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Make a Day of it at Ryerss Museum and Library and Burholme Park

"Cortez taking Prisoner Montezuma"  by R.H. Schnider, 1856, hangs over the doorway in the 2nd Floor Gallery at Ryerss.

“Cortez taking Prisoner Montezuma” by R.H. Schnider, 1856, hangs over the doorway in the 2nd Floor Gallery at Ryerss.

Ryerss Museum and Library

Ryerss Museum and Library

Tours of the Ryerss Museum and Library are free and open to the public Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Museum galleries are located on the first and second floors. Also of interest is the family gallery on the first floor.  For book and history lovers you can make an appointment to visit the archives and view Robert Ryerss private collection of books dating back two centuries.

Library at Ryerss

Library at Ryerss

The library is located on the second floor and offers a eclectic collection of books for lending and has an outstanding children’s section.  There is ample parking and Ryerss and Burholme Park are only a few blocks from the Ryers Station on the Fox Chase Line and the SEPTA 24 bus stops nearby. To learn more about the Ryerss family and their impact on Philadelphia and the world please read: Robert W. Ryerss – The Legacy

POETS ON THE PORCH – 2015  Festival will be held on July 11th @ 1 p.m.

You can view more photographs of Ryerss Museum and Library at this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157646510301296

4444912469_2c5973ab2e_oMake a day of it at Burholme Park while visiting Ryerss Museum and Library with the kids at the playground, a lazy afternoon picnic or hiking the West Woodlands. In addition there is a great miniature golf course, batting cages and arcade at the foot of Burholme hill.


You can view more photographs of Burholme Park, Ryerss Museum and the West Woodlands at these links:

Burholme Park: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157602669224015 and https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157649581429746

West Woodlands of Burholme Park

West Woodlands: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157646118096500

IMG_1360-g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pa. You can find him at:


A Look Back at Four Years of Poets on the Porch Festival

Poets on the Porch @ Ryerss

Poets on the Porch @ Ryerss

To have a look at our past Poets on the Porch in photographs please visit this link and enjoy: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157624536350361

Poets on the Porch 2015 will be held on July 11th at Ryerss Museum and Library. For more details about the poets reading please visit https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/poets-on-the-porch-2015/


Poets Esposito and McClung in Fox Chase May 23rd

Lynette Esposito

Lynette Esposito

Lauren McClung

Laren McClung

Join us in the 2nd floor gallery of Ryerss Museum and Library at 1 p.m. for the poetry of Lynette Esposito and Laren McClung. The featured poets will be followed by an open mic. Ryerss is located atop the hill at Burholme Park, 7370 Central Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. For more information visit: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2015/05/01/esposito-and-mcclung-in-fox-chase-may-23rd/

Students Liven Up the Parlor of Ryerss Museum and Library


Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and Site Manager Martha Moffat

Winners of 2nd Annual Ryerss Youth Poetry Contest

Winners of 2nd Annual Ryerss Youth Poetry Contest with Poet in Residence Diane Sahms-Guarnieri, Mr and Mrs Ryerss, Martha Moffat

presented the winners of the 2nd Annual Ryerss Youth Poetry Contest today. Winning students read their poems in front of a lively audience at Ryerss. Mr. and Mrs. Ryerss, (portrayed by Bill and Carole McMenamin) were on hand to present students with prizes and certificates acknowledging their award winning poems.


Early Afternoon Sledding at Ryerss Burholme Park – 2-17-15





Winter- A Good Time to Visit Pennypack Park and Nature Sanctuary

After snowfall - 2012

After snowfall – 2012

With the snow falling in Philadelphia yesterday my thoughts turned to the beautiful Pennypack Nature Sanctuary located along the slow moving creek between Pine and Veree Roads. Much of this part of Pennypack Park was part of Vereeville, a small town that vanished after the decline of the water powered mills. The land was eventually purchased by Industrialist Kennedy Crossan who sold it to the city for the staggering sum of one dollar to begin the western end of Pennypack Park. The west side of the park at Pine Road is bordered by Fox Chase Farm, its pastures rise to the top of Mount Stanley into Montgomery County.

Hikers-Pennypack Nature Sanctuary

Hikers-Pennypack Nature Sanctuary

Hawk rests in tree above the Pennypack Creek

Hawk rests in tree above the Pennypack Creek

The south side of the creek at this location is where a bike/walking path of asphalt runs the length of the creek to the Delaware River. There is a pavilion, large marsh, and dirt paths along small rolling hills adjacent to the creek.  On the north side sits the Pennypack Nature Sanctuary, a wooded area containing marked pathways along the banks and the ridges of the Pennypack Valley.

Thoreau's Hut by Ed Levine

Thoreau’s Hut by Ed Levine

Within these woods you will find two wood sculptures by the artist Ed Levine. Thoreau’s Hut and Sitting Benches. On the east end of the Sanctuary you will find the Pennypack Environmental Center which contains an exhibit hall. To the rear of the hall is a beautiful

Sculptured Benches by Ed Levine

Sculptured Benches by Ed Levine

amphitheater/camp fire area overlooking the Veree Dam on the Pennypack Creek and to the east is a Bird Blind constructed by Ed Levine. Two homes remain on the site, a servant’s quarters and Veree House.

Pennypack Environmental Center

Pennypack Environmental Center

This is a great place to bring the kids on a warm winter day, for brisk walks, bike rides or to reconnect with nature along the ridges above the Pennypack Creek. If you plan, you may be able to include a visit to the Pennypack Environmental Center and TheFox Chase Farm.

Veree House now used as a classroom by Baldi School

Veree House now used as a classroom utilized by Baldi School

Embodying Thoreau: dwelling, sitting, watching: http://www.phila.gov/ParksandRecreation/environment/


Pennypack Environmental Center: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pennypack-Environmental-Center/216427898382013

Fox Chase Farm: http://www.foxchasefarm.org/

Photos of Pennypack Park between Pine Road and Veree Road


Set One: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157601771538333/


Set Two:



Set Three: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157646723978761/


Poets @ Pennypack


-g emil reutter

Friends of Ryerss Fall Miniature Golf Classic

golf classic emailed
Looking for something to do this Saturday? Need a family fun day? Why not play some miniature golf to support the Friends of Ryerss! The Burholme Golf Center is hosting The Friends of Ryerss Fall Classic, (Yes a fall classic of miniature golf), from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Why not make a day of it and visit Ryerss Museum and Library prior to the fundraiser? Ryerss is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.