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August 2013


BUDWEISER MADE IN AMERICA – Line Up, Live Stream & Skype (a festival sponsor) is offering to fans on site & Solange Concert at TLA


  • Sign up for livestream text alerts via Budweiser’s facebook page to get a reminder when your  favorite artists are set to play!
  • New
    to this year’s live stream is Budweiser’s partnership with CrowdSurfing
    allowing fans to feel closer to the artists and music that they love by
    utilizing social media to interact with the live performances in real
    time conversations
As you gear up for Made in America this weekend, we
wanted to let you know about the special experience Skype (a festival
sponsor) is offering to fans on site. We encourage you to check out the
following activities (and let your readers
know too!):

Visit the Skype Airstream: Skype’s
tricked-out Airstream trailer, located near the front of the festival,
will be used as a studio for artist interviews. Throughout the weekend,
Skype will host six different bands – who
will be answering questions entirely crowd-sourced from fans at the
festival – and you’ll get to watch.

Check out Skype photobooths: Use the
silly props provided at these booths around the festival to take fun
photo keepsakes. You’ll get a printed copy and a digital version emailed
to you.

Score some swag: Keep an eye out for
Skype reps wandering the festival and you can score loot like Wayfarers
sunglasses, trucker caps and Bluetooth JAMBOXES.

Add “skypevip_bmia”
to your contacts list on Skype and be among the first to know about
special events and giveaways, and get to submit questions to the

WIN tickets to the exclusive afterparty with performer Solange – sponsored by Skype – by participating in the activities above. announces that Solange will give a private party at TLA on Satuday night around Midnight.

  • This year the Budweiser Made In America Festival will feature a skatepark.
  • Located
    across from the Freedom Stage, professional skaters will exhibit their
    tricks amid performances from new and upcoming independent acts. 

Acts Include:

2pm – Duo Kie
2:45pm – Brick+Mortar
4pm – Restorations
5:15pm -Balance& Composure
6:30pm – Cloud Nothings

2pm – Yazz the Greatest
2:45pm -The Underachievers
4pm – Diarrhea Planet
5:15pm – The Front Bottoms
6:30pm – Pujol


Rocky Stage
2pm – Walk the Moon
3:15pm – ASAP Rocky
4:45pm – Public Enemy
6:30pm – Imagine Dragons
8:30pm – Phoenix
10:30pm – Beyonce
Liberty Stage:
2:30pm – Haim
4pm – Emile Sande
5:45pm – 2 Chainz
7:30pm – Empire of the Sun
9:30pm – deadmau5
Freedom Stage:
2pm – Redlight
3pm – Mord Fustang
4:30pm – Rudimental
5:45pm – TJR
7pm – Porter Robinson
8:15pm – Wolfgang Gartner


Rocky Stage:
2pm – Fitz & The Tantrums
3pm – Gaslight Anthem
4:30pm – Kendrick Lamar
6pm – Wiz Khalifa
7:30pm – Queens of the Stone Age
9:30pm – Nine Inch Nails
Liberty Stage:
2:30pm – TBA
3:45pm – Solange
5:15pm – Miguel
6:45pm – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
8:30pm – Calvin Harris
Freedom Stage:
2pm – Jesse Rose
3pm – Robert Delong
4:15pm – AlunaGeorge
5:30pm – GTA
6:30pm – Feed Me
7:30pm – Nero
For more information, please visit


Budweiser Clydesdales Visit Philadelphia – Fairmount PLUS MADE IN AMERICA TICKET GIVEAWAY Pluse Made in America Line Up 2013

All week the Budweiser Clydesdales have been in Philadelphia to kick off the 2nd Annual Budweiser Made in America Festival which begins tomorrow at 2pm along the Parkway.


 Lots of folks turned out
 The Budweiser Clydesdales stopped at various bars and restaurants that serve Bud.
 Here they are as they passed the Easter State Penitentiary.
 Which cleverly created an “explosion” and the break out of zombies about a minute after the horses passed by. I was completely taken by surprise trampling bystanders.


Terror Behind the Walls kicks off on September 20
 I’ve gone several times in the past years, and it’s really worth it, scary and memorable. Don’t eat before you go.


 The Clydesdales made their way back down Fairmount stopping at London Grill


 Bishop’s Collar
and Little Pete’s


 I like their pony tails

Budweiser Made in America Festival 2013 Line Up at
Check out my coverage of Made in America on this blog and on my segment on Fox 29’s Good Day Philly 9:30AM on Monday and in PhillyMag on Tuesday. I’ll have all the fun stories and events.

Tickets are still available for the festival, but I have two pairs to give away. I partnered them as 2 tickets for Saturday, and 2 tickets for Sunday. That way you can go with a friend if you win a pair of tickets. Beyonce and so many great bands, performs on Saturday and Sunday highlights, Nine Inch Nails and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Solange and you’ll see Jay-Z and Beyonce sitting in the VIP seats.
the second consecutive year, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and
Southern New Jersey will benefit from the “Budweiser Made in America”
music festival over Labor Day weekend. A primary goal of this event is
to have a positive impact on the local community, and once again the
concert will benefit our United Way.
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is your
local partner to drive measurable, lasting IMPACT that none of us can
achieve alone.  LIVE UNITED. Visit
United Way encourages you to connect with us via social media and
learn how you can make a difference in addressing critical issues in our
region related to education, income and health. Look out for us at the
Made in America festival Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 to
hear first-hand about our mission, the impact of our work and the value
of local volunteerism.’
– See more at:
 ‘For the second consecutive year, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will benefit from the “Budweiser Made in America” music festival over Labor Day weekend. A primary goal of this event is to have a positive impact on the local community, and once again the concert will benefit our United Way.  United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is your local partner to drive measurable, lasting IMPACT that none of us can achieve alone.  LIVE UNITED. Visit  United Way encourages you to connect with us via social media and learn how you can make a difference in addressing critical issues in our region related to education, income and health. Look out for us at the Made in America festival Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 to hear first-hand about our mission, the impact of our work and the value of local volunteerism.’
Follow @iphillychitchat and Tweet us why you should have a pair of tickets!  Include in your Tweet “Contest Tickets for  @MIAFestival via Thanks @phillysjunited “
-Plus follow  all three of us over the next few days for updates on the weekend.-Concert ends today at 5PM. When I DM you I will arrange ticket pick up.
the second consecutive year, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and
Southern New Jersey will benefit from the “Budweiser Made in America”
music festival over Labor Day weekend. A primary goal of this event is
to have a positive impact on the local community, and once again the
concert will benefit our United Way.
United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is your
local partner to drive measurable, lasting IMPACT that none of us can
achieve alone.  LIVE UNITED. Visit
United Way encourages you to connect with us via social media and
learn how you can make a difference in addressing critical issues in our
region related to education, income and health. Look out for us at the
Made in America festival Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1 to
hear first-hand about our mission, the impact of our work and the value
of local volunteerism.’
– See more at:

The Last Photo Taken of Chuck Peruto and Julia Law

I feel what’s missing in these latest stories of the tragedy that happened with Chuck Peruto and Julia Law is a photo of them together. I photographed them during a chance meeting a week or so earlier as they passed a party I was photographing near Rittenhouse Square. They were going out with another couple to a show nearby. It’s never been published til now. They were the picture of happiness. It’s so sad to read of her tragic death again, and now a back story that doesn’t paint how beautiful she and lively she was.

Here’s a link to the Philly Mag story which seems to be the talk of the town. (please don’t take this photo, thank you)


RANDOM SHOTS OF MY CHARLOTTE, PIGEON FORGE AND NASHVILLE VACATION (with Ghost sightings & Erin Como, Nash, Marisa Magnatta, Mom & Tracy)

These photos were uploaded in a crazy fashion

 A Nashville Street

 Erin Como and I

 Cousins Nash and Jim in Nashville near their home with cousin Emy

 Marissa and Mike after lunch, on a Nashville street. Marisa happened to be in town at the same time for a bacherlorette party

The ATT building in Nashville, is nicknamed “Batman”

The one thing on my bucket list was to see where Donna Summer was buried. She was the very first album I bought as a kid.

 I was all set to see her at the Latin Casino with a family friend, but then my mom heard that moaning song and forbade me. I was 12 at the time – LOL

 Brentwood, near Tim McGraw’s estate outside Nashville
 Nashville. It was hard to find anyone in Nashville with a Southern Accent. It was sad for me.

A view from the visitor’s station in the Smokies
I think this was an Elk in the Smokies
On our way to Charlotte to visit my family, Mike and I randomly stayed in the town of Lexington Va. I came across the Stonewall Jackson Memorial Cemetary and there in the center was his plot
In the 2nd photo I took there was an “orb” about his plot. In the 3rd photo it was gone. So I shot it from another angle.
When I shot it from the side, there was the Orb again, see in the upper right corner. If it were a spec on my lens it would still have been closer to the statue. Plus My flash was the only light in the cemetery, so it wasn’t a reflection. Was it the ghost of Stonewall Jackson?

The city of Charlotte
The ghost of Jim and Tammy Baker. This once was Heritage USA, their resort and amusement park. It’s finally being torn down and houses are popping up all around it. (It’s about 15 minutes from Charlotte.)
The Smokie’s so beautiful

Mom with grandchildren Timmy and Ela, outside mom’s new home near Charlotte

Which bag is Mike’s? Which bag is Hughe’s?

Gatlinburg, TN
Pigeon Forge, TN
Is a lot like Wildwood. Lots of things to do, amusement parks. Very cheap hotels, like $59 a night. 
 We went to a dinner theater where they had loggers competing against each other.
 It was interesting.
 We didn’t go, but I saw the sign
The Wax Museum

 You commit the crime, they have a newspaper with your mugshot
 The Titanic Museum. Pretty cool. Took me three hours to go through. They have the sets from the movie in there.
 The view from our hotel. Mike loved going outside and feeding the ducks
Years ago when we were in Las Vegas he wanted to try the indoor skydiving, but it was out of commission. He finally took it off his bucket list as they have one in Pigeon Forge. We need one in Philly.


Philly Daily News Sexy Singles Party Thursday August 22, 2013

On the same day as the super dooper Diner en Blanc event, Philly Daily News had their annual Sexy Singles Party. I was sad to have missed it for the first time in 5 years, but their PR company sent me a few photos to share with you; plus I have a sexy video from Focused Studios (see last photo)

 Jenice Armstrong, founder of the PDN Sexy Singles, and celebrating 10 sexy years, giving the audience love. I love love her dress too.
 There’s my bud Stacey Kracher on the red carpet, 2nd from right
Angela Perfetto (@PassionSorella9). Hair Stylist-Middle Linebacker 4 the Philadelphia Passion of the LFL- Preston & Steve Calendar Girl, and Philly Daily News Sexy Singles, with Maria Papadakis,’s Sexy Single Sweetie.
Focused Studios captures the evening. (Hire them to capture your event.)

Event: KING OF PRUSSIA 2nd Annual Beerfest Royale October 3 & 5th

50+ BREWERS & 100+ BEERS!

Beerfest Royale is BACK for 2013! Mark your calendars for Thursday,
October 3rd and Saturday, October 5th for the largest Craft &
International Beer Festival in the suburban Philadelphia Region!


We’re pulling all of the details together, so check back often to see
which brewers, restaurants and musical acts will be on hand this year!
Our advice, get your tickets early! Beerfest Royale is sure to sell-out

Join us Thursday, October 3rd after work from 5:30 pm-9 pm for
Donnerstag: Happy Hour! Experience the BEST Happy Hour as our King of
Prussia restaurants create exciting dishes, paired perfectly with your
favorite brewers. Live music from The Hoppin’ John Orchestra, speciality
desserts, a lounge featuring inventive beer-cocktails, a pumpkin beer
bar, a cigar lounge and much more await you!

Bring your co-workers, clients, friends or a date to Donnerstag: Happy Hour! We’ll be partying all night long!


Donnerstag: Happy Hour- Thursday, October 3rd

$55 per ticket ($65 day of event) OR $100 for two tickets (offer valid until October 2nd)

Corporate Discounts:
Purchase 5-9 tickets and get 10% off each ticket. Use promo code CORP10 at checkout
Purchase 10+ tickets and get 15% off each ticket. Use promo code CORP15 at checkout

Session One or Two – Saturday, October 5th

$45 per ticket ($55 day of event) or $10 Designated Driver Ticket

(Sponsored Post)


Diner en Blanc, People, Table Settings, Insider Info & Media Blitz with Videos & Photos & My Media Links

By now you should all be familiar with Diner en Blanc,  no doubt after the amazing media blitz that happened last week especially on Friday. With 2500 confirmed people for the pop-up dinner party, Diner en Blanc engaged 4 photographers to cover the event as photojournalists.


 We were all given different assignments. Since I photograph people for a living, that was my focus. I love what I do: Get people, stories and for the most part get names so that the organization could send out the 30 – 50 shots Diner en Blanc requested from me to send to them for distribution. Plus I took photos for my two media outlets.  Hopefully you’ll find yours in one of my outlets, if not at some point I will be putting some of the other 400 shots on my FB page Philly ChitChat or sending them to Diner en Blanc for their use.

I was assigned the meeting place at 5th and Market.
It was here that I said “Kory Aversa, Aversa PR, please don’t tweet that photo, I want to include it in my column and it will be a fun surprise.” {I say that to him a lot, as well as others including poor Kate Marly’s who I snapped at at the end of the night when she shot something I had just shot.}

Crazy dedications to get to the location. Throughout the night I would ask people was it worth it, not one person said no. Many said they’d do it again next year.

Love this gal in the subway
whew up two flights
This year’s secret location: The JFK Blvd Bridge near 30th Street Station, Super choice, dining with views of the Schuylkill River, the City Skyline, and 30th Street Station. (Oh and by the way, a stone’s throw away from where Wegman’s is thinking of setting up shop in 2015)

With the waving of the napkins, it signals the start of dinner.

Nice spread for the press. Over 55 bloggers and press people were invited to attend the event, most having done pre-press and a few doing follow up stories. I think that Aversa PR has tapped into something. I know we’re friends, but I have never seen as much coverage for an event, and so much afterwards too. My column went up at 3PM and immediately shot to #1 most popular story by 5PM. (The comments can be son interesting too.)

Dan Reinherz and Hadas Kuznits
Thanks to Matthew Stevens & Lauren Jasinski for this shot. An engagement occurred during the sparkler portion and I missed the whole thing (although the engagement shot was so fun, see link at bottom). So sad. I love the song they play too. 

I did get this though, if anyone can tell me how to unattach the videos I would love it. It drives me crazy they run into each other.


Maciej Ciezki and Kasia Hopek
I love how she kept her sunglasses on all night
So many people I talked to Thursday night told me how they made friends at last years event, and this year they went with them. Others told me of the fun they were having with the new friends they met this year. With this many people, and no incidences occurred, there’s something magical going on.
The table settings were divine
The Metro Newspaper Gang

It was really amazing what people brought to their table to make it that much more special

These Main Line girls returned for a 2nd year
A group of friends I chatted with came all the way from Baltimore, MD
 Absolutely one of my favorite photos of the night. “Don’t Stop Believing.” or some song like that.

Everyone was responsible for removing their own trash too ie see see the trash bag she’s carrying as they leave the event.

 These folks were leaving and gave a shout out that they’d be back again next year.

The end – After the event, the Kory Aversa, PR machine continued full force fielding calls from media who wanted info for the next day, I got home and started separating out which photos would go where, preparing my (2hrs, sorry no names this week) then my PhillyMag post (took about 3hrs). There were no overlap photos in any of the outlets. That’s the way it should be done. (OK see if you can pick out the kinda close overlap of Tony Luke & Jennifer Schloeder, there’s a tiny difference in the shot. Sorry for those peeps who I promised I would run and didn’t. I realized when I got home it was too difficult to follow my notes, and I just did visuals on my photos and chose that way. Next time remind me that I promised to run you and I didn’t)
Here are some of the places my photos went to:
G Philly
Philly Mag (my twice weekly column – Fun stories) Out and About (my weekly column – fun photos) 
PhillyMag Weddings There Was a Proposal at Philly’s Dîner En Blanc Last Night 
Phila Biz Journal ‘Diner en Blanc‘ event attracts 2500 (photo gallery)
Philly Style Magazine

(PS Please do not remove these photos for 72hrs from today. Please link to the appropriate pages; Thanks)


This entry is on hold; I’ve spoken to several sources involved and
although this is contender, and definitely a dream come true spot for them, no agreements or
commitments have been signed at any locations. I apologize for jumping
the gun, but I am excited how everyone is very excited to
see where Joan Shepp will finally land ( no one more than me), and I
really hope it’s here with these spectacular windows.

I’ve been tweeting and teasing you all year, and now intensely for two weeks on where Joan Shepp would be moving, and hinting on where she’d go. They asked me to hold the story, the full story and I did, but Metro/GMA reporter Laura Goldman kinda tweeted where Shepp was going to on Wednesday, and well now I feel it’s ok to reveal the entire story.

21 Aug

women’s retailer Joan Shepp is moving 2 the Wells Fargo Building on Broad St at the end of Sept Expect big opening bash in Oct
 Technically she is moving to the Wells’ Fargo building and the address will be Broad Street, Broad and Walnut, which is even more impressive; but she’s actually moving to the backside of the building, still on the desireable Walnut Street, the corner with the big windows.
Well it’s the Witherspoon Building, which was where Duke and Duke was located in the movie Trading Places. Duke brothers Randolph (Ralph Bellamy) and Mortimer (Don Ameche) own Duke & Duke, a successful commodities brokerage in Philadelphia, in the movie Trading Places. In the movie Kristin Holby played Penelope Witherspoon who was Dan Ackroyd’s love interest. (Several of you did solve the riddle in your comments which I didn’t publish, including Corie Moscow cause she’s a big movie fan, and of course the windows there are huge.)
I also said it was at a “sweet” spot. Well it’s across from Dunkin Donuts, Potito’s Bakery, Scoop de Ville and my favorite spot “Nuts To You”. Then I tweeted if Joan Shepp traveled across Broad Street, but stayed on Walnut St could she be considered Rittenhouse Row like McCormick & Schmidts, Capital Grille and Walgreens.
Congratulations Joan Shepp and a job well done, those windows are fabulous!!

BUDWEISER MADE IN AMERICA 2013 Details You’ll Wanna Know

August 22, 2013 –
Mayor Michael A. Nutter released details about the City of Philadelphia’s plans to welcome back for a second
year the “Budweiser Made in
Festival, an exciting, two-day music festival during Labor Day weekend. 
The event will be locally produced by Live Nation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and will
benefit local United Way
“Jay Z” Carter will once again curate the blockbuster roster of
talent, featuring headliners Beyoncé and Nine Inch Nails, with more than 30
acts that embody the diverse American musical spirit.  The artists will
perform on three stages on the Parkway
in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park
on Saturday, August 31, and Sunday, September 1. 
Performances are scheduled to begin at 2:00 P.M. and conclude at 11:59 P.M. on
Saturday, and will begin at 2:00 P.M. and conclude at 11:00 P.M. on Sunday.
the second year in a row, Labor Day weekend in the City of Philadelphia will offer a unique combination
of entertainment, culture and community, with the iconic Benjamin Franklin Parkway as the backdrop
for the Budweiser Made in America Festival,” said Mayor Michael A.
Nutter.  “There is something for everyone: Festival ticket-holders,
cultural institution visitors and those with business on the Parkway are all
welcome to take part in a relaxing weekend of holiday fun.  With the
success of its inaugural year, the Budweiser Made in America Festival is a
perfect opportunity to highlight Philadelphia
as a major destination for art, music and cultural offerings.”
Budweiser Made in America Festival will benefit United Way organizations in Greater
Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Lancaster
County, PA.  The
Festival’s primary goal is to have a positive impact on the communities
involved.  Money invested into these communities will positively impact
the education, income and health of the most vulnerable and needy citizens in
these regions. As a result of last year’s Festival, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey is investing more than $350,000 into
education and workforce development initiatives.
to the venue is limited to Festival ticket-holders only.
Festival goers are urged to purchase tickets in advance through
and  Approximately
60,000 ticket-holders will enjoy the Festival each day.  Attendees are
encouraged to visit
for information on items that are (and are NOT) permitted in the venue, as well
as information on concessions, accommodations, and directions. 
Road Closures
To accommodate the venue
construction and two-day festival, gradual road closures along the Benjamin
Franklin Parkway and in key sections of the Fairmount neighborhood will begin
the week of August 25, with increasing closures up until the start of the
Festival on the morning of Saturday, August 31.  The full extent of the
closures will extend through Tuesday, September 3.  
can be expected and motorists are advised to use alternate routes, and allow
for extra driving time, in the areas near these festivities before and during
Labor Day weekend.
(Please see attached list and map for specific road
closures by date and a foot print of the event or visit
There are three phases of road closures
associated with the construction of the Festival site.  A detailed list of
closures is listed below:
Sunday, August 25th:
Two lanes in front of the Philadelphia
Art Museum will be
closed, from 5:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M.
Monday, August 26th
and Tuesday, August 27th: One lane in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum
will be closed, from 5:00 A.M. to 6:00 P.M. A second lane will be closed, from
10:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. The closures are designed to minimize disruption to
rush-hour traffic.
Wednesday, August 28th:
Two lanes in front of the Philadelphia
Art Museum will be
closed, beginning at 5:00 A.M. 
These lanes will not re-open until the removal of the staging and equipment
following the final concert, or by Tuesday morning. The festivities will end by
11:00 P.M. on Sunday, September 1st.
Thursday, August 29th:
The inner lanes of the Benjamin
Franklin Parkway (the inbound and outbound lanes),
from 22nd Street
to Eakins Oval, will be closed until Tuesday, September 3rd.
Friday, August 30th:
Due to the closure of the inner lanes on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, traffic
for Friday morning rush hour headed inbound (to Center City) from Spring Garden
Street Bridge or Martin Luther King Drive must exit Eakins Oval on the
24th Street ramp.  Traffic headed inbound on Kelly Drive must exit the Drive at
Fairmount Avenue.
The full extent of road
closures around the Festival site will begin at 10:00 A.M and will remain
through the duration of the Festival.  A complete list of road closures
and ‘no parking’ restrictions follows:
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway beginning at 20th Street
extending through Eakins Oval and behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Street between Winter
& Spring Garden
Street between Winter & Fairmount Streets
Street between the Benjamin
Franklin Parkway & Fairmount Avenue
Street between Fairmount & Pennsylvania Avenues
Street between Fairmount & Pennsylvania Avenues
Garden Street between 20th & 31st
Streets, including the Spring
Garden Street tunnel
Drive between 23rd
Street & Fairmount Avenue
Luther King Drive between the Falls Bridge
& the Benjamin Franklin
Avenue between Hamilton & Fairmount Avenues
2000 block of Pennsylvania Avenue between the Whole Foods store
& 21st Street (the eastern half of the block from Whole Foods to
20th Street will remain open to allow access to the store)
Park Towne
Place between 22nd & 24th Streets
I-676 Westbound off-ramp at 22nd Street (the I-676
Eastbound off-ramp at 23rd
Street will be open)
No Parking:
Avenue between 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue (south side
of street)
Winter Street between 20th & 22nd Streets
(both sides of street)
Street between Vine Street & Callowhill Street  (east side of
Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Race Street (both
sides of street)
Street between Winter & Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)
Park Towne
Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (both
sides of street)
Transportation and Parking
and NJTransit will operate under normal weekend schedules.  Festival
ticket-holders, Parkway cultural institution patrons and others with business
or recreational plans are urged to use public transportation to get in and out
of Center City during the festival weekend due to
the number of road closures. 
will add service on the Broad
Street and Market-Frankford Lines throughout the
two-day festival, with trains running every five-to-ten minutes before, during
and after the performances.  SEPTA will also extend late-night service on
selected regional rail lines to accommodate Festival patrons leaving Center City
after the shows.
information on specific SEPTA and NJTransit routes and schedules during Labor
Day weekend, visit or call
215-580-7800, and or
call 973-275-5555.
PHLASH Trolley, which normally operates until 6:00 P.M. daily, will offer
extended service through 7:30 P.M. at select stops on Saturday and Sunday to
accommodate Budweiser Made in America
patrons.  Between 6:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M., the PHLASH Trolley will service
stops #1-5 (eastbound) and 16-19 (westbound).  Visit for more information.
If driving is
necessary, paid parking lots and garages are conveniently located on or near the
Parkway (listed below). It is recommended to call ahead for rates and
or visit the Philadelphia Parking Authority website at for a complete list of
parking options.  A sample list of facilities follows:
Paid Garages:
206 22nd
St., Patriot Parking Inc., 215-772-1511
St. and Benjamin
Franklin Parkway, Expert Parking, 215-448-1391
Cherry St., InterPark, 215-496-1070
1815 JFK
Blvd., Sterlng Building, Patriot Parking, Inc., 215-568-8030
16th and Race Sts., Sheraton
Hotel, Expert Parking, 215-496-0293
Sansom St., Central Parking System,
1901 JFK
Blvd., Central Parking System, 215-557-3721
36 S.
19th St., Central Parking System, 215-561-1187
Rittenhouse Square, Central Parking System,
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the Windsor Suites, 215-569-0899
Paid Parking Lots:
23rd and Cherry Sts.,
Patriot Parking, Inc., 215-772-1511
22nd and Walden Sts.,
Patriot Parking, Inc., 215-772-1511
19th and Callowhill Sts., Philadelphia Parking Authority, 215-683-9813
18th and Vine Sts.,
Parkway Corporation, 215-575-4000
Budweiser Made in America is not affiliated with any
of these parking facilities.
Cultural Institutions
Most of the cultural
institutions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will maintain normal hours of
operation during the Budweiser Made in America Festival and throughout Labor
Day weekend with the exception
of Moore College of Art & Design and the Rodin Museum, which will be
closed Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, and will reopen on Labor Day,
Monday, September 2. The Rodin
Museum is under the
operation of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
either free or paid (see above) is available at or nearby the institutions, but
using public transportation is strongly encouraged.  Please refer to the
institutions’ websites for information on exhibit hours, ticketing,
parking, and accessibility accommodations.  A list of cultural
institutions and their contact information follows:
Museum of Art and the Perelman Building Annex
26th Street
& Benjamin Franklin Parkway,,
*During the Budweiser Made in America Festival,
the west entrance of PMA will be open and visitors may obtain access via
pathways north and south of this entrance. The east entrance will not be
open.  The Museum’s visitor shuttle will be in service.  No access
to Art Museum Drive
will be available from 25th
Street (security will only provide access for
deliveries, visitors with ADA
tags, and the Museum’s visitor shuttle.) Police will direct PMA staff and
visitors to the Waterworks Drive
entrance for access to surface lot parking and garage entry.
21st Street
& Benjamin Franklin Parkway,,
Barnes Foundation
20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway,, 215-278-7000
Parking: Museum
parking lot is accessible from Pennsylvania
Avenue, between 20th and 21st
Streets. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.  The ADA accessible entrance is located on the corner of 20th Street
& Pennsylvania
The Franklin Institute
222 North 20th Street,, 215-448-1200
Parking: The
Franklin Institute’s parking garage entrance is at 21st and
Winter Streets, and will be open throughout Labor Day Weekend.
Academy of Natural
Sciences of Drexel
19th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway,, 215-299-1000
Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street,, 215-686-5322
Moore College of Art & Design
20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway,, 215-965-4000
Fairmount Waterworks
640 Waterworks Drive,, 215-685-0723
Parking: 2-hour public
parking, on a first-come, first serve basis. Additional parking on Sedgley Avenue,
across Kelly Drive.
Venue Details
Budweiser Made in America
venue features three entrances/exits for ticket-holders to utilize during the
two-day festival.  The main entrance is located on 22nd Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. 
Additional entrances on either side of the venue at 23rd Street and Pennsylvania Avenue
and 24th Street
and Martin Luther King Drive
at Eakins Oval – will be opened to facilitate easier access to the venue
as needed. The Festival is a rain or shine event; re-entry to the venue will
NOT be permitted on either day.  (Please see attached map for information
on the interior of the venue or visit
organizers stressed what items will and will not be allowed inside the venue
perimeter.  Ticket-holders will be subject to searches and pat-downs
before being permitted inside the venue to ensure the enjoyment and safety of
everyone at the Festival.  Ticket holders should be prepared for
additional searches inside the venue at the discretion of Festival security
allowed inside the venue include:
Blankets and towels
Umbrellas (small,
hand-held only)
Factory-sealed, plastic
water bottles (1 per person up to 1 liter)
Empty plastic water
containers or Camelbacks
cameras, flip-cams, camera phones
One non-framed backpack
or bag (subject to search and re-search)
Encouraged items:
sunscreen, sunglasses, government issued I.D., cash/debit cards/credit cards
NOT allowed inside the venue include
but are not limited to:
of any kind
(regardless of
permitting, e.g. Right to Carry permits will not be honored and weapons will be
Fireworks or explosives
Illegal or illicit
substances of any kind
Outside food &
beverages (except factory-sealed water bottles)
Pets (except trained
service animals)
Flyers, handbills,
posters, stickers (no solicitation allowed)
Glass containers
Skateboards, motorized
vehicles or scooters
Professional recording
devices or cameras (no detachable lenses or tripods meant for commercial use)
Laser pointers
Items that would
obstruct others’ view of the stages (kites, flag poles, large signs,
Made in America
is a rain or shine event.  In the event of severe weather, listen for
announcements and sign up at
for text and email alerts or text PHILA to 411911 from your mobile
device.  Have a plan if you’re asked to leave the Parkway and take
For more information:
Budweiser Made in America Festival:,,
and on Twitter: @MIAFestival and #BudweiserMadeInAmerica
City of Philadelphia:,,,,
and on Twitter: @PhiladelphiaGov, @PhillyPolice, @PhilaOEM
United Way:
Chris Murray, 215-665-2513,




Center City’s new fashion row 16th to 20th Street is getting hotter. Last year boutique store Knit Wit joined South Moon Under to sell fashionable threads on the 1700 block of Chestnut Street. Camper Shoes just opened at 1734 Chestnut St.

 Now I’ve just been told that American Eagle is going into the old space that was occupied by
Victoria’s Secret at 1721 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19103

 My tipster tells me to look for a late fall opening, just in time for the busy holiday season.

 You can still find a Victoria’s Secret shop inside the Shops of Liberty Place at 17th and Chestnut Streets.

 Kinda depressing, not only is summer nearly over, but the calendar store has
opened up in the Shops of Liberty Place at 17th and Chestnut Streets. to remind us that another new year is upon us. They also carry other novelty
gifts, cards, appointment books and fun stuff.

SO LONG CHARLIE: Tomorrow,  Friday, August 23, the beloved former Phillies manager, Charlie Manuel, who helped end the
city’s quarter of a century long championship drought, is holding his final
radio show in the Rotunda at The Shops at Liberty Place. Friday , August 23, Manuel will be broadcasting live from 12:30PM to 1:30PM. Come by and wish him well.(above with Missy Manuel at the Convenant House Night of Broadway earlier this year)

Confirmed: Uniqlo Is Coming to Center City. I now too have it from a very reliable source that the fashion store Uniqlo will be coming to 1608 Chestnut Street in spring 2014. I stopped by after shooting the new American Eagle store to see if there was any notices about it, and they’re werent. I came home and found this article on Philly Mag’s Property, so that’s two sources right?