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Around Town: Seen, Scene and To See

I’ve continued to bird watch, but not as enthusiastically as I wish I could as my business has been booming as well. I shot this cutie last week at John Heinz Nature Preserve. We’re so lucky to have this treasure so close to Philly. I can’t be everywhere so on occasion I will post photos and copy from others who have invited me, or attempted to hire me to shoot their event.

On Wednesday, the Thomas Jefferson University fashion merchandising and management (FMM)
students filled the Kanbar Performance Space with a celebration of fashion
streetwear in remembrance of one of their own. The students sold their
original clothing designs and accessories to benefit this year’s charity,
Children’s Miracle Network, which was selected in memory of Karigen Emig,
who tragically died just months after graduating from the program earlier this
year.
“Karigen loved working in the fashion industry and was motivated by the way it
brings together people from different backgrounds, inspires confidence and
creates change in the world. She deeply inspired everyone around her, not only
through her great sense of style, but also through her positive energy,
contagious work ethic, and her infectious smile,” says Julia Wazeter, Karigen’s
best friend and 2021 FMM graduate who, along with Karigen’s parents, will
attend the Pop Up Shop event.

The FMM program promotes active learning, industry engagement, and prepares forward thinking leaders to work in the global business of #fashion linktr.ee/jeffersonfashionmerchandising

Circle of Trees – November 20: A favorite of local families and children, Circle of Trees returns to
kick off the holiday season on November 20 at 5 p.m. This year, the event takes on a new
COVID-friendly format, with Santa’s firetruck making stops at several neighborhood locations,
the first at Woodmere Art Museum at 9201 Germantown Avenue. Stay tuned for more details
about where he’s touching down.

Wednesday night Laura Burkhardt, Executive Director of the Friends of the Avenue of the Arts hosted a Fundraiser at the Dina Wind Art Foundation. It was a lovely evening of shopping with 25% of the proceeds going directly to AAI. 

Great news! John has offered to extend the 25% contribution to Avenue of the Arts, Inc. through this Sunday for orders placed through www.johnwind.com

When you add an item to your cart, you will see a box to write an ‘Order Note’. Just put ‘Avenue of the Arts’ there and your order will be included! If you have never seen John’s jewelry, take a look. The holidays are coming (Thanksgiving is next week!).  Want to learn more about the Dina Wind Art Foundation? Visit www.dinawindfoundation.art 

Moving from the Wells Fargo Parking lot, Spectacor Events & Entertainment has jollied the Tinseltown Holiday Spectacular presented by Dietz & Watson to Oaks, Pa. The massive, immersive, one-of-a-kind experience offering a winter wonderland of lights, shopping, and dining will take place from November 26 (Black Friday) through January 2 at the Fairgrounds at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.

Tinseltown is also announcing a Flex Ticket, which will allow guests to purchase a ticket without pre-selecting the date and time for a visit. Perfect for a holiday gift or those on a fluid schedule, the Flex Ticket is $38.99 and can be purchased here

General admission tickets for Tinseltown are limited and start at $19.99 for adults and $13.99 for children under 13 – admission is FREE for children under five. All ticket buyers will be required to select a designated arrival window when purchasing - patrons are encouraged to book their timed tickets early as sell-outs are anticipated. Purchase your tickets NOW at TinseltownHoliday.com.   This year I am tooo busy to make it to the new site, but it’s spectacular, family fun with food and lots of holiday photos to be had.

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TODAY: Head To The 45th Annual PMA Craft Show

The 45th Annual Philadelphia Museum of Art Contemporary Craft Show kicked off Thursday night with the preview party at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (enter at 12th and Arch). Everyone was excited that we were attending in person. To enter you must show your vaccination card, but I did notice most people were wearing their masks. What happens a lot of times when I take photos, people will ask me “Mask on, or Mask Off.” I always say whatever you are comfortable enough. Then they put their masks back on.

Selected by an esteemed panel of jurors, the 2021 Craft Show features 170 of the finest craft artists in the United States in person at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with an additional 25 artists participating online only.  The 195 talented artists represent a vast array of work in 13 diverse categories of art created by hand. In addition, we welcome select student artists from local universities to exhibit and share their work with the public.

David Rozek started Pandemic Designs 2 years before the pandemic, but he created a lot of beautiful items during the pandemic. You must see his wood figure 8 coffee table. So unique.

Everyone wears their most crafty, fashionable clothes when they attend the craft show. Often times it’s something they bought a previous year.

It’s also very casual. You can get super dressed up to spend the afternoon with your friends, or you can look sporty fall like Arthur and Duanne, who at first were we aren’t very dressed, to me saying, you’re comfortable and cool. These guys are so cool. Very philanthropic in arts & culture, as well as funding homeless endeavors.

So what are you doing today that is more important than catching the beauty of the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show> It’s affordable, and will inspire you.

General Admission

Tickets can be purchased online or during the show at the Convention Center. Prices One Day: $20 Two Days: $25 Children under 12 years old: $5

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The 2021 Barnes Art Ball

The Barnes Museum hosted its annual Arts Ball on Friday, October 15th, a special evening to celebrate the institution and its enduring legacy. The black-tie event raised critical funds that ensure the future of the Barnes Foundation’s educational mission, exhibition program, and wide array of community, artistic, and scholarly projects.

Guests enjoyed an exhibit of Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, the first exhibition dedicated to the French artist and model Suzanne Valadon at a major US arts institution.

Katherine English and Paul Wood

The annual soiree attracted fellow artists, collectors, philanthropists, community partners, thought leaders, and connectors who reconvened in person for a night of diverse and dynamic creative experiences.

Sharon Kim and Andrew Teufel arrive at the ball, accepting a glass of champagne as they enter

The Vaccine Mandated event had guests enjoying the pre festivities in the courtyard before enjoying special performances, exhibits, dinner, and mingling inside the museum, mask free.

Make a 100% tax-deductible to support the Barnes Foundation donation online

John Medveckis, Honorary Consul of Latvia and Helen Drutt English, renowed art crafts person

Scene stealer of the night had to been Jen Su, TV and Radio presenter, wearing a beautiful dress by Philadelphia Designer Conrad Booker. HE also did her shoes.

Bonnie Young and Tuesday Gordon-Gaines.

Singer, song writer Laurin Talese, legendary music maven Dyana Williams, celebrity strategist and James Claiborne, Curator of Public Programs · Barnes Foundation

Sarah Hall and Aileen Roberts, Chair of Board at Barnes Foundation
Kiersten Ensley, Marianne Dean, one of the co-chairs of this evenings event and son Michael Dean,

Sharon Pinkenson, Tina and Julian Krinsky, Garret Snider, Lauren Jarvis, and Lauren Colovita

Steven Lagos (3rd from left) and his team, including long time GM Janice Waitkus (2nd from right), who is retiring next week. Best wishes to you Janice.!!

And then it was time for me to go to the next event that evening, the Gravediggers Ball at the Penn Museum. More on that next week. It’s so nice to see events, galas, parties come back, and people enjoying themselves, at a pace they are comfortable with, and most importantly to support the arts, culture, business and each other once again. Enjoy your weekend and thank you for subscribing (only 60 more for 43ks. You will receive the post right in your email, you don’t have to click on anything to see what is happening around our area) . Look for more photos from the Barnes Art Ball in the December issues of Main Line Today and Philly Style Magazine. Thanks for visiting PhillyChitChat.
Best wishes, HughE

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Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the Arts Debut

Photo from uArts page

October 7, 2021 was a celebration of the reopening of the Philadelphia Art Alliance at University of the
Arts
, which had largely been closed during the pandemic. It included UArts leadership, its board of
trustees and the many donors who supported the first two phases of improvements to the alliance. The
evening cocktail party was held in the newly renovated first-floor galleries and meeting space, as well
as in the garden.

Founded by artists in 1915 and located in the former Wetherill Mansion on Rittenhouse Square, the Philadelphia Art Alliance is considered one of the first multidisciplinary art spaces in the U.S. Its remarkable legacy includes presenting the work of visionary writers, composers, dancers, musicians, sculptors and architects from Igor Stravinksy to Gertrude Stein to Diego Rivera, among many other luminaries.

In 2018, the celebrated Philadelphia Art Alliance merged with the University of the Arts uniting two century-old institutions as the Philadelphia Art Alliance at the University of the Arts. Its new name: Philadelphia Art Alliance at the University of the Arts.

President David Yager, president and CEO of uArts, and Jud Aaron, Board of Trustees for the University of the Arts greets the supporters, friends and thanks them for their help in renovating the building.

Ralph Citino ,Lawrence Taylor, Eleanor Davis, Suzanne and Ron Naples
-John Fry, Carol Graney and Jud Aaron

Larry and Harriet Weiss, Ronald Gross and Sandra Taub

Thanks to Andre Flewellen for shooting. For more background on the Art Alliance, and University of the Arts Common Field Phila Inquirer Sorry I missed you yesterday, it’s been very busy this week, which is great. You can always follow along on Instagram, in my stories as that’s where I report current, as it happens in my life stuff. Hello to the 127 new followers since the beginning of October. Most of youse came over from Instagram, and I appreciate it. Here on PhillyChitChat we go much more into depth about the events we cover with links so you can easily read about them as well.
Otherwise see you tomorrow for more ChitChat. Thanks so much!! HughE

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Commonweal Art Gallery Opens In Philly

In the past few months people have been yearning to go out , and we here at Philly Chit Chat have been very busy photographing many of the hot and happening events. Thanks to team photographer Andre Flewellen for capturing the opening of Commonweal Art Gallery earlier this month. Let’s see who made left their leggings at home and came to check out this new art gallery.

The arts scene in Philadelphia continues to grow with the opening of Commonweal which happened October 1st, 2021. The gallery features emerging and mid-career Philadelphia artists and designers from across the city’s creative communities.  The artists for Commonweal’s inaugural program were chosen because their work focuses on social and cultural themes important to our city and its residents while remaining engaged with evolving national and global conversations. The works of featured designers form a capsule collection of objects exclusive to the gallery. The designers have engaged their material expertise to create an array of unique functional objects whose quality and thoughtfulness are intended to enrich their user’s daily experience through their use.

Photo on Right: Caitlin Clark, Alec Conner, Owner of Commonweal Gallery and Priyanka Setty

Kate Marlys, Philly PR Girl and Andrianna Acosta check out the art at Commonweal Gallery located at 1607 Latimer Street, 19103 featuring feature G. Farrel Kellum and Warith Taha

Sitting Pretty: Gabrielle Ochoco, and Sabir Peele, Men Style Pro

Alec Conner, chats with creators Dan Tague, multi-media artist and Olivia Verdugo, Founder and Designer at C R U S H

October featured designer is C R U S H studio, an ongoing materials collaboration between Jenna Robb and Olivia Verdugo. They have created the Grounding Cushion, an object that is intended to reduce stress and refocus on the present moment through touch, for the gallery’s capsule design collection.

Making the scene is Ian Michael Crumm, and Toni Leslie, who had stepped away for a bit to explore lives other offerings, but the pandemic has brought them back to the Philly scene . I have a feeling we’ll see more of these two creatives in the near future. Plus Happy Birthday this week Ian!!

For more information, you can also follow Commonweal on their Instagram and Facebook pages. For press inquiries and/or media requests, please contact Katerina@PhillyPRGirl.com

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Philly To Do: To See BalletX Summer Series at the Mann – Pixs From Opening Night

Christine Cox co-founded BalletX
Christine Cox co-founded BalletX with guests from Julliard
I did a fun reel of the evening, catch the two future ballerinas dancing in the aisle at the Mann. Tickets are still available for today’s show, and catch a future show. BalletX
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Flower Show Brings all The Fashion to the Park

I know having an outdoor flower show was an idea planted in the minds at PHS Flower Show for years, and 2021 was the year it blossomed. The space is vast, but it’s an enjoyable walk, a planned park with lots of ideas on how you can plant your little park, or container garden. It was great to get outdoors, even in 90F temperatures at the opening party last night. Get there by car, train or pedal as it’s conveniently located near all transportation, but definitely, absolutely wear comfortable shoes as there is a lot of walking involved. I love attending the flower show for the fashion, and last night didn’t disappoint. (It’s been awhile since I’ve photographed an event so let me remind you: Note some of these photos may appear in other publications, but I also held back photos to appear in other publications exclusively as is in my agreements with them. PS I can’t send any of the photos to you as the are for media only or PHS, as per my agreements. Photo columns Philly Mag [Sept Issue], Mainline Media News, Philadelphia Tribune, Mainline Today, Philly Metro; CBSPhilly; PhillyStyleMag) Subscribe To PhillyChitChat Blog on the upper left of the page. THANKS – The Flower Show is at FDR Park in South Philly Through June 13th.

Marcia DeWitt, Helen Horstmann, Henry DeWitt and Laura Gregg

Sneakers and flats are a good choice

Couples who coordinate

My husband always finds the best spot to observe
Megan Smith, Browstone PR, Kristyn Aldrich, ASAP Michelle Histand and Angela Val both of Ready Set Philly!!
Jeff Leatham’s “Habitat” presented by Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at the 2021 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show (I was so excited to meet Jeff and chat with him about this installation.)
Check out what these guys wore during the day as Alex Holley saw them, and I saw them at night. Every year they bring it!!
Michael Newmuis,, Kevin Lessard and Mike Toub
Councilwoman Katherine Richardson Gilmore who just presented City Council with a bill on instituting conflict resolution training for kids in school, in hopes to end violence. Kids today don’t know how to resolve issues, conflicts.
George van Sciver and Nancy Bass Anderson (who I went to 8th grade with in Cherry Hill)
Councilwoman Katherine Richardson Gilmore, again this time with Malini Doddamani, ‎Chief Marketing Officer ‎The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

The Flower Show is at FDR Park Through Sunday June 13. INFO HERE> Head to CBSPhilly for more photos. Remember to subscribe to PhillyChitChat Hire Us TO Shoot Your Event.

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Rothman Retro Roller Rink Opened TODAY at Dilworth Park!

Today Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink open with great fanfare and confetti. The retro rink will offer outdoor roller skating at Dilworth Park beginning Friday, April 30 through Sunday, June 27( hmm right before July 4th, wonder what’s in store for that space then?). The rink will follow City, State, and CDC COVID-19 guidelines, including mask requirements, a reduced capacity and enhanced cleaning protocols.

The rink’s retro-inspired design will feature a checkerboard floor and market lights. A colorful installation of overhead hula-hoops – designed and fabricated by Philadelphia’s Lucky Dog Studio – will add even more whimsy to the space.

Hour-long sessions will be offered to the public Sunday through Thursday from 11 a.m.-8:45 p.m. and on Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m.-11:15 p.m. with 15 minute scheduling buffers between each session. Admission is $8 for children 10 and younger, and $10 for adults; roller skate rental is $5. Matinee Skate will offer $5 off of admission to guests of all ages on Mondays and Tuesdays from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rink patrons should book sessions in advance through an online reservation system. Limited in-person sales may be offered onsite. Patrons will be able to purchase locks and reserve lockers. To purchase tickets and for additional information about ticketing procedures and other rink amenities, visit rothmanrink.ticketsocket.com.

Sections of Dilworth Park’s interactive fountain will be active on either side of the roller rink.

All programs are weather permitting and subject to change. Dilworth Park is located at 1 S. 15th St., on the west side of City Hall. Visit DilworthPark.org to learn more.

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Princess Brunch in Northern Liberties in December

A Dash of Magic Events, Glu Hospitality and Germantown Garden Grille all got together for some princess pivots to survive the pandemic together – this was several small businesses in Northern Liberties – all who work with Northern Liberties Business Improvement District and Aversa PR – who teamed up! 
Want to check this unique event out? Your family can get a private heated igloo to enjoy time with your favorite princess at dates coming up soon! 


Be our guest, be our guest. Families are invited to be the belle of the ball at the first-ever Christmas Belle Brunch: The Beauty Princess at the Igloos. This magical socially-distanced dining experience is an unforgettable meal for kids of all ages who love Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The royal date is set for Saturday, December 19th, at 11:00am, 1:00pm, and 3:00pm. AND just added – Sunday, December 20th at 11:00am and 1:00pm. 

Also, due to popular demand, the Snow Queen Brunch at the Igloos has now added on a third weekend – with seatings at 11:00am and 1:00pm for Saturday, December 12th as well.

On December 26, 2020, look for the Ice Princess for Anna fans from Frozen – now on sale! Don’t miss the Snow Queen’s sister as she takes a twirl around the Igloos! 

AND end the year and don’t turn into a pumpkin with New Year’s Eve Countdown with Cinderella at the Igloos on December 31, 2020 at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Families are invited to a socially distanced dining experience to help kids say goodbye to 2020 before everyone turns into a pumpkin at Midnight (which, in fact, would be so 2020). 

While this partnership and family-friendly dining series sounds like magical princess fun – it is also a major pivot for the two Northern Liberties based businesses – A Dash of Magic Events and Glu Hospitality. 

Each socially-distanced positive and magical dining experience will include 90 minutes at a private, exclusive and heated igloo just for you and your immediate family members. Get ready to enjoy a safe and socially-distanced photo opportunity, songs from the princesses story  and a grand entrance. Leave room for brunch and lunch, plus hot beverages for kids and adults. Food and drink is pay-as-you-go.Tickets are $15.00 per person for Igloo seating and $10.00 per person for outdoor seating without the Igloo. A portion of each ticket will go to charity, and provide a free princess appearance for children in need through the Salvation Army.

Capacity for this event will be at less 10% of the entire capacity for the venue, to ensure safety and health protocols. All children and adults above the age of two must wear a mask to and from their dining table. The Princess already has her special princess themed matching mask. She can’t wait to see your costumes and masks too! Costumes for the little ones are encouraged but not required. 

Tickets are on sale now for all of the above events at: 

www.germantowngarden.com – events page! 

PRINCESS PIVOT! 
For A Dash of Magic Events owner Aisha Maria Loeks this represents a major year of princess pivots. For Loeks, 2020 was set to be a banner year for the record books. Her Adorned by Aisha business was set to sparkle at Philadelphia’s major festivals like Philadelphia Flower Show and Christmas Village. Her second business, A Dash of Magic Events, was her back-up sideline business that brought joy to kids at birthday parties and special events across the region. Then, the pandemic hit, and shut-down orders came and cancelled major events and parties, as well as in-person jewelry retail opportunities. Loeks quickly waved her magic wand and shifted gears to survive the new normal. From the sparkle of her main occupation as a jewelry maker, to a major pivot to launch virtual princess meet and greets to socially-distanced princess sidewalk serenades, Loeks is making all that glitters into gold for the final weeks of the year. 
For one of Philadelphia’s biggest Disney and princess fans, this major pivot might sound like a fairy tale out of a cartoon movie. But it’s a story that saw a turbulent few months and a tremendous loss of income where her livelihood was in jeopardy, and health and safety is now a constant concern. She also faces the same challenges other businesses face, as she has to constantly adapt her work to the current government guidelines and shut-down orders. But for this local survivor, it’s not a question of survival but more a question of when will all this be over, and when will the fairy-tale ending come. For her full story, and booking your own private princess sidewalk serenade, story time or family-time, visit www.adashofmagicevents.com.


GLU HOSPITALITY PIVOT! 
For Glu Hospitality, what a year – pivoting from Vesper Dayclub and Pool, the open-air steakhouse Germantown Garden Grill, to launching the heated, poolside Igloos at Germantown Garden Grill – and now the Princess and Snow Queen Brunch Series. This has helped them stay open well past their usual date in September when the pool club would close. 
If you haven’t been check out their menu for the Igloos and weekend brunch, plus its a great spot for steaks – and on Sundays for Sports! Menu is at https://gggrill.com/
Congrats Tim Lu and Derek Gibbons on making big things happen in 2020 for their company – they helped open Anejo and SET NoLibs this summer and fall, launched Hunnies Crispy Chicken and Tiny’s Burger Joint on Grubhub, and they have not one but two more restaurants coming your way in 2021 – and Philly Chit Chat will be there for both of them! 

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Bucks County: Peddler’s Village and Michener Art Museum Visit

Last weekend Mike and I headed out of town to Bucks County to enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and a concert at James A. Michener Art Museum in their courtyard.

“Concert in the Courtyard” with Anthony Green and child Luke (they) last Friday night.

Rising Tides: Contemporary Art and the Ecology of Water

April 22, 2020 marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, founded in 1970 to educate the public about environmental issues impacting our planet. To commemorate this event, the Michener Art Museum will feature work by contemporary artists from the Bucks County and greater Philadelphia region that are investigating the effects of global warming, climate change, pollution, and related environmental concerns on bodies of water and aquatic species. Including large-scale painting, works on paper, sculpture and installation, this exhibition will celebrate the power of art to visualize ecological crisis and global change through the eyes of seven local artists. The exhibition runs July 20, 2020 – January 10, 2021.

Friday night Mike and I stayed at the Golden Plough Inn at Peddler’s Village. We had never been to Peddler’s Village and it was fantastic. I know my people on SM were shocked I had never been here before; it’s not that we hadn’t ever heard of it, we just never went. It was so adorable.

We loved all the shops and the grounds were beautiful. It being Halloween they had a cute scarecrow competition, which is still going on this weekend so go check it out. I’ve posted a few of my favorites.

Before we headed home we stopped by The Hellerick Family Farm in Doylestown. Right now is their Fall Festival with lots to do. It’s free to roam around the lower area of the farm, which is what we did, but to enter the main farm grounds it’s $12 and then pay as you go to participate in some of the activities. If we had more time we would have explored the farm more, but it’s nice to know there’s an alternative in the area to the really crowded farm experiences. Plus there’s ample parking. I’ll be in Philly for the weekend, in Center City and Chestnut Hill looking for all youse dressed in your Halloween finest. Hope to see you. Stay Safe, Wear Your Mask and Vote!!