Friday, July 28, 2017

Classical Ballet Points Out Artwork In Media

Classical ballerinas from the Academy of International Ballet add style and grace to the Philadelphia Museum of Inside/Out Artwork in downtown Media, PA. I graciously received these photographs and information to share from William Conville. Read how he so eloquently describes the experience.

 
We tend to think in the traditional mode that classical ballet and paintings from the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) are elite art forms for a particular audience but in fact they belong to our common shared humanity. It should be easily experienced and enjoyed by all, especially in what is known as the public square. For example, the business district of Media as a county seat is part of the cultural mosaic of the region. It enjoys a delightful blend of art galleries, superb theatres, poetry readings, and musicians but so far no outdoor ballet and no outdoor paintings. Suddenly, the PMA’s Inside|Out regional program shifted the esthetic  paradigm.


With engaging smiles and artistic energy, the dancers began their visit by gathering near the Grecian pillars of the Media County Court House to form intertwining symmetric patterns, and what seemed to be an endless display of classical poses to prepare for their visit to each of the paintings beginning with Paul CĂŠzanne’s Mont Sainte-Victoire. Extending arms and legs with elegant ease, each dancer asserted their unique personality within the tapestry and the traditions of classical ballet. With unspoken movements they united in each shared pose yet asserted their individuality in their togetherness. With each movement of supple foot work and each classical pose their heads turned, arms were gracefully raised as if responding to the music of wistful chords embedded in the paintings.


Slowly drivers focused on traffic, busy pedestrians and others came upon the colorful visit. They paused and stopped to view a spontaneous cultural experience unfold around them. Many applauded and took photos. Motorists pulled their cars to the curb to watch. I marveled at how classically trained ballet dancers could transform the moments of a monotonous afternoon and quickly and quietly engage so many busy strangers who clearly had a desire for a cultural experience that featured images of masterpiece paintings and live ballet dancers.   What made their visit truly unique was the visual three-dimensionality of the moment. In a theater the audience members are seated and must look straight ahead. In the open air and sidewalks of Media, passersby were offered a multi-dimensional ballet experience. They could walk around the dancers to see the poses and the art work from many angles.



In the words of Co-Artistic Directors Denis Gronostayskiy and Anastasia Babayeva, “Whether on stage, in the studio or here in the public eye, we want our dancers to sense that after years of training they can open a little emotional door in their soul and share with the public a peek into Heaven. The language of ballet is one of dramatic gesture and by bringing them to pose with these beautiful paintings from the Phila. Museum ballet of Art the world of ballet visually enhances the message of the artists.”



A message from our ballet dancers.

The dancers at AIB express appreciation and applause to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) for their innovative public art initiative titled Inside | Out and for selecting our town of Media to share so many beautiful high quality reproductions from their collection. Each pose and gesture by our dancers is our way, in the world of ballet, to spontaneously and creativity interact with and recognize the genius of each artist on display. Our photos taken with the art work reminds all of us that Art is one way we can remember what is valuable by working against day to day habits. Art invites us to revaluate what we love and admire. Please note-two walking tours are scheduled by the PMA for Sun July 30, at 11 am and Wed Aug 9, at 5 pm. Tours will start at the Media-Upper Providence Free Library at Front and Jackson Streets and will last 1 hour. For additional information and a street map on this exhibit from the Media Arts Council please visit  http://mediaartscouncil.org/events/insideout-philadelphia-museum-of-art-public-art-initiative-in-media/

Photo credit: Denis Gronostayskiy

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Upcoming Weekend Events Jul. 29 - 30



🌭 Jul. 29 DELCO ALERT John's Doggie Shop of "growing up Chester" now located on the Conchester will be closing their doors due to eminent domain and the expansion of the Conchester Highway. Get out there and enjoy one last taste of success and one of the best things about growing up in Chester. If we behaved well, while shopping downtown, John's was always on the menu for lunch.  It is such a fond memory.  I remember the very first location, yes it was packed, sometimes four people deep behind the people sitting at the counter. Men used to get up for women and children and offer their seat, now that is dating myself. Thank you to the Eleutheiou family for 70 years of a family tradition in my house. One year, I gave a container of sauce to all my aunts and uncles for Christmas. It was a big hit! Whatever was in it, we all loved that stuff, the Boss with the Sauce.

Jul. 29 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. 29 Landscapes and Structures + Plein Air Summer Art Series at Valley Forge National Historical Park 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Jul. 29 Muhlenberg Living History Days at Valley Forge National Historical Park.  

Jul. 29 National Dance Day get your dancing shoes on!

Jul. 29 Dancing in the Park and Food Truck Festival in Glasgow Park, New Castle County, Delaware.

Jul. 29 AAA Mid-Atlantic will be offering free battery, tire pressure and car maintenance checks to ensure motorists’ vehicles are road ready for the remainder of summerThe free Summer Car Care event, open to the public, will be held at all AAA Car Care Centers throughout the AAA Mid-Atlantic region Saturday, July 29 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Find your nearest location here - https://midatlantic.aaa.com/car-care

 

Jul. 30 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.

Jul. 30 Ice Cream Social at Strawberry Mansion in Fairmount Park, Philadelphia. 12 - 4 p.m. Entry $5. Children 5 and under free with accompanying adult.

Jul. 30 Tri-State Jazz Society presents Galvanized Jazz Band in Haddonfield, NJ at Haddonfield United Methodist Church, 29 Warwick Road. 2 - 4:30 p.m.


Now Thru September 17 Andrew Wyeth In Retrospect at the Brandywine River Museum of Art.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Some Things are Different but Ice Cream Remains the Same

July is National Ice Cream Month

It has been over 20 years since I last attended the New Castle Ice Cream Festival in Rockwood Park in Delaware. 

We brought our own blanket back then, kids under 12 received free ice cream and we listened to live music on a beautiful afternoon 1996.

Here is what the New Castle Ice Cream Festival featured in 2017


Tiger Kicks Taekwondo Demonstration



Trapeze Artist, I will show you how the performer got from here to there 
but I would not try this at home.









Celebrities are always a hit and the Phillie Phanatic is a Phavorite. 


Wendell Smallwood, running back for the Philadelphia Eagles demonstrated his tossing skills.


 Pillows are always popular and provide a comfort zone.


The cartoon on The News Journal umbrella indicates the changing times.



a VHS tape?


I believe this trio to be my first sighting of alpacas, ever. Whereas I did not pet the creatures, I did feel the texture of the mitten, hats and scarves for sale made with alpaca fleece, very soft and silky, pleasing to the skin and warm. Alpacas are native to South America and have been domesticated for thousands of years. I don't know how I have missed seeing them all these years. They are very cool looking. I might be able to picture myself watching "current news" on the television with them.




Most folks arrived by car, others preferred the train.


Security would have been less transparent in 1996.


Sanitation steps have been enhanced with a hand sanitizer station.


Here is the scoop


Ice Cream never runs out of fashion
or loses its flavor.


Live music was also featured but we attended the festival between sets.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Upcoming Events Week of July 24

Jul. 25 Guided Bird Walks at Valley Forge National Historical Park 8 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Jul. 26 Senior Game Day at 10 a.m. Middletown Free Library. Comedy and brain games with free refreshments and at 2 p.m. keep cool and adult coloring with a DIY arts and craft maker event at 4 p.m.

Jul. 26 - 28 How I Became a Pirate Children's Musical at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

Jul. 26 Springfield Township Free Family Movie Night at 50 Powell Road (sledding hill) Screening begins at dusk. Popcorn provided for all residents that attend.


Jul. 26  Haverford Concert Series Matt Santry with Meghan Cary at Hiltop/Steel Field, 1400 Steel Road. Concerts start at 6 p.m. Tickets $5 in advance, $10 day of the show Children 12 and under free.

Jul. 27 The Delaware County drug collection van will be at the Delco summer Concert series at Rose Tree Park. 

Jul. 27 Live Music in Swarthmore, Sonoma Sound, The Young Musicians at the borough amphitheater, 121 Park Avenue 6 - 9 p.m.
 
   
Jul. 27 Ruppapalooza at the Pier The PSPCA is proud to partner with Philadelphia Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp for the first annual Ruppapalooza at the Pier. Baseball fans, animal advocates and country music lovers are invited to the event from 6-9 p.m. at Morgan’s Pier, 221 N Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA. The evening, which will feature Phillies Celebrity Bartenders, an appearance by the Phillie Phanatic and Phillies Ball Girls, adoptable dogs, raffles, games, music and more, will benefit the Pennsylvania SPCA’s life-saving mission. To add a country flare, Rupp has also invited one of Nashville’s hottest songwriters, Tyler Reeve to perform a small set. For more information and tickets: https://pspca.org/ruppapalooza/

Jul. 28, 29 and Aug. 4, 5 The Hunchback of Notre Dame Mainstage at Summer Stage
at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.



Jul. 28 - 30 New Jersey 35th Annual Quick Check Festival of Ballooning  in Readington, New Jersey.

Jul. 28 Xponential Music Festival at Wiggins Park and B B and T Pavilion. 

🌭 Jul. 29 DELCO ALERT John's Doggie Shop of "growing up Chester" now located on the Conchester will be closing their doors due to eminent domain and the expansion of the Conchester Highway. Get out there and enjoy one last taste of success and one of the best things about growing up in Chester. If we behaved well, while shopping downtown, John's was always on the menu for lunch.  It is such a fond memory.  I remember the very first location, yes it was packed, sometimes four people deep behind the people sitting at the counter. Men used to get up for women and children and offer their seat, now that is dating myself. Thank you to the Eleutheiou family for 70 years of a family tradition in my house. One year, I gave a container of sauce to all my aunts and uncles for Christmas. It was a big hit! Whatever was in it, we all loved that stuff, the Boss with the Sauce.






Monday, July 24, 2017

Free Entertainment Every Day of the Week and 1 Pay as you Wish

Check out your local library, they have cool things going on for all ages almost everyday of the week. Can't find something cool? Do your research and span
your horizons, check another library. Something for everyone!
📖 🎶 🎨 🎥

🎶  Tuesday Marcus Hook concert series through August 15 at Market Square Memorial Park at 7 p.m.

🎶 Wednesday Haverford Concert Series Concerts start at 6 p.m. Tickets $5 in advance, $10 day of the show Children 12 and under free.

💵 💵 🍽 Wednesday Dining Under the Stars in Media. Prices Vary 😋according to Taste.

🎨 Wednesday Nights are Pay What You Wish at Philadelphia Museum of Art 65 p.m. to 8 :45 p.m.

🎶  Wednesday to Sunday Rose Tree Park Summer Festival (this Thursday is for the Parrot-heads)

🎶 Thursday Live Music in Swarthmore , at the borough amphitheater, 121 Park Avenue 6 - 9 p.m. 

🎥 August 4 First Friday Movie Series 7 p.m. at Delaware County Peace Center located at Springfield Friends Meeting House 1001 Old Sproul Rd.in Springfield. Also a Peace Potluck Picnic at 6 p.m. before the movie. Featured movie The Railway Man.

🎶 Sunday Upper Merion Township Summer Music through August 6 (Concert starts at 6 p.m.)  LOCATION: Township Building Park 175 W. Valley Forge Road King of Prussia, PA 19406 (overflow event parking at Ross Road field (Ross & Henderson Rds.)

🖌 Now through mid August Philadelphia Museum of Art Inside/Out Tour at a cool town near you.
Two walking tours are still available in Media, Saturday July 30 at 11 a.m. and Wednesday August 9 at 5 p.m. meet at the new Media-Upper Providence Library at State and Front St. (weather permitting).
Take a personalized tour on select dates or download the tour app on your phone.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Busy Work for Boys

I'm  Busy

Cutting the Lawn
Reading a Book
Reading the Newspaper
Eating Breakfast
Exercise
Trash
Liter Box Detail
Shaving
Drinking Beer
Playing Music
Watching the Weather
Avoiding Conversation
👀

and the list goes on...............
this is why "most" times
I do it meself

Battle of the Sexes

FYI

We Are On To You!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Upcoming Weekend and Pre-Weekend Events July 20 - 23

Jul. 20 Moon Day 



Jul. 20 The Oval is Open, The Oval is Open with D.J. lil Dave 5 - 10 p.m.

Photo: AYee
Calendar of events

Jul. 22 Charles Albert Tindley Institute (CATI) will observe the fourth annual memorial ceremony in honor of our former Pastor Rev. Dr. Charles Albert Tindley. Events begin at 10:00 a.m. at Historical Eden Cemetery, 1434 Springfield Road, Collingdale, PA. 19023 The program will include hymns written by Rev. Tindley, a brief history of Rev. Tindley's life, a floral tribute, and prayer. All are welcome.  

Jul. 22 Secrets and Spies at Valley Forge National Historical Park meet at Washington's Headquarters Train Station 12:30 p.m.


 
Jul. 22 World War II Explore the Eastern Front at Fort Mifflin 10 a.m. 


 
Jul. 22 Free Ice Cream Social at the 1696 Thomas Massey House also entertaining the crowd will be the Marple-Newtown Community Band. Tours of the Massey House will also be available. 6 - 9 p.m.


 

Jul. 22 PECO Multi Cultural Series Islamic Heritage Festival at Penn's Landing 2 - 8 p.m.

Jul. 22 Night in Venice boat parade in Ocean City, N.J. 6 p.m.


Jul. 23 Sierra Club 3 Mile Hike at Ridley Creek State Park  1:15 p.m.
Take Gradyville Rd west through RCSP.   At the second stop sign turn left (south) into the Park on Sandy Flash Dr South.  Go up a hill, pass the Mansion (Park HQ) Driveway on the right, turn  left onto the road to Area 8.  Go to the top of a hill, turn left, and park.  Contact wbrainerd3@gmail.com.



Jul. 23 Samuel Lemon author of "The Case That Shocked The Country", about a young man, Alexander McClay Williams, the youngest person to die in the electric chair in Pennsylvania, for a crime he did not commit. Mr. Lemon will speak and sign books at the Media Fellowship House 2 p.m. Register online to attend.

Jul. 23 Shark Week begins on Discovery Channel.



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Feeling the Pain

Last week I was saddened to read the news that Marie Ronayne died suddenly on July 2nd.

She was the charge behind one the 5th grade classes of Nether Providence Elementary School in Y2K.


No one dared to question Mrs. Ronayne.


She was an ideas girl. always thinking strategy.


It was not unusual to see her sitting in support on the sidelines.


She was always pulling for her kids.


She was also a rules girl and you played fair.


She was not one of the popular teachers to wear the Miss Pockets surprise outfit at the May Fair. It was suspected she may have something up her sleeve.


If you had the privilege of taking that coming of age 5th Grade Field Trip to Williamsburg, you can thank Mrs. Ronayne. From what I understand she was behind its inception. If that is not true I know she ran it flawlessly during the time my children went.


I remember finding out who our 5th Grade Teacher was going to be and frankly we were quite scared. Other students would remark,you got pain, Ronayne the pain.

 She was tough and she was LOUD. I came to learn that 5th graders don't hear so well. You might have to turn up the volume.

I also remember the last day of school one of her kids came charging out of the school and fell to his knees in prayer. I survived the pain, he proclaimed. She smiled and told them to come back and visit. The first day of Middle School 7 out of  17 did come back and I was there to witness.

 Quite a tribute and a reinforcement of no pain, no gain.

For any of her former students, here is a link to her obit.
Reading it you will learn Mrs. Roynane received academic and mischief awards.
The latter will answer the question in why you never got away with anything in her class.

Thank you Mrs. Ronayne, you were a class act to watch.

Some of the characters she coached on to Middle School.

Her troops

 







She was on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest, she was connected.


NPE 5th Grade Time Capsule
includes yearbook questionaire
and
drawings of what her students aspired to be as adults

Recommended by Mrs. Ronayne
in my safe keeping.