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October 2009



For nearly 35 years, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) has been creating, finding and supporting programs that directly improve the health and well being of nearly 4 million children worldwide every year. Ronald McDonald House Charities is dedicated to improving children’s access to the highest quality health care. For example, the Ronald McDonald House, allows families to access specialized medical treatment by providing a place to live at little to no cost. The Ronald McDonald Care Mobile provide high quality medical, dental and health education to those with the greatest barriers to accessible health care.
Last week the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House held it’s patron party at Le Castagne
in preparation for their 35th Birthday Party which will be held next Friday, Nov. 6 at the Please Touch Museum. (Remember to turn your clocks back this weekend.) A Patron Party honors table hosts and major underwriters of the upcoming event. Below is a photo I took appeared in last Sunday’s Inquirer in Michael Klein’s column (where you can find my photos from the last 2 years every Sunday Pg B1) with the MC’s of the Nov 6 shindig, CBS3 anchors Chris May & Susan Barnett, chatting with one of the founders of the Ronald McDonald House, Jim Murray. (TIP: I like the candid shots, if you see me come near to capture one just move a little to the side so I can get the shot that will likely get placed and help promote your event.)

The Philadelphia Ronald McDonald 35th Birthday Honorary Co-chairs Stu & Gini Peltz and Norman & Marian Wolgin, Co-Chairs: Joan Emmi and Judy Boreham
RMDH Board Member DaveNiggeman and Bruce Shelly, Shelly Electric Co., Inc.
RMDH Board Member Sue Wenger and daughter Jamie Wenger; Marketing & Special Events Associate Philadelphia magazine

Anchors Chris May & Susan Barnett. I have to say the chemistry, and honesty of these two make them my favorite anchors these days. I was watching them after the Phillies clinched the title, and they were the only newsies that were able to ad-lib the happenings on the street that night, when the revelers were partying. Phila Ronald McDonald House Volunteer, Jo Montufar, Joan Emmi and PRMH Volunteer Chuck Montufar, PRESIDENT/OWNER. MONTCO METALS. The Montufar’s became involved with the PRMH when their daughter was diagnosed with cancer. They now comfort other parents whose children are suffering and are going through the same treatments their daughter endured.
Dianne Murray, Kelly Hays, Bille Parkes and Jim Murry. Jim Murray is the co-founder of the Ronald McDonald House and a former General Manager of the Philadelphia Eagles. He is a native of West Philadelphia and is also president of Jim Murray Ltd, a sports promotion and marketing firm. (No doubt Dianne Murray contributed a great deal to the RMDH, especially when raising five children. I say this from experience as I have mentioned w/o my Mike’s help there would be no PhillyChitChat)
Marian Wolgin, Mickey Black, Marlene Weinberg and Salli MickelbergLisa and Tom Mann and Attorney Darwin Beauvais.
Willa Kravitz Director of Development Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, RMDH Board Member Anne Scardino, (Anne’s duaghter Meredith is an Emmy award winning write for one of my favorite shows, Stephen Colbert.) GM Anthony Masapollo, Le Castagne. and Shelly Hoffman CBS3 Public Affairs.
INFO ON THE 35TH BIRTHDAY PARTY OF THE PHILADELPHIA RONALD McDONALD HOUSE ON NOVEMBER 6, 2009, at one of my favorite party spots, The Please Touch Museum, HERE


Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar Big Debut

Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar (2006 Chestnut St.) Here’s Jolly Weldon at the door of his new piano bar at the edge of Rittenhouse Square, but what I found last night was it was more than just a piano bar, it was a colorful fun atmosphere with a large screen TV, great sound system with contemporary rock, top 40s playing either coming from the piano’s or muzak, spirits were were generous in size and food was delicious.
Take a look inside, very bright and cheery as we look towards the entrance and the large windows that look out onto Chestnut Street. The place seemed a lot larger than when I peered in the window a week earlier.Did I mention the view inside is breathtaking…The girls behind the bar are Laura Handline, Danielle Raco and Devon Taraborrelli
According to City Paper’s Meal Ticket: “Jolly Weldon’s new 125-seat space, the centerpiece of which will be two baby grands that’ll double as battle stations for pianists Anthony “Tony T” DeCarolis and “Wildman Joe” Marchetti (more on concept here). On Friday, the music, which’ll normally run Tuesday to Saturday from 8 p.m. on, will begin early, at 6; Jolly’s first day will also see the unveiling of their happy hour (6-8 p.m.), which’ll feature $3 cocktails, $3 wine/beer and $3 eats (sliders, flatbread pizzas, hummus, guac, etc.).” Loved the crabcake sliders, and flatbread pizza’s. Food from of Smiths restaurant and lounge on 19th Street and B*Smith Gourmet Catering .
A shot of the entire piano room, with large booths and quaint tables along the stage where Anthony “Tony T” DeCarolis and “Wildman Joe” Marchetti will do battle every night…Sing out the Song of the Piano Man” kicked off the night.
Note the light fixtures on the leftwith a closer look you can see that they are 50’s era “microphones” . Very cool, amazing detail. Really jazzes the place up. I think people will appreciate the extent Jolly went to in making his place a fun, eye candy, entertainment spot.Red Tettemer’s Rachel Timmerman and Annie Heckenberger make the red carpet. Annie wanted to take this leopard print rain coat off, but I loved it and she kept it on. Pretty sharp I think.
PhilaCinefest Thom Cardwell, and the newly engaged Mary Patel
Melissa and Nicholas Gabillon. Melissa is the Director of Human Resources at Sofitel – Philadelphia. She swears that neither she or Nicholas have beautiful voices.
Ross Curry with Phillyist’s Jillian Ashley Blair Ivey. She’s is aware that her name is long. If it bothers you, you can call her Jill, like everyone else.
Did I mention there was a “swing seat” when you first walk in the door. Sweetly unique, but somewhat scary after a few Jolly Happy Hour drinks. That’s the photo I want to get. Seriously, what a great idea, who wouldn’t want to sway to some good music.
Food bar in the rear of the place. Check out the light fixtures here. A different design, very classic. Take your drink and sidle up and order your food here, or settle into a booth and a server will take your order.
Chef Brendan Smith and his dad. Chef Smith, formerly of the Kimmel Center and the United Nations, is the chef and owner of b*smiths gourmet catering as well as Smith’s Restaurant Lounge on 19th street in Philadelphia. Mike Toub makes the scene. Mary Patel hanging out. She was a huge fan of the burger sliders and the humus.
Wildman Joe (Joe Marchetti) and Tony T. (Anthony Decarolis) have been dueling since 1990, and are excited to call Jolly’s Dueling Piano their new home. Last night they were burning on the key’s, getting the crowd up, dancing and singing, as well as inviting a few patrons up to the mike’s for their signing debut, pix here: Casey DeBaecke. (all before the Phillies beat the Yankees)
Wildman Joe (Joe Marchetti) and a few patrons sing Happy Birthday to Maryann Shoukri as Michelle Vizzachero looks on. Check out their beauty salon above Jolly’s.

Light fixture alert. Another very stylish light fixture. A really nice detail, classic and perfect. Really sets this place apart from the dark clubs and bars in town where you don’t expect to appreciate these details. I like the warm hues of the room too.Jolly’s is sure to be a great Happy Hour place as their drink prices reflect HAPPY with $3 cocktails, $3 wine/beer and $3 eats (sliders, flatbread pizzas, hummus, guac, etc.). Regular prices range from $2 Soda, Juice to $10 specialty cocktails. Stacey Himes, with Jessica Sharp and Rebecca Devine. Jessica and Rebecca are both with Maven Agency. No matter how much I plied these girls with drinks, I couldn’t get them to slip on what restaurant could have possibly signed on at 10 Rittenhouse.
Movie Makers Tigre Hill (Shame of the City, and the upcoming Barrel of a Gun) and Mary Patel (Electile Dysfunction)
Alexis Sucanic and Jolly’s GM David Everett
Happy Trio: Lorine Rahm, Rich Bendis and Krista Bard
Actress/Singer Deidra Sarego and Carol Qualtiere
A couple of show stoppers Stacey Himes and Tara Theune Davis were the PR/Event Planning on this project. Navigating the highly competitive field of food bloggers, columnist and other media trying to get the “first” details or picture of Jolly’s Dueling Piano. They did an awesome job and it’s always a joy to work with them. (A few of the sites that did outstanding coverage Foozbooz , Michael Klein, and Phoodie )Jolly’s Dueling Piano Bar opens Tuesday thur Saturday’s at 5PM, the Dueling Piano shows are Wednesday to Saturday nights @ 8:30PM Before I left I asked GM David Everett how many glasses he thought would be taken a night cause they say
Jolly’s Dueling Piano on them, and having worked in a restaurant or two, and well maybe lifting a a Bubba Gump glass once, I know it happens. Well David tells me the glasses are for sale,
as are the T-Shirts, Tank tops and THONG? I asked if anyone was wearing one so I could get a picture, but no one fessed up!


Scooter or Motorcycle Parking along the 1600 – 1800 block of Chestnut

The signs are up. No longer is Handicapped Parking the last spot or first spot on the block. (Can the sign be anymore confusing, Motorbike parking 3 hrs 10AM- 10PM, but all others 2hrs from 10AM – 4PM, then 3 hrs 4PM til 10PM. Truck Parking 6AM – 10AM, so if your driving your bike to work to save the environment, your just outta luck)
Now it’s the Motorcycle/Scooter parking spot.The spots are for parking your bike perpendicular to the curb. The only wise thing is that City figured out that you have to have a meter for these spots otherwise the paper meter tickets will be removed if placed on the bikes dashboard.
The spots are clearly marked A/B. But there are still major problems with this set up. I really see a lot of bikes knocked over by cars making the turns at the posing corners a few feet away, especially buses or trucks.
The only bright spot is that it’s cheaper to park a motorcycle $.25 a quarter hour.
One meter is for each space.
but you’re still gonna have to deal with these douche bags