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If you haven’t experienced Philadelphia’s legendary Mummers or the botanical magic of Longwood, now’s your chance

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RENEE PATRONE RHINEHART 
CEO & FOUNDER OF PARTY HOST HELPERS AND EVENTS BY RENEE / PARTY PLANNING & NATIONWIDE PARTY STAFFING
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MARY WASCAVAGE
REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS TRINITY HEALTH MID-ATLANTIC
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(610) 662-5789


DONALD MOORE
CO-FOUNDER/CO-OWNER: CALISTA SALON & SPA, CALISTA TOOLS, SOCIAL LOUNGE (WEST CHESTER AND DOWNINGTOWN)
domoore@comcast.net
deansandfranks.com
(610) 399-6677

Started in 1901, The Mummers Parade is the longest-running continuous folk parade in the United States. Don’t miss the time-honored family-friendly tradition as the string bands and Fancies march from City Hall south on Broad Street to Washington Avenue. (Jan. 1, South Broad Street, Philadelphia, Pa., phlvisitorcenter.com/mummers-ticket)

After the Fancy Brigades finish the parade route, they head to the Pennsylvania Convention Center to put on two elaborate Broadway-style performances for ticket holders. Shows are at 11:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. (Jan. 1, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia, phlvisitorcenter.com/mummers-ticket)

“Ain’t Too Proud”- The Life and Times of The Temptations is the electrifying, new smash-hit Broadway musical that follows The Temptations’ extraordinary journey from the streets of Detroit during a decade of civil unrest and eventually to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. With their signature dance moves and silky-smooth harmonies, they rose to the top of the charts creating an amazing 42 Top Ten Hits with 14 reaching No. 1. “Ain’t Too Proud” was nominated for 12 Tony Awards and won the 2019 Tony Award for Best Choreography. (Jan. 3-21, Academy of Music, 240 S. Broad St., Philadelphia, kimmelculturalcampus.org/events-and-tickets/2023-24/broadway/aint-too-proud)

Little Orphan Annie has reminded generations of theatergoers that sunshine is always right around the corner, and now the best-loved musical of all time is set to return in a new production. “Annie,” directed by Jenn Thompson, features the iconic book and score, written by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. (Jan. 5-7, The Playhouse on Rodney Square, 1007 N. Market St., Wilmington, Del., thegrandwilmington.org/productions/7698-annie)

Whether you envision a formal black-tie affair or a casual barefoot ceremony on the beach, the various exhibitors and carefully selected experts at the Pennsylvania Bridal & Wedding Expo are ready to offer advice to create timeless memories for your perfect wedding. (Jan. 6-7, Pennsylvania Convention Center, 1101 Arch St., Philadelphia, bridalshowspa-pc.com)

This holiday season, experience the latest display of botanical splendor from Longwood Gardens’ horticultural artists. Nostalgia and vintage throwback toys are the theme of A Very Retro Christmas. (Through Jan. 7, Longwood Gardens, 1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, Pa., longwoodgardens.org)

Browse services for your wedding and newlywed life at the Bridal Showcase/Wedding Expo. Featuring wedding exhibits and seminars; DJ and musician showcases; a fashion show with bridal fashions and tuxedos; and a food tasting, get tips and advice from the experts. (Jan. 17, Riverton Country Club, 1416 Highland Ave., Cinnaminson, N.J., eventbrite.com/e/bridal-showcase-wedding-expo-riverton-country-club-1-17-24-tickets-756368006067)

Enjoy a guided tasting and sensory analysis at the Winter Wine Tasting with Penns Woods Winery at the Willows Mansion. Led by Penns Woods’ certified wine educator and sommelier, you will learn the history of Penns Woods Winery and enjoy an in-depth discussion of each wine you taste. Limited seats available. (Jan. 18, The Willows Park, 490 Darby Paoli Road, Villanova, Pa., willowsvillanova.com)

Get ready for a night of nonstop laughter as Ardmore welcomes one of the hardest working women in comedy today, Tammy Pescatelli! Tammy combines brassy sexiness with a bold female voice and witty sarcasm. She recently starred in “That’s Amore,” an independent “grown-up rom-com” that is available on Amazon Prime. (Jan. 19-20, Palombaro Club, 2632 E. County Line Road, Ardmore, Pa., eventbrite.com/e/ardmore-comedy-night-with-tammy-pescatelli-friday-show-tickets-716374684967)

Elevate your wine experience! Enroll in The Core Wine Course this winter. The sommelier certification program is a full semester (eight weeks). Participants will experience the world’s most renowned wine regions without ever leaving the classroom. (Sundays, Jan. 21 to March 10, Wine School of Philadelphia, 109 S. 22nd St., Philadelphia, Pa., vinology.com/class/core-wine-course-winter-semester)

Bed of Roses is a Bon Jovi Tribute Show that takes you on a journey of the 40-plus year history of Bon Jovi. Performed in authentic costuming, voice, music, and showmanship, Bed of Roses have established themselves as an international tribute act. (Jan. 26, The Event Center at Live! Casino and Hotel, 900 Packer Ave., Philadelphia, Pa., philadelphia.livecasinohotel.com)

The Mario Lanza Museum presents a Birthday Remembrance Party commemorating the 103rd anniversary of Mr. Lanza’s birth. The event features a special performance by soprano Dominika Zamara and guitarist Stanley Alexandrowicz. RSVP by Jan. 20. For more information, instructions for paying by check, or to make a credit card payment, call 215-238-9691. (Jan. 27, Mario Lanza Museum, 1214 Reed St., Philadelphia, Pa., mariolanzainstitute.org)

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REALTOR, BHHS FOX & ROACH
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DR. MARC CHIACCHIO 
FOUNDER, COURTLY TOURS, TRAVEL ADVISOR; CUSTOMIZED EUROPEAN DESTINATIONS
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(856) 514-0390

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