about bePHL

bePHL [pronounce it beefil] is a unique concept that has been originally developed and created by Patricia Kalmeijer when she was living in Atlanta, right after the unfortunate 2014 World Cup exit of Belgium against Argentina.  After seeing so many Belgian supporters reunited to cheer on their favorite soccer team, there was no doubt in her mind that this community was in an urgent need of a resurgence.  While we value our American lifestyles and experiences, we also wish to maintain a link to our home country. Having recently relocated to Philadelphia, Patricia has decided to re-create this successful concept in the City of Brotherly Love.

bePHL is the place/platform/community portal where Belgians and Belgophiles find activities in & around Philadelphia related to Belgium: coffees & lunches, conferences, exhibits, movies, country or city walks, concerts, guided tours… If you plan to organize a “Belgian-related” event or if you know about any Belgian-related coming to Philly, email us the details and we will gladly post if for you – free of charge!

Atlanta’s famous Belgian THIRSTdays are now available in Philly.  Those ‘Belgian‘ drinks based on a simple concept:

  • Discover new places in the City to meet other Belgians and their friends once a month (except December), on the first Thursday, from 7 PM onward for an evening of mingling, socializing, drinks and a bite.
  • Everybody is welcome and everyone pays for his/her own drinks/snacks. See the Belgian THIRSTdays for details.

In addition, bePHL offers to its followers, a series of social get-togethers called bePHL-time.  At least four times per years, Patricia Kalmeijer brings the Belgian community together, in a convivial and relaxed atmosphere. For details follow the blog …

We welcome all Belgians or [seriously] Belgian-minded people to attend and join our gatherings and events, as members come from all walks of life; some who plan to stay only temporary, and others who found a more permanent home in the United States.

Please note that bePHL is a ‘social-place-to-be’ … It is not a networking place!   Also bePHL is managed on its own and is not part of VIM or any Chambers of commerce or the Consular Corps.

Meet the bePHL Queen:

Patricia relocated her family back and forth between England and Belgium before landing in Marietta, in 2005, with her Dutch hubby Jan-Paul and their four children.  In 2011, after the last of the foursome left home, the freshly empty-nesters purchased a craftsman-style home in East Atlanta.  Patricia will let you believe that she has replaced the kids by dogs – there are two of them now roaming around the house. In April 2017, she, hubby and dogs relocated to Philadelphia where she is focusing on her writing.

Contact Patricia by email or cell: (678) 386-3896.