Of all summer's activities, few are as thrilling as Penn's Landing's Ice Cream Festival. Why, you ask? Can any number of near-death experiences in the great outdoors compare with the frisson of biting into a painfully cold sugar cone? Can the meat gnawed off backyard barbecue ribs be halfway as fulfilling as a double scoop with sprinkles in a Styrofoam bowl? Can the thundering chords of a metal band's reunion tour rival the aesthetic intensity of chocolate chunks melting on the taste buds? Can a dive into a rippling pool approach the refreshment of devouring a frozen confection? Can the blur of fireworks streaking across the sky match the bounty of colors, the vibrant pinks of strawberry and raspberry ripple, the lush greens of mint chocolate-chip and pistachio? Can the feeling of togetherness when packing in against fellow humankind on the Parkway come close to the experience of rubbing sticky elbows with eager children? I think not.
>> Sat., June 30-Sun., July 1, noon-5pm. $2-$5. Penn's Landing, Columbus Blvd. at Chestnut St. 215.922.2FUN. www.pennslandingcorp.com.
In last week's PW, Tim McGinnis offered PW's official guide to the city's best water ice. PW intern Tara Moore offers her own list:
Calendar: Aug. 26-Sept. 2