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Deck The Hall at City Hall Holiday Sights Plus Show Times

 Deck The Hall at City Hall Holiday Sights Plus Show Times

Last night was the premiere of the Deck the Hall Light Show Presented by Independence Blue Cross, a dramatic light show, synchronized with music and projected onto the West Market Street portal of City Hall. Deck

 

Before the countdown to the kick off there was a small ceremony where speakers included

Deck Center City District President and CEO Paul R. Levy, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, Independence Blue Cross President Executive Vice President and Chairman and CEO of AmeriHealth Caritas Paul A. Tufano, Esq., and 6abc President and General Manager Bernie Prazenica.


Shows will be presented during the evenings through January 1, every hour on the half-hour from Sunday to Thursday and more frequently on Friday and Saturday evenings. Weekdays (Sunday-Thursday) 5:30pm 6:30pm 7:30pm 8:30pm Weekends (Friday-Saturday) 5:30pm 6:00pm 6:30pm 7:00pm 7:30pm 8:00pm 8:30pm 9:00pm 9:30pm

Afterwards there was a party for the sponsors which included Independence Blue Cross in partnership with Center City District and 6abc,

Sheila Hess, City Representative and friends from Independence Blue Cross
oh heat lamps next to the ice skating rink

Just learning to skate, you can rent one of those penguins on the right for $10 an hour. They have nearly a dozen.
I’m going to need one. I saw adults use them as well. There’s no embarrassment especially cause they’re so cute
The City Hall Courtyard Merry Go Round is back
The amazing maze is back again, and thankfully it’s not completely surrounded by the white tents that hold the shops. You can gaze into it in case you don’t want to navigate the maze.

The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market opened last week. The stores featured are all based in the Philadelphia area, whereas the stores across the street at the Christmas Village (see white tent in center across the street at Love Park, that is where CV is and it opens on Thanksgiving) are from around the world. Open daily through Jan 1, 2018 (CV closes on Christmas Eve), Sun thru Thurs 11am to 7PM, and Friday and Sat 11AM to 8PM Closed on Christmas Say. Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve the shops close at 5PM

On the North Side of City Hall is where the Christmas Tree is this year. It looks amazing. Last night they were testing the lights and the colorful base. I’m so excited for the festivities officially lighting the tree on Black Friday at 5PM.
Craft Hall, a new venue by FCM opening in Northern Liberties in the fall of 2018, will be offering food and beverage service as a “pop-up restaurant” from Nov. 24 to Dec. 23 at City Hall at North Broad Street alongside the Philly Holiday Tree. The Craft Hall Pop-Up Restaurant, in partnership with Lost Bread Co. Bakery and Barefoot Wines, will include a beautifully decorated heated tent with indoor seating for over 100 people as well as tables outside the tent next to the tree.

The Deck the Halls lights at City Hall are a perfect compliment to the other light shows around town. Don’t forget to check out the Macy’s Christmas Light Show in the  Grand Court and the Comcast Light Show.

Macy’s Light Show  runs from the Friday after Thanksgiving through December 31.
Showtimes: 10am, 12pm, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, 8pm. The Store is closed Christmas Day. (In the past, on occasion, additional unscheduled shows have been presented when the Store became too congested. Good times for viewing are Monday through Thursday.)

Comcast Light Show Times
Daily at the top of each hour, 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. (excluding weekdays at 5 p.m.) through December 31 and 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on New Year’s Day

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Cherry Street Pier Will Be Transformed into a Destination

Cherry Street Pier Will Be Transformed into a Destination

If you build it, they will come: This has been proven on Penns Landing already, despite the super highway 95 not being capped. For years, and by years I mean decades, City leaders have tried to convince us that by capping the space above 95 it would spur growth at Penns Landing. Penns Landing over the years has always had great attractions like the waterfront stage, Tall Ships, the Moshulu, the Olympia, and the water, but

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I think visionaries at the Delaware River Waterfront expounded on the idea of creating amazing entertainment in the past decade from Spruce Street Harbor where you can hang around in a hammock, while eating delicious Garces fare or Federal Donuts, the Blue Cross River Rink (summer and winter use), now the lodges, so popular that even Nicki Minaj hung out there a few winters ago, and the amazing Race Street pier which was transformed a few years back and is a great place to go unwind, do yoga, or watch the most amazing fireworks July 4 and on New Year’s Eve.

NOW it’s next door neighbor pier is about to undergo a transformation as the officials are planning to transform Municipal Pier 9 into a beautiful destination, bringing the historic pier back to life.


You might have been in the Cherry Street pier, officially known as Municipal Pier 9 if you attended Feastival in 2011 & 2012 as that is where is was held before moving across the street to it’s permanent place at La Peg. It’s a fairly run down pier with

a gorgeous view of the Delaware River and Ben Franklin Bridge from the sidewalk in front and a few of the nooks and crannies in the wall if the building on the pier. Let’s see what’s in store for the pier.
According to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC)website “Development of the Pier will involve a range of carefully chosen interventions, including selectively removing a portion of the roof and repairing the stone headhouses, in order to preserve and celebrate the historic value of the structure”  Plans for the pier a market place, garden, local art gallery space, food and a DRIVE IN MOVIE, say what?


I love the shops set in a container. THIS is an exciting project. All done without the cap, but I do know the DRWC is excited about that as well, the funding is in place and work seems to be underway which will connect Old City, Society Hill and Philadelphia to the waterfront seamlessly.

The DRWC assures me that the buildings on the left side of this graphic were just speculative, I mean seriously why would anyone block the view of the Ben Franklin Bridge from the multi million dollar park they just built. Check out Philly Curb for more info on this fantastic park.

Also check out Visit Philly as they have a great recap of the wonderful attractions along the Delaware River

All photos courtesy of DRWC, except the two Festival Shots which were by me.

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Inaugural Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival to be held Earth Day Weekend

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Showcasing a juried slate of thought-provoking, exceptional new environmentally-focused shorts and features, the Festival launches as the first of its kind in the City of Brotherly Love

 

Philadelphia, PA, April 12, 2017 – The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival is proud to announce the full film line-up for the inaugural Festival, which launches Earth Day weekend, April 21 – April 23, at the historic Prince Theater in downtown Philadelphia.

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Opening on April 21st with Fisher Stevens’ Before the Flood and closing on April 23rd with James Cameron’s Avatar, the Festival will showcase dozens of new shorts and features from international and domestic filmmakers on the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement, Earth Day weekend.

 

“Philadelphia is brimming with passionate people who care about environmentally focused issues like farm-to-table eating, sustainability and environmental justice.” said Executive Director, Debra Wolf Goldstein. “We wanted to do something big and impactful, and what could be more impactful than utilizing these visually stunning and moving films to engage and inspire appreciation and conversation about our environment?”

 

Festival founders, Debra Wolf Goldstein and Alexandra Drobac Diagne are thrilled to integrate the Festival into Philadelphia’s vibrant arts, culture, and green scene for years to come.

 

“The idea of bringing an environmental film festival to Philadelphia struck a chord in me like lightning! It seemed like an obvious need and long overdue for a vibrant major city such as ours,” said Alexandra Drobac Diagne, Artistic Director. “I am honored to be part of such a global passion and aim to program carefully curated, engaging and visually beautiful films from around the world each year. We have a strong lineup for our inaugural fest.”

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The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival will honor Fisher Stevens, Director of the critically acclaimed climate change documentary Before the Flood, on Opening Night with the Festival’s first Environmental Advocacy Award, presented by founding sponsor The Nature Conservancy.

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Two prestigious environmental organizations — The Nature Conservancy and the Media, Pa.-based Natural Lands Trust — provided critical funding for this inaugural year of the Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival. The Wyncote Foundation and Drexel University also provided major support, along with an extensive list of other environmentally-minded donors and community partners.  All are truly making this new Festival a must-attend cultural event in the City of Brotherly Love.

 

Weekend passes and single tickets are on sale now and may be purchased through the Festival website www.philaenvirofilmfest.org/festival/buy-tickets/ or in-person at the Prince Theater box office (open MondaySaturday from noon to 5:00 pm).

 

The Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival will be a welcome addition to our city’s vibrant arts & culture scene, offering entertaining, informative, and inspiring environmental films for years to come.

 

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For more information, visit www.philaenvirofilmfest.org
Facebook: @PhilaEnviroFilmFest
Instagram: @PhilaEnviroFilmFest
Twitter: @PhilEnvFilmFest

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The Launch of the Ultimate Philadelphia Social Calendar

The Philadelphia Social Calendar

As Philly’s main chronicler of social events in Philadelphia, I can tell you that there are a lot of events and a lot of conflicts where similar events are held on the same day . All the way back in 2008 when I bought the URL’s Philadelphia Social Calendar and Philly Social Calendar dreaming one day that I could create a calendar of social events to help charities as well as business’ get the word out, and as a service to people who wanted to attend events. Definitely one of the most asked questions I am asked is “I wish I knew of that event beforehand, I would have gone.” Over the years Social Media has helped me get the word out, and there are really good sources that do as well, but I still get ask the question after I post photos about an event.  Thanks to Lynsie Solomon for coming to me and telling me we can make this happen as well as the team at EFS Networks Inc  that built the website, the dream I had nearly a decade ago is now coming true. (It’s hard to believe but PhillyChitChat is 10 years old in July)

 

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Philadelphia Social Calendar is Philadelphia’s one-stop-shop for all of the events and activities that make our city that much more vibrant.  We priced it reasonably as we really want this to be a service to the City as well. Both Lynsie and I are passionate about events, especially charities, and hope a calendar like this will make it easier for organizations when planning those events to make the most positive impact in the community for a successful outcome. I remember one year when the Morris Animal Refuge and the Pennsylvania SPCA picked the same date for their galas. People were upset, it was convenient for me as one was at the Marriott and the other at the Loews, but others had to choose. Or this past year when Komen Philadelphia had their Pink Tie the same night as Philly Fights Cancer on opposite sides of town.  Events can’t always be scheduled for everyone’s convenience but if we can help in anyway to alleviate conflicts, we hope this calendar will.

Please visit us at PhiladelphiaSocialCalendar.com to post your event (free to post, $35 a year if you want a live link connecting readers to your website) and advertise with us $150 – $200 – we offer great services at a reasonable price that will ensure maximum viewership and return on investment for you and your organization.

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https://www.philadelphiasocialcalendar.com/

 

Please contact us at info@philadelphiasocialcalendar.com to ask any questions that you may have.

We look forward to speaking to you soon!

Best wishes,

HughE Dillon and Lynsie Solomon

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Best Valentine Day Posts This Year – Babies, Eagles, Cookies and Sweethearts

Good Thursday day, instead of the usual Philly Gossip I thought it would be fun to post some of the best Valentine Day Posts I saw this week.

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In addition to Happy Valentine’s Day, happy birthday to Jill Rizen

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OMG looks so delicious. This month’s notable cookie at Insomnia is Red VelevetValentine

MeltingValentine
One of the original members of the Philadelphia Passion – Legends (Lingerie) Football League.
Remember those games, wow.Valentine
Eagles player Jon Dorenbos and his fiance Annalise Dale should be getting married any day nowValentine

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Did you know that CBS3Philly’s Anita Oh has a really great lifestyle blog – Oh, AnitaValentine 2-14-2017 5-29-57 PM (Custom) Valentine 2-14-2017 5-30-38 PM (Custom) Valentine

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ValentineMost importantly Happy VDay to Me

I’ll see you Friday for the insider chat on the movie The Untouchables, which filmed all last week in Philly. This week and a little bit of
next week they’re in NYC, then it’s back to the Philly area for shooting with Nicole Kidman.
Then Sunday it’s back here for Philly Gossip Sunday Segment.
Have a great day, HughE