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April 2013

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Bluestone Fine Art Gallery Showcases Artist Shelly Hamill Tile Dresses and debuts one worn by Miss Pennsylvania 2013, Jessica Billings

Last Friday evening Bluestone Fine Art Gallery, in Old City, 
 
hosted a private, invitation only reception for Miss Pennsylvania 2013, Jessica Billings. 
 
 
Bluestone Fine Art Gallery unveiled a tile mosaic dress sculpture of Miss Pennsylvania’s winning gown
created by artist Shelly Hamill. The sculpture will be on
exhibit at Bluestone Fine Art Gallery from May 1st
through June 10th 2013.



 Pam Regan  Gallerist at Bluestone Fine Art Gallery and Miss Pennsylvania USA 2013, Jessica Billings
Artist Shelly Hamill, who couldn’t make it at the last minute stated: It’s an interesting challenge to recreate an item that is
made of fabric with flow and drape from tile and concrete. She used wonderful
purple tile from Italy to pair with a myriad of glass beads and Swarovski
Crystal Beads.

 Don Brewer, CEO & Founder at DoNBrewerMultimedia.com and Jed Williams, Jed Williams Studio
 Jen Sherlock, Jenna Communications and Mike Young, PR Assoc at Jenna Communications
Vanessa Beck and Kate Marlys, Philly Pr Girl
 Jo Pincushion and Marielle Van Thuyne
 Tona Beruelos and Sue Stauffer, Ritz Residences
 Jessica Billings and Adam Blitzer, founder and CEO of Blue Claw Co

Anne Edwards  Owner, Interior Designer at Goldthorpe & Edwards, Ltd, Gary Krause, Scarlett Alley, Pam Regan and James Regan. (PS Remember when I tweeted a few months back that I forgot my umbrella on that rainy day. It was Anne that dropped off an umbrella at the Philly Mag offices. So nice, thanks!)
Clothing designers Lela Tran and Nicole Haddad who designs can be found at the Old City store US:US

 

Plus delicious Lore’s Chocolate was served

 Jaylene Clarke and Valerie Beck, Founder of the Philadelphia Chocolate Tours (Details and the schedule are at www.philadelphiachocolatetours.com, and we’re on Facebook too.)
 Miss Pennsylvania 2013, Jessica Billings posed with the guests, which was so nice.

James and Pam Regan, BlueStone Gallery. They always have great exhibits, and fun parties on First Friday. Plus you can rent out their light filled space.
(This was a client shoot please write BlueStone Gallery for inquires about the photos.)
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Philly Mag and Philly Dot Com Columns today ++ Dinosaur attacking City Hall Shot

I took this shot the other night at the PIFA Festival. Jammed packed weekend, and my columns got me behind today.

Check out Philly Mag for the fun Donors are Heroes event on Friday, then a little later tonight read my column in Philly.com Out and About to see who was at the Flavor’s of the Avenue event.

http://blogs.phillymag.com/the_philly_post/2013/04/29/photos-donors-are-heroes-party-2013-philadelphia/

Philly dot com out and about http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/out_and_about/

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Ben Franklin Parkway, Kelly Drive and Martin Luther King Drive Closures 2013

I couldn’t find this online anywhere, but my neighbor is on the Parkway Council Board and sent it to me. We live on the Parkway and every weekend wake up to someone blaring music and yelling thru a megaphone. Then we think What’s On The Parkway? Sorry they’re not pretty they came on excel spreadsheets and I couldn’t format them correctly. I think an intern that can do that. Feel free to copy and distribute so others can be informed. Thanks HughE

2013 BENJAMIN
FRANKLIN PARKWAY EVENT CLOSURES 
Day Date   Event  Time
Sunday 3/10/2013   St. Patrick’s Day
Parade                                           10AM to 4PM
10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday 3/17/2013   Greek Independence Day Parade                                8AM to 4PM 8 AM to 4 PM
Saturday 4/20/2013   Philadelphia Science Festival in
Logan Circle               10AM to 4PM
10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday 5/4/2013   Philadelphia Turkish Parade                                       10AM to 4PM 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday 5/12/2013   Susan Komen Foundation Race for
the Cure                6AM to noon
6 AM to 12 Noon 2013 Parkway closures.xlsx
Thursday 7/4/2013   July 4th Concert & Fireworks (Jimmy Jam, The Roots) – ALL DAY 11 AM to 11 PM
Saturday 8/31/2013   Made In America Concert (Timberlake, NIN)                         ALL DAY 8 AM to 11 PM
Sunday 9/1/2013   Made In America Concert (Beyonce, JayZ)                            ALL DAY 8 AM to 11 PM
Sunday 9/8/2013   Bike Philly                                                                 8 AM to 10 AM 8 AM to 10 AM
Sunday 9/15/2013   Philadelphia Distance Run                                            8 AM to 10 AM 8 AM to 10 AM
Saturday 9/28/2013   Ratha-Yatra Parade                                                    

  Ratha-Yatra Parade                                                     10 AM to 4 PM
10 AM to 4 PM
Saturday 9/28/2013   Campus Philly                              10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday 9/29/2013   Puerto Rican Day Parade/Parkway
Run                     8AM to 4PM  
8 AM to 4 PM
Sunday 10/6/2013   Pulaski Day Parade                                                  10AM to 4PM 10 AM to 4 PM
Sunday 10/20/2013   AIDS Walk                                                              8AM to 1PM 8 AM to 1 PM
Saturday 11/16/2013   Philadelphia Marathon 8K Run                                   6AM to 4PM 6 AM to 4 PM
Sunday 11/17/2013   Philadelphia Marathon & Half                              6AM to 4PM 6 AM to 4 PM
Thursday 11/28/2013   Thanksgiving Day Parade (Kelly Ripa)                         7AM to 1PM 7 AM to 1 PM
Vehicular
traffic to all or portions of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Eakins Oval, and
Logan Circle will be
closed
during these events.  Intermittent
traffic patterns may be established and regulated by the
Philadelphia
Police Department.

2013 Martin Luther King
Drive Event Closures tentative
Day Event Time
2nd Saturday of March March 16, 2013 Upenn/Drexel
Cycling Tour De Philadelphia
6 AM to 2 PM
3rd Sunday of March March 17, 2013 Get Your Rear in
Gear
6 AM to 11 AM
4th Saturday of March March 23, 2013 Walk for Water 6 AM to 11 AM
5th Saturday of March March 30, 2013 Half way to
Broad St.
7 AM to 11 AM
1st Saturday
of April 
April 6, 2013 MLK Drive Seasonal Weekend Closure
Begins
6 AM to 5 PM
2nd Saturday
of April
April 13, 2013 Walk Against Hunger 6 AM to 11 AM
3rd Sunday of
April
April 14, 2013 Dash For Organ Donor Awareness 6 AM to 11 AM
3rd Saturday
of April
April 20, 2013 Run for Clean Air 6 AM to 11 AM
4th Sunday of
April
April 21, 2013 Penn Relays Distance Classic 20K &
5K
6 AM to 11 AM
4th Sunday of
April
April 21, 2013 AACHS 5K Run 10 AM to 12 Noon
Last Thursday
of April
April 25, 2013 UCP Run/Walk 7 PM to 8:30 PM
Last Friday
of April
April 26, 2112 Out & Back 4 Mile Run 7 PM to 8:30 PM
4th Saturday of
April
April 27, 2013 Miles For Myeloma Walk 6 AM to 11 AM
5th Sunday of
April
April 28, 2013 March For Babies 6 AM to 11 AM
1st Saturday of May May 4, 2013 MS Walk 6 AM to 11 AM
2nd Sunday of May May 12, 2013 Race for the
Cure
6 AM to 11 AM
3rd Saturday of May May 18, 2013 RAPCS Bike & Hike @Black Road 6 AM to 11 AM
3rd Saturday of May May 18, 2013 CCFA Taking
Steps
6 PM to 8 PM
3rd Sunday of May May 19, 2013 Bar Assoc. 5 K Run/Walk 6 AM to 11 AM
3rd Sunday of May May 19, 2013 ADL Walk 2 PM to 5 PM
4th Sunday of
May
June 9, 2013 Oddyssey Half Marathon 6 AM to 12 PM
1st Saturday
of June
June 1, 2013 US Pro Bike Race Time Trail 6 AM to 12 PM
1st Sunday of
June
June 2, 2013 US Pro Bike Race 6 AM to 3 PM
2nd Sunday of
June
June 9, 2013 Oddyssey Half Marathon 6 AM to 12 PM
2nd Sunday of
June
June 9, 2013 Strides for Stroke Walk-a-thon 6 AM to 12 PM
3rd Saturday
of June
June 15, 2013 Easter Seal Walk 6 AM to 12 PM
3rd Sunday of
June
June 16, 2013 Run For Your
Life
6 AM to 12 PM
4th Saturday of June June 22, 2013 Philadelphia
Triathlon – Sprint
7 AM to 2 PM
4th Sunday of June June 23, 2013 Philadelphia
Triathlon
7 AM to 2 PM
4th of July July 4, 2013 July 4th
Celebration
6 AM to 12
Midnight
3rd
Sunday of July
July 21, 2013 YMCA Run 6 AM to 12 PM
1st
Saturday of August
August 3, 2013 Glow Run 8:30 PM to 10 PM
Last
Saturday of August
August 31, 2013 MIA Concert 6 AM to 11 PM
1st
Sunday of September
September 1,
2013
MIA Concert 6 AM to 11 PM
2nd Saturday of September September 14, 2013 Undy 5000 6 AM to 12 PM
3rd Sunday of September September 15, 2013 Phila. Distance Run 6 AM to 12 PM
4th Sunday of September September 29, 2013 The Parkway Run 6 AM to 12 PM
1st Saturday of October October 5, 2013 Step out for Diabetes 6 AM to 12 PM
1st
Sunday of October
October 6, 2013 Suicide Prevention Walk 6 AM to 12 PM
2nd
Saturday of October
October 12, 2013 Walk for Parkinsons 6 AM to 12 PM
3rd Sunday of October October 20, 2013 AIDS Walk 6 AM to 3 PM
4th
Saturday of October
October 26, 2013 Domestic Violence Awareness Walk 6 AM to 12 PM
4th Saturday of October October 26, 2013 Light the Night 4:30 PM to 8:30 PM
4th
Sunday of October
October 27, 2013 JDF Walk To Cure Diabetes 6 AM to 12 PM
4th
Sunday of October
October 27, 2013 MLK Drive Seasonal Weekend Closure
Ends
6 AM to 5 PM
1st Sunday of November November 3, 2013 Race For Hope 5K Run/Walk 9 AM to 12 PM
2nd Saturday of November November 9, 2013 Y12 K Walk/Run 9 AM to 12 PM
3rd Saturday of November November 17,
2013
Philadelphia Marathon 8K & Kids Run 9 AM to 12 PM
3rd Sunday of November November 18,
2013
Philadelphia Marathon  9 AM to 2 PM
4th Thursday of November November 28,
2013
Thanksgiving Day Parade 9 AM to 2 PM
The
above special events are held on M.L. King Drive in
addition to the Drive’s normal closures for
recreation
activities on Saturdays and Sundays 6 AM to 5 PM, lower portion of M.L. King
Dr.
from
Eakins Oval to Sweetbriar Dr. reopen to traffic at 12 Noon between April and
October
Most
events fit within the normal closure hours, gray shaded is outside normal
closures

Fairmount Park 

2013 Kelly Drive Event Closures tentative
Day
Event
Closure
Time
3rd Sunday of March
March
17, 2013
Manny Flick Regatta
Partial
6 AM to 5 PM
4th Saturday of March
March
23, 2013
Murphy Cup Regatta
Partial
6 AM to 5 PM
4th Sunday of March
March
24, 2013
Manny Flick Regatta
Partial
6 AM to 5 PM
1st  Sunday of April
April
7, 2013
Manny Flick Regatta
Partial
6 AM to 5 PM
2nd Sunday of April
April
14, 2013
Manny Flick Regatta
Partial
6 AM to 5 PM
3rd Saturday of April
April
20,2013
Kerr Cup
Partial
6 AM to 5 PM
3rd Sunday of April
April
21, 2013
Manny Flick Regatta
Partial
6 AM to 5 PM
1st Sunday of May
May
5, 2013
City League Championship Regatta
Partial
2nd Thursday of May
May
9, 2013
Dad Vail
Partial
11:00 AM
2nd Friday of May
May
10, 2013
Dad Vail
Partial
To
2nd Saturday of May
May
11, 2013
Dad Vail
Partial
6:00 PM
3rd Thursday of May
May
16, 2013
Stotesbury Regatta
Partial
11:00 AM
3rd Friday of May
May
17, 2013
Stotesbury Regatta
Partial
To
3rd Saturday of May
May
18, 2013
Stotesbury Regatta
Partial
6:00 PM
1st Saturday of June
June
1, 2013
International Dragon Boat Festival
Partial
6 AM to 5 PM
1st Sunday of June
June
2, 2013
US Pro Bike Race
Full
7 AM to 3 PM
4th Sunday of June
June
23, 2013
Philadelphia Triathlon
Full
6 AM to 11 AM
4th of July
July
4, 2013
Welcome America
Partial
Lower
24 Hours
1st Friday of July
July
5, 2013
Independence Day Regatta
Partial
10:00 AM
1st Saturday of July
July
6, 2013
Independence Day Regatta
Partial
to
1st Sunday of July
July
7, 2013
Independence Day Regatta
Partial
6:00 PM
3rd Sunday of September
September
15, 2013
Philadelphia Distance Run
Full
6 AM to 12 PM
1st Saturday of October
October
5, 2013
Dragon Boat Regatta
Partial
5 AM to 5 PM
2nd Saturday of October
October
12, 2013
Navy Day Regatta
Partial
6 AM to 5 PM
3rd Sunday of October
October
20, 2013
AIDS Walk
Full
8 AM to 11 AM
4th Saturday of October
October
26, 2013
Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
Full
6 AM to 5 PM
4th Sunday of October
October
27, 2013
Head of the Schuylkill Regatta
Partial
6 AM to 5 PM
1st Sunday of November
November
3, 2013
Race for Hope
Partial
Lower
8 AM to 9 AM
3rd Saturday of November
November
16, 2013
Philadelphia Marathon 1/2 & 8K
Full
7 AM to 3 PM
3rd Sunday of November
November
17, 2013
Philadelphia Marathon
Full
7 AM to 3 PM
Dad Vail, Stotesbury, and
Independence regattas are multi-days closures – starting Thursday after AM
rush hour
and remaining closed until
Saturday around 6:00 PM.
Full closure means that the entire length of Kelly Drive – from Eakins
Oval to Ridge Avenue / Lincoln
Drive – is closed.
Partial closure means that only a section of Kelly Drive is closed –
generally from Fountain Green
Drive (south) to Strawberry
Mansion Drive (north).
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Update: RUMOR PATROL: BLOOMINGDALE’S WANTS TO BE IN CENTER CITY & Could It Save THE GALLERY or …

 In my lifetime, since the time of Mayor Ed Rendell, Center City has
been on fire. He made it a point to emphasize the revitalization of
downtown, knowing that a substantial part of the City’s tax base could be derived from tourist, residents and shoppers.

Bloomingdale’s really wanted the Strawbridge spot, but sources tell me that officials think it will be easier to transform the Gallery & the quadrant closets to City Hall easier. Then it will be a trickle down effect through the rest of the stores. They are being wooed by everyone organization that knows a big department store like Bloomingdale’s would make a difference, basically sending a message that Philly is the place to be.  

They also looked at Daffy’s, but there was enough room there (Update June- I’m telling you Nordstrom Rack is going there.) Plus the City decision makers really want it at the Gallery. And I do too. I would not be making these statements if I didn’t have reliable sources. This is a biggie. 

And Bloomie’s is complimentary to Macy’s. Both big box stores are located at Willow Grove and KOP Mall. My friends hit them both up there. Bringing Bloomies to Philly means they would stay in Philly to shop at both locations located down the street from each other. I’ll personally visit each store monthly and tweet their sales. I want this to happen as much as the City does.
I should have tweeted Macy’s had their one day sale today, I hear people cleaned up. It’s still open til 8PM so you have time.

BLOOMINGDALE’S IS GOING TO SAVE THE GALLERY in Philadelphia

Moving the convention center from University City to Philly was definitely the catalyst for a lot of growth below City Hall’s Market Street area
The Marriott’s took over, other hotels popped up; Under Mayor Nutter, the transformation continues
 13th Street went from the red light district, to the red hot district
Now Chestnut street is starting to show some life between 12th and Broad Streets
The Gallery once the jewel of Market Street, took a nose dive in the last decade, and lately with a lot of bad press.
I hear that the Bloomingdale folks are interested in the Burlington Coat Factory location, which is on a year to year lease.
 They’ve been here 4 times, the last time they brought their lawyers and design team with them.

 I’ll be sad to loose Burlington Coat Factory because to me that was
supposed to start the revitalization of the Gallery, maybe they can move
it to the KMart space since I read in the Phila Biz Journal their lease is up in 2014.

Why would Bloomies want the Burlington Coat Factory, and not the K Mart space you wonder? The 12th and Market Street area is hot, it’s across the street from the headquarters of Aramark, it’s near the convention center, the hotels, the red hot13th Street corridor, close to City Hall and it’s complimentary to our other big downtown department store, Macy’s, not competition my friends tell me, but a one two stop shopping adventure;

 

Several of my girlfriends said if Bloomies was down the street from Macy’s, they’d no longer have to get in their cars to head to KOP or Willow Grove for Bloomingdale’s and shop at the Macy’s in the burbs. Instead in one shopping trip they could hit both stores. They love Macy’s for their shoes, affordable clothing and perfume, specifically one said Angel, which can only be bought at Macy’s; And they love Bloomies for their jewelery and divine ballroom gowns for the galas they attend. Sounds like a win, win. Let’s see it happen.
Update July 2014: The City will not let Bloomingdale’s tear down BCF. They are looking elsewhere, even thinking of building a standalone, we will keep you informed on the potential of Bloomingdale’s in Center City.

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LOOSE ENDS: Chris McCoy, Chef Christopher Lee and my Philly dot Com and Philly Mag Columns this week

I’ve been so slammed lately, as you might know if you’re following me on Twitter, where I make all my confessions. My poor readers. Anyway, I’ve been meaning to post these photos, and I have links to all my other columns in PhillyMag and Philly.com. Lots of fun stuff there too. These two pixs are from Kory Aversa, is a new client and well clients/advertisers do get to send me their photos of events that I think readers would be interested in seeing.

UNINSURED CHILDREN TO RECEIVE FREE EYE EXAMS AND GLASSES DURING 2013 GIVE KIDS SIGHT DAY

Linebacker Chris McCoy, Dr. Alex V. Levin, MD, MHSc (center) Dr. Leonard Nelson, Director of the Wills Eye Strabismus Center (right-with glasses on)
Eagles Youth Partnership, along with Public Citizens for Children and Youth (PCCY),
Wills Eye Institute, Thomas Jefferson University and Visionworks
announce the fourth annual Give Kids Sight Day on Saturday, April 13,
2013.  Free eye exams and free glasses will be provided for Philadelphia children ages 18 and under who are uninsured and underinsured and do not have access to vision careRegistration opens at 8:00am and extends through 2:00pm at Jefferson University Hospital Alumni Hall at 10th
and Locust streets.  After registration, medical eye exams will be
provided at Wills Eye Institute and Thomas Jefferson University. 
Families will be helped on a first come, first served basis. No
appointments are necessary.  Special thanks to sponsor First Hospital
Foundation for their support.   For more information, call (215) 563-5848, ext. 21 or visit www.pccy.org/sightday.  
Sophia’s on East Passyunk is now serving brunch- Chef Christopher Lee will also be at Flavors this weekend, but it’s sold out. Check back with Philly ChitChat.com next week for pixs of who was there.
This week I have three columns in both Philly.com Out and About  (Labs with a Heart Tea Party, aloft and Radio 104.5 Battle of the Bands, and Ommegang Hop Chef Competition – who was there) and on PhillyMag.com  The Scene (Ommegang Hop Chef Competitions – The Chefs; Story Book Ball, and Dancing with the Philadelphia Stars.) (click the hyperlinks to see them. Thanks so much.)