Photos; Party



Last night was the Arrow Swim Club opening night party. I got there a little late as I was at the DeSean Jackson Pancreatic Event at the Waterworks. Sorry for my whirlwind run through as I arrived at 830PM and thought the party was over at nine and wanted to see the club so I know I didn’t get a lot of photos but I heard many people call my name. (The party was extended til 10PM so I did get a few pictures at that point.)

Arrow Swim Club is located at 1031 Germantown Ave in Northern Liberties. I was impressed by the entrance which separates the public restaurant Chenango and the fire pit lounge, from the pool activities and bar on left. I also loved the branding throughout the place of “arrow heads”. Branding was everywhere on the uniforms of the servers and bartenders, light fixtures, wallpaper and even the blankets guests were given to snuggle in as they lounged by the pool.Nicole Cashman, Cashman & Assocs, co-owner of Arrow Swim Club and her public relations company, understands the importance of branding, service and comfort. With her above is sister Kayce Cashman and fiance Luke Thomas. (Bart Blatstein is the other co-owner)
The pool looking towards the ping pong tables. People wondered if there were enough lounge chairs for 1.000 members, I would say yes. The Cashman crew. Alexa Darrow, Kaitlyn McCrea, Michael Steinberg, Alex Gort
The Bar. It reminds me of a Caribbean bar or a Key West bar. Lot’s of sayings on the wall that have my mind wandering after a few drinks about what it all means.
Alexa Scalzi, Jay Gatz and Marny Baxt. Marny as you may recall, ran the NYC Marathon last year and became pals with Hugh Jackman. She’s a personal training and is available for hire. Very energetic. Blue wrist band means you are a pool member. Congratulations!!
The complex is much larger than what appears on line.
Tiffany and Christopher Nork. Tiffany’s company “On the Spot Wellness” will be providing on the spot massages at Arrow Swim Club. The Norks are just about to become proud parents in 5 weeks. Congratulations!!
Joe Weiss and Sharon Pinkenson stylin’ as usual. I said to Sharon, executive director of the Philadelphia Film Office, that I hear Leonardo DiCaprio will be making a movie in our town this summer. She feigned surprise and said no comment. She might dispute feigned surprise but you know I have a Sixth Sense.
The men’s locker room. Very spacious, interesting bean bag chair/tables, nice lockers, 4 showers and ample fancy soap
Lindsay Furman, Daniel Cevallos and Sabrina Strickland
Chenango reminds me of a southwestern resort restaurant. It’s very spacious and comfortable and named for the street that runs perpendicular to Arrow Swim Club. And even though it was a chilly night I felt humid as if it were in White Sands New Mexico waiting to hike the dunes.
I was wondering how much weight the hammocks could hold, they said two people could fit in them. I thought I weigh about two people and tried it out. Very comfortable. Then I remembered I didn’t shoot the upstairs yet and made a not so graceful exit.
Mia Tinari-Fisher and Dave Fisher with Nina Tinari. Haven’t seen them forever, but being the first peeps I saw I couldn’t spend enough time with them. But they look fabulous don’t they? Mia and Dave’s one year anniversary must be coming up – Happy Anniversary!!

Donna O’Brien, Owner of Beautiful Blooms with Kendall Brown Candidate for Delaware County District Attorney. By this time in my head I am thinking during the day I could ride my bike there, or grab the #15 trolley that goes down Girard Ave. I think I will have lots of stories about No Libs this summer.
Upstairs has ample lounges, and nice seating areas. This is where I will be hanging out so I can seize up the scene. Although I would never take your photo unless you ask me too. I’m looking forward to working with my lap top on this couch as I answer emails and tweet to my followers about important going ons in the City. follow me @iphillychitchat.com
The cabana’s are sweet. Nice couches, and different in each one. Probably great on rainy days too. The club still has a nice vibe even when you’re not using it for a pool. There are two nice size TV’s over the bar good for watching the Kardashian’s on Saturday afternoon.
The upstairs lounge chairs. The upper deck has grass, think and green.
The bar area.
I really think it’s beautiful. I think that if you live in No Libs and you don’t have a pool, I would be surprised if you didn’t join because it’s so convenient. For other’s it’s seriously a nice swim club, and there’s much to do here besides swim, there’s the sun, the ping-pong tables, hammocks, food, a bar, networking, wi-fi, movie night, cocktail night, yoga and looks like a lot of fun. I spent the summers down the shore and know very well that feeling of being in an oasis separated from my normal day to day life, I really felt it here at Arrow Swim Club. A mini vacation right in the City.
All the way down to the quirky paintings on the wall. I hear Arrow Swim Club has a payment plan now.



MAMMA MIA! employs the hit songs of famed pop group ABBA to tell the story of Sophie Sheridan, a young girl who hopes to discover the identity of her father. On the eve of her wedding, she brings three men from her mother Donna’s past back to the Greek island they visited over two decades ago. It was here that the story began, well not began, but was played out for the first time. The story began with British Judy Craymer who in 1995 was working with Tim Rice on Chess in collaboration with Björn Ulvaeus (at the 5th Anniversary of Mama Mia on Broadway 10/18/06) and Benny Andersson (orginal members of ABBA); she had an idea to produce a play using ABBA songs, as she was a huge fan and knew there was a story that could be weaved around these songs. Björn and Benny were nervous, they were very protective of their work, soon their fears were put to rest.She commission Catherine Johnson to write a screenplay about love, loss and triumph. When the script was finished tapped Phyllida Lloyd to direct the piece. Three strong women were behind the success of this musical about three strong women. Mama Mia opened on April 6th 1999 at prestigious Prince Edward Theatre in London’s West End. October 2001 heralded the Broadway premiere at The Winter Garden Theatre. And it was at that time that I saw the musical, it was just the life that NYC needed after the tragedy that befell the City the month before. – A few months back I photographed the Lincoln Center Salutes Meryl Streep event. At the time I had no idea who this bloke was, but now that I have seen the movie I know why he was at the event. Actor Stellan Skarsgard [Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) has sent wedding invitations to the three men who might be her dad: Bill (Stellan Skarsgard), Sam (Pierce Brosnan) and Harry (Colin Firth)] Meryl Streep seems to channel her inner silliness; hitting every note effortlessly, with an appealingly light pop voice, she prances through the movie as if ever-so-slightly tipsy. She twists her lines into appealing little knots, and does a bit of comic business involving a cordless drill that’s almost a movie in itself, and this is why the film is so great, it’s not to be taken seriously, it’s trivial, fun, lighthearted and totally Streep. And when was the last time you heard an audience clap at the end of a song in a movie, ok that’s right Dreamgirls, well they did it tonight too, but I’m not going to tell you which song, you will just have to see it for yourself.
The downside of the movie: OK, let’s get this out of the way: Streep is 20 years too old for this role. Any attempt to put the characters’ histories into a coherent time frame will result in a splitting headache and I did spend a good part of the movie trying to figure out what age Meryl is supposed to be, finally the daughter states her age and I thought, THAT’S RIGHT!! This is a movie and we are supposed to suspend our sense of reality. My advice: Just roll with it.
But then again Meryl’s real daughter Mamie Gummer born 8/3/1983, so it could happen? Sassy little thing isn’t she. Here she is at the Film Society event I mentioned, it was in April 2008

Christine Baranski [56 years old, so at least her age is in context with Meryl Streep, because had they cast say Uma Thurman or that bitch Jennifer Aniston, well it would be way off [see 5/17 for reference why the biotch comment] plays one of Donna’s best friends. She was amazing, and in the words of the Swedish super group, she can dance, she can jive, she’s having the time of her life and it shows in this movie. Her scenes are delicious, and girl Ms Baranski can kick as high as a Rockette. Currently she can be seen on Broadway in Boeing-Boeing. I took this shot at the Tony Awards last month in NYC.

One more downside, Pierce Bronson was miscast, but who cares, he’s so handsome. Ironically one of the songs he sings is SOS, and I just wanted to laugh when he sang that line.

The Trailer

I doubt this movie in the long run effects the Broadway run of Mama Mia, but I do think the timing of the touring show coming to Philly the same week as the movie opens might have some effect on the ticket sales. But I hope not. 7/18 – 7/27 at the Academy

AND don’t forget to go see the PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL GAY & LESBIAN FILM FESTIVAL as it winds down next Tuesday, http://www.phillyfests.com/piglff/2008/home.cfm I will be posting right through the weekend as I have a lot to say. Also subscribe to my blog and everytime I update it you will be notified in your mailbox between 9AM & 11:59AM so you won’t miss a thing. Then if it sounds like something you want to read, you just click on the link. (I’m lying, I want you to click on the link whether you care or not – LOL) Thanks HughE