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A Decade of Philly Style Magazine Parties in Photos….

A Decade of Philly Style Magazine Parties in Photos….

Still celebrating PhillyChitChat’s 10th Anniversary. The days are winding down and I still need to showcase Best Dressed of the Decade, Best Events of the Decade and ChitChat’s 10 career moments. When reviewing the photos I’ve taken over the decade I kept coming across great moments that occurred at Philly Style Magazine parties.

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Tonight is PSM’s annual hot list party, so I thought I’d list a few moments that made a difference in Philly Chit Chat’s career. Nicole Cashman has represented PSM for the decade I’ve been covering the scene, and she credentialed me for the first PSM party, after Dana Spain sold the magazine to Niche Media ushering the magazine into the next century of luxury living.

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Congrats to the man, John Collabelli who has been at the helm of Philly Style Magazine from it’s inception over a decade ago

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As I wrote in 2008, a few months after Mayor Nutter took office.

TGIF was more than that last Friday evening as Philadelphia Style Magazine kicked off the re-launching of their magazine; the party was held at CITY HALL in the courtyard, that’s right PHILADELPHIA CITY HALL COURTYARD. City Hall is now hosting events again after the long dark period of vacancy, the lights are on, the veil has been lifted, the building has been returned to its citizens. (source)

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The Philly Style Mag White Party in 2009

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Great to run into Paul Smith over the years. When I was a paralegal, he ran the copy center at Kohn Swift & Graf. Fast forward a few years and we now both own our business. Yaasss5-9-2014 6-51-23 AM (Custom)
I’ve been contributing to Philly Style Magazine for at least 5 years, more this year than every. A few years back PSM featured a shot I took of Jill Scott at the Academy Ball. What a thrill. At least 5 times a year I get a shot on this page.

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In this months magazine I have Kevin Hart.

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At many of the Philly Style Mag parties I’ve gotten great photos to place in Mike Klein’s Inqlings column, as well as fantastic stories.

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I noticed that cover shot feature Terrence Howard autographed the mock up cover backwards, and upside down. You have to look in a mirror to see what he wrote. AMAZING!!

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Todd Trego, Mrs Todd Trego or as we like to call her Editor in Chief of Philadelphia Style Magazine and Capitol, Sarah Schaffer (Her last event with PSM b4 heading to DC to run Capitol) with Lee Saunders.

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Welcome aboard Kristin Detterline, the new editor, still on board today, of Philly Style Magazine.
John Colabelli, Kerry Washington, Kristin Detterline and Jason Binns CEO of Niche Media

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Another great connection. Sharilyn Drewen Vidal and Juan Vidal always at PSM parties. Sharilyn‘s
sister is Suzanne Drewen, who I went to Wesley College with; we became fast friends and over summer break in 1982 we hung out. I introduced her to my best friends from Paul VI High School and she ended up marrying one of them. Who later forbade her from every contacting me again after I came out gay. So we didn’t chat with each other for about 2 decades. At Suz’s wedding, Bill my other bff from high school, met Suz’s other sister and got married. They’re still married today. Pretty cool.

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Molly, Elizabeth, Lisa Reisman (RIP Lisa) and Michael from the Lisa M. Reisman Gallery near Rittenhouse Square

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Monica Malpass and Dancing with the Stars’ Brian Fortuna attend Philadelphia Style Magazine ‘Hot List Party’ at the Crystal Tea Room Philadelphia, 10/2008
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Hey girl…… Can’t wait to head out and shoot PSM’s Best of Party tonight. Check back here tomorrow for the very best dressed of

Philly Style Magazine’s Hot List Party

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Philadelphia JULY 4TH FIREWORKS from the Philadelphian re: dreaming of John Legend

It’s not lost on me how important this day is to our country, The crowds at 8PM, it’s begining to rain, but that doesn’t stop them. Mike and I have this party every year; we keep the invites to a minumum mostly because it’s a difficult to park in this area as we are at ground zero fireworks. But the worse part of the whole night is leaving, so the invite list is limited to people who live in Center City. The snipers take position on the roof of the Philadelphian, residents gather on their balconies, let the festivities begin.
I love catching the parade. Thanks to Southwest Airlines for sponsoring it.
Night falls and our guests begin to arrive at Mike’s moms house, every year she is nice enough to vacate her place and settle into our place so we can have a shindig.
Although Rick lives “in the front” of the building, we’re glad he stops by our place. Rick is a former writer for the soap “Another World” and several other TV shows. A few years back moved down her from, where else, NYC. I’m not even going to mention the Sixth Borough thing, I know how people hate that term, almost as much as “Staycation”, another term I love. The two Jeff’s stop by. Separated at birth united by love.

Laura Burkhardt was a pleasant surprise stopping up for a few moments on her was to her VIP seats to see John Legend. She was nice enough to take Bob along with her to enjoy the concert. Which I watched on TV, dry, but not as up close as Laura and Bob would scream to me.
They made it back just in time to enjoy the fireworks from the balcony with tall tales and merriment

Congress led the way for the encouragement of fireworks on the Fourth of July by authorizing a display on July 4, 1777, in Philadelphia, a year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. “At night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks, which began and concluded with thirteen rockets on the commons. Another colorful display took place in Philadelphia on July 4, 1779: “In the evening a sett [sic] of brilliant fireworks were exhibited, particularly excellent rockets, which, after ascending to an amazing height in the air, burst, and displayed thirteen stars.” http://gurukul.american.edu/heintze/fireworks.htmThe first fireworks in Boston took place on July 4, 1777. A newspaper reported: “In the evening Col. Crafts illuminated his park on the commons, threw several shells, and exhibited a number of fireworks.” Boston had another display in 1779 when thirteen rockets were fired. Congratulations to Carrie Nork and Dino Minelli who were married on July 5, 2008The Jeff’s had a blast David Perkiss, the man of the moment, Matthew Vlahos; behind him is Steven Tyson and his beau Ben visiting Pittsburgh Bob still glowing about John Legend

Laura enjoying the party glow stick I handed out to my guests
Sometimes I wish I could invite the whole city up to see the fireworks from the balcony. They are so right there, and it’s an amazing view.
Thanks for coming everyone, see you next year, er well some of you tomorrow night.

John Legend in concert

The fireworks finale

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PHILADELPHIA STRONGMAN COMPETITION 2008 re: photos of really big guys I wouldn’t want to piss off

Strong·man (strôngmn) n.: an intense sport of which the modern derivation is a direct descendent of the Scottish and Icelandic/Scandinavian test of manhood. A typical strongman competition is a test of strength, endurance, ingenuity and heart. It consists of events adopted from traditional Scottish Highland Games, variations of powerlifting, Olympic lifting and just plain “crazy” events such as the rope and harness truck pull.

As part of the Sunoco Welcome America Celebration, a Strongman Competition was held at Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum on Saturday and Sunday.

A nice sized crowd came out to watch in the summer heat to see the Strongmen
Food of the champions, Little Ceasar pizza, yum and lots and lots of water
Gerard Benderoth who won yesterday’s competition resting before the competition
” Farmer’s Walk – Competitors carry heavy objects weighing from 275-400 lbs in each hand for a set distance, and compete for the fastest time. A variation involves use of a heavy frame with parallel handles” In this instance this contraption weighed 800lbs. Gerard Benderoth

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Gerard Benderoth, Philadelphia City Hall and the World Flags along Ben Franklin Parkway. The flags represent countries that are members of the United Nation.
Phil Pfister, who was the Met-Rx World’s Strongest Man in 2006.
When Pfister won the title, he pocketed a cool $41,000 grand prize and became the first American to win the crown since Bill Kazmaier won his third-straight strongman title in 1982. The prize money supplemented what Pfister already receives from working as a firefighter in West Virginia, where he lives with his family.
2006 ‘WORLD’S STRONGEST MAN’ CHAMPION PHIL PFISTER


When I read that the Strongman competition “is a direct descendent of the Scottish”, it explained why this guy was wearing a kilt, especially on this 90F day. – It takes about a dozen guys, strength and rope to move the 800lb weight back into place.
If he was Britney Spears, this photo would be worth a pretty penny. I guess guys do wear something under their kilts.
It takes about 4 guys to move the anvil back. I have no idea how much it weighs, but I wouldn’t lift it.

I do not know who this guy was, anyone know? Update: Thanks to my commentor who tells me it’s Josh Thigpen but after the three guys before him couldn’t go more than 5 feet with the 800lbs of hell, he completed the course

grabbed the anvil dumped it
Josh Thigpen made a beeline
over the fence

high fives along the crowd
finishing with the Marine hi five then he ripped off his shirt
and lifted a girl, probably his girlfriend. Yes the testostorone was flowing at Eakins Oval, which would have made Eakins happy.
I have to say that I love the 10 day July Fourth celebration – America’s Birthday – that Philadelphia puts on. I look forward to it every year as I enjoy the festivities, the people, the red, white and blue, the concerts and most importantly the FIREWORKS. I have to admit that no matter where I have lived in Philadelphia, I always have to had to have a view of either the Art Museum or Penns Landing so I could have a party and celebrate Fourth of July. For the past 7 years I have both views, granted PL is a mile away buy I can still enjoy those, the Art Museum, well that’s my front yard. I always wait in anticipation for the announcement of who is going to be the headline act at the July 4th – This Year it’s John Legend, who I really enjoy, but more importantly from a celebrity photographer stance he’s always been terrific and always gives a good shot. I just saw him last week at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards in NYC and took this shot; plus chatted with him about his performance. He’s really looking forward to performing here, but he’s not having a cheesesteak because they are too fattening. Wanted to know if anyone sells turkey cheesesteaks, thinks they have less calories. http://www.americasbirthday.com/calendar.asp