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July 2016

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DNC Day 4 – Hillary’s Victor Party – Celebs In Town

Day 4, the final day. Sorry about missing Day 3, hopefully you saw my photos in Philly Mag and Philly.com, and caught me on Fox 29 yesterday. Hillary

After being on Good Day I headed over to the Convention Center, more like limped as I really hurt both my feet after standing for nearly the entire week. While on my way to pick up my “Thursday” DNC pass, I saw Danny Glover. He looked much better than the day before.

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I then went home for a couple hours to do work. I chatted with my buddy John McDevitt from KYW News Radio and made arrangements to go out and find stories.

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Here’s John interviewing a congressman from Vermont, who was about to board a bus for the Wells Fargo

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I stood by and caught the fashionable

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Senator Elizabeth Warren was in for a Democrats for Woman event on Tuesday and Robin Roberts of Good Morning America was in for dinner on Tuesday night at Davio’s. Mary Louise Parker caught the Snoop Dogg concert at the Electric Factory last night. The show went on at 230AM and the place was packed I hear; Snoop got back to the Hotel Monaco as the sun was rising. So glad I didn’t do that one. Brooklyn Beckham and Chloe Grace Morentz were spotted leaving the Sofitel Hotel last night on their way to the DNC Wells Fargo.

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Then I said hey John I hear Hillary’s Victory Party is at the Kimmel Center. let’s go check it out. I told him it’d be hard to shoot Hillary as she would probably go in the back and there would be lots of security, but more than likely some celebs would go through the front with the guests.

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We stopped by Bop and got a shot of Hillary and David Song, GM of Bop

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Small world, just at that moment Mike Jerrick and Chris Murphy were heading to dinner at Bop. I decided not to go to the last night, cause I was exhausted, I hadn’t slept in two days and my feet as I mentioned were in so much pain. I should have worn sneakers this week. It’s ok too, the Wells Fargo was so packed, hot and water was $4.50. i watched the historic night from my couch with the husband before John came and picked me up about 1130PM

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OK fast forward to midnight. John and I returned to the Kimmel Center and Hillary Clinton’s after party. Sometimes it’s hard to tell who’s a celebrity, especially if you don’t really watch TV or read celebrity magazines, but hey I think these two could potentially be one….

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Harvey Hurdle and Kevin Yoder

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Also spotted at the party Laetitia Garriott de Cayeux, entrepeneurs for Clinton organization and Richard Garriott, billionaire Video Gamer and 2nd private citizen to fly to space. (Philly.com will have his pix up shortly for your enjoyment. John picked him out of the crowd cause he was fun dressed, and then I shot him for the same reason, but it was random, we didn’t know his amazing story. )

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Dustin Lance Black who was also in town for Equality Forum.

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Around 2AM – President soon to be First Gentleman, Bill Clinton, Madame President Hillary Clinton with Senator Tim Kaine and his wife Anne Holton.

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Ashley Judd, Morgan Fairchild, a Baldwin – Billy and more at DNC Day 2

Day 2 of the DNC had me sleeping in a tad later than usual til 830AM. Monday was a killer as I worked from 7AM til 3AM. Wednesday looks to be the same so this is going to be a quick post as it’s 2AM and I have got to get to sleep b4 I pop up on your boob tube at 930AM.

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The Creative Coalition was at it again spreading good cheer. Here they are at the DC awareness lunch, helping to get the word out that DC should be the 51st state. David Schwimmer, fresh faced Ashley Judd, a Baldwin – Billy. Troian Bellisario, Reid Scott, Robin Bronk, Executive Director, Allison Pill and Dean Norris.Ashley Ashley Ashley

guests taking photos of the skyline. everyone who walked up to this floor gasped in delightAshley

Future PA Attorney General Josh Shapiro greets Senator Strauss (D-Pa) and Mayor Muriel Bowser (DC)Ashley  Ashley

The Black Caucus meeting at Delfrisco’s. I will be doing a stand alone column of this party. Great event.

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Then I headed to the Barnes Museum where Comcast feted the Vice President. Ashley HD1_4278 (Custom)

I started walking home, and then found a comfy bench to sit to catch VP Biden’s motorcade pass by. So I’ve been working with Howard Gensler at Philly Daily News, and been placing photos there.

Here’s a link http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/entertainment/celebrities_gossip/DNC-celeb-watch-Ashley-Judd-for-DC-statehood-Sean-Hannity-visits-Wawa-and-more.html

Another shot – http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/entertainment/celebrities_gossip/Tim-Daly-David-Schwimmer-and-more-help-Creative-Coalition-fight-teen-drug-abuse.html

 

Over at Philly Mag I have a column of Philly notables.

PHOTOS: DNC Celeb Spotting With HughE Dillon, Day 1

Follow me on Instagram or Twitter for up to the minute celebrity

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DNC 2016 Delegate Party at PMA – USA Style

DNC 2016 Delegate Party at PMA – USA Style

Philly really knows what hospitality is about, said everyone I chatted with Sunday night at the Delegate Party. Everyone is so friendly, the streets are so cleaned and it’s a beautiful City. Now about this weather….

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Chef Scott Schroeder (South Philadelphia Taproom, American Sardine Bar, Hungrey Pigeon)

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Senator Valencia Seay (Ga), Rev. Dr. Lorina Marshall-Blake is vice president of community affairs for Independence Blue Cross and also president of the Independence Blue Cross and Senator Connie Johnson, (OK)

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Anna Adams-Sarthou, Communications Director at Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention, Kevin Washo, executive director of the Democratic National Convention’s Host Committee and Rebecca Chariton, Phiadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention

 

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Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr, Jazelle M. Jones, Deputy Managing Director of Operations/Special Events, and Keith Jones

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Romulo L. Diaz Jr., Vice President and General Counsel, PECO, Lauren Feldhake, Director, Customer Financial Ops – ‎PECO Energy , Eric Feldhake, and Carter Jordan, Street Soccer

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FYI: Thanks to the 2016 DNC for inviting me to shoot photos

The 2016 Democratic Convention is being held this week at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25-28, 2016.   Working in partnership with the Philadelphia Host Committee, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our goal is to make this the most engaging, innovative and forward looking Convention in history.  The 2016 Democratic National Convention will leverage technology to take the Convention experience well beyond the hall in an effort to engage more Americans than ever before in the event.  With the birthplace of American Democracy as a backdrop, the 2016 convention in Philadelphia will highlight our shared Democratic values and help put the Democratic nominee on a path to victory.

The Democratic Convention is the formal nominating event for the Democratic candidates for President and Vice President.  At the Convention, the Democratic Party also adopts the official Democratic Party platform as well as the rules and procedures governing party activities including the nomination process for presidential candidates in the next election cycle.

The CEO for the 2016 Democratic National Convention is Reverend Leah D. Daughtry. The official website of the 2016 Democratic National Convention is www.demconvention.com.

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Photos: Philly 4 Pulse raises $70,000 for Orlando Tragedy

Photos: Philly 4 Pulse raises $70,000 for Orlando Tragedy

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Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilman Mark Squilla, Judge Dan Anders, Eagles player Connor Barwin, Mike Jerrick and Chris Murphy, Fox 29 and many other local officials and media personalities served as guest bartenders as part of this city-wide fundraiser for the victims of the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando.

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The Mayor served up cocktails at Rosewood. Other participants included Tabu (200 S. 12th Street), ICandy (254 S. 12th Street), Knock (225 S. 12th Street), Tavern on Camac (243 S. Camac Street), Stir (1705 Chancellor Street),

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Woody’s (202 S. 13th Street), Boxers (1330 Walnut Street), U Bar (1220 Locust Street), Franky Bradley’s (1320 Chancellor Street), Voyeur (1221 St. James Street), Bike Stop (206 S. Quince Street), Valanni (1229 Spruce Street), Bob and Barbara’s (1509 South Street), William Way Community Center (1315 Spruce Street).’

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Councilman Mark Squilla and Eagles Connor Barwin

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Over $70,000 was raised, said Jeffrey Sotland, co-owner of Tabu who planned the fundraiser with the other bar owners.  The money will go to Equality Florida, which has partnered with a national agency to ensure transparency and efficiency in disbursing the donations. Pulse

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Bachelor auction at Boxers with the fabulous Alexander Kacala, Next Magazine

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hey you at Tabu

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Woody’s Dance Floor

 

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John Partain, Judge Dan Anders, Michael Weiss, Woody’s owner and Jeffrey Sotland, co-owner of Tabu

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Their tip money, as well as donations collected at the door and money made from selling T-shirts all goes to Equality Florida.

“The families of the deceased are trying to bring some normalcy back to their lives,” explains Executive Director Nadine Smith. “The funds we have raised will be a big part of helping ease just a little bit the pain they are enduring right now.” (CBS3)

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Sneak Preview of Political Fest – DONT MISS IT With Melissa Fitzgerald

Sneak Preview of Political Fest – DONT MISS IT With Melissa Fitzgerald
DO NOT MISS THIS EXHIBIT – IT’s AMazing, and informative. Heres a sneak preview, you’ll be able to see what spots are Family Friendly for the kids, but all the spots are great for people who are interested in learning tidbits, and interesting facts about our country’s history, electoral process, family life of the presidents and the First Ladies Dresses. Tickets are $15, $8 for kids. Buy them at the Constitution Center or online. The ticket is good for the duration of the DNC which is through Thursday. You can even ride the Phlash bus for FREE that does a special Political Fest route. Here’s my story and I’m sticking with it….follow me here and on my socials for the latest happening #DemsinPhilly #DNC2016

I had a chance to check out all the Political Fest exhibits yesterday on a special tour with Gov Ed Rendell, as well as with Melissa Fitzgerald, who starred on the popular TV show – West Wing, and will be hosting Political Fest shows at the Constitution Center.

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National Constitution Center (525 Arch Street)

Theme: Headed to the White House

The National Constitution Center will serve as the hub for PoliticalFest, and will be the only brick and mortar location where tickets to PoliticalFest will be sold. The National Constitution Center will also be home to PoliticalFest Main Stage. All PoliticalFest guests will be able to attend PoliticalFest Main Stage events as part of their general admission ticket, and members of the public will be able to participate in PoliticalFeud. In order to participate, additional tickets must be reserved in advance of the desired participation time. Tickets to participate as well as tickets for priority seating at any of the Main Stage events, can be reserved at www.phldnc.com/PoliticalFest. There is no cost to participate in or attend Main Stage, beyond the fee of a general admission PoliticalFest ticket.

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The Philadelphia 2016 Host Committee for the Democratic National Convention today conducted a press tour with Governor Ed Rendell and Melissa Fitzgerald, who played Carol Fitzpatrick in The West Wing, highlighting the great diversity of exhibits to be displayed at seven different locations throughout PoliticalFest. PoliticalFest, a festival celebrating United States history, politics, and the road to the White House, will highlight the contributions made by important figures and movements since the nation’s founding.

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These exhibits will be on display at each of the seven PoliticalFest locations and will create a fun, inclusive, and educational experience for residents, delegates, and members of the media. PoliticalFest will run July 22-27th, open 10am-6pm daily.

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Here we are at the Pennsylvania Convention Hall on tour with Kristyn Aldrich, LeapStarr, who is producing the event. With her is Melissa Fitzgerald, and Gov Ed Rendell, Chair of the 2016 Democratic National Convention Host Committee 

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It’s at the Convention Center that you can pick up a lot of great DNC2016 merchandise, including products made from local Philadelphians.

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There is another pop up shop at the Comcast Center, and 30th Street Station, or online HERE Melissa DSC_7369 (Custom)

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Pennsylvania Convention Center, Hall F (1101 Arch Street)  Theme: Politics and You!  Includes:  ·  C-SPAN’s The American Presidents exhibit  ·  C-SPAN’s Electoral Boards  ·  Oval Office Replica, presented by Facebook   ·  Air Force One Fuselage replica  ·  Photo walls featuring key political features and their impacts on society “Voting Through Time” exhibit, showing voting booths from the past, present and future.  ·   “I Am Democracy Photo Mosaic” for which guests will take individual photos that will be transformed into a larger digital mosaic of an American flag.  ·   Memorabilia Store, including Host Committee merchandise from local designers like Project Runway winner Dom Streater and apparel favorite Duke & Winston, as well as rare collector’s items.  ·   “Future Leaders Fun Zone” featuring games and other activities for children

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Heritage Center at the Union League (140 S. Broad Street)

Theme: Political Conventions in Philadelphia

Includes:

  • Sweep the Country: Political Conventions in Philadelphia,an exhibit that tells the stories of the 11 conventions held in Philadelphia.

 

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Library Company of Philadelphia (1314 Locust Street)

Theme: Presidential Archives

Includes:

  • Presidential Libraries
  • Exhibit featuring writings, photographs and artifacts from the museum’s own collection, including:

o A life mask of George Washington;

o A death mask of Abraham Lincoln;

o Rare books, graphics, and manuscripts about the founding of the nation;

o Women in American politics;

o 19th-century African-American political conventions.

 

Historical Society of Philadelphia (1300 Locust Street)

Theme: Founding Documents

Includes:

  • “Behind The Ballot,” an interactive exhibit provided by the city of Birmingham, Alabama, highlighting the Civil Rights Act and the Voters Rights Act, as well as a lookback at the events that took place in 1963.
  • Proof of Declaration of Independence
  • Samples of Articles of Confederation
  • Draft of the Constitution of the United States
  • “We the People” collection, including:

o   Constitution of Women’s Suffrage Association with a note by Susan B. Anthony

o   Lithograph of the Emancipation Proclamation

o   Map of part of Bucks County released by the Indians to the “Proprietaries of Pensilvania” in September 1737

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Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent (15 S. 7th Street)

Theme: Philadelphia and the Presidency

Includes:

  • Original election coverage from the Philadelphia Tribune, the nation’s oldest and the Philadelphia region’s largest African-American daily publication, featuring iconic front pages and landmark political moments from the paper’s extensive coverage of national politics.
  • Philadelphia Gay News interviews with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama during the 2008 presidential campaign.
  • Philadelphia Memorabilia Perspective featuring pieces from local collectors that highlight Philadelphia’s political convention history.
  • Short documentary of local collectors’ historical artifacts described in their own words.
  • Whistle Stop Philadelphia! will provide guests with a photo-opp with a life-size train replica, like those that were used during whistle stop campaign tours.
  • Philadelphia and the Presidency Exhibit

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National Liberty Museum (312 Chestnut Street)

Theme: First Families

Includes:

  • “First Ladies: Influence & Image” video, featuring stories of America’s 45 First Ladies.
  • A show-stopping display of featured dresses worn by First Ladies going back to Martha Washington.
  • White House China dating back to George Washington.
  • An exclusive photo exhibit highlighting First Families, provided by National Geographic.
  • “Larger Than Life” photo wall, featuring key political figures and their impact on society.
  • Johnston & Murphy Presidential Footwear Collection, highlighting 12 former presidents who wore Johnston & Murphy shoes.
  • The Rendell Center for Civics and Civic Engagement’s kids program will offer a special, interactive program for K-12 students encouraging civic engagement and explaining the process of running for and winning the Presidency.

MelissaThe Host Committee also announced a special group discount for PoliticalFest tickets. For adult groups of 10 or more, tickets are available to group members for $10 per person. For groups of 10 or more students, seniors, or children, tickets are available to group members for $4 per person. Group rate tickets and individual tickets can be purchased here.