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Fox Chase Farm Summer 2014


Fox Chase Farm is located on Pine Road in Philadelphia. The Farm is part of the Fairmount Park System and is operated by The School District of Philadelphia. The farm is bordered on the south by Shady Lane, on the west by Lorimar Park, on the north by the Pennypack Creek and on the east side by the expansive Pennypark Park. The farm is located at the base of Mount Stanley and its pastures rise along the mount to the top.


The first owner of the area the farm sits upon was Lord Stanley who received a land grant from William Penn. Over the years the farm was operated by various families and at one point in time as a mental health facility, until such time as developers gained control and planned on building town homes on the site. The city of Philadelphia stepped in and purchased the farm and it has remained Philadelphia’s only working farm. The farm is utilized by the City of Philadelphia School District for educational purposes and is open to the general public throughout the year for special events.


A walk along the fence line provides one with a beautiful view of the farms flowing pastures along the mount and when lucky, farm animals roaming about. From the center point of Mount Stanley, a great view of the Pennypack Valley is had. One can make a full day of it hiking the farm and the adjacent Lorimar Park in Montgomery County or turning east can tour the Pennypack Nature Sanctuary and Environmental Center.

More photographs of Fox Chase Farm at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157646588633101/#

To learn more about Fox Chase Farm visit

The Friends of Fox Chase Farm: http://www.foxchasefarm.org/

Fox Chase Farm: http://www.phila.gov/ParksandRecreation/environment/environmentaleducat

Reading Series Booked for 2015

The Fox Chase Reading Series

For those inquiring, The Fox Chase Reading Series is booked for the 2015 Season. Schedule will be released in December.

The Summer 2014 Edition of The Fox Chase Review is now live

Pennypack Creek between Veree Road and Pine Road- Philadlephia, Pa

The Summer 2014 Edition of The Fox Chase Review is now live for your reading pleasure

Poetry by: Vinita Agrawal, Andrea Applebee, Jose Angel Araguz, Peter Baroth, Mike Cohen, Erin Dorney, Zach Fishel, Kristina Moriconi, Ariana Nadia Nash, Salvwi Prasad, Zvi A. Sesling, Kimmika Williams Witherspoon

Fiction by: Katie Cortese, Beverly Romain and J. Erin Sweeney

The Fox Chase Review can be found here:  http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/

Ryerss Poetry Workshop – October 4th


As of 7/24 all spots are filled.

A poetry workshop will be held on October 4th by Poet in Residence, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, at Ryerss Museum and Library. There are only 10 spots available, of which 4 have been filled. For more information please visit:



This Sunday- Rutkowski and Smith

thad 7SmithThe Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present our Featured Poets/Writers Reading on June 29th with Thaddeus Rutkowski and Curtis Smith at Ryerss Museum and Library, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. .  The reading will begin @ 2pm in the second floor gallery of the museum. The features will be followed by an open reading. https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/06/01/rutkowski-and-smith-in-fox-chase-june-29th/

Related Post: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/06/07/fcr-broadside-14-10-available-on-june-29th/

RIP 2014 Phillies

Spending Millions to Finish in Last Place


It is early in the season, a time of hope and claims of destiny in baseball. Here in Philadelphia, the diehard Phillie fans are watching the collapse of what should have been a dynasty. The aging core stands, the hits come at the wrong time and the apple is rotting around them. Our high hopes have dwindled into sub-par performance. As July approaches and the collapse worsens, players should have those bags packed, ready to go. Phillie fans have stood on the highest peak with the team and now stand at its graveside, but we are always here. Someone once said, “You have to know when to go or it is going to get ugly.” This 2014 team is beyond ugly, it is a total embarrassment. It is time to say goodbye to the core who brought us to great heights and now the lowest of lows, it is time for Ruben Amaro, who gave it his best shot to fade into Phillie history. It is a time to rebuild.

Yet in all Phillie fans, there is hope that things could turn around, that is who we are. But, it won’t. Best to root for a team on the rise than the current 2014 Phillies who have climbed into the casket and are pulling the lid down on themselves.



Philatelists are running amok…


There are Philatelists running amok in the Burholme neighborhood of Philadelphia. They can be found at 7205 Rising Sun Avenue in the heart of the Burholme shopping district at Stuart’s Stamps and Stuff. This quaint store of stamps also has postcards, autographs, paper memorabilia and antique knick knacks. Stamp collecting has a long history in the area, in fact local legend has it that President Franklin Roosevelt traveled to neighboring Fox Chase to view a local man’s collection. The shop is also home to the Burholme Stamp Club. The stamp club meets on the last Saturday of most months at Ryerss Museum and Library for lectures on stamp collecting, history topics depicted on stamps, postcards and world events as they relate to stamps. In addition to lectures the club sponsors bi-yearly stamp shows at Ryerss.

IMG_9269Stuart Geisler is the chief Philatelist in Burholme. He is also a blacksmith, a strange combination to some, but it works for him. Geisler was drawn to stamp collecting due to its appeal to his sense of history and logic. He says anyone attending The Burholme Stamp Club meetings, (free admission), can expect an interesting lecture based on stamp collecting and how it applies to historical research of history. As a young man, Geisler was drawn to blacksmithing during visits to the grounds Bryn Athyn Cathedral and discovering the craftsmen’s building where he met Al Walter who was hammering hot metal into different shapes. As time passed, he became a astrophysics graduate student at Villanova University. Jobs in his field were at a minimum in the 70’s and he turned to the classifieds in the local paper discovering an apprentice blacksmith position. He applied and received  a a five year apprenticeship with blacksmith Fyodor Czub.

IMG_9267Stuart’s Stamps and Stuff has an incredible amount of stuff in addition to stamps. There is a large collection of autographed photographs, binders of postcards, wood carved collectibles and of course some metal pieces sculpted by a blacksmith. Hours of operation are: Mon.-Thurs 10 AM to 7 PM, all other hours by appt. You can find the shop on line at: http://stuartstampsandstuff.weebly.com/

-g emil reutter



Get Your Book On- Ryerss Book Sale

RyerssOn June 7th
, the first Saturday of the month  it’s time for Ryerss Museum and Library book sale at Norma’s Nook in the basement of the museum and library. Great deals can be found on individual books as well as bargains by the bag.


In the main library there is an ongoing vintage book sale by the librarians desk. Hidden gems abound.

Mr and Mrs. Robert W. Ryerss
While your at Ryerss take a free tour of the museum’s first and second floor galleries.

So get your book on…. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Ryerss, 7370 Central Ave., Philadelphia, Pa. 19111


Our Web Editor is Running to benefit St. Jude’s

Katie M Reutter

Our Web Editor, Katie Reutter is running in the Pretty Fly for a 5K to benefit St. Jude’s Hospital. The run will take place on July 12th @ 8 am. Her goal is to raise $500 for the kids at St. Jude’s. The run begins at Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. pretty fly

Every little bit counts and you can donate here: http://fundraising.stjude.org/site/TR/Heroes/Heroes?px=2644752&pg=personal&fr_id=20190

And visit the event website here: http://prettyflyfora5k.com/home/

Philadelphia Writers Conference – June 6th – June 8th

phila writers conferenceAmerica’s longest running writers conference will be held June 6th – June 8th. The Philadelphia Writers Conference will commence at the Wyndham Hotel in Philadelphia’s Historic District. More information on the conference and registration can be found here: http://pwcwriters.org/