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Rally in the Valley [VIDEO]

Mountain bike enthusiasts from across the region and all ages gathered in Wissahickon Park on Saturday for the 6th Annual Rally in the Valley festival.

The mountain bike event, organized by the Philadelphia Mountain Biking Association (PMBA), gives riders a chance to socialize, pick up riding tips and cruise together on the trails.

Jacalyn Clawson with PMBA said this year’s festival was scaled down a bit. Some vendors didn’t return after they had to deal with heavy rains during last year’s event.

Originally posted on WHYY’s NewsWorks)

Top Shots of 2011 West Oak Lane Jazz Festival


“We Jazz June,” OARC Stage – Friday 5:57 p.m. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks). See expanded caption below.

We Jazz June,” OARC Stage – Friday 5:57 p.m.

I was on the lookout for people with character. I saw this woman standing out of the crowd in front of the OARC stage on day 1. On stage the Rising Star talent search was going on. With tattoos covering her crossed arms, this woman was enjoying every second of Charissa the Violin Diva’s performance. Through the years I have learned that an image capturing the moment often happens off-stage rather than on-stage – a festival is about it’s attendants rather that the performers.

The photo itself is inspired by the ‘Phenomenal Woman’ photo (http://iphi.posterous.com/?tag=phenomenalwoman) by my wife and creative partner Jana Shea from a photo she took with her iPhone on Germantown Avenue earlier this year.

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