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Devon Horse Show Kicks off with A Ribbon Cutting at The New Devon Club

Happy Memorial Day. Thank you to all the service people who have fought for our freedom, and who continue to fight for democracy. The Devon Horse Show Week officially began on last Wednesday, May 25, 2016 as guests gathered on the Devon grounds for First Night, the next night there was a Ribbon Cutting. The annual event not only opens the show, but also gives guests a sneak preview of the artwork on display and for sale in the Art Gallery at Devon. The Horse Show is ongoing throughout the day and evening. Some days have a short break for dinner.  Gates will open daily at approximately 8:00 a.m. and close at approximately 10:00 p.m. each day.  The Country Fair area opens about 10:00 a.m. for the Midway and Shopping.  The first Sunday, the gates will open at 11:00 a.m. and the Horse Show classes will start at 12:00 p.m.

 new Devon Club

The following day, a ribbon cutting marked the opening of the new Devon Club on the horse show’s opening day, Thursday, May 26, 2016 (which runs through June 5)  with President Richard O’Donnell, Devon Horse Show President and Wayne Grafton, Chairman Devon Horse Show.

Al Martin, Debbie Martin, Enid O’Donnell, Richard O’Donnell, and Penny Hunt.

Al Martin, Debbie Martin, Enid O’Donnell, Richard O’Donnell, and Penny Hunt.

 new Devon Club

 Al Martin, Judy Rosato, and Josh Hagelin, Customers Bank

 new Devon Club

Janet Heaton and Gail McCarthy.

Angela Sipe and Peggy Nalevanko.

Angela Sipe and Peggy Nalevanko.

 new Devon Club

Kathy Molchan, Peggy Cancelmo, and Chrissy Cancelmo.

 new Devon Club

 new Devon Club

Peggy Nalevanko, Katie Biddle, James Wallace, and Nancy Rainer-Wallace.;

 new Devon Club

Tim Sipe, Angela Sipe with Will and Emily.

 new Devon Club

David Jelinek, Dana Jelinek, Jeff Bowden, and Chrissy Kelly.

 new Devon Club

Danielle Mosley, Angela Sipe, and Lindsey Alleva.

 new Devon Club

 new Devon Club

Chairman of the Board Wayne Grafton, and Tom Cancelmo, CEO of BTC

 new Devon Club

Tim Sipe, Angela Sipe with Will and Emily.

 new Devon Club

CBS3 reporter Vittoria Woodill and Chairman of the Board Wayne Grafton.

 new Devon Club

Judy Rosato and Dr. Don Rosato.

 new Devon Club

Morgan Appleyard, BTC Marketing and Chrissy Cancelmo, Media Director at Boyd Tamney Cross

 new Devon Club

David Jelinek, Dana Jelinek, Jeff Bowden, and Chrissy Kelly.

 new Devon Club

Coming up June 1st I’ll be attending the The Hat Contest and Ladies Luncheon at The Devon Horse Show. Carson Kressley, and Adam Joseph.

Founded in 1896, it is one of the most prestigious equestrian events in  the country and one of the largest volunteer fundraising efforts in the nation as well. The ong oing commitment to Bryn Mawr Hospital is extremely important to both  the leadership and  the  over  two thousand  of volunteers at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Since 1972, the Devon  Country Fair has donated nearly $20 million to Bryn Mawr,  to support projects such as the  Emergency Department, the Comprehensive Breast Center, Maternal – Fetal Medicine program,  the Outpatient Diagnostic Center, and various other improvement programs

Thanks to PhillyChitChat’s Mike Hirata for shooting this important event. Check out his pixs of Brent Celek’s new eatery Bop, and the VIP Friends and Family Opening Party at Metro Philly

Philadelphia

Swan Lake – Luncheon, Dress Rehearsal – Sledding on the Art Museum Steps A Snow Story

Yesterday we finally got the significant snow storm that had been predicted a handful of times this winter but never materialized.

Although the storm closed schools and the mayor enacted the emergency snow route, which really cut down on the traffic in Center City, there were some people out and about doing business as usual.

I headed to Estia the delicious Greek restaurant located on Locust Street across from the Academy of Music. Thursday was the Swan Lake Luncheon and Dress Rehearsal.
The luncheon was lovely, and it was nice to see many ballet fans make it to the event. The luncheons are open to the general public for a low ticket price. They include a ballet talk, as well as a ticket to see the dress rehearsal. The dress rehearsal is a neat experience, as often the Angel and others are still advising the dancers as well as working with the orchestra artistically.
 For those who didn’t live in Center City they took public transportation without too many delays.
The Pennsylvania Ballet has promoted David Gray to executive director.  Gray was chosen due to his leadership style and experience in ballet, nonprofit and financial communities, the Philadelphia-based organization’s Board of Trustees announced Thursday. (source)
  Dr. Laura Katz Rizzo is the Program Director of the Bachelor of Fine Arts Program in Dance and an Assistant Professor of Dance at Temple University and


author of “Dancing the Fairy Tale.” She spoke of the history of Philadelphia Ballet, which is covered in the book.

Ángel Corolla, Pa Ballet Artistic Director and ballet patron Jane Al Mashat @estia before dress rehearsal of Swan Lake. 

Usually for the dress rehearsal the auditorium is full of students, but the snow storm quashed that today. The rehearsal started promptly at 1PM and was very enjoyable.
In commissioning this work especially for its 40th Anniversary Season, Pennsylvania Ballet’s goal
was to create a signature version of Swan Lake that would achieve popular and critical success,
attract traditional ballet fans as well as new audience members, and build a lasting legacy in the
dance world to be enjoyed by generations to come. (PS my regular camera broke last week and I am shooting with my back up camera, the Nikon D7000. I think the photos of the ballet this month are so much better than the D610)
Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon (after Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov)
Music: Peter Ilyitch Tschaikovsky
Costumes: Jean-Marc Puissant
Sets: Adrianne Lobel
Lighting: Natasha Katz
Running Time: Approximately 2:40 (four acts with two intermissions)

Pennsylvania Ballet History:
This is the largest and most expensive production ever created by the Company, but it is not its
first Swan Lake. Pennsylvania Ballet has performed several full-length versions of Swan Lake
(with choreography after Petipa/Ivanov) during its history. The Company also performed
George Balanchine’s Swan Lake, Act II in 1994 and 1998.

The Company made its international debut with Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake in August
2005 at the Edinburgh International Festival. The production had its world premiere at the Academy of Music in June 2004 and was performed by the Company in October 2005 and March 2011. Pennsylvania Ballet dancers performed in the feature film Black Swan, released in December 2010.

Pennsylvania Ballet brings the world’s most renowned ballet,
Swan Lake, to the Academy of Music stage, March 5-8 and 14-15, presented by Bank of America. In
addition, Zachary Hench, Principal Dancer, will also celebrate his formal retirement from Pennsylvania Ballet at the afternoon performance on March 8th.
The re-envisioning of Christopher Wheeldon’s Swan Lake has been supported by The Pew Center for   Arts & Heritage.  Pennsylvania Ballet’s season sponsors include DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, The Sporting Club at the   Bellevue, and US Airways.   Pennsylvania Ballet receives support from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts – a state agency funded   by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency – and   The Philadelphia Cultural Fund.   Groups of 10 or more get discounts and great seats! Ask about special talks with staff and dancers and   dining options near the theater for your group. For tickets and more information, 
contact Group Sales   Manager Arajua Backman at 215.587.6921 or abackman@paballet.org.
 Swan Lake
DATES: March 5-15, 2015

VENUE: Academy of Music

TICKETS: $30 – $125, 215.893.1999 or paballet.org

After the show I headed home to see if folks were sledding on the Art Museum Steps
Snowy #Selfie

Parc is gearing up for spring, which is only 3 weeks away. Can’t wait.
Rittenhouse Square is always breathtaking.

A video posted by Adam Wallacavage (@adam_wallacavage) on Mar 5, 2015 at 5:41pm PST

I never made it to the art museum steps I was so cold, but I found this on the internet and thought what a hoot. As I usually say you need a good 6 – 8 inches of snow for a good ride on the steps. It seemed a little sparse, but it didn’t stop these folks.