Friday, June 23, 2017

Weekend Events June 24

Jun. 24 Raspberry Celebration at Linvilla. PYO begins at 8 a.m.

Jun. 24 Bookbinding Class at Historic Sugartown  

Jun. 24  Landscapes and Structures + Plein Air Summer Art Series at Valley Forge National Historical Park 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Stirling's Headquarters (Off Yellow Springs Rd).

Jun. 24 Havertown Irish Festival noon - 9 p.m. the Manoa Shopping Center rear parking lot, West Chester Pike in Havertown.

Jun. 24 - 25 Manayunk Arts Festival 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jun. 24 Secrets and Spies at Valley Forge National Historical Park meet at Washington's Headquarters Train Station 12:30 p.m.

Jun. 24 Muhlenberg Living History Days at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Jun. 24 The Super Run at the Navy Yard. Dress accordingly as the super hero you most relate to or aspire to be.

Jun. 24 Yachtstock River Jam, Governor Printz Park, Corinthian Yacht Club, West End Boat Club down by the river in Essington. Proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals Philadelphia Unit. Noon to 10 p.m.

Jun. 24 Newlin Grist Mill Things to Do
Bird Walk 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Woodturning 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Pop-Up Naturalist: "Pond Life" 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

Jun. 24 Grains of the World Fundraising Dinner at Newlin Grist Mill $45/person. Proceeds will help with the rebuilding of the water wheel which powers the 107 Grist Mill. Call 610-459-2359 to RSVP.  

Jun. 24 and 25 New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park.

Jun. 24 and 25 Annual Baymen's Seafood and Music Festival at Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton N.J. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

Jun. 24 Night of Light, Addiction Candle Light Vigil at Upper Chichester Recreation Center, 8500 Furey Road in Boothwyn. 6:30 p.m.

Jun. 25 The Color Run at Citizens Bank Park 

Jun. 25 Sierra Club Hike at 1:15 p.m. Mineral Hill 1.5 miles Park at Middletown Memorial Park on the north side of Baltimore Pike just west of Ridley Creek

Jun. 25 Living History Sunday at the 1696 Thomas Massey House Between 1 and 4 Enjoy demonstrations of colonial cooking, gardening, tools, candle making and blacksmithing along with tours of the 300 year house.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Beach Buddies

Flip flops

Bathing Suit


Surf Board

Something to toss and catch game


Beach Blanket



and a beach buggy to carry it all...................

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

10 Things In the Beach Bag

Heading to the beach is a personal experience for everyone. I leave it to you to prioritize and personalize your own list. I offer a few ideas and there are surely one or two items you can leave back at the house. What could you leave behind or maybe you need a larger beach bag?



Cell Phone


Food and Drink

Ice Cream Money


Lip Balm

Beach Tags


Cover Up

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Simple Pleasures in Life

Coffee on the deck, porch or front steps, anywhere outside.

Delicious Dinner that doesn't infringe on your healthy diet

Walk on the beach

Glass of wine, some prefer beer and a sobering iced tea  is also a treat

Roof over your head, especially on a rainy day


Cool breeze on a hot day

Rising up to greet the sunrise

Walk in the woods

Breathing in the fresh air.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Week of June 19 Events

June 20 International Day of Yoga.

June 20 Paint and Sip Artist Workshop at 56th Street Plaza in Philadelphia.

June 20 The 115th Anniversary Celebration of Historic Eden Cemetery 4:30 p.m. at 1434 Springfield Road, Collingdale PA 19023.

2017 Honorees
Joseph Becton
Historian, Interpreter, Musician
Becton Tours and Historical Services
3rd Regiment United States Colored Troops

Dr. Marion T. Lane
Author, Educator
Board member Friends of Valley Forge Park
and the Museum of the American Revolution

June 21 Summer Solstice the longest day of the year.

June 21 World Music Day

June 21 "Keep Music Alive" will perform at the Summer Musical Festival at the Middletown Free Library 6:30 p.m.

June 23 The Friends of the Thomas Leiper host a "Party on the Porch" an annual open house at the 1785 Leiper Estate 7 - 9 p.m. located at 521 Avondale Road, Wallingford, PA.

Jun. 24 Raspberry Celebration at Linvilla. PYO begins at 8 a.m.

June 24 Bookbinding Class at Historic Sugartown  

June 24  Landscapes and Structures + Plein Air Summer Art Series at Valley Forge National Historical Park 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Stirling's Headquarters (Off Yellow Springs Rd).

June 24 Havertown Irish Festival noon - 9 p.m. the Manoa Shopping Center rear parking lot, West Chester Pike in Havertown.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Weekend Events June 16 - 18, 2017

Jun. 16 Annual 5 Mile Race 7 p.m. 

Jun. 16 Delaware Canal Festival in Bristol Borough Lagoon Park 6 - 8:30 p.m. 

Jun. 16 and 17 Pour into Summer Wine Festival on LBI at Beach Haven, N.J.

Jun. 17 The Color Run in Hershey, PA 

Jun. 17 Middletown Parks and Recreation June Trail Walk (approx. 1 hour) in Middleton 10 a.m. led by Dr. Richard Benner. The walk begins at Linvilla Trail Head, call 610.565.2700 ext 241 or 242 to register.

Jun. 17 Public Art Bike Tours: Explore Philly's Outdoor Sculpture 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. See Big Bling on display June  - November 2017. 

Jun. 17 Colonial Game Day at Morgan Log House 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Jun. 17 Secrets and Spies at Valley Forge National Historical Park meet at Washington's Headquarters Train Station 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Jun. 17 Escape Brandywine begins at John Chads House. Additional limited dates June 17, July 8 and July 15.

Jun. 17 Public Archaeology 10:00am-3:00 p.m. Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA, Public Archaeology Days invite volunteers to assist professional archaeologists with site excavation, artifact screening and care. Public Archaeology Days currently center on the tail race of the 1704 Grist Mill and the Archive, formerly a mid-eighteenth century general store. No registration required. Free to the public. All ages.

Jun. 17  The Betsy Ross House hosts the 10th annual Stars and Stripes Saturday , from 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. The event features daylong family entertainment, including old-fashioned carnival games in the Betsy Ross House courtyard and non-stop, family-friendly entertainment including juggling and circus acts, a Punch and Judy Puppet show, magic and more. Event is free. Tours of the house $5 for Adults $4 for Children.

Photo credit: MKennedy courtesy Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Jun. 17 Heinz 45th Birthday and Summer Solstice Festival 5 p.m. at the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

Extended through June 18 The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square. 

Photo: J.Fusco for Tianyu courtesy of Historic Philadelphia Inc.

Jun. 18 Father's Day. Pressed for a gift for Dad? is offering a Father's Day Tie Color Book. or you can teach Dad How to Make a Wind Turbine.

Jun. 18 The 15th Annual Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health father's Day Gary Papa Run 10K and 5K. Benjamin Franklin Parkway Registration begins 6:30 a.m. 10k starts at 7:30 a.m. 5K starts at 8 a.m. 5k/1 Mile Fun Walk starts at 8:30 a.m. General Registration $30 Day of Race Registration $35.

Jun. 18 Philly Pride Parade the parade starts at 11:30 a.m. at 13th and Locust.

Jun. 18 Peter Wentz Farm "They Ought to be Men of Abilities" General Washington's Staff 2 p.m.

Jun. 18 - 23 Art Museum Restaurant Week 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Upcoming Photo Contests

Click on the links for complete details.
Whereas, I believe "everything" I read on the Internet, there could be discrepancies please read all details if you are interested in these photo contests and good luck.

Be one of thousands of people at events across the country who are part of our GO Day photo mosaic. Take a picture of yourself, your family or your friends having fun outdoors and submit it by June 23. Once all the photos are collected, they will become part of a much larger image representing GO Day that will be unveiled on and on July 4th.

Enter today for a chance to be named the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Each year, photographers around the world send National Geographic Travel gorgeous images that captivate and astonish. Our judges are looking for photos that tell the story of a place and travel moments that inspire. Contest Ends June 30.
Canon Little League Photo Contest  ENTRY PERIOD: The entry period for the Contest begins at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on May 1, 2017, and ends at 9:00 p.m. ET on June 30, 2017.

July 8 Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society Calendar Contest:
9–1 Photo Shoot (Valley maps provided)

1-3 Break and; individual critiques

3-4 Group critique specific photos
4-5 Reception (usual light refreshments)
Cost: $15 per person
Reservations: 484-444-2961 or Email Sue at Museum will provide water and rest facilities. Bring your own lunch. (rain date July 9)

Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) annual Lens on Liter Photo Contest Deadline October 31.

August 12, 2017, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is hosting its third National "Get into Your Sanctuary" celebration. This system-wide event will raise awareness about the value of our sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation through a series of special activities. Watch for, photo contest.

PhotoEx Media Arts Council Juried Photo Exhibit All entries must be received by July 22. Theme:Season’s 15th Annual Photo Contest began March 28, 2017, and ends November 30, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that he or she is 18 years old or older. Read more:

Natures Best Photography backyard 2017 BEST BACKYARDS 
Open June 26 - Sept. 26, 2017.

The Sony World Photography Awards has four competitions*Please note: you may only enter one of the below competitions. Once you have successfully submitted your images into one of the below, you will not be able to enter the other competitions.

  • Professional - 10 categories, judged on a body of work (Deadline: 13:00 GMT - January 11, 2018) 
  • Open - 10 categories, rewarding the best single images (Deadline: 13:00 GMT - January 4, 2018)
    ○ National Awards - Entries submitted to the Open competition are automatically entered into the National Awards based on nationality
  • Youth - for all photographers aged 12-19, a single image responding to one brief (Deadline: 13:00 GMT - January 4, 2018)
  • Student Focus - for those studying photography (Deadline: 13:00 GMT - December 4, 2017)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Proper Display of the U.S. Flag

Today June 14th is Flag Day 2017

Every year I have kept the same rules of flag flying and try to add places over the past years where I have captured a picture of a place flying the flag. here are this years selections.

1.  The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

Washington Crossing

2.  The flag is never allowed to touch the ground or floor.

Surry Ferry in Virginia

3. When hung over a sidewalk, on a rope extending from a building to a pole, the union stars are always away from the building.

Yorktowne, VA.

4.  When vertically hung over the center of the street, the flag always has the union stars to the north in an east/west street, and to the east in the north/south street.

2017 Inauguration U.S. Capitol Building

5.  The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.

Washington, N. C.

6.  The flag should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds but always allowed to fall free.

Denton, Texas Courthouse

7.  The flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day and then raised to the top of the staff.

Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia, PA

8.  Never fly the flag upside down except as a signal of distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

9. The flag is never flown in inclement weather except when using an all-weather flag.

Former Miss America's in the 2016 "Show Me Your Shoes Parade, Atlantic City, N.J.

10. The flag can be flown every day from sunrise to sunset and at night if illuminated properly.

Birthplace of Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman, Lancaster, Ohio

A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased Veteran who served honorably in the U. S. Armed Forces. View the details about burial flags at the

This photograph of the casket of former President Dwight Eisenhower, General in the United States Army, lying in state at the U.S. Capitol was on display at the museum at his birthplace 

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Upcoming Flag Day Festivities for June 14, 2017

Reminder: June 14 is Flag Day (listing of the proper ways to display the flag tomorrow, June 14, 2017.)

 Photo credit MKennedy courtesy of Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

13 Star Flag Raising and Flag Day Proclamation at the Betsy Ross House 10 a.m.

50 Star Flag Raising at the Constitution Center and Grand Parade to Independence Hall 10:30 a.m.

Stars and Stripes opening ceremony at Independence Hall 11 a.m.

Team Fastrax Professional Diving Team Independence Hall 12 p.m.

Naturalization Ceremony at the Betsy Ross House 1 p.m.

Giant Flag Folding at the National Constitution Center 2 p.m. and Independence Hall 3 p.m.

All Day Events

Stripes and Stars Community Fair at Independence National Historical Park 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Macy's Family Day at the National Constitution Center Admission $5 courtesy of Macy's. 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Meet the Flag Ladies of the DLA! at the Betsey Ross House 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. The DLA, Defense Logistics Agency hand embroider the flags that are displayed behind U.S. Presidents and Vice Presidents.

For complete details on all the above events go to

Monday, June 12, 2017

Upcoming Events this week June 12, 2017

Like to walk? Check out We Walk PHL

One of my new passions, and I am getting pretty good at it is Spot the Station. With the help of NASA, you can type in your location by city/town, state and country and they will tell you the next time the International Space Station will be passing overhead. You can also sign up for text alerts. The only basic skill you need to possess is knowing your NSEW directions. 🚀

The National Senior Games in Birmingham, Alabama run through June 15.  You can follow the results here. 🏅

June 12-23 Delaware County Senior Games begin with Boce at 9:30 a.m. at Rose Tree Park.  See the calendar for a list of all events and locations.🏅

June 12 "The Lazaretto", History Talk given by Barbara Selletti presented by the Nether Providence Historical Society 7:30 p.m. at the Helen Kate Furness Library. 😷


Long before Ellis Island, there was Lazaretto Where Route 420 ends at the Delaware River, you'll find Lazaretto. Considered both the oldest surviving quarantine hospital and the last surviving example of its type in the United States, it was built by the newly-created Board of Health after the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793 killed off one tenth of Philadelphia's population. Thereafter, every vessel headed toward the port of Philadelphia first stopped at Lazaretto. Later, it was the home of the Philadelphia Athletic Club, then a flight school during World War I and then a seaplane base. Speaker Barbara Selletti will paint a vivid picture of Lazaretto's long and fascinating history at Helen Kate Furness Library in Wallingford.

June 12 First Annual Vest-a-Cop Golf Outing at Springhaven Country Club in Wallingford. 👮

June 13 Congratulations to my niece Valerie 🎓 a 2017 high school graduate who plans on attending Bloomsburg in hopes of becoming a secondary school educator. She is the 2nd graduate I heard of this year who plans on being a high school teacher. What a tribute to their teachers! Somebody is doing a good job.  
Congratulations to all 2017 graduates 🎓 and the people that guided them along the way.

June 13 Guided Bird Walks 🐦at Valley Forge National Historical Park 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Jun. 13 - Jul. 29 Independence After Hours Tour in Philadelphia. Tuesdays -  Saturdays at 5:30 p.m.

June 14 Flag Day - Red for valor, White for purity and Blue for justice. Pennsylvania is the only state to celebrate Flag Day as a legal holiday. I will list some local festivities tomorrow.

June 14 Dining Under The Stars in downtown Media. 😋
June 15 Philadelphia Restaurant Week. 😋

June 15 Friend Raiser At Middletown Free Library 6 - 7 p.m. Free event but registering to attend helps them to know how many friends to expect. Register online or call the library. Event 6 - 9 p.m. Food, Auction and Music Upstairs and Kids Drive-In Movie Pizza Party Downstairs.

June 15 Tavern Talks presented by Chadds Ford Historical Society featuring "Quacking UP", Clarissa Dillon portrayed by Ph.D. Historian Nancy Webster. Tavern Talks is not a lecture it is an experience. Tickets $20 for non- members and $15 for members.

Upcoming:  Plan to save the date.

June 16 Annual 5 Mile Race 7 p.m. 🏃

June 16 and 17 Pour into Summer Wine Festival on LBI at Beach Haven, N.J. 🍷

June 24 Bookbinding Class at Historic Sugartown   🕮

Friday, June 9, 2017

June 10 - 11 Weekend Events

Today is the last day to vote on your favorite New Jersey beach. Decisions..decisions. Do you want everyone to know or keep it to yourself? 

June 10 National Get Outdoors Day

June 10 Tinicum Township Historical Society Flea Market, Antique Car Show and Community Day 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Governor Printz Park on the Delaware at 2nd and Taylor Avenue in Essington.

June 10 The 9th Annual Strawberry Festival at Strawberry Mansion 12 - 2 p.m.

June 10 Secrets and Spies at Valley Forge National Historical Park meet at Washington's Headquarters Train Station 12:30 p.m. 

June 10 Paper Marbling at Historic Sugartown Typical Class 5 hours.

Jun. 10 The Honor Flight will travel to Washington D.C. come out to St. Kevin's in Springfield to welcome them home at 6:15 p.m.

June 10 17th Annual State Street Blues Stroll in Media 6 p.m. - 1 a.m. 

June 10 Night Nation Run at XFINITY Live  the world's first running musical event. 

June 10  Muhlenberg Living History Days at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

June 10 Memories Games a program presented by Thomas McNellis, president of Memory Matters Corporation at Aston Community Center 2 - 3:15 p.m.

 June 11 Odunde African - American Festival 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

June 11 Media Arts and Craft Show 9 a.m. to 4 p.m on State St. in Media. Raindate June 18.

June 11 Scott Associates Garden Day Tour 1 - 6 p.m. followed by a reception at Scott Arboretum's Wister Center on the campus of Swarthmore College 5 - 6 p.m.

June 11 Sierra Club Hike Rose Valley, 2 miles at 1:15 p.m. Park and meet at the inner end of the Old Mill driveway near the start of the Saul Wildlife Sanctuary Trail. The driveway is just south of Hedgerow Theatre and across Rose Valley Rd. Contact].
June 11 Fishing with Friends along the Delaware River Waterfront , a monthly opportunity to learn the fundamentals of fishing with Todd Pride of Mid-Atlantic Youth Anglers and Outdoor Program Free. All Ages Welcome3 - 6 p.m.

June 11 Tony Awards on CBS at 8 p.m.

June 11 - 16 Art Museum Restaurant Week  

Extended through June 18 The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square. 

Photo: J.Fusco for Tianyu courtesy of Historic Philadelphia Inc.