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South Street Easter Parade – The Fashion & Fun

The South Street Easter Parade on Sunday, April 21, 2019 was definitely one of my favorites. The weather was spectacular, but not too hot. The highest number of folks in recent years entered the fashion contest, often wearing the most fabulous outfits. Here are some fun photos.

The Rainbow Connection

It was great to see so many families on South Street

Pretty in Pink

Until Next Year South Street….

Check out Philly Voice Philly Style Magazine and CBSPhilly for more photos from the Easter Promenade on South Street

Saturday 4/27/19
Grab the Girls and head to Bloomingdale‘s Willow Grove for cocktails and Spring Fashion curated by
Alisa Frederico of Dressing Jane.
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Cher Shops, Spielberg, A New Eatery and Adele’s Next Song

Metriologist Lauren Casey noted over the weekend that the Swann Fountain was on, winter is over. Finally we are getting the spring we’ve wanted in the past couple years. The weather has been so beautiful and as have the flowers and trees. Hope you had a great weekend.

Saturday night Kory and I caught Cher at the Wells Fargo Center. The show was perfection, a well tuned bio of Cher’s successful musical career. The only disappointment was she never swayed from the script which she does in every City. She didn’t don a Sixers jersey, or even give a shout out to Philly, but she did get us on our feet and reliving the memories our lives through music. Philly Gossip: Before Saturday’s concert she checked into the Ritz Carlton early Friday morning, and her longtime BFF Paulette headed to fashion icon Joan Shepp’s Chestnut Street shopto pick out some clothing for an in room fashion show, says my spy who was shopping near by. The next day Cher signed autographs for fans after checking out on before heading to Wells Fargo for soundcheck. There are no photos as she wasn’t camera ready she told them, but I was told she looked stunning, and smelled wonderful. What did your granny do Saturday night?

Nile Rodgers gave a shout out to WDAS, who he said was the first radio station in the country to play a Le Chic song, launching his career. Nile went on to write songs for Will Smith “Get Jiggy With It”, Sister’s Sledge “We Are Family”, David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” Pharrell’s “Get Lucky,” and Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out,” all songs he and Chic performed Saturday night to a delightful crowd.

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Wednesday I got a tip that Comcast President Brian Roberts and Stephen Spielberg were eating lunch at Parc in a window seat facing Rittenhouse Square. Later that evening he appeared at a Q&A at the Comcast Technology Center to discuss a collaboration he did with Comcast, with the Sphere which is in the lobby of the latest Comcast building. Go see it, it’s open now and is really fantastic.

Speaking of lobby’s have you seen the new lobby at the Wanamaker Building. So beautiful. They did a good job, especially in the Passero’s Coffee Roasters lobby located right outside Macy’s Center City.

Scott Weiner took this shot of Charles P. Pizzi at the Philadelphia Police Foundation’s A Night for Blue fund-raiser prior to Pizzi being presented with nonprofit’s Founder’s Award at Ballroom at the Franklin. Motorcycle on which Pizzi is sitting was one of 14 to have been purchased by the Foundation for the Philadelphia Police Department’s Highway Patrol Division. Funds raised at the event will go to fund equipment, training, programs and technology that are not included in the city’s current budget.
Restaurateur Brian Calhoun opens his Japanese-style grilling with Bincho at 228 South Street South Street today.

On a sad note, Adele and Husband Simon Konecki Split After More Than 7 Years Together. On a bright note, the world is anticipating for her next song.

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Links A Lot – Did I Shoot You?

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The following party photos can be found where the links are. Some of the parties may appear in Philly Mag, but I don’t know which parties they’ll pick up so I won’t mention them here. I will tell you they won’t be the same photos as the ones that appear on the following pages.
Happy Anniversary, were you there. Check out the Photos at Philly Style Magazine
also look for photos in PhillyChitChat this week

Create X Change Hosts ‘Trillion Dollar Coach’ Book Launch In PhillyThree Google founders write a book about their life coach. CBSPhilly and Philly Voice

Little Smile’s Stars Ball Philly Style, and Philly Voice
More photos to appear in PhillyChitChat next week


Philadelphia Union x Parley Kit launch party Philly Voice and Philly Chit Chat
Sneak Peek Marvel Super Heroes Exhibit at Franklin Institute CBSPhilly, and Philly Chit Chat
Dranoff’s Opens One Ardmore Philly Biz Journal, CBS Philly and Soon Philly Mag online.

On April 11, 2019, The Franklin Institute hosted an awards ceremony and dinner at the museum. The annual black tie gala celebrates the most talented scientists, engineers, inventors, and innovators from across the globe. Philly Style Magazine CBSPhilly

Young, Smart and Local Conference Philly Biz Journal, Philly Voice

Project Home 30th Anniversary Honoring the Honickman’s CBSPhilly, and Philly Style Magazine Photos also appeared on CBSPhilly’s 11PM News Tuesday Night.


On April 18, 2019, Legacy Youth Tennis and Education, a Philadelphia-based non-profit that prepares youth for success using tennis, education, and character programming hosted the 36th Annual Benefit Legacy Gala. The dinner honored Clay W. Hamlin III, Co-Founder of CITRS. CBSPhilly and Philly Style Magazine

On April 18, 2019, Community Partnership School (CPS) hosted Celebrate CPS at Vie.
Philly Style Magazine

On April 12, 2019, Mission Kids Child Advocacy held their 11th annual Mission Possible Gala at the Filtler Club in Center City. Philly Style Magazine
East Passyunk Easter Egg Hunt CBSPhilly and PhillyChitChat

On April 13, 2019, Philly PR Girl Health Fair hosted the 2nd Annual Mind, Body, and Bubbly at Location 215(990 Spring Garden St). Philly Style Magazine


On April 12, 2019, The Curtis Institute of Music celebrated it’s 2019 Gala—New Voices, New Ventures at The Barnes Foundation. Philly Style Magazine

Congrats to Mary Dougherty and Nicole Miller for 25 years of business in Philly! Philly Style Magazine

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Philadelphia Union Parley Union kits, Info On Kids Day 4/20 & Fan Pics

Happy Easter and Happy Pesach

Enjoy the weekend on South Street Sunday with the Annual Easter Promenade. Begins at 12:30PM with a walk down South Street in your Easter finest, to the Headhouse where folks who want to participate in the Easter Fashion Promenade will be well parading on stage for prizes.

When Philadelphia Union square off against Montreal Impact on Saturday, April 20th there will be numerous activities besides soccer going on as the club has announced activities as part of Kids Day.

Before arriving, kids can take part in our drawing contest that is underway now and runs through Wednesday, April 10th. Entries can be submitted here and must be done in full color with crayon or colored penciled drawings preferred and are limited to one player drawing per kid. Artwork could be featured on the Union’s website, social media, and videoboard!

After your child has drawn their favorite player, they can start preparing for the club’s Dress Like Phang contest! All kids 14 and under are invited to dress as their favorite mascot and will have a chance to win and participate in a pregame procession with Phang.

Finally, there will be a pregame Egg Hunt between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. on the Toyota Plaza. All participates 14 and under will race to collect eggs to receive prizes that range from food and beverage vouchers to Union shop coupons, t-shirts and more!  After the match all kids 14 and under are invited to take part in a postgame parade around the field following the match.

Philadelphia Union Meal Deal – Saturday, April 20th vs. Montreal Impact

Purchase a Philadelphia Union Meal Deal ticket package and receive Four (4) tickets for the selected match, Four (4) meal vouchers and Two (2) Union 10th season hats for $99 (plus applicable fees). Meal Deal vouchers can be redeemed for a Hot Dog, Chips, and Bottled Non-Alcoholic Beverage at the Fresh Classics stands at Sections 112 & 117.

Check out PhillyVoice.com for more photos and info on the new Adidas x Parley for the Oceans jersey. Jersey’s are $94 and available at Bloomingdale’s in KOP but call first.I hear they sold out online.

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Photos: East Passyunk Race for Easter Eggs & Info on South Street Easter Festivities

The Easter Bunny visited to East Passyunk Avenue last week! Hundreds of children from the area participated in the FREE Easter Egg Hunt at South Philadelphia Older Adult Center’s Outdoor Garden, located at East Passyunk Ave & Dickinson Street.

Kids decorated egg-collecting bags, posed for photos with the Easter Bunny, enjoy music from WBEN-FM and… hunt for eggs filled with toys and candy.

Egg Hunt times are staggered by age group. We suggest you arrive at least 15-30 minutes before your child’s age group;
After the egg hunt, select restaurants will offer kid-friendly brunch and shopping specials. Stay tuned for a full list.

SUNDAY MEET ME ON SOUTH STREET:
Philadelphia’s 88th Annual Easter Promenade Date: Sunday, April 21, 2019  Time: 12:30pm 
Presented by: South Street Headhouse District 
Location: Starts at South and Fifth and Passyunk Cost: Free  
Website: www.southstreet.com
Photos: http://bit.ly/easterpromenade19media
Festivities include live music, dancing the Bunny Hop, appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Peter Cottontail, photos with the Easter Bunny, and famous best dressed contests on the. Children, adults and even pets can enter in more than a dozen categories to be named best dressed and best “razzle dazzle.” Celebrity judges include well-known names in fashion, radio and television. The parade itself kicks off at 12:30pm at the corner of South Street and Passyunk Avenue, with judging until approximately 2:00pm in Headhouse Square at 2nd Street. After the parade, enjoy brunch at restaurants throughout Queen Village, Society Hill and Bella Vista. Festivities are free! For more info, visit www.southstreet.com.

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Tuesday To Do: Easter Brunch

Can you believe Easter is upon us. The 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday really does whiz by. I used to spend Easter with the family, but since I’ve been shooting the Easter Promenade over the past few years I now go to Easter Brunch with friends. on South Street. This year again I’ll be heading to Twisted Tail with Kory Aversa, Alex Holly and her parents Sharyn and Glenn, Mike T. and new this year Marilyn Russell. Marilyn and Alex will be in the South Street Easter Parade and then judge the best dressed at the promenade at Headhouse. It all starts at 12:30pm, and looks to be a beautiful day. I’m biased for where you should have lunch, these are my advertisers…..

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Every weekend Pinefish serves up Friends with Benedicts. Stop by to check out this eggstravaganza! Reserve Easter Sunday brunch. We’ve extended brunch to 4 p.m. Check out their brunch menu too, delicious!!
Sunday, April 21, 2019
DelFrisco’s Philadelphia Easter Brunch

For a celebration worthy of the day, make your time with family and friends a true indulgence at Del Frisco’s. Enjoy premium Easter selections including Filet Benedict, Lobster Benedict, and Hand-Carved Prime Rib in addition to our full menu. We’re opening early at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 21st.
This Easter Sunday experience a lavish brunch like no other! On Sunday, April 21st between 11:00am and 4:00pm an expanded brunch menu will be served for $95.00 per person. Special a la carte entrees will be available along with a unique brunch buffet that includes hand-carved meat, seafood, salads, and desserts.

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Moshulu, the world’s oldest and largest four-masted Tall Ship offers unsurpassed views for intimate to extraordinary dining aboard this Philadelphia landmark restaurant.
Feast on a decadent Easter buffet from 9 AM – 7 PM. Enjoy brunch and dinner entrees, soup, raw bar, salads, side dishes and carving stations with or extravagant dessert display. $65 per person.
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Fashionable at The Red Ball

The Philadelphia Red Ball lived up to its tradition of glamour and generosity which took over Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, March 30, 2019 raising much needed funds to support the Red Cross House, a center for families who suffer a disaster.

Guy Triano, Regional CEO for the Red Cross Eastern PA spoke
from inside a display for guests to visualize a living room impacted by fire.
The VIP lounge featured the jazz sounds of Gerald Veasley. His musical odyssey has taken him to the top of the contemporary music world as a bassist, bandleader, composer, producer, educator, and curator.
Guests enjoyed Cuisine from the Region’s Hottest Restaurants and Caterers a Dessert Lounge, a Beer Garden featuring local breweries
Wine and Spirits Bars, Dancing and Live Music by CTO Tribeca and CTO Midtown Express which kept the party going and an extensive Silent Auction with experiences and sports memorabilia.
Best Dressed: Eileen Baker, Archie Elam and his sister Laura Elam

To see more photos from the Red Cross Ball head on over to Philly Style Mag and CBSPHILLY. Thanks, have a great day.

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Fans At “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” Franklin Institute

Friday night I stopped by the Franklin Institute to check out the “Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” sneak peek preview party. I ran into a lot of fans who were eager to be the first ones to check out the much anticipated show full of their favorite super heroes. I asked the fans which super hero they would like to be, and what super power they’d like to posses.

The exhibit is full of great tidbits, props and selfie moments with your favorite superhero, over 300 objects from 80 years of comic book history . But I’m going to let you check it out in person, in my column we’re going to focus on the folks who attended. The show is from April 13th through September 2.

Great gift store after you finish the exhibit

Dan Povlich wants to be Wolverine, I know purist don’t love this choice, but I do and Krista Burns – I wish I could fly, and then I would save the world

Babette Taylor would like to be the Black panther with the super power of invisibility “I’d like to be invisible so I can go around and lightly smack dumb people in the head.” and Kevin Miller would be Wolverine with personal healing power.

Tina Rosenberg wants to be Spiderman and possess mind control (her husband Matt rolls his eyes) he wants to be Captain America and possess the power of flight “so I can avoid traffic.”

Chris Helker – Loki (Loki, in Norse mythology, a cunning trickster who had the ability to change his shape and sex. ) and Sharif Pendleton – black panther, who wouldn’t want to live in a tech world. Heading to Cherry Street Pier this summer, check out Sharif’s art studio – https://www.cherrystreetpier.com/artist/sharif-pendleton/

Danielle Lambersky would channel Ahora and Joshua Bernett you guest it – Spiderman. Joshua tells me he has other outfits with the spiderman theme, including a hoodie that has a Spiderman mask.

Jason Kuron – Captain America , the power of unlimited money (I would like that power as well) and Francesco Shin – Spiderman and Flight

Lena Nhek, wonder women, and invisible so I can check out Area 51, Sam Holloschutz wants to be Superman to fly, Chris Borden would be Capt America and Time Travel back to the 20s to stop WW II and Johanna Morales, Root Train (OK I hope I heard her right especially since she’s a PhillyChitChat reader), I did hear her say she wants the power to fit in small spaces.

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Mini Wawa, Spotted Justin Timberlake, The Crystal Tea Room, Congrats Dones!!

Good day Sunday. Probably the last day to really enjoy the Cherry Trees in full bloom. I noticed that it was a shot blast of color and the trees outside my window have gone green. They’re so good knowing the time of the trees. Here’s some info.

In October I broke the story that Wawa was going to open near 16th and Chestnut Streets, and last week they officially announced it, with a twist. It’s going to be a mini Wawa, with a Take Out Window facing 16th Street for pre-orders. What a great idea especially for those running late for work. Read all about the new mini mart Wawa at Philly Mag.

Justin Timberlake at Wells Fargo last weekend, grabbed Alicia Conron’s friends cell phone and took a selfie of the gang. Unlike other times he’s played her, he didn’t stay over, just drove down and back from NYC.

Congratulations Emily Costa Dones, community relations at Sugarhouse and Jose Dones, Phila Police Officer who were married Friday night, and then celebrated with friends at The Lucy.

Michelle Miller spotted Brian Posehn at the Reading Terminal Market earlier this week. On April 11 he appeared at local comedy club Helium. Last month Michelle and her husband Josh DeMarco launched
a new and exciting talk radio show hybrid with social media-tv concept covering lifestyle in the Delaware Valley called Style Club Radio which airs every Saturday on Entercom’s 1210 WPHT and as a podcast on Radio.com and now a YouTube . I made an appearance last week. Check out the latest shows HERE .


Join us for the 4th Annual Fashion Show and Silent Auction at the historic First Troop Armory on Friday, May 3rd to support local veterans!

Last night I photographed The Little Smiles Stars Balls 2019. What an amazing, moving event where kids who are fighting chronic illnesses are pampered and treated as stars for an evening gala raising funds for Little Smiles mission. MY jaw dropped when I saw the Crystal Tea Room (Finley Catering) cocktail area, it was completely renovated, looking nothing like what it had been only a month before. It’s beautiful. The other space was gorgeous too, but always bottle necked during a packed cocktail hour.

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The Piazza Events Move Across The Street to the new Pod Park

NOW WE KNOW what the big sculpture across the street from The Piazza complex is, it’s part of a new pop up park called The Pod Park. The Pod Park features 35,000 feet of outdoor space featuring dining, art, civic space, kids and fitness components, as well as regular entertainment and events.

Waving from the Center of Piazza Pod Park will be BEBOT, a 33-foot tall, 13,000-pound robot statue from Burning Man that was flown in special for this park. Events that were traditionally held in The Piazza Courtyard will move to the street on Germantown Avenue and into Piazza Pod Park.

The Pod Park will bring with it nearly a dozen exciting food, drink and coffee vendors – with some of the biggest names in the city. The first list of early vendors is below like Dim Sum House, Spread Bagelry, French Toast Bites by Lokal Artisan Foods, Tiki Tacos, Mama Maria’s Italian Ice, New Liberty Distilling, Urban Village, Empanada Box and others to be announced. Plus Tildie’s Toy Box, from East Passyunk Avenue, will offer opportunities for fun for the whole family. Piazza Pod Park announces Osayi Osunde’s newest location for Fit Academy at Piazza Pod Park. Look for HIIT-inspired boot camps in a specially designed pod that opens from top to bottom, and faces the inside of the park.

Starting in the middle of May, Pod Park is open seven days a week, from 7:00am to 10:00pm, and until Midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
For more about Piazza Pod Park, visit http://piazzapodpark.com/.
Photos and Drawings provided by Post Brothers/Aversa Pr.