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Harry Potter Festival draws crowds, parking complaints and long lines

by Sue Ann Rybak Chestnut Hill experienced a record crowd for what was the 6th annual Harry Potter Festival. It was a weekend that saw thousands crowd the neighborhood, looking to participate in dozens of Potter-themed events and dressed as their favorite characters from J.K Rowling’s remarkably successful novels. Martha Sharkey, executive director of the […]

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Penn Charter’s Mike Hnatkowski handing off to Chris Tucker. (Photo by Jonathan Vander Lugt)

Penn Charter romps SCH

by Jonathan Vander Lugt For two quarters on Saturday afternoon, the game between Springside Chestnut Hill Academy and Penn Charter was shaping up to be a good one. The two went into halftime tied 21-21, after 24 minutes of excellent back-and-forth football. Each time one team punched, the other bounced right back. Then, when the […]

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Jim Maguire (left), of Wyndmoor, stands with Penn Charter Head of School Darryl J. Ford and Chris Maguire, Class of 1984, at the dedication of Maguire Field.

Maguire family honored for $1.5 million gift to Penn Charter athletics

On a glorious afternoon in East Falls, Penn Charter dedicated the Maguire Field. During halftime of the Inter-Ac league opener against Haverford School, Head of School Darryl J. Ford thanked the Maguire family for their generosity. “We want our students to live a life of consequence and make a difference in the world,” Ford said. […]

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‘Found’ wood in backyard turned into fine art works

by Len Lear “I loved every aspect of working with Christopher Buonomo of 13 Degrees Studio. Chris brought my love of my favorite flower, the peony, to life in ways that brings me awe and joy every time I see it. I adore having art so unique and well crafted in my home.” — Alyse […]

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Harry Potter fest is a Wizarding Woodstock

The Harry Potter Festival that took place this weekend is an obvious point of pride for Chestnut Hill. No event in the neighborhood has resonated outside the borders of 19118 quite like the weekend of wizardry. On Friday by lunchtime, Germantown Avenue was already beginning to crawl with would be wizards – mostly 20-somethings in […]

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Art historian to discuss little-known ‘Schalcken’ at CHFG

by Len Lear The Chestnut Hill Film Group usually screens classic American films that movie buffs are familiar with, but the film they will be showing on Tuesday, Nov. 1, is probably unknown to everyone but a tiny sliver of the cognoscenti. The rare 1979 British film, “Schalcken the Painter,” tells the story of Godfried […]

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