Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Wednesday and Wondering about the Weekend June 23 - 24

June 23 - 24 National Capital Barbecue Battle on Pennsylvania Avenue between  3rd and 7th NW in Washington D.C. Now that sounds like a good fight with opinions around the table.

June 22 Juneteenth Festival Wreath Laying Ceremony at The President's House, 600 Market St. in Philadelphia next to the Liberty Bell. 5:30 -7:30 p.m.

June 23 Juneteeth Parade starts at 15th and JFK in Philadelphia see route. 12 p.m.

June 23 Juneteenth Festival - PECO Multicultural Series at Penn's Landing.

June 23 - 24 Manayunk Arts Festival on Main Street Know Before You Go.

June 23 The Havertown Irish Festival noon to 9 p.m. in the Manoa Shopping Center rear parking lot.

June 23 Highland Orchards' Craft Beer Festival in West Chester. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

June 23 Grains of the World Dinner at Newlin Grist Mill 6 - 8 p.m. "Taste 2,000 years of global cuisine".

June 23 Night Nation Run at XFinity Live 

June 24 Philadelphia Irish Festival - PECO Multicultural Series at Penns's Landing. 

Down the Shore: 
We all know the saying: If you are lucky enough to be down the shore, you are lucky enough.

June 22 - 24 North Wildwood Italian American Festival

June 23 Running of the Bulls Dewey Beach, Delaware

June 23 Antique Car Show Ocean City check on this for nj or md

June 23 Baymen's Seafood and Music Festival Long Beach Island

June 23 Jazzy Scallop Festival Long Beach Island

June 23 Cape May Hops Festival 

There is a rumor of "rain"on Saturday but let's pooh-pooh that especially if you have plans. Let's just pooh-pooh rain every weekend and during your vacation week. Drat we need some rain. How about once a week when there are no plans to be cancelled. Let's just hope for the best and let nature do the rest.

If you go check the link so you know if there might be a cancellation.

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Top 10 Road Trip: Going Wild in Texas

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1946 as an overlay of a portion of the Big Mineral arm of Lake Texoma in north-central Texas. Consisting of about 12,000 acres, the refuge provides a variety of habitats for birds and wildlife.  (

 What can you see there:

  Snowy egret

White Pelican new to me typically I have seen the brown ones. They have really large bills.

Great Blue

Not sure what this one is but isn't it cooL? I know what the one below is called and I always want it to be a Plover but it is not, the name just escapes me at this time. I think it is a Killdeer?

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge was established on lands originally purchased by the U.S. Department of Army Corps of Engineers (COE) for the Denison Dam Project-known today as Lake Texoma. Being located in the Central Flyway, one of four migratory bird “super highways”, was an important factor in deciding to create a refuge here. The refuge lies just on the Texas side of the Red River, which divides the Lone Star State from Oklahoma. This region is where the gently rolling blackland prairies meet the hilly terrain of the eastern cross timbers. Of the nearly 12,000 acres that make up the refuge, about 8,700 acres are uplands and the remaining 2,600 acres are wetlands. This diversity of habitat, actively managed by refuge staff, creates ideal conditions for a wide variety of wildlife and plants. (

Some can relate to a song popular from a baby boomers television show, The Beverly Hillbilly's, "Oil that is Black Gold, Texas Tea".  The refuge had a bunch of these rigs.

Cormorants are often spotted in crowds, they seem to be all about community.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, my first ever sighting.

You cannot spot too many Great Blue Herons and not call it a successful day.

You have to be quick to catch them in flight so graceful.

and their landing is Olympic style, so flawless, the blur is my bad.

The dragonfly of Texas is very poised and balanced.

Special thanks to our Texas Tour Guide, she is real good with old people and she knows I like birds. She kept insisting, "I have seen snakes here". We did too.😱

Every once in a while, you just have to get out there and go wild. It's amazing.

Gotta go the bus driver is ready.

On the road

Monday, June 18, 2018

June 18 week events

June 19 Official day of Juneteeth the emancipation of the last enslaved people in the United States. Sign a petition to make it a holiday in Pennsylvania.
Wikipedia: also known as Juneteenth Independence Day or Freedom Day, is an American holiday that commemorates the June 19, 1865, announcement of the abolition of slavery in the U.S. state of Texas, and more generally the emancipation of enslaved African-Americans throughout the former Confederacy of the southern United States. Its name is a portmanteau of "June" and "nineteenth", the date of its celebration.[1][2] Juneteenth is recognized as a state holiday or special day of observance in forty-five states.[3]

June 19 Special Series: Inside the Museum Learning By Doing with Experimental Archaeology . Have you ever wondered how museums gather information? Join NGM Director Tony Shahn for the Inside the Museum series of programs at the Rachel Kohl Community Library. The presentations will be accompanied by a series of displays at the library incorporating artifacts, tools, and archaeological stories 6:30 p.m.. Free for all ages at the Rachel Kohl Library. Join Director Tony Shahan for a glimpse into the five-year journey of discovery to learn what a colonial mill was like. Uncover forgotten documents, examine important artifacts from around the world, and visit hidden treasures. Join in the search as surprising discoveries change how we think about colonial mills.

June 19 First in a Series at Haverford Township Free Library "Do Something About Climate Change" 7 p.m. The first topic will be "Understanding Climate Change" explained in understandable terms by presenter Noel Smyth. Following dates will be July 10 at 7 p.m., July 21 at 10:30 a.m. and July 24.

June 20 Eden Cemetery 116th Anniversary Celebration 4:30 p.m.  Honorees: V. Chapman and Charles Blockson. Musical selections will be performed by Lincoln University Concert Choir accompanied by  Toni Caldwell, under the direction of Dr. Camilia Horn. Reception to follow. Please R.S.V.P 610.583.8737 or

June 20 Philadelphia Flyers Community Caravan will be at the Ridley Township Library located at 100 E. MacDade Blvd. in Folsom  6 - 8 p.m. Meet Flyers Alumni!

June 20 Free Backyard Buffers and Rain Barrel Making Workshop at Lansdowne Borough Hall presented by Pennsylvania Resources Council and Eastern Delaware County Stormwater Collaborative 6:30 p.m. registration is required.

June 21 Enter the “Age of Reason” with our latest Tavern Talks theme of the enlightenment! To be sure you are well-informed, our notable guests for the evening include inventor Mr. Joseph Priestley (portrayed by Dean Howarth of Living Histories of Science), astronomer Caroline Herschel (portrayed by K. Lynn King), and a horticulturist (portrayed by Chuck Feld). We will also be putting the light in enlightenment with an interactive historical lighting display by demonstrator William Russell. Finally, guests will be immersed into a coffeehouse setting where news of the day would have been discussed in the 18th century from 7-9 p.m. Tavern Talks takes place at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns Brinton House, an historic 1714 tavern, located next to the Chaddsford Winery at 630 Baltimore Pike. Admission is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person or online as space is limited. All attendees must be 21 and older. 

June 21 Official First Day of Summer almost there hang in there!

June 22 Juneteenth Festival Wreath Laying Ceremony at The President's House, 600 Market St. in Philadelphia next to the Liberty Bell. 5:30 -7:30 p.m. 

June 22-23 Juneteenth Music Festival and Parade at the African American Museum in Philadelphia. 

June 22 Begins The Sounds of Summer at Haverford Township Free Library, the fourth Friday of the month of June, July and August 7:30 p.m.

June 22 - 24 Chester County Balloon Festival at the New Garden Flying Field in Toughkenamon, PA.


Down the Shore

June 18 - 21 National Marbles Tournament in Wildwood