From the Independent • Mt. Airy News Stories

May 20, 2010 • May 20 Issue of the Independent.pdf

In This Issue

The Stories

  1. BulletArt Jam to Return to the Avenue

  2. BulletCrisis Nursery Helps Families Under Stress

  3. BulletMarking Two-plus Miles of Avenue’s History

  4. BulletSpottswood Poles, the ‘Black Ty Cobb’

  5. BulletFarmers’ Market to Open May 25

  6. BulletSenior Resources Fair

  7. BulletDepaul House Helps  Move from Homelessness to Self-Reliance

  8. BulletEMAN Annual Meeting

  9. BulletLearn All About the Philadelphia A’s

  10. BulletGGBA/MABA Meeting on New Water Rates

  11. BulletGo Ghost-Busting at Cliveden

  12. BulletNW Architects Honored for Preservation Work

  13. BulletRegister Now for Wissahickon 10K Race

  14. BulletBroadway Comes to Germantown at First Presbyterian Church

  15. BulletProspective Members Weekend at Mishkan

  16. BulletVending at GJC Flea Market

  17. BulletArtists Equity to Honor Moe Brooker

  18. BulletSherree Rose Pugh-Butler

  19. BulletPier 24 Tragedy Remembered

  20. BulletHousing Workshop at CIP

  21. BulletTour Historic Tulpehocken District

  22. BulletProgram on Enslaved Servant at Germantown White House

  23. BulletHood Cemetery

  24. BulletBook Reading at U.U. House

  25. BulletAlbert Reed Post Reunion March

No lines, no waiting – come on down! (Left to right) minority inspector John Soeffing, election judge Ron Lambert, majority clerk Anne Moskovitz, machine inspector Eric Sternfels and majority inspector Caroline Moore were not overburdened with traffic on Election Day, May 18, as only a few dozen voters had turned up to vote by mid-morning at the polls at Lutheran Theological Seminary. That was the rule across the city as steady rain and gusty winds literally dampened turnout in the primary election.

Art Jam to Return to the Avenue



Remember Art Jam, the fall gathering along Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy that highlighted the area’s creative talents in the 1990s? After a decade or so of quiescence, Art Jam will return to the Avenue on Saturday, June 5, when the Avenue will again be lined by artists and crafters from all over the area.

There will be a difference – this year Germantown Avenue won’t be closed off to traffic in the Mt. Airy business district as it was for Art Jams past. The reason, according to Kim Miller, president of the Mt. Airy Business Association which is sponsoring the event, is that the lead time for approval of a street closing is lengthy, and that organizers would have to pay for police to maintain the closing.

But just as in the past,  the sidewalks of Germantown Avenue from the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia, 7301 Germantown Avenue, to Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church at the intersection of Germantown Avenue and Mt. Pleasant avenues will be filled with crafters, artists, vendors, music and sidewalk displays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The impetus for a street festival had been building for some time, said Miller, who mentioned Kathy Robinson, owner of Artista Gallery, and Mark Kidd, owner of Majeki’s Stained Glass, as among those who suggested a festival. “Also, the restaurant folks have been asking for a street festival,” she said.

After the decision was made to hold the event, said Miller, a vote was held to determine the name, “and Art Jam won.”

It will be a sidewalk sale kind of ambience, she said. “If it rains we’ll try to figure out how to get everybody under cover.”

All the restaurants along the Avenue will be open for lunch, said Peggy Zwerver, co-owner of Earth Bread + Brewery, and a member of the Art Jam committee. There will be music along the street as well.

All artists are welcome to apply to the juried show, said Miller, but preference (and discounts) will be given to Northwest artists.

Zwerver said, “We have so many great small business in this neighborhood and the neighborhood people are such great supporters. We hope that from the north, south, east and west of us can come and see what the neighborhood has to offer.

“The other big thing that we’re hoping for is that next year we’ll be able to close off the street and have an even bigger sort of event.”

Visitors are being encouraged to walk or take public transportation to the event.

Art Jam is a juried event. Artists interested in exhibiting should visit or call 215-843-4462 for an application. To volunteer at the event and for questions, contact Kim Miller at or 215-242-0777.

Crisis Nursery Helps Families Under Stress



Guest Writers

Left: the Sally Watson Crisis Nursery on Wayne Avenue.

Right: Melanie Anderson, shown with fiance Dominic Wilson and their son Dominic, turned to the Sally Watson Center for help in 2008. 

Germantown resident Melanie Anderson faced a dilemma.

As a full-time student, she needed safe and reliable day care for her young son Dominic during a week when his pre-school was closed.  To the rescue came the Sally Watson Crisis Nursery.

“This place has helped me out a lot,” said Anderson, who first came to the center in 2008, when Dominic was 2. “It really has been a blessing.”

The Crisis Nursery, a free program run by Youth Services Inc. at 5128 Wayne Avenue, has been helping local parents and their children for the past 20 years.

The center, which serves more than 400 children age 5 or younger, is a place parents turn to when they are stressed, looking for work, seeing a doctor, encountering family problems or experiencing any other kind of emergency.  

“The program’s pretty unique because it’s one of only three in the state,” said Rhonda Johnson, program supervisor at the center. “One of my favorite things is that we’re here to help parents.”

The nursery provides fulltime care, including meals, activities, and education for the children, from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

All of this is housed in a building that is just as unique on the outside as it is on the inside.

Designed in the 19th century, the house of shingles and stone was described by the Philadelphia Inquirer in 1984 as “a minor pilgrimage site for architects because it has a tremendously contemporary feeling. Its design would not look out of place in next month’s architectural journals.”

It stands out in the neighborhood with its unique features, including a wooden overhang extending over the front door, “a bit like the visor of a baseball cap,” said the Inquirer.

And while it may be called a “Crisis Nursery,” the environment inside feels like anything but a place in crisis. Walking into the center feels more like walking into a home, with hardwood floors and pictures and drawings lining the walls. On closer inspection, a visitor finds pamphlets, flyers and other literature that offer advice to parents.

There’s an “everything” room where kids eat, sleep, play, and do other activities. Next door is the room designated for the babies. Here they receive everything from brightly colored toys to the comforting arms of a staff member. Through the kitchen is the backyard where the children can play when the weather’s nice.

On the second floor are a staff office and a toy-filled living room where the children can play. In addition, a couple of rooms are dedicated to overnight care.

Though budget cuts have eliminated the overnight program – temporarily, staff members hope - the center still provides services that leave parents like Anderson enough time to get to class or even, like on a recent day, to enjoy a rare lunch date with her fiancé, city transit driver Dominic Wilson.

The key to that blessing Anderson describes is the personal attention given to each child. Every day, the center welcomes eight to 12 kids of all different backgrounds and ages, from infants up to 5 years old. Any parent interested must simply go through a short application process.

“I set up an appointment, toured, met the staff, and a week later set Dominic up to come in,” said Anderson.

Once Dominic and others like him are “in,” they get to enjoy activities such as story time, arts and crafts and library visits. The nursery has a teacher on staff five days a week, like Tamika Williams-Hudson, who has been working at the center for several years.

“I have two kids myself,” said Hudson, proudly showing videos of her children on her MP3 device. “I treat all the kids at the center like they’re my own.”

Hudson plans many of the activities for the children. For Easter she arranged an Easter-egg hunt in the backyard, and helped them all color eggs.

The kids, of course, are often like a revolving door of faces. The center sees several hundred throughout the year, as their parents learn about it mostly through word-of-mouth.

“I heard about the Crisis Nursery from another mom back in 2008,” says Anderson. “Then, Dominic started coming once a week for the past couple years. Now my best friend uses it too.”

The center has built some good community buzz despite the cutbacks.  (Overnight care is still offered at the Baring House Crisis Nursery, a sister center located in West Philadelphia.)

The center, which shares a budget with the Baring House nursery, receives funding primarily from the Department of Human Services, the United Way, and private donors. The programs are continually looking for more private donations to support both their current programs and any future activities.

“We wonder if we’re going to keep getting funding,” said Johnson, who is optimistic that overnight care will eventually be reinstated in Germantown. “We just want to get our name out there.”

For more information about the Sally Watson Crisis Center call 215-844-6931.

Eric Donovan and Shauna McNally are students in La Salle University’s community journalism class.

Marking Two-plus Miles of Avenue’s History



When talking about their neighborhoods Northwest residents often mention the rich historical backdrop that they live in – places and things and, most of all, the people who have helped shape this city and this country. One measure of the depth of that history are the markers erected here by the Pennsylvania State Historical Marker Program – markers that many drive past every day without a glance but which highlight just how significant a role Northwest Philadelphia has played in the national pageant.

In the short stretch of Germantown  Avenue from the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia on the 7300 block of the Avenue, to Freedom Square on the 5100 block, there are no less than nine state historical markers, which works out to about one marker every third of a mile.

The people and actions they commemorate range from the famous to the somewhat obscure: two writers, an athlete, bloody battle and peaceful protest, milestones in freedom, literacy and religion.  They include, from south to north along the Avenue:

Freedom Square, 5109 Germantown Avenue, site of the first written protest against slavery in North America. A little-known fact: among the descendents of Tunes Kunders (at whose house the protest was drawn up) were members of the Cunard family. Cunard Lines operated the famous Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary ocean liners.

Owen Wister, 5203 Germantown Avenue, who wrote the landmark Western novel “The Virginian.” The marker is about a block from the Wister family ancestral home, Grumblethorpe, at 5267 Germantown Avenue.

Christopher Saur, 5300 Germantown Avenue in front of Trinity Lutheran Church, who printed the first European-language Bible in the country (it was in German).

Louisa May Alcott, 5420 Germantown Avenue. Because of “Litle Women,” Alcott is always associated with New England but she was born in a house on what is now the site of the Cunningham Piano showroom. This marker is easy to miss if you’re traveling northbound – it’s hidden by a tree in that direction.

Ora Washington, 6128 Germantown Avenue. A dominant African American tennis champion and basketball player, Washington was denied the chance to show just how good she was because top white tennis players wouldn’t face her on the court.

The Johnson House Historic Site, 6306 Germantown Avenue, once a stop on the Underground Railroad and now home to many historical and educational programs.

The Battle of Germantown at Cliveden of the National Trust, 6401 Germantown Avenue, scene of bloody fighting during 1777 and home to generations of the Chew family.

Germantown Meetinghouse, 6611 Germantown Avenue, home to the first meetinghouse in America of the Church of the Brethren, which still occupies the site.

William Allen, 7301 Germantown Avenue, who backed the wrong horse in the American Revolution (he was a Loyalist) and whose country estate gave Mt. Airy its name. 

Black Diamonds

Spottswood Poles, the ‘Black Ty Cobb’

Left: Spotswood Poles in his playing days;

Right, his burial site in Arlington National Cemetery.


Guest Writer

Born in Winchester, Virginia, Spottswood Poles would become one of the greatest outfielders of the pre-league black baseball era.  While Cool Papa Bell is often remembered as the fastest black player of the segregated era, those who remember the earlier era of the teens say that Poles was even faster. 

Poles broke in with the 1909 Philadelphia Giants, after three seasons with the affiliated Harrisburg Colored Giants. He was a bow-legged, switch-hitting center fielder and leadoff hitter who could really make noise on the bases. He was once reported to have run the 100-yard dash in less then 10 seconds.  Considering the world record in that era was 9.8 seconds, Poles would have been a world-class runner in his time.

Poles really blossomed as a hitter when he followed Sol White to the New York Lincoln Giants. He hit .440 that year and stole 41 bases in only 60 games.  He quickly earned the nickname, the “Black Ty Cobb” for his feats of daring on the base paths.

Over the next three seasons, he would hit .398, .414, and .487 and steal bases at a prolific base against all levels of competition from major league teams to barnstormers.  In the 1915 Black Baseball Championship (a 10-game series), he hit only hit .205, but because of his skill on the bases scored 11 runs.

Poles’ most amazing statistics were against the white major leaguers of his era.  In ten exhibition games, most of them played in Cuba, he collected 25 hits in 41 at bats, including three straight hits against the legendary Grover Cleveland Alexander.  His .610 average raises many questions about how different major league baseball’s record book would look if black players had been tallowed to play before 1946.

Poles’ greatest accomplishment however, was his heroic service in the First World War.  He enlisted in the 369th Infantry in 1917 at the age of 30. His unit was attached to the French Army, and he earned five battle stars and a Purple Heart. He resumed his baseball career after the war, and played for the Upper Darby-based Hillsdale Daisies among others, but grew tired of the travel and retired in 1923.

Spotswood Poles lived the rest of his life in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and died in 1962.  For his heroic service to his country, he was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

Editor’s note: this is the fifth in a series of articles called “Black Diamonds”  on the history of African American baseball,  commemorating the 25th anniversary of Mt. Airy Baseball.

Mt Airy Baseball honors this great tradition by calling its senior and tournament teams the “Stars,” paying tribute to the former Philadelphia Stars team of the Negro Leagues.

Farmers’ Market to Open May 25

Starting May 25 with native strawberries, Farm to City will be operating an outstanding Farmers’ Market every Tuesday from 3-7 p.m. on the William Allen Plaza at the Lutheran Theological Seminary in the 7300 block of Germantown Avenue.

This Farmers’ Market in Mt. Airy is sponsored by Valley Green Bank and the Lutheran Theological Seminary with community support from Weavers Way Co-op, East Mt Airy Neighbors, Mt Airy Business Association, the Mt Airy Learning Tree, Mt Airy USA, and West Mt Airy Neighbors. 

Lutheran Theological Seminary President Dr. Philip Krey is delighted to host the Farmers Market. “We have a lovely plaza and have envisioned this plaza to be a public space; a meeting and gathering place for the community. The Farmers Market is a great way to serve this purpose,” he said.

For the last several years, Farm to City has been operating a Farmers’ Market, the Growers Market, at the bottom of Chestnut Hill at Germantown Avenue and Mermaid Lane. This market opened Saturday, May 1, and will continue to be open every Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. until mid-fall.

Senior Resources Fair

On May 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Councilwoman Donna Reed Miller will host her Senior Resource Fair at Beloved St John Evangelistic Church at 4541 North Broad Street.

A variety of organizations will be on hand to provide information on services, such as transportation, housing, health care, home care, estate planning and much, much more. Bring yourself, bring a grandparent, and bring a neighbor. If you have any questions or would like more information, call Councilwoman Miller’s office and speak to either Angelic, Mary, or Tamika at 215-686-3424.

Depaul House Helps  Move from Homelessness to Self-Reliance

Students from St. George Community College made the trip up from Maryland recently to help Depaul House plant its new vegetable garden that will be used for making “green smoothies” that residents drink every morning. Here, from left, are students Jackson Kamdem, Mary Caldwell, Sharon Gatobu and Anthony Nwandu.


Staff Writer

A year after the first residents came through the doors at the Depaul House homeless shelter at 5720 Sprague Street, the program can boast a pretty significant impact.

A total of 55 chronically homeless men have since come into the program and 56 percent of all those leaving have graduated with a stable living situation, a job and a savings account. Not bad, said Sandra Guillory, Depaul House program director, considering some of the residents have been living in shelters for years.

“I think we’re doing really well, especially for our first year,” she said. “We keep in touch with most of our graduates and most of them are doing pretty well… they’re staying in their housing.”

Of course there is always something to improve. So Guillory and her staff are still working to create and define the supportive programs at Depaul so they mesh with what the residents need. Job searching is important, for example, and a lot of that is done by computer, so one of Guillory’s priorities is to expand beyond the current single computer available for resident’s use – and fast.

Another effort, since health is central to any personal turnaround, is the “green smoothie” morning power drink that has become a tradition at Depaul. It’s a combination of fresh fruit and vegetables blended into what Guillory described as a delicious drink – green as a St. Patty’s Day clover.

And the residents really do drink them.

In fact, Depaul has become so attached to the green smoothies that it has recruited several other community groups to help build a vegetable garden next to the shelter to provide the freshest green stuff possible for the smoothies.

On a recent Saturday a group of students from St. George Community College in Maryland were on hand, as part of their alternative spring break, to help plant collard greens, kale, broccoli and lettuce for the first round of home-grown ingredients. Over the previous week the group of students also helped rehabilitate an area home and they volunteered at the Whosoever Gospel Mission Thrift Store.

“You can do something like this in D.C.,” said Mary Caldwell. “But to me, being exposed to different kids and different ages – it makes me feel good.”

Guillory has a few goals for the shelter’s second year. She wants to more clearly demonstrate the program’s results by keeping in closer contact with former participants, she said. And though several local residents helped make the new vegetable garden a reality, Guillory still wants the program to engage the local community more. She is looking for local residents who could act as mentors, and even landlords who could help orient program participants to requirements of renting an apartment. And from now on, there will also be a garden to help tend as well.

EMAN Annual Meeting

East Mt. Airy Neighbors’ Annual Meeting will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, June 1, in Hagan Amphitheater on the Lutheran Seminary at Philadelphia campus, 7301 Germantown Avenue. Elections to the Board of Directors will take place, and our featured speaker this year is District Attorney Seth Williams. The public is invited. Light refreshments will be served.  For more information call East Mt. Airy Neighbors at 215-242-4170.

Learn All About the Philadelphia A’s

On Tuesday, June 1, 1 p.m., at Center on the Hill, 8855 Germantown Avenue, there will be a special appearance by Ted Taylor, founding president of the Philadelphia Athletics Historical Society, professor of business and communications, former Daily News columnist, talk show host (Sports Byline-USA), expert in authenticating/valuing sports memorabilia, author of a cookbook and three baseball-related books including his brand new Ultimate Philadelphia Athletics Reference Book 1901-1954. Hear everything you ever wanted to know about the A’s, Philadelphia’s winning-est baseball team. Bring one of your own sports collectibles, if you like, and Ted will tell you what it might be worth in today’s market. The cost is $10 at the door. For questions contact the Chestnut Hill Center for Enrichment at 215-248-0180,e-mail

GGBA/MABA Meeting on New Water Rates

Hold the date and time of Tuesday, June 8, 8:30 to 10 a.m. open for a Special Joint Meeting of GGBA and MABA related to the new water and sewer rate structure that will go into effect in July, 2010.

Because the new rates will affect business and commercial property owners, we have invited Joanne Dahme from the Philadelphia Water Department to explain the ins and outs of the new changes that are needed to recover stormwater management costs. She will provide an in-depth explanation and answer our questions.

The event will take place at the Canvassoup Spa and Beauty Lounge, 6143 Germantown Avenue.

For information, contact  John Churchville, interim president of  the Greater Germantown Business Association, Inc., at 215-848-8511, or e-mail him at

Go Ghost-Busting at Cliveden

Do you believe in ghosts? Do you hear banging, footsteps or voices in your home? Are you really seeing things or is that just your imagination?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, join Cliveden of the National Trust, 6401 Germantown Avenue, on Friday, May 21st from 7-10 p.m. for Ghost Hunting 101.

Ghost Hunting 101 is the latest installment in a series of collaborations between Cliveden and the Free Spirit Paranormal Investigators. Visitors will be treated to a ghost hunting workshop and live paranormal investigation of the Chew House and Cliveden’s historic battlefield.

The workshop will be hosted by the Free Spirit Paranormal Investigators in Cliveden’s historic Carriage House. It will address a wide range of paranormal topics including the history of ghost hunting, electronic voice phenomena, and psychic protection.

After the workshop, attendees will gain hands-on experience by conducting a live paranormal investigation at the Chew House and Cliveden’s historic battlefield.

Admission is $20 per person. RSVP is necessary as space is very limited.

For further details about this event and to RSVP, please contact Richard Fink, Education Director, at 215-848-1777 x223 or by emailing

NW Architects Honored for Preservation Work

Matthew Millan Architects, 15 West Highland Avenue, Chestnut Hill, has breathed new life into the Mask & Wig Clubhouse, a National Register landmark theater located in a circa 1834 building in Philadelphia.

The Clubhouse, 310 South Quince Street, (pictured) created in 1984 from designs by Philadelphia architect Wilson Eyre, features artwork by a then-young Maxfield Parrish, who became the most commercially-popular American painter and illustrator in the first half of the 20th century.

The Mask & Wig Clubhouse Renovation has been awarded an honored 2010 Presenation Achievement Grnd Jury Award by the Preservation Alliance's Grand Jury Awards Panel. The Alliance presented its Grand Jury Awards to 21 outstanding regional restoration and revitlaization projects at the 17th annual Preservation Achievement Awards luncheon on May 12 at the Hyatt at the Bellevue.

The extensive renovation, with Matthew Millan Architects as the design team leader, was successfully completed in time for the Mask & Wig Club to stage its 122nd Annual Production, "A Cheshire Catastrophe."

The renovation brought new mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection systems to the former stable n6e church, repaired structural damage, provided handicap accessibility, and preserved and restored its historic interiors and fine artwork. The projects preserves the historic charm and character of the Mask & Wig Clubhouse while dramatically improving the facility's amenities and protecting its assets for another 100 years.

Register Now for Wissahickon 10K Race

On June 5, hundreds of runners will line up at the race line, their hearts pounding, waiting for the annual 10K Wissahickon Trail Classic to begin.

The Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers (WRV), a nonprofit organization devoted to restoring the natural lands of the 1,800-acre Wissahickon Valley Park in Philadelphia, and the Wissahickon Wanderers, a local running club, are organizing the fifth annual Wissahickon Trail Classic.  Proceeds from the event will directly benefit natural restoration in the Wissahickon Valley Park.

The race is on June 5 at 9 a.m. in the Wissahickon Valley Park and all participants will receive a free t-shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the top female and male finishers.

For more information on how to sign up for the race or the Wissahickon Restoration Volunteers, call Amanda Hymansmith at 215-951-0330, ext. 2101.

Visit the at

Members of Friends of the Wissahickon and their friends got a special tour of the newly restored Sustainable Trails Initiative trail to Devil’s Pool on May 12. The hike was led by FOW Trail Ambassador Scott Quitel, a Certified Arborist Ecologist, and FOW Executive Director Maura McCarthy. Afterward, hikers returned to Valley Green Inn for cocktails and hors d’œuvres. For more information, visit or contact FOW at 215-247-0417 or

Broadway Comes to Germantown at First Presbyterian Church

As part of the celebration of 50 years of outstanding music, the Germantown Oratorio Choir and the Chancel Choir of the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown will bring Broadway to Germantown when the combined groups present a choral revue of the American Broadway Musical on Sunday, May 23, at 3 p.m. at the church, 35 West Chelten Avenue.

“Gypsy,” “The Music Man,” “The Sound of Music,” and “My Fair Lady” were  drawing huge crowds on Broadway when the oratorio choir was founded in 1960 as part of the music ministry of the church.  On Sunday, selections from those musicals as well as several additional ones will be featured in the pops concert entitled “Broadway.”

The pop choral compositions will include arrangements for the soloists of the choirs.  Nolana Manly, a former member of the Broadway cast of Les Miserables, will sing “I Dreamed a Dream” from that production.

Directing the performance is the Director of Music at the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, David C. Daugherty who has had wide experience in singing and directing music theater and church choirs in several states.

The concert series of the church is part of the newly-formed Creative Germantown Initiative.  Its mission is to strengthen the Germantown community through arts, education, and recreation, serving people of all ages as they experience the joys and challenges of urban living.

Free parking is available.  An offering will be taken at the concert. More information is available from the church at 215-843-8811.      

Prospective Members Weekend at Mishkan

Mishkan Shalom, a Reconstructionist synagogue at 4101 Freeland Avenue in the Roxborough/Manayunk area of Philadelphia, is hosting a Prospective Members Weekend from Friday, May 21 through Sunday, May 23.

Mishkan Shalom is dedicated to the repair of the world through prayer, study and acts of caring. With a vibrant congregational school, profound and dynamic services and cultural celebrations, and a shared commitment to social justice, the synagogue might just be the place you’re seeking for your spiritual home.

New and prospective members are welcome to attend events and services at any time at the synagogue; and during the weekend of May 21-23, Mishkan members, rabbis and educators will be available to answer any questions.

The schedule of events includes: Friday, May 21, 6:30 pm, Kabbalat Shabbat Services; Saturday, May 22, 9:30 am, Tot Shabbat; 10 a.m. Shabbat School for K-2, 10 a.m. “A Way In” Shabbat Service; Sunday, May 23,10 a.m., prospective member information’s sessions and tours.

For more information about the weekend, for directions, or to R.S.V.P. for the Sunday information sessions and tours, contact either Elise Luce Kraemer at 215-568-0149,  or Stephanie Shell at 610-642-0570,

Vending at GJC Flea Market

Germantown Jewish Centre Women’s Club second annual Flea Market will be held on Sunday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the grounds at the synagogue, 400 West Ellet Street.  Open to all the community, it’s a great day to get out and enjoy the wares of local vendors.  If you’re interested in procuring a booth, call 215-844-1507 ext. 0, or email

Artists Equity to Honor Moe Brooker

Artists Equity will honor painter and Germantown resident Moe Brooker for his artistic and educational achievements on Sunday, May 23, 11:45 a.m., at the Artists Equity Annual Business Meeting and Brunch. It will be held at the Chart House, 555 Columbus Boulevard.

Brooker received his MFA from the Tyler school of Fine Arts, Temple University, in 1972. He has taught at Tyler, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the University of Virginia, the Cleveland Art Institute and the University of North Carolina. From 1991-94 he was chair for the foundation department at the Parsons School of design, New York City.

Brooker has an extensive exhibition record of both solo and group shows. He has had 30 one-person exhibitions. His work is in many public collections including the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Woodmere Museum, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and many other prestigious museums.

He is the recipient of several honors and awards included an accepted invitation to Oxford University in 2006 and 2008. He is presently chair of the Foundations Department at Moore College of Art and Design.

To reserve a place at the brunch, send a check payable to Philadelphia/Tri State Artist╒s Equity association, c/o Diana Simpson, 840 Milford Rd., Downingtown PA 19335. Tickets are $43 for Artists Equity members, $50 non-members.

For information e-mail to

Obituary: Sherree Rose Pugh-Butler

Sherree Rose, born June 22, 1927 was called home on Thursday, April 29, 2010, to be with her Savior and ancestors.

Sherree was a science teacher for many years at Benjamin Franklin High School where she was loved by her students and colleagues. She was also a cherished leader within her community, serving as a crossing guard and political activist.

Sherree was a loving sister, mother, aunt, grandmother and great grandmother who will be greatly missed by her family, friends and special Atlantic City family.

She is survived by her sister, Toni Rose Kippen; son, Carlo Butler and wife Jacqui, son, Andre Francis Butler and wife Stephanie; grandchildren, Kristin, Virginia, Andre Jr. and wife Sherrice, Karla, Julian and Cassidy. She is also survived by her many nieces, nephews, and great-grandchildren. She will be missed by many other friends and family who have not been mentioned.

After organ donation and cremation, the immediate family escorted Sherree's ashes to the Atlantic Ocean where her remains were surrendered to the wind and rolling waves that she so loved.

A tribute to her life will be forthcoming.

Pier 24 Tragedy Remembered

The White Family, past recipients of the DeAnn White Scholarship Fund and their families, the Ferraro and Rodriguez families, and others including Mayor Michael Nutter, will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the collapse of Pier 34, in which Germantown resident DeAnn white died, on Saturday, May 22, noon to 5 p.m. The celebration and balloon launch, “A Legacy of Love,” will be held at the ACE Conference Center, 800 Ridge Pike, Lafayette Hill.

Mrs. Ellyn Jo Waller, First Lady of Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, will do the opening prayer. Dr. R. Dandridge Collins, national expert and author on trauma, will officiate the balloon launch at 1 p.m.

“A Legacy of Love” will feature five hours of songs, dances and  outdoor activities, barbeque, a kids’ zone, basketball, games, music and face-painting. Beyond the fun activities, there will be a special balloon launch for families invited to attend who have also experienced triumph over tragedy.

The DeAnn White Scholarship Fund is administered through the Philadelphia Foundation to assist the educational pursuits of students  at Temple University and the Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church scholarship ministry. Other awards established in DeAnn’s name include the St. Martin de Porres Love of Reading Award and the Community Spirit Award, awarded to a communications professional by the Philadelphia Public Relations Association.

For more information about the event, please contact Tracie Henry at 302-762-5199 or visit

Housing Workshop at CIP

On May 28, 1 p.m., Center in the Park (CIP) invites you to join at CIP in historic Vernon Park, 5818 Germantown Avenue, with parking available on the lot at Rittenhouse and McCallum Streets for a free housing workshop. Are you behind on property taxes?  Facing possible mortgage foreclosure? You may be eligible for help.  Community Legal Services attorney Monty Wilson, will be on hand to discuss options such as hardship payments and tax assessment freeze.  This activity is made possible through funding from the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development.  Call CIP’s Social Services and Housing Office, 215-849-5100, to register.

Tour Historic Tulpehocken District

The Ebenezer Maxwell Mansion is rolling out a series of architectural tours of the Tulpehocken Station Historic District.  From the Mansion, the two-hour walking tour will include stops to look at six exterior facades of the type being showcased. The tours end at the Mansion with cookies and lemonade served. Three types of Victorian-era domestic architecture to be showcased include Queen Anne, French Second Empire, and Georgian Revival.  The Tulpehocken Station Historic District is on the National Register of Historic Places as one of America’s first railroad suburbs.  Many of the homes in this neighborhood reflect the styles set forth by Andrew Jackson Downing, American’s first landscape architect. 

Tours include:

Saturday, May 22, 10 am to Noon:  French Second Empire (1865-1880s). In the seventeenth century, architect Francois Mansard used high-pitched two-sloped roofs extensively in France to turn cramped attics into livable spaces.  Napoleon III added a west wing to the Louvre with a high-sloping roof and the style was used extensively in the rebuilding of Paris through the 1880s.  In America, a tall mansard roof with a rectangular tower offered a sense of height and European majesty.  French Second Empire houses are square in shape with single-story porches.

Saturday, September 11, 10 am to Noon:  Georgian Revival (1870s and beyond).  Named after the four King Georges, Georgian architecture was superseded in the mid-nineteenth century by other styles.  A revival of this classical style, also called colonial revival, occurred at the end of the nineteenth century in reaction to the more ornate Victorian-era styles.  Georgian Revival architecture is a simple box, two rooms deep, with strictly symmetrical windows. Interior peek at 269 West Walnut Lane.

Tours cost $25, members $20. Reservations are required. Call Diane Richardson at 215-438-1861 for details and reservations.

Program on Enslaved Servant at Germantown White House

The Germantown White House, 5442 Germantown Avenue, part of Independence National Historical Park and proud member of Historic Germantown Freedom’s Backyard, will host a special program Saturday May 22 at 1 p.m. on the life of Oney Judge.  Judge was an enslaved African American who worked in, and later fled, George Washington’s household.  Actress Alexandra Ford’s portrayal of Oney Judge will include a dramatic presentation, “The Handmaiden’s Untold Tale” at 1 p.m. followed by time for informal conversation with Oney as she walks through the house. The site will be open from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday and admission is free. 

This program is part of Historic Germantown’s Germantown WORKS, a year-long program initiative highlighting the hard-working spirit of Germantown’s people over its 300-year history.

The Germantown White House features new exhibits that tell the story of the Battle of Germantown, the First Family and the entire household, including enslaved Africans. In October 1793, the President found refuge in Germantown during the Yellow Fever epidemic in Philadelphia and held four cabinet meetings there. The next summer, the house provided a welcome retreat for the First Family and household near Philadelphia, then the capital of the United States.

The site’s normal business hours are Wednesday through Sunday, noon until 4 pm. Admission is free.  For more information about the Germantown White House  call

Hood Cemetery

The Hood Cemetery of Germantown (Lower Burying Ground), 4901 Germantown Avenue, and the Concord School House and Upper Burying Ground, 6309 Germantown Avenue, will have public openings on the second Sunday of the month from 2-4 p.m. The public is welcome to to learn more about their rich histories. Tours will be available at each site. The Upper and Lower Burying Grounds were established in 1693 by the founders of Germantown and used into the twentieth century. The Lower Burying Ground was renamed for Germantown resident William Hood in the nineteenth century. The Concord School House, occupying a corner of the Upper Burying Ground, was constructed in 1775 and operated through the nineteenth century. For information on Hood Cemetery write for the Upper Burying Ground/Concord School House .

Book Reading at U.U. House

Anne Coston Bagby, a 78-year-old great-grandmother, will read from her newly-published work on Tuesday, May 25 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist House, 224 West Tulpehocken Street. Two years ago, Ms. Bagby, a resident of Nicetown, was finally able to pursue her lifelong interest in writing, and completed a semi-autobiographical novel, The Minnie Years. Ms. Bagby has also produced another novel, Canaan’s Temple, and a book of poetry, Dust Motes.  She gave her first public reading of her poetry as part of a series on creativity at UU House last fall. Books will be available for purchase. The event is free and open to the public. RSVPs are appreciated but not required. Light refreshments will be available. Contact UU House at 215-843-5881 for more information or to RSVP.


Albert Reed Post Reunion March

The Albert Reed Post Reunion March will take place Monday, May 31 at 10 a.m. It will meet at the National Cemetery at Haines Street and Limekiln Pike and then march back to the E.W. Henry Lodge at 210 East Haines Street. For more information contact Stacey Flamer at 215-313-9129.

The week after Mother’s Day, MAUSA volunteer, Halimah Bey of East Sharpnack Street, noticed a bird’s nest in one of the trees planted along the Mt. Airy USA building on Phil-Ellena Street near Germantown Avenue. Upon investigation, Bey and MAUSA Community Organizer Cynthia Bradley discovered the occupants –three (maybe more) baby birdies. Shown here are pictures of the babies. With their mouths wide open waiting for mama to bring food, most likely they won’t be there long. For great ways to volunteer in the community and perhaps encounter nature, contact Cynthia Bradley at Mt. Airy USA, 215-844-6021 or email

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