Molly Eichel: Flyers owner's wedding party marries style with history

Posted: February 26, 2013

NOT EVERY wedding involves a violinist playing while suspended in a crystal-covered cage. But Flyers owner Ed Snider, 80, doesn't celebrate his wedding every day.

Sources say that Snider and Lin Spivak, 46, now the fourth Mrs. Snider, actually tied the knot on Valentine's Day in an intimate ceremony (aw!), but held a party for their 160 closest friends Saturday at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. A guest at the wedding told me that the couple's decor highlighted the museum, instead of hiding it. A Roman mosaic from Lod, Israel (see it up until May 12), was a centerpiece, as was the museum's impressive Egyptian room, where guests ate dinner and dessert.

In other decoration news: The floral arrangements were to-die-for amazing. I'm not talking centerpieces here, I'm talking walls of flowers that guests walked through to get from one room to another. One guest, who is used to going to fancy weddings like this, said they were indescribable.

Other than a floating violinist, guests were treated to a surprise Memories in Margate set from the Geator himself, Jerry Blavat. He was originally invited as a guest, but the Geator just couldn't sit still while there was partying to be done. "I gotta perform," Blavat said, when I asked him about the wedding. "I gotta dance."

The party consisted of just friends and family, including Lewis Katz (a co-owner of the Daily News, Philly.com and the Inquirer) as best man.

Snider and Spivak got engaged back in November after dating for eight months.

Questo fetes a legend

The Roots' Questlove heads back to Philly on Monday to pay tribute to producer J. Dilla (a/k/a Jay Dee), who died in 2006 from a blood disease at 32. Joining Questo on the decks at the Johnny Brenda's (1201 Frankford Ave.) show are DJs Rich Medina and Mike Nyce, and host Yameen Allworld. Proceeds from the show (get your $20 tix at the door) benefit the Lupus Foundation. Dilla was a hip-hop mastermind, working with the likes of A Tribe Called Quest, the Roots and Janet Jackson.

Check out tinyurl.com/phillylovesjdilla for more info.

Swinging Phelps

Olympian Michael Phelps is the next celeb to learn how to swing a golf club from Hank Haney, Tiger Woods' former teacher, on "The Haney Project." The Golf Channel show, premiering its fifth season Monday at 9 p.m., is produced by the Bryn Mawr-based production company the WorkShop.

The show followed Phelps for eight months, starting only two weeks after the 2012 Summer Olympics.

WorkShop's Tom Farrell said that Phelps was such a hard worker, he would practice with the crew even after the cameras were off.

Former celebs on the program include Charles Barkley, Maroon 5's Adam Levine and Ray Romano.

Bringin' home the bacon

Four Philly spots will be profiled Monday on Destination America's new show "United States of Bacon." Chef Todd Fisher visited PYT, where he sampled a burger stuffed with bleu cheese and topped with bacon and Bloody Mary-infused onions; McNally's Tavern, where Fisher had the Schmitter, named after a regular who loved Schmidt's beer; SoWe, where a bacon-topped beignet was on the menu; and Jake's Sandwich Board, where Fisher had the Turbacon sandwich, stuffed with bacon and bacon-fat-rubbed turkey. The show airs at 7 p.m.

Celebs in Philly

*  Susie Essman, who plays foulmouthed Susie Greene on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," will be at Congregation Or Ami, in Lafayette Hill, on May 18. Proceeds from her appearance will benefit Girls on the Run. Tickets, which start at $50, can be purchased at ComcastTIX.com or by phone at 1-800-298-4200.

*  Dweezil Zappa, son of late rocker Frank Zappa, will play at the National Kidney Foundation's 29th annual Kidney Ball, on March 9, at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Joining Zappa will be Bobby Rydell (who will be honored at the event), NBC 10's Glenn "Hurricane" Schwartz, recently crowned Miss Pennsylvania USA Jessica Billings, WDAS' Patty Jackson and former NFL player Joe Fields. Fox 29's Sue Serio will emcee.

Reality Check

* Southwest Philly's Pat Taggart and Roxborough's Frank Petka took home top honors at the New York Television Festival's Lifetime Unscripted Pipeline for their show "Junk Mom," about Diane, a mother who repurposes trash she finds on the street. Her no-nonsense husband, Frank, who thinks she's collecting junk, is a producer. Taggart and Petka meet with Lifetime on Friday to discuss the show.


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