Woody Plant Conference 2017

Mark your calendars for the 20th annual Woody Plant Conference at Swarthmore College on Friday, July 21. This popular day-long conference focuses on great woody plants for the Mid-Atlantic States and how to use them in the landscape. The conference is co-sponsored by Chanticleer, Longwood Gardens, Morris Arboretum, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, the Scott Arboretum of Swarthmore College, and Tyler Arboretum. The conference is geared to landscape professionals and avid amateur gardeners.
Featured speakers include:
  • Konstantin Dimopoulos, the artist behind the ongoing global environmental art installation, The Blue Trees, will discuss giving trees a voice.
  • Nate Erwin, a forest pest entomologist, discusses the insects that visit flowering woody plants.
  • Tim Boland, executive director at the Polly Hill Arboretum, goes into the wild. Exploring the genetic potential of North American native plants.
  • Peter Del Tredici, senior scientist emeritus at the Arnold Arboretum, will explore how urban nature and human nature co-exist.
To receive a brochure, please contact Longwood Gardens at 610-388-5454 or www.woodyplantconference.org.  No phone registrations.

Drum Circle at Parastudy


When:  Drum Circles meet on the Second Saturday of each month from 7-8:30pm. Doors open at 6:30pm.  Each month’s circle will focus on working through whatever theme is up on the planet or with the group.  In case of inclement weather, check parastudy.org.

Upcoming dates:  July 8, August 12, September 9, November 11 and December 9.


Where:  Parastudy, 354 Valleybrook Rd, Chester Heights, PA 19017.  Off Baltimore Pk (rt 1) between Glen Mills and Media.

Who:  EVERYONE is welcome, no experience is necessary.

What to bring:  A drum if you have one…Susan will have plenty of drums to share (see pic above).  Some people like to bring a small object (stone, jewelry, etc) to infuse with energy from the circle.  You may want to bring some water, or some cash to purchase some at Parastudy.

Cost:  Members of Parastudy:  $15  For Non-Members:  $20

Drum Circle Facilitator:  Susan Hart, LMT, RM, CMCP has been drumming since 2001 after attending her first circle, and was hooked instantly by the joyous energy.  A few months later she was guided to play a frame drum over a massage client during their bodywork session; learning the resonance of the drum could instantly calm anxiety, ground energy, clear density and more!  Since then Susan has accumulated a variety different types of drums and other instruments.  Looking for drum circles and not finding any locally, Susan trained with Jim Donovan (of Rusted Root fame) so she could lead her own circles and have the opportunity to play and share the joy of drumming with others.


‘Introduction to the Runes’ workshop

A two-hour “Introduction to The Runes” will be offered Friday, June 30 from 7 to 9 p.m.
This workshop was first offered in April at Parastudy, and, by requested, is being offered again.
The word “Rune” means mystery or secret. This spiritual alphabet was in use in Northern Europe centuries before the rise of Christianity.

Rune Workshop
This two-hour Powerpoint workshop will give an overview of the Elder Futhark, the oldest of the runic alphabets.
There will be a brief look at some of the mythology & history of the culture of the people that cherished the runes.
Please bring a journal with you to class.
The workshop will conclude with a chance for each participant to draw a rune; and in a guided meditation, experience the phenomenal power of the runes firsthand.
The workshop will be led by Margie Royal, who first encountered the runes in 1992.
Cost: $15 Parastudy members, $20 non-members.
Payment via check made payable to Parastudy or PayPal via parastudy.org or cash at door.

Parastudy  is at 354 Valleybrook Road, Chester Heights.

Spaces are now on sale for July 8 Flea Market

Spaces are now available for Parastudy’s Annual Flea Market, which will be held Saturday, July 8, 2017 from 9 AM – 3 PM (Raindate, Sunday, July 9) on the grounds of Parastudy’s Victorian Mansion, 354 Valleybrook Road, Chester Heights, PA.
FREE PARKING at Wilson Auction (next door to Parastudy)

There will be a “Snack Bar” with homemade baked goods, hot dogs and beverages open from 10 am – 3 pm. All proceeds to benefit Parastudy (a non-profit organization).

  • Psychic Readings will be available on first come, first serve basis.
  • Energy Healing Sessions will also be available.
  • Lots of booths with a variety of treasures to find…come out and visit! Open an Akoya oyster and find a PEARL…great activity for the kids.
  • Check out our raffle and participate in our Flea Market 50/50 (have something to donate for our raffle? Please let us know parastudy@parastudy.org Would you like to sell at this year’s Flea Market? 
    Spaces available:
    Early Bird Registration by Friday, June 9, 2017
    • Spaces (10’ x 10’) – $20.00 
    • Spaces with VEHICLE (15’ x 20’) – $30.00Prices increase on June 10, 2017 to:
    • Spaces (10’ x 10’) – $25.00 
    • Spaces with VEHICLE (15’ x 20’) – $35.00

    ** NO Electricity Available at Spaces**
    Sellers are responsible for bringing your own TABLES, TENT, and CHAIRS.

    Set-Up time 7am – 8:30 AM for sellers

    If interested in renting a space, call Robert at (610)203-0021 or vist http://www.parastudy.org/flea-market.html

Take a StoryWalk at Rose Tree Park

Bring your walking shoes, your reading glasses, and enjoy StoryWalk at Rose Tree Park this summer!

Delaware County Libraries, in collaboration with Delaware County Council, the Parks & Recreation Department, and volunteers from Williamson College of the Trades, have successfully implemented the inaugural StoryWalk at Rose Tree Park, 1671 N. Providence Rd, Media, Pa.

Families can now take a StoryWalk at Rose Tree Park.

Families can now take a StoryWalk at Rose Tree Park.

The StoryWalk is located in the western portion of the park in the field behind the amphitheater stage. StoryWalk is a wonderful way for adults and their young children or grandchildren to combine literacy skills and healthy exercise as they walk roughly 1,300 ft to each of the 19 reading stations while enjoying the beauty of Rose Tree Park. The activity combines exercise and reading to further enhance health and literacy in children and adults. StoryWalk is a free activity for all Delaware County residents that is accessible during normal park hours.

The first installment of StoryWalk at Rose Tree Park features the Pennsylvania One Book, Every Young Child 2008 selection “Up, Down, and Around” by author Katherine Ayres, and illustrator Nadine Bernard Westcott. The short story introduces children to gardening and the relationship between plants and animals. With its rhythmic presentation and vivid illustrations, “Up, Down, and Around” is sure to be a big hit with children and adults alike.

Delaware County Libraries is an agency of county government that provides support services for 26 independent member libraries. For information about the wide range of library services available to all county residents, visit: www.delcolibraries.org.