HughE Around Town: Be Well Philly Health Heroes; New Wawa, No Paper Towels, Buddy The Elf Spotted

HughE Around Town: Be Well Philly Health Heroes; New Wawa, No Paper Towels, Buddy The Elf Spotted

12 Days til Christmas and I’m finally getting around to shopping, and checking out the beautiful Chrismas lights in the area. Most of the following stops happened last night,
but first up lets see who won Philadelphia Magazine’s Be Well Health Hero contest for 2018

After much anticipation, the results are in! Tuesday, November 27, Philadelphia magazine hosted the Be Well Philly Health Hero Reception at the Pyramid Club, where the 2018 Health Hero and Very Influential Philadelphians were revealed. This year’s Health Hero is Todd Irwin (l), who received a $10,000 donation to his chosen charity, Angel Flight East;

The VIP is NBC10 Philadelphia’s Tracy Davidson, who received a $2,500 donation to her chosen charity, the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA. The challenge, presented by Independence Blue Cross, was created seven years ago to celebrate and recognize local pioneers in the health and wellness industry for their contribution to the Philadelphia area.

Congrats to everyone who participated:
HH runner-up Marian Uhlman, HH runner-up Alanna Gardner, VIP runner-up Wendell Holland, VIP winner Tracy Davidson, HH winner Todd Irwin, VIP runner-up Christian Crosby. Who wants to see you at Tinsel tonight for a Toys for Tots event.

This Thursday meet us at Tinsel 6pm-8pm as we host a holiday toy drive for CF Charities! Bring a new, unwrapped toy Or cash donation and grab a couple drinks on us Compliments of Boardroom Spirits  – at Tinsel

The two VIP runners-up are also making impressive strides to make the Philadelphia area happier and healthier. Christian Crosby is the in-arena host and Content & Integrated Marketing Manager for the Philadelphia 76ers, and the founder and CEO of Live Life Nice, a cause-driven digital media and apparel company dedicated to inspiring, motivating, and empowering people to “be nice and do nice.” Wendell Holland is a furniture designer and builder at his company Beve Unlimited, a local custom furniture company specializing in reclaimed wood, as well as the winner of Survivor: Ghost Island.

(photos by Theresa Regan)
It’s Christmas time in the City, but I like to head out into the burbs as well. Last night I headed over to Tavistock, NJ where I saw
this incredible snowman/Santa 2 story display. Where do you store them in the off season? I love a drive through Audubon, Haddonfield
and my home town of Cherry Hill, where I saw the biggest raccoon ever crossing the street going onto the property where I used to live.
Wish I was into nature photography when I was a kid, who knew these beasts were about…

Earlier in the night I headed over to Franklin Square, one of the 5 squares laid out by City Planner Thomas Holmes. Franklin Square
is located at 6th and Race Street. During the day it’s a fun family friendly park with miniature golf, picnic benches, a carousel and food. At night
it’s all that and Electrical Spectacle Holiday Light Show presented by PECO
Last night was special as Mayor Kenney, er I mean Buddy the Elf, and Santa (councilman Mark Squilla) stopped by to do the countdown for
the light show.
Check out Hank’s Take on Fox29 where he runs around town as Elf on a Shelf, So funny.
In between the fun you can head over to the Chase warming tent for delicious food, hot chocolate, make your own Smores and cocktails. There’s also an outdoor area with
fire-pits and seating so you can enjoy the magic happening around you.
Electrical Spectacle is a free light show that illuminates the Square nightly through December 31. Marvel at more than 75,000 lights as they shimmer, dance, and illuminate the Square to a soundtrack of holiday classics, some of which are performed by The Philly POPS in two alternating shows every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm daily. Every evening, one lucky audience member will be selected to kick off the evening’s festivities as the Igniter for the 4:30 pm show.

The largest Wawa opens to the public on Friday. Last night there was a friends, family and media preview party at the 11,500 square feet located in the Historic District
right across from Independence Hall. Now the whole world is going to fall in love with the Wawa hoagie.

Wally Goose welcomes Sheila Hess to Wawa (If there was a prize for tallest mascot, he would win.)

Lots of notable people were on hand for the party like Meryl Levitz, Jane Golden, and Paul Levy, Executive Director of Center City District, whose offices are located
just down the street. I’m sure he’ll be spotted there often.
There are lots of kiosks to order from and will be open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Now the nearby Federal Guards will have company as they guard our treasures.
The largest section of bottle drinks by far; starting with Friday’s opening coffee will be free through Sunday.

Beautiful murals by the Mural Arts Philadelphia
by artists Keir Johnston and Willis Humphrey . Sadly Willis passed away two weeks ago, but his family
came out to see the unveiling of the murals.

There are two counters to purchase your items from
And there’s Wawa merchandise like T-Shirts

More beef jerky selections than a West Virginia truck stop

Ben Franklin stands in front of a photo of he and his friends in front of Independence Hall

Wawa will host a grand opening on Friday, beginning at 8 a.m there will be a mini-parade with Wally and some of our favorite historic figures, they’ll be special giveaways for the first 200 customers, and a ribbon cutting ceremony with all the people that helped bring Wawa to the Public Ledger building at 6th and Chestnut.
BTW the bathrooms are enormous. Now at first I told me Instagram Story viewers that they forgot the paper towel rack and just use your pants. But on
my 2nd visit I realize there are hand dryers built into the faucet contraption, located on the right, just like at the Visitor Center.
See you Friday at the parade….

If I photographed you this week you might be in my
CBSPhilly Column

Or on Philly Style Magazine (I cringe with that first photo, I didn’t do my regular photo shop app)

Philly Business Journal