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December 2017

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Happy New Year : ChitChat -Lots of Engagements & No Surrender

Happy New Year. I usually do my best of the year entries this week, but as I am going away to Disney World in 2 weeks I’m going to save those entries for that week. It’s Friday so I’m going with my regular around town column ie gossip column where I share with you news of engagements, weddings, new business, celebrity sightings, cute pets, original content, tips from readers, info from PR peeps and of course news curated from Social Media.

Happy
Recently Billy Penn asked me where couples should get engaged in Philly. I picked the Waterworks as my favorite spot to get engaged because of the spectacular views of the City skyline and Boathouse Row. HappyAnd mentioned too cliche would be Rittenhouse Square, but why not anyway – it’s beautiful!!

As I expected many couples got engaged over the holiday, let’s see who’s going to the chapel….


Philly Mag featured a cute engagement of a couple on Philly’s other miracle street- Addison. I love that these days future grooms capture the moment either by hiring a photographer,

or taking selfies.
Happy
Oh it looks like someone read the Billy Penn article as Matt Malinowski popped the question to Charles Lentz at
the Waterworks, and then continued the celebration at Rittenhouse Square, which was the cliche place I mentioned to pop the question, especially during the holidays. What do guys give when they get engaged, sometimes a wedding band, cuff links, or in this case a watch as Matt gave to Chuck. Congrats guys.

Another friend of mine popped the question this weekend – Paul Smith. Paul and I both worked at Kohn Swift in our early careers. Paul and I went on to start our own successful business. Congrats to Paul and Sarah Ann!


Loren Robinson, MD, MSHP said YES to her fellow doctor. Earlier this month Loren was noted as 40 Under 40 Leaders in Health Awards Winners for 2017 Congrats on both accounts!

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Tattoos for Heroes

My friend Eddie Alderson, 23 and my niece Nicole Rae, 21 are in the battles for their lives, literally and they chose to commemorate the battle with their own “scar”. Both have been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Nicole was diagnosed nearly 2 years ago, and is done treatment and has returned to school, Eddie is still undergoing treatment. They both have been public with their battle, and are winning. They don’t know each other, but they both traveled to NYC this past week to get tattoo’s to represent the battle.

Eddie Alderson (ex-Matthew, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), who now lives in the suburbs of Philly, tweeted earlier this month to Bruce Springsteen that he’d be seeing his Springsteen On Broadway – “Hey @springsteen ! “No Surrender” has been my motto and go-to song throughout my current fight against Cancer. I’m seeing your #BruceOnBroadway show Dec. 27, and would LOVE to get you to write No Surrender on my arm, for my first tattoo! Thank you for being my inspiration!” His former co-stars added their support and pleas to the singer on Twitter. Renée Elise Goldsberry (ex-Evangeline) posted, “Thank you @Eddie_Alderson for inspiring me since our days on #OLTL! I stand with u! #NoSurrender @springsteen!” Melissa Fumero (ex-Adriana), wrote, “Eddie, you’re the best and you inspire me with your strength and bravery! Please, @springsteen give my friend the Xmas present he deserves. Sign his arm!! #nosurrender.” Josh Kelly (ex-Cutter), added, “When I grow up I wanna be @Eddie_Alderson … just my thoughts for the day. #NoSurrender … oh and @springsteen … please sign his arm.” Terri Conn (ex-Aubrey; ex-Katie, AS THE WORLD TURNS), posted, “@springsteen, you will find no more an inspiration, a talent, or a kind and pure heart, than in @Eddie_Alderson! #makeadreamcometrue #BruceonBroadway #NoSurrender.”

See the video of Bruce signing Eddie’s arm at Soap Opera Digest
Then Eddie headed to Fun City Tattoo today to get the tattoo done.


Nicole who finished her treatment a year ago, and is well enough to return to school wanted to mark this time in her own way, with 13 bats for reasons she is keeping to herself. What we do know is she’s been a fan of Megan Massacre: tattoo artist, model, fashion contributor, and TV personality for sometime and made an appointment a few months back, as Megan books out months in advance.


I asked Nicole if it was painful, and she told me it was less painful than the constant needles she had to endure during her cancer treatment.

Nicole’s dad Tom also got a tattoo of a bat with Nicole’s initials to honor his daughter (his first tat is a circle stamp honoring his dad who passed away several years ago).

Megan Massacre, Nicole DeFeo and Tom DeFeo

Kristin Alderson and Eddie Alderson

 

Eddie & Nicole congrats on your tats, and for being an inspiration to us all.
God bless you, and Happy New Year!!

#NOSURRENDER

 

 

 

 

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The Most Fantastic Party I didn’t Attend, but wish I had – Decor Delight

The Most Fantastic Party I didn’t Attend, but wish I had

Medical Guardian (1818 Market Street  Suite 1200, Philadelphia, PA 19103) held their annual holiday party earlier this month at VIE in Philadelphia. Geoff Gross, Founder & CEO at Medical Guardian hosted friends, family and employees of the life saving Medical Alert System which serves seniors nationwide. I was supposed to attend, but something came up and I missed it. After attending in the past and knowing that Valerie Sings GrossVal Sings Events was producing the event, I knew it’d be a party we all needed to see

Fantastic
Valerie Sings Gross and Geoff Gross


Santa’s Workshop was the theme


Santa was there


Cescaphe always has one of the most delicious spreads chock full of seafood and see food

Gorgeous champagne display as you walk into the lobby

 


Valerie Sings Gross


A wall of employees photos from past parties

Val Sings Events did a sweet job on this event.
Happy Happy Holidays, what a wonderful holiday season. I for one am not bothered when the commericals, and the music and the holiday cheer starts in November because when December 26 rolls around I’m already nostalgic for it.

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Wrap Up: Holiday Parties – Craft House Fundraiser, Klehr, Harrison & NACE

Wrap Up: Holiday Parties – Craft House Fundraiser, Klehr, Harrison & NACE

Happy Holidays continues as I catch up on postings and parties I covered in the celebratory month of December. In this post I’m going to cover three events, two I hit in one night.

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Matthew Ray, Chatterblast and Melissa Magee, 6ABC

On Thursday, Dec 14 at the Craft Hall Pop-Up Restaurant (North Side of City Hall by the Christmas Tree) former “Olive Garden 1997 National Mixologist Champion” Matthew Ray returned to the bar! The one-night-only appearance is to benefit the KIDS. $1 per drink purchased will be donated to the Philadelphia Department of Human Services to support children in foster care during the holiday season.

The City Reps Office


Mike Jerrick stopped by and then we headed to the legendary annual Klehr, Harrison, Harvey Branzburg holiday party which took place at the  Hyatt at the Bellevue Hotel on Thursday, December 14, 2017. Attendees enjoyed cocktails, buffet supper, as they networked and enjoyed the festive atmosphere.


We knew it’d be a classy party when we ran into Mark Nicoletti, who was attending with Mikaela Schwartz and Kara Schwartz


Gordana Loncar


Councilman Mark Squilla


Mike with jet setter Melisa Leonard


Mike with fans. He always has time for them. He’s definitely an iconic Philadelphian.

Amanda Dougherty, Kerry Slade and Kelsey Hughes – Blaum of Klehr, Harrison
The lighting and decor was spectacular, and the stage was on fire, nearly with the pyrotechnics every once in awhile, which makes photos a bit sexy smokey.

Guest, Jamie Joffee and Hope Cohen

Frankie Mancuso and Kristen Foote

Paul Steinke, Executive Director of The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, guest and John Grady, PIDC

Fran Fattah and friends
Andrew Still, EisnerAmper LLP and Momin Sheikh, Founder/Principal – ‎MerakiCMO


Mike Barmash, Colliers International and Despina Belsemes, Colliers International


Gaetano Piccirilli, Maria Quattrone (congrats on your marriage to Chip this past weekend) and Dara Ellis.
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National Association for Catering and Events (NACE) held their Annual Holiday Party & Awards at the Ritz Carlton earlier this month.  Thank you to our participating sponsors Campli Photography, Marilyn Sukonick-Zeff Professional Tarot Card Presentations, Jon Ardito Entertainment – Philadelphia Wedding Bands and DJs, AFR Furniture Rental and SHOUT Graphic and Print Solutions! A very special thank you to our Title Sponsor Philadelphia Wedding Magazine!

Gail Malcolm, The High Point, Barbara Belotti , Sue Cunnane, ONE North Broad St and Samantha Aimee Kravitz, PartySpace

The NACE is the first, non-profit, national organization for caterers, event planners, and event professionals the provide education, certification, and a network of resources for members in all segments of the hospitality industry.


The Ritz Carlton folks served a delicious buffet dinner, and the cutest cookies


Denis Sinelnikov, Media Components LLC and Benjamin Yoblick, Lafayette Hill Studios


Membership Director Billy Handy (r)


Happy Holidays, on Thursday I’ll be posting the most impressive Holiday party with eye popping decor

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Photos: Thuzio and Claude Giroux Foundation Fundraiser

Thuzio and Claude Giroux Foundation Fundraiser

On November 30, 2017, Thuzio members, their guests and supporters of the Claude Giroux Foundation gathered at Cescaphe Ballroom for a Casino themed night in support of a great cause.

Thuzio

 

Guests tried their luck playing traditional casino games and bidding on silent and live auction items. Claude Giroux mingled with guests and was joined by 6-8 of his Flyers teammates and other local philadelphia celebs/athletes such as Vince Papale, Freddie Mitchell, Todd Herremans, Brian Propp, Riley Cote, Justin Perillo amongst others.


Claude Giroux, Flyers

Thuzio is redefining business entertainment through its exclusive celebrity-powered event platform. Executives rely on Thuzio experiences to engage their most vital business relationships and network amongst a c-level audience, while brands leverage Thuzio to reach its influential community. Member companies range from large corporations such as Bank of America and Morgan Stanley, to local small business owners.


Thuzio was founded in 2012 by New York Giants running back Tiki Barber, serial entrepreneur Mark Gerson (co-founder of GLG), and Jared Augustine as an e-commerce marketplace for booking athletes. In 2014, Thuzio launched its subscription event product and currently hosts events in New York, Philadelphia, Chicago, San Francisco, & Los Angeles.
Todd Herremans and Vince Papale

Freddie Mitchell
The Claude Giroux Foundation, established in 2014, supports various organizations who better the lives of individuals and families in need throughout the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Hearst, Ontario communities. Originally from Hearst, Ontario, Giroux announced in October of 2010 that he had chosen to associate himself with the Notre-Dame Hospital Foundation in Hearst. “I think it’s a good cause and a lot of people back home are putting a lot of time into it, so it should be a pretty good site for fans visit,” said Giroux.


The partners of the foundation then decided to join forces and first raise funds for the construction of a new physiotherapy and rehabilitation centre named, the Claude-Giroux Centre. “The construction of the new Centre Claude-Giroux Centre is a big project with an estimated cost of around $700,000. We hope this website will prove to be an excellent and innovative way to raise funds for this project”, declared France Dallaire, member of the Foundation and CEO of the Notre-Dame Hospital.
Host of The700LevelShow Marc Farzetta, Emcee the evening and Andrea Helfich, new sideline reporter for the Flyers
Jen Groover, serial entrepreneur

Thanks to Thuzio for providing the photos. I had bronchitis and wasn’t able to make it, although it was on my schedule.

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Jingle Bells at Philly/NJ Man Magazine Holiday Party

Jingle Bells at Philly/NJ Man Magazine Holiday Party

Earlier this month I headed to the annual Philly/NJ Man Magazine at my favorite holiday spot in Atlantic City Tropicana Casino & Resort Atlantic City  with my buds Thanuja Hamilton MD , Michelle Leonard and Nicky the boyfriend.
JingleThe party was held at Boogie Nights, a throwback 70s + 80s Dance Club. We had so much fun, the party was great, food delicious and the DJ hit all the right spots for fantastic dance moves. I was excited as I took a turn on the floor myself, the first time since I was diagnosed with a blood clot three weeks before, that was fun.

Thanuja Hamilton, MD, former Flyers great, and philanthropic guy – Brian Propp, Michelle Leonard (real estate agent to the stars) and Tom Bove, 1981 Paul VI graduate or as I like to say my former school mate.


Ken Dunek, Publisher and Managing Partner of JerseyMan and PhillyMan Magazine and Vince Ceroli, Hardenbergh Insurance Group

There was a nice turnout for the holiday party.


Whitney Ullman, Go Whitney and Jennifer Sherlock, Jenna Communications

It was a sweet night. Thanks for having me.
While I was in AC Teresa Giudice headed to Vlanni’s for a Toys for Tots event.

What are you doing for New Year’s Eve?


Tickets and Info to The Glitter City Gala HERE

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Political Friends Celebrate with Vince Fumo at his Annual Christmas Party

Political Friends Celebrate with Vince Fumo at his Annual Christmas Party

Last night I attended my 3rd holiday party at Vince Fumo’s. In the  90s & 00s before I was PCC,  I had always read about the grandiose parties at the Green Street mansion, especially at Christmas time when the house on the hill was elaborately decorated. Out of the blue about three years ago the senator wrote me himself to invite me to the famed Christmas party.

Political

 

The first two years I attended the parties were fairly low key, with family members and a few close, notable political operatives. This year it was like back to the future, with triple the size of attendees.

This year was not only a remembrance of the holidays and good will, but a celebration for Fumo’s new biography, which came out last month:


Sen Larry Farnese, Karen Sugarman, Vince Fumo and Lt. Gov Mike Stackhouse

Target: The Senator: A Story About Power And Abuse Of Power , which was just released earlier this month. The former Senator will be doing a book tour in the new year, with a book signing, party at the Union League in January.


Michael Schulson, Nina Tinari Schulson and former senator Vince Fumo


Senator Christine Tartaglione, Nicholas DeBenedictis, Lt Gov Mike Stack, and former CBS3/CW Philly 57 President and General Manager Michael Colleran with guests


Mariska K. Bogle, executive director of the nonprofit Philadelphia Hospitality Inc and Sean Reilly. Esq.


Christian DiCicco and Anna Catania, Ten Pennies


Chef Mark Scharaga, Nyotaimori Experience and one of the few sushi chefs certified by the Blue Ocean Institute for sustainability.


Mina MassaroGiordano, MDAntonio Giordano, a pathologist, professor of biology, and director of the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine at Temple and Carol Tamburino

Micah Mahjoubian, Linda Knox and Councilman At-Large Al Taubenberger


Hostess Debbie Pastrana, Vince’s girlfriend


Also spotted State Sen. Larry Farnese , Councilman Mark Squilla, State. Sen Shariff Street, Judge Felice Stack, Carol and Nino Tinari


Eric S and Wanda Mora.
Wanda has done such a wonderful job at raising money for her Puerto Rico over the passed few months. Look for her big fundraiser coming up in February at Union Trust – For The Love of Puerto Rico


Balboa Catering did a great job on the food. Upstairs their was a prime rib spread and downstairs delicious pork and lamb options.


Tonya Stack and Lt. Gov Mike Stack


Micah Mahjoubian and Councilwomen Janie Blackwell

Stacy Wanerman, Mike Jerrick, Anna Catania, guest, Larry Wanerman, Cindy Wanerman and Michael Colloran


Tom Knox, Anna Cantina, Carol Tamburino and


Carol Tinari and Cheryl Finocchiaro 

guest, Hacina Saadi, and Dawn Tancredi, Zarwin Baum


The Senator has been in the press lately. Read an interview here at Philly Mag, then head to PhillyVoice for an excerpt from his book.

Merry Christmas. Check out PhillyChitChat tomorrow for another party.
I’m off to Charlotte for a week, follow me on Social Media, links up top, to see what
I’m seeing.

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The Best Places to Visit with Kids this Holiday (in Philly)

The Best Places to Visit with Kids this Holiday (in Philly)

 

There’s still time to enjoy the most wonderful time of the year – and there are some things in the Philly area you don’t want to miss this holiday season.  As the cool temperatures take over, this year guarantees the return of Philadelphia’s festive holiday spirit and endless events for kids of all ages. Take a look at the best places in Philly to visit with kids this holiday in Philly.

 

Macy’s Center City

Holiday

Since 1956, the Grand Court in the Wanamaker Building has offered an impressive Christmas Light Show. The store brings back the sugarplum fairies tradition and dancing snowmen with a light show of more than 100,000 lights. These performances are free of charge and offered every two hours during the normal store hours. Tour the Dickens Village on the third floor between shows – the setup of animated dolls retell a Christmas Carol and ends with the opportunity to let your kids meet Santa and get photos with him. Allow for at least 2hrs to see everything.

 

The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Throughout the season, the Philadelphia Museum of Art hosts various activities and events to celebrate the holiday season. Visit on Wednesdays from 5:00 to 8:45 p.m. and admission to the museum is Pay What You Wish. Don’t miss the tree lighting celebration on the East Terrace and the card-making night where you can make your own handmade holiday cards for your loved ones. The festive Friday night performances are a must-see and make sure to enjoy the seasonal snacks and spiked hot chocolate.

 

Dilworth Park Wintergarden

Once you’ve wrapped all of the presents, figured out how to get cash for cars in Philadelphia, and sent out the Christmas cards, head to Center City. The area is chocked full of holiday activities including the Deck the Hall Light Show. The Rothman Institute Ice Rink offers skate rentals for ice skating, lights, and a space indoors where visitors can enjoy snacks, and hot and cold drinks. Don’t miss Craft Hall where you can enjoy BBQ, bread, and beer while viewing the city’s holiday tree. In the open-air courtyard, the youngest guests will find pleasure in the carousel.

Franklin Square Holiday Festival & Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

Last night Buddy The Elf – Mayor Jim Kenney and Santa Councilman Mark Squilla lit the Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show

The Holiday Light Show at Franklin Square brings the historical square to life, with shows to music playing every half hour from 4 to 8 p.m during the week and from 4 to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. In the center of the 50,000 bulbs is a large, illuminated kite. Enjoy the free event other festivities created with kids in mind such as Saturdays with Santa. Ride the holiday train and enjoy the comfort foods, hot beverages, and local beer. Make sure to check out the mini-golf while you are there! December 31, 2017 (except Thanksgiving and Christmas)

Christmas Village

 

The Christmas Village is back at the refurbished JFK Plaza, also called LOVE Park. Visit this German-style village where local and international merchants set up booths to showcase and sell cold weather apparel, edible goods, and handmade toys. Festive entertainment makes LOVE Park a must-visit spot by locals and visitors alike this holiday season. The Village is set up through Christmas Eve. Look for the Love statue to return in early 2018.

 

The Morris Arboretum

 

The Holiday Garden Railway within the evergreens of Morris Arboretum offers a mini winter wonderland with a model-train track with multiple rail lines, seven tunnels and loops, and model trains that move past replicas of various historical monuments and landmarks decorated with twinkling lights.  Your little train-lovers will be awestruck! Viewings are on select nights and tickets are required.

Philadelphia is home to a wealth of fun experiences and destinations to make this holiday season one for the books. Make sure to take a break from wrapping presents so you don’t miss these breathtaking seasonal celebrations throughout Philly. It’s always a good time to make new family traditions!

 

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Fashion Standouts at Philly Style Magazines Annual Holiday Party

Fashion Standouts at Philly Style Magazines Annual Holiday Party

Standouts
It’s the most wonderful time of the year… The Philly Style Magazine Holiday Party happened on Monday night at Aqimero at The Ritz-Carlton and many of Philly’s most stylish elves were on hand to celebrate

If you take a photo, please link back to this post, and you should do the same thing for other photographers as well, we rely on our hits for business. Thanks Happy Holidays….

Matchmaker, matchmaker bring me a man, Erika Kaplan (c), who’s with ThreeDayRule.com is a professional matchmaker. New Year, New You, New Love could be your new mantra.

Ben Cross, Rosemary Connors, NBC10, he had me at wooden bow tie and that great jacket – Brandon Hudson, Journalist. Reporter  (He has a great twitter handle @BHudTV), Pamela Osborne, NBC10, Josh Ortiz, Krystal Klei, meteorologist for NBC10’s First Alert Weather team

Karen Hepp, Fox 29 (r), she’s been so supportive of my career and me. It was so wonderful working with her over at Fox 29 for over 6 years.
She’s here with her single, sassy, sister Lizzie Bapson (I have her info) and bff Sara Mayher Standouts 

Love this texture dress St


Adam Matteo, Sales Consultant MASERATI & Alfa Romeo and Tony Piazza, in front of a metallic blue Alfa Romeo of Piazza Premium Automobiles. Adam, a top salesperson at Piazza tells me that the top color seller of Alpha Romeo’s is Russo Red.

Glittery fun is what Jennifer Lynn Robinson is wearing. Recently Jennifer told me she’s a bit of a shopper, and has an entire room of beautiful outfits I’m excited to photograph.”I love to mix high end, vintage and lower cost items. Many seemed surprised when I told them my dress was from Target ” and Jaimi Blackburn, wearing a glossy little black dress.

Kristen Alderson told her Instagram/Twitter followers (nearly 270ks) …My DRESS was $18 from Ross! EIGHTEEN DOLLARS! Hahah And it looked beautiful, was super comfy, and didn’t fall apart. I can’t stress enough that you DO NOT need to spend a lot to look expensive👌outs 

John Colabelli, Publisher of Philly Style Mag and his well dressed posseElaine R. Grosso and Monica Miraglilo with Santa
Naughty or Nice, let me guess

Girls with glasses – Anna Catania (l) Ten Pennies florist had an amazing year of events.
Dr. Nina Radcliff gets snapped in her breezy white dress by Eileen Xu

Melony Roy, KYWRadio, guest, Dr. Jen Caudle (who regularly appears on CBS3 as well as Dr. Oz) and David Alexander Jenkins


Geater getting his heater on
Legendary Emil DeJohn and with Mrs Lauren Colabelli – this dress said to me red is not always the best holiday fashion


Triple Threat: Gal in a Little Black Dress, a Tuxedo Dress and a hot red party dress
Marilyn Melasecca, Cryo Myst and stylist Alissa Frederico, Dressing Jane. Next month Alissa gets ready for the Academy Ball, focusing on the what’s hot for the grand gala. Hopefully no one will wear a “nude outfit this year”, the well heeled crowd is still wagging their tongues over that number. Girls wear that at the Hair of the Dog (Jan 20), not a White Tail gala where you should be wearing formal, floor length evening gown.


Class never goes out of style – Sabrina Tamburino Thorne and Rachel Paz


WOW – Robin Carter Rcb looked amazing in her Neiman Marcus outfit


Always breathtaking Kasia Hopek and Maciej Ciezki
Fashion plate DJ Shelly wearing a gorgeous dress from Touché Accessories

Mina MassaroGiordano, MD, Hope Cohen and congrats to Amber-Joi Watkins who with her husband Tommy Domalski, is expecting a baby girl in the spring. Tommy and Amber-Joi were married 3 years earlier at the Ritz-Carlton.

Rahel Solomon, pretty in purple made an early appearance as she needed to grab some zzz’s before anchoring the morning
news with Jim Donovan at CBS3Philly at 5AM


Best dressed of the night, Sharon Pinkenson, GPFO Executive Director, all the way down to those sizzling hot boots.

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Mark & Jason’s Friends Create Christmas Ornaments

What Happens When Notable Philly Create Holiday Ornaments

Saturday night PGN publisher Mark Segal and partner Jason Villemez hosted their annual holiday party. For the first time in 14 years they had a Christmas Tree. They asked their guests to forgo host gifts and instead create an ornament for the tree.

Ornaments

 Judging the ornaments were real judges,  Judge Maria McLaughlin, PA. Supreme Court candidate Justice Kevin Dougherty, here with Jonathan Saidel and Mark Segal

and State Senator Sharif Street

The Philadelphia Gay Mens Choir was on hand to entertain

Mrs. Villemez , Mark Segal, Jarod Williams and David Wagaman

Congrats to David Wagaman who with his help brought together the talented students at the Phila. Performing Arts, a String Theory School who created banners depicting different Philly neighborhoods in the holiday spirit. Go check them out in front of his cafe on the Parkway, in front of Capriccio at Cret Park (16th and Vine) (source)

I missed that part about “create”, I bought an ornament. Major fail on my part, but it was the cutest Eastern State Penitentiary ornament.

The cutest outhouse with a Menorah on the door and rainbow toilet paper, over the crapper is a picture of infamous State rep. Darly Metcalf. Well done Rick Lombardo

Chris Bartlett, Executive Director William Way LGBT Community Center:

It’s titled “Sugar Tacks.” Get it says Bartlett? Created with one red delicious apple, Wawa sugar packets, a package of Rite Aid tacks, one screw, and a blue string. As you can tell, I was a crafty kind of child.

Not surprising Micah Mahjoubian, Policy Director for Senator Sharif Street created political ornaments

Judge Dan Anders hung Elton John, in an ode to the time Mark & others brought

David Wagaman’s ornament using a photo I posted on FB. It is the sincerest form of flattery. Who knew you could go to AC Moore
and get materials to use in your own ornament. That’s where I’ll go next year.

I love this one of Mark Segal’s autobiography by Michael Newmuis

Larry Felzer, Klayton Fennell


I’m going to guess this was Jim Werner from Visit Philly

Ernest Owens, editor of GPhilly with Amber Hikes, Amber Hikes, executive director of the Office of LGBT Affairs

Also spotted Councilman Mark Squilla, Nurit Shein, former CEO of the community-health Mazzoni Center, David and Rhonda Cohen, Frannie Price, Judith Kaplow Applebaum, Stephen Alan Glassman, Larry Felzer, Klayton Fennell, Kevin Lessard, Harvey and Julie Welker,

Jeff Guaracino, executive director Welcome America has a big ball


and a lot of them are on the City’s Christmas Tree.
Jeff and his team are responsible for this year’s magnificent Christmas Tree at City Hall,

Judge Dan Anders and attorney Ted Simon. Just in the news is a story Simon’s client Amanda Knox who has launched “The Scarlet Letter Reports” on the Vice Channel. The Philly Voice reports that Philly native Amber Rose will be among the first guests .

Award winning Philly Gay News photographer Scott A Drake and Micheal Ward


Former Gov Ed Rendell stopped by to sing Christmas carols.

Kicking off the night with what he told the crowd was not his former mother in law’s favorite:
Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer

Jason Villemez and friends

Legendary Suzi Nash, who has been doing people in Philly interviews in the PGN for years.


Michael Sheridan, ‎Professor – ‎Temple University School of Tourism & Hospitality Management (and serious marathon runner) and Jim Werner, (and serious marathon runner supporter & encouragement sign maker) Vice President, Hotel Relations and Tourism Development at Visit Philly, and former councilman Frank DiCicco

Malcolm Kenyatta, who last Thursday announced a run for office. The openly gay community leader and former Democratic National Convention delegate Malcolm Kenyatta announced his bid for state representative in the 181st District with political operative Micah Mahjoubian

Ornament
Delicious buffet as usual by Christine Fisher.

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Photos: A Dream is a Wish: Princess Holiday Concert

Photos: A Dream is a Wish: Princess Holiday Concert
I didn’t know what to expect when I attended the A Dream is a Wish: Princess Holiday Concert Hosted by Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theater.

Dream
What I found was the most adorable concert with princess’ who had a lesson to teach little princess’ in training. Every seat was sold out at the concert, but not every seat was taken as the little princess’ clamored to be as close as possible to the stage.

Dream
A Dream Is a Wish: Princess Holiday Concert is a live concert sing-along, featuring nine Princesses including Princess Sofia, Cinderella, Elsa, Mulan, Moana, Belle, and others. Cinderella is having a holiday celebration with her friends and the youngest, Princess Sofia, wants to learn from the other Princesses how to be the best she can be as she grows up! They teach her that even though life will present obstacles, everyone’s path is different, and if she is true to herself, she will find her way. A Dream Is a Wish features over 15 holiday and popular movie-musical songs, including the titular song, “A Dream Is A Wish,” “Let It Go,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Jingle Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “When Will My Life Begin.”


Afterwards there was a meet and greet with the princesses in the lobby of the theater.
in between photo ops, princesses enjoyed delicious cider and cookies as well
smiles and
memories
I loved seeing all the princesses in their various gowns and tiaras
Arielle
See you next year Cinderella. Next up for Philadelphia Theatre Company

Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire is a giddy and raucous parody of the Emmy Award-winning HBO show, Game of Thrones. Sing and dance along with Daenerys, her dragons, and many other beloved and be-hated characters as they engage in savagery, sex, and earth-shattering plot twists in the Seven Kingdoms.