Join us for the ‘DCDL After Hours Concert’ Nov. 16
Join us for a special one-of-a-kind concert at the Delaware County District Library Main Branch from 7 to 8 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. This exciting “DCDL After Hours Concert,” entitled “A Songwriter’s Journey through American Music” features singer/songwriter Angela Easterling who will perform many of her own original songs interspersed with selections of classic folk, roots, country and rock tunes. She will also discuss the craft of songwriting and tell the stories behind her songs, weaving in some of the history of roots music and the artists who have influenced her writing.
Easterling’s albums include “Earning her Wings,” chosen as the “Americana Pick of the Year,” and “BlackTop Road.” The title song tells of her family’s struggle to hold onto their farmland in the face of widespread development. She was named a 2009 and 2010 Keerville New Folk Finalist, a 2011 Telluride Troubadour and a 2012 Wildflower.
We have set up a listening station at the library preloaded with several of her songs, and there is a link from the library’s website, delawarelibrary.org to her music, as well. The concert on November 16th is free and open to the public.
At 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28, local author Ron Gabriel will be in the mezzanine of the Delaware Main Library to discuss his memoir, Sonny, a true account of growing up in Delaware.
What do the M’s in “M & M” candy stand for?
M&M’s were named after the surnames of Forrest Mars Sr. & Bruce Murrie of Hershey’s. M&M’s originated in the United States in 1941. Forrest Mars Sr. invented the idea for the candy in the 1930s during the Spanish Civil War when he saw soldiers eating chocolate pellets with a hard shell of tempered chocolate surrounding the inside, preventing the candies from melting. Mars received a patent for his own process on March 3, 1941. I found that information in The Emperors of Chocolate, where I also learned that Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups were created in 1928 by H. B. Reese, a former dairy farmer and shipping foreman for Milton S. Hershey.
How did “May Day” become the international code word for an emergency?
According to Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins, “Mayday” was originated in 1923 by Frederick Stanley Mockford, a senior radio officer at London’s Croydon Airport who was given the task of coming up with a unique and easily understandable emergency code word. Most of the air traffic at Croydon was either coming from or going to Le Bourget Airport in Paris, so Mockford chose mayday because of its similarity to the French m’aider (“come help me”). The call is always given three times in a row to prevent mistaking it for some similar-sounding phrase under noisy conditions, and to distinguish an actual Mayday call from a message about a Mayday call.
Who was the Bell Witch?
What a great question for Halloween! The Bell Witch is a purported poltergeist legend from Southern folklore, centered on the 19th century Bell family of Adams, Tennessee. The haunting began with noises in the walls and grew to include people being slapped and pinched, objects being thrown and animals spooking without visible cause. The activity centered on the Bells’ youngest daughter, Betsy and worsened after she became engaged to Joshua Gardner. Richard Powell, a local schoolteacher, was suspected of causing the strange happenings in the Bell home, perhaps to scare Gardner away so that Powell could marry Betsy. Read An American Haunting : The Bell Witch : Being the Eye Witness Account of Richard Powell Concerning the Bell Witch Haunting of Robertson County, Tennessee 1817–1821 for the rest of the story.
If you have a question that you would like to see answered in this column, mail it to Mary Jane Santos, Delaware County District Library, 84 E. Winter St., Delaware, OH 43015, or call 740–362-3861. You can also email your questions by visiting delawarelibrary.org or directly to Mary Jane at firstname.lastname@example.org. No matter how you contact us, we’re always glad you asked!