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To kick off Black History Month The African American Museum in Philadelphia held a gala reception in artistic style, Thursday, January 31. The event, hosted by the Multicultural Affairs Congress, begins a two-day celebration of Black fine arts, featuring the Hennessey commissioned works of renowned artist, Leroy Campbell. Leroy Campbell is recognized for his depiction of early 1900's rural southern life and smoky ‘40s and ‘50s jazz club performances with his Neck Bones and Jazz Classics series.
 
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.
 
Princess Grace Kelly's collection of exquisite jewels and fairytale dresses were on display at Caldwell Jeweler's luxe Philadelphia location. At a champagne reception guests milled around display cases, oohing and ahhing over the jewels, collectibles and glassware. Gene London was a most gracious host, spreading his infamous cheer throughout the crowd. At one point, yours truly was asked to slip into one of Princess Grace's dresses and walk around attempting to look regal. I managed not to trip, hiccup, or split the seams. The Princess would have been proud.
 
On December 1st, the Women's Board of the American Cancer Society presented the Crusader's Ball at the Hyatt Regency at Penn's Landing. After a two-hour cocktail hour, allowing ample time for everyone to mingle throughout the different rooms and look at the auction items, guests were treated to dinner and then danced to the Joseph Claffy Band.
 
On December 19th hordes of reindeer took over Old City for the 6th Annual Reindeer Romp. The Friends United in Need Network (FUNN) threw this party (and threw in all the antlers too). Santa's best reindeer brought canned goods for Philabundance before they set out on the 3-stop bar hop. Mansure Music provided strolling musicians to help guide the partiers from the first stop, M Restaurant and Lounge, to the second, 5 Spot, and finally, the last leg, Envy Nightclub.
 
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