Dear SEPTA and friends of transportation. As you may know, this year is the 50th anniversary of SEPTA and the 10th year of OcTrolleyFest, and I invite you to talk about ways we can join together in celebration of a system that links us all. OcTrolleyFest http://www.octrolleyfest.org/ started as a celebration of transportation heritage and community in 2005, centering on our region's oldest line still operating over its original route (the No. 11 Subway-Surface (Green line) to Darby, Delaware County which started as a horse car line in 1858). In past years, we chartered a PCCII to make the loop between Darby, Yeadon and Southwest Philadelphia with guided tours and information about the many historic sites along the route (see below). Last year we changed the format to encourage people to buy SEPTA one-Day Convenience passes (8 rides for $8 on any subway, bus or trolley) which provides access to Darby, Upper Darby, Media, Norristown, Collingdale, Sharon Hill, Drexel Hill, Yeadon, University City, Center City, West Philadelphia, Southwest Philadelphia, the Delaware River Waterfront, Cobbs Creek Park, Mt Moriah Cemetery, Eden Cemetery, Woodlands Cemetery, Independence Hall, The Philadelphia Zoo, Bartram's Garden, the Grange Estate, the Swedish Cabin, the Minshall House, the Heinz Wildlife Refuge and a myriad of other historic sites, all by light rail. This year we are working toward Saturday, October 11 (Columbus Day Weekend) with a theme of “Discover a New (and Old) World on a Trolley". There are several ways to participate: Placemap. Our primary promotional item has been the “Placemap” which has information about area attractions and ways to get there. Samples of past “placemaps” and further information supplied upon request. Art Contest. For the past five years we have held an art contest for 5th graders. Last year we had 266 entries from 11 different area schools. http://www.octrolleyfest.org/Oct13-ArtContest.html. Although they were all variations on a theme (trolleys), the variations, and the creativity of our young people, was amazing. After the contest, the pictures were left up for a time at Sharon Savings Bank, who helped sponsor the contest. Participate (promote, guide, or host tours, contests, events, etc). The possibilities are endless including geo-caching, Septa Selfies, guided tours to sites, music, food, fun. Time is fleeting but we will welcome an opportunity to talk about possibilities. We hope you will be on board.
John and Jan Haigis, OcTrolleyFest Coordinators 1006 Main Street Darby, PA 19023 (610) 583-0788 http://www.octrolleyfest.org/ http://www.darbyhistory.com/
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