Cafe & Rec

August in the Park! 2018

We are open daily-
8am-2pm Weekdays
8am-3pm Weekends
-throughout August!

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The Dog Days of Summer are heating up!
Photo Contest submissions run until August 11th.

Wasp Warning

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Look out!
Jenny was stung multiple times on the hill behind The Cedars House!
Luckily, the staff at the Treehouse reacted quickly and were able to map the affected areas. Please be wary of the Red Trail this August, and use the marked detours on the Blue, Teal and Yellow Trails to navigate safely around the Andorra Natural Area.


Annual Ice Cream Social
08.15.18     3pm-5pm

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Join us at The Cedars House for a lovely afternoon of free ice cream, live music, and nature activities for the whole family with FOW staff & volunteers, and the staff from the Wissahickon Environmental Center.
This is a rain-or-shine event on Forbidden Drive in front of The Cedars House.

This event is free and open to the public!
Registration is not required.
Please contact Cesali Renn at renn@fow.org for more information.


July Fitness Classes

Tai Chi & Qigong
Hasan Rucker
Sundays     9am
Meet Beside The Cedars House

Pre-Register for August and Save!

Hasan Rucker teaches ancient and contemporary energy-based movement art forms.
His unique blend of training methods are fueled by a desire to find the link
between physical activity and human spirituality.

During each workout, the movements of Tai Chi and Qigong exercise every muscle, ligament, tendon and joint of the body.

All participants can enjoy 10% off food and beverage
at The Cedars House following each class!

Card payments must be made through Eventbrite in advance to class,
the $20 drop in rate can be paid in cash the mornings of.


 

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Just Some Absurdities from Jeff Malinowski

Wondering about the absurdities hanging on our walls?
Artist Jeff Malinowski invites you to come ask him about it
Saturday morning, August 11; 11-1.

Jeff graduated from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland with a bachelor’s degree in music in 2011 and pursued music unsuccessfully before discovering his talent for drawing at the age of 25. Though he’s had no formal training in the visual arts and hasn’t taken an art class since 8th grade, he was able to self teach with a combination of books, the internet and personal connections to learn both traditional and non-traditional methods. He enjoys adding a cartoon touch to photo-realistic drawings, as well as art that is inspired by modern ideas of abstraction and color.
After a hand injury, Jeff decided to test its recovery by working on a very small drawing. He soon found that these very small sketches could be incorporated into a style that allowed him to channel both his obsessive-compulsive and otherwise irrational tendencies into a highly detailed art. This typically involves spending hours at a time drawing thousands of tiny lines in a manner that causes his friends and family to worry about his sanity… but he likes to think he’s already been to the abyss and survived; albeit with just a small bit of reason and rationality left. 

He can be found on DeviantArt at www.eljmjefe.deviantart.com

Dog Days of Summer Photo Contest

Lincoln and Jenny would like to announce
The Cedars House “Dog Days of Summer”
Summer Photo Contest!

Snap a pic of your pup enjoying the Wissahickon and tag @thecedarshouse on Facebook or Instagram to enter. Lincoln and Jenny will pick finalists August 11th and public voting will take place August 12-30.

The Dog Days of Summer refers to the 20 days before and 20 days after Sirius “the Dog Star” aligns with the Sun, between July 3rd through August 11th. Sirius is the second brightest star in our sky after the Sun, and can be found at the tip of the constellation, Canis Major, or The Great Dog. You can best locate Sirius by gazing down in a straight line from Orion’s belt, which almost seems to point to his guard dog. When you’ve located Canis Major, look to the right and notice Lepus, the rabbit constellation eternally hunted by The Great Dog.

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Some say “Dog Days” refers to the days dogs will go crazy in the heat- but don’t forget, we always have free water available for thirsty pups and their humans at The Cedars House!

July in the Park! 2018

Special Holiday Hours:
Wednesday, July 4th, The Cedars House will be open 9am-2pm.

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Forbidden Drive has been cleared in front of the House!
Wonderful job done by the arborists sent by the City of Philadelphia and a special thank you to the Friends of the Wissahickon volunteers.

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Thank you to everyone, for your sharing your sympathy, sorrow, hopes, concerns and well wishes with us over the last week. We appreciate the outpouring of support and love for The Cedars House. There are some ideas floating around about how to rejuvenate the areas affected that will open some volunteer opportunities in the future. There’s no words to express how meaningful it is to have so many customers offer to lend a hand so we can resume operations.
Unfortunately, we must wait for the trunk and root system are removed from the property. The back patio and picnic tables are roped off, please do not enter either of these areas. 

Cedars House spared in massive tree fall from Sunday freak twister?

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July Fitness Classes

Tai Chi & Qigong
Hasan Rucker
Sunday Mornings 9am
Meet at the Fallen Tree

Hasan Rucker teaches ancient and contemporary energy-based movement art forms.
His unique blend of training methods are fueled by a desire to find the link
between physical activity and human spirituality.

During each workout, the movements of Tai Chi and Qigong exercise every muscle, ligament, tendon and joint of the body.

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Tai Chi (also taiji) was developed in China as a very effective martial art.
Most people both in China and the West practice Tai Chi not for combat but rather as a potent health exercise. Unlike many exercises, tai chi/taiji can be done by anyone who can stand up.Safe for all ages, body types and fitness levels.

Qigong (alternatively spelled chi gung or chi kung) is a form of gentle exercise composed of movements that are repeated a number of times, often stretching the body, increasing fluid movement (blood, synovial and lymph) and building awareness of how the body moves.

Hasan studied ancient practices abroad; including Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Qigong, Meditation, and Yoga. He is certified by the National Strength & Conditioning Association, American Aerobic Association International, and the International Sports Medicine Association. Hasan earned a B.S. in Kinesiology – Exercise Physiology from West Chester University and currently serves as a Holistic Services Supervisor at Girard Medical Center.

All participants can enjoy 10% off food and beverage at The Cedars House following each class!

Card payments must be made through Eventbrite in advance to class, the $20 drop in rate can be paid in cash the mornings of.

B-Fit Pop Up: Workout in the Wiss
Tema Esberg of Balance Chestnut Hill
07.27.18       7am-7:45am
B-Fit is the ultimate full body workout class from Balance Chestnut Hill that combines all of the elements of an effective strength and conditioning program. This time we are taking outside for a Workout in the Wissahickon with Tema!
Meet in front of The Cedars House on Forbidden Trail promptly at 7am! Save 10% on food and beverage from Cedars after class!
Please register for this workout through the MindBody app.
Yoga for Athletes
Anne Williams
07.29.18     12pm-1:15pm

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Discover how cross-training with yoga can bring sustainability to your sport/activity, reduce risk of injury, and enhance your performance.

This class is open to any and all who like to move. You don’t need to have a regular yoga practice to participate but come ready to work and be challenged in this fun and educational class. We’ll work on ways to strengthen, stabilize, and safely stretch important muscle groups with a routine you can take home with you.

Feel free to run, bike, hike, or walk to class on the scenic Forbidden Drive trails that lead to The Cedars House. Stay for a free cup of coffee afterward and save 10% on lunch at the cafe if you like!

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Anne Williams has been practicing yoga for 8 years, teaching for 5 of them and comes from a background of playing collegiate sports. She has practiced and taught different styles of yoga from hatha, various forms of vinyasa flow, to restorative.

Anne draws from the feeling of both ease & power in slow movements with an awareness of caution & concern for safety – after herself recovering a few times from past injuries. She teaches a style of yoga that focuses on strength and function in the body. Her classes include elements of functional body mechanics, lots of core, range of motion, and focus on alignment.

Preregister and save on Eventbrite. Drop in fee of $10 can be accepted by cash payment at the beginning of class.


July Concert Series

The Page Bros. (of the Revolving Doors)
07.07.18    12pm-3pm
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Diane L. Reimer (of Diane & PK)
07.22.18     1pm-3pm
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Diane + Vik
07.29.18
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Emergency Closure Alert

We will be closed today, June 25th due to extensive damage from last night’s storm along the parking lot and Forbidden Drive. Andorra Road is closed, and Northwestern Ave is impassable by vehicle after the Stables. There is currently no power or phone service at The Cedars House, The “Treehouse” Wissahickon Environmental Center, or Northwestern Stables; however we are all fortunate to find that our buildings were unscathed.

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We are sad to report that our prized State Champion Cucumber Magnolia fell. A year of heavy rain and a large canopy allowed the strong winds to pull it down across Forbidden Drive. There is also a large amount of trees down on the trails of the Andorra Natural Area. Please avoid this area and keep a safe distance from crews working to clear the trails. If you come by to pay your respects to our tree, please practice caution and respect the City arborists removing its large branches from Forbidden Drive.

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Art for a Cause

During the month of June, you’ll see some neat stretched canvas photos of the Wissahickon hanging on our walls. These photos were taken by a great friend of The Cedars House, Morgan S. Hurm.
Proceeds from sales benefit REACH Inc., a non-profit charitable organization supporting adults with disabilities. REACH Inc. supports people 18 years or older, who are diagnosed with a developmental disability, by providing residential, vocational, and transportation services.
About the Photographer

Morgan was raised in northern Delaware and has strong family roots in the Philadelphia area. Morgan developed a passion for nature and weather at a very young age. By the time he was in elementary school, Morgan had already decided that he was going to pursue a career in meteorology. He eventually attended the University of Delaware and the Pennsylvania State University studying climatology, meteorology, and secondary education. Morgan currently teaches 7th grade earth science and is a professional meteorologist specializing in both winter storm and severe weather forecasting.

Morgan was first introduced to Forbidden Drive, “the trail”, by his mother in the early 1980’s often frequenting the Valley Green Inn. He didn’t return until 2010 when a friend introduced him to trail running. What developed was a new passion for running and an affection for such a beautiful trial with over 30 miles of connecters.

Local photographs are primarily from the Wissahickon Valley Park. When interviewed, Morgan stated that one of his favorite locations in the Wissahickon is the Thomas Mill Red Covered Bridge, “a perfect representation of the park’s unique personality and character through the seasons.” The majority of Morgan’s photographs have been taken on his runs, both alone and with others. All of the photographs have been captured with an iPhone camera and have been submitted to the iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA).

Sprucin’ Up Cedars

A small but amazing crew of volunteers worked tirelessly throughout
the month of May to revitalize and rehabilitate the facilities here
at The Cedars House!

 

The restoration project included repainting the walls, repairing the ceilings, restoring outdoor furniture and shutters, and maintaining the safety features on the property.

 

 

Our volunteers not only donated hours of labor to help The Cedars House, they also chipped in to rent the necessary equipment to power wash the moss off of the building and patio; and replant the rail on our handicapped entrance.

 

 

The Edge of Summer.. in the Park!

Memorial Day Weekend is approaching, school is wrapping up for the year, and The Cedars House will be open 7 days a week soon!

Memorial Day Weekend Schedule

The Cedars House will be open
8am-3pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday
May 26th, 27th & 28th
Closed Tuesday, May 29th

The Cedars will be open daily beginning June 4th, 2018

Weekdays : 8am-2pm
Weekends : 8am-3pm

Cedars Summer Concert Series

We’re happy to be beginning Summer 2018 with a brilliant line up of local Philadelphia musicians! Some familiar staples and some fresh faces, too! Check back for updates as more shows are scheduled!

Diane L. Reimer : 05.20.18

Vik Raolji : 06.24.17
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Chris Page : 06.09.18

Local Landscape Watercolors

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.

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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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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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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