good-bye oogy 

I see the news is making the social media rounds so…..

Sad news to share. My friend Sherry just called and one of our favorite fur pals has gone over the rainbow bridge. Oogy

Yes, that Oogy.

 

His humans were friends of Sherry’s so I was lucky to see Oogy at a lot of First Friday Main Lines. He would come and hang out in Sherry’s store, Past*Present*Future in Ardmore, PA.

 

Before he was a doglebrity, he was just a big lovable dog with really nice humans. And an amazing story.

If you ever need a reason as to why animal rescue is so important, look no further then Oogy. The photos I am sharing are ones I took of Oogy at different First Friday Main Lines.

Oogy you were a big love of a dog and I am glad on a few occasions I got to hang out with you 

RIP Oogy.

creative juices are flowing!

So today I went to Wayne to transfer some images to canvas and to have them framed.

I am getting ready to be part of a photography show for First Friday Main Line August 3rd in downtown Ardmore, PA.  (Hey any local photographers are welcome to enter, check out the website for details!)

Wayne Art Supplies and Custom Framing is a wonderful little store with personal service in the heart of Wayne, PA.

The owner David took a lot of time with me.  After I chose my images, he used the machine they have to transfer photographs to canvas, which gives them an awesome look.  The pricing is beyond reasonable and they can do a wide array of sizes.  They can stretch your canvas to a wood frame, or mount them on foam core, or give them to you plain (just canvas).

I chose to have mine mounted on thin foam core and we popped them into ready-made frames that are very well made and perfect for what I wanted. (I wanted good quality frames that were simple, well made, and uniform in size and design.)

The great thing about getting these photos done at Wayne Art Supply is not only the reasonable pricing, but the fact that they really intuitively knew the look I was going for.(You definitely don’t get this level of service everywhere or on the Internet.)

It was so fun to frame some of my photos to show!

My framed images will be available for sale, with partial proceeds cheerfully going back to First Friday Main Line.  Small arts-based non-profits need love too in a tough economy!

Be sure to visit Wayne Art Supplies and Custom Framing if you need art supplies or need something framed or wish to transfer photos to canvas, watercolor paper, or almost anything else you can dream of.  They also have a wonderful selection of things that make fun and creative gifts for children.

Wayne Art Supplies is located at 112 E. Lancaster Ave. in Wayne, PA.  Their phone number is (610)-254-9011.

And oh yes, the images I am showing are all of Chester County!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

a fine how-dee-do

Readers, I have been sitting on something.  I have debated writing about it for nearly a week, and that is my litmus test on writing about something.

I make no apologies for my opinions. After all, we all have them, it is what makes this country great.

A little over a decade ago I became a community activist in Lower Merion Township.  What spurred me towards something I was hardly raised to do was respect and love for my friends the Foos who own a restaurant in Ardmore called Hu Nan.

It all started one night long ago, when my friend Betty, who is one of the most serene and lovely women I know said to me with tears in her eyes “they want to take my building.”

That was it.  That was my defining moment that I could no longer just be a casual observer in the place I called home.  Eminent domain for private gain just does that to a person.

Over the years I have worked hard on issues important to me and those I care about.  I have the respect of many in municipal government and politics, some who scorn me, some who fear me.  It is what it is. Of all the amusing things there is even a regional Patch editor who has never met me but who cut my freelance for certain Patches because I was a community activist and blogger. (yes, she has never met me.)  I found that very limited in her, but then again, if you are looking for someone to photograph and write about disposable diapers, that is not me anyway, so we’re cool. But I am grateful that I have the respect of many others in the local, regional, and even national media. And ditto for many people in many different communities.

When I heard about the Ludwig’s Corner Horse Show Grounds being threatened by eminent domain for private gain late in the fall of 2011, I couldn’t keep my mouth shut on the topic.  I just despise eminent domain for private gain. The Daily Local even published an editorial I wrote on December 13Main Line Media News  picked it up a couple of days later.

But being active in the communities where I live has never been all I have been about.  I volunteer not just for community activism purposes but to help out friends who do cool stuff – like my friend Molly who was the driving force behind the establishment of the now very popular Bryn Mawr Farmers Market.  I lent her my voice when she needed it and a few photos in the beginning because I believe in what she was doing.  And then there is my friend Janet, the brains behind Clover Market in Ardmore.  I love vintage and antiques, so when I can take photos for her at one of her markets, it is absolutely my pleasure. And on a monthly basis, save major holidays, you will find me in Ardmore with my dearest pal Sherry, snapping away for First Friday Main Line and so forth.

I have also spent years off and on volunteering for Historic Harriton House in Bryn Mawr, where my first volunteer gig was when I was 12 years old. A memorable adult volunteer experience was getting Willard Scott to wish the house happy 300th birthday a few years ago live on the Today Show.

And when I had breast cancer a year ago, these people  were among my supporters to get me through.  Paying it forward – it is what it is all about. And these people are fully and completely aware of my activism side when a crazy issue arises, and they respect me for that. And they do not judge me for it.

I just like people, and I like cool community stuff, so when I stumbled upon the East Goshen Farmers Market I was thrilled.  So I wrote about it a couple of times up here on this blog and have taken some glorious photos the past few markets.

About ten days ago, one of the market organizers contacted me about this blog and said they would like to link to this blog, chestercountyramblings.  I was so happy at that news.  But then the link didn’t happen.  The woman who had e-mailed me was very apologetic, she had been out-of-town, etc.  But to make sure to stop by their table at the market to say hi.

So last Thursday, along with taking more fabulous photos, I did.  The ladies were super nice, but the one who had corresponded with me pulled me aside and said she hoped I understood, but everything was so political that they couldn’t link to my blog.

Huh?

Aha.  I knew immediately – it was because I have written about West Vincent Township politics and the supervisors Ken Miller, David Brown, and Clare Quinn.  And I like to read Chickenman and say so. Who would have thunk the warped Mayberry of Chester County had a reach into pristine East Goshen?  Well they do, because Ken Miller’s farm, Birchrun Hills Farms sells product at the East Goshen Farmers Market.  And I have said, and I mean it, that I will NOT purchase products from his farm because of the part he played in an attempted eminent domain land grab of the Ludwigs Corner Horse Show, along with being part and parcel of what ails that beautiful community.

Now trust me, that is very tame for me.  If I decide to get my Irish up, it can often be much worse.  But because I took that position, the people who created the East Goshen Farmers Market won’t be able to  link to my blog and I doubt will ever use my photos.  That is their right, they are uncomfortable, that farm I won’t support is one of their vendors.  I am sad that they had to go all super political PTA mom on me, especially since I am now a resident of East Goshen, but hey I am different, I get that.  Some women can’t handle that.  They see what they want to see, and do not take the time to get to know the person.  It’s cool, it’s life.

So anyway, I had told some of you that the market people had approached me to link up my blog to them, but since they hadn’t, I wanted to let you know and why it wouldn’t happen.

Life isn’t fair sometimes, but for the record I am not sorry about what I have said about West Vincent because there is a big bag of wrong going on there.  With publicly stated opinions come consequences – my blog has been shunned by my local farmers market so to speak.  And that is o.k.  People have to do what they are comfortable with, and play politics the way they know how.

I will of course continue to support the East Goshen Farmers Market because I think it is simply awesome.  I will support my favorite vendors too.   And I strongly encourage all of you to do the same.

Have a great day y’all. And if the spirit moved you, remember to nominate this blog for a Blue Ribbon Blogger Award with Country Living Magazine – it is very politically correct to do so :<}

 

 

 

being a good neighbor in berwyn

Berwyn is a quirky, cool place I have always liked.  Much like Malvern, it has cute stores and eateries well worth exploring.

The purpose of this post is simply a props to Sweet Jazmines Bakery in Berwyn for paying it forward and being a good neighbor.

Apparently a fellow local merchant, Mr. Yang of Yang’s Market who was recently robbed and beat up pretty badly.   Crime seems to increase as the economy flounders, and I know what happened to Mr. Yang is the nightmare come to life of every small business owner everywhere.

Sweet Jazmines is located at 15 Bridge Avenue in Berwyn.

Here is the story, which can be found in the Daily Local and Main Line Media News:

Berwyn bakery holds sale to benefit robbery victim

Published: Friday, January 27, 2012

Sweet Jazmines Bakery is holding a sale of batter and donating 100% of the proceeds to Mr. Yang of Yang’s Farmers Market in Berwyn as he recovers from a robbery and brutal attack last week….The owner of the Sweet Jazmines, Kim Cuthbert, decided to do the fundraising for Mr. Yang. She has been a patron of his store ever since she opened her bakery 13 years ago.
Sweet Jazmines started selling brownie batter earlier in the week, and will probably continue the fund-raising with some other types of batter next week.
The bakers started with 90-pounds of batter on Friday and by early afternoon had sold over 2/3 of it.

Anyway, I just think what they are doing is awesome.

End note: The photograph is not a Sweet Jazmines product, incidentally.  I have never photographed their baked goods.  In the efforts of full disclosure, the cupcakes are from Carlino’s (Ardmore and West Chester) – I felt I needed a cool baked good photo, and prefer to use my own work.  Carlino’s incidentally, will be joining DiBruno Brothers and many more at a non-profit friendraiser for First Friday Main Line I am working on later this week – Foodapalooza.