Americana Collection by Carlisle Nostrame


A·mer·i·ca·na (əˌmeriˈkänə)

The style Americana refers to artifacts, or a collection of artifacts, related to the history, geography, folklore and cultural heritage of the United States. This summer, The Cedars House is proud to be  hosting an oil-on-canvas collection from painter, Carlisle Nostrame. For years, she has been know for her amazing ability to bring families intricate pet portrait commissions. Her daughter, Ann Marie, has carefully selected these personal pieces to showcase at The Cedars House.

Nostame’s personal work is a reflection of the animals and faces that helped build the American frontier. This Southwest-inspired collection features beautiful equine, prominent Native Americans and cowboy cameos.

The Cedars House will be displaying these works August through September. All paintings are for sale and Carlisle Nostame is open to offers below listed asking price.

Summer Extended Hours


The weather has been absolutely wonderful this week, and The Cedars House is excited to announce that we will be extending our hours this summer! Monday through Friday, we will now stay open until 5pm.

Whether it’s after work or after workout, the shady patio at The Cedars House is the perfect place to take a few moments for yourself. We invite late-lunchers, golden hour coffee drinkers and afternoon snack purveyors of Philadelphia to have a new experience at The Cedars House.

See you in the park!

Wissahickon Writing Circles

12068632_884415888279077_8675183166813509815_oSusan Windle’s writing circles are carefully structured for listening,writing and sharing. Susan brings poetry from many sources to guide writers into the deeper places. The surrounding woods add their voices. As weather permits, group members spend time outdoors with the Wissahickon creek, rocks, and trees—to hear the songs and garner the wisdom of this special place.

When • Groups meet weekly for two hours in the late afternoon for 7-week renewable cycles. Where • In a private room of The Cedars House Café on the northern end of Forbidden Drive, at Northwestern Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19118. Fee • $175 per cycle.$160 early bird registration by October 8. Cycle begins October 15 for the Thursday group. With enough interest, a Friday group is also possible.

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Fresh Artists at the Cedars House!

Local students have provided a wonderful gift to the community at the Cedars House in the form of expressive art pieces via the outstanding organization, Fresh Artists!

Founded in 2008, Fresh Artists is a national award-winning nonprofit that empowers young lives through art by engaging vulnerable children as full partners in philanthropy, by widely exhibiting children’s artwork in highly visible and unexpected places, and by providing art supplies and innovative art programs to severely under-resourced public schools. Fresh Artists invites K-12 artists to donate high-resolution images of selected artwork, and then provides corporate or individual donors with thank-you gifts of high-quality digital reproductions of that art in exchange for financial contributions. The talent and generosity of 1000 public school children throughout the country has delivered the value of more than $557,000 in art supplies and innovative art programming to public schools. Fresh Artists’ Print Studio provides large-format printing for under-resourced nonprofits while introducing disadvantaged teens to marketable job skills and potential careers in the creative economy.  Reproductions of children’s artwork have been installed in corporate facilities throughout the country from Washington, DC, to Oregon including SAP, Yahoo, Comcast, Independence Blue Cross, Harvard School of Education, World Café Live, Yale University Children’s Hospital, Drexel University, and the world-famous Philadelphia Flower Show. The children’s art has been installed in 35 homeless and emergency shelters, soup kitchens and child abuse clinics with healing, hopeful children’s art. The Fresh Artists Memory Games, educational, intergenerational games showcasing children’s art, received the Oppenheim Gold Award for Best Toy of the Year and were chosen by Oprah to be featured in “O” Magazine.

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