20 Minute Radius: Philadelphia Cherry Blossom Festival

If you need plans for the weekend, look no further! Philadelphia is hosting its 22nd annual Cherry Blossom Festival . To celebrate Picture of cherry blossom trees at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA.America’s independence, Japan donated over a thousand cherry blossom trees to Philly in the early 1900s. Philly continues to celebrate this gift and connection to Japan for a full week every spring season.

Businesses across the city embrace this connection by hosting sushi making and rolling classes, competitions and contests, tea ceremonies, drumming workshops, a Japanese film, a fashion show, and flower-arranging demos.

Up-close photo of a pink cherry blossom trees at Fairmount Park in Philadelphia, PA.This past week, I strolled through fresh and full-bloomed cherry blossom trees at Fairmount Park’s Horticultural Center (definitely a must-see). Throughout the week, Fairmount Park invites visitors to see the trees, participate in Japanese-themed activities and check out the Shofuso Japanese House and Garden.

The celebration at Fairmount Parl ends on “Sakura Sunday,” a day full of authentic food, music, dancing, fashion shows, martial arts performances, arts, and crafts. Sunday, tickets are $15 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Definitely take this opportunity to learn about a new culture and appreciate the beautiful scenery.

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Story and photography by: Alyssa Bauer, junior public relations major

20 Minute Radius: Heritage Glass Museum

Display of antique glass pieces.

Owner (left) informing Rowan student, Max von Suskil, about Paul Stankards glasswork.
Museum owner (left) informing Rowan student, Max von Suskil, about Paul Stankard’s glasswork.

Ever wonder how Glassboro acquired its name? Wonder no further because I found out! The Heritage Glass Museum, located a few minutes from campus, preserves and displays antique glasswork made in Glassboro and surrounding South Jersey towns over the past 200 years. The best part – it’s free admission! The name of Glassboro and the statue in the Town Square finally make sense. I visited on a quiet Saturday afternoon and the extremely kind owner walked us around the exhibit explaining the history and progression of glassblowing – I promise it’s more interesting than you’d expect.

Solomon Stanger, a German immigrant, purchased 200 acres of land in 1779 for a “glassworks in the woods.” Stanger’s Harmony Glassworks, built in 1813, is today’s Heritage Glass Museum. After a couple of years of failed business, Thomas Heston and Thomas Carpenter bought the land. They’re recognized as the first glassworkers in New Jersey to produce clear aqua bottle glass. Heston and Carpenter increased business, contributing to the roots of South Jersey’s notable glass industry.

Heston’s grandsons acquired the business in 1838, renamed the business to Whitney Brothers Glassworks and ran “one of the most innovative, prosperous and best equipped glass industries in the nation” for 80 years. (Rowan’s Whitney Center is named after the Whitney Brothers.)

The business closed in the 1920s and after decades of random local organizations occupying the space, the Heritage Glass Museum was founded in 1979.

The owner recommends to check out Wheaton Arts in Millville, New Jersey. The non-profit organization invites artists and audiences to challenge their creativity. In the Glass Studio, attendees are able to watch glassmaking and tour the Museum of American Glass – definitely a must with warm weather approaching!

At the end of the tour, visitors are welcomed to purchase historic and affordable glass pieces. The museum is located on East High St., so parking is easily accessible if you don’t feel like walking the five minutes from campus. Since, the museum is free, I highly suggest checking out one of the restaurants on the block. 

Display of Paul Stankards glasswork.
Paul Stankard, known as the “father of modern paperweights,” created this piece. His creations are worth thousands of dollars.

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Story and photography by: Alyssa Bauer, junior public relations major

20 Minute Radius: Williamstown Farmer’s Market

outfront of the Farmers Market in Williamstown

Are you a South Jersey foodie? Then you absolutely have to check out the Farmer’s Market in Williamstown less than ten minutes away from campus! From endless amounts of fresh baked pastries and pies to the savory bbq section, crepe station, smoothie cart and hand-dipped, stuffed gourmet donut stand, I guarantee the true foodie in you will come out.  

gourmet donuts inside the Farmer's Market

You can truly find anything you’re craving at the Farmer’s Market. I’d suggest gathering up your friends, making sure there’s space on your phone for photos, and heading over for a grand ol’ experience. There’s even a large pretzel stand where the employees make the pretzels, cheese logs, pretzel bites, etc. right in front of you. 

a view of the inside of the Farmer's Market

And when you finally get full, you can browse around the market, looking through the stores and at the puppies at the puppy shop. This store always draws in a crowd with its cute dog faces. Check out the photos below for just a small glimpse into what the Farmer’s Market has. Visit it when the weather gets warmer for outdoor bbqs, event & more!

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Story & photos by: Vanessa Vause, senior public relations and theatre double major

homemade pies on display inside Farmer's Market
fresh fruits inside Farmer's Market
baked rolls inside Farmer's Market
two friends holding donuts inside the Farmer's Market
student holding a pretzel bite outside the Farmer's Market
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