Parx Casino, located in Bucks County, gave out thousands of free meals at the Bristol Township Senior Center earlier this week.
The event started at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with thousands of pre-prepared meals ready to be given to the senior citizens at the center. Seniors who came were also given a weeks supply of meals and soups.
“The Parx Casino and Caring for Friends partnership is a tremendous opportunity to build a legacy of care in our community,” said Ron Davis (hat), Parx Casino Director of Diversity and Community Development. “We are thankful to our team members who are always willing to help with outreach to those in need. We celebrate making a difference.”
The casino also donated a $15,000 check to Caring for Friends for all their work in the Bucks County area. The event was a collaboration between the casino and the organization in an effort to combat hunger in the Bucks County area.
Last Saturday, Parx Casino executives and team members cooked, packed and prepared Thanksgiving meals for seniors to give away for the holidayCarrie Nork Minelli · Director of Advertising & Public Relations at Parx Casino told me.
“With so many people in our area facing hunger, Parx’ efforts are helping provide a happier and heartier Thanksgiving dinner not just to the Bucks County seniors here today, but to thousands of neighbors in need in the greater Philadelphia region.” said Caring For Friends CEO Vince Schiavone.
ABOUT CARING FOR FRIENDS Founded in 1974 on the belief that no one should be hungry or alone in a world of caring people, Caring for Friends is a volunteer organization and independent food bank serving greater Philadelphia. Through its flagship meal delivery program, CFF provides food and friendship to homebound seniors, veterans and those with disabilities. And thanks to generous donations of time, money and product, CFF also provides meals to people experiencing homelessness, and donates food to more than 250 community partners working in unserved and underserved neighborhoods. So far in 2021, CFF has rescued, sourced and distributed more than a million pounds of food a month to help fight hunger. Anyone can volunteer in their own community on their own time by cooking meals, packing snacks, making deliveries or visiting with clients. Get involved at caringforfriends.org.
The 6abc Dunkin’ Thanksgiving Day Parade is an annual Thanksgiving Day parade held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is presently sponsored and aired by ABC owned-and-operated television station WPVI-TV, through a co-sponsorship agreement with restaurant chain Dunkin’. (Wikipedia)
Believe it or not this is the first time I applied for credentials. I normally wander the streets to capture random folks. Next year I’ll probably split my time between both. It’s cool to watch the behind the scenes, but it’s great to capture the smiles on spectators faces.
Hey Alicia and Adam!!
Actress Quinta Brunson, greets Tamron Hall as actress Sheryl Lee Ralph looks on at 102nd 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Whomp There it Is! But I’m sad cause no one told me Sheila Hess was on this float. How crazy is that?
People are sooo excited when they see Santa. It’s very heartwarming. HOPE LOVE LIVE xox
Bucks County businessman and Boston Market owner Jay Pandya and son Rohan Pandya donated turkeys to Harvest Ministries at their Holiday Food Drive yesterday. It’s too late to order your Thanksgiving meal from Boston Market catering now, but definitely do it for the upcoming holidays. It’s a breeze. Everything is pre cooked and only needs to be reheated.
Love is in the Air: On and off again couple Bradley Cooper and Irina Shayk (white coat) have been photographed in NYC this passed month, arm and arm, loving it up. Last weekend they were spotted with their daughter in Cape May @beachplumfarm having dinner, and on Washington Street watching fudge being made at Fudge Kitchen according to jerzegurl4ever (These photos are by two different people Left is Lauren Laughlin and right is jerzegurl4ever )
Philly Born Celebrity, actor, comedian Kevin Hart has been in and around Philly for the past couple weeks meeting with entrepreneurs as part of a JP Morgan investment in the City , then trying out comedy bits @heliumcomedyphl a few weeks ago, and this past weekend he was spotted at Punch Line Philly
Comedy fans at Punch Line Philly got a surprise Saturday night when Kevin Hart joined David A Arnold @iamjulieharnold during a performance on Saturday night. Arnold invited Kevin Hart, the executive producer of Arnold’s latest Netflix special, to join him Saturday night much to the excitement of the audience. Hart kept the audience laughing. He then had a surprise pop up performance at Punchline, which is where Will Helms got the above photo. ALSO Philadelphia comedian @comedybyturae also made a surprise appearance. . Today Kevin Hart’s new shot@netflix#TrueStory comes out.
AJ Mattia and Tara Dundon took a moment away from working on the 6ABC Thanksgiving Day Parade to attend I was a Teenage Felon screening at Landmark Theater on Monday night. Check out photos here on CBSPhilly . Speaking of Thanksgiving Day Parade….
SO EXCITED MY Friend Thanuja is singing in the Thanksgiving Day Parade tomorrow. Catch her in the 9 O’Clock Hour. Thanuja has an incredible voice, and we’ve been blessed to hear her sing over the years. Never has she sung in public, I thought the first time would be at my funeral, someday. I already picked out the songs. BUT so glad you all get to hear her sooner than that….. Happy Thanksgiving, although I will be doing a post tomorrow as well. Thanks always for all your support, for reading PCC and saying hello on the street when you see me. HughE
Hello readers. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I attended opening night of the Oldstone, but am using photos provided by them. … After 18 years as Marsha Brown’s restaurant, the Oldestone in New Hope has reopened under new ownership as a renovated bar and restaurant that pays homage to the building’s storied history. The Old Stone Church, named more than 20 years ago, when the former New Hope United Methodist Church moved to Solebury Township, is located at 15 South Main Street New Hope, PA 18938. The steak and seafood restaurant celebrates New American cuisine on its menu and salutes church history in its decor.
Dignitaries on hand to cut the ribbon on opening day. * Lary Keller, Mayor, New Hope * Paul Bencivengo, President/COO, Visit Bucks County * Kyle Melander, District Director, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick * Wendi Thomas, State Representative, 178th Legislative District * Steven J. Santarsiero, State Senator, 10th Senatorial District * Terry Meehan, President, Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce * Connie Gering, New Hope, Borough President * Michael Cummings, Chief of Police, New Hope * Owners Wilfer Naranjo, Michael Sklar and brothers Gaspar and Vincent Ferrar * John Madeley, General Manager, Oldestone (original GM at Marsha Brown’s) * Executive Chef, Seth Wheeler, Oldestone * Karl Hoffman, Bar Manager, Oldestone
For the new restaurant Oldestone, the new owners have given the property a refresh from top to bottom. The 9,000 square foot space features two floors plus a loft level. The main square bar is nearly 20 feet long that seats 24 people, and the upstairs bar is 12 feet long that seats six that was added to the loft for a special lounge – this bar was an authentic bar from Vermont that dates to the 1920s with stained glass and lights in back. The new owners added an intimate stage on the loft level as well. Other decor and vibes include 1950s art deco stylings, unique design elements including chandeliers seen in the Keanu Reeves movie John Wick 3, church-stained glass windows, original church pews and a church pulpit, the 30-foot-tall mural called Redemption, and more.
The bells in the tower still ring every hour, and after Thanksgiving the bells ring to Christmas music through New Year’s Day. They also hand out bells after Thanksgiving to every guest – which keeps a tradition from Marsha Brown.
Oldestone provides an elegant steak and seafood cuisine – along with a touch of the traditional creole dishes of the previous establishment – where patrons can enjoy fine dining and celebrate special occasions. Oldestone will also present a relaxed spot for people to order cocktails and listen to live jazz music 7 days a week. Overall, Oldestone sees itself as a small part in all that New Hope has to offer for destination dining attracting diners, foodies, neighbors, tourists and visitors from New Hope, Bucks County, the Philadelphia region, the tri-state region, East Coast and beyond.
I’ve continued to bird watch, but not as enthusiastically as I wish I could as my business has been booming as well. I shot this cutie last week at John Heinz Nature Preserve. We’re so lucky to have this treasure so close to Philly. I can’t be everywhere so on occasion I will post photos and copy from others who have invited me, or attempted to hire me to shoot their event.
On Wednesday, the Thomas Jefferson University fashion merchandising and management (FMM) students filled the Kanbar Performance Space with a celebration of fashion streetwear in remembrance of one of their own. The students sold their original clothing designs and accessories to benefit this year’s charity, Children’s Miracle Network, which was selected in memory of Karigen Emig, who tragically died just months after graduating from the program earlier this year. “Karigen loved working in the fashion industry and was motivated by the way it brings together people from different backgrounds, inspires confidence and creates change in the world. She deeply inspired everyone around her, not only through her great sense of style, but also through her positive energy, contagious work ethic, and her infectious smile,” says Julia Wazeter, Karigen’s best friend and 2021 FMM graduate who, along with Karigen’s parents, will attend the Pop Up Shop event.
Circle of Trees – November 20: A favorite of local families and children, Circle of Trees returns to kick off the holiday season on November 20 at 5 p.m. This year, the event takes on a new COVID-friendly format, with Santa’s firetruck making stops at several neighborhood locations, the first at Woodmere Art Museum at 9201 Germantown Avenue. Stay tuned for more details about where he’s touching down.
Wednesday night Laura Burkhardt, Executive Director of the Friends of the Avenue of the Arts hosted a Fundraiser at the Dina Wind Art Foundation. It was a lovely evening of shopping with 25% of the proceeds going directly to AAI.
Great news! John has offered to extend the 25% contribution to Avenue of the Arts, Inc. through this Sunday for orders placed through www.johnwind.com
When you add an item to your cart, you will see a box to write an ‘Order Note’. Just put ‘Avenue of the Arts’ there and your order will be included! If you have never seen John’s jewelry, take a look. The holidays are coming (Thanksgiving is next week!). Want to learn more about the Dina Wind Art Foundation? Visit www.dinawindfoundation.art
Moving from the Wells Fargo Parking lot, Spectacor Events & Entertainment has jollied the Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular presented by Dietz & Watson to Oaks, Pa. The massive, immersive, one-of-a-kind experience offering a winter wonderland of lights, shopping, and dining will take place from November 26 (Black Friday) through January 2 at the Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.
Tinseltown is also announcing a Flex Ticket, which will allow guests to purchase a ticket without pre-selecting the date and time for a visit. Perfect for a holiday gift or those on a fluid schedule, the Flex Ticket is $38.99 and can be purchased here.
General admission tickets for Tinseltown are limited and start at $19.99 for adults and $13.99 for children under 13 – admission is FREE for children under five. All ticket buyers will be required to select a designated arrival window when purchasing - patrons are encouraged to book their timed tickets early as sell-outs are anticipated. Purchase your tickets NOW at TinseltownHoliday.com. This year I am tooo busy to make it to the new site, but it’s spectacular, family fun with food and lots of holiday photos to be had.
I hear you, in fact over the years people often tell me they don’t see my photos. Of course I ask them did you look on CBSPhilly, Metro, Philly Style, Philly Mag or my social, and most times they say no. It’s all very confusing, are they asking me to notify them. I can’t even keep up with clients to notify them. Thankfully they have employees and Google alerts. So to solve this problem every Thursday I will put links to where the photos went. Some of the same events might appear on PhillyChitChat in the future, but not the photos used in the media outlets, unless I asked you one of my “questions of the day.”
This would be a good time for me to thank CBSPHILLY and METRO Philly for their partnership over the years, especially the past 2 years. I am humbled, grateful for this relationship. I know the business’ and charities appreciate it the support as well. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!! HughE
Speaking of Boston Market, have you gotten your Thanksgiving Dinner order in? You have until Monday November 22!! Thanks, have a great day !!
It’s hump day, I hope you’re week is going well. The weather has been so beautiful, and I’ve tried to catch a glimpse here or there, but thankfully I’ve been super busy. I hope if you have a chance, you will take a moment to enjoy the day, as well as each other. (It’s not lost on me at how hard these times are, my thoughts are with the universe.)
This past week I bebopped throughout the Philly area as people have started to emerge from our year long cocoon to get on with life, and the pursuit of purpose. One of the stops I made was the White Dog Cafe in Glenn Mills where I enjoyed a delicious lunch with long time friends Marilyn Russell, Jaimi Blackburn and Claire Morrison. The place was packed and there was not a free table to be had during lunch hours. Advice definitely make reservations to dine there. Everything was delicious, especially the fried pickles and chicken sandwich, and of course the company. ,
Artist Jay McClellan joined local decorators and designers to create nine unique dog houses to be auctioned off
Artist Jay McClellan along with local decorators and designers has created 9 unique dog houses that will be auctioned off online to benefit an array of local not-for-profit organizations. The doghouses will be on tour for viewing throughout the area in November. The event will kick off on Wednesday, November 10 at 2 pm at White Dog Cafe Glen Mills, 981 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills with a ribbon-cutting ceremony open to the public.
The dog houses are 47” long, 28” wide, and 43” tall, and each one has its unique design and décor based on the talents and vision of its designer. “I came up with the idea of wanting to help local not-for-profits that do so much for the community and at the same time, I wanted to showcase the incredible talent of local designers, decorators, and artists. The dog houses were the perfect amalgamation of the two,” explained Jay who is the founder of Benevolent Hound, a not-for-profit organization that promotes and provide resources, educational tools, and partnership opportunities for artists to use their talents for good, and to help ensure the humane treatment of all animals. (press release)
Each house features a unique design and a story behind the design inspiration. Jay built each house and then turned them over to the designers for them to create their showpiece. Designers can add to the exterior and interior of the houses with materials they already have but may not exceed $300 for new materials to encourage creativity and maintain fairness among the designers. Jay is designing and decorating a house for HelpUsAdopt.org, founded by former Main Line resident Becky Fawcett The other not-for-profits and designers participating include Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) with a house created by Rachel Schwartz, Brandywine Valley SPCA is paired with Greg Giegucz, CHOP Women’s Committee is paired with Annie O’Grady, Whitney Cutler and Pinemar President, Kyle Lissack, Fresh Artists is paired with Lindsey Vogel, Lower Merion Land Conservancy is paired with Jack Lundquist, Mac’s Fund is paired with Lauren Perno (who also joined us for lunch) and Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) is paired with Krystal Reinhard.
On Friday, November 12, 2021, Philadelphia Show committee members gathered at Anne Hamilton’s (red scarf) home for coffee, lunch (it was delicious) to send out letters to supporters of the Philadelphia Show. The event will take place next year (2022) for the first time at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. If you want the first look, join us for the Preview Party on April 28 and the show will continue through May 1, 2022. It must be on your bucket list to attend an event at the Art Museum while over looking the Philadelphia skyline. Thanks to Anne Rubin, Elllen Caplan, Robin Switzenbaum (an attorney I worked with in my previous life), Susie Saunders, Ronny Conner, Carol Jones, Martha Morris, Stephanie Simmerman Lynn Gadsden, Eve Walker (my mothers childhood friend) and Hannah Henderson for coming out to address over a thousand solicitations.
After attending Mrs. Hamilton’s soiree I headed to Blue Bell Kitchen’s for a shopping pop up curated by Lynsie Blair Feinberg (Love shirt). JLor a Margate based boutique wanted to bring the shore to Wayne, PA for the summertime clients. Caroline’s Jewelry and Luxury Fashion Boutique joined the pop up from her stores in Cherry Hill and Haddonfield for a little holiday shopping in the Main Line.
Popping up for Project Home: On Monday November 15, 2021 Jersey Rocker Jon Bon Jovi and his JBJ Soul Foundation at the Project HOME groundbreaking for a new long term recovery residence in Kensington. JBJ Soul Foundation is a funding partner of the 62 new homes on Lehigh Avenue. They will offer an affordable, safe space to make a fresh start. . Thanks 📸@projecthomephl@jbjsoulfoundation#charity#projecthome Thanks @bonjovi He has lent his name and given over $10 million dollars to help @projecthomephl home fight homelessness and drug abuse in our area, and he’s from Jersey!! Hero!! “Our mission is not just offering someone shelter, but also to end homelessness, hunger and poverty, one soul at a time,” said Bon Jovi. “We’re going to lend a helping hand to Project HOME’s outreach team, coming into this community every day to remind people that they, in fact, are not forgotten.”
Rendering from Project Home
The project’s other major funding partner is MPOWER, an initiative spearheaded by Leigh and John Middleton, the principal owner of the Phillies. MPOWER has worked on nine projects with Project HOME, which the nonprofit says improves its impact on the city.
All residents will have access to employment and educational services as part of their long-term recovery plans. Health care and substance abuse recovery programs will be accessible as needed.
The residence will include eight entry-level beds and 54 housing units, increasing Project HOME’s total housing units to more than 1,030 throughout the city.
Rocky came to town last to premiere check out more of my photos on Metro Philly here and a great review by Victor Fiorillo, who tweeted: Congrats to Sylvester Stallone for managing to turn Rocky IV into a much better movie, as we saw in Philadelphia here
It was great to see Will Smith in Philly again. He started off his book tour at Harriets Bookshop in FIshtown. He greeted fans who waited outside, signed autographs before heading inside to do a live Instagram feed, and sign books to be sold at Harriets Bookshop. Afterwards he headed to The Met for a meet and greet with a few fans, and then thrilled the hometown crowd with stories and tidbits which fill the tome. Doing the Q&A was Queen Latifah, who came up in fame around the same time as Will. DJ Jazzy Jeff and Will rapped our favorite tunes before calling it a night. Spotted in the crowd were his mom Carolyn Smith sitting with bestie Ann Cantana and Will’s sister Ellen Smith , as well nearly everyone you know in Philadelphia!! Will don’t be a stranger, you’re a hometown hero. Speaking of, there was a half dozen sightings of Kevin Hart leading up to the Will Smith appearance, sparking rumors that’d he’d be there (mostly rumors started by me) but he wasn’t. As I reported he was meeting with entrepreneurs in Philly for future projects, but I want to know what was he filming in Point Breeze on November 6th ? OK let’s chit chat tomorrow. Christmas has come early to Philly, there’s so much to tell….
Sorry I was MIA there for a few days. I’ve been shooting 2 or 3 events a day and placing columns in my media outlets. Sending photos back to clients, and finally getting to my invoices. So if you’re a client, I promise to get it to you this month, before the end of the year. I read your emails. Anywho just wanted to tell you where I was with things…. busy. As we all are as life returns to semi normal. Not really though, right.
Brooklyn Bowl opened this week in the Fishtown section, next to the Fillmore, and across the street from Rivers Casino. I attended the friends & family party two weeks ago. It was a blast. It’s a combination of a bowling alley, cool, loungy bar downstairs. A concert hall with bowling upstairs. It’s a great asset to the Philadelphia nightlife scene, especially if your looking for something different, want to enjoy a night out with friends and dance in place.
It was great to see so many PhillyChitChat readers. I really appreciate your support all these years!!
It was dark so I didn’t get any names, but this couple on the right you MIGHT remember from a gesture I did. They contacted me on Instagram about 5 years ago one night. She had lost her engagement ring and wanted me to ask you all to be on the look out. The post went viral and everyone on that night was trying to locate it. She told me she had heard from so many people who were concerned. Finally the next day she contacted me to tell me it had been found. Somehow it fell off her finger and into her bed. A happy ending, and thanks to all who made the effort, I thanked them then, and today as well. What a great community we have….. chitchat with you tomorrow. Thanks Live Nation for having me.
Michael’s Giving H.A.N.D. on Wednesday, October 20th was held at The Union League Golf Club at Torresdale
Michael’s Giving H.A.N.D.was established to honor the life of Michael Donatucci who suffered from anxiety and depression and died by suicide in July 2016. Upon this loss, Michael’s family and friends came together to create Michael’s Giving H.A.N.D. – to handle anxiety and navigate depression – with a mission to ensure that suffering individuals and their families have the education and resources available and join together the erase the stigma associated with mental illness.
Over 150 people came out to support Michael’s Giving H.A.N.D mission as they enjoyed a day of golf, followed a cocktail party where they had a chance to bid on exciting items in the silent auction including sports memorabilia, golf outings and dinner on the town.
Out on the green there were food stations, as well as a Chickie & Pete’s food truck!!
After playing all day the teams headed back to the clubhouse for mingling, cock-tailing and fun.
There’s still time to donate Michael’s Giving H.A.N.D. – raising awareness, educating communities, supporting the mental well-being of teens struggling with anxiety and depression, and challenging attitudes toward mental illnesses to produce a stigma-free future through our programs.
Congratulations to the Donatucci family, on the naming of 21st and Ritner Sts for Ronald R. Donatucci Sr. Way!! this past weekend.
Saturday night was more than alright, it was downright beautiful. So many folks were out enjoying our wonderful City. I took this shot at 9PM at Broad & Chestnut Streets. Just a random stop at a traffic light, but every block beforehand was just as jumping with folks happy to be out and about.
Last week I covered WMMR’s Preston & Steve’s Camp Out for Hunger, dream come true to cover it wall to wall. It was fun to see how it all operates. Check out their website for photos
I met Meredith from The Office. I tried not to fan out too much. Watching The Office during the pandemic really helped me get through it. I didn’t watch the original run, but I had seen it once before a few years back. To my thrill the actress Kate Flannery is now following me on Twitter. Hi to my Twitter followers. I met a few at Camp Out For Hunger, they don’t follow me on Instagram, just Twitter. I have to do better over there, I tend to focus on Instagram mostly. BTW Dionne Warwick follows me on Twitter too, as does Rosie and Margaret Cho. It’s quite the group.
Look who’s in town. I’m thinking he’s going to be co-hosting the Will Smith book launch event tonight at The Met, the duo are working on a remake of Trains, Planes and Automobiles and just maybe this would explain why Kevin Hart is in town too. Kevin was EVERYWHERE in Philly this weekend. Whereas Will Smith has kept a very low presence in Philly for the past decade, (I hear he arrived in town in the wee hours of the morning today), Kevin has made 2 movies here, and countless appearances including at his mural dedication, and visiting his Alma Mater George Washington High School on Friday. Friday night Kevin Hart stopped byHelium Comedy Club and surprised the audience. He performed after Dave Landau headlined. My friend Eda said he was hysterical. Here’s a shot of Kevin with Dave sent to me by @heliumcomedyphl Saturday night he had dinner at South. Repost from @weare_tajeva (r)
Philly is so popular with the Real Housewives franchise many stopped by, and love our eateries like @sonjatmorgan whose fav is @louielouiephl according to an interview in Philly Style Mag; People have tried to launch a Philly version without success cause the REAL $$ housewives of Philly husbands have said no!! That being said someone (anonymous) sent me a photo of Sheree Whitfield The Real Housewives of Atlanta filming @cariboucafe on Sunday. Girl I know it was nippy, but it’s fall not winter. She left in season 10 but she’s coming back in season 14 and my instagram readers are there for it!!
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