• Tuesday , 20 February 2018

Rain or Shine – Cocktails in the Courtyard Benefitting The Philadelphia History Museum

by Dana J. Prophet

Dressed in clothing that never goes out of style, ticket holders attended this year’s fundraiser themed Cocktails in the Courtyard: A Vintage Party at the Philadelphia History Museum. This museum in particular focuses on everything residents of the City of Brotherly Love truly cherish and makes us different for other metropolises.


The party awaits inside. The 5th Annual Cocktails in the Courtyard.

With a DJ Jamie Dillon rocking tunes from every era and culture (much like the inhabitants of this city), everyone got in the groove and took a few turns on the dance floor. Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Dock Street Brewing Company, and WhistlePig Distilled Dry Whiskey generously donated elixirs to keep the party going responsibly.


Taking a break from dancing to whet your whistle.


You’re never too young to cut the rug.


Stunning in their vintage dresses are Sonja Roth and Amber Olcuco


One of the many cute couples of the night – Ken and Mandy.

Besides the historic collections to review and admire there were other entertainment to appreciate. Andy Greenlee of Celebrations Paintings was at her easel capturing the excitement as the live event painter. This painting was later auctioned off at the live event at the end of the evening.

Andy Greenlee - Live Event Painter

Celebrations Paintings capturing the moment.

Going on its fifth year, this year’s event brought forth everyone wearing their vintage best to raise money benefiting the museum. Kelly Murphy, Senior Manager of Communications and Special Events, made sure the event was weather-proof for when the skies later opened and the party had to move inside. Although some attendees whipped out their umbrellas to brave the weather in the still beautifully decorated courtyard.


Philadelphia Museum Accountant and Historian – Mark Colatrella and Cynthia Little.


Moving the party inside did not stop the excitement!


What do you do when it starts to rain on your cocktail party? Whip out your handy umbrella!


These folks are not letting a little rain isn’t going to stop their fun.

The opportunities to take a break from the revelries to look at what made the Philadelphia History Museum stand apart was another highlight of the event. Through the founding of the colonies to every historic moment in between that lead to the present, you can stroll through the galleries to see what makes our city great.


Lilla Abdal-Haqq views the city’s history from the protective glass.

You don’t have to wait until next year’s themed celebration. Head on over to the the Philadelphia History Museum no matter if you are a visitor, tourist, or life-long resident to see what the people of the area did to contribute to make life more colorful.

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