Friday, April 29, 2016

April 29 - May 1 Events that are Happening

April 29 - 30 Providence Garden Club Plant Sale at Williamson College of Trades.
Friday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

April 29 Behind the Scenes Tour of the new Newlin Grist Mill exhibit  7 - 8:30 p.m. Tickets $7.Reservations required. Call 610-459-2359 or email for reservations

April 30 National Take Back Initiative Day - Got Drugs? Properly Dispose of them, check the link for locations and times. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

April 30 Bird and Butterfly Walk at Heinz 9 a.m.

April 30 The 19th Annual CRC Streams Cleanup 9 a.m. followed by a free volunteer picnic at Ridley Creek State Park.

April 30 Science Carnival at the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

April 30 Container Gardening at the Middleton Free Library 2 p.m

April 30 Interested in trying Gentle Yoga? 2:45 p.m. at Middletown Free Library. Registration is required.  

April 30 Rockin’ With The Troops: A USO Show
USOFlyer1Rockin' With The Troops: USO Show, where bands play the historical classics while commemorating our veterans. The setlist features singers and groups such as the Legendary Bobby Rydell, the Original Tymes, the First Ladies of Rock and Soul, and impersonator Lynn "Wyn" Roberts playing Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and Red Skelton. Your support to this event fuels DCHS programs that educate Delaware County about the service and sacrifice of veterans.This event is dedicated to our veterans such as Dennis Murphy, John Walker, and Joe Daly.
Information: 7 - 10 p.m. Door open at 6 p.m. at Neumann University: Mirenda Center, Convent Road, Aston, PA 19014. $65 per person.

April 30 and May 1 Brick Fest Live at The Philadelphia Expo in Oaks, PA.

April 30 Center City Jazz Festival.

May 1  Finally May Day Bird Walk 8 a.m. at Heinz 1 p.m. Spring Blooms walk.

May 1 Broad Street Run 2016 starts at 8 a.m. 

May 1 Thomas Leiper House in Nether Providence opens for seasonal tours Saturday and Sunday 1 - 4 p.m. as well as many other historical houses in the Delaware County area. Check individual sites for operating hours.

May 1 Lilac Sunday  Tyler’s Arboretum Lilac Collection. Lilac walk at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Historic Lachford House open 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

May 1 Haverford Spring Music and Arts Festival Noon to 7 on Brookline Blvd in Haverford Township. 

Always check the provided links for possible "r" delays or possible "m" mistakes by myself.

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Ed Snider connections TBT

During the evening news the day after Ed Snider, owner of the Philadelphia Flyers died, the announcer said every one has an Ed Snider connection, so here is mine.

During the heyday of the Broad Street Bullies, my two older brothers, my boyfriend and myself set out on a Flyer's Fan Fantasy. We were headed to Toronto to see the Flyer's play the Maple Leafs in the semi finals with guaranteed tickets waiting for us via this kid whose mother was dating Ed Snider. There is possibly a lot of kids whose mother was dating Ed Snider, so no need to change the names to protect the innocent, I suppose.

Arriving at the border late in the evening, there wasn't that much to see and we still had a few more miles to go to reach our first destination, Niagara Falls.  We had an older cousin, my parents age, who not only lived in Toronto but was actually in Niagara Falls for a convention that first night, so we met up with him. I don't even remember if we needed passports back then. Canucks and the States seemed to have always had a familial relationship with the exception of when the hockey game is on, eh. Americans always seem to be welcome in Canada and Canadians welcome in the U.S.

Uncle Eddie who was really a second cousin, wasn't much into hockey but was more than pleased to have us stay with him and Auntie Jean while we were in Toronto.  Fast forward........we need those tickets. Cell phones were not the norm, so how we got in touch with this kid in Toronto has escaped my memory. What did one do in a world without cell phones? You need connections! Somehow we found out the Flyers were staying at the Royal York. Maybe this kid had told us to meet him there. It was a fancy upscale hotel.

As any old school Flyers Fans knows, it doesn't get any better than Gene Hart as a source. We met him by chance in a elevator. He could not provide us with tickets but he had an idea for us...Fred Shero.  He gave us the room number to Fred Shero and we knocked on his door. After several knocks, Fred sheepishly opened the door. We pleaded our case to Fred about a guy, whose mother dates Ed Snider and he was suppose to get us tickets and it fell through. He may have had company, we were not invited in, but he did kindly say, no tickets and sorry no pictures or autographs. Okay so head coach, Fred was an important guy possibly the next best contact to Mr. Snider, himself, we were working it.

As a last ditch effort we went to the lobby of the Royal York several hours before game time and look what we found!

Let's go Flyers...Bill Barber, Ed Van Impe, nicknamed Eddie and Rick MacLeish, nickname Dopey was my favorite player.  He, number 19, probably scored the most goals, always tripping and tying his skates.  Do you remember that? I had a t-shirt with his face on it. There were interesting fashion designs back in the 70's and hair lengths. Check them out. If hair wasn't long, the sideburns were.

Also visible in the lobby were Jimmy Watson and I believe that is Barry Ashbee.  Slide your eyes to the right, this is important. See the two guys standing over there? That is Macalarkey and Dave Schultz having a conversation. Checkered pants are being worn by Dave Schultz. I don't know what there were talking about. I was at a bit of a distance but...

The next picture I took looks so shaky because Mr. Shultz looked me straight in the viewfinder and offered up his middle finger. Slowly or maybe it was abruptly, I put the camera down, no more pictures of any players in the lobby. I am sure most if not all players were there in the lobby but once "The Hammer" comes down on you, it is cease and de..sit down. It was intimidating.

Yes, we got tickets to the game but not by way of any gift. We got scalped heavily, but we were not going to travel all the way to Toronto and not see a game so we bit the bullet. It was my first ever hockey game experience. Only season ticket holders could get tickets in Philadelphia.  My one brother was a season ticket holder in Philly, up in the nosebleed section. Years later I went to the Spectrum for a whole game. Rarely were tickets available even if you were blood related.

You probably were not allowed to take pictures inside Maple Leaf Gardens but I had my little 110 camera and I was snapping away. You had to be selective back in the day of film, you either had a roll of 12 or 24. I took a warm-up shot and later you will see......

One of the ushers from Maple Leaf Gardens noticed I was enthusiastically taking pictures and he came over. I thought I might be in trouble and he would confiscate my camera and film. Instead he said why don't you go down by the rail and try a picture from there and I did. This is Ralph Cunningham, I realize that is the name of the kid on Happy Days but I actually wrote this guys name on the back of my picture, so that was his name.  Thank you, Mr. Cunningham, besides family, I have always had a favorable opinion of Canadians since that trip.

He shoots, he scores! I have no idea who "he" was but the referee verifies, mission accomplished. My money is on MacLeish, after all, he was my favorite.

Traveling back to the United States, we had a more eventful crossing of the border, the Peace Bridge as it is called.  My brother had a fancy painted van, they were popular back in the 70's too. We were not detained entering back into the United States because we were popular. The van was a clear indication that we were hippies and smuggling drugs into the country, so pulled off to the side, we were asked to get out of the vehicle, while the agents searched through the inside for evidence,which there was none.  We were sports fans, nothing more.

The rest of my Ed Snider story is the Flyers win the Stanley Cup Parade in 1974.  Here is a sampling of the pictures I could find. It is probably the reason Philadelphia fans are so hopeful in all sports.  It was an exciting time.

Bernie, Bernie, Bernie, Only the Lord Saves More than Bernie Parent, remember that? If it were the 70's, Mr. Sanders would be a shoe in with Philadelphia fans for name only.

No. 19 Rick MacLeich, my hero.  Vice President? Why not? They were both Canadians weren't they? There go the technicalities.

Guess who is not sitting outside on the top of the car?  Yes, that would have been Mr. Schultz himself, the Broad Street Bully.  Keep your hands and fingers inside the car please.  The fans just loved him and wanted to touch him. Me? I knew better.

Here you see fans climbing the pole to cut down the Flyers flag. I wonder if it is for sale on Ebay now?

I have one other short story of a Philadelphia Flyers player. Mr Don Saleski, was a customer of mine at my very first job at Kay Bee Toy and Hobby Shop at the Springfield Mall. It was a quiet afternoon with not many customers and I was just straightening up the front of the store.  I see this large gentleman descend the steps and flip off his sunglasses in Hollywood style, and enter my store. My heart starts to pound, in my youth I was easily star struck.  I knew it was Big Bird, the nickname for the Philadelphia Flyers hockey player, Don Saleski. I asked if I could help him and I can't remember what his interest was but I directed him to the toy and maybe I peeked down the aisle to watch him, just a little bit. He was making a purchase, being I was the only other person in the store, we met again. He was paying with a credit card. During those days it was custom to have the person add their address and phone number on the back of the store copy. He refused and I tried to explain, it is store policy.  He said, do you know who I am? Okay yeah, everyone in a thousand mile radius knows everyone of the Philadelphia Flyers. I said, yes sir.  I wanted to say Big Bird, but I restrained myself.  He said , I don't give out my address, you know where to find me.  Apparently, he thought I could be a potential stalker or something. Not of you sir, but if you could tell me where Dopey lives, we could have been better friends. Don Saleski lived in Media during that time, if anyone wants to know, I know exactly where, everyone in the area knew. I don't know what big secret he was trying to keep. The Flyers did have big celebrity status, some more than others. If I had a cellphone at the time I may have asked for a selfie.

I also knew someone who was interviewed and hired by Ed Snider but that would be his story to tell.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Highlights of the Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square

Last week I presented a teaser, this week I present the WOW on Wednesday factor. 
I came, I saw, I loved it. You will too.

The difference between Night and Day is striking but both views offer their own beauty.  You really have to go and experience both. I found the exhibit very peaceful.

1. The Welcome Gate creates an inviting entrance as you begin your journey through
 the Chinese culture.

2. The Dream Corridor is beautiful in the daytime and radiant in the evening. The grass vines and flowers represent a nature inspired tunnel of time.

3. Traditional Chinese Palace Lanterns with a lotus on top that represents a happy life.

4. I know better than to judge a dragon but I can't help but admire him when he is on fire.

5. I do not know which entertainment will be provided nightly but I saw the Face Changing Dance.
  It was spectacular. 
 I have never seen anything like it nor do I know how he changed faces so quickly.

6. You can never go wrong if you witness a Lucky Lion Dance either.  
I think I may have gotten a personalized Lion Dance. 
These cats were not shy in chasing away 
the evil spirits.
The Lions were loving the audience and the audience was loving them back.

7. Many artists and craft people are also found throughout Franklin Square.  Here are two I found doing fascinating things with paper.


8. How do you pick the prettiest? Was it the peach tree? These lanterns represent the gardens of the Queen of Heaven. They were heavenly looking in nature.

9. For historical reasons, I found this one very interesting.  If I ever take a trip to China I would like to see the Terracotta Warriors, the Eighth Wander of the World. It is a UNESCO World heritage Site.

10. For pure beauty, I would probably choose, Wealth and Glory.  The peacock represents
grace and talent and the peony graceful, generous and forgiving.

 Yes that is former Mayor of Philadelphia and former Governor of Pennsylvania walking with Amy Needle, President of Historic Philadelphia enjoying the lights.

The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival
in Franklin Square is located at 6th and Race Streets.

April 22 - June 12, 2016
 6 - 10 p.m. daily
until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays

Franklin Square will be open during regular daytime hours.

The Franklin Playground will continue to be open and free during evening hours
 accessible from 7th Street.

After 6 p.m., the Festival requires tickets for entry $17 adults, $12 children 17 and under, $15 senior and active military (taxes and fees included),
Group prices are available.

Tickets are general admission Sunday - Thursday.
Timed Tickets issued Friday and Saturday.
Advanced Tickets strongly recommended. 

Bring your camera, it is beautiful.
There is so much more to see.
All Photographs by Mary Ann Fiebert
It is a photographers paradise.
I may share more photos at a later date.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Top 10 Things To Do When Stuck in Traffic

Eat Chocolate and Feel Better About Yourself

Point and Flex Your Feet on the Dashboard (only applies to the passenger)

Think Positive Thoughts. Unless you are at a standstill in traffic, you will never get such a clear picture of the Marines Museum.

What Am I Grateful For? Certainly not grateful for this traffic but grateful we were not one of the many broken down cars seen on the side of the road or one that had the misfortune of being in an accident.

Get New Data Card and Batteries For the Driver, he repeats himself, I Am Not Going This Way Again!

Look Around, there are no Happy Campers.

Eat More Chocolate

Wonder what that tanker truck in the next lane is carrying and hope he stays on his side.

How far to the next pit stop? Drink sparingly.

How much chocolate is left?.............ration

This was my experience this weekend.  If you have ever traveled or need to travel the eastern seaboard through Virginia on Interstate 95. You can feel my pain, stock up on the chocolate.

What exactly is the problem in this area?  There has to be studies on the subject.

Don't forget to vote! It is the big day in PA.  I am glad I made it back in time.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Upcoming Events the Week of April 25

Money Smart Week through April 30. Does anyone use piggybacks anymore?

April 26 Pennsylvania Primary. Decisions, decisions.

April 27 The History of Wawa Dairy speaker Maria Thompson presented by the Springfield Historical Society 7:30 p.m. at the Springfield Township Building, 50 Powell Road in Springfield.

April 28 Spring Opera Series at the Middleton Free Library 12 p.m

April 28 Pamela Dimeler "My Journey with a Pair of Great Horned Owls" at the Middleton Free Library 2 p.m

April 28 "The Horticultural History of Southeastern Pennsylvania". Speaker Nancy Webster 7:30 p.m. at the Rachel Kohl Library 687 Smithbridge Road, Glen Mills, PA. 

April 28 Murder in Marple presented by the Norwood Historical Society 7:30 p.m. at the Norwood Borough Hall, 10 W. Cleveland Avenue in Norwood. Be part of a mock jury.

April 29 - May 7 Philly Tech Week various locations.

April 29 - May 1 Broomall Fire Company Carnival

April 29 Arbrew Day in Philadelphia in honor of Arbor Day residents can receive a free tree while supplies  last at select locations. See the list 


Friday, April 22, 2016

Top 10 Reasons to Put Franklin Square on Your Itinerary

April 22 - June 12, 2016

Franklin Square to Celebrate 10th Season in a BIG Way.

A celebration of light and culture from artisans from China and Philadelphia.

A 200 foot long Dragon made of lights!

Iconic Chinese symbols, pandas, peacocks, lions, swans, and figures

Daily performances

Culinary exploration

Crafts from working artists

25 larger than life illuminated displays of giant flowers

A three story pagoda.

Franklin Square will be open during regular daytime hours. After 6 p.m., the Festival requires tickets for entry. Tickets are available at the Festival entrance or online at For groups of 20 or more, please contact Group Sales by calling (215) 629-4026 x209. The Franklin Square Pavilion can be rented for birthday parties, corporate events, and special events. For information on booking a special event or party in the Pavilion:

Photographs courtesy of