PHOTOS: A Gay Ol’ Time Was Had at Jazz Age on the Delaware

On Saturday, locals slipped into flapper garb and made their way to Glen Foerd Mansion, where there was a 20s-inspired bash held on the lawn of what claims to be the last Gilded Age mansion on the Delaware River. The day’s activities centered around a picnic on the grounds of the home, with jazz performances by The Gin Canaries and Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society, and food and drink from Jamie Hollander Gourmet Foods and Catering, Art in the Age and Hendrick’s.

Here’s a collection of mostly action shots from the day–folks doing the Charleston, bands playing jazzy tunes and scenes from the grounds, where guests spread blankets for a picnic and a game of backgammon. You might want to flip through the photos while listening to this.



SPOTTED: Orange Is the New Black‘s Alysia Reiner Dining at Talula’s Garden

Photo by HughE Dillon

L-R: Sarah Megan Thomas, Alysia Reiner, David Alan Basche, Samuel Roukin and Roe Hartrampf

The cast of Equity arrived in Philly last week to begin filming a movie about women on Wall Street.  Equity is the brainchild of Sarah Megan Thomas and Haverford native and Orange Is the New Black prison maven Alysia Reiner, and is the first film produced through their production company Broad Street Pictures.

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PHOTOS: Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off at Headhouse



The 4th annual Dog Days of Summer Hot Dog Cook-Off was held this weekend at the Shambles in Headhouse Square. The day found hot dog enthusiasts from restaurants across the city bringing their best and most-inventive frank recipes to the table for a panel of celebrity judges to taste and dole out awards. Here’s how the prizes panned out:

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Vertical Block Party at Avenir

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Last night I went to a Vertical Block Party in the new building on Chestnut and 15th – the Avenir. The building features sleek apartments — ranging from “flats” (just 300 square feet) and studios to one- and two-bedroom (835 square feet) units — as well as amenities like a screening room, a community room and a state-of-the-art exercise facility, as well as several “Think Rooms” for studying or for zen moments I imagine.

The party was open to influencers, and business leaders who enjoyed local bites and spirits. Avenir promotes itself as “micro living” at it’s best, but it didn’t feel claustrophobic, and 300 square feet didn’t seem as small as that number. (Be forewarned, micro living doesn’t mean micro rents.)

The location of Avenir is sweet, across from City Hall and Dilworth Park, near public transportation and a few blocks from the mega chic shopping on Walnut Street as well as a stones throw from the Shops of Liberty, where it was just announced the new Bloomingdale’s Outlet will be opening.

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Edith Piaf, The Pope and a Human Tastykake Celebrate Bastille Day at Eastern State Penitentiary

It’s one of Philly’s most treasured traditions: Thousands storm Eastern State Penitentiary on Bastille Day to reenact the great French Revolution with a cast of characters that run the gamut from folks who were actually there (Hello, Marie Antoinette) to those who had a hand in French and even Philly culture through the ages, like Edith Piaf, a baguette and a Tastykake. It’s organized in part by local performance troupe the Bearded Ladies, the founder of which traditionally dresses up as the Little Sparrow herself, Piaf. There are performances, rally cries, heads saved from guillotines and eventually—the moment everyone waits for—the proclamation to “Let them eat Tastykakes!” that triggers a storm of the local-made treats being hurled over the prison walls into the hands of the hungry, drunk crowd.

As always, the celebration ends with a poignant message. Last year, a statement was made about same-sex marriage in Philadelphia. This year, the performers brought out signs reading things like “#BlackLivesMatter” and “Power to Syria.” HughE Dillon was there this Saturday for the 21st annual event, where he got shots of all the players, including a black Pope. Check them out below:



PHOTO: Mayor Nutter Poses With Jimmy Carter at the Free Library

Jimmy Carter and Mayor Michael Nutter

Jimmy Carter poses with Mayor Michael Nutter, just back from a diplomacy trip to Mexico. The Mayor stopped by the Free Library to welcome the former president, who was on hand to sign his new book, A Full Life: Reflections at Ninetyfor hundreds of people who waited in line to meet him.

Carter’s faith and spirituality are heavily talked about in the memoir. One such belief that made headlines this week came from Huffington Post interview in which the former president revealed that even though he believes Jesus Christ would approve of same-sex marriage, we should respect churches that don’t share the same belief. He said the couple should just find a church that did agree or get married at the court house.

PHOTOS: The Tall Ships Festival Kicks Off On the Waterfront

Photo by HughE Dillon

Photo by HughE Dillon

Thanks to that giant rubber duck, the Tall Ships Festival is one of the most-hyped events of summer. It officially kicked off Thursday, with more than a dozen mega vessels from around the globe on the Delaware River between Philadelphia and Camden.

The duck actually looks surprisingly small in the photos HughE Dillon captured at the kickoff, and he apparently had a little trouble making it to the party: “The duck couldn’t fight the wind to make it up the Delaware,” HughE says. “It got stuck on one of those barges that has been anchored in the Delaware for the past year. Tug boats and the Water Board had to go over and dislodge it. It tried to continue its journey, but the organizers realized it just wasn’t going to make it. They towed it to an area near the aquarium, where it was being docked.”

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PHOTOS: Art for the Cash Poor at Crane Arts

Lovers of all things unique and handmade flocked to the Crane Arts building in Fishtown this weekend for InLiquid‘s 16th annual Art for the Cash Poor, where they could browse hundreds of wares by local artists—everything from paintings and pottery to comic books and spirits. The event kicked off on Friday night with a ticketed preview party that gave eager shoppers a chance to get in early to get fist dibs on the goods. That party featured outdoor dancing and live music from Disco Hootenanny. But I was busy inside browsing the booths—and sipping on a refreshing cocktail from Siembra Spirits. Some standouts on my tipsy perusal? I had a little too much fun trying on some of the futuristic, unisex frocks from Bela Shehu’s NINObrand (though they should have brought a mirror!), a friend bought a kitchy pair of earrings made out of Barbie shoes, and I loved the collection of adorable animal sculptures from Jesse Lentz. If you missed it, you can get a full list of this year’s vendors here—with links to their sites or Etsy pages.

Our own HughE Dillon was there to capture the scene, and some of the artisans and shoppers. Check out his photos below.



 

PHOTOS: Locals Don White for a Sneak Peek at Diner en Blanc 2015

Dîner en Blanc Philadelphia will return to a secret location somewhere in the fabulous City of Philadelphia on August 20th. Last night, organizers held a “pop-up preview party” complete with beautiful table spreads where a few of the volunteers created 9 options that might be worthy of the glitzy white summer picnic.

Also on hand were the three eateries that will be providing food for the picnickers (at a reasonable cost) to enjoy at the August 20th event. Guests enjoyed food samples from DiBruno Brothers, Garces Events and Luke Palladino Catering. Guests also got schooled on what to wear, what to bring and where to buy it from organizers and past participants. Check out some photos from the event below.



PHOTOS: Penn 6 Anniversary Party Was Quite the Gay Affair

Midtown Village restaurant/cocktail lounge Pennsylvania 6 celebrated 2 years in business on Wednesday evening, with a fete showcasing its signature raw bar, flowing cocktails and live music. Penn 6’s Tim Adams invited a few of his nearest and gayest for a happy hour toast before the festivities began. Attendees included Joshua Durando, who’s soon to leave his post at The Welcoming Committee Philly for a job with the organization in Boston; local community advocates and NSFW Dance Party founders Paul Blore and Marquise Lee; and the Attic Youth Center‘s Alyssa Mutryn, who was there with her fiancé Shay Selden. (Psst: They’re getting married in a very intimate ceremony on Saturday.)

Philly paparazzo HughE Dillon also stopped in before heading to a VIP affair at the soon-to-be-opened Spruce Street Harbor Park. He had is camera with him, naturally, so he took a few shots that I’m sharing today. Enjoy.



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