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September 2014
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First Friday: Crafting a Classic

September 5 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
APS Museum,
104 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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Thomas Jefferson’s family maintained that he wrote parts of the Declaration of Independence from the comfort of a revolving Windsor chair purchased in Philadelphia in 1776. Join us at First Friday in September to see that historical chair and watch chairmaker Brian Cunfer of the Windsor Chair Shop of Lancaster County demonstrate the expert craftsmanship required to create these beautiful objects. #windsorwinning #firstfriday 4:00-7:00 p.m. – Chairmaking demonstrations ongoing in the Jefferson Garden. Jefferson, Philadelphia, and the Founding of a…

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Science on Tap: Permaculture Food Forests in the City

September 8 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 pm
National Mechanics,
22 South Third St., Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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When William Penn created Philadelphia he envisioned a lush American Eden, a “greene country towne.” Today, Philadelphia is a far cry from that vision, but there is a growing movement to create a healthier, more sustainable city full of green spaces with access to healthy, local food. Phil Forsyth, Philadelphia’s own Johnny Appleseed, has planted dozens of permaculture orchards and edible forests through his work with the Philadelphia Orchard Project. He will discuss permaculture, a design science aimed at creating…

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Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn: A Father, a Daughter, the Meaning of Nothing, and the Beginning of Everything

September 10 @ 5:30 am - 8:30 pm
Benjamin Franklin Hall,
427 Chestnut Street , Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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Library Lecture and Book Signing Reception 5:30 p.m. Program 6:00 p.m. RSVP here or call 215-440-3400 Amanda Gefter is a physics writer and consultant for New Scientist magazine, where she previously served as Books & Arts editor and founded CultureLab, New Scientist’s books and arts blog. She is a 2012-13 MIT Knight Science Journalism Fellow, and her writing has appeared in Scientific American, Forbes, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. Trespassing on Einstein’s Lawn is a spirited and personal account of a…

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Jefferson’s Garden Party

September 20 @ 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
Jefferson Garden,
105 South 5th Street, Philadelphia, 19106 United States
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Celebrate the end of summer by immersing yourself in 18th century Philadelphia. Build and explore colonial Philadelphia as Thomas Jefferson knew it. Set type to print your own document like John Dunlap did for the Declaration of Independence. Try locally-made ice cream inspired by Jefferson’s favorite recipe (after 1:00 p.m.). Meet people from museums and organizations all over the city committed to exploring our city’s vibrant history and experience how our founding fathers and mothers influenced the city we live…

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October 2014
Free

First Friday: Wine a Little

October 3 @ 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
APS Museum,
104 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 United States
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During his first term as President, Thomas Jefferson famously spent about 12% of his salary on wine—he called it a “necessary of life.” Join sommeliere Candace Ryan as she highlights the French blends that Jefferson enjoyed most…but ones you can purchase at a more reasonable price than those favored by our third president. Talks and tastings at 5:15 and 6:15. Exhibition open until 7:00. No reservations required. Candace Ryan has been in love with wine and food for as long…

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