Take Me Out to the Ballgame!


Boys of Summer

Panorama of Busch Stadium.

Panorama of Busch Stadium.

One of the surest signs that Spring is here is when major league ballparks around the country open their doors for another season of balls, strikes, hot dogs, thrills and spills! For many fans, the excitement is  not just about seeing their favorite teams, but it’s about getting to their favorite ballpark. Whether it’s a historic landmark like Wrigley Field in Chicago, Fenway in Boston, or a more recent jewel such as Citizen’s Bank Park in Philadelphia, or the new Busch Stadium in St. Louis, each ballpark has its own unique features, food and design.

How About Taking Your RV?

The sign outside the Chicago baseball park Wri...

The sign outside the Chicago baseball park Wrigley Field at night. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

If you have a passion for baseball and ballparks, but find that flying around the country and staying in various hotels can get pretty expensive, how about touring in an RV? It’s much more cost-effective, plus it gives you a great opportunity to see other sites in your travels and spend quality time with friends and family!

Planning

Unless you have unlimited time and budget, planning is very important for having a fun and successful trip. First, decide where you’d like to go and then check each of the team’s schedules. From there, you can probably put together a tentative schedule and begin to check ticket availability for the dates and locations you’ve chosen. Keep in mind that ticket demand can vary wildly from place to place. And last, find yourself a place to park! Since most ballparks are in major cities, you’ll probably have to find a campground in the suburbs. If you’re planning on driving a motorhome to the ballpark, be sure to check each individual team for RV parking policies.

Other Considerations

It’s very easy to over spend on a trip like this, so come up with a reasonable budget that includes food and souvenirs at each ballpark and stick to it! You should also consider ways to capture your trip by taking lots of pictures, saving ticket stubs, programs, and other tokens from each ballpark. If you like to write, this is a great opportunity to keep a journal, either online or the old fashion way! Buying some small storage containers or folders to keep reminders from each location separate is worth considering.

If you do decide to try a ballpark tour this Spring and/or Summer, please come back and let us know how you made out! And, if any of you have already done something like this and would like to add some advice, please do so in the comments area.

Here’s to a great baseball season, whoever your favorite team may be!

Until next time … Happy RVing!

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Those are some nice cans you’ve got!


WMMR's Preston & Steve - Campout for HungerIn what has now become a great Philadelphia tradition, WMMR radio’s morning hosts Preston & Steve will begin their Campout for Hunger drive beginning Monday, November 29th and continuing through Friday December 3rd.

If you’re not familiar with Preston & Steve’s Campout event, for those five days, they “camp” in an RV collecting non-perishable food items for Philabundance, who then distribute the food throughout the greater Delaware Valley area to those who need it. Campout and other food drives play an essential role in helping Philabundance keep up with the needs of the community.

As we have the past several years, White Horse RV Center is more than happy to provide an RV for Preston & Steve to live in throughout the week.

How can you help?

Stop by the Campout for Hunger “camp” at the Metroplex in Plymouth Meeting, PA. There will be plenty of special guests during the morning show, but you can stop during the day and evening also.  We are also collecting food at White Horse RV up until Wednesday, 11/24 and will send all donations along with the RV. Anyone who donates at White Horse will receive a 10% discount card for our Parts & Accessories store.  Some recommended food items include the following:

  • Canned Tuna

    RV provided by White Horse RV Center

  • Canned Beef Stew (pop top lid)
  • Canned Chili (pop top lid)
  • Canned Pasta, Beef Ravioli
  • Macaroni & Cheese
  • Ready to Eat Cereal (Family Size)
  • Canned Pork & Beans/Baked Beans (pop top lid)
  • Canned Green Beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Canned Fruit Cocktail (pop top lid)
  • Creamy Peanut Butter (Plastic Containers Only)
  • Grape Jelly (Plastic Containers Only)
  • Boxed Sugar

We don’t know the exact figures since they haven’t always kept track, but we do know that over the last several years Campout for Hunger has collected close to 1,000 TONS of food, and probably more!

Please help out if you can. Even a single can or two will help. Here are the event details one more time:

When: Monday, November 29th thru Friday, December 3rd
(It’s over at the end of the broadcast on Friday – about 10am)
Donations are accepted Monday through Thursday from 6am to about 8pm, and Friday from 6am to 10am.
Where: The Metroplex Shopping Center in Plymouth Meeting, PA

Helping Philadelphia area kids for 30 years!


What’s your first thought when you think of “bikers”? Often portrayed in movies, TV shows and other entertainment outlets as a band of hooligans, the reality couldn’t be further from the truth.

A great example of this is Delaware Valley A.B.A.T.E (Alliance of Bikers Aimed Toward Education). This  Sunday marks the 30th Annual A.B.A.T.E. toy run where bikers line the streets of Philadelphia for blocks on end, and cruise through the city to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia where they deliver new toys to the kids.

Delaware Valley A.B.A.T.E.

This year, as has been the case for the last several, current A.B.A.T.E member Mark Schultz will be living in an RV,  donated by White Horse RV Center, for the weekend collecting toys from those who aren’t riding. Sunday’s festivities are hosted by Philadelphia radio legend, WMMR’s Pierre Robert, until 12 noon when the bikers begin their trek to Children’s Hospital.

All motorcycles are welcome to ride! You can also just show up to donate a toy if you don’t or can’t ride. Here are the event details:

  • Toys can be dropped off at the A.B.A.T.E. RV beginning Friday, 11/5/2010 until Sunday, 11/7/2010 at 12 noon.
  • The RV will be located in close proximity to Columbus Blvd. & Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia. This is also the starting point for the toy run.
  • All toys must be new, unwrapped and have batteries included if required. No stuffed animals please, due to health reasons.
  • If you’re coming, please be advised that parts of Spring Garden, 8th Street, and the Schuylkill Expressway will be closed.

Come rain or shine!

Celebrate where it all began


This Fourth of July, many people around the country will tune into network TV and see star-studded celebrations taking place in New York, Washington, and Boston. We may be a little biased, being located just 25 minutes from Philadelphia, but every year Philadelphia puts on a week-long celebration that is second to none. And why not. Philadelphia is the birthplace of America!

This year, why not experience this celebration first hand by getting in your RV, finding a nearby campground, and visiting Philadelphia to take part in  the activities that interest you?  Some of the highlights of the Wawa Welcome America Philadelphia celebration includes:

  • Wawa Hoagie Day,  followed by a special screening of the movie Rocky at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on June 30th.
  • A Screening Under the Stars of Avatar takes place on July 1st at Penn’s Landing.
  • Peter Nero and the Philly Pops will perform on July 2nd at Independence Hall.
  • All you can eat ice cream, fireworks, and more from the Philadelphia Orchestra on July 3rd at Penn’s Landing.
  • And a fully packed day of activities on July 4th starting with the Celebration of Freedom ceremony in the morning and ending with a Concert on the Parkway; this year featuring the Goo Goo Dolls, The Roots, Chrisette Michele and Chuck Brown followed by more fireworks!
  • While you’re there, don’t forget the “must see” attractions like the Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center, Franklin Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art and much more!

To find a nearby campground, try GoCampingAmerica or your favorite campground search site. Whatever you decide to do Independence Day weekend, have a very fun and safe celebration.

Until next time, Happy RVing!