Friday, June 30, 2017

Honoring Mr. Hontz, Strath Haven's Music Man

A slideshow of the last stroll down State Street in Media for the 2016 Veteran's Day Parade and all Mr. Hontz's troops falling in line behind the leader of the band.

 R.I.P. Mr. Hontz
Services for Jack Hontz
Friday, June 30, 2017
1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Strath Haven High School
205 South Providence Road
Wallingford, PA  19086
Saturday, July 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. (luncheon to follow at the church) Grove United Methodist Church
490 Boot Road
West Chester, PA  19380

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Welcome Food, Fun and Fireworks Weekend Events

🍻Jun. 29 Culture on Tap at City Hall Courtyard 4 - 9 p.m.

😋Jun. 29 The Food Trust's Night Market Square Spruce Hill 40th and Walnut Streets 6 - 10 p.m.

🍷Jun. 30 Red, White and Blue Happy Hour 4 - 7 p.m. Must be 21 and must act responsibly.

🎆Jun. 30 Wawa Welcome America Fireworks over the Delaware River 9:30 p.m.

🍻Jul. 1 Red, White and Brew at SugarHouse Casino 5 - 9 p.m. 

🎆Jul. 1 Wawa Welcome America Fireworks over the Delaware River 9:30 p.m.

🥚🥞Jul. 2 Red, White and Brunch

🎉Jul. 4 Party on the Parkway Noon to 10 p.m.

🎆Jul. 4 Wawa Welcome America Fireworks over Ben Franklin Parkway 9:30 p.m.

🎆Jul. 4 Freedom Festival Fireworks at Wiggins Park over the Delaware River Waterfront. 9:30 p.m.

Additional Happenings over the weekend

Jun. 29 The Delaware County drug collection van will be at the Delco summer Concert series at Rose Tree Park.

Jul. 1 Historic Powell House 244 South Third Street in Philadelphia $1 Admission 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Soft Pretzels courtesy of Campo's Deli.

Jul. 1 -9 Kutztown Folk Festival

Jul. 1 Landscapes and Structures + Plein Air Summer Art Series at Valley Forge National Historical Park 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Jul. 1 Secrets and Spies at Valley Forge National Historical Park meet at Washington's Headquarters Train Station 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Jul. 1 Battleship New Jersey Steel Beach Blast 7 p.m. BBQ Dinner, Open Bar, Phillies Phanatic and Fireworks.

Jul 1. Ridley Park Fireworks dusk at Eastlake Park, Ridley Avenue and Constitution Center. 9 p.m.

Jul. 2  Hill-Physick House 321 South 4th Street in Philadelphia $1 Admission 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. Ice Cream Floats courtesy of Franklin Fountain.

Jul. 2 Freedom Blast at Fort Mifflin 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. it is a Pay As You Wish Event courtesy of Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance #SaveTheArts initiative.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Welcome America Music and Museums and Movie


Jun. 28 Wawa Welcome America Movie Preview The Dunkirk Prologue Experience! When 400,000 men couldn’t get home, home came to them. Warner Bros. Pictures will take audiences on a stunning journey into the action of Christopher Nolan’s upcoming film “Dunkirk” opens as hundreds of thousands of British and Allied troops are surrounded by enemy forces. “Trapped on the beach with their backs to the sea they face an impossible situation as the enemy closes in. In advance of the film’s  July 21st theatrical release, The Dunkirk Prologue Experience will give moviegoers a special preview of the epic action thriller. Fans will experience the presentation in a Cinetransformer featuring a Barco cinema projector 15 foot screen 87 stadium style ButtKicker interactive seats (just repeating the description)and 5:1 Dolby digital sound putting audiences in the midst of one of the summer’s most anticipated films. FREE GIVEAWAYS.  Participants will also receive DUNKIRK advance screening passes and promotional items following the FREE experience (while supplies last) 2 p.m. – 9 p.m. at the Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons, 1001 N. 2nd Street in Philadelphia.

Museums Days Free Admission to a museum each day.

Jun. 29 National Constitution Center 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. "Courtesy of Wawa".

Jun. 30 Penn Museum 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Jun. 30 Eastern State Penitentiary Historic Site 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

Jul. 1 African American Museum in Philadelphia 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Jul. 1 One Liberty Observation Deck 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. "Space is Limited".

Jul. 2 Philadelphia Museum of Art 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Pay What You Wish".

Jul. 2 The Barnes Foundation "Courtesy of PECO" 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Jul. 2 National Constitution Center 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. "Courtesy of John Templeton".

Jul. 3 National Liberty Museum 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.


Jun. 29 Summer Mummers Concert at the Mummers Museum 8 - 10 p.m.

Jun. 30 The Philadelphia Orchestra Concert and Fireworks on the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing 8 - 9:30 p.m.

Jul. 1 Performances in Public Spaces in 10 neighborhoods citywide. Check the Welcome America link for locations.

Jul. 1 U.S. Army Band "Pershing's Own" Concert and Fireworks on the Great Plaza at Penn's Landing 8 - 9:30 p.m.

Full listing of events at Welcome America including a downloadable schedule. 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Sand Sculpting and Surf and Swim Competitions Summer 2017

🏰 Sand Sculpture Spectacular at the Shops at Liberty Place in Philadelphia.
Building began June 20th and is expected to be completed by June 26th so get on down to see them. The sand is suppose to represent Philadelphia icons and historic figures. Yo! Who could that be? Famous Philadelphian's? The sculptures are suppose to be up through July but the Gingerbread Houses seem to come and go quickly at pre-Christmas so I say if you want to see them, go.

What is the saying..If your lucky to be at the beach, your lucky. If you happen to be at any of these beaches during this time frame, treat yourself and come out and support those lifeguards that ensure your safety or appreciate and artist building castles in the sand. It's all good stuff.

🏰 Jul. 6 Ocean City, Sand Sculpting Contest Registration begins at 9 a.m. at the 6th Street Beach in Ocean City, N.J. 

🏄Jul. 7 Cape May County Lifeguard Championship 6:30 p.m. at E. Rambler Road in Wildwood Crest, N.J.

🏰 Jul. 8 First Annual Wildwood Crest Sand Sculpting Festival, at Heather Road in Wildwood Crest, N.J. 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

🏄Jul. 12 USLA Mid Atlantic Lifeguard Championship (Non Craft) in front of the Rehoboth Beach Patrol Headquarters off of Baltimore Pike and the Boardwalk in Rehoboth, DE.

🏰 Jul. 12 N. J. Sand Castle Contest, Belmar, N.J. 8 a.m. to Noon, at 18th Street beach in Belmar, N. J.

🏄Jul. 18 Red Bull Surf and Rescue Beach Patrol Competition🏰 at Atlantic City, N. J. The event will take place at South Carolina Avenue and the Beachfront.

🏄Jul. 22 The 34th Annual LBTBP Mayor's Cup Lifeguard Tournament at 68th Street and the Beach in Brant Beach, Long Beach Island, N.J.

🏰 Jul. 29  Eighth Annual Ashore Realty Amateur Sand Castle Building Contest in front of the Laguna Restaurant at 14th Street south beach in Brigantine, N.J.. Registration begins 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

🏄Aug. 5 - 6  The 55th Annual LBI Lifeguard Tournament at 68th Street and the Beach in Brant Beach, Long Beach Island, N.J. (Weather Date Aug. 7).

🏰 Sep. 9 Sand Castle Contest Rehoboth Beach

🏰 Sep. 29 - Oct. 2 International Sand Sculpting at Virginia Beach 4th - 10th Street Virginia Beach, VA.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Upcoming Events the Week of June 26

Jun. 26 Breakthroughs in Mental Health 6:30 p.m. at the Middletown Free Library with Dr. Shivkumar Hatti. Register online or call the library to attend.

Jun. 27 Guided Bird Walks at Valley Forge National Historical Park 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Jun. 27 - Jul. 1 Our Lady of Peace Carnival at Notre Dame de Lourdes School

Jun. 28 Shark Tank casting at XFinity Live 1100 Pattison Ave. in Philadelphia. Click on link for details.

Jun. 28 - Jul. 2 Concert in the Park Summer Series Rose Tree Park. Check the link for nightly performances.

Jun. 28 Haverford Concert Series Coopertown/Highland Pavilion Highland Ave, Bryn Mawr.

Jun. 28 Broadway and Show Tunes and Jazz at Middletown Free Library 6:30 p.m. Register online or call the library to attend. 6:30 p.m.

Jun. 29 Philadelphia Night Market Spruce Street check link and details 6 - 10 p.m. 

Jun. 29 Japanese Tea Ceremony Tea Bowl Workshop with Veronica Batter of the Rockdale at Center 6:30 p.m. Register online or by calling the library.

Jun. 29 - July 4 Wawa Welcome America opens with Wawa Hoagie Day 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the National Constitution Center at Independence Mall along with a USO Troupe Show to honor our nations military.

Jun. 29 Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and Vision Zero will host a Memorial Walk for Peter Javsicas to begin at Comcast Center in Center City Philadelphia 5 p.m. Mr. Javsicas was killed by an out of control driver on JFK Blvd.

Jun. 30 The Grange Estate holds a picnic supper with George Washington from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Jun. 30 Red White and Blue Happy Hour 4 -7 p.m. at Xfinity Live.

Jun. 30 Fireworks over the Delaware River near Penn's Landing 9:30 p.m.

Jun. 30 - Jul. 8 The City of Chicago along with the U.S. Navy will host the 2017 Warrior Games.

Jul. 1 Fireworks over the Delaware River near Penn's Landing 9:30 p.m.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Weekend Events June 24

Jun. 24 Raspberry Celebration at Linvilla. PYO begins at 8 a.m.

Jun. 24 Bookbinding Class at Historic Sugartown  

Jun. 24  Landscapes and Structures + Plein Air Summer Art Series at Valley Forge National Historical Park 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Stirling's Headquarters (Off Yellow Springs Rd).

Jun. 24 Havertown Irish Festival noon - 9 p.m. the Manoa Shopping Center rear parking lot, West Chester Pike in Havertown.

Jun. 24 - 25 Manayunk Arts Festival 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Jun. 24 Secrets and Spies at Valley Forge National Historical Park meet at Washington's Headquarters Train Station 12:30 p.m.

Jun. 24 Muhlenberg Living History Days at Valley Forge National Historical Park.

Jun. 24 The Super Run at the Navy Yard. Dress accordingly as the super hero you most relate to or aspire to be.

Jun. 24 Yachtstock River Jam, Governor Printz Park, Corinthian Yacht Club, West End Boat Club down by the river in Essington. Proceeds benefit Shriners Hospitals Philadelphia Unit. Noon to 10 p.m.

Jun. 24 Newlin Grist Mill Things to Do
Bird Walk 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Woodturning 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Pop-Up Naturalist: "Pond Life" 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

Jun. 24 Grains of the World Fundraising Dinner at Newlin Grist Mill $45/person. Proceeds will help with the rebuilding of the water wheel which powers the 107 Grist Mill. Call 610-459-2359 to RSVP.  

Jun. 24 and 25 New Castle County Ice Cream Festival at Rockwood Park.

Jun. 24 and 25 Annual Baymen's Seafood and Music Festival at Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton N.J. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.  

Jun. 24 Night of Light, Addiction Candle Light Vigil at Upper Chichester Recreation Center, 8500 Furey Road in Boothwyn. 6:30 p.m.

Jun. 25 The Color Run at Citizens Bank Park 

Jun. 25 Sierra Club Hike at 1:15 p.m. Mineral Hill 1.5 miles Park at Middletown Memorial Park on the north side of Baltimore Pike just west of Ridley Creek

Jun. 25 Living History Sunday at the 1696 Thomas Massey House Between 1 and 4 Enjoy demonstrations of colonial cooking, gardening, tools, candle making and blacksmithing along with tours of the 300 year house.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Beach Buddies

Flip flops

Bathing Suit


Surf Board

Something to toss and catch game


Beach Blanket



and a beach buggy to carry it all...................

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

10 Things In the Beach Bag

Heading to the beach is a personal experience for everyone. I leave it to you to prioritize and personalize your own list. I offer a few ideas and there are surely one or two items you can leave back at the house. What could you leave behind or maybe you need a larger beach bag?



Cell Phone


Food and Drink

Ice Cream Money


Lip Balm

Beach Tags


Cover Up

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Simple Pleasures in Life

Coffee on the deck, porch or front steps, anywhere outside.

Delicious Dinner that doesn't infringe on your healthy diet

Walk on the beach

Glass of wine, some prefer beer and a sobering iced tea  is also a treat

Roof over your head, especially on a rainy day


Cool breeze on a hot day

Rising up to greet the sunrise

Walk in the woods

Breathing in the fresh air.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Week of June 19 Events

June 20 International Day of Yoga.

June 20 Paint and Sip Artist Workshop at 56th Street Plaza in Philadelphia.

June 20 The 115th Anniversary Celebration of Historic Eden Cemetery 4:30 p.m. at 1434 Springfield Road, Collingdale PA 19023.

2017 Honorees
Joseph Becton
Historian, Interpreter, Musician
Becton Tours and Historical Services
3rd Regiment United States Colored Troops

Dr. Marion T. Lane
Author, Educator
Board member Friends of Valley Forge Park
and the Museum of the American Revolution

June 21 Summer Solstice the longest day of the year.

June 21 World Music Day

June 21 "Keep Music Alive" will perform at the Summer Musical Festival at the Middletown Free Library 6:30 p.m.

June 23 The Friends of the Thomas Leiper host a "Party on the Porch" an annual open house at the 1785 Leiper Estate 7 - 9 p.m. located at 521 Avondale Road, Wallingford, PA.

Jun. 24 Raspberry Celebration at Linvilla. PYO begins at 8 a.m.

June 24 Bookbinding Class at Historic Sugartown  

June 24  Landscapes and Structures + Plein Air Summer Art Series at Valley Forge National Historical Park 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Stirling's Headquarters (Off Yellow Springs Rd).

June 24 Havertown Irish Festival noon - 9 p.m. the Manoa Shopping Center rear parking lot, West Chester Pike in Havertown.


Friday, June 16, 2017

Weekend Events June 16 - 18, 2017

Jun. 16 Annual 5 Mile Race 7 p.m. 

Jun. 16 Delaware Canal Festival in Bristol Borough Lagoon Park 6 - 8:30 p.m. 

Jun. 16 and 17 Pour into Summer Wine Festival on LBI at Beach Haven, N.J.

Jun. 17 The Color Run in Hershey, PA 

Jun. 17 Middletown Parks and Recreation June Trail Walk (approx. 1 hour) in Middleton 10 a.m. led by Dr. Richard Benner. The walk begins at Linvilla Trail Head, call 610.565.2700 ext 241 or 242 to register.

Jun. 17 Public Art Bike Tours: Explore Philly's Outdoor Sculpture 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. See Big Bling on display June  - November 2017. 

Jun. 17 Colonial Game Day at Morgan Log House 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Jun. 17 Secrets and Spies at Valley Forge National Historical Park meet at Washington's Headquarters Train Station 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m.

Jun. 17 Escape Brandywine begins at John Chads House. Additional limited dates June 17, July 8 and July 15.

Jun. 17 Public Archaeology 10:00am-3:00 p.m. Newlin Grist Mill, 219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA, Public Archaeology Days invite volunteers to assist professional archaeologists with site excavation, artifact screening and care. Public Archaeology Days currently center on the tail race of the 1704 Grist Mill and the Archive, formerly a mid-eighteenth century general store. No registration required. Free to the public. All ages.

Jun. 17  The Betsy Ross House hosts the 10th annual Stars and Stripes Saturday , from 10 a.m.– 5 p.m. The event features daylong family entertainment, including old-fashioned carnival games in the Betsy Ross House courtyard and non-stop, family-friendly entertainment including juggling and circus acts, a Punch and Judy Puppet show, magic and more. Event is free. Tours of the house $5 for Adults $4 for Children.

Photo credit: MKennedy courtesy Historic Philadelphia, Inc.

Jun. 17 Heinz 45th Birthday and Summer Solstice Festival 5 p.m. at the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge.

Extended through June 18 The Philadelphia Chinese Lantern Festival at Franklin Square. 

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

Jun. 18 Father's Day. Pressed for a gift for Dad? is offering a Father's Day Tie Color Book. or you can teach Dad How to Make a Wind Turbine.

Jun. 18 The 15th Annual Foundation for Breast and Prostate Health father's Day Gary Papa Run 10K and 5K. Benjamin Franklin Parkway Registration begins 6:30 a.m. 10k starts at 7:30 a.m. 5K starts at 8 a.m. 5k/1 Mile Fun Walk starts at 8:30 a.m. General Registration $30 Day of Race Registration $35.

Jun. 18 Philly Pride Parade the parade starts at 11:30 a.m. at 13th and Locust.

Jun. 18 Peter Wentz Farm "They Ought to be Men of Abilities" General Washington's Staff 2 p.m.

Jun. 18 - 23 Art Museum Restaurant Week 

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Upcoming Photo Contests

Click on the links for complete details.
Whereas, I believe "everything" I read on the Internet, there could be discrepancies please read all details if you are interested in these photo contests and good luck.

Be one of thousands of people at events across the country who are part of our GO Day photo mosaic. Take a picture of yourself, your family or your friends having fun outdoors and submit it by June 23. Once all the photos are collected, they will become part of a much larger image representing GO Day that will be unveiled on and on July 4th.

Enter today for a chance to be named the 2017 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year. Each year, photographers around the world send National Geographic Travel gorgeous images that captivate and astonish. Our judges are looking for photos that tell the story of a place and travel moments that inspire. Contest Ends June 30.
Canon Little League Photo Contest  ENTRY PERIOD: The entry period for the Contest begins at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time (ET) on May 1, 2017, and ends at 9:00 p.m. ET on June 30, 2017.

July 8 Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society Calendar Contest:
9–1 Photo Shoot (Valley maps provided)

1-3 Break and; individual critiques

3-4 Group critique specific photos
4-5 Reception (usual light refreshments)
Cost: $15 per person
Reservations: 484-444-2961 or Email Sue at Museum will provide water and rest facilities. Bring your own lunch. (rain date July 9)

Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) annual Lens on Liter Photo Contest Deadline October 31.

August 12, 2017, NOAA's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is hosting its third National "Get into Your Sanctuary" celebration. This system-wide event will raise awareness about the value of our sanctuaries as iconic destinations for responsible recreation through a series of special activities. Watch for, photo contest.

PhotoEx Media Arts Council Juried Photo Exhibit All entries must be received by July 22. Theme:Season’s 15th Annual Photo Contest began March 28, 2017, and ends November 30, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. By submitting an entry, each contestant agrees to the rules of the contest and states that he or she is 18 years old or older. Read more:

Natures Best Photography backyard 2017 BEST BACKYARDS 
Open June 26 - Sept. 26, 2017.

The Sony World Photography Awards has four competitions*Please note: you may only enter one of the below competitions. Once you have successfully submitted your images into one of the below, you will not be able to enter the other competitions.

  • Professional - 10 categories, judged on a body of work (Deadline: 13:00 GMT - January 11, 2018) 
  • Open - 10 categories, rewarding the best single images (Deadline: 13:00 GMT - January 4, 2018)
    ○ National Awards - Entries submitted to the Open competition are automatically entered into the National Awards based on nationality
  • Youth - for all photographers aged 12-19, a single image responding to one brief (Deadline: 13:00 GMT - January 4, 2018)
  • Student Focus - for those studying photography (Deadline: 13:00 GMT - December 4, 2017)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Proper Display of the U.S. Flag

Today June 14th is Flag Day 2017

Every year I have kept the same rules of flag flying and try to add places over the past years where I have captured a picture of a place flying the flag. here are this years selections.

1.  The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

Washington Crossing

2.  The flag is never allowed to touch the ground or floor.

Surry Ferry in Virginia

3. When hung over a sidewalk, on a rope extending from a building to a pole, the union stars are always away from the building.

Yorktowne, VA.

4.  When vertically hung over the center of the street, the flag always has the union stars to the north in an east/west street, and to the east in the north/south street.

2017 Inauguration U.S. Capitol Building

5.  The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.

Washington, N. C.

6.  The flag should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds but always allowed to fall free.

Denton, Texas Courthouse

7.  The flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day and then raised to the top of the staff.

Museum of the American Revolution, Philadelphia, PA

8.  Never fly the flag upside down except as a signal of distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

9. The flag is never flown in inclement weather except when using an all-weather flag.

Former Miss America's in the 2016 "Show Me Your Shoes Parade, Atlantic City, N.J.

10. The flag can be flown every day from sunrise to sunset and at night if illuminated properly.

Birthplace of Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman, Lancaster, Ohio

A United States flag is provided, at no cost, to drape the casket or accompany the urn of a deceased Veteran who served honorably in the U. S. Armed Forces. View the details about burial flags at the

This photograph of the casket of former President Dwight Eisenhower, General in the United States Army, lying in state at the U.S. Capitol was on display at the museum at his birthplace