Cherry Hill Mall Celebrates ‘Back to School’ with spirit day

Saturday I stopped by my childhood Mall, the Cherry Hill Mall, for a school spirit rally which also had organizations on hand to assist kids safely back to school as well as programing groups for kids to join like swimming, gymnastics of dancing.

Hosted in partnership with SJ Mom Magazine, the Cherry Hill Mall retailers
will welcome shoppers to celebrate the upcoming school year in a
pandemic-safe environment filled with exciting demonstrations from more
than 30 local vendors, and community fun-for-all.

While shopping for school supplies, back-to-school shoppers are
encouraged to share their school pride for a chance to win gift cards or
other prizes from favorite retailers. Throughout the day, elementary
through college students representing their school spirit with school colors,
wearing team uniforms, sporting a school shirt or hat, or even dressed as
the school mascot will be selected at random for prizes.

From now through Sept. 6, for every $200 spent at Cherry Hill Mall and
across the PREIT portfolio, customers will receive a $25 gift card of their
choice from a list of more than 30 merchants including AMC, Macy’s,
Regal, Sephora, Yard House, Bath & Body Works and more. To
participate, customers must upload pictures of their receipts at
spendandscore.com by Sept. 30. Receipts from multiple transactions
during the promotion dates will be accepted.

Gotta love that shirt The Dogfather

The Mall as well as participating retailers have partnered with Center for
Family Services throughout the month of August to collect and distribute
backpacks and school supplies for students in need. Donation bins will be
conveniently located in the malls management office for shoppers to place
donated items. Suggested supplies for the drive include:
 Backpacks
 Lunchboxes
 Pens and pencils
 Highlighters
 Colored pencils, crayons, and markers
 Glue sticks
 Folders
 Notebooks
 Loose leaf paper
For more details please visit the official event website here. (I’m sure if you participate they will extend it a few days)
To See More Photos from Saturday event head to CBSPhilly Thanks

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Tobias Harris with Adam Sandler on Set of Rebounds. It’s Always Sunny Films on Location; Geno’s Re Opens

Justin Moore, general manager of Rivers Casino Philadelphia, Geno Vento and Whizzy cut the ribbon at the re opening of Geno’s Steaks at Rivers Casino

Congratulations to my buddy Geno Vento on the reopening of his Geno’s Steaks eatery at Rivers Casino, which had closed during the pandemic.

Guests started lining up early for the reopening as the first 100 folks received a free cheese steak and Geno swag.

Adam Sandler and LeBron James Hustle has hustled back into town to film the remaining scenes which weren’t completed last fall because of Covid19. Thanks to Diego Ramos for sending me two videos of the film set with Adam Sandler and Queen Latifah, who plays his wife. Filming took place on Thursday in South Philly on a very hot basketball court.

Tobias Harris was spotted in this scene, that’s Adam Sandler in the yellow shirt patting him on the back. Head to Reddit for more on the scenes filmed in South Philly.

According to IMDB the Netflik series is still titled Hustle, but sources tell me it might be renamed Rebounds. I kinda like that name better too. The show is about a sports agent looking to re start his career, or rebound back into business, get it. Plus you know it’s a basketball movie.

Friday Hustle/Rebound took over Ray’s Happy Birthday bar for a scene at the iconic South Philly spot. Also Sandler shoot a scene at the basketball court at 9th and Federal. Thanks to all my tipsters for tips, and videos. The 9th Street scene can be scene on my instagram. More chitchat on which sixers are appearing in the movie HERE

Wait It’s Always Sunny hasn’t filmed in Philly for 5 years, but it’s filmed in Ireland twice since it was last here in 2016?

More surprising news Creed III is not filming in Philly, it’s filming in Atlanta. Good news for Michael B Jordan, he’s staring and will be directing the Rocky franchise movie, but Sly doesn’t appear in this sequel, although Tessa Thompson is back as his wife. READ all About it. We’ll miss you buddy. You were fun to photograph. I am away for a week, but keep sending me those tips I really appreciate it, we all appreciate it being in the know. Stay Safe, Stay Healthy follow me on Social Media as I will be sharing my trip there. I will have two more posts this week which I prepared.


Seen at Citadel Country Spirit USA, Philadelphia’s Country Music Festival

Friday I covered the Citadel Country Spirit USA, Philadelphia’s Country Music Festival in Glenmoore Pa. It was a beautiful day. The grounds at Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show were the perfect spot for a festival, it was spacious and there were plenty of activities to keep one entertained if they wanted to roam around and still hear good country music. It was a beautiful setting. I can’t wait to go again next year, as well as see what other events happen there.

it was great to see people enjoying themselves out and about

Smiles everywhere

There was a lot of food choices, a picnic area, play area and lots of space to watch the show.

There are still tickets left for Saturday with headliner Miranda Lambert and Sunday Chris Young HERE

Brantley Gilbert was a headliner
he was special

The show is rain or shine, but a little rain last night didn’t dampen anyone’s spirit and was actually a relief after the hot day of fun, music under the sun. Stay hydrated, there’s plenty of food and drink to be had.


What’s Everyone Eating During Main Line Today Restaurant Week ?

Hope you are enjoying your week wining and dining during Main Line Today Restaurant Week which runs through September 5. Last weekend I ate at Founding Farmers in KOP and it was delicious. Highlights were the Southern Plate with Ribs, Chicken, and potatoes, my friend had the vegan meatloaf which was very good. We tagged our post #MLTRW and today I’m going to feature a few of the folks who have done the same thing. Let’s go take a look.

Thanks Dhruvi Shah for sharing your dining selections they look so good. I’d like to have two of those deserts.

Brussels Sprouts are one of my favorite veggies, and the Spicy Asian Brussels Sprouts at 333 Belrose Bar & Grill left me #mindblown. Made with peanuts, shishito peppers, and a ginger-lime aioli, those flavors come out in every bite!

The other dish I enjoyed was the Pan-Seared Olive Oil Swordfish with warm white bean-olives & spinach, red pepper sauce, tender baby carrots.

Try these dishes and others during Mainline’s Restaurant Week! All participating restaurants are offering a special three-course menu for lunch priced at $24.95 and dinner priced at $36.95.

Thank you @333_belrose for hosting us and a huge thank you to @aversapr team for a lovely evening!
Scroll through to see what they have to offer on the Main Line Today Restaurant Week Menu

Rosalie, is definitely one of my favorite spots on the Main Line. Beautifully decorated, and delicious food. Thanks Mel for tagging #MLTRW and allowing us to feature you on PhillyChitChat.


Photos: It All Began with a Scream Book Launch Party

Padraic Maroney

Padraic Maroney’s first book, It All Began with a Scream came out this week. The
book is a behind-the-scenes look at the Scream movie franchise with interviews from the cast
and crew – over 2 dozen spoke with him. This year also marks the 25th anniversary of the
franchise, with the original film being released in December 1996.

Tuesday the official launch party was held at the Chandlery by Old City Canning Co.
1533 South Street celebrated Padriac and the book which helped inspire him to become a writer, specifically a movie reviewer which is how I met him 15 years at the Philadelphia Film Festival.

It All Began With A Scream:

Publisher site: It All Began With A Scream

Amazon: It All Began With A Scream

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RHD’s Main Line Wine Gala Returns Al Fresco!

Get ready for the most festive social event of the year! Resources for Human Development
(RHD) will host the highly anticipated Main Line Wine Gala, following COVID-19 guidelines, on
Thursday, September 30 th at the beautiful Appleford Estate in Villanova, PA.
The Main Line Wine Gala showcases the world’s most exclusive winemakers in an event that
benefits RHD’s innovations in human services. RHD is a national human services organization
that creates effective, quality services in person-centered, trauma-informed programs across the

RHD reached a milestone in 2020 and turned 50 years old! It continues to celebrate 50 years of
delivering the highest quality services to people of all abilities, in a values driven environment
built around the respect for the dignity and worth of the people it supports.
Each year, RHD supports tens of thousands of adults, children, and families in need. The
people served rely on the generosity of supporters who believe that every person should be
treated with dignity and be given the opportunity to develop their fullest potential.

Your support of this year’s Main Line Wine Gala will benefit The Center for Creative Works, La
Casa, and future RHD initiatives that impact the communities they serve. The Center for
Creative Works is a unique art studio focusing on developing creative workplace potential and
cultural identity for people with intellectual disabilities. La Casa provides safe, transitional
housing for at-risk young adults who are experiencing homelessness and mental health

Main Line Wine Gala Goes Al Fresco!
Thursday, September 30 th at 6:00 p.m.
Appleford Estate
770 Mt. Boro Road
Villanova, PA 19085
Cost – $400 per person
For More Information & Tickets: https://www.mainlinewinegala.com/tickets-2.

COVID-19 Regulations & Guidance
Resources for Human Development (RHD) will continue to follow all current State of PA and
CDC guidelines to maintain the safety and well-being of our event guests, staff, and volunteers.
Any changes in COVID-19 protocols will be communicated directly to guests.
Torrina M. Bennett-Michael, RHD Director of Development, 267-279-4295 or


Why Was John Legend in Town and What Did He Buy – Rainbows at Dead & Co.

Easy Like Sunday Morning

Hello PhillyChitChatters, thanks for subscribing to my blog. We hit 42ks subscribers earlier this month. I appreciate it. Sometimes when people unsubscribe I want to write and ask why, but I know everything has a season and maybe their lives are too busy to keep up with my chronicling the City and my life. Thank you for hanging in there with me. Let’s do a little gossip today, then this week I promise to publish a few events I covered, published elsewhere but also meant to cover here as well. Then I’m going away for about 8 days. I hope to pre write a few entries, but you know me very distractable…

Earlier this week I posted on Twitter and Instagram on Chrissy Teigan spotted around town. Now I know a little more about why she and John Legend were in town.

The duo, their kids and her glam squad were staying at the Four Seasons in Rittenhouse Square. John Legend is about to embark on a tour, which will bring him to our area October 13 at the Met on North Broad. He rehearsed in Philly in preparation for his tour. Chrissy was spotted at the Please Touch Museum and rode the carousel with the kids, later they had lunch at the Reading Terming Market.

Chrissy and her glam squad went on a shopping spree at the Rite Aid across from the Four Seasons at 19th and Arch. They bought candy, clothing, and magazines which they spread out on the dining room table back at the hotel. Later that week Legend stopped by and bough Philadelphia postcards, about 6 of them!! He’s no stranger to Philly having gone to school here and graduated from University of Pennsylvania in 1999. (Philly Style Mag) Finally Chrissy and John enjoyed a bite to eat at JG Sky High. Jean Georges re opens in September and we will all once again enjoy delicious dinners at the City’s highest restaurant, with the breath taking views. Tickets still available for Legend’s concert…

At last night’s MMR Rocks Dead & Company. Saturday, August 21, 2021 at Citizens Bank Park – a packed house, good music and rainbows.


Mainline Today Restaurant Week Kick Off Party and Info To Deliciousness

Kris Flynn, Main Line Today stands by a mock front page of Mainline Today magazine’s Dining on the Main Line issue at the Willows Park Preserve Mansion in Radnor.
The Main Line Today Team

Main Line Today Restaurant Week is a brand-new 14-day event that runs from August 23rd to September 5th at top dining destinations on the Main Line and in the Western Suburbs (f Chester, Montgomery and Delaware counties). Restaurants will serve up specially priced 3-course lunch and dinner menus, and offer a variety of dining situations, from indoor to outdoor, take-out to dine-in, and delivery. Participating restaurants will offer special three-course prix fixe menus for lunch ($24.95, plus tax, beverage and gratuity) and dinner ($36.95, plus tax, beverage and gratuity).

Main Line Today and Today Media hosted a kick off party on Tuesday at the Willows Park Preserve Mansion to launch their first ever Main Line Today Restaurant Week.

Marie Edwards – Associate Publisher, Main Line Today greets the guests enthusiastically exclaims how excited ML Today is to be spearheading the launch of Main Line Today Restaurant Week, firmly establishing the Main Line as a restaurant destination.

Jeremy Katz, Relationship Manager, VP at Firstrust Bank are proud sponsors of Main Line Today Restaurant Week.

Stove and Tap

Rustic American restaurant 🐻🍔🍺
📍Lansdale, PA 📍Malvern, PA
📍West Chester, PA stoveandtap.com

Richard Buoni, The Pennsylvania Distilling and Robert F. Martinelli, publisher of Main Line Today.

Main Line Today Restaurant Week August 23 through September 5 – Participating Restaurants can be found on the Main Line Today website. Post your favorite dishes, date night out, dinner with friends using the HashTag #MLTRW and we’ll share your Mainline Memories!!


Scenes from Diner en Blanc 2021 (opps wrote 2020 at first)

Co-Hosts and organizers of Diner en Blanc Philadelphia Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran pose at one of several photo stations at the Annual Diner en Blanc in Philadelphia, Pa., on Thursday, Aug., 12, 2021. These two women, attended a Diner en Blanc in the late 00s, and worked together to bring it here in 2012 for our enjoyment.

Dîner en Blanc was started in Paris in 1988 by a man who wanted to meet his friends for dinner in a public place. He asked them all to wear white so they would be able to find each other. 30 years later it is still a celebration of diversity, friendships, and encourages making new connections. Last Thursday, despite the record heat, nearly 3,000 attended the Philadelphia version. The last time it was held was in 2019 with a record of 6,000 Philadelphians.

Diner Attendees dress in white and bring their own picnic and white table settings to a secret location. Here they wait at designated locations waiting for the call to bring them to the final destination.

Guests must bring a table, two (white, of course) chairs, and a white tablecloth. You can bring your own picnic basket of food or you have the option to pre-order food that can be picked up at the caterer site. 

To see more photos I took from Diner en Blanc Philadelphia head to : Philly Voice CBSPhilly
Philly Metro Philadelphia Tribune and look for photos in print in Mainline Today and Philly Style Magazine in the fall.

Le Dîner en Blanc was happy to align with the following organizations for this year’s event. Feast Your Eyes Catering delicious cuisine with a plethora of dining options like cheese plates, entrees, and dessert samplers were a few of the menu options for a tasteful evening. Petit Jardin en Ville returned to offer flower bouquets. One Hope is a proud partner of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square. Le Dîner en Blanc guests were encouraged to buy a bottle of wine from One Hope, an online wine store that donates a portion of their sales to organizations that provide access to clean water, hunger relief, health research, and education. To Keep Up to Date on Event Announcements, Visit philadelphia.dinerenblanc.com


Rebuild PHL: Philly’s Soda Tax at Work

Sorry readers and the many people I photographed over the past 2 weeks, I haven’t done a lot of posts lately as I was distracted by a personal issue. It’s not a health thing, just a growth thing. I’ll catch up this week. Thanks

Its a little cloudy today, which was not the case last Tuesday when I attended another great ribbon cutting of a Philadelphia Park & Rec playground which had be rebuilt by proceeds from the sugar tax. Several Parks & Rec have gotten the Rebuild PHL make over but this is the Francis J. Myers Recreation Center at 5801 Kingsessing Ave.

Press Release: Mayor Kenney joined the Philadelphia Union Foundation, Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer, City officials and community members to celebrate the opening of the renovated athletic courts and one brand new soccer mini-pitch at Francis J. Myers Recreation Center in Southwest Philadelphia.

A part of the City of Philadelphia’s Rebuild Initiative, an historic investment in public spaces, this first phase of the F.J. Myers Recreation Center project represents a transformational partnership between the City, the Philadelphia Union Foundation and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer to expand the impact of Rebuild investments. Together, the Union Foundation and Eastern Pennsylvania Youth Soccer committed more than one million dollars to build 15 mini soccer pitches and two full-size signature fields across Philadelphia, further nurturing Philadelphia’s great appreciation for soccer.

“When we first announced the Rebuild Initiative, we knew it would invigorate the Philadelphia community to join us in supporting vital public spaces,” said Mayor Kenney. “The new soccer mini-pitch and renovated athletic courts are a shining example of what shared investment accomplishes.

The event also marks the first stage of a much-needed investment in Francis J. Myers Rec Center, a six-acre-plus park at 58th Street and Kingsessing Avenue that has long served as a cornerstone for Southwest Philly. About $350,000 was invested into the first phase of the project, and in the fall, Rebuild will begin the community-engagement stage of a full renovation of the center and surrounding property. (Inquirer)

Rebuild Philadelphia

“We are so pleased with the incredible new amenities now available to the community here at F.J. Myers,” said Kathryn Ott Lovell, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner. “New outdoor courts and fields are in demand in South West Philly and across the City. Partnerships like this allow our Parks & Rec system to better support local youth athletics programs and meet the growing demand for more places to play, learn, and grow right here in the City.”

REBUILD is a historic investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in neighborhood parks, recreation centers and libraries across Philadelphia. Proposed in Mayor Jim Kenney’s first budget as a part of his vision for a more equitable Philadelphia, Rebuild’s promise to acknowledge history, engage the community and invest intentionally seeks to uplift pivotal community spaces, empower neighborhoods, and promote economic opportunity through diversity and inclusion.

Raymond Smeriglio, Director of Communications | City of Philadelphia, Office of Rebuild hands off the ribbon cutting scissors to a co worker who will secure them for the next fabulous Rebuild ribbon cutting for Parks & Rec!! Thanks Philly for your support. I’ll continue to buy my 20oz diet Coke for $2.25, I know I should just by the 64oz bottle for only $2.99 but it doesn’t fit in my car cup holder or maybe drink more water as my dietician tells me.