Sunday, July 30, 2017

Moonlight Memories in Hatboro, PA

I went back to my old stomping grounds the other night...
it's been AGES since I had visited Hatboro, Pennsylvania. 

I can identify one thing under this hood.

There was a car show, "Moonlight Memories," 
and my son-in-law - just back from CA - 
was interested in going. 
So we went. 

Love the bumper and the reflection.

There were lots of cars 
 lots of people, 
and lots of memories. 

A dial for everything

Some Memories from Hatboro...
Dr. Green, the dentist - which I had to walk to
Dr. Todd, the doctor - which I had to walk to
Mrs. Dudbridge, piano lessons - which I had to walk to
marched in parades (I was a bandgirl) 
my first job - which I had to walk to
my second job - which I had to walk to
Hatboro Music Store, bought records, - which I had to walk to
Berlin's (Variety Store) - which I had to walk to 
Santerian's Dept Store - which I had to walk to 
Len's Shoe Box - which I had to walk to 
Burdick's - As a little kidI stole Chicklets from them - 
my mother and I walked back to confess and pay up. 

and Cruising...

My first job was here.
I had to wear a lime green pant suit thing. Yuck. 

Thankfully, that lasted only one summer. 

I actually didn't cruise much 
since I didn't have a car. 
And asking my father for the family car, 
well, I'd rather not ask him anything. 
I'd rather walk. 

 Joe Celano's Hatboro Music Shop
It stands vacant now. 

But I had a friend who did ask her father to use the car 
and on occasion we did cruise the town, 
definitely not in a hot rod though. 

What gives you the willys? 

Supposedly Hatboro was one of the biggest cruise towns on the East Coast back in the day. 
It was pretty crowded on cruise nights. 
Bumper to bumper crowded. 
But since I didn't cruise anywhere else 
I wouldn't know about the biggest claim.  

3.9.6...whatever that means. lol. 

I was pleasantly surprised with some of the new stores and places to eat in Hatboro. 
I just might have to visit again sometime soon. 

All my images from Moonlight Memories 2017 can be found here
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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

A Summer to Remember

There has been a lot of activity going on in our family. 
All good things. 

Along with my son home from college for the summer, 
my daughter and her husband are moving to Michigan from San Diego
with a little stay with us in Pennsylvania. 
He just finished a 6 year enlistment with the US Navy and 
has accepted a job that requires 2 years in Michigan.  
It is fun to have a house full of activity again. 

The Two from San Diego Making Rüdesheimer Coffee,
Asbach and sugar lit on fire with added whipped cream and chocolate shavings 

I also have a little grand who I get to babysit  
now that mommy has returned to work. 
She's a nurse and works night shift. 
Daddy's schedule is always changing. 
I'm the backup for when their schedules need me. 

The Baby with cousin 'Uncle Glen' 

And to top it all off, 
we are planning a family trip to Germany. 
My husband's grandfather immigrated in the 1920s 
and started Haegele's Bakery in Philadelphia. 
Our family is going to Germany with my husband's cousin's family.
There we will meet the German relations 
and visit the places where their grandfather lived, apprenticed and worshiped.  

First Cousins and Second Cousins
I'm the crazy lady with the little dog. 

This will be a summer to remember for sure. 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Let Us Eat Cake!

I am sharing this post first posted on Haegele's Bakery Website and written by Cheryl Haegele

Karina is my grand baby and if you would like to see more of her photos 
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As the bakery turned 87 this July,  the extended Haegele family celebrated another milestone birthday. Little Karina Rose pictured above, celebrated her 1st birthday with her first taste of cake. Ah yes, vanilla layer smothered with Haegele's buttercream frosting. Oh what joy life can bring, especially when a fork is not required. Last year when we celebrated the bakery's 86th with Birthday Cake & Bob Kelly from Fox29, Karina hadn't graced the world with her smile yet. She was yet a bump within mom's belly. Bob referred to her as "the bun in the oven". When she was born, he actually put her picture up on the big screen as he was doing the morning traffic report live in the studio. From the very beginning, the world has been her stage and she is indeed a captivating star!

Every moment she priceless and proof positive that the best things are worth waiting for! By genealogy, Karina is actually our cousin twice removed but she'll call us "Uncle & Aunt". Perhaps the greatest realization is that she is the great-great-granddaughter to Mrs. Haegele (1st generation). As I watched Karina eat her cake with a crowd of forty on-lookers, I couldn't help but think how her great-great grandmother lived for days and moments like this.'s all about the togetherness of family. And there's nothing like a smile that melts your heart and a first birthday celebration that brings a family together!

          Let Us Eat Cake! Posted 7/22/17 on

Friday, June 30, 2017

Separation Day

Historic Homes in New Castle, Delaware
Did you know the British colonies were preceded in declaring their independence from Britain? 

The Old Library
The Old Library, New Castle, Delaware

I had no idea until I visited Old New Castle, Delaware on Separation Day, June 15 when
the town of Old New Castle was making big preparations for celebrating their independence. 

Immanuel Episcopal Church, New Castle, Delaware

At one time the three counties of Delaware belonged to Pennsylvania.
I'm guessing that is something you only learn in Delaware.  

New Castle Pier, Delaware

On June 15, 1776 Delaware simultaneously declared independence from 
Britain AND Pennsylvania and became their own colony state. 

New Castle Courthouse from the Common

They beat the rest of the colonies by a few weeks 
so they celebrate Independence Day on June 15 and July 4.
Lucky folks.  

Amstel House. New Castle, DE

New Castle is a great day trip, 
it is full of history and beautiful old homes. 
When I planned our trip, my husband and I had no idea it coincided with Separation Day 
or we would have allowed ourselves more time there. 

New Castle, DE 

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Happy Independence Day! 

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A Patch Town in Pennsylvania

I visited a coal patch town recently. 
And until then, I had no idea what a patch town was. 
It's a company owned town - in this case owned by a coal mining company.

Patch Town Chimneys at Eckley Miners' Village

In the 1900s Pennsylvania had more patch towns than any other state in the country. 
That's a piece of history I never knew. 

St James Episcopal Church, 1858 in Eckley Miners' Village

The company provided the miners and their families 
with housing and medical care 
as well as 
a school, churches and a company store. 

This company store was rebuilt for use in the movie The Molly Maquires, 1970.

Here's the catch- At the company store where the miners were obligated to make their purchases, 
the prices were ~15% higher than at non patch town stores. 

The Coal Breaker, also rebuilt for the movie, would have been 3 x larger than this. 

While the town today is beautiful with
green grass and blue skies, 
it is hard to imagine the darkness the would have enveloped it
during times of operation. 

Coal Storage

This town, Eckley Miners' Village, 
operated as recently as 1984. 
Some of the guides are descendants of the coal working families
who lived in this village. 

Making Lace

Now I need to go pick up The Mollie Maguires movie 
from the library which was filmed in this town. 

2 Eckley Backroad 
Weatherly, PA 18255 

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from the village, click here

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