Saturday, June 18, 2011

Great Places to Watch the Wawa Welcome America FIREWORKS PHILADELPHIA during the 10 Day Celebration

The eleven-day Wawa Welcome America! kicks off on June 25 with a free waterfront concert and fireworks show and continues through July 4 with a flag-waving parade through Historic Philadelphia followed by the nation’s largest free outdoor Fourth of July concert by The Roots and fireworks spectacular on the Ben Franklin Parkway.I love fireworks it's one of the reasons I bought a condo on the Parkway. I can literally watch the Penns Landing fireworks show and see the Philadelphia Art Museum July 4th concert and fireworks from my building. Since there are usually two fireworks displays on the Delaware for both New Year's Even and July 4th I try and watch one of them on the river and will tell you my favorite places to see them.

Penns Landing Fireworks:

Saturday, June 25 and July 2 The Great Plaza @ Penn’s Landing 100 S. Columbus Boulevard Fireworks begin at 9:30PMOn Saturday, June 25 all day long the Taste of Philly will be going on at Penns Landing and at 8 p.m., Aaron Neville will rock the stage with his famous combination of rhythm and blues, followed by brilliant fireworks over the Delaware River— the first of three fireworks displays during Wawa Welcome America!. (Photo G. Widman for GPTMC)Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and picnic baskets and enjoy the concert inside the Great Plaza. Or find a spot on the grass between the Hyatt Hotel all the way down to the The Dockside Condo's at 717 South Columbus Boulevard. The concert can also be heard there and the view is spectacular for the fireworks as long as there are no trees in the way.
Another great place to watch the fireworks is from the Camden side of the Delaware River at Wiggins Waterfront Park. On Saturday, July 2, 7:30- 10PM p.m., at the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing and Wiggins Waterfront Park in Camden there will be Military-themed concerts: United States Army Band and Air National Guard Band. To get to the Camden side take the Riverlink Ferry.Penns Landing Great Plaza and Camden Wiggins Park. The fireworks can be seen from any of the above locations, as long as there are no trees or buildings in the way. The view is spectacular especially with the Ben Franklin Bridge in the background.
On July 4th the grandest fireworks display and concert will be held on the Parkway. Fourth of July Jam: Monday, July 4, 7-10 p.m., Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The best place to see the show is along the Parkway, in the street, in front of the Art Museum all the way down Logan Circle. There aren't too many obstructions. Many people also like to set up a picnic on the Fairmount Fields, which are located at 22nd and Fairmount. (Photo G. Widman for GPTMC)Another great spot is Fairmount Park along the Schuylkill River along MLK Drive or Kelly Drive. Here you and your family can have a picnic too.
This is the view from my condo of the fireworks. They are so spectacular. For two years in a row I've had friends down from NYC as they believe our celebration is much grander than the Big Apple. So if you're going to visit from NYC or beyond, check out Philly Overnight - There are still rooms available for the July 4th weekend, I just check.

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Friday, June 17, 2011

Rittenhouse Square - Ball on the Square 2011

Decked out women and men hit the cobblestone of Rittenhouse Square last night to attend the 28th Rittenhouse Ball on The Square, was held last night, Thursday, June 17, 2011. The prestigious evening of glamour is always held on the third Thursday in June where the proceeds raise funds to make significant capital improvements to Rittenhouse Square. The gala event was co-chaired this year by Nicole Cashman, Barbara Eberline, Audrey Claire Taichman and Richard Vague, here with the committee.
The decor was done by Stephen Starr Catering, decor by Evantine and lighting by Eventions. When I arrive at an event done by Brian Kappra and his crew I immediately run to the dining room as he is a genius is decor. This year he did not disappoint, the theme must have been jeweled of bedazzled because there were jewels in the table cloths, hanging from the guard house, in the table runners, on the centerpieces. Really beautiful. The Starr menu was 4 courses and included lobster and fillet. The lighting was dramatic, subtle and playful.
Pretty in pink Sharon Pinkenson, Executive Director of the Philadelphia Film Office, outfit was complete with pink pumps for the garden black tie party.
I ran into my friend and former "boss" from my former life as a paralegal, Charles Goowin, Esq. He's a partner at Berger Montague and my firm assigned me to work on a case with his firm for 2 years. I actually went to work there everyday, which was a joy since it was only a block from Rittenhouse Square. His wife Nicole Galli is also an attorney, but at a different law firm.
A.J. Marsico and Annie McCormack. AJ just got back from a trip to Pittsburgh and checked out one of his favorite stadiums PNC Bank, which has a really great view of the City.
Rich Castor and Mary Parenti. Mary owns one of the beautiful private homes on Rittenhouse Square, what a treat it must be to have the park as your front yard.
Dr. Whitney Pollock and Harris Bock. Dr Pollock, Pottsville, was recently named national spokesperson for a NovaSure medical procedure.
Kelly Boyd was a stunner in her glimmering gold number with Fabio Granato (Owner Serafina NYC & soon to be Philly 6/24) and James Scott.
Nicole Melchiorre and Nina Stanley. Behind them was where the table place-cards were located, among beautiful white roses and lilies. As the guests first walked in they would pick the place card up telling them which table they were sitting.
Rittenhouse Square unofficial mayor as opposed to Wendy Rosen who is the official mayor, Sal D'Angelo and his beautiful wife Inga. You want to learn the history of Rittenhouse talk to Sal.
Nigel Richards, Nicole Cashman, Sabrina Thorne, Lauren O'Dorisio, guest, Noel Bruno and Matt Noone
Our FEASTIVAL pals Liz Trasmundi and Jason Norton. The 2011 Feastival is September 14.
Matt Wolf and Rebecca Quinn-Wolf. You can't see it very well in this shot but Matt is sporting his Phillies bow tie, "representing he said."
Todd Drake and Denelle Green-Drake. Love her Philip Lim outfit that she picked up at Neiman Marcus
Dave Maser and one of the evenings co-chairs, Barbara Eberline
Nicole Cashman, Brian Kappra, with David Hall and Creg Oosterhart
Former senator Bob Rovner makes his way through the crowd
Senator Larry Farnese with Jin Hee Park, was one of the few "official" politicians under the big tent as the city officials like Councilman-at-Large James F. Kenney and Mayor Nutter were ironing out the budget in City Hall. Nancy Alperin Regni and Dr. Jerry Regni.
Chris Sellon, Debra Hamilton, Linda Richardson and Dr Paul Richardson
Others spotted were John Colabelli, Robert Stern, Carol Tamburino, Steve Thorne, David Lipson, Linda Johnson, Eileen Kennedy, Peter Madden, Kate Wilhelm and Chris Chimicles, Laurie Phillips, David Schwartz, Carol and Joe Shanis, Irene and Fred Shabel, Joel Koppelman, John Westrum, Justin Wineburgh and Judie Weinstock
Diane Johnson and Christian DiCiccoTamar Olitsky, Co-owner of Table 31 (have you tried their new menu yet?) and Brooke Dillon. Both woman's outfits came from Brooke's boutique where she specializes in vintage clothing.
Anthony Casey, Nina Tinari, Mia Tinari and Dave Fisher
co-chaired this year by Nicole Cashman, Barbara Eberline, Audrey Claire Taichman and Richard Vague with Rittenhouse Square President Betsy Hummel, CBS3's Chris May and Susan Barnett looking on.
Dinner then dancing was on the menu as the Young Friends of Rittenhouse Square made their way over from Smith & Wollensky at about 10PM. More on their party on Monday.

The Eddie Bruce band performs
Kate Kosarek, Friends of Rittenhouse Square Park and Scott Barnes, Starr Catering
Ralph and Suzanne Roberts, stunningly dress and a great way to end the entry with style and class. (Scott Barnes is helping Mrs Roberts navigate the cobblestones and rain.

THE BUZZ: Chris Brown Philly After Party Q KITCHEN CLOSED, Phila Soul & What Are You Listening To?

Chris Brown is coming to Philly on Father's Day. Then he's gonna party at Whisper's 1712 Walnut Street
The party gets started at 10PM Sunday night, but I don't expect he'll roll in til an hour after that. I remember J-Woww all too well. She was about 2 hrs late. See you there.

Last weekend was the Philadelphia Pride Parade and also the last time Q Kitchen at 13th & Locust was open for business. I went by Monday night and it had a closed for the evening sign, but now things seem more ominous cause when I drove by Tuesday night at midnight the place was dark leaving only the hookers on the corner keeping it warm. I talked to a friend and he tells me they have closed for good. Bummer. Hope something fun opens there.
Tonight packed your vehicle with as many friends that can fit and pay only $50 for the whole group to see the Philadelphia Soul in great lower level seats.
I received this email two days ago from Cliff Stevens Co-founder, Lokadot, LLC, which explained this guy with the sign "What Are You Listening to?" I photographed on Monday on my way to the Brent Celek event: "Just thought you'd be interested in an Internet meme developing that Philadelphia is now a part of, thanks to a YouTube video we published today called "Yo Philly! What Song Are You Listening to?" - available here - Filmed Monday June 14, 2011."

Something tells me that the sign outside might say Shears, but look for the name Swanky Bubbles to return soon. (Maybe after the new Spike TV series, Bar Rescue airs?)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Noah Wylie in Fallen Skies Sunday 9PM on TNT - Philly Interview

Noah Wylie was recently in town to promote his new TV Series on the former ER star will play Tom Mason, a history teacher forced to lead a band of survivors in the aftermath of an alien invasion in Falling Skies on TNT at 9PM Sunday.

The meeting was held at The Four Seasons Hotel where I participated in a round table interview. It was cool and fun to do as each reporter brings with them their angle of the story and asks questions that others might not even think of.
Noah told us that he took a step back from Hollywood to focus on raising his kids. Now the time was right to his career back on track, plus he couldn't pass up the opportunity to work with Steven Spielberg.

Noah discusses how he took a step back from his career to concentrate on his family. Then choose this project as the timing worked out well, plus it was working with Stephen Spielberg. He just had to do it.
Noah Wylie's view during the interview, although he was very attentive. I was just thinking how wonderful the view is from the Four Seasons.
Fallen Skies kicks off on Father's Day June 19 at 9PM on TNT

Brent Celek's Take Flight Foundation at Loews Hotel

Monday Night I headed over to the Loews Hotel to check out the Brent Celek Take Flight Foundation's charity event. Established in 2010, the primary focus of the Take Flight Foundation is to provide seriously ill and physically challenged children throughout Greater Philadelphia with daily support and life changing experiences.

The theme of the night was World Tour of Food and beverages with breathtaking views
Zach Waxman and Brad Waxman, both from Southern Wine and Spirits
Bob Gomberg, Bob Coorey, Tom Keebler, Rob Heckler and Maureen Heckler enjoyed the VIP cocktail party which was held before the main event.
Dave Mills, Alan and Annette Simmons
The VIP party was held in a room off of Sole Food, and was a singles women's paradise since it was male dominated.
Ashley James and Christine Mills. Christine tells me she is not related to David above.
Then it was up to the 33rd Floor for food from around the world
paired with spirits
I love the JOY on this kids face. A moment he won't forget with Philadelphia Eagles players Jamar Chaney and Eldra Buckley.
Sherita Rooney, Rebekah Starr and Ariella Bradley hang out upstairs on the 33rd floor where the main event was held. The VIP gift bags included a official white NFL football so the guests could get autographs from the players. Good time, good cause and a great people.