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May 2016

Philadelphia

Opening of Uptown Beer Garden Last Week, and Wednesday SIPS Kick Off

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Thousands turned out to welcome back one of the city’s most popular and largest new beer gardens for summer season, the Uptown Beer Garden (1735 JFK Blvd. ). Chef Jonathan Petruce will fire up the giant new grill like chicken and beef skewers, pulled pork, Octopus skewers and lobster roll.

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Uptown Beer Garden features 9,000 square foot of space nestled among the trees of the courtyard of the BNY Mellon Wealth building, on the 1700 block of JFK. Tree slab communal tables, outdoor lighting and rustic decor will return again to the urban oasis. Additionally, marble benches will be removed this year to make way for even more picnic table seating.

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Teddy Sourias of BRU Craft & Wurst, U-Bahn , Cinder and Uptown Beer Garden

Also, new for 2016, private events will have access to the inner atrium of the BNY Mellon Wealth building.

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At the bars, guests will enjoy the first taste of an exclusive new Uptown IPA draft – made exclusively with Pizza Boy Brewing Company. Other food and drink specials will be available. Tonight will also be the debut of the new layout, expanded seating, more and expanded bars, more decor, new lighting, and other surprises for the season.

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DJ Jason Weiss

 

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Get there early cause you know SIPS is always a popular event.  Join the Uptown Garden every Wednesday starting June 1st from 5-7pm. Uptown will pouring four different $3 drafts, $4 house wine, $5 Green Tea Whiskey Sours and Moscow Mules, plus serve select half priced apps.

If you didn’t see your photo here, check out Metro Philly Online HERE

Uptown Beer Garden is open:

Mon-Tue:
4:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Wed-Fri:
2:00 pm – 12:00 am

 

Philadelphia

I was Electrocuted In A Swimming Pool

Over the weekend there was a story “A New Jersey man was reportedly electrocuted and nearly drowned Saturday night in a Wildwood Crest motel swimming pool.” The man is in critical condition, and the two guys that pulled him out are in stable condition.  Metro Philly. 

I know what those guys went though, when I was in my twenties I was electrocuted while swimming in a pool.

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A decade or so back, I attended a wedding with my parents.  At midnight, I told my parents I would head to my home, but instead, as my parents probably suspected, I headed out to find the fun. I ended up going to a friends, friends house, you know those houses, you don’t really know them well, but they’re fun. This guy was about 10 years older than us, and owned his own house, so there was always a party going on there and he had a pool, which I had swum in a few weeks earlier. When I arrived everyone was fairly wasted, as was the norm for kids in their teens and twenties. I did a couple shots, drank a beer and asked if anyone wanted to go swimming. No one was interested so I said I’ll just go in myself. As I made my way back to the pool, which was not lit, I took most of my clothes off (I was fit in my 20s) and started to walk down the concrete stairs into the pool. I grabbed the metal railing and was thrown into the pool. I immediately knew what was happening, even though I had never experienced it before, although as a kid who hasn’t been buzzed by electricity when plugging in something, or coming in contact with a socket, I think that’s why at that moment I knew I was being electrocuted. My entire body seemed to extend like a flag, and all I could see was a white light, I couldn’t let go of the railing as waves and waves of electricity flowed through my body. My thoughts went directly to my parents and them finding out I didn’t go home, then my thoughts went to my boyfriend who’d wonder why I didn’t return home, and now I’m going to be found dead in my underwear at some guys house he didn’t know. The next thing I know the guy who owned the house pulls me out of the water by my left arm, and drags me across the concrete pool area onto the grass. I’m completely in shock, but no one took me to the hospital, cause we were drinking, some people were doing drugs and we really didn’t realize the severity of the situation. Someone took me home and left me at my apartment, I woke up the next day and wasn’t able to move for about three days. When you are electrocuted your body tenses up, imagine a charlie horse but happening all over your body at once. A few weeks later I saw the guy who owned the house and saved my life. I asked him how did he know to go back to the pool and save me. He said he heard a splash but then nothing else; after a minute or two he remembered that there was a loose wire in the pool light fixture which shocked his dog earlier in the week and ran to see if the same thing happened to me. When he saw me under the water, he stood near the edge of the water, keeping his footing on the concrete, then someone held his waist, he leaned over and grabbed my left arm and pulled me out. I was grateful he saved my life, but also really angry he knew about this problem. I never went back to the house, I never talked to him again, eventually he moved away and I was happy to bury that memory. I don’t go into pools alone anymore. I don’t think about this story often as it terrifies me. I hate when it happens these days as there is an inexpensive warning system now.

 

So if you own a pool, please buy a shock alarm. They’re not very expensive, and it could save a life.

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14 people have died being electrocuted in water since 2003

Philadelphia

Devon Horse Show Kicks off with A Ribbon Cutting at The New Devon Club

Happy Memorial Day. Thank you to all the service people who have fought for our freedom, and who continue to fight for democracy. The Devon Horse Show Week officially began on last Wednesday, May 25, 2016 as guests gathered on the Devon grounds for First Night, the next night there was a Ribbon Cutting. The annual event not only opens the show, but also gives guests a sneak preview of the artwork on display and for sale in the Art Gallery at Devon. The Horse Show is ongoing throughout the day and evening. Some days have a short break for dinner.  Gates will open daily at approximately 8:00 a.m. and close at approximately 10:00 p.m. each day.  The Country Fair area opens about 10:00 a.m. for the Midway and Shopping.  The first Sunday, the gates will open at 11:00 a.m. and the Horse Show classes will start at 12:00 p.m.

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The following day, a ribbon cutting marked the opening of the new Devon Club on the horse show’s opening day, Thursday, May 26, 2016 (which runs through June 5)  with President Richard O’Donnell, Devon Horse Show President and Wayne Grafton, Chairman Devon Horse Show.

Al Martin, Debbie Martin, Enid O’Donnell, Richard O’Donnell, and Penny Hunt.

Al Martin, Debbie Martin, Enid O’Donnell, Richard O’Donnell, and Penny Hunt.

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 Al Martin, Judy Rosato, and Josh Hagelin, Customers Bank

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Janet Heaton and Gail McCarthy.

Angela Sipe and Peggy Nalevanko.

Angela Sipe and Peggy Nalevanko.

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Kathy Molchan, Peggy Cancelmo, and Chrissy Cancelmo.

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Peggy Nalevanko, Katie Biddle, James Wallace, and Nancy Rainer-Wallace.;

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Tim Sipe, Angela Sipe with Will and Emily.

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David Jelinek, Dana Jelinek, Jeff Bowden, and Chrissy Kelly.

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Danielle Mosley, Angela Sipe, and Lindsey Alleva.

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Chairman of the Board Wayne Grafton, and Tom Cancelmo, CEO of BTC

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Tim Sipe, Angela Sipe with Will and Emily.

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CBS3 reporter Vittoria Woodill and Chairman of the Board Wayne Grafton.

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Judy Rosato and Dr. Don Rosato.

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Morgan Appleyard, BTC Marketing and Chrissy Cancelmo, Media Director at Boyd Tamney Cross

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David Jelinek, Dana Jelinek, Jeff Bowden, and Chrissy Kelly.

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Coming up June 1st I’ll be attending the The Hat Contest and Ladies Luncheon at The Devon Horse Show. Carson Kressley, and Adam Joseph.

Founded in 1896, it is one of the most prestigious equestrian events in  the country and one of the largest volunteer fundraising efforts in the nation as well. The ong oing commitment to Bryn Mawr Hospital is extremely important to both  the leadership and  the  over  two thousand  of volunteers at the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair. Since 1972, the Devon  Country Fair has donated nearly $20 million to Bryn Mawr,  to support projects such as the  Emergency Department, the Comprehensive Breast Center, Maternal – Fetal Medicine program,  the Outpatient Diagnostic Center, and various other improvement programs

Thanks to PhillyChitChat’s Mike Hirata for shooting this important event. Check out his pixs of Brent Celek’s new eatery Bop, and the VIP Friends and Family Opening Party at Metro Philly