Springtime in the Park!

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We’re back!

And open 7 days a week.


Edit:

We would like to extend apologies for the initial announcement that The Cedars House would reopen to a seven day schedule this Spring. Due to projected weather forecasts for April and May, the cafe will only open Wednesday through Sunday; and will resume its 7 day schedule in early June. 

Although the cafe will be shut down on Mondays and Tuesday, we invite your inquiries for private luncheons, parties and catering orders during this time.

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Fresh Art

The work of watercolorist Suzanne Marinell is on display here at Cedars now through May. Featuring nearby landscapes of the Wissahickon, Morris Arboretum, Fort Washington State Park and the Schuykill River.

“When I paint a landscape, whether external or internal, I want the viewer to know how I felt when I was there. I understand much better where I have been when I explore that place through my art. I hope that when people observe my work, they will go on interesting travels themselves as they explore my colors, shapes, and moods, and will perhaps want to go where I have been, or will realize that they have already been there.”
-Suzanne Marinell

 

Suzanne cordially invites you to her artist reception on Earth Day 2018; Sunday, April 22 from 11am to 1pm in the cafe and activity room.

Bi-Annual FOW Photo Contest
Submissions Open 4/2

Artists, photographers, writers, poets, and musicians can all claim the Wissahickon Valley as a muse. So what’s stopping you from joining their ranks and entering the Biennial Wissahickon Photo Contest 2018? This year’s contest is being presented by FOW, the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association, and (for the first year ever) the Woodmere Art Museum. Entrants can submit up to 4 photos and submissions will be accepted from April 2 to October 15.

Photos can be submitted electronically here

Contest Rules:
– All photos must be taken within the Wissahickon Valley Park, along the Green Ribbon Trail, or on one of the WVWA managed preserves
– Enter only photographs taken by you, the entrant
– Categories are People, Wildlife, Landscape, and Structures
– Enter photos taken within the last 3 years
– You may enter up to 4 photos
– Photos should be high resolution (at least 300 DPI) and in one of the following file formats: .tiff, .eps, .jpg, .png, or .gif
– File names should follow this format:
last name_category_submission number or
last name_youth_category_submission number
EX: smith_wildlife_1.jpg or smith_youth_wildlife_4.jpg
– Location of the photo must be included in the description of each photo.
– Provide a current phone number, email and mailing address
– Entrants who wish to have your their photo displayed at the Winners Reception should submit a paper copy of the photo to the Wissahickon Valley Watershed Association at 12 Morris Road, Ambler, PA 19002. All prints should be on quality paper sized 8″ x 10″

Spring Activities & Events

Wissahickon Day Parade
04.29.18   12pm
On Forbidden Drive at The Cedars House

The Wissahickon Day Parade is a celebration of the 1920’s protest which caused the naming of Forbidden Drive. In 1921, the president of the Fairmount Park Commission, E.T. Stotesbury proposed opening all park roads to automobile traffic.  This proposal met the protest of the Philadelphia Riders and Drivers Association which now is known as the Chestnut Hill Riders and Drivers of the Wissahickon.  In their protest, they launched a “Save the Wissahickon” campaign.  The campaign resulted in almost 1,000 people on horseback and in horse drawn carriages marching down the Wissahickon Turnpike to show their support for keeping the park free of automobiles.  The equestrians were supported by 12,000 spectators.  Because of their successful defeat of the proposal, Wissahickon Turnpike became known as Forbidden Drive. Each year, riders and drivers assemble at the Northwestern Equestrian Facility and march down Forbidden Drive in celebration of equestrian activities, the Wissahickon Creek and the preservation of this historical trail.

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Courtesy of Northwestern Stables

The 2018 annual Wissahickon Day Parade (WDP) will be held on Sunday, April 29. The parade is the oldest annual equine parade in the US and is sponsored by the Wissahickon Valley Riding and Driving Association (WVRDA).

The Parade will start at 12:00 PM, departing from Harper’s Meadow. Line-up will start with carriages, in front of Northwestern Equestrian Facility (NWEF) at approximately 11:45 AM. Riders will fall in line behind the carriages starting at Harper’s Meadow. The Parade will travel to Forbidden Drive and continue along the Drive to the judging area at Valley Green Inn.

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Lunch Bunch Walk & Talk:
The Heart with Linda Stern MD
04.04.18    10:30am-1pm
Meet at The Cedars House

Explore issues around food, health, and well-being while exercising in our beautiful park and sharing a meal together. We will take a brisk walk to the Covered Bridge and back to get our heart rates up and our endorphins pumped! Over lunch, we’ll discuss a variety of health-related issues. Linda is a retired physician who has a passion for looking at health from different points of view and wants to hear from you.

Topic: Heart Health

Lunch is not included. All participants are responsible for their own lunch and can pre-order at The Cedars House (call 267-536-9533). Distance: 2 miles.

Lunch Bunch Walk & Talk:
GMOs with Linda Stern MD
04.18.18    10:30am-1pm
Meet at The Cedars House

Explore issues around food, health, and well-being while exercising in our beautiful park and sharing a meal together. We will take a brisk walk to the Covered Bridge and back to get our heart rates up and our endorphins pumped! Over lunch, we’ll discuss a variety of health-related issues. Linda is a retired physician who has a passion for looking at health from different points of view and wants to hear from you.

Topic: Genetically Modified Organisms

Lunch is not included. All participants are responsible for their own lunch and can pre-order at The Cedars House (call 267-536-9533). Distance: 2 miles.

 

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Courtesy of Parks & Rec
Spring Migration: Andorra Meadow
05.13.18  7:30am-9am
WEC Treehouse

Meet local birder Martin Selzer at the Tree House, to catch spring migration, at what should be the peak of songbird migration in Harper’s and Andorra meadows. All ages.

Registration is required at treehousewec.eventbrite.com.

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