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SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR

SHADY DEL KNIGHT, ADMINISTRATOR
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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight
HELLO STRANGER ... IT SEEMS LIKE A MIGHTY LONG TIME!

Monday, November 30, 2015

Shady Dell Show and Tell!


Today I play... 


Shady Dell Show and Tell!


I'd like to show you and tell you about
a wonderful birthday surprise that I received
from my dear friend, Kathleen Mae Schneider,
author of the In-Dell-ible Memories series
presented exclusively here on SDMM.





Last week a package arrived at my door. The sender was Kathleen. Inside the box I discovered an item that was so handsomely gift wrapped I was reluctant to disturb the pretty paper. Based on its size and rectangular shape, I made the brilliant deduction that Kathleen had sent me one of those giant Hershey bars. :) However, when I opened the card that came with the mysterious object and read the message Kathleen had written, I got a clue.





Dear Tom -

The last day I visited the Shady Dell, I pulled
this out of the smouldering ruins of the dance
hall. Since you passed beneath this thousands
of times in your youth, and you've dedicated
much of your life to preserving the Dell's
memory, this truly belongs to you now.

Peace - Kathy


I removed the wrapping and there, to my
astonishment, was an old familiar sight.


It was the entrance sign to the Shady Dell
dance hall! Within seconds, memories
of my teenage years flooded over me.


For more than 50 years the sign hung above
the door of the dance hall. It remained
in place more than 20 years after
John Ettline closed the Dell.

In 2009 I blogged about another Dell sign,
one that greeted us as we walked through
 the front door of the house on our way
to the restaurant/snack bar. It read:


In a world filled with signs, signs, everywhere
signs, telling us "Do this - don't do that," those
two signs made generations of kids feel right
at home. They beckoned us to cross over into
another dimension, a dimension not only of
sight and sound but of mind. They let us
know that we were about to enter...


In 2012 our longtime friend and SDMM
contributor Toni Deroche and her family
sold the Dell. Shortly thereafter the new
owners determined that the dance hall
was too dilapidated for repair and too
unstable and unsafe to be left standing.
In the autumn of that year the historic
structure was razed along with the
adjacent barn. Click here to view
the post I put together on the
eve of destruction.

The post that immediately followed
showed the demolition work and

Soon after the bulldozer had done its dirty
deed dirt cheap, three of the Dell faithful,
Toni Deroche, Dell rat Greg Gulden and
Kathleen Mae Schneider, returned to
ground zero. The trio combed through
the rubble searching for souvenirs of
a bygone era. Each went home with
a piece of York County history.


I was overjoyed to receive this priceless
artifact from Kathleen and I will proudly
add it to my collection of Dell memorabilia.
I never knew that Kathleen had salvaged
the sign and found out only a few days
ago that she also recovered one of the
concrete blocks covered with graffiti.
It was very generous of Kathleen to
part with one of her Dell treasures.
After all, it was her grandfather who
built the Shady Dell and her mother,
Margaret, "The Oldest Living Dell Rat,"
who moved into the Dell in 1913 at
the age of one, becoming part of
the Shady Dell's First Family.

Thank you very much for your kind and
generous gift, dear friend Kathleen.
I will remember this birthday for
the rest of my life! :)



Have a Shady day!

52 comments:

  1. This old sign was a great surprise. You are lucky to have a caring --sharing friend like Kathleen. This post illustrates how much the Dell meant to people. how much the destruction of the dance hall hurt generations of teenagers who went there and how powerful the memories remain. The Beatles song at the end was a perfect way to convey the feelings.

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    1. Hi, Kathryn!

      Thank you for taking time to express your thoughts about this generous gift sent to us by Kathleen Mae Schneider. Playing show and tell here today gave me an opportunity to bring new friends and followers up to speed on the Shady Dell's rich, colorful and dramatic history, and introduce some of the key characters in the saga.

      It was a very sad and difficult time for the Shady Dell family when I published those "before and after" posts in October 2012. I remember Dell Rat Ron telling me he couldn't even bear to look at the "after" post. It still affects me profoundly to see those piles of graffiti covered blocks and the private clubhouse in which generations of teenage patrons danced the night away bulldozed to the ground.

      I want to take this opportunity to again thank my dear friend Kathleen for her caring and generosity. I also thank Toni Deroche for preserving and protecting the Dell as long as she owned it and I thank Dell rats Greg Gulden, Jerre Slaybaugh and Ron Shearer for helping me to keep the Dell spirit alive by sharing their stories here on SDMM.

      Thank you again, dear Kathryn, for your support. You are a valued member of the Shady Dell family, too!

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  2. That was really generous of her to send you that last piece of memory. Shame they had to destroy the place.

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    1. Hi, Alex! Thanks for coming, good buddy.

      Original Dell rats were hit hard by the decision to tear down the historic dance hall. At least three people I know of, the ones named in this post, were compelled to lug home 30 pound concrete blocks containing priceless Dell rat graffiti. I was a thousand miles away at the time or else I would have salvaged a block or two of my own. It was very nice of Kathleen to surprise me with one of the Dell's most memorable and meaningful signs.

      Thanks again for stopping by, Alex. Have a great week!

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  3. Kathleen Mae SchneiderNovember 30, 2015 at 7:43 AM

    My grief over losing the Shady Dell just as I was getting to know her feels like the other familiar and painful losses in my life - phases of which come and go, like the seasons passing or the ocean's tide waxing and waning.

    Intense initial sadness and regret for not visiting the home of my ancestors sooner washed over me as I watched the ancient hand-hewn beams of the barn my grandfather built slowing burning. Parts of the roof of the dance hall crackled and twisted in the fire, remainders of a place I unfortunately never visited as a teenager, a reminder of my lost youth.

    My 100-year-old (at that time) mother had played as a child in that barn, and I learned from Toni that John Ettline kept his treasured horses there during his ownership of the property. Because of this blog, I knew the important historical value of the dance hall that lived in the hearts of the men and women who spent so much time there.

    I tearfully and helplessly watched an era disappear, a portion of my family's history and that of countless youths returning to the earth, never again to stand in testimony to the lives spent in that place.

    Now these years later, the pain is not as intense and I've come to realize that there were very good solid reasons I didn't get to the Dell sooner. These days, I still mourn the demise of the barn, dance hall and pump house as I remember the traumatic sights, smells and sounds of the destruction.

    However, I mostly feel profoundly grateful. Thanks to my good friend and Dell "sister" Toni, before the destruction I was allowed to walk in my ancestors footprints and somehow experience their indescribable presence. Due to her efforts and prescience, the beautiful Dell house proudly stands, home to another family and intact hopefully for generations to come.

    I knew the Dell was revered by literally thousands of others and when I saw the corner of the entrance sign sticking out of the top of the pile of smoking debris, I thought of you, Tom, and instinctively grabbed a piece of wood and dragged it out for you. I wish I could have saved more, but the heat was too much for me.

    I actually also rescued six of the graffiti blocks piled all akimbo to the side and the original shutters of the Dell house that the new owner saved for me at my request - all my little Suburu wagon could hold that sad day!

    These remnants are material, but our love of the Shady Dell cannot be burned or otherwise destroyed, can it? Your dedication to preserving her memory and that of the Ettlines is extraordinary. You continue to extend to your readers the kindness they showed you. You devote long hours to entertaining and educating us. For me, personally, you fill in the cultural and musical gaps of my youth - a Herculean task to be sure. I cannot thank you enough for that.

    How wonderful it is that because of these singular contribution of yours, the only Shady Dell things burning now are the lights of friendship and love!

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    1. Hi, dear Kathleen!

      Thank you very much for coming! In typical fashion you have written a vividly expressive comment, one that eclipses the post itself. Thank you very much, dear friend, for helping me elucidate how much the Shady Dell meant to people that knew and loved her.

      I had no idea you rescued not one but six graffiti blocks that fall day, blocks that would have ended up in a landfill. The loss you and your family sustained that day three years ago was greater than mine or any of the other Dell rats. I encourage all of my new readers to follow the link and catch up on the chapters of your In-Dell-ible Memories series to understand the extent of it.

      Thank you again for your kindness and generosity, dear friend Kathleen. Every day I realize how fortunate I am that you came forward four years ago, established contact with me and were willing to share mother Margaret's stories along with the countless pieces of the puzzle you uncovered by means of your own investigations. Thanks to you and your mother, Shady Dell Music & Memories paints a much more accurate and complete portrait of the Dell's long, rich and colorful history.

      I will cherish your gift, the old Dell sign, the rest of my life.

      God bless you, Kathleen!

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  4. Aw, such a bittersweet post, dear Shady. I bet you were indeed overjoyed at receiving such a thoughtful and well-deserved gift. Gads, that song about brought my heart to its knees - but I know, and am sure you do as well, that the lights of love and friendship will forever shine for you, my friend :-)

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    1. Hi, dear Diedre!

      Thank you for coming, dear friend. It thrills me to receive back-to-back comments composed by two of the finest writers I know, you and Kathleen Mae.

      "In My Life" seems to have been written with Dell rats in mind. The place, the people, the experience of going there, were all unique - nothing like it before or since. I chose this fine cover version of the Beatles classic for its humble simplicity and its power to evoke memories in all of us. There is a Shady Dell in everyone's life, I believe, even if it is merely a state of mind.

      2016 will soon be upon us, dear Diedre. In the coming year I look forward to continuing the great friendship that you and I cultivated in 2015. I think you'll agree that there is a "body English" to blogging. You can usually tell which people are committed friends and which ones are not. I think you know by now that I am committed to you.

      Thank you again for joining me today, dear friend Diedre. Have a wonderful week and I'll be seeing you again soon!

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  5. Sorry I missed your birthday, but happy you had a good one. Just looking at the picture of the entrance brings back many memories. Have a great holiday season and remember how crowded the Dell was with all the college crew home for vacation. Jerre

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    1. Hi Jerre!

      Thanks for making it over for this special post, good buddy! They say a picture is worth a thousand words. The picture of the Dell's dance hall door with this sign above it is worth a fortune. I certainly do remember the Dell packing them in like sardines on spring breaks, summer vacations and holidays. On those occasions both main parking lots were filled to overflowing, the annex lot across the street was jammed and cars lined Starcross Road for a quarter mile in both directions. The atmosphere crackled with excitement those Shady Dell nights.

      Thanks again for helping me reminisce, good buddy Jerre. Happy holidays to you and your family!

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  6. What a truly magical and meaningful gift to you. I can't imagine how excited you were when you opened the package. I'm just so excited for you knowing you have a treasure from the place you keep alive via your blog. That is a sweet and generous gesture from your friend Kathleen. Happy belated birthday Shadester!!

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    1. Hi, dear Holli!

      Thank you very much for coming by, my wonderful friend! This vintage sign given to me by Kathleen has been added to my collection of Dell artifacts from various sources that includes name plates from the tack room in the Dell's barn, the baton carried by John Ettline to maintain and restore order, original menus from the Dell's restaurant and snack bar, and a growing number of ultra rare photographs related to the Dell.

      Thank you for the birthday wishes, dear friend Holli. I hope this week is starting out to be a great one for you and will continue in the same direction. God bless!

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  7. I love signs...I love when words are put together that bring meaning to someone. I have many in my home. But the true "sign" here is the one that says what a dear person Kathleen is for grabbing that piece of wood with Entrance written on it with your love of the Dell in mind. A "sign" of a true friend. It's hard to see the things of our youth slip away, whether it's our family, our home, our health, or a place where we found our true selves...a place like the Shady Dell. You've made that a real place for me and I'm sure others who come here for music education and history. You keep it alive with tributes for your dear friends, the late Ettlines. Thank you for sharing your birthday gift with us and a belated Happy Birthday to you! The song at the end of your post was so perfect. It brought tears to my eyes because I think most of us have a special place, or person, in our lives, one we will never forget. That song brings mine back to me. Have a wonderful week!

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    1. Hi, dear YaYa!

      Thank you very much for being here today as I play Show and Tell, unveil my birthday surprise and review for new friends and followers the highlights and lowlights of the Shady Dell's recent history.

      Thank you for all the beautiful, wise words you expressed here, dear friend. You are well equipped to appreciate a post of this kind because you have been with me several years. By now you have an overview of the Dell's history and are acquainted with the principal characters in this drama, including the one who shares your name, Kathleen.

      I admit that I do indeed look for signs of true, committed friendship. I see those signs in the "body language" of blogging exhibited by genuine friends like you. I promise there will always be a place for you here, YaYa. Thank you for the birthday greetings. I'm happy to know that the song provided at the end of the post touched you as deeply as it touched me. As you listened to "In My Life" and your own memories came flooding back, I trust that you thought about a great man that I have come to know through you, your father. This is what I am here for, to get you to back in touch with your youth and the people, places and times of your life.

      Thank you again for coming through for me again and again all these years, dear friend YaYa. There's a signpost up ahead... our next stop... 2016... another year of sharing our lives with each other in loving, caring friendship. God bless!

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  8. Tom, what a wonderful, thoughtful gesture on Kathleen's part to do this for you on your birthday. It's nice to have good friends in your circle. I know this will be something you'll always treasure. Memories are magical. They can make you laugh and somber all with one flashback. Happy Birthday, dear friend, and may you have many more!

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    1. Hi, dear Cathy!

      Thank you very much for making time to come over and see me today as I show off the latest addition to my collection of Shady Dell keepsakes, this one generously donated by Kathleen Mae Schneider. This birthday present caught me completely by surprise. I had no clue that Kathleen had salvaged the vintage Dell sign and was holding onto it these last three years. If you have time to read Kathleen's 10 paragraph comment, you will learn more about her family's leading role in the Shady Dell story and better understand why this gift from her means so much to me. Kathleen's 103 year old mother, Margaret, affectionately dubbed "The Oldest Living Dell Rat," is at the center of the Dell saga. Kathleen brings her mother's stories to life in her guest blogger series In-Dell-ible Memories exclusively here on SDMM.

      You are so right, Cathy. Bittersweet is the word to describe so many of our memories. They can make us cry tears of joy and sadness at the same time. I challenge anyone to listen to the rendition of "In My Life" at the end of the post and not become misty eyed as their minds replay memories of people and places that meant a great deal to them and are now gone or changed forever - places like our Shady Dell and people like John and Helen Ettline.

      Thank you ever so much for being a great friend, Cathy. I very much appreciate your visit and kind comment. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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  9. That is the coolest- I would have gotten misty, save for a big crick in my neck that's keeping emotional reactions to a minimum. I have some bits and pieces from my old house I see in much the same light. How blessed you are to have others still around that feel the way you do about the Dell. Party on!

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    1. Hey, thank you, Chris! What a great comment from you, good buddy, and much appreciated!

      I'm happy to know that you get what all the fuss is about. We, the "soul survivors," the original Dell rats, are passionate about our home away from home. An opportunity to own a piece of our alma mater, post demolition, is one that none of us wanted to pass up. If I rode by my old house I would feel much the same way and want to take a small souvenir, anything, even a leaf off the old Ginkgo biloba out front, any relic to help me remember where I've been. Dell rats are blessed to have each other. Welcome to our family, Chris!

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  10. Hi Shady!

    Who is more deserving of the ENTRANCE sign than you!? I'm so happy that Kathy retrieved it and saved it from the fire on that sad day. How nice of Kathy to part with it, too!

    I still drive by the Dell every couple of weeks. I really miss that place. We are lucky to have the pictures, the memories and , of course , the SDM&M blog keep the Dell alive!

    Long live the Shady Dell!

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    1. Hi, dear Toni!

      Thank you very much for taking a peek at my Dell Show & Tell post. The surprise birthday present that I received from Kathleen is an object with which you are quite familiar. You passed it hundreds of times in the years you and your family owned the Dell. After parting with the estate in 2012, you experienced the same sense of loss that Kathleen, Greg, Jerre, Ron and I felt when the walls came tumbling down in September and October of that year. Surely every original Dell rat wishes that you were still the Dell keeper, because we knew our old hangout was safe in your care. Time marches on but, as you stated, the pictures, music and memories linger on.

      Thank you again for your visit and kind comment, dear friend Toni. Enjoy the rest of your week!

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    1. It was a perfect birthday gift for a Dell rat, Sandra, but I haven't forgotten your sweet birthday well wishes here on SDMM and the special surprise post you created for me that day on your blog! How kind of you! I deeply appreciate your friendship, Sandra!

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    2. My pleasure:) Birthday's are special.
      Where are you going to hang your sign?

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    3. Hi, Sandra!

      I think I will keep the old sign in an air tight, dust free environment to protect it from further deterioration, probably in the box with my other Dell collectibles.

      Thank you for the tweet, dear friend Sandra!

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  12. What a lovely gift, Shady! Gifts like this mean so much more to me than anything else, because they come from the heart. You are blessed to have such a great friend.

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    1. Hi, dear Linda!

      Thank you very much for coming down to read this special Show & Tell post, my good friend!

      Yessum, this gift means a lot because it came as a complete surprise and the giver, Kathleen, parted with a priceless Dell collectible that she would have been very happy to keep in her possession. A few years ago, I sent Kathleen's mother, Margaret, one of John Ettline's old books with his name written inside. Items such as these are valued more than gold by original Dell rats and members of the Dell's First Family like Kathleen and Margaret.

      Thank you again for your visit and kind comment, dear Linda. I am blessed to have a great friend like you as well!

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  13. That's such an incredibly thoughtful gift. You're lucky to have such a caring friend.

    I enjoyed this post.. and how you dotted your story with various lyrics. Tres fun.

    And this is a lovely version of "In My Life." I'm listening to it as I read over some of the comments and type this one. And it appears I've timed it just perfectly.. as it ends.

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    1. Hi, dear Hilary!

      Thank you very much for coming down to help me celebrate my birthday and salute genuine friendship, the kind that I have found with Kathleen and, I sincerely believe, with you as well.

      Yessum, the Dell's ENTRANCE sign is an incredibly thoughtful gift from Kathleen, a woman who has worked tirelessly for years to bring us important new information about the Dell's long history. You returned to blogging at an ideal time, Hilary, because posts like this one and others that I have in the works will enable you to understand why former Dell patrons, or "Dell rats" as we call ourselves, are still so invested in the place decades after we went there as teenagers, and why we think of each other as family.

      I'm thrilled to know that you appreciated my use of song lyrics. I am often inspired to use the words to songs in posts, comments and replies. It also pleases me greatly to know that you care enough about the Dell and this blog to read the other comments and replies. That is a telltale sign of true friendship and I very much appreciate your interest in what I am doing here.

      "In My Life" has long been a favorite of mine and I am very happy to know that you enjoyed the mellow cover version I presented here.

      Thank you again for delighting me with your visit and comment, dear friend Hilary. I hope your week is off to a wonderful start and will only get better. See you soon!

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  14. What a wonderful surprise for you! I can just see Kathleen bending over to pick up the sign and then thinking of you. There is no one more deserving of such a gift than you because of how you have kept the memory of the Shady Dell alive by your blog. I'm so happy for you.
    That was a beautiful cover of, 'In My Life.' It does evoke happy and sad memories for me.

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    1. Hi, dear Belle!

      Thank you very much for coming down tonight, my special friend! Yessum, I can picture the smoldering rubble and almost smell the smoke on that somber fall day in 2012 when the Shady Dell's dance hall was demolished. It must have looked and smelled like a battlefield as Kathleen, Toni and Greg picked through the wreckage looking for meaningful bits and pieces of the historic structure to take home with them. I feel very fortunate that Kathleen spotted this sign, gingerly plucked it from the ruins, held onto it more than three years and sent it to me for my birthday. I will treasure this gift from her the rest of my life.

      I'm delighted to know that you were touched by the beauty and simplicity of this cover version of the Beatles' "In My Life." I am quite sure you thought about Craig as you listened.

      Thank you again for being such a great and loyal friend to me, dear Belle. Please take good care of yourself and enjoy the rest of your week. God bless!

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  15. Too bad they didn't get Shady Dell registered as a National Historic Site or something. At least you got something for a keepsake.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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    1. Hi, Lee!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy! Dell rats agree that it would have been nice if the Dell could have been protected as an Historic site. As I recall it did not meet all the qualifications required for the designation.

      I am very fortunate to have a friend like Kathleen who salvaged this piece of York County history and generously sent it to me as a birthday present.

      Thank you again for stopping by, good buddy. I'll see you later today and check out your BOTB post. Good night!

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  16. Happy Belated Birthday, Shady! Sorry I missed it. This is a wonderful gift from your friend. I can imagine how sad you all were when the Dell was demolished. It was a big part of your youth and the very fabric of your being, yes? I felt the same way when my old house and school were both torn down. Progress - BAH!
    Perfect song choice for a poignant post. ☺

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    1. Hi, Debbie the Doglady!

      Thank you very much for staying up late to visit and comment. (I needed to bail out close to 1 am.)

      Yessum, I'm finally old enough to vote and looking forward to it. :)

      2012 was a tough year for Dell rats. Toni Deroche and her family renovated the Dell house and sold the estate. Dell rats had great expectations that the historic buildings on the property would be preserved. However, the new owner had children and determined that the aging structures posed a hazard to them. The dance hall, barn, garage, tack room and spring house were all torn down. A garage was erected where the dance hall once stood. It was a terrible shock and many of us are still mourning the loss of our old hangout.

      Don't it always seem to go
      That you don't know what you've got
      ‘Til it's gone
      They paved paradise
      And put up a parking lot
      - Joni Mitchell

      I am very happy to know that you liked the Beatles cover at the end. Thank you again for making time for a visit and for your warm and wonderful comment, dear friend Debbie. Happy BOTB day and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  17. What a great friend, and a fitting tribute to your lost, cherished memories.
    (What more can be said)

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    1. Hi, Jeffrey!

      Thanks for coming, good buddy. You said it as well as it can be said, and I thank you.

      Kathleen Mae Schneider will be returning to SDMM at some point with new chapters of her In-Dell-ible Memories series. I think you will enjoy learning about her mother's life at the Shady Dell from the early 1900s through the Roaring Twenties.

      Thanks again for visiting and commenting, Jeffrey, and enjoy the rest of your week!

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  18. Hey hey what an awesome gift! And how lovely and selfless of her to pass it on to people whom she knows that will appreciate it. And so sweet the stories and memories behind it. And of course a very happy birthday to you too!
    -A&D

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    1. Hi, dear Abigail!

      Thank you very much for joining me for a round of Show & Tell.

      The Dell's old ENTRANCE sign is indeed an awesome gift "for the Dell rat who has everything." :) Actually, I am very fortunate to have friends like Kathleen and Margaret, Toni Deroche, my cousin Bill Lewis, the Ettline nieces and Dell rat Lynn B. Over the years, all of the above have sent me rare and priceless items related to the Shady Dell.

      Thank you again for spending some time in the Shady today and for the birthday greeting, too. I could never wish for better friends than you and Daisy, dear Abigail.

      God bless!

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  19. When's your birthday again? Sorry if I missed it. I'm really bad at names and dates.

    That song. That's our high school theme song. Wow.

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    1. Hi, Luxie!

      Thank you very much for coming, my round the world friend! You and other readers are making me smile by apologizing for missing my birthday. How were you supposed to know? :)

      Are you saying "In My Life" is your high school theme song? How wonderful! Songs like "In My Life" cast a wide net. Nearly every person alive finds meaning in the lyrics.

      Thank you again for coming, dear friend Lux. Enjoy the rest of your week and I'll see you soon!

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  20. Lovely blog you got here, Mr. Shady ...smiles ... got here via friend Linda's blog ... Love, cat.

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    1. Hi, Cat!

      Welcome to Shady Dell Music & Memories and thank you for choosing to follow! I am very happy to know that you found SDMM via our mutual friend Linda's blog and like what you see here.

      I am thrilled to have you here, Cat, and I hope you will enjoy the mix of music, memories and humor that I present. Please stay close and come see me again soon, okay? Thank you again, Cat!

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  21. Happy belated birthday! What a wonderful surprise from your friend. I'm sure she knew how much you'd appreciate it! Those memories are things to cherish.

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    1. Hi, Sherry!

      Thank you very much for coming to my Shady Dell Show & Tell party, dear friend!

      Yessum, I was caught completely by surprise when Kathleen sent me this sign more than three years after the dance hall was demolished. When I hold it in my hands I can feel the energy of the old hangout and generations of Dell rats passing through me. In my life I loved them all.

      Thank you again for your visit and comment, dear friend Sherry!

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  22. What a great gift to rekindle so many great memories you have! An awesome gift! Of course you sharing your memories and music is an awesome gift as well.

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    1. Hey Hey Hey, Mike!

      Thanks for coming over for my Show & Tell post, good buddy!

      I was stunned to receive this old sign from Kathleen Schneider and I am proud to add it to my growing collection of Shady Dell paraphernalia.

      Thanks again for stopping by, good buddy Mike!

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  23. What a lovely gift, that's so kind of Kathleen to give it to you. I bet it brings back lots of happy memories.

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    1. Hi, Sarah!

      Thank you for joining me as I celebrate my birthday and great and lasting friendships like the one I have with Kathleen and the one I have with you. I have known you almost half my blogging career, Sarah. I am very grateful to have you in my circle all this time and I hope you will stick around in 2016.

      Unwrapping that pretty paper and finding the old Dell sign inside was a wonderful surprise. I met Mrs. Shady #1 on the dance floor of the Dell in 1968. The entrance sign to the old hangout brings back a multitude of memories from that time.

      Thank you again for coming to the party, dear friend Sarah. Please take good care of yourself and come again soon!

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  24. How cool! I love gifts like that. :)

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    1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

      Thanks for popping in, dear friend. One a kind collectibles like the old entrance sign that welcomed generations of rats into the Dell's dance hall are better than store bought items. It's a piece of York County history and a piece of my past and I am very grateful to Kathleen for sending it to me.

      I hope all is well with you, dear friend JM. I have a new post coming tomorrow morning and I invite you to check it out during its six day run. Take care!

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  25. What a thoughtful gift she sent you and I know it will find the perfect spot for it. Amazing what some thing can trigger in our memory banks. How kind of her and much better than a Hershey bar. When I think of all the buildings saved in Europe especially after the war and then I think of North America and how quickly history is gotten rid of to make way for a new parking lot or quickie mart, my heart grows heavy. So much could be saved if they wanted to

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    1. Hi, dear Birgit!

      Thanks for coming over for this special Show & Tell post, my sweet friend!

      Yessum, the old Dell sign is a very thoughtful gift, better than a Hershey Bar, and one that I will cherish the rest of my life. Kathleen knows me well and realized how great a surprise it would be for me to take possession of the sign three years after the dance hall demolition. I agree with you that too many nostalgic old places like the Dell are flattened to make room for parking lots, garages, strip malls, box stores and fast food joints. Unchecked development is robbing us of our history and our collective soul.

      Thank you again for spending some time with me this evening, dear friend BB. Take care!

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