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Activities in Wallingford, Swarthmore & Media this weekend – July 27-29th, 2012!

It’s another exciting summer weekend here in town!  And now that SRA summer camp is over there really is no excuse not to take your kids out and entertain them!  Below are some highlights, as always I encourage all my readers to subscribe to The Swarthmorean newspaper where you can learn about activities and get the flavor for this geeky, lovable town of ours!  If you’re too shy to stop by their office to pick up a subscription just enter my contest this week – if you win one year’s subscription is on me!

Friday, July 27th:

– Beaufort is offering a FREE Friday Concert at the Community Arts Center in Wallingford (414 Plush Mill Rd) where they will perform selections of the Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, etc… There will be hot dogs and burgers available to purchase – just bring a blanket and chair (and maybe wear a tie-dyed t-shirt)!

– Chester Children’s Chorus is performing for FREE at Lang Hall at 8pm.  Prepare to be blown away by their performances of Mozart & Whitney Houston!

Saturday, July 28th:

– The Farmer’s Market will be held in the Swarthmore municipal lot from 9:30am-1:30pm!  Come on out for fresh produce and good company!

– Media Theatre offers its final performance of a musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book for children at 11am!  See my review from two weeks ago here.  Visit www.mediatheatre.org for tickets!

Sunday, July 29th:

– 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!

– Enjoy a performance of The Cat’s Pajamas at Rose Tree Park‘s Summer Festival!  Free!  610.891.4455 or www.co.delaware.pa.us/summer for more info!

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Activities in Wallingford, Swarthmore & Media this weekend – July 13-15th, 2012!

Study for The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by...

Study for The Quarrel of Oberon and Titania by Noel Paton: fairies in Shakespeare (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tonight (Friday, July 13th) only – Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” will be presented by middle and high school students at Swarthmore Rutledge Elementary School on College Avenue in Swarthmore!  This event is FREE!  7pm.

As usual, the Farmers Market will be held at the Swarthmore Borough parking lot Saturday (July 14th) from 9:30am-1:30pm.

Two offerings of children’s theatre are available Saturday:

– Media Theatre presents Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” at 11am Saturday.  Call 610.891.0100 or visit www.mediatheatre.org for more information. (My family will be attending this week’s performance – please join us!  We can even talk real estate during intermission!)

– Hedgerow Theatre presents “Snow White and the Little People” at 11am Saturday.  Call 610.565.4211 or visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org for more information!

On Sunday the Blackbird Society Orchestra will perform as part of the Rose Tree Park Summer Festival.  Check out www.co.delaware.pa.us/summer for more info on these outdoor summer performances!

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Why Choose a Swarthmore Realtor?

I was talking with a new client recently about why it is important to have a local realtor!  Here are some of the reasons  you should be working with a Swarthmore Realtor:

We are a very convenient little community, with lots of shops, playing fields, parks, train tracks, and schools connected by some obviously busy streets and some arteries that look quiet but can be quite heavily traveled at certain times of day or year.  Each of these conveniences contributes its own beauty, noise, traffic, and various gradations of property value credits or demerits to the homes around it.  A Swarthmore Realtor will be aware of all the specific location facets of various properties and help you use them to obtain the most value from your transaction!

We are a community that likes to waltz!  What does that mean?  We love our town!  So many of our residents step to the 1-2-3 or the “Swarthmore Shuffle” moving from smaller homes in town, up to larger homes in town, back to smaller homes or condominiums in town over the years rather than changing communities.  This means that when you decide to sell your Swarthmore home, your best potential buyer may be someone already living in  Swarthmore and exquisitely aware of the value gradations mentioned above (even if you weren’t when you bought the property)!

We are a town with older housing stock!  Having a Realtor on your team with contacts to contractors and inspectors who are attuned to the potential defects and special qualities peculiar to older homes can help you better understand your Swarthmore house and provide invaluable input in the negotiation process as you buy or sell!

We are a town with a long memory!  For example:  The section of Rt. 476 “The Blue Route” that goes through Wallingford (the town next to Swarthmore) opened in 1991 after epic battles with Swarthmore College and many of its famous alum as well as regular citizens who did not want the college and town to lose its pastoral aspect.  The highway has been providing convenient access to the Main Line and 95 for more than 20 years now and certainly adding to our property values.  BUT many Swarthmoreans are STILL as offended about the noise we can hear from certain parts of town as though someone had snuck the highway in last night! Even the faintest ocean-like whisper of it overheard in a backyard at rush hour is referred to indignantly as “blue route noise”!  Would you expect a sound you can barely hear to have a possible effect on your property value?

If you are considering moving to or within Swarthmore please feel free to give me a call for more information!  I would be very proud to use my local expertise to add value to your transaction!

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Weekend Activities in town July 7th-9th!

First Friday is tonight, July 6th!  Events are from 5-8pm at the Dew Drop Inn, Aria Mediterranean Cuisine, Hobbs Coffee, Renato Pizza, Occaisionally Yours, the Co-op, the Borough Hall and the Healing Center!  Enjoy great art, great food, and the company of a great community with outdoor dining and live music too!  Check out this article on the topic, where I found a great photo featured to the right: http://daily.swarthmore.edu/2009/09/07/first-fridays/

Media Children’s Theatre is performing an hour-long musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book” Saturdays at 11am through July 28th for ages 4 and up.  Visit mediatheatre.org for more info!

Hedgerow Theatre presents “Now, Now, Darling” – a farce by Ray Cooney with John Chapman.  Visit www.hedgerowtheatre.org for tickets and information!

Next Friday Swarthmore College is hosting a blood drive at Upper Tarble in Clothier (bell tower building) on campus.  To schedule online: http://www.redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code 0223806.

More activities can be found in this week’s The Swarthmorean newspaper as well as a great article encouraging us all to switch to green energy in order to up our EPA Community Challenge ranking – currently we are #4 in the nation!  You can go to the “Green Tips” tab at http://www.afewsteps.org and then select “Make a Green Choice for Your Electricity Provider” if you would like to do your part!

My favorite piece in The Swarthmorean this week, however, was a poem “On Leaving Swarthmore” by J. Barrie Shepherd, a twenty nine year Wallingford-Swarthmore resident.

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Twitter reports on homes in Swarthmore…

Just popping on to say that I am touring and reporting back the inside scoop on newsworthy listings in Swarthmore and the surrounding area.  If you would like to know the information that doesn’t appear in the marketing follow @CarriePiccard on Twitter!

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