PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — The waterfront on both sides of the Delaware River will be busy this summer. Partners from both Camden and Philadelphia came together today to ring in the new season of events.
The season kicks off this weekend with a sold-out Armin Van Buuren concert at Festival Pier on May 10th, and the annual Art Star Craft Bazaar on Penn’s Landing, May 11th and 12.
“There’ll be more events this year than we ever had before,” says Tom Corcoran, president of the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, listing some of the events on the Philadelphia side of the river.
“There will be multicultural events at Penn’s Landing, there will be kayaking and swan boats, there’s a concert series with jazz and gospel,” he notes.
There will also be numerous festivals, film screenings, fireworks, and other events all throughout the summer, including during the week of July 4th.
Anthony Perno, CEO of Coopers Partnership, says the Camden side of the river will busy as well.
“We are excited to announce the opening of Cirque du Soleil on the Camden waterfront on May 30th,” said Perno. “We also have a couple of other festivals, including the ‘Backyard Barbecue’ over Labor Day Weekend.”
Organizers say six million people are expected to take part in waterfront events this season.
For a list of events on both sides of the river, check out the new joint web site at delawareriverwaterfront.com.
Festivals, concerts, movie screenings and more will be plentiful and better coordinated on both sides of the Delaware River this summer, officials said yesterday.
One sign of cooperation: Camden's Adventure Aquarium is springing for the America's Birthday weekend fireworks that go along with the Wawa Taste of Philadelphia Concert (July 6). And no Philly complaints that Cirque du Soleil will set up its tents on the Jersey side (adjacent to the Susquehanna Bank Center) for the first time, for the premiere run of "Totem" May 30-June 23.
The Great Plaza at Penn's Landing is mostly about freebie fun this year - including this weekend's Art Star Craft Bazaar, the 10-event strong Peco Multicultural Series on Saturdays and Sundays through August, and "Screenings Under the Stars" series of recent hit flicks on Thursdays in July and August (including "The Hunger Games" and "Silver Linings Playbook")
More no-charge allures include the Power 99 "Peace on the Streets" party June 28, a Philadelphia Orchestra concert (with fireworks) on July 2, Smooth Jazz Summer Nights on Fridays in August and a hot Sounds of Gospel Concert on Aug. 24 boasting performances by Hezekiah Walker, Kurt Carr, Tye Tibbet and others.
The WHYY Connection Festival returns to the Plaza, enlarged to a two-day (Sept. 7-8) run in conjunction with Coast Day.
A little upstream, the Race Street Pier is coming on strong as a visitor destination with free performances and concerts curated by Fringe Arts and others on First Fridays and Third Thursdays, June through September. Free all-level yoga classes are on tap on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in June.
Only a couple of Live Nation ticketed concerts will be held at the smaller-capacity (2,000) Great Plaza site. Most have been booked into the three times more accommodating Festival Pier, at Spring Garden Street, starting with Sunday's sold out Armin Van Buuren electronic dance-music show.
Across the river, Live Nation is mounting a huge concert series at the Susquehanna Bank Center, including a record-breaking nine shows with country rock stars Tim McGraw, Zac Brown, Blake Shelton and Keith Urban.
Both SBC and Wiggins Park will be exploited for an enlarged XPoNential Festival. Cross the bridge on a Friday in June and you'll also find a new Food Truck Party going on at the Camden waterfront.
Moreinfo at just-launched delawareriverwaterfront.com.
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THE ARTIST GOES TO WAR EXHIBIT OPENS
ON THE BATTLESHIP NEW JERSEY
May 8, 2013 – Camden Waterfront, NJ -- The Battleship New Jersey Museum and
Memorial announced a new exhibit: The Artist Goes to War: The World War II US
Navy Art of Charles M. Rossetti, now available to the public with a tour of the
Rossetti (1922-1991) was an aircraft ammunition handler aboard the aircraft carrier
USS Ranger (CV-4) in the North Atlantic in WWII. Most of the art are pencil
sketches of his shipmates and other US Navy personnel in WWII.
“The youth of the US Navy in WWII is evident in these sketches,” explained
Battleship New Jersey Curator Jason Hall. “We are pleased to display a collection
of high quality WWII US Navy art as an exhibit on the Battleship New Jersey.”
“The Artist Goes to War” will be on display on the Battleship through
December 2013. About 30 pieces of Rossetti’s art will be on display in
the Battleship’s traveling exhibit area, located on the main deck of the ship.
This exhibit is included in the standard admission fee and tours. Visit
www.battleshipnewjersey.org for hours of operation and more information.
Visit http://charlesrossetti.com for more art of Charles Rossetti.
The exhibit is on loan from the collection of Theresa Rossetti, Charles Rossetti’s
widow. The exhibit was developed by the artist’s son, Timothy Rossetti, the artist’s
granddaughter, Amy (Rossetti) Williams, her husband, Commander Christian
Williams, USN, Commanding Officer of the Los Angeles Class nuclear submarine,
USS Springfield (SSN-761), and Ronald Gottardi, nephew of the artist and current
volunteer Assistant Director of the Battleship New Jersey Oral History Program,
a docent and volunteer educator on the ship.
Charles Rossetti was one of 14 members of the same family who served in the armed
forces during World War II, including four brothers, four brothers-in-law, and six
cousins. The exhibit of The US Navy World War II Art of Charles Rossetti includes
a panel on the service of the 14 family members in WWII.
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 new Turret II Experience! Hoist projectiles, load powder bag, plot a
firing solution, even pull the trigger that fire these legendary guns! Guided Turret II
tours launch Saturdays and Sundays at 11am and 1pm. To purchase tickets, visit