January 27, 2013
Given last week's historic pop-political culture moment - the first "American Idol" winner to sing at a presidential inauguration - this seems a good time to look at other inaugural firsts. 1. The first president to take the oath from the chief justice of the United States. a. George Washington. b. John Adams. c. Thomas Jefferson. d. James Monroe. 2. He was the first to walk to and from his swearing-in ceremony. a. Thomas Jefferson. b. Andrew Jackson. c. Theodore Roosevelt.
October 7, 2012 |
Tucked into a corner of the wall above a stairway leading to the third floor of the Corbit-Sharp House in Odessa, Del., is a tiny doorway. In 1845, the cubbyhole behind this door sheltered a runaway slave named Sam. When the local sheriff came looking for the runaway, the lady of the house, Mary Corbit, led him right up to the stairway. As she had hoped, the sheriff couldn't imagine that the space behind the door was large enough to shelter a human being, so he turned away to continue his search throughout the rest of the house.
September 22, 2012 |
larissa Dillon used to mortify her teenage son by wearing her work clothes - a colonial-style getup - while driving him somewhere. "He'd say, 'Oh for God's sake, Mom, you look like a baby in that bonnet!' " she recalls. But Dillon was - and, at 79, remains - unmoved. That's because for this ardent devotee of 18th-century "domestic arts" in Southeastern Pennsylvania, everything about ordinary life at that time, in this place, is worth exploring. If that means "wearing funny clothes" and sporting what looks remarkably like a baby bonnet at the wheel of her car, too bad. And by the way, it's not a bonnet.
August 3, 2012 |
When Gruff Rhys, the leader of the psychedelic-pop group Super Furry Animals, plays a solo show at PhilaMOCA on Sunday, it will be a key stop on the Welsh songwriter's second "investigative" tour of the Americas. Rhys' first such trek took him to Patagonia, where he looked into the roots of Rene Griffiths, an Argentine cowboy singer who is descended from Dafydd Jones, a distant relative of Rhys' who attempted to found a utopian Welsh-speaking community in South America in the late 19th century.
October 1, 2011 |
With all the development that has occurred in Philadelphia, archaeologists thought it unlikely they would ever find significant remnants of early Native American cultures. Those artifacts would have been deeply buried, carted away, or crushed. But not long ago, along I-95 in North Philadelphia, they uncovered tobacco pipes, arrowheads, pottery, and other Native American artifacts dating back 3,000 years. Near Mount Holly, they have begun to unearth portions of the African American community of Timbuctoo, founded in the 1820s and a station on the Underground Railroad.
April 19, 2011
Juan Pedro Domecq Solis, 69, who helped define the evolution of the bullfight in the late 20th century, died Monday in a head-on crash with a truck in Higuera de la Sierra, near his Lo Alvaro estate in southwest Spain. As one of Spain's foremost breeders, he first developed what became known as the "artist bull," bred to enhance sleek yet muscular lines, and later the "athlete bull," aimed at giving a more thrilling performance while facing matadors in the bullring. Known within bullfighting circles simply as Juan Pedro, Domecq had inherited Spain's oldest breeding estate - Veragua, founded in the 18th century - which his grandfather Juan Pedro Domecq y Nunez de Villavicencio had bought in 1939.
April 19, 2011 |
MADRID - Juan Pedro Domecq Solis' fighting bulls helped define the evolution of the bullfight in the late 20th century, adding artistry and then muscle to the ancient breed. Domecq, 69, who died in a car crash yesterday, was one of Spain's foremost breeders. He first developed what became known as the "artist bull," bred to enhance sleek yet muscular lines, and later the "athlete bull," aimed at giving a more thrilling performance while facing matadors in the bullring. Known within bullfighting circles simply as Juan Pedro, Domecq had inherited Spain's oldest breeding estate - Veragua, founded in the 18th century - which his grandfather Juan Pedro Domecq y Nunez de Villavicencio had bought in 1939.
February 10, 2011 |
Jose Vargas and Jennifer Brennan-Vargas have not sat still since the 2007 debut of their Mayfair BYOB Rylei , recipient of two bells from The Inquirer's Craig LaBan. First, the Vargases relocated in 2008 to Richboro. Then last year, they moved to New Hope's Four Seasons Mall with Thyme , but that one lasted a New Hope minute after what the couple call real estate issues. They have alighted farther inland, operating a restaurant in the circa-1720 farmhouse at Nostalgia, the wedding and banquet facility on Route 202 in central Bucks County.
February 6, 2011 |
Since 1703, at least one member of the Mendenhall family has lived on the same patch of land in Chester County, near Chadds Ford. But now Frank Mendenhall, the eighth-generation owner who tools around on a faded old tractor, is in danger of losing what remains of the 200 acres an ancestor bought from William Penn's agents. Mendenhall owes lenders $1.76 million. The debt came from the construction in 2007 of a stable with room for 24 horses and an expansive indoor riding arena. It's called "the airplane hangar" by neighbors because it jolts the eyes and blocks views along a country road lined with elegant farming estates set back at the end of long lanes.
August 8, 2010 |
Peter A. Tasch had an enthusiasm for an 18th-century dramatist a bit more obscure than Oliver Goldsmith and Richard Brinsley Sheridan. In 1972, Bucknell University Press published Mr. Tasch's work The Dramatic Cobbler: The Life and Works of Isaac Bickerstaff. A 1974 review in the journal Modern Philology declared that Bickerstaff was the enigmatic theatrical hack whose Love in a Village was the most popular comic opera of the 18th century. Mr. Tasch, 76, of Germantown, chairman of the English department at Temple University from 1988 to 1990, died of multiple system atrophy Sunday, July 25, at Pennsylvania Hospital.