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September 2016


Greta Greenberger Retires, William Penn Weeps

Greta Greenberger is the Tour Guide Director for Philadelphia’s City Hall Tours for one last day, today.  For 25 years she conducted tours for visitors and school groups of our beautiful gilded City Hall.


I met Greta nearly 20 years ago, when I wandered into the City Hall Tour Office on my lunch hour, cause I was always a tourist in my own city. I loved reading Where Magazine to see what interesting events would be happening for each month, and since it was a tourism magazine, it was the place to pick it up. It was a decade before I would become PhillyChitChat.  Along the way in our friendship, Greta encouraged me to take the architectural tour program, which I did; I became a guide giving tours at City Hall, Old City, Society Hill after work and on weekends (I was still a paralegal).


When not giving tours on lunch hour, Greta and I would go to lunch, eventually I gave up the tours and just went to lunch with Greta. I did volunteer at the City Hall Tour Office on my days off , or sometimes during my lunch as I worked across the street. What an honor it was to work under her direction.


Nearly 100 friends and family gathered to celebrate Greta at the Independence Visitor Center




George Evans, volunteer City Hall tour guide, Christine Keates, General Manager at Independence Visitor Center Corporation – ‎Independence Visitor Center Corporation and James Cuorato, CEO of the Independence Visitor Center


Ivy Silver, Philadelphia region CEO / entrepreneur and Cynthia MacLeod, Superintendent. Independence National Historical Park.



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Greta Greenberger, City Hall Tour Director, Ann Linn Glaser, JCRC vice president, Cynthia Kishinchand, founded East Falls branch of the Friends of the Free Library & a East Falls Tree Tender for PHS, and Julia Greenberger, Friends Select School



Alan Greenberger chairs newly appointed Art Commission and Margot Berg, Public Art Director at City of Philadelphia
Margot tells me that AMOR currently at the top of the Phila Art Museum Steps will be moving to Sisters’ Cities Park soon, and Symbiosis
stainless steel tree across from The Phila Art Museum, will remain permanently in the spot located in from of the Philadelphian Condos.


Greta with her “Please Touch Museum Friends”


The Gordon’s Josh and Julia



Teresa Johnson and Maureen Carson


Former Gov Ed Rendell and Jim Cuorato pay tribute to Greta. It was under the Gov administration as Mayor of
Philadelphia that he recruited Greta to become the tour director of City Hall. Originally the tour office was independent, operating under the Phila Foundation
of Architect, then when that organization ceased to exist, the tour office was picked up by Phila Visitor Center.



Joan Reilly – Chief Operating Officer of Mural Arts Program signs the greeting card, which Greta plans to frame in her creative way, because before she was
tour director of City Hall, she was an art teacher.


Michael DiBerardinis is Managing Director of the City of Philadelphia under Mayor Jim Kenney, presents Greta Greenberger with a Citation from Philadelphia for her 25 years of service.

The Philadelphia Inquirer did a wonderful interview with Greta, which can be found here


Thank you Greta, my friend. One of my biggest life supporters. 


1200 Bruce Springsteen Fans Show Up To meet The Boss at The Phila Library

1200 Bruce Springsteen Fans Show Up To meet The Boss at The Philadelphia Library


The earliest fans began lining up at 6AM, and waited in the drizzle to see their desired rock hero


There were fans from all generations there


Then there were a few fans inside. I love Bruce I’ve seen him 8 times. Jarrod (r) Fox 29 cameraman has seen Bruce 32 times and saw him yesterday in NYC. He told me 1500 fans showed up. He had a ticket, got a book signed and got a photo. Dan DeLuca, Music Critic  (c) how much fun was it to hang in line with Dan and hear his Bruce stories. Check out some of them here.
Who Broke Bruce in Philly?
Five Philly things in Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Born To Run’ memoir


Although not an uber Bruce fan, Gab Bonghi’ s good friend is and she brought this for Bruce.
Check out Eric Kenney’s stuff here, and if you want this drop him a line. I know I want this for my sister
Janine, the ULTIMATE BRUCE FAN. I know I grew up with her!!


Springsteen’s book was released on Tuesday. Pick it up here on AMAZON


The video media grabbing customers picking up pre signed books, as the head into the meet and greet with Bruce Springsteen.


Springsteen showed up around 11:30 a.m. and slipped into the Philadelphia Library through a back door. He was lead to a staging area where a platform advertising the book was set up for photos. The rock star — who turned 67 on Friday, looked great in his leather jacket, and loosely fit TShirt as he waved to fans.


Every fan had a photo taken with the Boss


Nothing could be handed to him, and for the few who tried to pull out items they were quickly
confiscated or told to put them away.

Most fans that I talked to told me they thanked Bruce for being the soundtrack of their lives


Bruce was very generous with kisses for all those who asked


Hugs and smiles filled the room




Bruce fans from the 1970s





I ran into a lot of Philly Chit Chat readers – hi!!


I’ve seen Bruce 30 times.


Ben from McClean, Va came to play for the fans. Waiting in the wings was Ian Bush from KYW1060 radio. Go listen to his
interview of the days events.


Susan Helfrich, Eric Shippon and Mary Pat Kessler wait in their car for the rain to let up



This couple began following Bruce in the 80s. She’s wearing a vintage 1980s Nicole Miller scarf featuring eateries from
Philadelphia, which represents her favorite Bruce Springsteen songs.



Happy 50th Birthday, after going to more than 30 Springsteen concerts, meeting Bruce was a the ultimate Bucket List item – CHECK!!


Definitely the most fashionable in line. She told me the first Springsteen concert she saw was in 1973. She’s a serious longtime fan.


A fan since birth, she’s never been to any of his concerts, but she owns every CD he’s ever put out.


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XOXO Bruce Springsteen


Stylist Alisa Frederico Curates a Fall Fashion Show at the 35th Anniversary of Bloomingdales KOP

300 invited fashionistas celebrated King of Prussia Bloomingdale’s store’s 35th birthday while raising funds to support the Vetri Community Partnership recently. Guests enjoyed light bites by the Vetri Foundation and beverages from Kevin Sbraga’s Fat Ham now opened at King of Prussia Mall.


There was a runway show starring Bloomingdale’s newest designers and the biggest trends of the fall season with live commentary by fashion blogger Alisa Frederico, Dressing Jane who curated the show.

hd1_4972-customMarlene Olshan, Chief Executive Officer at Vetri Community Partnership – ‎explains how Vetri Community Partnership works in the community to the guests as Cathy Muhlenforth, Vice President General Manager at Bloomingdale’s  looks on.

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David Schimpf and Ian Michael Crumm, fashion blogger as well as a KOP Ambassador hd1_4956-custom hd1_4966-custom

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Alisa Frederico, the style director who curated the Bloomingdale’s fashion show is also a KOP Ambassador. She meets with clients of the KOP Mall, and gives them two hours of fashion consultation, pulling clothes from various clothing stores at the mall.

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Beats ‘n Eats ‘s Inaugural event at the Fillmore Philadelphia

Last week I covered a fun new event called Beats ‘n Eats hosted by Celebrity Chef Robert Irvine (Food Network’s Restaurant Impossible),


the event combined celebrity chefs and music together to raise funds for Philabundance and the Philadelphia Music Alliance.


Featured celebrity chefs: SHANE CASH (Cake Boss)BRIAN DUFFY (Bar Rescue), MORIMOTO (Iron Chef America),  DANIEL STERN (R2L), ROBERT IRVINE (Restaurant: Impossible),  BUDDY VALASTRO (Cake Boss), MARC VETRI (Vetri), and KEVIN SBRAGA (Top Chef),


The evening started out with a cocktail party




As the chefs prepared a delicious dinner to be served that evening.

The first course by Morimoto was a Tuna Tartare, charred scallion creme fraiche, avocado puree

as well as


Daniel Stern’s Guinea Hen Nachos


Kevin Sbraga “The Italian Hoagie”, except it wasn’t really, and it was delicious as people raved, as well as for
Marc Vetri’s Lasagna with Zucchini and stracciatella cheese

The Third Course was Robert Irvine’s Espresso Dry Rubbed Wagyu NY Strip, Sweet Potatoe & Brussel Sprout Hash
Brian Duffy’s Pork Belly with Carrot Parsnip Puree, Smoked Fennel Slaw and Charred Tomato Demi Glaze


and Buddy Valastro (The Cake Boss)


Tiramisu Twist

The chefs even served their dishes, and posed for photos for diners.


Bosley Brown -Vocals & Whatever Chris “Black Gravy” Taylor- Bass; Will “Led Willy” Lederer- Guitar; Ben “Big Smoov,” “Smoov Justice” Bor- Saxophone; Erik “Prime Time” Pearson- Trumpet; Jimmy “Spaceman” Baseman- Trumpet; Serena “Sesha” Shapero- Vocals; Caye “Moneymaker” Slaymaker- Vocals/Keys

and D Sharp entertained the crowd between meals


Young Chef Jason Cork talks about his favorite dish



Erin O’Hearn, 6ABC chats about the fundraiser part of the event


One of the items up for sale was this ping pong table, which was won by Danielle Cohn. She played with a few of the chefs
who all graciously signed the table afterwards.


Katie Everett Johnson, Founder of My City Gives
who co-created this idea, thanks the chefs and the guests for coming.


After dinner


There was an after party, D Sharp played there as well and

got the people grooving


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Jazmine Sullivan, John Leguizamo Spotted in Philly, The Mayor Gets Married & Philly Gossip

Jazmine Sullivan, John Leguizamo Spotted in Philly, Congrats to Jeffrey Mayfield, Weddings & Philly Gossip

Good Monday afternoon, Philly Social Season is in full swing. Last week I covered Opera Philadelphia Gala at Dilworth Park, The Emmy’s Saturday night, the opening of the much anticipated Scarpetta restaurant. Here are a few gossip tips that might be fun.


Saturday Jazmine Sullivan was the Grand Marshall at the St. Jude’s Walk at the Phila Zoo

Sunday: John Leguizamo was the Grand Marshall at the Puerto Rican Parade on the Parkway and stopped by for a photo with
Joan Rivera and friends.


Tara Reid was in town filming a movie about bullying titled “Worthless” with Quinton Aaron


Congrats to Jeffrey Mayfield, sommelier at Del Frisco’s, and one of ten hand-selected sommeliers from across the country to participate in the Raymond Vineyards Seventh Annual Sommelier Selection Blending Session. Each sommelier was selected for their depth of knowledge and experience, and together the represented some of the best and brightest sommelier talent in the nation. This was a huge accomplishment for Jeffrey. During this session, he helped create a one-of-a-kind Cabernet Sauvignon blended with grapes in Napa, Sonoma and Lake Counties. 


Everyone, who’s anyone knows Drew Carballo’s nickname is “The Mayor” cause he knows everyone. One time someone tweeted The Mayor is at Del Frisco’s with a blonde. That blonde was Marissa Frommer, who is now his wife. Although one news station showed up hoping to catch the other mayor with a blonde.

 Drew Carballo, GM Scarpetta, married his soulmate Marissa here with one of the Del Frisco twins and Nick Albator on Saturday at the Kimmel Center
on Saturday.


Congrats to Tom and Danielle on their wedding Saturday


Jet Setter: After attending the Emmy’s on Saturday night, Fox 29’s Alex Holley flew to Texas to attend best friends wedding.

Speaking of Weddings, check out the rapping bridesmaid. My 2nd cousin Alex toast my other 2nd cousin Sam at her wedding last week.


A year flew by


After winning the Eagles game on Sunday, Fletcher Cox and friends headed to Chickie & Pete’s. Long snapper, and America’s Got Talent Jon Dorenbos entertained the crowd with card tricks. Check back tomorrow to see more of Philly’s Social Diary, as well as Thursday for more gossip.


Philadelphia Museum of Art Young Friends’ ‘Fall into Art’ Soiree

Philadelphia Museum of Art Young Friends hosted their fall event at the museum’s Perelman Building “Fall into Art”.


Nearly 200 young friends came out to the shindig which featured tours of Creative Africa, an open bar, a silent auction, light bites, entertainment including a


performance by African Rhythm Drum & Dance Troupe.  Proceeds from the event support art conservation, and acquisitions for the collection.


Nicole Mayo, Morgan Sidberry and Lauren Hunter


Creative Africa Season
The four other exhibitions of the Creative Africa season focus mainly on modern and contemporary African art and design or offer a dialogue between past and present, tradition and innovation, and local and global concerns. Each calls attention to the continuities and differences between African art forms over the centuries. All of the exhibitions are presented in the galleries of the Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building.


Deidre Sawinski, Ernie Poon, Jackie Bernier and Laveen Todi


Elise Thompson and Tamara Opila




Fashionable Abena Bempah looked fabulous at the soiree with her DIY headband and thrift store bag adorned with flowers she bought at AC Moore.


Jesse Dean and Joe Nelson


Regi Huc and Laura DeYoung


Ian Hincken, co – chair of the Young Friends Executive Board, Sarah Wright, member of the Young Friends and John Vick, Project Assistant Curator of Creative Africa Season



News on the Move: Chris Murphy, Fox 29 heading West, Susan Schiller Heading South, Weddings & Babies

  News on the Move: Chris Murphy Leaving Fox 29, Susan Schiller Heading South, Weddings & Babies


Chris Murphy joined FOX 29 in October, 2013, as news co-anchor of “Good Day Philadelphia” from 4am to 7am with Lauren Johnson. Before that he served as weekend anchor and reporter for KGTV-TV in San Diego. Prior to that, he was a reporter for KNSD-TV in San Diego and now he returns to San Diego next week to take an anchor job at KSWB in San Diego. A graduate of the University of California-San Diego, Chris holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communications. We’re all going to miss him a lot, especially his best bud Mike Jerrick, who mentioned as much on the show this morning’s show when he said Chris was leaving next week. So send your best wishes to our buddy @ChrisFox29


Lauren Johnson moves to Fox 29 Weekends where Sean Brace is sports anchor, and Scott Williams does the weather.karen-and-thomas-drayton-custom

Karen Hepp moves from Fox 29 Weekend and joins Thomas Drayton for the Monday through Friday Fox 29 Morning News, which begins at 430.  Joining them
every morning at 545am will be Mike Jerrick.




Another news move, last year Susan Schiller was knee deep in Pope in Philly stuff, and she won an Emmy for her work on CBS3 Philly. This year she’s heading to Houston, Texas for a VP & News Director job at KRICTV


George Perrier is a Boss

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Dish of the Week. Who would have thought the new Butcher Bar would serve such a delicious dish –
Bronzino with a lobster and crab salad and fresh fall vegetables.


If it had to be the last day of summer, at least it went out with this amazing sunset.




Info: Walk For Suicide Awareness and Prevention October 2 at Phila Art Museum

Thousands Walk to Prevent Suicide  ***  2016 Philadelphia Out of the Darkness Community Walk  Benefiting American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  Philadelphia, Pa., (September 21, 2016) –


The 12 th Annual Philadelphia Out of the  Darkness Community Walk takes place Sunday, October 2, 2015, at the Philadelphia  Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and  the walk begins at 9 a.m.  The Walk is hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation  for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). More than $500,000 was raised in 2015. An expected  5,000 participants from across the Greater Philadelphia area will attend.  AFSP Philadelphia Board President Jan Evans announced that the AFSP  Philadelphia “Buck in a Bucket” Suicide Prevention Program will be launched at  the walk. “Buckets will be a vehicle for fundraising but more importantly – the risk  factors of suicide will be printed on the buckets for people to see and understand,”  Evans said. “Our fundraising focuses on delivering community based programs that  help eliminate the loss of life from suicide by delivering innovative prevention  programs and educating the public on the risk factors associated with suicide.”  It is estimated that each year, nearly 1 million Americans make a suicide attempt, more  than 38,000 die by suicide, and more than 20 million suffer from depression; which is a  precursor to suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and young  adults and the second leading cause of death for college students. Additionally, older  Americans over the age of 65 account for 16 percent of all suicide deaths.  To register for the walk, go to



Skinny Mini Bethenny Frankel Swings Back into Town to Encourage to Take A Swig of her Wine

Skinny Mini Bethenny Frankel Swings wearing her signature color orange,
and one of her favorite dresses, poses for a quick pix before sitting at a table to meet fans



The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board (PLCB) hosted founder of Skinnygirl® Cocktails and “The Real Housewives of New York City” star Bethenny Frankel Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection Store at 1112 Chestnut St. in Philadelphia.


Bethenny met with about 300 fans and signed purchased bottles from her Skinnygirl Cocktails line Skinny

There were also shared samples of the new Skinnygirl Spicy Lime Margarita, and Brulee catering handed out lite bites to the fans on hand.


This weekend King of Prussia Mall is hosting a very special shopping event September 25th in celebration of the opening of their expansion and to benefit Abramson Cancer Center. It’s free, but donations are encouraged. Bethenny Frankel will be our special guest, demonstrating Skinnygirl beverage pairings with signature items from our new restaurants. The event is from 6:00-9:00 PM in the new connector and will feature a DJ, fashion vignettes, sampling, register-to-win promos, beauty bars and much, much more. All of our new stores will be open and hosting fun in-store events and promotions.  We invite you to join us and thank you in advance for anything you can do to share this and help us promote the event with your friends, associates and family. For complimentary tickets to this special Evening of Giving, visit INFO HERE


I’m not gonna lie, where Bethenny goes drama follows, and there was a little drama during my shoot. A women came in with the cutest baby, as a seasoned celebrity photographer I can tell you that babies and celebs photos sell better than say men, or men over 50. I take a few shots, I know I have the money shot and I go to leave. Darn I wish I hadn’t lingered cause the PR person comes by and says I can’t publish the baby and the bottle photo. Skinnygirl has a rule that no one under 21 can be near/handle/be photographed with Skinnygirl ie liquor. Dang people, there goes my People cover.



This guy was from McGillin’s and bought a couple bottles. Unfortunately he told her, McGillin’s doesn’t sell her brand.








Each fan got a free make up sample from one of these guys as they exited


Fans in line


I was surprised how inexpensive the wine was, if I wasn’t on my way to 2 other events I would have picked up a signed bottle myself



Philly’s Latest Adult Playground Open’s with Revolutions Bowling, Bar & Grille – Sneak Preview

Philly’s Latest Adult Playground Open’s with Revolutions Bowling, Bar & Grille – Sneak Preview


Last week the folks behind Revolutions Bowling, Bar & Grille at 1009 Canal St. (Revolutions at Penn Treaty) (Next to The Fillmore, Punchline and across from Sugarhouse Casino), gave me a tour of their newly opened entertainment venue.  Revolutions at Penn Treaty is a 52,000 square-foot venue that is full of fun for everyone. The two-level complex features a 26-lane bowling experience including 12 private VIP lanes, along with a full service restaurant, courtesy of Burger & Beer Joint. The first floor features a 21-and-over “club within a club,” the first of its kind in the Revolutions family, with beverage specials courtesy of the Flair Bar bar-tending spectacle. Playground

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The Platinum Blonde


There’s an arcade on the 2nd floor


The building is housed in an old warehouse and the windows give you a great view of the skyline,

and the Delaware River with BF Bridge as a backdrop


The chef for Burger & Beers is chef Kim Malcolm, she was last at PYT



There’s bowling on two floors, and it’s not just bowling, it’s like bottle service bowling – you get your own server. And look at the comfy couches.


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In some spots, the marketing department told me, they left the original graffiti that lined the walls of the former factory


After my day tour I headed back for the first night of the soft opening




Mike and I both had burgers, and they were delicious. Then for dessert Mike opted for the Fried Oreo Cookies.

This is the Flair Bar, which bartenders not only serve you a specialty drink, but they do it with a flair a la Tom Cruise in the movie Cocktail.


Come by for the show. (Tommy Up stopped by and practice, maybe this is his new gig. Remember there was a time
it was rumored he was opening PYT Burger near the Fillmore.)

PlaygroundRevolutions is open now, but the official grand opening is slated for next week with entertainment, food and an open bar.

The hours of operation are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Kids are allowed to hang out until 9PM.