Philadelphia

Diana Rocco leaves CBS3, Meet Jim Donovan’s Angels, Teal Butterflies, Easter Parade Contestant Rules

Good Friday to you. Such a busy week.  This weekend Mike and I will in DC to check out the cherry blossoms. I’m also doing a Capital Hill Hotel activation, which means they are hosting us at their hotel and I’m going to blog about it, and do a social media take over for them. You’ll see the majority of those photos on their site next week, and I’ll share them with you. They’re having a really cool political theme offer for the rest of the year, and I can’t wait to experience it. Have a wonderful holiday weekend, and if you’re lonely, reach out to that friend who you’ve been meaning to get together with. There’s a good chance they are looking for something to do too. SUNDAY my FAVORITE PHILLY SPRING Easter event is happening. THE South Street Easter Promenade.

The 85th Annual Easter Promenade returns with a
sea of bonnets, bows, bunnies and brunch options. Thousands are expected
to turn out and parade down South Street in their Sunday Best. Henri
David, the World’s Tallest Bunny, the Easter
Bunny, Mr. & Mrs. Cottontail and the Philadelphia Freedom Band will
lead the crowd from Passyunk/South to Headhouse Square for a best
dressed competition for kids, adults, families and PETS too! Check out here for contest categories.

 So much happening at CBS3 with comings and goings, that veteran reporter Diana Rocco slipped out the door. She headed to NYC and can now be seen on WABC 7. She told me that the offer was one she just couldn’t turn down. The new girl sure does look happy.  Good luck Diana!!

This morning I caught Erika von Tiehl and Katie Fehlinger on the CBS3 at about 5AM. Those two were having so much fun. Erika as you may have heard is leaving soon to get married, and make a career change while at it.  This is her last week at CBS3, so tweet her a sweet goodbye.@evontiehl
But don’t fret, everyone’s favorite Jim Donovan will be slipping into the anchor chair with these lovely ladies helping out.  
Meisha Johnson, Brooke Thomas and Katie Fehlinger,

 I revisted Vesper restaurant this week. The food has always been delicious, but this dish, the lambchops, were fantastic and very reasonable. 3 chops, on succotash, for $15. It’s a delicious bargain compared to another restaurant I recently visited that had delicious chops. PLUS there was live music playing, with a lovely lady singing during our meal. It wasn’t too loud and we could hear ourselves chat.

Vesper Philadelphia | Where Nights Are Bold

223 South Sydenham Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.


Drew Bergman and I had dinner. He has the braised beef, a generous portion, and delicious. Drew you’ll recall spoke at the American Suicide Awareness Gala where I was honored last November. We were chatting about an event that Drew is hosting in a few weeks.
Tickets and Info HERE
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Ice Cube and Deon Cole were seen roaming around the lobby of The Logan Hotel yesterday. Earlier this week they walked the red carpet
at The Pearl Theatre at Avenue North for their new movie: Barbershop: The Next Cut. Philly’s Eve is also in the movie, but she couldn’t get away from her billionaire lifestyle to say hi to her old hometown. 
Check out the progress of the 19th Street Pearl Properties. Looks like the Target Express store is just about finished. I think we all thought they were going to leave the last portion of the Boyd Theater, where the seats were. For the longest time they had left that section of the building, but as you see here they are tearing it down. 
Speaking of 19th Street, the 1919 Apartments are nearly done and new tenants are already moving in. Look for their grand opening party in April where hopefully we’ll get a closer look inside. I hear it’s magnificent. They’ve done a great job at matching their building with the Blue Cross building next door.
 Congrats to Paul Steinke, who posted this shot of the former Provident Mutual Life Building last week.
“The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is pleased to announce that Paul Steinke
has accepted the position of Executive Director, effective in June.  He
replaces Caroline Boyce, who plans to establish a consultancy for
nonprofit organizations.”

My sister Janine started this campaign in honor of my sister Judy Wilkins who passed away from Ovarian Cancer. She doesn’t want money, she just wants your nails, to be painted teal and for you to do the butterfly pose. Then tweet or FB share the photo.
 Spring is here #tealbutterflychallenge #ovariancancerawareness know the symptoms
Won’t you please contribute your nails to Ovarian Cancer Awareness and tweet out a photo?
Check Out The Scene at Philly Mag to see the 5 parties I photographed this week.