In this week’s issue . . .

To Your Health:
SSCA’s First Wellness Fair Is March 24

By Louise Coffin

Mary M. Gergen and Kenneth J. Gergen

The Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association is sponsoring the first annual Senior Wellness Fair on Saturday, March 24, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at The Inn at Swarthmore, as part of the fulfillment of the Borough’s 2015 Aging-in-Place task force.

The mission of the task force was to improve the quality of life and reduce barriers faced by residents of Swarthmore who desire to remain in the Borough throughout their lives. The Wellness Fair, “Enhancing Senior Well-Being,” will include a number of speakers and panelists sharing their knowledge about the issues of growing older in Swarthmore, and focusing on the variety of resources available in our community.

The fair begins with a thought-provoking Keynote Presentation by Mary and Ken Gergen. “Positive Aging: Biases, Blessings and Blossomings” examines the concept of Positive Aging, to suggest how rethinking and reframing aging, and the aging process, can benefit both physical and emotional health. Mary Gergen, PhD, a social psychologist, and Professor Emerita at Pennsylvania State University, Brandywine, is the author of numerous books and scholarly articles on feminist theory and practice, and social construction. Ken Gergen, PhD, a Senior Research Professor and former Chair of the Psychology Department at Swarthmore College, is an internationally renowned scholar, whose research interests include the relational nature of constructed realities, and …

A select group of 40 singers from the Chester Children’s Chorus is among the performers presenting Mozart’s Requiem this Sunday at Lang Concert Hall. Photo by J. Hodgson.

Mozart’s ‘Requiem’:
A Community Mosaic

By Kirsten Halker-Kratz

Forty members of the Chester Children’s Chorus will be joined by singers of the Delaware Valley community and a full orchestra in performing Mozart’s Requiem at Lang Concert Hall, Swarthmore College on Sunday, March 18, beginning at 3 p.m. While seating is not assigned, reservations must be made at, or by calling the office at 610-328-8180.

Conducted by Dr. John Alston, the Chorus’s founder and artistic director, the concert is a culmination of a year of dedicated practice. Dr. Alston said: “With the support of accomplished and caring adults, our Chester children will sing one of the greatest works of Western culture with confidence, accuracy, and understanding.”

The Chester Children’s Chorus includes 130 boys and girls, age 8 to 18 years old, from the Chester Upland School District. The Chorus was founded in 1994 and is a division of Swarthmore College. More information on the Chester Children’s Chorus can be found at A free-will donation will be taken to support the program.

Stay in the Loop With Alerts

Did you feel stranded with too little information during the recent storm? Take a minute to sign up for the Swarthmore Borough and Delaware County free alert notification systems. Both will send messages by e-mail and/or text, with information ranging from road closures and Amber Alerts to changes to the recycling schedule. You can pick which information you’d like to receive.

To sign up for the Borough’s alert system, follow the prompts under the “Notify Me” button on the home page Borough website ( To sign up for County alerts, follow the prompts under “Delaware County Emergency Notification System” at the bottom of the home page of the County website (

Hedgerow Celebrates its 95th, and Toasts its Belle

Penelope Reed

On Friday evening, March 23, Hedgerow Theatre will celebrate its 95th anniversary with a Ball to honor its own Belle: Director Emeritus Penelope Reed, who was recently awarded a Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award. Cocktail attire is the dress code for the event. Many of Penelope’s dearest friends and admirers from the worlds of Philadelphia philanthropy and theater will greet and celebrate her during the soiree on the 23rd at the Old Mill in Rose Valley.

Penelope has worked with thousands of theater professionals during a decades-long stage career. She has also worked with hundreds of Hedgerow resident fellows and thousands of students in Hedgerow’s acting classes and summer children’s camp. She is passionate about bringing theater and performance into the lives of younger students. As an active member of Media Rotary and, more recently, the Rotary Club of Swarthmore, …

John Crawford (facing)

Haven Wrestlers Break New Ground at States

Lee Holbert (right)

For the first time ever, Strath Haven High School sent two wrestlers to the PIAA class 3A state championships, which were held last weekend at Hershey. The two Haven wrestlers were among just four from Delaware County at the tournament.

John Crawford of Swarthmore and Lee Holbert of Rose Valley went to states based on their performance at district and regional championships, and claimed the first wins and first pins ever by Strath Haven wrestlers at the state level. Both wrestlers went 1-2 in the weekend’s matches, and coach Tony Gilliano said, “Both John and Lee were phenomenal. This is a testament to the hard work they put in, training almost all year round.” Wrestling at 285 pounds, Holbert had a record of 31-7, while Crawford was 31-10 in the 160 pound class.

Gilliano said Strath Haven “kind of flew under the radar,” even though the program has grown in his three years there, with 34 boys on the team during 2017-18 season. “We’re just beginning to create a tradition at Strath Haven.”

Library Closed

The Helen Kate Furness Free Library will be closed on Thursday, March 22.

Science is Truth, Right? Right??

At the March 21 meeting of the Swarthmore Discussion Group, Paul Offit, director of the Vaccine Information Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, will discuss the challenges of communicating scientific truth to the media and the public.

Dr. Offit, a prolific and commended author of such books as Do You Believe in Magic? The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine, is also a professor of Vaccinology and of Pediatrics at the University of Pennsylvania …

What Is Islam in Russia?

Russia today is home to 20 million native Muslims and up to 4 million immigrant laborers from mainly Muslim Central Asia. Thus Islam has become an important component of Russia’s political and cultural landscape, with vast ideological diversity among Russian Muslims themselves.

On Monday, March 19, at 7:30 p.m., Dominic Rubin, professor of Religion and Philosophy at the Higher School of Economics, Moscow will address these complexities in a talk “Between ISIS and Kadyrov: What Is Islam in Russia?” in the Scheuer Room of …

Report from the Fire Company
By Rich Cresson

From February 26 through March 11, the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association responded to the following alarms:

EMS: The ambulance responded to 32 calls for medical assistance. These were to Swarthmore, Rutledge, Morton, Springfield, Ridley Township, and Nether Providence Township. The calls were for a variety of emergencies including: unconscious person, medical alarm, syncopal episode, cardiac emergency, tachycardia, head injury, diabetic emergency, pediatric emergency, subject down, sick person, seizures, change in mental status, burn victim, choking, fracture, allergic reaction, laceration and respiratory difficulty.

Automatic Fire Alarms: One in Swarthmore on the 300 block of S. Chester Rd.; two in Nether Providence Twp. on the 100 block of Brookside Rd. and the 200 block of Hidden Acres Ln.

Building (Four alarms): One in Swarthmore on the 200 block of Haverford Ave. for a tree into the house as reported last week in the Swarthmorean; two in Nether Providence …

Wooster Chorus from The College of Wooster

Two Great Choruses in Concert This Week

Morehouse College Glee Club

Two highly acclaimed choral groups come to Swarthmore next week, performing on consecutive nights. On Wednesday, March 21, at 7 p.m., Swarthmore College hosts the Morehouse College Glee Club at Pearson Hall Theater of the Lang Performing Arts Center.

Under the direction of Morehouse Professor David Morrow, the 107 year-old Glee Club is the official choral group of Morehouse College, a men’s college that is part of the Atlanta University Center in Georgia. Their repertoire is wide-ranging, including Classical European vocal music, American Spirituals, and traditional folk songs from Africa. The Glee Club …

On Thursday, March 22, at 7 p.m., the acclaimed Wooster Chorus, an ensemble of 70 student musicians from the College of Wooster in Ohio, will perform at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church in the final concert of the group’s 54th annual spring tour. Directed by Lisa Wong, the Wooster Chorus will present “Let My Love Be Heard,” an eclectic program of choral music that examines love through a personal and communal lens. Featuring …

Passover Seder at Ohev Shalom

Congregation Ohev Shalom invites the Wallingford-Swarthmore community to share in its annual Second Night Passover Seder on Saturday, March 31. The traditional communal celebration of Passover begins at 5:30 p.m.

Customarily a two-night observance, the Seder provides attendees with a shared meal, traditional prayers, songs, and stories, providing a greater understanding of how ancient traditions and history inform contemporary life and our shared struggles. The Ohev Seder is open to all …

First Day of Spring Tour at Scott

Celebrate the first day of spring on Tuesday, March 20, with a noontime tour of the Scott Arboretum Grounds at Swarthmore College, led by Scott staff. Meet at noon at the Arboretum’s offices on College Avenue, wear good walking shoes, and plan to see an hour’s worth of spring blooms. Inclement weather will cancel the fun.

A variety of media including drawings, paintings and ceramics from WSSD students in grades kindergarten through 12th will be on display as part of the WSSD Select Exhibition opening at the Community Arts Center. A work by student Chrissie Fackenthall is pictured above.

CAC Opens WSSD Select Exhibition

On Sunday, March 18, the Community Arts Center hosts a reception from 2 to 4 mark the opening of the biennial select show of art from students in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District. The show will hang in the Duke Gallery at CAC through April 28.

The show comprises drawings, paintings, ceramics and sculpture from WSSD students, chosen by Strath Haven High School art teacher Jennifer Rodgers and other art faculty in the District. Students in SHHS Honors Art program work with CAC’s exhibition committee to hand the works. Admission to the exhibition and the reception are free and open to all. CAC is at 414 Plush Mill Road in Wallingford.

Register by April 16 to Vote in Primary Election

The last day to register to vote in the May 15 primary election is Monday, April 16. Delaware County residents who will be 18 or older on election day have several options:

• Visit the Voter Registration department page at
• Register in person at the Voter Registration Commission, in the lobby of the Delaware County Government Center, adjacent to the Delaware County Courthouse in Media. Regular office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.
• Obtain, complete, and return a voter registration form, available at all municipal buildings, libraries and Wine and Spirits Stores throughout the county.

Not sure you’re registered? Find out at

Further questions? Contact the Voter Registration Commission at 610-891-4659 or the TDD line at 610-891-4306. Absentee voting information and applications are at The deadline for absentee ballot applications is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, and a voted absentee ballot must be returned by 5 p.m. Friday, May 11. Note that these deadlines are not based on postmarks. The item must be delivered by the above date and time.

Scholarships Beckon to SHHS Seniors

Two $5,000 scholarships will be awarded to Strath Haven High School seniors who will be attending college this fall. The scholarships are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Swarthmore and funds from the former Swarthmore Women’s Club. Interested students should visit the SHHS Guidance Department ASAP for an application. The deadline is April 1.

Applicants are must submit a one-page essay on the following topic: “Rotary’s primary goal is service to the community, whether local or global. Please describe how you have served the community while in high school and how you hope to serve the community in the future.”

Ballard Spahr Galactica Takes off at waR3house3

Swarthmorean Mary Gay Scanlon, candidate for the U.S. House from the new PA 5th District, will be among friends and supporters on Friday night, March 16, at waR3house3 in Swarthmore. They will include, the members of Ballard Spahr Galactica, the headlining band comprised of Scanlon’s colleagues at the law firm Ballard Spahr. These lawyers rock, including Ballard partner /Delaware County Controller/vocalist Joanne Phillips and associate/alt-rock band Blind Melon founder/guitarist Rogers Stevens of Swarthmore.

Get tickets on the mothership early with advance purchase through the Scanlon for Congress Facebook page, or make a contribution of $25 or more at the door. Showtime is 7 p.m. Light fare will be provided, and you may BYOB. The following night on the waR3house stage Cajun/zydeco masters Lost Northern Tribe brings the party to Swarthmore for St. Patrick’s Day. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door; BYOB, etc. Showtime is 7:30 p.m.

Charlie Gracie Rocks On at CAC

Charlie Gracie

Community Arts Center welcomes a legendary figure next Friday, March 23, when Charlie Gracie plays at Friday Night Live.

In a 60 year career that started with a 1957 chart topper in “Butterfly,” Charlie has never not been cool. One of the few living members of the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, he remains an energetic singer, a stylish guitar player, a warm, personable entertainer, and an influence on some of the great performers of the past 6 decades.

His music will inspire visual artists Rinal Parikh and Georgi Gretzenberg as they paint at Friday Night Live. The work they create will be sold by silent auction during the evening. Light refreshments will be offered, and adults 21 and over can BYOB. Admission is $15 at the door ($10 for CAC members) for those 17 and up; no younger persons please.

Mad Poets Try Again

The Mad Poets Society’s monthly reading has been rescheduled to March 21 (due to snow on March 7). Minna Duchovnay and Ed Krizek are featured readers in the session beginning at 7 p.m., followed by an open mic session. The free reading is at Community Arts Center, 414 Plush Mill Road, in Wallingford.

SFoA Reception Reboot

The opening for the current Swarthmore Friends of the Arts exhibit in Borough Hall, “All Mixed Up,” has been rescheduled for Friday, March 16, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The original March 2 opening was canceled due to inclement weather. The show presents the work of the Mixed Media Studio of the Community Arts Center in Wallingford. Both the show and reception are free and open to the public.

Lecture on Charles Stephens
at Rose Valley Museum

“Charles Stephens, Earth Woman, and Wounded Face” — it’s not a band name, it’s the subject of a lecture by William Weirzbowski on Sunday, March 25, at Thunderbird Lodge in Rose Valley.

Stephens, an artist who with his wife Alice Barber was an early resident of the Lodge following its Arts & Crafts conversion by William Price, was fascinated with American Indian cultures, and amassed a large collection of artifacts. These include artworks and objects which tell the tales of the Mandan tribal families of Wounded Face and Earth Woman.

The lecture, presented by the Rose Valley Museum & Historical Society, begins at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a reception with refreshments. Thunderbird Lodge is at 41 Rose Valley Road, with adjacent parking at the School in Rose Valley on School Lane. Tickets are $20 ($15 for RVMHS members) and are available online at and in limited number at the door. For more information, call 484-444-2961.

Got Eggs?

Easter is almost upon us – what better time to learn the art of Ukrainian egg decoration next Saturday, March 24 1 to 5 p.m. at the Holy Myrrh Bearers Church, 900 Fairview Avenue inn Swarthmorewood. The cost is $25 and includes all materials. Reserve a seat by calling 610-544-1215.

Chip In at Chipotle

Dine at Chipotle (801 Baltimore Pike in Springfield) on Sunday, March 18, and you’ll support the BookIt! 5k to benefit the Helen Kate Furness and Swarthmore Public Libraries. When you pick up food between 4 and 8 p.m. on Sunday, tell the cashier you support the cause, and BookIt will receive 50% of the proceeds.

Computer Basics and More at Schoolhouse

Do computers scare you? Adults of all ages are welcome to get help in two classes at Schoolhouse Center, 600 Swarthmore Avenue in Folsom. Make friends with technology in a basic computer class, which meets from 10 to 11:30 a.m. on both Tuesday and Wednesday, March 20 and 21, at the Schoolhouse Center. Learn how to use the mouse, play games, search the internet, and more. The two classes are $25 for Schoolhouse members and $30 for others, If you wish to go a bit deeper, learn how to make files, move items, create documents, and other useful information. This class costs $15 for members/$20 for guests. To register or get further information, call 610-237-8100.

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