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Hill Friends plan new meetinghouse

Americans for the Arts vice chairman Michael Verruto and architect James Bradberry at the site of the future Chestnut Hill Friends Meetinghouse. (Photo by Barbara Sherf)

Having outgrown its 79-year-old meetinghouse on Mermaid Lane, the Chestnut Hill Friends Meeting is planning to build a new facility as a place “for people of all faiths to gather for contemplation, reflection, or quietly delighting in the beauty of a lovely Skyspace by distinguished artist James Turrell,” according to longtime Meeting member Signe Wilkinson.

At a July 8 gathering under a simple white tent on the nearly two-acre parcel of vacant land where the Meeting intends to build its new facility, Wilkinson described the Meeting’s plans for a new, artistically significant space on Mermaid Lane close to its current meetinghouse, which will be sold. The Meeting hopes to break ground in late 2011. 

Wilkinson, the Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist for the Philadelphia Daily News who with her husband, Jon Landau, raised two daughters in Chestnut Hill, began her presentation with several humorous illustrations, showing where Chestnut Hill is  (outlandishly dominant on a local map) and what it is known for – good coffee and golden retrievers.


Two Hill bakeries star in TLC show

Philadelphia and Chestnut Hill’s own Amy Edelman and Karen Boyd will be making a national television appearance on TLC.

TLC’s “Fabulous Cakes of Philadelphia,” which will be aired at 10 p.m. Monday, July 26, chose Bredenbeck’s Bakery and Ice Cream Parlor, 8126 Germantown Ave, and the Night Kitchen Bakery, 7725 Germantown Ave., to be featured along with one other bakery in the area.



Children’s races at Boathouse Row to benefit pediatric hospice

George Hedges Pappert, who died before his 5th birthday from a brain tumor, is the namesake of a fund for pediatric hospice care.

For the first time, the Philadelphia SheROX Triathlon is hosting a KidsROX Fun Run at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 31, on Waterworks Drive at Boathouse Row. KidsROX Fun Run will benefit The George Fund, named in honor of George Hedges Pappert, who died eight days before this fifth birthday, 18 months after he was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor.

The KidsROX Fun Run, open to children ages 1 to 14, is designed to promote the importance of exercise through running. Mostly, the goal is to teach kids the importance of helping other kids.

“We want young participants to understand the thrill of running in a race and also give them an opportunity to help kids who are suffering from terminal illness,” said Barb Mc Keever, SheROX series director.

When a child dies, the surviving family members often dedicate time and energy working toward a cure for that which took their child’s life. After Jerry and Ellen Pappert lost their son, they chose to honor him in a different way.


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