November 2nd, 2011 at 9:00 am
Ever long to host an event at a location that people will be talking about for years to come? To be the one that has the party that everyone remembers, not because of who was there, but because of where it was?
If that’s the case, then it’s time to think outside the box and plan an event in the culturally rich and attraction-filled countryside of the Brandywine. We have a little of everything here…galleries lined with masterpieces of art, naturally brilliant gardens and landscapes, historical locations saturated with meaning and contemporary, energetic, kid-friendly spaces. Events here are limited only to the boundaries of your imagination. Pick a place, choose a date and your affair to remember awaits.
Here’s a first location to consider. This is a colossal space where you truly get some bang for your buck. Have an epic event on the Battleship New Jersey, the most decorated battleship in US Naval history. This super-sized monument to modern engineering is now docked in the Delaware River and is a phenomenal space to host any size event – 24/7.
“There’s nothing we don’t do,” says Gary Abramson, a member of the events staff on board the ship. “We can accommodate anything from 15 to 3500 and we are available 24 hours a day.”
To date, the ship has played host to almost every type of event – from bar mitzvahs to celebrity birthday parties and post-prom celebrations to military functions. Just imagine hosting a formal dinner for a group of retired service members on the deck of this storied battleship with the 16-inch gun turrets that defended our nation for decades in the background. It’s a reverent and inspiring setting that such a gathering deserves. Or, imagine taking a scouting troupe on a special overnight on board. Overnighters get to stand watch just like former crew members, enter the gun turrets, visit the Combat Engagement Center and participate in a simulated launch of a Tomahawk Missile.
The Brandywine Conference and Visitors Bureau is available to assist you in your site search. Descriptions of hundreds of locations are included in the listing sections of this guide, and links to many of their web sites are available online at www.brandywinecvb.org. For individuals responsible for planning corporate events or large group tours, the event specialists at the BCVB can help with questions you may have and arrange customized tours of event locations.
Our area has been entertaining visitors for centuries – all the way back to when William Penn and his Quakers first landed on the banks of the Delaware River. Even then, the Native Americans who greeted them had spectacular scenery as a setting for that historical occasion. Whether you are looking for an event for hundreds with a view of the water or a gathering of a few in a kid-friendly attraction – and anything in between – Delaware County’s Brandywine Country is the place to be. We look forward to being the place where your celebration memories are made.