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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

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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.

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All of your favorite shops are back

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As well as those cute little mugs for your wine

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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.

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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!

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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….

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

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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.

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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.

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and fun sculptures to take selfies on

 

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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.

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and lots of picnic benches and tables

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even with 1,000 people the lines moved quickly

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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

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

 

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and a whole lotta people partying

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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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.

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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

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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.

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Thursday Behind The Scenes at It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Plus Aniya Wolf on Set

Teen Aniya Wolf, who got kicked out of prom for wearing tuxedo was on set of “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” Thursday. Plus shots from the set from their Old City shoot. Spoiler shots and stories ahead…

 

 Aniya WolfAs I wrote yesterday It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia filmed in Old City on Thursday. I finished my work and got there about 1030AM, they were just finishing up a scene where Charlie, Dennis and Mac’s counter parts try and push over a jeep. The shots I missed earlier were the actors doing the same thing.

 

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Then the crew headed to Franklin Fountain (116 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106) to shoot scenes where Cricket (David Hornsby) steals candy from a candy machine and a vagrant runs after him,

 

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beforehand with the stunts.

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When they did the filming with the guy running,

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Rob McElhenney (Mac)  and Aniya Wolf chat. Extras are behind them. In the scene above, Aniya Wolf goes over and helps the senior citizen up after she falls. ( Aniya Wolf is theBishop McDevitt girl thrown out of prom for wearing a suit Rob saw the article and offered her a chance to be in a segment of IASIP)

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The scene went well, Rob and Aniya hi-fived and the cast and crew applauded.

 

 

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Check out Glenn Howerton’s bodyguard, gigantic

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Charlie Day recognized me from the other day and said hi. After the scenes were finished everyone headed for lunch.

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David Hornsby plays Matthew ‘Rickety Cricket’ Mara, here he and with Rob McElhenney walking to lunch at Mac’s Tavern at 226 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. Tonight Cricket will be running through the City Hall Fountains as well as the Logan Square Fountain.

Today I’ll be at 10th and Market checking out filming there, then in the Gayborhood. It was great seeing all the readers and followers of PhillyChitChat. Come say hi. Thanks and have a safe, great weekend. Next week we’ll catch up on Jack Daniels, Behind the Scenes at the USO Fashion Show and all the great July 4th happenings. Also don’t forget to follow me on Snapchat (where I give you scoop and tidbits), Instagram and Twitter. Also FB Page – All under the name of PhillyChitChat. Chow.

 

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Craziest Wizard World Instagram Pixs + Sebastian Stan Amorous Fans

Wizard World or PhillyComicCon as some people call it was this weekend. I missed it as I went to Christie Lee Mandia’s wedding, see yesterday’s blog post. The bride wore BLACK. Anywho, I love WW but thankfully through the modern miracle of Social Media it was like I was there. I culled a few of my favorite pixs from the epic three day event for us to enjoyWizard

Stanley Tucci after his interview by Comic4You. These are not small rooms, with small crowds. They are super fans! BTW Stanley Tucci was one of the most spotted celeb in town over the weekend, he was at Susanna Foo’s new place SuGa on Friday night, and on Saturday headed to Assembly at Logan Hotel to catch the sunset.

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This guy wins the best T-Shirt contest

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Lea Thompson (The whole Back to the Future gang was at WW including Michael J Fox)

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& Christopher Lloyd – who did this fun photo op.

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princessmorganb: Honestly can’t even explain how cool this was. The moment Tom Hiddleston turned around and looked at me, he just went “WOW!” And told me I looked magnificent. When I stood between the two, they started rubbing my arms and touching my paint. Chris Hemsworth said “what is this!?” And when I claimed it would not come off, they started to rub me harder. Tom asked how long I’d taken to get ready and when I told him, he said JESUS! 😂😂😂 I saw him again later for my autograph and he repeated his earlier compliment but as I walked away, he stopped me and said “no seriously, you look amazing”. Really cool experience from two very nice dudes!!! #wizardworld #wizardworldphilly

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Pen pals finally meet after years of writing

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Sebastian Stan is a Romanian-American actor, known for his role as James Buchanan “Bucky” Barnes/Winter Soldier in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

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Sebastian Stan was definitely one of the friendliest celebs with an amorous, er I mean enormous fan club.

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watersofglass: Before I tell this story, I would like to give my sincerest thank you to everyone who has shared, liked, or commented on our story. We had no idea we would get the response that we have, and we cannot be more happy or thankful!! Across instagram, Facebook, and Tumblr we have read the most kindest words, and we just cannot thank people enough!!!! That being said, this man right here, Sebastian Stan, is one of the most genuinely kind people I’ve ever met, who is truly appreciative of his fans. He was scheduled to do autographs at 3:45 today. While on break walking around, he saw a bunch of his fans in line already waiting around 1:45, so he came up and said “you guys want some autographs?!” and sat down with no security guard or staff around. He remembered us from yesterday and got super excited, hugged us both and congratulated us after we told him he’s invited to the wedding lol I love this man. I’m so glad I picked him as my favorite celebrity ❤️ Thank you again @imsebastianstan!!!!!! You’re the best! #wizardworldphilly #wizardworldphiladelphia

@imsebastianstan – Congratulations to these two!! Wow. Thanks for including me…I wish you both much love! He really went for it. #wizardworld Philadelphia #bestman

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CCD Celebrates 25 Years Making Philly Beautiful

CCD Celebrates 25 Years Making Philly Beautiful

Congratulations Center City District on your 25th Anniversary, and every day for a job well done.

On May 5, 2016, an anniversary celebration was held at Dilworth Park for the Center City District and Central Philadelphia Development Corporation. The event was held on a gorgeous spring evening, under a gigantic tent in the shadow of the beloved City Hall.

The check in, and coat check area. I just wanted to show the nice set up with the tables and coat check. I love that they even included trees and flowers to enhance the area.

Impressive set up with check in tables and coat check. I love that they even included trees and flowers to enhance the area (great signage by Replica Creative too)

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Gorgeous tent and decor for the 25th Anniversary Gala. Brulee Catering served a delicious dinner starting with a watermelon salad. Light Action produced the lighting, and lighting is everything. Gala Clothes set the tables.

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During the cocktail hour guests could peruse the extensive silent auction, which featured experiences, dinner and this cool Bacon Brothers Signed Guitar w/CDs.

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Plus Connor Barwin donated a signed jersey. Earlier in my evening I saw him at the Fathers Day Gary Papa Run (June 19) Eagles Celebrity Bartending gig at Brent Celek’s eatery Prime Stache in Old City.

 

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Jeff Guaracino, President & CEO of Welcome America Inc. and Nicole Cashman, President & CEO, Cashman & Associates (Congrats Nicole as her firm was announced as one of the companies handing a DNC party. She’s doing the media party.)

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Senator Anthony H. Williams, City Councilwomen Helen Gym, and Congressman Brendan Boyle

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Carla Showell-Lee, SEPTA’s Director of Media Relations and Former Mayor Rev Wilson Goode

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Beck Davis, ‎Customer Service Director at Center City District and David Wagaman, Owner Of Capriccio At Cafe Cret and Logan Cafe in Sister’s City. Every Thursday there are wine pairings 5PM to 8PM at Sisters Cities Park and Logan Cafe (BTW you can rent Logan Cafe out for parties, they do catering.)

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Joseph Coradino, Chief Executive Officer of PREIT, Former Mayor John Street, Joseph H. Jacovini, Dilworth Paxson LLP, Anne Kelly King, Chief of Staff for Councilman Mark Squilla, Romy Diaz, Jr. Vice President of Governmental and External Affairs at PECO and Councilman Mark Squilla

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Former Gov Ed Rendell (currently busy as Chair of the DNC2016 Host Committee) with Paul Levy, Executive Director of CCD. Both men have worked tirelessly on many projects to make Philly not only beautiful, but functional and fun. The projects created a foundation for many of the unique projects that are executed in present time like the Rail Park. Missing from the party, but very much responsible for executing one of the most anticipated act of the Center City District, was Mayor Michael  Nutter, who partnered with the Gov and CCD to created Dilworth Park.

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Michael Garden, board of Friends of the Rail Park (1 year annivesary party for Friends of the Rail Park on June 9 #BAMFest: A Fundraiser for Friends of the Rail Park at Brick and Mortar) and Kate Raines (wedding photographer https://plate3.wordpress.com/)

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Newly elected State Representative in the 202nd legislative district Jared Solomon (in my former life as a paralegal, Jared and I both worked at Kohn, Swift & Graf ) and Laura Burkhardt, Publisher of Where Magazine.

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Angela McCafferty, ‎Chief Operations Officer – ‎Bittenbender Construction, LP, Emily Bittenbender, ‎Managing Partner at Bittenbender Construction, LP – ‎Bittenbender Construction, LP (Bittnebender is working on Love Park, which should be done in 2017, can’t wait) , Christine Hough Langan, Langan Engineering & Environmental Services

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Tara Alexander, and Curtis Alexander, President at Urban Jungle. His business is all about creating sustainable green urban environments is the driving force nurturing Urban Jungle.

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The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus opened up the gala

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as emcee Ukee Washington, CBSPhilly, danced along to the music, before started the evenings program.

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Paul Levy told the story of how Center City District came about when Ron Rubin wondered why the street was so dirty outside of the Bellevue Hotel, which he owned. Rubin was trying to lure retailers to his newly required hotel, and with the help of Mayor Wilson Goode in 1989, he was able to find a temporary solution. Then they turned to Paul Levy. PhillyMag wrote an excellent article on it in 2013

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Julie Coker Graham is the President and CEO of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) is a real success story. Working at Hyatt Hotels for 21 years before heading over to the PHLCVB, first as Senior Vice President, Convention Division then Executive Vice President and now sitting at the head of the table. She was running in from a DNC2016 Meeting.

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The CCD wants you to join them every Wednesday from 5-7pm, June 1 – September 28 for $5 cocktails, $4 wine, $3 beer and half-priced appetizers* for Center City Sips. check out their app here

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LightAction Production created a magical evening. They also had a light show projecting on City Hall to the delight of people walking and driving by City Hall as the party continued under the grand, see through tent.

Congratulations Center City District on your 25th Anniversary, and every day for a job well done.

 

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Justin Bieber Plays Where are you now With Philly Fans and his Cross Face Tattoo

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The above shot was sent from a fan on Sunday as Biebs headed to the Wells Fargo, thanks!  (I wasn’t there I was at Will Smith ‘s mom and sister, Ellen’s house for a celebrity brunch, which you can read about tomorrow in PhillyMag.com) Saturday Biebs snuck in and out the door closest to the condos next door and into a waiting SUV, thwarting the efforts of about 50 girls waiting. Sunday the fans waited near that door, but Biebs left via the hotel side door and into the waiting bus, and didn’t even wave one lucky fan who got a glimpse reported .

 

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Fans waiting at the Wells Fargo Center were much luckier as Biebs greeted them both Saturday and Sunday.

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BTW another story going on with Bieber. Allegedly Friday night he got a tiny cross tattoo under his eye, as shown here and reported by several glossy mags.

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But Saturday night when he performed at The Wells Fargo Center it disappeared. Where are you now?  Oh wait people say it’s on the other side, I forgot instagrams are backwards. But in the shots from The Wells Fargo it seems to be missing too. Must be really small.

Next up: A few social media posts I liked.

“Soooooo hungover I feel like shit” @justinbieber #sorry

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Brb, I’m working – @urbanoutfitters @justinbieber

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Although some fans got a little closer than the fence. I like what this dad says about his daughter, and the meet and greets, which are now as you know discontinued. Instead fans have to do with cardboard cutouts, which seem to be prolific at the concerts.

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Flyers Fans Lost Their Sh*t over Justin Bieber wearing #16, retired Bobby Clarke’s number on his gifted Flyers Jersey. Maybe the 16 is a combination of the last jersey he got from the Flyers, which had a 1 on it, and his favorite number which is 6? Oh or that it’s 2016, hmm. Thanks reader for the obvious.

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J3. #purposeworldtour #purpose #justinbieber #teambieber #beliebers #bieberettes #philadelphia #pennsylvania #PurposeTourDancers #BieberBeauties #PurposeTour

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Best Mother’s Day ever! @heathersharpk

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Night 1 was lit! Round 2 Philly get ready! @suhrcustom #purposetour #bieber #thankyougod

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Bieber Fever #PurposeTourPhilly

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beers babes and bieber with the best last night #purposetour

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Ty @justinbieber for killin it in philly #purposetour

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Philly Gossip: Celeb Sightings in Philly, People in the News & Happenings

Good Friday afternoon, how about a little Philly Gossip. Hope you had a great weekend. So much going on. I’m getting my first wordpress lesson today so hopefully I can figure out how to put these instragram and social media photos in with links so you can go right to these pages. Otherwise if you see something you like just google their names and their social media will come up.

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Celeb sightings I tweeted about this week. Seems Will Smith was in town. He was staying at the Ritz Carlton hotel but using the The Residences at the Ritz Carlton Gym. He was also spotted with a real estate agent at the Residences. Maybe that penthouse is finally going to be sold.

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Former President Bill Clinton was seen strolling through the Sonesta Hotel’s lobby after he had spent Primary night there. My mom stayed there last weekend too. That hotel has gotten so hot since it’s been rebranded, and refreshed. In June look for Ruth Chris steakhouse to open. 50Cent was in town on Monday to sign bottles of his booze EFFEN at the state store in Northern Liberties. He must have spent the weekend here cause Saturday night he was spotted at Coda.

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Monday night Chelsea Clinton was at Coda pimping for her mom Hillary Clinton (who stayed at the Sheraton Hotel the night before Primary Night), who was doing a MSNBC Town Hall Meeting at the Constitution Center (BTW that was taped. I guess it didn’t say so during the show. After I wrote my column on Bernie and his meltdown cause Hillary was still taping when he arrived for his segment, people were saying but Bernie was on stage first. I had noted that Clinton taped from 530 to 630pm, but was still on stage at 7PM, but I guess those readers didn’t realize that was 2 hrs before the show aired. )OK now that that’s cleared up, here’s what’s happening in the neighborhood.4-29-2016 7-52-33 AM (Custom)

Congrats City Rep Sheila Hess for your story being published in Philly Current Mag4-29-2016 7-57-40 AM (Custom)

So nice Yo Yo Ma posed with unsung hero Jim Sweeney who has worked backstage with the Phila Orchestra for 25 years4-29-2016 8-01-19 AM (Custom)

Happy 50th Birthday Christopher Barlett, the unsung hero of Philly’s LGBTQ community service – The William Way Center. With him is Ernest Owens, Metro Philly columnist as well as GPhilly editor. He’s had quite a week himself as a shot of him at a Hillary Clinton rally appeared on NYTimes.com

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Perusing Instagram I came across this very interesting photo by Tismfu of 17th and Walnut. You can tell he’s a visitor cause he called it Walnut and 17th, natives usually put the number first. 4-28-2016 10-26-46 PM (Custom)

Congrats to Mark Marek and Dilara Deger on their wedding yesterday. Mark owns the popular Rumor nightclub (Say hi to Teefish at the door when you’re there) and the sexy, speakeasy lounge 1925 (formerly G Lounge).

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Congrats to Sue Daugherty, executive director of MANNA and her girlfriend Meg Paszko on their nuptials.4-28-2016 10-29-04 PM (Custom)

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Happy Spring Awakenings to Stratus Lounge who had celebrity spinner Sam Ronson on hand, who shared time with DJ Royale keeping the dance floor packed.4-29-2016 7-51-21 AM (Custom)

Congrats to Sara Campbell who opened her new boutique in Chestnut Hill at 8409 Germantown Ave Philadelphia, PA .

Here’s a list of a few happenings you might be interested in.

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Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party

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TONIGHT

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Bernie Robbins Marco Bicego appearance

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Mother’s Day at Parx Casino

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The Logan Hotel’s new rooftop bar, the breathtaking, Assembly Rooftop Lounge

Last night I attended a VIP/Media sneak preview of the new rooftop lounge the Assembly is located on the 8th floor of the recently rebranded Logan Hotel (The former Four Seasons Hotel) . I had seen photos before I attended last nights event, that not do it justice, not even my photos can because it’s a beautiful space, and much larger than it appears in photos.

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#Selfie Wall Hashtag your photo #assemblyrooftop while there and maybe your photo will be chosen to appear on the Selfie wall

 

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The Logan Hotel presented a $52,086.00 check to the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) for the City’s beautification. The results of a pledge they made at their opening party in January, where they said they would donate 10 percent of each guest’s tab to the PHS .
Nick Pytel, Associate Director of Business Development at PHS, Matt Rader, President, PHS, Lisa Stephano, Chief Marketing Officer of PHS, Sandra Heydt, Director of Sales and Marketing, The Logan Hotel and Greg Stafford, General Manager, The Logan Hotel

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Julie Morningstar, BLT Architects, Daniel Bedesem, BLT Architects, Sarah Baicker, BreakfastOnBroad.com , Melissa Morrison and Doug Soehl, Designer III at Bower Lewis Thrower Architects (who worked on The Assembly ) along with Dawson Design Associates, out of Seattle.

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There was a nice crowd who attended the Assembly preview party, and well dressed, which prompted me to ask them what is the dress code for the lounge?

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You can wear casual clothes, like jeans, shorts, and you won’t get turned away if you’re wearing sneakers.

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One of  the pods, this one is located inside.

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A.D. Amorosi

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Alexandra Golaszewska, ‎Alexandra Go, LLC and Wendy Ramunno, contributor @thephillyvoice

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Danya Henninger, Billy Penn reporter, Caroline Russock, Zagat, and Nicki Mackenn

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The pods are open to the public but they can be reserved for a minimum of $500 for 8 – 12 people, for 3 hrs.

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Susan Schiller , former broadcast Media Liaison at World Meeting of Families 2015,  Kristen Johanson is a reporter for KYW Newsradio and Dr. Jennifer N. Caudle

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So excited to see the Japanese Cherry Trees have grown so big, and are blooming. FYI They always seem to be in full bloom the first week of May. Also note, all week long in the evening the Parkway at 20th Street has been closed for construction. Not sure if it’s happening on the weekend but just in case take RT 76 or Vine Street local to avoid getting stuck in the round about ie circle.

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Nearly 150 people can enjoy the outdoor space, with another 50 people inside. They have two pods with fire pits, they were on last night and it was cozy.

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Judith K. Rogers, Executive Director of The Parkway Council Foundation (she’s so excited for the Parkway work to be done and the celebration of the roadway’s centennial), Jeff Guaracino, president and CEO of Welcome America and Susan Hamilton.

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Bill Hunter, Dilworth Paxson , Ajay Raju, CEO Dilworth Paxson and Koray Avci, Bella Turka jewelry store in Midtown Village

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Wines by the glass were pricey, but the glasses were really big I thought.

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Tori Dohlevie, Shana Saddic and Alyssa Hamel

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I love that they carry Miller “it’s the champagne of beer” and since some people call the Assembly a “The Champagne Lounge” it’s apropo,  $5

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4 oysters $12 – they were delicious

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The indoor standing bar

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The olives were delicious. I mentioned they needed pronged tooth picks cause it took me forever to poke them, and if I drank I’d probably just scoop them up with my hands. $8

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Michelle Conron and Ian M Crumm, sitting pretty in a pod. Did you see the Elizabeth Wellington article in Philly Inky yesterday about Ian. Check it out HERE

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This section is standing room only, first come first serve.

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The additional space on the roof that is not part of the roof deck will be used as a rooftop garden like the Four Season’s did. The produce will be used in recipes used in their restaurant Urban Farmer, where I had dinner last night. It was delicious. Get the Steak Tasting, plus the Caesar Salad.

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Assembly

1850 Ben Franklin Parkway. A modern rooftop lounge located 9 floors above the city with panoramic views. Mon-Thur 5pm-close. Fri-Sun 3pm-close.
Opening Night is Saturday at 7PM