Savor the Strawberry Festival This Monday
Strawberries are the stars, but by no means the sole attraction at the annual Strawberry Festival at Wallingford Presbyterian Church on Monday, June 5, rain or shine. The 64th festival packs a ton of fun and food into one evening, from 5 to 8 p.m. Dinner options include roast beef and meatball sandwiches, vegetarian and traditional hoagies, and hot dogs grilled by Boy Scout Troop 277.
For dessert, combine the succulent red berries with cake, ice cream, chocolate dipping, and other treats. Children will flock to a moon bounce, face painting, and games with prizes. Adults can enjoy music and sales of books, plants, and attic treasures.
Proceeds from food and other sales will benefit WPC youth programs, Chester Eastside Inc., and 4Paws for Ability. The church and the fest are at the corner of Brookhaven and Avondale roads in Wallingford. For more information, call (610) 566-1644.
Before Ellis Island, There Was the Lazaretto
By Angela Hewett
Following the Yellow Fever Epidemic of 1793, it was decided that every ship headed to the port of Philadelphia must be stopped and visited by a doctor. The Lazaretto, at the end of route 420 at the Delaware River, was opened in 1801 to serve as a quarantine hospital.
It still stands today, with part of it serving as Tinicum Township’s offices. Beginning in the late 1890s, it was the home of the Philadelphia Athletic Club. During World War I, it was an Air National Guard training station, and it was a site of a seaplane base for the rest of the 20th century.
On Monday, June 12, at 7:30 p.m. at the Helen Kate Furness Library in Wallingford, the Nether Providence Historical Society will present a talk about the Lazaretto’s fascinating history, and what you can see and do there today.
Barbara Selletti, who along with her husband, has been instrumental in saving and restoring the Lazaretto, will show pictures and tell stories about this historic gem. The program is free and open to all at the Furness Library, 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.
How Do Their Gardens Grow? Find Out June 11
One of the perks of membership in the Scott Arboretum is free admission to Scott events like the annual Scott Associates’ Garden Day, which on Sunday, June 11, will provide access to some of the most beautiful gardens in Swarthmore and environs.
Garden Day opens the garden gates to your curiosity about how other gardens grow, and what landscaping ideas and plant combinations might work in your own green spaces.
The gardens are open from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. You are also welcome at a reception at Scott’s Wister Center between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Members tour free; nonmembers can buy tickets for $25 (adults; $15 for children.)
Maps of the gardens’ locations and ticket information are available at the Scott offices, (610) 328-8025. Scott’s website is at scottarboretum.org.
Calling Young Runners
If you’re too old to crawl but too young to vote, there’s a place and a race for you in the upcoming Junior Development Track Meet next Saturday, June 3. Girls and boys in six age groups from Sub-Bantam (born in 2009 or later) to Senior (born in 1999 or 2000) will toe the line in eight track events and compete in six field events at Strath Haven’s George L King Field, behind SHMS at 200 S. Providence Road.
Registration opens at 8 a.m. on the day of the event, and the first race (the 1,600 meter run for the Bantam and Sub-Bantam age groups) goes off at 8:40. Older generations (age 19 and up) get a chance for glory in the open mile race at 9 a.m., then it’s back to the youth movement for the rest of the track meet, which finishes with 4 x 400 meter relays about 1:30 p.m. Field events start with the younger ages’ softball throw and run through the older kids’ high jump at about 11:30 p.m. Medals will be awarded to event winners in each age group, and ribbons to the next three finishers.
The meet, sponsored by the Delaware County Road Runners Club and the Swarthmore Recreational Association, is open to all young competitors, local or not. Entry blanks will be available at the meet; parents must sign all entries. Weather may cancel the meet at the discretion of the race directors.
Register ASAP for Delco Senior Games
If you are a past, present or future athlete, age 50 or over, it’s time to get a move on! The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 31, for the Delaware County Senior Games, which will be held June 12 to 23.
Visit delcoseniorgames.org/Registration.html to print a registration form, fill it out and mail to the Senior Games office in Media, where it must be received by May 31, with payment of $15 for Delco residents ($20 for others). Register for as many events as you wish during the two-week festival at various locations across the county. A full schedule of events, training tips, and a free YMCA membership offer are on the website.
It’s (Mostly) Kosher this Saturday at waR3house3
The sensational Los Angeles klezmer band Mostly Kosher concludes its East Coast tour this Saturday with a bang at waR3house3 in Swarthmore. The six- or seven-piece band plays traditional Jewish music fused with jazz, Latin, other dance music, and humor in a festive and funky mix. Showtime is 7:30, with Philly faves Bohemian Mule opening. Doors open at 7 p.m., and light fare is served. You bring the beverage of your choice.
WaR3house3 is located at 100 Park Avenue, WH3 in Swarthmore. The club is at the end of the alley beginning between Paulson & Company and Garnet Cleaners on Park Avenue. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door on Saturday. Info: waR3house3.com.
Infant Storytime at Furness Library
Babes in arms and young toddlers are invited to share time with parents and caregivers at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library the next three Thursday mornings, June 1, 8, and 15, at 10:15 a.m.
This storytime, geared to children aged up to 2 years old, includes books, music, rhymes, finger play, and puppets.
The program is free, but you should register in advance at the library, 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.
Planting Day Tomorrow at Little Crum Creek Park
Start your Memorial Day weekend joining your neighbors in planting trees and shrubs (and installing deer-deterring cages around them) at Little Crum Creek Park on Saturday, May 27, beginning at 9 a.m.
Bring shovels and wheelbarrows for mulching, as well as work gloves. The Environmental Advisory Council sponsors the session, and will provide snacks, water, and lunch at no charge to all volunteers.
The park is located just off Swarthmore Avenue on Cresson Lane in Swarthmore. Everyone is welcome! If you have questions, please contact Susan Kelly at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 999-6858.
E-Recycling Next Saturday in Swarthmore
Swarthmore Borough residents and others are encouraged to recycle almost anything with a plug, working or not, at the borough’s recycling event on Saturday, June 3, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
This is your chance to say goodbye to bygone technology and broken small appliances, from steam irons and space heaters to computers and cell phones.
There is an extra fee of $20 per item for air conditioners and televisions; bring cash or a check made out to Swarthmore Borough. Otherwise, the drop-off is free and accepts everything except large appliances and items with broken screens.
Location is Myers Avenue behind the Swarthmore Co-op. Rain date will be Saturday, June 10, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Noontime Concert at Helen Kate on Tuesday
Next Tuesday, May 30, at the Helen Kate Furness Free Library, local duo Last Chance (Jack Scott of Wallingford and Ingrid Rosenback of Swarthmore) will play a special free noontime acoustic concert.
Bring lunch if you wish, and join Last Chance in the front room of the library at 100 N. Providence Road in Wallingford.
Leaf Compost by the Bucketful
Bring your buckets and shovels to the Public Works/Recycling Center at 121 Dartmouth Avenue the weekend of May 26. Free mulch while supplies last!
Reproductive Rights Update
On Tuesday, June 6, at 8 p.m., Indivisible Swarthmore: Moving the Needle will present a teach-in on reproductive rights at the Swarthmore Community Center, 715 Harvard Avenue.
Speakers/teachers will include Maggie Leigh Groff of Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pa., and Julie Zaebst of the Clara Bell Duvall Reproductive Freedom Part of the ACLU of Pa. The two-hour event is free and open to all.