Holidays are definitely here with nightly holiday parties, bar crawls, and house parties. And with it comes December football which fortunately is something for us to watch this year with the Eagles once again in contention. I have been lucky this year to attend all the home games except Indy but I did make it to DC for Eagles game. In looking at the team, we really need to have Assante on the field in order to win the big games and we need to make some plays on special teams. Since we no longer have a home field advantage after moving out of the Vet, we finally did during the Houston game. There was the play when Celek stretched for the first down but the officials called him short. In a 30 second timeframe with Reid staring at the big screen, the video guys showed the play no less than 10 times, which gave Reid confidence to throw the flag and ended up getting us the first down. Stadium noise must make a difference since the players ask the crowd to get rowdy with their arms on the field and sidelines but how many times does the offense make the play anyway?
Some quick tidbits.....
A) This groping is in my neighborhood and the first I can remember in my five years as a local home owner - concerning.
B) I saw this on the news with the guy whose work latop was stolen (you should be using a service like Carbonite). Interesting advertisement for his firm and general idea on how to get the laptop back.
C) Wegmans can sell beer. Hoping this is the beginning of some new beer/liquor laws in PA. The govoner elect is all for privatizing the state stores so we have some hope.
D) I was not at the negotiations table so I do not know what was being offered to them but on the surface, here is a situation where the unions might have hurt their now unemployed members.
Reminder....ski season has arrived: www.PhillyTrips.com has trips to Killington, VT (MLK weekend), Lake Tahoe (Feb), and Big Sky Montana (March). If you have midweek flexibility to head skiing, please let me know as I am always looking for people to head north with. - Mark
SPONSOR: Tasting Time at Sole Food in The Loews Hotel
Wednesday, December 8th, 2010 @ Sole Food in The Loews Hotel (1200 Market St)
Event Details & Advance Tickets » http://tastingtime.eventbrite.com
Grab your friends, invite your co-workers, tell your family. This is expected to again be a very fun wine Tasting Time™ event at Sole Food inside the luxurious Loews Hotel with an amazing atmosphere, and live jazz band in the lounge area.
What better way to spend an evening after-work then with a premier Tasting Time party - with spectacular wines at an incredible location! The party comes complete with select choices of 6 wines & champagnes to taste as well as abundant menu samples from the delectable Sole Food menu. Relax, kick back, learn about wine from our wine experts, while mingling with other young professionals. WE WILL SEE YOU THERE!
Sponsored By: Pinot Wine Boutique, ING Finanicial Partners and Vitamin Water Zero
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SPONSOR: Tasting Time at Sole Food in The Loews Hotel
1) BEER FESTIVAL ON SATURDAY
Saturday, December 11 • 3:00pm - 8:00pm
The Blockley & Mary Oaks, 3801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA
Announcing the Philadelphia Winter Beer Festival at The Blockey - and you and your family & friends, and co-workers are all invited! Enjoy winter brews from 11 local area Breweries with over 30 beers to try. Only a limited tickets are available to make sure it is not too crowded you cannot get beer samples - do not wait to buy them as they are sure to sell out in advance.
2) ART MUSEUM RENTAL
Brand new 3 bedroom 2 bath condominium for rent. Red oak hardwood floors, granite countertops, stainless appliances, and hand tiled bathrooms. Beautiful Spring Garden area of the city. Convenient location to public transportation, center city- Perfect for Temple University Professional programs, and Law and Medical students with families. $2500 includes all condominium fees. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info
2) WANNAMKER ORGAN CONCERTS
3) 611 LIFESTYLE STORE OPEN THIS WEEKEND IN RITTENHOUSE
Nearly twenty years after opening the doors of 611 Records in Philadelphia, DJ Nigel Richards announces the rollout of The 611 Lifestyle line of clothing and accessories for men and women and the launch of its ecommerce site, www.611lifestyle.com. The 611 Lifestyle will lend Philadelphians the opportunity to see and feel the line firsthand in a pop-up store slated for Saturday, December 11 (10:00 am to 8:00 pm) and Sunday, December 12 (11:00 am to 6:00 pm). Just in time for holiday shopping, The 611 Lifestyle will fill the storefront of 131 S. 18th Street with apparel—and the dance music that brought the line to life. DJ Nigel Richards will spin records in-store throughout the weekend, along with several of the notable DJs that started their careers working in Richards’ 611 Records. The 611 Lifestyle is comprised of two clothing and accessories collections—DJ Life and Luxe Life.
4) NYE FIREWORKS
Mayor Michael A. Nutter announced today that the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) will continue to produce not one but two fireworks shows this New Year’s Eve, December 31, 2010, due to the generous support of the new presenting sponsor, SugarHouse Casino. In addition to the traditional show at Midnight, there will again be an earlier show at 6:00 PM, with Twice the fireworks, Twice the fun, presented by SugarHouse Casino. Both shows will be choreographed to unique soundtracks and launched from barges in the middle of the Delaware River with clear views from both Philadelphia and Camden.
A) The triumph can't be had without the struggle." - Wilma Rudolph
B) "No matter what accomplishments you make, somebody helps you." - Wilma Rudolph
C) "Far and away the best prize that life offers is the chance to work hard at work worth doing." - Theodore Roosevelt
D) "Every calling is great when greatly pursued." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
6) interesting facts about Thanksgiving (a little late, I know - MZ)
The first Thanksgiving celebration can be traced back to the Plymouth Pilgrims in the fall of 1621. The celebration lasted for three days and included games and food.
- The first Thanksgiving feast was held to thank the Lord for sparing the lives of the survivors of the Mayflower, who landed at Plymouth Rock on December 11, 1620. The survivors included four adult women and almost forty percent children.
- The Wampanoag chief Massasoit and ninety of his tribesmen were also invited to the first thanksgiving feast.
- Governor William Bradford invited them for helping the Pilgrims survive and teaching them the skills of cultivating the land.
- There were more Native Americans present than Pilgrims, 90 to 53.
- President George Washington.proclaimed the first 'National Day of Thanksgiving' in 1789.
- Abraham Lincoln made Thanksgiving a national holiday in his proclamation on October 3, 1863.
- The furcula of the turkey is used in a good luck ritual on Thanksgiving Day and has also been called a wishbone or merrythought.
- The Netherlands and Canada also have a Thanksgiving Day.
7) AUTISM FUNDRAISER
Date: Friday, January 28th, 2011
Location: The Knowlton Mansion, Rhawn and Verree Roads, Northeast Philadelphia
Time: 7:30 - 11:30 p.m.
Dinner and Open Bar. Entertainment - The Slippery Band. Ticket Price - $100.
A) McFadden's Restaurant & Saloon settles race-bias suit
B) Steve Jobs Playboy interview from 1985
C) A Skating Rink at City Hall! Councilman Darrell Clarke introduced a bill that would basically turn over the west side of City Hall to the Center City District for the next 30 years. Per the Inky: “The plans call for a large and concert-friendly lawn partially covered by a cluster of trees, a programmable fountain that could double as a skating rink and that pedestrians could walk across when it was not in use, a cafe that would remain lighted at night, and glass pavilions that would lead to — and light up — the subway system below.” [Inky]
D) Medical marijuana plan on track in N.J.
E) Church of Latter-Day Saint buys land for $70M temple
9) VIDEO OF THE WEEK
A nice for men reminder on gift giving: http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid1543292789?bctid=3130509001 (clean)
10) XMAS EVE PARTIES
Friday, December 24, 2010 At Kokopelli Restaurant and Tequila Bar
8PM-2:00AM (Recess Lounge after party until 3:30am)...For the TWELTH year Andrew Spivack, Adam Solomon, and Jennifer Birch are hosting Philly's premiere Christmas Eve Party on Friday, December 24th!! You asked and we listened – for the first time in 10 years we are moving the party from Old City to Rittenhouse to what will surely be Philly’s hottest new locations: KOKOPELLI RESTAURANT AND TEQUILA BAR. Our own Adam Solomon is one of the owners of Kokopelli in which he has spent over a year bringing it from a dream to a reality! The place is gorgeous and we are sure you are going to love the move! Making a return appearance for the 6th consecutive year will be no other than DJ YAN spinning some of the best beats you ever heard! Doors open at 8:00 PM with Drink Specials from 8-10 and the party continues until 2:00 AM. Advance Tickets are $20.00 and there are only a limited amount of tickets at this reduced rate – tickets MAY NOT be available at the door! Last year over 700 people came out to celebrate don’t be left without a ticket.
B) ALFA AND WALNUT ROOM
Mix 'N Mingle
The third annual x-mas eve party is being held at Alfa and the Walnut Room this year from 9pm-2am. 100% of the money collected goes to Alex's Lemonade Stand to benefit pediatric cancer. Drink specials all night and other surprises will be announced shortly. Buy your tickets for just a $10 donation up to a week before the event or $20 at the door. This party gets bigger and better every year, so join the fun and help make a difference. All donations earn raffle tickets for sporting events and other items, so even if you can't attend, please consider making a donation at www.pjc.eventbrite.com. For more information, please email email@example.com.
C) Challa Back at Whisper
Friday, December 24 at 9:00pm - December 25 at 3:30am. Location whisper (1712 Walnut Street, Phila). DJ JONATHAN SILVA. Select Open Bar from 9-10. Hosted by Perl Media and Last Call Promotions. For table reservations please call Zach Seidman at 267.414.3101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Open Until 3:30am
11) ROTRACT CLUB -
On December 10th, join us for wine and cheese (with on-site bidding) from 5 to 7pm at the HUB Cira Center in Center City Philadelphia. Tickets can be purchased at http://rotaractclub.eventbrite.com/.
12) MATISYAHU & THE CHEVRA: “One Crazy Night” @ the “Festival of Light”
When: Wednesday, December 8th
Where: the TLA (Theater of the Living Arts), 334 South Street
[For Jewish 20-and-30-somethings] Last year, we had a crowd of around 300 at our “One Crazy Night” Chanukah party. This year we’re upping the ante: upping it onto the VIP balcony of the TLA, for an unforgettable Chevra Chanukah party in “concert” with Matisyahu’s rocking Festival of Light show! The venue itself holds around 900, but make sure you celebrate in style @ our balcony bash extravaganza!
Cost: $30 (exclusive Chevra rate – regular box-office ticket price is $42.50)
To RSVP: go to https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=864WPM6DEWGZA
13) President's House opens next week
16) YOUTH HOSTEL PROJECT
Dec 9th, 5:30 to 9:30
Attire: Evening Casual RSVP: email@example.com or 215-925-6005 www.hi-dvc.org
Please join us at the award winning Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College for an evening of fun & celebration. Gourmet holiday hors d’oeuvres, and specialty cocktails, will be served. The evening will include a raffle or find the perfect holiday gift at our silent auction.. This event is free! So come network and hear about our plans for the Philadelphia Gateway Youth Hostel Project. All donations are 100% tax deductible to the extent allowed by federal law and proceeds benefit the Delaware Valley Council of American Youth Hostels, a 501 C (3) educational nonprofit, founded in 1944 and incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
17) Ancient Egypt and Martini Madness
Penn Museum Tour + Quizzo Night
Wednesday, December 8, 5:30-8pm
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South Street
Join YOUCIE and other Philadelphia Young Friends groups on Wednesday, December 8 for an action-packed evening at the Penn Museum, the grand Renaissance building located just west of the fabulous new South Street Bridge with more than 25 galleries displaying artifacts from around the globe. At 5:30pm, we'll get an intimate (and free!) tour of ancient Egypt via the Museum's breathtaking Egyptian wing. Then, Quizzo - hosted by the popular Quiztine - will follow in the museum's new Pepper Mill Café at 6pm. In addition to the café's new bar menu and light supper items, they'll be featuring their "Martini Madness" happy hour from 5-7pm. This is not to be missed.
Quizzo teams are limited to 6 people. Prizes will be awarded to the winning teams! RSVP is required as the YOUCIE guest list is limited to 25 people. Click here to RSVP
18) Brooklyn Brewing Company's Brew & Chew
Full Event Details: http://www.upcomingevents.com/event/6251/
Cavanaugh’s Rittenhouse will be hosting the Brooklyn Brewing Company’s “”Brew & Chew,”” Wednesday, December 8th from 8 pm -10pm. It is a 2-hour Brooklyn open bar where we will pair Brooklyn Brewing Company’s “”East India Pale Ale””, “”Weisse””, Winter Ale”” and “”Chocolate Stout””, with four different tapas style appetizers. Each one of these pairings is offered throughout the 2-hour event with giveaways and information about all of the beers and food pairings. Tickets are only $20 through www.phillybrewandchew.com and www.upcomingevents.com to be paid at the door. You just need to sign-up to be included!
19) Happy Hour Club at Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant
Join PW for Happy Hour at Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant on Wednesday, December 8th from 6-8PM There will be complimentary light fare and drink specials!...
it's the last PW happy hour of 2010! come on out to Philly Bar & Restaurant on Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. Complimentary Quay vodka cocktails, blue mountain wines and naragansett beers and light fare you can RSVP at www.philadelphiaweekly.com/event-series or to firstname.lastname@example.org
20) GOOD LOCAL SPORTS
A) Temple Owls Vs. Georgetown Hoyas, 9pm (THURSDAY)
B) Army vs. Navy (Saturday)