Friday, June 25, 2010

PHILADELPHIA MAGAZINE ENTRY TODAY - Danny DeVito & Wilhelmina Models Party


Another in a series of pictures taken with my cell phone. (Or I finally figured out how to get the pixs off the darn BB)
Today at 39th & Walnut, at the Radium Building, please visit my Aunt Mary's and Cousin Kelly's fruit & vegetable stand at the farmers market.

Recently Chipotle
redesigned the windows at the former Susanna Foo's restaurant. Foo had designed and picked out the windows herself. Now they have been enlarged them and paved a new sidewalk.In the evening a Philly cop guarded the newly done work
Bloomie's flower shop vacated 13th & Walnut a year ago, but finally some activity is happening.
Right up the street from Tutti Fruitti which slipped in there unnoticed after Bonti left
Will be another Sweet Endings, taking over the spot of the flower store. guess the rumors of that corner being demolished in order to build a condo, is being tabled at this time. Hmm Korean Ice Cream!!
This guy is using the old headshop's front door as a mirror. I chatted with the new owners and they are building an upscale cigar place in the same space. Complete with humidors.

Rittenhouse Square Friends need a new bench
Have a nice weekend. Mike and I are off to our staycation at the Waterfront Condo's on Delaware Ave to see how the other half lives.


I remember I had taken the day off from work and spent it with my sister. I had kept it from her that Farrah Fawcett had died that morning, but when I heard Michael Jackson had died we both wanted to watch the news. So then I had to tell her about Farrah too just in case they announced it. I cried all the way home, for Farrah, Michael Jackson and for my sister. IT was a sad day.

Thursday, June 24, 2010


This year's Fourth of July Festivities is grander than years gone by with a schedule that is chock full of fun things to do and see (These are just my highlights, full schedule at the bottom of entry and it's a doosie):

Kicking off the week is the Taste of Philadelphia on June 26th at Penns Landing.
Taste of Philadelphia
5:00 p.m. - 4/25; 11AM 6/26; 11AM 6/27;
Penn’s Landing
Columbus Boulevard at Chestnut Street
Interested in sampling cuisine from the region’s best chefs? Come and try amazing “tastes” from some of the most popular restaurants in the city and find new favorite menu items! Stroll the waterfront while you’re “dining” and listen to some great beats at the same time. Participating restaurants include: Hard Rock CafĂ©, Tony Lukes, Steaks on South and many more.


at 2pm Great Plaza at Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA
Specifically, the competition will start at 4PM in the East Parking Lot of Great Plaza.

Special appearances include*:

• NBA Legend and NBA Nation Ambassador Darryl Dawkins – appearing Saturday, June 26, 3:00 – 7:00 p.m. and at the Kia Performance Court on Sunday, June 27, 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.
• NBA Player Thaddeus Young, Philadelphia 76er – appearing Saturday, June 26, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
• Justin Friedlander, Justin’s Quest Founder – appearing Saturday, June 26, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Ex 76er and dunk legend Darryl Dawkins and two dunking All-Stars will be judging until the final round, then the winner will be determined by fan votes. The first place winner will receive $1,000, a Flip Video and the chance to travel to All Star 2011 in LA to compete for $10,000. Second place will get $500. Show your support for Philly and its most legit dunkers

Wawa Hoagie Day and Philly @ The Movies: Rocky

7:00 p.m. Hoagie Day
9:00 p.m. Movie
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Join Wawa for an epic Philadelphia double feature: the famed Hoagie Day celebration followed by a special screening of Rocky, all free of charge! Wawa will serve a culinary masterpiece fit for display in one of the museum’s galleries - a mile-long hoagie! Enjoy a party atmosphere and fun before settling down for Philly @ the Movies at the foot of the “Rocky steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It's a one-two combo that can't be beat!

See below for information on how to enter the "Rocky" Contest.

I enjoy going to a few of the smaller parades in the local towns. To find this info check the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper on Friday July 2nd in the weekend section.

July 4th

Celebration of Freedom
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Independence Hall
520 Chestnut Street
Join Mayor Michael A. Nutter and other local dignitaries as they kick off the day’s festivities at a ceremony honoring America’s 234th birthday.

The Philadelphia Independence Day Parade: Life, Liberty & You
11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Historic Philadelphia
Bring your flags, patriotic spirit and plenty of energy to America’s best 4th of July parade and revel in the pageantry that has made this march through Historic Philadelphia a new local tradition.

Party on the Parkway
12:00 noon – 8:00 p.m.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 20th Street to Eakins Oval
The whole family will enjoy this afternoon of fun, free entertainment and of course, lots of food! Stay for the Life, Liberty & You concert starring The Goo Goo Dolls and jaw dropping fireworks later in the evening. More information can be found at:

Philadelphia City Hall Tours M-F at 12:30PM from Rm 121. Plus see the City from the 40th Observation Floor every 15 minutes, but pick up your timed tickets from Rm 121
as it's first come first served and they go quickly. ($5 - $10) Also pick up maps of the city, pamphlets on the city and the July Fourth Celebrations here as well as the Visitor Center at 5th & Market Streets
This year there is 3 nights of fireworks:

Great Plaza at Penn's Landing

6/26 - Concert with Morris Day and the Time 8PM, followed by Fireworks

7/3 - Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company, presents The Philadelphia Orchestra's FREE Neighborhood Concert and Fireworks! 8PM

The Philadelphia Art Museum July 4th 8PM
Ceremony, Concert - The Roots, Goo Goo Dolls

For much more and updated information go to America's Birthday dot com

Philadelphia-native Craig Robinson will be hosting a Poolside Brunch Party at The Chelsea Hotel

Philadelphia-native Craig Robinson, currently starring on ABC’s The Bachelorette and possible next Bachelor, will be hosting a Poolside Brunch Party at The Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City this Saturday, June 26, 2010, from 12pm to 6pm. Robinson, aka “Craig R.” on the show, has made it to the final seven as of this week’s episode this past Monday night.

The Chelsea Hotel is Atlantic City’s only boutique, non-gaming hotel, that has revolutionized Atlantic City’s “daylife” and “nightlife,” specifically with its pool deck and poolside Cabanas. The Chelsea has created a nighttime atmosphere during the day around the pool and Robinson is hosting this all-day brunch party that will feature Champagne Floats, flowing bottles of Rose and a DJ spinning house music. A new bistro brunch menu has been created which will be served poolside.

For more information or reservations call 609-428-4544 or email

Brandywine Polo Club Announces 1st Annual Philadelphia Cup

Brandywine Polo Club Announces 1st Annual Philadelphia Cup
Philadelphia Style and Media Correspondent Maria Papadakis host
annual US Polo Association tournament
to benefit Queen Silvia of Sweden’s World Childhood Foundation
On Sunday, June 27, 2010 at 1:30pm, the Brandywine Polo Club
will present the 1st annual Philadelphia Cup on their tournament grounds in Toughkenamon, PA. The Philadelphia Racquet Club, Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce and Mexican Cultural Center have joined Brandywine as partners for this year’s festivities.
Proceeds from the event will go the World Childhood Foundation founded by Her Majesty Queen Silvia of Sweden. Hosts for the 2010 Philadelphia Cup include Philadelphia Style magazine and a roster of renowned local celebrities including Media Correspondent and Brand Ambassador Maria Papadakis, Miss Philadelphia 2010, Andrea Helfrich. Featured International Polo Professionals include Juan Martinez Baez (MX), Dominic State (UK), Pablo Avalos (ARG) and Jose Pasten (CHI).
Brandywine Polo, 232 Polo Rd., Toughkenamon, PA 19374
Sunday, June 27, 2010
1:30PM: Light savory fare
2:15PM: Brief orientation to the game of polo and a tour of the grounds
3:00PM: Match begins

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

ONE DEGREE OF TIGER WOODS - Devon James wants to Beat You!

What: Would you like to help Tiger Woods out and Have you ever wanted the chance for revenge and step in a ring with one of his mistresses ,well you can now as Melinda Jannette "aka" Devon James will step into the Celebrity Wrestling Ring in a Female Boxing match live on July 30th against an opponent TBA.

If you want to be considered to be the opponent, email . The event will be with the new BIG Bang Boxing Gloves. Devon James who is one of the better known Tiger Woods Mistresses will make her ring debut thanks to her manager Gina Rodriguez from DD Management Group. Opponent will be announced next week.

When:July 30 9 PM

Where: Atlantic City ,NJ TBA

Doesn't anyone believe in Jello Wrestling anymore?




The Jimmy Rollins Family Foundation strives to help children and young adults living with arthritis by providing funds and awareness about the disease. We also support families who are struggling financially with extracurricular activities for their children.
My mission is to bring funds and awareness to fight against arthritis as well as provide families who are struggling financially with educational and entertainment opportunities to encourage children to stay in school.
Chase Utley signs baseball for a fan
The crazy Phanatic fan

Stephenie LaGrossa and fiance Kyle Kendrick come out to support the good cause
Chase giving the high five to the Lucky Strikes mascot
And poses with the silly thing. Anything for Charity.
Mitch Williams, J-Roll and a young fan.
What it's all about.
I completely was irritated doing this event because I wasn't given an all access pass to shoot the rest of the Phillies in the VIP area. This is where the event coordinators wanted me to stand to get the photos. Really ridiculous. I wasn't even going to submit any shots from this event, but I knew it was for charity and sent the shots out to the Inquirer and ran one in my Philly Mag column. I had no idea I had to get pre-approved by the Phillies organization to shoot beyond this point. Ridiculous that it was reserved for mostly their media. Even the guy didn't get into the VIP area. Some one dropped the ball.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Hero in Heels Celebrity Shoe Auction - Proceeds Women With Cancer

Hero in Heels Celebrity Shoe Auction took place June 10th
Hero in Heels collects signed celebrity donated shoes and then auctions them off. The money raised from the auction grants the wishes of women who are suffering with cancer, including wigs and prosthetics, as well as some of the basic needs.

Several of the region’s top fashion designers will show their latest line, including Carmelia Couture, Walish Gooshe, Onyx Noiz and SA VA Fashion.

Wish Upon A Hero Foundation is spearheading a revolution in charitable giving. Since the organization’s inception in 2008, Wish Upon A Hero foundation has been directly affecting the lives of individuals throughout the world. Foundation donors are not left to wonder how their contributions are used, as all donations are directly responsible for grating wishes for individuals through For more information on the Wish Upon A Hero Foundation, please visit

The shoes were one of 20 pairs sold last week during the Hero in Heels charity auction that raised more than $9,600 for women battling cancer. The fashion show, held at the Trust building on Arch Street, was put together by Dave Girgenti's Wish Upon a Hero Foundation, an online nonprofit that grants requests to people in need.
Tamika Harding and Mark Standard

Hero in Heels collects signed celebrity donated shoes and then auctions them off. The money raised from the auction grants the wishes of women who are suffering with cancer, including wigs and prosthetics, as well as some of the basic needs. They were able to get so many shoes because several of the actresses shared the concept with their friends and they were more than happy to donate their shoes too.
It took place Thursday, June 10th from 7-11pm at TRUST (the old Real World house) at 249 Arch Street. Several of the region’s top fashion designers will showed their latest line, including Carmelia Couture, Walish Gooshe, Onyx Noiz and SA VA Fashion.

The seats were filled and the room was packed.
Cashman & Associates Ashley Schaefer and her BFF's

Girgenti started Wish Upon a Hero in September 2007 as a way to grant wishes to people dealing with unexpected tragedies. Many of his requests, he said, were from women with cancer. Some of them were simple: silk scarves to cover heads bald from chemotherapy. Others were more difficult to fulfill - breast prosthesis.
Great venue, terrific turnout, only one problem
not a good mix of spenders as most of the crowd was made up of students, up and coming somethings, and under employed. Missing were the Sabrina Tamburino's, Stacey Kracher and Maria Papadakis who are the Imelda Marco's of Philadelphia. (I didn't do a good job of telling them about the event as none of them knew of it.)
Despite that most of the donated shoes went for about $200, and the big bid of the night was Jennifer's Jimmy Choos went for $800.
Stephenie LaGrossa and Wired 96.5's G-N Kang in their Nicole Miller outfits working the crowd to sell the Survivor alumni's shoes
Stephenie LaGrossa & a $100 gift certificate to her restaurant Gigi, went for $200, as did

Scarlett Johanssons - TOD, and Gwen Stefani's LAMB, Jen Utley's Christian Dior, even Heidi Hamels Christain Louboutin clocked in at $200. I would have like to see some of the bids go a bit higher; these shoes retail for more than $200, unsigned. Lots of bargains were to be had that evening, it was an Ebay'ers dream come true. For a freshman event, I'm sure they will take away all the great of this eye candy event, and build on the learning curve for a bigger and more successful event next year. I suggest getting an established PR Firm with a proven invite list, to be combined with the great group of guests you already had. That would make a beautiful crowd with money in the bank. Hero in Heels