Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving is a Traditional Gathering

We all have our memories of the holidays and Thanksgiving is probably the most clarity of events I can come up with. In no particular order.......

The smell of the stuffed turkey in the oven throughout the day as a kid.

The Thanksgiving Day Parade playing in the background all day long, the one day my father did not have a fit that in his words, "That tv is blaring in there and nobody is watching it."  I think back now and even though no one was sitting there in front of the set for any extended period of time we were all watching it and being a part of it.

I have gotten into a lot of arguments over this one, and I swear "The Wizard of Oz" was on Thanksgiving night and we all watched it. Some say Easter and I say, no way, even if Google or Siri or Alexis prove me wrong. It is my memory. FYI it was on the other night and I watched it and scary little munchin that I am, I can recite quite a few lines from it. One of my very favorites was when Auntie Em, says to the witch, "Almira Gulch, if I wasn't such a good Christian woman I would tell you exactly what I think of you. Be gone, before someone drops a house on you!" It may not be word for word but close. I love it!

My mother gathered everyone, for as long as I can remember. She wasn't the best cook, my grandmother lived with us, so as Granny made sure everyone knew she was in charge of the holiday meal. My mother was a great decorator and her table was beautiful, she helped in the kitchen when her mother allowed it. I was allowed to scrape the leftover brown sugar and melted butter from the iron skillet, once it had glazed the sweet potatoes.  It was a role I gladly accepted. After my grandmother's stroke my mother took over the responsibility of cooking the turkey. It is not rocket science but a skill set that must be learned through times of too dry, under cooked, overcook, the dog just took a good chunk outta it and the scrutiny of anyone else that did not do the cooking. 

I started hosting the family holiday meals, specifically Thanksgiving approximately 27 years ago.  How can I be so specific and so sure? MY first born son was born the day after Thanksgiving and we celebrate his birthday at the family gathering.  The first year or two, I was in charge of dessert, the birthday cake with pumpkin pie on the side. Then my mother passed the apron and I have been hosting both Thanksgiving and Christmas for at least 25 years.

I have this, it's not quite a phobia but a foreboding about the number of quests around my Thanksgiving table.  I can't have 13. It has something to do with  the Last Supper and someone being missing from the table the next year. I always count guest in this way and try and fill in to make sure this does not happen. I know it is crazy but no one is perfect.  We all have out little things.

Relatives, of course it is always the women ask, what can I bring? I am not that big a planner ahead and I just say whatever you like. There is a standard, and I have cone to learn in my years of experience you don't mess too much with the tradition. Certain items must be included. I have tried to slip in something new and exotic and many times have been met with the reaction of...What's this? Where's the peas? It's funny. There are certain things you can not change with traditions. My table doesn't look exactly like my mothers table. 

We all know it's not about the food, its more about what you bring to the table.  

It is a gathering.

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Friendsgiving

Happy Anyone in your Circlesgiving

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Upcoming Events Nov. 23 - 24

Nov. 23 Thanksgiving 🙏 

Nov. 23 6ABC/Dunkin Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. ends at the Art Museum

Nov. 23 - Dec. 24 Philadelphia's Christmas Village opens for the season at Love Park. 

Nov. 24 Black Friday "Shopping" 

Nov. 24 Holiday Stroll and Festival of Lights State Street in Media.

Nov. 24 and 25 and Dec. 6 Carriage Rides State and Orange Streets in Media 6 - 9 p.m. $10 per person.

Nov. 24- Jan. 7 Brandywine River Museum a Brandywine Christmas

Nov. 24 RiverRink opening weekend 

Nov. 24 Hot Spots and Storied Plots 10 a.m. at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Nov. 24 and 26 A Bit of the Arts Holiday Fine Arts Show  and Sale at the 20th Century Club in Lansdowne.  Friday 4 - 8 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4p.m. located at 84 S. Lansdowne Ave. in Lansdowne.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Ten Thanksgiving Traditional Foods




sweet potatoes

Mashed Potatoes

corn, carrots, peas

green bean casserole

dinner rolls

pumpkin pie and ice box dessert

Monday, November 20, 2017

Upcoming Events Week of Nov. 20 - 22

Big Holiday coming up this Thursday with a lot of additional travelers on the road and in the skies. Be mindful and be safe. Let us all give thanks.

St. James Alumni had another successful Turkey Drive at the The Doghouse.

Nov. 20 and 21 Fall Bake sale at Middletown Free Library 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. 🦃🦃 👀 one last thing you won't have to make for Thanksgiving and something 🦃🦃yummy to bring as a guest gift to the host/hostess of dinner on Thanksgiving.
Nov. 20 Swarthmore Garden Club will host a flower arranging workshop at Swarthmore Public Library 2 - 4 p.m.

Nov. 20 Essential Oils workshop at Ridley Township Library with Megan Koppel. Registration is required due to limited space and materials. 

Nov, 20 Middletown Mondays BENJAMIN HAYES SMITH: STUDENT, SOLDIER, SURVEYOR, SCIENTIST by Kathy Hornberger, Curator, Delaware County Institute of Science, Dr. Hornberger will discuss her research on Delaware County native Benjamin Hayes Smith, mapmaker, surveyor, collector of specimens and land researcher who prepared twenty-seven manuscript maps for the Atlas of Delaware County 1703-1880 at Lima Estates. 7 p.m.

Nov. 21 National Turkey Pardon Day.

Nov. 21 Apple Peeling Contest at Middletown Free Library test your apple peeling skills at 1 p.m. How good are you with a peeler? Show us your skills by trying to make the longest continuous apple peel. Thank you to Wolff's Apple House for donating the Apples and some beautiful fall decorations!! 
Nov. 21 Paper Cranes Community Art Project Day at Middletown Free Library.

Nov. 21 Historian Keith Lockhart will speak at the Ridley Township Library as part of the 60th birthday celebration. Keith will present photos - part 2 of Ridley Township "recent history." 6:45 p.m. start.

Nov. 22 DIY No-Sew Fleece Blanket 10:30 a.m. at Middletown Free Library.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Upcoming Weekend Events Nov. 17, 18 and 19

Nov. 17 UPMC for Life Medicare seminar at Helen Kate Furness Free Library 11 a.m. located at 100 N. Providence Rd. in Wallingford.

Nov. 17 Indigenous Americans Series Part 2 with local historian Nancy Webster teaches the history of different regional tribes of indigenous Americans and gives an update to where they are now. Abenaki/MicMac 2 p.m. Register online or call library to attend .

Nov. 17 Designer Bingo at Media Borough Community Center 7 - 10 p.m. to benefit Penncrest High School A.M. Prom. Tickets $35 in Advance, $40 at the door.

Nov. 17 - 18 Sisters of St. Francis Christmas Craft Fair at Our Lady of Angels Convent 609 S. Convent Rd.

Nov. 17 A Chester Made "Broken Pieces" reception and art auction 6 - 9 p.m. at Chester Made Makerspace located at 511 Avenue of the States in Chester.

Nov. 17 County Savings Bank is hosting a Vest A Cop fundraiser, they will be selling Chik-Fil-A  sandwiches, chips and beverages at two locations 10 Powhatten Avenue in Essington and 201 Milmont Ave. in Milmont Park.

Nov. 17 and 18 Our Lady of Peace Parish Christmas Bazaar 200 Milmont Ave, Milmont. Fri. 6 - 9 p.m.and Sat. 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Nov. 17 Santa arrives from the North Pole to Boscov's Granite Run. 6 p.m. 

Nov. 17 - 19 Upper Darby Performing Arts Center will present PA Academy of Ballet Society "The Nutcracker." 

Nov. 17 Chester Arts Alive welcomes Keeper of the Flame (formerly known as Infinity) Doors open 7:30 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Nov. 18 Brookhaven Holiday Parade starts 2p.m. at Our Lady of Charity and ends at Coeburn School. The route OLC to Victor Ave. rt. on Trimble and left on Mt. Vernon rt. on Chandler and rt. on Coeburn. This year's parade dedicatd to Boy's and Girl Scouts. Canned goods will be collected along the route by the Boy Scouts.


Nov. 18 The 15th Annual Jazz by Night Celebration in Media  6 p.m. - 1 a.m.

Nov. 18 - 19  Art Along the Creek Show and Sale at Heron Studios in Aston. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Nov. 18 The Haverford Guild of Craftsmen Annual Holiday Fine Arts and Craft Show at the Agnes Irwin School located at Ithan Avenue and Conestoga Road in Rosemont 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Nov. 18 - Jan. 1 Light on the Bay in Annapolis, MD, Sandy Point State Park. 5 - 10 p.m. weather permitting.

Nov. 19 MeToo:  Women's Story Circle hosted by Emily Scheivert 10 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. at Media Arts Council located at 609-B W. State Street in Media.  When women join in a circle the world heals a little bit. Share what you have been feeling in the wake of the #MeToo revelations of recent weeks. Hear what women have to say in this cultural moment as we take a new look at sexual harassment, abuse, rape and intimidation. We all have a unique narrative. By sharing our stories and witnessing the stories of others we experience the power of community and connect to our humanity.  Facilitated by Emily Scheivert, Host of the award-winning radio show “Tell Me More” and Jessica Graham, Filmmaker, Actor, Spiritual Teacher, and Author of the acclaimed new book “Good Sex”. FREE event. Please let MAC know if you will attend through Facebook