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November 2008



Remember earlier this month when I didn’t give you enough time to visit the
Marketplace Design Center, well another chance is coming up next week and you can help out a good cause too. I received this email earlier this week:

I am one of the volunteer producers of a Public Service Announcement for the TOY EVENT….

It’s a 1 minute PSA for the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund & Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s TOY event. FYI : TOY is a fundraising event that collects toys for the children in CHOP’s HIV/AIDS unit and raises money for the DVLF – two great causes! Before last year – these brave children in the HIV/AIDS unit were overlooked COMPLETELY by other toy drives. They didn’t even get coal. DVLF and CHOP teamed up to create an event to ensure that those kids DO have a good holiday. This year, we are all determined to make them have a bettter one.

We made this PSA with a voluteer crew of actors, directors, camera people, and production people – straight, gay, bi, black, white, Hispanic, you name it…. Kelly Burkhardt, of TLA and PIGLFF, assembled an incredible team who did all of it for nothing. They were wonderful….We even had KIDS who signed up after seeing how their siblings were affected by last year’s efforts. The one young girl (Dari – the oldest in the final scenes) remembers how much it changes a very terrible week when volunteers brought gifts to her ill brother – AND HER AND HER SISTER. She and her mother took time out of their day to drive an hour and a half from DE to be part of the shoot. For no money…and to suffer throw me running around screaming “QUITE ON THE SET!” (well, not really – i was the producer not the director)

The event is Dec 5th – we’d love to have you there….and we want it to grow into THE LGBT & STRAIGHT ALLIED EVENT of the Christmas season!

Marc Phillips Showroom. Marketplace Design Center 2400 Market St, Philadelphia. For more info and to see the CLIP:


PHILADELPHIA HOLIDAY THINGS TO DO December 2008 (Will add to this list as I come across things)


My coverage of the Philly City Hall’s Christmas Village PHILLY FUN GUIDE HAS A LIST OF THINGS TO DO

The Comcast Experience Video Wall, the amazing display of images and sounds at The Comcast Center, is presenting Philadelphia with a holiday spectacle unlike any other.
From Thanksgiving Day (November 27) through New Year’s Day, the Video Wall will project The Comcast Holiday Spectacular, a 15-minute program filled with the images and sounds of the season. 10am – 8pm More info here.


According to Philly Speak from 11/27 – 12/24
Pajama Jam at The Bellevue including Pajama-clad carolers, free bagels and JAM and 10% off at Teuscher and Williams-Sonoma for those who donate a pair of warm children’s pajamas to The Pajama Program. Nicole Miller will also donate 10% of sales that day to The Pajama Program.
WHEN: 11 am to 3 pm, Friday, November 28, 2008

WHERE: The Bellevue
Broad and Walnut Streets, Philadelphia

WHY: The Pajama Program donates warm pajamas and books to children in shelters and the foster care system.

VISUALS: Santas in the Lobby
Pajama clad carolers
Early shoppers enjoying bagels and JAMSANTA ARRIVES AT THE RITZ-CARLTON AT 11:00AM11/29


HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU, I am really grateful for your visit

I’m thankful for you my readers.

I grew up reading the “social” columns, the “What’s Happening” section, the “Neighborhood” articles, I always loved reading the Welcomat, The City Paper, The Suburban and I wanted to create something on a similar level. SO in July 2007, I created Philly Chit Chat. My goal was to cover the social scene, book signings, write about people, but mostly to promote Philly, especially charity organizations here and on a national level;
My blog is based on 2 specific blogs in NYC that I read while I was living there on a paralegal assignment (actually I had read The New York Social Diary even b4 I moved there.) These were the launching pads for my first blog Confessions of a Paparazzi, a behind the scenes look at the red carpet.

SO when I returned to Philly I wanted to capture the social events in my hometown, and Philly Chit Chat was born.

So number ONE I am thankful to you, all my readers, I really, really apreciate you stopping by; I also want to spotlight two of my longest readers, as they came over from my other blog Confessions of a Paparazzi, and now read PCC – Lisa from KC and Alex Rodriguez who loves nyc during the holidays. I just met Alex (with her mom) in person last Sept while I covered Fashion Week in NYC. She came up and said “Are you Philly Chit Chat?”
I want to thank Philebrity, Uwishunu, Foobooz, WHYY, NBC10, Geekadelphia, PhillySpeak,, Phawker, Will Do , The Clog, Kannon on Wired 96.5, Valerie Knight, Michael Klein, Dan Gross, Philly Style Magazine, The Metro, Christopher Gabello , Where Magazine and Laura Burkhardt, The Beat 100.3, Team Derek, folks who give me tips on celebrity photo ops, and anyone else who gave Philly Chit Chat a shout out or featured a story on their blog. Thanks!
Thanks to the PR Firms that invite me to events, who give me ideas, who mentor me, who trust me and who have become my friends.
Thanks to the law firm where I work for being so flexible, so I can be so flexible and create PCC.
Thanks to my friends who I only get to see on Facebook, and for the new friends I’ve met this past year who I photograph a few times a month. And the ones who I keep promising we’ll get together, or I will do a better job at the PCC Calendar.
I am always Thankful for my family, for their support and not complaining too much that I look tired and I don’t visit them anymore. (Ray, Marg, Judy (sitting), Janine, Me, Mom (sitting) and Tracy)

and Crista (here with mom)
I’m thankful that Mike is on the road to recovery and allows me to have the freedom to create Philly Chit Chat even though it takes me away from us, but it makes me very happy especially when I can give PR to a charity or organization that does so many good things for its benefactors. (Mike with her mom at her 75th Bday 2 weeks ago.)


Out and About : Phila Celebrity Sightings

Damn that Dan Gross scooped me yesterday. I was going to write about this later in the week, but since I saw this in his column today here goes:
Actor Chazz Palminteri, Phillies hurler Kyle Kendrick and “Survivor” girlfriend Stephenie LaGrossa and Wired 96.5’s G-N Kang caught DJ Vice spinning at Denim (1712 Walnut) Friday.

Actor Chazz Palminteri (ok I could have been less lazy and left the downstairs VIP area and asked him for a decent photo, but the place was packed)

Happy Birthday GN Kang – Unfortunately I had problems focusing in the dark club, otherwise this show would have been red hot sharp.

Kendrick, LaGrossa and Kang came by after a joint birthday party for the ladies at Gigi (319 Market), which LaGrossa co-owns. Here is Phillies hurler Kyle Kendrick and “Survivor” girlfriend Stephenie LaGrossa with your afternoon drive guy Kannon w/a K. You can listen to all your fave music and Dj’s on the Internet:
Vice stayed limber with shots of Patron in the DJ booth with promoter Brett Perloff throughout his set. Perloff, who recently parted ways with the Stein family at Pearl (1904 Chestnut), in which he was a partner, says he’ll open a high-end boutique bottle-service bar in the Rittenhouse area next month.

Cheers!!He was mum on a name or exact location, since the joint is another bar now. (Really I know where it is, but PCC must be mum on it too)

I don’t know if there was a shortage of women, or I haven’t been at a club in awhile, but I never saw so many men dance with each other since I stopped by Woody’s a few months ago. Maybe some guys are just in touch with their metrosexuality, but it’s kinda nice:)



If Friday night wasn’t a blow out enough, Saturday night was my law firm’s Holiday Party at the Flyers Game.Joe Kohn greets the guests and introduces us to a three VIP Flyers of the golden age, Bob Kelly, Gary Dornhoffer and Bernie Parent. Joe Kohn of the Kohn, Swift & Graf. I couldn’t ask for a more cool, boss who I really enjoy talking politics with and who supports my other life wholeheartedly.Here’s the Swift of Kohn, Swift & Graf, Robert Swift with his wife Meredith. Robert Swift is a pioneer in human rights litigation and a Director of the firm.
The newest attorney Jared Solomon with the newest paralegal Jessica Hall on right and girlfriend on the left Ariana.
Missing the party Karen, Grayson, Megan, George, Bob L, Preston, Neil, Christine, and I can’t believe I didn’t get a photo of Jane and her family.

Rob & Dominic Petracci (The Kohn Firm gave us these great Flyer’s hats)
Bernie Parent thrills the guests with stories of hockey greatness

KSG alumni Mike Boni, who left the firm last year to start his own. For many years he was the president of the Anti-Defamation League of Philadelphia, and I occasionally helped stuff envelopes. With him is his longtime secretary Denise Petracci, who I was glad stayed at the Kohn firm. Many of the employees at the Kohn firm have worked there 12+ years including me. We are definitely a family as we have watch each other grow, get married, divorce, weather tragedies and enjoy many happy occasions.

Joan Burt with L-R Mrs. Burt, Kathy and her brother Jimmy
Kim from Reliable our in house copy service, she’s very reliable especially with those last minute jobs, with her is her sister

Tina Moukoulis, Esq. of Bernard Gross and Diane Werwinski, Berger & Montague paralegal work with me in NYC on the project I was assigned to for 18 months, and what is responsible for me starting my other career of celebrity/social/event/blogging photography. On the left is Tina’s fiance who’s name escapes me. I gave the pad a rest tonight and see what happens.I love that song by Beyonce “If I Were A Boy” and have now listened to it about 20 times writing this, but I also listened to “Don’t Stop Believing”, “Landslide” and “Silver Springs” too. I should go to bed. Did I mention Mike’s in the hospital. Segways are not safe to ride in Paris on cobblestones. But I should say it is actually very sad as his recovery period for a shattard wrist is a year. He has to relearn to use his hand with a plate and pins that were inserted. So I am having trouble sleeping as I write this at 3AM.

Russ Henkin and his wife. Russ is an attorney at Berger & Montague in Philly. I worked there on a project between 1/2002 – 7/2004. It was a great gig as I worked in a room alone with 400 boxes and managed the case from inception to the depositions; I learned alot about managing cases from that experience. I also picked up the bad habit of talking to myself.

I have a standing invitation to the Berger Montague holiday party, unfortunately I can’t make it this year, I have a celebrity event to shoot with Dr. Dre My friend Denise’s niece won a ride on the Zamboni
so did her friend
Barbara Moyer our law clerk and her friend
A few more alumni including attorney Steve Asher and Marty D’Urso came by and enjoyed the party

Doug Abraham and family
I work mostly with Bill Hoese. He has a wicked “Cool Hand Luke” kinda humor, he jams to the best 60’s, 70s rock, and has great stories of adventure. He really upgrade his Nikon F5 and take the plunge into digital, cause he has a great eye. At least 5 times a week he will call to me and say “Hugh do you have your camera with you.” By this time you would think he would know I carry it everyday. With him is his son Billy who is a championship golfer and bowler from Cherry Hill East and is now attending college, and wife/novelist/Obama volunteer Kathleen Barrett.
Flyer’s WIN!!!
People always ask me if I would give it up to pursue my other life, I don’t think so, I can’t imagine not going into work everyday to see these people I care about and who care about me. On the other hand if I won the lottery I would certainly visit a lot – LOLCheck out the photo album for photos to download: Photos