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James Diamond – A Profile

james diamond 3 courtesy bucks county hearldJames Diamond grew up on a 600 acre farm between Masontown and Smithfield in Fayette County Pennsylvania. James traveled to Doylestown in Bucks County to pursue his degree at Delaware Valley University. It was in Doylestown that James met his wife Betty, a partnership for decades that spurred an amazing array of activity in support of local and global causes. Diamond earned his bachelor’s degree in animal husbandry from Delaware Valley University in 1961; his master’s degree in counseling from Lehigh University and his Ph.D. in Agricultural Education from The Pennsylvania State University.

diamonds courtesy burlington county times

The Diamonds settled on Cedar Brook Farm in Ottsville Bucks County Pennsylvania where they raised sheep while James taught at Delaware Valley University and Pennsylvania State University. For most newlyweds this would be enough, but destiny had something else in store for the Diamonds. They traveled the world with the Peace Corp, served with the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, The United States Agency for International Development. Traveled and advised educators in the area of agriculture in Chad, Mali, Cameroon, Swaziland, Tanzania, Ethopia, China, Bulgaria and The Netherlands. The Diamonds traveled to over 46 nations. Wherever they paid a visit, they left behind hope for the future and the knowledge for those they met to improve the agricultural needs of millions of people. They always returned to Cedar Brook Farm.

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In their senior years the Diamonds leased out Cedar Brook Farm, building Clearwater Dell on the edge of the farm. The Diamonds are active in the Grange, Open Space Preservation in Bucks County and many of the farmers in Upper Bucks County were once students of Dr. James Diamond. They established The Jim and Betty Diamond Endowed Scholarship Fund. Annual interest to be awarded to DVU students majoring in one of the agricultural or environmental science majors.

james diamond i did what i had to do

As an author, James Diamond has published numerous technical papers, nine instructional booklets and five books, most recently Poetry from the Heart, I Did What I Had to Do about his adventures with Betty and the Peace Corp, and Domestic Animal Bells from Around the World. His poems have been published in a number of literary and newspaper publications. The Diamonds are avid bird watchers and keep a list of all the birds they encounter on their adventures. James Diamond has been a guest lecturer at numerous venues on a wide range of topics.

james diamond 1Now you would think James and Betty Diamond, together for five decades would take comfort and live out their days at Clearwater Dell. They are not. Currently they are planning for a trip and adventure to South Africa. James is pursuing the craft of poetry and was kind enough to share this poem with us.


The Great Blue Heron
Early morn mist hangs low,
with a sun peeking over horizon
boldly casting its rays into a brisk invigorating air.
A Great Blue Heron awkwardly floats downward
landing on elongated legs at water’s edge.
Slowly and effortlessly it steps into shallow water
where small fish do swim.
Stoically, standing in shallow water at rigid attention
stalking fish images in a watery ecosystem.
Together with a fixed stare at rippling water
with beady eyes on each side of its long yellow beak likened to a bayonet,
accurately aimed to toward a watery surface.
Ready to discharge its long-pointed yellow bayonet
that will pierce an unsuspecting fish in a flash.
Watch closely for the ruthless quick zing of the Heron’s yellow bayonet.


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Robert W. Ryerss – The Legacy

Robert Waln Ryerss on the steps of Burholme circa late 1800's courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

Robert Waln Ryerss on the steps of Burholme circa late 1800’s courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

Robert Waln Ryerss was born on March 8, 1831 and would be the only child of Joseph and Susan Ryerss. Susan passed away soon after Robert’s birth and Joseph married her younger sister, Anne, who played an important role in raising Robert. Joseph was a partner in the firm of Ryerss and Lincoln, a major import/export business and later became President of the Tioga Railroad Company.  Robert was a practicing attorney in Philadelphia County, served as a Director of the Tioga Railroad Company of which his father was President. Robert was instrumental in the creation of the Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, (P.S.P.C.A.), and in 1883, the Anti-Vivisectionist Society of Pennsylvania. The Ryerss family maintained a residence in Philadelphia proper but after building “Burholme” near the Fox Chase neighborhood and following Joseph’s death, Anne and Robert spent much of their time at Burholme while maintaining a home on Walnut Street in the city.. Anne became noted as an animal rights activist and was known to bring abused and sick horses to Burholme to care for from the streets of Philadelphia. Mary Ann Reed arrived in America at the age of 21 and was hired by Anne Ryerss as her head housekeeper. Reed and Robert Ryerss developed a close relationship, he being 17 years older. There isn’t any information on the nature of the relationship but what is known after Ann Ryerss died, Robert married Mary Ann Reed. Robert Ryerss died six months after marrying Maryann Reed. Mary Ann married the Rev. John Baun in 1899 and the Baun’s traveled the world bringing back items to Burholme and insuring Ryerss will was carried out.

Anne Waln Ryerss courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

Anne Waln Ryerss courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

TheLegacy – Part I

The legacy begins with Joseph Ryerss, a wealthy merchant and railroad man who upon his death left a healthy estate to his wife and son. It is from the wealth of Joseph Ryerss that the legacy began. Anne Waln Ryerss was committed to the

Robert Waln Ryerss with horses in pasture circa late 1800's courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

Robert Waln Ryerss with horses in pasture circa late 1800’s courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

proper treatment of animals and in specific horses. Anne has been described as a feisty petite woman who made a practice of stopping the owner of a horse who was mistreated and persuade the owner that the horse was in distress and would benefit from a rehabilitation period at her farm in Burholme. In some cases the horses were restored to good health and in others some did not recover enough to work again and remained in the peaceful setting of Burholme under the care of the Ryerss for the rest of their lives. Of note is that Anne was following a family tradition concerning their action regarding the humane treatment of animals in that in 1866 Morris Waln donated $10,000 to establish the Pennsylvania SPCA.

Ryerss’ Infirmary for Dumb Animals 

Upon her death, Anne Waln Ryerss left $30,000 to establish a farm to take care of ill and abused animals with another $40,000 dollars for its maintenance. In 1888 Robert W. Ryerss purchased 80 acres of land at what then Krewstown and Meetinghouse Roads in the Bustleton section of Philadelphia. Ryerss would serve as President of the Board of Directors of the farm until 1895. The objectives of the farm were set forth in its constitution.

  • To provide without cost to the owners a temporary home for horses, mules and other animals belonging to cabman, carters, tradesmen, and other, where a few weeks care and good treatment will enable many disabled animals to work for years.
  • To provide a permanent home for old favorites, whose owners, instead of destroying or selling them, desire a place for them under good treatment for the remainder of their day.
  • To provide either a permanent or temporary home for animals, subject to such regulations as may hereafter be established, and both the number of animals shall be determined by the Board of Manager.
Philadelphia Police Mounted Unit stables on the site of the former Ryerss Farm at Krewstown

Philadelphia Police Mounted Unit stables on the site of the former Ryerss Farm at Krewstown

The farm began operations in June of 1889.  The farm struggled somewhat with finances and at one point in time mortgaged the Krewstown farm and moved its operations to Chester County only to return to Krewstown when the farmer defaulted on the mortgage. Upon the farms relocation back to Krewstown thirty acres of the farm were sold to the City of Philadelphia for $18,355.50 and are now part of the Pennypack Park System. The farm continued operation at Krewstown until May of 1956 when the Board of Directors sold the farm to a developer for $441,550.  The farm relocated and continues operation to this day now known as The Ryerss Farm for Aged Equines, at 1710 Ridge Road in Pottsville Pennsylvania. ( ).

The Legacy Part II

Ryerss Museum and Library atop the hill at Burholme Park- Philadelphia, Pa

Ryerss Museum and Library atop the hill at Burholme Park- Philadelphia, Pa

Robert Waln Ryerss married Mary Ann Reed six months prior to his death. Mary Ann was the family maid at Burholme and maintained a close relationship with the Ryerss family. Upon his death it fell to Mary Ann to carry on the legacy of Robert W. Ryerss.

Robert W. Ryerss courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

Robert W. Ryerss courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

The adjudication of the will of the late Robert W. Ryerss was presented in orphans court on Saturday May 15. Among the bequests are $5000 each to The House of St. Michael and All Angel’s for Crippled Colored Children, The Home for Destitute Colored Children, and The City Mission. $30,000 for the erection of a church at Rockledge. His large estate is to be equally divided between his wife, the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the Corporation of the church at Rockledge, and the City of Philadelphia, the last to be used to maintain part of his estate as a public library and park.                

Ryerss Museum and Library and Buholme Park

Mary Ann Reed Ryerss-Bawn courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

Mary Ann Reed Ryerss-Bawn courtesy of Ryerss Museum and Library

It fell upon Mary Ann Reed-Ryerss to carry out the wishes of her deceased husband. It is apparent she did so with much enthusiasm. In 1899 she married an Episcopal minister, Rev. John Baun, (also at times spelled Bawn.) The couple traveled the world bringing back museum pieces to Burholme. An addition was added to Burholme and houses two galleries for public view.

First floor gallery at Ryerss Museum and Library

First floor gallery at Ryerss Museum and Library

The first floor gallery contains pieces collected by Mary Ann on her travels abroad. There are items from India, China, and the Middle East in the gallery. She added the pieces to the collection following Robert Ryerss desire to provide art to the community at large.  Located adjacent to the first floor gallery is the family home and on display here are various artifacts from the 1800’s that the family maintained. Although not all of the pieces are genuine to the house, this gallery reflects the life style the Ryerss maintained.

First floor house gallery at Ryerss Museum and Library

First floor house gallery at Ryerss Museum and Library

2nd floor gallery of Ryerss Museum and Library

2nd floor gallery of Ryerss Museum and Library

The second floor gallery is a collection of eclectic items brought back to Burholme by Robert Ryerss and Mary Ann. In addition there are several paintings in the gallery of great interest to include paintings of the family pets and horses, the Waln family and a large painting of “Cortez taking Prisoner Montezuma” by R.H. Schnider painted in 1856. This piece is displayed above the doorway to the 2nd floor gallery.

The Library at Ryerss Museum

The Library at Ryerss Museum

The library at Ryerss is an active lending library. The library maintains a collection of classics but also has new publications available. The library is managed by the Fairmount Park Commission. Those wanting to tour the museum and library can start here as staff members are available on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to escort tours through the museum and library. In addition to books, the library contains numerous pieces of brass and marble dust sculptures and paintings.

A view of the ball fields at Burholme Park from atop the hill

A view of the ball fields at Burholme Park from atop the hill

Burholme Park is named after Ryerss house that sits atop the park. Located at Central and Cottman Avenues in Philadelphia the park is a major part of life in Northeast Philadelphia. Athletic fields are used by various youth athletic organizations for baseball, football, and soccer.

Athletic Base Ball club of Philadelphia plays Mohican Base Ball Club at Burholme Park in the Vintage Baseball League

Athletic Base Ball club of Philadelphia plays Mohican Base Ball Club at Burholme Park in the Vintage Baseball League

Adult athletic groups also utilize the playing fields. The picnic areas and pavilions just at the bottom of the Buholme hill and those to the west of the Museum are heavily used in the warm weather months. The playground area is a popular spot for children and parents in the neighborhood and beyond. The hill at Burholme has been rated at the number one sled hill in the city of Philadelphia.

Playground at Burholme Park

Playground at Burholme Park

Also part of the park are the West Woodlands, the land donated separately to the city by Mary Ann Reed Ryerss-Bawn. The West Woodlands contains trails for hikers, a small brook in the valley of the woodlands and various types of wildlife for nature lovers.

The Legacy Part III

Memorial Holy Nativity Church – Rockledge Pennsylvania

Memorial Holy Nativity Church – Rockledge Pennsylvania

Robert Waln Ryerss was a member of Trinity Church Oxford and saw a need for a church in the Fox Chase/Rockledge area. In 1893 Ryerss established a mission in Rockledge. Following his death, Mary Ann Ryerss oversaw the building of the Memorial Church of the Nativity in Rockledge. The original mission, was moved to the rear of the property on greased timbers and pulled to its present location by mules. Construction of the new church was completed in 1898. The church was

Alter at Memorial Church of the Nativity

Altar at Memorial Church of the Nativity

designed after St. Mary’s Cathedral in St Neot’s Huntingdonshire England. The Church of the Nativity remains an active and important part of the Fox Chase/ Rockledge community with an active congregation and community outreach.

Robert Ryerss Elementary School courtesy Philadelphia City archives.

Robert Ryerss Elementary School courtesy Philadelphia City archives.




The Robert W. Ryerss School, a two story building,  was built in 1900 at Bleigh & Palmetto Street in the Five Points, (now known as Burholme.) The school operated as  a private school unti  1914 when taken over by the Philadelphia School District. Shortly after the takeover the Ryerss School was replaced by the larger Kennedy Crossan School at the same location.

The Robert W. Ryerss Ward for Violent Male Patients .The ward was part of The Lebanon Hospital located in Syria. Funds for building were provided by Mary Ann Reed Ryerss-Bawn to build and staff the new ward. The Lebanon Hospital operated until the mid 1980’s when it was closed.

RobeWaln Ryerss  carried out the legacy of his Step-Mother, Anne Waln Ryerss in the establishment of the Ryerss Farm for Dumb Animals. It was left to the family maid upon Robert’s death to secure the family legacy. Mary Ann Reed Ryerss-Bawn insured the Ryerss legacy continued through fulfillment of  Robert’s Will. She established a legacy of caring for the mentally/physically disabled, humane treatment of animals, immersion in faith, provided art and books to the general public, provided a vast park for the community. This is the legacy of Ryerss as completed by Mary Ann Reed Ryerss-Bawn. The Friends of Ryerss, a community group focusing on Ryerss Museum and Library carries on the tradition of Ryerss-Bawn. ( )

Source Information:

Ryerss Museum and Library

RyerssFarm for Aged Equines

Memorial Church of the Nativity – Rockledge, Pa.

Report of the Director – The Lebanon Hospital- Syria

Easttown Township Historical Society

The Churchman

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Carolee Schneemann- From Fox Chase to The World Stage

courtesy of Carolee Schneemann websiteCarolee Schneemann, painter, performance artist, writer, breaker of the glass ceiling in the art world, educator. Painting, photography, performance art and installation works shown at Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art; Whitney Museum of American Art; Museum of Modern Art, NYC; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and most recently in a retrospective at the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York entitled “Up To And Including Her Limits”. Film and video retrospectives Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; Museum of Modern Art, NY; National Film Theatre, London; Whitney Museum, NY; San Francisco Cinematheque; Anthology Film Archives, NYC. She has taught at many institutions including New York University, California Institute of the Arts, Bard College, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Recipient of a 1999 Art Pace International Artist Residency, San Antonio, Texas; Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1997, 1998); 1993 Guggenheim Fellowship; Gottlieb Foundation Grant; National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship. Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME. Lifetime Achievement Award, College Art Association, 2000.

copyright Marielle Nitoslawska 2012 - Carolee divining

Carolee Schneemann is an internationally known performance artist currently of New York City. Schneemann was born and raised in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. Born in 1939 she describes the Fox Chase she knew as rural. Her father was the town physician. It was from these beginnings in Fox Chase that Carolee Schneemann became a leading performance artist and part of the avant-garde scene of the 1960’s. She engaged in solo and collaborative performances often using sexuality and nudity in the performance.

In a 1996 article, The New York Times, said of Schneemann, “Using her nude body as ”visual territory,” the performance artist Carolee Schneemann has for some 30 years danced on the edge of the mainstream art world, producing bizarre, provocative imagery that runs a gamut of corporeal experience.”*

copyright Marielle Nitoslawska 2012 - Carolee with cat KitchThe Philadelphia Inquirer wrote in 2014, ‘Schneemann, who grew up in Fox Chase, started her career as a painter, and her subsequent works in sculpture, performance, film, and photography seem to borrow their expressive handling from that medium. One of the two videos here of her collaborative performances – Water Light/Water Needle (Lake Mah Wah, N.J.) – shows Schneemann and her fellow performers moving through an Arcadian landscape as if inhabiting a living painting.” **

Copywright Manielle Nitsolawska 2012- Schnemann in studio

Breaking The Frame, a 100 minute full length feature about Carolee Schneemann was released by Canadian filmmaker Marielle Nitoslawska in 2012. The film describes Schneemann as, “A pioneer of performance and body art as well as avant-garde cinema, Schneemann has been breaking the frames of the art world for five decades, in a variety of mediums, challenging assumptions of feminism, gender, sexuality and identy.” ***

cezanneSchneemann has published a number of books to include, Cézanne, She Was A Great Painter (1976), More Than Meat Joy: Performance Works and Selected Writings (1979, 1997), Early and Recent Work (1983), Imaging Her Erotics: Essays, Interviews, Projects (2001), Vulva’s Morphia (1997),  Video Burn (1992), Parts Of A Body House (1972). You can find these at:

copyright Marielle Nitoslawska 2012 - CS diary excerpt

To learn more about the artist you can visit these links:,,


Thanks to F. Omar Telan, Philadelphia poet and performance artist for his input concerning this post.

*Glueck, Grace (1996-12-06). “Of a Woman’s Body as Both Subject and Object”

**Galleries: A late-life look at Schneemann, Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer



g emil reutter 2-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa.





Pa. 13th Congressional District – Candidates on the Arts

– g emil reutter

On September 23rd we sent some questions to Pennsylvania 13th Congressional District candidates Democrat Brendan Boyle and Republican Dee Adcock concerning the arts. A brief biography on Brendan Boyle appears before the questions. The answers are direct from the candidate and have not been edited. Dee Adcock failed to respond our request. We hope you find this information useful and remember to vote in Novembers election.

Brendan Boyle .

bren boyleBorn and raised in a Philadelphia rowhome, Brendan Boyle worked hard to achieve the American Dream.  Brendan learned the value of hard work from his father, a SEPTA maintenance custodian who emigrated from Ireland at the age of 19, and his mother, a school crossing guard. Brendan was the first in his family to attend college and received a scholarship to attend the University of Notre Dame. While at Notre Dame, Brendan worked as a sportscaster announcing both Notre Dame football and basketball games on 640 WVFI-AM. Brendan would later earn his Master’s Degree in public policy from the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is married to Jennifer, a Montgomery County public school teacher, who just gave birth to their daughter Abigail.

Brendan was elected to the PA State Legislature in 2008 and became the first Democrat ever elected to his legislative district. Since being sworn into office in 2009, Brendan has built an impressive legislative record in education, health care, government reform, and economic development. Brendan has never forgotten who he is or where he comes from. He has been a strong advocate for the middle class and is very proud of his 100% pro-labor voting record. Brendan has also been an instrumental voice in Harrisburg for education reform, criminal justice reform, and protecting victims of domestic violence.

FCR: Montgomery County is home to a number of arts centers and Northeast Philadelphia which is host to independent arts/theater/dance and poetry. What is your view of the impact of the arts in the community?

BB: I believe that a thriving art community is vital to the continued reputation of the Philadelphia region as one the richest cultural centers in the country. Our museums, our musical scene and our theaters have tremendous value that can’t be counted in dollars, but are also a boon for our regional economy, which is heavily based on tourism. The arts are therefore a vital part of the fabric of every community in our region and bring in valuable tax revenue that benefits our schools, our infrastructure and our overall quality of life.

FCR: Do you support continued funding for the arts through the National Endowment for the Arts?

BB: Yes. I strong support robust funding for the arts through local, state and federal agencies.

FCR: Who are your favorite poets and why?

BB: I’ve always enjoyed classic American poets such as Walt Whitman.

FCR: What type of literature do you enjoy reading?

BB: I am an avid reader historical nonfiction books and literature detailing the history of American politics.

FCR: Do you have a preference in art?

BB: I enjoy much of the art that is intertwined with American history, work by artists such as John Trumbull and Gilbert Stuart.

FCR: What museums have you visited and which are your favorites?

BB: I have always been a great admirer of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, but also enjoy the new Barnes Museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway. Within our congressional district, I have always had a very close relationship with the Abington Art Center and have actually staged local events there, so their collection is also one I enjoy and have seen a great deal of.

FCR: As a Congressman how would you promote the arts?

BB: I believe the most important way to promote the arts is through our youth beginning at an early age. I would support greater funding through federal grants to go to states for programs promoting the arts in our schools. It has been shown time and again that involvement in the arts not only helps academic performance, but reduces disciplinary problems and incidents of drug use amongst older students. We need to view the arts as not only a way to educate students, but as a way to promote positive life choices in our children.

 Dee Adcock 

Failed to respond 


Fox Chase Art Group – A Profile

Artists gather around Three Bears Sculpture by George Pappshviz at Fox Chase Library

Artists gather around Three Bears Sculpture by George Pappshviz at Fox Chase Library

Artist Helen KlotzmanThey have been meeting at the Fox Chase Library on Rhawn Street for over twenty years. After three years we decided to visit them once again.  The Fox Chase Art Group is a collection artists who meet each Monday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. These Artist Kay Surgnerartists range in experience from new, emerging to seasoned artist. They come together for the purpose of working on art projects and meeting fellow artists from the area and beyond.  Artist Robert Mellin encourages others to come out to the Arts Group. “New members are always welcome without restrictions as to age, experience or proficiency. We want to encourage artists to grow in their craft.”  According to Mellin there is no cost to join the group or to stop in for a visit. Participants can work in any media but must bring their own supplies.
Artist Mary Ellen McGovernThe Fox Chase Art Group participates in exhibitions in the Delaware Valley. Artist Mary Ellen McGovern will be part of a large exhibition at Love Park in Center City on October 13th.  The Art Group provides feedback if requested and is Artist Robert Obodzinskifocused on being an inspiration to fellow artists.


Artist Robert MellinWant to get your art on? Load up your supplies and head over to The Fox Chase Library and meet The Art Group every Monday between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.  If you desire more information on their focus or the group contact Robert Mellin at 215-731-0101.

The Here & Now Duo – A Profile

the here and now 1The Here and Now are an acoustic duo consisting of Lyndsay Mahalis on vocals and Donald McGettigan on guitar and vocals based out of the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia. They perform covers and original compositions. McGettigan a self-taught guitar player combines with Mahalis whose background in stage/theater give them a unique sound with beautiful harmonies.

the here and now @ eddington house

The duo has played a number of festivals as well as touring the local Philly scene at venues such as Bernie’s Pub, The Broken Goblet, Joe’s Coffee House, Hard Rock Café, Lickety Split, Vice Coffee, and The Grape Room.

the here and now 2Jay Breslin of Rock on Philly described a performance by the duo, “The Here & Now put on a great set filled with originals and covers, including a spot-on rendition of “Little Talks” by Of Monsters and Men . . . we heard beautiful harmonies that made for a truly heartfelt set.the here and now 8

Lindsay Mahalis said it just seemed natural to form a duo with Don. “We were in a band for awhile together and the more time we spent performing and playing music together, the more we realized we were heading in the same direction. We have nearly the same exact taste in music.  We can usually hear something the other will love.  On top of that, we have a really nice vocal blend.  Our tones are complementary to the other which makes for some really nice harmonies.  The more apparent that became, the more we realized it should be spotlighted.  We soon realized we could make this work and become something people would hopefully want to see”.  Mahalis has a simple desire as the duo moves forward, she says, “We’d love to play as much as possible, hopefully earning enough money along the way to record some of our original songs.”

mmp the here and nowIf you would like to see the duo play over the next 3 months you can find them at a Toys for Tots benefit at Eggs Nest Inn on November 15th, and a likely return to Broken Goblet Brewing Co in Bristol.

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The Here & Now on Facebook

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The Actors Group- A Christmas Carol Coming in December

the actors group

The Actors Group of Fox Chase based out of the Fox Chase Recreation Center has completed auditions for their December production of A Christmas Carol. The group will take to the stage at Fox Chase School under the Direction of Joe Laub, Choreographer Mary Therese Laub and Musical Director Mario Marzullo.

a chritmas carol

Show Times

7:30 p.m.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Tickets: $9.00 Adults/ $6.00 Children @ the door

Group rates available 

Location: Fox Chase School, Rhawn & Ridgeway Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19111

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Kevin Convery- Artist in Burholme

By g emil reutter

kevinArtist Kevin Convery of Burholme has been painting for over four decades. His paintings have been exhibited at the Roxborough/Manayunk Arts, Center, Fox Chase Cancer Center, The Michener Museum, The Free Library of Philadelphia, Abington Arts Center, and Cheltenham Arts Center among many others. His art has been published in many Philadelphia area literary and arts magazines. He is a graduate of the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and is a school teacher. The Philadelphia Inquirer described one of his paintings as,” imaginary scene engages the viewer in a direct, intimate, yet mysterious encounter”. golden thread His latest release is, The golden thread: reflections on myth and memory, The introduction captures the essence of his art and text. “Convery’s reflections on mythic themes in images and text. His paintings, which cover a 25-year period, represent a combination of these themes with personal experience. Many of the paintings “draw references from specific, well-known stories”, but are intended to express “meaning related to contemporary life, rather than storytelling.” Kevin-Convery-11 travelsIn addition to his passion of painting, Convery is a poet. Two collections of his poems have been released. Passages of heart : poetry of the Unification movement and Travels on the night sea : an inner journey through a changeful era. Convery has performed his poetry at numerous venues in the Philadelphia area.Kevin Convery at Poetry Reading To learn more about The golden thread: reflections on myth and memory, visit To view the art of Kevin Convery please visit:

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Cara’s Sweethearts – 2nd Annual Beats From the Heart

2nd annual cara's sweethearts

The good news is Cara McGettigan is doing well after her June 2014 cardiac follow up at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia. Cara’s battle led to the creation of Cara’s Sweethearts by the McGettigan family of Fox Chase.  The mission of Cara’s Sweethearts is simple, to give back and help others as Cara was helped. Their mission statement: Inspired by the exceptional care and unforgettable families we met when Cara was being treated at CHOP, we founded an organization to raise funds and resources to give back.

Cara’s Sweethearts is hosting their 2nd annual Beats from the Heart fundraiser on Saturday, October 18, 2014 – 6 p.m to 10 p.m  at McFadden’s at Citizens Bank Park. For $35.00, (40 at the door), you can help those in need while enjoying fine music, beer, wine, food, a 50/50 and door prizes plus free parking!

You can learn more about Cara’s Sweethearts at this link:



The Blooming Artist Studio in Fox Chase

Blooming Artist Studio - Fox Chase 9 9 14

Art teacher and graduate of Kutztown University, Nora McCloskey opened The Blooming Artist Studio in  2008 in Rockledge and moved to Fox Chase in 2012. The studio is thriving. Located at 7971 Oxford Avenue the studio offers a large array of classes for all age groups. From classes for the young to special needs and adult workshops and classes. There is a class or workshop in art for anyone who has an interest. They also offer open studio time for artists, a ladies night out and private daytime lessons for aspiring artists.

blooming artist studio - art show courtesy of bas 1

Blooming Artist Studio offers in house exhibits of student’s art and also sponsors an annual art show, Arts in the Park in the picturesque Lions Park in the heart of Fox Chase and at local businesses who display student’s art.

If you want to develop your skills as an artist, or challenge yourself to create art, Blooming Artist Studio is the place start. Their motto: Create masterpieces in a warm friendly environment where artists encourage one another to do their best…Be challenged to take your skill level higher than you ever thought possible.

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