Christmas Party


Pat Nogar’s Annual Ladies Tea – The Twelve Days of Christmas

Pat Nogar’s Annual Ladies Tea – The Twelve Days of Christmas


Saving the best Christmas party for last, Pat Nogar’s Annual Ladies Tea was held on Saturday January 6, 2018 .


The theme this year was “The Twelve Days of Christmas”. Guests were asked to come dressed as one of the days of Christmas, like in the song. Pat Nogar, who has a TV show “Living Well with Pat Nogar”, was dressed as “A Partridge in a Pear Tree, her husband,David Nogar, was dressed as a classy, supportive husband.

Two Turtle Doves Zoya EganTiffany Archard Arey flanking Jennifer Lynn Robinson, Brigid McGrath Stasen, Karen Toole-Ebbert, and Pat Nogar

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 Drummers Drumming Eleven Pipers Piping Ten Lords a Leaping Nine Ladies Dancing Eight Maids a Milking Seven Swans a Swimming Six Geese a Laying Five Golden Rings Four Calling Birds Three French Hens Two Turtle Doves and a Partridge in a Pear Tree

Pat even had her steps stenciled with The 12 Days of Christmas
4 Calling Birds, but it’s really 4 “Colly” birds. BTW A Colly is like a crow.
Joan Hindin, and Doreen McGettigan

Two sets of Three French Hens: guest, guest, Pj ClineKaren Toole-Ebbert, Jamie Singer and Su Rudy
My favorite, tea sandwiches

The house was decorated with 12 beautiful trees

Li Kramer Halpern

Marie Fritz and Elizabeth Barker

Jimmy Contreras grabs a peck of Brigid McGrath Stasen under the Mistletoe

There was a lavish spread, and when it came time for dessert Pat thanked her guests for coming and toasted them before
serving her world friend favorite Red Velvet Cake
Laura Eaton, Founder at Old City Collective and pastry chef extraordinaire Ruth Levitt Scott,

Cupcakes by Ruth

And to all a good night. Thank you Patricia and David Nogar for a lovely party!!
Happy New Year!!


The Most Fantastic Party I didn’t Attend, but wish I had – Decor Delight

The Most Fantastic Party I didn’t Attend, but wish I had

Medical Guardian (1818 Market Street  Suite 1200, Philadelphia, PA 19103) held their annual holiday party earlier this month at VIE in Philadelphia. Geoff Gross, Founder & CEO at Medical Guardian hosted friends, family and employees of the life saving Medical Alert System which serves seniors nationwide. I was supposed to attend, but something came up and I missed it. After attending in the past and knowing that Valerie Sings GrossVal Sings Events was producing the event, I knew it’d be a party we all needed to see

Valerie Sings Gross and Geoff Gross

Santa’s Workshop was the theme

Santa was there

Cescaphe always has one of the most delicious spreads chock full of seafood and see food

Gorgeous champagne display as you walk into the lobby


Valerie Sings Gross

A wall of employees photos from past parties

Val Sings Events did a sweet job on this event.
Happy Happy Holidays, what a wonderful holiday season. I for one am not bothered when the commericals, and the music and the holiday cheer starts in November because when December 26 rolls around I’m already nostalgic for it.


Political Friends Celebrate with Vince Fumo at his Annual Christmas Party

Political Friends Celebrate with Vince Fumo at his Annual Christmas Party

Last night I attended my 3rd holiday party at Vince Fumo’s. In the  90s & 00s before I was PCC,  I had always read about the grandiose parties at the Green Street mansion, especially at Christmas time when the house on the hill was elaborately decorated. Out of the blue about three years ago the senator wrote me himself to invite me to the famed Christmas party.



The first two years I attended the parties were fairly low key, with family members and a few close, notable political operatives. This year it was like back to the future, with triple the size of attendees.

This year was not only a remembrance of the holidays and good will, but a celebration for Fumo’s new biography, which came out last month:

Sen Larry Farnese, Karen Sugarman, Vince Fumo and Lt. Gov Mike Stackhouse

Target: The Senator: A Story About Power And Abuse Of Power , which was just released earlier this month. The former Senator will be doing a book tour in the new year, with a book signing, party at the Union League in January.

Michael Schulson, Nina Tinari Schulson and former senator Vince Fumo

Senator Christine Tartaglione, Nicholas DeBenedictis, Lt Gov Mike Stack, and former CBS3/CW Philly 57 President and General Manager Michael Colleran with guests

Mariska K. Bogle, executive director of the nonprofit Philadelphia Hospitality Inc and Sean Reilly. Esq.

Christian DiCicco and Anna Catania, Ten Pennies

Chef Mark Scharaga, Nyotaimori Experience and one of the few sushi chefs certified by the Blue Ocean Institute for sustainability.

Mina MassaroGiordano, MDAntonio Giordano, a pathologist, professor of biology, and director of the Sbarro Institute for Cancer Research and Molecular Medicine at Temple and Carol Tamburino

Micah Mahjoubian, Linda Knox and Councilman At-Large Al Taubenberger

Hostess Debbie Pastrana, Vince’s girlfriend

Also spotted State Sen. Larry Farnese , Councilman Mark Squilla, State. Sen Shariff Street, Judge Felice Stack, Carol and Nino Tinari

Eric S and Wanda Mora.
Wanda has done such a wonderful job at raising money for her Puerto Rico over the passed few months. Look for her big fundraiser coming up in February at Union Trust – For The Love of Puerto Rico

Balboa Catering did a great job on the food. Upstairs their was a prime rib spread and downstairs delicious pork and lamb options.

Tonya Stack and Lt. Gov Mike Stack

Micah Mahjoubian and Councilwomen Janie Blackwell

Stacy Wanerman, Mike Jerrick, Anna Catania, guest, Larry Wanerman, Cindy Wanerman and Michael Colloran

Tom Knox, Anna Cantina, Carol Tamburino and

Carol Tinari and Cheryl Finocchiaro 

guest, Hacina Saadi, and Dawn Tancredi, Zarwin Baum

The Senator has been in the press lately. Read an interview here at Philly Mag, then head to PhillyVoice for an excerpt from his book.

Merry Christmas. Check out PhillyChitChat tomorrow for another party.
I’m off to Charlotte for a week, follow me on Social Media, links up top, to see what
I’m seeing.