Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Top 10 Road Trip: Going Wild in Texas

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1946 as an overlay of a portion of the Big Mineral arm of Lake Texoma in north-central Texas. Consisting of about 12,000 acres, the refuge provides a variety of habitats for birds and wildlife.  (https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Hagerman/about.html).

 What can you see there:

  Snowy egret

White Pelican new to me typically I have seen the brown ones. They have really large bills.

Great Blue

Not sure what this one is but isn't it cooL? I know what the one below is called and I always want it to be a Plover but it is not, the name just escapes me at this time. I think it is a Killdeer?

Hagerman National Wildlife Refuge was established on lands originally purchased by the U.S. Department of Army Corps of Engineers (COE) for the Denison Dam Project-known today as Lake Texoma. Being located in the Central Flyway, one of four migratory bird “super highways”, was an important factor in deciding to create a refuge here. The refuge lies just on the Texas side of the Red River, which divides the Lone Star State from Oklahoma. This region is where the gently rolling blackland prairies meet the hilly terrain of the eastern cross timbers. Of the nearly 12,000 acres that make up the refuge, about 8,700 acres are uplands and the remaining 2,600 acres are wetlands. This diversity of habitat, actively managed by refuge staff, creates ideal conditions for a wide variety of wildlife and plants. (https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Hagerman/about.html).

Some can relate to a song popular from a baby boomers television show, The Beverly Hillbilly's, "Oil that is Black Gold, Texas Tea".  The refuge had a bunch of these rigs.

Cormorants are often spotted in crowds, they seem to be all about community.

Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, my first ever sighting.

You cannot spot too many Great Blue Herons and not call it a successful day.

You have to be quick to catch them in flight so graceful.

and their landing is Olympic style, so flawless, the blur is my bad.

The dragonfly of Texas is very poised and balanced.

Special thanks to our Texas Tour Guide, she is real good with old people and she knows I like birds. She kept insisting, "I have seen snakes here". We did too.😱

Every once in a while, you just have to get out there and go wild. It's amazing.

Gotta go the bus driver is ready.

On the road

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 info@edencemetery.org.

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 https://constitutioncenter.org/learn/civic-calendar/flag-day

Week long events at Betsy Ross House  http://historicphiladelphia.org/betsy-ross-house/flagfest/

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.