Philadelphia

The Wanamaker Building 100th Anniversary Party

Sorry this is a little late, er a lot late today. I took your advice and tried to get more sleep. I didn’t set an alarm and well I could sleep all day. Actually I went and photographed something at noon that I thought was a press conference, but was a lunch presser. Much better, yum Salmon Salad at R2L.
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Wanamaker’s department store was the first department store in the United States . The store was dedicated by President William Howard Taft on December 30, 1911.At its zenith in the early 20th century, there were two major Wanamaker department stores, one in Philadelphia and one in New York City at Broadway and Tenth Street. (Wikipedia)
These days Philadelphia’s first skyscraper is a Macy’s department store, and at Christmas time a great place to start traditions with family. Macy’s Christmas Light Show, formerly the John Wanamaker Christmas Light Show, has been a Philadelphia Wanamaker Store Yuletide Grand Court tradition. Formally known as the Holiday Pageant of Lights, it features the Magic Christmas . At the top of every hour the show delights kids and adults alike.
Wanamaker’s was the home to the Crystal Tea Room restaurant on the 9th floor which closed in 1995; it was restored as a private banquet hall, accommodating sit-down receptions of up to 1,000 people. A Wanamaker’s guidebook from the 1920s states that the Crystal Tea Room was the largest dining room in Philadelphia, and one of the largest in the world. You’ll recall I go to many events that are held at this location. Remember the wild and crazy one I just went to last Wednesday on Thanksgiving Eve and on Saturday I will be attending the Linda Creed Foundation luncheon there. Above Stephen J. Gleason, executive vice president of Wanamaker Building manager Amerimar Enterprises Inc. greets the guests, and chats about the wonderful attributes of the building, and it’s tenants. “We feel the Wanamaker is the best of the old and the best of the new,”
Center City District President Paul R. Levy was presented with The Wanamaker Building Award for Civic Leadership for his profound influence in the local business community and support of Philadelphia commerce. A $5,000 donation was made in his honor to the new Dilworth Project underway at City Hall.

Olivia C. Brown and Iman Butler from the Ritz-Carlton. The Ritz Carlton is going to have a children’s gingerbread making event on December 17.
Mark Focht, Director of Fairmount Park and Bill Mifflin, Executive Director at Philadelphia Hospitality. Mark tells me that parking on the outer lanes of the Parkway between Eakins Oval to 22nd Street, on the left side, is now allowed. The meters are in, and parking can commence. Just know that inbound parking is suspended between the hours of 6:30AM and 8AM and outbound parking on the Parkway, is suspended between 4:30PM and 6PM, to accommodate rush hour traffic. Just read the signs to make sure. It used to be 10hr parking on the Parkway, but now it’s only 3hrs. I have a beef though, it should be 6hr parking. Why would I want to be stressed out visiting the Art Museum or Barnes for 3 hours?