August 1, 1992 |
If you drop in at the gallery of Main Line Auctioneers in Malvern for today's sale, the first thing you will see, hanging in the entry hall, are four carved wooden bas reliefs, similar to the gargoyles on Gothic churches. In the first gallery to the right are dozens of cast toy soldiers; a few paces back are half a dozen decoys. In short, this is a sale for people who like to say "go figure. " The gargoyles seem to depict four schoolboys, three reading, the fourth doing his numbers.
October 12, 1989 |
Whipped by wind and dumped on by birds for nearly 90 years, the gargoyles that stare in stony silence from atop City Hall need some tender loving care. Feel a tear coming to your eye? Then how about adopting a gargoyle? Don't laugh - someone may ask you to do just that. The 21st Century League, a coalition of community and business leaders, yesterday officially announced that it is joining forces with Mayor Goode's City Hall Committee to begin the long, expensive process of restoring City Hall's dignity.
November 4, 1990 |
Whimsical or menacing, the Gothic faces are silent but expressive. Perched on walls, corners and archways, the carved creatures frozen in a medieval fantasy have a lore all their own. The gargoyles at Beaver College's Grey Towers Castle now have a life of their own, too, on the pages of a calendar being sold in bookstores throughout the country and designed by a graduate of the Glenside college. For Tom Sciascia, the gazing gargoyles, now an almost obsolete architectural form, evoke the campus itself.
September 4, 1997 |
The dozens of colleges and universities in and around Philadelphiaare full of quirky facts and odd history. As a taste, here are the answers toquestions you probably never thought to ask about college. Question: Is it true that the dead walk on campus? Answer: Well, at Cabrini College, the daughter of a 19th-century aristocratis said to have jumped out of the family mansion when her father objected toher relationship with a stablehand. The mansion today houses the school'sadministration offices; over the years, students and staff have reportednumerous early-morning sightings of an apparition with long blond hair on thebalcony, wearing a blue gown.
July 15, 1993 |
Although the words flowed in iambic pentameter, the action seemed right out of a Hollywood thriller. Fight scenes. Bawdy women in a tavern. Volatile father-son relationships. Henry IV, Part One is the featured performance for this summer's Shakespeare in the Park series at Cabrini College. The shows are performed behind a mansion on the college grounds and audiences are invited to take lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the show under the stars. Admission is free.
September 28, 1990 |
If you're in the market for architectural ornaments and trimmings, four Philadelphia firms may have just what you need. And even if you don't need anything, poke around to your heart's content. ARCHITECTURAL ANTIQUES EXCHANGE, 715 N. 2nd St. Owner Mark Charry stocks marble and wood mantels, back bars, armoires, church artifacts, sinks and tubs, leaded glass windows and furniture in various states of repair in a sprawling, dusty showroom/shop. Many of the elaborate backbars have been sold to area hotels and restaurants.
August 14, 1994 |
Behold Debora Glazer's friends. There's Dracula's Dog, the Canterbury Devil, the Winged Warrior, Irving and Fred, the Guardian of Hopes and Dreams and, oh yes, Baby Goyle. Glazer, standing with her friends in her new shop called Gothic Creations, presses her tongue against the roof of her mouth and her cheeks slowly retreat. "Gargoyles," she says deliberately, articulating each syllable. "They're everywhere, they're everywhere. " Indeed they are. Glazer, who moved here from Connecticut with her husband in April, has filled her small shop just off West Mechanic Street with hundreds of the gypsum concrete creatures known as gargoyles.
April 30, 2000 |
Amid the brilliant perennials and neatly trimmed hedges at the Chester County Flower Show, a 20-foot clock tower looms overhead, sending thousands of gallons of water through the mouths of four gargoyles as each hour ticks by. One of 32 displays at the show, which closes today at 6 p.m., the computerized tower is programmed to shoot water at every quarter-hour from each of the gargoyles perched atop its copper-and-slate roof. The exhibit, considered to be one of the most sophisticated computerized displays in a regional flower show, is a joint venture by two companies brought together through the flower show.
March 15, 2008 |
The British are better at developing female action stars than we are, recognizing that high cheekbones and a supple trigger finger make an irresistible combination. First Kate Beckinsale in the Underworld movies and now Rhona Mitra in Doomsday, an intriguing if derivative sci-fi thriller. To play a deadly commando in the year 2035, Mitra, best known to American audiences for her stint on Boston Legal , has her hair cut in an ultra-angular shag so that she resembles Victoria Beckham on steroids.
August 6, 2007
CHRIS Brennan's Aug. 1 story on the state Gaming Control Board shake-up ("Pa. gaming chairman, targeted by casino foes, to quit board") is excellent. Citizen action has made a huge difference when it comes to casinos coming to Philadelphia. Just a week ago, the two proposed casinos admitted their failure to get support here and asked for a delay in paying their $50 million licensing fees. And PICA, the state watchdog of city finances, raised serious concerns that the next mayor and the city will inherit truckloads of red ink from the proposed casinos, thanks to the governor and Mayor Street.