Thanks for Wissahickon Day promotion

On behalf of the volunteers associated with the Wissahickon Valley Riding and Driving Association, I thank you for your promotion last week of the 94th Annual Wissahickon Day Parade (of horses) this Sunday (rain or shine).

Your readers may or may not know that 94 years ago, a proposal was introduced to allow “the automobile of the day” to traverse the dirt (now gravel) road that runs through the park. Several hundred equestrians staged a protest, blocked the roadway, and paraded from one end of the park to the other. The proposal was eventually defeated.

Following that dramatic turnaround, the road was renamed “Forbidden Drive” because automobiles are forbidden from traveling on it, allowing pedestrians, bicyclists and riders the opportunity to enjoy this gem we know as the Wissahickon Valley.

On Sunday, we start with a horse show at Nortwestern Equestrian Facility (across from Bruno’s Restaurant) from 10 a.m. to-noon. Please know that parking will be limited in that area due to the horse trailers and carriages unloading.

Kid friendly activities like making fancy hats for the Fancy Hat Contest and reading horse related stories will introduce children to a wondrous animal – the horse, and perhaps an interest in riding.

Our 91-year-old chairman emeritus, Dr. Thomas A. Fitzpatrick, of Flourtown, will be honored, and the horses and carriages will leave Harper’s Meadow at noon and travel to the Valley Green Inn for judging.

This event is free, although sponsors continue to be sought to offset expenses for this family friendly, fun-filled event. Sponsors (large and small) should contact me at 215-233-8022 or

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Barb Sherf

Publicity Chair

Dick Clark not such a great guy?

I loved your article about American Bandstand and Dick Clark (“Anniversary of death sparks memories of meeting TV icon,” April 16).

Back in the day, my aunt took me to a Bobby Darin concert in New Jersey that was hosted by Dick Clark. After the show, I went over to Dick Clark and asked him if I could meet Bobby Darin. He said, “Absolutely not,” and tried to shoo me away. My aunt became angry and told Dick Clark off. She told him that he was who he was because of kids like me!

The result was that I got to meet Bobby Darin that night and even had my picture taken with him. I still have it, of course!

Carole Verona

Lafayette Hill