Philly Gossip: Creed 2; Reality Star Lisa Vanderpump Appearance, Kristen Alderson +++
Good Sunday Gossip…
Today is awfully gloomy, but yesterday was glorious and how lucky it was a Saturday to enjoy.
Lisa Vanderpump of Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and “Vanderpump Rules” reality shows was in Ardmore yesterday and over 1100 people waited to meet her.
And she stayed the entire time
To greet each one and pose for photos.
Creed’s 2 Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu is one of the nicest guys on the set and in the streets, as is Dolph Lundgren, so if you see them stop them and say hi. Altho Sly is right up there. All last week cast, crew and extras put in 12 to 14 hour days, Friday night when it was a wrap Stallone thanked everyone, and gave some lucky extras a handshake of thanks, and one lucky girl a love tap fist in the cheek when asked. No kisses though, he said his wife has strict orders. I don’t blame her, do you?
Happy New Year. I usually do my best of the year entries this week, but as I am going away to Disney World in 2 weeks I’m going to save those entries for that week. It’s Friday so I’m going with my regular around town column ie gossip column where I share with you news of engagements, weddings, new business, celebrity sightings, cute pets, original content, tips from readers, info from PR peeps and of course news curated from Social Media.
Recently Billy Penn asked me where couples should get engaged in Philly. I picked the Waterworks as my favorite spot to get engaged because of the spectacular views of the City skyline and Boathouse Row. And mentioned too cliche would be Rittenhouse Square, but why not anyway – it’s beautiful!!
As I expected many couples got engaged over the holiday, let’s see who’s going to the chapel….
Oh it looks like someone read the Billy Penn article as Matt Malinowski popped the question to Charles Lentz at
the Waterworks, and then continued the celebration at Rittenhouse Square, which was the cliche place I mentioned to pop the question, especially during the holidays. What do guys give when they get engaged, sometimes a wedding band, cuff links, or in this case a watch as Matt gave to Chuck. Congrats guys.
Another friend of mine popped the question this weekend – Paul Smith. Paul and I both worked at Kohn Swift in our early careers. Paul and I went on to start our own successful business. Congrats to Paul and Sarah Ann!
My friend Eddie Alderson, 23 and my niece Nicole Rae, 21 are in the battles for their lives, literally and they chose to commemorate the battle with their own “scar”. Both have been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Nicole was diagnosed nearly 2 years ago, and is done treatment and has returned to school, Eddie is still undergoing treatment. They both have been public with their battle, and are winning. They don’t know each other, but they both traveled to NYC this past week to get tattoo’s to represent the battle.
Eddie Alderson (ex-Matthew, ONE LIFE TO LIVE), who now lives in the suburbs of Philly, tweeted earlier this month to Bruce Springsteen that he’d be seeing his Springsteen On Broadway – “Hey @springsteen ! “No Surrender” has been my motto and go-to song throughout my current fight against Cancer. I’m seeing your #BruceOnBroadway show Dec. 27, and would LOVE to get you to write No Surrender on my arm, for my first tattoo! Thank you for being my inspiration!” His former co-stars added their support and pleas to the singer on Twitter. Renée Elise Goldsberry (ex-Evangeline) posted, “Thank you @Eddie_Alderson for inspiring me since our days on #OLTL! I stand with u! #NoSurrender@springsteen!” Melissa Fumero (ex-Adriana), wrote, “Eddie, you’re the best and you inspire me with your strength and bravery! Please, @springsteen give my friend the Xmas present he deserves. Sign his arm!! #nosurrender.” Josh Kelly (ex-Cutter), added, “When I grow up I wanna be @Eddie_Alderson … just my thoughts for the day. #NoSurrender … oh and @springsteen … please sign his arm.” Terri Conn (ex-Aubrey; ex-Katie, AS THE WORLD TURNS), posted, “@springsteen, you will find no more an inspiration, a talent, or a kind and pure heart, than in @Eddie_Alderson! #makeadreamcometrue#BruceonBroadway#NoSurrender.”
Nicole who finished her treatment a year ago, and is well enough to return to school wanted to mark this time in her own way, with 13 bats for reasons she is keeping to herself. What we do know is she’s been a fan of Megan Massacre: tattoo artist, model, fashion contributor, and TV personality for sometime and made an appointment a few months back, as Megan books out months in advance.
I asked Nicole if it was painful, and she told me it was less painful than the constant needles she had to endure during her cancer treatment.
Nicole’s dad Tom also got a tattoo of a bat with Nicole’s initials to honor his daughter (his first tat is a circle stamp honoring his dad who passed away several years ago).
Megan Massacre, Nicole DeFeo and Tom DeFeo
Kristin Alderson and Eddie Alderson
Eddie & Nicole congrats on your tats, and for being an inspiration to us all.
God bless you, and Happy New Year!! #NOSURRENDER
The weather outside was frightful, yesterday, which is exactly the kind of weather I like to photograph. I covered a lot of ground shooting scenes I envisioned in my head, and was excited would come true this year – A White Christmas,
or at least snow on holiday displays. I’ll be showing those photos tomorrow cause today it Philly Chit Chatter. Let’s see what’s happening with our neighbors….
Barely the dust settled and Christmas Village opened a few weeks ago to great fan fare. Last week was the 10th Anniversary celebration, when I took this shot of shoppers lining JFK Blvd to check out several vendor cabins that lined the street.
Yesterday to my surprise they had moved
inside to a newly opened section of Love Park, now the entrance to a Christmas Village is perfectly situated at the corner of 15th and JFK,
catty-corner from City Hall’s holiday festival and Philly Made vendors. AND now there’s tables to sit and enjoy all the delicious delights you can purchase at the Christmas Village.
Two weeks ago Philly born, Top Cheftestant fan favorite Jen Carroll, was on the Today Show in a chef showdown for best tailgate party. Jen had previously competed on Top Chef Season 6: Las Vegas & Season 8: All Stars. Now she’s returned to TOP CHEF this season to compete in Denver. “..four “Top Chef” veterans returned to compete against this season’s eliminated contestants. Jennifer Carroll, Kwame Onwuachi, Marcel Vigneron and Lee Anne Wong” (source)
Spotted at Parc restaurant, a flip phone with former Gov Ed Rendell and Councilman Allan Domb
Congrats to Irene and Ben who got engaged Friday night at The Miracle on South 13th Street
George and Laura who got engaged yesterday at the Phila Art Museum. It’s the engaging season.
See you tomorrow….
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