Monday, June 18, 2018

June 18 week events

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 22-23 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

Friday, June 15, 2018

Weekend Happenings June 16 and 17

Weekend  Saturday and Sunday 

June 14 - 17 In honor of Flag Day and Father’s Day Weekend, the Museum of the American Revolution will bring out of its collections George Washington’s Commander-in-Chief’s Standard, the flag that marked his presence on the battlefield. The rare surviving flag will be on display in the Museum’s first-floor Patriots Gallery.

June 16 Celebrate Father's Day - Breakfast with George Washington at the Museum of the American Revolution.  10 a.m.
June 16 Discover and explore six historic houses (Park Charms) on a fun and engaging 3.5 scavenger hunt through Fairmount Park.  Meet at Lloyd Hall. Tickets $20 for members and $25 for non-members.

June 16 Historic Fairmount Park Scavenger Hunt 9 - 1 p.m. 

June 16 French and Indian War at Colonial Plantation. Open 11 - 4 p.m. with a special "Lock, Stock and Barrel", presentation at 1:30 p.m.

June 16 Islamic Heritage Festival - PECO Multicultural Series at Penn's Landing

June 16 Juneteenth Festival at Memorial Park in Chester Noon - 6 p.m.

June 16 Last day of Holy Cross Parish Carnival in Springfield 6 p.m.

June 16 Rose Tree Pops will perform with guest soloist David Kim fro the Philadelphia Orchestra at Rose Tree Park 7:30 p.m.

June 16 Media's State Street Blues Stroll 6 p.m. - 1 a.m.

June 17 Father's Day

June 17 Fatherfest at the American Helicopter Museum in West Chester 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Now through June 30 Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival in Franklin Square.

Down the Shore 

What is that saying? If you are lucky enough to be down the shore, you are lucky enough.

June 17 Sand Soccer Storm at Seaside Heights 


June 18 - 21 National Marbles Tournament in Wildwood

Free series of Nutrition Classes provided by Penn State University, Delaware County Extension at Brookhaven Municipal Building, 7 Cambridge Rd. in Brookhaven at 2 p.m. June 19, July 17 and August 21. Learn how to cook and eat more nutritionally. To register call Lori 484.496.2138.

June 23 Night Nation Run at XFinity Live 

June 30 Media First Annual Cycling Classic 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

 On Going Through June 30


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Flag Day June 14 Activities

Flag Facts
Notes taken from the video on the National Constitution website

Today is the 241st Birthday of the American flag.

First Flag alternating red and white Stripes symbolizes colonial unity originated from the Sons of Liberty the first tea party brigade.

 Original flag had 13 stars in a circle forming a new constellation

Francis Hopkinson designed the first American flag? He sent a bill to Congress but was refused because he wasn't the only designer of a flag

Betsy Ross flag pattern, AKA Philadelphia and Single Wreath

blue part field union or canton

3 2 3 2 3 star design could be Francis Hopkinson

star spangled banner add a state add stripe

add a star for each new state

President Taft established a star pattern
all stars 5 points, stars in horizontal rows. star point straight up and down.

 Photo credit MKennedy courtesy of Historic Philadelphia, Inc. 2017

8 a.m. Change of Command Ceremony at Independence Mall at the Liberty Bell Center located at 6th and Market Streets. Hosted by Keith D. Bryant, Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion the change of command ceremony will feature Philadelphia Recruiting Company Captain Lamont E. Brooks relinquishing command to Captain Adrian D. Roth of Harrisburg, PA.

10 a.m. 13 Star Flag Raising and Flag Day Proclamation at the Betsy Ross House  located at 239 Arch Street.

10:30 a.m. 50 Star Flag Raising at the Constitution Center 

11 a.m. Stars and Stripes opening ceremony at Independence Hall located at 520 Chestnut Street. Keynote speaker: U.S. Army, Major General Troy Kok. Brigadier General Mark T. Simerly will administer he oath to assembled army recruits. Tradition holds, the youngest and oldest soldiers present cut the Army birthday cake provided by Mission BBQ.

12 p.m.Team Fastrax Professional Sky Diving Team Independence Hall.

12:30 p.m. Performances by the U.S. Army Drill Team at the National Constitution Center.

1 p.m. Naturalization Ceremony at the Betsy Ross House, 13 new citizens will take the Oath of Allegiance.  
1:45 p.m. Performances by the U.S. Army Drill Team at the Liberty Bell Center.

2 p.m. Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Betsy Ross House by Boys Scouts of America, Roosevelt District, Cradle of Liberty Council officially retire worn flags. 

2:30 p.m. Giant Flag Folding at the National Constitution Center.

2:45 p.m. Performances by the U.S. Army Drill Team at the Independence Visitor's Center.

2:30 p.m.  Giant Flag Folding at the National Constitution Center 

3 p.m. Giant Flag Folding at Independence Hall

All Day Events

9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. National Constitution Center, Soldier Talks  
10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Programs included with general admission.)

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Stripes and Stars Community Fair at Independence National Historical Park

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Meet the Flag Ladies of the DLA! at the Betsy Ross House The DLA, Defense Logistics Agency. Presidential flags have been handmade exclusively in Philadelphia for more than 150 years. Admission is free courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn.

10 a.m - 4 p.m. Burial Ground Exploration at Christ's Church Burial Ground Admission: $3 for Adults, $1 for Children. Visitors can explore this historical burial ground from noon - 3 p.m. and tak part in special history hunts throughout the day. Guided tours of burial ground highlighting the grave of Francis Hopkinson, designer of the first American lag and signer of the Declaration of Independence will be available for an additional fee.

For complete details on all the above events go to

Week long events at Betsy Ross House

June 14 - 17 In honor of Flag Day and Father’s Day Weekend, the Museum of the American Revolution will bring out of its collections George Washington’s Commander-in-Chief’s Standard, the flag that marked his presence on the battlefield. The rare surviving flag will be on display in the Museum’s first-floor Patriots Gallery.

June 16 Celebrate Father's Day - Breakfast with George Washington at the Museum of the American Revolution.  10 a.m.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Upcoming Events June 14 and 15

June 14 Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, June 14. 1777. (See flag day events in Philly tomorrow, they are starting early so check sooner than later).

June 14 U.S. Army founded June 14, 1775 celebrates another glorious birthday. 

June 14 Making Fathers Day Cards at Middletown Free Library All Day (during library normal operating hours). registration not required.

June 14 Medal of Freedom Award Winners announced 11 a.m. at the Delaware County Veterans Memorial Flag Ceremony, 4599 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square. Open to the Public.

June 14 Tyler at Twilight: A Midsummer Night's Dream 6 – 10 p.m. 

An evening of delectable dining, an open bar, and irresistible auction items. All proceeds support Tyler's environmental education programs and the conservation of our natural lands. Tickets: $100 per person, or $1,400 for a table of 10 guests. Buy your tickets online now. Or call 610-566-9134, ext. 209. buy tickets.

June 14 Twisted Vintner homemade wine competition to benefit Concord- Chadds Ford Rotary Club 6 - 9:30 p.m. at Concordville Town Center.

June 14 Sip Behind the Scenes at Newlin Grist Mill "Baked and Bottled" 6 - 7:30 p.m. Must be 21 or older.

June 14- 17 Firefly Festival at The Woodlands in Dover, Delaware.

June 14 Speaking of Fireflies, the Synchronous Fireflies at Great Smoky National Park are on my bucket list, one of these years. What you never heard about them? Check it out on the NPS website. Plan early for a parking pass. I am giving you a year heads up!

June 14 - July 15 World Cup in Russia. Travel tips for U.S. citizens.

June 15 Marbling Workshop for Children at Historic Sugartown 10 a.m - 12 p.m. 

June 15 Barn Owls Demonstration with Pamela Dimeler 2 p.m. at Middletown Free Library. Register to attend.

June 15 Lansdowne 125th Anniversary Celebration "Who Dunnit" 7 p.m. at the Lansdowne Library.

June 15 The 39th Annual 5 Mile Race in Media 7 - 9 p.m. 

Concert alert:

I just saw the Eels in concert last weekend at Union Transfer, so I am in a music mood. Such a great band. I love E's voice and his song writing and he is so funny and engaging.

June 13 and 14 U2 at Wells Fargo.

June 16 Paul Simon is at the Wells Fargo Center for his farewell tour. I saw him at his last farewell tour with Sting. He is worth it. It was a great concert.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

(SOS) Speaking on Suicide

Suicide is certainly not an uncommon topic but something that is rarely talked about unless we are reminded in an always shocking way. I did not know of Kate Spade but her death made me stop and pause and read the article and mostly I felt, first for her 13 year old daughter, she lost her mom, you only get one. Then her husband, he had to have been aware she had problems and most likely did everything he could within his power to help her and then I thought of her and her struggles. You certainly can't blame her or anyone who chooses to take their own life, struggling with a mental illness is tough stuff and it can reverberate out to so many people. Her family and friends will live with this tragic event the rest of their lives. How can you cope? It is not your fault, yet anyone closely associated will think I shoulda, I coulda. What could I have done? In reality, the best you can do with anyone who is suffering is to get them to seek help. Here are a few other tips from National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. #BeThe1To.

and then there was Anthony Bourdain who I did not know personally either but so many of us thought we knew him from watching him on tv. He was cool. calm and collected, I knew of his earlier struggles with addiction so long ago but this guy, he had his stuff together. You could not help to envy what he was able to do and yet you really liked this guy. He is a classic example of no one has the perfect life and no one can predict what is going on in the mind of someone else. You can not blame yourself for being a mere human being, in not knowing.

I have personally know 3 individuals that have taken their own lives one was a hanging and the other two were from shotguns. All were young men and all had tons of friends and family that loved them. It is such a hard concept to grasp. What was so terribly going wrong in their lives? Everyone has their own coping mechanisms and some just reach that point where they have had enough.

I learned a valuable lesson from my father, many valuable lessons, but this one really resonated with me. I spent the last week of his life sleeping on the sofa 10 feet away from his hospital bed set up in my parents home. He had stomach cancer and suffered terribly and cried through the darkness in the night for God to come and take him. I cried with him to end his suffering. Once the sun came up he experienced relief and seemed to be glad to still be alive. Of course, I have never suffered like he did but I have used this on many a darkest hour, just get to the morning, it will be better. It takes strength but it is doable. 

It was just about a year ago, I attended a funeral for a young man that had not quite made it to 30 years of age, there was not a dry eye at the service, so many friends hanging outside with heads hung low. Whenever I saw this kid at family functions he was always friendly and social. We didn't hang out or anything but we acknowledged our family connection with recognition. He seemed like a really cool kid. He shot himself. No one knows why. Something was eating at him.

It has been over 32 years now when we were attending the birth party of twins of a friend of my fiancee at the time. My fiancee, had called his brother who had been struggling with mental illness to come to the party. The brother declined but they spoke on the phone quite a while. It was a landline, I am pretty sure there were not readily available cell phones then. The next day, my husband to be, felt uneasy, he was suppose to go away for the weekend and decided to check in on his brother because he wasn't answering his phone. He found fragments of his brother splattered on the wall. He put a shotgun in his mouth and fired. He had recently been on medication that literally turned him into a non functioning zombie. He went off his medication and this was the result. After it happened, I went to the priest that was to marry us and he was a good listener but refused to have a church service for this young man because the Catholic Church didn't accept suicide. I was born and raised catholic and had attended that church many years, I was appalled. In fairness, the young man was not a Catholic, it was me asking a favor. I was married in a Episcopal Church instead, and I am sure many people wonder why.  I did have a hard time comprehending those rules of not accepting suicide. Who does? but showing compassion should be an all around non-denomination acceptance, especially to the grieving. It has been years now, maybe the church has changed its policy. I have never checked on that.

I can't say this was the worse incident, they all were but this one in particular by far seemed to be the cruelest. A friend of mine has a sister that is one of of kindest most considerate of others person in the world. She married young and I do not know the circumstances of the marriage not working but they separated. Her husband called her on the phone one evening and told her he was going to kill himself and he shot himself right then while speaking with her. They had one child together, she did a wonderful job raising him, a real nice kid. Thirty years later, this young man took his life by hanging himself. She continues to be a kind and loving person, I admire her strength and the heavy weight she carries.

I almost forgot about this one, a male relative came up to me at a family function years ago and said, I heard you were having problems. I had lost a close friend recently and was feeling the loss deeply. I thought I was Supergirl for one brief moment. Nothing new, we all at one time had that invincible cocky, I can do anything feeling in our youth. I got smacked into reality pretty quickly and early in my life. I thought I could walk into a hospital ICU unit and talk my friend out of his coma and save his life. I remember someone said to me, you should have done something. That guilt stayed with me for years. I still bring flowers to his grave to say I am sorry. It's close to 40 years now. What could I have done? I just did not know and I had to forgive myself and the people that did not understand, there was nothing I could have done. I am still a little too harsh on people I know that drink too much but that is my problem. They must deal with and address their problems, if they have them. Since I saw first hand how alcohol can destroy a life, I am more sensitive to it. My cousin took his own life a few years after he had approached me asking about my coping. Could this have been an opportunity for me to have helped him, when he asked me? I just don't know. I merely said to him I am fine, dealing with things at my pace and was less than thrilled I was part of the family gossip and everyone knew my struggle with that personal sadness. 

I have had two friends that have said to me through the years, I have nothing to live for, and honestly, it has scared the crap out of me. My initial thought was always, oh no you don't, not on my watch! I have taken calls and texts many times late into the night and early morning.  I have let these friends talk till exhaustion and maybe talked them down off what I call the cliff. Then of course, I have remained up with worry unable to sleep, as they have fallen off to sleep. If you can ease someones mind by listening and just letting them talk it is a good thing but the very best advice I have found is getting them to seek professional help and everyone will sleep better at night and rest in peace, still alive to wake up to the positive possibilities of a brand new day. It's not an easy thing to do but it is essential to our lives here on earth to keep our sunny side up. Be kind to people and yourself, someday you yourself may benefit by that kindness shining back at you. Everyone struggles and sometimes the simplest gesture can make the biggest difference in someones day. Make it a good one. Hold the door, say hello, make a connection. Show the value in a life and in being a human being. It is a tough world and some days do really suck but not every day does. Move in the direction of the better day. Maybe you are not all right today, but you are not all wrong either.  Go easier on yourself and seek help if you need it, there is no shame is seeking help, we all need a helping hand from time to time. Don't just talk to yourself about it, talk to someone who can give you functioning tools to get through the dark days.

My sympathies to all that have lost loved ones too soon and to those that struggle with depression, it is hard and it is harsh and it is personal.