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Remembering Philly’s Easter

Happy Easter. I think it’s safe to say one of the best celebrations in Philly is South Street’s Easter Promenade, an annual rite of spring which attracts thousands of people to the hippest street in the City. The event started in 1931 and was held at Rittenhouse Square before moving to the Gallery and eventually to South Street. This year would have been the 89th annual Easter Promenade but alas Covid19 has us all looking forward to next years celebration, which will be the 89th Easter Parade. In the meantime let’s check out photos from past years.

Michael Harris, Executive Dir of South Street and Frannie Price, event producer of the Easter Promenade on South Street

This is the first Easter in years I haven’t spent it with Kory Aver, Aversa Pr, who represents South Street and has really helped make it the success it is today promoting it, pitching the press, and reminding us how great it is to experience. There’s always next year!!

Check out this story on Billy Penn for an indepth article on how Henri David saved the Easter Parade, and it’s path to South Street. Have a wonderful day…

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Today: Dim Sum House’s Grand Opening in Rittenhouse With Free Food

Today: Dim Sum House‘s Grand Opening in Rittenhouse With Free Food. Jane Guo (above) and Jackson Fu announce the grand opening of Dim Sum House by Jane G’s TODAY February 20, 2020, at 1930 Chestnut Street, at 11:30am. The mother-son duo will bring all-day, every-day dim sum in two styles to Rittenhouse Square. On top of Shanghai and Cantonese dim sum, Dim Sum House in Rittenhouse will also feature dishes from the Jiang Nan region of China including noodles, entrees, fried rice and soups.

For its grand opening, from 12:00pm to 2:00pm, dine-in guests will celebrate with a complimentary order of Scallion Pancakes per table. From 5:00pm to 7:00pm, dine-in guests will enjoy a complimentary order of Dan Dan Noodles per table.

Dim Sum House will test a brand-new ordering system at the dining room tables. With each seating, guests will be able to place their orders for dim sum favorites on a checklist they can hand off and update with their server as their experience progresses. This is especially useful for large groups. Look for this system to debut in University City later this winter.

Dim Sum House in Rittenhouse will launch seven day a week happy hour later this winter. For lunch specials, guests can enjoy a $13 lunch featuring a choice of soup (Hot & Sour or Wonton) with a choice of one of 20 entrees, and a side of rice (White, Brown, and Fried).
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Wonderspaces Is A Wonderful Way to See Art – Opens Today

Wonderspaces, an experiential, interactive arts venue, celebrated their opening with a preview party Tuesday night, January 22. Building on the success of annual pop-up shows they’ve enjoyed in San Diego, and their first permanent location in Scottsdale, AZ, Wonderspace Philly will open a 24,000 square foot new gallery space on after a ceremonial ribbon cutting today at 11:30am. This inaugural lineup features fourteen experiential and participatory art installations from artists from around the world some works shown at the prestigious Art Basel in Miami, with each work focusing on the theme of perspective.

Wonderspaces is an unique art experiences which fits perfectly in the new shopping concept Fashion District, which blends together entertainment and art, and features an existing $1 million in commissioned artwork.

Michelle Cassidy (l) experiencing Dinner Party by Charlotte Stoudt, Laura Wexler, and Angel Soto at Wonderspaces located in Philadelphia’s Fashion District, on January 21, 2020.
NBC10 meteorologist Steve Sosna reads a note left at “The Last Word” exhibit by Illegal Art at Wonderspaces located in Philadelphia’s Fashion District, on January 21, 2020.
Artists Mark Daniell and Shawn Causey, flank Jenn McCreary, GM Wonderspaces, Jane Golden, executive director of Mural Arts, as they all stand in front of the artists work ” Sweet Spot” at Wonderspaces located in Philadelphia’s Fashion District, on January 21, 2020.

In between art exhibits, there is plenty of seats for you to enjoy while pacing yourself. There is also a snack bar with lite bites and drinks as well.

Wonderspaces is located in the Fashion District at 27 N 11th St, between Filbert and Market Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Tickets for Wonderspaces are on sale now at philadelphia.wonderspaces.com/

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The Piazza Pod Park Opens

Last night I attended a most unusual beer garden type of outdoor space, a wonderland of food and beer I would call it. Definitely not like any you’ve experienced before, it’s in Northern Liberties in the former space where we all used to park for free across from the Piazza. The official opening of the Piazza Pod Park as the grand opening weekend will take place on Saturday, June 8, 2019 at 10AM (POD PARK WEBSITE)

Now it’s a fun spot where you’ll want to spend a lazy afternoon or a starry night with friends. There is still free parking with validation of your Pod Park visit. The parking lot is at the corner of 2nd and Germantown Ave, on Germantown avenue.

Piazza Pod Park will be far be the largest dining destination and beer garden-style space in the city to open this spring – with 35,000 square feet of outdoor space that is uniquely Northern Liberties, featuring dining, art, civic space, kids and fitness components, as well as regular entertainment and events.

Laura Powers and Krystal Souvanlasy
Sam Bartow and Emily Tharp loved the Empanado’s, Margaurita’s and all the BeBop which is a great Selfie Station.
Peter Mason, Quantum Consulting LLC and Pretty in Pink instagramer Cate Cole
Mama’s Water Ice – Small $3, Large $4 and Quart $7
Add $.50 for Mama’s flavors
Buy 2 Quarts, Get 1 free
Ziggy Loike and Sam Cohen are working on Tomato’s Bar at 11th and Walnut Streets. Look for an end of summer opening.
The dining hall has tables inside and on the roof of the container

There’s a walkway that connects the Pod Park to Girard Avenue, at night it’s a colorful connector and a great Selfie station.

Check out the Piazza Pod Park, the Post Brothers’ new mixed-use outdoor space and beer garden at 1075 Germantown Avenue. Check out the food menu of Pod Park at Philly Mag

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Seen: La Festa Italian Street Festival

Filitalia International and Foundation, with support from East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, presented La Festa Italian Street Festival on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Proceeds benefit Italian Immigration Museum located on the avenue.

The annual event was held on East Passyunk (between Broad and Moore) from 11am to 7PM, continuously despite a bit of rain after 4PM. The all-ages street festival featured the much-anticipated South Philly spaghetti eating contest, live music, dancing, food, beer, wine, contests, prizes, vendors, shopping, wine-making demos, vodka water ice, and culinary displays.

There was family fun with lots of children’s games, moon bounce, trampoline, orbitron, duck pond, trackless train rides, water gun fun, soccer games, face painting, and more.

As a bonus, double your fun with East Passyunk Craft Beer Day, as part of Philly Beer Week, on the same date and at the same time over 15+ East Passyunk bars and restaurants.

The Philadelphia Police and Paramedics are hiring this month.

La Festa, nicknamed after La Festa Della Repubblica and Italian National Day, is an Italian national holiday that celebrates when Italy became a republic in 1946. Many of the Museum’s Board of Directors, volunteers and members of the community immigrated here from Italy – or are first and second generation Italians. Each year, the local board and volunteers come together with the East Passyunk community to throw a celebration to mirror the festivals in Italy.

La Festa is organized by Festival Director Saverio Nestico (red shirt), along with an annual committee of volunteers that includes Nick Volpe, Kelly Alexander, Henry Amanto, Miguel Luzon, David Milano, Ray DeJohn and Joseph Rossetti.

She was excited to come in 3rd, check out who came in FIRST and SECOND, and what everyone won over on Philly Voice.

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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
Arielle
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.

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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

previewJUDGE’S CHOICE WINNER:
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.

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