Ben Betsy, and now I hear those crazy kids are fixin' to take the plunge over the July 4 holiday.
The town's best-known Ben Franklin (
) and Betsy Ross interpreter
have been linked since last September, and in an interview with The Inquirer in March mentioned their engagement.
Archbold, long-divorced, and Wilde, a widow, said they met Sept. 1 when Wilde talked Archbold into appearing at a wedding - a gig he usually shuns because he likes the bride to star. Archbold later needed a Betsy Ross, and Wilde stitched her own costume to cinch the job. They didn't return my phone call.
pay to get access to
. The nonprofit Arc of Philadelphia/Philadelphia Developmental Disabilities Corp. (ARC/PDDC) has put a meet-and-greet with Nutter up for bid as part of the agency's third annual CharityBuzz Auction, now online via
. com/arcauction. Bidding yesterday was at $100; organizers placed its value at $500. Also up for bid are an autographed
baseball (at $250 yesterday), a ride on the Zamboni at the Wachovia Center ($100), two tickets to a
concert at Madison Square Garden ($250), and a visit for two people, including dinner from Bookbinder's, in the studio with WIP's
(no bids yesterday).
Old City's Omni Hotel and some wedding vendors are auctioning a wedding package (135 people, couture gown, tuxes, Mexican honeymoon, photog, hair, makeup, etc.) valued at more than $50,000. The benefit for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation is up at
, and yesterday awaited an opening bid of $20,000.
Pennsylvania's film-tax credits are bringing in more than just movies. Center City's Shooters Post & Transfer, which for years has done film and video production work, yesterday opened a $2.5 million digital cinema suite that will allow feature-film directors and directors of photography to finish their movies here, as well. Visual-effects supervisor
, an L.A. import who runs the division, called DIVE, says he has 10 films in the works. He's adding special effects to the shot-in-Philly
, and he's also working on
shot-in-western- Pennsylvania adaptation of the
novel about a postapocalyptic society; stars include
. DIVE is adding snow and making Mount St. Helens "appear" outside a cave.
alum appearing in the
Sex and the City
movie, will sing sometime between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. today on
show on WUSL (98.9).
, touring the country in a Harrah's bus, will make her first stop at Harrah's Chester on June 13, followed by Caesars Atlantic City the next day.
and friends closing Morimoto Saturday after tackling the omakase menu. . . .
at the Pool at Harrah's Saturday, separately. . . .
, surprised on her 64th birthday Saturday at Showboat's House of Blues by
Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles
Last week's ouster of
and company from Q102 did not go unnoticed by actor
, a show regular when he was in town shooting
The Lovely Bones
. I hear that Wahlberg, in the middle of a tour of the Vatican, called fired producer
to offer condolences. Galaton told Wahlberg: "Tell the Pope 'What's up' and pray for me."