Philadelphia

HughE Around Town: Actor Evan Jonigkeit, Rittenhouse Sq While U R at Work, Puppies & Kittens, Welcome To Philly

Since I took PhillyChitChat as a full time job this year, I was waiting for the warm weather so I could get out and shoot Philly folks around town. I think I will call these posts HughE Around Town. Today I was excited to go cover the Philadelphia Independence Visitor Center’s “Welcoming of the 20 Millionth Visitor.” I love Philly, and I love these fun little milestones.
I met these nice ladies from Hatboro as we were waiting for the Mayor to arrive Mae Steere and Kathie Watkins. Every so often they come to Philly to see the new exhibits or visit historical sites. I told them about the Spies and Traitors exhibit at the Constitution Center and that’s where they were going to head next then.
A group of school kids from the Colgate Elementary School, Mrs. Wagner’s class, Baltimore, MD were the 20 millionth visitors. They received nice gift bags for their endeavor.
Jim Cuorato, president and CEO of the Independence Visitor Center welcomes the kids as INHP Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod looks on. To his left is Mr Philadelphia, Al Lee in the blue shirt with the camera.
Mayor Nutter was running late but got there in time to wish the students well and tell them about their free lunch with Steaks on South, for being the 20 millionth guests.
Have you ever seen the Mayor’s schedule? It’s insane, and yesterday it was jammed packed. No wonder he was a little late. After lunch I headed to Rittenhouse Square, but first caught a shot of Ellen Shepp bidding her mom Joan Shepp goodbye for the day. I heard Bradley Cooper stopped in with his mom when they were in town a few weeks back. Talk about “Store of the Stars”.
Rittenhouse Square: When I was employed as a paralegal, I would sometimes try and eat in the park during lunch. What a pain trying to get a seat. I often wondered what it was like during the off hours when I was back at my desk. Now I get to experience that. This will no doubt be a continuing subject on PhillyChitChat.com
I’ll continue my fashion shots. Occasionally I shoot them from the front, when I feel they aren’t looking, but my buddy Reuben “Big Rube” Harley, never worries about street shooting and does an excellent job at chronically the fashion/style set of Philly on his blog “Street Gazing“. I wrote earlier this year, he’s going to make a huge splash in the Phila Daily News & on Philly.com in the next few weeks with his “Bill Cunningham” style shooting. You’re not gonna leave the house in the future without checking your style cause you’ll never know when Big Rube is gonna shoot you. We hung out a bit today and he tried to show me the ropes. It’s amazing people respond fairly well to the kinda photography he does. I am what you would call a shoot from the hip photographer, capturing moments where you are unaware. He shoots eye level, and often gets the unguarded moments, but isn’t bothered if you see him shoot you either.
WOW on that skateboard. This guy in the blue cap was so high, and was asking passer by’s for a dollar to save the beaver. Sure enough some nice guy stopped and gave him a buck.
Suddenly I saw a bunch of girls run over to this guy and pose with him in pictures. I later walked over to them and asked them who he was. They said he was Romeo in the Arden Theater’s version of Romeo and Juliet last year. Evan Jonigkeit
Street Stylin’
How much is that doggie in the basket? I could shoot pets all day long.
About 4PM a bunch of folks rolled in to have a water gun fight.
A kid kissed a frog
A kitten found a home
Philly Style Magazine photographer & a wedding photographer too, Nell Hoving happened upon me chatting with Evan’s fans. They were also just given a kitten from a guy who went to the park looking for a new home for the sweetness. He even gave them money for cat food.
In the background you can see the mom of one of the girls calling the dad to see if it would be ok to bring the kitten home. The dad said he would put their dog in another room, until the kitten got acclimated in her new surroundings. Then they would bring the dog out and slowing get them used to each other. How adorable. And these are the stories & photos I am looking forward to bringing you.
While I was walking around yesterday I came across this restaurant on Sansom Street near 10th. It looks like they have a nice sign up, but someone did not use spell check?Thanks to this Months advertisers: CTO, The Corner (They’re serving al fresco now), Arrow Swim Club, (The Swim Club is Open, it’s 90F. What are you waiting for?) Spark Energy, Del Frisco’s (Maybe Shane Victorino is eating there tonight?), Oh My Godard Gallery, (Stop by for their Memorial Day Exhibit with J&K Keifer), The Sporting Club, Chris Gabello Studios, Parx Casino, Anne Nikolaus Stylist – Stella Dot Jewelery, and Cabaret Singer Karen Gross.
Happy Memorial Day. Thanks to all the soldiers that have made sacrifices for the USA. Willow Grove Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3612, in recognition of the brave men and women in the community and around the world who answered our country’s call in its time of need, will pay tribute to these heroes with a special Memorial Day ceremony on May 30, 2011. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, located at 220 Mineral Ave. in Willow Grove, Pa. In addition to the Memorial Day ceremony to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, Post 3612 will hold a New Veterans Memorial Flag-Raising Dedication at the site of the proposed Veterans Monument. The event will conclude with an open house for veterans and their families and friends at the VFW Post home, 305 W. Moreland Road, Willow Grove.