Monday, June 30, 2014

Top 10 Upcoming Events Independence Week (just the beginning)

June 29 - August 8 The Athenaeum of Philadelphia’s 200th Anniversary Exhibition 219 S. 6th Street (right across from Washington Square) Cost: Free More info: www.philaathenaeum.org.  (note:I did have problems connecting with this link and they do have a Facebook page.)




June 30, 2014 until July 06, 2014, 4th of July Taste of Philly Great Plaza at Penn's Landing Columbus Boulevard and Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106.


June 30, the festival will host its first Go 4th and Learn event of the year at the Academy of Natural Sciences. Thanks to Wawa, the Academy will be open free to the public all day, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

June 30 Later that evening, the Philly @ the Movies series will kick-off in Franklin Square Park with a screening of Disney’s Frozen, the highest-grossing animated film of all time starts at 9 p.m.


July 1 when Go 4th and Learn at Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse in Fairmount Park. Go 4th and Learn About Fitness 10 a.m - Noon. First 200 kids will receive a free book!


July 1  Three evening entertainment options  –“Earth to Echo” 7 p.m.at The Pearl Theater Avenue North. Visit RelativityScreenings.com and enter the code “WELCOME” to download your free passes now! Note: Only two passes can be downloaded per user.
The Philadelphia Orchestra Neighborhood Concert at Penn’s Landing is at 8 p.m. and an outdoor screening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (part of the Philly at the Movies series) in Rittenhouse Square 9 p.m.

July 2 Rally for the Valley 4pm-6pm.  You can read about it here:  http://www.savethevalley.org/posts/rally4valley.php The plan:  Assemble a rally group at each of the major exit points of Wilmington, Delaware.  Rally Wednesday, July 2nd during rush hour, from 4pm to 6pm.  Why IS THIS BEING DONE in Wilmington?  Woodlawn Trustees, who have the power to decide who to sell the land to, is located in Wilmington. In addition, hundreds of insiders who have influence in Wilmington will see THE protests.  For more information :(STV also has a Facebook page) Save the Valley:  www.savethevalley.org and the website Beaver Valley Conservancy:  http://savebeavervalley.org/.

July 2 Families can Go 4th and Learn about history at the National Constitution Center, which will be open free to the public all day thanks to Wawa. Throughout the day, enjoy hoagie themed events and exhibitions including the History of the Hoagie and History of Wawa exhibitions along with What America Eats: History of the Hoagie, a family-friendly show examining the different names we have for the American Hoagie.

July 2 On the lawn of the Independence Visitor Center in Philadelphia Wawa Hoagie Day at noon, featuring 4.5 tons of Wawa’s famous hoagies. 

July 2  Rocky, will be shown on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Stop over to visit the Rocky statue to the right of the steps. It always has fans. Personally I think "the steps" are a very cool venue.



Friday, June 27, 2014

Top 10 Upcoming Weekend Events

June 28 Robert Eric Band: Tribute to Billy Joel at Rose Tree Park Music Festival. What happens if it rains?
  
June 28 Raspberry Festival at Linvilla No Admission Fee Raindate June 29


June 28 The Annual Fairy and Wizard Festival at Tyler Arboretum 10 a.m - 2 p.m. 

June 28 Lookout for the Cookout part of Aids Education Month Community Cookout 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Cecil B. Moore and 33rd Street in Philadelphia.Raindate June 29.

June 28 -29 Out of the Darkness Overnight Suicide Preventions Walk.

June 28 and 29 The 2014 Blues and Bluegrass Roots Music Fest at Tuckerton Seaport and Baymen's Museum. BBQ Cook Off, Crafters, Vendors and Exhibits. $20 Day, $15 Members, $30 Two Day Pass $25 Members.

Jun 29 Freedom 5K Run, Independence Mall, Philadelphia, PA 7:30 a.m. www.friendsofindependence.org.

June 29 Aston Township Historical Society invites the public to a free open house at the historic quaint one room Village Green School House on Old Pennell Road, just above 5 Points in Aston (across from Hennessy's and above Wendy's) between noon and 3 p.m.

June 29 Charlie Gracie at Rose Tree Park Music Festival. What happens if it rains?

June 29 Red, White and Blueberry Festival at Hammonton High School, in Hammonton, New Jersey, "The  Blueberry Capital of the World", 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


National Geographic Summer Photo Contest ends June 30

Also check out previous listings for the weekend

June 27 Sensational Soul Cruisers at Rose Tree Park Summer Music Festival. What happens if it rains?

June 27 Hip Hop for Philly Featuring Wale on National HIV Testing Day
Teenagers and young adults aged 13-24 will receive a free ticket to see Grammy nominated Hip Hop recording artist Wale if they get a free HIV test at a variety of participating locations throughout the city on or before June 27, 2014. Ticket holders will also be entered to win tickets to see Beyoncé and Jay Z at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, July 5th. Ticket giveaways for HIV tests will not start until May 31.

June 27 the Friends of the Thomas Leiper House are having an Annual Summer Open House 7 p.m. until 9 p.m at the Thomas Leiper House 521 Avondale Road in Wallingford. "Party of the Porch" come join the fun with summer refreshments, visit the historical mansion and outbuildings and enjoy a view of the park and Crum Creek. 

June 28 to September 1st, FORT! FLAG!FIRE! BALTIMORE’S STAR-SPANGLED SUMMER! the Fort McHenry Guard Living Historians will be “On Duty” with special daily programming that includes tours of the original buildings, hoisting the 30x42 flag over the ramparts and the firing of cannons.

June 28 The Personal Perspective of a Civil Rights Activist 1 p.m. at Middletown Free Library 21 N. Pennell Rd. Lima, PA.

June 28 Delco United Walk and Rally for Universal Background Checks.

Over 30,000 Americans die from gun violence every year, but we don't screen gun buyers of  a history of domestic violence,  criminal activity, or dangerous mental health problems. Requiring a background check on every gun sale is a simple change that is long overdue.


The goal of the event is to demonstrate deep and broad support in Delaware County for universal backgrounds checks on gun sales and to raise the need for universal background checks as a key issue in the 2014 elections for U.S. Congress and the Pennsylvania Legislature.

  • 10:00 AM Walk begins in Chester (buses leave from Media at 9:15 AM).

  • 2:30 PM   Rally for Universal Background Checks at Providence Friends Meeting House.
You don't have to go on the Walk to attend the Rally.  

Confirmed Speakers: 
 Walk Kickoff - Rev. Dr. Bayard Taylor, Jr. Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church; Beverly Wright, Women of Strength.    


Rally - John Linder, Mayor of Chester; Bob McMahon, Mayor of Media; Rev. Anita Littleton, Heeding God's Call, Chester-Delco; Movita Johnson Harrell, mother of gun violence victim; Shira Goodman, CeaseFirePA; Christine Licata, Pennsylvania Chapter Leader, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; Dassette Cameron, Poet, Delco United's Chester Coordinator; Whitney Hoffman, Candidate for PA StateHouse (160th); John Kane, Candidate for PA Senate (26th); staff members from the offices of US Senator Pat Toomey and US Representative Patrick Meehan with messages of support.

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Top Ten Things To Know About Thomas Leiper



He was born in December, 1745 and died in July, 1825. He is buried in Laurel Hill Cemetery in Philadelphia, PA.

Thomas Leiper portrait by Rembrandt Peale

He was born in Strathaven, Scotland. That is now the name of the high school in Wallingford, but as two words.

He came to America in 1763 and to Philadelphia in 1765.

Thomas Leiper House
He ran a tobacco shop on North Water St., between Market and Arch streets, now part of Interstate 95.
Outbuildings on the property
He never grew tobacco, but bought it in the big leaf form from Maryland and Virginia plantations. Jefferson and Madison were two of his suppliers.


He had the mills to convert it into snuff, the finely powdered form of tobacco.

He bought his first piece of property in Delaware County in 1776.  It was a mill on Crum Creek at the waterfalls at Yale Ave.and Avondale Rd.  He eventually owned 800 acres from there to the Delaware River.


What a difference 24 hours and a little rain makes.  These pictures were taken 24 hours apart.



He married Elizabeth Gray in 1778 when she was 16 and he was 32.  They had 10 children who lived to adulthood. Elizabeth's father owned and operated the Gray's ferry in Philadelphia.

Mrs. Elizabeth Gray Leiper

He built a summer home in 1785 overlooking Crum Creek in Nether Providence.  Generation after generation of Leiper’s lived there.  It is now on the National Register of Historic Places.


He also discovered good stone on his property and subsequent generations of Leipers were in the stone quarry business. Structures that are still standing that are comprised of Leiper stone are St. Rose of Lima Church in Eddystone, Parrish Hall on the campus of Swarthmore College,


the PNC Bank in Media that resembles a castle


 and the arches at the entrance to Chester Park.


I have also been told but can not confirm that a sea wall in Cape May, New Jersey is made from Leiper stone and of course the recently sold Leiper Presbyterian Church on Fairview Road in Swarthmore, PA.


On display for the first time you can see the beautiful stained glass "Memorial Window".  This window was made for the Leiper Presbyterian Church after the death of George Gray Leiper in 1868.  George, the oldest son of Thomas, founded the church in 1818. He and his wife, Eliza, are buried in the church cemetery along with many other descendants. Their portraits hang on the dining room wall at the Leiper House. When the church was closing in 2012, the church gave the window to the Leiper House. It was restored and a missing piece of glass in the bottom corner was made by David Palmer of Media, a stained glass artist. Funds for this were provided by Potpourris Chapter of Questers.


The Friends of the Thomas Leiper House are having their Annual Summer Open House "Party on the Porch" on Friday evening 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.



Special thanks to Angela Hewett, Curator at the Thomas Leiper House for lending her expertise.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Top 10 Take Aways From Jersey Boys the Movie

1. Memories and the Music.

2. Their loyalties run deep and the power of a handshake withstands time. The Jersey boys had a mob connection.

3. Spelling of Valli came from Frankie's 1st wife. (It's Italian).

4. Joe Pesci major connection to the groups success.

5. Bob Gaudino wrote many of the hit songs. Bob Crewe was also mentioned in the credits as a producer and major contributor.  Big Girls Don't Cry idea came from watching a movie with him, according to the movie.

6. Four Seasons name evolved from many different group names including the Four Lovers.  The flashing sign on a bowling alley gave the final name of the Top Singing Sensations.

7. Family tragedy for Valli.

8. Financial trouble including tax payments.

9. Frankie Valli solely and as a solo act took on the financial debt.

10. All original Four Seasons were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990.

The acting was outstanding, the singing was not exact but who can duplicate Frankie Valli's voice.  He is an original. Still a great job by the actor who portrayed him.

Maybe it is a generational thing but guaranteed you will be toe tapping and singing silently along with the songs. The only downside, you will be singing the songs in you head many days after seeing the movie but it fluctuates so its not so bad.  They had many hit songs. "Let's Hang On" To The Memories.

Favorite Four Seasons Song?  Opus 17 (Don't You Worry Bout Me)

Frankie Valli will be one of the headlining performers at the 2014 A Capitol Fourth airing on PBS July 4th. The concert begins at 8 p.m. and typically goes until 9:30 p.m. Check your local PBS station to verify time. He will also be appearing at the Borgata Casino in Atlantic City October 10-12 according to the frankievallifourseasons.com/shows website but not updated on Borgata, Atlantic City yet, so watch for that..

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Top 10 Reasons to Catch the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Yes I know it was back in April but HBO has it OnDemand and there are clips you can find on YouTube but my list will highlight the HBO Documentary Special.


1. Chris Martin of Coldplay introduced Peter Gabriel by reading from the book of Genesis. Gabriel performed 3 songs but the highlight for me was "In Your Eyes" with Youssou N’Dour from Senegal.

2. Linda Ronstadt sadly was unable to attend the awards ceremony but she was honored royally by Carrie Underwood, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Rait, Sheryl Crow and Stevie Nicks.  It was a great tribute!

3. Paul Shaffer was visible on stage as were the bass player and drummer from the Late Night band and many celebrities were easily spotted in the crowd. I saw Spielberg, Sting, two Ghost Busters Ackroyd and Murray and Brian Williams just to name a few.

4. KISS came up on stage but never did play a song.  I later read about that controversy.  They felt "all" KISS members should have been inducted. Only the original 4 were inducted Paul Stanley, Gene Simmons, Ace Frehley and Peter Criss.  Criss announced he was 7 years cancer free of male breast cancer and Ace Frehley announced he was 7 years sober.  The highlight was the introduction by Tom Morello. I was never a very big KISS fan.  I liked a few of their songs but after Morello was done speaking, I respected KISS more than I ever did.  If you ever get rich and famous and want someone to make you look good, hire this guy. Tom Morello, The Nightwatchman is currently a touring musician for Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band. Check out the links on the KISS band members too, interesting guys under all that makeup.

5. Cat Stevens (Yusef Islam) is STILL good looking and has kept that amazing voice in check.  He remarked he was not the best musician in the crowd but he wasn't the worst.  Art Garfunkel introduced and inducted Cat Stevens into the 2014 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  He sang Father and Son, Wild World and Peace Train with backup vocals. Great arrangement for great songs with heartfelt memories.  The Cat.

6. Brian Epstein was honored with a Ahmet Ertegun Award.  He discovered the Beatles and was their manager until his death in 1967.

7. Andrew Loog Oldham was honored with a Ahmet Ertegun Award. He produced and managed the Rolling Stones, the bad boys as opposed to the Beatles image as the good boys. He went on to produce many more big names in music and he is still in the business.


8. Hall and Oates, Philly Pride were superb and Daryl Hall mentioned that they were the first home grown Philly band to be inducted into the HOF and he mentioned many names that should be in the Hall of Fame like Todd Rundgren, Chubby Checker, Stylistics, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Len Barry and the Delfonics to name a few. Questlove of the Roots introduced the Rock and Roll Hall and Oates of Fame. I didn't know Hall was so tall and Oats was so small. It was mentioned how they could not get white DJ's to play there music, the black stations played their music much more.  It has a soulful sound.

9. Bruce Springsteen inducted the E-Street Band and spoke about him accepting a previous solo induction and how he struggled with that decision. Honoring his band and giving them the recognition along with the Big Man, Clarence Clemons was an honor to Bruce, you could tell. Bruce also said that he was bigger with the band and could not have done this on his own without them.

10. Nirvana was the last band inducted and the Kurt Cobain Family went up on the stage, his mother, sisters and Cortney Love. Interesting was the performance by the surviving members of the band.  They had 5 female vocalists join them on stage and the first one was Joan Jett followed by 2 female I was not familiar with St. Vincent and Kim Gorden of Sonic Youth, they nailed the songs and lastly was Lorde. Her hand in her pocket seemed peculiar to me BUT she did a fabulous job with All Apologies. Michael Stipe of REM introduced the band.

You can catch the award ceremony in is entirety on HBO OnDemand under documentaries.  It is only on until July 1.  If you don't have HBO or OnDemand phone a friend, it is worth getting together and watching. Snippets are out on YouTube also. It is a great night of music. HOF material.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Top 10 Upcoming Events This Week

1. June 25 Every Wednesday from now through June, 320 Market Cafe in Swarthmore will hold a Happy Hour from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. that will support the Delaware County Literacy Council. By paying the special Happy Hour charge of $5, customers will be able to enjoy all of 320 Market's draught beers for half-price, with 320 Market Cafe matching each $5 paid with a donation of $5 to DCLC. Enjoy delicious food and a large selection of craft beers at the 320 Market Cafe's Swarthmore location, 713 Chester Road, Swarthmore, PA 19081. Their phone number is 610-328-7211.

2. June 25 Minds Eye View at Rose Tree Park Summer Music Festival. What happens if it rains?

3. June 25 and throughout the summer Safe Sitter Course offered at Riddle Hospital. It is two-day training program for boys and girls ages 11 through 13 to get experience for caring for younger children.

4. June 26  7 Bridges Road the Ultimate Eagles Experience at Rose Tree Park Summer Music Festival. What happens if it rains?

5. June 27 Sensational Soul Cruisers at Rose Tree Park Summer Music Festival. What happens if it rains?

6. June 27 Hip Hop for Philly Featuring Wale on National HIV Testing Day
Teenagers and young adults aged 13-24 will receive a free ticket to see Grammy nominated Hip Hop recording artist Wale if they get a free HIV test at a variety of participating locations throughout the city on or before June 27, 2014. Ticket holders will also be entered to win tickets to see Beyoncé and Jay Z at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, July 5th. Ticket giveaways for HIV tests will not start until May 31.

7. June 27 the Friends of the Thomas Leiper House are having an Annual Summer Open House 7 p.m. until 9 p.m at the Thomas Leiper House 521 Avondale Road in Wallingford. "Party of the Porch" come join the fun with summer refreshments, visit the historical mansion and outbuildings and enjoy a view of the park and Crum Creek. 

8. June 28 to September 1st, FORT! FLAG!FIRE! BALTIMORE’S STAR-SPANGLED SUMMER! the Fort McHenry Guard Living Historians will be “On Duty” with special daily programming that includes tours of the original buildings, hoisting the 30x42 flag over the ramparts and the firing of cannons.

9. June 28 The Personal Perspective of a Civil Rights Activist 1 p.m. at Middletown Free Library 21 N. Pennell Rd. Lima, PA.

10. June 28 Delco United Walk and Rally for Universal Background Checks.

Over 30,000 Americans die from gun violence every year, but we don't screen gun buyers of  a history of domestic violence,  criminal activity, or dangerous mental health problems. Requiring a background check on every gun sale is a simple change that is long overdue.


The goal of the event is to demonstrate deep and broad support in Delaware County for universal backgrounds checks on gun sales and to raise the need for universal background checks as a key issue in the 2014 elections for U.S. Congress and the Pennsylvania Legislature.

  • 10:00 AM Walk begins in Chester (buses leave from Media at 9:15 AM).

  • 2:30 PM   Rally for Universal Background Checks at Providence Friends Meeting House.
You don't have to go on the Walk to attend the Rally.  

Confirmed Speakers: 
 Walk Kickoff - Rev. Dr. Bayard Taylor, Jr. Pastor, Calvary Baptist Church; Beverly Wright, Women of Strength.    



Rally - John Linder, Mayor of Chester; Bob McMahon, Mayor of Media; Rev. Anita Littleton, Heeding God's Call, Chester-Delco; Movita Johnson Harrell, mother of gun violence victim; Shira Goodman, CeaseFirePA; Christine Licata, Pennsylvania Chapter Leader, Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America; Dassette Cameron, Poet, Delco United's Chester Coordinator; Whitney Hoffman, Candidate for PA StateHouse (160th); John Kane, Candidate for PA Senate (26th); staff members from the offices of US Senator Pat Toomey and US Representative Patrick Meehan with messages of support.


In the event of inclement weather or schedule changes check the links for updates.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Top 10 Things to Do This Weekend

June 19 20 21 22 Philadelphia Comic Con 2014 Wizard World Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 1910.

June 19, 23 and July 3 the only dates left to go Tipping with Ben Franklin.  Tippler's Tour: Ben and Kites ends July 3. 

June 21 Colonial Plantation French and Indian Skirmish 11 a.m. to 5 p.m last entry at 4 p.m. Cost: $10 adults & $8 children (ages 4-12.


June 21 Newlin Grist Mill Community Archaeology Free at the Millers House, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. want more information, call 610.459.2359 or email info@newlingristmill.org.

June 21  The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne preview party at the Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members $20
Collection admission included.5 p.m.–8 p.m. Enjoy a series of musical performances featuring highly-acclaimed soprano Kathryn Guthrie, the Jasper String Quartet, and accordionist Joseph Soprani. Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

June 21 "Its A Small World" at the Oval 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Start your day with Yoga and end it with The Italian Job movie and a little World Cup in between at Eakins Oval on Ben Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

June 21 Pier 53 Pier Sneak Peek 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. a “hands-in” Delaware River Waterfront event. Participants get up close and personal with the history and ecology surrounding Washington Avenue Green. It will also be a sneak peek at Pier 53 while under construction. Rain or shine event. Exploration Tours 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. One of the great highlights at the pier is the spiral staircase called "Land Buoy," created by nationally-renowned Philadelphia artist Jody Pinto. Salter Spiral Stair of Collegeville manufactured and delivered the 55 foot “Land Buoy” spiral structure to Pier 53. They are responsible for 47 feet of the structure, the last 7 feet is composed of a solar-powered beacon

Photo: Douglas Bovitt
 June 21 "Make Music Philly Day" all over the City of Brotherly Love click on this delawareriverwaterfront.com link for more information and locations.

June 22 S O S Soccer on Sunday, U.S.A. vs Portugal 6 p.m. on ESPN.

Delaware County Literacy council is seeking Champions of Adult Literacy.  Help them find a hero in the community.  This year they are looking for champions in Health Literacy, Financial  Literacy, and Workplace Readiness.  Nominate your Champion by July 1 using the attached form. Please forward this information to anyone who may have a champion to nominate. For more information on nominating a champion, the event, or sponsorship opportunities, contact Susan Keller at skeller@delcoliteray.org or call 610-876-4811.

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Top 10 Things To Know About Juneteenth

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on September 22, 1862, with an effective date of January 1, 1863.

June 18, 1865, Union General Gordon Granger and 2,000 federal troops arrived on the island of Galveston, Texas, to take possession of the state and enforce the emancipation of its slaves.[6]

June 19, standing on the balcony of Galveston’s Ashton Villa, Granger read the contents of "General Order No. 3":  Ashton Villa is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is a recorded Texas Historic Landmark.

June 19 1865 slavery is abolished in Texas, it was the emancipation of the last African-American slaves in the United States.

June 19 is also known as Juneteenth Independence Day, Freedom Day, or Emancipation Day.

June 19 the U. S. Senate passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

June 21 St Daniels United Methodist Church located at 315 Edwards Street, Chester, PA will celebrate the 4th Annual Juneteenth Celebration of Freedom 11a.m. to 6 p.m. Rain or Shine.

June 21 Juneteenth Celebration 6300 Block Germantown Avenue Festival, Philadelphia 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Kick off 10 a.m Libation Ceremony at First Protest Against Slavery Marker at Germantown Avenue and Wister Streets followed by a Parade.

June 21 Juneteenth to receive official Texas Historical Marker. A dedication ceremony to commemorate the event will be held on Saturday, June 21, 2014 in downtown Galveston, located at the intersection of 22nd Street and The Strand, Galveston, Texas at 10:00 a.m.

As of May 2013, 43 U.S. states and the District of Columbia have recognized Juneteenth as either a state holiday or special day of observance; these are Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Top 10 Memories of Old Lenape Park

 
The school buses were familiar as I recalled our 8th grade safety picnic was held at Lenape Park.  We did not have school buses because "back in my day" we walked to school.  How many parents for generations got to say that to their kids? I walked to school. We may be the last. In high school we did take a bus, the Red Arrow line was at a discount for school kids. The school buses for the trip must have been chartered is all I can think of because we all went, so we definitely had to use a bus. I was a lieutenant on the safety patrol but I could have easily been the captain.  I was bossy enough. I can't recall who was the captain but I am sure it was a boy.



Walking into the park the first you would notice and you couldn't miss was the Roller Coaster.  It was touted to be the biggest and the fastest in the world. At least that is what my maternal grandmother had told me, the one time I remember going there with them when I was small.  She said it with such mystery and fear, I never doubted her word.  She also said, I ain't going on that thing and neither are you.  I was cool with that and I was sure I didn't meet the height requirements anyway but my brothers did and we watched them squeal with excitement as it climbed high, swiftly dropped down the steep slope and swung around curve after curve jostling them. Once you have accomplished a year on the safety patrol you gain the moxie to take on the Lenape Park roller coaster.  It was fierce and ferocious but also fabulous and fun. I loved it.  I couldn't wait to tell Grandma Lewis I went on it! The roller coaster is gone and replaced by a giant slide and they have a rock climbing wall. Maybe grandma would have tried that.


The pavilions with food always entice me and truth be told still do. The safety patrol was told to pack a lunch and we were allowed to purchase a beverage.  I always had the standard ham and cheese on white bread with mustard and plenty of snack, a Tastykake apple pie and chips, I loved barbecue chips. However, when we went there with the family when I was small, I always begged for cotton candy.  No matter what time we arrived at the park, even if I had just eaten my breakfast, once I passed the roller coaster with wide eyes, it was all about the the cotton candy.


Bumper cars were something else I was too small to get on, but come eighth grade look out. It was all about strategy and opportunity. There was this one boy I had my eye on all year.  Most girls do this I was not unique. The object was to at all times know his whereabouts in the park but still enjoy yourself but watch that bumper car line. Once he was in line you grabbed your giggly girlfriends and got behind him and his friends making sure you would be on the playing field at the same time as him. It was my first time operating one of those things and they are not as easy to manipulate as you think. I am referring to the bumper cars.  It took me years to realize you can't really manipulate boys either but it never stopped me from trying. They do have minds of their own. Eventually you learn to just let boys be boys.  It makes life so much easier.  I was able to work my way over to his side of the track and slam into him once from the back and then on the side.  He just was not getting it that I liked him.  So this was pretty much the end of the school year and my hopes of a summer romance. He lived about 10 blocks away from me which was just about across town and the following year the boys and the girls would be segregated, the boys went to St. James and the girls went to Notre Dame.


The pool was also something that I recollect as being enticing.  Maybe because I never was in it.  I swear but attending catholic school, I am full aware you are not suppose to do that.  I swear my family always choose the most sweltering of summer days to go to Le nape Park and we never brought our bathing suits. I would look up with envy at all those kids splashing around.  I could not swim so maybe I would have been a liability in that pool but I always wanted to give it a try and would mumble to myself...someday.  Eighth grade, no swimming happened then either to my recollection and I am thinking that catholic schools did not promote exposing of the skin in the presence of the opposite sex at all. I remember those "private" sessions when the boys were told to leave the room and we had films on sex education. Never was the topic of sex brought up with both boys and girls in the room.  Except Sister Evangelist, she was going to nialate people to the ground if she ever saw a passion insignia (hickey) on any girls neck. I wasn't sure exactly what nialate meant maybe annihilate, but I knew it was bad and probably a one way ticket to hell. The pool is no longer there but I could still hear the exuberant voices of those kids splashing around.


The pool is now a miniature golf course and it looks like a good one and a popular spot for the kids picnicking on the day I was there.  I am an old miniature golf pro so there is no doubt I would have played a game or two had it been there back in the day. Let's just say I wasn't the lowest scorer.  Wait the lowest score wins, right?


I do not remember this area at all so I am guessing because it is another water sport and my inability to swim it made little impact on me way back when, but I will say it was a hot spot or should I say cool spot last week.  It is all the way in the back so you work you way through all the other goodies and there you will find the Brandywine River and all the cool stuff that allows you to paddle and play in the river.



The arches are original as well as many of the structures and something that certainly sparks the memory.  I never thought of the bridge above, just the excitement of passing through those arches into a day full of excitement and lifetime memories.  I am sure anyone from my safety patrol class has a story of their own, just as all the kids that were lucky enough to have played and picnicked here.  It is not Disney World just plain old fashion fun. The current owners talked about the swelling of the Brandywine a few months back and the water was up to the top of those arches. 


Old Lenape Park was located in West Chester, a ride out in the county for the city slickers of the suburbs of Delaware County.  The very exciting news to me was it is still in existence.  Some of the more popular activities and rides are no longer there but the current owners the Capps Family from New Jersey has definitely restored the charm and preserved a lot of history of the park. They took over the park in 1987 and it is nicely done.


Those little chubby legs, I would recognize anywhere. I remember always running up to these distorted mirrors and howling at how funny they made me look.  Now when I see a mirror, I run the other way.  Maybe I have lost my sense of humor. It's not good to forget how fun and funny life really is.  I am grateful for this memory and step back in time. Little chubby legs.


Old Lenape Park is now called Brandywine Picnic Park.  It is located at 690 South Creek Road in West Chester.  They mostly operate for group and private picnic special events but do open to the public on occasions in the summer.  You can check their website picnic.com for more information.




What do you remember about Lenape Park?
carousel, swings, pool, bumper cars, roller coaster, little boats that float , 
scrambler, the arcade area

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Top 10 Upcoming Events This Week


June 18 Rose Tree Park Summer Concert Festival begins.  Click on this link for a full 2014 calendar of events.

June 18 and June 25 Every Wednesday from now through June, 320 Market Cafe in Swarthmore will hold a Happy Hour from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. that will support the Literacy Council. By paying the special Happy Hour charge of $5, customers will be able to enjoy all of 320 Market's draught beers for half-price, with 320 Market Cafe matching each $5 paid with a donation of $5 to DCLC. Enjoy delicious food and a large selection of craft beers at the 320 Market Café's Swarthmore location, 713 Chester Road, Swarthmore PA 19081. Their phone number is 610-328-7211.

June 19 The Awesome Fest begins with free outdoor movies all over town in Philadelphia.  Check the "Awesome" website for locations and time.  

June 19 Collingdale History Society Fundraiser. Attached please find the flyer for our Panera Bread fundraiser (Springfield location) on Thursday,  from 4pm - 8pm.  The flyer must accompany each patron. 

June 19 - July 6 Do AC World Cup of Sand Sculpting Atlantic City Beach at Pennsylvania Avenue (Near Steel Pier) Atlantic City, N.J. Free and open daily to the public 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. 


 
1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, PA 18977 215-493-6500



June 20 Media Business Authority 35th Annual 5 Mile Race, 7 p.m. start (Runner prep 6 p.m) registration is closed and cap of 1600has been reached but you can still come out and enjoy an evening in downtown Media and cheer the runners on. 

June 19 20 21 22 Philadelphia Comic Con 2014 Wizard World Convention at the Pennsylvania Convention Center 1101 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 1910.








June 21 Newlin Grist Mill Community Archaeology Free at the Millers House, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. want more information, call 610.459.2359 or email info@newlingristmill.org.

June 21  The World Is an Apple: The Still Lifes of Paul Cézanne preview party at the Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway $25; members $20
Collection admission included.5 p.m.–8 p.m. Enjoy a series of musical performances featuring highly-acclaimed soprano Kathryn Guthrie, the Jasper String Quartet, and accordionist Joseph Soprani. Reserve tickets online or call 215.278.7200.

June 21 Pier 53 Pier Sneak Peek 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. a “hands-in” Delaware River Waterfront event. Participants get up close and personal with the history and ecology surrounding Washington Avenue Green. It will also be a sneak peek at Pier 53 while under construction. Rain or shine event. Exploration Tours 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

June 21 "Make Music Philly Day" all over the City of Brotherly Love click on this delawareriverwaterfront.com link for more information and locations.

Plus:

Delaware County Literacy council is seeking Champions of Adult Literacy.  Help them find a hero in the community.  This year they are looking for champions in Health Literacy, Financial  Literacy, and Workplace Readiness.  Nominate your Champion by July 1 using the attached form. Please forward this information to anyone who may have a champion to nominate. For more information on nominating a champion, the event, or sponsorship opportunities, contact Susan Keller at skeller@delcoliteray.org or call 610-876-4811.