of the historic Shady Dell dance hall came
crumblin' and tumblin' down along with
the estate's century old barn and garage.
the new owners conducted an inspection,
they concluded that the aging structures
were unstable and unsafe and could not
be restored. A bulldozer was brought to
the site and demolition commenced.
three loyal and very melancholy friends of the
Shady Dell converged on the property and
combed the rubble for artifacts.
"The Oldest Living Dell Rat," spent
her youth at the Shady Dell as a
member of its "First Family" in
the early part of the 20th century.
the above named trio of Shady Dell VIPs
picked through the piles of concrete blocks
from the dance hall and salvaged a few
that have drawings and graffiti on them.
to search in earnest for a permanent
home for the blocks.
(pictured above) to her daughter Elisabeth.
The artwork on the block Elisabeth received
was a portion of the dancing couple drawing
(below) - a prominent wall feature that was
admired by generations of Dell rats.
Next, Kathleen contacted Toni Deroche to
find out if Toni knew anyone who would be a
worthy recipient of the other four priceless
pieces of the Shady Dell puzzle. Toni did
in fact know someone, an original Dell rat
named Kathy K who still lives in the York
area. According to Toni, Kathy K, like all
she talks about the glory days of the Dell.
Toni went to Margaret's house, picked up
Kathleen's blocks and delivered them
to Kathy K who was surprised and
very grateful to receive them.
and guest host, Kathleen Mae Schneider,
who wrote to me recently and shared
memories of those dark days in the fall
of 2012 along with her thoughts about
parting with the Dell graffiti blocks
she rescued from the scrap heap.
from which I could retrieve enough parts
to make an almost complete image.
We delivered the last Dell block to Elisabeth's house today. She will keep it safe and treasure it.
would appreciate them for their historic and
cultural value as well as their memories
of that very special place.
I'm happy that Dell rat Kathy
now has four of them.
this otherwise sad chapter in Shady Dell