The Betsy Ross House Will be Hosting an Outdoor Movie Series With Scary Movies and Chocolate!
The fall kicks into high gear in October with fun, seasonal events at Philadelphia’s Betsy Ross House. Spooky, al fresco films and chocolate are both on the bill. Plus, take advantage of the lighter crowds to get to know Betsy and Phillis the washerwoman as both ply their trades at the House this fall.
The First Friday Movie Night Under the Stars & Stripes series wraps up in seasonal fashion on Friday, October 4 with a haunting double-feature. Bucket of Blood plays at 7 p.m., followed by the original Night of the Living Dead slated for 8:15 p.m. The courtyard opens early, so bring snacks and drinks and make an evening of it. Tickets are just $5 and a full house is expected for this always-popular October double bill, so advance reservations are encouraged. Purchase tickets online at historicphiladelphia.org or by calling (215) 629-4026.
From scares to sweet treats, the weekend of Saturday, October 12 and Sunday, October 13 features family-friendly fun with historic chocolate making demonstrations, sponsored by AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday as part of Old City Fest, a celebration of the neighborhood’s arts, culture and food scenes. Both days, visitors will meet two female entrepreneurs and learn how women played an active role during the American Revolution – from making important military supplies, like flags and musket cartridges, to choosing “patriotic” beverages like chocolate and coffee, rather than tea and sample the hot chocolate drink that colonists enjoyed. Chocolate Ambassadors from Mars Wrigley Confectionery’s AMERICAN HERITAGE® Chocolate will also be on hand to share the history of one of our most beloved foods – chocolate!
The fall is a great time to visit the Betsy Ross House, not only to take advantage of the beautiful autumn weather at these fun, al fresco events, but also to get to explore the House during this less-crowded time of year. Visitors can spend some time checking out the updated, interactive exhibits and talking with Betsy, herself, who works in her fully-functioning, 18 th century upholstery shop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Phillis, a free, African-American laundress, shares her story in the House’s Women at Work exhibit from noon to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.
The Betsy Ross House is open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; closed Mondays December through February. Admission to the House is just $5 for adults and $4 for children. An optional audio guide is offered for just $3 more.