HughE Around Town: Christmas Village, Tasty Talk, Giuseppe & Sons and M Night’s New Apple Show

HughE Around Town: Christmas Village, Tasty Talk, Giuseppe & Sons and M Night’s New Apple Show

Hello, it’s HughE here. Sorry I have not been consistent on PhillyChitChat. I was so swamped this social season, plus that darn sleep doctor, Dr. Thanjua Hamilton told me I needed to get more sleep. I realize sleeping cuts down on my productivity, but I am enjoying my zzz’s. Social season is slowing down and I’ll be more consistent here. ALSO New Year’s resolution, they’re here, I’m not going to miss any posts on PCC going forward. We’ll start now. It’s Thursday let’s see what’s going on around town.

The big news, winter is upon us. How crazy this year it was summer til nearly November, the leaves didn’t peak until after Halloween, and then it snowed. What a beautiful fall. Here’s a shot from earlier this week with last remnants of fall dot the landscape in Fairmount Park, and icicles are hanging from the stone bridge on Kelly Drive. Always be wary of black ice, which you can see on the roadway here.

Christmas Village opened softly with a bang in November, and then with a beautiful visit from the Christkind (Germany’s “santa claus”) on Sunday November, 25, 2018. Shoppers will find boutique items from soaps and clothing to custom-made handbags and scarves, there authentic German food, mulled wine, Kendall Jenner posted on her Insta Stories earlier this week how delicious it was, when she stopped by with Ben Simmons. (While in town they had dinner at Parc, Buddakan, partied at the 1500 Lounge, stopped by Whole Foods on South Street before she headed home to LA. I hear he loaded the SUV with her luggage, kissed her goodbye and said I’ll see you in a week.)

Bethany and Sue Marvel at their Zaney Goose Ugly Sweater store at the Christmas Village official opening Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Love Park. (Mom don’t look at that reindeer sweater)

When you enter Christmas Village there are great information boards on the vendor locations through out the Village.

Go for the cheese sandwiches, but enjoy the Wisconsin men eye candy as they work. Baked Cheese Haus prepares a Wisconsin artisanal cheese sandwich called the Raclette at the Christmas Village official opening Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Love Park. To find them they’re located near the Northwest corner, near 16th and the Parkway

Romel K. McInnis, Choral Director, and the Clearview Vocal Esemble at the Christmas Village opening Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Love Park.


This years there’s a designated area to eat and enjoy your friends and family.

Speaking of family I ran into my cousins Joe Laux and Marion Rosener at the Christmas Village official opening Sunday, November 25, 2018 at Love Park.

Running from Thanksgiving (11/22/18) through Christmas Eve (12/24/18) with a preview weekend on November 17th and 18th, Christmas Village in Philadelphia will once again bring the charm of an authentic German Christmas market to Center City Philadelphia.

Tuesday night I stopped by the Academy of Music where dedicated Committee Members, Underwriters and Restoration Fund Donors took a behind-the-scenes tour of the Grand Old Lady of Locust Street. The committees are essential to the continued preservation of this National Historic Landmark. If you are interested in getting involved or learning more visit www.academyofmusic.org

The 162nd Anniversary Concert and Ball is coming up quickly January 26, 2019. Tickets are still available. HERE  It’s  Philadelphia’s most fabulous party of the year—the annual Anniversary Concert and Ball, a spectacular white-tie event with star-studded performances, dining, and dancing, all supporting an iconic historic landmark.

Then I headed over to Giuseppe & Sons for a celebratory dinner with Sheila Hess, Dr. Thanuja Hamilton (who made her debut on Dr. Oz)and moi (for the wonderful article in Philly Mag –One Day in Philly: HughE Dillon, Society Photographer  ). We stopped by another celebratory table to say hi to Billy Riddle, Kristina Jenkins,  Joshua Jenkins, Frank Kemp, GM of G&S, Jackie Kemp and Jen Carroll. Jen tells me that Spice Finch serves Brunch now.

Apple as you know has given a straight-to-series order for a psychological thriller written by Tony Basgallop and produced by M. Night Shyamalan, with Night set to direct the first episode which begins filming next week. Don’t expect to see the production on the streets of Philadelphia as it will be filming in Aston, Pa at the Sun Center Studios, sans one scene.

See you tomorrow , and on Sunday for more HughE Around Town here on Philly Chit Chat. Thanks