August 13, 2016
The biggest hits of the Democratic National Convention - besides the Clintons, the Obamas, Cory Booker, and Gold Star father Khizr Khan - might have been the 57 colorful Donkeys Around Town. The fiberglass figures, each representing a state, U.S. territory, or Democrats living abroad, attracted both conventioneers and area residents. Coupled with a scavenger hunt app that had 2,213 participants combing the city Pokémon GO-style, the donkeys dressed up and showed off Philly, drawing thousands to shops, restaurants, museums, and public squares that visitors otherwise might have missed.
August 6, 2016 |
"Caryn Kunkle is off the deep end," sighed former Gov. Ed Rendell, head of the Democratic National Convention host committee. He was reacting to accusations by Kunkle, CEO of the arts advocacy site ArtJawn.com, that the artists who painted the DNC donkeys were misled in their contracts. Fifty-seven fiberglass donkeys have romped around Philadelphia since July 1, each representing a state or territory. The initiative, Rendell's brainchild, was funded by the host committee. ArtJawn and the Mural Arts Program sorted through applications.
August 5, 2016 |
Oh, the woes of an unwanted Democratic donkey. Imagine being abandoned by New York, of all places. More understandable might be rejection by Guam, American Samoa, or even Connecticut, but the Empire State? The bluest of blues, birthplace of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and home to Hillary Clinton? In the end, it is all the same for four spurned fiberglass burros that were part of the herd of 57 scattered about Philadelphia to promote last week's Democratic National Convention. They won't be going home, their delegations unwilling to pay their shipping costs.
July 15, 2016 |
First, the good news: All of the decorative "donkeys around town" are safe and accounted for. Now, the scare: Two of the 57 fiberglass donkeys, representing Democratic delegations from U.S. states and territories and posed artfully around Philadelphia to celebrate the upcoming Democratic National Convention, went missing briefly. The donkey representing Guam, perched at the top of the iconic steps in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, was picked up and tossed into some nearby bushes, according to former Gov. Ed Rendell, chairman of the DNC host committee.
July 14, 2016 |
On early Tuesday morning, as the rest of the city was fast asleep, environmental activists left paper "donkey droppings" beneath twenty Democratic National Convention donkey statues around the city. The environmental group Food & Water Watch left the additions to protest the Democratic Party platform, which does not include a call for a ban on fracking. Food & Water Watch will also protest the DNC by marching from City Hall to Independence Hall at 12 p.m. Sunday, June 24. The protest was meant to visually show how the party really stinks, said artist Tamara Clements, who has a personal investment in environmental reform.
July 1, 2016 |
On a sun-drenched Philadelphia day, Lynnette Shelley settled outside a warehouse at the Tioga Marine Terminal, paintbrush in hand. The warehouse didn't allow for much natural light, and to finish her masterpiece on the sixth day (on the seventh, she rested), she needed to see its vivid colors and make sure they matched. She touched up images of flora and fauna, and complex geometric patterns, until her donkey was resplendent. Let's backtrack a bit. On Friday, in celebration of the Democratic National Convention, 57 fiberglass donkeys are coming to town, courtesy of the Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee, the city Mural Arts Program, and ArtJawn.
April 21, 2016 |
Get a kick out of this: 57 painted fiberglass donkeys are coming to town. The Democratic National Convention's host committee announced Tuesday that the painted donkeys - representing the 50 states, five U.S. territories, the District of Columbia, and Democrats abroad - will be scattered across Center City to drum up excitement for the convention and draw tourists to different parts of town. "It did come out of my fertile and overactive mind, but it had some rational basis," said former Gov. Ed Rendell, chair of the host committee, at a news conference announcing the donkeys.
February 7, 2016 |
Dropping everything and heading west is a romantic notion people dream of but rarely carry out. Bucking the norm, a young South Philadelphia couple are preparing for just such an unlikely journey: a trek on the backs of a horse and a donkey, in the company of a dog. People can decide whether they're bold, or crazy, or simply not yet 30 years old. "We like to take plunges into things," easygoing Christian Muniz, 25, said. "Everybody who knows us says it makes sense," his hard-charging wife of eight months, Deidra Slough, 27, said.
August 5, 2015 |
With dedication and stubbornness, Robert A. Lucas spent his life serving up cheesesteaks and drinks in a Camden bar whose reputation seemed to draw attention to the city for all the right reasons. The owner of Donkey's Place had no qualms about keeping his menu simple and his bar frills-free, and maintaining the business in the struggling city in which he was born. "He used to say this thing," his wife of 39 years, Elsie, said. "You sit them down and feed them, and they go out with a smile on their face.
April 17, 2015 |
IT'S POPULAR to say that age is just a number. I never understood that statement. Aside from being self-evident, the implication that age is irrelevant makes absolutely no sense. Age is a number that means a lot of things, including how much you have accomplished, experienced and, perhaps most importantly, the mistakes you've avoided making during a lifetime. But when we say "age is just a number," it's as if we're trying to minimize the negative perception of being "older. " I put that word in quotation marks because its connotation has evolved over recent decades.