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Philadelphia Union Parley Union kits, Info On Kids Day 4/20 & Fan Pics

Happy Easter and Happy Pesach

Enjoy the weekend on South Street Sunday with the Annual Easter Promenade. Begins at 12:30PM with a walk down South Street in your Easter finest, to the Headhouse where folks who want to participate in the Easter Fashion Promenade will be well parading on stage for prizes.

When Philadelphia Union square off against Montreal Impact on Saturday, April 20th there will be numerous activities besides soccer going on as the club has announced activities as part of Kids Day.

Before arriving, kids can take part in our drawing contest that is underway now and runs through Wednesday, April 10th. Entries can be submitted here and must be done in full color with crayon or colored penciled drawings preferred and are limited to one player drawing per kid. Artwork could be featured on the Union’s website, social media, and videoboard!

After your child has drawn their favorite player, they can start preparing for the club’s Dress Like Phang contest! All kids 14 and under are invited to dress as their favorite mascot and will have a chance to win and participate in a pregame procession with Phang.

Finally, there will be a pregame Egg Hunt between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the Toyota Plaza. All participates 14 and under will race to collect eggs to receive prizes that range from food and beverage vouchers to Union shop coupons, t-shirts and more!  After the match all kids 14 and under are invited to take part in a postgame parade around the field following the match.

Philadelphia Union Meal Deal – Saturday, April 20th vs. Montreal Impact

Purchase a Philadelphia Union Meal Deal ticket package and receive Four (4) tickets for the selected match, Four (4) meal vouchers and Two (2) Union 10th season hats for $99 (plus applicable fees). Meal Deal vouchers can be redeemed for a Hot Dog, Chips, and Bottled Non-Alcoholic Beverage at the Fresh Classics stands at Sections 112 & 117.

Check out PhillyVoice.com for more photos and info on the new Adidas x Parley for the Oceans jersey. Jersey’s are $94 and available at Bloomingdale’s in KOP but call first.I hear they sold out online.

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Photos: East Passyunk Race for Easter Eggs & Info on South Street Easter Festivities

The Easter Bunny visited to East Passyunk Avenue last week! Hundreds of children from the area participated in the FREE Easter Egg Hunt at South Philadelphia Older Adult Center’s Outdoor Garden, located at East Passyunk Ave & Dickinson Street.

Kids decorated egg-collecting bags, posed for photos with the Easter Bunny, enjoy music from WBEN-FM and… hunt for eggs filled with toys and candy.

Egg Hunt times are staggered by age group. We suggest you arrive at least 15-30 minutes before your child’s age group;
After the egg hunt, select restaurants will offer kid-friendly brunch and shopping specials. Stay tuned for a full list.

SUNDAY MEET ME ON SOUTH STREET:
Philadelphia’s 88th Annual Easter Promenade Date: Sunday, April 21, 2019  Time: 12:30pm 
Presented by: South Street Headhouse District 
Location: Starts at South and Fifth and Passyunk Cost: Free  
Website: www.southstreet.com
Photos: http://bit.ly/easterpromenade19media
Festivities include live music, dancing the Bunny Hop, appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail, photos with the Easter Bunny, and famous best dressed contests on the. Children, adults and even pets can enter in more than a dozen categories to be named best dressed and best “razzle dazzle.” Celebrity judges include well-known names in fashion, radio and television. The parade itself kicks off at 12:30pm at the corner of South Street and Passyunk Avenue, with judging until approximately 2:00pm in Headhouse Square at 2nd Street. After the parade, enjoy brunch at restaurants throughout Queen Village, Society Hill and Bella Vista. Festivities are free! For more info, visit www.southstreet.com.

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Tuesday To Do: Easter Brunch

Can you believe Easter is upon us. The 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday really does whiz by. I used to spend Easter with the family, but since I’ve been shooting the Easter Promenade over the past few years I now go to Easter Brunch with friends. on South Street. This year again I’ll be heading to Twisted Tail with Kory Aversa, Alex Holly and her parents Sharyn and Glenn, Mike T. and new this year Marilyn Russell. Marilyn and Alex will be in the South Street Easter Parade and then judge the best dressed at the promenade at Headhouse. It all starts at 12:30pm, and looks to be a beautiful day. I’m biased for where you should have lunch, these are my advertisers…..

Serving Easter Brunch from 9 AM – 2:30 PM and dinner from 4 PM – 9 M

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Every weekend Pinefish serves up Friends with Benedicts. Stop by to check out this eggstravaganza! Reserve Easter Sunday brunch. We’ve extended brunch to 4 p.m. Check out their brunch menu too, delicious!!
Sunday, April 21, 2019
DelFrisco’s Philadelphia Easter Brunch

For a celebration worthy of the day, make your time with family and friends a true indulgence at Del Frisco’s. Enjoy premium Easter selections including Filet Benedict, Lobster Benedict, and Hand-Carved Prime Rib in addition to our full menu. We’re opening early at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 21st.
This Easter Sunday experience a lavish brunch like no other! On Sunday, April 21st between 11:00am and 4:00pm an expanded brunch menu will be served for $95.00 per person. Special a la carte entrees will be available along with a unique brunch buffet that includes hand-carved meat, seafood, salads, and desserts.

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Moshulu, the world’s oldest and largest four-masted Tall Ship offers unsurpassed views for intimate to extraordinary dining aboard this Philadelphia landmark restaurant.
Feast on a decadent Easter buffet from 9 AM – 7 PM. Enjoy brunch and dinner entrees, soup, raw bar, salads, side dishes and carving stations with or extravagant dessert display. $65 per person.
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Fashionable at The Red Ball

The Philadelphia Red Ball lived up to its tradition of glamour and generosity which took over Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, March 30, 2019 raising much needed funds to support the Red Cross House, a center for families who suffer a disaster.

Guy Triano, Regional CEO for the Red Cross Eastern PA spoke
from inside a display for guests to visualize a living room impacted by fire.
The VIP lounge featured the jazz sounds of Gerald Veasley. His musical odyssey has taken him to the top of the contemporary music world as a bassist, bandleader, composer, producer, educator, and curator.
Guests enjoyed Cuisine from the Region’s Hottest Restaurants and Caterers a Dessert Lounge, a Beer Garden featuring local breweries
Wine and Spirits Bars, Dancing and Live Music by CTO Tribeca and CTO Midtown Express which kept the party going and an extensive Silent Auction with experiences and sports memorabilia.
Best Dressed: Eileen Baker, Archie Elam and his sister Laura Elam

To see more photos from the Red Cross Ball head on over to Philly Style Mag and CBSPHILLY. Thanks, have a great day.

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Fans At “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” Franklin Institute

Friday night I stopped by the Franklin Institute to check out the “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” sneak peek preview party. I ran into a lot of fans who were eager to be the first ones to check out the much anticipated show full of their favorite super heroes. I asked the fans which super hero they would like to be, and what super power they’d like to posses.

The exhibit is full of great tidbits, props and selfie moments with your favorite superhero, over 300 objects from 80 years of comic book history . But I’m going to let you check it out in person, in my column we’re going to focus on the folks who attended. The show is from April 13th through September 2.

Great gift store after you finish the exhibit

Dan Povlich wants to be Wolverine, I know purist don’t love this choice, but I do and Krista Burns – I wish I could fly, and then I would save the world

Babette Taylor would like to be the Black panther with the super power of invisibility “I’d like to be invisible so I can go around and lightly smack dumb people in the head.” and Kevin Miller would be Wolverine with personal healing power.

Tina Rosenberg wants to be Spiderman and possess mind control (her husband Matt rolls his eyes) he wants to be Captain America and possess the power of flight “so I can avoid traffic.”

Chris Helker – Loki (Loki, in Norse mythology, a cunning trickster who had the ability to change his shape and sex. ) and Sharif Pendleton – black panther, who wouldn’t want to live in a tech world. Heading to Cherry Street Pier this summer, check out Sharif’s art studio – https://www.cherrystreetpier.com/artist/sharif-pendleton/

Danielle Lambersky would channel Ahora and Joshua Bernett you guest it – Spiderman. Joshua tells me he has other outfits with the spiderman theme, including a hoodie that has a Spiderman mask.

Jason Kuron – Captain America , the power of unlimited money (I would like that power as well) and Francesco Shin – Spiderman and Flight

Lena Nhek, wonder women, and invisible so I can check out Area 51, Sam Holloschutz wants to be Superman to fly, Chris Borden would be Capt America and Time Travel back to the 20s to stop WW II and Johanna Morales, Root Train (OK I hope I heard her right especially since she’s a PhillyChitChat reader), I did hear her say she wants the power to fit in small spaces.

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Mini Wawa, Spotted Justin Timberlake, The Crystal Tea Room, Congrats Dones!!

Good day Sunday. Probably the last day to really enjoy the Cherry Trees in full bloom. I noticed that it was a shot blast of color and the trees outside my window have gone green. They’re so good knowing the time of the trees. Here’s some info.

In October I broke the story that Wawa was going to open near 16th and Chestnut Streets, and last week they officially announced it, with a twist. It’s going to be a mini Wawa, with a Take Out Window facing 16th Street for pre-orders. What a great idea especially for those running late for work. Read all about the new mini mart Wawa at Philly Mag.

Justin Timberlake at Wells Fargo last weekend, grabbed Alicia Conron’s friends cell phone and took a selfie of the gang. Unlike other times he’s played her, he didn’t stay over, just drove down and back from NYC.

Congratulations Emily Costa Dones, community relations at Sugarhouse and Jose Dones, Phila Police Officer who were married Friday night, and then celebrated with friends at The Lucy.

Michelle Miller spotted Brian Posehn at the Reading Terminal Market earlier this week. On April 11 he appeared at local comedy club Helium. Last month Michelle and her husband Josh DeMarco launched
a new and exciting talk radio show hybrid with social media-tv concept covering lifestyle in the Delaware Valley called Style Club Radio which airs every Saturday on Entercom’s 1210 WPHT and as a podcast on Radio.com and now a YouTube . I made an appearance last week. Check out the latest shows HERE .


Join us for the 4th Annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction at the historic First Troop Armory on Friday, May 3rd to support local veterans!

Last night I photographed The Little Smiles Stars Balls 2019. What an amazing, moving event where kids who are fighting chronic illnesses are pampered and treated as stars for an evening gala raising funds for Little Smiles mission. MY jaw dropped when I saw the Crystal Tea Room (Finley Catering) cocktail area, it was completely renovated, looking nothing like what it had been only a month before. It’s beautiful. The other space was gorgeous too, but always bottle necked during a packed cocktail hour.

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The Piazza Events Move Across The Street to the new Pod Park

NOW WE KNOW what the big sculpture across the street from The Piazza complex is, it’s part of a new pop up park called The Pod Park. The Pod Park features 35,000 feet of outdoor space featuring dining, art, civic space, kids and fitness components, as well as regular entertainment and events.

Waving from the Center of Piazza Pod Park will be BEBOT, a 33-foot tall, 13,000-pound robot statue from Burning Man that was flown in special for this park. Events that were traditionally held in The Piazza Courtyard will move to the street on Germantown Avenue and into Piazza Pod Park.

The Pod Park will bring with it nearly a dozen exciting food, drink and coffee vendors – with some of the biggest names in the city. The first list of early vendors is below like Dim Sum House, Spread Bagelry, French Toast Bites by Lokal Artisan Foods, Tiki Tacos, Mama Maria’s Italian Ice, New Liberty Distilling, Urban Village, Empanada Box and others to be announced. Plus Tildie’s Toy Box, from East Passyunk Avenue, will offer opportunities for fun for the whole family. Piazza Pod Park announces Osayi Osunde’s newest location for Fit Academy at Piazza Pod Park. Look for HIIT-inspired boot camps in a specially designed pod that opens from top to bottom, and faces the inside of the park.

Starting in the middle of May, Pod Park is open seven days a week, from 7:00am to 10:00pm, and until Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
For more about Piazza Pod Park, visit http://piazzapodpark.com/.
Photos and Drawings provided by Post Brothers/Aversa Pr.

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The Lucy is Officially Open

In 2015, the popular eatery Upstairs at Varalli and Perch Pub closed as part as a parcel of properties which were sold to create the newest hotel in Center City – The Cambria Hotel Philadelphia (which I love, they have a cute restaurant with a terrace on the 2nd floor with views of Broad Street, and a happening bar on the roof called Attico.) Everyone wondered what would happen with this space, would it be a new restaurant, the ballroom for the hotel or offices. To everyone’s surprise, it became a Cescaphe Events space called The Lucy, named after founder Joe Volpe‘s mother.

The Lucy opened in December 2018, I took the following photos in January and March. I was supposed to take more photos at the open house on Wednesday, but when I arrived my camera I had a camera problem which I explain at the bottom of this post.

In January, I photographed the American Jewish Committee, the leading global Jewish advocacy organization, where they honored Ajay Raju.

I was pleasantly surprised at what a wonderful job they did on the space. They completely gutted it, and created a beautiful, versatile event space, with a cocktail are that overlooks the “banquet area”, which can be used with or without a dance floor, and it has a stage. The space seemed very open, with great sight lines. It also seemed more intimate as well.

The staircase on the left goes to the mezzanine where the cocktail portion of the parties are held. To the right at the end of the table, is the door leading into The Lucy.
The Lifesavers Gala in March, with a packed dance floor and a larger bar in the background.

Additional seating in the form of high tops, can be found on either side of the circular tables situated in the center of the room. Although most events will probably have valet, there is several parking lots nearby including across the street at the Bellevue Hotel, it’s $32.

The Lucy weddings feature the Cescaphe signature cocktail hour-and-a-half. You and your guests will enjoy the finest cuisine and top shelf open bar from the second floor Mezzanine that overlooks the ballroom. With its whitewashed brick accent walls, large picture windows and custom bars, the elevated room provides plenty of ambiance and space for guests to enjoy all that cocktail hour has to offer. (source)

The 17,000-square-foot space holds up 325 guests for a seated dinner, and up to 800 for a standing celebration. To the left are tables which hold the cocktail party food.

The bathrooms are stage left, which is where you’ll find the elevator, and a back stair case as well. The men’s bathroom has fancy metallic wall covering and a beautiful floor. They definitely put a lot of thought into them.

The space is beautiful, and Cescaphe’s vast menu of delicious food is always a delightful, but the dramatic backdrop of the Avenue of the Arts is the real winner here and can be viewed from two sides of the ballroom.

I remember when I took this photo in January, I sent it to my friend and said, I think this is one of the best event spaces in Philly; it’s beautiful, the layout is perfect. I love how the spacious mezzanine overlooks the ballroom, creating an anticipation for the rest of the evening. I especially love the floor to ceiling windows, flooding the room with excitement of the bustling City streets, with the celebration going on inside The Lucy.

Yesterday I was supposed to go to The Lucy open house, so I was waiting to write the post after I took updated photos. Unfortunately the craziest thing happened after I arrived, my camera’s shutter got stuck and I couldn’t get good shots (That’s the first time in my 8 year career that this ever happened where my camera failed.) I ran home to grab another camera and tried to make it back before my next event, but I didn’t have time. I was so bummed too since I missed out on a great lunch as I love their seafood buffet, and Italian Sausage and onion dish. Disclosure- Since the time I took these photos, Cescaphe has become an advertiser, but I honestly love The Lucy, and believe you will too. Welcome to the family of Cescaphe Events which includes

Cescaphe Ballroom, Tendenza (another favorite spot of mine) both in Northern Liberties, the classic Down Town Club in Washington Square West with an amazing view of Independence Hall), Vie, and The Waterworks (the best sunsets on the Schuylkill.)

Interested in booking? Call 215-238-5750 or email info@cescaphe.com

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Thorncroft’s Victory Gallop and fantastic Party Decor

Equestrian season is upon us and what better way to kick it off than with the Thorncroft Victory Gallop at the Bellevue Hotel on April 6, 2019. The Victory Gallop is Thorncroft’s signature event of the year.

Saunders Dixon Director of Thorncroft, Sallie F. Dixon, Financial Management of Thorncroft (and the biggest cheerleader) and Christine Delpaggio, who was presented with ” The Sara and Toby Wolfberg Scholarship Fund Award” .

Since 1969, Thorncroft and it’s founder, Saunders Dixon, have been recognized as forerunners in the field of therapeutic riding. Many of our riders require financial assistance to participate in our riding programs. The Scholarship Fund, solely supported by our endless fundraising efforts, is the hallmark of our program and crucial in allowing our philosophy of “never turning a rider away solely due to lack of funds” to continue.

Chaired by Gus and Kristin Meyer of Malvern, Pennsylvania, this year’s Victory Gallop attracted more than 400 guests for a night of dinner, dancing and a toast of celebration to Thorncroft’s past, present and future as they celebrated 50 years of touching people’s lives.

Jeff Parnell, Mary Parnell, Jenine Steltz and Brian Stelz

Thorncroft serves 350 students per week. This year alone, the Farm gave out $75,000 in scholarship to students who, due to financial constraints, were unable to afford the therapy offered at Thorncroft.

Karl and Sharon Kyriss, with Brooke and Nick Henningsen
Monique Nieman, Jane Higgins and April Boutin
Lance and Victoria McCue
Cindy Gordon, Terry Martino, Steve Martino and Tiffany Myer

“Celebrating our 50th Anniversary, this year’s Victory Gallop, Golden Hearts Lead The Way: 50 Years of Horses Healing Humans, acknowledges the unique and transformative power that our horses give to all who encounter them. While each year brings necessary change to the farm, we remain passionate in our efforts to provide this transformation to all who see it, welcoming all friends regardless of their challenges.”
Upcoming events of Interest at Thorncroft:4/11 – Carlino’s Full Service Catering Showcase; 4/14 – Do you know horse speak? Clinic with renowned clinician Sharon Wilsie, Wilsie Way Hosemanship shares the basics of her groundbreaking methods 5/15 – Thorncroft Open House 5/25 – Thorncroft Hosts the 40th Annual Presentation of the Therapeutic Riders Division of the Devon Horse Show. More photos of the event will be on CBSPhilly today, and in months to come Phila Magazine.

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Philly Gossip, Philly Jesus, Philly’s Eve, Phillies Bryce Harper and Queer Eye in Philly

Spring has sprung

What a gorgeous weekend. You have got to set away from the computer, the phone, Real Housewives and go outside and enjoy today. One of the best places to see the Cherry Trees today is at the Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival of Greater Philadelphia in Fairmount Park, or taking a walk along Locust Street where the cherry trees in the St. Marks garden are blooming, then head to Rittenhouse Square as the trees are bursting with colors.

Over the past year something’s been missing in Philadelphia, especially near City Hall and that something was Philly Jesus. He just disappeared after being such a fixture in our area for the previous 4 years. Yesterday while I was watching the folks run through the fountain, and mist, by the way the mist is back, Michael Grant, aka Philly Jesus walked up to me to say hello. He was dressed in civilian clothes, and was beaming ear to ear. He told me that he had stepped back for nearly a year, Philly Jesus had become a heavy burden. He had to reflect on the message he was putting out there in the name of Jesus. There was a miss step, and a backlash from people who were opened to his message. He made a judgement, instead of a sharing a message of love. He is human, and as humans we make mistakes –

Proverbs 24:16 For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.

In the 10 months since he stepped back, his father has died, which if anyone has lost a parent, you know what a life changing experience that is; plus he’s fallen in love, in love with a girl that met him while he was dressed as Philly Jesus. They’re ready to settle down, and start a family. But don’t think he isn’t going to spread the word of Jesus, he is still steep in his faith and wants the world to know Jesus loves them. Michael Grant loves them, his message has always been about love for each other, but know we are all human and we sometimes stray from the path of compassion.

Check out my
Philly Jesus interview at Dilworth Park

As a sober person, and Michael is also sober having gone through Gaudenzia, an organization I work with, I understand his transformation, his spirituality. He told me during the program he took Bible study, and it changed him. He also told me he has been saved from heroin, drug addiction and a life of crime which goes hand in hand with hopelessness. It’s a profound transformation when anyone can escape the evil horror of addiction. I completely understand as someone who has escaped that hell, and became spiritual. To hear more about what Philly Jesus – Michael Grant is doing follow him on Instagram.

What happens when Bryce Harper, Rhys Hoskins, Jake Arietta and other Phillies team members and their wives/girlfriends exit Harp & Crown after dinner on a Thursday night? Sam Zeff gets to check off #selfie with #bryceharper


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The Shazza Shop tagged me in an Instagram post to tell me that Netflik’s Queer Eye will be filming in the Philly area from June through September.
“this is not a drill! @queereye casting just popped in the shop. they will be filming in philly + burbs (within an hour) from june through september. to nominate a hero, send an email to QECASTING@ITV.COM. spread the word. so exciting for the city! #queereye#yay”
_ Ok now I’m really looking forward to summer. Can we get them for the Gay Pride Parade in June? If you spot someone tell us, and I’ll tell you. BTW an original Queer Eye guy Carson Kressley will once again lead the judging panel for the fabulous Ladies Hat Day Contest at the Devon Horse Show May 29, 2019.

If you follow me at Social Media you know yesterday I covered the WDAS Women of Excellence Awards. Philly’s own Eve was honored a long with a host of beautiful Queens. I’ll have those photos up later this week. Last night her family hosted a party for family and friends at her dad, Ron Wilch’s shop, The Wardrobe Clinic in Center City. Spotted at the party was Marcus Allen, executive director of Big Brother Big Sister (above with his daughter Lainey), Thanuju Hamilton (no doubt taking a 1000 selfies) and Quincy Harris, tune into The Q Show on Monday for details. On Wednesday out own CBS3Philly’s Ukee Washington will be on The Talk, where Eve is one of the co-hosts. I honestly love that show and watch it every day. Those gals really get along, and have informative conversations.

Louie Louie’s patio is open today for BRUNCH, and Dinner. Next week Fearless Women’s Network is having an event your should attend.
Mind, Body, Brunch! Enjoy a Buti Yoga Class, Mindful Communication and brunch at Louie Louie Saturday 4/13 10am to 1PM !

Thanks for checking out this weeks Philly Gossip – HughE Around Town. See you tomorrow, or on social media all day long.