Good morning. Today is only my second day on the mountain (yesterday was my first). Finally seems like winter up here in NY. Spending a few days with mom/dad and one of my nephews up at Windham. . I should be back in town tonight for HOD. I know the guys that run the party so I always want to do my best to support them. That being said, it has been traditionally one of the most fun formal events each year - lots of happy smiling people. If you do not have plans tonight, it is not too late to buy a ticket....and there are some after parties too for those looking for late night.
Before I get too far off of skiing, check out the Whistler trip. It is almost too late too book.....I think we are up to 40 people. They have gotten 17 feet of snow this season already.
Just read about this - a new partk coming to center city along the Ben Franklin Parkway.
Ryan Madson signed wiht the Reds for $8.5 million. I think the Phillies should have paid him that coin. Would have been a great set up man for Papelbon and great insurance if he were to get hurt - just one man's opinion.
Lastly....interest rates are the lowest in history. If you have no refinanced, what are you waiting for? And if you are paying to rent a place, it could be much cheaper to purchase something - with as little as 3% down and no closing costs. Always happy to talk real estate.....especially those that think the real estate market is awful right now - it is not.
Have a good week. - Mark
Sponsor :18th Annual Hair O' the Dog
Date: January 14th 2012
Time: 9:00pm - 1:30am VIP begins at 8:00pm
Location: The Westin Philadelphia at Liberty Place
When the Hair O' The Dog started way back in 1995 (that's 102 dog years ago!) at the Tiki Club in King of Prussia, we were excited by the turn-out of about 100 people. Each year since, this black tie extravaganza has grown in both size and prominence in the region, with Hair O' The Dog attracting thousands of party-goers to date. Over the years, the event has been held at some of the best venues the city has to offer. This year will be no different.
Sponsor :18th Annual Hair O' the Dog
1) British Columbia Ski & Snowboard Vacation 2012 :: WHISTLER
Full Event Details & Discounted Parking Info: http://www.upcomingevents.com/event/8825/
Home of the 2010 Winter Olympics! With 8,171 skiable acres, 200+ trails, 3 glaciers, 12 alpine bowls, 37 lifts, a peak-to-peak gondola connecting both mountains and an average annual snowfall of 404 inches. Join us as we kick off the DIAMOND in our series of winter ski excursions with this 8-night trip. Lodging, air, skiing, nightly parties, and more are all in store. If you are an advanced or beginner skier/boarder, no worries. You will enjoy great accommodations (right in Whistler Village - walk to the lifts!), apres ski in one of the best ski towns in the world, and then two more nights in Vancouver to party or even ski another day if you choose! Group discounts are available.
2) Morris Animal Refuge event at Valanni from 6:00pm to 8:00
On Thursday, January 19th, Valanni and the Morris Animal Refuge will be teaming up to promote the hottest, or shall we say, furriest event of the Spring, The 15th annual Fur Ball. To prepare for the Fur Ball, the two Washington Square West neighbors will be hosting a pre-event happy hour.
Join The Morris Animal Refuge at Valanni on January 19th and cheers to all with paws. This special happy hour with The Refuge will be held at Valanni (1229 Spruce Street), in their private dining room. Happy hour specials include $3 Yuengling drafts, $5 glasses of wine and sangria and
$5 you-call-it cocktails. Complimentary tapas and hors d'oeuvres will also be supplied for the attendees. In lieu of a cover charge, The Refuge is requesting donations. The happy hour will be held from 6-8pm.
For more information on the 2012 Fur Ball or the Morris Animal Refuge, please visit WWW.PhillyFurBall.com and WWW.MorrisAnimalRefuge.org.
Additionally, more information about Valanni can be found at
3) CITY TAP HOUSE Presents KEEP THE CHANGE BAND ACOUSTIC JAN. 28th 9PM
Sat Jan 28, 9:00 pm – 12:00 am
3925 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Specials: If you check in for "KEEP THE CHANGE" you will be offered $3 Domestics, $4 CITY WIDE COMBO (shot of Jim Beam and Lager Draft) $5 Mixed 10-12
Come out and join us as we welcome KEEP THE CHANGE BAND to CITY TAP HOUSE. They have been playing the greater Philadelphia/Jersey Shore area for the past few years (formerly known as TIP AND BONES). They will be playing a few acoustic sets starting at 9pm. Songs ranging from artists as far back as The Beatles and Elvis thru hits of the 70s,80s the hair band era, grunge era and current hits. So start your night off with good music, a great beer selection and great food on January 28th.
4) BEER FESTIVAL
Two sessions: 1-4 PM and 5-8PM
Location: Starlight ballroom
5) The Red Ball
returns to the Please Touch Museum on Saturday, March 10th for the 13th annual popular society event.
[ Click here for full party details and to purchase your tickets ]
The NoLibs studio is throwing a DDR party to kick off 2012.
Sure, Dance Dance Revolution—the arcade game that pits players head-to-head in a dance-inspired (and sweat-inducing) competition—has been around for years, but that’s entirely the point. The upcoming DDR tournament at Ploome in Northern Liberties is a bit of a throwback, a way for you to sweat (in costume, natch) and celebrate the new year Ploome-style.
The fun kicks off at 11:30 a.m. on January 15th with registration and mocktails. Then, at noon, you can do the studio’s 45-minute Bottoms Up Booty class, before getting down with DDR at 1. The event costs $15, and a portion of the proceeds goes to the studio’s sister organization, REQ 1, a community outreach program that supports victims of gender-based violence. Learn more and register here.
$15, January 15th, 11:30 a.m to 3 p.m.; 1040 N. American St., Suite 1001, 215-238-0200
A) Camden Considers Plans For A Pot Farm
B) Reading Terminal Market expansion will include more vendors, demo kitchen and event space
C) New Mt. Airy Trail coming? : · New Year's resolution: Connecting the city and its suburbs with a trail
D) GAYIST US CITIES - PHILLY NOT IN TOP 25
E) Retail Booze Prices To Rise In Pennsylvania
F) Marijuana doesn't harm lung function, study found
G) Medical marijuana makes for good law but bad neighbors?
8) Verdad's Tequila University
Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar is now accepting applications for Tequila University 2012, winter semester. TU 2012 starts on January 19th and is held the 3rd Thursday of each month. Class includes 3 tequila tastings with unique tapas pairings. January 19th will feature Siembra Azul and include the following course schedule:
If you can complete the drinking and dining experience you will receive your diploma. Attend all 12 classes and receive a Masters Degree in drinking Tequila and a special gift from Verdad!
Class starts at 7pm and tuition is $35 per class. This will be one class in which you will actually pay attention. Class size is limited so reserve your spot today.
Preview: The February 16th class will be hosted by Sauza Blue Tequila and Tres Generaciones Tequila. Stay tuned for the monthly course schedule so you continue to build tequila credits in 2012.
Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar is open for lunch Tuesday- Saturday from 11:30am- 2:30pm. Dinner is served Monday/Sunday 5pm-9pm, Tuesday-Thursday 5pm-10pm and Friday/Saturday 5pm-11pm. The restaurant boasts a Latin influenced tapas menu as well as over 30 brands of tequila and specialty drinks. Executive Chef Nicholas Farina has incorporated fresh ideas maintaining true Latin flavors in this quality Euro-Latin Restaurant on the Main Line.
818 W. Lancaster Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010, 610.520.9100, www.verdadrestaurant.com
9) FLYERS WIVES FASHION SHOW
Hosted by Lauren and Chris Pronger
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2012
The Bellevue in Philadelphia
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Click here for Info on Ticket Packages
It’s time to get Flyer’d Up!
Join the Flyers Wives during The Inaugural Flyers Wives Fashion Show on Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at
The Bellevue in Philadelphia.
This unique event will include a cocktail reception where
guests can mingle with the Flyers Wives, followed by a high-energy fashion show
starring the Flyers Wives modeling hot off the runway looks by internationally-recognized fashion designer Nicole Miller.
This inaugural event benefits Comcast-Spectacor Charities, the charitable arm of the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor.
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to Purchase Your Tickets!
10) INTERNATIONAL GUITAR NIGHT
Sunday, January 15:
Hear from the best guitarists from around the world during International Guitar Night at Crossroads Music in West Philly.
11) CAREER FAIR
Tuesday, January 17:
The Dolce Valley Forge Hotel hosts a free career fair with dozens of hiring employers and career experts giving free resume critiques.
Wednesday, January 18:
You can help make a difference in your community by getting everyone you know on the recycling bandwagon. Become a community recycling activist with RecycleNow Philadelphia!
Thursday, January 19:
It's Social Justice Week! Pow-wow with David Chiles of Philabundance as he explores efforts to build a food justice movement in Philadelphia.
14) USS Sunday Skeeball
USS Sunday Skeeball! Event is on Sunday, January 15, 2012 at 6:15PM Located at Franklin's in East Falls 3521 Bowman St., Philadelphia, PA 19129 Franklin's may be Philly's newest and coolest bar… and for good reason, USS now plays there! Come join us as we bring Skeeball to Sunday nights in the heart of East Falls! Our Sunday Night Skeeball LEAGUE is now forming! Come out to have a blast and dust off those skills! Teams will face off every 30 minutes in a frame based game that pits rollers against rollers and team against team. Each rollers score...
15) Ravi Coltrane
Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane—son of jazz greats John and Alice Coltrane—isn’t just getting by on the grounds of his parentage. Although it took him a while to embrace jazz as a calling (he didn’t release his first album as leader until age 32), Coltrane has worked hard to hone his chops, to both critical and popular acclaim. As his straight-ahead bop has slowly morphed into more explorative, free-form jazz, and his tenor sax shares time with a soprano, Coltrane has also become more willing to address his ancestry, through both musical influences and interpretations of songs associated with his parents. On his own, however, Coltrane’s tone is warm, his original compositions are rich and poignant, and his covers of standards are provoking and creative, oftentimes to the point of non-recognition. -Katherine Silkaitis
8pm. $20-$40. Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts, 3680 Walnut St. 215.898.3900. pennpresents.org
16) NEW PLACE TO WATCH SOCCER IN PHL
The Dandelion will be showing all of the biggest soccer matches this weekend. Check out the schedule below:
10:00am Barclays Premier League- Chelsea v. Sunderland LIVE
5:00pm Barclays Premier League- Tottenham v. Wolverhampton
11:00am Barclays Premier League- Swansea City v. Arsenal LIVE
124 South 18th Street
17) UNIVERISTY CITY UPDATE
A) University City To Get Two New Pedestrian Plazas
Making University City more walkable and pedestrian friendly is one of UCD's primary objectives. Recent projects like the parklets on Baltimore and Lancaster Avenues, and the creation of The Porch at 30th St. Station, have advanced this goal by putting people friendly amenities, like tables and chairs, in locations that used to be dedicated to automobiles. In keeping with that recent trend, UCD was fortunate to receive two of the four citywide grants to create new "pedestrian plazas" in locations that currently have excess capacity devoted to autos. At one of those sites, the dangerous intersection of Baltimore Ave., Florence Ave. and 48th St., curb bumpouts and other changes will reduce the current expanse of pavement, yielding a safer crossing for pedestrians, while also creating pleasant new spots to linger. On Woodland Ave., a short street segment connecting to 42nd St. will be closed to vehicles, and an attractive new plaza will be created that encompasses the former street and the adjacent traffic triangle. Interventions at both of these sites received strong support from their neighbors, and in the coming months, UCD and the city will be meeting with neighbors as plans are prepared to convert that excess asphalt to pleasant and safe oases for pedestrians.
B) Free n' Fit Night at the Drexel Recreation Center
Thursday, January 19, 5-8pm
33rd & Market streets
Youcie is teaming up with the Drexel Recreation Center to help you get started on that New Year's resolution to get fit. Rally your friends for a game of dodgeball or volleyball, reach new heights on the climbing wall, and sweat it out in classes like Zumba, Spinning, Yoga, and Kickboxing. You'll also have a chance to tour the new facility and meet the staff. To ease you into your new routine, join us afterwards for free appetizers and $2 Yuenglings at Landmark Americana (same building, first floor at 34th & Market streets). Please register for this free event at http://drexelrec.eventbrite.com. Classes begin at 5pm. Dodgeball, volleyball and the climbing wall will be offered from 6-8pm. See below for program details:
Climbing Wall: No experience necessary, equipment provided, instruction and staff available to assist you in defying gravity!
Dodgeball and Volleyball: Courts will be set up and staff on hand to help with organizing these in "pick-up" game fashion. Prizes for winning teams!
Group exercise is from 5-8pm and designed for all levels of fitness. Classes include Zumba (5-6pm), Cardio 'n' Tone (5-6pm), Yoga (6-7pm), Spinning (6:30-7:30pm), Abs (7-7:30pm), and Kickboxing (7:30-8:30pm).
18) FREE ENTRY TO G LOUNGE - ONE NIGHT ONLY
Friday, January 20th, 2012
On January 20th G will be diving into the world of Science with The Social Experiment. A Free Shot and Admission to each person who text's "G to 81680" or tweets #socialexperiment @gloungephilly and shows their phone at the door.
19) SKIERS AND SNOWBOARDERS VIDEO OF THE WEEK
20) CANCER FUNDRAISER:
12th Annual Beach Ball Gala & Heroes Reception
For Pete's Sake, Show Your Love!
Saturday, February 11, 2012
Crystal Tea Room
Wanamaker Building, 100 Penn Square East, Philadelphia, PA
6:30 PM Heroes Reception
8:00 PM Gala Evening
Treat yourself to a fun night with cocktails, delicious butlered hors d'oeuvres, sensational food stations, exquisite dessert and live entertainment by The Original Quake Band. While dancing and sharing your love you can enjoy silent, tombola and exciting live auctions. All of this fun will help adult cancer patients and their loved ones take a break from cancer!
Register online before January 30th and be entered into a raffle to win a 4 day all inclusive trip for 2 to the Lifestyle Tropical Beach Resort & Spa in Puerto Plata donated by CheapCaribbean.com! Winner will be announced at the Gala.
Sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information about our Beach Ball Gala, please contact Sarah Hopkins 267-708-0510.
Photos from last year's event can be found here.
21) NICKELBACK COMING TO PHILLY : April 24th
22) Black Tie Tailgate