Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sunday and Song at the STJ Doghouse

The Award Winning Saint James Choir held their Annual Christmas Party
December 10, 2017.


There is a huge cast of characters within this group

Grandma was run over by a reindeer. 


Dominic the Donkey did the holiday dance. 

The group provides a melody of song, the soloist also demonstrate the power of the Voice. Outstanding! 

Frosty, warmed the hearts of the crowd. 

Jack, is getting Nuthin for Christmas! It made us all laugh but also think about questionable behavior and fear, Santa Claus may skip your house this year!


The talent of Run, Run Rudolph, without a doubt could easily have been a true STJ track star.


I later shared a meal with the Squid and family, after the show. We both got the grouper at the Portabello Cafe. Everyone has a cousin or two like this, I only have one, Billy Vail. It is not often we get to honor one of our own. It is the beauty of being a blogger.



These Three Kings, adorned with the Burger King Crowns, royally sang one of the most popular Christmas carols.



The music director is seen producing 'live" this year's rendition of Jingle Bells, with enthusiastic family members of the choir.

 There was a call to action for recruits. You do not have to be a STJ Alumni, you do not even have to know how to sing. The music director said he can help! From what I could tell, you just need to have a desire to want to have fun and enjoy the comparability, but rest assure these men work hard to put on a professional show. The majority were graduates of the now closed Saint James Catholic High School in Chester but also included representatives from Chester High School, Sun Valley, Southern, West Catholic, and I know there are some I may have missed. They have performed in the Philadelphia at the St. Patrick's Parade and sang at the Cathedral Mass for several years in a row, also sang at several veteran's dedications and different parish functions. Not wishing to get into trouble (it's a Catholic thing for me) check their website. They also have some exciting events coming up. Including their toy drive December 13 and 14 and the James J. Hegarty Memorial Blood Drive December 18, 1:30 - 6:30 p.m. at the Doghouse.




One last piece of pride was announced by the Alumni Association President, Michael Ritz. Since its inception, the organization has raised 1.1 million dollars for scholarships.






All the music of the evening created a joyful and merry festive feeling but no other songs brought the crowd to their feet like the singing of the Alma Mater, the Saint James Bulldogs fight song.




♫♫ Saint James Catholic High School ♫♫

There is a Blue and Gray Choir "Keeping the Spirit Alive" CD for sale.
Again, check the website for additional details and contact info. 




To make the evening official, Santa Clause came to town, putting this establishment on the nice list.

 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Upcoming events beginning December 11


Dec. 11 Hollywood vs Faith with Frank Runyeon at Nativity B.V.M. Church in Media. Immediately following Salt and Light 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 11 "Thomas Pratt: Enterprising Man of Delaware County" presented by Prof. Lawrence Smythe, Jr. pf Penn State Brandywine at The Delaware County Institute of Science 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Dec. 12 National Menorah Lighting Chanukah on the Ellispe 4 p.m.

Dec. 13 Swarthmore Public Library presents Jeannine Osayande reading Amazing Peace by Maya Angelou 7 p.m.

Dec. 13 Bicycle Coalition of Philadelphia  Holiday Lights Ride through South Philly 5:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. plus an opportunity to win a cool bike.

Dec. 13 Live Nativity from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. at St. Eugene's Parish, 200 Oak Ave. in Primos with a Christmas Concert with the parish Children's Band at 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 13 Holiday Music Concert at Middletown Free Library  6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

AMVETS Post 118, located at 211 N. Morton Avenue in Morton will be collecting items (CD's, DVD's, candy, snacks. books, soap, toothpaste, brushes, pens and soup) for care packages for our troops.

Ridley Park Borough Annual Christmas Light contest. Residents are to call borough hall to enter their home to be judged Dec. 15 - 17. Winner announced Dec. 19. 

The 20th Annual Mitten Drive will be in place until Dec.29 at the lobby of the Media Courthouse. Mittens, scarves, hats and any winter accessories are welcome and will benefit children of Delaware County.

Residences at Chestnut Ridge have partnered with Toys for Tots Toy Drive. Participants can drop off new unwrapped gifts for children up to 17 years old at Chestnut Ridge 2700 Chestnut Street in Chester before Dec. 15 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Upcoming Weekend Events Beginning Dec. 9

Saturday and Sunday

Dec. 9 Philly Holiday Festival Free Museum Day at National Liberty Museum 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Located at 321 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia.

Dec. 9 Bobby Shantz former pitcher for the Philadelphia Athletics and New York Yankees will appear 11 a.m - 1 p.m. at the Sports Legends of Delaware County Museum located at 301 Iven Avenue in Wayne.

Dec. 9 Grumblethorpe Holiday Open House 12-4 p.m. The Grumblethorpe Youth Volunteers will be hosting an open house at Grumblethorpe! Swing by to take a tour, do some crafts, decorate gingerbread houses, and sip some hot cider!


Dec. 9 Breakfast with Santa at the Media Lions Club located at 11 Hilltop Street in Media 8:30 a.m. - noon, Cost $10 Children under 3 free. 

Dec. 9 Prospect Park Library Holiday Open House and Children's Clearance Book Sale 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dec. 9 Lunch with Santa presented by Bethel Parks and Recreation Board at Bethe Springs Elementary 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Guests are asked to bring a new choldren's book to donate and a canned good to benefit Bethel Food Bank.

Dec. 9 Book Signing with Ann Bryn and Gingerbread Baking Demonstration at the Museum of the American Revolution  11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Dec. 9 Army - Navy Game at Lincoln Financial Field Kick-off 3 p.m. 

Dec. 9 Candlelight night at Morgan Log House 3- 7 p.m.

Dec. 9 Chesapeake City, MD Candlelight House Tours 6 - 9 p.m. 

Dec. 9 Neighbor's Day and Dec. 10 Flavors of the Season. A Very Philly Christmas Historic Houses of Fairmount Park.



Dec. 10 Reindeer Romp 5K Fun Run/Walk fundraiser for the American Cancer Society sponsored by Nolan Painting. Run begins at 3 p.m. at the Oakmont School. Registration $25 Adults and $10 Kids.

Dec. 10 Widener University Chorale will perform at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, 301 E. Ninth Street in Chester. 4 p.m.

Dec. 10 The 3 1/2 Stories of Christmas with Frank Runyeon at Nativity B.V.M. Church in Media. Afterwards, Pizza with Santa in the Brick Building. All are Welcome. 3 p.m.

Dec. 10 First Crossing Reenactment of Washington Crossing the Delaware 10 - 4 p.m. Actual crossing 1 p.m. $8 Adults, $4 kids 5 - 11 under 5 free.



Upcoming:Plan Ahead

Dec. 11 Hollywood vs Faith with Frank Runyeon at Nativity B.V.M. Church in Media. Immediately following Salt and Light 7:15 p.m.

Dec. 11 "Thomas Pratt: Enterprising Man of Delaware County" presented by Prof. Lawrence Smythe, Jr. pf Penn State Brandywine at The Delaware County Institute of Science 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.


Dec. 16 Volunteer or Donate Wreaths Across America click on the link for updated info for a location near you to place a wreath and public awareness to Remember, Honor and Teach.


Dec. 16 International Academy of Ballet will perform The Nutcracker at Strath Haven Middle School two shows 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.


Dec. 20 Lisa Thomas-Laury, retired Action News co-anchor and author will speak at The Delaware County Press Club Luncheon. Open to the public doors open at 11:30 a.m. Cost $30. Luncheon will be held at the Radnor Hotel, 591 E. Lancaster Avenue in St. David's. RSVP by December 18 at noon, www.thepressclubpa.org/speakers

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Vintage Martin Guitar Exhibition

In Case You Missed It: Last Weekend Fred Oster, owner of Vintage Instruments opened to the public a look at his rare collection of Martin Guitars.



Postcard handout


🎵 The Beauties 🎵




















Special thanks to guitar groupie Dave Fiebert, for the photographs
he, who has quite a collection of guitars of his own.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Upcomiing Events and Things To Do Beginning December 7

Dec. 7 The 76th National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Dec.7 Photography Walk at Ridley Creek State Park an Out and About Adventure with Middletown Free Library. Meet at the Mansion 1 p.m. Register online or call, library no responsible if any injuries occur at the park. Walk 1 -3 p.m.

Dec. 7 The 5th Annual Holiday Candlelight Tour and the Committee of 1926 $49.95 at 5 :30 p.m. Visit Laurel Hill Mansion, Woodford Mansion and Historic Strawberry Mansion 

Dec. 7 Philly Holiday Festival Happy, Happy, Hour at Bourbon Blue 5 - 7 p.m. located at 2 Rector St in Manyunk.

Dec. 8 Indigenous Americans Series Part 2 with local historian Nancy Webster teaches the history of different regional tribes of indigenous Americans and gives an update to where they are now. Navajo/Dine 2 p.m. Register online or call library to attend.

Dec. 8 PA Representative Leanne Krueger-Braneky Winter Open House 3 - 6 p.m. located at 701 E. MacDade Blvd. in Folsom.

Dec. 8 Upper Darby Performing Arts Center will present Shooting Stars Holiday Spectacular.

Dec. 8 and 9 A Christmas Carol at Colonial Playhouse, 522 W. Magnolia Ave. in Aldan 8 p.m. performance. 

Upcoming for the Weekend

Dec. 9 Breakfast with Santa at the Media Lions Club located at 11 Hilltop Street in Media 8:30 a.m. - noon, Cost $10 Children under 3 free. 

Dec. 9 Delaware County Master Gardeners Greens and Gift Sale 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Environmental Center in Smedley Park, 20 Paper Mill Road in Springfield.

Dec. 9 Candlelight Night at Morgan Log House 3- 7 p.m.

Dec. 9 Chesapeake City, MD Candlelight House Tours 6 - 9 p.m. 

Dec. 9 Neighbor's Day and Dec. 10 Flavors of the Season. A Very Philly Christmas Historic Houses of Fairmount Park

Dec. 9 Army - Navy Game at Lincoln Financial Field Kick-off 3 p.m. 

Dec. 10 Reindeer Romp 5K Fun Run/Walk fundraiser for the American Cancer Society sponsored by Nolan Painting. Run begins at 3 p.m. at the Oakmont School. Registration $25 Adults and $10 Kids.

📣Chester Township Cougar Cheerleaders have been invited to compete at ESPN's Wide World of Sports in Florida with a cost to attend of $1,500 per participant. To help support these ladies, you can donate at https://www.gofundme.com/dancing-to-disney

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

December Distracted Driving

December has descended upon us once again

before we try and absorb the frenzy

let's take a moment

for Mindfulness

December Distracted Driving


Talking

Texting

Running Late

💗

Bad Weather

Drinking

Eating

 ðŸ’›

Changing radio station

Children in Car

Sneezing

Looking at GPS

💚 

During the holiday season, there are a lot more vehicles and people on the road.

Practice Patience and Pay Attention

This sign says it all

🛑

Get Your Head
Out of Your Apps

Monday, December 4, 2017

Upcoming Events/Things To Do Dec. 4 - 6

📸Now through December 31 Last Call to “Share the Experience”. It's still not too late to enter photos from your recent national park trips in the 2017 Share the Experience Photo Contest. The National Park Foundation invites you to share your most inspiring, spectacular photos, for the chance to win amazing cash prizes, hotel stays and much more! One lucky winner will also have the chance to have his/her photo featured on the 2019 Federal Recreational Lands Pass. Don't miss out – submit your photos now at www.sharetheexperience.org!
 
🎄Dec. 4 Watch National Tree Lighting the ceremony on the Hallmark Channel. 7/6C p.m.

🕮Dec. 4 Author of "When Chopsticks Meets Apple Pie: Cross-Cultural Musings on Life , Family and Food" , Annabel Annuo Lin will speak at Helen Kate Furness Library in Wallingford 7 p.m. 

👵👴Dec. 5 UPMC for Life Medicare seminar at Helen Kate Furness Free Library 2 p.m. located at 100 N. Providence Rd. in Wallingford.

🎄Dec. 5 Mercy- Fitzgerald Hospital host a great American holly tree lighting ceremony and live Nativity at 1500 Lansdowne Ave. 5 p.m. Santa will be there from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

🎄Dec. 5 Colonial Christmas presented by Nancy Webster at 6:30 p.m. at Middletown Free Library. Register online or call library to attend.

🎄Dec. 5 Prospect Park Tree Lighting at Park Square 7 p.m. Santa will pay a visit and the community is collecting canned food for Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry.

🎨Dec. 6 DCCC welcomes Odili Donald Odita, artist and Philadelphia educator 4 p.m. in the Large Auditorium in the Academic Building on campus, 901 S. Media Line Road in Media.

Dec. 6 Textiles in Ancient Egypt with Stephen Phillips Ph.D. from U of Penn Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology 6:15 p.m. at Garling Hall of the Ridley Township Library. 

🐴Dec. 6 Carriage Rides State and Orange Streets in Media 6 - 9 p.m. $10 per person.

🎄Dec. 6 Live Nativity at The Church of Christ, 1530 4th Avenue in Folsom 7:30 - 9 p.m. 
 
🕮Dec. 6 Author of "Five Stars in the Window: Growing Up during World War II" David Komarnicki will speak at Helen Kate Furness Library in Wallingford 7 p.m.





Friday, December 1, 2017

Santa Claus Parade Has Come To Everybody's Hometown, Media, PA

In Case You Missed It 

in order of appearance

Here Comes Santa Claus

🎅🎅🎅🎅🎅

Holiday Parade in Media, PA

Sunday, November 26, 2017 

Part 1 





Part 2




If you still feel the need to see a holiday parade

Chester County is having their holiday parade

tonite December 1 in West Chester.

click on the link for  LIST OF FESTIVITIES.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Upcoming Events Starting Dec. 1 Things to Do



Now – Dec. 17 Select Works by Reverend Michael Alan exhibit opening at the Hill-Physick House Illustrator of Steve Grasse's book "Colonial Spirits", Reverend Michael Alan creates new ink and watercolor illustrations inspired by the Hill-Physick house, the rich history of Philadelphia and seasonal alchemical magic. The Rev. will also have information about commissioning hand painted family trees, marriage certificates and birth announcements! They make amazing and unique holiday gifts!  

Dec. 1 Indigenous Americans Series Part 2 with local historian Nancy Webster teaches the history of different regional tribes of indigenous Americans and gives an update to where they are now. Shawnee 2 p.m. Register online or call Middletown Free Library to attend.

Dec.1  Holiday Hayrides at Arasapha Farms 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. check the link for days.

Dec. 1  Upper Darby Performing Arts Center will present "Twas the Night Before Christmas."

Dec. 1 Holiday Tree Lighting at Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest 6 - 9 p.m.

Dec. 1 Bottle and Brush Paint Fundraiser at Middletown Free Library $40 Register to Attend. 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 1 First Friday Music Series: Legacy Jazz Trio at MAC Media Arts Council located at 609-B W. State Street in Media.8 - 9:30 p.m.

Dec. 1 First Friday Film Series at the Peace Center of Delaware County located at 1001 Old Sproul Road in Springfield. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie "Some Mother's Son" begins at 7 p.m. The film is based on the 1981 fast Bobby Sands took against the treatment of IRA prisoners in Northern Ireland.

Dec. 1 Festival of Lights Rose Tree Park 7 p.m. opening ceremony with music from Springton Lake Middle School, tree lighting and the arrival of Santa Claus.

Dec. 1 Widener University Music and Dance performance at Kapelski Recital Hall E. 14th and Walnut St. on campus 7 p.m. Artwork of the studio art students will be on special display during intermission.


Dec. 2 and 3 A Very Philly Christmas Historic Houses of Fairmount Park Dec. 2 Sounds of the Season, Dec. 3 Family Day, Dec. 9 Neighbor's Day and Dec. 10 Flavors of the Season.

Dec. 2, 9 and 16 A Dickens Christmas in Cape May

Dec. 2 Twilight Tidings at the Tavern at the Historic Barns-Brinton House.  Celebrate the season with a historic look at the four major holidays of the 18th century winter season: Christmas, New Year’s, Twelfth Night and Candlemas. Twilight Tidings at the Tavern will be a 90-minute open house where you can explore the 1714 tavern at your own pace, meeting guides in authentic colonial clothing, learning about holiday celebrations of the 18th century, and enjoying samples of historic holiday foods and complimentary beverages like wassail, mulled wine and punch.  Twilight Tidings at the Tavern is a 21-and-over event at the Barns-Brinton House, 630 Baltimore Pike (U.S. Route 1), Chadds Ford, PA 19317. There are two tour times available: 4:00 pm and 6:00 pm. Tickets are $20 ($15 for CFHS Members), and must be purchased in advance at the Society’s website, www.chaddsfordhistory.org, by phone at 610-388-7376 or in person at the Society’s office. Space is limited, and these tours will sell out. The Society’s office is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, and is located at 1736 N. Creek Rd. in Chadds Ford.  Visit www.chaddsfordhistory.org for additional information and tickets.  

Dec. 2 Christmas Bazaar at Prospect United Methodist Church 800 Lincoln Avenue in Prospect Park 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Dec. 2 Christmas Bazaar at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 501 Chester Pike in Norwood 9 - 2 p.m.

Dec. 2 Eddystone United Methodist Church 9th St. and Saville Ave. 9 - 2 p.m.

Dec. 2 Origami Class for children to make holiday crafts at Upper Chichester Library 10:30 a.m.

Dec. 2 Catholic Community Choir lunch with Santa at Cardinal O'Hara H.S. Seatings for a pizza, snack, small craft at 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. and a small performance by the cast of Elf, Jr.at 12:30 p.m. and Santa. Tickets $8 for 4 and older and $5 for 3 and under.

Dec. 2 Train display begins at the Carriage House of the Grange Estate 1 - 4 p.m. 

Dec. 2 Free Movie "Elf" for upper elementary and Middle School students at Gateway Community Church , 708 S. Old Middletown Road in Middletown 2 - 5 p.m.

Dec. 2 Friends of the Grange Holiday Party in the mansion 4 -7 p.m. Admission $25 hors d'oeuvres, desserts and punch will be served.

Dec. 2 The Marple Newtown Community Band at Stage One: The Performing Arts Complex of Delaware County, 101 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford. Free performance open to the public 7 p.m.

Dec. 2 Winter Ball held by Holy Family Regional School 7 - 11 p.m at St. Joesph's Deagan Hall in Aston.

Dec. 2 Country Gardeners Holiday Greens Sale at Tyler Arboretum 9:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 2 and 3 Christmas Festival at Peddler's Village.  10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Dec. 2 Deck the Alley at Elfreth's Alley 3 - 7 p.m. Tickets include getting a look inside the homes on the nation's oldest residential street.

Dec. 2 Taylor Hospice Celebration of Life Service 4:30 - 6 p.m. at 1 Acres Drive in Ridley Park.

Dec. 3 Holiday Arts and Craft Show at Penn State Rt. 352 and Yearsley Rd in Media 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Dec. 3 Penn State Alumni Association Holiday, Craft  and Gift Show 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Rte 352 and Yearsley Mill Rd. in Media.

Dec. 3 Delco Cruisers Car Club Holiday Cruise for Kids 9 - 11 a.m. at Rose Tree Park in conjunction with U.S. Marines Toys for Tots Program of Folsom Marine Corp Base.

Dec. 3 Mindfulness through Birdwatching Walk 9 - 11 a.m. at Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

Dec. 3 Celebrations Around the World at Penn Museum 11 - 4 p.m.  Free for kids and family.

Dec. 3 Santa will arrive by train at 1 p.m. to downtown Ridley Park borough and be available to meet 1 -4 p.m.

Dec. 3 Transition Town Media Green Sunday Holiday Fair at Media Friends School 125 W. 3rd Street in Media 1-4 p.m. Unique handmade gifts. 

Dec. 3 Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra Christmas Concert at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center 601 Lansdowne Avenue in Drexel Hill. Tickets $20, $17 for seniors and $5 for students.

Dec. 3 Mud, Sweat and Cheers 5k and Trail Run at Blackrock Park.

Dec. 3 - 5 Ghost of Christmas Past Trolley Rides and Evening Holiday Lights Trolley Rides.

Dec. 3 Widener University Fall Vocal Solo Recital 7 p.m. at Lathem Hall, E. 13th and Potter on campus.

Dec. 3 Collingdale borough Tree Lighting and Santa arrival 7 p.m. at the Collingdale Community Center.

Local Drop off Spots for Marine Toys for Tots and click here to find National locations.
sat and sun

Now through Jan. 1 Holidays at Hagley Eleutherian Mills