Diner en Blanc, links to where the photos were picked up Plus MTV Eclipse Promo News

What an awesome Diner en Blanc, and a great space to have it at Franklin Square, one of my favorite parks.


I forgot I was going away until Tuesday, I don’t have time to do my Diner en Blanc wrap up until Wednesday but here are the links to where some of the photos have been placed so far….

Elizabeth Wellington’s Column at

Plus the Phila Inquirer

Metro Philly

Philly Style Magazine

Philadelphia Magazine – I’ll be using some of these, as well as additional ones for the October issue.

Phila Business Journal

Time Out Philadelphia

In three months after Philly Mag and Philly Style go to print, I will put most of the photos in an online album for you to grab your shot.

Taken from my balcony Friday night

It was great meeting all of you, thanks for letting me photograph you. Follow me on Twitter @HughE_Dillon and on instagram PhillyChitChat for the latest on what’s happening in Philly and the best places to hang out and eat.


I received the follow press release from MTV.

This year, MTV is leaning into the space theme this year, tapping Director Floria Sigismindi (known for her work on music videos for big stars such as Justin Timberlake and Rihanna) and world-renowned photographer David LaChapelle to create an out of this world space-inspired campaign (check out the promo clip here).

To further emphasize this campaign theme and to celebrate the start of “VMA” week and MTV’s newly re-named “Moon Person,” the network is executing a series of activations around the Solar Eclipse this coming Monday, August 21st.

  • On Monday the 21st, MTV will be airing a “VMA” x eclipse animated graphic on-air and across social and digital platforms to celebrate.
  • MTV is celebrating the eclipse in 7 cities across the country, partnering with Fooji to deliver custom “VMA” eclipse viewing glasses and astronaut ice cream to fans who tweet #TotalEclipseVMA + the female astronaut emoji.
  • The campaign will begin at 11:00am ET / 10:00am CT / 9:00am PT on Twitter.
  • All fans need to do is head to @VMAs on Twitter and tweet the specific combo.
    • Delivery areas include Charleston, Chicago, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and St. Louis.
  • MTV is giving away eclipse viewing glasses live on air and to fans in Times Square.

The VMAs will air LIVE at 8:00pm ET / PT on Sunday August 27th on MTV.




Dogs To Put A Smile On Your Face – Yappy Hour at Aqimero

The 2nd Yappy Hour at Aqimero took place Tuesday at the latin inspired restaurant in the Ritz Carlton, and didn’t disapoint as many guests brought their dogs.


From 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., guests enjoyed Aqimero’s lush ambiance and happy hour cocktail menu (margaritas, mojitos, wines by the glass, draught beers and draught beers) as well as some adorable drinks made especially for the event like the “Berry Good Boy” (made with muddled strawberries and Manatawny Stillworks’ Three Bitches Vodka [At Manatawny Still Works we love our dogs. A portion of all proceeds from our Three Bitches Vodka sales go to No-kill animal shelters ]). Guests “Yappy Hour” include fresh oysters, guacamole and wild mushroom flatbread.

Marla McDermott, President of The Walnut Club brought her dogs as well as members of The Walnut Club to the Yappy Hour

Brenda Nguyen, and Dara Von Small, with Sorsha

Laura Baker, Erica Wexler and Tia Johnson


Parthenia Moore and Adrian Shackelford

Emily Terpak, Stephanie Smith, Sarah Brand, and Olivia Capone Myers


Amber Emory and Aiyana (dog)

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Chrissy Dress and adorable Lola Von Dress


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Flavia Colgan, Jill Marple McCabe, and Jennifer Romberger

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A portion of the proceeds from the event will benefit the nonprofit Hemlock Edge Rescue, which is dedicated to rescuing homeless, abandoned and abused animals. Representatives from the organization will be on site with a few adorable puppies that will be available for adoption.

Katie Griffin Casting

Katie Griffin Casting

Parx Casino

Parx Casino


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!

Del Friscoes

Del Friscoes

Replica Creative

Replica Creative


#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)