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August 2014


Meet-Up- Flash Mob Watergun Fight At Eakins Oval Photos

In these waning days of summer, I’m playing catch up with events photographed for PCC. If we get to next Friday and you’re event doesn’t pop up I apologize as the Fall 2014 Social Season begins and I must start anew with social party photos. Sorry I don’t send photos out, as we are a one man shop. Thanks. HughE

 Thanks to Mike Toub for photographing this for PCC as I was on assignment. (I even got him a lanyard with his name now.)



Made in America Concert Parking, Public Transportation and Road Closures PS Don’t Even Think of Driving New Parkway. PSS Diner en Blanc got nothing on this mess.

Made in America Concert
Parking, Public Transportation and Road Closures
Road Closures
accommodate the venue construction and two-day festival, a process of gradual
road closures along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and in key sections of the
Fairmount neighborhood will begin today, with street closings increasing each
day. The full set of closures are scheduled to be implemented by 10 A.M. on
Friday, August 29. The full extent of these closures will be in place until
Tuesday, September 2.
can be expected and motorists are advised to avoid the area by using alternate
routes, and allow for extra driving time in the areas near these festivities
before and during Labor Day weekend. Please refrain from double-parking, which
creates congestion, limits traffic flow and is illegal.
are three phases of road closures associated with the construction of the
Festival site that are in effect, now through Tuesday, September 2nd. A
detailed list of closures is below:

August 27th: 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, August 31st.

August 28th: 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 2nd.

August 29th: 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.
full extent of road closures around the Festival site will begin at 10:00 A.M
and will remain through the duration of the event. A complete list of road
closures and ‘no parking’ restrictions follows:
Road Closures:
– The
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, beginning at 20th Street extending through Eakins
Oval and behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art
– 21stStreet between Winter & Spring Garden Streets

– 22ndStreet between Winter & Fairmount Streets

– 23rdStreet between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Fairmount Avenue

– 24thStreet between Fairmount & Pennsylvania Avenues

– 25thStreet between Fairmount & Pennsylvania Avenues

Spring Garden Street between 20th & 31st Streets, including the Spring
Garden Street tunnel
– KellyDrive between 23rd Street & Fairmount Avenue

Martin Luther King Drive between the Falls Bridge & the Benjamin Franklin
-Pennsylvania Avenue between Hamilton & Fairmount Avenues

– 2000
block of Pennsylvania Avenue between the Whole Foods store & 21st Street
(the eastern half of the block from the Whole Foods market to 20th Street will
remain open to allow access to the store)
– ParkTowne 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)
Noparking at these locations:

Pennsylvania Avenue between 22nd Street & Fairmount Avenue (south side of
-Winter Street between 20th & 22nd Streets (both sides of street)

– 20thStreet between Vine Street & Callowhill Street (east side of street)

– 21st
Street between the Benjamin Franklin Parkway & Race Street (both sides of
– 22ndStreet between Winter & Spring Garden Streets (both sides of street)

– ParkTowne Place between 22nd & 24th Streets (both sides of street)

Public Transportation and Paid Parking
Due to
Made in America event preparations, SEPTA Bus Routes 7, 32, 33, 38, and 43 will
be detoured around the festival area, beginning at 10:00 A.M. on Friday, August
29 through early-morning on Monday, September 2. Specific route detours are
posted on the System Status Page at
late-night service also will be available on SEPTA’s Regional Rail Lines on
Saturday and Sunday Nights departing Center City. Suburban and 30th Street
Stations are in closest walking distance to the festival. Special schedules are
posted in stations and online at
participants also can use the Broad Street and Market-Frankford Lines. Train
service will operate for 24 hours Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, replacing
the usual Nite Owl Bus Service. Trains operate every 20 minutes, between
midnight and 5:00 A.M., with additional frequencies before and after those
times. Race-Vine and City Hall stations on the Broad Street Line and 15th
Street Station on the Market Frankford Line provide easy walking access to the
Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Additional information regarding late-night subway
service is available at
more information on SEPTA and NJTransit routes and schedules during Labor Day
weekend, visit www.septa.orgor call 215-580-7800, and
or call 973-275-5555.
transportation is an inexpensive way to visit key attractions in Center City
($2 per ride or $5 all-day) and the Parkway vicinity. The PHLASH bus will
operate Saturday, August 30 and Sunday, August 31, with stops at 20 locations,
from Penn’s Landing to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Find PHLASH on the go, with
live updates at and visit for aschedule and route details.

driving is necessary, commercial off-street parking lots and garages
conveniently are located on or near the Parkway. Contact individual facilities
in advance for rates and availability, or visit the Philadelphia Parking
Authority’s website at
for a list of parking options. Budweiser Made in America is not affiliated with
these parking facilities.

Lancaster and Philadelphia Zoo Photos. Just for Fun!!

It’s the dog days of August, except it’s really not as the weather has been perfect. I headed to the Zoo this week to shoot a country western concert put on by WXTU starring Country singer Brett Eldredge. We’re back with people and event shots tomorrow.

 I had a little time to explore the zoo in between the feeding of the giraffe’s and concert, so I took a few pixs.

You’ve got to see the tiger walkway.
 Earlier in the week I headed to Lancaster, Pa to shoot a few photos of one of my favorite places.


 This was a sign for an auto body shop.


Bruce Springsteen Rocks a Philadelphia Eagles Hat, Bobby Rydell, Grand Master Flash hit at Martorano’s Opening at Harrah’s, Babies

 In town this past week
 In Provincetown this past week.
 Down the Shore this week.

 Team Derek caught The Boss with a Philadelphia Eagles hat on in The Big Apple.

Gay Dreams

 Dan King Photography

Oh Jesus (My Diner en Blanc links.)

 There was a big blow out bash to open Martorano’s at Harrah’s on Saturday night. Bobby Rydell, The Sugar Hill Gang
 He’s a natural.

Which reminds me, please do not make this the next Ice Bucket Challenge


ThinCin at JNA Institute of Culinary Arts and Wants To help You Eat Your Best

Did I shoot you at Diner en Blanc? Head over here for the links.

From fat to fit. Helping you make friends
with food is my passion. Join me for every meal, every day. Celebrating
10 years of fitness says my friend ThinCin 

My friend Thin Cin recently taught a cooking segment at JNA Institute of Culinary Arts. She’s a walking success story of someone who lost a lot of weight, and wants to share her success with the world.

 From fat to fit. Helping you make friends with food is my passion. Join me for every meal, every day.

Celebrating 8 years of fitness.

 Students that wear the red kerchiefs have completed a semester at the institute
 Those without the red kerchiefs are just starting their first semester.

 Thin Cin created delicious low carb, low calorie and gluten free cauliflower crust pizza with lots of different toppings including this one with grape jelly.

 A financial wizard by day, Thin Cin is making it her mission to get everyone to eat healthy.

As her friend trust me I get my fair share of advice, and I really need to follow it. I like her dishes each day, she places the photos on twitter and Facebook.

JNA Institute of Culinary Arts has a restaurant where students test their best dishes on you.

Conveniently located 212 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

Follow on Twitter to see what she eats everyday, and advice for your journey to healthy eating. Info on recipes or advice write

#MadeInAmericaFest Philadelphia Info, Tickets, Lineup, Clydesdales in Fairmount – Budweiser Made in America

Labor Day weekend
August 30th & 31st
Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Budweiser Made in America festival returns to Philadelphia for the third consecutive year
Festival benefits the United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey and United Way of Lancaster County Budweiser Made in America festival is the first American festival to run simultaneously on both coasts as there will be a Made in America going on in LA too. Kanye West is performing at both festivals, kicking off the weekend in Philadelphia (his performance is Saturday Night), then closing the show in LA on Sunday night.

Kanye West, Kings of Leon, Tiesto, The National, Steve Aoki, Pharrell
Williams, J. Cole, Girl Talk, Spoon, Chromeo, City and Colour, Grimes,
AWOLNATION, R3HAB, Gareth Emery, De La Soul, Baauer, Tommy Trash, Mayer
Hawthorne, Kongos, 3LAU, The Neighborhood, Danny Brown, YG, Holy Ghost,
Penguin Prison, Destructo, Bleachers, DJ Cassidy, Cherub, Will Sparks,
Young & Sick, Vacationer, Cut Snake, Kaneholler

 Mayor Michael Nutter and Jay Z making the announcement about Made in American – May 2012. I’ll be covering the week leading up to the event, as well as day of show. Follow me @iphillychitchat on Twitter and follow #MadeInAmerica to get the overall experience of what’s going down at
Budweiser Made in America

Which act are you most excited to see? Leave me a comment, thanks!!

Cause Village Vendors

Shawn Carter Foundation, United Way, Headcount/NAACP, Budweiser
Veterans, Donda House (Kanye West’s charity), St. Jude Hospital (Kings
of Leon supported charity), Partners in Health (The National), World
Childhood Foundation (Tiesto), Philly Paws, Drive Change, Born this Way
Foundation, Why Hunger, Mural Arts


The Budweiser Clydesdales are coming to Fairmount on August 28, 2014. They usually arrive a little after 6PM and begin to hitch the team in front of Eastern State Penitentiary (across from Urban Saloon.) 
They then visit each of the bars and restaurants on the avenue from 20th to 25th Streets. It’s quite spectacular to see.

Made in America Trailer

(I took all these photos)

Did I Shoot YOU: My Diner en Blanc Links and a Few More Photos To Enjoy

Here are the links to my photos that ran in Philadelphia Magazine online and NBC 10 Philadelphia. A few more of my fav photos that I overlooked are on these pages – PLUS *there’s a handful of photos that will go into hard copy publications that aren’t published online.

Liz Marcoretta and Kathleen Brown
Hadas Kuznits and hubby Daniel Reinherz recreate their wedding shot
Geno Barbera and Lisa Silveri

 Some photos were sent to news outlets and magazines. Sorry I do not sell my photos or email them to individuals. I’m a one shop guy and it’s on to the next event for me. If you don’t see your pix in any of these outlets, remind me next time and I’ll make sure I put you in at the next event.

 Thanks to Diner en Blanc co-hosts Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran flank Diner en Blanc’s PR rep Kory Aversa for another magical Diner en Blanc. Diner en Blanc was brought to Philadelphia after friends Natanya and Kayli had attended one in Montreal a few years back, and thought how awesome it would be to bring it to Philadelphia. Neither women are in public pr or event planning (they both have full time jobs too), they just thought it would be fun to share this experience in Philadelphia.
The Aversa PR Team: Dash Sears, Gabbi Townsend, Eri Washinton, Lauryn Resotka and Kory Aversa
 A few links to a few other publications where Diner en Blanc reigns.
Now I go on vacation for a week. But I will still have columns here on PCC and a Joan Shepp one in Philly Mag on Monday, or Tuesday.

#TrafficAlert: Shelter In Place Made in America is locking it up near the Parkway for the next 10 Days


Sunday 8-24-14:at 5am the (2) lanes in front of Art Museum    will be closed.

Monday 8-25-14:
at 5am the west lane of 22nd Street between Ben Franklin Pkwy and
Pennsylvania Ave will be closed.
Tuesday 8-26-14: at 5am the north parking lane of 2200 Park Towne Pl. and south curb
lane of 2200 Pennsylvania Ave. will be closed.
Thursday 8-28-14: at 7pm the (2) inner lanes of 2200 Ben Franklin Pkwy will be closed.

Friday 8-29-14:at 12pm there will be full road closures below:

·       21stand 22nd Streets from Fairmount Ave to Arch St

·       SpringGarden at 20th Street westbound

·       BenFranklin Pkwy from 20th Street westbound(inner and outer lanes)

·       2200Park Towne Pl

·       676off ramp at 24th Street

·       Kellyand MLK Drives around Art Museum

·       PennsylvaniaAve from 22nd to Fairmount