October 4, 2009

Leif Erikson Day 2009: Making Your Efforts Count + Directions & Hotel Information

Filed under: Culture & History, Events, Keystone United News, News — Keith Carney @ 11:20 pm

188In less than one week from today many of us will be gathering in downtown Philadelphia to pay tribute to Leif Erikson and Thorfinn Karlsefni, two great men whose actions transformed their own thoughts and dreams into a reality, one that has impacted generations and even shaped the very lives that we live today. And much like the rest of us, with the numerous thoughts and ideas that pass through our heads on a daily basis, the Philadelphia Leif Erikson Day celebration started out as little more than just that; an idea.

With the help of no more than 30 people, the Leif Erikson Day celebration here in Philadelphia has since grown into an event that all of us can be proud of. We are now coming up on our 3rd year and we ask that all of you do your part to see that this event gets the proper attention it deserves. We ask that you take the time out of your day to repost our flier on any of the social networking sites that you use and to spread this information by word of mouth to your friends and family. But most importantly, we ask that you pay tribute to these great men by making the trip to Philadelphia, PA on Sat October 10th to stand side by side with all of us in honor of such a worthy celebration.

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Directions & Hotel Information

This year’s event will begin promptly at 12 noon. We recommend that everyone do their best to get here early, especially with the amount of traffic generated by the Navy Day Regatta boat race taking place in the immediate area that day. We will begin our walk to the Thorfinn Karlsefni statue from the meeting point at exactly 12pm so don’t be late otherwise you will run the risk of being left behind. If you are late however, we will have a number of designated volunteers monitoring the parking area that will be able to assist you in getting to the statue. We will also be enforcing a strict dress code and those of you that are unable to follow it will be turned away with no exceptions (i.e. if you wouldn’t wear it to your grandparents house you probably shouldn’t wear it here, just use your head).

For those of you that plan on attending our acoustic concert, we ask that you bring your own chairs as we will only be able to provide a limited amount to those in attendance. Directions to the concert will only be given out in person to those present at the speaking engagement.

And remember, this is a family friendly event and there will be a large number of children in attendance. Absolutely no type of alcohol will be permitted during this event. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us at:


From I-95
I-95 to exit #22 (for 676 west)
676 to Ben Franklin Parkway/Museum Area exit (22nd St)
Make right off the exit & go 2 blocks
Make left onto Ben Franklin Pkwy, bear right (past international fkags overhead) to Kelly Drive
Continue to bear right, follow Kelly Drive past Sedgley Drive
Make a right at Lemon Hill Drive (Pilgrim type statue)
Go uphill, make a right at 3 way
Left onto dirt driveway to Lemon Hill
Mansion parking lot or adjoining roads

From 76 West
Take exit #342 towards the Phila Zoo
Turn left @ Girard Ave (across bridge)
Make a right onto Poplar Drive
Make straight right onto Lemon Hill Rd (park entrance)
Follow Lemon Hill Rd until the intersection with Sedgley Drive
Cross intersection & make a right at the Mansion.

Park in the lot or adjoining roads

Hotel Information:

Roosevelt Inn
7600 Roosevelt Bld.
215-338-7600 or toll free 888-338-7604
Room prices starting at $78.94

The Hub
7605 Roosevelt Blvd.
Room prices $65.00
Cheap but not recommended

11580 Roosevelt Blvd.
Room prices starting at $89.00

Lincoln Highway Near The Turnpike:

Red Roof Inn
3100 Lincoln Highway
Room prices starting at $74.00

Knights Inn
2707 Lincoln Highway
Room prices starting at $52.20

Neshaminy Motor Inn
2345 Old Lincoln Highway
Room prices $57.27


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