This week’s issue:

Delco Writers Convene to Share Their Stories

Writers’ Guild founder Jennifer Lincoln (right) among members at an early Guild meeting. Photo by Lawrence Dorman

By its nature, writing is often a solitary profession. Some writers want to work that way. Others would prefer the company and support of peers. Both types can find value in the Writers Guild of Delco, which meets for its third monthly session on Saturday, November 11, at Swarthmore Borough Hall’s Council Room. Guild founder Jennifer Lincoln of Swarthmore is a professional writer with books and other published works to her credit. When she posted a message on Nextdoor this summer, mentioning her forthcoming book and seeking a …

The Chester Children’s Chorus hosted an Open House in their new home at 112 Park Avenue in Swarthmore on October 27. Don and Cordelia Delson have generously donated the use of the office building to the Chorus rent-free. Pictured left to right: Don Delson; CCC Board Members Elizabeth Rubin, Cordelia Delson, and Karen Vesely; Swarthmore College VP of Finance and Administration Greg Brown; and Founder John Alston.

Editorial
Course Correction for Co-op

Swarthmore Co-op board president Pam Bartholomew e-mailed the Swarthmorean to update financial information cited in our October 27 article on the market. It’s good news: “Things have changed quickly and in a positive way in the last few weeks,” she wrote, and the anticipated loss for 2017 is only half of that originally forecast. That’s good news for the Co-op and its community; more good news is that the current quarter is expected to be the first profitable quarter in several years.

“We have a path to profitability, with or without beer and wine,” Bartholomew wrote. In November, the board will review a 2018 budget that forecasts a profitable calendar year ahead. This indication of future financial health should encourage Co-op member/owners as they consider increasing their equity holdings in the Co-op. It’s an investment in a core institution that can pay dividends for the Swarthmore community.

The Swarthmore High School Class of 1952 held their 65th year Reunion last Saturday at The Springhaven Club in Wallingford. Of the 76 graduates, they had 24 graduates and friends attending, several from as far away as the State of Washington. They enjoyed the singing of French chanteuse Violette, brought to them from New York City by classmate Don Sharpe, and talked to Sam Lewis (aka Michael St. John) by phone from his home in Hollywood, Calif. Several attendees got away before we could take their picture, but a good time was had by all! Pictured (from the left): Liz Forsythe Ziegenfus, Pat Teal Marshal, Joe Blake, Maryellen Hopper Priedman, Joan Wright, Laurie & Jim Lees, Ken Wright, Don Guthrie, Jan Houtz Belk, Joe Storlazzi, Mej Garrahan Blake, Ginnie Bevan Guenther, Judie Roess Roberts, Tom Belk, Carol Guthrie and Andrew Cox (David Cox’ son). Not pictured: David Cox, Jody Longwell Downer (class of ‘54), Chris Ford Graham, Dick Norman, Don Sharpe, Elaine Storlazzi and Violette.

Red Hot Jazz Show at CAC

Larry Toft’s Red Hot Ramblers turns the calendar back to the Jazz Age of the 1920s with the musical tradition of syncopation, stomping rhythm, and lyrical melodies. The group includes local and national touring musicians, whose inhabit the look and convey the red hot excitement of this unique American art form in its early heyday. The combo plays in the Tri-State Jazz Society concert at Community Arts Center, this Sunday, November 5, …

Veterans Day, Vets’ Info at TGP

Longtime Swarthmorean Judie Neale, a geriatric care manager, director of Senior Care Cooperative and Swarthmore Senior Citizens Association, will speak on Wednesday, November 8, in a Veteran’s Day edition of SSCA’s Gathering Place luncheon. All are welcome to the session  …

Food For Thought Meets Thursday at SPL

Swarthmore Public Library’s Food for Thought cookbook club will meet Thursday, November 9, at 4 in the afternoon to discuss A Taste of India by Madhur Jaffrey and sample the recipes within it. First, …

Green Wreaths Workshop at Scott

Prepare for the annual hanging of the greens at the annual green wreaths workshop at Scott Arboretum on Thursday, December 1. You bring pruners and plastic dish gloves; Scott provides wreath …

To Your Health! At SPL

Swarthmore Public Library will host two important sessions toward your good health on Wednesday, November 8. First, from 2 to 4 p.m., Rite Aid Pharmacy sponsors a flu shot clinic for adults. Please bring your insurance card and take an important step toward the health of your community and yourself. At 7 p.m. on the 8th, APPRISE-trained counselor Marty Spiegel presents …

CCSA Artists Open Show
at Swarthmore Presbyterian

This Sunday, November 5, students from the Chester Charter School for the Arts will open “Through Chester’s Eyes,” a show of their visual artworks, at a reception in Fellowship Hall at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, beginning about 11:30 a.m. The CCSA students in grades 1 through 11 have applied their understanding and  …

Putt Putt Palooza Seeks Hole Designers, Sponsors

If you have design skills, a sense of humor, like animals, or love miniature golf, CADES wants you to help create the 18-hole golf course for the upcoming January 28 Putt Putt Palooza miniature golf course fundraiser. The theme is “Putting Zoo at CADES,” …

During Fire Prevention Week in October, the Swarthmore Fire & Protective Association brought its fire prevention tour to Swarthmore Friends Nursery School and Swarthmore-Rutledge School. The fire department visited to educate children about fire safety, and also to make children aware of firefighters’ appearance in the event a rescue is necessary. Firefighters dressed in their protective gear may appear frightening to children, especially during times of great stress. The program allows children to watch the transformation of responders from street clothes to firefighters as they don their turnout gear and air pack. Children are also given a tour of the fire engine and the equipment carried on board. Pictured with the fire engine are (left to right) SRS Principal Dr. Angela Tuck, Captain Dave Sacker, firefighter Josh Mason, teacher Jennifer McDonnell and her first grade class. Photo courtesy of Dave Sacker.

Classic 1945 French Film at SPL’s Reel Time Discussion Group

The November selection of Swarthmore Public Library’s Reel Time film discussion group is a 1945 masterpiece directed by Marcel Carne. This 189-minute film (the title cannot be published, …

Thanksgiving Floral Design at SPL

Learn from the gifted flower arrangers of the Swarthmore Garden Club in a special workshop on floral design for thanksgiving, to be held on Monday, November 20, from 2 to 4 pm. Flowers, supplies, and guidance will be provided to help you create …

Everything You Need to Know about Russia

At this crucial and confusing time in Russia’s history, 100 years after the October Revolution of 1917, Swarthmore College will host a teach-in next Tuesday, November 7, devoted to the subject of the onetime U.S. archenemy. A highlight will be …

Recovery International Meets Wednesdays
at Holy Myrrh Bearers

Over the past 76 years, Recovery International has helped more than one million people improve their mental health, equipping them with tools to control behavior and change attitudes. Men and women of all ages are invited to weekly meetings …

Swarthmore’s Central Park became the Piazza di Concorsi last month as the 2017 Cucchiaio d’Oro and Cucchiaio d’Argento were awarded in the Swarthmore Farmers Market’s Sauce or Gravy Concorso (Contest). Luciano Russo, who won gold, and Allan Ellis, who took silver, were judged to be the bosses with the best red sauce (or gravy) by a panel including 2016 winner Anna Marie DeSantis, Swarthmore Co-op cheese monger Talia Greenwald, and Pat Francher of the Farmers Market. From left to right are: Luciano Russo x 2 (son and father), Talia Greenwald, Pat Francher, Anna Marie De Santis and Allen Ellis.

Visiting Val-Kill, Where Eleanor Roosevelt Lives On
By Virginia Thompson

Val-Kill volunteer Doris Mack, a living link to Eleanor Roosevelt.

Eleanor Roosevelt, former First Lady, crusader for women’s and human rights, and one of the most admired figures of the last century, died 55 years ago this week on November 7, 1962. She is buried at Hyde Park, the Hudson River estate that she and husband Franklin used as a second home for decades.

During a summer bicycling trip in the Hudson Valley, my husband Tom Shaffer and I visited Hyde Park and Val-Kill, the Eleanor Roosevelt National Historical Site, operated by the National Park Service. It is the only national historic site dedicated to a First Lady, and it sits across the road from FDR’s home.

Val-Kill is where Eleanor Roosevelt developed alliances with politicians, women’s rights activists, dignitaries, movie stars, and others to advance progressive New Deal causes. She also founded a furniture company …

Uninvited Girl: Theatre and Discussion
for Middle School & Up

Nimisha Ladva

“For one immigrant, the real journey begins after she arrives in the U.S.” That story, of learning and loss, adaptation and joy, lived by millions in America, is told by playwright Nimisha Ladva in Uninvited Girl: an Immigrant Story, which she will perform at Swarthmore College on Tuesday November 14 at 7:30 p.m. (arrive by 7:15 p.m.). This hour-long play, directed by Edward Sobel, is appropriate for middle school-aged children and older. After the performance at the Lang Performing Arts Center Cinema, there will be…

David Kim to Perform
With Swarthmore College Orchestra

David Kim, Concertmaster of the Philadelphia Orchestra, will join the Swarthmore College Orchestra as guest soloist for the concert scheduled for 7:30 Sunday evening, November 12, at Lang Concert Hall. Kim and the College Orchestra directed by Andrew Hauze …

Excel at Excel with Schoolhouse Center Course

If you know the basics of Microsoft Excel, but want to get to the next level of competence, using formulas and function, consider taking a two-hour course on Tuesday, November 14, from 2 to 4 p.m. Preregister now for the course …

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