June 5, 2012
Eastern State Penitentiary To Host Its Annual Prison Break Weekend June 9-10, Including Opening Up Its Recently Renovated Bocce Ball Court
This Saturday and Sunday, help Eastern State Penitentiary commemorate some of the most famous prison escapes of all time as it hosts its annual Prison Break Weekend, two days of special events and activities focused on infamous local jailbreaks.
And this is pretty awesome: As part of the weekend-long event, the Penitentiary will also open up the recently-renovated prison Bocce Ball court, which actual inmates used frequently to blow off steam and socialize with one another throughout the 20th century.
Visitors will have the opportunity to try their hands at the traditional Italian game, and winners will be awarded at the end of the two days.
Families will also be able to learn about the tunnel dug through the Penitentiary walls in 1945. Actors will be on hand to tell the stories of bank robber “Slick Willie” Sutton and supposed tunnel mastermind Clarence Klinedinst.
The two have some very different stories to tell regarding their involvement with the tunnel, and visitors can vote on who they think is telling the truth, and who’s just looking to steal the spotlight.
Event activities are included with standard admission. A full calendar of all the great summer and fall events being held this year can be found here.
Prison Break Weekend at Eastern State Penitentiary
When: Saturday, June 9-Sunday, June 10, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 22nd Street and Fairmount Avenue
Cost: $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $8 for students and children ages 7-12
More info: www.easternstate.org