HughE Around Town & That Halloween Video

Today I woke up, sometimes I forget what a blessing, a privilege it is. Why am I here, sometimes I think. I’m not sure but as my mother in law Eleanor Tobe always quoted:

I shall pass through this world but once. Any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer it or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.

Stephen Grellet

Fox 29 Announces The Nice Guy Reporter, gets a nice promotion!! Congrats Bill !!

I’ve been neglectful doing this specific post, which I love so much, which I did much more before I got into Social Media and just shared immediately there. But here goes today’s column and I shall return once a week to doing this. It’s odd I have definitely become more lazy post pandemic, or shall I say I cherish my personal time and I get behind. That personal time might be bird watching, watching TV, specifically The Voice, and stalking movie sets. Thankfully Nick Nolte has left the City and I won’t be curious anymore about what he is doing in Rittenhouse Square. Hope you guys have a delicious weekend, and enjoy the Halloween sights, if it’s your thing. I hope to hit up a few parties on Saturday, and neighborhoods on Sunday, including Northern Liberties Hound O Ween Dog Contest. Seriously, I can’t wait to go.

Style Scene Stealer: I photographed this women walking her dog near the Adam Sandler film set a few weeks ago at 15th and Walnut Streets. I LOVE her fashion sense. Those are serious boots with probably the best stories. I wish when I took these candid shots I’d ask people more about their style. Maybe when this Covid thing is finally over, I’ll do my fashion on the street again with Q&A. I do miss Big Rube’s Daily News column. That was fun.

Speaking of style, last night Moore College hosted their 2021 Visionary Women Award evening. (more on that next week). I was chitchatting with Ellen Shepp, who I just say at Shyamaween on Saturday night. She was a judge for best costume. I wasn’t there at that time so let me share with you the winners.

Dave Williams here with his wife Mia Tinari and SIL Nina Tinari and these folks on the right. So good everyone!!

Congratulations to Ilana Waber on her engagement after Nick Gianos popped the question 4 days after her birthday, in beautiful Rittenhouse Square where they met when she asked to pet his dog.

AJ Mattia and the Mattia Family along with Fred Santarelli Esq. held a fundraiser for Judge Lori A. Dumas who is running for Commonwealth Court of PA, last night at the Union League. About 100 people came out to support Lori just a few days before the election on November 2 including Nathanial Wallace, Patrick Mahanger, Judge Lori Dumas, Dr. Kevin Baumlin, Mona Terrell Wallace. Spotted were Roslyn Gilbert, John Scott, the Carpenter’s Union, Morgan Wilson, Thanuja Hamilton, Matt Cooke, Brenda Goldsmith, and Dr. Argie Allen-Wilson. Senator Casey appeared via video throwing his support behind Judge Dumas and thanking the guests for their support.

Really proud of this work. I know I was on TV for years, but somewhere along the way I got stage fright and stopped. I worked on somethings over the years, especially doing my elevator chats on InstaStories. I got out of my head, and worked on my self confidence and this beautifully produced promo by Chatterblast is the best of my work in front of the camera in years. Although some of my Sandler interviews were good as well. I feel good now, back in front of the camera. Anywho thanks to Matthew Ray and the Chatterblast team, especially editing, sound, and MAKE UP this was a blast. My mom gives it her stamp of approval. What’s so good is Sheila. It took a lot of control to tone down her always cheerleader enthusiasm, to play Morticia, a self assured vixen!!

Amen!! Thanks Lane Johnson for keeping it real, and helping to remove the stigma of mental health as something to be embarrassed about. We are all going through sometime. Thanks so much for subscribing and reading PhillyChitChat.

Have a fantastic weekend.


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!!


South Street Oktoberfest – Plus info on Upcoming Annual Armory Oktoberfest

For the 11th year, the South Street Oktoberfest was held in front of the Brauhaus Schmitz, on the street and beneath a massive tent with seating in the 700 block of South Street. Festival goers enjoyed 10 German beers, lots of German food, German dancers and live music, with lots of sing a longs.

A half dozen guys participated in the LITER Lift Competition to win $500

Don’t Miss The 2019 Armory Oktoberfest 

Brauhaus Schmidtz made some changes for this years event
Our Beer Partners Hofbräu are returning, we have changed up the layout so VIP & UBER VIP receive a more efficient service, and the dance floor is being moved to the middle (EVERYBODY DANCES!!) Think BIGGER & BETTER! The Maipole might even make an appearance in disguise!

Friday, October 18, 2019, 7:30pm to 11:30pm
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Saturday, October 19, 2019, 7:30pm to 11:30pm

Ticketing Options:
General Admission 22 South 23rd Street
$25 Includes: entry, first Liter of beer and a pretzel. Food is pay as you go. Plenty of communal seating for everyone. Table service will also be available in GA.

$70 (per person, groups of 2-8) Includes: reserved seating, table service, Commemorative glass liter mug to take home, 2 liters of beer, private bathrooms and 1 food ticket good for an entrée platter. Choice of sausage, roast pork or ½ chicken with sauerkraut and potato salad. (Get this, get this, you won’t regret it!!) See you there Friday night wear comfortable clothes as it gets fun, wild and crazy.


Rec & Royal Has Arrived, A New Dance Club & Adult Game Venue

The other day I was walking by Sofitel as I heard the cast of This is Us was staying there. Although I didn’t spot any main stars, I did see the crew cars clearly marked. I also noticed that STATS on 17th had closed. Opened about a year ago, Stats had replaced the Ice Club which never warmed up the crowd and was fairly short lived, before that it was the fairly successful 1925 the Burlesque club, which replaced the hot club G Lounge, which had been in place nearly 10 years.

When I wrote about the opening of the new night club a reader sent me the info and I signed up, where I found out the club was having a soft opening weekend opening on Thursday. Last night I went after shooting the Philly Mag and Philly Pops parties, which will be posted today on some of my media outlets. Greeting guests at the door was Philly’s old time nightlife friend Manny Romano, Director of Marketing at Home Hospitality who has made quite a name on the scene. Most recently connected with the turn around of Vesper nightclub just up the road. Home Hospitality turned Vesper from a sleepy restaurant/bar into a hot and happening nightclub with people waiting to get in on the weekends.

Now Home Hospitality has opened a hot new club just up the street, in the former G Lounge space called Rec & Royal. The clubs website describes the place as : Rec & Royal provides two unique experiences in on artfully crafted venue. One side is an innovative gaming parlour and karaoke lounge and the other is a cutting edge boutique nightclub where you can party the night away.

The club has two distinct areas, the rec part where guests will enjoy an alternative nightlife experience immersing patrons in an adult playground creating camaraderie amongst friends with arcades, team-based games, and karaoke in a high energy social environment. Rec also offers 4 unique hospitality suites where patrons can enjoy a more private experience.

Then there’s the club area, the Royal, which you will find on the other side of a door, which leads to an exhilarating light show, with a formative DJ booth, which is no longer located above the dance floor but out in the open, with tricked out lights, and surprises. Home Hospitality really did a demo job to the space, and it finally flows much better than the previous concepts. It feels and looks more like what Zee bar is like. There’s a lot of lounge areas, bottle service spaces and little nooks for dancing. It’s a cool vibe space, with lite chitchat and a smokey atmosphere.

Rec & Royal had its soft opening on Thursday, September 12, 2019 at 111 S 17th St , and is opened this weekend as well. I didn’t want to spoil your experience, plus they’re still working on a few concepts so I only took a few photos. It looks like a lot of fun, and unlike the last concept they’ll be doing something fantastic with the vault. I’ll be back to hopefully get a photo of you enjoying yourselves. Check out their website here.


Photos: The Irvine is Online and Renting in West Philly

The Post Brothers‘ new luxurious living quarters is open and accepting tenants now. The Irvine Apartments, in a century-old former warehousing facility at 780 South 52nd Street near the Baltimore Avenue corridor.

According to a Globe Street article “This isn’t one of your cookie-cutter, ground-up luxury high-rise buildings. The Irvine has history and roots in industrial Philly. Our mission was to honor its history and character while creating an elevated, yet practical living experience,” says Michael Pestronk, CEO and co-founder of Post Brothers. “We’re keeping in line with the ever-growing cultural renaissance of West Philly, where we’re seeing an influx of new residents who really care about health, sustainability, and the concept of community, so we wanted to create an experience that echoes those values.”

I was there earlier this month for an open house. I met a lot of the new tenants including these three young ladies posing here with mom (2nd from left).  In 2017, the Post Brothers paid $2.4 million for the 115,835-square-foot building which had been a storage facility and then sat vacant for more than 10 years.  There will now 150 households at this spot.

Neon is prominent through out the building as it is here in the community room. Also on each floor when you get off the elevator their is a neon sign with the floor number illuminated.

The property includes a variety of both indoor and outdoor amenities, including:

  • A fitness center equipped with top-of-the-line cardio and exercise equipment such as Peloton bikes, Precor treadmills, stair-masters, HIIT options, and a variety of selectorized, plate-loaded and free weight stations.
  • A community garden where residents can plant and grow their own flora and produce
  • Fully-equipped outdoor kitchen with grills, dining tables and lounge areas
  • A K9 turf lawn and pet park
  • A co-working space that features a large open area with ample seating, natural sunlight and custom artwork
  • Concierge services including dry cleaning, package storage and online services
– They have lockers where you put your clothes and Tide Cleaners will pick up your clothes for dry cleaning and laundry service from the makers of Tide detergent. What a great idea.

The windows let a lot of light in making the living space bright and spacious. They must have knocked out a lot of walls to create these windows since it was a storage facility. The official word: The interiors include roller shades for apartment windows and customizable mill work for closets, along with full-size stainless steel appliances, antimicrobial quartz countertops, and tile backsplash in the kitchen.

Bathrooms feature matte black fixtures, artisanal tile surface, glass shower doors, rain-style shower heads and high-pressure body jets.

“The building was originally designed for storage,” says Post Brothers Asset Manager Josh Guelbart. “And then it sat vacant for 15 years, and people started painting really cool graffiti” on its walls. (Philly Mag Article)


What You Need To Know for July 4th Party on the Parkway

Welcome America has designed a new layout for the July 4thParty on the Parkway and July 4th Concert & Fireworks which will offer families and guests an enhanced experience. The Benjamin Franklin Parkway will now feature dedicated entry points and a perimeter that will allow guests to enter in a smooth, more orderly fashion, then roam freely to experience all the iconic Party on the Parkway has to offer.

Party on the Parkway runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th and is followed by the July 4th Concert and Fireworks from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Once guests enter the Parkway, they will be able to roam freely and experience all that Philadelphia’s iconic July 4th party has to offer from food and drink, to games and rides, to entertainment. This year’s enhanced family-friendly experience includes the free PECO Kids’ Zone featuring a zip-line, acrobatic dunkers, bungee jumping, games, arts & crafts, storytelling, face painting, and more. Party on the Parkway runs from noon to 7 p.m. on Thursday, July 4th and is followed by the July 4th Concert and Fireworks from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Once guests enter the Parkway, they will be able to roam freely and experience all that Philadelphia’s iconic July 4th party has to offer from food and drink, to games and rides, to entertainment. This year’s enhanced family-friendly experience includes the free PECO Kids’ Zone featuring a zip-line, acrobatic dunkers, bungee jumping, games, arts & crafts, storytelling, face painting, and much more. As always, guests are permitted to bring picnics and small personal coolers.  A full list of prohibited items can be found on welcomeamerica.com/guides.

23rd Street & Pennsylvania Avenue north side entrance

All entrances will be open from noon until 9 p.m. (That means you can not enter after 9PM. So get here early to find your spot for the fireworks, or watch them on the side streets) Guests are highly encouraged to enter through the Main Welcome Gates at Logan Circle. Other entry points include:

·        20th Street & the Parkway from both the north and south sides

·        21st Street & the Parkway from both the north and south sides

·        23rd Street & Pennsylvania Avenue north side

Entry signage will be clearly visible at all gates, and Wawa Welcome America Ambassadors will be on hand to help guests find their way.

Road closures and more info about Wawa Welcome America on Philly Mag
but I wanted you to see what the fencing looks like on the Parkway. Basically just like Made in America, or when the Pope came to Philly, the area is fenced off and there are entrance points. It’s for convenience and your safety. It’ll definitely be a much better experience than in years gone by when there was a rush of people at the last minute jockeying for a spot to watch the fireworks, as well as folks lighting their own fireworks off in the crowd. Bring the family for the day long Party on the Parkway, then enjoy the free concert and fireworks.!!


Christmas Village Is Back and I have Lots of Details to put you in the Holiday Mood

Christmas Village Is Back, Now at City Hall with a Carousel in Courtyard


Christmas Village presented by NRG has returned to Philadelphia for the 2016 holiday season at an exciting new location CITY HALL!


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Philadelphia’s largest holiday attraction will this year transform Philadelphia’s City Hall (1400 JFK Blvd.) into a traditional, open-air German Christmas Market, open daily between Thursday, November 24, 2016 and Christmas Eve, Saturday, December 24, 2016. PLUS TODAY on Black Friday, November 25, Christmas Village in Philadelphia invites you to head out of the office and skip the malls for a special free lunch concert from 12:00pm to 1:00pm. This year, the German Christmas market welcomes local favorite singer and songwriter Jennifer Logue on stage.


All of your favorite shops are back


As well as those cute little mugs for your wine


Daily market hours are Friday through Saturday 11:00am to 8:00pm, and Sunday through Thursday 11:00am to 7:00pm. Thanksgiving Day hours are 9:00am to 5:00pm, Black Friday hours are 9:00am to 8:00pm and Christmas Eve hours are 11:00am to 5:00pm.


Christmas Village in Philadelphia’s Grand Opening Ceremony is Sunday this year (Sunday, November 27) from 3:00pm to 4:30pm. Invite your family and friends to come sing along to holiday selections by the Camden Catholic High School Band and Clearview Regional High School Choir. Meet the original Christkind from Nuremberg after she officially opens the market by reciting her traditional prologue. Take photos with her as she does her traditional walk of the market. In Germany, she is the person that brings the Christmas gifts to the kids, and she won’t be coming to the City of Brotherly Love empty handed! With our new location at City Hall this year, watch for a special surprise during the Opening Ceremony!


Music schedule on the main stage at the City Hall North Apron:

* Monday through Thursday – 4:00pm to 7:00pm
* Fridays – 12:00pm to 1:00pm and 4:00 to 8:00pm
* Saturdays – 12:00pm to 8:00pm
* Sundays – 12:00pm to 7:00pm

Selected early announced performances include:

* Saturday, December 3 – St. Thomas Gospel Choir from 1:00pm to 2:00pm
* Sunday, December 4 – New Spirit of Penn (Gospel Choir of the Penn University) from 4:00pm to 5:00pm
* Wednesday, December 7 – Slante (Irish Band during Ho Ho Happy Hour) from 5:00pm to 7:00pm
* Saturday, December 10 – Donauschwalben from 2:00pm to 3:00pm
* Saturday, December 10 – German Hungarian Schuhplattler Group from 3:00pm to 4:00 pm
* Saturday, December 11 – GTV Almrausch from 3:00pm to 4:00pm
* Wednesday, December 14 –The Mixed People Band (during Ho Ho Happy Hour) from 5:00pm to 7:00om


Children and families from around the region are invited to join Christmas Village in Philadelphia’s second Lantern Parade on Wednesday, November 30, starting at 5:15pm. Meet outside in front of the Christmas Village’s main stage on City Hall’s Northern Apron and join the festive procession with your homemade and decorated lanterns (battery please, no flame). Children’s carolers from Walnut Street Theatre will accompany the parade around City Hall with a stunt at the big Christmas tree on Dilworth Plaza. The highlight of the night will a stage performance by the Philly POPS Festival Brass at the market’s main stage as the grand finale. Here, the quintet will perform holiday favorites and set the perfect backdrop for a joint performance with all participants. Once the parade has ended, all participants are invited to enjoy a sweet treat together.


NRG will host their Gingerbread House Decorating Contest again on Friday, December 9 at 1:00pm with members of the press competing on behalf of four local non-profits. In the evening, after the contest winner has been chosen, NRG also brings an official Eagles Player to Christmas Village in Philadelphia for a photo and autograph session at 6:00pm.


Santa will be visiting on every Friday, Saturday and Sunday and offers family photos inside his hut. There will also be other family fun like story-telling, caricature artists, face painters, music and more. Schedule will vary by weekend and day.
The new kids’ corner will be open Saturdays 11:00am to 8:00pm and Sundays from 11:00am to 7:00pm.
This year, a traditional carousel can be found inside the Courtyard which adds to the atmosphere of an authentic Christmas Village. Tickets will be available at the market for a small price.

New Pet Photos with Santa
Woof woof! New for the season, bring your pup down for pet photos with Santa during every Friday, Saturday and Sunday during regular market hours.


Christmas Village in Philadelphia is made up of more than 80 booths and a big vendor tent, much like those found in traditional Christmas Villages in Germany. Within this village, you’ll find a wide variety of seasonal goods and gifts that you won’t find in any common shopping mall. Aside from our American vendors, we have German and international vendors selling Christmas decorations from genuine Erzgebirge, nativity sets, glass ornaments in assorted sites, toys, jewelry and so much more.



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The Menu at Made In America Is Very Hipster, Prolific & Reasonable

Earlier I mentioned the drink prices, now I noticed they put up the Made In America Menu

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I have to say it’s epic. So many choices, and interesting choices, as well as the standard burgers, dogs and fries.  Love the titles for the “eateries” too. Banh Voyage – Then they want you to chose your adventure.







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There’s also a food/drink court on The Oval

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Here are the prices for the drinks. Remember there are water stations for you to fill up your water bottles

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for FREE – Also remember Budweiser is picking up your Lyft tab on Saturday and Sunday nights. When you get the ride, or the next morning when you awake, thank them using the HASHTAG #GiveADamn cause they do. Drink responsibly.

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Here’s The Made In America Set List Line Up

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For the fifth consecutive year, United Way of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey will benefit from the “Budweiser Made in America” music festival over Labor Day weekend. A portion of the proceeds from the event will support United Way’s work to improve education from cradle to career.


Enjoy the festival! Be sure to visit us in the Cause Village to learn more about our Education initiatives. The Cause Village is on the North Side of the Festival below Eakins Oval.


Philly Zoo Summer Ale Fest Plus The Watering Hole Beer Garden

Philly Zoo Summer Ale Fest Plus The Watering Hole Beer Garden

Once-a-year, the Philadelphia Zoo opens its gates after-hours for an adults-only celebration featuring local beer, live music and delicious food. Mike and I headed to the Zoo on July 16th, his birthday, and one of his favorite events in the Summer, The Philly Zoo Summer Ale Fest. A few pixs appeared on Metro Philly, but I wanted to give you more info and pixs here….


Although the zoo balloon was in all it’s glory, it’s not open at night. But it made for great photos


Every year the event sells out. So as soon as they mention tickets are on sale, usually in June, go get them.

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Nearly 1,000 summer ale fans lined up to get their wrist bands and sample beer mug


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But if you must, bring your own pretzel necklace

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I headed straight for the new Watering Hole – beer garden-. This year the Philly Zoo began selling beer through out the zoo, and created a beer garden for folks to hang out. It’s a great date place.


There’s food

A robust menu offers a variety of 10 craft and domestic beers including, Victory Summer Love Ale, Victory Prima Pils, Victory Headwaters Ale as well as New Belgium Flat Tire, River Horse Summer, New Belgium Snapshot, Stella, Goose Island IPA and Tröegs Sunshine Pils. For guests who prefer wine, Woodbridge Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Cabernet are also available.  Beverages are served in clear, eco-friendly cups with prices ranging from $6.00 to $8.00 inclusive of taxes. Refreshing drinks, delicious light fare and an enjoyable atmosphere make this “the” spot to be this summer.


and fun sculptures to take selfies on



There’s bathrooms too

The Watering Hole was designed in partnership with Groundswell Design Group, creators of some of the most popular beer gardens in Philadelphia.  Entrance to The Watering Hole is included in Zoo admission; hours of operation are Friday – Sunday from 11-4pm and holidays. For more information or to purchase Zoo tickets visit www.PhiladelphiaZoo.org.


and lots of picnic benches and tables


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Back out to the festival


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There were a lot of beverage tents, and

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even with 1,000 people the lines moved quickly


All the zoo exhibits were open, which I never made it too or we’d have more photos. There were also several zoo keepers running around with fun games like Guess The Butt,

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or another favorite, guess the dung




As darkness fell, I headed over to the Festival Tent where there was live music



and a whole lotta people partying

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and dancingwatering

it was a good time. Really it was, we had a blast. Did I mention there was free parking at the zoo parking garage adjacent to the zoo for this event.

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Mike and I love the Philly Zoo so much, we bought a family pass for the year. Even if we only use it a couple times, we’re glad to support the zoo. It’s more than just animals.


Glee’s Chris Colfer, Wav Closed, Billy Joel Eats & Philly Gossip

Good Monday morning. I hope you had a great weekend. I did. I attended a family BBQ, which brings me such joy when I hang out with my sibs, were we tell stories of our youth – which crack me up. Then I headed down the shore for a dinner with friends, but first let’s chat about who’s coming to town this week

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Glee’s Chris Colfer is stumping for Her: Cocktails with Colfer: Celebrate Hillary with Golden Globe Award-winning actor and #1 New York Times Bestselling Author Chris Colfer . How fun I thought, NBD, but then when I tweeted about it, it got 28 re-tweets. I guess people really like them both, alot. Tickets are quite reasonable at $20.16 for students and $45 for young adults.


Speaking of young friends, Saturday I attended a dinner fundraiser with the members of the Young Friends of The Academy of Music who enjoyed their inaugural summer dinner down the Shore this past weekend. Many thanks to Ventura’s Greenhouse for the amazing good and festivities and those who joined to raise a glass to the ongoing restoration and preservation of our “Grand Old Lady of Locust Street!” It was really delicious.


The Claridge Hotel hosted me, and the room was so adorable. It was the type of room I love, with it’s two chairs and desk. I like to read late into the night and I like chairs. The hotel doesn’t have a casino, so I had to make a donation to Bally’s next door. Willy Wonka let me down this week.


Oh another let down, Wav nightclub on the Playground Pier seems to have closed.  The Atlantic City Press wrote a story about it, but says it might not be a done deal and they were going through a management change. I checked their website and FB and it’s down and out.

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The Playground Pier itself seems to be chugging along. There are a lot of high end stores, as well as great restaurants with views like this. Mike and I had lunch at our fav, Continental. I had the most delicious salad with chicken for only $16. I’d like to see the pier become mostly restaurants, a few stores and a great disco where Wav once was. It’s really a great spot.


But the club did do double duty on Saturday as they hosted NeNe Leakes, who put on her own brand of comedy. Atlantic City’s Whitney Ullman was on hand to report it. Later in the evening she was at Harrah’s Pool interviewing Amber Rose, who has a new TV show on VH1. Amber as you know is from Philly, and stopped by Saturday afternoon to visit friends as well as stopped by Steve’s Cheesesteak for lunch.


Ahhh my favorite smoothie place closed, Raindrop Cafe at 19th and Market. Readers tell me a Panera Bread is opening in it’s place. OK I’ll take that, they have great salads.


UPDATE: Speaking of eating in Philly, members Billy Joel’s band had dinner at D’Angelo’s on Friday night. Saturday he played to a sold out crowd at Citizen Bank Park.


Daryl Hall & John Oates put on a great show at BB&T (Camden waterfront stadium). Friday night Darryl Hall also picked D’Angelo’s as a dinner spot. No word on if he and Billy Joel chatted.







Holy smokes


Friday Marilyn Russell, Kory Aversa and I will be participating in the Cabot Cheese’s Bad Beat on Hunger Poker Tournament to benefit the Community Foodbank of NJ. Entry fee is only $300, and it’s for charity.


Jackpot: Congrats to Eric Blumenfeld and Laura Cordaro on their engagement. Someone asked me why I didn’t include it in my round up but I didn’t know. So if you know someone who got engaged, got married, had a baby or something you think Philly would want to know send it along to Buzz @ PhillyChitChat.com


Congrats to Matt Pantaleno, formerly a cameraman for NBC10, has now landed a plum job NBC New York. Matt’s wife is our beloved 6ABC’s Alicia Vitarelli. The happily married couple are originally from the New York area, so smiles all around.