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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/

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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

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

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Set Two:

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

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Poets @ Pennypack

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Fox Chase Farm Summer 2014

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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.

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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.

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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 from Poets @ Pennypack II

Come Rain Come Shine

Featured Poets Nathalie Anderson, g emil reutter, Michele Belloumini, Dennis Daly,  Chad Parenteau  and Lester Mobley presented an outstanding poetry reading at the Pennypack Environmental Center in Northeast Philadelphia. The reading was moved from the amphitheater to the auditorium due to weather. The event was hosted by Poet Diane Sahms-Guarnieri. The featured poets were followed in the open reading by Poets A. Amos, Ethyl Treatman Burns and Vern Rose.

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Featured Poet g emil reutter

Featured Poet Nathalie Anderson

Featured Poet Nathalie Anderson

Featured Poet Michele Belloumini

Featured Poet Michele Belloumini

 

 

 

 

 

Featured Poet Dennis Daly

Featured Poet Dennis Daly

 

 

 

 

Featured Poet Lester Mobley

Featured Poet Lester Mobley

Featured Poet Chad Parenteau

Featured Poet Chad Parenteau

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More photographs of this event at:https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157643749179114/

 

Poets @ Pennypack II – May 10th @ 1pm

poets @ pennypack photoThe Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present the second installment of Poets @ Pennypack on May 10, 2014: 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Amphitheater/Camp Fire area at the Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600-A Verree Rd, Philadlephia, Pa. Diane Sahms-Guarnieri will host.  The featured poets will be followed by an open reading. Featured poets are Nathalie Anderson, g emil reutter, Michele Belloumini, Dennis Daly, Richard Okewole, Chad Parenteau and Lester Mobley.

More information at this link: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/04/21/poets-pennypack-ii-may-10th/

Poets @ Pennypack II – May 10th

amp-at-pennypack-environmental-center The Fox Chase Reading Series is pleased to present the second installment of Poets @ Pennypack on May 10, 2014: 1 pm to 3:30 pm – Amphitheater/Camp Fire area at the Pennypack Environmental Center, 8600-A Verree Rd, Philadlephia, Pa. Diane Sahms-Guarnieri will host.  The featured poets will be followed by an open reading.

The Lineup

April 12, 2014 007 g emil reutter lives and writes in the Fox Chase neighborhood of Philadelphia where he founded The Fox Chase Review and The Fox Chase Reading Series.  Eight collections of his poetry and prose have been published by Stonegarden.net, Blazevox Books and Persistenica Press. Most recently Carvings in November 2010. You can visit him at   http://gereutter.wordpress.com/

nat anderson Nathalie Anderson teaches at Swarthmore College, where she is a Professor in the Department of English Literature and directs the Program in Creative Writing. She is the author of three books of poetry – Following Fred Astaire, Crawlers, and Quiver – and librettist for three operas, including most recently a version of the Sherlock Holmes story, “A Scandal in Bohemia.” You can read the poetry of Nathalie Anderson in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14nanderson.html  http://www.foxchasereview.org/10WS/AndersonN.html

michelle Michele A. Belluomini is a poet, storyteller and librarian. Her work has been published in journals such as The Mad Poets Review, Poetry Motel, American Writing, APR: Philly Edition, and most recently in the anthology COMMONWEALTH: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. Her chapbook, Crazy Mary & Others won the 2004 Plan B Press Poetry competition. Her latest release from Plan B Press is signposts for sleepwalkers.  You can read the poetry of Michele A. Belluomini in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/09AW/15-MABelluomini.html  http://www.foxchasereview.org/09WS/01-MicheleABelluomini.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/20-MicheleABelluomini.html

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Dennis Daly has been published in numerous poetry journals and magazines and recently nominated for a Pushcart prize.  Ibbetson Street Press published The Custom House, his first full length book of poetry in June, 2012. His second book, a verse translation of Sophocles’ Ajax, was published by Wilderness House Press in August, 2012. His third book of poems entitles Night Walking with Nathaniel has been accepted for publication by Dos Madres Press. A fourth book is nearing completion. You can read the poetry of Dennis Daly in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14ddaly.html

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Lester Mobley was born and raised on Long Island, not far from the birth place of Walt Whitman. Lived most his life in Philadelphia where he resides in Center City, just over a bridge not far from the final resting place of Walt Whitman, whose background is that of a blue-collar tradesman, as was Walt Whitman.  He writes short stories and poems of God, nature, love, jazz, and the socio-political aspects of humanity. They are exemplified in his current book Chapbook, The First Three: Poems by Lester Mobley (Mobley Publishing 2013).  He has been a featured reader throughout the Philadelphia/South Jersey area and participates in open mics whenever the opportunity presents itself. You can read the fiction and poetry of Lester Mobley at these links: http://www.thefoxchasereview.org/w14lmobley.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/11AW/LMobley.html

chad Chad Parenteau was born in Woonsocket Rhode Island in 1973 and grew up in  Bellingham, Massachusetts.  Graduating high school in 1991, he entered  Framingham State College (Now Framingham State University) and majored in  English.  He learned poetry and prose writing from instructors such as Alan  Feldman and Miriam Levine and studied journalism under Desmond McCarthy. Chad has featured in several venues, including Spoken Word Nantucket, the Fox Chase Reading Series in Philadelphia, the 17 Poets! Reading Series in New Orleans,  the Brownstone Poets series in Brooklyn and the Out of The Blue Art Gallery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where he is the current host and organizer of Stone Soup Poetry, one of the longest-running weekly poetry venues in the state.  His recent contribution to the reading series is creating and editing its online tribute journal, Spoonful and releasing a limited series of print chapbooks currently availabe through the venue.  Most recently, he has partnered up Stone Soup with Jason Wright’s Oddball Magazine, where he currently serves as a contributing editor and oversees the weekly “Stone Soup Servings” column in addition to collaborating with on a humor column with George Panagopoulos called The Last(ish) Word. You can read the poetry of Chad Parenteau in The Fox Chase Review at these links: http://www.foxchasereview.org/08AW/07-ChadParenteau.html http://www.foxchasereview.org/2008/16-ChadParenteau.html

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A teacher by trade and writer at heart, Richard Okewole fuses his life in his native home of Nigeria with his experiences in the states to create poetry that speaks on many different levels. With an African father and Jamaican mother, Richard touches on topics in his writing that force readers to think outside the conventional box. His set of unpublished poetry have been featured in Polyphony Magazine and Anthology Philly Volume 1, but he spends most of his time teaching fourth grade in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he resides. You can read the poetry of Richard Okewole in The Fox Chase Review at this link: http://www.foxchasereview.org/12WS/RichardOkewole.html

FCR Report on Philly Poetry Day

philly poetry day By: g emil reutter

Philly Poetry Day was slated to kick off at 12:00 am in West Philly with over 30 events scheduled across the city, Delaware and Bucks Counties. Philadelphia is home to a diverse group of poets mirroring the arts scene across the city. Realism, Language, Spoken Word, Mathematical, Haiku, Confessional, Formal, Concrete, Dada, Modernist, Post-Modernist, Avant-Garde, call it what you want but in Philadelphia this day words flowed forth from porches, coffee houses, in front of buildings, parks, studios, on Septa buses, town halls and colleges, on street corners and backyard barbeques . We at the Fox Chase Review and Reading Series have a fondness for the parks in Philadelphia. Our Poets @ Pennypack was planned over six months ago and fell on Philly Poetry Day. We decided to add two informal events to the day. Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and I slated a reading in Lions Park in Fox Chase because that it is where it all started, the idea for the review and reading series. We also slated a reading at Gorgas Park in Roxborough where Diane graduated from the adjacent Roxborough High School and grew up just a block away where the elders of her family still reside.

Lions Park in Fox Chase, Philadelphia

Lions Park in Fox Chase, Philadelphia Philly Poetry Day

Our day began at Lions Park for an 11 am reading centered on reading our poetry about Philadelphia’s people and places. We enjoyed reading in Lions Park to the folks waiting on the 18 bus in the loop.

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

g emil reutter reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

g emil reutter reads in Lions Park for Philly Poetry Day

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Pennypack Environmental Center on Veree Road - Philadelplhia

Pennypack Environmental Center on Verree Road – Philadelplhia – Philly Poetry Day

Following the Lions Park reading in Fox Chase we traveled down Rhawn Street to Verree Road and the amphitheater located to the rear of the Pennypack Environmental Center. This rustic setting set on a ridge high above the Valley of the Pennypack  in the Northeast was perfect for a poetry reading. The reading began at 1 pm with our featured poets.  B.E. Kahn, Peter Krok, Tom Mallouk, Bruce Kramer, Wendy Schermer, Diane Sahms-Guarnieri and J.C. Todd delighted the crowd with full 15-20 minute sets of poetry. The following poets participated in the open mic following the features: Mike Cohen and Rodger Lowenthal

Crowd Shot at Poets @ Pennypack

Crowd Shot at Poets @ Pennypack Park- Philly Poetry Day

Crowd Listens to Diane Sahms-Guarnieri

Crowd Listens to Diane Sahms-Guarnieri Poets @ Pennypack  – Philly Poetry Day

Gorgas Park in Roxborough

Gorgas Park in Roxborough – Philadelphia- Philly Poetry Day

After a brief rest we traveled south on the Boulevard to the Fox street exit and down Henry to Leverington Avenue arriving at Gorgas Park which rests on Ridge Avenue. At 7 pm we completed the day much as we started, on reading our poetry about Philadelphia’s people and places. We were met by the elders of Diane’s family and a few neighborhood kids and enjoyed reading in Gorgas Park.

g emil reutter reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

g emil reutter reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

 

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

Diane Sahms-Guarnieri reads in Gorgas Park for Philly Poetry Day

Philadelphia is blessed with possibly the most beautiful park system in the country. From the expansive Pennypack Park to neighborhood parks like Lions Park and Gorgas Park. The poet Joseph Brodsky once said, “Poetry must be available to the public in far greater volume than it is.”  On this day, the 12th of April 2014 in Philadelphia, on Philly Poetry Day in over 30 venues, poetry was available in abundance.   Photographs from our events are available at these links: Philly Poetry Day : https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157643749178684/ Poets @ Pennypack: https://www.flickr.com/photos/12065560@N04/sets/72157643749179114/   For other reports from across the city  please visit: http://www.phillypoetryday.com/

More poetry? On April 27th @ 2 pm Dan Maguire and Ann E. Michael are reading at our Featured Poets/Writers Series at Ryerss Museum and Library. More information on this reading can be found at this link: https://foxchasereview.wordpress.com/2014/04/01/michael-and-maguire-april-27th/

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/

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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)

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

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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/