Thursday, February 12, 2015

Top 10 Upcoming Extended Weekend Events

February 13 10 Extremely Awesome Presidents part of the "Step Back in Time Presentations" at the Middletown Free Library at 2 p.m.

February 14 is National Have-a-Heart Day and I recommend have a little chocolate.  Dark chocolate of course, it is good for the heart. It is also S. A. D. Singles Awareness Day! The benefit to S.A.D. celebrators?? You do not have to wait for someone to deliver your chocolate, you can go out and get it yourself, no questions asked.  Enjoy!

Ten Thousand Villages shop in Media has a program called Manna on Mondays and Food Cupboard Fridays. On Mondays and Fridays only, non-perishable foods (dry food basics, peanut butter and canned foods), personal care items (deodorant, soap, feminine care products, toothbrushes, toothpaste) and baby basic needs (diapers, wipes, formula, food) are collected in our store at 101 West State Street in Media, PA.(Donors who wish to shop in our store that day will save 15% on their purchase excluding all other discounts; and we thank them in advance for their generosity.) Here is a link to the Media store website, they ave very cool things. They have many locations.

Register by February 15  for April 19 Bowling for Project SEARCH - Bryn Mawr Rehab Hospital Plan on an afternoon of bowling 3:00–5:00 p.m. and fun to support efforts to teach employable skills to individuals with disabilities. In addition to supporting this amazing program, you will have the opportunity to participate in raffle prize drawings and munch on food as you bowl. $120 per lane reservation which includes shoe rental and food for up to six bowlers. Only 28 lanes available at Sproul Lanes, 745 South Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064. Space is limited so register early. Registration is required. Call 484.596.5425 to register by Feb. 15, 2015.

February 15 is the last day to sign up for or change your selection for 2015 Health Insurance at

February 15 SNL 40th Anniversary on NBC the reunion begins at 8 p.m. with many special guests.  The red carpet begins at 7 p.m.

1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.Location: Mount Pleasant, Belmont, and Strawberry Mansion in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park Section . Paid tickets required $38 ($30 members). In celebration of Black History Month, the tour explores the stories of both free and enslaved people at historic mansions Mount Pleasant, Belmont, and Strawberry Mansion, and the Abolition movement to end American slavery.

February 16, 2015 Presidents’ Day Celebration at John Chads House, 9th year from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The John Chads House will be open in honor of George Washington’s and Abraham Lincoln’s birthdays. When General Washington positioned his soldiers on the hillside next to the Chads House in 1777, a nervous Widow Chads hid her silver spoons in her pocket.  There will be many exhibits and special activities at the Visitors Center, free of charge.  These include a coloring station, Presidents and First Ladies paper dolls, Presidential quizzes, the “Name that US State” game, or the Presidential matching game with portraits, names, and quotes from many well-known U.S. Presidents. There will be refreshments, costumed interpreters, and beehive oven bread for sale.  The John Chads House, a Delaware County Historical Society’s Passport to History site, will be open ($5 for adults; members & children 12 and under are free). For additional information, check the website: or call (610) 388-7376. The Chads House is located opposite the Barn Visitors Center on Creek Road, ¼ mile north of US Route 1.

February 16 George Washington Birthday Parade in Alexandria, VA. Some historic sites will also be open for tours. Check the link for additional events celebrating Washington's Birthday.

February 16 "The Story of Nate Simms" by Historian, Lecturer and Teacher, Michael Payton at Doc Magrogan's Oyster House  117 E. Gay Street, West Chester, PA 19380 at 6:30 p.m.  Nate Simms a young African American man who was involved in one of the most important evenings in American history, April 15, 1865 - the assassination of President Lincoln. Simms, who later lived in Marshallton, Chester County is buried at the cemetery near Bradford Friends Meeting House.


February 16  Presidents Day, honoring our nation's Presidents with particular attention towards commemorating
 Presidents George Washington and Abraham Lincoln
the entrance fee to all national parks will be waived
click on the National Park Foundation link and scroll down to receive a Free Owners Guide.

Check for fee free beautiful locations around America.

Here are the  additonal fee free dates in 2015 

  • April 18-19:Opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day
I did mistakenly add National Get Outdoors Day to a previous blog/list but it is not on the list now.  I must have seen it somewhere I don't make this stuff up. Ah I found it, the U.S. Forestry listed June 13 and they are not celebrating National Park Service Day or the first weekend of National Park Week.

To be clear 
here is a table listing all agencies 
and their fee free days.

2015 Free-free Days
DatesEventParticipating Agency
Jan. 19Martin Luther King Jr. DayU.S. Forest Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Park Service
Bureau of Land Management
Feb. 15-17*President’s Day WeekendU.S. Forest Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Park Service
Bureau of Land Management
Jun. 13National Get Outdoors DayU.S. Forest Service
Apr. 18-19First Weekend of National Park WeekNational Park Service
Aug. 25National Park Service BirthdayNational Park Service
Sep. 26National Public Lands DayU.S. Forest Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Park Service
Bureau of Land Management
Oct. 11First Sunday of National Wildlife Refuge WeekU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Nov. 11Veterans DayU.S. Forest Service
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
National Park Service
Bureau of Land Management
*The Forest Service will offer fee-free day on Feb. 16 only

Information obtained at

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