Fun-filled Friday nights for everyone

By John Holloway
February 5, 2004

Lauren Joseph

Tired of saying nothing happened last Friday? Take a look at what is right next door.

Music, movies, food, travel and shopping are just the beginning of what lurks around the bend from Founders Hall. Bars are within walking distance bars for the late-night upperclassmen. Train stations less than _ a mile away all leading to any destination. Movie theaters play midnight movies that are both current and classic.

The Main Line is one of the most known residential areas on the East Coast. Wayne, Bryn Mawr and Ardmore all help blaze the trail to Philadelphia. The train line one knows as SEPTA was originally named “The Main Line.”

The small town of Wayne is spitting distance away. There one can see a movie in the Clearview theaters. After the movie try dining at any of the restaurants around the corner. Christopher’s is a popular spot with a late night bar menu. On Sundays, they have Karaoke.

Feeling daring, or sick of the same surroundings? Go to Bryn Mawr on the R-5. This is the train going towards the city. The cost is relatively cheap round trip, and once there, the possibilities are endless. With four colleges in the local area, Bryn Mawr has plenty of bars to spread the students around. The Grog is two blocks from the station and on the way try a slice from Bravo.

Not feeling the bar? There is a live music venue in Bryn Mawr making its stand. The Point is located across the street from the Bryn Mawr Fire House. Here one can have lunch, dinner, dessert, and coffee, and almost always some sort of entertainment to go with it. Open-mic nights are every Tuesday, and a full line up of shows during the week provide a fun atmosphere.

The next coming Fridays at The Point include Katryna & Nerissa Nields with Common Rotation on Friday, Feb. 6. On Friday, Feb. 13, Jeffrey Gaines will be holding two shows. Stephen Kellogg will be playing the following Friday on Feb 20. If that drinking feeling comes back at some point in the evening, this venue is bring your own beer.

Want to see a movie? The Bryn Mawr Theater has current titles during the day and evening hours. At midnight, the reels are taken over to show old favorites and classics. Movies in the past have been Pulp Fiction and Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost Arc.

Two train stops after Bryn Mawr brings the show to Suburban Square, an outdoor shopping extravaganza. Not ideal for the winter season, but come spring one will never want to leave.

Last but not least, all of these small towns can serve as the appetizer for the bold nightly goers. Philadelphia is the final stop in this article and what a place to end on. If everyday from now until the end of the school year was spent in Philly, there is so much to do it would be hard to repeat ones self.

South Street has small shops mostly independently owned where one would be able to find anything if they look hard enough. Also on this widely known street is The Theater of the Living Arts (TLA). Look for this place on Saturday, Feb. 21 when Method Man plays.

Across town is the Trocadero, or the Troc. Located at 10th and Arch, the Troc has various forms of alternative music. Coming on Thursday, Feb. 19 is Pennywise, and a couple weeks later, Better than Ezra will be playing onWednesday, March 3rd.

Music is not the only aspects of the city, Pat’s, Geno’s, and Jim’s are cheesesteak spots that cannot be missed and the Philadelphia Art Museum is one of the finest in the country.

There is plenty to do in the surrounding area. What are you doing this weekend?

Posted to the web by Lauren Joseph

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