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December 2012



Lineup & Route

The parade marches north up Broad
Street to JFK Boulevard and city Hall.
String Bands Order of March:
Greater Overbrook
South Philadelphia
Polish American
Greater Kensington
Quaker City
Each band will perform a full
drill at 3 different locations throughout the day: 
these are at Shunk Street, Washington Avenue and
Pine Street. It’s recommended to get to these sites
early for the best views.

Check out the interactive map for the Mummers line up.

our fans that are not in the Philadelphia viewing area, PHL17 be
streaming the 2013 Mummers Parade starting at 10am. Click the link below
to view the parade.
Trying to enjoy the 2013 SugarHouse Casino Mummers Parade from outside the Philadelphia viewing area? Use this link.


HAPPY NEW YEAR!! What an amazing year I’ve had. My business and brand just exploded and I was swamped. A wonderful thing especially in this economy. It’s so sad that our country is taking so long to recover, and it’s so sad what’s going on in society. Sometimes it’s hard for me to write about people, and glamorous events with so much strife in the world, but my friend Phyllis tells me people want an escape, they want happy, they love the local angle on life that I write about. So I will keep on keeping on. Thank you for all your support over these past five years and giving PCC it’s best year ever with nearly 1.5 million views in 2012.


What a great year of celebrations for this milestone. Thank you to Cashman & Associates for throwing the 5th Anniversary PhillyChitChat party and for the nearly 250 that came out to support it. Thank You Reserve Steakhouse for committing to my party, I was sad they closed a few days later. I had so many people contact me to throw parties there as they loved the space. I couldn’t understand why they were contacting me (I was away at the time) and then I read they went out of business.  There’s one final event coming up 1/16/13 at Replica Creative. It’s a retrospect of photos I’ve taken over the past 5 years of YOU. So I hope you’ll come by. 33 s 18th Street 6PM – 8PM Wed 1/16/12.

Here are a few of the photos and events I attended this year. The Barnes Opening. I love the building, I love the event space, I love the grounds, I’ve never toured the art exhibit except in it’s old home in Merion. This year I’ll make sure I check it out.

Black Thought and Bobbie Booker at the Mayoral Nutter Inauguration Party
I just love her and her full of life attitude. That goes for Robert Mendelson too. So generous in their efforts for me to get the right shots when we’re at the same events.  
On my way to the Great Chefs event in June, I caught President Obama arriving in Philly for a fundraiser. It was amazed at how the officials were able to close down 95 N&S below 676 to allow his motorcade to pass. i loved how people gathered on the overpass to watch his motorcade too. I just happened to be in the right spot at the right time. I took this with my cell phone.

Padraic Jacob Maroney had a fun 30th birthday party at the Vesper Boat House, and invited his family and friends. He’s been a long time movie critic for Edge Philadelphia, and the evening had a movie theme to it. He created this poster of himself for his friends to sign. I just love it.

 Hopeless romantic Erin Elmore finds met the love of her life, Craig Spitzer, through friends.

Dan Reinherz and Hadas Kuznits expecting a baby 2/15/12. Met on
So many ladies ask me how they can meet a guy. Through friends and online are great sources, but I also advise them to go out and socialized somewhere different, I love how my friend GN met her fiance at Alfa, she had never really gone there and was meeting an old friend and well now they’re gonna get married (yeah), take a college class, go to Friday night at the Art Museum after 5…

 Congratulations to Jill Rizen and Andy Hennig on their marriage over the weekend in Miami, here with Elaine Graber.

 take an exercise class. If you haven’t met the guy or
gal of your dreams yet, you need to add some new friends to your life.
There’s a whole new pool of possibilities. Go out with that new friend
who says lets get a drink together, or have coffee. That’s how I did it.
You meet, they meet your friends you meet their friends and who knows
what could come of it.

 Nearly every morning I capture the sunrise from my living room window. i post the shots on Twitter & Facebook, and my newly discovered Instagram. Follow me on Instagram at PhillyChitChat

 Jason Cichonski (Ela) getting a smooch from his biggest
fan Nicole with Ilana Waber and Sam “is that an IPhone in your Pocket”
. Check out my full column in Philly Mag coverage of the event HERE

 Thanks to the producer & director – Tommy Oliver (l) of 1982  (with Hill Harper (C) and Wayne Brady (r) for allowing me to photograph the film set in West Mt Airy, this past summer (it was one of those 100F days too.) When they broke for lunch I got a tip about Miley & Liam eating at Capital Grill and I hurried to Center City to capture them leaving on their 2nd day in the City. That was a great day for me.

 What an awesome year of film making and paparazzi shots for me. So much fun, and just a little stress.

Spontaneous get togethers are sometimes the only time I have with friends

I loved that this happened in Philadelphia. It was really cool just to hang out with people at the Eakins Oval sitting on couches and watching how the lights would interact to people’s voices.

This is one of my favorite photos for 2012. Taken at the Franklin Square Annual Gala.

So nice to get to know Alicia Vitarelli this year, with husband Matthew Pantaleno, Kristen Insalaco, Weber Shandwick/Revel Resorts, 6 ABC anchor Brian Taff, and producer Mara Webb Taff.  Highlight of my year was being one of three photographers (no other photogs shot the event) hired to shoot the opening weekend at Revel Resorts with Beyonce in concert. Beyonce & Jay Z like to review the photos before they got sent out to the press. Photographer Kevin Mazur (WireImage) told me he took 3000 pixs of Beyonce the first night of her opening concert at Revel, and after the review he was only allowed to release 6 to his agency, but they were spectacular. (I submit my celeb pixs to WENN. The photo above did not go there. I actually took it on my pocket camera just for my own memory. Beyonce is an amazing performer.) (unpublished til now)

 King of Prussia Octoberfest. Now this is great street style.
Thanks to everyone who came to NJ for the 3rd Annual Gilda’s Club event in honor of my sister Judy Wilkins. Thanks to Gloss Pr, Corie Moskow & Ilana Waber, Flemings Steakhouse in Marlton NJ and all the folks who donated items for the silent auction. I still need to write the event up, as well as a few more events. I really got behind this fall social season. Anyway, thanks we raised $4,000 and I’m more than halfway there to name the crochet/craft room after my sister. if you’d like to donate, especially on this last day of 2012 fill out the form here and remember to note Judy Wilkins in the  “In Tribute” section. Thanks

Chris Gabello never takes himself seriously, but he does take his work very seriously.  We’re going to miss him here in Philly, as many high profile clients in NYC saw his photography talent and has whisked him away. He’ll still have a studio here in Center City, staffed with lots of talented photographers, but he’ll be doing most of his work up in the Big Apple where he and his wife Krista now live.(We started in the biz at the same time, and I will always treasure those first growing years.) (unpublished)

I have some pretty special friends. Christie Honigman, Vasiliki Tsiouris, Katie English, Maria Papadakis, Marisa Magnatta, Laura Burkhardt, Teresa Nino and Kristyn Aldrich who took me out for my most memorable birthday. 2013 is going to be the Friend Connection year for me, and I’m going to work on remembering peoples names.

 Thanks to all my clients whether you hired me or advertised with PCC. January 2 will be my 2 year anniversary of monetizing the blog with advertisements and by being hired to shoot events (When you hire me, you get to keep the photos and I’ll also write your event up here on PCC). Before that my blog was a hobby as I had a job as a paralegal. When I was laid off I pursued my hobby as a job. I was unsure if someone could money that way as there weren’t very many people who did. For me it was like the book said. Do something you love, and the money will follow. It’s great to do something you love, and make money while doing it. I wish everyone could do it. It makes life so much more enjoyable. I would at least recommend you find a hobby you love.(unpublished)

 This is my absolute favorite photo in 2013 of PhillyChitChat. Butch Cordova was doing a promo for Boconcept furniture on Chestnut Street by living in their store window. Each day someone from a different decade would visit him. I stopped by for the ’80s with Jade Starling. I pinch myself that I know Jade Starling, I was clubbing in the ’80s and I danced night after night to some of Jade Starling & Pretty Poison’s songs. So many great memories there. In 2013 she has a new dance CD coming out called “Dance Revolution” Also Jade Starling performed at one of the many parties people threw PhillyChitChat this year. Thanks to Noel Zayas and Garden Wellington for putting that shindig on for me.
(BTW Gabello shot Butch’s 2008 Straight & Gay Calendar)

 It’s been fun watching Sara K over the years as she grows into her life. She’s one to watch. (Unpublished – )

Joseph Neubauer, former chief executive of food services giant Aramark, and Aileen Roberts, who is actively involved in the community and Philadelphia philanthropy, received the Philadelphia Award for their work on the new Barnes on the Parkway.- The Philly Post – HughE Dillon Joseph Neubauer checking out his award as Aileen Roberts gives her acceptance speech. (shot with natural light. This is definitely one of my favorite shots – unpublished)

 Made in America’s Anheuser Busch Clydesdale come to Fairmount. This is the owner of Bishop’s Colalr. (unpublished)

I was honored to be in Maria Papadakis’ wedding, but I struggled with the decision as I wanted to capture every joyous moment of the day, like when she exited the limo at the church. I was able to sneak out the door of the church and capture this on my pocket camera before the wedding planner yelled at me. It’s one of my favorites of the day.

Happy New Year, and thanks for all your support not only here at PhillyChitChat, but my other media outlets:  Follow me on Twitter for the latest celebrity sightings, events to attend, and interesting tidbits. Then look for the photos & story on, in my columns on (The Scene), Liberty City Press & (Out & About) or check out my Society/Celeb segments on Fox 29’s Good Day Philly. Check out the sidebar for things to do today and tonight. Also check out my other entry today for Mummers info, including the live stream for those who want to watch from home.


The Best Networking Event of the Year & Every Year (Pixs & Tidbits)

As I explained yesterday I am so behind, but this is the perfect time to read about the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau annual luncheon or “The Meet Up”, which is held the day before Thanksgiving. I am thrilled every year when I get my invitation to this very exclusive “hospitality” event. You really have to be in the biz to get invited, it’s not a press event per se, but since I work with so many of the people that are invited (ie am pitched by) I’m in heaven as I can hear all about the upcoming plans for the new year and either tuck that info away on my appointments calendar, or give it to you right here, right now. 
(Above Ryan Reigel, Valley Social Magazine, meeting up)
The big news at the Meet Up 2012 is the re-branding of the organization from the PCVB to PHLCVB. Still the same great organization whereas they attract international business to Philadelphia’s convention center, but certainly an injection of excitement and commitment comes along with the fresh, sexy logo. Whoever came up with it will certainly be awarded for it’s on point promotion of Philly, and innovation. PHL is a very recognizable acronym for Philly via the airport and other means of transportation.  What I love  about the design is the P and the L are not defined, and neither is this organizations mission. It’s infinite in what they are able to do. I like it a lot.
Above: The Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB) Marketing Team: Lucy MacNichol. Mary Connors, Ben Franklin, Khaila Edward, Marissa Feldman and Danielle Cohn, Vice President of Marketing & Communications for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB)

Jack Ferguson, president and chief executive at the PHLCVB has ushered in a lot of great ideas since taking the reigns of the organization 2 years ago. Including changing the concept of the annual event. For years it was a sit down shin dig, but last year and continuing this year it’s a cocktail party, where lunch is served, but not in a formal fashion. Most people just sit down for the “program” part of the day towards the end. It’s the best kind of networking event I’ve ever been too. Everyone in the room has a chance to mingle with each other for about 2 hours before the program.

This year, there were very few speakers. Just three, and even though Ahmeenah Young, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority was in attendance her message came via video, as did Mayor Nutter. Only Jack Ferguson, spoke (see pix above), and it was brief. I think the message was all around the room, the buzz, the PHL monikor and the wonderful graphics created by Replica Creative.

Did you see the “modern renaissance” signage through out the
venue during the luncheon. It’s a new marketing effort by the agency is
centered on the idea of
encouraging its partners — including government agencies, nonprofit
organizations, corporations, colleges and universities — to help
promulgate its stories about Philadelphia as a “modern renaissance
city.” The agency is calling those open-source aspects of the effort
unusual, if not unique. (Footnote 1)

The Replica Creative Team: Larry Guiffa (He came up with the concept of my new business cards, as well as the cool lanyard I wear around my neck.)

Plus they created the step and repeat for my 5th Anniversary Party in September [that’s my trainer, Steve “HofFIT” Hoffman  from the Sporting Club that’s finally going to give me the body I want, but he has to yell at me to want it more – LOL).

Spotlight PR’s Irene Levy and son Adam. She reminded me that McGillin’s is the place to be to warm up if you get cold watching the Mummer’s Parade. It opens at at 10 a.m.  
There’s a fireplace, Mummers, Bowl Games & Hot Drinks

Phila Business Journal: Pat Awling and Abbie Siegel-Greenberg (My LTR Mike went to Drexel with her and was roommates after college. Plus Abbie is the founder of Career Wardrobe. I remember when she started it.)

Laura Burkhardt, what a year that gal has had. She started her own business, sold advertisements for PCC, represented many retail businesses connected people, she’s a rain maker. In the end she was lured back to Where Magazine where she had previously worked for 8 years here in Philadelphia. She’s as happy as ever, doing what she loves, connecting business with tourists. We are good friends, but if you’ve been reading me forever you know I used to read Where Magazine even before I was PCC. I wish it was offered on the news stand, but you have to get it at a hotel, or visitor center. They do have a quarterly magazine done with the Center City District which is distributed to businesses. It’s a good read on what’s going on. (BTW anyone want to advertise on PCC, write me. I have a healthy 5,000 readers daily, 10,000 twitter followers, 7,000 FB friends) Mickey Rowley and Richard Bonds are doing great things at Top of the Tower. It’s a great space to rent, wonderful views of the City, and skyline. This year they participated in SIPS, and it was packed. Definitely a gem spot. Judy Ellis-Taylor, Director/Sales & Marketing – Hyatt. Lots of fun events and dining opportunities coming up in 2013

For the Family: New Year’s Eve Countdown in Franklin Square: Franklin Square
is hosting a party that will have kids smiling into 2013. There will be
crafts, music and lots of fun in the historic park. Franklin Square is
in a great spot to watch the fireworks at Penn’s Landing, so prepare
yourself for the grand finale, the countdown to the “Square” Drop at 6
p.m. and views of the 6 p.m. fireworks at Penn’s Landing.
Footnote 2

Keish Bapp-Jordan, Mariska K. Bogle, doing lots of fun things you will read about in 2013, Karen A. Lewis Executive Director of Avenue of the Arts (Tells me to look for the North Broad St to come alive in 2013. New trees, lights and excitement), Toni Crawford Major, Greta Greenberger, City Hall Tour Director Rm 121 – go take the tour, you will learn something about the grand building and be amazed. (Did you know I was a volunteer tour guide there for about 10 yrs.)

Brent Martin, general manager of Four Seasons Resort (He spent 5 years at the Four Seasons Resort – Koh Samui, Thailand before coming to Philly), Christia Donohue, Director of Public Relations at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts and David Lipson, president of Metro Corp. (I’ve never seen him without a smile on his face)

Rebecca Morley,Vice President at Devine + Partners and Kim Hallman, Account Supervisor at Devine + Partners – Expertise. Every Time. That’s our mantra. That’s our belief. That’s our promise.

Paul Steinke, GM at Reading Terminal Market Sarah Levitsky,  Marketing and Events Manager at Reading Terminal Market with Chatterblasters: Evan Urbania, Principal at ChatterBlast Media and Matt Ray, Co-Founder and Principal of ChatterBlast Media

Maura Peese and the adorable and funny Tim Adams – Field House
Phillies in the house: David Montgomery, Scott Palmer, Bonnie Clark and Bill Giles

Shelvia Williams, Logistics and Program Manager at Delaware River Waterfront Corporation, Cari Feiler Bender wants you to know: The
Delaware River Waterfront Corporation produces the annual SugarHouse
New Year’s Eve Fireworks on the Waterfront, continuing the New Year’s
Eve tradition with twice the fireworks and twice the fun at 6 pm and
midnight on December 31.  Both free shows will be choreographed to
unique soundtracks and launched from barges in the middle of the
Delaware River with clear views from both Philadelphia and Camden, with
free viewing areas and broadcast soundtrack in each location.    Plus go skating at TIL MARCH 3!!   (Thank you SugarHouse – xo HughE)    

Laurel Perley, Center City District, Bruce Shannon (Thanks to you and Michelle for the hospitality last week.), Randyl Case Center City District, and Kristen Casalnuevo, Center City District
Most people mingled until show time near the end of the event. The food was delicious too. Forgot to say we were at Downtown Marriott.

Flower Show in 2013: The word is “Brilliant!” In 2013, the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show will
glow with the majestic beauty and creative genius of Great Britain, and
pay tribute to centuries of inspiring, influential culture – culminating
in the urbane design of 21st-century London.March 2 – 10. Jeff Liebreich, Stefanie Edwards and Dan Moise.

Robert Mendelson, Philadelphia Tribune, Charmine Murrell, Top of the Tower and Steven Scott Bradley, Steven Bradley, Chairman, African American Chamber of Commerce

The Girls of Delilah. Up top in the blue is my girl Angela. If I were straight she’d be richer. 1st row: Regine, Claire, Jesi, Melissa and Rosalia.

It’s like the meeting of the round table. I bet a lot of good conversation went on here with the likes of Councilwomen Blondell Reynolds Brown, Janie Blackwell and A Bruce Crawley.


Jim Werner, Director of Tourism Partnerships at Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation and Mike Sheridan. Mike is now teaching at Temple University’s school of tourism. You’ll recall he was at GPTMC too (an where these two met & fell in love), which markets the City to tourism and has had a fantastic run with the “With Love” campaign. Nothing compares with how the message that moniker sends out to the world.  Check out Jim with the Polish Stringband on New Year’s Eve. He’s been marching with them for over a decade. Remember a few years back when he did the Where Magazine cover with The Bacon Brothers.

The Growth Properties People – A company offering comprehensive hotel management services

The Philadelphia Trolley Works People. Mike Kates and Bobby Andrews

Three Behind the Scenes Influencers: James Curato, president and CEO of the Visitors Center Corporation, Margaret Hughes, Deputy City Rep and Scott Mirkin, Executive Producer of the Philly 4th of July Jam, starring The Roots and guests, plus MADE IN AMERICA

then we headed to the after parties.


 First it’s downstairs to Circ at the Marriott

Jared Orth, Michele Lam, PhillyMag Marketing, Eric Caldarale, Mike Fanelle, Ashley Micori and Kevin Mazzucola, Executive Director at Auto Dealers CARing For Kids Foundation (Thanks to the Auto Show Peeps for donating a pair of tickets to the show for the Gilda’s Club auction in honor of my sister) The Auto Show is coming up 1/19/13, but you have to come to the black tie event, it is so much fun, and it’s for a good cause to boot.

Then I headed to Maggiano’ss for the after after party where I found John Golden, Dir of Comm for Valley Forge CVB, Mandee Kuenzle, Mary Linneman, Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine, Sarah Fuller, Acct Exec at Cort Event Furnishings, Sarah Gallacher, Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine and Jim Cohn, Mid-Atlantic Events Magazine. (And thanks to the person who wrote out these names, very easy to read.)


Footnote 1 Source
Footnote 2 Family Friendly New Year’s Eve Fun at uwishunu Source

**(PS I might write another blog entry before the year’s out, I have so much content still.)