This Week’s Issue . . .

The brothers Komarinski — from left, Scott, Derrick and Allen – near the finish line of the Kepler Challenge.

The Komarinski Brothers’
Excellent Adventure

Some families get together for brunch, a barbecue, a ball game. Not the Komarinski brothers. For them, male bonding meant flying to the other side of the world, flying some more, driving up and down mountains. Then they were ready to do what they came for.

What they came for was a shared challenge — “brothers being brothers,” said Scott, a Swarthmorean and familiar figure to early morning commuters and dog-walkers — in the form of an ultramarathon. Called the Kepler Challenge and regarded as one of the world’s most demanding and elemental running events, the race covers the Kepler Track, an ancient Maori trail looping through 60 kilometers of mountains, glacial valleys, and forest terrain overlooking fjords at the southern end of the South Island of New Zealand.

Three Komarinskis ran the race on December 2: Scott, age 42, Derrick, 44, and Allen, 37. Oldest brother Mark accompanied them as coach. (Sister Kathleen missed the trip due to recent childbirth.) All grew up in Schenectady, N. Y., with a father who was a marathoner and got his kids into running and other outdoor sports. It stuck. “Allen moved to Auckland three years ago and while hiking the Kepler Track had seen all these runners go by doing the challenge that day. He emailed Derrick and me to say, ‘I’m thinking about …

Book It! The Libraries Benefit
When You Run and Walk

Saturday, April 7 is the date for this year’s Book It! 5 kilometer Run/Walk to support two local libraries. Runners and walkers in the event follow a course connecting the Helen Kate Furness Free Library in Wallingford and the Swarthmore Public Library, raising money for each. Early bird registration ($30) is now open for this family event, which starts at the Wallingford SEPTA station near Helen Kate, and goes across a scenic course …

Warm up to Chili and Chocolate Challenge
at UUCDC

Had enough of winter’s chill? The Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County invites you to warm up at its 10th annual Chili and Chocolate Challenge next Saturday, January 20, in Media. The event offers dozens of homemade chili dishes and chocolate creations from church members and friends. Sample up to seven for $15, with extra …

Tyler Arboretum Offers Winter Diversions

Tyler Arboretum in Media offers several winter programs for adults and children during the coming week. Register at tylerarboretum.org/calendar. On Saturday, January 13, from 10 to 11:30 a.m., young ladies are invited to bring their dads, favorite uncles, or friends to share a winter adventure. You’ll learn which animals are still active on Arboretum  …

It’s Intensive: Playwriting Course at Hedgerow

Swarthmore resident and playwright Robert Smythe will conduct a playwriting course for Hedgerow Theatre School this winter, focusing “on knowing what exactly you are trying to say to an audience, rather than how you are saying it.” Smythe’s course will meet for three hours each Monday night beginning January 15. The sessions at Hedgerow House …

Meet New Friends, Keep the Old

All women interested in building friendships are invited to join Newcomers and Neighbors of Delaware County, a social club and nonprofit group which chiefly benefits the Bernadine Center and veteran’s causes. The group’s January 17 meeting will take place at La Locanda restaurant, 4989 West Chester Pike in Newtown Square, beginning at 11:30 am …

Wayne Brown Opens Show at MAC Gallery

Wayne Brown

Rose Valley abstract painter Wayne Brown is the subject of a retrospective show at the MAC Gallery in Media, which opens with a free reception this Saturday, January 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. “Wayne Brown: The First Seventy Years” surveys the career of this independent thinker, collecting his work in oil and acrylic paintings, sculpture and prints. The exhibition will be on display through February 3 at the Media Arts Council Gallery, 609-B West State Street …

Lecture Considers Arts & Crafts
from William Morris to William Price

Ryan Berley, curator of the Rose Valley Museum at Thunderbird Lodge, will speak at Swarthmore College’s McCabe Library on Tuesday, January 23, on the Arts & Crafts Movement, in a lecture that dovetails with a current exhibition at McCabe. Berley will …

Chants Again At Trinity

The theme is “A Quiet Night and a Perfect End” and you may find just that if you participate in a weekly session of Gregorian chant singing at Trinity Episcopal Church, 301 N. Chester Road in Swarthmore. Plainchant is the oldest form of western music, with …

Furness Library Technology Day For Seniors

Intimidated by your iPad? Flummoxed by your smart phone? If you got a new device at the holidays, and you’re having trouble understanding one another, come to the 5th annual Technology for Seniors on Monday, January 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library. Volunteers from Vanguard will be on hand to help seniors learn …

Holy Myrrh-Bearers Collect for the Needy

In a season of conspicuous consumption, many in our community still lack the basic comforts and necessities of life. If you are moved to help those less fortunate, an opportunity exists to drop off food, clothing and toiletries at Holy Myrrh-Bearers Eastern Catholic Church, now through Sunday, December 10. Nonperishable boxed or …

Abstract Artists in Focus at CAC’s Annual Show; Reception Sunday

Community Arts Center’s annual Abstraction exhibition featuring compositions by the CAC Abstract Workshop opens this Sunday with a reception from 2 to 4 p.m., and runs through January 27 in the Duke Gallery. The exhibit features work by Abstract Workshop coordinator Nancy Markezin and members Debs Bleicher, Trina Brand, …

David Falcone Plays Sharon J. Ford Concert
at SPL

Next Friday, January 19, Swarthmore Public Library will present extraordinary guitarist David Falcone in concert at Swarthmore Borough Hall. Starting at 7 p.m., Falcone will play a concert of acoustic music in a Celtic mode, warming a winter night for local music fans and families. Falcone’s performance is the latest installment of the Sharon J. Ford Concert and Lecture Series, and is supported by the …

In Stitches Yarn and Needlework Club Meets

Needleworkers of the world unite! Join together for monthly meetings of Swarthmore Public Library’s In Stitches club, where you can sit with other knitters, cross-stitchers, and crocheters to enjoy conversation and the company of others while you work on your projects, The club meets twice a month: third Thursdays (e.g., January 18) from 6 p.m. …

Embrace Winter; Walk with
Scott Arboretum Curator January 18

Mary Tipping, curator and plant recorder of the Scott Arboretum, invites you to discover the buds, bark, and berries on view across the arboretum. Join her on a free lunchtime walk on Thursday, January 18, from noon to 1 p.m., departing from Scott’s offices …

‘The Eagle (and Child)’ Have Landed

Patricia Brooks Eldridge

Swarthmorean Patricia Brooks Eldridge has a book just out, and three more ready for the right publisher. The Eagle and Child quartet is intended for young adult readers, but deals with complicated and difficult times in European and American history.

Book One: The Old World starts in an impoverished, fever-stricken London district of the early 1800s, where we meet Devon Quail. Strong and resourceful, she is destined to traverse and transcend all levels of society at home in England, before escaping to an even more trying passage to the dynamic but daunting United States, where she becomes an indentured servant.

In the nearly six decades following her undergraduate days at Swarthmore College, Patricia Brooks Eldridge has been a poet, novelist, journalist, social activist, and co-founder of an …

Scott Winter Celebration
Features Scott Weidensaul

Scott Arboretum members, meet author Scott Weidensaul. The noted author is the featured speaker at the Arboretum’s annual Winter Celebration this Sunday, January 14, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Chang Hou Hall in the Science Center at Swarthmore College. Scott members and friends are invited to come in from the cold and have a cocktail or glass of wine with friends. Weidensaul will discuss the newly revised and expanded …

Swarthmore Public Library

The library will be closed next Monday, January 15, in observance of Martin Luther King’s Day.

Remember MLK at TGP

Join the Swarthmore Senior Citizens at The Gathering Place on Wednesday, January 17, at noon, for a delicious hot cup of soup and a roll from Occasionally Yours for a small donation. As always, dessert and beverages are provided. The program, which will focus on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the 89th anniversary of his birth, begins at 12:30 p.m. …

Wanderings at One: O Canada

Satisfy your wanderlust vicariously, without so much as buying a ticket at Scott Arboretum’s cool-weather series Wanderings at One, which resumes on Thursday, January 25, at 1 p.m. in the cinema at Lang Performing Arts Center. This month’s vicarious travelogue comes courtesy of Rebecca Robert, Scott’s PR and …

Furness Library Kids Programs Resume Soon

Children and parents rejoice! Two of the Helen Kate Furness Free Library’s popular children’s programs are set to resume in the coming weeks. Children’s Librarian Lori Friedgen-Veitch said that registration opens on Monday, January 15, for Toddler Tales on Monday mornings, and for two Thursday afternoon sessions of Preschool/Kindergarten Stories. The fun continues weekly into the beginning of April. One registration covers …

Train for a Day, Change Lives Forever

Your free time is a precious resource. Thresholds in Delco asks you to invest it wisely in a daylong training program next Saturday, January 20. The training you receive that day will equip you to begin helping change lives of inmates at Delaware County prisons. Research and experience indicate that prisoners who learn better decision-making skills are …

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