Thursday, October 27, 2016

Upcoming Events This Weekend October 28

October 28 Swarthmore College Book Sale 

October 28 Swarthmore Tot Parade at 4 p.m. for children 0 - 6. Starting point is Thatcher Park "Tot Lot" on Rutgers Avenue near the post office. If it rains heavily, go directly to the library for an indoor parade.

October 28 True Tales from the Tombs at Laurel Hill Cemetery 7 p.m. Raindate October 29.

October 28 and 29 Spooky, comic and thought provoking, Halloween Short Play Festival at Media Arts Center and Gallery 609-B State Street in Media. $10  - 60 minutes in length.

October 29 Bark in the Park and Fall Festival at Rose Tree Park 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 5KRun or Walk with your dog. Also prizes will be given out for best kisser, best lap dog, best ears, best costume, best tail wagger......

October 29 Halloween on the Farm - Children's Event at Colonial Plantation Admission: Adults an children 4-12 $8, children under 4 Free. Wear your costume. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.


October 29 Vietnam Veterans Event at West Chester Eat High School Auditorium 2 p.m. more info

October 30 The American Lung Association 39th Annual Radnor Run.

October 30 Fall Family Day at Laurel Hill Cemetery 1 - 3 p.m.

Upcoming Reminders 

October 31 Halloween

November 1 Conservation Center CCAHA's Open House Artifacts treated in the lab will be displayed including rare books and fine art. RSVP by October 28. Located at 264 S. 23rd St. Philadelphia.

November 1 Chester Historical Preservation presents Mid-19th Century Chester at Hedgerow with Nancy Webster 7:30 p.m to 9 p.m. 

November 1 The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research Wants to Hear from You. They are conducting a listening session at several locations across the country and also are offering an opportunity to listen in to those that are unable to attend.  You may also send suggestions via email. If you miss this one there are additional opportunities coming up.  Click on the link to register and get more complete details.

November 7, 4, 21 and 28 Stargazing at Widener University Observatory 5th floor of Kirkbride Hall 17th and Walnut Streets in Chester.

November 12 Nether Providence Class of 1971 reunion at McKenzie Brew House 451 Wilmington and West Chester Pike in Glen Mills more info at Faceboo Nether Providence class of 1971 or call 856-906-3153.

November 16 Designing a Digital Imaging Project: Planning and Fundraising at the Rosenbach of The Free Library of Philadelphia. Click for more details and to register. $60 fee. 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

10 Problems with Pumpkin Parts

There seems to be this big movement against pumpkin, saying there is just too much. Could this be considered bullying?

Pumpkin Bread (with the right additional spices, why not)

Pumpkin Pancake Batter (I  would try)

Pumpkin Ravioli (not yet)

Pumpkin Pastries (never had but will never say never)

Canned Pumpkin (will be around for Thanksgiving, great recipe)

Pumpkin Spice (it's in my spice cabinet)

Pumpkin Seeds (been a while but I could partake.)

Pumpkin Pie (in desperation, why not if last choice, it's dessert)

Pumpkin Yogurt (tried it)

Pumpkin Shaped Chocolate (I am envisioning Reese's)

Pumpkin beer (adds a little cheer)

Pumpkin Spice Creamer (Gotta have it in season)

Every Thanksgiving, my grandmother made the best pumpkin pie, every one raved, after she passed my mother used the same delicious recipe off the back of the Libby's pumpkin pie filling can. I now have that responsibility.

I was never a pumpkin pie fan, so my grandmother also made lemon meringue pie, my favorite. It had more sugar.

It is my humble opinion, there is no need to smash and bash the pumpkin if you don't like it, be sweet go for the lemon meringue.

Whereas the problem does not lie with the pumpkin, it is the pumpkin protestor.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

10 Fingers on the Button

 Some of us are new to the election process and the rest of us have been through it many times over.

We have had presidents with star power.

We have had VP's run for president that have lost!

We have had some controversial candidates.

Sometimes you wonder, what if they would have won?

How about a future President Palin?

This is a tricky one, he did some great things for this country but probably will be remembered for the wrong things he did.

Regardless which side of the aisle you feel you sit on.....

Come November 8th, a new President of the United States will be elected. Whoever wins must be accepted. You can lick your wounds if your candidate looses but groaning, complaining, and stubbornly folding your arms, doesn't get any of us anywhere.

I didn't see this on television, hear it on the radio or the Internet so I am not sure if it is true, but according to the magnetic display on my refrigerator, America is not made up of red and blue states we are much more colorful than that.

We all have the right to our opinion and vote for whoever speaks to their vision of America.
After the election, let's put aside our differences and focus on the core values we all share.

There are quite a few things we all believe but the most important is, we love our country. Every day in America is not great but to be able to call yourself a United States citizen, come on that is pretty awesome. Let's start there.

You alone have the finger on that button.

Let's button this election up.

Two more weeks!!

Monday, October 24, 2016

Events this week October 24 2016

October 24 Toomey and McGinty senate race debate. The debate will start live at 7 P.M. at Lew Klein Hall at Temple Performing Arts Center. It is being presented by Pennsylvania League of Women Voters and 6 abc, where it will shown live.

Oct. 25 Marple Historical Society Lecture  7:30 p.m. Rich Paul  "Where Pennsylvania Began: Delaware County’s Contribution to American Society and Culture" at the Marple Christian Church 475 Lawrence Road in Broomall.

October 26 The Art of Magic, a six week course on Wednesdays 6 - 8 p.m. for ages 14 - Adult at the Media Arts Council Gallery 609-B W. State Street in Media. $75 fee

October 26 Rethinking Institutional Properties - FREE EVENT from 4 p.m. to 6 Ambler Borough Hall, Council Chambers, 131 Rosemary Avenue, Ambler, PA 19002 A  discussion on how to embrace our past and invest in our future by adapting former institutional properties for new purposes. When institutional buildings and grounds are no longer needed, they can be successfully transformed into residences and businesses that enliven the surrounding community while preserving the architectural character and heritage of landmark places in our neighborhoods. This collaborative process offers an opportunity for municipalities and developers to plan ahead and meet challenges creatively. This session will examine successful case studies of institutional adaptive reuse in the county and provide guidelines that can be used by communities to plan for and achieve transformative reuse. NOTE: Please arrive between 3:30 and 4:00 for registration check-in Online registration: Managing-Evolving-Insti-165 Event contact: Rita McKelvey - (610) 278-3753 or
October 26 Haunted Delco at the Media Upper Providence Library 6:30-7:30 p.m.

October 26 Delaware County Literacy Council honors Champions of Literacy Greg Manfre, Ed.D. (left in above photo), has worked in the Upper Darby School District for 25 years. In 2014 Dr. Manfre became the first Director of Student Affairs and English Language Learner (ELL) Services, guiding the district’s efforts to facilitate “achievement of English proficiency and the academic standards” for students whose dominant language is not English. Currently, over 2200 students in the Upper Darby School District speak a language other than English, including 78 different languages and students from 59 different countries. Dr. Manfre helped forge an innovative partnership with the Delaware County Literacy Council (DCLC) to offer evening English classes at Upper Darby High School to the parents of the district’s ELL students. More than 200 Upper Darby adults have been served by this program so far.
Vijai and Jyoti Gupta (center in above photo) of Jyoti Natural Foods are champion husband and wife entrepreneurs who employ many immigrants at their Sharon Hill PA food-processing plant. Founded in 1979, Jyoti Natural Foods creates and packages nutritious heat-and-serve Indian foods to be sold in supermarkets. The flavorful recipes of registered dietitian Jyoti Gupta and the numerous patents of Vijai Gupta, including an innovative bean-cleaning technology, have helped the business grow. Vijai Gupta explained his willingness to employ immigrants in a March 30, 2016, Philadelphia Inquirer article, saying, "Why not help somebody?" The Guptas also often go the extra mile to help their immigrant employees succeed and navigate their lives in America, assisting with issues like child care and health care. Over the years, the Guptas have seen their employees and their families make great strides, with many college graduates among the children of Jyoti employees.
Pennsylvania State Representative Margo Davidson (right in above photo) is the first woman and first African-American to represent Pennsylvania’s 164th District. Her district includes parts of Upper Darby Township and the boroughs of East Lansdowne, Lansdowne, Millbourne, and Yeadon, so her constituents include many immigrants. Throughout her years in public service, Rep. Davidson has fought to stabilize communities and create jobs. Rep. Davidson serves on the Local Government, Commerce, and Finance committees, where she has authored and co-sponsored legislation that supports small business growth and public safety and that minimizes the tax burden on the middle class and working families. She holds numerous outreach events so that she can be accessible to her constituents, including mobile office hours.

October 27 "Pivotal Elections": A Lecture by Historical Roger Arthur at 6:30 Marple Library, 2599 Sproul Road, Broomall, PA 19008 As this year's election approaches, Mr. Arthur returns with a timely presentation. He will discuss four different presidential elections (1800, 1860, 1864 and 1960) that changed America. Please register in advance. 610-356-1510.

October 27 Mentalist and Mystery Performer Christopher Crow at Aston Library "Strange Happenings" at Aston Library 6 p.m.
October 27 The 2016 Annual Psychic Fair sponsored by the Aston Township Lioness Club 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at American Legion #926 3220 Concord Road in Aston. Admission $5 Readings $20.

October 28 The National Institute on Disability, Independent Living and Rehabilitation Research Wants to Hear from You. They are conducting a listening session at several locations across the country and also are offering an opportunity to listen in to those that are unable to attend.  You may also send suggestions via email. If you miss this one there are additional opportunities coming up.  Click on the link to register and get more complete details.

October 28 Hot Spots and Storied Plots Tour at Laurel Hill Cemetery 10 a.m.

October 28 Poe Arts Festival at the German Society of Philadelphia, 611 Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia 5 - 10 p.m.  Early registration Tickets $10. More information at

Friday, October 21, 2016

Highlights of the 1696 Thomas Massey Colonial Harvest

 The National Register Historic 1696 Thomas Massey House is located on Lawrence Road in Broomall, PA.

In case you missed it, the Colonial Harvest  was held on October 15, 2016.

 Children embraced the craft tables.

Live music had the crowd on their feet and dancing

Blacksmith's were hard at work and had wares for sale.

This was an interesting option, you could sample any or all baked goods for free. If you liked one or two or three, you could purchase the recipe for .25.  I sampled two, I liked two, I purchased two recipes. Christmas cooking will have a colonial flair this year and yummy. I also purchased the larger apple butter inside. I am only sorry I didn't get two.

Something was hot and bubbling here. One would most certainly expect a witch nearby. What was brewing? Animal fat and 3/4 water. Can you guess the end result?

 No witch at all, this lovely lady explained how to make candles in colonial times. You dip the strings which will later be wicks into the boiling recipe and pull it out after a short period of time. If you leave it in too long it will just melt. The thicker the candle the more dips. I checked on her later, she was busy. In colonial times, five and six year old girls were given this task. Now we give them an IPAD to occupy their time.

Candle dipping although it looks dangerous, seems more productive. Families sometimes bartered for goods using candles. Candles were like cash. If you had candles you were rich or at least had something to trade.

Special guests: Inside representatives from the Sons of the American Revolution, First City Troop and the St. Andrew's Society offered insight into flags and where the idea for the American flag may have came from, as Rich Paul and the crows listened intently. A name new to me was Francis Hopkinson, all flag enthusiast need to look him up. Heaven to Betsy and her efforts but Hopkinson gets credit for the original design. He also had a hand in the design on the one dollar bill. Francis Hopkinson is buried at Christ Church burial ground in Philadelphia.

Special quest: Ned Hector set up camp outside to educate the visitors on the contribution often colored troops in the American Revolution.  Mr. Hector was so exhalted for his efforts that a street in Conshohocken is named for him. Noah Lewis who portrays Ned Hector is also interested in coming out to schools and teaching kids about the role of African Americans in the American Revolution, something not very often found in history books. You can find additional information about his presentation at

The Massey House is open to visitors through the end of October on Sunday 1 - 4 p.m.

Upcoming Events:
See the list at:

October 25 Delaware County, Where America Began  Lecture at the Marple Christian Church next to the Massey House, with Rich Paul speaking. Rich Paul is the Chairman of the Delaware County Heritage Commission and knows his Delaware County history and is on top of all the historical events.

November 24 Antique Car Show and Frost Bite Run

December 3 Christmas Open House 1 p.m.

Look for future dates of their Colonial dinners, they do not have many dates offered but when they do, you don't want to miss it. Reservations have to be made at least a month in advance. It is that good.

I saw Senator Tom McGarrigle at the harvest event.  He pulled up right next to us in the parking lot. He wasn't driving but as he got out of his car he acknowledged us and walked over to the crowd and mingled. I recognized him from the many Veterans Parades I have seen him walk in down State Street in Media, when he was on Delaware County Council. It is things like this, seeing politicians active and out in the community participating that gets my vote. Diabolical debates, smear ads on television and the countless postcards I just have to recycle the clutter only serve to make me think, don't you have something better to do or offer? Forget about Facebook and Twitter get out there and let the people see your face, let them see you care. Maybe I am just old school but that matters to me.

He was even wearing Eagles green. Possibly honoring his own heritage but it doesn't hurt to promote the home team. That is good politics.