April 22, 2010

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4th annual Germantown Poetry Fest Germantown Friends School junior Lauren Ballester and senior Jalessa Mungin, both of Germantown, performed at the 4th Annual Germantown Poetry Festival at GFS on April 17.  Lauren also served as an MC and Jalessa was the festival intern. The Poetry Festival packed the house at Germantown Friends School on Saturday, with over 60 young poets performing.  The capacity audience snapped, cheered and applauded as one spoken word artist after another took the stage.  As GFS English teacher and festival director Yolanda Wisher had predicted, this year’s festival “took it back to what it’s all about:  empowering youth voices and uniting communities.” The festival was sponsored by Youthadelphia, a program of the Philadelphia Foundation, and was broadcast live by

The repeating champion U-13 traveling girls team (from left) Bottom row:  Brigit Andersson, Schuyler Alig, Sophia Linguiti, Grayson Melby, Tori Clarke, Julia Struzyna; Top row: Pam Clarke (coach), Aateeyah Sharrieff, Taryn Milbourne, Sarah Clothier, Greta Meyer, Riley Brummett, Allison Biester, Bob Clothier (coach).

ENGLISH CHOIR AT ST. PAULS The Men and Boys Choir of New College, Oxford, (above) will end its seven-city, two-week American tour with a concert at St.Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill at 8 p.m. Friday, April 23. The choir, founded in the 14th century during the reign of King Edward III, will present a program spanning more than 500 years of sacred music including, according to the program notes, “some of the best music written for the church.” Tickets, which are $10 for seniors and students, $15 for general admission, $35 for preferred seating, and either $100 for a single patron or $150 for a patron couple, can be purchased online at, by calling 215-242-2055, or at the church, 22 E. Chestnut Hill Ave., on the night of the concert.

RARE ‘SPEED MERCHANT’ ON HILL: This car, seen parked at the former Magarity Ford property last Saturday morning, is a 2008 Lamborghini Murcielago LP-640 Roadster (retail price $425,000) with a 650-horsepower, V-12 rear engine. There are fewer than 500 of these handmade cars, which can reach more than 200 miles per hour, in the world. A group of exotic car owners called Elite Speed Culture hold their “Cars & Coffee” meetings on the third Saturday of every month, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the Chestnut Grill, 8229 Germantown Ave. More info: Manny at 215-410-5376.


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