Chitchatter: Ayla Brown, Arrivederci Courtney Grant, Craig Robinson Gets A Rose, & Woodford Reserve Contest

The Philadelphia 76ers made their home debut on Friday January 6, 2012 at the Wells Fargo Center against the Detroit Pistons. The team is under new ownership including Philly’s own Will Smith and his wife (lets hope) Jada Pinkett-Smith. Fans will look forward to new features at every game including new player introductions, Sixers Dream Team (formerly known as the Sixers Dancers) performances and newly produced opening and halftime videos. Home opener featured two performances by American Idol finalist and voice of the Philadelphia 76ers, Ayla Brown who sang the Star Spangled Banner before tip-off and had a special performance at halftime. (Pix Supplied) After the game several of the Sixers Dream Team as well as friends in the audiencesped over to Positano Coast to bid bon voyage to Courtney Grant who is off to Rome, Italy for the next four months of hospitality studies.
Courtney told me she is excited to explore her new City, but would miss her friends, and co-workers at Serafina and Ela, where she worked as a hostess. (BTW she’ll be away for her birthday on 2/13, so we won’t be able to see how many candles adorn her cake, but rest assure she is not going to be 25.)
Bill and Kathi Grant with their little girl who plans to return to Philly and complete her final year at Temple University this year to finish her degree at the School of Tourism & Hospitality Management.Surrounded by some of her BFF’s Kate Beaver, Jessica Scott, Hacina Saadi, Courtney Grant and mom Kathi Bloom Grant (this Pix Greg Gardner)Best luck to Colin Shearn from the Franklin Mortgage in tonight’s national Manhattan-making competition in New York, sponsored by Esquire magazine and by Woodford Reserve. Last night he was in Manhattan at “Employees Only” (who’s tag line is: “Coming to EO for the first time? Make sure you come on Sunday…” so I’m gonna have to ask what that means since they were there on a Sunday.) with Carol Drumstas, Brown Forman, Katie Bobish, Bob Caskey, Capital Grille, Chris Chambelain, Sales Representative at The Charmer Sunbelt Group | Capital Wine & Spirits and Tal Ambrose, Brown Forman
Looky here. I get pre-occupied with the holidays and Philadelphia Bachelorette contestant Craig Robinson falls in like with another Bacherlorette from the Bachelor Pad 2, Bachelor 15 Jackie Gordon. And who says you have to get the final rose to find love?
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