Saturday, March 12, 2011

ANNE HATHAWAY SHOPS IN PHILLY for a dress 2hrs before a wedding

Philadelphia Celebrity Sightings: Actress, recent Oscar hostess, the next Catwomen in Batman, super sweet Anne Hathaway popped into the Joan Shepp Boutique on Walnut Street along Rittenhouse Row in Philadelphia on Friday afternoon around 2PM. Seems she needed a dress for a wedding she was attending, IN 2 HOURS. (Crazy girl, she's just like us waiting til the last minute.) She was with her boyfriend Adam Shulman. She spent about 40 minutes looking for the right dress finally deciding on a blue one by Junya Watanabe. After trying it on a quick eyed Joan Shepp clerk noticed it was see through, so Anne bought a slip too.
UPDATE: The wedding was for Anne's Cousin. Anne's mom, actress Kate McCauley was from the Philadelphia area. Her parents met while going to LaSalle University. Her grandfather, Joe McCauley, was one of Philadelphia's most popular radio personalities, known as "The Morning Mayor". He hosted "The Dawn Patrol", the nation's second all-night radio program, on WIP-AM beginning in 1942. The wedding was held at the Crystal Tea room, and the after party was at the Palomar Hotel where Anne, her boyfriend, parents and many guests from the wedding stayed. I took the above shots in NYC 2008. In the first photo she's making a gesture to her mom who is standing behind me. They just had dinner at the Waverly Inn in Greenwich Village, owned by Graydon Carter of Vanity Fair fame. It's NYC's Ivy, you show up there then expect to be paparazzi'd. For Philly I think it's safe to say that celebrity hangouts are Stephen Starr restaurants, Del Frisco's and R2L. The guy she's leaving with above is her last boyfriend, Raffaello Follieri, who is now serving 4 years in jail for pretending to be a representative of the Vatican to con wealthy investors out of millions of dollars. Ah but that's old news and she's happy now with Adam Shulman who has Philadelphia ties. (Thanks to the reader who tipped me off to this story, I really appreciate it. Tip me off about celebrity sightings at Buzz @ [no spaces]. When possible I can send you a gift bag I got from a cool party, sometimes get you on the list of a cool party or send you a 5 photos I've taken of you. Just ask to be put on the list and as they come up I can send something your way. Sometimes people just send me tips cause they like my blog, but either way I appreciate your support. Over 5 people tipped me to this report and just wanted a big THANK YOU!!)

Friday, March 11, 2011


On Sunday, March 13th, there will be two parades in Center City, the St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Hoyu Parade.

The St. Patrick's Day parade will start in the 1600 block of J.F.K. Blvd. and proceed east to 16th Street, north on 16th Street to the Ben Franklin Parkway, west on the Parkway to the north side of Eakins Oval, where the reviewing stand will be set up.

The following streets will be temporarily closed:

JFK Blvd. / 16th Street to 20th Street / 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
16th Street / Market to the Parkway / 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Parkway / 16th Street to Eakins Oval / 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Also, on Sunday the Hoyu Parade will take place in Chinatown. The parade will begin at 1:00 PM and last until approximately 3:00 PM. The parade will march within the boundaries of Vine Street to Arch Street and 9th Street to 12th Streets.

Additional police officers will be assigned to both parades to expedite pedestrian and vehicle traffic, but there may be limited traffic delays or congestion around the parade routes.

Thank you.

Good Friends Gala at Girard College 3/4/11

The great financier Stephen Girard left the bulk of his fortune to the City of Philadelphia to build and operate a residential school for needy children from single parent households. His vision is Girard College, which sits on Girard Ave at the edge of North Philadelphia.
For more than 160 years, Girard College has provided excellence in residential education for children from single-parent families of limited financial resources. We have been able to remain tuition-free since we opened in 1848, thanks to the Girard Estate, which provides most – but not all – of the funding needed to cover the costs associated with educating and housing our students in grades 1 through 12.Last Friday evening Girard College held their annual "Good Friends Gala" honoring Willie F. Johnson with the Corinthian Award for his support and dedication to Girard College and it's mission to provide a good education for limited financially challenged kids from a single parent home. Willie F Johnson above with some students. Above Diana and Murvin Lackey walk the red carpet into the party. I love when an event has a red carpet as it sets the tone that this is a special event.
The catering and decorations were done by Cescaphe Event Group, entertainment by EBE Talent, and a special performance by Philadelphia's Tymes.
The students of Girard College greet the guests. The money raised at this event benefits the school and programs that enhance their learning.
Rick and Gloria HawkinsPamela Browner-White, Philadelphia Eagles Senior Vice President of Public Affairs and Government Relations, Jeremiah White, Chairman, Osiris Group Inc of Osiris Group Inc”s.
Andrew Greenblatt, Executive Director / CEO at The Philadelphia Film Society and Melissa Grimm.
Mia Tinari, Dave Fisher and Nina Tinari. Mia is branching out into the entertainment field at the law office that she shares with her dad, Nino V. Tinari & Assocs. so if you're in the entertainment field and you need representation give her a call. It's coming up to a year since her beautiful wedding to Dave Fisher at the Curtis Center, which is a great place to have a wedding with one of my favorite caterer Cescaphé . If I weren't so tired I could have had some delish Cescaphé last night at the Addys, where my friend Annie Heckenberger picked up one for an advertisement she created last year. Congrats babe.
Brian Seaman and Jeff Kummer, you'll remember this duo from the Wilma gala a few weeks ago. Jeff and his biz partner Mike Reid (Gray Space Decor), decorated the Doubletree Ballroom as Moulin Rouge.
A super turn out to help the kids achieve their educational goals turned out in droves.
Christian DiCicco, Sen Larry Farnese and Diane Johnson. Christian has one of the best URL's for an attorney that I know of succinct and to the point. So if you need to see a bankruptcy attorney you know where to go.
William Darrah and Ashley Via. I believe these two need to photographed throughout the summer for PhillyChitChat. Very stylish and mysterious. I can tell a lot of fun too.
John Egan, Sen Larry Farnese, Carol Tinari and Bernard Smalley
a Shareholder at Anapol Schwartz, is known for his personable style, which allows him to represent his clients effectively, and in a spirit of cooperation. John, Carol and Bernard were co-chairs for tonight's gala.
After a decent cocktail hour with signature drinks and the delicious food that is always served in abundance by Cescaphé (lot's of seafood, and the largest shrimp I've ever seen.)
John Egan, Co-Chair of the gala, addresses the crowd
Renee Chenault-Fattah was the mistress of ceremonies for the evening. In the three years I have been PhillyChitChat this was the first time I saw her. She's usually low key, but this event is very important to the future of the education for these kids and she was gracious enough to appear.
Willie Johnson after delivering a spirited speech on how important education is to achieve the goals in your life. President of Girard College Autumn Atkins Graves (Who will be participating in Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars to benefit Sickle Cell Anemia on April 10)
Co-Chair Thomas Leonard, co-chair Bernard Smalley, Honoree Willie Johnson and co-chair Carol Tinari
Carol was given flowers for all her tireless work in putting on this event. Asking many of her friends and business associates to support this cause that she truly believes in. Everyone from the caterer to the band to her friends immediately said yes and were on board.
Standout students Damon Diggs class of 2011 and Aaliyah Ahmed class of 2012. Aaluyah came to Girard when she was in 2nd grade as her mother thought it would be a safe environment and encourage them to go to college, and she was right. Aaliyah says that Girard has instilled in her passion and determination. Damon came to Girard in first grade "Girard made me beomce more independent and self-motivated," and he doesn't think he would have been able to discover who he really was if he hadn't been educated at Girard. Both of them assisted at the live auction where
An excellent job was done by auctioneer Jeff Hammond who through his skill was able to raise over $50,000 in the live auction. One of my favorite moments of the auction was when services were auction off, for example health insurance for the kids is nearly $3000 a month and two people bid to that amount to cover a month each. Or $250 for art supplies, about 20 people could meet that need. $100 for something else and nearly 30 people met that need. Very clever and a great idea for other charities to think about doing.Dinner. Surf and turf. I was able to sit with the Tinari's which is always a treat.
Joann Bell, Len Ward and Maxine and Linton Ward visit with each other
After dinner it was on to dancing and dessert
This was the first year that they held the event at the College and I think it was a smashing success. I'm sure for the guests it adds value to their experience to have the party in the historic Founders Hall which was the original classroom building for Girard College. Today this National Historic Landmark houses two museum collections and the archives of Stephen Girard.Some of the staff of Girard College were a great help that evening

You can help Girard College out by having your next event here. There's parking, a lot of space, several rooms and it's historic. A great event space to have a wedding too.

Where To Celebrate St. Patrick's Day In Philadelphia

These are just random thoughts of where to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Any Philly bar is good, but ones with Irish names are best like The Irish Bar, McGillan's, Fado, Moriarty's, McFadden's and and the honorary Irish cause everyone is on St. Patrick's Day: like The Field House, Kokopelli, The Corner or even Del Frisco's. Here's a few other suggestions:

Kicking off the St. Patrick's Day Celebration

March 12th - Pub Crawls

Erin Express, Craft Beer Express, and Running of the Micks.


On Sunday is the traditional Philadelphia parade. The St. Patrick’s Day Parade is the city’s largest parade, with 20,000 participants representing more than 150 groups including marching bands, dance groups, youth groups, Irish associations and floats.

Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day Parade
When: Sunday, March 13, beginning at 11 a.m.
Where: Begins at 16th and JFK Boulevard
Cost: FREE
More info:


Coming this St. Patrick's Day to a 3D theatre near you, Michael Flatley returns as LORD OF THE DANCE! Filmed over five nights in glorious 3D, the film includes interviews with Flatley along with behind the scenes footage. This unprecedented access to Flatley's performance will give you an unparalleled sense of the scale of the show. FOR ONE WEEK ONLY (That's odd where is it going then?) Check out their FB for details.

McGillin’s Olde Ale House: For the holiday (and in the days leading up to it) McGillin’s is serving authentic O’Hara’s Stout, direct from Ireland, O’Reilly’s Stout from Sly Fox in Phoenixville, as well as Chocolate Leprechauns. Plus, the historic tavern has added hearty Irish fare to the menu, including Bangers & Mashed (Irish sausage and mashed potatoes), Shepherd’s Pie, Irish Lamb Stew and Corned Beef with Cabbage. Plus, you’re covered in the event of crummy weather: get free soup with any lunch order!

All I can say at this point is St. Pattys day the most super tits "drink" in philly will be at the bar @... Trust me says Matt Levin

Don’t pub crawl with the masses this St. Patrick’s Day. Instead, beer lovers can quench their thirst at City Food Tours’ ( one-day-only St. Patty’s Beer and Cheese Tasting. This second annual event will take place from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2011 in the comfort of a private dining area at Triumph Brewing Company in Old City Philadelphia. Advanced reservations are required and can be made online by visiting or by calling 800-979-3370. Tickets are $49 per person. Participants must be 21 or older.UWISHUNU has a good summary of a few other fun bars to get your Irish on!!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

RAINY DAY PHOTOS, Please don't worship this tree, Fashion at the Philadelphia Museum of Art Plus Rocky has dirty knees

Fashion at the Philadelphia Museum of ArtRain doesn't deter her fashion sense
Who decides how these boxes are placed. I took this photo at 3PM, 20th & Chestnut is not moving papers today
Talk about getting the job done. Riding a bike in the rain, carrying an umbrella making a food delivery and going against traffic, WOW
Sophy Curson. I asked if he entered the window in to the The Philadelphia Flower Show contest. He said no, he just wanted to do it. Now if only Anthropology or Diesel jeans could have that community spirit.
Rittenhouse Square
Styling it
Peeping Tom
Is that George Washington on his horse?
Rocky has dirty knees
Spring has sprung