February 13, 2015
WE ARE probably the only ones who cringed a little when the Democratic National Committee announced yesterday that Philadelphia won the coveted role of hosting the 2016 convention. Not because we're squeamish about Democrats. And not because we're squeamish about the city's ability to pull off this event. In fact, compared to the 2 million expected for September's papal visit, this convention is small potatoes. Why would anyone even entertain for one second the possibility that our big, complicated, successful city wouldn't pull it off?
September 4, 2014 |
The Philadelphia event that Joseph F. Callan loved most was one he didn't organize: Since he was a child, he had participated in the Froggy Carr Mummers. "He said once a year he did not want to plan an event but wanted to walk in the parade," colleague Jim Marino remembered. Mr. Callan, special-events manager for Fairmount Park, died on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at age 60. He was born in Philadelphia, attended Sacred Heart Grade School followed by St. John Neumann High School, from which he graduated in 1972.
August 16, 2014 |
Mo'ne Davis may have gained international prominence as the diffident beauty who throws speed-of-light pitches, but her name recognition has not quite caught up with her reputation. The organizers had saved Philadelphia's Taney Dragons for the end of the three-hour Grand Slam Parade, and the announcers beat a drumroll - with Mo'ne as the big reveal. This is the town's big event. The population of about 35,000 nearly doubles during Little League week. But on the crowded sidewalks, most of the spectators were locals, who do not necessarily attend the games.
March 5, 2014 |
When something like 40 million Americans watch the Oscars on a Sunday night - and when more than 100 million watch the Super Bowl, as they did earlier this winter - Eddie Decker and his team of analysts from Front Row Marketing in South Philly are watching the watchers. At the firm's "war room" at Comcast-Spectacor's Wells Fargo Center, and on site at the events, they watch the shows and the brand-name products in ads, the paid placements and accidental appearances throughout the programming.
August 26, 2013 |
Last year, neighbors and businesses braced for an ocean of trash and trouble when the two-day Budweiser Made in America music festival debuted on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This year? Welcome back, old friend. Neighborhood leaders said they expect few problems. The crowds were well-behaved, and should remain so, and some restaurants saw a nice bump in sales. "It wasn't the catastrophe many feared," said Rebecca Johnson, executive director of the Fairmount Community Development Corp.
March 7, 2013 |
Like Cinderella, I had nothing to wear to the party. The invitation specified cocktail attire, of which I had none. And because the event was in celebration of my niece's bat mitzvah, I couldn't get by with just any dress. You might think I would have gone shopping. I should have. But I delayed. Blame an overtaxed schedule, a maxed-out budget, and, to be honest, a feeble hope that delaying would give me a chance to shed those extra few pounds. The date was rapidly approaching when salvation appeared, not in the form of a fairy godmother, but in an e-mail from Kenneth Cole announcing that a lovely dress I had coveted for months was 50 percent off online.
December 29, 2012 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. - The air and the ocean are cold. Leaves have fallen from the trees. No one is lounging on the beach. Yet, in the dead of winter, it's been known to look a lot like summer here when throngs come out for this Jersey Shore resort's First Night, a family-friendly New Year's Eve celebration that has drawn tens of thousands of revelers in past years. By Monday afternoon, locals are hoping for traffic jams at bridge toll booths, lines out the door at a few restaurants, a couple of "no vacancy" signs posted at motels.
July 19, 2012 |
BAGNERES-DE-LUCHON, France - Cadel Evans' vision of repeating as Tour de France champion vanished under the sun-baked punishment of the Pyrenees mountains on Wednesday, while Bradley Wiggins of Britain took another step toward taking home the yellow jersey. French fan favorite Thomas Voeckler took a starring role into big climbs along the Spanish border, winning Stage 16 in a breakaway as Wiggins kept his big rivals a bay - or dusted them. "It's pretty much the Tour de France is over for me," Evans said.
May 16, 2012 |
Concert promoters and the city are still a long way from working out logistics for the Labor Day weekend Made in America music festival unveiled Monday, the first Parkway event ever to require paid admission. But with audiences limited to 50,000 people each day, the festival will be just one-tenth of the estimated size of past Parkway mega-events, like the Live 8 concert to help African nations and Elton John's July Fourth appearance for AIDS relief, both in 2005. "If you compare this to Wawa Welcome America, we have hundreds of thousands there for that event, so we have a bit of a track record there to guide all of the agencies - the police, L&I, the managing director's office, Public Property, and others - that would be participating in something like this," said Mayor Nutter's press secretary, Mark McDonald.
May 15, 2012
How is a two-day concert on the Parkway gonna charge for tickets and keep people from just standing around watching free? We're still waiting for the city and concert promoter Live Nation to answer this one. But Monday morning, Jay-Z joined Mayor Nutter atop the Art Museum steps to announce what we reported Saturday at PhillyGossip.com and had in print Monday, that the Budweiser Made in America festival will take place Sept. 1 and 2. Tickets are $99 for a two-day pass and are on sale May 23 at LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com.