THE PHILADELPHIA NEW YEAR’S PARTIES BRING IN 2009
This year I splurged and got a spread, I think I was inspired by all the parties I attended. So no dessert only, I went all out and got a tray. Mike was a bit freaked out when I invited 50 people this year, and although 22 RSVP’d a few brought their plus ones and we had a crowd of about 25. Meg Rider, Director of Events and Communications at Manna graced us with her presence. She had to duck out early to play Florence Nightingale to Natalie Hope McDonald Philadelphia Nightlife Examiner with my Mike.
Three old friends. Mark, Bill & Arthur. Mark and Bill have lived an adventurous life living the life of Riley in cities across the country. As of late they have settled outside of DC. Bill Rimmey is a South Jersey friend, also a huge adventurer having been in the travel business for about 25 years.Did I mention my cousin has move into town, into my condo building. I convinced her it was the right move. My baby sister moved in in 2004, and w/in 2 years met and married her husband; my sisters BFF moved in in 2005, met her man and is now engaged, and well Jessica girl has moved in and well you will meet her I will be dragging her around with me introducing her to the sights of Philly. Jared Poe are you single? Here are a few of my friends. Scott Righter, Marty Dellwo, Darren Fava, Steve Tyson, Jimmy Contreras, Matthew Vlahos and Phyllis Halpern
See that “closet” behind Mike and Jeremy. That would be the PhillChitChat office. Hmm what will that tax write off be for a 4 x 5 ft room?
I love my view New Year’s Day – Dragged myself out of bed about noon, and oh didn’t make it to Diane Johnson’s brunch til 1:30PM (Hmm I wonder if she were cursing me out like I was cursing my friends out when they were 90 minute late the night b4) Jimmy, Diane Johnson, Christian Dicicco and Matt (Darn I don’t think Christian is available for Jessica). Jimmy and Diane are rockin the New Year with those kicks, well Jimmy’s looks like pimp kicks electric blue.
Amy and Colin Evan met at the Brassiere Pierre, which is no longer in business as of New Year’s Day!! What a shock to read that they closed up shop. Although I only ate there a handful of times, I often bumped their tables as I tried to navigate the sidewalk along Walnut Street. And although that was a pain to do, it still added a lot of ambiance to the neighborhood. I remember about 10 years ago I spotted Brass in Pocket Chrissie Hynde eating at one of the outside tables. I went into City Sports and shot a few frames through the sweatsuits, but she got a glimpse of me and gave me the finger – LOL That was before digital so you’ll have to take my word for it. (I would be remissed if I didn’t mention that Colin Evan was one of the co-founder’s of StubHub and later sold it to E-Bay so he’s a gazillionaire and super nice and unassuming. In fact he has big plans for Philly’s Brain Drain, so watch him do some important stuff in the near future.)
Next door there was a party going on which included a few Comics from the 2009 Mummers Parade. I was disappointed the parade ended so early, I like when they march into the early evening, as I was late getting to Aly’s I only caught the tail end.
Pen & Pencil Club1522 Latimer St.Philadelphia, Pa. 19102
Jan. 10, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets: $50
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City Paper123 Chestnut Street, Third Floor Philadelphia, PA 19106
Food and beer donated by the Pen & Pencil ClubMust be 21 or over, or accompanied by an adult