July 28, 2016

Watch Parties Bring Philadelphia Together Thursday

The threat of thunder on Thursday, July 28 didn’t keep Philadelphians from being excited about the historic events of the Democratic National Convention at watch parties across the city, gathering with family and friends as the four-day Convention drew to a close in the City of Brotherly Love. From Old City to Northern Liberties to…

A Diversity Of Voices at the Inaugural DNC Heritage Festival

As a proudly multicultural city, Philadelphians celebrated with gusto at the first-ever DNC Heritage Festival, held on July 27th, 2016 and organized as a collaboration between the National Democratic Ethnic Coordinating Council and the Democratic National Convention. Dozens of ethnicities and nationalities were represented at the event in East Passyunk (that’s PASH-yunk in local-speak), a neighborhood encompassing part of the Italian…

A MIGHTY WRITER AND MIGHTY VOLUNTEER

My Tuesday, July 26, was clearly going to be a great day. Set a world record at 8 a.m., volunteer for the #PHLDNC2016 host committee’s social media at 2 p.m. I started my day with some 3,000 Philadelphia kids aged 7–17, who arrived in busloads at the Philadelphia Museum of Art to help set the…

July 26, 2016

Bridge Building in Philadelphia during the DNC

Many visitors to Philadelphia for this week’s Democratic National Convention were greeted by the The Walt Whitman Bridge, bringing to mind both the enduring nature of wordsmith Whitman’s verse and the feat of linking  humanity across difficult or seemingly impossible terrain. ‘Bridge Over Troubled Water’, sung by Paul Simon on the Convention’s opening night, spoke to the…

July 25, 2016

Convention Excitement Mounts in Philly

Philly is DNC ready: donkeys abound, flags are everywhere, and red, white, and blue lights decorate the city. High temperatures aren’t stopping anyone from enjoying the fun – only mirroring the excitement. Even though the DNC technically starts today, delegates and visitors were not short on things to do yesterday. Visitors arrived at 30th Street Station and…

July 24, 2016

Summer Beer Gardens: A Philly Must-See

“Al fresco” is the name of the summertime game in Philly, and with dozens of beer gardens open between June and September, there’s no shortage of outdoor watering holes within walking distance of Center City. We’ve rounded up a short list of our favorite spots, but don’t be surprised if you discover one not mentioned…

Stay Neat in the Heat: Top Center City Fashion & Beauty Picks

Your calendar is probably filling up for the week of the Democratic National Convention, and to help you find time for a quick refresh, we’ve put together a list of Philly’s can’t-miss beauty solutions and fashion stops. Ladies: if you’re in need of a blowout, that’s what Charlie Salon, BLO/OUT Blow Dry Bar, and Drybar…

Members of Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee Working Groups Collectively Pen an Open Letter to Philadelphians about their Support for the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia

Dear Philadelphians, It’s hard to believe that the Democratic National Convention is just a few days away. Looking back at our efforts since we put together a competitive bid for Philadelphia to host the Convention, we are thrilled to see so many of our plans come to fruition. This team, representing the 14 working groups…

Philadelphia’s Leading Hunger-Relief Organizations Ceate Food Rescue App for DNC

Philly-based Operation Food Rescue launched Food Connect is a an app which allows excess food from large events and restaurants to be donated to area food banks, pantries and emergency meal providers. Nearly 50,000 visitors are projected to visit Philadelphia for the DNC, which presents an opportunity to rescue leftover prepared and packaged food for…

July 22, 2016

PHILLY’S BIG CHILL: ICE CREAM, GELATO & WATER ICE

Nothing beats the heat like a cool treat and Philly has a tempting array of choices to take care of the job. The city is where an American favorite Breyers Ice Cream started in Philadelphia in 1866 and stayed in the city until 1993. You can find variations of this treat all across town from…