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November 2016


Sixers Add Concerts to their Halftime Show

The Philadelphia 76ers have announced the concert lineup in their four-part Sixers Halftime Concert Series, presented by Coors Light. The award–winning performer roster includes Bell Biv DeVoe, The Sugarhill Gang, Nina Sky and Biz Markie. Sixers fans with tickets to any of the four Friday night home games in the Sixers Halftime Concert Series presented by Coors Light will enjoy Billboard topping hits including “Poison,” “Rapper’s Delight,” “Move Ya Body” and “Just A Friend.”
Three-time American Music Award Winners and four-time Platinum recording artists Bell Biv DeVoe will perform their Billboard hit “Poison” during halftime of the Orlando Magic game on Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
The Sugarhill Gang will perform their top hits “Rapper’s Delight” and “Apache” during halftime of the Sixers home game on Friday, January 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. vs. the Portland Trailblazers.  “Rapper’s Delight” was the first rap single to become a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.
Nina Sky will perform their hit “Move Ya Body,” which reached No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2004, during halftime of the Sixers Hispanic Heritage Night on Friday, March 3, 2017 vs. the New York Knicks at 7:00 p.m.
Biz Markie will perform his popular hit “Just A Friend” during halftime of the Dallas Mavericks game on Friday, March 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.  In 2008, “Just A Friend” made No. 100 on VH1’s list of the 100 Greatest Hip Hop Songs of All Time.
“We are thrilled to tip-off the Sixers Halftime Concert Series with a partner like Coors Light who appreciates the value of providing exceptional entertainment opportunities for fans and continues to activate in compelling ways that create once-in-a-lifetime memories,” said Chad Biggs, Philadelphia 76ers SVP of Corporate Development and Activation. “We look forward to four performers that will energize the Sixers fans in attendance that night.”
“Coors Light is proud to partner with the Philadelphia 76ers on an exciting season as well as their energetic Halftime Concert Series! At Coors Brewing Company, we like to say our mountain is brewing the most refreshing beer.  So we say cheers to the Sixers and their refreshing halftime entertainment,” said Melissa Riggs, Field Marketing Manager, MillerCoors.
During the 2015-16 season, Coors Light presented the Sixers Halftime Concert game featuring a performance by Montell Jordan. The Sixers Dancers, Dunk Team and mascot Franklin will perform alongside all artists in the Sixers Halftime Concert Series presented by Coors Light. In recent seasons the Sixers Entertainment team has performed with Jordin Sparks, Montell Jordan, Naughty by Nature, Tag Team, Cupid and more.  This past summer Sixers Dancers trained with “Les Twins,” identical brothers, models and dancers Laurent and Larry Bourgeois who have performed and choreographed for Beyonce, Meghan Trainor, Missy Elliot and more.
Tickets are on-sale now for the first game in the Sixers Halftime Concert Series presented by Coors Light on Friday, December 2 at 7:00 p.m. against the Orlando Magic and all other halftime concert games.  Fans may purchase tickets at the arena Box Office, by calling 215-339-7676 or at SIXERS.COM, the team’s official new ticketing platform on StubHub which provides fans the tools to search, purchase and exchange Sixers tickets all in a single destination.




Bala Cynwyd, PA — November 29, 2016 —  95.7 BEN-FM is pleased to announce the return of their annual ‘Adopt A Family Radiothon’.  The BEN-FM airstaff will be joined by celebrity guests as they broadcast live from a festive, holiday tent in front of The Comcast Center (17th and JFK Blvd) on Thursday December 8, 2016 from 6am to 6pm.
Throughout the broadcast, they’ll be encouraging listeners and passersby to make a donation to assist Volunteers of America Delaware Valley’s ‘Adopt a Family Program.’ The ‘Adopt a Family Program’ purchases gifts and holiday meals for hundreds of less fortunate families in their shelters and in the surrounding community.  Last year’s Radiothon assisted hundreds of needy families by raising over $60,000. The station is anticipating raising even more money for Volunteers of America this year.

Listeners can make a donation in a variety of ways:

  1. Make a secure online donation any time from now through December 8 at 6pm at via the ‘Adopt A Family Radiothon’ page.
  2. Donate via BEN-FM’s toll free phone line, 866-957-0957, on 12/8 between 6am and 6pm.
  3. Make a cash or credit card donation at the live broadcast site on 12/8 between 6am and 6pm.

When making a donation, you can do a ‘Direct Adoption’ where you choose a family from Volunteers of America’s list of families in need or you can make a ‘Cash Donation’.  Your cash donation will be combined with others making your gift go further.
All listeners that make an online, on-site or phone donation will be registered to a trip for four to LEGOLAND Beach Retreat.  The trip includes tickets to LEGOLAND® Florida Resort and air transportation courtesy of


95.7 WBEN-FM is owned and operated by Beasley Media Group, Inc.
About Beasley Media Group:

Beasley Media Group, Inc. is a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., which owns and operates 69 stations (50 FM and       19 AM) in 16 large- and mid-size markets in the United States. Approximately 20.1 million consumers listen to Beasley radio stations weekly over-the-air, online, on smartphones and tablets and engage with the Company’s brands and personalities through digital platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, text, apps and email.  For more information, please visit


The Philadelphia Fund Alliance Inaugural Gala

The Philadelphia Fund Alliance (PFA) hosted more than 200 asset-management industry professionals at its Inaugural Gala  at The Logan Philadelphia, which raised more than $40,000 for the heroic health professionals at The Children’s Hospital of  Philadelphia (CHOP). Ronan Ryan, one of the founding members of IEX, the Investor’s Exchange, who worked to restore  trust in the stock market after the high-frequency trading controversy, as chronicled in Michael Lewis’ latest best-seller,  Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt, delivered the keynote address.


Tony Godonis (Aberdeen Asset Management Inc.) Ronan Ryan (IEX) and Stuart George (Delaware Investment)


Antoinette Robbins (Delaware Investments) and Greg DiMeglio (Stradley Ronon)


Philadelphia Fund Alliance Inaugural Gala cocktail reception and silent auction


Settlement Music School’s Gabriel Braverman String Quartet


Marie Lostocco, Sabrina Hincapie, Val Azu and Kseniya Suslava (Tait Weller)



Anna Cavalieri, Nate Bomberger & Erik Ringoen (Deloitte LLP) along with Cindy Lewis (Aberdeen)



Philadelphia-themed sports memorabilia for silent auction benefiting CHOP


Photo courtesy of

Philadelphia Fund Alliance Steering Committee Members Stephen Sypherd (FS Investment Corporation), Jennifer Nichols
(Aberdeen) and Bruce Leto (Stradley Ronon) present Peter Grollman from CHOP with $40,000 donation.


A Well Crafted First Friday – Plus Save the Date for The Next First Friday December 2

A Well Crafted First Friday


Good Monday Morning. Hope you had an awesome Thanksgiving, and holiday weekend. So many events to kick off the holiday. I’ve placed lots of photos which will pop up in the Philly Biz Journal, Philly Mag, Philly Metro and here at Philly Chit Chat later in the week. Let’s dive into an event that Mike Hirata shot for Philly Chit Chat earlier this month – A Well Crafted First Friday Crafted

Craft Now Philly helped curate an event for The Center for Art in Wood, The Clay Studio, Moderne Gallery, Snyderman-Works Galleries and the Wexler Gallery participated in a collaborative exhibition during First Friday festivities to get freebies and discounts at area businesses.



Susan Strasberg, Brenda Levin, and Janet Street.




Hyunsoo Woo, Mi-Kyoung Lee and Gallery Owner Rick Snyderman.



Scott Mcpheeters and Peter Mcpheeters.


David Michaud and Nancy Dye were visiting from the Carolinas.



Halie Peveto, Erin Scheckenbach, and Juliana Chapman.




Dominique Ellis with Laser Print Transfer works.




Clara Hollander Co-Chair of Craft Now and Chris Taylor President of Clay Studio





Guests at Snyderman Works Gallery.


Guests at the Center for Art in Wood.


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Patti LaBelle’s Turkey Day Party, Coach Vermeil’s 80th, Debbie Harry Moves

Good Sunday day to you. It’s been awhile since I posted PhillyGossip/Tidbits. The end of the Social Season was rip roaring busy and I’m still trying to wrap up client photos and positioning pictures in the press. Some of what you’re going to read today is a tad old, but just as relevant. Let’s get started….


Congrats to my buddy Drew Bergman, who you may recall spoke at the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention gala last year where I was honored. This year he was nominated as one of Philly Mag’s Health Hero’s of 2016. He did get the top spot but he was one of the top 3 and awarded Two Thousand Five Hundred Dollars for the organization where he works – Minding Your Mind. On January 7, 2017 he will be honored by the AFSP for the work he’s done in sharing his story and saving lives.



Congrats to Jason Matthew’s hair stylist Josh DeMarco who was honored with the People’s Choice Award at The What’s Next Awards in Orlando earlier this month. Patti

Congrats to Natalie Egenolf who’s landed at the 97.5 Fanatic next to Mike Missanelli 2PM – 6PM. Listen and enjoy,
no one is more real, honest and down to earth than Natalie. She’s a breath of fresh air.


Congrats to Jenny DeHuff is heading to the Philly Voice to be their managing editor of Culture for PhillyVoice.


On Friday I caught an engagement at the Love Statue at Dilworth Park. Last week someone caught Zach Elinich popping the question to Jen Williams at the Bellevue after she ran in the Philadelphia Marathon.Patti Patti Patti

Debbie Harry has moved to Cape May Point. Actually I found out she bought a place there last year. It’s a popular seaside hangout for celebrities both Tina Fey and Anne Hathaway stay there every summer, and Oprah Winfrey has been know to hang her hat at Congress Hall. Patti

Fresh from her Marian Anderson Award, Patti LaBelle hosted 150 of her closest friends and family at her home in Wynnewood, Pa. I was invited, really I was, but my invite came after I already accepted my sister’s invite and she lives near Lancaster. The party was 3  to 9, and I tried to get back in time but the tryptophan was hard to fight. Hopefully I get invited again next year. In the meantime check out Dyana Williams Instagram for more photos and a clip of Patti singing.11-27-2016-10-45-32-am-custom

Garrett Ching was on Gotham last week. On Thursday one of his creative ice sculptures was on a Dunkin Donuts’ 6ABC Thanksgiving Day float.Patti

Ken Dunek, PhillyMan Magazine, posted this fun photo on his FB Page.
1980 Philadelphia Eagles for Coach Vermeil’s 80th birthday party! — with Wilbert Montgomery, Kevin Reilly, John Spagnola, Frank LeMaster, Dick Vermeil, Bill Bergey, Vince Papale, Harold Carmichael, Ron Jaworski, Randy Logan and John Bunting.


Sorry I don’t leave you much time for this…

Verizon Wireless, Philadelphia Eagles Partner to Inspire Domestic Violence Survivors and Raise Funds for Area Shelters  Eagles Wide Receiver Jordan Matthews Kicks Off “Pass Along Hope” Campaign  Running Through Month of November .

(L to R) Julie Hirshey, Philadelphia Eagles Community Relations Director; Beth Sturman, Laurel House Executive Director; Betsy Kilkenny, Laurel House Director of Funds Development; Jordan Matthews, Philadelphia Eagles Wide Receiver; Deianna Tyree, CHILD, Inc. Director of Domestic Violence Services; Jeannine L. Lisitski, Women Against Abuse Executive Director; John O’Malley, Verizon Wireless Corporate Media Relations, kick off the third annual Pass Along Hope campaign. The initiative will raise money to support area domestic violence organizations through the HopeLine from Verizon program. The campaign launch was celebrated with help from Verizon Wireless, Philadelphia Eagles and community members. and by following the hashtag #PassAlongHope.


Christmas Village Is Back and I have Lots of Details to put you in the Holiday Mood

Christmas Village Is Back, Now at City Hall with a Carousel in Courtyard


Christmas Village presented by NRG has returned to Philadelphia for the 2016 holiday season at an exciting new location CITY HALL!


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Philadelphia’s largest holiday attraction will this year transform Philadelphia’s City Hall (1400 JFK Blvd.) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market, open daily between Thursday, November 24, 2016 and Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2016. PLUS TODAY on Black Friday, November 25, Christmas Village in Philadelphia invites you to head out of the office and skip the malls for a special free lunch concert from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. This year, the German Christmas market welcomes local favorite singer and songwriter Jennifer Logue on stage.


All of your favorite shops are back


As well as those cute little mugs for your wine


Daily market hours are Friday through Saturday 11:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday through Thursday 11:00am to 7:00pm. Thanksgiving Day hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm, Black Friday hours are 9:00am to 8:00pm and Christmas Eve hours are 11:00am to 5:00pm.


Christmas Village in Philadelphia’s Grand Opening Ceremony is Sunday this year (Sunday, November 27) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Invite your family and friends to come sing along to holiday selections by the Camden Catholic High School Band and Clearview Regional High School Choir. Meet the original Christkind from Nuremberg after she officially opens the market by reciting her traditional prologue. Take photos with her as she does her traditional walk of the market. In Germany, she is the person that brings the Christmas gifts to the kids, and she won’t be coming to the City of Brotherly Love empty handed! With our new location at City Hall this year, watch for a special surprise during the Opening Ceremony!


Music schedule on the main stage at the City Hall North Apron:

* Monday through Thursday – 4:00pm to 7:00pm
* Fridays – 12:00pm to 1:00pm and 4:00 to 8:00pm
* Saturdays – 12:00pm to 8:00pm
* Sundays – 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Selected early announced performances include:

* Saturday, December 3 – St. Thomas Gospel Choir from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
* Sunday, December 4 – New Spirit of Penn (Gospel Choir of the Penn University) from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
* Wednesday, December 7 – Slante (Irish Band during Ho Ho Happy Hour) from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
* Saturday, December 10 – Donauschwalben from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
* Saturday, December 10 – German Hungarian Schuhplattler Group from 3:00pm to 4:00 pm
* Saturday, December 11 – GTV Almrausch from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
* Wednesday, December 14 –The Mixed People Band (during Ho Ho Happy Hour) from 5:00pm to 7:00om


Children and families from around the region are invited to join Christmas Village in Philadelphia’s second Lantern Parade on Wednesday, November 30, starting at 5:15pm. Meet outside in front of the Christmas Village’s main stage on City Hall’s Northern Apron and join the festive procession with your homemade and decorated lanterns (battery please, no flame). Children’s carolers from Walnut Street Theatre will accompany the parade around City Hall with a stunt at the big Christmas tree on Dilworth Plaza. The highlight of the night will a stage performance by the Philly POPS Festival Brass at the market’s main stage as the grand finale. Here, the quintet will perform holiday favorites and set the perfect backdrop for a joint performance with all participants. Once the parade has ended, all participants are invited to enjoy a sweet treat together.


NRG will host their Gingerbread House Decorating Contest again on Friday, December 9 at 1:00pm with members of the press competing on behalf of four local non-profits. In the evening, after the contest winner has been chosen, NRG also brings an official Eagles Player to Christmas Village in Philadelphia for a photo and autograph session at 6:00pm.


Santa will be visiting on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and offers family photos inside his hut. There will also be other family fun like story-telling, caricature artists, face painters, music and more. Schedule will vary by weekend and day.
The new kids’ corner will be open Saturdays 11:00am to 8:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 7:00pm.
This year, a traditional carousel can be found inside the Courtyard which adds to the atmosphere of an authentic Christmas Village. Tickets will be available at the market for a small price.

New Pet Photos with Santa
Woof woof! New for the season, bring your pup down for pet photos with Santa during every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during regular market hours.


Christmas Village in Philadelphia is made up of more than 80 booths and a big vendor tent, much like those found in traditional Christmas Villages in Germany. Within this village, you’ll find a wide variety of seasonal goods and gifts that you won’t find in any common shopping mall. Aside from our American vendors, we have German and international vendors selling Christmas decorations from genuine Erzgebirge, nativity sets, glass ornaments in assorted sites, toys, jewelry and so much more.



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Philly Man Magazine & NJ Man Magazine Honor Influencers

Philly Man Magazine & NJ Man Magazine Honor Influencers

Good Tuesday, hope you’re doing well. The Fall Social Season is done now, and I’m catching up with great events that occurred during the height of craziness ie near the election as well. This month really has zipped by. Man

Early this month Philly Mag Magazine and NJ Man Magazine, published by Ken Dunek and family, honored local business man and women who are influential as well as philanthropic in our area.



Charles Montecino, Anthony DeGerolamo, Ellen Magenheim and John Hiltwine



Honorees Dr. Nina Radcliff, Karen Hepp, Fox 29 and Christie Mandia, The Honigman Group


Self dubbed Philly Socialite Melissa Leonard and Doug Dolfman, ESQ. Philadelphia Criminal Defense Attorney


Philip Jaurigue, Ownership Group, Philadelphia Soul and Mary Pat Kessler, Director of Sales and Marketing at Sabre Systems Inc.


Scott Martin, Senior Vice President at Markeim Chalmers, Ray Pennacchia, Senior Vice President at NovaCare Rehabilitation , Luis Liceaga, President, Impact Dimensions LLC and Kevin Boyle, Stradley Ronon



Anne D’Amico, Kim Shehman and Kelly Rasso


Dana Dewedoff and Donna Dewedoff

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Alan Gottlob, Toni Gottlob and Jim Kirlin



Natalie Marone, Lisa Joswick and Stephanie Phelps


Angie Eileen, Maggie Singh, Andrea Graham, Dr. Nina Radcliff (honoree) and internatioal superstar EDM DJ Vassy, who will be performing at the upcoming Hair of the Dog party on January 7.

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Honoree Karen Hepp, Fox 29 with Fox 29’s nightime news anchor Lucy Nolan flanking a very happy Ray Pennacchia Man

The Honorees

Lisa Silveri, who is supporting Donors are Heroes, is one of the city’s most influential real estate Power Brokers- especially in the ultra-luxury residential and commercial market.  She is an active volunteer and board member for Soldier Strong, Donors Are Heroes/Gift of Life, Project Home, Cityteam Shelter in Chester, St. Columba’s Shelter and more.  Jim Haefele for The Legacy Foundation, Karen Hepp for Lifecycle WomanCare, Christie Mandia for MANNA, Phil Jaurigue for Family Readiness Group, Susan Lehman for National Public Radio, Ray Pennacchia Northwestern Human Services, Dr Nina Radcliff for Right2Breathe,Man

and Mike Regina for YMCA of Burlington and Camden Counties was runner up for raising the most money to grab the tittle of most influential.

Jerry Flanagan for JDog Foundation Inc. is Philly/Jersey Man Magazine’s Most Influential of 2016


The Ultimate Philly Christmas/Holiday Tree Lighting List + #PhillyHolidays

The Ultimate Philly Christmas/Holiday Tree Lighting List & #PhillyHolidays

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and much earlier than ever. Over the past couple years the trees of the City seemed to be lit in the first week of December, but it seems this year the powers to be sensed we needed Christmas right this very minute.

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Credit: Photo courtesy Comcast

TONIGHT: Chestnut Hill Circle of Trees – Woodmere Art Museum at 9201 Germantown Avenue
Saturday, November 19, 2016, 5:30–7:00 p.m. FREE

Family and friends come together to celebrate the annual tree lighting and the beginning of Chestnut Hill’s holiday season. Enjoy live music, hot chocolate, cookies, and a special surprise guest. Families are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy to donate to a charity for underprivileged children. Sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Business and Community Association.tree

Don’t forget to check out the Holiday Storetree

and say hi to Stephen Kerzner for me.


Another Christmas Tree Making Spirits Bright before Thanksgiving is the Philadelphia Museum of Art Tree which is being lt on Wednesday, November 23, 2016. Standing at almost fifty feet tall, the Museum’s holiday tree will sparkle down the Parkway with solar-powered lights. Kick off the season with us at this public event.

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. 
Light refreshments, live performances, and ugly sweaters on the East Terrace.

5:45 p.m.
Official countdown and tree lighting

’til 8:45 p.m.
The Museum will remain open with Pay What You Wish admission. Head inside and visit the galleries.


Then next Saturday, after the jolly one arrives on Thanksgiving, The City lights their tree. I know firsthand Mayor Jim Kenney is excited. Last year he told me he’d be moving the tree out from the City Hall Courtyard and out to Dilworth Park, cause the Tree is the People’s Tree and everyone should be able to see it. On Thursday, Mayor Kenney placed the first ornament on the tree.


 Saturday, November 26, the Saturday after Thanksgiving…from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza.

  • 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. is the Entertainment
  • 6:30 p.m. is the long-awaited tree lighting hosted by Mayor Jim Kenney
  • 6:40 – 7:00 pm – more holiday entertainment


Ø  Saturday, November 26 Manayunk Tree Lighting

Ø  Tuesday, November 29Rittenhouse Row Tree Lighting

Ø  Thursday, December 1 from 5-7pm – East Passyunk Tree Lighting – Deck the Ave with the annual Tree Lighting Party at the Singing Fountain on  + holiday fun all month long!

Deck the Ave! The ‘Deck the Ave’ holiday campaign will kick off on Saturday, November 26 with Small Business Saturday on the Avenue, offering special events, sales and more. This holiday season, we’ll also be featuring weekly photos with Santa, ‘PassyunkShops’ shopping specials, and Arctic Ave, a day-long festival with live ice carvings.


A list of fun #PhillyHolidays Events.

Ø  Friday, November 25 –  SEPTA Santa Express at Dilworth Park

                                    –   Macy’s Christmas Light Show& Dickens Village Begins

11/18/16 Friday evening they unveiled their windows, and they were spectacular. I love that we have a Macy’s

Ø  Sunday, November 27Christmas Village Grand Opening at City Hall

Ø  Friday, December 2 – WinterFest Tree Lighting at Penn’s Landing



Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park 

November 11, 2016 – February 27, 2017 

The holiday season kicks off early with the opening of Rothman Institute Ice Rink & Cabin. Skaters and non-skaters alike can relax in the cozy cabin over seasonal snacks, frosty beers and warm beverages, Themed events and holiday activities take place throughout the season. For more information, visit Center City District’s website. 

 America’s Garden Capital Maze 

November 11, 2016 – February 27, 2017 

This new attraction brings a festive winter garden to Dilworth Park. It features willow-branch archways, a variety of seasonal perennials, trees and shrubs and several topiary sculptures that showcase all 32 of the public gardens, arboreta and historic landscapes that are located in the Philadelphia region. For more information, visit Center City District’s website. 

This year they have a carousel – $3 a ride  (Aversa PR shot)


Christmas Village 

November 19-20; November 24 – December 24, 2016 

Philadelphia’s German-style Christmas Village returns again this year, but with a new location—City Hall! This holiday favorite lets shoppers find the perfect gifts from Germany and around the world, including glass ornaments, handcrafted jewelry, music boxes, nutcrackers and more. Shoppers can also enjoy hot mulled wine, gingerbread and bratwursts during their visit. For more information, visit the Christmas Village website. 

 Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market 

November 19 – December, 24, 2016 

Holiday shoppers can stock up on handcrafted goods made by local artists, crafters and designers at the holiday market in Dilworth Park. Also available: lots of yummy Philly foods that will satisfy shoppers’ cravings and/or make great gifts. For more information, visit Center City District’s website.   Vibrant neighborhoods within Philadelphia offer holiday sing-alongs, parades and tree-lighting festivities. Join Chestnut Hill on November 19; Manayunk on November 26; Rittenhouse Square on November 29 and South Street on December 4. 

 Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show  

November 10 – December 31, 2016 (except Thanksgiving & Christmas) 

The free show, presented by PECO, incorporates a giant lighted kite and 50,000 lights choreographed to holiday music. The show runs every 30 minutes from 4 to 8 p.m. on weeknights and 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Other festivities include visits from Santa, rides on the holiday train and carousel, min-golf and the brand new Ben’s Bites & Brews. There’s also a family-friendly 6 p.m. Kids’ New Year’s Eve Countdown and Dance Party with fireworks. For more information, visit Historic Philadelphia’s website. 


UniverSoul Circus – All The Fun Is Happening In Fairmount Park

UniverSoul Circus – All The Fun Is Happening In Fairmount Park

UniverSoul Circus – All The Fun Is Happening In Fairmount Park celebrates 20 years in Philadelphia this November through November 26 (Tickets Here)


I had a chance to see it at the beginning of November and it was SPECTACULAR


Amazing performances


entertaining, as well as how they interacted with the audience. Fun

Alex Holley from Fox 29 was the guest ringmaster on the evening I attended. She’s here with Lucky, the ringmaster (r) and his trusted sidekick Zeke (l) flanked by the Fresh the ClownsFun

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If your as fascinated by balloons as Bill Clinton is, you’re gonna have a good time


All performances take place under the big top, which will be located next to the Mann Center for the Performing Arts at 52nd Street and Parkside Avenue. hd1_8419-custom

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Fom Havana , Cuba, this fearsome foursome performs incredible act on a Russian bar that sends its acrobatic performers skyward with the buoyancy of a trampoline. Fun hd1_8513-custom

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Did I mention there was face painting? Plus popcorn, cotton candy


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and other treats under the big top.


Don’t Even Think Of Driving in Center City This Weekend – Take SEPTA

Don’t Even Think Of Driving in Center City This Weekend – Take SEPTA

The Philadelphia Marathon ROAD CLOSURES 2016


Some of the major areas impacted include:

The Benjamin Franklin Parkway Friday, November 18 through Sunday, November 20
Citywide along the 26.2-mile route of the Philadelphia Marathon on Sunday, November 20
The I-676 off-ramps at 22nd Street (westbound) and 23rd Street (eastbound) will be closed on Saturday, November 19 and Sunday, November 20 after 4 a.m. for event security preparation. Ramps at 15th/Broad may also close, if needed.

Friday, November 18
The outer lanes of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway will be closed, from 9:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., on Friday, November 18. At 3:30 p.m., all lanes will be opened for the afternoon rush hour.

Saturday, November 19

For the Half Marathon, due to enhanced security, City of Philadelphia “no-parking” regulations will be enforced strictly and all vehicles on the race route will be relocated, beginning at 2 a.m. on Saturday, November 19. Drivers impacted are encouraged to contact Philadelphia Parking Authority at 215-683-9550.

Street closures will be in effect for the Philadelphia Half Marathon, Rothman Institute 8K and Kids Fun Run on Saturday, from 2 a.m. until 3 p.m., along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, between 20th to 25th Streets, and also on Kelly Drive, Martin Luther King Drive, and numerous other roads in Center City (see complete list below). Signage labeled “no parking” will be posted in the Parkway area, and elsewhere, along the race course in advance. On Saturday, the vicinity near 18th Street and the Parkway, and the Logan Circle area will be closed to vehicular traffic until 11:30 a.m.

The following streets will be affected across the city on Saturday, November 19

18th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
19th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
20th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
21st Street, from Spring Garden to Arch Streets
22nd Street, from Spring Garden to Arch Streets
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 16th to 22nd Streets
Arch Street, from 6th to 16th Street
6th Street, from Race to Market Streets
Market Street, from 5th to 17th Streets
East Penn Square
John F. Kennedy Blvd., from Juniper to 17th Streets
15th Street, from Race to Chestnut Streets
16th Street, from Chestnut to Race Streets
Lansdowne Drive, from Girard Avenue to South Concourse Drive
Lansdowne Drive, to Centennial Circle
Black Road

Martin Luther King Drive
Green Drive, Ford Road, Chamounix Drive
Strawberry Mansion Drive, Dauphin Drive, Reservoir Drive
Edgely Drive, Randolph Drive, Mt. Pleasant Drive, Fountain Green Drive
Kelly Drive

Motorists and pedestrians can expect significant delays when trying to cross roads or streets that are adjacent to the course. Police will allow traffic through intersections along the course, when possible, depending on the flow of the race participants. All streets are scheduled to be reopened by 2 p.m. on Saturday, November 19.

Sunday, November 20
For the Philadelphia Marathon, due to enhanced security, City of Philadelphia “no-parking” regulations will be enforced strictly and all vehicles on the race route will be relocated, beginning at 2 a.m. on Sunday. Drivers impacted are encouraged to contact Philadelphia Parking Authority at 215-683-9550. In addition, on Sunday, the Parkway, from 20th to 25th Streets, will be closed, from 2 a.m. to 4 p.m. Other streets along the race course will reopen as runners pass by and the streets are cleaned.

The following streets will be affected across the city on November 20:

18th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
19th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
20th Street, from Arch to Callowhill Streets
21st Street, from Spring Garden to Arch streets
22nd Street, from Spring Garden to Arch Streets
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from 22nd to 16th Streets
Arch Street, between 16th to 3rd Streets
4th Street, between Arch to Vine Streets
Race Street, from 6th Street to Columbus Boulevard
Columbus Boulevard (Southbound lanes), from Vine Street to Washington Avenue
Southbound off-ramp, from I-95 at Washington Avenue
Washington Avenue, from Columbus Boulevard to Front Street
Front Street, from Washington Avenue to South Street
South Street, from Front to 7th Streets
6th Street, from Bainbridge to Market Streets
Chestnut Street, from 6th to 34th Streets

34th Street, Chestnut Street to Girard Avenue
Lansdowne Drive, from Girard Avenue to South Concourse Drive
South Concourse Drive, from Lansdowne to West Memorial Hall Drives
West Memorial Hall Drive, from South Concourse to Avenue of the Republic
Avenue of the Republic, from West Memorial Hall Drive to Catholic Foundtain
Belmont Avenue, Montgomery to Parkside Avenue
Black Road
Martin Luther King Drive
Kelly Drive
The Falls Bridge
Ridge Avenue, from Schoolhouse Lane to Manayunk Avenue
Main Street, from Ridge Avenue to Green Lane

Motorists and pedestrians can expect significant delays when trying to cross roads or streets that are adjacent to the course. Police will allow traffic through intersections along the course, when possible, depending on the flow of the race participants. All streets are scheduled to be reopened by 6 p.m. on Sunday, November 20

Have a good run!!