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May 2011



The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair officially opened on Thursday. One of the nation’s premiere horse shows, Devon runs until June 5. Horses, riders, trainers and breeders come from all across the U.S. and Canada to compete. Eleven days of competitions will include jumping, carriages, dog show, fashion show, and more. A full schedule is available at the Horse Show’s official website. There are amusements, vendors of all sorts, food and drink, many interesting people, and, of course, horses in a variety. The stands were packed with folks in boxes that have been handed down through family lines for a hundred years. Mike and I were invited to sit in “The Hat Lady” Michelle Leonard’s box. Thanks.
Debbie Martin, HAD and Sandy Shinners. Debbie and Sandy are co-chairs of the Devon Horse Show this year.
But you don’t have to dress fancy to attend. The general public is invited to fill the bleachers, and enjoy the fair. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased here

There’s a Country Fair that features boutique shopping for all ages and tastes, as well as a great variety of foods and midway games and rides.a lot of people were walking around with stuffed snakes
fun for the kidsThere’s a wine and cheese garden for the folks
On Saturday there was a doggie show. Here the competition stares each other down.
The first category was dogs that looked like their owner
This girl was 2nd. The Uncle Sam dog came in first, and the curly dog with the two girls came in 3rd.
Then there was the “fashionable dogs”. On the far right Cynthia Sansone and her two terriers, classy as they may be the lady on the left placed in the competition as most fashionable doggies.
Elizabeth Bareis’ Jack Russell Terrier won in the best dressed category of the doggie contestadorable
This dog was just walking around the grounds and looked like me.

One of the highlights of Memorial Day weekend is the Devon Pleasure Carriage Drive from St. David’s Church through the tree-lined neighborhoods along the 4-½ mile route to the Dixon Oval. The images of majestic animals pulling magnificently maintained coaches draw crowds of spectators and tailgaters alike, both at St. David’s and along the Pleasure Carriage Drive route to the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. (source)

The judging begins at St. David’s and along the Pleasure Carriage Drive route. The judges look to make the carriage has the proper appointments,if the right horses are hooked up to the right vehicle, and if people are dressed reasonably,
but not necessarily in period outfits (although most seemed to be.) Saturday it was 95F out, I felt sorry for the folks dressed to the nines on these carriages, but it’s a tradition that goes back 47 years that has to be maintained.

The winner: Tucker Johnson, Homestead, Fl. This was Johnson’s first return to Devon in 30 years. Above Society Photographer Susan Scovill poses with an award winning team as husband Dr Curtis Scovill gets a shot. She was a sponsor of this portion of the contest.
There are several carriage divisions. There are formal carriages, sporting carriages, and country carriages and they all have their own sets of appointments. There are two judges, one for the horses and one for the ponies and each of those is broken into Single, Pair and Four-In-Hand.

The boutiques offer the latest in fashion, sporting clothes, silver and gold jewelry and beautiful hats as well as classical pieces ranging from paintings, prints and sculptures to hand-painted furniture with horses and dogs, leather goods, antiques and more. The Art Gallery features paintings and prints by many local talented artists, and the Souvenir Shop offers Devon Horse Show apparel, collectibles and the cookbook, Appetizers at Devon.
Later in the day jockeys from around the world competing in the Horse Jumping competition.
more fashion as the fair
more horse jumping.
The horsey crowd, which I am not part of, but do appreciate the history and tradition.
Face painting.
Beautiful and clean.


SPARK ENERGY Swim-Party – Plus Power for Heroes Plan

Last week I covered the Spark Energy day at Safari Sam’s Indoor Water Park in West Berlin NJ. Fun, fun, fun and wet. Above A’lieya Willaims and Diamandi Devereaux. Spark Energy offers power and CHOICE to the nationally-recognized alternative electricity provider to PSE&G and PECO Experts: PECO Customers Should Switch to Alternative Electric Suppliers to save money for the same energy.
One of my favorite water park attractions was this boogie board one. Some people even stood up on their boards and surfed. Very cool. LIKE Spark Energy New Jersey

I ran into a few folks that took advantage of the Spark Energy Free Swim Coupons like The Portelli family.
Brian Killian and Monica McGovern
In honor of Memorial Day, Spark Energy is launching Power for Heroes, a new electricity plan that gives you the opportunity to lock in a special low rate while making a difference in the lives of wounded U.S. military veterans. To offer the Power for Heroes plan, Spark Energy has partnered with Helping a Hero, a nonprofit, non-partisan organization that supports military personnel severely injured in the war on terror. When you sign up for the Power for Heroes plan, Spark Energy will donate a portion of your electric bill to Helping a Hero. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy a special low rate while helping fund critical services for wounded veterans. (Above: Matthew Ray, and Cass Orly, Spark Energy.)


HughE Around Town: Actor Evan Jonigkeit, Rittenhouse Sq While U R at Work, Puppies & Kittens, Welcome To Philly

Since I took PhillyChitChat as a full time job this year, I was waiting for the warm weather so I could get out and shoot Philly folks around town. I think I will call these posts HughE Around Town. Today I was excited to go cover the Philadelphia Independence Visitor Center’s “Welcoming of the 20 Millionth Visitor.” I love Philly, and I love these fun little milestones.
I met these nice ladies from Hatboro as we were waiting for the Mayor to arrive Mae Steere and Kathie Watkins. Every so often they come to Philly to see the new exhibits or visit historical sites. I told them about the Spies and Traitors exhibit at the Constitution Center and that’s where they were going to head next then.
A group of school kids from the Colgate Elementary School, Mrs. Wagner’s class, Baltimore, MD were the 20 millionth visitors. They received nice gift bags for their endeavor.
Jim Cuorato, president and CEO of the Independence Visitor Center welcomes the kids as INHP Superintendent Cynthia MacLeod looks on. To his left is Mr Philadelphia, Al Lee in the blue shirt with the camera.
Mayor Nutter was running late but got there in time to wish the students well and tell them about their free lunch with Steaks on South, for being the 20 millionth guests.
Have you ever seen the Mayor’s schedule? It’s insane, and yesterday it was jammed packed. No wonder he was a little late. After lunch I headed to Rittenhouse Square, but first caught a shot of Ellen Shepp bidding her mom Joan Shepp goodbye for the day. I heard Bradley Cooper stopped in with his mom when they were in town a few weeks back. Talk about “Store of the Stars”.
Rittenhouse Square: When I was employed as a paralegal, I would sometimes try and eat in the park during lunch. What a pain trying to get a seat. I often wondered what it was like during the off hours when I was back at my desk. Now I get to experience that. This will no doubt be a continuing subject on
I’ll continue my fashion shots. Occasionally I shoot them from the front, when I feel they aren’t looking, but my buddy Reuben “Big Rube” Harley, never worries about street shooting and does an excellent job at chronically the fashion/style set of Philly on his blog “Street Gazing“. I wrote earlier this year, he’s going to make a huge splash in the Phila Daily News & on in the next few weeks with his “Bill Cunningham” style shooting. You’re not gonna leave the house in the future without checking your style cause you’ll never know when Big Rube is gonna shoot you. We hung out a bit today and he tried to show me the ropes. It’s amazing people respond fairly well to the kinda photography he does. I am what you would call a shoot from the hip photographer, capturing moments where you are unaware. He shoots eye level, and often gets the unguarded moments, but isn’t bothered if you see him shoot you either.
WOW on that skateboard. This guy in the blue cap was so high, and was asking passer by’s for a dollar to save the beaver. Sure enough some nice guy stopped and gave him a buck.
Suddenly I saw a bunch of girls run over to this guy and pose with him in pictures. I later walked over to them and asked them who he was. They said he was Romeo in the Arden Theater’s version of Romeo and Juliet last year. Evan Jonigkeit
Street Stylin’
How much is that doggie in the basket? I could shoot pets all day long.
About 4PM a bunch of folks rolled in to have a water gun fight.
A kid kissed a frog
A kitten found a home
Philly Style Magazine photographer & a wedding photographer too, Nell Hoving happened upon me chatting with Evan’s fans. They were also just given a kitten from a guy who went to the park looking for a new home for the sweetness. He even gave them money for cat food.
In the background you can see the mom of one of the girls calling the dad to see if it would be ok to bring the kitten home. The dad said he would put their dog in another room, until the kitten got acclimated in her new surroundings. Then they would bring the dog out and slowing get them used to each other. How adorable. And these are the stories & photos I am looking forward to bringing you.
While I was walking around yesterday I came across this restaurant on Sansom Street near 10th. It looks like they have a nice sign up, but someone did not use spell check?Thanks to this Months advertisers: CTO, The Corner (They’re serving al fresco now), Arrow Swim Club, (The Swim Club is Open, it’s 90F. What are you waiting for?) Spark Energy, Del Frisco’s (Maybe Shane Victorino is eating there tonight?), Oh My Godard Gallery, (Stop by for their Memorial Day Exhibit with J&K Keifer), The Sporting Club, Chris Gabello Studios, Parx Casino, Anne Nikolaus Stylist – Stella Dot Jewelery, and Cabaret Singer Karen Gross.
Happy Memorial Day. Thanks to all the soldiers that have made sacrifices for the USA. Willow Grove Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3612, in recognition of the brave men and women in the community and around the world who answered our country’s call in its time of need, will pay tribute to these heroes with a special Memorial Day ceremony on May 30, 2011. The event will begin at 10 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, located at 220 Mineral Ave. in Willow Grove, Pa. In addition to the Memorial Day ceremony to honor those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country, Post 3612 will hold a New Veterans Memorial Flag-Raising Dedication at the site of the proposed Veterans Monument. The event will conclude with an open house for veterans and their families and friends at the VFW Post home, 305 W. Moreland Road, Willow Grove.