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To Do: Virtual Shows, Dinners, Flowers, and Cultural Events

Last year I attempted to do a To Do posts on Tuesdays, and then I got so busy and skipped a few Tuesdays. Let’s try it again, every Tuesday I will post events coming up current, or soon.

Dining Out For Life 2020 will not be happening “in real life” in Philadelphia on April 30, 2020

In response to COVID-19, Action Wellness has made the difficult decision to cancel its annual fundraising event, Dining Out For Life, scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 30, 2020, when more than 150 area restaurants would have donated 33% of their food sales to Action Wellness, AIDS Delaware, and Camden Area Health Education Center, Inc. to help people living with and affected by HIV in the Delaware Valley.

Instead, Action Wellness is encouraging participants to DINE IN to celebrate what would have been the 30th anniversary of this vital fundraising event and to continue to support those living with HIV. Check out Info on how you can help this Thursday HERE!!

We’re All In This Together, including the charities who are hurting as much if not more than many of us. We will probably be on our feet sooner than most of the charities in our area, who make a difference in people lives. We’re familiar with Giving Tuesday which happens shortly after Thanksgiving, this year we’re having a 2nd one.
Giving Tuesday Announces Day of Global Action for Giving and Unity in Response to COVID-19 a few of my favorite ones are below. Feel free to tag me on Social Media and I will add more on Sunday’s post.

American Liver Foundation AFSP Gaudenzia and Donors Are Heroes

PENNSYLVANIA BALLET HOSTS VIRTUAL LUNCHEON W/ ANGEL CORELLA AND 6ABC’S MELISSA MAGEE

On Thursday, May 7th at 11 a.m. Pennsylvania Ballet’s Annual Luncheon will go virtual with an exclusive sit down interview with Artistic Director Angel Corella and 6ABC meteorologist Melissa Magee, in addition to an online silent auction with once-in-a-life time experiences. Items include unique opportunities like dinner with Angel and seven of the winner’s friends, private salsa lessons with dancers Sterling Baca and Nayara Lopes, a walk-on role during a PA Ballet production, and so much more! Board of Trustees Alice Donavin Day and Liz Harris will host. Registration is free, but donations are appreciated.  Register here: https://e.givesmart.com/events/h4H/.

Check out these places to visit virtually in the Philly Area on the Visit Philadelphia website from museums, to zoos to gardens in bloom. HERE

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US Navy Blue Angels and US Air Force Thunderbirds to jointly fly over Philadelphia This Week

As I mentioned last week, there will be a flyover in our area on Tuesday 4/28. The rumor was they were going to fly over last week, but I heard from a good source they scrapped that because it was too windy and they would like the trailing r/w/b smoke to look good in the air for a bit of time. Tuesday the weather should be nearly perfect with party cloudy skies, and very little wind.

This mission, the first of several planned over the coming weeks, is the culmination of more than a month of planning and coordination between the two teams and numerous city and government offices.

Residents along the flight path can expect a few seconds of jet noise as the aircraft pass overhead, along with the sight of 12 high-performance aircraft flying close in precise formation.

Flyovers in Trenton will start at 1:45 p.m. (EST) and last approximately 10 minutes.

Flyovers in Philadelphia will start at 2 p.m. (EST) and last approximately 20 minutes.

The United States Navy Blue Angels and United States Air Force Thunderbirds will be doing a combined Fly-BY. They will be conducting a low level flight (500- 1000 agl) when this does happen from TTN to ILG.

This historic formation will consist of 12 aircraft: 6 USAF F-16s and 6 USN Blue Angels. They will fly in two 6 shape diamond formations.. Each diamond will be around 1 minute in trail and have smoke streaming from all aircrafts. 

The Flyover begins in NYC, Newark at Noon. Then pass Trenton flying overr the Delaware River, over the Ben Franklin Bridge with a right hand 360º turn over Center City giving a nod to both Jefferson Hospital and University of Pennsylvania hospitals. They will exit the Downtown Philadelphia Area and follow the River past Philadelphia International Airport towards Wilmington De. 

Residents in these areas will be able to see the flyover from the safety of their home-quarantine and should maintain all social distancing guidelines during this event. They should also refrain from traveling to landmarks, hospitals and gathering in large groups to view the flyover. A detailed flight route will be released on the day prior to the flyover. (Source)

The teams welcome and encourage viewers to tag the flyover on social media with the hashtag #AmericaStrong.

For photos and video for Operation America Strong, visit, https://www.dvidshub.net/feature/americastrong

For more information on the Blue Angels, visit www.blueangels.navy.mil.

For more information on the Thunderbirds, visit www.afthunderbirds.com.

Here’s a copy of the press release someone sent to me earlier today which I posted on my FB.
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The Paparazzo Celebrities Love – SJ Magazine

Hello Friday. In the month of April SJ Magazine featured a profile piece on me. It was the highlight of my career as I’m from South Jersey and it was like coming home, this Jersey boy made something of himself.

If something amazing is happening in South Jersey or Philly – like someone uber famous is spotted in town filming or maybe just hanging out – the chances are good that HughE Dillon will be on the scene. He calls himself paparazzi, but he’s not that kind of paparazzi. This Cherry Hill native is known for always having the hottest pic. Actually, you could say it isn’t officially hot until he posts it on social media (where he has almost 60,000 followers).

Here’s a link to the article at SJ Magazine
https://sjmagazine.net/april-2020/the-paparazzo-celebrities-love

I did a follow up video interview, which mostly covered my Covid19 experience. See you on Sunday when I’ll have more of This & That chitchatting about things happening in Philly, as well as what’s happening with some of our neighbors and friends. Have a great day, well as great as possible inside. Today’s not too hard to stay inside right. BTW I think the Blue Angels are going to fly on Tue

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This & That: Lots of Virtual Fun For You To Enjoy

I’m trying out new gossip titles, especially since I can’t be Around Town with HughE for a while. I wasn’t a fan of Rants & Raves, cause I really don’t like ranting. I’ll try This and That, or I guess I could just have a tantalizing headline, a gotcha, grab headline. We’ll see.

What are you doing tonight?

Last week DMAX Foundation’s (Our mission:Creating connections and conversations that matter to strengthen mental health and emotional well-being for young people.) April 16th Virtual Educational Event “Self-Esteem:  Coping in Collective Isolation was very successful.  The event left the audience amazed and awed as we listened to the personal mental journeys from Supermodel EMME, Storyteller Robyn Shumer and college students, Michelle Garda and Jason Levin.  Please listen to the short clips from their presentations.Jason Levin: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCq0IEYlR27pH-E3kNNoxTug Michelle Garda: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YtM7vJMqvmU

Tonight the program will include:

  • Audience engagement
  • Importance of storytelling
  • Personal effects of mental health on family members.

Although the event is a fundraiser and donations are appreciated, it is free to college students and is on a “pay what you can” basis to all others.   

Your friends can Learn more and register here:  https://dmaxfoundation.org/educational-event/

The Show Must Go On: #ArtHappensAtHome at the Kimmel Center and they have a lot of great entertainment streaming for you, check it out here.

Saturday Night Dance Party with Young Friends

Info & Tickets Here

As part of the Quarantine Concerts, an inspired live-stream series hosted by Chicago’s Experimental Sound Studio, Ars Nova Workshop out of Philadelphia is pleased to present an evening of creative music, all by artists from Philadelphia (though you may not have known it!). 

Sunday’s series features an all-star lineup that speaks to Philadelphia’s vibrancy and rich legacy as a “jazz town.” We’ll feature six sets, each about a half-hour long, viewable by means of Twitch or on the ESS website.  

Donations are requested on a sliding scale – as much as you can afford, as little as you are able – and all proceeds go 100% to the musicians or to their designated fund.  

Please join us on Sunday, April 26 beginning at 6pm (EST) for a very special Philadelphia-centric online concert experience.

6:00pm | Monnette Sudler
6:30pm | Joshua Abrams 
7:00pm | Jupiter Blue (DM Hotep & Tara Middleton of the Sun Ra Arkestra)
7:30pm | Brian Marsella
8:00pm | Matt Hollenberg
8:30pm | Uri Caine 

Sweet Somethings

Sugar Stress Relief: 5 Local Businesses Partner to Bring Free Cookies to Your Door

Insomnia Cookies will provide two chocolate chunk cookies per order for the first 25 orders a day. Each week will highlight a different partner. Here’s the schedule:

• Free cookies with your beer, wine and Champagne delivery through Quick Sipthrough Sunday, April 26. You can place your order online.
• Free cookies with pizza, salad, calzones, DIY pizza kits and more through SliCE Fishtownfrom Monday, April 27, through Sunday, May 3. Place your order by calling (215) 425-1555, or you can do it online.
• Free cookies with dim sum and Chinese favorites through Dim Sum House University City from Tuesday, May 5, through Sunday, May 10. Orders can be placed online.
• Free cookies with burgers, sandwiches, shakes and fries through P’unk Burger from Monday, May 11, to Sunday, May 17. To place an order call (215) 468-7865, or go online.

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My Favorite Franklin Institute #MyHomeMuseum Posts

We are all collectors. I collect a lot of things, my husband would call me a hoarder. I have a huge collection of matches, Madonna magazines, and Philadelphia memorabilia including a Liberty Bell ice bucket, a City Hall plate, a William Penn statue, and countless books on Philadelphia. For the past month the Franklin Institute asked people what their home museums were, to photograph them and post #MyHomeMuseum on Twitter. I’ve collected a few of them for your enjoyment.

During Spring Cleaning last week, I threw out my collection of wrapping paper. I’ll be bagging it in the future.

Hands down the best #myhomemuseum was every post Chris Fralic made. He has a lot of collections. Go check it out, as well as all of the collections on Twitter under hashtag #myhomemuseum and what The Franklin Institute is doing to keep us informed during Stay Home.

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InBox: Historic 3-Day Online Climate Rally Kicks Off 4/22, with Patricia Arquette, Questlove and more

A three-day online climate rally kicks off tomorrow, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, to call for urgent action and a just recovery from the pandemic that puts people over profits. Earth Day Live, which occurs against a backdrop of crashing oil prices and job insecurity for oil and gas workers, features the voices of Indigenous leaders and youth climate activists on the frontlines of the climate justice movement who outline their vision for the recovery and future.

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WHAT: An online climate rally featuring Patricia Arquette, Lil Dicky, Jason Mraz, Questlove, and more. The programming theme for day one is striking from business-as-usual comprising musical performances, celebrity conversations, speeches, and storytelling.

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WHEN: April 22nd from 9a-11PM ET (a complete schedule is below)

WHERE: www.earthdaylive2020.org and accessible to watch on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Twitch

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Rants & Raves This Week

Hello there, it’s Monday afternoon. I slept late. Last year that would be a rant, this year it’s a rave cause is there anything better to do. One week and I already broke my promise to publish three times a week. I need to fix that. I need a purpose now, more than ever. I know a lot of you gig workers, entrepreneurs, folks without kids, or who never had kids, even those who have a promised job when this is over are going through the WTH right now. How did this happen. It’s been one week since I left the house, and out of the 5 weeks since Stay at Home, social distancing, this was the hardest week. Mike told me the first 4 weeks I was fighting to stay alive, now I’m fighting to have a livelihood or a purpose. I feel there must be a purpose that I survived, and as soon as I get over this depression I’ll look for it.

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If you're trying to keep up, today is Monday!

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I love that CBSPhilly posts this everyday.

Good news the sinkhole at 3rd and Arch is being worked on and looks to be almost ready for when Stay at Home is lifted.

Love these, and Dori

I’ve been following Debi Mazar for a few weeks now, after she went public with her COVID19 status. She was snapped by a paparazzo in NYC as she left her house yesterday. She was furious and went after him on her Instagram, telling him off saying this was a private moment, she felt it was an invasion of privacy etc.

We all know, she’s a public person, and it’s not an invasion of privacy, but what I wanted her to know is she as any public person, serves the greater good of humanity and the world. She had already chronicled her illness on Instagram, and now this article which retells her story would serve to take the fear out of people who don’t follow her. She LIKED it, and then she deleted the post. Here’s the DailyMail Story. Go follow her, she’s fun.

So many great eateries feeding out Frontline Health Workers.

According to SJ Magazine “Our favorite sports stars are taking the #AllInChallenge and offering some mind-blowing prizes in exchange for donations to support coronavirus relief.”

The campaign, announced Tuesday, is raising funds to address food insecurity during the coronavirus pandemic. All of the donations collected through the campaign will go directly to Feeding America, Meals On Wheels, World Central Kitchen and No Kid Hungry.

Prizes include everything from celebrity experiences to their personal belongings, and they are being given away by auction and raffle. Check out some of the prizes you could win. Check out the story at SJ Magazine
BTW Zach & Julie Ertz are participating as well. They were spotted at the Whole Foods in the Art Museum area last month, waiting in line like everyone else, but it was before masks were mandatory.

Louis Poulsen and BIG Ideas present Keglen. A comprehensive series of new lamps characterized by its geometric design and lighting quality.

Jakob Lange, the desinger of Keglen, will join us for this webinar as a guest host.

Kasper Hammer, Director, Product & Design – Architectural & Outdoor and Jakob Lange from BIG Ideas, will talk about Keglen and the story behind the design. Sign Up Here.

From my friend Kristina: Hi love hope you are doing well!!!! Figured you would like this…. Socially distant 20 second token senior prom sitch of my son Ethan ! He thought they were zoom promming but then his girlfriend showed up to have a proper prom moment in her dress . This captures it so well! Flowers hand picked from the garden with sanitized hands and delivered by air mail… as you can see to his beautiful girlfriend Sarah . Ahhh who ever thought!

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Face Mask Fashion In The Coronavirus Age

Welcome to Fashion Friday: Philadelphians are getting into the habit of wearing face masks more and more each day. I’ve noticed my timeline filling up with our neighbors, friends and family wearing masks of many variations. I’ve heard from many readers who are making masks, as well as read fashion houses are producing them for the future.

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Who's to tell you what's not yours? #GangGreen

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One day at a time

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At least the bandana smells good!! #imcoveringup

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Philly Loves It’s Front-line Workers – Thank You!!

These are strange days, as we struggle with filling time, dealing with isolation, family matters, home schooling and loneliness. It’s a huge sacrifice to stay healthy, to keep our family, friends and neighbors safe. Thank you for doing so, humanity thanks you and Philly Thanks You!!

It’s great to see so many people come together in this crisis to appreciate front line workers doctors, nurses, as well as housekeepers, store clerks, train conductors, essential workers who keep our world going even if we’re not utilizing it fully at the moment. Thank You.

Every Tuesday the City lights it’s buildings in blue to thank Frontline Health Workers.

I’m now 100 % healthy and a Covid19 survivor.

I was excited to shoot some of our favorite buildings lit up to honor Front Line Health Workers,

as well as Philly loves essential workers as the City lights up with a lot of love.

Social distancing at the art museum Tuesday night. Note the flags are at half staff.

If you look closely you can see Comcast Tower One has an XO spelled out with it’s windows.

Aaah the Hilton Penn’s Landing gave it a good shot, but when I look at this I want a soft pretzel.
The Four Seasons is amazing. I saw them put this together over a two night period. The first night was a little off, I tweeted to my people it looks like a heart, maybe. The 2nd night it turned out amazing.
The Loews Hotel perfection.

The same organization who kept open the Liberty Bell during the Government shutdown last year, Visit Philly spearheaded a campaign to thank essential workers in Philly on Wednesday. Philadelphia says “Thank You”. Check out more on the project at CBSPhilly and Conrad Benner’s Streets Dept blog.

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Easter In Philly 2020 – Here’s What Some of Our Neighbors Were Doing

Since I started self isolating 3/13 I never saw or experienced the City shutting down. Yesterday I headed out to see what the new reality was like.

As I waited at the red light near my house, on Kelly Drive, I saw hope, a young man wearing a mask. Maybe people were getting the message, all people are affected by the coronavirus, Covid19 – The Beast.

I was surprised that some older people weren’t wearing masks, like this women jogging by the Rocky Steps.

Rocky is still a draw

Oh my as lovely as it seems I would not be lying near the tulips that closely.
These lovely ladies are exercising in Fairmount Park

It was a beautiful day. All in all people were for the most part practicing social distancing, and/or wearing masks. I’m glad to be able to report this to you all, and I can’t thank you enough for all your support, messages, prayers, cards and a special thanks to Wanda in Lancaster for my new masks she created. I love them. See you back here on Wednesday. I’ve decided to post on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s on the blog for now. And on social media every day. Thanks!! Have a safe day. BTW Check out more photos at CBSPhilly. I probably put the best photos there.