Posted by: Pam, at RML | June 28, 2020

One Cool Colonial–Episode 3: The Kitchen Garden in June

On Friday, Clarissa and I were over at the 1696 Thomas Massey House and everything was so green and growing —just like it should in June.

Our little web series created in the time of Covid-19 also had reason to celebrate as Southeastern Pennsylvania entered the green phase. To celebrate this reopening we turned on Clarissa’s signature music that you heard on the trailer that we made for the series. I hope it’s not too distracting.

In fact, I hope it makes you feel like dancing in your own garden!

Stay cool. Stay safe. Keep growin’.

Thank you for watching! That scratchy sound you hear sometimes is because our new microphone was not in the best spot. Live and learn.

From one cool colonial and her neighbor–

Pamela and Clarissa

Beringer is back!

June 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM

RML presents the first 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.

Watch it every day!

Watch a different session every week for 5 weeks beginning on MONDAY. Previous sessions will POOF! so watch them while you can.

At home and on demand!

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

Thank you, Carol!

After filming an episode with Clarissa, I look forward to creating the storyboard. Not sure what to say this time for a little comment within the video, I thought why not just google 18th-century gardening and get some ideas? And that’s what I did.

So it was no surprise that one of the first hits was an article written for The New York Times about Dr. Clarissa F. Dillon, an important researcher, author, and speaker on 18th-century women’s work.

I couldn’t wait to tell Clarissa about my “research” and she had a good laugh with me…and probably at me, too.

Life was hard in colonial times. Men tended the livestock and sowed grains. Women were tasked with tending the kitchen garden and it was arduous work…add that to everything else they had to do.

A woman’s work is never done.

Thanks for watching.

Stay well everyone. It’s summer!

But, according to Clarissa it’s midsummer…and you’ll find out why in this video.


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

One Cool Colonial–Episode 1: Apothecary Roses

This really should be titled One Cool Colonial…and Friends.

Thanks to everyone who helped me with this fledgling web series. Just today I talked with Tom Ellis who started recording Winsor Room events a long time ago and introduced me to Vimeo. Then I checked with Vince Chelli who also records our events for Main Line Television, our local cable channel.

These days I need advice on just about everything when it comes to video. Everything.

I am a librarian who usually plans events for the Winsor Room but realizes we will need to continue presenting virtual events even after the Library opens. For how long, I do not know. Let’s say until we hear otherwise.

I will still be looking for authors and presenters but thought this would be something different we could all look forward to. And the episodes are really short, never more than 10-minutes. I feel I have the framework now, created at home when I had the time to do it. Once we are back in the Library, I will keep making episodes with Clarissa at 1696 Thomas Massey House until we decide to end the series.

And speaking of Massey House, last Saturday when Clarissa and I were filming inside the house, I saw Beverlee Barnes and Rich Paul, members of their Board who were meeting at the same time. Beverlee, Manager at Delaware County Planning Department worked at RML years ago, lives in Radnor Township and is also a history buff.

I figure this is a very good sign.

Stay well everyone. We are all in this together. Thank you for watching!

And if you are still reading this — here is a picture of neighbor Clarissa at my house when we first looked at the trailer together. I was so thrilled that it met her approval!

Posted by: Pam, at RML | June 1, 2020

Again on Wednesday: Amazing Movement with Carol Beringer

What does a stay-at-home librarian who lives across the lane from the Main Line doyenne of 18th-century domestic arts do with her spare time?

First, you get inspired by someone in your neighborhood because you can’t leave it right now. The “domestic arts diva” is none other than author Clarissa F. Dillon, Ph.D. and you get an idea to follow her over to the 1696 Thomas Massey House where you know she volunteers, tending to the 18th-century garden there. You love history. And wouldn’t it be fun to film Clarissa in the garden and maybe in the house, too? And what a coincidence that Clarissa had taught in Radnor Schools for 24 years!

Life could get interesting here…and there, too.

You remember reading an unforgettable story in The Philadelphia Inquirer about Clarissa, written by Virginia A. Smith titled One Cool Colonial. You hoped she would go along with your idea because you sense how much she loves getting dressed in her “period clothing” as you often see her getting in her car, heading out to a “gig” somewhere. And you noticed it NEVER failed to stop traffic on Buck Lane. You even made a point to cross the street and stare at her from head to toe and giggle a little. You ended up talking about chickens, her pickled purslane, pickled radish pods and her portable still. You just knew that you were two peas in a pod.

So, of course Clarissa said yes!

I told Clarissa I would ask Tom Ellis, my podcast creator of Winsor Room events, if he would be interested in meeting us at the Massey House to film Clarissa as she planted beans. All we needed was a nice day.

Well, weeks later now I have something to show you. I admit I don’t know how many short episodes we will film in the future. We are having so much fun — Clarissa is planning the content– I am calling myself the director and Clarissa is my star.

This is not-for-profit so I pay Clarissa with eggs from my hens and she is happy. In return, I get pickled this and pickled that…and blackberries in syrup for my waffles!

At this point, all we have is this trailer that I learned how to make using Vimeo. I have gained confidence here and have decided to make future videos using my mobile phone. I am still working on the sound…

I hope you will join me “sometime” in June for Episode 1.

I can’t wait for you to travel back in time with me to a beautifully restored 17th-century house where Clarissa is gardening in 18th-century style. But really, I can’t wait to see you again in our real world.

Thank you for watching!

Pamela and Clarissa

Super 8 Trailer: One Cool Colonial: Clarissa Dillon at The 1696 Thomas Massey House (cop (copy) (copy) from Pam at Radnor Memorial Library on Vimeo.

Posted by: Pam, at RML | May 22, 2020

Memorial Day Virtual Beer Tasting!

Good Seats Still Available!
Please follow the link above and register for this fun event.
All fun, All beer, and NO LECTURE!

If you haven’t already, download the Zoom app to your preferred device so you will be able to join our virtual pub. You’ll see and be seen — chat with
your librarians, your friends and your neighbors.

Radnor Historical Society joins RML in presenting this historic event.
Jennifer Beacom, President, will tell a short story on the “brewer” families who lived on the Main Line and tastemaster Matt Guyer will tell us about the local beers that are part of your “Library Sampler” that is available for purchase from Wayne’s Beer Yard.

When you register, contact information for the Beer Yard is right there.

Let’s toast and pour… and spend some time together!
Posted by: Pam, at RML | May 13, 2020

Darla DeMorrow: Organizing Your Photos!

Photos might be the most important organizing project you’ll ever finish, and this class with Darla DeMorrow will get you started.

Find out whether to tackle your printed or digital photos first. Learn the ABCs of organizing photos and videos that can help you enjoy, share, and protect your precious, one-of-a-kind memories. You don’t have to be a techie to make good choices about scanning, backups, cloud services, so your keepsakes can be passed down. A set of simple guidelines will take you and your memories from overwhelmed to organized. Whether you use an iPhone or an Android, a PC or a Mac, these are just the tools you’ll use to tell your story.

This program is prerecorded and will premier on our Facebook and YouTube channel. Darla will be in the comments to answer your questions!

Premier has ended…WATCH IT NOW!

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

Bouton: The Life of a Baseball Original–video

Ben Yagoda Mitchell Nathanson

Enjoy this recording of a LIVE on Zoom interview on May 6, 2020 featuring Mitchell Nathanson, author of a new biography on Jim Bouton. Nathanson was joined in conversation by author Ben Yagoda.

What fun to introduce them to our viewers –and then go back in my box, relax, and enjoy the show.

Radnor Historical Society was our co-sponsor, Main Point Books sold books and I am sure copies are still available. You can even purchase a copy signed by the author.

I enjoyed this event so much and it will stay with me a long time. Since you are still reading this—

I want to introduce you to some authors I think you’ll really like at

The Pandemic Baseball Book Club!

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