August 16, 2013 |
A trademark earnestness and delight in quirky discovery suffused the cluttered, third-floor loft above Old City's vintage Franklin Fountain one morning last week. The curious Berley Brothers (Eric and Ryan), dressed in their customary period attire, heavily dependent on knickers and bow ties, were showing off their newfound collection of sugar (and, thus, also candy) memorabilia. Out of cardboard sleeves, they slipped black-and-white photos of cane-cutting in Hawaii, of half-naked workers in the West Indies stoking fires as ferocious as a steam engine's, of industrial giants on the Delaware riverfront where the world's largest sugar-maker in the day (Franklin Sugar Refining)
April 28, 2013 |
Penn State is more than a three-hour ride from Franklin Field, but the Nittany Lions like to think of the Penn Relays as a home game for their track team, especially those runners who have been competing at the carnival since high school. The Lions certainly felt right at home Friday. They received a gutty 1,600-meter anchor leg from sophomore Robby Creese and picked up a hard-earned victory over Villanova and Oregon in the men's distance medley relay, their first win in the event since 1959.
April 15, 2013 |
When the phone rang one afternoon last week, a familiar voice was on the line. It belonged to the prancing front man of the band that throughout its illustrious and sometimes sinister history defined what rock-and-roll is better than any other in the music's history. "Is this Dan?," he asked, then introduced himself. "Hi, Dan, it's Mick," he said, pausing for a half-beat and adding, "Jagger. " He was phoning from somewhere in the West Indies: "I'm away from everything, doing pre-prep for the tour rehearsals.
March 18, 2012
1. f. Russia. 2. h. Sweden. 3. d. Italy. 4. i. Wales. 5. c. India. 6. j. West Indies. 7. g. Spain. 8. b. France. 9. e. Mexico. 10. a. Czech Republic.
March 18, 2012
While reflecting on this weekend's festivities in honor of St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, see if you can match up other nations and their patron saints. (In some cases, the saint listed is just one of a country's patron saints.) 1. St. Basil the Great. 2. St. Bridget. 3. St. Catherine of Siena. 4. St. David. 5. St. Francis Xavier. 6. St. Gertrude. 7. St. James the Greater. 8. St. Joan of Arc. 9. Our Lady of Guadalupe. 10. St. Wenceslas.
February 10, 2008 |
Look at the list of marquee musicians with songs released exclusively on Appleseed Recordings over the last decade, and you might think there was a major label hiding out in West Chester. Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi, Wyclef Jean, Bonnie Raitt, Steve Earle, Ani DiFranco, Jackson Browne, Pete Seeger, Lou Reed, and Donovan have all recorded for the label, which was founded by political activist-turned-music exec Jim Musselman in 1997. The label has two artists up for Grammys tonight, guitarist David Bromberg and African American a capella group Sweet Honey in the Rock.
October 28, 2001 |
Not too long ago, on a trip in the islands, my grown daughter and I found ourselves stuck in St. Barts. Well, "stuck" is really a poor choice of words, especially nowadays, when many Americans would be uncomfortable feeling stuck outside the country. But it accurately describes our dilemma. If one had to be stuck anywhere, I'd probably choose St. Barts, except for the fact that it's one of the Caribbean's most expensive places to visit. So we had to use our imagination and the few bucks left in our pocketbooks to make the most of it. And we did. We settled in at Le Presqu'ile on the waterfront in the only town, Gustavia.
May 4, 2001 |
From the director of Slam comes Brooklyn Babylon, a dreamy, nightmarish, sexy, poetic riff on the theme of Solomon and Sheba. Here the lovers are called Sol and Sara, a soulful hip-hop artist from the West Indies (Tariq Trotter of the Roots) and an ethereal Jewish beauty (Karen Goberman) who live in neighboring enclaves in Brooklyn. Though the ethnic groups are in proximity, both are insular and have nothing but suspicion and contempt for outsiders. As in Mississippi Masala, a car collision introduces the protagonists, who slowly learn that their two cultures have not only biblical ancestors in common, but rhythms and passions of the musical and romantic varieties.
August 20, 2000 |
I have been through tornadoes and blizzards and floods, but nothing quite compares with being the survivor of a hurricane. Unlike other natural disasters that strike quickly and move on, hurricanes give you a lot of warning. Thanks to the Weather Channel, CNN and the Internet, hurricanes become media events even if they never touch land or overturn a boat. You can follow a hurricane's progress in color on maps that show the storm's track and intensity. Newscasters in windbreakers and ball caps rush to windswept beaches and shout into their foam-covered microphones as palm fronds fly by in the rain.
January 23, 2000 |
Until five years ago, the walled garden at Gwynedd-Mercy College in Gwynedd Valley was overgrown and neglected. Today, it is starting to blossom into the beauty it enjoyed in the early 1900s as part of a large estate. The thanks go to Gwynedd-Mercy College archivist Eleanor King of Philadelphia, who contacted the Swedesford Garden Club and Master Gardeners of Montgomery County about getting the garden back in shape. "In 1995, the Swedesford Garden Club did a spring cleanup for Earth Day," King said.