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Prime Time Weekend

Friday, November 09, 2007

Prime Time Weekend is hosted by Gary Papa and Cecily Tynan on Saturdays at 7:00 PM. Weekly program information can be found here.

Prime Time Weekend for 7:30pm, 11/10/07

WHEEL OF FORTUNE: The Wheel celebrates its 25th anniversary with a celebrity-contestant show at Radio City Music Hall. Behind the scenes, Vanna, Pat, and Paige Hemmis of Extreme Makeover, describe what it is that had made Wheel the most successful, and one of the longest running shows in syndicated television history.
Contact: www.wheeloffortune.com/index.php

SPACE TOURISM: In Southampton, PA, the new National Aerospace Training & Research Center, or NASTAR, uses state of the art simulators to launch a new industry: training space tourists for the rigors of space-flight. In his inimitable fashion, Action News reporter Don Polec describes the history that led up to "space tourism for the rest of us", while Action News Morning Anchor Matt O'Donnell takes NASTAR's shortcut into outer space.
Contact: www.nastarcenter.com

TRI-STATE BIRD RESCUE: It may be the holidays, but Tri-State Bird Rescue is busy saving the Pelicans who came in from the cold, the Hoot Owl who broke his wing, the eagle who barely escaped electrocution and the countless gulls, hawks, and songbirds who have escaped death by oil-spill. Almost all of these birds are released in good health back to the wild, thanks to the world renowned TLC of Tristate.
Contacts: Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, 110 Possum Hollow Rd., Newark, Del 19711, 302-737-9543, www.tristatebird.org


Prime Time Weekend for 7:30pm, 9/22/07

NJ Motorsports Park - Thunderbolt Raceway
In Millville, NJ, the New Jersey Motorsports Park and Thunderbolt Raceway will offer racing at all levels. Scheduled to open in June, 2008, it's being called the biggest recreational project in New Jersey since the casinos came to Atlantic City. Covering seven hundred acres it will be a family resort with fine restaurants, and luxury villas overlooking the racetrack. It is a hundred and fifty million dollar investment in the belief that if the developers build it, lovers of car racing will come from all over the country.

Contact: www.njmotorsportspark.com

ALIENS:
In Harrisburg, at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts, Aliens is an exhibit that begins with the history of Aliens in science fiction movies, books and magazines. The exhibit ends with a fascinating look at the strange alien-like creatures that inhabit the ocean depths, and the nooks and crannies of our world. The exhibit is open until Nov. 11th, 2007.

Contact: www.whitakercenter.org tel: 717-214-2787

Ceelite
Nowadays people are seeing Philadelphia in a whole new light: from the lasers atop City Hall, to the LEDs on Boathouse Row. Now Ceelite is about to add its own distinctive glow. Ceelite is the name of a company in Blue Bell, PA that manufactures paper thin sheets of plastic. Connect them to electric current, and they glow with a pure white light. The sheets come in sizes up to four by eight feet. Because they are so thin, lightweight, and last up to four years, they could play a major role in outdoor advertising and street signage. They could also cast a whole new light on indoor architecture.

Contact: http://www.ceelite.com/

HS Musical & Mural Arts Program
Philadelphia celebrates a program that has transformed Penn's Green Country Town into a veritable work of art. And the Media Theater shows off the talent of local kids who go from that first raw audition to a final polished performance of High School Musical.

Contact: www.mediatheatre.com
www.muralarts.org


Prime Time Weekend for 7pm, 8/25/07 -- contents and contacts

BEEROLOGY: How the region's beer-brewers became beer-barons who changed the course of history. If Yankee Stadium was the house that Ruth built, then most other early stadiums were homes that beer built. As well, beer was a driving economic force leading to the construction of amusement parks and the trolley tracks laid to reach them. Pennsylvania Brewery Historian Rich Wagner takes us on an illustrated guide of this history.

The business and the art of brewing continues to evolve - as demonstrated by many new micro-breweries, including the Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, whose lager recently was voted best in the world by the New York Times. As with any business, beer-brewing faces challenges, including the increasing use of grains to make alcohol into methanol for automobiles. This in turn is driving up the cost of the raw ingredients that goes into beer, so that "fill er up" is going to be an increasingly costly proposition both at the pump, and the tap.
Contact: http://pabreweryhistorians.tripod.com/aboutus.html
www.victorybeer.com/contact.html

OVERWEIGHT DOGS: At the Anwell Rehab Center at the Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital in Springfield, PA, a state of the art underwater treadmill, and a physical therapy center helps bring dangerously obese dogs back to a healthy weight.

WILLIAM RANNEY (1813 - 1857): He was a pioneering painter of the American West, an optimist who created an idealized national identity that inspired so many families to pack up their lives into Conestoga wagons, and head for a better life out where the rockies rose from the plains. This is the story told in a new retrospective of Ranney's work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ranney spent his professional life working in his studio in Hoboken, and besides his masterworks of the west, there are beautiful studies of hunting and fishing scenes in his backyard, what is now called The Meadowlands.
Contact: www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/258.html

ZANE GREY: If William Ranney defined the American West in the first half of the 19th century, then Zane Grey defined it in the early twentieth century, through his cowboy western novels that in turn led to the Hollywood Western. He didn't start out as a writer. Grey's baseball prowess that won him a scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania from which he graduated as a dentist. But soon short story writing led to the novels, such as "Riders of the Purple Sage" that in turn became huge hits in an early Hollywood hungry for Grey's stories. He wrote from his mansion on the upper Delaware River in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, where he could indulge his passion for fishing. That home is now The Zane Gray Museum that will be celebrating a Zane Grey Festival on July 14th & 15.

Following his early success in Lackawaxen, Grey led life Hemingway-style, cruising the world on his Yacht, catching trophy fish, and writing his best sellers from his stateroom. It was a fantastic life that has been captured in a new biography "Zane Grey: His Life, His Adventures, His Women", by Thomas Pauley, a professor of English at the University of Delaware.
Contact: www.nps.gov/upde/planyourvisit/upload/zanegreysitebulletin_feb06.pdf
www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070706/NEWS01/707060341
www.press.uillinois.edu/f05/pauly.html


Prime Time Weekend for 7pm, 8/18/07 -- contents and contacts

FLOOD: How WPVI-TV became the big story on its own Action News, after a water main break flooded the station, forcing an evacuation.
Contact: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=local&id=5397267

DIABETES CAMP: Donovan Mcnabb hosts a week-camp for diabetic kids, where they learn how to control their diabetes, and live otherwise normal lives.
Contact: http://diabetes.org
Or Call 1-800-DIABETES (800-342-2383)

ATWATER KENT MUSEUM: Rather than books, Philadelphia's history is revealed through an amazing collection of more than 100,000 artifacts.
Contact: http://www.philadelphiahistory.org/

PHIADELPHIA RECYCLING PROGRAM: Recycling is a win-win program in Philadelphia that gets trash off the streets, and out to the Blue Mountain Recycling Center, plastics, paper and metal are sorted into bales that are then shipped to processing plants that pay a premium the raw materials that recycling provides.
Contact: http://recyclingpays.phila.gov/promos.shtml


Prime Time Weekend for 7pm, 8/11/07 -- contents and contacts

DINOSAURS I: "Walking With Dinosaurs, The Live Experience" features the most realistic full size dinosaur robots ever made. And for ninety minutes, they take the audience through 100 million years of dinosaur history. This "edutainment" musical has been a blockbuster hit in Australia, and is headed for Philadelphia's Wachovia Spectrum in August.
Contact: www.dinosaurlive.com/

DINOSAURS II: Discover the high-technology and amazing teamwork behind the scenes of "Walking With Dinosaurs".
Contact: www.dinosaurlive.com/

DINOSAUR #1: No city on earth is more appropriate for "Walking with Dinosaurs" to visit than Philadelphia. Because it was here, more than 150 years ago, at the Academy of Natural Sciences, that the world first dinosaur was put on exhibit. The bones were discovered in Haddonfield, NJ, and their discovery and subsequent exhibit launched a new science: Paleontology. The bones now stored at the Academy are the ancestors of Walking With Dinosaurs' animatronics.
Contact: www.ansp.org/amazon/

MYSTERY SKULL AND VICIOUS FISHES AND OTHER RICHES: When a farm family in Huntington County, NJ found a strange skull in a fox den, they began a long search to find out what it was. The mystery was solved at the Academy of Natural Sciences  that is also looking at other mysteries in its current exhibit: Amazon Voyage: Vicious Fishes and Other Riches. It celebrates the most biologically diverse river in the world, and reveals its seven perils.
Contact: www.ansp.org/amazon/


Prime Time Weekend for 7pm, 7/14/07 -- content & contacts

BEEROLOGY: How the region's beer-brewers became beer-barons who changed the course of history. If Yankee Stadium was the house that Ruth built, then most other early stadiums were homes that beer built. As well, beer was a driving economic force leading to the construction of amusement parks and the trolley tracks laid to reach them. The business and the art of brewing continues to evolve - as demonstrated by many new micro-breweries, including the Victory Brewing Company in Downingtown, whose lager recently was voted best in the world by the New York Times.
Contact: http://pabreweryhistorians.tripod.com/aboutus.html
www.victorybeer.com/contact.html

OVERWEIGHT DOGS: At the Anwell Rehab Center at the Pleasant Valley Animal Hospital in Springfield, PA, a state of the art underwater treadmill, and a physical therapy center helps bring dangerously obese dogs back to a healthy weight.
www.pvah.com

WILLIAM RANNEY (1813 - 1857) - He was a pioneering painter of the American West, an optimist who created an idealized national identity that inspired so many families to pack up their lives into Conestoga wagons, and head for a better life out where the rockies rose from the plains. This is the story told in a new retrospective of Ranney's work at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Ranney spent his professional life working in his studio in Hoboken, and besides his masterworks of the west, there are beautiful studies of hunting and fishing scenes in his backyard, what is now called The Meadowlands.
Contact: www.philamuseum.org/exhibitions/258.html

ZANE GREY: If William Ranney defined the American West in the first half of the 19th century, then Zane Grey defined it in the early twentieth century, through his cowboy western novels that in turn led to the Hollywood Western. He didn't start out as a writer. Grey's baseball prowess that won him a scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania from which he graduated as a dentist. But soon short story writing led to the novels, such as "Riders of the Purple Sage" that in turn became huge hits in an early Hollywood hungry for Grey's stories. He wrote from his mansion on the upper Delaware River in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania, where he could indulge his passion for fishing. That home is now The Zane Gray Museum that will be celebrating a Zane Grey Festival on July 14th & 15.

Following his early success in Lackawaxen, Grey led life Hemingway-style, cruising the world on his Yacht, catching trophy fish, collecting girlfriends, and writing his best sellers from his stateroom. It was a fantastic life that has been captured in a new biography "Zane Grey: His Life, His Adventures, His Women", by Thomas Pauley, a professor of English at the University of Delaware.
Contact: www.nps.gov/upde/planyourvisit/upload/zanegreysitebulletin_feb06.pdf
www.poconorecord.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070706/NEWS01/707060341
www.press.uillinois.edu/f05/pauly.html


Prime Time Weekend for 7pm, 7/7/07 - content & contacts

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL: Who could have known that Disney Channel's Original Movies, "High School Musical" would become an instant classic, re-staged in small town theaters, middle schools and high schools across the nation? The message that daring to reach for your dreams trumps conforming to peer pressure has touched a nerve and reached the hearts of a wide variety of audiences, from big cities to small towns. We see that happening, as Disney's High School Musical On Tour heads for a July 13th opening in Philadelphia, while in Media, PA, kids at Camp Media Theater, prepare for the opening of their Disney High School Musical, on July 19th, in the renowned Media Theater for The Performing Arts. Their production will continues for four consecutive weekends, through August 12th. Contact: http://tv.disney.go.com/disneychannel/originalmovies/highschoolmusical/index.html
http://www.mediatheatre.org/SiteResources/Data/Templates/templateb.asp?docid=555&DocName=High%20School%20Musical

MANN MUSIC CENTER: There is no better way for families to introduce their children to great music than by taking them to Philadelphia's Mann Center for the Performing Arts, to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra perform Beethoven's 9th Symphony under the stars. And nothing goes better with great music than the elaborate picnics that some concertgoers enjoy before the show. The evening ends with spectacular fireworks. And there's a lot more to look forward to, as the Royal Ballet, in its only East Coast engagement, prepares for three nights at The Mann, with its production of Sergei Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, on July 10th and 11th, and Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, on July 12th and 13th.
Contact: http://www.manncenter.org/

PLEASE TOUCH TOYS FOR LIBERTY: A forty-foot long replica of the Statue of Liberty's hand holding her torch will hang as a centerpiece in the spectacular main hall of the new Please Touch Museum that will soon occupy Philadelphia's historic and newly refurbished Memorial Hall. Liberty's torch will be made entirely of children's toys donated to the nationally known Philadelphia Sculptor of Found Objects, and premier dumpster diver, Leo Sewell.
Contact: http://www.leosewell.net/
http://www.pleasetouchmuseum.org/memorial_hall_update/

CURRENTLY FRANKLIN: In the heart of Philadelphia's Historic District, Lights of Liberty presents "Currently Franklin: The Story of a Paper Boy". Here, through puppetry, dance, storytelling, light and shadow play, White Box Theater's producer Sebastienne Mundheim brings Ben Franklin to life for children from the National Constitution Center's American Adventure summer camp, that explores the arts and citizenship through interactive hands-on activities, here in the heart of America's most historic city.
Contact: http://www.sebastiennemundheim.com/franklin.asp
http://www.lightsofliberty.org
http://www.constitutioncenter.org/education/AmericanAdventureSummerCamp/index.shtml


Prime Time Weekend for 7pm 6/16/2007 - content & contacts

PA CYBER SCHOOL
Pennsylvania's largest online internet-based K-12 public charter school, now has more than 6000 students enrolled across the state, including almost a thousand in the Philadelphia region. For many parents, PA Cyber is a way to give their children a top quality education, without exposing them to the violence that is becoming all too common in the region's schools. In addition to the on-line one-on-one with teacher education, PA Cyber students can also earn college credits, and also get interact with each other several times a week in real class rooms, through the gifted education program.
Contact: www.go2pacyber.com/
http://www.gocitykids.com/browse/attraction.jsp?id=136713

GM Pontiac Solstice & Saturn Sky assembly plant in Wilmington. The Solstice and the Sky are sporty cars from GM whose success in the showroom means thousands of jobs for Wilmington.
Contact: http://www.pontiac.com/solstice/index.jsp
http://www.saturn.com/saturn/vehicles/sky/overview.jsp

DREXEL FASHION DESIGN
Students in Drexel University's internationally-renowned Fashion Design program prepare their collections for the all-important Drexel Fashion Show in late spring, when step up on stage, as their life's work parades down the runway .They also submit their work to national and international competitions. This prepares them for careers in in fashion design, styling, advertising, and computer-aided and technical design.
Contact: http://www.drexel.edu/westphal/academics/undergraduate/fashion/

PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh is often overlooked as a tourist destination by Philadelphians. According to Governor Ed Rendell, they don't know what they're missing.
Contact: http://www.visitpa.com/visitpa/regionsDetail.pa?region=Pittsburgh%20and%20Its%20Countryside


Prime Time Weekend for 7pm, Saturday, June 2, 2007 - content & contacts

DOGGIE STYLE PET BOUTIQUE:
In center city Philadelphia, Leehe Fai Goldfarb has opened up four pet boutiques in rapid succession. They answer the need for urban pet owners who are looking for a neighborhood store where they can go for those special upscale items to pamper their dogs as well as cats.
Contact: www.doggiestyle2.com
http://www.aroundphilly.com

BEE COLONY COLLAPSE
Throughout the world, honey bee populations are declining rapidly because of "Colony Collapse Disorder", whose cause and cure remain a mystery. Because honey-bees are essential pollinators of eighty percent of our fruits and vegetables, Colony Collapse is a potential agricultural catastrophe. After huge losses this winter and early spring, many bee keepers throughout the United States are in a state of near panic. A major center for research is at Penn State's department of Entomology, where Dr. Diane Cox-Foster is co-leader of a national effort to find the cause of Colony Collapse Disorder. It is a race against time, to save the honey bees, and the crops that they pollinate.
Contact: http://www.maarec.org

NATIONAL TREASURE
Founded in 1824 in Center City Philadelphia, The Historical Society of Pennsylvania is one of the oldest historical societies in the United States and holds many national treasures, such as the second draft of the U.S. Constitution, and a copy, signed by Abraham Lincoln, of the Emmancipation Proclimation. The Society's building, listed on the City of Philadelphia's Register of Historical Places, houses some 600,000 printed items and over 19 million manuscript and graphic items. The Society's CEO, Kim Sajet, is beginning the expensive process of digitizing this remarkable collection.
Contact: http://www.hsp.org
Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: 215-732-6200 x214


Prime Time Weekend for 7:30pm, 5/26/07 -- content & contacts

EIGHTY-SIX YEAR-OLD BODY BUILDER:
In the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia, 86 year old great-grandmother, Morjorie Newlin has a room that is overflowing with the trophies that she has won in body-building competions. Her career began when she was 72, and was frustrated by her inability to lift a heavy bag of groceries. Fourteen years later, she can now dead lift 95 pounds, and squat 195. Her prowess has won her international recognition, appearances on Oprah and ABC's The View. She how has a second career as a motivation speaker stressing the importance of weight training, exercise, and dieting.

Contact:
www.fitbygeno.com/morjorie_newlin-getting_older.htm
www.ballyfitness.com

BURPEE
In Doylestown, PA, the 130-year-old Burpee Company opens its tests gardens to the public. From these "bete" gardens come the new flowers and vegetables that will find their way into millions of gardens throughout America.

Contact:
www.burpee.com

NC WYETH STUDIO
In Chadds Ford, Pa., in 1911, NC Wyeth built a studio and produced the work that made him the foremost illustrator of the early twentieth century. In addition, his children all achieved fame either as artists or as inventors. His son Andrew, and Andrew's son, Jamie, have carried NC's legacy into the twenty-first century. Now the place where it all began, NC's studio and home is now owned and has been preserved by the Brandywine Conservancy, that also manages the Brandywine River Museum where much of the Wyeth family's art is exhibited.

Contact:
www.brandywinemuseum.org/ncstudio.html

PLEASE TOUCH MUSEUM
Its 30th birthday celebrates the power of play. Contact: www.pleasetouchmuseum.org


Prime Time Weekend for 7pm, 04/21/2007 -- Content & contacts

PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S FESTIVAL:
Now in its 23rd year, the festival celebrates cultural diversity and enchanting entertainment for children of all ages. The festival, regarded as one of the top ten in the world, is a week-long event beginning April 29th, and is staged at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts as well as on the plaza of the University of Pennsylvania's campus in West Philadelphia.
Contact: http://www.pennpresents.org/events/childfest/
http://www.pennpresents.org

DREXEL FASHION DESIGN:
Students in Drexel University's internationally-renowned Fashion Design program prepare their collections for the all-important Drexel Fashion Show May. They also submit their work to national and international competitions. This prepares them for careers in in fashion design, styling, advertising, and computer-aided and technical design.
Contact: www.drexel.edu/westphal/academics/undergraduate/fashion/

Facial Blindness:
Jennifer Leigh, from Elkins Park, Philadelphia has prosopagnosia, or face-blindness. As described by University of Pennsylvania neurologist, Dr. Geoffrey Aquirre, face blindness is a neurological condition that renders a person incapable of recognizing faces. It is unrelated to the person's ability to see faces. Propagnosiacs cannot even recognize the faces of their spouses, or their own reflections in the mirror. The condition has nothing to do with a person's IQ, and more people are born with it than acquire it through injury. It is estimated that one in fifty people are facially blind.
Contact: http://faceblind.org
http://www.prosopagnosia.com
http://a.abcnews.com/Primetime/story?id=2400808&page=1

ROSENBACH MUSEUM
In center city Philadelphia, the Rosenbach Museum and Library is a treasure-house of priceless documents, that include the manuscript of James Joyce's Ulysses, the earliest known letter written by George Washington, and a hand-written draft of the Declaration of Independence. The collection the legacy of two brothers, Abraham and Philip Rosenbach, who beginning in 1903, became known throughout the as accomplished buyers and sellers of rare books and manuscripts. Currently at the Rosenbach, and running through August 26th, is a new exhibition of 60 rare Hebrew books, scrolls and related objectsm called: Chosen: Philadelphia's Great Hebraica. The texts date back to the 11th century, and come from institutions throughout the Philadelphia region. "Chosen" tells the story of human experience, intellectual endeavors, religious tradition, and artistic innovation that were inspired by the Hebrew texts.
Contact: www.rosenbach.org/exhibitions/2008gal.html


Prime Time Weekend for 7pm, Sat., 3/17/07 - content & contacts

ROBOT COMPETITION: The Technology & Engineering Club at Lower Merion H.S. has won top honors in the world's largest robotics high school competition, and is now headed for the finals in Atlanta.
Contact: dawgma.tollmedia.com/

BASEBALL DESIGNER: In Bala Cynwyd, Pa., Emily Wolfson's company Conversation Pieces,Inc. employs a unique process to print artwork onto baseballs. So far, she has sold more than half a million of her "Unforgetaballs" that have been on the cover of Hammacher Schlemmer catalog, and are sold everywhere from Neiman's to Bloomingdales, to the gift shop at the King Tut exhibit at the Franklin Institute.
Contact: www.unforgettaballs.com | www.baseballofthemonth.com | www.tdcgames.com/

VANISHING WORLDS: A new exhibition at the Penn Museum tells the story of the Amazon Basin's indigenous population, through the brilliantly-plumaged artifacts of their culture.
Contact: www.museum.upenn.edu/new/exhibits/vanishingworlds/index.shtml

SPAMALOT: A behind the scenes preview of Monty Python's Broadway hit musical "Spamalot" that on March 20th starts a three week run at Philadelphia's Academy of Music.
Contact: www.kimmelcenter.org/...


Prime Time Weekend for 7pm, 3/10/2007 -- content & contacts

BIRTH OF A BALLET Pennsylvania Ballet choreographer Matt Neeman has created a spectacular new version of the beloved Carmina Burana ballet. Its world premiere was March 8th at The Academy of Music, where it received a ten minute standing ovation. Prime Time Weekend follows the creation of this historic new work from its beginning to the dress rehearsal.
Contact: www.paballet.org/season/production.aspx?id=15&src=l | www.qscenic.com

CABIN OF MEMORIES: Behind the Washington Memorial Chapel at Valley Forge, is another memorial, dedicated to the World War I Veterans of the 314th Infantry Division. In 1917, members of the 314 built the cabin at Camp Meade. After the war, they moved the cabin to Valley Forge. Over the years, all of the 314th veterans passed away, but their children maintained the cabin and added many photographs and artifacts to what is now not just a memorial but also a museum that brings to life in very personal ways the War that was supposed to end Wars. Now the veterans' descendants have themselves grown old, and can no longer maintain the cabin And so they are hoping to raise the funds to move the cabin to a new location, in Carlyle, Pa., where the cabin and its contents will be preserved in perpetuity by the US Army.
Contact: www.314th.org

RV HEAVEN: Nearly one in 12 US households now owns an RV. And many of them will be coming to the Atlantic City RV & Camping show check out what's new...including million dollar RV's that are places on wheels.
Contact: www.macevents.com

CAMPAIGN FOR WORKING FAMILIES: CWF provides a professional and free tax filing service to low and moderate income families throughout Philadelphia. It promotes filing of the federal Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), PA TAX BACK, and it helps tax payers avoid rip-offs such as Holiday, Pay Stub, and Refund Anticipation Loans (RALs).
Contact: www.gpuac.org/programs/CampaignforWorkingFamilies.htm | Robin Robinowitz 215-851-1701 | email: rrobinowitz@gpuac.org


Prime Time Weekend for 7pm, 2/10/2007 -- content & contacts

TUT FALLOUT: Two small family-owned businesses in Philadelphia, are benefiting from the blockbuster success of the King Tut exhibit at the Franklin Institute. One business makes dog collars that are a very close replica of a 3300 year old dog collar featured in the Tut Exhibit, at whose gift shop the replicas are now on sale. The other business is a new restaurant, called Aya's Café, that is just three blocks from The Franklin Insitute. Aya's café's chef-owner is a master of Egyptian cuisine, having been born and raised in Egypt. And he expects to welcome many of the visitors who will be hungry after touring his cousing Tut's exhibit.
Contact: Aya's Cafe Mediterranean Cuisine. Italian, Lebanese, Egyptian, and Greek food
2129 Arch Street
Philadelphia PA, 19103
Phone: 215-567-1555
www2.fi.edu/tut/index.html

INFOAGE & NO SHORT CLIMB In Wall Township, N.J., southern Monmouth County, Camp Evans was a top secret army base, where American radar was developed that was a critical factor in winning World War II. The base is now a museum, called The Infoage Science/History Learning Center. It is dedicated to the history of communications in America, and to the work done at Camp Evans...that is also an important site for African American history, as described in the documentary "No Short Climb", by Professor Robert Johnson of Framingham State College. "No Short Climb" describes the contributions to radar development made by African American scientists doing top secret work at a time when their counterparts were refused jobs in civilian industries.
Contact: www.infoage.org/ | www.infoage.org/rj-nosc.htm | www.noshortclimb.com

REPTILE RESCUE In Manheim, in Lancaster County, general biology college Jesse Rothacker has a garage filled with snakes and alligators that outgrew and are often abandoned by their original owners. When such a creature turns up, police, humane officers and pest control experts will often speed-dial Rothacker to come to the rescue. To help prevent such problems, the Philadelphia Zoo has designed a "Best Bet for Pets" wallet card that rates reptiles according to their ability to make good pets.
Contact: www.forgottenfriend.org/about.php | www.philadelphiazoo.org/index.php?id=6_5_9

STEPHEN STARR For the kind of opulence that would makes for a fine Valentines Day soiree, Atlantic City's Pier At Caesars is the place to be, with its new restaurants, including Buddakan and The Continental, by Philadelphia's leading restaurateur, Stephen Starr.
Contact: www.thepieratcaesars.com | www.starr-restaurant.com


Prime Time Weekend for 7pm, Jan. 13th, 2007 -- content & contacts
A Special Prime Time Edition celebrating King Tut's Arrival in Philadelphia

KING TUT'S KITTIES: We can thank Ancient Egypt for the domesticated feline, that was strolling the palace of King Tut, thousands of years ago. The direct descendants of those royal mousers are the Mau and Abyssinian cats, who were venerated as gods in Tut's time. Local breeders describe what is unique about these ancient tabbies, who no doubt can hardly wait for the Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs exhibit to arrive at the Franklin Institute Science Museum in February.
Contact: http://www.cfa.org/ezine/shows.html

IN TUT'S FOOTSTEPS: A few years ago, Wynnewood-based filmmaker Martha Goell Lubell discovered reels of archival National Geographic footage. Their subject was her aunt, Teresa Goell. The footage led to Lubell's new documentary, "Queen of The Mountain". Filmed mostly on location in Turkey, the production recounts the Theresa Goell's saga. She was in fact, the female Indiana Jones of her time, who against all odds, discovered the burial site of King Antiochus, who controlled Euphrates River-crossings in the century before Christ. Her inspiration? Howard Carter's discovery of King Tut's tomb in 1922.
Contact: www.wmm.com
www.archaeologychannel.org/content/film/Queenclip.htm

A TASTE OF TUT At Tangerine Restaurant, in the Old City Section of Philadelphia, and at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Egyptian feasts celebrate the arrival of Tut to the Franklin Institute.
Contact: www.museum.upenn.edu
www.tangerinerestaurant.com

Donna Fontana is a forensic anthropologist with the NJ State Police Forensics Science Center, in Hamilton, NJ. Fontana solves the coldest of cold cases by reconstructing faces from skulls, and then putting their images on a state website, in hopes that unidentified bodies will finally be identified. Fontana's choice of career was inspired by King Tut's 1970's U.S. tour, and her techniques were used to put an accurate face on Tut's mummy.
Contact: www.state.nj.us/njsp/about/forensic.html
http://www.state.nj.us/njsp/about/forensic.html
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Prime Time Weekend for 7:30pm Jan. 6th, 2007 -- content & contacts

WHALE OF A SALE: In New Castle, Delaware, those who want the best bargains camp outside overnight, to stay a step ahead of the pack that invades the warehouse when the doors open at 8AM. Some are dressed in leotards, to make it easier to try on clothes. Welcome to the 26th Annual Junior League of Wilmington's whale of a garage sale, that has hundreds of thousands of items, spread out over thirty thousand square feet of warehouse space, ready to be scooped up at bargain prices by thousands of bargainshoppers. This year they sold 10,000 items, raising more than $30,000 that will be used to support literacy projects in the Wilmington area.
Contact:

  • www.jrleaguewilm.org/

    GAME EXPO: America's VideoGame Expo drew thousands of hard-core gamers to the Valley Forge Convention center in King of Prussia. The Expo's director, Ed Fleming, from Narberth, Pa., wants to make the Delaware Valley the east coast center for the booming gaming industry, that has gamers buzzing right now over Sony's PS3 and the Nintendo Wii.
    Contact:

  • www.vgxpo.com

    MARTIN GUITAR MUSEUM: The story of one of America's most famous guitars began on January 31, 1796, in Markneukirchen, Germany, with the birth of Christian Frederick Martin, Sr., who emigrated to America, and founded the Martin Guitar company, in Nazareth, Pa. Ever since, the Martin family has run the company that recently produced its one millionth guitar. To celebrate this extraordinary continuity, Martin has just opened up a museum that tells the story of six generations of guitar-making that is also the history of American popular music.
    Contact:

  • www.mguitar.com/history/index.html

    TOY AUCTION: From the mid 17th to the mid 18th century the Magic Lantern served the same function as Movies and Television do today. A classic collection of Magic Lanterns and slides is auctioned off, along with hundreds of other toys, including automata, and mechanical toys, Dolls, and Belsnickel Santas that are a far cry from the warm and fuzzy Santa Claus of today. The auction attracts bidders from around the world, who are wired via the internet into Bertoia's auction house, in Vineland, New Jersey.
    Contact:

  • www.bertoiaauctions.com
  • www.magiclantern14.btinternet.co.uk/Lanternintro.htm


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