Sneak Preview of Political Fest – DONT MISS IT With Melissa Fitzgerald

Sneak Preview of Political Fest – DONT MISS IT With Melissa Fitzgerald
DO NOT MISS THIS EXHIBIT – IT’s AMazing, and informative. Heres a sneak preview, you’ll be able to see what spots are Family Friendly for the kids, but all the spots are great for people who are interested in learning tidbits, and interesting facts about our country’s history, electoral process, family life of the presidents and the First Ladies Dresses. Tickets are $15, $8 for kids. Buy them at the Constitution Center or online. The ticket is good for the duration of the DNC which is through Thursday. You can even ride the Phlash bus for FREE that does a special Political Fest route. Here’s my story and I’m sticking with it….follow me here and on my socials for the latest happening #DemsinPhilly #DNC2016

I had a chance to check out all the Political Fest exhibits yesterday on a special tour with Gov Ed Rendell, as well as with Melissa Fitzgerald, who starred on the popular TV show – West Wing, and will be hosting Political Fest shows at the Constitution Center.

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National Constitution Center (525 Arch Street)

Theme: Headed to the White House

The National Constitution Center will serve as the hub for PoliticalFest, and will be the only brick and mortar location where tickets to PoliticalFest will be sold. The National Constitution Center will also be home to PoliticalFest Main Stage. All PoliticalFest guests will be able to attend PoliticalFest Main Stage events as part of their general admission ticket, and members of the public will be able to participate in PoliticalFeud. In order to participate, additional tickets must be reserved in advance of the desired participation time. Tickets to participate as well as tickets for priority seating at any of the Main Stage events, can be reserved at There is no cost to participate in or attend Main Stage, beyond the fee of a general admission PoliticalFest ticket.


The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention today conducted a press tour with Governor Ed Rendell and Melissa Fitzgerald, who played Carol Fitzpatrick in The West Wing, highlighting the great diversity of exhibits to be displayed at seven different locations throughout PoliticalFest. PoliticalFest, a festival celebrating United States history, politics, and the road to the White House, will highlight the contributions made by important figures and movements since the nation’s founding.


These exhibits will be on display at each of the seven PoliticalFest locations and will create a fun, inclusive, and educational experience for residents, delegates, and members of the media. PoliticalFest will run July 22-27th, open 10am-6pm daily.


Here we are at the Pennsylvania Convention Hall on tour with Kristyn Aldrich, LeapStarr, who is producing the event. With her is Melissa Fitzgerald, and Gov Ed Rendell, Chair of the 2016 Democratic National Convention Host Committee 

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It’s at the Convention Center that you can pick up a lot of great DNC2016 merchandise, including products made from local Philadelphians.


There is another pop up shop at the Comcast Center, and 30th Street Station, or online HERE Melissa DSC_7369 (Custom)

There’s a replica of US Air Force One at the Convention CenterMelissa

Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F (1101 Arch Street)  Theme: Politics and You!  Includes:  ·  C-SPAN’s The American Presidents exhibit  ·  C-SPAN’s Electoral Boards  ·  Oval Office Replica, presented by Facebook   ·  Air Force One Fuselage replica  ·  Photo walls featuring key political features and their impacts on society “Voting Through Time” exhibit, showing voting booths from the past, present and future.  ·   “I Am Democracy Photo Mosaic” for which guests will take individual photos that will be transformed into a larger digital mosaic of an American flag.  ·   Memorabilia Store, including Host Committee merchandise from local designers like Project Runway winner Dom Streater and apparel favorite Duke & Winston, as well as rare collector’s items.  ·   “Future Leaders Fun Zone” featuring games and other activities for children


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Heritage Center at the Union League (140 S. Broad Street)

Theme: Political Conventions in Philadelphia


  • Sweep the Country: Political Conventions in Philadelphia,an exhibit that tells the stories of the 11 conventions held in Philadelphia.



Library Company of Philadelphia (1314 Locust Street)

Theme: Presidential Archives


  • Presidential Libraries
  • Exhibit featuring writings, photographs and artifacts from the museum’s own collection, including:

o A life mask of George Washington;

o A death mask of Abraham Lincoln;

o Rare books, graphics, and manuscripts about the founding of the nation;

o Women in American politics;

o 19th-century African-American political conventions.


Historical Society of Philadelphia (1300 Locust Street)

Theme: Founding Documents


  • “Behind The Ballot,” an interactive exhibit provided by the city of Birmingham, Alabama, highlighting the Civil Rights Act and the Voters Rights Act, as well as a lookback at the events that took place in 1963.
  • Proof of Declaration of Independence
  • Samples of Articles of Confederation
  • Draft of the Constitution of the United States
  • “We the People” collection, including:

o   Constitution of Women’s Suffrage Association with a note by Susan B. Anthony

o   Lithograph of the Emancipation Proclamation

o   Map of part of Bucks County released by the Indians to the “Proprietaries of Pensilvania” in September 1737


Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent (15 S. 7th Street)

Theme: Philadelphia and the Presidency


  • Original election coverage from the Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest and the Philadelphia region’s largest African-American daily publication, featuring iconic front pages and landmark political moments from the paper’s extensive coverage of national politics.
  • Philadelphia Gay News interviews with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
  • Philadelphia Memorabilia Perspective featuring pieces from local collectors that highlight Philadelphia’s political convention history.
  • Short documentary of local collectors’ historical artifacts described in their own words.
  • Whistle Stop Philadelphia! will provide guests with a photo-opp with a life-size train replica, like those that were used during whistle stop campaign tours.
  • Philadelphia and the Presidency Exhibit

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National Liberty Museum (312 Chestnut Street)

Theme: First Families


  • “First Ladies: Influence & Image” video, featuring stories of America’s 45 First Ladies.
  • A show-stopping display of featured dresses worn by First Ladies going back to Martha Washington.
  • White House China dating back to George Washington.
  • An exclusive photo exhibit highlighting First Families, provided by National Geographic.
  • “Larger Than Life” photo wall, featuring key political figures and their impact on society.
  • Johnston & Murphy Presidential Footwear Collection, highlighting 12 former presidents who wore Johnston & Murphy shoes.
  • The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement’s kids program will offer a special, interactive program for K-12 students encouraging civic engagement and explaining the process of running for and winning the Presidency.

MelissaThe Host Committee also announced a special group discount for PoliticalFest tickets. For adult groups of 10 or more, tickets are available to group members for $10 per person. For groups of 10 or more students, seniors, or children, tickets are available to group members for $4 per person. Group rate tickets and individual tickets can be purchased here.


The Walnut Club – The Women’s Networking Club – Celebrates

Last month The Walnut Club celebrated their first year anniversary at Positano Coast in Old City where they served some of their most popular dishes, along with specialty cocktails and beer.
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The Walnut Club is a networking club which introduces ambitious women to the best people, resources and events for advancing, connecting and playing in Philadelphia. Many of Philly’s women business leaders joined  founder Marla McDermott, to celebrate the milestone.
Dajanaye Rollins, Angela Harris, Marla McDermottm, Christina Henck, Beverly Buella

Dajanaye Rollins, Angela Harris, Marla McDermottm, Christina Henck, Beverly Buella


Theresa Hrivnak, Indulgence Cupcakery, Stephanie McCullough, Founder of Sofia Financial, Jennifer Dubin and Tito Ogunsola-Smith, Concierge Physical Therapy


Joyce Akiko and Kristen Colia

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A few good men


Liza Herschel, Molly Collet and Diane Sharp


Ann King Lagos and Toni Renee Leslie of REALM Fine + Fashion Jewelry


Dajanaye Rollins, Angela Harris, Marla McDermottm, Christina Henck, Beverly Buella


Christina Henck, Marla McDermott, President and Co-Founder The Walnut Club, Natanya DiBona Co-Founder The Walnut Club, Katie Honey and Julie Green, Vice President and Co-Founder The Walnut Club


You want to get to know the Walnut Club, and support “Women Making History”,

Sunday, July 24th from 11am-3pm @ Water Works
Women Making History Celebration/ Welcome DNC Event
As Philadelphia takes the national stage during the Democratic National Convention, we will be welcoming legislators and celebrating female history-makers. The event will honor local and national women for their achievements in business, media, arts, and of course, politics. Proceeds benefit Vision 2020: Equality in Sight. Details and tickets:

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Gwen Stefani Spent The Day in Philly with her Kids

Gwen Stefani Spent The Day With Her Kids in Philly
I may be late in posting today (Tuesday, 3:30PM), but I have a good reason. Did some columns, shot one of my pro-bono charity gigs then waited for the lovely Gwen Stefani.


A shot I took of Gwen w/family leaving Morimoto in 2009

The Throwback Tour of the Summer is happening, and tonight it’s in Philly as Gwen Stefani and Eve are playing the BT&T Pavillion in Camden.   Stefani, who has a hot hit right now with her beau Blake Shelton, is bringing Philly’s own Eve along on the road for the This Is What the Truth Feels Like Tour, which kicked off on July 12 and wraps up with a show in Los Angeles on October 15.


Sunday night she and Blake performed their duet “Go Ahead and Break My Heart,” at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, VA. But don’t expect to see him tonight cause when she checked into her hotel,  The Ritz on Monday, all she brought were a lot of Toys R Us bags, while wheeling in a box with a kids blow up pool, yes really.


I remember in 2009 when I chatted about Gwen and family in Philly on my Fox 29 celeb segment, her son Kingston was spotted riding his big wheel down the halls of the Ritz Carlton. I can’t imagine what it was like to have a kids pool in the room last night, do you think they filled it to the top?


@NicoleisNik from   tweeted she saw Gwen’s kids on her plane from LA yesterday afternoon. They were all reunited at The Ritz that afternoon, and spent quality mom time, where Gwen said in a Charlotte Observer interview, that it was back to reality time and her being a mom for a bit.


After play time Gwen, and her tour manager headed to Estia (1405 Locust St) for dinner. I heard they dined on Langoustines

How cute is that dress – it’s by Bernie Dexter

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Up early Tuesday, Gwen and the kids headed to the Please Touch Museum for a little fun before heading to the BT&T Pavilion for tonight’s concert.

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Here’s some of their luggage being loaded onto the tour bus, they also brought out the toys, some in bags, some lose, no sign of the pool, did they leave it behind? That’s Gwen’s assistant, pretty in pink, and tour director. Eve entertained friends and family at her hotel at the Sofitel (120 S 17th St,), and was seen leaving with bags at 230PM

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Speaking of throwbacks: Yes that was Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray fame eating lunch at Ruby Tuesdays at Shops of Liberty Place yesterday. They’re playing in Bethlehem Pa Wed.

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BTW I was at the Shops of Liberty Place today and saw that the renovations were done at Kiehl’s and it looks like it’s opening soon.



Philly Gossip: Justin Beiber, Dario Saric , Howard Eskin, Journey, Barry Bonds,

Justin Beiber, Howard Eskin, Journey, Barry Bonds

Happy Monday. It’s not slowing down, but I finally got a chance to review a schedule for all the DNC2016 events that are coming up and I plan to cover. Follow along with me on Social Media as I tell you daily the who, what, when and where as I seek out them during the convention week.


Friday night Marilyn Russell, Kory Aversa and I participated in the 8th Annual Cabot Creamery Coopertative Bad Beat on Hunger Poker Tournament to support the Community FoodBank of New Jersey – Southern Branch at Borgata’s in Atlantic City. Howard Eskin came by to say hi and give his support.

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I didn’t win but I lasted 4.5 hrs, besting my time last year by 2 hrs. At one point I won $50,000 from one of the pro’s, but that luck didn’t last long. It was a lot of fun, for a great cause. Next year I will remind you months out when the date will be so you can join us. Kory did have beginers luck, plus he bet conservatively he told me. He lasted 7hrs. Shortly after his run we all got luck as Justin Bieber stopped by to play a hand of poker and change his shirt on the gaming floor. I posted about it on Saturday, and last night came across a few more photos.

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Check out my coverage of everything that went down here, and what shirt he changed into…


New Sixers player Dario Saric is in town. In between meeting with officials he’s been hitting up Rittenhouse Square eateries. Thursday he went to Parc’s on the Square, the following night he was spotted at Zama.


Journey “Don’t Stop Believing” was in town for their concert on July 15. Last night before they flew out of town they stopped by Davio’s where they enjoyed the Spring rolls, Taglietelle Bolognese, cavatelli, lamb rack and Salmon dish.

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Last night I had a working dinner with Annie Heckenberger at Del Frisco’s. Never a dull moment with her, and as we got up we noticed Barry Bonds was having dinner with a lady friend next to us. Now he knows my DNC schedule too.

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Annie’s on the DNC Host Committee, and I lent her my camera for the month so when I’m not around she shoots the events. BTW she does much more than that for them, but when you’re working for a great cause you wear many hats. Saturday was the #DonkeysAroundTown run through the City. The above shot is at Independence Visitor Center. 7-18-2016 10-48-18 AM

The run started at the Navy Yard.

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Check out the website for addition events.


Congrats to Philly Media’s assistant features editor Molly Eichel for her recognition as the Vigoda Award winner for May

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FAQ’s From City of Philadelphia for DNC


Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the Democratic National Convention

When is the Convention? When do we expect Convention attendees to arrive and leave?

• The Democratic National Convention (DNC) begins Monday, July 25th,
and ends Thursday evening, July 28th. Attendees will arrive as soon as
Friday, July 22nd, and leave by Friday, July 29th.

Where does the Convention take place?
• The Convention takes place at the Wells Fargo Center in the evening
hours, typically from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be smaller caucus and
council meetings during work hours at the Pennsylvania Convention
Center as well.

How many people are coming to Philadelphia for the Convention?

• The City expects approximately 50,000 Convention participants between
delegates, media, and other attendees.
Are there any changes to trash and recycling service during the DNC? Are
there any changes to municipal services, such as; court hours, jury duty, and city employee work schedules?

• At this time, all city services are expected to operate as scheduled. If that
changes, the information will be available on the City’s DNC home page:

Will police and fire services be affected in my neighborhood due to re-
assignment of first-responders?
• Philadelphia Police, Philadelphia Fire and EMS services will not be
impacted by the DNC.

Will highways or streets be closed during the DNC?

• At this time, we do not anticipate extended road or highway closures in
Center City and other areas outside of the Stadium District. There may be
rolling closures due to dignitary movements or protests.

• Before you leave the house, we encourage you to check
@PhiladelphiaGov for any traffic news.

• There will be traffic restrictions around the sports complex, and we
expect United States Secret Service to announce those by early July at
the absolute latest. When they are announced, you can find the
information here:

How can the public be aware if large demonstrations are going to affect

• Planned permitted demonstrations that impact traffic or require road
closures will be included on the City website road closure page, and
updates provided via social media. For more information visit: and follow

• Demonstrations that deviate from the planned route or do not attain a
permit will be updated via social media. Follow @PhillyPolice and @PhiladelphiaGov

Will any SEPTA routes change during the DNC?
• Additional service along the Broad Street Line (BSL) will be added during
the convention. Travelers should expect crowds on public transit similar
to sporting events when Convention programming begins and ends.
While the Convention has not yet released their full schedule, historically
sessions have begun at 5 p.m. and concluded at 11 p.m.

• Transit riders can sign up for SEPTA alerts regarding system delays and
service disruptions through the City’s mass notification system,

• SEPTA also offers information through their website and social media: and

Will there be special parking or towing restrictions?

• There will be some parking or towing restrictions, though we do not
expect it to be nearly as extensive as last year’s Papal Visit. Before the
weekend of July 23, and throughout the week of the DNC, please be sure
to check the street signs near where you normally park each day to
ensure there are no temporary parking restrictions.

Will the City allow camping?

• Because of the resources needed to manage the Convention, no permits
will be issued for camping.
Will it be difficult to go out during the Convention? Will restaurants have
available seating?

• Because the Convention historically takes place from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
each evening, Center City and other area dining destinations should have
open tables, especially during dinner hours, should you want to take
advantage of them.

Can I get into the Wells Fargo Center if I am not a credentialed media member
or delegate? Can anyone attend the convention?

• Only those who are credentialed have access inside the Wells Fargo
Center, which include media, delegates, politicians, and volunteers.
However, the smaller councils and caucus meetings which take place
during the day at the Pennsylvania Convention Center are open to the

How can I participate in the DNC?

• There are a number of fun Convention-related events happening around
town for the public, even if you’re not interested in politics. For more
information and a list of events, go to
What if I have questions that aren’t answered here?

• We encourage you to first go to If your questions aren’t
answered there, you can always call 3-1-1 for non-emergencies. The week
of the Convention, 311 will have extended hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.