On Saturday, August 4 at St. Christopher’s Church in Gladwyne, PA, a diverse crowd gathered to celebrate the power of community and a local nonprofit’s far-reaching impact at Help Hope Live’s 3rd Annual Crab Fest. Highlights included all-you-can-eat fresh steamed Maryland blue crabs, outdoor fun on a gorgeous summer day, an exclusive tasting from craft beer partner and West Chester sensation Levante Brewing, and attendance from several Help Hope Live patients with incredible stories. Transplant recipients and spinal cord injury survivors shared their gratitude for the nonprofit’s fundraising help and attested to the power of community support to lift hearts and minds. The nonprofit was founded in Philly 35 years ago by a heart transplant surgeon and his wife, a nurse, to help patients cover the out-of-pocket costs of critical medical care. Follow Help Hope Live’s impact or attend a future event by visiting www.helphopelive.org and following @helphopeliveorg on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Logo for our 3rd Annual Crab Fest to benefit the nonprofit Help Hope Live (photo by Sonny Mullen)
All-you-can-eat fresh steamed Maryland blue crabs (photo by Megan Anderson Gregory)
All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Help Hope Live (photo by Sonny Mullen)
Middle Photo: Help Hope Live client and heart transplant recipient Linda Jara (left) with friend (photo by Sonny Mullen) Bottom: Help Hope Live ambassador and heart transplant recipient Bill Soloway (center) (photo by Sonny Mullen)
Thanks to helphopelive.org for sending the photos. I was unable to attend as I was down the shore. Save the date! Celebrate another impactful year for our nonprofit with delicious food, an open bar, an exciting auction, our signature Wine Pull, and the Help Hope Live Awards. Philly Chit Chat will be covering this event.
On July 24, 2019, The ChopHouse Grille, a stylish and inviting restaurant with a seasonally inspired menu celebrated their grand opening. Located at 301 North Pottstown Pike in Exton, PA, about 45 minutes from Philadelphia.
The PJW Restaurant Group welcomed friends and family to the party where guests enjoyed highlights from their menu including buffalo shrimp, seasonal flatbreads and the signature ChopHouse Grille Burger, (The popular Beyond Burger is offered as substitute).
Owners and officials cutting the ribbon at the opening.
I’m so glad my Idris Elba on a horse filming Concrete Cowboys photo was published last week, cause the John Travolta “The Fanatic” media blitz on nearly every outlet was the real deal today. Danny Zuko was everywhere, so much so that he was trending in Philly for his appearances as much as nationally for his appearance on Jimmy Fallon last night. Travolta flew his own plane into Philly last night around 8PM, and headed to the new Four Season’s Hotel where he was spotted at JG SkyHigh, (I have a photo sent to me anonymously on my instagram). Earlier in the evening he taped an appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show, in NYC.
Interesting enough, Jimmy Fallon was spotted at the Ritz Carlton where Questlove did a piece in the lobby during the day about his upcoming new book: Mixtape Potluck Cookbook, which comes out October 15. Questlove imagines the ultimate potluck dinner party, inviting more than fifty chefs, entertainers, and musicians—such as Eric Ripert, Natalie Portman, and Q-Tip—and asking them to bring along their favorite recipes. Interesting choice of places to conduct the interview as Eric Ripert used to have a restaurant in the Ritz Carlton called 10 Arts, the address of the hotel. Questlove was spotted posing with fans on the steps as he exited.
Earlier this week the Daily Mail put up a photo of Yolanda Hadid and her new boyfriend and wanted to know who he was. I recognize him as he’s local. It’s Joseph R. Jingoli, Jr. CEO of Joseph Jingoli & Son, Inc. more info @phillyvoice phillyvoice.com/fearless-leade… I just saw them together last spring at a Philly event phillychitchat.com/2019/02/27/res… – Yolanda Hadid steps out with mystery boyfriend in NYC mol.im/a/7354255 via @DailyMailCeleb He’s a farmer with a place near her’s. He’s a philanthropist. She has now confirmed it as well. They’ve been super low key, I saw them in March, but was asked not to write about it, and I didn’t until now. Also now that her ex David Foster, has gotten married, she probably wants people to know she’s happy as well.
After posting my breaking celebrity news the other day, someone sent me this photo of Lexie Norcross, owner & publisher of Philly Voice. (Here’s a great article on Jingoli) Lexie used to date Joe Jingoli. Thanks to my buddy Thom Carroll who took this photo of the happy couple at the Cooper Hospital Red Hot Gala, and best of luck to him in his new adventure. Also Sabrina Tamburino Thorne dropped me a note and vouched that Joey is a great guy. Happy to hear Yolanda Hadid has found love again.
Concrete Cowboys (formerly titled Ghetto Cowboy, based on the book) continues to film in North Philly, this time in the Strawberry Mansion area. Thanks to the anonymous photographer of these photos, she told me that a lot of the neighbors are extras on the set, and everyone is very nice. They’re happy the story is being told. On the left is Caleb McLaughlin , from Stranger Things, who’s be spotted around Philly and has signed autographs and has posed for photos. On the right is Jharrel Jerome . Concrete Cowboys has about 2 more weeks of filming left, and if being shot by a local company Neighborhood Film founded by Ricky Staub, who is also directing Concrete Cowboys.
Growing up in New Jersey during the 70s and 90s made me a bonafide Bruce Springsteen fan. I remember first hearing the Boss on my way to Paul VI in the late ’70s singing “Tenth Avenue Freeze Out” as it blared over the speakers in my yellow school bus via WMMR.
I thought this guy is never going to make it, his voice is too rough. But as time went on his message was the message of survival, hard work, family, friends, the values I was taught, we were taught, values that connected us to him and each other. My brother Ray, one of the middle kids in our family, really related to Bruce and it wasn’t long before we had Boss posters up on the wall, and blaring on the tape deck. Springsteen’s inspiration comes through in the movie Blinded By The Light as well, but you don’t have to be a Springsteen fan to love this movie. It’s a triumphant movie about a kid growing up and finding his way through adversity, and a strict familial upbringing. Following ones own dreams to the path of personal success. And it’s funny along the way.
It was great to cover a big red carpet premiere again, I haven’t done one in about a decade since I stopped traveling to NYC to cover them. Thanks Allied Philadelphia for inviting me. I did a lot of social media around the event, even the thrilling moment when Bruce Springsteen and his wife, and back up singer Patti Scialfa surprised the cast on the red carpet. They seemed genuinely surprised, I was kinda surprised since they had been in Europe only three days earlier, but you know they have those planes these days that get you back in time for a premiere of a movie inspired by your songs so I was fairly positive Bruce would be there. That’s Marilyn Russell, WOGL98.1 Mornings With Marilyn, with The Big Man’s son, Jarod Clemons (r).
It was surreal to watch Blinded By The Light only 5 rows behind Bruce (and his big bodyguard), no it was magical to experience the joy and pride of how Springsteen’s music comforted this kids life while navigating obstacles in his life. How his music empowered him to make something of his life, to break through. Springsteen was notably touched and it showed through his performance that evening. Pinch me did I just witness Bruce Springsteen make a surprise appearance at the movie screening I just shot, and then perform on stage with Southside Johnny. What a bucket list moment for this Bruuuuce fan!! Go see it. I’m going to see it again, there was so much to take in and I need to recapture the feelings.
When I was a kid I remember hearing this on WMMR, and every time I hear Growin’ up, I insert Philadelphia!!! What a great movie, brought back so many great memories for me, it’s great to see someone across the pond like Sarfraz Manzoor was inspired by The Boss as well. – 2 Thumbs Up
The Post Brothers‘ new luxurious living quarters is open and accepting tenants now. The Irvine Apartments, in a century-old former warehousing facility at 780 South 52nd Street near the Baltimore Avenue corridor.
According to a Globe Street article “This isn’t one of your cookie-cutter, ground-up luxury high-rise buildings. The Irvine has history and roots in industrial Philly. Our mission was to honor its history and character while creating an elevated, yet practical living experience,” says Michael Pestronk, CEO and co-founder of Post Brothers. “We’re keeping in line with the ever-growing cultural renaissance of West Philly, where we’re seeing an influx of new residents who really care about health, sustainability, and the concept of community, so we wanted to create an experience that echoes those values.”
Neon is prominent through out the building as it is here in the community room. Also on each floor when you get off the elevator their is a neon sign with the floor number illuminated.
The property includes a variety of both indoor and outdoor amenities, including:
A fitness center equipped with top-of-the-line cardio and exercise equipment such as Peloton bikes, Precor treadmills, stair-masters, HIIT options, and a variety of selectorized, plate-loaded and free weight stations.
A community garden where residents can plant and grow their own flora and produce
Fully-equipped outdoor kitchen with grills, dining tables and lounge areas
A K9 turf lawn and pet park
A co-working space that features a large open area with ample seating, natural sunlight and custom artwork
Concierge services including dry cleaning, package storage and online services
The windows let a lot of light in making the living space bright and spacious. They must have knocked out a lot of walls to create these windows since it was a storage facility. The official word: The interiors include roller shades for apartment windows and customizable mill work for closets, along with full-size stainless steel appliances, antimicrobial quartz countertops, and tile backsplash in the kitchen.
“The building was originally designed for storage,” says Post Brothers Asset Manager Josh Guelbart. “And then it sat vacant for 15 years, and people started painting really cool graffiti” on its walls. (Philly Mag Article)
Approximately 100 surfers and 400 volunteers, many of the volunteers from Moss Rehab in Philadelphia, participated in the 12th annual They Will Surf Again event at Baker Beach in Wildwood, Sunday, Aug. 4, 2019. T
For the past eight years, MossRehab has sent a volunteer corps of rehab therapists, doctors, nurses and supporters to They Will Surf Again is the flagship program of Life Rolls On, a nonprofit that serves as a resource and advocate for young people who have been affected by spinal cord injury. Life Rolls On utilizes action sports to push the boundaries of possibility for those with spinal cord injuries.
The Blue Wave Theory, play surf rock and entertained the crowd during the event. Kerry O’Connor, Senior Manager of Communications at Moss Rehab, has been a long time supporter of They Will Surf Again, connecting them with Moss Rehab, and sponsoring The Blue Wave Theory band for everyone’s enjoyment. The music was terrific, and kept the seagulls away from everyone’s pizza.
How many of us are saying to ourselves “Can you believe it’s August 11 already!” It’s a beautiful day get out and enjoy it, but first let’s read a little fun Philly Gossip…
The shot on the right is now one of the favorite shots I’ve taken in my 10 year career of shooting celebrities. It was a hard shoot as Idris has a Cowboy hat on and it cast a shadow on his face most of the time, so often the horse trainer who was wearing pink, often seems washed out.. How did this photo happen. A reader tipped me off where they were filming, but the only time I had to go was 2 hrs on the last day of filming at Fletcher Street field, and I got lucky. When I arrived they were sitting on the horses and I was resigned to getting photos of the back of them, worthy of a PhillyChitChat blog post. They were fairly far across the field and my camera kept focusing on my closed car window, as I sat in my hot car as I didn’t want the vibration from the car to affect the shots. I realized I’d have to open the window, and when I did the neighbors nearby kept coming up to my car to chat. I was polite, answered their questions, then asked them to move away from my car as to not draw attention. On some shoots I am standing on the sidewalk, but I really wanted a natural, candid shot. After rehearsing the scene for Concrete Cowboy, which was chatting on the horse, walking a few steps forward, then the horse would have to walk backwards to get in place. Their was a problem with Idris’ horse, so the trainer and Idris took the horse for a spin in the filed to reacquaint the horse with it’s rider. And that is how I got this shot. Very lucky through my car 🚗 window. Unnoticed. That’s a paparazzi shot. Thanks @gpfophillyfilm@pafia_#filmtaxcreditswork for bringing so many movies/TV shows to Philly this summer, which is my slow season.
Jonathan Van Ness, hairdresser on Queer Eye, and I must say everyone’s favorite. If there’s one guy people ask me about it’s JVN!! “[We]Pennsylvania SPCA were saddened to learn early this week that Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness’ beloved cat, Bug passed away. But, much to our surprise, JVN stopped into our PSPCA Fishtown Center to adopt not one, but two kittens who were in need of #furever families. While no one can ever replace Bug, we know these two bundles of love will certainly help on the way to healing. Thank you to JVN for choosing to #adoptdontshop.”
Speaking of the Pennsylvania SPCA , Jen Utley was in town earlier this month and visited Miss Piggy to help launch a Barn Animal Fund. Jen and her husband, legendary Phillies’ second baseman Chase Utley, have been supporting the Pennsylvania SPCA for more than a decade with Jen also serving on the Board of Directors of the organization during her family’s tenure in Philadelphia. Together, Jen and Chase hosted many events, raising significant funds for the organization, which relies entirely on the generosity of the public to support its mission. The Utley’s have remained vocal advocates for the PSPCA’s efforts to end animal cruelty. How I miss the Utley All Star Animals fundraisers. So much fun.
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Idris Elba Rides Again, The Philly Pride Parade is Recreated for Dispatches from Elsewhere more HughE Around Town Philly Gossip….
My guardian angels were smiling on me yesterday. As you know I was at the beach in the beginning of the week. Then on Tuesday and Wednesday I was on the set of Dispatches from Elsewhere. I had heard that Ghetto Cowboy (now called Concrete Cowboys) was filming at the Fletcher Stables in North Philly Tuesday through Thursday, but because I wanted to shoot Meek Mill at the courthouse at 930am on Tuesday I headed there, then nearby to 7th and Walnut for Dispatches filming with Sally Field. For weeks I knew about Dispatches shooting the Philly Pride Parade in the Gayborhood but I didn’t know the time, so I wanted to keep that whole day open, well up to the point where I needed to leave to photograph the red carpet arrivals in Asbury Park for Blinded by the Light premiere, (I’ll write more about that night next week.)
Then Thursday, I planned to photograph the filming of the next James Bond, Idris Elba on the set of the movie located that day at Fletcher Stables, my friend Mike Klose was there and sent me a few photos of Idris so I could see what he was wearing. I parked my car in a really good spot, and it was a huge success check out more photos Philly Voice, Inquirer and CBS and this great article by Victor Fiorillo at PhillyMag . I’ll write more about my personal experience and how the photo came about on Sunday in my weekly HughE Around Town column, every Sunday on PhillyChitChat.com Thanks
Dispatches from Elsewhere Film Set: Wednesday’s scene was the re creation of the Philly Pride Parade. Back in June many folks spotted actor Jason Segal watching the parade. He got an idea, he’ll use it in a scene for his new TV series Dispatches From Elsewhere. The production contacted me for the producer of the parade info, Frannie Price, except at first I thought it was for Queer Eye cause they only identified themselves as a TV show being filmed in Philly. The rest is history.
I photographed as they were setting up to do a rehearsal, unfortunately I could stay as it was 2PM, and I had to be on the road by 3PM to whisk Marilyn Russell and I off to Asbury Park.
I’m glad I left the beach earlier than I originally planned cause shooting Tuesday in Philly brought me back to the days of photographing celebs in NYC, they’re everywhere. Thanks to the many ChitChat readers who sent me tips this week, and always. I couldn’t do this column without you.
I headed to the Criminal Justice Center after seeing on social media that Meek Mill would be making an appearance. Unfortunately for him it didn’t go his way, and the judgement was just to schedule an official court date a month later. His team must have been expecting a different outcome as they got a permit for the street closure and set up the area for a victory rally. When Meek came out of the court house media and supporters expected him to ascend the stage and speak, instead he waved and headed for his limo to whisk him away. To read more about the hearing head to PhillyVoice, where I also sent a photo I took.
Ahhh thanks everyone for the tips about the movie “Concrete Cowboys” starring Idris Elba filming in Spring Garden. I was still down the shore and was unable to make it. An anonymous reader sent me this photo of the film crew on set. They were filming scenes in the former SEPTA train tunnel. This is a tunnel which the Rail Yard folks would like to incorporate in their master plan. Last year it was approved a developer could build a 10 story condo on this property – 2100 Hamilton Street. I see work has begun. No sightings of Idris Elba during the shoot, but on Sunday he was spotted at Cake in Chestnut Hill. A tipster also told me he’s been working with a speech therapist to master a Philadelphian accent. He’s British. 6ABC went to the set in search of Idris. This week the formerly titled Ghetto Cowboys, now titled Concrete Cowboys is filming across the street from the Fletcher Street Stables where the cowboys keep their horses.
This past weekend he and co-star Sally Field attended the Barbra Streisand concert at MSG, proving that we are all huge fans of someone and are thrilled when we meet our idols. You have to watch his video, it will brighten your day.
Which brings me to Sally Field. Who doesn’t love her perky personality. She’s played so many beloved characters in our lives – the mom in Mrs. Doubtfire, the mom in Forrest Gump, the mom in Spiderman, Sybil for you old heads like me, Gidget, the Flying Nun, the mom in Places in the Heart, damn it she’s the mom we all want even when we have great moms already.
If you were walking around the Washington Square area you might have been captured on film. You might be in this scene when it airs. Here’s your implied permission with this notice.
The scene was a protest outside the secret headquarters. The costumes were comical. I can’t wait to see how the story line plays out. I’m going to do my best not to reveal story lines by telling you what the actors did in this scene, which was filmed for nearly 10 hrs into the night. I do want the extras to hopefully see themselves in the photos I take. I can’t send individual photos as I have, but will try and publish as many here.
Jason Segel’s AMC anthology series Dispatches From Elsewhere stars Richard E. Grant, Sally Field and Eve Lindley in a 10-episode series. In addition to the on-air story, the show will include viewer engagement elements across multiple platforms.The show will follow a group of ordinary people who “stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life,” per AMC’s description. They eventually discover the mystery goes far deeper than imagined. (Source)
The costumes are perplexing as Andre 3000 and Sally Field, here doing tongue exercises, are dressed for colder weather where actress Eve Lindley is dressed for summer.
Harry Styles stopped over in Philly before heading to UK after filming in Cancun over the weekend. As you know his BF Xander Ritz grew up on the Mainline, where his family still lives. Harry was spotted at the Merion Cricket Club yesterday afternoon where he posed with several fans and servers. In the evening he was spotted at Philadelphia Airport hanging out in the American Airlines Admiral Lounge before boarding a red eye to the UK.
Work has begun on a joint project with Brandywine Realty Trust and Coscia Moos Architecture at 650 Park Avenue . A few weeks ago the two companies held a “Demolition Party” to kick off the re development of the building, with plans to build a state of the art office complex in place of the outdated, decades old building.
The current building is 3 stories, a bit dated and not wired for today’s modern technology. Whereas in 16 months the new four-story, 100,000 square-foot workplace structure will have the much desired amenities which companies desire and need to operate in modern times.
Guests enjoyed a continental breakfast, DJ music and a chance to take a whack at the old building via sledgehammers, rocks and even throwing an ax, mostly at a target but there was a few that went astray.
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