It felt like a quick summer in Swarthmore this year: children dashing past the office with the first of the Baskin Robbins ice cream cones, the 4th of July decorations going up and the magnificent parade, the return of the Farmers Market, Co-op cookouts, First Fridays, the Puppet Festival.
Suddenly this week the 4th of July flair disappeared from downtown. The blooms in the big planters are beginning to fade. The evenings are cooler. It’s hard to say good-bye to summer but we have so much to look forward to this fall!
The last of summer’s bright plumage leads the way to the Swarthmore train station.
This week’s Swarthmorean newspaper has a wonderful paragraph in the “Briefly Noted” section about Ezra T. Cresson, Sr. – the founder of the American Entomological Society. He lived in the Cresson family farmhouse – part of the gentleman’s farm that included the mansion now being restored at Dartmouth and Swarthmore. The Swarthmorean also printed this photo of the family, which Charles Cresson kindly shared with me when I marketed the tenant farmhouse. Ezra T. Cresson, Sr. is at the center of the photo with his wife, Mary, and surrounded by their children, spouses and grandchildren. Be sure to pick up this week’s issue of the Swarthmorean to read more about this remarkable man.
Photo courtesy of Charles Cresson