Monday, August 31, 2015

Top 10 First Week of September 2015 Things To Do

Congratulations to the 2015 Little League World Champions Japan Tokyo Kitasuna Little League and runner up from Pennsylvania, Red Land Little League . Final score 18 - 11.

Summer is winding down, somebody had to say it, but there is still plenty to do.

September through October 25 Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire. September 7 is the Divine Swine BBQ.

September 1 Billy Bob Thorton and the Boxmasters at Sellersville Theater 8 p.m. and Jeff Daniels is coming September 16. This is a great place to see a show and The Washington House is a great place to get a bite to eat before the show.  There are a lot of great performers that are coming, Lisa Loeb, September 11 (love her songs) these names are merely to get your curiosity but who would not want to see them live!

September 2 Atlantic City Air Show featuring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. a Free event.

September 3 and 10 Land Health Institute is sponsoring the last two sessions of the summer, D.E.E.P Delaware Environmental Education Program along the Delaware River waterfront 6 - 8 p.m. This is a free event but you must register to participate.  More information at or 

September 4 Wasp Woman BUY TICKETS » First Friday Movie Night Under the Stars and Stripes Fridays, 5:30 p.m. Be sure to arrive early for special after hours tours of the House starting at 5 p.m.

September 4 Cheers to the end of summer! Visit Philly will be hosting its Beer Garden Series at Blue Cross RiverRink Summerfest and Spruce Street Harbor Park Presented by Univest/Valley Green Bank. Enjoy happy hour 5-8 p.m. specials on drink and food at both parks.  Also PHS Pop Up Garden at 15th and South Street

September 4 Steve Miller and The Doobie Brothers at Susquehanna Bank Center

September 5 Lafayette's Birthday Party! The Public is Cordially Invited to Attend The Marquis: Lafayette Reconsidered at Hale-Byrnes House , co-sponsored by:L'Alliance Française de Wilmington and People to People. Author: Laura Auricchio. Well-behaved children always welcomed. Covered Dish Dinner. Please bring a dish to pass. Books available for signing and autographing 6:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

September 5 Weekly Yoga at Lemon Hill.

September 5 and 6 Budweiser Made in America Music Festival in Philadelphia

Quizzo, Trivial Pursuit and Jeopardy Competitors take note: The nation’s highest mountain, formerly known as Mount McKinley, has officially been renamed Denali. It now can be added to the category "formerly known as".

Friday, August 28, 2015

Beach Week: Jekyll Island Part II

Jekyll Island is part of the Golden Isles of Georgia.

Jekyll Island Club." Considered to be the most exclusive social club in the United States, the Jekyll Island Club had a limit of 100 members, among them the Astors, Vanderbilts, Pulitzers, Morgans and McCormicks and was laid out by prominent landscape architect H.W.S. Cleveland. A club house was built on the island and members constructed private "cottages"-- enormous residences designed to house entire families with staff. The club was open for the post-Christmas season when many families came down from Newport and New York to relax and enjoy the "country life." Reference:nps/gov.

They were playing croquet on the front lawn all dressed in white.  I felt like I was watching a scene from Downton Abbey.

Millionaires Village note the names "cottage" for the likes of
j.p. morgan,
marshall field
joseph Pulitzer

Crane Cottage

Crane Cottage, circa 1917, the largest and most lavish of the cottages.

duBignon Cottage
Goodyear Cottage
 The Goodyear Cottage completed in 1906 from designs by the firm of Carrére and Hastings.  Have you ever been to the Dupont home Neumours?  It is the same designer. I would imagine Dupont would have been among the rich and famous here but he took his yacht further south to Florida. Interesting tidbits about Mr. Goodyear.

San Souci

San Souci, owned in part by J.P, Morgan and one of the first condominiums in the U.S. San Souci also known as the House of Power housed J. P. Morgan and Company on the third floor north, James A. Scrymser third floor south, Central and South American Telegraph Company, William Rockefeller second floor north, Standard Oil Company, Henry Hyde was on the second floor south, Equitable Life Assurance Company, William Anderson, first floor, American Cotton Oil Company, Joseph Stickney, first floor south of Conyham and Company. Wow no wonder the building is painted green. That place was dripping with money. The spirit of  J.P. Morgan, and the smell of cigar in his third floor apartment is one of the extraordinary haunting special features, so they say.

Mistletoe Cottage

Moss Cottage

Indian Mound Cottage

Indian Mound, the twenty-five room home of the Rockefeller family.

Also famous for the creation of the Federal Reserve. In 1910, Aldrich and executives representing the banks of J.P. Morgan, Rockefeller, and Kuhn, Loeb & Co., secluded themselves for ten days at Jekyll Island, Georgia.[5] The executives included Frank A. Vanderlip, president of the National City Bank of New York, associated with the Rockefellers; Henry Davison, senior partner of J.P. Morgan Company; Charles D. Norton, president of the First National Bank of New York; and Col. Edward House, who would later become President Woodrow Wilson's closest adviser and founder of the Council on Foreign Relations.[6] There, Paul Warburg of Kuhn, Loeb, & Co. directed the proceedings and wrote the primary features of what would be called the Aldrich Plan. Warburg would later write that "The matter of a uniform discount rate (interest rate) was discussed and settled at Jekyll Island." Vanderlip wrote in his 1935 autobiography From Farmboy to Financier:[7]
from Wikipedia.

 In 1915 President of A T and T made the first public transcontinental telephone call.

The first transcontinental telephone call was transmitted by a telephone instrument of this type on January 25, 1915. Mr. Theodore N. Vail, President of American Telephone and Telegraph Company talked from Jekyll Island to Alexander Graham Bell, inventor of telephone in New York, Thomas A, Watson, Assistant to Dr. Bell, in San Francisco; and to President Woodrow Wilson in Washington D.C.
Erected By
Dixie Chapter
Telephone Pioneers of America
January 1965

Faith Chapel, built in 1904 in the Gothic style with copies of the Notre Dame de Paris gargoyles. The chapel also has a large signed Tiffany stained glass window. I did not see the window.  Had I known about it prior I would have gone in.  I just have to go back now is all. Georgia isn't that far away.

In 1947 it changed from a retreat for the rich and famous to a playground for all when Georgia purchased Jekyll Island for $675,000.

Jekyll Island Club Wharf
Here anchored the most luxurious pleasure craft in the world during the existence of the Jekyll island club, 1886 – 1942. No other yacht was comparable to John Pierpont Morgan’s several Corsairs, Corsair II, too large to dock anchored in the channel. Morgan was escorted ashore by a flotilla of small craft after cannon had sounded of his arrival in these waters. Corsair II was 304 ft overall, beam 33 ½ ft. draft 17 ft. speed 19 knots, tonnage 1,600. About this Corsair, Morgan when asked how much it cost, made his classic remark, “If you have to consider the cost you have no business with a yacht.” Other palatial yachts owned by Jekyll Island Club members were Pierre Lorillard’s Carmen, James Stillman's Wanda, Astors' Nourmahal, Vanderbilt's Alvah and Valiant, H. Manville's Hi Esmaro, Pulitzer's Liberty, George F. Baker's Viking, E.T. Stotesbury's Castle, Crane's Illyria, Theodore N. Vail's Speedwell and Northwind, Commodore Frederick Bourne's Marjorie, Goulds' Hildegards, Saono, and Ketchum. Edwin Gould built a private dock in front of his cottage, Chichota. Andrew Carnegie, whose family owned Cumberland Island, visited Jekyll on yachts Skibo and Missoe."

Georgia Historical Commission

Stay and have lunch out on the wharf.  It is affordable.  I had the crawdaddies for the first time EVER. I wasn't exactly sure how to eat them but as they say, when in Jekyll go for the hyde. I also purchased praline at the candy store for the first time to sooth the sweet tooth, delectable. The bathrooms are really nice too! Marble!

 National Historic Landmark Status in 1978,

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Beach Week: Jekyl Island the Birds and the Natural Beauty

A few years back in a bed and breakfast in Chambersburg, PA, I met a couple from Connecticut and expressed an interest in birding.  He said, you have to go to Jekyll Island. I finally go there this February. He was right but he never mentioned all the other really cool stuff.  What a surprise!

Picture day, bring your camera and a hammock.

Boardwalk built for the movie Glory

a mouse making the beach his house

Horton House

Whirlybird tour of Jekyll Island in pictures, I hope you enjoyed.