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Twilight Tour Launches At Battleship New Jersey

Wednesday, June 25,  6:00pm                       

The Twilight Tour, featuring a more adult-oriented tour of our nation’s largest battleship, will launch on Wednesday, June 25, during the cooler evening hours.  Led by the Battleship’s Curator, the Twilight Tour is for adults only and will feature some areas of the ship not currently on the public tour route.The tour will feature some of the more adult-oriented sailor art, created by former crew members of the Battleship throughout the years. In addition, the Curator will also share stories of some of the sailorsescapades that are of a mature nature, including the visit by a Playboy Bunny!

The Twilight Tour will launch on Wednesday, June 25 at 6pm.  Tickets are $34.95 per adult and includes a beer, glass of wine, or soft drink on the Main Deck at the end of the tour.  Additional beverages can be purchased. For tickets, visit the Battleship’s website at www.battleshipnewjersey.org or call 1-866-877-6262 ext. 108.

PHOTO OPP:  Guests Touring the Battleship with the Curator  

Located on the Delaware River, along the Camden Waterfront across from the City of Philadelphia, the Battleship is open every day for tours from 9:30am to 5pm. Explore the Turret II Experience, which now feature a Walk Down Broadway! Hoist projectiles, load powder bags, plot a firing solution, even pull the trigger that fire the legendary 18-inch guns!  Guided Turret II tours launch every day at 11am, as well as 1pm on Saturdays and Sundays To purchase tickets, visit www.battleshipnewjersey.org. For more information, call 866-877-6262.

Craft distillery in Camden, N.J. honors city's history

Camden, N.J. has a new craft distillery, possibly the first legal distillery the city has ever had. Cooper River Distillers opened its garage doors to the public for the first time last Thursday night, and I was there for a taste of Petty’s Island Rum and a chat with owner and chief distiller James Yoakum about his choice of locations and his commitment to local ingredients.
 
If you’re not from the region, your image of Camden is probably one of poverty and crime. That’s understandable. It is now one of the poorest cities in the country with a high crime rate. It wasn’t always that way, though. Camden has a rich history before industry started moving out of the city post World War 2. I’ve lived just a handful of miles from Camden most of my life, and like everyone else of my generation who grew up in this region, we all have family ties to Camden.
 
For me, it’s my great-grandmother on my father’s side. I remember visiting her row home in Camden as a very young child. She was the last of my family to live in the city. As I spoke with others at the opening, I heard a similar story over and over. Everyone had a relative who lived in Camden a generation or two ago, and each person said they were excited to see a business like the distillery choose Camden as its home. It seemed to fill people with optimism for the city’s future.
james with bottle tall
When I asked Yoakum (pictured at left with a signed bottle of his rum) why he chose Camden for the distillery, he told me New Jersey’s laws are beneficial for the type of business he wants to run and Camden has a history that he can tune into.
 
His first product, Petty’s Island Rum, honors Camden’s history with its name. Petty’s Island is a 300-acre island in the Delaware River in between Camden and Philadelphia. It’s now a nature preserve, but the island is famous in the region for its legends of days gone by, including the story that Blackbeard docked his pirate ship there. 
 
Yoakum plans to name most of the products that come from Cooper River Distillers to tie in with the history of Camden. Un-aged rum is the first spirit to come from distillery, but aged rum, rye, bourbon, and perhaps fruit brandy are all in the plans for what comes next.
 
The ingredients for Cooper River Distillers will be local whenever possible. The molasses for the rum isn’t something that can be found in the region, but the corn and rye for the first bottles have come from local, individual farmers, and he plans to continue to work with local farmers to source those ingredients. And, if he ever gets around to the fruit brandy he spoke about, he’ll use upon local producers for the fruit.
 
For opening night, Yoakum had “60-ish bottles” of Petty’s Island Rum ready for tasting and sales. He had a bigger than expected turn out for the event and sold out of the first batch that was made for the public. In the future (when he has more rum to sell), he’ll be selling to bars and liquor stores, as well as opening up the distillery again to the public during Camden's 3rd Thursday Art Crawl.
 

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Journey, Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power play Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden

Another great concert Sunday night!

Journey, Steve Miller Band and Tower of Power perform Sunday night at Susquehanna Bank Center, in Camden.

Check out the photo gallery from the event here.


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