Staff Picks: Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band and Phillies Phantasy Camp

PLUS: Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

March 28-29 at Wells Fargo Center

I was somewhat shocked to see Bruce Springsteen on the cover of AARP The Magazine a few years back. Perhaps I was in a state of denial. After all, the Boss may be 62, but he goes about the rigorous business of rock superstardom with the energy and enthusiasm of a guy at least 20 years younger. He and his E-Street Band are back in Philadelphia later this month for a two-night stop on an international tour in support of Wrecking Ball, Springsteen’s 17th studio album—and rest assured this senior citizen can still do some serious damage on stage. Visit —Hobart Rowland

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Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens

Winter makes a stunning exit at Longwood Gardens’ annual Orchid Extravaganza. Highlights include a 13-foot living arch covered in stunning white orchids, drawing the eye upward toward vibrant violet orbs suspended from the ceiling of Exhibition Hall. In the event’s final three days, growers and collectors from around the world assemble for the International Orchid Show & Sale. And be sure to bring the little ones on March 3 for the family-focused OrKID Days. Visit —Emily Riley

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Phillies Phantasy Camp

When you’re a serious Phillies fanatic like me, it’s never too early to consider flying south next winter. Chances are, more than a few will have their sights set on Clearwater, Fla., where Phillies Phantasy Camp will be in full swing Jan. 16-20, 2013. The annual outing offers fans ages 30 and older the chance to don a personalized uniform or observe from the bench while John Kruk, Ricky Bottalico, Larry Andersen and other former Phils hold court. Early enrollment deadline is April 9 of this year. Visit —E.R.

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