Love Park


Celebrate Valentine’s Day at LOVE PARK & Buy A Granite Keepsake

Love, exciting and new
Come aboard. we’re expecting you.
Love, life’s sweetest reward. The theme of the Love Boat always plays in my head when I pass through Love Park. I always stop and shoot the iconic art work, as well as capture happy folks posing with the Robert Indiana sculpture. (I love Love Park’s new branding logo. This was clever.)

Recently the beloved park added a visitors gift shop on site for the purchase of LOVE keepsakes. here you will find the much in demand LOVE Park granite keepsakes (center pix I took back in December) on sale at the LOVE Park Gift Shop!

The beautiful keepsakes were cut from the original LOVE Park granite and are available for purchase at LOVE Park in the Gift Shop, housed in the bright red restored shipping container located near the 16th & Arch side of the park. These keepsakes make a great gift for Valentine’s Day, or for anyone trying to share a little love with a fan of Philly’s favorite park. We also have t-shirts, mugs, hats, onesies, magnets, and other LOVE Park items for sale there as well! The Gift Shop will be open 6am-5pm on Valentine’s Day, and 11am-5pm the day before, on 2/13. It’s open on a weather-dependent basis, really if the temperature is above 50 degrees, from 11-5 daily, and regular hours will likely be 11-7pm 7 days a week starting April 1 and please feel free to message us on Instagram @loveparkphilly for any questions you may have!

On Friday at Love Park: Power 99 FM, Philadelphia’s Hip Hop and R&B, will celebrate Valentine’s Day in style by hosting a “Rise & Get Married with Rise & Grind” wedding ceremony. Power 99’s “Rise & Grind Morning Show” will marry three couples at Philadelphia’s iconic LOVE sculpture on February 14, following a live station broadcast from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. and will be sponsored by Philadelphia’s Department of Parks & Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy.

The morning show hosts, Mikey Dredd, Mutha Knows and Roxy Romeo will each be ordained as ministers to officiate the ceremony and select the three lucky couples. (More Info on event here)

One more thing. This I Heart Philly exhibit was supposed to be temporary but it was so popular that Love Park has made it permanent. It’s not in place right now as they sent it out to be fortified and beautified. It wasn’t built to be permanent, as I mentioned, so it wasn’t made of the material that could sustain thousands of people touching it, hugging it and standing on it. It will return in time for the warm weather, which according to Phil is going to be in 4 more weeks. Then we can all love it once again. See you on Friday at Love Park. Check out Love Park’s FB Page Here!!


A Love Note From Philly Chit Chat

A Love Note From Philly Chit Chat

Happy Valentine Day!! Yesterday the beloved LOVE statue came out of hiding after nearly a year of restoration, or as Nik the Webchick says, a lifetime. There was a cute “parade” from the Art Museum area to her final resting place in the newly renovated and attractive
Love Park. The dedication to the park will happen this spring. There’s lots of goodies that await.

An impressive amount of press and people came out to follow LOVE on her journey.
All my favorites in one photo

Thank you to all my editors, who process photos and help share the love of Philadelphia, especially shining a light on the charities I cover.  Who have helped me create and form my content provider business, all of who wear many hats at their organizations, but will stop and post photos to get the word out.

Listed in the order of when I started contributing to them.
Philly Style Mag (Meredith Fertig) , Philly Mag (Tim Haas, Claudia Gavin), Liberty City Press (Dana Rubenstein), Metro Philly (Jennifer Logue), Philadelphia Business Journal (Alison Burdo, Clara Lefton), CBSPhilly (Lauren Sullivan) and my newest outlet Philly Voice (Lexie Norcross, Jenny DeHuff),
I Love Youse, and thanks!!

Thank you to my sister Janine DeFeo, who does all my invoicing and scheduling. Reads my emails, which is difficult. Nobody wants to sift through them. I love you.

Thank you to all my clients, who are too numerous to mention. Nearly 75% of my work is done on a contract basis, where clients hire us to get share their stories in the media;  and to the media outlets who trust that I will place photos with them that match their brand.

Thank you to all of you, who support me on my many platforms Instagram, Twitter, my two FB pages and here at PhillyChitChat, my baby.
Thank you to my photographers Mike Hirata, Andre Flewellen, and Talya Hailey. Not only do they see my vision of capturing the most important photos to tell the story of an event,

they are ready at a phone call to shoot a last minute event, or step up when the head photographer gets a blood clot and calls from the emergency room to cover his events, which was also coordinating by my sister Janine.

Thanks to my sister Crista Bateman, who is the creative side to my social media, I’m the ranting what the heck is he talking about side.

Thanks to Beth Lawrence who recently came on board to help me with partnerships, business opportunities and advertising efforts.
So if you want to advertise email me at HughE@PhillyChitChat.com and Beth will help you with getting that done.
People were excited to get back to posing in front of LOVE
Thank you to my husband Mike Toub, who is the tech guy behind the scenes, and gives me his honest opinion.
THANK YOU to my friends, especially those who put up with my cancelling at the last minute cause someone hires me to cover their event. Thanks to them for all their support, the laughter and the ear to bend.

THANK YOU TO MY FAMILY when I don’t have the time to see them for those important dates cause I’m shooting a Walk on a Saturday, or a fashion show Sunday afternoon and can’t make someone’s celebration or important milestone.
It takes a village to create a more perfect union, to restore LOVE in Philly.
Thank you to those people behind the scenes that make Philadelphia a great place to live.

Nobody loves this city more than Sheila Hess, The City Rep. Thank You!!
To Check out More Photos from Yesterday, and to Read up on the day’s events Click on these links:

Julia Hatmaker Penn Live

Thom Carroll – Philly Voice’s Photographer

Philly Mag

Philly Business Journal


LOVE PARK Returns – Here’s What I Know So Far…

LOVE PARK Returns – Here’s What I Know So Far…

Welcome to the Sunday edition of PhillyChit Chatter, read it here every Sunday and Thursday – it’s a little fun gossip, info and what’s going on around town. The last time I was at Love Park was during the Christmas Village.

The park was still under construction, but despite a few hiccups the market thrived and was packed everyday. Hope you got one of those Wisconsin cheese sandwiches. If you looked closely you could see the hint of greatness with the new paving blocks, quite different than the flagstone used before Love Park was renovated.

construction continued.

One of the sections of the park completed was this lawn. See those two evergreen trees, next year the City won’t need to buy a Christmas Tree for Love Park they can just decorate them.

I was really excited to see what Love Park looked like after the village cabins were removed, but then it snowed. Finally Friday it rained and melted the snow revealing the beautiful park (I’m off to Florida this week so I didn’t have time to get sunny shots as I would have liked as time was getting short.)  The land is cleaned and leveled. I can’t wait to see the centerpiece fountain turned on as well as the “arch” ones, which are smaller ones located in the “horseshoe” design you see here; giving Dilworth Park a run for it’s money with kids cooling off.

One thing we hope you won’t see is skateboarders, although some have been spotted testing out the park, I hear soon there will be security 24/7 keeping the park safe, clean and friendly for pedestrians, while also directing the skateboarders to the lovely park built for them closer to the Art Museum – Franklin’s Skate Park

I love the steps that line the north side of the park, which have corrugated pavers making it quite a bumpy ride for skateboarding.

Also new at Love Park, is the InterPark garage ie Love Park Garage at 1501 John F Kennedy Blvd has been updated with a glass cube, sorta like the Apple Cube in NYC on 57th Street, or the glass cube on top of the Phila Art Museum parking garage. It’s much more attractive, bright, easier to pay and convenient to reach your parked car now. No more climbing down the dingy steps.

Next to the garage is the decomposed granite (DG) park, there will be a lot of seating arrangements in this area. DG is an ideal hardscape material: natural, permeable, aesthetically versatile, and

often used as transition material to introduce landscaping and wild gardens.

Don’t judge the emptiness of Love Park today, as the furnishings all arrived,nor been placed. These pieces are examples of some
of the furnishing to expect.

The sight-lines are magnificent for people watching.
I imagine events will be held in the newly designed space, as they are at Dilworth Park.

The saucer building is being renovated for an eatery, not a welcome center as previously thought. I hear that they haven’t picked a food vendor yet and will  be doing an RFP soon.
When I mentioned it to Jennifer Logue, Metro Philly Saturday night, she thought it be perfect to call it the Love Cafe, maybe Stephen Starr could have it as an outpost for his new Love eatery in Rittenhouse Sq., I like it!!

I’m so excited, as the City is as well, that we’re going to have another beautiful park.

The sculpture of LOVE, newly painted red, and purple on it’s underside, returns to a new pedestal  just days before Valentine’s Day in February; just in time for all those engagements to happen. XOXOXO


Photos: Gingerbread House Making Contest at the Christmas Village – NBC10’s Keith Jones, Fox 29’s Caitlin Roth and CBS3’s Syma Chowdhry

So many parties, and festive events this week puts PhillyChitChat so far behind in blog posts. Happy Sunday; enjoy this special entry as I try and catch up!!

NBC10’s Keith Jones, Fox 29’s Caitlin Roth and CBS3’s Syma Chowdhry went head-to-head at NRG’s Home Gingerbread House Decorating Contest last Friday in Christmas Village.
Each charity received $1,000 just for participating and another $1,000 went to the winning charity.
Keith Jones is working on the Red Cross Gingerbread House.
CBS3’s Syma Chowdhry was helping the Red Paw team. See that bone on the roof, that is a solar power bone, collecting energy to run the electricity for the whole house.
Fox 29’s Caitlin Roth with Heritage Conservancy
I was the honorary media person for  HopeWorks Camden, but wanted to take photos and neglected my duties too much.
Syma Chowdhry
When I shot this I though that Caitlin’s house was going to win.

And I thought this is a winning shot for Molly Eichel’s column the next day, but neither turned out to be winners. In this shot is Caitlin Roth, Keith Jones and the Frank Lewis from WOGL as the emcee .                   

Karlin Andres, India Thomas, Jose Figueroa and Chad Spaulding.
Keith Jones, Tessi Ruiz and Mary Anne Milner.
Mary Kury and Syma Chowdhry

Lori Albirght, Heather Farber of NRG Home, Sarah McGill, Mary Kury and Syma Chowdhry
Karlin Andres, India Thomas, Jose Figueroa and Chad Spaulding.
Lori Albirght,  Sarah McGill, Mary Kury (Red Paws) and Syma Chowdhry
Red Paws is the winner
Heather Farber of NRG Home hands Red Paw a check for $2,000
Heritage Conservancy accepts a $1,000 check for their work

The winning house by Red Paws
The Christmas Village is here until December 28, there’s still lots of fun things to do, and see there, as well as eat. I hear the Wisconsin cheese is delicious. I’ll be there on Monday, picking up last minute gifts. Hope to see you there.



Opening Weekend for Christmas Village in Philadelphia: Presented by NRG

Philadelphia’s LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard)

Thursday, November 27 preview 9:00am to 5:00pm
Friday, November 28 preview 11:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday, November 29 official opening 11:00am to 8:00pm 


Black Friday Holiday Jams Concert (Fri Nov 28, Noon to 1:00pm) – Christmas Village kicks off a new Friday lunch series with Good Girl, Jacqueline Constance and Jay Marie. Future dates: 
* Dec 5 – Walt Anderson, Felicia Punzo and others
* Dec 12 – BridgeSet Sound
* Dec 19 – Gin Canaries

Grand Opening Ceremony (Sat Nov 29, 4:00pm to 5:00pm) – Sing-a-long to holiday selections by the Father Judge Pep Band, Clearview Regional High School Choir and other entertainers. The original Christkind from Nuremberg will arrive in a horse-drawn carriage from 76 Carriages. She will then officially open the market by reciting her traditional prologue and rings in the official lighting ceremony of the Christmas Village Fountain (not the tree), presented by NRG Home. She will then do her traditional walk of the market. 

Thousand of neighbors, visitors and tourists will flock to the opening weekend of Christmas Village. This season, over 550,000 are expected to visit between Thanksgiving Day and December 28, 2104.


* Christkind will light Christmas Village Fountain and walk the village (Saturday)
* Santa will take photos with children (All weekend)
* Live music
* Twinkling lights and decorations throughout LOVE Park
* LOVE Park Tree and LOVE Statue
* International and local shopping in 65+ decorated booths
* Food and mulled wine served
* Wish Wall for Make-a-Wish Foundation

We would appreciate it if you could confirm coverage by emailing kory@aversapr.com or calling 215-840-9216.  Aversa PR will have a check-in point for the Grand Opening at the information
booth located to the right of the stage (as you face City Hall). 

Thank you for considering for your weekend holiday coverage!

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The Christmas Village will again transform Philadelphia’s LOVE Park (15th and JFK Boulevard) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market, open daily between Thanksgiving and Sunday, December 28, 2014. Shop for high-quality, international and local gifts and decorations. Enjoy holiday sights and sounds with thousand of twinkling lights, the LOVE ParkChristmas Tree, live music, children’s activities and photos with Santa Claus. Warm up with a glass of warm mulled wine or hot cocoa while enjoying European and American food and drink. Admission is free, with food, drink and shopping pay as you go. Now in its seventh year, the village has grown into one of the region’s most unique and charming holiday attractions. It expects to attract more than 550,000 people in 2014. Sixty-five international and local merchants and artists are busy preparing high-quality gifts that will be sold in decorated tents and wooden houses that will pop-up throughout Center City’s famous LOVE Park. With toys, apparel, jewelry, decorations, homegoods, artwork and more, there will be something for everyone on Santa’s list.


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