Friday, March 31, 2017

Saint Robert's Alumni Mass at SKD and Future Events Meeting

April 1 St. Robert Alumni Mass 4 p.m. at Saint Katherine Drexel. A small social will take place in the auditorium after mass to discuss future events to support the parish. If you plan on attending please bring any type of canned goods (fruit, vegetables, soups, etc.), baby diapers, baby formula, or any other non-perishable goods with you to drop off prior to or after mass in the Gym it would be GREATLY appreciated.


The All Class Reunion Fundraiser in October was a huge success as all in attendance can attest. The school was open for tours followed by mass and a dinner was held at Neumann University after.

On Saturday, as far as I know, the school will not be available for tours but I can offer you a small glimpse into the past and what the school looks like now.



Saint Robert's Trivia

The land the church and school are built upon were donated 
by John and Peter Nolan.

The corner stone of the church was first placed October 13, 1940.

The architectural style of the church is English Gothic of the 15th Century. The architects were Gleeson and Mulrooney.

Saint Robert was born at Aurillac, Auvergne about 1000 A.D. he was a monk and founded a monastery. His body was preserved in Abbey of Chaise-Dieu until religious wars when it was burned by Huguenots. His work was destroyed during the French Revolution but in the 1940's the Church, cloister and tomb of Pope Clement VI, a former monk remained. Through the power of the Internet and a little divine intervention, I just Googled it and added a link if you wish to look into it further. The location and buildings are still there.

The stained glass windows in the church were designed and made by P.J. Reeves Studio located in 1941 at 6136-38 Cedar Avenue in Philadelphia.

The altars of the church, mosaic, terrazzo, tile and marble were by Belfi Bros. Co. Inc. then located at 4310-16 Josephine Street in Philadelphia.

The organ was built by M. P. Moller, Inc. in Hagerstown, MD. During my singing career in the school choir, a requirement, Mrs. McKay was the organist.

The curtains and stage equipment in the school auditorium were installed by
 I. Weiss and Sons, Inc. of 45th Street in NYC.

Before the building project was completed, Sunday and Holy Days Masses were held at the Good Will Fire Company when it was located at 15th and Providence. The mass was held on the second floor. Daily Mass was held at the leased rectory located at 19th and Providence.

The first wedding was John F. Honan and Mary P. Larkin and the first baptism was William Curry Jr. son of William Curry and Marie Kennedy.

Of course some of the details in my list may no longer be accurate, through reconstruction and updates, but original is original. The parish is now under the guiding light namesake of Saint Katherine Drexel an excellent role model and choice for the joining together all the Catholic Churches in Chester. The Drexel Neuman Academy also leaves one to believe the combination is a great fit.

It is also my belief that through a very special visit from Mother Teresa, in the 90's, additional light shines down on the church and school.



The above information and a few photos in the slideshow were obtained from the booklet

Dedication of Saint Robert's Church
Sunday, May 18, 1941.
Printed by Grieco Miller Press
131 E. Seventh Street
Chester, PA

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Upcoming Events Starting with April 1st


April 1 The Historic Grange Estate Mansion Tours open for the season Saturday and Sunday 1 - 4 p.m. (will be closed Easter Sunday).

April 1 St. Robert Alumni Mass 4 p.m. at Saint Katherine Drexel. A small social will take place in the auditorium to discuss future events to support the parish. If you plan on attending please bring any type of canned goods (fruit, vegetables, soups, etc.), baby diapers, baby formula, or any other non-perishable goods with you to drop off prior to or after mass in the Gym it would be GREATLY appreciated.

April 1 Ridley YMCA Health Awareness Day and 5K

April 1 Dusty Attic, Creepy Cellar Open House at Morgan Log House 10 a.m to 3 p.m.

April 1 Hazardous Waste Recycling at Emergency Services Training Center located at 1700 Calcon Hook Road in Sharon Hill.  Click on the link to see what will be collected. Electronic and Latex paint will not be accepted.

Apr. 1 "Shred and fed" free community wide shredding event at Wallingford Presbyterian Church 1 - 4 p.m. A voluntary donation of a non-perishable food item will be accepted or a monetary donation to benefit the Chester Eastside and City Team Ministries. wallingfordpres.org

April 1 Aston e Waste Recycle 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Commonwealth Recycling, Judy Way in Aston. Almost anything with a plug. No large appliances, bulbs, batteries or smoke detectors. Extra bonus: On-site hard drive shredding to prevent identify theft. Drop off CRT Monitors for $20 ea. LCD TV's for $20 ea, Console/ProjectionTV $50. Service fee may apply for certain items. ww.ccrcyber.com

April 1 Immaculata University to show a screening of the new Duffy's Cut documentary from Irish American Films 7:30 p.m.

April 1 Saturday Symposium George Washington Society presents Voices of the Past, Stories of the Black Patriots of the American Revolution 7 p.m. at the Delaware Historical Society, 504 N. Market Street in Wilmington 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
 
April 1 "Book-It" 5K Run Fundraiser co-sponsored by Helen Kate Furness Free Library and Swarthmore Public Library. A 8:45 a.m. event will begin with a Swarthmore Stroll $20 to participate and at 9 a.m. the 5K Ruan and Walk will start at Heln Kate Library and end at Swarthmore Library $30. Sign up at https://runtheday.com/registration/race_info/book-it-5k-run-walk

April 1- 9 Subaru Cherry Blossom Festival

April 2 Kevin Cain Memorial Foundation Make My Day 5K Run and 1 Mile Walk in Havertown. 

April 2 thru 7 Media Restaurant Week Check out the participating restaurants and the menus.
 




Dinner and a Movie?


Upcoming:

April 7 - 8 Media Film Festival
at the Media Theatre


Watch a preview:
click on the arrow



Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Wednesday Wow of the Week

Have you ever struggled to hang a picture on the wall?
click on the link


Brings a whole new meaning to put a fork in it.

Courtesy of Cousin Billy.  I have no idea where he finds this stuff.


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

F and News

Where do you get your forthcoming news? 

What source do you have the most faith

I started to frown about it.





Fox and Friends to include all major news outlets.
Forecasting (Do you read your daily horoscope?)
Film (specifically a documentary) 

Facebook

Foreign News

Far-Fetched

Fiscal News

"Flake News" the recent headliner in Daily Times.
I only wish they would have gone into more depth.
Fashionable aka Trending

Front Page

Fake News 

Fact Check

Friends





There are lots of choices out there. You can have a field day keeping up and now you can add your spin.
I think the majority of us just want the facts, the rest just seems like redundant fluff and a little fabrication thrown in.
 
What say you?
Fact vs Fiction

Monday, March 27, 2017

Upcoming Events Throughout this Week March 27-31

March Madness, I 'm out. Who else is Mad, Madder or Maddest? The maddening games, as usual have been down to the wire exciting. Who is still in North Carolina (1) South Carolina (7), Oregon (3) and Gonzaga (1).

March 27 Crum Creek Neighbors Annual Meeting 7:30 p.m. at Marple Township Municipal Building. Guest speakers from "Dave Marple Greenspace and Paxon Hollow Green Space.

March 28 Dine to Donate Night at Ariano in Media 5 - 9 p.m. mention the Media Arts Council and 15% goes to the organization. Reservations recommended. 610.892.6944. Check out the menu

March 29 Historic Sugartown seeking Volunteers come to the meeting and find out more about it 7 p.m. at Historic Sugartown’s Book Bindery, located at 260 Spring Road, Malvern, PA. 

March 29 - April 4 Shofuso predicts peak cherry blossom time in our area. I am starting to see the magic of spring unfold.  How about you?

March 29 "Real Old Time Photos That Will Give You Nightmares". Rochelle Christopher and Victorian Vanities will present at the Ridley Township Library 6:30 p.m.

March 30 A spacewalk has been scheduled NASA TV will provide complete coverage beginning at 6:30 a.m. EDT, with the six-and-a-half hour spacewalks scheduled to begin about 8 a.m.

March 30 Town Hall State Representative Leanne Krueger- Braneky and PennDot Secretary Lesile Richards at Rutledge Hall located at 212 Unity Terrace in Rutledge discussing PennDot responsibilities in the 161st District 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

March 30  The Life of Alexander Hamilton at Marple Library Part 3: The Election of 1800 and the events that led to Hamilton’s fatal duel with Aaron Burr at 6:30. presented by local historian and teacher Roger Arthur. Register Ahead.

March 30 Angela Hewitt President of the Nether Providence Historical Society and the Friends of the Thomas Leiper House will speak on Peggy Shippen (Mrs. Benedict Arnold) at the Aston Township Community Center. Aston Township Historical Society (ATHS) welcomes everyone to its quarterly meeting on  at the Aston Township Community Center.  The Museum will be open from 6:15 pm to 7 pm and the meeting starts promptly at 7 pm.

March 31 Historic Lecture by Gene Pisasle at Middletown Free Library - Alexander Hamilton. Register to Attend.

March 31 - Apr. 9 Boscov's Berk's Jazz Fest.

March 31 George Washington Society presents Voices of the Past, Stories of the Black Patriots of the American Revolution 7 p.m. at the Delaware Historical Society, 504 N. Market Street in Wilmington.

Upcoming BIG Events: 

April 2 - 7


Make Reservations


April 7 - 8



see the trailer
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to watch

April 8 Annual Americana Roots Ramble in downtown Media 6 p.m. - 1 a.m. 




 As always please check all links for availability of tickets and possible date or venue changes to the weather.

Friday, March 24, 2017

March 25 and Upcoming Weekend Events

March 25 Archmere Academy Mother's Guild Annual Garage Sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Moglia Fieldhouse 3600 Philadelphia Pike in Claymont, Delaware.

March 25 Bird Walk at Newlin Grist Mill 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. 

March 25 "Stand Up" for a Cause. Haverford Alliance for Drug Awareness presents Stand Up for Recovery 7:30 p.m.in Everett Hall at Sacred Heart Church Manoa and Wilson Roads in Havertown. Tickets $10 in advance, $15 at the didoor.  The show begins at 7:30 p.m. 

March 25 Comprehensive Screening Event at Media Medical Imaging located at 200 E. State St. Suit 200 in Media 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. More than 10 free health screening will be available. Free continental breakfast at 8:30 a.m. and screenings begin at 9 a.m.

March 25 For those interested in becoming part of “Remembering the Forgotten Generation in Delco,” please join the group at the Aston Community Center on Saturday March 25th 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Click here for instructions of the location of the Community Center.  POPPY PACKETS at next Delco World War I 100th Centennial Committee Meeting.

March 26 Starting of Delco Remembrances is a “World War I and America Reading and Discussion Group” with upcoming meetings at the Haverford Library on Darby Road in Havertown on March 26 and April 23rd at 2:00 pm. The discussions will be moderated by Historian Katie Sibley and  English Professor and Veteran Owen Gilman on various topics concerning the Great War. The Library will also "remember" at ”Memorabilia Night” at 7:00 on Wednesday, April 12. Community members and organizations are invited to bring and share their World War I attic finds. Click here for more information.

March 26 Rose Valley Furniture : A Close Up Look at the Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge 41 Rose Valley Road. Tickets $20 for non-members and $15 for membersof the museum. RSVP to Sue Keilbaugh 484.444.2961 orsakeilbaugh@gmail.com. 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Remembering the Forgotten Generation. Pick up and Plant Poppies. Click on the plant poppies link to see the locations giving out the seeds.




Upcoming:

April 1  

St. Robert Alumni Mass 4 p.m. at Saint Katherine Drexel in Chester. A small social with light refreshments will take place in the auditorium to discuss future events to support the parish. If you plan on attending please bring any type of canned goods (fruit, vegetables, soups, etc.), baby diapers, baby formula, or any other non-perishable goods with you to drop off prior to or after mass in the Church or Gym it would be GREATLY appreciated. This will be used to supply the church pantry and benefit local families. Father Francis Sabatini and Pastor Father Tom Whittingham will be saying the mass.

April 7- 8 

Signs are starting to pop up for the Media Film Festival



Tickets are available now online and should be available 
this Saturday March 25 from 11 - 2 p.m. at the Plum Street Mall 
on State St. in downtown Media.




Get a jump on next weekend's recycling events

April 1 Hazardous Waste Recycling at Emergency Services Training Center located at 1700 Calcon Hook Road in Sharon Hill.  Click on the link to see what will be collected. Electronic and Latex paint will not be accepted.

Apr. 1 "Shred and fed" free community wide shredding event at Wallingford Presbyterian Church 1 - 4 p.m. A voluntary donation of a non-perishable food item will be accepted or a monetary donation to benefit the Chester Eastside and City Team Ministries. wallingfordpres.org

April 1 Aston e Waste Recycle 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Commonwealth Recycling, Judy Way in Aston. Almost anything with a plug. No large appliances, bulbs, batteries or smoke detectors. Extra bonus: On-site hard drive shredding to prevent identify theft. Drop off CRT Monitors for $20 ea. LCD TV's for $20 ea, Console/ProjectionTV $50. Service fee may apply for certain items. ww.ccrcyber.com.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

White House China Patterns

White House China Patterns Through the Years

This week I have featured many of the First Ladies and their fashions.

Today I offer a glimpse into how they dressed their tables.

On Display at the American History Smithsonian 


Martha Washington

George Washington purchased the china from the comte de Moustier, 
the French minister to the United States.
George Washington purchased the china from the comte de Moustier, 
the French minister to the United States.



Abigail Adams
John and Abigail purchased this china while he was a minister to France.



Dolley Madison

The Madison serving set was made by Nast.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has a piece in their collection.
(it may not be on display)


Elizabeth Monroe

The French firm Dagoty-Honore' made the Monroe china.


Louisa Adams 

Purchased from duca di Mondragone while J. Q. Adams was a minister to Russia.



Sarah Polk

Dagoty-Honore' of France made the Polk pieces. The various design on the dessert plates were said to represent the flowers of the states.


Mary Todd Lincoln

The American firm E. V. Haughwout decorated the French porcelain with the fashionable "solferino" and the United States coat of arms.The crystal was manufactured by Dorflinger Glass Company of Brooklyn, New York.


Julia Grant

Haviland and Company supplied the Grant, French porcelain china.


Lucy Hayes

The Hayes Administration seems to be a very interesting time in style and has invoked an interest in me to read more about Lucy Hayes.  She was very sympathetic to the anti-slavery movement, cared for injured civil war soldiers and after her time in the White House was nicknamed "Lemonade Lucy".  She was a popular host but served alcohol only once at the first official state dinner.  After that, it was a dry White House.Her selection in china serves as the most colorful stand out in originality. The oyster plate is beautiful as are all the others.





Caroline Harrison 

The Harrison china was made in France by Tressemann and Vogt. Caroline Harrison a skilled china painter designed the corn and golden rod design.


Edith Roosevelt

Edith Roosevelt chose a Wedgewood design.  It was the first to incorporate the great seal of the United States.


Edith Wilson

Edith Wilson chose Lenox.  It was the first set of china Made in the United States

 
Eleanor Roosevelt 

Eleanor Roosevelt also chose a Lenox design. The star border reflects her husband's role as Secretary of the Navy.


Bess Truman

Bess Truman also had a Lenox pattern and it was starting to make a trend.


Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird went with Castleton designed by Tiffany and Company.


Nancy Reagan

Nancy Reagan ordered 4,370 pieces of Lenox china, enough place settings of 19 pieces for 220 people.  Can you hear her husband's voice? Well Nancy, if that's what you want.


The only other thing I am going to say about Nancy Reagan is look at these chocolate molds. I wish I have been invited. This was on display at the White House Museum.


Hillary Clinton

The Hillary Clinton design by Lenox commemorated the 200th Anniversary of the White House and included architectural designs in the building.


Laura Bush

Laura Bush also went with a Lenox, the green interior border was chosen for its compatibility with table linens and floral arrangements.



There could be an official list somewhere but I came across this one on Wikipedia and it list all the chins patterns used by the United States First Ladies while their husbands served as President of the United States. It is titled "White House China".


March is National Women's History Month

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

The Contemporary Ladies of the White House

Ladies in Red

1. Maime Doud Eisenhower, Ike's wife, I got more of a feel for her personality from visiting their home in Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg.  She just seemed to be a positive and joyful person to be around.  It can't be easy being married to a general but if you had to pick one, who didn't like Ike. Eisenhower was named one of the twelve best dressed women in the country by the New York Dress Institute every year that she was First Lady. 


 National History Museum

 Eisenhower Gettysburg Residence Museum

  Eisenhower Gettysburg Residence Museum


2. Laura Bush radiated in red and the man she married, George W. Bush III always seems to be smiling in her presence. So I am guessing she is also a wonderful wife.




Women who wowed in white

3. Nancy Reagan always had a polished look, perhaps it came from her Hollywood years. She was the second wife of Ronald Reagan and it always seemed like with that couple, he met his match.





4. Michele Obama's legacy is yet to be determined, I have always admired her and her wit. She seems to be a super mom. The most memorable tour of the White House grounds was when she was traveling in a loop with James Corden and shared her karaoke skills (she's really good).  She was always a good sport and supporter of her man, former President Barrack Obama. She is a a big proponent for exercise with her Let's Move initiative and she practiced what she preached. She is a great "Girl Power" Ambassador.





5. Barbara Bush in royal blue can claim wife and mother of a President of the United States. That's not something everyone can put on their resume. To date, she and I believe Abigail Adams are the only two who can proclaim this fame.




6. Rosalynn Carter also chose a lighter shade of blue chiffon to wear to the Governors Ball in Georgia.




7. Hillary Clinton wore a New York designed blue velvet dress with a violet beaded sheath to the Inaugural Ball following the swearing in of her husband President Bill Clinton.





8. Betty Ford, wife of former President Gerald Ford, campaigned for Equal Rights and brought breast cancer out in the open.  She also led awareness to the struggle of alcohol and drug addition. She was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal (co-presentation with her husband, Gerald R. Ford, October 21, 1998) and the Presidential Medal of Freedom (presented 1991 by George H. W. Bush). Gerald Ford was her second husband.





9. Lady Bird Johnson wore a golden color with cape sleeves of fur. I like the look but I wonder what animal rights activists today would have thought of that? It used to be a fashion.


10. Jackie "O" Jacqueline Kennedy was the fashion icon of the Twentieth Century Presidential Wives to date. It is nearly impossible to compete with her style. It must have been her French roots.



 Just around the corner from the First Ladies Dresses is an African American exhibit. Ann Cole Lowe the first African American woman to operate a couture dress salon on Madison Avenue in New York designed the wedding gown of former first lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy when she married John Fitzgerald Kennedy.


Repeating yesterday's references:

After writing this blog, I discovered the National First Ladies Library website, I was looking for a confirmation on Dolley Madison. I may get some of my facts misconstrued but they have obviously done their homework and would be a great reference to use.  It looks like an excellent research site to delve more into the lives of the Presidents First Ladies.  All of my information and photographs of the dresses came from a recent trip to the Smithsonian National History Museum. It is still a favorite Smithsonian but they are all great! I have learned things about the First Ladies I never knew.

March is Women's History Month