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Nuisance 7-11 Closes; 6ABC Wedding, Jillian and Jessica Out and About, Best People Watching

Relax it’s only Sunday, but if you’re looking for something to do I have a suggestion the annual La Festa Street Festival on East Passyunk from 11am to 7pm. I’ll be shooting the event between 1PM and 330PM, you can find me at the spaghetti eating contest at 3PM. Bon Appétit!!

There’s one less place to grab a slurpee this summer as the packed, but often troubled 7-11 store across from Love Park has closed. Super convenient for grab and go items, especially since the closest Wawa can’t be found for blocks. It’s actually perfect for a Wawa since they already handle massive crowds at their Broad and Walnut, and 20th and Market Stores. If you need your Slurpee fix, especially on 7/11 Slurpee Day, when they give away free Slurpee’s, you can find one at 1319 Market Street, or 1835 Arch Street. Customers can stop into their local 7-Eleven between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. local time to receive a small Slurpee for free.
Congrats are in order for 6ABC producer Jessica Gonzalez who married the love of her life yesterday Andrew H, in Montauk, New York, her happy place. Many of her co-workers went to the chapel including Brian & Mara Taff, Alicia Vitarelli, Sharrie Williams, Matt Pellman, as well as a few alumni’s Kenneth Moton, who is now a correspondent for ABC News and Shirleen Allicot who now co-anchors Eyewitness News This Morning and Eyewitness News at Noon in ABC7 in NYC.
Last night I did a radio segment for Style Club Radio, 1210 WHPT at 11pm, with Josh DeMarco is Philadelphia’s NEW on-air hub/mecca of style and fashion and co-hosted by Creative Director and Fashion designer Steveala Sanchez, and Michelle Miller. Then we all headed to Stratus Lounge to catch Quest Love spin at the Roots Picnic After Party. It was a no cell phones, social media party but I was able to get this one shot at a point where everyone seemed to whip out their phones to capture the legend behind the turntable. Quest Love will be spinning once again tonight, at an all age party on the Moshulu at 6PM. Tickets are only $15. This time they’ll be securing your phone in a sealed envelope. Just don’t open it on deck. (Info)
Congrats to Pearl Properties their news place , The Harper, is 100 Percent Leased on opening day June 1.
Two beautiful reporters walk into a bar, well in this case a popular restaurant Double Knot. Jessica Boyington grabbed dinner with former co-worker Jillian Mele on Friday night at the Center City hot spot. The two former traffic gals from NBC10 had a lot of catching up to do now that Jessica has popped up as a general entertainment reporter at 6ABC. Jillian is now on Fox & Friends in NYC, on an early morning shift, so both noted in their social media posts how unusual it was for Jillian to be noshing on a Friday night. Last week 007 Pierce Brosnan was in town, well he flew into town, drove to Dickinson University to give the Commencement Speech then grabbed dinner at Estia Taverna in Radnor, before running into real estate celebrity to the stars – Melissa Leonard at PHL as they were both flying out.
Last night I spotted Harvey Welker, Julie Welker, a Fairmount real estate agent and most notably known as NBC News correspondent Kristen Welker ‘s parents at Capital Grille in Center City. Mike and I were there celebrating Stacy Kracher’s birthday, and the impending birth of her and Brandon Morrison’s baby due 7/20. Their sidewalk cafe is now open.
Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, a stop by Dilworth Park. The water park was packed yesterday with kids cooling off, parents chatting with friends, and folks just enjoying the day. Every day there’s something going on at the park, located on the west side of City Hall. Check their website for info.
Another great place to people watch, Fairmount Park. I caught this mama groundhog sunning on a sign. Nearby were her cute babies. It was adorable. I recently aquired a new lens 150mm to 600mm to further expand my bird watching captures. So it was fun to see this yesterday on my way to photograph the 13th Annual Independence Dragon Boat Regatta. Check out the photos here on CBS3Philly, as well as many other parties I photographed this week.
Have a great day!!
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Vine Street Imports Celebrates a Milestone

Yesterday we chatted about Spanish Olives, and today we’re talking about wine.

Vine Street Imports celebrated their 20th anniversary at the Met Philadelphia on May 15, hosting a tasting event for friends, family and customers.

We set out about 20 years ago to really change the way wine packaging is viewed,” said Vine Street Imports CEO Ronnie Sanders. “Vine Street Importssees wine as a lifestyle, and we strive for our labeling to be provocative and edgy; something that will pique our customers’ interest and lead them to something special inside the bottle. Sanders explained that the company often tries to tell a story through its packaging, usually about the winemaker. (source)

Vine Street Imports is a Mount Laurel, N.J.-based, family-owned wine importer and distributor. They pride themselves on telling a story through its packaging, usually about the winemaker, according to CEO Ronnie Sanders and sister Lori Sunders with Aaron Meeker of Vine Street Imports at the Vine Street Imports 20th anniversary party at The Met Philadelphia, on May 15, 2019.

Adam Schmidt, President & Founder of The Drink Nation, Nina Starner, Drink Philly, Arlyn Petersohn and Stephen Yaeger, restarurant consultant at the Vine Street Imports 20th anniversary party at The Met Philadelphia, on May 15, 2019.

Check out Social Media posts from the special day here

After the daylong tasting celebration Vine St Imports family and friends enjoyed a night at Zahav restaurant for a first class dining and spirited event. Check out more photos at Philly Style Magazine for photos from the night.

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Have an Olive Day With Chef José Andrés

Philadelphia hosted a delectable event on May 15th, “Have an Olive Day,” featuring the prestigious Spanish chef José Andrés,

as the campaign’s brand ambassador. 

Chef Andrés has been twice named by TIME Magazine as one of its 100 Most Influential people.  In its final year, this initiative is promoted by Olives from Spain, with the financial support of the European Union.

95 percent of the pimento-stuffed olives consumed in the United States come from Spain

As part of the Olives From Spain “Have an Olive Day” campaign, Andrés last week turned the The Versailles Residences roof deck and private resident space, at 16th and Locust Street in Center City into a delicious olive field with dozens of varieties, including Hojiblanca, Queen and Manzanilla, as part of his ambassadorship introducing Spanish olives to the United States.

“Have an Olive Day” campaign invited guests and journalists to know more about their varieties, versatility and benefits. The promotional program developed by the European Union and the Spanish olives sector, is the leading producer and exporter of table olives in America.


Syrmarie Villalobos, Telemundo 62 and chef José Andrés

Spain is the world leader in production and export of table olives, representing 21 percent of world production and 30 percent of world exports. The United States imports more than 155 million pounds of European olives every year.


Chef Martinez helped guests taste and discover olives, a basic ingredient in the Mediterranean diet.

Popular at the party was the Olives from Spain Philly cheese-steak

For recipe inspiration and more information on the rich history of olives, please visit www.haveanoliveday.eu or follow the campaign on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest at @haveanoliveday – Thanks to Andre Flewellen for photographing this for HughE Dillon LLC/PhillyChitChat.

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Richie Graham Photography: Capture To Conserve Event

On the evening of May 16, 2019 Richie Graham Photography hosted Capture To Conserve at Terrain Gardens in Devon, to celebrate the partnership of local investor and photographer, Richie Graham and 1% For The Planet. The evening began with a cocktail hour, live

Over dinner guests were taken on a journey around the world through the eye of Richie Graham’s fine art landscape photography, including stories from his most recent travels to Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, to learn about and capture the work of network partner, Working Dogs For Conservation.

Joining the presentation were Kate Williams, CEO of 1% For the Planet sharing their organization’s mission of connecting dollars and
doers to accelerate smart environmental giving and Joe Whitworth, President of The Freshwater Trust entertaining and educating the room on his approach of Quantified Conservation, to move beyond a procedure based past to an outcome-based future to restore our country’s rivers.

Photographer Richie Graham and Kim Graham

Lauren Roe, Wendy Haabestad and Peter Haabestad, Co-Managing Partner and Founding Partner at Guardian Capital Partners
Jon Cocina, Rachel Cevera, Half Genius, Teresa Kenny, and Jason Cevera. Half Genius represents Richie Graham
Holly Archinal, Orion Wister, Effie Wister, and Sophie Mellon

With gratitude for the natural beauty that surrounds us and his commitment to meaningful environmental preservation, 100% of the profits from the sale of Richie’s photography are donated to 1% for the Planet nonprofit member organizations. The concept of Fine Art Photography for Environmental Conservation enables art consumers to appreciate Graham’s art from a creative and philanthropic perspective,
knowing that every purchase of a print supports initiatives to protect our planet for future generations.

The Capture To Conserve event was a successful fundraiser for 1% For The Planet, but the mission continues! Aside from embarking on the journey of conservation on his website, Richie Graham’s work from around the world will be on display and available for purchase at United By Blue. The partnership kicks off with an artist talk on June 13th at the Walnut Street location on University of Pennsylvania’s campus. To keep up with
the art and travels of Richie Graham Photography, follow along @richiegrahamphoto on Instagram and Facebook.

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Photos: 2019 Radnor Hunt Races & Media Links

The 89th Radnor Hunt Races, presented by BNY Mellon for the 35th year, was held on Saturday, May 18. Normally when I attend the event, which I’ve gone to for the past decade, I head to the sponsor tents for a couple hours, and then crossed the track to photograph the tailgate picnics and party tents.

This year I started at the tailgate party, to check out the tailgate parties, and well never really made it back to the tent as I was a bit overcome by heatstroke. I had forgotten what it was like to be sunny on race day as for the last 5 years it was cloudy, drizzly or a downpour like last year. Plus not having the shade of a tent really made a difference.

When I first attended it was proper to wear a sports jacket and long pants. Think fun, colorful, eye catching clothing – Derby Wear. Now it’s acceptable to wear shorts, and most guys wear them with a jacket, like the guy to the left with the hat. But definitely wear a hat and sunscreen.

This year a lot go guys hung up their jackets on their chairs and enjoyed the day in comfort. My next year self advice is hang up the jacket, drink more water and look for shade. Thankfully Mike was there and steadied me on my feet helping me back to our car where I sat in AC until our guests made it back to the vehicle. For some reason we never have cell service at the Hung. Ok lets check some of the fun I captured before that point.

The Judges for the Picnic Theme and Hat Contest
The Hat Contest Contenders
The winners

This year’s Patron Picnic Tailgate Party theme was “Old McDonald Had A (Phil in the blank)”, in honor of long time Picnic Chair Phil McDonald who passed away last year. I had fun checking out all the picnic areas and asking the hosts what the theme was, Phil in the blank. For instance Valerie D’Amico’s theme was “Old McDonald Had An Italian Love Affair!” (top right)

She won 3rd place for her Italian spread. Congrats !! Here with judges Dr. Scott Smith, Eddie Ross and Loren Kagan present Valerie with her ribbon and gift bag at the 89th Anniversary Radnor Hunt Races on May 18, in Malvern, PA.

More beautiful tailgate parties

The Radnor Hunt Races included six jump races with $170,000 in purse money awarded, an antique carriage parade, and the much-loved parade of foxhounds at the 89th Anniversary Radnor Hunt Races on May 18, in Malvern, PA.

Besides delicious eye candy, mouth watering spreads, Radnor Hunt Races always brings out the best derby dress, and Saturday did not disappoint.

OMG did they really have cell service? WHO is their provider?

The First Place Winner and Best Overall Picnic Tailgate Party went to the Ex Pirates Society for the 2nd year in a row, for their Caddy Shack theme, which was Phil McDonald’s favorite movie.

All proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the land and water preservation programs of the Brandywine Conservancy which protect open space preservation and water protection in southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware. Check out additional photos at CBSPhilly, Philly Voice and Philly Style Magazine. As well as in print in Mainline Media News in 2 weeks, and Philly Magazine in August.

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Game Changers, Sports Greats & Artists Help Raise Funds for Gene Spotlight

On Thursday, May 2nd a lovely lunch took place with guests who want to save lives. There were several notable people from our area hosting the event including Jay Wright, Villanova men’s basketball coach, Etan Thomas, former NBA player, jewelry designer Moira Anne Rubino, Josh Broudy & Michael Rosenthal of RLB Law Group, and artist Dori Desautel Broudy hosted an intimate luncheon at Louie Louie for the launch of the Philadelphia chapter of the charity Gene Spotlight, which raises money for rare disease medical research.

Villanova Basket Ball coach Jay Wright of Berwyn speaks to the guests

The luncheon raised over $65,000 which will fund vital rare disease medical research at the Orphan Disease Center at Penn, CHOP, and other universities and hospitals.

Judith Broudy of Penn Valley, Alison Brady, Gladwyne and Sally Bachman

Kari Richards of Haverford, Alida Pegg of Bryn Mawr, Tanisha Salmons, Dori Broudy of Haverford and Rhonda Brown of Broomall

Mainline Today’s associate editor Melissa Jacobs wearing “Game Changer” bracelet with creator jewelry designer Moira Anne Rubino.
Local Philadelphia jewelry designer Moira Anne Rubino who launched her “Game Changer” wrap bracelets by Moira Anne at the event. They are adjustable on the wrist and can fit women, tweens, and men. Made from repurposed materials, seven different styles in an array of bright colors, metal, and letter beads which spell out the words “Game Changer” will be available for sale at www.MoiraAnne.com. Prices range from $32 each, to a
stack of two bracelets for $58 with 20% of sales benefiting Gene Spotlight.

Tracy Jones and Ray Priore, Head Football Coach at the University of Pennsylvania.

Honey Tishgart of Ardmore and Elise Westhoff of Haverford

NBA player Etan Thomas, Jay Wright and John Salmons, former 76ers player

At the event, former NBA player Etan Thomas signed copies of his latest book We Matter: Athletes and Activism.

Chip Brady, Allison Brady, Weiss PR, Jennifer Lynn Robinson and Kristin Detterline, Editor Philly Style Magazine.

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Project HOME | None of us are home until all of us are home®

Project HOME announced that it raised a total of $10 million at its 30th Anniversary Gala at the Marriott Downtown Philadelphia on April 16, 2019. Attendees and committed citizens donated $3.5 million leading up to the gala. During the event, more than 1,400 civic and business leaders, philanthropists, and young adults had the opportunity to make additional gifts to Project HOME in multiples of 30, with Jon Bon Jovi providing a $300,000 gift from the JBJ Soul Foundation. Lynne and Harold Honickman, who were honored with a lifetime achievement award during the gala, committed an additional $6 million to help Project HOME reach the $10 million mark.

1400 Philadelphia business leaders, politicians, philanthropists, supporters and Project HOME volunteers came together to celebrate thirty years of work against chronic homelessness. Since 1989, when Sister Mary Scullion and Joan Dawson McConnon founded Project HOME they have helped more than 8,000 people break the cycle of homelessness and poverty by providing a continuum of care that includes street outreach, supportive housing and comprehensive services that focus on health care, education and employment.

Honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for their tireless fight against homelessness and support of Project HOME were Lynne and Harold Honickman. Which includes the Honickman Learning Center and Comcast Technology Labs in North Philadelphia . “One of the most important lessons of the last three decades is that no one person can do this alone,’ said Jon Bon Jovi. “The mission of ending homelessness and ensuring that everyone has a place to live…it takes everyone and what I like to call, “The Power of We’.”

“When Project HOME began 30 years ago, we couldn’t have imagined the impact it would have thanks to the support of so many generous and visionary individuals,” said Sister Mary Scullion, Project HOME co-founder and Executive Director. During the gala, Sister Mary and Joan Dawson McConnon laid out a five-year plan focused on three core areas – increasing and preserving housing, expanding education and workforce development programs, and expanding outreach for chronically street homeless individuals. .
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To read More about Project HOME head on over to their website. To see more photos from the event head to Philly Style Magazine and CBSPhilly, as well as in the July issue of Philly Mag.

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Fashionable at The Red Ball

The Philadelphia Red Ball lived up to its tradition of glamour and generosity which took over Lincoln Financial Field on Saturday, March 30, 2019 raising much needed funds to support the Red Cross House, a center for families who suffer a disaster.

Guy Triano, Regional CEO for the Red Cross Eastern PA spoke
from inside a display for guests to visualize a living room impacted by fire.
The VIP lounge featured the jazz sounds of Gerald Veasley. His musical odyssey has taken him to the top of the contemporary music world as a bassist, bandleader, composer, producer, educator, and curator.
Guests enjoyed Cuisine from the Region’s Hottest Restaurants and Caterers a Dessert Lounge, a Beer Garden featuring local breweries
Wine and Spirits Bars, Dancing and Live Music by CTO Tribeca and CTO Midtown Express which kept the party going and an extensive Silent Auction with experiences and sports memorabilia.
Best Dressed: Eileen Baker, Archie Elam and his sister Laura Elam

To see more photos from the Red Cross Ball head on over to Philly Style Mag and CBSPHILLY. Thanks, have a great day.

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The Lucy is Officially Open

In 2015, the popular eatery Upstairs at Varalli and Perch Pub closed as part as a parcel of properties which were sold to create the newest hotel in Center City – The Cambria Hotel Philadelphia (which I love, they have a cute restaurant with a terrace on the 2nd floor with views of Broad Street, and a happening bar on the roof called Attico.) Everyone wondered what would happen with this space, would it be a new restaurant, the ballroom for the hotel or offices. To everyone’s surprise, it became a Cescaphe Events space called The Lucy, named after founder Joe Volpe‘s mother.

The Lucy opened in December 2018, I took the following photos in January and March. I was supposed to take more photos at the open house on Wednesday, but when I arrived my camera I had a camera problem which I explain at the bottom of this post.

In January, I photographed the American Jewish Committee, the leading global Jewish advocacy organization, where they honored Ajay Raju.

I was pleasantly surprised at what a wonderful job they did on the space. They completely gutted it, and created a beautiful, versatile event space, with a cocktail are that overlooks the “banquet area”, which can be used with or without a dance floor, and it has a stage. The space seemed very open, with great sight lines. It also seemed more intimate as well.

The staircase on the left goes to the mezzanine where the cocktail portion of the parties are held. To the right at the end of the table, is the door leading into The Lucy.
The Lifesavers Gala in March, with a packed dance floor and a larger bar in the background.

Additional seating in the form of high tops, can be found on either side of the circular tables situated in the center of the room. Although most events will probably have valet, there is several parking lots nearby including across the street at the Bellevue Hotel, it’s $32.

The Lucy weddings feature the Cescaphe signature cocktail hour-and-a-half. You and your guests will enjoy the finest cuisine and top shelf open bar from the second floor Mezzanine that overlooks the ballroom. With its whitewashed brick accent walls, large picture windows and custom bars, the elevated room provides plenty of ambiance and space for guests to enjoy all that cocktail hour has to offer. (source)

The 17,000-square-foot space holds up 325 guests for a seated dinner, and up to 800 for a standing celebration. To the left are tables which hold the cocktail party food.

The bathrooms are stage left, which is where you’ll find the elevator, and a back stair case as well. The men’s bathroom has fancy metallic wall covering and a beautiful floor. They definitely put a lot of thought into them.

The space is beautiful, and Cescaphe’s vast menu of delicious food is always a delightful, but the dramatic backdrop of the Avenue of the Arts is the real winner here and can be viewed from two sides of the ballroom.

I remember when I took this photo in January, I sent it to my friend and said, I think this is one of the best event spaces in Philly; it’s beautiful, the layout is perfect. I love how the spacious mezzanine overlooks the ballroom, creating an anticipation for the rest of the evening. I especially love the floor to ceiling windows, flooding the room with excitement of the bustling City streets, with the celebration going on inside The Lucy.

Yesterday I was supposed to go to The Lucy open house, so I was waiting to write the post after I took updated photos. Unfortunately the craziest thing happened after I arrived, my camera’s shutter got stuck and I couldn’t get good shots (That’s the first time in my 8 year career that this ever happened where my camera failed.) I ran home to grab another camera and tried to make it back before my next event, but I didn’t have time. I was so bummed too since I missed out on a great lunch as I love their seafood buffet, and Italian Sausage and onion dish. Disclosure- Since the time I took these photos, Cescaphe has become an advertiser, but I honestly love The Lucy, and believe you will too. Welcome to the family of Cescaphe Events which includes

Cescaphe Ballroom, Tendenza (another favorite spot of mine) both in Northern Liberties, the classic Down Town Club in Washington Square West with an amazing view of Independence Hall), Vie, and The Waterworks (the best sunsets on the Schuylkill.)

Interested in booking? Call 215-238-5750 or email info@cescaphe.com

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Philly Zoo Kicks off Spring with Urban Green, Zoo Key and Creatures of Habitat

On Thursday April 4, 2019 the Philadelphia Zoo made several exciting announcements which included the ribbon cutting of The Urban Green, an exciting new dining destination and outdoor food marketplace, featuring three food trucks which will debut today, Saturday along with the opening for Creatures of Habitat animal LEGO® exhibit and the return of the Zoo Key.

Creatures of Habitat Rabbit and her hoppy friend at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Rachel Harvey and Suzanne Harvey. Rachel won a contest about her childhood memories of the Philadelphia Zoo Key at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019. She wrote “I was so excited to read that the Philadelphia Zoo decided to bring back the beloved Zoo Keys. Just the other day I was cleaning and found mine (what a great and coincidental timing) and was immediately flooded with great memories of growing up and visiting the Zoo with my mom, brother and Nana. My brother and I always “fought: over who got to use our keys to learn more about each animal exhibit, facts that we had probably already heard, but it didn’t really matter, we were always still so excited. Here’s to hoping my old zoo keys still work when they reinstate them at the zoo this April. #zookeymemory

Zoo Board member Jody McNeil Lewis wore her children’s original zoo keys around her neck to the reception at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Sheila Hess, City Rep at the Press Conference

Vikram H. Dewan, President and CEO of the Philadelphia Zoo

There are the Zoo keepers who recorded their stories and behind the scenes information used in the special zoo key audio books at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

Amy Shearer, Chief Marketing Officer at The Philadelphia Zoo, Vikram H. Dewan, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Zoo and Sheila Hess, City Representative cut the ribbon to Urban Green with the help of local school kids at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019.

The Creatures of Habitat is a gazillion piece animal adventure featuring 12 life-size (and larger than life size) sculptures designed by artist Sean Kenney and meticulously crafted from thousands of individual LEGO® bricks!

The exhibits will spotlight the issues animals in the wild are facing and the heroes working to save them.

A boy trying out his Zoo Key unlocking insider secrets and stories about the magnificent creatures living at Philadelphia Zoo, told by animal keepers who care for them at the Philadelphia Zoo on Thursday, April 4, 2019. You can use your Zoo Key, or buy one for $3.00 at the Zoo to hear the stories.
For more information or to purchase and print tickets online, visit us at www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org.