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Preakness at the Piazza and Radnor Hunt Shots Plus Links

The Radnor Hunt Races celebrated its 86th Anniversary on May 21th during the spring tradition of steeplechasing at the Radnor Hunt. Six exciting races featured horses vying for purses totaling $180,000. Guests dressed in fashionable derby party outfits, with many of the ladies wearing hats of elegance and style. They enjoyed tailgate picnics, buffet luncheons in the sponsored tents and just took in the fresh air while watching the races along the fence with friends and family. All proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the land and water preservation programs of the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Despite the threat of rain many people still came out, but maybe their dress wasn’t as flowery and bright as years gone by.

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In the evening I headed back to Center City to attend the Preakness on the Piazza. Hands down one of the more fanciful dressed crowds I’ve seen in a long time. The rain didn’t put a damper on the Preakness watch party which raised money for the MS Society.  About 1500 people gathered under the tents at the Piazza to watch the Preakness, to dance, to mingle, to dine and to drink.

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A little rain never stopped anyone, and the guests at Preakness on the Piazza are used to that. 3 out of the 4 past years it has rained.

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Folks really kicked it up a notch to look their Derby best.

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This gal won best hat for her custom designed  here with Bex, 95.7 Who was celebrity  judge. check out the metro link below to see who the other judges were.

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Happy 2 Year Anniversary to this guy (after a 20 year engagement)

Here’s a link to both the Preakness on the Piazza (The Philly Metro online) and The Radnor Hunt Photos. (PhillyMag The Scene Online)

Look for additional photos to be published in the future in the hard copies of Philly Mag and Philly Style Mag.

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Rittenhouse Square: A View Aloft by photographer John Dowell at Griesing Law

Nearly 100 people attended the by invitation only artist’s reception for Rittenhouse Square: A View Aloft by photographer John Dowell on Thursday, April 28 at the offices of Griesing Law high atop the 1717 Arch building.
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An artist and master-printer for more than four decades. Dowell’s fine art, prints and photographs have been featured at over 50 exhibitions including at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Museum of Modern Art in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Boston Museum of Art, and the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris, France.  Dowell is a Philadelphia native and Professor Emeritus of Printmaking at the Tyler School of Art at Temple University.
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The firm has the perfect space for showing works by local artists
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Photo Credits: TVN Photography
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Rittenhouse Square-A View Aloft  is an art exhibition at Griesing Law, LLC.  The exhibition is the 12th show at Griesing Law since 2010.  The firm is dedicated to supporting the arts in Philadelphia with a rolling schedule of artist showcases all open to the public. The show focuses on images of Rittenhouse Square from very different perspectives than we experience while simply walking or driving by the park and can be viewed high atop one of Philadelphia’s most impressive skyscrapers.
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Photography featured in Rittenhouse Square: A View Aloft may be viewed and purchased at Griesing Law, 1717 Arch, Suite 3630.
The show is open to the public through August 31 by appointment   All proceeds from the sale of art goes directly to John Dowell.  http://griesinglaw.com
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Rainy Day Fashion at Radnor Hunt Fashion

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The weather folks predicted a WASHOUT of the The Radnor Hunt Races as it celebrated its 86th Anniversary on Saturday, May 21, 2016. But alas they were wrong again, but sadly it keep the crowds down for the the spring tradition of steeplechasing at the Radnor Hunt. The spirit of the crowds were not dampened as thousands still showed up to watch the six exciting races which featured horses galloping over hurdles and timber fences for purses totaling $180,000. Attendees enjoyed tailgate picnics with friends and family while helping to win the race for open space. All proceeds from the Radnor Hunt Races benefit the land and water preservation programs of the Brandywine Conservancy in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Since the weather service, I’m looking at you weather.com, and accuweather as well as well you know who you are, predicted up to an inch of rain all day long, I was really curious to see what people were going to wear, lots of boots, which I was excited about because fair weather does not bring the boots out; folks wore hat’s too, some women wore the traditional Lilly Pulitzer dresses, and I did spot a guy or two in seer sucker suit, but I saw many more in jeans and shorts, something that isn’t always that common at the Races, which I’ve been attending to for the past 7 years. Let’s take a look.

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Thanks to all the people who invited moi to stop by their tent for food and merriment, especially The Bellevue and the Academy of Music Young Friends who hosted the YF’s at the Radnor Hunt. It was a great turnout despite the weather. Spotted at the soiree was Lynsie Solomon, chair of the YF of the Academy of Music, twinsies Danielle and Alexander Hankin, Ian M Crumm and gal about town Hannah Krupa,, beauty to the stars Stacey Kracher and her handsome Brendan Morrison, Eric Allan Smith, who is just about to move into a Frank Lloyd Wright home, I look forward to that house warming party, plus Martin Ihrig. Thanks to Capital Grille Philly for the delicious food, and spirits.

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These two long time friends, are up to no good – LOL

Click on the first photo to start the slideshow, someday I will learn how to do the slideshow. (I’ve only been on WordPress for a month.) PS someday I will also figure out how people can read what I wrote in the “slideshow” photos. But I must move on to my other columns, zoink.

 

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Fashion Fête Celebrates Philadelphia in Style: A Century of Fashion at Michener Art Museum

The Michener Art Museum in Doylestown, Pa, celebrated the the exhibition Philadelphia in Style: A Century of Fashion from the Robert & Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, Drexel University Saturday night at a special fundraiser gala Fashion Fête. (The exhibit runs through June 26, 2016)

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Ralph Rucci, Rosina Rucci (Ralph’s sister) , Lisa Tremper Hanover, director and CEO of the Michener Art Museum and  Emanuel Rucci, (Ralph’s dad)

The exhibit celebrates the sartorial legacy of clothing with a display of dresses, wedding gowns, shoes, hats and other items spanning a century of high fashion highlighting fashion designers and retailers that influenced fashion choices in the mid-Atlantic region as well as Philadelphia retailers Nan Duskin, John Wanamaker’s and Strawbrige and Clothier. At the Fashion Fête, Philadelphia born fashion designer Ralph Rucci was honored for his contributions to the fashion world.

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Dennis Helf and Mary Helf, senior counsel at Fox Rothschild, LLP, has been a member of the Corporate Business Partner Program for more than 20 years and served recently as membership chair of the Advisory Board for Michener Museum.

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180 guests from the philanthropic, and landscape design, architecture and art worlds attended the event, where they enjoyed an hour long cocktail party on the tented terrace, and enjoyed a fashion show with designs from the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator. Dinner and a short program was held inside the Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion, which was beautifully decorated by Catering By Design, who also prepared the food. Production of the event and the entertainment, was provided by Mole Street Productions.

 

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Jovan O’Conner, fashion designer, Tara Higgins, fashion designer,  Elissa Bloom, executive director of the Fashion Incubator, and Conrad Booker, fashion designer,

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Bette PFundt and Nelson Pfundt

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During the cocktail hour there was a fashion show presented from the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator.

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Diana Vincent, a renowned Jeweler designer, Vincent Polisano and Dorothy Galanos Fashion Fête

Madhavi Parekh, Ryan Putman, Bhara Parekh and Samantha Schoenberg

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During dinner guests heard remarks from Gregory Church, President, Board of Trustees James A. Michener Art Museum, Lisa Tremper Hanover, Director & Ceo of the James Michener Art Museum. Kirsten M. Jensen, PH.D. and Chief Curator of the James A. Michener Art Museum, as well as Clare Sauro, curator of the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, Drexel University.

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On the windows are designs by Ralph Rucci’s RR331 Fall/Winter 2016 collection, which really moved Rucci when he walked into the room.

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Amy Welch and Maureen Church, co-chairs of Fashion Fête

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Bridget Wingert and Joe Wingert Fashion Fête

John A. Fry, President of Drexel University, and Cara Fry.

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Jack Staub and Renny Reynolds, celebrated floral designer and event planner. Not only is that suit amazing, but he’s created some of the most amazing events New York City has seen.

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Dr. Vail P. Garvin,  President & CEO Central Bucks Chamber of Commerce and Ron Unterberger Fashion Fête

Anne Callahan and Charles Croce, executive director of the Philadelphia History Museum.

I am in talks with them to donate a few of my Philly artifacts to the museum. Maybe I’ll have a section and it will be titled, HughE the hoarder knew these things would be of value to someone someday – LOL

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Philadelphia in Style: A Century of Fashion from the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, Drexel University Co-curated by Kirsten M. Jensen, Ph.D., Gerry & Marguerite Lenfest Chief Curator, Louise Feder, Assistant Curator, and Clare Sauro, Curator of Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection, Drexel University

The exhibition is co-organized with the Robert and Penny Fox Historic Costume Collection (FHCC) at Drexel University. Documenting over four centuries of costume history, the FHCC holds more than 14,000 fashionable garments, accessories and other related materials and is a vital part of the design curriculum at the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design.

Philadelphia in Style: A Century of Fashion is generously supported by Visit Bucks County and Gregory and Maureen Church.

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2016 Mother’s Day @ the Mansion with Ellen Smith

PS Sorry I am running so late at publishing these events. The Social Season is just about over and I’ll be back to curating your instagram – LOL.

2016 Mother’s Day @ the Mansion with Ellen Smith and Carolyn Smith, sister and mother of actor Will Smith, one of Hollywood’s biggest stars hosted their 12th annual Mother’s Day at the Mansion at their sprawling estate in Bryn Mawr.

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The two ladies greet each other at the 2016 Mother’s Day @ the Mansion

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While DJ Lisa Love, and others entertained the crowd. Later in the day the headline was DJ Biz Markie

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 Ellen Smith is the youngest of 4 children, a twin, a single mother of 2, a licensed cosmetology instructor and a philanthropist. In 2004, Ellen hosted a small event at her home. Ellen invited “Mother’s in Charge,” an organization of mothers whose children have been killed in violent crimes to benefit from the event. The event response was so good that Ellen wanted to make it bigger & better and created Dining With Divas.

Dining With Divas ie Mother’s Day at the Mansion, believes that every mother should have the opportunity to enjoy the day recognized as a national holiday in her honor. For this reason, our affiliates have selflessly given their time & effort to ass                         ist us in this matter. Dining With Divas does an annual “Adopt A Family.” Between 8-10 families are adopted every year. They receive Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner which is delivered to their homes. For Mother’s Day, mother’s & children in transition from shelters, foster homes etc…. are personally transported to & from event and enjoy the special day with their family.

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Jade Okere, Richard and Fatima Farr

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The Teehan family: Jeff, Colleen and Siobhan

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Aja Graydon, of the Kendrick Family, Malika Hill (Jamal Hill, Writer: Brotherly Love) and Takiyah Wall, Got Laundry
a charitable organization that collects clothes for the homeless.

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Kimberly Crawford and Marcus Allen, Big Brothers Big Sisters Southeastern PA (BBBS SEPA)
Tuesday night 6 – 9PM BBBS SEPA is hosting Lip Sync Battle Royale at Stratus Rooftop Lounge

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Natasha Harris-Foster, Ceo of Broken Wings, Ernie Bristow, District 1199C and Peaches Bristow

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Brenda Williams Council and Victoria Nelson

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Andrew Paulin, Desnise Samuel and Lyslyn Samuel

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Paul Anthony, Full Force (who was honored for his philanthropic work and his brave fight with cancer), Coll V, Ellen Smith, DJ Biz Markie and Bow Legged Lou, Full Force

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Cheryl Scheidle and Romont Harris, comedian

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Carolyn Jenkins, Meekinz Jewelry with Carolyn Smith

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Carbin Haggins, Ayisha Harrison and Kaile Harrison

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Vinnie Vegan owns Gangster Vegan a foodery in Norristown. Soon he’ll be opening another one at
46th and Woodlawn in West Philly.

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Shaniqua Rudd, Shawhtee Rudd and Kizzy Marshall

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