Friday, October 20, 2017

Events Oct. 21 -22

Oct. 21 Applebee's Flapjack Fundraising Breakfast 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill sponsored The Upland Marine Corps $7 Adults and $4 Children.

Oct. 21 Pals for Reading at Upper Chichester Library

Oct. 21 Film Alert: View the film: "The Cut:The Journey of the Men and Women of Duffy's Cut". 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Primos Library Branch of Upper Darby. Seating is limited, registration is required call the library at 610.622.8091.

Oct. 21 Lantern Ghost Tours at Colonial Plantation 6 – 9:30 p.m.

Oct. 21 Ridley High School annual food drive will be part of the Homecoming Parade. Students will walk the parade route with shopping carts. The challenge will be to fill a school bus with can goods. The food drive will run from Oct. 16 - 25. Students are encouraged to bring canned goods to school.

Oct. 21 Travel with Adventures by Disney to Southeast Asia, Trip to Vietnam from July 22 to Aug. 2, 2018. Come to the Battleship New Jersey 2 - 4 p.m. RSVP. to get more information. A portion of every trip sold will be donated to the Battleship, a non-profit museum and memorial.


Oct. 21 Delaware County Historical Society and Newtown Square Historical Society present "A Haunted History Tour of Newtown Square" 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Festivities begin at Drexel Lodge Park, 4140 est Chester Pike in Newtown Square. The tour is free. Seating is first come, first served, registration required. Call 610.359.0832.

Oct. 21 - 22 Lighthouse Challenge at New Jersey. 






Oct. 21 Harvest Day at the 1696 Thomas Massey House. If they have the homemade apple butter, get it, a big one, it goes fast.


Oct. 21 Pumpkin Patch  noon - 2 p.m. at Franklin Square in Philadelphia.  Pick a pumpkin out of the Pumpkin Patch and decorate it to take home, FREE for children 10 and under. (Group reservations and participation not available.) Also, the Lightning Bolt Express Train makes the traditional fall stop in the Square ($5 adults, $4 children).

Oct. 21 Pennsylvania Railroad Day Community Day at Newtown Square Railroad Museum 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
 
Oct. 21 - 22 Delaware County Studio Tour countystudiotour.com 59 artists - 19 studios. 
 Oct. 21 - 23 Media-Upper Providence Free Library Book Sale 1 E. Front Street in Media.

Oct. 21 - 23 Springfield Township Library Fall Book Sale.

Oct. 21 - 27 Ridley Township Library celebrates a 60 Year Anniversary with a week of activities.

Oct. 22 Halloween Celebration for ages infant to 10 at Herbert W. Best VFW Post 928 located at 1905 Macdade Blvd. in Folsom 2 - 4 p.m.


Oct. 22 Concord Township Historical Society Museum and Educational Center last opening for the year located at 659 Smithbridge Road in Concord 1 - 4 p.m. A dedication of Anna's Garden a renovation of the garden of Anna Willets, by an Eagle Scout.

Oct. 22  Open House and debut of the Middletown Township Historical Society (MTHS Office and Museum) in the former Roosevelt School at 464 South Old Middletown Road, Media, PA. Come see our displays and meet our Officers and Board members. noon to 3 p.m.

Oct. 22 Delco Fall Festival at Rose Tree Park 12 - 3 p.m.



Upcoming

Oct. 25 Fifth Annual Champions of Adult Literacy Fundraiser to benefit Delaware County Literacy Council at Harrah's Racetrack and Casino 6 to 8 p.m.

Volunteer now to help at many locations on Nov. 4 Love Your Park Day a Fall Service Day. Click on the link to a location near you.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Adapting to the Change

it is getting darker sooner

a little nippy outside

leaves are falling

bring those indoor/outdoor plants in

sports are coming to a close others have just begun

the layered look is coming back

trade in the flip flops for boots (fashion boots that is, we will not mention the sno word yet, that is spooky, it's only Halloween, no need to rush). 

food choices may change opting for the soup over the salad. 

stews and chili cookoffs can also warm your inners.

turn the temperature inside up to balance the temperature outside going down 

add a blanket to the bed

Some people resist change. We are all in this one together, it is going to happen. Let's just proceed cautiously. 👀

Personally, I like mixing it up a little, change is good.

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Upcoming Events Oct. 19, 20 and 21

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Oct. 19 Delaware County Department of Emergency Services and Delaware County Intermediate  Unit Family Center will present  workshop, Have a Kit, a Plan and Be Informed 5:30 - 7 p.m.at Bernard Hall on the Mercy Fitzgerald Campus, 1515 Lansdowne Ave., Darby. Free event but registration is required, Register by Oct. 16 by calling 610.532.281.
 

 
Oct. 19 The Bicycle Coalition 45th Anniversary Party 6 to 9 p.m. at Tattooed Mom 530 South Street in Philadelphia.

Thursday - Sunday through Oct. 29 Glow in the Park, Jack O' Lanterns at W. Fairmont Park. Tickets $22 Adults Kids $16 Special Pricing on Thursday. Check the link for detail on timed tickets.

Oct. 19 Halloween Safety Magic Show at the Aston Library 6:30 p.m.

Oct. 19 Immigration Forum hosted by State Representative Margo Davidson and U.S. Senator Bob Casey at Philadelphia Sikh Society located at 6777 Market Street in Philadelphia.

Oct. 19 -21 The Chadds Ford Historical Society hosts the 42nd Annual Great Pumpkin Carve. The Great Pumpkin Carve is the quintessential Brandywine Valley experience, and is a great way to get in the Halloween spirit. 

The Great Pumpkin Carve was started by artists Andrew Wyeth, Jamie Wyeth and Jimmy Lynch in the 1970s to decorate the Chadds Ford Inn for Halloween.
 
Oct. 20 and 21 Harry Potter Festival in Chestnut Hill.

Oct. 20 Designer Bag Bingo at the Delco Bar Association, 335 W. Front Street, Media sponsored by Domestic Abuse Project of Delaware County, Inc. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and Bingo begins at 7.

Oct. 21 Applebee's Flapjack Fundraising Breakfast 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Applebee's Neighborhood Grill sponsored The Upland Marine Corps $7 Adults and $4 Children.

Oct. 21 Film Alert: View the film: "The Cut:The Journey of the Men and Women of Duffy's Cut". 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at the Primos Library Branch of Upper Darby. Seating is limited, registration is required call the library at 610.622.8091.



Oct. 21 Lantern Ghost Tours at Colonial Plantation 6 – 9:30 p.m.
 

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

ICYMI:Philly Fast Fest and River Days at Heinz NWR

It has been a while since I have been to one of my favorite DELCO spots. This past Saturday the community pulled out all the stops.

You could meet a red tailed hawk up close and personal. Isn't she a beauty? How can you tell she is a she? Females are bigger than the males.


Red tailed? Yup. Another interesting fact I learned from the Philadelphia Zoo representatives, they flex and fluff out their feathers when they spot something unfamiliar, suspecting a predator they make themselves look bigger than life.


Snakes although intriguing are not creatures I prefer to see up close and personal but I love the fall camouflage colors this snake is sporting. I am going out on a limb here in saying, this reptile is attractive....at a distance. The markings look like artwork. Something, I heard the zoo representative mention, it is unusual to find one of those big thick snakes out in the wild in this area. Comforting? Does size matter when it comes to snakes?



Can you identify these animal pelts? It was one of the activities children were invited to participate in to have their passport stamped. Rabbit, beaver, fox and deer.



This peregrine falcon caught my eye, as you can see, we actually locked in with eye to eye contact. I loved the fancy pajama pants design on this feathered creature's legs. Check out the talons, I would venture to say they were ready to lock in on anything threatening or perhaps edible.



This would also be my first Harris Hawk sighting and a very special treat. There are only 7 licensed hawk owners in the state of Pennsylvania and Heinz was lucky enough to have him onsite for the festival. On a quiz, I would have gotten this one wrong. I thought it was a falcon.



Fishing was also a popular activity and an additional place for kids to get a stamp. For many it appeared to be the first time they cast a line in a most enthusiastic way. I was almost hooked. 🎣 Luckily all the adults were mindful and attentive to the novice.



Philadelphia Trolley Works provided transportation and a tour of the refuge which may not be accessible or an easy hike for everyone. I have taken such a tour in the past and it provides a good background into how this very special place in Delaware County came into existence. The bird, butterfly and plant walks are great too. They were available for the festival but are also offered seasonally throughout the year. Check the FOHR (Friends of Heinz Refuge) website and Facebook page for updated information.



As the band sang in the background, rollin on the river, participants lined up to board a kayak and feel the flow of the Darby Creek. L.L. Bean.com/adventure seemed to provide all the gear.


 There were so many more activities going on inside and out with booths set up to view and obtain additional information. There were also traces of the ongoing work that goes on behind the scenes to make this such a treat to visit and its free. Since I have last visited I have noticed many improvements.


I like what they have done with the place, it's au naturale and those autumn colors are just starting to pop. Even on a regular day at Heinz National Wildlife Refuge you can find a treasure trove of sights, sounds, and smells to ignite the senses. Always a pleasant surprise.


Monday, October 16, 2017

Upcoming Events Week of Oct. 16

Oct. 16 HOW THE LINE BETWEEN PENNSYLVANIA AND DELAWARE CAME TO BE by Brian Cannon, Lead Interpreter, New Castle Court House Museum, New Castle, DE. Delaware and Pennsylvania are the only two states who share a curved boundary. MIDDLETOWN MONDAYS 2017 Middletown Township Historical Society Lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. at Lima Estates, 411 North Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063
Free and open to the public, no registration required.


Oct. 16 Paul Perry Pennsylvania 7th Congressional District candidate will hold a town meeting 6 p.m. at VFW Post 3460, 11 Hilltop Road. Incumbent Rep. Pat Meehan has also been invited to attend.
 
Oct. 16 John McCain will be awarded the Liberty Medal 7 p.m. at the National Constitution Center.


Oct. 17 History After Hours at the Museum of the American Revolution 5:00 pm-8:00 p.m. extended hours, special programs and activities, and Happy Hour specials in our Cross Keys Café. Tickets.  

Oct. 18 Delaware County Department of Emergency Services and Delaware County Intermediate  Unit Family Center will present  workshop, Have a Kit, a Plan and Be Informed 5:30 - 7 p.m.at the J. Crozer Library 620 Engle Street, Chester. Free event but registration is required, Register by Oct. 16 by calling 610.532.281.
Buy Tickets by Oct. 18 for Oct. 28 Norwood Historical Society is sponsoring a field trip to the new Museum of the American Revolution the bus leaves at 9:45 sharp be at the Norwood Lower Park no later than 9:30 a.m. bus returns 2:30 p.m. Contact Judy Williams 610.461.6621 for tickets. Recommended for adults and children over 10. The cost is $35 includes transportation and admission to museum. Tickets should be purchased by Oct. 18.
Oct. 18 The 2017 - 2018 Read the Revolution Speaker Series featuring Jane Kamensky A Revolution in Color: The World of John Singleton Copley at the Museum of the American Revolution 6:30 p.m. Individual Programs: $15, Members: $5.

Oct. 18 "Hog Island, World's Largest Shipyard" lecture by Bill Moller of Tinicum Township Hitorical Society 6:30 p.m. at Tinicum Memorial Public Library, 620 Seneca St in Essington.

Oct. 18 Vietnam Veterans Forum at Neuman University "Remembering Vietnam" panel discussion at 6 - 8 p.m. Bachmann Main Building, Room 133. Here is a link to a brochure pdf. on other cultural events at Neuman for the community.

Oct. 18 Art Talk at the Helen Kate Furness Library with Fred Dixon discussing "Rockwell and Wyeth: The Great American Storytellers." 7 pm. Register to attend at the front desk or call 610.566.9331.

Oct. 18 Veterans Information Night 7 p.m. at VFW #928, 1805 MacDade Blvd. in Folsom. 


Oct. 18 The Newtown Square Historical Society monthly program on Wednesday, at 7:00 p.m. AT THE CARRIAGE BARN AT LISETER –  hear Doug Humes give the Society’s slideshow on the History of Newtown Square. (verify)