With the abundance of things to do in Philadelphia, many people probably don’t realize that one of the region’s biggest attractions is on the other side of the river, at the Camden Waterfront.
Located about a mile from Center City, just across the Delaware River lies a seemingly endless array of choices for entertainment. The whole month of February is packed with activities and exhibits that are sure to find their fit with any demographic in the region.
The many galleries of the Camden Waterfront are the perfect place to see the work of up-and-coming young artists and musicians.
Throughout the month, a special exhibit by artist Li Tan will feature a unique mix of digital animation images and Native American symbolism. The exhibit will be of special interest to those wanting a better look at the history of local Indian tribes, as well as students of digital animation.
The Walt Whitman Cultural Arts Center, famous for hosting innovative and interesting exhibits that are accessible to the entire community, will be hosting “Our Work of Flames.” The presentation is of the latest work of acclaimed collage artist Theodore Harris.
Boating is a very popular sport in the area, as the rivers and nearby shoreline help support this activity. With summer coming in a few months, boats are on the mind of people all over.
Boatbuilding 101, a comprehensive course designed to help the aspiring boatbuilder or ocean enthusiast, will be offered late in the month of February.
If music is your thing, try the Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts. They host performances by some of the most sought-after groups in their respective genres.
On Saturday, South American music hits up the Waterfront with a 35-instrument band at the South Jersey Performing Arts center.
A week later, the ZeRo Taiko Orchestra will show off the ancient art of Japanese drumming at the Gordon Theater.
Of course, more mainstream musical tastes are always accommodated, as performances are held almost nightly at any of the numerous theaters in the Waterfront complex.
Many of the events this month, which range from art and music, to performance pieces and other attractions, will be in celebration of Black History Month.
This important month, celebrated across the country to emphasize the achievements of black musicians, actors and activists, takes center stage in many of the art exhibits and performances.
The year-round events at the Camden Waterfront are also worth checking out, as they vary widely and are usually relatively inexpensive.
During summer, there’s Camden RiverSharks baseball to enjoy.
The Tweeter Center will begin hosting concerts beginning in March, ranging from Neil Young to No Doubt. But the real year-round attraction is the New Jersey State Aquarium.
One of the country’s most recognizable aquariums and also one of its best, the NJSA is a fun place to spend an afternoon. The aquarium also hosts exotic birds and other animals one would expect to find at the Philadelphia Zoo.
February is a special month at the Camden Waterfront, and with all these events going on, you’ll be sure to find something that interests you.
Art, music, and history collide to create the perfect atmosphere for enjoyment. With the weather getting warmer, eclectic events will continue to emerge that suit every taste and interest.
For more information on the aquarium, art exhibits, the musical performances or any of the events this month at the Waterfront, visit www.camdenwaterfront.com.
Ross Bercik can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org