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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.

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Women’s Theatre Mixer & Small Mouth Sounds Opening

Last week the Philadelphia Theatre Company hosted

 

Paige Price (Producing Artistic Director), Marilyn Russell, WOGL and Emily Zeck (Managing Director)

Ellevate, FemCity Philadelphia, Les Dames d’Escoffier and The Walnut Club at The Suzanne Roberts Theater to meet two of the region’s newest top arts and theatre leaders, Producing Artistic Director Paige Price and Managing Director Emily Zeck and hear about the PTC’s remarkable season focusing on women.

Following the reception, guests headed into the local theater to watch acclaimed run in New York City, Small Mouth Sounds, a unique and compassionate new play written by Bess Wohl (Pretty Filthy) and directed by Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. The New York Times, New York Magazine, AND Time Out NY Critics’ Pick is coming to Philadelphia for the first time! In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, six runaways from city life embark on a silent retreat. As these strangers confront internal demons both profound and absurd, their vows of silence collide with the achingly human need to connect. Be ready to take a deep breath. (PTC)

The show runs through April 1

I see Philadelphia as a hotbed of opportunity for generating really important work in such a culturally rich city and I am eager to dive into the theatre community with its wealth of talented actors and artists. (Playbill)

Small Mouth Sounds asks how we address life’s biggest questions when words fail us. In this compassionate and witty new play, six wildly dissimilar runaways from city life embark on a week-long silent retreat. In the overwhelming quiet of the woods, they attempt to abandon technology, observe a vow of silence, and tamp down their natural cravings while being guided by an unseen guru who challenges them to confront internal demons and seek peace.

Written by Drama Desk Award-winner Bess Wohl and directed by Obie Award-winner Rachel ChavkinSmall Mouth Sounds is a cleverly conceived and sharp observation of the pursuit of wellness and the achingly human, and often frustrating, need to connect.

With a sold out run at Ars Nova, The New York Times called Small Mouth Sounds “an enchanting new play… as funny as it is quietly moving… a model of ingenuity” and the show was chosen as a “Best Of” Theater Pick in the New York Times, New York Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter, New York Post, and many more.


After the reception I headed downstairs to meet a few of the guests headed to see the show

Performances of Small Mouth Sounds CANCELLED due to poor weather conditions

Due to unsafe weather conditions, school closings, and transportation challenges, we must cancel the following performances of Small Mouth Sounds:

Tuesday, March 20 @ 7pm, Wednesday, March 21 @ 1pm, Wednesday, March 21 @ 7pm

If you have any questions or concerns, please call the Box Office at 215.985.0420. The performance of Small Mouth Sounds on Thursday, March 22 @ 8pm and those thereafter will run as scheduled.

Thank you!

A couple events coming up connected to “Small Mouth Sounds”

Meet The Artists Talkback

Friday, March 23, post-show

Join us after the show for an onstage Q&A session with the cast of Small Mouth Sounds! (Approx. 30 minutes)   Theatrical Trainer Wellness Fair

Friday, March 30, 7pm and Saturday, March 31, 1pm

Theatrical Trainer is built upon the notion that wellness for the creative individual is a full picture, through mind, body and nutrition. You don’t just need to be a professional artist, but if you are creative by nature and looking to incorporate a healthier approach to your personal life, we are your first step!

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Photos: A Dream is a Wish: Princess Holiday Concert

Photos: A Dream is a Wish: Princess Holiday Concert
I didn’t know what to expect when I attended the A Dream is a Wish: Princess Holiday Concert Hosted by Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Suzanne Roberts Theater.

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What I found was the most adorable concert with princess’ who had a lesson to teach little princess’ in training. Every seat was sold out at the concert, but not every seat was taken as the little princess’ clamored to be as close as possible to the stage.

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A Dream Is a Wish: Princess Holiday Concert is a live concert sing-along, featuring nine Princesses including Princess Sofia, Cinderella, Elsa, Mulan, Moana, Belle, and others. Cinderella is having a holiday celebration with her friends and the youngest, Princess Sofia, wants to learn from the other Princesses how to be the best she can be as she grows up! They teach her that even though life will present obstacles, everyone’s path is different, and if she is true to herself, she will find her way. A Dream Is a Wish features over 15 holiday and popular movie-musical songs, including the titular song, “A Dream Is A Wish,” “Let It Go,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Jingle Bells,” “Winter Wonderland,” and “When Will My Life Begin.”


Afterwards there was a meet and greet with the princesses in the lobby of the theater.
in between photo ops, princesses enjoyed delicious cider and cookies as well
smiles and
memories
I loved seeing all the princesses in their various gowns and tiaras
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See you next year Cinderella. Next up for Philadelphia Theatre Company

Musical Thrones: A Parody of Ice and Fire is a giddy and raucous parody of the Emmy Award-winning HBO show, Game of Thrones. Sing and dance along with Daenerys, her dragons, and many other beloved and be-hated characters as they engage in savagery, sex, and earth-shattering plot twists in the Seven Kingdoms.

Philadelphia

Diner en Blanc Preview Party, Plus How You Can Go

Happy first day of summer. WOW where did the spring go. Although the social season winds down a bit in the summer as folks go away on the weekends, there are still a few amazing events happening one of which is Diner en Blanc. Earlier this month Diner en Blanc had a preview party at the South Street Shambles. I was in Alaska on my cruise, but Al For was there and sent over a few photos of the event we both shoot for Aversa PR in August.

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It was a packed house under the shambles, despite the questionable weather. Diner en Blanc is held rain/shine as well. Over the years weather has not been a deterent for fans of the outdoor party attracting increasing crowds with each year.

2012 – 1,200 Logan Circle
2013 – 2,550 JFK Bridge
2014 – 3,500 Avenue of the Arts
2015 – 4,500 The Navy Yard – Marine Parade Grounds
2016 – 5,000 Philadelphia Museum of Art
2017 – 5,200  Surprise location! (Can we start guessing now? I’m thinking somewhere in Old City, how about Market Street? or
Maybe the Piazza?)

preview Natanya DiBona and Kayli Moran co-hosts of Philly’s Diner en Blanc with Anita Oh, fashion blogger and cbs 3 reporter

SCHEDULE FOR 2017:
Past participants should watch for their phase one invitations sometime in early July. Phase 2 and 3 will follow later in the month.

Phase 1 for last year’s registered members – July 6th
Phase 2 for guests recommended from those that registered from phase 1 – July 13th
Lottery (Phase 3) for those on the wait list who are new to event – July 18th opens and continues with lottery system until sold out

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PEOPLE’S CHOICE WINNER:
Winner: Eilena Mercier-Ehmann; Event Loft (www.eventloftpa.com)
Theme: 1976- The Love Sign is placed in Love Park as part of the Bicentennial celebration

NATANYA DIBONA
It is six years- what keeps people going each year?

Initially, I think it’s the intrigue of what location- a new location each year really gives an opportunity to show off the city in an entirely different way.  However, year after year guests come back to enjoy an elegant meal and a really great party with their family and friends. It has become a Philadelphia tradition we are proud to have started.

Lessons learned from 2016 and six years under belt:

Each year we get more and more organized and we have more and more people who are returning to volunteer, so we have a lot of experience under our belt.   We ask for feedback from our guests, group leaders and table leaders and from our planning team and we take it very seriously and make improvements based on their suggestions.  However, the fact that the location changes each year means that we face new and unusual challenges each year.

What is your favorite part about planning this event?

I honestly can’t say there is just one favorite part.   However, I do absolutely love picking a spot and designing an event around showing off the beauty of the location, as well as the historical significance of the spot to the City of Philadelphia.   Both of my parents were born and raised in South Philadelphia and their families really embraced the city and everything it had to offer.  I find myself drawing on their stories or pictures- whether it’s my great uncle’s Navy Yard identification badge or a black and white picture my grandfather took from the top of the Art Museum steps- for inspiration.

 

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6ABC’s Alicia Vitarelli was a guest celeb designer of a table – and worked with Valley Flowers.

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NEW CULINARY PARTNERS – ALL NEW FOR 2017 (all were at preview too):
Feast Your Eyes Catering (photo above)
Cheese Boards from Collective Creamery
Charcuterie from 1732 Meats

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Suzi Nash trying on a hat by Touché Accessories

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Pat Nogar, Jennifer Lynn Robinson and Maria Fritz (sporting her new brown ‘do)

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Winner of the Judge’s Choice

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Winner: Coleen Christian Burke; Events by Coleen
Theme: 1901- The first official Mummer’s Parade is held

JUDGES:
Christopher Cordaro, EB Realty/Divine Lorraine
Amy Needle,  CEO, Historic Philadelphia
Lee Arnold Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Senior Director of Library and Collections
Sheila Hess, City Representative, Philadelphia
Kelly Edwards, Community Relations at Arts and Crafts Holdings
Adam Schmidt, Drink Philly
Anita Oh, CBS3

How To Get Into Diner en Blanc

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UPDATE: PUBLIC INVITED TO ARDMORE’S BIG DIG SUNDAY JUNE 25 for Family Fun

PUBLIC INVITED TO ARDMORE’S BIG DIG: A FREE CONSTRUCTION-THEMED CARNIVAL FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Ardmore, PA — The Ardmore Initiative along with several Cricket Avenue businesses will present the Big Dig on Sunday June 25 from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The family-oriented construction carnival will take place along Cricket Avenue and on the building site of One Ardmore Place, the 110-unit apartment being built by Dranoff Properties in Ardmore’s vibrant downtown.  The Big Dig is the first in a series of community events being rolled out by the business community to spotlight Ardmore as a live, work and play destination.

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“Big trucks, digging holes and hands-on building stations is what the Big Dig is all about,” said Carrie Kohs, owner of pucciManuli the award-winning toy store and a Big Dig host business.  “Lots of exciting things are happening in Ardmore and events like the Big Dig give us the opportunity to showcase Ardmore to the region.”

The fun-filled morning designed by child-experts will allow participants to tour a live construction site and touch and take photos with large-scale construction equipment including dump trucks and excavators.  A series of build, dig and learn stations will be set up to challenge and develop the building skills of youngsters.

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Ardmore’s Big Dig will start at 9:00am sharp.  The first stop for arriving guests is pucciManuli (35 Cricket Avenue) where the first 300 children will receive a complimentary hard hat, construction swag bag and “blueprints” for the day and will register for the Big Dig giveaway.  Next will be tours of the construction site and a series of activity stations.  Free giveaways will include DIY decorative stickers, construction site access lanyard, construction tote bag, coloring sheet and crayons, and construction tattoos.

The full line-up of free construction themed activities includes the following:

• Touch-A-Truck – Guests will have the opportunity to see and touch some of their favorite big trucks and heavy machinery up close, as well as meet some of the operators of this equipment. Vehicles on display to include two excavators, a skid steer and a dump truck.

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• Diggin’ Dirt Sensory Station – Little ones will have an opportunity to dig their own holes using dirt from the construction site and operate small construction vehicles.

• Build-A-Building – Children of all ages will have the opportunity to test their construction skills using various construction methods and techniques. Building materials will be supplied, including toothpicks/marshmallows, red cardboard bricks, various sized cardboard boxes and more.

• Dump Truck Cookie Decorating – Kids will have the opportunity to decorate their own dump truck cookie, provided by Viking Pastries (located at 39 Cricket Avenue, across from One Ardmore Place)

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• Imagination Playground Building Blocks – Lulu’s Casita will bring over their big, blue imagination building blocks kids can use to build and stack with.

• Build-Your-Own-Snack – Kids will be given a small construction lunchbox to fill with various snacks including mini donuts (to resemble wheels), pretzel rods, pirate’s booty and more!

All families that attend Ardmore’s Big Dig will be entered in a special drawing to win special construction-themed prizes for the whole family. Prizes to date include:

• Family four-pack of tickets to Diggerland
• $100 gift certificate to Lulu’s Casita
• $100 in pucciManula to pucciManuli

• Construction gear from Harkins Builders

The morning is also a learning opportunity for adults who will be able to view the site from inside the fence where they may ask questions and learn more about the mixed-use project that will include luxury apartments, street-level retail space and a three-deck public parking garage.

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Ardmore is hip, fun, family-friendly place to visit and live.  There are many exciting things happening that are changing our small town for the better,” said Christine Vilardo, Executive Director of the Ardmore Initiative.  An event like the Big Dig brings the community out to share in and celebrate the progress that we are making.”

Ardmore’s Big Dig is free and open to the public.  RSVP is requested for proper planning by visiting, bit.ly/bigdigrsvp. Swag bags are available to the first 300 people that check-in on the morning of the event. All families entering the site will be required to wear closed-toe shoes and sign release forms.  All minors will be required to be accompanied by a parent or guardian while on the construction site.  Closed toed shoes are required (no sandals). For any additional information, visit www.destinationardmore.com or call 610-645-0540.

Ardmore’s Big Dig is organized and presented by Ardmore Initiative, pucciManuli and Lulu’s Casita and is sponsored by One Ardmore Place, Harkins Builders and Viking Pastries.

(Sponsored Post)

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Newbold’s South Philly Sausage Fest Was Hotter Than Ever This Year

The weather is getting cooler, ok it’s supposed to be getting cooler, and the fall festivals are heating up. Last week were two major festivals – GreenFest on South Street last Sunday and The Sausage Fest on Passyunk above Broad Street last Saturday, September 10. I covered them both.

 

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Mother Nature was anything but kind to us last Saturday as the temperatures hovered near 100F, but that didn’t stop the hundreds of sausage fans that turned out to enjoy delicious links, music, mingling and learn about the different community organizations that were on hand.

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The Newbold Community Development Corporation (CDC) South Philly SausageFest is a food and craft beer festival raising funds for the Newbold CDC’s Street Cleaning Program. This was the 2nd Annual event, and it’s sponsored by AFC Doctors Express Urgent Care, 1444 W Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia (Which I have been to several times over the past 3 years for aches and pains, and they’re quick and easy.)

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Tim Lidiak, President of NCDC and Jess Gould, Co-chair of South Philly SausageFest

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William Lindsay, Diana Zaccagnini and Michael Strauss reppin’ Mike’s BBQ. You know Tap Michael as one of the co-owners of Taproom on 19th in the Girard Estate neighborhood.

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Who were also on hand to rep their sausage sandwich with Jeff Gimbel, Sal Aversa (no relationship to Kory Aversa, Aversa Pr who was handling the publicity for Sausage Fest), and Peter Fry.

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The Volunteer Lounge, a lot of these folks also volunteer for their neighborhood organizations which all border each other.
Paul Knese, East Point Breeze Neighborhood, Paul Rossi, Girard Estate Neighbors Association, Stacey French, Newbold Civic Association, Jimmy Marshina, WPNA, and LuAnn Goodnoce, WPNA

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Vince Leuzzi, Bobby Powers of Mark Cement Contractors with Kory Warfield, who’s dad works at Mark’s

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Philadelphia author & reporter Thom Nickels, with Steve Laberty and Tom Hawthorn

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Christy Bracken-Vasquez, Carol De Fries, Vice President NCDC and Chad Colby

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 Tricia Pinto , Carmen Kelly and Leslie Baechler of Vegan Commissary

 

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Grubhouse

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Shibe Vintage Sports

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Miranda Neill, Vicky Neill, Tom Staunton and Shrea Roundtree

 

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Newbold CDC is four city blocks wide and seven blocks long. It is bounded by Tasker Street to the north and Wolf Street to the south, Broad Street to the east, and 18th Street to the west.

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First Look U-Bahn (don’t call it a basement bar) Hosts The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund Our Night Out Party

The team behind Brü Craft and Wurst keep the German vibe going at their subterranean bar U-Bahn, set to open officially next week, but Tuesday night

the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund hosted its successful monthly OurNightOut networking mixer at the industrial the 3,300 square foot space

 which includes
two bars and a kitchen. U-Bahn will offer local beers and food
including cured meats, cheeses and specialty sandwiches.
 It might be winter, but I’m wearing a t-shirt cause I look good
 Photos provided by Aversa Pr. I was supposed to be at this event but my photo exhibit was postponed from January to Feb on this Tues. I’ll write more about that great event on Tuesday.
 I love this trend of classic video games in a bar. Get off your phone and play some pacman!!
 Hey are they TV’s
 Globe
 Hey Mr DJ put a record on.
I think this is going to be a pretty big deal, it’s like a subterranean beer garden
Hey Jim Donovan from CBS3!!
The Delaware Valley Legacy Fund
Heroes Luncheon is Sunday, April 12, 2015 12:30pm to 3:00pm at Hotel Monaco.
Philadelphia

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE RINGS IN HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH PREVIEW ON THANKSGIVING

CHRISTMAS VILLAGE RINGS IN HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH PREVIEW ON THANKSGIVING, CONCERT ON FRI NOV 28 AND GRAND OPENING CEREMONY ON SAT NOV 29

WHAT:
Opening Weekend for Christmas Village in Philadelphia: Presented by NRG

WHERE:
Philadelphia’s LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard)

HOURS: 
Thursday, November 27 preview 9:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, November 28 preview 11:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, November 29 official opening 11:00am to 8:00pm 

EVENTS THIS WEEKEND: 

Black Friday Holiday Jams Concert (Fri Nov 28, Noon to 1:00pm) – Christmas Village kicks off a new Friday lunch series with Good Girl, Jacqueline Constance and Jay Marie. Future dates: 
* Dec 5 – Walt Anderson, Felicia Punzo and others
* Dec 12 – BridgeSet Sound
* Dec 19 – Gin Canaries

Grand Opening Ceremony (Sat Nov 29, 4:00pm to 5:00pm) – Sing-a-long to holiday selections by the Father Judge Pep Band, Clearview Regional High School Choir and other entertainers. The original Christkind from Nuremberg will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage from 76 Carriages. She will then officially open the market by reciting her traditional prologue and rings in the official lighting ceremony of the Christmas Village Fountain (not the tree), presented by NRG Home. She will then do her traditional walk of the market. 

WHO:
Thousand of neighbors, visitors and tourists will flock to the opening weekend of Christmas Village. This season, over 550,000 are expected to visit between Thanksgiving Day and December 28, 2104.

VISUALS: 

* Christkind will light Christmas Village Fountain and walk the village (Saturday)
* Santa will take photos with children (All weekend)
* Live music
* Twinkling lights and decorations throughout LOVE Park
* LOVE Park Tree and LOVE Statue
* International and local shopping in 65+ decorated booths
* Food and mulled wine served
* Wish Wall for Make-a-Wish Foundation

MEDIA CHECK-IN POINT: 
We would appreciate it if you could confirm coverage by emailing kory@aversapr.com or calling 215-840-9216.  Aversa PR will have a check-in point for the Grand Opening at the information
booth located to the right of the stage (as you face City Hall). 

Thank you for considering for your weekend holiday coverage!

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ABOUT CHRISTMAS VILLAGE 

The Christmas Village will again transform Philadelphia’s LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market, open daily between Thanksgiving and Sunday, December 28, 2014. Shop for high-quality, international and local gifts and decorations. Enjoy holiday sights and sounds with thousand of twinkling lights, the LOVE ParkChristmas Tree, live music, children’s activities and photos with Santa Claus. Warm up with a glass of warm mulled wine or hot cocoa while enjoying European and American food and drink. Admission is free, with food, drink and shopping pay as you go. Now in its seventh year, the village has grown into one of the region’s most unique and charming holiday attractions. It expects to attract more than 550,000 people in 2014. Sixty-five international and local merchants and artists are busy preparing high-quality gifts that will be sold in decorated tents and wooden houses that will pop-up throughout Center City’s famous LOVE Park. With toys, apparel, jewelry, decorations, homegoods, artwork and more, there will be something for everyone on Santa’s list.

ABOUT SPONSOR

NRG Home empowers residential energy customers with a new way to think about, buy and use energy. Innovative, exclusive energy products give customers unprecedented choice and control through customized electricity plans with unique rewards and access to emerging energy technology solutions. NRG Home is part of NRG Energy, Inc., a Fortune 250 company that serves almost three million retail customers across the country. NRG Energy creates value through reliable and efficient conventional power generation, while driving innovation in solar and renewable power, electric vehicle ecosystems, carbon capture technology and customer-centric energy solutions.

CONTACTS:

Kory Aversa                                                                              
CEO/President  
Aversa PR & Events                                                                            
215-840-9216     
kory@aversapr.com
@koryaversa @aversapr   

Timo Kargus
Project Manager
German American Marketing, Inc.
215-391-3017
kargus@philachristmas.com
@philachristmas

(Press Release)