Monday, October 19, 2015

Week of October 19 Things to do

October 19 Middletown Township Historical Society's Middletown Monday's 2015 Funeral and Burial Customs of 17th-18th Century America by Nancy Webster, Independent Scholar. As the natural world dies with the coming of winter and All Hallows Eve approaches we tend to reflect on "grave" matters.  The end of life has always had social, ethnic and religious traditions to ease the passage, both for the dying and their families.  From special foods to clothing, from processions to monuments, the 17th and 18th century people in America practiced a wide variety of customs.  Find out why caskets became important, why raisins became a funeral food, the role of gloves and rings in the mourning process and other fascinating rituals once familiar to our ancestors. Lectures begin at 7:00 p.m. at Lima Estates, 411 North Middletown Road, Media, PA. Free and open to the public, no registration required.

October 21 The Nether Providence Historical Society will sponsor a Lecture of The Architecture of Frank Furness at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library. Jim Tevebaugh, President of the Friends of Furness Railroad District will discuss the works of Furness at 7:30 p.m. Furness designed over 600 buildings mostly in the Philadelphia area. The library is located at 100 North Providence Road in Wallingford. This lecture is free and open to the public.

October 21 Sprouts and Seedlings Halloween Spooktacular at Camden Children's Garden. 10 - 11:30 a.m.

October 22 Glow in the Park at Smith Memorial Arch West Fairmount Park 6:30 p.m. to 9 :30 p.m.

October 22 Middletown Free Library Local Architecture Through History Presentations by Nancy Webster. Learn the history behind the buildings we see in our area on a daily basis. Why were they built the way they are and what inspired the changes in design. 18th Century to Federal at 2 p.m.
October 22 -24 The Great Pumpkin Carve on the grounds of the Chadd's Ford Historical Society's Barn Visitors Center. Admission: $10 for adults 18 and older, $5 for ages 7 to 17; Ages 6 and under are free. Spooktacular fun 5 - 9 p.m.

October 23  Historical Presentation at the Middletown Free Library "Personalities and Their Perspectives of the American Civil War"; Civil War 150th Anniversary Lecture Series ; April 14, 1865, A Nations Tragedy, The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Presentation by Hugh Boyle at  2 p.m.

October 23 Clean Water Fund's 19th Annual Auction and Fundraising Event at Fairmount Rowing Association #2 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia. Tickets $40 per person or $75 per couple. 

October 24 The Philadelphia Cheese Steak Festival 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Lincoln Financial Stadium
October 25 Simon Says Run 5K and Walk at Victory Fields at 230 Flourtown Road in Plymouth Meeting  (behind Plymouth Whitemarsh High School) or virtually on our Facebook page. 9 a.m. Raise awareness and money to pass laws, promote research, check hearts and save lives.

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