Feastival , 2nd Time Around, Michelle Shannon and Diner en Blanc Best Pixs

Diner en Blanc is tomorrow, so I thought I’d post some of my favorite shots of the past 6 years. I haven’t posted my favorite events of the decade, cause I got lazy in the dog days of summer, but Diner en Blanc is in the top ten. I’ll post the list next week.  Hope everyone is having a great week. The Social Season will soon be picking up and I look forward to cover lots of fun events, festivals and fashionable fun.  Let’s see what on tap for #PCCBuzz today.


Last week the Feastival organizers got together to celebrate their upcoming foodtastic event with their partners and sponsors at Twenty Manning: Tony Forte & Ryan Hummel, Nick Stuccio, Michael Brairton, David Lipson, Joseph Friedberg,
M.D., Audrey Claire Taichman, Nicholas Elmi, Beka & Jesse Rendell. Tickets are on sale now for the annual event.

It’s not gonna happen a 2nd Time Around, as the clothing consignment store on Chestnut Street has closed. In fact the whole company has
gone out of business. It was a good run.



Speaking of fashion, our Fashion Plate of the Week is Michelle Shannon, Center City District Marketing Manager
Michelle is wearing a vintage dress knitted daisy dress from Jay West in Haddonfield, NJ. She picked up her cute shoes with flower a few years later. Michelle has undergone a transformation in the last year, taking up bicycling and heading to the gym.
This year she’s participating (with equally fit hubby Bruce Shannon) in the MS City to Shore Ride taking place September 23 and 24, 2017.
Send her some support HERE




An event created in conjunction with Center City District:

The Philadelphia Fashion Incubator: Style Gala
by Philadelphia Fashion Incubator
September 18, 2017
Dilworth Park

Today is the 6th annual Diner en Blanc; As it’s PhillyChitChat’s 10th Anniversary I decided to pick out my favorite shots of past DEB’s
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The First Diner en Blanc, when i met that guy Kory Aversa, who was just starting out. Or as Kory would tell you, when I actually would remember his name. Shortly after this we became fast friends.

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Broad Street – It really was BS that any biz was hurt on a very slow Thursday night in the middle of Summer.
The organizers bought out two of the parking garages, and the City issues permits.
There are no parking signs affixed to the poles
and people are notified.
I believe some press even leaked the location the day before, which was a bummer for those of us who like the surprise of it.
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Martha Graham Cracker – a memorable performance and night at the Navy Yard

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Betsy Ross and Ben Franklin – Definitely one of my favorite photos ever

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The Philadelphia Art Museum location was spectacular.

I have no idea where it’s going to be tonight, but if I were to guess I would say Fairmount Park.
Let’s see if I’m right….



Valley Youth House 2017 Backpack Challenge Needs You

The 2017 Backpack Challenge kicked off in front of City Hall late last month, and ends soon. We need you!!HD1_4758 (Custom)

The Backpack Challenge collects school supplies for youth in foster care in Philadelphia, and is made possible through a strong partnership between Valley Youth House, the Department of Human Services, iHeartRadio, and Five Below. There are over 50 collection sites throughout the Philadelphia region, and donations are also accepted through VYH’s online drive.
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The kickoff was emcee’d by Mina SayWhat, morning DJ personality from WDAS

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Tom Harrington, CEO of Valley Youth House says donation bins can be found all across Philadelphia. “You can donate supplies, paper, pens, notebooks, things like that,” he said. “You can go online and make a cash donation and we’ll use that to purchase supplies.” The Backpack Challenge runs until August 18th.

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In 2015, Valley Youth welcomed new partners in Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland and Detroit and raised over 10,000 backpacks in all five markets. In 2016, we welcomed Houston, Nashville, Raleigh/Durham and Washington, DC. 28,256 backpacks were collected across all markets thanks to the help of Five Below. Pittsburgh, Norfolk, Milwaukee, Orlando, and more will be joining us in 2017!

Last year the #BackpackChallenge collected over 7,000 backpacks, $45k worth of school supplies, and $25k in funding to remove financial barriers for foster kids.  There’s still time for you to help out the kids this year.

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Mina Say What with students

Keynote speaker Sean Brace, Fox29 sports host who talked about the importance of education with Mina Say What, Department of Human Services Commissioner Cynthia Figueroa and Tom Harrington, CEO of Valley Youth House


Donations will be accepted at collection sites through August 18th. Come see the youth receive their backpacks at the Closing Ceremony on August 22nd, from 1:00-3:00 PM at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts!

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#PCCBuzz Heidi Hamels is now a Country Song Writer; Plus See Their 32,000 sq ft Home For Sale

Good Monday Morning. Hope you had a wonderful weekend. I was in Sussex NJ enjoying the NJ State Fair, 4H Club and Horse Show. Great country fair with rides and farm animals. There are still plenty fairs around, and you should do a google search and find one near you. Speaking of country, Heidi Hamels, former reality TV star on Survivor, former Phillies player Cole Hamels wife (now Texas Rangers)


and philanthropist Heidi Hamels is now a country song writer and producer. Country singer Lee Gantt’s first EP, “Casa Boulevard,” will be released in mid-September on HH Entertainment, a label created by Heidi Hamels. Gantt’s first single, “Ruined This Town,” was co-written by Heidi Hamels and Zac Maloy. The music video was shot in Gantt’s hometown of Grove City, Ohio, as well as Buffalo, Missouri, Heidi Hamels’ hometown. (additional source)

8-14-2017 12-09-30 AM (Custom)The Hamels are coming home to raise money for their school in Malawi – Here’s a message from her instagram.
Hey ya’ll come join us on September 7 (5:00-9:00pm)!! It’s time for the Top of the Hill @thehamelsfoundation event in Glen Mills PA at the famous Arasapha Farms (Bates Motel). Come out with your entire family to hang with @colehamels and I along with carnival games, rides, food, petting zoo, playground and live music by @saraspicermusic !! Get your tickets at And please note ALL (every cent) of proceeds go to kids that attend our school in Malawi or to local public schools in need of help to get them through the school year!! Can’t wait to see you there!!
8-14-2017 12-25-18 AM (Custom)Speaking of homes, since the Hamels now live in Dallas they’ve decided to sell their nearly completed French provincial style mansion in Missouri for nearly $10 Million. Located just outside of Branson, Mo. near where Heidi grew up, the home features nearly 32,000 square feet of living space with 10 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms, six half-baths, and four living areas. The massive home sits on approximately 105 acres that include more than 1,700 feet of shoreline access to Table Rock Lake as well as a private dock. (Realtor) Hamels
Congrats to Chef Barbie Marshall who will be returning to Hell’s Kitchen in the upcoming “The Chefs Return as All Stars – Season 17 September 29 pm Fox 29

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Remember the sad story about the accidental fire that claimed the life of a woman in Bensalem, 39-year-old Tabetha Oakes Rutecki who died  trying to save two pets from a house fire. One of the pets lived through the fire, Lil’ Man who was taken to the hospital by a Bensalem Animal Control Officer, who called Red Paws. He spent a few hours being observed, but was ok and released into our care, and has been boarding at Central Bark Falls Township for over a month. Recently he was reunited with the survivors of the fire after they were able to begin to get their life back together.  We need to raise the funds to cover the cost of his boarding so that we can continue to keep families like Lil’ Man’s together after disasters. (source)


Dollar Store General Concept to Piazza; M∙A∙C Returns To Rittenhouse, Bruce Willis Spotted

Hello Friday, August is just zipping by; BTW if you’re reading this before 830AM I’m on WOGL for another sing a long today with Marilyn Russell, and my pick for event of the weekend – it’s a killer. That’s a hint. Here’s another edition of #PCCBuzz (yes I know I changed the day again; Friday is a good day for gossip cause you need fun chitchat for the weekend, dinner and the beach) Last week I went to the  2nd Street Festival, it was fun. It wasn’t a client event so I got to really take my time to look around, and guess what I found a very interesting story.

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I saw this awning at The Schmidt’s Commons – DGX Philadelphia. Inside the space was still being built out. I check it out online to see what kind of business it was and it’s a subsidiary of Dollar Store General.  According to a story in the Tennessean:  Dollar General has a new demographic in mind with its smaller-format store concept DGX: millennials. .. There are similarities between a traditional Dollar General store and DGX, but the smaller-format store features a more modern design, a curated selection of goods and a brewed coffee station for metropolitan shoppers.

It’s very similar to a convenience store with chips, a fountain machine with a variety of sodas, grab and go sandwiches and many of items to serve city dwellers.
“We are excited about our new smaller store concept and the opportunity to serve busy, city-dwellers with everyday low prices on the essentials they need in a convenient, easy-to-shop format,” Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO, said in a statement. “The DGX format is geared to meet the needs of the millennial shopper, which is an emerging and important part of our customer base and will help us broaden our appeal to attract a new segment of urban customers who put a high premium on value and convenience.”  (source) I asked around last Sunday and nearby neighbors told me at the end of August.

Yesterday I was walking up Chestnut street and saw that Campers Shoes (1734 Chestnut St) had closed and in it’s place was this store window full of an explosion of fantastical colors but what did it mean.  I did some research, and it turns out that it’s a new campaign connected with the launch of M∙A∙C Cosmetics stores opening around the world. The Chestnut Street store is opening in the Fall of 2017,

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and for what I’ve seen on the internet the store openings are a lot of fun. I can’t wait to shoot it. How awesome that M∙A∙C Cosmetics will have another stand a lone store in Rittenhouse

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Speaking of Rittenhouse Square, Bruce Willis who was in town prepping for M Night Shyamalan’s movie “Glass” was spotted @ Barclay Prime for dinner arriving at 7PM and leaving at 9:30PM, b4 heading across the park to Scarpetta for nightcap last nite. He’ll be back in September along with the rest of the cast of GlassJames McAvoySamuel L. Jackson, and Anya Taylor-Joy along with franchise newcomer Sarah Paulson.  Samual Jackson said in an interview in Collier “We start rehearsal on [September] 18th and I start shooting on the 25th.”. They’ll be filming for 8 weeks, with many weeks of the shooting happening on the streets of Philadelphia, a bit in the studio and the rest outside of the City. Paparazzi HughE is ready.  Filming is scheduled until Thanksgiving, with a movie release date of January 18, 2019.  Heery Loftus Casting can help you become a star, or at least an extra on this movie. Glass is a direct sequel to Split and Unbreakable, bringing together the casts of both movies helmed by Shyamalan.

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Check out Gina Gannon tonight on 6ABC News during the crucial 4PM and 5PM newscasts.

Crazy, Greg Seitter gets back from a relaxing vacation, then spends a day getting pies thrown in his face for charity. Sweet.
“I will be hosting a pie in the face fundraiser tomorrow afternoon to raise funds for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society‘s #LightTheNight campaign. A $20 (or more) donation will entitle a colleague of mine to throw a pie in my face in your honor. Make a donation now:
#PieInTheFace #Charity #Fundraiser”
His supporters raised over $1000. I wonder if he’ll take more pies for more money?

Save The Date

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Nina Tinari, Chairwoman of The Marian Anderson Award, announced today that five-time Grammy winner Dionne Warwick will receive the 2017 Marian Anderson Award on November 14, 2017, during the eagerly anticipated Gala and Concert at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.


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Fairmount at Brewerytown Summer Soiree

On Wednesday, August 2, Flying Fish Crafthouse hosted a press and resident’s party for dozens of people who were taking refuge from the torrential rain.  Originally, the party was to be held on the Fairmount at Brewerytown’s rooftop, for guests to enjoy the spectacular, unobstructed city views, but the expected rain throughout the evening brought the event

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inside to the Flying Fish Crafthouse restaurant, located on the ground floor of this exclusive rental community.


In the heart of Brewerytown, The Fairmount @ Brewerytown provides the ultimate loft living experience. The spacious rental apartments coupled with ample amenities and featuring a rooftop deck equipped with a dog park, lounge chairs, swimming pool, and, of course, the best view of the city.

On hand to check you off the list: Allie Long, Audrey Hartman and Ellie Zimering
From Jenna Communications LLC

Richard Rabed and Michelle Caffrey, Phila Biz Journal

Whitney Ullman, Go Whitney and Jennifer Sherlock, Jenna Communications, LLC


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  Moriah Kelley, Phila Rowhome Magazine and Erin Kelly

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Aaah that view, the perfect fireworks over the Art Museum view as I would call it.

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There’s a pool and a huge lounge area for residents

And that view, there’s a sunset view too but I love this shot

Check out this video by My New Philly to check out what the apartments and amenities look like
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The laid back atmosphere of the Crafthouse welcomes guests at three fully stocked bars, and a private dining room.  Each bar offers a curated menu of 12 Flying Fish beers, top shelf liquor and wines on tap.  The first floor beer garden, with roll-up garage doors, offers the perfect space to host any event from an after work happy hour to a special occasion, or just a fun night out playing life-sized Jenga and beer pong.


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