As of August 2020, the Swarthmore Community Center, over the decades a locus of arts and exercise classes, after-school clubs and teenage dances, party rentals and fundraising events, will cease to host any of these activities in the space it has occupied for the past 47 years.
Andrea Hemmenway studied the music of Greece at a seminar on the island of Crete. A gifted musician with an inquisitive mind, she absorbed musical inspiration from everywhere, but was perhaps especially influenced by the Greek tradition which was part of her ethnic heritage, said her mother, Diana Sophocles Hemmenway, On Friday night, September 27, that music will ring out in the sanctuary of Swarthmore Presbyterian Church, as the Pharos Ensemble — a vocal and instrumental quartet — and pianist Konstantinos Papadakis come to Swarthmore to perform in a concert celebrating Andi’s life, five years after her passing.
The coming week brings a rich array of musical performances to Swarthmore College and its community, beginning Friday, September 20, with the chamber ensemble Music from China. It all wraps up on Thursday September 26, when former Russian political prisoner Nadya Tolokonnikova brings the feminist punk collective and rock band Pussy Riot to Swarthmore.
Pennsylvania 26th District State Senator Tim Kearney and his chief of staff Sara McCullough recently met with The Swarthmorean to review results achieved during Kearney’s first eight months in office, and to discuss the political life of a first year senator as a member of the minority (Democratic) party.
Wallingford Swarthmore Community Classes is now accepting registrations for the Fall 2019 semester, which begins October 3. In addition to the popular health and fitness offerings, such as yoga, meditation, balance, zumba, pilates, kickboxing, and line dancing, this season brings an intriguing array of new subjects awaiting discovery.
Trinity Episcopal Church invites the community to a special event on Wednesday, September 25, at 6:30 p.m.: its Celebration of a New Ministry, when the Reverend Dr. Edward E. B. Thompson will be formally installed as rector.
Garden lovers, unite — and come to the 16th annual fall fest put on by the Delaware County Master Gardeners at Smedley Park at Baltimore Pike and the Blue Route. September 28 is a full day, during which you can learn about your garden and the green world around you, pick up practical horticultural techniques, and enjoy shopping for plants, tools, and home-baked goods.
The Wallingford-Swarthmore administration has extended an invitation for interested parents to join the task force that will explore the issue of adolescent sleep and the consequences of sleep deprivation and the possibility of delaying school start times. Meanwhile, in a move likely to be celebrated by 3rd graders throughout the district, the School Board voted 8-0 at its September 9 meeting to eliminate loss of recess as a penalty for student misconduct.
The idea of a second home — at the shore, on a lake, or in the mountains — has a certain appeal. But my husband Greg Brown and I have studiously avoided purchasing such a place, thinking that once we do, we’ll be stuck going to that same place over and over again instead of travelling. However, that doesn’t keep us from checking out the real estate in fun places we visit! This summer we made a car trip to western North Carolina where we did look at some homes, in case we ever change our minds.
Swarthmorean Summer Travel Series By Linton Stables
Instead of being used to justify injustice and violence, how can our religious traditions be used to promote inclusive justice and genuine reconciliation? Imam Yahya Hendi and Dr. Yehezkel Landau offer their practical insights based on decades of experience as religious peacebuilders in the Middle East and North America.
Swarthmore Borough Council acted on several matters that promise to make the borough a healthier place to live. With several members of the Sierra Club‘s team in attendance, Council adopted Resolution 2019 -05 - Sierra Club Ready for 100. This resolution commits Swarthmore to join hundreds of other U.S. municipalities in resolving to attain 100% renewable electricity use in all homes, businesses, and government buildings within the borough (not just municipal government) by 2030.
On Monday, Jack Stollsteimer, Democratic party candidate for Delaware County District Attorney, called for an investigation into District Attorney Kat Copeland, saying: “DA Copeland has spent more than $75,000 in county funds on giveaway items branded with her name that have no legitimate law enforcement use. Fly-swatters, backscratchers, stress balls and nail files are traditionally used as giveaway items for political campaigns.”
Saturday, October 5, is the date of the much anticipated Swarthmore Presbyterian Church Fall Fair. Come find treasures of all sorts including housewares, books, linens and collectibles and antiques. The array of food is eclectic and delicious.
Want to be a regular contributor to the Swarthmorean? We need a new school board reporter. You’ll report on WSSD board meetings, usually about an hour long; usually two Mondays each month — write up what you hear, and send it in the next day. We pay, though modestly, and you get the byline.
Swarthmore Friends of the Arts invites all photographers age 18 and older and living in the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District to participate in the “Celebrate Local Photographers” group exhibition to be held at Swarthmore Borough Hall.
Hey-ho, fellow nature enthusiasts, the fall warbler migration is finally upon us! Warblers are this correspondent’s favorite birding quarry. Of the roughly two dozen common Eastern United States species, only a few nest in our community. But come spring and fall, a steady stream of specimens pass through on their migratory routes.
In its October 2019 term, the Supreme Court will consider whether language in Title VII of the Civil Rights Act (“because of . . . sex”) encompasses discrimination based on sexual orientation. Daniel Korobkin of the Swarthmore College class of 2002 will speak at Swarthmore on Monday, September 16 about these issues for Constitution Day (officially recognized on September 17).
The McGowan and Greto families have been dealt a card that no one wants in their hands: a cancer diagnosis. The two Delaware County families will be participating in the HEADstrong Foundation’s Running aHEAD of Cancer 5k in Swarthmore on Sunday, September 22. Each has its own personal ties to the foundation and reason for making a team.
Swarthmorean (and Swarthmorean co-publisher) Greg Hoy traveled up to the Catskills of New York to participate in a rock and roll dream — the “Three of a Perfect Pair” music camp hosted by members of legendary progressive rock group King Crimson. Bonus slideshows and videos included.
A variety of street trees is now available from Swarthmore’s Street Tree Committee to borough residents who wish to add beauty and value to their properties this year. The ordering deadline is Tuesday, September 24, for a limited number of trees, all available at the bargain price of $125, including planting and mulching.
For its opening show of the 2019-2020 season, The Players Club of Swarthmore presents Mamma Mia, a feel-good musical comedy woven around many of ABBA’s greatest hits, featuring music and lyrics by Benny Anderson and Bjorn Ulvaeus and book by Catherine Johnson. Mamma Mia runs from Friday, September 13, through Saturday, September 28.
Twenty years ago, Strath Haven High School won the first of two consecutive class AAA state football championships, riding the crest of an incredible wave of success that also included 94 straight District One victories, and Central League and District One championships every year from 1996 through 2003. Both past and future football glories are on the minds of the founders of the Haven Gridiron Club, which was recently formed by alumni and parents of current team members, not just to celebrate the glory days, but also to contribute to future successes.
The Rose Valley Storytelling House opens its 2019–20 season on Sunday, September 15, by hosting an exceptional storyteller. Claire Muireann Murphy, Irish born world traveler, brings both Irish mythology and folklore, and universal stories, fables, and anecdotes. Complementing Murphy will be Sarah Gowan and Bill Quern, musicians with an unusual performance of illustrated musically scored stories.
Late in August, the Swarthmore 2030 Task Force began a series of presentations to community groups, sharing some promising ideas and key insights which will help guide efforts toward revitalization of the town over the next decade.
Founder Jennifer Lincoln writes that the Writers’ Guild of Delaware County will resume its monthly meetings on Saturday, September 14, at 11 a.m. The meetings are held in the Council Room in Swarthmore Borough Hall at 121 Park Avenue.
Spotlight Theatre has announced the details of its 2019-2020 season — the 79th for this community theatre. Spotlight’s season will feature a mix of beloved stories and fresh, lesser-known works, including comedy, drama, and musicals.
Photographer Henry Horenstein visits Swarthmore College next Thursday, September 12, to deliver an artist’s talk to open his Selected Works show at the List Gallery. List’s first exhibition of the 2019-2020 season features selections from three of Horenstein’s photography series: Animalia, Humans, and Malecón.