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Main Line Jeweler Jeff Kellmer Pop Up

Main Line jeweler Jeff Kellmer hosted a client appreciation event at DePaul’s Table in Ardmore this past Friday. The night included free flowing cocktails and delicious modern Italian fare. Clients, family, and friends got the first look at some of the most opulent and exclusive Jeff Kellmer designs including a knock out half million dollar cocktail ring.

Carly Michaelis, Jenna Wolfson and Jackie Kalpin model Kellmer Jewelry

Lauren Strailey, Gary DeVito and Lily Strailey

Guests were not shy about trying on the diamonds and purchasing to support a charity close to Jeff’s heart, Ovarian Cancer Research Institute.

Abigail Bullard and Jamie Metzler

Besties Amanda Arroyo and Theresa Hrivnak

The holidays will be over before we know it but Valentine’s day is right around the corner and there is plenty of time to create something exclusive for your loved one. Our showroom is open 6 days a week and jewelry lovers are encouraged to stop by or window shop online at www.kellmer.com, or Ig: kellmerjewelers, Fb: kellmerjewelers

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Jeff Kellmer and Amy Plumstead!!

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Delco Veterans Memorial Ice Skating Rink Grand Opening

Last week I went to the very last Christmas Tree lighting in the area, and the very first ice skating rink in Delco. To say the residents were excited would be an understatement, and I don’t blame them. What a beautiful setting, with a warming tent, skate rentals, fire pits, food, and bathrooms. Let’s see what the press release has to say…

Energy Transfer Veterans Memorial Rink opens Skating Village in Delaware County with a whole host of holiday happenings

Hit the ice at the brand new Energy Transfer Veterans Memorial Rink in Delaware County. Lace up those skates and celebrate the holiday season for family-friendly fun, plus mark your calendar for winter fun for January and February.  Flight on Ice presents the new winter-long attraction, including a full-size “real” ice rink and three heated tents, and wintery decor. There will be live entertainment, themed skate evenings, movie nights, and more all winter, with special holiday events in December.  A portion of the proceeds will benefit local veterans in partnership with the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Association.

Inside the DiFabio’s Party Tent, there are classic cuisine options, from hot cocoa to snacks, entrees, such as kid-friendly chili and chicken tenders, and more. The party tent is perfect for casual events with families to gather on picnic tables. 

Visit Delco hospitality tent for a warm, intimate ski lodge feel. Snuggle up in one of the white andornack chairs for fun and games, holiday decor, Christmas trees, all lit with beautiful bistro lights.  The Flight on Ice Rink-side deck is complete with firepits, smores kits, and a stage where entertainers liven up the night. The outdoor jumbotron screen has rotating favorites, from the Eagles games to holiday movie marathons. 

ABOUT THE RINK IN DELCOFlight on Ice is gliding into Delaware County with a giant outdoor ice skating rink and winter village that will pop-up in Edgmont, PA. Four Philadelphia region business partners and friends are bringing a festive winter village to Delaware County, in an area next to Bonefish Grill, at 4889 West Chester Pike. Flight on Ice will bring with it ice skating, festive lighting and decor, light dining, hot cocoa, special events and lots of outdoor fun. This brand-new, full-sized ice rink will debut just in time for the holiday season, and it will run through at least February of 2022.

In the meantime, season passes are now on sale for $99.99 and family four session passes are on sale for $39.99. For season passes, four session passes and more information, visit www.flightonice.com. Flight on Ice presents the Veterans Memorial Rink with a portion of proceeds to benefit and support local veterans. For more about Delaware County Veterans War Memorial, visit www.delcoveteransmemorial.org.

There are events happening weekly, but here are a few running up to Christmas on Saturday
Dec. 21 

5 p.m. Future Star’s are back with Valerie West playing acoustic.  Also, Bring the kids to meet Santa, and get their portraits taken with him. Laugh along to all your favorite holiday movies, including National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation movie night playing in the hospitality tent. Skate the afternoon away, then laugh the night away.  

Dec. 22

Starting at 5 p.m., The Night at the North Pole will be unforgettable fun for the whole family. Meet Olaf, elves and friends by the rink. Then, hit the ice for the silent headphone skate, where you can enjoy the sounds of 3 DJs + 3 Formats + Special Headphones with 3 Channels to choose from. The whole family can skate to the beat of their own drummer. To round out an incredible evening, stay to watch as Santa arrives on a fire engine, bringing cheer to all, courtesy Edgmont Fire Company.

December 23 5- 9 p.m. Santa Skate & Ugly Sweater Party w/ DJ Jay Roy

Tired of the running of the Santas? Dress up in your Christmas gear and come to the Santa Skate to glide along dressed as Old Man Nick himself. Go all in with drink specials and fun party games in the hospitality tent.

Costumed participants will be entered to win tickets to the upcoming Jan. 21st 98 Degrees concert, brought to you by Flight on Ice, at The Drexelbrook Events Center in Drexel Hill.

Dec. 24

11am Skate away the Christmas eve jitters and spend time with the family at the Candy Cane Skate. Holiday music will play nonstop, and each skater will get a complimentary candy cane and giveaways. Meanwhile, watch the Live Santa Tracker on the jumbotron in the heated hospitality tent. 

Dec. 25

Movies starting at 6 p.m. The perfect solution for what to do after all the presents and holiday brunch are done and the doldrums kick in. Join us for a holiday movie marathon to watch your favorite movies in the hospitality tent, and warm up with hot cocoa and popcorn. Hit the ice for the special midnight skate.

Dec. 26

12- 5 p.m., Go Birds! Come hang out for the Eagles Tailgate Party and watch the game on the Jumbotron outside the rink. Cheer on our favorite team and take breaks on the ice for skating fun.  Also, Mike Barclay will be on hand playing all your favorite acoustic jams for a special Sunday Funday live performance.

      Dec. 27

Starting at 5 p.m., The Frozen Sisters will be on hand to sing and dance and we will have their movies on the big screen.  There will be great “movie night” food offerings and an opportunity to savor photo memories as your kids can meet and greet with their favorite ice princesses.

Dec. 29

5 p.m. Silent Headphone Skate hit the ice for the silent headphone skate, where you can enjoy the sounds of 3 DJs + 3 Formats + Special Headphones with 3 Channels to choose from. 

Dec. 31

11am – 5pm – Family Countdown Skates

Our characters on ice skate sessions will have your children immersed in a world of wonder on the ice with all of their favorite fairy tale and superhero characters. There will be ball drops on the big screen, video countdown, mocktail toast & party favors

5pm – 10pm – NYE Party Skate

Older children and adults can skate 2021 away while listening to some great tunes by your hosts from Schaffer Sound DJs. There will be glow sticks, great food and drink from DiFabios, party favors and a ball drop on the giant TV screen every hour.

Jan. 2 

12- 5 p.m., Go Birds! Come hang out for the Eagles Tailgate Party and watch the game on the Jumbotron outside the rink. Cheer on our favorite team and take breaks on the ice for skating fun.  Also, Future Stars will showcase the live sounds of local Patrick Campbell, back for a second week in a row.

For more information, visit www.flightonice.com. https://www.flightonice.com/locations/newtown-square/

Energy Transfer Veterans Memorial Rink is located at 4901 West Chester Pike, Newtown Square, PA 19073. 

Hours are weather dependent. Follow #FOIWeather on twitter for up to the minute weather updates.
Head to CBSPhilly for more photos from opening night.

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Christmas Eateries to Get You In The Spirit

Bah Humbug, there are 12 days left before Christmas and you might have been busying yourself to get it all done before the big day, and like me, you might not be in the ho ho spirit yet. I’ve been busy shooting, and telling my readers about so many great hot spots to go this season, but just this week I am easing into the holiday spirit. One visit to the Christmas Pop-up at Craftsman Row Saloon should do it. They’ve really done a great job on decorating, and if you’re a regular like moi, you can appreciate all they done.

Now where is that Elf on the Shelf? It’s going to take me awhile to find it cause I’m too busy eating the new Christmas Dinner burger (they have Beyond burgers too), and washing it down with a giant Ugly Milkshake. Check out their menu for all the holiday fare.

I love the seasonal decor at Uptown Beer Garden, they really got it!! Philly, welcome to U-Ville! Uptown Beer Garden has transformed into a whimsical holiday wonderland for the first-time ever! This is officially Philadelphia’s largest ever Christmas Pop-up Bar and features indoor space inside the giant heated tent and every table has it’s own decorated Christmas Tree, plus a U-Ville lane and village.

Evil Genius lit a 20 foot tree inside their popular drinking spot. Outside, the Evil Genius Beer Garden was transformed into a little winter wonderland, where guests enjoy beer, hot cider, hot wine while picking out your Christmas Tree from Front Street Trees. Open everyday, plus Christmas Eve 12:00pm to 6:00pm, but closed Christmas Day so their employees can enjoy the day with their family and friends.

I experienced the Igloos at Figo Ristorante last week. Unlike other Igloos of last year, this Igloo was thinking about dining in comfort as they are spacious, heated and taller. No more ducking, or squeezing between the wall and the table to get comfortable. They’re also sound proof, we could really hear ourselves chit chat. They can be booked through the website and open table. Each Igloo can seat eight people, and comes with a fire pit, carpet, lite decor, protective barrier from the cold and winter wind, and enchanting views of the stars, night skies and the Northern Liberties Christmas Tree. Definitely order the bruschetta, you’ll thank me.

At Harper’s Garden the Greenhouses are back and all decorated for those December holiday nights under the stars – with a dazzling new chef, menu and drinks! Colder weather is coming, and Harper’s Garden is warming things up with an enticing new culinary program, enhanced ambiance, and an expertly curated seasonal cocktail and mocktail menu. 31 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Mainline’s hottest 2021 addition, Lola’s Garden has embraced the cold months with flavorful fare, warm drinks, and a heated, outdoor enclosure of their stunning trellis. Open 7-days a week for lunch, brunch, and dinner. Lunch is served Monday thru Friday from Noon – 3 PM. Brunch is available Saturday and Sunday from 10 AM – 3 PM. Reservations and private party inquiries for Lola’s Garden are available through the website. For more information Lola’s Garden Ardmore, and/or call 484-412-8011

One of my favorite spots in Philly this past summer to dine was Juno 1033 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123. NOW my favorite Mexican spot has greenhouses for our dining pleasure. With the new enclosure Juno will offer 120 seats, with an additional 18 in their greenhouses. Tables are available for 1 to 14 guests (hello friendsgiving). Each greenhouse offers a private dining experience for up to 6 guests. There are no additional costs associated with booking a greenhouse, but given the limited quantity, reservations are strongly encouraged. Consider making your reservation early to take advantage of Juno’s 4 PM – 6 PM happy hour, featuring a delectable food menu, beer, wine, and cocktail selection for $5 each. Traditional tables and greenhouse reservations can be made by visiting junophilly.com or using the resy app. Walk-ins are welcome, space permitting.

Tried and true The Olde Bar in Old City is one of the most decorated and unique restaurant experiences in Philly for the holidays. The library nooks dining rooms have been given a festive make-over!  The Olde Bar, located at the former home of Philadelphia’s iconic Bookbinder’s Restaurant (I have stories, having worked for the Bookbinder family), is a celebrated space that once housed one of Philadelphia’s most famous seafood restaurants. The dining room currently is a library-inspired dining room that pays homage to the Bookbinder family. Patrons are invited to enjoy The Olde Bar’s favorite seafood and signature dishes while dining in the comfort of their own beautifully decorated, intimate library nook. The decorated library nooks are available for reservation by calling or booking through Open Table.  Happy Holidays and Bon Appetite!! Thanks

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Flight On Ice and Vintner Wonderland at Renault

Flight On Ice and Vintner Wonderland kicked off festivities last week at Renault Winery in Mays Landing. 

Experience our enlarged and improved outdoor Vintner Rink, open daily through February and designed for skaters of all ages and skill levels. 

Join our Renault family in giving back to the community. Our team members have decorated holiday trees that are displayed on our property and that will be auctioned off at our Festival of Trees Gala on December 16th. All the tree auction proceeds will benefit the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, spreading holiday cheer across the township and beyond. Along with the auction, we will be collecting cans throughout the season for the Community Food Bank of New Jersey.

Vintner Wonderland continues to offer even more. Parking, entry and movie viewing is always free but tickets must be purchased online or at the door for admission onto the 6,000 foot outdoor skating rink.

Vintner Wonderland was designed to be similar to a European Winter Festival, explained Josh McCallen, President of Renault Properties LLC and Executive with Vivamee Hospitality. “A ‘vintner’ is a winemaker. That’s why we call it ‘Vintner Wonderland.’ The hot or mulled wine warms your fingers, then your belly and heart. And because it is wine, it also helps you to feel jovial for the season.” (source)

Gather your friends and family around our fire pits situated amidst our holiday views or entertainment area. All Fire Pits accommodate up to 8 guests for a two hour reservation. Choose between Stage Fire Pit seating or Patio Fire Pit seating.

McCallen (2nd from right) had lived in Austria and he describes similar scenes of winter delight there and throughout Europe. McCallen, along with his wife, Melanie(3rd from right) and their ten children are often at Vintner Wonderland working behind the scenes and assisting in multiple ways. (source)

“When we purchased Renault in December of 2018, it was a national treasure with much tarnish on it,” said McCallen. ” Vivamee literally means reviving the soul and that is what we are doing with this 156 year old French Countryside Winery. We have kept every artifact and every piece of history during its restoration.” That also includes the French pronunciation of Renault where the t is silent. (‘Re-know’) . Go make some memories Vintner Wonderland you’ll thank me later…. 12 days til Christmas!! ChitChat with you Tomorrow.

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Spotted: Andrea Bocelli at Top Tourist Spots; ARod Enjoying BB; New Year’s Eve?

Stratus Lounge

We are in the middle of merriment as Christmas is only 13 days away, can you believe it. Time really flies, even when folks put up their trees and lights in October now. I have a few stops to make this week, and then I go away to see the family. Hope you are making memories, even if you’re staying home. Watch TV with friends. Sometimes I watch with them on the phone, other times I ask one of my friends to watch something and then chitchat on the phone after we’ve both watched it to figure out what went on; I know most of you have watched And Just Like That by now. Great to be back with the girls, but wowsie!!

Stratus Lounge, high above Independence Park with it’s sky views, had a few of us over for a festive holiday celebration last Thursday. 433 Chestnut St., 11th Floor of Kimpton Hotel Monaco I 215.925.2889 I https://stratuslounge.com/ Don’t miss their New Year’s Eve celebration.

Ring in New Year’s Eve at Stratus Rooftop Lounge, the chic rooftop venue on the 11th floor of the Kimpton Hotel Monaco in Old City, on Friday, December 31 with Mr. Hollywood DJ’s First Annual NYE Bash. Starting at 9pm, guests can bid farewell to 2021 under the stars with top-tier entertainment, celebratory cocktails, premium open bar, delicious hors d’oeuvres, and more. 
General Admission Gold ($150) includes entry to Stratus Rooftop Lounge and open bar, whereas General Admission Platinum ($175) includes admission, open bar, reserved pavilion food areas, and seating.  (Trust me spend the extra $25, you’ll want access to the pavillions)
Click here for details on tickets and packages. 

Congratulations Contour Body Studio on your new spot in Ardmore at 55 Rittenhouse Place!!  

Congratulations to WMMR’s Pierre Robert on 40 years with the station. His friends and co-workers, ie friends, through him a party at Rittenhouse’ Charley Dove formerly Audrey Claire’s.

Here’s what Marisa Magnatta posted:

“We all have a story of meeting Pierre for the first time. Mine occurred after The Stones ‘No Security Tour.’ We saw him outside the First Union Center recording concert coverage with the Roving Rock Microphone and my dad nudged me to say hi.

I did. When Pierre asked this 16yr old girl in 1999 what she thought of the band I replied “they’re phat!” He giggled and said “well, that has to be the first time Mick has ever been referred to as fat!”

And that was it. I didn’t even recall that memory until years later, after working with Pierre through countless post-concert coverages, followed by late night dinners and enjoying just a handful of martinis together.

He is a friend and a mentor. And not just to the lucky folks working at @933wmmr, but to the whole damn city!”

Andrea Bocelli was in town this past week to perform with the Philly Pops Wednesday at Wells Fargo. He and his family arrived on Monday and checked into the Four Seasons. Have you seen their Christmas decorations. So beautiful. You don’t have to be staying there, or even eating there to stop by and see the glory. That evening Bocelli his wife Veronica Berti his daughter Virginia and a few friends headed to Gran Caffe L’Aquila with a few friends. They didn’t even announce they were going, just got a resy, sat and ate. They’re just like us, but Andrea and Virginia can sing like angels. Yes it’s true, she is gifted. She sang a few songs with him at his Wells Fargo concert. The next day they were off to explore Philly. First stop Christmas Village, then to Dilworth Park for ice skating. A stop in Macy’s. A few people recognized him, and he stopped for photos. Then it was back to the Four Seasons and dinner at JG Sky High, with it’s beautiful views. Wednesday was rest and the concert.

Speaking of Wells Fargo Center- Alex Rodriguez, A Rod was in the house Saturday night. J-Lo’s ex, Yankee superstar, entrepreneur was spotted at the Wells Fargo Center as the Sixers trounced the Golden State Warriors 102 – 93!!! (Thanks to Caryn Kunkle who tagged me in this photo)

Time got away with me this week. Here are a list of parties I photographed and which media picked them up.

The Opening of The Fin – which by the way was delicious. Reasonably priced. Great atmosphere, and roomy.

Change Our Future Art & Sole – Sneaker Ball Metro Philly Philadelphia Tribune

Gallery: PHILADANCO! returns with “Fast Forward… To The Future”

Celebrating The Weitzman National Museum Of American Jewish History’s New Name

CBSPHILLY Philly Metro

Charity

Parx Casino Gives Free Thanksgiving Meals At Senior Center

Parx Casino Gives Free Thanksgiving Meals At Senior Center

Parx Casino, located in Bucks County, gave out thousands of free meals at the Bristol Township Senior Center earlier this week.

The event started at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, with thousands of pre-prepared meals ready to be given to the senior citizens at the center. Seniors who came were also given a weeks supply of meals and soups.

The Parx Casino and Caring for Friends partnership is a tremendous opportunity to build a legacy of care in our community,” said Ron Davis (hat), Parx Casino Director of Diversity and Community Development. “We are thankful to our team members who are always willing to help with outreach to those in need. We celebrate making a difference.”

The casino also donated a $15,000 check to Caring for Friends for all their work in the Bucks County area. The event was a collaboration between the casino and the organization in an effort to combat hunger in the Bucks County area.

Last Saturday, Parx Casino executives and team members cooked, packed and prepared Thanksgiving meals for seniors to give away for the holiday Carrie Nork Minelli · Director of Advertising & Public Relations at Parx Casino told me.

“With so many people in our area facing hunger, Parx’ efforts are helping provide a happier and heartier Thanksgiving dinner not just to the Bucks County seniors here today, but to thousands of neighbors in need in the greater Philadelphia region.” said Caring For Friends CEO Vince Schiavone.

ABOUT CARING FOR FRIENDS
Founded in 1974 on the belief that no one should be hungry or alone in a world of caring people, Caring for Friends is a volunteer organization and independent food bank serving greater Philadelphia. Through its flagship meal delivery program, CFF provides food and friendship to homebound seniors, veterans and those with disabilities. And thanks to generous donations of time, money and product, CFF also provides meals to people experiencing homelessness, and donates food to more than 250 community partners working in unserved and underserved neighborhoods. So far in 2021, CFF has rescued, sourced and distributed more than a million pounds of food a month to help fight hunger. Anyone can volunteer in their own community on their own time by cooking meals, packing snacks, making deliveries or visiting with clients. Get involved at caringforfriends.org.

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Oldestone Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening in New Hope

Hello readers. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I attended opening night of the Oldstone, but am using photos provided by them. …
After 18 years as Marsha Brown’s restaurant, the Oldestone in New Hope has reopened under new ownership as a renovated bar and restaurant that pays homage to the building’s storied history. The Old Stone Church, named more than 20 years ago, when the former New Hope United Methodist Church moved to Solebury Township, is located at 15 South Main Street New Hope, PA 18938. The steak and seafood restaurant celebrates New American cuisine on its menu and salutes church history in its decor.

Dignitaries on hand to cut the ribbon on opening day.
* Lary Keller, Mayor, New Hope
* Paul Bencivengo, President/COO, Visit Bucks County
* Kyle Melander, District Director, Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick
* Wendi Thomas, State Representative, 178th Legislative District
* Steven J. Santarsiero, State Senator, 10th Senatorial District
* Terry Meehan, President, Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce
* Connie Gering, New Hope, Borough President
* Michael Cummings, Chief of Police, New Hope
* Owners Wilfer Naranjo, Michael Sklar and brothers Gaspar and Vincent Ferrar
* John Madeley, General Manager, Oldestone (original GM at Marsha Brown’s)
* Executive Chef, Seth Wheeler, Oldestone
* Karl Hoffman, Bar Manager, Oldestone

For the new restaurant Oldestone, the new owners have given the property a refresh from top to bottom. The 9,000 square foot space features two floors plus a loft level. The main square bar is nearly 20 feet long that seats 24 people, and the upstairs bar is 12 feet long that seats six that was added to the loft for a special lounge – this bar was an authentic bar from Vermont that dates to the 1920s with stained glass and lights in back. The new owners added an intimate stage on the loft level as well. Other decor and vibes include 1950s art deco stylings, unique design elements including chandeliers seen in the Keanu Reeves movie John Wick 3, church-stained glass windows, original church pews and a church pulpit, the 30-foot-tall mural called Redemption, and more.

The bells in the tower still ring every hour, and after Thanksgiving the bells ring to Christmas music through New Year’s Day. They also hand out bells after Thanksgiving to every guest – which keeps a tradition from Marsha Brown.

Oldestone provides an elegant steak and seafood cuisine – along with a touch of the traditional creole dishes of the previous establishment – where patrons can enjoy fine dining and celebrate special occasions. Oldestone will also present a relaxed spot for people to order cocktails and listen to live jazz music 7 days a week. Overall, Oldestone sees itself as a small part in all that New Hope has to offer for destination dining attracting diners, foodies, neighbors, tourists and visitors from New Hope, Bucks County, the Philadelphia region, the tri-state region, East Coast and beyond.

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Around Town: Seen, Scene and To See

I’ve continued to bird watch, but not as enthusiastically as I wish I could as my business has been booming as well. I shot this cutie last week at John Heinz Nature Preserve. We’re so lucky to have this treasure so close to Philly. I can’t be everywhere so on occasion I will post photos and copy from others who have invited me, or attempted to hire me to shoot their event.

On Wednesday, the Thomas Jefferson University fashion merchandising and management (FMM)
students filled the Kanbar Performance Space with a celebration of fashion
streetwear in remembrance of one of their own. The students sold their
original clothing designs and accessories to benefit this year’s charity,
Children’s Miracle Network, which was selected in memory of Karigen Emig,
who tragically died just months after graduating from the program earlier this
year.
“Karigen loved working in the fashion industry and was motivated by the way it
brings together people from different backgrounds, inspires confidence and
creates change in the world. She deeply inspired everyone around her, not only
through her great sense of style, but also through her positive energy,
contagious work ethic, and her infectious smile,” says Julia Wazeter, Karigen’s
best friend and 2021 FMM graduate who, along with Karigen’s parents, will
attend the Pop Up Shop event.

The FMM program promotes active learning, industry engagement, and prepares forward thinking leaders to work in the global business of #fashion linktr.ee/jeffersonfashionmerchandising

Circle of Trees – November 20: A favorite of local families and children, Circle of Trees returns to
kick off the holiday season on November 20 at 5 p.m. This year, the event takes on a new
COVID-friendly format, with Santa’s firetruck making stops at several neighborhood locations,
the first at Woodmere Art Museum at 9201 Germantown Avenue. Stay tuned for more details
about where he’s touching down.

Wednesday night Laura Burkhardt, Executive Director of the Friends of the Avenue of the Arts hosted a Fundraiser at the Dina Wind Art Foundation. It was a lovely evening of shopping with 25% of the proceeds going directly to AAI. 

Great news! John has offered to extend the 25% contribution to Avenue of the Arts, Inc. through this Sunday for orders placed through www.johnwind.com

When you add an item to your cart, you will see a box to write an ‘Order Note’. Just put ‘Avenue of the Arts’ there and your order will be included! If you have never seen John’s jewelry, take a look. The holidays are coming (Thanksgiving is next week!).  Want to learn more about the Dina Wind Art Foundation? Visit www.dinawindfoundation.art 

Moving from the Wells Fargo Parking lot, Spectacor Events & Entertainment has jollied the Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular presented by Dietz & Watson to Oaks, Pa. The massive, immersive, one-of-a-kind experience offering a winter wonderland of lights, shopping, and dining will take place from November 26 (Black Friday) through January 2 at the Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

Tinseltown is also announcing a Flex Ticket, which will allow guests to purchase a ticket without pre-selecting the date and time for a visit. Perfect for a holiday gift or those on a fluid schedule, the Flex Ticket is $38.99 and can be purchased here

General admission tickets for Tinseltown are limited and start at $19.99 for adults and $13.99 for children under 13 – admission is FREE for children under five. All ticket buyers will be required to select a designated arrival window when purchasing - patrons are encouraged to book their timed tickets early as sell-outs are anticipated. Purchase your tickets NOW at TinseltownHoliday.com.   This year I am tooo busy to make it to the new site, but it’s spectacular, family fun with food and lots of holiday photos to be had.

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TODAY: Head To The 45th Annual PMA Craft Show

The 45th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show kicked off Thursday night with the preview party at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (enter at 12th and Arch). Everyone was excited that we were attending in person. To enter you must show your vaccination card, but I did notice most people were wearing their masks. What happens a lot of times when I take photos, people will ask me “Mask on, or Mask Off.” I always say whatever you are comfortable enough. Then they put their masks back on.

Selected by an esteemed panel of jurors, the 2021 Craft Show features 170 of the finest craft artists in the United States in person at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with an additional 25 artists participating online only.  The 195 talented artists represent a vast array of work in 13 diverse categories of art created by hand. In addition, we welcome select student artists from local universities to exhibit and share their work with the public.

David Rozek started Pandemic Designs 2 years before the pandemic, but he created a lot of beautiful items during the pandemic. You must see his wood figure 8 coffee table. So unique.

Everyone wears their most crafty, fashionable clothes when they attend the craft show. Often times it’s something they bought a previous year.

It’s also very casual. You can get super dressed up to spend the afternoon with your friends, or you can look sporty fall like Arthur and Duanne, who at first were we aren’t very dressed, to me saying, you’re comfortable and cool. These guys are so cool. Very philanthropic in arts & culture, as well as funding homeless endeavors.

So what are you doing today that is more important than catching the beauty of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show> It’s affordable, and will inspire you.

General Admission

Tickets can be purchased online or during the show at the Convention Center. Prices One Day: $20 Two Days: $25 Children under 12 years old: $5

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University of the Arts celebrated the achievements of Jeffrey Lutsky


Jud Aaron, Board of Trustees, UArts, Jeffrey Lutsky, chair of UArts’ Board of Trustees from 2014 to 2021. His board service began in
2010 and David Yager, President & CEO of UArts

On Tuesday, Sept. 14, University of the Arts celebrated the achievements of Jeffrey
Lutsky, chair of UArts’ Board of Trustees from 2014 to 2021. His board service began in
2010.

During his tenure, Lutsky orchestrated the hiring of President
& CEO David Yager, positioned UArts to articulate and achieve its mission and initiated
Uniquely UArts: the Campaign for Creative Capital, the university’s first-ever
comprehensive campaign.

The celebration was held in UArts’ Center for Immersive Media, which opened in 2019.
The Center is a place where students and faculty can explore the opportunities and
implications of what it means to be immersed in data, simulations, stories, performance
and digital communities. It was the first time many of the Trustees, staff, supporters and friends of UArts had seen each other in two years.

The Campaign for Creative Capital has raised more than $58 million in support of
UArts’ quest to achieve a new level in arts education. In recognition of his efforts and
dedication to the university, Lutsky was presented with a custom-printed cymbal signed
by UArts trustees and staff.

Upcoming events at UArts include in-person screenings at Lightbox Film Center and
exhibitions. Learn more at uarts.edu.