Catching up for the end of the year! I’ll still separate these posts out by month so they aren’t too long. It may be hard for me to remember the ~vibe~ from these times but I’ll do my best
A late summer PS Eliot reunion show in West Philly.
Dog day at the Ridley Park Swim Club. One of the suburban pools was having a dogs only swimming day for their last day of the season before they drained the pool. We took Maple to see about swimming. She hadn’t done much swimming before, just a little jump in here and there, so we weren’t sure how it would go. She was really into playing with the other dogs but wouldn’t jump into the pool.
At a fundraiser show in the lobby of the Lansdowne Theater. Steve Gunn played. He grew up in Lansdowne, the town we live in now, and came back just to do a fundraiser for the theater. Our town is a tiny struggling little first generation suburb of Philadelphia. It’s a dry town and property taxes are high so it’s hard to attract a lot of businesses to town. There are a lot of empty store fronts in our one little main street. The theater sort of being one of them. It used to be an operating movie theater that was sort of the life of the town but it had a fire in the 80’s and has been closed since. For the past ten years, a Lansdowne Theater non-profit that formed, has been trying to raise money to renovate and revive the theater into a performing arts theater to bring national acts to Lansdowne. They’re closing in on their goal but still think they’re at least a year out. They’ve raised several million already, though, in fundraisers, donations and grants! One day. I do think having the theater open would really change the town.
It seems small from the outside but it’s huge and beautiful! But also moldy and cracking and needs a ton of work. They’re going to restore it with historical accuracy, though, which is great.
For now they have these little fundraiser shows in the lobby with flood lights set up.
A wild breakfast at home – nutella stuffed pancakes!
I remember that I saw one of those silly Tasty video recipe thingies on facebook for this and then couldn’t stop thinking about them. A thing to know about me is that I’m suuuuuper impressionable when it comes to food! If I see or hear about a food, I can’t get it out of my brain.
Later that week, a quartet from the Lansdowne Symphony Orchestra playing at the Lansdowne community arts festival.
We randomly ran into our buds Evan and Kristine, who were having brunch at The Avenue, our one really great little brunch spot in town.
At the fest they had a beer garden/food truck lot and it was all pretty fun. Despite not being a drinker (Mikey doesn’t drink either), I think Lansdowne being a dry town actually hurts the town quite a bit. They can’t attract new restaurants and there’s no night life at all. Everything closes before 5pm. Lansdowne is only one square mile and has a really good community vibe and has all sorts of initiatives and events, but they still can’t attract new businesses.
Maple at the dog park in Haverford, a nearby town. One of the best thing about moving just outside of Philly has been starting to utilize the nearby towns and suburbs. We’ve found so many cool gems that are so close to Philly but we almost never left Philly or explored the surrounding area when we lived there.
Mikey playing solo as The Goodbye Party at Johnny Brenda’s.
Frances playing a solo Hop Along set.
Try The Pie playing in West Philly.
Maple with her weird ears. At this point she was a month shy of turning one and was about 70% calm and 30% total tornado.
A weekend trip to the John Heinz, which is pretty near our town. Somehow we had never been before, even though it isn’t far from West Philly at all.
We ended up getting to watch a pretty entertaining escapade involving the park rangers trying to catch an injured goose that had flown in covered in oil.
It was very suspenseful. Unfortunately, they didn’t end up catching it by the time we left.
Practicing some ‘off leash’ hiking with Maple since we were so far from any roads/people.
She did great!
A show in West Philly
Promoting our garden club plant exchange on the Lansdowne Farmers Market chalk board.
Algae in the Schuylkill River on our way down to the Open Streets day in Philly, where they closed stretches of city street to driving so that bikes/other transport could use it.
We walked down with Maple to get coffee and take her to the dog park downtown.
Babysitting my nextdoor neighbor, A. She was going through a tough little separation anxiety phase.
Apple picking at an orchard that was fully picked over.
There weren’t any good apples so we picked pumpkins instead.
Don’t talk to us or our sons ever again.
Chelsea, a true animal whisperer.
Marge playing at PhilaMOCA
Leo! My nanny babe.
Naomi! My other nanny babe.