Friday, July 17, 2009

PHILADELPHIA STYLE MAGAZINE HOT LIST PARTY 2009

Oh what a night. For me covering the Philly Style Magazine "Hot List" party is an amazing experience because at last years event I barely knew anyone except for Sgt. Ray (Single and still looking girls, I know you're curious some of you do searches) and Brett Rosenbloom (off to some exotic place [I never spell his name right, I used to call him Brad, now I'm into misspelling his last name, he just wrote me and I corrected it). There were no Arthur Kade's, or Sabrina Tamburino's in my life at that time, certainly no Renee Freeman who just exudes a sweetness and kindness every time I see her and many of you who are always so kind, especially with your prayers for my sister and of the NBC10/Fusion "Be a 10 in 10 Weeks" Biggest Loser Challenge.
Tonight was a whole different ballgame. It was a great night, it went by so very fast, and so many people wanted to be on PhillyChitChat, which was a great honor. To thank all of you for allowing me to take your photos over the past year, I will be putting all the photos I took at tonight's party into my online photo album next weekend. So if you're photo does not appear here, and even if it does, you come back and get it for free from the online album.Michael Spain Smith with Kristin Foran
Todd Trego, Mrs Todd Trego or as we like to call her Editor in Chief of Philadelphia Style Magazine and Capitol, Sarah Schaffer with Lee Saunders. Philly has never been the same since Sarah left us for Obama town.
Emoda.com's Meesha Miller with model (can you tell) Josh DeMarco.
The Mayor - Drew Carballo (far left), Brooke Bugatti, guest, Ruben Harley, and Lee Christy
Robert Johnson, Vlahos PR, with celebrity chef and all around sweet person Jennifer Carroll and Beth Cecerelli. Chef Carroll just finished the latest installment of Brvo's Top Chef. It premieres on 8/19/09. You can catch all the action at Ten Arts at the Ritz where Chef Carroll is at the helm practically everyday. On 8/19 ten Arts will be having a premiere party from 7 - 10PM. So come on by and cheer our hometown girl on.
A couple of hot listers in my book... Grace Flanagan and Beth Hegedus (Thanks for being a reader Beth)

Entertainment. Hmm I wonder if I will be able to do this after 10 weeks of bootcampDave Fisher, Mia Tinari and Sam Weiner
The Rittenhouse Mayor and KYW3's GM. Doesn't the dresses on the right look similar. I was surprised with a crowd this large no two people had the same outfit on.

Joe Weiss and Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. (NO she won't tell me where Owen Wilson or Reese Witherspoon are filming - LOL). Joe has also dabbled in the art; he partnered in a film production company which produced several well-known films of the 1970s, including The Buddy Holly Story and Under the Rainbow. Lovely, sweet as chocolate Aditi Roy. Seriously is there any other reason to wake up to anyone else in the morning. I remember the first day of bootcamp Justin Pizzi said to me "Aditi says hi". Plus she always says the nicest things. And she's cute to boot. Steve Weissman
Toni Crawford, John Colabelli and Kristin Simms
Shang Skipper, Monoca Devlin, and Marshall Harris in front of the Del Frisco's table. Hmm hmm good. It was one of the few things I ate all night. A beef slider.

Janice Lim comes out of hiding and chat's it up with always dashing Scott Webster. He just returned with his sweetie Jessica Hawkes, from a quick trip to London. He's still sporting that Britsh Scotland Yard look.My date for the evening, and I believe this is only the 2nd time I saw her last night, future PR Giant, current bootcamper Megan Smith with Andrea "Miss Keystone" Helfrich
Finally after 2.5 hrs trying to work my way to the casino, there were no chairs. Not to fret I am going to AC this weekend for a Chelsea by day, Dusk by night Philly Chit Chat outing. I will be hitting the tables if Mike doesn't hide my ATM card.
Lots of sponsors to thank, but at the moment I don't have a list. I do know that Grey Goose is one of the, plus I had a diet coke. So thanks to them. As well as the restaurants I remember and will list when it's not 3:30am like it is right now. Hmm if I were going to they gym I would just stay up 2 hrs and leave, but today I think I will go at 4:30PM. Getting delirious, must finish this b4 I go to work....
Arthur Kade, a little out of focus here. He was avoiding the press tonight and just basking in his limelight. I think he may have broken "The Drought" last night, you'll have to check out www.ArthurKade.com to find out.

Carrie Nork Minelli with hubby and Mission Grill GM Dino Minelli. Carrie is due to give birth in September. Another Casman & Associates principle, Dana Lombardo gave birth to a baby girl last Saturday, Chloe. Father TJ and family are estatic. Danielle Poe makes the scene with
Michael Harris: Director, Marketing and Special Projects with the Phillies and wife Joy enjoyed the festivities. I ran into them in the Casino room, but they left with the shirts on their back so I think they did well. Which reminds me next Tuesday, the Penn Club of Philadelphia is having a great event at the Phillies! Three hundred alumni from all over the region, along with their families, will be having a special bbq in a party tent, prior to the game. During the event, Phillies President David Montgomery (a penn alum) will welcome guests, tell his personal story and answer questions from attendees. http://www.pennclubphilly.org/article.html?aid=414
Kelly Haye and Tumoor Haye, GM Union Trust and about to be proud parents. With Kaci Mitz, AJ, and Ellen Rohlfing
Greta Baith and Autumn Asby, who wrote on her FB: Tastykake giveway after swanky party good thing. Walking home in 3in heels not a good thing. (ROFL) oh and this nugget tooWell done CollegeHumor. Well done. http://bit.ly/vRAJ6Molly O'Shea with friend Meghan McNelis. Molly is participating in the Sporting Club @ the Bellevue's bootcamp with my "Coach" Fusion Cross Training owner Gavin McCay. His bootcamp is so popular he's branching out.
The shy Justin Fine and his date Alli Hughes



NBC10 folks, will fill you in later
Susan Helfrich and Rich Woolf. These two have staying power.


Fierce footwearJen Utley, Sgt. Ray Evers and Nicole Cashman, of Cashman & Associates
A thorn between oh that's something else...

New FB friend, Kristin Foote and John Westrum. They make a nice couple.



Zahra Saeed and Kayce Cashman. Zahra has a dress boutique at 1901 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA Saeed’s Walnut Street boutique features clothing with her signature touch: gorgeous fabrics from Europe and Asia.
Sweethearts Renee and Don Freeman - Freeman Interiors
Jordan Schatz and Kem genkin. Kim tells me her client Peter Karapanagiotis of Prive will be on "Chopped" 8/25/09. So watch it. Love. Love that all our chefs are getting some face time nationally.
, Jennifer Carroll and Uri Jacobsen; President/Chief Operating Officer at Barefeet Shoes, Wyncote, PA On my way home I ran into the "autograzzi", oh wait they are protesting that I call them that, they have unionized and want to be called Professional Autograph Association (PGA) - LOL. OK well these guys are my ally's in all things celebrity. They know who's who is where and what is going on way more than I could ever know. I mean really they bring beach chairs to wait for hours for Motley crew at the Four Seasons. I caught up with them for about an hr waiting for Tommy Lee. Nikki Sixx came in first, "No Pictures", "No Pictures I'm too tired (it was about midnite). So you guys won't see that photo in the Inky or on PCC. Oh well there's the Jonas Brothers or Sharon Gless to come through our town. It's gonna be a great summer.
For 10 days I will have this open for the public consumption.
Just right click & save; Can not republish these photo in any media without permission.
http://hughephotos.smugmug.com/gallery/8936784_LGo4Q#593428948_xiU7E

Thursday, July 16, 2009

HAPPY 15TH ANNIVERSARY MIKE & HUGHE



I cant remember when you weren't there
When I didn't care for anyone but you
I swear we've been through everything there is
Cant imagine anything we've missed
Cant imagine anything the two of us cant do
Through the years, when everything went wrong
Together we were strong, I know that I belonged
Right here with you ... through the years
I never had a doubt, we'd always work things out
Ive learned what loves about, by loving you
Through the years

Through the years, you've never let me down
You've turned my life around, the sweetest days Ive found
Ive found with you ... through the years
Its better everyday, you've kissed my tears away
As long as its okay, Ill stay with you
Through the years

Without the support of Mike, PhillyChitChat could never exist, it takes a lot of time away from us so that I can pursue my obsessive passion to record what the heck is going on and share it with the rest of the world. So thanks Mike, I really appreciate it, and I love you. How lucky am I to have found him.

It's Mike's Birthday to, Happy Birthday Mike!!!

Tonight is the Philadelphia Style Magazine Hot List Party, it is going to be a blast, of course the timing could have been better, but no one asked me. So PhillyChitChat will be there and bring it to you tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

CITIZEN ALLIANCE LIVES ON THRU THE SUCCESS OF East Passyunk Avenue & the monthly QOTA (Queers on the Avenue)

For the past couple months I have been invited to cover QOTA (Queers on the Avenue), but for one reason or another I haven't been able to get down there to attend. This changed last night when I had some free time as I wanted to see a lot of friends that I don't get to see all the time, plus two of my favorite people James McManaman and David White were opening their 2nd art store in the City "Absolute Abstract" at 1616 East Passyunk Avenue. Their other store is in Center City on another happening street 13th Street in Midtown Village.

David White, Where Magazine Publisher Laura Burkhart & James McManaman in their new store on East Passyunk Avenue

This month's QOTA featured free wine, beer, and Rain Vodka cocktails + lite fare. Special thanks to our sponsors Independence Business Alliance, Rain Organic Vodka and Loews Philadelphia Hotel, who will raffle off a VIP weekend. (Another recent migrant biz from the Midtown Village is Capogiro’s, which is doing a very brisk business.) IBA President Bill Gehrman (Left) ("The Independence Business Alliance is Greater Philadelphia's LGBT of commerce.) and Chris Mullins, whose family own McGillins on Drury Lane. This year McGillin's is gearing up for their 150th Anniversary - WOW!! Check their website for upcoming events celebrating this monumental event, 8/1/2010.
Not 150 years old, but just as important, this guy on East Passyunk states that at 86 yrs old he's the oldest on the Avenue, has a PURPLE HEART (Thank you sir), and likes that life has returned to the avenue.
Colleen DeCesare, Black & Brew and Michael Clouston, owner of Michael's Café at 1623 E. Passyunk Avea. It's simple yet delicious BYOB that I know you will want to try. They are hugging at Michael's CafeCarol Miguel, Alan Smith, Linda Loque and lying on Carol, John A Cochie, III enjoying the evening at Michael's Cafe
From an article in last month's June Philadelphia Magazine:

... Renee Gilinger is the director of the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District. Just off the plane from a vacation in Europe, she should be exhausted. But instead she’s standing on a chair, enthusiastically calling out the winning raffle tickets for gift baskets from JimmyStyle and Absolute Abstract, and reveling in the once-again stellar turnout. She’s long been involved in organizing the gay community, but QOTA is her great success. “I always knew there was a true LGBT presence here,” she says. “But until you have a space where everyone says ‘This is accepted,’ there’s an uncertainty. An older gay gentleman who has lived here for years told me he has never felt this comfort level.”

Bill Gehrman at this months QOTA event thanks the crowd for coming, and conducts the raffle which I didn't win:(
These two may very well be the future Mayor's of the Avenue - PR Man about Avenue Matthew Vlahos and JimmyStyle, owner and local fashionisto Jimmy Contreras waving to friends as he makes his way through the crowd
Kurt Schoenkopf, Darren Fava, Robert Bain and John Yeagley
Steve Kamison, Mark Moyer and Robert Saxon, MANNA
Spotted on the scene clothier Matthew Izzo

(Again from Phila Mag June 2009)
IN A STRANGE
twist of fate, it just might be that the new gayborhood’s real patriarch, its guiding light, is … Vince Fumo.
The embattled politico’s Citizens’ Alliance — the neighborhood improvement effort that was the centerpiece of the “misspending” that’s landing him in jail — bought up blighted properties along the Avenue beginning in 2000, and started rehabbing them and renting them at cheap rates to viable, renaissance-inducing tenants. Those tenants agreed to abide by certain rules: no ugly security gates, later hours of operation, changing window displays, and other business-smart guidelines that the older mom-and-pop shops pay little attention to.
VISIT EAST PASSYUNK AVENUE FOR INFORMATION