In the News This Week…

Welcome Home:
Chester Children’s Chorus Opens
Its House on October 27

The dramatic staircase at 112 Park Avenue now leads to the offices of CCC and (front to back) Executive Director Kirsten Halker-Kratz, Administrative Assistant Elisa DeNofio, and Director of Development Cynthia Staniszewski.

After two decades of “music in a box,” the Chester Children’s Chorus moved early this year into a new home at 112 Park Avenue in Swarthmore. The Chorus invites all its supporters and neighbors to visit and celebrate during its open house next Friday, October 27, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Once a single-family home, the building has …

Rose Valley Museum, 116 Years in the Making, Opens Next Weekend at Thunderbird Lodge

Morris chairs and a double-backed bench from the Rose Valley Shops are a handsome complement to the distinctive hearth in the first floor studio of Thunderbird Lodge, where the Rose Valley Museum and Historical Society holds grand opening events next week. Photo by J. Scott Laughlin.

More than a century after its founding, Rose Valley has finally found a home for the unique collection of artwork and objects wrought during its formative period as an Arts & Crafts colony. The Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge will open its doors at 41 Rose Valley Road to the public during an opening weekend next Friday through Sunday, October 27-29. The weekend will include a members only preview reception, a ribbon-cutting and blessing of the building, a costume party, docent tours of the museum, guided Rose Valley tours in a Ford Model T pickup truck, a community-wide picnic on the grounds, and a lecture by Thomas A. Guiler, Ph.D. of Winterthur, comparing Rose Valley to the concurrent arts and crafts communities of Byrdcliffe and Roycroft. Rose Valley appears the way it does today because …

Crum Creek Deer Hunt Is On

For the 8th consecutive year, Swarthmore College is conducting a public archery hunt of the deer population in the college’s Crum Woods, on the west side of the creek. The hunt is on during the college’s fall break (October 13-21), between October 30 and November 10, and over Thanksgiving break (November 22-25). Signs will be clearly posted in the woods to indicate dates and locations.

Hunters will be active mainly in the early morning, late afternoon, and evening hours, only in preapproved areas, and must abide by all rules and regulations of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its Game Commission.

If you encounter any problems, please call Swarthmore Public Safety. More information about the College’s deer population management is available at swarthmore.edu/crum-woods-stewardship-committee/frequently-asked-questions.

Trunk or Treat at WPC

A Halloween bonanza awaits trick or treaters on Sunday afternoon, October 29, at Wallingford Presbyterian Church, 110 E. Brookhaven Road. The church’s annual Trunk or Treat invites neighbors to decorate their car trunks …

 

Clearing the Way to Interfaith Understanding,
Eboo Patel Builds Bridges

Eboo Patel

Faith is a powerful force in the lives of most Americans, whether Jewish or Islamic, Protestant or Catholic, Hindu or Buddhist or atheist. It’s a force that animates thoughtful people to commit themselves to compassionate causes. But as in the rest of America, we and our neighbors navigate treacherous divisions along social, cultural, and religious lines. On November 1, Swarthmore will welcome a man heralded for his ideas and abilities …

Scott Lecture Shine Light on Sunny Borders

Karl Gercens of Longwood Gardens will share insights from his deep experience of ornamental horticulture with attendees of his lecture on “Sunny Borders in a Changing Climate,” coming up …

Artists Equity Opens Juried Show at CAC Sunday

Philadelphia/Tri-State Artists Equity opens its 2017 juried show at the Community Arts Center with a reception on Sunday, October 22, from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibition contains members’ works selected for display by juror Jan Baltzell, herself a renowned artist …

Donald Teskey, In Studio and ‘en Plein Air’

Donald Teskey, Ballyglass, 2015, oil on canvas, 39 x 47 inches

Donald Teskey, the subject of an upcoming show at Swarthmore College’s List Gallery, will host an open studio session at the college’s Beardsley Hall on Thursday, October 26, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. On Saturday, October 28, the Irish painter will lead a plein air painting workshop in the Crum Woods meadow from 1 to 4 p.m. (Rain date is Sunday, October 29.) Teskey is in a residency at Swarthmore which will continue through December 12, encompassing not only the exhibition hanging November 2 – December 10, but also talks by the artist on …

Travel to ‘Other Desert Cities’ at PCS

It’s Christmas Eve in Palm Springs, and the drinks aren’t all that are on the rocks for the Wyeth family holidays. In Other Desert Cities, author Brooke seeks the blessing of her parents to publish a tell-all memoir, and the family’s reactions are as explosive as the revelations she would share. The 2011 play by Jon Robin Baitz, already an American classic, is a mordantly funny and caustic look behind …

Halloween Paraders Will Take New Route

Swarthmore Town Center has joined with the Swarthmore Lions Club, and the traditional town Halloween parade route has been changed and improved, with more treats and no tricks along the way. All children are welcome to don costumes next Saturday, October 28, and register beginning at 11 a.m. in front of the Campus & Community Store, 10 S. Chester Road in Swarthmore. The parade will go off at 11:30 a.m., proceeding along Park Avenue and finishing at the Swarthmore Farmers Market in Central Park. There will be treats for all children. Contact James Verdi at (267) 992-8785 for information.

Pasta Aplenty at Trinity

Trinity Episcopal Church invites the entire Swarthmore community to attend its annual Pasta Supper on Sunday, October 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. The event benefits Trinity’s Youth Group Mission Trip …

Scott’s Autumn Highlight Tour, Twice

Scott Arboretum guides take visitors through the various garden collections on the Swarthmore College campus. At noon on Tuesday, October 24, and again …

Moral Dimensions of Trauma

Traumatic experiences can have consequences beyond physical and psychological injury. Trauma can also disrupt our perceptions of morality and meaning in life. In a talk on Tuesday, October 31, at 5 p.m., Dr. Zachary Moon …

Read and Discuss Haunting Stories at TGP

With Halloween approaching, it’s time to curl up with a haunting short story or two. Shirley Jackson’s The Lottery will be the main subject of discussion at The Gathering Place on Wednesday, October 25. A disturbing, even dystopian story …

Industrial Design for Modern Life
at Furness Library

Author Danielle Shapiro will visit the Helen Kate Furness Free Library in Wallingford on Sunday, October 22, to discuss the influential designer John Vassos, the subject of her book John Vassos: Industrial Design for Modern Life. Vassos conceived …

Art Speaks Again at Media Fellowship House

Media Fellowship House continues its “Art Speaks” series of forums next Wednesday, October 25, at the house at 302 S. Jackson Street. The forum discussion jumps off from a discussion of a painting by Delaware County Artist George Rothacker …

‘Thanks & Giving’ Concert
Fundraiser Saturday

Allison De Salvo and her Musical Train.

Allison DeSalvo’s World of Song band will perform a benefit concert in Swarthmore on Saturday, October 21, to raise funds for the American Red Cross and the millions of Americans affected by the recent hurricanes. Allison will sing her joyful music, accompanied by guitarist Derek Chafin and percussionist Joanna Justice, in a show geared to …

Schoolhouse Center Offers Tuesday Classes

Free weekly classes for adults abound at the Schoolhouse Center at 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom. Three of them are now under way on Tuesdays. At 11 a.m., a volunteer group gets together to craft projects to be sold to benefit individuals and groups in need. Bring your skills and good intentions …

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