Sunday, October 15, 2017

NEW GARDEN: A new pizza place

Liliana's Pizza and Grill, 1160 Newark Road, has opened in downtown Toughkenamon, and I'm happy to report that it's very good. We visited on Saturday evening and enjoyed a large white pizza with cheese, basil and tomatoes. The crust was excellent and chewy.
Liliana, the owners' daughter, is a little girl with a big personality. She greeted us when we walked in, announced that the place belonged to her and applauded when we said we'd be eating in.
The place seemed to be doing a good takeout business. The hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. through 9 p.m. on Sunday. Also listed on the menu are finger foods, salads, sandwiches, wraps, subs, burgers, strombolis and calzones.

ELKTON: Preserving the Bee Hive

On Saturday we stopped by the Elk Creeks Preservation Society's annual Apple Butter fest, held at the Bee Hive, a complex of Colonial stone buildings just outside Fair Hill in Maryland. Two vats of apple butter were being boiled over fires and required constant stirring with long paddles.  
I enjoyed reading a photocopy of a 1794 newspaper, "The Maryland Gazette," that was on display at the restored Wallace Tavern. It listed news from Europe, as well as ships' arrivals in America and the cargo they brought. The classified ads listed rewards for escaped slaves, an announcement about an upcoming Jockey Club horse race, and a somewhat cranky posting that, due to "depradations and robberies," the landowner of Strawberry Hill would no longer be allowing hunting or trespassing on his property.
Stirring the apple butter!

KENNETT: Let's do the Time Warp again

Don't dream it, be it! The Kennett Flash is screening the camp classic "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" at 7 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 22 (doors open at 6 p.m.). Performing live during the movie will be "Formal Dress Optional," a Delaware troupe that specializes in dressing up and acting out scenes from the movie. Traditionally audience members dress up, too, so don't be surprised if you see some odd-looking characters in fishnet stockings and corsets lurking in downtown Kennett that evening. "Rocky Horror" is rated R.

PET VALU: Staying in business

Good news for those of you who buy your pet food from Pet Valu on Baltimore Pike: the store is staying open, even though the Sears Hardware next door has closed and is going to be replaced by an Aldi supermarket. I stopped in the other evening to purchase cat food, and the employees assured me they will indeed remain in business.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

UHS: The more things change

A copy of the UHS student newspaper, the "Indian Post," came my way recently, and I'm delighted to see that the young journalists are not shying away from controversy.
The lead story, with an accompanying editorial, was about the administration's unpopular decision to require all seniors to take final exams, a decision that "has prompted an outcry from the student body." I'm hoping there is a follow-up story with quotes from the unhappy students. 
And there was a full-page story about the recent suspensions of "a number of" students (how many?) who are accused of smoking and drinking at a football game. The reporters did their homework, interviewing not only the principal, James Conley, but also the assistant principal, Amy Jenkins, the Student Council president, Ian Quain, and two seniors.
The paper also featured a point-counterpoint about whether the high school team name (the Indians) should be changed, and both the pro and con sides were excellently and cogently argued.
And I see that dress codes remain a hot topic, just like they were in my high school days. 

UHS: Field hockey seniors

The Unionville High School field hockey team held a ceremony to recognize its 12 seniors on the evening of Oct. 9, just before the game against Coatesville. The underclassmen formed two rows, holding their hockey sticks aloft to form a sort of arch, and each senior walked down the middle with her parents (and sometimes a sibling) as family members in the bleachers cheered and applauded. The announcer shared each girl's favorite hockey memory and future plans.
I thought it was very sweet that the team also recognized the seniors on the Coatesville squad.

UNIONVILLE: German visitors

A group of firefighters from Cologne, Germany, stopped in at the Po-Mar-Lin Fire Co. on their recent tour of fire stations across America. After showing the visitors around the fire house, the volunteers from Station 36 treated them to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Ricky Tuel's house. I'm told that the camaraderie among the firefighters went a long way toward overcoming the language barrier.