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There was another art show held in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. They probably have shows in the park roughly 4 times a year. This year’s art show consisted mostly of paintings, with only a few sculptures. No crafts at this show.

Many of this year’s artists were also at last year’s show but we enjoyed looking at the new artists’ work. We took some pictures of some of the paintings we like best. One of the price tags was $4,000.00 and the simple frame alone was $300. We decided that we didn’t need any paintings.

If you haven’t seen the other articles we’ve written on the other arts and crafts shows and you have an interest, you can click here. Walking to the park and seeing the various shows they present there is a highlight for most people, ourselves included.

Rat Hunting

Posted: October 21, 2013 in Articles, Videos
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On Sunday at around 11:00pm, we went rat hunting because we heard there was a rat problem in Rittenhouse Square, a neighborhood in Philadelphia. As we walked the perimeter of Rittenhouse Park, we didn’t seeing any rats, to our disappointment. When we decided to go into the park, however, we saw lots of them. We were walking calmly along in the park when we saw a rat scuttle across the path and join two of his brethren near a trash can. Unfortunately, in the dim light it was hard for the camera to see them. We did have a flashlight, but it wasn’t quite bright enough because the batteries were low.

Tonight, we went back to Rittenhouse Park armed with fresh batteries in the flashlight. We went at dusk, which is supposedly when the rats are mainly out. We went to the place where we had seen them yesterday, and sat down on a bench next to a trash can. We thought this would probably be the best spot, since rats always go near trash cans anyway.

As we settled down to wait, we noticed that there were lots of people and dogs around. This made it harder to get any rats on film because the people walking scared them, and their dogs sometimes chased them, but we did finally succeed in filming a few. The video quality is pretty low sometimes, but we hope you like it anyway!

As a side thought, people like to go to music concerts around here, but we go rat-hunting 🙂

Some people call Philadelphia “The City of Brotherly Love”. Others call it “Filthadelphia”. We think it was mostly Filthadelphia this past week. It was warm and humid. The trash cans were stewing and there was rotting ginkgo fruit under the ginkgo trees (Gumballs and Ginkgo Trees.) Philadelphia is not a clean place.

We read a few days ago that Rittenhouse Square Park in Philadelphia houses a lot of rats, which is probably due to all the restaurants in the area, so we went to see what we could find. We walked around the edge of the park and discovered four large rat holes. We heard that the rats are usually visible in the early morning or at dusk but there have also been some sightings while it was still light outside. We wanted to catch some rats on film, but unfortunately we didn’t see any. Dink did hear something moving around in a trash can a while ago, and now we think that it might have been a rat.

It’s just another reason why we think living in a big city is disgusting.

by Dink

Every once in a while, peDSCF0445ople hold art shows around Rittenhouse Park. They surround the park with tents and assorted artists come to show their paintings/drawings/sculptures. Last weekend, one such show was held, and we went and got some pictures of it.

Here’s how the art shows work. The artists are each assigned one tent to hang their art in. Artists came for various states. Some of the states that caught our eye were North Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey.

We walked through the tents and looked at all the paintings. I have never been to one of these shows before, and it was pretty fun to look at all the paintings and sculptures. We are usually pretty negative about all the art we see in Philadelphia, but this time we decided to concentrate on the good instead of making fun of the bad. Excluding the thing with the shapes, all of the pictures we took were of ones we liked.

Actually, we thought that there were only two or three artists that showed a great amount of talent or originality. The other artists’ work was good, but there were only a few that were really exceptional in our opinion.  We noticed that a lot of the artists enjoyed painting water – river bank, lakes, and beaches seemed to be a favorite theme.

The paintings in these exhibits were not just for looking at, they were also for sale and the price tags were terrifying. Some of the paintings cost up to $8,000, and as good as some were, we wouldn’t even consider buying them for that price. They were fun to look at though.

There is usually an arts & crafts fair in the spring again in Rittenhouse Square Park, so if you live close to Philadelphia and go, maybe we’ll see you!

by John and Dink