Who: Mayor Michael A. Nutter
Meryl Levitz, President & CEO, Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation
What: Mayor Nutter and Meryl Levitz will visit three Philadelphia neighborhoods—Powelton Village, East Passyunk and Bella Vista—to celebrate the recent launch of GPTMC’s Philadelphia Neighborhoods campaign.
Philadelphia Neighborhoods spotlights 14 visitor-ready areas surrounding Center City. The campaign encourages locals and visitors to explore the neighborhoods’ storied streets, buzzed-about restaurants, emerging art galleries, independent shops, intimate music venues, plentiful parks and annual festivals. Components include a highly visual and compelling neighborhood section on visitphilly.com/neighborhoods and timely what-to-do content on uwishunu.com, GPTMC’s visitor blog. This continues GPTMC’s ongoing effort to uncover the creative energy happening all over the city.
When: Friday, April 12th 2:30 p.m. – 4:50 p.m.
Note to Editors/Planners: Media is welcome to ride on the trolley or meet at neighborhood locations. RSVP required for trolley; first come first served. PLEASE DO NOT DISCLOSE LOCATIONS IN ADVANCE.
RSVP to: Cara Schneider, GPTMC at (215) 599 0789, c: (215) 206-2034, firstname.lastname@example.org
Where: Key stops in three Philadelphia neighborhoods:
2:30 p.m. Board trolley on northeast corner of City Hall
3:00 p.m. The Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum, 3819 Hamilton Street
Neighborhood: Powelton Village in West Philadelphia
On-Site Contacts: artists Joseph Tiberino (father), Gabe Tiberino (son)
Visual: Mayor will make remarks from colorful outdoor patio of this family-run museum and residence. Since opening in 1999, the museum has featured the work of the late African-American painter hanging next to that of her adoring survivors: husband Joseph; daughter Ellen; and sons Gabriele, Latif and Raphael.
3:30 p.m. Depart for East Passyunk
3:50 p.m. Singing Fountain, Passyunk Avenue and Tasker Street, followed by a neighborhood stroll
Neighborhood: East Passyunk in South Philadelphia
On-site Contact: Renee Gilinger, East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District
Visual: Mayor will start at the famed Singing Fountain, then walk south on East Passyunk Avenue.
4:20 p.m. Leave for South Street
4:30 p.m. Percy Street Barbecue, 900 South Street
Neighborhood: Bella Vista in South Philadelphia
On-site Contacts: Erin O’Shea, chef/owner; Mike Harris,
South Street Headhouse District
Visual: Mayor and group will toast the vibrancy of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods and enjoy some small BBQ bites.
Details: “Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality and attractions from museums and music to restaurants and historical venues, not to mention great shopping,” said Mayor Michael A. Nutter. “Our goal is to encourage visitors and residents alike to look at what all of Philadelphia has to offer, beginning with these
fourteen vibrant neighborhoods surrounding Center City.”
The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases business and promotes the region’s vitality.
For more information about travel to Philadelphia, visit visitphilly.com or uwishunu.com, where you can build itineraries; search event calendars; see photos and videos; view interactive maps; sign up for newsletters; listen to HearPhilly, an online radio station about what to see and do in the region; book hotel reservations and more. Or, call the Independence Visitor Center, located in Historic Philadelphia, at (800) 537-7676.
Note to Editors: For high-resolution photos of Greater Philadelphia, visit the photo gallery of visitphilly.com/pressroom.