What: UPenn’s public radio station, WXPN 88.5 FM, is partnering up with Subaru for the annual three-day XPoNential Music Fest. The event is taking place on the Camden Riverfront for the eighth year at two different venues, Wiggins Park and the Susquehanna Bank Arts Center.
When: The gates open at Wiggins Park on Friday, July 20th at 5 p.m., and then at 11:30 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.
Where: The majority of the artists will perform at Wiggins Park, which is located at Mickle Boulevard and the Delaware River. Several performances, however, will happen at the nearby Susquehanna Bank Arts Center at 1 Harbour Boulevard in Camden.
Tickets: Three-day Festival Passes will get you in to all three days of live music, plus a lawn ticket to the Wilco, Avett Brothers and Dr. Dog concert on 7/21 & The Counting Crows on 7/22 at The Susquehanna Bank Center. For non-members, a 3-day pass will set you back $110, while members pay just $55. Children’s admission (ages 2-12) is just $5 if they enter with an adult 3-day pass holder.
Single day tickets are also available for $50 ($36 for members) on Friday and Saturday, and $60 ($46 for members) on Sunday.
To buy tickets, click here.
Transportation: If you’re coming from Philly, public transportation is probably your best bet. The RiverLink Ferry goes from Philly’s Penn’s Landing directly to Wiggins Park and is only $7 roundtrip. The PATCO High Speedline goes to nearby Aquarium Station.
For complete directions by car, bus, train, ferry and more, click here.
For the Kids: Keep the little ones entertained at the Kids Corner Garden, which will be up and running on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m. inside the Camden Children’s Garden. Family-friendly activities, exhibits, amusement rides, gardens and nature walks are all on the sched. The XPN Village Green will also offer food and drink vendors, festival merchandise and craft stands.
For more info on the 2012 XPoNential Music Festival, visit the website.
5:54 PM, Jul. 13, 2012
This year, hundreds of thousands of residents throughout the country will explore our park system, see a baseball game at Campbell’s Field and take in a concert at a variety of locations throughout Camden County.
This has never been truer than right now, with the Camden Riversharks drawing a packed house of 7,600 for the Atlantic League All-Star game last week, the U.S. Rowing Championships taking center stage at Cooper River Park and the more than 15,000 visitors going to Wiggins Park and the Battleship New Jersey to watch Fourth of July fireworks.
In fact, today, as documented by this newspaper, 2,100 rowers and more than 10,000 family members, friends and alumni are at the river complex fighting for national recognition. People from all over the nation have been shopping in our stores, staying in our hotels and eating in our restaurants during their stay for this premiere regatta.
Last week, owners, general managers, scouts and fans throughout the Atlantic League were doing the same thing for their biggest game of the year. This event brought visitors to Camden County from as far away as Sugarland, Texas, and scouts from all over Major League Baseball.
As tourists come to Camden County from other parts of the country and from across the river, local economies benefit as our small businesses and corporations see new revenue. The impact from tourism is also seen in revenue that goes to municipalities through a small hotel charge on each room sold. This charge benefits our towns by helping to fund local services.
Being a desired location and having assets that attract people to our community not only allows visitors to enjoy Camden County it also builds our businesses and supports our towns.
LOUIS CAPPELLI Jr.
Camden County freeholder-director
Published: Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 12:00 AM Updated: Wednesday, July 11, 2012, 6:58 PM
CAMDEN — Franklin Township residents Mike and Tonya Shanko were wearing their matching Sand Gnats T-shirts as they stood in front of a moon bounce, watching the group of kids they brought with them to Campbell’s Field jump and play.
The Shankos brought as many members of their son’s t-ball team as possible to Camden early Wednesday afternoon so they could experience the full effect of the activities taking place at the field.
Before the 2012 Atlantic League All-Star game on Wednesday evening, the field hosted a massive block party full of fun and games for both kids and adults. The game featured players from the Camden Riversharks, Bridgeport Bluefish, Lancaster Barnstormers, Long Island Ducks, Somerset Patriots, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, Sugar Land Skeeters and the York Revolution.
“It’s a good value for kids and families,” Mike Shanko said. “You get to see real baseball and it’s a good afternoon.”
With music blaring, kids participated in a hula-hoop contest and played on multiple moon bounce houses as well as a giant inflatable slide.
For Mt. Laurel resident Lillian Linnen who brought her two great-grandchildren, Isaiah, 6, and Imani, 8, the block party was the perfect way to get the kids out of the house to enjoy themselves on a day that wasn’t quite as hot as others this summer.
“For the children, it gets them out of the house, out from the computer,” she said, while Imani, whose face was painted like a tiger, was having a blast spinning four hoops to victory in the hula-hoop contest. “Block parties bring people together.”
Also before the all-star game could begin, a celebrity softball game took place on the field pitting former Phillies players like Larry Bowa, Michael Markann, and Steve Carlton, against local sports legends like Ron Jaworski, Ike Reese, Vai Sikahema and Mike Mamula.
“I want to see Jaworski playing baseball,” Audubon resident Pete Speakman said of the former Eagles quarterback.
The celebrity game —which benefited the Jaws Youth Playbook and Kisses for Kyle charities — were a chance for parents and grandparents who brought their kids to the game to see the legends of their own youth.
“They’re interested in seeing some of the older players, but that’s more for me,” Shanko said of his t-ball team.
Wednesday’s activities prior to the all-star game were also an attempt to get more people interested in minor league baseball. And, according to the fans who showed up, the sport can be even more entertaining than its major league counterpart.
“It’s good, cheap entertainment. You can afford to come here,” Rob Parks, of Paulsboro, said.
For Dave Urban, who traveled to Camden from Blue Bell, Pa., to meet his brother-in-law for the game, minor league baseball is the way to go.
“It’s a real value. It’s just hard to afford a major league baseball game,” he said.
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