..AT THE NATIONAL CONSTITUTION CENTER

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More than 50 Regional, Breweries, Restaurants, Artisanal Producers and Farmers
Gather to Promote Humane Sustainable Agriculture Through 8th Annual Brewers Plate
PHILADELPHIA (February 6, 2012) – Fair Food, a nonprofit organization uniting local farmers,
business and consumers for over a decade, presents The Brewers Plate. Now in its 8th year, this
one-of-a-kind tasting event will be held at the National Constitution Center Sunday, March 11,
2012 from 5:00-9:00 PM. Advance general admission tickets are $65 per person [$75 after
February 10] and VIP tickets are $125. VIP tickets admit access to exclusive star-studded demos
and interactive tastings focusing on cooking with beer. Tickets are available at
www.fairfoodphilly.org with all proceeds supporting Greater Philadelphia’s farmers, Chefs, craft
brewers and artisanal producers through Fair Food and its innovative programs.
The VIP experience, The Farmer & The Artisan, takes visitors on a stimulating sensory journey
through witnessing the art of simple raw ingredients being transformed into unique, edible
masterpieces. Guests will also explore the nuances of terroir, the simple elegance of cooking with
beer, and much more through interactive tastings and demos designed to stimulate all the senses.
VIP featured guests include: Jose Garces, Bill Covaleski of Victory Brewing Co. and wine author
and Daily News columnist, Marnie Old, The Bent Spoon, Birchrun Hills Farm, Bobolink Dairy,
Choptank Oyster Company, Doe Run Dairy, Farm Fromage, Fork Restaurant, John & Kira’s, North
Mountain Pastures, Suburashi Kudumono, and Zone 7.
The organization’s largest fundraiser is a wildly popular a unique event uniting more than 50 local
culinary outlets with an expected thousand attendees. Brewers Plate participants include: Bar
Ferdinand, Boxcar Brewing, Brauhaus Schmidt, Cabinet Artisanal Brewhouse, Capogiro Gelato,
Dogfish Head Craft, Khyber Pass Pub, Pasta Strada, Tria, White Dog Café and Yards Brewing
Company to name just a few.
“Fair Food continues to educate consumers about the importance of eating local and supporting
farmers through cultivating partnerships between family farms and locally-owned restaurants and
food businesses”, explains Ann Karlen, Executive Director, Fair Food. “Our premiere fundraising
event, The Brewer’s Plate, supports our mission by celebrating this effort with a fabulous day of
showcasing the best our area has to offer in terms of eating, drinking and having a fun time.”

About Fair Food
Founded in 2001 by Philadelphia entrepreneur Judy Wicks, Fair Food brings locally grown food to
the marketplace. Through uniting local farmers with businesses and consumers, supporting the
importance of family farms and creating a year-round marketplace for fresh, local and humane food
products, Fair Food is promoting a humane, sustainable agriculture system for the Greater
Philadelphia region.

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Donnies Jokes

Feb 22, 2012

Donny’s Jokes – February / March 2012

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President’s Day

Amy Knows Dave and Christine were eating breakfast with their daughter Amy over the weekend when Christine asked, “Amy, what holiday is on the 20th of February?”Amy replied “It’s Presidents Day Mommy!” “She’s such a smart kid” boasted Dave who then asked  “And what does President’s Day mean honey?”Waiting for something about Washington or Lincoln or something like that Amy instead replied “President’s Day is when Obama steps out of the White House, and if he sees his shadow, we’ll have one more year of unemployment!”

Little Julian vs Mr. Paul

Little Julian walks onto his school bus and sits right behind the bus driver Mr. Paul and starts yelling, “If my dad was a bull and my mom was a cow I’d be a little bull. ” Mr. Paul starts getting irritated at the noisy kid, who continues with, “If my mommy and daddy were elephants then I would be an elephant too! ” The kid goes on and on with several animals until the bus driver gets angry and yells, “Hey Julian, what if your dad was gay and your mom was a prostitute?!” Julian smiles and says, “That’s easy Mr. Paul … I’d be a bus driver! ”

Kelsey’s Bike

Dave came home from a long business trip to find his daughter Kelsey riding a very fancy new 10 speed bike. “Where did you get the money for the bike Kelsey … It must have cost $300? ” “Easy, Dad,” the little girl replied. “I earned it hiking. ” “Come on,” said Dave “Tell me the truth. ” “That is the truth,” Kelsey replied. “Every night you were gone, Mr. Kenny from the campground would come over to see Mom. Then he’d give me a $20 bill and tell me to take a hike! ”

Matt’s Cookies

A very old man named Matt lay dying in his bed. Suddenly he smelled the aroma of his favorite chocolate chip cookie wafting up the stairs.He gathered his remaining strength, lifted himself from the bed, and slowly made his way out of the bedroom, and down the stairs. With labored breath, he leaned against the door frame gazing into the kitchen.There, spread out on the kitchen table were literally hundreds of his favorite chocolate chip cookies. Was it heaven? Or was it one final act of love from his devoted girlfriend Lisa D who wanted to see to it that he left this world a happy man?  Mustering every effort he could, he threw himself towards the table and fell to the floor. Matt’s shaky, aged, and withered hand made its way to a cookie at the edge of the table, when suddenly he was smacked with a spatula by his girlfriend Lisa.  ”Stay out of those Matthew,” she said. “They’re for the funeral!”

Granny Greeko

Trish the hooker was hanging out with all of her hooker friends along Cottman ave. when suddenly Steve the cop pulled up and said “Hey little girl … You and all of your friends line up for questioning!” Out of nowhere Trish’s grandma, Granny Greeko, came walking by and said “Why are all of you girls lined up here?” Trish didn’t want her grandma to know what she did for a living so she said “We’re lined up here to buy oranges grandma.” The police talked to every girl individually, and when they got to Granny Greeko the cop said “How do you do it, you’re so old?!? “Granny Greeko replied – “It’s easy … You just peel it down, and you suck it dry! ”

Thirsty Norm

Steve the cop pulls Norm over for weaving across two lanes of traffic. He walks up to the drivers window and asks, “You drinking? “Norm replied, “You buying? ”

Finally …March 3rd gang … Saturday March 3rd is the Shamrock Shuttle in Mayfair and it’s gearing up to be one of the best ones yet! The bar owners and neighborhood organizers have worked really well together to ensure a great day for all. The buses start rolling in around noon and will run until … who knows! Traditionally the weather has been absolutely beautiful on Shuttles past and I’m sure the luck of the Irish will continue. Please be respectful of the neighborhood so that these events and others like it will continue to run through Mayfair for many many years to come. Thanks guys!

Speaking of Mayfair … PROPS to Gary of Reale’s for bringing in some really good bands to play for their Friday Happy Hours! A few weeks ago I caught Joe Coyne of Evryman Jack playing and last week was Stems and Seeds. Thanks Gary – Keep em commin!The weather’s finally breaking and before you know it May will be here and teh concerts in teh park will be in full swing. The crew of the Pennypack Music Festival have been working their asses off to try to bring you some of the best concerts ever. We’re also toying around with possibly doing a first ever Cover Band Concert in Pennypack this summer, so Stay Tuned!

That’s it gang … As always keep your pics, jokes, whathavue and whatnot coming to DonnysJoke@yahoo.com.You guy’s are the BEST … Have FUN!!—Donny SmithMayfair Civic AssociationSergeant-at-Armshttp://www.mayfaircivicassociation.com/

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by Mike Vagnoni

218052_10150169139329208_299478389207_6855452_7876870_n The Spirit of the  St. Patricks’s Holiday Season with the Shamrock Shuttle and the Erin Express is coming March 3rd and March 10th ….these two days  will see bus loops going from bar to bar …you  pay a fee to get a wristband to ride on the loop…bus loops are a big thing…and this year check out all the fun with the Sharmrock Shuttle on March 3rd and then on March 10th with the Erin Express…see all the locations that will be on this year’s loop route  …. ( see in this issue of the OOT) To get everyone ready here is what the Bus Loops looked like last year … all photos from the OOT Archive  as seen on the Out on The Town  Entertainment Guide’s Fan Page…..have fun and respect the neighbors in the area. Enjoy the holiday season with your friends.

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masthead_index_1No Meat? No Problem!RISTORANTE PANORAMA FEATURES CHEF’S THREE COURSE SEAFOOD PRIX FIXE MENU FOR LENT Philadelphia-Ristorante Panorama, located inside the Penn’s View Hotel at Front and Market Streets, will be offering a Three-Course Seafood Prix Fixe Menu option for Lent. Starting Wednesday, February 22nd through Saturday, April 7th the restaurant will be serving the following chef’s menu for $35 per person: Pan Seared Diver Scallop over truffled celery root puree and crispy fried red onionsMaine Lobster Tail with fresh tomato sauce over homemade spaghettiHazelnut-encrusted Atlantic Cod over zucchini in limoncello sauce with fresh basil. This year The Penn’s View Hotel’s Ristorante Panorama earned the distinction from Guinness World Records™ of Largest Winekeeper/Cruvinet . The unique wine bar’s, custom-built, 120-bottle wine keeper was designed by owner Luca Sena in 1990 when he opened the restaurant. The cruvinet is the key to the restaurant’s extensive offering of flights and up to 150 wines by the glass on any given day. The wine keeper is officially the largest wine preservation and dispensing system in the world. The hotel and restaurant are located at Front and Market Streets Philadelphia, PA 19106.For more information call (215) 922-7600 or visit www.pennsviewhotel.com

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djfinessottpicDJ  Finess

Resident   DJ  at  The  Tango  Bar  &  Grill  aka  ( Whiskey Tango)

You  can  see  him  every  Friday  &  Saturday  Dropping  beats  on  the  floor  and  videos  on  the  TVs.

DJ  Finess  has  been  DJing  at The   Tango  for  2yrs  and remained  there  through  out

All  the  changes.  He  says  The  Tango  is  a  great  venue  for  all  kinds  of  entertainment ,  food  is  delicious  and  the  bar  staff  is  very  friendly.

See  he  him  spin  everything  from  dance , club,  dub  step  &  rock , DJ  Finess  mixes  the  beats  any  way  you

can  imagine  with  all  the  new  digital  techniques  to  change  music  these  days  it’s  fun  to  see  the  people  getting  into  it ,  dancing  and  partying  to  the  music.

DJ  Finess  had  the  privilege

To  DJ  between  national  acts  such  as  Fuel ,  Skid Row , Misfits , LA  Guns  and  many  more !  People  would  request

all  types  of  music  between  the  bands  and  he  loves  to  accommodate  them.

He   came  to  be  known  by  DJ  Ghost   , DJ  Bizz  and  Rick  Lee,  some  of  the  best  in  the  business  real  quick  by  spinning  with  them   plus  promoting  shows.  He  dropped beats  at  some  of  the  local  spots   Final Scores,  Club Karma,  Owen’s,  Calloway’s,  etc.

DJ  Finess  is  available  for  all  private  events  thru  his  production  company.

Burnt  Edge  Production’s  215-852-0135

For  DJ  Finess  DJing  is  a  passion,  and  people  appear

to  see  that  when  they  come  out  to  the  club  he  is  constantly   dancing   to  the  beats,  smiling  and  getting  people  to  go  crazy  dance  and  have  a  good  time.

Since   residence   at  Tango,  he  his  brought  a  lot  of  new exciting   Idea’s   like  video  DJing  and  virtual  imagery  for  some  of  the  top  area  bands   like  Scream,  Fosterchild,  Lecompt,  Sinner Saints,  and many more.

DJ  Finess  works  closer  to  the  bands  then  most  DJ’s.   It  could  be  that  DJ  Finess  is  also  a  lead singer ,  guitar player,  last  band  he  was  the  frontman  for  was  Static Addiction  and  Stone  Pony.

DJ  Finess  says,  stop  out  at  Tango  grab  a  bite  get  an  ice  beer  and  request  song …..

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Stems and Seeds

Feb 22, 2012

tnStems and Seeds originally started out back in 2007 with a unique idea of mixing electric and acoustic instruments to give them a different sound than most bands.  Today, they are totally re-vamped with a very guitar-driven sound and exceptional male and female vocals.  We spoke to their percussionist, Krista Doran who said, “What we started out doing was fun, but the band just naturally evolved and now sounds better than ever.”  Out of the 5 members in the band, there are 4 that sing lead, which really brings a cool diversity to the band.  Each singer has their own style, making them able to perform all different types of music. They tend to stay away from playing the same songs you hear many other bands play and Krista told us, “It’s not that we don’t think these songs are good songs to perform. It’s just that there is so much music out there and we want to give people something else to listen to.  We put a lot of thought into our song choices.” Stems and Seeds plays a combination of Classic and Modern Rock, Funk, Blues and Motown.  One of the things the band is known for is taking an older song, and re-working it to give it a more modern sound.  They have taken songs like “Moondance”, “Brandy”, “Dancing in the Moonlight,” or “Tell Me Something Good” among many others, and have made them more danceable and rocking!  “It makes covering a song a bit more challenging,” Krista explained.  “Of course, there are some songs that need to be played exactly as you would hear on a CD, and on some we do.  But, we also like to have fun with the song choices we make, without changing them too much.  So far, it has really worked out to our advantage.”  We couldn’t agree more and the proof is in the many people that go to see them each and every show!  If you go see Stems and Seeds, expect to not only hear great music.  You are going to have A LOT of fun, too.  Their onstage antics and overall fun-loving attitude is contagious.  You can’t help but have a good time when you see them up there laughing with each other and including the crowd. Krista told us, “We definitely love what we do.  We all get along so well, that it’s just naturally fun for us.  When people see that, they can tell its real and not forced, so they tend to just become part of it.  And this is why we do it.  It’s not about us. It’s about music, fun and friends.  Life is hard and times are tough.  If we can give people a few hours away from the everyday BS, then we did our job.”  This band just seems to have a way about them that will draw you in and make you feel welcome, no matter who you are.  Each member is very personable and takes the time to talk to everyone and thank them for being part of things.  Krista explained, “We just love to make people feel good.  If we see someone singing along, me or Rick will run up to them with the mic or have them up onstage with us.  If it’s someone’s birthday, we make a big deal about it and have the whole room sing to them.  If someone is not having a good day, we take the time to let them know they are appreciated.  It’s all about fun and just taking a moment to share a common love of music with people.”  You can see Stems and Seeds playing at many great venues including every First Friday at Flukes Restaurant & Pub in NE Philly and every Last Friday at The Temperance House in Newtown.  They also play regularly at some of the OOT’s favorite spots like Curran’s Irish Inn in Bensalem, Redz Bar & Grill and Sweeney’s Saloon in NE Philly and in Levittown, The SkyBox, McStews and The Roadhouse.   They also play many benefits & charity events.  They do a great job with private parties too.  If you are having a birthday, anniversary or block party coming up sometime soon, Stems and Seeds is the band you want to have there!  To see their schedule, just go to their websitewww.stemsandseeds.com. Be sure to join their Facebook page at facebook.com/stemsandseedsband to get more info on the band and on what they are up to next. You can also see their whole schedule onwww.bar411.com.  The members of the band are, Rick Doran – Lead & backing vocals, Bryan Allen – Lead guitar & backing vocals, Vincent Rocky – Bass guitar, lead & backing vocals, Ricky Solitro – Drums, lead & backing vocals and Krista Doran – Percussion, lead & backing vocals.  Go check them out and when you do, be sure to mention you saw them in the Out on The Town!

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Bogside-Rogues21If you are looking to party like only the Irish can on St Patrick’s Day, there are plenty of places to “Get your Green on!”  But, no party is complete without one of Philly’s most popular Irish bands, The Bogside Rogues!

The Bogside Rogues have been around as long as I can remember.  In fact, when I think of local Irish bands, I immediately think of them.  This phenomenal group of musicians are very well known for their upbeat sound, while still staying true to their traditional roots.  The band performs a variety of Irish and Celtic styles including ballads, rebel songs, traditional dance music and contemporary Irish songs. Each member of the band has different Celtic musical backgrounds.  Using a combination of instruments including Accordion/Tin Whistle, Guitar, Bass and Drums, together they form an edgy live sound.  In fact,  they have inspired many other musicians to take up instruments in order to continue this wonderful tradition of music.

The Bogside Rogues have toured quite a bit in the Mid-Atlantic United States. They have taken their show abroad as well, having played in Ireland as well as the Caribbean & the Panama Canal. They typically play at pubs and festivals, and have also performed in St. Patrick’s Day Parades and other functions featuring Irish music and culture. The members of the band work in close association with the Irish community and its various member groups, especially the Ancient Order of Hibernians (AOH), and contributes time, talent, and resources in their various fundraising efforts.

To me, Irish music has always been quite emotional.  My husband is 100% Irish and I have learned a great deal about the strength, wisdom and hugely robust sense of humor of the Irish.  They are people that everyone wants to be around when times are happy and even when they are sad.  They know how to party, but they also know how to be strong in times of doubt and sorrow.  Irish music portrays the struggles, the joys and the love within the Irish people.  It’s inspirational and can be quite ethereal.  The Bogside Rogues have found a way to incorporate all the emotions this wonderful music exudes into a highly energetic and fun show!

You can see The Bogside Rogues perform live at many great venues including every First Friday at Tir Na Nog in Philadelphia. In fact, that is where they will be on St. Patrick’s Day!  You can view their entire schedule on their website www.bogsiderogues.com. ; If you would like to have them play at your event, festival or party please call  1-888-205-4762.  If it’s Irish music you want, they are the best!

The Bogside Rogues are Bob Finegan (Drums & Percussion), Fran O’Connor (Bass Guitar, Vocals), Bobby Hurst (Vocals, Accordion, Tin Whistle), & Tim Murphy (Acoustic Guitar, Vocals).  If you are looking for authentic Irish music, played with heart and soul you will LOVE The Bogside Rogues!

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