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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


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Friends of Ryerss Fall Miniature Golf Classic

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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.

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

Report on The West Woodlands of Burholme Park

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14751631840_816783f6b2_oThe West Woodlands are located in Burhlome Park in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadlephia. The Woodlands are separated from the main park by the driveway to the Fox Chase Cancer Center. There are no signs identifying the Woodlands as part of Burholme Park and the only path maintained is a wide cinder pathway along the upper ridge of the valley that a small stream runs through, which hereafter will be referred to as Burholme Park Creek. The woodlands are under-utilized and are neglected by routine park maintenance. The east side of Burholme park with Ryerss Museum and Library, picnic areas, playground, sports field and the Burholme Golf Range are nicely maintained, however the Woodlands are another story. Buholme park was once simply known as Burholme, the summer residence of the Ryerss family and once had an active stable, greenhouses and farming.

Burholme Park Creek 


The Burholme Park Creek flows along the Philadelphia/Montgomery border from the northwest side of the park to the southwest side of the park under Cottman Avenue into Montgomery County and empties into the Tookany Creek in Cheltenham Village.
14751281728_fb6f7b37cf_o There are numerous fallen trees in the creek causing damming and erosion of the creek banks. One tree and earthen dam is located about forty yards of so from the tunnel that carries the creek under Cottman Avenue that was built in 1938 as part of the WPA project. 14751794847_c6bb2d5755_oIn the woods adjacent to this area are numerous plastic trash bags filling the forest floor. The creek itself is a beautiful site with numerous rock formations along its length. A cleanup of the creek by Fairmount Park and or Montgomery would seem in order to restore the full beauty of this gem of a small creek.

 The West Woodlands 


The Woodlands hold many treasures for one who is bold enough to navigate their way through remnants of pathways. In addition to numerous types of trees and other vegetation, there are great rock formations as one descends from the ridge of the park into the Burholme Park Creek Valley. There are numerous 14751863637_64dff1f517_ochipmunks, groundhogs, hawks, blue heron and various species of other birds as well as an opportunity to observe a deer or two and an occasional fox. The paths are not maintained and are often blocked by fallen trees and an abundance of poison ivy. The paths are not identified nor are there any markers to return a hiker back to the main park.  There are numerous fallen trees and trees that are about to fall throughout the woodlands.

14751350677_fa8acd9f4b_oThere are six locations within the Woodlands that appear to be routine party spots for underage drinking. These areas are cluttered with broken bottles, plastic, beer cases and other debris. These folks who do utilize the Woodlands fail to clean up after themselves and there seems to be little attention paid to their activity by Fairmount Park Guards, city or suburban police.  A hunters lean to constructed of wood has been in place since at least 2011.

14937694232_505fcd206f_o (1)The West Woodlands of Burholme Park are a neglected treasure of the Fairmount Park System. Proper signage would draw more visitors to this small oasis in Northeast Philadelphia. A cleanup of the Burholme Park Creek would restore it to full beauty, proper maintenance of paths and a removal of broken or damaged trees would make the park more user friendly.

More photographs of The West Woodlands of Burholme Park here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157646118096500/

Philly Poetry Day Events – April 12th

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amp-at-pennypack-environmental-centerApril 12th  @ 1pm        

Our first installment of Poets @ Pennypack featuring Kahn, Krok, Kramer, Mallouk, Schermer, Sahms-Guarnieri and Todd followed by an open mic is slated for 1 pm @ 8600 –A Verree Road. More information here: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/03/06/poets-pennpack-april-12th-1pm/


Reading poetry about Philadelphia’s people and places

Diane Sahms-Guarnierig emil reutter at Chop Suey Books.

We also have two informal readings before the Pennypack reading and after featuring Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and g emil reutter. http://gereutter.wordpress.com/about/    http://dianesahmsguarnieri.wordpress.com/

lions-park-fox-chase11 am – Lions Park, Gazebo, 7900 Oxford Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa. 19111. (30 minute reading)




gorgas park.

7 pm – Gorgas Park, Gazebo, Gorgas Park 6300 Ridge Avenue Philadelphia, Pa. 19128 (30 minute reading).


We hope you can find the time to come out to Pennypack or visit one of the informal readings. You can check out other Philly Poetry Day events by visiting their website: http://www.phillypoetryday.com/