On Monday night, the Fourth Annual XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia were honored at the restaurant XIX in the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The women (listed alphabetically) include Andrea Agnew, Angela Val, Dr. Beatriz Garces, Bele Shehu, Courtney Apple, Desiree Peterkin-Bell, Diane Dalto Woosnam, Dianne Semingson, Eden Kratchman, Elizabeth Wellington, Heather McDaniel, MPH, Heidi Hamels, Karen Daroff, Kate Wilhelm Chimicles, Kazumi Teune, Kristin Gavin, Patricia Coulter, Robert Gruber and Wendy Crawford. Also photographed are Babs Snyder, Mayor Michael Nutter, Janice Waitkus and Steven Lagos.
Rain nor wind nor high humidity could keep 1,500 people from attending the fourth-annual Audi Feastival last night. This year’s event was held on the waterfront at Pier 9 under the shimmering lights of the Ben Franklin Bridge. When the rains came, however, the acrobats at the entrance of the Feastival were forced to abandon their poles and cease giving roses to the attendees. This year’s event featured live performances by critically acclaimed artists, a culinary feast from more than 75 of the city’s top restaurants and bars, and silent and live auctions. All proceeds will benefit FringeArts.
Former Secretary of State, US Senator and First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton received the 2013 Liberty Medal at the National Constitution Center last night at a well-attended ceremony. Many notables were in the audience as Clinton affirmed the National Constitution Center’s mission, stressing the need for “active citizenship” and debate that “sometimes can get pretty noisy.” Action News anchorman Jim Gardner hosted the live broadcast of the ceremony on WPVI-TV/6ABC, which kicked off with 50 performers from the Bright Hope Baptist Community Singers of Philadelphia and the Princeton Girlchoir singing “I Believe I Can Fly.” The choirs were joined by Washington, D.C.-based saxophonist Brian Lenair, who has performed with Billy Paul, Al Jarreau, Grover Washington Jr., Peabo Bryson and George Benson.
The Budweiser Made In America Festival benefiting The United Way rolled into Philadelphia for the second year over the Labor Day Weekend, bringing with it nearly 60,000 fans, 44 musical performances, a carnival atmosphere and lots of happy people. Although I thought last year’s festival was great and well organized, with only one reported incident, this year’s installment went one step further in really laying out a much better festival landscape. Everywhere you turned there were things to do and see.
Yesterday was a picture-perfect day for Dîner en Blanc, Philadelphia-style. Dîner en Blanc is what some call a food flash mob — people converge at a top-secret location that is not been revealed until 30 minutes before the event happens. Originating in Paris 25 years ago, the event now attracts 10,000 people there. In Philadelphia 2,200 people attended this year’s event. Kicking off the the second annual Dîner en Blanc were Betsy Ross and Ben Franklin at Independence Hall.
Last night, Philadelphia magazine hosted its annual Best of Philadelphia party. In years past, the party was an invite-only soiree; last night, it was open to the public. It was a huge success. My hat’s off to the party planners who created a great atmosphere with various nooks and crannies for people to relax, mingle and enjoy themselves. It was definitely the best of the Philly Mag parties I’ve ever attended. Who wouldn’t want to go to a party in a tent on the top of the Philadelphia Art Museum stairs with a spectacular view of the skyline and that beautiful blue moon shining down? From the moment you walked in the door, you were reminded of the vast history of Philly Mag’s Best of Philly—the main hallway displayed all the magazine covers from 1974 to present—and food vendors included past winners.
The Third Annual Philadelphia Geek Awards took place Saturday night at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University honoring geeks in the greater Philadelphia region. Hosted by Geekadelphia, guests ranging from local game developers to comic book artists, social media marketers to the arts & culture community enjoyed a pre-awards cocktail party with delights from 12th Street Catering, Photobot3000, as well as displays of living and skeletal animals.
If you passed by Vie on N. Broad St. last night, you might have caught a glimpse a Phillies player dressed in his favorite denim attending The Hamels Foundation’s fourth annual Diamonds and Denim event. Diamonds and Denim mixes casual with formal, providing a unique atmosphere for guests to dress up their favorite denim with as much “bling” as they want! Attendees enjoyed an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a three-course dinner, participated in a silent auction and live auction (with some pretty creative items), and took in a private concert by Lifehouse.
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Last night the Friends of Rittenhouse Square held their 30th annual event in the center of the park — a gala celebration benefiting the upkeep and restoration of one of Philadelphia’s gems. This year’s event was extra special: Not only was it the 30th ball, but it also marked the 100th anniversary of Paul Cret’s elegant design. And this year’s ball — hosted by Mary Parenti and Rich Castor and Lynn and Howard Shecter, who did a magnificent job — was the first in which the tent extended eastward to cover the famed Duck Lady fountain.
Last night’s 8th Annual Great Chefs Event, the yearly eating party thrown by Philadelphia superchef Marc Vetri, was held at Urban Outfitters in the Navy Yard, with proceeds going to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand eradicate childhood cancer, and to the Vetri Foundation for Children. Neuroblastoma took Alex Scott’s life when she was eight, and her parents, Jay and Liz Scott, carry on her goal of helping doctors find a cure for the disease.