25 May 2016, Posted by Founding Franklin in What's Happening



I am not sure how this has happened, but another month has sneaked by, and so it is time to update you on my exploits as Benjamin Franklin. We began the month with a photo shoot celebrating the beginning of National Travel and Tourism Month. It was my pleasure to join a large group of people from all aspects of the tourism, historic and hospitality community inPhiladelphia for a media event on Independence Mall. Our new mayor, Jim Kinney joined us for the event, and expressed great support for what we do to provide entertainment and education for our visitors for all over the world. As always, it was great to be with colleagues from all around the city.


It is my distinct honor and privilege to begin my twelfth season being a part of a great cast in presenting Independence After Hours. This tour, which includes dinner at the City Tavern and a “surprise” interruption of Thomas Jefferson, John Adams and Benjamin Franklin as they discuss the Declaration of Independence in Independence Hall, is a presentation by Historic Philadelphia, Inc., and has an enduring popularity.

1ddef8736b14440264af0c1acaf149edOne of the things that I often do is to meet and greet at a conference or convention or event. It is always enjoyable, but sometimes goes beyond that. The wonderful Carol Spacht ( as Betsy Ross ) and I spent a couple of hours at the Xfinity Live complex in South Philadelphia mingling with nearly a thousand craft brewers from the U.S., Canada and Europe, and what lovely people they were. We had a delightful time ( and left the tasting to the guests, by the way; we were working, after all. Yes we call it work, just for fun ).

I will be in Fairmount Park this week with a press event for Google Trekker ( whatever that is ), and next week will be with the guests at the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

I am also beginning my fifteenth season working with Historic Philadelphia, Inc., presenting history to many types of visitors. It is good to see all the people who only work the summer season, the historic interpreters and the storytellers. They do great work, and people love seeing them around the historic park. We had a great tour of the Powel House, one of our finest historic houses in Old City, and Dr. Franklin will be back there next week for a corporate party. The man does love a party.


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