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June 2010



Monday night was the sixth annual Chefs’ Dinner for Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), an event that brings chefs and patrons together for an interactive evening of food, fun and fundraising. More than 40 of the nation’s best chefs created an extraordinary gastronomic experience at The Union League. The dress was “gala chic,” but not black tie. The list was the who’s who of the Philadelphia area and, of course, animal lovers.Dana Spain 2nd from left and her mother 1st on the right.

Aly Green and Nadine Fitzpatrick work the silent auction table

Andi Pesacov, Biana Tsepenyuk and Christian Kassis
The Union League was the perfect spot to host such a prestigious event. Each room held pods of various restaurants, and was decorated in that restaurants theme design. I don’t have too many photos of the night as I arrived late having been at the hospital all day for a relative who wants to remain anonymous’, procedure. Gwen Goia, Jill Jacobson and Danielle KrupaThe Tamburino – Thornes. Carol, Sabrina and Steve

Delilahs – Buffy Varanese (marketing director at Delilah’s) with
Lucky Strikes lounge

Michelle Billiris and Priscilla Bardararo

Kerri Ritchie and SweetTooth’s Scott Lean,

Surf and Turf by Roberta Adamo, Penne

Chefs Roberta Adamo and Eileen Watkins from Penne

SO wonderful to see so many socialites, friends and frenimies gather to support a prestigious cause. It’s great that people can see beyond the politics to help support those without a voice. The guests gather for dessert on the main floor.
MY fav’s Renee and Don Freeman Here is today’s PhillyMag Column with the full story of the event: PAWS



City announces streets closures, from June 30 to July 4, for the 2010 Wawa Welcome America! Festival

(Philadelphia June 30, 2010 – July 3, 2010) – City officials announced recently that street closures — beginning Wednesday, June 30 through Sunday, July 4, 2010 — near many special events during the ongoing Wawa Welcome America! Festival. Delays can be expected and motorists are advised to avoid or proceed with extreme caution in these areas prior to and on Independence Day.

The following information includes street closures regarding the 2010 Wawa Welcome America! Festival:

Beginning at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30 through Sunday, July 4, Eakins Oval will be closed on the west side (in front of the Art Museum). All traffic will be forced outbound onto Kelly Drive at 23rd Street. All inbound traffic will be forced out Fairmount Avenue from Kelly Drive.

In preparation for July 4th events, on Thursday, July 1, the 500 block of Chestnut Street will be closed beginning after the morning rush hour, at 9:30 AM, for the set-up of the stage and related equipment. The street will reopen at 3 PM for the PM rush hour and close again after 6:30 PM to allow for the completion of equipment set-up. The street will remain closed Friday, July 2, to allow for further set-up.

Beginning at 7AM for set-up, on Saturday, July 3, the area bordered from 9th to 11th Street, and from Vine to Arch Street (listed below) will be closed for the Chinatown Block Party. The actual event runs between noon and 5 PM. All streets are expected to be opened by 6 PM.

10th Street, Vine to Arch
Race Street, 9th to 11th
Cherry Street, 9th to 11th
Appletree Street, 9th to 11th
Spring Street, 9th to 11th

No street closures are planned during the concert and fireworks at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, July 3; however Columbus Boulevard may be heavily congested during the fireworks display.

Sunday, July 4, 2010
Independence Ceremony/Parade
5th Street- Walnut to Arch
6th Street- Walnut to Arch
7th Street- Walnut to Market
Chestnut- Front to 8th
Market- Front to 8th
Front- Dock to Arch

Sons of the Revolution Parade
Walnut- Front to 6th
2nd Street- Chestnut to Dock
38th Parallel- Spruce to Dock


Thread Social designer Beth Blake and Stephenie Lagrossa

Last week Priscilla of Boston salon in Ardmore had a dress event. They celebrated a new collection of dresses by Thread Social and the hosts include Thread Social designer Beth Blake and Stephenie Lagrossa, former Survivor contestant and fiance of Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick.
Display of the new dress Thread Social for Priscilla of Boston dress collection
Stephenie Lagrossa and Priscilla of Boston’s Kimberly Minor
Stephenie Lagrossa and Thread Social designer Beth Blake
(PhillyChitChat has become so popular people are always sending their pictures to me to post; Starting 7/7/10, which is my 3rd anniversary, I will be accepting your event photos, when I am unable to make it there, for a nominal fee for the administration cost. These postings will not be on Philly Mag .com . Find out how you can have your event on by emailing me at Buzz @ PhillyChitChat. com)