“Who Lives Here?” at Morris Arboretum’s Garden Railway Opens Memorial Day Weekend !

Make tracks to Morris Arboretum this Memorial Day weekend and kick off the summer with the Grand Opening of the Garden Railway Display, celebrating its 16th year!  This year’s theme “Who Lives Here?” will utilize the houses as a fun way to engage kids by using their own imagination. Clues will be built into the houses, which visitors can use to determine who lives there.  The buildings will be fanciful dwellings, such as a really, really tall giraffe’s house offset by a tiny little home for a hummingbird. A coiled house for a snake will feature shingles that resemble scales, and a possum’s home will hang upside down from a tree. This year’s display will again, surely delight visitors both young and old.

Grand Opening activities will take place on Saturday, May 24 from 1-3pm, including free ice cream (while supplies last) beginning at 1pm.

With a changing theme each year, the Garden Railway display is a miniature world with a quarter mile track running through it, all set in the splendor of Morris Arboretum’s summer garden.  It features loops and tunnels, bridges and trestles and all of the miniature buildings are created entirely of natural materials, each meticulously detailed with leaves, bark, vines and twigs. Logs and branches are also used to create unique tunnels and overhead trestles. Nestled among woody plants, colorful annuals and perennials, the finished product is an enchanting landscape that never ceases to delight visitors both young and old. Free with regular admission. Check out for special events all summer long.

Garden Railway is open every day through Labor Day, September 1st, from 10am to 4pm during the week and 10am to 5pm on weekends.  After September 1st, the Railway will remain open on the weekends from 10am-5pm through Columbus Day, October 13.  On Wednesday evenings in June, July and August, the Arboretum is open until 8:00 pm and the trains will run until 7:30pm.  Special weekends are planned throughout the summer, including Thomas the Train Engine Week, Circus Week and other surprise events.

Thomas the Train Engine & Friends Weekend  Saturday, July 12 and Sunday July 13 and an additional weekend Saturday, August 2 and Sunday August 3. Come visit the Garden Railway and see Thomas & Friends take over the tracks.

Circus Week at the Garden Railway  Daily Saturday, June 28 through Sunday, July 6 and an encore week Saturday August 23 through Monday, September 1. The first circus was held in Philadelphia in 1793.  Come see the Big Top and the circus trains, learn the history of the circus and watch for a few surprises.

During your visit, be sure to stop at The Shop at Morris Arboretum for unique Arboretum-branded merchandise.  The Shop specializes in, environmentally-friendly reuse of materials, and items inspired by nature, with an emphasis on birding this season.  And for the person, who has everything, think about the gift of a Morris Arboretum membership, the gift that lasts all year long.

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania is located at 100 East Northwestern Avenue in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.  The 92-acre horticulture display garden features a spectacular collection of mature trees in a beautiful and colorful landscape. The Arboretum includes numerous picturesque spots such as a formal rose garden, historic water features, a swan pond, and the only remaining freestanding fernery in North America. A new permanent nationally award winning exhibit, Out on a Limb – a Tree Adventure adds to Morris Arboretum’s allure by transporting visitors 50 feet up into the treetops on a canopy walk that requires no climbing.  The Morris Arboretum’s new Horticulture Center Complex has received Platinum Level LEED® Certification, the highest sustainability rating of the U.S. Green Building Council. For more information,

From a press release:

Greetings, native plant gardeners and happy spring! We have some great gardening programs in May, as noted below, and I’m happy to send a PDF flyer upon request. Please help us by spreading the word. We’re especially excited to have Doug Tallamy speak during the first day of our Native Plant Sale this year:

hawk mountain plant workshops and talksSat, May 3 — Native Wildflowers Workshop

Presented by Miles Arnott, Ex. Dir Bowman’s Hill Wildflower Preserve
$15, Hawk Mountain Education Building. Limited Seating. Call 610-756-6961 to reserve ticket.

May 17-18 — Native Plant Sale

This year we’ll have free demos by master gardeners

Sat, May 17 — DOUG TALLAMY, author of “Bringing Nature Home”
10 am, Hawk Mountain Education Building. Limited Seating. Workshop and Guided Walk on “Plant a Better Bird Feeder.”

$15, Call 610-756-6961 to reserve ticket.

Sat, May 17 — 1 pm, Hawk Mountain Visitor Center, Book Signing with Doug Tally


7 pm, Alvernia College, “Bringing Nature Home”
$15, Call 610-756-6961 to reserve ticket.

Sat, May 31 — Propagation Workshop
Presented by Jim Ethridge, Mt. Cuba Center
$30, Limited Seating. Call 610-756-6961 to reserve.
Learn and practice how to collect, clean, save and store native seeds, including techniques on scarification and stratification techniques. Each participant will leave with seeds that he or she collected and cleaned.


from a press release:

Students From Ten Pennsylvania Schools to Compete in 2014 Automotive Technology Competition



When:  Thursday, March 13, 2014 – 10:00 A.M. Competition Start

Where:  Antique Auto Museum in Hershey

           161 Museum Drive, Hershey, PA   717-566-7100

Participating schools and students:


A.W. Beattie Career Center                          Hazleton Area Career CenterDonny Bartolomucci-Geno Schepis                    Maurice DeAngelo-Corey Zanolini 
Bedford County Technical Center                 Lebanon County CTC
Dale Clark-Jordan Miller                                Kyle Kohr-Joshua Neidig
Butler County AVTS                                      Wallenpaupack Area High School
Dalton Scott-Nicolas Shearer                         Andrew Avissato-Fred Petsche
Central Mountain High School                       Williamsport Area High School
Joshua Carrigan-Devin Mahoney                    Justin Dymeck-Logan Ertel
Cumberland Perry AVTS                               York County School of Technology
Austin Adair-Daniel Nelson                      Zach Rothlisberger-Aaron Wilson


On March 13, 2014, the above students will compete in the PAA Automotive Technology Competition for scholarships and prizes. The winning school will advance to the 2014 National Automotive Technology Competition at the New York International Auto Show.

A team of two students from the ten top schools were selected for the competition through a written qualifying exam, in which a pool of 107 students from 16 schools participated. To prepare for the competition, students are currently training at new car dealerships in their areas. On competition day, the students will face a test of advanced automotive diagnostic skills on 2014 vehicles with predetermined defects. The 2014 vehicles will be supplied by area franchised dealerships.

The Pennsylvania Automotive Association represents the nearly 1,000 new car and truck dealers in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. It also provides its members with: legislative advocacy, regulatory and compliance assistance, title services, a charitable foundation, insurance, a dealer purchasing online store, and training.

About the AACA Museum

The Antique Automobile Club of America Museum, a member of the Smithsonian Institution Affiliations Program, displays beautifully restored automobiles, buses and motorcycles in unique life-like scenes representing the 1890s – 1980s in a cross-country journey from New York to San Francisco.   This Museum, a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization, is known to be one of the largest automotive museums. Special exhibits change several times a year and focus on a variety of eras and types of vehicles.  The Museum is located just off Route 39, one mile west of Hersheypark Drive in Hershey, Pennsylvania. Regular admission $10, seniors age 61 and older $9, juniors age 4-12 $7, children age 3 and under are FREE.  The Museum is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM.  For further information, please call 717-566-7100 or visit

Special Note:  Competition Awards are expect to occur @ 1:30- 2:00 PM time frame.



Gettysburg, PA – Auctions are very common; however a wax museum auction is a once in a lifetime event. The Gettysburg Heritage Center, formerly the American Civil War Wax Museum, is preparing to auction off the contents of its museum on March 15 beginning at 9 am. Now under new ownership, the museum will refocus its storyline to that of the town before, during and after the battle. The auction will allow the museum to re-develop the space, updating it and making it relevant to all visitors.

The auction will include approximately 95 life-sized museum figures; nevertheless, they are not the sole items up for sale. The props used to create the 52 year old vignettes, such as antique furniture, light fixtures, backdrops and scenery, old books, oil paintings and some store displays are also scheduled to be sold. “Not everyone is looking to purchase a wax figure,” states museum president Tammy Myers. “We feel the auction will appeal to a diverse audience including theater groups, both community and professional; antique collectors; and those who would like to own a piece of Gettysburg history.”

There will be three opportunities for the public to preview the items for sale prior to the auction. Wednesday, March 12 from noon till 5 pm, Thursday, March 13 from 4 pm till 8 pm, and Friday, March 14 from noon till 5 pm.

The auction will be conducted by PA Onsite Auction Co., on Saturday, March 15 beginning at 9 am sharp. The snow date will be Sunday, March 16. To view the catalog, visit
The Gettysburg Heritage Center will begin working on the new gallery immediately following the on-site auction. It is expected to open sometime in June. Renovations to the gift shop and theater are currently underway, and are expected to open to the public in mid-April.

The Gettysburg Heritage Center is located at 297 Steinwehr Ave., Gettysburg, PA 17325. Visit online at, or on Facebook at Gettysburg Heritage Center.