The Sublime and the Bubba Slime
Philly Phundraising Phollies—II
Jan. 26, 2006: Vol. 2, Issue No. 7
IN THE NEWS
On the Ball
For Philadelphia's privileged few—the ones who use winter as a verb, shop exclusively at Neiman Marcus, and beam (usually) blonded from the pages of Town & Country magazine—there is only one can't-miss social event in January: the Academy Concert and Ball. Next Saturday night, for the 149th time, swells from Rittenhouse Square and the Main Line to Palm Beach will don white tie (and shell out as much as $1,250 per seat) to hear the Philadelphia Orchestra in the stately Academy of Music. They will then feast on a multicourse meal and dance the night away at a formal ball.
—The Philadelphia Inquirer, Jan. 22, 2006
The event pits competitive eaters in a buffalo-style chicken wing-eating contest. The Wing Bowl is traditionally held on the Friday preceding the Super Bowl. The event, which began as a radio promotion, has grown to encompass television, the Internet, and a contest for women who are termed "the Wingettes." It is currently held at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia. The Wing Bowl routinely draws crowds of 20,000 or more.
—Wikipedia, the free encylocpedia, Undated
Philadelphia's two great social events of the year occur within six days of each other.
This Saturday evening, Jan. 28, 2006, Philadelphia's crème de la crème will turn out for the 149th Academy Ball. The $1,250 per seat tally is chump change compared to what some of the folks will pay to have themselves photographed by Philadelphia's version of Richard Avedon or Cecil Beaton, for a page in the Academy Ball program. Proceeds will go to restore the Academy of Music, which opened in 1857 with a seating capacity of 2,897 and a 5,000-pound chandelier that is part of a red, white and gold cupcake-like interior modeled on Milan's La Scala Opera House.