The 57 decorated donkeys around Philadelphia haven’t finished their 15 minutes of fame yet, and after you download the SCAVIFY app you’ll be able to appreciate them all over again — this time, as you get in a workout and become eligible for free stuff! The scavenger hunt goes live during convention time, specifically July 21-28 when the delegates are in town. Basically, you’ll go to several donkey spots to upload photos, answer questions, perform tasks and meet other goals.
The donkeys are spread out across Center City, from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Spruce Street Harbor Park, with some stragglers in South and West Philly. Download or access the locations via mapapp.everyblock.com/dnc/#/?default=donkey and plot your workout run, walk or bike ride to cover some ground.
You earn 10 points per donkey/talk/photo, etc., and different levels qualify you for different prizes. For instance, with as few as five donkeys (50 points) you win a family fun pack that includes access to Eastern State Penitentiary, the National Constitution Center, Michener Art Museum and more. With 150 donkey points (15 donkeys) you earn Philadelphia 2016 swag including an official “Donkeys Around Town” T-shirt or a commemorative Visit Philly magnetic photo frame.
Double that with 30 donkeys and take a break with a complimentary Sonny’s Famous cheesesteak and you’ll also be entered to win one of two exciting grand prizes:
• The “Ultimate Philadelphia Sports Experience” that includes two tickets to a game during the 2016-17 seasons of each of Philadelphia’s major sports teams
• A two-night stay at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, compliments of Visit Philadelphia, and restaurant gift cards for each night
Hit up 31 donkeys or more (no bonus points for all 57 though) and receive an additional entry for one of the grand prizes. One winner will be randomly selected from a drawing for each of the two available grand prizes.
Prizes must be picked up in person at Independence Visitor Center, Sixth and Market streets. You must show your mobile device with points accumulated to receive the prize or entry.
As for me, I think I’ll plot a nice bike ride for Saturday morning and see how many I can get. The two most-remote donkeys are all the way down in the Navy Yard, but with a little persistence and a lot of energy, I just might get all 57 in one morning. Anyone interested in joining me on this escapade, I plan to be at the museum around 9 a.m. July 23, but email or message me if you’re coming.
Is it going to be a great workout? Probably not. The stopping and starting and general traffic and lights will hamper that, but there’s still plenty of street to cover. Plus, when’s the next time you’re going to be able to check out so many fine asses in the same day?
The annual LGBT night at the Reading Fightin’ Phils is Aug. 1 and there are scads of free tickets available. Whether you’re a ’burber or live in the city (it’s only a little over a one-hour hour drive from South Philly), it’s always a good time with great close-to-the-field seating and lots of relatively inexpensive food and drink. And there’s always free entertainment prior to the game. It’s a great chance to get up close and personal with Phillies on their way to the big show.
Facebook search “Free Tickets to LGBT Night at Reading Phils” and the offer to collect free tickets is all yours. Thanks go to the LGBT Equality Alliance and Chester County Pride for assembling this event. We have tickets here at PGN so if you’re interested in going, let me know and I’ll get a pair or more to you.
• Registration is open for the Philadelphia Liberty Tennis Association’s Philadelphia Open, held the first weekend in August at the Legacy Youth Tennis and Education Center. See Philadelphialibertytennis.org for more info.
• Fall registration for Stonewall Kickball for both recreational (Anderson Division) and competitive (Casarez Division) began July 18. Play is from Aug. 21-Oct. 23. Fall billiards registration opened the same date for play Aug. 25-Nov. 3.
Scott Drake has been on the PGN staff since February 2008, starting as a graphic and layout designer. He is now the newspaper’s photographer and art director, in charge of the publication's overall appearance. Scott has won more than 20 photography awards in the past eight years, including an NLGJA Outstanding Achievement in Photojournalism Award, and more than a dozen others for graphics and writing. He is the recipient of two Sigma Delta Chi Awards.
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