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November 2015


Thanksgiving at MANNA with Mayor and Lisa Nutter, Jim Kenney, DA Seth Williams and other notables

Every year I cover the Thanksgiving Day Parade, and I had fully anticipated covering it again this year. First I was going to photograph the operations at MANNA, where for years they’ve prepared a delicious meal for their clients and 3 friends for the holiday.

 Years gone by I always wanted to go, but I couldn’t imagine getting up so early and leaving the house. I do wake up early to work, sometimes I go to bed as the sun rises too. Anyway…

 this year was the year I set out to do it. It was a lovely walk to their 23rd and Ranstead Sts,

through the Thanksgiving Day Parade preparations as parade goers were already marking their territory.

 2323 Ranstead St.
 Marilyn Russell, BenFM was on hand
 The menu
 giving instructions to the youngest of volunteers

 The packing station
 you get a pie, you get a pie, you get a pied

 Ed Neilson, State Representative
 Sergio Panu

 DA Seth Williams and his two girls on the right
Sue Daugherty, RD, LDN – Chief Executive Officer, MANNA welcomes the guests as DA Seth Williams, Mayor Elect Jim Kenney, Rob Saxon, Director of External Affairs – MANNA and Tony Frick,  Chair of MANNA’s Board of Directors.
 Marilyn Russell and Frannie Murphy

 Mayor Nutter and First Lady Lisa Nutter

Rep. Dwight Evans carries dinners to volunteers cars. What a great morning. 
After Cyber Monday comes Help us spread the word about the largest worldwide day of giving. ,

Details: Christmas Village Opening Ceremony Saturday November 28 at 3PM; Black Friday Concert at NOON

Saturday is the big day! Christmas Village will be officially opening for the
2015 season! 

The team, along with all the awesome vendors can’t wait to
see you guys there. Enjoy your Thanksgiving with friends and family then
head over to get started on some Christmas shopping and holiday fun! — at LOVE Park. You can stop by today, for the continuing of the preview party. At Noon there’s a concert, kicking off Friday concert series for the month of December. 

BLACK FRIDAY (Friday, November 27)

Shop small and shop
international with gifts for everyone on your list from around the
world. Geno’s Steaks invites you to head out of the office for the
return of the “Friday Holiday Jams at Christmas Village”
every Friday (Black Friday through Dec 18, 2015) from 12:00pm to
1:00pm. The concert series kicks off with the ladies from Good Girl on
Black Friday. Future dates include:

* December 4 – Tower Hill School
* December 11 – MPrynt
* December 18 – The Gin Canaries

OFFICIAL OPENING CEREMONY (Saturday, November 28, 2015, 3pm)

to holiday selections by the Camden Catholic High School Band and
Clearview Regional High School Choir.  The original Christkind from
Nuremberg will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage from 76 Carriages. She
will then officially open the market by reciting her traditional
prologue. She will then do her traditional walk of the market.

3:00 –3:25pm  
Live Music on Stage
Catholic High School Band starts walking through the market to pick up
Christkind & guests – Christkind will arrive on horse-drawn carriage
by 76 Carriage Co

3:30 – 3:35pm
Christkind & guests with Camden Catholic High School Band walk in                    

3:35 – 3:40pm
Introduction of the speakers

3:40 – 3:45pm  
Speaker – Thomas Bauer, President of Christmas Village

3:50 – 3:55pm  
Speaker – Heather Farber – NRG Home

3:55 – 4:05pm
gives traditional prologue & officially opens the market, Clearview
High School Choir will support prologue with German “Stille Nacht”

4:05 – 4:30pm  
Clearview High School Choir sings onstage

4:05 –  5:15pm    
Official Photo Shoot with the Christkind and guests in front of LOVE Sign!

4:15 – 5:00pm
Christkind is doing the market walk with basket full of candy


Thanksgiving Day Parade Map, Info and Fun Facts

Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I send you warm wishes and thoughts through out the year. Thinking of you, and your family this year, hoping you are enjoying life, and finding joy and happiness in yourself, family and friends. Have a safe, and happy day.

From the 6ABC Press Release:

Through the City of Philadelphia, beginning at 20th and JFK Boulevard,  turning LEFT on 16th Street. The parade continues northwest along the historic Parkway to the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Start your Thanksgiving Day with  Philadelphia’s #1 family tradition—ONLY on 6abc! The 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving   Day Parade, now in the 96th year and going strong, kicks off Thursday November 26  8:30am with a half hour preview show followed by three hours of parade action! Action   News’ Rick Williams and Cecily Tynan will co-host the broadcast, with Adam Joseph, Karen   Rogers and Alicia Vitarelli LIVE along the parade route.   Good Morning America’s meteorologist, Rob Marciano, is making his 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts   Thanksgiving Day Parade debut. In addition to being featured in the parade, Rob Marciano   will provide live hits during Good Morning America starting at 7am.  

Also new this year, will be our Honorary Grand Marshal, Olympic Gold Medalist and World   Cup MVP Carli Lloyd. Joining the 2015 star-studded line up will be five-time Grammy Award   winning artist Dionne Warwick along with her son Damon, the “Queen of Scream” from “So   You Think You Can Dance?” Mary Murphy, and the Red Land Little League U.S. World   The 6abc Dunkin’ Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade is known for having ‘something for   everyone’ with 16 giant balloons, 10 festive balloons, 17 floats, 14 marching bands from   across our nation, 34 performances as well as fan favorites from music, stage and screen.  Music performances include, American Idol Season 13 winner Caleb Johnson, double- platinum celebrated artist, Al B Sure presented by Old School 100.3, local favorite, Lauren   Hart and actress and singer, Tichina Arnold. Additional entertainment will include, Jerry  Blavat, USO Show Troupe, Maria from of The Sound of Music, the cast from Pippin, Disney characters including Elsa.

Additional appearances include the Philadelphia Eagles Cheerleaders and The  Philadelphia Soulmates. Also appearing, Miss America’s Outstanding Teen 2016, Allie   Nault, Miss New Jersey, Miss Delaware, Miss Pennsylvania, Miss New Jersey’s   Outstanding Teen, Miss Delaware’s Outstanding Teen, Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding   Teen, the students from the Creative and Performing Arts High School, The Parade Youth   Choir and the All-Star Tap Dance Team.

Family Fun at the A.C. Moore Parade Zone OVAL / Eakins Oval 8:30AM-12NOON

During our preshow, viewers will be given a chance to win gift cards valued at $500 from  A.C. Moore. Then at 9:00AM, Thursday, November 26, 2015 and ending approximately   12:00PM, Thursday, November 26, 2015, viewers of the parade will be given a chance to  win more great prizes just for watching the parade.   We’ll be giving viewers a keyword to text into our special number 55678 or email during the parade. We will draw random winners each time to win   fabulous prizes including: A Cinderella themed Disney Charm Bracelet from PANDORA,   courtesy of KING OF PRUSSIA, CHERRY HILL, and QUAKER BRIDGE MALL   PANDORA STORES, valued at one thousand dollars, a year’s supply of coffee from   Dunkin’ Donuts, 10 tickets to the Eagles/Redskins game on December 26th plus a tailgate   courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts, and our GRAND PRIZE will be a trip for 6 to Florida. This will   include round trip air transportation, hotel accommodations at Loews Miami Beach and a   $500 Visa gift card for ground transportation, courtesy of

Along with enjoying the parade festivities, families are encouraged to help support the 6abc  Dunkin’ Donuts Holiday Food Drive by bringing a can of food to the parade for collection by   the Boy Scouts along the parade route.

Complete details on the 6abc Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade can be found at the station’s website,


Red from Fraggle Rock

Strawberry Shortcake



My Little Pony

Scooby Doo

Mr. Rodgers

The Grinch

Garfield Santa

Mr. Potato Head Fireman

Tasmanian Devil

Daniel Tiger

Gift Boxes

Thomas the Tank

Snow Globe

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Bubbles the Goldfish


Photobooth Fun at Lifesavers Gala – People do the Funniest Things in Photobooths

Thanks again for everyone’s notes, hugs and emails in regards to the AMFSP Philly. I need to still write out my PCC blog post, but it’s been a hectic few weeks with lots of events. I will do it though, as I have so many people to thank. I do have some of the SayCheese Photobooth pixs. For some reason people get all crazy when they’re in photo booths, I love those “private moments.”

 Thank you AMFSP Board member Craig Robinson, co-chair Lynsie Solomon and founder of the Lifesaver Gala Catherine Siciliano



Pixs: A new Art Gallery in Old City – Stanek Gallery Opens at 242 N 3rd Street

Last week I attended the opening of a new art gallery in Old City called Stanek Gallery at 242 N 3rd Street

Formerly the offices for hy lo – experiential marketing agency the corner property has been turned into a beautiful space for art work

 Artist Deborah Fine and Katherine Stanek met last year at a show at the Rosenfeld Gallery before it closed. and meshed as friends and artists. Katharine’s discipline is
concrete sculpture and Deborah’s is pastels. It’s perfect as each piece
of art complements the other and fills a gallery perfectly.

 The artists tell me they through out the year they will be featuring work by various artists as well as their own works
 Eric Stanek, Deborah Fine, Michelle Frederick and
Howie Krakow and Eric Stanek

 Many of the guests were old friends, colleagues and other local art gallery owners

 Michelle Frederick and Eo Omwake

space is modern and multifaceted, offering  not only an opportunity for
both emerging and established artists to maximize exposure of high
caliber work, but also provides an intimate experience for visitors to
exclusively preview a working artist’s studio, all while enjoying a
featured exhibition on the same premises. (Stanek Gallery Website)

 Ruth and Rick Snyderman just celebrated 50 years in business with their gallery Snyderman’s, just around the corner.

  Kathleen Horan and Quinn Stone

  Gary Weisman sculpture
Moe Brooker’s art work

 Besides Katherine and Deborah‘s work, other work features Moe Brooker, Stuart Feldman, Bruce Samelson and Gary Weisman

 Allison Rigby, Giovanni Romeo and Mercedes Grubb

 Check out the gallery for yourself Thursday to Sunday, and stop by on First Friday December 4


Who is Sheila Hess besides Jim Kenney’s new City Rep – Plus other Appointments Yesterday

I’ve always enjoyed a good friendship with the City Rep for as long as I have been doing The City Rep is an important tie in to my mission, which is promoting Philadelphia. A few years back I held a incubator where I invited new PR peeps, press and the City Rep Desiree Peterkin-Bell for a meet and greet. Many a great relationship, and collaborative projects stemmed from this meeting. I’m excited because yesterday in Sheila’s acceptance speech she talk about collaborative projects. I’m also excited cause I know Sheila’s soul, she’s a good apple.

I guess I met her about 5 or 6 years ago. She’s very outgoing and I would see her at many charity events through out the City, representing Independence Blue Cross where she was the Director of Independence Blue Cross Foundation, as well as serving on many charity boards.

Kenney said it best when he addressed his appointees: the shovels have broken ground, the
cranes are in the air, let’s continue with the momentum and make it even

I don’t know where she got the energy. She’s like an energizer bunny. (2nd from left)
To say I was excited for her appointment would be an understatement
Rob Dubow as chief financial officer thanks Kenney for allowing him to keep the current job he’s in

Current budget director Rebecca Rhynhart has been appointed to a new post in charge of overseeing procurement, information technology, and human resources. She’s excited to make sure the City is using the latest technology to do business, in a cost saving manner.
Not only has Sheila served on many charitable boards over the years, but she’s also volunteered on Jim Kenney’s campaigns for the past 20 years. It’s been a life long dream to serve the City in some sort of capacity to shine a light on all it’s good deeds.
The Mayor’s Reception Hall was full of well wishers yesterday.

Harold T. Epps, vice chairman of the regional company PRWT Services
the newly appointed Commerce Director.
Gordon K. Roberson and Kathryn Epps Roberson with mom
Kathy W. Epps, Urban League of Philadelphia and dad

Harold T. Epps, vice chairman of the regional company PRWT Services

the newly appointed Commerce Director.

Sheila Hess and her IBX team including President of the Indep Foundation Rev Lorina Marshall Blake. They’re wearing red as it’s Sheila’s favorite color.
Sheila, husband Mike, with her mom and brother. Sheila wants to shine a light on Philadelphia so bright, we’ll all need sunglasses.

Who is Sheila Hess, she’s everyone’s friend, and she’s a Philly girl, born and bred. She’s a cheerleader for life, and for all the people. She’ll make a difference. This is a shot of us at the Lifesavers Gala last week. She and Mike came. She’s my friend and I am so excited to see her dreams come true.


Rihanna Hung out at the Fillmore Saturday Night, Ryan Phillipe Watched Philly Marathon Sunday, Keke Palmer & Primark Party

Good Monday afternoon, what a whirlwind weekend. Hope you caught this amazing sunset yesterday.

 This is from my mom in law’s balcony. We have a fabulous view of the City from our balcony but mom has this fabulous view and every once in a while I remember to run to her place. I’m running way way behind in laying down columns, but this is a bit of celebrity breaking news. A couple of notable celebrities hung out in Philly this weekend…

Rihanna was spotted in the balcony at The Fillmore Philly on Saturday night watching her non-confirmed beau Travi$ Scott perform on the main stage.

 She was cool and posed with a fan, despite the if looks could kill from her BFF Melissa behind her

A photographer caught her as she exited the club where she was looking oh so stylish in her vintage Kiss Tshirt, mile high blue velvet boots and a coat she was wearing way before Adele borrowed the look for “Hello”. 

Ryan Phillippe flew into town Saturday night and posted what he found on the luggage converyor belt Welcome Home to Philly.
No official word why the native Wilmington De actor is home, but maybe it’s for the holidays or perhaps to cheer on a family member running in the Philadelphia Marathon cause that’s where he was at Sunday morning. Not sure if he caught the Eagles game, but if you check out his twitter he did retweet something about the Eagles. íղ ʍվ ԹհíӀՀ
 90210’s Vincent Young took in the Eagles game with local businessman Ian Larson.

 UFC fighter Dana White has been traveling the country filming a show called #lookinforafight, last week he was in Alaska, then walked the boards in AC, this past weekend he stopped by Geno’s Steak to cook up a few steaks.

What do these Casper the ghost avatars mean? Tell me on Twitter or FB cause I don’t accept comments anymore. Thanks
Primark held a launch party at The Skybox, in the Fishtown, which boasts 7,500 sq ft of event space making it a great venue to kick off a never forget party attracting lots of stylish scenesters.
 Keke Palmer was on hand to perform and pose with fans
 They had models on elevated runways as well 
as clothes just hanging around
 Icona Pop performed jumping into the audience and 
allowing them to sing along to their popular pop song “I Love It”


Scenester, fashion blogger Ian M Crumm was of course in the audience
 as was Fox 29’s Alex Holley

Major retail group operating stores in the UK and Ireland and now has a Primark in the KOP Mall.

 Ever since I was a little boy, reading the Society Pages, I don’t know how that happened, I guess I was drawn to people, parties and photos, I wanted to be in the “Society” column. Finally at the ripe age of a half century plus a couple years if you read that article about me last year, I’ve made it. Next time I’d like to be in the society column smiling and not thinking OMG all these years I’m finally going to be in the society column deer in headlights look. As I stated in the beginning I am so far behind in placing columns and catching up on gossip. I haven’t even written my own column here on PCC about the gala last week. I’ll get to it soon.



Fashionable Ladies Who Lunch In Style For Philanthropy – The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia

The days of impossibly glamorous, hugely entertaining, and utterly without purpose ladies luncheons of days gone by have now been replaced these days by equally as social, very stylish, successful women who have philanthropy on their minds. I love covering these very relaxed, but fashionably minded events.

Last week at Saks Fifth Avenue in Bala Cynwyd, The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia hosted their 13th Annual In Fashion with Baja East charity luncheon.

 Lunch was catered by Feastivities, and the table decor was simple in a farm to table style.

 Salad was placed in front of the guests, and another server gave the guest a choice of chicken or salmon from a serving dish. Very clever. Dessert a sorbet with a thin cookie. 
There was a live auction for two designer bags and a trip to NYC to see Baja East collection in February.  Plus a live bid, where the Philadelphia auctioneer Jeffrey Hammond explained how an additional money gift would help a child who’s parent was going through cancer treatment, or a program would benefit a family. 
Total raised from auction and live bid, over $10,000. Very nice.

 10 % of the sales from anything bought at Saks Fifth Avenue that day was also donated to the CSC

 Baja East is known for it’s loose luxury from surf to street 
For Spring, designers Scott Studenberg and John Targon
reimagined their signature urban nomad through the lens of rave, down
to the polished take on kandi seen at models’ wrists and necks.

The Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia mission is to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community.  We provide a comprehensive professional program of social and emotional support and education designed to enhance the mind, body, and spirit of people whose lives have been affected by cancer.  All of our programs and services are provided at no cost to our participants (known as our members) so there’s never a barrier for anyone who needs cancer support.  No one should have to face cancer alone.

 Elizabeth Wellington, Fashion writer for Phila Inquirer

 In Fashion 2015 Committee
Wendy H. Rosen – Chair

Susanna Lachs Adler…Tisa Baena…Kathy Bernsten…Lisa Korn Blank…Jil
Blatstein…Lydie Szabo Brown…Catherine Brumbaugh…Marcie Kennedy
Brun…Amanda Burch…Donna Celentano…Ellen Churchill…Roberta Dranoff…Jill

Barbara Eberlein…Jaimie Field…Pia Halloran…Diane
Hillyard…Margie Honickman…Patty Isen…Laura La Rosa…Hilarie Morgan…Anne
O’Malley…Jill Powell…Jackie Rantanen…Jennifer Raphael…Dana Rosen…Betsy
Rubenstone…Susie Sargent…Nicole Dresnin Schaeffer…Gail Singer…Joy
Shugrue…June Smith…Babette Snyder…Iliana Strauss…Deborah Feith
Tye…Melissa Valenti…JoAnn Wurzak

 Cheryl George


Photos and a more in depth story can be found in my society column at Philly Mag. 

TODAY: Star Studded Line Up to Unveil Macy’s Holiday Windows at 1:00PM – FREEWAY, JAZMINE SULLIVAN, MITCH WILLIAMS

It’s Begining to look a lot like Christmas, and Macy’s is #BringingOnTheTinsel with their window unveiling today at 1PM

 TODAY they’re having a star studded Holiday Window unveiling and it’s all about our 

 A special performance by the University of Pennsylvania Glee Club will kick off the

excitement of this year’s magical window unveiling on Market Street. Immediately

following the performance, join local Philadelphian celebrities along with the one-and-
only Santa Claus, as they help unveil our holiday windows.

Celebrities in attendance are as follows:

Grammy® nominated R&B artist, JAZMINE SULLIVAN

America’s Got Talent Season 1 Winner, BIANCA RYAN

Professional football player, ERIC ROWE

Former professional baseball player, MITCH WILLIAMS

Hip-hop recording artist, FREEWAY

Comedian, BUCK WILD

Actress and television host, PAIGE DAVIS

Professional boxer, BRYANT JENNINGS

Miss Philadelphia 2015, JULIA RAE SCHLUCTER

Grand Court Organist, PETER CONTE

(Photo by J. Holder)
Showtimes: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm

At 1:00pm – Market Street Entrance- Guests will be dazzled as Macy’s beloved holiday   windows are unveiled.
At 2:00pm– Grand Court- Guests will enjoy a preview of the seasonal favorite-Macy’s   Holiday Light Show.
At 2:00pm – Grand Court – Shoppers are invited to a musical performance by Jazmine   Sullivan and Bianca Ryan. Following the performance, guests will have the opportunity   to take a picture with all the celebrated guests.
At 2:00 pm – 3rd Floor, Greek Hall – Children will enjoy a fun-filled day of arts and   crafts and have the chance to color their very own A Charlie Brown Christmas coloring   book . Plus, Macy’s Holiday Ambassador, Snoppy  the whole family.

Macy’s Dickens Christmas Village
Third Floor Holiday Lane
open 10AM to 7PM

And for your shopping needs, Macy’s owns that; They’re open nearly every hour of the day until Christmas Day.
For more information on Macy’s Holiday Celebration and tidbits about the light show and store click on


Hard Rock Cafe’s BARocker Bartender Contest

Earlier this week the Hard Rock Cafe’s Bartenders
from the North America East region Battle at Hard Rock Cafe’s 2015 Global
BARocker local Competition
. 11 bartenders from the Boston, to DC,
Atlantic City as far west as Pittsburgh pa had a chance to showcase their
top-notch bartending skills for the chance to be named Hard Rock’s best of 2015. The bartenders concocted the popular drink Bahama Mama’s and Margarita’s using Roca Patron. 
 Suman Mahara from Boston was definitely the most talented with cups a la the movie Cocktail with Tom Cruise.
 Marisa Magnatta of WMMR with Hardrock bartender Suman Mahara from Boston

 Judges: Julian van der Tak of WHERE Magazine,  Joe Conklin, Comedian (check him out Wednesday nights at Parx Casino) and Brittany Lynn of Philly Drag Mafia
 While we’re checking out these pixs I want to thank the Hard Rock for their donation to the Lifesavers Gala last weekend. The dinner for 4 raised much needed funds for us to get the suicide awareness out to the people. Thanks!!

 The coveted Barocker trophy

 Hard Rock put out a delicious spread. Not sure when they started serving sushi, but it was good.
 Valerie Grunde Allen aka Valley Girl

 Matthew Wilson from Washington DC

 Jayme Laughlin from Pittsburgh

 Jayme Laughlin from Pittsburgh wins the coveted BARocker Trophy. She head’s to Florida next year to compete in the national competition.