Imagine a 179-foot long, 284-ton, three-masted ship gliding on the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Camden — yes, the Delaware River.
This summer, visitors to Philadelphia won’t have to dream up such a sight: the Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015 lands on both shores of the Delaware River June 25-28.
Tall Ships Challenge is an annual event, which drifts in a three year cycle between the waters of the Great Lakes, the Pacific and the Atlantic coasts of North America. Billowing sails will waft in the breeze for four days when this traveling festival of sea craft pulls into port right here in Philadelphia and Camden.
Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected to navigate their way to the Delaware to catch a glimpse, step aboard and even set sail on the massive ships, which will all dock at Penn’s Landing and the Camden Waterfront.
Headlining the dozen-ship fleet of Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015 will beL’Hermione, a replica of the 145-foot long Concorde class frigate that brought General Lafayette to the aid of the fledgling United States during the Revolutionary War.
In addition to L’Hermione, the river will be dotted with both domestic and international ships, including the 295-foot long US Coast Guard vessel Barque Eagle, a replica of a late-16th century Galeon warships and Gazela – Philadelphia’s official Tall Ship.
A ticketed event, passes are already on sale and range from $7 to $150.
Visitors have tons of options for passes — including a single-day pass ($7), a multi-day on-board tour pass ($19) and day sail tickets ($85), which offer the chance for visitors to actually set sail on the Delaware River aboard a grand ship.
The festival will also be accompanied by a number of events and activities on both shores of the Delaware, including historical reenactments, live music, dance, youth sail training, a craft beer garden and more.
The event is sponsored by a collaboration of four Delaware waterfront organizations: the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, Coopers Ferry Partnership, Adventure Aquarium and Independence Seaport Museum.
Stay tuned for much more on how to sail through what promises to be an epic event.
Tall Ships Challenge Philadelphia Camden 2015
When: June 25-28
Where: Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia and Camden
More info: www.tallshipsphiladelphia.com
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS ATTEMPT TO MAKE TRICK SHOTS FROM BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY TO HOOP ON TUGBOAT IN DELAWARE RIVER
DATE: Tuesday, March 3 at 11 a.m.
PLACE: Battleship New Jersey, 100 Clinton St, Camden Waterfront, NJ 08103
WHO: Harlem Globetrotters Big Easy Lofton, Handles Franklin, Moose Weekes, Buckets Blakes
General public are invited to attend free of charge
MEDIA NOTE: Media are welcome to this event. Please RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org.
DETAILS: Four stars of the world famous Harlem Globetrotters will battle the cold, wind, and extreme distance to attempt trick shots from the historic Battleship New Jersey to a basketball hoop placed on a McAllister tugboat floating below in the Delaware River.
Big Easy Lofton, Handles Franklin, Moose Weekes, and Buckets Blakes will attempt to make history as the first team to accomplish the feat.
The event is free and open to the public.
The week of March 2 is “Globetrotter Week” in Philadelphia and Trenton and includes a series of school visits and goodwill appearances. The week culminates with five games from March 5-8, including the Liacouras Center (Friday at 7 p.m.), Sun National Bank Center (Saturday at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.) and Wells Fargo Center (12noon and 5 p.m.). Tickets are available at www.harlemglobetrotters.com
CONTACTS: Eric S. Nemeth – Harlem Globetrotters
Jack Willard – Battleship New Jersey
J. Cole has an extensive new tour that he has dubbed the “Forest Hills Drive” tour. The tour itself has been broken up into 3 Acts, each representing a different leg of the upcoming tour. The third “act,” or leg, was just announced, and Philadelphia fans are thrilled to see that J. Cole (and friends) will be making a stop on the other side of the river this summer. J. Cole will bring his tour to the Susquehanna Bank Center on July 31st. The presale started this week, and the official on sale goes down this Friday (2/27) at noon. So don’t miss your chance to grab tickets for what is sure to be one of the biggest hip hop events of the summer!
The Forest Hills Drive tour comes in support of J. Cole’s most recent album of the same name. He released 2014 Forest Hills Drive in December of last year. The album marked J. Cole’s third studio release.
In addition to seeing J. Cole this July, attendees are also in for a great roster of talent that includes Big Sean, YG, and Jeremih. He’ll also be bringing along his Dreamville roster: Bas, Cozz, and Omen. Dreamville is the name of the record label Cole founded in January of last year. Labelmate Bas was also a featured guest at J. Cole’s Made in America performance this September.
With heavyweights like Big Sean on the bill, this tour is destined to sell out – so act fast and grab your tickets this week. G.O.O.D Music MC, Big Sean, just released his 3rd studio album, the highly anticipated Dark Sky Paradise. The album features a ton of guest appearances including label head Kanye West, as well as Drake, John Legend, and girlfriend Ariana Grande. Big Sean is poised to have a huge year in 2015 as his music continues to be at the forefront of everyone’s mind. Grab your tickets now for a great night of hip hop this July!
J. Cole w/ Big Sean, YG, Jeremih @ Susquehanna Bank Center
Friday, July 31st
Show @ 6:30 PM