UPPER DARBY — The Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation invites the public to enjoy a day of family fun at the Brad Schoener Memorial 5K Run and One-Mile Spirit Walk, followed by the Music Man Festival, Saturday, May 21, at the picturesque Arlington Cemetery Field behind the Toppitzer’s Funeral Home, 2900 State Road, Drexel Hill.
The UDAEF’s largest, annual outdoor event offers something for everyone and raises funding for musical instruments, music lessons and summer music camp opportunities for children in Upper Darby Township who may not otherwise have access.
Onsite registration for the 5K Run and One Mile Spirit Walk begins at 7:30 a.m. and pre-race festivities will get underway at 8:30 a.m., with a guest appearance by the Flyer’s zany mascot, Gritty, followed by the beginning of the run/walk at 9 a.m.
Preregistration for the 5K is $15 for students and $25 for the adults or $10 for students and $15 for adults for the One Mile Spirit Walk. Cost for day of registration is $15 for students or $30 for adults for the 5K and $10 for students or $20 for adults for the 1 Mile Spirit Walk. To register for the Run/Walk visit: https://udmusicman.udfoundation.org. or https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/DrexelHill/BradSchoenerMemorialFund5K.
The walk and run will be followed by a carnival-like festival at noon. Look for the “Big Top” tent where there will be live music, plus food, artists and artisans, spring plants for sale, and the YMCA Kids’ Fun Zone under the willow trees surrounding the tent. The festival is free to the public. Free parking is available across State Road at Drexel Hill Middle School or across Shadeland Avenue at the Kindergarten Center.
Guest musical performers include the Mansfield Brass, Hiruy Tirfe, Josiah Marker, The John Hoey Orchestra, Ukes & You!,” Settlement Music School Jazz Trio, and the Summer Stage Shooting Stars. This year’s festival also includes an incredible showcase by Upper Darby’s own Drum Corps Memorabilia Museum which houses the world’s largest collection of marching band uniforms, instruments, banners and more!
This event is the primary fundraiser for the Schoener MusicMan Academy programs, which continue to grant Brad Schoener’s wishes to provide lessons, instruments, and unique music experiences to Upper Darby children. MusicMan Academy programs include the flagship MusicMan camp, the Jazz Jam! Camp, Stay in Shape summer music lessons, and year ‘round special needs creative arts programming in partnership with the Royal Butterfly Fund. It is the vision of the Schoener MusicMan programs to bring music and joy to the community in an affordable and accessible way.
Brad Schoener was a legendary music teacher in the Upper Darby School District who shared his passion for music with thousands of students. One of his students, Immanuel Wilkins, was recently awarded the Jazz Album of the Year by the New York Times. Schoener’s memory lives on in this annual 5K race and community music festival.
“Brad envisioned this day as a ‘carnival’ of energy, music, and family fun – and thanks to our incredibly supportive community partners – this event fuses it all together!” says Brad Schoener’s widow and founder of the Schoener MusicMan Academy, Jen Schoener. “Brad wanted to provide extraordinary music experiences for kids to show them that being active and artistic can create a healthy mind. He would be thrilled that his dream is still going strong 13 years later.”
The MusicMan Festival and 5K Run/Walk run are made possible by generous community sponsors and partners including Greenhorn Gardens, Arlington Cemetery, Schaffer Sound, and Zeswitz Music.
This year marks the MusicMan Camp’s tenth anniversary of top notch programming. The Brad Schoener Memorial Music Fund has proudly served thousands of children in the community since Brad’s passing in 2009. The Schoener MusicMan Academy is a program of the nonprofit Upper Darby Arts and Education Foundation, which has been serving the Upper Darby community for 24 years.
Crozer Health partners with Upland Police to offer car seat inspections
Crozer-Chester Medical Center and the Upland Police Department will host a car seat safety inspection event, 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 24, at Upland Fire Co., 1 McClintock Drive, Upland. Child passenger safety technicians can help parents properly install car seats or check to be sure they are already installed properly.
Improperly installed car seats pose a real and serious danger to infants and children.
Appointments are required. To make an appointment, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/child-safety-seat-inspection-and-installation-event-registration-321740192577.
Upcoming Rose Tree Pops concert features accomplished flute soloist
The Rose Tree Pops orchestra will return to the indoor stage with their spring concert entitled “Signs of Spring,” 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22, at Neumann University’s Meagher Theater in Aston. The concert is free, although donations are appreciated, and the theater offers ample adjacent free parking. Audience members should prepare to abide by possible health and safety measures that may include wearing masks and/or social distancing where appropriate.
The orchestra, conducted by Dr. Roberta Winemiller, is set to play some of their favorite classical pieces, big band staples, and movie soundtracks. Highlight of the afternoon will be The Luca Del Negro Youth Soloist Competition winner Ashley Kim, who will treat the audience to the first movement of the “Mozart Flute Concerto in D Major.” Ashley Kim began playing the flute at age nine in New York City. Prior to moving to Pennsylvania, she attended the Special Music School and was a member of the InterSchool Orchestra and Face the Music ensembles in New York City. Ashley is currently a junior at the Episcopal Academy and studies privately with Dr. Kimberly Trolier. Over her summers, she studies with Sonora Slocum as part of the Curtis Institute’s mentorship network. At school, Ashley plays in the Concert Band and Chamber Ensemble, and has received honors in PMEA’s district, region, and state bands. An accomplished soloist, Ashley was a winner of last year’s Dora Khayatt Competition and an honorable mention in the Tri-county Youth Competition. Last October, she was a soloist at Carnegie Hall in a benefit concert hosted by youth-run organization Music for Change.
For more information, visit http://rosetreepops.org.
St. Gabriel Parish holds BYOG Night
St. Gabriel Parish CYO will host an old-fashioned BYOG Family Game Night, 7-10 p.m. Friday, May 27, in the parish hall, 233 Mohawk Ave., Norwood. Families can put away their cell phones and blast off the holiday weekend with a fun and wholesome family-oriented game night. Families can bring their own games or use a game there, play as a family or make new friends and play on teams. There will also be giant versions of classic games for everyone to enjoy. Food will be available to purchase. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call 610-586-1225.
Registration underway for Hope For Hallie Color Run/Walk
The Hope For Hallie Color Run/Walk will kick off noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at 401 Rutgers Ave., Swarthmore. The annual Hope For Hallie Color Run/Walk will feature an opportunity to participate in three separate races: a one-mile run/walk, 100 meter dash, and a relay race. Registrants are welcome to participate in any or all races by running, walking or jogging.
Pre-registration is $25 and includes white Hope For Hallie Color Run T-shirt, sunglasses, and blasts of color.
Participants wear white at the starting line and finish the race plastered in color. During all three events, participants will be doused with different colored powder at multiple color stations. Once the race is over, the fun continues with music, photo ops, food, and a final massive color throw.
Rain date is Sunday, June 5.
Proceeds from this event go to support mental health awareness and provide scholarships for therapy services. To sign up or get more information, visit http://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Swarthmore/HopeForHallieColorRun.
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