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Tea & Cakes….and perhaps some Welsh Rarebit

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If you have been reading the exploits of the Tin Man, you know that he often travels to Media, Pennsylvania to visit the Marvelous, Magical Mary.

…………so in usual Tin Man fashion, here is a bit of history of the place called Media….

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The borough of Media was incorporated in 1850 and  is the county seat of Delaware County, Pennsylvania.     

In June 2006, it became the first fair trade town in America.

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The history of the town goes back to William Penn, who was named proprietor of the colony of Pennsylvania in 1681 by King Charles II of England. 

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The Delaware County Institute of Science was founded in Media in 1833.

Media promotes itself as “Everybody’s Hometown”.

 Peter and William Taylor bought the land where Media is now located, directly from Penn. 

Thomas Minshall, a Quaker, was an early Media resident, settling just outside the small village then known as Providence, along the Providence Great Road.  The village then included a tailor shop, blacksmith shop, wheelwright shop, barn and other buildings.  Minshall bought 625 acres from William Penn and arrived in 1682. The Providence Friends Meeting was established at his house in February, 1688, and a meetinghouse was later built on land he donated for the purpose.  The original meetinghouse was built out of logs in 1699 or 1700 and the current building dates to 1814. 

Minshall’s house still stands and was given to the citizens of the borough in 1975. 

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The John J. Tyler Arboretum occupies part of Thomas Minshall’s original  property.   This farm was used by the underground railroad.   The land was donated to a public trust in 1944 by an eighth generation descendant. The arboretum was started as a private collection by brothers Jacob and Minshall Painter.  In 1825 they began systematically planting over 1,000 varieties of trees and shrubs.  Over 20 of their original trees survive including a giant sequoia.

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Media may be best known for secret government documents which were illegally seized there by activists in 1971 and distributed nationwide.  On March 8 of that year, the Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI raided a FBI “resident agency” in Media. They later released thousands of documents to major newspapers around the country. These documents revealed controversial and illegal FBI tactics, like the recruitment of Boy Scouts as informants, and confirmed for the first time the existence of COINTELPRO, a FBI program to “expose, disrupt, misdirect, discredit, or otherwise neutralize” dissident groups in the US.

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Now back to the Tea Room…..

Downtown Media is a plethora of restaurants, shops and art….

We love to walk the streets and run across them to avoid the Trolley Cars, exploring all the marvelous culinary delights.

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On a recent trip, we went to explore the delights of an English Tea Room… Tea & Cakes

what a delightful and interesting place. ……. one of the owners sits in the Tea Room and joins any and all conversations she desires…and she is quite opinionated!

We had some delightful fare……

A plate of High Tea Sandwiches and Sweets…

….of course Welsh Rarebit with Toast Points….

and Tea…Marvelous Tea…..

….back outside to run in front of the Trolleys!…..wish me luck……….

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Paraprosdokian

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So let’s have some fun………shall we…….

bring in the paraprosdokians

A paraprosdokian is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part.

It is frequently used for humorous or dramatic effect, sometimes producing an anticlimax. For this reason, it is extremely popular among comedians and satirists.

Some paraprosdokians not only change the meaning of an early phrase, but they also play on the double meaning of a particular word, creating a form of syllepsis.

Where there’s a will, I want to be in it

The last thing I want to do is hurt you.  But it’s still on my list.

Since Light travels faster than sound, some people appear brighty until you hear them speak.

If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong

We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public

War does not determine who is right – only who is left…..

Knowledge is know a tomoto is a fruit.  Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad

They begin the evening news with “Good Evening” …….then proceed to tell you why it isn’t

To steal ideas from one person is plagiarism.  To steal from many is reseach

Busses stop in bus stations. Trains stop in train stations. On my desk is  a work station

I thought I wanted a career. Turned out I just wanted paychecks.

In filling out an application, where it says, “In case of emergency, notify:”        I put “DOCTOR”

I didn’t want to say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you

Women will never be equal to men until they can walk down the street with a bald head and a beer gut and they still think they are sexy

Behind every successful man is his woman. Behind the fall of a successful man is usually another woman

A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory

You do not need a parachute to skydive.  You only need a parachute to skydive twice!

Money can’t buy happiness, but it sure makes misery easier to live with

There is a fine line between cuddling and holding someone down so they can’t get away

I used to be indecisive.  Now I’m not sure

You’re never too old to learn something stupid

To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first and call whatever you hit the target

Nostalgia isn’t what it used to be

Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car…….AMEN

I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it is getting harder and harder for me to find one now.