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Just Plane Fun at PHL Airport – again

 

The Philadelphia Mummers entertain airport visitors during the holiday season at Philadelphia International Airport.

Courtesy PHL

It’s back!

Philadelphia International Airport has kicked off another summer of its customer appreciation program, called Just Plane Fun, which will present live entertainment, magicians, caricature artists, beauty makeovers and demonstrations and fun activities to passengers right through to Labor Day.

There’s plenty to do at PHL even when the Mummers, the magicians and the makeover artists aren’t on duty: PHL has a robust arts and culture program that currently lists almost two dozen permanent and temporary exhibitions around the airport.

Courtesy City of Philadelphia

Courtesy City of Philadelphia

 

Right now, for example, in anticipation of the Democratic National Convention is being held in Philadelphia July 25-28, the airport is presenting an exhibition about the city’s long history of hosting presidential conventions.

The exhibit, Philadelphia’s Presidential Convention History 1848-2016, is in Terminal A-East and will be on display through June 2017.

 

 

 

 

PHL & the Papal Visit

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Thousands of people heading to Philadelphia for this weekend’s Papal Visit will be passing through Philadelphia International Airport.

The airport is ready with a special web page of helpful travel information, extra services and, on Monday, September 28, a free Papal Visit luggage tag for anyone who spends $25 or more in participating retail shops.

While Pope Francis’s arrival and departure at the airport are not public events, keep in mind he’s due to arrive at Atlantic Aviation at about 9:30 p.m. today (Saturday, September 26)  and depart  at 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 27.

The Pope will surely have a car service to meet him when he arrives, but everyone else should consider taking the SEPTA train into town. Especially because on Saturday and Sunday your special One Day Papal Pass for travel on the Airport Rail Line will also be a souvenir.

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Fresh airport art exhibits

Stuck at the airport? Lucky you! In these and many other airports, you’ll get to see some great art.

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Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has a new art exhibit featuring wind instruments from the Sheldon Art Galleries through December 13, 2015 in the Lambert Gallery.

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On view: beautiful and exotic wind instruments from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, South America, and Central and North America, which are a part of The Sheldon’s Hartenberger 2,500 piece World Music Collection.

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At Austin-Berstrom International Airport there’s a new exhibit featuring beadworkd from the Austin Bead Society.

Graphic Explosion by Nancy Vaughn

Graphic Explosion by Nancy Vaughn

 Waters Edge by Robynne Simons Sealy


Waters Edge by Robynne Simons Sealy

And in the Terminal C-D link, Philadelphia International Airport is commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the start of its commercial air service with a new exhibit looking back at the airport’s transformation into a major hub airport.

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Kenneth Aston, Philadelphia International Airport.

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courtesy Philadelphia International Airport

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courtesy Philadelphia International Airport

Just Plane Fun returns to PHL Airport

PHL JUST PLANE FUN

Philadelphia International Airport has brought back its popular “Just Plane Fun” series of summertime customer appreciation events ranging from product demonstrations and live music to make-overs and a variety of events with prizes.

The schedule changes weekly, but this week’s events include beauty makeovers and skin consultations for men and women – along with free photos – on Wednesday and live music (and dancing) on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.

But wait – there’s more!

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has a pop-up garden in the Terminal B/C baggage claim and a new exhibit just opened (in Terminal A-East) with photos illustrating a long list of Philadelphia firsts – including the first lending library, hospital, university, art museum, zoo, U.S. Mint, and children’s hospital.

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First Zoo, 1874, Photo Courtesy phillyhistory.org

Photos in “About Philadelphia: A City of Firsts” also remind travelers that Philadelphia hosted the country’s first World’s Fair, and was where the first ice cream soda was made, and where Mother’s Day was first celebrated.

Restaurant Week at PHL Airport & beyond

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From October 20 to 27, Philadelphia International Airport joins cities around the country in celebrating Restaurant Week, with pre-selected, three-course menus for $20 per person offered at these in-airport restaurants:

· Cantina Laredo (Concourse E)

· Chickie’s & Pete’s (Terminal A West, Concourses C, D & E)

· Cibo Bistro & Wine Bar (Concourse B)

· Jack Duggan’s Pub & Restaurant (Concourse A East)

· Jet Rock Bar & Grill (Concourses B & D)

· Legal Sea Foods (B/C Connector)

· Local Tavern (Terminal F)

· Re:Vive Bar (Terminal F)

· Sky Asian Bistro (Concourse C)

· Vino Volo (Terminal A West, Concourse B, B/C & D/E Connectors)

Restaurant Week at an airport is a great idea, of course. And unlike Restaurant Week in most cities, the one at PHL Airport continues through the weekend.

But a week is so short.

And your travels may not take you through PHL.

Never fear. Throughout the entire month of October, HMS Host has brought the restaurant week concept to selected restaurants in airports around the country. See the list of participating airports and restaurants here