Posted by: Pam, at RML | August 10, 2020

One Cool Colonial–Episode 7: Upstairs Massey House II

Today the building is fully restored and functional. As a house museum, it offers visitors a deeply authentic experience. “Because we were able to preserve so much of the original material from the 1690s, 1720s, and 19th century, you can walk through the house and see the different time periods represented by the materials,” notes Milner.

I selected this quote from architect John Milner and Kiley Jacques that I came across in an article I read online about the restoration of 1696 Thomas Massey House. (FineHomebuilding, article by Kiley Jacques)

What struck me here were the words deeply authentic experience as Jacques describes it.

There is plenty of background to be found in many sources on the history and restoration of Massey House and one in particular can be found online through the courtesy of Ursinus College. In that source I saw the old images of the interior (and exterior) of the house that show what Milner (John Milner Architects) was charged with restoring, as the house had been neglected for decades before he arrived.

Thanks again to Rich Paul for being part of this web series. I am sure Clarissa agrees with me that Rich is one more cool colonial who makes 1696 Thomas Massey House come alive!

Thanks for watching!

Posted by: Pam, at RML | August 2, 2020

Amazing Movement series replay!

RML YouTube on demand through Labor Day!
Classic Carol!

Carol, what can I say?

I will start every Monday at home with your Amazing Movement video that has become quite a habit with me…one of the few, good ones.

You were so kind to record this summer series for your community and local library, RML. We are calling this replay Classic Carol!

The past few weeks (months!) have been difficult for all of us but you always remind us that it’s a perfect time for personal change.

A good place to start is taking a good, hard look at how we move our bodies throughout the day.

See you at your Library someday soon!

Pam

Posted by: Pam, at RML | July 31, 2020

One Cool Colonial–Episode 6: Upstairs Massey House

Yes, tucked away in Marple Township, Delaware County.

We have all driven by this gem countless times, dear local folks and visitors.

(Oh, look. There’s your car.)

It is one of the oldest English Quaker homes in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Thank you Clarissa and Rich for the pleasure of my escape to 17th and 18th-century Pennsylvania when I am fully aware that 1696 Thomas Massey House is still temporarily closed to visitors.

Yes, the brown vest Rich is wearing is made of wool and the house is very very warm during filming. Clarissa with beads of sweat on her face, there by the window in her many layers, too. But they are not complaining.

Sharing the same peaceful space, my mind wanders to thoughts beyond the walls of this historic house and the many struggles of Quakers so long ago. They believed in equality of all human beings, social justice, and played a major role in the abolition movement against slavery.

I feel fortunate to be standing in the room with nothing on its walls.

Enjoy this “Part II” of inside Massey House.

Posted by: Pam, at RML | July 27, 2020

Reel Good Stuff: Quarantine Edition

Join us for this Zoom event!

Have you found yourself binge-watching movies and TV shows in recent months? Wanna talk about it? We sure do!

Wednesday, July 29 at 7:00pm

Guilty pleasure, new favorite, old favorite, hated it, loved it…whatever. So, grab a comfy chair, maybe even a drink, and join us for a casual discussion on what we’ve watched during quarantine! See you there! 

We miss you.

RML Staff

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Posted by: Pam, at RML | July 26, 2020

Amazing Movement Summer Series #5 with Carol Beringer

Premier: July 27, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Watch it at 9AM or later…YOUR CHOICE!

STAYING INDOORS IN THIS HEAT? STILL?

THIS IS PERFECT.

RML presents the fifth video in a series of 30-min. (or less) RECORDED sessions on RML’s YouTube channel with certified Movement Reeducation Specialist Carol Beringer. JUST CLICK from home to get moving with Carol.

Find out just how GOOD you can feel. Looks like fun, doesn’t it?

NO registration… just visit RML’s YouTube channel or click below…

Thanks, Carol!

Have a great week everybody…STAY COOL. STAY SAFE.

Posted by: Pam, at RML | July 24, 2020

One Cool Colonial–Episode 5: Downstairs Massey House

Way too hot for tending the garden yesterday at 1696 Thomas Massey House.

And I am never the one dressed in period clothing…it’s Clarissa. It is just my privilege to follow this woman around an 18th-century kitchen garden who carries her own basket and her sticks, her bottles and her bucket…

Then there’s me with my own “tools”…none of which are made of wood, copper, iron, or glass.

But as the one with all the excellent ideas, Clarissa asked Rich Paul, VP, Board of Directors earlier in the week if we could film inside the Massey House for this episode. She also invited Rich to tell us all a little about the Massey family and this beautifully-restored hidden gem located in Marple Township, Delaware County. Until yesterday, I had only rushed through the middle room on my way to the kitchen back in May. The rest of it was a mystery.

I wondered if I would have to wait until after some pumpkin harvest to see the rest of the house. And I’m not so sure if Clarissa even grows pumpkins in the kitchen garden.

So, thank you Clarissa and Rich for yesterday.

Yes, it was hot. And yes, you both were probably soaked under all those lovely layers of linen and cotton. I sure hope none of it was wool.

After I posted this episode I was pleasantly surprised to hear from John Dallas Bowers (JDB) my friend and RML patron. I love hearing from people. John reminded me that Clarissa taught in Radnor and that his daughter Jennifer was one of Clarissa’s students.

Not only was Clarissa F. Dillon a teacher for 24 years in Radnor schools, but this episode was launched on July 24th and it was also Clarissa’s birthday.

Happy Birthday, Clarissa!

Thank you for watching Episode 5!

One Cool Colonial–Episode 5: Downstairs Massey House

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Posted by: Pam, at RML | July 19, 2020

Amazing Movement Summer Series #4 with Carol Beringer

Premier: July 20, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Watch it at 9AM or later…YOUR CHOICE!

STAYING INDOORS IN THIS HEAT? THIS IS PERFECT.

RML presents the fourth video in a series of 30-min. (or less) RECORDED sessions on RML’s YouTube channel with certified Movement Reeducation Specialist Carol Beringer. JUST CLICK from home to get moving with Carol.

Find out just how GOOD you can feel. Looks like fun, doesn’t it?

NO registration… just visit RML’s YouTube channel or click below…

Thanks, Carol!

Have a great week everybody…STAY COOL. STAY SAFE.

Posted by: Pam, at RML | July 12, 2020

Amazing Movement Summer Series #3 with Carol Beringer

Premier: July 13, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Watch it at 9AM or later…YOUR CHOICE.

That’s really niiice 🙂

RML presents the third video in a series of 30-min. (or less) RECORDED sessions on RML’s YouTube channel with certified Movement Reeducation Specialist Carol Beringer. JUST CLICK from home to get moving with Carol.

Find out just how GOOD you can feel. Looks like fun, doesn’t it?

NO registration… just visit RML’s YouTube channel or click below

Thanks, Carol! Have a great week everybody…

To keep marauding critters out of the kitchen garden, fences came in handy in colonial times just as they do now. As you have witnessed throughout the series, they didn’t always work!

In every episode, Clarissa calls attention to the various critters that visit the scholar-who-digs-dirt. And if you are a gardener then you know there’s nothing worse than having a garden full of herbs and vegetables –only to have it invaded!

But for me, working mostly from home with a mobile phone, a computer, and a cool colonial for a neighbor, that’s where the fun begins…

I hope you are having some fun this summer, too. Missing my Library and YOU,

Pam

Posted by: Pam, at RML | July 5, 2020

Amazing Movement Summer Series #2 with Carol Beringer

Premier: July 6, 2020 at 9:00 AM

Watch it tomorrow at 9AM or later…YOUR CHOICE.

That’s niiice 🙂

RML presents the second video in a series of 30-min. RECORDED sessions on RML’s YouTube channel with certified Movement Reeducation Specialist Carol Beringer. JUST CLICK from home to get moving with Carol.

Find out just how GOOD you can feel.

NO registration… just visit RML’s YouTube channel and click

Thanks, Carol!

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