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January 2018


Eagles Fans Get Lit on Broad Street Celebrating The NFC Win

Eagles Fans Get Lit on Broad Street Celebrating The NFC Win

We are not done yet celebrating the Philadelphia Eagles won on Sunday night against the Vikings to capture the NFC Championship Game. I placed a lot of photos from the celebratory night in outlets, with links to them at the bottom. In the meantime here are a few more.

I ran into my sister’s friend at The Blue Duck on Broad

It was a fantastic party

Dude seriously if you didn’t want to be in the photo with these guys you could have said no, or maybe you just wanted to see if I’d publish it. You must not know me, I photographed celebrities in NYC for 5 years. These were the money shots!!

I had a great time at McGillin’s as well, but the best party, the one not to miss happens at Tavern on Broad. So much fun, people are really nice,

the booze is reasonable and when we win the Super Bowl, you just roll out the door and there’s Broad Street.

I need this suit, does it come in a 3x large. I went to buy a T Shirt, and they do not.
I got a hat.
I like a guy that brings his own boom box and crowd
Fireworks and girl on a light pole. See her on left hanging on for dear life?
I was standing next to Drew Smith, NBC10 while the largest toilet paper stream floated down from who knows where. I think we all want to know what brand that is
A beginning of a wonderful mummy
I learned a new word, these two kept yelling – take a photo of us, we’re Yunks!! Eventually they explained they were from Manayunk

He came prepared
WHY Can’t we be Friends, Why Can’t We Be Friends…. We can!!
Jenny from the block, or as I like to call her my editor from Metro Philly
crowds were just streaming up Broad Street towards City Hall
OH I see he has an Eagles head
Mike and Renee are HAPPY
Broad Street is LIT!! as Jeniece Armstrong wrote on one of my posts Sunday night.

WAWA was packed, in 2008 this was the site of Robinson Luggage, and it didn’t fare as well

What an amazing celebration, there was no trouble as the crowd partied in the street from 930ish til a bit after 130 when the police
announced for people to please go home. They did, and the next day the street was clean and open for business.

Check out these sites to see if I caught you in the act of joy


Metro Philly

PHL Biz Journal, Timeout Philly and Philly Voice


Gorgeous Decor at The Beaux Arts Bash

The Beaux Arts Bash was held at the Philadelphia Free Library last month


The annual black-tie event highlighted the Parkway’s splendid history of art and architecture inspired by the Beaux -Arts movement in turn-of-the-century France.



The live auction was led by Reggie Rivers, a former Denver Broncos player who is now a professional auctioneer, broadcaster and motivational speaker.

Guests also enjoyed a silent auction with great sports memorabilia.


Funds raised by the gala event support the Free Library of Philadelphia Foundation, which makes possible many Free Library programs and services that advance literacy, guide learning, and inspire curiosity throughout Philadelphia.
Lyn and David Montgomery

The Beaux Arts Bash is co-chaired by Lynn and Jim Dever, Donna and David Gerson, and Cameron and John Soroko.

David Mankoff and Jean Cho

Jenny Bogoni, Luca Bogoni, Nadia Billig Daniel and Matt Daniel

Mark vanDerhelm, Vanessa Chan, Jocelin Reed and Anton Germishuizen

Leslie Stiles m board president of the Pennsylvania Conference for Women and Marciarose Shestack. legendary broadcaster and all around wonderful person.

Additional photos appeared in Liberty City Press and an upcoming Philly Magazine issue as as well.

The Library Gala’s 2015 Gala was one of my picks of the decade 2007 – 2017 See the pixs here


17 Favorite Photos of 2017 From Hot PA Guy to Carson Wentz

I like to post the best of 2017 photos in 2018, when more of you are at your desk. Here goes….

Hot Production Assistant Guy on M Night Shyamalan’s movie Glass. The photo went VIRAL and his story was picked up by the Metro, who even did a Q&A with him. His now in Atlanta, assisting on another movie making hearts flutter.

Sunday another hot guy I made famous, is getting married. Geoff Pierce met his future wife Samantha Keenan, in directly from my write up, they tell me.

The winner for the best dressed for the 90s party at the Phila Flower Show, which is coming up again in a few
weeks March 3 – March 11

The American Foundation of Suicide Prevention Gala 2017, this year they’re honoring Eddie Tully. Tickets on sale now.

Jenna Communications had a clever hook to promote The Plaza Grande Showcases the Revitalization of the Historical Garden State Park Racetrack in a Media Tour. They brought in a former horse jockey who rode at Garden State Park, to chat about the good old days. He rode a horse in the “dog park” on the new site, which used to be where the stables were. It was great visuals and made for some interesting stories while still promoting the 55plus housing.
Lynsie and Evan Solomon’s wedding in Anguila. Great time. Sad face this restaurant was destroyed in hurricane Irma.
Event of the year – Marian Anderson Award with legends Dionne Warwick, Kenny Gamble and Clive Davis.

The wedding of Chris Konopka and Maria Papadakis
Erica Lee and Rodney McLeod Jr. at Zarwin Baum’s March Madness

Ron Harper, Elaine I. Grobman and Frank Giordano at The Pink Tie Ball

Trish Gohl, founder of No Dog Gets Left Behind with a dog that will be paired with a veteran.
Snow, it was beautiful, and very unusual to happen in December. Now I am ready for Spring. I was in Florida this past week
so hopefully when I return home to Philly tonight it won’t be anything like this.
Loved this Safian & Rudolph engagement contest, as well as their & Bench

Thank you M Night for having me as one of your house photographers for Shyamaween 2017 what a dream come true. Here’s a story I did on CBSPhilly as well as the photos at the bottom of article.

Yasmina Moukarzel, John Giordano – The New York Times

Have their marriage reception at the Academy of Music

The Rittenhouse Square/Philly Style Mag Gang all grown up – 10 fabulous years of photographing their lives

Fly Eagles Fly, Carson Wentz films a series of commercials for NRG. I was the house photographer for the afternoon.



2017: Best Party of the Year Was…..

There were a lot of great parties in 2017, but the 2017: Best Party of the Year WAS Philly Chit Chat celebrates 10 Years 2007 – 2017/ The party was held at Aqimero by Richard Sandoval at the Ritz – Carlton(THANKS).  I tried to keep the number reasonably, and the party not super crowded, something under 275; which we got to fairly quickly as nearly everyone on the initial list said yes, so there was no wiggle room. It was stressful cause I forgot  a dozen or so people who were important in my 10 years, and I tried to add a few as I went along.

YearMetro Philly

Which by the way is how the invite list was created. Friends, family and more than 200 people that I had been photographing for more than 6 years. Many of those people let me into their lives, and chronicle it. A decade ago, even 5 years ago, there was as many events as there are today. In the beginning of PhillyChitChat I covered a lot of Friday bar nights, Saturday birthday parties, trolling restaurants, bars and relying on tipsters and businesses to fill me in on where the celebrities were so I could go and wait outside their establishments for a good shot.

Thanks to Mainline Society Photographer Joan Bang for sending me the photos used in this blog post.



I asked my guests to make a suggested donation to AFSP Greater Philadelphia
Save A Life Gala 2018 Honoring Eddie Tully

Karen Block, (in purple) my college friend who I hadn’t seen in 20 years before this night. She’s recently moved into town and we
are reunited and it feels so good. We get along much better now than when we failed gym cause we were bad ping pong partners.
Yes seriously we met in ping pong class, and there was a class like that, probably because we didn’t have a tennis team.


Year Year Year
Thanks to the City for a Proclamation and to Visit Philly for the XOXO We Love Philly Chit Chat framed LOVE LETTER.
Very sweet.Year
My family






Thanks to Southern Wine & Spirits, and Brad Waxman. Denise Fike for illustrations. Clique Cam

Lynsie Solomon my event planner. She did an amazing job.



James Duggan and Thom Cardwell – my first mentors
Founders of qFLIX Philadelphia: Home FestivalYear Year Year Year Year Year
Thank you for being a friend, supporter and subjects of PhillyChitChat
More photos at PhillyStyleMag and additional ones ran in Philly Mag
We raised over $6,000 from people who attended as well as many generous supporters.
Thank You!!


Around Main Line Hosts Mingle at Mistral

Around Main Line Hosts Mingle at Mistral’s has begun to host King of Prussia parties again! First up a party at Mistral KoP on Thursday, December 28th, 2017. Guests enjoyed a festive, fun get together at ‘Mingle at Mistral’, a holiday cocktail party celebrating the season and terrific culinary talents of the team at Mistral.

Kimberly Bowden and Jennifer Shields

Vir Anand, Jessica Willingham, Orlando Hankins and Monique Foster

Sarah Lockard, Around Mainline and Melissa Leonard, ie women about town

Carla Antinone, One Bite Delight – Carla’s Cake Pops, Kylee Pedrosa, Health Coach at Corporate Health Partners, Max Rotondo, SEI Investments Company and Melissa Leonard, Coldwell Banker Preferred

Sabir M Peele, Brand Consultant & Founder at Men’s Style Pro


More photos will be in next weeks Liberty City Press found in newspapers ie PGN, Al Dia, The Sun and China Star