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Sofitel’s Drag Queen Tea Attic Fundraiser Plus A Month of Pride Events

Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square, part of AccorHotels, will celebrate June as Gay Pride Month with a series of new events and initiatives, including turning the hotel lobby into the Pride Month “LGBTQ Hall of Flags.” For the first time ever, Sofitel will fly a giant Philadelphia Pride Flag on the outside of the hotel. Inside, look for the flag to be joined by six individual LGBTQ flags flying high above the lobby to celebrate the diversity of the hotel’s community.

Sofitel Philadelphia kicks off Pride Month during Philadelphia’s Gay Pride Weekend. On Saturday, June 8th, and again on Saturday, June 15th, look for a new spin on a time-honored tradition.

Sofitel, famous for its classic afternoon tea service, will debut a new Drag Tea featuring Brittany Lynn’s Drag Mafia. Sip tea (or spill it) in the presence of fabulous Drag Queens as you enjoy delicious offerings from Sofitel’s award-winning culinary team. Drag Tea starts each week at 2:00pm and runs through 4:00pm inside Chez Colette Brasserie. Last weeks event was a sold out spectacular, hilarious time. You’ll want to go this weekend.

Tickets are $40 per person – and add $10 for bottomless Champagne, Mimosas or Bloody Marys. Five dollars from each purchase will be donated to the Attic Center for LGBTQ Youth. Tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/drag-queen-afternoon-tea-tickets-62597245045

On Friday, June 21, 2019, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm, head outside for Sofitel Philadelphia’s annual Fête de La Musique celebration featuring a mini-block party under the porte with music, entertainment, drag performances, complimentary lite bites and cocktail samples. The Fête de la Musique began in Paris in 1982, and was founded by the popular French cultural minister Jack Lang. The festival originated in a humble burst of musical idealism and a few power connections, and yet, in only two decades has become a wildly popular global event. (Info from press release)

Sofitel will conclude Pride Month in Philadelphia with the opening art reception for French Kiss by Janice Telstar on Thursday, June 27th, from 5:00pm to 7:00pm. The Reading, PA artist will debut her photographs in the lobby for a summer exhibition. Guests will enjoy complimentary bites and cocktail samples from Sofitel’s new summer menu.

Attic Youth Donations: During the entire month of June, and through the rest of 2019, Sofitel Philadelphia will donate one dollar per each banquet menu item designated with the Attic’s logo on the menu. Sofitel Philadelphia will also donate one dollar from every Liberté cocktail sold in the Liberté Lounge to Attic during Pride Month. All funds will support programs for local LGBTQ youth. The Liberté Cocktail is available in Liberté Lounge and features pear infused Vodka, lemon, St. Germain and Sparkling Wine.

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An Evening in Franklin Square 2019

On Thursday, May 16th, 2019 Historic Philadelphia, Inc. hosted the 11th annual Evening in Franklin Square, presented by Parx Casino. From an initial investment of $6.5 million, Franklin Square has become an urban oasis and family play place, made possible by the involvement of individuals in the surrounding area.

Amy Needle, President and CEO – Historic Philadelphia , Almaz Crowe and Cari Feiler Bender

Guests dressed in garden-party attire, participated in the silent auction and enjoyed cocktails all in the name of raising much needed funds for the fun packed square at the base of the Ben Franklin Bridge.

One of the highlights of the cocktail hour was when guests participated in the Parx Square Derby, a carousel race, that was narrated by racing announcer Keith Jones (l) with the winners. The race was followed by a dinner, live auction, and plenty of dancing

Former Gov Ed Rendell, Kerry Smith, Melissa Piccoli, Jesse Rendell and Trey Miller
Marc Farzetta , part of the morning sports team of “Farzetta & Tra in the Morning” on 975TheFanatic and Celeste Farzetta
The Parx Casino Team – Kristen Hallahan, Michelle McPeak, Courtney Smugar, Keegan Servati, Linh Nguyen and Codi Chancellor

The annual event coincides with the Chinese Lantern Display, which includes new lantern’s and a new layout. It runs through June 30.

Then beginning July 31, check out the new Franklin Square Fountain Show! The 180-year-old, historic centerpiece of the Square will come to life with colorful, dancing fountains choreographed to popular songs by Boyz II Men, Katy Perry and Louis Armstrong and more! Enjoy daytime and evening shows, featuring LED lighting effects after dusk and it’s free!

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Party Links to Pixs and A Fond Farewell to Lucy Noland

The light is at the end of the tunnel, another week of double duty events, then Memorial Day and it slows down for the Spring Social Season. What a ride. Let’s review a few events I covered with links to where they were published as many of you would like to find your photo, see what folks wore to events and general chit chat here on the blog about decor and details. Next to the parties I have links to which media outlets they appear in; some of these events will be submitted for consideration in Philly Mag as well.

Jefferson Celebration of Innovation – Cocktail Reception, Innovation Exhibition and Awards Ceremony. This event appeared on ChitChat yesterday. It was a great event, the talent graduating from the school formerly known as Textiles, then Philadelphia University, now Jefferson University is really going to change the world. I love Jefferson’s president Steve Klasko, he’s a real visionary. He’s cobbled together a network of hospitals, and institutions in the name of curing the world.
In previous years it was a sit down dinner at the Crystal Tea Room in Center City. This year they decided to have it on their East Falls campus, in the basketball auditorium, within walking distance for the students, free parking for the guests. They did a great job with decor, draping the large space, and dividing it into two distinct areas, one of the cocktail party the other for a sit down program. If you missed yesterday’s column on the student innovation projects check them out HERE.

The 2019 BLOCS Gala for Catholic Education is held to raise funds for scholarships to ensure every child, regardless of religious beliefs or sociology-economic status, has equal access to a quality education. For forty years they have been committed to ensuring low-income families to have access to a high quality, vales based education in Catholic schools, and to equip and empower them to pursue their highest potential. Photos for this event appeared in Philly Style Magazine and CBSPhilly

The event was held at Cescaphe’s The Waterworks. The cocktail party took place under the Grand Pavilion; the dinner under a tent at The Mill House which was beautifully decorated by Beautiful Blooms, owned by Cescaphe.

West Laurel Hill presented a one-of-a-kind featured where Pennsylvania Ballet dancers, Sterling Baca , Lillian DiPiazza, Yuka Iseda, and Aleksey Babayev, performed excerpts from Romeo & Juliet and Giselle at the historic landmark on Sunday May 5, in celebration of the cemetery’s 150th anniversary.  . Also in the photo: Deborah Cassidy and Joanie Sweeney of West Laurel Hill (l) and on right Nancy Goldenberg, President of
West Laurel Hill Cemetery & Funeral Home and Laurel Hill Cemetery . Angel Corella, Artistic Director of the Pa Ballet, and Shelly Power, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Ballet. See additional stories and photos: Philly Voice. West Laurel Hill Cemetery is more than just a final resting place, they hold events in their conservatory, and give tours of the cemetery. It’s also an Arboretum. I like to bird watch there as well. Follow them on Twitter

Susan Russell, Michele Schaffer, and Lucy Noland, with American Humane Hero Therapy Dog of the year Aladdin. (Photo: Mike Hirata)

On sad news Lucy Noland announced on her FB page that she would be leaving Fox 29 as of May 30. No mention of what’s next for her, but where ever she goes they’ll be lucky to have her. I’ve always enjoyed her frank delivery of the news, as if she were one of us, speaking to us with empathy as sometimes the news was hard to swallow. It was nice getting to know her personally on Thanksgiving Day at Manna, or ever spring at the No Dog Gets Left Behind Gala. Here’s her complete message.

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South Street Easter Parade – The Fashion & Fun

The South Street Easter Parade on Sunday, April 21, 2019 was definitely one of my favorites. The weather was spectacular, but not too hot. The highest number of folks in recent years entered the fashion contest, often wearing the most fabulous outfits. Here are some fun photos.

The Rainbow Connection

It was great to see so many families on South Street

Pretty in Pink

Until Next Year South Street….

Check out Philly Voice Philly Style Magazine and CBSPhilly for more photos from the Easter Promenade on South Street

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Grab the Girls and head to Bloomingdale‘s Willow Grove for cocktails and Spring Fashion curated by
Alisa Frederico of Dressing Jane.
Check out exquisite pieces of fine fashion jeweler from Ann King Lago’s REALM
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Tuesday To Do: Easter Brunch

Can you believe Easter is upon us. The 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Good Friday really does whiz by. I used to spend Easter with the family, but since I’ve been shooting the Easter Promenade over the past few years I now go to Easter Brunch with friends. on South Street. This year again I’ll be heading to Twisted Tail with Kory Aversa, Alex Holly and her parents Sharyn and Glenn, Mike T. and new this year Marilyn Russell. Marilyn and Alex will be in the South Street Easter Parade and then judge the best dressed at the promenade at Headhouse. It all starts at 12:30pm, and looks to be a beautiful day. I’m biased for where you should have lunch, these are my advertisers…..

Serving Easter Brunch from 9 AM – 2:30 PM and dinner from 4 PM – 9 M

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Every weekend Pinefish serves up Friends with Benedicts. Stop by to check out this eggstravaganza! Reserve Easter Sunday brunch. We’ve extended brunch to 4 p.m. Check out their brunch menu too, delicious!!
Sunday, April 21, 2019
DelFrisco’s Philadelphia Easter Brunch

For a celebration worthy of the day, make your time with family and friends a true indulgence at Del Frisco’s. Enjoy premium Easter selections including Filet Benedict, Lobster Benedict, and Hand-Carved Prime Rib in addition to our full menu. We’re opening early at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 21st.
This Easter Sunday experience a lavish brunch like no other! On Sunday, April 21st between 11:00am and 4:00pm an expanded brunch menu will be served for $95.00 per person. Special a la carte entrees will be available along with a unique brunch buffet that includes hand-carved meat, seafood, salads, and desserts.

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Moshulu, the world’s oldest and largest four-masted Tall Ship offers unsurpassed views for intimate to extraordinary dining aboard this Philadelphia landmark restaurant.
Feast on a decadent Easter buffet from 9 AM – 7 PM. Enjoy brunch and dinner entrees, soup, raw bar, salads, side dishes and carving stations with or extravagant dessert display. $65 per person.
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JD Rivera, Kevin Hart, Mike Schmidt, Roots Picnic , Save The Date, Dana Spain Married

JD Rivera, Kevin Hart, Mike Schmidt, Roots Picnic , Save The Date, Dana Spain Married

Good Sunday, hope you are having an enjoyable weekend.  Here’s another edition of Philly Gossip, tidbits and Save The Date’s for events I think you might enjoy attending. Also just want to tell you I’m leaving for Alaska this week, don’t fret I’ve filled Philly Chit Chat up with blog posts so keep coming back every day for photos and food for thought. Last summer Cabot Cheese surprised me with a cruise to Alaska with 50 or so more charitable minding folks. Seems my friend Marilyn Russell nominated me for the Cabot Cheese program for the charitable work I have done over the years with the Linda Creed Foundation, PAWS, Donors Are Hero’s, Gilda’s Club,  American Foundation of Suicide Awareness all of which I’ve volunteered for 6 plus years. And then the more recent organizations – MANNA, Komen Philadelphia, Comfort Home For Veterans, Living Beyond Breast Cancer and many more which I promote through my various social outlets.  Even charities who hire me to photograph their events, I try and give back in ways that go beyond my reasonable rates. I’m excited to meet other volunteers from around the country. I also volunteer for Cabot Cheese Foundation, participating in their annual poker tournament every summer at the Borgata for the past 3 years. We Honor Volunteers & Support Communities Our Department of Gratitude reflects the values of the farm families who own Cabot Creamery Cooperative.

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Congrats to Philly boxer and hometown hero JD Rivera, Rivera beat the odds to go pro and moved to Philly because of its rich boxing history. His career in the ring has been full of hard knocks, but the sport has given him a new lease on life. That’s why Rivera does what he can through his gym, the Warrior Boxing Academy, to make boxing accessible to working class folks in his community of South Philadelphia. New equipment was sponsored by Coors Light they believe in celebrating the journey of those who see challenges as opportunities, which is why we chose to feature Rivera as part of our digital short documentary series, “My Climb, My Story.” The film series features individuals across the country who conquer their personal mountains to better themselves and their communities.

JD Rivera
I was so busy this week, but really wanted to go to this all day radio marathon – the All Star Day Live! featured 97.5 The Fanatic’s All Star Personalities and Celebrity Contributors Live, On-Site, for an all-day broadcast at Commerce Square. There was food & beverage specials from Pagano’s, fun & games, and meet & greet pictures with celebrity athletes including Jaws above, fresh off of the NFLDraft. Their goal was to promote, fund-raise and help further AACR’s Mission:
The mission of the American Association for Cancer Research is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. Through its programs and services, the AACR fosters research in cancer and related biomedical science; accelerates the dissemination of new research findings among scientists and others dedicated to the conquest of cancer; promotes science education and training; and advances the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world.

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ACCR comes on board as a client of PhillyChitChat starting June 1.

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Congrats to Dana Spain and Walt Moore Married. So happy for them.
Opps #FakeNews, Dana tells me it was Walt’s engagement ring….stay tuned

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Another Philly Socialite off the market
Congrats Allie and Steve!!

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Thank you Mike Schmidt in your efforts to prevent skin cancer. Take it from someone who is a candidate, who sometimes forgets the importance of sunscreen, or it wears off during the day. What an amazing idea to have sunscreen dispensers through out Philly. I love that they’re yellow too. The dispensers will be located at City Hall, on Kelly Drive near Lloyd Hall and at CBP Phillies home

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Memorial Day Weekend Events

Historic Philly’s summer programming launches Memorial Day Weekend with historic reenactors leading pub crawls, military musters, puppet shows, and more.
http://bit.ly/29MAgR7

  Betsy Ross House
Flag-Raising Ceremony, May 29, 10:00 a.m.
Start your day in the charming Betsy Ross House courtyard with Betsy Ross and one of her Colonial friends, raising the thirteen-star flag with pomp and circumstance. FREE

Ø  Various Locations Throughout Historic Philadelphia
Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches, May 27 – 29, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Specially-trained, uniformed storytellers delight and entertain with free, short five-minute stories while sharing the secrets of Philadelphia’s and America’s history. Children can pick up a Story Flag at any Storytelling Bench, and collect a star from every storyteller on their journey. Flags with all the stars can be redeemed for a History Hero Certificate and a free carousel ride on the Parx Liberty Carousel. FREE

GETTING AROUND:I love using the PHLASH all summer long

The Philly PHLASH Downtown Loop™ is the most convenient and affordable way for visitors to travel with 22 stops to key destinations, including stops throughout Historic Philadelphia. Providing daily service every 15 minutes from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., the PHLASH is only $2 per ride or $5 per day. Passes are available onboard (with cash and exact change only), at any Visitor Center location, or online at www.PhillyPHLASH.com.

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Festival Pier (at Penn’s Landing), Philadelphia, PA
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Sat, Jun 3, 2017 12:00 PM

Details: The Roots Picnic, The Roots, Pharrell Williams, Lil Wayne, Solange, Jeezy, 21 Savage, Kimbra, Black Thought, J. Period, Fat Joe, Mobb Deep, Thundercat, Pete Rock,
I’m partnering with Live Nation to promote this event.

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 Kevin Hart‘s Wednesday, June 7 book signing and chat with Quincy Harris at Temple University announced last month to promote his new book ” I Can’t Make This Up: Life Lessons”  is now a photo op and meet-and-greet that’s been moved to the Parkway Central Library says Nick Vadala, over at Philly.com Read it here.

Then a month later he’ll be back in Philly for Kevin Hart Day in Philadelphia on July 6.

PS one day before PhillyChitChat’s 10th Anniversary. I’ll be posting some of my favorite photos of the past ten years in the month of June, July and August and tell you the best dressed of the decade, the best party of the decade, and favorite celebrity moments of the last decade. So fun, right? I must say Kevin Hart is one of the nicest celebrities I’ve ever photographed.5-27-2017 1-50-08 AM

“An Evening with Stephen Schwartz” takes place on Saturday, June 17, 2017, at 7:30 pm in the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. A diverse group of 360 choral singers ages 8 to 18 will perform selections including “Day by Day” (Godspell), “When You Believe” (Prince of Egypt), and “For Good” (Wicked), accompanied by a four-piece band. Kimmel Box Office at bit.ly/CY-StephenSchwartz,
An Evening with Stephen Schwartz” will raise money to benefit endARTSlessness, a campaign that seeks to ensure every Philadelphia public school has at least one arts program serving as a lifeline to lift young people up and out of creative poverty. Stephen Schwartz has embraced the campaign and has been recognized by his peers for nurturing future artists. In 2015, Schwartz received a special Tony Award for his commitment to serving artists and fostering new talent.
more on Commonwealth Youthchoirs, the endARTSlessness campaign, and CY’s music programs can be found at cychoirs.org

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Please save the date for the 12th Annual Great Chefs Event! On Tuesday, June 20, 2017, guests will sample curated dishes and meet internationally-acclaimed culinary stars– all for a great cause, benefiting Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation & Vetri Community Partnership, with last year’s event raising over $800,000.    Discover and indulge in award-winning cuisine at The 12th Annual Great Chefs Event—experience the city’s most anticipated culinary event where top chefs and mixologists from around the globe converge to share their expertise and prepare succulent creations.     There’s an after party for sponsors, chefs and a few VIP ticket holders near Vetri’s eatery Lo Spiedo

 

Have a great holiday weekend – Thank you service men and women who fight for our freedom.
See you on Tuesday.