All in People of Swarthmore

The Oeno Files

Dedicated to the proposition that life is too short to drink bad wine, Swarthmore residents Steve Platt and Robin Schaufler are charter members of the Ethanology wine group which meets more or less monthly to taste wines, as well as other myriad forms of alcoholic beverages. The group consists of seven couples or pairs from as far away as Wilmington.

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. 

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.

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!

Heard Through the Grapevine: Wine Bar Planned for Park Avenue

Like quite a few of their fellow Swarthmoreans, Jill Gaieski and Lori Knauer enjoy a glass of good wine. Together, they’ve also pursued the Certified Specialist in Wine designation at the Wine School in Philadelphia, a serious program that incorporates aspects of oenology and oenophilia. Now, out of their appreciation of wine, its variety and lore, the two are working to bring Swarthmore a wine bar and bistro named Village Vine, which they plan to open next year in the former Compendium location at 6 Park Avenue.

Three Swarthmore Mail Carriers are ‘Million Milers’

Last Thursday morning, June 20, Swarthmore postal employees paused before beginning their delivery routes, opening customer windows, and processing mail, in order to honor three of their colleagues. Swarthmore mail carriers John Fanelli, William Kane and Francis “Billy” Raymond were inducted into the Million Mile Club, each receiving an award only given by the United States Postal Service to mail carriers who have either driven or walked one million miles or have worked 30 years with the company without incident.

Raising the Flag for Swarthmore

Andy Shelter had an opportunity to apprentice with a photographer. He was coming out of active duty with the Navy and needed a job. But he turned down the apprenticeship — the timing wasn’t right for this kind of work, he decided, as he was newly married with his first child in the way. Luckily for Swarthmore, Shelter saw photography as more than a job opportunity.