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Jennifer Hudson, Common, M Night Wraps Servant and the Epicness of BEY Sheila Watko

Hello Sunday, August 7, 2022. Yes the middle of the summer already, the dog days for sure with all these heat waves back to back. Did you know the definition of a heat wave is three consecutive days of 90F weather. But for me honestly, I love the summer, the heat, outside and a great summer dress like this gal on the motorbike has on. She was kind enough to pose for a shot I will be posting on my Instagram series, WhatPhillyWore weekend edition, later today.

It’s a wrap for M. Night Shyamalan’s Apple TV series SERVANT, which I am a big fan of on and off the screen and I’m sad.

It’s bittersweet for me as it’s been so fun to photograph the series as it’s been filmed in Center City, specifically Fitler Square, but also in Rittenhouse Square as well as a custom studio Night built in Garnett Valley specifically for the show. It was a complete replica of the house on the 2100 block of Spruce Street. The street was also replicated but on a much smaller scale.

Who can forget the notorious car crash scene, filmed in the first season. They brought in extra trees to make the park even more leafy than it’s beautiful self. Because of the secrecy of the filming, people walked by the accident scene all day long capturing stills and reporting the accident. Then that evening Lauren Ambrose and Night were on the scene filming the accident for her TV news report.

Set in Philadelphia, Servant follows a wealthy area couple who lose a newborn child and subsequently use a lifelike doll to help cope with the trauma amid more sinister, mysterious events. The series’ first season premiered on the Apple TV+ streaming service in November to generally positive reviews, earning an overall rating of 85% on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes. (Inky)

I think everyone’s favorite scene was when in Servant Season 2, the 2100 block was turned into a winter wonderland in October, when Philly was in second summer, and the the temps were hitting 80s.

I was so excited to photograph one of the last episodes shot for the series, a few weeks ago. An epic rain storm. Thanks to M Night, and the production for always allowing me to get the shots I needed to share the stories with you, mostly just that they were filming. I have photographed a few of Night’s parties (one at his house, and three M Night Shyamalan Foundation Shyamaween in October), and assured him I wouldn’t reveal “story lines” which I did well, this one was a little tough but I only showed the storm, didn’t get into what was happening. It definitely was a great experience for me as a paparazzo.

Jennifer Hudson films a scene from her new movie Breathe at City Hall in Philadelphia

As I wrote in June, Fresh from her EGOT achievement, Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony award winner Jennifer Hudson is coming to Philadelphia to film her next movie “Breathe”. The story follows a mother named Maya (Hudson) and her daughter, who are forced to live underground after Earth is made uninhabitable due to a lack of oxygen.

I got a hot tip that Jennifer was spotted near City Hall filming a scene inside the courtyard.
I arrived and a PA assistant asked me not to take photos. I said I just need a few, and then she walked away. She called her boss over, who then called Jennifer. Jen gave me a nice wave in once scene, and during the break I was able to capture this shot. And then I left. Thanks to my two tipsters. One who told me this filming was going to happen, the other who told me where they were filming. It’s people like that who help keep us in the know to what is going on, what is filming in Center City, Philly and in our area.

On this particular day, Common wasn’t on set. But later in the week I read on deuxmoi IG stories: Jennifer Hudson and Common are in Philadelphia filming a movie. The Chicago natives are filming a new action/sci-fi film titled, Breathe. Someone took a photo of the two and while it is hard to tell if it’s just two friends having a good time or two people really into each other, it is evident they are happy. The source of the photo states, she was cozy and flirty with Common. Lots of cuddling and giggling.

Most of the filming for the sci fi movie is being done in Sun Center Studios in Aston Pa, but don’t be surprised if you see Jennifer Hudson walking around Center City. She’s no stranger to our town.

Cheers to Sheila Watko for the acknowledgement from Bey’s mom Tina Knowles with her seal of approval on Sheila’s tribute to Bey’s song collection.
We all fell in love with Sheila for her vivacious spirit delivering the traffic reports at NBC10 Philadelphia, Then in 2020 she paid tribute to
Taylor Swift with a traffic report peppered with song titles every Swifty fell in love with; and NOW Queen Bey’s epic delivery, without a teleprompter, just from memory and fandom. So fun!! THANK YOU SHEILA!!
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BlackStar Film Festival’s Opening Night Party

11th BlackStar Film Festival Opening Night Party at Bartram’s Garden – (Jermaine Jenkins )

Hello everyone. I know, I know, I have been very MIA from posting this week. I am however posting a lot of events, and folks on Instagram. Let’s re commit to doing at least 3 blog posts a week. I had a very busy week, went to a few eateries, out dancing, hanging out with friends, enjoying life. Wednesday night I went to the BlackStar Film Festival Opening Party, and it was a blast. I haven’t had time to see any films, but you should as it runs through Sunday. HERE’s The Schedule. The website is so fun too.

Dee Durgin and Shaun Miller (Jermaine Jenkins)

BlackStar Projects, the premier organization celebrating visionary Black, Brown, and Indigenous film and media artists, kicked off the 2022 BlackStar Film Festival in Philly on Wednesday August 2, 2022 .

Ken McFarlane, Maori Karmael Holmes is a curator, filmmaker, writer and founder, CEO and Artistic Director of BlackStar Film Festival, Jean-Jacques Gabriel, Shesheena A. Bray

With over 70 films, premiers, panels, parties, workshops and yoga sessions the festival runs through August 7th, 2022.

Taking place both online and in-person in Philadelphia, this year’s festival will include in-person screenings at Penn Live Arts at Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts; panel discussions, workshops, and parties at sites across Philadelphia; and virtual events accessible to a global audience.

Cortez Johnson (c)
Kyle Cuffie-Scott of Darnell Cakes
I feel possessed here, but Dee looks so good so … (Jermaine Jenkins)
The 2022 James Beard winner South Philly Barbacoa’s Cristina Martinez provided a food station for the party.
Jermaine Jenkins, Dee Durgin and Amira Smith

Thanks to Jermaine Jenkins for taking a few photos as I mingled and danced. Photos as marked.

Jermaine Jenkins

There’s more movies tonight, plus every night at 7PM they host the Daily Jawn at the Prince Theater in Center City, for a re cap of the movies and hot topics. There are two more parties left to attend, tonight at the Barnes Museum and then the closing night party at Annenberg Plaza BlackStar Film Festival.
Check out more photos at CBSPhilly, and shortly Sunday’s Phila Tribune online.

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Sunday: 2nd Street Festival Takes Over Northern Liberties

The 13th Annual 2nd Street Festival will pop-up and take over Northern Liberties on Sunday, August 7, 2022, from 12:00pm Noon to 9:00pm. This year the event will extend to the largest footprint in the event’s history, along N. 2nd Street from Spring Garden extending all the way to Girard clocking in at more than three-quarters of a mile long.

The all-ages celebration includes restaurants, food trucks, beer gardens, family fun, live music, artists, pop-up shops and entertainment. Street food and summertime sips will be available from a giant list of 50+ restaurants, bars, breweries and food trucks, including 15 outdoor beer and cocktail gardens. Get ready to dance in the street with live music and DJs on two main stages, plus throughout the festival, with Moonroof, Bougie and the Beasts, Bickel Brothers Band, Mobbluz, Koser, M11son, Dell-P, Solar Circuit, Upholstery, Plush in the Box, Gretchen Emery Band, Venn Sung, Dirty Soap Band, Reggae Thunder, Last Generation on Film and Swing That Cat, plus DJ MostHated, DJ Eric, DJ Frosty, DJ Xtina and Rebel Foster, DJ Nate G. and Uptown Eddie.

“2nd Street Festival is back and bigger than ever in Northern Liberties,”  said Ann Lastuvka of Virginia Belle Events, the Executive Producer for 2nd St Festival. “One of Philadelphia’s largest and greatest summer traditions returns with the largest footprint in our history, plus tons of new programs and vendors this year. We have been working for months and months to bring back this beloved event and we can’t wait to see everyone back on N. 2nd Street this summer!”

“When we started this festival, we just wanted to celebrate our neighborhood and have fun doing it. It’s amazing how much interest it draws now and how much life it brings to 2nd Street,” said Oron Daskal, co-founder of the festival and owner of North Bowl and South Bowl. “The event is important to bring attention to our neighborhood, but it also raises money for our neighborhood organizations for the services they provide for our residents and businesses.”

LIVE MUSIC AND DJS

2nd Street Festival will bring the region’s local music scene back to life with two dozen acts on two main stages, plus areas throughout the festival.

Germantown Stage sponsored by Piazza Alta

12:00pm – Moonroof
1:00pm – Bougie & the Beasts
2:00pm – Bickel Brothers Band
3:00pm – Mobbluz
4:00pm – Koser
5:00pm – M11son
6:00pm – Dell-P
7:30pm – Solar Circuit

DJ’ed by DJ Xtina and Rebel Foster

The festival is free to attend, and pay-as-you-go for food and drink. Bring the kiddos and the pups, as this event is fully family friendly! More information about the festival, with registration for art vendors, can be found at www.2ndstfestival.org. Thanks to generous support from Penn Treaty Special Services District for their support of this event. Stay up-to-date with festival news on Facebook or Instagram.

SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES

For some vendors, this is their first major time back on the road and at this type of festival since the pandemic. The event will support our region’s thriving food truck, mobile food vendor economy and live music scene that was devastating to the industry, all while showcasing the red-hot food neighborhood of Northern Liberties.

Founded in 2008 by Northern Liberties business owners, Owen Kamihira of El Camino Real, William Reed of Standard Tap and Oron Daskal of North Bowl, the 2nd St Festival was established with the goal of bringing people to Northern Liberties in a fun and engaging way.

In addition to drawing visitors into the neighborhood, 2nd St Festival also raises money to support programming for two established neighborhood civic organizations, The Northern Liberties Business Improvement District and the Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association.

For more information, visit www.2ndstfestival.org and follow @2ndstfestival. See you Sunday… bring your smile, and sunscreen.

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Under The Big Top with Resources for Human Development

Resources for Human Development (RHD) hosted their annual fun -raiser Philly Pours back in-person this year! This years theme was a fun-filled night under the big top on Wednesday, July 13, 2022, at 6 pm. Guests were greeted with a fun and whimsical circus theme at City Winery located in the Philadelphia Fashion District. This year’s event featured corks (wine) and crafts (craft beer) to indulge your senses.

There was a roving magician to delight the crowd with the sleight of hand tricks. ( I love a good party, especially a themed party)

The party benefits.RHD provides a array of children’s services that support around 1,000 children in need each year:

  • RHD Stepping Stones is a long-term partial hospital program for children with emotional and behavioral challenges.
  • RHD Children’s Outreach Services Program (COSP) is an intensive community-based services to emotionally or developmentally challenged youth less than 21 years old
  • RHD Early Intervention provides home and community-based treatment for infants/toddlers with an early medical diagnosis or developmental delays.
  • RHD School Therapeutic Services is an intensive, short-term behavioral health service offered in selected schools in the Philadelphia School District.
  • RHD High Fidelity Wraparound works with youth who are first offenders and have a history of serious behavioral health issues, ages 10-17 years old.
Marco Giordano, C.P.A. Chief Executive Officer of Resources for Human Development

The evening started out with a wine/beer tasting event held in the wine cellar of City Winery.

Legendary DJ Patty Jackson was on hand. Later in the evening she emceed the event.

Resources for Human Development is a national human services nonprofit that supports more than 160 human service programs across the country, serving tens of thousands of people every year with caring and effective programs addressing intellectual and developmental disabilities, behavioral health, homelessness, addiction recovery and more.

Then guests headed into the main room for dinner, and the program.

Philly Pours benefits RHD’s mission to support people of all abilities with effective, innovative, and person-centered programs—addressing behavioral health, intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), addiction recovery, children and families, and people experiencing homelessness.

This year RHD is supporting the Anthropology campaign, here is the link:

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NRG Pledges $250,000 to Nemours Children’s Health; Rupert Grint and Servant S4 Return

Pictured (l-r) are Mark Mumford, executive vice president, Nemours Children’s Health Delaware Valley Operations; Keri Murschell, director of Innovation, NRG Home; and Geoff Snelling, director of Customer Acquisition, NRG Home.

On Tuesday, July 12, Nemours Children’s Health received a
commitment of $250,000 from NRG, one of the nation’s leading electricity and natural gas
suppliers. NRG’s generosity will improve the well-being of children with behavioral health
challenges by reducing barriers and facilitating long-term access to treatment. Funds will be
raised through NRG’s Choose to Give program, which has been giving its customers the
opportunity to support local nonprofits since 2017. Nemours Children’s has received $200,000 to
date as a beneficiary of Choose to Give.

“Not only is the new $250,000 pledge amount significant, but the cause is particularly noteworthy,” said David Schrader, communications manager of NRG East. “The money will be contributed to Nemours’ behavioral health programming. We all know that mental and behavioral health among young people is a big concern these days.”

The new $250,000 commitment to Nemours Children’s Health will be donated through NRG’s Choose to Give program. The pledge will directly support Nemours Children’s Health and its ongoing behavioral health programming, which aims to increase awareness and access to long-term treatment by integrating mental health services into primary pediatric care. The hope is to address emotional, developmental, behavioral, and mental disorders in kids. The approach will include detection and prevention through early screening and therapeutic interventions, paired with scaled access to mental health support through technology and telemedicine. Since Choose to Give launched in 2017, the program has contributed more than $6 million to seven nonprofit recipients.

They’re back: Servant Season 4 has returned to Philly to film the final season. I mentioned in April that M. Night Shyamalan was taking a break from filming Servant, to film a movie called “Knock at the Cabin” with Rupert Grint, Dave Bautista and Nikki Amuka-Bird. (Info) That wrapped and now they are back to film the final season, and final episodes. This week they are in the Fitler Square area, filming on the 2100 Spruce Street as well as in Fitler Square. I stopped by the set the other day, so if you don’t want to spoil it for you, stop reading now. Usually I don’t reveal too much of the plot, but these photos say a lot.

Story line: A Philadelphia couple is in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage and opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.

On this super hot day summer day, the scene was set in fall. The poor actors and extras were dressed in coats and heavy clothing.

Thanks to PCC reader Andrew Cameron Zahn who shared these photos from a scene before I arrived on the scene. We love that Servant is set in Philly, and we’re just not a film set for this show. This scene included a SEPTA bus

and Rupert Grint who plays Julian Pearce, brother to Dorothy Turner played by Lauren Ambrose. I believe that is Ishana Night Shyamalan in this photo. She is co producer of Servant, as well as director of several of the episodes.

When I arrived to the set, at Fitler Square. I noticed there were a lot of large fans on the set, and someone filled me in they were preparing for a torrential rain storm.

The actors were dressed for chillier weathers. If you watch Servant, as I do, you know these are members of a cult that live in the park behind the Turner’s house, whose backyard boundary is Panama Street.

The cult lives in tents through out the park.

Production Assistant on the left, extra on the right. I’m sweating just looking at this photo.

At one point costumed extras filmed a scene with

Nell Tiger Free plays the Turner’s nanny Leanne Grayson.

I left after a bit as I had dinner with friends in Bucks County, but returned for an epic scene at night which was a torrential rainstorm with lightning. No doubt the extras enjoyed this scene after a day in the sun. It was really neat to see. Check out the video below.

Have a great day. Stay cool. Chit chat with you tomorrow.

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The Ground Coffee, Plants, & Gifts Opens

Sheila Hess, City Rep, Chill Moody, Co-owners Molly Kiriacoulacos and Michelle Miller, Council-members Maria Quiñones Sánchez and Helen Gym cut the ribbon on The Ground Coffee located at the Gotham 2000 N 2nd St

A new addition to the Norris Square and Olde Kensington Neighborhood The Ground Coffee located at the Gotham 2000 N 2nd St, hosted a family-friendly Daytime Disco Themed Block party with help of some great neighbors and vendors last weekend. 

Co-owners Molly Kiriacoulacos and Michelle Miller, with L-R Council-member Maria Quiñones Sánchez, City Rep Sheila Hess and Dr Thanuja Hamilton, Board Member of the Avenue of the Arts

The Ground Coffee, Plants & Gifts, located at The Gotham at 2000 N. 2nd St., recently opened its doors to the neighborhood. Founded by Michelle Miller and Molly Kiriacoulacos (center), the 650-square-foot space, which was designed by Miller, features gifts and a multitude of homegrown plants in addition to its food and drink offerings. 

Founded in 2021 The Ground at the Gotham is a coffee shop that offers an always changing menu of beverages and snacks with a focus on creative seasonal and classic treats. Our design creates a warm and whimsical space filled with plants and gifts that are sourced from local creators.

“Part of the magic of our space is how much effort and energy was put into it,” Miller said in a press release. “The level of effort shows the level of respect we have for this neighborhood. We wanted it to be a beautiful space that people are proud to come into, and that’s the energy we’ve been receiving from our multi-generational customers in our first days.”

The Ground located at The Gotham provides a gathering space in the shop that can also be reserved for private events, as well as options to reserve the courtyard or rooftop. We serve our neighbors and community by also hosting workshops and events that speak to our mission statement and goals.

To celebrate their grand opening they held a block party and invited some of their friends and local merchants.
Jordan Mailata is an Australian professional American football offensive tackle for the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League, he knew the assignment and came dressed appropriately for the 70s Disco Party!!
Alex Holley, Fox29’s Good Day anchor and Kim Crawford. Congrats on your new job.
Spotted John Whitehead, Philadelphia Ballet’s Marketing and Communications Director

Jordan Mailata with Carol Tinari and Michelle’s Mom

The Ground Coffee is Open 6 days a week, Tuesday through Friday 7:30 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

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RIVERS CASINO PHILADELPHIA JULY

The big news for Rivers Casino in July, is an appearance by Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge and the “We Are Family” Tour will echo through Philadelphia as she performs the band’s global anthem at Rivers Casino Philadelphia alongside a full band on Friday, Sept. 2, starting at 8 p.m. Tickets for The Event Center concert start at $29 and went on sale today. (TICKETS)

The “We Are Family” tour is part of the upcoming entertainment at Rivers Casino, which is scheduled as follows:

  • 7/30: Ed Bassmaster
  • 8/11: George Benson
  • 8/20: Jonathan Butler and Gerald Albright
  • 8/26: Gloria Gaynor
  • 9/2: Kathy Sledge of Sister Sledge and the “We Are Family” Tour
  • 9/3: Chingy
  • 9/17: DJ Jazzy Jeff
  • 9/24: Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

    Check out the Entertainment Calendar Here!!
Fat Mezz Band
South Jersey’s definitive, authentic, rock and roll band.

Promotions, Contests and Sweepstakes

$106k Sizzlin’ Summer Cash Sweepstakes — All Rush Rewards members can earn sweepstakes entries on slots and tables from 6 a.m. on Friday, July 1, to 9:45 p.m. on Saturday, July 30. To be eligible for prizes, guests must activate their entries on July 1, July 2, July 8, July 9, July 15, July 16, July 22, July 23, July 29 and July 30 between 6:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Five winners will be selected at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. to spin the prize wheel for their chance to win up to $50,000.

July Jackpot Sweepstakes — Every day in July, any Rush Rewards member who hits a jackpot valued at $1,200 or higher will earn one entry in the July Jackpot Sweepstakes. On Sunday, July 31, at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., five winners in each drawing will be randomly selected to win $1,000 in cash.

Mian Play and Earn Food Voucher — On Mondays in July, all Rush Rewards members who play an Asian table game or Dynasty game with their Rush Rewards card can earn a $15 food voucher to Mian. Members must play for at least one hour at any qualifying game to earn the voucher.

Young at Heart — On Wednesdays in July, all Rush Rewards members ages 50 and older can swipe into a Rush Rewards kiosk and win free swag or Free Play.

Young at Heart: Jack’s Bar + Grill — Young at heart members ages 50 and older will receive unlimited soup and salad at Jack’s Bar + Grill on Wednesdays in July for $9.99.

Jack’s Bar + Grill — Jack’s is open every day at 4 p.m. and closes at 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and at 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with the bar staying open until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Guests can enjoy live music on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 p.m. to midnight.

$65 Beginner’s Poker Tournament Saturday’s 10:15AM

For more info on what’s happening at Rivers Casino Philadelphia

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Another Chance to See Beyond Van Gogh

I don’t know about you, but I did miss Beyond Van Gogh when it was in the Philadelphia area. I was busy, I wasn’t 100 percent sure what the exhibit was about, and when things were right for me to see it, it was sold out.

We’re in luck. It’s landed in Atlantic City at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City which debuted the “Beyond Van Gogh: The Immersive Experience” exhibit last week. The exhibit uses over 300 Van Gogh’s works by reproducing them digitally and projecting them onto screens, walls and floors.

The 30,000-square-foot exhibit, comprised of more than 4 trillion content pixels, begins with the introduction hall, where visitors learn about the artist through narratives, and his own written words to his brother, Theo. But before you enter the exhibit, make sure you take a photo at the Starry Night pop up.

In the main exhibit room there are benches for you to enjoy the changing art work, or you can stand to enjoy the 360 degree view.

Marc Berman, Cindy Fertsch, Susan Berman and Krystle J Bailey, Shore Local Newsmagazine

Since this was the opening night, the Hard Rock hosted a VIP/Media party for friends, family and supporters to enjoy before they had a chance to see Vincent Van Gogh Immersive Experience

Jean Burber, Larry Soklove and Michelle Tomko
Michael Ruble and Jennifer Smith
Anthony Faranca, GM Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Atlantic City welcomes the guests to the preview night Vincent Van Gogh Immersive Experie

Prices start at $39.99 for adults and $23.99 for children (ages 5-15), plus ticketing fees. Tickets are on sale now at www.vangoghatlanticcity.com

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Save The Date: Best of the Main Line Party

And it’s back : Main Line Today and Today Media announce the grand return of the Best of the Main Line and Western Suburbs Party on Thursday, July 28th, at Drexelbrook Special Event Center (4700 Drexelbrook Drive).

Eat, drink and dance the night away while celebrating the 2022 winners that include top restaurants, bars, retail shops, small businesses and people of the region as voted by the people and the critics. This year’s event will feature over 50 top businesses and special guests.

There will be food samples, as well as cocktails and beer to enjoy

From 5:30pm to 9:00pm, guests will sample fabulous food and drink from this year’s winners, dance to live music from the award-winning band Jellyroll, and participate in a silent auction to benefit Brandywine SPCA. (Tickets)

Many of the Best of Mainline Winners will be on hand to show you why they were chosen.

Main Line Today and Today Media thank this year’s sponsors, including Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Fox & Roach, REALTORS /The Trident Group/Prosperity (Melissa Cunningham); Exton Dental Health Group; Pinnacle ENT, LLC; Republic Bank; Roots Landscaping; Fleming’s Steakhouse & Wine Bar; Main Line Chamber of Commerce; and Delaware County Chamber of Commerce. We’re also thrilled to be partnering with Drexelbrook, Aversa PR & Events, BVTLive!, Pictures by Todd and Valley Creek Productions.

Main Line Today proudly announced this year’s beneficiary for the event, which is  Brandywine SPCA. Guests will be invited to support the organization, meet the staff and some adoptables, and bid on the silent auction that will go to fund the group’s critical animal welfare and rescue work. Founded in 1929, the Brandywine Valley SPCA exists to end animal suffering and to involve the entire community in the welfare and well-being of animals.mission is to put the “human” back in humane animal treatment and advocate on their behalf. Our vision is to be the recognized leader in animal welfare that empowers communities to treat life with respect and dignity. Donations can also be made direct at: https://bvspca.org/donate/

“The party of the year is back on the Main Line,” said Main Line Today Associate Publisher Marie Edwards. “Celebrate this unforgettable evening of bites, drinks and dancing – and get ready to toast the best of the best! We are thrilled to be back inside the ballroom with an exciting and diverse line-up of winners that include the region’s best restaurants, bars, boutiques and so much more. This event is truly a celebration of the top quality businesses and people that make the Main Line and Western Suburbs special. We can’t wait to see everyone again. Come with your dancing shoes ready to party!”

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The Poplar Apartments Solmar Summer Soiree

Recently the Poplar Apartments hosted their annual Solmar Summer Soiree with soaring views of the City. It was a hot, hot night, and I’m not talking about the air temperature.

The night started off with a VIP party hosted by Brand/Style Consultant Sabir M. Peele, Men’s Style Pr (c) in the community room at the Poplar, where the Veuve Clicquot Champagne was freely flowing, and delicious snacks by Feast Your Eyes were enjoyed.

The Poplar features brand-new apartments (studio to 4 bedrooms) and luxury amenities including an expansive rooftop terrace and pool club with panoramic views of the City with the most stunning rooftop pool in the city with 3 pools, hot tubs, cabanas and grills.

Beings it was a summer party I asked a few guests what their Summer Song would be for 2022: Morgan Fisher told me definitely it’s Sticky by Drake for her; Becca Barth will be vibing to Heat Waves by Glass Animals, while Shannon C. Ryan has Carbide Coins by Fellman on loop and Michael Flores like Downtwon by Honey Dijon.

I headed upstairs to the Solmar Summer Soiree where I found a fashionable, happy people excited to be out , see and be seen especially after the long hiatus; There was so much to enjoy as the Solmar had ample room to sun, swim, and lounge. *BTW what isn’t shown in these photos is the other relaxation, play areas which can be seen here.

Matt Zalis, Brooke von Fischer and Ryan Napolitano – who loves Blinding Lights by Weeknd

Sean Robinson, Keithington Reed, Lead Stylist @philly_fashion_week and Jonathan Jacobs, ETHOS GSFM

Alex Salax and Jimmy Meyer who I last saw at a Super Bowl Party in Cherry Hill in 2021
K Honiguyen, Christien Gerrick is listening to Bank on It and Vanessa McGrath has Boss Bitch on loop.

PR Maven Nicole Cashman, Cashman & Associates curated a guest list of entrepreneurs, friends, and influencers who mingled, waded in the water and danced throughout the night to the tunes of DJ Joshua Lang, who also spins at the W Philadelphia on Sunday.

Maura Herman, Alex Stermel and Selia Cannon
Victoria Tran, Jordyn Oster and Deja Desroches – who loves “Love Tonight” David Guetta

The Poplar is very popular (I had to) as you can see. The building is nearly full so if you want to live a day life, an active life and have a fun night life under one roof, then The Poplar Apartments are for you. I met a lot of the residents, and they really rave about the complex. Did I mention they have a parking garage. You’ll recall last year when I covered this annual event they were just getting ready to build it.

If you were curious, I have Coldplay and Donna Summer on loop. Their whole catalog is my summer jam.