Kate Winslet Spotted; Dispatches From Elsewhere to Wrap; Celebrity Sightings & Weather Engagements

Happy first day it feels like fall. Lot’s happening this week, parties, festivals, Halloween happenings and celebrity sightings. Philly is Having A Moment. Interesting I heard a few people say this over the past year, and now it’s become somewhat of a slogan. Let’s hashtag that and I will feature your moments on PhillyChitChat once a month.

PhillyWood is having a big MOMENT

Kate Winslet has arrived in Philadelphia for a new HBO series “Mare of Easttown”, which films until APRIL. The show will be mostly shot in Delco, in eerie quaint towns my sources tell me. Mare is directed by UofP graduate (This morning I was at an event and one of his friends told me his connection to Philly and this is what I found): Gavin O’Connor who once held the career sacks record at the University of Pennsylvania (The Philly Voice). Mare Of Easttown stars Winslet as a small-town Pennsylvania detective whose life crumbles around her as she investigates a local murder. The cast also includes Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart, Angourie Rice, Evan Peters, Cailee Spaeny and David Denman. Additional cast-mates have been added (Info). Robert Deniro‘s film with Shia Labeouf scheduled to start in November, now scheduled to start in January. Brrr. But actually much better for me, social season is slow then.

Richard E Grant on set of Dispatches from Elsewhere October 15, 2019 in Philadelphia top left two photos. Eve Lindley and Jason Segel on the set during the evening. The scene was the characters on a “date” sharing a cheese steak from both Geno’s and Pat’s. Good idea. There are 3 more weeks left for filming the AMC TV series who’s cast includes Sally Field and Andre 3000.
Last weekend Jason Segel headed to the beach for the 3 day weekend. he was spotted in Cape May as well as at the Original Fudge Kitchen in Stone Harbor.

I was on Fox 29 earlier this week chitchatting about the film. It was interesting the scene they shot with Richard E. Grant will be spliced together with a scene they filmed over the summer with Field, and Andre 300. I remember watching that one as well.

Bryan Stevenson, Karan Kendrick, Tim Blake Nelson and Andrew Lanham attend The 28th Philadelphia Film Festival opening night premier of “Just Mercy” at Philadelphia Film Center on October 17, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. 10 days of film for you to enjoy through 10/27.
Marie Roda from the MTV shows The Challenge and Ex on the Beach was shopping at Kin Boutique last weekend. She is pictured with the store’s owner Joey Clark and was in town for an event with other cast members at Punch Line Philly. She is wearing a tie dye a sweatsuit from Stateside that is still available at the store. Kin is located at 1014 Pine Street. (provided)

The weather is looking gold for two meteorologists we know…

Central Bucks West High School‘s Caitlin Roth, who used to be the meteorologist at Fox29 before heading to DC’s Fox5 in 2015, recently got engaged to her co worker, meteorologist Tucker Barnes!! Congrats you two!!
More good news, looks like the Trader Joe’s at Broad & Arch is about to open.

White Dog Cafe wants to prepare your Thanksgiving Meal. INFO
Thanks and have a fantastic, safe weekend….


Open House: Spring Art Neighborhood Sunday

What are you doing Sunday. There’s an open house in the Spring Arts neighborhood – 1125 Lemon St Sunday 11-1pm

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Wag The Tail Wednesday – Old City Fest

It’s Wednesday, the City is going to the dogs let’s check it out in DAT >> Dogs Around Town.

Old City Fest was infested with the cuties, and I attempted to pet as many as possible.

You probably have to give your dog CBD for it to zen out so much to wear this costume for Halloween. Send me photos of your dog dressed in their best costume. HughE thanks so much!!

If you click on each photo you can see it in full as well as read about the person and business.

Look who stopped by Old City Festival on Sunday!! Yes he did have his flute with him!! Check out CBSPhilly and Philly Voice for more photos from the Old City Fest. See you tomorrow for Philly Gossip, and my picks for things to do this weekend and beyond. Don’t forget your umbrella today!!


2019 Carousel Ball Raises Record-Breaking $3.5 Million for the Cardiac Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) 2019 Carousel Ball on Saturday October 12, at The Met Philadelphia, presented by Wawa, raised a record-breaking $3.5 million to benefit the Cardiac Center at CHOP

Look how beautiful the Met Philadelphia can be as an event space for nearly 900 people sitting. The back tables are elevated as to compensate with the slant of the floor.

Dr.Scott and Sandy Adzick, Elizabeth Norris, and Tim Buckley
Madeline Bell, President & CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia . “The Carousel Ball is always a very special evening of celebration and gratitude,” said Madeline Bell, President and CEO of Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. “It’s a night where we celebrate the power of philanthropy to support our mission of pushing the limits of possibility for today’s patients and advancing life-changing research to create a better tomorrow.”

A signature fundraiser since 1957, the Carousel Ball celebrates the many remarkable discoveries made at CHOP that have profoundly changed pediatric medicine and honors countless supporters who have helped raise critical funds to fuel the breakthroughs of tomorrow. Held on October 12 and emceed by TODAY Co-Anchor Sheinelle Jones, this year’s black-tie event welcomed nearly 900 of the region’s greatest philanthropists, corporate leaders and patient families.

As the beneficiary of the 2019 Carousel Ball, the Hospital’s Cardiac Center is one of the world’s largest and most accomplished pediatric heart centers, offering care for children with acquired and congenital heart conditions from around the globe. The Center performs a high volume of cardiothoracic surgeries, including over 500 open heart procedures a year – and has some of the best patient outcomes in the world. Researchers and clinicians at CHOP are making great progress in revolutionizing treatments and improving outcomes for children with heart disease.

Hank and Diana Toczylowsk, Jennifer and Jeff Beck, Michelle and Kevin Samples, Kim and Bill Pierce

Dr.Joe Rossano, Dr.Christine Falkensammer, Dr.Andreas and Gisela Loepke

Jesse and Maggie Taylor, Stacy and Ben Kennedy
Korin and Larry Korman. Larry wants you all to attend the Philadelphia Film Festival which begins on Thursday in Center City. Check out the schedule HERE

The Carousel Ball has only had three event honorees in its history. This year, distinguished event honorees were Richard D. Wood, Jr. and the Wood family, the founding family of the convenience store chain, Wawa. Across generations, the Wood family and Wawa have been invaluable partners to and champions of CHOP. From Richard Wood, Sr. leading the project to move CHOP from its original South Philadelphia location to its current University City location, to creating a chair endowment to ensure the future of a health program, to providing free coffee and beverages to CHOP families and visitors on a daily basis, Wawa has helped transform the lives of countless CHOP patients and their families for more than 160 years.

Thanks to Andre Flewellen for shooting the earlier part of the event – cocktail party and beginning of the event (I was at Komen Philly Pink Tie Gala conveniently located a few blocks away so I could get to the Met for the afterparty). See more of his photos on Philly Style later today. See my photos at CBSPhilly and in a future Philly Mag Society Column either December or January. Info for this post came from the press release. The photos on ChitChat of Mr. Wood were taken of me.


Philly Celebrates Outfest honoring Fox29’s Good Day anchors Alex Holley and Mike Jerrick

Happy Outfest, no doubt Philadelphia has one of the largest in the country. I remember attending the first few years in the 1990s, when it was held on 3 blocks on Pine Street. It was always a great time. Congrats to Frannie Price, Chuck Voltz and MC Henri David and their team who have organized and executed the event for nearly 30 years.

Camac Street has become our own little Christopher Street of the 1990s, where all the gays hung out, mingle, made out and danced. It was a great time.

I had a great time hanging out with Alex Holley and Mike Jerrick as they revived the 2019 Friend of Pride, which was presented on stage by me, and Antoine Johnson, House of Talent and a long time friend of both, especially Mike Jerrick.

Frenchie Davis entertains the crowd

My speech which I gave to honor Alex Holley:

Happy Out Fest Philadelphia. My name is HughE Dillon, from I’m here to honor my friend Alex Holley from Fox 29 Good Day. I’ve been a contributor to Fox 29 for nearly a decade and have seen first hand the spectacular job the dynamite duo- Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley have done reporting stories affecting our community. AND with Alex ITS NOT JUST a cliché, SHE REALLY does have a lot of gay friends, dating all the way back to her hometown of Dallas, Texas (And BTW She’s an Eagles fan I cheered, go Eagles). She’s always been supportive in the LGBTQ community, and when an issue affecting us arises, she wants to discuss it on Good Day.  She brings on the people who are at the heart of the issue to express the importance of the matter. Alex does a great job conveying the message to the general public. SHE knows the pronouns, SHE knows the language, and personally when someone once asked me how I refer to my husband do I say, husband or wife, before I even could answer, ALEX Holley explained to him, his name is Mike, and he’s Hughe’s husband. Alex Holley – A friend of Mine, A Friend of Pride. Congratulations.

Check out additional photos on CBSPhilly. I need to do my eyebrows like this person in the first photo.


Party Photos: Nightmare

Happy Sunday the 13th – Teddy Sourias and Craft Concepts Group announce the grand opening of Nightmare Before Tinsel Halloween Pop-up Bar at 116 S. 12th Street, Philadelphia. Among the ghosts that still haunt the 100+ year old former jewelry store – including the ghosts of Tinsel’s past – look for eerie ambiance, scary photo opps, witches bru cocktails, seasonal fall beers, costumed bartenders, and tons of frights and flights.

Inside the new Halloween pop-up bar, look for a room of 1,001 eyes, fights inspired by Poe’s Nevermore, a haunted coffin, zombie wall, custom retro ghost bar, giant spider web alley and more – plus of course lots of ghosts, ghouls, goblins, witches and spectres. 

Opened: Monday and Tuesday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Wednesday, Thursday and Friday – 2 p.m. to midnight; Saturdays noon to midnight; and Sunday noon to 10 p.m.


Malcolm Jenkins held his annual 6th Annual Blitz, Bowties and Bourbon Fundraiser Monday Night

2-time Super Bowl Champion and Pro Bowler, Philadelphia Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins held his annual 6th Annual Blitz, Bowties and Bourbon Fundraiser Monday night with friends, family and team mates in attendance.

Emcees for the evening Brittney Shipp, NBC10 and Danny Pommells, NBCSports
PFPMA-Professional Football Players Mothers Association (aka NFL MOMS) – Michele Green, President, Linda Harrison and Cathy Hankins with Malcolm Jenkins.
Lisa and Roland Thompson with Julie and Michael Blackstone pose with Malcolm’s “Superbowl Trophy”
Rodney McLeod’s Bowloween Bash 10/28
GA: $65
VIP: $100 includes 30-minute early arrival
to mix and mingle with players including photos,
signatures & gifting. TICKETS
Brent Celek signs Miss Philadelphia Alysa Bainbridge ‘s offical Eagles Football as Miriam Pascal , The Kosher Coupon lady looks on. Every VIP guest received a football which was happily signed by their favorite Eagles players in attendance.
Rashad Lambert, Strategic Partner at TD Bank and Erinn Corbett-Wright, TD Bank PHLanthropist (Erinn created this dress, which is gorgeous.)
Tasha, Sandra and Raye – of the Daily Dove
Home Care
Eagles Cornerback Jalen Mills and his fitness model/trainer girlfriend Chania Ray

Gwendolyn Jenkins, president of the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation, Hey there Kyree Terrell, video extraordinaire of events and weddings. Plus check out his show My New Philly.

Malcolm Jenkins Foundation mission : To effectuate positive change in the lives of youth, particularly those in underserved communities.  The charity provides resources, innovative opportunities, and experiences that will help youth succeed in life and become contributing members of their communities.
Cody Winstead (tells me he buys long pants and has them tailored at the calf, and I like this style. Maybe next spring for me.) and Sharrie Williams, 6ABC

Rhonda Willingham, Founder and President, MenzFit . MenzFit is a 501(c) (3) educational non–profit organization whose mission is ensuring long–term gainful employment and financial fitness to low–income men who are largely minority with little formal education. members.

Tobia Harris hanging out with his new friends 6ABC’s Tara Dundon, Jen Lassen and AJ Mattia

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Around Town: Dispatches Filming; Evan Peters Spotted and More on Hot Dad Bradley Cooper

Hello Thursday. PhillyWood is hot and happening, as the cool fall weather settles in. For me SOCIAL SEASON is in full, from today through 11/3 I am shooting at least 2 events a day. Also going strong since June is Dispatches From Elsewhere this week filming in Center City, plus I have updated news on the upcoming Kate Winslet HBO series and casting. Let’s get started Around Town With HughE

Tuesday Dispatches from Elsewhere filmed on Market Street in the Continental again, a location they filmed at over the summer. Wednesday and Thursday they filmed at Ocean Prime at 15th and Sansom Streets as well as in Rittenhouse Square. Look for them to film on Friday near 9th and Lombard, and then next week return to the Curtis Center Tuesday, my sources tell me. Actor Jason Segel and his girlfriend had dinner at Villa Roma on Tuesday night. Sally Field was finally spotted out, she stopped by the Whole Foods on South Street. She drove herself my friend told me. What?? Poor Sally has to navigate our potholes. Hopefully better than the Queer Eye guys, I heard they got a few flats and were none to happy. Thankfully I see the Streets Department is rolling out new streets as we speak.

Yesterday while walking through Rittenhouse Square Allied Philly’s Jesse Cute caught Sally between scenes sitting on a bench. You’ll have a chance to see Sally Field yourself at the Philadelphia Library on November 1 as she discusses her book In Pieces with Marty Moss-Coane, host of Radio Times on WHYY .
I photographed Hugh Jackson and Kate Winslet at a unique NYC premiere in 2006. It’s posted on my first blog “Confessions of a Paparazzi.”

I wrote in the spring that Kate Winslet will be coming to the Philly area to film an HBO TV Series “Mare of Easttown”, Our award winning casting company Heery Loftus Casting is looking for Caucasian IDENTICAL TWIN (or Triplets) BOYS , age 11 months to 14 months, for RECURRING ROLES on the show. The show will be shooting Nov 4, 2019 through April, 2020 (Maybe Kate will head to the Wells Fargo Center to catch Celine Dion in concert on 2/26) in the PHILADELPHIA SUBURBS. PAID positions. Please send photos, parent names and phone numbers, and date of birth of the boys to: Put “TWIN BOYS” in the subject line. Hey American Horror story fans remember when I mentioned an Evan Peters was spotted at Chickie & Pete’s during an Eagles football game 2 weeks ago, now we know why, he’s in this HBO movie too. Hey gays, Jean Smart from Designing Women is also cast. Here’s the list of cast members.

Last weekend I went to the GreatPHL19 24 hr discussion event. One of the events I caught was art curator Conrad Benner’s live Streets Department podcast of Jane Golden, Mural Arts. After words I got this shot with former Eagles great Connor Barwin, who opened the night. (How lucky are we that Connor Barwin could have settled anywhere else when not on the field, but he chooses Philly cause we are a hot bed of creativity happening here.) I wasn’t there as I was shooting the Greg Wolf Fundraiser in Trenton. The next day I had hoped to go to a dedication of the new Ed Snider mural, but Mural Arts, but the morning sessions at GreatPHL19 were running behind and I really wanted to catch the Eli Kulp talk. It was powerful and exactly what I needed to hear. He talked about purpose, after tragedy, and we are all aware of the Amtrak crash which paralyzed him when he was at the height of his career. It was a story everyone needs to hear. I hope he writes a book.
Ed Snider’s Family – Provided

Saturday was the dedication for the Ed Snider Hockey Mural: Inspiring Our Youth Mural Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation will dedicate a new mural, Snider Hockey: Inspiring Our Youth. The mural features the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and celebrates the life and legacy of its founder and the visionary behind the Philadelphia Flyers, the late Ed Snider. The design, created by artist Jared Bader, highlights how Snider Hockey builds lives and unites communities through its on-ice and off-ice initiatives, including mentorship, tutoring, life lessons, and academic support in attending and graduating college. (2037 S. 10th Street (at Snyder Avenue), South Philadelphia, PA )

Tailgating at the Eagles Game: Beginning this Sunday, #BeastTailgating becomes mobile with the official CAN RELEASE of the #tailgate inspired IPA, #BirdGang at @thelarimer 🦅🍻 Come for the beer (party starts at 11a) stay for the game and meet WMMR’s Marisa Magnatta!!

THANK YOU FOR THE TIPS, especially my instagram follower Mark Curran who sent me this video of Philly’s heart throb Bradley Cooper and his daughter Lea Cooper at the Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday. I think everyone fell in love just a little bit more this week with Bradley, the hot dad!! This weekend I hope to see you Sunday at the Old City Festival and OutFest. At 2PM I will be on the OutFest stage honoring my friends Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley for their friendship and support to the LGBTQ Community.

Links to events I photographed this week: Greg Wolf Fundraiser for CBSPhilly and Philly Style Mag; Philadanco’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Philly Style Mag and CBSPhilly ; Inglish Bash PSM & CBS; CPS honors Charisse Lille


Wag The Tail Wednesday – Adorable Dogs & Empty The Shelter Info

Years ago I used to do a dog / pet column on Wednesday. People asked me what happened to it, I just got lazy like a dog and stopped doing it. BUT let’s bring it back, at least once a month, especially as we approach Halloween and all the cute dogs in their costumes. Feel free to send me photos to HughE @ . I was scheduled to shoot this event for Philly Pr Girl and at the last minute couldn’t make it, so she kindly sent me some photos from Grand Opening: New Veterinary, Day Care, and Grooming Center in Glen Mills – Heart + Paw

Heart + Paw Introduces Future of Pet Care During Grand Opening Celebration

The future of pet care is coming to the Philadelphia area.  Heart + Paw, recently named one of the best retail environments of 2019 by Fast Company, is wagging its tail into a brand new Glen Mills location on Saturday, September 28. Launching in the open-air shopping center Glen Eagle Square, this one-of-a-kind, integrated pet care center is reimagining the future of pet care by offering veterinary care, grooming and daycare all in one place for your furry, four legged family member. They consider themselves partners in pet parenthood which pet owners (and their pets) find very exciting. 

The Grand Opening celebration began with a ribbon cutting ceremony at 9 a.m along with pet-friendly “green” carpet photo ops. The public (and their pets) were welcomed to join in on the fun and to explore what this cutting edge pet care center has to offer. There was hand painted watercolor pet portraits available, Catnip planting, a treat bar the dogs, tours of our space including the locally-sourced and sustainable touchpoints designed and more. 

Heart + Paw creates unique service touchpoints for its clients, for example the ability to text with their vet, as well as tailoring the low-stress experience to the unique needs of cats and dogs. Cats have a feline-only waiting room and in the exam room, there are custom built cat shelves designed by the Chief Veterinary Officer so that cats can get examined where they feel most comfortable. For dogs, there are custom floor mats so that dogs can be examined side-by-side with the vet and avoid the stress of lifting them onto the table. To learn more, visit the Heart + Paw website at, or follow Heart + Paw on Instagram and LinkedIn.

Empty the Shelters Adoption Event Saturday!

BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters event taking place at 132 locations across the country, including one near you. Pennsylvania SPCA will offer $25 pet adoptions this Saturday, October 12 because BPF is sponsoring the remaining cost. To see a list of all participating locations, event hours and preapproval requirements, please visit  


Photos: The 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.

Over a thousand people attended the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.

Saturday I headed to the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown. I live about a half mile away, but rarely go towards that area, as Center City always has my attention. What I found was a very vibrant neighborhood, friendly folks, and lots of new businesses.

Candygyrl brought her mobile buffet to the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.
Students from Girard Academic Music Program at the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.
Urbanstead shared their message to unite the community through urban farming opportunities and hands on farming education for youth at the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.
Hope Rising Home Care at the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.
Community Partnership School recently opened up a school in Brewerytown.
The 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.

Hatpiff was selling their customized distressed hats at the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.

I think it’s the new gayborhood too. Hey Sue Daugherty, Meg Paszko and Rich who all live within a block a Girard Ave in Brewerytown, not too far from Green Eggs and the two breweries that have popped up.

Council President Darrell L. Clarke greets the staff of The Arc of Philadelphia who’s mission is to advocate with and for all children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families.

Mike learning about the new voting machine

PA State House Representative Donna Bullock and Nikki Johnson-Huston, USOA Ms. Pennsylvania 2020 at the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.
Philly Vintage T-Shirt Co. at the 3rd annual Girard Avenue Street Festival in Brewerytown.

I’ll be back again Brewerytown; I don’t think I realized how close you really are, and so much fun. Check out more photos on CBSPhilly.