Saturday, October 22, 2016

Glow in the Park 2016

(Photo: Fairmount Park Conservancy)
We have looked on with envy at the Fairmount Park Conservancy's Glow in the Park events of past years, so we were thrilled to have the chance to check out their 2016 night in person!  This annual gathering is the perfect setting to showcase all that Fairmount Park has to enjoy while offering park visitors a chance to give back.  Fairmount Park is a phenomenal urban treasure unlike any other in the country. With various trails, picturesque bodies of water, historic mansions, beautiful museums, and much more, it's the location of year round fun, relaxation, and amazing memories for all ages.  Anyone who has ever enjoyed even a just small piece of all the Park has to offer will appreciate its celebration during Glow in the Park.

This year's event took place at the Palazzo on the Parkway, a beautiful historical building we've been dying to see the inside of for years!  While enjoying the lamp lit stone walls and intricately painted wooden ceilings of this architectural intrigue from the early 1930's, we got to sample savory fresh fish tacos from Buena Onda. Outside, the entryway arches were lit up in a spectacular display from Klip Collective (the imaginations and technology behind Longwood Gardens' famous Nightscape).  Constantly changing colors and patterns were an enjoyable and relaxing backdrop to the groups of party guests gathered around fire pits and along the front lawn of the Palazzo.

To the side of the building, even more delicious food was being offered from some of the Philadelphia area's best eateries including Poi Dog PhillyThe Cow and the CurdBonjour Creperie, and Dre's Water Ice and Ice Cream.  It was all deliciously amazing! Our top picks after chowing down were the Sweet Potato Pie Ice Cream from Dre's, the Fried Cheese Curds from The Cow and the Curd,  and the Savory Crepes from Bonjour Creperie.  The evening was made complete with a performance from the West Philadelphia Orchestra - Philly's premier Balkan brass band.  Their Eastern European flavor ignited the guests into a spontaneous and exuberant dance party, and it was a pure thrill to finally experience the sound of these amazing musicians in person.  (Check out their new album Tour de Flilli).

It was a lovely evening with eclectic entertainment, fantastic eats, and a wonderful time to learn more about all that Fairmount Park has to offer.  We have been perusing and marking up the new "50 Unique Experiences in Fairmount Park" map that we took home that night - so many different places to go and so many things that we haven't done yet!

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  1. I love Fairmount Park. This looks like such a fun event.

  2. This looks like such a unique and fun event!

  3. This sounds like so much fun! I had not heard of it - so thank you for sharing!