Friday, October 31, 2014

Top 10 November 1 and 2 Walk and Run for a Cause


November 1 Purple Stride Pancreatic Cancer Fundraiser  Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. 

November 1 Step Out Philadelphia Walk to Stop Diabetes Philadelphia Art Museum.

November 2 Walk Now for Autism Speaks  Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA.

November 2 Largest 10K in the Tri-State Area 10K Run and 2 Mile Bridge Walk Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia 8:30 a.m.There is no in-person registration for the 10K. Once online registration closes, the 10K will be closed. Walkers and Kids Event Participants can register on November 2 at Campbell’s Field benefits the Larc School.

November 2 Free To Breathe 9th Annual Lung Cancer 5K Run/Walk and 1-Mile Walk 8:00 a.m. Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park.  

November 2 Pennsauken Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk Sunday, at Cooper River Stadium, Pennsauken, NJ.
at Cooper River Park Stadium, Pennsauken, NJ.
at Cooper River Park Stadium, Pennsauken, NJ.

November 2 Race for Hope, National Brain Tumor Society at Philadelphia Art Museum-Eakins Oval.

November 2 Take a Hike  Wissahickon with Brad Maule 10:00 a.m. Head for the Wissahickon and join Brad Maule (who's doing a yearlong project collecting, sorting, and saving trash there) for a loop hike of the park's greatest hits. We'll descend the Cresheim Valley, stop at Devil's Pool, cross Fingerspan, and come back into civilization through Carpenter's Woods. Meet at Allen Lane train Cancer, Pancrestation. Ride the Chestnut Hill West Line there or you can bike or drive. Parking available on Cresheim Road, Nippon Street, and Mt Airy Ave near Allen Lane train station.

November 8 14th Annual Philadelphia City Six 5K 3301 Market Street - Drexel Recreation Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104. On-site registration opens at 7:15 a.m. Race starts at 9:00 a.m. Register now.

November 8 Heart Walk at Citizen's Bank Park. Register now.

Please follow links to websites for additional information.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Top 10 Things That Can Make You Scream



Roller coaster

Scary Movies

Your Shadow, jumping out at you

Your kid scores in the big game

 Walking through a spider web

When someone cuts you off on the road.

Winning the lottery (even a free ticket can make you feel like a millionaire)

Teenagers (warning they scream back) it doesn't really accomplish anything, which makes you want to scream even more!! Take a walk in the cool autumn breeze and enjoy the colors. Deflection is a beautiful thing.

and of course Politics
Vote on November 4th

Weekend homework: If you don't already know the candidates look up information and decide for yourself.  Don't rely on Facebook, Friends, Smear Campaigns and other Ad Hoc vote for the America and American that makes sense to you. #TURNOUTFORWHAT

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Top 10 Things You Can Find At A Cranberry Festival

1. Cranberries in every make and size.

2. An abundant source of flags in every thing you can imagine such as patriotic ones and floral seasonal ones. merry Christmas to some one.

3. Pumpkin Fudge and Chocolate Bacon?  I am a chocoholic but admit I am not sure I would go for that. Maybe a sampling. Pumpkin Bread put it in the basket, I am sure it won't go to waste with coffee in the morning. Fudge Puppies?  I didn't get too close to see or to ask. They could have been to take home to the pooch, I can not verify that but I have seen many a festival that has gourmet doggie treats that I almost wouldn't mind a little bite.

4. Wine was by far the longest line and I saw many brown bags leaving the festival with a bottle or two.  A few were carrying cases. Not a bad idea for a holiday present. I wish I would have thought of it. Cranberry Cheers?

5. Wolves, I couldn't believe all the people in line to go in the case and pet the wolves and get your pictures taken, little kids too.  Now mind you there have been times I wanted to feed my kids to the wolves but it was only a fantasy. I have a picture of the line but not the wolves.  I was afraid I would get bit.

6. Soup samples, another really long line! They had wine samples too at the other tent. Sample do seem to be a crowd pleaser and often times it helps to boost sales.

7. Fancy bags, and recycle Cranberry Festival grocery bags were also for sale at the White Horse Inn.  It was a fundraiser but I thought $15 was a little too steep.  If I didn't already have six that I obtained for free, I may have indulged.

Unique ideas to buy or take home and try. I would never think of using a horse saddle or a floral arrangement but it can be done.  I later saw someone who purchased the snow walker floral arrangement.  I think that is what it is next to the saddle. You name it they had it here. Rows and rows of food trucks and stands of things you really aren't suppose to eat but we all do and LOVE them.

The prize for the best cranberry cookies in the State of New Jersey at the 2014 Chatsworth Cranberry Festival (IMO) goes to Alex's Lemonade and the lemonade was pretty good too.

Music at the general store was a big hit, these guys were having fun and they were good too. The bigger treat Buzby's General Store is on the National Register of Historic Places. I liked a few items inside but went for the squash soup packet with the cooler weather coming up.  I you will notice a pattern.  I am stocking up on comfort food.

10. There were many sections to wander into from food to crafts and also a fine arts section. I was enthralled with this wood work. I am thrifty and as I age gracefully I am more in the market for getting rid of stuff but I was seriously contemplating one of these. I thought they were all amazing pieces of art but this one mirror really caught my eye. I fell in love with the mirror in the center of the second photograph.  It reminded me of architect Frank Lloyd Wright's work, the artist said it was indeed patterned after his work. I knew exactly where I would out it.  Even though I knew what a fine piece of art it was I could not bring myself to pay the $1,700 plus price for it.  It was gorgeous but I didn't want my kids to fight over it when I was gone. Family feuds are so tiresome.

People came in droves and not one person walked away without out  bag of something.  Vendors, you might want to check this out for next year.  I purchased soup, just coming off a week at the beach and jonesing for more clam chowder I had to do it.  Anyone ever hear of She Crab soup? I will let you know thumbs up or thumbs down.  I have not sampled it yet.  I am waiting for a special occasion. It's not every day you come across a delicacy.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Top 10 Buzz on the Cranberry Bog

1. Sources say, nearly three quarters of Americans have never heard of a cranberry bog. A higher amount, I am sure have never seen a cranberry bog. For those of you, your life is about to change. This is a cranberry bog.

2. Cranberries grow on vines that grow low to the ground in bogs.  The berries grow on stems that rise from the runners.  Typically 6 million cranberries can be found in one bog. Times this one berry by 6 million.  That is a bunch of berries.

3. Cranberries are one of three "major" native fruits in the United States. Wisconsin is the top producer followed by Massachusetts and New Jersey is the third largest producer. The other two "major" fruits are blueberries, which New Jersey also has a market on and the Concord grape. The sandy acidic soil in the Pinelands of New Jersey has that special mix of soil just perfect for cranberries.

4. Growers will flood the bog and use a machine shown called a knocker to harvest.  It knocks the fruit off the vine and the cranberry will float to the top of the water. The engine of the machinery sits above the water line but just in case in the event of a spill, vegetable oil is used in the machine to protect the fruit.

5. The bogs are harvested in sections and the flooded waters are drained through a dam and canal system down to the next bog area to be harvested.  Sections are marked similar to mowing the grass in different patterns with moats for excess runoff on the sides. In this photograph you can see a flooded field and the next field ready for reaping with a road in between.

6. According to the brochure handed out at the 2014 Chatsworth Cranberry Festival, much of the excess water in cranberry bogs percolates back through the sandy soil, recharging the Cohansey Aquifer and ensuring the sustainability of the ground water supply.  The remaining water is returned to its original stream. They did tell us that on the tour also. The water drains and flows from one bog to the next often only blocked by a piece of board that acts as a dam.

 7. Floating berries are corralled together with an inflatable boom, a similar device is used for oil spills, the vacuum hose seen in the photographs is used around the sides to gather loose berries much like a leaf blower.

8. Once the berries are gathered they travel up a conveyor belt where any leaves that came along for the ride are knocked off and into the waiting trucks the berries go. The leaves in turn are used by local blueberry farmers.  They use them for mulch.

9. Next step to the Ocean Spray Plant down the road, 90% of the cranberry crop goes here. Click on the link to see a short clip of the first phase of the cranberry on its way to bigger and better things. The employee with the scoop is taking a sample of the batch that is coming in.  They are tested and records are kept on each truckload from the bogs.

10. The Ocean Spray Processing Plant was not on the tour but employees welcomed anyone who stopped by that day and explained what goes on at the plant once farmers deliver the cranberries. It was fascinating to watch. Ocean Spray has a great website that tells you all about cranberries and they also have some delicious recipes to choose from.

If you happen to be in any of the "major" cranberry producing states, Wisconsin. Massachusetts and New Jersey during the harvest months, typically September through the beginning of November look for a cranberry bog tour, many farms offer views to the public.  My tour was through Rutgers U and local students from Mullica Townshipwho are part of the "Cranbassadors of New Jersey". It is not only a rewarding tourist opportunity it is an educational experience as well. It is worth the trip. Sometimes it is good to personally dispel the myth that cranberries do not magically appear on the table during the Thanksgiving season. You can probably find a cranberry harvest celebration in October in all of these states New Jersey had a Cranberry Festival in Chatsworth last week end.  I hope to show you what that was like in a future blog.

Trivia: In the Beatles song, Strawberry Fields Forever it was rumored that John was singing, I buried Paul in reality he was saying "cranberry sauce", so claims the bus driver on out tour and I believe that rumor and found it on the internet, where everything is true. You learn something new every day.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Top 10 Upcoming Events this Week with November Already

Linvilla Pumpkinland and Hayrides details through November 9. Autumn Harvest Moon Hayrides until Novemeber 1. Last ride to the "friendly" Witches House October 30.

October 28 Marple Historical Society and 1696 Thomas Massey House Presents "Leadership and Legacy in History”, William Penn, Abraham Lincoln, Shi Huangdi, and Mao Zedong A Comparative Study By Nicole Roper History Department Chair West Catholic Preparatory High School 7:30 p.m. Marple Christian Church, Lawrence Rd. Broomall. For information call 610-353-4967 refreshments served.

October 28 from 10:30 a.m.-12:0o p.m., Work Support Strategies Program join CLASP, Urban Institute, and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities for a forum offering rich lessons about the path to state reform of health and human services programs in the context of the Affordable Care Act. State participants and national respondents will take on the myths about unresponsive state and federal bureaucracies and misperceptions of public programs that support work, including SNAP, Medicaid, and child care assistance. Learn more or sign up to watch the webcast.

October 31 - November 1 Ghost Tour of the Haunted USS. Olympia at the Philadelphia Seaport.

November 1, 2014 The Pilgrim Story – 1620-21 National Conference Center at Valley Forge 6-9 p.m. Step back into the 17th Century and hear Gov. William Bradford share his eye-witness account of key events in Pilgrim history. You are sure to be entertained and challenged while receiving an accurate rendering of events and new appreciation for this band of separatists; who they were, what they did and why. Come learn the: Real reasons the Pilgrims left England and came to the New World. Record of the Mayflower journey. Realities of surviving their first Winter. Amazing relationship with the Native American Indians. Power of the Mayflower Compact. Facts concerning the “First Thanksgiving”. Speaker: DAVID BRADFORD, 13th generation direct descendant of Plymouth Governor William Bradford.

November 1 Chester County Historical Society, Back to Basics I: A Fresh Look at Tired Sources. 8 :45 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Chester County Historical Society 225 North High Street, West Chester, PA. For more information please click here or please call 610-692-4800 to register. Revisit the use of federal census records in genealogy. We will review the basics and highlight the unique information that each year provides before demonstrating how to use census data cooperatively with other records (maps, deeds etc.) to get results. Classes are perfect for researchers of all skill levels! $10 for members; $20 for non-members.
Presented by Kim Bucklaw, Assistant Archivist, Chester County Archives. Kim has over 10 years of research experience. She is the Assistant Archivist and primary genealogical researcher for the Chester County Archives and Chester County Historical Society. She has a master's degree in American History and holds certification from the Academy of Certified Archivists.

November 2 Hale Byrnes House - The Story of the 1st Delaware Regiment Chris Mlynarczyk, President of the 1st Delaware Regiment Living History group Well-behaved children always welcomed. $5 at the door includes coffee and dessert 606 (old) Stanton-Christiana Road, Newark, Delaware 19713 
 November 5 Made in Delco: lunchtime factory tours at CVBI Toilet Paper factory. 

November 2 Home for the Holidays begins in Aston, noon to 2 p.m., when Aston Township Historical Society welcomes the public to it's annual Holiday Tea, Tour, and Tree Trimming event at the Village Green School House. This charming one room school house offers a step back in time. Help decorate the Christmas Tree, ring the school bell, enjoy the antique toy display, sit in a replica outhouse, sit at an old fashion desk and put your head through the story board to take pictures! Plus free goodies! What a delightful way to start off the Holiday Season and gift shopping! Village Green School House is located on Old Pennell Road, just off Pennell Road north of 5 Points next to Aston Vets. The event is free and open to the public. Aston Historical welcomes old photos, donations and volunteers. To make this day even better, the beautiful historic Cavalry Episcopal Church is conducting free guided tours of their historic cemetery which dates back to the early 1800's. Take a leisurely stroll to meet and learn about our interesting and noted "neighbors" from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be actors depicting the notable "guests" to enhance the guided tour! The cemetery is located behind this quaint and treasured church on Mount Road just off Pennell Road across from Kings Mill. This event is also free and open to the public. Donations are also welcomed.

November 14, 2014 (Plan Ahead)Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation's 8th annual Fall Fundraiser! Friday, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 Kings Mills in Media, PA
Ticket information and event details can be found on our event page: An evening of fun and high-spirited bidding at our silent and live auction!Your participation will help to keep this living history museum open to the public and provide food and medical care for the animals on the farm. RSVP by November 4th.
Please let me know if you have any questions, Joy Scott Office Manager, Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation 610-566-1725.

Prepare Yourself and check out the website
for instructions on National Write A Novel In A Month.  

This year to celebrate Veterans Day -- and the brave men and women who serve our country -- The Department of the Interior is creating a video of their images of America's public lands, and they need your help.Veterans and current service members: Send the "Department of the Interior" your videos and photos of you or your family enjoying our National Parks, Wildlife Refuges and other public lands by clicking here. ( Please send them no later than Friday, October 31 -- and be sure to include your branch of the military and the name of the public land in the photo -- for a chance to be in our special Veterans Day video.