Thursday, August 17, 2017

Weekend Aug 18 - 20

Aug. 18 - 20 Bead Fest Philadelphia Expo. 
Aug. 19-20 Festival of Flight Air Show and Car Show at New Garden Airfield

Aug. 19 Secrets and Spies at Valley Forge National Historical Park meet at Washington's Headquarters Train Station 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Aug. 19  Muhlenberg Living History Days at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Aug. 19 High Seas Pirate Day at Fort Mifflin 10 a.m.

Aug 19 Fife and Drum Party at the Museum of the American Revolution 12 p.m.

Aug. 19 Super Solar Saturday Family Friends and Art Day Doors open at 12:30 p.m. The Mann Music Center campus will be transformed into a space themed park with roving Star War characters. Hidden Figures screening 7 p.m.

Aug. 19 and 20 Select Krispy Kreme locations will give there signature glaze doughnut  a chocolate sheen for the upcoming eclipse during limited hours.

Aug. 20 Tri State Jazz Society Concert in the Duke Gallery of the Community Arts Center in Wallingford 2 - 4:30 p.m. Richard Dowling - Solo Piano.

Now through Aug. 27 Preservation: Clay Studio Collaboration 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Hill.Physick.Keith House 321 S. 4th Street in Philadelphia. 

Aug. 28 Deadline to order Senior National Park Lifetime Pass for $10 online or through the mail is $20. (must be 62 or older). The rate will go up to $80. 

Eclipse events listed on Friday  so you have the whole weekend to prepare for Eclipse Day.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

10 Plus Capitol Complex Gems, Charleston, West Virginia

I had this post planned for a while and the timing seems to fit. I was in West Virginia in March and learned a lot about the area by just walking around the Capitol Complex. I suppose at any time a monument or tribute here could be called into question but by removing it you don't take away what happened or erase that history. Many mistakes have occurred in our nations history. Isn't it better to acknowledge that this happened and learn from those missteps? When I walked around, I learned things about the area I would never have known if any of these statues were removed.

On Jun 20, 1863 West Virginia became the only state born from the Civil War. She split from the heavily supported Confederate State of Virginia.

The capital of West Virginia switched from Wheeling to Charleston in 1870 back to Wheeling and finally settled on Charleston as the capitol in 1885.

Cass Gilbert of Zanesville, Ohio was the West Virginia Capitol Building architect. You may have seen a few of his other creations. The Woolworth Building in New York City, the world's first skyscraper, the United States Treasury and the U.S. Supreme Court buildings in Washington, D.C. along with the capitol buildings of Minnesota and Arkansas all were designed by Gilbert. It was dedicated June 20, 1932 on the state's 69th birthday.

Directly in front of the building is the statue, Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight, based on a poem by Vachel Lindsay. The sculptor was Fred Martin Torrey.

Words from the poem

It is portentous, and a thing of state
That here at midnight, in our little town
A mourning figure walks, and will not rest...

The statue of Lincoln invokes a lot of emotion.

Walter Martens of Charleston designed the Governor's Mansion completed in 1925.

Holly Grove Mansion built in 1815 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. It was originally the home of David Ruffner, an early founder of the salt industry in Kanawha Valley.

All three of the above buildings face the Kanawha River in a beautiful and prestigious setting. The area is also a hub for cultural events.

Across from the Capitol Building stands a Zero Mile Marker

A stature of Stonewell Jackson stands on the SE corner on the front lawn of the Capitol Complex in West Virginia. It was dedicated by the Daughters of the Confederacy. Stonewall is one of those controversial statues that crops up ever once and a while that bothers people. The Civil War wasn't all that good to Jackson either if you read his history. An identical statue is featured at VMI parade grounds. It was sculpted by former Virginia Military Institute graduate Moses Ezekiel, a veteran Confederate soldier. Stonewell Jackson was a teacher at VMI.

The Union Soldier located at the SW corner was erected in 1930 by the Union  Soldiers Memorial and Sailor Commission. It honors and recognizes West Virginians that served in the Civil War.

Of course I am slightly spoiled to live in a state that possess the original Liberty Bell but I had to go all the way to West Virginia to learn this tidbit in history. On the far side of the building in line with the rotunda stands a replica of the Liberty Bell cast in France. To promote U.S. Savings Bonds in 1950, fifty-three bells were made and each capitol building in each state has one. Google it, here is the map. Check your state capital.

Also on the far side, a Booker Taliaferro Washington Monument, born a slave died an American Hero. He lifted the veil of ignorance from his people and pointed the way to progress in industry and education, is inscribed in stone.

The Mountaineer Statue is significant in detail and represents the heroic Mountain Men who held off the area until the Union troops arrived. I was a little down heartened when I saw the picture wasn't that clear to highlight the details and then I read about the sculptor, H.K. Bush Brown. His work is on display at the Gettysburg Battlefield so I must have seen that. He did the General George Meade on horseback, of course I have seen that and he did the soldier in front of the Union League in Philadelphia and he also did Mad Anthony Wayne in Valley Forge. So, some of us pass by this man's work on a regular basis. Give him a little nod next time. He has done a lot of relevant dedications the ones I noted are in the Philadelphia area.  I love when the Philadelphia connection happens in another state.

Brown's other works

Meade- Gettysburg

Reynolds- Gettysburg 

1st Regiment Infantry National Guard - Philadelphia Union League

General "Mad" Anthony Wayne - Valley Forge, PA
There is a rumor that when General Wayne married Mary Penrose their wedding reception was in Nether Providence and I believe it to be so. I would be "mad" if it wasn't true.

Back to the Charleston,West Virginia Capitol Campus

West Virginia Coal Miner Memorial designed by Burl Jones in 2002 represents the hard men and women of the mining industry and important natural resource for the area.

The military monuments are also worth the stop and pause.

Thank you to all that serve and have served and to the families 
that support our troops.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

10 Striking Things on the Homepage Yesterday

These were actual headings with the exception of # 1 it was a footnote.

2. Pilots hate flying into these airports. Of course I want to know if my hometown is one of them. Is that why flights are delayed?

3. 29 Things Funeral Directors won't tell you. The first should be, you have ran out of options.

4. First Sears will die, then maybe J. C. Penney then.... you guessed it anyone of us could fill in the blank.

5. 5 cards charging 0% interest rate until 2019. What happens after 2019? I am always suspicious of a good deal but on the other hand I am a coupon clipper.

6. Is cannabis too lucrative to remain legal? Should we pause here a moment and think about the cost of the opiod epidemic?

7. 15 Facts You Never Heard About. Try me. Nevermind Fake News is more drama.

8. Sexiest woman alive. Have you ever checked for your name? Me neither, but we can all dare to dream.

9. Serena's pregnancy update: I no longer have ankles. Yeah been there done that.

10. A chef reveals the only Top Brand of Pasta to buy. After all l this reading, I am getting hungry, so I bite. I have never heard of any these brands!

1. MSN has temporarily removed commenting on our website while we explore better ways for you to engage in discussions on the issues you care about. This made me stop and pause. Is this a bad thing or has comments allowed a forum in which breeds contempt and fuels anger? Maybe we should all go back to the days when, if you don't have anything nice to say, you can't say anything at all. Perhaps personal opinions should be left to Facebook where your friends or were or could be or could block you are. Just my opinion, and trust me I know how much my opinion matters.

It is hard to stay away from the opinions in the news but faced with a homepage every day something intriquing always catches the eye.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Upcoming Events and Things To Do Week of August 14

Get Your Safety Googles for the Aug. 21 Solar Eclipse.
Delaware County is not in the path of the "Totality" Total Eclipse
Partial Eclipse viewing requires safety glasses.
Lowes did have them.

NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting its 12th commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for 12:31 p.m. EDT Monday, Aug. 14. Coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agency’s website

Facebook Art Experience Event Van Gogh's "Sunflowers". Van Gogh painted sunflowers at least 7 times from 1888 to 1889. A virtual exhibition will take place on Facebook at 1:50 p.m. The Philadelphia Museum of Art in conjunction with The National Gallery of London, the Van Gogh Museum on Amsterdam. the Neue Pinakothek in Munich and the Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Nipponkoa Museum of Art in Japan will participate in a 15 minute collaboration discussing the works. The event can be accessed by each institutions website example in the United States.

Upcoming opportunity in this area to Spot the Station (The International Space Station) will be in the area. I am really into this if I am awake and you should be too. It's in our zone! sometimes 🚀

Beginning Aug. 15  at noon The National Constitution Center will accept ticket request online to the Liberty Medal ceremony in which Senator John McCain will receive the 29th Annual Liberty Medal Award on Oct. 16.
Aug. 16 Attend to support Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia DRPA Ben Franklin Bike Ramp Board Vote at One Port Center, 2 Riverside DR. Camden, NJ  9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Aug. 16. 8:30 a.m. EDT : NASA TV coverage of SpaceX Dragon installation to the space station. Dragon will be installed on the station’s Harmony module.

Aug. 16 - 20 The Fourth Annual Come Together Dance Festival Philadelphia Theatre Company at the Susan Roberts Theatre.

Aug. 16 -20 Bead Fest Philadelphia Workshops 

Aug. 17 Dinner en Blanc Philadelphia at a secret location. If I knew I would tell you. It does seem like a very cool event. I wish I knew. 😋

Aug. 17 LA LA Land in concert with The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia 7:30 p.m. at The Mann Music Center.

Aug. 17 Hit Me with Your SunShot” photo contest deadline to submit. 

Aug. 17 - 20 Philadelphia Folk Festival the lineup.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Weekend Events and Things to Do Aug.12 - 14

Aug. 12 Peach Festival at Linvilla 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Raindate Aug. 13

Aug. 12 Delaware County 4H Summer Fair 8:30 - 4 p.m. at Garrett Williamson Foundation, 395 Bishop Hollow Rd in Newtown Square.

Aug. 12 Papermaking in Concord 

Aug. 12 Family Promise 2nd Annual Foodtruck Fest and Fun Fair at Our Lady of Charity 231 Upland Avenue in Brookhaven 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. to benefit Delco homeless families. Raindate Aug. 19

Aug. 12 Bonsai Gardening at Penn State Master Gardeners of Delaware County 10 a.m. to noon.

Aug. 12 American Legion Post 777 will host a "Corn Boil" from 1- 5 p.m. at 137 Walter St. in Crum Lynne. Friends, members and associates are welcome. Cost $15 for adults, $10 for children 10- 18 and free for children under 10.

Aug. 12 Equality Day Festival 1:30 p.m. - 4 p.m. at  Grumblethorpe 5267 Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia.

Aug. 12 Hand Bookbinding at Historic Sugartown 9 a.m. - 3 p.m

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

Aug. 12 Amici Opera Company presents Verdi's Otello at Stage One located at 101 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford 4 p.m. Cost is $20.

Aug. 12 Happy Hour and First Bank Tour 5 p.m. Meet at the Museum of the American Revolution Cross Keys Cafe for food and drink specials followed by an exclusive tour of the First Bank of the United States. Sign up at arrival. Tour limited to 50 people.

Aug. 12  Movie Night in Media "Back to the Future" will be shown on a giant screen in Barrall Community Park at 8 p.m. This event is hosted by the Media Recreation Board. Bring blankets and low back chairs to join in the fun, maybe a little bug spray too in case the skitters read about this event too.  Probably weather permitting too.

Aug. 12 and 13 The 10th Annual Bug Fest at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.

Aug. 12 and 13 Truckerton Food and Brew Fest at the Tuckerton Seaport.  Saturday 11 a.m. - 7 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

August 12 and 13 Peach Festival and Sidewalk Sale at Peddler's Village.

Aug. 13 Family Picnic at Harold Paul Saks Amvets Post 118 located at 211 N. Morton Ave. in Morton. Price $12 for anyone over 12 and free for kids under 6.

Aug. 13 Chester Community Fair and Book Bag Giveaway 2 p.m. at BLC 501 Yarnall St. in Chester sponsored by Keystone First and Better Living Center.

Aug. 13 Bethel Township Corn Boil 4 - 8 p.m. at Bethel Springs Elementary School Field. 

Aug. 13 The Delaware County drug collection van will be at the Delco Summer Concert series at Rose Tree Park. Saturday Night music features Matt Santry and Sunday Night features Eric Clapton music by The Core.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Yorktown: The Surrender Spot

Are you watching the series Turn: Washington's Spies?
If you are this is not a spoiler, the British surrendered at Yorktown.
If you are not watching you have time to catch up, the season final is Saturday.
Take a trip to Yorktown, VA you can see the landscape.

Second Continental Artillery Regiment

Great American Battery

First Allied Siege Line
Flag of Surrender

Alexander Hamilton


This so much reminds me of the beginning of the end of the Civil War, on the road where the south laid down their weapons at Appomattox, Virginia.

Yorktown Victory Monument


X. On October 29, 1781, Congress made a resolution to erect a monument to this great victory. It took almost one hundred years for that act of Congress to come to fruition. The cornerstone was laid October 18, 1881.  

IX. The design was to be subject to the approval of a committee of thirteen Representatives and thirteen Senators. The artists commissioned for the purpose by the Secretary of War were Mr. R.M. Hunt (Chairman) and Mr. J.Q.A. Ward (Architect) of New York and Mr. Henry Van Brunt (Sculptor) of Boston.

VIII. Architecturally it was planned and constructed in three parts with a base ('with its stylobate and its pediments"), a sculptured podium (in the form of a drum), and a column.

VII. Severe damage occurred when lightning struck the original "Liberty" in 1942.  Sculptor Oskar J. W. Hansen was commission to create the replacement "Liberty" of 1956. Liberty was struck by lightning again in 1990 with damage that has been repaired to hands and torso and an upgraded lightning rod was installed.

VI. It is within the line of defense of Cornwallis.

 V. Atop the shaft is the sculptured figure of "Liberty herself" -- attesting to the existence of the nation as "a proof of the possibility of a government of the people, by the people, for the people."

 IV. The column which springs from the podium, is a "symbol of the greatness and prosperity of the nation after a century of various experience, when thirty-eight free and independent states are shining together in a mighty constellation." There is a star for each state which was in the Union at the time the monument was designed. On the field of the shaft and among the stars, as reminder of the past, is the "shield of Yorktown covering the branch of peace."

III. The podium is a "symbol of the birth of freedom."
It carries the sculptur of thirteen "female figures" hand in hand in a solemn dance to denote the unity of the thirteen colonies. Beneath their feet is the inscription "One country, one constitution, one destiny
II. The pediments just over the inscriptions carry:
A. Emblems of nationality.
B. Emblems of war.
C. Emblems of the alliance.
D. Emblems of peace.

"The base is thus devoted to the historical statement."

I. The base carries an inscription on each of its four sides:
A. One dedicates the monument as a memorial of victory.
B. A second presents a succinct narrative of the Siege.
C. A third commemorares the treaty of alliance with France.
D. The fourth tells of the resulting treaty of peace with England


Read the History of the Siege at the National Park Service website.

Some of the houses in the town of Yorktown you may see on the television Turn in the background or referenced.

 The Moore House

I propose a cessation of hostilities for twenty four hours, and that two officers may be appointed by each side to meet at Mr. Moore's house, to settle for the surrender of the posts of York and Gloucester.

General Charles Lord Cornwallis to General George Washington
October 17, 1781.

Town Map 

West/Dudley Digges House
circa 1760

Original site occupied 1692
Present dwelling circa 1760

Nelson House
home of Thomas Nelson Jr.
signer of the Declaration of Independence
circa 1730 

circa 1730

Lightfoot/Somerwell House
Office of Va. State Representative
Rob Wittman 2016

Burcher Cottage
not a witness to colonial times or even the civil war 
but neighbor to the many that were and neighbors talk.
currently "On the Hill Gallery".

Swan Tavern
original opened for business 1722

Charles Cox House
land deed 1706

sold to Thomas Nelson in 1729

Old Customs House
built prior to 1733
original Richard Ambler's large brick storehouse
now used as a DAR Chapter House

In honor of Comte De Grasse Admiral of the French Fleet whose landing of troops and blockade of the Chesapeake Bay were decisive factors leading to the surrender of the British Forces at Yorktown, October 19, 1781. This tablet was erected by the Sons of the American Revolution, 1931.