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A Wizard’s guide to the Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival (with map and parking info)

The Harry Potter Festival will once again take over Chestnut Hill as the destination, located just outside of Center City in the Northwest section of Philadelphia, mystically morphs into Hogsmeade for the annual community fan festival. From Friday, October 20 to Saturday October 21, thousands of fans will flock to the destination for this free […]

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A Wizard’s guide to the Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival (with map and parking info)

The Harry Potter Festival will once again take over Chestnut Hill as the destination, located just outside of Center City in the Northwest section of Philadelphia, mystically morphs into Hogsmeade for the annual community fan festival. From Friday, October 20 to Saturday October 21, thousands of fans will flock to the destination for this free […]

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Kilian’s screen maker captures images in ‘time machine’

By Stacia Friedman Gary Reed has an “eye” that sees things most of us miss. More importantly, he has a camera that documents them. Take, for example, Reed’s haunting images of the interior of the abandoned Town Hall in Germantown. “I remember going to Town Hall when I was a child,” said Reed, 59. “It […]

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Planning for Harry Potter Festival should make a difference

  Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella’s vision of a baseball diamond that would conjure back Shoeless Joe Jackson and the rest of the 1919 Black Sox in the film “Field of Dreams” has become something of a cliché in our culture. “Build it, and they will come.” Nothing could more accurately describe the Harry Potter Festival, […]

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From Haiti to G’town and now nominated for film awards

By Rita Charleston Germantown resident Dasha Sainstremy, known professionally as “Da Saint,” has been named a finalist for both the “Quality of Message Award” and the “Discovery Award” for her “Closet Doors,” a short film about a young female minister. Born and raised in Miami, Florida, to Haitian parents, she has been in Philadelphia for […]

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