Pride Month has never been more visible in Philly than this year. Kory Aversa came to me about a month ago and said I haven’t read anything about an organized effort to celebrate Pride Month in Philly. I’m going to do something about it, and he did. He created the Philly Gay Pride website, out a call out to other PR folks to gather info on their pride events, partnered with lots media outlets and Philly Gay Calendar (and me) and wow a month full of incredible events for the community. It’s been fun. Leads right up to the 4th gayest holiday July 4th….
Parks on Tap is a cool traveling beer garden, with a chill vibe. This summer it’s set up a few locations through out the park including the hidden gem – Trails End, which is on the Schuylkill River Banks. To get there you can take the stairs at South Street, or the walking bridge next to CHOP Roberts Center. It’s to the left of the building. When you arrive on the trail head South towards the beer garden. You will see signs as well. Advice to the weak of bladder, the bathrooms are located near the South Street bridge, so it might be best if you go before you go, as it’s a 5 minute walk in either direction. OK let’s see who came out to celebrate Pride on Saturday.
The Laurel Rittenhouse has finally reached its condominium levels and earlier this month hosted the first Peek Event at the building. Guest were invited to tour one of the residential floors while the sales team brought to life each unit with the aid of floorplans and renderings. Of course, the spectacular views which owners will enjoy after moving next year, spoke for themselves.
The slender glass tower ascends 48 stories above the final parcel of land on historic Rittenhouse Square, reserving its uppermost floors for a private realm of exclusive condominium residences, lavish amenities and inspiring views.
After the tour guest enjoyed refreshments, lively conversation and views of the square while being serenated by a live jazz band.
Vivian Michalopoulos, Eva Walker, Michael Ianni, and Amy Lehman
The Pennsylvania Ballet made a triumphant return to live performances last weekend with it’s Spring Festival on Saturday, June 5 and Sunday, June 6 at the historic Red Rose Farm in Villanova!!
It was so wonderful to see Angel Correa, artistic director of the Pennsylvania Ballet and Pennsylvania Ballet Executive Director Shelly Power who have really taken the Pa Ballet to the next level of creativity under their direction.
Pennsylvania Ballet dancers performed a repertory of ballets from the company’s recently launched and critically acclaimed spring season, titled Strength. Resilience. Beauty.
Apple TV+’s psychological drama Servant debuted in 2019. Created by Tony Basgallop created the series Servant and it’s produced by local filmmaker M Night Shyamalan, who also directed a few episodes (As did his daughter, and his other daughter is involved in the production). It follows a grieving couple, Dorothy and Sean (Lauren Ambrose and Toby Kebbell), who bring Leanne (Nell Tiger Free), a nanny with a mysterious background, into their home. Rupert Grint also stars as Dorothy’s brother. I caught up with the cast filming in Fitler Square in April, and mentioned they’d come back in May and June. Most of the filming is shot in a studio in Garnett Valley, but when outdoor scenes are called for they return to the Fitler Square/Rittenhouse area to shoot them.
This week they filmed a carnival at their “home” block on the 2100 block of Spruce Street. They had some bad luck with the weather this week, but they finally were able to film the “Spring on Spruce” scene on Wednesday.
Nell Tiger Free (r), who plays Dorothy and husband Sean Turner’s nanny, Leanne, was spotted on earlier in the week walking through Rittenhouse Square with lunch from HipCityVeg on 18th Street, unnoticed. Head to Daily Mail for more photos from yesterdays shoot. (Getty [GC] Images)
Speaking of M Night Shyamalan he sat court side at the Sixers game on Monday night , not too far from Sixers owner Michael Rubin, Robert Kraft, Meek Mill and rapper Lil Baby. ( I love security holding back the fans behind them). A day earlier Rubin, Mills and Jay Z gifted Kraft a custom Rolls Royce for his 80th birthday. How did Robert Kraft and Meek Mill become friends? After the game Sixers Ben Simmons celebrated with friends at Steak 48. He’s there often, I wrote last month where he was there with his new girlfriend and family celebrating a big game May 4. Meek helicoptered back to NYC.
eclectic_and_nostalgic mentioned you in a comment: @phillychitchat HughE You are always in the know regarding things happening in our city. I just wanted to help you out. So exciting that THE Paulina Porizkova was in our area…last night chowing down on a Dalesandro Cheese-steak!!!
All eight locations will feature a special-colored cocktail that matches up with the eight colors of the Philadelphia Gay Pride Flag. All eight cocktails to match the eight colors in the Philly-specific and inclusive rainbow flag will raise money for four different charities. One dollar from all eight cocktails during the 30 days of June will go to support William Way LGBT Community Center,Attic Youth Center, Philly Asian Queer and Galaei. This stance in social solidarity hopes to shine light to the various communities that the celebration of national Pride month helps represent, being mindful to include all groups that help make Philadelphia the amazing, diverse community it is. FCM Hospitality will compile donations from all venues and equally divide them between the organizations which were selected for their dedicated work and ongoing efforts to focus on intersectional populations. Additionally, FCM Hospitality will host the first-ever Philly Gay Pride Day at Parks on Tap at Trail’s End on Saturday, June 12, 2021, from 12:00pm to 6:00pm.
#loveislove Gay Pride Month Special Beer Release (also, Philly Beer Week) Available at the Lab at Evil Genius and through GoPuff starting June 1st Evil Genius Beer Company Love who you want to, drink what you want to! Evil Genius Beer Companyy celebrates June as Philly Gay Pride Month with a special limited edition beer release #loveislove. This brand-new Strawberry Blonde Ale (6% ABV) is crisp with a hint of natural strawberry flavor. A portion from all sales will be donated to The Trevor Project, a national organization that provides crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQIA+ youth. Starting June 1st, #loveislove is available in Evil Genius’ new 12 ounce cans at the Lab in Fishtown – and for exclusive delivery to your front door through a Pride partnership with GoPuff. The beer will also be available on limited release in drafts at the Lab and Evil Genius Beer Garden. Limited supplies of #loveislove will also be available at retailers and restaurants in Harrisburg and York, PA.
Philadelphia, get ready to dance again! Timed with the reopening of Philadelphia bars and dance floors, BOS Philly will take over Concourse Dance Bar with Pride Night featuring DJ K!RK. Get ready for the first big party of the year! Celebrate Pride Month with the team that brought you Primal, Goldlust, Fairydust, and more! Concourse has become known for its Instagram-famous ball pit, this massive underground nightclub in Center City is decked out with eclectic, retro flair. Get ready to dance for the first time in a year and a half! This event is presented by BOS Philly at venue Concourse Dance Bar. Tickets are $25 or save $5 when tickets are bought in advance with promo code BOS2021. Tickets are available at: http://bosphilly.com.
Northern Liberties, the years of waiting are over and Philly’s hottest food neighborhood finally will get its bagel shop! Glu Hospitality debuts its first-ever breakfast and lunch concept Bagels and Co (1001 N 2nd St) with a grand opening celebration between Friday, June 4 and Sunday, June 13, 2021. On June 12th, Bagels and Co. will celebrate their grand opening with festivities all day with a free cup of coffee with any bagel or sandwich purchase. Bagels and Co. will stay open that day for a Grand Opening Public Party in conjunction with Northern Liberties Second Saturday and Artists at Work, with a DJ, featured artist at work, samples, giveaways – plus a local offer for the neighborhood with 10% off for any locals who show identification, mail or anything that says they are from No Libs and 19123 zip code – or from anyone that works in the neighborhood. More happening in the Northern Liberties Business Improvement District presents Artists at Work Celebrate Pride. On Saturday, June 12th, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, head to various businesses in Northern Liberties for a celebration that features local artists showcasing and making their wares, including several featured LGBTQ artists.
Saturday, June 12, 2021 | 9:15 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
On Saturday, June 12, 2021, Come Alive 215 and Meet Philadelphia present a Pride Workout, Drag Show and Picnic Brunch – to benefit two essential local gay charities.
Double the trouble, double the fun, double the sweat! Fitness experts Kim Harari and Shannon Brennan of Come Alive 215 just won Best of Philly for Best Virtual Workout Class in 2020 – and the duo are keeping things moving into 2021! Their fitness classes are unlike anything else in the Philadelphia fitness market – and the electric workout experiences have gone viral! Now, the duo are headed back outdoors, with some of the biggest names in town – for Philly Gay Pride Month. For food, the duo get some help from one of the single biggest names in town. James Beard winner Michael Solomonov will be providing brunch bites, along with other complimentary food and drink from the likes of Crystal Head Vodka, Athleta, NY Bagel Butler, Red Bull, Bean2Bean and more. Drag performances will showcase the talents of Vinchelle, Iris Spectre and Poochie, with beats from DJ Kat Bancer. Tickets are on sale now for $65.00 with a portion of proceeds being donated to The Attic Youth Center and William Way LGBT Community Center. For details and tickets visit hellopride.eventbrite.com.
The much-anticipated Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront began accepting guests last December, but marked the opening with a grand party Wednesday night attended by those responsible for the first new hotel in Camden in more than 50 years, as well as friends, family and newly elected officials who are excited to see one more new project happen in Camden Rising, which many of the attendees echoed.
The Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront is an eight-story property featuring 180 rooms, with 20 custom-built suites that include a kitchenette. From the guest rooms to the hotel restaurant, visitors can enjoy views of the scenic Philadelphia skyline, Delaware River, and Ben Franklin Bridge. Indoor and outdoor dining is onsite at The Water Street Grill, enhanced with firepits, cozy seating, and unique menus. Other amenities and services include complimentary Wi-Fi throughout the property, a 24-hour business center, and a 1,300-square-foot state-of-the-art fitness center.
The hotel includes over 4,100-square-foot of multiuse space, equipped with projection screens, 65-inch smart TVs, and built-in audio-visual equipment, including an executive board room and ballroom.
A participant in the Hilton CleanStay Program, the hotel will be one of the first in the U.S. to have an upgraded filtration system throughout, known as Bipolar Air Ionization.
Did I mention the rooms, and these spectacular views.
I really liked the Hilton Garden and can see a staycation in my future. I can see one for you as well, maybe in the next 30 days like July 4th Weekend. The Camden Waterfront is doing an in person concert, festivities and fireworks on July 4th. Check out the info HERE
Just steps from the Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront is this view, and you can see it from any room on the west side of the hotel, or the hotels patio. What are you waiting for, book the hotel with the best view of Philadelphia. BOOK HERE
I know having an outdoor flower show was an idea planted in the minds at PHS Flower Show for years, and 2021 was the year it blossomed. The space is vast, but it’s an enjoyable walk, a planned park with lots of ideas on how you can plant your little park, or container garden. It was great to get outdoors, even in 90F temperatures at the opening party last night. Get there by car, train or pedal as it’s conveniently located near all transportation, but definitely, absolutely wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking involved. I love attending the flower show for the fashion, and last night didn’t disappoint. (It’s been awhile since I’ve photographed an event so let me remind you: Note some of these photos may appear in other publications, but I also held back photos to appear in other publications exclusively as is in my agreements with them. PS I can’t send any of the photos to you as the are for media only or PHS, as per my agreements. Photo columns Philly Mag [Sept Issue],Mainline Media News, Philadelphia Tribune, Mainline Today,Philly Metro; CBSPhilly; PhillyStyleMag) Subscribe To PhillyChitChat Blog on the upper left of the page. THANKS – The Flower Show is at FDR Park in South Philly Through June 13th.
Welcome America, Inc. and its partners announced programming, events and more for Wawa Welcome America 2021 – Philadelphia’s annual Independence Day festival – at an in-person press conference on June 2, 2021 and excitedly announced IN PERSON events this year, after a year of virtual events. I’m so excited as we are ready to see each other in person, to celebrate, to come together and begin the next chapter. This year the annual free concert marking America’s birthday is moving to The Mann Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia’s Fairmount Park to ensure social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic, which is where they held the press conference yesterday.
Ivan Henderson, vice president of programming at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, speaks at the Wawa Welcome America press conference at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts on June 2, 2021.
Kicking off Welcome America: Celebrate Juneteenth at the African American Museum in Philadelphia! Enjoy a full day of outdoor family-friendly festivities at the African American Museum in Philadelphia, AAMP, featuring live music, African dance, poetry and more! Festival attendees can also shop local vendors, grab a bite at a Philly food truck, take part in fun art-making activities, and view the museum’s stunning exhibition offerings.
“Each year, our nation and the world looks to Philadelphia as the gold standard in July Fourth celebrations,” Mayor Jim Kenney. “This year’s festival may not look the way it has in previous years, but nothing can diminish the energy, excitement, and electricity that can be felt in every neighborhood and community as we come together to give our city something to really celebrate.”
Wawa Welcome America will culminate on July 4 with headline concert performances by artists Flo Rida and Bebe Rexha on the Independence Blue Cross Stage at Mann Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. In-person tickets are free but limited, and will be available via Wawa Welcome America’s website, social media channels and event activation throughout the festival. HEAD TO THE WELCOME AMERICA website for complete information and scheduled times.
June is Pride Month, LGBTQPlus folks take pride in who they are, as well as to commerate the Stonewall Riots in NYC, which marked the beginning for the long road to LGBTQPlus rights. Just last year the Supreme Court passed a law where we couldn’t be fired just because of our sexual orientation. Can you believe you could be fired for being gay up until then, except in a few cities in the USA, including Philly. Thank you Rita Addessa and the Lesbian & Gay Task Force. I was back in 1990, in Cherry Hill where I lived. No attorney would take the case, even though I had written documentation and a witness, a closeted lesbian, who sat in the meetings while my co-workers complained they didn’t want to work with someone who was gay. Anyway….here are some events where you can wear your pride on your sleeve
TONIGHT Philly AIDS Thrift’s Drive-In Movie Night: Female Trouble Everyone’s favorite thrift store, Philly AIDS Thrift is hosting a drive-in movie night featuring the John Waters’ 1974 cult classic, Female Trouble. In addition to the film showing, ticket holders can visit food trucks and win prizes. Online ticket purchase is required for the June 2nd showing and proceeds will benefit Philly AIDS Thrift’s new intake center. $35 per car, June 2nd, 8 p.m., $35 per car. PFS Drive-In at the Navy Yard.
Just in time for Pride month, qFLIX launches “PrideFLIX; The Virtual Pride Film Festival” feauring 5 weeks of LGBTQ+ Documentaries, Feature Films, Short Films, and Web Series from the comfort of your home as you celebrate PRIDE. Ticket prices will range from $7-$10 per viewing, with $1 of each viewing going towards local LGBTQ+ non-profits. There will also be an option to purchase a festival badge to view all the films.
Rooted in its 26-year history, qFLIX proudly continues its tradition of sharing the stories of LGBTQ+ people.
William Way LGBT Community Center Benefit Kick-Off Starts June 1, 2021 Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square 120 S. 17th St. Philadelphia, PA 19103 215-569-8300
Every year in June, Sofitel Philadelphia announces a year-round benefit for a local LGBTQ charity. During the entire month of June, and through the rest of 2021, Sofitel Philadelphia will donate one dollar per each banquet menu item designated with the WWCC’s logo on the menu. Designated items range from breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets to beverages and snack breaks for groups of 10 or more people hosting a meeting or event at Sofitel Philadelphia. Sofitel Philadelphia will also donate one dollar from every Liberté cocktail sold in the Liberté Lounge to WWCC during Pride Month. The resources raised through the partnership will support the William Way Community Center’s programs for seniors, as well as its Trans Resource Center. Funds will also support the WWCC’s capital campaign. The Liberté Cocktail is available in Liberté Lounge and features pear infused Vodka, lemon, St. Germain and Sparkling Wine.
Without a Cue Productions(Yes Cue, I thought it was supposed to be clue too) June 1 to June 30, 2021 Now operating in Historic Philadelphia, Bucks County and Cape May NJ 267-994-1056
Without a Cue Productions celebrates Philly Gay Pride Month with $5 off the new mystery walking tours in Historic Philadelphia. The Bucks County female-owned theatrical company celebrates the launch in Philly with a five dollar savings for any walking tour in the entire month of June using promo code PRIDE5 at the above website. Watch for stories spotlighting Without a Cue Productions out and proud gay cast members during June and Pride Month.
There’s a New Mural in the Gayborhood of break out star notable for the record breaking Old Town Road and Call Me By My Name riding the top of the charts now, Lil Nas X in Montero (Montero Lamar Hill is really his name.) It’s located at Writer’s Block Rehab 1342 Cypress St, Philadelphia. I can’t wait to go check it out.
Vax Up, Philly! Saturday June 5th, 9:00am to 5:00pm galaei, 118 Fontain Street outside area galaei in partnership with Mazzoni Center aims to vaccinate 250 folks ages 16 and older. (you do not need to be a PA resident, or a documented citizen). This is going to be a day that brings vaccine access to our communities and we will also have a DJ, snacks, and a socially distanced dance party in the street in front of our building!
Turntable Yoga will be hosting a PRIDE yoga flow on Sunday, June 6 at Love City Brewing! Join us for allyouneedislove: yoga set to music featuring all queer artists! It’s sure to be a party of a practice – all levels and beginners welcome – the goal is to move to music, breathe fresh air, and most of all, HAVE FUN! Held outside, socially distanced (but not too far from the bar!), you can get a morning stretch and sweat in and then enjoy a beer of your choice – included in the price of class! Bring friends, your own yoga mat, and your PPE! This event is $10 and includes the yoga class and a beer of your choice. Class is capped at 50 people. We are using Venmo charge for ticket purchases! Anyone interesting in buying tickets can fill out the below link, or email: email@example.com directly to purchase
Vera Pride Showcase! (Did you know before there was Vera, there was Gatsby’s, Cherry Hill’s first gay bar, and the first gay bar I went to way back…..let me put it to you this way, they tore it down in the early 1990s)
Sunday, June 6, 2021, 3:00pm to 8:00pm Vera Cherry Hill 2310 Marlton Pike West, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002 https://www.eventbrite.com/e/vera-pride-showcase-tickets-153390887273 Come and join us at VERA for our first ever Pride showcase, hosted by Ariel Versace and featuring a ton of special guests. Food and drink specials all day, so get ready to come out and party! Tickets are $25 each.
Thanks to Kory Aversa, Aversa PR for curating all these events. If you have an event you want added to the calendar head here. If you want to see a calendar of events, head HERE
On May 23, 2021, guests gathered at the home of Noelle and Joshua Burg in Villanova for a Viewing Party for the Academy of Music’s virtual Fanfare for the Future event. This event was co-hosted by Noelle and Josh Burg and Lynsie Feinberg. Advisory Committee members, Noelle and Lynsie, brought together a wonderful group of donors who enjoyed dinner and cocktails while mingling and listening to the beautiful sounds of the Philadelphia Orchestra and its accompanying musicians and special guests, including Host Whoopi Goldberg, on a large outdoor viewing screen.
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