Friday, December 24, 2010


My charity of the week is Sacred Heart for the Terminally Ill in Philadelphia. I have been donating money to them for the past 3 years at Christmas, if you have $10 or more consider a donation. They provide hospice services for free in a loving atmosphere.

Lauren O'Dorisio took this shot this morning at Isgro, where people traditionally stand in line on Christmas Eve for all their dessert goodies to eat, especially at the Italian tradition seven fishes dinner (which my sister cooks)
Today the line was extra special warm and fuzzy as Joshua Alcorn who popped the question to Brianna D'Amico in front the sweet place. Congratulations you two, here with Gus Isgro, who says the wedding cake is on him! (Brianna is my friend Lisa Gaudio's daughter and Jersey Boy's Bob Gaudio, writer of many of the fantastic songs of the Four Seasons.)
The Lobby of my office building. If you are on twitter you know I was complaining about the antlers on this "doe". They were cracked and one was broken. Maybe the powers to be read my tweets or just wised up and they removed the antlers.
Christmas Village is open today. Sadly I never got to shop there even once as I was so busy in December covering all the parties and well my day job takes up a large chunk of time too.
But I did run through it the other afternoon after shooting Kate Gosselin and brood on the Rocky Steps.
Oh Christmas Tree

My favorite shot of me taken by Christopher Gabello Studios. Monique Crawford is Santa's Helper
My mom has had this Santa all my life and when she displays it I know it's Christmas time
Oh Christmas Tree
Happy Holidays to all

On the look out for Santa
My paralegal job's lobby is so beautiful. I took this last night. Maybe next year it should be our holiday card. Merry Merry Christmas and see you on Monday. 12/27/10 (I'll be at work, so I know some of youse will be there too. I used up all my vacation time.) I have things to tell, stories to write and news to break in the New Year. Have a fantastic time this weekend. Maybe we'll have a white day after Christmas so I can get more shots like the one above.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Wilhelmina of Pa Holiday Party at Hyatt at The Bellevue's Rose Garden Ballroom

As we rocket it towards Santa's day I attended one last holiday packed party as a big crowd came out to the Wilhelmina of Pa holiday party at Party at the Hyatt at The Bellevue's Rose Garden Ballroom which was full of friends and frequent acquaintances everywhere.
PR gents who orchestrated the soiree were Vlahos Pr consisting of Matt Vlahos (r) and Jimmy Contreras (l) with pretty in purple Wilhelmina of PA agency owner Kelli Harman as the hostess
Mistletoe Toe was hung generously from every crevice, well not really but this guy seemed to be set

If there was a holiday cheery contest these two would win hands down, Joyce Larrabee of Bryn Mawr and Donald Carter from Center City.

Arthur Kade and a bevy of beauties.
Kevon and Susan Glickman with Commonwealth Craig Arthur von Schroeder and
Other guests included Meryl Levitz - GPTMC, Ameenah Young - PA Convention Center, Steve Ward, Kristin Haskins-Simms - Project Runway, Nichelle Pace - Style Mom, Carol Drumstas - Brown Forman and many more.
Chessia Kelly, Andrew Heckenberger, and Annie Heckenberger
Matthew Vlahos and Sarah Cooper Bobersky

Wilhelmina of Pa marketing and birthday boy Will Ball and Brooke Vernon
Looking very stylish Rachel Mercer and sister Victoria Mercer
Picture perfect Mike Hirata and model friend Yanez Perez
Amy DeSimone and Jenna Kramer in their holiday gear as Reid Rosenthal sings holiday cheer behind them
Dan Reinherz and Hadas Kuznits
Josh Pelta-Heller and Nell Hoving
Brian Whalen and Michelle Boyles (South Philly Phasionista)
Festive Crowd
Special live performance by Summer Fiction. They were just featured in New York Magazine and will be featured in Vogue Magazine as a band to watch in 2011.
Clever idea make your own gift bag to go included some items from their event partners: Chambord Vodka, Little Black Dress Wines, Korbel, Eclatante Event Design, Popchips, Skinny Water, Carefree gum and Hyatt at The Bellevue.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Kate Gosselin runs up the Rocky Steps at the Philadelphia Art Museum with her children being filmed for her TV show

Yesterday I got an assignment from a national magazine that I contribute to that at some point in the day Reading, Pa's reality star, who just made news in all the glossies that she changed her hairstyle, Kate Gosselin and her brood of 8 would be running up the Art Museum Steps, "The Rocky Steps". After waiting several hours the magic happened. That's Dancing with the Stars Kate Gosselin on the right, chatting on her cell phone as she ascends the steps. I have no idea why she needed to chat with anyone cause her entire family was with her including her "bodyguard" who tried to prevent me from shooting these pictures.Kate's been absent from the TLC airwaves for a couple months, except when she appeared on Sarah Palin's reality show recently on the same network. The Palin's and Gosselin's went camping. Kate left before the day was out exclaiming the most notable dialog since Jessica Simpson asked if there was chicken in Chicken of the Sea tuna? Kate said to Sarah Palin as they were setting up the campsite, "Why would anyone purposely be homeless." As she compared going camping as the same as being homeless. Last Spring there was a promise of a new show called "A Twist of Kate", which was presented to the advertisers in NYC at the Upfronts, but so far there's been no indication it was filming until yesterday.

Originally I was going to break this story with permission from the magazine, which I received, on my NBC10 Non-Stop Channel, but I was preempted this morning by a breaking news story, and having lost the exclusive story on Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez a few weeks back I wasn't going to wait out this one so here are a few of the pictures, but I will have additional information regarding her filming in filming in the City for my TV segment that appears every night on Comcast Ch 248, or 10.2, that goes along with these pictures for when I film my segment tomorrow. (The night before Kate and the 8 were at the Flyer's game, according to the 700 Level.)

Sam Katz: Philadelphia: the Great Experiment

Philadelphia businessman and former mayoral candidate Sam Katz, screened his documentary film project Philadelphia: the Great Experiment at the
Philadelphia History Museum which formerly re-opens next year. You know I'm in heaven about this museum and that Sam Katz is a producer on a documentary on Philadelphia. (I am a huge Philadelphia book, postcard, photograph and everything Philly collector, so this movie is right up my ally. [I feel stress about getting the grammar right on this entry as an editor and film maker might stop by to read it. Feel free to help me out.)
The Philadelphia History Museum used to be called the Atwater Kent Museum of Philadelphia History, but underwent a name change as well as an extensive renovation. Before I recall the museum was dark and jammed packed with objects important in the history of Philadelphia. Now it's light, airy and roomy. As the museum isn't officially opened yet, the only room I saw was the renovated meeting room, gone are the view obstructing columns, now there are clear sight lines, and a new sound system. Also you have to check out the new flooring, a full scale map of Philadelphia. Really amazing to see the City on that scale. Can't wait to see the rest of the museum when it opens next year.
Tom McGrath, Editor of Philadelphia Magazine and Sam Katz did a Q&A after the screening of the 30 minute film which depicts the earlier start of Philadelphia, as well as the significant race and religion divide in the City occurring at the time.

For two years, the businessman and former mayoral candidate led a 126-member team that researched hundreds of years of Philadelphia's past and kept returning to a period from 1865 to 1876 when the city underwent changes that affect it today. Although the museum is still under renovations, they are holding talks and Q&A's if you would like to join in. Just check their website for information.
You'll recall that last January Jimmy Rollins donated several pieces to the new museum at a ceremony at the Visitors Center: Sam hopes showing the film will create a buzz that encourages grants and foundation funding for seven one-hour films covering all of the city's history. Each hour, with its educational features and webisodes for the Internet, costs $700,000 to produce. Visit his website to see how you can help, or schedule a showing at your organization. Philadelphia: the Great Experiment

Tuesday, December 21, 2010


R2L (or as I like to call it "A Room With A View" hosts its second annual New Year’s Eve extravaganza— The Cabaret.

Daniel Stern Restaurant’s R2L is once again hosting the hottest New Year’s Eve party in Philadelphia! Last year, the opening of R2L was previewed by a fabulous New Year’s Eve bash to ring in its first year open for business. Since R2L’s official opening in January, R2L and Daniel Stern have had a great year and want to make the New Year’s Eve bash a memorable tradition.

The Cabaret at R2L will be fabulously swanky for those looking to start off the New Year red carpet style. R2L will make guests feel like they are a part of the flapper, 1920s, Prohibition-era. There will be a premium open bar, DJ, dancing, 1920s-style entertainment and food by Daniel Stern. Speakeasy general admission is $155 per person for all listed. VIP table reservations are available but limited, which includes a general admission ticket. In addition, private “backroom” seating is available. For tickets, table information and pricing, visit

(Celebs likeBarbra Streisand love the food at R2L, this past weekend Jamie Foxx stopped by too)

Also, for those who are looking to ring in the New Year in a more casual, Daniel Stern Restaurants is also hosting its 1st Annual New Year’s Eve Roadhouse Pig Roast at MidAtlantic Restaurant & Tap Room. The party will have a true rustic feel with a pig roast buffet, buckets o’shrimp and mussels, fire roasted peanuts, $3 canned beers, a special champagne & shrub midnight toast and more. For fun entertainment, there will be a vintage jukebox, pool table, pinball, and more! Tickets are $65 per person. For more information, visit Sign up for a subscription to Philly Chit

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Holiday Affair with a flair Sen Vincent Hughes and Sheryl Lee Ralph with Patty Jackson throw a fling

Last night at the World Cafe Live Senator Vincent Hughes and his wife Sheryl Lee Ralph Not only is she one of the original Dream Girls, she and the Senator work tirelessly for many charities, even tonight's event calls for bringing can goods or a donation for the local food bank. (Where by the way my friend Robert Drake spins for WXPN, and speaking about holiday's he will once again be spinning 24hr on "Night Before Christmas" Christmas Eve his magical blend of music and the original "It's A Wonderful Life" radio show. Check him out midnight 12/24)
My new friend WDAS' Patty Jackson. So thrilled to get to know her after being a fan for many years. We're been twitter friends for a few weeks now and I was so excited when I saw she was hosting the event so I could meet her in person. She's as beautiful as her voice. Patty Jackson has you covered check out her blog here (suddenly I want some peach cobbler.)
The man and women of the hour. Miss Sheryl Lee Ralph and Senator Vincent Hughes welcome their guests to the "Party With A Purpose". Can goods and donations were collected at the door to feed those who are in need right now, in our area.
The crowd was stylish and I found a few standoutsCLASSY!!
new hair style.
Love that Christmas sweater

You'll want to see this video where the crowd sings Happy Birthday to Sheryl, who responds that she's 30 "Good Black Don't Crack" - LOL; Plus her thanks to the women of Philadelphia for the gift of her man.
Urban Guerrilla Orchestra kept the bodies moving on the dance floor
and it was a large turnout. Delicious food.

Everyone was getting down including the Senator's mom Ann Hughes. Above her is Sheryl Lee Ralph and her son Sen Vincent Hughes. I even got a little dancing in.
Love that Sheryl Lee Ralph is capturing the memories of the night.
Thanks Jamyra Perry, producer for WOGL for taking me to the party last night. So much fun dancing too. Jamyra would like one of these gift-wrapped please.