Philadelphia Style Magazine Holiday Soiree 2019

On December 8, 2019, Philadelphia Style Magazine celebrated the holiday season with a fun-filled evening at Aqimero in Center City. Guest dined on fare from Aqimero along with specialty cocktails such as the “Clausmopolitan” and “Kris Kringle” from Campari America Portfolio, Landmark Overlook Wine and FIJI Water which were dotted through out the venue for convenient consumption. Entertainment was provided by CTO Music Artists and Jewelz Entertainment.

John Colabelli, Publisher of Philly Style Magazine with the festive couple Denise Homich and John Contessa. Music and friends were on the agenda for these two. One of the highlights was attending to the 50th Anniversary of “The Beatles” White Album! At the Vault.. Berlin NJ last month.
The Grinch with Will Ball and Amanda Cheney. The duo just returned from a lifetime memory trip to London, tracing the steps of Harry Potter and visiting Big Ben. Although Ben was in scaffolding Will said it was still magnificent and could cross it off his bucket list of places to visit.
Mat Warner, Jet setting Melissa Leonard enjoyed a particular festive year from trips to Dubai, to the Super Bowl to Sweden with the kids, it’s anyone’s guess what’s on her agenda for 2020 as she likes to surround herself with winners like Phila Eagles connected Lynette Camacho, who is always raising money for some good cause and Dave Spadaro, Phila Eagles Insider who fills us in on the what what, and who’s who of the Eagles.
The Stylish Bunch: Mimi Janosy, Carmen Tomasetti, Phil Kramer, and Lauren Carey, photographer who had a lovely floral step and repeat at the party.

Phil Kramer took the great shot of Kory and I for the October issue of Philly Style Mag, and Mimi Janosy styled the shot, posing Kory and I just right as the photo came out so well.

Don Freeman and Renee Freeman, Freeman Interiors with Kristin Detterline, editor of Phila Style Magazine
Childhood friends, and now working on projects bringing tourists to Pennsylvania: Edward Harris, The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board and Justin Pizzi, Vice President of Strategic Implementation at Visit Philadelphia
Artist Dori Desautel Broudy who’s work will be popping up at Bearings Coffee in Old City on 12/21

Happy Holidays from this gang to yours….


Kate Winslet Shops, Are Ben & Kendall BenDall Again? Wedding Bells!!

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 Leigh Lesniak and NBC10’s Randy Gyllenhaal who tied the knot over the weekend at Barn on Bridge in Collegeville, PA. Several of his NBC10 colleagues were in attendance, but not the person you’re all wondering about as it was an intimate occasion with close family and friends. .

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.


2019 The Innovators Gala

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.

Parker and Susi Bruhns, John Freiberg and Joan Waters

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.

Michele Schina, Bethanne Muth, Dawson Muth, Christopher Muth, and Tom Bove

Congratulations Joan Waters !! Learn more about >> NAWBO Philadelphia Center for Advancing Entrepreneurs – Thanks Andre Flewellen for shooting this event for PhillyChitChat and NAWBO Phila


It’s Christmas Time in The City – Here’s a Few Recommendations

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.

Performing last night at the Christmas Tree lighting was The Royal Mix and The Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale, both of who have performed on the Christmas Village stage before.

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.

One of my traditions is buying an ornament on the Wish Well Wall, proceeds go to charity, and write down what I wish for humanity, which is the same thing. Peace to the World, Peace With Oneself and Live by the Golden Rule. Thank you my readers so much for taking this journey with me. I’ve met so many of you this past month, even in Whole Foods the other day when I was in line with my elf hat on. It’s that time of year they we really catch the spirit of the holidays. Let’s keep it going. Love Ya, really I do. See you tomorrow right here on PhillyChitChat blog.

Academy Ball 2020 co-chairmen’s Reception

The 163rd Academy of Music Anniversary Concert and Ball co-chairmen’s reception was held on Thursday, November 14, 2019.

Dennis and Deborah Glass hosted the reception at their home in Bryn Mawr.

The Glasses greeted the guests as they arrived.

Cackie Rogers, vice chairman of the Academy of Music (AOM) Board of Trustees, Mario Mestichelli, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Philadelphia Orchestra Association, Dennis and Deborah Glass, co-chairman Jim Brandau, a senior vice president at Brown Brothers Harriman & Co.  , and Academy Ball 2020 co-chair Lisa Buckingham
The 163rd Anniversary Concert and Ball
Join us for Philadelphia’s most fabulous party of the year—the annual Anniversary Concert and Ball, a spectacular white-tie event with star-studded performances, dining, and dancing, all supporting an iconic historic landmark.
Saturday January 25,2020 The Philadelphia Orchestra
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Conductor

Thanks Andre Flewellen for shooting this event.

Alyson Jack, Director of Event Planning and Services at The Bellevue Hotel, Brian Lang, Claire Allamby, Senior Director of the Academy of Music Restoration Fund Office, Kelsey Bartle, Senior Event Sales Manager at Hyatt Hotels Corporation and William Rossi
Morris Williams, Elaine Camarda, Alexandra Edsall, and Robert Victor
Jack Earle, Managing partner at Earle enterprises lp. and Kate Allison, founder and CEO of Karma Agency, a strategic communications firm headquartered in Philadelphia and a member of the Board of Trustees
Young Friends membership. For those 21–40 years young, get access to discounted concert tickets, free drinks, and exclusive after parties!
Join now: www.philorch.org/young-friends


Cancer Support Community Gala – Giving Tuesday

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.

Shifra Speiser, Manoucheca Duchatelier and Myrtice King

October 10, 2019, The Cancer Support Community of Greater Philadelphia (CSC) celebrated its 21st annual gala at The Lucy in Center City. Guests were greeted by co-chairs Robin Halpern and Nicole Dresnin Schaeffer before they indulged in bites and sips courtesy of Cescaphe.

Dave Sea, Gina Gannon, Eddie Keels, and Elise Keels
Sally Rogers and Illana Strauss
Kota Family: Rachna, Chandra and Nimmi
Taylor Ash and Brandon Dale
I love how the Cancer Support always does their table seating list with everyone’s name. It makes it so easy to find your friends, and their party is really a great network of philanthropic friends who are passionate about their cause.
Lindsey Bertuola and Maura Schlupp
The evenings honoree: Marianne Dean and Linda Siegfried
Andrea Freundlich and Bruce Freundlich
Robin Halpern and Karen Barnett
Cheryl Hill, Tammy Brenner, Stephanie Stahl, Marcie Kennedy, Marianne Dean, and Nicole Schaeffer – Photo: Andre Flewellen
Pam Ginsberg, Kelly Harris, Bryn Mawr, Gina Smith, and Marcie Kennedy, Bryn Mawr

Tina Fey, Lea Michelle, Will Smith Spotted In Philly

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.)

Speaking of celebrities and Philly:
On December 7, 2019
International celebrity makeup artist & photographer Jordan Liberty is coming to Philly for his first master class
Join pro makeup artist and photographer Jordan Liberty for his first-ever masterclass to benefit cancer research! 
This live makeup demonstration features tips and tricks directly from Jordan’s International Beauty Tour
Info on the class and tickets HERE

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.


Congrats Mike Jerrick & Patty Jackson; Halsey & Evan Peters Spotted and Dispatches from Elsewhere

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….


Philadelphia Fund Alliance Gala Benefited Achieve Now

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).

Kristin Vrabel and Amber Wilczynski from PwC.
John Braun (BBD) and Terry Reilly (Pepper Hamilton).
Ira Schnell (Apex Group), Bob Dunne, Michael Cairns and Alena Bolba from Grant Thornton.
Michael Collins (Broadridge Financial Solutions), Mary Ellen Mahoney, James Mahoney (Tait Weller) and Marie
Brian Sullivan, Kelly Fisherkeller and Brian Cassidy from Deloitte & Touche LLP.
Philadelphia Fund Alliance Gala Attendees.
Jerry Maginnis (Cohen & Steers) and Reese Blair (Deloitte & Touche LLP).
Nicole Snyder, Maria Palmer, Nancy Cloran and Lori White (SEI Investments Company).
Bruce Leto (Stradley Ronon) , Shawn Kairschner (Achieve Now), Sean Graber (Morgan Lewis) and John Alshefski (SEI Investments Company) present Achieve Now with a $100,000 donation.
Nobel Laureate financial economist and keynote speaker Professor Myron Scholes.
Claire Olivar, Lauren Zychowicz and Becca Rodrigues from Stradley Ronon.
Nicole Snyder, Kyle Cummings and Lori Wayne from SEI Investments Company.

Thanks Mike Hirata for shooting this for PhillyChitChat.com


Hawthorne’s 4th Annual Great Cider and Beer Festival

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!!