and still have FUN!) and ways to be a better person. I reread it the other day, and my eyes started to glaze over. Who on earth did that peppy gal with the BIG PLANS (and high hopes) think she was? Answer: Someone who had never lived through a pandemic.
This year, instead of tips or advice, I offer you a simple ritual, inspired by Good Riddance Day, an annual celebration held in Times Square. As part of the event, anyone is invited to record his or her most embarrassing moments, greatest fails and biggest regrets from the past year on special Good Riddance Day forms, which are then tossed into a burning trash can. In past years, the forms were fed into a massive shredder, but this year, event organizers decided an incinerator was more appropriate. On December 31, our family tried something similar. We each took slips of paper, jotted down things we wanted to let go of from 2021 and threw them into our backyard fire pit. We huddled around the fire together, watching the flames lick the edges of our slips of paper and turn our regrets into a blackened heap of ash. No one felt the need to share what he or she wrote; the ritual of recording our disappointments and silently setting them ablaze felt like enough. Of course this exercise didn’t help me kick my chocolate addiction, spend less time on Instagram or change the world in any meaningful way, but it did give me an outlet for all the heaviness, disappointment and anger I carried in 2021. Plus, I love watching things burn.
The best part is you can have your own Good Riddance Day! Just grab a pen, paper and some matches. No dieting, budgeting or good deeds required.
Good Riddance 2021,
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Fire & Frost Fun
January 7th - January 8th
Peddler’s Village, New Hope
Wander a Village-wide display of ice sculptures, live ice carvings, fire pits, live fire artistry, a children’s scavenger hunt and more! Free to attend. Details
Chestnut Hill on Ice
January 28th & 29th
Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill
Beat the winter blues and head to Chestnut Hill for ice-themed attractions, including ice sculptures, an iceless skating rink, live music, warming stations, a yurt village, and more. Details
Tuesday, January 18th & Thursday, January 20th
5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Cedar Grove Park., Conshohocken
Enjoy a lighted winter hayride through Cedar Grove Park and a visit to the park’s winter wonderland for a story and cookie. Details
Flight on Ice
Through Sunday, February 27th
4889 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square
Delaware County’s first full-size ice-skating rink and winter pop-up village, where guests can warm up with hot chocolate and chow down on dishes from local restaurants. Seasonal and day passes available, along with skate rentals. Details
INDOOR FUN: WINE & DINE
Center City District Restaurant Week
Sunday, January 9th - Friday, January 21st
Center City, Philadelphia
Don’t miss it! Many of Philadelphia’s top restaurants offer specific menu offerings prix fixe. Details
A Whole “New World” Wine and Dinner Experience
Friday, January 21st @ 6:30 PM
Platform 1 Events at The Columbia Station, Phoenixville
Sommelier Patrick Bennett will curate a 5 course farm-to-table dinner with wine pairing, to be enjoyed amidst live music. Details
Wine, Cheese & Honey Pairing
January 22nd - January 23
Penns Woods Winery, Chadds Ford
Sip and taste your way through 4 wine, local cheese and honey pairings. Details
Philly Chocolate, Wine & Whiskey Festival
Saturday, January 29th @ 11:30 AM
Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum, Philadelphia
Ticket price includes chocolate samples, wine glass and unlimited pours, unlimited samples of whiskey and other spirits, Philly’s 1st Chocolate Fondue Bar and more! Details
Philly Restaurant Favorites & Wine Tasting
Thursday, January 27th
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Wayne Art Center
Chef Karen Bentz will show students how to make favorite recipes from iconic Philly restaurants. Special wine pairings with each course. Details
Greater Philadelphia Spring Home Expo
January 7th - January 9th
Valley Forge Casino Resort, King of Prussia
Get inspired and excited about future home projects as you wander exhibits and meet the expert exhibitors! Details
Exhibit Opening: “Avant-Garde” Women’s Caucus for Art
Thursday, January 13th @ 5:30 PM
Bancroft, Garnet Valley
“Avant-Garde in times of COVID” is expresses the artists’ views and feelings about a world two years into COVID, with inspiration from feelings of loss and isolation. Details
The Family Friendly Magic Show
Saturday, January 15th @ 1:00 PM
Comfort Inn & Suites, Glen Mills
Prepare to be amazed! The show features Magician Jake Swartz who has performed on FOX, CBS, and NBC and Magician Derek Lee from BET Comic View, Dr. Oz Show and FOX. Details
Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum Tour
Wednesday, January 19th @ 11:00 AM
Sports Legends of Delaware County, Wayne
Tour the museum with the Delaware County Press Club, followed by a picnic/tailgate lunch in the museum auditorium. Details
PPB Motorsports Racecar & Trade Show
January 21st - January 22nd
Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, Oaks
Circle track, drag racing, road racing and dirt and asphalt racing are all represented. Details
Saturday, January 29th @ 9:00 AM
Sur La Table, King of Prussia Mall
This class covers all the essentials, from working with yeast and mixing dough to the importance of proofing. Details
Breakfast for Dinner (Virtual)
Monday, January 10th
10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Dress up your favorite breakfast foods for a fun dinner to enjoy at the end of a busy day. Details
Oh How Healthy Cooking Class for Kids
Tuesday, January 25th
4:00 PM — 6:00 PM
Reading Terminal Market & City Kitchen
In this class, young chefs will be introduced to colorful and fresh whole food ingredients that they’ll then use to recreate their favorite foods and sweet treats. Details
Family Day of Clay: Cupcake Box
Saturday, January 29th
1:30 PM – 2:30 PM
Wayne Art Center
Learn the basics of working with kiln-fired clay and colorful glazes by making a cupcake-shaped box and lid. Details
Wednesday, January 12th
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Southern Cross Kitchen, Conshohocken
Learn how to build a charcuterie board, from cutting and slicing to assembling a “salami river.” As you construct your masterpiece, enjoy a sampling of specially paired wines. Details
Happy new year, neighbor! Cheers to dining tents at Terrain, King Kong sundaes, colossal cookies, a new brewery in Berwyn & more…
Wynnewood Welcomes Cookie Sensation
TikTok darling Crumbl Cookies opened a location in the Wynnewood Shopping Center on January 6, much to the delight of its fast-growing, sugar-loving fanbase. Founded in 2017 by two Utah cousins, the franchise offers a rotating menu that’s announced every Sunday on TikTok. The menu includes two standard cookies (warm chocolate chip and chilled sugar) plus four specialty flavors, such as Chocolate Strawberry Cheesecake, Sticky Bun, Kentucky Butter Cake, Peach Cobbler and Birthday Cake. While curbside pickup and nationwide delivery are available, the company places a premium on the in-store experience. Cookies are prepared in an open kitchen then carefully packaged in the brand’s signature pink boxes and presented to the customer for approval. Rookie tip: These cookies are massive and best consumed in slivers (the company sells cookie cutters to slice their creations into smaller servings; trust me, you’ll need one).
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