Seen: La Festa Italian Street Festival

Filitalia International and Foundation, with support from East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, presented La Festa Italian Street Festival on Sunday, June 2, 2019. Proceeds benefit Italian Immigration Museum located on the avenue.

The annual event was held on East Passyunk (between Broad and Moore) from 11am to 7PM, continuously despite a bit of rain after 4PM. The all-ages street festival featured the much-anticipated South Philly spaghetti eating contest, live music, dancing, food, beer, wine, contests, prizes, vendors, shopping, wine-making demos, vodka water ice, and culinary displays.

There was family fun with lots of children’s games, moon bounce, trampoline, orbitron, duck pond, trackless train rides, water gun fun, soccer games, face painting, and more.

As a bonus, double your fun with East Passyunk Craft Beer Day, as part of Philly Beer Week, on the same date and at the same time over 15+ East Passyunk bars and restaurants.

The Philadelphia Police and Paramedics are hiring this month.

La Festa, nicknamed after La Festa Della Repubblica and Italian National Day, is an Italian national holiday that celebrates when Italy became a republic in 1946. Many of the Museum’s Board of Directors, volunteers and members of the community immigrated here from Italy – or are first and second generation Italians. Each year, the local board and volunteers come together with the East Passyunk community to throw a celebration to mirror the festivals in Italy.

La Festa is organized by Festival Director Saverio Nestico (red shirt), along with an annual committee of volunteers that includes Nick Volpe, Kelly Alexander, Henry Amanto, Miguel Luzon, David Milano, Ray DeJohn and Joseph Rossetti.

She was excited to come in 3rd, check out who came in FIRST and SECOND, and what everyone won over on Philly Voice.


Diner en Blanc 2016 at the Art Museum a Pictorial

Good Friday morning. OMG what an amazing night, everyone who attended said it was the best location. I am busy preparing columns for Philly Mag, Philly Style Mag and Philly Metro but wanted to drop a few shots here for your enjoyment as well. On Monday I will have a column of my fashion, food and table best of pics from Diner en Blanc Philadelphia, the 5th Anniversary. 5,000 were excited to carry tables, chairs, tableware, and dinner to an undisclosed location, a few hundred even travelled as far away as Sugarhouse, Independence Hall *they were bused part of the way, City Hall, 30th Street Station, Eastern State Penn, The Waterworks and other locations in Center City.

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6:15pm to 7:15pm, guests gather at meeting spots around the city before heading to final destination (Please contact us to meet up with groups at departure points)


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7:15pm, arrival at location and set-up

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7:45pm (estimated), tradition of white napkins waiving to mark the start of dinner

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This year’s official caterers are 33rd Street Hospitality Catering, Reading Terminal Market and Luke Palladino Catering. Apothic Wines is proud to be the official wine sponsor of the 2016 US Diner en Blanc series, including Philadelphia.
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Table art where guests bring imagination and creativity to their table settings diner

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9:15pm (estimated), 5,000 sparklers to light up the night to signify the opening of the dance floor

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11:00pm, participants gather all their belongings and rubbish to leave the location as clean as when they arrived and invited to attend the after-party at Sofitel Hotel Philadelphia HD1_8788 (Custom) HD1_8803 (Custom) And everyone I asked said they can’t wait til next year.

Check back on Monday for my Best Dressed, Best Table and Best Pix choices, plus I’ll have the links to Philly Mag and Philly Style Mag of the photos I placed there. Have a great weekend. HughE


Philly Gossip: Will Smith, #bcbgmaxazria closed, Alex Holley Honored

Good Philly Gossip Monday. Hope you had a great weekend despite this horrible weather. Congrats to so many Philadelphian’s that ran and conquered the Broad Street Run.

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Sheena Parveen and Mikey Ilagan at the Broad Street Run

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Will Smith and super fan Kevin outside the Ritz last week.

I was chatting a lot about Will Smith being in town last week;  He was checking out the Residences at Ritz Carlton on Monday with realtors, while staying at the Ritz hotel next door. He used the Residences at Ritz Carlton gym everyday, seemed to enjoy the 2PM workout time.  Friday he ran into Bad Boy co-star Martin Lawrence who was in town to perform at Temple that evening. No word on what they discussed, but my friend who reads lips said it seemed they were chatting about a Bad Boy sequel.  I bet he was telling Martin that Philly will be seeing more of him, and hopefully Jada Smith, as they are now the majority owners of the Sixers.

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Martin Lawrence at Temple University

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Yes it’s true #bcbgmaxazria closed on April 24 at 16th and Walnut. The sign on the door says visit them at their KOP or Cherry Hill Mall store.

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It’s been fun following along with Kharisma MCllwaine and her brother Aloysius on their trip to Morocco via snapchat, which I’m trying to learn.

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Seriously, if anyone was going to meet the new quarterback, Carson Wentz, first it was going to be Melissa Leonard. Here she is at the meet and greet press conference, as well as season owners of boxes.

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Friday was a very special day for the Good Day Philadelphia Crew as they celebrated their 20 years on air with their loyal fans. Everyone turned up, chatted with viewers and posed for countless selfies.

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Before the event though Mike Jerrick headed to St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children, where they had a prom for the kids. So sweet. Then he headed to the party at Sugarhouse.

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After the 20th Anniversary Party, my friend Alex Holley, FOX 29 co-host of “Good Day Philadelphia,”  was honored Friday night at the 7th annual 2016 NV Movers & Shakers Soiree in NYC.  Love her.

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Then Saturday night Mike Jerrick headed to DC to attend the White House Correspondents Dinner.

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I wonder if he ran into Mike’s cousin David Nakamura (Washington Post White House correspondent), here with his wife Kris Schenck

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I was so busy this weekend – Thursday I was at the Fairmount Conservacy Gala, Friday night I attended the premiere of Inis Nua Theater’s The Radicalisation of Bradley Manning, (April 27-May 15) Saturday I was at Cure Duchenne Blingo at The Logan Hotel and Sunday I had a delicious brunch at Little Lion with Kory Aversa and Brooke Thomas, the new morning anchor at CBS3. Then headed to Savino Thorne’s baptism.

Check out more PhillyGossip everyday on my twitter account @iPhillyChitChat , Instagram and on my FB page PhillyChitChat

and I’ll be back here on Thursday


Porsche of The Main Line debuts 911 With Flair

Earlier this month I attended a unique event at Porsche of The Main Line as they debut the 2017 Porsche 911. Guests included owners of earlier models, fans of the sleek car as well as future buyers.


Allison Scott, and Terry Alchenberger of Porsche of The Main Line with David Donohue

‘‘The American race car driver, David Donohue, helped Porsche of The Main Line dealership debut the new Porsche 911.2 as he raced down Route 3 and into the showroom.

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Nearly 200 guests were on hand to see the new Porsche 911.2, which offers two models, both equipped with turbochargers in an effort to curb fuel consumption and emissions while boosting power, a sharper design and the sleekest headlights you’ll ever see.

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Liz Reid and Joe Driskill.


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Guests enjoyed lite bites by The Capital Grille KOP with cocktails provided by Philly’s 13th Street Cocktails and entertainment by The Sermon!, as they took turns sitting in the new Porsche 911.2, which are priced starting at $ 122,600.00 or

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watching ice sculptors create the Porsche 911.2 from blocks of ice.’’

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Zolton Kovacs, Diana Kovacs, Mike McMahon and Rick DiSimone

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Heather Gartside, Brett Bierman and Kelsey Bannon

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Megan Levine, Daniel Levine, Josh Johnson and Lynette Johnson

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Brad and Alex Fossett

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You might recognize Jeanette Gillin and Jim Gillin as I traditionally photograph them at the Philly Car Show every January. He is seriously into cars, specialty cars like Porche’s which he picks up at auctions and then tinkers with them back to perfection.

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George Sokorai, Ultra LED Pro, Tim Heffernan, RM at PCNA and Paul Nogrady,  ‎General Sales Manager at Porsche of The Main Line

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Peter Hunt, Alex Compton, Liz Reid and Joyce Compton

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Jarrod Brown and Dave Aden

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Party Pixs: 10th Year Anniversary Party at Positano Coast in Old City

Positano Coast by Aldo Lamberti (212 Walnut St.) celebrated their 10th anniversary Wednesday night and invited 500 of their closest friends to the popular Italian/Seafood restaurant bar.

Rosita Lamberti, Operations Manager for Lamberti Restaurants with Amina Wirjosemito and Meredith Bloom at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
John Hoffman and Adrian Jimene at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015. Congrats to Adrian who recently got engaged to his girlfriend in San Francisco. Sad for them though, when they went to Best Buys to pick up a romantic CD, their car was broken into and a bag containing the ring (which hadn’t been given to her yet, and the camera was stolen.) She couldn’t understand why he was so upset over the camera being stolen, until he told her what he was planning to do the next day at Big Sur.
Alyssa Colston, Jessica Lopez and Jade Barnes at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Alex Holley, Samantha Scott and Jasmine Ingram at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
There was live entertainment including a DJ. Plus 5 food stations for guests to enjoy.
Ian M Crumm and Mollie Snyder kicking it up a notch, the dynamic duo has launched a travel fashion blog called WearWeWent
Mary Kay Raschella, Lindsay Fravitz and Kacie Kelley at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015. Not much on the scene anymore, these ladies have moved comfortably into their careers, and Kacie married and has a cute kid. An hour later their old friend 
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Aly Green, who had moved to LA 3 years ago, popped in to surprise the trio as she was in town visiting her sister at her new store Boutique W on East Passyunk.
There was dancing
and the usual suspects kicking up their heels like Alisa Martino (who’s friends surprised her with a birthday cake to celebrate her big day TODAY), Jill Rizen, Marilyn Kellmer, Erin Elmore and her sister Ashley Elmore. Both Elmore girls, reality shot personalities, blasted on to the social circle in Philly about 7 years ago. These days their lives are full being moms and married to great guys.

Kat Kinslow and Lyn Grams at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Mario prepping the clams for guests
Barbara Abrahams, Little Pete and Judi Shoulson at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015. Little Pete tells me that there are two more years left on his 20 year lease on his 17th Street eatery, after that the wrecking ball will make way for a 300-room hotel .
John Clark, Comcast Sports and Steve Bucci at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Marlena Mattei and Yash Malvi at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Guests at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Zack Katz, Lindsay Toh, Michael Marino and Gabriella Esser at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Christie Walsh and Dottie Walsh at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Alicia DiMichele and Marueen Besere at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Be kind and buy Al For’s photos. Don’t just lift them. This is how he makes his living.
Mark Longori and Mellissa Hinger at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.

The very fashionable Matthew Schuyler, Lauren DiMassimo and King Malachi at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Mike Jerrick, Kharisma McIlwaine and Alloyius McIlwaine at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.
Marco Iannuzzi (co-owner of my favorite pizza place in Philly, Luigi’s in Fairmount. They’re also opening one in the 700 block of Chestnut St) and Melanie Monturano at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.

Christopher Lorenc and Rachel Ortiga at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015.

Amber and Pedro Gomes at the 10th Anniversary Party of Positano Coast in Old City on May 13, 2015. Coming up on 2 years since their wedding, the stylish duo is heading for Italy and the Positano Coast. Can’t wait to see those photos. Congratulations to Positano Coast. It’s a delicious restaurant, that then transforms itself into a hot night life spot. And who doesn’t love when the windows are thrown open letting the cool breeze in. Plus there’s a little terrace with couches for intimate chats.


A little beer for breakfast…
picked up a shirt – only $10

Commerce Center at 21st and MarketAnd it’s finally here, although I am not a crazy sports fan, in fact I only know the players that I have photographed at the various events and charity parties I attend, I really got choke up, I love Philly, I remember the last parade, and I watched the entire series from the beginning of the playoffs. (I have friends that love baseball does that count, oh and I like to bring the photos to you, does that count?)

What a great memory for these kids, I remember my mom taking my brother and I to the last parade.
Ryan Howard and Chase Utley
Jayson Werth (Thanks to Philebrity for telling me this wasn’t Brett Myers)

My friend Janita Applebaum Styles is a ballgirl
Who’s this?

Not the real Phanatic
Who am I?

And that’s it I thought, but when I turned on the tube at home I was so excited that they added lots of other cars and that Pat Burrell was on the coach with the Clydesdale. I don’t know if you guys were with me when I met him the first time in met him at the Philly Style Party in August, didn’t recognize him and made him spell his name to me – LOL



On Friday, August 8th, 2008, Bruce Yelk & http://www.nightlifegay.com/ , in association with BUCKmonkey, presented the 2nd Annual Mr. Gay Philadelphia contest at the University of the Arts’ Levitt Auditorium. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was there I ran into my old friend actor Jesse Archer who hammed it up for me, on the otherhand maybe he was just being Jesse.
I also ran into a columnist i love to love and hate, who told me he was dreading the upcoming NYC Fashion Week. Looking at his sense of footwear fashion I could see why. What the hell is this?
He was being interviewed by an equally put off interviewer from New York Edge, I can’t recall his name, but anyone who starts a conversation with “Does Philadelphia have an inferior complex to NYC?”, well I stammered in shock and said it’s not that we have inferior complex, it’s the fact that people constantly compare us to the #1 largest City in the country. I futher explained, having lived in NYC, that Philly is the way NY was 10-15 years ago, the way New Yorkers with NYC was like still; plus it’s much more manageable. If anything we complement NYC, but don’t call us the Sixth boro, that my friend does irk some people as I have found out. He did say that Philadelphia is a cleaner version of Boston, so I will give him that much.
Bruce Yelk of NightLifeGay.com produced the Second Annual Mr Gay Philadelphia contest hosted at the Gershman Y on the Avenue of the Arts. Here he instructs the judges on what to expect for the evening. Thank GOD Jesse brings the color to Philadelphia.
Bruce walks by Michael Musto and his look alike younger version. MM spent most of the time away from the other judges, maybe it was old hat to him, maybe he thought he was the star billing, maybe he was staring into the eyes of his new young love, who knows, but I didn’t get a lot of dirt out of him because of his distance. A few of the guest enjoying their Smirnoff. Mr. & Mrs. Dino & Carrie Minelli and Scott Barnes. Carrie & Scott are from Cashman & Assocs. A major PR Firm in the City. A lot of the events I cover are via their agency. http://www.cashmanandassociates.com/
Wayne Bowman & Mr Philly Gay Calender Ric Andujar
If there’s one good thing about gay people it’s about judging, whether someone is judging us about our lifestyle, or we are judging them about what the hell are they wearing? Tonight’s contest brought it home as these contestants will be judged on formal wear, swim wear and of course Q & A – it’s not all about looks, it’s about personality too, and these are the folks that will be doing the judging. Not a bad looking group to be judge by (missing Mark Segal, and Michael Musto who both seemed to be preoccupied with the company they brought, and I don’t blame them) Judges: Dr Frank Spinelli, Project Runway Jack Mackenroth, actor David Moretti, actor Jesse Archer, 1994 Olympic Gold Medal Winner Bruce Hayes,

Project Runway Jack Mackenroth and 1994 Olympic Gold Medal Winner Bruce Hayes. Since 1991, the two have been good friends having met when Jack begun swimming ith The New York Aquatics (TNYA) team, among the largest and most respected in the country. Largely gay, the squad competes regularly at age-appropriate mainstream competitions. Mackenroth was honored as all-American three times and ranked 22 times in the top 10 by the national adult league, United States Masters Swimming, which comprises all U.S. teams. Bruce was glad to spend tonight participating in tonights Mr Gay Philadelphia, but his mind was on the Olympics, as he won the 1984 Olympic gold in Los Angeles, anchoring the U.S. men’s 4 x 200 m. freestyle relay team in what is widely acknowledged as one of the most exciting races in Olympic history, coming from behind to out-touch West Germany’s Michael Gross by .04 seconds and setting a word record of 7:15.69

Michael Musto scribbling notes as Jesse Archer tells him of one of his many wild adventures; You can read some of them here: http://www.jesseonthebrink.com/
Jack & Jesse camp it up as Bruce looks on. This was the “Backstage” area. Although the auditorium has new a/c this room was hot on many different levels. The Philadelphia Mr. Gay competition is Philadelphia’s premier one day event – garnering more press and celebrity than any other event in the region. The winner will go on to the U.S. Nationals and represent Philadelphia in the competition.
This is a shot about an hour before the show. My friends thought because I had to show up at 7:30PM, the show started at 8PM, but the show started at 9PM and they enjoyed thier cocktails before hand. Last year the event sold out, this year the City was full of competiting events, firstly Laura Burkhardt’s 2nd Annual Big Bang Birthday Party, then of course it was 08/08/08, the first week in August where everyone goes to the beach, and the biggest crowd drainer, the Opening Night of the Olympics. All in all it was a good crowd, but a big venue.

The co-hosts for the evening were Brittany Lynn and Sirius Satellite Radio Frank DeCaro, who is also on the Game SHow Network’s new program “I’ve got a Secret”. It was no secret that night, that Frank declared he lost 35lbs on Weight Watchers and is happy as a clam about it.
The contest was broken up into three parts, with entertainment in between segments. The University of the Arts Dancer’s were amazing
Then the contestants were introduced. Jason Brown representing Matthew Izzo clothing store and hair salon. Here is Ken Medley doing his best tribute to Bernie Mac Dennis Kinney represents STIR Philadelphia.
Derek Gibson represents the 12th Street Gym.
Matt Vlahos says if Derek’s a trainer, he will be switching his membership because he wants that body, er he want’s his body to look like his body.

You will see more Speedo bikini swimsuit swimwear in the next few photos than on any other beach besides Rehoboth Beach “Poodle Beach” Here’s Matthew Maguire in his Speedos;

Neil Grieves – His Myspace pages says: “they say that I’m cruel and I’m evil but how else can a starving boy be??”Male 28 years old Exeter (not too far from philly), PENNSYLVANIA United States. To say he’s a huge Vanessa Williams fan, would be an understatement.Ric Andujar representing http://www.phillygaycalendar.com/ and John CaputoRepresenting: Joe Pesci with Mr Gay Philadelphia 2007 Andrew Petruzelli 2007

31 year old David Bolduc Representing: Tavern on Camac Thom McIntyre Representing: Pure showing his sense of street style. Check out those boots. Tim Laskey

Ken Medley wins for Mr Congeniality

I was backstage when Steve McCann of http://www.phillygaycalendar.com/ interviewed the constestants, and msot of them said “I can represent Mr Gay Philadelphia because I am not your typical gay man, I am just a man who happens to be gay.” ie their Match.com ads probably say “Straight acting gay man date me”, this was also a question put forth to one of the constestants. According to Angelo Pezzote’s new book Straight Acting: The Truth Behind the Myth “I think there’s basically two camps of the young generation. One that fully embraces who they are, censoring nothing about themselves, and wanting to be recognized and treated just like anyone else—which represents progress.However, other gay youth ditch the gay label, wanting to be seen as “normal” from that place of shame I’ve been talking about.”
One of Philadelphia’s most dynamic performers, Marisa K. Devine, is performed at the event. The performance featured an exquisite set design, Asian themed resplendent costumes,
The judges hard at work
At one point Brittney Lyn played I’ll show you mine if you show me yours…

The rules to enter the Mr. Gay Philadelphia Contest are stricter than the Big Brother or American Idol shows.
Mr. Gay competitors.
-The Contestant must be 18 years of age by the date of the competition.-The Contestant must self-identify as a gay or bi-sexual male and sign a Release Form that assigns rights to all images including film of his participation in the contest series to Community Promotions & Nightlifegay.com. -The Delegate is not currently in open criminal proceedings, on felony probation and does not have a felony record.
-Contestant must provide attire for the following competitions: Evening wear and swimwear – both of the contestants choosing.
-Photograph for pre and post promotions.
-Contestants may participate in the contest from any region of the country.
-Contestants must report to Gershwin Hall by 5:00 p.m. the night of the event.
tension mounts, Johnny really wants this to happen

Brittney passes her magic hand over the contestants heads
and settles it on Johnny Caputo the new Mr Gay Philadelphia 2008
Johnny’s sister is very proud and was part of his rooting section all night. She told me that he worked out hard to get in shape for this contest, and that he deserved it.
it was really wonderful to see all the support he had.His 15 Minutes of fame begins NOW. Here three of his new fans want to pose with him, David . writer Gary Kramer, and director Robert Gaston, who should probably get Johnny’s infor and cast him in his next film.
Congratulations to John Caputo Mr Gay Philadelphia 2008


Philadelphia JULY 4TH FIREWORKS from the Philadelphian re: dreaming of John Legend

It’s not lost on me how important this day is to our country, The crowds at 8PM, it’s begining to rain, but that doesn’t stop them. Mike and I have this party every year; we keep the invites to a minumum mostly because it’s a difficult to park in this area as we are at ground zero fireworks. But the worse part of the whole night is leaving, so the invite list is limited to people who live in Center City. The snipers take position on the roof of the Philadelphian, residents gather on their balconies, let the festivities begin.
I love catching the parade. Thanks to Southwest Airlines for sponsoring it.
Night falls and our guests begin to arrive at Mike’s moms house, every year she is nice enough to vacate her place and settle into our place so we can have a shindig.
Although Rick lives “in the front” of the building, we’re glad he stops by our place. Rick is a former writer for the soap “Another World” and several other TV shows. A few years back moved down her from, where else, NYC. I’m not even going to mention the Sixth Borough thing, I know how people hate that term, almost as much as “Staycation”, another term I love. The two Jeff’s stop by. Separated at birth united by love.

Laura Burkhardt was a pleasant surprise stopping up for a few moments on her was to her VIP seats to see John Legend. She was nice enough to take Bob along with her to enjoy the concert. Which I watched on TV, dry, but not as up close as Laura and Bob would scream to me.
They made it back just in time to enjoy the fireworks from the balcony with tall tales and merriment

Congress led the way for the encouragement of fireworks on the Fourth of July by authorizing a display on July 4, 1777, in Philadelphia, a year after the signing of the Declaration of Independence. “At night there was a grand exhibition of fireworks, which began and concluded with thirteen rockets on the commons. Another colorful display took place in Philadelphia on July 4, 1779: “In the evening a sett [sic] of brilliant fireworks were exhibited, particularly excellent rockets, which, after ascending to an amazing height in the air, burst, and displayed thirteen stars.” http://gurukul.american.edu/heintze/fireworks.htmThe first fireworks in Boston took place on July 4, 1777. A newspaper reported: “In the evening Col. Crafts illuminated his park on the commons, threw several shells, and exhibited a number of fireworks.” Boston had another display in 1779 when thirteen rockets were fired. Congratulations to Carrie Nork and Dino Minelli who were married on July 5, 2008The Jeff’s had a blast David Perkiss, the man of the moment, Matthew Vlahos; behind him is Steven Tyson and his beau Ben visiting Pittsburgh Bob still glowing about John Legend

Laura enjoying the party glow stick I handed out to my guests
Sometimes I wish I could invite the whole city up to see the fireworks from the balcony. They are so right there, and it’s an amazing view.
Thanks for coming everyone, see you next year, er well some of you tomorrow night.

John Legend in concert

The fireworks finale


PHILADELPHIA STRONGMAN COMPETITION 2008 re: photos of really big guys I wouldn’t want to piss off

Strong·man (strôngmn) n.: an intense sport of which the modern derivation is a direct descendent of the Scottish and Icelandic/Scandinavian test of manhood. A typical strongman competition is a test of strength, endurance, ingenuity and heart. It consists of events adopted from traditional Scottish Highland Games, variations of powerlifting, Olympic lifting and just plain “crazy” events such as the rope and harness truck pull.

As part of the Sunoco Welcome America Celebration, a Strongman Competition was held at Eakins Oval in front of the Art Museum on Saturday and Sunday.

A nice sized crowd came out to watch in the summer heat to see the Strongmen
Food of the champions, Little Ceasar pizza, yum and lots and lots of water
Gerard Benderoth who won yesterday’s competition resting before the competition
” Farmer’s Walk – Competitors carry heavy objects weighing from 275-400 lbs in each hand for a set distance, and compete for the fastest time. A variation involves use of a heavy frame with parallel handles” In this instance this contraption weighed 800lbs. Gerard Benderoth

Gerard Benderoth

Gerard Benderoth, Philadelphia City Hall and the World Flags along Ben Franklin Parkway. The flags represent countries that are members of the United Nation.
Phil Pfister, who was the Met-Rx World’s Strongest Man in 2006.
When Pfister won the title, he pocketed a cool $41,000 grand prize and became the first American to win the crown since Bill Kazmaier won his third-straight strongman title in 1982. The prize money supplemented what Pfister already receives from working as a firefighter in West Virginia, where he lives with his family.

When I read that the Strongman competition “is a direct descendent of the Scottish”, it explained why this guy was wearing a kilt, especially on this 90F day. – It takes about a dozen guys, strength and rope to move the 800lb weight back into place.
If he was Britney Spears, this photo would be worth a pretty penny. I guess guys do wear something under their kilts.
It takes about 4 guys to move the anvil back. I have no idea how much it weighs, but I wouldn’t lift it.

I do not know who this guy was, anyone know? Update: Thanks to my commentor who tells me it’s Josh Thigpen but after the three guys before him couldn’t go more than 5 feet with the 800lbs of hell, he completed the course

grabbed the anvil dumped it
Josh Thigpen made a beeline
over the fence

high fives along the crowd
finishing with the Marine hi five then he ripped off his shirt
and lifted a girl, probably his girlfriend. Yes the testostorone was flowing at Eakins Oval, which would have made Eakins happy.
I have to say that I love the 10 day July Fourth celebration – America’s Birthday – that Philadelphia puts on. I look forward to it every year as I enjoy the festivities, the people, the red, white and blue, the concerts and most importantly the FIREWORKS. I have to admit that no matter where I have lived in Philadelphia, I always have to had to have a view of either the Art Museum or Penns Landing so I could have a party and celebrate Fourth of July. For the past 7 years I have both views, granted PL is a mile away buy I can still enjoy those, the Art Museum, well that’s my front yard. I always wait in anticipation for the announcement of who is going to be the headline act at the July 4th – This Year it’s John Legend, who I really enjoy, but more importantly from a celebrity photographer stance he’s always been terrific and always gives a good shot. I just saw him last week at the Songwriters Hall of Fame Awards in NYC and took this shot; plus chatted with him about his performance. He’s really looking forward to performing here, but he’s not having a cheesesteak because they are too fattening. Wanted to know if anyone sells turkey cheesesteaks, thinks they have less calories. http://www.americasbirthday.com/calendar.asp