What To Do: ‘Stolen Legacy’ at Penn Museum

By Denny Dyroff, Entertainment Editor, The Times

Hannibal Lokumbe

In celebration of Martin Luther King Day, the Penn Museum (33rd and Spruce streets, Philadelphia, 215-898-4000, www.penn.museum) is presenting “Stolen Legacy” by Hannibal Lokumbe at 7 p.m.

In partnership with internationally renowned artist, composer, and educator Hannibal Lokumbe, the Penn Museum presents “Stolen Legacy,” a libretto and musical commentary on the removal of art from the African continent.

This provocative piece responds to how, in Lokumbe’s own words, “the exchange of money for art created expressly for the spiritual maintenance of a tribe and/or nation can create a lasting physiological wound to the culture from which it was removed.” He adds that “nowhere is this more evident than in the case of African art.”

This program is part of the Museum’s own reflective process about its institutional history, which is tied to colonialist and racist narratives, and its work to reconcile our past with restorative practices.

As part of a multi-tiered experience that includes classroom visits and a conversation with the artist, everyone is invited to hear a performance of “Stolen Legacy” in the Sphinx Gallery.

Sung in Yoruba, one of the major native languages of Nigeria, the libretto of “Stolen Legacy” is based on the idea that individual artifacts long to return to the cultures that birthed them.

Martin Luther King Weekend will be celebrated on January 16 at the Eastern State Penitentiary (2027 Fairmount Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-236-3300, www.easternstate.org) from 11 a.m.-4:45 p.m.

Visitors will be able to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and contemplate the significance and ongoing relevance of his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail” during an in-person, all-day event at Eastern State Penitentiary.

They can listen as guest speakers read excerpts from “Letter from Birmingham Jail” and texts by other civil rights movement leaders directly impacted by incarceration.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was arrested in Birmingham, Alabama on April 12, 1963 for demonstrating without a permit. During his 11 days in jail there, he wrote “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in response to a letter published by Alabama clergymen that criticized King’s use of jail time to demonstrate civil injustice.

In the letter, written with a contraband pencil in the margins of a newspaper, Dr. King explains why he chose to use prisons as a tool in his civil rights movement. The letter became a manifesto for civil disobedience, stating, “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,” and marked an important turning point in the civil rights movement.

The words of Frederick Douglass, Angela Y. Davis, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells will illuminate Dr. King’s place within a long lineage of leaders in the struggle for racial equality. Each passage centers around a specific theme and encourages reflection and group discussion. Seating is limited and is first-come, first-served.

From noon-2 p.m., there will be family programming designed with children and their caregivers in mind. Educators will host story times featuring children’s books written by and about civil rights movement leaders. There will also be specially designed hands-on activities.

The event is free, and no reservations are required.

Betsy Ross House

On January 14-16, the Betsy Ross House (239 Arch Street, Philadelphia, historicphiladelphia.org) will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by honoring Dr. King’s legacy with special programming.

Visitors will meet Bishop Richard Allen, who overcame enslavement and established the first independent African church denomination in the United States, the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Bishop Allen was a tireless advocate for his community.  He was the co-founder of the Free African Society, that supported the disadvantaged, particularly widows and orphans, and provided care during the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793.  In 1830, he organized the first convention of African Americans to develop strategies promoting freedom and equality for all.

His leadership and dedication have served over the years as an inspiration for civil rights leaders, including Dr. King.

The Betsy Ross House is located in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood in the heart of the Historic District and steps away from Independence National Park.

The House will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for tours. Admission is $8 for adults; $6 for students/children/seniors.

The Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (Station Avenue, Oaks, 800-677-4677, www.phillyexpocenter.com) will be the site of three very different events this weekend – events focusing on reptiles, model trains and marijuana.

East Coast Reptile Super Expo

On January 14, the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center will host the East Coast Reptile Super Expo featuring hundreds of live snakes and reptiles.

Many people think snakes and lizards are interesting creatures and maybe even fun pets to own. If you fall into this category, you should check out the show on Saturday. A wide array of reptiles will be on display as part of the popular exhibition, which is an annual event that is closing in on its silver anniversary.

One of the show’s main attractions is a sales exhibit area featuring many vendors with live reptiles, amphibians and arachnids as well as food items, supplies, books, cages, and related accessories.

Some of the featured vendors are AZO Reptiles, Rose’s Reptiles, Darin’s Toybox, Blake’s Exotic Reptiles, Dower Reptiles & Rodents, Reptile Kingdom, DHA Pythons, Gecko Haven, Hunger Reptiles, Jungle Emporium, Delaware Turtle, Just Lizards, Outback Reptiles, RKZ Rodents. Monstar Reptiles, Turtle to Turtle, and Delaware Valley Herpetarium.

The East Coast Reptile Super Expo, which is always a well-attended event, will run from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. this Saturday. Tickets are $10 with children (under five) admitted free.

There will be a lot of model trains and a lot of toys on display and for sale when Greenberg’s Train & Toy Show visits the area for a two-day stop at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center (100 Station Avenue, Oaks, www.greenbergshows.com).

The show, which is scheduled for January 14 and 15 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. both days, will feature a number of operating train displays, including Allegheny Western Lines HO Scale Layout, Philadelphia N-Trak N Scale Layout, Royersford Modular Model Railroaders HO Scale Layout, Atlantic Division TCA O Gauge Layout, and Strasburg Model Railroad HO Scale.

Also featured will be North Penn O Gaugers O Gauge, North Penn S Gaugers S Gauge, South Eastern Pennsylvania Garden Railway Society G Scale, Strasburg Model Railroad Club LEGO® Train Club, Keystone N Trak N Scale and Railroad in a Box HO Scale.

This weekend’s show will also offer free clinics on a wide variety of topics, including track work, using accessories and using a digital command control. There will be a large number of dealers with toys, trains, accessories and hobby publications. Other features include hourly door prizes.

Tickets for adults are $12 for Saturday and $11 for Sunday. Children (12 and under) are admitted free.

The Expo Center is also hosting the Oaks Canna Fest this weekend.

Oaks Canna Fest

On January 14 and 15, the Oaks Canna Fest brings together more than 200 local and national vendors showcasing the leading-edge trends in alternative health products and services. Medical cards are not required for admission although onsite Medical Certification is available.

Visitors can renew themselves with a visit to licensed massage therapists and enjoy artisan crafted wine samples and unique handcrafted artwork.

With the Admission Pass, participants receive an exclusive “Welcome to Canna Fest” shopping bag, access to all special events, and the Canna Fest Event Guide.

The Event Guide is your key to an enhanced Canna Fest experience with Seminar Schedules, Product Coupons, Vendor Location Maps, and the Special Event details. Cannabis Educational Forums include cooking with Cannabis and Making Your Own Gummies.

Other weekend activities include guest speakers, door prizes, “Canna games,” guided yoga and reiki classes, live entertainment, cooking classes, crystal healing, chakra balancing, sensory meditation spaces and legalization news and resources.

The event will run from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Ticket prices start at $15.

Every Saturday in January, the Chaddsford Winery (632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford, 610-388-6221, http://www.chaddsford.com) will present “Murder Mystery Nights 2023” from 6:30-9 p.m. each night.

Here is the scenario as posted by the winery – “Do you have what it takes to crack the case? Help the CFW Crew collect evidence, follow the leads, and uncover the mastermind during this interactive event that’s part murder mystery, part wine pairing dinner.

Deep within the cellars of Chaddsford Winery sits the world’s most elusive bottle of wine that’s worth a cool $3,000,00. The first and only of its vintage, it is now a high-volume target. Only the most brazen of crews could pull off a heist like this – enter the infamous Great Lakes – five of the craftiest thieves in the world.

With so much on the line, tensions run high. When one of the group winds up dead, there’s nowhere else to look than the person beside you. Join the crew to sleuth their way to this mysterious bottle of wine and hopefully—the killer.”

Along with an evening of drama, you’ll enjoy a full, five-course dinner and some strikingly delicious PA wine!

A five-course dinner, presented by J. Scott Catering, will be delivered as a roving dining experience spread out at stations throughout the building.

The Barrel Room will have Local Cheese + Charcuterie Board, Market Vegetable Station with Tomato Gorgonzola Dip and Roasted Garlic Bean Dip. This will be paired with 2021 Sparkling White.

The Bottling Line features Salad Station paired with 2021 The White Standard while the West Tank Room offers Gemelli Pasta with Braised Short Rib, Gorgonzola, Cherry Veal Ragout, and Crispy Carrot and Chickpea Rotini with Vegan Pesto, Broccoli, Tomato, Lemon, Artichoke, Wilted Arugula and Pine Nuts paired with 2021 Presage.

In the Reserve Room, there will be Rolled & Stuffed Pork Loin in a Spicy Orange Maple Glaze with Butternut Squash Puree and Charred Brussel Sprouts and Vegan Stuffed Poblano with Wild Rice, Roasted Corn, Black Beans, Cilantro, Vegan Cheddar Chipotle and Tomato Puree paired with 2020 Harbinger and 2022 Piquette.

At the end, the Tasting Room will feature Assorted Miniature Desserts paired with Holiday Spirit and YAAIMH Coffee

Chaddsford Winery is also presenting “Reserve Tastings – Festive Faves” on select Saturdays and Sundays in January.

Guests will join the CFW Crew for an intimate and educational 60-minute experience in the Barrel Room. The trained staff will guide them through a pre-selected tasting of five widely diverse and award-winning wines from across our portfolio. The selections will be paired alongside seasonal local cheeses and other accoutrements to enhance your tasting experience.

The staff will also discuss topics such as grape growing conditions at our partner vineyards and the onsite winemaking process from production to aging and bottling.

The 2023 Pairing Line Up is – Greeting Wine: 2021 Sparkling White; ’21 Chardonnay with Farm at Doe Run 7 Sister Cheese; ’21 Dry Rosé: Redux with Calkins Creamery Noblette Cheese and Strawberry Lavender Jam; ’20 Merlot with Èclat Chocolate Coffee and Cardamom Bar; and Holiday Spirit with OsoSweet Bakery Cafe chocolate cinnamon scone.

Reserved seatings are $35 per person.

The “Wine, Cheese & Honey Pairings at Penns Woods” at Penns Wood Winery (124 Beaver Valley Road, Chadds Ford, 610-459-0808, http://www.pennswoodsevents.com) provide a nice way for visitors to enjoy a winter weekend day.

Penns Woods Winery is joining forces with local cheese makers and local honey artisans to present exclusive pairings of wine, cheese and honey. The tastings will feature four premium Penns Woods wines, each paired with various cheeses and honey from local farms.

The mouth-watering tastings will be held every weekend in January from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sundays.

Tickets cost $40 per person and reservations are required.

In a different take on wine and cheese events, Harvest Ridge Winery (1140 Newark Road, Toughkenamon) will present a delicious “Mac N Cheese Pairing” on January 15 at 1 p.m.

The winery will be pairing four different “mac n cheese” dishes created by its Field of Dreams food truck with four Harvest Ridge wines or Rebel Seed ciders.

This is a “do at your own pace” pairing. Tickets are $25.

This weekend is a special time at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, www.ansp.org).

The museum is presenting “Science Storytime” on January 14 and 15 starting at 11 a.m. each day.

Each week will feature a science story and a hands-on craft to try.

Visitors can enjoy some of the following topics —

Jump up and dance as we read “Dinosaurrumpus” by Tony Mitton and get crafting with dinosaur pasta pals; What do birds look like? How do they act, and how are they like (and not like) you? What would it be like if you could talk to them? Explore these questions as we read “Birds” by Kevin Henkes and get crafting with a bird in the hand

If you’re like Rodney, you always want to be outside. One day, Rodney gets to go to a very special park where he can run, climb and be himself, and it changes him forever. Join us for “Where’s Rodney” by Carmen Bogan (recommended by Social Justice Books) and make binoculars to take home.

When Maisy goes to the museum, there is so much to discover—dinosaurs, a woolly mammoth, rocket ships and more. Come explore with us as we read “Maisy Goes to the Museum” by Lucy Cousins and make our very own museum crafts.

Other upcoming “Science Storytime” dates are February 18 and 19 and March 18 and 19.

“Science Storytime will take place at the Aquatic Reptile Nook in Dinosaur Hall.

Museum admission is $27 for adults, $24 for seniors and $23 for children (ages 2-12).

The Philadelphia Comic-Con, which is scheduled to run from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. on January 15 at the Clarion Hotel Conference Center (76 Industrial Highway, Essington, 856-217-5737, www.philadelphiacomic-con.com), features comic books, trading cards and other collectibles — both modern and vintage.

The event, which has an admission fee of $4, also features a number of special autograph guests.

The popular collectibles event, which is the area’s longest running comic convention, will host dealers from all over the Northeast with sales booths featuring Gold & Silver Age comics, action figures, non-sport cards (including Topps “Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens”).

Also featured will be Japanese Manga, gaming cards such as Pokemon and Magic the Gathering, original artwork and all the latest issues of today’s popular comic book series.

The roster of top-flight vendors includes veteran dealers and relative newcomers. As an added attraction, there will be hourly door prizes beginning at 11 a.m. with $100 in show cash to be given away.

On January 14, FestivICE presented by Traditions Bank returns to Downtown York from 10a.m.-2 p.m.

Highlighted with the 40-foot ice slide, the bulk of the icy fun takes place in Cherry Lane with various other sculptures throughout the streets surrounding Cherry Lane.

Live entertainment will be provided by Carsyn – Acoustic Alternative; NAKUU – NeoSoul Rock; Before The End – Alternative Yorcore; and DJ Gigi – Latin & Urban Dance Music.

DiMartino Ice Company will be finishing up their live carvings until noon.

Anna, Elsa, and Olaf will be stopping by from noon-2 p.m. and DownTown and the Yeti will be wandering around during the event as well.

The Northern Central Railway (2 West Main Street, New Freedom, www.northerncentralrailway.com) is running two special FestivICE excursions at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

They will be two-hour excursions with a 30-minute layover in Railroad and a 30-minute layover in Glen Rock to visit local business activities and ice sculptures.

On January 14 at 2:30 p.m., the rail line will also run “Ales on the Rails,” a three-hour excursion featuring Brewery Tours (21 and over).

A warmer way to enjoy railroads this weekend would be to head to an indoor train exhibit.

Founded more than 50 years ago, Choo Choo Barn — Traintown U.S.A. (Route 741 East, 226 Gap Rd, Strasburg, 717-687-7911, www.choochoobarn.com) presents a 1,700-square-foot train layout featuring over 150 hand-built animated figures and vehicles and 22 operating trains. The majority of trains that are running in the display are “O Gauge” trains but there are also some HO Gauge trains as well as one N Gauge train.

Several of the original pieces and animations are still on the display today, including the ski slope, ski lodge and ice skaters, Dutch Haven, the Willows, the two-lane moving highway (in front of Dutch Haven), the farm with the tobacco barn, the Strasburg Fire House, the church beside Dutch Haven and a few other houses.

The layout features a special Christmas display now through January 17. The homes and businesses along the tracks have been decked out with holiday trim. And there are 55 hidden Santas — one for each year the site has been open — located around the display for visitors to find.

Tickets are $8.50 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3 and under) at Choo Choo Barn — Traintown U.S.A.

For the next few months, the American Swedish Historical Museum (1900 Pattison Avenue, Philadelphia, 215-389-1776, www.americanswedish.org) is presenting an exhibit “Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America,” which will run through February 19.

“Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America” is an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Swedish American artists in the late-19th and early-20th centuries.

This colorful and emotive impressionist art reflects its own time, interprets nature and landscape, and is independent of artificial conventions while keeping Swedish folk traditions alive.

The American Swedish Historical Museum is proud to present Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America, an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Swedish American artists in the late-19th and early-20th centuries. This colorful and emotive impressionist art reflects its own time, interprets nature and landscape, and is independent of artificial conventions while keeping Swedish folk traditions alive.

This exhibition features many Swedish artists who studied and absorbed the democratic philosophies of “art for all,” espoused by Anders Zorn and the Artist’s League. These young artists immigrated to America to forge new career paths. “Art for all” became a catchphrase in Kansas by the 1930s, stemming from efforts of local artists to offer affordable paintings and prints so that every citizen could have original art in their own homes for a richly cultured way of life.

“Art for All: The Swedish Experience in Mid-America” was conceived and developed by the Birger Sandzén Memorial Gallery and the Hillstrom Museum of Art.

The John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum (8601 Lindbergh Boulevard, Philadelphia, www.fws.gov/refuge/John_Heinz) has several attractive events scheduled for this week.

“Beginner Bird Walk with Karin Marcus” will be held on January 14 at 10 a.m. and “Bird Walk with Mary Ellen Krober ” will be held on January 15 at 9 a.m.

Visitors can take an educational walk with two of the site’s knowledgeable volunteers and discover the 300+ species of birds that use the Refuge during their migration routes.

The walks will begin at the archway at the Visitor Center and will last approximately one hour on flat surfaces.

On January 14, ACME is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit at 1400 East Passyunk Avenue in Philadelphia.

The Lunar New Year celebration will feature demonstrations and samples of authentic dishes, Lion Dance performances from The Philly Suns, and live traditional Erhu music from Chinese multi-instrumentalist, Qian Qin.

There also will be an array of cultural activities for the kids presented by the American Chinese Museum.

The event, which runs from noon-4 p.m., is free and open to the public.

The Sikh Center of Delaware (1107 South Dupont Highway, New Castle, Delaware, https://www.facebook.com/sikhcenterofdelaware) is hosting a special event called “Lohri” on January 14.

Lohri is essentially a harvest festival mostly celebrated in Punjab, Delhi, Haryana, and Himachal Pradesh. People celebrate it with great fun, excitement, and enthusiasm.

The customs and traditions may slightly vary from one region to another but basically all of them are attached to the harvesting of the Rabi crops. The North Indian people celebrate this festival to mark the end of winter solstice. The harvested fields and front yards are lit up with flames of bonfire and people sit around it and engage into singing, dancing, and merry making.

The event will get underway with “Path” with Rehraas Sahib followed by Kirtan & Ardaas. Ther will be tea, snacks and other refreshments at 6 p.m. The Lohri celebrations are scheduled from 6:30 p.m. onward.

Sesame Place (100 Sesame Road, Langhorne, www.sesameplace.com) may be closed for park rides and activities but there’s still furry fun to be had.

This weekend’s special event will be “Captain Cookie’s Pirate Feast,” the first of five themed dining experiences throughout January and February.

“Captain Cookie’s Pirate Feast” is a nautical-themed celebration. Captain Cookie hosts this delicious buffet meal and some special pirate festivities for the whole family to enjoy.

There will also be a special meet and greet on the way into “Captain Cookie’s Pirate Feast!”

Other upcoming special dining events are Abby’s Magical Magician Ball Dine (January 21 & 22), Ernie’s Birthday Bash Dine (January 28 & 29), Elmo’s Rockin’ Birthday Dine (February 4 & 5) and My Fuzzy Valentine Dine (February 11 and 12).

Theme park admission and parking fees are not required for entry.

Tickets for the dining events are $44.99 (ages 10 and older) and $24.99 for children (ages 2-9). Advanced dining reservation is required.

A well-attended Bucks County attraction is the “Holiday Light Show” at Shady Brook Farm (931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, www.shadybrookfarm.com)

The farm features a three–million-light Holiday Light Show with “Dashin’ Through the … Lights,” a family-friendly two-mile drive-through on Thursday and Friday nights.

The main display allows visitors to drive or (if weather permits) ride in wagons past post-sundown displays including illuminated tunnels.

The “Holiday Light Show” is open now through January 28.

Timed tickets, which start at $40, are required.

Wonderspaces at the Fashion District (27 North 11th Street, Philadelphia, philadelphia.wonderspaces.com) is an experiential, interactive arts venue.

Building on the success of annual pop-up shows in San Diego, and its first permanent location in Scottsdale, Arizona, Wonderspaces opened a 24,000 square foot gallery space in Philly a year ago.

Wonderspaces features 14 art installations that all play with the idea of perspective.  The artwork ranges from award-winning virtual reality short film about a dinner party-turned-alien abduction, to a room where visitors digitally paint the walls with the movement of their bodies.

New artworks rotate in every few months, creating an ever-evolving, year-round show.

Tickets are for entry at a specific date and time. Visitors are welcome to stay as long as they please during operating hours. The average time spent experiencing the show is 90 minutes.

A few installations contain flashing lights, images, and patterns that may trigger seizures for people with photosensitive epilepsy. All visitors must sign a waiver prior to being admitted into the space. Adult supervision is required for visitors under 16.

Center City Parks District’s Rothman Orthopaedics Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park (1 South 15th Street, Philadelphia, http://ccdparks.org/dilworth-park) is open for the season.

In addition, a full lineup of free attractions areoffered, including the Rothman Orthopaedic Institute Cabin.

The Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park is an unparalleled entertainment experience on Philadelphia’s center stage in a wonderfully urban and unique setting. Open seven days a week, the rink offers wintery fun for all ages, with a full slate of programs.

Dilworth Park’s winter season will run until February 26.

Winter has arrived and the Blue Cross RiverRink (Delaware Avenue at Walnut Street, Philadelphia, 215-925-RINK, www.riverrink.com) has come back to life.

Unlike most of the suburban ice rinks, RiverRink features public skating. Ice skating is the only use of the ice. This winter, RiverRink takes the ice-skating experience on the Delaware River waterfront to another level by once again transforming the annual rink into a bona fide winter wonderland.

For 29 seasons, Winterfest has been Philadelphia’s favorite Winter tradition on the Delaware River Waterfront, inviting visitors for a chance to indulge in flights of fancy under thousands of sparkling lights in a winter wonderland with spectacular views of the Delaware River. Cozy up in comforting warming cabins, firepit stations, boardwalk rides and games for the young and young-at-heart, delicious food and hot beverages, the signature holiday tree, and, of course, ice skating on our NHL-sized rink. Winterfest is a top destination for anyone looking to rekindle family traditions.

The Winterfest site is free to enter and open to the public. Amenities such as ice skating and cabin and firepit experiences can be reserved in advance. Winterfest is open seven days a week including holidays through March 5.

Ghost Tour of Philadelphia (215-413-1997, www.ghosttour.com), Ghost Tour of Lancaster (717-687-6687, www.ghosttour.com) and Ghost Tour of Strasburg (717-687-6687, www.ghosttour.com) operate throughout the winter and offer an eerily entertaining evening of true ghost stories and real haunted houses.

The Ghost Tour of Philadelphia, which is based on the book, “Ghost Stories of Philadelphia, PA.,” is a candlelight walking tour along the back streets and secret gardens of Independence Park, Society Hill, and Old City, where ghostly spirits, haunted houses, and eerie graveyards abound.

Participants can discover the ghost lore of America’s most historic and most haunted city with stories from the founding of William Penn’s colony to present-day hauntings.

The activity is open year-round – weekends, December-February; every night, March-November. Tickets are $24.

The Ghost Tour of Lancaster and the Ghost Tour of Strasburg are based on the book, “Ghost Stories of Lancaster, PA.”

Participants in the Ghost Tour of Lancaster explore the long-forgotten mysteries of one of America’s oldest cities, with haunting tales of otherworldly vigils, fatal curses, and star-crossed lovers. The tour provides the opportunity to experience 300 years of haunted history from the Red Rose City’s thorny past. Tickets are $20.

The Ghost Tour of Strasburg is a candlelight walking tour of the quaint and historic town of Strasburg in the heart of Pennsylvania Dutch Country. Visitors will experience an entertaining evening with a costumed tour guide spinning tales of haunted mansions, eerie graveyards, and spirits that roam the night … in a town lost in time. Tickets are $20.

Grim Philly’s “Dark Philly History Tour” (www.grimphilly.com) will be held every evening throughout the winter.

Participants can walk with tour guides from the grounds of America’s first White House, Congress, and Liberty Bell to homes and sites of Hamilton, Washington, Franklin, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, and more than 10 other Founding-Fathers. The surprising dirt of espionage, murder, sexual license and blackmail highlight the secrets of 1776 with a ghost story or two along the way. This tour is highly researched. And your guide is a historian.

Tickets are $35.

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