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The Roadshow Rolls through Winterthur

Swarthmorean Summer Travel Series
By Elizabeth Vogdes

“No photos,” said the signs posted everywhere at the Antiques Roadshow. As an avid photographer, I felt as if I had just sat down for a long-anticipated feast only to be told that eating was forbidden. But the atmosphere was so festive that I could almost forget my deprivation on this beautiful June day.

Swarthmore’s Hometown Advantages

“There’s a definite trend of people returning to Swarthmore … So many people come back,” said Swarthmore native and longtime area real estate professional Perri Evanson, an Associate Broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Fox & Roach Realtors in Media. Evanson transitioned to a successful career in real estate, serving Swarthmore and the surrounding area, which she has pursued for the last 25 years. 

The Stones Endure, and So Do We

As the Rolling Stones jumped into “Jumping Jack Flash” near the end of their Philadelphia show last Tuesday, I flashed to one thought: this is why I’m here. That riff is what hooked me on the Stones. Keith Richards’s 11 note riff made that song, I bought the single, I got the Stones. More than 50 years later, remembering wearing out the record on a mono record player, I basked in that guitar riff as it washed around me in the delirium of stadium rock, part group ecstasy, part mind-altering acoustical slapback from the concrete bowl.

Music Teacher Joyce Perry Retires after 48 Years at SPNDS

For the past 48 years, Joyce Perry has taught music to every class at Swarthmore Presbyterian Nursery Day School (SPNDS,) from the “young threes” to the kindergarteners. When not perched at her seat at the piano, she could be found attending to her other responsibilities, including overseeing the “Earlybirds” before the start of the school day and the “Stay and Players” after. In some families, Perry has taught three generations.

Special Olympics Athletes and Coaches Wanted

Starting this month, hundreds of athletes with intellectual disabilities — and many abilities — will train in a variety of fall and year-round sports including volleyball, bowling, bocce, soccer, powerlifting, flag football and a Young Athletes program. All sports welcome athletes, coaches and volunteers.

Just a State of Mind?

Swarthmorean Summer Travel Series
By Louise Coffin

State College is the name of the 4.5-square-mile town in Centre County, Pennsylvania. University Park is the main campus of Pennsylvania State University located in State College — and beyond. State College (remember, that’s the town) has a population of 42,000-plus. Penn State’s University Park enrollment of undergraduate and graduate students is about 46,000. Without the addition of Penn State students, the town’s population density is more than 9,000 people per square mile. With, … well, you can do the math. It is one crowded place, especially when out-of-towners visit during the Central Pennsylvania Festival of the Arts, held for the past 54 years during four days in July.

Seeking Great Cheese, and How it’s Made

Swarthmorean Summer Travel Series
By Malcolm Reynolds

On Memorial Day, my good friend Alex Schaff and I set out from Swarthmore for the enchanting hills and meadows of New England, with the goal of visiting and talking with dairy farmers and cheesemakers. Alex, who suggested the trip, is a prospective veterinarian and a master’s student of dairy science at Colorado State University; I work as a cheesemonger at DiBruno’s in Philadelphia. So one could say the idea didn’t just come out of the blue!

Wildlife Sightings: Yes, Please Share

I struggled with whether or not to report the recent beaver activity on Crum Creek to the Swarthmorean. There are two schools of thought on wildlife observations: some keep sightings secret so as not to risk disturbing the animals with excessive gawking. I have encountered observers in the Crum Woods who clearly prefer to hold their sightings close to the chest. I decided, however, that I belong to the other school: I want to publicize wildlife sightings to raise awareness of our natural surroundings.

2019 Summer Reading Lists

The Swarthmorean is happy to bring our subscribers a curated list of recommended books for 2019, submitted by our readers. The list consists of the best books our readers have read over the past year, and a list of books they plan to read over the summer. We hope these lists help you fill your own summer reading list.