September 7, 2015 |
Meghan Harrington left Boston with three friends at 5 a.m. Saturday for Philadelphia. Music, beer, and revelry beckoned. By 6 p.m., the four women rested on a park bench at the edge of Made in America on the Ben Franklin Parkway, drinking cans of Bud Light acquired for $12 each and a 30-minute wait in line. Tired? Yeah, right. "Beyoncé could keep me going for days without sleep," said Harrington, 29, a teacher. The four women joined a crowd of nearly 70,000 - making this two-day Made in America festival, the fourth annual Jay Z-created and Budweiser-backed spectacle, the largest yet. Three weeks before Pope Francis will draw hundreds of thousands to the Parkway, the swelling crowd generated some problems.
June 1, 2015 |
Marvel Comics brings an "augmented reality" superhero expo to the Linc for two villain-vanquishing weeks, and the world sends in its elite sailing vessels for a Tall Ships festival on both sides of the Delaware. On the Parkway, the Art Museum imports a blockbuster Impressionist show that's been all the rage in London and Paris. At Penn's Landing, the Independence Seaport Museum mounts its latest homegrown exhibit, this one involving produce-peddling roustabouts. Add a packed slate of Fourth of July fireworks (starting on June 27, because, why not?
March 13, 2015 |
YESTERDAY'S NEWS conference at Lincoln Financial Field mainly served to make an official announcement of something that was already well-known: Philadelphia will host the CONCACAF Gold Cup final on July 26, and the third-place game on July 25. But the event still didn't lack for spectacle. Mayor Nutter joined CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb and general secretary Enrique Sanz, Eagles president Don Smolenski, and Union CEO Nick Sakiewicz on stage. The seats in front of them were taken by national team coaches from across the region, including U.S. manager Jurgen Klinsmann and Mexico's Miguel Herrera.
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.