from left: Swarthmore Co-op, Tyler Arboretum trails
Swarthmore’s best–kept secret: Swarthmore Co-Op has very fresh, locally grown products—and more than that, it’s a real community center. When I go, I run into my neighbors, and we spend time catching up with one another. I’ve come to treasure that as much as the food.
Favorite special event in the region: My mother-in-law is a banjo-playing West Virginian, and when she performs with her group at places in the area, we tag along and listen. We also love plant sales.
Where you exercise: We love to hike, and for many years, we’ve explored the 17 miles of trails at Tyler. We go on trips to New England and the American West and hike there. We also toil mightily in our garden, although it doesn’t always look as though we do. That’s exercise for me.
from left: canoeing on the Brandywine, 476 traffic
Favorite thing to do with the kids: When they were young, we constantly took them to Tyler. Now, one of our favorite things to do is canoe on the Brandywine. Our kids bring their friends, and we get a bunch of canoes and do it as a group. It’s great fun.
Best chance of getting stuck in traffic: 476 in any direction on any evening of the week.
The most unique thing about living in our area: The Swarthmore Horticultural Society builds and maintains gardens in the downtown area. It’s wonderful to be part of a community of generous people who love plants and value how they enrich our lives.
And about that pet chicken: Her name is Wanda, and she’s wonderful. Visit www.tylerarboretum.org.