And for us that means a robust round of Christmas parties and events that will take us from here right on into the new year.
On Wednesday afternoon we dined with our fellow members of the Philadelphia Public Relations Hall of Fame at the Palm in Philadelphia for the Philadelphia Public Relations Association's annual Hall of Fame holiday luncheon It was great to see so many of our admirably accomplished colleagues including Joanne Calabria, Mark Tarasiewicz, David Brown, Matt Cabrey, Anne Klein, Gloria Hochman, Judy Garfinkle, Art Ellis, Larry Rubin and Lisa Simon. We had a great time with this savvy group.
On Wednesday evening we joined members of beautiful Tavistock Country Club in historic Haddonfield for their annual Trim A Tree Night celebration (see photos above). And the Tavistock crew does it up right as the tree is "trimmed" with fresh new toys of every kind for needy kids.
It's a great night of food, drink, fun and generosity thanks to all the good people who are part of Tavistock -- one of the loveliest (and friendliest) places in all of South Jersey. The spirit of giving was abundant!
On Thursday evening we were back at it at the spectacular White and Williams law firm Christmas Party (photo above) at the beautiful Westin Hotel in Center City Philadelphia. We saw so many longtime friends at this event including a great former Philadelphia Bar Association Chancellor, the indefatigable Joe Foster and attorneys Merritt Cole, Chuck Eppolito and a new friend, Zhihui (Julie) Guo who came from China to work at White and Williams' New York office which she tells us is the second largest W & W office after Philadelphia. Julie filled us in on developments in both New York and China and encouraged us to visit China soon. The White and Williams party is always a grand event and this year was no exception as the Westin ballroom was beautifully decorated and the food (including steamship rounds of beef, pasta, Beijing duck and huge, fresh, cold shrimp) was excellent. And yes, there was jolly imbibing as well.
Later that same evening we attended a preview of the new film Saving Mr. Banks. We can't tell you too much about the film till it actually opens on December 13 but we can tell you that it stars Tom Hanks as Walt Disney and Emma Thompson as P. L. Travers, the author of Mary Poppins. The movie is about the making of the 1964 film Mary Poppins. It also stars Colin Farrell, Paul Giamatti and Jason Schwartzman.
On Friday we dined at the new Han Dynasty restaurant on Route 70 in Cherry Hill. These eateries are hot, hot, hot in more ways than one. Not only are they very popular but they are known for their zesty, super-hot entrees. Their menu actually rates dishes from one to 10, one being the mildest and 10 being the hottest. We chose a level three item on the menu. Han has been selected one of the 50 best Chinese restaurants in America by CNN. Other Hans can be found in Manhattan, Exton, University City, Old City and Manayunk.
Upcoming: More Christmas treats including the Justinian Society Annual Christmas Party and other holiday events such as the Nochumsom law firm party, the Philadelphia Bar Association Annual Meeting and Luncheon welcoming new Chancellor Bill Fedullo (a personal favorite), the opening of the musical Jersey Boys in Philadelphia, the multi-day Pennsylvania Society partfyfest in Manhattan, the Grace Kelly exhibition at the Michener Museum in Doylestown, the opening of I Love Lucy Live in Philadelphia and previews of the new films Grudge Match, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, Her, and the widely-anticipated Wolf of Wall Street. Stay right here and join us for all of it!