#PCCBuzz: Ed Sheeran – Cat Scratch Fever & Cheesesteak; Celebs in town, Tidbits

#PCCBuzz: Ed Sheeran – Cat Scratch Fever & Cheesesteak;

Good Friday morning. It’s a bit blah out today, but I hear it’s going to clear up. I hope cause I’m headed to the beach. First for a family reunion,


then I’m participating in the Borgata’s Bad Beat For Hunger Charity Poker game sponsored in part by Cabot Creamery to benefit The South Jersey Food Bank.


Ed Sheeran played two nights at Wells Fargo. Here he’s posing with fans near his limo. Earlier in the day he was spotted hanging out in Rittenhouse Square, walking there from his hotel, Sofitel.

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In the evening he dined at Barclay Prime, and had the $143 cheese steak according to People Mag.

Comcast Spectacor staff presented Ed Sheeran with ‘Cat Scratcher Toys’(designed to look like DJ equipment) for Sheeran’s beloved cats prior to his sold out performance at Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday, July 11. Sheeran performed back-to-back nights at the Wells Fargo Center in front of sold out crowds. Photo Credit: Comcast Spectacor.
7-14-2017 10-39-43 AM (Custom)My nieces Kelsey and Nicole were in town to see Gorrillz. We had Geno’s afterwards.


Cyndi Lauper was in town for the WOGL 30th Anniversary Party at the BB&T Pavilion Camden on Wednesday night; she stopped by D’Angelo’s on Tuesday. Dined alfresco on the delicious Italian restaurant, enjoying linguini. Then she posed with Sal D’Angelo, and other fans dining nearby.

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Thanks WOGL & Marilyn Russell. My sisters Janine and Margaret, and hubby Mike had a great time too.

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Team Derek caught up with Kim Delaney of NYPD Blue fame, but I know her from All My Children.Sheeran

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Congrats to Bex, CBS Radio & CBS3 on the cover of Philly Current. They were also able to uncover her real name – Rebekah Maroun.
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Congrats to Hadas Kuznits and Dan Reinherz  on the birth of their son, three boys, oy

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We collectively prayed for Todd last night, and prayers were answered.

Peace and love to you all. A smile is free to give, and means so much.

Next week I will return to my decade of love photos.
This week we did a remembrance of places either no longer existing or changed
Favorite Photos of the past decade
Favorite shots of scenes without people


Inaugural Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival to be held Earth Day Weekend

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Showcasing a juried slate of thought-provoking, exceptional new environmentally-focused shorts and features, the Festival launches as the first of its kind in the City of Brotherly Love


Philadelphia, PA, April 12, 2017 – The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival is proud to announce the full film line-up for the inaugural Festival, which launches Earth Day weekend, April 21 – April 23, at the historic Prince Theater in downtown Philadelphia.



Opening on April 21st with Fisher Stevens’ Before the Flood and closing on April 23rd with James Cameron’s Avatar, the Festival will showcase dozens of new shorts and features from international and domestic filmmakers on the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement, Earth Day weekend.


“Philadelphia is brimming with passionate people who care about environmentally focused issues like farm-to-table eating, sustainability and environmental justice.” said Executive Director, Debra Wolf Goldstein. “We wanted to do something big and impactful, and what could be more impactful than utilizing these visually stunning and moving films to engage and inspire appreciation and conversation about our environment?”


Festival founders, Debra Wolf Goldstein and Alexandra Drobac Diagne are thrilled to integrate the Festival into Philadelphia’s vibrant arts, culture, and green scene for years to come.


“The idea of bringing an environmental film festival to Philadelphia struck a chord in me like lightning! It seemed like an obvious need and long overdue for a vibrant major city such as ours,” said Alexandra Drobac Diagne, Artistic Director. “I am honored to be part of such a global passion and aim to program carefully curated, engaging and visually beautiful films from around the world each year. We have a strong lineup for our inaugural fest.”

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The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival will honor Fisher Stevens, Director of the critically acclaimed climate change documentary Before the Flood, on Opening Night with the Festival’s first Environmental Advocacy Award, presented by founding sponsor The Nature Conservancy.

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Two prestigious environmental organizations — The Nature Conservancy and the Media, Pa.-based Natural Lands Trust — provided critical funding for this inaugural year of the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival. The Wyncote Foundation and Drexel University also provided major support, along with an extensive list of other environmentally-minded donors and community partners.  All are truly making this new Festival a must-attend cultural event in the City of Brotherly Love.


Weekend passes and single tickets are on sale now and may be purchased through the Festival website www.philaenvirofilmfest.org/festival/buy-tickets/ or in-person at the Prince Theater box office (open MondaySaturday from noon to 5:00 pm).


The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival will be a welcome addition to our city’s vibrant arts & culture scene, offering entertaining, informative, and inspiring environmental films for years to come.



For more information, visit www.philaenvirofilmfest.org
Facebook: @PhilaEnviroFilmFest
Instagram: @PhilaEnviroFilmFest
Twitter: @PhilEnvFilmFest


Chances Are You Saw: Johnny Matthis, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, The Flyers and Eagles Out in Philly

Chances Are You Saw: Johnny Matthis, Kevin Hart, Nicole Kidman, The Flyers and Eagles Out in Philly

Sunday, Sunday and time for another edition of PhillyChitChat, Philly Gossip

Kevin Hart is still in town filming Untouchable with Bryan Cranston and Nicole Kidman. Most of the shoots are now happening in Aston at the Sun Studio, but look for them to come into Philly one more time next week, meaning the week of March 27. The film is schedule to wrap the week of April 2. None of the actors have been spotted out at night until this week. Hart was spotted at Del Frisco’s Wednesday night. Thursday he took in his friend Keith Robinson‘s show at Helium Comedy Club at 2031 Sansom Street. Then jumped up on stage and did an impromptu set for 20 minutes.


Last week the Flyers stopped by Helium Comedy Club to get a few laughs: From left to right it’s Brayden Schenn, Nick Cousins, Michael Del Zotto, comedian Colin Kane, Michael Raffl, Claude Giriox and Jakob Voracek.



Team Derek welcomed Johnny Matthis to town when he arrived at PHL on Thursday. Matthis performed last night at the Golden Nugget Casino  as part of the Johnny Mathis 60th & 61st Anniversary Concert Schedule

She’s the King of the World. Shania Twain was in town this week, here she’s posing on a heap of snow near Logan Hotel (maybe she ran into Alex Trebek there as he did a meet and greet with fans on Wed. )  No word on what she was doing in town, but she was here for about 3 days. She even took in the Flyers game.
Shania Twain is releasing her first new album in 15 years, and she revealed to Rolling Stone that some of the songs are inspired by her messy divorce from her producer and husband Robert “Mutt” Lange.  Oddly enough he left her for her best friend, and Shania ended up marrying her best friend’s husband, Frederic Thiebaud.


A few Eagles Players stopped  by Del Frisco’s for the “Welcome Party” for Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith.

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Former Sixers now with the Dallas Mavericks Nerlen Noels gave out cheese steaks to fans who stopped by Chickie’s & Pete’s in South Philly on Thursday night. Later that evening he was spotted catching up with friends, including Bachelor Craig Robinson, at Del Frisco’s. Friday afternoon before the game Mark Cuban, of Shark Tank fame, and owner of the Dallas Mavericks, was spotted at the Ritz Carlton having lunch at Aqimero by Richard Sandoval . At the game against the Sixers Friday night, Cuban sat court side as his team lost;

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nearby was Biz Markie and who posed with Fox 29’s Good Day co-host Alex Holley at the game.

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Last weekend the hot Latin American Carlos Jose Matamoros and his model wife Christina Autumn Harzer were in AC where they stayed at the Tropicana and had dinner at Cuba Libre and Hooters. They then spent a few days in Philly stopping by the Rocky Steps, posing with the Rocky Statue, stood in his footprints and played in the snow.


Congrats Joseph Thomas and Patrick Hagerty on your wedding day.


Congrats to Paul and Liz who got engaged at the Philadelphia Flower Show earlier this week.
TODAY IS THE LAST DAY FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT, what I think was the best show in years. I like all the shows, but
this was the best. Check back on Thursday for more Philly Chit Chat Gossip, and every day this week for events I photographed.



The 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show Dance Party “Flowers After Hours” Saturday 3/11 #PCCBuzz

The 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show introduces “Flowers After  Hours,” a fantastic new way to experience the exhibits and excitement of the show on  opening day, Saturday, March 11.



From 9:30 p.m. to midnight, the show floor turns into a dance floor with an “I Love the  ‘90s” party theme. Hosted by WXPN’s Kristen Kurtis, the party will feature Philly rocker  Tommy Conwell performing live. DJ Robert Drake, producer and host of “Land of the  Lost” on XPN, will also spin throwback tunes from the memorable musical decade.  Activities and hands-on experiences abound compliments of the Franklin Institute, The  Philadelphia Orchestra, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, PAFA nd PHS these, along  with Wine Tastings and Munchies add lots of fun to the flowery festivities.

Tickets are  $65 in advance and $75 at the door. Meet Me There?

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The 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Holland: Flowering the World,” will celebrate  the beauty and ingenuity of Dutch culture, from vivid flower fields to innovative eco-  design, on March 11 to 19, 2017, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Saturday, March 11: 11 am – 9 pm

Sunday, March 12: 8 am – 9 pm

Mon-Fri, March 13-17: 10 am – 9 pm

Saturday, March 18: 8 am – 9 pm

Sunday, March 19: 8 am – 6 pm


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PhillyGossip: NFL Draft Details & The Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square Returns

PhillyGossip: NFL Draft Details – Run Against Your Favorite Player & Franklin Square Returns

Hey everyone hope you’re well. I’m still getting used to reality after my short vacation to Anguilla. Lots of fun Philly Gossip and Philly News You Can Use has happened over the past week. Let’s get started.


Tuesday was a busy day with press conferences and announcements. I went to the NFL Draft announcement at Phila Art Museum.
The Mayor will join NFL Senior Vice President of Events Peter O’Reilly and Co-Chair of the NFL Draft Host Committee and former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski to unveil the details of the “NFL Draft Experience Presented by Oikos Triple Zero”, an expansive free admission outdoor football festival for fans and families.

The NFL Draft will be held in Philadelphia from April 27-29, with the NFL transforming part of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into the NFL Draft Experience, a free (yes, free!) expansive outdoor football festival.

There will be a staging area where the draft will take place. It will be located on the Phila Art Museum Steps.
Ticketing info is still being finalized by the NFL and more details will be released in the coming weeks. While the NFL is handling the entire ticketing process for the NFL Draft, there will be some unique opportunities to take in the experience, like participating as a seat filler in the theatre and plaza area. Seat filler requests need to be submitted in advance and that can be done by visiting www.1iota.com. Additionally, information about parking will be communicated once details are finalized by the NFL. Keep an eye on PhiladelphiaEagles.com for all the latest NFL Draft information.



The NFL will transform part of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway into the NFL DRAFT EXPERIENCE PRESENTED BY DANNON OIKOS TRIPLE ZERO, a free, expansive outdoor football festival. Fans of all ages and all teams will be able to take part in the future of football through interactive exhibits, immersive games, virtual reality experiences, player autograph sessions and more.

One of the features on the Parkway will be the Combine Corner, which will allow fans to run the 40-yard dash and test their other athletic skills (above is a smaller version which is located inside The Franklin Institute where you run against Eagles Players), to an NFL Virtual Reality experience and NFL replica locker rooms. Plus, the NFL Draft Experience Tailgate will feature menu items from some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants. Other highlights include:

  • NFL Virtual Reality – Experience NFL games using virtual reality technology.
  • The Vince Lombardi Trophy – Fans will have the opportunity to take their photo with the Super Bowl trophy.
  • AFC & NFC Locker Rooms – Visit a replica NFL locker room as it appears on game day. Experience the sights of an NFL pregame with sleek translucent LCDs.
  • NFL Museum (Pro Football Hall of Fame display area) – This exhibit features historical Eagles memorabilia, Super Bowl rings and Conference Championship trophies. Fans can get a digital Pro Football Hall of Fame bronze bust in their likeness.
  • College Football Corner – Fans can view College Football Hall of Fame memorabilia from former first round Draft picks and Eagles legends, and cheer on Draft prospects from their favorite college team. Life-size player mannequins offer unique photo opportunities.
  • NFL Draft Experience Tailgate – Enjoy selections from some of Philadelphia’s best restaurants in a “taste of the town” tailgate.
  • NFL Network Set – Watch NFL Network analysts break down the NFL Draft.
  • ESPN Set – Check out SportsCenter live from NFL Draft Experience.
  • NFL Shop at Draft – Stop by for the largest assortment of NFL Draft merchandise, including customizable Nike Jerseys and the official 2017 NFL Draft Cap by New Era and other exclusive Draft caps.
  • NFL Draft Set – Visit the official NFL Draft set from Thursday to Saturday and see the view from behind the podium.
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    • Thursday, April 27: Round 1 festivities, which will include incoming prospects walking the red carpet before entering an outdoor theater. More fans than ever before will be able to view the Commissioner announcing selections and greeting draftees during the first round with the NFL building the first ever outdoor Draft Theatre.
    • Friday, April 28: Thirty-two former players who are members of the NFL Legends Community, one representing each team, will be on hand for Night 2 to announce selections. Night 2 Draft (Rounds 2-3) announcements will also feature winners of the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award presented by Nationwide.
    • Saturday, April 29: The Draft will conclude with Rounds 4-7 and the final day of the free fan festival.

      (Also what’s excited is by the time the NFL Draft comes along, it looks like both Civil War Monuments will be unveiled. Currently they’re boxed up as they are doing road construction there.)


On the other side of town

Greetings from a beautiful day in Franklin Square! Hard to believe but here we are, about to open for the 2017 season. Today, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. announced that the season opens tomorrow, and Franklin Square will be open daily through December 31. In addition, we are excited to tell you that the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square will return on May 9 for five weeks.


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They listened to the critics, and created a creative fence for park goers to enjoy the park during the day when it’s open to the public.

Amy Needle, President and CEO of Historic Philadelphia, Inc. said, “In 2016, Historic Philadelphia, Inc. could have never imagined that despite a rainy few weeks, 92,000 people from all walks of life came to experience the magic of the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square. We are looking forward to displaying all new creations in the Square this spring, and to embracing the historical and cultural immersion this brings to our region.”


John Chin, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation, emphasized, “During the 2016 Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square, there was an uptick in Chinatown area restaurants and businesses that the community appreciated. For this coming season, the neighborhood businesses will be developing a series of promotions to complement the Festival and increase visitation to our unique corner of the city. Everyone in the area is thrilled to see the return of this Chinese cultural phenomenon.”

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square is produced by the Tianyu Arts & Culture, Inc. and its parent company, Sichuan Tianyu Cultural Communications, Ltd. in cooperation with Historic Philadelphia, Inc. Visitors can learn more here: historicphiladelphia.org/chineselanternfestival/.

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Come back on Sunday March 5 for the next edition of Philly Gossip and News You Can Use. We’ll have lots of engagements, weddings and baby announcements. Plus an up to date on what’s happening with the Untouchable Movie. Remember to follow me on Instagram PhillyChitChat and Twitter @HughE_Dillon for daily updates. Also search #PCCBuzz for great events and happenings you might be interested in doing and seeing in our area.
Have a great day.




Info: Walk For Suicide Awareness and Prevention October 2 at Phila Art Museum

Thousands Walk to Prevent Suicide  ***  2016 Philadelphia Out of the Darkness Community Walk  Benefiting American Foundation for Suicide Prevention  Philadelphia, Pa., (September 21, 2016) –


The 12 th Annual Philadelphia Out of the  Darkness Community Walk takes place Sunday, October 2, 2015, at the Philadelphia  Museum of Art on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and  the walk begins at 9 a.m.  The Walk is hosted by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the American Foundation  for Suicide Prevention (AFSP). More than $500,000 was raised in 2015. An expected  5,000 participants from across the Greater Philadelphia area will attend.  AFSP Philadelphia Board President Jan Evans announced that the AFSP  Philadelphia “Buck in a Bucket” Suicide Prevention Program will be launched at  the walk. “Buckets will be a vehicle for fundraising but more importantly – the risk  factors of suicide will be printed on the buckets for people to see and understand,”  Evans said. “Our fundraising focuses on delivering community based programs that  help eliminate the loss of life from suicide by delivering innovative prevention  programs and educating the public on the risk factors associated with suicide.”  It is estimated that each year, nearly 1 million Americans make a suicide attempt, more  than 38,000 die by suicide, and more than 20 million suffer from depression; which is a  precursor to suicide. Suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens and young  adults and the second leading cause of death for college students. Additionally, older  Americans over the age of 65 account for 16 percent of all suicide deaths.  To register for the walk, go to www.afsp.org/philadelphia.



Philly Gossip: M Night Shyamlan, Harvey Keitel, The Q Show, Burgers & Bowl

Good Sunday Morning, yes Sunday. I have been thinking for a bit to add a Sunday column cause I have too much content to fit in 5 days, plus Sunday’s are always good days to catch up on Gossip so when you have Brunch, or dinner with the family you can say did you see so and so got married, pregnant, had a kid or saw Harvey Keitel walkind down the street in Old City.


Friday night I went to Revolutions at Penn Treaty. I toured it Friday, then they told me that that evening would be there “soft opening”, so I went back with Mike. Revolutions is a hip, bowling venue with spots around the county, but here in Philly they’ve partnered with an eatery called Burger & Beers. It’s the prototype, and if successful they’ll roll it out in their next openings. Mike and I really enjoyed our meals (especially my fried pickles and Hotel California Burger) and next time plan to bowl. It’s going to be a huge success. It’s like Dave & Busters, but with bowling, burgers and beer. It’s right next to Punchline and The Fillmore, and across the street from Sugarhouse.


That same evening The Fillmore had a great act Young The Giant, and the place was packed. My high school friend Jacquie Winner was there, and so was M Night Shyamlan, who stopped for a photo for Rebekah Marine, “The Bionic Model”. She just walked in a few NYFW shows.

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Harvey Keitel and wife Daphna Kastner were spotted in Old City by talk show host Quincy Harris last week. Seems Harvey and Daphna were just enjoying the day in our fair City.


Last Monday was the debut of The Q Show on Fox 29, hosted by Quincy Harris. He knocked it out of the park, as I knew he would. Ever since I had meant him about 4 years ago when he left radio as QDeezy, and headed to the airways, I could see that he had a certain flair about him and the way he engaged with people.


Plus the dude has the most incredible Rolodex. Kicking off the show with him last week – The Roots’ Black Thought and Questlove. It doesn’t get any better than that. Tune into The Q Show Monday through Friday NOON on Fox 29. Or Tape it like I do. It’s 30 minutes of fun.

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Congrats are in order for the new Mr. & Mrs. Jason Cichonski (Tara Kulesza and Jason Cichonski) who were married Friday night.  Chef Jason Cichonski of Ela, The Gaslight and former Top Chef contestant. The couple met through mutual friend Ryan Dorsey, the co-owner of Old City’s Recess Lounge, at a birthday party Dorsey held at Ela where Tara was a guest. M Night 9-17-2016-11-22-15-am

Alfresco dining with drinks at the new Whole Foods in the Art Museum area. Whole Foods is slated to open October 14, I’m looking forward to Indian Summer.

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Eastern State Penitentiary’s Terror Behind the Walls  is now opened for your scream.9-17-2016-9-37-03-am-custom

NBC10’s Weather gal Sheena Parveen knew it would be a sunny day and chose outside dining at Parc on Friday for her reunion with her friend Taylor Koebeie

Dish of the Week

Last week I had dinner at the new eatery Lou Bird’s at 20th and Lombard. The food is delicious, and the deserts divine. I even met the namesake of the restaurant – Lou Bird, who’s the precocious 10 year old of Norris and Debbie Jordan of the Happy Rooster, who also own Lou Bird’s. Lou Bird told me her favorite dish was  American Wagyu Strip Fingerling potatoes, brussels sprouts, kim-chimi, which I will definitely get on a return visit. I had the Rainbow Trout, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

M NightInfo and Tickets for Philly Fashion Week HERE

People are always asking me what events they should attend, sooo starting Wednesday I’m going list 5 – 7 events I think you should attend.  I used to have a calendar on PhillyChitChat, but it was too tedious to keep up. This might work as well. I’ll title the columns #PCCBuzz 7 Events of Interest or something like that. 


Festival: 2nd Annual South Philly SausageFest September 10 #PCCBuzz

West Passyunk Avenue (between South Broad and 15th streets) is heating up.

Newbold Community Development Corporation fires up the grills again for the 2nd Annual South Philly SausageFest on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. South Philadelphia’s annual sausage-themed food fest takes place along West Passyunk Avenue (between South Broad and 15th streets). Look for sausage and sausage-inspired dishes cooked up in a variety of traditional and unique styles – including vegan – from ten restaurants and eateries that are part of the upcoming food scene on the other side of Broad Street. Festivities also include craft beer from seven breweries, live music, vendors and family fun. The event, sponsored by AFC Urgent Care, will be a fundraiser for the Newbold CDC’s Street Cleaning Program. Admission is free with food and drink pay-as-you-go. Advance beer tickets and other information is available at www.southphillysausagefest.com


“After years of watching East Passyunk Avenue explode with culinary creativity, the residents of the Newbold neighborhood are now getting their chance to experience fine dining, with the recent opening of several new eclectic ethnic restaurants along West Passyunk and Snyder Avenues,” said Timothy Lidiak, President of Newbold CDC. “The Newbold neighborhood will soon reach hipster nirvana with the anticipated autumn 2016 opening of two new craft breweries – BreweryARS and Second District Brewing Company.  And only a short bicycle ride away, the Point Breeze Brewing Company will soon be opening its doors as well.”

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South Philly SausageFest will serve of “sausage-themed” food from Newbold and West Passyunk’s restaurants including Cafe y Chocolate, Chaat and Chai, Grubhouse, Philly Pretzel Factory, Tap Room on 19th, South Philadelphia Tap Room, Vegan Commissary, T&N Homemade Kitchen, Mike’s BBQ, and Dati’s Water Ice.  Menus are listed below:

* Cafe y Chocolate – Chorizo Tostada on Corn Tortilla; Chorizo Burro (sausage wrapped in flour tortilla); Steak and Chicken Tacos

* Chaat and Chai – Chicken Sausage on Parotta Bread with Tomato Chutney; Samosa with Tamarind Chutney; Lamb Sausage on Bhatura Bread with Raita; Mango Lassi, Indian Lemonades and Iced Chai

* Dati’s Water Ice & Ice Cream – Homemade Water Ice and Ice Cream; Pizza Pretzels

* Grubhouse – Chicken Sausage Rice Bowl; Chorizo Mac & Cheese; Sausage Sandwich; Sausage on a Stick

* Mike’s BBQ –  Smoked Beef Sausage Sandwich

* Philly Pretzel Factory – Sausage Pretzel; Sausage, Pepper and Onion Sandwich

* South Philly Tap Room – Chorizo Sausage with Guacamole, Pickled Onion, Queso Cotija on Martin Potato Roll

* T&N Kitchen – Italian Sausage with peppers and onions, and an Italian Roast Pork with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone

* Taproom on 19th – Pork and Rice Sausage Sandwich with Pickled Red Cabbage

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Taps will be pouring from seven Philadelphia and regional breweries, including: Philadelphia Brewing Company, Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, Sly Fox Brewing Company, Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Evil Genius Beer Company, Forgotten Boardwalk — and new brewery – 2nd  Ludlam Island Brewery. Tap lists will be released a week before the event.

The festival also includes arts and crafts as well as children’s activities sponsored by Olde City Day School, and managed by Philadelphia Family Pride.  South Philly SausageFest will feature the following children’s activities from 12:00pm to 4:00pm:
* 2 Moonbounces

* Face Painting
* Balloon Animals
* Children’s Music Show (The Lara & Joe Show) – from 1-2 pm
* Temporary Tattoos
* Sidewalk Chalk & Art
* Hool-a-Hoop Contest
* Coloring Books
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Live music will be rocking all day, including:

* Griz, 12:00pm to 1:00pm (Acoustic/Singer-songwriter)
* Lara & Joe Show, 1:00pm to 2:00pm (Children’s music show)
* New Pony, 2:00pm to 3:00pm (Funk)
* Sun Hat, 3:00pm to 4:00pm (Eclectic jazz)
* The Whips, 4:00pm to 5:00pm (Garage rock)
* Gondola, 5:00pm to 6:00pm (Heavy metal/blues)
* The Blue Pharoahs, 6:00pm to 7:00pm (Delta blues)
* The Charley Few, 7:00pm to 8:00pm (Hard core punk)

South Philly SausageFest is free to attend, with food and drink pay-as-you-go. Advance tickets for beer are also available online ahead of the event – with discounts for those that plan ahead!  Beer tickets are 3 for $12.00, 10 for $35.00 and 18 for $54.00. SausageFest shirts are also available online for only $15.00 each.

South Philly SausageFest is sponsored by AFC Urgent Care, along with Yelp, Mark Cement Contractors, DJCRE Real Estate, Prudential Savings Bank, Richard L. Vanderslice, PC, Caiazzo Law Offices, CityCare Pharmacy, Olde City Day School, Space & Co, AJ Appliance Company, Philly Sound Studios, Rowhome Magazine, South Philadelphia Tap Room, Philadelphia Family Pride, Magglios Sausage Company, Dietz & Watson, Philly Pretzel Factory, Brew:  A Beer Boutique, West Passyunk Neighbors Association.

Proceeds from the event will benefit and fund Newbold CDC’s Street Cleaning Program in partnership with Horizon House, Inc., who provides a wide range of services for adults with developmental disabilities, drug and alcohol addictions, and/or homelessness. Newbold CDC employs its cleaning crew through Horizon House’s workforce program and puts these individuals to work in cleaning up the commercial corridors along West Passyunk and Snyder Avenues from South Broad to 19th Streets.

The Cleaning Program has been underway since early 2014 and is supported by local business sponsors including Ultimo Coffee, AJ Appliance, and DJCRE Real Estate as well as the City’s Commerce Department.  Newbold CDC will use 100% of the proceeds from this year’s South Philly SausageFest to support the Cleaning Program.

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The mission of Newbold CDC is to improve the quality of life within the Newbold community through commercial and residential development and by implementing programs designed to invest in the civic enrichment of the people of Newbold. For more information, visit www.newboldcdc.org.

(Sponsor Post)

Be Social: Charity and Notable Events in Philly, Plus #PCCBuzz

Be Social – Every Sunday I’ll post upcoming events that have been sent to me that I think you’d be interested in attending, but since I’m creating this new “column” I want to play catch up. Often I put these events on on twitter, not so much on my other social media outlets. Nearly every time I photograph an event, a reader will ask “I wish I knew about this event.” I’ve always wanted to add these to my “public calendar” but doing that is too time consuming. So they’re here for you to put on your calendar.  Be sure to follow me on Twitter @iphillychitchat (#PCCBuzz), Instagram and Facebook: PhillyChitChat where I will post various events daily.

The Philly Social Scene is underway, whether it’s a grand gala, a trunk show, Forbes 30 under 30 I’ll fill you in, and in most cases will have photos and info from the event. Next to the events where I know I’ll be shooting I will say Smile, I’ll be here shooting.
but that doesn’t mean I won’t be at the other events it all depends on my client event schedule.


10/9/15 – “Barcelona on Broad” Gala – The Pa Ballet Gala  – Pennsylvania Ballet Kicks off Artistic Director Angel Corella’s First Full   Season with “Barcelona on Broad” Gala – Smile, I’ll be here shooting. (before 9PM)

10/9/15 – MANNA 25th Anniversary Celebration at the 23rd Street Armory, for an incredible night of celebration honoring our past 25 years and sharing our exciting future. Las Vegas legend Wayne Newton will help MANNA honor Steven Korman, Founder of Korman Communities, for his tireless efforts and deep commitment to MANNA’s mission. Smile, I’ll be here shooting. (After 9PM)


 @bbbs_sepa ‪#‎bigbrothersbigsisters‬ turns 100 years old and we are going to do it BIG #101315! You must get your tickets for the ‪#‎bignightout‬. – Smile, I’ll be here shooting.

Event Highlights:
• Celebrity Emcees Marlon Wayans & Mo’ne Davis
• Performances by Third Eye Blind’s Stephan Jenkins, Macy Gray & Shontelle
• 1,200 Guests Brought Together for an Epic Centennial Celebration
• Live Concert & Awards Ceremony produced by Live Nation
• VIP & Gala ReceptionOur Award Honorees:
• The Corporate Partner of the Century Award: Comcast NBCUniversal
• The Humanitarian Award: The Bentley Family
• The Charles Edwin Fox Memorial Service Award: Wilson Goode, Sr. D. Min
• The Community Service Award: Fox Rothschild
• Big Brother of the Century Award Finalists: Lee Fisher, Tom McElvogue, Doug Tolbert
• Big Sister of the Century Award Finalists: Angela Soto-Hamlin, Joan Tishgart, Kris Townsend
Congrats to PGN founder Mark Segal, legendary Gay Rights Advocate, on his new book “And Then I Danced” which publishes today. You can pick it up on Amazon, and book stores like Barnes & Noble on Rittenhouse Square, where he will be doing a signing next week. He’s having a private book party Wednesday that I will be photographing, so check out those photos in Philly Mag on Thursday.
Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse Square Wednesday October 14, 2015 7:00 PM

Because of activists like Mark Segal, whose life work is
dramatically detailed in this poignant and important memoir, today there
are openly LGBT people working in the White House and throughout
corporate America. 

 Fashion Under the Shambles 2015 South Street Headhouse District Wednesday, October 14, 2015 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT) Philadelphia, PA Smile, I’ll be here shooting.
Great Networking and lecture event. 10/15/15

Join us for a conversation, in partnership with the Arts + Business Council, with pioneers from the worlds of arts and technology: prolific
street artist and activist Shepard Fairey (Photo by Jon Furlong. Courtesy of Shepard Fairey.), and co-founding entrepreneur of Android and Google Ventures lead Rich Miner. Tickets and Info:
(I highly recommend attending this event, if not only for the fascinating Shepard Fairey, but the Arts & Business council is a great networking event)

Smile, I’ll be here shooting.
Oct 16, 2015 6:00 PM – Oct 16, 2015 10:00 PM
You’re invited to PHeaSt, the region’s most delicious event! PHS’s
one-of-a-kind celebration to benefit the City Harvest program, PHeaSt
pairs local growers and top-tier regional chefs for an extraordinary
garden-to-table dining experience. Sample garden-fresh dishes from the
region’s finest restaurants, sip playful cocktails and craft beers, and
get gardening tips from growers.
Smile, I’ll be here shooting.

Pink Tide Ball – The Susan Komen Gala
6:00 PM – Main Event

8:30 PM – Young Professionals 

Party Vie by Cescaphé Event Group 600 N. Broad Street,
Smile, I’ll be here shooting.
6:00 PM – Main Event
8:30 PM – Young Professionals Party
Vie by Cescaphé Event Group 600 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia Call for tickets/tables: 215-238-8900 – See more at: https://komenphiladelphia.org/events/ptb/#sthash.wGxvVLVg.dpuf