Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Top 10 The Tall Ships and Friends in Philadelphia

In Case You Missed It most of the Tall Ships set sail from Philadelphia on Monday but here is a glimpse of them on Sunday. My photos at delcotopten.blogspot.com

Ideally seeing all these ships in full sail would have  a beautiful thing but I am grateful for what I was able to see in their majesty. For a split second, I looked out into the Delaware River and could just imagine a time when this port was bustling with boats. What a great experience!

Eagle was built in 1936 by the Blohm and Voss Shipyard in Hamburg, Germany, and commissioned as Horst Wessel. Originally operated by Nazi Germany to train cadets for the German Navy, the ship was taken by the United States as a war prize after World War II.You can follow Eagle's schedule at cga.edu/eagle.aspx?id=690. Eagle also known as “America’s Tall Ship” is the largest tall ship flying the Stars and Stripes and the only square-rigger in U.S. government service and can be liked and followed on Facebook.

Gazela is Philadelphia's Tall Ship.  It is owned an operated by the Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. She was built in 1901 in Portugal and has been in Philadelphia since 1971. The guild offers sailing skills lessons, events and sailing opportunities at Penn's Landing in Philadelphia. She has a Facebook page Barkentine.gazela.

Sagres was built in 1937 in the same shipyard as Eagle, Blohm & Voss in Hamburg and named the Albert Leo Schlageter. She was captured by the United States in 1945 and given to Brazil in 1948 as a Naval training vessel. She was purchased by Portugal in 1962 to replace the old Sagres, a sail training vessel.

 L’Hermione is a replica of the French Naval ship that carried Lafayette back tot he United States 1n 1780 with the good news that France would help support the efforts of the colonist in declaring their independence from Great Britain.  All the ships on the Philadelphia side are impressive looking but in my humble opinion, L'Hermione takes the cake. Follow her 2015 voyage at this website hermione2015.com/voyage2015. Land ho!  You can follow and like her on Facebook too! I also happened to catch the crew slipping off the ship to enjoy the Port Philadelphia. Bienvenue!

 Jupiter the 1902 steel tugboat and lighter barge Poplar with an all-volunteer crew at Penn’s Landing are operated by The Philadelphia Ship Preservation Guild. Yes Jupiter is on Facebook.

Tree of Life is owned By Captain Paul Morse and is available for private excursions.
She has a website with all the ships details and pricing for trips.She looks pretty plush. You can also find her on Facebook.

 Lynx inspired by the original historic tall ship from the War of 1812 – The Privateer Lynx was built by Woodson K. Woods in 1997. Lynx an American Privateer has a website with additional information.  You can find her on Facebook, Twitter and check out this video from YouTube. Lynx received the Sail Training Program of the Year in 2008.

On the Jersey side
North Wind was one of the few lovely ladies strutting her stuff with sails unfurling in the wind.  They offered rides for pirate prices but no one was complaining. The passengers were all smiles.

 A. J. Meerwald launched in 1928. She is New Jersey's official Tall Ship. She is a restored oyster dredging schooner, whose home port is in Bivalve, New Jersey. The A.J. Meerwald was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 7, 1995. Read additional information about her history at the website bayshorecenter.org/a-j-meerwald/history-specifications and you can find her on Facebook.

 Picton Castle is a three masted sailing vessel based in Nova Scotia, Canada.  It just completed its sixth sail around the world in May. Their next transatlantic voyage is in October if you want to go.  They provide training. The Picton Castle received the Sail Training Program of the Year in 2006. Learn more at picton-castle.com/ and Follow and Like on Facebook.

El Galeon is a replica of a 16th century merchant vessel and war ship that would have made up the navies of early Europe. You can obtain additional information from the website tallshipevent.com and Follow and Like El Galeón Andalucía on Facebook.  I will say, it seemed to be the most crowded and liked tall ship on the New Jersey side of the Delaware for the Tall Ship Festival.  It looked like a pirate ship! The ship is also a television star.  It appeared on the mini-series Crossbones. I could not decide which picture to use so I went with both, that is the beauty of blogging and digital space.  I love the backdrop of the city in the 2nd photo.

Pride of Baltimore II

Lettie G. Howard

When and If was also spreading her wings as she glided through the water under the power of the wind.

In the meantime you can see these vessels docked or cruising at the Port of Philadelphia anytime.  We are lucky to have them.




Fire Rescue

Tug Miss Gill


Coast Guard (in the air)

Coast Guard (and in the water)

Police Security (local)

S. S. United States you can't board her but you can get a glimpse of her as you drive over the Walt Whitman Bridge.

Battleship New Jersey is the exception. She is across the Delaware in Camden, New Jersey. Take the ferry.




and all the links to the ships websites.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Top 10 Plus Upcoming Independence Week Events

June 27 was National HIV Testing Day. National HIV Testing Day reminds us that we all have the power to stop HIV, and testing is one of our most powerful tools. According to the CDC, an estimated 1.2 million Americans are living with HIV, and nearly 1 in 8 doesn’t know it. More than 90 percent of new HIV infections could be prevented if more people were tested, because someone who has been tested and gets ongoing care and treatment is far less likely to infect other people. Getting an HIV test has become easier thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The law requires most new health insurance plans to cover recommended preventive services, including HIV testing, without additional costs like copays or deductibles. But even if you don’t have insurance, many local health clinics and HIV service providers offer free HIV tests. Visit AIDS.gov’s HIV Testing Sites and Care Services Locator to find a testing location that’s convenient for you.

June 29 Drexel Neumann Academy Golf  Classic at Spring Haven Country Club.

June 29  Free Admission to The Franklin Institute located at 222 North 20th Street in Philadelphia. New this year, Wawa invites you to enjoy a free day at The Franklin Institute! Experience live science happening all around you! General admission includes access to three floors of interactive exhibits, explosive science shows and hands-on demonstrations, and a show in the Fels Planetarium. Visit the interactive Wawa Dairy exhibit and discover the science behind dairy farming and production and the history of the Wawa Dairy.

June 29 Wawa Welcome America presents Philly at The Movies. Independence Day celebrations roll into Franklin Square for a free screening of Disney's Big Hero 6! Movie admission is free. Tickets required for Philly Mini Golf and the Parx Liberty Carousel. 7 - 11 p.m.

June 30 Wawa Welcome America presents Philly at The Movies Annie at Dilworth Park. 8:30p.m.

June 30 Free Admission to the Philadelphia History Museum located at 15 South 7th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 10:30 a.m. - 4 :30 p.m.

July 1 Sunoco Logistics will host an open house for Delaware County residents to discuss plans to build a pipeline and considering a twin line, along a 350 - mike route through Ohio and West Virginia to the Marcus Hook Industrial Complex to bring propane, ethane and butane to Delaware County for storage and distribution to domestic and international markets.  This is an opportunity to learn more about Mariner East 2 and understand the potential impact to the community. The meeting will be held at Kings Mills, 6000 Pennell Road  from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
July 1  Wawa Welcome America free museum day at The African American Museum located at 701 Arch Street in Philadelphia. 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

July 1 Philly at the Movies "Rocky" on the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum located at 26th and Ben Franklin Parkway.
July 1 and  July 2 To celebrate America’s independence, the Philadelphia Phillies illuminate the sky above Citizens Bank Park following the baseball games against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 1 and 2. The fireworks occur 15 minutes after each game, so tickets are necessary to catch the action. 

July 1 - October 31 Nightscape : A Light and Sound Experience at Longwood Gardens. Opening Week: July 1 and 2: Nightscape open exclusively for Members, July 3 an 4: Nightscape tickets available for General Public and Members. They have a Top 10 list of Ways to Make the Most Your  Nightscape Experience . Special Ticket required and tickets are limited.

July 2  Now in its 8th year, the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra will perform a FREE Neighborhood Concert on the RiverStage at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing. Following the orchestral show, enjoy a land-side fireworks display on the Delaware River Waterfront at 8 p.m.

July 2 Free admission at the National Constitution Center located at Independence Mall 525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA courtesy of Wawa.

July 3 - 5 Red, White and BBQ at Chaddsford Winery. 

July 3 - Not of this Earth, First Friday Movie Night Under the Stars and Stripes. 5:30 p.m. join the Betsy Ross House for the return of the First Friday favorite, Movie Night Under the Stars and Stripes! kick back, relax, and enjoy a selection of cult horror classics from the 1950s and 60s in the historic courtyard. Be sure to arrive early for special after hours tours of the House starting at 5 p.m.

July 3 - 5 Independence Day Family Fun – Celebrate America’s birthday with fun featuring the Lightning Bolt Express Train ($5 adults, $4 children). Noon - 3 p.m.  at Franklin Square.

July 3 Liberty Block Party 5th and 6th Streets Between Market & Chestnut Streets. The largest block party of the summer, the Liberty Block Party offers Philadelphia residents and visitors an opportunity to explore the city’s diverse food scene and some of its finest live entertainment. Entry and entertainment are free; however, food and drinks must be purchased.

July 3 Philly Pops at Independence Mall 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. FREE Independence National Historical Park welcomes the Philly POPS for another music-filled evening set against the backdrop of Independence Hall. A signature event as part of the Wawa Welcome America festival. The concert is free, so grab a picnic blanket, some good food and drink, and sit back and enjoy the show under the stars (2 hours). 

Future Storytellers Contest Historic Philadelphia, Inc. is looking for the next generation of Once Upon A Nation Storytellers! Kids ages 7 - 12 can enter to win a chance to be a Storyteller for a day, at the award-winning Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches, by submitting a story about their favorite History Hero or Heroine! Contest closes July 7. Historic Philadelphia, Inc. has decided to extend the deadline for the Future Storytellers Contest to July 15! Click on the link for additional information.  


Friday, June 26, 2015

Top 10 Events This Weekend June 26-28

June 26-28 Tall Ships Philadelphia and Camden Waterfront
Friday June 26 9:00 am - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday June 27 9:00 am - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday June 28 11:00 am - 7:00 p.m.

June 26 Party on the Porch at the Historic 1785 Thomas Leiper House sponsored by the Friends of Thomas Leiper 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 521 Avondale Road in Wallingford. (use the entrance to Avondale Rd. from 320, near the gas station, in case the tree in not removed from the road at the entrance to Avondale Road off Rose Valley Road.)

June 26 - 28 Big Barrel Country Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway.

June 27-28 New Castle Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park. Sat 10 a.m.-7 p.m. · Sun 10 a.m.-5 p.m. $5 Admission. Kids Under 12 – Free Admission! Admission Gate is Cash Only.

June 27 Colonial Plantation- French and Indian Skirmish and Camp.

June 27 Raspberry Festival - Pirate Day at Linvilla Orchards. Raindate June 28

POSTPONED until August: June 27 Rock the Mill Music Festival at Newlin Grist Mill 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

June 28 Yoga in the Vineyard and Wine Pairing at Penns Woods Winery 11 a.m.

June 28 Fairy and Wizard Festival at Tyler Arboretum 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

June 28 Freedom Blast at Fort Mifflin an Independence Day Celebration with Revolutionary war soldiers and civilians 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

The free concert and fireworks show at Penn’s Landing on Saturday, June 27 has been postponed due to weather. The fireworks show has been RESCHEDULED for SUNDAY, JUNE 28 at approximately 9:30 p.m.  

Philadelphia Union postpones Fireworks Show to July 11 due to weather.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Top 10 Plus Things We Do With Our Time

Waste it

Measure it

Hypothesize it

Hypnotize it

Make rules with it

Schedule it

Balance it

Reward it

Punish it "Time out"

Try to manage it

Explain it

Daydream about it

Use it constructively

It has always amazed me when someone says, I don't have the time, when in fact that is all we have, some more than others.

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Top 10 Summer the Simple Pleasures

Water Ice



Iced Tea


Potato Salad

Hot Dogs




Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Top 10 Things That Scream Summer

Roller Coasters

Mosquito bites

Green Heads (Horseflies)


Rain on the weekends

AC breakdown and brown outs

Hot sand and hot pavements

Wasp nest


Shark Attacks

Monday, June 22, 2015

Top 10 Week of June 22 Events

June 22 The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Golf Classic 2015 Seaview Golf Resort, Galloway, N.J. Registration: 10:00 a.m. Shotgun Start: 11:30 a.m. Cocktail Reception: 4:30 p.m. Dinner: 5:30 p.m and June 22 The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia will hold its first ever Golf Ball Drop at the CHOP Golf Classic.

June 24 Fair Acres Fair 340 Middletown Road, June Fair, summer festival and fundraiser, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Rain date is June 25.
June 24 Riddle Hospital Cooking for One or Two $7. Call to register for this program 1-866-CALL-MLH.or at mainlinehealth.org/riddlecommunity.

June 25  Tall Ships Parade Grab a front-row seat for the Tall Ships at Fort Mifflin
Enjoy spectacular riverfront vistas as the Tall Ships set sail for Philadelphia.  Come for a festival atmosphere complete with expanded viewing areas atop the Fort walls, living history activities, and exchange of friendly fire with artillery salutes for the arriving vessels!  Fort Mifflin will be THE BEST  site to see the ships under full sail as they head into Philadelphia and Camden for a weekend visit. GATES OPEN AT 9 AM! Come early to ensure a great vantage point.

June 25 Sixers Draft Day Party at Dilworth Park.  Free tickets at Sixers.com 6-11 p.m.

June 25-28 Tall Ships Philadelphia and Camden 
  • Thursday June 25 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
  • Friday June 26 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday June 27 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
  • Sunday June 28 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
June 26 Party on the Porch at the Historic 1785 Thomas Leiper House sponsored by the Friends of Thomas Leiper 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 521 Avondale Road in Wallingford.

June 26 - 28 Big Barrel Country Music Festival at The Woodlands of Dover International Speedway.

June 27-28 New Castle Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park.

June 27th Colonial Plantation- French and Indian Skirmish and Camp.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Top 10 Stuff We Grew Up With

Most pictures ( and you will recognized them all) in the blog link delcotopten.blogspot.com, stuff we grew up with came from a passed on email, so I cannot credit the original source of the photos, but I can vouch for their authenticity and my connection to them.  They look exactly as I have remembered.

Our kitchen dinette set was red with six chairs made of sturdy steel. Six was considered an average  family with one or both grandparents living with you. The table and chairs sat in the center of the kitchen in front of the window connected to the shed.  The window had a plant in it and I shared my Brussels sprouts with that plant one evening.  Granny, the cook found them and my fanny was red. You did not waste food.What color was yours? I learned to love all vegetables.

This step stool is not the best of memories.  Again this piece of furniture was red, there must have been a sale or a combo deal.  It is more an incident that comes to mind when I see this.  We went away for our annual week vacation at Ocean City.  We always stayed on the bottom floor of Aunt Helen's mother's place. She was an Italian woman that made the best chicken cacciatore, EVER.  The call came, there had been an accident. I can't remember the exact details, Granny was either feeding or cleaning Petey the parrot's cage and she feel and the cage toppled also.  Granny was okay but Petey did not make the fall. Petey was the first old bird that ever flirted with me, Hi Sweetie, he would say.  I was sorry to see him go.

We did not have these cups but I distinctively remember drinking out of them and the water was ice cold and so was the cup. It must have been at either Danny or Chrissy's house my best friends pre-school.  Pre-school to us was before first grade. Catholic school did not have kindergarten. Danny lived right next door and Chrissy was three houses up.  It must have been at Danny Keller's house.  Old Mr. Thompson (Chrissy's grandfather) never let us in the house he would shoo us all the time. We would still knock on the door just about every day and ask Old Mr. Thompson if Chrissy was awake yet. He wouldn't let Chrissy out till almost noon.  We had half the day planned by then. Cheers to you Mr. Thompson if you gave a hot and sweaty kid at your door a drink but I am pretty sure it was Marie Keller.  Thank you Mrs. Keller.

I inherited the whipper in the middle a few years ago when my mother passed away.  I had to have it because I remember my grandmother using it to make egg nog in the winter and lemon meringue pie topping in the summer. I also snatched up the tall clean mixing glass she used as well.  They were a team back in the days when you never counted calories, only your blessings.

my original

 Lemonade was the specialty of my paternal grandmother.  It had the exact ingredients, not too sour and not too sweet. She kept it in the icebox and I inherited "one" of the essential tools, the lemon squeezer, made of the finest materials cut glass.

my original

The baby swing at the park was not always for babies but if a baby was around you let them on.  No babies in sight and you were the last one running to the swings, call m a baby, I was still swinging.  That wooden safety latch was an obstacle once you got too big so you would have to creatively swing. How about it?  You used to twist the swing and the chain around and let it loose into a free fall and get up and walk all dizzy right? You are not born dizzy, it take a lot of practice and swings help. The splinters from the wooden seats, they were almost a given at no extra charge.

I credit myself with an incredible memory and can definitely go back to when I was 4 years old, the day I was going to run away with my teddy bear but I can't remember if this swing was used to crank me off to sleep. My younger brother definitely had one, I had to crank him up all the time and later I was given this by my mother and my own kids dozed off to the click click click. I never understood the crank part. It was so LOUD, as soon as you turned it the kids woke up and the way their necks drooped it was a wonder whiplash never occurred. Ours swyngomatic was blue. I think I passed it on to my little brother for his kids.

Animal crackers are a cherished memory and a special bond between my father and myself. As far back as I remember he always did the food shopping and I always went with him. We would always buy cookies, my dad liked cookies but the personal box of animal crackers they were for you, dirty face.  That is what my father used to call me dirty face. A few times my father would mess with me and walk right past the animal crackers.  He knew that is why I always came, so I would have to reach over and grab them and stick em in the cart.  He would act all surprised and say, humph, how did these get in here? I may have had a dirty face but I knew how to work the system.  Once I was tall enough I was able to hide them real good in the basket. We never went home without animal crackers and I didn't have to share.

The plastic runner in the hallway or foyer or whatever you called just inside the front door during rainy days and snow. Boots, mittens, gloves, coats, snow pants (what we called leggings) all deposited on the plastic runner.  You were not allowed to drag that wet into the house. Talking plastic, how can you ever forget the mother's that covered their furniture in plastic? I am not sure who or what the plastic was protecting against but it wasn't kids. We were not allowed to sit on it at Mrs X's house.  Her plastic runner was up year round.  I must say she did have a beautiful powdery blue carpet and it didn't look like a stain in sight when I knocked up for her daughter and I would peer in the door  Kids really were supposed to stay off the furniture and carpet and stay outside. Lucky us.

Anyone remember this camera style? The 110 was the very first one I owned outright.  We had a Brownie, Polaroid Instamatic, and a 126 well before I moved into a 35MM and it wasn't digital. One perk with the digital is no film expense and you can always delete the bad ones. Not that I take any bad ones but who would ever know. I had a reputation of always having a camera and I still do and I still have my 110.  You never forget or throw away your first.

There are a lot of new and cool inventions in today's disposable society.  I just hope we are teaching
our kids the value in the old school stuff and the stories they tell.

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Top 10 One in Every Crowd

Talking on the cell phone

Talking loud

Listening quietly

Scratching something



Young impressionable child

A wiser senior who knows better

Wearing glasses

Having a bad day

and this is just at  first glance.

How aware are you of your environment?

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Top 10 Pillow Talk and Sleep

The National Sleep Foundation advises back sleepers, use a thinner pillow with a thicker area at the bottom for better neck support.

Stomach sleepers should use the thinnest possible pillow, to reduce strain on the lower back.

Side sleepers should opt for a thick pillow with a wide edge, to fill the area between the shoulder and ear.at

Wedging a pillow between the knees can help ease lower back strain.

Replace a pillow after about 18 months of nightly use.

When should you replace your mattress? According to the Better Sleep Foundation, it can depend on quality, etc. but 7-10 years is the norm.  I was shocked by that. I think I am exhausted.

How much sleep do we really need? According to the National Sleep Foundation, the older you are the less sleep you need. (see chart).

Take a sleep habits assessment test at webmd.com.

To get a night's sleep remove all distractions, recharge your body and mind in one room and all electronics and their disturbing beeps, buzz and glows in another room.

The bedroom should be a relaxing environment for sex and sleep. Follow the basic rules and you should have pleasant dreams.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Top 10 Plus Week of June 16 Events

June 16 Clean Water Action is sponsoring a Lobby Day and Rally to support Governor Wolf's proposed budget, which recognizes the important role a clean environment and public health play in Pennsylvania's future. Tell your legislators that we can no longer slash funding for critical environmental programs which affect your family's health and the environment. We must invest in Pennsylvania's environmental future. The day will be punctuated by a 1:00 p.m. rally.

June 17 - August 16 Delaware County's Summer Festival in Rose Tree Park Wednesday through Sunday evening. Showtime is 7:30 p.m. except the 10 a.m. children's concerts on June 24 and July 3. All seating is on the grass, so audience members should bring lawn chairs or blankets.

June 18  JuneFestivus at Franklin Square. Enjoy some of Philly’s finest food trucks, activities, and a spring beer garden 4 - 10 p.m. presented by Barren Hill Brewery. Admission is free, with food and beverage available for purchase from participating vendors.

June 18 2015 Once Upon A Nation 10th Anniversary Celebration, – Day-long celebration with Philadelphia celebrities accompanying family fun such as the Military Muster, Once Upon A Nation Storytelling Benches, and the Declaration Reading behind Independence Hall. 

10 a.m.: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street, Flag Raising and Once Upon a Nation Storytelling Bench 
3 – 4 p.m.: Military Muster at Signers’ Garden, followed by a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence
3 p.m.: Military Muster begins at Signers’ Garden, 5th and Chestnut Streets
3:15 p.m.: Military Muster moves to behind the Second Bank, 420 Chestnut St
3:30 p.m.: Military Muster participants march to behind Independence Hall
3:45 p.m.: Dramatic Reading of the Declaration of Independence behind Independence Hall, between 5th and 6th Streets, and Walnut and Chestnut Streets.
4 p.m.: Event concludes.


June 19 - July 5 The Marvel Experience at Lincoln Financial Field

June 19-21 9th Annual Chester County Balloon Festival at the New Garden Airport in Toughkenamon, PA.

June 19 NASA  will land in Mars, Pennsylvania Friday, to celebrate Mars’ New Year with Red Planet enthusiasts of the Keystone State for three days of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) activities. The goal is to encourage young people to pursue careers in in these critical fields of study that will enable NASA's journey to Mars. For a complete listing of activities planned for the Mars New Year celebration in Pennsylvania, visit; http://www.marsnewyear.com

June 20, 2015  Brews and Bites Enjoy an Evening Along the River at Pennsbury Manor  4:00 – 8:00 p.m. BEER – FOOD – MUSIC – FUN on the 43-acre country estate of William Penn and enjoy the tastings of regional craft beer. Wander the grounds and watch 17th Century beer brewing demonstrations, take a walk through the gardens, tour the Manor House, or simply relax along the banks of the Delaware River. Food will be available to purchase. Event will be held rain or shine.  No one under 21 will be admitted. Must present valid ID at door. No children/infants, no firearms, no pets are allowed. Purchase Tickets VIP Admission – $75.00  General Admission – $40.00 General admission ticket includes beer and a souvenir tasting mug. Designated Driver – $10.00 A Designated Driver ticket holder will receive a bottle of water. Designated drivers do not receive a tasting mug and are not permitted to sample any beer. Designated drivers must be 21+ and present valid photo ID for entry.Tickets can be purchased online or in person at Pennsbury Manor. Ticket sales are limited to 500. For information please call 215-946-0400 to confirm availability of tickets at Pennsbury Manor. Proceeds from the event will benefit The Pennsbury Society, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, who helps to support Pennsbury Manor and ensure that it continues to grow and succeed in its mission of education. Proceeds help support school programs, and 80 different cultural programs per year that range from family-oriented festival days to garden workshops, distance learning, preschool events, and living history demonstrations. Sponsorship opportunities are available. For information please contact us at 215-946-0400. 

June 20-21 African American Festival at Camden Yards Complex.

June 20 Historic Morgan Log House presents Dice, Dominos, and Dealings: Games of the 18th century. It's summer time and we're celebrating in the old-fashioned style. 18th century re-enactors, both inside and outside of the Morgan Log House, will be hosting over a dozen period style games of chance, choice, wit, and skill. Family friendly and FREE of charge all day. Program runs 10am to 3pm. Once you have mastered a game, why not buy one of your own in our Museum Shop.

June 21 Father's Day!

June 21 WXPN Father’s Day Music Festival – WXPN Hosts live music and fun. 12 noon - 3 pm -

June 21 FatherFest 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Helicopter Museum. A great day to honor Dad for all he does. And what better way to say “Thank you'” than an awesome helicopter ride?Something a little unusual, something a little scary, but we have cars, motorcycles and  remote control helicopters, too! Liberty Flight School Helicopter Rides, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., Antique Car and Motorcycle Shows and Remote Control Helicopter Shows.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Top 10 Displaying The American Flag

In case you missed it, yesterday was Flag Day.

Click on this link to see the night flag ceremony at Mt. Rushmore at delcotopten.blogspot.com

Of course I did not make up this list, dems the rules and the Flag reps all of us and the freedom we have come to know. Show it a little respect and be proud of it. This list was shared by kids.gov. Share it with your kids.

Guidelines for Display of the Flag
Public Law 94-344, known as the Federal Flag Code, contains rules for handling and displaying the U.S. flag. While the federal code contains no penalties for misusing the flag, states have their own flag codes and may impose penalties. The language of the federal code makes clear that the flag is a living symbol.

In response to a Supreme Court decision which held that a state law prohibiting flag burning was unconstitutional, Congress enacted the Flag Protection Act in 1989. It provides that anyone who knowingly desecrates the flag may be fined and/or imprisoned for up to one year. However, this law was challenged by the Supreme Court in a 1990 decision that the Flag Protection Act violates the First Amendment free speech protections.

Important Things to Remember Traditional guidelines call for displaying the flag in public only from sunrise to sunset. However, the flag may be displayed at all times if it’s illuminated during darkness. The flag should not be subject to weather damage, so it should not be displayed during rain, snow and wind storms unless it is an all-weather flag.
It should be displayed often, but especially on national and state holidays and special occasions.

The flag should be displayed on or near the main building of public institutions, schools during school days, and polling places on election days. It should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

When carried in procession with other flags the U.S. flag should be either on the marching right (the flag’s right) or to the front and center of the flag line. When displayed on a float in a parade, the flag should be hung from a staff or suspended so it falls free. It should not be draped over a vehicle.

When displayed with another flag against the wall from crossed staffs, the U.S. flag should be on its own right (left to a person facing the wall) and its staff should be in front of the other flag’s staff.

In a group of flags displayed from staffs, the U.S. flag should be at the center and the highest point.

When the U.S. flag is displayed other than from a staff, it should be displayed flat, or suspended so that its folds fall free. When displayed over a street, place the union so it faces north or east, depending upon the direction of the street.

When the U.S. flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff. When suspended from a rope extending from the building on a pole, the flag should be hoisted out, union first from the building.

When flags of states, cities or organizations are flown on the same staff, the U.S. flag must be at the top (except during church services conducted at sea by Navy)

The flag should never be draped or drawn back in folds. Draped red, white and blue bunting should be used for decoration, with the blue at the top and red at the bottom.

The flag may be flown at half-staff to honor a newly deceased federal or state government official by order of the president or the governor, respectively. On Memorial Day, the flag should be displayed at half
-staff until noon.

Other Things Not to Do with the Flag

Out of respect for the U.S. flag, never:

Dip it for any person or thing, even though state flags, regimental colors and other flags may be dipped as a mark of honor.

Display it with the union down, except as a signal of distress.

Let the flag touch anything beneath it: ground, floor, water, merchandise.

Carry it horizontally, but always aloft.

Fasten or display it in a way that will permit it to be damaged or soiled.

Place anything on the flag, including letters, insignia, or designs of any kind.

Use it for holding anything.

Use it as wearing apparel, bedding or drapery. It should not be used on a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be attached to the uniform of patriotic organizations, military personnel, police officers and firefighters.

Use the flag for advertising or promotion purposes or print it on paper napkins, boxes or anything else intended for temporary use and discard.

During the hoisting or lowering of the flag or when it passes in parade or review, Americans should stand at attention facing the flag and place their right hand over the heart. Uniformed military members render the military salute. Men not in uniform should remove any headdress and hold it with their right hand at their left shoulder, the hand resting over the heart. Those who are not U.S. citizens should stand at attention.

When the flag is worn out or otherwise no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

I had the privilege to go to Mt. Rushmore recently and it was cool to see the carving of some the most prominent men in our country’s history gallantly displayed in stone but the real treat was the calling up to the stage all military personnel and veterans. Each one humbly introduced themselves and their branch of service.  Then as a unit, they retired the colors, they made those figures above just beam with pride. It was something to see.