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In late December of 2020, defying the pandemic, Bibby Loring and Christy Morse founded The Line Studio + Gallery across from Septa’s Chestnut Hill East train station at 105 Bethlehem Pike “to bring a vibrant, contemporary element to the art-loving community of Chestnut Hill.” more
Every once and a while book comes along that changes your outlook on life. This just happened to me recently when I read The Age of Wood by Roland Ennos. more
(Ed. Note: Neil Nolen is a Mt. Airy native who now lives in Odessa, Ukraine. He wrote this about 80-year-old acclaimed artist and poet Carol Seitchik, who is also from Mt. Airy — Bryan Street … more
Several years ago, a nephew of mine, Gabriel, was a student at the Hare Krishna Temple, 41 W. Allens Lane in West Mt. Airy. more
A few weeks ago in the food column, I talked about how a month of festivities featuring March Madness, Passover and Easter isn’t an excuse to let our guard down with the COVID-19 virus and start partying in big groups. more
On the same weekend, Tempesta di Mare assembled a fabulous roster of pieces from that particular calendar year in the 18th century, and the Philadelphia Orchestra rebroadcast online the final performance it gave last year before the COVID-19 pandemic. more
Eleanor Day's almost photographic, brightly colored representations of people and nature scenes evoke such powerful emotions, one almost feels they should be paired with the poems of Wordsworth, Shelley and Keats. more
Zenos Frudakis, 69, a Glenside resident for 34 years and sculptor who created the controversial statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo and more than 100 large statues all over the world, is the subject of a new documentary film that will be airing on public television stations. more
Thinking back on this challenging year, Woodmere is grateful for the extraordinary support of our community. more
Hornblum's latest book, released Feb. 16, is “The Klondike Bake-Oven Deaths” (Sunbury Press) based on actual events in 1938, also in Holmesburg Prison. Unlike Hornblum's non-fiction books, this one is “historical fiction.” more
In collaboration with Brian Sanders’ JUNK, the Philadelphians performed Rodion Shchedrin’s “Carmen Fantasy.” Piffaro proffered “The World of Don Quixote” to enliven the first week of March. more
The other night, I made a dish for dinner that everyone loved. A recipe had popped up in my news feed that day for baked feta cheese and tomato pasta. The following day, a friend texted me the same recipe. That same night, my older daughter sent me a proud photo from her college kitchen of the same pasta, in a casserole dish as well. more
Imagine a subway hurtling through early America: Minutemen and colonial dames fly past in a whirlwind of parchment and red brick. more
Author Jessica Bruder was probably the kind of kid who looked behind the screen and found the wizard working the mic. She is drawn to writing about American subcultures, often by living and traveling with her subjects. more
In this year of pandemic kitchen experimentation, we’ve made pasta and bread, pickled and canned, but there is another craft that saw a resurgence: homebrewing. What began last year out of … more
It's a dark and dreary night in a small pub near the village of Jamestown in the Irish countryside, a place haunted by legendary superstitions. Four men meet to exchange ghost stories. They are … more
“Apart (2020),” is a modern classical composition scored for flute, piano, cello and women’s voices. As the year of social distancing dragged on, Cathy recorded her piece remotely and produced a video including interpretive dance and an accompanying descriptive text. more
Joe and Kathy Winter lived in three different Chestnut Hill houses over a period of 60 years, but they still described themselves as “newcomers.” more
What does a music teacher do during the pandemic when her classes and private lessons have disappeared? more
When Pauline Houston McCall told me she grew up on Ross Street in Germantown as part of “a blended family of 24 children,” I thought I'd have to have my hearing checked by a specialist. That could not be possible. more
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