On Thursday, May 16th, 2019 Historic Philadelphia, Inc. hosted the 11th annual Evening in Franklin Square, presented by Parx Casino. From an initial investment of $6.5 million, Franklin Square has become an urban oasis and family play place, made possible by the involvement of individuals in the surrounding area.
Guests dressed in garden-party attire, participated in the silent auction and enjoyed cocktails all in the name of raising much needed funds for the fun packed square at the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
One of the highlights of the cocktail hour was when guests participated in the Parx Square Derby, a carousel race, that was narrated by racing announcer Keith Jones (l) with the winners. The race was followed by a dinner, live auction, and plenty of dancing
The annual event coincides with the Chinese Lantern Display, which includes new lantern’s and a new layout. It runs through June 30.
Then beginning July 31, check out the new Franklin Square Fountain Show! The 180-year-old, historic centerpiece of the Square will come to life with colorful, dancing fountains choreographed to popular songs by Boyz II Men, Katy Perry and Louis Armstrong and more! Enjoy daytime and evening shows, featuring LED lighting effects after dusk and it’s free!
In 2016, Prince Albert of Monacopurchased his late mother’s Philadelphia home. “It feels good,” he told People magazine of buying the Pennsylvania property. “I’m very happy to have saved this old family home from a near certain death or development.”
The ESU was formally organized in the United States in 1920 and arose from the conviction of its founder, Sir Evelyn Wrench and a group of like-minded American and British friends, that maintenance of the close personal and national ties forged during World War I was necessary for the preservation of peace.
The ESU celebrates English as a shared language to foster global
understanding and good will by providing educational and cultural
opportunities for students, educators, and members.
Andy and Debbie Webster,Mary Darlington co-chairs, with hosts Alexandra Golaszewska and J.B. Kelly and Steve Darlington, co-chair
Thank you to Alexandra Golaszewska, who along with J.B. Kelly I have known socially for several years, who gave me a tour of the house, even the nooks and crannies explaining all the beautiful artifacts on display.
Prince Albert II of Monaco is very concerned about the environment and has created The Prince Albert II Foundation (Official name: Fondation Prince Albert II de Monaco is a Monaco -based charity which has donated millions in various environmental projects. The Foundation was initially created in 2006 by Prince Albert II of Monaco and it concentrates on environmental protection
The highlight of the garden party was the singing of the National Athem, the toast to Queen Elizabeth for her 93rd birthday and a lively auction to raise additional funds for the ESU education mission.
Max Yillah, a Philadelphia area high school student won the annual Shakespeare contest, which allowed him to compete in the National Shakespeare Competition in NYC. High school students nationwide read, analyze, perform and recite Shakespearean monologues and sonnets in three qualifying stages: school, ESU Branch and national.
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