Friday, August 30, 2013

Top 10 Upcoming History Events in Delaware County

September Events for Delaware County History Month

September 1st, 2013
DCHS Museum Exhibit opens "The History of Delaware County" 
Historical representation from all the townships and boroughs of Delaware County starting September 1, 2013.

September 1, 2013
On Sunday, September 1st, 2013 the Chichester Historical Society will be participating in Upper Chichester Township's annual Community Day event.  Join us at the historical society booth from noon to 4:00 p.m. where we will have exhibits and a collection of dairy farming equipment on display.  You can also enjoy free hayrides to the historic Twaddell Springhouse. Location: Furey Road Field, Furey Road, Upper Chichester Township
Sept 1st at Noon – at Chichester Historical Society Furey Road Field in Upper Chichester with a BELL RINGING CEREMONY Fox 29 Sue Serio is the Grand Marshall.

September 7 and 8
Chadds Ford Historical Society
from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
On the grounds of the Chadds Ford Historical Society
Admission: $5 for Adult Non-Members
Kids, dogs and parking are free
Entertainment, local restaurants, Kids Korner, historic tours of the John Chads House, Colonial Demonstrations, Rev-War reenactors, tours of our newest exhibit: What's in a Name? Roots to Branches of an Old Family Tree which is cosponsored by the Brinton Association of America, plus a display of Civil War artifacts courtesy of the Christian C. Sanderson Museum to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg.
September 7 and 8 Chadds Ford History Days 10 - 5PM.

September 7, 2013
Middletown Township Parks and Recreation; Middletown Township Historical Society
Coach departs Granite Run Mall Pole # 10 at 10:45 a.m., returning approx 4:30 p.m.

Cost $57.00/person Contact Middletown Township Parks and Recreation  at 610-565-2700  for reservations. Office Hours: Monday to Friday 9:00AM to 4:00PM
Visit the Wilmington Western Railroad Museum then enjoy a vintage steam train ride along the Red Clay Creek. Travel with troops for a 2¼-hour round-trip ride to the site of a skirmish between Union and Confederate forces. You'll see men and women dressed in authentic period costumes Middletown Township Historical Society

September 7 Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation
Paranormal Investigation with Delmarva Historic Haunts Special Program
PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED 8:00p.m. $25.00 per person
On the night of August 4th, 2012 the Delmarva Historic Haunts performed an investigation of the spirits of the Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation. This is the first time a paranormal investigation has been conducted on the 18th century farm buildings. They will share the results of this investigation on September 7th. Come and join the investigators as they lead each group from building to building, describing their findings at each stop. You may also tour the DHH mobile lab. They have declared the site as haunted, but decide for yourself!
The investigation is two-and-a-half hours long and are appropriate for ages 12 and up. You will be in darkened rooms with low light levels, and walking on some uneven paths. Please bring a flashlight. Investigations are held rain or shine - please dress accordingly.

September 12, 2013, 7 PM — Aston Township Historical Society - "History of Aston" Nancy Webster will give a lecture on the History of Aston. 7:00 PM - Aston Township Municipal Building, Pennell Road, Aston.

September 14th, 2013
Saturday, September 14th....Collingdale History Day  10 - 5 pm at the Collingdale Community Center. Hope to get all the businesses, organizations, schools and churches involved. 

September 14 Colonial Pennsylvania Plantation Fall Hearth Cooking Workshop
10:00a.m. – 4:00p.m. $40.00 per person, $35.00 for members/volunteers (Includes admission to Plantation for the day)  Reservations required – limit 10.
Ever wonder what it was like to cook in colonial times? Join us for the day in a hands-on workshop that will take you from morning to evening in the kitchen of a restored colonial farmhouse! Our expert cook, Mercy, will compile a menu which will include soup, bread and cheese for lunch. You will assist throughout the process of making lunch and a more formal dinner for a 4pm meal.

September 14 Archaeology Festival at the Newlin Grist Mill  10-3PM.
For more information call 610-459-2359 or email

September 15 Caring for Older Homes restoration of Lemon Hill, Mount Pleasant and Strawberry Mansion. (Philadelphia)1 - 4PM.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Top 10 Governor Christie Comes to LBI

Governor Chris J. Christie came to LBI on Thursday, August 29th.

He was gracious.  He thanked the crowd for coming and it was a crowd.

He shook hands.

He posed for all pictures when asked.

He signed autographs.

He seems to surround himself with good people.

Commissioner of Community Affairs State of New Jersey and Governor Christie's Press Secretary
He asked about the other signature on the hat he would be sharing and I told him Dave Mason and he said that is a good one.

He is no doubt a people person.

He's got charisma.

more photos to follow after the beach. We all have our priorities.

Top 10 Highlights at the National Marine Museum

If you have ever driven along the Interstate 95 corridor in Virginia, you have seen this jutting out of the trees.  What is it?  I have always wanted to know.  We had an extra few minutes, so we got off the highway, (it isn't far) and we drove into the parking lot. This is what it looks like on the outside and this is what it looks like looking up inside.

1. The National Museum of the Marine Corps, the Marine Corps Heritage Center opened in November 2006.  I planned on a parking lot photo op but become intrigued by this mysterious building.  It was not opened yet there was another 15 minuted left to go, so we hung around.  As we waited, people started gathering by the front door.  Some were dressed in civilian clothes others donned the uniform of United States military, men and women.  The few, the proud, the marines to be exact. Honor, courage and commitment, these are the three words you will learn the meaning of, if you stick around.

2. As you enter the exhibit area, one of the first things you get to experience is the bus ride of the new recruits to their depot.  Just outside the bus, you have the opportunity to stand on the "famous yellow footprints".  It is where new recruits learn to stand at attention in formation.

3. The Continental Marines formed in 1775 in Philadelphia.  Recruitment was held at the Tun Tavern. A commemorative marker stands at Front Street in Philadelphia.  In America, blacks fought alongside whites in the Continental Army.  The first black American marine was John Martin, a slave owned by a Delaware man. He was recruited without his owners permission. From 1798 to 1942, the USMC followed a racially discriminatory policy of denying African Americans the opportunity to serve as Marines. In 1941, civil rights activists pressured Roosevelt  to order fair employment for blacks in the federal government and threatened a "march on Washington" in July.  President Roosevelt not wishing any trouble, issued Executive Order 8802; the elimination of racial discrimination from federal departments, agencies, the military, and from private defense contractors. By the way, the crowd that was forming earlier the morning I was there, roll back to the first picture and observe.  The really tall black man, standing heads above the crowd was the focus of all that attention.  There was a private ceremony inside for him that morning, he just became a Lieutenant Colonel. Family, friends and fellow soldiers were in attendance.  We met his proud father along with the Lieutenant Colonel's sons in the museum. His family was very proud, his sons were on the young side and probably did not realize what a remarkable achievement their father had accomplished.

4. I found this tradition to be interesting.

Stepping the Mast
The maritime custom of "stepping the mast" is centuries old.  There is evidence that ancient Roman and Greek sailors deposited coins under the masts of their sailing vessels. One theory is that the coins ensured payment of a crew's wages for their return home if their ship was wrecked.  A more superstitious explanation of the custom, from Greek mythology, is that a ferryman waits by the River Styx at the gates of the underworld, making certain that anyone who passes his way has enough silver coins to pay the toil to Hades.  At the sites of more than a dozen ancient shipwrecks, archeologists have found coins inside the mast steps of the ships' holds.

Since the construction of the USS Constitution (1794-97), the U.S. Navy has continued this tradition, placing coins under the steps or bottom of a ship's mast as a symbol of good luck.

On 30 March 2005, General Michael W. Hagee, 33d Commandant of the Marine Corps, Lieutenant General George R. Christmas, Brigadier General Gerald L. McKay, and Mr. Leslie M. Baker Jr., placed these coins at the base of the "mast" National Museum of the Marine Corps.

and here is my two cents.  I have a Jewish friend who gives us .25, when we go on a long journey. We are suppose to take that money and do good with it, donate it to a good cause. He says it is up to a dollar now and here is his explanation.

Literally bearer (or messenger) of a good deed (obligation) in this case, charity

From the internet

Why is it that Jews give a coin to someone who is traveling? Is the traveler
supposed to return the coin when they return?

Our sages tell us "An emissary to do a mitzvah isn't harmed."

Traveling is always fraught with danger-though to a considerably lesser
extent today than in times past. When we know of a friend or relative who is
traveling, we traditionally give them a coin or bill and appoint them as a
messenger to give the money to charity in the place that they are going to.
In this way, they become an emissary to do a mitzvah (in Hebrew: a "shaliach
mitzvah"), and they merit this extra level of God's protection.

5. No marine fought at Gettysburg but a marine was part of the escort of Abraham Lincoln when he delivered the Gettysburg Address and the Marine Corp Band played on the train and at the event.  At the exhibit, the band is life sized on a screen before you. A choice of 4 John Phillip Sousa (1880 - 1892 leader of the marine band)  song are given.  You will want to select them all.  It is as if you have your own private concert. They are that magnificent and it brings out a tingling patriotic pride. You will instantly recognize the tunes, maybe not by name but you know the melody.  They are Washington Post, Stars and Stripes, Semper Fideles, and Liberty Bell. Take a listen on the website.

6. The lifelike depictions of soldiers in combat were so believable you felt as if you had a special glimpse into time and a view into the incredible hardships that soldiers faced on the battlefield. Walking through this tent and you are able to view the shadow of a soldier moving on a screen which makes you believe he is right outside and you are in his camp.  You feel protected.  He's is there.

Watching the hand to hand combat with the Germans, you could feel the pressure and uncertainty from both men. this is a life and death situation.

7. This scene represents war correspondent Floyd Gibbons. I had never heard of him.  He has an amazing story. He lost an eye during combat and I found a website that actually has his own writing of the harrowing ordeal. It is a special contribution from his niece.  It was never published it came from his own journal.  It is very graphic and something to read.  It is the most expressive case of pure journalism, I have ever read. Talk about being there.

All of the soldiers depicted at the museum have a heroic story behind them.

8. The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese sent shock waves through American households. On December 7th, 1941, people were glued to their radio. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt declared this as a "date that will live in infamy".  Indeed it was, we also have another date in our history books that has also left an indelible whole in the hearts and souls of the American people.

9. There are two flag that flew over Mt.Suribachi (Iwo Jima).  The small and large flags rotate for preservation purposes.  They both have an emotional meaning. This is a picture of the large flag seen in the famous picture taken by Joe Rosenthal photographer a Iwo Jima. February 23, 1945. Ten-thousand Americans were killed during this battle.  There was also a movie shot during the 2nd flag raising by Sgt. Bill Genaust.


10. September 11th would be the event and date this generation has etched in their memory.

The signage read:

World Trade Center I-Beam

This I-Beam was once part of the World Trade Center complex in New York City and was recovered from the area known as Ground Zero following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2011.

Donated by
New York City Fire Department

You are invited to touch these artifacts in remembrance of 9/11

The signage read:

Pentagon Building Fragment

This building fragment was recovered from the Pentagon following the terrorist attacks of 11 September 2001 and was retrieved by the National Museum of the Marie Corps' Pentagon Recovery Team in October 2001.

You are invited to touch these artifacts in remembrance of 9/11

You can take a virtual tour online and it is a very impressive website but this is a museum to go to.  It is an incredible experience.  I have been to a lot of museums, art museums, science museums, history museums and military museums and this by far raises to the top just like the Marines at Iwo Jima.  It is something to see.  All the exhibits are an amazing journey through our country's military conflicts and the history.  It is quite an education. Take a look at these pictures again.  What does this building remind you of? Once you see it, I am pretty sure you will not want to just pass by it again. I think you get the picture.


This statue, The Marine Corps War Memorial is at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D. C.

Admission to the National Museum of the U. S. Marine Corps is free and you can grab a bite to eat at the Mess Hall or the Tun Tavern replica.

This is such a small sampling of what can be seen there. We spent over 3 hours and still did not see everything.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Top 10 Kind Things To Do

Hold the Door

Say please, thank you, your welcome

Can I help?

Allow someone else to go first (depending on the situation, that could go either way).

Hold your tongue (this is a hidden talent).

Allow someone to butt in traffic and smile.

Pick up something when someone has dropped something.

Recognize and help someone in distress.

Compliment someone on a good job.

Offer the last piece of cake to a guest, even though it is your favorite. (you can also share 50/50).

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Top 10 Events 50th Anniversary of the Martin Luther King Jr. March on Washington

August 28th, 1963 Martin Luther King Jr. stood on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial and delivered the famous, "I Have a Dream" speech during the March on Washington.


Many people have climbed the steps of the Lincoln Memorial but few notice the marking on the step.  Had I not been seeking the best vantage point to take a picture of the Washington Monument, I may have never seen it. They were etched in 2003, on the 40th anniversary of the March to Washington, by stone carver Andy Del Gallo. President Obama is scheduled to speak from this location on August 28th, 2013, on the 50th Anniversary.

The Washington National Cathedral will commemorate the Anniversary with the ringing of the bells at the exact time of the speech 50 years earlier.

United States National Archives on Youtube "March on Washington" Part One.  You will also find other relevant links off to the side.

These are not the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. engraved on his memorial in Washington, D.C. He was misquoted or short changed which ever way you want to look at it. These words will be erased in time for the celebration on August 28th. Some wrongs can be righted, here we have the proof.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. received the Nobel Peace prize in 1964 at the age of 35.  At the time, he was the youngest man to be awarded this honor. He donated the prize money to the civil right movement.

United States National Archives on Youtube The March on Washington Photographs.  schedule of events

Official Dr. Martin Luther King educational website. 

Who can overlook location, location location.  The steps of the Lincolm Memorial certainly have the connection with Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation but how about the neighbors across the Potomac.

10. In 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote these words "We hold these truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness".

In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. quoted Mr. Jefferson..........This is the view from the Jefferson Memorial of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial.  I see the connection and the "I" message.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Top 10 August 26th Women's Equality Day Mix

1. Bad Romance : Women's Suffrage Soomo Publishing

2. I Am Woman Helen Reddy

3. Respect Aretha Franklin

4. She Works Hard For the Money

5. I'm Every Woman Chaka Khan

6. I'm Coming Out Diana Ross

7, Hollaback Girl Gwen Stefani

8. You Don't Own Me Lesley Gore

9. Can't Hold Us Down Christina Aquilera

10. Independent Woman Destiny's Child

Friday, August 23, 2013

Top 10 Upcoming August

August 24th Macy's Get a $5 Shopping Spree Pass get 25% off benefits Autism Speaks 100%.

August 24th  The Ben Franklin Museum opens to the pubic. Free admission on August 24 and 25.

August 24th-25th Air Show and Car Show at New Garden Flying Field in Toughkenamon, PA, just south of Longwood

August 25th Little League World Series.

August 25th  Philly Naked Bike Ride

August 27 Tony Bennett at Longwood Gardens!!!!  SOLD OUT but I just had to list it.  WOW!

August 28th 50th Anniversary of the "I Have A Dream" speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the March on Washington.

August 29th thru 31st Mason Dixon Surveyors Rendezvous 2013. On August 31, 2013, in a ceremony open to the public, Charles Mason’s burial place will receive its first-ever grave marker 226 years after his death --- in the form of an authentic 1766 Mason-Dixon Stone.

August 31 - September 1 Budweiser Made in America Festival Ben Franklin Parkway.

August 31 Fireworks!!! at Penns Landing Marina in Philly approximately 9:15PM.

Always check the links for possible schedule changes.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Top 10 Some Are Birds

I made my seasonal trek to Heinz over the weekend and here is who was there.

1. Heinz National Wildlife Refuge is an ever changing pallet seasonally, monthly, weekly and minute by minute. The continuous action of nature in its natural habit emulates beauty.

2. These bluebirds were just hanging out people watching.

The rest were under the boardwalk, look closely you can see them but they are quick and will not stop to pose for pictures if they are on a mission.

3. This golden finch was going to town on the foliage. The first time the bird spotted me he moved on.  Next spot down the road, he turned, accessed me quickly, shrugged and continued on eating.

4. The next sighting were a pair of Forster's terns on a mission. The mission was fishing.

5. I call these two egrets Fred and Ginger because they put on such a elegant showcase you could not have beat them on dancing with the stars. One unforgettable name you will came away with upon your visit is the egrets. Judges, how could you not give them a perfect 10?  Such flawless synchronization in their graceful dance.


6. Say it isn't so.  These Canadian geese were headed north.  Does that mean summer is over?

 Good news, I spotted one headed south.  It ain't over till it's over.

7. The red wing black bird must be a man and the very same one.  He makes himself known but tries to evade my camera as much as he can, every time I go there.  I got him, maybe he is a little hidden.  It is a respectful hide and seek game we play.  He knows I like the challenge and so does he.

8. You are going to have to get you binoculars out for this one but it is worth it.  They do have loaners at the office.  Look across the pond.  Is that a row a flowers, maybe hibiscus dotting that log.  Nope it is a large group of double crested cormorants.  Now how can I tell? These folks here with the binoculars also came with a manual and an app called IBird. I believe the hibiscus is dotting the landscape on either side of the birds on the log.

9. The heron is one of my favorites at the refuge and I always look to find at least one.  Just when I think I know where to find them, they pop up somewhere else. I found him just standing there or was he?  He is fishing and he is good at it. The heron is a multi-tasker. It also was on guard and I never left its sight.

10. The Great Blue Heron was protecting something I have never seen before, a baby Great Blue Heron.  Check it out.  Isn't it the coolest bird you ever saw?  Well it was for me, at least until the next time, I go wandering at the refuge seeking all the beauty peaceful tranquility and surprise nature has to offer. This kid knows how to blend in.