THE HAIR OF THE DOG Bites Back against the Bitter Cold in 2009 – Photos

John Bolaris Girlfriend Erica Smitheman (She’s mentioned in Playboy magazine article) is what you are all serching on and they are both picture in a shot I did for my PhillyMag column.

2012 Hair o the Dog is this weekend 1/14/12 buy your tickets here.
UPDATE: Hair of the Dog 2010 Photos


Last Saturday night the temperatures outside the Bellevue were downright nasty and cold, while the party inside was just getting hot around 9PM (and once I got past these guard dogs, which was not an easy task even if your name is on the list under VIP, it was smooth sailing)

Most people think that the Academy Ball, which is this Saturday, is the kick-off to the “Social Season”, well times have changed, the kids are alright and they have a social event that blows the lid off of fun while still dressed to the nines, men in tuxedo’s, women with long beautiful, color gowns and jewels glittering their bodies, that I believe is the real social starter. While many of the well heeled Philadelphian’s were either at Sundance, Phoenix, Washington DC or spending the weekend in Miami, a few hundred of their peers were kicking is the Ballroom of the Bellevue, including the sultry Kathy Zapp and Laurel Fairworth, President of Cachet Communications. Behind them are auction items who proceeds went to the designated charity for 2009 is The Great Guy Group, in partnership with Adopt-A-Pig. Jamie Bradley, Jana Surau, Jasmine Salgado and Nicole Healy. Jamie says that every year, a week before the HOD, Nicole Miller has a half off sale and it makes it affordable for her to spend a fancy night out with her friends. Now write that little nugget down for next year.No longer mending a broken heart and instead experiencing new horizons Monique Crawford hangs with Sabrina Strickland doing her best impersonation of Elaine from Seinfeld dancing to the beat

Entertainment: included 39 Mariner and DJ Adam Bennett – I don’t know what it is with the sunglasses at night, but I came across dawgs left and right with the shades on. I knew it would be a wild and crazy night when before 60 minutes even past since the shindig started, a bunch of guys were comfortable enough to dance together – Woof!! Having been in the Ballroom a few weeks back, I quickly went up to the balcony/VIP section to check out the scene. I failed to leave for the next 2 hrs as it was the place to be for me to capture all the action.

VIP tickets cost $175 and included your own table, bottle service, Butlered & Buffet
Hors D’oeuvres, Finger Foods and a whole lot of space to party in. And I was still able to get a lot of great photos like Sherrie, Susan and Rich who were dancing all night long on the floor

Ai Takeuchi, who successfully talked Jamie Lewis into attending with her, says it’s fun to dress up, everyone lets their hair down and the men are easy to meet.
but it was also a night to run into old friends and make some new ones
For a party that some naysayers called “over”, “boring” or tired, I say why couldn’t they just admit it was the economy stupid and they weren’t able to swing the $99 and the tux becuase this party was happening and something really special. Not your regular run of the mill bar party, but a dress up, ho down, swinging event.

Marta Poznanska, Bridget Hanley, Karen Nema, guest, Rachel Cipressi Mike Barkovich and guest

Rachel Welsh, Meridith Difilippo, Ron Hansen (one lucky guy), Irina Vosbobognik, and Sasha O’Donnell

Journalist to the stars, Nathan Lerner and Silver Cho. No doubt he has stories to be written about this night.

Nicole, Michelle, Stephanie and AmberJohn Colabeli and the lovely Lauren D’Orsio who just celebrated a birthday yesterday. Happy Birthday Lauren.

I wear my sunglasses at night, I remember that song, maybe the guys did too? What is the deal with these sunglasses, they certainly aren’t bear googles as he as a few beauties with him

KJ Hicky and Aly Green of the newly formed Slilencia PR firm (shhhhh)
I just might declare this month Megan Stecher month, here’s the natural, friendly beauty with her “now officially” new squeeze Mac Francis. Where did these two decide to go to watch the Eagles game, and then later the Baltimore game. I’m sure the tears were flowing where ever it was beings that the Eagles were weighing heavy on Megan’s mind, and Mac’s hometome Colts just had to get into the Super Bowl.
I know her man getting secrets

Missing from tonight’s big shindig were some of Philly’s Socialites – Sabrina Tamburino and Steve Thorne were in St. Barts for the long weekend, Arthur Kadyshes back in Miama for another Chickation, folks in Sundance, Nicole Cashman, Donna Coghlan, Charlie Pasquale, Adam Spivak, Mary Patel, Sharon Pinkenson, and the rest were in DC for the Inauguration, and although I missed capturing their crazy antics, the event was still deck out, chock full of drama and stories staring these girls

Monique Crawford and Lindsay Furman decked out in her Nicole Miller

Newly elected Larry Farnese, Lauren Beloff and Anthony Sembello

VIP’s across the room. I spy John Bolaris? Did he predict the snow yesterday?

Seriously “We are the beautiful ones”

Hacina Saadi, HOD founder – Rob Molinaro and Julianne Glato

John Bolaris, girlfriend Lauren Nelson, former CBS3 anchor Alycia Lane, and beau Chris Booker – retired to the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue for Hair O’ the Dog, the annual bacchanal. Among attendees: former Fox29 traffic reporter Dorothy Krysiuk, who said she’s been “banking sleep” since she left the station Oct. 31.
Hot Jill Rizen sporting a wife beater and sexy short black skirt to showcase those legs and the very sexy Michael Spain-Smith

As the night grew late, and the grinding increasingly grew, I knew my job was done and it was
time to go. As for you, you should check out the Hair of the Dog next year. It really was a fun time, especially for the money, and it is fun to dress up, go out with your friends and get wild. I was impressed that they still got a huge crowd considering that other big dress up night just passed 17 days earlier.