Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May 23 Taffy Day

Today is Taffy Day!


I may be dating myself here but ...Do you remember getting a taffy at the bank when you were little?  I was one of those kids that displayed my best behavior and smiled at the teller at the bank so I would be offered a taffy. What has replaced those days? Where has the taffy gone?

Salt Water Taffy

Turkish Taffy

Large Rainbow Taffy

Heart Shaped Taffy on Valentine Cards

Sugar Daddy Taffy

Taffy Strips

Favorite Flavor has to be cherry but I never declined a yellow or green or orange or root beer one.

The forgotten taffy, I am sure I have missed one, feel free to indulge and bring back the taffy to the banks. At least you would feel you are getting some kind of interest for your money.

Let's start a "Bring Back the Taffy Campaign", it may not solve all the world's problems but the behavior modification worked for me and it is worth a try.

They had taffies at the Citizen Bank I saw them BUT I was not offered one.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Events of the Week May 22-25 2017

Now through June 11 The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square. 


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

May 22 Owls of Pennsylvania with Pam Dimeler 2 p.m. at Middletown Free Library. Register to attend.

May 22 Heroin Epidemic Discussion 7 p.m. at the Springfield Township Building 50 Powell Road in Springfield. Springfield Police Drug Task Force Officers will give a presentation on awareness and Sean Rodgers will speak about addition recovery and What to Do if You are Faced with This Crisis. 

May 23 Guided Bird Walks at Valley Forge National Historical Park 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

May 23 Wellness with Essential Oils at Middletown Free Library 6:30 p.m. Register to attend.

May 24 Bake Sale and Rally to Save the EPA 12-1 p.m. at Representative Meehan's office in Springfield sponsored by Penn Environment.

May 24 Memory Games a program presented by Thomas McNellis, president of Memory Matters Corporation at Aston Community Center 2 - 3:15 p.m. 

May 24 The first of several walking tours of the Inside/Out: Philadelphia Museum of Art Public Initiative in downtown Media. Tour begins at the Media Upper Providence Library 5 p.m.

Kirifuri Waterfall on Mount Kurokami in Shimotsuke Province by Hokusai 
can be viewed at Glen Providence Park.

May 25 Red Nose Day

May 25 MANNA's Guac Off 2017 at Morgan's Pier on the Delaware River in Philadelphia.

May 25 5K Night Race to benefit United Cerebral Palsy of Philadelphia starts at the Philadelphia Museum of Art,  After Party Eakins Oval  7 p.m.

May 25 - Jun. 4 The Devon Horse Show and Country Fair.


Friday, May 19, 2017

Coming up Strawberries

The strawberry is part of the rose family.





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Upcoming Events

May 20 Pick Strawberries Day

May 20 and 21 Peddler's Village 39th Annual Strawberry Festival.

May 26 and June 2 Friday Nights at Johnson's Corner Farm in Medford, N.J. Strawberry Festival.


May 27-28 Saturday and Sunday at Johnson's Corner Farm in Medford, N.J. Strawberry Festival.

June 1 - 4 Brandywine Health Foundation Strawberry Festival on the Grounds of Brandywine Hospital in Coatesville.

June 3 Linvilla Orchards Strawberry Festival with the largest Strawberry Shortcake in Delaware County. Pick your own strawberries begins at 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Raindate June 4.

June 3 - 4 Saturday and Sunday at Johnson's Corner Farm in Medford, N.J. Strawberry Festival.

June 3 West Cape May Strawberry Festival 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Raindate June 4.

June 5 Wallingford Presbyterian Church Strawberry Festival.

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

 

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Weekend Events May 18 -21


May 18 PA's Mobile Veteran's Van at Brookhaven office of State Representative Leanne Kruger-Braneky 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

May 18 is I Love Resse's Day for me every day is I Love Resse's Day.
  
May 18 Springhouse Storytime at Newlin Grist Mill 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. members $5, non members $7.

May 18 –Spy Games Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations, and more. Tavern Talks takes place at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns Brinton House, an historic 1714 tavern, located next to the Chaddsford Winery at 630 Baltimore Pike. Admission is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person or online as space is limited. All attendees must be 21 and older.

May 18 - 20 Philadelphia Children's Festival

May 19 Two NASA Astronauts introduced into the Hall of Fame Live on NASA TV 1 p.m. Ellen Ochoa and Michael Foale.

May 19 Powel House Garden Party at 244 South Third Street in Philadelphia 6 - 9 p.m. cocktails and Hors de oeuvres.

May 20 Chichester Historical Society HISTORICAL MARKER DEDICATION Chichester Avenue - (Between Meetinghouse and Malatesta Avenues) 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. RAINDATE – Sunday: 21 May 2017 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The public is invited to join Upper Chichester Township and the Chichester Historical Society for the dedication and unveiling of the township’s first historical marker. This one hour event will include speakers, a photographic display of McCaysville; the Chichester Crossroads, and the unveiling of the Upper Chichester Township/McCaysville marker. Following the ceremony, Wawa will provide refreshments. This event is free and open to the public.  

May 20 Muhlenberg Living History Days at Valley Forge National Historical Park.
 
May 20 Why Save Seeds Workshop and Seed Swap 10 a.m. - Noon. at Bartram's Garden 5400 Linbergh Blvd., in Philadelphia.

May 20 Volunteer for Philly LOVE YOUR PARK Service Day.

May 20 Walk for the Wounded at Rose Tree Park,  two mile walk begins at 11 a.m  5K starts at 10 a.m. registration opens 9 a.m. Register online at runsignup.com under Warriors 5 K.

May 20 Public Archaeology Day at Newlin Grist Mill 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

May 20 History at Work: Potash and Soap Making at Newlin Grist Mill 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. 

May 20 S.O.U.L. Sounds of  Upcoming Legends at Bartram's Garden 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. 5400 Linbergh Blvd., in Philadelphia.




May 20 Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival 12 - 5 p.m. Rain or Shine.

May 20 - 21 9th Street Italian Market Festival 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

May 20 - 21 Strawberry Festival at Peddler's Village 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Garden Tour

May 21 Bethel Township Preservation Society Annual Historic Log House Tour 1645 Bethel Road, Garnet Valley 1 - 4 p.m. 

May 21 The Space Race at Middletown Free Library 2 p.m. Register to attend.

May 21 Philly Burger Brawl 2 - 6 p.m. at XFinity LIVE

May 21 Society Hill's 39th annual Open House and Garden Tour 1 - 5 p.m.
Tickets are now on sale for this popular self-guided tour of over ten private homes and gardens in one of our nation’s most historic neighborhoods. Each year, the Society Hill Tour offers a new selection of exceptional homes and gardens that range in style and dΓ©cor from the 18th and 19th century periods to the most contemporary. The Powel House is one of the featured stops this year!
Sponsored by the Society Hill Civic Association*tour proceeds are used for neighborhood improvement and beautification. Call 215-629-1288 to order tickets.


Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Things that you Catch

Ball

Frisbee

Break

Cold

Wave

Illness

Train

Flight

Show

Game

Fish

and you can catch hell-o, if you are late!

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Ode to the Blue Bikini

I put together a little mix on a very emotional day for me. 
After keeping my favorite blue bathing suit ten years too long, 
I had to let it go but not without letting my emotions show.
Okay, so its technically a Tankini, it is the closest I have been to a bikini in 30 years.
With the help of YouTube Music, a rare moment, when I let my true feelings show,

I'm Gonna Miss You The Artistics

I Will Always Love You Whitney Houston

Time To Say Goodbye Boccelli and Sarah Brightman

Today Jefferson Airplane
We Just Disagree Dave Mason


Last Dance Donna Summer





Monday, May 15, 2017

Upcoming Events Week of May 15

May 15 Stargazing at Widener University Observatory, 5th floor of Kirkbride Hall, 17th and Walnut Streets in Chester 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.  

May 16 Volunteer for Philly  LOVE YOUR PARK Service Day.

May 17 Mix Media Still Life Workshop at Middletown Free Library 10:30 a.m. Register online. 

May 17 Noted architect John Milner will speak on the Historic Preservation of 1742 Square Tavern. The 1979-82 renovation and restoration will be discussed at Dunwoody Village Auditorium in Newtown Square. 7 - 8 p.m.

May 18 PA's Mobile Veteran's Van at Brookhaven office of State Representative Leanne Kruger-Braneky

May 18 is I Love Resse's Day for me every day is I Love Resse's Day.

May 18 Springhouse Storytime at Newlin Grist Mill 10 a.m. - 11 a.m. members $5, non members $7.

May 18 –Spy Games Tavern Talks is a monthly experience (not a lecture!) aimed exclusively for adults 21 and older that focuses on unexplored aspects of early American history and culture. Guests will experience history with hands-on activities, food and drink tastings, demonstrations, and more. Tavern Talks takes place at the Chadds Ford Historical Society’s Barns Brinton House, an historic 1714 tavern, located next to the Chaddsford Winery at 630 Baltimore Pike. Admission is $20 for non-members and $15 for members. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone, in person or online as space is limited. All attendees must be 21 and older.

May 19 Powel House Garden Party at 244 South Third Street in Philadelphia 6 - 9 p.m. cocktails and Hors de oeuvres.

May 20 Warrior's 5K Run in Media through Rose Tree Park.  The race begins at 0 a.m. combined with a Walk for Wounded Warriors. There will be a ceremony honoring.

Friday, May 12, 2017

May 13 and 14 Events

May 13 Plant Sale at the Caleb Pusey House in Upland, hanging baskets. herbs, vegetables, and annual flowers will be for sale. The Caleb Pusey House will also be open for tours at this time.  It is the second oldest house in Pennsylvania and the only remaining house that William Penn is known to have visited. Plant sale 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. located at 15 Race Street in Upland.


Inside the Caleb Pusey House

May 13 Philadelphia Taco Festival at Sugar House Casino.

May 13 Middletown Township Community Day Sunset Festival at Penn State Brandywine 3 -7 p.m.middletowntownship.org

May 13 Night Hike at Tyler Arboretum 
7 - 9 p.m.

May 13 Garden Angels and Garden Devils  $10 Class at the Penn State Master Gardener's of Delaware County 10 a.m. to noon. located at Smedley Park, 20 Paper Mill Rd. located in Springfield.

May 13 Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive Day 

May 14 Mother's Day has been celebrated in many cultures at various times. The idea originated in the United States in 1868 with a woman named Anna Jarvis and became "official' in 1908. in St. Andrew's Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia. Another larger community celebrated the same day in the auditorium of the Wanamaker store in Philadelphia. The Grafton Church is a National Landmark and contains International Mother's Day Shrine.

May 14-20 Dive into our National Women’s Health Week website and see what we have in store for you! Celebrate!

May 14 DC Bike Ride 20 miles 1 day no cars in the Capital

May 14 Race for the Cure at Eakin's Oval in front of the Philadelphia Art Museum 5K Run, 5K Walk and 1 Mile Fun Walk.

May 14 - 20 National Women's Health Week Steps for Health by Age.

May 14 Mother's Day Tea at the new Museum of the American Revolution  1 - 3 p.m. Admission to the Museum included.


Upcoming: Plan Ahead
May 15 The Foundation for the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Inaugural Golf Outing at the Springhaven Club in Wallingford Proceeds will go towards projects not covered by school district funding. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m.

Jun 12 First Annual Vest-a-Cop Golf Outing at Springhaven Country Club in Wallingford.  vestacopgolfouting.com

June 12 - 23 Delaware County's Senior Games for 50 and Over registration due by May 31st
 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Highlights of the MOAR Museum of the American Revolution

American Revolution Relics


1. A statue of King George III that once (1770) stood on a pedestal in New York City was torn down by protestors, few fragments remain.




2. A piece of the bridge at Lexington and Concord where "The Shot Heard Round The World" took place found in the dirt in the 1950's.




3. The first political cartoon in American History.








4. Washington's Sash made of blue silk was worn by the general as part of his military uniform.





5 .This is perhaps one of my favorite distinction of the American Revolution. This Hunting Shirt had the reputation of being wore by expert marksman. Washington had hoped to clothe his entire army with these shirts to diminish feelings of dissatisfaction or jealousy and present a unite force.





6. One of the original chairs from the Continental Congress.





7. This uniform coat was worn by Massachusetts, Lt. Colonel Benjamin Holden. Holden wore this coat when he commanded forces June 17, 1775 at Bunker Hill. Red coats often associated with the British were



8. General Hugh Mercer lost his life at the Battle of Princeton and the sword has been reverently kept by The St. Andrew's Society since 1841. Mercer was a member of The St. Andrew's Society







9. I was struck by the memorial wall of photographs as I left the New Nation section of the exhibits. Portraits were the norm during the revolutionary times, not every one had a portrait done. Sketches would depict the ordinary people of the times.  To see these photographs probably from the mid 1800's just made me more fascinated with these people that lived during those times brought the museum to life.





10. Washington's War Tent is an experience and if you do not walk out of there saying that was awesome I feel bad for you. The presentation at the Museum of the American Revolution shows the tent through seasons along with different times of the day and night.  It really gives you a feel for the length and progress made for American Independence.  It is a strong overture.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017

I HATED the ACME Monoploy GAME..Unitl Today!

NO I am NOT a WINNER per se and I can accept that.


The cashier will always ask, Are you playing the Monopoly Game? I might add, enthusiasm is lost in the translation.

I am a gamer and I will try "almost" anything "once". I believe I have been playing the Monopoly Game at Acme since its inception.

It has been a few years now that I have come close to winning my dream vacation home at the beach. I have also bore witness to that home being listed on the market and sold.

Several times, I have been one ticket away from the "BIG" prize.

My complaints lie in not the monopolizing of my time.  I choose to rip open those tickets, discard the perforated ends and open up the possible answer to acquiring my happy place. I'll do it while I am watching FAKE NEWS. Perhaps that is the problem and I should mix it up.

Finding that number followed by letter on the board can be a challenge, I only like the 8's X Y and Z they are simple to find and no rotation of the board is necessary.

Free additional tickets are okay because it gives you another glimmer of hope, maybe I will win next time.

The coupons are cool and maybe with 50 cents off I will try the Pirate Puffs, normally I would nit even give the a second glance.

The FREE donuts or bagel has intrigued me.  Granted I know donuts and bagels are not on the best foods list but every thing in moderation right,  It is not a monopoly on the market.

Here was what I was able to monopolize on at my last visit to the Acme Market.

Signature Facial Tissues 
Signature Waffles
Signature Sandwich Bags 
2 Donuts
2 Everything Bagels

Final Cost $0
and a little of my time


The game runs until the end of May and I look forward to a chance to purchase that dream summer home or perhaps I'll enjoy another everything bagel.

Note: I am not trying to promote any contests or business just expressing life through my own experience. I try to be a gamer and accept life's little victories when they come along with the vision that doesn't happen every day.

After the donuts and everything bagel are gone, I just want to say, what's up with the having to check additional tickets on line.  It gets exhausting and it's a full time job! At least, I am not working for peanuts I suppose. A win is a win and free is free.

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Always Dreaming, Welcome to the Fold



Always Dreaming was the 143rd Winner of the 
Kentucky Derby
2017


Photo from the 360 film shown at the Kentucky Derby Museum at 
Church Hill Downs of a previous Kentucky Derby.



A popular spot inside the Kentucky Derby Museum is the current year's winner and jockey inside the winners circle draped in roses. NYQUIST  2016 will pass the victorious crown to 
Number 5,  Always Dreaming 2017


 A prominent spot outside the Kentucky Derby Museum marks the remains of  the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro. One of Pennsylvania's own and one of the saddest stories of the Triple Crown Races. I think every one was rooting for his recovery.


A blanket among other artifacts of War Emblem 2002 
Winner of the Kentucky Derby and Preakness.



The winning colors of the 1988 Kentucky Derby
"Winning Colors"



Secretariat the 1973 Winner of the Kentucky Derby  and Triple Crown Winner was a record breaking horse. His Kentucky Derby Tome is a track record,  Belmont , an American record in the dirt and Preakness stakes record.



and of course the horse can not win without the help of the rider.

Some of the signature jockeys.

Photo from the 360 film shown at the Kentucky Derby Museum at 
Church Hill Downs of a previous Kentucky Derby.












For the Kentucky Derby, jockeys should weigh no more than or less than 126 pounds including tack and saddle. The weigh requirement for riders of fillies  is 121lbs.  The average jockey weighs between 108 and 114 lbs.



Some people place their bets on favorite riders, here are a few of the more popular ones throughout history.


Riding silks, boots, and riding crop worn by Bill Shoemaker and saddle. Shoemaker won 11 Triple Crown races but never the coveted Triple Crown.

His record
Kentucky Derby
πŸ‡Swaps (1955) πŸ‡Tomy Lee (1959)πŸ‡ Lucky Debonair (1965)
 πŸ‡Ferdinand (1986)
Preakness Stakes
πŸ‡Candy Spots (1963) πŸ‡Damascus (1967)
Belmont Stakes
πŸ‡Gallant Man (1957) πŸ‡Sword Dancer (1959) πŸ‡Jaipur (1962) 
πŸ‡Damascus (1967) πŸ‡Avatar (1975)




and the multi-talented Victor Espinoza


Victor's costume from Dancing with the Stars is on loan to the museum. He was the 2nd contestant to be eliminated in the 2015 season but remains one of the favorite and highly regarded jockey's for his charitable contributions.


The trophies

 Kentucky Derby



Preakness Stakes


Belmont Stakes


The Triple Crown Trophy list all the races

Kentucky Derby 



Preakness Stakes


Belmont Stakes


Twenty horses at most will make the starting gate at the 
Kentucky Derby.


Only one will win the race.
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This year's winner was Always Dreaming.
Jockey: John R. VelΓ‘zquez
Trainer:  Todd Pletcher
Owner: MeB Racing, Brooklyn Boyz, Teresa Viola, St. Elias, Siena Farm and West Point
Breeder: Santa Rosa Partners

This is a large photograph on the wall at the Kentucky Derby Museum
it is striking and moving.
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