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Historical Society

The Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon Historical Society will host its spring meeting on Wednesday, March 18. Professor Emeritus Claude Epstein, one of the founders of Stockton University and the creator of its Environmental Studies, will share the impact on the environment of the Delaware Valley and the changes made when Europeans replaced the native Lenape.

The Lenape lived in peace even after the Europeans began to settle in the Delaware Valley and were respected by the Swedish and the Dutch settlers throughout the 17th century. But this ended with massive British immigrations and eventually led to the Lenape becoming violent in the attempt to save their lands during the French and Indian War.

Lynn Trimborn, President of The Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon Historical Society [], cordially invites members, prospective members, and guests to meet on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 pm at The Center at Journey’s Way, 403 Rector St. (between Mitchell and Pechin Sts.). Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served.

 For more information on the Roxborough Manayunk Wissahickon Historical Society, visit

Pancake breakfast

Wear your green and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at St. John the Baptist in Manayunk on Sunday March 22 beginning at 10 a.m. Bring the entire family and enjoy an order of Plain, Blueberry or Chocolate Chip Pancakes with sausage, juice, coffee and tea. Adults - $8, Children under 12 - $4, Continental Breakfast $2. Take a chance on the 50-50, Nevadas, Raffle Items, Baskets, try our homemade Baked Goods and celebrate with Irish Music and Visits from Irish Dancers. Last seating begins at noon. St. John the Baptist Social Hall is underneath the Church at 119 Rector Street, enter on the corner at Cresson. Visit for more information.

Indoor Plant Society

Cathedral Village Retirement Community, 600 E. Cathedral Road, will hold a meeting of its Indoor Plant Society on Saturday, March 21. The speaker will focus on Herbal Medicine 101. Herbalist Brit Brennan answers the question, “What is herbalism?” sharing its history and uses in modern time. We will discuss the medicinal properties of two plants, learn about the different aspects and approaches to herbalism, and how to make a medicine healing salve with a live demonstration and samples to take home.

The event takes place 9-11 a.m. at the Cathedral Village Retirement Community, across across from the Andorra Shopping Center, Ridge and Henry.

Cliveden Events

Cliveden’s newest project, "Considering Re-enactments: The Battle of Germantown in the Light of 21st-Century Gun Violence," takes a closer at the annual re-enactments portrayed at the Revolutionary Germantown Festival and the impact it has on our community. Throughout the year, we will hold a series of Cliveden Conversations, which are free to the public and open for attendees 16 years of age and older.

The American Revolution & The Right to Bear Arms will be held Wednesday, March 11 at 7 p.m.

Dr. Jessica Roney, Professor of History at Temple University will discuss the Second Amendment and its roots during the American Revolution followed by a facilitated discussion. Register here to attend.

Tea With Frederick Douglass

In March 2020, Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is hosting "Tea with Frederick Douglass," a one-man, one-act performance written and directed by Shav’on Smith. Philadelphia actor Maurice Tucker, portrays Frederick Douglass.

In 1844, at the age of 26, Frederick Douglass was invited by abolitionists to speak on the lawn of Independence Hall. Douglass had a natural connection with Philadelphia as this was the first northern city he came to upon his escape. It is a testament to Douglass’ courage that he came to Philadelphia, so close to his old master’s state of Maryland, to give this speech. In March 2020, Douglass will return to Philadelphia in a one-man show based on one of his most famous speeches. Audience members will have the opportunity to watch and participate as Douglass struggles with the concept of “independence” as it applies to enslaved Africans.

Performances are Friday, March 20, at 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 21, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Friday, March 27, at 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 28, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30. Tickets for residents with 19144 zip code: $15

Reservations are required. Make reservations online at or call 215-438-1861

For more information, call 215-487-1750.

Film Fest

Chestnut Hill Hospital is hosting LunaFest, a traveling short film festival dedicated to promoting awareness about women’s issues, highlighting women filmmakers, and bringing women together in their communities, at the Ambler Theater on Wednesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at Complimentary popcorn and small soda will be provided by the Ambler Theater for guests of the festival.

Blue and White Night

The Roxborough High School annual Blue and White Night is scheduled for  6 p.m. to 11 p.m. April 25 at the North Hills Country Club, 99 Station Ave., North Hills,  Pa. 19038.

Tickets are $55, includes :Hor d'oeuvres, full course dinner (Chicken Francaise or Salmon Beurre Blanc), music & dancing! Mail check with your name; class of; spouse/guest's name; your address, phone & email; and dinner choice to RHS Alumni Association c/o Arlene Jones, 306A Ripka St. Philadelphia, PA 19128

Questions? Call Arlene 215-508-5606 (answering machine, screens calls), or Joan Katzenbach 215-483-4746.

Community Garden

Pleasant Playground Community Garden Planning Committee announces the unveiling of a new community garden at 6757 Chew Ave., in Philadelphia.

For more than a year, neighbors in the Mount Airy neighborhood of Philadelphia have been organizing to create Pleasant Playground Community Garden, a place where neighbors of all ages and demographics can come together to grow our community while growing food. The garden will increase access to healthy food, provide educational opportunities to learn organic food production, promote physical activity and health, and create a shared green space for neighbors to commune, connect with the environment and share their gardening experiences.

We are hosting a Pleasant Playground Community Garden "Spring Ground Breaking" community event on March 7. The event will include garden tours, information on how to sign up for a garden bed, and donation opportunities. The event will take place from 9-11 .m.

They are also accepting donations here:

'Our Town' at Drama Group

The Drama Group’s spring show is “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder, directed by Colleen Bracken, and featuring Amado Alfaro-Allah, Jim Golden, Jacob Solomon Harris, Jo Johnson, Laurel Margaret Johnson, Marc C. Johnson, Bruce McNeel, Brianna J. Monk, Amanda Moyer, Judith L. Page, Lucy Bell Sellers, Robert Toczek, Sandra Wade, and Russ Walsh.

Thornton Wilder introduces us to the residents of Grover’s Corner, New Hampshire (representing every town, in every state in the nation). We follow the Webb and Gibbs families over the course of a dozen years, as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually – in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre – part. In what has been described as one of the finest American plays ever written, Wilder delivers universal truths about what it means to be human..

Performances are Friday and Saturday evenings, March 20 to April 4, at 8 p.m., and Sunday afternoon, March 29, at 3, in Pilling Hall at The First United Methodist Church of Germantown, 6001 Germantown Avenue, between High Street and Walnut Lane.

Tickets for “Our Town” are $15 ($10 for students with ID and Drama Group Members) and can be purchased at the door (cash or check only, no credit cards). On opening night, Friday, March 20, every ticket purchased will admit two people. There will be a post-show discussion with cast and director following the performance on Friday, March 27.

The Drama Group has been presenting theatre in the Germantown section of Northwest Philadelphia since 1980. For more information about “Our Town” and The Drama Group, go to or “like” The Drama Group on Facebook.

Old Academy Players

PHILADELPHIA – East Falls’ historic Old Academy Players continues its 97th season by presenting its 524rd production, "Buried Child," by American playwright, Sam Shepard. Directed by Nancy Ridgeway with set design by T. Mark Cole and produced by Rob Rosiello, the show dates are: March 13, 14, and 15; Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m..

Playwright Sam Shepard’s "Buried Child" takes a searing look at the American Family in all its glorious dysfunction. Over the course of one day on an isolated Illinois farm, we are introduced to a family lost in its secrets and unable to rise above its past. When the family’s prodigal grandson returns unannounced with his spirited girlfriend, the past and present suddenly collide with dark humor and brutal honesty that is characteristic of Sam Shepard, taking what we thought we knew about love and family, and turning it inside out.

Buried Child won the 1979 Obie Award for Playwriting and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, launching Shepard to national fame as a playwright. The Broadway revival in 1996 received five Tony nominations, including Best Play.

Old Academy Players’ cast includes: Charles Hoffmann as Father Dewis, Eric Rupp as Bradley, Kelsey Hébert as Shelly, Lee Stover as Vincent, Lorraine Barrett as Halie, Rob Rosiello as Tilden, and Tim Andersson as Dodge.

Parking for all performances is free. Ticket price is $20 per adult; $10 per student with valid ID. Buy tickets online at Old Academy welcomes groups! Take advantage of group discount pricing ($17 per person with 15 or more people in a group). Call 215-843-1109 for more information and tickets. There is free parking in the behind the theater.

Old Academy Players, where Grace Kelly and Robert Prosky made their stage debuts, is a non-profit community theater located at 3544 Indian Queen Lane in East Falls (Philadelphia), the urban village on the Schuylkill River. Constructed in 1819, the Old Academy building has been the OAP home since 1932. Old Academy Players has provided continuous community theater since 1923 and is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance.

Roxborough Library

The Roxborough Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia invites the public to several upcoming events.

On March 13, 10:30 a.m., Merge Dance Studio; on March 20, 10:30 a.m., Storytime with our Children's Librarian, Rich Torrence; and on March 27, 10:30 a.m., Jump, Jive and Jam.

We are also holding a Chinese New Year celebration and everyone is invited to join us. For further details please call the library at (215) 685-2550. The library is located at 6245 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia.

Prof sets rock book tour

 Delaware Valley University Professor, professor, rock historian and local musician Stephen Tow announces release of his newest title nationwide, "London, Reign Over Me: How England's Capital Built Classic Rock [Rowman & Littlefield]," as well as embarking on a Philly area book tour with the following stops:

Saturday, March 21, 1 p.m.: Siren Records, Doylestown.

With the foreword written by Bill Bruford, founding member of Yes, and featuring interviews with members of The Who, Fleetwood Mac, The Moody Blues, Jethro Tull, The Zombies, The Kinks, The Animals, Deep Purple and more, "London, Reign Over Me: How England’s Capital Built Classic Rock," by music historian and professor Stephen Tow, weaves together original interviews with over ninety musicians and movers-and-shakers of the time to uncover the uniquely British story of classic rock’s birth.

Capturing the stark contrast of bursting artistic energy with the blitzkrieg landscape leftover from World War II, London, Reign Over Me reveals why classic rock ‘n’ roll could only have been born in London. A new sound from a new generation, this music helped spark the most important cultural transformation of the twentieth century.

Stephen Tow teaches history at Delaware Valley University, specializing in rock n roll and twentieth-century America. He is the author of The Strangest Tribe: How a Group of Seattle Rock Bands Invented Grunge and his newest book releasing February 2020, London, Reign Over Me: How England's Capital Built Classic Rock. For more information, please visit, and connect with him on Twitter, @StephenTow.

Rox Sports Hall of Fame

The Executive Board of The Roxborough High School Sports Hall of Fame announces its Class of 2020 Inductees. Voting by the general membership was recently completed and the five inductees are:.

Lyda Furman Doyle (Class of 1966), Field Hockey and Cheerleading; Harry Getty (Class of 1973), Gymnastics and Track & Field; Dereck Hicks (Class of 1971), Baseball; Vincent Passalacqua (Class of 1996), Baseball; and Ray Tharan (Class of 1968), Basketball and Baseball.

This year’s induction banquet will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at Flourtown Country Club, 150 McCloskey Road, Flourtown. A cash bar reception will be at 6 p.m., with dinner at 7 p.m. Tickets are $30 each for adults and children. Tables seating 8-10 persons are available. Please contact Pat Robinson, 3481 Tilden St., Philadelphia, PA 19129 at 215-438-0303. Make checks payable to RHSSHOF, with a deadline of March 19. In order to facilitate seating arrangements, please indicate on your ticket request if you are a relation to one of the inductees, i.e. family, friend, teammate, classmate, etc., or if you wish to be seated with someone.

Community Help

North Light Community Center, 175 Green Lane in Manayunk, is here to help all of our neighbors, especially those most in need.

Anyone who lives, works, attends school, or worships in the 19127/19128/19129 zip codes are welcome to utilize the social support services at North Light. Our food cupboard is open weekly at the Center on Mondays and Fridays, beginning at 12:30. Emergency assistance in the form of a one-time grant of $300 per household towards the utility bill with support from W. W. Smith Charitable Trust.

If you or someone you know may need a helping hand, please reach out and set up an appointment at North Light by calling Shontell (215) 483-4800, x 103. Applicants will need to bring their identification, proof of residency and income, along with the current heating bill.

Events at Jenkins Arboretum

The Jenkins Arboretum, 631 Berwyn Road, Devon, offers a variety of winter events.

Mindful Yoga runs for an eight-week sessions: Mondays, March 9–April 27 from 6–7:15 p.m.

Presented by Janet Muti, Instructor at YogaLife Institute. Enjoy this unique setting, looking out the wall of windows into the Arboretum as we practice Mindful Hatha Yoga. Our practice will consist of gentle stretching and strengthening exercises done slowly with moment-to-moment awareness of breath and sensations that arise as we move from pose to pose. A variety of healthy living topics will be discussed to further benefit mind-body health. All levels are invited to join.

Cost is $96 (each 8-week course) for members; $136 (each 8-week course) for nonmembers; $20 per drop-in session.

Pre-registration encouraged. People may register on,

Techniques for Native Seed Propagation is on tap for Saturday, Jan. 25 from 10 a.m.- 12:00 p.m.

Presented by Alice Doering, Landscape Designer, and Helen Standen, Nursery and Greenhouse Manager at Jenkins Arboretum & Gardens. Come in out of the cold to learn some tips and tricks to successfully sow seeds. We will cover a variety of seed starting techniques including winter sowing, leaching, soaking, scarification, and stratification. Participants will create their own milk jug greenhouse and sow seeds utilizing the techniques covered in the workshop. It may be cold outside, but it’s time to grow!

 Class is $15 for members; $25 for non-members. Registration required. People may register on

Azaleas and Rhododendrons at Winterthur is hosted by the Valley Forge Chapter of the American Rhododendron Society on Sunday, Jan. 19 from 2–3:30 p.m.

Presented by Linda Eirhart, director of Horticulture/Senior Curator of Plants at Winterthur Museum, Garden & Library. Enjoy a walk through history as Linda Eirhart shares the background and design influences that went into the development of the gardens at Winterthur. She will reveal some of the amusing correspondence between H.F. du Pont and the nurserymen and hybridizers of his day. These relationships helped him to create his “Wild Garden”, and led him to collect and grow “just about every new evergreen azalea that became available.”

 The program is free. No registration required.

Help Cliveden

In 2019, Cliveden staff continued the important exploration of the intersections between the Chew properties throughout the Mid-Atlantic with a focus on the lives of the free and enslaved laborers. A new exhibit this spring focused on the life and labor at Epsom Farm, illuminating the complex narratives of diverse labor forces during the 19th century. 

Continued research at Cliveden is vital to the programs and exhibits produced every year. Your contribution assists us in sharing new information about the people who lived and worked at Cliveden with the community. And new for 2019, you can join as a Friend of Cliveden and receive special access to exhibits for 2020! 

Cliveden is a National Trust Historic Site, located at 6401 Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia. Contact them at 215-848-1777, or

Reunion event

The Roxborough High School Class of 1970 Reunion Committee is busy planning the 50th Year Reunion event and we are looking for classmates and their current contact information including email addresses.

The reunion is planned for Saturday, Sept. 26, 2020, so save the date.

Please send contact information (including email address) to

Andorra Library Programs

Information: The Andorra branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia is located at 705 E Cathedral Road, Roxborough. The library is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays; noon to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; closed Sundays. For more information, visit

Preschool Storytime: The Andorra library hosts a regular drop-in preschool storytime on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.

Kids Yoga: Thursdays at 4:45 p.m. Stretch, bend and pose with us. Wear comfortable clothing (and if you happen to have a yoga mat, feel free to bring it). For school-age kids.

LEGO Club: Work on the building assignment, check out a project in one of our many Lego books or let your imagination soar and build a creation all your own on Fridays from 3:45 to 4:45 p.m. For school-age children (the youngest children should be accompanied by an adult).

Hall of Fame nominations

Historic Germantown is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Hall of Fame!

Nominees should be someone who:

• Is from, has lived in, or has worked in the Old German Township (Germantown, Mt Airy, and Chestnut Hill)

• Has distinguished themselves as a long-term leader at the local, regional, or national level in fields including: community organizing, education/academia, business, philanthropy, the arts, architecture/historic preservation, government, religion, science/medicine, sports, entertainment, etc.

If you would like to nominate a candidate for consideration, please email Tuomi Forrest at with the name of the person and why they fit the above qualifications. We look forward to receiving your nomination!

Germantown Relief

The Germantown Relief Society, a charitable organization established in 1873, is soliciting proposals from non-profit organizations to become dispensing agents for the distribution of funds provided by the Relief Society for the 2019-2020 season. The purpose of the Germantown Relief Society, as specified in its charter, is “to relieve the ... poor of Germantown and vicinity by contributing to their aid money, clothing, provisions, medicine and other necessaries of life.”

Dispensing Agents must be non-profit organizations that are registered with a current 501 (c) 3 status with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and that serve the population of Germantown. Funds must be spent on direct aid to individuals in the form of food, clothing, shelter, medicine or other basic needs. These funds may NOT be used for general operating costs of the Dispensing Agent. Average grants in recent years have been in the $1,500 to $5,000 range.

Proposals must be received by 10/01/2019. Selected organizations will be notified by the end of 2019, and the funds can be expected to be received early in 2020.

Applications, along with information about the Society, can be found on-line at Please send your questions to the Society at

Civic Association Meetings

• The Manayunk Neighborhood Council meets the first Wednesday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at the Venice Island Performing Arts Center, 7 Lock St. Manayunk.

• The Central Roxborough Civic Association meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Leverington Presbyterian Church, 6301 Ridge Ave., Roxborough.

• The East Falls Community Council meets the second Monday of the month at 7 p.m. at East Falls Presbyterian Church, 3800 Vaux St., East Falls.

• The Wissahickon Neighbors Civic Association meets the second Monday of the month at 7:30 p.m. at Pilgrim Church, 3158 Terrace St., Manayunk.

• The Ridge Park Civic Association meets the second Tuesday of the month in March, June, September and December at 7 p.m. at the Fifth District Police Station, 6666 Ridge Ave., Roxborough.

• The Upper Roxborough Civic Association meets the second Wednesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Roxborough Presbyterian Church, 8230 Ridge Ave., Roxborough.

• The Wissahickon Interested Citizens Association meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. at Northern Children’s Services, 5301 Ridge Ave., Wissahickon.

• East Falls Forward meets the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at BuLogics/StatIS, 3721 Midvale Ave., East Falls. A free community happy hour precedes the meeting, which starts at 7:30 p.m. 

Senior Citizens Dinner

Join your neighbors every Wednesday evening from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Roxborough Memorial Hospital Cafeteria for a $5 meal and a visit with friends.

James Turrell Skyspace

The James Turrell Skyspace at Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is open to the public every Sunday evening.

This Skyspace displays subtly evolving colored light washing a vaulted ceiling around a rectangular opening to the fading twilight sky directly over head.

The program starts 10 minutes before sunset.

Seating is limited. To reserve a place and find the start time for specific dates, check and search for Skyspace.

The Skyspace is located at 20 E. Mermaid Lane in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia.

For comfortable viewing, guests are encouraged to bring yoga mats and cushions to lie on the floor or prop their heads up while sitting on the benches.

Well Spouse Support Group

A new Well Spouse support group meeting the fourth Tuesday of each month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Center on the Hill at the Presbyterian Church, 8855 Germantown Ave., Chestnut Hill.

Facilitators for the group are Fern Zeigler, Claire Salvi and David Hale. All have many years of spousal caregiving. All care about helping the caregiver.

When one is ill, two need help. When a person gets a diagnosis of a disease or becomes physically disabled, their spouse/partner is there to help, but who is there to help the “caregiver”? This can be a lonely and sometimes overwhelming and frightening pursuit for the “well spouse/partner.”

When someone becomes a caregiver for their spouse or partner, their life changes. What were once shared activities/responsibilities begin to fall more and more on the caregiver. Meals, shopping, laundry, cleaning, child care and financial matters are just a few of the things the caregiver may begin to carry alone. Vacation plans and dreams inevitably change. Friends may disappear. Family may not be as available as one would hope. Some level of depression may occur.

One form of self-help is a support group. This is a group of people who face similar problems. It is a place of respite and even laughter, a place where you are truly understood and you don’t have to explain yourself. It is also a place for sharing of resources and ways to care for self.

For more information, contact Fern Zeigler at 484-686-7689 or or Claire Salvi at 215-407-5567.



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