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August 2016


Festival: 2nd Annual South Philly SausageFest September 10 #PCCBuzz

West Passyunk Avenue (between South Broad and 15th streets) is heating up.

Newbold Community Development Corporation fires up the grills again for the 2nd Annual South Philly SausageFest on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. South Philadelphia’s annual sausage-themed food fest takes place along West Passyunk Avenue (between South Broad and 15th streets). Look for sausage and sausage-inspired dishes cooked up in a variety of traditional and unique styles – including vegan – from ten restaurants and eateries that are part of the upcoming food scene on the other side of Broad Street. Festivities also include craft beer from seven breweries, live music, vendors and family fun. The event, sponsored by AFC Urgent Care, will be a fundraiser for the Newbold CDC’s Street Cleaning Program. Admission is free with food and drink pay-as-you-go. Advance beer tickets and other information is available at


“After years of watching East Passyunk Avenue explode with culinary creativity, the residents of the Newbold neighborhood are now getting their chance to experience fine dining, with the recent opening of several new eclectic ethnic restaurants along West Passyunk and Snyder Avenues,” said Timothy Lidiak, President of Newbold CDC. “The Newbold neighborhood will soon reach hipster nirvana with the anticipated autumn 2016 opening of two new craft breweries – BreweryARS and Second District Brewing Company.  And only a short bicycle ride away, the Point Breeze Brewing Company will soon be opening its doors as well.”

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South Philly SausageFest will serve of “sausage-themed” food from Newbold and West Passyunk’s restaurants including Cafe y Chocolate, Chaat and Chai, Grubhouse, Philly Pretzel Factory, Tap Room on 19th, South Philadelphia Tap Room, Vegan Commissary, T&N Homemade Kitchen, Mike’s BBQ, and Dati’s Water Ice.  Menus are listed below:

* Cafe y Chocolate – Chorizo Tostada on Corn Tortilla; Chorizo Burro (sausage wrapped in flour tortilla); Steak and Chicken Tacos

* Chaat and Chai – Chicken Sausage on Parotta Bread with Tomato Chutney; Samosa with Tamarind Chutney; Lamb Sausage on Bhatura Bread with Raita; Mango Lassi, Indian Lemonades and Iced Chai

* Dati’s Water Ice & Ice Cream – Homemade Water Ice and Ice Cream; Pizza Pretzels

* Grubhouse – Chicken Sausage Rice Bowl; Chorizo Mac & Cheese; Sausage Sandwich; Sausage on a Stick

* Mike’s BBQ –  Smoked Beef Sausage Sandwich

* Philly Pretzel Factory – Sausage Pretzel; Sausage, Pepper and Onion Sandwich

* South Philly Tap Room – Chorizo Sausage with Guacamole, Pickled Onion, Queso Cotija on Martin Potato Roll

* T&N Kitchen – Italian Sausage with peppers and onions, and an Italian Roast Pork with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone

* Taproom on 19th – Pork and Rice Sausage Sandwich with Pickled Red Cabbage

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Taps will be pouring from seven Philadelphia and regional breweries, including: Philadelphia Brewing Company, Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, Sly Fox Brewing Company, Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Evil Genius Beer Company, Forgotten Boardwalk — and new brewery – 2nd  Ludlam Island Brewery. Tap lists will be released a week before the event.

The festival also includes arts and crafts as well as children’s activities sponsored by Olde City Day School, and managed by Philadelphia Family Pride.  South Philly SausageFest will feature the following children’s activities from 12:00pm to 4:00pm:
* 2 Moonbounces

* Face Painting
* Balloon Animals
* Children’s Music Show (The Lara & Joe Show) – from 1-2 pm
* Temporary Tattoos
* Sidewalk Chalk & Art
* Hool-a-Hoop Contest
* Coloring Books
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Live music will be rocking all day, including:

* Griz, 12:00pm to 1:00pm (Acoustic/Singer-songwriter)
* Lara & Joe Show, 1:00pm to 2:00pm (Children’s music show)
* New Pony, 2:00pm to 3:00pm (Funk)
* Sun Hat, 3:00pm to 4:00pm (Eclectic jazz)
* The Whips, 4:00pm to 5:00pm (Garage rock)
* Gondola, 5:00pm to 6:00pm (Heavy metal/blues)
* The Blue Pharoahs, 6:00pm to 7:00pm (Delta blues)
* The Charley Few, 7:00pm to 8:00pm (Hard core punk)

South Philly SausageFest is free to attend, with food and drink pay-as-you-go. Advance tickets for beer are also available online ahead of the event – with discounts for those that plan ahead!  Beer tickets are 3 for $12.00, 10 for $35.00 and 18 for $54.00. SausageFest shirts are also available online for only $15.00 each.

South Philly SausageFest is sponsored by AFC Urgent Care, along with Yelp, Mark Cement Contractors, DJCRE Real Estate, Prudential Savings Bank, Richard L. Vanderslice, PC, Caiazzo Law Offices, CityCare Pharmacy, Olde City Day School, Space & Co, AJ Appliance Company, Philly Sound Studios, Rowhome Magazine, South Philadelphia Tap Room, Philadelphia Family Pride, Magglios Sausage Company, Dietz & Watson, Philly Pretzel Factory, Brew:  A Beer Boutique, West Passyunk Neighbors Association.

Proceeds from the event will benefit and fund Newbold CDC’s Street Cleaning Program in partnership with Horizon House, Inc., who provides a wide range of services for adults with developmental disabilities, drug and alcohol addictions, and/or homelessness. Newbold CDC employs its cleaning crew through Horizon House’s workforce program and puts these individuals to work in cleaning up the commercial corridors along West Passyunk and Snyder Avenues from South Broad to 19th Streets.

The Cleaning Program has been underway since early 2014 and is supported by local business sponsors including Ultimo Coffee, AJ Appliance, and DJCRE Real Estate as well as the City’s Commerce Department.  Newbold CDC will use 100% of the proceeds from this year’s South Philly SausageFest to support the Cleaning Program.

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The mission of Newbold CDC is to improve the quality of life within the Newbold community through commercial and residential development and by implementing programs designed to invest in the civic enrichment of the people of Newbold. For more information, visit

(Sponsor Post)

Made in Philadelphia – Free Festival Labor Day Weekend at FDR Park

Made in Philadelphia – Free Festival Labor Day Weekend at FDR Park

If you’re looking for a chill festival to attend this week with your friends, something with a little shade and the ability to come and go as you please, parking and close to transportation?  I think FDR Park Music Jam should be on your list of festivals to attend this weekend.


FDR Park Music Jam FREE Festival: Get away from the crowds on the parkway this weekend and head down Broad Street instead for a free outdoor festival with a laid back environment and phenomenal live music. On Saturday 9/3 and Sunday 9/4, in association with Philadelphia Songwriters Project, Parks on Tap is hosting “FDR Park Music Jam,” a two-day, local music festival at FDR Park, right next to the stadiums. The festival features a list of locally acclaimed songwriters, artists and bands from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In addition, South Philly recording artist, Felicia, will be performing an opening set at 2 p.m. both days.  Here is the full lineup:

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Saturday, September 3

  • 3:00 Adam Web – known for his “optimistic acoustifunk”

  • 4:00 Bernard/BJ Sarkissian Music – plays original, recovery-based music in a method to connect with patient populations

  • 5:00 Ryan Tennis – has opened for Grammy Winners Kenny Loggins & Shawn Colvin. Also performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival

  • 6:00 Ginger Coyle – singing since she was 14 with conscious lyrics and soulful pop melodies over acoustic guitar and driving piano

  • 7:00 Angela Burns Music – with a family history in bluegrass music, Angela carries on the tradition with her own folky pop twist

  • 8:00 Ross Bellenoit – toured with Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello as a member of Amos Lee’s band


Sunday, September 4

  • 3:00 Alyssa Garcia – playing piano since  she was five and now just at 16 she has two self-produced albums

  • 4:00 Dawn Hiatt – winner of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project Songwriting Contest in 2008 & 2009

  • 5:00 Sharon Bousquet – released 7 albums of original soulful music, placed numerous songs in independent films and  promotional shorts

  • 6:00 Pixel8ter – inspired by the sounds of videogames, Pixel8ter puts on a live show that is dynamic and energetic

  • 7:00 Andrea Nardello – Tri-State Indie’s “Acoustic Artist Of The Year”.

  • 8:00 De Tierra Caliente – Since its formation in 2014, this flavorful trio from Philadelphia and Puerto Rico has released 2 full-length albums and played over 200 shows throughout the US, Colombia, Brazil and Puerto Rico.


Here is a link to the Facebook Event . We will also have extended hours for the holiday weekend: Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday – Sunday 1 to 11 p.m. and Monday, Labor Day 12 to 10 p.m.


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Barks on Tap: In addition, the following week Parks on Tap will be at Fairmount Water Works from September 7 to 11, and on Thursday 9/8 we are hosting a community dog party “Barks on Tap,” a fundraiser for the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). From 5 to 10 p.m., 100 percent of beverage proceeds will be donated directly back to PAWS by the Tuttleman Family Foundation and Parks on Tap. Here is link to the Facebook Event and the flyer is attached.


Call Her Miss Ralph – Plus Beyonce’s Dad’s New Group Look Like Destiny’s Child

Call Her Miss Ralph


Last Saturday night, the original Dream Girl – Sheryl Lee Ralph Hughes brought her long running HIV/AIDS Charity concert to the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park.

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The concert was a huge success raising awareness, and money for services in and around Philadelphia as well as to her on charitable organization100% of the proceeds from DIVAS Simply Singing! supports The DIVA Foundation’s awareness and prevention programs. ( D.I.V.A. [Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed] foundation.)

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Flawless in style and fashion, Miss Ralph changed at least 6 times throughout the night.

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 Sen Vincent Hughes his wife Sheryl Lee Ralph and her kids Coco and Etienne, who was the co-host of the concert. The Hughes spoke about healing the community, and renewing the country’s spirit in these troubled times.


and she looked flawless

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And she’d better, check out her Glam Squad. It’s a serious bunch.

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Other fabulous entertainers on the bill included Full Force

Paul Anthony (l) let us know that they were 2 years out since the anniversary of the bone marrow stem cell transplant that his brother Bowlegged Lou of Full Force (r) donated to him as he suffered for cancer. Complete respect that these two were able to command the stage and entertain us after the ordeal they’ve been in. What a great gift Lou has given his brother as well.

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It was called DIVAS Simply Singing after all, and Avery Sunshine let it be known she was not happy that someone in the band was late. She slayed them on the stage, to the point where she got the crowd to chant “Be on Time.” Seems she got there on time, after a hellish journey with delays, but someone wasn’t ready and they didn’t have time to rehearse, so she didn’t rehearse. She was flawless, and the tirade was unnecessary, I felt.

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Spoken word


Jean Carne, sexy and nearly seventy. She had all the moves, and was very fun.





Then there was Keke Wyatt, who didn’t even need to say anything and the boys all went crazy. I was amazed at how incredible she looked after having her 8th kid last year, which she kept reminding us.


Come on We’re Your Weather Girls, and have we got news for you….


Beyonce’s Dad’s (Matthew Knowles (l)) New Group Look Like Destiny’s Child



Blussh – Sunni, Tali and Bunni Ray


Sunni, Bunni Ray and Tali



Rahel Solomon and Kacie McDonnell Spotted, Air Supply, Babies,


Happy Monday Morning. I had a busy last weekend in August. I was a guest at Golden Nugget on Friday night to photograph Kathie Lee Gifford, who had an appearance that their International Wine Festival. Then headed back to Philly to see Air Supply at Sugarhouse Casino. Both casinos were lucky for me as I played my favorite Willie Wonka slot machine.  Back home this is what was happening…

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Philly’s born and bred Rahel Solomon, CBS3 Philly, was filling in on the anchor desk for a vacationing Natasha Brown.  On Saturday she was at Salon Vanity for a blow out.

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Former Fox 29’s Kacie McDonnell was also spotted at Salon Vanity getting her hair done over the weekend. just wrote last week: Kacie McDonnell joins New England sports channel


Another Philly born and bred gal was sitting in the anchor seat over the weekend, Kristen Welker, NBC news, who was filling in for the vacationing Lestor Holt.

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These fill -ins are great job try outs too.



Speaking of Philly newswomen, former NBC10 weather women Brittney Shipp has written a children’s book called

“The Meteorologist in Me”. Pre Order your copy HERE


No one was All of Out Love on Saturday night, as Air Supply stopped by Sugarhouse, as they tour America this summer. Sugarhouse has recently completed and opened a free parking garage, as well as an event space. I’ve covered several events there already and was wondering how it would transform into a concert venue. Very nicely, very intimately, great sound. Seated the space holds 450 people.  Towards the end of the concert guests were dancing in the aisle. I’ve always loved Air Supply, and didn’t realize at the time of the popularity that they were/are really a rock band as much as an easy listening group.


Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply still have amazing voices despite passing their 41st year as a band.

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They sing some of the most memorable songs, mostly about love and devotion. It was great.


  • Sweet Dreams
  • Even the Nights Are Better
  • Just As I Am
  • Every Woman in the World
  • Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)
  • I Adore You
  • The One That You Love (performed in audience)
  • Lost in Love
  • Making Love Out of Nothing at All8-29-2016 12-04-15 PMAaron Mclain shreds ferociously on guitar, as Russell Hitchcock sings



No doubt a lot of babies were conceived during Air Supply songs, here’s a few of the babies born in our area this past week. Chef Evan Turney celebrated the birth of his son last week, and his new eatery Butcher Bar opens later this week.  Wife and mother Carla Montalvo is ecstatic as well.



Congrats to Jason and Marlo Dilk’s of Slice and “P’unk Burger” fame.Rahel


Love these two


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Bringing baby home – The Philadelphia Soul brings home another championship indoor football trophy.


Is that Christie Mandia’s doppelganger. Read her latest column in Philly Voice today:



Cannoli Cake at Ralph’s Italian Restaurant. AMAZING!! The lasagna was good too, but not as good as you know my favorite – D’Angelo’s. Which is even better than my Italian grandmothers, sorry mom.


A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME Red Carpet, Kathie Lee Gifford, Births & Philly Gossip

Good Friday. I don’t know about you but this is not a good Friday to me, it’s the last AUGUST weekend of 2016. So bummed. The social season has ticked up a notch, which is great cause I missed it. I took most of the summer off, and my days filled up quickly. I never completed the cleaning of my desk, which you know I’ve been working on for 5 years. I’m going to get to it this week, I must. OK here’s some local fun news I saw on social media or heard about and found on the ‘net.



I love these signs



Congrats to Irene Levy, Spotlight PR. One of her biggest clients is McGillin’s Ale House. She does an awesome job, that’s why we always know what’s going on there.  House

Congrats!! Jessy Kyle has officially teamed up with DJ Eddie Tully. Their new venture is called The Kyle-Tully Experience . He plays the music and she sings the songs. They usually have a drummer on hand as well. It’s all very entertaining.House

Former Philly resident Shara Chesney is a new mom, Congrats! House

Mike’s cousin David Nakamura, steller White House reporter from the Washington Post, and wife Kris Schenck, welcomed twins Evangeline and Emmauelle to their growing family.

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Legendary food writer, Michael Klein, The Insider, is very informative with his column on, but if you’re lucky enough to follow him on FB, he’s downright hysterical
(he’d so call me out on this run on sentence considering he was once my mentor.)
The DNC Donkey’s are headed home, as well as to the auction block. Turns out more Donkey’s went up than originally stated cause I hear some of the delegate states didn’t want to pay for shipping their ass.

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Sad as of Thursday when I wrote this, no one wanted Missouri

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Also gone, this great mural on Broad Street.

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Friday there’s a movie red carpet in Philly. A special red carpet premiere screening of A House is Not a Home with Star/Producer Gerald Webb, Director Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray, and other special guests, with a Q&A to follow.

Link to Purchase Tickets

I missed WoofWoof Wednesday this week. We’ll do Fido FridayHouse House Have an awesome weekend. I’ll be at Golden Nugget Atlantic City tonight for Golden Nugget’s annual International Winefest this weekend on Friday August 26 and Saturday August 27. As a special feature to this year’s festival, Emmy award winning television personality Kathie Lee Gifford will be sampling her exclusive line of GIFFT Wines and holding a meet and greet with Winefest attendees on the Golden Nugget’s Event Lawn on Friday, August 26 at 8PM. Love her. Saturday night I’ll be at Sugarhouse enjoying a concert with Air Supply. I know I already saw them this year at Valley Forge Casino, but I love them, and I love seeing them with Mike, who will probably be reading his kindle during the concert. Sunday I’m going to David Tutera’s Your Wedding Experience show at the Pa Convention Center.

Plus Happy Birthday to my friend Marisa Magnatta.


9th Annual Taste of the Quarter at the Tropicana

9th Annual Taste of the Quarter at the Tropicana


Atlantic City’s Tropicana Casino welcomed food fans and their families to the 9th Annual Taste of the Quarter event from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday, August 22, 2016. Over twenty restaurants, bars and eateries teamed up for this signature event benefiting United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey in Atlantic County. Enjoy a lively festival atmosphere and a tempting international menu. HD1_0001 (Custom)

The Taste Of The Quarter event had nearly 900 attendees, and raised over $23,000 for the United Way


David Charlton and Christine Hazel, Hell’s Kitchen Contestant


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Adele Sand and Jax Loder, NJ Today Entertainment Reporter Taste

John Emge, Vice President and Regional Executive Director and Steve Callender, GM Tropicana Casino and Resort Atlantic City, NJ Taste


Diane Spiers, Director of Media Marketing and Corporate Brand Advertising at Tropicana stands behind a cut out chef at Taste of the Quarter



The crab cakes at The Palm were no joke. Probably the best I’ve had anywhere.


Phyllis Lacca, Masterpiece Advertising Design with Yana and Aria at the Starbucks table.


Classic Cake Chef Robert Bennett, Jennifer McLoughlin, Lauren Petoeski and Jim Cawley, President & CEO of The United Way

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Celebrity Chef, Atlantic City darling and know it all – Whitney Ullman serves up a Wet Willie with fellow celebrity chef Alex Marino, Freeholder at Atlantic County, New Jersey



Eddie Davis | WPG Talk Radio 104.1FM – Atlantic City, NJ


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I ran into Marc Vetri’s mom – Barbara Vetri

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Diane Deluca, Ms. New Jersey, Sr. with Carole Lelli, Presidnet for the Sr. Miss NJ organization


It was the first time I ever stayed at the Tropicana. The rooms were really nice. We stayed in the newly renovated Havana Tower. You know how I like having a lounge chair in the room, well the Tropicana does. The shower is heaven as well, and the most of the rooms have great views of Atlantic City and the ocean. Check out is at 11AM and Check in is at 4PM. The casino is huge, I recommend you grab a map, you’ll need it. I barely found all the eateries. I did have amazing luck at the slot machines, especially my favorite Willie Wonka.  Parking is great, and easy. Park in the garage closest to the eateries. I found it easier to get to. I forgot to sign up for the gaming card, which was a bad deal for me cause I gambled without one, and then I had to pay for parking, which was $10. There’s a discount if you have the card. I’d go back. Mike even liked it. They have good deals for Sunday to Thursday stays too.

About Tropicana Atlantic City

Tropicana Atlantic City is a 24-hour gaming destination located on the beach and Boardwalk. Featuring 2,079 hotel rooms and home of The Quarter, a 200,000 square foot entertainment complex, Tropicana is the premier resort in Atlantic City. With 24 restaurants, 25 shops, 18 bars and lounges, 2 pools, an IMAX Theatre and a spa, Tropicana was highlighted as one of the “Coolest Casinos in the World” by PopSugar. The Trop Advantage Club has been voted “Best Players Club” by Casino Player Magazine. In 2015 and 2016 Tropicana underwent a total of $90 million in renovations, including its spectacular Multimedia Light and Sound Show, the addition of AtlantiCare LifeCenter Fitness, renovations to its casino and over 900 hotel rooms and more.

Must be 21. Gambling Problem? Call 1-800-GAMBLER. For more information, visit the official Web site at or:


We finally got a Slip & Slide in Philly, and a Zip Line at the same time

We finally got a Slip & Slide in Philly

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Sunday afternoon, Schmidt’s Commons hosted the Ultimate Summer BBQ. Recently the former Piazza underwent a name change to The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons (1001 N 2nd St), so this was one of the first events to happen under the new moniker, and it drew a nice crowd from the neighborhood as well as the City, despite the ominous clouds.


There were food trucks on hand, as well as entertainment including DJs from Creep Records Store and live tunes from West Philadelphia Orchestra.


The eateries and retail stores were open, and their were community and promotional tables for attendees to peruse.

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Did I mention the Zip Line, yes there was one of them and people lined up to experience the thrill. I was working so I didn’t get it a try, it had nothing to do with my fear of heights, I swear. hmmm


There was also a slip & slide – whew we finally got one here in Philly

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The Ultimate Summer Cookout aims to be a new annual tradition where neighbors and visitors can come together to celebrate the end of summer in the city. The party is part of the new events schedule, managed by the property’s first full-time events coordinator, and designed to create a more vibrant community of local residents and business owners. This summer, The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons also announced new tenants including WeWork and debuted a renovated courtyard featuring modular furniture.


Food trucks on hand included

Johnny Bravo’s Seafood
Sweet Lavender
D’Emilio’s Old World Ice Treats










Slip Slip

Gato Espinel  and Marcos Matos


Apricot Stone
Crabby Cafe & Sports Bar
Bar Ferdinand
El Camino Real Philadelphia
Gunners Run
Samwich NoLibs
Wahlburgers Philly Slip

The West Philly OrchestraSlip Slip

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Sunday Funday




The Budweiser Clydesdale Philly Schedule & Made In America Street Closures Info

Budweiser Made in America Concert Street Closures AND Clydesdale Meet and Greet

The Budweiser Made in America Concert will take place on the Parkway this Labor Day Weekend, Saturday, 9/3 and Sunday, 9/4 from 12pm to 12am each day.   There will be extensive street closings as is every year. This year the concert production promises to turn the speakers away from the neighborhood in an effort to cut down the noise. Made

It’s a great event, but know that traffic in the area is snarled and it’s quite difficult to go from one side of the City to the other anywhere above 20th Street. So STAY AWAY. There is no Re Entry on tickets either. Once you go in you must stay or forfeit your right to return unless you buy an additional ticket.Made
Main Street Closures :
Wed 8/31- 10am- inner lanes of Parkway from Eakins Oval to N. 20th St.
Thurs 9/1- 7pm- N 22nd St. between Parkway and PA Ave. (one lane to remain open through Fri. morning rush hour 10am)
Fri 9/2- Full closure of site at 10amFull closure to run through Tues. 9/6 at 5am.
Inner and outer lanes of Parkway from N 20th St to Art Museum
N 21st from PA Ave to Winter St
N 22nd from PA Ave to Parkway
N 23rd from PA Ave to Parkway
Kelly Drive from N 25th to Parkway

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The best part of The Budweiser Made in America Concert is the Budweiser Clydesdales

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2120 Fairmount Ave – THIS THURSDAY 8/25 6PM
Philadelphia, PA 19130

Center City – Washington Square 8/31
TRAFFIC ALERT, last time it went down Walnut Street and it was a hot mess. Get out of dodge beforehand.

North East Philadelphia – 9/1 * 5PM
7544 Frankford Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19136                         

Fairmount – 5PM

Check out their schedule HERE



Secret Summer Soiree Held at The Collins aka the Apts above new Target

Sunday night one of those secret summer soiree’s was held at The Collins, a new apartment building at 1125 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA. 19107. The entrance is on the backside of the new Target store on Chestnut Street.


I heard about it the day before and decided to check it out. Valerie & Jeanette greeted me at the door with this cute Red Bull/Pineapple alcohol drink with keepsake vessel. secret

I checked out a few of the apartments on my way up to the event on the roof, this is the 2nd in a series of pop up parties where the apartment leasing has parties to showcase the new building to prospective tenants. Drinks were flowing, and delicious food is served by the guys from Bru Catering. Nice view, the building in the foreground is the new MOM’s Organic Market Coming to East Market as well as the newly relocated Market Design Offices.


some residents will have patios in the modern designed building


There’s a community room, as well as a fitness center

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The view is nicesecret

A real lawn on the roof, the building allows dogs but the dog park wasn’t ready for it’s close up yet

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The kitchens have sleek stainless steel appliances. This unit has a “french balcony” secret


the future green roofsecret

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Slaying in this dress


I was super surprised about the bedrooms, but then I read the website and they consider these units “lofts”. I only had a chance to look at this one, so you should make an appointment to check out all the units


The bathrooms are HUGE

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Slaying with that hair cut


The community room


The party was fabulous, and I love a new crowd. Drop me a note and I will send the party planners your info.


Location, Location, Location: Greystar has some other amazing buildings too that I Love, including my favorites The Griffen, The Grannery and 2116 Chestnut, .  Plus I can’t wait to see the new Rodin Apartment Building , which they don’t manage, but looks spectacular. It’s where the new Whole Foods is going, opening in November. The apartments are available in September. 626 sq feel for $1,889.


Diner en Blanc Has A Charity Component – Now Shut Up

I know harsh title, but after going to events yesterday and people asking me why Diner en Blanc didn’t have a charity component, and then yes I was sad about the negative articles that came out about Diner en Blanc from people who never attended, and the one poor sad sap who didn’t have the gonads to tell his girlfriend he found the whole thing boring, but one posting on FB where a publisher of a magazine wanted to know where the money went, is the one that really affected me (surprised he doesn’t know how much it costs to run an event, it’s not free.)  I am biased, I love the event, they are my clients, and I also donate time to the event.  All I really know about life is we are here for a short time, I really want people to live and love, and I don’t understand negativity. I posted a little thing on FB. I got a feedback, good, disagreeable but not nasty, which is really the way it should be – C’est la vie. Oh wait there was one negative response from a Trump supporter who was mad I maligned him. We’re still friends though, it’s only the hypocrites I can’t stand. Near the end is where the Natanya DiBona statement on the charity work Philly Diner en Blanc does through out the year, and the volunteer hours that go into putting on an event as large as Diner en Blanc, with its 5,000 attendees this year:  My favorite response was Yo Philly, is more like Oy Philly

Here goes

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I included a few responses to my posts


Alexandra Golaszewska I’ve never gone to Dîner en Blanc, mainly I don’t want to haul my own furniture and plates to a dinner. But I don’t get why so many people are saying it needs to be fundraiser. I understand that they’re using public space, but so are all of the restaurants that have sidewalk tables, and I don’t hear the same criticism of them.


Cassie Hepler I said the same thing Hugh E Dillon as in why not get all uppity about the Eagles not donating to charity? Certainly those tickets and salaries are ridiculously overinflated as in millions not just $200K.

HughE: Although all the sports teams do a lot of charity, the ticket holder is not getting a charity deduction for the price of the ticket, so that

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Jacqueline Peccina Kelly Hugh E Dillon I have to agree 100% with what you said – I am disappointed in these naysayers. Is it because it is 2 women who are in charge? Or is it because they are jealous? Ignorance? I applaud Natanya and Kayli for orchestrating, what I think has been the party of the year. They brought 5000 strangers together who became friends for a night – no violence, nothing stolen, and a good time was had by all!

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Brigid McGrath Stasen First allow me to say that I am not a “schlepper”. I like to sit at tables donning white tablecloths and linen napkins with the best of them. Truth be told, I don’t even like buffets. If I’m going out to dinner I enjoy being served. That being said, I think the concept of Diner en Blanc is fun and fabulous. Did I want to go? No. Did I feel a bit of FOMO last night as I watched the videos and enjoyed the photos everyone was posting on FB? Yes. It looked like so much fun and I loved seeing all of my friends that were there enjoying themselves. Unfortunately, the trash etc… left behind is surely not worse than any number of parades in our fine city. If DEB folks paid for the clean up. Good for them. They should. Would it be nice to know if there was a charity angle? Absolutely. It’s a creative and fun event that allows all whom wish to participate to have a wonderful evening under the stars. Loved seeing everyone dressed in their white finery, their fabulous table settings, fun hats and ensembles. Will I be going to DEB 2017? No. Will I again have FOMO? Yes. But that’s okay. My friends had a blast.

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Sarah Doheny We’ve gone the first two years they both were magical evenings. The first year will was by far the best, all the sparklers lite at the same time, napkins waving …the fountain ..
It’s a choice and not everyone will be pleased and not everyone wishes to schlep…

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Mary Anne Keenan McDevitt I love DEB and I have carted my table, chairs, food and drink up and down subway steps, walked miles and ate dinner in the rain and will continue to attend for many years to come. Our group, last night, met across from the Franklin Institute and we walked to the Art Museum. The police stopped traffic as we started our trek, but for the remainder of the walk we obeyed traffic signals and only crossed the street on green. I can not comment on the mess that is left. I know that when we broke down our tables and chairs, last night, there was nothing left behind. (Have you ever seen the parking lot after a Kenny Chesney Concert?) We enjoy the evening and look forward to it.

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Bernnie Visalli How can anyone say something negative about a civil party all dressed in white with sparklers. Saw some coverage of that and it looked amazing.
People complain about everything now.

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Gregory Seitter Unfortunately, you will have a lot of naysayers. Diner en Blanc helps make Philadelphia a first class city. Plus, the event drives revenue in the city. Seems like a win-win for me.
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Christopher: The haters of this awesome event are probably the same people who hate every amazing event of grand scale this city should encourage. If we want to be a great city, a world class city, we should encourage more creative events like this. There is no downside to Diner en Blanc, is there? Bringing so many joyous people together makes our city stronger and more fun
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Karen Toole-Ebbert Amen Hugh E Dillon! I cannot understand why the push for a charity component in the 1st place. Even if it was a total for profit event it is no ones freaking business!! I host events every month and it is time consuming along with expenses.


Monique Crawford Totally agree. Leave it to opportunists to take a European tradition for the people who just want to celebrate life, food, fun, and friends and try to taint it for their own self promoting reasons. It’s Dîner En Blanc people, relax, just don’t go and get back to focusing on your self.
Matt Sullivan I see zero moral difference between using your money to buy tickets to this event and using your money to buy Eagles tickets. Except Eagles tickets are three times as expensive. So I guess Eagles fans care about the poor three times less than these people.
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Josh Kruger I drafted a paragraph-long comment several times before settling on, “Can we all just let each other live our dang lives?”
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Michelle Leonard  (name removed) I don’t think I know you. I am republican and most people know it. I know that Hugh E Dillon definitely knows it. And I consider HughE to be a close friend. He is one of the kindest most thoughtful and generous people I know. He is always fair and reasonable.
Second of all do you entertain? First of all Natanya DiBona and her friend Kayli do an amazing job planning and coordinating such a memorable evening. Do you realize what all of the buses entertainment and all of the other things go into creating this special evening. I don’t know if you went or not but it was a night to remember. Philadelphia is so lucky to have such talented people like Natanya and Kory Aversa putting together this amazing night.
Philadelphians should be thanking them for their generosity to helping to keep Philadelphia the world class city that it is.
Carmena Ayo-Davies You know I love you, I think DEB is beautifully organized, I’m lazy and like to be pampered, so all the extra Ish, is just not my cup of tea. I live in a two bedroom and I have a cleaning lady, I know I’m not toting my meal, table and chair anywhere in white. Just my opinion, I think people should definitely support, all the pictures look beautiful
Amy Z. Quinn It’s legal to get a permit and close down streets for an event, it happens all the time. It’s not my thing but
Marjilyn Murray I dont mind people making fun a bit ( i have attended for 4 years including this one) some of my friends make fun for having to carry chairs/tables/bring your own dinner lol. but such real nastyness from people…mostly who have never attended…i feel is uncalled for. It is a night where so many different people from all walks of life eat together, share food and drink, and peacefully have a wonderful time. We have met so many friends who we may have not met otherwise. Our table was a mix of all ages, races, orientation, and people from all over. We had a ball! How often do we all get that opportunity to go out and meet all different types of people (especially as a parent who doesnt get out too much lol?)


It may not go to charity but if me and my husband choose to go to dinner and spend $100 to eat at a restaurant with sidewalk seating…what is the difference? I dont see people yelling and accusing others of anything nasty (such as not caring about other world issues) because they went to dinner anywhere else.

You seem like a super nice person hugh…people are nasty and jealous and mean. Keep on being you and dont let the naysayers get you down:)


Karina Sellhorn I have never attended, I want to. I respect all opinions… But I don’t understand why every event in the city has to be a fundraiser? To each it’s own. People pay to tour the city; I would pay to get to have that experience.
Shoshana Suzanne Schiller Well, let’s compare apples to apples. DEB does not supply food, alcohol, servers, linens, centerpieces, etc. (Note – my view is DEB is not my thing but others like it and it’s one night of the year when traffic is affected so stop whining and let people who want to pay for the privilege to attend enjoy their night)
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Victor Fiorillo My band The Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret played it last year and I was surprised we didn’t get any crap for doing so. It was a great experience for us. I was a major eye roller but not a harsh critic of DEB prior to that event and after doing it, I came away with mostly positive feelings. I personally would never spend the money to be there, but I don’t fault others for doing the same or for DEB doing the event without a charity component. I disagree with your assertion that they can’t possibly add a charity component — why couldn’t they do a food drive at the event or allow a non profit to set up a table soliciting donations — but there are plenty of events in Philly that are dining oriented that don’t also try to feed the homeless. Not everything has to be everything to everybody and in the end, people are going to continue to sell out DEB regardless.

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Hugh E Dillon A can good is a great idea, but then someone would complain we asked them to carry one more thing. I Know Natanya and kayli would add a charity component if they could. At least to quiet the noise.

Natanya DiBona While we are unable to officially partner with a particular charity, we have given MANY free tickets to non-profits throughout the years (with a wide range of missions- from red cross to fringe arts and the vetri foundation) to auction off, we raised funds for Fairmount Park Conservancy through an event this year in honor of our first location, Logan Circle, we’ve auctioned off paintings done at the 2014 event to benefit PAFA and the Avenue of the Arts and we had 65 of our volunteers assist with #popupphilly, the first pop-up dinner party for the homeless. And actually, Hugh E Dillon, while i do understand what you are saying and I appreciate the sentiment, we would not do anything just to quiet noise- I believe we are authentic and genuine in everything we have done since 2012. 

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Kayli, myself and an 8 person team dedicate 4 months planning this event unpaid and this year we were assisted by another 155 volunteers who helped us execute it….all for the love of planning a great event in the city we love. The city is the beneficiary of all of those thousands of hours we donate of our time to make this event happen (as a small example of the time it takes, threading each of the wristbands that our participants wore took 52 man hours- just imagine what went into planning the whole event). Everyone else does get paid though…the venue (“public space” does not mean free), the city, police officers, street cleaners, portapotties sound and lighting professionals, tent companies, insurance providers, bus companies, Septa, and yes, performers like the fabulous Martha Graham Cracker Cabaret, Victor Fiorillo. The very reasonable ticket price makes all of that possible.


JW: You should know by now that Philadelphians hating on anything positive that goes on in Philadelphia is the most Philadelphian thing you can do. I think it’s up there with the citywide special — $3 PBR and a shot of Jim Bean — as quintessential Philly.

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Q&A: We ask Diner en Blanc’s organizers to explain themselves