The beloved pastime of First Friday in Old City Philadelphia is now extending itself to become First Weekend. Gallery hopping on the first Friday of every month will still happen, but now Saturdays in Old City will be filled with activities such as the Flower Show Scavenger Hunt, (inspired by the Philadelphia Flower Show on March 10), which begins at 11am tomorrow. There are also a few select galleries that will be holding special events tonight, such as First Friday Weekends Old City (Part of the Old City Arts Association) is having an opening reception for First Friday at 301 N. 3rd Street. Bluestone Art Gallery at 142 N. 2nd Street also has a fresh exhibit to check out. And of course, if you’ve never experienced First Friday, just head up 2nd street past Market and you’ll see what all the fuss is about. Who can say no to wine, art, and people watching? If you’re busy tonight, here are a list of locations that are participating tomorrow for the Flower Scavenger Hunt, and the prizes you can win if you find the missing flower(s).
Arden Theatre Company — 40 N 2nd St.
ITEM: Name the flower that was in the title of the Arden’s musical last spring
PRIZE: First three correct answers given to the Box Office will receive 2 tickets to the Arden show of their choice. All correct answers will receive a piece of seeded paper they can actually plant to become flowers!
The Betsy Ross House — 239 Arch St.
ITEM: Lily of the Valley
PRIZE: Buy One Get One Free Admission
The Center for Art in Wood — 141 N 3rd St.
ITEMS: Flower Bracelet in museum store / Ron Fleming’s Cerus, Frank Knox’s The Wood Rose, Flower Turnings, and Vase with Flowers all in the museum collection gallery
1ST PRIZE: 3 free books and 20% Off One Reg priced item.
2ND PRIZE: 3 free books and 10% Off One Reg priced item.
3RD PRIZE: 3 free books.
More Than Old — 144–146 N 3rd St.
1ST PRIZE: 20% off next purchase coupon.
2ND & 3RD PRIZE: Merchandise gift.
Old City T-Shirts — 233 Church St.
ITEM: Flower arrangement printed on a white t-shirt.
1ST, 2ND, & 3RD PRIZE: Philadelphia designed T-Shirt
3rd Street Gallery on Second Street
58 N. 2nd St.
ITEM: “High Spirited”
1ST PRIZE: $10 off a selected framed work in Members Gallery.
2ND PRIZE: $5 off a selected unframed work in Members Gallery
Cuba Libre Restaurant & Rum Bar — 10 S. 2nd St.
ITEM: Travel to Old Havana where our staff will be adorning themselves with this edible kind of flower.
1ST PRIZE: $50 gift certificate.
2ND PRIZE: $25 gift certificate.
3RD PRIZE: $15 gift certificate.
All correct answers will receive a free dessert with purchase of entrée.
Snyderman-Works Galleries — 303 Cherry St.
ITEM: Placement on Norma Minkowitz’ fiber sculpture (figure)
Prize: Nice mug
Humphrys Flag Company — 238 Arch St.
ITEM: Narcissi in Blue
1ST PRIZE: Narcissi in Blue, 24 x 16 in.
2ND PRIZE: Narcissi in Blue, 18 x 12 in.
3RD PRIZE: Narcissi in Blue, 12 x 8 in.
All correct answers win a 4 x 6 in. USA flag!
Scarlett Alley — 241 Race St.
1ST PRIZE: 25% off coupon & candy bar.
2ND PRIZE: 20% off coupon & candy bar.
3RD PRIZE: 15% off coupon & candy bar.
Three Sirens Boutique — 134 N 3rd St.
1ST PRIZE: $25.00 Gift Certificate.
2ND PRIZE: 20% Off One Reg priced item.
3RD PRIZE: 10% Off One Reg priced item
Wexler Gallery — 201 N. 3rd St.
ITEM: Portraits of Post Industrial Americans: Large Bouquet (Flower bouquet made from brass screws, brass and bronze)*
PRIZE: 15% discount
And on Sunday some galleries and shops will be giving discounts to people who had brunch in an Old City restaurant. Sadly I don’t have a list on participating venues at this time, but check it out anyway. Have a great weekend!