Oaks Gardens - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The American Treasure Tour can claim to be Southeastern Pennsylvania's repository for many wonderful objects of international importance (think classic cars, automatic music machines, circus art and others) or local significance (Mike Schmidt's Hoagies lit sign, Heresford Meat delivery truck).  You can't get much more local than ... just across the street!

There is a series of signs hanging in the Toy Box.  We've talked about some of them before, and we try to not repeat ourselves.  Today, we are going to discuss Oaks Gardens, a nursery that was located on Egypt Road in our very own Oaks, PA for many years before relocating down the street.  It is now called Limerick Gift & Garden.  Owned and run by Joe and Joey Dudek, they not only run the store and sell plants and trees to beautify the garden, but they landscape as well.  We are happy to preserve the sign for their original business right here.  Check them out either way!  (You can also go to their former location in Oaks, which is now an Uno Pizzeria.  Just don't look for plants there.)
QUESTION:  The original Pizzeria Uno was established in 1943 in what United States city?
A)  Tuscaloosa, Alabama
B)  Bird-In-Hand, Pennsylvania
C)  Chicago, Illinois
D)  Walla Walla, Washington

SELMA.  The Civil Rights movement in the United States had many landmark successes that led to greater protections for African-Americans who had previously been treated quite harshly (to put it mildly) by many across the country.  We celebrate the end of the four-day march from the Alabama town of Selma to the capitol in Montgomery, which concluded today in 1965.  This led directly to the passage of the Voting Rights Act the same year.  If you have not yet, we recommend that you see the Best Picture nominee Selma starring David Oyelowo as Martin Luther King, Jr.  Although the story has been modified for cinematic purposes, it is compelling viewing.

ANITA & ARETHA.  Today we acknowledge the birthdays of two very different people:  Anita Bryant and Aretha Franklin.  Born two years apart on this day (Bryant, born in 1940, is two years Franklin's senior), one was a Caucasian-American beauty queen/musician who became an outspoken critic of equal rights for gay Americans (Bryant), the other a musician whose demand for respect was heard internationally (Franklin).  We will strive to remain neutral in our preferences, but we will heartily invite Ms. Franklin to sing for us any time she likes!

QUOTE:  I sing to the realists; people who accept it like it is. - Aretha Franklin

ANSWER:  C)  Chicago, Illinois