Clockwise From Left: With Sharon Pinkenson, Ellen Yin, and Mary Dougherty at the XIX Most Fashionable Women in Philadelphia event, run by Nicole Miller.
The holiday season always brings Philadelphia together. When the lights in Rittenhouse Square come on, the Christmas tree in City Hall goes up, and the evenings are full of black-tie galas and holiday-themed events (it’s a tradition in my family to attend the Pennsylvania Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker at the Academy of Music and the Philadelphia Orchestra’s concert “The Glorious Sound of Christmas” each year), you start to feel a sense of community in the city. Which is why for our Holiday Issue we decided to go local, featuring Philly’s hottest philanthropic ticket of the season on our cover.
The Academy of Music Concert and Ball is one of the first events of the year, and in 2016 the Academy is celebrating its 159th anniversary with special guest artist Martin Short. Short has a long résumé: Singer, producer, and comedian are just a few of the talents he is bringing to Philadelphia. Guests of the ball can expect everything the event is known for—a night of dancing, music directed by Yannick Nèzet-Sèguin, and gourmet food, all wrapped together in Philadelphia’s biggest party of the year.
As another year comes to an end and we embark on a fresh one, it’s important to look back on everything the city has accomplished in 2015. The real estate market is on fire, with residential and commercial buildings alike popping up all around town. Our restaurant scene has been recognized by The New York Times and other nationally respected media outlets. To cap it all off, the historic visit by Pope Francis brought Philadelphia into the limelight and showed the world who we are.
In the new year, we can look forward to new buildings on our skyline and another national spotlight as we play host to the 2016 Democratic National Convention. So here’s to a new year and a new, flattering light shining on Philadelphia.