Wednesday Night Fun Parties (The 157th Anniversary Concert , Shop to You Drop, SAVA, Avance), People, fun, and Bruce Springsteen

Busy, busy, busy Wednesday.  First I headed over to Barnes & Noble to see my old celebrity photographer friend Debra Rothenberg, who was having a meet & greet for her new book “Bruce Springsteen In Focus 1980‑2012

 Tonight she’s at University of Pennsylvania Bookstore, Dec. 12

Last night at the The Nicole Miller store in Philadelphia held it’s annual Men’s Night Out. This year it benefited The 157th Anniversary Concert and Ball, Young Friends co-chairs Christie Honigman of The Honigman Group
and Brian Lipstein – Henry A. Davidsen, of the Young Friends of the
Academy of Music were on hand to chat about the upcoming Academy Ball.

The 157th Anniversary Concert and Ball will take place on
Saturday, January 25, 2014. Philadelphia’s premier annual white-tie gala
will celebrate this iconic building’s 157th birthday, while
contributing to the restoration and preservation of the national
historic landmark.
 Music Director Yannick Nézet-Séguin and The
Philadelphia Orchestra along with special guest artist Jill Scott will
dazzle attendees with a spectacular evening of  music, dining, and

 Guests enjoyed bites from The Palm, Jose Garces and treats from DiBruno’s

There were plenty of great gifts on hand for the gentleman to pick out for the ladies in their lives.

In addition to items for themselves.
Natasha Hill and Allegra Yanelli

Have you seen these great ties, hankies and boxers with different logos of Philadelphia on them?

 Society Photographer Susan Scovill poses with husband Dr Curtis Scovill. Thanks to Susan for covering the Linda Creed Luncheon last week where they honored me as Volunteer of the Year. Check out the Photos Here.

Jeff Kellmer was on hand to show off his collection of jewels. Did you know every Friday in December, Kellmer Jewelers has a trunk show with specials for you to choose from. I was in their showroom a few weeks back. It’s discrete, and very personable for all your purchases. 510 W Lancaster Ave, Haverford

Former Gov Ed Rendell, picks out something nice for daughter in law Beka, as son Jesse Rendell looks on.
Justine Haemmerta, Jennifer Bisicchia of Jason Matthew Salon, and Leanne Shaeffer – They tell me there’s no such thing as a bad gift, as everything can be re-gifted.


Philly Style Magazine’s John Colabelli stopped by.

Purchases bought at Nicole Miller can be wrapped on the spot!!
Tonight the Nicole Miller store in Nicole MillerManayunk
is hosting their Men’s Night Out. Won’t you stop by?
In their year long commitment to the Young Friends organization, this is
co-chair Christie Honigman’s and Brian Lipstein’s third fundraiser to raise additional funds for the Restoration
Project of the Academy of Music.

Then it was off to the Donors are Heroes “Drop til You Drop” shopping along Chestnut Street between 17th and 18th Streets. The kick off store was Knit Wit where I found.
Don and Renee Freeman
and fun clothing like these matching Peace shirt and gloves.
Cati & Carla at South Moon Under
Nigel Richards, Nicole Cashaman and Danielle Hershman
Lynsie Solomon who came up with the concept for the event.

On my way through town I saw a very crowded SAVA as the days wind down before Sarah Van Aken  closes shop and moves on to her next chapter. i can tell you she is very excited.

 SA VA’s FINAL FAREWELL Fall/Winter Clearance $25 Spring 2014 Samples 30% off We are closing Friday at 7p.m.

Then I stopped by the new Avance restaurant where I found Owner Chris Scarduzzio and co-partner of Avance Craig Spitzer hosting one of the opening parties.
Chris gave me a tour of the space, and it’s beautiful, very modern and there are vertical gardens flanking the walls.
I liked the kitchen a lot, and the clever window on the staircase where you can peak inside.
The downstairs bar is HOT, and not just because I found these cuties there.
Erin Elmore, Danielle Krupa, Tara Murphy, Monique Crawford and Cindy Calliro.
I see myself hanging out here on many nights after i shoot events, or at the Sporting Club, I really need to get my exercise on.
The wine cellar is on the main floor, and also houses the only remnant left from Le Bec Fin, this beautiful crystal chandelier.
I then jetted to Ocean Prime for the After Party for Shop til You Drop
The food was delicious, as always.
On my way back home I happened by Chris DiGeorge and Heather Lee were up from Florida for the holidays and hanging out with friends including John Westrum, at the Happy Rooster. Whew, that’s it for today, but we still have 10 days left for Christmas and a whole slew more of parties. Then I will be trying to catch up on the blog posts before we complete the year.