ASTON – U.S. Representative Mary Gay Scanlon, D-5 from Swarthmore, visited the Knights’ Pantry, the Neumann University student food bank, on December 15, telling college administrators and students that “pantries like this give people sovereignty over their food choices “by offering them the ability to make purchases rather than accepting prepackaged charitable donations.
She is a co-sponsor of a bill that would convene a White House conference on food, nutrition, hunger and health – the first such task force in more than 50 years. She called the Knights’ Pantry “a fabulous example of how you meet people where they are, see what they need and make it easy.”
During Scanlon’s visit, David Shertel, president of the Neumann Student Government Association, announced that the SGA has donated $ 25,000 to begin building an endowment that will allow the pantry to continue in perpetuity.
Although specific data regarding food insecurity in Neumann is not available, national surveys at the end of 2020 revealed that almost a third of students (32%) face this problem, defined as’ having to miss meals for financial reasons or not knowing where your next meal is coming from. According to survey data, the pandemic has exacerbated the problem.
The Knights’ Pantry began its activities on September 8 on the fifth floor of the Rocco Abessinio building.
Designed to resemble a small convenience store with aisles and rows of shelves, the pantry offers non-perishable foods and personal hygiene items to any student with a college ID, no questions asked. When students check in, they are given a small bag of groceries and ask them not to select more than what the bag can hold.
The concept is the brainchild of Rina Keller, professor of social work, and Mary Beth Davis, counselor at the Neumann Wellness Counseling Center. Their goal is for the Knights’ Pantry to become a student-run organization, coordinated by a mix of interns, work-study students, and volunteers.
For more information visit http://www.neumann.edu.
Blue and gray voices are looking for an accompanist. New members
The St. James Alumni Association Men’s Choir, the “Blue and Gray Voices”, is looking for an experienced accompanist on the organ and keyboard. This is a paid position. The choir, a 28-year-old tradition, has around 30-35 active members who sing with a primary focus on religious and patriotic music.
The choir performs in various parishes in the Delaware Valley, typically two performances per month. In addition, the choir organizes community service events on request and an occasional funeral service.
The choir performs weekly at the Doghouse, the headquarters of the St. James Alumni Association in Eddystone. The year of the choir runs from September to May.
Interested parties do not need to be a St. James graduate. If you are interested, or for more information, contact Lou Robinson, VP Choir Affairs, at 610-812-4806 or [email protected]
In addition, the choir is always interested in new members. They don’t need to be a St. James graduate either. Their only requirement is to have joy while singing. The choir is a brotherhood whose members dedicate their time, talents and energies to the musical ministry of community service.
Hedgerow Theater presents “Rocky Horror Picture Show” on New Years Eve
The Hedgerow Theater will present “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” for one night only, at 10pm on Friday, December 31st. The New Year’s Eve screening will bring audiences to the Transylvanian feast with a special screening of this cult classic, accompanied by carols. , dancing and sihnet-clad humanoids, live and in person. The unique evening will include a champagne toast at midnight in the open air.
Tickets are on sale now. Masks are mandatory and proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test is required upon entry.
Hedgerow Theater Company, 46 W. Rose Valley Road, Rose Valley, is seeking performers for this special New Years shadow production, with the original film screening behind the performers. Under the direction of Lize Meisenzahl, the actors will rehearse for 12 hours. In this shadow performance, the actors will perform with the film projected behind them, with costumes, props, songs, dances, and in the midst of audience participation. The rehearsals would be structured to practice songs, dances and coordinate blocking, but without memorization. Submissions can be sent to Elizabeth Meisenzahl at [email protected]
Members of the public are invited to dress on their finest New Years Eve or as a beloved Transylvanian. Public participation is welcome, but no food, drink or perishables are allowed inside the theater. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.hedgerowtheater.org/rocky-horror-picture-show-screening or call 610-565-4211 or email [email protected]
The region’s holiday events continue next week
Looking for something fun to do with the family between Christmas Day and New Years? Several area holiday events continue next week.
The Newtown Square Historical Society is hosting free holiday readings and a miniature train setup through January 14 at the Square Tavern on the corner of Rt. 252 & Goshen Rd., Newtown Square. For information and timetables: 610-925-0290 or http://NSHISTORY.org/
Holidays at Nemours Estate, 1600 Rockland Road, Wilmington, is open until Thursday, December 30. The mansion is adorned with elaborate tables, flower arrangements, Christmas trees, garlands, wreaths, and many of the family’s original ornaments. For information or schedules: 800-651-6912 or http://NemoursEstate.org.
Yuletide in Wheatland, 1120 Marietta Ave., Lancaster, is open Wednesday through Saturday, through Thursday, December 30. Guides in historical costumes take visitors through the decorated mansion, telling stories and tales of Buchanan’s public and personal life through the lens of Yuletides’ past. For information or schedules: 717-392-4633 or http://LancasterHistory.org.
Holidays at Hagley, 298 Buck Road, Wilmington, is open from 10 am to 4 pm daily until Sunday January 2. The theme this year is “Home for the Holidays: A Celebration of the Family”. Visitors will enjoy guided tours, a gingerbread contest, a workshop of Santa and his elves, photos and more. For information: 302-658-2400 or http://Hagley.org.
2021 Holidays in Historic Odessa, Del., Continues until Sunday, January 2. Wilson-Warner House, 201 Main St., will be adapted in scenes based on the classic novel Little Women. For information and timetables: 302-378-4119 or http://HistoricOdessa.org.
Holidays on the Hill at Chestnut Hill is open until Sunday January 2nd. The urban village of Philadelphia invites visitors to enjoy live music, horse-drawn carriage rides, an outdoor model train exhibit, hours of nighttime shopping, and Santa Claus strolling down the avenue posing for photos and watching. handing out candy canes. http://ChestnutHillPA.com.
Yuletide in Winterthur, 5105 Kennett Pike, is open Monday through Sunday, until January 2. Explore the mansion of Henry Francis du Pont, enjoy a concert or a wine or cocktail tasting, ride the Mrs. Claus tram, and more. Timed tickets required. For more information call 800-448-3883 or http://Winterthur.org.
“A Longwood Christmas – Fire and Ice” in Kennett Square is open until January 9, showcasing the dramatically beautiful contrast of fire and ice. Inside, the trees are adorned with amber to fiery red tones, complemented by icy-hued plantings, a luscious “frozen” fountain, and an alpine stream. Outdoors, make yourself comfortable in inviting foyers, then stroll through half a million lights. Timed tickets are required at http://LongwoodGardens.org.
Christmas at Glencairn Castle Museum, 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn, is open until January 9. Visitors can walk through the 20th-century castle on a guided tour exploring the holiday traditions of the Pitcairn family with examples of Nativity art in the Glencairn Collection. Reservations are recommended. For information: 267-502-2600 or http://GlenCairnMuseum.org.
Vacation at the Brandywine Valley River Museum of Art, Route 1, Chadds Ford, is open until January 9. The Brandywine Railroad offers something for everyone with its dazzling array of model trains and museum toys. For information and timetables: 610-388-2700 or http://BrandywineMuseum.org.
Readers can email community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]