On Wednesday, August 2, Flying Fish Crafthouse hosted a press and resident’s party for dozens of people who were taking refuge from the torrential rain. Originally, the party was to be held on the Fairmount at Brewerytown’s rooftop, for guests to enjoy the spectacular, unobstructed city views, but the expected rain throughout the evening brought the event
inside to the Flying Fish Crafthouse restaurant, located on the ground floor of this exclusive rental community.
In the heart of Brewerytown, The Fairmount @ Brewerytown provides the ultimate loft living experience. The spacious rental apartments coupled with ample amenities and featuring a rooftop deck equipped with a dog park, lounge chairs, swimming pool, and, of course, the best view of the city.
On hand to check you off the list: Allie Long, Audrey Hartman and Ellie Zimering From Jenna Communications LLC
Richard Rabed and Michelle Caffrey, Phila Biz Journal
Whitney Ullman, Go Whitney and Jennifer Sherlock, Jenna Communications, LLC
Moriah Kelley, Phila Rowhome Magazine and Erin Kelly
Aaah that view, the perfect fireworks over the Art Museum view as I would call it.
There’s a pool and a huge lounge area for residents
And that view, there’s a sunset view too but I love this shot
Check out this video by My New Philly to check out what the apartments and amenities look like
The laid back atmosphere of the Crafthouse welcomes guests at three fully stocked bars, and a private dining room. Each bar offers a curated menu of 12 Flying Fish beers, top shelf liquor and wines on tap. The first floor beer garden, with roll-up garage doors, offers the perfect space to host any event from an after work happy hour to a special occasion, or just a fun night out playing life-sized Jenga and beer pong.
Saturday night, the original Dream Girl – Sheryl Lee Ralph brought her long running HIV/AIDS Charity concert to the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park. The concert was a huge success raising awareness, and money for services in and around Philadelphia as well as to her on charitable organization100% of the proceeds from DIVAS Simply Singing! supports The DIVA Foundation’s awareness and prevention programs.
There’s no mistake about it Miss Sheryl Lee Ralph (Mrs. Sheryl Lee Ralph-Hughes) brought it the moment she hit the stage.
It was a beautiful night, and the Dell Music Center was full of people who wanted to here the DIVA’s Sing. In my Philly Mag column I bring you to the concert, the link is at the bottom of page. The all-star line-up features Faith Evans , Angela Winbush, Meli’sa
Morgan , Monifah , Candace Benson, runner-up on season 7 of BET Sunday
Best, Philly’s own Carol Riddick, Matthew Schuler , contestant on season 5 of The Voice and Urban Guerilla Orchestra.
On Philly Chit Chat we’re just going to be mesmerized by the flawlessness of Miss Sheryl Lee Ralph
Who I fell in love with in 1993 when my friend David Powell, Dan Hrabosky and Alex Miller headed to Washington DC for the “March On Washington.” Diva’s Simply Singing was celebrating their third year raising awareness for HIV/AIDS and we went to the concert, although I vaguely recall Dan heading out for a date.
I remember that the late, great Teena Marie was also on the bill that evening as well as many other amazing talents. It left a lasting impression on me.
When the 25th Anniversary Diva’s Simply Singing announced they were coming to the Dell East I knew I had to get the word out, as well as cover it.
Sheryl Lee Ralph and her glam squad
The billing , cause and turn out didn’t disappoint. Check out the legendary Faith Evans posing for the photographers.
I live on the Parkway, so these lists are crucial to me. Thanks to the Phila Parks and Recreation for sending them to me every year. I checked they are not on their website yet, but when they pop up I will get the link to you. My advice is really just avoid this area. Feel free to copy these and save them for yourselves.CLICK TO MAKE LARGER. Also I have put the link on the left side of blog for future reference Under What’s Happening.
Feel Free to also screen shot these and keep on your computer.
My advice, from Center City go up 16th Street to Fairmount or Girard and enter Kelly Drive at 26th Street if you’re going West. But make sure you check the list below to see if there are detours there.
Otherwise I suggest you go up JFK to the Schuykill Expressway entrance near 30th Street, and avoid the Parkway and drives completely. Leave early, and be patient. Listen to the new Madonna CD, it’s very tranquil. Sometimes I jump on 95 south and take 476 to KOP. My friends laugh at me, but it’s the same amount of time if I sat in Schuylkill traffic to get to KOP mall.
The shaded area means that it’s a partial closure, traffic is directed off of Kelly at the Grant Statue and returns to the drive near the Dell.
But you get a lovely tour of the Eastern side of Fairmount Park. Just don’t be in a hurry. And watch for stop signs.
Most events fit within the normal closure hours, shaded areas are outside normal closure times.
Last night I attended the VIP Celebration for the long anticipated Paine’s Park one of the most expensive and expansive skate parks ever built and is located along the banks of the Schuylkill River.
The site is beautiful, above is one of the earlier designs, and does not take into consideration they were able to save two beautiful trees from the field where they built the multi-use skateboard park.
Update: The fence will be taken down today and you can enter from the South side of Eakin’s Oval, or the Schuylkill River Park or from the top of MLK Drive.
By multi- use I mean pedestrian’s can walk through it, people can sit and enjoy the day, and there’s a large pavilion which over looks both Fairmount Park and Paine’s Park, which you can rent for parties, or picnic, or just hang out.
Mitch Bormack, Board President FPSF and Christopher Plant, FPSF Board Member and two of the hard working peeps, who were able to execute the project. Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund works to strengthen communities and
empower youth by advocating for skaters and skateboarding culture,
educating youth and adults about the art of skateboarding and its
benefits to neighborhoods and people, and building free, public
skateparks that demonstrate innovative design, community engagement and
Steve Olitsky, (The Olitsky Foundation). Avi Golen (Co-Founder of Revolution Recovery LLC) two champions of Paine’s Park, and one of the sponsors. You can thank them. Sharon Pinkenson, Hope Cohen, and Frank Bardonaro
Kevin Taylor and Serggi Trudrowski tell me the new skate park has a great flow and elements that he looks for in a great run.
Jesse and Dean Rendell. No doubt next year Dean will be on his own board taking a spin.
He had a dream.
Thanks to so many people including State Representative Babette Josephs (1985 -2012) who introduced a one line item that made it possible to create the park.
skater Chris Cole and his daughter. Now that’s confidence.
Mitch Bormack, Board President FPSF
Mitchell Bormack has been a Board Member of Franklin’s Paine Skatepark
Fund since 2007 and became Board President in early 2012. Mitchell was
initially attracted to the FPSF organization through his involvement as a
Board Member of the Fund For The Water Works and observing the early
efforts of FPSF as the group was planning its flagship project, Paine’s
Claire Laver, Executive Director, Franklin’s Paine Skatepark Fund and former Gov Ed Rendell Jesse Rendell had a dream, as he and his friends were serious skate boarders. With the help of his dad, and countless others, especially Mayor Nutter, Gov Rendell noted, Paine’s Park has become a reality.
Steve Rockman and Maya Victoria
Great cake by “Save Your Fork”
Josh Nims, Operations Manager at Schuylkill River Development Corporation
The Crew From ESM Productions: Nikkita Thompson, Scott Mirkin, Valerie Smith and Chrstine Rudloff (PS This is the production company behind MIA and the July 4th Concert. HUGE TALENT)
Natalie Scarantino, Executive Assistant and Cosmo DeNicola, Philadelphia Soul co-owner
Mitch Bormack, Board President FPSF and Allyson Katzman, Paralegal – Fine Kaplan Black. (It’s a small world, Allyson and I used to work on many projects during my 20 years as a paralegal, in that last life I lead.)
Christopher Plant, FPSF Board in 2006 and Jessica Meeker. Congrats to them both for their recent wedding.
Shana and Avi Golen, Avi tells me that since Jesse and him were kids they dreamed of a skateboard park like this. Jesse never gave up on his dream, and today, now the dream has come true.
Big Rube and One punch
Paine’s Park is gorgeous. It’s my hope that everyone will respect and no one will graffiti it, and even if camera’s are in place, I would hope if you see something you will stop it. Please use the trashcans too. I already saw people last night drop butts, and trash on the ground. OK now go have some fun.
And if you were wondering how well lit the Paine’s Park is at night, it’s like daytime. Say goodbye to Love Park, except as the most iconic skate board park in the world.
Escape to the Riviera between February 29 – March 8, 2020 at the Philadelphia Flower Show.
The 2020 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, "Riviera Holiday," invites you to fall in love with your garden all over again. Explore the Mediterranean-inspired gardens with groves of citrus trees and sweet-smelling varieties of geraniums and roses. Embrace your inner romantic at the Flower Show and enhance your visit with the various experiences offered.
BRAVA Philadelphia! 2020 Gala
Funds raised from each annual Gala benefit the AVA Scholarship Fund, which provides tuition-free training to the world’s most promising opera soloists!
Dancing With The Stars for Character Gala!
Dance the night away with CITRS at our first annual Dancing With The Stars for Character Gala! INFO
Red Ball 3/28/20 at Vie
Red Ball is the American Red Cross’ largest fundraiser in the Philadelphia area and 2020 marks the 20th anniversary! Red Ball is a reception style black-tie gala – it’s elegance without the long sit-down dinner and program! All funds raised support the Red Cross House, the center for disaster recovery in Philadelphia.
The Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc.’s 2020 Spring Gala