Friday, December 15, 2017

Weekend Events December 16 and 17

Dec. 16 Breakfast with Santa and Live Nativity at Gateway Community Church 9 - Noon. located at 708 South Old Middletown Road in Media. 

Dec. 16 Christmas Bazaar in the Gym at Nativity BVM, 30 E. Franklin Street in Media. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dec. 16 Yeadon Public Library 80/50 Birthday Party.

Dec. 16 Volunteer or Donate Wreaths Across America click on the link for updated info for a location near you to place a wreath and public awareness to Remember, Honor and Teach.

Dec. 16 International Academy of Ballet will perform The Nutcracker at Strath Haven Middle School two shows 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Dec. 16 and 17 Santa Village at Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union at State and Olive Streets. Noon to 4 p.m.

Dec. 16 Historic Dennisville 28th Annual Christmas House Tour 4 - 8 p.m. 

Dec. 16 Mansfield Brass Quintet Christmas Carols outdoor concert in the Gladstone Manor section of Lansdowne 6 - 8 p.m. weather permitting.  

Dec. 16 Valley Forge Chorus to perform 7:30 p.m. at Christ Church Ithan, 536 Conestoga Road, Villanova.

Dec. 17 Toys for Tots holiday toy drive at Ridley Community Center 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. drop off unwrapped new toys. 

Dec. 17 Breakfast with Santa at John Wesley Cross American Legion Post 507 located at 20 W. Cleveland Ave. in Norwood 9 - 11 a.m. Adults 13 Plus $7, 7-12 $5 and 6 and under free.

Thomas Leiper 1785 House

The Friends of the 
Thomas Leiper House 
cordially invite you to a 
Colonial Christmas
Open House
and the celebration of the birthday of
Thomas Leiper
at his 1785 country home
521 Avondale Road,Wallingford
Sunday, December 17, 2017
from 1 o'clock to 5 o'clock

Come out and see the various room decorated for the holidays by local garden clubs. 

Entry room - Country Gardeners (chairman - Pat Neff)

Music room - Springfield Garden Club (chairman - Trisha Lambert)

Dining room - Providence Garden Club (chairman - Minnie Ullman)

Child’s room - Rose Tree Garden Club (chairman - Gena Scanlan)

Middle bedroom - Twilight Thyme (chairman - Cathy Custer)

Master bedroom - Swarthmore Garden Club (chairman - Joan Apt)

Dec. 17 Winter Solstice celebration at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County, 145 Rose Tree Road in Media. 7 - 9 p.m.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Top 10 Highlights, Remembering MAB Paints

Michael A. Bruder started his painting business in 1899 with a store in South Philadelphia at 16th and Passyunk Avenue.

In 1932, the founder passed away and the business was taken over by his son, Thomas Bruder and the business grew to 13 stores, a tough time to be in business following the Great Depression. However, this terrible time in history served to be advantageous for the do it yourself homeowner to spruce up and make home improvements. What better way to make drab and dreary look better than a bright and fresh coat of paint. Business began to boom.

According to an article I read at the business expanded more in the 1950's with additional stores and placing paint in stores with independent owners. We called them Dealers.

 Mike, Jim and Tom Bruder, Jr.

In 1967, the third generation of Bruder's took the helm with Thomas Bruder, Jr. as president along with his brothers James and Michael. Although, the company name was M. A. Bruder and Sons, technically it was the grandsons. The company grew by leaps and bounds during this period.

 M.A.B. Manufacturing Plant 52nd and Grays Avenue, Philadelphia, PA.

630 North Third Street, Terre Haute, IN
 According to encyclopedia. com and before my time, in 1969 M.A.B. purchased Smith Alsop Paint and Varnish Company later to be known as the M.A.B. Plant in Terre Haute, Indiana.

In 1992, we purchased Paint America and if I remember correctly they were big on the type of paint you would use to paint water towers, bridges, things like that. I also remember for a short period of time, the owners or executives of the company came to work in our office in Broomall. Their last name escapes me now but there was definitely a father and a son that worked with us for a period of tie and through the transition. I would imagine it was partly to keep a connection to their already established clients.

MAB Headquarters, 600 Reed Road, Broomall, PA

MAB Plant 720 Central Parkway, Orlando, FL

Pencader Drive, Newark, DE

Newark was the last big warehouse purchased or maybe rented by the company during a strike with the teamster truck drivers. I remember it as the "secret location" that no one was to know about.  It was set up months before the predicted strike as a place to store paint in case there was any "trouble" from the union. There was trouble and one of the incidents was captured on the evening news. The Plant Manager was walking into the manufacturing facility in Philadelphia, he and a few other guys were crossing the picket line, management was required to do that and someone jumped out of the crowd of protestors and punched him in the face. There were a few guys that worked at the plant that might have deserved a punch in the face, not that I condone violence but not against him. He was a gentleman and a great guy. That vision still disturbs me. A few years later he died from Lou Gehrigs disease, he didn't deserve that either. During that same strike the Teamster Union came to Broomall with their protest and a big tractor trailer parked in a lot next to our building. A blared came out of their grievances and they played loud music, like it was some kind of party for them. The party didn't last very long through the winter months and a settlement was reached. Also during that time of unrest, the big pane of glass at the front of the office building at 600 Reed Road was smashed overnight. This was something we had discovered coming in on the early shift the next morning.

M.A.B. Paints is one of the few family owned business's to make it past 100 years. M.A.B. Paints stayed in ownership of the Bruder family for 108 years. For the 100th Anniversary, we ate cake.

MAB was the largest privately owned painting business mainly on the east coast but at one time we covered 17 - 18 states. I will attempt to name them. PA, NJ, DE, MD, VA, NC, SC, FL, AL, OH, IN, IL, MI, MN, MO, KY, GA, TN, MA. Honestly, I was only able to rattle 12 off the top of my head but I found a mab link still out on the Internet that lists them all. The majority of stores were in the Greater Philadelphia area and New Jersey.

in 2002, MAB's Philadelphia Plant produced it's billionth can of paint. Here is a picture from that lot.

Our biggest competition was Sherwin - Williams, to give you an idea what that was like compare the relationship between the Philadelphia Eagles fans and the Dallas Cowboy fans. We were rivals. WE had a far superior line of paint and this is just a personal opinion because I am a team player. Once, I remember little ole MAB made it into Consumer Reports and we were, if not tops, were within the Top 3. I think it was for Seashore Paint. Regardless of which product, it was a day to dance. I had to crop the photo below because it hung in the office of one of the best and brightest of MAB. Sherwin Williams nabbed and kept him in the organization. I can't fault SW for that, they had game too. The photograph is a painter painting a Sherwin Williams store and you can not read the label on the can but it says MAB Paints. It was an inside joke.

The MAB organization was full of a lot of creative and interesting characters. We laughed together and we cried together. We experienced youth, aging, marriages, divorces, births, deaths, illness, compassion and lasting friendships.
This was my family, 10 years gone now and I can still readily recall, for many these were the best of times.

Making America Beautiful

Ten Years ago, December 14, 2007, the home office of MAB Paints in Broomall closed. We were sold in March 2007, and I am going to use the word "we" because I was part of the team for 27 years. During the final months many things were discarded and finding these sheets in the trash just did not sit well with me. Working for MAB all those years, I saw a greater value. I saved them not knowing why. Today seemed like an appropriate time to share them. I believe all traces of MAB stores are also a vision of the past. I share possibly a look at MAB Paint still out there or perhaps you remember it as what used to be, MAB.

These sheets are a small sample of the historical footprint that a family owned business had not only in our area but across the United States. Many people have no idea the far reaching impact MAB Paints had.

Quality You Can See When It's MAB

Here is another little piece of perhaps unknown history, my husband's father worked for Sherwin Williams in the advertising department of the home office in Cleveland, a long time ago. Not wishing to falsify the facts, I can't give you the exact year. The generation that could verify those facts are gone, but Arthur Otto Fiebert designed the original symbol for Sherwin-Williams, the globe being covered with paint, while being employed by SW. To me it is just another sample of the small world we live in and how one way or another we are all connected.

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Upcoming Events and Things to Do December 14 and 15

Dec. 14 and 15 Santa Village at Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union at State and Olive Streets. 4 - 7 p.m. 

Dec. 14 Philly Holiday Festival Happy, Happy, Hour at Craft Hall Pop Up Restaurant 5 - 7 p.m. located at City Hall North Broad Street in Philadelphia.

Dec. 14  Swarthmore Public Library presents Julian Yates reading The Mistletoe Murder by P. D. James 2 p.m.

Dec. 14 Aston Public Library will host the American Swedish Historical Museum for "Swedish For All Seasons" 6:30 p.m. 

Dec. 14 Lansdowne Public Library presents Sir Gawin and the Green Knight: 7 - 8 p.m. at the Twentieth Century Club located at 84 S. Lansdowne Ave. in Lansdowne.

Dec. 15 and Dec. 16 Chester Children’s Chorus to perform at Lang Concert Hall 7:30 p.m. Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA. Seating limited to first 425 guests. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. Donations benefit the Chester Children's Chorus. Admission free - All welcome. 610-328-8180

Weekend Plan Ahead

Dec. 16 Volunteer or Donate Wreaths Across America click on the link for updated info for a location near you to place a wreath and public awareness to Remember, Honor and Teach.

Dec. 16 International Academy of Ballet will perform The Nutcracker at Strath Haven Middle School two shows 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Now - Dec. 24 Eastern State Penitentiary Kicks Off Holiday Season with Toy Drive Benefiting Children with Incarcerated Parents.  Visitors donate toys and children’s books in exchange for “Buy One, Get One Free” admission to the historic site. Eastern State Penitentiary celebrates this holiday season with a toy drive benefiting local children whose parents are incarcerated., anyone who donates a toy or children’s book at the historic site will be granted “Buy One, Get One Free” tour admission.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sunday and Song at the STJ Doghouse

The Award Winning Saint James Choir held their Annual Christmas Party
December 10, 2017.

There is a huge cast of characters within this group

Grandma was run over by a reindeer. 

Dominic the Donkey did the holiday dance. 

The group provides a melody of song, the soloist also demonstrate the power of the Voice. Outstanding! 

Frosty, warmed the hearts of the crowd. 

Jack, is getting Nuthin for Christmas! It made us all laugh but also think about questionable behavior and fear, Santa Claus may skip your house this year!

The talent of Run, Run Rudolph, without a doubt could easily have been a true STJ track star.

I later shared a meal with the Squid and family, after the show. We both got the grouper at the Portabello Cafe. Everyone has a cousin or two like this, I only have one, Billy Vail. It is not often we get to honor one of our own. It is the beauty of being a blogger.

These Three Kings, adorned with the Burger King Crowns, royally sang one of the most popular Christmas carols.

The music director is seen producing 'live" this year's rendition of Jingle Bells, with enthusiastic family members of the choir.

 There was a call to action for recruits. You do not have to be a STJ Alumni, you do not even have to know how to sing. The music director said he can help! From what I could tell, you just need to have a desire to want to have fun and enjoy the comparability, but rest assure these men work hard to put on a professional show. The majority were graduates of the now closed Saint James Catholic High School in Chester but also included representatives from Chester High School, Sun Valley, Southern, West Catholic, and I know there are some I may have missed. They have performed in the Philadelphia at the St. Patrick's Parade and sang at the Cathedral Mass for several years in a row, also sang at several veteran's dedications and different parish functions. Not wishing to get into trouble (it's a Catholic thing for me) check their website. They also have some exciting events coming up. Including their toy drive December 13 and 14 and the James J. Hegarty Memorial Blood Drive December 18, 1:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Doghouse.

One last piece of pride was announced by the Alumni Association President, Michael Ritz. Since its inception, the organization has raised 1.1 million dollars for scholarships.

All the music of the evening created a joyful and merry festive feeling but no other songs brought the crowd to their feet like the singing of the Alma Mater, the Saint James Bulldogs fight song.

♫♫ Saint James Catholic High School ♫♫

There is a Blue and Gray Choir "Keeping the Spirit Alive" CD for sale.
Again, check the website for additional details and contact info. 

To make the evening official, Santa Clause came to town, putting this establishment on the nice list.


Monday, December 11, 2017

Upcoming events beginning December 11

Dec. 11 Hollywood vs Faith with Frank Runyeon at Nativity B.V.M. Church in Media. Immediately following Salt and Light 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 11 "Thomas Pratt: Enterprising Man of Delaware County" presented by Prof. Lawrence Smythe, Jr. pf Penn State Brandywine at The Delaware County Institute of Science 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 12 National Menorah Lighting Chanukah on the Ellispe 4 p.m.

Dec. 13 Swarthmore Public Library presents Jeannine Osayande reading Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou 7 p.m.

Dec. 13 Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia  Holiday Lights Ride through South Philly 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. plus an opportunity to win a cool bike.

Dec. 13 Live Nativity from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at St. Eugene's Parish, 200 Oak Ave. in Primos with a Christmas Concert with the parish Children's Band at 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 13 Holiday Music Concert at Middletown Free Library  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

AMVETS Post 118, located at 211 N. Morton Avenue in Morton will be collecting items (CD's, DVD's, candy, snacks. books, soap, toothpaste, brushes, pens and soup) for care packages for our troops.

Ridley Park Borough Annual Christmas Light contest. Residents are to call borough hall to enter their home to be judged Dec. 15 - 17. Winner announced Dec. 19. 

The 20th Annual Mitten Drive will be in place until Dec.29 at the lobby of the Media Courthouse. Mittens, scarves, hats and any winter accessories are welcome and will benefit children of Delaware County.

Residences at Chestnut Ridge have partnered with Toys for Tots Toy Drive. Participants can drop off new unwrapped gifts for children up to 17 years old at Chestnut Ridge 2700 Chestnut Street in Chester before Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.