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What a weekend. So many parties. I need more time. Next year we lose another day as TG is late again. Can we put up all the Christmas Trees before Thanksgiving. Let’s see what’s happening in town…
Kate Winslet and family are enjoying Philadelphia as she continues to film the HBO series Mare of Easttown in the Philly burbs. They’ve been spotted at Christmas Village, as well as grabbing food from Hip City Veg and dining at Vedge. Both Kate Winslet and her husband Ned Rocknroll, are vegetarian and have told a friend that they are thrilled that Philadelphia has so many vegetarian and vegan options. Over the weekend Kate was spotted shopping at Bulk Vintage Wholesale which held their public sale last weekend. A rep told me that the Mare of Easttown costume department buy for the show there, and Kate liked the clothes used on set that she decided to stop by herself and get a few things. The next public sale is Jan 4-5-6 from 12p-6p. bulkvintage.com
Last night my phone BLEW up from readers and Bendall fans if I knew anything about Kendall being at Ben Simmon’s Sixers game last night. I have not heard anything concrete, but I did some research and found a couple reputable, reasonable posts including a shot of Christmas cookies on Kendall’s Insta stories, with the plate sitting on Ben’s often photographed couch, this could be the start of something re-new…
And now this shows up on Twitter from a new sighting. The social season is slowing down, and I’m looking forward to a few new paparazzi shots of Kate Winslet and Kendall around town.
Congrats to Jan and Dan McQuade on their recent nuptials at Vaux Studios on Spruce Street. Afterwards the couple and headed to Morning Glory for a celebration brunch with friends before ending the day at Oscars. I like those two, this is the best of Philly weddings.
Catch you tomorrow for who wore what at the Philly Style Magazine party last night. It was festive and fun as usual. If I photographed you this past week make sure to check CBSPhilly and Philly Style for photos.
The NAWBO Philadelphia Center for Advancing Entrepreneurs (the Center) hosted its 2019 Innovation Gala, honoring Joan Waters of COFCO on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Rivers Casino event center.Joan received the annual Innovators Award in recognition of her commitment to effect difference-making change in Philadelphia and surrounding communities and to advance entrepreneurship and innovation in our region.
The NAWBO Philadelphia Center for Advancing Entrepreneurs is the charitable arm of the NAWBO (National Association of Women Business Owners) Greater Philadelphia Chapter. Founded in 2009 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization, the Center provides emerging and established entrepreneurs with opportunities to develop and grow their businesses through its ATHENAPowerLink® NAWBO® Delaware Valley program and the Young Entrepreneurs Academy® (YEA!) Philadelphia.
Technically the holiday season started when Mariah Carey Kicked Off the Christmas Season in Hilarious Video: ‘It’s Time’ on November 1, but the public at large stayed with the traditional time the day after Thanksgiving.
But now it’s really beginning to look a lot like Christmas after last night’s lighting of the VISIT PHILADELPHIA Holiday Tree powered by NRG, a 50-year-old majestic white fir that will illuminate the City Hall-area skyline. . I love City Rep Sheila Hess’ enthusiasm.
I should have watched Alondra Anaya weather forecast on Telemundo. She had an umbrella, except she did put it down for this photo of her with Miguel, Santa and Mrs. Clause. Photo top right is Lorenzo Pugliese who stars in the title role, SpongeBob, at The Forrest Theater which is running through December 15, with his family. He’s a U of Arts graduate and grew up in our area. Grab your tickets at Kimmel Center.
Which brings us to: Over the weekend Christmas Village celebrated it’s first full weekend of fun. Above Kory Aversa, PR for Christmas Village leads a media/influencer tour of the Christmas Village campus, and we can call it that because now Christmas Village is on both sides of the street, at Love Park as well as at City Hall. More on that next week, when he does a tour on the Made in Philadelphia shops at Dilworth Park.
Yes that is managed by Christmas Village as well as the Ferris Wheel and Carousel. It’s really grown in the past 6 years, and has been in town for the past decade. Check out the Christmas Village Events Schedule. (Christmas Village is my client, but I honestly love it as does the thousands of people who attend.)
After the Rittenhouse Square Christmas Tree lighting I headed to Shops at Liberty Place where Punch Media PR was celebrating the shops. They have a Bourbon Lounge, Santa, Elves and the Grinch appearing every Saturday in December. Plus a really cool way to donate money to a charity just by taking a selfie and following posting hashtags and tags. Plus who doesn’t like a selfie next to a gigantic tree, especially one inside. Check out info here.
The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia offers more than 150 programs each month — all provided free of charge — for men, women, and children whose lives have been affected by cancer. Our main categories of offerings (and some example programs from each) are listed below. Please see our program calendar for a complete list of our programs this month. When my sister had Ovarian Cancer, she utilized the programs at CSC and they enriched her life. On Giving Tuesday think about supporting them.
Happy Cyber Monday. What a great weekend, hope it was as terrific for you. I spent some time with family, friends and took in all the fantastic holiday fun in Philly. I saw so many ChitChat readers and really appreciate your support and you saying hi.
A lot of notable Philly area born folk returned home for the holiday last week. The Willow & Erys tour came to the Fillmore on Monday night, according to Nick Vadala at the Inquirer, dad Will Smith, 51, joined son Jaden, 21, onstage for a surprise performance of the 2017 single “Icon.” Later that evening the family checked into the Four Seasons hotel where they stayed until Friday. They spent Thanksgiving at his mother Carolyn’s home in Bryn Mawr.
A day after performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, Lea Michelle posted on her InstaStories she was enjoying family time at Dilworth Park and Christmas Village. (I mentioned it in my Instastories on Saturday as I attended my niece Ella’s skating party.)
On Saturday Lea tweeted out well wishes for folks spending time with their family, but this photo was actually taken on Friday. Here she is with her husband Zandy Reich, who was born in NE Philly and was a star Lacrosse player at Penn, with his mom and dad, Debbie and Richard (thanks to a reader who ID them for me, and a different reader Megan McHugh for the original tip.)
Mean Girls wrapped their run in Philly on Sunday. For nearly the entire run people would ask me did I think Tina Fey would drop in to see the show, and I would tell them I doubt it because that’s why she came in August to promote the show. I was wrong, Tina and her husband Jeff Richmond, caught the show Wednesday night at the Academy of Music. Tina watched the show in the sound booth, while my friend, Abby Wanger told me Jeff watched from the 2nd row. Abby said that Jeff sang every word, and bopped his head back and forth to all the tunes. I again reported this fun fact on my InstaStories last Friday, where my readers informed me that Richmond wasn’t just a supportive husband, but wrote the music for the Broadway stage adaptation of Mean Girls. How cool. This Thanksgiving, and every day I am so thankful for my readers who keep us all in the know.
Can you believe this is my first “gossip” column for November. Philly Social Season was fierce and I didn’t have much time to create columns for ChitChat. I did post a lot of PhillyGossip on Social Media. Here are the highlights of what I’ve written, with a little bit more of a story, as well as happy times for so many people we call friends in Philly.
Congratulations to my friends, Philly media legends Mike Jerrick and Patty Jackson for their induction to the Broadcasters Hall of Fame on Friday night. Mike Jerrick has been a great mentor, friend, and supporter of mine since I popped onto the scene in 2011. He’s also funny as heck. The show is a blockbuster of information, entertainment and ad libbing to get our day going. It’s a unique show, with a unique host with a beautiful, talented cohost Alex Holley. Patty Jackson is a legend. I’ve been listening to her for as long as I can remember turning on the radio. To meet her nearly a decade ago, and find her to be as authentic and kind as she comes across on the radio wasn’t a surprise, because she’s the real deal. In the past few years, she’s overcome serious health issues and become a role model for survivors. She was always happy, but these days she percolates with even more zeal with pride of her work, her son and her newly created Auntie of Pop Culture gossip show on Social Media. Congratulations to Preston & Steve for their induction as well. It was a major year of legends being inducted.
Sunday night I put it out on Social Media that Halsey and Evan Peters were spotted eating at Capital Grille in Center City recently. I had heard the tip last week at the BBBS Fashion Touchdown. Well after posting it on Sunday night, a reader wrote me to say he ate dinner next to them. “I was eating at Capital Grill with friends and we sat at the next table. Halsey took a pic with me but Evan Peter didn’t because he said he was here on a secret project.” – maxxxstar This should answer your question on what’s Halsey doing in Philly?
Not really a secret project since those of us in Philly know he’s here filming an HBO series called Mare of Easttown with Kate Winslet. Both actors are staying in town and have been spotted out in about when not filming in Marcus Hook, Boothwyn, Coatesville and soon to be Center City.
It seems like the Summer of Segel just ended and now we get this pretty nugget from his show the sneak peek trailer from Dispatches from Elsewhere!! Philly Mag wants to know can you name all the Philly places in the trailer. Here’s what they have so far. Thanks for bearing with me this busy social season, I know a lot of you read my blog and have been writing to ask when I was going to do a new entry. I will try going forward to hit every day, or at least 4 times a week as we head into our 13th year doing PhillyChitChat blog….
More than 200 Philadelphia-area asset management industry professionals gathered on Nov. 7 at The Logan Philadelphia to raise money for Achieve Now, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the educational system in Philadelphia to one that produces students who can read.
Keynote Speaker Professor Myron Scholes, Mark Sheehan (Stradley Ronon) and Thomas Huber (Wick Capital Partners).
The Philadelphia Fund Alliance is a group of Philadelphia-based asset management industry professionals formed to hold an annual fundraiser to benefit one or more charities in the greater Philadelphia area. The annual fundraiser not only supports a great cause, but it also highlights Philadelphia’s deep roots and influence in national financial markets and services, including traditional mutual funds and alternative asset vehicles.
Athen Anthopoulos (Weiswood Strategies) and John Grady (Practus, LLP).
Thanks Mike Hirata for shooting this for PhillyChitChat.com
Hawthornes Beer Cafe’s annual Great Harvest Cider and Beer Festival took place earlier this month. The outdoor block party will was held on 11th Street from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There were lots of hard ciders, fall lagers and pumpkin ales on hand at the event including Lord Hobo, Lancaster, New Belgium, Tröegs, Virtue, McKenzie and more.
The festival included live music and a kid zone too. Hawthornes’ annual event is both family-friendly and pet-friendly and we hope to see you next year at Hawthorne’s 5th Annual Great Cider and Beer Festival!!
Join the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) for the largest indoor cycling event to raise money for cancer research at The Fillmore! AACR Revolutionsfor Research brings together cyclists of all levels, led by high energy instructors. Let’s get moving and #PedalToBeatCancer!
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