December 9, 2013 |
At a recent housewarming party, the host, an old friend, escorted his early- arriving guests to the basement. En route to the refrigerator, where five varieties of domestic and imported beers had been aligned as neatly as toy soldiers, he paused and pointed proudly to an old photograph on the wall. After 64 years of residing in rowhouses in and around Philadelphia, my friend had retired recently and moved into a single home in Avondale, an hour - and a culture - removed from the bars, delis, and gyms he'd so happily haunted.
February 8, 2013 |
Kids can meet some of their favorite authors at the 21st annual African American Children's Book Fair on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Community College of Philadelphia. The free fair features books by African American authors. About 16 authors will attend, including Jerry Craft, award-winning syndicated comic strip cartoonist of Mama's Boyz , who will host a create-your-own-characters workshop; Renee Watson, author of Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills ; Jabari Asim, author of Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington ; and more.
January 8, 2012 |
What goes up, must come down. That applies to the 74-foot Norway spruce in New York's Rockefeller Center and the 13-foot candy canes that line the curb on the 100 block of Garth Road in Oreland, Montgomery County. Next to the usual street sign, there's a red-and-white placard proclaiming Garth Road Candy Cane Lane. The 20 or so single-family homes on this one block are illuminated each December with Santas, sleighs, snowmen, even a custom-made mailbox for special deliveries to the North Pole.
November 27, 2011
10 for the Road Connecticut. Holiday Gingerbread House Festival at 783 Main St., South Windsor, 12-3 p.m. Dec. 3-4. Gingerbread Christmas houses, hand-crafted by local bakeries, restaurants, and artisans. Free. 860-289-1788; www.woodmemoriallibrary.org Maine. Harbor Lights Festival at Boothbay Harbor, Boothbay, Dec. 2-4. An all-day parade of lighted, bedecked fishing boats and pleasure boats, with horse-drawn wagon rides, a craft fair, Christmas tree lighting, and roving carolers.
May 12, 2011 |
Demetrius M. Frison was happy to hear the news that U.S. forces had killed Osama bin Laden, but the Philadelphia native told his wife that he "still had a job to do. " Frison, 26, an Army first lieutenant, was serving his first combat tour in Afghanistan when he was killed Tuesday by a bomb, said his wife, Mikki, 25. His body is scheduled to arrive Thursday afternoon at Dover (Del.) Air Force Base. Funeral arrangements were pending, his wife said. They lived in near Fort Knox, Ky., where he was stationed.
April 23, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - Kevin Jarre, who wrote the screenplays for the movies "Glory" and "Tombstone," has died. He was 56. His aunt, Patty Briley Bean, tells the Los Angeles Times that Jarre died unexpectedly of heart failure earlier this month at his Santa Monica home. Jarre was a history buff who was entranced by the Civil War since childhood, when he'd received toy soldiers for Christmas. His research on a black regiment led him to write the 1989 movie "Glory," which won three Academy Awards, including one for actor Denzel Washington.
June 20, 2010
School rethinks toy-soldier ban COVENTRY, R.I. - The superintendent of a Rhode Island school district that banned a second grader's homemade hat because it displayed toy soldiers with tiny guns said Saturday that he would work to change the policy to allow such apparel. Coventry Schools Superintendent Ken Di Pietro said that the no-weapons policy should not limit student expression, especially when students are depicting "tools of a profession or service. " David Morales, 8, a student at Tiogue School, made the hat after choosing a patriotic theme for a project last week.
May 14, 2010
The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society Tusk is the aficionado's favorite Fleetwood Mac album. A brilliant, eccentric 1979 follow-up to the mega-selling Rumours , it was a double album of Christine McVie sweetness ("Over & Over"), Stevie Nicks witchiness ("Storms"), and, especially, Lindsey Buckingham madcap weirdness ("Not That Funny"). The Lindsey Buckingham Appreciation Society features six mostly local musicians, including multi-instrumentalist Charlie Hall (the War on Drugs)
July 26, 2008 |
On a tabletop in a Lancaster hotel, Terry Carman was placing miniature trees, fences and log cabins, preparing for a massacre. Settlers who had encroached on Indian territory in upstate New York, circa 1757, had raised the ire of the Huron Indians. Now there would be hell to pay, in a battle of revenge and survival that would also involve British regulars. Carman, who designed this war game and drafted the rules, chose a title that left no about the potential for gore: "Our Tomahawks Dripped Blood.