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August 2016


Festival: 2nd Annual South Philly SausageFest September 10 #PCCBuzz

West Passyunk Avenue (between South Broad and 15th streets) is heating up.

Newbold Community Development Corporation fires up the grills again for the 2nd Annual South Philly SausageFest on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12:00pm to 8:00pm. South Philadelphia’s annual sausage-themed food fest takes place along West Passyunk Avenue (between South Broad and 15th streets). Look for sausage and sausage-inspired dishes cooked up in a variety of traditional and unique styles – including vegan – from ten restaurants and eateries that are part of the upcoming food scene on the other side of Broad Street. Festivities also include craft beer from seven breweries, live music, vendors and family fun. The event, sponsored by AFC Urgent Care, will be a fundraiser for the Newbold CDC’s Street Cleaning Program. Admission is free with food and drink pay-as-you-go. Advance beer tickets and other information is available at


“After years of watching East Passyunk Avenue explode with culinary creativity, the residents of the Newbold neighborhood are now getting their chance to experience fine dining, with the recent opening of several new eclectic ethnic restaurants along West Passyunk and Snyder Avenues,” said Timothy Lidiak, President of Newbold CDC. “The Newbold neighborhood will soon reach hipster nirvana with the anticipated autumn 2016 opening of two new craft breweries – BreweryARS and Second District Brewing Company.  And only a short bicycle ride away, the Point Breeze Brewing Company will soon be opening its doors as well.”

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South Philly SausageFest will serve of “sausage-themed” food from Newbold and West Passyunk’s restaurants including Cafe y Chocolate, Chaat and Chai, Grubhouse, Philly Pretzel Factory, Tap Room on 19th, South Philadelphia Tap Room, Vegan Commissary, T&N Homemade Kitchen, Mike’s BBQ, and Dati’s Water Ice.  Menus are listed below:

* Cafe y Chocolate – Chorizo Tostada on Corn Tortilla; Chorizo Burro (sausage wrapped in flour tortilla); Steak and Chicken Tacos

* Chaat and Chai – Chicken Sausage on Parotta Bread with Tomato Chutney; Samosa with Tamarind Chutney; Lamb Sausage on Bhatura Bread with Raita; Mango Lassi, Indian Lemonades and Iced Chai

* Dati’s Water Ice & Ice Cream – Homemade Water Ice and Ice Cream; Pizza Pretzels

* Grubhouse – Chicken Sausage Rice Bowl; Chorizo Mac & Cheese; Sausage Sandwich; Sausage on a Stick

* Mike’s BBQ –  Smoked Beef Sausage Sandwich

* Philly Pretzel Factory – Sausage Pretzel; Sausage, Pepper and Onion Sandwich

* South Philly Tap Room – Chorizo Sausage with Guacamole, Pickled Onion, Queso Cotija on Martin Potato Roll

* T&N Kitchen – Italian Sausage with peppers and onions, and an Italian Roast Pork with broccoli rabe and sharp provolone

* Taproom on 19th – Pork and Rice Sausage Sandwich with Pickled Red Cabbage

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Taps will be pouring from seven Philadelphia and regional breweries, including: Philadelphia Brewing Company, Saint Benjamin Brewing Company, Sly Fox Brewing Company, Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Evil Genius Beer Company, Forgotten Boardwalk — and new brewery – 2nd  Ludlam Island Brewery. Tap lists will be released a week before the event.

The festival also includes arts and crafts as well as children’s activities sponsored by Olde City Day School, and managed by Philadelphia Family Pride.  South Philly SausageFest will feature the following children’s activities from 12:00pm to 4:00pm:
* 2 Moonbounces

* Face Painting
* Balloon Animals
* Children’s Music Show (The Lara & Joe Show) – from 1-2 pm
* Temporary Tattoos
* Sidewalk Chalk & Art
* Hool-a-Hoop Contest
* Coloring Books
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Live music will be rocking all day, including:

* Griz, 12:00pm to 1:00pm (Acoustic/Singer-songwriter)
* Lara & Joe Show, 1:00pm to 2:00pm (Children’s music show)
* New Pony, 2:00pm to 3:00pm (Funk)
* Sun Hat, 3:00pm to 4:00pm (Eclectic jazz)
* The Whips, 4:00pm to 5:00pm (Garage rock)
* Gondola, 5:00pm to 6:00pm (Heavy metal/blues)
* The Blue Pharoahs, 6:00pm to 7:00pm (Delta blues)
* The Charley Few, 7:00pm to 8:00pm (Hard core punk)

South Philly SausageFest is free to attend, with food and drink pay-as-you-go. Advance tickets for beer are also available online ahead of the event – with discounts for those that plan ahead!  Beer tickets are 3 for $12.00, 10 for $35.00 and 18 for $54.00. SausageFest shirts are also available online for only $15.00 each.

South Philly SausageFest is sponsored by AFC Urgent Care, along with Yelp, Mark Cement Contractors, DJCRE Real Estate, Prudential Savings Bank, Richard L. Vanderslice, PC, Caiazzo Law Offices, CityCare Pharmacy, Olde City Day School, Space & Co, AJ Appliance Company, Philly Sound Studios, Rowhome Magazine, South Philadelphia Tap Room, Philadelphia Family Pride, Magglios Sausage Company, Dietz & Watson, Philly Pretzel Factory, Brew:  A Beer Boutique, West Passyunk Neighbors Association.

Proceeds from the event will benefit and fund Newbold CDC’s Street Cleaning Program in partnership with Horizon House, Inc., who provides a wide range of services for adults with developmental disabilities, drug and alcohol addictions, and/or homelessness. Newbold CDC employs its cleaning crew through Horizon House’s workforce program and puts these individuals to work in cleaning up the commercial corridors along West Passyunk and Snyder Avenues from South Broad to 19th Streets.

The Cleaning Program has been underway since early 2014 and is supported by local business sponsors including Ultimo Coffee, AJ Appliance, and DJCRE Real Estate as well as the City’s Commerce Department.  Newbold CDC will use 100% of the proceeds from this year’s South Philly SausageFest to support the Cleaning Program.

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The mission of Newbold CDC is to improve the quality of life within the Newbold community through commercial and residential development and by implementing programs designed to invest in the civic enrichment of the people of Newbold. For more information, visit

(Sponsor Post)

Made in Philadelphia – Free Festival Labor Day Weekend at FDR Park

Made in Philadelphia – Free Festival Labor Day Weekend at FDR Park

If you’re looking for a chill festival to attend this week with your friends, something with a little shade and the ability to come and go as you please, parking and close to transportation?  I think FDR Park Music Jam should be on your list of festivals to attend this weekend.


FDR Park Music Jam FREE Festival: Get away from the crowds on the parkway this weekend and head down Broad Street instead for a free outdoor festival with a laid back environment and phenomenal live music. On Saturday 9/3 and Sunday 9/4, in association with Philadelphia Songwriters Project, Parks on Tap is hosting “FDR Park Music Jam,” a two-day, local music festival at FDR Park, right next to the stadiums. The festival features a list of locally acclaimed songwriters, artists and bands from 3 to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. In addition, South Philly recording artist, Felicia, will be performing an opening set at 2 p.m. both days.  Here is the full lineup:

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Saturday, September 3

  • 3:00 Adam Web – known for his “optimistic acoustifunk”

  • 4:00 Bernard/BJ Sarkissian Music – plays original, recovery-based music in a method to connect with patient populations

  • 5:00 Ryan Tennis – has opened for Grammy Winners Kenny Loggins & Shawn Colvin. Also performed at the Philadelphia Folk Festival

  • 6:00 Ginger Coyle – singing since she was 14 with conscious lyrics and soulful pop melodies over acoustic guitar and driving piano

  • 7:00 Angela Burns Music – with a family history in bluegrass music, Angela carries on the tradition with her own folky pop twist

  • 8:00 Ross Bellenoit – toured with Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello as a member of Amos Lee’s band


Sunday, September 4

  • 3:00 Alyssa Garcia – playing piano since  she was five and now just at 16 she has two self-produced albums

  • 4:00 Dawn Hiatt – winner of the Philadelphia Songwriters Project Songwriting Contest in 2008 & 2009

  • 5:00 Sharon Bousquet – released 7 albums of original soulful music, placed numerous songs in independent films and  promotional shorts

  • 6:00 Pixel8ter – inspired by the sounds of videogames, Pixel8ter puts on a live show that is dynamic and energetic

  • 7:00 Andrea Nardello – Tri-State Indie’s “Acoustic Artist Of The Year”.

  • 8:00 De Tierra Caliente – Since its formation in 2014, this flavorful trio from Philadelphia and Puerto Rico has released 2 full-length albums and played over 200 shows throughout the US, Colombia, Brazil and Puerto Rico.


Here is a link to the Facebook Event . We will also have extended hours for the holiday weekend: Thursday 5 to 10 p.m., Friday – Sunday 1 to 11 p.m. and Monday, Labor Day 12 to 10 p.m.


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Barks on Tap: In addition, the following week Parks on Tap will be at Fairmount Water Works from September 7 to 11, and on Thursday 9/8 we are hosting a community dog party “Barks on Tap,” a fundraiser for the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). From 5 to 10 p.m., 100 percent of beverage proceeds will be donated directly back to PAWS by the Tuttleman Family Foundation and Parks on Tap. Here is link to the Facebook Event and the flyer is attached.


Call Her Miss Ralph – Plus Beyonce’s Dad’s New Group Look Like Destiny’s Child

Call Her Miss Ralph


Last Saturday night, the original Dream Girl – Sheryl Lee Ralph Hughes brought her long running HIV/AIDS Charity concert to the Dell Music Center in Fairmount Park.

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The concert was a huge success raising awareness, and money for services in and around Philadelphia as well as to her on charitable organization100% of the proceeds from DIVAS Simply Singing! supports The DIVA Foundation’s awareness and prevention programs. ( D.I.V.A. [Divinely Inspired Victoriously Anointed] foundation.)

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Flawless in style and fashion, Miss Ralph changed at least 6 times throughout the night.

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 Sen Vincent Hughes his wife Sheryl Lee Ralph and her kids Coco and Etienne, who was the co-host of the concert. The Hughes spoke about healing the community, and renewing the country’s spirit in these troubled times.


and she looked flawless

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And she’d better, check out her Glam Squad. It’s a serious bunch.

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Other fabulous entertainers on the bill included Full Force

Paul Anthony (l) let us know that they were 2 years out since the anniversary of the bone marrow stem cell transplant that his brother Bowlegged Lou of Full Force (r) donated to him as he suffered for cancer. Complete respect that these two were able to command the stage and entertain us after the ordeal they’ve been in. What a great gift Lou has given his brother as well.

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It was called DIVAS Simply Singing after all, and Avery Sunshine let it be known she was not happy that someone in the band was late. She slayed them on the stage, to the point where she got the crowd to chant “Be on Time.” Seems she got there on time, after a hellish journey with delays, but someone wasn’t ready and they didn’t have time to rehearse, so she didn’t rehearse. She was flawless, and the tirade was unnecessary, I felt.

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Spoken word


Jean Carne, sexy and nearly seventy. She had all the moves, and was very fun.





Then there was Keke Wyatt, who didn’t even need to say anything and the boys all went crazy. I was amazed at how incredible she looked after having her 8th kid last year, which she kept reminding us.


Come on We’re Your Weather Girls, and have we got news for you….


Beyonce’s Dad’s (Matthew Knowles (l)) New Group Look Like Destiny’s Child



Blussh – Sunni, Tali and Bunni Ray


Sunni, Bunni Ray and Tali



Rahel Solomon and Kacie McDonnell Spotted, Air Supply, Babies,


Happy Monday Morning. I had a busy last weekend in August. I was a guest at Golden Nugget on Friday night to photograph Kathie Lee Gifford, who had an appearance that their International Wine Festival. Then headed back to Philly to see Air Supply at Sugarhouse Casino. Both casinos were lucky for me as I played my favorite Willie Wonka slot machine.  Back home this is what was happening…

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Philly’s born and bred Rahel Solomon, CBS3 Philly, was filling in on the anchor desk for a vacationing Natasha Brown.  On Saturday she was at Salon Vanity for a blow out.

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Former Fox 29’s Kacie McDonnell was also spotted at Salon Vanity getting her hair done over the weekend. just wrote last week: Kacie McDonnell joins New England sports channel


Another Philly born and bred gal was sitting in the anchor seat over the weekend, Kristen Welker, NBC news, who was filling in for the vacationing Lestor Holt.

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These fill -ins are great job try outs too.



Speaking of Philly newswomen, former NBC10 weather women Brittney Shipp has written a children’s book called

“The Meteorologist in Me”. Pre Order your copy HERE


No one was All of Out Love on Saturday night, as Air Supply stopped by Sugarhouse, as they tour America this summer. Sugarhouse has recently completed and opened a free parking garage, as well as an event space. I’ve covered several events there already and was wondering how it would transform into a concert venue. Very nicely, very intimately, great sound. Seated the space holds 450 people.  Towards the end of the concert guests were dancing in the aisle. I’ve always loved Air Supply, and didn’t realize at the time of the popularity that they were/are really a rock band as much as an easy listening group.


Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock of Air Supply still have amazing voices despite passing their 41st year as a band.

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They sing some of the most memorable songs, mostly about love and devotion. It was great.


  • Sweet Dreams
  • Even the Nights Are Better
  • Just As I Am
  • Every Woman in the World
  • Here I Am (Just When I Thought I Was Over You)
  • I Adore You
  • The One That You Love (performed in audience)
  • Lost in Love
  • Making Love Out of Nothing at All8-29-2016 12-04-15 PMAaron Mclain shreds ferociously on guitar, as Russell Hitchcock sings



No doubt a lot of babies were conceived during Air Supply songs, here’s a few of the babies born in our area this past week. Chef Evan Turney celebrated the birth of his son last week, and his new eatery Butcher Bar opens later this week.  Wife and mother Carla Montalvo is ecstatic as well.



Congrats to Jason and Marlo Dilk’s of Slice and “P’unk Burger” fame.Rahel


Love these two


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Bringing baby home – The Philadelphia Soul brings home another championship indoor football trophy.


Is that Christie Mandia’s doppelganger. Read her latest column in Philly Voice today:



Cannoli Cake at Ralph’s Italian Restaurant. AMAZING!! The lasagna was good too, but not as good as you know my favorite – D’Angelo’s. Which is even better than my Italian grandmothers, sorry mom.


A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME Red Carpet, Kathie Lee Gifford, Births & Philly Gossip

Good Friday. I don’t know about you but this is not a good Friday to me, it’s the last AUGUST weekend of 2016. So bummed. The social season has ticked up a notch, which is great cause I missed it. I took most of the summer off, and my days filled up quickly. I never completed the cleaning of my desk, which you know I’ve been working on for 5 years. I’m going to get to it this week, I must. OK here’s some local fun news I saw on social media or heard about and found on the ‘net.



I love these signs



Congrats to Irene Levy, Spotlight PR. One of her biggest clients is McGillin’s Ale House. She does an awesome job, that’s why we always know what’s going on there.  House

Congrats!! Jessy Kyle has officially teamed up with DJ Eddie Tully. Their new venture is called The Kyle-Tully Experience . He plays the music and she sings the songs. They usually have a drummer on hand as well. It’s all very entertaining.House

Former Philly resident Shara Chesney is a new mom, Congrats! House

Mike’s cousin David Nakamura, steller White House reporter from the Washington Post, and wife Kris Schenck, welcomed twins Evangeline and Emmauelle to their growing family.

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Legendary food writer, Michael Klein, The Insider, is very informative with his column on, but if you’re lucky enough to follow him on FB, he’s downright hysterical
(he’d so call me out on this run on sentence considering he was once my mentor.)
The DNC Donkey’s are headed home, as well as to the auction block. Turns out more Donkey’s went up than originally stated cause I hear some of the delegate states didn’t want to pay for shipping their ass.

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Sad as of Thursday when I wrote this, no one wanted Missouri

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Also gone, this great mural on Broad Street.

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Friday there’s a movie red carpet in Philly. A special red carpet premiere screening of A House is Not a Home with Star/Producer Gerald Webb, Director Christopher Douglas-Olen Ray, and other special guests, with a Q&A to follow.

Link to Purchase Tickets

I missed WoofWoof Wednesday this week. We’ll do Fido FridayHouse House Have an awesome weekend. I’ll be at Golden Nugget Atlantic City tonight for Golden Nugget’s annual International Winefest this weekend on Friday August 26 and Saturday August 27. As a special feature to this year’s festival, Emmy award winning television personality Kathie Lee Gifford will be sampling her exclusive line of GIFFT Wines and holding a meet and greet with Winefest attendees on the Golden Nugget’s Event Lawn on Friday, August 26 at 8PM. Love her. Saturday night I’ll be at Sugarhouse enjoying a concert with Air Supply. I know I already saw them this year at Valley Forge Casino, but I love them, and I love seeing them with Mike, who will probably be reading his kindle during the concert. Sunday I’m going to David Tutera’s Your Wedding Experience show at the Pa Convention Center.

Plus Happy Birthday to my friend Marisa Magnatta.