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The Young Friends of the Philadelphia Museum of Art held their Annual Black-tie Gala on Saturday, February 2nd, in the grand hall at the Museum – always one of the most beautiful venues in the city. One of our favorites, The Elastic Wasteband, rocked the twenty and thirty-something crowd from start to finish. Mother Grey Goose provided miniature martinis and itsy-bitsy, pink, Cosmopolitans - both a big hit with the throngs. Museum officials swooped down on the party around eleven o'clock, cutting off the liquid supply (them's the rules) so those in the know and all who weren't quite done that early headed for the Rotunda at The Ritz on Broad Street. Cigar smoke swirled blue above our heads and champagne and cognac were passed around as the night aged gracefully.
 
La Grande Dame of the Social Calendar, the Academy of Music Ball, arrived in style, as usual, on Saturday, January 26th. Some guests made the whirlwind rounds of private pre-party cocktail receptions, while others gathered in the opulent rotunda bar at the Ritz-Carlton to meet up with friends also attending, and to indulge in a glass of two of the lady Veuve before heading over to the concert at the Academy. Once all were seated (the house was packed, not only with Philadelphia notables, but people from all over the country), we were treated to an absolutely splendid concert by the always impressive orchestra. Renowned violinist Joshua Bell performed to the delight of all. Later, we spotted him after the formal dinner at the Hyatt Bellevue, dancing up a storm, twirling his bow tie (and managing to swing it on tempo too). The glamorous flock hopped from one dance floor to another and sipped champagne and wine in all the different rooms. By 1 am, when the bulk of the party had departed, late night revelers, determined to make the night last, clustered in the smoky library or headed upstairs to one or all of several post-parties, some with bouquets of the huge white lilies that had adorned the dinner tables.
 
Save Homeless Animals Group (S.H.A.G.) threw a fundraising bash for area animal lovers in January at the Rittenhouse Sheraton. SHAG supports pet adoption by raising money for local animal shelters and rescue groups.SHAG is an all-volunteer group that works year round to aid our furry friends in need. If you'd like to lend a helping hand too, visit their website at www.phillyshag.com.
 
One year ago, Philadelphia Magazine launched a brand new annual tradition for the region's calendar of must-attend events, with the first Philly Cooks! This year, to raise money for MANNA (a volunteer-driven food program for those with AIDS) we once again put the culinary creations of 34 of the regions top restaurants in the spotlight at the Second Annual Philadelphia Magazines Philly Cooks! On Wednesday, January 16th, at the Hyatt Regency Philadelphia. The restaurants represented virtually all areas of the community, from city to suburbs, and a wide range of culinary diversity. In a competition for both artistry and taste, Philly Cooks! highlighted the skill and talent of the areas best restaurants as they unveiled theirDish for 2002. Participants provided displays and tastings of their epicurean delights, and a panel of celebrity judges, Chef Georges Perrier and Esquire Magazines John Mariani,to name just two, judged the dishes by category and pronounced the winners.
 
In honor of an exhibition of modern American design, from 1925 – 1940, organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Federation of Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts held an opening reception on January 12th, 2002. The gathering, which attracted a large crowd of architectural types, artists, and other creatives, featured a Modern Martini Bar that served appreciative guests Cosmopolitans and Chocotinis.
 
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