Ghouls & Gals Scare Up Charity Support With Fun Halloween Costumes

Now that you’ve (hopefully) checked off getting Jack-0-Laterns, candy, and which parties your going to attend on your October to-do list, the next big step is figuring out what you’re going to wear. I know for me it’s often a last minute decision as the month just speeds by, especially when it doesn’t quite feel like fall yet. I attended a few Halloween parties this past week and saw a lot of easy get-ups that might appeal to you.

The Friends of Laurel Hill Cemetery welcomed ghouls and ghosts to the annual Gravediggers’ Ball fundraising gala, which was held Friday night (10/15/21) at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The Gravediggers’ Ball is the biggest annual fundraiser for the Friends of Laurel Hill & West Laurel Hill Cemeteries, and proceeds from this event support our work as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization.

Nancy Goldenberg, President & CEO · Laurel Hill Cemetery and West Laurel Hill Cemetery & Funeral Home with her staff at the Gravediggers Ball (l)

Laurel Hill has a lot of great events coming up for a spooky good time, through out the year. It is also a great place to bird watch, which is what I do there, as well as exercise on their paved paths, and enjoy the beautiful landscape, especially at Laurel Hill as it overlooks Kelly Drive and Fairmount Park.

On Saturday, director M. Night Shyamalan and his wife Dr. Bhavna Shyamalan hosted their annual Halloween party “Shyamaween” at Fabrika in Fishtown. The M. Night Shyamalan Foundation says “all the [Shyamaween] proceeds go to support leaders of the M. Night Shyamalan Foundation that are doing amazing work to end poverty and inequality in their communities around the world.”

I hope you have a fantastic, fun Halloween weekend. I’m not good at coming up with ideas, I might just buy a sheet and be a ghost with gigantic eyes so I can photograph the much more creative folks, like you. (I have to thank the Shyamalan’s for inviting me to shoot Shyamaween for the 3rd time. They don’t invite other media, and it’s a huge honor to be able to shoot their event. It had always been a bucket list party for me when I started shooting events, and I have to pinch myself every time I’m there as it was also the party of the season, but everything was a secret where it was held, when it was held etc. THANK YOU!!)

Before you go let me introduce you to a singer you will want to listen to. I am such a fan, she’s so sweet, from our area and very talented.

Introducing: Saleka Shyamalan, known professionally as Saleka, she is an American R&B singer-songwriter. She has an incredible voice. I’ve seen her in concert twice now. Her voice is sultry, a yearning and as mysteries as her the themes in her father’s movies. In a very short time she’s going to be a household name…

Saleka -The Sky Cries (From the Apple TV+ Original Series “Servant,” Season 2) Official Video. Night directed this video. I just finished Servant Season 2, which really helped me connect with the Coopers and understand their heartache much better. Looking forward to season 3 which should come out in January 2022.

Ahhh before I go, check out this Ready Set Philly promo I did to chitchat about events happening this weekend in Philly. Thanks Chatterblast for inviting me to participate. Thanks Sheila Hess, City Rep for being the best Morticia. So much fun to do. Have a great weekend, Uncle Fester (If only I could replicate this look again)


Jim Kenney Thinks LCB’s could Distribute Canabis, and Wine Should Be Sold At Wegmans

Tuesday, Evan Urbania & Matthew Ray of Chatterblast held a Reception in Support of  JIM KENNEY Democratic Nominee for Mayor at Garces Trading Company in the Gayborhood. There was a nice turn out of voters to the cocktail party. I arrived just as Kenney was addressing the crowd.

Some of the highlights of his speech: He’s not giving up on anyone. He believes in 2nd chances, believes in prison reform and believes we have a higher percentage of African Americans in prision unfairly. Many on drug charges, specifically pot. There’s no way more AA’s smoke pot in this City than other groups. There’s something wrong. He will end “Stop and Frisk” as he believes AA are targeted at a higher rate than other groups. He’d like to see pot legalize, and controlled and sold in LCB stores. It’s about time wine was sold at Wegman’s, freeing up space in the LCB for pot. No one cards more aggressively than the LCB, and pot would be sold only to the 21 and over crowd. Kenny said he is excited to keep the greatness of Philly going following great leaders like Gov Rendell and Mayor Nutter. He’s renewed in his faith after seeing Pope Francis, and he’s excited to be Philadelphia’s next Mayor.

Host Committee – Matt Ray, Jim Kenney and Evan Urbania center
 Andre Golsorkhi – Armon Vincent – Ben Haney  Dan Giacobbe – Gavin McKay – Geoff Johnson – Michael Braunstein   Marc Coleman – Michelle Taglialatela – Nikolas Greenblatt – Scott Peters

Ben Haney, Scott Peters, Michael Braunstein and Marc Coleman
Evan Urbania and Geoff Johnson
Jim Byrne, Rebecca Devine, Co-Founder and Principal Maven Communications and Nicholas Greenblatt
Gavin McKay,  founder and head of Unite Fitness, Jim Kenney and Andre Golsorkhi,  ‎CEO, Sidecar
Richard Lee,  ‎Owner at Media Copy and Maggy Wilkinson
Eric Muller and his brother Greg Muller
Brad Deleone,  ‎Freelance Graphic Designer and Jay Romberg
Michelle Taglialatela, Tag Strategies and Karen Kaufman – The Kaufman Partnership
Tiffany Tavarez, Exelon, Jaret Wilson, is a talented musician teaching private in-home piano, guitar, voice, and drum lessons in the Philadelphia area,  Bjorn Henriques, Fox 29 and Marc Coleman, President, The Tactile Group
Nick Plagge, VIVANA Wellness and Jesse Rendell, Rendell Management & Consulting
Michael Braunstein, Online Sales, Marketing, & Client Services Team Leader – ‎Comcast Spotlight, Marisa Magnatta, WMMR and Justin Pizzi, Saxbys.
ELECTION DAY IS less than two weeks away on Nov 3.