NFLDraft 2017 Philadelphia – What To Eat, I have the Menus and it looks delicious

NFLDraft 2017 Philadelphia – What To Eat, I have the Menus and it looks delicious

Philly is excited, the NFLDraft is THIS WEEK. Note to drivers the entire Parkway From the Art Museum to 20th Street will be closed to cars and people until after the NFLDraft. This is so they can finish out the build, as well as secure the area so that everyone can have a safe and fun time during the event. The menu choices are very Philly, and reasonable for an event like this.

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For the Complete NFL Draft Experience check out DISCOVERPHL where you will also find the schedule for fan experience.


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NFL Draft Experience presented by Dannon® Oikos® Triple Zero, invites families and fans of all ages to enjoy a FREE admission, three-day football festival held along the half-mile stretch of Benjamin Franklin Parkway from Thursday, April 27 – Saturday, April 29. Representing the largest festival footprint ever created by the NFL, spanning the size of nearly twenty-five football fields, fans of all ages and of all teams will be able to participate in interactive exhibits, immersive games, and virtual reality experiences, free player autograph sessions and more.



Fun and Fascinating gifts to buy at The Museum of the American Revolution

Oddities For Sale at The Gift Shop of The Museum of the American Revolution

As you know the Museum of the American Revolution  101 S. 3rd St.  opened this week.


Yesterday I published highlights of the opening ceremonies. While I was at the museum I checked out the gift shop, who doesn’t like shopping. Well I found quite a few interesting gifts in there (I’m sure appropriate in their time) and here are 20 of them….

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book, tshirt or one of the oddities I’m about to show you.
dolls (1)This isn’t odd per se,  except for the kite part. Kinda wonder why they didn’t use a slim piece of medal to make the kite fly, but that’s just me.

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Betsy has never looked so good. All these dolls were around $20

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Ornaments with the log of Museum of the American Revolution
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Pewter Dice, Musket Ball and a Signal Whistle, which also are sold as bracelets and necklaces in the jewelry sectionHD1_5531 (Custom)
Historic telescope  and musket souvenirs
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Personalized Pen Knifes (don’t try and bring these on your flight home.)HD1_5536 (Custom)Paperweights HD1_5540 (Custom)

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Patriotic candy. Be warned the chocolate Liberty Bells are fragile.HD1_5547 (Custom)
I have to have these George Washington Socks. Mom is eyeing the scarves.

Museum of the American Revolution: Homepage

The rumblings of the American Revolution began more than a decade before the “shot heard ’round the world” ignited America’s War for Independence.

Have a great weekend. See you on Sunday for PhillyChitChat Gossip and good times, and as always follow me on twitter and instagram
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Scenes from The Museum of the American Revolution Opening Ceremony

Yesterday I attended the official opening of the American Revolution Museum. I had a chance to see it earlier this month at the Opening Gala, and it’s really something else. You have to go see it. The official opening was special too.


The Museum of the American Revolution hosted its grand opening celebration on April 19, 2017, the 242nd anniversary of the “shot heard ‘round the world” that ignited the Revolutionary War in 1775.


The opening ceremony stretched across Philadelphia’s historic area, starting with a reflective and reverential tribute at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolution at Washington Square, continuing with patriotic fanfare at Independence Hall, and then concluding with the official dedication and ribbon-cutting on the Museum’s outdoor plaza at Third and Chestnut Streets.  I caught up with them at Independence Hall.

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Former Pennsylvania Governer Edward G. Rendell; Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe; Gov. Tom Wolfe  and the ceremony was hosted by Vai Sikahema, NBC10

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Then the parade headed down Chestnut Street towards the new museum.

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Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

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HD1_5286 (Custom)Former Governor of Maryland Martin O Malley (l)


Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe

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The building with the flag hanging down is the The Museum of the American Revolution

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Former Governor of NJ Jim Florio

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Gov Tom Wolfe


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Col. John Bircher III, Military Order of the Purple Heart






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Sydney James Harcourt, original cast member of “Hamilton,” performing with local high school students

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AmericanCokie Roberts

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Keynote address by former Vice President Joe Biden

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H.F. (Gerry) Lenfest, Founding Museum Chairman Emeritus and the driving force behind the opening of the The Museum of the American Revolution

Check out the story of the opening at the Phila Business Journal and more of my photos



Philadelphia Style magazine and Rag & Bone Grand Opening Party

Philadelphia Style magazine and Rag & Bone hosted an exclusive celebration in honor of their newest store on Walnut Street on March 28, 2017.  Guests enjoyed cocktails made with Effen Vodka and El Tesoro Tequila and lite bites courtesy of Brulee Catering.


Craig Arthur von Schroeder, Commonwealth Proper, Vanessa Davili and Kurt Souder

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Danny Bones, Gabby Curran, and Nick Grice of Rag & Bone


John Colabelli, Publisher of Philly Style Magazine, Jason Wigner, Chris DiGeorge, Suzette LeMaitre, and Hansell Varone



Julianna Delviscio and Sheila Barry



Megan Heaton and Chelsea Blasko

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Nazarett Teclesambet and Ronnie Miller, who’s getting ready to move to Charleston, SC

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Lindsey Scannapieco (her place Bok is getting ready for the summer, hold tight she’ll be naming the new chef for the summer soon. It’s alos a must visit for the 75 art co-ops that are now at Bok) and Dan Olsovsky, Creative Director at ROOST Apartment Hotel

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Laura Price and Ary Modesto



Melissa Leonard and Linda LaRosa, Shop Sixty Five

Melissa Leonard and Linda LaRosa, Shop Sixty Five

A.D. Amorosi and Peter Dello Buono

Legendary scribe A.D. Amorosi and debonair Peter Dello Buono


Andy Hemming and Jill Rizen, spent the better part of the winter of 2017 in Miami, and the tan shows.


Alex Nelson and Mike Rubino, lifestyle bloggers, Alissa Frederico, stylist and personal shopper and Ian Michael Crumm. Ian is at Coachella, last year he partied with Kylie Jenner, this past weekend he was with Nick Jonas. i’d say that was a step up. Style

DJ Lady FX provided music while attendees checked out the popular labels men’s and women’s clothing lines.


Earth Day Contest: Win a Digs Living Backyard This Summer

To celebrate Earth Day, Digs Living is giving away an incredible garden transformation with an Instagram contest. They are giving away $1500 worth of plants, planting labor included, to transform one local garden. Instructions to enter the contest are below.


Enter to win one over the top garden transformation. Digs Living will plant your garden with $1500 of plants, labor included
To enter the contest
1. Follow @digsliving on Instagram
2. Post a photo of your outdoor space, tag @digsliving with #digmygarden and tell us what you wish was different about your garden or what types of plants you’d love to have
4. Tag 5 friends who you’d like to invite over for cocktails in your newly planted garden
Digs Living will select a winner May 1 and notify them on Instagram.
A few fun facts about Digs Living:
Digs Living owner, Anna Prinzo has spent more than 15 years in the outdoor design/build industry, beginning Digs after many years at Laurel Hill Gardens in Chestnut Hill. 
Digs is unique for their urban aesthetic. Their favorite materials are concrete, steel and wood that’s been tinged (and often charred) black. The contrast of industrial materials with organic plants elevates a space with a modern edge, but keeps things from feeling cold. The natural weathering of these materials to their eventual patina, along with the seasonality of the plant life, keep the space evolving over time. 
Over the years Digs has built relationships with local tradespeople and they are proud to call them collaborators. They’re not only the best at their crafts, they also each have a story that brings invaluable insight and character to the process. Mike, Digs’ carpenter/metalworker/jack-of-all-trades, has spent years working on film and TV sets. Tony and Anthony, their father-son masonry guys, make their own wine every year from the grapes in Tony’s garden. These relationships are critical to keeping projects flowing smoothly, especially when inevitable changes pop up along the way.
This summer, Digs will debut a new public space at their workshop in Fishtown built out of shipping containers. The space will be available for event rentals and will host events such as small concerts and pop up farmers markets. Also stay tuned for the release of Digs Livings custom designed outdoor dog houses that will be available for purchase in the Fall.