Throughout the fall Mike and I went on numerous trips in Pennsylvania, especially to enjoy leaf peeping. We saved the best for last, Chestnut Hill. Chestnut Hill is a short drive from Center City, about 25 minutes. Or take Septa Bus Route 23, 77, 94, 97, L or Chestnut Hill East train. Chestnut Hill is one of the neighborhoods of Philadelphia, but it can seem a world away with it’s leafy, quaint shops, eateries and art galleries.
I’ve gone shopping and eating many times in Chestnut Hill, but this time Mike and I stayed over at the historic Chestnut Hill Hotel, 8229 Germantown Ave. (sadly no ghosts to report)
I can’t wait for Holidays on the Hill especially the long standing Chestnut Hill Stag and Doe Nights every Wednesday in December leading up to Christmas. I’ll have more on this in the coming weeks as Chestnut Hill is advertising with Philly Chit Chat to promote the holiday tradition.
Guests were able to test-drive an EV and speak with dealers. At least five different vehicles –including Tesla Model 3 and Y, Kia Niro, Hyundai Kona and Audi eTron — were available for test drives! ChargePoint and Apex Solar will be on hand to explain your options and answer any questions you have about home charging.
NRG was on site sharing information on their sustainability efforts and carbon offsets, which allow people to offset the carbon they emit every day.
And then Mike Toub took a test drive, and said I think we should consider an electric car next time. As many of you know this past weekend we went out to Western Pa to leaf peep, and every couple hours Mike was praising the electric car, especially the pick up in the Tesla, who knows maybe in a few years we’ll be cruising the highway in a sustainable energy car.
CATE (Community-Accessible Testing & Education), Pennsylvania’s first mobile COVID-19 testing and education unit, arrived in Philadelphia on September 26. CATE is supported by the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, the Pennsylvania Department of Health, Latino Connection, and Highmark Blue Shield. The event was one of several stops CATE will make in southeastern Pennsylvania this fall.
L to R: Dr. Angelico Razon, Philadelphia Department of Health, IBC Foundation president Lorina Marshall-Blake and George Fernandez, Founder and CEO of Latino Connection at the CATE testing event in Philadelphia where more than 50 people were tested.
Social distancing and masking guidelines will be followed at all times. Anyone can be tested, and insurance is not required. Services are offered in English and Spanish.
Shoppers appear enthusiastic to leave their homes where they’ve been cooped up for weeks and head out into the City to enjoy a little retail therapy. As the fall weather ushers in more comfortable temperatures, many of the stores are offering discounts and sales to attract consumers as well. Center City’s retailers and restaurants want you to know that they are open and are excited to see you. Last Saturday the 3rd annual Shop Center City Saturday took place, and this year more than ever it was a welcome sight to see so many people come out and support our local stores.
“Shop Center City Saturday is an opportunity for people safely to enjoy the experiences they have been missing- shopping in a boutique rather than online, dining outdoors instead of at the kitchen table. Our Center City businesses and their staffs have been working hard to guarantee a safe, comfortable experience for shopping and dining and are excited to welcome customers back when they are ready,” said Michelle Shannon, VP of Marketing for the Center City District.
Jewelry designer and ritual shop owner Angela Monaco (c) says COVID-19 has made shoppers more aware of small businesses and how it is important to support local stores now, not only during the holidays.
You might have to wait til next year to get one of those fancy red Shop Philly bags offered on Shop Center City Saturday, but you won’t have to wait to catch the sales that are ongoing in Center City right now, as well as the overall good feeling of supporting our local businesses. Here is the latest news shopping and dining Center City. I’ll see you downtown, back here on chitchat Friday, and on Social Media. – HughE
Hennessy Paradis Impérial was inspired by the legend of an 1818 order from the Dowager Empress of Russia, requesting the most exceptional cognac they have in store as a gift for her son, Tsar Alexander I. Recently I photographed a tasting at Malcolm Jenkins’ Damari Saville (Happy 2 yr anniversary) .
Malcolm Jenkins hosted an exclusive tasting event with a few of his close friends, here with Kathy Chan, Hennessy’s ambassador in the U.S
Kathy Chan, Hennessy Global Brand Ambassador, discussed the qualities and exclusiveness of Hennessy Paradis Imperial which retails for only $3,000 a bottle! Each bottle is numbered. Check out this article on what’s happening with Damari Saville these days in this in depth article by Elizabeth Wellington at the Phila Inquirer.
On Saturday, August 4 at St. Christopher’s Church in Gladwyne, PA, a diverse crowd gathered to celebrate the power of community and a local nonprofit’s far-reaching impact at Help Hope Live’s 3rd Annual Crab Fest. Highlights included all-you-can-eat fresh steamed Maryland blue crabs, outdoor fun on a gorgeous summer day, an exclusive tasting from craft beer partner and West Chester sensation Levante Brewing, and attendance from several Help Hope Live patients with incredible stories. Transplant recipients and spinal cord injury survivors shared their gratitude for the nonprofit’s fundraising help and attested to the power of community support to lift hearts and minds. The nonprofit was founded in Philly 35 years ago by a heart transplant surgeon and his wife, a nurse, to help patients cover the out-of-pocket costs of critical medical care. Follow Help Hope Live’s impact or attend a future event by visiting www.helphopelive.org and following @helphopeliveorg on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Logo for our 3rd Annual Crab Fest to benefit the nonprofit Help Hope Live (photo by Sonny Mullen)
All-you-can-eat fresh steamed Maryland blue crabs (photo by Megan Anderson Gregory)
All proceeds benefit the nonprofit Help Hope Live (photo by Sonny Mullen)
Middle Photo: Help Hope Live client and heart transplant recipient Linda Jara (left) with friend (photo by Sonny Mullen) Bottom: Help Hope Live ambassador and heart transplant recipient Bill Soloway (center) (photo by Sonny Mullen)
Thanks to helphopelive.org for sending the photos. I was unable to attend as I was down the shore. Save the date! Celebrate another impactful year for our nonprofit with delicious food, an open bar, an exciting auction, our signature Wine Pull, and the Help Hope Live Awards. Philly Chit Chat will be covering this event.
On July 24, 2019, The ChopHouse Grille, a stylish and inviting restaurant with a seasonally inspired menu celebrated their grand opening. Located at 301 North Pottstown Pike in Exton, PA, about 45 minutes from Philadelphia.
The PJW Restaurant Group welcomed friends and family to the party where guests enjoyed highlights from their menu including buffalo shrimp, seasonal flatbreads and the signature ChopHouse Grille Burger, (The popular Beyond Burger is offered as substitute).
Owners and officials cutting the ribbon at the opening.
I hope you had a magical weekend, creating those memories I mentioned on Friday. It’s catch up time. Social Season is winding down to about 4 events a week, which will allow me to post events you might have seen photos for elsewhere, but now I’ll be able to go into a little more detail. For the 2nd year in a row Philadelphia Theatre Company has held PlayBrawl, a very clever fund raising event. It’s fun too, for the “actors” who are all notables, or ahem Philebrities, as well as the audience who are their friends, or fans.
Philadelphia Theatre Company (PTC) celebrated another successful battle in the ring with the one-two punch with the inventive theatre benefit called Playbrawl. In the vein of Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance, PTC’s Play Brawl took place on Friday, May 10th with local celebrities and stars living out their dreams on stage alongside professional actors.
Instead of standard speeches and silent auctions, the competitors will act their hearts out while audience members vote for the winning performance through tax-free donations on a mobile bidding app. Very clever. Most “actors” received over $1,000 worth of votes, with the winners receiving over $5,000 worth of votes. Just as important, it was a lot of fun. The night began with a cocktail party, and after the show, a dessert night cap.
This year’s line-up includes a who’s who from the local media, business and non-profit community – including Marcus Allen, CEO Big Brothers Big Sisters Independence Region in “The Pursuit of Happyness”, Michael Smerconish (Host, SiriusXM/CNN), Joseph Watkins (White House Aide and MSNBC), David Yager (University of the Arts). That’s Smerconish with HAIR (ok a wig) doing a scene from “Network.”
Joe Zarett (Zarett Rehab and Fitness) and Marc Brownstein (The Brownstein Group) doing a scene from Rocky (above), Bill Golderer (United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey),
Shaina Humphries, Anchor Fox 29 News in “My Cousin Vinny.”
Carol Saline, Journalist, Broadcaster, Author, and member of the PTC Board of Directors in “When Harry Met Sally”
Emily Zeck, Philadelphia Theatre Company and Paige Price, Producing Artistic Director with the trophy.
Proceeds from this year’s Gala will support PTC’s upcoming programming!!
Cancer Support Community “In Fashion” 2019 event raised over $94,000 for local families faced with the challenges of cancer in their lives!
Paris Runway Sponsors were The Innisfree Foundation Nicole and James Schaeffer
Randi Zemsky, Wendy Rosen, and Tracey Specter.
Mike Hynes, Bonnie Young, and Toby Grosswald
Faith Weiss, Elanna Schwab, Gabrielle Schwab, and
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