Monthly Archives: October 2012

Power Outages in Swarthmore during Hurriance Sandy (Frankenstorm)

Swaying trees kept this photo of Cornell Ave out of focus…

Wonder which of your neighbors don’t have power?  Here are the streets affected so far.  Feel free to comment below or email me at carrie@dpwelsh.com to add your street.  (Special thanks are due to my friend and Swarthmore neighbor, Michelle Midgette, for her help compiling this list!)

200 block of Cornell Avenue – Power is out.

400 block of Cornell Avenue- Power is out.

Haverford Place- Power is out.

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Activities in Swarthmore, Wallingford & Media this weekend, October 12th-14th!

A perfect day for Swarthmore Town Soccer!

A perfect day for Swarthmore Town Soccer!

Please be sure to check out this week’s issue of The Swarthmorean newspaper for more activities as well as compelling information about volunteering for Sunday Suppers at the Co-op to benefit homebound seniors. Did you know that our small town weekly newspaper (one of only a handful left in the nation) has subscriptions available for only $33/per YEAR? If you would like to have access to news that is important to our town as well as impassioned letters to the editor, town hall meeting notes,etc. please be sure to reach out to Beth Gross at 610.543.0900 or stop by the beautiful new offices at 112 Park Avenue!  (Stop by and say hello to me at 16 Park on your way!)

Friday:

Halloween Party  from 6:30-8pm at Wallingford Presbyterian Church – $5 gets you access to the haunted entry, pumpkin decorating as well as hot dogs and candy!  610.566.1644 ext. 0 for more info!

Perennial Plant Conference from 8am-5pm at Scott Arboretum, Swarthmore College.

The Crucifer of Blood 8pm Tony award-winning play by Paul Giovanni based on a Sherlock Holmes novel! Tickets $25-32.  Call 610.565.4211 or visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org for more info!

“Hairspray” at Media Theatre  Come out and enjoy the Tony award winning musical  all about being yourself (even if yourself is a bit of a misfit with a great big hairdo!) Call 610.891.0100 or visit www.mediatheatre.org for tickets!

Saturday:

Swarthmore Horticultural Society Changeover Day  from 9am-12pm (rain date 10/21 12pm-3pm) Replanting of the town center flower beds!

Swarthmore Horticultural Society Bulb Sale from 9am-1pm (Rain date 10/21 12-3pm) at Centennial Park in Swarthmore!

Cinderella’s Princesses & Wizards Costume Party (the musical) 11am Saturdays through November 24th–  All the classic fairytale characters pretend to travel around the world using teamwork and their imaginations!  Adults $11, kids $9.  Call 610.565.4211 or visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org for more info!

The Crucifer of Blood 8pm Tony award-winning play by Paul Giovanni based on a Sherlock Holmes novel! Tickets $25-32.  Call 610.565.4211 or visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org for more info!

“Hairspray” at Media Theatre  Come out and enjoy the Tony award winning musical  all about being yourself (even if yourself is a bit of a misfit with a great big hairdo!) Call 610.891.0100 or visit www.mediatheatre.org for tickets!

Sunday:

Fall Festival at Scott Arboretum 4pm Free!

The Crucifer of Blood 2pm Tony award-winning play by Paul Giovanni based on a Sherlock Holmes novel! Tickets $25-32.  Call 610.565.4211 or visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org for more info!

Pumpkinland at Linvilla is open!  Visit the giant scarecrows, choose pumpkins and decor, sip cold cider and get into the fall spirit!  Hayrides to pick your own fruit & veg, farm animals to feed, a gigantic playground…what more could you want?  No entry charge but you won’t be able to resist the gorgeous and reasonably priced produce!  Visit http://www.linvilla.com for more info!

Take a tour of the Leiper House with a guide to show you all the details of this 1785 house on the National Register of Historic Places! 521 Avondale Road in Wallingford.  Call 610-566-6365 for more info!

Reminder to take a walk around Swarthmore and see if you can find my new listing!  Again, here is your first clue (first one to guess wins a one-year subscription to the Swarthmorean!)

This home was built around 1920,Clue #1!
With beautiful gardens and trees a plenty,
There’s a copper beech beside the stairs,
And in the yard Adirondack chairs!

 

 

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Pssst… a new Swarthmore listing is coming!

Dave Welsh will soon be installing our iconic green sign in front of a very charming home in Swarthmore Borough!

While the owners finish preparing their home for market, I will release silly clues!  The first reader to guess the house will win a one-year subscription to The Swarthmorean Newspaper! 

Here is the first clue!

This home was built around 1920,Clue #1!
With beautiful gardens and trees a plenty,
There’s a copper beech beside the stairs,
And in the yard Adirondack chairs!

 

 

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What’s it like to be a Realtor?

The highs, the lows, the creamy middles…what a rock & roll lifestyle!  This morning as I got up after an appointment that lasted until almost midnight last night, I casually thought about what life might be like if I had a “regular” job.  You know, the kind where you are paid a regular salary and work regular hours.  The kind of job where you have happy-go-lucky colleagues instead of kind but tired clients, struggling under the stress of a once or twice in a lifetime upheaval…

Here are difficulties of being a Realtor:

Financial risk: This is the obvious difficulty! Realtors are not paid until their clients buy or sell a home.  Quite often we dedicate months or years of evenings and weekends – missed soccer games and family reunions- for clients who never end up moving after all.

Long hours: Lots of people tell me that I’m lucky because my job is flexible.  The actual truth is that I need to BE flexible and available whenever clients need me – which means I might be gone night and day for two weeks and suddenly spend a lonely Thursday with absolutely nothing to do!

Emotional toll:  The real estate profession is more like matchmaking or social work than it is like sales.  Who among us can really afford what we want?  Buying a home requires compromises no matter the price range.  And selling in the era of HGTV can make sellers want to pull their hair out – not to mention the loss on most investments made in the last few years.  Any Realtor who is truly putting their clients’ best interests first is going to feel the pain right along with them and question every step of the process. (Yes, my clients, I do sit up nights strategizing on your behalf – and my poor husband has to listen to me pace long after he would like to be asleep!!! 🙂 )

Here are the wonderful perks:

The People:  I have the good fortune not only to see my clients under moments of great stress but also to note that in even the most dire circumstances, over and over again they show their kindness and determination to do the right thing.  My faith in humanity is renewed often in this wonderful business!

The Reminders of Success: There is no feeling better than a really happy customer who has made a major life change and come out on the other side feeling confident that they made all the right moves. I have the privilege of seeing families in my community every day who are here in part because of my help!

The Amazing Houses: Yes, in two weeks I will be at the beginning of my tenth year as a full-time Realtor and, shallow as it is,  I STILL adore going to see houses! We live in an area with a wealth of home styles and it is a pleasure to explore them all!

The Lack of  a Cubicle: Okay, so this is not me boasting about my beautiful new corner office with two windows (thank you, Judith Cadigan, for bequeathing it to me in your retirement!) This is really about the fact that no two days are the same!  When is the last time you climbed a ladder or learned something new about cave crickets or radon gas?  How often do you learn oddities about tax laws or discover boundary disputes older than the houses?  I love that I spend most of my time out and about and that there is something new to learn in every transaction!

So… I have finished my cup of coffee and once again, I can’t really imagine any other job!!! Bring on the late nights – I’m a Realtor – I can handle it!!!

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Swarthmore Open Houses tomorrow – 10/14/12

Are you getting ready to start thinking about buying a home, but not quite ready to talk with lenders and interview realtors?  Or would you just like a chance to walk through town and connect with neighbors?  Open houses are fun and educational!  We would love to see you Sunday!

1013 Harvard Road: NEW LISTING! Open 1-3pm, this charming bungalow offers a covered front porch and pretty oak floors in the great room – all just blocks from Swarthmore village!  Swarthmore PO & Springfield Twp = low taxes & fun location!  $198,000 (Listed by our very own Becky Hansen, D. Patrick Welsh Real Estate)

420 Haverford Place: NEW LISTING! Open 1-4pm, this cape cod has a flexible floor plan and a great big backyard! A great value in WSSD!  $259,900 (Listed byLee Greenwood, Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors)

437 Drexel Place: NEW PRICE! Open 1-3pm, this gigantic split now has a not-so-big price! $309,000 (Listed by Lee Greenwood, Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors)

548 Westminster Avenue: NEW LISTING! Open 1-3pm, this stone-front colonial has a very pretty open kitchen! $359,900 (Listed by Erica Kaufman, Coldwell Banker Preferred)

525 Walnut Lane: Open 2-4pm, this elegant stone colonial offers three stories of quintessential Swarthmore character.  Beautiful condition, big kitchen, porches and patios to bring the outside in…what’s not to love?  Listing agent, Perri Evanson, invites you to a video tour if you can’t make the open house: www.525walnut.com! (Listed by Perri Evanson, Coldwell Banker Preferred)

If you can’t make it out on Sunday but would like to know more about homes in Swarthmore, call your Realtor to set up a tour.  (If you aren’t working with a Realtor, I would love to work with you! Just shoot me an email: carrie@dpwelsh.com!)

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Activities in Swarthmore, Wallingford & Media this weekend, October 12th-14th!

Puppeteer, Danny Donnelly, helps the titular rabbit greet a small fan at Players Club’s “Bunnicula”!

Please be sure to check out this week’s issue of The Swarthmorean newspaper for more activities as well as exciting news about the Wallingford-Swarthmore School District Foundation’s Team Up For Turf campaign!  Did you know that our small town weekly newspaper (one of only a handful left in the nation) has subscriptions available for only $33/per YEAR? If you would like to have access to news that is important to our town as well as impassioned letters to the editor, town hall meeting notes,etc. please be sure to reach out to Beth Gross at 610.543.0900 or stop by the beautiful new offices at 112 Park Avenue!  (Stop by and say hello to me at 16 Park on your way!)

Saturday:

Hazardous Waste and Computer Collection  from 9am-3pm at Upper Chichester’s municipal building.  Visit www.co.delaware.pa.us/green for directions and more!

Cinderella’s Princesses & Wizards Costume Party (the musical) 11am Saturdays through November 24th–  All the classic fairytale characters pretend to travel around the world using teamwork and their imaginations!  Adults $11, kids $9.  Call 610.565.4211 or visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org for more info!

Swarthmore Horticultural Society Annual Meeting and Tour 1:30-4pm SHS members will join Charles Cresson as he leads a tour of the Chanticleer Garden in celebration of the end of the summer gardening season. For more information please visit www.swarthmorehorticulturalsocierty.org!

“Bunnicula” at the Players Club!   Based on the beloved rabbit tale of mystery by Deborah and James Howe, this musical promises to be fun for everyone!  See our family’s review of our favorite chapter book come to life here!!! Call 610.328.4270 or visit www.pcstheater.org for info! Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children – 7pm curtain!

The Crucifer of Blood 8pm Tony award-winning play by Paul Giovanni based on a Sherlock Holmes novel! Tickets $25-32.  Call 610.565.4211 or visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org for more info!

“Hairspray” at Media Theatre  Come out and enjoy the Tony award winning musical  all about being yourself (even if yourself is a bit of a misfit with a great big hairdo!) Call 610.891.0100 or visit www.mediatheatre.org for tickets!

Sunday:

10K Crop Walk 1:30pm at Swarthmore Presbyterian Church parking lot – to raise funds to end world hunger.

The Crucifer of Blood 2pm Tony award-winning play by Paul Giovanni based on a Sherlock Holmes novel! Tickets $25-32.  Call 610.565.4211 or visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org for more info!

Pumpkinland at Linvilla is open!  Visit the giant scarecrows, choose pumpkins and decor, sip cold cider and get into the fall spirit!  Hayrides to pick your own fruit & veg, farm animals to feed, a gigantic playground…what more could you want?  No entry charge but you won’t be able to resist the gorgeous and reasonably priced produce!  Visit http://www.linvilla.com for more info!

Take a tour of the Leiper House with a guide to show you all the details of this 1785 house on the National Register of Historic Places! 521 Avondale Road in Wallingford.  Call 610-566-6365 for more info!

OPEN HOUSE!!!!! 1-3pm Do you love the Swarthmore lifestyle but long for lower taxes?  Are you an empty nester tired of heating and cooling a great big house!  Maybe 1013 Harvard Road (Swarthmore PO, Springfield Township) is your new home!  Becky Hansen will host a tour of this darling bungalow, with hardwood floors, a covered front porch, two bedrooms and two baths all just a few blocks from Swarthmore’s town center!  If you can’t make the open house, please call your friendly local Realtor for a tour!  (If you aren’t working with another Realtor, I would be delighted to show you this special home – just email me: carrie@dpwelsh.com!)

 

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Howe-ling good time at Bunnicula! (Our review of the PCS musical!)

Aimee Theresa (Chester) and J.J. Vavrik (Harold) smile for a photo with a little fan!

Last night my five-year old assistant and I decided to check out the Swarthmore Players Club’s take on our favorite chapter book, Bunnicula, directed by Jim Fryer with musical director Dolores Ciavola.

The Players Club of Swarthmore offered its first performance in 1911 – a group of men put on a fundraiser for the Women’s Club and it was so successful that a committee was formed to create a permanent troupe!  Performances were held annually in the Women’s Club edifice on Park Avenue in Swarthmore Borough until 1935 when the Fairview Road land was purchased for the current theatre building.  Over the next few years the land was purchased to buy the area that is now the handy parking lot! After 102 years the theatre now offers a full season of 7 shows as well as performances for children, classes, and more!

The play chronicles a cat and dog team’s attempts to solve a spooky mystery about their newest family member, a rabbit with very odd eating habits.  If you’ve read James & Deborah Howe’s Bunnicula series, you probably have a picture in your mind of good old Harold the dog and imaginative Chester, his feline friend and their family. Strath Haven High School 10th grader J.J. Vavrik’s Harold is as optimistic and floppy as the novel indicates and really has a canine sensibility that makes him likable.  Danny Donnelly’s gentle puppetry brought Bunnicula to life! Costumed like Madonna in her Material Girl phase, Aimee Theresa’s bad girl sensuality is in every way unlike the bookishly masculine Chester of my imagination.  However, she is lovely and languid and it was impossible not to watch her curl on the Monroe’s Chesterfield chair and interact with Barbara Bibby’s bubbly Mrs. Monroe with unmistakably feline abandon and disdain!  Theresa’s zingers were flawlessly delivered and many of them left my little guy howling with laughter. She really played beautifully with Vavrik and her pacing and strength as a singer were impressive! She wasn’t your grandmother’s Chester, but I liked her very much!

The children, played by Anthony Flamminio (Toby) and Talia Kaplan (Penny) brought plenty of energy to the piece.  I appreciated big sister Penny being substituted for big brother Pete, though I would NEVER believe that beautifully costumed Talia’s socks hadn’t been changed in a week!  Barbara Bibby and Al Them were affable and appropriately clueless as Mr. and Mrs. Monroe.

Our evening ended on a high note – all children in attendance were invited to the lobby for cookies and lemonade and a chance to meet the actors!  Below is a picture of the program with “signatures” from the warm and welcoming cast!  It also handily includes all future performance dates!  Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children.  For more info on the play or the main stage offerings call 610.328.4271 or visit www. pcstheater.org!

Notice how the animals signed with drawings!

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