Monday, May 23, 2016

Upcoming Events this Week May 23-27

On May 19 Pleasantville Elementary School in West Orange, New Jersey was renamed Kelly Elementary School in honor of twin astronaut brothers Mark and Scott Kelly who attended school there.

May 23 Visit Widener University Observatory for a look at Mars a free public viewing 9:30 - 10 p.m. at Kirkbride Hall 17th and Walnut Streets in Chester 5th Floor.

May 23 Container Garden Workshop: Use Native Plants to attract butterflies, bees and birds to your home.  I saw this flyer at Heinz NWR yesterday and I thought I would pass it along. RSVP to or 503.250.3020 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. at the Mander Recreation Center 2140 N. 33rd Street in Philadelphia. More info at Facebook/

May 23 Anarchist's Guide to Historic House Museums a presentation and discussion 6 - 8 p.m. at 1300 Locust Street in Philadelphia.

May 24 -Marple Historical Society   Marple Historical Society Preservation and Scholarship awards Dinner / 6:30 / 1696 Thomas Massey House.

May 25 Mediterranean Cuisine Comes to You through Penn State Extension, Delaware County Smedley Park in Springfield, PA.

FBW (Flash Back Wednesday) May 25, 1986 Does anyone remember Hands Across America? My link in the chain was in Ridley, PA outside Taylor Hospital. It was electrifying! Yes, I have the pictures to prove it. I came across them recently but I can't find them to save myself  today and now I am an emotional mess from reviewing so many pictures from long ago and peopleno longer around. I am not sure if I have a photographic memory, or if I have a photographaholic collection. I have so many pictures. I am trying to sort them now. I'll find the pictures check back.

Hands Across America was a benefit event and publicity campaign staged on Sunday May 25, 1986 in which approximately 5.5 million people held hands in a human chain for fifteen minutes along a path across the continental United States. Participants paid ten dollars to reserve their place in line; the proceeds were donated to local charities to fight hunger and homelessness and help those in poverty. 
"On the afternoon of Sunday, May 25, 1986, almost seven million people joined hands to form a line that stretched 4,152 miles (6,682 km) from New York City's Battery Park to the RMS Queen Mary pier in Long Beach, California. This nationwide event, called Hands Across America, was intended to raise money to fight hunger and homelessness."
In order to allow the maximum number of people to participate, the path linked major cities and meandered back and forth within the cities. There were undoubtedly many breaks in the chain, but enough people participated to form an unbroken chain across the 48 contiguous states if the path had been a straight line. This description of Hands Across America was found at but I remember it vividly as well. It was a cool thing to be part of.

May 26  The Middletown Free Library Spring Opera Series!  12 2 p.m. – The Tales of Hoffmann by Offenbach.

May 26 - June 5 Devon Horse Show and County Fair  special events.

May 27 National Sun Screen Day just in time for the holiday weekend and the unofficial start of summer. Keep your sunny side covered up.

May 27 Blue Cross Riverrink Summerfest opens.

Some events "could be" be weather dependent check the link or call in the event of inclement weather.

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