Throughout the year, The Chestnut Hill Community Association hosts a few events, many that are free, to anyone who wishes to come. Those that have costs associated with them are to cover costs and help defray the operations of the association. Below are a list of our annual events, descriptions and general costs. You will see some pictures of the events and the key contact person.
Become a Volunteer at CHCA
Join us and help present our programs like Pastorius Park Concerts, Great Houses Tour, and Friday Night Movies Under the Stars, or be part of our other ongoing committees like Membership, Holiday House Tour or Black & White Gala. Contact the Chestnut Hill Community Association at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 215-248-8810.
According to the Huffington Post here are the top five benefits of volunteering:
1. Find Meaning and Purpose at Any Age
2. Experience Improved Health and Well-being
3. Make New Friends and Improve Your Mind
4. Learn New Skills
5. Know That You Can Make a Powerful Difference
And it may even lower your blood pressure, according to the Harvard University Medical School Health Blog.
Hoops Madness Basketball Tournament
Typically held in mid-to-late March
Inspired by March Madness, the NCAA college basketball championship, Hoops Madness offers kids and adults a chance to play half court, 3-on-3 games of basketball and participate in a variety of shooting contests. Players are encouraged to form teams of four (three players and a substitute) or they can be placed on a team the day of the tournament. All players will receive a CHCA Hoops Madness t-shirt and are eligible to participate in the 3-point, foul-shooting and half-court shooting competitions. Families and friends are also encouraged to fill the stands and sidelines. Throughout most of the day, six games will be going on at once and, in between games, players can warm up and practice their shots. Matt Paul Sports is one of the event's sponsors and provides basketballs, referees and coaches to help players in between games. Food and drinks are available.
Cost Range: The price for children 6 to 18 years old is $15, for adult CHCA Members $20, and for non-members $25. Registration required.
Commitee Chair: Brien Tilley
Annual Meeting and Community Supper
Typically the 4th week of April
This annual event has 100+ participants and many volunteers (including CHCA Staff and Board)
It is a Board sponsored event in which the entire community is invited and welcomed to attend. The CHCA Board provides a full buffet of delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts for all the attendees. It is always a special event that offers an opportunity for the Board to present The State of the Association and bestow awards to outstanding community members and businesses for their work in Chestnut Hill throughout the year. In 2016 our award winners were John Falco, recipient of the Chestnut Hill Award; Abby and Ron Pete, recipients of the Meritorious Service Award; Caroline Haussermann, recipient of the Distinguished Service Award, and law firm Pepper Hamilton, recipient of the Benefactor's Award. Norwood-Fontbonne Academy generously providing their meeting space for our event.
Cost Range: $10. Registration required.
Committee Chair: CHCA Board and Staff
Pastorius Park Free Summer Concerts
Held for seven weeks, mid-June into the end of July
By far the crown jewel of our social program, Pastorius Park Summer Concerts is the longest running outdoor concert series in Philadelphia. We just completed our 68th year. The lineup of bands are drawn from many musical genres and the average weekly attendance is around 700-800 people. We have several generous sponsors that make this program possible. The concerts take place every Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. and are supported by both The Chestnut Hill Community Fund and Chestnut Hill Hospital. If a show is rained out, it takes place at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy’s Cherokee Campus (view map). If your band is interested in performing in Pastorius Park (view map) in the summer of 2017 send your press kit and music samples via email to email@example.com.
Cost Range: Free - Anyone can come
Committee Chair: Julie Byrne
Movies Under the Stars
Every Friday Evening in August
Now completing its 2nd year, this has quickly become one of our most popular events. Held at the Water Tower Recreation Center, it is night filled with food trucks, popcorn and, of course, top-notch movies played on a giant 26 foot outdoor screen. Depending on the film and weather, we have seen 200-300 participants per night. Families bring their friends, blankets and lawn chairs and fill up the terraced lawn. CHCA members can pick up their free bag of popcorn and a drink at our membership tent. The fun starts at 7:00 pm., by having an excellent, well-known Philadelphia food truck set up to sell delicious treats, entrees, beverages and sandwiches before the film begins at 8:00 pm at sundown.
Cost Range: Free-Anyone can come
Committee Chair: Chris Padova
Black & White Gala and Live Auction
Typically the 1st Saturday in October
THE Chestnut Hill event of the season! Enjoy a night filled with dinner and dancing, music and laughter, and engaging conversation that reminds us all why we love being part of Chestnut Hill. This event helps support the Chestnut Hill Community Association. We work to keep Chestnut Hill a unique and wonderful place to live. We bring the community together with our popular Chestnut Hill events and we are also the voice of the community to the City. We advocate for Chestnut Hill regarding development, land use planning, zoning and streetscape issues. To keep these programs going, we need your financial support. This event draws in 200+ attendees and even more volunteers and sponsors. The Black & White Gala has been a loved Chestnut Hill fundraiser for decades. Join us and wear their fancy attire (make sure its black or white). It is often held on Germantown Avenue or a elegant Chestnut Hill venue. (photo by Bas Slabbers)
Cost Range: $110 for CHCA members; $125 for non-members; $50 preview party
Committee Chair: Marilyn Paucker, Vice President for the Social Division and Laura Lucas, President
Circle of Lights Holiday Gathering
Typically the 3rd Saturday in November
Join your friends and neighbors at Woodmere Art Museum at 9201 Germantown Avenue for the annual Circle of Trees Celebration. Circle of Trees starts at 5:30 p.m. and you can enjoy hot chocolate, cider and cookies, music with the St. Thomas Church Choir and Norwood-Fontbonne Academy Chorale, goodie bags for the kids, and a visit from (shhhhh!) Santa too, who arrives on an antique fire truck Together we count down to the lighting of the Art Museum and Christmas trees. Kids also have a blast climbing on the hay maze on the front lawn under the lights. It's also the time to show that Chestnut Hill Cares-give a toy, share a book and feel the joy. Come to the event with a new unwrapped toy or a new or gently used book to donate to a school-aged child. Circle of Trees is presented by the Chestnut Hill Business District, the Chestnut Hill Community Association, and the Woodmere Art Museum. Enjoy all of the wonderful Holidays on the Hill events throughout the season! Visit the Chestnut Hill Business District for a complete listing of Holiday on the Hill activities
Cost Range: Free- Anyone can come
Committee Chair: Michelle Sage
Holiday House Tour
Typically the first Saturday in December
Holiday season is a time to relive cherished traditions, and for Chestnut Hill, there is no better tradition than spending a day enjoying the Holiday House tour. Our annual tour features five of the area’s loveliest historic homes decorated inside and out for the holidays. In 2015 the tour including a charming cottage, a stately stone colonial, a colonial revival, a second empire twin, and a Norman country house. Attendees have the option of riding our event trolley from stop to stop or visiting at their own pace in this self-guided tour. Get into the Holiday Spirit with a day spent touring a variety of dramatic homes and find inspiration for your Holiday celebrations, while experiencing the rich architectural heritage of Chestnut Hill. View photos from last year! This event is a major fundraiser for our association and helps us provide services to our community.
Cost Range: $45- $50
Committee Chair: Helen Philips
Chestnut Hill Community Holiday Parade
Typically the 2nd Saturday of December
We've brought back a long-standing Chestnut Hill tradition! Families line Germantown Avenue to wave to the marchers in our Annual Chestnut Hill Community Holiday Parade! We welcome teams, scouts, and musical groups to help us celebrate! Organize your block and join the parade! In 2015, our 4th year, we had 21 groups participate including the Mounted Police, Engine #37, Norwood Fontbonne Academy, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Choir, University of the Arts New Orleans Jazz Ensemble , Chestnut Hill Youth Sports Club , Chestnut Hill Business District, Jenks Academy For the Arts, Music and Science, Penn Charter Band, Village of Families, Springfield Scout Troops, Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, University of the Arts-Rumble, Saint Genevieve’s School, SNAP Company, Penn Charter’s Quaker Dozen, Germantown Academy, Venetian Club Comic Brigade, and Wyndmoor Hose #1 – who brought our most important guest …Santa Claus. And of course, the Phillie Phanatic, who always makes the parade extra fun! Thank you to our wonderful CHCA volunteers, especially Parade Organizer Brien Tilley, who made the parade possible! Thank you for all of your hard work!
Cost Range: Free to anyone who wants to come
Committee Chair: Brien Tilley