Saturday, April 21, 2018

April 21 to April 29 National Park Week

 Fun Ways to Celebrate National Park Week

WASHINGTON – Ring in spring with a visit to a national park during National Park Week, April 21 through 29. Throughout the country, hundreds of programs and events will encourage visitors to explore new places and enjoy new experiences. More information is available at

"Our National Parks are our national treasure," said Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. "My formative years were spent in Glacier National Park and one of my biggest mentors was a park ranger and football coach. The lessons you learn from the land and the park rangers cannot be learned anywhere else on earth. As we head into the next 100 years of the Park Service, I'm looking at ways to improve infrastructure and visitor experience while conserving the precious lands for generations to come."

“There are 417 national parks and each one has a story to tell”. “There are endless options during National Park Week to discover someplace or something out of the ordinary. Whether one seeks relaxation, exhilaration, or inspiration, there is something for everyone in a national park.”

Following are just five of the fun ways you can celebrate National Park Week.

Try Something New
Introductory programs during National Park Week might just get you hooked on a new interest. Brush up on astronomy at a Night Sky Party in Saguaro National Park, go birding at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, take a photo workshop at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, make pottery at Ocmulgee National Monument, dance to Cajun music at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve, or try your hand at surf fishing at Gateway National Recreation Area.

Save Some Money
There will be free entrance to all national parks during the weekends of National Park Week. The 118 National Park Service sites that normally charge entrance fees will offer free admission on April 15, 16, 22, and 23. There are also free or reduced rate annual passes available for active duty military families, fourth grade students, senior citizens, volunteers, and people with permanent disabilities.

Become a Junior Ranger
National Park Week starts with National Junior Ranger Day on April 15. Throughout the country, kids of all ages can take part in family friendly events and earn a park-specific Junior Ranger badge. Children can see a bald eagle up close at Mississippi National River and Recreation Area, participate in crafts at Lowell National Historical Park, go on an archeology dig at Chiricahua National Monument, or test their global positioning system (GPS) skills in Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park.

Fill a Park Prescription  
The second annual Park Prescription Day will be filled with activities that showcase the physical, mental, and psychological health benefits of time in nature. Supported by increasing scientific evidence, many medical doctors now write prescriptions for the outdoors as an antidote for ailments such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and depression. On April 23, dozens of parks, including Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Shenandoah National Park, Capulin Volcano National Monument, Tumacácori National Historical Park, Prince William Forest Park, Hot Springs National Park, and park partners will host activities that include hikes, health screenings, yoga, and volleyball.

Go Wild on Earth Day
Spend some time outside on Earth Day, April 22. Attend a wildlife festival on the Natchez Trace Parkway, go for a walk on the wild side at Cabrillo National Monument, learn to canoe on the Niobrara National Scenic River, make an appearance at a drama festival at Chamizal National Memorial, listen to a concert at Buffalo National River, weave a pine needle basket at Fort Matanzas National Monument, or meet a Civil War soldier at Stones River National Battlefield.
Visit to plan your park visit. The site contains trip planning information and a calendar of events. Use #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque and #NPS101 on social media during National Park Week to join in the fun!
More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 417 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Learn more at

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at

Personally, I do have a favorite but have never been disappointed in experiencing any of the National Parks, I have had the privilege to experience.  

The National Park Foundation Spring Poll Results
Top voted parks
Yellowstone National Park - 26.91% ✔ my pick
Yosemite National Park - 18.32%
Grand Canyon National Park - 17.48%
Glacier National Park - 13.20%
Zion National Park - 11.58%
Favorite park activities
Hiking - 81.28%
Seeing Wildlife - 79.30%
Photography - 71.64%
Relaxing - 66.78%
Camping - 51.90%
All of the above ✓ my pick 
and appreciating nature in its natural state
Note: Percentages add up to more than 100 because participants were asked to select more than one activity, if applicable.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Upcoming Caps off to local BaseBall Great born April 22 1918 Mickey Vernon

James Barton (Mickey) Vernon

Happy 100th Mickey Vernon


Sports Museum now in Radnor

Born in Marcus Hook

Attended Eddystone High School graduated in 1936

Played only American League and sandlot baseball, his high school did not have a team.

His reputation earned him a baseball scholarship to Villanova University in 1937

  At the end of freshman year in college he signed his first professional contract with the Easton Browns, a farm team of the St. Louis Browns.

Two time American League Batting Champion

  Seven time All-Star

Segments on SLDC of his life (interviews just before his death Sept. 24, 2008. He is buried at Lawn Croft Cemetery in Linwood, Delaware County, PA.

Sounds like an incredibly interesting guy I think I need to look further into the history of this sports legend of Delaware County.

Statue of Mickey Vernon
located at 7th and Market Streets, Marcus Hook, PA
(when I was at the park taking the picture, guess what was being played?)
Mickey would be proud.

and I did, thanks to
Nether Providence Historical Society I found most of the pictures in their collection from

Other Sources 
Community News in the Daily Times January 15, 2018
now located at

Sports Legends of Delaware County

SLDC Museum
301 Iven Avenue
Wayne, PA  19087
(610) 909-4919

Go to the website for video clips interviews.

Thursday, April 19, 2018

National Bicycle Day April 19

This is an exhibit not seen by the general public "unless" you happen to be inside the Philadelphia International Airport, so I am taking you inside.

Like to Bike?

Join the Bicycle Coalition


4/14: Transportation Camp (Tickets)
4/14: ProfiteROLL (Tickets)
4/19: Women Bike PHL Urban Riding Basics (RSVP)

4/20: Night Cycle (RSVP)
4/21: 'Barnes to Barnes' Discovery Ride (RSVP)
4/21: Earth Day Ride (RSVP)
4/22: Emily Fredricks Pastry Tribute Brunch (RSVP)
4/22: Neighborhood Bike Works Bike Sale (More info)

5/1: Gloucester County Kick Off (RSVP)
5/18: Bike to Work Day (RSVP)

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Weekend Events April 21 - 22

April 20 - 22 Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show at the Navy Yard

April 20 - 28 Philadelphia Science Festival 

April 21 First Day of National Park Week an entrance free fee day. 

April 21 Dr. Shaffer's Antique Barn Sale  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1645 Bethe Road in Garnet Valley.

April 21 - 23 Media-UP Book Sale includes CD's, DVD's, record albums, puzzles and games.

April 21 Map and Compass Navigation, 10 a.m. – noon  at Tyler Arboretum. This introductory course, led by L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery School staff, will teach you the basic techniques needed for navigating your way through the wilderness. Look at the components of a topographical map, practice how to take and follow bearings on a compass and discover the best methods for plotting distances and bearings of landmarks. Maps and compasses are provided. Suitable for teens and adults. $20 members, $25 non-members.
April 21 CRC Watershed Association will hold a Make a Difference clean up of streams 9 -  Noon. Visit for locations to volunteer at.

April 21 Photography Workshop at Norwood Public Library 11 a.m.

April 22 West Chester March for the Environment 1 p.m. at Historic Chester County Courthouse, 2 N. High Street in West Chester.

April 22 The Upper Darby Historical Society Will hold their Annual Meeting 2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Collen Brook Farm Marvine Ave and Mansion Rd , Drexel Hill Presentation by Beverly Rorer “Old Roman Coins” Roman Coins will be on display For more information please call 610-924-0222.

April 22 Earth Day