Von Colln Ball Fields, Playground and New Sprayground

Von Colln Ball Fields, Playground and New Sprayground

Thanks to a $2.8 million restoration project Von Colln Field and playground in Fairmount (22nd and Pennsylvania Ave) has been transformed into a more family- and kid-friendly destination.

The park is named after Philadelphia Police Sgt. Frank Von Colln, who was killed in the line of duty in 1970. Here’s he’s son Kurt Von Colln, daughter and grand children.

Philadelphia Parks and Recreation Commissioner Kathryn Ott Lovell greeting the family

Council President Darrell Clark has known the Von Colln family for years.

I live nearby and have walked by Von Colln park nearly every day. To see this transformation is wonderful. I wish I were a kid again
to enjoy all the modern playground activities, ( – 

Under our prior names (LRSLA Studio, Lager Raabe Skafte Landscape Architects, and Lager Raabe Landscape Architects) we’ve done extensive work along the Parkway as the original designers for The Oval in 2013, Aviator Park, the stormwater management improvements along the parkway, and most recently the new Shakespeare Park and Pennypacker Park in front of the Free Library and former Family Court Building and the new plaza to the north of the Franklin Institute.)

and the spray area.



Plus they now have public bathrooms, with doors facing out, and on the lucky days the concession stand will be open and they’ll be selling delicious meatball sandwiches. If you are hungry, across the street is Whole Foods, and a block away is a deli.

There are picnic tables for you to dine at while checking out the beautiful skyline, and keeping an eye on your kids.

Kurt Von Colln presented this plaque to be installed at the playground in honor of his father




Yasss bleachers to watch the games, or bring your friends for a pick up game after school

I hope to some day see people sunning here as the field is a NO DOG zone, like Sheep’s Meadow in NYC, one of the largest sun worshipper areas in Central Park.

Thank you Philadelphia Police Sgt. Frank Von Colln for your service. Check out the new flag pole in Center Field.
KYW Has a great story on the restoration as well HERE


Party People: Philly Magazine Hosts it’s Annual Best of Philly Party

Party People: Philly Magazine Hosts it’s Annual Best of Philly Party

Last week Philadelphia Magazine held their annual Best of Philly party at Dilworth Park.

The ticketed event was sold out, and the crowds stayed despite the oppressive heat and brief showers.

Business leaders, taste-makers, fashionista’s, publicists and their clients, and entrepreneurs attended the event, which has been held on Dilworth Plaza for the past few years. Not a bad idea for publicists to attend with their clients, as there is a lot of press on hand to capture the night. Follow my #PhillyPrTip advice on Twitter.

Jim Dever, BOA Market President for Philadelphia, Dr. Lynn Dever, and newly weds Rachel Dever and Pierce Dever
who just tied the knot 90 days ago.

Spacious Dilworth Park allows for many different activation’s to occur during the party

Madison Leonard, Christian Molnar and Melissa Leonard
There was delicious food like this corn on the cob drizzled with delicious sauces from the American Sardine Bar
The new owners of Garces stopped by:  Scott Ballard, Ronnie Artigues, Steve Ballard and Dave Maser

You know it’s a party when Denise Fike is on hand to capture you by hand.

Mole Street Artists entertainedShelly Power, Executive Director of Pennsylvania Ballet and Marty Powers
The Pa Ballet opens the season on October 11 with the romantic, iconic Romeo & Juliet
Lynnal Ndimande, The Philly Apartment Company, Kene Akinbule and Megan Smith, Brownstone, Pr
Terry Boline and Nicolette Hitzel
I love how Philly Mag created this block wall listing all the winners

Andy Ross who was wearing a James LeBron short suit, and Betsy Ross
Evantine Design always does an amazing job
Richard Lewis, I Heart Radio, Sheila Hess, City Rep and Nick Bayer, Saxbys Coffee
The gals from the new condo on Rittenhouse Square – The Laurel
Amy Lehman, Eva Walker and Ashley Biello-McCauley

David Lipson, Philadelphia Magazine chairman, Skip Massengill, Karin Copeland and Ben Shank, General Manager of Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia. Karin recently left the Arts & Business Council to pursue other artistic, creative paths. She wrote a bit about it
Now this guy is making sacrifices
Yum cookies to go. Philly Mag also gave out rain ponchos to guests. Wish I had grabbed one.
 Eric Morales and Tiffany DeBois
Conni McDonnell wearing jeans signed by Mick Jagger, Deneen Marcel,  and Leslie Padilla, whose daughter gave her her Disney fan to keep cool at the party.
The Harrah’s Crew: Nick Ryan, Jen Galle, Glenn Cademartori and Chris Albrecht
They had free gaming with tutorials at the party
Steve Jamison, Blue Sole Shoes and Peter Breslow

New Couple Alert

My pick for Best of Philly Winner has to be these delicious cookie dough treats from Sweetbox Philly

The August Issue of Philly Mag is on the news stands right now, go pick it up, then make a list of the places you want to try.

Katie Griffin Casting

Katie Griffin Casting

Parx Casino

Parx Casino


Center City Night Clubs Close, and Open Under New Names

Center City Night Clubs Close, and Open Under New Names

After attending the Philly Mag Party on Dilworth Park last Thursday night, I headed to DelFrisco‘s for a bite to eat and a bit of people watching on what is always one of the best nights of the week to dine at DelFrisco’s – Thursday nights.(BTW they have a great special $59 for two courses, salad and surf & turf. So good)


While there people were celebrating the last night of the head bartender, I should have written his name down, but the person who told me said Justin Veasey was going to head a new club, Stats on 17!! It seems that the anticipated hot sports club last year, Clubhouse Sports Lounge, didn’t really take off as planned, probably because Vesper’s restaurant and bar, became Vesper’s sports club and really took off.

Brrrrr Clubhouse Sports Lounge at 111 South 17th Street (Originally G Lounge in 12/07, then the 1925 Cocktail Lounge in 3/15) with it’s ICE and Escape Rooms never really caught on and has closed.  It’s now being rebranded as Stats on 17th!! a brand new sports bar venue with a concept that a great game is always enjoyed while having great beers, drink specials, and food with a club vibe and DJ on the weekends.

BTW they’re seeking help! They’re looking for experienced kitchen staff, line cook, prep cook, bartenders, bar backs, hostesses, bottle service VIP girls to join their team. They’re interviewing at Sofitel next Tuesday!! Stats on 17th is opening in Sept 2018. Already on the payroll is

super star VIP doorman Tee Fish, longtime Security/Door Manager at Rumor nightclub.
Rumor is CLOSED. What a great spot. I had a lot of fun there, especially in the early years of it’s existence when it first opened and I went out more. Now my crew is married with kids.
Don’t fret though, it’s under new ownership and has a new name. Look for 1500 to open in the fall as well.
It’s interesting to note that both Rumor and Clubhouse were owned by maverick nightclub connoisseur Mark Marek, closed within a few days of each other mid July. Rumor is under new ownership, and I was told that former Clubhouse is as well. I have a text into Mark to see if he did indeed sell the clubs as it appears he did. He was definitely the king for years in the club business, but now with his recent marriage, who wouldn’t want to take a step back and enjoy life.