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RIP Harry Giordano – You Filled our Hearts With Joy and Laughter

John Caputo, Sarah Doheny, Thom Cardwell, Harry Giordano and Michael Feighan at the Thom Cardwell Roast produced by Sarah and Harry in 2007.

Harry, Harry, Harry Philadelphia weeps today as you are gone. Bigger than life, full of joy, spreader of love, you my friend always made sure everyone was taken care of, had everything they needed, connected them to the people who could fulfill their needs, the most generous guy who lived life to the fullest.
There will be no other like you Harry Giordano.

Harry with the judges from Let Them Eat Cake 4/13/09

I met Harry through Sarah Doheny and Thom Cardwell and they told me you have to meet Harry Giordano, you’re going to love him. And I did. Harry told me about his yearly event Let Them Eat Cake (which he co-founded with Mark Kingsdorf – red shirt)), and I loved that too. A charitable extravaganza featuring an abundant amount of colorful and delicious cake creations by local bakeries, which raised money for City of Hope. Then when Harry changed jobs and went to Variety, a mission to serve children in the Philadelphia area with disabilities he brought the event there and it was even more successful, and fun as kids then attended got to enjoy the delicious treats and be amazed by the very creative cakes.

Hey darlin, I am so happy to read you and Michael are doing better. I wanted to reach out to see if you could promote …
These are strange days indeed, but this too shall pass.
Stay safe and much love to Michael.
Thank you my dear friend. 
Sent from my iPad


– No Harry, Thank You, it was always my pleasure !!
Heartbroken.

Let’s HONOR HARRY GIORDANO on 6/15 The Black Hat Bash

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13 Philly Celebrities You Didn’t Realize Were on Cameo — and How Much They Cost

Sonja Morgan
Bravo – Real Housewives of New York City
Her daughter goes to school in our area, In the past year shes been spotted at Parc, and a.kitchen dining. She takes her Cameo seriously A+++++

Cameo is an online service that lets people hire celebrities to create personalized videos. I love this service, it’s also a great pivot in these pandemic times. As a celebrity photographer I’ve been photographing notables at red carpet events, book signings, liquor promotions or various appearances, even before the pandemic these events were few and far between as Social Media has allowed them to stay in touch with their fans. This is just another extension of fan connection, and doing it efficiently, and safely while still connecting with their fans, even more personally. I reviewed a lot of them and they’re great. Most charge a reasonable fee, some even donate their fee to charity, but they’re all priceless if you connect with that celebrity who touched your life, or inspired someone in your life.

Double Dare and Philly Resident Marc Summers $100
Here he’s wishing a couple congratulations on their new baby!
Definitely worth it!!
Brandon Graham
NFL – Philadelphia Eagles $100

Cheaper than buying a signed jersey of his.
Jalen Hurts
NFL – Philadelphia Eagles
No Price Listed, maybe we have to wait til after the first full season.
He has done a few shout outs CHECK HERE
Kristen Alderson $35 born and raised in the Philly suburbs (Underrated, under priced. She is worth her weight in gold and chocolates. Adorable and charming.)
Actress – General Hospital – One Life to Live
Vince Papale – $50
Former NFL Player – Philadelphia Eagles (LEGEND – Needs to up his price, I’d pay $100. He’s inspiration, super
Ryan Howard – $300
World Series Champion – Philadelphia Phillies
G. Love – $199
Musician – G. Love & Special Sauce
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi – $300
MAWMA can’t wait to make a video for you!
MTV – Jersey Shore – Not Italian, not from Philly, probably not even from Jersey but so fun. Worth it!! Famous for being real.
Carson Kressley born in the burbs, every year he comes back to host the Ladie’s Day Hat Contest at Devon Horse Show
– $69 (Interesting price!!) –
Bravo – Queer Eye for the Straight Guy/ RuPauls Drag Race
Bob Saget – $349 all money raised he’s donating to charity!!
Actor – Comedian
May 17, 1956 born in Philadelphia, PA married to Kelly Rizzo, but she’s not from Philly. Chicago born. She’s the host/creator of Award-Winning Eat Travel Rock TV, Blonde Sicilian Chicago/LA gal- lover of tattoos & The Simpsons.
My Facebook Friend Jon Gosselin lives near Reading, Pa. – $50 (Jon’s a great guy, completely misunderstood. A hustler, grinder, worth his shout out. Just wants to brighten your day.)
TLC – Jon & Kate Plus 8
Jon Dorenbos – Request Fee
Worth every bit of his charm, charisma, humor. In 2019 before cameo existed, he did a shout out for me to my brother in law for his 50th Birthday.
I’ll always be grateful, it made his day.
Former NFL Player – Magician – America’s Got Talent

I appreciate these celebrities for participating in this service spreading joy and smiles to the faces of those who love them. Many of these folks are multi millionaires and do this just to connect with fans on another level. THANK YOU!!

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HughE Around Town: Banana Republic Exits CC Location, What’s Next; Wedding Reveal; Wanda Sykes Spotted

I kinda had dinner with @iamwandasykes Wanda Sykes and Alex Sykes @iamalexsykes @spicefinchphilly on Friday night.
At first I wasn’t going to sneak a photo as Alex Sykes and I follow each other on Instagram and it’s kinda like breaking the “4th wall knowing each other”, but like that snake parable story, I stayed true to my “paparazzo” self and grabbed a sneak shot.
After I finished dinner, I did say a quick hi to them both before I left, and I didn’t ask for a photo. Just a quick hey, it’s me, and it’s you and I love your Instagram posts. I totally told them about my trip to Florida, as they just got back as well. They asked how mom was doing. Hey mom!!
TONIGHT: Wanda is participating in ABC’s “Roll Up Your Sleeves” on Sunday, April 18 at 7PM. Thanks Wanda!! You all must follow their Instagram, they are so loving, and so hysterical. During dinner they ate across from each other, but when they had dessert they sat next to each other, which is when I got this shot from where I was sitting at the bar.
Hey bud!! Spring has sprung, the blooming trees have blanketed the landscape and people are emerging from their hibernation, safely with their masks on. So much happening around town as well and I’m excited to share it with you. Then get out and enjoy the beautiful day and each other.

The big story this week is the Banana Republic at 1401 Walnut Street is closing on June 9th, and the big going out of business sale. After I posted this on Social Media a few readers found out that the landlord decided not to renew the long time clothing store, could it have something to do with their parent company GAP not paying rent in 2020 at many of their Simon Mall locations around the country, which they settled with undisclosed details a few months later. But this location is not a mall, and it is not connected to Simon.

Thanks so much to Jay Farrell who left a message on my FB page with the updated info about the property.
The Zoning Permit. Looks like a bank could take over half the space, and a clothing store takes the otherside.

The Good News: The Banana Republic Factory Store (discount) remains open 1911 Chestnut St. and since the retailer was pushed out of the space, I wouldn’t be surprised if Banana Republic doesn’t resurface somewhere on Walnut St.

Another Story I posted earlier this week on my Instagram
Yeah finally announced!!! @federaldonuts is opening on the Parkway. As you know I got a tour in February of the new Pearl Properties apartment building The Terrace on 18th Street, and was filled in on this tidbit as well as more to come. (The fast-casual doughnut shop will occupy 1,500+ square feet on the ground floor of The Terrace. The Terrace location will have the most seating of any Federal Donuts location, including an expansive raised outdoor patio)
Pearl Properties and Federal Donuts are excited to announce that a brand-new location for Federal Donuts is coming to The Terrace on 18th at 1776 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Philadelphia’s iconic donut and fried chicken specialists will open their tenth location at the newest residence on Parkway.

Bummer Fairmounters Fine Wines is closing on Fairmount Avenue, and unfortunately you have to head about a 1/2 mile south to get your spirits at the new Fine Wines store at The Granary (1901 Callowhill St,) near the Target store. Neighbors on Next Door are hoping the post office next door will expand, or maybe they’ll take down the ugly building and build a more attractive one with retail. One could only hope.

Like spotting an unicorn, I saw a bride reveal her dress to her groom on Saturday at Fairmount Park. It was magical, people in the park were as excited as I was. PS Some of you folk who subscribe to PhillyChitChat and receive this post in your email will have to click on the Instagram link to see the video. The rest of you should be able to just hit play (BTW you later folks, could you subscribe to the blog in the upper left hand corner. Turns out the Feed burner subscription I used over a decade ago is about to be non existent. I could transfer the 15ks of your emails to the new subscription by hand, or you could just re subscribe which would be so much easier. Remember to verify your email after plugging it in to the subscription box. Thanks!!

The photographer (on left) Allie Wynands, tells me that yesterday was just a small service for an intimate group of guests, which took place at the Gazebo. Photos were taken, and a legal marriage took place. BUT the big wedding, with many more guests and celebration will be taking place next year in April, after the Covid19 pandemic is over, down the shore. Check out Allie’s Instagram page tomorrow for more photos from today’s ceremony.

Charity Speaking:
The Andalusia Foundation’s Virtual Wine Auction fundraising event, which is set to begin tonight at 6 p.m. and closes on Saturday, April 24 at 10 p.m. This silent auction features some incredibly rare and extraordinary wine lots, wine-related items and a special dinner or lunch at Andalusia’s Cottage. Anyone interested in participating can do so from any location thanks to the auction’s virtual format this year!

To preview the auction lots and participate in the online, visit:

WineAuction2021.givesmart.com or text WineAuction2021 to 76278

All proceeds benefit The Andalusia Foundation’s mission to preserve, maintain and interpret this National Historic Landmark for the public to enjoy today and for generations to come. They have beautiful gardens, and great bird watching.

During a virtual membership meeting and ceremony, The Saturday Club, one of the oldest women’s non-profit organizations in both Pennsylvania and nationwide, awarded grant funding to three local organizations with aligned missions. Annual philanthropy grants were presented to Cradle of HopeFamilies Forward Philadelphia and Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center. The funds, which were raised by the club through virtual and in-person community fundraisers throughout 2020 and 2021, will be used to establish and enhance programs while providing key assistance to each organization. 

Save The Date:
The Philadelphia Film Society Presents

FEATURING A POST-SCREENING Q&A WITH MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, PARKER POSEY & RICHARD LINKLATER
Stars Matthew McConaughey and Parker Posey will join Linklater and host Jack Black – recorded via Zoom – for a look back at a film that captured the look and the sounds of an entire generation.

DAZED AND CONFUSED + VIRTUAL CAST REUNION
RICHARD LINKLATER | USA | 1993 | 103 MIN | R
April 20 | 8:15 PM | PFS Drive-In at the Navy Yard TICKETS

8TH ANNUAL OSCARS PARTY & SCREENING
Sunday, April 25, 2021
At Cira Green | Philadelphia’s Park in the Sky | 129 South 30th Street

VIP Ticket with 6:30 PM VIP Reception | $200 (PFS Members $175)
General Admission with 7:00 PM Entry | $60 (PFS Members $50)
VIP Virtual Red-Carpet Party, Oscars Trivia Contest, & Gourmet Oscars Watch Box, 7:00 PM | $150 Donation
GA Virtual Red-Carpet Party & Oscars Trivia Contest, 7:00 PM |  $50 Donation
All proceeds from this annual fundraiser support the Philadelphia Film Society’s mission of creating opportunities for diverse communities to experience film through initiatives that inspire, educate, challenge and entertain.

HBO Photos

Speaking of films, the Kate Winslet HBO series filmed in our area last year debuts tonight Mare of Easttown. I was able to stay on top of the filming, but didn’t make it out to the set but about 2 times because of time constraints, as well as locations inside homes, and the studio. Where were the Mare of Easttown filming locations >> mostly in parts of Chester and Delaware counties, in towns including Coatesville, Marcus Hook and Downingtown. But they also filmed at Girard College in Fairmount, as well as Wissahickon Valley Park.

The 800 block of North 2100 Street is blooming right now. ChitChat with you tomorrow. I love doing these around town with Hughe posts. I know I always say I plan to do more, but I definitely will. I’m scouring your SM, reading press releases and will be filling you in here. Fill free to send me info as well and I will try and mention it here.
Thanks for your support, and thanks for saying hi when we’re out and about.

Remember if you receive an email where you have to click on a link to get to the blog, re subscribe at the top left with your email as the other service ends in July. Thanks HughE

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Trip Report 1: Naples and Nature

I’m back. It was great. I’m excited to get back to work covering Philly, and you. I’m excited to return to writing an around town column a couple times a week. Goal set, 5 blog entries a week going forward, promise. I have so much to share.

OK let’s check out a few photos from my first 3 days in Florida, when I went to Naples. What a nice city. It’s really getting quite built up since I first went there a decade ago to visit Mike’s Aunt Bernie and Uncle Bob. Bob and Bernie met during the war in the 1960s. They’re great people, very intellectual and we always have wonderful chats with them. Bob is an incredible photographer, something he picked up after retiring from the military. Self taught, and so talented. He took me to my favorite nature preserve Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary near their home. I’ve been back to see it 2 additional times. Let’s go check it out.

Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is about 30 miles north of downtown Naples, sorta like where Northeast Philly is for us from Center City. It costs $17 to visit, and the park mostly consists of a boardwalk which sits high above a swampy forest. It’s wheelchair and kid friendly. When you first walk in you can check this board to see what kind of wildlife had been spotted the previous month. I only saw a handful of these sightings. It was an off day. I normally visit Florida in Jan, Feb or March. April is a little warm for the wildlife, and it’s also mating season which they seem to do in private, somewhere deep in the swamp.

I was still happy with what I saw. Here’s one of the last shots I took with my Signma 150 – 600mm lens before the autofocus machinery decided to fail. It was the 2nd time in one year that this has happened, and I’ve only owned the lens less than 2 years. So annoyed. I have to send it back again for repairs. Great lens, no complaints online about this issue, I’m just lucky I guess. Anyway, I only obsessed over it for the next day or so.

I am a birdwatcher, but I haven’t committed yet to memorizing the birds, and I’m ok with it. Gosh I can barely remember peoples names anymore, I can admire what they wear as much has the pretty feathers on this bird, which is some kind of stork.
I love these air plants. They just float around and find random homes in trees, and I noticed in Florida, even on telephone poles.

Oh hi Black Racer snake. He was at least 5 feet below the boardwalk, and amazed everyone.

I believe this is a Great Egret or heron, we have them in our area as well.

That evening we watched the sunset at our friends Rachel and John Paz’ house near 5th Avenue in Naples. It was so wonderful.

The next day Mike and I headed to my 2nd favorite park, the Everglades. I’ve been there at least 2 dozen times, but only have driven there from Naples once before. This time I thought I would take a scenic road, County Road 94 Turner or Loop Road they call it. It’d be a shortcut road if it were paved, but it’s a 23 mile stony dirt road which you can only travel 15 miles max on and it takes about 2 to 3 hours to complete, especially since it’s chock full of wildlife – birds, gators, fury beasts and beautiful scenery. Well worth it. In fact you see so much wildlife that when you go halfway you wish the rest of the road was paved so you could get onto your next adventure.

Anihinga is a very common bird in South Florida. They usually sit like this airing out their wings.

Whereas we only saw 3 alligators in Corkscrew, we saw dozens along Loop Road.

At first I was shooting the Green Heron, if you can see it on the tree root, but then I kept seeing something to the left flailing around. It was an Anihinga and it was stuck in fishing line. It was heartbreaking as there was nothing to help it. Someone nearby did try and call the police or animal warden, but cell phone service was very bad in this area, and I’m not sure what they could have done anyway as the gators were circling. Although it would have been a great National Geographic moment on video, I just couldn’t watch and we left. If you are fishing and a bird gets caught in your line, do not cut the line. Reel in the bird and try and undo the bird, or cut the line as close to the body as possible, otherwise the bird will fly around with the fishing line and eventually get tangled up in a tree or something, maybe itself, and that is just cruel. We knew it was fishing line cause the red bobber was nearby and still attached.

A federal endangered species a fox squirrel crosses the street. They’re red with really bushy tails.

Anihinga

Bird of Prey looking for dinner along Tamiami Road (Tampa / Miami Road, very clever)
Then we headed south towards the Everglades, which will be next weeks post. I hope to have a great comprehensive post of people in the news, and what’s happening in Philly on Sunday. Then get more organized in my future posts. Thanks so much for your support, and for saying hello out and about, for your notes etc. I really appreciate it.
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A Little Birdie Told Me….

Wood Ducks

OK actually a little birdie is telling you, I’ll be away until next week, heading to Florida to visit Mom. This will be my last blog post until 4/15/21. I have scheduled interesting tweets, and will be posting on Instagram (and my new Instagram where I will be posting a lot more photos which have nothing to do with Philly, give me a follow there >> and everything to do with things I’m interested in.) and FB of my fun in Florida. So excited to see my mom in person after 15 months. Thanks to the healthcare workers, and all the front line workers who cared for me, and everyone during the pandemic.

In the meantime enjoy a few birds I photographed over the Easter weekend. Hopefully this time next year I will have an idea of what kinds of birds they are. I am bringing a birding book with me to get a clue. These were all shot at Edwin B. Forsythe. It’s about 45 minutes from Philly, and 20 minutes from AC. It’s really a great thing to do on a rainy day at the shore as well. It’s an 8 mile gravel road to drive on, with scenic views and nature. Cost $4

Blue Heron
Osprey building their nest

Caroline Wren

Getting in his greens
Reflecting on this year
Red Wing Black Bird
Easter Sunday was definitely one of the best days I had at the nature preserve

Have a wonderful week, and we’ll return on April 15.

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Ready Set Philly We’re On The Verge

In the wake of a devastating year in which COVID has critically damaged Philadelphia’s economy and taken thousands of lives, City officials and leaders from the region’s business community today announced Ready.Set.Philly!, a year-long initiative to promote the safe return to Philadelphia for work and play, aimed at restoring the city’s economic and cultural vibrancy.
(This photo by Sam Sassano)
Left to right: Jerry Sweeney of Brandywine Realty Trust; Susan Jacobson, chair of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia; Angela Val, executive director of Ready Set Philly!; Mayor Jim Kenney; Bill Hankowsky, former CEO of Liberty Property Trust; and Michael Rashid, Philadelphia Commerce Director.

Last week I attended a great press conference to publicly launch the Ready Set Initiative which is a collaborative effort with the City of Philadelphia, the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, and coalition of businesses and organizations who will work together to provide information that will encourage, support, and promote safely bringing people back to Philadelphia – the heart of the region. I was bursting with joy as that is basically what I’ve been doing for a better part of the year.

Philly is Open, safely. Soon We Will All Gather.

How many of us dreamed of working from home for so many years, and now that we have for the past year, how many dream of returning to work. We miss the early morning walks to work.
We miss our friends, office mates, copy machines, 30 second elevator chats, we miss happy hour, we miss our train mates, theater nights, live entertainment, Philly streets, people watching, so much about what is connected with working in an office we now realize it’s missing from our lives, and was a big part of us.

Sunsets, especially from the Four Seasons lobby.

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Fashion Friday: What Did Fans Wear On Phillies Opening Day & Who Created Those Bryce Harper Phanatic Cleats

It’s Fashion Friday, let’s see what folks wore yesterday for the Phillies opening Day

The photo on the left is how @esanowitz attended last years Phillies game during the pandemic, and yesterday he attended in person

Cindy Webster attended her 29th Phillies home opener, and she brought a friend.

@Otistherigger might live in Houston now, but he’s still rooting for his hometown team.

The Bachich Family was happy to be back where they belong.
Marisa Magnatta’s Traditional dad-daughter opening day photo
Decked out long time Phillies fan, endured 4 hours of freezing weather for a warm win
Phillies newest fan

Who wore it best, I think Luca for the win

Absolutely love this Nick Schiller @nickschiller17

Bryce Harper didn’t disappoint with his Phanatic shoes this year.

Created by Marcus Rivero of Soles By Sir

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Save The Date: Kimmel Center Re-Opening

Happy Days Are Here Again as the Kimmel Cultural Campus is ReOpening
THE KIMMEL CULTURAL CAMPUS ANNOUNCES REOPENING IN FALL 2021

With positive news and reports from Broadway touring industry organizations, the Kimmel Cultural Campus is announcing the return of live Broadway programming to Philadelphia in the fall of 2021 after being closed for more than a year due to COVID-19. The Kimmel Cultural Campus kicks-off its season, presented in partnership with The Shubert Organization, with 13 magnificent shows that will finally bring audiences together again for the unparalleled live theater experience. In anticipation of reopening its doors safely and resuming mainstage performances, Campus management continues to work in consultation with health and safety experts and in accordance with City and Commonwealth guidelines in the development of its reopening plans. Additionally, the Kimmel Cultural Campus is working collaboratively with its esteemed Resident Companies to support their season plans which will be announced in the coming months.

The 2021/22 Broadway Philadelphia season premieres with the return of Hamilton and continues with an astounding lineup of Tony Award®-winning productions including fan favorites, an innovative reimagining, and beloved classics.  The upcoming season boasts 42 Tony Awards and 37 Drama Desk Awards™, and several Philadelphia premieres.

Hamilton (October 20 – November 28, 2021, Academy of Music)
My niece Ella and I caught it when it debuted in Philly in 2019. It was magnificent.

Rain – A Tribute to The Beatles (October 29 – 31, 2021, Merriam Theater) – I loved it , yeah yeah yeah
Anastasia (November 23 – 28, 2021, Merriam Theater)
Stomp (December 28, 2021 – January 2, 2022, Merriam Theater) – Toe tapping, aisle dancing show
Pretty Woman: The Musical (January 4 – 16, 2022, Academy of Music) – I Feel Pretty

Hadestown (February 9 – 20, 2022, Academy of Music) – Make me feel ALIVE
Beautiful – The Carole King Musical (February 22 –27, 2022, Academy of Music) – You’ve got a friend in this musical. Go with your best friend.
Rent: 25th Anniversary Farewell Tour (March 4 – 6, 2022, Merriam Theater) One of the best. I’ve seen it on Broadway at least 10 times, and in Philly 5 times.
Only about 1,171,200 minutes away from seeing this again and singing “525,600 minutes in the year.”
Oklahoma! (March 8 – 20, 2022, Forrest Theatre) – Mike’s Mom’s favorite show!!
Waitress (March 29 – April 3, 2022, Academy of Music) – Adorable
Hairspray (May 16 – 22, 2022, Merriam Theater) – You Can’t Stop The Beat >>> I’ve seen the movie 37 times.
To Kill A Mockingbird (July 12 – 24, 2022, Academy of Music) –
Classic, timely.
Dear Evan Hansen (August 16 – 28, 2022, Forrest Theatre) – Oh dear, I never saw this either

Beginning in the 2021/22 season, Kimmel Cultural Campus is pleased to present a Safe & Clean Commitment + COVID-19 Subscriber Guarantee as outlined below:

Safe & Clean Commitment + COVID-19 Subscriber Guarantee

We will always put the safety of our guests, artists, and staff first. We will not hold performances until City and Commonwealth guidelines allow, and we are working closely with our union partners, producers, artists, and other performing arts centers around the nation to develop the most comprehensive plan to safely reopen our doors. We are committing to a healthy and clean environment with increased disinfection, enhanced ventilation, and will enforce all recommended health authority guidelines. We want you to return when you are ready, we will stand behind any subscription tickets you purchase now for our future events with our COVID-19 Subscriber Guarantee. For more information on COVID-19 Subscriber Guarantee and our Safe & Clean Commitment, please visit kimmelcenter.org.

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Best Places to See Cherry Blossoms and Blooming Trees in Philly

Get Your pen out as …
The cherry blossoms are coming!
On the first day of Spring people on Social Media often post this street to celebrate the day, but in fact the street doesn’t bloom until the 2nd week of April; I know as it’s 3 blocks from my house. I took this photographed last year 4/15/20.
800 block of 21st Street in Fairmount. Let’s check out some other favorite blooming spots…
Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center (Shot 4/13/19)
Weeping cherry tree over Japanese House’s pond and garden, cherry tree allee from JASGP plantings and the original 1926 plantings
In Philadelphia, the Head Gardener at Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center is calling for peak bloom in April. “We can expect the peak bloom in Philadelphia to roll across the region around the first two weeks of April, averaging around the 10th and coinciding nicely with our Virtual Ohanami cherry blossom program live from Shofuso,” said Sandi Polyakov, Head Gardener at Shofuso Japanese Cultural Center. “

Shofuso Cherry Blossom Virtual Ohanami
Saturday, April 10, 10 am – 11 am
$15/ $10 for JASGP Members
Spring starts at Shofuso with this Ohanami program, live from Shofuso, and will include a beautiful presentation of ohanami or cherry blossom appreciation, Tamagawa University taiko performance (pre-recorded in Japan), activities, demonstrations, and crafts that highlight cherry blossom culture. This event is dedicated to Abana Jacobs, a colleague lost to COVID-19 in 2020 who worked with JASGP on the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festivals for many years.

11th Annual Shofuso Cherry Blossom 10k/5k
April 10 through April 18
$45 race fee
This year, the Annual Cherry Blossom 10K/5K will be virtual. Upon registration through RunSignUp. runners can complete their distances on their own schedule at the sanctioned course among the cherry trees near Shofuso, on their regular training courses, on a treadmill, or anywhere that feels right. Between Saturday, April 10 and Sunday, April 18, participants will complete the run/walk, submit their time, and tag Shofuso in selfies taken along the way or at the finish with the hashtag #CherryBlossom10K or #SpringStartsatShofuso.

There are an assortment of viewing locations throughout Philadelphia as featured on one side of the new map, including Washington Square, Columbus Boulevard, Delancey Street, and near Eastern State Penitentiary. Prime locations for cherry blossoms in Fairmount Park include:

Kelly Drive/East River
Cherry trees from 1933 planting “
North of Boathouse Row past where Girard Ave. crosses Kelly Drive

Speaking of Bloom Philly
The annual Bloom Philly! contest invites businesses in the Greater Philadelphia area to join the excitement of the upcoming Philadelphia Flower Show by creating festive, flower-filled displays inspired by the 2021 Philadelphia Flower Show theme “Habitat: Nature’s Masterpiece!
4/10/19

Memorial Hall/Please Touch Museum
On Lansdowne Drive, behind Memorial Hall

Belmont Plateau
Along Belmont Mansion Drive overlooking the city skyline

Martin Luther King Jr. Drive/West River
From south of Montgomery Drive north to Falls Bridge 4/13/19
Rittenhouse Square 4/19/19 – Saucer Magnolia
Rittenhouse Square 4/14/20
Behind the Art Museum 4/20/20

The Paulownia trees surrounding Swann Fountain bloom in the first week of May. As luck would have it the tulips are in full bloom as well. (shot May 7, 2020). Enjoy as these blooms are quick especially if it rains, and is windy during the blooming season.

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Easter Dinner Choices, Plus Sisterly Love at East Market Saturday

I’ll be at East Market on Saturday between Noon and 1PM for
Sisterly Love Citywide Food Fair is coming to Center City with a first-ever pop-up at East Market, 1100 Market Street, on Saturday, April 3, 2021, from 12 Noon to 4:00pm. Get all your Easter, Passover and weekly goodies from top local female chefs, restaurateurs and entrepreneurs supporting each other during the pandemic at this one-day outdoor, socially distanced food markets. Socially distanced and masks are required. Contactless payment preferred when making your purchase. Visit Sisterly Love on Instagram for a list of vendors as the event gets closer. For a full list of dates, locations and vendors, visit Sisterly Love on Instagram at @sisterlylovefoodfair or on Facebook at Sisterly Love Citywide Food Fair.
The following are a few of my favorites
Easter Sunday Family Style Brunch
Chez Colette (Dine-in)
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
120 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103  
https://www.sofitel-philadelphia.com/happenings/
(215) 569-8300
Seating groups of 2, 4 and 6
Reservations required
$65 per person plus tax/gratuity, Children Under 12 Half Price
Sunday, April 4, 2021, 12:30pm to 4:30pm
Talula’s Garden – Washington Square, Philadelphia
Washington Square, Philadelphia
Talula’s Garden will be offering brunch on Easter Sunday from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm for dine in, dine outside or takeout! Enjoy seasonal farm to table fare including Fresh Baked Gluten Free Blueberry Pecan Streusel Muffins with Whipped Butter, Beet Cured Salmon Gravlox, Savory Steak & Egg Bowl, and more. 
Steak 48 – Center City, Philadelphia, PA
Philadelphia’s premier modern Steakhouse (and one of the hardest reservations in Philadelphia to get) is typically open for dinner service only. This Easter Sunday, Steak 48 will extend its hours of operation, opening at noon for lunch service in addition to dinner service!
Steak 48’s menu offers a plethora of indulgent options to celebrate Easter with an over-the-top meal. Menu highlights include:
Fresh Seafood Raw Bar Tower
a variety of Prime Steaks & Chops with additional add-ons including Black Truffle Sauteed Lobster, Crab Cake, ‘Oscar’ and Crispy Shrimp
signature sides including Corn Crème Brulee, Praline Sweet Potato, Creamy Mac & Cheese, and Kennett Square Mushrooms
Whole Colorado Rack of Lamb
Decadent Desserts including Peanut Butter Pie, Crispy Banana Split, Ultimate Warm Vanilla Caramel Cake, & more.
Just had dinner here last week. Get the octopus, and branzino. So good.
Caffe Aldo Lamberti
2011 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ, 08002
Caffelamberti.com
Event info: https://www.caffelamberti.com/happenings/
(856) 663-1747


Easter Sunday Dine-in Specials and Easter At-Home Take-Out Package

Positano Coast 212 Walnut St, 2nd Floor, Philadelphia
215.238.0499 Positanocoast.net
Positano Coast has three options this year – Easter at home for take-out package For those celebrating at home, Positano Coast will offer a special Four Course Plus Winel Easter Package for Two. Package is $100 for two, plus tax and gratuity, for take-out only. Order by calling 215.238.0499. Menu includes shared Artichoke Lemon Soup (chicken, ricotta dumplings) and Casarecce (Bolognese ragù, pecorino Toscano; choice of Pork Ossobuco or Chicken Parmigiana (with marbled potatoes); shared Tiramisu; and a bottle of red or white wine.
Or Dine In with Easter Brunch and Easter Dinner! 

The Love will be offering brunch on Easter Sunday from 10:00 am – 2:30 pm for dine in, dine outside or takeout! Enjoy The Love’s Shrimp & Grits, signature “take me away” Nashville Hot Chicken, Ricotta Ravioli, Stoned Ground Grits, and more.
HughE Dillon Photo – I love the love.
The Wayward – Center City, Philadelphia
Enjoy Easter brunch on The Wayward’s restaurant’s spacious outdoor terrace: an urban oasis complete with lush green landscaping and string lighting with café tables overlooking the vibrant East Market corridor. It’s set far back from the street—ideal for privacy and creating a setting that transports you to a Parisian bistro.
Standout menu items include: 
·         Lobster Eggs Benedict; on an English muffin with ratatouille and old bay hollandaise
·         Chicken Waffle Pot Pie; cream-chicken fricassee, sunny-side up egg, peas, corn, carrot
·         Cast Iron Waffle; caramel apple poelee, maple mousseline, candied pecan 
·         Truffle Tarte Flambe: Alsatian flatbread, mushroom ragout, pistou, sunny-side egg
·         Oyster Shooters:
The Washed-Up Sailor; fermented tomato, new Amsterdam vodka, celery bitters, lemon, oyster
South of The Navy Yard; dill beefeater gin, caper brine, lemon, oyster
Wayward Photo
Photo by Eddy Marenco

Hawthornes Easter Bunny Brunch
Hawthornes Beer Cafe
Pivot Coffee & Wine Shop
(215) 627-3012  
738 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Saturday, April 3, 2021 and Sunday, April 4, 2021
https://www.opentable.com/hawthornes

Hop on down and celebrate Easter Weekend in South Philly! Hawthornes and Pivot Coffee invites families to join the egg-citing fun at the first-ever Hawthornes Easter Bunny Brunch. Get out those bunny ears, bonnets and bow ties for brunch on Saturday, April 2nd and Sunday, April 3rd, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. Snap some family photos with the easter bunny himself! Specials include bunny pancakes, bunny scramble, and carrot cake pancakes w/ cream cheese maple syrup, plus fun spins on cocktails like Bunny Marys, and Carrot Juice Mimosas for the grown-ups. Outdoor seating available in the festive spring-decorated bubbles, on the sidewalk, and in the heated covered tent. Reservations required. $10 per person. To make a reservation please use open table https://www.opentable.com/hawthornes