Sunday, July 27, 2014

Who will buy?

A Unionville friend and frequent Tilda contributor writes: "Could you ask your loyal readers to recommend a source who buys crystal, china and silver?" She said the inherited items are unneeded in her own household but just too nice to give away, including two boxes of Limoges. If you email me at, I'll pass the word along.

Best of

A reader and avid Kennett booster sent me a list of Kennett (or nearby) businesses, stores, restaurants and professionals that have been nominated as part of the online "Philly 17 Hot List" contest run by a Philadelphia television station. Many of my favorites are on the list. If yours isn't, maybe you could encourage owner to self-nominate: It's good free advertising, and as my reader says, "I know several people who check out the list when they want to try something new."  Online voting ends on Sunday, September 7.

Music at Hans Herr

In addition to the Anson B. Nixon concerts on Wednesday nights, my live-music-loving companion and I have been heading out to the historic Hans Herr House in Willow Street, Lancaster County, every other Saturday for their series of summer concerts. It has been interesting to watch the progress of nature throughout the season. During the first concert, it was chilly and windy and I remember being very glad I wore jeans.
At this past Saturday's show, the performers were talking about the "blazing sun" shining directly in their eyes (it's a west-facing stage), and apologized for wearing sunglasses and not being able to make eye contact with the crowd. One of them used his water bottle as an impromptu prop in a Scottish drinking song.
The concerts are held in the historic site's apple orchard, and the maturing fruit is pulling down the branches. A seat with a great view on one Saturday may be an "obstructed view" one at the next concert.
The tobacco in the Lancaster County fields is getting bigger, and the stands along Strasburg Road now offer freshly picked tomatoes, beets and flowers for sale.
The final concert of the summer is on Saturday, Aug. 9, starting at 6 p.m. For only $5 admission, it's a great deal.

Not the comfy chair!

I read with interest Kennett Square borough council's intentions to fine borough residents who use any "indoor" furniture on their porches, decks or yards; council believes that it is unsightly and could be a public safety hazard in terms of harboring lice, insects and other vermin.
I took a quick drive through the downtown area on Sunday afternoon peering at people's front porches and saw a few clear violators (big sofas); many pieces of furniture I assume would be in compliance (wicker sets, wooden benches, wooden rocking chairs, and plastic chairs); and some questionable cases: Are folding metal chairs acceptable? Card tables? What about those plastic chairs with metal legs found in spartan waiting rooms?
And I couldn't help but notice that the Wall Street Journal ran two somewhat applicable stories on the first page of its real-estate section on July 25. One, written by Amy Gamerman, was about the resurgence of porches and how they can strengthen neighborhood camaraderie: "The porch is making a comeback as an outdoor room for dining, lounging and connecting with neighbors." The accompanying photos showed all sorts of furniture, including wicker and wooden rocking chairs, sofas with wooden frames, Adirondack chairs, carpets, dining room tables and lounge chairs.
The other article, written by Alyssa Abkowitz, was about municipal rules in some Asian cities that restrict what kind and size of pets you can own, whether you can have a BBQ, and when you can play music. In one anecdote, a woman said an inspector came into her house searching for any standing water (a potential breeding ground for mosquitoes) and told her to pitch a vase of anniversary flowers.


How sad to hear there was another accident -- this one a fatal -- on Route 1 in front of the Shoppes at Longwood Village. I've written before how perilous that stretch of road is. I don't know the specifics of what caused that crash, but I refuse to make a right turn on red out of the shopping center, no matter how many honking people back up behind me.
I did learn something new about that stretch of road, however. In an earlier post I had griped about motorists heading toward Kennett or the Route 1 bypass who get into the "right-turn lane" all the way back by the Wawa and treat it as a passing lane.
A reader pointed out, in a well-reasoned and well-written critique, that in fact it's not really a right-turn lane at all: "that lane is not marked -- on the road surface, or on overhead signs, or with curbside signs -- to restrict its use in any way as a third lane of through traffic. Please do drive that stretch of highway again. Try to find anything restricting that lane to right turn only before you get to the Walmart intersection at Schoolhouse Lane. And then convince me that there is something illegal, immoral, or fattening about using that lane as the highway engineers pretty clearly intended it -- to help speed traffic along that highly congested area between Wawa and the Walmart intersection by adding an extra lane for through traffic between those two points."
I did as she suggested and checked it out this morning. I stand corrected! In fact, the lane is actually marked for both right turns AND through traffic until you pass Onix Lane, where it becomes a right-turn-only lane to get into the Walmart. And a friend who was on the regional planning commission when the Route 1 expansion was on the drawing board confirmed that the planners fully intended that lane to be a through-lane.

Township in action

Here is my regular reminder about the monthly West Marlborough Township supervisors meeting: it will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 5, at the township hall in Doe Run. The planning commission meets at 7 p.m., with the supervisors' meeting to follow. It's always entertaining and instructive.

Friday, July 25, 2014

More Quaker history

Two more dates to put on your calendar:
1. Primitive Hall, the Pennock ancestral home, will be open from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10, as part of the 300th anniversary celebration of London Grove Friends Meeting. The Hall is on Route 841 between Routes 926 and 842 in West Marlborough Township. Joseph Pennock built the house in 1738 and he and his family worshipped at London Grove.
2. Homeville Meeting, 4904 Homeville Rd., in Cochranville, will celebrate its 175th anniversary on Sunday, Aug. 24. Janet Witman of Cochranville will provide her lovely harp music starting at 1 p.m.; Meeting for Worship is at 2 p.m.; and Chris Densmore, curator of Swarthmore College's Friends Historical Library, will speak at 2:30 p.m.