Friday, May 14, 2010

It was a beautiful night at the Azalea Garden + It was a Colorful Day

The 2010 Azalea Garden Party, as much as a fundraiser as a bittersweet good-bye to
Jane Pepper who relinquishes her presidential role in less than 20 days. Jane G. Pepper took over the reins of the182-year-old Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 1981. In her role as president, she oversaw the Society’s activities and programs, including the renowned Philadelphia Flower Show and Philadelphia Green, a national model for neighborhood revitalization.
Much thanks, Jane. XOXOX City of Philadelphia
The theme was easy to pick this year as the date fell on Cinco de Mayo.
And folks got into the spirit like Ellen Wheeler and friends
The Azalea Garden Party & Silent Auction, one of PHS’s most popular multi-generational events, raises funds for the continued maintenance of the garden located behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Susie Saunders and Ellen Roher

The party takes place on the scenic Waterworks promenade behind the museum. Festivities include the Silent Auction, stilt walkers, magicians, a maraca-making children’s craft, and horse-drawn carriage rides.
The Azalea Garden Party & Silent Auction, one of PHS’s most popular multi-generational events, raises funds for the continued maintenance of the garden located behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Derek Freres, Mark Focht, Kate Wilhelm, Jt Christensen. Derek and JT are volunteering for the Eat, Drink and Be Green a fundraiser for Friends of the Schuylkill River Park on June 5.
The ladies who lunch from the Mainline came in to enjoy the festivities and support the cause
Event co-chairs Mark and Liz Ward, Mark A. Focht (Fairmount Park Commission executive director), PHS president-elect Drew Becher, and current president Jane Pepper.
Drew Becher tells me that not only did PHS get a new president, but he's helping the economy as he bought a house in Chestnut Hill with his partner Eric, but the partner's sister moved up from DC and bought a house nearby with her family and mom. Move to a strange City, and bring the whole family. Welcome!!

Society Writer/Photographer Susan Scovill and husband Dr. Curtis Scovill.
It was a beautiful night

Thursday, May 13, 2010


Today's Philly Mag Post:


The spring gala has become an annual social fixture for the under 10 crowd here in Philadelphia as children (and grown-ups!) to dress as their favorite storybook character, enjoy some fine dining, ride their famous carousel, and dance the night away at the annual Please Touch Storybook Ball. This year’s Storybook Ball took place on Saturday, April 24th, from 6pm to 9pm. The theme? Pirates and Princesses. Carousel rides and dining aside, other highlights include a performance by the GESU School Ballroom Dancers, read-alouds in the Story Castle, and costumed storybook characters around the museum.

I brought my niece and nephew Kelsey & Dillon again this year, although, sadly, they were probably the oldest kids in attendance. Next year it's Ella & Timmy's turn, they are my other sister's kids who are about 7 and 5.
Cupcakes are all the rage this year and besides the chicken fingers, pizza, ice cream donated by Jack & Jill there was more than 1,000 donated no-nuts (and some gluten-free) cupcakes by Nikki Rayfield. Yum.

Mother Goose working her magic
The little, little kids play area
The theme this year? Pirates and Princesses. Pictured above is the Elgamal family with dad Sharief and daughters Selma and Sarah dressed for the occasion.
I love this room
Dillon excited to sit next to the Queen of Hearts near the Alice in Wonderland Maze
Laura Foster, president and CEO of the Please Touch Museum, thanks her guests for coming.
Please Touch Museum

4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131
(215) 581-3181

Wednesday, May 12, 2010


In my column for Philly Mag Online:

Doug Kammerer Celebrates 53 Years at Roosevelt Pub

Thanks everyone for bearing with me as I try and find a balance between my Philly Mag column and Philly Chit Chat. Currently I realize I am about a solid week behind in writing events that happened as I will always put the pixs on the Philly Mag blog first with the bulk of the interesting stories, but that's only going to be 3 pixs at a time. Here on PCC you will always get at least 7 shots, and a different story where possible.

A few days ago I wrote on my Philly Mag Column about attending Doug Kammerer's birthday party. I was so excited to share in his evening and capture a few moments.
Nicole Brewer
Jen Groove, Kaci Mintz and Lindsay Kravitz
CBS3’s high-energy traffic reporter Bob Kelly. He always makes traffic interesting with his quirky terms like"you must turn around Lavern" or rockety roll. Today he reminds us that it's National School Nurse Day, so thank your school nurse. (On a different note, Mayor Nutter recommends we all wear orange and black today in support of the Flyers.)
Doug comes in to the delight of his guests
Owner of Roosevelt's Pub at 23 and Walnut, Ellis Walding tells me that Doug's a good friend and comes in often to hang out and play cards. Hey I like to play cards, maybe I'll come by one day.
Mr and Mrs Kellen Economy, with Jenn and Jimmy Connor
Jessica Scott, Doug and Jamie Reibenbach. Jamie recently left Mission Grill and is starting a career in Real Estate, we wish her well. Here comes trouble...
Bill Becker, Brett Rosenbloom, Justin Wineburg and Michael Pomeretze

Randal, GM at Sampan, Julio Galvez and one of the nicest guys around Drew Milstein.
Erin Como, with a guy she dated when she was 14 and then reconnected years later, Danny Schuyler, who says never get a tattoo on your neck as it hurts like hell with Lewis Ratti and his wife Leah Como
Denise Nakano joined NBC 10 News on July 28, 2003, as weekend anchor; then in Oct 2006 she began anchoring for myphl17 news at ten powered by NBC 10. She continues to report on NBC 10 News; hanging with Doug. Doug wins he's in the most pictures tonight, it is his birthday afterall.
Justin Pizzi and former girlfriend of 3 dates Erin Como. They're now BFF's
Rose Miller, John Libonati, Zac Lowe, Gina Priest and Dave Yost
Roosevelt's was packed with lots of well wishers for Doug.
Happy Birthday Doug, with wife Holly Roehl Kammerer who planned and executed the whole shindig, and did a great job.. One of my favorite pictures. The cake says 53, but in reality Doug is 35 and someone was dyslexic or just funny.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010


A horseshoe is said to bring good luck. Many believe that to hang it with the ends pointing upwards is good luck as it acts as a storage container of sorts for any good luck that happens to be floating by, whereas to hang it with the ends pointing down, is bad luck as all the good luck will fall out. These were are wedding favors, and they were heavy.

Monday's Philly Magazine column was also about Lisa & Jimmy's wedding, there's lots of stories and fun picture's there too, but the following pixs didn't make the column, but I love them too.

"I DO"
The ceremony and reception took place at Radnor Hunt (an upscale equestrian club) on Saturday, May 8 at 5:30 p.m. Gaudio who found her dream Lazzaro gown at Kleinfeld in N.Y.C. where owner, Ronnie Rothstein, a long time Four Season fan explained what a treat it was to help the daughter of the legendary group. Gaudio wore off white cowboy boots, while her horse of 24 years, Choices, stood by her. Katherine James (Los Angeles) designed the engagement ring, necklace, earrings and wedding bands. The bridesmaids wore cowboy boots to match their dresses as well.
World-famous and award winning Broadway show Jersey Boys has made headlines for years but on Saturday, May 8th the daughter of Four Seasons original member, Bob Gaudio; Lisa Gaudio was the Jersey Girl in the spotlight.

Gaudio walked down the aisle and married her fiancé, Jimmy Kazanjian twenty six years after their first engagement. After their initial engagement and first wedding was canceled in 1982; four children, 3 dogs and 1 horse later Gaudio and Kazanjian are finally husband and wife.

Kazanjian, who grew up in Havertown, PA and Gaudio who spent time both on the East and West Coasts growing up met while Gaudio was still in high school. They were engaged in 1982 when the bride was working in Ardmore, PA and the groom was running his fathers company. After purchasing their first home they decided to part ways a few months later even though both always held a special place in each others’ hearts.
Gaudio moved to the West Coast and after she found herself divorced years later she was persuaded to call and check in on Kazanjian after she had a re-occurring dream which lasted over a year. During one visit on the East coast, she finally picked up the phone which resulted in their lives being changed forever and almost twenty six years to the day later of their first planned wedding the two finally were able to be called husband and wife. Lisa's horse "Choices".

It was an incredibly beautiful day, with sustaining wind you would only see in a storm, but that didn't take away from the romantic story that was unfolding in front of us.
Sabrina Tamburino Thorne, Carol Tamburino, and Lauren O'Dorisio

Kali Dedderian, Linda Vosbikian , Jenette Derderian and Nancy Becker,

Julie Jamgochian and Joana Piazza
Our table cards came in little horseshoes. Now I have to go look for 5 more for a set.
Loved ones to pray for. Lisa was very supportive when my sister passed away in December.
This is one my favorite picture of the night with flower girls Zoe and Lola Guadio (Her brother Shannon's girls)

Renee Marino and Jarrod Spector. They were my table mates. They drove down to the wedding, checked in to the Radnor Hotel, came right over to the wedding, slept there and went right back to NYC as Jarrod, who is playing Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys on Broadway.

Brianna and James give toasts to their parentsBrianna D'Amico
James Kazanjian

The wedding was by candle light, but not on purpose as the electric wires were downed by trees.

Olivia Polci sang two songs to the newlyweds, Norah Jones "I Don't Know Why" and an amazing rendition of Led Zeppelin's "Rock & Roll"Olivia Polci has a huge career ahead of her

Dario Polci, Jimmy Kazanjian, Lisa Gaudio Kazanjian, Frankie Valli, Michelle Fleury, Toni Valli look on as Olivia Polci sings Nora Jones' "Don't Know Why" and Led Zeppelin's "Rock and Roll."
Been a long time since I rock and rolled

Lisa and her dad Bob Gaudio

Lisa and her Step-Dad, Rick Pincus. Lisa tells me" we danced to my mothers favorite song "You are so beautiful " by joe cocker . she died when i was 24 and she and my stepfather introduced me to jimmy .....really my mother persuaded me to go out with him "she loved him so " so this wedding had deeper roots than anyone can imagine"

Steve Thorne, Sabrina Tamburino Thorne, Lauren O'Dorisio, Philadelphia Style Publisher John Colabelli, Carol Tamburino, and Chuck Peruto Jr.

Fox 29's Jen Frederick tool this shot of Carrie Brescia and me.
Yumm the cake: Lisa and Jimmy do the honors with just a tad cake in the face ending. Congratulations you two. Thanks for allowing me to photograph your fairytale wedding.

PS Thanks to my neighbor Judy Kassar who lent me her car when I had a flat on Saturday and needed to get to the wedding and then a party at 11PM back in the City.

My favorite Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons song: