Thursday, June 30, 2016

Early Holiday Weekend Events June 29 - July 1

June 29 through September 30 Parks on Tap will be popping up all over Philadelphia see the locations and dates here.

June 30 , July 2 and July 4 Free Museum Day at the National Constitution Center.

June 30 Wawa Hoagie Day on Independence Mall Noon - 1 p.m.

June 30 The movie "National Treasure" will be shown at Penn's Landing beginning at dusk.

June 30 String Band Under the Stars at the Mummers Museum.
July 1–12  100th Anniversary. "At least one shark attacks 5 swimmers along 80 miles (130 km) of New Jersey coastline during the Jersey Shore shark attacks of 1916, resulting in 4 deaths and the survival of one youth who requires limb amputation." This event is the inspiration for author Peter Benchley, over half a century later, to write Jaws. That was 100 years ago, I swim in the LBI waters every summer a few blocks from where this first attack happened, but not too deep.  I have never spotted a shark but the dolphins love this part of the coastline, conditions seemed to have improved.

July 1 Free Museum Day at the African American Museum located at 701 Arch Street in Philadelphia.

July 1 "Minions the movie will be shown at Piazza at Schmidt's Commons along with a Minion theme dance party with a costume contest. 6 p.m. - 11 p.m.

July 1 Fireworks at the Great Plaza with the Philadelphia Orchestra entertainment 8 p.m. - 10 p.m. at Penn's Landing "Free"

July 1 - 2 Fireworks after the Phillies Game at Citizens Bank Park Tickets $22 - $85

Check on the links to verify times and possible changes.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Museum Without Walls - Philadelphia

Today Wawa Welcomes America Highlights "Museums Without Walls"
Philadelphia has one of the largest collections of outdoor sculptures, I offer a glimpse at a few of my favorites.  Go to the link, to find out more about where to find these pieces and how to connect to the audio tour. 

"The Prophet" by Jacob Lipkin (1909 - 1996) stands at 16th and the Parkway.
To read more about the artist, I found a very fascinating and detailed description at

Paul Philippe Cret was the supervising architect of the Philadelphia Parkway now know as the Ben Franklin Parkway. I believe it to be an open air museum all its own. I love to stroll along the artist's pathway. I find something new every time. 

Just passing by in a car, I am not sure I would notice the following pieces as standouts, just as we pass by so much on any given day and consider it ordinary. Do the walk and take time to observe and read about these unique pieces of art.

It's a turtle!

It's a bird pecking at the ground!

 It's a star!

It's a fish!

From every angle it is something different, as in life there is the creator's perspective and the observer's translation. After you decide what it is, read the sign " Three Way Piece Number One Points" by Henry Moore. It reminds me of the saying, there are three sides to every story, Yours, Mine and the Truth to me this designates a Fourth.

Rock Form ( Porthcurno) by Barbara Hempwworth is an abstract.  I thought it looked like a couple embracing and having an intimate moment, similar to couples that exhibit PDA's in front of the LOVE sculpture just down the street in Philadelphia. The description suggests Barbara had rocks in her head when she designed this piece. I mean no disrespect, she created something different in my mind's eye.Maybe she was seeing rock solid relationship just in another medium.

Three Disc, One Lacking by Alexander Calder (1898 - 1976) looks like an airplane and a pilot rising into the sky. Reading further about this artist, I learned he created a sculptor called "WTC Stabile", also known as "Cockeyed Propeller" and "The Three Wings". In 1971, his creation was installed at the entrance of the World Trade Center, North Tower. It moved around the plaza through the years. On September 11, it stood in front of 7 World Trade Center one of the buildings on the perimeter of the plaza. Thirty percent of the sculpture was recovered but cannot be restored. There are hopes to bring it back to life in a different form. In a roundabout way, this sculpture stands to support the many victims of that horrible tragedy.

Not far from the above sculpture you will pass by Logan Square and "The Swann Fountain" created by Alexander Stirling Calder (1870 - 1945). It is a memorial to Dr Wilson Carey Swann, founder of the Philadelphia Fountain Society. The Native American figures represent three local rivers, the Delaware, Schuylkill, and the Wissahickon.  

Look up for this one, the 37 foot William Penn statue atop City Hall was  designed by Alexander Milne Calder, the father of Alexander Stirling Calder and grandfather of  Alexander "Sandy" Calder.

You can find a smaller replica inside the Athenaeum in Philadelphia

The Athenaeum is another fascinating museum in Philadelphia but it is inside maybe you would want to save this trip fora rainy day.

The Holocaust

The Holocaust statue stands also at 16th and the Parkway across from "The Prophet". The Monument to Six Million Jewish Martyrs by Nathan Rapoport. The flames at the top of the statue represent a Moses and the burning bush.

Nathan Rapoport also designed this thought provoking statue called Liberation that stands in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey.

This is just a small sampling.

Another great link to find a sculpture that you spot in Philadelphia

I found the answer to one of my mysterious sculptures in Fairmount Park on the above website.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

10 Hot Upcoming Concerts this Summer

July 3 Steely Dan with Steve Winwood at B B and T Pavilion in Camden
July 9 Billy Joel at Citizens Bank Park
July 10 Hall and Oates at B B and T Pavilion in Camden
July 12 Paul McCartney at Citizens Bank Park
July 13 Bob Dylan at Mann
July 15 Journey and The Doobie Brothers at  B B and T Pavilion in Camden
August 20 Barbara Streisand Wells Fargo Center
August 26 Bonnie Rait at Mann
September 7 and 9 Bruce Springsteen
September 9 and 10 Adele at Wells Fargo Center

Monday, June 27, 2016

Top 10 Plus Upcoming Events Week of June 27

Congratulations to the 2016 Copa America winner..................Chile.
Messi missed, my jaw is dropped. 
Shootouts, shaking my head.
Chile Champs!

Find Summer Meals in Your Community Nutritious free meals are available for children and teens 18 and younger at many locations throughout the nation throughout the summer while school is out of session. Use the mapping tool below to find a site near you. New sites will be added as the school year ends and throughout the summer. 

June 27 National get tested for HIV Day.

June 27 "Reinventing the Commercial Corridor" with Randall Arendt 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at The Coventry Mall, 351 W. Schuylkill Road, Pottstown, PA 19465  WORKSHOP WITH RANDALL ARENDT, SENIOR CONSERVATION ADVISER, NATURAL LANDS TRUST Learn how your community can:
• Use its unique historic and natural assets to attract economic opportunities
• Improve landscaping and create green spaces that preserve water quality
• Enhance access for pedestrians and bicyclists
• Improve economic viability and attractiveness
• Manage stormwater to emphasize groundwater infiltration and recharge
• Use native species in landscaping, minimizing water requirements, and capturing the distinctive “spirit of the place.”Light dinner will be served. Registration is FREE, but required, contact Maureen at 610-353-5587 x312 or Funding for this workshop is provided by The William Penn Foundation as part of the Delaware River Watershed Initiative, to learn more visit William Penn Foundation

June 27 Our Flag Unfurled Mural Rededication 2 - 3 p.m. at 500 N. Columbus Blvd. in Philadelphia.

June 27 Wawa Welcomes America begins  Link to the happenings.

June 27 Free Museum Day at the Ben Franklin Museum 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
June 27 Go Forth and Learn About Science Behind Pixar 7 - 8:30 p.m. at Franklin Square with the showing of Finding Nemo 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.

June 28 SummerMusic Festival at Middletown Free Library 6:30 p.m. Broadway Show Tunes and Jazz.

June 28 The Latest in Colorectal Cancer Research and Trends online webinar 7 p.m. click to register.

June 28 Free Museum Day at the Rodin Museum on the Parkway. 

June 29 Go Forth and Workout Like Rocky 6:25 a.m. - 7:30 a.m. Where else? Workout with November Project on the Philadelphia Art Museum Steps.

June 29 Tyler Arboretum Woody Plant Conference at Swarthmore College 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

June 29 - July 4 Parks on Tap at Schuylkill Banks at Walnut Street Bridge

Friday, June 24, 2016

Upcoming events this weekend June 24 -26, 2016

June 25 is National Campout Day. Are you a Happy Camper? Get Tips from the National Wildlife Federation. 

June 25 French and Indian Encampment and Skirmish at Colonial Plantation 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

June 25 Battleship Beerfest 12:30 p.m. aboard the Battleship N.J., located in Camden N.J.

June 25 Yachtstock River Jam Essington Noon - 10 p.m.

June 25 Food Truck Festival at the Navy Yard in Philadelphia. Tastes of Three Cities

June 25 Arts and Easter Seals 2 - 4 p.m. 

June 25-26 Get Into Your Sanctuary Days. Check out the website for a map of a sanctuary near you.  Unfortunately, we do not have one very close to us but Mallow Bay on the Potomac in Charles County, Maryland is not that far and perhaps worth checking out.

June 25-26 Mid Atlantic Sea Glass and Coastal Arts Festival in Lewes Delaware. 

June 25 Chester County Homebrew Fest at the American Helicopter Museum 6 - 10 p.m.

June 25 Margate Beachstock at Huntington Ave Beach 21st Century Version of Woodstock on the beach. 

June 25-26 New Castle County Ice Cream Festival in Rockwood Park in Wilmington, Delaware. 

June 25 - 26 Family Weekend: Pets in Prison, With New Leash on Life, USA at Eastern Penitentiary.

June 26 Burger Brawl, Taco Takedown and Cocktail Competition at XFINITY LIVE to benefit literacy programs through technology for undeserved children of Philadelphia. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

June 26 Concord Township Historical Society Museum Opening Dates
Museum open 1 pm to 4 pm on June 26th, July 24th, August 28th, September 25th and October 23rd,  Virginia Merion DeNenno History and Educational Center at the Pierce-Willits House, 659 Smithbridge Road, Glen Mills, PA. Featuring
* A Beaver Valley Exhibit
* Historic Maps
* Antique Farm Implements
* Early Schools in Concord
* Colonial Cooking Implements
* The Pierce- Willis Story
* When the Railroad Came to Concord
Contact Concord Township Historical Society - Delaware County, Pennsylvania regarding private tours for 6 or more.

June 26-28 Big Barrel Country Music Concert in Dover Delaware cancelled, ticket refund info.

June 26 Concert By Candlelight at Laurel Hill Mansion in East Fairmount Park "Lance Wiseman" Forte piano. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets can be purchased at using Pay Pal, by calling 215-643-7923 or emailing

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

The Generations

Today is Baby Boomers Recognition Day, I would also like to acknowledge those who came before and those that follow.

This is a listing of recent generations for individuals born in the United States. Dates are approximate, as recognized by demographers.
2000/2001-Present - New Silent Generation or Generation Z
1980-2000 - Millennials or Generation Y
1965-1979 - Generation X
1946-1964 - Baby Boom
1925-1945 - Silent Generation
1900-1924 - G.I. Generation

The Population Reference Bureau provides an alternate listing and chronology of generational names in the United States.

1983-2001 - New Boomers
1965-1982 - Generation X
1946-1964 - Baby Boomers
1929-1945 - Lucky Few
1909-1928 - Good Warriors
1890-1908 - Hard Timers
1871-1889 - New Worlders


Source:List can be found at About Education