Friday, April 28, 2017

Weekend Events April 28 - 30

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April 28 Arbor Day 

April 28 Chalk Talk at Xfinity Live noon - 2 p.m. NFL Draft Breakdown

April 28 Black and White Masquerade Fundraiser for Middletown Free Library. Visit for complete details.

April 28 "City Wide Star Party" at Grumblethorpe (Friday, April 28).

April 28 Philadelphia Science Festival Star Party. click the calendar for locations.
Just as a heads up Heinz NWR is one of the star viewing locations.  I was there yesterday and the turtles have already staked out their seats, get there early.


April 28 - May 8 Cape May Victorian Home Tours, murder mystery tours, living history, ghost tours and a Chocolate Lover's Feast.

April 28, 29, 30 Broomall Fire Company Carnival at West Chester Pike and Malin Road in Broomall. Fri. 6 - 11 Sat. 3 - 11 and Sun. 1 - 6. 

April 29  Walk for Our Kids at Springfield Mall 8 - 10 a.m. a main fundraiser for Delaware County Down Syndrome Interest Group. You can rgister the day of the event.

April 29 Congratulations to The Plank House in Marcus Hook, it was listed on the National Historic Register.  The public is invited to join Dr. David Orr, (retired) Temple University and Dr. Mitchell Rothman of Widener University for a dig located behind the house. The first dig of the year begins at 9 a.m.

April 29 KSF Lacrosse Festival at Radnor High School. 

April 29 Ft. Delaware "Pea Patch Island" opens for the season. It is heron heaven and also the summer home to nine species of herons, egrets and ibis.

April 29 Arbor Day at Morris Arboretum 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. UnEarth the Science of Flowers. 

April 29 Black and white Masquerade Spring Fund Raising Gala for the Middletown Free Library at the Sage Farmhouse 7 to 10 p.m. Mask are encouraged but not required. Tickets $85.

April 29 Spaghetti Dinner at Aston Community Center 4:40p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
April 29 Chester Children's Chorus will perform at St. Luke's Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall 7:30 p.m.

April 29 People's Climate March in Washington D.C. 

April 29 Afternoon Tea Party : A Vegan Affair at the Hill-Keith-Physick House.

🏃April 29 Mariano Rivera 5K 9 a.m. Gillespie Park in Garnet Valley

April 29 Philadelphia Science Festival Carnival Penn's Landing 11 a.m to 4 p.m.

🍺April 29 and April 30 English Brewing Demonstration at Newlin Grist Mill from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Using grain ground in the water-powered 1704 Grist Mill and reproduction 18th-century-style equipment, Marc Meltonville will produce an authentic English ale. Free.

💃April 30 For Pete's Sake a 3 mile fun walk fundraiser around the concourse of Citizen's Bank Park celebrating the beauty of relationships in their lives and the strength of people with cancer.

April 30 The 1696 Thomas Massey House opens for house tours, every Sunday afternoon 1 - 4 p.m. except Memorial Day weekend and labor Day weekend until October 14. Also open for private tours call 610.353.3644.

🍺April 30 English Brewing Traditions Presentation at Newlin Grist Mill 3 p.m. In the presentation “Messing About with Old Beer and Ale,” Marc Meltonville will look at the history of ales and beers, how they were made, who made them, and how and where they were drunk. $5 members/$7 non-members.

April 30 CASA Youth Advocates Superhero 5K Run/Walk 9 a.m. at Ridley Creek State Park, Pavilion 17. Superhero costumes are encouraged. Discount entry fee before April 23.

🏃April 30 Norwood Historical Society Garden Party on the grounds of the Morton Morton House 4 - 7 p.m. Adults only. RSVP Judy Williams 610.461.6621 by April 24 Price $30 Send Checks to Judy Williams 309 Love Lane Norwood, PA 19074

🏃April 30 Run Wild for the Zoo 5K proceeds benefit the zoo. 

April 30 lecture by James C. Thompson on “World War One in the Golden Age of Illustration” to be held at 2:00 on April 30 at the NEW Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge.” (Click here for more information.) 


Volunteer for Philly May 13 LOVE YOUR PARK Service Day.


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


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Upcoming 32nd Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees.April 29 on HBO

I wrote this before the sold out 32nd Rock and Roll all of  Fame  on April 7, now it is time to see if any of my predictions materialized. Here is what I wrote and you can see this event at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 29 on HBO.  I will be putting this in my phone to remind me to watch in case I can't call it up OnDemand. Times have certainly changed from just the times those familiar with this music can say, I remember was the best.

ELO Electric Light Orchestra Evil Woman was a favorite.  We (women) all are not all evil, men make us that way. We women do like to dance to this song. I did look ahead on YouTube to see who introduced. I was curious.

Joan Baez Diamonds and Rust has to be my favorite song of hers.  Well I'll be damn, here comes your ghost again.....about the original vagabond. I wonder if he will be watching in support or will possibly attend. I learned to appreciate Joan Baez years later.  She is quite an amazing woman.  I get it now. She should have been inducted a long time ago.

Journey Faithfully or Don't Stop Believing or Oh Sherrie or Foolish Heart or Lovin, Touchin, Squeezin or Open Arms or Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) or Who's Crying Now or Wheel in the Sky or Anyway You Want It   ......Steve Perry or Arnel Pineda (click for an interesting comparison)  I LOVE Steve Perry's voice but if you check out YouTube Arnel Pineda has just as strong a set of pipes and his background story is one to inspire. I'd love to see them both share the success. My personal preference would be Foolish Heart although Faithfully is a powerful song as well.

Pearl Jam all I can say about this one is I was never that familiar with Pearl Jam until Eddie Vedder appeared on stage as a surprise at a R.E.M. show at the Mann Music Center in 2008. Vedder introduce R.E.M. into Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I hope Michael Stipe returns the honor. Can't Find a Better Man.

Tupac Shakur I can not fairly speak to Tupac's music it was just not my style but I know my children listened to him in their teen years. Whenever I heard something that I found to be offensive I became the parent and suggested the volume be turned down.  When the weather started to become warmer and windows were open I might hear, in my opinion, a racist word or an unbecoming description of a female. I would run around and close all the windows in the house. My parents tolerated my music when I was growing up so I never restricted my children from their various tastes in music. They saw something in this music I did not.  It could very well be a generational thing. Tupac's drive by shooting death was tragic. He was by far an interesting character with a notorious background. I am wondering if Jada Pinkett Smith a close friend will induct him.

YES is the music I played incessantly in the seventies, my parents probably had their fill.  With the exception of Dave Mason, I saw Yes in concert more times than any other group, with and without Rick Wakeman.  I have even seen Rick Wakeman on his own in concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.  He had a superman cape on and sneakers. I am looking forward to the HBO replay and reading about the ceremony in anticipation of what will be shown on April 29th.

*Award for Musical Excellence Niles Rodgers. He was not a household name to me but when I read his bio on Wikipedia I thought WOW! I had to admit my ignorance. If you don't know the name, check him out, you most certainly have heard his work. I have sen Niles Rodgers on commercials recently.

The Simulcast Party was SOLD OUT but if you can be patient and you have HBO, you can catch it on April 29 AT 8 p.m.

Special guests this year include: Neil Young due to illness was replaced by David Letterman (inducting Pearl Jam), humph I had a better idea. Jackson Browne (inducting Joan Baez), I am still holding out for BD, and Gaddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush (inducting YES). I should be announcing YES. I 💓LOVED them. Additional guests will be announced in the future. I have not gotten the call yet. If they call I will say YES!!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Gone Fishing

Fishin time again

Catfish catch


Delaware County Trout Stocking Schedule

🐟 Who knew the PA Fish and Boat Commission stocks the streams with trout? I just missed the anglers carrying the buckets of fish down to the stream. It was like watching Santa Claus coming to town. No one knows how it happens but it happens. Some of the creeks in Delaware County were stocked yesterday, April 25. It was fun to catch them in action. 

In PA a fishing license is required for anyone 16 and older
Resident annual license is $21 ($22.90 with fees)$9.90 with fees
Non-resident annual $51 ($52.90 with fees)
Senior resident annual $10 ($11.90 with fees)
Trout permits $8 ($9.90 with fees)

Multi-year licenses can also be purchased.

Check out the education programs provided by the PA Fish and Boat Commission.

Other places to fish in the area with kids:  

Linvilla Orchard Lake is open on weekends, look for special upcoming derby events.

Newlin Grist Mill Pond has an interesting option on their website, you have to keep what you catch but if you don't like to eat trout you can donate it to feed an osprey or an eagle. Read more about Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research.  I would call first to make sure they are still taking donations.

Newlin Grist Mill also has stream fishing for licensed fly fishing for a fee.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Easter Birdies of Long Beach Island

I felt the Easter Bunny was a little harder to spot this year, so I went seeking Easter birdies. It was in  the air, you could easily sense it.

 These birds know it is just a matter of time until the summer swimmers will flock to the beach and create crowd chaos. Birds will have to share and they have every right to squawk about it. 

Easter breakfast at the beach, crab of course.

A bunch of Brant Geese joyously enjoying calm waters around the Barnegat Lighthouse.

Also spotted floating in the Barnegat inlet was a lone cormorant. He fits right in with the constant company of fishermen that find this area a "hot spot".

Taking the Maritime Forest Trail

You will hear plenty songbirds as you walk through the dense woods and maybe spot one or two as they swiftly flit from tree to tree. Rarely will they stop to pose as this charming cardinal did.

Birds were bountiful over on the bayside.

Red-winged black birds flashed their brilliant red only to prove they are no ordinary black bird.

Mallard Ducks have style and grace as they demonstrate the mystery of flight, wings up and wings down.

Bonaparte Seagull is what I am naming this one leg balancing, poll sitting seagull.  There are at least 28 species of this seabird, bonaparte is my best guess.

Common Tern would be my name for this crooner but naming anything common to me just seems to be an insult but we all tend to downplay the regulars and the ordinary which make up the majority. Odd how that is.  It is almost more recognizable to let your freak feathers fly.

Osprey never seem to be found far from the nest unless there is good fishing in a body of water nearby.

This oyster catcher couple was a surprise find to me.  I thought they were just summer visitors.  Now I have investigate to see if they are early spring arrivals.

Snowy Egret

Great Egret

Mute Swans have an interesting history, I was just reading about it at Mute swans mate for life with a few exceptions.  They do take mates if one of them dies.  If a male mute chooses a younger mate, she will follow him to his habitat, if he chooses an older mate they go to her place. Female mute tend to choose younger mates. I'll stay mute on the rest of their story, you can read it at Okay one more thing, I saw the swans in the second photograph when they were relatively new to the area in December and a guy that lived there said they just turned white, they were brown the previous week.  You can see a hint of brown on the on in the back.

A cowbird crunching on a crustacean. I know very little about the cow bird except that it has a brown coloring. I seem to be seeing them more and more in my bird watching travels. This one was lunching bayside.

Seagulls are in the foreground.  Is that a Great Blue Heron in the background?

I am guessing this is a Greater Yellow Legs on the tip of the island? It had a long beak. Both of these bird blurred pictures were taken on the road to the Bridge to nowhere in Manahawkin.

Monday, April 24, 2017

Upcoming week events of April 24 - 27

April 24 First Daughter Joins International Space Station Call Promoting Women in STEM President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will make a special Earth-to-space call Monday, April 24, from the Oval Office to personally congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson for her record-breaking stay aboard the International Space Station.
The 20-minute call will air live on NASA Television and stream on the agency’s website and Facebook page at 10 a.m. EDT, and will be made available to schools, museums, and other organizations across the nation and globally.

April 24 "Fences" the movie discussion at Aston Library 11 a.m.

April 24 Fake News and the Soul of Society presented by James Caccamo, Associate Professor at St. Joseph's University at Helen Kate Furness Library, 7:15 p.m. Advanced registration is requested 610.566.9331.

April 24 Stargazing at Widener University Observatory, 5th floor of Kirkbride Hall, 17th and Walnut Streets in Chester 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

April 25 The Middletown Land Conservancy 36th Annual Members Meeting will present "Thy sincer Cousen" John Bartram, Humphry Marshall and Early American Botany by Joel Fry, Curator, Bartram's Garden 7:30 p.m. at the Middletown Township Building 27 N. Pennell Road in Lima.

April 26 NASA astronaut and Expedition 51 commander Peggy Whitson will take viewers 250 miles off the Earth to the International Space Station in the highest resolution video ever broadcast live from space at 1:30 p.m. EDT.

April 26 "The Ghost of Duffy's Cut: The Irish who died building America's most dangerous stretch of railroad," author Prof. William E. Watson 1:30 p.m. at Upper Chichester Library.

April 26 Memories Games a program presented by Thomas McNellis, president of Memory Matters Corporation at Aston Community Center 2 - 3:15 p.m.

April 26 Poet Sonia Sanchez will appear at Cheyney University free and open to the public 7 p.m. tickets are available for a 5:30 p.m. VIP reception.  

April 26 The Road to and Through Impressionism with author Fred Dixon 7:15 p.m. at Helen Kate Furness Library, Advanced registration is requested 610.566.9331.

April 27 - 29 NFL Draft in Philadelphia.

April 27 "An Oyster Cart on Every Street Corner". Celebrated historian Nancy Webster will present A Brief History of Popular Street Foods, an exploration of sidewalk cuisine from American Colonial times through present day. Some will be familiar (we’ve been frequenting hot dog and soft pretzel vendors for ages) and others will be surprising. Bonus: Samples of old-fashioned street foods will be available for tasting! Presented by the Nether Providence Historical Society at the Helen Kate Furness Library on Providnce Road in Wallingford at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekend Events April 21-23

🐕April 21 PAWS for People Training session for potential pet therapy 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Sunrise of Granite Run located at 247 Middletown Rd. in Middletown Township. 
🌎Ongoing: “Adopt the Planet” Online Activity NASA invites the public to learn about our global environment by "adopting" a small part of our home planet. Participants will receive a personalized adoption certificate for their unique, numbered piece of Earth (approximately 55 miles wide) to print and share on social media. The certificate features NASA Earth science data collected for that location.

🌎April 21 Hayden Planetarium Special Event: Earth Day Celebration in New York 7 p.m.American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West at 79th Street, New York. The program will celebrate Earth Day with a visually stunning tour of our dynamic planet. Beginning with the Earth’s rise above the moon, first seen by the Apollo 8 astronauts and the original inspiration for Earth Day, the program will explore the many ways scientists use satellite instruments and computer models to monitor global change. NASA climate scientist Benjamin Cook, from the agency’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies, will co-lead the program using OpenSpace, a new NASA-funded, real-time visualization platform.

👜April 21 Notre Dame DeLourdes Home and School in Swarthmore Designer Handbag Bingo Doors open 6:30 p.m. and games start at 7:30 p.m.

April 21 Historic Lecture by Gene Pisasle at Middletown Free Library - Lafayette the Battle of Brandywine and Saving Our Historic Sites 2 p.m. RSVP

April 21 -29 Philadelphia Science Festival over 80 events!

👪April 22 Community Day in Delaware County 11 a.m to 3 p.m. at Rose Tree Park.

🌎April 22 Earth Day do something to thank the planet, even if you stoop over and pick up trash. 

🌎April 22 Earth Day "treevitalize" at the Saul Wildlife Sanctuary behind the Old Mill, 9 Old Mill Lane in Rose Valley sponsored by the Rose Valley Environmental Advisory Council. The event will include the planting of native trees acquired through a grant from Aqua-PADEP. Free and open to the public 9 a.m. to noon.

April 22 Bartram's Mile Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Bartram's Garden 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

🌎April 22 Earth Day

April 22 Shred Event at Strath Haven High School rear lot off Larkin Lane 9 a.m. - Noon. 

🏠April 22 National Registry Historic 1785 Thomas Leiper House opens for tours on Saturday and Sundays 1 - 4 p.m. for the season. Located at 521 Avondale Road in Nether Providence Township.

🍺April 22 West Chester Craft Beer and Restaurant Stroll

🏃April 22 Twilight Run and Walk in Haverford race begins 5 p.m. at Haverford High School.  This years event will remember Jane Greenspun. 
💃💃April 22 Rockin with the Troops 2 at Neumann University Mirenda Center a DCHS fundraiser. 7 - 10 p.m.


🐕April 22 Rescued on the Runway fashion show hosted by Providence Animal Center at Garrett Williamson Foundation 395 Bishop Hollow Road in Newtown Square 7 - 10 p.m. Fashions presented by Philadelphia Premium Outlets. Cost $75.

📚April 22-24 Media UP Library accepting donations of books, dvd's cd's and puzzles and games for their upcoming book sale.
April 22-23 Brickfest Live.

🏡April 22 - 29 Historic Garden Week in Virginia.

👪April 23 Super Sunday Media 9 a.m. Raindate April 30. 

🐕April 23 Providence Animal Center will host a fashion luncheon sponsored by Boscov's at King's Mill 6000 Pennell Road in Aston from 12:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Tickets $50.

🏃April 23 Walk MS at Ridley Creek State Park Site opens at 9 a.m. and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

🌎April 23 Earth Day Celebration at Area 17 Pavilion at Ridley Creek Stat Park 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

🏃April 23 Valley Forge Revolutionary 5-Mile Run and 3-Mile Walk and Young Patriot fun runRace begins at 8:30 a.m. Race registration $40, Walk $15, Fun Run $15.

April 23 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  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.  Click here for more information.

🎶April 23 Italian Music Festival at Widener University Alumni Hall 3 p.m. sponsored by Ciao Delco. Donations $20 all proceeds will go to Ciao Delco's various charities.


April 24 "Fences" the movie discussion at Aston Library 11 a.m.

April 24 Fake News and the Soul of Society presented by James Caccamo, Associate Professor at St. Joseph's University at Helen Kate Furness Library, Advanced registration is requested 610.566.9331.

April 28 Black and White Masquerade to benefit Middletown Free Library. 7 to 10 p.m.

🚌 Arrange for a seat on the bus and participate in People's Climate March in D.C. April 29.