Cherry Street Pier Will Be Transformed into a Destination

Cherry Street Pier Will Be Transformed into a Destination

If you build it, they will come: This has been proven on Penns Landing already, despite the super highway 95 not being capped. For years, and by years I mean decades, City leaders have tried to convince us that by capping the space above 95 it would spur growth at Penns Landing. Penns Landing over the years has always had great attractions like the waterfront stage, Tall Ships, the Moshulu, the Olympia, and the water, but

I think visionaries at the Delaware River Waterfront expounded on the idea of creating amazing entertainment in the past decade from Spruce Street Harbor where you can hang around in a hammock, while eating delicious Garces fare or Federal Donuts, the Blue Cross River Rink (summer and winter use), now the lodges, so popular that even Nicki Minaj hung out there a few winters ago, and the amazing Race Street pier which was transformed a few years back and is a great place to go unwind, do yoga, or watch the most amazing fireworks July 4 and on New Year’s Eve.

NOW it’s next door neighbor pier is about to undergo a transformation as the officials are planning to transform Municipal Pier 9 into a beautiful destination, bringing the historic pier back to life.

You might have been in the Cherry Street pier, officially known as Municipal Pier 9 if you attended Feastival in 2011 & 2012 as that is where is was held before moving across the street to it’s permanent place at La Peg. It’s a fairly run down pier with

a gorgeous view of the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge from the sidewalk in front and a few of the nooks and crannies in the wall if the building on the pier. Let’s see what’s in store for the pier.
According to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC)website “Development of the Pier will involve a range of carefully chosen interventions, including selectively removing a portion of the roof and repairing the stone headhouses, in order to preserve and celebrate the historic value of the structure”  Plans for the pier a market place, garden, local art gallery space, food and a DRIVE IN MOVIE, say what?

I love the shops set in a container. THIS is an exciting project. All done without the cap, but I do know the DRWC is excited about that as well, the funding is in place and work seems to be underway which will connect Old City, Society Hill and Philadelphia to the waterfront seamlessly.

The DRWC assures me that the buildings on the left side of this graphic were just speculative, I mean seriously why would anyone block the view of the Ben Franklin Bridge from the multi million dollar park they just built. Check out Philly Curb for more info on this fantastic park.

Also check out Visit Philly as they have a great recap of the wonderful attractions along the Delaware River

All photos courtesy of DRWC, except the two Festival Shots which were by me.




Photos & Info on 2017 Rothman Rink, The Maze and City Hall Light Show

Photos & Info on 2017 Rothman Rink, The Maze and City Hall Light Show

Last Friday I attended the opening of the Rothman Rink and America’s Garden Capital Maze at Dilworth Park, both of which have improved over the years as far in offerings and layout.


Friday, November 10, the Rothman Institute Ice Rink at Dilworth Park reopened for its fourth year of seasonal skating.

It was one of the first bitter cold days, so props go out to the Philly Pops for performing in the frigid temperatures. Up next for these guys….A Philly Pops Christmas Michael Krajewski, Conductor Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for Performing Arts (Info & Tixs)

I’m not much into ice skating, but am more of a snow bunny. I’ll be in the lodge when I’m not checking out the skill set on the rink. There’s lots of delicious food, drinks, hot chocolate and spirits on the menu.

Definitely one of my favorite spots is America’s Garden Capital Maze or Wintergarden.  Created in partnership with Greater Philadelphia Gardens, the garden features twinkling lights and seasonal plants that showcase more than 30 public gardens, arboreta and historic landscapes located within 30 miles of Philadelphia. There’s a brochure near the entrance which tells you about the various plant species.


The garden is laid out much better this year; the paths are wider, the plants aren’t on top of each other
The topiary is plentiful for those selfies

it’s just beautiful

Missing in this photo is the Philly Made Market Place, which was erected this past week.
I’m glad I photographed it before they were set up
They block the beauty of the garden
I noticed even the landscaping around City Hall has been given an upgrade. It’s really quite nice.

This year at the skating rink, they’re having a “winter SIPS”, every Wednesday there are drink specials

I’m super excited for this new attraction at City Hall. It premiere’s Monday at 5PM Here’s the press release.

WHAT: Premiere of the Deck the Hall Light Show Presented by Independence Blue Cross, a dramatic light show, synchronized with music and projected onto the West Market Street portal of City Hall.

WHO: Speakers include Center City District President and CEO Paul R. Levy, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Independence Blue Cross President Executive Vice President and Chairman and CEO of AmeriHealth Caritas Paul A. Tufano, Esq., and 6abc President and General Manager Bernie Prazenica. Following remarks, there will be a countdown before “throwing the switch” to start the show.

WHEN: Premiere is 5 p.m. Monday, November 20, 2017 (rain or shine). Shows will be presented during the evenings through January 1, every hour on the half-hour from Sunday to Thursday and more frequently on Friday and Saturday evenings.

WHERE: Dilworth Park, City Hall (west portal)

MORE:  Presented by Independence Blue Cross in partnership with Center City District and 6abc, this stunning six-minute light show created by award-winning experimental art studio KLIP Collective highlights City Hall’s historic architecture and will be visible from Dilworth Park and along West Market Street.

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Career Wardrobe’s Fashionable Empowering Tea and Fashion Show

Career Wardrobe’s Fashionable Empowering Tea and Fashion Show

Career Wardrobe held their annual Empowering Tea and Fashion Show, on Sunday, November 12, 2017 from 12-3 p.m. at Merion Cricket Club. KYW Newsradio’s Cherri Gregg was the emcee again this year, with an assist from Kristin Detterline, who was celebrating her birthday that weekend.


Debbie Hoffman and Magdalena Means

Teresa Buzniak and Danielle Fox

Karen Green, Barbara Rigo, and Pamela Stewart

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Andrea Frank and Ann Vuong

Melissa Novak, Laura Reed, and Stephanie Palumbo

Stacy Dean, Barbara Rigo, Karen Green, Pamela Stewart, and Kristine Vaughan

Patty Davis and Lisa Hickey

Taheshia Holbrook and LeTonya Wilson

Mary Pat Kessler and Eden Kratchman

Nicholas Kril, Fontaine Gutierrez, and Shakiah Taylor

Local sisters Dana Veraldi, founder of Deer Dana and Amanda Veraldi, Manager of Corporate for J. Crew, will be the featured speakers, discussing their paths to making names for themselves in the fashion industry. 
Then there was the most fashionable runway show, including fashions from local shops as well as from the Career Wardrobe.


Additional photos will be on Philly Style Magazine this week. I’ll update this post with the link. ALSO TODAY

Fairmount Clothing Drive today at 530pm
The Wardrobe Resale 1822 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19130

· Hosted by Career Wardrobe

Deborah Hospital Foundation Hosted The 12th annual Red Tie Gala

The Deborah Hospital Foundation hosted its 12th annual Red Tie Gala on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017 at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing. This year’s emcee was 6ABC News’ Rick Williams. Over 300 guests attended the foundations largest fundraiser of the year in support of the Deborah Heart and Lung Center.


Pat Stark, Dr Lynn McGrath and Melissa McGrath


Dr.Denise Zingrone and Dr.Joe Zingrone

CTO Tribeca entertained during the gala.

The gala began at 6p.m. with a cocktail reception featuring a silent auction which included travel packages, sports tickets, memorabilia and destination events. After the cocktail party guests, many wearing red ties or red dresses, headed into the ballroom where they enjoyed entertainment by CTO Tribeca,

Dancing with the Stars Alum: Anna Trebunskaya, Dmitry Chaplin, Ekaterina Fedosova, and Damian Whitewood

and there was a special performance by “Dancing With the Stars” performers Dmitry Chaplin, Ekaterina Fedosova, Anna Trebunskaya and Damian Whitewood.

Ekaterina Fedosova, Damian Whitewood with Anna Trebunskaya, Dmitry Chaplin entertained with a dance routine at the 2016 Red Tie Gala – Deborah Hospital Foundation

Julie Hormilla, Gail Leonard and Angie Pabon

Iain Riley, Bridget Riley and Masimba Mutema

Colonel Mike Foutch, Jennie Foutch and Joseph Chirichella

Marty Walsh, Claudia Walsh, Ryan Manni and Loren Manni

Linda Rubin and Shellie Dietzek

Rick Williams, Rita Zenna and Dr.Lynn McGrath

Julia Miliaresis, Alex Poulathas, David Share, and Peggy Share

John Hill and Cyndi Kornfeld

Photo Credit: Andre Flewellen (PCC Team Member)

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Saxbys Hosts the 2nd Annual Inc Magazine’s 5,000 Fastest Growing Companies

Saxbys hosted a number of Philadelphia-area companies who made Inc Magazine’s annual list of the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the United States


Brian Whittaker, Garth Hoyt and Stephen Pahides

Patrick Plunkett Executive Director of Institutional Advancement of Roman Catholic Hight and Matt Dorf, President and Founder – ‎West End Strategy Team

Garth Hoyt, McCausland Keen + Buckman, Steve Pahides, Brian Whittaker and Nick Bayer

Shy Callhoun, Desiree Gordon, Michael LittleJohn, Alise Wilson, Angelica Moses
(Medical Guardian)

Aaron Dillenbeck, Haley Samsi, Trisha Crowe, Liz Czerpak and Grace Manning

Geoff Gross, Medical Guardian

Mayor Jim Kenney

Elissa Anderson, Diana Musgnug and Trisha Crowe

Riley Monasmith, Ry Beverage and Noel Baynes

Jason DeMarco, Todd Herremans and Nick Bayer, CEO Saxbys

David Omojogunra, GSK and Rebecca Krick, Saxbys

Jeremy Cottingham, Co Owner/President at J. Cottingham and Jill Cottingham