April 11, 2016 |
Amid bird whistles and early spring sun, Paulette Rhone heaves open the immense black iron gate of Mount Moriah Cemetery to visit her husband, who died in 1993 and is buried here. "Hello, darlin', how are ya?" she says across the foggy green hills, with their yew and magnolia trees. Rhone always knew she'd be tending her husband's grave. "He died from a heart attack. And a hard head," she adds with a wistful smile. But she never dreamed that, decades later, she'd spend her retirement mowing, trimming, and tending literally thousands of graves at Mount Moriah, arguably the largest abandoned cemetery in the state of Pennsylvania.
March 3, 2016 |
While the Founding Fathers toiled in Independence Hall and young patriots fought the British, most Colonial women took charge on the domestic front - and running a household in the 18th century was no easy thing. Clothes and bedding needed to be hand-sewn. With no refrigeration, foods had to be butchered, pickled, preserved. Laundry took three days and required hauling water, scrubbing with lye, and hours of ironing. These domestic jobs, often overlooked, are now being highlighted at the Betsy Ross House through a new, permanent exhibit, "Women at Work in Revolutionary America.
June 26, 2015 |
Carey-ing on . . . A king of improv comedy, funnyman Drew Carey surprised several people yesterday when he showed up unannounced at some public places around town. Carey made his first appearance Tuesday night at Cuba Libre (10 S. 2nd St.) in Old City with a lady friend, where he ate the adobo-rubbed 12 oz. Black Angus sirloin steak and a side of grilled broccoli. He opted for bottled water. I'm told Carey drinks only water - no carbs - as part of his diet. My sources say he finished everything on his plate and left the server a 200 percent tip. Then, yesterday, among other stops, it was off to the Betsy Ross House (239 Arch St.)
March 21, 2015 |
Speeding and inattentive driving caused a flaming truck accident near the Betsy Ross Bridge last month that caused about $1 million in damage and closed a busy highway ramp for several days, police said. The driver of the fuel tanker truck, Brian Ervin, 48, of Bear, Del., was cited for careless driving and illegal possession of multiple driver's licenses. The truck was owned by TK Transport Inc. of Pennsauken. The accident report by Delaware River Port Authority police concluded that Ervin was driving faster than 40 m.p.h.
July 7, 2014 |
Ben Franklin is the best. He is a man of firsts for the state and the nation, and he's ours, despite his birth in Boston. Franklin is, by far, the most fun Founding Father, the revolutionary figure with whom you would most want to share that proverbial tankard of ale. We are all about the Benjamin. Franklin is the greatest Pennsylvanian, according to a recent Harper poll of the commonwealth, where 57 percent deemed him tops. Most likely, Franklin will always be our greatest citizen.
July 4, 2014 |
It might have been any social function: a buffet table, a bar, and the buzz of conversation about theater, about books, about kids. But this was no typical affair - although it's been going on for generations. The Annual Fellowship Dinner for Two Congregations, as it is simply named, has for almost 70 years brought together members of Philadelphia's Christ Church and Congregation Mikveh Israel, two institutions steeped in American colonial history, and intertwined with each other for just as long.
September 13, 2013 |
CHARLES BARKLEY is telling it like it is. Again. Sir Charles played three seasons at Auburn before going onto a stellar NBA career. So it would stand to reason that he hates Alabama. Why then is he is considering rooting for the Tide against Texas A&M tomorrow? Two words: Johnny Manziel "Johnny Manziel, he's doing something I never thought was possible," Barkley said on the Waddle and Silvy show on ESPN 1000 in Chicago recently. "He's going to make me root for Alabama this weekend.
August 9, 2013 |
THAT ANTHONY WEINER sure knows how to pick 'em. Of all the women in all the gin joints in all the world, he had to sext Sydney Leathers . Wasn't the name enough of a tip-off that this wouldn't end well? Leathers, who chose to parlay her few seconds of infamy into a self-pleasuring Vivid porn video, has now angered members of the military, reports TMZ.com, by using the American flag in her adults-only performance. Not the pole. Just the flag. Leathers' strumming atop the stars and stripes annoyed Vivid boss Steve Hirsch so much that he's editing it out of the DVD. The serviceman who called Hirsch to complain was not upset with Sydney's self-service, but with the use of Old Glory as a backdrop, and told Hirsch he would have the DVD banned from his base, which consumes more porn than . . . Anthony Weiner.
July 10, 2013
After gallantry, a desire for peace My great-great-grandfather Samuel G. Boone was a lieutenant in the 88th Pennsylvania Volunteers Regiment, was captured at Gettysburg, and later escaped from a prison in Columbia, S.C. Thirty years after the battle, he wrote, "Weary and tired of the clash of arms, I longed for retirement to the peaceful pursuits of life and the bosom of friends, hoping nevermore to be called upon to take up arms in defense of our...
June 14, 2013 |
Flagfest continues at the Betsy Ross House with a Flag Day celebration Friday, and tomorrow is Stars and Stripes Saturday. Friday will feature craft activities for kids from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The official City of Philadelphia Flag Day ceremony will be held at noon, and from noon to 2 George Washington will have a meet and greet. Guests can also experience Continental Army interactive drills and other activities. The fun continues Saturday. Families can enjoy Professor Horn's Punch and Judy puppet show, Bag Lady Theatre, an aerial circus, carnival games, and the Give & Take Jugglers.