Philadelphia

THE PHILADELPHIA NEW YEAR’S PARTIES BRING IN 2009

New Year’s Eve, many people call it amateur night, I’m never sure exactly what they mean, but more often than not those people were probably disappointed by earlier New Year’s Eve expectations and invites. Which brings me to invites, I know for me this holiday season I attended more parties than ever before; I had a party, invited 50, 25 came and it seems a lot of people were headed to Florida on this 4 day weekend, I don’t blame them. Can you believe Evite was down that night, on New Year’s Eve is that crazy? This season as I was out and about I heard about a few party mix ups with invites, for me one never came and people thought I blew off close friends (I contacted them, I knew I would’ve been on the invite and I was), other people I know had an open house and were surprised when expected friends didn’t show and those friends were hurt as didn’t get the invite or notice of an open house; and others may have been cut from lists as you do have to cut it somewhere, and if there has been no contact with your party hosts since the last party, well you deserve to be cut, unless you have a dozen kids below the age of 10 and then you shouldn’t be at a party.I love a good party and I usually start mine at 8PM, but since Mike had his accident, he wanted to cut it back a bit so I put 9PM on the Evite. Do you know what that means, people show up at 10:30PM as they go to other parties, or dinner first. I really thought I was going to have a Mary Richard’s party with Ted Baxter. (I may be dating myself with that reference.) Here’s Bob, Mike and Steve Tyson. Bob was at Valanni’s for the first seating and really enjoyed the spread.
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.
(Who is having next week’s Eagle’s Game Party, I have lunchmeat leftover?)

Can you imagine living in this pimped out crib? I attended a New Year’s Day party here!

How awesome, for someone like me that always dreamed of living in the big city, if I didn’t live where I do with the view of the skyline, I would want to live in the middle of it all as our next host Aly does, here with Drexel’s PR Janet Guthart. Like Steven Tyson, Janet is not afraid of showing her shy side. A Nina Tinari sighting. Skipping my party she chose a sky high nest at the St James with a few friends. Fireworks were closer, but she missed the sounds of the booms with the soundproof glass encasing the place. L-R the beautiful Danielle Poe, Nina, Streetalkin’s beauty Erin Elmore and my cousin Jessica. Rick, Christopher DiGeorge and John Westrum enjoy the awesome view for the balcony.
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.

Lindsay Kravitz, Tony Rufo and Kaci Mitz. Kaci moved into the city at a new condo near Queen Village, she talked her friend Lindsay into moving right across the hall (Hello Rhoda & Mary [hmm another MTM reference, really showing my age here]). Unfortunately for her, she didn’t meet the builder of the condo til after settlement, but I bet if she buys another unit he builds, she’ll get a good deal. (Another good story of love, you just never know where you might meet your Mr or Ms Right!)Larry Farnese, have I introduced my cousin Jessica to you? Tomorrow Larry becomes the youngest PA State Senator as he is sworn in on a family heirloom Bible. He is looking forward to serving his district, and there is no doubt he did a lot to save the 2009 Mummers Parade. He’s got the nicest parents too. With him Erin, and guest.

Mia and Nina Tinari got boots from Santa and he knows they have the same classy style A couple parties tomorrow then back to the Red Carpet events, ok probably not, they will start up again soon. Lot’s of fun things and important events happening in the next coming months. Here is an important event, tomorrow night I will talk about the exciting new year charity events and Shecky’s Girls Night Out Fashion Event coming up in February. My cousin actually asked me about it last night, she missed the last one and knew I would know something about the upcoming one.

By now you may have heard about writer Brian Hickey’s ordeal recovering from a hit-and-run we’ve been following on the blog and in print. His progress has been amazing, but there’s a long road ahead and he and his wife need all the help you can give them.

The Philadelphia City Paper and The Pen & Pencil Club invite you to join us for a beef and beer benefit to support fellow journalist Brian Hickey.
Pen & Pencil Club1522 Latimer St.Philadelphia, Pa. 19102
Jan. 10, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tickets: $50

100 percent of the proceeds go directly to the Hickey family.
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