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Philadelphia Magazine and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board teamed up to present the First Annual Philadelphia Wine Festival. Preceding the grand tasting on Thursday the ninth of May, internationally known winemakers hosted exclusive dinners at fine restaurants in our area on Wednesday, May eighth. The dinners were sold out as oenophiles from as far away as Los Angeles and London called in their reservations to have a chance to meet winemakers such as Laurie Hook, Renzo Cotarello, Warren Winiarski, Richard Ponzi, and Roger Trinchero.
 
Local jazz educator and mentor George Allen, radio personality David Dye, rapper Eve, jazz guitar legend Pat Martino, and rap artist and producer Jeff "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes were honored at the Philadelphia Chapter's 2nd Annual Heroes Awards on April 22nd for their contributions to the local music community. Soul singer Patti LaBelle was also presented with the first MusiCares Heart Award for her contributions in the fields of health and human services. Over 250 members of the creative community attended the event at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel, which featured several tribute performances. After thePhiladelphia All-Star High School Jazz Band opened the program with their upbeat jams, artists performed some of LaBelle's biggest hits.
 
The Art Alliance's 2002 Wetherill Ball was held Tuesday April 9, to honor Helen W. Drutt English with the Medal of Achievement and Jeffrey Gribler with the Award of Merit. Helen W. Drutt English is an internationally recognized authority in the field of contemporary crafts. Her gallery has been located in Philadelphia since 1973. For her tireless championing of the craft movement, Helen W. Drutt English has received many awards. Jeffrey Gribler has been with the Pennsylvania Ballet since 1975. More than 25 years later, Mr. Gribler retired as the Ballet's Principal Dancer, a position he had held since 1982. In his career, Mr. Gribler danced leading roles in numerous ballets by George Balanchine, Paul Taylor, William Forsythe and Lar Lubovitch. Mr. Gribler danced leading roles in classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle, Cinderella, and Romeo and Juliet.
 
Usona, Old City's uber-hip furniture store on Market between 2nd and 3rd held an appropriately cool reception on Monday, April 8th to celebrate the expansion of their showroom. Proprietors Kevin Burns and Igor were kept occupied all evening entertaining the steady flow of guests. Speaking of steady flow – we all enjoyed the wines and snacks provided by Fork restaurant.
 
The Philadelphia Antiques Show kicked off the 41st show, 2002 Americana Theme, at a Preview Party on Friday, April 5th at the Philadelphia Armory. The Philadelphia Antiques Show is recognized as one of the finest American Antiques and decorative arts show in the country. Fifty-six of the nation's leading dealers gathered to showcase their finest Americana. This year's loan exhibition, This Glorious House Stenton, featureed fabulous furniture and artifacts from James Logan's 1730 country home. Stenton, which is maintained by the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, is a pristine example of a Quaker plantation. Included in the loan exhibition are pieces of furniture original to Stenton that have never been seen publicly.
 
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