Members Only Events


Join the CHCA for access to a variety of Members Only events throughout the year

We curate a variety of events like lectures, concerts, bird watching, dinners with live music, and classes for our CHCA members. Our members only events are usually in partnership with local institutions like Chestnut Hill College, the Whitemarsh Foundation, and Woodmere Art Museum, as well as local restaurants and businesses. The Chestnut Hill Community Association works to keep our community vibrant and connected. 

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2020 - 2021 MEMBERS ONLY EVENTS
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Apple Pie-Making Demo with The Night Kitchen! 

The world needs more pie! If you agree, join Amy Edelman, chef/owner of The Night Kitchen Bakery, and learn her techniques of apple pie baking! Amy will demonstrate the process from start to finish: how to crimp the crust beautifully in the pan, prepare the filling, and bake it to perfection. She will also be available for any questions you may have. The only thing missing will be the amazing aroma of cinnamon and apples baking in the oven--but you will surely be motivated to make one for yourself! 

Date: Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Time: 7pm-8pm
Location: This is a virtual event, a Zoom link will be sent to all registrants. 
This is a demonstration, we will be watching and learning from one of the best! 

Registration required. Please click below to register. We look forward to seeing you there!


Amy Edelman has over 30 years of experience as a chef. She attended the Culinary Institute of America (CIA) in Hyde Park, New York. Immediately after graduation in 1988, she worked at the CIA as a fellow. She has worked as a pastry cook and chef at the five-star Boca Raton Resort and Club in Florida, The Intercontinental Hotel in New York City and at EuroDisney in France. Amy is a valuable community member and we are so lucky to have her and The Night Kitchen Bakery and Cafe in Chestnut Hill! 

October Birding Walk with Ruth Pfeffer at Dixon Meadow
Join "Birding with Ruth" owner Ruth Pfeffer - expert birder, photographer and creator of the birding program at the Morris Arboretum, for a birding adventure outdoors at The Dixon Meadow! Birding in the fall gives you the opportunity to learn more about our avian friends that stopover at the Meadow on their way south. The Meadow is important to many species of birds who are heading their way to their wintering grounds. 

Date: Wednesday October 6, 2021
Time: 9:00am - 10:30am 
Location: Meet at the Dixon Meadow House: 548 Flourtown Road, Lafayette Hill 19444

Bring binoculars and sunhat. Loaner binoculars are available. Dress for the weather!

The event takes place just minutes from Chestnut Hill at the Whitemarsh's Dixon Meadow.  Click here to learn more about the Dixon Meadow Preserve.

This is an in-person event. Registration required. Please click on button below to register. You can also register by calling the Chestnut Hill Community Association at 215-248-8810. Attendance is limited to 12 members.  


Dixon Meadow

Ruth Pfeffer

Cooper's Hawk



PAST EVENTS:

Free Educational Series for Members: 'Four Seasons of Flora and Fauna' at Dixon Meadow! Tuesday, Sept 21, 11am
The Whitemarsh Foundation is excited to present to our members a new, educational series: "Four Seasons of Flora and Fauna" at The Dixon Meadow Preserve.  We invite you to join International wildlife conservationist Bill Konstand and wildlife photographer Glenn Mason as they take you on a photographic Autumn journey of botanical species: birds, reptiles and insects. You will learn first-hand why Dixon Meadow, the 'Crown Jewel of the Wissahickon', is a wonderful ecosystem for viewing many migrating birds and butterflies. This is the first in a series, one for each season of the  year!

Date: Tuesday, September 21
Time: 11am-12:15pm
Location: Location: Dixon House at the Whitemarsh Foundation: 548 Flourtown Rd, Lafayette Hill 19444

Dixon Meadow at sunrise, September 7 2021. Photo by Schuy Nunn
 Click here to learn more about the Dixon Meadow Preserve.
 
Members-Only Event: Build Your Birding Skills with Ruth Pfeffer!
9/9/2021 
9:00 AM
Here's a sighting you won't want to miss! "Birding with Ruth" owner Ruth Pfeffer - expert birder, photographer and creator of the birding program at the Morris Arboretum -  will lead a presentation in the beautiful Dixon House that will help build your in-the-field birding skills. Prepare to learn all about the birds that can be seen throughout Dixon Meadow, as well as useful tips for your backyard feeding stations. As a bonus, Ruth will share her insights on how to choose binoculars and the importance of habitat, bird migration and climate change.
This is an indoor presentation. Registration, vaccinations and masks required for all attendees.

Date: Thursday, September 9th
Time: 9am-10:30am
Location: Dixon House at the Whitemarsh Foundation: 548 Flourtown Rd, Lafayette Hill 19444

Palm Warbler, photo by Ruth Pfeffer

Outdoor Birding Walk with Ruth Pfeffer at Dixon Meadow - Members-Only Event!
9/11/2021

Join Ruth Pfeffer for a birding adventure outdoors at The Dixon Meadow! Birding in the fall gives you the opportunity to learn more about our avian friends that stopover at the Meadow on their way south. The Meadow is important to many species of birds who are heading their way to their wintering grounds. This event can be a follow-up to Ruth's Thursday presentation, or attended on it's own.

Date: Saturday, Sept 11, 2021
Time: 9:00am - 10:30am 
Location: Meet at the Dixon Meadow House: 548 Flourtown Road, Lafayette Hill 19444
Bring binoculars and sunhat. Loaner binoculars are available.  

The event takes place just minutes from Chestnut Hill at the Whitemarsh's Dixon Meadow.  Click here to learn more about the Dixon Meadow Preserve.


Dixon Meadow
Click here to learn more about the Dixon Meadow Preserve.


Morning of Poetry with Marie Higgins


Come join poet and author Marie Higgins for a morning of poetry -- listening, learning, writing and sharing. After a short poetry reading, Marie will share a method of writing poetry that especially delights the beginner, but also the experienced poet. "Everyone can write poetry,"  she says, and "everyone will leave with their own creation in hand." Marie is the author of Sprouting Spiritual Growth, a Memoir and Guide to Spiritual Journaling. 

Date: June 25, 2021.  Time: 9:00am - 10:30am 
Location: Dixon Meadow House: 548 Flourtown Road, Lafayette Hill 19444
Supplies needed: notebook or paper, pen. 
A rain or shine event! 
The event takes place just minutes from Chestnut Hill at the Whitemarsh's Dixon Meadow.  Click here to learn more about the Dixon Meadow Preserve.

This is an in-person event, registration required.  Please click on button below to register.  You can also register by calling the Chestnut Hill Community Association at 215-248-8810. Attendance is limited to 12 members.  



    

Date: June 24, 2021
Time: 6pm
Price: $35 per person includes appetizer, choice of entree, dessert and coffee. 
Location: Chestnut Hill Cricket Club, 415 West Willow Grove Avenue, Philadelphia, 19118
Cash Bar
RSVP required. To RSVP, please click on this link or call the CHCA at 215-248-8810. 

We are excited to share with you the sounds of Lucie Daigle and Friends at this event.  With a wide-ranged repertoire and precise vocal stylings, Lucie and Friends reinvigorate acoustic rock and the American songbook. Their music is catchy and compelling whether you are listening with both ears at your favorite venue or with one ear over cocktails.  As Len Lear recently wrote in the Chestnut Local, Lucie Daigle is a "volcano of talents"!  

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Date: Wednesday, June 9, 2021
Time:  9am
Location: Dixon Meadow House, 548 Flourtown Road, Lafayette Hill
Duration: 60-90 minutes



Date: Wednesday, May 26
Time: 5pm-6:30pm
Location: Hilltop Books: 84 Bethlehem Pike, Chestnut Hill 19118

For more information about Hilltop Books, check out: https://chlibraryfriends.org/hilltop-books-1
All proceeds benefit Friends of the Chestnut Hill Library.



Migration Walk With Ruth at The Whitemarsh Foundation! Free Members-Only Event! 

Monday, May 17th

Migration is in full swing!  Due to popular demand, Whitemarsh Foundation is offering CHCA members an additional free Migratory Bird Watching event at Dixon Meadow. As we stroll, the importance of habitat, migration and Birding ID skills will be discussed. Please join Ruth Pfeffer, expert birder and photographer to learn more about our avian friends that stop/nest/reside at Dixon Meadow. 

Event: Birding Adventure with Ruth
Date: May 17, 2021
Time: 9:00am - 10:30am 
Location: Dixon Meadow House: 548 Flourtown Road, Lafayette Hill 19444
Bring binoculars and sunhat. Loaner binoculars are available.  Masks required. 
The event takes place just minutes from Chestnut Hill at the Whitemarsh's Dixon Meadow.  Click here to learn more about the Dixon Meadow Preserve.
This is an in-person event.  Registration is required. You can also register by calling the Chestnut Hill Community Association at 215-248-8810. Attendance is limited to 12 members.  
Ruth Pfeffer - Expert birder and photographer, owner of Birding with Ruth, and creator of the birding program at Morris Arboretum. 

Migration Walk With Ruth at The Whitemarsh Foundation! Free Members-Only Event! 
Friday, April 30
















Migration is in full swing! In honor of Earth Day this month, Whitemarsh Foundation is offering CHCA members a free Migratory Bird Watching event. Please join Ruth Pfeffer, expert birder and photographer to learn more about our avian friends that stop/nest/reside at Dixon Meadow. 

The event takes place just minutes from Chestnut Hill at the Whitemarsh's Dixon Meadow.  Click here to learn more about the Dixon Meadow Preserve.

Members Only Event! Re-Invent Your Outdoor Living Space-a workshop with Starr Osborne from Tailored Home! 
Wednesday, April 21

















Spring has Sprung! We can all enjoy time with friends and family - safely - outdoors!  Join Starr Osborne, designer, author, and owner of Tailored Home, to learn simple and fun ways to spruce up your existing space -- or create one for the first time!  Don't miss this chance to discover a range of ideas for creating a sense of home in any size outdoor space.  Free for CHCA members and guests! 

Date: Wednesday, April 21
Time: 6:30-7:30 pm
Location: Zoom! 
Registration Required--please click on link below to register yourself and your guests

Behind the scenes at the virtual event: CHCA Board Member Lynn Schroeder, Starr Osborne of Tailored Home, and CHCA Executive Director Anne McNiff
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Free Virtual Stretch Class with Balance Chestnut Hill
February 25th, 2021





















Chestnut Hill Community Association's Community Supper
September 30th, 2020 6pm

















Held outside under the Church of St. Martin-in-the-Fields' big tent.

This members only event is a safe, fun way to connect with friends and neighbors. You will be supporting local restaurants too!

Choose from several wonderful options for dinner, and pay online. This event is BYOB. Water and lemonade will be available at no cost. 
Live music by Miles Thompson.
 
Please note – all food prices include tax and gratuity.

Going Native: The Flora & Fauna of the Dixon Meadow Preserve with Paul Meyer and Ruth Pfeffer
Saturday, August 22, 2020 9am-10:15am (rain date Sunday, August 23)












Enjoy a summer’s morn with a guided walk in the Dixon Meadow Preserve.  The meadow reaches its peak in late summer, as native grasses and wildflowers mature and a rich diversity of birds enjoy this lush habitat.  

Two back-to-back 30-minute walks will use the Dixon Meadow Preserve to highlight interesting species and to illustrate the importance of native habitats. These socially-distanced, small group walks will be led by two of the area’s foremost experts on the plants and animals that inhabit the Preserve.
 
Paul Meyer, Retired F. Otto Haas Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum, will lead one group of participants, focusing on the trees and shrubs,  and other features of the Preserve that are essential to attracting the Preserve’s thriving diversity of wildlife.  Birding expert Ruth Pfeffer, of Birding with Ruth, will guide another group, helping them to spot and identify birds and critters along the trail, while providing entertaining tidbits about their lives and habits.

About the Dixon Meadow Preserve
 The Dixon Meadow Preserve in Lafayette Hill, was created in 2014 by the Whitemarsh Foundation on 14 acres of its 98-acre Angus Tract at Erdenheim Farm. The Preserve is a living laboratory dedicated to maintaining a healthy ecosystem in the Wissahickon Valley.  It is a local favorite for walkers and nature lovers, and is utilized by the Whitemarsh Foundation for their varied educational programs. Planted exclusively with native species, the Preserve provides an ideal habitat for local wildlife and migrating birds, which are easily viewed from the walking trails and boardwalk that meander through the meadow. Bird-watching is a popular activity at the Preserve. Over 150 species, both rare and common, have been spotted there, making it a prime destination for birders from across the region. As the seasons change, so does the meadow’s scenery and wildlife, ensuring there is always something new to experience at the Dixon Meadow Preserve. 

AFRICA IN THE ARTS OF PHILADELPHIA
Bullock, Searles, and Twins Seven-Seven 
with William R, Valerio, PhD, The Patricia Van Burgh Allison Director, and CEO Woodmere Art Museum
Wednesday, July 8, 2020 8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
















The Woodmere Art Museum has extended an invitation to the members of Chestnut Hill Community Association to attend a ZOOM lecture and tour of
AFRICA IN THE ARTS OF PHILADELPHIA
Bullock, Searles, and Twins Seven-Seven
 
Africa in the Arts of Philadelphia brings together the work of visual artists Barbara Bullock (born 1938), Charles Searles (1937–2004), and Twins Seven-Seven (1944–2011), exploring their collaborative cross-fertilization of ideas and assertions of African and African American cultural identity. These artists participated in the activities of the Ile-Ife Black Humanitarian Center in North Philadelphia. The exhibition examines the work of these artists and their formative experiences at Ile-Ife, which expanded their understanding of the richness of African traditions.

Award-winning pianist Richard Dowling to perform at Chestnut Hill College's Steinway Artist Concert
CHCA Member Event - Sunday, February 23rd,  2020 at 3:00 p.m












 

This public concert fills up early. As a CHCA member you have access to a limited number of seats that have been set aside for CHCA members only. 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – Award-winning pianist Richard Dowling will perform at Chestnut Hill College’s upcoming Steinway Artist Concert, an annual tradition featuring piano recitals from the world’s foremost musicians.

The college hosts this year’s Steinway Artist Concert on Sunday, Feb. 23 at 3:00 p.m. in the East Parlor of Saint Joseph Hall. The concert series began in 2012 and features global pianists who were chosen to perform exclusively on a Steinway piano. It is free and open to the public, although seating is limited.

Hailed by The New York Times as an “especially impressive, fine pianist,” Dowling appears regularly across the United States and throughout the world in orchestral performances, solo recitals, and chamber music collaborations. He is renowned for his elegant and charismatic style of pianism, with a repertoire that features the works of Chopin, Gershwin, American ragtime, and French Impressionism. He has been awarded first place in, among others, the San Antonio International Keyboard Competition, the New Orleans International Piano Competition, and the Oklahoma Symphony Concerto Competition. Furthermore, Dowling is the recipient of a special award from the National Federation of Music Clubs in recognition of his outstanding performances of American music.


Winter Birding at Whitemarsh Foundation's Dixon Meadow Preserve 
February 29th, 2020 10:30 am












Whitemarsh Foundation Bldg. at the Dixon Meadow Preserve.
Program will last 45 minutes to an 1 hour.
 
Please join Ruth Pfeffer, expert birder and photographer, for a fun and informative program: “Winter Birding at Whitemarsh Foundation's Dixon Preserve and the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum”.  Through her photos and stories Ruth will share the importance of both the Dixon Preserve and John Heinz wetlands and their history. The event takes place just minutes from Chestnut Hill at the Whitemarsh Foundation's Dixon Meadow House and there will be a guided bird walk through the Dixon Meadow Preserve, a popular birding hotspot and winter home to several rare water fowl, following the program. Learn more about the Dixon Meadow Preserve.


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