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If you are a visitor to our area, you may be perplexed when you ask someone for directions and they use as a landmark someplace that used to be here and is no more. “It’s near where Under the Blue Moon was” or “It’s next to what used to be North by Northwest.” Longtime residents are used to things staying put. In this issue we pay tribute to some of the retro things we love here, whether they have been here for decades or seem like they have been: record stores, diners, hardware stores and others. If you are coming to our area to stay, a house of worship might be one of your first major decisions. This area has a wide variety of churches, synagogues, mosques and meeting houses to consider and their homes are so striking that from time to time there are tours available. They range in age from the Chestnut Hill Baptist Church from 1834 to the brand new Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, known internationally for its opening Skyspace roof. We also are proud of the spirit of live local the-

atre that exists here. You needn’t go to Broadway to see first-class live theatre and may see your neighbors on stage. One new thing that has taken hold here is an explosion of yoga studios. A decade ago there were less than a handful, now there may be dozens within a short walk or drive. Whether you are young or old, want to move or sit still, there are nostalgic, spiritual, entertaining and energizing opportunities here. We’ve included a calendar of upcoming events of all kinds. We invite you to get out and experience them. Our cover is a nod to the retro spirit, the oldtime feel of our area while it is ever changing and becoming more modern. Our cover art is from artist Eddie Flotte Jr., a talented watercolor artist who has been called the Andrew Wyeth of our area. His work is sold locally in Chestnut Hill at the Carol Schwartz gallery and Serendipity, both in Chestnut Hill, or can be seen online at

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TABLE OF CONTENTS 10 WELCOME TO CHESTNUT HILL An introduction to Chestnut Hill, its history and institutions. 18 RETRO HILL Part of Chestnut Hill’s charm is its links to the past. Step back in time with visits to these businesses. 22 COMMUNITY THEATER Northwest Philadelphia has a thriving community theater scene. 26 AN OM A DAY Yoga has been growing in popularity everywhere and no more so than in Chestnut Hill where yoga teachers are plentiful. 30 HOUSES OF WORSHIP There is a community for every faith in Northwest Philadelpha. 36 CALENDAR OF EVENTS Looking for a festival, concert or craft fair? We have you covered with a comprehensive listing of the region’s best events.






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WELCOME TO CHESTNUT HILL Chestnut Hill, located in the northwestern corner of Philadelphia, is one of the city’s most beautiful, affluent and historic neighborhoods. Anchored by Germantown Avenue and Bethlehem Pike, Chestnut Hill is surrounded by Fairmont Park and adjacent to the Mt. Airy neighborhood as well as the Montgomery County suburbs of Oreland, Wyndmoor and Lafayette Hill.

Chestnut Hill is known for its walkable, village feel and for the great shopping and dining options along its Belgian-block-lined artery, Germantown Avenue. The neighborhood was designated one of the top seven urban enclaves in the USA by and selected as a 2010 Distinctive Destination by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Chestnut Hill is the home to Chestnut (Continued on page 12)

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Hill College, Chestnut Hill Hospital, the University of Pennsylvania’s Morris Arboretum and the Woodmere Art Museum as well as the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Its housing stock ranges from modest row houses to architectural landmarks by Louis Kahn and Robert Venturi. Shopping Chestnut Hill is home to more than 100 unique shops and businesses, most of them in convenient storefronts clustered on Germantown Avenue and Bethlehem Pike. Antiques, gifts and clothes, banks and spas, two yarn stores, two cigar stores, two independent toy stores, an old-fashioned candy store, a neighborhood co-op grocery, a farmers’ market, a country market and more than a few bakeries and cheese shops.



Dining From fast food to fine cuisine and from neighborhood bars to BYOBs, Chestnut Hill has something for everyone. There’s a McDonald’s and also Mica, a new offshoot of Blackfish that was named Philadelphia’s best restaurant, and CinCin owned by the owner of Yang Ming, named America’s best Chinese restaurant. There are two coffee shops, a froyo and pretzel place (this is Philadelphia after all) and McNally’s (home of the famous Schmitter) as well as well as Cake, a restaurant in a former greenhouse. There is outdoor dining at the Chestnut Grille and a farmer’s market with a dozen restaurants of all cuisines. Chestnut Hill features no less than five bakeries. (Continued on page 14)



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Attractions On the northern end of Chestnut Hill is the Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania, a 92-acre, Victorian landscape garden of winding paths, streams, flowers and special garden areas, featuring the new Out on a Limb tree adventure for kids of all ages as well as the Woodmere Art Museum, a 19th century stone mansion converted to a Philadelphia-centric museum and surrounding grounds. To the south is Fairmount Park, the nation’s largest city park with scenic trails for walking, biking and horseback riding and fishing along the Wissahickon Creek (including one of the area’s only covered bridges). There is ice skating at the Wissahickon Skating Club and tennis,



golf and cricket at the Philadelphia Cricket Club, and indoor activities at the Water Tower Recreation Center. Events Fall in Chestnut Hill brings the fantastic Fall for the Arts Festival and spring the Garden Show which closes Germantown Avenue for tens of thousands of visitors who fill the streets for food, fun and shopping. Every other October a tent rises near Germantown Avenue for the elegant Black and White Ball and every December hundreds of people pull on blue booties to tour some of the area’s most elegant homes in the Holiday House Tour. Summer nights bring the outdoor Pastorius Park concert series. It is home to the incomparable Harry Potter Festival in October. (Continued on page 16)

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History of Chestnut Hill Chestnut Hill became part of Philadelphia in 1854 when the state legislature annexed some 129 square miles to the old city of Philadelphia, which occupied the land between the Schuylkill and the Delaware Rivers. The village of Chestnut Hill lay ten miles north of city hall and served as a way station for travelers and a gathering place for the surrounding farms and the mills operating on the Wissahickon Creek. According to Chestnut Hill College Prof. David R. Contosta’s definitive history, “Suburb in the City: Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, 1850- 1990,” prosperous Philadelphians first headed to Chestnut Hill to escape the summer heat of the low-lying old city. When

the railroad provided a link in 1854, suburban development took off. The village provided services to the new suburbanites and the new commuters lived in the comfortable, breezy enclave of Chestnut Hill while they depended on the city for their livelihood and culture. For more on the history of Chestnut Hill, please visit the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Historical Society website at or stop by their office at 8708 Germantown Avenue.

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One of the reasons people like to live in Northwest Philadelphia is the region’s deep connections to the past. This is evident in so many ways, from the historic homes to the Belgian-blocked streets to businesses that have roots that extend back several generations. For many of those businesses, entering the front door can be a trip back in time. The Trolley Car Diner, located at 7619 Germantown Ave., is one such place. In

1998, founders Ken Weinstein and Bob Elfant got the idea for the diner after realizing there was nothing like it in the area. They wanted to provide Northwest Philadelphia with a family friendly diner with a great atmosphere. “The Diner has a retro look that brings people back to a day when life was simpler and less complicated,” 18


Weinstein said. In order to make their dreams a reality, they refurbished a 1952 diner from Wilkes Barre and later added a 1948 trolley car that now serves ice cream and water ice. There is nothing more quintessentially reminiscent of the past than a record shop. Lovers of vinyl should check out Hideaway Music located at 8612 Germantown Ave. for a wide array of

records, vintage sound equipment and hard to find posters. Owner Brian Reisman has cultivated an impressive collection of vinyl records ranging from classic rock to punk to current hits. The store also celebrates Record Store Day annually on April 16, which is a celebration of all things relating to records and the independent shops that carry them. (Continued on page 20)



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Another such establishment is the William A. Kilian Hardware Co. located at 8450 Germantown Ave. First opened

in 1903, the store has stood the test of time against the big box stores, which is a testament to the impeccable customer service found here. Despite the hardware store’s century-long existence, the William A. Kilian Hardware Co. is keeping with the times through the store’s website. Customers can place orders online and have them shipped to their home, mixing the convenience of the big box stores with the personal touch of a local business. Dating all the way back to 1889, Bredenbeck’s Bakery and Ice Cream Parlor, located on 8126 Germantown Ave., has become the go-to place to get a

cake for any prestigious event. The bakery came to Chestnut Hill in 1983 in order to expand the business. Bredenbeck’s current owner, Karen H. Boyd-Rohde has

remained dedicated to continuing the tenets on which the bakery was originally founded by Bavarian immigrant Frederick Robert Bredenbeck. The bakery sells an extensive selection of baked goods, ranging from wedding cakes to tarts and pies. Located at 8509 Germantown Ave, The Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop has been selling an array of rare, artisanal cheeses, both domestic and imported, and other gourmet foods for over 50 years. The shop opened its doors in 1963 and has been a family run institution in the community ever since. The current owner, Daniel Weiss, inherited the shop from his father. “My father told me, ‘Son, you might never be rich but you’ll never go hungry,’” Weiss said. Weiss and his family pride themselves on the freshness and quality of everything in their shops – from the coffee to the rare cheeses to the 100-pound provolone that hangs from the ceiling.

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We all love a good Broadway show. The actors and actresses, elaborate set designs and the theatres themselves with so much history and great architecture. For those that love the theatre, supporting community productions is so important. Not only are you seeing high caliber productions in your own neighborhood, but you are helping the next generation make their mark in the acting world. Many successful actors, directors, writers, and choreographers began their careers in local playhouses. Just by attending and applauding, audiences give these up-and-coming stars the positive feedback they need to continue their

dreams of Broadway. The Chestnut Hill/Mt. Airy neighborhoods are fortunate to have several theatre groups that present outstanding productions regularly. Here are a few: Quintessence Theatre Quintessence Theatre is in residence at the historic Sedgwick Theatre in Mt. Airy. Actors perform epic works of classic literature and drama for the contemporary stage. 7137 Germantown Ave. 215.987.4450 (Continued on page 24)

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An Om Daily for Your Overall Health

Tara Roulis of Tara Yoga in Chestnut Hill. by Leslie Feldman

Yoga has been around for 15,000 years, yet its popularity seems to have taken off in the past decade. With more people looking for ways to stay healthy and relieve the stress of everyday life, more and more yoga studios are popping up across the country and more “yogis” are taking to the mat for health and wellness benefits. “When I completed my teacher training in 2012, the statistic was that yoga was the fourth fastest growing



industry in the US,” says Tara Roulis, owner of tAra Yoga in Chestnut Hill. “Yoga is not new by any stretch of the imagination, but only became popular here in the last 40 years or so. As our focus shifts from getting ourselves well to keeping ourselves well, we're searching for new alternatives to medicines and surgeries, and yoga is one of those things that can keep us above the wellness line.” Yoga can help your body and mind (Continued on page 28)



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to work on the same level. It can help tone muscles and improve posture, lung capacity, and flexibility. It also can reduce your stress, especially through the breathing exercises. Some research has found that yoga may help the heart by boosting aerobic power and endurance. It also may benefit people with high blood pressure, arthritis, carpal tunnel syndrome, asthma, chronic fatigue, back and neck pain, and depression. “A consistent yoga practice reaps so many benefits,” adds Roulis. “There's a quote that I love: ‘Practice once per week, change your body; practice twice per week, change your mind; practice daily, change your life.’ I tell my students that if they're busy focusing on getting into or holding a posture, checking their alignment, thinking about their thigh burning, or if they're in a warrior posture, trying not to fall on their face in an arm balance, or simply being aware of how their belly rises and falls with each breath, there's no space for them to be upset with their boss or that annoying co-worker; there's no space to worry about the laundry list of chores that have to be done later. When we can stop the endless cycle of thoughts in our brains for one hour, it acts as a reset button for the rest of the day...or at least for a little while.” There are a number of different types of yoga someone can partake in. There’s Hatha, which goes through the

basics and is slower moving; Vinyasa which links movement and breath in a dance-like way; Bikram, which moves through a series of 26 poses; and hot yoga which is similar to Bikram but performed in a heated studio. Roulis suggests anyone wanting to try yoga should jump right in. “Yoga in a group setting can be intimidating, but remember, everyone has gone to their first class, and don't compare your beginning to someone else's middle.” Shine Yoga Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse 20 W. Mermaid Lane Tara Yoga 84 Bethlehem Pike Phila 215-305-8325 Rebel 8020 Germantown Ave 215-704-3362 Chestnut Hill Yoga 15 Highland Ave 215-200-4868 Sanctuary 8611 Germantown Avenue 215-242-3150






Houses of Faith

The James Turrell Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting. by Julia DeGregorio

Chestnut Hill and its near neighbors are home to a remarkable number of churches. No matter how you choose to worship, the community has you covered. The Chestnut Hill United Church, located at 8812 Germantown Ave, is a Methodist parish aimed at forming an inclusive faith community. Worship takes place at 11 a.m. The Chestnut Hill United Church prides itself on its laidback



style of worship where kids are encouraged to act naturally (they can talk, ask questions, etc.) and any form of dress is acceptable. For those who wish to learn more about the faith and themselves, the church offers both youth and adult study programs. If you can’t make it to the Sunday service one week, you can still listen to the weekly sermon podcast located on the parish’s website, Our Mother of Consolation, located at 9 E Chestnut Hill Ave., serves the Catholic community with a (Continued on page 32)

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plethora of Sunday morning mass times: 7:30, 9, and 11 a.m. as well as a night mass at 6 p.m and a Saturday vigil at 4:30 p.m. Weekday mass is held at 7 a.m. The church opened its doors in 1855, despite the antiCatholic sentiments at the time, and has remained a go-to place for Catholics in the area. The parish includes a school and Faith Formation programs for young students so parents can be assured their children are receiving proper religious education. For more information on how to join, check out For Lutherans, there is Christ Ascension Lutheran Church located at 8300 Germantown Ave. Sunday worship takes place at 10:30 a.m. with an educational session happening before at 9:30. The church has been a part of Chestnut Hill for over 150 years with the sanctuary being built in the late 19th century. Childcare services are also available for infants through pre-k. Visit in order to get more information and to check out the events listed for 2017. The Chestnut Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 8700 Germantown Ave., aims to provide the community with a rich spiritual experience rooted in Seventh-day Adventist values. Saturday Bible study takes place at 10 a.m. and is followed by a worship service at 11 a.m. Further Bible study is held on Tuesday evenings at 7 and there are prayer meetings every Wednesday evening also at 7. For more information, go to Chestnut Hill has two Episcopal churches in the area. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s located at 22 E Chestnut Hill Ave. This Episcopal



church has been in existence for over 150 years and has been committed to serving the community since its founding. Sunday morning services are offered at 8, 9 and 10:30 a.m. with a choir. St. Paulâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has many events ranging from ski trips to pilates to faith based programs aimed at bringing together a faith community. More information can be found at For Episcopalians there is also St. Martin-in-the-Fields, located at 8000 St. Martins Ln. Sunday worship services begin at 8 but if you cannot make it to mass, you can listen to the sermon, found at The church prides itself on its inclusivity and overall acceptingattitude, as with many other churches in the area. Dating back to 1889, the church has providing faith education and services since its founding. Presbyterians in the area are welcomed to join the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill which is located at 8855 Germantown Ave. Sunday worship services are held at 10 a.m. and are followed by an educational session and fellowship. The church has a long history in the area, dating back to 1850 and the church structure is considered architecturally one of the best in the Philadelphia area. To learn more about the services offered and the events planned for 2017, visit the website, The Chestnut Hill Baptist Church, located at 2 Bethlehem Pike, is a historic place of worship that dates back to 1834, making it the oldest house of worship in the area. Sunday morning services are held at 10:30 and weekly prayer meetings are (Continued on page 34)

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held on Wednesdays at 7p.m. Check out for more information. Quakers in the area congregate at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting, located at 20 E Mermaid Ln. Sunday worship takes place in the morning at 10:30 a.m. and last until 11:30. Visitors who wish to experience the Society of Friends are always welcome to join for a weekly meeting. Questions about the meetinghouse and the religion in general can be answered at Aside from the many Christian churches in the area, there are also mosques and synagogues. Mosques in the area include Masjid Muhammad of Philadelphia, located at 414 E Penn St. and Masijidullah, located at 7401 Limekiln Pike. Both religious centers provide weekly prayer services and activities to unite the community in their shared faith. For more

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WELCOME / CALENDAR OF EVENTS MARCH Hoops Madness Basketball Tournament Saturday, March 25, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Springside Chestnut Hill Academy 500 West Willow Grove Ave, Chestnut Hill The fifth annual Chestnut Hill Community Association’s Hoops Madness 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament offers kids six years old and older and adults a chance to play half-court 3-on-3 games and shooting contests. Players can register with their teams of four (three players and a substitute) or they can register individually to be placed on a team. Spectators are admitted free and refreshments are available. To register, visit or email or call 215-248-8810.

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Mills Road), Chestnut Hill Every Tuesday evening, the Woodmere Art Museum on will present a different movie from a different era, from the Marx Brothers’ Monkey Business to the Coen Brothers’ Raising Arizona. For more information, go to

Clover Market Sidewalk Sale 25 W. Highland Ave. Chestnut Hill Sunday, April 9, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. With a variety of vendors on hand, the Clover Market and Sidewalk Sale will give consumers more than 100 vendors of art, including boutiques, artifacts and jewelry to choose from and a handful of food trucks for refreshments. For more information, head

Chestnut Hill Beer Garden Opening April 20 Market at the Fareway, 8229 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill The Market at the Fareway opens the new Chestnut Hill Brewing Company Beer Garden, a seasonal outpost for brews and food in the heart of the historic business district. For more information, call 570-726-7030. Whitemarsh Township Day Saturday April 22, noon-5 p.m. Miles Park, 303 Germantown Pike, Lafayette Hill Whitemarsh Township businesses and organizations, host crafters, food vendors, games, rides, prizes, music, and much more! For information, contact the Parks & Recreation Department (Continued on page 39)



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at (610) 828-7276 or visit Philadelphia Science Festival Chestnut Hill Astronomy Night & Chestnut Hill Discovery Day Friday, April 21, 7 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 10 p.m. and Saturday April 22, 11 a.m. â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 3 p.m. Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences, 8301 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill Join the biggest stargazing party in the region as local astronomers here and at 25+ sites provide a tour of the sky. On Saturday, hosted in partnership with the Jenks FunFest, this community-wide science celebration returns to encourage families to explore science. Activities are FREE, but bring some extra cash if you want to have your face painted or jump in the bouncy house. For more information, log on to Oreland 5K Saturday, April 29, 9 a.m. Twining and Wischman Road, Oreland $20 - The East Oreland Neighborhood Association (EONA) will be hosting their eighth annual 5K run, 1-mile walk and ½mile kid fun run. The Oreland 5K will honor Aiden Coyne, a resident of Oreland, PA who has been affected by Langerhan Cell Histiocytosis. For more information, visit: MAY Whitemarsh Township Mini Spring Fling Tuesday May 2, noon â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2 p.m. Parks and Recreation Building, 4021 (Continued on page 40)

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Joshua Road, Lafayette Hill A celebration of the arrival of the spring season geared for ages five and under, this event will have food, crafts, games, and more for everyone to enjoy! $5 for township residents, $7 for non-residents. For more information, visit Mt. Airy Day Saturday, May 6 (Rain Date: May 7), 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 6400 Germantown Ave, Mt. Airy Come join the community for a day of family fun, exhibits and information from community groups, live musical entertainment, and different vendors from all around on the grounds of Cliveden of the National Trust, 6400 Germantown Avenue. For more infor-

mation, contact 21sth Annual Chestnut Hill Home and Garden Festival Sunday, May 7, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Germantown Avenue between Rex and Willow Grove Chestnut Hill celebrates the 20th anniversary of its being designated Philadelphia’s Garden district as Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill closes down and blossoms into an outdoor garden marketplace for the Annual Home & Garden Festival. Tens of thousands of visitors will shop and savor hundreds of landscape and garden displays, crafts and tasty treats, while bands play and amusements and rides for children are available. For information, visit Woodmere Art Museum (Continued on page 41)

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Monthly Public Tours in Celebration of Philadelphiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Garden District May 14, June 10 and July 9 9201 Germantown Ave, Chestnut Hill In conjunction with Chestnut Hill/Garden District events, Woodmere Art Museum will host a series of free public tours including: Through a Mother's Eyes: The Art of John Laub, Inside/Outside: Nature in Art Tour and Pet Walks with art. For more information,call 215-247-0476. Lulu-Shrine Circus Thursday, May 18 (6:30 p.m.), Friday, May 19 (7 p.m.), Saturday, May 20 (11 am, 3 p.m., 7 p.m.), Sunday, May 21 (12 p.m., 4 p.m.) Lulu Shrine Center Arena, 5140 Butler Pike, Plymouth Meeting

($24 for adults, $12 children) The Lulu-Shrine Circus, also known as the Greatest Show on Earth! Along with countless amounts of family entertainment, there is a ticket special for adult tickets at $15 online, and is limited for the first 200 orders. For more information, J.S. Jenks Fun Fest Saturday, May 20 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Playground at J.S .Jenks Academy of Arts & Sciences, 8301 Germantown Ave, Chestnut Hill. Join us for games, bouncy castles, raffles, food, and more on the J.S. Jenks playground. In addition to being a great family event, the carnival will also help fundraise to support infrastructure and programming at J.S. Jenks Academy for the Arts and Sciences, (Continued on page 42)

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Chestnut Hillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s community public school. For more information, email Chestnut Hill Great Houses Tour Sunday May 21 noon-4 p.m. Chestnut Hill Conservancy, Chestnut Hill This very special annual tour sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Conservancy and Chestnut Hill Community Association showcases the best of Chestnut Hill traditional and contemporary design. Five homes will be featured, along with the owners, architects, designers, and contractors to connect you to a wealth of information. Advance registration required. $45 for non-members; $40 for members of the Conservancy or Community



Association; $30 for members of both. For more information, visit Fairmount Park Horse Show Sunday, May 21 Northwestern Stables, 120 Northwestern Ave., Chestnut Hill Celebrated for 20 years, the Fairmount Park Horse Show is held in the spring each year at Northwestern Equestrian Facility. This premier equestrian event provides an opportunity for horse enthusiasts to watch students from NWS lesson program and other park stables showcase their talents in a schooling show. Riders must dress appropriately but do not need formal show attire. We have food and raffle prizes. Proceeds and donations help (Continued on page 43)

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sustain our lesson and community programs. For more information email or call (215) 242-8892. Ambler Auto Show Sunday, May 21, 1-6 p.m. Along Butler Avenue in Ambler The Ambler Auto Show is a fun event for car and truck fans. Vehicles are positioned along Butler Avenue covering the major shopping area of Ambler. Visitors have the opportunity to stop and chat with owners to learn more about each vehicle. For more information, please visit Garden Railway Grand Opening

Saturday May 27, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Morris Arboretum, 100 E. Northwestern Avenue, Chestnut Hill Free with garden admission. Morris Arboretum has just the ticket to kick off summer – the Grand Opening of the Garden Railway display on Memorial Day weekend, celebrating its 20th year! This year’s theme is Arboretum in Motion. Take part in a kids craft and enjoy a free sweet treat (while supplies last). Wyndmoor Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 29 9:30 a.m. Willow Grove Avenue in Wyndmoor For more than 60 years, Springfield Township and Wyndmoor have honored the military with a parade down Willow (Continued on page 44)

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Grove Avenue which now includes scouts, Mummers, and bagpipers led by a hundred volunteers, after which there is food and refreshments, all organized by the American Legion and enjoyed by generations of local citizens. For information, visit JUNE Plein Air Outdoor Art Event Saturday June 10, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Germantown Avenue, Chestnut Hill Chestnut Hill will celebrate the arts with its juried competition – Plein Air-which is a French term for “painting outdoors, in the open air.” More than 40 talented artists will set up their easels along Germantown Avenue to capture a scene on canvas. Throughout the neighborhood, folks can stroll the Avenue, watch the art in



progress, and meet the artists. Prizes will be awarded to the winning artists at a ceremony following the competition. For information, visit Pastorius Park Concerts Wednesdays, June 15 – July 26, 7:30 p.m. Millman Street and Hartwell Lane Chestnut Hill (Rain location: Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Cherokee Campus) Every Wednesday night through July, Pastorius Park will host a series of concerts for the general public. The different genres of music and easygoing nature gives an alternative to the locals around the area. For more information on this year’s event and performers, emai Juneteenth Festival Saturday, June 17 10 a.m.-8 p.m. (Continued on page 45)

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Johnson House Historic Site, 6300 block of Germantown Ave., Germantown The event begins at 10 a.m. at 5109 Germantown Avenue at the state marker commemorating the sit of the writing of the first protest against slavery. From there, the “Freedom Walk” parade will march up Germantown Avenue to the Johnson House to kick off festivities including family activities, historical reenactments, food, music, a cultural marketplace and a beer garden. For information, email or call 215-4381768 or visit

Ambler Arts and Music Festival Friday, June 16, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.;

Saturday June 17, 11 a.m. – 11 p.m. Along Main Street in Ambler A free rain or shine event, enjoy the music of different genres throughout the day and observe some of the art work of various exhibitors at the event! For more information, visit,,, and for art exhibitor’s information, email Summer Solstice at the James Turrell Skyspace Wednesday, June 21, 8:32 p.m. Chestnut Hill Quaker Meetinghouse, 20 E. Mermaid Lane. $5 suggested donation The Chestnut Hill Skyspace, Greet the Light, is a permanent art installation in the Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse. (Continued on page 46)

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Skyspaces, rooms with an aperture in the ceiling through which the sky appears curiously closer, have been commissioned by contemporary art enthusiasts and museums around the globe. Evening viewings begin at sunset and last 50 minutes. Going from dark to light, Turrell created a different lighting experience for the morning viewings which begin 50 minutes before sunrise and end at sunrise. In addition to the solstice, viewings are available on many sunrises and sunsets throughout the year. Plan to arrive 10 minutes before the viewing begins. Visitors are encouraged to bring a yoga mat, and a pillow. For more information, visit or to reserve space, visit

JULY 4 Chestnut Hill July 4 Parade and Festival Tuesday, July 4, 9 a.m. 118 East Hartwell Lane (the headquarters of the Chestnut Hill Bocce Club) Decorated bikes and wagons gather at the intersection of Devon St. and Hartwell Lane at 9 a.m. for a parade to the Water Tower Recreation center which starts at 10. Judges will award prizes to the best decorations in a number of categories. Face painting, balloons, pony rides and races for boys and girls at the Watertower Recreation Center ballfields. There will also be a candy find for toddlers, clowns, a moon bounce and petting zoo. At 11 a.m., there will be a free lunch of hot dogs, juice and ice cream. At 11:30 a.m., there will be a magic show. This event is sponsored by the Chestnut Hill Bocce Club. For more information, call 215-247-9776 Whitemarsh Township July 4 parade and festival Tuesday, July 4, 10 a.m. Germantown Avenue from Church Road to Miles Park Whitemarsh Township, in partnership with the local chapter of the Lions Club, will be hosting the 60th Annual Fourth of July Parade for thousands of residents who watch more than 100 participants along the parade route and to Miles Park, where there is live music and a community picnic with free hotdogs and beverages for all. For more information, email: (Continued on page 48)



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