Friday, March 21, 2008

SOUTH MOON UNDER Welcome To Spring event - Philadelphia

The Q102 folks were nice enough to invite me to the Welcome To Spring event at the South Moon Under (I should have asked what the hell that meant?) Anyway, thinking I would get a cool night time shot I skipped this shot that I took from the website as there were too many smokers outside for me to get the shot that I wanted, but it work out just as well.

Lisa from Q102 was the hostess, and as excited as my sister, Margaret, is going to be to know that I met her, I was eagerly awaiting Blaire who I so fabulously shot in January in just a towel and some chick giving her a massage at City Fitness. Ahh there she is third one in from the right at the top. (She said that Booker and Diego were riding her about being topless in the shot see January entry on Philly Chit Chat; she wasn't too please, I couldn't tell if she was serious or not. Sadly I don't listen to the show as that would mean getting up on time and not rushing through my morning)

Joe, Lisa, Michael and Nick; I must be showing my age because when I mentioned to Joe that his jeans had a hole in the knee, he gave me a quizzical look and said "I bought them that way!" I like this name, not as a kid because for some reason people would drop the H and just call me YOU. Hence one of the reasons my name is HughE now.

Brooke, Bryan, Geoff, Brett and a mystery man (someone help me out here if you want to be in Rittenhouse Magazine, thanks) This store actually brought a tiny tear to my eye as my sister, who is one of my best friends, (with mom and dad) would have loved loved loved this store. It's been 3 years since she ran off and married (ok she didn't run off), and now lives in NC now with her hubby and son Michael Jr. But I know when she comes up I will take her to this place and she will love it.Anyway it's Easter I think of family, but back to the store. Cute, cute, Cute clothes. When one of my buds from Clear Channel said the men's clothing is downstairs, I thought what the heck is gonna fit me in this store (see picture of father above)Well there were these hatsand lo and behold these shirts actually come in my size. I should have bought one last night as they were on sale for the party at 50% off or 15% either way I should have gotten one, but didn't want to wait in line and regret it now. Eva, Carissa, Marilyn (who owns Sun Mist Tanning Rittenhouse - I think she's wearing it) See if you can pick out her husband in another photo. OK I am not getting paid here, but seriously what better way to get you in the spring/summer mood when it's 36F out then getting a tan? Zack, Gina and Jen. Reid and Anton
Joe and 'Biggest Loser' 4 Contestant Nicole Michalik - Girl you are smokin'
Zak and Michelle modeling South Moon Sun clothing line. Zak like his bathing suit so much he bought itStephen Penwell, Christina Fazio and Bernadette O'Laughlin (They get their last names in as I told them to just google themselves, but now that I think of it I will just tell people to google the event, what do you think?) I wish I had bought google when it went public. I love google.
The store has three floors. I like the unfinished look. I thought they were in the process of painting the walls, but that is the look. Hmm does the painter charge full price if he only has to put a primer on the wall?
Extensions by Em was on hand for your every hair need 215-510-5144, and for that touch up we all need Julie was there for a pick me up with her skills in make-up. Her card says she's an esthetician 215-439-2201. I would like to see that word on Wheel of Fortune someday.David, Jeff, Jason and Dan (Dan looks like Antonio Sabato Jr. really he does; here's a shot of Antonio on my other blog Confessions of a Paparazzi http://hughe2030.blogspot.com/2007/09/rosie-is-not-dissing-oprah.html and you will see)
Lordy, lordy this the next best thing to my sister being there. One of my sisters good friends, and now a cousin by marriage as her cousin married my sister. And for me I saw this little girl grow into a women as her family's shore house in Stone Harbor was 4 houses away from my parents. Her sister Tara is my sister's best friend and was instrumental in fixing up my sister with her husband. Hmm so it's Tara's fault that I don't see my sister everyday. Damn her. Ok and Nick went to college with Courtney, and Courtney went to high school with Michael. OY it is six degrees or less of separation.
Another family relation, Zak and his mom. The end! Happy Easter and Happy Purim. But wait two more things...



Speaking of Penn - March 20-30 is Penn's annual LGBT Pride Week, more commonly known as "QPenn." This year, their theme is "The Q and U" and features over a dozen events, including a drag show, a "kinky carnival," and a speaker event featuring syndicated sex columnist (and Philadelphia Gay News columnist) Dan Savage. http://www.qpenn.org/ You have got to check out their website. It was a clever use of a TV.

Plus if you're free Saturday night and need to unwind before you head home and search for eggs... Winter's A DRAG
SAVE THE DATE - MARCH 22, 20089 p.m. - 2 a.m.Ballroom at XIX - Park Hyatt at the BellevueBroad & Walnut Streets - Philadelphia * Drag is NOT mandatory - All tickets are $40 in advance and benefit City Of Hope. And smile, I might take your photo and you could end up on Philly Chit Chat, Rittenhouse Magazine, HX Magazine or if you're Britney and kissing a few fellows, in People!

(Thanks so much for visiting my blog, my numbers are up, there's a lot of return visitors and I really appreciate it. It makes my 4 hour nights of sleep worth it to know that you enjoy what I put out there. Thanks again. HughE)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

IT'S THE FIRST DAY OF SPRING AND RITA'S WATER ICE is FREE TODAY

To kick off Spring I've already ditched my winter jacket (brr it was cold today) and have hung out on my friends Jody & Paul's deck in South Jersey. Their son Cole wants to be a fireman when he grows up.
He's going to enjoy a free Rita's Water Ice today and you can to...A Philadelphia-born springtime tradition, the annual Rita's giveaway is held from noon to 9 p.m. at more than 500 Rita's locations in 17 states. Guests who visit their neighborhood Rita's will receive one free, regular-sized, 10 oz. cup of Italian Ice to commemorate the beginning of spring.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Classic Rock Art Show at Liberty One until 3/22/08

I don't know if you had a chance to make it over to the Classic Rock Art Show, but you're running out of time as it ends on Saturday March 22. This year they seem to have more art for sale than ever. I was there for the VIP Party and saw some of Philly's great R&R DJ's from WMGK
They even have a section to buy nicely framed photos of your favorite rocker and a "copy" of an original document that they had signed. For example on the right is Madonna and a check she wrote to a massage therapist in 1986.
Below is Grammy® Award winner, author and producer Denny Somach explaining to WMGK's Cyndy Drue that his friend Phil Ceccola took this photo of Bruce Springsteen in 1973, peering out of a bathroom asking if anyone had any soap? (I was excited to meet Cyndy Drue as I am a big fan of her greeting cards http://www.cyndydrue.com/philadelphia.html ; before my paparazzi life I too sold photo greeting cards and Cyndy and I would often be on the same rack.

The 8th annual WMGK Classic Rock Art Show is at the Shops at Liberty Place (16th and Chestnut) until March 22, 2008. The works of John Lennon, Jimi Hendrix, and Bob Dylan will be on display, as well as photos of The Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, The Grateful Dead, and for purchase. Proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Soul Moving Experience Program.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

McGILLIN'S Olde Ale House St. Patricks Day Night Party Photos

I love McGillin's and often eat lunch there, but I knew it was going to be extra special on St. Patrick's Day

With a bigs thumbs up from a party goer
the night was kicked off in the right direction
I got there about 5PM to a sea of green

laughter (and spilt beer)
more laughterAnd heard one of my favorite songs:


Where it began I cant begin to knowin But then I know its growin strong


Was in the spring And spring became the summer Whod have believed youd come alongTouching hands, reaching out Touching me, touching you Oh, sweet Caroline Good times never seem so good
So GOOD, So GOOD,Who'd believe you'd come along
Warm, touchin warm Reachin out Touchin me Touchin you
Sweet Caroline Good times never seemed so good Ive been inclined To believe they never would
And then my dad's favorite song: (The Unicorn Song, [ok it's really Danny Boy but that is entirely too depressing]) A long time ago, when the Earth was green There was more kinds of animals than you've ever seen They'd run around free while the Earth was being born And the loveliest of all was the unicorn
There was green alligators and long-necked geese Some humpty backed camels and some chimpanzees Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you're born The loveliest of all was the unicorn The Lord seen some sinning and it gave Him pain And He says, "Stand back, I'm going to make it rain" He says, "Hey Noah, I'll tell you what to do Build me a floating zoo, and take some of those...
Green alligators and long-necked geese Some humpty backed camels and some chimpanzees Some cats and rats and elephants, but sure as you're born Don't you forget My unicorns

Old Noah was there to answer the call He finished up making the ark just as the rain started to fall

Hey Lord,
I've got green alligators and long-necked geese Some humpty backed camels and some chimpanzees Some cats and rats and elephants, but Lord, I'm so forlorn I just can't find no unicorns"


And Noah looked out through the driving rain Them unicorns were hiding, playing silly games Kicking and splashing while the rain was falling Oh, them silly unicorns
Now you might think this is the ending to the song, But I'll have to tell you friends that in fact you're wrong You see, Unicorns are magical, so when the rain started pouring, They grew themselves some wings and they took to soaring.
You'll see green alligators and long-necked geese Some humpty backed camels and some chimpanzees But if you're looking for the unicorns, don't be forlorn, The second star to the right and straight on until morning. Why do you build me up (build me up) Buttercup, baby Just to let me down (let me down) and mess me around And then worst of all (worst of all) you never call, baby When you say you will (say you will) but I love you still I need you (I need you) more than anyone, darlin' You know that I have from the start So build me up (build me up) Buttercup, don't break my heart (Ok that's enough of the song lyrics unless you want me to start on Madonna)
Under the watchful eye of officer TrautzVlad wants to know why he's not in the pictureLICK ME I'M IRISH her sticker says Thumbs Up!! This girl is the spittin image of my friend katie http://www.nirmada.com/
I love this photo, some guy is trying to stick a sticker on her that says "Spank Me" and she doesn't want anything to do with it!

hmm no comment
I was going for that posed, yet candid shot on the left

Hello next time you Union League guys aren't allowed in without a little green on
HAPPY ST PATRICKS DAY HANGOVER

You're probably wondering where your photo is, well if you go the link below, look for your photo right click on it, and save to your computer compliments of McGillin's Olde Ale House. We look forward to seeing you again real soon. And stop by Philly Chit Chat too!!
http://hughephotos.smugmug.com/gallery/4537612_zdtLh#267251389