Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Top 10 Civil War Naval Vessels and a "lecture alert" Tonight!

This should be an interesting lecture.

1. March 31 THE SPRINGFIELD HISTORICAL SOCIETY presents a new program on Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Township Building 50 Powell Road, Springfield. “USS ALLIGATOR” “The USS Alligator” was built in Philadelphia in 1862 as the first submarine developed for the US Navy during the Civil War. Join Dan Cashin as he unfolds this incredible chapter in our rich history. The story begins in France with Jules Verne a student and his math teacher, Brutus de Villeroi. De Villeroi was quite skilled in mechanical engineering designing the Alligator to help the Union prevail in combating Confederate Ironclad ships and maintaining unobstructed harbors. Launched after a tumultuous build in a Philadelphia shipyard in May of 1862, the Alligator made its way into “Tin Can” history! Incorporating elements used today as standard on US Navy subs the Alligator was indeed way ahead of its time.
Dan Cashin hails from Havertown and has worked at the Navy Yard since 1966! A passionate historian and Civil War reenactor, Dan also will talk about the H.L. Hunley resurrected in 2000. The program is presented free of charge with light refreshments served at the conclusion.

Photo from a poster on display at Marcus Hook Pirate Day 2013

2. Last year on a cold morning running through the raindrops in Charleston, South Carolina, I happened upon a submarine docked upon the sidewalk. It was a replica of the submarine H. L Hunley.

Replica of the H.L.Hunley sits outside the Charleston Museum, in Charleston, S. C.

The original found in 1995 and raised in 2000 is undergoing extensive restoration and long term conservation at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina. Here is a link to the Friends of the H.L. Hunley website for updates.

3. The United States Revenue Cutter Service, was established by an act of Congress on 4 August 1790 as the Revenue-Marine upon the recommendation of Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton, to serve as an armed customs enforcement service. Many of these ships were used throughout the civil war. 

Photograph from a display at the National Marines Museum in Quantico, VA.
4. USRC Harriet Lane fired the first shots in maritime aggression on April 11, 1861 on a civilian steamship Nashville as it entered the Charleston, South Carolina Harbor during the bombardment of Fort Sumter. USMC Nashville was not flying an identifying flag. 

Fort Sumter, South Carolina
5. The Nashville was a USMS (United States Mail Ship). After the surrender of Sumter the Nashville docked at Charleston. After the fall of Fort Sumter, the Confederates captured her (the Nashville) at Charleston and fitted her out as a cruiser. Under the command of Lieutenant Robert B. Pegram, CSN, she ran the blockade on October 21, 1861, and headed across the Atlantic to Southampton, England, the first ship of war to fly the Confederate flag in English waters. After switching her name a few times, USMS Nashville, CSS Nashville, Thomas L. Wragg, Rattlesnake met her fate February 28, 1863 but you can't say she didn't live an exciting life.

6. USRC Harriet Lane, named after the niece of senator and later United States President, James Buchanan; during his presidency, she acted as First Lady. also went on to an exciting career.  She went on to do battle in New Orleans, Galveston, Texas, and Virginia Point and was captured by the Confederates in 1863, whereupon she was converted to a trade ship. She was promptly recaptured by the Union forces, declared unfit for service, sold, and rechristened the Elliot Ritchie out of Philadelphia, only to be abandoned at sea in 1881. During the Battle of Galveston, noteworthy occurrences surrounded the capture of the Harriet Lane. A copy of the United States signal service code book was in her cabin, and now in Confederate hands. Also reported was the youngest casualty of the civil war.

8. Construction of the replica of the C.S.S. Neuse began in 2002 and is the only full scale Confederate ironclad in the world! It is located in Kinston, North Carolina. The remaining lower hull of the original ironclad was discovered and raised in 1963; approximately 15,000 shipboard artifacts were recovered and carefully cataloged. Since 2013, Neuse and her artifacts have been on display in a new, climate-controlled building in downtown Kinston, North Carolina. The remnants of the original C.S.S. Neuse are on display a few blocks from the replica in downtown Kinston.

9. I went looking for the Roanoke River Lighthouse along the Albemarle River in Plymouth, North Carolina and look what I found.  How cool looking is this bad boy? The CSS Albermarle is the sister of the Neuse. C.S.S. Albemarle has had a 38 scale replica, 63 feet (19 m) long, at anchor near the Port O' Plymouth Museum in Plymouth, North Carolina. This ironclad replica is self-powered and capable of sailing on the river.

Replica of the C.S.S Abemarle photo 2012

10. In 1861, the Confederate navy converted the hulk of the USS Merrimack into an ironclad. On March 8, 1861, the Virginia sank one Union warship and drove another aground. The north's ironclad, U.S.S. Monitor, crossed the bay near this spot that night. The epic battle of the Monitor and the Virginia the next day signaled a new era in naval affairs.  The days of the sailing wooden ship in battle were over. The battle did not produce a clear victor, but the Union controlled the Bay. Fort Monroe to the west at the head of the harbor, never left Union control.  From there, large fleets were placed in the Bay to enforce the blockade and invade the southern coast.

These ships are not the Monitor or Merrimack but if you stand in front of this signpost located at the visitor's center along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay and you are lucky enough to see the big shipping freighters out there you can almost imagine the draw.

The Monitor sank 12 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras on December 31, 1862 while being towed to Beaufort, N.C. The wreck lies 225 feet deep and is protected as a National Marine Sanctuary.

The C.S.S. Virginia (Merrimack) met her demise in May of that same year, 1862. Neither made it through the civil war.

I can't promise the lecture will cover all these vessels but I am sure you will get all the details about the Alligator.

For those inquiring minds: According to Wikipedia, there are currently only four recovered Civil War era ironclad wrecks, CSS Neuse, C.S.S. Muscogee (also called C.S.S. Jackson in some texts), U.S.S. Monitor, and U.S.S .Cairo; Cairo remains the only recovered ironclad wreck left partially exposed outdoors under cover in the sometimes brutal southern climate. Other Union and Confederate ironclad wreck sites are known but remain untouched. The successful Confederate submarine H. L. Hunley, which sank the Union blockading sloop-of-war USS Housatonic, was recovered and is undergoing extensive restoration and long term conservation at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center in North Charleston, South Carolina.  Monitor '​s wreck was discovered in 1973 and has been partially salvaged. Her guns, gun turret, engine and other relics are on display at the Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia. C.S.S. Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center at 100 N. Queen Street in downtown Kinston. C.S.S. Jackson '​s remains were raised a century later, during the early 1960s, from that portion of the river inside the boundaries of Fort Benning; her surviving below-the-waterline hull was then placed on exhibit at the National Civil War Naval Museum in Columbus.  U.S.S. Cairo Gunboat and Museum is located in Vicksburg, MS.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Top 10 Approaching Events This Week

March 31 Tune in to PBS at 8 p.m. EST for "Twice Born: Stories From the Special Delivery Unit," a gripping, three-part documentary series that will offer the first-ever look inside the Center for Fetal Diagnosis and Treatment at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and its unique Garbose Family Special Delivery Unit. To watch a trailer of the series and learn about how you can support this amazing work, visit www.chop.edu/PBSfetal.

April 1  LITTLE EXPLORERS TODDLER PROGRAM at Bartram Gardens 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Spring is just around the corner! During this month's program, search the garden for young green sprouts and learn about the baby plant inside of every seed, then plant a seed to grow at home. RSVP: 2015aprillittleexplorers.bpt.me. Free for Bartram members.  

April 2 Autism Speaks Light it Up Blue World Autism Awareness Day, Make Your Voice Heard, Sign the Petition!

April 2 Marple Sports Arena Easter Egg Hunt Ages 1 - 10 from 10 a.m. - 1 2 p.m.

April 3, 11 am - 4 pm  Enjoy a Sweet Taste of History at the Betsy Ross House Join 18th-century chocolate maker extraordinaire, Mary Crathorne, for the latest edition of the Betsy Ross House's FREE Colonial Chocolate Making series! Learn how chocolate was produced and consumed during the Colonial era and enjoy FREE samples of AMERICAN HERITAGE™ Chocolate. Be sure to stop by the basement kitchen to uncover more fascinating facts about chocolate's patriotic history at the brand-new chocolate exhibit!

April 4 Come join the Media Recreation Board for their 4th Annual Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 4 at 11am on the grounds by the Tot Lot. The annual Easter Luncheon with the Easter Bunny will be held immediately following the hunt in the Community Center from 11:30am-1:30pm. Food, fun, and games for everyone.

Through April 4th The Easter Bunny Hops into Springfield Mall.  You can get a fast pass to see the bunny at this link. Hours are Monday thru Saturday, 10 a.m  to 9 p.m  and Sunday 11 a.m  to 6 p.m.  The Bunny will be available during all hours, according to the website, no bunny breaks.

April 4 Easter Bunny Express Hop' on board the West Chester Railroad and take a 90 minute round trip along the beautiful Chester Creek from West Chester to the historic Glen Mills village. The Easter Bunny will be on board our heated decorated train handing out treats to all passengers! During our 20 minute stop at the historic Glen Mills station there will be plenty of opportunities for you to take a brief photo with the Easter Bunny. Be sure to bring your camera!  12 p.m. - 2 p.m.

April 5 Great Egg Hunt at Franklin Square – The Hunt Is on at Franklin Square. The Easter Bunny has left lots of eggs in the Square. Kids can join the search during two hunts each for three age groups. Kids 10 and under can hop on down to the Franklin Square playground and hunt for eggs filled with candy and other surprises! FREE! Preregistration required on the day of the event, beginning at 10 am and ending at 11 am. Limited spaces available. 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Franklin Square is located at the corner of 6th and Race Streets.
in Philadelphia.

April 5 Easter Parade in Philadelphia 12:30 p.m. One of Philadelphia’s oldest traditions! Hop on down to South Street Headhouse District for egg-citing FREE family fun on Easter Sunday. The parade kicks off at 12:30 p.m. at Passyunk Avenue and South Street and travels to 2nd Street Plaza. Prize will be awarded in 12 categories for best dressed kids, families and even FIDO too! Click on the southstreet.com link for complete details. I have never seen an Easter Parade, if you fall into the small category and it is on your bucket list, here is an the opportunity.  If you go make sure you put on your Easter bonnet or bunny ears will fit the bill as well.

Friday, March 27, 2015

Top 10 Places to Hop to It with the Easter Bunny

Exciting news somevents are starting to move outdoors.

March 28 Aston Annual Easter Egg Hunt beginning at 10:00 AM, at the Aston Township Community Center. Round the kids up and get ready for some Easter fun.  The Aston Township Recreation Committee will also be hosting an Easter Bunny Meet and Greet immediately following the Egg Hunt. FREE Photos!

March 28 Concord Township Easter Egg Hunt at Concord Township Park 40 Bethel Road, Glen Mills, PA. 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

March 28 The Great Media Easter Egg Hunt will be held in Glen Providence Park  in Media at 11 a.m.  (Rain Date: Sunday, March 29th at 1 p.m.) Sponsored by Media Lions and McCarren Chiropractic. For more info: 610-566-5039.

March 28 Gateway Community Church Easter Egg Hunt 708 S. Old Middletown Rd. Media, PA. 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Easter Egg Hunts, face painting, crafts, food, and photos with the Easter Bunny! 

March 28 Spring Egg Hunt at Hoffman Park The Lansdowne Parksand Recreation Board is sponsoring the annual Spring Egg Hunt at Hoffman Park on Saturday, March 28. Games begin at 1:00 pm, with the egg hunt and prizes to follow. This free event is best for ages 3-12. Bring a camera and get your photo taken with the Bunny!

March 28 - April 4 Hayrides to Bunnyland at Linvilla Orchards after that Blossom Hayrides weekends in the Spring!
March 28 Boscov's Easter Eggstravaganza at the Granite Run Mall location. Children ages 2-10 can select an egg from the Bunny's Basket, shine a light on the egg to see what your special prize is.  Each child will receive an Easter plush! * while supplies last. Boscov's is teaming up with March of Dimes to help make this Easter "Efggstra" Special.  Purchase a paper pin-up at the Courtesy Desk for $1.  All proceeds go directly to March of Dimes.
March 28 Hunt for Eggs and Have Fun with History at Eden Cemetery
1434 Springfield Road, Collingdale, PA. For children 5-12 years of age. Each child will receive a small gift bag and have a chance to win prizes. Dress for the outdoors and the weather 2 p.m. Parents are asked to attend with their children.To register call 610 583 8737 limited number of spaces. Eden Cemetery is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the National Park Service Underground Railroad Network to Freedom
Rain date: Sunday, March 29, 2015.

March 28 West Mount Laurel Cemetery hosts the 13th Annual Easter Egg Hunt 10 a.m. For children 10 and under. Be sure to bring your own basket. Free! Registration and activities begin at 10am and egg hunt begins at 11am. Search for thousands of prize-filled and Zitner's chocolate eggs, enter our raffle to win great prizes, enjoy musical entertainment by More FM and have your picture taken with the Easter Bunny! Before the Hunt, don't forget to visit our balloon twisters, learn some magic tricks and get a personalized caricature! Rain date will be March 29th at 10am. For more information about West Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt, call 610-668-9900 or e-mail events@forever-care.com.

March 28 and 29 Easter Bunny Express Hop' on board the West Chester Railroad and take a 90 minute round trip along the beautiful Chester Creek from West Chester to the historic Glen Mills village. The Easter Bunny will be on board our heated decorated train handing out treats to all passengers! During our 20 minute stop at the historic Glen Mills station there will be plenty of opportunities for you to take a brief photo with the Easter Bunny. Be sure to bring your camera! 

Through April 4th The Easter Bunny Hops into Springfield Mall.  You can get a fast pass to see the bunny at this link. Hours are Monday thru Saturday, 10 a.m  to 9 p.m  and Sunday 11 a.m  to 6 p.m.  The Bunny will be available during all hours, according to the website, no bunny breaks. Some bunny is going to have a problem with that.

Sometimes there is more than 10 and things happening in all categories including agee appropriate. Just sharing a few other great events over the weekend.

March 27 Come to the Sanderson Museum for a Wine and Sign from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sample delicious wine from Galer Estate Vineyard and Winery. Enjoy the wonderful musical talent of Skip Barthold. Visit with authors Bruce Mowday, Gene Pisasale, and Kevin Ferris and view the art of Annett Alessi, Luba Smith, Christine Burke, Lele Galer, and many others.  Autographed books, signed prints, and original paintings will be available for purchase.  It’s the perfect place to get great gifts for the history buffs and art collectors in your life!

March 27 MONTHLY FOURTH FRIDAY TOUR SERIES: HOT SPOTS and STORIED PLOTS. In life and in death, we all have stories to tell and what better place to hear tales of wonder than Philadelphia’s most famous home of the dead? Join Laurel Hill Cemetery for an informative overview of Laurel Hill’s long and colorful history, which will include many of the marble masterpieces, stunning views and legendary stories that afford the cemetery its WOW factor. This is the perfect tour for first-time visitors to Laurel Hill, and anyone else who enjoys beautiful art, scenic nature and fascinating history. “Hot Spots and Storied Plots” will be presented monthly as part of Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Fourth Friday tour series, which takes place on the fourth Friday of every month at 10:00 a.m. departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19132. Free parking is located in the lot across the street from the Gatehouse. The cost is $8/person general admission; $5/members. Tickets can be purchased at the door, or in advance by phone (215) 228-8200 or online. Guide: Sarah Hamill. I have been to three events here, they are interesting, factual and fun.

March 28 Designing for the Dead The Art and Architecture at Laurel Hill Cemetery. Noted architects like John Notman, William Strickland, Frank Furness, John J. McArthur, C.C. Zantzinger, Horace Trumbauer and Napoleon LeBrun competed fiercely for the chance to design for the dead. Join us on a walking tour of Laurel Hill Cemetery, where we will see monuments created by these early architects, as well as artists such as Alexander Milne Calder, his son Alexander Stirling Calder, and sculptress Harriet Frishmuth, whose works grace many of Laurel Hill’s memorials. Tour stops will also include the gravesites of portraitist Thomas Sully and watercolorist William Trost Richards. The tour will examine changing tastes and fashions in grave markers over the past two centuries, from the classical obelisks and urns of the Federal period, to the richly decorated crosses of the Gothic Revival, to the massive mausoleums of the Gilded Age. Tickets $12, 1:00 p.m., departing from Laurel Hill Cemetery’s Gatehouse entrance at 3822 Ridge Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

March 28 is Opening Day for the Colonial Plantation at Ridley Creek State Park.  11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., last entry at 4 p.m. Admission is $10.00 for adults and $8.00 for children ages 4 to 12. Children under 4 are admitted free of charge. There will be hearth cooking, colonial toys, woodworking, long rifle demonstrations, blacksmith, spinning, preparing the loom for weaving, working with flax, dulcimer music, and seed planting. There will also be architectural tours of the buildings and a colonial coins display. 

March 28 Family Fun Fishing Derby at Linvilla Orchards no experience required and no license.Meet at the Farm Market around 8 a.m. Cast your lines starting at 9 a.m.  Entry Fee: $19.99 per fisherman. Age Groups: 7 and under, 8-11, 12-16, 17 and over. You can catch and release as long as the fish are okay. Check the Linvilla link for complete details.

Always check websites before you go in case of you know what.  I haven't seen any forecast for "s" but "r" possibly could be happening according to my smart phone. My smart phone can't even spell so I don't know how much you can rely on that. I hop it is a fun and pleasant weekend for all. See that my smartphone has a mind of its own. Hoppy Spring Break! The smartphone says 50's next week not so bad and 67 on Friday. Yippee!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Top 10 Ingredients for Signature Spinach Salad

Happy National Spinach Day!





Almonds or Walnuts

Chick Peas

Carrots (Shredded)

Cranberries (dried)

Feta Cheese

Balsamic Vinaigrette

You can mix and match any of these ingredients or have them all.  I have never had a disappointed customer. 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Top 10 Upcoming Area Relay For Life To Support the American Cancer Society

March 27 LaSalle University Relay for Life 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Hayman Center, Tom Gola Arena, Philadelphia PA.

April 10 Widener University Relay for Life 4 p.m. Chester, PA

April 11 Villanova University  Relay for Life 6 p.m. Villanova, PA

April 18 Carbrini College The Dixon Center Radnor PA Relay for Life

April 24 St Joe's University Philadelphia, PA 7 p.m.

April 25 Strath Haven High School Relay for Life 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Wallingford, PA

April 26 Rose Tree Media Community Bark for Life Relay Media, PA at Rose Tree Park

May 3 2015 Blue Cross Broad Street Run Philadelphia, PA.

May 16 Penncest High School Relay for Life Media, PA 10 a.m.

June 5 Relay for Life Eastern Pennsylvania, Amosland Park 3 p.m. to 2 p.m, Norwood, PA