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June 14, 2017

Philadelphia History Museum to host shore-themed cocktail party

There will be a saltwater taffy bar

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Philadelphia History Museum Collection postcard Courtesy of Philadelphia History Museum Collection/PhillyVoice

Postcard, The Lock Step on the Beach at Atlantic City, NJ. Publisher unknown, 1907, Philadelphia History Museum Collection.

The Philadelphia History Museum will host its annual Cocktails in the Courtyard benefit on Thursday, June 22. The 2017 theme is Summer Down the Shore, celebrating what many Philadelphians love about the summer months – vacationing to New Jersey's beaches.

For the event, the museum will have vintage artifacts and memorabilia from the shore, dating back to the 1800s. Some of the artifacts on display will be photos, postcards and bathing suits.

As for entertainment, there will be live jazz from 6-7 p.m. and a DJ afterward. Jerry Blavat will be there as well to meet & greet attendees.

The evening's food & drink options will be coastal-themed cocktails by Philadelphia Distilling, a clam bake courtesy of 12th St. Catering, surf and turf fries from Philly Fry Food Truck and a Fralinger's Original Salt Water Taffy bar.

Tickets are $25 for museum members or $30 for general admission. Non-members can save by buying two tickets at a time for $50 total.

Proceeds from the Cocktails in the Courtyard event go toward funding field trips for Philadelphia youth to visit the museum.

The museum is also asking Philadelphians to share their own stories about the shore. Email a favorite photo to and the photo could be used at the party.

Cocktails in the Courtyard: Summer Down the Shore

Thursday, June 22
6-9 p.m. | $25-$50
Philadelphia History Museum's Marian Mitchell Garden
15 S. Seventh St.