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  • Mid-Summer Fun: I went to a nude beach in NJ

    Gunnison Beach // Free admission // $15 parking fee. 97 miles / 1 hour, 51 min. away. Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook, N.J., 718-354-4606, nps.gov/gate. •Getting naked in front of a bunch of strangers is an experience I recommend for anyone with body insecurities. See, courage isn’t the absence of fear....

    • Jul 16, 2015
  • Mid-Summer Fun: Traipsing through the White House

    White House Tour  //  Free // 138 miles / 2 hours, 27 min. away / The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, D.C., whitehouse.gov. An invitation to tour the White House serendipitously came my way, and I snatched it from thin air in a heartbeat. I had never been inside the iconic...

    • Jul 16, 2015
  • Mid-Summer Fun: Escaping gravity at a trampoline park

    Sky Zone Moorestown //   $12 for a 30-minute session // 11 miles/30 min. away. 2834 Rte 73 N. Maple Shade Township, N.J., 856-235-4411, skyzone.com. A group of shaggy-haired teens bursts, giggling, out the front door of Sky Zone Moorestown, a trampoline park in Maple Shade, N.J. I’m sitting in my car about...

    • Jul 16, 2015
  • Mid-Summer Fun: So you’re locked in a room with a bunch of strangers…

    Escape The Room Philly  // $28 // 1528 Walnut St., 267-603-4355, escapetheroomphilly.com. Escape the Room is existential. You will have thoughts like, “What am I even doing here?” “What’s the point?” “Will I ever be free of this?” and particularly, “Damn it, I give up.” Don’t give up. It’s frustrating as hell,...

    • Jul 16, 2015
  • Why nobody should be held in Philly’s House of Correction

    Mark Stehle Warden William Lawton is constantly making repairs to the jail, originally built in 1874. Mark Stehle Jail cells holding three inmates are about the size of a college dorm room. Mark Stehle Copper pipes that snake along the cellblocks leak water onto the floor. Mark Stehle Twelve cellblocks come together...

    • Jul 9, 2015
  • Learning to unplug and let go at Camp Bonfire, a summer camp for adults

    Maria Pouchnikova Maria Pouchnikova Maria Pouchnikova Maria Pouchnikova Maria Pouchnikova Maria Pouchnikova Maria Pouchnikova A giant swing hangs in the treetops at the Lake Owego Camp for Boys in Greeley, Pa., about three hours north of Philadelphia. To take a ride, you wear a harness, and a rope is attached to you by...

    • Jun 22, 2015
  • Learning to unplug and let go at Camp Bonfire, a summer camp for adults

    Maria Pouchnikova Maria Pouchnikova Maria Pouchnikova Maria Pouchnikova Maria Pouchnikova Maria Pouchnikova Maria Pouchnikova A giant swing hangs in the treetops at the Lake Owego Camp for Boys in Greeley, Pa., about three hours north of Philadelphia. To take a ride, you wear a harness, and a rope is attached to you by...

    • Jun 22, 2015
  • SoLow Festival: A six-pack of picks

    Sarah R. Bloom GOING IT ALONE: Cast members of a troupe called Bright Invention: The White Pines Ensemble will present nine separate and unique solo shows during SoLow Festival this year. Man, I Feel Like a Woman, June 24-26 Meghann Williams earned notoriety with Chlamydia dell’Arte, the sassy burlesque sex-ed lesson created...

    • Jun 18, 2015

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